K-12 Education

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.

Board to discuss school budget

The Columbia School Board will hold two open sessions at 7:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today to discuss the proposed 2007-08 school budget.

Columbia’s class of 2007

The Columbia Public School District has reason to celebrate.

The class of 2007 boasted record numbers graduating from both Douglass and Rock Bridge high schools.

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.

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.

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.

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.