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Opened in 2002, Paxton Keeley Elementary School is named after Mary Paxton Keeley, the first woman to graduate from MU’s School of Journalism.
Principal: Elaine Hassemer
Assistant principal: Carol Garth
Address: 201 Park DeVille Drive
Start time: 8:50 a.m.
Dismissal time: 3:45 p.m.
Year opened: 2002
Colors: Red, white and blue.
Students enrolled: 649 for 2011-12 school year.
Naming the elementary after an MU graduate wasn’t its only university affiliation; the school fight song was developed to the tune of the Missouri fight song. Principal Elaine Hassemer sees the connections that the school has.
“Just having that song helps builds the community, and brings families together,” she said.
Hassemer, who transferred from Fairview Elementary School, is proud to be the Comet’s principal since the opening of the school.
“I really love the families we work with, but it’s the whole package, she said. “The families, and the staff is very professional and all of that together makes it a great place.”
Links and sources
School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website
Paxton Keeley tip their hats to good vocabulary, 2010 article
Paxton Keeley responds to candy snorting phenomenon, 2009 article
Updated: Feb. 12, 2012