K-12 Education

Former Columbia Spanish teacher wins lifetime achievement award

Jo Cunningham, who taught Spanish for 31 years at Jefferson Junior High School, won the Foreign Language Association of Missouri Lifetime Achievement Award.

Jo Cunningham, a retired Jefferson Junior High School teacher, incorporated travel experiences into her 31-year career as a Spanish teacher.

Benton Elementary says 'no' to sweet snacks in school

School gives up annual candy fundraiser to emphasize new guidelines that discourage sweet treats and other unhealthy snacks in the classroom and lunchroom.

Smithton students begin programming robots to behave like humans

GlaDos the robot can recognize faces and speech, as well as sing and dance. Smithton Middle School students chose songs for GlaDos to play as a type of "robot karaoke."

FROM READERS: Columbia Independent School students support Heifer International

Students raised enough money to buy two heifers, three sheep, two water buffalo, two goats, three flocks of chickens, two flocks of ducks, a share of a llama and 10,000 honeybees.

Two incumbents file ahead of Jan. 20 deadline for Columbia School Board openings

So far, incumbents Christine King and Darin Preis are the only candidates for three-year terms.

MU engineers graduate to a full house in the Missouri Theatre

On Friday, 175 graduates from the MU College of Engineering looked forward to starting a new chapter — and having more free time.

Neville takes a mother's approach with Douglass students

Douglass High School Principal Eryca Neville knows the students who walk by her office — not just their names, but also their stories. She constantly reminds them that she sees them — really sees them.

Battle assistant principal is dedicated to students, both inside and outside of school

Battle High School is Rachel Bennett's "home away from home." The assistant principal and single mother of seven balances her fierce dedication to her students with her children at home.

Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture extends reach into local schools

Eight schools in Columbia are now working with the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture to develop their outdoor classrooms.

Online literacy initiative attempts to get tablets into the hands of children

Columbia READS! is asking for donations of old tablets to provide children with access to online books.

First-graders from Lee Expressive Arts Elementary spread holiday cheer at MU concert

Dozens of elementary students converged on the steps of MU's Memorial Union on Tuesday to sing holiday songs despite the day's cold weather.

New youth council would advise city on issues related to young people

The idea, which emerged from a class at Battle High School, will be introduced Monday night and go up for a vote by the Columbia City Council in January.

FROM READERS: My son the pianist

Henry Huang, an eighth-grader at Gentry Middle School, has earned a spot in the division finals of the Music Teachers National Association Junior Piano Competition.

Plans for Columbia nature-based school put on hold

The school was set to open in the fall of 2015.

High-speed Internet on its way to more schools

The $3.9 billion plan would likely increase Americans' phone bills by about $2 a year.

Battle students create soft sculptures for preschoolers

Battle High School preschoolers' imaginations sprang to life Wednesday morning after high school students made their drawings into three-dimensional soft sculptures.

Columbia Catholic school, parish decision set for January

The Diocese of Jefferson City will review recommendations from listening sessions held in Columbia. A decision on whether to bring a new Catholic school or parish to the city will be made by the end of January.


Columbia group wants to help parents and schools connect

Worley Street Round Table was created to provide resources to parents in the community who want to be more involved in the life of their child at school. Part of the problem, founders Verna Laboy and Adrian Clifton say, is that parents don't know what to do.

'Empathy Museum' challenges visitors to start a revolution

Students from Douglass High School and MU Honors College finished the semester by teaching the community what their "Empathy Museum" is and how to start an "empathy revolution."

Five finalists vie to lead education in Missouri

The State Board of Education this week announced the list of candidates to replace Commissioner Chris Nicastro.