K-12 Education

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.

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.”