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The Messenger surveyed MHS staff members about how they felt about school reopening. Here are the results.

Teachers Show Health Concerns for School Reopening

Lajja Patel, Staff Reporter November 18, 2020

Jocelyn Theiss, Spanish teacher, was anxious about school reopening Thursday, Nov. 12, because of the interaction she’d then have with numerous staff and students. “The idea of being exposed to...

Emily Thompson, french teacher, said the safety of students is her top priority. She became a teacher to support the social-emotional health of every student  in-person, which is unachievable during the pandemic. “I am a fairly healthy adult, so I am not as worried about myself as I would be for my other colleges who are substantially older, students with underlying conditions, or students and staff who are on the roulette wheel of being healthy and end up in the hospital,” Thompson said.

MHS Reflects: MO Governor Parson Relaxes School Quarantine Guidelines

Lauren Pickett, In-Depth Editor November 18, 2020

Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, alongside officials from the Department of Health and Senior Services and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced modifications to the quarantine guidelines...

Jamie Levine, senior, uses Common App to apply to colleges. “Because of COVID, I kind of feel like I am on my own terms of getting everything done, and I couldn’t visit colleges at all like I typically would’ve been able to,” Levine said.

Seniors Experience A Fully-Virtual College Apps Season

Rutaiba Siddiqui and Mahita Avasarala October 24, 2020

College application season can be stressful, and COVID-19 seems to have added on to the list of worries for the newly minted Senior Class.  While the majority of the application process is completed...

For the first few months of quarantine, MHS was relatively empty with the only traffic being staff picking up or dropping materials. Over the past three months, the reopening phases and county-approved sports practices have allowed MHS to once again be busy with activity, now following social distancing guidelines. Principal Dr. Steve Hankins awaits the reentry of students. “Until kids get in the MHS building [and in classrooms], we don’t feel settled,” he said.

RSD Announces Plans to Reopen Secondary Schools

Waha Siddiqui, Editor-In-Chief October 20, 2020

As of today, Principal Dr. Steve Hankins said MHS reopening plans are finalized but have not been announced in detail due to the reviewing process and the need to possibly tweak plans over the next week....

With RSD switching to a quarter system rather than the traditional semester system, the Messenger asked students and staff: What are your thoughts on the new quarter system? What are some perks or problems you’ve encountered?

Speak Out: MHS Students and Staff Reflect on Virtual Quarter System

Rutaiba Siddiqui, Staff Reporter October 17, 2020

With RSD switching to a quarter system rather than the traditional semester system, the Messenger asked students and staff: What are your thoughts on the new quarter system? What are some perks or problems...

Sophia Marciano and her friends pose together at the 2019 Fall Retreat with Holy Infant Youth Ministry.

Religious Institutions Begin Re-Opening After COVID-19 Lockdown

Grace Taylor, Staff Reporter October 17, 2020

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, many religious congregations had to be shut down. St. Louis county has opened up in phases allowing more people to gather in a space, so some institutions have gathered once...

Counselors, Brenda Casey and Jacklyn Floyd teaching coping mechanisms during Mindful Mondays.

MHS Prioritizes Mental Wellness in Isolation

Rutaiba Siddiqui, Staff Reporter October 15, 2020

To help students during this stressful time of living through a pandemic and attending school virtually, counselors and clubs are offering mental wellness activities and programs.  Jacklyn Floyd,...

(Pictured) Grace Watters and her friends attended the Homecoming dance last year. “Homecoming for me was seeing my friends and being able to see everyone’s smile,” Watters said.

Homecoming events postponed due to COVID-19

Grace Taylor, Staff Reporter October 7, 2020

For the 2020-2021 school year, all Homecoming events have been pushed back due to COVID-19 restrictions. Senior Burton Brandt, president of Student Council (STUCO), plans Homecoming along with the rest...

Creve Coeur police officers stand guard at the entrance of County Executive Dr. Sam Page’s neighborhood as protesters begin to gather. Police were on site to keep protesters from advancing farther up the street to Dr. Page’s home.

Photo Gallery: Let Them Play Ralley

Ben Hughes, Photography Editor, Online Publisher September 18, 2020

Members of the RSD community held up signs outside the Rockwood Administrative Annex in Eureka to protest not having a five-day in-school option.

RSD Community Responds To Reopening Guidelines

Zara Tola, Copy Editor July 25, 2020

Parents from around the RSD community gathered Thursday before the Board of Education (BOE) at the Rockwood Administrative Annex in Eureka to protest RSD’s reopening plans. The plan states students...

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