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Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

CHESTERFIELD — Vito Polizzi says he only remembers the good things about his fifth grade pupils. For example, he remembers 10-year-old Adria Moore was always happy to come to school.

Now 23 years later, Moore is still happy to see Polizzi every day at Wild Horse Elementary in the Rockwood School District, where they both teach.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

WEBSTER GROVES — Parents in the Webster Groves School District are being asked to weigh in on a plan to add about 20 minutes to each school day in the next school year so that the district can try to end the year before Memorial Day.

Parents are being notified by email this week and Superintendent John Simpson said he's hoping to evaluate responses at the school board's Feb. 24 meeting, with the results incorporated into the final decision.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - 9:50am

AFFTON — Joyful shouts and laughter, the universal language of childhood, echo across the Affton High School pool on Saturday mornings when American teenagers teach dozens of refugee children how to swim.

The 12 volunteer coaches from Lutheran High School South, many from the school’s swim team, give weekly swimming lessons each winter to dozens of children ages 5 and older from seven African and East Asian countries.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:39pm

JUPITER, Fla. — Even on days like this, almost a week before the official start of Cardinals spring training, there’s a bullpen of autograph-seekers gathered outside the gates at the team’s complex hoping for a signature as a player turns onto University Boulevard. It’s not unusual for a collector or kid to have a three-ring binder full of baseball cards, organized so that if a player lowers his car window the card is quick-draw available to hand over.

At times this spring, Paul DeJong is going to flip the tradition.

Monday, February 10, 2020 - 3:39pm

Darryl Diggs was speaking to students at an elementary school in St. Louis County when it struck him — the students would likely graduate from high school without ever having a black man for a teacher.

The racial disproportion between students and teachers in many St. Louis districts is a form of educational malpractice, said Diggs, 37, an assistant principal at Parkway South High School.

Not only do black students have few role models in education, but educators also can feel isolated and vulnerable without black mentors in their schools.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:55pm

ST. LOUIS — In the Shaw neighborhood of south St. Louis, where children attend public, private, parochial and charter schools within a few blocks of each other, the Green House Venture brings them together to focus on science and nutrition education.

St. Louis University professor Donald Stump envisioned a plan to address “the problems this particular generation of students is going to have at the height of their productivity,” including a lack of science education, poor nutrition and childhood obesity, he said.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:55pm

COTTLEVILLE — Gabbi Thomason and the Francis Howell Central girls basketball team have more than winning championships on their mind.

The Spartans are on a roll unlike any other team in the area but there is much more they intend to check off their to-do list this season.

Francis Howell Central remained the only undefeated girls basketball team in the area with a 61-50 win over Holt Friday at home. The Spartans ran their win streak to 16 games and in the process helped give back to the community.

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 1:55pm

At the beginning of the school year, fifth-grade teacher Michale Ward posts a sign in her Glasgow Elementary room with the heading: “My Activities.” This piece of paper doesn’t track upcoming lesson plans or classroom tasks; rather, it refers to her students’ extracurricular activities. Here, they can fill in the days and times of their upcoming events, such as football or basketball games or dance recitals.

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:13pm

The Sportsmanship Scholarship is presented annually to graduating high school seniors from the St. Louis region who exemplify outstanding sportsmanship and character in athletic competition. The recipient of the scholarship program’s top award in 2020 will receive $15,000 to use for higher education expenses.

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 2:13pm

JEFFERSON CITY — After years of shortchanging local school districts, Missouri lawmakers are considering an accounting maneuver that would boost how much money the state pays for busing.

Under legislation that could be debated in the Senate as soon as Thursday, the state would funnel excess money left over for classroom expenses to the transportation fund.