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K-12 Education

Grant to MU Med School meant to help get youth interested in science

A recent $750,000 grant to the MU School of Medicine will bring state-of-the-art technology to Columbia and St. Louis public schools. The money is part of a national effort to connect medical institutions to their surrounding communities and get elementary and secondary students more interested in science.

Kids will learn about livestock, farming in Columbia

The Children’s Barn will recreate a natural farm environment, complete with common Missouri farm livestock and a staff of animal youth educators to help visitors better understand how Midwestern farms operate.

Educators make time for physics workshop

The idea of a classroom full of teachers discussing physics might make any student cringe. But when class involves making batteries out of potatoes and lemons, launching marbles into the air and stargazing in a field, students might take an interest.

Students work for their grade, prepare for the future

During the summer, the Between The Pages program gives high school students an opportunity to obtain high school credit and earn money by working at the MBS Textbook Exchange deli.

Writing camp for kids

For the past two weeks, Stephens has hosted the Young Writers Workshop, a four-hour-a-day program aimed at getting kids entering first through sixth grades interested in creative writing.

New school planning committees get started

In July, members of the planning committees for the two new schools will visit the Kansas City area to see how other districts are building schools.

Board of Education to discuss making school year-round

A year-round school calendar is one way Darin Preis, vice president of the Columbia Board of Education, thinks outside the box.

New law requires eye exams when starting school

Missouri children starting public school in kindergarten or first grade will have to receive eye exams, beginning with the 2008-2009 school year.

Public unhappy with school board decision

Several members of the public are not happy with the site selected and attended Thursday’s school board workshop to voice conerns.

For some disabled students, school’s in

The Extended School Year program, which began June 12 as part of several summer schools in Columbia, offers services for children with disabilities to help them continue progressing and retain skills they acquired during the regular academic year.

Crowded hallways

Although total summer school enrollment has remained consistent, enrollment for high school students in Columbia has nearly doubled during the past two summers. Enrollment for grades 9-12 has grown from 517 students in 2004 to nearly 1,000 students this summer.

Grades for Chase defined

Next year, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase’s annual report card will likely be based on a new grading scale.

$5,000 paid for injuries to Columbia student

The Columbia Public School District’s insurance company will pay $5,000 to Phil and Cheryl Mitchell to offset medical bills in the settlement of a personal-injury lawsuit filed against the district.

Teachers not yet a reality for e-school

The Missouri Virtual Instruction Program, starting in August, will take children out of the traditional classroom and send them online to learn. Yet no teachers have been hired for the program.

School district aims to make new teachers’ transition easy

Keeping new teachers in Columbia is the goal of a new welcome center that opened Wednesday. The center is open for new staff to learn about curriculum and community resources, including real estate information.

Grant will bring animals to classrooms

The Critters Program is one of several programs that will receive money from the Columbia Public Schools Foundation for the coming school year. The foundation announced Monday it is putting almost $43,600 toward classroom enhancements such as the animals, geography equipment for secondary classrooms, SMART boards, or interactive white boards, for math classes and an interactive program for English language learners.

Math classes get coaches

Fourteen full-time math coaches will be added to the Columbia Public School District next year after the school board approved the $164 million budget Monday night.

MU High School celebrates graduating class of 2007

The MU High School recognized 22 graduating students who were present during a ceremony in Memorial Union on Saturday afternoon.

What I learned in school this year ... let’s see

Wednesday marked the last day of classes for the 2006-07 year in Columbia Public Schools, and students across the district were celebrating. A team of Missourian reporters headed out to various schools to ask: What was the most important thing you learned this year?

Hearings address 70 new positions

The Columbia School Board’s budget hearings on Tuesday morning and night included discussions on the use of reserve funds to assist in paying for 70 new positions throughout the district, a $1,000 increase in teachers’ base pay and a nearly 9 percent increase in benefit costs for teachers and administration.

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