EAST ST. LOUIS — It’s still spring semester for students in this Metro East district, where an extra month was added to the school year to combat learning loss during the pandemic.
“The extended school year has given Lincoln (Middle School) the opportunity to get back what the pandemic took from us,” said principal David Shanks. “Nothing compares to in-person learning for most of our young scholars.”
Colette Giezentanner missed her first word Sunday in the semifinals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, ending her career as the reigning St. Louis spelling champion and tied for 21st best speller in the country.
“One of the wonderful things about my daughter is she bounces back from adversity unusually quickly,” said Lee Giezentanner, Colette’s father. “She will make it through this with flying colors and she’ll find many other reasons to feel rosy and good about the world and herself.”
FORT KASKASKIA, Ill. — Scraping dirt away inch by inch, archaeology students are uncovering a fort that lay undiscovered for two centuries. After almost two years away, Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Archaeology Field School returned to Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site this month, digging into the fort’s unknown history.
“People either find out they love being in the dirt, or they hate it,” said Jessi Spencer, a Ph.D. candidate in anthropology at SIUC and course teaching assistant.
ST. LOUIS — City officials announced Monday that five schools will serve as programming sites in an effort to keep youths safe and engaged during the summer.
The summer programs are part of the St. Louis Youth Development Collaborative, a coalition of 27 entities including St. Louis Public Schools, the St. Louis Library, United Way and area youth organizations.