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.
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.
(Part of the “Best of St. Louis” series, featuring the region’s top performers in Olympic and recreational sports.)
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.
ST. LOUIS • On one school day last month, more than 30 Hamilton Elementary students sat cross-legged on the gym floor, laughing at an episode of the ’90s television show “Recess” that was being projected on the wall.
They were watching TV because they had no gym or art teachers that day, said substitute teacher Janet Burns, who was supervising them. Those teachers were absent.
Missouri public school students in kindergarten through 12th grade could take online courses for free, with their school district or charter school picking up the tab, under legislation that passed the Missouri House and Senate this month.
The main intent of the plan, dubbed the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program, is to expand course access for high school students in small, rural or cash-strapped schools that might lack the money or number of students to justify hiring staff to teach advanced courses, such as chemistry, Chinese or creative writing.