K-12 Education

BATTLE RISING: Junior Tyler McCutchen loses 'shell' through acting

Before seventh grade, 16-year-old Tyler McCutchen was shy. But as he stands on the stage as Mushnik, one of the lead roles in Battle High School’s production of "Little Shop of Horrors," it's hard to tell.

Derby Ridge Elementary hosts entrepreneurship, finance day

About 30 volunteers went to Derby Ridge Elementary School on Monday to teach classes on entrepreneurship and financial literacy. 

Ryan Ferguson not allowed to be interviewed during school hours at Hickman High

A miscommunication between student reporters and Columbia Public Schools officials about whether Ryan Ferguson, just released from prison, could be interviewed on campus led to a two-hour meeting between the two camps Friday.

Columbia Public Schools food trailer offers lunch alternative

The trailer is intended to offer more food options and to reduce crowding in the high schools' cafeterias. On Thursday, Rock Bridge students could buy applewood-smoked pulled pork and pulled chicken barbecue sandwiches and coleslaw.

Columbia Public Schools offer benefits to domestic partners

Domestic partners can be of the same or opposite gender and must be in a committed relationship with an employee for a year to qualify for health care coverage.

Hickman junior wins statewide piano competition for the second year in a row

Hickman High School student Junyi Wu devotes a lot of his time to practicing and preparing for piano competitions throughout the year.

New Columbia Public Schools schedules prompt families to readjust

In light of the new school start and dismissal times this year, some families are sacrificing time together to make sure school, extracurricular activities and sleep all fit into their new schedules.

Artist teaches Lee Elementary students yarn art

While in town to plan for his installation at the True/False Film Festival, artist Eric Rieger stopped by Lee Elementary School to teach students to create designs by weaving yarn through a chain link fence.


Rock Bridge High School awarded $25,000 grant

The grant was awarded after Rock Bridge students participated in an online safe-driving contest run by State Farm Insurance.


BATTLE RISING: Battle High's student resource officer keeps his eye on school safety

John Warner is using his more than 20 years of experience to handle the challenges of a new building with a new student body.

Some states move to save cursive in the classroom

When the new Common Core educational standards were crafted, penmanship classes were dropped. But at least seven of the 45 states that adopted the standards are fighting to restore the cursive instruction.

BATTLE RISING: Battle hosts Agriculture Science Day

Battle High School's FFA club hosted its first Agriculture Science Day on Wednesday. The event included a petting zoo, farm Olympic games, a hay ride and an ultrasound of sheep.

Columbia College students teach Ridgeway Elementary students about different cultures

The Columbia College students brought dances, languages and cultures from around the world into the elementary school as part of International Education Week.

Columbia School Board discusses Mill Creek redistricting

At its Monday meeting, the Columbia School Board considered parents concern about overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School.

Columbia School Board to discuss proposed Mill Creek area boundary change

The board will consider proposed upcoming bond issues and Mill Creek area boundary changes.

New Haven Elementary honors veterans with applause, song at assembly

The annual Veterans Day event included a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by Miss Missouri Shelby Ringdahl.

Columbia elementary school name nominations to open back up

Nominations for the new elementary school's name have been reopened until Nov. 22. Names are set to be announced in January.

Hickman's Speak Your Mind focuses on military intervention in Syria

Each panelist had about five minutes for remarks in which they used historical examples of U.S. military intervention to prompt discussion about Syria. The panelists then took questions from the 30 or so audience members.

Meetings will discuss possible addition of Columbia Catholic parish, school

The meetings will address the growth of the Catholic community in Columbia, including overcrowding at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.

Hickman senior is national finalist in science competition

Mingu Kim of Columbia and Aaron Argyres of Clayton engineered a material for bone repair. In December, they will travel to Washington for the competition's final round.