K-12 Education

School board approves math curriculum objectives

Columbia public schools now have revamped math curriculum objectives.

Joint planning commission routinely sees low attendance

The county and city Planning and Zoning Commissions made history when they decided to work together to write a sub-area plan for the land around the site of the new Columbia public high school. But members' continued low attendance indicates the plan is being written by a handful of regular attendees.

Secondary enrollment committee to hold forums

Eight public forums are taking place through the month of October at public schools in Columbia regarding a new high school, which is expected to open in August 2010.

School board will vote on math objectives, search firm

Monday night's Columbia Public School Board meeting could end the long math curriculum revision process.

Parkade Elementary offers free breakfast

More than 300 students at Parkade Elementary take advantage of the free breakfast stations set up in the school's hallways each morning. The free breakfast is part of a Department of Agriculture program to ensure students are starting off the day right. Schools qualify to offer free breakfast if they have a high free and reduced lunch enrollment.

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.