K-12 Education

The Douglass High School Class of 2010: photos and full list of graduates

This is a list of all Douglass High School graduates for the 2010 school year.

Former NASA Astronaut Hoot Gibson visits Hickman High School

During his visit, Gibson presented awards to three students of Hickman's Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association.

SLIDESHOW: Backyard garden educates and supplies food for children

Students at Nora Stewart Early Learning Center can learn firsthand where their fruits and vegetables come from.

Columbia Independent School graduates seven seniors

The class of 2010 is the school's largest since 2005.

Children's House offers Montessori education until junior high with new school

Windsor Street Montessori School allows Children's House students to continue their self-directed learning activities until junior high.

Cash-strapped districts, including Kansas City, cutting summer school

Across the country, districts are cutting summer school because it's just too expensive to keep. The cuts started when the recession began and have worsened, affecting more children and more essential programs that help struggling students.

IBM could bring $4.3 M to schools, slow budget cuts

Columbia Public Schools could benefit from a projected $4.3 million in additional tax revenue from IBM's decision to open a facility in Columbia. The money could stave off budget cuts in the next couple years.

About 100 attend groundbreaking for new regional Catholic high school

Ninth-grade and 10th-grade students are scheduled to begin classes at Father Augustine Tolton Regional Catholic High School in the fall of 2011.

Columbia Board of Education discusses budget cuts, school improvements

The Columbia Board of Education held a special session Thursday morning to discuss long-term plans related to district funding and school improvements. Topics of discussion included next school year's budget reductions and the status of the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

Former Columbia School Board president appointed to State Board of Education

Russell Still of Columbia replaces Russell Thompson on the bipartisan panel of the Missouri State Board of Education.

PHOTO GALLERY: Rukus Ball rides raise money for gifted program

A fundraiser for the Columbia Public Schools' gifted program Tuesday evening involved taking rides in a Rukus Ball at Cosmo-Bethel Park. Even Superintendent Chris Belcher took a turn. 

Smithton student named finalist in Google contest

Stella Pruitt, a sixth-grader at Smithton Middle School, was chosen by Google as a top 40 finalist in a competition to design a Google logo.

BLOG: Volunteers at Jefferson Junior make up for budget cuts

When last spring’s budget cuts at Jefferson Junior High prevented the school from hiring a new front office secretary for the 2009-10 school year, Principal Gregery Caine went to the PTA, asking them if they would volunteer their time to fill the position. They happily agreed to help.

Two Rock Bridge seniors win National Merit Scholarship

Rock Bridge seniors Tasmeen Hussain and Sidhant Misra won $2,500 National Merit Scholarships. The announcement was a pleasant surprise to Misra, who believed the winners had already been decided.

School Board approves select salary schedules for new hires

In Monday night’s School Board meeting, two of three proposals for salary schedules for new hires in select employment groups were approved.

School Board to discuss district policy changes, salary schedules

Monday evening's meeting agenda includes the presentation of proposed changes to the district's  staff/student relations policy and a follow-up on proposed salary schedules.


Boys & Girls Club coach plays father role for Columbia children

A dozen years ago, Deronne Wilson did not see himself running the day-to-day operations of the Boys & Girls Club in Columbia. Now, he has a hard time picturing himself anywhere else. Wilson serves as a father figure for many of the kids there, and he takes pride in the role.

Columbia school district plans and funds summer program different from last year

Columbia Public Schools will operate its summer school program on its own this summer, which will lead to changes in curriculum and a lack of monetary attendance incentives. The district has committed to conduct the program even if proposed state funding for core classes is not approved.

Derby Ridge Elementary students learn from the Retired and Senior Volunteer program

Volunteers at Derby Ridge work with kingergartners through a multigenerational learning program.

Columbia Public Schools considers revisions to staff-student policies

The board will look at a series of proposals May 10 concerning relations between students and faculty, notably the use of Facebook as a means of social networking.