K-12 Education

School Board to discuss late start days, transportation contracts

At its Monday meeting, the Columbia School Board will discuss delaying start times in bad weather, and bids from bus vendors.

Science leaves the classroom at STEM Expo

Saturday's expo, organized by Columbia Public Schools, showcased robots and 3-D printers along with more explosive projects, such as volcanoes and rockets.

Local bands perform at The Bridge for Hickman's Academy of Rock fundraiser

Local bands performed Wednesday evening at an Academy of Rock fundraiser for the Amnesty International club at Hickman High School. One student band, Well Trained Men, is influenced by The Rolling Stones, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.

MU nursing students teach preschoolers the importance of hand-washing

Board games, puzzles and music helped teach Eugene Field School students healthy hand-washing and hygiene habits. This was the first of eight sessions led by MU nursing students.

Groundbreaking ceremony to be held for south Columbia elementary school

The Columbia Public School District continues to grow as a groundbreaking ceremony Monday will signal the start of construction of an elementary school in southwest Columbia.


Sturgeon School District to receive $2 million in bonds for renovations

Voters in the Southern Boone County Fire Protection District also approved the addition of two members to its board of directors.

Chili and love are equal parts of the recipe at Lange cook-off

Lange Middle School's annual chili supper and cook-off showcased some couples' dedication to cooking and each other..

Lee students take inspiration from a beetle for Fall Festival parade

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School students create their own masterpieces for the annual Fall Festival parade, sparked by an unlikely source — a beetle named Marvin who draws like Albrecht Durer. The parade starts at 8:30 a.m. at the school, 1208 Locust St.

Sturgeon school district seeks $2 million bond for buildings

Proposed renovations and additions would provide students and staff with more adequate facilities and increase safety, officials say.

Amendment 3 would tighten requirements on evaluating teachers

The fate of an amendment next week will determine how much control schools have over teacher evaluations and contracts.

Teal Pumpkin Project aims to raise awareness of food allergies

Two Columbia mothers urge people to remember children with food allergies and invisible disabilities. There are "all types of little ones out there," Tara Arnett says.

MISSOURIAN MINUTE: Assistance League of Mid-Missouri rings in 20th year with Operation School Bell

Operation School Bell, one of the programs run by the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, provides free clothes and hygiene kits to hundreds of kids in Columbia Public Schools. The Assistance League recently celebrated the 20th year of operation in Columbia.

Common Core task force lacks common consensus

Missouri Board of Education gathered opinions during a public hearing Monday about the work of parent and educator groups that are revising Common Core standards. The eight groups, appointed by the Missouri legislature, have until October 2015 to revise the federal education standards for Missouri.

Columbia Public Schools host discussions about child readiness

At Wednesday's World Cafe, Columbia Public Schools invited community members to discuss how to prepare students to achieve goals.


Columbia Public Schools will seek public input on student achievement at World Cafe

Columbia residents interested in attending the World Cafe can reserve a spot until Wednesday morning by contacting the Columbia Public Schools Community Relations Department at 214-3960.

Games, food trucks draw crowd to Shepard Boulevard Elementary fundraiser

The school's principal said the Stallion Stampede fundraiser typically brings in at least $10,000. This year the school plans to use that money to buy iPads.

26 bands compete in 2014 Champion of Champions Marching Band Contest

Rock Bridge, Hickman and Battle high schools were among the schools competing in the annual event Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Despite lack of support, campaigns for teacher performance amendment continue

Even though its main backer is out of the game, Amendment 3 is still on the Nov. 4 ballot, and opponents want to make sure it doesn't pass.

UPDATE: Isolated fight escalated into hallway brawl at Battle High

The disturbance Thursday included an assault of a teacher.

Columbia parents' event to help multicultural students succeed

The MAC Scholars program speaks to parents about how to best influence multicultural children academically.