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Monday, December 30, 2019 - 2:52pm

As 2019 draws to a close, our reporters reflect on the most memorable stories they covered this year.

After 14 years on the health care beat, I switched to covering education last spring. The beat change has been invigorating and busy as I set a goal of visiting three schools a week. I am always inspired by the teachers, administrators and students that I meet, and honored to tell their stories.

Monday, December 9, 2019 - 5:11pm

CREVE COEUR — At Bellerive Elementary, American Sign Language is just another way to talk to your friends.

“Signing is like words but you don’t talk, you only use it with your hands,” said Reilly Veilleux, 6, a member of the school’s sign language club. The club meets once a week before school to practice signing words, sentences and songs.

About 30 students are deaf or hearing impaired at Bellerive, which has six teachers who specialize in deaf education plus 10 sign language interpreters through St. Louis County’s Special School District.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

Cindy Cooney sees art in everything. As the art teacher at Christ, Prince of Peace Catholic School (CPOP) in Manchester for the last 25 years, she wants her students to appreciate art in their everyday lives as well as in every subject they study. A sixth-grader recently told her that their social studies class was learning about prehistory and wondered why early humans would have created cave art. Mrs. Cooney answered, “Because it tells the story of their civilization.”

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

The coming “Grow Your Own” teacher development program to be used by the Ritenour School District will be part of an effort to develop a teacher recruitment strategy reflecting the demographics of the district student population, officials said in a report to the school board Thursday night.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 - 5:45pm

Now here's a list that should create some spirited debate around the public houses:

What are the best private high schools in STL?

Before we get ready and set to argue, note that the rankings were compiled by Niche, a Pittsburgh-based website that analyzes public data and reviews to produce rankings for U.S. schools and neighborhoods.

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