K-12 Education

Columbia Public Schools host discussions about child readiness

At Wednesday's World Cafe, Columbia Public Schools invited community members to discuss how to prepare students to achieve goals.


Columbia Public Schools will seek public input on student achievement at World Cafe

Columbia residents interested in attending the World Cafe can reserve a spot until Wednesday morning by contacting the Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Department at 214-3960.

Games, food trucks draw crowd to Shepard Boulevard Elementary fundraiser

The school's principal said the Stallion Stampede fundraiser typically brings in at least $10,000. This year the school plans to use that money to buy iPads.

26 bands compete in 2014 Champion of Champions Marching Band Contest

Rock Bridge, Hickman and Battle high schools were among the schools competing in the annual event Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Despite lack of support, campaigns for teacher performance amendment continue

Even though its main backer is out of the game, Amendment 3 is still on the Nov. 4 ballot, and opponents want to make sure it doesn't pass.

UPDATE: Isolated fight escalated into hallway brawl at Battle High

The disturbance Thursday included an assault of a teacher.

Columbia parents' event to help multicultural students succeed

The MAC Scholars program speaks to parents about how to best influence multicultural children academically.

Rock Bridge marching band places fourth in competition

The Rock Bridge High School marching band had its best performance at the Fort Zumalt North River City marching band competition under first-year director Patrick Sullivan.

Derby Ridge principal recommended to lead Battle Elementary

Jeri Petre will be recommended to become principal of the elementary school set to open next year.

Grant to fund MU research about learning elementary mathematics

The $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation will help answer the question of how to ensure that elementary school students have access to high quality mathematics instruction.


Columbia School Board approves more staff for special needs students, tables girls lacrosse funding

The School Board also approved more than $30,000 in building renovations.

Annual Fairview Fever Festival brings in funds, family fun

Rain didn't stop the fun for the students, teachers and family members attending Friday's Fairview Fever, the school's largest fundraising event of the year.

Columbia School Board to discuss piloting girls lacrosse teams at high schools

At Monday's meeting, Columbia School Board members will discuss funding a pilot program for girls lacrosse at all three high schools. The proposal would create club teams for spring 2015 and Missouri State High School Activities Association-approved teams by the 2016-17 school year.

Missouri seeking federal preschool grant

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the grant could expand preschool programs for 4-year-olds in what it describes as "high-need communities."

Missouri students to get help applying to college

The program is meant to help low-income and first-generation applicants navigate the sometimes overwhelming process and increase the number of college applications in Missouri.

Bird is the word for Columbia Public Schools second-graders

The Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary hosted an event to get second-graders excited about science by teaching them about bird adaptations and communication.

Youth council angles for a voice in Columbia city politics

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said the city could benefit from working with the Youth Advisory Council.

In first big act, peer ambassadors at West Middle ice teachers after fundraiser

After raising more than $2,000 for ALS research, the Peer Ambassadors at West Middle School dumped buckets of ice water on their teachers' heads Friday. It was all part of a new elective class at the school that allows students to show leadership skills in school.

Columbia schools extend emergency-monitoring radius

The school district's security officials now receive a text message whenever police respond to an incident within 2,000 feet of a school.

FROM READERS: School chef says good eating habits start at home

"Would children eat this?" It's a question that Brad Faith has to ask daily as a chef for the Columbia Public Schools Nutritional Services Department.