K-12 Education

MU event to introduce children to many graduate programs

The annual event, to be held Saturday at Jesse Hall, was created so elementary school children and their families could experience a taste of graduate school.

Columbia African American Association offers high school scholarships

The new association will award a $500 scholarship to one student from each of Columbia's three high schools. Applicants should be African-American high school seniors with at least a 2.7 GPA and strong community involvement. The scholarship awards ceremony will be May 17.

Hickman students celebrate Kewpie's 100th anniversary

For the first time, students from Hickman High School will travel to southern Missouri to participate in a celebration of Kewpie doll creator Rose O'Neill. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Kewpie's first appearance, in Ladies' Home Journal. Hickman adopted the Kewpie as its mascot five years later, in 1914.

Groups come together to revise school resource officer contract

An incident at Hickman High School last fall — recorded and posted on YouTube — brought together a group of citizens and officials, looking at the school resource officer program. The result of their work is a revised contract proposal that would give schools more input on officers' evaluations.

UPDATE: Summit aims to reduce dropout rate

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education held a summit Monday in Columbia with the goal of working to prevent students from dropping out of high school.

Summer educational programs expect high enrollment

A variety of summer courses are available through the Columbia Public Schools. Although registration is open until May 1, school officials believe program enrollment will be high.

Extra help for young refugee students at Grant

Retired English professor Doug Hunt finds "moral clarity" in tutoring refugees at Grant Elementary School.

Video conference to discuss public school dropouts

About 600 educators and community leaders in 21 locations around the state will exchange ideas Monday.

Hands-on science excites Smithton students

Students competed at the annual Smithton Laboratory and Invention Convention at Smithton Middle School on Saturday morning in three different engineering experiments.

Fewer snow days means earlier end to Columbia Public Schools

This school year will end June 2, two days ahead of schedule, because not all days scheduled to be missed because of winter weather were needed.

New Columbia Independent School head has big plans for school

Retired Air Force Col. Scott K. Gibson III brings experiences abroad and at previous headmaster positions to his new post as head of Columbia Independent School.

Paying for private schools in the recession

Although private schools nationwide are feeling the pinch of the economic recession, many are choosing not to raise tuition. "Increased tuition in response to an economic downturn generally leads to increased student attrition," said Scott K. Gibson III, head of school for Columbia Independent School.

Columbia School Board elects new president and vice president

Jan Mees was elected president, and Tom Rose was elected vice president of the board at Monday night's meeting.

Kindergarten registration begins for Columbia Public Schools

Starting today, parents may begin registering their children to start kindergarten in the fall. Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent of elementary education for Columbia Public Schools, gives parents the information necessary for registration.

Columbia School Board to swear in new members

The board, as it adds two members, is set to face more challenges Monday night.

Pruitt, King win seats on Columbia School Board

Now, the majority of members on the Columbia School Board have been on hand for a year or less. That means a lot of on-the-job training and a fair dose of excitement.

PHOTO GALLERY: Voters turn out for City Council, School Board elections

Columbia residents are casting their ballots for the Second Ward and Sixth Ward City Council members and school board elections Tuesday until 7 p.m.

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VOTER REACTION: Thoughts from voters at Shepard Boulevard Elementary School

What voters had to say at Shepard Boulevard Elementary about the Sixth Ward elections

VOTER REACTION: Voters at Trinity Presbyterian Church want fiscally prudent schools

The budget for the city and Columbia Public Schools were key issues for those voters who turned out Tuesday morning.

VOTER REACTION: Residents share thoughts at Rock Bridge Christian Church

Voters at Rock Bridge Christian Church had these thoughts about Tuesday's election.