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Monday, November 2, 2020 - 9:03am

Solving for ‘x’ in math class is often met with dread and trepidation from some high school students. Hailey Meersman was not one of them.

“I remember saying to my mom in high school, ‘I wish I could have a job where I could just ‘solve for x’ all day!’” said Meersman. As an advanced algebra II and calculus teacher as St. Joseph’s Academy in St. Louis, she is doing just that – and then some.

Meersman attended St. Joseph’s herself, an all-girls private, preparatory high school, and was eager to return upon graduation.

Monday, November 2, 2020 - 9:03am

Cap-tipping time to Girls Inc. of St. Louis and its chief executive, Cheryl Jones.

The group, which supports school-age females from ages 5 through 18 through various programs and services, was named Monday as an outstanding affiliate of the national organization.

The St. Louis chapter was one of three, out of 78 in the U.S., that was honored. The chapter serves more than 8,000 girls a year and more than 80 women in college.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:25am

KIRKWOOD — The Kirkwood School Board approved a plan Monday to bring middle school students back to in-class learning, but students will stay only until 12:30. They will then go home and have virtual classes for the rest of the day.

In an email sent to middle school parents Tuesday, the district said the two middle schools “do not have adequate staff to relieve teachers to go to lunch, and the cafeteria is not an option due to the need to use the space for instruction.”

A free sack lunch will be provided to every student, district officials said.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:25am

EUREKA — Students in the Rockwood School District can start returning to middle and high school starting in November, according to a Thursday announcement from the district superintendent.

Sixth-grade students can return Nov. 4, seventh-grade on Nov. 5, high school freshmen on Nov. 11, and all other high school students on Nov. 12.

Elementary school students have phased back into in-person learning in recent weeks.

Students will have the option to continue learning from home, Superintendent Mark Miles said.

Monday, October 19, 2020 - 11:25am

At 1 a.m., Nandu Rakesh Nair might have the latest bedtime of any St. Louis kid, but that's when he signs off from his fifth grade classroom for the day.

Nandu, 10, attends Craig Elementary near Westport Plaza from India, which is 10½ hours ahead. He and his family traveled to India in March for a two-week visit, but pandemic-related travel restrictions have kept them from returning to the U.S.

While his cousins attend virtual schools in India, Nandu wanted to stay enrolled at Craig with his friends.

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