K-12 Education

Rock Bridge Elementary first-graders learn about Kwanzaa

Students learned the seven principles of Kwanzaa including unity (umoja), self-determination (kujichagulia) and creativity (kuumba). They learned Swahili and history through singing, clapping and chanting.

School board may have to replace president and vice president

With current President Michelle Gadbois not running again and Vice President Steve Calloway undecided as to whether or not he will fill her vacancy, the Columbia School Board may have two open seats for the April election.

Columbia schools win state award for fifth year in a row

For five consecutive years, Columbia Public Schools has won the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's "Distinction in Performance" Award. It's the first time the district has won the award five straight years.

Debate over Missouri teacher Social Security benefits continues

The decision process for which Missouri school system employees will be exempt from paying additional Social Security continues in Washington, D.C.

Jefferson Junior teacher receives National Board certification

Anna Osborn, a reading teacher, is among only 29 National Board Certified teachers in the Columbia Public School District.

Columbia schools change with technology

As cell phone policies have become more lenient in some some Columbia high schools, other gadgets are also becoming more common in schools. Bridges, an alcohol and drug prevention organization at all three Columbia high schools,  will hold an event Dec. 10 to inform parents about Internet safety and their children.

School Board discusses budget deficit solutions

The seats were filled at the Columbia Public School Board meeting Monday night where district finances took center stage. The district is facing a projected $3.2 million deficit.

Hickman senior wins $20,000 at national math and science competition

Ashok Cutkosky thought he had failed when he didn't prove the initial task he had set out to accomplish, but his adviser showed him otherwise.

Columbia School Board to discuss finances at Monday meeting

The Columbia School Board will meet at 7 p.m. Monday to discuss financial matters, including budget guidelines that could eliminate teaching positions.

Rock Bridge seniors invite children to breakfast with Santa

Rock Bridge's senior class organized the annual event to raise money for its end-of-the-year activities, such as the senior picnic and banquet.

Three cases of whooping cough confirmed at Ridgeway Elementary

Columbia parents should watch their children for signs of whooping cough as three cases of pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, have been confirmed at Ridgeway Elementary School, and there is a fourth probable case at another Columbia school.


Columbia's middle school curriculum to be restructured

When Columbia Public Schools transitions from middle and junior high schools to intermediate shools, the district will rework the curriculum, too.

Columbia schools encourage students to stay healthy

Elementary schools expect to benefit from a new grant-funded program headed by PedNet, the city and MU.

UPDATE: PedNet receives grant to curb childhood obesity

A $400,000 grant will finance efforts to keep Columbia children active and make healthful food accessible to them.

Rock Bridge High School receives safe driving grant

The $5,000 grant from State Farm Insurance will go toward the SMART Driver program, which will teach teens about the risks of distracted driving.

Former teacher again violates probation to contact former student

Jan Kauffman, a former Teacher of the Year award recipient, admitted to contacting former student Tyson Wilson.

Columbia Public Schools sees increase in number of English-language learners

The number of students enrolled in English Language Learner programs in the Columbia Public School District has increased by 138 students so far this year.

Blue Ridge teacher named Walmart's Teacher of the Year

Amanda Wright has been teaching in Missouri for five years and is one of more than 11,000 teachers across the country to win the award.

School board asks legislators for support

Administrators outlined the district's legislative priorities at a Thursday morning meeting.

School district switches to biodegradable trays

The new trays look very similar to Styrofoam, but break down in 9 months to a year. Styrofoam can stay in a landfill for 400 to 1,000 years.