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Mehlville opens kindergarten, preschool registration for 2021-2022 school year

Oakville Elementary kindergarteners do the 'footy-ta' dance in January 2019.
January 14, 2021

The Mehlville School District's online registration for students entering kindergarten for the 2021-2022 school year is now open. Children who turn 5 before Aug. 1, 2021, may register for kindergarten. "Mehlville...

House speaker declares education reform a top priority for Missouri legislative session

House Speaker Rob Vescovo, R-Arnold, speaks with House Budget Chairman Cody Smith, R-Carthage, during the Nov. 10, 2020 special session (photo courtesy of Tim Bommel/House Communications).
By Tessa Weinberg, Missouri Independent January 12, 2021

As a new legislative session kicks off, education reform will be a top issue for lawmakers to tackle, Missouri House Speaker Rob Vescovo declared Wednesday. Lawmakers from across the state returned to...

Mehlville elementary students will attend in-person class five days a week

Mehlville Superintendent Chris Gaines talks to a teacher in a hallway while schools were all-virtual in fall 2020.
By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter January 8, 2021

In a few weeks some Mehlville School District students will attend in-person class for five days a week for the first time since last March, when school districts first closed due to COVID-19. On Friday,...

A look back: Bresler eats lunch with students

Mehlville Assistant Superintendent Jeff Bresler joined a group of students eating lunch at Rogers Elementary to celebrate National School Lunch Week in October 2019.
January 8, 2021

Editor's note: Remember when students could eat lunch together, and be joined by special guests? We are looking back at good times in our local school districts pre-pandemic in this special series. Mehlville...

A look back: Kiwanis, Beasley Elementary honor ‘Terrific Kids’

Beasley Elementary Terrific Kids October 2018: Pictured in the front row are, left to right: Mariam Aburas, Tyler Hayes, Xavier Harris and Dominic Castaldi.  In the second row are Kiwanians Pauline Roth, Roy Wunsch and Beasley Principal Andrea Deane.
January 7, 2021

Editor’s Note: The terrific program “Terrific Kids” from the the South County Kiwanis is on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic and schools limiting visitors, but we thought we’d look back on some...

A look back: Author Alan Gratz visits Oakville schools

Author Alan Gratz led Mehlville School District students on a 'choose your own adventure' lesson while visiting Oakville Middle School and Wohlwend Elementary in October 2019.
January 6, 2021

Editor’s Note: In-person visits to schools by authors are on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but we thought we'd take a look at some of the past visits.  New York Times-bestselling author Alan...

Missouri lawmakers return to tackle Medicaid, education, budget amid COVID

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City.
By Jason Hancock, Missouri Independent January 6, 2021

With COVID-19 continuing to spread across the state, Missouri lawmakers convene at noon Wednesday to begin the 101st General Assembly. It is certain to be a session like no other. Questions surrounding...

Mehlville ties student COVID cases to out-of-school activity

A Rogers Elementary student is ready to learn on the first day of class in Fall 2020.
By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter January 4, 2021

Some Mehlville School District officials believe out-of-school activities may be why they are seeing more positive COVID-19 cases in the district’s more affluent schools. At the Dec. 17 Board of Education...

Mehlville asks for more masking so that district can bring students back to school

Above left, Rogers Elementary first grader Dominic Vallejo works at school wearing a mask Dec. 16 as school signs, right, ask the community to do the same.
By Erin Achenbach, Staff Reporter December 28, 2020

The Mehlville School District hopes to bring back elementary school students to five days a week in person and high school students back part-time in the second semester, but the district is appealing...

A look back: Mesnier Elementary students earn way on People of Dignity Squad

Above, Mesnier Principal Christine Powers, along with school counselors Peter Bogart and Jan Winchester, rewards students
recognized for having responsibility during the December 2012 POD Squad lunch.
December 28, 2020

Editor's note: With students in and out of in-person schooling this school year due to the pandemic, there are fewer activities students are able to participate in at school that we can share with the...

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