COMO YOU KNOW: Paxton Keeley Elementary School

Sunday, February 12, 2012 | 2:00 a.m. CST; updated 8:38 p.m. CDT, Friday, May 9, 2014

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Opened in 2002, Paxton Keeley Elementary School  is named after Mary Paxton Keeley, the first woman to graduate from MU’s School of Journalism.


Principal: Elaine Hassemer

Assistant principal: Carol Garth

Address: 201 Park DeVille Drive

Phone: 214-3570

Start time: 8:50 a.m.

Dismissal time: 3:45 p.m.

Year opened: 2002

Colors: Red, white and blue.

Mascot: Comets

Students enrolled: 649 for 2011-12 school year.

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Naming the elementary after an MU graduate wasn’t its only university affiliation; the school fight song was developed to the tune of the Missouri fight song.  Principal Elaine Hassemer sees the connections that the school has.

“Just having that song helps builds the community, and brings families together,” she said.

Hassemer, who transferred from Fairview Elementary School, is proud to be the Comet’s principal since the opening of the school.

“I really love the families we work with, but it’s the whole package, she said. “The families, and the staff is very professional and all of that together makes it a great place.”

Links and sources

Paxton Keeley Elementary's website

Columbia Public Schools website

School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's website

Paxton Keeley tip their hats to good vocabulary, 2010 article

Paxton Keeley responds to candy snorting phenomenon, 2009 article

Paxton Keeley marks Lincoln's 200th birthday with Gettysburg Address

Educator-musician leads songwriting workshop at Paxton Keeley

Updated: Feb. 12, 2012

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