K-12 Education

Garden Gate School to expand to five days this fall

The Garden Gate School, inspired by the Waldorf method of instruction, will become a five-day kindergarten this fall. The school will hold an open house on Sunday so that interested parents can become familiar with the curriculum.

Columbia sees boom in Montessori schools

Four new Montessori schools will open in different parts of town for more than 100 children this September, bringing the total to six Montessori schools in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools athletics department gets $17,000 budget cut

The Columbia Public Schools athletics department saw a $17,000 cut to its budget when the School Board approved the 2009-10 district budget in June.

Columbia Public Schools faces possible half-million dollar deficit

Columbia Public Schools and Boone County face budget shortfalls due to a lower-than-expected increase in property valuations. The higher the assessed value, the more revenue the district receives from property taxes. Roughly 60 percent of the district’s revenue comes from property taxes.

Curious George visits Columbia's YouZeum

Curious George visited with some of his biggest fans Thursday at the YouZeum in Columbia.

Columbia Public Schools celebrates 25th year with Partners in Education

Partners in Education is celebrating its 25th year of connecting local schools and businesses.

Columbia teen chefs take fourth at SkillsUSA competition

Two recent graduates of Rock Bridge High School — both of them accomplished chefs — each won fourth place in their categories last month at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City for their culinary skills.

Bullying expert shares personal experiences

Thursday was the final day of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transporation conference, with some sessions focusing on violence and bullying on school buses.

Study: Positive teacher-student relationships necessary to raising achievement

A new article by MU researchers showed that positive student-teacher relationships can have a powerful effect on individual achievement. Gentry Middle School teacher Neal Blackburn supports these findings and builds positive relationships with students in his classroom.

School bus bullying addressed at student transportation conference

School administrators and bus drivers learned Tuesday how to make school buses a safe haven for students as part of the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation conference, which will continue all week.

School Board seeks to increase communication, community involvement

At the Columbia School Board's retreat Tuesday, members and other district officials brainstormed ways to involve the community further in its policy-making process.

Columbia Public Schools eliminate DARE program, consider alternative methods

School resource officers will no longer teach DARE because of concerns that they are taking time away from patrolling to lead DARE classes at elementary schools. The district is considering integrating drug education into the health curriculum.

Two Montessori schools to open in Columbia

Windsor Street Montessori Elementary School will open Sept. 1. The school already has 21 children enrolled for the fall. The Montessori Center for the Young Child will open just after Labor Day and is expected to enroll up to 34 children.

Columbia School Board to discuss resource officers, teacher evaluations

The Columbia Public School District has agreed to pay half of school resource officers' salaries and has also recommended extending teacher evaluation cycles.

Columbia literacy, math coaches look to new roles after budget cuts

With their remaining positions eliminated in Columbia School Board's 2009-10 budget, the district's literacy and math coaches prepare for their next step.

Teachers seek alternatives after Columbia School Board boots field trip budget

The elimination of the elementary and middle schools' field trip budgets won't prohibit schools from planning field trips, but classes will now have to find alternative funding sources, such as the PTA, which already sponsors trips.

Missouri names first female commissioner of education

Chris Nicastro was selected as Missouri's first female education commissioner Thursday. She will start on Aug. 1.

Nixon endorses common core of state educational standards

With Gov. Jay Nixon's blessing, Missouri has taken its first steps toward adopting a common core of primary and secondary educational standards, pending the appointment of a new state education commissioner. Among other expected advantages, the standards would allow officials to compare Missouri test scores to those of other states.

New school superintendent Chris Belcher answers questions from community

Chris Belcher visited with the Missourian the day before beginning his career as the Columbia School District superintendent. He answered questions from members of Columbia's education community.

Ideas in works for Columbia Public Schools' stimulus funds

Columbia Public Schools officials are still determining how to spend the $6.3 million chunk of federal stimulus money it expects to receive.