K-12 Education

Parkade dads take on role as WATCH D.O.G.S. at school

The WATCH D.O.G.S program at Parkade Elementary School allows fathers and father figures to come to the school during the day to help out and work with students.

Bond funds reallocated to pay for new Columbia elementary school

In the bond election to go before voters in April, the cost of building the new high school is lower than originally estimated and funds for other projects reworked, making it possible to pay for a new elementary school.

KAHLER KILLINGS: Teachers, friends mourn children lost in triple homicide

Friends and classmates in Texas and Missouri remember Emily and Lauren Kahler, who were shot to death, along with their mother, on Saturday evening. "She could light up a room with her smile," said one of Lauren's Columbia friends, Paige Shipma.

Columbia Public Schools to host forum about objectives

Columbia Public Schools will host a public forum Thursday to discuss the five-year Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.

MU improves conversation about plagiarism through software

More and more universities, including MU, are using plagiarism software and Web sites such as SafeAssign and The use of such detection programs is not disciplinary in nature. It's meant to teach students how to avoid copying their work.

VIDEO: Rock Bridge students volunteer through student-run service program

A study commissioned by The Volunteer Family and released in July reports that more than 70 percent of youths ages 12 to 17 have volunteered.

Columbia School Board discusses contract options for new high school

The Columbia School Board talked about whether to use a general contractor or a construction management agency for construction of the new high school.

AED helps save life of school district employee

An automated external defibrillator kept at Hickman High School appears to have been a lifesaver for a carpenter in Columbia Public Schools who went into cardiac arrest Tuesday.

Through Virtual High School, Columbia teacher's lessons reach coast to coast

Julie Nichols' online civics class has students from Alaska to Massachusetts. Her involvement in the virtual school creates opportunity for Columbia students to enroll in online classes.

Students say goodbye to Field Elementary at Fair

After 93 years, Field Elementary is saying goodbye to its students. Early childhood and gifted programs will move into Field Elementary, and the students will move to a new school, Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary in January.

Columbia schools superintendent addresses need for a new elementary school

The Columbia schools superintendent says it's important to address the possibility of adding an additional elementary school because of expected growth and to reduce the number of mobile classrooms, which was a priority of an earlier School Board.

Missouri uses rigorous education standards when compared nationally, study says

A study that compares state standards in academic proficiency found that Missouri uses some of the most rigorous standards for reading and math in the United States to measure proficiency of its students.

School Board approves marching band restriction, plans for Field Elementary

School Board members vote to halt marching band until 10th grade and to relocate classes and programs to Field Elementary.

Columbia School Board to vote on Field property usage

The Columbia School Board will vote Monday on how to use the Field Elementary School and the 4600 Bethel Rd. properties.

Education leaders discuss future of schools

Four state senators and top state educators met for a hearing at the University of Central Missouri. Educators gave testimony that Missouri needs more educational funding. The Missouri Educated Citizenry 2020 Committee will use the information to plan legislation designed to improve education.

Columbia elementary school students receive H1N1 vaccination

Two Columbia elementary schools began distributing the H1N1 vaccine to students who received parental consent. Columbia Public Schools will offer the vaccine to all students in the district as it becomes available.

Group focuses on promoting pedestrian safety for Halloween

Contaminated candy is less of a Halloween safety concern than people might think, but parents should still be cautious, Safe Kids Columbia says.

Schools committee recommends that Field turn into early childhood center

Columbia Public School's Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee recommended that Field Elementary School be turned into an early childhood education center and that Bearfield School students go to a property on Bethel Street that the district is  buying.

Federal report: Missouri has high math, reading standards

Missouri has the second highest standards in reading for fourth- and eighth-graders. The National Center for Education Statistics compared the standards states used in 2005 and 2007 to judge students' math and reading profiency.

Paxton Keeley responds to candy snorting phenomenon

Fifth-graders at Paxton Keeley Elementary School have been crushing up Smarties and inhaling the powder, likely mimicking YouTube how-to videos.