The snow still blankets Saint Louis U. High’s campus, yet the English Department has emerged from its wintery cocoon, first with current Clean Up Day and now more recently with the redesigning of senior curriculum. As announced to juniors as part of the electives surveys at the start of the semester, the English Department has designed a senior capstone course for the second semester English course, beginning in Spring 2020.

Social Studies teacher and head varsity basketball coach Erwin Claggett was recently recognized as one of the Delux Magazine Power 100 list of influential, inspirational, and game-changing urban professionals. Claggett was invited to a gala held at the Chase Park Plaza in the Central West End on Dec. 23 for the honorees.

Art teacher Joan Bugnitz returned recently from her first semester sabbatical to a welcoming school community. In her time away, she experienced growth, knowledge, and of course, art. The sabbatical offered a chance for her to expand her knowledge of printmaking with a special emphasis on stone lithography. Bugnitz studied at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL) with other students under two professionals. The complicated practice took her the majority of her time away to master.

The Robotics team will be working over the next five weeks to design, build, and program a robot to compete in this year’s For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics St. Louis Regional Competition at Chaifetz Arena. Facing the heavy loss of senior programmers, the team looks to rebuild and aim high at the competition in mid-March.

Steve Schlanger, ’89, typically calls the play-by-play of the world’s greatest athletes on national television, but on Sunday, Jan. 27, he will be speaking to the St. Louis U. High community at the Father-Son Banquet. Every year, the Father-Son banquet gives students and their dads a chance to connect with other fathers and sons in the community and hear from someone who has made a global impact. The evening begins with a Mass and continues with a large dinner, served buffet-style. The dinner time allows fathers and sons to socialize before the keynote speaker delivers his speech.

The Saint Louis U. High chess team headed into Metro High School on Wednesday riding a two-game win streak and left with a loss, making for a 2-2 overall record for the season.  However, with star seniors John Marx and Ben Keil lost to Senior Project, the Jr. Bills lost 26-4 in a match filled with close games, competitive play, pivotal moves, and young talent.