K-12 Education

Rock Bridge High School placed on modified lockdown after social media threat

Rock Bridge High School went under modified lockdown Friday because of a threat posted on the social media app Yik Yak. The threat was discovered shortly after 1 p.m., and the school went on lockdown at 1:30 p.m. Modified lockdown entails more security with police posted at all entrances to watch the doors.

After a threat to use a firearm at Rock Bridge High School was posted on Yik Yak, the high school, Rock Bridge Elementary School, Gentry Middle School and the Columbia Area Career Center were placed on a modified lockdown. An increased law enforcement presence was expected at Friday's football game between Rock Bridge and Hickman High School.

ANY QUESTIONS: What happened with the proposed cell tower at Battle High School?

The proposed communications tower would enhance radio, cellular and wireless internet signals, but no action has been taken on the project yet.

Columbia School Board formally opposes Amendment 3

The board unanimously voted in favor of a resolution that opposes Amendment 3, which will be on the state's Nov. 4 ballot. The board was also updated on the 2014 summer school program.

Columbia Public Schools Foundation awards four grants

Columbia Public Schools Foundation announced its grant recipients for the 2014-15 school year on Wednesday.

iPad Minis issued to Columbia 5th-graders

Julie Nichols, manager for instructional technology for Columbia Public Schools, said the devices are intended to prepare them for their transition into middle school.

Grant funds MU, Lee Elementary Science ARTreach program

A National Science Foundation grant will fund the Science ARTreach program between MU and Lee Elementary.


Three local schools earn athletic training award

Hickman, Rock Bridge and Battle high schools were honored for excellence in student athlete safety.

UPDATE: Missouri group calls off campaign for teacher tenure measure

Constitutional Amendment 3 will remain on the Nov. 4 ballot, but the group said it won't be pouring money into an effort to pass the initiative.

Columbia School Board hears security update, awards school construction bid

The board also canceled a project for flashing school zone signs.

Francis Howell School District says transfer students need court order

The Pattonville, Ritenour and Ferguson-Florissant districts reversed their decisions and now enroll Normandy students. Only Francis Howell requires a court order for each student wanting to re-enroll.

Down syndrome activists to speak on best practices, classroom curricula

The Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis will bring speakers to Columbia to implement ideas and processes for working with children with Down syndrome in public schools.

Missouri teacher initiative survives ballot challenge

The measure up for a vote in November would tie teachers' jobs to student performance.

Columbia student achievement gap widens, data shows

Missouri assessment data released on Friday highlights a widening achievement gap. Columbia's MAP test, a yearly test taken statewide, saw some positive advances but showed its subgroup is falling behind.


Conservation Department gives $10,000 in gear to Columbia high schools

The donation from Missouri Department of Conservation and the Missouri Conservation Heritage Foundation to Hickman, Battle and Rock Bridge high schools will strengthen their outdoor curriculums.

Recess incident prompts more training for Blue Ridge Elementary lunch monitors

Lunch monitors will receive additional training after 72 fourth-grade students were forced to stand in 89-degree heat during their recess period on Aug. 21. 

Louisiana Gov. Jindal sues feds over Common Core

The U.S. Department of Education has used a $4.3 billion grant program and federal policy waivers to encourage states to adopt uniform education standards and testing.

Two Columbia middle schools will test teen courts as alternative to justice system

A program at Lange and West middle schools this fall is designed to help reduce the number of young people being sent to the juvenile justice system and address racial discrepancies in those referrals.

Pediatricians' Rx for schools: Later start times

When Columbia Public Schools adjusted its start times, the district gave high schools the latest start time at 9 a.m.

Charter high schools disappearing in Missouri

DeLaSalle Education Center in Kansas City is the only alternative charter high school among 45 charter schools operating in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Rock Bridge, Columbia Area Career Center get buzz-in systems

The final two schools in the Columbia School District are getting a buzz-in security system, which is part of a districtwide evaluation of safety issues.