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Middle School News

March 14, 2017


Two MS Students Published an Article for National Green Schools

Chloe Brown and Nathan Hall, two Maplewood Richmond Heights Middle School eighth grade students, recently wrote an article that was published on the National Green Schools Website.    

Their article was centered around an MRH landmark and staple, Oscar the Tree.

They write, “One of the more unique and historical spaces, Oscar the Red Oak tree, is ten feet from the main door of the school’s central office.” They go one to share “Bill Henske, a science teacher at MRHMS, had the revolutionary idea of introducing tree climbing into MRHMS’s curriculum. Henske contacted a tree climbing professional and the two began to develop an in-depth program involving MRHMS students in the interactive physics and biology of trees. Over time, the lesson plans involving tree climbing were refined and improved to involve every student and give all participants equal opportunity to conduct real, meaningful science.”   

These two students’ published worked details the life of this tree dating back to 1940, what it means to MRH historically, and how the tree is currently helping students and community members learn, explore, climb and much more.

The article will also be printed in the Green School publication going out this month. Read the full article here.   


For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.