K-12 Education

ANALYSIS: Columbia Public School District's new math curriculum

The Columbia Public School District is planning its new math curriculum for next year. Here's a rundown of the curriculum that may be in place next school year.

Tulips symbolize promise to stay drug-free

Plant the Promise is a new drug and alcohol awareness project involving Columbia's youth. During the next few weeks, local children will participate by planting bulbs around the community.

Columbia police officer apologizes to Hickman student and her mother

Columbia police Officer Mark Brotemarkle has apologized to Diamond Thrower and her mother for propelling Thrower to the ground during a fight that occurred at around noon on Wednesday at Hickman High School, according to a news release from the Columbia Police Department.

Newspaper: Mo. Teachers pension fund officials living it up

Thousands of taxpayer dollars have been spent by top executives of the Missouri's teachers pension fund. This includes $1,500 bar tabs, company cars, free gas reimburstments for travel unrelated to business, and stays at New York hotels with a rate of $604.39 a night.

Fight at Hickman leads to further investigation

Hickman Resource Officer Mark Brotemarkle is under investigation by the Columbia Police Department with cooperation from Columbia Public Schools after a fight that occurred around noon Wednesday. A Hickman parent has begun collecting signatures for a petition to get Brotemarkle removed from his position.

Hickman students' lunch-time behavior questioned

Recent incidents at McDonald's including a broken window, agressive and dangerous driving and a fight in the parking lot forced McDonald's management to discuss student behavior with Hickman adminstrators.

Eighth-grader directs plays at Smithton

"Night of  Mystery" at Smithton Middle School features two single-act plays, "Check Under The Bed" and a dramatization of the Shelock Holmes story "The Case of the Mazarin Stone." The performances will be Friday and Saturday.

Race, economic diversity important to parents at new high school forums

Parents were left wondering where the school board will draw boundary lines for Columbia's middle schools and new high school.

Ridgeway Elementary reroutes buses after budget cuts

This year's school board budget cuts left Ridgeway Elementary with less money to spend on buses. Because of this, the school had to develop new routes to continue picking up all its students.

In Eco Schoolhouse, it's easy learning to be green

The Eco Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary School has given one second-grade class a hands-on learning opportunity.

School board will invest in locally issued CDs

The Columbia School Board unanimously approved purchasing certificates of deposit issued by local banks during its meeting Oct. 13. The decision is a result of the economic downturn the country has experienced in recent months, said Linda Quinley, business director for Columbia Public Schools.

School board OKs changes to the math objectives

All members of the school board except for Ines Segert voted to approve the new math curriculum documents. The board also heard a report from the firm aiding in its search for a new superintendent.

School board approves math curriculum objectives

Columbia public schools now have revamped math curriculum objectives.

Joint planning commission routinely sees low attendance

The county and city Planning and Zoning Commissions made history when they decided to work together to write a sub-area plan for the land around the site of the new Columbia public high school. But members' continued low attendance indicates the plan is being written by a handful of regular attendees.

Secondary enrollment committee to hold forums

Eight public forums are taking place through the month of October at public schools in Columbia regarding a new high school, which is expected to open in August 2010.

School board will vote on math objectives, search firm

Monday night's Columbia Public School Board meeting could end the long math curriculum revision process.

Parkade Elementary offers free breakfast

More than 300 students at Parkade Elementary take advantage of the free breakfast stations set up in the school's hallways each morning. The free breakfast is part of a Department of Agriculture program to ensure students are starting off the day right. Schools qualify to offer free breakfast if they have a high free and reduced lunch enrollment.

Fitness track sought for Russell Boulevard Elementary

Russell Boulevard Elementary's Parent Teacher Association has been raising money toward a new fitness track on the school playground. After the school's 50th anniversary celebration, it may have met its goal.

Gang awareness forum to be held at Hickman High

A gang awareness forum will be held in the Hickman High School media center at 7 p.m. Oct. 22.

Students paint pumpkins to give back

On Tuesday, students from Family Career and Community Leaders of America groups from three junior high schools painted pumpkins and delivered them to nursing homes.