K-12 Education

UPDATE: Isolated fight escalated into hallway brawl at Battle High

The disturbance Thursday included an assault of a teacher.

Columbia parents' event to help multicultural students succeed

The MAC Scholars program speaks to parents about how to best influence multicultural children academically.

Rock Bridge marching band places fourth in competition

The Rock Bridge High School marching band had its best performance at the Fort Zumalt North River City marching band competition under first-year director Patrick Sullivan.

Derby Ridge principal recommended to lead Battle Elementary

Jeri Petre will be recommended to become principal of the elementary school set to open next year.

Grant to fund MU research about learning elementary mathematics

The $2.3 million from the National Science Foundation will help answer the question of how to ensure that elementary school students have access to high quality mathematics instruction.


Columbia School Board approves more staff for special needs students, tables girls lacrosse funding

The School Board also approved more than $30,000 in building renovations.

Annual Fairview Fever Festival brings in funds, family fun

Rain didn't stop the fun for the students, teachers and family members attending Friday's Fairview Fever, the school's largest fundraising event of the year.

Columbia School Board to discuss piloting girls lacrosse teams at high schools

At Monday's meeting, Columbia School Board members will discuss funding a pilot program for girls lacrosse at all three high schools. The proposal would create club teams for spring 2015 and Missouri State High School Activities Association-approved teams by the 2016-17 school year.

Missouri seeking federal preschool grant

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education says the grant could expand preschool programs for 4-year-olds in what it describes as "high-need communities."

Missouri students to get help applying to college

The program is meant to help low-income and first-generation applicants navigate the sometimes overwhelming process and increase the number of college applications in Missouri.

Bird is the word for Columbia Public Schools second-graders

The Columbia Audubon Nature Sanctuary hosted an event to get second-graders excited about science by teaching them about bird adaptations and communication.

Youth council angles for a voice in Columbia city politics

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe said the city could benefit from working with the Youth Advisory Council.

In first big act, peer ambassadors at West Middle ice teachers after fundraiser

After raising more than $2,000 for ALS research, the Peer Ambassadors at West Middle School dumped buckets of ice water on their teachers' heads Friday. It was all part of a new elective class at the school that allows students to show leadership skills in school.

Columbia schools extend emergency-monitoring radius

The school district's security officials now receive a text message whenever police respond to an incident within 2,000 feet of a school.

FROM READERS: School chef says good eating habits start at home

"Would children eat this?" It's a question that Brad Faith has to ask daily as a chef for the Columbia Public Schools Nutritional Services Department.

Review of Missouri education standards divisive

Missouri is among 45 states that adopted Common Core, but it is one of several now backing away.

Missouri lawmaker wants referendum on lottery

The lottery had record sales of nearly $1.16 billion during the 2014 budget year that ended June 30. Yet the amount of lottery proceeds transferred to education declined to $267 million this past year from a high of nearly $289 million in 2013.

After 12 years, Tolton coach almost finished with tiger sculpture

Lonnie Tapia, a soccer coach and art teacher at Tolton High School, is almost finished with a sculpture he began when a red maple tree fell in his yard over a decade ago.


New Columbia Public Schools program aims to help highly mobile students

Stella Read and Jim Hogan are specialists who will assist students who move often in a new program Columbia Public Schools enacted this year. So far, the specialists have had cases ranging from students who don't speak English to students who are facing homelessness.

Columbia Schools request Yik Yak remove access around campuses

After an anonymous gun threat was posted on the social media app Yik Yak on Friday, Columbia school administrators sent a request to the app company to remove future access to the social media site around all 34 of their campus locations.