Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy

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    Lacelde 5821 Kennerly Ave.
    St. Louis, MO 63112
    Office 314-385-0546
    Fax 314-385-7294 or 314-244-1809
    Principal: Dr. DaMaris White
    Hours: 8:05am - 3:02pm
    Grades: PS-6 


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Principal's Corner

  • Welcome to the Pierre Laclede Jr. Career Academy!


    Dear Pierre Laclede Family,

    I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 School Year! Summer has come and gone and we must now move forward with an exciting transition. I am extremely pleased to introduce and welcome all of you to Pierre Laclede Jr. Career Academy.    

    This electrifying journey allows for the continuation of a rich history; but moving in a new direction. As a Junior Career Academy, we will strive to ensure every student experiences intentional high levels of academic achievement in a positive, nurturing, and safe learning environment where diversity is valued, respected, and celebrated. 

    Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy is committed to integrating social-emotional learning with purposeful, rigorous academics by changing the narrative to achieve a culture of college and career readiness.  There are many new programs that will be introduced this year that will allow our scholars to explore their skill-set and promote critical problem solving. 

    I am privileged to have the opportunity to return this school year as your Principal Leader and I feel honored to work with our highly qualified and dedicated staff, our wonderful scholars, and all of the supportive parents and community stakeholders.  The elementary years are critical times of development for students and families and I look forward in working with all of you to make this academic year successful. As a lifelong learner, I am committed to both supporting our students and families and fostering a love for learning. 

    Again, welcome to Pierre Laclede Jr. Career Academy – “Where we are Intentional about Changing the Narrative.”

    Yours in Education,

    Dr. White

School Data

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  • Congratulations to our two newest published journalists, Mekhi and Andria! Mekhi published his story, "No girls left out at Girls Rock Week", about the PLJCA Girls' Rock Week in the St. Louis American on December 28, 2017. Andria published her story, "Jacqueline Dace of the National Blues Museum first worked in a museum as a receptionist", on Jacqueline Dace on January 4, 2018. 

    No girls left out at Girls Rock Week


    Jacqueline Dace of the National Blues Museum first worked in a museum as a receptionist


    Andria and Mekhi pose with their published pieces

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  • Students at PLJCA celebrated their first day back at school by being inducted into the 90/90 club. Students who attended school 90% of the time during first semester were given shirts and celebrated at a special ceremony put on by Dr. DaMaris White and the PLJCA attendance team!


    Students pose in their 90/90 shirts

    Students wait to receive their t-shirts  Keyora Curry poses in her shirt  Students wait to receive their shirts

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  • Congratulations to Kaitlyn Woodley-Roberts, a sixth grade student at Pierre Laclede, for being the first published author in the Laclede Academy Journalism program. Students in the program meet weekly to interview guests and write stories about their lives. Kaitlyn’s story on barber Keith Shackleford was published in last week’s edition of the St. Louis American.
    On Thursday, December 14, the journalists welcomed Mr. Flint Fowler of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis to present Kaitlyn with a $50 gift card in recognition of publication.
    The St. Louis American will continue to publish stories from Academy Journalism students in the coming months. Stay tuned for more from these amazing young journalists and scholars. 
    Kaitlyn receives her certificate from Flint Fowler!
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  • We hope that everyone has a safe and relaxing Holiday Break!

    Ms. O'Brien and Elijah show off their festive outfits!

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  • A special thank you to the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc for their visit with and donations to our third grade students today! The students had a wonderful time decorating gift bags, and they loved their special surprise presents! PLJCA is blessed by our partnership with this extraordinary organization.


    Jeremih poses with his decorated bag  

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  • Thank you to all of the loved ones who came to support our scholars at their Holiday Extravaganza concert! The performance was a big success. Thanks to Dr. Jeanette Taylor for her hard work on the music, Ms. Kelly Walsh for the decorations, and Ms. Sabrina Mack for helping to set up and run the performance!

    For more on the performance, including videos and pictures, follow this link: Winter Extravaganza 

    A snowman Winter Explosion

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  • Students in the Academy Journalism program had the amazing opportunity to speak with Fox2 News anchor Shirley Washington this week. Ms. Washington shared stories of her career and showed students how to interview by asking them some interesting questions of her own. She finished the visit by signing bags for each student and posing for pictures. Later in the night, Academy Journalism even made a special apperance on the 11:00 news, courtesy of Ms. Washington!


    Shirley Washington speaks with students in Academy Journalism

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  • Congratulations to student Kaitlyn Woodley-Roberts! Kaitlyn's original poster, entitled "The Mouth" won third place out of submissions from across the district. Kaitlyn will be honored at an upcoming board meeting, and her work is currently on display at the SLPS Central Office.


    Kaitlyn's poster with its third place ribbon Kaitlyn Kaitlyn's Poster

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  • For the week of October 9-12, the young ladies of PLJCA celebrated Girls Rock Week. The ladies began their week with a fun, girl-power scavenger hunt on Monday. On Tuesday, they came together to make friendship pins, and on Wednesday, they attended a pep rally. The week was capped off with an all-day event on Thursday.The ladies began their day with rotations promoting female empowerment. They created quilt squares for a Girls Rock quilt, drew self-portraits, watched films with strong, female characters, and participated in female-centered sports. The day ended with a luncheon, provided by Dr. DaMaris White.  At the luncheon, the ladies performed "I'm Beautiful" by Jekalyn Carr; they heard from speakers, including a group of doctoral candidates from St. Louis University, and Legacy Jackson, the founder of "Little Legacies". Finally, the ladies ended the event with a dance party!



    The set up for the Girls Rock luncheon.

    Girls Rock luncheon



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  • Students at Pierre Laclede Junior Career Academy have been spending time this semester learning about what it takes to be a journalist. Every week, select students from fourth, fifth, and sixth grade meet a new member of the community, conduct a group interview and write an article.

    Under the leadership of Ms. Megan O’Brien and Mr. Chris King (St. Louis American), with help from Ms. Winnie Caldwell, Ms. Ashley Winters, Chief Sherman George (pictured) and Ms. Elisa Crouch (former St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter), students have been working to improve their writing skills and learning about different careers and people in the process. 


    Students with presenter Sidney Keys III, the founder of Books N Bros

    Journalism students with presenter Sidney Keys III, the founder of Books N Bros.


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