Last winter, Joshua Kazdan, now a junior at John Burroughs School, heard about a trip being offered by the Japan America Society of St. Louis to create ambassadorship between the two countries. Interested in Japanese culture, Joshua applied and was selected as part of a group of students for the all-expense-paid trip, thanks to sponsorship by Toyota and Hitachi.
With the arrival of fall, so come all the cravings of the season: squash of all varieties—including and especially pumpkin—apples, caramel (or apples dipped in caramel), and bacon and chocolate. (OK, those last two can apply to any season.)
Having a child with a learning disability of any kind is a struggle. Between diagnosis, doctors appointments and treatments, school work can get lost in the shuffle. Fortunately, several area schools cater specifically to students with learning disabilities, which means youngsters can focus on their education and stay on track to success.
At Villa Duchesne and Oak Hill School, teachers work closely with students during learning experiences inside and outside the classroom to create globally-minded citizens. “Our teachers get to know the kids, their abilities and their potential," says head of school Elizabeth Miller. "It’s more than knowing the teacher-student ratio. It’s about the relationships they build with the child—that’s what is meaningful.”
Bravo to longtime master of the arts and the dean of Webster University's Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts, Peter Sargent, the recipient of this year's Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Webster Groves Arts Commission.
So I've been doing some substitute-teaching of late—just a class here and there. I get to brush up on some subjects in which I used to be proficient, back when the wheels were well-oiled. It's a win-win, really—for me. The students (I think) enjoy their time with their new sub. I haven't been pelted with spit wads or been fooled into spending the entire class discussing The League on FX (OK, once, it happened once). So far, I'm teaching, they're learning. All is as it should be. And that's when the teacher I am helping out informs me of one tiny detail: On Tuesday, you'll be taking my beginning Greek class.
A couple months ago, my editor approached me about one of those new painting-while-drinking-wine classes that have recently dominated everyone’s social media newsfeeds. My mission was to visit the new Pinot’s Palette in Webster Groves. The thought of doing something artistic while drinking wine, and then writing about it sounded like something just this side of nirvana, so, of course, I signed on.
Winifred Crock, Doug Auer, Jennifer Stoffel
It seems that lately, a slew of former Saturday Night Live cast-members are branching out, with varying degrees of success. One need only glance at a Rob Schneider comedy to know the downside of these attempts. Will Forte turned in a solid performance in Nebraska, Tina Fey has had spotty success, and Will Ferrell is a superstar. And while Kristen Wiig had a monster hit with Bridesmaids, this is her first foray into an actor-driven independent film, and she and her SNL castmate Bill Hader deliver.
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My mom is an amazing cook—so much so that I never really learned how to do it myself. Sure, she had me help prep ingredients, stir this or mix that, but I left the heavy lifting to her—dinners just turned out better that way. Now that I’m a ‘grown-up,’ I have begun dipping my toes into cooking, to mixed results (and, if I’m being honest, several burned, bland or otherwise inedible meals). So when the opportunity arose to take a cooking class at Schnucks, I jumped at it faster than I can reach for a takeout menu.
Thanks to the efforts of students participating in the Read to the Finish program, several Kirk Day School faculty and staff revved their engines in a race against teachers from other schools. The reading-incentive program rewards young readers with a free ticket to Gateway Motorsports Park, and the opportunity to watch their teachers rev their engines.
Greg Boyce, teacher of the year Paul Bozdech, Blanche Touhill, Maureen Moore
Cody, a Miriam School graduate, is a hard-working kid who never gives up, says his mom, Molly S. Cody has dyslexia, she says, and while the school he attended for kindergarten through third grade tried to help him, the large classes and lack of understanding of learning disabilities were frustrating to him, as well as to his parents.
The ‘ballet barre’ used to be just for dancers. And it was no coincidence that those dancers had amazing bodies. Now, an increasing number of women and men are discovering ‘barre workouts,’ which bring the principles of dance movement to an exercise-class environment. Yet experts emphasize that barre workouts are not just for people with dance experience.
Little House on the Prairie's Melissa Gilbert is putting her own spin on home-cooking, and will appear at a book-signing and discussion at Maryville University later this month.
When 1-year-old Hailey was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2011, everything changed quickly for the little girl and her family, recalls her mother, Cass Tracy. "We found a lump on her arm a day before she turned 1, and when she had her 1-year checkup a couple of days later, we showed the doctor," Tracy recalls. "He had us keep an eye on it for a week. When we went back, it hadn't changed; but she had bruising on her back and legs, and also little red dots on her chest and neck."
Story: It’s 1816, and a group of young poets, philosophers and artists has gathered at Lake Geneva in Switzerland for a summer of sailing, writing and late-night conversations. With steady rain forcing them to stay inside on many days, they entertain themselves by telling old German ghost stories. This inspires one of them, George Gordon (aka Lord Byron), to propose a contest in which each of them will write a ghost story.
Janet McAfee Real Estate has welcomed NANCY FRANCIS and MELINDA McCARTHY as sales associates.
Katherine Marie Bear and Adam Joseph Brown
Show: The ninth annual St. Louis Cabaret Conference was held July 28 through August 1, allowing students to take lessons from a variety of artists adept in the stylistic art form. Founded by Tim Schall and Sharon Hunter in 2006, the conference was expanded in 2012 by producer Schall to include the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, a series of cabaret performances occurring while the conference is under way.
Story: Return with us now to 1959 for the senior year of the fun-loving kids at fictional Rydell High School (anyone else remember Bobby Rydell?). It seems that over the summer, Danny Zuko, leader of a group of school greasers known as the T-Birds, had a romance with a chick named Sandy Dumbrowski.
Pencils, paper, protractors… As the first day of the new school year approaches, more than 90,000 students in St. Louis don’t know where their classroom supplies will come from. But many area nonprofits are working to change that.
Story: Last year, St. Louis Actors’ Studio introduced its LaBute New Theater Festival, a four-week offering of new, one-act plays receiving their world premieres at the Gaslight Theater. STLAS founding director William Roth and others at STLAS collaborated with noted playwright Neil LaBute, who agreed to lend his name to the festival and also to contribute an original work to the inaugural event.