To be in Malissa Mobley’s first-grade classroom at Gateway Elementary School in the Carr Square neighborhood is to be immersed in color, music and motion. Ms. Mobley’s classroom is a reflection of her effusive personality and an indication of how she fully engages her students. “I want them to use their talents,” she says. “We do a lot of chanting and music because that’s the best way they can retain information. I use a lot of colors, and I’m hands-on. I want them to feel it when they’re learning.”
Matthew Billings has been chosen by the World Science Foundation as one of 45 high school students internationally as "World Science Scholars."
Billings is a senior at Chaminade high school and the son of Matt and Patti Billings of St. Louis.
While the foundation notes in a press release that Billings and his fellow scholars have demonstrated exceptional math skills, they also possess "the kind of sustained motivation, curiosity and passion for solving broader problems."
Of the 82 Missouri students who graduated in May and scored perfectly on the American College Test, 46 of them were from the St. Louis area, according to the ACT national office.
The most students with perfect scores were from St. Louis University High School, with seven.
The average composite score for class of 2018 Missouri graduates was 20. A perfect score is a 36. More than 68,000 students took the test as juniors, and more than half of them took the test two or more times.
Editors note: The following story ran on Oct. 18, 1999.
In 1966, CBS put Webster Groves in the spotlight with a one-hour documentary on the St. Louis County community and its high school students. When "Sixteen in Webster Groves" aired, many residents were outraged, saying they were unfairly portrayed as out of touch, spoiled and overbearing. Instead of shining in the spotlight, they got burned.
So it's understandable that some folks were on edge when Time magazine camped out at Webster Groves High School this fall for an article on high school in the post-Columbine era.