K-12 Education

Douglass High School graduates 39 seniors

Commencement speaker and graduating senior Haley Williams’ message to her 38 fellow graduates was that the school had brought together a group of students with various backgrounds and life challenges.

Columbia School Board seeks to fill vacancy by June

The deadline for School Board application submissions is 4:30 p.m. June 5, and the School Board hopes to have its new member by June 18.

Douglass High School graduation set for Friday

Senior Haley Williams will be the featured speaker at the ceremony, held at Columbia College.

Former Liberty schools chief returns to Missouri, faces felony charges

The Clay County sheriff and a deputy flew to Florida to retrieve William Scott Taveau from a detention center there and bring him to the jail in Clay County, where he was indicted for stealing.

Missouri House rejects package of education measures

The House voted down a bill that included expanding a college scholarship program and raising minimum pay for teachers.

Rosie Tippin to step down from school board

The school board also voted to pay teachers an additional one percent of their salary.

Raising teachers' salaries on agenda for Columbia School Board

A 1 percent increase for teachers and other professional staff will be considered.

Some middle school students may be reassigned to ease crowding

A plan to ease crowding at Lange Middle School would send future middle-schoolers to Gentry Middle School and transfer some current Lange students to Gentry.

Assistant Superintendent Lynn Barnett retiring from her many roles

"This is not just a job for me, it's a vocation," she says.

Soldier visits Hickman to thank students for care package

Hickman High School students adopted a soldier in November. On Friday, that soldier came back to thank them.

Retired Hickman principal to run Catholic high school

Hickman's former principal Bob Nolke is taking a job as Interim Adminstrator for Columbia's future regional Catholic high school after retiring in 2001. He will be providing information about the plans for the high school, marketing and securing additional funding.

Students, faculty react to new End-of-Course Assessment exams

Students and faculty members at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools talk about taking the new End-of-Course Assessment, or EOCA, which replaces the Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP. Just like the MAP, the EOCA is used to measure academic progress under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

Children at Stephens learn to help the planet

Stephens College Children's School is hosting a Community Clean-Up day Wednesday to encourage young students to learn about the importance of cleaning up the community and promoting a healthy planet.

Students experience pioneer days through immersion

Good Shepherd Lutheran School students completed their pioneer unit by holding classes in a one-room schoolhouse.

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.