K-12 Education

Eighth graders address issues as part of Columbia Comes Alive! program

Middle school students arrived at the Daniel Boone City Building to voice their concerns to city staff and community stakeholders.

Gentry Middle evacuated because of glue smell

Michelle Baumstark, a spokeswoman for Columbia Public Schools, said students were taken outside after a glue smell from a roofing project at the school entered the ventilation system and permeated the building.

Missouri offers new guidance on student transfers

The department recommends reducing the tuition that unaccredited districts pay districts that receive transfers.

New push to get girls into computer sciences

Statistics show that female participation in computer sciences has dropped to 18 percent, down from 37 percent in the 1980s. To combat this, Google launched a new campaign, "Made with Code" focusing on changing the gender disparity in its workforce.

New chief named for Missouri School for the Blind

Geoffrey Barney will take over at the Missouri School for the Blind beginning with the upcoming academic year.

Effort to limit Missouri teacher tenure challenged

The lawsuit contends the proposed ballot initiative is unconstitutional because it effectively would change two parts of the Missouri Constitution — one dealing with education, the other with collective bargaining.

UPDATE: Missouri education officials limit transfers from Normandy

Students who stayed in the Normandy School District during the most recent school year could not transfer in the future to nearby districts, and students who transferred this year would return to Normandy if they did not spend at least one semester there in the previous year.

Stiepleman: Columbia Public Schools will need more city funds

Incoming Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Peter Stiepleman spoke Friday about how the district will adapt to Columbia's growth. He said that more funds will be needed, and he's not opposed to re-evaluating the district's calendar.

New principals announced for Russell Boulevard and Rock Bridge elementary schools

Jill Dunlap Brown was previously announced as Rock Bridge Elementary School's principal, but Ryan Link will take over there. Dunlap Brown will become principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School.

FROM READERS: Kids' winning essays address overcoming adversity

Fourth-graders wrote about a person or a situation that best exemplifies Blind Boone's famous motto, "merit not sympathy wins."

Dual-language immersion program proposed at Columbia School Board meeting

If approved, the proposed Spanish and English immersion program would start for kindergarteners during the 2015-16 school year.

Ed Schumacher tapped as Smithton Middle School principal

Pending approval from the Columbia School Board, Ed Schumacher will replace Smithton principal Jean Selby.

Missouri Scholars Academy celebrates 30 years

More than 9,500 scholars have been part of the academy throughout its 30-year history.

PHOTO GALLERY: Fifth-grade class graduates at Alpha Hart Elementary School

Fifth-graders and teachers celebrated the end of the Columbia Public Schools' year on Thursday.

FROM READERS: Eighth-graders share hopes for the future

The Missourian asked a class of eighth-graders from West Middle School to answer this question: "What do you hope you can say about yourself in four years?" Here are their responses.

Program aims to keep students active with longer walks to buses

During the summer, West Middle School students along two bus routes will have slightly longer walks to the bus stop from their houses. This PedNet and Columbia Public Schools pilot program is an attempt to get kids moving.

Smithton sixth-graders celebrate end of school with field trip

Students and teachers from Smithton Middle School enjoyed a day of fun and games at Cosmopolitan Park.


MU High graduates diverse, far-flung class of 2014

Thirteen students received their diplomas at MU High School's 2014 graduation Saturday afternoon. MU High graduate Scott Thuong, who graduated at the age of 14, spoke of how independent study allowed him to pursue his dreams.

Hundreds from Columbia schools to travel to Wyoming for science trip

More than 300 students and 40 teachers from Columbia Public Schools will travel to Wyoming for a science field trip.

5 Columbia students win National Merit Scholarships

Two of the local students attended Rock Bridge High School, two attended Hickman High School, and one attended Helias Catholic High School in Jefferson City.