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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.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:22pm

Eight schools in the St. Louis area were named national Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019, including three from the Francis Howell School District.

The awards announced Thursday by the U.S. Department of Education are based on academic performance and improvements on standardized tests and graduation rates.

Nationally, there were 312 public and 50 private schools named Blue Ribbon Schools in the award's 37th year.

The Blue Ribbon Schools in the St. Louis region for 2019 are:

Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 1:22pm

Faith Mina wanted to be a teacher since she was a child, however, school was not easy for her. Nor was her path to becoming a special education teacher with a focus on autism at Hodgen Tech Academy. She studied art education immediately following high school and later switched to dental hygiene school, but becoming a teacher was never far from her mind. After she enrolled as an education student at Webster University, things began to fall into place.

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

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.

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