K-12 Education

Rock Bridge seniors take different paths to graduation

Five hundred twenty-eight students graduated from Rock Bridge High School on Saturday night, including a student who spent her last year taking online classes and a refugee from Liberia.

PHOTO GALLERY: Hickman High School graduation

More than 600 students graduated from Hickman High School on Saturday at Mizzou Arena.

Hickman graduates inspired by teachers, family, friends

One of the highest-achieving classes ever to graduate from Hickman High School received diplomas Saturday at Mizzou Arena. A record number of seven valedictorians graduated with more than 600 other classmates.

Chase is out of retirement, back as a schools administrator

Less than a year after she left Columbia Public Schools, former superintendent Phyllis Chase has come out of retirement to help lead a district in the Kansas City area.

Vote for me: A glimpse of high school campaigns

Candidates for student body president at Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools offered campaign speeches while teachers noted the responsibilities of the position.

Sen. Bond speaks at early childhood summit

Sen. Kit Bond was one of many voices emphasizing the importance of early childhood education Wednesday at the second Early Childhood Summit at MU. The speakers encouraged business leaders take an active role in early childhood education.

For spellers at national bee, dorky's the new cool

Although a few participants at the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee chose to study at the hotel, the rest were in their element at the spelling bee's annual barbecue and picnic in McLean, Va.

PHOTO GALLERY: Douglass High School graduation

Thirty-nine graduates from Douglass High School attended commencement at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus Friday night.

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.