K-12 Education

BATTLE RISING: Spartans exude spirit with Homecoming garb

Battle High School Spartans are dressing up to fit different themes each day of their first Homecoming Spirit Week.

Columbia Public Schools District plans community school

The Columbia Public School District thinks a "community" school may bring consistency to struggling students.

BATTLE RISING: Students show school spirit in decades-themed outfits

Battle High School is celebrating homecoming with Spirit Week. Each day this week, students are dressing to a different theme. Tuesday's theme was "Making History." Students dressed in attire from their favorite decades.

MU freshman premieres documentary on current education system

Ankur Singh traveled the country, filming a documentary on standardized testing. His film, "Listen," premiered Monday night.

Stephen Covey's '7 Habits' teaches students leadership, goals

Schools across the country are seeing results from the "Leader in Me" program, a controversial curriculum based on Stephen Covey's best-seller "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."

BATTLE RISING: Battle rings in first homecoming with superhero costumes

Battle High School began celebrating its first homecoming week on Monday.


Mill Creek overcrowding solution uncertain after School Board meeting

Many parents at the Columbia School Board meeting on Monday want a solution soon for the overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School.

School board to discuss Mill Creek Elementary overcrowding

The Columbia School Board will meet Monday to discuss overcrowding at Mill Creek Elementary School and transportation options for the 2014-15 school year.

Catholics backing school-choice initiative in Missouri

The ballot initiative would allow a 50 percent tax credit for businesses and individuals who donate to nonprofit organizations that benefit schools. It could lead to scholarships for children in private schools.

Achieve Program at Fairview Elementary aims to narrow achievement gap

An MU education teacher and Fairview Elementary School's principal have come up with a one-on-one mentoring program to get students the extra help they need to perform better in school.

World Religion classes in Columbia high schools broaden student horizons

World religions classes in Columbia high schools provide classroom conversations with an opportunity to help students be in tune with the world—and themselves.

BATTLE RISING: Battle High School marching band begins season on a high note

Battle High School's marching band has placed second at both of its competitions so far, which director Robert Thalhuber said he thinks is an accomplishment considering the band's size and newness. The band practices every weekday from 7 to 8:30 a.m.

Columbia couple donates $1 million to improve public K-12 education

Larry and Brenda Potterfield donated $1 million to a foundation that will award the money to the first Missouri school district to win a Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Community offers suggestions for school readiness programs at World Cafe

The 194 people who attended the district's World Cafe at Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center discussed the role of public schools in career and college readiness programs.

Columbia Community Montessori preschool moving to location closer to students

Community Montessori aims to open its new location, 705 N. Providence Road, by Jan. 1. The new location was chosen for its proximity to students' homes.

Science Safari lets elementary school students explore science with MU grad students

Fourth- and fifth-grade students from Midway Heights Elementary School and Paxton Keeley Elementary School performed experiments on plants at MU on Monday during the ShowMe Nature GK-12 Science Safari.

Columbia considers 'community school' to close achievement gap

Elementary school students who qualify for free or reduced lunches would be chosen through a lottery to attend the school for preschool through fifth grade. The school would be in session year-round.

Benton Elementary receives grant for solar panels

The school will add six solar panels to its roof courtesy of a grant from the UPS Foundation.

Small number of schools drop out of lunch program

Ninety schools said they stopped using the federally subsidized national school lunch program because it introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.

Mill Creek, Rock Bridge PTA concerned about school overcrowding

PTA members met this week to discuss solutions to overcrowding in Rock Bridge and Mill Creek elementary schools.