K-12 Education

Fitness track sought for Russell Boulevard Elementary

Russell Boulevard Elementary's Parent Teacher Association has been raising money toward a new fitness track on the school playground. After the school's 50th anniversary celebration, it may have met its goal.

Gang awareness forum to be held at Hickman High

A gang awareness forum will be held in the Hickman High School media center at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Students paint pumpkins to give back

On Tuesday, students from Family Career and Community Leaders of America groups from three junior high schools painted pumpkins and delivered them to nursing homes.

Parents invited to preview sexual abuse prevention materials

Columbia elementary school counselors will host two viewings for parents to observe the sexual abuse prevention books and videos their children are scheduled to view at school this year. 

Middle school math buffs must register for Hickman contest by Wednesday

For a second year, Hickman High School will host its Kewpie Math Classic, a math competition for middle school students with questions created by members of Mu Alpha Theta, a math honor society at Hickman.

Educator explains what's different about nontraditional math

Nontraditional math curriculum used in Columbia Public Schools vary in a lot of ways, and educators hope students would gain multiple problem-solving skills from it.

Mill Creek on 'needs improvement' list despite meeting targets

Despite meeting Missouri Assessment Program proficiency targets as a school, Mill Creek Elementary School wound up on No Child Left Behind's "needs improvement" list for 2008. Principal Mary Sue Gipson says the label doesn't accurately reflect the school.

Residents discuss Columbia Public Schools' math transitions

About 30 people spoke at a Columbia Public Schools' public comments meeting Thursday night. Among their concerns were quick, responsible curriculum decisions and easing children through the district's planned math changes.

Russell Boulevard Elementary to celebrate 50th anniversary

The school will hold a Western-themed celebration Thursday, with visits from alumni and former teachers.

Jumpstart brings kids, adults together to push for world reading record

Organizers for Read for the Record, which took place Wednesday, hoped to involve 400,000 people to break the record for the most children being read the same book by adults on the same day.

Commission continues to discuss development around new high school

The joint committee decided they need more time before making recommendations to the public.

Junior high marching bands play at Providence Bowl Parade

For the eighth graders in Columbia's junior high school bands, Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was their first public marching experience. The three junior high marching bands, alongside the high school bands, also played the national anthem at the rivalry game.

AP enrollment increases at Rock Bridge, Hickman

Enrollment in AP classes increased this year at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, an increase that mirrors the statewide increase of 14 percent. Douglass High School does not offer AP courses but its students can take the courses at Hickman and Rock Bridge. The increase in AP enrollment can be attributed to two factors: saving money and seeking a challenge.

Home schooling operates on 'honor system'

Along with Alaska, Missouri is one of just ten states in the country that does not regulate or monitor home schooling, according to the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association.

Junior high marching bands play in Providence Bowl

Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was the first public marching experience for students from Jefferson, Oakland and West junior high schools. The junior high school bands also played the national anthem with the high school bands at Friday's rivalry game.

Columbia students named National Merit semifinalists

Eighteen Hickman High School students, six Rock Bridge High School students and one Christian Fellowship School student were named 2009 National Merit semifinalists.

UPDATE: Math curriculum change could extend to secondary level

Though it hasn't been decided officially, Interim Superintendent Jim Ritter said all grade levels will likely use a traditional approach, but students in grades nine through 12 could be able to choose the traditional or nontraditional route.

Rock Bridge starts homecoming week with parade

Friday's parade in downtown Columbia begins homecoming week for Rock Bridge High School.

Columbia Public Schools puts land up for sale again

The Columbia Public School District is putting six vacant lots and one school building back on the market after the lots failed to sell in a June 24 auction.

Islamic School of Columbia celebrates Ramadan

The Islamic School of Columbia is in the midst of celebrating Islam's most sacred holiday, Ramadan. To begin the celebration at the school, first-year Principal Zuhnia Kozbar made each student a gift bag filled with a toy, dates and other treats.