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Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 11:44am

ST. LOUIS — Varsity Tutors, motivated by the college-admissions scandal, said Monday that it will offer free test-preparation classes for high school students.

The online classes are designed to prepare students for the ACT or SAT college-admissions exams. Each class includes 25 hours of live instruction by Brian Galvin, chief academic officer of the Clayton-based company, along with practice exams and a 650-page test-prep book.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:34am

Ritenour will soon join a few other area school districts in having permanent “student advisers” at every school board meeting.

Chosen from Ritenour High School applicants, the students will be expected to attend every regular board meeting and offer a “student voice.”

The advisers would not vote along with the seven elected board members. Nor would they attend closed sessions, which usually concern personnel, legal and real estate matters.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:34am

Jeremy Jackson had been thinking for a couple of years about how he would hypothetically spend a windfall on his industrial technology classes.

The St. Charles West High School teacher had heard from a connection at Bayer about the America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants, which award schools $10,000 to $25,000 to purchase materials for STEM – science, technology, engineering and math.

“I didn’t have anything that I really felt was worth spending that kind of money on,” said Jackson.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 10:34am

AFFTON — At Rogers Middle School, Principal Jason Buck jokes that he needs sunglasses now when buses drop off students in the morning.

The school switched from starting at 7:10 a.m. to 8 a.m. this year, after decades of complaints from parents, students and staff about the morning bell that rang before dawn in the winter months.

“Mornings were really rough. Sometimes I was so tired I had trouble focusing in class, especially pre-algebra in first period,” said eighth grader Brandon Bennett, 13, of his two previous years at Rogers.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019 - 11:23am

St. Louis Public Library will host the Central West End Backpack Program on Wednesday.

The event, coordinated by Kindred Hospital St. Louis, aims to provide over 400 backpacks packed with school supplies to students in need.

Students of all schools and ages may attend the event. High schoolers will receive bags packed with supplies like notebooks and folders. Younger students will get backpacks full of crayons and glue sticks.

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 4:08pm

ST. LOUIS — Students, professors and drivers on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) will get a new first impression of St. Louis Community College at Forest Park as the Center for Nursing and Health Sciences building officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday.

Chancellor Jeff Pittman has said the $39 million project is not just a new building, but a modern entry way and “front door” to the campus that opened in 1966 on Oakland Avenue. It also addresses the urgent needs of the community, with a burgeoning demand for health care professionals as the population ages.

Friday, August 23, 2019 - 4:08pm

ST. LOUIS — K'Mora Hill sailed through her first day of kindergarten like she'd been there before, just like her mom.

Chrishy Kirkendall graduated eighth grade from Lift for Life Academy in 2007 when it was just a middle school. The academy's high school opened in 2008. This year is the first for the primary grades.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 9:44am

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The University of Missouri System and Siemens Healthineers announced Friday a 10-year partnership to boost Missouri-based research and improve health outcomes.

The goal, the two entities said in a news release, is to "transform the way health care is delivered in Missouri and beyond." The partnership is called the Alliance for Precision Health, and includes Siemens delivering "advanced medical imaging equipment" to the Columbia campus.

Monday, July 15, 2019 - 1:24pm

Dr. Anne H. Cross, a professor of neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine, has been awarded the John Dystel Prize for multiple sclerosis research.

The award, in its 25th year, comes from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the American Academy of Neurology. Along with the award, Cross received $15,000.

Monday, June 10, 2019 - 2:08pm

HAZELWOOD • From kindergarten through graduation, teachers could always count on Tanner Whitworth.

The Hazelwood West High School senior and shortstop on the baseball team did not miss a single day of school since starting kindergarten in 2006.

Whitworth's perfect attendance record over 13 years topped 2,200 consecutive days of class, with not even a single missed period in high school. Whitworth also attended Russell Elementary and West Middle schools.