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Parent Resource Night

You are invited to Parent Resource Night on Thursday, April 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Rock Bridge High School media center. Come join a discussion on teen drug and alcohol use and strategies for addressing this important issue. The program will be facilitated by Jeremy Duke, LPC. Jeremy is a local counselor who specializes in treating substance use problems and working with young adults. For more information, contact Jeremy Duke or Kelly Anderson. This program is sponsored by the Rock Bridge High School PTSA and is free of charge.  More information

Hickman academic team wins tournament

Hickman High School's Academic Team hosted and won the Class 4, District 8 Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, April 12, at Hickman. Andy Sun took 1st place and Wenzer Qin took 6th place in the individual honors. The Hickman team included Alex Harmata, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, and Andy Sun. Thanks to Dr. Ginny Lennon and her husband Dan Lennon for moderating the District competition. Hickman will now host Holt High School at Sectionals on April 30.

Community Champions dinner and silent auction

A benefit dinner in support of the Columbia Fun City Youth Summer Academy will be held on Friday, April 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, 702 Bank Street, Columbia. Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40.  More information

LifeSmarts team places first in state

Congratulations to the LifeSmarts team, consisting of Rock Bridge High School students Grant Gould, Kira Kirk, and Chandler Randol, and Hickman High School student Loyal Carpenter, for placing first in the Missouri LifeSmarts Championship on February 26 in Jefferson City. They competed against 11 other Missouri teams to take the top spot. Awards were also given for top individual test scores. Grant Gould received top honors for Health and Safety, and Loyal Carpenter for Personal Finance. The LifeSmarts competition prepares students to enter the real world as smart adult consumers. Competitors are tested on their knowledge of consumer rights and responsibilities, environment, health and safety, personal finance, and technology. The contest consists of a written test in a content area, a team activity, two rounds of quiz-show-like questioning on stage, and two additional rounds on stage as finalists. The team will represent Missouri in Orlando, Florida, April 26-29 at the National LifeSmarts competition. The LifeSmarts team is coached by Dr. Janet Bagby and Jo Ann Carpenter.  Photo (pictured, left to right: Coaches Jo Ann Carpenter and Dr. Janet Bagby, Grant Gould, Kira Kirk, Loyal Carpenter, and Chandler Randol)

West Boulevard student's art recognized nationally

In January 2014, CPS art educators, along with various educators around the country, were asked to submit student art work by the Crayola Company to help celebrate education. Chosen works become a permanent part of the U.S. Department of Education's art collection. Several teachers from our region had student work selected last year, and this year Amy Company (art teacher at West Boulevard Elementary School) submitted Lydia Jouret's "Birch Tree," and this piece was selected. In addition to displaying the artwork in Washington, DC, or other regional Department of Education offices across the country, the student will receive a plaque that includes a representation of the student work (with name, grade, and school). The teacher of the student will also receive Crayola products for his or her participation and recognition of this outstanding achievement. Congratulations to Amy and Lydia for this outstanding accomplishment. The work is beautiful and an excellent example of the outstanding artistic development going on in Columbia Public Schools with superb educators.  Lydia Jouret's "Birch Tree" drawing

Kewpie Math Classic results

Here are the results of the recent Kewpie Math Classic.  Results

MACA JV Tournament results

Hickman's academic team competed in a field of 18 teams from 13 schools on Saturday, March 15, in the MACA JV Tournament at Rock Bridge High School. A Team took second place and four of the top 20 individual awards went to Kewpies: Alex Harmata was 2nd, Adam Xu 7th, Amanda Sun 13th, and Owen Pasley placed 17th. A Team included Andrew Han, Alex Harmata, Owen Pasley, and Amanda Sun. B Team was comprised of Adam Xu and Franziska Weston. Andy Sun helped staff the tournament.

Central Methodist University music festival results

Here are the results of the recent Central Methodist University Music Festival.  Results

DECA state competition results

A record number of CPS students qualified for DECA Nationals this year. The students worked hard and did a wonderful job representing Battle, Hickman, and Rock Bridge high schools and the Columbia Area Career Center.  Results

Rock Bridge jazz program sweeps festival

The Rock Bridge High School jazz program took 1st place in the Jazz Combo division, 1st place in the 4A division for the Jazz Band, and 1st place in the 5A division for the Jazz Ensemble at the recent Northwest Missouri State University Jazz Festival. Stephanie Bonham was Outstanding Soloist in both the Jazz Combo and 5A jazz band divisions.

Jefferson Fabulous Follies talent show

Jefferson Middle School will host a student talent show, Fabulous Follies, on Friday, May 2, the same night as its all-school play. The Snow Angel is by David Lindsay-Abaire, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning playwright. It will begin at 7:00 p.m.; May 2 is the second night of the performance. After the all-school play (on May 2 only), Fabulous Follies will begin around 8:15 p.m. This is a combination student talent show and showcase of faculty acts. The lineup includes singing, dancing, and some very impressive piano-playing. The faculty acts range from serious to hilarious. For more information, contact Patti Sokolich Watts.

Alpha Hart Lewis spring carnival

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School will host its 2nd annual Spring Carnival on Saturday, May 3, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. There will be $5.00 wristbands which allow participants to play 20+ games, take an adventure in the inflatable obstacle course, and jump around in the bounce house. There will also be a raffle, silent auction, food, cake/book walk, face painting, balloon animals, and  much, much more!

There's still time to get in on some summer fun!

There is still time to enroll in Columbia Summer SUNsation! 2014, but don't delay--Wednesday, April 16, is the last day to guarantee your enrollment. Don't miss this free program with its exciting lessons, terrific teachers, and fun with friends!  More information

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