K-12 Education

Five Illinois students denied diplomas after celebratory cheering

Caisha Gayles was one of five students denied diplomas from the lone public high school in Galesburg, Ill., after enthusiastic friends or family members cheered for them during commencement.

Poems for Rock Bridge High School's graduation ceremony

Clay Minchew plans to read two poems as part of the Rock Bridge High School's graduation ceremony on Saturday. Minchew will read his poem “Life is short, life is sweet,” written after attending the funeral of classmate Paige Siddall, and a poem his grandmother wrote to help the family cope with her death.

Turning the tassels: Hickman

On Thursday, students entered the gymnasium at Hickman High School for the Class of 2007’s last student assembly. Juniors and seniors filled the bleachers and basketball court for their annual “Memories” assembly, an event highly anticipated by Hickman students and faculty.

Turning the tassels: Rock Bridge

Eman Abdelhadi, Clay Minchew and Chowdhury were chosen by a student committee several weeks ago to speak at the graduation. The committee heard interested students read their speeches before making the final selection.

Hickman High expands AP program

Juniors at Hickman High School will have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement courses in language arts starting this fall.

Coed classrooms to end for Field’s fourth-graders

Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, all fourth- and fifth-grade classrooms at Field Elementary School will be separated by gender.

Officials to tackle rezoning schools

Those involved in the Columbia public school rezoning efforts of the late 1990s still remember the obstacles they encountered.

Record number of students graduate from Douglass High School.

Doug Daniels has been a social studies teacher at Douglass High School for more than 20 years, but he’s still taken aback by the sense of accomplishment he sees in some of his graduating students.

Math task force recommends new K-12 advisory unit

Creation of a K-12 math advisory board, which would include parents, business leaders and MU faculty, is among the recommendations of Columbia Public Schools’ Secondary Mathematics Task Force.

Volunteer relates math lessons to life

Upon entering Kimberly Euliss’ fifth-grade classroom at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, volunteer tutor Meg Morrissey waved to students as they squirmed in their chairs with excitement.

Virtual school bill sent to governor

JEFFERSON CITY — Students in struggling districts would have the chance to join the new statewide virtual school under legislation sent to Gov. Matt Blunt on Thursday.

School board to select new board member

A replacement for the Columbia Public School District board will be elected at a school board meeting 7:30 a.m. Thursday at the Administration Building. The board will interview and then elect a replacement from a pool of nine candidates.

Chase gets 5 percent raise

A 5 percent increase in Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase’s salary won the approval of the Columbia Board of Education on Monday after the board discussed the superintendent’s pay in a public meeting for the first time.

Chase in line for raise tonight

Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Phyllis Chase is set to receive a raise and a contract extension when the school board meets tonight and for the first time, part of Chase’s salary review will take place in public.

School bus drivers scrutinized

No one can say for sure how many felons drive school buses for Columbia Public School District, but as of last week, the number dropped by one.

Registration begins for online school

Students can register today for a state-funded seat in Missouri’s new virtual school, which opens in August.

A night for Memories

Kristina Whitmarsh, left, and Tyrel Lemley pose for a portrait at the beginning of the Hickman High School senior prom. Hickman’s seniors celebrated their prom Saturday night at the Holiday Inn Select Expo Center, while Rock Bridge High School simultaneously held its prom at Stony Creek Inn.

To the beat of their drums

A chaos of sound and music dominated MU’s Lowry Mall on Thursday, Friday and Saturday as high school musicians from all over the state flooded the campus.

Nine apply for one open seat

United by the similar goal of improving Columbia Public Schools, a varied group of local professionals has applied for one open seat on the Columbia School Board.

Concentrating on checkmate

Eleven-year-old Vikram Arun has traveled as far as Orlando to participate in national chess competitions, but the Gentry Middle School sixth-grader spent Saturday participating in his hometown of Columbia.