K-12 Education

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.

Parents, teachers discuss band instruction in Columbia schools

About 30 parents and a few students attended a forum Wednesday to discuss the removal of marching band from Columbia Public Schools' junior high music curriculum.

Bonds, property and achievement gap discussed at School Board meeting

The Columbia School Board discussed achievement gaps, the upcoming vote on the second phase of the high school bond and the status of the Van Horn, Bethel Street and Field Elementary School properties Thursday morning.

Missouri drops plans for test for integrated math

The state's decision not to create a test for Integrated Math II and III is expected to convince many districts to drop the system. Some Columbia schools use integrated math curriculum.

Curriculum committee to seek parent input at band forum

At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Columbia School Board decided it wanted more parent input on a curriculum revision that would remove marching band from Columbia Public Schools' junior highs. The band program evaluation committee will listen to parent concerns at an open forum at 7 p.m. Wednesday at West Junior High School.

Sylvan Learning Center reopens in Columbia

After shutting down for financial reasons last May, the Sylvan Learning Center has reopened under new ownership in Columbia. It's new location is at the Broadway Shops on East Broadway Boulevard.

Legislators hear about open enrollment

Open enrollment allows students to attend schools outside the district in which they reside. It is not allowed in Missouri in most instances. Legislators heard from witnesses about the possible pros and cons of such legislation.

Columbia Public Schools superintendent off to a brisk start

When Chris Belcher gave his first press conference as Columbia Public Schools superintendent last July, he was asked what he wanted to accomplish in his first 100 days in office. A little more than three months have passed since that day. So how is he doing?

New Haven Elementary School will resume class Wednesday

New Haven Elementary School dismissed students at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday after a waterline broke.

Influenza contributes to student absences

An estimated 70 students were absent from Columbia Public Schools this week due to influenza, though it isn't certain how much the H1N1 strain is affecting the schools.

Missouri charter schools don't make the grade

When it comes to MAP testing, Missouri charter schools underperform compared to their public counterparts.

School district purchases Bethel street property

Columbia Public Schools isn't sure yet how the former day-care facility will be used.

Columbia public school students to receive free H1N1 vaccination

Cooperation between the Columbia School District, City Council and county agencies will provide free H1N1 vaccinations to public school students.

Two Columbia science teachers win state award

Marsha Tyson and Lorrie Askeland came to teaching via different routes, but they find common satisfaction in teaching science and watching the light bulb click on in students' minds when they understand something.

Columbia schools demonstrate excellence in financial reporting

For 27 years, Columbia Public Schools has produced award-winning financial reports. The award is not competitive, but districts must demonstrate excellence in their reports.

Columbia School Board approves new curriculum

Marching band for eighth- and ninth-graders dominated the discussion Monday evening at the Columbia School Board meeting.

No Child leaves questions behind

Columbia Public Schools had 116 students transfer this year under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. As people invested in the schools wonder to what extent the No Child act measures success, they are also trying to get their arms around the growing number of student sanctions.

School board to vote on buying property

The district is expected to consider purchasing a 60,275 foot property off of Paris road. Purchasing the property would allow the district to house its own storage and have building services operate from a central location.

Rock Bridge students participate in Artrageous Weekend event

On Friday night, a group of Rock Bridge High School students played a game of musical chairs with canvases as part of the Artrageous Weekend festivities.