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DATES TO KNOW (Click calendar image for details)

July 18: Board of Education Meeting

August 17: Back to School Fair

August 19: First Day of School, K-12

August 26: First Day of Preschool

Click here to read the MRH 5-year Strategic Plan "Honoring Our History, Shaping Our Future" 

In this edition of What's Happening at MRH:

  • Central Office move complete
  • Student, Board member participate in Scholars Academy
  • MRH Youth Sports fall registration now open

Central Office Team Settles into Langston Admin Building

On Wednesday, June 26, our first administrators moved into the newly completed Maria J. Langston Administrative Building. While the project timeline is running slightly over for exterior work, we are pleased to announce that it is projected to come in under budget. The building is owned by the District. Employees are currently working from temporary office furniture until new furniture arrives next week.

The new District headquarters, at 2531 S. Big Bend Boulevard in Maplewood, is home to the superintendent, assistant superintendents, business officers, human resources and communications teams, and the directors of Operations, Students Services and Data/Assessment. MRH's Special Education Coordinator will also out work out of the Langston Building.

Board of Education meetings will take place in a spacious, well-lit room featuring multiples monitors for members of the public.

MRH High Schooler and Board Member Participate in Mo. Scholars Academy

Rising MRH junior Elliot Storm spent most of June looking quite collegiate. Elliot attended the 39th Missouri Scholars Academy (MSA) on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia.  

Founded in 1985, MSA is a three-week residential program for 330 of Missouri’s academically gifted students who are ready to begin their junior year of high school. The program is based on the premise that gifted youth must be provided with special opportunities for learning and personal development in order for them to realize their full potential.

Participants are nominated by their schools and selected on the basis of grade point average, test scores, essays, letters of recommendation and evidence of leadership, creativity, problem-solving ability and initiative.

Educators who serve as faculty members - including MRH Board member Brian Matz - have used this experience to benefit students in their local schools. Matz returned to MSA for a third year. Outside of this academy, he is a professor of Roman and medieval history. 

Funding for the Academy comes from the University of Missouri, the Missouri Legislature, a scholar activity fee for those attending, and through tax-deductible contributions made by alumni and parents of MSA participants. 

MRH at Girls and Boys State

Rising seniors Odessa Javier, Graham Colvin, and Jordynn Phipps attended American Legion Missouri Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Missouri Girls State at Lindenwood University this past week. MBS and MGS are week-long programs where rising seniors create their own, fully functional government and learn important leadership and citizenship skills. Along with creating their own government, students must also fill the needed roles to keep their governments running. Odessa served as the MGS Governor’s Press Secretary, Graham served as the MBS General Counsel to the Governor, and Jordynn was elected on to her MGS County School Board. The combined programs host around 1,600 students from all over Missouri, and we were so glad to be able to send three students this year. 

Meet Karla Eslinger, New Mo. Commissioner of Education

"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve in this role and support the important work taking place across our state to provide Missourians access to opportunities of all kinds.


I have worn many different hats in the education world, but this is the first time as Commissioner. I know schools, I know Missouri and I know the basics of the Education Department’s work. I look forward to developing a more thorough, comprehensive understanding of the processes and systems used at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). I also look forward to connecting with more of our agency’s stakeholders and hearing their feedback about the various initiatives and programs taking place to support schools, educators and students. Good decisions are made with good information, so thank you in advance for supporting my learning.


I want to do good work and create opportunities for all to be successful. Put most simply: I value teamwork. Great teams are built upon open and honest dialogue and hard work — and I expect us all to do our share and beyond. Children across the state depend on us, and because of that, I take my work very seriously and know you do, too."

Karla Eslinger, DESE Commissioner

Wrestling Open Mats

Every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00 p.m., the new wrestling room will be available to students for open mats. The room is in the lower level of the new addition at 7500 Lohmeyer Avenue. 

If you have any questions please contact Coach Brandon McClure

Free Summer Lunches

Operation Food Search is providing free lunches for kids at nine St. Louis County Library branches. Stop by participating locations for a nutritious lunch and fun activities from 12-1 p.m.

Details on the St. Louis County Library website.

MRH Youth Sports Fall Sports Registration Now Open Through July 14 at MRHYS.org.

Fall sports include:

  • Soccer: Pre-K through 8th grade
  • For Pre-K and K only - registration will remain open through the first couple of weeks of school so new families at the ECC can register. 
  • Volleyball (girls): 3rd grade through 8th grade
  • Cross country: 6th grade through 8th grade
  • Tennis (girls): 7th and 8th grade

Registration is first-come, first-served, and teams/sports are dependent upon parents volunteering to coach, as well as registration numbers and league availability.

Reach out to mrhyouthsports@gmail.com with any questions.

Mailing address:

MRH Youth Sports

7616 Williams Ave.

Maplewood, MO 63143

Stay connected with our local libraries, which offer ongoing enrichment programs for children and adults.

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Blue Devil Spotlight

Do you know someone within the MRH community who deserves special recognition for supporting our mission? Don't keep it to yourself! Contact the editors of What's Happening Weekly @ MRH and we'll shine a light on them.

The Maplewood Richmond Heights School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, disability, age, sexual orientation and/or perceived sexual orientation, or genetic information in its programs and activities. View Notice of Non-Discrimination or Board Policy AC.