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The Rossman School Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce its unanimous selection of Elizabeth Zurlinden as the next head of school following Pat Shipley’s retirement at the conclusion of the current school year.

Embodying Rossman’s culture and core values, Elizabeth is extraordinarily well prepared to lead our school into its second century. Currently serving as Rossman’s Lower School director, Elizabeth is set to take on the challenge of balancing our strong traditions with the need for continuous innovation in our educational program. With a foundation of strong...Read more

twp_2013-2017.pngRossman School has been awarded a Top Workplaces honor by The St. Louis Post-Dispatch for the fifth consecutive year. In the June “Top Places to Work” issue, the newspaper ranked Rossman among the top 50 small companies in St. Louis.

The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered earlier this year by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm

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A glistening four-foot ice sculpture, exquisite floral arrangements, compelling archive displays, trays of sparkling champagne — Every detail adorning the The Ritz-Carlton reception area and ballroom on March 11 exuded splendor and school spirit. However, it was the nearly 350 men and women gathered that evening that made Rossman School’s Centennial Gala truly enchanting.

As guests enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres, they mingled among friends, old and new, including alumni and past and present parents, trustees, faculty and staff. The varied group presented the perfect picture of...Read more

Rossman School in Creve Coeur has received a $1 million grant from the William R. Orthwein Jr and Laura Rand Orthwein Foundation. The gift, which comes as the independent preparatory elementary school celebrates its 100th year, will establish an endowment fund to support faculty and staff professional development in perpetuity.

“For a century, Rossman has prided itself on recruiting, retaining and supporting the finest educators,” said Head of School Pat Shipley. “This transformational gift will enable us to continue that legacy by providing a permanent fund to support our educators...Read more

As we look out across the sea of faces in sixth grade these days, something seems a little different. Everyone is smiling, swaying and moving gently up and down to his or her own rhythm, like blades of sea grass, bobbing gently in a warm blue sea. Then, the topic of discussion changes and the students’ excitement becomes palpable. The once quiet, gentle movements shift and bodies begin to bounce a little higher, introducing more randomness into the group rhythm. The quiet sea turns more turbulent.

“Ok guys, turn it down a notch. You’re making us seasick up here!” we say with a smile...Read more

twp_2015.pngFor the third-consecutive year, Rossman School has been named a Top Workplace by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. In its annual “Top Places to Work” issue, the newspaper ranked Rossman the top educational organization in the small companies category and the seventh small company overall.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health...Read more

blog_schwaneraward2014.jpgThis winter, professional muralist Karla Faith will lead Rossman School students in the design and implementation of a mural. Ms. Faith’s visit is made possible by the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award, which was presented November 3 to Rossman School art teacher Erica Spangler.

In 1996, the...Read more

Rossman School was awarded the Mission Impact Award by the American Heart Association (AHA) at the St. Louis volunteer appreciation celebration on September 13. Rossman has supported the AHA’s Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart fundraisers for over 25 years, raising more than $150,000 for heart research and health education. Last year, Rossman’s small group of 150 participants raised $15,757 through the two events.

Rossman’s physical education teachers, Jenna Babcock and Larry Huusko, were honored at the volunteer celebration for coordinating the annual fundraisers and...Read more

twp_stlouispost-dispatch_2014.pngRossman School has been ranked the No. 2 small workplace in St. Louis by the St. Louis Post Dispatch. It is the second consecutive year the school topped the newspaper’s Top Workplaces list.

The Top Workplaces are determined based solely on employee feedback. The employee survey is conducted by WorkplaceDynamics, a leading research firm on organizational health and employee engagement....Read more

Internationally renowned writer Barry Lane will soon visit Rossman School to share his expertise and inspire students through writer’s workshops and an assembly.

Lane’s two-day visit is made possible by the Helen Schwaner Faculty Professional Development Award, which was presented Nov. 4 to Rossman School sixth grade teachers Debbie Brummit and Jim Holmes.

In 1996, the Cummings family established an endowment to fund this award, which is given annually to a member or members of the Rossman faculty to provide opportunities for furthering their professional development and...Read more

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