Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:11pm

CREVE COEUR — At Bellerive Elementary, American Sign Language is just another way to talk to your friends.

“Signing is like words but you don’t talk, you only use it with your hands,” said Reilly Veilleux, 6, a member of the school’s sign language club. The club meets once a week before school to practice signing words, sentences and songs.

About 30 students are deaf or hearing impaired at Bellerive, which has six teachers who specialize in deaf education plus 10 sign language interpreters through St. Louis County’s Special School District.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

Cindy Cooney sees art in everything. As the art teacher at Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic School (CPOP) in Manchester for the last 25 years, she wants her students to appreciate art in their everyday lives as well as in every subject they study. A sixth-grader recently told her that their social studies class was learning about prehistory and wondered why early humans would have created cave art. Mrs. Cooney answered, “Because it tells the story of their civilization.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

The coming “Grow Your Own” teacher development program to be used by the Ritenour School District will be part of an effort to develop a teacher recruitment strategy reflecting the demographics of the district student population, officials said in a report to the school board Thursday night.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

Now here's a list that should create some spirited debate around the public houses:

What are the best private high schools in STL?

Before we get ready and set to argue, note that the rankings were compiled by Niche, a Pittsburgh-based website that analyzes public data and reviews to produce rankings for U.S. schools and neighborhoods.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019 - 4:46pm

If you had taken one of Donald Johnson’s English or journalism classes at Webster Groves High School — or had been on staff at the ECHO, the school’s newspaper where he is the faculty adviser; or helped create the paper’s website, podcast, Twitter feed, Facebook or Instagram pages — your takeaway would have been simple, yet powerful: There is always more to the story.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:28pm

The National College Fair is Sunday, October 20, at St. Louis University's Simon Recreation Center. Here are some tips on attending.

Before the fair

1. Register online for the fair at to receive a bar code for easy on-site access to college representatives.

2. Print the bar code and bring it to the fair as your electronic ID.

3. Ask yourself following questions to help determine what kind of school would be best for you:

• Do I want to attend a large, medium or small school?

• What major do I wish to study?

Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 3:28pm

ST. LOUIS — A self-described “word nerd,” Ellen Jovin first set up Grammar Table a year ago near her home in New York City as an unusual form of street performance.

Now she’s taking her table on the road to talk grammar, spelling, punctuation and pronunciation with anyone confused by the difference between lay and lie — so, pretty much everyone.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 3:05pm

This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center.

UNIVERSITY CITY — When an acquaintance contacted Judy Gladney to see whether she would be attending their 50th high school reunion next weekend, she blew him off. Why bother, she thought. The only other University City High School reunion she went to — she can’t remember if it was the 20th or 25th — wasn’t an experience she wanted to revisit. She barely knew anyone there, and almost no other African American alumni attended.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 3:05pm

ST. LOUIS — Starting next fall, Washington University will provide a free education to any student from Missouri or southern Illinois whose family income is under $75,000.

“When all individuals have the same opportunities to thrive and flourish, all of us serve to benefit,” said Andrew Martin, the university’s new chancellor, in his inaugural address Thursday.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:22pm

RICHMOND HEIGHTS — At this school, students aren’t just encouraged to smell the flowers, they can eat them too.

All students at Maplewood-Richmond Heights Elementary School take a one-hour garden class every week, just like art and music.

On Wednesday, third graders were studying the five senses as they relate to the change of seasons. They heard the cicadas buzzing. They felt the dead leaves crunch under their feet. They touched the roaming chickens. They watched the bees and butterflies. And they tasted cherry tomatoes, herbs and edible flowers from the garden.