K-12 Education

Educators work to improve early childhood system

Rather than starting from scratch, early childhood educators in Columbia and Boone County propose to improve and integrate existing programs into a streamlined system of early childhood education.

Petitioners call for changes to school math curriculum

By Wednesday afternoon, three days after traditional math advocate and Columbia Parents for Real Math founder Michelle Pruitt launched a petition to change the math curriculum in the Columbia Public Schools, more than 280 signatures had been collected on the online version of the petition.

Gold Star given to Fairview a third time

For the third time, Fairview Elementary School has been named one of 16 Gold Star Schools in Missouri. Fairview was the only Columbia public school selected for the 2006-2007 year.

At MU: Campus security comes under scrutiny after shootings

Monday’s shootings at Virginia Tech show the need for specific safety policies for faculty members to follow when faced with a shooter or similar threat in their classroom, said Jenice Prather-Kinsey, vice chairwoman of the MU Faculty Council.

A new program works to get kids out of the house and into the woods

Richard Louv’s best-selling book begins with a quote from a fourth-grader: “I like to play indoors better ’cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are.”

MU chancellor offers condolences, assures security

Columbia Independent School approves a second section for kindergarten classes

A second section of kindergarten was approved for the 2007-2008 academic year at the Columbia Independent School Board of Trustees’ meeting Tuesday.

Nurturing Nursery

‘Friends, do you want to play house and take care of my dog?” volunteer Martina Hoyt asks as she raises up a black and white toy dog. The faces of the students at the Nora Stewart Memorial Nursery School immediately light up. The kids are anxious to play, surrounded by miniature stoves and a pink playhouse that says “welcome friends.”

Mees sets higher bar for campaign funds

In her successful bid to become a Columbia School Board member, Jan Mees raised more money than any school board candidate in the past five years, and probably much longer.

A perfect score

Two Columbia eighth-graders are among the world’s best young mathematicians after achieving perfect scores on a test sponsored by the Mathematical Association of America.

Preis says input on math is welcome

Some Columbia parents are so concerned with the math curriculum in the public schools that they have formed a group to oppose the district’s current nontraditional methods of math instruction. That’s OK by district administrators and school board members.

School board begins looking at next budget, welcomes new members

At a five-hour meeting Monday night, the Columbia School Board devoted most of its time to discuss a non-action issue: the district’s next budget.

9 years of school service wrap up

At Tuesday night’s election watch party, friends and family gathered to celebrate Karla DeSpain’s campaign for re-election to the Columbia School Board. Among the guests was Chuck Headley, 76, who played down his own accomplishment — the completion of his final term on the board — and focused his energy on congratulating his colleague.

Through fifth-grade eyes

The hallways of West Boulevard Elementary School are adorned with students’ artwork and projects, but these projects are more than a showcase of hard work. They are part of West Boulevard’s second annual Children’s Museum that observes and explores U.S. history — this year, “Through Indian Eyes.”

Board to pick leaders, swear in new members

The Columbia Board of Education will meet Monday in the administration building, 1818 W. Worley St., at 7 p.m.

Bursting at the seams

Maxine Nelson has taught in the Columbia Public School District for 29 years, 19 of those at West Junior High School. Two of those years at West have been spent in a trailer just outside of the school’s main building.

Private school buys land for unified campus

Columbia Independent School has acquired land to build a campus of its own.