One of Laura Hipkiss’ guiding principles as a first-grade teacher at Laverna Evans Elementary School in O’Fallon, Illinois, is to “teach the expectation.” But she doesn’t just do it for her own kids.
As a coach for Positive Behavior Intervention Support — a team that creates ways to help the school community encourage good behavior — she has a direct impact on every single student. “We plan events for the entire school, like assemblies or different quarterly or even monthly celebrations that go along with programs like our Word of the Month,” Mrs. Hipkiss says.
Amazingly, many teenagers will graduate high school this year with little knowledge about how finances work, flying blind into a hurricane-sized storm of potential debt, bad loans, bankruptcy, and no savings or retirement.
As a parent, you can head this off. To help, the makers of BusyKid, an app that tracks kids’ chores and allowance, are offering families tips and financial basics for getting started.
St. Louis charter school network Confluence Academies is working on a $20.3 million financing package to help it purchase the buildings that house two of its schools.
Last month, Confluence bought the downtown building that houses Confluence Preparatory Academy from a St. Louis Public Library affiliate for $8.8 million. Confluence has leased the building at 310 North 15th Street from the library for years, and the lease included a purchase option, said the library’s chief operating officer Justin Struttmann.
Third-year medical student Kate Gerull has been confused for a flower delivery person and a food worker when she visits patients in the hospital.
“You can’t blame patients in that situation, but it speaks to a broader social issue,” said Gerull, 26, who plans to specialize in orthopedic surgery. “I never saw gender as an issue until I got to medical school.”