K-12 Education

Resurgence of an old, deadly game has schools and families worried

Neecy Jarman walks through her son, Josh Boyer's, old bedroom on Friday at her home. Jarman believes Josh, on the right in the picture frame, died in his bedroom while playing the "Choking Game," in which participants choke themselves or someone else to the point of passing out to get a short high after regaining consciousness.

Josh Boyer's death was ruled a suicide, but his mother, Neecy Jarman, believes otherwise. She says his death was the result of a dangerous game that's well-known among kids but little-discussed by parents and schools.

Elementary school students unveil experiments at science fair

Columbia fourth and fifth-grade students presented their science experiment results Saturday at the second annual Columbia Science Fair.

Missouri students take ACT for free for the first time

The state has set aside $3.8 million to pay for the test, and about 65,000 public school juniors were expected to take advantage of it.

Columbia businesses, Junior Achievement students compete in TV-style fundraiser

The Junior Achievement program held an event Tuesday with the goal of raising $20,000 to educate elementary students in financial and entrepreneurial subjects.


Columbia second-graders make feathered friends on field trip

Organizers of the annual event hope that it will spur a young generation of Columbia residents to care about animal conservation and enjoying the outdoors. Hundreds of students from Columbia Public Schools experienced learning outside of the classroom at the Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary.

Columbia middle schoolers share research at civil rights museum

Over the past month, Oakland Middle School students researched the civil rights movement and prepared essays, posters and presentations for a Civil Rights Museum that was held at the middle school Thursday evening. 


TEACHER TALK: Playing school as a child led Gina McLachlan to teaching

High school teacher Gina McLachlan was the kind of child who would cry on the last day of school.

FROM READERS: Rock Bridge Elementary takes a trip to the moon

Students at Rock Bridge Elementary will reach for the stars at their Moon Landing Night on April 23.

$350,000 donation from AT&T to benefit Mizzou K-12 Online students

Students in areas around the world with limited Internet access will be able to download assignments to a mobile app then complete them while offline.

Boone County agencies report plan to reduce student referrals to juvenile justice system

The Columbia City Council heard a plan to reduce student referrals to the juvenile justice system. The plan would establish guidelines and uniformity among Boone County agencies for handling school-related offenses.

STEAM bus will introduce Columbia students to new technology next fall

A bus integrating science, technology, engineering, art and math will start being used at Columbia Public Schools starting this fall with Benton Elementary School.

Review of Missouri K-12 learning goals further strained

Last year, lawmakers opposed to the Common Core required a review of the standards with the goal of replacing them with standards recommended by Missouri parents and teachers.

Columbia preschoolers play with oversized blocks on new playground

Children at UCP Heartland Child Development Center have a new play system with custom-designed blocks that allow them to build and rebuild their own playground.

FROM READERS: Retired school secretary shares decades of memories

Cheryl Brewer worked at Blue Ridge Elementary Schoo for 28 years. It was her first and last job in Columbia.

New Haven Elementary put on lockdown after suspicious person spotted

The school was put on lockdown at 3:25 p.m. and was reopened at 4:01 p.m., according to  a news release from the Columbia Police Department. 

Public gets second chance to weigh in on education standards

Lawmakers last session passed a bill to take another look at the national Common Core standards.

TEACHER TALK: Family and good teachers inspired Joe Henke to teach

Henke's favorite teacher taught world history and had great stories to share.

Missouri Senate approves student transfer law fix

The bill will return to the House so that the differences between the two versions can be worked out.

Wrestling coaches, parents focus on rebuilding low participation

In 2015, the high school wrestling teams in Columbia suffered poor participation numbers across the board. A lack of middle school wrestling and the sport's low  popularity are factors, but parents and coaches are finding ways to increase interest in the sport to teach valuable life lessons they can't learn anywhere else.

Beeler recommended to lead Benton STEM Elementary School

Beeler is the assistant principal of Mill Creek Elementary School and worked with students in poverty for 18 years. Current Benton principal Troy Hogg is moving to the Kirkwood School District.