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Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:19pm

ST. LOUIS — The coronavirus pandemic will get worse before it gets better, but vaccinations “will be the real gateway” to a return to normal, Dr. Anthony Fauci told a group of Washington University scientists and students on Thursday.

Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, spoke remotely during the Washington U. School of Medicine’s “Grand Rounds” forum. The live lecture allows experts to discuss clinical problems and new research. The event was accessible to the public via YouTube.

Friday, January 8, 2021 - 3:19pm

Some students will return to classrooms this month for the first time since March as school districts complete their spring semester plans.

St. Louis Public Schools will reopen its middle and high schools Jan. 11, following a week of virtual learning after the winter break. About two-thirds of students in the district are expected to return to buildings, with the rest staying virtual.

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 1:06pm

After the coronavirus forced the cancellation of high school concerts and plays last spring, music and theater teachers were determined their students could still learn and perform as the pandemic stretched on.

“How do we teach performing arts online? How do we keep them engaged and interested?” said Tali Allen, director of education at the Muny. “It’s challenging but I think if there’s anything good about this, we’re all challenged together.”

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 1:06pm

“All you need is science.”

This was the mantra that Angela Toczylowski’s mother, a science teacher, imprinted in her mind from an early age. The statement was more than a play on a catchy Beatles’ song, but a reminder that a methodical approach to life can be applied to everything we do.

This understanding of life and the world around her was Toczylowski’s inspiration for pursuing the field of education and the study of science herself.

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 1:06pm

ST. LOUIS — The Mathews-Dickey Boys' & Girls' Club and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater St. Louis announced Monday they would merge starting Jan. 1.

The combined organization will be under the Mathew-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club name and location in the 4200 block of North Kingshighway.

In October, BGCSTL also announced a merger with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Bethalto, which has two locations in Illinois.

Monday, January 4, 2021 - 1:07pm

Darrion Cockrell hated school as a child, as he navigated the foster care system. He joined a gang by age 10.

But with the help of the educators around him, Cockrell worked his way up and eventually became a teacher himself — one of the best in Missouri, in fact.

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:07pm

Rich Altis of Ballwin is a veritable horseshoe whisperer. The 82-year-old Missouri Horseshoe Hall of Famer and savant of the game who knows everything there is to know about pitching horseshoes. Pitchers young and old seek him out when they have questions and concerns or just need guidance about their game.

After a few times seeing Melanie Zerr pitching horseshoes, he knew she was something special.

“I went up to her and told her she was going to be state champion one day,” he said.

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:07pm

ST. LOUIS — The University of Missouri-St. Louis announced Wednesday it will waive application fees for undergraduates in 2021, continuing its effort to loosen policies for admissions and online learning during the coronavirus pandemic.

Completion of a standardized test will also be optional for first-time undergraduate admittance in fall 2021, a move UMSL said is intended to accommodate students who may not have access to testing.

Friday, December 11, 2020 - 3:07pm

Every winter, Gavin and Wyatt Hunsel look forward to the occasional snow day. They grab their sleds and head for the hills in their backyard or nearby Blanchette Park in St. Charles, then settle in on the couch with hot chocolate and a movie.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020 - 11:22am

Jamie Stokes takes a dynamic approach to education. He is both a teacher and a coach. In his world, the two seamlessly intertwine.

In his standard 9-to-5, he is teaching his students important resources like health, physical education and how to properly lift weights. After hours, he coaches high school athletes in cross country and baseball. Whether in the classroom or on the field, both of his roles at Winfield High School revolve around encouraging, building up and training his students — not only in athletics, but in their everyday lives.