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Seniors establish local chapter of Junior State of America

Seniors Pranavi Pitchyaiah and Neeza Singh founded the Lafayette Branch of the Midwest Cabinet of JSA. The girls hope the club will give students a way to voice political opinions in a safe environment.
Board members emphasize importance of political club in high school setting
November 23, 2020

Junior State of America (JSA) is a non-partisan political organization in high schools across America. The Lafayette chapter of the organization was established this year by seniors Neeza Singh, president,...

Annual canned food drive continues with new format

The Canned Food Drive is an event that takes place through the month of November. Students have the opportunity to donated canned food to those in need by bringing cans into their 1st Hour classes to receive rewards if certain goals are met.
Together We Can adapts to new donation mediums including online opportunities, drop houses, direct delivery
November 20, 2020

This year, instead of students filling up their 1st Hour classrooms with boxes of canned goods for the Together We Can Canned food drive, students are either filling up boxes on Rockwood families' porches...

Teacher of the Year nominations close soon; committee encourages students to participate in selection process

Balloons fall in celebration as guitar teacher Traci Bolton is announced the 2019-2020 school year Teacher of the Year (TOY). Nominations for TOY are due on Nov. 20 at midnight for the 2020-2021 school year.
November 19, 2020

Teacher of the Year (TOY) nominations for the 2020-2021 year are due at midnight on Nov. 20. Any student or staff member may nominate a Lafayette staff member they believe is deserving of the honor this...

Rockwood high schools re-open to in-person learners, St. Louis County announces tighter restrictions as COVID-19 rates climb

At a Rockwood Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Mark Miles addresses the board. At the next meeting, slated for Nov. 19, the Board will address recent state and local announcements made placing further restrictions on St. Louis County as well as new recommended quarantine guidelines issued by Governor Michael Parson.
Governor announces loosening guidelines for quarantine, Rockwood to meet with experts and hold meeting before possibly changing its policy
November 16, 2020

“I feel very positive about what I’ve seen within our schools. [On the first day back to in-person learning] I was able to tour all four high schools, saw a lot of smiling faces behind masks, so I...

Online learning brings new challenges regarding academic dishonesty

With the switch to online learning, the opportunity for academic dishonesty among classes has been widened. Apps such as Photomath have made using outside resources during tests and quizzes more accessible.
November 5, 2020

During remote learning, teachers and students have had to adapt alternate learning techniques. One area that has required extra thought by educators is how to control academic dishonesty. Officials at...

Latin program discontinued at LHS due to low enrollment, inability to hire certified instructor

During former Latin teacher Emelia Osborne's Latin class, senior Brigid Ogle works on a breakout box project with the help of Osborne.
October 27, 2020

Students who had been enrolled in Latin courses at Lafayette were left without the option to continue in those programs this year after low enrollment led to the elimination of a full-time option for the...

RSD announces plans for return to in-person learning

After starting the 2020-2021 school year completely virtual, RSD announced that all schools will return to an option of in-person learning by Nov. 12.
Families must indicate by Oct. 28 whether they will send their students back to school or remain online for the remainder of Quarter 2
October 25, 2020

“We all know that things have changed and how we do school will be different, but some of the changes are exciting and may even be for-the-better. For instance, I see our teachers and students much more...

Students to return materials from Quarter 1, pick up materials for Quarter 2 in preparation of Oct. 26 start

During the material pickup day at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, librarian Nichole Ballard-Long assists senior Brenna Arakelian determine what books she needs for her Quarter 1 classes. Students will not need to return those materials and pick up books or their Quarter 2 courses which begin on Oct. 26.
October 21, 2020

Students will have the chance to pick up any materials that are required for their Quarter 2 courses in addition to dropping off materials from Quarter 1. Just like in August, the pick-up days are arranged...

COVID-19 affects mental health of students in differing ways

In November 2019, Lancers Helping Lancers organized and executed a mental health week. Seniors Sydney Stinnett and Taylor Wulf help to make clothespins to clip on to unsuspecting student's clothes and backpacks with uplifting messages written on them.
September 30, 2020

Some students have found paying attention to their mental health during the stress brought upon by COVID-19 is essential to their well-being. And, while some have faced new struggles as a result of being...

Elementary returns to in-person learning; RSD exploring ways to bring secondary students back safely

During her 1st Hour AP Environmental Science class, Gretchen Whelan begins her Zoom session. Teachers have been working from the building unless they were given permission to work from home due to a special circumstance like a health condition.
Lafayette prepares for Quarter 2, which is set to begin Oct. 26
September 28, 2020

According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), younger school-aged children (under 14 years old) have a lower risk of transferring COVID-19 to others. In light of this and...

LTC continues with fall production despite COVID-19 setbacks

Special education teacher Daniel Horst addresses LTC members at a Zoom meeting that was held to answer any questions students might have about the upcoming fall production.
September 17, 2020

While on a typical school year, Lafayette Theatre Company (LTC) would be in full swing of its fall production, COVID-19 has forced the club to adapt to new guidelines and find other ways to create a fall...

Lafayette students, staff share reactions after first two weeks of virtual learning

Long-term speech and theater teacher Megan Dill works in classroom after school to prepare for an online Zoom class with her students.
September 6, 2020

The past two weeks have marked the beginning of a brand new school year, but unlike other years, students have been adjusting to online learning, which has prompted mixed feelings from both students and...

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