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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

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.

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.

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.

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