A-tisket, a-tasket, our high school English classes are now collecting donation items and monetary gifts for our silent auction baskets! The silent auction will be the kick-off event at our upcoming trivia night fundraiser on September 26th. We’re putting together lots of fun theme baskets including Relax & Refresh, Backyard Barbeque, Gift Wrap, Family Fun Night, Book Nook, Statesmen Spirit, and many, many more.
If you’d like to donate an item, please contact Katie Guymon, English instructor, at @[email protected]
Remember, trivia night registration forms will be available starting August 31st. Get your teams together now!
New in 2016! The All Write planning committee is excited to announce that this year we are adding writing workshops for our students. Each workshop will focus on a specialized genre of writing and taught by a professional recognized for his or her achievement in that area. It would not be an exaggeration to say we have some outstanding professionals already committed to coming. Look for an announcement of who they are in December.
Click on the link below to see some of the things shared on Twitter during All Write Week.
Anne Leckie read from her novel Ancillary Justice with student Ben Killeen opening with a reading from his novel. Can we top that?
Ms. Keane’s t-shirt design is fabulous. Even Ms. Holcomb wants one — and I’ve never seen her wear cotton polyester blends. On sale outside the Little Theater. Long sleeve. $15.
Because we’re a public school, we can’t sell books as part of AllWrite. However, The Book House, formerly of Rock Hill and now on Manchester Road in Maplewood, has graciously agreed to stock the books of as many of our writers as possible.
You can purchase a book beforehand, read it in preparation for the presentation, and perhaps even get it signed by the author during AllWrite.
Or, perhaps, you go to a presentation and become intrigued by a novel. The Book House will have it readily available for you to run over and buy.
We will also have copies of some of the titles available in our school library.
Dan Killeen is the author/illustrator of the Tillie and Clementine books for children.
Jeffrey Ricker’s first novel, Detours, was published in 2011 by Bold Strokes Books, followed by The Unwanted, a young adult fantasy novel, in 2014.
Jean Ellen Whatley
Jean Ellen Whatley is the author of Off the Leash, a memoir about grabbing her dog and hitting the road to give her life a reboot.
Fred Venturini is the author of The Heart Does Not Grow Back, a darkly comic, starkly original take on the superhero tale.
Ann Leckie is the author of the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning novel Ancillary Justice and its sequel, Ancillary Sword. She has also published short stories in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons, and Realms of Fantasy. Her story “Hesperia and Glory” was reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton.
Kevin Killeen is a radio journalist for KMOX and the author of Never Hug a Nun and Try to Kiss a Girl.
The author of Beauties, a novel; Cookie Lily, a collection of short stories; The Alibi Café and other stories, a collection of short stories; Joe Baker is Dead, a collection of short stories, Mary Troy is a professor in the MFA program at UMSL.
John Dalton is the author of the novels The Inverted Forest and Heaven Lake.
Dwight Bitikofer & Raven Wolf
Heather Brewer is a New York Times Best Selling author of The Slayer Chronicles, The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod, and Soulbound. Her newest title, The Cemetery Boys, will be released by HarperCollins in March.
Steger Sixth Grade Center’s own, Ted Ibur, founded the Gifted Arts Project (http://giftedarts.org) in which more than 1,900 students have participated since 1997. The program, which is also run by painter Anne Molasky Ibur, offers classes for middle and high school students in writing and painting. Ibur is also part of the creative team responsible for the Labute New Theater Festival, an international one-act play writing competition open to professional playwrights and high school students (deadline March 15 for high school). (http://stlas.org/labute-new-theater-festival/)Ibur also is Vice President of the Saint Louis University Literary Board (Library Associates). Over nearly 50 years, this SLU board has awarded one of the most prestigious literary awards in the country to some of the top writers in the world including John Updike, Tennessee Williams, Joyce Carol Oates, and Joan Didion. (http://libraries.slu.edu/associates/award) Ibur’s professional drumming in rock and world music bands proved invaluable in writing Teacher of the Year, a novel featuring an eclectic array of songs and musical genres.
Bella & Lily
Featuring a distinctive indie/pop style, artists Bella & Lily have a natural flair for creating songs laden with pop hooks & gorgeous vocal harmonies. Sisters Bella and Lily Ibur launched a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign, catching the eye of producer Henry Hirsch (Lenny Kravitz, Madonna, Mick Jagger) at Waterfront Studios in New York, to produce their first album. Count To Ten. Bella & Lily have received radio play on nearly 200 college radio stations, and their album has been licensed to 14 different television programs on MTV, VH-1, Discovery and A&E. Their band performed in Austin during the 2014 SXSW Music Festival. For the past months, Bella & Lily have been working on new material in Nashville, New York, and Columbia. http://bellaandlily.com, https://www.facebook.com/BELLAandLILY or https://twitter.com/bellaandlily
Our schedule is set and English teachers will soon be signing up their classes.