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K-12 Education

Junior high marching bands play at Providence Bowl Parade

For the eighth graders in Columbia's junior high school bands, Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was their first public marching experience. The three junior high marching bands, alongside the high school bands, also played the national anthem at the rivalry game.

AP enrollment increases at Rock Bridge, Hickman

Enrollment in AP classes increased this year at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, an increase that mirrors the statewide increase of 14 percent. Douglass High School does not offer AP courses but its students can take the courses at Hickman and Rock Bridge. The increase in AP enrollment can be attributed to two factors: saving money and seeking a challenge.

Home schooling operates on 'honor system'

Along with Alaska, Missouri is one of just ten states in the country that does not regulate or monitor home schooling, according to the Home Schooling Legal Defense Association.

Junior high marching bands play in Providence Bowl

Friday's Providence Bowl Parade was the first public marching experience for students from Jefferson, Oakland and West junior high schools. The junior high school bands also played the national anthem with the high school bands at Friday's rivalry game.

Columbia students named National Merit semifinalists

Eighteen Hickman High School students, six Rock Bridge High School students and one Christian Fellowship School student were named 2009 National Merit semifinalists.

UPDATE: Math curriculum change could extend to secondary level

Though it hasn't been decided officially, Interim Superintendent Jim Ritter said all grade levels will likely use a traditional approach, but students in grades nine through 12 could be able to choose the traditional or nontraditional route.

Rock Bridge starts homecoming week with parade

Friday's parade in downtown Columbia begins homecoming week for Rock Bridge High School.

Columbia Public Schools puts land up for sale again

The Columbia Public School District is putting six vacant lots and one school building back on the market after the lots failed to sell in a June 24 auction.

Islamic School of Columbia celebrates Ramadan

The Islamic School of Columbia is in the midst of celebrating Islam's most sacred holiday, Ramadan. To begin the celebration at the school, first-year Principal Zuhnia Kozbar made each student a gift bag filled with a toy, dates and other treats.

Columbia schools launch new substance abuse progam

'U Matter' is the new message that Columbia Public Schools is sharing with middle, junior and high school students through its latest substance abuse prevention campaign being launched this week.

Parents consider transfers from ‘needs improvement' schools

One child has transferred from Benton Elementary School, and a total of five schools are now on the state's "needs improvement" list for failing to meet Missouri Assessment Program testing standards the past two years.

‘Celebration of Education’ exhibits connection between school, community

The gathering, held at a former one-room schoolhouse, was inspired by the One Read book, “The Whistling Season.”

Columbia Public Schools’ math curriculum deliberation continues

Changes to Columbia Public Schools’ math curriculum brought more than 60 people to a school board work session on Thursday morning.

Parent worries Columbia Board of Education approves items too quickly

Robin Hubbard, whose daughter's speech delay has posed difficulties learning math, said the board passed a special education document too fast. The document, she said, assures special education in the district but doesn't stipulate any methods.

Joint commission discusses development around new Columbia high school

The three committee members who attended the meeting said they will lobby for closed lunches.

Hickman begins homecoming week

Here is a schedule of homecoming events at Hickman High School.

Survival Kids safety program expands

Volunteer firefighters paid a visit to a Field Elementary classroom Monday as part of a program that helps educate students about fire safety, burn prevention, and other safety areas.

Columbia's private schools form network to help and support each other

The group, which first met over the summer, aims to create a greater awareness of schooling options, develop a platform for sharing ideas, improve media coverage and identify resources available to all private schools. 

Student arrested on suspicion of bringing knife to Rock Bridge High School

Justin Goacher,17, was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of a weapon.

Educator-musician leads songwriting workshop at Paxton Keeley Elementary

Paxton Keely Elementary School students participated Thursday in a songwriting workshop led by Monte Selby, a Kansas-based educator and musician who collaborates with schoolchildren over the course of one day to write one song.

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