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Board of Education receives MSBA governance award

The Columbia Board of Education has earned the prestigious 2014 Missouri School Boards Association Governance Team Award. The award is based on school boards' outstanding commitment to ongoing professional development in areas such as student achievement, school law, finance, board operations, and contemporary issues in education. The award also recognizes school board members' commitment to regional and statewide leadership, to active participation in legislative advocacy for public schools, and to the successful implementation of education policy to improve their local school district.  News release | Photo
6/16/14
New elementary principals announced

Rock Bridge and Russell Boulevard elementary schools will welcome new leaders next school year. Dr. Jill Dunlap-Brown will be recommended to the Board of Education as the new principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, and Dr. Ryan Link will be recommended as principal at Rock Bridge Elementary School.  News release | Photo of Dr. Dunlap-Brown | Photo of Dr. Link
6/11/14
Smithton announces new principal

Dr. Ed Schumacher will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education as the new principal at Smithton Middle School. He will replace current principal Dr. Jean Selby, who announced earlier this year she has taken a position with Belton School District. Dr. Schumacher is currently the principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary School.  News release
6/6/14
Hickman academic team takes 2nd in state tournament

Hickman High School's Academic Team took second place in the MSHSAA State Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, May 10, at MU. Andy Sun was also awarded individual recognition. Participating team members included Alex Harmata, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, Andy Sun, Franziska Weston, and Sherry Xie. The team will compete in NAQT Nationals in Chicago May 30 to June 1.
5/12/14
Rock Bridge student named Presidential Scholar

Rujie (Jenny) Yao, a Rock Bridge High School senior, has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest honor for a high school student. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Each Presidential Scholar invites his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to travel to Washington, DC, to receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education and to participate in the recognition events. Jenny will be accompanied by her parents and her gifted education teacher, Kathryn Fishman-Weaver, to the White House in June.
5/7/14
West Quiz Bowl teams sweep tournament

The West Middle School Quiz Bowl teams swept the Tuscumbia tournament on Saturday, May 3, earning first- and second-place trophies. There were 16 teams from the surrounding area competing. On the West teams were Ezekiel Adjokatse, Walter Bratrud, Conor Byrne, Sam Spell, Tomas Wexler, John Yoo, and Jonathan Zars. In addition to winning first and second place, there were individual winners: Ezekiel Adjokatse placed first by a large margin for answering the most questions accurately. Walter Bratrud placed third, Tomas Wexler fourth, and Conor Byrne eighth out of 69 individual participants.  Photos: First and second place winners | Individual winners
5/7/14
Benton STEM science fair

Benton STEM Elementary School would like to invite the community to attend the 1st Annual Benton STEM Science Fair on Saturday, May 3. Students from around the Columbia area will be sharing their experiences as scientists by presenting their science projects and findings. Here is the schedule:

8:00-8:30, Check-in and set-up in gym
8:30-9:30, Display viewing and judging in gym (viewing is open go public, families, and guests)
9:30-11:00, Presentation scoring in gym and journal scoring (only presenting students allowed in gym)
11:00-11:30, Scoring tabulation
11:30-12:00, Awards and recognition

Please contact the Benton office at 214-3610 if you have questions.
5/2/14
Hickman academic team wins Scholar Bowl tournament

Hickman's Academic Team hosted and won the MSHSAA Class 4 Sectionals Scholar Bowl Tournament on Wednesday, April 30, against Holt High School from Wentzville. Academic Team members at Sectionals included Jack Atkins, Stephen Bunch, Alex Harmata, Owen Pasley, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, Andy Sun, and Dinis Trindade. Thanks to Dr. Lennon for moderating this competition. Hickman's A Team will now compete at the State Scholar Bowl Tournament on Saturday, May 10, at MU.
5/2/14
Hickman student to attend international physics institute

Congratulations to Hickman High School student Mingu Kim, who has been accepted to participate in the prestigious International Summer School for Young Physicists at Perimeter Institute, a leading center for scientific research, training, and educational outreach in foundational theoretical physics.
4/30/14
CPS Planetarium celebrates National Astronomy Day

The CPS Planetarium and the Central Missouri Amateur Astronomers are coming together to celebrate National Astronomy Day on Saturday, May 10, with planetarium shows in the dome during the day and telescope viewing at Laws Observatory in the evening.

The planetarium doors will open at 12:30pm with shows at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00. Making its CPS Planetarium premiere is Hubble Vision 2, a show purchased solely with donations collected during past public planetarium events. Hubble Vision 2 highlights the Hubble Space Telescope and its many discoveries. In addition, a short clip called Losing the Dark will also be shown. This movie discuses light pollution and its effects on not only astronomical research but human health and the environment. A star tour will be given after the two presentations.

Outside the planetarium doors, visitors can enjoy several exhibits and displays. They can discover how much they would weigh on Mercury, the moon, or Pluto; learn about different types of telescopes; see a scale model of the solar system; learn why the Earth has seasons and a north star; and much more.

Central Missouri Amateur Astronomers (CMAA) will have telescopes set up outside Rock Bridge High School to view the sun, weather permitting. In addition, Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association (CASA) will provide exhibits about space exploration.

Planetarium shows are free, although donations of $2.00 per person are welcome. To reserve a seat for a specific show, please visit the CPS Planetarium Web site.

Planetarium hours for May 10: Doors open at 12:30pm. Shows start at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00.

Laws Observatory hours for May 10: Doors open at 8:00pm. The observatory's telescope will be targeting Jupiter, Mars, and the moon. Laws Observatory is located on top of the Physics building on the MU campus.

The CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or via email
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4/29/14
Omelet fundraisers for Career Center culinary arts students

To help send its two state champions, Chormaic Sullivan (Culinary) and Austin Scoles (Baking) to the national contest, the Columbia Area Career Center will be hosting two omelet fundraisers on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4, rain or shine:

Saturday, May 3, from 8:00am to 12:00 noon at the Columbia Farmer's Market (next to the ARC)--Omelets, all made with ingredients from the Columbia Farmer's Market

Sunday, May 4, from 9:00am to 1:00pm at the North Village Farmers and Artisans Market (behind the Wabash station)--Omelets made from all local ingredients, baked goods and sausage for sale

More information on both fundraisers | Directions to both fundraisers
4/29/14
Rock Bridge student earns 6th in national geography competition

Rock Bridge High School senior Daniel Shapiro earned 6th place at the US Geography Olympiad national competition the weekend of April 26-27 in Washington, DC, after earning the highest score in the state of Missouri on the national qualification test in March. Daniel will be the second alternate on Team USA, which will compete in an international Geography Olympiad in Krakow, Poland, in August. Victor Topouria, the second highest qualifier in Missouri, placed 62nd in the nation.
4/28/14
Two CPS students among finalists in statewide history contest

On Saturday, April 26, two Columbia Public Schools students were finalists in the statewide National History Day in Missouri contest at MU. Over 600 students from around the state participated in this day-long educational experience.

The Missouri State Archives, a division of the Office of Secretary of State Jason Kander, is the sponsor of the central Missouri regional competition. Students in grades 6-12 from schools in Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Cole, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, Morgan, Osage, Pettis, and Saline counties conducted research on topics related to the 2014 theme, Rights and Responsibilities in History. Individually, or in groups, these students examined materials in libraries, archives, and museums; many interviewed experts in their chosen research area and visited historic sites.

The second place award for the Junior Historical Paper category (grades 6-8) went to Sonya Hu for her paper, Right to Die: Euthanasia. Sonya, a student in the gifted education program at Gentry Middle School, was sponsored by her teacher, Mary Hooley. As second place finisher in the state competition, Sonya is a delegate to the National History Day contest, which runs from June 15-19 at the University of Maryland in College Park.

The third place finisher in the Senior Historical Paper category (grades 9-12) was Ji-Ho Lee, a student at Rock Bridge High School, for his paper, Rhetoric, Religion, and Refusal: The Case of Muhammad Ali. Ji-Ho, an alternate delegate to the national contest, was sponsored by Jake Giessman, co-director of the Columbia Public Schools' Center for Gifted Education.

National History Day in Missouri is an exciting way to encourage young people to explore history and teach them to understand historical issues, ideas, people, and events. It is a year-long educational activity that promotes the development of knowledgeable, skilled, enthusiastic, creative learners and citizens.
4/28/14
Rock Bridge students at geography nationals

Rock Bridge High School senior Daniel Shapiro and junior Victor Topouria will be representing Columbia at the US Geography Olympiad National Tournament on Friday, April 25, in Washington, DC. Daniel was one of the top ten qualifiers in the nation.  Follow them here
4/25/14
Career Center student recognized with state award, scholarship

Sadiya Braid, a Columbia Area Career Center student and senior at Rock Bridge High School, has been honored with the Secondary Spirit Award as part of the 2014 Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards. The Breaking Traditions Awards honor students, educators and employers for their achievements related to nontraditional careers. Sadiya is a student in certified welding at the Career Center. The awards were presented during a ceremony at the Missouri State Capitol Rotunda in Jefferson City in April. As part of her award recognition, Sadiya has also been offered a full scholarship to Linn State Technical College. In addition, each State, Spirit, and Regional winner who continues his or her postsecondary education next fall will receive a $100 scholarship from the Foundation for Missouri Women.

Since 1994, Missouri Breaking Traditions Awards have honored outstanding students who have chosen specific career and technical education programs based on their interests and abilities, and who have not let their gender influence their career decisions. The program recognizes outstanding educators who teach in nontraditional career education programs for their support of nontraditional students, and employers who are supportive of nontraditional career programs and nontraditional students. Nontraditional careers are occupations or fields of work in which one gender comprises less than 25 percent of the individuals employed in that occupation or field.

The Breaking Traditions Awards are sponsored by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
4/25/14
Two Rock Bridge students named Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Rock Bridge High School seniors Najeebah Hussain and Jenny Yao have been named semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program for their outstanding academic accomplishments. The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established by Executive Order of the President in 1964 to honor some of the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors. It was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional scholarship and talent in the visual, creative, and performing arts. Of the nearly 3.2 million graduating seniors in 2014, more than 4,000 were identified as candidates in the program, and 565 semifinalists were chosen from across the country. The semifinalists form the pool from which the 2014 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected. The Scholars are chosen based on their accomplishments in many areas: academic and artistic success, leadership, and involvement in school and the community.
4/24/14
Assistant superintendent for elementary education named

Ben Tilley will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education to fill the position of Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education. Mr. Tilley will be filling the role being vacated by Dr. Peter Stiepleman, who has been named the district's next superintendent.  News release | Photo
4/24/14
Rock Bridge team places second in personal finance challenge

Congratulations to Hyunjoong Kim, Matt Orf, Daniel Shapiro, and Brett Stover of Rock Bridge High School for placing 2nd in the State of Missouri Personal Finance Challenge competition on Friday, April 4, on the University of Central Missouri campus. Team members received $250 each for their outstanding performance in the competition.
4/24/14
Earth Day computer drive

The Columbia Area Career Center will hold an Earth Day Computer Drive on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00am to 2:00pm at its South Entrance 2. Equipment accepted will be limited to laptops, PCs, tablets, and cell phones (working or not); and LCD monitors, inkjet and laser printer cartridges, mice, and keyboards (working).  More information
4/22/14
State Large Ensemble and District Festival results

Here are the results of the State Large Ensemble and District Festival.
4/22/14
Science Olympiad state tournament results

On Saturday, April 12, the Science Olympiad state tournament was held at the University of Missouri. Hickman High School placed 5th and West Middle School placed 9th in their respective divisions.  Hickman results | West results
4/18/14
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
4/15/14
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.
4/14/14
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
4/14/14
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)
4/14/14
Blue Ridge student wins art contest

Blue Ridge Elementary School student Nevaeh Stoermer has won the recent Children's Grove at Stephens Lake Art Contest. The dedication ceremony will be held at Stephens Lake Park on Saturday, May 3, on the north side near Riechmann Pavillion. See Nevaeh's artwork
4/14/14
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
4/11/14
Kewpie Math Classic results

Here are the results of the recent Kewpie Math Classic.  Results
4/11/14
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.
4/11/14
Central Methodist University music festival results

Here are the results of the recent Central Methodist University Music Festival.  Results
4/11/14
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
4/11/14
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.
4/11/14
Rock Bridge Scholars go undefeated

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl A-team went an undefeated 9-0 on the day to win the Helias Catholic Invitational Tournament on February 22 in Jefferson City. The B-team earned 5th while the JV team beat several schools' varsity teams, finishing 5-3 on the day. A-team members consisted of Delaney Tevis, Robby Schmidt, Ashwini Mantrala, and Salah Daghlas (who earned the top overall player award). B-teamers were Jett Ballou-Crawford, Jenny Zulovich, Clarissa Curry, Andy Kegley, and Alex Parks. The JV team was comprised of Nathan Kempf, Daniel Shi, Alain Chen, and Arnold Chen. Photo (pictured left to right: Daniel, Nathan, Ashwini, Delaney, Salah, and Robby)
4/11/14
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.
4/11/14
Hickman boys' basketball coach named coach of the year

David Johnson, coach of the Hickman High School boys' basketball team, has been named coach of the year by the Columbia Daily Tribune and the Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association. Johnson coached this year's team to the class 5 state championship game.
4/10/14
Hickman student earns perfect ACT score

Wenzer Qin, a junior at Hickman High School, has earned a perfect 36 on her ACT exam. Out of 1.8 million students tested in 2013, only 1,162 earned the top score on the exam.
4/9/14
CPS students show off culinary skills at Missouri SkillsUSA

Four Columbia Area Career Center culinary arts students shone at the recent state SkillsUSA competition: Chormaic Sullivan, 1st place, Culinary Arts; Austin Scoles, 1st place, Commercial Baking; Bailey Lawson, 2nd place, Commercial Baking; and Jacob Ventrillo, 5th place, Culinary Arts. All four students attend Rock Bridge High School. As first-place finishers in their respective categories, Chormaic and Austin will go on to compete at the National SkillsUSA in June.  More information
4/9/14
JV Scholar Bowl state results

Hickman and Rock Bridge high school Scholar Bowl teams placed 2nd and 4th respectively at JV State. Hickman's Alex Harmata, Owen Pasley, Amanda Sun, and Adam Xu earned All-State Honors, along with Luke Chval and Zane Durante from Rock Bridge. Other team members include Nathan Kempf and Derek Wang from Rock Bridge and Andrew Han from Hickman.
4/9/14
Hickman team takes third in national ethics competition

The Hickman High School Ethics Bowl Team made up of students Eli Byerly-Duke, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, and Ben Zars placed third in the National High School Ethics Bowl competition. The competition, held in early April on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus, included a field of 18 regional winners from across the country. The National High School Ethics Bowl competition provides students with an ethical dilemma and challenges them to use critical thinking, civil discourse, collaboration and teamwork to develop a solution or ethical conclusion. Watch the video and learn more about the competition
4/8/14
Smithton student named geographic bee semifinalist

Tejazaditya Ajitkumar, an eighth grade student at Smithton Middle School, has been named a semifinalist in the 2014 Missouri Geographic Bee by the National Geographic Society. Tejazaditya earned his spot after competing at the school level and then taking a qualifying test, which was submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores in each state were invited to compete at the state level.
4/8/14
Hickman student wins national oratorical competition

Ashwath Kumar, a senior at Hickman High School, was named the American Legion's 77th National Oratorical Contest champion. He was awarded an $18,000 college scholarship for his winning oration titled, "This Great House." Ashwath competed against 53 contestants from across the country and advanced through three rounds of intense competition to become crowned the 2014 Oratorical Champion. Watch his thank-you message to American Legion Post 202 for sponsoring his participation | Watch his final prepared oration
4/8/14
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!
4/8/14
Rock Bridge basketball coach named coach of the year

Rock Bridge High School girls' basketball coach Jill Nagel has been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA High School District Coach of the Year for District 5 by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). The announcement also names her as a finalist for the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy to be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA High School National Coach of the Year. The 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA High School Coach of the Year will be named during the fourth annual WBCA Awards Show on April 7 in Nashville, TN. This event is part of the WBCA National Convention and is held in conjunction with the NCAA Women's Final Four.
4/4/14
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
4/2/14
HOSA State Leadership Conference results

The 2014 Missouri HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) State Leadership Conference was held on March 25 in Union, MO. Thirteen students from the Columbia Area Career Center HOSA Chapter qualified to compete at the National HOSA Leadership Conference to be held in Orlando, FL. To qualify, students had to place in the top three positions of their respective competition.  List of qualifying students
4/2/14
April shows at the CPS Planetarium

On Saturday, April 12, visitors to the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium can take a tour of the solar system.

At 2:00 p.m., the planetarium show will be Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. Designed for elementary school audiences, this light-hearted show introduces children to the planets of our solar system as they take a ride on a cardboard rocket.

At 3:00 p.m., the planetarium show will be The Planets. Narrated by actress Kate Mulgrew (of Star Trek Voyager fame), this more advanced show begins with the formation of our solar system and takes visitors from our sun to the outer regions of the Kuiper Belt.

Each show is followed by a constellation tour of the night sky.

Shows are free, but donations of $2.00 per person are always welcome. Reserve seats for a specific show on the CPS Planetarium Web site.

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or via e-mail.

Visit the CPS Planetarium online or on Facebook.
4/2/14
CAGT comedy night fundraiser

The 6th annual CAGT (Columbia Area Gifted and Talented program) Comedy Night fundraiser will be held on Friday, April 11, at 8:00 p.m. at Deja Vu Comedy Club. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. for the silent auction. Please arrive no later than 7:00 p.m. for seating in the preferred CAGT area. The show will feature Greg Warren, most recently seen on "Comedy Central Presents, "The Late Late Show," and "Last Comic Standing," with his act inspired by stories from his Midwestern upbringing. Purchase tickets by calling Deja Vu Comedy Club at 443-3216 and mention CAGT PTA when making your reservation.  More information
4/2/14
Career Center student named regional technical student of the year

Jacob Toler, a second-year Columbia Area Career Center construction technology student and Hickman High School senior, was recently named Northeast/Central Missouri Region Career and Technical Student of the Year. He was selected Regional Student of the Year from among all candidates nominated by public Missouri Career and Technology Centers throughout northeast and central Missouri. More information
4/2/14
Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award winners

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Award: Amy Schirmer of Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School (Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades Pre-K-2); Becky Bond of Cedar Ridge Elementary School (Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades 3-5); Kelsey Lock of Gentry Middle School (Outstanding Middle School Educator); Daniel Gammon of Battle High School (Outstanding Senior High Educator); Ann Baker of Smithton Middle School (Outstanding Educator in a Specialized Area); Julie Ronzio of Paxton Keeley Elementary School (Outstanding Beginning Teacher); and Chris Diggs, Director of Technology Services (Outstanding Administrator). A reception and award dinner will be held to honor this year's winners on April 10 at Hilton Garden Inn. Contact Christal Jackson by Friday, April 4, by e-mail or by phone at 214-3410 to reserve your seat at this event.  News release
4/1/14
Meet and greet the superintendent finalists

You're invited to be a part of the process. On Tuesday, March 11, the Columbia Board of Education invites you to meet the two finalists for the district's superintendent position at a community "Meet and Greet" event. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street.

The finalists are Dr. Peter Stiepleman, Columbia Public Schools' assistant superintendent for elementary education, and Dr. Dred Scott, deputy superintendent of Independence School District in Independence, MO.

This event is open to all school district employees and community members. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn more about each candidate. The candidates will also participate in a moderated question-and-answer session featuring randomly selected questions from school district employees and community members. Dr. Jim Ritter will serve as the moderator.

In preparation for the event, the school board is asking for questions from school district employees and community members. You may submit as many questions as you'd like. You do not have to be present to have your question selected. Questions will be selected by the search consultant. Neither the Board of Education nor the candidates will know the questions in advance of the event. Names of those who submit questions will remain anonymous, unless the submitter indicates otherwise.

Please submit questions electronically directly to Missouri School Boards Association search consultant Bob Watkins no later than Monday, March 10.
3/6/14
New principal announced for Hickman High School

Hickman High School will welcome a new leader next school year. Hickman will bid farewell to its current principal, Dr. Tracey Conrad, who announced her retirement earlier this year. Eric Johnson will be recommended to the Board of Education as the new principal for Hickman High School. Mr. Johnson is currently an assistant principal at Hickman.  News release
3/6/14
Rock Bridge Elementary principal announced

Rock Bridge Elementary School will welcome a new leader next school year. The school will bid farewell to its current principal, Mary Korth-Lloyd, at the end of the school year. Ms. Korth-Lloyd announced her retirement earlier this school year. Dr. Jill Dunlap Brown will be recommended to the Board of Education as the new principal.  News release
3/6/14
School board candidate forum

You are invited to attend this year's parent friendly CPPS/CMSTA/CCTPA combined school board candidate forum at the ARC on Thursday, March 6, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Superintendent Chris Belcher will speak on the State of the Schools at 6:30 p.m.  More information
3/5/14
Career Center announces new director

The Columbia Area Career Center will bid farewell to its current director, Linda Rawlings, at the end of the school year when she has announced she will retire. Randall Gooch, currently assistant director at the Career Center, will be recommended to the Columbia Board of Education as the new director.  News release
3/4/14
Career Center CyberPatriot team places first in state

The team of Fred Luetkemeier, Justus Palmer, Nishant Sinya, Carson Vance, and Michael Vu are Missouri state champions for the CyberPatriot Open Division competition held recently. CyberPatriot is a national high school cyber defense competition designed to give hands-on exposure to the foundations of cybersecurity. Created by the Air Force Association to excite high school students about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, CyberPatriot teaches defensive means of fixing online vulnerabilities and hardening systems to cyberattack. The team is coached by David Hopkins at the Columbia Area Career Center.
3/3/14
Be a Science Sleuth!

All children in grades K-5 and their families are invited to have fun learning about science through science and engineering challenges at MU at the "Decoding Science" event on Saturday, March 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Bond Life Sciences Center. All children must be accompanied by an adult.  Registration | More information
3/3/14
Central Methodist University Music Festival results

West Middle School 7th and 8th grade students attended the Central Methodist University Music Festival on February 28. All students attending the festival achieved the top ratings (Excellent and Superior) from the judges: Memphis Bancroft and Alexandra Estes (Flute Duet); Keatin Butler (Clarinet Solo); Melissa Dyke and Chantal Knight (Clarinet Duet); Rachel Byerly-Duke and Kimberly Cook (Woodwind Duet); Ryan Miller (Alto Saxophone); Chaz Freck and Luca Morpurgo (Saxophone Duet); Caden Smith (Trumpet Solo); Lily Kraxberger and Tiffany Scism (Trumpet Duet); and Cole Galbraith and Nick Wilkerson (French Horn Duet). Congratulations to the students and their directors, Bridgett Randolph and Julie Swope.
3/3/14
Science Olympiad regional results

The following schools will advance to the finals, after achieving the following results at the regional Science Olympiad in Rolla on March 1: Gentry Middle School, 2nd place; West Middle School, 3rd place; Smithton Middle School, 4th place; Rock Bridge High School, 1st place; and Hickman High School, 2nd place.
3/3/14
Benton STEM students take 6th in chess tournament

Benton STEM Elementary School students took 6th place at the Missouri State Chess Tournament hosted at Battle High School on March 1. Congratulations to the students and their coach, John Gerhart.  Results
3/3/14
Career Center student chosen for My Community, Our Earth program

A Columbia Area Career Center Geospatial Technology student, Allyssa Johnson, has been selected to participate in the Global Connections and Exchange Youth TechCamps: My Community, Our Earth Program. Allyssa's application was chosen from among nearly 100 submissions. Allyssa will work with a U.S. team over the next year to learn how to use geographic technologies for climate change themes. A part of her experience will be to travel to Panama to implement a community project related to climate change consequences. Michael Harrington, Career Center/Battle High School student, was chosen as an alternate for the TechCamp in Bolivia.
2/26/14
Repair It Forward: Career Center students give back to the community

The Columbia Area Career Center A+IT Essentials class has established a "Repair It Forward" program, after becoming an authorized Microsoft Registered Refurbisher. In a partnership with MEM, Career Center students have begun refurbishing donated computers that will be given to low-income individuals and community groups. Refurbished MEM computers have been donated to the Columbia Islamic School.

Most recently, students in the CACC A+IT Essentials class assisted the Columbia Voluntary Action Center in its 11th annual "Homes for Computers" drive. Donated computers from the City of Columbia were cleaned and then donated to low-income families.
2/26/14
West quiz bowl teams triumph in regional tournament

West Middle School Quiz Bowl teams and individual players competed in a regional tournament on February 22-23 in Pilot Grove, MO. The seventh grade team took first place out of 12 teams. Team members are Rachel Edidin, Cole Galbraith, Andrew Wyatt, and Michael Zou. West also had two individual winners: Rachel Edidin, who took fourth place out of 60 students for most questions answered, and Rebecca Shyu, who took seventh place out of 50 students for most questions answered.
2/24/14
Hickman academic team excels in competition

Hickman's academic team competed in a field of 36 teams from five states on Saturday, February 15, in the Washington University High School Competition in St. Louis. Hickman's A Team placed 7th overall, and Andy Sun received a third place individual award. A Team included Claire Dong, Mickey Hua, Wenzer Qin, and Andy Sun. B Team was comprised of Owen Pasley, Dinis Trindade, Franziska Weston, and Adam Xu.
2/20/14
FBLA district competition results

The 2014 Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District Competition was held on February 14 in Moberly. Teams from Hickman and Battle high schools and the Columbia Area Career Center competed. FBLA allows only first place in performance events and the top five places in online testing to advance to state. FBLA State will be held April 13-15 in Columbia.   Results listed by school
2/19/14
Open house at Benton STEM Elementary

Parents, students, and community members are invited to an open house at Benton STEM Elementary School on Friday, February 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. or from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the principal and other staff members, take a tour of the building, and ask questions about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, teaching, and the curriculum. Please contact the Benton office at 214-3610 with questions.  More information
2/19/14
Jefferson student wins Churchill speech competition

Jefferson Middle School 8th grade student Kristine Cho placed first in the first annual Winston Churchill Student Speech Competition state finals held on February 17 at the National Churchill Museum on the campus of Westminster College. Dr. Beth Joelle Winton was Kristine's teacher sponsor throughout the competition. Kristine received a museum t-shirt, certificate, and engraved plaque. The plaque was made for the competition by Blenheim Palace, where Winston Churchill lived. A fallen tree on the property was used for the wood. Kristine also received a special invitation to attend the museum's annual Churchill Weekend as an honored guest. At the brunch, she will give her speech and formally be presented the plaque by Randolph and Jennie Churchill, Winston Churchill's great-grandchildren.  Photos: 1 | 2
2/19/14
Rock Bridge students shine at Model United Nations

The Model United Nations delegation from Rock Bridge High School did an excellent job at the recent 51st Annual North Atlantic Invitation Model United Nations event hosted by Georgetown University. The competition drew over three thousand students from all over the world to Washington, DC. Rock Bridge faced teams that utilize Model UN as a course where kids spend an hour or two every day in preparation as part of their coursework, and not (as is the case at Rock Bridge) as a club where students are able to prepare just a couple of meetings a week after school. Rock Bridge competed against private schools that are listed in the top ten in the nation in terms of the quality of education. The Rock Bridge team, consisting of 17 students, competed brilliantly against teams of over 50 with much more competition experience. Eleven of the 17 CPS students placed, as follows: Verbal Commendation (4th Place), Sophi Farid, Maaz Muhammad, Michael Pennella, Chandler Randol, and Sydney Tyler; Honorable Mention (3rd Place), Whitney Cravens, Daniel Shapiro, and Katy Shi; Outstanding Delegate (2nd Place), Sara Ashbaugh and Adrian Siefkas; and Best Delegate (1st Place), Najeebah Hussain. Najeebah's accomplishment is only the second time in CPS history that a student has achieved this accolade. She was absolutely amazing as she assumed the role of a true diplomat. The team is coached by Rock Bridge faculty members Gretchen Cleppe, Chris Fischer, and Debbie McDonough, and Rock Bridge alumnus Julian Vizitei.
2/18/14
Senior all-night party parent meeting

Parents of high school seniors are invited to attend a senior all-night party parent meeting on Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickman High School commons (enter through west doors). For more information, call Laurie Reasoner at Rock Bridge High School, (479) 747-3176, or Whitney Gibbens at Hickman High School, (573) 854-2612.
2/13/14
Career Center named to top 100 hospitality schools list

The Columbia Area Career Center was recently named to Sullivan University's list of top 100 Hospitality Schools of 2014. The list includes high schools and tech centers that excel in the areas of Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts and/or Hospitality Management.
2/13/14
Hickman teams excel in high school ethics bowl

On Saturday, February 6, at Columbia College, Hickman's Purple Team, consisting of Eli Byerly-Duke, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, and Ashwath Kumar, took first place in the first annual Missouri State High School Ethics Bowl. Second place was taken by Hickman's Gold Team, made up of Joseph Katz, Audrey O'Brien, and Ben Zars. An ethics bowl is an event where teams of students analyze and discuss timely real-life ethical issues and defend whatever position they believe is right. A combined team will be representing Missouri at the National High School Ethics Bowl held at the University of North Carolina in April.
2/12/14
Benton receives garden grant

Benton STEM Elementary School has been awarded a $2,000 Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant. The money will be used to purchase garden materials (gloves, wheelbarrows, seeds, garden sink), window birdhouse kits, children's gardening literature, and teaching materials on incorporating the outdoors into the classroom.
2/12/14
Hickman student earns art recognition

Hickman High School student Joanna Zoun was recently awarded a Gold Key in the Scholastic Midwest Region-at-Large competition for art and writing. Joanna's portfolio of eight artworks was chosen out of over 3,100 art submissions to the competition, which encompasses six states. As a Gold Key winner, her art portfolio will now advance to the national level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.
2/12/14
Rock Bridge show choirs benefit concert

The Rock Bridge High School show choirs will present a benefit concert on Thursday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. at the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center. Admission is $5.00 per person. The concert will benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for Children, and will feature special guest Miss Missouri 2013, Shelby Ringdahl, who will perform and emcee the concert. There will be an open photo session with Miss Missouri at 6:00 p.m. in the lobby of the Performing Arts Center for an additional donation. Call 214-3119 now to reserve your tickets; a limited number of tickets will be sold.
2/12/14
February public shows at the planetarium

"Dinosaurs and Cave Men and Our Changing Planet" will presented on Saturday, February 8, at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium, inside Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road. The CPS Planetarium and the University of Missouri's Integrative Anatomy Program in the Department of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences and Department of Physical Anthropology are teaming up to show just how our changing planet affected life on its surface. Watch the Earth's Wild Ride planetarium show and see a tour of the night sky; see dinosaur fossils; compare your footprint to those of a dinosaur; and learn how cavemen lived. Admission is free, but donations of $2.00 per person are welcomed. Please reserve your seats online or call (573) 214-3148.
2/7/14
FAFSA Frenzy

The Columbia Area Career Center and Hickman High School are hosting a "FAFSA Frenzy" with the Missouri Department of Higher Education for any student wanting assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). There are two locations and two dates to choose from--the Career Center on Sunday, February 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., or the Hickman High School media center on Tuesday, February 11, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (moved from the originally scheduled date of February 4 due to weather conditions). The FAFSA is the primary application used by federal, state, and institutional financial assistance entities in determining an individual's eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.  What do I need? | Who is considered my parent? | FAFSA Frenzy flyer | More information
2/6/14
Battle softball raises funds for Salvation Army

Battle High School softball team members and coaching staff collected over $600 for the Salvation Army's Red Kettle Campaign. The team's bell ringing service will help support the local shelter Harbor House as well as assist victims of natural disasters, provide meals for families, and provide many other services for people in need.  Photos: Miranda Bradshaw and Paige Nichols | Becca Johnston, Katie Carey, Essence Jones, and Falen Singleton
1/27/14
Benton STEM Chess Challenge results

On Saturday, January 18, 15 schools competed in the Benton STEM Chess Challenge, with 67 students in grades K-5. Mill Creek Elementary School took first place, Russell Boulevard Elementary School took second, and Benton STEM Elementary School placed third.
1/27/14
Hickman academic teams excel in tournament

Hickman High School's academic teams competed in a field of 32 teams on Saturday, January 25, in the Tiger Bowl V Tournament at the University of Missouri. Hickman's A Team placed third; Andy Sun took second place and Alex Harmata seventh place in the individual awards. A Team included Mickey Hua, Owen Pasley, Amanda Sun, Andy Sun, and Sherry Xie. B Team was comprised of Aditi Ajit, Jack Atkins, Andrew Han, Alex Harmata, Franziska Weston, Junyi Wu, and Adam Xu.
1/27/14
Free screening of "Bully" documentary film

There will be a free screening of the documentary film "Bully," followed by a thought-provoking panel discussion led by experts in the fields of bullying and counseling, on Wednesday, January 29, at 6:00 p.m. at Launer Auditorium on the Columbia College campus.
1/23/14
Lange MAC Scholars Black History Month program

Lange MAC Scholars will present a Black History Month program, "Past Reflections, Future Possibilities: A Tribute to Nelson Mandela" on Tuesday, February 25, at Lange Middle School.  More information
1/23/14
All State band and orchestra audition results

Click here for a list of students who were selected after a rigorous audition process to participate in either the All Band, Orchestra, or Jazz Band. Students from Battle, Hickman, and Rock Bridge high schools participated in the process. These students will perform on Saturday, January 25 at the annual Missouri Music Educators association Conference and In-Service.
1/23/14
Career Center offers new health care maintenance mechanic program

The Columbia Area Career Center, in conjunction with Linn State Technical College, has received federal grant funding to offer a new program in health care maintenance. The program will give adults an opportunity to earn a maintenance mechanic certificate along with other certifications such as OSHA, CPR, and EPA, at no cost to them. Skills taught include, but are not limited to: OSHA safety, health rules, and machine guarding; electricity/electrical safety; drywall/ finishing/ painting/ floor installation/ wall repair; HVAC maintenance and repair; introduction to plumbing and basic repair; review of basic math and reading skills; EPA; and CPR training.  More information
1/23/14
West quiz bowl teams earn top honors

West Middle School Quiz Bowl teams and individual team members took first place and second place in the Tuscumbia NAQT Invitational Middle School Quiz Bowl Tournament. First place team members are Ezekiel Adjokatse, Conor Byrne, Elsa Dickerson, James Langen, Miriam Saidi, Sam Spell, Tomas Wexler, and Sam Wills; second place team members are Walter Bratrud, Jacob Fajen, Silas Kluever, George Monroe, Fletcher Orr, Nate Wilson, and John Yoo. The following individuals placed individually for most questions answered correctly: Ezekiel Adjokatse (1st place), Walter Bratrud (2nd place), Tomas Wexler (3rd place), Sam Spell (4th place), Fletcher Orr (6th place), and Sam Wills (7th place).

The seventh/eighth grade teams won 5 out of 9 rounds each: Team C (Nancy Diallo, Rachel Edidin, Lily Kraxberger, Rebecca Shyu, and Lauren Wagner) and Team D (Charlie Monroe, Guthrie Stroh, Andrew Whelihan, Jack Wills, and Michael Zou).

Photos:  1 | 2 | 3
1/21/14
2015-16 school year calendar survey

Tell us what you think! In February, the Columbia Board of Education will adopt a calendar for 2015-16. Please review the draft 2015-16 calendar, then give us your opinion. The last day for completion of the survey is January 29, 2014.

Columbia Public Schools has already adopted a calendar for 2014-15.
1/15/14
Hickman's academic teams qualify for national tournament

Hickman High School's academic teams have qualified for the National Academic Quiz Tournament to be held in May in Chicago. According to the High School Quiz Bowl Rankings, an online service devoted to recognizing the best quiz bowl or academic teams each year, Hickman is one of just 23 schools to have two teams in the midseason rankings. HIckman's A Team ranks 49th and B Team is 137th. To date, the performances of more than 1,500 teams from China, Singapore, Canada, and the United States have been considered in the rankings. The top 150 is currently made up of teams from 27 states, the District of Columbia, Canada, and Singapore.
1/14/14
Career Center Skill Expo

The Columbia Area Career Center, 4203 S. Providence Road, will host a Skill Expo on Thursday, January 9, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Come explore all Career Center classes available to area students at this open house. Talk to instructors, participate in activities, view examples of student work, and discover how Career Center classes are relevant to your future.
1/9/14
Kewpie Math Classic

Hickman High School's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, mathematics honor society, will be hosting the annual Kewpie Math Classic on March 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Classic is an event for students in grades 6-8 that includes a contest along with other competitive (Math Jeopardy, Sudoku, Rubik's Cube, Pi Recitation) and non-competitive (Math Trail) math activities. Register online by February 12.  More information
1/9/14
Benton receives grant for math garden

Benton STEM Elementary School has received a $5,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education Grant. The grant, written by Jake Giessman from the district's Gifted Education Center, is a joint project with high school gifted students to create an outdoor Math Garden. The garden will create additional outdoor learning spaces for students at Benton.
1/9/14
Benton STEM Chess Challenge

Benton STEM Elementary School will host the Benton STEM Chess Challenge on Saturday, January 18, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The challenge, which is for students in grades K through 5, includes three rounds of chess in age-grouped competition (all players play all three rounds). Admission is $4.00 if registered in advance, or $6.00 at the door. Snacks will be available for purchase at the tournament by Benton K Kids.  Registration form and more information
1/9/14
Columbia Public Schools job fair

There will be a Columbia Public Schools employment fair at Smithton Middle School on Saturday, February 8, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We are interested in speaking with anyone who would like to work for the Columbia Public Schools. Please bring a current resume with you to the job fair. Applications will be available, or you can click here to view job openings and complete and print an application for the position of your interest.  More information
1/9/14
Advanced Placement showcase

Hickman High School will host an AP (Advanced Placement) Showcase on Tuesday, January 28, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Hickman commons. Come meet with AP scholars and AP faculty and learn how AP courses are the best preparation for college; can defray college costs; allow students to earn college credit in high school; and include over 20 different courses in the areas of world languages, language arts, social studies, fine arts, science, and math. For questions, please contact Susan McWilliams at 214-3008 or via e-mail.
1/9/14
College financial aid night

On Tuesday, January 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Hickman High School, Financial Aid Night will be held. This will be an informational evening with counselors and representatives from local college financial aid offices to learn more about financing college or post-secondary education, and is especially important for parents of seniors.
1/9/14
Hickman student named semifinalist in national science competition

Hickman High School student Ashwath Kumar has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for his independent laboratory research on the effect of bacterial quorum sensing molecule N-3-oxo-dodecanoyl-L-homoserine lactone on human pancreatic carcinoma cells. Only 300 students are announced as semifinalists each year. From this select pool, 40 finalists are then invited to Washington, DC, in March to participate in final judging, display their work to the public, meet with notable scientists, and compete for the top award of $100,000. The Intel Science Talent Search (Intel STS) is the nation's most prestigious pre-college science competition. Alumni of STS have made extraordinary contributions to science and hold more than 100 of the world's most coveted science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and National Medal of Science. Annually, students entering the Intel STS compete for $1.25 million in awards.
1/8/14
An evening with Dr. C.J. Huff

The Columbia Council of PTAs will host an evening with Dr. C.J.Huff on Thursday, February 20, at the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center, 4303 S. Providence Road. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the program begins at 7:15 p.m. Admission is free. Dr. Huff was the superintendent of schools at Joplin, Missouri, who led his school district and community during the aftermath of the devastating tornado of May 2011. In his speeches, Dr. Huff shares how teamwork, leadership, and a focus on the future can help overcome any challenge.  More information
1/8/14
CPS Planetarium public shows for January

Columbia Public Schools Planetarium is starting 2014 off with a laser light show extravaganza called Lasers, Music, & Stars! For one week only, lasers will dance across the planetarium's star-filled dome to top-40 hits and rock and roll classics. Then, as the lasers and music fade to black, the stars of the winter sky will be revealed in all their glory.

In addition to the evening Lasers, Music, & Stars shows, the regular second-Saturday-of-the-month daytime shows at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on January 11 will include a laser teaser. A free Sunday afternoon show, Black History Laser Tribute, will also be offered at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. on January 12.

Tickets are required for Laser, Music, & Stars programs. Prices vary depending on the show. To reserve tickets, visit http://cpsplanetarium.org or call (573) 214-3148.

Schedule for Lasers, Music, & Stars week:
January 9 - Laser Beatles - 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - $5 per person
January 10 - Laser Pink Floyd - 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - $5 per person
January 11 - The Planets planetarium show and laser teaser - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - FREE
January 11 - Laser Mania (Top 40 hits) - 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. - $5 per person
January 11 - Laser U2 - 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. - $5 per person
January 12 - Black History Laser Tribute - 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. - FREE

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia.
The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone, (573) 214-3148, or via e-mail. Visit the planetarium online or on Facebook.

1/2/14
CPS Planetarium press preview

Columbia Public Schools Planetarium would like to invite your organization to a press preview of its laser light show extravaganza Lasers, Music, & Stars week.

For the Lasers, Music, & Stars week of January 9-12, CPS Planetarium is bringing a laser light show system to its 40-foot dome. Pre-programmed shows include music from various classic rock and roll artists as well as current top-40 hits. As music fills the dome, a full-color laser will bring that music to life.

The press preview will be held on Monday, January 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium, located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road. This preview will include music from Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and U2, as well as current top-40 hits. There will also be a demonstration of the system's educational capabilities.

Please RSVP to Melanie Knocke at (573) 214-3148 or via e-mail.

The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone, (573) 214-3148, or via e-mail. Visit the planetarium online or on Facebook
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1/2/14
City holds neighborhood planning meeting

On Thursday, January 9, the Office of Neighborhood Services is sponsoring a Neighborhood Congress at the Activity and Recreation Center (ARC) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (council office hours will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) The purpose of this event is to provide input on the following community development needs: affordable housing, economic development, fair housing, neighborhood needs, and community facilities. Information collected during the discussions at the Neighborhood Congress will be used in conjunction with the consolidated plan. The consolidated plan is a document required by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), designed to help guide communities on directing the federal dollars they receive. The consolidated planning process allows you to weigh in on what you think are the most important community needs in Columbia. To learn more about the Neighborhood Congress and the consolidated plan, call (573) 874-6321 or visit the City of Columbia's Web site.
1/2/14
FIRST robotics team wins NASA grant

The Columbia Area Career Center's FIRST Robotics Team, the Army Ants, has received a $5,000 grant from the NASA Robotics Alliance Project. The grant will be used to compete in the St. Louis Regional Robotics competition in March. This is the fourth year that the Career Center will send the Army Ants team to competition.

The FIRST Robotics Team brings students and mentors together to master skills and concepts in science, engineering, and technology through robotics. Students gain valuable career and life skills, as well as provide outreach presentations in Boone County. Team members work alongside professional engineers and technicians to design and build a 100-plus-pound robot to compete regionally, nationally, and internationally. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology." The 2014 season kicks off January 4 when the challenge is revealed and the six-week build and design season begins.
1/2/14
Administrator honored as one of Columbia's "20 Under 40"

Dr. Peter Stiepleman, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, has been selected as a member of Columbia's 2014 20 Under 40 Class by the Columbia Business Times. Each year, 20 local business professionals under the age of 40 are selected for their business acumen, innovation, and involvement in Columbia's business community. This year also marked a record-breaking number of nominations, ultimately selecting the final 20 out of nearly 100 applicants. Honorees will be recognized during a special dinner and ceremony in January.
12/16/13
Rock Bridge show choirs concert

The Rock Bridge High School show choirs will be performing their 2014 premiere concert on Thursday, January 16 at 7:00 p.m. in the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center. These choirs, which compete throughout Missouri and the midwest, will perform their competition shows featuring popular music inspired by "The Great Gatsby" and Latin music. Tickets are $5.00. Seating is limited. Call 214-3119 now to reserve your tickets.
12/16/13
Rock Bridge Elementary teacher receives grant

Rock Bridge Elementary School teacher Karla Yung received a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Association to fund a music and movement program in her first grade classroom. The program will focus on identifying musical genres, using music to increase memory and concentration, and use of musical cues to reduce transition time and increase safety in the classroom.
12/12/13
Hickman student places fourth in Siemens competition

Hickman High School student Mingu Kim and his teammate Aaron Argyres, of Clayton, Missouri, placed fourth out of six finalists in the national Siemens math, science, and technology competition. The two students were awarded $30,000 and will split the prize money. The team designed a material that would help determine the chemical future of stem cells.
12/10/13
Rock Bridge girls' basketball team hosts chili supper

The Rock Bridge High School girls' basketball team is hosting a chili supper on Tuesday, December 17, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School. The event will take place during the Rock Bridge vs. Hickman High School basketball game.
12/10/13
Nature school open house

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources and Columbia Public Schools are holding an open house on Thursday, December 12, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Board Room at the Neil C. Aslin District Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street. The purpose of the event is to solicit ideas from the public on development of a nature school in the district.

The open house will feature a multi-station setup, and include a children's area, where kids of all ages can offer their own ideas or participate in nature-related activities. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear a brief overview and timetable for the project, and they'll be asked to share their ideas in several categories, including building design and materials, park-related activities for students, and potential partnerships.

Preliminary plans for the school include a location on the Rock Bridge Memorial State Park property, staffed by school district employees beginning in the 2015-16 school year. Fifth grade students would be selected through a lottery process for enrollment.

The open house is an opportunity for individuals living in the district and interested members of the public to share their ideas and offer input on the project. Participants are welcomed to attend the open house for the entire two-and-a-half-hour session, or to stop in for a shorter period of time throughout the evening.
12/9/13
West Middle School teachers receive grant awards

The Hawthorn Chapter of the Missouri Native Plant Society  has awarded West Middle School teachers Stephanie Hughes and Rob Bruns with a $400 grant to support the school's gardening club. The school will be working to improve its courtyard sites while also increasing teacher and student understanding of native plants in Missouri ecosystems. Teacher Ellen Wilson received a $500 grant from the Missouri Retired Teachers Foundation to provide audio books and supporting materials for a student reading workshop at the school.
12/9/13
Advanced Placement showcase

Hickman High School will host an AP Showcase on Tuesday, January 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Hickman commons. Come meet with Advanced Placement scholars and faculty, and learn how AP courses are the best preparation for college, can defray college costs, allow students to earn college credit in high school, and include over 20 different courses in the areas of world languages, language arts, social studies, fine arts, science, and math. For more information please contact Susan McWilliams at 214-3008 or via e-mail.
12/9/13
Hickman academic team results

The Hickman High School Academic Team competed in a field of 23 teams from 13 schools on Saturday, December 7, in the Winter Invitational Tournament at Rock Bridge High School. Hickman's A and B teams placed 2nd and 3rd, respectively, and both qualified for national competition in spring 2014. The A Team included Jack Atkins, Mickey Hua, Bolor Jagdagdorj, and Andy Sun. The B Team was comprised of Alex Harmata, Owen Pasley, Wenzer Qin, and Amanda Sun. The C Team also competed and included Stephen Bunch, Andrew Han, Sam Lange, Dinis Trinidade, and Adam Xu. Andy Sun took second place, Alex Harmata sixth place, and Wenzer Qin placed twelfth in the individual awards.
12/9/13
Russell educator named distinguished principal

Dr. Ed Schumacher, principal of Russell Boulevard Elementary School, has been chosen as the Distinguished Principal by the Northeast Missouri Association of Elementary School Principals Association.
12/9/13
December shows at the CPS Planetarium

On Saturday, December 14, the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium public shows focus on kids. At 2:00 p.m., Magic Tree House Space Mission (for younger audiences) will be presented, and at 3:00 p.m., Secret of the Cardboard Rocket (for grades 2-4) will be presented. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. Admission is free, but donations of $2.00 per person are recommended. Reserve a spot for the show of your choice on the planetarium Web site. CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone, (573) 214-3148, or via e-mail. Visit the planetarium online or on Facebook.

Magic Tree House Space Mission is based on the Magic Tree House series of books by Mary Pope Osborn. Visitors will travel along with Jack and Annie (an adventurous brother and sister team) as they use their magical tree house to search out answers to a series of questions about outer space. On their journey, they talk with an astronomer and an astronaut, and come close to being sucked into a black hole! There is a live star tour after the show.  View the trailer

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket takes visitors on a journey through the solar system. With a cardboard box as a rocket and a talking library book as a guide, visit each planet (and one dwarf planet) and learn what makes each one unique. After the show, explore the constellations of the night sky during a live sky tour.  View the trailer

Coming in January: a special week of Lasers, Music, and Stars in addition to the regular second-Saturday shows. Check out the planetarium's Web site for more information.
12/2/13
FAFSA Frenzy

The Columbia Area Career Center and Hickman High School are hosting a "FAFSA Frenzy" with the Missouri Department of Higher Education for any student wanting assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). There are two locations and two dates to choose from--the Hickman High School media center on Tuesday, February 4, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. or the Career Center on Sunday, February 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The FAFSA is the primary application used by federal, state, and institutional financial assistance entities in determining an individual's eligibility for grants, loans, work-study, and scholarships.  What do I need? | Who is considered my parent? | FAFSA Frenzy flyer | More information
11/26/13
Rock Bridge Elementary to build track

Rock Bridge Elementary School has reached its goal with grants, donations, and pledges to build a track on the east side of the playground. A small committee of Rock Bridge Elementary parents was formed last spring to raise money for a track. A track is needed on school property due to the location of the school, which is near two main highway intersections, and the lack of pedestrian walkways near the area. The committee worked closely with Columbia Public School District administrators and an engineer to develop a plan for the track and began raising money. Boone Electric, MFA Oil Foundation, and various community partners and parents have donated money to make the track possible. Construction will begin as soon as the district completes an updated HVAC system on site. Jerry Taylor, president of MFA Oil, presented a $2,000 check from the MFA Oil Foundation to the school for the track in October. Taylor mentioned during the presentation that his wife, Jeannie, tried to build a track at Rock Bridge Elementary 27 years ago when their children attended the school, but they were not able to raise funds to make it possible. In addition to the physical education uses for the school, the track is also used for RBE Bear Feet, a new running club at the school. The club has more than 50 participants and meets two days a week. The kids are running between one and five miles.  Photos: 1 | 2 | 3
11/20/13
Russell principal honored by Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness

Russell Boulevard Elementary School principal Dr. Ed Schumacher was presented with the Mayor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health Award on November 14. Dr. Schumacher received a mentor award for his work with the Russell Runners' Club, as well as encouraging adults to run and bike. His nomination story was read by Mayor Bob McDavid at the ceremony: "As principal at Russell Boulevard Elementary, Dr. Schumacher started the Russell Runners' Club three years ago and the group now has 150 student participants. He spends many hours of his personal time organizing this group, attending running events in the community with students, and encouraging not only the students, but many parents to begin running as well. The students meet twice weekly before school to log miles on the school's track. As part of the Go St. Louis program, they strive to run 26 miles, read 26 books, and do 26 good deeds. The culmination is running the last mile of their "marathon" at the Go St. Louis run in April. However, it isn't just participating in Go St. Louis that makes Runners' Club special. Students who don't see themselves as athletic are encouraged by Ed to just begin. The first thing they know, they are logging those miles and their confidence is built to set their goal higher. Not only has Ed inspired students, but parents. Former Russell parent Nancy Stoker says that Ed is the one who first convinced her she could do a half-marathon. With the first spark ignited, she has now completed eight marathons! Ed also inspires others to bicycle. A Russell staff member credits Ed for encouraging her and another woman to go on the cross-Missouri Katy Trail ride, which she has now done twice. Ed's philosophy is, 'you can do it if you just start.' That inspiration for students and adults makes him most deserving of this award!"  Photo
11/20/13
Hickman student repeats win at state piano competition

Congratulations to Hickman High School junior Junyi Wu, who was awarded first place in the 11th grade Pre-Collegiate State Piano Competition by the Missouri Music Teacher Association for the second year in a row The competition was held at Washington University in St. Louis in early November.  Photo
11/20/13
Hickman academic team takes first place

The Hickman High School Academic Team competed in a field of 16 teams from 10 schools on Saturday, November 16, in the Centralia Academic Tournament at Centralia High School, where the A Team won first place. The winning team included Alex Harmata, Mingu Kim, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, and Andy Sun. Hickman's B Team also competed, which included Jack Atkins, Stephen Bunch, Own Pasley, Dinis Trinidade, Sherry Xie, and Franziska Weston. Andy Sun took second place and Jack Atkins placed seventh in the individual awards. Team member Diana Harmata worked as a moderator for the tournament.
11/18/13
CMNEA trivia night

On Saturday, November 23, CMNEA will host a trivia night at the University Club in the Reynolds Alumni Center. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for Columbia Public Schools' graduating seniors. Registration is limited to teams of 8. The cost is $20 per person, or $150 per table. To register, contact Bill BishopMore information
11/18/13
Rock Bridge High School receives $25,000 grant

Rock Bridge High School has received a $25,000 grant after earning a top 50 spot in the nationwide Celebrate My Drive competition with State Farm Insurance. The competition asked high schools to participate in a daily online voting system for a week. The top 10 schools in each of two categories, large and small schools (750 was the upper limit for small schools), received $100,000 grants, and the top 50 in each received $25,000 grants. Ten percent of the grant will be invested in promotion of safe driving, and a student and faculty committee will determine how to best utilize the rest of the funds. Rock Bridge High School is also a Partner In Education with the local State Farm Insurance corporate office.
11/15/13
Veterans Day essay contest winners

Eight CPS students are winners in the annual Veterans Day essay contest sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. Open to middle school and high school students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each school prior to submission. Truman VA staff members judged and determined the winning essays.  More information
11/14/13
CPS students selected for district bands

Students from CPS high schools were selected for the 2013-14 Northeast Missouri All-District Band, Honorable Mention Band, or District Jazz Band. These students are to be commended for the preparation and commitment to quality musical performance and achievement.  More information
11/14/13
CPS students make Missouri All State Choir

Students from CPS high schools participated in the Northeast Missouri District Choir on November 2 at Moberly High School. During this event, juniors and seniors are eligible to audition for the Missouri All State Choir, which will convene in 2014 at the annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference. Twelve CPS students successfully auditioned in to this ensemble. Congratulations to the students and their directors.  More information
11/14/13
Help us choose building names

Columbia Public Schools has reopened the facility name nomination process in order for the naming committee to make additional name recommendations for the southwest elementary school location set to open in 2016 and the early childhood center set to open in 2017. The nomination process will remain open until November 22.  Nomination form
11/11/13
Benton annual chili fun day

Benton STEM Elementary School's 64th Annual Chili Fun Day is Saturday, November 9, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm. There will be games, raffles, and a few new surprises as well!
11/8/13
Hickman student named finalist in Siemens competition

Hickman High School senior Mingu Kim won the Region Five Team Category of the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology, held at MIT. Mingu and his partner, Aaron Argyres, a senior at Clayton High School in Clayton, MO, share a $6,000 scholarship for their project, entitled Increasing the Proliferation Rate and Inducing Osteogenic Differentiation of Dental Pulp Stem Cells with Graphene/Poly (4-vinylpyridine) Composite Substrates. The team now moves on to the national finals, which will be held in December at George Washington University, Washington, DC.
11/6/13
CPS students earn top honors at National FFA Convention

The Columbia Public Schools agriculture program has again achieved the highest honors at the 86th National FFA Convention held in Louisville, KY. One team placed first in the nation and one team placed second in the nation, and all students participating received scholarship awards for their performances. Each team at the convention had competed at local and state levels for the privilege of representing Missouri at the national convention.

Students Carson Banks, Kira Kirk, Isabelle Mitchell, and Austin Wallace, and team advisor Larry Henneke were crowned national champions in the Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event. The competitive event allows students to apply classroom knowledge to real-life situations. The event focuses on testing students' problem-solving and decision-making skills in environmental and natural resources. The areas concentrate on soil profiles, water and air quality, waste management, environmental analysis, and use of global positioning units. The team competed against 45 other participants from across the country. Isabelle Mitchell placed fourth overall in the competition and Austin Wallace placed tenth.

The team of Lainyn Kerley, Rachel Kirchhofer, Kassie Rankin, and Michelle Ross placed second in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event. The team advisor is Kevin Duncan. All team members placed in the top ten. Michelle Ross placed third, Rachel Kirchhofer placed fourth, Kassie Rankin placed sixth, and Lainyn Kerley placed tenth. This competitive event tests the participants' ability to select top poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants must complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate quality of eggs, and evaluate and identify parts and products.

Three Columbia graduates, Ben Carpenter, Cooper Martin, and Andrew Perry, received the FFA American Degree, which is the highest award given to an individual in FFA and must be earned after high school graduation. All three young men graduated from Hickman High School.
11/6/13
MAC Scholars to host Parents of Influence Summit

On Saturday, November 23, MAC Scholars will host a Parents of Influence Summit at the district's administration building, 1818 West Worley Street. Please RSVP by November 11 to Annelle Whitt at (573) 289-1779 or via e-mailMore information
11/5/13
Hickman yearbook earns gold medal

Hickman High School's Cresset yearbook has been named a gold medalist winner through the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The association critiques yearbooks, and based on the total score of the critique, awards medals. Gold medalist yearbooks receive the highest scores possible in the critique. The yearbook is now eligible to enter the Crown Awards, which names the best yearbooks in the country. Susan Jenn was editor-in-chief of the book.
10/29/13
It's Papa John's Pizza Fundraising Week in CPS

Order pizza from Papa John's from now through Friday, November 1, and 20% of your order will be donated back to individual schools!  More information and coupons
10/29/13
Hickman students win writing contest

Hickman High School students Claire Dong, a freshman, and Briget Vasquez, a sophomore, are winners in the 6 Word Memoir contest sponsored by the Columbia Public Library. The contest's theme was "Seek the Unknown." The students are taught by Missy Barnes.
10/29/13
November CPS Planetarium Forces of Nature event

Come learn about the powerful forces that shape the planet we live on at the Forces of Nature event at the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium on Saturday, November 9. Planetarium doors will open at 1:30pm with shows at 2:00pm, 3:00pm, and 4:00pm. A brief star tour will be included after each show. Admission is free, but donations of $2 per person are recommended.

Forces of Nature, a planetarium show produced by National Geographic, focuses on Earth as a constantly changing planet where we witness the awesome power and unimaginable destruction of explosive volcanoes, ground-buckling earthquakes, and deadly tornadoes. Follow scientists as they risk their lives exploring the origins and behaviors of these fearsome natural disasters.

In addition to the show, interactive displays and booths will be set up by the MU Geology Department. Guests can talk with a volcanologist and a seismologist, touch real lava rocks, make a tornado in a bottle, create earthquakes with a shake table, and more.

CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or via e-mail. Visit the planetarium online or on Facebook
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10/29/13
Floral design class decorates for gala

Columbia Area Career Center floral design students have been selected to design table centerpieces and a 12-foot holiday tree for the Lutheran Family and Children's Services Festival of Trees gala to be held in November. The class is taught by Sherie Rodekohr.
10/29/13
It's Chicken BBQ time

The Rock Bridge Elementary School 56th annual Chicken BBQ will be Saturday, October 12, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information, please contact the office at Rock Bridge Elementary at 214-3290 or visit the Rock Bridge Elementary PTA Web site.
9/24/13
Benton receives grant for solar panels

Benton STEM Elementary School has received a $5,000 grant from UPS to purchase the first solar panels for the school. Benton is a STEM school focused on science, technology, engineering, and math. "We are very pleased to make an even larger impact on environmental education and student learning while having a smaller impact on our environment," said principal Troy Hogg.
9/23/13
Name CPS' newest elementary school

Columbia Public Schools is building a new elementary school north of Battle High School. School construction will begin later this month and the school is set to open in 2015. The building is being paid for with bond funds approved by voters in 2010. The Elementary Naming Committee is soliciting nominations to name the new building. Nominations are due October 14. To submit a nomination, please complete the nomination form and return it to Dr. Peter Stiepleman, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, at the Aslin Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street.
9/18/13
Hickman cheer squad places fourth at state

Congratulations to the Hickman Kewpie Cheer Squad, who placed fourth in the Missouri Cheer Coaches Association State Championship on September 15. The squad competed in the 5A Small division. Squad members include seniors Bailey Barnes, Laken Bennett, Muslimah Carpenter, Sammy Hall, Makenzie Killday, Megan MIller, and Keona Smith; juniors Lily Burns, Lauryn Jaco, Eilish Matthews, and Mackenzie Murray; sophomores Caroline Abbott, Amari Miles, Amanda Montgomery, and Abbey Webster; and freshmen Natalie de Lima and Alli Klusmeyer. The squad is coached by Molly Lyman and Andy Kimmel and Spirit Squad Coordinator Pam Nunnelly.  View the routine
9/16/13
From Cradle to Career: We need your input!

On Wednesday, October 2, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm at Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Road, Columbia Public Schools will host a community meeting (World Cafe style) called From Cradle to Career: What Skills Do Students Need to Be Successful? Please join us for small group discussions as you travel the room to different tables to discuss topics related to college and career readiness. Please RSVP to the CPS Community Relations department at (573) 214-3960 or via e-mail. Walk-ins are also welcome!
9/12/13
Show choir garage sale at Rock Bridge High School

There will be a huge multi-family garage sale in the Rock Bridge High School football pavilion on Saturday, September 14, from 7:00am to 1:00pm. Proceeds will benefit the Rock Bridge show choirs. For more information, call 214-3147.
9/11/13
Check out the CPS Planetarium's new look

Thanks to a generous donation from the Stafford Family Trust and donations collected during public planetarium shows, the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium underwent a large renovation project over the summer which included the installation of new seating, carpeting, and curtains. To share this new look with the public, there will be an open house at the planetarium on Saturday, September 14. Doors will open at 1:45pm with shows beginning at 2:00pm. Show times are 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, and 3:30pm. Each 25-minute presentation will include three fun video clips demonstrating the abilities of our full dome projection system. Then, the 39-year-old star ball will rise out of its cave and visitors will be treated to a tour of the night sky. This September 14 open house marks the return of second-Saturday-of-the-month planetarium shows for the general public. Shows are free, although donations of $2 per person are welcome. The CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia. School and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone, (573) 214-3148, or via e-mail
9/10/13
First day of school enrollment

The Columbia School District experienced an excellent opening day on August 20. Teachers and students were well prepared for the first day of classes. Total enrollment for the school district is 18,136, an increase of 248 students compared to the first day of the 2012-13 school term. News release
8/20/13
Rock Bridge receives grant to enhance personal finance program

Pathway to Financial Success awarded Rock Bridge High School's business education department a $6,500 grant to expand its existing personal finance curriculum. The Pathway to Financial Success program helps to bring financial education into classrooms across the country in a fun, exciting, and interactive way and helps children graduate understanding personal finance as well as science, history, and math.
8/20/13
Hickman educator named outstanding biology teacher of the year

Pam Close, a biology teacher at Hickman High School, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Biology Teacher for Missouri by the National Association of Biology Teachers. One teacher from each state is selected by the association for this prestigious honor each year. Close will be recognized by the association at its national conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in November.
8/9/13
Oakland receives grant to promote sun protection

Oakland Middle School was awarded the Sun Shade Grant sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. The grant was a 2.5-year project that included modifying the school health curriculum to include sun awareness and protection. Oakland's school nurse, Courtney Stout, collaborated with Dr. John DeSpain, who served as the grant  medical advisor and contributor. Students, along with Dr. DeSpain's office staff, filmed a sun awareness campaign video and streamed the message of skin protection through curriculum, health fairs, and a posted campaign. The Sun Shade Grant installation is an $8,000, large, permanent shade structure that will serve as a protective covering from the sun, as well as other elements, for the school and community. The shade structure installation is slated for the week of August 5. A dedication ceremony will take place on Wednesday, August 14, at 6:00 p.m.
8/9/13
Battle cheer squad wins regionals, heads to state

The Battle High School varsity cheerleaders received first place at the regional cheerleading competition held at Moberly Area Community College. The Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association extended a bid to the squad to compete in the Missouri State Cheerleading Champions to be held in September at the Hearnes Center in Columbia. At the MCCA State Championships in Columbia, the Battle High School cheerleaders will compete with other high school cheerleading squads throughout the state. The squad is coached by Corey Cathey.
7/22/13
Fine Arts news and happenings

Elizabeth Tummons, elementary music teacher at Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School, reports that the Lee School Explorers have been invited to perform at the 76th Annual MMEA In-Service Workshop/Conference, January 22-25, 2014. There were a total of 154 applications for performance submitted this year and only 34 ensembles from across the state in a variety of music disciplines were selected . . . Evan Schaffer, Rock Bridge High School student and participant in the RBHS music programs, made the National Association for Music Education All-National Honor Symphony Orchestra. More information . . .  Columbia Public Schools has been selected as a participant in the HD Live in Schools Metropolitan Opera Broadcasts. CPS will receive tickets to attend four different broadcasts. Training, curricular materials, and educational support will also be provided. This is a unique opportunity to expose students to the wide world of opera performance and the variety of skills and jobs needed to make these performances occur. Participating this year will be Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School, Hickman High School, Battle High School, and Rock Bridge High School.
7/22/13
Battle receives Missouri Arts Council grant

Battle High School has been awarded a Missouri Arts Council grant to work collaboratively with the City Office of Cultural Affairs. The $7,500 grant will fund an artist-in-residence project that allows Kansas City sculptor Beth Nybeck to work with school art specialist Jody Spriggs and lead multiple sections of students from the Art 1: Foundations class through the process to create her style of sculpture. The residency will create a permanent piece of art to be installed at the new Battle facility. Nybeck has recently completed the City of Columbia's Short Street Parking Garage Percent for Art project. Nybeck's commissioned design consists of three stainless steel waves, titled "Tidal Murmur," intended to convey the idea of the Ripple Effect, a theory that states that we are all connected.  Artist's rendering of "Tidal Murmur"
7/22/13
Benton receives Laura Bush Foundation grant

Benton Elementary School has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. This is the third year in a row that the school has received funding from the foundation. The funds will be used to expand, update, and diversify the school's library book collection.
7/15/13
Lange students excel on national Spanish exams

Congratulations to the world language students from Lange Middle School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations. These national tests are very rigorous, testing not only grammar and vocabulary skills, but listening and reading as well. These students placed high nationally and several are top scorers in our region: Daylin Huebotter, Lucinda Kegley, Martin McBee, Madalynn Owens, Brett Porter, Payton Roberts, Joseph Sandoval, and Eabryana Zeller.
7/9/13
CPS grads sweep national SkillsUSA competition

Hailey King (Culinary Arts), 2013 Rock Bridge High School graduate, and Heather Pitt (Commercial Baking), 2013 Hickman High School graduate, placed first in the SkillsUSA national competition for high school students in their respective areas. Hailey is the third Missouri student to win the Culinary Arts competition and Heather is the first Missouri student to ever win the Commercial Baking competition. By becoming national champions, Hailey and Heather receive full-ride scholarships to many of the nation's top culinary schools. Both are still weighing their school choice options. More information and photos
7/1/13 
Rock Bridge grads receive Young Entrepreneur Award

Recent Rock Bridge High School graduates Vikram Arun and Nahush Katti were recently awarded the Young Entrepreneur Award and $25,000 in development capital to continue to develop their telemedicine DoctorOn, at the Green and Affordable Innovation event in New Delhi, India. Nahush and Vikram were given the opportunity to present their product to Secretary of State John Kerry, Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, U.S. Ambassador Powell, and Indian Minister of Science T. Ramasamy. Following the presentation they attended a dinner and reception and had the opportunity to meet with USAID Director Dr. Rajiv Shah and Dr. John Holdren, senior advisor to President Obama on science and technology issues.  AP photo  Other photos: 1 | 2 | 3
6/26/13
Board of Education receives award for governance

The Columbia Board of Education has been recognized by the Missouri School Boards Association with the 2013 Governance Team Award for its efforts to advance excellence in public education through school board governance.
6/21/13
State music contest results

Results, reported by each director, from the State Solo and Ensemble Music Contest held at the University of Missouri-Columbia in April, are available here.
6/21/13
Douglass students honored by Columbia Art League

Paul Burns and Nathan Webb, students at Douglass High School, were selected for the Columbia Art League's "Emerging Artists" for the summer. There were 127 pieces submitted and only 18 selected. Congratulations to these two young men and to their art teacher, Adam Dresden.
6/21/13
Lange choir excels in festival competition

The Lange Middle School Leopard Choir competed in the Six Flags Music in the Parks Festival and received the following results: 1st place, Treble Choir; 2nd place, Overall Choir (of 11 total choirs, including high school choirs); Best Student Accompanist, Zach Taylor (djembe); and a 95.5 score out of a possible 100 (highest scoring choir all day was 97). The choir's director is Jazz Rucker.
6/21/13
Hickman student takes second in architectural competition

Hickman High School student Joanna Zou won second place in the Discover High School Competition focusing on architectural drawing for her drawing of the Hickman commons. She competed against students from 15 states and two countries. Congratulations to Joanna and to her art teacher, Julia Grant.
6/21/13
Benton summer engineering camp

Benton STEM Elementary School will be holding a summer engineering camp July 22-26. The cost is $75 per child, and the theme is Environmental Engineering--"It's easy being green!" More information and enrollment
6/4/13
Mill Creek student council raises $3,000 for charities

The Mill Creek Elementary School student council had a successful year this year, raising $3,000 in donations for several charities, including Heaven Hats Foundation, Salvation Army, American Red Cross, and Coyote Hill. Students also collected 322 hats, mittens, and gloves to donate to those in need as well as 480 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. The Mill Creek student council is sponsored by teachers Kim Harl and Janette Henry.
5/22/13
Battle High School dedication ceremony

You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for Muriel Williams Battle High School at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 2. The school is located at 7575 E. St. Charles Road.  Directions
5/16/13
Jeff Junior Cyclone golf scramble and raffle

Jefferson Junior High School will host the 10th annual Cyclone Scramble on Saturday, May 11, beginning at 1:00 p.m. at the L.A. Nickell Golf Course in Columbia. Proceeds from this tournament go to the JJHS Booster Club. You do not have to be a Cyclone alumnus to enjoy this great day of golf. The cost is $65 per player, or $260 per foursome (includes greens fees, cart, complimentary lunch, and tee prizes). Interested parties should fill out the form and return it with payment by May 8. Raffle tickets are $10 each, and proceeds will go toward remodeling of the school's small gym.  Scramble information and registration form | Raffle information
5/6/13
Hickman student earns wrestling excellence award

Hickman High School senior J'Den Cox has received the 2013 Dave Schultz High School Excellence Award from the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum. J'Den, a four-time Missouri High School State Champion with a record of 205-3 at Hickman, is the Central Region winner for 2013. He will be attending the University of Missouri this fall as a projected heavyweight.  News release
5/6/13
Columbia High School Battle of the Bands

On Wednesday, May 22, at The Blue Note on 9th Street, Hickman High School's Academy of Rock will stage its ninth annual Battle of the Bands. Admission is $5.00, and 60% of the proceeds will go to helping the winning band record its work at PS Music Studio in Columbia. In addition, participants receive guest passes to future Blue Note and Mojo's shows, and the winner will sponsor a benefit show for a charity of its choice this summer at Mojo's. Along with the Academy of Rock, The Blue Note and Stuart Insurance are co-sponsors of the show. Each band will showcase its best 20 minutes worth of material. All participants are enrolled in Columbia high schools. This year's schedule is as follows: 7:20, Dorf on Golf (crustabilly); 7:50, Lyfe Lightaz (neoclassic rap); 8:20, The Pound Game (modern rap); 8:50, Brotherton Flat Band (country); 9:20, The IRA (indie rock); 9:50, Volatile (metal). The winner will be announced at 10:20.
5/6/13
Hickman academic team takes second in state

The Hickman High School Academic Team won second place in the MSHSAA State Scholar Bowl Tournament on May 4 at Memorial Union on the University of Missouri campus. The Hickman team was undefeated until it lost to the team of Ladue Horton Watkins High School, which is ranked number one in the nation. The Hickman team included Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, James Dolezal, Alex Harmata, Mingu Kim, Andy Sun, and Adam Suppes. Hickman's A and B teams plan to compete in the PACE Nationals Tournament in June in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo: From left to right, Mingu Kim, Alex Harmata, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and Andy Sun. Not pictured: James Dolezal and Adam Suppes)
5/6/13
Rock Bridge student named to All-American Model UN team

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School junior Adam Zaghouani, who was recently named a member of the All-American Model United Nations team by the College Apprentice organization. Adam will join a dozen or so of the top students from around the United States to compete at a Model UN conference in Beijing, China, this August. Adam was a member of the Rock Bridge High School Model UN team. In February the Rock Bridge team competed in Washington, DC, in the 50th Annual North American Invitational Model UN conference. The team competed against 3,000 students from around the world in committees tackling a variety of global issues. The Rock Bridge team sat on 17 different committees and brought home several awards and recognitions.
5/6/13
Rock Bridge online publication earns national recognition

For the second year in a row, the Rock Bridge High School journalism program's online publication, BearingNews.org, was awarded an Online Pacemaker Award by the National Scholastic Press Association. Also, 13 Rock Bridge students received recognition of Honorable Mention, Excellent, or Superior in write-off contests at the recent Journalism Education Association/National Scholastic Press Association Spring Convention in San Francisco, CA.  More information and write-off contests award recipients
5/3/13
Career Center omelet fundraisers

Columbia Area Career Center culinary arts chefs will hold omelet fundraisers on Saturday, May 4, and Sunday, May 5. Omelets will be cooked to order with a variety of local ingredients. The chefs will be preparing omelets from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 4, at the Columbia Farmer's Market (between the ARC and West Junior High School), in the large tent just to the south of the main vendor rows on the grass. On Sunday, May 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., they will be cooking omelets and selling assorted baked goods at the North Village Arts District Farmers and Artisans Market (just north of Walnut and Orr Street in the Wabash Bus Station parking lot). To-go boxes for baked goods will be $2.00 each, or $10.00 for a half dozen. These events are being held to raise money to help send students Hailey King (Culinary Arts) and Heather Pitt (Commercial Baking) to the SkillsUSA national contest.  More information
5/1/13
Parkade wins Mustangs 5K Stampede trophy

Congratulations to Parkade Elementary School for taking home the Mustangs 5K Stampede participation trophy for the second year in a row. Parkade had 28 participants in the Blue Ridge Elementary School Mustangs 3rd Annual 5K Stampede held on Saturday, April 28. A special thank-you to all the other runners representing seven other schools in the Columbia Public School District: Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, 8 runners; Blue Ridge Elementary School, 13; Cedar Ridge Elementary School, 10; Mill Creek Elementary School, 1; Shepard Boulevard Elementary School, 2; Gentry Middle School, 2; and Lange Middle School, 7.
4/30/13
West Junior student earns second in state essay contest

West Junior High School ninth grade student Stephanie Kang took second place in the 9-12 category of the Missouri Law Day Essay Contest. There were 13 finalists in her category. The Missouri Bar Young Lawyer's Selection and the Missouri National Education Association sponsor the contest. Stephanie will receive $200 and will attend an awards presentation in Jefferson City.
4/23/13
Hickman student earns national writing award

Hickman High School student Joelle Thompson has received the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in writing. Joelle is the only student in Missouri to achieve this recognition this year.
4/23/13
Rock Bridge personal finance team second in state

The Rock Bridge High School Personal Finance Challenge team placed second at the Missouri Personal Finance Challenge competition. Team members were Jonathan Ackmann, Jacob Freyermuth, Dmitriy Rozenblat, and Charles Shang. Teacher Susan Lidholm is the team's faculty sponsor. The competition is sponsored by the Missouri Council on Economic Education.
4/23/13
Hickman speech and debate team earns state honors

The Hickman High School speech and debate team participated in the state competition. Ashwath Kumar earned fourth place in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate, fifth place in Radio Speaking, and fifth place in Extemporaneous Speaking. Teacher Sarah Gerling and the cast of "Elephant's Graveyard" ranked fourth in Reader's Theater. The cast included Aaron Bressman, Zach Burks, James Dolezal, Will Fandek, Alex Fratilla, Celeste Giglio, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, Andrew Kessel, Tyler McCutchen, Kyle Ooi, Kyle Sprague, Kristen Tumbleson, and Wyatt Wilkerson. Mac Bacon was the assistant director.
4/23/13
Problem solving teams sweep state competition

Students from West and Oakland junior high schools placed well in the Missouri Future Problem Solving Program's state problem solving competition. The winning teams were, in first place, West Junior High School (Stephanie Kang, Dzung Nguyen, Amanda Sun, and Sherry Xie); in second place, West Junior High School (Nick Edgar, Leo Ewing, Brady Hughes, and Adam Xie); and in third place, West Junior High School (Mamie Davis, Julia Hill, Anna Miller, and Sydney Timmerman). In the Community Problem Solving competition, Project CREATE was awarded first place at the state competition. The champions will now go on to represent the state at the 2013 International Conference to be held at the University of Indiana in June. Team members included, from Oakland Junior High School, Emma Davenport, Jake Johnson, Curran Kirkpatrick, Savannah Kitchen, Vy Le, Elaine Miller, Gillian Schulte, and Sam Speake; and from West Junior High School, Caroline Bocklage, Claire Cheek, Stephen Drown, Isabel Dyke, Noah Frick-Alofs, Logan Garton, Alex Harmata, Julia Hill, Thomas Jurczyk, Joey Katz, Nathan Kempf, Anna Lauriello, Anna Miller, Amanda Montgomery, Micah Remus, Amanda Sun, Sydney Timmerman, Megha Verma, and Sherry Xie. In the Future Scenario Writing competition, Gabe Calvin took first in state.
4/23/13
Shepard students raise money for humane society

Five Shepard Boulevard Elementary School students raised $236 to donate to the Central Missouri Humane Society. The students sold homemade items such as cat toys, dog treats, collars, and photo holders to other Shepard students before school every day for a week. The students, Sydnee Goings, Josie McDonell, Olivia Parker, Libby Stiles, and Anna Summerall, are all third graders at Shepard. They presented the money and a thank-you sign to Central Missouri Human Society representative Colin LaVaute at the school.
4/19/13
Come celebrate Lange

You are invited to be a part of a celebration of Lange Middle School on Saturday, May 4, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Lange Middle School PTSA, will include fun activities and games, displays, food, a raffle, a silent auction, and a 3v3 basketball tournament.
4/19/13
Oakland teacher finalist for HIlton travel grant: Vote today

The Institute of International Education has selected Oakland Junior High School teacher Scott Wright as a top finalist for the Hilton Honors Teacher Trek Travel Grant. Fifteen recipients will have their proposals funded for world travel in support of classroom teaching. If awarded the grant, Mr. Wright will travel to India this summer to gather data for use in a human geography course he will teach next year. Winners will be selected based on the number of votes they receive. You can vote for Mr. Wright here. 
4/16/13
Hickman academic team takes first in district tournament

The Hickman Academic A Team won first place in the MSHSAA District 4 Tournament held at Rock Bridge High School on April 13. The winning team included Alex Harmata, Mingu Kim, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and Andy Sun. Mingu Kim placed 7th with 70 points per game, and Itamar Naveh-Benjamin placed first with 206 points per game. Itamar now holds the district 4 record for individual points scored per game. The Hickman team will complete in Sectionals on April 24, and both the Hickman A and B teams plan to compete in the PACE Nationals Tournament in June.
4/16/13
CPS Jazz Night

You are invited to CPS Jazz Night, featuring musicians from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools as well as Jefferson, Oakland, and West junior high schools, and special guest artist Mic Gillette. The event will be held at the Hickman High School auditorium on Tuesday, April 23, at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.  More information
4/16/13
Two Mile Prairie picnic

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School invites you to a picnic on Sunday, May 5, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and be part of an afternoon of live music by Artie and the Univibes; Walking Taco, drink and dessert for $5.00; Walk About Acres ice cream; classroom auction baskets; teacher raffles; and a book fair. The event is sponsored by the Two Mile Prairie PTA.
4/16/13
Hickman student named Presidential Scholar semifinalist

Hickman High School's Daniel Shyu has advanced to semifinalist in the 2013 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Daniel goes from one of more than 3,000 candidates to one of 500. Daniel is one of 10 high school students in Missouri to advance as a semifinalist. The names of the Presidential Scholars will be announced in early May. Those who are selected as scholars will receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, and meet President Obama in June. Scholars will also receive a medallion during a ceremony sponsored by the White House.
4/16/13
April shows at the CPS Planetarium

The Columbia Public Schools Planetarium will be open two Saturdays in April. April 13: The regularly scheduled public shows on the second Saturday of the month will be, 2:00 p.m., Magic Tree House Space Mission, based on the Magic Tree House series of books by Mary Pope Osborne. This show is for younger children. 3:00 p.m., Forces of Nature. this show, produced by National Geographic, focuses on our changing planet and studies volcanoes, earthquakes, and tornadoes. April 20: CPS Planetarium and the Central Missouri Amateur Astronomers will celebrate Astronomy Day with exhibits, displays, and planetarium shows all day. Learn how much you would weigh on Mercury or Pluto, see different kinds of telescopes, a scale model of the solar system, and  much more. Exhibits and displays will be open at 12:30 p.m. Shows start at 1:00 p.m. 1:00 and 1:45, Magic Treehouse Space Mission (for younger kids--full dome show); 2:30 and 3:15, Chronicles of a Journey to Earth (for older kids--full dome show); 4:00 and 7:00, The Planets (for general audiences--classic show); 6:00, Two Small Pieces of Glass (full dome show) and "Northern Lights" short movie. Planetarium shows are free, although donations of $2 per person are welcome. CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road in Columbia. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or via e-mail.
4/9/13
Rock Bridge show choir named Grand Champion at nationals

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Show Choir and director Mike Pierson on being named Grand Champion in the women's division at Show Choir Nationals recently held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition, the choir received Best Overall Effect, and Rock Bridge junior Tateonna Thompson was named Best Vocalist.
4/9/13
Kewpie Math Classic results

The Kewpie Math Classic was held on April 6. The event is a 6th-8th grade mathematics competition hosted by Hickman's mathematics honor society, Mu Alpha Theta. Chung Hun Lee of Jefferson Junior High School won 1st place; Daniel Barnett of Smithton Middle School won 2nd place; and Boonakij Palipatana of Jefferson Junior High School won 3rd place. Math Jeopardy team winners were Jeff Junior students Zane Durante and Boonakij Palipatana.
4/9/13
Alpha Hart Lewis Husky Carnival

The first annual Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School Husky Carnival will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. All-you-can-play game wristbands are $5.00 each. Activities include games and prizes, concessions, raffle, auction, airbrush tattoos, balloon animals, fortune teller, basket raffle and more!
4/9/13
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team wins state championship

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl team won its second Junior Varsity State Championship in five years. Rock Bridge's A team went undefeated in the tournament and was comprised of Jett Ballou-Crawford, Andy Kegley, Ashwini Mantrala, and Victor Topouria. Rock Bridge's B team earned 4th place, beating the A teams of 14 other schools. B team members included Clarissa Curry, Alex Parks, Robby Schmidt, and Delaney Tevis. Ashwini was the tournament's high scorer, earning First-Team All-State, and Robby was 5th place, earning Second-Team All-State. Photo (A team, left to right: Jett, Andy, Ashwini, and Victor)
4/9/13
3M awards $10,000 to Jeff Junior for innovative design project

3M corporation has awarded Jefferson Junior High School $10,000 for an innovative design project. Principal Greg Caine and teacher Jen Szydlowski created the project, which will allow 8th grade science students to work in small teams researching and then building an earthquake-resistant tower and bridge model that meets engineering standards. The 3M contribution will provide authentic electronic earthquake shake tables that will test the students' designs under increasing earthquake Richter scale levels. The teams will collect data and report their findings and ideas for future testing.
4/9/13
Culinary arts students take the cake at state

Columbia Area Career Center culinary arts students finished in the top five at the Missouri Skills USA state competition. Rock Bridge High School senior Hailey King won 1st place in Culinary Arts; Hickman High School senior Heather Pitt won 1st place in Commercial Baking; Rock Bridge senior Mallory Barnes won 2nd place in Commercial Baking; and Rock Bridge junior Chormaic Sullivan won 5th place in Culinary Arts. Hailey and Heather will continue to the national level and represent Missouri in their respective contests in June. Culinary arts instructors are Brook Harlan, Jeff Rayl, and Carri Risner.
4/9/13
Parent-to-parent dialogue

You are invited to participate in a parent-to-parent dialogue on Thursday, April 11, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the ARC. Topics to be discussed are Helping Your Child in School Transitioning OR Teacher Accountability (from 7:00 to 7:30), and Helping Your Child Get to College OR New Common Core Standards (7:45 to 8:15).  More information
4/5/13
Paxton Keeley 5K run

Paxton Keeley Elementary School will hold a 5K run on Saturday, May 4, beginning at 8:00 a.m. More information and registration
4/5/13
Hickman academic team takes first

The Hickman Academic A Team took first place in the Ladue Invitational Tournament on March 30. The team competed in a field of 30 teams from 19 schools. The winning team included students Alex Harmata, Mingu Kim, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and Andy Sun. Other Hickman teams that competed were B Team (Sean Brennan, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, and Bowen Yang) and C Team (Jack Atkins, James Dolezal, Andrew Kessel, and Sherry Xie). Hickman's A and B teams plan to compete in the PACE Nationals Tournament in June.
4/4/13
Problem Solving Team heads to international competition

A collaborative team of Oakland and West junior high school students worked this year on a community problem solving project for Future Problem Solving Program International. The team, Project CREATE, was awarded first place at the program's state bowl competition. The students will represent Missouri at the 2013 International Conference to be held at the University of Indiana this June. Team members include, from Oakland Junior High School, Emma Davenport, Jake Johnson, Curran Kirkpatrick, Savannah Kitchen, Vy Le, Elaine Miller, Gillian Schulte, and Sam Speake; and from West Junior High School, Caroline Bocklage, Claire Cheek, Stephen Drown, Isabel Dyke, Noah Frick-Alofs, Logan Garton, Alex Harmata, Julia Hill, Thomas Jurczyk, Joey Katz, Nathan Kempf, Anna Lauriello, Anna Miller, Amanda Montgomery, Micah Remus, Amanda Sun, Sydney Timmerman, and Sherry Xie.
4/4/13
School board president honored for child advocacy

Columbia Board of Education president Dr. Tom Rose has been awarded the 2013 Child Advocate of the Year award from the Missouri Alliance for Children, Youth and Families. Dr. Rose was presented with the recognition at Child Advocacy Day held in Jefferson City on April 2.
4/4/13 
Oakland teacher recognized by MU College of Education

Danielle Johnson, a mentor teacher at Oakland Junior High School, is being recognized by the University of Missouri College of Education as the Graduate Student Instructor of the Year.
4/3/13
Oakland teacher chosen for Holocaust Education fellowship

Oakland Junior High School teacher Andrea Kirkpatrick has been selected to participate in the National Writing Project's 2013 Memorial Library Summer Seminar Fellowship on Holocaust Education in New York City. Twenty-four middle school, high school, and college faculty members were selected nationwide to participate in the fellowship program. Using an inquiry-based method, the program encourages teachers to think creatively and collaboratively about methods and approaches to teaching the Holocaust. The seminar will consider how students are engaged with difficult material such as hatred, prejudice, and state-sanctioned genocide, and how writing, dialogue, and inquiry can help us develop empathy and move us toward action.
4/3/13
Teacher and students receive computing awards

Columbia Area Career Center and Rock Bridge High School students Kristen Buster (Graphic Design/Web Design), Najeebah Hussain (Computer Programming), Shelby Richardson (Geospatial Information Systems), and Michelle Zhuang (Computer Programming) have received the 2013 Missouri and Kansas NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing and Information Technology. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, and the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT), recognizes young high school women for their computing-related achievements and interests in an effort to encourage more young women to choose careers in technology. Robert Allee, Columbia Area Career Center Computer Aided Design instructor, was named the NCWIT 2013 Missouri & Kansas Educator award recipient. The award recognizes educators for their efforts to promote gender equality in computing by helping to encourage young women to continue exploring their interest in computing and technology. Columbia Area Career Center Computer Aided Design students Samantha Ding, Natalie Heath, Katherine Hurdle, Jessica Murphey, and Kendall Overton, and Civil Engineering and Architecture student Breta Phillips also received recognition for their outstanding computer-related accomplishments.
4/1/13
KPLA Apples for Teachers award qualifiers

Several Columbia Public Schools educators have been announced as qualifiers for KPLA's Apples for Teachers award program. Award qualifiers include Carissa Bowers, Derby Ridge Elementary School; Lucinda Hobbs, Russell Boulevard Elementary School; Diane Knutson, Mill Creek Elementary School; Maureen Koppelman, Grant Elementary School; Kate Manion, Derby Ridge Elementary School; and Karen Morgan, STEP (Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnerships) Program at Boone Hospital.
4/1/13
Rock Bridge assistant principal becomes published author

Congratulations to Lisa Nieuwenhuizen, assistant principal at Rock Bridge High School, for publishing a chapter in the book Anti-Racist School Leadership--Toward Equity in Education for America's Students. Her chapter is titled "The Assistant Principal's Duties, Training, and Challenges: From Color-Blind to a Critical Race Perspective." The book explores various ways that racism manifests in the American school system. Through a plurality of perspectives, they deconstruct, challenge, and reconstruct an educational leadership committed to equity and excellence for marginalized students and educators. More information
4/1/13
Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award winners

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Award: Marisa Sherbo of Paxton Keeley Elementary School, Shari Lawson of Ridgeway Elementary School, Mary Allee and Jean Selby of Smithton Middle School, Mike Pierson of Rock Bridge High School, Tara Collier of Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, and Whitney Brown Moore of West Junior High School. A reception and award dinner will be held to honor this year's winners on April 11 at Stoney Creek Inn. Contact Christal Jackson by Friday, April 5, by e-mail or by phone at 214-3410 for information on purchasing tickets.
4/1/13
Light It Up Blue 2013

Columbia Public Schools invites you to support autism awareness by participating in the global Light It Up Blue campaign on Tuesday, April 2. We ask everyone to wear blue to show support and raise awareness. Please also consider a $1 to $5 donation to Ella's Hope, a local not-for-profit organization that supports connecting local families of children with autism to access resources and therapies.  More information
3/27/13
DECA students qualify for nationals

Columbia Public Schools' DECA students competed at state and many will head to national competition. Overall, 44 students competed at the DECA state. Fifteen students have qualified for national competition. List of winners
3/26/13
Hickman FBLA places in district competition

Hickman High School FBLA placed fifth overall in District 6 competition in February. Hickman's FBLA chapter had 18 students compete. First place performances and first and second place tests will advance to state competition. Cody Wilson in Business Law and Tony Cheng in Health Care Administration have qualified for state competition.  District results
3/26/13
Psychologist of the Year winners

Two Columbia Public Schools employees are being honored for their dedication in the area of school psychology. Kami Paris has been named Missouri's School Psychologist of the Year, and Donna Haley has been named Missouri's Psychological Examiner of the Year. These awards were recently presented at the Missouri Association of School Psychologists' Spring 2013 conference.
3/26/13
Columbia program recognized with inclusion award

The Governor's Council on Disability has recognized Boone Hospital Center and its STEP program involving Columbia Public Schools with honorable mention in the 21st Annual Inclusion Award. The awards are presented annually to recognize and honor a Missouri resident, organization, business, or universal design/assistive technology that illustrates excellence in leadership for best inclusion practices. Michelle Zvanut with Boone Hospital Center (BHC) has been selected for her work in establishing a partnership with Columbia Public Schools to help students with disabilities transition into job learning experiences. In the summer of 2012, BHC opened its doors to youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a principal partner in the Seamless Transition through Enhanced Partnership (STEP) program. STEP is a collaboration involving the hospital, Columbia Public Schools, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, Boone County Family Resources, and ACT. Michelle Zvanut, Vice President of Human Resources, is BHC's liaison to STEP. BHC provides classroom space, mentoring, and on-the-job learning experiences for six high school seniors with disabilities. BHC is not only actively including the students among hospital staff in various department roles, but also bolstering their potential for fully included lives as productive adults after their graduation. BHC values its part in furthering possibilities for the student interns, and embraces the opportunity to diversity its workplace and enhance the culture of its work force. The awards will be presented at the Power Up conference in Columbia in April.
3/26/13
Hickman academic team takes first place

The Hickman High School academic teams competed in a field of 18 teams from 12 schools on March 16 in the Hallsville Invitational Tournament at Hallsville High School. During this tournament, Hickman's A Team accomplished a rare feat in tournament competition by answering all of the 20 possible toss-up questions in one game to claim first place in the tournament. The winning team included Itamar Naveh-Benjamin and Andy Sun. Other Hickman teams that competed were B Team (Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, Adam Suppes, and Bowen Yang), C Team (Jack Atkins, James Dolezal, Andrew Kessel, Yvan Quinn, and Sherry Xie), and D Team (Landon Bilyeu, Seth Henderson, Bolor Jagdagdorj, and Sam Lange). Hickman's academic teams will compete in a tournament at Ladue High School on March 30 and in the PACE Nationals Tournament in June.
3/26/13
Hickman students receive writing awards

Three Hickman High School creative writing students were awarded a Silver Key Award in the Short Story division of the Scholastic Writing Awards. Winners are Jenna Figge, Abbey Jones, and Danielle Komo.
3/26/13
Steps for Scholarships

You are invited to participate in the CMSTA Run/Walk on Saturday, April 13, at Bethel Park, starting at 8:00 a.m. (registration starts at 7:00 a.m.). Proceeds go toward scholarships for high school students going into the education field. There will be a prize basket for the school with the most participants.  More information and registration form
3/26/13
CPS employees publish research

Columbia Public Schools employees Molly Stebbins, coordinator of school psychologists, and Jake Geissman, gifted education coordinator, recently published a research study in Gifted Child Quarterly. The title of the article is "Abilities Test, Form 6: One Gifted Program's Experience Minority Performance on the Naglieri Nonverbal Ability Test, Second Edition, Versus the Cognitive."  Read the article
3/26/13
Rock Bridge takes multiple honors at jazz festival

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School band for taking first and second place in the combo division, second place in the second band division, and first place in the large high school division at Drury Jazz Festival. Additionally, Joel Pruitt was awarded outstanding soloist in the combo division and Kaleb Jacks earned outstanding soloist in the large high school division.
3/26/13
Health occupations students head to nationals

The following students from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools competed at state and have qualified for the HOSA (Health Occupation Students of America) national competition to be held in Nashville in June: Alex Komes (Rock Bridge), Biotechnology, Gold; Riley Johnson (Rock Bridge) and Ryan Wood (Hickman), Emergency Medical Technician, Gold; Jenny Zulovich (Rock Bridge), Medical Math, Gold; Yonne Nasimiyu (Rock Bridge), Medical Photography, Silver; and Alp Kahveci (Rock Bridge), Research Persuasive Speaking, Silver. Columbia Area Career Center sponsors are Monica Duemmel, Bobby Horn, and Christine Roberson.
3/22/13
Hickman teacher honored for excellence

Hickman High School mathematics teacher Emily Augustine was presented the Excellent Educator award on Wednesday, March 20, in the Hickman commons, by the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and KRCG. Ms. Augustine was nominated for this award by one of her current students. KRCG will be running this segment on Wednesday, March 27, on the 6:00 news.  Photo
3/22/13
CPS teams score in basketball championships

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Lady Bruins and the Hickman High School Kewpies! The Rock Bridge girls' basketball team won its second Class 5 State Championship game with a 45-38 win over St. Joseph's Academy. The Lady Bruins are coached by Jill Nagel, a Leadership Columbia graduate. The Hickman Kewpies took third place for Class 5 in a 65-53 win over Vianney with head coach David Johnson.
3/18/13
Earth Hour

In partnership with the Columbia Climate Change Coalition, Columbia Public Schools students will be participating in the 5th annual International Earth Hour on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
3/14/13 
Mental health survey

Columbia Public Schools has formed a school-based mental health committee to explore the mental health needs of students. Parent feedback is important in evaluating needs and planning for the future. Please take a few moments to complete an online survey about child concerns and difficulties. The survey will be open February 28 to March 15, 2013.
3/14/13
Last day of school is May 24

Due to inclement weather days, the last day of school for the 2012-13 school year has changed. Barring no additional inclement weather closures, the last day of school will be May 24. May 24 will also be an early release day for students.
3/12/13
High school speech and debate teams earn top honors

Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools' speech and debate teams performed well at the recent district tournament. Every Hickman High School student who competed in the tournament broke to finals. Ashwath Kumar took first place in extemporaneous speaking, radio speaking, and Lincoln-Douglas Debate. Maria Doerr earned first place in prose. Hosanna Burr and Zooey Brewer placed first in policy debate. Hickman Readers' Theater, directed by Sarah Gerling, placed second. Students in the Readers' Theater included Aaron Bressman, Zach Burks, James Dolezal, Will Fandek, Alex Fratilla, Celeste Giglio, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, Andrew Kessel, Tyler McCutcheon, Kyle Ooi, Kyle Sprague, Kristen Tumbleson, and Wyatt Wilkerson. Sixth place went to Rosie Robinson in poetry and Maria Doerr in storytelling. Congratulations to Hickman speech and debate sponsors Sarah Gerling and Holly Maness. Rock Bridge High School students also performed well. Andrew Hutchinson placed fourth overall in poetry, Sara Ashbaugh placed fourth in prose, Rebecca Burke-Aguero and Troy Guthrie placed fourth in Duet Acting, and Readers' Theatre placed fourth. Readers' Theatre participants were Elliott Bennett, Gabby Galarza, Isaac James, Asa Lory, Courtney Nowlin, Andrew Pierce, Carmel Shaka, Gracie Strawn, Piper Stretz, Emily Thomas, Morgan Widhalm, and Crystalyn Wyatt. One Act Play (Troy Guthrie, Andrew Hutchinson, Sam Keller, Megan Kelly, and Lauren Puckett) placed second overall.
3/7/13
Online parent survey

We need your help!  Please take a few moments to complete an online parent survey in order to let us know what you think about the services we provide. The survey will be available until Monday, April 22. More information
3/4/13
March shows at the CPS Planetarium

The Columbia Public Schools Planetarium will be open to the public on Saturday, March 9, with shows at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m. The event shown will be "Earth's Wild Ride: Dinosaurs, Cave Men, and Our Changing Planet." Experience the presentation and see a tour of the night sky, see dinosaur fossils, compare your footprint to those of a dinosaur, learn how cave men lived, paint a cave mural, and more. Admission is free, but donations of $2.00 per person are welcomed. CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month. School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or by e-mail. More information
2/25/13
Rock Bridge show choirs excel at festival

The Rock Bridge High School show choirs performed well at the recent Carthage Show Choir festival. Of the 27 competing choirs, the two Rock Bridge choirs finished Grand Champion and First Runner-Up overall. Both groups also received several other awards, including first place in the B Division and the 5A Division, as well as Best Vocals and Instrumental Combo awards. City Lights received Best Choreography. Tateonna Thompson received the Best Female Soloist award for the second time in three festivals.
2/25/13
Black History Month event postponed to March 18

The Lange Middle School MAC Scholars program is hosting its second annual Black History Month event entitled "Bringing forth a new generation...Changing the future one child at a time" at Lange Middle School on March 18 at 5:00 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m. The event includes a Taste of History to sample delectable foods from the African-American culture, storytelling, the MAC Scholars Choir, and other great presentations.   More information
2/25/13
Checkmate: CPS students shine at chess tournament

Congratulations to the chess teams from Lange Middle School and Benton and Mill Creek elementary schools who placed in the Columbia Scholastic Chess Tournament on February 16. Lange's chess team placed first in the middle school division. Mill Creek placed and Benton placed third in the elementary division. In addition to team wins, the following students also received medals: From Lange Middle School, Quinn Cunningham, Isabel Fagre, Clark Gadsden, Joseph Hammond, Marq Harris, Alec James, Ruby Johnson, Zach Lage, Adam Lake, Anthony Ludeman, Avery Lynn, Jeffrey Mullen, Julia Quan, and Nathan Wadman. From Benton Elementary School: Desmond Lacy (Kindergarten-1st grade division individual champion); Takashi Hogg (medalist, 4th-5th grade division); Ryan Campbell-Deyo, Taylor Harbour, and Taichi Hogg, (medalists, 2nd-3rd grade division); Robert Campbell-Deyo and Christopher Young (medalists, 4th-5th grade division); Julie Avalos (participant, 2nd-3rd grade division); and Jonathan Garr and Logan Morris (participants, 4th-5th grade division). From Mill Creek Elementary School: Akhilan Elangovan (2nd-3rd grade division individual champion); Rohan Rao (2nd place individual trophy winner, 2nd-3rd grade division); Vishnu Arun (2nd place individual trophy winner, 4th-5th grade division); Gianna Durante, Vignesh Kumar, and Drew Nichols (medalists, 4th-5th grade division);Tyler Green, Jordan Lueders, and Logan Petersheim (medalists, Kindergarten-1st grade division); Cameron Maggine, Jack McAllister, and Matthew Qian (medalists, 2nd-3rd grade division); Nathan Herting (medalist, 4th-5th grade division); Mason Davis (participant, 4th-5th grade division); and Jaden Lueders (participant, 2nd-3rd grade division).
2/20/13
Presentation for parents of young drivers

Parents of young drivers are invited to a presentation on what can be done to protect new, young drivers. The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, in the main auditorium at Hickman High School.  More information
2/19/13
CPS takes top honors at Science Olympiad regionals

Columbia Public Schools Science Olympiad teams performed well at the Science Olympiad Regional Competition on February 16 in Rolla, MO. Winners are advancing to the state finals on April 6. High school results: Hickman High School, 1st place; Rock Bridge High School, 2nd place. Middle school results: West Junior High School, 1st place; Smithton Middle School, 3rd place; Jefferson Junior High School, 4th place.
2/19/13
Lange annual spaghetti dinner

The Lange Middle School PTSA will sponsor the 4th Annual Lange Middle School Spaghetti Dinner on Thursday, March 14, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 for children (ages 4-10), and free for children 3 years old or younger. After dinner, the 2nd Annual March Madness of Poetry Competition will be held, performed by 7th grade language arts students.  More information
2/13/13
Kewpie Math Classic

Hickman High School's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta will host the Kewpie Math Classic, a mathematics competition for students in grades 6-8, on Saturday, April 6. There is no registration fee. Trophies will go to students with the top three scores in each grade level, and there will be prizes for the winners of the Sudoku Contest, Pi Recitation Contest, and Math Jeopardy. Register online by March 6. For more information, contact Dr. Deanna Wasman.
2/12/13
Columbia College high school art exhibition results

The following high school students placed in the Annual Columbia College High School Art Exhibition: From Hickman High School, Justin Green (3-D, 1st place), Daisy Crane (3-D, 2nd place), JoAnna Zhou (Drawing and Painting, 1st place), and Joelle Thompson (Drawing and Painting, 2nd place); and from Rock Bridge High School, Christiana Prestigiacomo (Photography, 1st place), Amy Blevins (Photography, 2nd place), Ipsa Chaudhary (Printmaking/Mixed Media, 1st place), Yasmeen El-Jayyousi (Printmaking/Mixed Media, 2nd place), Michelle Zhuang (Printmaking/Mixed Media, 3rd place). For the Columbia Art league exhibit "Beauty and the Beholder," Ipsa Chaudhary received Honorable Mention, Samantha Ding received the Emerging Artist Award (for student artists), and Sarah Poor received Emerging Artist Honorable Mention.
2/12/13
West Junior Math Counts team places first

The West Junior High School Math Counts team placed first in the chapter competition on Saturday, February 9. Five students qualified for the state competition by finishing well in the written portion: Richard Shang placed first, Stephanie Zhang placed second, Dzung Nguyen placed seventh, Claire Dong placed eighth, and David Song placed tenth. Stephanie Zhang won the Countdown Round, which is a speed competition. Adam Sandstedt placed 17th and missed qualifying for the state competition by one spot, but still made an impressive effort. The state competition is March 9 at the Engineering buildings at the University of Missouri-Columbia. 
2/11/13
Career Center DECA students qualify for state

More than 200 students competed in the DECA District 2 competition on Wednesday, February 6, including 34 Hickman High School DECA members and 44 Rock Bridge High School DECA members. Students finishing in the top two in each event advance to the State Career Development Conference on March 17 for the chance to move on to nationals, which will be held in Anaheim, CA, in April. Forty-four Career Center students qualified for state.  Results
2/11/13
Parent Resource Night

The Rock Bridge High School Guidance and Counseling department will host a Parent Resource Night on Thursday, February 21, in the Rock Bridge media center from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The program will be focused on strategies for addressing teen drug and alcohol use. Attendance is free.  More information
2/8/13
Lee silent film and silent art auction

Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School will hold its seventh annual Silent Film/Silent Art Auction event on Saturday, February 9, from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Missouri Theatre. This is a unique opportunity to experience a collection of short films by George Melies (the film innovator portrayed in the movie "Hugo," based on the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret), with original scores written and performed live by St. Louis-based Rats and People Motion Picture Orchestra. Before, during, and after the films, a silent auction of original artwork by local artists and collaborative works by Lee students will take place in the lobby. Tickets will be sold at the door, and are $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for ages 5-17, and free for children under 5. All proceeds benefit Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School.
2/7/13
Hickman speech and debate team excels in competition

The Hickman High School Speech and Debate team recently participated in the Jefferson City Speech and Debate Competition. With ten students competing, Hickman brought home six trophies. First place in Public Forum went to Tony Cheng and Yvan Quinn; Ashwath Kumar won first place in Radio Speaking and third place in Extemporaneous Speaking; and Maria Doerr won first place in Prose and fourth place in Storytelling.
2/6/13
Rock Bridge student named Intel science semifinalist

Rock Bridge High School senior Charles Shang has been named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search 2013, a program of Society for Science and the Public, for his projected titled "New Multidimensional Scaling and Markov Networks Based Methods for Protein Model Quality Assessment." Semifinalists were selected from more than 1,700 entrants and hail from 190 high schools in more than 30 states and one American high school overseas. Charles was one of only two students from Missouri selected. As the nation's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the Intel Science Talent Search brings together the best and brightest young scientific minds in the United States to compete for $1.25 million in awards. Each semifinalist receives a $1,000 award from the Intel Foundation with an additional $1,000 going to his or her school, resulting in $600,000 in total semifinalist awards. Over 70 years, more than 146,000 students from U.S. high schools in all 50 states, Washington, DC, and many territories have submitted independent research projects for the Science Talent Search. 2013 marks Intel's 15th year sponsoring this competition. In the past, the young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent Search have received some of the world's most prestigious honors. For example, Science Talent Search alumni have gone on to win seven Nobel Prizes, two Fields Medals, five National Medals of Science, 11 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships, and even an Academy Award for Best Actress.  More information
2/5/13
February shows at the CPS Planetarium

The Columbia Public Schools Planetarium will be open to the public on Saturday, February 9, with shows at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The 1:00 show will be Night Sky Wonders. This live show uses the classic planetarium projectors to introduce young children to the wonders of the night sky. A brief star tour is included with this 35-minute show. This show is for younger children (preschool and kindergarten). At 2:00 and 3:00 the planetarium will be showing Secret of the Cardboard Rocket. This full-dome presentation will take older kids on a tour of the solar system. A star tour will be given at the end of the show. This show runs 45 to 50 minutes. Admission is free, although donations of $2.00 per person are suggested. CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m. School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148 or by e-mail  
2/5/13
FAFSA Frenzy (federal student aid)

The Columbia Area Career Center and Hickman High School are hosting a "FAFSA Frenzy" event with the Missouri Department of Higher Education for any student or parent wanting assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). The event will be held on Saturday, February 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Career Center and at Hickman High School. More information
2/4/13
Blue Ridge Mustang 5K Stampede

The 4th annual Mustang 5K Stampede will be held at Blue Ridge Elementary School on Saturday, April 27, beginning at 8:00 a.m. More information
2/4/13
Countdown to Kindergarten (2013 kindergarten registration)

Countdown to Kindergarten will be held on March 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all elementary schools.  More information
1/28/13
Hickman Review earns highest national ranking

The Hickman Review has received a superior ranking, the highest award ranking, from the National Council of Teachers of English. This is the second year in a row the publication has received this level of distinction. The editors for the 2012 Hickman Review were Avery Wagner and Anne Marie VanDoren. Sponsors are teachers Carolyn Chipley-Foster and Nancy White.
1/28/13
MAC Scholars conference

"The Battle for Success, Because Failure is Not An Option" will be presented on March 8 and 9. The March 8 events will be presented at the CPS district administration building, 1818 West Worley Street, and the March 9 event will be held at Hickman High School. The keynote speaker will be Calvin Terrell.  For further details, contact Annelle Whitt.  Registration form | More information
1/24/13
Rock Bridge show choir benefit concert

The Rock Bridge High School show choirs will hold a charity benefit concert on Thursday, January 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the school's Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $5.00. All proceeds from the event will go to the Honor Flight Foundation.
1/24/13
We want your opinion on the 2014-15 calendar

Columbia Public Schools is seeking feedback on the proposed 2014-15 school year calendar. Please take a few moments to complete the survey.
1/24/13
Hickman academic team places third

Four Hickman academic teams competed in the Winter Invitational Tournament on January 19 at Rock Bridge High School. Seventeen Missouri schools fielded a total of 30 teams during the tournament. Hickman's A Team, consisting of Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, Alex Harmata, Diana Harmata, and Andy Sun, placed third in the tournament. Itamar Naveh-Benjamin also placed second among the top individual scorers for the tournament. Other team members who competed in the tournament were, B Team, Sean Brennan, Wenzer Qin, Amanda Sun, Adam Suppes, and Bowen Yang; C Team, Jack Atkins, James Dolezal, Seth Henderson, Mickey Hua, and Sam Lange; and D Team, Landon Bilyeu, Bolor Jagdagdrj, Nathan Min, Junyi Wu, and Sherry Xie. Team member Kyle Ooi served as a moderator for the tournament. The teams' next competition is at the University of Missouri on February 2.
1/23/13
Last Kewpie Standing event

The Last Kewpie Standing dinner, raffle, and auction will be held on Sunday, January 27, at 5:00 p.m. in the Hickman High School commons. Tickets, which are $100 each, are available from Hickman athletes or in the Hickman office. One ticket includes a catered dinner for two and one chance to win $5,000. You must be present to win. All proceeds benefit Hickman student athletes.  More information
1/23/13
Financial aid night

CPS high school seniors and parents of seniors are invited to learn more about navigating the process of paying for college by attending Financial Aid Night at Rock Bridge High School on Monday, January 28, at 6:30 p.m. Financial aid officers from several local colleges, including the University of Missouri, will be on hand to share the latest information about paying for college costs. Information about student grants, loans, and scholarships will be presented, followed by a Q&A session. Representatives from local banks will be on hand to share their expertise. This event is alternated among all high school locations, so it is open to all CPS seniors and parents/guardians, no matter which high school the student attends.
1/23/13 
Site selection for future elementary school

The Columbia Board of Education's Long-range Facilities Planning Committee has narrowed to three the number of properties it is considering recommending to the Board for a future elementary school. The three sites under consideration are Scott Boulevard and Route KK (34 acres), Route K and Old Plank Road (36 acres), and Route K and High Point Lane (30 acres).  News release | Site map
1/22/13
"Battle: Change from Within" documentary

The public is invited to two showings of "Battle: Change from Within," a film about the challenges local educator Eliot Battle and his late wife, Muriel, faced raising a family in what was once a very segregated community. The film showing, sponsored by the six local Rotary clubs, will take place at 5:30 p.m. on February 5 at Ragtag Cinema, 10 Hitt Street, and at 2:00 p.m. on February 24 at the Columbia Public Library, Friends Room, 100 West Broadway. A discussion will be held after the film about ways to improve peace and dialog in our community and face conflict in a more productive way. There is no cost to attend.  News release
1/18/13
Rock Bridge students published in poetry anthology

Eight Rock Bridge High School creative writing students have been selected to have their writings published in the Creative Communication Poetry Anthology. The students were selected for publication after submitting their work to the Creative Communication Writing Contest. Students include Elaine Anzaldo, Makayla Baker, Jace Boster, Sadiya Braid, Kamille Dy, Cole Gallagher, Julie Schaller, and Matthew Starchers.
1/18/13
CPS students to travel to Japan

Twenty-three Japanese language students from Columbia Public Schools have been selected to participate in the Kizuna ("Bonds of Friendship") project. The Bonds of Friendship project will provide fully-funded two-week study tours to Japanese and American youth to promote understanding about the current situation in Japan and recovery efforts after the earthquake and tsunami that occurred on March 11, 2011. Additionally, the Bonds of Friendship project hopes to encourage greater understanding between the youth of Japan and the United States and foster long-term and ongoing interest in one another by providing firsthand experiences with the culture of the other. The program is a partnership between the Laurasian Institution and The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership. Students are teachers will participate in the study tour March 3-18. The following students will be participating: From Jefferson Junior High School, Wandy Perez; from West Junior High School, Gabrielle Collette, Erin Hutton, Macaulay Keevins, Jack Langen, Matt Moreau, Megan Potter, and Jerrold Starr; from Hickman High School, Nellie Boyd, Augustine Frymire, Caitlin Howard, Amanda Kelly, Brittany Martin, and Britta McNamee; and from Rock Bridge High School, Mary Arnold, Jace Boster, Aaron Daen, Cole Gallagher, Evan Gallagher, Grant Gallagher, Jake Gallagher, Halim Mavrakis, and Molly Vornholt.
1/16/13
CPS students' writings published in diversity celebration booklet

Each year, students in grades 4-12 are encouraged to participate in the Columbia Values Diversity Celebration by submitting original writings for publication. Students are invited to submit their original essays and poetry for possible publication in the 2013 Columbia Values Diversity Celebration Student Writings Booklet. This booklet will be distributed to over 1,100 people at the annual community celebration on January 17. View the booklet
1/16/13
Trivia night for Hickman music department

You are invited to "In Love with Hickman Music" on Friday, February 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 16 Hitt Street. There will be trivia, a silent auction, and a raffle (raffle tickets are $1.00 each). Refreshments will be provided. The cost for a table of 10 is $100.00, or $10.00 per person; for students, the cost is $75.00 for a table of 10 or $7.50 per person. The purpose is to raise funds for the Hickman High School music department. Please contact Jody Blythe at 864-9121 or by e-mail for further details. More information
1/15/13
Career Center Skill Expo

The staff of the Columbia Area Career Center invites you to Skill Expo, which will be held at the Career Center on Thursday, January 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. You'll have the opportunity to see Career Center students in action, enjoy displays and demonstrations of student work, and talk with instructors about their programs and related careers.
1/14/13
CAEOP 50th anniversary celebration

The Columbia Association of Educational Office Professionals will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Thursday, January 24, at 5:00 p.m. The event will be held at the Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street, in the Board Room. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to Christy Serrage at 214-3775 or via e-mail.
1/14/13
CPS planetarium shows for January 2013

The Columbia Public Schools Planetarium will be open Saturday, January 12, with show times at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. The 2:00 and 3:00 shows will be Astronaut. This animated presentation discusses the effects of outer space on the human body. There will be a star tour after each show. After the presentation and star tour, visitors will be able to see samples of space shuttle tiles and food packaged for use on the space station. Admission is free, although donations of $2.00 per person are suggested. CPS Planetarium is located within Rock Bridge High School at 4303 S. Providence Road. The planetarium is open for public shows on the second Saturday of each month at 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. School groups and private groups can reserve a weekday show by phone at (573) 214-3148, or by e-mail.
1/10/13
Current version of GED test to expire December 2013

Individuals seeking to obtain their Missouri High School Equivalency Certificate by taking the General Education Development (GED(c)) test have until the end of 2013 to pass the current test series, known as the 2002 Series GED(c) Test. The current test will be replaced with a new assessment beginning January 2, 2014. The new test will continue determining high school equivalency, but will also measure the knowledge and skills necessary for college- and career-readiness. College- and career-readiness is a primary goal for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Top 10 by 20 initiative, which calls for education in the state to rank in the top 10 nationwide by 2020. The 2014 GED(c) assessment will cover four content areas--literacy, mathematics, science, and social studies--and will be entirely computer-based. While the new test will be administered via computer, test-takers will still be required to visit an official testing center to take the test. The cost is $28 per section or $140 for the entire test. Those who have taken the 2002 Series GED(c) test, but not scored well enough to receive their certificate, have until the end of 2013 to pass or their test section scores will expire and they will be required to start over with the new assessment in 2014.
1/10/13
CPS space program celebrates 25 years

The Columbia Aeronautics and Space Association (CASA), a high school aerospace organization in Columbia Public Schools, is celebrating 25 years. The program brings together several hundred students from across mid-Missouri for a six-day, five-night aerospace simulation. The CASA mission utilizes a "themes in context" learning style that allows students to implement the lessons provided during a regular class period. Students work in groups to upgrade and enhance the program's facilities. Mentors from businesses and the aerospace industry incorporate their knowledge and real-life expertise with the students' training. All the students' instruction culminates in the ultimate education experience--a simulated space mission. Students of all ages and abilities band together to solve simulated problems and overcome the daunting challenges of a mission. This year's mission, Mission 2513, will take place February 4-9, 2013. The space mission will be broadcast on CPS-TV.
1/7/13
Hickman's online newspaper earns gold

Hickman High School's online newspaper The Legacy earned a gold medal in the most recent critique by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. The Columbia Scholastic Press Association program is affiliated with the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University in New York City. Hickman student Cole Brendel is editor-in-chief of all news publications. Student Emily Rackers is associate editor in charge of online news and Zach Fletcher is the technology editor.  Read The Legacy
1/4/13
Rock Bridge student named AP Scholar

Rock Bridge High School student Ge Song has earned a State AP Scholar Award for her extraordinary performance on the 2012 Advanced Placement Exams. She is among 108 students nationwide to receive this honor. This is the 22nd annual celebration of State AP Scholars. The College Board confers this distinction on one male and one female student in each U.S. state and the District of Columbia with scores of 3 or higher on the greatest number of AP exams, and then the highest average score (at least 3.5) on all AP exams taken. In several states, including Missouri, three or four students received a State AP Scholar Award due to ties among the finalists. Ge took a total of 13 exams in 2012 and earned a mean score of 4.46. She was one of 411 Rock Bridge students who took one or more AP exams in 2012. Rock Bridge students took a total of 816 AP exams in 2012. Ge is now a freshman at the University of Missouri.
1/4/13
Bulldog BBQ goes national

Douglass High School teachers Kerry Hesse and Kelly Anderson will present on the Bulldog BBQ program developed for Douglass students at the National Alternative Education Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, in February.
1/4/13
Rock Bridge student earns perfect SAT score

Rock Bridge High School junior Rujie (Jenny) Yao earned a perfect score on the 2012 SAT test. The SAT is a college admission exam that tests knowledge of reading, writing, and math.
1/4/13
CPS students achieve perfect ACT scores

Three Columbia Public Schools students earned perfect scores on the ACT exam. Hickman High School seniors Itamar Naveh-Benjamin and Daniel Shyu and Rock Bridge High School senior Stephen Turban each earned a perfect 36 on the exam. Stephen Turban earned a perfect 36 on the ACT exam while studying abroad last year. Last year, only 704 (0.04%) of the 1.6 million students taking the college entrance exam earned a perfect score of 36.
1/4/13
Hickman creative writing student published

Hickman High School junior Danielle Komo had her short story, "Raising the Phoenix," published in the Columbia Missourian and Vox magazine. Danielle is a student in Nancy White's creative writing class.  Read Danielle's story
1/4/13
Benton teacher named outstanding educator

Lisa Lewis, learning specialist at Benton Elementary School, has been named the 2013 Outstanding Educator by the Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders. She will be recognized at an awards reception by the symposium in February. The Midwest Symposium for Leadership in Behavior Disorders fosters professional and family leadership to improve the lives of children and youth with emotional/behavioral disorders or related behavioral challenges.
1/4/13
West Junior principal named administrator of the year

Dr. Sandra Logan, principal at West Junior High School, has been selected as the Missouri Music Educators Association Administrator of the Year. She was selected because of her support of music education and music educators in the school district. Dr. Logan will be honored at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January.
1/4/13
Student artwork to appear in city calendar

Congratulations to the Columbia Public Schools students whose artwork will be featured in the 2013 Columbia Water & Light calendar:  Student artwork winners and art teachers
1/4/13
All State music results

On December 1, instrumental music students came to Columbia to audition for the Missouri All State Bands and All State Orchestra. After a 12-hour day of auditions, these students were selected from Columbia Public Schools. They will perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association state conference at Tan-Tar-A on January 26.  Results
1/4/13
Black History Month event

The Lange Middle School MAC Scholars program is hosting its second annual Black History Month event entitled "Bringing forth a new generation...Changing the future one child at a time" at Lange Middle School on February 26 at 5:00 p.m., program at 6:00 p.m. The event includes a Taste of History to sample delectable foods from the African-American culture, storytelling, the MAC Scholars Choir, and other great presentations.  More information
1/3/13 
Take our survey on transportation and start times

The Columbia Board of Education and Columbia Public Schools are gathering input on possible changes in school transportation and school start times. Please take a few minutes to answer this short 8-question survey. The survey will remain open until January 7.
12/19/12
Columbia Public Schools job fair

There will be a Columbia Public Schools employment fair at Smithton Middle School on Saturday, January 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We are interested in speaking with anyone who would like to work for the Columbia Public Schools. Please bring a current resume with you to the job fair. Applications will be available, or you can click here to view job openings and complete and print an application for the position of your interest. More information
12/14/12
CPS raises more than $15,000 for Honor Flight

Columbia Public Schools joined forces with Jefferson City Public Schools to raise funds for the Central Missouri Honor Flight to send World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to visit their national memorial. The funds will help send 75 veterans to Washington, DC. Students, staff, and faculty from Columbia Public Schools raised more than $15,000. Students in Jefferson City and Cole County raised more than $7,000. Earlier this year, Jefferson City superintendent Brian Mitchell and Columbia superintendent Chris Belcher challenged each other to see which district could raise the most funds. The fundraising period lasted for the entire month of November. The two school districts participated in a similar challenge last year. Funds will be formally presented to representatives from the Central Missouri Honor Flight at the Honor Ball on December 9.
12/7/12
Hickman teacher earns MU honor

Hickman High School assistant principal Eric Johnson has been selected to receive the University of Missouri College of Education Outstanding Young Professional Award. Johnson will be honored at the MU College of Education's 45th Annual Recognition Awards Banquet in April.
12/5/12
Rock Bridge DECA student heads to international competition

Rock Bridge High School student Matt Hefner has qualified for DECA's International Competition in Anaheim, California. Hefner qualified for the competition by winning the first round of the DECA Virtual Business Challenge in the Retail Division and is one of two students from Missouri to qualify for the competition. The DECA Virtual Business Challenge (VBC) is an official DECA competitive event where participants use highly visual simulation software to manage a business. The VBC encourages DECA members to test their skills at managing a business individually or as a team. DECA is a program that prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs for careers in marketing finance, hospitality, and management in high schools and colleges around the globe.
12/5/12
Become a substitute

Columbia Public Schools is pleased to announce the selection of Kelly Educational Staffing as our comprehensive provider of substitute employee management beginning January 2, 2013. To apply for substitute teaching or substitute support staff positions at Columbia Public Schools, please contact the local Kelly Educational Staffing branch office at (573) 875-0626 or at 3680@kellyservices.com.
12/4/12
Nutrition Services recognized by Let's Move! initiative

Columbia Public Schools' Nutrition Services department received a bronze medal from the Let's Move! initiative for Goal 3, Smart Servings for Students: Increasing participation in school breakfast and lunch programs. Columbia was recognized for the school district having all of its schools participating in the School Breakfast Program, with plans to continue at that level. News release
12/3/12
Tell us how we're doing

Columbia Public Schools would like your opinion. Please take a few moments to complete a survey on the district's performance in a variety of areas.
11/28/12
Town hall meeting on education initiatives

All families, educators, students, and community members are invited to learn about education initiatives with our legislative leaders at a town hall meeting on Tuesday, December 4, at 7:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Schools Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street. More information
11/19/12
U Matter earns platinum recognition

Columbia Public Schools' Community Relations department and its partner Visionworks Marketing Group have received a Platinum MarCom Award, the highest level of recognition, for work on the district's 2011 U Matter poster campaign. The recognized pieces promoted the district's social norming initiative with messages about standing up to bullying, being careful about what information gets posted online, and not spreading hurtful information about classmates. The Platinum Award is presented to those entries judged to be among the most outstanding entries in the competition.
11/19/12
Northeast Missouri All-District Bands results

Congratulations to all directors and their students! These are the results for the Northeast Missouri All-District Bands. Hickman | Rock Bridge | Jefferson | West
11/12/12
CPS students selected for national honors choir

Six Columbia Public Schools students were chosen to participate in the 2013 Honors Choir for the American Choral Directors Association National conference. More than 3,600 singers auditioned for the honor this year and Columbia Public Schools' students were among the 320 singers accepted from across the nation. The students will perform in Dallas, Texas, at the national conference in March 2013. Selected students are, from Lange Middle School, Sammie Keeler, Ellen Schmidt, and Zach Taylor; from Gentry Middle School, Sydney Wahl; and from Hickman High School, Logan Moore and Laura Rowe.
11/7/12
Veterans Day essay contest winners

Eight Columbia Public School District students are winners of the annual Veterans Day essay contest sponsored by the Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. Open to junior and senior high students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each school prior to submission. Truman VA staff members judged and determined the winning essays. Cash prizes from donated funds will be awarded to the winners on Friday, November 9, at a recognition ceremony in Truman VA's auditorium. This year's winners in the junior high division are Kelley Tackett (first place), Marilise Stamps (second place), Grant Sykuta (third place), and Ethan Forte (honorable mention). All four are students at Jefferson Junior High School. High school division winners are Julia Schaller (first place), Cole Gallagher (second place), Elizabeth Clapp (third place), and Ashley Rippeto (honorable mention). All four are students at Rock Bridge High School. The essays will be placed on Truman VA's Web site.
11/5/12
National Merit Commended Students

Nineteen Columbia Public Schools students have been named National Merit Commended Students in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed in the top five percent of students who took the 2011 PSAT exam. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized this year. Hickman High School Commended Students: Andrew Kessel, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, Adam Suppes, and Bowen Yang. Rock Bridge High School Commended Students: Jonathan Ackmann, Joseph Gu, Katharine Harline, Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj, Asa Lory, Samuel Mulholland, Kathryn Phillips, Adam Schoelz, Julian Segert, Paige Selman, Tony Sun, William Swift, Rachel Volmert, and Michelle Zhuang. Outstanding Participant: Earl Salmons.
11/5/12
Honor Flight Challenge 2012

For the second year in a row, Columbia Public Schools has been challenged by Jefferson City Public Schools to raise money for the Honor Flight. Last year, Columbia Public Schools raised more than $22,000 for the Central Missouri Honor Flight. Combined, the two school districts raised more than $30,000. This year's goal is to raise 50 cents per student to send veterans to Washington, DC, to visit their memorials. It costs $300 to sponsor one veteran on the flight. With more than 1,000 World War II veterans dying each day (20 each day in Missouri), it's important to express our thanks and gratitude now before time runs out. Honor Flight Network is a non-profit organization created solely to honor America's veterans for their sacrifices. Honor Flight transports our heroes to Washington, DC, to visit and reflect at their memorials. Top priority is given to the senior veterans--World War II survivors, along with those other veterans who may be terminally ill. If you're interested in participating in our fundraising efforts, please contact your neighborhood school or the district's administrative offices at (573) 214-3960. Watch the challenge video
11/5/12
Hickman band places in top seven at competition

The Hickman High School Marching Band had two outstanding performances at the Ozarko Marching Band Festival. The band placed fifth in preliminary competition in the large school division, making it into finals. The band completed its season with a seventh-place finish in the finals against bands from Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma.
11/5/12
Rock Bridge band takes second at festival

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment took second place at the University of Central Missouri Festival of Champions. Additionally, the band was recognized in its division for first place in preliminary competition, Best Drum Major in preliminary competition, Best Drum Line in preliminary competition, and first place for indoor drum line competition and highest score overall. Thirty-one bands participated in the competition.
11/5/12
Vocalists selected to Missouri All-State Choir

Congratulations to the following high school vocalists for their selection to the prestigious Missouri All-State Choir. After two stringent auditions, these students were selected and will sing with the choir on January 26 at Tan-Tar-A Resort at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference: From Rock Bridge High School, Rebecca Burke-Aguero, Jonathan Crader, Harrison Keithahn, Megan Kelly (alternate), Karina Kitchen, Ian Meyer, Emily Thomas (alternate), David Wang, and Morgan Widhalm; and from Hickman High School, Nora Hennessy (alternate), Logan Moore, Lydia Rautman, Berkley Roloff, and Laura Rowe. Additionally, Logan Moore and Laura Rowe chose to audition for the All-National High School Honor Choir, and both were selected. The students will travel to Dallas in March to sing with high school students from across the country.
11/5/12
Ridgeway and Battle need your votes

Beginning November 5, Ridgeway Elementary School and Battle High School need your votes in the Clorox Power a Bright Future grant program to help fund new or ongoing programs that allow children to play, create, and explore. Adults and children 13 and older can visit www.PowerABrightFuture.com to vote once a day for the program they believe is most deserving of a grant. Neighbors, friends, and family can also vote for their favorite school right from their phones via text message (message and data rates may apply). Votes can be cast daily until December 12. The program that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the $50,000 grand-prize grant, and the next top vote-getters in the Play, Create, and Explore categories respectively will each be awarded a $25,000 grant. Clorox's judging panel will select three additional lucky schools, one in each category, to win a $25,000 judge's choice grant. Ridgeway is hoping to use the funds to support summer school programming and Battle High School hopes to use the funds to support its visual arts program.
11/5/12
Forces of Nature planetarium event

The Columbia Public Schools Planetarium is sponsoring a Forces of Nature event on Saturday, November 10, to introduce the latest planetarium show in its collection. Forces of Nature, a show produced by National Geographic, was purchased with a grant from the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. Forces of Nature focuses on Earth as a constantly changing planet where we witness the awesome power and unimaginable destruction of explosive volcanoes, ground-buckling earthquakes, and deadly tornadoes. The show takes us into the field with scientists who risk their lives exploring the origins and behaviors of these fearsome natural disasters. (There will be no star tour during these presentations.) In addition to the show, interactive displays and booths will be set up by the MU Geology Department. Guests can talk with a volcanologist and a seismologist, touch real lava rocks, make a tornado in a bottle, and create earthquakes with a shake table. Donations of $2.00 per person are recommended and will go toward planetarium upkeep. Showtimes are 12:00 noon, 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m., and 3:00 p.m.
11/1/12
 Incantation: The Frog Prince Fairy Tale children's event

The Rock Bridge High School Advanced Children's Theatre proudly presents Incantation: The Frog Prince Fairy Tale by Sybil Odom in the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, December 1, at 11:00 a.m. after breakfast with Santa and at 7:00 p.m. that same day; and on Sunday, December 2, at 2:00 p.m. All tickets are $5.00.  More information
11/1/12
Hickman academic team qualifies for national competition

Three Hickman academic teams competed in the Missouri Fall Academic Tournament on October 20 at the University of Missouri. Nineteen schools from Missouri and Illinois fielded a total of 32 teams during the tournament. Hickman's A Team, consisting of Alex Harmata, Diana Harmata, Mingu Kim, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, and Andy Sun, tied for fifth place in the tournament and qualified for both PACE and NAQT national competitions held in the spring. Itamar Naveh-Benjamin also placed second among the top individual scorers for the tournament. Other team members who competed in the tournament were B Team (Jack Atkins, Sean Brennan, Ryan Eiffert, Mickey Hua, Wenzer Qin, and Bowen Yang) and C Team (Sam Fessehaye, Nathan Min, Sam Lange, Amanda Sun, Junyi Wu, and Sherry Xie). Team member Kyle Ooi served as a moderator for the tournament. Academic team coaches are Kathleen Wells-Morgan, Katie LeVota, and Dr. Ginny Lennon. The teams' next competition is in Centralia, Missouri, on November 17.
10/30/12
Two Columbia FFA teams win nationals

The Columbia FFA took five teams to compete at the 85th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN, October 24-27. Nearly 55,000 FFA members and guests gathered to learn about careers in the agriculture industry, compete for scholarships, volunteer in the community, and shape the future of the National FFA Organization. All five Career Development Event teams earned gold emblem status. These five teams earned the right to compete by placing first in their event at the Missouri State FFA Convention last spring. Two of the teams placed first in the nation: Forestry (Larry Henneke, advisor) and Poultry Evaluation (Kevin Duncan, advisor). All teams placed in the top six. The eight students who placed in the top 10 individually as well as those on the national winning teams received cash awards. The Columbia FFA Chapter is led by advisors Chuck Miller, Larry Henneke, Kevin Duncan, Sherie Rodekohr, and Devon GrillResults
10/30/12
Hickman vs. Rock Bridge district semifinal game

Tickets for the Hickman vs. Rock Bridge district semifinal football game on Friday, November 2, will go on sale at both high schools beginning at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 30. Tickets are available in the schools' main offices from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. until Friday at 12:00 noon, or until tickets are sold out. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person. Tickets are $5 for everyone ages 6 and up. No athletic passes or CPS employee passes will be accepted for this district semifinal game. Kickoff on Friday is set for 7:00 p.m. at Hickman High School. Due to limited parking, attendees are encouraged to carpool.
10/29/12
Rock Bridge students named Siemens regional finalists

Congratulations to Atreyo Ghosh, Nidhi Khurana, Katelyn Race, and Raj Satpathy on being named 2012 Siemens Competition regional finalists. These Rock Bridge High School students represented all the regional finalists for the state of Missouri. Congratulations also to Charles Shang for being named a semifinalist, one of only three in Missouri. The Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology is the nation's most coveted teen science prize.
10/29/12
National School Bus Safety Week

The week of October 22 is National School Bus Safety Week. The 2012 theme, "I See The Driver The Driver Sees Me!", emphasizes the need for extra caution when children are boarding and exiting school buses. Motorists should be aware of the phrase "STATE LAW STOP While Loading And Unloading," since it is displayed on the back of every Missouri school bus. During this week the Columbia Public Schools Transportation Department will be busy presenting its Elementary School Bus Safety Program at each of the district's 19 elementary schools. The district asks parents to make school bus safety a continual conversation with their children. Parents can find information on school bus safety as well as the transportation policy and procedures on the Transportation Web page located under the Parents tab.
10/19/12
Rock Bridge Elementary chicken BBQ

The Rock Bridge Elementary School 55th Annual Chicken BBQ will be held on Saturday, October 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available now at Rock Bridge Elementary and will be available at the door or in the drive-through.
10/5/12
Disability History and Awareness Month

October is designated as Disability History and Awareness Month. Students and staff in Columbia Public Schools will be participating in a variety of activities throughout the month to celebrate. Some activities include parent/student open houses at Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools, students creating a video on inclusion to increase awareness of individuals with disabilities, and special student field trips.
10/5/12
CPS students score above state averages on 2012 SAT

Columbia Public Schools college-bound students continue to achieve SAT scores above the state and above the total group of students who took the test on all three areas of the exam.  News release
9/28/12
CPS students selected for all-district choirs

Congratulations to the students from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools who were selected to the Freshman/Sophomore and Junior/Senior Northeast Missouri All-District Choirs on Saturday, September 15. These students will rehearse and perform with the other students in the choirs on November 3 at Hickman High School.  Hickman students | Rock Bridge students
9/28/12
Midway Heights fall festival and chili supper

Midway Heights Elementary School will hold its fall festival and chili supper on Saturday, October 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. More information
9/26/12
Rock Bridge grad receives State AP Scholar Award

Rock Bridge High School graduate Ge Song is one of 108 students nationwide, three in Missouri, to receive the College Board State AP Scholar Award for outstanding performance on 2012 Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The State AP Scholar Award recognizes students in each state and the District of Columbia who scored a three or higher, on a five-point scale, on the greatest number of AP exams and who earned the highest average score of at least a 3.5 on all AP exams taken. The College Board's AP program provides students with the opportunity to take college-level classes while still in high school and potentially earn college credit if they receive a score of three or higher on the exam.
9/25/12
Bulldog BBQ team earns honors at Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ

This year, the Douglass High School Bulldog BBQ team participated in the Roots 'n Blues 'n BBQ Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 20-21, 2012, for the first time. Sponsored by The District, the team of BBQ gurus took on 64 other barbecuing teams in a four-part competition. The group went head-to-head in the categories of brisket, pork, ribs, and chicken. Out of a total of 65 teams, the Douglass High School Bulldog BBQ team took fourth place in the chicken category. Team members included Tinaa Bolton, A'ijania Christian, Kerry Hesse, and Pitmaster Kelly Anderson. Slide show
9/25/12
Speak Your Mind forum

Hickman High School will host a Speak Your Mind forum on the presidential election on Tuesday, October 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickman commons. Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Constitution, and Green parties will be represented on the panel.
9/21/12
Hickman educators recognized by Yale University

Hickman High School teacher Deanna Wasman and Hickman High School counselor Maria McMahon have both been awarded the 2012 Yale Educator Award by Yale University. The award recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire students to perform at high levels. Matriculating students are invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviews each nomination and designates recipients. Wasman and McMahon are among the 50 teachers and 40 counselors who were selected from 247 nominees from 33 states and 12 countries.
9/21/12
Parent preview of abuse prevention materials

Columbia elementary school counselors will host a special meeting for all parents to preview the abuse prevention materials which will be shown to children during the 2012-13 school year. All Columbia Public Schools elementary parents are encouraged to attend. The viewings are for parents only. Parents will have two opportunities to view the films. The viewings will be held on Tuesday, October 2, at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, and on Thursday, October 4, at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School. The first viewing, at 6:30 p.m. is for parents of children in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade. The second viewing, at 7:15 p.m., is for parents of children in the third, fourth, or fifth grade.
9/20/12
World Cafe on student transportation

You are invited to participate in a community conversation on bus transportation and school start times in Columbia Public Schools. The World Cafe will be held on Wednesday, October 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stoney Creek Inn. More information
9/19/12
Providence Bowl on Friday, September 21

The Hickman Kewpies and the Rock Bridge Bruins will play each other in the annual cross-town rivalry football matchup at Memorial Stadium on the University of Missouri campus on September 21 at 7:00 p.m. The game, known as the Providence Bowl, has been played since 1981 with the home and away schools alternating each year. This is the ninth year the game will be played on MU's Faurot Field. Rock Bridge will be the home team this year. For the first time, the game will be broadcast live on television on Mediacom 22. The game will also be the game of the week on KTGR 100.5 FM and 1580 AM. You can also catch live streaming of the game on http://bruinathletics.com/ or http://kewpieathletics.com/. Tickets for the game can be purchased at Hickman or Rock Bridge. Tickets will also be available at the stadium the day of the game.
9/18/12
Students qualify as National Merit Semifinalists

Thirteen Columbia Public Schools students have qualified as National Merit Semifinalists. To qualify for a National Merit scholarship, students must take the preliminary SAT, the first screening for entrants to the program. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. About 16,000 finalists will advance to the finalist stage, and 8,300 scholarships totaling about $32 million will be awarded in the spring. Rock Bridge High School semifinalists include Jacob Fryermuth, Atreyo Ghosh, Nidhi Khurana, Rasheeq Nizam, Kun Qian, Megan Schulte, Charles Shang, Stephen Turban, David Wang, and Morgan Widhalm. Hickman High School semifinalists include Susan Jenn, Maya Ramachandran, and Daniel Shyu.
9/18/12
Prescription drug take-back days

Do you have unwanted medications in your home? Help protect your family, your community, and the local environment by properly disposing of them. Drop them off during the Boone County Prescription Drug Take Back on Friday, September 28, and Saturday, September 29, at Hickman or Rock Bridge high schools, or a number of other dropoff locations. More information
9/18/12
Hickman alum turns author

Hickman High School graduate and 2005 valedictorian D.J. Chung has authored a book on his journey to be valedictorian at Hickman. In the book Build Like An Ant--How My Mom Helped Me Become Valedictorian, Chung relates his mother's stories and lessons that helped him become valedictorian of a large, competitive public high school and gain entry into Duke University. These lessons provide a road map on how to gain the essential skills necessary to realize the ultimate goal of becoming valedictorian. The book was released last month and is available through Amazon. More information
9/13/12
News from MAC Scholars

Check out the latest news from MAC Scholars in the program's September 2012 newsletter.
9/6/12
Workshop: Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents

Dr. Robert Brooks will present a free workshop, "Raising Resilient Children and Adolescents," on Tuesday, September 11, at the Courtyard by Marriott, 3301 LeMone Industrial Boulevard. The workshop will begin at 7:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) and last until 8:20 p.m. A 30-minute book signing will follow the presentation; 200 free books will be provided to the first 200 attendees. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, please contact Shanae Canton via e-mail or by calling 777-8450.  More information
9/6/12
Rock Bridge student wins World Food Prize

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School senior Ouma Amadou, who has been selected as a World Food Prize for Youth winner. Each year, more than 100 high school students from across the United States and other countries are selected to participate in the three-day Global Youth Institute hosted by the World Food Prize Foundation. Ouma and her teacher mentor, Dan Ware, will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, in mid-October to attend the three-day event, where they will interact with Nobel and World Food Prize Laureates and discuss pressing food security and agricultural issues with international experts. At the Global Youth Institute, student delegates present and discuss their findings with international experts and their peers, connect with other students from around the world, tour cutting-edge industrial and research facilities, and take part in symposium discussions with global leaders in science, industry, and policy.
9/5/12
CPS students outscore state and global peers on AP exams

Columbia Public Schools' students fared well on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered in 2012, outscoring their state and global peers.  News release
8/30/12
Comments welcome on Career Center accreditation

The Columbia Area Career Center will undergo a review by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) on October 16-18, 2012. The Career Center has been continually accredited since 2007. This is a five-year review for the continued accreditation of the Career Center. Comments addressing any recommendation or comments regarding the institution's accreditation status will be accepted beginning August 27, 2012 until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on September 16, 2012. Written comments will be accepted by NCA CASI at the following address: NCA CASI, Attn: NCA CASI Vice President, Postsecondary Accreditation, 9115 Westside Parkway, Alpharetta, GA, 30009.
8/27/12
CPS students outscore state and national peers on ACT

Columbia Public Schools' students continue to perform well on the ACT exam administered in 2012, outscoring their state and national peers.  News release
8/22/12
CPS receives achievement data

Columbia Public Schools' 2012 Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results remain consistent with last year's scores. Overall, results show an upward trend over the last five years, with the last two years indicating the highest scores thus far. The district met 14 out of 14 state standards.  News release
8/17/12
Neil C. Aslin Administration Building dedication ceremony

Community citizens are invited to attend the dedication ceremony of the Neil C. Aslin Administration Building on Sunday, August 26, at 2:00 p.m. at 1818 West Worley Street. If you plan to attend, please respond by Wednesday, August 22, by calling 214-3960.
8/17/12
Early Childhood Special Education open house

There will be an open house for the Early Childhood Education Center and the Discovery Center on Thursday, August 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and on Friday, August 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.
8/16/12
CPS music ensembles selected to perform at state conference

Three Columbia Public Schools music ensembles have been selected to perform at the 75th Annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in January. The ensembles are chosen by blind audition and it is an honor to be chosen to perform for music educators from across the state each year. The selected ensembles include the Smithton Middle School 7th Grade Band (Bridgett Randolph and Brooksie Collins, directors), West Junior High School Singer Select (James Melton, director), and the Rock Bridge High School Jazz Ensemble (Steve Mathews, director).
8/15/12
Former CPS superintendent honored as a Pioneer In Education

Dr. Russell V. Thompson, who served as superintendent of Columbia Public Schools for 18 years, has been honored as a Pioneer In Education by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for his commitment and contribution to public education in Missouri. Dr. Thompson, who was born and raised in Iowa, moved to Missouri to launch his teaching career. He eventually became superintendent of Columbia Public Schools, where he served for 18 years, the longest tenure as superintendent in the district's history. During his time as superintendent, Columbia was recognized as one of the nation's 16 model school district's by the National Governors Conference on Education. Thompson also served numerous terms on the State Board of Education and held the office of president. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education formally recognized the pioneers as part of its 51st Annual Cooperative Conference for School Administrators on Monday, August 6. Three other educational leaders from across the state were also honored this year for their commitments to public education.  News release
8/6/12
CPS students participate in Boys State

Hickman High School students Gage Kiesling, Kyle Rainey, and Scott Whitehill, and Rock Bridge High School students Jake Alden, Theodore Choma, Andrew Floyd, Grant Flakne, Michael Hawke, Andrew Hutchinson, Asa Lory, Trent Powell, and Adam Schoelz participated in The American Legion Boys State of Missouri June 16-23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. They were selected based on their leadership, citizenship, academics, and character during their junior year of high school. Boys State is a pure democracy in that all citizens may vote and are eligible to hold office. The program is designed to educate and train Missouri's young leaders in functional citizenship, leadership, and government. Nearly 1,000 student leaders build an entire state government in a single week.
8/6/12
Fairview teacher named inalist for presidential teaching award

Regan Webb, a fourth grade teacher at Fairview Elementary School, has been selected as a state-level finalist for the 2012 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Webb is one of six finalists in Missouri and one of three in the science category. A national committee of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators reviews each state's finalists and recommends one mathematics teacher and one science teacher from each state or jurisdiction. The President of the United States is then authorized to name up to 108 awardees, which will be announced at a later date. Individuals who are selected for the 2012 award will receive a certificate signed by the President, a trip to Washington, DC for a series of recognition events and professional development activities, and a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation. The PAEMST is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. Each year the award alternates between educators teaching kindergarten through 6th grades and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The National Science Foundation administers PAEMST on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. To find out more about the PAEMST Awards program, visit www.paemst.org.
7/13/12
District earns Green Clean School certification

Columbia Public Schools has become the third K-12 school district in the nation to earn Green Clean School certification from the Green Clean Institute. Green Clean School certification recognizes the completion of Green Clean Institute certified courses on the healthy use of procedures, products, and equipment for maintaining its school facilities by more than one-third of the district's facilities staff. In addition to the education and training from the Green Clean Institute, the school district uses green cleaning products and equipment to enhance its efforts to go green.
7/12/12
Battle of the Bands benefit concert

On Thursday, July 19, at Mojo's on Park, the participants in May's Battle of the Bands will be staging a benefit concert for Coyote Hill Christian Children's Home, a beneficiary chosen by this year's battle winner, Table for Five. Admission is $5, with all proceeds benefitting Coyote Hill. Participating bands, in order of appearance, are Volatile, Odd One Down, Lot 56, and Table for Five. Battle of the Bands has raised nearly $4,000 over the last few years for a variety of causes. The event is sponsored by Hickman's Academy of Rock and Mojo's.
7/10/12
Rock Bridge student wins Boys Nation award

Rock Bridge High School student Andrew Hutchinson was named second runner-up Boys Nation delegate at the 2012 Missouri Boys State award ceremony held June 23 on the campus of the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. Missouri Boys State is sponsored by the American Legion.
7/10/12
Rock Bridge grad named culinary arts national champion

Rock Bridge High School 2012 graduate Will Kinney placed first in the SkillsUSA National Contest for Culinary Arts held in Kansas City on June 27. This is the second time that Missouri has had a national champion in culinary arts. By becoming the national champion, Will receives full-ride scholarships to many of the nation's top culinary schools. Will is planning on attending Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He is enrolled in Cornell's School of Hotel Administration and will participate in Cornell's collaborative degree program with the Culinary Institute of America. Upcoming Rock Bridge High School senior Mallory Barnes placed fourth in the national contest for commercial baking. Mallory will be returning next year to take Baking and Pastry along with Culinary Arts II at the Columbia Area Career Center. Chef instructors are Brook Harlan, Carri Risner, and Jeff Rayl.  Photos: Kinney | Barnes | Barnes and Kinney
7/2/12
Paxton Keeley 5K raises $2,000 for Ronald McDonald House

Event organizers and participants in the Paxton Keeley Elementary School 5K Run/Walk presented Ronald McDonald House Charities of Mid-Missouri with a donation check for $2,377.26. More than 100 people participated in the 5K event held in May. Additionally, approximately half of the participants were under the age of 16. Race sponsors included Hy-Vee, El Maguey, Jason Thornhill of Weichert Realtors, Focus on Health, McCormick's Home Improvement, and Walther, Antel, Stamper & Fischer Attorneys at Law. Parents, teachers, and community volunteers, including employees from IBM and the National Guard, provided support for the run/walk course. The 5K overall winner was Tom May, 45, with a time of 18:46.5. Second place was CPS student Nathan Haile with a time of 19:08.6.   Photo
7/2/12
CPS-TV moves to new studio

CPS-TV will not be available in July while the station is relocated. Check back August 1 for the latest programming and CPS news, or visit our streaming site.
6/19/12
Benton receives Laura Bush Foundation grant

Benton Elementary School has been awarded a $4,000 grant from the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. This is the second year in a row that the school has received funding from the foundation. The funds will be used to expand, update, and diversify the school's library book collection.
6/14/12
West Junior educator named science teacher of the year

Laura Zinszer, a science teacher at West Junior High School, has been selected as this year's Science Teachers of Missouri Secondary Teacher of the Year. Science Teachers of Missouri is the state chapter of the National Science Teachers Association. Zinszer will be recognized by the association at its state conference in the fall.
6/14/12
Rock Bridge musical composition winner performs

Rock Bridge High School student Daphne Yu, who recently received an award of merit in the National PTA Reflections Contest, Musical Composition category, for her original work "Battle of Nature," recently also scored her piece for orchestra, entitled "Myth of Achilles." This piece was performed Sunday, June 10 (world premiere) by the Missouri Symphony Orchestra.
6/13/12
Rock Bridge educator named outstanding biology teacher

Kerri Graham, a biology teacher at Rock Bridge High School, has been named the 2012 Outstanding Biology Teacher for the state of Missouri by the National Association of Biology Teachers. The association recognizes a teacher in each state, Canada, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia for his or her contribution to the profession. Award criteria include teaching ability, experience, inventiveness, initiative, inherent teaching strengths, and collaboration within the school and community. Graham will be recognized at the National Association of Biology Teachers convention in Dallas in November.
6/13/12
Public hearing on proposed 2012-13 budget

There will be a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 school year budget on Monday, June 11, at 6:00 p.m. at the City Council Chambers, 701 East Broadway. An overview of the proposed budget will be presented. The complete proposed 2012-13 budget document is available for viewing at the district's Business Services department, 916 Bernadette Drive.
6/8/12
West Junior teacher honored by Missouri Bar

The Missouri Bar Citizenship Education Program honored Brenda Blankenship, a social studies teacher at West Junior High School, with the E.A. Richter Award for Excellence in Citizenship Education in May. The award was presented at the first annual We the People Capstone Showcase held at Columbia College's Dorsey Hall. Blankenship recently led efforts to create and organize a government capstone project engaging more than 1,200 students from all three Columbia junior high schools. Students studied government using the nationally acclaimed "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" program. After completing the study program, students teamed up to present written responses to a constitutional question. Government teachers chose the top teams to participate in a special We the People Capstone Showcase at Columbia College. The selected teams, consisting of more than 100 students, presented their responses before judges from the community including lawyers, educators, and journalists. More than 200 parents and community members were also in attendance. The Missouri Bar Foundation provided financial support for the event. The Missouri Bar, a Partner In Education with the district's Social Studies department, annually presents the E.A. Richter Award to outstanding citizenship educators. The Missouri Bar Advisory Committee for Citizenship Education established the award to recognize outstanding contributions by Missouri teachers, administrators, and schools to citizenship education efforts in the state. The award is named for E.A. "Wally" Richter, long-time law-related education director for the Missouri Bar. Former winners include outstanding secondary and elementary teachers, college professors, and exemplary secondary and elementary law-related education programs. The Missouri Bar presents honorees with a plaque and $100.  Photo
6/6/12
Rock Bridge student among National PTA Reflections winners

Rock Bridge High School student Daphne Yu received an award of merit in the National PTA Reflections Contest, Musical Composition category, high school age division, for her original work "Battle of Nature." Winners were chosen from hundreds of thousands of submissions from students across the nation and in European schools serving military families. This  year's program theme was "Diversity Means..."
6/1/12
Lacrosse association recognizes CPS students

Three CPS students were recognized by the Missouri Scholastic Lacrosse Association (MSLA) for their outstanding work this season. Rock Bridge High School student Jackson Maguigad and Hickman High School students John Gilmore and David Nittler were named to the MSLA Division II, 2012 First Team All Conference - National Division.
6/1/12
News from Parents As Teachers

Read about the exciting relocation of Parents As Teachers this summer as well as other news in the PAT summer newsletter.
5/31/12
Laws on summer work for youth

As the weather heats up, many students will transition from school work to summer work. Parents, kids, and employers need to know the laws surrounding youth in the workplace before the job starts. Department of Labor and Industrial Relations podcast on summer work for youth
5/29/12
District receives What Parents Want award

The Columbia Public School District is one of 29 Missouri school districts to receive the 2012 What Parents Want Award from SchoolMatch, an independent school selection consulting firm. The Columbia, Ohio-based firm ranks school systems in a national percentile format, making it possible for comparisons by parents, home buyers, corporate leaders, policymakers, educators, or realtors using its services. Since 1992, the SchoolMatch What Parents Want award program has recognized school systems that are making noteworthy efforts to meet the needs of the clientele they serve.
5/29/12
Hickman student wins Switzerland trip at Intel science fair

Hickman High School sophomore Mingu Kim competed as one of 1,500 finalists from 65 countries at the recent Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Pittsburgh, PA. Mingu was selected as one of 12 finalists to receive an all-expense paid trip to tour CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Research) in Geneva, Switzerland. Mingu is the fifth Intel ISEF finalist from Hickman since 2001.  More information and photos
5/25/12
Rock Bridge students win national finance challenge

A team of seniors from Rock Bridge High School took first place in the National Personal Finance Challenge held on May 14 in St. Louis. Rock Bridge's national championship team, Tina and the Liabilities, included Tina Wang, Christian Ackmann, Amy Scott, and Nick Sun. Their team coach was Susan Lidholm. The National Personal Finance Challenge is sponsored by Wells Fargo Advisors and organized by the Missouri Council on Economic Education. The competition starts regionally with over 10,000 teams competing from across the United States. The top teams from across the United States were selected to compete in the national competition at the Wells Fargo headquarters building in St. Louis. The students competing in the national competition had to score high on rigorous tests and multiple rounds of "in person" day-long events that end with "quiz bowl" competition. The students test their knowledge of money management, budgeting, saving, investing, spending, credit, and other financial topics. After the testing, the two teams with the highest scores advance to the final showdown. This year's competition culminated with a "quiz bowl" finale between teams from Missouri and Texas. In addition to school trophies, each member of the first place team won $1,000.
5/17/12
State honor choir students selected

After an audio audition was submitted, seven Lange Middle School students and nine Smithton Middle School students were invited to the Missouri Choral Directors Association State Honor Choir. They will have the opportunity to sing with some of the best youth voices in the state of Missouri on July 18 in Jefferson City. They will also work with a top-notch clinician, Christy Elsner, director of Allegro Children's Choirs. They will perform for the majority of choral educators in the state as well as parents and family members. These students, under the direction of Lange choral music teacher Jazz Rucker, were selected for the 5-6 Honor Choir: Isabel Fagre, Paige Flottman, Dontrice Harris, Samantha Keeler, Ellen Schmidt, Zach Taylor, and Brenna Young. These students, under the direction of Smithton choral music teacher Melissa Straw, were selected for the 5-6 Honor Choir: Andrea Baker, Connor Kriete, Mattie Monsess, and Liz Zenner; for the 7-8 Honor Choir, Smithton students Lydia Bryda, Margaret Straw, and Shaina Vangilder, as well as Good Shepherd student Elise Hardesty; and, for the 9-10 Honor Choir, Tyler Small and Matthew Straw.
5/15/12
Rock Bridge takes second in state Scholar Bowl

Rock Bridge High School's Scholar Bowl team took second place in the Missouri State Championship. The team was comprised of Husam Abdul-Kafi, Vikram Arun, Iyas Daghlas, Riaz Helfer, Bess Goodfellow, Nikhilesh Sharma, and Walter Wang. The team held on to a dramatic, overtime victory against Liberty in the state semifinal. Iyas Daghlas and Riaz Helfer were named MSHSAA All-State. Iyas Daghlas and Bess Goodfellow were selected as 1st Team Missouri All-Stars. Riaz Helfer was selected as a 2nd Team Missouri All-Star.
5/7/12
Fifth grade honors choir earns top honors

The Columbia Public Schools Fifth Grade Honors Choir, under the direction of Susan Altomari and Melissa Straw, won first place in the Elementary Choral Division at the 2012 Music Showcase Festival International's Festival of Music. The 70-member chorus won the first place trophy for Elementary Chorus, as well as the overall Elementary Choral Division. The overall score of 197 out of a possible 200 has qualified the choir to compete for the Grand Sweepstakes Award, which will be presented to the highest-scoring elementary chorus in the nation. That determination will be made in June.
5/7/12
Volunteers needed for immigration simulation

Eighth grade social studies students are participating in the 10th Annual Immigration Simulation at Jefferson Junior High School May 7-10. Students will learn not only how immigration has helped to shape the nation, but also some of the problems facing immigrants in the early 1900s. During the activity, students role-play fictional characters from various European countries as they process through a mock-up of Ellis Island. Students complete tasks and participate in interviews at various stations set up in the school media center to try to qualify as citizens prior to taking a naturalization test. The school is in need of volunteers for the simulation. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Tracy Worthington at Jefferson Junior High School or sign up online.
5/7/12
CPS students make music at state festival

Students from across Columbia Public Schools participated in the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival in April. Results, as reported by the directors
5/7/12
8th annual Battle of the Bands

The Eighth Annual Columbia High School Battle of the Bands will be held on Thursday, May 17, at The Blue Note, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. The event, sponsored by Hickman High School's Academy of Rock, features returning groups Table for Five (2nd place in 2011), Lot 56 (tie for 3rd place in 2011), and Odd One Down, with newcomer Volatile rounding out the lineup. More information
5/7/12
Business office earns financial reporting recognition

Columbia Public Schools' Business Services department has received the Association of School Business Officials International (ASBO)'s Certificate of Excellent in Financial Reporting award for having met or exceeded the program's high standards for financial reporting and accountability. The district was recognized for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ending 2011. The Certificate of Excellence (COE) award confirms the district's commitment to financial accountability and transparency. Recognition through the COE program can help strengthen a district's presentation for bond issuance statements and promotes a high level of financial reporting. The Association of School Business Officials International, founded in 1910, is a professional association of more than 5,000 members that provides programs and services to promote the highest standards of school business management practices, professional growth, and the effective use of educational resources.
5/7/12
"Book Reports for Burgers" challenge results

Second through fourth-grade students in Columbia Public Schools completed book reports during the month of March, answering Stadium Grill's "Book Reports for Burgers" challenge. The local, fast-casual, sports-themed restaurant, a Partnership Friend in the district's Partners In Education program, initiated the contest to encourage kids' love of reading. Students in participating classes completed at least four book reports during the contest to receive a free burger certificate from Stadium Grill. The following students also received free burgers for a year for completing the most book reports in their schools: Justin Douty from Fairview Elementary School, Tessa Greenup from Rock Bridge Elementary School, and Alexis Walker from Shepard Boulevard Elementary School. Stadium Grill delivered lunch to the two classes that completed the most book reports out of all the participating schools in the district. Elizabeth Mottaz's third-grade class at Rock Bridge Elementary School completed 76 book reports to win class lunch, courtesy of Stadium Grill. Throughout the year, Stadium Grill supports student achievement in Columbia with free burger awards, plus rewards teachers with certificates for free meals. Since the beginning of this 2011-12 school year, Stadium Grill has sent more than 2,500 certificates for free kids' meals to participating Columbia Public Schools elementary and junior high schools, helping our local educators reward deserving students.  Photo showing Stadium Grill general manager Ron Coleman with Elizabeth Mottaz's third-grade class
5/7/12
Hickman student earns scholarship to study abroad

Hickman High School junior Sean Brennan has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. the NSLI-Y program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less-commonly-taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. The NSLI-Y scholarship enables Sean to study Korean in South Korea for six weeks this coming summer. The scholarship covers all program costs for participants, including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, commonly with a host family. Launched as part of a U.S. government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans' capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal and informal language learning and practice and by promoting mutual understanding through educational and cultural activities. NSLI-Y offers overseas study opportunities to high school students for summer and academic-year language learning in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish.
5/3/12
3M Foundation awards grant to Shepard

The 3M Foundation has awarded Shepard Boulevard Elementary School a $10,000 Ingenuity Grant to spark student interest and achievement in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) across grades and curriculum areas. Recipients are selected based on program alignment with school district goals; student engagement and achievement; the program's relevance and connection to the world beyond the classroom, careers, and the community; and an evaluation plan to determine the program's success. 3M and Shepard have been Partners In Education since 1985. Principal JoNetta Weaver and teachers Susan Heath and Jan McLuckie, along with support from their local 3M partners, were involved in securing the grant funds for Shepard.
5/3/12
Shelter Insurance announces Contributor of the Year

Shelter Insurance, a Partner In Education with West Junior High School, has announced guidance counselor Julie Schelich as the 2012 Outstanding Contributor at West Junior High School. The Shelter and West Junior Partners In Education committee members joined Dave Moore, president and CEO of Shelter Insurance, to present Schelich with the Outstanding Contributor award along with a $2,000 honorarium on May 3. May 3 is also the start of the annual Partners In Education Celebration Week. Congratulations to the other West Junior High Outstanding Contributor nominees: Brenda Blankenship, Mike Cranford, Jennifer Curtner, Chris Hysong, Marcus McGuinn, Debbie Poese, Becca Rackley, Yoko Smith, and Laura Zinszer Photo
5/3/12
APAC and Fairview receive national recognition

Fairview Elementary School and its Partner In Education APAC Construction are being recognized by the American Road and Transportation Builders Association with two PRIDE Awards for the Build Up! and Quarry Days programs they provide to Fairview students. APAC, which provides construction services such as paving, site development, bridge construction, and underground construction, works with Fairview teacher Rene Wilcoxson to teach fifth-grade students about construction through a series of class lessons. The program is called Build Up! One of the Build Up! lessons, called "Safety Zone," allows APAC to take students through an actual oil spill demonstration. Students decide on effective cleaning materials while keeping environmental concerns in mind. The program also allows students to create a construction company, complete with logo and advertising materials. Students are then able to compete with other student-made companies in a variety of lessons that incorporate math, science, and language arts. As part of Quarry Days, students visit a rock quarry and learn how fractions play a role in mixing asphalt. APAC will accept the awards on May 30 at a special luncheon in Washington, DC. Fairview Elementary School and APAC Construction are celebrating 10 years as Partners In Education this year.
5/3/12
Partners In Education Week

Columbia Public Schools and businesses and community representatives throughout Columbia will celebrate the 28th year of Partners In Education May 3-10, 2012. The week of activities kicks off with a flag celebration at the Courthouse Square on Thursday, May 3, at 6:00 p.m. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Southwell Arena Complex on the Columbia College campus.  News release
5/2/12
Schools recognized for positive behavior interventions

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will recognize six Columbia School District schools for their implementation of Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support interventions. The schools will be recognized at the Positive Behavior Support summer institute in June. Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support is a proactive approach to put behavioral and social skills strategies in place for all students while also building in support for those at risk for and/or those who receive special education services. The method assists schools and districts in establishing and maintaining school environments where the social culture and behavioral supports are needed to ensure an effective learning environment is in place for all students. Schools being recognized are Mill Creek, New Haven, Paxton Keeley, Rock Bridge, and Russell Boulevard elementary schools, as well as the Quest program.
5/1/12
FBLA state conference results

Eight Hickman High School students competed at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Columbia. All eight members and advisers Colleen Goss and Jeaniene Thompson attended the conference. David Leon and Mike Richardson have qualified for national competition, which will be held in San Antonio, Texas, from June 28 through July 2. Hickman had the following winners: Cody Wilson (6th, Accounting II), David Leon and Mike Richardson (1st, Business Ethics, team performance event), Tina Brinkmann and Kelsey Klein (4th, Business Presentation), Spencer Claiborne (8th, Digital Design and Promotion), and Kevin Long (3rd, Digital Video Production).
5/1/12
Prescription drug take-back days

Do you have unwanted medications in your home? Help protect your family, your community, and the local environment by properly disposing of them. Drop them off during the Boone County Prescription Drug Take Back, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at Hickman or Rock Bridge high schools, or a number of other dropoff locations.  More information
4/26/12
Hickman student artist named international art expo finalist

Hickman High School student Joanna Zou is a finalist for the 2012 Creativity Connects Us International Art Exposition. As a finalist, her piece will be exhibited at the U.S. Department of Education national headquarters in Washington, DC, and will become part of a significant, permanent collection of children's original art.  Photo
4/26/12
CPS students perform well at state math competition

The Hickman and Rock Bridge high school math teams competed in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics/Great Plains Math League State Mathematics Competition. The Hickman team placed second. Team members included Daniel Hwang, Mingu Kim, and Bowen Yang. The following students also placed individually: Landon Bilyeu, Daniel Hwang, Mingu Kim, Yvan Quinn, and Daniel Shyu. Mingu Kim, Yvan Quinn, and Bowen Yang will also be attending the 37th American Regions Mathematics League Competition at the University of Iowa in June. Rock Bridge High School placed fifth at the competition. Rock Bridge student Jenny Yao qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination again this year. The Hickman team is coached by Cheryl Lightner and the Rock Bridge team is coached by Kevin Taylor.
4/26/12
Culinary arts students hold omelet fundraiser

The Columbia Area Career Center culinary arts program will be raising funds to send students Mallory Barnes and Will Kinney to the SkillsUSA national contest. Will will be competing in culinary arts and Mallory will be competing in commercial baking. Students from the program will be cooking omelets on Saturday, May 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Columbia Farmer's Market (between the ARC and West Junior High School in the large tent just to the south of the main vendor rows on the grass). Additionally, students from the program will be cooking omelets and selling baked goods on Sunday, May 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at North Village (located just north of Walnut and Orr streets in the Wabash bus station parking lot). Omelets will be cooked to order with a variety of local ingredients.
4/26/12
Hickman senior selected as Presidential Scholars semifinalist

The U.S. Department of Education selected Hickman High School senior Daniel Hwang as a semifinalist in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Ten seniors from Missouri have been named as semifinalists. Presidential Scholars (finalists) will be named in early May and they will be honored for their accomplishments during National Recognition Week, held in June in Washington, DC. Established by Executive Order of the President in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes some of America's most outstanding seniors. From nearly 3.2 million graduating high school seniors, approximately 3,300 students were identified as candidates in this program. About 550 students have been selected as semifinalists based on their academic accomplishments. In April, the Commission on Presidential Scholars reviews the applications of all semifinalists and names up to 141 Academic Scholars. Additionally, up to 20 Arts Scholars are named each year on the basis of a student's academic and artistic scholarship in the visual arts, the performing arts, or creative writing.
4/24/12
Hickman singers take first and best overall

The Hickman High School A Cappella Singers won first place in their division at the 2012 Worlds of Fun Choral Competition on April 22 in Kansas City, Missouri. This is the third year in a row that choir has received this honor. The A Cappella Singers also won the sweepstakes trophy, representing the best overall performance of any choir in any division over the entire three-day competition.
4/23/12
State FFA convention results

Columbia FFA members were a strong force at the State FFA Convention the week of April 16. First-place teams will compete at the National FFA Convention this October.  Competition results
4/23/12
Senior All Night Party registration

Seniors, register now for the Senior All Night Party! The party will be held from 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, to 5:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, at the Hearnes Field House. Video
4/23/12
Rock Bridge wins third consecutive state finance competition

The team of Rock Bridge High School seniors Christian Ackmann, Amy Scott, Nick Sun, and Tina Wang took first place in the state Personal Finance Challenge this week. This was the third year in a row a Rock Bridge team has won the state competition. Over 1,300 teams state-wide participated in the preliminary round of competition. The top two teams from every region in the state then advanced to the state finals, which were held in Jefferson City on April 20. Members of the Rock Bridge winning team each won $500 for their performance at the state level. Rock Bridge High School will represent the state of Missouri in the National Personal Finance Challenge competition on May 14. The competition is organized by the Missouri Council on Economic Education.
4/23/12
Rock Bridge presents "The Theatrical Showcase"

Rock Bridge High School musical theatre and acting students present scenes from musicals and plays in a two-hour production, "The Theatrical Showcase," on Friday, May 4, and Saturday, May 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $6.00; a Rock Bridge activity pass is good for one admission. To reserve tickets, call 214-3119.
4/23/12
Writing Your Future summer camp

Calling all young authors to the Writing Your Future Summer Camp! The camp will be held on the MU campus in Townsend Hall each morning from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, July 23 through July 27. Students entering grades 2 through 12 may attend. The fun includes games, music, arts, snacks, and writing. Students will be given the chance to explore the MU campus as they draft pieces. The cost is $150 per participant, with a sibling discount--each additional child from the same household may attend for $100. The enrollment deadline is June 10. More information
4/20/12
Paxton Keeley 5K run/walk

On Saturday, May 19, beginning at 8:00 a.m. Paxton Keeley Elementary School will hold its first annual PK5K run/walk. Early registration through May 15 is $20 for adults and $10 for children under 18 (children in strollers are free). Proceeds go to the Ronald McDonald House. Register online or click here for more information, including the registration form and course description.
4/20/12
Benton rummage sale and vendor show

On Saturday, April 28, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Benton STEM Elementary School PTA is hosting its first-ever Rummage Sale and Vendor Show. This is an opportunity tor everyone to come browse a large variety of booths and items, rain or shine. Anyone interested in purchasing a booth should contact Benton or a member of the Benton PTA.
4/18/12
CPS students do well in Science Olympiad

Congratulations to the following Columbia Science Olympiad teams who placed in the state competition at the University of Missouri in April: West Junior High School (3rd in Division B, alternate for national competition), Smithton Middle School (5th in Division B), Hickman High School (7th in Division C), and Rock Bridge High School (9th in Division C).
4/18/12
Rock Bridge journalism publications take top national honors

At the recent journalism convention of the National Scholastic Press Association in Seattle, Washington, Rock Bridge High School's online publication, Bearing News, won the Pacemaker Award, which is considered by many to be student journalism's highest honor. The Rock Bridge journalism program also placed in three "Best in Show" categories, winning first place in special edition for its feature magazine Southpaw. The Rock collected fifth in newspaper broadsheet category, 17 pages or more, and Bearing News took ninth place in online publication. Rock Bridge students winning individual awards include Kirsten Buchanan, Nadav Gov-Ari, Maria Kalaitzandonakes, Jackie Nichols, Rena Rong, Jack Schoelz, Theresa Whang, and Emily Wright.
4/18/12
Russell special educator honored by speech and hearing association

Lora Hinkel, special educator at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, has been awarded the Missouri Speech and Hearing Association's 2012 Outstanding Clinician Award. Hinkel was presented the award during the state meeting of the organization this month. Hinkel also is a member of the Thompson Foundation for Autism board of directors and oversees the Mothers of Children with Autism support group for mid-Missouri.
4/17/12
Rock Bridge jazz program students excel at festival

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge jazz program for a great showing at the St. Charles West Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 14. In the Combo Division, results were 1st place, Rock Bridge Impressions; 2nd place, Rock Bridge Stolen Moments; and 6th place, Rock Bridge Take Eight.  (Up to six placings were awarded because there were eleven combos.) In the Second Band Division, Rock Bridge Jazz Band took 1st place; and in the 5A Band Division, Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble took 1st place.
4/17/12
CPS students perform well in regional math competition

Columbia students in grades 4 through 8 participated in the Regional Elementary and Middle School Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics contest on March 3 at Gentry Middle School. Students in 4th, 5th, and 6th grade took two tests, one on mathematical concepts and one on mathematical problem solving. The top three scorers on each test will compete at the state competition in May. CPS 7th graders took either the 7th grade test or, for those enrolled in algebra, competed with 8th graders in an algebra contest. The top three scorers on these two tests will also compete in the state competition in May. Competition results
4/13/12
Career Center students earn Missouri Scholastic Press top honor

The following Columbia Area Career Center broadcast journalism students won the Show-Me Award, a top honor, from the Missouri Scholastic Press Association for their news stories: Harry Schauwecker and Bret Weise, Sports News Feature: Sports Funding; and Kreagan Carbone, News Story: Breakfast with Santa.
4/13/12
West Junior 50th anniversary extravaganza

The culmination of West Junior High School's 50th anniversary celebration this year will be the WJHS 50th Anniversary Extravaganza which will take place at the school from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on May 18. There will be games, activities, food, bands, and talent show winners. Tickets are $4.00 in advance or $5.00 on the day of the event, and may be purchased in the West Junior main office.  More information
4/13/12
High school art show

PS Gallery, in the downtown district, is currently presenting a high school juried art show called "Generation Next." The show runs until May 13, and the reception is April 14 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This exhibit is designed to provide art students an opportunity to exhibit in a professional gallery and learn the process for exhibiting art. In addition, this show will also expose the public to new and exciting up-and-coming artists.
4/13/12
Kewpie Math Classic results

On Saturday, April 7, Hickman High School's mathematics honor society, Mu Alpha Theta, hosted the Kewpie Math Classic, a contest for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students participated in a 25-question test, followed by math activities such as a Sudoku Contest, Math Jeopardy, and Recitation Contest. Congratulations to the winners: in 6th grade, Daniel Barnett, 1st place (Smithton), Veer Sangha, 2nd place (Columbia Independent), and Jeremy Zhang, 3rd place (Smithton); in 7th grade, Stephanie Zhang, 1st place (Smithton), Boonakij Palipatana, 2nd place (Gentry), and J.K. Bae, 3rd place (Smithton); and in 9th grade, Shirley Zhang, 1st place and overall top score (West), Shray Kumar, 2nd place (Jefferson), and Sherry Xie, 3rd place (West). The recitation winner was David Song, 118 digits (Smithton); the winner of the Sudoku Contest was Luke Chval (West); and the winning Math Jeopardy team was Sherry Xie (West), Jeremy Zhang (Smithton), and Shirley Zhang (West).
4/10/12
JJHS Cyclone Golf Scramble

The 9th annual JJHS Cyclone Golf Scramble will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. Proceeds from this tournament help the JJHS Booster Club to continue their support of the students at Jefferson Junior High School. More information
4/10/12
Lange celebrates 15th anniversary

Lange Middle School will be celebrating its 15-year anniversary on Saturday, April 21, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a Y107 live remote broadcast from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (The rain date is Saturday, April 28, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.) There will be free activities, including a teacher dance-off and a pie-in-the-face contest.  More information
4/9/12
Hickman students score in top 50 in calculus competition

Congratulations to Hickman High School students Mingu Kim and Adam Suppes, who scored in the top 50 on the national AP Calculus Online Competition Match II. More than 1,100 students participated in the competition. More information
4/9/12
Hickman student wins wrestling championship

Hickman High School junior J'den Cox won the National High School Coaches Association National Wrestling Championship in Virginia in April. J'den won the 220-pound bracket, which features some of the nation's best junior wrestlers. He advanced to the finals with three victories by 10 or more points and a pin. In the championship match, he beat Nevada's Spencer Empey 8-2. J'den also won his third straight high school state title in February.
4/9/12
Health occupations students head to nationals

Three students studying health occupations at the Columbia Area Career Center qualified for nationals at the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) state competition. HOSA is a student organization whose mission is to promote career opportunities in health care and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. State results: Michael Pisano, Gold Medal in Biotechnology; Jennifer Zulovich, Gold Medal in Medical Math; and Olivia Zhang, Silver Medal in Medical Terminology. The national competition will be held in Orlando, Florida, in June.
4/6/12
District music festival results

The district music festival results from March 22-24, 2012, are in, as reported by the directors. Solos and small ensembles receiving a I rating will advance to the state level at the end of April.  Results
4/6/12
Discussion on underage drinking

There will be a solution-focused discussion on the specific issues related to underage drinking on Thursday, April 26, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Hickman High School commons. Dinner will be provided.  More information
4/6/12
Students take first, second in state for 3D and animation

Columbia Area Career Center students competed and placed in the top two in 3D Visualization and Animation at the Missouri SkillsUSA competition. Team 1, consisting of Carl Baldwin and Cameron Weber, won 1st place; Team 2, consisting of Samuel Kloeppel and Richard Shinkle, won 2nd place. Ezekiel Rachow won 1st place in Electronics Technology.
4/4/12
Culinary arts students win state competition, head to nationals

Four Columbia Area Career Center students competed and placed in the top three in their categories in the Missouri SkillsUSA state competition. This is the tenth consecutive year that the Career Center has had a state champion in Culinary Arts. The students, all from Rock Bridge High School, are Will Kinney (1st place, Culinary Arts), Mallory Barnes (1st place, Commercial Baking), Hailey King (2nd place, Culinary Arts), and Ashleigh Johnson (3rd place, Commercial Baking). Will and Mallory will compete at the SkillsUSA national convention in June for their shot at the national title.
4/4/12
CPS students head to problem solving national competition

Five students will represent Columbia Public Schools at the Future Problem Solving Program International Conference at the University of Indiana this June. The West Junior High School Future Problem Solving team, comprised of Stephanie Kang, Anna Lauriello, Amanda Sun, and Shirley Zhang won the Missouri state championship in the global team problem solving middle division competition. Hickman High School student Maggie Leuchtmann won the Missouri state championship in the senior division individual problem solving competition. These students will go on to compete against representatives from 39 states in the United States, as well as students from Australia, Canada, Great Britain, Hong King, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Singapore, and Turkey.
4/4/12
Career Center marketing students qualify for nationals

Twelve Columbia Area Career Center marketing students have advanced to national competition in DECA, a national marketing society. The students competed at the State Career Development Conference held at the Lake of the Ozarks in March. Among the 12 who qualified for nationals, four were state champions in their event. A total of 38 Career Center students competed at the conference, 16 from Hickman High School and 22 from Rock Bridge High School. DECA advisors for the Columbia Area Career Center are Pete Eichholz and Scott Fuenfhausen. The following DECA students qualified for nationals in individual events: From Rock Bridge High School, Alaina Battaglia (1st place, Apparel & Accessories Marketing), Annemarie Van Doren (1st place, Business Services Marketing), Harry Schauwecker (1st place, Food Marketing Series), Syed Ejaz (4th place, Human Resource Management), Shane Kuse (2nd place, Marketing Management), Michael Fentress (5th place, Marketing Management), Rachel Volmert (3rd place, Retail Merchandising), Alex Gregory (5th place, Business Finance Series), and Kaitlyn Robertson (3rd place, Principles of Hospitality & Tourism); and from Hickman High School, Spencer Claiborne (1st place, Quick Serve Restaurant). The following DECA students qualified for nationals in team events: From Rock Bridge High School, Will Echelmeier and Coltin Hermann (5th place, Sports & Entertainment).
4/4/12
Rock Bridge JV Scholar Bowl teams place at state

The Rock Bridge High School Junior Varsity Scholar Bowl teams earned second and third place at the junior varsity state competition. The second-place team consisted of Jonathan Ackmann, Salah Daghlas, Dima Rozenblat, and Ryan Tray. The third-place team was made up of Jacob Freyermuth, Monica Greenlief, Charles Shang, Daniel Shapiro, and Jenny Zulovich. Monica Greenlief also earned All-State Honors.  Photo
4/4/12
CPS students earn first place at science symposium

The Columbia Area Career Center took 10 Rock Bridge High School students, coached by laboratory technology instructor Christine Roberson, to compete in the Junior Science, Engineering and Humanities Symposium (JSEHS) at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. In the presentation section, senior Michael Pisano took first and senior Walter Wang took second, both in general biology, one of six categories. Pisano will have the opportunity to present at the National Symposium in May in Bethesda, Maryland. Pisano presented his research findings on the Effect of Bt Cry1AB Toxin in Genetically Modified Corn in Eisenia fetid During Vermicomposting. Bt toxin is a crystal protein made by bacteria, Bacillus thuringiensis. The gene from the bacteria is put into the corn plant because the toxin kills insects in their larval stage. Four students--Pisano, Micah Fletcher, Nikhilesh Sharma, and Abby Thompson--also competed in a debate. The team argued the pro side of the resolution: Is it appropriate that the government require that individuals abrogate the right to regulate the use of their somatic (body) cells for the general welfare? The team took first place against the defending champion, Parkway West. Rick Flinn, a Rock Bridge senior and debate team member, volunteered to coach the JSEHS debate team.
4/2/12
Parkade recognized for professional learning teams

Parkade Elementary School has been awarded the Outstanding Professional Learning Team Award from the Missouri Staff Development Council. This award was presented for the school's work with the co-teaching model within the student-teaching experience. Parkade staff members exemplify the concept of working and learning together, sharing collective responsibility so that each individual and team contributes to the success of all students within the school.  Photo
4/2/12
Hickman lacrosse kicks off season with winning streak

The Hickman High School boys' lacrosse team kicked off the season with a three-game winning streak during the Republic Invitational Tournament. In the first game, Hickman defeated Cape Girardeau Central 17-1. Conner Harris had 5 goals and 1 assist. John Gilmore had 5 goals and 3 assists. David Nittler had 3 goals. In goal, Aaron Hentges had 4 saves and John Chester added one. In game 2, Hickman defeated the Republic Tigers 17-4. Gilmore had 5 goals and 3 assists. Harris had 3 goals and 3 assists. Powell Yaeger, Seth Livingston, and Jacob Toler each had 2 goals. Goalkeepers Chester had 3 saves and Hentges had 2 saves. In the third game, the Kewpies defeated the Seckman Jaguars 13-3. Gilmore had 5 goals with 2 assists, and Harris had 5 goals with 1 assist. Ivo Berti, Tom Fieser, and Jacob Toler each had one goal. Hentges and Chester had 3 saves each.
4/2/12
Mill Creek staff members honored

Mary Smith, a paraprofessional at Mill Creek Elementary School, has been named the Missouri Paraprofessional of the Year by the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children. Grace Carmichael, a Mill Creek art teacher, won the Partners In Education Award given by the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children.
4/2/12
Volunteers needed for Lose the Training Wheels camp

Lose the Training Wheels, a week-long camp dedicated to teaching individuals with disabilities to ride a conventional two-wheeled bicycle, is coming to Columbia, and volunteers are needed.  More information
4/2/12
Rock Bridge assistant principal receives leadership award

Lisa Nieuwenhuizen, an assistant principal at Rock Bridge High School, has been awarded the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the MU College of Education. The Excellence in Educational Leadership Award is an annual recognition for practicing school administrators who have made significant contributions to the improvement of administrator preparation. Each year, the UCEA Executive Committee invites member university faculties to select a distinguished school administrator who has an exemplary record of supporting school administrator preparation efforts.
4/2/12
Hickman science students earn top honors

Hickman High School student Mingu Kim took top honors in the regional Intel Science and Engineering Fair. He will be going to the International Intel Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) in May. Adam Suppes was named a semifinalist in the USA Biology Olympiad exam competition. He was one of only four Missouri students to be named a semifinalist.
4/2/12
Assistant superintendent receives community recognitions

Congratulations to Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education Dr. Wanda Brown, who was honored by the Columbia African American Association with a Lifetime Achievement Award in appreciation of her outstanding leadership and dedicated service to the community. In March, Dr. Brown also received the Shot Caller Award at the annual Black Women Rock! Awards Ceremony sponsored by The Chancellors Diversity Initiative and the MU Black History Month Committee.
4/2/12
Gene Huff golf tournament and scholarships

Dr. Gene E. Huff had a long career in education, primarily with the Columbia Public Schools. During his tenure he furthered the quality of education of students and supported and enhanced the careers of many educators. In his memory, two $1,000 scholarships are available to CPS employees. Applications are available on Inside CPS. Additionally, a golf tournament benefitting the scholarship funds will be held on June 9. Tournament sponsorships are available.  Register | Sponsor a hole
4/2/12
Steps for Scholarships 5K run/walk

The CMSTA Steps for Scholarships 5K Run/Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 21, at Twin Lakes Park off Chapel Hill Road. All proceeds will go to the CMSTA scholarship fund for graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in the field of education. Registration forms and flyers are available online. The entry fees are $15 for CPS employees and CPS spouses, $10 for children ages 10 and up, $5 for children under 10, and $20 for all other participants. Please make checks payable to CMSTA (Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association). Mail your registration form and entry fee to Emily Reynolds, Rock Bridge Elementary School, 5151 S. Highway 163, Columbia, MO, 65203. Columbia Public School District employees will receive their race packets via school mail. Other participants may pick up their packets prior to the run/walk at the Rock Bridge Elementary office between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 20. All participants who register by Friday, April 6, will receive a T-shirt. For more information or questions, e-mail Emily Reynolds.
4/2/12
West Junior garage sale

West Junior High School is holding its annual garage sale on Saturday, April 8, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Donated items and volunteers are needed for the sale setup on April 7 and the sale on April 8. More information
4/2/12
CPS summer music program registration

Registration for the CPS summer music program for students in grades 7-9 is now open. Parents can register online.
4/2/12
Hickman trivia night

The Hickman High School Music Boosters will host a trivia night on April 13 at 6:30 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church. Tables and individual tickets are available. Proceed will help fund music scholarships, travel, uniforms, musical instruments, and more. For more information, contact Beth Ann Keener via e-mail or call Sue Ross at 214-3005. More information
4/2/12
Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award winners

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Award: Tara Gutshall of Paxton Keeley Elementary School; Greg Colman of Ridgeway Elementary School; Pam Didur of Oakland Junior High School; Janna Fick and Dolores Obregon, both of Hickman High School; Mary Grupe of Rock Bridge High School; and Amy Watkins of Parkade Elementary School. A reception and award dinner will be held to honor this year's winners on April 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Peachtree Conference Center. Tickets for the event are $18.50 per person. Tickets are available for purchase through April 9 by contacting Christal JacksonNews release
3/16/12
CPS students compete in state chess championship

Columbia Public School District chess players brought home two team trophies and several individual trophies and medals in the Missouri State Scholastic Chess Championship in Jefferson City. The Mill Creek Elementary School team earned third place in the K-3rd grade division, while the Rock Bridge High School team took fifth place in the high school division. Earning individual trophies in their competition divisions were, from Grant Elementary School, Isaac Stiepleman, 4th in K-3rd; from Gentry Middle School, Ashwath Elangovan, ninth in K-6th, and Yash Khanna, tenth in K-6th; and from Rock Bridge High School, Jonathan Ackmann, 4th in Board 2 High School, Codey Brazeau, eighth in Board 4 High School, and Vikram Arun, eighth in Board 1 High School. Earning medals in their competition divisions were, from Mill Creek Elementary School, Akhilan Elangovan, K-3rd; from Gentry Middle School, Zane Durante, K-8th; from Jefferson Junior High School, Shray Kumar, K-8th; and from Rock Bridge High School, Rohit Rao, Board 3 High School, and Jack Vornholt, Board 4 High School. Overall, 23 Columbia Public School District students participated in the competition that drew 473 players from across the state.
3/15/12
CPS partners to celebrate Earth Hour

Columbia Public Schools has partnered with the Columbia Climate Coalition in support of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 31, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event encourages citizens to turn off non-essential electricity and lighting for one hour in support of efforts to stop global warming.
3/14/12
Rock Bridge debate team heads to nationals

Rock Bridge High School students Syed Ejaz and Rick Flinn will be representing the Eastern Missouri District of the National Forensic League and the Rock Bridge High School Debate Team in Public Forum Debate competition at the national tournament this June in Indianapolis. Syed and Rick are the fifth Rock Bridge debate team to compete in national competition.
3/13/12
West Junior wins state Math Counts competition

The West Junior High School Math Counts team placed first at the state Math Counts competition. Team members Hannah Chen, Cyrus Wang, Derek Wang, and Shirley Zhang beat 24 other teams in the competition. Individually, Shirley Zhang placed seventh overall, and third in the Countdown Round. A special congratulations to Hannah Chen, who finished second overall in the individual competition and has qualified to participate in the national competition at Walt Disney World in Orlando this May. Chris Hysong is the West Junior High School Math Counts coach.
3/13/12
Alpha Hart Lewis students raise funds for March of Dimes

The Alpha Hart Lewis student council has made a commitment to raise $500 for the March of Dimes during the month of March. The council formulated a plan to raise the money, which included two fundraisers--a bake sale and a classroom competition called "Dime Wars." So far the school has raised $435 through its bake sale and Dime Wars. The school hopes to exceed its goal and raise $1,000. The student council is a part of the March of Dimes team Avary's Angels COMO, and will be walking in this year's March for Babies on May 6 at Stephens Lake Park in Columbia. Students will also be volunteering at the event. If you would like to support the student council, donations can be made online.
3/13/12
Hickman presents "The Madwoman of Chaillot"

The Hickman High School theater department will present "The Madwoman of Chaillot" by Jean Giraudoux on April 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman's auditorium. The Parisians laugh at the Madwoman of Chaillot, with her ludicrous obsessions and her antiquated deportment. But the real insanity lies within the men of finance and industry who despoil our planet in their lust for power and money. When oil is discovered beneath the streets of Paris, only the farsighted Madwoman can see a way to save the City of Light. Giraudoux's magical tale turns notions of madness upside down and asks how "sane" society can be saved from itself. Tickets are $4 for students and senior citizens and $6 for adults, and can be purchased at the door. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Kathryn Roberts.
3/9/12
Hickman presents annual one-act play festival

The Hickman High School theater department will present its annual one-act play festival of student one-acts on March 15, 16, and 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman's Little Theater. A total of six one-act comedies will be presented on a rotating basis (four each night). Tickets are $3 for students and $4 for adults. For more information, contact Kathryn Roberts.
3/9/12
Missouri Scholars 100 students announced

Four Columbia Public Schools students have been selected for the 2012 Missouri Scholars 100. The Missouri Scholars 100 is a statewide program honoring 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2012. The program is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Selection is based on grade point average, ACT or SAT scores, class rank, courses taken, attendance, involvement in extracurricular activities, and service as a positive school citizen. Missouri Scholars 100 recipients are Carter Datz and Daniel Hwang of Hickman High School, and Christian Ackmann and Jeremy Lombardo of Rock Bridge High School.
3/9/12
Rock Bridge show choirs display sportsmanship

The Rock Bridge High School show choirs had an outstanding showing at the recent Lewis Central (IA) "Clash of the Titans" competition. Satin 'N Lace finished first in the unisex division, and City Lights finished in sixth in the large school division and overall. The choirs as a whole received the Gary Fiscus Family Sportsmanship Award.
3/9/12
CPS earns green cleaning award for the second time

For the second year in a row, Columbia Public Schools has been nationally recognized for its green cleaning excellence in American School & University's 2011 Green Cleaning Award program. Last year, the school district grabbed the organization's award for the Best New Green Cleaning Program. This year, it captured the top honor by earning the single Green Cleaning Award for school districts K-12. The award recognizes the district's use of green cleaning methods, products, paper, and equipment.
3/9/12
Regional History Day competition results

Thirty-one Columbia Public Schools students performed well at the Regional History Day competition and will advance to the state contest in April.  More information
3/2/12
West Junior teacher honored as student council advisor of the year

West Junior High School teacher Leslie Guerin has been named Region 6 Middle Level Student Council Advisor of the Year. Region 6 of the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) includes the following states: Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Utah. NASC is divided into eight regions nationwide. Guerin is now a finalist for the 2012 Warren E. Shell Middle Level Student Council Advisor of the Year sponsored by the NASC and the National Association of Secondary School Principals. The national award winner will be announced during NASC's annual conference in Oklahoma City, OK, this summer.
3/1/12
Hickman academic team takes first

The Hickman High School Academic A Team competed against 24 teams from 12 schools to win first place in the Helias Invitational Tournament at Helias High School in Jefferson City. The Hickman team took first after winning a final tiebreaker against Rock Bridge High School's A Team. Hickman's B Team also competed in this varsity tournament. Members of Hickman's A Team are Sean Brennan, Itamar Nabeh-Benjamin, Andy Sun, Adam Suppes, and Avery Wagner. Hickman's B Team members are Ryan Eiffert, Mingu Kim, Jacob Lee, Kyle Ooi, Yvan Quinn, and Bowen Yang.
3/1/12
CPS alums honored with Mizzou '39 Award

Three Rock Bridge High School graduates received the Mizzou '39 Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association earlier in February. Recipients include Arwa Mohammad, Class of 2008; Lauren Fischer, Class of 2008; and Nathan Smith, Class of 2004. Named for the founding of the University of Missouri in 1839, the Mizzou '39 Award annually recognizes 39 outstanding seniors for their academic achievement, leadership, and service to the university and community. Additionally, each Mizzou '39 honoree names one faculty or staff member to be recognized for the impact he or she has made in the lives of MU students.  Photo
2/29/12
Rock Bridge show choirs shine in competition

Rock Bridge High School's Satin 'N Lace, the women's show choir, placed first in the prep/unisex division in the preliminaries, made finals, and finished in fourth place overall at the recent Harrisonville competition. City Lights, the mixed show choir, placed second in the 5A division in preliminary competition, made finals, and finished in a three-way tie for first place. As a result of the tie breaker, the choir took home the third place trophy. The groups also earned Best Costume and Best Instrumental Combo awards.
2/28/12
Central Methodist University music festival results

Central Methodist University held a music festival on February 24; here are the results for Columbia Public Schools students. More information
2/28/12
FBLA district results, eight Hickman students advance to state

Eighteen Hickman High School students competed in district competition. Ten of those students and advisors Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss attended the conference. There are 20 schools in the district. Eight students will represent Hickman at state competition in April competing in nine different events.  More information
2/28/12
West Junior student to compete in National History Bee

West Junior High School student Alex Harmata will be heading to Washington, DC, in May to compete in the National History Bee and a chance to win $50,000. Alex and classmate Shirley Zhang were able to defeat the rest of the Midwestern field in the competition and played each other in the championship round. The History Channel will air the event some time in June. Matt Leutchmann, EEE teacher, coordinates the local event.
2/28/12
Oakland and West jazz bands sound off in competitions

The Oakland Junior High School Jazz Band received a I rating at the University of Central Missouri Jazz Festival in Warrensburg, MO. The following students received outstanding soloist awards: Sarah Freyermuth, alto sax; Isaac Baker, guitar; Jonathan Rich, piano; and Jaden Messner, tenor sax. The West Junior High School Jazz Ensemble placed first in the middle school/junior high school division at the Truman State University Jazz Festival. Jonathan Jalali, guitar, and Stephanie Stanley, trombone, were recognized as outstanding soloists. Jonathan Jalali also received the overall outstanding soloist award for the middle school/junior high school division.
2/28/12
CPS students recognized by intersport network

The Women's Intersport Network for Columbia (WIN) presented Hickman High School student Nicole Mello with the Columbia High School Sportswoman of the Year Award at its annual banquet in February. The award winner is selected by the WIN board members. Three Columbia students were finalists for the award: Nicole Mello, Cross Country, Track and Field, and Swimming, Hickman High School; Victoria Jackson, Track and Field, Hickman High School; and Lindsey Cunningham, Basketball and Soccer, Rock Bridge High School.
2/28/12
Rock Bridge jazz program sweeps competition

The Rock Bridge High School jazz program performed well at the Truman State Competition. All the jazz combos placed first, second, and third. Both the Jazz Band and Jazz Ensemble placed second in their respective divisions. Kaleb Jacks, alto saxophone, was awarded outstanding soloist for the Jazz Combo Division. Diego Huaman, tenor saxophone, was awarded outstanding soloist for the 5A Big Band Division.
2/27/12
Blue Ridge Mustangs 5K Stampede

The Blue Ridge Elementary School Mustangs 3rd Annual 5K Stampede will begin at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Blue Ridge. A trophy will be presented to the Columbia public school with the most student participants. Packets can be picked up on Friday, April 27, at Blue Ridge from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., or on the day of the race from 7:15 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Register online at http://www.runrace.net, or by completing the registration form and mailing it with your payment.  The entry fee is $20 for adults before April 28, or $30 on race day; and $5 for ages 18 and under before April 28, or $10 on race day. The cost includes a T-shirt. Proceeds will benefits the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life (Wild Mustangs) and the Blue Ridge Elementary PTA. More information
2/27/12
Hickman science team takes first in regional competition

The Hickman High School Science Olympiad Team took first place in Region 5 competition at the Missouri University Science and Technology in Rolla on Saturday, February 18. The Kewpies took 10 first place honors and outdistanced the field of nine by 27 points. Earning top honors were Mingu Kim and Daniel Shyu, Chemistry Lab; Maya Ramachandran and Michele Sun, Dynamic Planet; Sean Brennan and Jacob Lee, Fermi Question; Kit Webster and Michele Sun, Forestry; Ryan Eiffert and Ryan Wood, Helicopters; Mingu Kim and Jacob Lee, Optics; Diana Harmata and Maya Ramachandran, Rocks and Minerals; Mingu Kim and Daniel Shyu, Technical Problem Solving; Ashwath Kumar and Joanna Zou, Thermodynamics; and Diana Harmata and Joanna Zou, Water Quality. The team is looking forward to state competition at the University of Missouri on April 14.
2/22/12
50th anniversary West Junior concert series

The West Junior High School music department proudly presents the 50th Anniversary WJHS Concert Series at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 21, in the band room at West Junior; at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 8, in the West Junior gymnasium; and at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, in the West Junior gymnasium. All events are free of charge and open to the public.  More information
2/17/12
MAC Scholars "Expect to Win" program

On Saturday, March 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., MAC Scholars will present "Expect to Win, Because Failure is Not an Option" at Hickman High School, with keynote speaker Consuelo Castillo Kickbusch. The registration deadline is March 7.  More information
2/16/12
Documentary about Dr. Eliot Battle

Dr. Eliot Battle is a beloved Columbia community icon.  He and his late wife, Dr. Muriel Battle, each received numerous awards and recognitions for their work and efforts in education. The documentary "Battle: Change from Within" is the story of Dr. Eliot Battle's pivotal role in the desegregation of Columbia Public Schools. Dr. Battle became a guidance counselor and the first black faculty member of Hickman High School in 1960, serving as an advocate, mentor, and mediator during the crucial early years of Hickman's transformation into an integrated school. The documentary, which is free and open to the public, will be shown at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 25, in Bush Auditorium, Cornell Hall, at the University of Missouri. The documentary was produced by Michael Hicks, film and TV producer, of Extension's Cooperative Media Group; Dr. Julie Middleton, Director of Organizational Development and Extension Professional; Dr. Juanamaria Cordones Cook, Professor of Spanish, Romance Languages and Literature, and Dr. Barbara Williamson, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Educational, School, and Counseling Psychology.  More information
2/16/12
Presentation for parents of young drivers

Parents of young drivers (15 to 17 years old) are invited to come learn more about inexperience, inattention, and distractions at a presentation on Thursday, March 22, in the Hickman High School main auditorium from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Come hear about what you can do to protect new young drivers; bring your spouse, child, and/or friend. This Reality Week presentation is sponsored by MoDOT, the Missouri Highway Patrol, Think First, and CPCU.
2/15/12
West Junior students win Americanism essay contest

Congratulations to West Junior High School eighth graders Amelia Holliday, Lexi Miller, and Jerrold "J" Starr for winning the Elks Lodge 594 Americanism Essay Contest. The students wrote an essay on "Why I Am Proud to Pledge Allegiance to Our Flag"; each received a ribbon and $50 provided by Columbia Elks Lodge 594. Funding for the contest was provided by a grant from Ameren UE. The students' essays have advanced through the district level and are now competing at the state level.
2/14/12
Rock Bridge earns top rating in jazz festival

The first annual University of Missouri/Rock Bridge Jazz Festival was held on Saturday, February 4, at Rock Bridge High School. Rock Bridge earned top ratings in the following categories: Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble, "Unanimous 1" rating; Rock Bridge Jazz Band, "1" rating; three jazz combos from Rock Bridge each received "Unanimous 1" ratings.
2/14/12
Scholastic writing awards

Five Columbia Public Schools students have been named winners in the 2012 Scholastic Youth Writing Award Honors for the Missouri Region. Their work was deemed exemplary and selected from more than 704 submissions throughout the state and Kansas City metropolitan area. The students will be recognized by Scholastic at a special ceremony in March. Winners of the Silver Key are Aylecia Lattimer (Hickman High School senior), Poetry; Juwan Mahaney (Hickman sophomore), Persuasive Writing; and Marissa Crop (Smithton Middle School 7th grader), Poetry; earning Honorable Mention are Kim Mingu (Hickman sophomore), Persuasive Writing; and Emma-Plot Olson (Smithton 7th grader), Flash Fiction.
2/8/12
Workshop on immigration issues

Columbia Public Schools' English Language Learners department will sponsor a parent workshop, "Understanding Immigration Issues," on Saturday, February 11, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the West Boulevard Elementary School gymnasium. Guest speakers Karla Klinger Diaz and Breanne R. Ardila, Columbia attorneys, are immigration law specialists and will facilitate this informal talk. Interpreters will be available in Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Bosnian, Somali, Burmese, and Kinyarwanda, and child care will be provided.  More information
2/7/12
48 CPS students advance to DECA state competition

The results are in for the DECA District 2 competition held on Thursday, February 2, at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. More than 200 students from District 2 competed in the day-long event, including 27 DECA members from Hickman High School and 46 from Rock Bridge High School. Forty-eight marketing students from the Columbia Area Career Center qualified to compete in the State Career Development Conference on March 18 for the chance to move on to nationals, which will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, in April. More information
2/6/12
Rock Bridge presents "Almost, Maine" by John Cariani

"Almost, Maine" by John Cariani will be presented at the Rock Bridge Performing Arts Center on Friday, February 24, at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, at 7:00 p.m.; and Sunday, February 26, at 3:00 p.m. The New York Times described it as "A whimsical approach to the joys and perils of romance. Magical happenings bloom beneath the snowdrifts. 'Almost, Maine' explores the thunderclap of love and the scorched earth that sometimes follows." All seats are $5. To reserve tickets, call 214-3119. (RBHS activity pass accepted for one admission.)
2/6/12
More Battle High School leaders named

Matthew Hale has been selected as athletic director/assistant principal for Battle High School, and Jacob Sirna has been named assistant principal.  More information
2/6/12
What do you enjoy most about Columbia?

Development of Columbia's new comprehensive plan is in its third phase. This phase seeks to identify favorites--what people enjoy most about Columbia--and issues related to growth and development. Share your ideas by taking a short survey or by attending a forum.  More information
2/3/12
CPS school lunch recognized for healthy changes

The Columbia Public Schools Nutrition Services program has been recognized by the Food Family Farming Foundation for the many improvements to school lunches that were made in the 2010-11 school year. Beginning in 2010-11, rice and beans were served for lunch every day, salad bars were spruced up, schools were partnered with local farmers, and oatmeal and fresh fruit were added to the breakfast menu. The Food Family Farming Foundation is dedicated to providing all the tools and resources needed to help schools serve healthy meals and will highlight Columbia as an example for other school districts across the country. View the information posted about Columbia | Learn more about the Lunch Box program
2/3/12
West Junior receives donation from local business

West Junior High School was voted the favorite organization by YogoLuv customers last semester and received a $300 donation as a result. The school was nominated for the contest by the West Junior cheerleading squad. YogoLuv owner Kerry Chao and manager Tiffany Huang, both West Junior alumni, presented the check at the school's Viking Classic tournament game last month.  Photo
2/2/12
STEM open house at Benton

Benton Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) School invites parents, students, and community members to visit the school on Friday, February 10, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon or from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the principal and other staff members, take a tour of the building, and ask questions about STEM, teaching, and the curriculum. There will be information and applications available for those interested in applying to attend Benton next year. Snacks will be provided for those in attendance. Please contact the Benton office at 214-3610 with any questions. This is a great opportunity to see how Benton students "Learn through Discovery and Lead with Character."
2/2/12
West Junior Quiz Bowl teams sweep tournament

The West Junior High School eighth grade Quiz Bowl teams swept the Pilot Grove Middle Division Quiz Bowl Tournament on Saturday, January 27. The two West Junior teams played each other in the championship round. The West A team took first place and the West B team took second.
1/31/12
Jazz concert by Grammy-nominated guitarist

On Thursday, March 8, at 7:00 p.m., there will be a concert in the Hickman High School auditorium by Russell Malone, a Grammy-nominated guitarist, with the MU Concert Jazz Band. The concert is free for students of Columbia Public Schools. Tickets are $15 or $20 for the public and $8 for non-Columbia students. More information
1/31/12
Elementary writing conferences

Looking for something for your 2nd-6th grader to do on days when CPS is not in session? Consider a series of writing conferences hosted by the Missouri Writing Project on the MU campus in Townsend Hall. Each day will offer something different, but both will involve lots of time to write, campus exploration, games, literature, celebration, food, and friends. The conferences will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 10 and February 24. More information
1/31/12
Hickman's literary arts magazine ranked best in Missouri

The 2010-11 Hickman Review, Hickman's literary arts magazine, has been awarded the number one ranking in Missouri with a Superior/Highest Award by the National Council of Teachers of English. The 2010-11 editor-in-chief for the Hickman Review was Shawna Burhans, the art editor was Zoe McDouggal, and the manuscript editor was Anna McMurry. The faculty co-sponsors were Carolyn Chipley-Foster and Nancy White.
1/31/12
Countdown to Kindergarten (2012 kindergarten registration)

Countdown to Kindergarten will be held on March 14 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all elementary schools.  More information
1/26/12
Battle High School leaders named

Seven individuals have been selected for leadership positions at Battle High School. These staff members will serve as key leaders in the opening of the new school: Andrew McCarthy, assistant principal; Leigh Spence, director of guidance; Robert Thalhuber, band director; Jazz Rucker, choral director; Jayme Pingrey, media specialist; and Justin Conyers, head football coach. The district will also announce Battle High's athletic director and boys' and girls' basketball coaches as soon as those selections are made.  News release
1/20/12
Alpha Hart Lewis family fun night

Family Fun Night at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31 (for students in grades K-2 and their families) and from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 2 (for students in grades 3-5 and their families) in the Alpha Hart Lewis gym. Come enjoy guest readers, games, computer activities, and the bookmobile (be sure to bring your library card!). There will be fond memories, fun times, and a free book for all Alpha Hart Lewis students present on the night of their grade level. Parking is in the back parking lot.
1/19/12
Administrator honored by Martin Luther King Memorial Association

Congratulations to Dr. Wanda Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, who was awarded the Martin Luther King Service Award by the Martin Luther King Memorial Association for her service to the community. Dr. Brown was honored at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Walk and Memorial, which celebrated its 40th anniversary this year.
1/19/12
Rock Bridge Elementary teacher recognized for excellence

Karla Yung, a kindergarten teacher at Rock Bridge Elementary School, was awarded the Excellent Educator award for January by the Missouri Retired Teachers Association and KRCG-TV earlier in January. The award recognizes teachers for going above and beyond the call of duty in the classroom. Watch the award presentation
1/19/12
College financial aid night

Hickman High School is hosting a Financial Aid Night for seniors on Tuesday, January 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickman media center. Financial aid officers from MU, Columbia College, and Stephens College will present information on navigating the financial aid process.
1/19/12
Speech and debate judges needed

The MSHSAA District Speech and Debate Tournament is seeking judges for the tournament that will be held on March 15 and March 17 at Rock Bridge High School. Judges are asked to give an hour and a half of time, and a small stipend of approximately $6 per round or hour judged is provided. The tournament brings approximately 170 students from 18 schools to mid-Missouri to compete against one another in events such as poetry reading, dramatic interpretation, radio speaking, and debate. Many of the students have perfected their performances at tournaments throughout the year and are coming together at Rock Bridge High School for district competition and a chance to earn the opportunity to compete at the state level. Those interested in judging should complete the information form and return it to Stacey Bonderer. For more information, call 214-3133.
1/19/12
Kewpie Math Classic

Hickman High School's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta, a national mathematics honor society, is hosting the Kewpie Math Classic, a mathematics competition for grades 6-8 students on Saturday, April 7. Following the 25-question test, students will choose to participate in either a Sudoku contest, Pi Recitation contest, Math Trail, Rubik's Cube contest, or Math Jeopardy contest. Registration is free and needs to be completed online by March 7. More information
1/17/12
Career Center Skill Expo 2012

The staff of the Columbia Area Career Center invites you to the annual Skill Expo open house on Thursday, January 19, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Activities will include automotive technology (viewing of the UMC Formula Car, a late-model Ford with MyTouch technology, and a hybrid car from Joe Machens Ford), emergency medical technology (demonstrations by an EMT, with students assisting, of patient backboarding), and laboratory technology (use of micropipettes as well as methods for determine pH level using acid/base indicators).
1/17/12
Last Kewpie standing athletic fundraiser

The Hickman Athletic Booster Club will host the Last Kewpie standing on January 28 at 6:30 p.m. at Hickman High School. The event is a fundraiser to support Hickman High School athletes. Tickets for the event are $100 and include a catered dinner for two, entry into the silent auction, and a chance to win $5,000. For more details or to purchase tickets, contact Doug Mirts at 214-3000.
1/17/12
New Haven student shines in national NFL competition

Eryn Puett, a fourth grader at New Haven Elementary School, won the national NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition in the girls' 8- and 9-year-old division. The Punt, Pass and Kick program was developed by the National Football League specifically for physical education teachers and coaches so that they may better teach the fundamentals of punting, passing, and kicking a football, as well as the teamwork needed to successfully play sports.
1/17/12
Broadcast journalism students earn MoDOT recognition

Students in the Columbia Area Career Center's broadcast journalism program placed third in MoDOT's Battle of the Belts public service announcement (PSA) contest for seat belt safety. Students Scott Coffelt and Matt Kelly produced the spot. Haley Brueck is the district's broadcast journalism teacher. View the winning PSAs
1/13/12
Free screening of "Work of 1,000" documentary at Hickman

Hickman High School is hosting a free screening of the documentary "Work of 1,000" along with a special question-and-answer session with Susan Edwards, the documentary director, and Marion Stoddart, the subject of the documentary, on Tuesday, January 17, at 3:00 p.m. in Hickman's Little Theater. "Work of 1,000" is the story of Stoddart's efforts to improve the Nashua River watershed. In the 1960s, the Nashua River in New Hampshire and central Massachusetts was one of the ten most polluted in the country, clogged with multicolored, toxic sludge from nearby paper mills. Stoddart's dramatic success in mobilizing the community showed people that change was possible and helped get the Massachusetts Clean Rivers Act passed so that companies weren't allowed to pollute rivers like the Nashua any more. In the process, Stoddart won a United Nations award, was profiled in National Geographic, and had a widely-read children's book written about her.  More information
1/13/12
Two Mile Prairie chili supper

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School will hold its annual chili supper and book fair on Saturday, February 25, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door. The ticket price includes chili, a hot dog, chips, dessert, and a drink. There will also be auction baskets available at the event.
1/13/12
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team qualifies for nationals

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl A-team tied for third place at the Niles West tournament in Chicago on January 6-8. Seniors Iyas Daghlas and Bess Goodfellow earned 4th and 11th place individually alongside seniors Riaz Helfer and Husam Abdul-Kafi. The B- and C-teams earned first and second place at the Kewpie Invitational Tournament. Team members included high scorers Nikhilesh Sharma and Walter Wang alongside Vikram Arun, Jacob Freyermuth, Monica Greenlief, Daniel Shapiro, Ben Trendle, and Jenny Yao. By earning these accolades, Rock Bridge is only the second school in Missouri history to qualify three teams for national competition.
1/10/12
Hickman theater department presents "Desk Set"

Join the Hickman High School theater department for its production of "Desk Set" by William Marchant on January 19, 20, and 21 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman's auditorium. "Desk Set" tells the story of Bunny Watson and her three co-workers as they face the possibility that they will be replaced by an electronic brain. It's woman vs. machine as Bunny and the girls prove that there is no replacement for human ingenuity! Tickets are $6.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door.
1/6/12
Protecting our children from bullying and cyberbullying

Parents and community members are invited to hear the Megan Meier story and learn how to protect their children against bullying and cyberbullying at a free presentation on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:00 p.m. in Launer Auditorium at Columbia College, 1001 Rogers Street. In October 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier, from the St. Louis area, committed suicide after being harassed on the social networking Web site MySpace. The story made national news and brought attention to the issue of cyberbullying. Megan's mother, Tina, has dedicated herself to bringing awareness and educating others about bullying and cyberbullying. Tina Meier's presentation provides an overview of the technology that students are using in today's world. Life is much different for students than it was even four years ago. As parents and community leaders, it is imperative that we continually educate ourselves to become better equipped to help our children. Megan Meier's story will be shared along with the topics of bullying, bystanders, cyberbullying, and sexting. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Parking is available at 10th and Rogers streets and additional parking is also available behind the main campus.  More information
1/5/12
Rock Bridge yearbook finalist for Scholastic Press award

On December 21, the Rock Bridge High School yearbook staff received news that the 2010-11 Flashback yearbook had the honor of being a finalist in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards (CSPA) program. CSPA judged 1,351 newspapers, magazines, and yearbooks published during the 2010-11 school year. Entries were judged at Columbia University in New York on December 17-18. Scholastic Crown Award finalists will be presented with either a Gold or Silver Crown Award during CSPA's 88th Annual Convention, held from March 14-16 at Columbia University. Flashback is one of 65 yearbook publications up for the award.
1/5/12
MAC Scholars Black History Month celebration

The Lange Middle School MAC Scholars students present "Walking in Greatness," a special free event to celebrate Black History Month, on February 21 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Lange cafeteria. Students will perform musical selections and storytelling, poetry, and spoken word; and a step performance will be part of the celebration. The event will also include a silent auction with funds benefitting the MAC Scholars program. For more information or to donate items to the silent auction, contact Tylisha Johnson at Lange Middle School. MAC Scholars is an effort by Columbia Public Schools to encourage minority students to take the district's most rigorous coursework and to view academic achievement as the basis of a positive identity. Students involved in the program are provided academic support through a variety of enrichment activities. Additionally, students must maintain a strong grade point average and attendance record, display good citizenship, enroll in high-level courses, be alcohol- and drug-free, and aspire to go to college.
1/5/12
Columbia Public Schools job fair

There will be a Columbia Public Schools employment fair at Smithton Middle School on Saturday, January 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. We are interested in speaking with anyone who would like to work for the Columbia Public Schools. Please bring a current resume with you to the job fair. Applications will be available, or you can click here to view job openings and complete and print an application for the position of your interest. More information
1/3/12
Dr. Dave Walsh visits Columbia

Dr. Dave Walsh, author of nine books, including his latest, Smart Parenting, Smarter Kids: The One Brain Book You Need to Help Your Child Grow Brighter, Healthier, and Happier, will appear on Thursday, February 9, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Smithton Middle School. The event is free and sponsored by Columbia Cares for Kids, a group of 17 agencies (including Parents As Teachers) committed to promoting the emotional well-being of children and families. No pre-registration is required.  More information
1/3/12
West Junior students excel in film competition

West Junior High School students Elle Collette, Rachel Kirchhofer, and Jenna Liu won $100 for taking first place in Columbia and second place in the state of Missouri with their entry to the Bank of Missouri's "Lights, Camera, Save!" competition. The competition, part of a larger initiative from the American Bankers Association, asks students to create short films highlighting the importance of saving. Bank of Missouri is a Partner In Education for the Center for Gifted Education. Photo | Video
1/3/12
Benton teacher selected for NASA fellowship

Kathryn "Annie" Arnone, fifth grade teacher at Benton Elementary School, has been selected for the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project, a highly competitive one-year fellowship to 50 teachers across the nation. Endeavor Fellows take five graduate courses in an innovative, live (online) format from the comfort of their home or school. They learn to apply research-based pedagogical strategies and cutting-edge STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) content to their classroom contexts while becoming a part of an esteemed network of like-minded educators across the nation forming an online community of practice. NASA Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a certificate in STEM education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
12/22/11
Hickman AP showcase

Please join the Hickman High School Advanced Placement (AP) faculty and students for an opportunity to learn more about the AP program. This event will be held on Tuesday, January 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Hickman High School commons. The evening includes an overview of the program, then a gallery walk for students to visit with current AP students and recent graduates who participated in the program, while parents have the opportunity to visit with AP faculty members in each curricular area. This is a great way to help students develop a four-year plan for high school study that will prepare them for college.
12/19/11
CPS honored for going green 

Columbia Public Schools has been chosen to receive the Grand Award in the K-12 category of the 2011 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities, sponsored by American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. One Grand Award winner, three Honorable Mention awards, and one Best New Program award were given in the category of school districts. One Grand Award winner and four Honorable Mention awards were given in the college/university category. As part of the recognition, Columbia Public Schools will be featured in the December issue of American School & University magazine. Green cleaning is being implemented in Columbia Public Schools through the work of the outstanding staff in the Facilities and Construction Services department.  Award certificate
12/14/11
CPS alum to lead MU system

The University of Missouri Board of Curators has announced the appointment of Timothy M. Wolfe, 53, as the 23rd system president. Wolfe, a graduate of Rock Bridge High School and the MU business school, will assume the responsibilities presently held by interim president Stephen J. Owens effective February 15, 2012.
12/13/11
Hickman cross country runner places 20th in national championship

Hickman High School student Nicole Mello placed 20th in the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships in San Diego, California. Nicole was the only girl from Missouri to qualify for the race. She competed on the Midwest team, which won the team competition. Watch the race
12/13/11
Rock Bridge earns prestigious national charter membership

Rock Bridge High School has been granted charter membership in the National Forensic League (NFL). Charter membership is the highest level of membership in the NFL, and reflects sustained commitment to speech and debate education over several years. The National Forensic League is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values. Last year, more than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, built their communication, leadership, cognitive, and presentational skills as members. As members, these students may compete to attend the world's largest academic event, the NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament, which awards over $153,000 in college scholarships to top students each summer. Since 1925, more than 1.3 million students have found their voice in the NFL. Many of these members have risen to the pinnacle of their respective fields, including former Vice President Hubert Humphrey; Senators Russ Feingold, William Frist, and Richard Lugar; media visionaries Ted Turner and Oprah Winfrey; Emmy award winners Kelsey Grammer and Shelley Long; news anchor Jane Pualey; C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb; Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor; and actors James Dean, Brad Pitt, and Michael Urie.
12/12/11
Columbia Water and Light calendar artists

Congratulations to the following students for having their artwork published in the 2012 Columbia Water and Light calendar: Jefferson Junior High School students Jordan Baggs (January), Jill Geyer (March), Ana Ramirez (July), Michelle Brito-Sampablo (November), Maria Kulago (December), and Kimberly Ellsworth (January 2013); Oakland Junior High School student Reagan Meyer (August); and West Junior High School students Erin Hutton (February), Karissa Reller (April), Olivia Lopez (May), Isolde Finney (June), Sarah Meadows (September), and Jack Creasy (October).
12/9/11
All-state music results

Congratulations to the students (and their directors) who made All-State Choir and All-State Band and Orchestra!  Hickman All-State Choir | Rock Bridge All-State Choir | Hickman All-State Band and Orchestra | Rock Bridge All-State Band and Orchestra
12/9/11
Rock Bridge Scholars earn second at Tiger Bowl

The Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team recently earned second place at the University of Missouri's Tiger Bowl, the largest Scholar Bowl competition in the state thus far. Senior Iyas Daghlas was the top scorer, answering more than half of the questions in several matches. Other A-team members included seniors Husam Abdul-Kafi, Riaz Helfer, and Nikhilesh Sharma. Senior Walter Wang was the 7th overall scorer leading the B-team. Jenny Yao turned in one of the most impressive performances of any sophomore in the state thus far, earning 9th place individually, leading the JV team to the playoffs in a varsity competition. Other participants included Salah Daghlas, Atreyo Ghosh, Monica Greenlief, Dima Rozenblat, Ryan Tray, Ben Trendle, and Jenny Zulovich.
12/7/11
Rock Bridge girls' basketball chili and pasta supper

The Lady Bruins will host a basketball chili and pasta supper on Thursday, December 15, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Rock Bridge High School cafeteria. Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase from members of the girls' basketball team, in the athletic office, or at the supper. Desserts and drinks are included. More information
12/6/11
Hickman dance team earns first in regional competition

The Hickman High School Dance Team received first place for its mix routine at the Yvonne Cole Lindbergh Regional Competition on Saturday, December 3, in St. Louis. The Kewpie Doll Dancers will compete at the Missouri State Dance Team Championships in late February 2012. The Hickman Dance Team 2011-12 dancers are seniors Alexis Collins, Natalie Kroninger, Emilie McSheehy, and Keyana Mann; juniors Audrey Schutte and Kelsey Zwonitzer; and sophomores Madison Blackburn, Cathy Chen, Madison Reifsteck, Larkin Shull, and Tierra Tindall. The team is coached by Kristina SchaeferPhoto
12/5/11
Two Mile Prairie receives grant to track wildlife

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School has been awarded a mini-grant from the University of Missouri Biological Sciences Department to use remote cameras to study wildlife and its habitats around the school. The grant will support curricular activities through fifth-grade science at the school.
12/2/11
Hickman junior qualifies for cross country championships

Hickman High School junior Nicole Mello recently qualified for the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships. Nicole captured seventh place in a personal record time of 17:43 at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over the weekend of November 26-27. There were 263 runners from 13 states competing. Nicole will make her trip on December 10 to compete at the national meet on the Balboa Park course in San Diego, California. Nicole's post-race interview
12/2/11
Hickman students score in top 100 in calculus competition

Congratulations to Hickman High School students Mingu Kim and Bowen Yang for scoring in the top 100 on the national AP Calculus Online Competition Match I. More than 3,856 students participated in the competition.
11/28/11
West Boulevard Elementary Thanksgiving food drive success

West Boulevard Elementary School collected more than 1,500 cans of food in support of Almeta Crayton's "Everyone Eats" food drive held November 7-18. The food drive helps families during the holidays and teaches students about the importance of giving back to the community. Photo 1 | Photo 2 | Photo 3 | Photo 4
11/21/11
District Honor Band results

Here are the NE Missouri District Honor Band results. Congratulations to these students and their teachers. Hickman | Rock Bridge | Jefferson and Oakland | West
11/18/11
Siemens Foundation finalists and semifinalists

Three Columbia Public Schools students have been recognized by the Siemens Foundation competition in math, science, and technology. Hickman High School student Lawrence Zhang and Rock Bridge High School student Walter Wang were named semifinalists in the competition, and Rock Bridge High School student Nicholas Sun was named a regional finalist. The Siemens Foundation award is the highest science honor awarded to high school students. As a regional finalist, Nicholas will travel to the University of Notre Dame in November to compete in the next round of competition. Ninety-six students from 21 states were named finalists and 317 students were named semifinalists from 2,436 students registered to participate in the competition. Administered by the College Board, the Siemens Corporation awards one $3,000 prize to an individual and one $6,000 prize to a team at each regional competition. Winners of the regional competition advance to the national finals in Washington, DC, where $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded, including two top prizes of $100,000.
11/18/11
Missouri School Public Relations Association awards

Columbia Public Schools and the Community Relations department have been honored with 12 awards from the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA) for various communication strategies and publications used in the school district. The district was presented with the awards at MOSPRA's annual fall conference in early November. Communication strategies and publications are reviewed and evaluated by members of regional National School Public Relations Association chapters. MOSPRA is the Missouri state chapter of the National School Public Relations Association. Membership is primarily composed of school communication practitioners from both public and private school districts; members also include superintendents, principals, secretaries, education association staff, board of education members, and others who work to gain public confidence in education. Like its parent organization, MOSPRA is dedicated to providing citizens with a better understanding of the objectives, accomplishments, and needs of the schools within our communities. Awards were presented for the following communication strategies and publications: Award of Commendation--External Web site www.columbia.k12.mo.us, Internet/intranet site; Partners In Education--writing; New High School Groundbreaking Program--special purpose publication; Columbia Public Schools At a Glance--brochure; Belcher V-Log--strategic PR program; and Sweet Home Chicago--PR video. Award of Merit--Columbia Business Times Voices Series--writing; U Matter--strategic PR program; Quarterly Report--newsletter; Yearbook--annual report; Eliminating the Achievement Gap--strategic PR program; and Bond 2010 Video--PR video. A special congratulations to the team involved in developing and implementing these strategies and publications, including Chris Belcher, Michelle Baumstark, Todd Hildahl, Molly Delgado, Gary Nagel, and Jan Rupp.
11/18/11
CPS recognized for financial reporting

The Association of School Business Officials International recognized Columbia Public Schools and 58 other school districts for 25 years or more of participation in the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting program. The Certificate of Excellence program supports and recognizes districts' high-quality financial reporting to the community through exceptional Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports. As recipients of the Certificate of Excellence, school districts have verified that credibility, confidence, and transparency are essential to demonstrate sound fiscal management and professional growth.
11/18/11
MAC Scholars presents Poetry for Personal Power

The MAC Scholars program will present Poetry for Personal Power, a hip-hop open mic night for the hottest emcees and poets in the Columbia area, at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 14, at the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center. All newcomers and experienced poets/emcees are invited to participate and showcase their talent. This event is a fundraiser for the MAC Scholars program designed to enrich the academic opportunities of minority youth. More information
11/18/11
Students raise more than $30,000 for Honor Flight

Columbia Public Schools joined forced with Jefferson City Public Schools and other schools in Cole County to raise funds for the Central Missouri Honor Flight to send World War II veterans to Washington, DC, to visit their national memorial. Students, staff, and faculty from Columbia Public Schools raised more than $21,000. The funds will help send more than 70 veterans to Washington, DC. Students in Jefferson City and Cole County raised more than $9,200. they plan to give $1,000 to the Wreaths for Heroes program and the remaining $8,288 to help send 27 veterans. News release
11/17/11
FFA Environmental and Natural Resources team wins nationals

The Columbia FFA Environmental and Natural Resources team won the national competition in Indianapolis in October. The Environmental and Natural Resources Career Development Event includes a national and global issues interview, environmental and natural resources problem solving, soil tests and profiles, air and water analysis, GPS use, waste management, and more. Team members included Hickman High School and Columbia Area Career Center students Sara Darr (junior), Kelly Wilsdorf (junior), Cooper Martin (2011 graduate, and Thomas Pekkala (2011 graduate). All the students were awarded a $1,000 scholarship. The team is sponsored by teacher Larry Henneke.
11/15/11
Veterans Day essay contest winners

Four Columbia Public School District students are winners of the annual Veterans Day essay contest sponsored by the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. Open to junior and senior high students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each school prior to submission. VA staff members judged and determined the winning essays. Cash prizes from donated funds were awarded to the winners. This year's winners are Shirley Zhang, West Junior High School (first place); Emily Miller, West Junior High School (second place); Graham Ratermann, West Junior High School (third place); and Mariah Miranda, Hickman High School (honorable mention). The essays may be found on Truman VA's Web site.
11/14/11
Growing Hope art show and competition

In celebration of National Adoption Month in November, the 3rd Annual Growing Hope Art Show and competition will be held on Tuesday, November 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The event, which will feature the works of Hickman High School students, will be held at the Catacombs at Artlandish Gallery, 1019 East Walnut.  More information
11/8/11
Hickman Academic Team takes first

The Hickman High School Academic Team competed against 21 teams from 14 other schools to win first place in the Fall Novice Tournament at Rock Bridge High School on Saturday, November 5. Competing schools included Rock Bridge High School, Oakland and West junior high schools, Columbia Independent School, Helias High School, and Raytown High School. The tournament was organized for novice freshmen, sophomore, and juniors with little or no tournament experience. Hickman's Team B took fifth place after losing a tiebreaker against Rock Bridge Team A. Members of Hickman's Team B are Marielle Carlos, Patricia DeCastro, James Dolezal, Ryan Eiffert, Kyle Ooi, and Yvan Quinn. Hickman's Team A was undefeated through eleven matches to surpass all competitors. Members of Hickman's Team A are Ashwath Kumar, Itamar Naveh-Benjamin, Andy Sun, and Bowen Yang. Hickman's Academic Team looks forward to a successful season and plans to host its first academic tournament at Hickman in January. Other Hickman Academic Team members who will join Team A and Team B in future competitions include Sean Brennan, Daniel Hwang, Andrew Kessel, Mingu Kim, Jacob Lee, Carmen Paulus, Daniel Shyu, and Avery Wagner.
11/8/11
Battle High School principal named; new assistant superintendent named

Dr. Kim Presko, currently the principal at Oakland Junior High School, has been selected to serve as the principal at Muriel Williams Battle High School. Dr. Jolene Yoakum has been named as the assistant superintendent for secondary education beginning in July 2012, replacing Dr. Wanda Brown, who will retire at the end of June.  News release
11/7/11
Rock Bridge cross country teams place first, second in state championships

Rock Bridge High School won its first-ever Class 4 boys' cross country state championship this past weekend and the girls' team took second. Both are firsts for the Rock Bridge cross country program. In addition, Caleb Wilfong took first place overall in the Class 4 boys' race. Rock Bridge had three boys place in the top 25 to earn All-State honors: Jordan Cook, Evan Schulte, and Caleb Wilfong. Two of the Bruins girls were also All-State: Kayla Funkenbusch and Sam Garrett. Congratulations to Coaches Blackburn, Miltenberg, and Sasser Missourian article | Tribune article
11/7/11
You're invited to the next CPS World Cafe on eliminating the achievement gap

You're invited to the next World Cafe on eliminating the achievement gap. We hope you can join us to continue the conversation on next steps toward eliminating the achievement gap in our community. Come join us for a report on where we are and participate in determining next steps, including identifying common community goals. The event will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Road. If you would like to participate in the event, please contact the Community Relations department to register, either by e-mail or by calling 214-3960. We hope you will join us to help continue this very important conversation. You can also follow the progress of the work groups and the process on the Columbia Public Schools Web site More information
11/1/11
Hickman presents Irving Berlin's "White Christmas"

Irving Berlin's "White Christmas" will be performed in the auditorium at Hickman High School on November 17, 18, and 19 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door or at Hickman High School in the fine arts office between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  More information
10/31/11
Rock Bridge band performs well in MU competition

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment for placing third in its class in the preliminary competition and seventh in finals at the University of Missouri Champion of Champions on Saturday, October 29. Champion of Champions is one of the state's largest marching competitions, with 26 schools participating and only 12 bands advancing to finals.
10/31/11
Chili Fun Day at Benton

Benton Elementary STEM School will hold its 61st annual Chili Fun Day on Saturday, November 5. The festivities will take place between 4:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and will feature the school's coveted chili recipe, as well as carnival games. The event is open to community members, and children are encouraged to wear Halloween costumes.
10/31/11
CAEOP vendor showcase

The Columbia Association of Educational Office Professionals will host a Fall Vendor Showcase on Saturday, November 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event, which will benefit the CAEOP scholarship fund, will be held at the Hickman High School commons. More information
10/28/11
FIRST Robotics Inaugural Launch

The Boone County K-12 FIRST Inaugural Launch will be held on Thursday, November 10, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The event, featuring NASA astronaut Dr. Sandra Magnus, will be held at Hampton Inn and Suites at the University. Tickets are $30 per person.  More information  | Register online
10/28/11
CPS representatives recognized at Women in Business Awards

Jena Randolph, a learning specialist at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, and Helen Wade, a member of the Columbia Board of Education, were recognized as finalists for the 2011 Women in Business Awards. The program recognizes women who exemplify the highest standards in the Columbia business community, in terms of business success and community contribution. Awards are given in three categories: Business Woman of the Year, Emerging Business Woman of the Year, and the Professional Excellence Award. Jena Randolph is changing the world for children with autism. Even before her current position in District Support in Behavior and Autism for Columbia Public Schools, she created what has become Columbia's predominant elementary curriculum for students on the autism spectrum and those with behavioral needs. Now, she is doing the same for middle and high school students. Helen Wade is a family law attorney and a partner at Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer. She serves as a board member for Voices, serves as secretary for the Boone County Bar Association, and is a member of the Columbia Board of Education.  Photo
10/27/11
FFA teams compete at national convention in Indianapolis

The Columbia FFA Chapter sent four judging teams to the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana. The convention was attended by more than 55,000 students from the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The teams were as follows: Dairy Cattle Judging, 6th place out of 43 teams--team members are Ben Carpenter, J.T. Denbigh, Alan Perry, and Jessica Vaughn--all were Gold level individuals in the contest, with J.T. winning the Holstein division; Natural Resources, 2nd place out of 42 teams--team members are Sarah Darr ($1,000 scholarship) and Cooper Martin ($1,000 scholarship)--both Gold rated individuals; Nursery/Landscape, 10th place out of 42 teams--team members are Brandon Gerardy, Courtney Johnson, John Marshall, and Nick Sublette--all Gold rated individuals; and Agricultural Mechanics, 3rd place out of 46 teams--team members are Lucas Boland, Tory Chasteen (Gold rated), Corey Rueter ($1,000 scholarship, Gold rated), and Drew Wulff (Gold rated).
10/26/11
Rock Bridge girls' tennis state champions

The Rock Bridge High School girls' tennis team went undefeated, completing the team's 27-0 season with a state Class 2 championship win. Rock Bridge secured its seventh state title by beating Lafayette in the semifinals 5-4 and later Parkway Central in the finals 5-1.
10/25/11
Gentry students collect more than 1,000 jars of peanut butter

The Achievers Team at Gentry Middle School collected 1,006 jars of peanut butter for the Buddy Pack program through The Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. The collection drive began in early October and students were challenged to exceed the previous year's collection of 592 jars. Students were dedicated to the cause, and one student even negotiated a lower price at a local grocery store in order to purchase additional jars. The Achievers Team leader is science teacher Dean Klempke.
10/25/11
Rock Bridge band takes third in Lee's Summit

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment took third place in its division at the Lee's Summit North Competition. Flutist Elena Horvit was named outstanding soloist. Additionally, the Rock Bridge Drumline took first in its division for indoor percussion competition and had the highest overall score.
10/24/11
Hickman students elected to DECA state offices

Michael Richardson and Sam Wright have been elected to the DECA state offices of president and secretary, respectively. Mike and Sam ran against a total of 24 other state officer candidates at the Lodge of Four Seasons for the honor of heading up the DECA State Action Team for the 2011-12 school year. The students had to perform at high levels in three areas: Marketing/DECA Examination, Screening and Nomination Committee interviews, and a general election comprised of more than 500 student voting delegates from DECA chapters in Missouri. Mike and Sam are the first two state officers elected from Hickman in more than 10 years. They will be instrumental in the development of the DECA state program for the year. Photo (Sam Wright is on the left, Mike Richardson on the right)
10/21/11
Rock Bridge girls' golf team wins first-ever state championship

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School girls' golf team on its first-ever state championship. The girls, coached by Melissa Melahn, won the championship at Sedalia Country Club on October 18. Rock Bridge took first place over seven competitors to claim the state title trophy with a score of 352.
10/20/11
We Can Fix It! community workshop

We Can Fix It! is a community workshop that will be held on Tuesday, October 25, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stephens College in Lela Raney Wood Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public. The agenda includes a community issues report and group discussions focused on education, income, health, and safety net services in Columbia. More information
10/20/11
"Race to Nowhere" documentary film

What future are we giving our children? What children are we giving to the future? Join Columbia Parents for Public Schools to watch the documentary feature film "Race to Nowhere" and ask hard questions about our educational choices. The screening will be at the Ragtag Cinema on Wednesday, November 2, at 5:30 p.m. A brief panel discussion will follow. Admission is free.  More information
10/19/11
West Junior 50th anniversary Viking tailgate

West Junior High School is celebrating its 50th anniversary on October 20 with its rivalry game against Jefferson Junior High School. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School with a tailgate kickoff at 5:00 p.m. Tailgate tickets are only $5 and can be purchased when you show up. All alumni are invited.  More information
10/19/11
Support your school and the Columbia Public Schools Foundation

Papa John's Pizza will be pitching in to help raise funds for your school and the Columbia Public Schools foundation the week of October 22-31. Order from Papa John's any time during that week, and 20 percent of the order will be donated--10 percent to your school and 10 percent to the foundation. More information
10/17/11
Belcher named MAEOP Administrator of the Year

The Missouri Association of Educational Office Professionals (MAEOP) has named Columbia Public Schools superintendent Chris Belcher as Educational Administrator of the Year. The mission of MAEOP is to help each member become more proficient and effective in his or her position; to promote interest in the profession by encouraging participation in the professional activities of educational office personnel at all levels; and to give greater and more effective service to schools and communities. Belcher was honored for his outstanding support of office professionals.  Photo
10/12/11
21 CPS students named National Merit Commended Scholars

Twenty-one Hickman and Rock Bridge high school students have been named Commended Scholars through the National Merit program. The students are, from Rock Bridge High School, Husam Abdul-Kafi, Iyas Daghlas, Meganne Eaton, Richard Flinn, Jonas Gassmann, Connor Gundy, Jermey Lombardo, Kira Lubahn, Sachin Nair, Isaac Pasley, Jeanne Quinn, Katarina Schultz, Nikhilesh Sharma, Abigail Thompson, Amy Vinyard, and Jamie Wang; and from Hickman High School, Austin Allen, Maya Cutkosky, John Langworthy, Aylecia Lattimer, and Nathan Wikle.
10/10/11
Farm to School Month

October is Farm to School Month. Schools across the nation, including Columbia Public Schools, are participating in a nationwide movement called Farm to School to tackle the obesity problem. More information | Short video
10/5/11
Rock Bridge cheerleaders named state champions

The Rock Bridge High School Varsity Competition Cheerleader Squad took first in state at the Missouri Coaches Association's state competition on Saturday, October 1, at the Mizzou Hearnes Center in the 5A Super Large division. Check out their winning routine here.
10/5/11
Students chosen for All-District Honor Choir

Congratulations to Columbia Public Schools students who were chosen for the All-District Honor Choir. Additionally, Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools have a total of 36 singers in the All-District Honor Choirs this year, more than any other high school in the Northeast Missouri District. The Northeast Missouri All-District Honor Choirs are auditioned annually, and are comprised of high school students from the northeast quadrant of Missouri. The audition process involves key signature identification, sight-singing, and the performance of a vocal solo. Following their selection to either the Freshman/Sophomore or the Junior/Senior Honor Choir, each member receives 5 or 6 pieces of choral music which they must learn on their own time. The choirs then convene at Moberly High School on the first Saturday of November for a full day of rehearsal, followed by an evening concert for family and friends. Juniors and seniors have the opportunity to advance to the All-State choir following another round of auditions this day, the selected members of which are announced at the end of the concert that evening. Junior/Senior Honor Choir: Lee Acton, Sam Babel, Christina Bailey, Andy Belzer, Rebecca Burke-Aguero, Dakota Cooper, Carter Datz, Charlie Davis, Grant Flakne, Andy Flanagin, Elizabeth Flanagin, Jonathan Gill, Katie Hobbs, Jordan Hoffman, Joe Holloway, Olivia Jones, Peter Kouba, Joy Martin, Abby Meeds, Ian Meyer, Aaron Meyers, Logan Moore, Andrew O'Haro, Annie Phillips, Lauren Puckett, Aniqa Rahman, Laura Rowe, Mackenzie Ruebling, Adam Schoelz, Mason Scott, Carsen Sikyta, J.T. Smith, Kelsey Spencer, Allison Sword, Emily Thomas, David Wang, Maggie Washer, Theresa Whang, and Morgan Widhalm.  Freshman/Sophomore Honor Choir: Mikayla Bessey, Rachel Brenner, Morgan Buckler, Jon Crader, Colleen Cutts, Laura Cutts, Trinity Dixson, Will Fandek, Alex Fratila, Kelsey Harper, Nora Hennessy, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, Robert Kaas, Alisa Langdon, Megan Kelly, Karina Kitchen, Connor Lake, Kerri Mathews, Madi Mertz, Matt Neff, Maddie Phillips, Lydie Rautman, Lauren Richardson, Mikayla Roach, Berkley Roloff,  Sam Ryan, Kati Shi, Zach Stone, Matthew Straw, Megan Sweeney, Evan Twitchell, Becca Wagner, and Ben Zars.
9/30/11
MAC Scholars parent organization meeting

The Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Parent Organization will meet on Tuesday, October 25, at 6:00 p.m., at the Columbia Public Schools District Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street, in the Board of Education meeting room. Learn more about the MAC Scholars program and how your child can become a member.  More information
9/30/11
Mobile planetarium comes to Benton

Benton Elementary School S.T.E.M. is hosting The Dome Theater mobile planetarium on Friday, October 7. The planetarium will be open and free to the public from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  More information
9/30/11
CPS students receive writing honor

Columbia Public Schools has three of the eight Missouri recipients of the National Council of Teachers of English Achievement Award in Writing: Hickman students Carter Datz and Avery Wagner and Rock Bridge High School student Belquis Elhadi have been recognized as excellent writers by judges through the awards program. The Achievement Awards in Writing is a school-based writing program established in 1957 to encourage high school students in their writing and to recognize publicly some of the best student writers in the nation.
9/29/11
Two Mile Prairie Fall Festival

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School's Fall Festival will be held at the school on Saturday, October 8, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The purpose of this event is for Two Mile Prairie parents and students to get to know each other and have fun!  Admission is free. More information
9/29/11
Rock Bridge band takes third

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment finished third overall at the Lafayette High School Contest of Champions on September 24.
9/28/11
Seventeen CPS students named National Merit Semifinalists

Seventeen students from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools have been named National Merit Semifinalists. To qualify for a National Merit scholarship, students must take the preliminary SAT, the first screening for entrants to the program. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. About 16,000 finalists will advance to the finalist stage, and 8,200 scholarships totaling about $36 million will be awarded in the spring. Rock Bridge Semifinalists are Christian Ackmann, David Berry, Riaz Helfer, Katherine Hobbs, Elena Horvit, Avantika Khatri, Amy Scott, Nicholas Sun, Methma Udawatta, Christina Wang, Walter Wang, and Angela Zhang. Hickman Semifinalists are Carter Datz, Jeanna Hoffman, Daniel Hwang, Annemarie Van Doren, and Avery Wagner.
9/28/11
Highlights from the MSAN conference

Click here for a video of highlights from the September 21-24 Minority Student Achievement Network conference.  This year's theme was "Defy the Stats by Defining Yourself: Desafia las estadisticas. Definiendote a ti mismo."
9/27/11
District launches new online meal payment system

We are pleased to offer an exciting new option to help make paying for meals easier. MySchoolBucks.com is a secure online system that will allow you to make deposits and/or monitor your student's school meal accounts. More information
9/26/11
Rock Bridge band places in top five

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment performed well at the St. Charles West competition. Preliminary competition results for Rock Bridge: 1st place (large band class); Best Visual Performance (large band class); Best Percussion (large band class).  Finals competition results for Rock Bridge: 5th place in Finals; Best Percussion in Finals.
9/23/11
Hickman grad named MacArthur Fellow

Hickman High School graduate Peter Hessler has been named one of 22 MacArthur Fellows for 2011. The MacArthur Fellowship is a five-year grant to individuals who exhibit exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future. The fellowship is designed to provide recipients with the flexibility to pursue their creative activities in the absence of specific obligations or reporting requirements. There are no limits on age or area of activity. Individuals cannot apply for this award; they must be nominated. The recipients will each receive $500,000 in no-strings-attached support over the next five years. MacArthur Fellowships come without stipulations or reporting requirements and offer Fellows unprecedented freedom and opportunity to reflect, create, and explore.  More information
9/22/11
CPS hosts national Minority Student Achievement Network conference

Columbia Public Schools is honored to be hosting the 12th Annual Minority Student Achievement Network National Conference September 21-24. The theme this year is "Defy the Stats by Defining Yourself: Desafia las estadisticas. Definiendote a ti mismo." The conference will feature an array of activities, speakers, and events that will empower students to think about and defy the unfortunate statistics as they relate to the achievement of African-American and Latino students in this country. The conference, being planned in part by the district's MAC Scholars program, will include 300 of the best and brightest minority students from across the country.
9/21/11
CPS earns Distinction in Performance award for 8th time

For the eighth year in a row, Columbia Public Schools has earned the state's prestigious Distinction in Performance award for academic achievement and progress during the last school year (2010-11).  News release
9/21/11
Model Teachers Fashion Show to support scholarships for CPS seniors

The Model Teachers Fashion Show will be held on Wednesday, September 28, at the Hickman High School commons.  There will be vendors and concessions beginning at 5:30 p.m., and the fashion show starts at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for students. A table of 8 can be reserved for $60. More information
9/21/11
Business Services earns prestigious financial reporting award

Columbia Public Schools' Business Services department has received the Certificate of Excellence for Financial Reporting from the Association of School Business Officials. The school district was recognized for its high-quality Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the year ending in 2010.
9/16/11
District reaches deal to purchase elementary school property

Columbia Public Schools has negotiated the purchase of a 32-acre site north of Battle High School to build its next elementary school.  News release and site map
9/16/11
Midway Heights Fall Festival

The Midway Heights Elementary School Fall Festival will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 8. There will be chili, hot dogs, a country store, a silent auction, games, and lots of fun!
9/16/11
Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

Test your "smarts" at Blue Ridge Elementary School's 2nd Annual Trivia Night, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (trivia begins at 7:00 p.m.) on Friday, October 21, at the Tiger Shrine Club, 1300 Blue Ridge Road. The cost is $10 per person or $80 per table--reserve an entire table, or just reserve a spot or two. All reservation fees are due at the time of registration, and the event is for adults only. Register early--there are only 18 tables! For more information, contact Mary Flatt at (573) 808-2186 or via e-mail. Registration form and more information
9/14/11
Rock Bridge Elementary Chicken BBQ

The Rock Bridge Elementary School 54th Annual Chicken BBQ is Saturday, October 8, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
9/14/11
Abuse prevention materials preview for parents

The Columbia elementary school counselors will host a special meeting for all parents to preview the abuse prevention materials which will be shown to children during the 2011-12 school year. Parents will have two opportunities to view the films. The first viewing will be held at Rock Bridge Elementary School, 5151 S. Highway 163, Columbia, MO, 65203, on Tuesday, September 27. The second viewing will be at Parkade Elementary School, 111 Parkade Blvd., Columbia, MO, 65202, on Thursday, September 29. The viewings are for parents only. The viewing at 6:30 p.m. is for parents of students in grades K-2; the 7:15 p.m. viewing is for parents of students in grades 3-5. All Columbia Public Schools elementary parents are encouraged to attend.
9/12/11
CPS grad competes at WorldSkills in London

2010 Columbia Public Schools graduate Rachel Koppelman will compete on the WorldSkills team in London on October 5. Rachel is currently a sophomore at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY; however, she is listed as representing the Columbia Area Career Center. Rachel is one of the team members featured in a national article in Parade magazine (the 4th one on the left) about skilled labor. Rachel place first at the SkillsUSA national competition in 2010, where she earned a full scholarship to the Culinary Institute of America.
9/12/11
Hickman hog roast

The 9th annual Hickman High School Hog Roast will be held on Friday, October 14, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Hickman commons. A ribbon cutting to celebrate the event will take place at 5:00 p.m. in the high school's auditorium. There will be entertainment, raffle baskets, and a buffet dinner which will include BBQ pork and chicken, baked beans, cole slaw, green beans, assorted cookies, lemonade, tea, and water. Advance ticket prices are $12 for adults (18 or over), $10 for students (age 13 to 18), $6 for children (ages 5 to 12), and free for children under 4. Order form and more details
9/12/11
Hickman alums score top honors in business and marketing

Two recent Hickman High School graduates, Adam Kidwell and Sara Sabulsky, earned Top 10 honors in the financial team analysis category at DECA's International Career Development Conference in Orlando, FL, in May. More than 15,000 college and high school students competed at the conference. DECA teacher sponsor is Scott Fuenfhausen.
8/26/11
Hickman Cresset earns gold

The Cresset, Hickman High School's yearbook, has been honored as a gold medalist in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association National Critique. This is the highest rating any yearbook can receive from the association's critique.
8/26/11
Parents As Teachers latest news

For the latest news from Parents As Teachers, see the fall newsletter.
8/26/11
CPS adjusts levy tax rate

On August 25, the Columbia Board of Education approved an adjustment to the operating levy of 3.2 cents. This adjustment increased the total levy tax rate to $4.8812 from $4.8492 set in 2010. The board held a public hearing on the levy prior to voting.  News release
8/25/11
First day of school enrollment

The Columbia School District experienced an excellent opening day on August 18. Teachers and students were well prepared for the first day of classes. Total enrollment for the school district is 18,070, an increase of 512 students compared to the first day of the 2010-11 school term. News release
8/18/11
Rock Bridge Flashback wins gold

Flashback, the Rock Bridge High School yearbook, was a gold medalist in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual review and received the highest "All-American" rating from the National Scholastic Press Association.
8/18/11
CPS students outscore peers on AP and ACT exams

Columbia Public Schools' students fared well on Advanced Placement (AP) and ACT exams administered in 2011, outscoring their state, national, and global peers. News release
8/17/11
CPS receives achievement data

Columbia Public Schools' 2011 MAP results overall are at an all-time high in mathematics, and communication arts scores remained consistent with the same high scores as last year. Results have also increased in every grade in science from 2010. Additionally, CPS students exceeded state results in grades 5 and 7 in communication arts, and in grades 5 and 8 in mathematics. Students in grades 5 and 8 also exceeded state results in science.  News release
8/4/11
Douglass High School open house

The community is invited to "Education for All," Douglass High School's open house, on August 16 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Students will be able to pick up their schedules and gifts, as well as fill out any paperwork needed, while enjoying snacks. Please bring your family and friends to join us in getting to know our new director, Dr. Eryca Neville, and your local school.
7/26/11
Back-to-school health fair

Come to the Boone County back-to-school health fair on Saturday, August 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church, 606 Ridgeway Avenue. Dental, hearing, and vision screenings for kids will be available at no cost, as will haircuts for kids, refreshments, games, entertainment, and more. Free backpacks and school supplies while supplies last!  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to receive services. More information
7/25/11
Cheer squads rock regionals

The Oakland Junior, Hickman, and Rock Bridge high school cheerleaders competed in the Missouri Cheer Coaches Association Northeast Regional Competition on July 20. Oakland took second place in the Junior High Division. The squad is coached by Lindsy Argus, Jen Campbell, and Melissa Fike, and assisted by Sara Sabulsky. Hickman High School took second place in the 5A Small Division. The squad is coached by Molly Lyman, Justin Short, and Spirit Squad coordinator Pam Nunnelly. Rock Bridge had two squads competing. The squad took first place in both the Large Junior Varsity Division and the 5A Super Large Division. The squad is coached by Lauran Burgin, Seth Colliver, and Jessica Kendrick.
7/25/11
Help Joplin public schools

The Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund will be used to remove the obstacles that stand in the way of teachers being able to teach and children being able to learn by providing them the basic educational materials and support they need. This could include, but not be limited to, things such as food, clothing, shelter, after-school care, school supplies, classroom materials, and student transportation to and from school-related events. Joplin Schools has several programs that community members can participate in. The Adopt-an-Eagle program allows for community members to support a student with the specific supplies and backpack he or she needs to start school. Specific information and supply lists are available here. The Adopt-a-Classroom program allows community members to support a specific classroom. Teachers must restock their classrooms with supplies and materials not covered under insurance. These items include classroom supplies, decorations, libraries, and fun activities for students. Members can work with a specific teacher to find out what is needed to make his or her classroom ready for the start of school in August. Information and classroom request forms are available here. Additionally, financial donations are still needed by Joplin Schools. Checks can be made out to Joplin Schools Tornado Relief Fund and sent to: Joplin Schools, Attn: Kim Vann, 102 N. Gray Ave., Joplin, MO, 64801.
7/13/11
Deputy superintendent recognized for distinguished service

Columbia Public Schools' deputy superintendent, Dr. Nick Boren, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Missouri Association for Pupil Transportation at its annual meeting earlier this month. Boren received the recognition for his many years of outstanding leadership and service to the association.
7/12/11
District receives Anderson Family Charitable Foundation funds

Columbia Public Schools received a generous gift of $20,000 from the Anderson Family Charitable Foundation during the annual golf tournament on July 11. Funds will be used to support science and technology at Benton Elementary School, including the purchase of mobile computer labs and multimedia equipment to allow students to create book-report podcasts. Additionally, $5,000 will be used to help create running clubs at two elementary schools.
7/12/11
Fairview teacher named science teacher of the year

Ragan Webb, a Fairview Elementary School fourth grade teacher, has just been selected as the 2011 Elementary Outstanding Science Teacher of Missouri. She will be presented her award at the state science teachers conference in October.
7/1/11
CPS employee named Rotarian of the year

Michelle Baumstark, community relations coordinator for Columbia Public Schools, has been named the 2010-11 Rotarian of the Year by the Columbia South Rotary Club. She received her award for upholding and furthering the principles of Rotary--service above self.
7/1/11
CMNEA trivia night

CMNEA will host a trivia night on Tuesday, July 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Tiger Hotel Grand Ballroom. This event will benefit scholarships for Columbia Public Schools' graduating seniors. The cost is $20 per person, or $150 per table (limited to teams of 8). To register, contact Laurie Spate-Smith at 443-2335 or via e-mailMore information
6/30/11
CPS students win KMOS writing awards

Congratulations to second graders Gianna Durante, Mill Creek Elementary School, and Sarah Ding, Paxton Keeley Elementary School, who placed first and third respectively in the KMOS Kids Young Writers Contest. Gianna's writing was titled "Harry the Squirrel" and Sarah's was titled "The Mystery of the Smelly Red Socks."
6/30/11
Hickman alumni choir at Fire in the Sky

The Hickman High School choir program will again be featured at this year's Columbia Parks and Recreation "Fire in the Sky" celebration in Memorial Stadium on July 4. This year's choir will be comprised of alumni only, due to this year's MSHSAA participatory blackout period. The choir will perform My Country 'Tis of Thee, America the Beautiful, and God Bless America, and are honored to also perform The Star-Spangled Banner, just before the start of the fireworks display.
6/29/11
Battle of the Bands to benefit Joplin

Columbia Public Schools' Battle of the Bands Winners Benefit Concert for Joplin, Missouri, will be held Wednesday, July 20, at 7:00 p.m. at The Blue Note. The concert will feature the RPs, this year's winners, as well as Table for Five and Battlement. Admission is $5.00 and proceeds go toward the Joplin High School rebuilding efforts.
6/27/11
Support Freshman Academy on June 29 at Shakespeare's

This summer, students enrolled in the Junior Achievement Freshman Academy have been studying entrepreneurship. As part of the academy's activities, students from West, Jefferson, and Oakland junior high schools have designed their own style of pizzas. Students will be making and selling their pizzas at Shakespeare's on Wednesday, June 29. A percentage of the sales will go to support the academy, and the winning school's pizza will earn a plaque from Shakespeare's Pizza.  More information
6/27/11
School board member appointed to MSBA board

Columbia Board of Education member Jan Mees has been appointed to the board of directors for the Missouri School Boards Association. Mees has served on the Columbia school board since 2007 and served two years as president until this year, when board member Tom Rose was elected president. Before serving on the school board, Mees worked in the district for 22 years, from 1984 to 2006. Mees worked as a media specialist at Hickman High School, Lange Middle School, and Russell Boulevard, Cedar Ridge, and Grant elementary schools, and served as a library clerk at Fairview Elementary School. Mees will serve as the Region 6 leadership development chair for the MSBA board of directors. Both Mees and Rose recently achieved master certification from MSBA, the higher of two levels of certification available beyond state-required training. Master certification requires board members to complete 40 hours of certified board member credit, read four books related to school board service, attend at least two MSBA meetings within the year, and write an essay that connects the subjects they have studied with the district they serve.
6/22/11
Hickman educator selected to study in Australia

In June, Hickman High School educator Misty Brawner will be studying in Australia with a group of 20 U.S. and international educators, where they will work with scientists and researchers at Reef HQ to explore the Great Barrier Reef. This complex reef system is not only the greatest expanse of coral in the world, it is the Earth's largest living structure, a massive, beautiful, and ancient biological phenomenon whose habitats include the coral reefs themselves, sponge gardens, sea grasses, mangroves, continental islands, and coral cays, which together help support a rich assemblage of marine and terrestrial life. This year Brawner is one of more than 350 U.S. and international educators and graduate students selected to travel with the program from Miami University's Project Dragonfly. At sites in 12 countries in Africa, Australia, Asia, and the Americas, these educators will engage with international colleagues and scientists to work together to bring about local and global change. The program is based on Earth Expeditions from Dragonfly and the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden. Since 2004, Earth Expeditions has been engaging educators in firsthand educational and scientific research at key conservation sites around the world. Since then, more than 1,100 educators and other professionals have been selected from 48 states and several international countries.  More information
6/8/11
Rock Bridge High School ranked by Newsweek

For the third year in a row, Rock Bridge High school has been included on Newsweek magazine's list of America's top high schools. Each year, Newsweek picks the best high schools in the country based on how hard school staff work to challenge students with advanced-placement college-level courses and tests. Just over 1,600 schools--only 6 percent of all the public schools in the U.S.--made the list. 
6/8/11
GED graduation ceremony

On Saturday, June 4, at 1:30 p.m. at Jesse Hall Auditorium, 48 students will receive their GED certificates in a special graduation ceremony. Additionally, 10 students will be inducted into the Adult National Honor Society. This is the fifth graduation ceremony that has been held in Columbia for GED recipients and is the program's biggest yet in terms of participants. Dr. Chris Belcher will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. For more information, contact John McClure at the Adult Education office via e-mail or by calling 214-3690.
6/3/11
Benton receives funds for library books

Benton Elementary School has been awarded a $5,000 grant by the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries. In total, 241 school libraries across the country are being awarded $1,086,926 in grants for 2011. The schools are receiving grants of up to $5,000 to expand, update, and diversify their library book collections. The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries was founded in 2002 as a fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. Since its inception, more than $8.4 million in funds has been awarded to 1,624 schools nationwide. News release
6/3/11
CPS Foundation awards reception

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) will host a reception and ribbon cutting on Monday, June 6, at 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Public Schools Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street, in honor of the 2011 CPSF grant award recipients. This year's grant total of $62,926 is the highest grant total yet in the foundation's history. News release
6/2/11
Parents As Teachers summer newsletter

Read the latest Parents As Teachers newsletter, or visit the PAT Web page and select Newsletters to view the most recent and archive versions.
6/1/11
Missouri students encouraged to help Joplin kids

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is inviting school personnel and students to quickly raise funds to aid thousands of students in Joplin Public Schools who are severely affected by the tornado disaster. Columbia Public Schools is participating in the Kids 4 Kids program, and several schools have already donated funds to support the effort. News release | More information | State of Missouri Joplin tornado Web site
5/31/11
Rock Bridge Elementary staff walk for health

Staff at Rock Bridge Elementary School have been walking for health, and based on the mileage staff logged on their pedometers, have made it across the entire United States from the east coast to the west coast and back. RBE Staff's Walk Across America for Health was organized by school nurse Jan Verslues in an effort to promote healthy living among staff members. Since January, Verslues has been tracking the mileage staff walked each week and plotting their course along a map of the United States. The daily goal for staff members was 10,000 steps (or 5 miles) to make it across America and back before the end of the school year. Staff made their goal with a week to spare!
5/25/11
Relief drive for Joplin

Columbia Public Schools has partnered with the Central Missouri Food Bank and Jefferson City Public Schools to gather supplies for relief and search and rescue workers in Joplin. In order to reach the workers within the week, there is a very quick turnaround for the drive. Donations can be brought in to your school building or directly to the district's administration building, 1818 West Worley Street, on Wednesday, May 25 (all day) and Thursday, May 26 (morning only). Items collected will be picked up by the Food Bank on Thursday afternoon for delivery to Joplin by the Food Bank on Friday. Phase 1 of any disaster is focused on feeding first responders, medical personnel, and volunteers. Since Joplin has no electricity, the types of foods needed should be shelf-stable, needing no refrigeration and no electricity. Types of foods needed are beverages such as water, fruit juice, Gatorade, or power drinks; high-protein items such as individual bags of peanuts or sunflower seeds, peanut butter crackers, beef jerky, cheese crackers, Granola bars, power bars, or trail mix; personal hygiene products such as hand sanitizer; and paper products such as Kleenex, plates, napkins, cups, and toilet paper. The most important thing is that the items donated need to be shelf-stable and preferably not glass. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Community Relations at 214-3960 or e-mail Michelle Baumstark.
5/24/11
Mill Creek students raise more than $6,000 for charities

Over the course of the 2010-11 school year, the Mill Creek Elementary School student council has managed to raise $6,082 to support local and national charities, including $3,000 for the Salvation Army; $200 for Huebner House in Haiti; $200 for the American Heart Association; $900 for Stepping Up for Change (Japan); $200 for Rainbow House; $350 for the Hat, Mittens, and Glove Drive; and $1,232 for United Way for Joplin. The school's student council is sponsored by teachers Kim Harl, Janette Henry, and Heather Lewis.
5/24/11
Community invited to participate in World Cafe

Members of the community are invited to attend a public forum--called World Cafe: A Conversation About the Achievement Gap--on Thursday, May 26, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn, 2601 S. Providence Road.  News release
5/23/11
Nine schools recognized for PBIS implementation

Nine schools have been recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their successful schoolwide implementation of the three-tier model school improvement process Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS). Schools will be recognized for their accomplishment at the PBIS Summer Institute in Columbia. Positive Behavior Support is a curriculum model that focuses on schoolwide discipline emphasizing schoolwide systems of support that include proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create positive school environments. Receiving state recognition were Benton, Cedar Ridge, Derby Ridge, Mill Creek, New Haven, Parkade, Paxton Keeley, Rock Bridge, and Russell Boulevard elementary schools.
5/20/11
Students perform well in math competition

Columbia elementary and middle school students shone in the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics statewide contest. Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 were given two tests, Mathematical Concepts and Mathematical Problem Solving. Seventh-grade students were competing in the Algebra contest and TEAM rounds were competing against other seventh- and eighth-grade students on the same tests. Each student earned his or her participation in the statewide contest by placing in the top three in the regional contest.  Results
5/20/11
Jefferson Junior students earn writing honors

Congratulations to Jefferson Junior High School eighth graders Sean Doherty and Jessica Porter for their first and second place awards in the Missouri Peace Officers Association (MPOA) statewide essay writing contest. The students received recognition for the east side of the state and will be noted for their accomplishment in the MPOA's official publication. The writing prompt was, "Why I will say NO to drugs, alcohol, and tobacco."
5/20/11
State Music Solo and Ensemble results

The State Music Solo and Ensemble Festival competition was held at the University of Missouri-Columbia on April 28-29. Results
5/20/11
Fifth grade honors choir wins first in festival

The Columbia Public Schools Fifth Grade Honors Choir, under the direction of Susan Altomari and Melissa Straw, won first place in the Elementary Choral Division at the 2011 Music Showcase Festival International's Festival of Music. The 60-member chorus won the first place trophy for elementary chorus, as well as the overall elementary choral division. They have qualified to compete for the grand sweepstakes award, which will be presented to the highest-scoring elementary chorus in the nation. That determination will be made in June.
5/20/11
Hickman students perform well at national DECA competition

The Hickman High School DECA team traveled to Orlando, Florida, recently to compete at the DECA national competition. Of the 15,000 students from the United States and Canada who competed, Hickman's students performed exceptionally well. The following students made it to the finals: Adam Kidwell and Sara Sabulsky, Top 10 finish in Financial Analysis Team Decision Making Event; and Spencer Claiborne, Top 20 finish in Quick Serve Restaurant Individual Event. Photos: 1 | 2
5/20/11
Gentry raises funds for earthquake, tornado victims

Students on the Excel Team at Gentry Middle School have been raising funds for the past several weeks for the American Red Cross Japan Earthquake Relief Fund. Students set a goal of collecting $500, but halfway through the collection time Alabama was hit by devastating tornadoes, causing tremendous damage and loss of life. The students voted to earmark half of the funds collected for the American Red Cross Alabama Tornado Relief Fund. Students far surpassed their goal of $500 with a total collection of $882.
5/20/11
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team earns second in state

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl team earned second place at state competition. The team won its three prelim games and its semifinal matchup by an average of 325 points before losing a tight final round match. Rock Bridge tied the state record for total points in a game at 600, and came close to the state record for total points in the tournament. Craig Chval earned first-team All-State Honors for Class 4. Iyas Daghlas, Riaz Helfer, and Marc Micatka were the other starters for Rock Bridge who had solid performances and often outscored other All-State players when playing head-to-head. Husam Abdul-Kafi, Bess Goodfellow, Nikhilesh Sharma, and Walter Wang also contributed to Rock Bridge's impressive victories against the other top teams in the state. Because of their performances against the top teams in recent tournaments, Craig Chval and Iyas Daghlas were selected as members of the Missouri All-Star Team to play in the National All-Star Academic Tournament at the University of Maryland against the top players from other states.  Photo
5/20/11
West Junior teacher to participate in Supreme Court Institute

Chris Fischer, a teacher at West Junior High School, will travel to Washington, DC, this summer to attend the Supreme Court Summer Institute. After a highly competitive application process, 60 teachers were selected to participate this year. The Institute, open to teachers in the field of law-related and civic education, is cosponsored by the non-profit organization Street Law, Inc., and the Supreme Court Historical Society. The Institute offers teachers the opportunity to study recent Supreme Court cases in detail and learn innovative teaching methodology for conveying this information to students. Well-known Supreme Court lawyers, reporters, scholars, and educators will be among the speakers and instructors for the Institute. Teachers will visit the Court and attend a reception there. Upon returning home, teachers will be available to present workshops on the U.S. Supreme Court and to discuss how the new skills and information will apply in their classrooms.
5/20/11
Battle of the Bands winners

The Seventh Annual Columbia Public Schools Battle of the Bands was held at The Blue Note on Thursday, May 19. Seven excellent high school bands performed at the event. The winners were Class of 2011 reps The RPs; second place, Table for Five; and third place (tie), Lot 56 and Guilty Party, the latter being the first all-junior-high band ever to compete. As winners of the battle, The RPs will receive studio time with producer Pete Szkola this summer. The winning bands also play a benefit concert for the charity of The RPs' choice later this summer. The event is sponsored by Hickman High School's Academy of Rock, Stuart Insurance, and The Blue Note.
5/20/11
Project Citizen team earns best project in Missouri

Congratulations to Nick Kremer's and Michael Fernandez's ninth-grade Link classes at Oakland Junior High School who participated in the Project Citizen State Showcase in Jefferson City. The Speak for the Animals Campaign, the Stop Sexting and Cyberbullying Policy, and the Purple Ribbon Awareness Program all earned exemplary marks, but the Growing Green Movement earned a Superior rating and won Best Project in the state. Team members included Blake Bennington, Olivia Burks, Josh Cook, Nicole Dorman, Amanda Holmes, Kyle Huebotter, Kassidy Jacobson, Zach Lolley, Kendra Nobles, Angelica Robledo, Nohemi Trujillo, and Emily Winniger.
5/20/11
Shelter Insurance honors West Junior teacher

As part of the annual Partners In Education Week celebration earlier this month, Shelter Insurance Company, a partner with West Junior High School, recognized West Junior teacher Warren Johnson as the 2011 Outstanding Contributor. The Shelter/West Partners In Education Committee joined Shelter's Mary Lou Mills in presenting Johnson with the Outstanding Contributor Award. Johnson received a $2,000 honorarium as part of the recognition. Each year the committee selects a West Junior teacher from a group of nominees to honor as that year's outstanding contributor. The 2011 West Junior High School Outstanding Contributor nominees included Missy Barnes, Heidi Barnhouse, Sarah Gerling, Warren Johnson, and James Melton. Photos: 1 | 2
5/20/11
Lady Bruins basketball garage sale

Rock Bridge High School's Lady Bruins will hold a basketball garage sale on Saturday, May 28, beginning at 7:00 a.m. at the Rock Bridge High School Pavilion (at the football field entrance). Donated items can be dropped off after 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 27, or they can be picked up. For more information, call Ed Skrabal at 999-6880, Carmel Skrabal at 999-2971, or coach Jill Nagel at 356-7921.
5/20/11
Writing Your World summer camp

All students entering grades 2-12 are invited to attend the Writing Your World summer camp for games, music, arts, snacks, and writing! This year's theme will allow participants to explore how writing shapes our world and is shaped by our world. Students will be given the chance to explore the MU campus as they draft pieces. The camp will be held July 25-29, and the cost is $150 per participant; each additional child from the same household may attend for $100. The enrollment deadline is June 10. Contact Danielle Johnson at (573) 303-2160 or via e-mail for more information.  Enrollment form
5/19/11
Senior all-night party

Don't miss the best graduation party in town!  "The Senior Network," this year's senior all-night party, starts at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, May 21, and ends at 5:00 a.m. Sunday, May 22. Prizes, games, food, friends! Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Call 443-0764 for more information.
5/16/11
United Way Lunch for Learning program

The Heart of Missouri United Way and Columbia Public Schools are pleased to announce the launch of the United Way Lunch for Learning program. The program is designed to raise funds to cover costs for students who may need extra assistance in paying for lunch at school, but do not qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. United Way supporters may donate to the United Way Lunch for Learning program by visiting www.uwheartmo.org; by texting "MOIMPACT" to 864833 by cell phone (a $5.00 donation will be added to your wireless service bill); by visiting the Nutrition Services Web page and making a secure online donation (available beginning Monday, May 16); or by visiting the Nutrition Services office at 1818 West Worley Street.  News release
5/12/11
Culinary arts omelets for sale

On Saturday, May 14, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, the culinary arts department will be cooking omelets at the Columbia Farmers Market (between the ARC and West Junior High School). The omelets, which will be cooked to order with a variety of local ingredients, are being sold to raise money to help send culinary arts student Jules Crespy to the Skills USA national contest.
5/6/11
Hickman student named Columbia's 19th Presidential Scholar

Eric Young, a Hickman High School senior, has been named a Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Eric is the 18th Presidential Scholar from Hickman High School. Each year, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, the nation's highest honor for a high school student. The program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Eric will travel to Washington, DC, in June to meet President Barack Obama. Each Presidential Scholar invites his or her most inspiring and challenging teacher to travel to Washington, DC, to receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education and to participate in the recognition events. Eric has chosen Deanna Wasman to accompany him as his most inspiring teacher.
5/4/11
Rock Bridge personal finance team takes first at state

Out of more than 400 teams, the Personal Finance team from Rock Bridge High School won the state competition and has earned the honor of advancing to the National Personal Finance Challenge Competition. The winning team, named "Tina and the Liabilities," won the state competition, which took place in Jefferson City on April 29. The Rock Bridge team will now represent Missouri at the national competition on May 16. This is the fifth year of the competition, and a Personal Finance team from Rock Bridge High School has placed first in the state competition for the last two years. Members of the 2011 Rock Bridge winning team are Christian Ackmann, Amy Scott, Nick Sun, and Tina Wang. The team's faculty sponsor is Susan Lidholm. Team members each won $500 for their first-place finish at the competition. The team from Hickman High School also performed well at the state competition. The team, "Young Money," tied for third in the state. Team members included Andy Atkins, Adam Brenner, Tommy Majerus, and Eric Young.
5/4/11
Lange student wins original music competition

Lange Middle School student Savannah Kitchen won first place in the 2011 Creating Original Music Project at the University of Missouri. To promote the composition of original music by young people, the Creating Original Music Project rewards both winning young composers and the school that supports their creative endeavors. Lange Middle School is proud to receive a special award to enhance the music education program as a result of Savannah's accomplishment.
5/4/11
Rock Bridge counselor named counselor of the year

Melissa Melahn, a guidance counselor at Rock Bridge High School, has been named the Mid-Missouri Secondary Counselor of the Year by the Mid-Missouri School Counselors Association.
5/4/11
Partners In Education Week

Columbia Public Schools and businesses and community representatives throughout Columbia will celebrate the 27th year of Partners In Education May 5-12, 2011.  News release
5/4/11
Jeff Junior golf scramble

The 8th annual JJHS Cyclone Golf Scramble will be held on May 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the A.L. Gustin Golf Course in Columbia. The cost is $65 per player, or $260 per foursome (includes greens fees and cart, complimentary lunch, and prizes). Interested parties should fill out the form and return it by May 11 with payment. Form and more information
4/26/11
Teen Fest

You are invited to Teen Fest, which will be held in Flat Branch Park (at 4th and Cherry streets) on Wednesday, April 20, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event--sponsored by Columbia Parks and Recreation, Rainbow House, and YC2--will feature a talent contest, as well as games, prizes, snacks, face painting, musical acts, and more family fun. To sign up call Erin at 874-6341 or send an e-mailMore information
4/22/11
CPS Jazz Night

CPS Jazz Night will be presented at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 27, in the Hickman High School auditorium. The event will feature performances by jazz bands and ensembles from Jefferson, Oakland, and West junior high schools as well as Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools, plus featured guest artist Roger Ingram. Admission at the door for adults and students is $3.00. More information
4/22/11
FBLA state competition results

Ten Hickman High School students competed in state competition at the FBLA State Leadership Conference in Columbia. All ten members and advisers Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss attended the conference. Seven of the ten members placed in the top 5 in their respective events. Hickman had the following winners: Landon Isabell, Mike Richardson, and Audra Woodard (Business Ethics [team performance event], 3rd); Ashlie Anderson-Rice, Adam Kidwell, and Sara Sabulsky (Banking and Financial Systems [team performance event], 3rd); David Leon (Personal Finance, 5th); and Adam Kidwell (Sports Management, 4th).
4/19/11
Prescription drug take-back days

Help protect your family, your community, and the environment by properly disposing of unwanted medications. The Boone County Prescription Drug Take Back will be on April 29 and 30 at various locations in and near Columbia. On April 29, dropoff locations will be the VA Hospital (8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.) and the MU Student Center (9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.); on April 30 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., dropoff locations will be all of the following: Rock Bridge High School, Hickman High School, Southern Boone County High School, Centralia Community Room, Hallsville Intermediate School, and Sturgeon High School.  Visit www.yc2.org for more information and a complete listing of times and locations. More information
4/19/11
Schools welcome new leadership in 2011-12

As the end of the 2010-11 school year nears, new school building leadership for the 2011-12 school year is being announced. Some administrators are retiring and others are returning to the classroom to teach. Please welcome the following new administrators to their 2011-12 roles: Dr. Dana Clippard, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources; Jeri Petre, interim principal, Derby Ridge Elementary School; Adrienne Patton, assistant principal, Derby Ridge Elementary School; Dr. Jeff Beiswinger, principal, Gentry Middle School; Dr. Kris Mathews, principal, Grant Elementary School; and Kelsey Morris, assistant principal, Fairview Elementary School.
4/18/11
Special performance by Oakland band for 40th anniversary

Matt Schoendorff composed a new piece of band music to be premiered at Oakland Junior High School's spring concert. The piece, "Fugue State," was written specifically for Oakland's bands to perform and will feature 8th and 9th graders. The piece was funded through a grant by the Oakland Family Association in commemoration of Oakland Junior High School's 40th anniversary. Oakland's spring concert is scheduled for Tuesday, May 24, at 7:00 p.m. in the school's gym.
4/18/11
Scholar Bowl team advances in state competition

Rock Bridge High School's varsity Scholar Bowl team of Craig Chval, Marc Micatka, Iyas Daghlas, and Riaz Helfer dominated the sectional match-up over Francis Howell on April 14, 540-210 and 590-170. Rock Bridge has made the Elite Eight in the state competition and has an excellent chance to reach the Final Four on May 7 at the University of Missouri.
4/15/11
Benton K-Kids named volunteer of the year

Benton Elementary School's K-Kids Club won the Youth Volunteer of the Year award at the 10th Annual Hero Awards Celebration sponsored by the Voluntary Action Center and the Columbia Daily Tribune. The K-Kids Club is sponsored by Kathleen Casper, a third-grade teacher at Benton. K-Kids Club is a student-led community-service organization sponsored by the area Kiwanis Clubs. Objectives for the elementary-aged club include: To provide opportunities for working together in service to school and community; to develop leadership potential; to foster development of strong moral character; and to encourage loyalty to school, community, and nation.
4/14/11
Rock Bridge bands perform in Florida

The Rock Bridge High School bands performed over spring break in Orlando, Florida. On March 30, the Concert Band performed at Epcot in Disney World and received wonderful comments from the Disney performing arts staff. On April 1, the Concert Band and Jazz Band both received "Gold Ratings" at a music festival in Kissimmee, Florida. Congratulations to the students and their directors, Steve Mathews and Bob Thalhuber.
4/14/11
District music festival results

CPS students competed in the recent district music festival. Students who earned a "I" top rating will continue on to the state music festival later in April. Results
4/13/11
Students perform well at jazz festival

Students from Rock Bridge High School and Oakland Junior High School performed well at the St. Charles West Jazz Festival. Rock Bridge's awards included 1st Place, Jazz Ensemble in the 5A division; 2nd Place, Jazz Band in the Second Band division; 1st Place, Impressions Jazz Combo in the Combo division; and a tie for 3rd Place, Stolen Moments and Jazzmataz Jazz Combos in the Combo division. Oakland won 1st Place in the Middle School division.
4/13/11
Skills USA state competition results

Hickman High School student Jules Crespy won 1st place in Culinary Arts and Rock Bridge High School student Libby Quetsch won 2nd place in Commercial Baking at the recent state Skills USA competition. Jules will attend the Skills USA National Convention the last week of June for his shot at the national title.
4/13/11
Rock Bridge show choirs shine at festival

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School show choirs! At the recent FAME Branson Festival, City Lights placed 1st Runner-Up in the Mixed Division and Satin N Lace placed 1st Runner-Up in the Unisex Division. Jessica Iveson was also awarded the Best Female Soloist award. As a result, City Lights qualified for the National Championship in Indianapolis on April 30.
4/13/11
Six one-act plays at Hickman

Join the Hickman Theatre Department for three evenings of one-act plays on April 13, 14, and 15 in Hickman's auditorium. This year the plays are all modern comedies, so come prepared to laugh. This year's offerings are Variations on the Death of Trotsky and Words, Words, Words by David Ives, Exhibit This by Luigi Jenuzzi, Fairytale Courtroom by Dana Proulx, The Whole Shebang by Rich Orloff, and The Actor's Nightmare by Christopher Durang. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults, and may be purchased at the door. Curtain is at 7:30 p.m.
4/12/11
Jeff Junior presents "12 Angry Jurors"

The Jefferson Junior High School theater will present "12 Angry Jurors" by Reginald Rose (stage version by Sherman L. Sergel) at 7:00 p.m. on April 21, 22, and 23, in the Jeff Junior auditorium.  Tickets are $4 for adults and $3 for students.
4/12/11
Fun event for parents of children ages 2-5

Educators with the Parents As Teachers program will show parents of children ages 2-5 how to turn everyday items into educational games for their children. Parents will learn about the importance of playing games with their children as well as how they can specifically enhance math and literacy skills--and will have a chance to make and take board games. The event, which will be held on Tuesday, April 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Columbia Public Library, is cosponsored by the Parent Education committee. Please call 443-3161 to register for this free program.
4/12/11
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team wins championship

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl team for winning its third district championship in the past five years. This year's squad went undefeated, with Craig Chval earning 1st Team All-District honors, Marc Micatka receiving 2nd Team All-District, and Riaz Helfer and Iyas Daghlas garnering All-District Honorable Mention. The team faces Francis Howell in a best two-of-three Sectional match-up for a chance to qualify for the MSHSAA State Competition on April 14. Tournament statistics | Photo (Standing, left to right: Iyas Daghlas, Craig Chval, Marc Micatka, Riaz Helfer; seated, Charlie Dees and head coach Greg Irwin)
4/12/11
Volunteers sought for Ellis Island simulation at Jeff Junior

Between May 12 and May 20, Jefferson Junior High School will be holding the 9th Annual Ellis Island Immigration Simulation, where 8th-grade social studies students role-play as immigrants coming to America in 1900. The school is seeking parent and community volunteers to help with the simulation. If you are interested in participating, please contact Susie Adams. If you have questions about the event, please contact Tracy Worthington.
4/12/11
Educator honored with KPLA Golden Apple award

Gentry Middle School math teacher Ken Simms was awarded the KPLA Golden Apple award the week of April 4. Simms was nominated by students and parents. Winners are recognized for their efforts to go above and beyond for students and families.
4/12/11
CASA Aerospace Extravaganza

You are invited to a day of fun at the Hickman High School practice football field on Saturday, April 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Come to the CASA Aerospace Extravaganza! This event, which is free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Missouri Space Grant Consortium.  There will be a real Apache helicopter, rocket launches, an astronaut training course, and much, much more.  More information
4/8/11
CPS earns EPA recognition

Columbia Public Schools has been awarded the 2010 National Great Start Award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The award recognizes school districts that are in the initial phases of implementing the Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Program.
4/6/11
Students earn accolades at J-Day

The Missouri Scholastic Press Association held its annual convention at J-Day (Journalism Day) at the University of Missouri on April 5. Columbia Public Schools' broadcast journalism students were recognized with the following honors: Show-Me Award (top honor), News Story: Social Communication by Landon Fitzpatrick; Superior Award, Over-All Television Publication: CPS-360 Show #20 by entire CPS 360 News Crew (see names below); Superior Award, Sports Highlight: Sports Signings by Meghan Mueller; Superior Award, News Story: Artrageous by Jordan Miller; and Superior Award, Sports News Story: ESPN College Game Day by Gabrielle Kirchhoff and Whitney Wipfler. CPS360 News Crew: Brig Clark, Jessica Diestel, Leah Eiffert, Thom Fritz, Landon Fitzpatrick, Tori Griggs, Gabrielle Kirchhoff, Ashtyn McDannold, Jordan Miller, Sarah Miller, Meghan Mueller, Emily Smith, Katelyn Tschiggfrie, Keegan Wilson, Whitney Wipfler, and Celestyn Wyatt. Broadcast journalism is taught by Haley Brueck through the Columbia Area Career Center.
4/6/11
HOSA state leadership competition medalists

On Friday, March 25, the Columbia Area Career Center HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) organization sent 8 students to the HOSA State Leadership/Competition Conference in Washington, Missouri. All 8 students medaled and qualified for the HOSA National Competition to be held in Anaheim, California, June 22-25. Medals awarded were: Micah Fletcher (gold medal) and Abigail Thompson (gold medal) in Forensic Science; Rena Knox (gold medal), Melissa Kiehne (silver medal), and Michael Pisano (bronze medal) in Biotechnology; Erin Foster (gold medal) in Medical Math; and Monica Kilpack (gold medal) and Mackenzie Andrade (silver medal) for Extemporaneous Health Poster.
4/5/11
CPS students selected for Missouri Scholars 100

Hickman High School seniors Eric Young and Thomas Majerus and Rock Bridge High School students Callie Floyd and Kyle Pudenz have been selected for the 2011 Missouri Scholars 100, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2011. Students will be recognized at a luncheon on May 1. Missouri Scholars 100 is a program sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. Schools across Missouri are invited to nominate candidates for the statewide recognition. Selection of students is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average (GPA) and ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated must first meet 10 different academic criteria, including a minimum GPA of 3.750; a minimum ACT score of 29 or SAT score of 1900; be ranked in the upper 10 percent of the class; and have taken upper-level courses in math, science, English, and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in school activities. 
3/23/11
West Junior student council honored

West Junior High School's student council has been awarded a 2010-11 Gold Honor Council Award for the eighth year in a row by the Missouri Association of Student Councils. West Junior is one of only five junior high schools in the state to receive the honor. The award is given to councils that demonstrate leadership training for council members, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, and active participation in their district and state student council associations.
3/23/11
Boone County Retired Teachers recognized for excellence

The Missouri Retired Teachers Association and Public School Personnel (MRTA) named the Boone County Unit of Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association (BCU-MRTA) as the MRTA 2010 Unit of the Year. The Boone County Unit will receive a $500 classroom grant to a recipient in a school within its local unit area from the state MRTA office.
3/23/11
Rock Bridge student wins MU music award

Rock Bridge High School band student and percussionist Shaun Gladney's composition entitled "Red Soul" won first place in the fine arts music category of the high school division of the Creating Original Music Project at the University of Missouri. Shaun will receive his award and a $1,000 prize at the upcoming Creating Original Music Project Festival on Saturday, April 23, at the University of Missouri.
3/23/11
Quarterly Report wins publication award

Columbia Public Schools' Quarterly Report publication was awarded a Ranly Award for best design of an entire newsletter by the Missouri Association of Publications at the recent 2011 Ranly Awards ceremony. Additionally, the school district's annual report, Yearbook, was named a finalist for best entire issue of a newsletter.
3/22/11
Belcher is MOSPRA Administrator of the Year

Superintendent Chris Belcher was honored by the Missouri School Public Relations Association (MOSPRA) as Administrator of the Year on March 21 at the joint session of MOSPRA and the Missouri Association of School Administrators held at the Lake of the Ozarks. Dr. Belcher was selected by the association for his outstanding community engagement efforts and his emphasis on open and transparent communications. Photo
3/21/11
Elementary counselor receives regional recognition

Congratulations to Lillian Hoell, a counselor at Cedar Ridge, Alpha Hart Lewis, and Mill Creek elementary schools, who has been recognized as Mid-Missouri Elementary Counselor of the Year by the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association. She will go on to compete at the state level.
3/21/11
Robotics team wins award at regional competition

Congratulations to the Columbia Area Career Center's First Robotics Team, named the Army Ants, who competed at the St. Louis Regional First Competition on March 17, 18, and 19. The 24-student team won the Rookie All-Star Award and will be competing in the International First Championship April 27-30 in St. Louis.
3/21/11
PTA Reflections Program state winners

Congratulations to all CPS students who were winners at the state level in judging competition for the PTA Reflections Program. They will be advanced to the national level for judging. For over 40 years, the national PTA Reflections Program has encouraged students across the nation and in American schools overseas to explore their artistic talents. Students in preschool through grade 12 are invited to create and submit works of art in the areas of dance choreography, film production, literature, musical composition, photography, and the visual arts. Results
3/21/11
West Junior teacher earns statewide award

The Missouri Association of Colleges for Teacher Education has selected David Aulgur, West Junior High School eighth-grade social studies teacher, as one of Missouri's Outstanding Beginning Teachers. Every two years MACTE and the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education honor excellent new teachers across the state for their work with Missouri's youth. Aulgur will be honored at an award ceremony on April 27 at the Lodge of Four Seasons in Lake Ozark, Missouri.
3/21/11
West Junior counselor receives state recognition

Leslie Guerin, West Junior High School, was recently awarded the Missouri Association of Student Councils (MASC) Middle School/Junior High Advisor of the Year for the state of Missouri at the association's state convention in St. Louis. MASC consists of more than 350 schools from throughout Missouri. Guerin will now represent Missouri in the Region 7 competition, which includes Missouri, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Utah.
3/18/11
DECA competition results

Thirteen students from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools qualified for national competition in April and an additional five medaled in the recent DECA competition. The competition is divided into two parts. Students first take an exam which tests basic marketing knowledge. The second portion of the competition is "role play," where students are given a marketing situation in which they must develop a solution and then present that solution to a judge, who rates their solution. The final score is a combination of the two parts. Hickman results | Rock Bridge results
3/18/11
Eric Thomas meet-and-greet

Come meet and greet Eric Thomas, the keynote speaker for the MAC Scholars student achievement conference, "Failure is NOT an Option." Mr. Thomas, an author and motivational speaker, will be at the Stoney Creek Inn in the Galley Room on Friday, March 18, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. This event is sponsored by Stoney Creek Inn and the MAC Scholars Parent Board. For more information, contact Christal Jackson at (573) 214-3410 or Terri Tatum at (573) 303-1094.
3/17/11
CPS partners to celebrate Earth Hour

Columbia Public Schools has partnered with the Columbia Climate Coalition in support of Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event encourages citizens to turn off non-essential electricity and lighting for one hour in support of efforts to stop global warming. Events in support of Earth Hour include a tour of City Hall to highlight the LEED features of the building, followed by a reading of a mayoral proclamation on March 22 at 9:00 a.m. at City Hall. On March 23 at 4:00 p.m. in the Daniel Boone Regional Library Friends Room there will be a showing of the Eco Schoolhouse documentary, followed by a tour of the Eco Schoolhouse at Grant Elementary School.
3/17/11
Hickman student wins broadcast journalism award

Keegan Wilson of Hickman High School won second place in the On-Site Contest in the category of Sixty Second Silent Story at the recent Student Television Network Convention in Orlando, Florida. Keegan and his broadcast journalism teacher, Haley Brueck of the Columbia Area Career Center, traveled to the convention in early March. The On-Site Contest was a competition among schools from across the nation, many where students start their broadcast journalism program in middle school.  Photo | Winning video
3/15/11
Central Methodist University festival results

Student musicians from Gentry, Lange, and Smithton middle schools and Jefferson, Oakland, and West junior high schools took part in the Central Methodist University Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 4. The students performed for a judge a small audience and were critiqued on their playing. They were rated 1 (superior), 2 (excellent), 3 (good), 4 (fair), or 5 (weak). Congratulations to these students and their directors!  Results
3/15/11
Rock Bridge jazz ensemble performs well at festival

The Rock Bridge High School Jazz Ensemble performed well at the Drury Jazz Festival in Springfield, Missouri, recently. The following groups and individuals achieved these results: Rock Bridge Jazz Ensemble, 1st place, 5A Division; Rock Bridge Jazz Band, 2nd place, Second Band Division; Rock Bridge Impressions, 1st place, Combo Division; Rock Bridge Jazzmataz, 3rd place, Combo Division; Diego Huaman (tenor sax), Outstanding Soloist for the 5A Division; Ben Bergstrom (tenor sax), Outstanding Soloist for the Second Band Division; and Diego Huaman (alto sax), Outstanding Soloist for the Combo Division.   
3/15/11
Connections Institute featured at national conference

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) featured the Columbia Area Career Center/Hickman High School Connections Institute during a program forum at the organization's national conference in Dallas, Texas, recently. Subsequently, an article about the Connections Institute, "The Connections Institute: Dissolving the Perception Disconnect," was published in NCPN's national newsletter. NCPN is a national organization of secondary and post-secondary educators, employers, policymakers, and workforce and economic development professionals focusing on improvement and innovation in career and technical education.  Read the article
3/15/11
Rock Bridge scholar team takes third at state

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Scholar Team, who placed third at Mizzou's statewide tournament on Saturday, March 12. Team members included Craig Chval, Bess Goodfellow, Riaz Helfer, and Marc Micatka. Craig earned 2nd-Team All-State honors in the championship bracket. Rock Bridge's B team earned 7th place overall, and was comprised of Husam Abdul-Kafi, Vikram Arun, Monica Greenlief, Nikhilesh Sharma, Ben Trendle, and Walter Wang.
3/15/11
Cedar Ridge cultural extravaganza

Travel the seven continents of the world on Tuesday, March 15, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., when the Cedar Ridge Elementary School multipurpose room is transformed into a cultural extravaganza.
3/10/11
Hickman alum receives Oscar nomination

Addison Teague (Hickman High School class of 1990) was recently nominated for an Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Teague received his first Oscar nomination for his work as the supervising sound editor on the 2010 Disney film TRON: Legacy. He has served as a sound effects editor for many major motion pictures over the past decade, including Avatar, Lord of the Rings, and the Pirates of the Caribbean series. 2010 Oscar nominations | Internet Movie Database Filmography
3/9/11
Rock Bridge cheerleaders receive state award

The Rock Bridge High School cheerleaders were recently named as recipients of the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association's Community Service Award in recognition of their work to develop community awareness and provide positive leadership. Over the course of the year, they volunteered as player buddies for the Challenger Baseball League; volunteered at the Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center; raised money and collected supplies for the Ronald McDonald House; volunteered to help run the Southwest Playschool Fall Festival, which is the main source of income for the not-for-profit parent-run cooperative daycare; participated in a number of activities related to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and Breast Cancer Awareness Month; collected canned goods, potatoes, stuffing, and whole turkeys for--and spent an evening volunteering at--Almeta Crayton's "Everybody Eats" (and, when it was apparent there was a greater need for turkeys than supplied, the girls quickly threw their own money together and parents and coaches went to a local grocery store and bought every turkey in sight to donate); "adopted" a family of nine over the holidays to help make their Christmas a little brighter; and donated to the Central Missouri Humane Society's Christmas supply drive. Please contact Jen Mast at Rock Bridge High School for more information (214-3118).
3/2/11
Students demonstrate skill in state chess tournament

Students from across Columbia Public Schools participated in the State Scholastic Chess Championship in Jefferson City. Three students earned individual competition honors: Vikram Arun (second place, High School Board 1 competition) and Aishwary Kumar (medalist, High School Board 3 competition), both of Rock Bridge High School; and Vishnu Arun (medalist, 3rd Grade and under competition) of Mill Creek Elementary School. Many students participate in chess clubs sponsored by their local schools and faculty sponsors, which include Denise Winslow at Rock Bridge High School, Denise Zimny at Gentry Middle School, and Dalene DeLong at Mill Creek Elementary School. Complete results for CPS: High School, Rock Bridge High School (9th place, 10.5 points); Board 1, Vikram Arun (2nd place trophy, 3 points); Board 2, Daniel Raymon (15th place, 2 points); Board 3, Aishwary Kumar (11th place medalist, 3 points); Board 4, Jack Vomholt (11th place, 2.5 points) and Aaron Rantz (33rd place, 1 point); 6th and under, Gentry Middle School (7th place, 4.5 points); Zane Durante (11th place, 3.5 points) and Jame Coyne (29th place, 1 point); 5th and under, Mill Creek Elementary School (8th place, 6.5 points); Fairview Elementary School (20th place, 3 points); Paxton Keeley Elementary School (24th place, 2 points); Yash Khanna (29th place, 3 points); Ashwath Elangovan (30th place, 3 points); Jeremy Zhang (31st place, 3 points); Shreyas Srinivasan (49th place, 2 points); Viktor Kyrychenko (59th place, 2 points); 3rd and under, Mill Creek Elementary School (5th place, 11.5 points); Grant Elementary School, 19th place, 3 points); Vishnu Arun (17th place medalist, 4 points); Gianna Durante (26th place, 3 points); Isaac Stiepleman (30th place, 3 points); Dennis Kyrychenko (36th place, 2.5 points); Akhilan Elangovan (47th place, 2 points); and Rohan Rao (51st place, 1.5 points).
2/28/11
Douglass chili supper

Douglass High School students will host a free chili supper on Thursday, March 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Douglass. Members of the community are encouraged to come out and support the Sol House (donations are encouraged, but not mandatory). Artwork created by Douglass students will also be sold. This event will run concurrently with the school's open house which will start at 4:30 p.m. Families of Douglass students are encouraged to attend to meet with teachers and have a complimentary family photo taken. Please contact Ginger Donaldson at 214-3680 with any questions.
2/28/11
CMNEA school board candidate forum

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association will sponsor a school board candidate forum at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, at the Columbia Public Schools Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street. For more information, please contact Michelle Shepard.
2/28/11
Secondary enrollment public forums

The Secondary Enrollment Planning Committee will begin holding public forums on Tuesday, March 1, to gather community and parent feedback on the boundary and enrollment planning process. This enrollment planning committee is responsible for recommending boundary changes to the Board of Education in order to (1) incorporate a third comprehensive high school into the Columbia Public School District, and (2) reconfigure Columbia's secondary school boundaries to include intermediate schools serving grades 6 through 8, and high schools serving students in grades 9 through 12. The committee will evaluate current and projected secondary school enrollment, bus transportation information, community plans for subdivision growth, and road development. The goal is to recommend boundary changes that reduce the number of grade-level transitions and reflect the composition of the Columbia community. Additionally, the committee will recommend a transfer policy and a grandfathering plan for students impacted by the addition of the new high school and the reconfiguration of our intermediate schools. Here is the schedule of public forums that will be held during the coming weeks:
Hickman High  March 1 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Rock Bridge High March 3 7:00pm to 9:00pm
West Junior March 8 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Jefferson Junior March 10 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Oakland Junior March 15 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Smithton Middle March 17 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Lange Middle March 22 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Gentry Middle March 24 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Please contact Michelle Baumstark or Wanda Brown with further questions about the process. More information is also available on the district's bond tracker Web page.
2/28/11
CPPS, CCPTA, and CMSTA school board candidate forum

Come meet this year's Columbia Board of Education candidates on Tuesday, March 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the ARC at a school board candidate forum. This informal event is sponsored by Columbia Parents for Public Schools, the Columbia Community Parent-Teachers Association, and the Columbia Missouri State Teachers Association.  Kids are welcome, and there will be a kids' activity table.
2/28/11
Help plan the all-night party

The Senior All-Night Party volunteer sign-up meeting is at 7:00 p.m. Monday, February 28, in the Rock Bridge High School media center. Come join the party!
2/28/11
Internet safety workshop

The Columbia Elementary School Counselors will sponsor a workshop on Internet safety. Detective Tracy Perkins from the Cyber Crimes Task Force of the Boone County Sheriff's Department will provide strategies, awareness, and procedures to help younger students (5 to 12 years of age) avoid becoming victims of Internet predators or bullying. This is a free event that will be held at the Columbia Public Library on Wednesday, March 16, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. If you have questions about this event, please contact your school counselor or Jill Evans, school counselor at Midway Heights Elementary School. All Columbia School District elementary parents are encouraged to attend.
2/23/11
FBLA district competition results

Twenty-five students from Hickman High School competed in the District 6 FBLA Conference on February 18. Sixteen of those students and advisers Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss attended the conference. There are 20 schools in the district. Nine students will represent Hickman High School at state competition in April, competing in six different events. More information
2/23/11
Lange hosts citywide chess tournament

Lange Middle School hosted the annual citywide chess tournament on February 19. More than 100 students participated in the tournament, which is open to elementary and middle school students. Players were divided into three sections based on their age. They played four rounds, and each game lasted up to an hour. Medals were awarded to the players who scored in the top half of their section. Division trophy winners were, Grades K-3, Mason Cohen, grade 2, Columbia Independent School; Grades 4-5, Jeremy Zhang, grade 5, Fairview Elementary School; and Grades 6-7, Zane Durante, grade 6, Gentry Middle School. All three received perfect 4.0 scores. Plaques were awarded to the top school teams. The elementary school winners were, first place, Columbia Independent; second place, Mill Creek Elementary School; and third place, Derby Ridge Elementary School. Gentry Middle School was the top middle school team. More information
2/23/11
Kindergarten registration

Countdown to Kindergarten (kindergarten registration) is scheduled for Wednesday, March 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. This event provides an opportunity for children entering kindergarten and their parents to meet kindergarten teachers, visit a classroom, and complete the school registration process. All parents of fall 2011 kindergarten students are encouraged to attend.  More information
2/17/11
Rock Bridge show choirs earn accolades

Both Rock Bridge High School show choirs, Satin N Lace and City Lights, finished first in their respective classes at the Harrisonville Invitational. Additionally, City Lights finished grand champion overall and Satin N Lace finished in third place overall. City Lights also was awarded best choral sounds, best choreography, and best band. Jessica Iveson won the outstanding female soloist award. The choirs also performed well at the Troy-Buchanan Invitational Festival on February 5. City Lights finished third runner-up and third in the large school category. Satin N Lace finished fourth runner-up and first in the prep/women's category. Congratulations to the students and to their director, Mike Pierson.
2/16/11
Gentry counselor named instructor of the year

Ann Baker, an outreach counselor at Gentry Middle School, has been named Field Instructor of the Year by the University of Missouri School of Social Work. Field instruction is a major curriculum area for social work students, utilizing experience-centered learning as its primary instructional method for social work students. It gives students actual problem-solving experiences at progressive levels of complexity, and a real-world look at social work.
2/16/11
Battle of the Belt PSA contest results

Rock Bridge High School/Columbia Area Career Center students Harry Schauwecker and Shelby Smith won third place in the 2011 Battle of the Belt Public Service Announcement Contest for the Central Region. The team's coordinator was Career Center broadcast journalism teacher Haley Brueck View the PSA
2/16/11
Rock Bridge senior is volunteer award finalist

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School senior Niyonzima Etienne, who was recently named one of six Distinguished Finalists from Missouri for the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a program that honors young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. Niyonzima tutors refugees in English and helps them study for their driving tests. He himself was a refugee in Tanzania until 2007 and also serves as a translator for refugees in a local hospital and at local churches.
2/16/11
West Junior We the People team takes state title

West Junior High School's We the People team won its second consecutive state title on Monday, January 31, in the ninth-grade division of the state finals hosted by the Missouri Bar Association. The We the People program gives students the opportunity to engage in an in-depth study of the Constitution. The program is funded by Congress and has been an integral part of the curriculum in schools across the country since 1987. The Missouri Bar coordinates We the People in Missouri. More than 155,000 Missouri students in grades 4-12 use the program, and more than 300 of them were scheduled to present mock congressional hearings on constitutional issues to panels of judges on January 31. Lawyers, teachers, congressional staffers, and political scientists serve on the judging panels for the hearings. West Junior's team is composed of Callie Bassett, Eli Byerly-Duke, Anne Carter, Amanda Eaton, Salim Gumati, Diana Harmata, Nora Hennessy, Collin Hollrah, Nate Horvit, Dylan Hosmer-Quint, Carly Kempf, Mingu Kim, Ashwath Kumar, Hanh Ngo, Yvan Quinn, Elliott Schreiner, Evan Schulte, Daniel Shapiro, Katy Shi, Rayna Sims, Joelle Thompson, Ryan Tray, Anna Wright, Jenny Yao, Ben Zars, Joanna Zhang, Joanna Zou, and Jenny Zulovich.
2/16/11
CPS National Merit finalists named

The following students have been named finalists in the National Merit Scholarship program. From Hickman High School, Andrew Atkins, William Cowell, Grant Hendrix, John Hosmer-Quint, William Lee, Thomas Majerus, Ryan Pruitt, Cyrus Rautman, Eric Young, and Angela Zou. From Rock Bridge High School, Katherine Buddemeyer, Craig Chval, Callie Harper, Sean Harper, Sarah Kang, Azeem Khan, Joseph LaRose, Laura Mellitt, Jacob Mingus, Haley Myers, Alan Ni, Kyle Prudenz, Warren Szewczyk, Qinsi Yu, and Sarah Zaghouani.
2/15/11
Blue Ridge 5K Stampede and Fun Run

Blue Ridge Elementary School will host a 5K Stampede and Fun Run on April 30. The 5K begins at 8:00 a.m. and the Fun Run begins at 9:00 a.m. The entry fee is $20 for the 5K before April 30, or $30 on race day; the cost for the Fun Run is $5. The cost includes a T-shirt. Register by April 8 to ensure shirt size and availability. Registration form and more information
2/14/11
Jeff Junior teacher receives national award

On Friday, February 11, Kathy Steinhoff, a math teacher at Jefferson Junior High School, was recognized as the top educator at a national education awards gala in Washington, DC. At the National Education Association Foundation's Salute to Excellence in Education gala, Steinhoff was awarded the NEA Member Benefits Award for Teaching Excellence and $25,000. "Kathy's innovative lessons have made her a favorite among students and a leader among her peers," said Harriet Sanford, President and CEO of the NEA Foundation. "Her use of technology in the classroom is just one of the many reasons that she is being honored with this award." Steinhoff was named a finalist for the award earlier this school year and was also recognized with The Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, and $10,000. Photos | Acceptance speech
2/11/11
DECA students advance to state

Students from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools competed at the DECA District 2 competition at the Holiday Inn Executive Center on Tuesday, February 8. Of the students that competed, 21 Hickman students and 20 Rock Bridge students placed either first or second to earn an advancement to the State Career Development Conference at the Lake of the Ozarks in March. These talented students will be competing for a chance to go to the national competition in Orlando, Florida, in May. Hickman results | Rock Bridge results
2/10/11
CPS Nutrition Services director honored

Columbia Public Schools' Nutrition Services director Laina Fullum will be honored by the Healthy Community Partnership (HCP) for her excellent work in promoting healthy and active lifestyles in Columbia. The award recognizes Fullum's leadership in setting high nutritional standards for meals and snacks served to Columbia schoolchildren, her strategic creativity and hard work in implementing positive institutional changes in a time of very tight budgets, and her commitment to supporting healthy foods projects within the community. Fullum will be honored by HCP at a special awards dinner in March.
2/10/11
Jeff Junior all-you-can-eat chili supper

Jefferson Junior High School will sponsor its annual All-You-Can-Eat Chili Supper on Thursday, February 10, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Jeff Junior cafeteria. This event will feature the Jazz band, and the choir will host a concert starting at 7:00 p.m.  The meal will consist of all-you-can-eat chili, hot dog, carrots and celery, salad bar, beverage and dessert. General tickets are $4.00.  Chili Bowl raffle tickets can be purchased for $10, which includes admission to the dinner as well as a chance to win $500.

2/8/11
Elementary writing conference

Looking for something for your 2nd-6th grader to do on February 18 when the public schools are not in session? Consider the Missouri Writing Project's Elementary Writing Conference. This day of writing will allow your elementary student to explore figurative language in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, as well as how to infuse imagery into creative writing. The conference will be held on the MU Campus in Townsend Hall from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on February 18; registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. in the lobby. The cost is $35.00 for the day. Register soon!  Registration form
2/8/11
Two Mile Prairie chili supper

Two Mile Prairie Elementary School will hold its annual chili supper on Saturday, February 19, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Contact Two Mile Prairie for more information about the event at 214-3560.
2/8/11
Making up snow days

State law requires six snow days to be built into the school year calendar. Additionally, snow days beyond six days are given a 50 percent forgiveness up to a total of 10 days. Snow days accrued beyond 10 days are forgiven. For example, if the district misses two additional days, it would only need to make up one of those days. This 50 percent make-up policy would continue until the district reaches 10 total snow days (eight additional days = four make-up days). Columbia Public Schools has used eight days for weather-related closures as of Friday, February 4. The district will need to make up one day of those eight days. This changes the last day of the school year from Wednesday, June 1, to Thursday, June 2. Because the law provides for 50 percent forgiveness of snow days up to a total of 10 days, should the district accrue additional snow days beyond 10 days, the school year will not be extended beyond June 7.
2/4/11
Legislators and school superintendents discuss finance

Representative Mary Still joined Dr. Chris Belcher, superintendent of the Columbia School District, and Dr. Nick Boren, deputy superintendent, at a dinner and workshop on the Missouri public school foundation formula held recently in Jefferson City. The dinner and workshop were sponsored by the Missouri Association of School Administrators. The Missouri public school foundation formula is the mechanism by which school districts receive state funds to operate their schools. It is the largest single appropriation from general revenue in the state budget. The workshop on the formula was presented by Dr. Chris Straub, a former superintendent and adjunct professor who is currently teaching school finance for the education doctorate program at St. Louis University and for the education specialist program at the University of Central Missouri. Dr. Straub explained the formula theory, the various factors that are included in the formula, and the mechanics of the formula. The purpose of the meeting was purely educational. Photo
2/4/11
Failure is NOT an Option conference

Columbia Public Schools' MAC Scholars will present Failure is Not an Option, the 2011 student achievement conference, on Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 a.m. at Hickman High School. The conference is free. The registration form, which is due to Symone Thomas at Hickman by Friday, February 25, includes descriptions of the various sessions.
2/4/11
Lange students travel to Manhattan (Kansas)

Students from Lange Middle School won awards the weekend of January 14-16 while attending a regional competition in Manhattan, Kansas. Kassidy Jones, Curran Kirkpatrick, and Alexander Shaffer, with a city called Centopolis, and Emily Adams, Vy Le, and Kassidy Webb with a city called Alcatrazz, all participated in a competition called Future City. The National Engineers Future City Competition is an example of problem-based learning with computer simulation. It is an integrated, mutidisciplinary, holistic approach to relevant issues and is a strong example of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education that addresses national and state academic content standards. The program asks 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from around the nation to team with engineer-volunteer mentors to create--first on computer and then in large, three-dimensional models--their visions of the city of tomorrow. There were 55 teams that competed in Manhattan, and this was the first year for Columbia Public Schools to attend. While the Lange teams did not place, they were able to secure two sponsored awards for their innovative ideas. Team Alcatrazz won the Mother Earth award for having the most innovative ways to help the environment, and Team Centopolis won the PEC award for having the most innovative ways for people with disabilities to get around a city. Photo 1 | Photo 2 | PowerPoint presentation
2/4/11
Five Presidential Scholar candidates selected

Five students from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools have been selected as candidates for the 2011 Presidential Scholar Program: Craig Chval (Rock Bridge), Thomas Majerus (Hickman), Eric Young (Hickman), Qinsi Yu (Rock Bridge), and Sarah Zaghouani (Rock Bridge). Candidates were selected from nearly 3.2 million students expected to graduate from U.S. high schools in 2011 based on their exceptional performance on either the College Board SAT or the ACT Assessment. Further consideration is based on students' essays, self-assessments, descriptions of activities, school recommendations, and school transcripts. A distinguished panel of educators will review these submissions and select 500 semifinalists in early April. The Commission on Presidential Scholars, a group of 32 eminent citizens appointed by the President, will make the final selection of the Scholars. They will select one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. students living abroad; 15 students at-large; and up to 20 students from the creative and performing arts. The U.S. Department of Education will announce the Scholars in May.
1/27/11
All-night party planning meeting

All parents and guardians of Columbia high school seniors are invited to a planning meeting for the 2011 Senior All-Night Party. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Rock Bridge High School cafeteria. More information
1/27/11
Preventing bullying and cyberbullying

Parents: Join us to hear the Megan Meier story and learn how you can protect your children from bullying and cyberbullying.  In October 2006, 13-year-old Megan Meier, from the St. Louis area, committed suicide after being harassed on the social networking Web site MySpace. Megan's mother, Tina Meier, will share Megan's story on Wednesday, February 9, at 6:00 p.m. at the Rock Bridge High School Performing Arts Center. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. More information
1/26/11
Sports physical day

Sports Physical Day will be Saturday, February 26, from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Columbia Orthopaedic Group, 1 Keene Street. The cost is $20 per student; all proceeds will go to each high school's athletic booster club. Physical forms can be downloaded from either the Hickman or Rock Bridge high school Web site.
1/26/11
Event for parents with new young drivers

Do you have someone in your family who is 15 to 17 years old and about to become or is a new driver? Learn more about inexperience, inattention, and distractions, and about things parents can do to protect new young drivers. Bring your spouse, child, and/or friend to the main auditorium at Hickman High School on Wednesday, March 23, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for a presentation sponsored by Columbia Public Schools, MoDOT, the Missouri Highway Patrol, and the CPCU (Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters) Society.
1/25/11
Hickman Review awarded superior ranking

The 2009-10 Hickman Review, Hickman High School's literary arts magazine, has been awarded a superior ranking by the National Council of Teachers of English. Only 54 superior rankings were awarded out of the 403 high schools nationwide that submitted a magazine for adjudication. The 2009-10 Hickman Review editors were Jennifer Liu and Pari Jafari; the faculty sponsors are Nancy White and Carolyn Chipley-Foster.
1/21/11
Hickman High School presents Julius Caesar

What is the responsibility of the ethical man in the often unethical halls of political power? William Shakespeare examines this question in Julius Caesar, this year's all-school play at Hickman High School. Brutus is an honorable man, but he is lured into a conspiracy that destroys both him and the Roman Republic. Hickman's Theater Department has placed Shakespeare's classic in a contemporary setting of a modern society swayed by hero-worship and a fickle public. Julius Caesar will be presented January 27, 28, and 29 at 7:30 p.m. in Hickman's auditorium. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens, and may be purchased at the door prior to the performance. The cast of Julius Caesar is made up of Karina Dieckmann, Jessi Green, Corrine Piotter, Coline Duncan, Megan Shaneberger, Chyanne Perrijohn, Andrew Dickinson, Ashlee Love, Sarah Christianson, Kelsey Gentry, Samantha Thiry, Jake Speckhals, Mary Beth Hawley, Wyatt Wilkenson, James Dolezal, Aaron Young, Noah Chilson, Jacque Arnold, Patricia DeCastro, Caitlin Rowland, Kayla Hampton, Micah Desmet, and John Langworthy. Alex Boyt acts as assistant director.
1/21/11
Come see Mr. Stinky Feet!

Fun for the whole family! Come see Jim "Mr. Stinky Feet" Cosgrove on Saturday, February 5, at Paxton Keeley Elementary School. The show starts at 10:00 a.m. and admission is $7.00 per person (no advance ticket sales--cash only at the door). Get ready to sing, dance, and have some fun!  More information
1/7/11
Save the date for kindergarten registration

Save the date: Registration for kindergarten will take place on March 16. An alternate snow date has also been set for March 23, should weather be an issue.
1/4/11
Career Center Skill Expo

The Columbia Area Career Center Skill Expo will be held from 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Thursday, January 20, at the Career Center.  Plan to attend!  More information
1/4/11
AP and financial aid events at Hickman

The following events will be held in the Hickman High School media center:

Wednesday, January 5: AP (Advanced Placement) Showcase, 6:30pm. This event is to provide students and parents information about our Advanced Placement program. Come visit with representatives from three local colleges, AP faculty, as well as current AP students and recent graduates who took AP courses in high school. The information is geared to rising sophomores, but pertains to any student or parent who wants to learn more about our AP program and its benefits.

Tuesday, January 11: Financial Aid Night, 6:30pm. This event is to provide senior students and parents with information on how to pay for college. Admissions staff from local colleges will be on hand to share information and answer questions on this important topic.

Tuesday, February 1: FAFSA Frenzy, 4:00pm to 6:00pm. This event is hosted by Hickman High School, but is open to any student and/or parent in the community who wants assistance in completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Columbia College is providing staff for this event. Be sure to bring your 2009 or 2010 income tax return in order to complete the FAFSA!

Saturday, February 5: FAFSA Frenzy, 10:00am to 12:00 noon. This is a repeat of the February 1 session for those who can't attend on a week night. Be sure to bring your 2009 or 2010 income tax return in order to complete the FAFSA!
1/3/11
West Junior NJHS participates in adopt-a-family program

National Junior Honor Society students at West Junior High School participated in the Voluntary Action Center adopt-a-family program. Members donated more than $500 in cash and merchandise. The West Junior NJHS chapter is co-sponsored by Missy Barnes and Heidi Barnhouse. The adopt-a-family project is one of many service projects that the students participate in each year. They also participate in bell ringing for the Salvation Army, volunteer at the Food Bank, and help Columbia Second Chance.  Photos: 1 | 2 | 3
1/3/11
Week of the Emotionally Healthy Child

Columbia Public Schools is a proud partner in Columbia Cares for Kids. The district is one of 16 of Columbia's human service agencies and educational entities involved in this important endeavor. Columbia Cares for Kids strives to increase awareness of the five critical needs that lead to emotional health in children: respect, importance, acceptance, inclusion, and security. A week-long campaign, called the Week of the Emotionally Healthy Child, will take place January 24-28, 2011. During this week, a visit from national expert and author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children, Dr. Gerald Newmark, will take place. A number of public events will be held in order to share the information, resources, and training necessary to make emotional health a reality for all of Columbia's children. Please join us in bringing this very important information to the community by attending an event and telling your friends and family about this important effort. More information
1/3/11
Kewpie Math Classic

Hickman High School's Chapter of Mu Alpha Theta (a national mathematics honor society) is hosting a mathematics competition for grades 6-8 students, the Kewpie Math Classic, on April 9. Following the 25-question test, students will choose to participate in either a Sudoku contest, Pi Recitation contest, Math Trail, Rubik's Cube contest, or Math Jeopardy contest. More information
12/22/10
Jeff Junior teacher receives VFW honor

Russell Crane, social studies teacher at Jefferson Junior High School, was honored at the December meeting of Post 280 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Crane was recognized and awarded with a certificate, a post coin, and a monetary award for his production of a Veterans Day video for his school. Crane has also been nominated to receive state VFW honors for his achievements in the classroom as an outstanding educator.
12/22/10
Teachers named Top 10 Under 10

The winter edition of the Missouri State Teachers Association journal, School and Community, identified Ridgeway Elementary School teacher Laura Sandstedt and Paxton Keeley Elementary School teacher Shelli Thelen as one of the Top 10 Under 10 in Missouri. The Top 10 are educators who have 10 years of teaching experience and have exhibited excellence.
12/22/10
Hickman student is First Night Teen Venue poster artist

Congratulations to Sara Sabulsky, a senior at Hickman High School. Her artwork was selected as the design for the 2010 First Night Teen Venue. Additionally, congratulations to students from Scott Fuenfhausen's marketing class who are helping to promote the event. View the poster design
12/22/10
Fairview students support veterans

The fifth-grade students at Fairview Elementary School raised almost $800 to sponsor veterans for the Honor Flight. One student, Jacqueline Decker, raised $300 by herself in memory of four veterans in her family.
12/22/10
Support professional earns recognition

Mary Colgin, secretary at the Gifted Center, is the winner of the Horace Mann Educational Support Professionals award. The award is given to MNEA members who exhibit outstanding performance at the work site and serve as a model for other education support professionals.
12/22/10
Jeff Junior teacher is Math Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Jefferson Junior High School teacher Lori Kilfoil, who has been selected by the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics as Math Teacher of the Year.
12/20/10
Holiday music television schedule

Thanks to the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school students and their directors who will give musical performances that will enlighten our holiday season! The holiday music show is a CPS-TV production that airs on KMIZ. The performances will air daily from December 20 through January 2, at 12:00 midnight, 3:00am, 6:00am, 9:00am, 12:00 noon, 3:00pm, 6:00pm, and 9:00pm. The performances will also air on Saturday, December 18, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm on FOX 22; Saturday, December 19, from 2:00pm to 3:00pm on ABC 17; Thursday, December 23, from 10:00am to 11:00am on MyZou TV; Friday, December 24, 9:00am to 10:00am on FOX 22; Saturday, December 25, 1:00pm to 2:00pm on FOX 22; and Saturday, December 25, 3:00pm to 4:00pm on MyZou TV.
12/15/10
Message to parents about extreme weather

It is always the prerogative of parents to keep their child home from school if they are concerned about the child being adversely affected by extreme weather. Such absences will be excused, and the school will provide the child's homework. The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance.
12/15/10
Notice to Hickman basketball game attendees

Hickman High School will host basketball games Tuesday, December 14, and Thursday, December 16. It is requested that attendees enter through the west doors of the school's commons. This will help the school reduce the amount of cinders and slush tracked into the building.
12/13/10
Hickman students earn perfect ACT scores

Two Hickman High School students have earned a perfect ACT score of 36. Seniors Thomas Majerus and Eric Young each earned a perfect 36 on their ACT exam this fall. Congratulations to these outstanding Kewpies!
12/8/10
CPS invests well in stock market challenge

For the last 10 weeks, students have been participating in an online stock market simulation as part of Missouri's Stock Market Game Program through the Missouri Council on Economic Education. Teams of students are provided a fictional $100,000 to invest in real-time stocks and track their portfolio value. The fall results are in, and Rock Bridge High School placed second in the state. The Rock Bridge team advisor is teacher Susan Lidholm. Other great showings in the simulation by CPS schools include: Smithton Middle School, 1st and 2nd place, North Central Middle School I Region (advisor, Connie Hayward); Lange Middle School, 1st place, North Central Middle School II Region (advisor, Beth Winton); Gentry Middle School, 2nd place, North Central Middle School II Region (advisor, Mary Hooley); Hickman High School, 1st and 2nd place, North Central Secondary I and II Regions (advisors, Colleen Goss and Adam Taylor); and Rock Bridge High School, 1st and 2nd place, North Central Secondary III and IV Regions (advisor, Susan Lidholm). More than 800 teams participated this fall in the game.  Final rankings for fall 2010
12/8/10
Rock Bridge debaters take first place

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School novice debate team, Cameron Grahl and Corie Wilhite, who placed first in public forum debate at the William Chrisman Debate Tournament the weekend of December 4-5. The girls were undefeated in all seven rounds of competition.
12/7/10
All-State band and orchestra results

Congratulations to the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school students who will be traveling to the All-State Music Competition in January, and to their teachers and parents. Hickman results | Rock Bridge results
12/6/10
Rock Bridge Alumni Hall of Fame

Rock Bridge High School is seeking nominations for its 2011 Alumni Hall of Fame, which will recognize Rock Bridge graduates for exceptional personal, community, or professional achievements. Nomination forms are available at Rock Bridge High School and the Rock Bridge High School Web site. Nominations are due February 14, 2011. Inductees will be announced in April 2011 and will be honored at the homecoming celebration in the fall. For more information, call 214-3100 or contact Rock Bridge principal Mark Maus.
12/3/10
District earns air quality award

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded Columbia Public Schools with the 2010 Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Great Start Award. The award recognizes the district's voluntary commitment to participating in the EPA's indoor air quality program to create healthy learning environments for students and staff. The EPA's Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools program was developed to reduce exposure to indoor environmental contaminants in schools through the voluntary adoption of sound indoor air quality management practices. The program is a comprehensive resource to help schools maintain a healthy environment in school buildings by identifying, correcting, and preventing indoor air quality problems. More information
12/3/10
Teacher receives Thank A Farmer Day recognition

Director of Agriculture Dr. Jon Hagler, with Missouri Beef Industry Council Executive Director John Kleiboeker, recognized the daily contributions of all of Missouri's farmers with a Thank A Farmer Day proclamation on November 18. Thank A Farmer Day is an annual event, intended to serve as a reminder of the great impact agriculture has on everyone's lives. In Missouri, the state's nearly 108,000 farmers contribute more than $12 billion to Missouri's economy and each feeds, on average, 150 people. The announcement was made at Lawman Farm east of Columbia. Director Hagler and Executive Director Kleiboeker recognized the Miller and Lawman families for their contributions to Missouri agriculture. The families maintain herds of Gelbvieh and Balancer cattle, as well as Simmental and SimAngus cattle. The farm consists of 400 acres--80 acres of crop ground along the creek bottom and the rest in pasture and hay production. Nearly 200 females are expected to calve on the farm in 2011. Away from the farm, Columbia Public Schools agriculture teacher Chuck Miller and his wife, Christi, serve as 4-H Club leaders in Boone County, and Chuck is also the district's FFA advisor.  Event photos
11/30/10
Northeast District band results

The Northeast District band results are in. There will be a performance at Moberly High School on Saturday, January 15. Congratulations to all the students and their directors!  Results: Jefferson Junior High | Oakland Junior High | West Junior High | Hickman High | Rock Bridge High
11/30/10
Water and Light calendar artists selected

Congratulations to the Columbia Public Schools students whose artwork has been chosen for the 2011 Water and Light calendar. Art specialists are Jody Spriggs, Oakland Junior High School; Diane Strotbeck, Jefferson Junior High School; and Jennifer Wax, West Junior High School. The students are Petey Botts, West (cover); Deoshina Bagby, West (January); Noah Broderson, West (February); Casey Richenberger, Jeff (March); Marisa Riddlemoser, West (April); Alexandra Flakne, West (May); Emelyn Piotter, West (June); Autumn Kittrell, Oakland (July); Shannon Greene, West (August); Travonna Logan, West (October); William Fandek, West (November); Ellie Stitzer, West (December); and Hannah Sanders, Oakland (January 2012).
11/29/10
Rock Bridge band heads to Disney World

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School band for being selected to perform at Disney World. The band will perform a 25-minute outdoor concert in the Magic Kingdom on Wednesday, March 30.
11/29/10
Hickman students perform well at government convention

Youth In Government had a successful weekend at the Lewis State Convention in Jefferson City. In the legislative branch, Kyle Ooi was awarded Most Debated Bill in the Novice House, while Kelsey Klein and Ian McCann won for Best Written Bill in the House of Representatives. In Print Press, Sarah Darr was awarded Best Overall Print Press Member. Judicial members Lee Acton, Kellen Landry, and Claudia Sipikati won Best Prepared Case.
11/29/10
District earns green cleaning recognition

Columbia Public Schools has been chosen to receive the "Best New Program Award" in the school district category of the 2010 Green Cleaning Award for Schools & Universities, sponsored by American School & University magazine, The Green Cleaning Network, and Healthy Schools Campaign. The awards program recognizes educational institutions for their healthy and sustainable approaches to cleaning to protect health without harming the environment. Programs are judged for their use of green cleaning products, equipment, and supplies; adoption of green cleaning procedures; and use of green plastic and paper products. One grand award winner, four honorable mention awards, and one best new program award were given in the category of school districts. The "Best New Program Award" recognizes those programs that are just getting off the ground, but in a commendable way. The district will be featured in the December issue of American School & University magazine. More information
11/29/10
Hickman cheerleaders place 3rd in state championship

The Hickman High School Competition Cheerleaders placed 3rd in the Missouri Cheerleading Coaches Association State Championship in the 5A Small division on Saturday, November 20, at the Hearnes Center. The squad suffered an injury during the first 15 seconds of the routine, and had 30 minutes to prepare an alternate and compete again. They were able to perform wonderfully and received 3rd place out of 24 teams. Squad members include Ashley Armstrong, Valerie Bell, Marielle Carlos, Mary Cherrington, Bre Chick, Haley Cropp, Laura Davis, Tori Holt, Megan McKenzie, Emily Pieper, Sara Sabulsky, Maria Steinhauer, Amanda Steinmetz, Bree Stewart, Rachel Stoerker, and Audra Woodard. The squad was coached by Molly Lyman and Spirit Squad Coordinator Pam NunnellySquad photo
11/22/10
Breakfast with Santa

There will be a breakfast with Santa in the Rock Bridge High School cafeteria on Saturday, December 4, at 9:00 a.m., along with crafts and singing led by the seniors at Rock Bridge.  The cost is $3.00 per person ($1.00 for some of the optional craft activities), and tickets are available at D&H on Broadway, Hy-Vee, Gerbes on Nifong, and the Rock Bridge High School activities office.  Don't forget to bring your camera!
11/22/10
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl teams take 1st and 3rd

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl teams, which went a combined 18-2 at the Bill Curie Memorial Tournament the weekend of November 13-14. The Rock Bridge teams took home 1st and 3rd place. The 1st-place team consisted of Bess Goodfellow, Monica Greenlief, Riaz Helfer, Marc Micatka, Sachin Nair, and Nick Sun. The 3rd-place team, which lost the 2nd-3rd-place game in overtime, included Husam Abdul-Kafi, Vikram Arun, Craig Chval, Iyas Daghlas, Nadav Govari, and Nikhilesh Sharma. Rock Bridge had the top four individuals in the tournament as well. Craig and Marc finished first and second, and Riaz and Iyas finished tied for third.
11/22/10
Watch a special tribute to Columbia FFA

The weekend of November 27-29, the Columbia FFA Chapter will be featured during the program This Week in Agribusiness on RFD-TV. RFD-TV features programming highlighting rural America. Visit the channel's Web site for more information.
11/22/10
Hickman math team takes first in competition

The Hickman High School Math Team traveled together to Spokane, Missouri, on Saturday, November 6, to compete in the November Math League Competition. Hickman placed 1st in the Sweepstakes totals. The Hickman team of Daniel Hwang, Tom Majerus, Daniel Shyu, and Eric Young placed 1st and qualified for the state competition. In individual competitions, Bowen Yang earned a 3rd place, Daniel Shyu earned a 3rd and 4th place, Daniel Hwang earned two 2nd-place finishes, Tom Majerus earned two 2nd-place finishes, and Eric Young earned two 1st-place finishes.
11/22/10
Failure Is NOT An Option conference

Mark your calendar for the MAC Scholars Second Annual Failure Is NOT an Option Student Achievement Conference on Saturday, March 19, 2011, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hickman High School. More details will be coming soon.
11/18/10
Tell us what you think!

Columbia Public Schools is currently conducting a telephone survey with 400 randomly-selected patrons from across the district, asking them their opinion on a variety of different issues. Because not all of the district's patrons will have a chance to take part in the telephone survey, the district is also conducting an online survey covering the same topics. Please share your thoughts with us! The survey will remain open until December 3 at 5:00 p.m.  Take the survey
11/17/10
Links to Learning awards

The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has awarded 172 grants to teachers in Columbia Public Schools totaling $77,479.75. Grants are used to fund learning opportunities for students that might otherwise not be available. The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri is a non-profit all-volunteer philanthropic organization that operates multiple programs to help women and children in need in Columbia. More information
11/17/10
Rock Bridge shines at national journalism convention

The weekend of November 11-14, the Rock Bridge High School journalism department won 16 individual journalism awards and three staff awards at the National Scholastic Press Association/Journalism Education Association's Fall Convention in Kansas City. The staff of The Rock received an All-American Hall of Fame plaque, which acknowledges more than a decade of achieving the National Scholastic Press Association's All-American status. Additionally, the 2010-11 staff won a second-place Best of Show Award for the Newspaper Special Editions with its November Southpaw and a seventh-place Best of Show Award in the Newspaper 17 or More Pages division. Superior Medal Winners were Brandon McGonigle (Computer Design--Photoshop art, Southpaw cover), Jack Schoelz (review writing), and Sawyer Wade (Computer Design--Art illustration, dreams); Excellent: Michelle Haas (yearbook headline/copy/caption/writing clubs), Jordan Miller (portrait photo), Leslie Neu (broadcast commentary), Tessa Vellek (news writing), and Kristen Williams (yearbook cover/endsheets); and Honorable Mention: Kylianne Fuchs (photography portfolio), Gabby Gotangco (yearbook headline writing), Mary Herndon (newspaper sports photography), Joanne Lee (literary magazine illustration), Jacqueline Nichols (newsmagazine design), Rana Poulton (photo story), Shivangi Singh (feature writing), and Omar Taranissi (editorial writing). More information
11/17/10
Fairview third grader wins state piano competition

John Yoo, a third-grade student at Fairview Elementary School, won the Missouri Music Teachers Association Pre-Collegiate Piano Solo competition held November 7 at Truman State University in Kirksville. John's teacher is Judy Shaw, who also accompanies the Smithton Middle School choirs. Watch John's outstanding performance!
11/15/10
Smithton raises funds for food bank

During Red Ribbon Week at Smithton Middle School, students had fun wearing hats as well as wacky clothes and hair. The efforts were in support of the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri. The school collected 1,630 pounds of food and raised $6,101.01.
11/15/10
District receives procurement card rebate

Columbia Public Schools received a $17,499 rebate through the Missouri School Boards Association's procurement card program. The program saves school districts money by improving controls over spending and reducing paperwork for staff. The district was presented with the rebate funds at the Board of Education regular meeting on November 8.
11/10/10
CPS employment fair

The Columbia School District will hold an employment fair on Saturday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Smithton Middle School. We are interested in speaking with anyone who would like to work for Columbia Public Schools.  Please read these details regarding applications and interviews.
11/10/10
Veterans Day essay contest winners

Eight Columbia School District students are winners of the annual Veterans Day essay contest sponsored by the Harry S Truman Memorial Veterans' Hospital. Open to junior and senior high students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each school prior to submission. VA staff members judged and determined winning essays in the junior and senior high divisions. Cash prizes from donated funds were awarded to the winners. The winning authors will be recognized at the Veterans Day Ceremony at Truman VA on Thursday, November 11. Junior high division winners are Isabelle Bouchard (first place), Megan Kelly (second place), Isabelle Mitchell (third place), and Melanie Tucker (honorable mention), who are all students at Jefferson Junior High School. Senior high division winners include Courtney Engle (first place), David Maddox (second place), Katherine Woodruff (third place), and Taylor Yeagle (honorable mention), who are all students at Rock Bridge High School.
11/10/10
Teacher recognized by Gifted Association

Jill Rockett, primary high potential program teacher, has been named this year's Outstanding Educator of Gifted by the Gifted Association of Missouri.
11/9/10
Rock Bridge student named semifinalist in Siemens competition

Rock Bridge High School senior Sarah Zaghouani has been named a semifinalist in the 2010 Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. She is one of only five semifinalists from Missouri. A record number of 1,372 projects were received this year for the competition, and only 312 of them were recognized as semifinalists. The Siemens Foundation announced the semifinalists and regional finalists of the competition in October. This competition is the nation's leading original research competition in math, science, and technology for high school students. Sarah's project dealt with a mouse model of multiple sclerosis and was titled "IL-13 receptor on antigen-presenting cells serves as a modulator of myelin-reactive T cells that mediate Central Nervous System autoimmunity." She discovered the mechanism by which a certain protein counters exacerbation of MS, which could lead to development of effective therapies countering the disease.
11/9/10
West Junior basketball tailgate

West Junior High School basketball invites you to the Blue and White Tailgate, which will be held at 4:30 p.m. on November 11, before the basketball game, at West Junior. More information
11/9/10
Rock Bridge JV Scholar Bowl team wins tournament

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge JV Scholar Bowl team, who won the Fall JV Tournament with a perfect 10-0 record. Team members include Husam Abdul-Kafi, Vikram Arun, Bess Goodfellow, Monica Greenlief, Raj Patel, and Ben Trendle. Individually, Bess Goodfellow finished 2nd overall, Husam Abdul-Kafi finished 9th, and Ben Trendle finished 20th.  Team photo
11/9/10
Students selected for all-state choir

Congratulations to the following Hickman and Rock Bridge high school choir students who were selected for the Missouri All-State Choir on November 6. These students will attend the Missouri Music Educators Conference in Osage Beach, January 26-29, for three intensive days of rehearsals alongside their fellow All-State singers from around the state, capped with a magnificent concert on Saturday morning for parents, friends, and hundreds of Missouri music educators.  From Hickman, seniors Eric Bryda, tenor; Mary Kettlewell, soprano; Joey Smith, tenor; Michael Sweeney, bass; and Cyrus Rautman, bass alternate; and junior Carter Datz, tenor.  From Rock Bridge, seniors Hannah Pancoast, soprano; Catherine Sandstedt, soprano; Kyle Sherman, tenor; Allie Blayloch, soprano alternate; and Brian Dresner, tenor alternate; and juniors Charlie Davis, bass; Andy Flanagin, tenor; and Katie Hobbs, soprano.
11/9/10
Donate a musical instrument!

Columbia Public Schools is currently accepting donations of band and orchestral instruments. These instruments will be refurbished and used in an effort to provide CPS students the opportunity to participate in our band and orchestra programs. If you are interested in donating a musical instrument to Columbia Public Schools, please contact your school band or orchestra director, or contact the CPS district music office at 214-3005. All donations are tax-deductible.
11/5/10
Mythbusters: Students talk about myths and stereotypes

In the November 2010 issue of Inside Columbia magazine, five Columbia Public Schools students talk about the myths and stereotypes they've overcome to succeed in school and life.  Read the article
11/3/10
Hickman art students' work on display

Fourteen students in Julia Grants' Advanced Placement Studio Art class at Hickman High School participated in an art contest based on the theme "Growing Hope" to help Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri celebrate National Adoption Month. The pieces are currently on display until November 15 in the Boone County National Bank Art Gallery, 720 East Broadway. A reception will be held at the gallery at 5:00 p.m. on November 3 to celebrate the accomplishments of the students. More information
11/2/10
Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Keep Boone County kids safe by dropping off your old and unwanted medications on Saturday, November 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.  Dropoff sites include Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools. You'll need photo identification showing you are at least 18, and medicine must be in its original packaging from the pharmacy.  More information
11/1/10
Career Center students perform well at FFA nationals

A number of students from the Columbia Area Career Center achieved impressive results at the recent FFA national competition. Results
10/29/10
Forestry team wins FFA nationals

A four-member team from the Columbia Area Career Center won the National FFA Forestry Competition in Indianapolis. Team members included Nobel Carpenter, Brandon Gerardy, Courtney Johnson, and John Marshall. The team was coached by Larry Henneke. The team had to develop a variety of "forestry management skills" that could be tested, such as identifying different trees, measuring timber, orienteering with a compass, pacing distances, reading maps, and identifying insects and tree diseases. Each of the students on the winning team received a $1,000 college scholarship from FFA. News release
10/29/10
Rock Bridge alum's photography appears on Time cover

Ty Cacek, a 2009 graduate of Rock Bridge High School, recently had his photography work showcased on the cover of Time magazine. The photograph features the face of a soldier as part of a story about extreme militias. Richard Stengel, managing editor of the magazine, writes this about Cacek: "The striking photograph on the cover and those inside were taken by a young photographer named Ty Cacek, who accompanied Barton to an Ohio Defense Force training site in Zanesville, Ohio. Ty is just 19, but his vision has a maturity that belies his age." Ty also took the photos for a Time Web exclusive slide show.
10/22/10
Rock Bridge girls' tennis state champions

The Rock Bridge High School girls' tennis team beat defending state champions Ladue Horton Watkins High School 5-4 in the state championship final on October 21. Earlier in the day, the team defeated Park Hill 5-2 in the semifinal. Congratulations to coach Ben Loeb and the 2010 Class 2 Girls' Tennis State Champions: Savannah Everritt, Sophie Farid, Kay Fischer, Maddy Kayser, and Kelsey Kinderknecht.
10/22/10
Rock Bridge Scholar Bowl team qualifies for nationals

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl team came home as the champions of the Truman Presidential Library trivia contest for the third straight year. Team members included Craig Chval, Bess Goodfellow, Riaz Helfer, Marc Micatka, Nikhilesh Sharma, and Walter Wang. The team also tied for second place at the Mizzou Fall Tournament against some of the perennial state powers in Missouri. Senior Craig Chval made the All-Tournament Team alongside Husam Abdul-Kafi, Marc, Bess, Nikhilesh, and Riaz. With this strong showing, Rock Bridge qualified for the High School National Championship Tournament this coming spring in Atlanta, Georgia.
10/22/10
You're invited: Community conversation about the achievement gap

Columbia Public Schools is hosting a public forum called the CPS World Cafe on Thursday, November 4, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center, 2601 S. Providence Road. The purpose of the World Cafe is to capture community input regarding the challenges we're facing in eliminating the achievement gap before school, at school, at home, and in the community. World Cafe provides an opportunity for conversation within small groups of people responding to questions and participating in dialogue about Columbia Public Schools. If you would like to participate in the event, please e-mail Molly Delgado to register or call her at 214-3960. The registration deadline is October 29.
10/22/10
Lange fall festival

Lange Middle School will host its First Annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 29, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. There is no cost for admission. Events will include a teacher chili cook-off (vote for your favorite chili); performances by the Mid-Missouri High Steppers and by Lange choir students; games and prizes; and Movie Night (Old Yeller), presented by the Cinema Club at 6:00 p.m.  Refreshments will include hot dogs and chili, chips, caramel and apples, and soda. Come join in the fun and food with family and friends!
10/18/10
50th annual West/Jeff football game

The 50th annual West/Jeff football game will take place at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, at Robert LeMone Field at Hickman High School. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students--or free to anyone wearing a Jefferson Junior High School 100th anniversary T-shirt, available in the Jeff Junior main office and at the game for $10. More information
10/15/10
Teens speak out on crime

Teens ages 15 to 17 are invited to a town-hall-style meeting to discuss thoughts and solutions related to crime. Teens will take over Columbia City Hall, 400 Broadway, on Tuesday, October 19, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The event will be filmed and presented to the Columbia City Council and Columbia Public Schools.  More information
10/13/10
Cedar Ridge craft show and bazaar

Cedar Ridge Elementary School will hold a craft show and bazaar on Saturday, November 6, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the school. If you are interested in a booth, e-mail Cheri Dubinski for a vendor registration form.
10/13/10
Hickman marching band excels at festival

Congratulations to the Hickman Marching Band for two outstanding performances at the "Ozarko" Marching Festival (Springfield, MO) on Saturday, October 9. The band placed 4th in the Gold Division in preliminary competition. Also in prelims, the band placed 6th on the day (out of 36 bands from Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, and Oklahoma). The band placed 5th in Gold Finals, improving one placement from prelims. A mere .66 separated 2nd and 5th place. Directors are Rob Nichols and Denis Swope.
10/11/10
Rock Bridge marching band shines in competition

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge Emerald Regiment for taking 3rd place in preliminaries and 4th place in finals at the Francis Howell Marching Invitational on Saturday, October 9. Directors are Steve Mathews and Bob Thalhuber.
10/11/10
Benton chili supper

The Benton Elementary School PTA will hold its 60th Chili Supper on November 6. The supper will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and the cost is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Chili, chili dogs, and hot dogs will be served.
10/8/10
Be a superhero!

On Saturday, October 30, more than 1,580 people of all ages will break the world record for "most people dressed as a superhero," coming together as a community and supporting our public schools--kids, adults, families, everybody! The event will take place at the Hickman High School football field. Check-in starts at 11:00 a.m., and the count will take place about 12:15 p.m.  More information
10/7/10
Rock Bridge Elementary chicken BBQ

Rock Bridge Elementary School will host its 53rd annual chicken BBQ on Saturday, October 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
10/5/10
Rock Bridge band performs well at Blue Springs

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment took first place in Class 6A out of nine competing bands at the Blue Springs Marching Preliminary Competition. The band finished third overall for the day out of 26 bands in preliminary competition, and earned honors for Outstanding General Effect in Preliminary Class 6A and Outstanding Drum Majors in Preliminary Class 6A. Twelve bands competed in the finals, and Rock Bridge finished seventh by a close margin.
10/4/10
Early Childhood open house

Early Childhood will be hosting an open house at Field School on Wednesday, October 20, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Students, families, CPS employees, board members, and the neighborhood are invited to come. Field School has been transformed from its previous purpose as an elementary school building to a center for some much-needed early childhood classrooms. The Gifted Education Center will soon be moving into the Field School building as well.
9/30/10
West Junior Spirit Week tailgate

West Junior High School's football team is playing Oakland Junior High School's football team on Thursday, September 30. The game starts at 6:00 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School's football field. Join students, faculty, and other community members before the game for a tailgate at 4:30 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit West Junior High School students. More information
9/29/10
A special thank-you

The Board of Education wishes to extend a special thank-you to the following community members who graciously donated computers to the Board of Education: Norm Ruebling of MoX, Robert Wagner of Columbia Insurance Group, Karen Taylor of Boone County National Bank, Roger Wilson of Missouri Employers Mutual, Teresa Maledy of Commerce Bank, Gary Kespohl of Central Missouri Computer Center, and Gary and Patty Kespohl. The computers are used by board members during meetings to access information and improve meeting efficiency.
9/29/10
Rock Bridge band earns marching competition honors

The Rock Bridge High School Emerald Regiment earned second place in the silver division of the St. Charles West Marching preliminary competition. The regiment was also awarded best percussion in the silver division.
9/29/10
Midway Heights fall festival and chili supper

Midway Heights Elementary School's annual fall festival and chili supper will be held on Saturday, October 16, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  The event, sponsored by the Midway Heights PTA, offers great food and family fun, including kids' games and prizes, a silent auction, country store, and bingo. Tickets may be purchased from Midway Heights students or at the door. For more information, call 214-3540.
9/28/10
Parent opportunity to preview prevention materials

The Columbia Elementary School Counselors will host a special meeting for all parents to preview the sexual abuse prevention materials which will be shown to children during the 2010-11 school year. Parents will have two opportunities to view the films. The first viewing will be held at at Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School, 5801 Arbor Pointe Parkway, on Tuesday, October 12. The second viewing will be held at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, 201 Park DeVille Drive, on Thursday, October 14. The films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. for parents of students in kindergarten, first grade, or second grade; and at 7:15 p.m. for parents of students in third, fourth, or fifth grade. The viewings are for parents only. All Columbia Public Schools elementary parents are encouraged to attend.
9/28/10
CPS Foundation Night of Stars

Please join the Columbia Public Schools Foundation for a celebration of the 2010 Hall of Leaders! This special event will be held on October 14 at the Missouri Theatre Center for the Arts, with a reception at 5:30 p.m. and ceremony at 7:00 p.m. A number of Columbia Public Schools luminaries will be honored, including outstanding alumni, outstanding retired educators, and outstanding volunteers.  More information
9/27/10
Alpha Hart Lewis in session September 24

Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School will be in session on Friday, September 24, and will dismiss at 1:15 p.m. Other elementary schools will not be in session on Friday, September 24, due to a teacher collaboration day. Alpha Hart Lewis is making up the day of instruction it lost on August 20 because of an electrical outage.
9/23/10
NE Missouri All-District Honor Choir results

Congratulations to the students and their directors who were chosen to participate in the 2010-11 NE Missouri All-District Honor Choir. This ensemble will perform on November 6 at Moberly High School. Hickman results | Rock Bridge results
9/22/10
214 high school students recognized as AP Scholars

Hickman High School had 301 students take a total of 490 Advanced Placement (AP) exams; 78 students are recognized as AP Scholars for their performance on the exams: AP Scholar (3.0 or higher average score on 3 or more tests), 30 students; AP Scholar with Honor (3.25 or higher average score on 4 or more tests), 20 students; AP Scholar with Distinction (3.5 or higher average score on 5 or more tests), 26 students; National AP Scholar (4.0 or higher average score on 8 or more tests), 2 students.  Rock Bridge High School had 401 students take a total of 760 AP exams; 136 students are recognized as AP Scholars for their performance on the exams: AP Scholar (3.0 or higher average score on 3 or more tests), 54 students; AP Scholar with Honor (3.25 or higher average score on 4 or more tests), 32 students; AP Scholar with Distinction (3.5 or higher average score on 5 or more tests), 44 students; National AP Scholar (4.0 or higher average score on 8 or more tests), 6 students.
9/22/10
2010 SAT scores remain above average

Columbia Public Schools college-bound students continue to achieve SAT scores above the state and above the total group of students who took the test on all three areas of the exam.  News release
9/22/10
Rock Bridge speech and debate teacher honored

Rock Bridge High School teacher Stacey Bonderer has earned a second diamond degree of membership in the National Forensic League (NFL) honorary society. To receive this distinction, Bonderer attained a total of 3,029 points on May 21, 2010, representing coaching success over more than a decade. Under her direction, students have earned over 30,290 credit points through speech and debate presentations, competition, and service. NFL diamond coach awards recognize professional careers that combine excellence and longevity. On attaining a total of 1,500 points, coaches are entitled to wear a diamond-set NFL key or pin; additional diamonds accrue at 3,000, 6,000, 10,000, and each 3,000 points thereafter. The minimum time for each diamond is five years as an NFL member coach. Bonderer will receive her special recognition at the Lincoln Financial Group/NFL National Speech and Debate Tournament in Dallas, Texas in June 2011. The NFL is a not-for-profit honorary society whose mission is to promote high school and middle school speech and debate activities as a means to develop a student's essential life skills and values. Last year, more than 112,000 high school and middle school students, representing more than 2,800 high schools and nearly 100 middle schools, were members. News release
9/13/10
President to speak on September 14

The White House has announced that President Barack Obama will be speaking to students on September 14. Columbia Public Schools will make the speech available in all schools. Parents will have the option to opt their child out of the activity and an alternative activity will be provided. News release | Letter to parents/guardians
9/8/10
Principal named advocate of the year

Dr. Sandra Logan, principal at West Junior High School, has been named Administrator-Counselor Advocate of the Year for the state of Missouri by the Missouri School Counselor Association. Logan will be recognized at the annual Missouri School Counselor Association Fall Conference in November. Additionally, Carolyn Roof, who retired last year from Mill Creek Elementary School, was named the Guidance Director/Supervisor of the Year by the Missouri School Counselor Association.
9/1/10
CPS-TV is back on Charter

After a hiatus due to technical issues, Columbia Public Schools' cable access television channel, CPS-TV, is once again broadcasting to Charter cable subscribers. Charter subscribers can find CPS-TV on channel 16. CPS-TV also airs on Mediacom 81 and CenturyLink 602. You can also access CPS-TV programming online.
8/27/10
District to adjust tax levy increase

Columbia Public Schools has received revised assessed valuations from the Boone County Clerk's office that will reduce the increase in tax rates that was recently approved by the Board of Education. The change will lower the previous 14.75-cent increase to a 7.75-cent increase, making the total levy $4.8492. News release
8/27/10
Annual Hickman hog roast

The 8th annual Hickman High School hog roast will be held on Saturday, October 30, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Hickman commons. Proceeds will benefit all Hickman students. More information
8/25/10
CPS alums to wed on Today show

Melissa McMillin and Jeremy Gebhardt graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 2007. Jeremy attended Fairview, Smithton, West, and Rock Bridge, and Melissa attended Mill Creek, Gentry, Jeff Junior, and Rock Bridge. They met at Rock Bridge when she was in show choir and he was on the tech crew. They were engaged last year to be married and were planning a wedding for June of the coming year. Jeremy is in the Air Force and is deployed in Afghanistan. Melissa is studying to be a nurse at Central Methodist University. Jeremy submitted a videotape for the "Today Throws a Wedding" national contest to the Today show in June. After interviews and a selection process, they were chosen to appear on the show and compete for a full-expense-paid wedding. After a nationwide vote, they were announced as the winning couple during the Today show on August 26.
8/25/10
High school name selection

Columbia Public Schools is currently accepting naming suggestions for the new high school being built on St. Charles Road. The school is scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. Names are expected to be recommended to the Board of Education at its regular meeting on October 11. Submissions should be no more than two typed pages, but can include additional photos or newspaper clippings. In accordance with school board policy, names should be easily identifiable with the school; names of living people should be avoided; and individual parts of a school building or campus should not be named separately from the total complex. Naming proposals can be submitted to Dr. Wanda Brown, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education, at 1818 West Worley Street, or via e-mail. The deadline for submissions is October 1.
8/20/10
High school naming committee volunteers needed

Columbia Public Schools is seeking volunteers to serve on the naming committee for the new high school. The committee will be responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Education on a name for the new school. Volunteers must be able to meet on September 20 at 5:00 p.m. and October 4 at 5:00 p.m. at the district's administration building, 1818 West Worley Street. Volunteers should also not be related to an individual whose name is being considered or have submitted a name for consideration. If interested, please submit your name, contact information, and a brief paragraph as to why you are interested in this committee to cpscomm@columbia.k12.mo.us. You may also call 214-3960.
8/20/10
Are you smarter than a 5th grader?

The Blue Ridge Elementary School PTA will host a trivia night on Friday, October 8, from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. called "Are you smarter than a 5th grader?" Complete the reservation form to reserve your spot ($10 per person) or table ($80).  Register early--there are only 18 tables!  For more information, contact Mary Flatt at 808-2186 or visit the Blue Ridge PTA Web site.
8/20/10
First day of school enrollment

The Columbia School District experienced an excellent opening day on August 19. Teachers and students were well prepared for the first day of classes. Total enrollment for the school district is 17,558, an increase of 177 students compared to the first day of the 2009-10 school term. News release
8/19/10
Language arts instructional materials selection

The Language Arts department is in the process of selecting new instructional materials to support the revised elementary curriculum approved by the Board of Education at the June session. All community members and CPS staff members are welcome to review the materials and provide feedback. The materials are located at the Language Arts office at 555 Vandiver Drive. The materials will be on display from 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. until September 9.
8/19/10
Oakland teacher named Boys State dean

Nick Kremer, a language arts teacher at Oakland Junior High School, has been named the next dean of education for the American Legion Missouri Boys State Program. Kremer will become an executive member of the organization's board of directors and administer the program's six schools of instruction. Boys State (and Girls State) is a week-long civic education program for students entering their senior year of high school. More than 950 student leaders from all over the state participate each summer in creating their own mock government and hearing from state and national political leaders.
8/18/10
CPS students excel on AP and ACT exams

Columbia Public Schools students fared well on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered in 2010, outscoring their state and global peers. Additionally, CPS students continue to achieve ACT test scores above state and national averages.  News release
8/18/10
Tax levy informational meeting

Columbia Public Schools invites the community to attend an informational session on the tax levy on Monday, August 23, at 5:00 p.m. at the district's administration building, 1818 West Worley Street. Community members will have an opportunity to learn about the components of the tax levy as well as ask questions. Additionally, the Board of Education will hold a public hearing will be held on Aug. 26 at 7:30 a.m. at the district's administration building to consider the tax rate for 2010.
8/16/10
Jeff Junior parking lot meeting

On Monday, August 30, Columbia Public Schools will provide an opportunity for the community to review and discuss plans for the expansion of the existing Jefferson Junior High School parking lot to include 13 additional parking spaces on Hickman Avenue. Proposed drawings will be available for review at the meeting. The meeting will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Jefferson Junior High School in the media center.
8/11/10
Message to parents about excessive heat

It is always the prerogative of parents to keep their child home from school if they feel the child is being adversely affected by excessive heat in school. Such absences will be excused, and the school will provide the child's homework. The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance.  Early dismissal schedule
8/10/10
Free screening for infants and toddlers 8/2/10
Jeff Junior teacher is Teacher of the Year finalist

Kathy Steinhoff, Jefferson Junior High School, has been selected as a national top-five finalist for the Horace Mann Teacher of the Year award. Steinhoff traveled to Washington, DC in July to interview with the selection committee as the Horace Mann Teacher of the Year. The national Horace Mann Teacher of the Year award winner will be announced in February.
8/2/10
CPS receives MAP achievement data 7/30/10
CPS choral ensembles to perform at MMEA

Four choral ensembles from Columbia Public Schools have been selected by audition to perform at the 73rd Annual Missouri Music Educators Association (MMEA) Conference in January 2011. Congratulations to the following ensembles that have been selected to perform at the MMEA conference:  Singer Select, West Junior High School (James Melton, director); Columbia 5th Grade Honors Choir, district ensemble (Melissa Straw, director); A Cappella Singers, Hickman High School (Matt Felts, director); and RBHS Mixed Chamber Choir, Rock Bridge High School (Mike Pierson, director).
7/19/10
Groundbreaking ceremony for new high school

You are cordially invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the new high school on Thursday, July 15, at 4:00 p.m. at the new high school site on St. Charles Road.  Invitation | Directions and parking information | Drawings and floor plans for the new high school | News release
7/13/10
CPS students excel at SkillsUSA culinary competitions

Rachel Koppleman, a 2010 Rock Bridge High School graduate, placed first in the SkillsUSA national contest for culinary arts. This is the first time that Missouri has ever had a national champion in culinary arts. By becoming the national champion, Rachel receives a full-ride scholarship to her choice of schools: The Culinary Institute of America, Johnson and Wales University, New England Culinary Institute, or Le Cordon Bleu Schools of North America. Meghan Hardman, who will be a senior at Rock Bridge next school year, placed second in the national contest for commercial baking. This is the highest place ever awarded to a Missouri student in commercial baking. By placing second, Meghan also receives a partial scholarship to many post-secondary culinary schools. Rachel and Meghan's teachers are Brook Harlan, Jeff Rayl, and Carri Risner.
6/28/10
CMNEA Trivia Night

The Columbia chapter of the Missouri National Education Association will hold a trivia night and silent auction on Wednesday, July 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Tiger Hotel Grand Ballroom.  Trivia teams are limited to teams of eight. Tickets are $20 per person or $150 per table.  Funds will benefit scholarships for CPS graduating seniors.  For more information or to register contact Laurie Spate-Smith at 443-2335 or via e-mail at lspatesm@columbia.k12.mo.us.
6/24/10
Rock Bridge High receives national recognition

Rock Bridge High School was named one of the top public high schools in the country by Newsweek magazine. Rock Bridge ranked 1,095 out of the top 6 percent of public high schools. The rating was based on the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, or Cambridge (AICE) tests given at a school each year divided by the number of graduating seniors. Full story
6/24/10
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan

Click here to view the district's five-year strategic plan, called the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan. The district's mission, vision, and values, and the objectives in each of five goal areas, were approved by the Board of Education in January 2010. Strategies that will be used to accomplish these objectives were approved by the Board of Education on June 14, 2010. The Board and administration view the plan as a living document. Progress toward achieving objectives will be monitored on an ongoing basis and strategies will be completed, added, or modified based on that progress, over the next five years.
6/15/10
Oakland teacher earns presidential honor

Marsha Tyson, a science teacher at Oakland Junior High School, has been named a recipient of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The award is being presented to 103 math and science educators across the country. Tyson will travel to Washington, DC, later this year to accept the award. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between mathematics and science teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade, and those teaching 7th through 12th grade. This year it goes to teachers teaching 7th through 12th grade. Winners of this presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also receive an expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and science agency leaders. White House news release
6/8/10
Parkade summer school moved to Derby Ridge

Because of construction work at Parkade Elementary School, Parkade's summer school program has been moved to Derby Ridge Elementary School.  Details
6/4/10
Hickman boys' basketball coach named

David Johnson has been selected to serve as the next boys' basketball team coach for Hickman High School. Johnson will begin his Hickman coaching experience with basketball camp, which starts in August. Hickman will hold a meet-and-greet for players, parents, and community members to visit with Johnson at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Hickman High School commons.  News release | Photo
6/4/10
MU summer academy for students

Columbia Public Schools students have the chance to take advantage of a wonderful opportunity at the University of Missouri this summer. During a week-long on-campus residential experience, the Maps in Medicine Summer Student Academy, students will engage in fun science sessions and medical school sessions, and network with undergraduate students and faculty members. The academy (July 25-30) is absolutely free of charge for the selected students. Room and board are covered, as are all other activities during the session-filled week. Students who will be 9th, 10th, or 11th graders next year are invited to apply by completing an application and writing a letter of interest.
5/28/10
Blue Ridge raises funds for Homes for Troops

Blue Ridge Elementary School recently raised $1,000 through a fund-raising drive called Coins for Caring. The drive raised $1,000 and funds were donated to Homes for Troops, a program to help provide homes for disabled military veterans. Homes for Troops is currently building a home for Robert Canine and his family in Columbia.
5/27/10
Rock Bridge personal finance team second in nation

The Rock Bridge High School personal finance team placed second in the nation in the first-ever National Personal Finance Challenge at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 20. The team competed against other teams from around the country, and team members were treated to a variety of educational activities and presentations. Members of the team included Kevin Dorst, Alan Hatfield, Justin Lidholm, and Alec Wright. The team was coached by Rock Bridge personal finance teacher Susan Lidholm. Team members won more than $1,000 each for their efforts in regional, state, and national competitions.
5/24/10
Smithton Builders Club earns Harold Hedrick Award

The Columbia Golden K Kiwanis Club awarded the Smithton Middle School Builders Club with the Harold Hedrick Award recognizing the club as an outstanding youth group. The award includes $1,000 for club activities. The club was recognized for having the most members and most activities of a local youth group. Nicole Campbell and Becca Stock serve as the club's sponsors.
5/24/10
Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Keep Boone County kids safe by disposing of old medications on Prescription Drug Take Back Day, sponsored by the Youth Community Coalition, Boone County Sheriff's Department, and several area police departments. Drop off your old and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, June 12, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at Hickman High School or Rock Bridge High School, or several other area schools.  More information
5/24/10
ABC-17 news story clarification

On Thursday, May 20, a story on the 2010-11 budget reductions aired during ABC-17's evening news broadcasts. The story reported information that may have alarmed viewers and Columbia Public Schools employees. Please be aware that the story should have been prefaced by a statement acknowledging that budget reduction information discussed at the May 20 Board of Education work session was a review of the reductions that had already been approved by the Board earlier this year. There are no new reductions being recommended. In light of the state's current economic situation, the district is aware that the information as presented during the news story may have been alarming or confusing. The Board of Education is reviewing budget information discussed earlier in the year in preparation for approving the final 2010-11 budget in June. The community is invited to attend a budget informational session on June 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the district's Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street, to learn more about the district's budget and budgeting process.
5/21/10
District receives "What Parents Want" award

Columbia Public Schools is among 28 Missouri school districts receiving recognition from SchoolMatch, a national firm specializing in rating K-12 schools by using auditable data. The Columbus, Ohio-based firm ranks school systems in a national percentile format, making it possible for comparisons by parents, home buyers, corporate leaders, policymakers, educators, or realtors using its services.  Since 1992, the SchoolMatch What Parents Want award program has recognized school systems that are making noteworthy efforts to meet the needs of the clientele they serve.  More information
5/21/10
Foreign language students recognized nationally

A number of Columbia Public Schools students were recognized for extraordinary achievement on the the national tests of French, German, Latin, and Spanish for 2009-10. They achieved Gold Medal designations, which means they ranked at or above the 95th percentile on the tests for their year of language study. The students are, in French, Cora Trout (Rock Bridge High School); in German levels II-IV, Elizabeth Goodfellow (West Junior High School), James Cutts (Hickman High School), and Anne Kruse (Rock Bridge); in Latin levels I-IV, John Langworthy (Hickman), and Craig Chval, Riaz Helfer, and Arjun Khurana, Joseph LaRose, Joanne Le, Anna Powers, Lily Qian, Jennifer Sparks, Alexander Sun, Jamie Wang, and Julie Wood (all from Rock Bridge High School); and in Spanish levels I-IV, Rasheeq Nizam (Jefferson Junior High School), Jacob Freyermuth (Oakland Junior High School), Andy Atkins, Bo Brendel, Daniel Hwang, Fernando Onate, Alesha Pisciotta, Amy Schutte, and Eric Young (all from Hickman High School), and Tasmeen Hussain, Anne Kruse, Isaac Pasley, Warren Szewczyk, and Steven Turban (all from Rock Bridge High School).
5/19/10
Vote for Stella! Google Doodle artist

Stella Pruitt, a sixth grader at Smithton Middle School, has been selected as one of 40 regional finalists from more than 33,000 entries in Google's Doodle 4 Google competition. The Doodle 4 Google competition invites K-12 students to use their artistic abilities to redraw the Google home page logo. The theme for the competition is "If I Could Do Anything, I Would..." Stella's artwork features the elements of the environment, earth, fire, water, and wind. Stella was announced as a finalist by Google executives during a special assembly at Smithton Middle School on May 18. All 40 finalists will travel to New York City for the awards ceremony where the national finalists will be chosen. If chosen, Stella would receive a $15,000 scholarship and $25,000 for Smithton Middle School to use toward computers. Winners will be chosen based on the number of votes for their artwork. Voting opens May 18 and continues through May 25. Vote for Stella's Google Doodle!  Select Region 6.  YouTube video | Photos: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
5/18/10
Budget information session

The community is invited to attend a special informational session on the Columbia Public Schools budget on June 10 at 6:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street.
5/18/10
Columbia shines in district, state golf tournaments

Rock Bridge High School won the district golf tournament held earlier this month at Old Hawthorne Country Club. Hickman High School placed third out of 10 teams. Individual results, in order of their place in the tournament, were: 1, Wilson Sundvold (72), Rock Bridge High School; 3, Will Echelmeier (75), Rock Bridge; 4, Taylor Cox (77), Hickman High School; T5, Scott Skrabal (78), Rock Bridge; T9, Cruz Buchannan (81), Hickman; T9, Tyler Kolb (81) Rock Bridge; and T9, Eric Martin (81), Rock Bridge. Rock Bridge also placed second in the state golf tournament with an overall score of 620. Individual results, in order of their place in the tournament, were: 8, Wilson Sundvold (149), Rock Bridge;11, Taylor Cox (150), Hickman;  26, Taylor Kolb (155), Rock Bridge; 33, Scott Skrabal (156), Rock Bridge; 52, Cruz Buchanan (160), Hickman; 66, Will Echelmeier (162), Rock Bridge; and 97, Eric Martin (167), Rock Bridge.
5/18/10
Rock Bridge students win state finance challenge

Rock Bridge High School students won the Missouri state title for the Personal Finance Challenge. Members of the winning state team include Kevin Dorst, Alan Hatfield, Justin Lidholm, and Alec Wright. Members of the winning team, and their teacher, each received a $500 I-Bond and a trophy for their school. The team will represent Missouri in the National Personal Finance Challenge at the Federal Reserve Bank in Kansas City later in May. The Missouri Personal Finance Challenge is a competition for students in grades 9-12 from public, private, charter, or home schools in Missouri to demonstrate their knowledge of personal finance economics. The goal of the Personal Finance Challenge is to recognize students and teachers who are setting high standards for achievement in personal finance courses, which are a new requirement in Missouri's public high schools. The competition consists of written questions followed by a "quiz-bowl" round of questions with verbal answers. The Missouri Personal Finance Challenge is a cooperative endeavor of the Missouri Council on Economic Education and the Centers for Economic Education, which are located at the University of Missouri campuses in St. Louis, Columbia, and Kansas City; Drury University (Springfield); and the University of Central Missouri (Warrensburg). The program is supported by the Federal Reserve Banks of St. Louis and Kansas City.
5/18/10
Rock Bridge student earns national award for photograph

Rock Bridge High School junior Sarah Kang is one of only five students in Missouri to receive national distinction in the 2009-2010 PTA Reflections Program, "Beauty is..." Her photography entry, entitled "A Medley of Beauty," has earned her the National Award of Excellence, which includes $200 cash and a silver-plated Reflections medallion. In addition, she will receive a certificate and letter signed by National PTA president Chuck Saylors and recognition in the National PTA Reflections online gallery.
5/18/10
Oakland students support Relay for Life

Congratulations to students and teachers at Oakland Junior High School. The school raised more than $1,200 for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. The school paired up with its Partner In Education, Naught-Naught Insurance, in a fundraising challenge. Scott Wright's social studies classes won the Naught-Naught/Oakland Junior High School Relay for Life fundraiser challenge, raising $543.42.
5/18/10
Rock Bridge students recognized for bilingual poetry

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School seniors Katherine Gale and Tasmeen Hussain for placing first and second respectively in the 2010 High School Bilingual Young Poets Contest. The contest is sponsored by the Hispanic and Latin American Faculty and Staff Association (HLAFSA), the College of Engineering, University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia Public Schools, and Ragtag Cinema Cafe. Katherine and Tasmeen wrote an English and a Spanish version of their poem for this year's contest theme of "Nunca/Never." They will be awarded monetary prizes at the awards ceremony at the Ragtag Theatre later in May. In addition, their poems will be published on the HLAFSA Web site and in a limited edition pamphlet.
5/18/10
Student earns perfect score on national Latin exam

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School sophomore Riaz Helfer for achieving a perfect score on the 2010 National Latin Exam. Only 568 students out of over 138,000 who participated in the entire United States, Australia, Zimbabwe, Canada, England, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, Korea, Bulgaria, China, Japan, and Singapore attained this distinction.
5/18/10
CPS students excel in state math competition

Columbia Public Schools students performed well at the 2010 Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics State Competition on May 1. The competition was held on the Missouri State campus in Springfield, MO. Nine students placed in the top 10 in several categories of the competition. Results
5/18/10
PAT event cancelled and rescheduled

The Parents As Teachers Spring Carnival scheduled for Monday, May 17, has been cancelled and rescheduled for Tuesday, May 18. The event will be held at the Rock Bridge High School football field, with parking in the lot south of the high school. 5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., PAT families with infants to children age 36 months; 6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., PAT families with infants and/or children 36 months to age 5 (pre-kindergarten).
5/17/10
Comprehensive School Improvement Plan draft

Click here for a draft of the district's five-year strategic plan, called the Comprehensive School Improvement Plan.  The district's mission, vision, and values, and the objectives in each of five goal areas, were approved by the Board of Education in January 2010.  District staff then drafted the strategies we will use to accomplish these objectives.  The Board of Education will discuss the plan strategies at its work session on May 20, and will consider final plan approval at the regular Board of Education meeting on June 14. Even when approved, the Board and administration view the plan as a living document.  Progress toward achieving objectives will be monitored on an ongoing basis and strategies will be completed, added, or modified based on that progress, over the next five years.
5/12/10
West Junior receives state student council award

West Junior High School has been awarded a Gold Honor Council Award by the Missouri Association of Student Councils for its exemplary record of leadership, service, and activities that serve to improve the school and community. This is the sixth consecutive year West Junior has received this award, and the school is one of only five junior high schools to be recognized by the state association.
5/6/10
CPS students head to DC for National History Day

Columbia Public Schools has two students who will represent Missouri at the National History Day competition in Washington, DC in June! Nidhi Khurana, a 9th grader from Jefferson Junior High School, and Oliver Worthington, a 6th grader from Smithton Middle School, won the state-level contest in April.
5/5/10
Partners In Education turns 26

Columbia Public Schools and businesses and community representatives throughout Columbia will celebrate the 26th year of Partners In Education May 6-13. The week of activities kicks off with a flag celebration at the Courthouse Square on Thursday, May 6, at 6:00 p.m., featuring performances by the Mid-Missouri High Steppers, the All-City Seventh Grade Award Band, and the Grant Elementary School All Star Choir. Speakers include Mayor Bob McDavid, Boone County Presiding Commissioner Ken Pearson, and Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Chris Belcher. Paul Land, chair-elect of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce, will serve as master of ceremonies. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Southwell Arena Complex on the Columbia College Campus. News release
5/5/10
Rock Bridge senior named Presidential Scholar

Rock Bridge High School senior Alan Hatfield was named a Presidential Scholar by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on May 3. Alan is one of two students from Missouri so named, and one of 141 in the country. Alan was selected for having demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, artistic excellence, leadership, citizenship, service, and contribution to school and community. As a recipient, Alan is able to ask his "most inspiring and challenging teacher" to accompany him to Washington, DC to the recognition events. Alan has invited Marilyn Toalson, gifted education coordinator at Rock Bridge, to receive a Teacher Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Education. Alan, along with all other U.S. Presidential Scholars, will be honored for his accomplishments in Washington, DC from June 19-22.
5/4/10
Hickman chamber choir takes first at festival

Hickman High School's A Cappella Singers and their small chamber ensemble, Les Chanteurs, competed in the annual Festival of Music Choral Competition at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, MO. There were five other large high schools competing in the same class as Hickman, for a total of 22 separate choirs. At the end of the day, Les Chanteurs was awarded the first place trophy for their performance of Josquin's Tu pauperum refugium and Koepke's Wade in de Water.
5/4/10
Eco School House free film showing

A documentary film about the district's Eco School House will be shown at The Blue Note on Friday, May 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The screening is free. More information
5/4/10
District honored for excellent financial reporting

Columbia Public Schools has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. The GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.  2008-09 CAFR  |  2007-08 CAFR
5/3/10
Schools recognized for PBS implementation

Congratulations to Bearfield, Benton, Cedar Ridge, Mill Creek, Parkade, and Rock Bridge elementary schools for receiving the Bronze Level of Distinction for their continued progress in implementing Positive Behavior Support as recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This is the first time Bearfield, Benton, Cedar Ridge, and Parkade have received this recognition. Mill Creek and Rock Bridge are receiving the award for the second consecutive year. Congratulations to Derby Ridge  Elementary School for reaching the Silver Level of Distinction (the school received the Bronze Level in 2008-09) for continued progress in implementing PBS. The schools will be recognized at a banquet in June for their accomplishments. Positive Behavior Support is a collaborative process for structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students.  Columbia Public Schools PBS Web site
5/3/10
RBHS Scholar Bowl is first in the state

The Rock Bridge High School Scholar Bowl earned first in state and 27th in the nation (out of 622 teams) in the Spring Knowledge Masters Open. The national average was a 1138 out of 2000 points possible, and Rock Bridge scored a 1569, ahead of nationally renowned prep schools like Philips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire. This marks the first Rock Bridge state championship in the Knowledge Masters Open. Team members include seniors Chase Franke, Zach Goree, Alan Hatfield, Bridgitt Keller, and Tasmeen Hussain; juniors Craig Chval, Sara Kang, Arjun Khurana, Marc Micatka, Khavi Thakkar, James Wong, and Jeffrey Wong; and sophomores Husam Abdul-Kafi, Iyas Daghlas, Nadav Gov-Ari, Riaz Helfer, Sachin Nair, Kat Schultz, Nikhilesh Sharma, Stephen Turban, Walter Wang, and Angela Zhang
5/3/10
Oakland superior in Project Citizen Showcase

Congratulations to the members of Michael Fernandez and Nick Kremer's Oakland Junior High School Ninth Grade Link class for being one of three high school classes in the state to receive a Superior rating at the Project Citizen Showcase in Jefferson City. The class's "D.on't B.ecome a S.tatistic" campaign for eliminating texting while driving is shown on its self-created Web site. Also, keep your ears tuned for public service announcements on Clear 99, Y107, and KOMU in the weeks to come.
5/3/10
Fifth grade honors choir takes top honor

The Columbia Public Schools Fifth Grade Honors Choir, under the direction of Susan Altomari and Melissa Straw, won first place in the Elementary Choral Division at the 2010 MSFI Six Flags Festival. With a score of 199/200, the 70-member chorus won the first-place trophy for Elementary Chorus, as well as the overall Elementary Choral division. They have qualified to compete for the Grand Sweepstakes Award, which will be presented to the highest-scoring elementary chorus in the nation. That determination will be made in June. In addition, the Soprano section was awarded the trophy for Best Elementary Choral Section, as was the Alto section. Joe Hess of Lee Elementary School was awarded a trophy for Outstanding Musician for his percussion accompaniment of Laudamus Te.
5/3/10
Rock Bridge jazz band wins in St. Charles

The Rock Bridge High School Jazz Band performed well at the St. Charles West Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 24. Results include: 1st place, Rock Bridge High School Jazz Ensemble in the 5A Division; 1st place, Rock Bridge High School Jazz Band in the Second Band Division; 2nd place, Rock Bridge High School Jazz Combo "B" in the Combo Division; and 3rd place, Rock Bridge High School Jazz Combo "A" in the Combo Division.
5/3/10
Hickman DECA students attend national competition

The Hickman High School DECA chapter of the national marketing society attended the national competition from April 23-28 in Louisville, KY. View the results of the hard work put in by ten terrific students. Those who attended and represented Hickman DECA with great enthusiasm and skill included Ashlie Anderson-Rice, Drew Gieseke, Gavin Hart, Adam Kidwell,  Maggie Pace, Michael Richardson, Sara Sabulsky, Brian Smarr, Jordan Verslues, and Alicia Wagner. Photo
5/3/10
Secondary music students perform well at state

Students from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools as well as Jefferson, Oakland, and West junior high schools performed well at the state music festival held last month. Results
5/3/10
Regional Missouri Personal Finance Challenge winners

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School teams that placed 1st and 2nd in the regional Missouri Personal Finance Challenge. Kevin Dorst, Alan Hatfield, Justin Lidholm, and Alec Wright placed first in the regional competition. Max Byers, Sid Misra, Micheal Trecha, and Jimmy Weagley took second place in the challenge. Each first-place team member won a $500 I bond and each second-place team member won a $250 I bond. These students now qualify to compete in the state competition.
4/27/10
Financial Literacy Challenge results

Congratulations to the Hickman High School students who scored in the top 20th percentile in the nation on the Financial Literacy Challenge. The students are taught by Hickman teachers John Burns and Colleen Goss. The challenge is operated by the federal government through the Treasury Department. List of students in top 20th percentile
4/23/10
Hickman academic team takes second

Congratulations to Hickman High School's Academic Team! The team placed second in MSHSAA's Academic Competition District Tournament on Saturday, April 17, in Columbia. The participating members were Adam Sperber (captain), Andy Atkins, Evan Datz, Pari Jafari, Ben Levin, Tom Majerus, Peter Wu, and Eric Young. Photo
4/23/10
Columbia FFA wins state honors

Students from Columbia FFA won six state contests and two state proficiency awards at the FFA state contest held in Columbia the week of April 12. Missouri has more than 316 FFA chapters with more than 20,000 FFA members. Results
4/23/10
Rock Bridge senior earns state journalism honor

Kristen Engle, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, earned third place in the journalism contest for the Missouri Governor's Council on Disability. The purpose of the contest is to recognize students with a flair for writing or art and to increase awareness among Missouri youth about people with disabilities and their inclusion into all aspects of community life. Students are asked to write an essay or design a poster around a given theme. The theme for this year was "The Americans with Disabilities Act: Celebrating 20 Years of Opportunity." The students' posters and essays can be viewed on the Governor's Council on Disability Web site.
4/23/10
Students recognized at science symposium

Rock Bridge High School senior Sidhant Misra won the semifinalist award at the Junior Science and Humanities Symposium in March at the University of Missouri in St. Louis. Sidhant won "top paper" in the Microbiology and Medicine category for his work titled "Early Detection of Breast Cancer: Using Gold Nanoparticles to Detect a Single Circulating Tumor Cell in a Photoacoustic Cytometry System." He received an award of $1,500. In addition, his paper took second place overall, which qualified him to move on to compete at the national level and present his work at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, between April 28 and May 2. Sidhant plans on attending Harvard in the fall. Sidhant recently also won the semifinalist award for the Intel Science Talent Search and was one of two Missouri high school students receiving the award. Christine Roberson, a laboratory technology instructor at the Columbia Area Career Center, was his sponsoring teacher. Rock Bridge High School senior Anchel Sethi's paper, titled "The Collection and Measurement of Whole Blood and Serum Glucose in Dieting Mus musculus" was selected as one of the top six in the Microbiology and Medicine category. As a result, Anchel was offered a full scholarship at UMSL. Anchel works in an ob-gyn research laboratory in the University of Missouri Hospital, and plans to attend UMKC School of Medicine's six-year medical program. Christine Roberson was also her sponsoring teacher.
4/23/10
District commits to summer school program

The Columbia Board of Education, at its meeting on April 22, agreed to move forward with operating the 2010 summer school program regardless of possible funding reductions to the program at the state level. The district will consider consolidating the number of buildings operating the program in order to reduce costs. News release
4/22/10
CPS360 news show earns superior recognition

Columbia Public Schools' Broadcast Journalism program won a superior award from the Missouri Interscholastic Press Association (MIPA) for the CPS360 News Show. Students enrolled in Broadcast Journalism classes at the Career Center plan, produce, and edit stories about high school students and events. The show airs on CPS-TV and is available on the  district Web site. Haley Brueck is the district's Broadcast Journalism teacher.
4/14/10
Two students finish in top 10 at state geography bee

Seventh-grader Rohit Rao, Gentry Middle School, and eighth-grader Daniel Shapiro, West Junior High School, placed on the top 10 at the statewide geography bee held at Moberly Area Community College on April 9. Rohit placed second and Shapiro placed sixth in the state. Read more
4/14/10
Kindergarteners earn PBS Kids awards

Kindergartener Christopher Farber, Mill Creek Elementary School, placed first in the PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Christopher's story was called "The faucet had snow in it." Kindergartener Agrim Sharma, Grant Elementary School, earned third place in the contest. Agrim's story was called "My Ambition" and included illustrations. Both students will be recognized at a special awards ceremony on the campus of Central Missouri University in late April. Christopher will go on to compete in the national PBS Kids writing contest.
4/14/10
Students perform at District Music Festival

Music students provided outstanding performances at the District Music Festival held last month. Complete results
4/14/10
Parent educator honored

On April 14, Parents as Teachers Parent Educator Corinne Remeika was honored as the Outstanding Early Childhood Professional by the Central Missouri Association for the Education of Young Children. Parents as Teachers Coordinator, Belinda Masters presented Remeika with this wonderful award for excellence in Early Childhood Education. Remeika has been a parent educator with the district for 18 years.
4/14/10

Census 2010: It's in our hands

Please remember to fill out and return your 2010 Census form. When you fill out the census form, you're making a statement about what resources your community needs going forward. Accurate data reflecting changes in your community are crucial in apportioning seats in the U.S. House of Representatives and deciding how more than $400 billion per year is allocated for things like hospitals and schools. To learn more about the 2010 Census visit the census Web site.

4/8/10
Eco School House documentary film screening

A special screening of the Eco School House documentary film will be held on April 21 at 5:30 p.m. at Rag Tag Cinema. Film screening poster
4/8/10
Film produced by Hickman Spanish students earns accolades

Honors Spanish IV students at Hickman High School recently entered a foreign language film they wrote and produced into the University of Central Missouri's Foreign Language Film Festival. The film placed first for the best mystery film in its division and second for the best mystery film overall. Students who participated in the project included: Lauren Anderson, Allison Bader, Kristina Caldwell, Brandon Casteel, Heather Cole, Joshua German, Felicia Jones, Sara Mantooth, Korrin Nolke, and Zola Sturtz.
4/8/10
CPS fares well in Science Olympiad

On March 27, Columbia schools competed against Science Olympiad teams from across the state. Three schools finished in the top 10 at the state competition. West Junior High School finished in 5th place, Smithton Middle School finished in 8th place, and Rock Bridge High School finished in 7th place in its division. Complete competition results
4/5/10
CPS students shine in music competition

A total of 31 students across Missouri have been awarded prizes in the fifth annual Creating Original Music Project (COMP), a joint venture of the University of Missouri School of Music and the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. More of the winning students came from the Columbia School District than anywhere else in Missouri. News release
4/1/10
Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award winners

Congratulations to this year's winners of the Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence Award: Deborah Shaw of Russell Boulevard Elementary School; Lisa Schenker of Grant Elementary School; Marsha Tyson of Oakland Junior High School; Liana Vessell of West Junior High School; Katherine LeVota and Jill Varns, both of Hickman High School; and Kathy Ritter of Rock Bridge High School. News release | Photos
3/26/10
Career Center student wins film competition

Columbia Area Career Center student Ben Ogawa submitted two films for the True/False Film Festival's Gimme Truth Competition. The contest required Missouri film-makers to edit two-minute documentaries that are 100% true or 100% false. Ben's pieces are called "The Story" and "Wind-Up." His two entries tied for first place and were played during the festival. He was awarded $100 cash and a year's membership to Columbia Access Television (CAT-TV). Ben attends Rock Bridge High School and is enrolled in the digital media and broadcast journalism programs at the Career Center.
3/26/10
ACT recognizes Hickman High School

The Missouri ACT Council and the ACT Midwest Region recognized Hickman High School for academic distinction as demonstrated by the number of 2009 graduates who scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. Hickman is one of only 22 Missouri schools to receive this award.
3/25/10
Rock Bridge students selected for Missouri Scholars 100

Rock Bridge High School seniors Hannah Campbell and Tasmeen Hussain have been selected for the 2010 Missouri Scholars 100 award, a statewide program that honors 100 of Missouri's top academic students in the graduating class of 2010. Students will be recognized at a luncheon at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia on Sunday, April 25. Missouri Scholars 100 is sponsored by the Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals. The selection is based primarily on a formula using the student's grade point average and the ACT or SAT score. Each student nominated had to first meet criteria of an "Academic Decathlon," which included ten "events" designed to assure the academic strength of the student. To meet the decathlon requirements, the student must have a minimum GPA of 3.75, a minimum ACT score of 29 or a minimum SAT score of 1900, be ranked in the upper ten percent of the class, and have taken upper level courses in mathematics, science, English, and foreign language. The student must also have excellent attendance, be an exemplary school citizen, and be involved in the school activity program.
3/18/10
Hickman DECA advances to nationals

The Hickman High School DECA had a great showing at the recent State Career Development Conference. Of the 37 students who competed at state, 10 Hickman students (27%) qualified for nationals that will be held in Louisville, Kentucky, at the end of April. Two students medaled as well, which means they finished in the top of their category but did not qualify for nationals.
3/18/10
Oakland student wins Global Scholarship

Jacob Freyermuth, a ninth grader attending Oakland Junior High School, was awarded a National Spanish Exam Global Citizen Scholarship on March 17. He will be participating in a two-week Spanish immersion program through the Concordia Language Villages in Minnesota. Out of over 100 students that took the National Spanish Exam at Oakland, Jacob ranked first last year. This year, he will be taking the National Exam again in hopes of scoring the highest in the school district. Jacob's teacher at Oakland is Tamara Lambson.
3/18/10
Hickman FBLA's backpack collection drive

Hickman High School's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) will be collecting new or used backpacks from Monday, March 22, through Friday, March 26. Cash donations or jars of peanut butter will also be accepted. Donations can be dropped off at Hickman's main office. Donated backpacks will be given to the Central Missouri Food Bank's BuddyPack program. The Food Bank partners with elementary schools to provide BuddyPacks to school children. BuddyPacks are backpacks filled with kid-friendly, nutritious food that students take home over the weekend or holidays to supplement their meals when there is not enough for them to eat at home. After the weekend, the kids bring their empty BuddyPack back to school to be refilled by local volunteers. The program continues week after week throughout the school year to keep the growing youngsters happy and healthy.
3/17/10
Oakland NJHS chapter selected as state historian

The National Junior Honor Society chapter at Oakland Junior High School has been selected to serve as the state historian by the Missouri Association of National Honor Societies. This is the second time the chapter has been elected to serve as state historian by its middle, junior, and high school level peers. The role of the historian is to record the association's annual conference in a state scrapbook, using photos, programs, and memorabilia to tell the story of the conference. Oakland students collected and organized more than 1,970 photos and videos to document the event and show in a video format at the final conference session. The final scrapbook will be on display at the state conference in 2011. Oakland media specialist Jan Summers serves as the group's sponsor.
3/16/10
Hickman High School principal named

Tracey Conrad has been selected as the new principal of Hickman High School. Dr. Conrad will serve in this position beginning July 1, 2010, after the departure of current principal Mike Jeffers. News release | Photo
3/16/10
Hickman and Rock Bridge place in Quiz Bowl tournament

Congratulations to Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools,  which performed well at the Academic (Quiz Bowl) Tournament held in Marshall, Missouri, on March 13. The Rock Bridge team placed second in the tournament with a record of 5-1. The participating team members were Craig Chval, Chase Franke, Zach Goree, Alan Hatfield, and Bridget Keller.  The Hickman team placed third in the tournament with a record of 5-1. The participating team members were Daniel Hwang, Jacob Lee, Ben Levin, Manoj Palavalli, Amy Schutte, Adam Sperber, and Peter Wu. The Rock Bridge junior varsity team also placed third in its division. Team members were Husam Addul-Kafi, Nadav Gov-Ari, Riaz Helfer, Nikhiliesh Sharma, Nick Sun, Kavi Thakkar, and Walter Wang.
3/16/10
CMU solo and ensemble festival results

Congratulations to the students and their directors who participated in the Central Methodist University Solo and Ensemble Festival on March 5. The students performed for a judge and small audience and were critiqued on their playing. The extensive list shows the depth of excellence from these programs. Results
3/12/10
CPS schools receive energy efficiency awards

Benton, Blue Ridge, Fairview, Parkade, and Russell Boulevard elementary schools have received Energy Star Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency, placing them in the top 90th percentile of all schools in the country for energy performance. News release
3/10/10
Chess tournament results

103 students in grades K-7 participated in the recent Columbia Chess Tournament. All participants received ribbons. Students that won two of their four rounds of chess received medals, and the top players in K-3, 4-5, and 6-7 each won a trophy. Results
3/8/10
Jensen named Healthy Community Person of the Year

Dr. Jack Jensen, assistant superintendent for elementary education, was named the 2010 Healthy Community Person of the Year by the Healthy Community Partnership at its annual dinner in February. The partnership selected Jensen for his work in establishing Columbia's Walking School Bus program and other community-based "healthy kids" initiatives. The partnership also noted that Jensen has championed healthy-living efforts, made the issue a priority for elementary school principals, and advocated to the Board of Education.
3/8/10
Students participate in history day competition

Students in the EEE program participated in the National History Day competition in February. This competition is a rigorous, three-month-long research competition. Three Lange Middle School projects placed in the top three in their category and qualified for the state competition in April. They are: Individual Documentary: Emily Adams (Blazer), History of Child Labor Laws; Group Exhibit: Ben Brooks (Believer) and Gage Maccoy (Blazer), Kowlek's Kevlar; and Group Performance: Jaden Messner and Megan Infield (Believers), Marie Antoinette.
3/8/10
Grant counselor selected as counselor of the year

Kate Weir, a counselor at Grant Elementary School, has been selected as the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association Elementary Counselor of the Year.
3/8/10
Students shine at Truman State Jazz Festival

Columbia Public Schools student musicians and their directors took home many kudos and honors from the Truman State Jazz Festival in February. Results
3/8/10
Rock Bridge choirs perform well in Omaha

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School Chamber Choir and Show Choirs for their successful performances at the Omaha North Concert/Show Choir Festival. The Chamber Choir placed first overall at the Concert Choir competition, and City Lights won first place in the large school division and overall Grand Champion. Satin 'N Lace finished just out of finals in 7th place out of 22 choirs. Shelby Ringdahl also won Best Female Soloist and City Lights won Best Choreography.
3/8/10
Free movie night at Hickman

Oakland Junior High School MAC Scholars are presenting the movie "Freedom Writers" at Hickman High School on Tuesday, March 16, at 7:00 p.m. This film depicts Manuel Scott, the keynote speaker at the MAC Scholars conference on March 20, when he was a student and an original Freedom Writer. The event is free and open to all.
2/25/10
National Merit finalists announced

Thirteen Columbia Public Schools students have qualified as National Merit finalists for the 2009-10 school year. The students are, from Hickman High School, Evan Datz and Pari Jafari; and from Rock Bridge High School, Alexis Bartelt, Chase Franke, Alan Hatfield, Tasmeen Hussain, Sidhant Misra, Timothy Quetsch, Timothy Robertson, Simon Segert, Sarah Weston, Alec Wright, and Wei Wu. Nearly 15,000 finalists nationwide will compete for approximately 8,200 merit scholarships available through the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Students will be notified in April if they are selected for a scholarship.
2/23/10
West Junior student places first on national German exam

Elizabeth (Bess) Goodfellow, a ninth grader at West Junior High School, has placed first on the National German Exam, missing only one question. A total of 177 students took the exam. Bess is now eligible to be selected by the national exam board for a trip to Germany this summer. Bess is taught by German teacher Heike Rosa.
2/23/10
Students perform well in regional Science Olympiad

Columbia Public Schools performed well in the regional Science Olympiad competition. The Science Olympiad is a national program that allows teams of 15 students to compete in an academic tournament consisting of a series of 23 team events in each division. Every year, a portion of the events is rotated to reflect the ever-changing nature of genetics, earth science, chemistry, anatomy, physics, geology, astronomy, mechanical engineering, and technology. In the Junior Division, Smithton Middle School took 3rd, Jefferson Junior High School took 2nd, and West Junior High School took 1st place. In the Senior Division, Hickman High School took 2nd, and Rock Bridge High School took 1st place.
2/23/10
Hickman FBLA competes at district level

The Hickman High School chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed in district competition on February 19. In addition, Hickman won 5th place in total points. Seven students will represent Hickman at state competition competing in 6 different events. Results
2/23/10
Proposed 2010-11 calendar: We want your opinion

Please click here to review the draft 2010-11 calendar, then give us your opinion.  The last day for completion of the survey is February 28.
2/22/10
MAC Scholars achievement gap conference

On Saturday, March 20, at Hickman High School, students are invited to participate in the MAC/MAAC Scholars Achievement Matters Conference: Failure is NOT an Option. The conference will feature keynote speaker Manuel Scott, an original freedom writer, as well as Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, director of Access Initiative at the University of Missouri. Registration forms are available through the school's MAC/MAAC Scholars sponsor or home school communicator. For more information, contact Symone Thomas at 214-3008. Program brochure
2/19/10
Students place second in statewide journalism contest

Columbia Public Schools broadcast journalism students won second place in the statewide Battle of the Belt Public Service Announcement Contest. The students who produced the winning announcement are Lauren Hughes, Jordan Miller, and Whitney Wipfler. All three are Rock Bridge High School students who take broadcast journalism, taught by Haley Brueck through the Columbia Area Career Center. View the winning video
2/10/10
Hickman Curriculum Fair reminder to parents and students

The Hickman High School Curriculum Fair is Wednesday, February 10, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hickman commons. This is a great opportunity to come and visit with faculty members in each department and learn more about all the courses Hickman has to offer!
2/10/10
Hickman students qualify for state DECA

Hickman High School DECA took part in its District 2 competition on February 2. Forty students qualified for the event for the state competition that will take place at the Lodge of the Four Seasons at Lake Ozark in March. List of names
2/4/10
Helping Haiti

Schools across the district are working to help the earthquake victims in Haiti. Some of the activities taking place include:

Penny War at Gentry Middle School - At Gentry, each team will be collecting and counting its own pennies, change, and dollars. The team that collects and/or counts the most funds will be rewarded with a "hat day." Funds raised will be donated to the Red Cross for the relief effort.

Doctors Without Borders at Hickman High School - The Hickman Court Warming King candidates are raising money for Doctors Without Borders. If previsous years are an indication, they will likely raise between $6,000 and $10,000 for Haiti.

Heroes for Haiti at Rock Bridge High School - Rock Bridge has established the Heroes for Haiti project and is raising funds to donate to Partners in Health. The school has set a goal of $10,000.

Hands Across the Water at Douglass High School - Douglass High School Family and Consumer Sciences students, with the support of the school's Partner In Education Schnucks Supermarket, started Hands Across the Water. The project raises funds for relief efforts in Haiti by selling bottled water. Students have raised more than $250. Photos: 1 | 2 | 3

Hearts for Haiti at Mill Creek Elementary School - Janette Henry's class collected almost $2,500. Each child who gave a donation put his or her name on a paper heart, and each heart is displayed in the school commons.

Friendly Competition at Lange Middle School - Lange Middle School students and teachers competed to see who could raise more money for relief efforts in Haiti. The students beat the teachers, and the event raised more then $780 in one day. The funds are being donated to the American Red Cross for the Haiti Earthquake Relief.
1/27/10
Siemens competition in math, science, and technology

Rock Bridge High School students Sarah Kang and QinQin Yu's physics research project placed in the top 60 for the Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. The purpose of their project, Photorefractive Polymers for Dynamic Holography, was to find the ideal material for recording refreshable holograms. Essentially, their project has the potential to create an improved solar panel. They were bronze medalists for this competition and each won a $1,000 scholarship. They received help from Dr. Ping Yu and their mentor, Dr. Suchi Guha, both associate physics professors at the University of Missouri. Greg Kirchhofer is Sarah's chemistry teacher and Stephanie Harman is QinQin's AP physics and chemistry teacher.
1/27/10
Intel science talent search semifinalist

Sidhant Misra, a senior at Rock Bridge High School, was recently named a semifinalist in the Intel Science Talent Search with a paper outlining his three-year study of "Early detection of breast cancer: Using gold nanoparticles to detect a single circulating tumor cell in a photoacoustic cytometry system." Detecting breast cancer metastasis early is difficult because current methods are not sensitive enough. Photoacoustic detection is a new and highly sensitive technique in this area. It uses the optical properties of gold to detect presence of cancer cells. When gold nanoparticle tagged breast cancer cells are excited by a laser, they emit a distinct sound wave identifiable by a unique detection system. This method has the precision to detect the presence of a single cancer cell in the blood, enabling physicians to diagnose cancer metastasis in the earliest possible stage, thus improving overall prognosis. Sidhant Misra will receive a scholarship for $1,000 and his project will be evaluated in the finalist round of the Intel competition. Rock Bridge High School will also receive $1,000 to support science education. Dr. John Viator, Ph.D., served as Sid's mentor. Greg Kirchhofer is Sid's AP chemistry teacher.
1/27/10
Rock Bridge graduate named Yale ambassador

Deb Gangopadhyay, a Rock Bridge High School graduate, has been named a Science and Engineering Ambassador at Yale University. Therefore, the science department at Yale named Rock Bridge as an outstanding high school for performance and interest in the sciences.
1/27/10
CPS students shine at We the People competition

At this year's ninth-grade We the People competition, Jefferson Junior High School teacher Russ Crane's ninth graders won the title of Best Unit in three of the six speech competitions. The units won were Unit Two: Declaration of Independence (by students Sam Brand, Maggie Magruder, Maddie Roland, and Morgan Widhalm); Unit Three: Articles I, II, and III of the Constitution (Haley Evers, Emily Rife, Sydney Ringhahal, and Abigail Spaedy); and Unit Four: Judicial Review (Amy Bal, Carrinna Fowler, Atreyo Ghosh, Steven Lancey, and Mary Washer). Jeff Junior's ninth graders, competing with Missouri's brightest sophomore and junior students, also won one of the six competitive speech categories. The students who won Unit II were Jordan Forrest, Mike Hawke, Corrie Wilhite, and Wyatt Wilkerson.

West Junior High School's We the People team took first place in the ninth grade division at the competition. West Junior outscored all the other schools in the six categories to win the overall championship. The team volunteered to be a part of the program and started working toward their goal back in August. The team included Jonathan Ackmann, Jake Alden, Ouma Amadou, Mallory Barnes, M.C. Burns, Lara Cox, Adriana Cristal, Hannah Hughes, Nomin Jagdagdorj, Nathan Keown, Sarah Levin, Bianca Mello, Sam Mulholland, Itamar Navah-Benjamin, Courtney Nowlin, Jay Offerdahl, Katelyn Race, Maya Ramachandran, Dahna rogers, Dima Rozenblat, Adam Schoelz, Charles Shang, Jennifer Stanley, Adam Suppes, Billy Swift, Emily Thomas, Carleigh Thrower, David Want, Samantha Wayland, Allison Wright, and
Daphne Yu.
1/27/10
Kindergarten registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2010-11 school year will take place on Wednesday, March 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A child must be five years of age before August 1, 2010 to be eligible, and must enroll at the school that presently serves his or her residential area. More information
1/26/10
NEMO District Junior High School Honor Band

Congratulations to the following students and their directors! These student auditioned and were chosen to participate in the NEMO District Junior High Honor Band. It encompasses 7th and 8th graders. (CPS 7th graders do not participate because CPS has its own honor band.) Each school submits names to the District Junior High band coordinator, and approximately 4 to 6 students from each participating school are selected. They meet again on February 20 for rehearsal and a concert. The concert is in conjunction with the NEMO All-District Jazz Band. The clinics and concert are held in Macon. Band participants are, from Jefferson Junior High School, Chandler Bramstedt (bass clarinet), Audrey Clark (bassoon), Sohyoung Ryu (flute), and Evan Schaffer (horn) (director, Jaime Canepa); from Oakland Junior High School, Zeb Charlton (bassoon), Maddie Grant (baritone), Katie Nail (trumpet), Erin Pohlman (baritone), and Madison Runnels (flute) (director, Patrick Sullivan); and from West Junior High School, Rachel Brenner (bassoon), Amanda Eaton (trombone), Diana Harmata (clarinet), Adriane Replogle (flute), and Jack Schimpf (trombone) (director, Tom Sweeney).
1/22/10
Hickman artists shine

Ella Bourgeois was chosen to be a featured outstanding artist by KBIA radio. Bourgeois' interview with the radio station is available on the KBIA Web site. Jamela Kimbrough and Grace Chung placed first and second, respectively, in the Lutheran Family Children's Services (LFCS) art contest. The contest's theme, Growing Hope, celebrated National Adoption Month. The winning piece will be auctioned at the LFCS Festival of Trees Gala and note cards with reproductions of the artwork will be printed and sold as a fundraiser for LFCS.
1/19/10
Columbia Art League recognizes Rock Bridge artists

Rock Bridge High School artists Katy Ross and Amber Chapin both received honorable mentions at the Sense of Self art show sponsored by the Columbia Art League. Student Ian Reid was also recognized. Rock Bridge art specialist Sharyn Hyatt-Wade also participated in the art show. The art can be viewed at the Columbia Art League until February 20.
1/19/10
West Boulevard receives MLK award

West Boulevard Elementary School has been selected to receive the 2010 MU Martin Luther King Jr. Award for its dedicated and concerted effort to close the achievement gap of minority students. The award will be presented later this month at MU's annual MLK lecture.
1/13/10
Columbia Public Schools employment fair

Columbia Public Schools wants you!  We are interested in speaking with anyone who would like to work for the Columbia Public Schools. A job fair will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30, at Smithton Middle School, 3600 West Worley Street. Please call 214-3422 to make an appointment and find out more about our application process.  Interview times are still available.  More information
1/11/10
Kewpie Math Classic

Hickman High School's chapter of Mu Alpha Theta (a national mathematics honor society) is hosting a mathematics competition for grade 6-8 students on April 10, the Kewpie Math Classic. Registration is free and needs to be completed online by March 3. More information
1/8/10
Hickman presents Murder on the Nile

The Hickman High School Theatre Department presents Agatha Christie's Murder on the Nile on January 21, 22, and 23, at 7:30 p.m. on Hickman's stage. Tickets are $4.00 for students and senior citizens and $6.00 for adults and may be purchased at the door. Actors in the play are Lizzie German, Shelby Schoengarth, Charlie Gowin, Alex Boyt, John Taylor Hosmer-Quint, Allison Bader, Bridget Tobin, Adam Sperber, Sara Diab, Fatma El-Walid, Cameron Triplett, and Cyrus Rautman.
1/8/10
Change of date for Hickman AP Showcase

The AP Showcase for prospective students at Hickman High School has been rescheduled from January 7 to January 14 at 6:30 p.m. due to weather.
1/6/10
Message to parents about extreme weather

It is always the prerogative of parents to keep their child home from school if they are concerned about the child being adversely affected by extreme weather. Such absences will be excused, and the school will provide the child's homework. The health and safety of our students is of paramount importance.

Parents may sign up to receive text message alerts from the CPS Alert system or e-mail alerts from the Key News electronic newsletter regarding weather cancellations.
1/5/10
Schools receive Safe Routes to School funding

Fairview Elementary School and Smithton Middle School have each been awarded $1,000 mini-grants by the Safe Routes to School National Center. The grant applications were initiated by parent-led groups at both schools and supported by the PedNet Coalition, a Partner In Education with Columbia Public Schools. Columbia Public Schools was the only school district in the country to receive two grant awards. Nearly 250 schools applied for the funding and 25 grants were awarded. The goal of Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs is to enable and encourage children to safely walk and bicycle to school. SRTS programs are implemented nationwide by parents, schools, community leaders, and local, state, and tribal governments. The aim of the mini-grants is to use student creativity and leadership skills to increase safe walking and bicycling to school. Columbia's mini-grant funds will be used for the following projects: Fairview--The PTA Wellness Committee will offer an 8-week pedestrian education program to students participating in its fee-based before- and after-school activities. The "Walk This Way...Adding Fun and Education to Pedestrian Safety" course will be offered to third through fifth graders, and will include class discussions and theme walks as well as journaling. Funds will be used to provide partial and full scholarships to enable children from low-income families to participate. In addition, fifth graders who have been nominated are eligible to serve as crossing guards, an honor for students. Smithton--A student group will design and implement a Safe Routes to School Challenge at Smithton Middle School via a student-led promotion of bicycle safety programs. The goal is to increase participation in the BikePro class, which is offered at three Columbia middle schools and is PedNet's 8-hour version of the League of American Bicyclists Kids II bike safety course. This project was initiated by three students, who are participating in this year's FIRST Lego League Smart Moves Challenge and who want to encourage more of their peers to walk or bicycle to school.
12/16/09
Rock Bridge emerging artist recognized

Rock Bridge High School senior Lauren Orsheln is the recipient of the Santo Foundation Special Recognition Award. The award recognizes emerging artists. Lauren was selected based on her self-portrait work in charcoal exhibited in the Columbia Art League's current exhibition Give a Gift of Art.
12/16/09
Student artwork chosen for Water and Light calendar

Congratulations to the students whose artwork was chosen for the 2010 Columbia Water and Light calendar. List of winners
12/16/09
Educators recognized by mathematics council

Jenine Loesing, fifth-grade teacher at Paxton Keeley Elementary School, and Chip Sharp, coordinator of secondary mathematics, are recipients of awards from the Missouri Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM). Loesing wa awarded the MCTM Elementary Teacher of the Year award, recognizing her success in teacher leadership within her school, district, and state. Sharp was awarded the MCTM Leroy Sachs award in recognition of his time, energy, and expertise benefitting the improvement of mathematics education across the state.
12/16/09
Douglass students host chili lunch

Students at Douglass High School will be hosting a special chili lunch on Friday, December 18, from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m. at the school in order to raise funds for Sol House, a shelter for homeless teens. Developed as a service-learning project, students are organizing the event, are developing the promotional materials, have created the ceramic bowl art, and are making the chili. More information
12/11/09
All-district soccer team members selected

Congratulations to the following students from Rock Bridge and Hickman high schools who were chosen for the all-district soccer team. 1st Team, from Hickman: Matt Baker, Logan Forsythe, Cody Gordon, George Plaukoris, and Chuck Wilson; from Rock Bridge: Robbie Baird, Josh Dillon, and Brady Wulff. 2nd Team, from Hickman: Colin Janicek, Koby Meyer, and Brian Wilcox; from Rock Bridge: Josh Hulen, Josh Litofsky, Rhys McCracken, and Dolan Patterson. Honorable Mention, from Hickman: Taylor Cox and James Moesel; from Rock Bridge: Garrette Daugherty, Adam Henzel, and Travis Salvo.
12/10/09
All-state band and orchestra results

Thirty students will be representing Columbia Public Schools at the Missouri Music Educators Association annual conference in January. The students were selected during an audition process to perform as part of the All-State bands and orchestras. View selection results
12/8/09
Field Farewell Open House

History. Memories. New beginnings. The community and Field alumni are invited to attend a Farewell Open House at Field Elementary School on Thursday, December 17, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the school's media center. The Field Elementary School community will move to Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School in January. The Field building will be transitioning to house Columbia Public Schools' gifted program and early childhood education classes.
12/4/09
Principals honored by counselor association

Mary Sue Gibson, principal at Mill Creek Elementary School, and Sandra Logan, principal at West Junior High School, were recognized as Advocates of the Year by the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association. They were honored with the award at a special appreciation luncheon recently held at Columbia College.
12/4/09
Your feedback is requested

Members of the community are invited to attend a public forum called the CPS World Cafe on Thursday, December 3, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Activities and Recreation Center (ARC), 1701 West Ash Street. The purpose of the World Cafe is to capture public input regarding the school district's strategic plan for the next five years. The World Cafe structure encourages conversation with groups of people seated around tables responding to questions and participating in dialogue about the strategic plan components. If you would like to participate in the event, please RSVP to Linda Chickos.
11/18/09
Hickman competes in state semifinals November 20

The Hickman boys' soccer team will play in the state semifinal game on Friday, November 20, at 5:00 p.m. in St. Louis against Christian Brothers College High School. The game will also be broadcast live on Prepcast and will be available on demand through Prepcast after the game.
11/18/09
District honor band results

Congratulations to all the students who qualified for the District Honor Concert Band and District Honor Jazz Band. Students who made these bands are eligible to audition for State on December 5. Those that made the Honorable Mention Concert Band and Honorable Mention Jazz Band that are alternates are also eligible to audition for State. Results
11/18/09
Students participate in Veterans Day essay contest

Eight Columbia Public School District students are winners of the annual Veterans Day contest sponsored by Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. Open to junior and senior high students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each student's school prior to submission. VA staff members judged and determined winning essays in the junior and senior high divisions. Cash prizes from donated funds are awarded to the winners. The winning authors were recognized at the Veterans Day ceremony at Truman VA on Wednesday, November 11. Junior high division winners are Billy Swift, West Junior High School (first place); Rayna Sims, West Junior High School (second place); Kyle Ooi, West Junior High School (third place); and Annie Rumpf, Jefferson Junior High School (honorable mention). Senior high division winners include Mary Beth Hawley, Hickman High School (first place); Emilie Lewis, Rock Bridge High School (second place); Rachel Rice, Rock Bridge High School (third place); and Allison Trabue, Rock Bridge High School (honorable mention).
11/12/09
High school students selected for All-State Choir

Congratulations to the following Hickman and Rock Bridge high school choir students who were selected for the 2010 Missouri All-State Choir. From Hickman: Eric Bryda, tenor; Mary Kettlewell, soprano--alternate; Cyrus Rautman, bass; and Joey Smith, tenor. From Rock Bridge: Brian Dresner, tenor; Catherine Sandstedt, soprano; Kyle Sherman, tenor; Carli Still, alto--alternate; and Kristen Thackery, alto. These students will attend the Missouri Music Educators Conference in January to rehearse and perform with fellow All-State singers selected from around the state.
11/12/09
Hickman wins boys' soccer district championship

Congratulations to the Hickman High School boys' soccer team! The team recorded its third-straight shutout in a 2-0 victory over Jefferson City on November 5 to claim its first district championship since 2001. The team is coached by Adam Taylor. The Kewpies advance to a sectional game on November 10 in Jefferson City. They will face Camdenton, the winner of the District 10 title game, at 6:00 p.m. on November 10 at Highway 179 Park in Jefferson City.
11/6/09
Rock Bridge student selected for Macy's marching band

Shaun Gladney, Rock Bridge High School percussionist, was selected to perform in the Macy's Great American Marching Band. The band will perform in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on November 26. The students in the 200-piece marching band are selected for their musical ability and past achievements. Students from more than 14,000 high schools compete for the opportunity to participate in the band and every state is represented in the band.
10/29/09
Marching bands excel at festival

Congratulations to the Hickman and Rock Bridge high school marching bands for outstanding performances at the Greater St. Louis Marching Festival on Saturday, October 24. The Hickman band placed 6th in the Gold Division. The Rock Bridge band placed 6th out of 12 bands in the Silver Division. The competition included bands from all over Missouri and Illinois.
10/27/09
Students shine at FFA national convention

The FFA National Convention was held from October 21 to 23 in Indianapolis, and Columbia students performed well. The FFA Forestry Team, which took 2nd place, consisted of Kody Henneke, Andrew Pestle (1st individually), Josh Remus, and Matt Terry (10th individually). The FFA Nursery Landscape Team, which took 6th place, consisted of Kaitlyn Britt-Rankin, Russ Chambers, Brady Chasteen, and Will Garrett. The Livestock Judging Team, which took 2nd place, consisted of Brianne Abramovitz, Zac Kerley, Cooper Martin, and Andrew Perry (2nd place individually). The Livestock Team's performance qualifies it to judge at the World Livestock Expo in Scotland next summer. More than 47,000 students attend and participate in the national convention.
10/26/09
Hickman marching band fundraiser

EntPro Entertainment will present a Superstitions Vegas Party on Friday, November 13, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. The event will be held at VFW Post 280 on Business Loop 70 East, behind the power plant. Proceeds will benefit the Hickman High School Marching Band. More information
10/26/09
Hickman student selected for All-American marching band

Stephanie Thomas, a drum major in the Hickman High School marching band, has been selected to join the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Stephanie was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees to participate in the band. Students selected receive a paid trip to San Antonio to march in the halftime performance of the All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in January 2010.
10/23/09
Community forums on facilities

Columbia Public Schools will hold two community forums on October 28 to gather feedback on the possible future uses of Field Elementary School and the Bethel property recently purchased by the district. A forum to discuss the future use of Field Elementary School will be held at 5:00 p.m. in the media center at Field Elementary School. A forum to discuss the future uses of the Bethel property will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Gentry Middle School cafetorium. News release
10/21/09
New Haven Elementary in session on Wednesday

New Haven Elementary School will be in session on Wednesday, October 21. News release
10/20/09
New Haven Elementary to dismiss early today

New Haven Elementary School will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. today due to a water line break. Parents can pick up their children or children will be sent home on buses. No child will be dismissed until contact has been made with a parent or guardian. Students whose parents are not reachable for dismissal at 11:30 a.m. will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time and buses will run their regular routes at that time. News release
10/20/09
Hickman marching band stands out at festival

Congratulations to the Hickman High School Marching Band for two outstanding performances at the Ozark Marching Festival on October 17. In preliminary competition, Hickman placed second in the Gold Division and had the third highest score out of 18 bands from Missouri, Arkansas, and Oklahoma. The Hickman Drumline was also awarded Outstanding Percussion in the Gold Division. In the final competition, Hickman placed third and was awarded Outstanding Percussion, along with Ryan Pruitt being recognized as Outstanding Soloist.
10/19/09
Oakland students exhibit their creative work

Congratulations to Oakland Junior High School student Janie Camp. She won second place in the Fourteenth Annual Visions Photography Exhibition: Young Visions, ages 13 to 17 division. The director of the Sheldon Art Galleries in St. Louis was this year's judge. Congratulations also to Oakland students Michelle Keel and Ariel Freck for their participation in the CARE Gallery's Manga Workshop presented by nationally acclaimed New York illustrator Kensuke Okabayashi. Their resulting work was exhibited in a  special workshop reception.
10/19/09
District reaches deal to purchase Bethel Street property

Columbia Public Schools has negotiated the purchase of the former day-care facility located at 4600 Bethel Street. News release

10/16/09
Order pizza and support your school

Order Papa John's pizza Monday, October 26, through Saturday, October 31, and 20 percent of your order will be donated--10 percent back to your individual school and 10 percent back to the Columbia Public Schools Foundation. You must mention your school or school code when placing your order. More information
10/13/09
Hickman Quiz Bowl team takes third in tournament

Congratulations to Hickman's Academic (Quiz Bowl) Team for placing third in the Missouri Fall Academic Tournament on Saturday, October 10, with a record of 9-2. The team members include Andy Atkins, Tom Majerus, Peter Wu, and Adam Sperber, who placed 5th individually. The team is coached by Hickman math teacher Deanna Wasman.
10/12/09
High school bands perform well at competitions

Congratulations to the students of the Hickman High School Marching Band, who had an incredible day at the Lee's Summit North Marching Invitational on Saturday, October 10. The band placed second in its division and was the second highest scoring band of the day. Also, congratulations to clarinetist Ryan Pruitt for receiving the Outstanding Soloist Award. The Rock Bridge High School Marching Band also performed well on October 10 at the Francis Howell Marching Competition. The band and guard took second in the preliminary competition and second in the finals. The band also took the award for Overall Best Music in the finals.
10/12/09
District honored for outstanding  financial reporting

For the 27th year in a row, Columbia Public Schools has received two awards recognizing its achievements in financial reporting. The district received the Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting from the International Association of School Business Officials for the high-quality financial reporting it provides in the school district's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR). The district was also recognized by the Government Finance Officers Association with a Certificate of Achievement for the CAFR. The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in governmental accounting and financial reporting an entity can receive. News release
10/12/09
National council recognizes CPS students' writing talent

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) has selected Hickman High School seniors Kristen Carranza, John Faaborg, Elizabeth Germann, and Pari Jafari, and Rock Bridge High School seniors Laurel Croll and Wei Wu, as recipients of the 2009 Achievement Award in Writing. A total of 544 high school seniors were chosen from a pool of 1,783 students nominated in their junior year by their teachers from across the United States, Canada, and American schools abroad. Assessments of student writing are based on the students' samples of their own best prose or verse and on impromptu themes that are written under supervision. Winning students and their schools receive certificates recognizing their accomplishment. Students also receive cards highlighting their achievement to attach to their college application forms. News release
10/12/09
Homecoming parade cancelled

The Columbia Public Schools homecoming parade, which had been scheduled for this afternoon, has been cancelled due to weather conditions.
10/9/09
Rock Bridge takes district golf championship

Congratulations to the Rock Bridge High School girls' golf team! The team won the district championship for the first time in nearly 20 years. The team, coached by Melissa Melahn, will now be headed to compete at the state level.
10/7/09
Chicken BBQ at Rock Bridge Elementary

Rock Bridge Elementary School will hold its 52nd annual Chicken BBQ on Saturday, October 17, from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m. For more information, visit the Rock Bridge Elementary School PTA Web site.
10/2/09
Sexual abuse prevention program

A sexual abuse prevention program is presented each year to all elementary students in Columbia Public Schools. Any interested parent will have the opportunity to preview the materials that will be used in classrooms. Elementary school counselors will host a special meeting for parents to preview the films and materials which will be shown to students during the 2009-10 school year. The evening meetings (6:30 p.m., for parents with children in grades K-2, and 7:15, for parents with children in grades 3-5) will be held on Thursday, October 1, at Mill Creek Elementary School, 2200 Nifong Boulevard West, and Tuesday, October 13, at Derby Ridge Elementary School, 4000 Derby Ridge Drive. Children should not attend the preview night. For more information, please contact your school counselor or Carolyn S. Roof, Coordinator of Elementary Guidance, at 214-3284. 
10/1/09
Revised curriculum objectives

Revised curriculum objectives were presented to the Board of Education on September 24 for the Board's consideration at the October 12 Board of Education meeting. Revised curriculum objectives | PowerPoint presentation
9/24/09
National Merit semifinalists announced

Fifteen Columbia Public Schools students have been named National Merit semifinalists. Thirteen of the students are from Rock Bridge High School: Alexis Bartelt, Colby Delisle, Chase Franke, Stephen Garton, Alan Hatfield, Tasmeen Hussain, Sidhant Misra, Timothy Quetsch, Timothy Robertson, Simon Segert, Sarah Weston, Alec Wright, and Wei Wu. Two of the students are from Hickman High School: Evan Datz and Pari Jafari. To qualify for a National Merit scholarship, students must take the preliminary SAT, the first screening for entrants to the program. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state's percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. About 15,000 finalists will advance to the finalist stage, and 8,200 scholarships totaling about $36 million will be awarded in the spring.
9/21/09
Sixth annual Providence Bowl

On Thursday, September 24, at 7:00 p.m., Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools will play in the sixth annual Providence Bowl football game on Faurot Field in MU's Memorial Stadium. Tickets are available pre-sale through 12:00 noon on September 24. Pre-sale tickets are $3 for adults and $2 for K-12 students. Tickets will also be available at the gate that evening for $5 for adults and $3 for K-12 students.
9/21/09
Grant students to perform at Roots 'N Blues

Students from Grant Elementary School will perform at the Roots 'N Blues 'N BBQ festival on Saturday, September 26, at 11:00 a.m. on the Flat Branch stage. This is the third year the school has had the opportunity to perform at the festival. Students will spend this week working with "artist-in-residence" T.J. Wheeler to prepare for the performance and learn about blues music. The school program is sponsored by the school's Partner In Education Boone County National Bank.
9/21/09
Hickman hog roast

Hickman High School will host the 7th annual high school hog roast on Friday, October 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Hickman commons. The event is sponsored by the Hickman PTSA and the Music Boosters. Proceeds benefit all Hickman students. More information
9/21/09
Benton chili supper

Benton Elementary School's Annual Chili Fun Day is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. A chili, hot dog, or chili dog dinner will be available as well as carnival games . . . and, of course, FUN! For more information, contact Benton Elementary School at 214-3610.
9/21/09
Students selected for All-District Choir

Congratulations to the following Hickman High School, Rock Bridge High School, West Junior High School, and Jefferson Junior High School vocal music students who were selected to the Northeast Missouri All-District Choir: Lee Acton, T.I. Atkins, Sam Babel, Allison Bader, Michael Birmingham, Billy Borgmeyer, Bronwyn Brayfield, Eric Bryda, Rebecca Burke-Aguero, Mary Catherine Burns, Mary Cherrington, Nathan Cotner, Nicole Crespi, Maya Cutkosky, Evan Datz, Scarlet Davis, Jamie Daylor, Brian Dresner, John-Michael Emmons, Andy Flanagin, Allison Frisch, Lizzie Germann, Charlie Gowin, Karen Hardeman, Katie Hobbs, Jordan Hoffman, Taylor Holiman, Joe Holloway, John Hosmer-Quint, Hannah Hughes, Dane Johnson, Mary Kettlewell, Cooper Martin, Joy Martin, Leslie Neu, Hannah Overfelt, Hannah Pancoast, Nina Parker, Lena Piazza Lemen, Aniqa Rahman, Cy Rautman, Patrick Rawlings, Timothy Robertson, Sara Rohrs, Laura Rowe, Catherine Sandstedt, Hannah Satterwhite, Mandy Scoles, Katie Shay, Emily Shelton, Kyle Sherman, Adam Shim, Carsen Sikyta, Joey Smith, Alana St. John, Carli Still, Michael Sweeney, Jared Swope, Kristen Thackery, Emily Thomas, Stephanie Thomas, Cameron Triplett, Jasmin Wang, Eryn Wanyonyi, Chelsea Wells, and Theresa Whang.
9/21/09
Derby Ridge students build Box City

First-grade students in Kim Freese's art classes at Derby Ridge Elementary School took part in the City of Columbia's Box City art project. The Box City, with small houses and buildings all designed by students, was displayed at the city's Creative Kids Family Fun Fest. Children attending the event were able to tour Derby Ridge's Box City and then make their own building. Materials and curriculum for the project were provided by the city's Office of Cultural Affairs. Photo
9/21/09
New CSIP page provides strategic plan information

Work is under way to develop the district's new five-year strategic plan (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, or CSIP). Read about the process, find out when the various committees are meeting, and review meeting agendas and minutes on our new
CSIP page.
9/15/09
CSIP committee volunteer deadline extended

The Columbia Board of Education needs volunteers to serve on several committees that will provide community input for the district's new five-year strategic plan (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, or CSIP). The process will be structured through six committees: a steering committee that will coordinate and oversee the work, and working committees in each of five areas. The committees will likely meet several times each month between September and December, in the evenings. Committee members will be selected to be as representative as possible of the varied perspectives within our community. The deadline for applying for committee membership is Thursday, September 17. Application form and more details
9/10/09
September 8 Obama speech

The U.S. Department of Education has announced to school districts that it would be making President Barack Obama's speech to students available live on C-SPAN, a public affairs television channel, in addition to the original Web cast. With this change, Columbia Public Schools now has the capability to make the speech available for district-wide access through its network, for those individual teachers who elect to utilize the speech and the accompanying learning activities in their curriculum. News release
9/3/09
CPS students outscore peers on AP exams

Columbia Public Schools' students fared well on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered in 2009, outscoring their state and global peers. News release
8/26/09
2009 SAT scores remain high

Columbia Public Schools' college-bound students continue to achieve SAT scores above the state and above the total group of students who took the test on all three areas of the exam. News release
8/26/09
CPS Foundation to celebrate education leaders

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation celebrates its Annual Foundation Showcase: Night of Stars, honoring outstanding volunteers, retired educators, and alumni on October 1 at the Missouri Theatre. The reception begins at 5:30pm and awards will be presented at 7:00pm. For more information, call 874-8587.
8/26/09
First day of school enrollment

The Columbia School District experienced an excellent opening day on August 24. Total enrollment is 17,381, which is an increase of 74 students compared to the first day of the 2008-09 school term. News release with enrollment details
8/24/09
Student's work featured on poster

Each year, some of the most outstanding works created in Advanced Placement Studio Art classes from around the world are showcased on the AP Studio Art poster. This year, Angela Hong from Rock Bridge High School will have her work featured on the poster. Angela's work was one of 15 pieces selected from among 840,000 submissions worldwide. Posters are provided to schools that offer AP Studio Art by the College Board, which administers the Advanced Placement program. Angela's teacher is art specialist Sharyn Hyatt-Wade.
8/24/09
District ACT scores top state and national averages

Columbia Public Schools' students continue to achieve ACT test scores above the state and national averages. Additionally, the percentage of students taking the college entrance exam remains steady. News release
8/19/09
District prepares for heat

In the event of excessive heat and humidity, non-air-conditioned public schools in Columbia may be closed for partial days. The school district's intent is to have students attend school all day, but the safety and well-being of students and staff is paramount. More information | Message to parents about excessive heat
8/19/09
School choice for schools not making AYP

Several schools did not make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under No Child Left Behind guidelines and must offer school choice options. The deadline for submitting a transfer request is August 28, 2009. More information
8/17/09
CSIP committee volunteers needed

The Columbia Board of Education needs volunteers to serve on several committees that will provide community input for the district's new five-year strategic plan (Comprehensive School Improvement Plan, or CSIP). The process will be structured through six committees: a steering committee that will coordinate and oversee the work, and working committees in each of five areas. The committees will likely meet several times each month between September and December, in the evenings. Committee members will be selected to be as representative as possible of the varied perspectives within our community. The deadline for applying for committee membership is Friday, August 28. Application form and more details
8/14/09
Columbia Schools receive achievement data

Preliminary Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) results, one measure of school and school district performance, have been released by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Columbia Public Schools students exceeded state results in all grades in both communication arts and science, and in grades 7, 8 and Algebra I/Integrated I in mathematics. Preliminary adequate yearly progress (AYP) results indicate the district met AYP in three out of eight subgroups in mathematics and four out of eight groups in communication arts. News release
8/12/09
Rock Bridge to perform at state conference

The Rock Bridge High School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the 72nd Annual Missouri Music Educators Association Conference in January 2010. Rock Bridge was selected as one of seven high school performances from 120 applicants statewide to perform at the conference.
7/8/09
CMNEA hosts trivia night

The Columbia Missouri National Education Association will host a trivia night fundraiser to benefit scholarships for Columbia Public Schools' graduating seniors. The event will be held at 7:00pm on Friday, July 24, in the Tiger Hotel Grand Ballroom. More information
7/7/09
Student wins $10,000 culinary scholarship

Congratulations to Benjamin Truesdell, who took first place at the Le Cordon Bleu's Future Chef of America contest, winning a $10,000 scholarship. Benjamin, a Rock Bridge High School student, was enrolled in Culinary 2 and Baking and Pastry classes at the Columbia Area Career Center.
6/17/09
Career Center students receive honors

A number of Columbia Area Career Center students were recognized for their academic efforts during the 2008-09 school year at a special recognition ceremony held at Jesse Hall in May. The recognition ceremony is sponsored by the University of Missouri's Administrative Services Department, a Partner In Education with the school. Honor status | Outstanding student finalists | Student clubs
6/17/09
Columbia high schools nationally ranked

Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools have been ranked among the top 1,500 high schools in the country by Newsweek. The publication ranks schools based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and/or Cambridge tests taken by all students at a school in 2008 divided by the number of graduating seniors. Hickman ranked 1,296 and Rock Bridge ranked 1,201 out of more than 27,000 high schools nationwide.
6/16/09
Student receives Raytheon scholarship

Riley Widhalm, a Gentry Middle School student, has been awarded a $1,000 scholarship to attend a math, science, or technology camp or program or to save for college. Gentry Middle School also received a matching grant. The scholarship was awarded as part of Raytheon Company's MathMovesU program, an initiative designed to engage middle school students in math and science. The company awarded $300,000 to 150 students across the country. The students were chosen from a pool of more than 1,600 applicants who created multimedia presentations that illustrated the importance of math in their daily lives.
6/16/09
Eco School House receives Green Building award

From more than 2,500 nominated projects, the Eco School House at Grant Elementary School, submitted by Peckham & Wright Architects, has been selected as a Green Building of America Award-winning project and will be featured in the upcoming special Real Estate & Construction Review-Midwest Green Success Stories edition. Each Green Building of America Success Story project is highlighted in a case study that features the project's owner/developer, consultants, architects, and contractors explaining how the teams worked together to design and build one of the region's most important, innovative, or unique new or renovated sustainable facilities. Each edition will also be available in flip book format online.
6/16/09
Elementary writing camp

Young authors in grades 2 through 6 are invited to attend the elementary writing camp being hosted by the Missouri Writing Project, which will be held at Townsend Hall on the University of Missouri campus July 20-24. More information
6/11/09
District honored for excellent financial reporting

Columbia Public Schools has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its comprehensive annual financial report. The certificate is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting. GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving approximately 17,500 government finance professionals.
6/2/09
Schools recognized for Positive Behavior Support

Derby Ridge, Field, Mill Creek, and Rock Bridge elementary schools, as well as Gentry Middle School and West Junior High School, have been recognized by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for their successful implementation of Positive Behavior Support, a comprehensive approach to improving students' behavior and academic performance. The schools are among 133 selected to receive gold, silver, and bronze awards during the fourth annual Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support Summer Institute, sponsored by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the University of Missouri Center for Schoolwide Positive Behavior Support, later in June. Schoolwide PBS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools by structuring the learning environment to support the academic and social success of all students. It focuses on encouraging positive student behavior, preventing disruptive behavior, and tailoring academic strategies to individual students' needs.
6/2/09
Student to participate in People to People program

Nicole Schroeder, a fourth-grade student at Mill Creek Elementary School, has been accepted into the People to People Ambassador Program. People to People is an organization founded by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956. He believed that direct interaction between ordinary citizens around the world could promote cultural understanding and world peace. It has had presidential support from that day on. Nicole is one of nine students in the state of Missouri accepted to participate in the program. Her delegation will join a total of 40 students going to Australia for 15 days. They will spend time in Sydney, Brisbane, Queensland, Yeppoon, Whitsundays, and Biloela. Over the 15 days, Nicole will visit Olympic Park Grounds, Sydney Opera House, and Daydream Island. She will meet native Aboriginal people, spend time snorkeling, eat kangaroo and crocodile, and spend time with an Australian family, students, and teachers. 
6/2/09
TEAMS students take first in state

Congratulations to the following Hickman High School students for placing first in the region, first in the state, and 14th in the nation in the annual TEAMS (Test in Engineering, Aptitude, Math, and Science) competition that was held at the University of Missouri on February 24: Ming Cheng, Elizabeth Choe, Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, Chris Novosel, Abby Sun, Katie Van Doren, and Josh Yoon.
5/19/09
Bilingual Poetry Contest winners

Congratulations to our 2009 Bilingual Poetry Contest winners: Emma Myers, First Prize--High School, Hickman High School (Virginia Huckla, teacher); and Michael Peritore, Second Prize--High School, Rock Bridge High School (Virginia Huckla, teacher). The contest is sponsored by the Hispanic and Latin American Faculty and Staff Association and the University of Missouri.
5/19/09
Students score in Financial Literacy Challenge

Hickman High School students scored in the top 25th percentile in the nation on the Financial Literacy Challenge. The students are taught by personal finance teacher Cynthia Waltman. The challenge is operated by the federal government through the Treasury Department. The high-scoring students were Drew Bruegenhemke, Morgan Buscher, Nicole Creason, Kevin Cruise, Timothy Hall, Kirsten-Anne Lambson, Ashley Lawson, Ellen O'Connor, Rylee Simons, Jermira Smith, Taylor Steele, and Kyle Strawn. 
5/19/09
State Music Festival

The State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival was held in May. Congratulations to all directors and their students. Performance results
5/19/09
Summer Honor Choir members selected

Congratulations to the following students who were selected for the Missouri Choral Directors Association Summer Honor Choir on July 22 in Jefferson City: Alyssa Sykuta (alto), Jefferson Junior High School; Sam Babel (tenor), Charlie Davis (bass), Joseph Holloway (bass), and Joel Johnstone (bass), all of West Junior High School; Jonathan Crader (bass), Rhylie Kinder, Lydia Rautman (alto), and Evann Kate Twitchell, all of Smithton Middle School; Laurel Dey, home schooled/Smithton Middle School; Sarah Meadows, Grant Elementary School; Jordan Baggs, New Haven Elementary School; Christian Henry, Paxton Keeley Elementary School; and Jackie Whitworth, Two Mile Prairie Elementary School.
5/19/09
Students shine in Project Citizen Showcase

Oakland Junior High School's Reducing School Violence Program received a "superior" rating at the recent Project Citizen Showcase in Jefferson City. Students entering the competition were required to propose a public policy, research its potential pros and cons, and argue the need for their proposal in front of a panel of judges. The OJHS Eagles outperformed every other high-school-level team. Participating students include Sarah Clayton, Andrea Dietzel, Austin Gardner, Kayla Howerton, Victoria Juergens, Joseph Leible, Baleigh Nichols, Judith Pemberton, Skylar Spotts, Tieu-vy Tran, and Charles Virgil.   
5/19/09
Missouri Junior Classical League results

Students competed in the Missouri Junior Classical League State Test and Contest. Walter Wang, Latin II, placed first in Mythology and second in History and Culture. His score on the Mythology test was the highest in the state in all levels of competition. Peter Kouba, Latin II, placed second in Impromptu Art and fourth in History and Culture. Alexander Sun, Latin I, placed third in Grammar. Joanne Lee, Latin I, placed third in Drawing. Also placing: Ouma Amadou in Grammar, Dahnya Rogers in Drivative and History and Culture, and Kit Webster in History and Culture.
5/19/09
Student ties for first in Robotics Challenge

Andrew Richardson, a fifth-grade student at Blue Ridge Elementary School, tied for first place in the Robotics Challenge held in April. Blue Ridge Elementary also received two teamwork awards. Science specialist Sara Frank sponsored the school's participation.
5/19/09
Fifth grade honors choir wins festival

The Columbia Public Schools Fifth Grade Honors Choir, under the direction of Melissa Straw (Smithton Middle School) and Susan Altomari (Lee Elementary School), competed in the Music Showcase Festival at Six Flags on Saturday, May 2. The choir won the children's choir division, as well as the overall elementary choral division. Their scores qualified to be submitted to compete for the national title grand sweepstakes championship.
5/18/09
MAC Scholars Achievement Matters ceremony

The third annual Minority Achievement Committee (MAC) Scholars Achievement Matters ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickman High School auditorium. The purpose of this evening is to celebrate the academic accomplishments of the Columbia Public Schools MAC Scholars at all secondary levels, grades 6-12. Over 200 students will be recognized. News release
5/7/09
Partners In Education celebrates 25 years

Columbia Public Schools and businesses and community representatives throughout Columbia will celebrate the 25th year of Partners In Education May 7-14. The week of activities kicks off with a flag celebration at the Courthouse Square on Thursday, May 7, at 6:00 p.m. The celebration will feature performances by the Mid-Missouri High Steppers, the All-City Seventh Grade Award Band, and the Shepard Boulevard Elementary School Choir. Speakers include City Councilwoman Laura Nauser, Boone County Commissioner Skip Elkin, and Columbia Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lynn Barnett. More than 50 school-business partnerships will participate in the flag parade throughout downtown. In the event of rain, the ceremony will be held in the Southwell Arena Complex on the Columbia College campus. More information
5/6/09
Hickman student named Presidential Scholar

Hickman High School senior Jessy Hwang has been named a 2009 Presidential Scholar. Established by executive order in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes some of America's most outstanding graduating seniors. About 550 students are selected nationally as semifinalists, including 12 from Missouri. Ultimately, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses up to 121 Academic Scholars (two from each state and other jurisdictions) and up to 20 Arts Scholars. Two students were chosen as winners from Missouri this year. The Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in June to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists, and other accomplished people. Jessy has nominated her calculus teacher, Deanna Wasman, to accompany her on the trip. Jessy is the 17th student from Columbia Public Schools to receive the award since its inception in 1964. Past Presidential Scholars
5/5/09
Hickman Review rated excellent

The 2008 edition of Hickman Review was recently rated "Excellent" by the National Council of Teachers of English. The debut celebration of the 2009 Hickman Review will be on Thursday, May 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the newly restored Missouri Theater Center for the Arts. We invite you to join us as we celebrate the awesome artistic and literary talent of Hickman High School.
4/28/09
Student selected for drumline in Macy's band

Oakland Junior High School student Shaun Gladney has been selected to be a member of the drumline in Macy's Great American Marching Band. The band leads the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade through Times Square and downtown New York City. Shaun will travel to New York City for a week in preparation for this amazing opportunity. 
4/28/09
District Music Festival results

Columbia Public Schools students performed well at the 2009 District Music Festival. Performance results
4/23/09
Health occupations students qualify for nationals

Members of the Health Occupations Student Association through the health occupations courses at the Columbia Area Career Center racked up awards at the state competition in Washington, Missouri. Students Kayla Calvert, Megan Chittam, Allison, Jacobs, J. Chan Liang, and Anna McKie qualified for the national competition that will be held in Nashville, Tennessee, in June. Results | Group photo
4/23/09
Scholar Bowl champions

Rock Bridge High School's Junior Varsity Scholar Bowl team went undefeated through seven rounds and won the State JV Scholar Bowl Tournament. First-Team All-State honors went to sophomore Craig Chval, who was the second-highest scorer in the tournament, and junior Zach Goree, who took fifth and garnered Second-Team All-State honors. The team was rounded out by solid contributions from junior Chase Franke, junior Bridgitt Keller, and freshman Riaz Helfer.
4/23/09
DECA students qualify for nationals

Over spring break, 25 students in the DECA club competed in the state competition. The students competed against more than 1,500 students from across the state. The following students qualified for nationals: Brittny Goran and Maggie Pace (2nd place, Buying & Merchandising team event); Graham Lloyd and Andrew Schutte (5th place, Business Law & Ethics team event); Christ Harty (4th place, Quick Serve Restaurant Management); Drew Mitrisin (6th place, Hotel & Lodging Management); and Gavin Hart (Leadership Delegate). Two other student teams were in the top 8 finishers: Katelyn Borella and Tyler Reifsteck (Travel & Tourism team event); and Chris Cain and Miguel Rios (Internet Marketing team event).
4/23/09
The Rock receives national recognition

This year, 1,795 magazines, newspapers, yearbooks, and online publications of the current Columbia Scholastic Press Association members were eligible to enter the Crown Awards. Twenty newspapers received Gold Crown Awards nation-wide. The Rock was awarded this prestigious title and is the only newspaper in Missouri to receive this high honor. Individual awards, Gold Circle Awards, were also given out to students nation-wide. List of awards received by Rock Bridge High School students
4/23/09
FBLA students earn state honors

Ten Hickman High School students and advisers Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss attended the conference state FBLA competition held in Columbia. Student Ben Hoffman will represent Hickman High School in the Business Communications event at the national competition in Anaheim, California, in June. The following students garnered state honors: Kristen Bailey (9th place, Accounting I); Ben  Hoffman (1st place, Business Communications); Kristen Bailey, Joe Langworthy, and Trey Nelson (4th place, Global Business); Gavin Hart (4th place, Sports Management); Erin Chambers (4th place, Electronic Career Portfolio); and Kyle Bogden and Josh Boyer (10th place, Network Design).
4/23/09
Quiz Bowl team takes second in state

Congratulations to Hickman's Academic (Quiz Bowl) Team for placing 2nd at MSHSAA's district competition on Saturday, April 18.  The team has had a very successful 2008-09 season with a win-loss record of 23-9. The team members who competed at district were Adam Sperber (captain), Ben Atkins, Pari Jafari, Sebastian Martinez, and Eric Young. The other members who competed throughout the year are Vellore Adithi, Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, William Lee, Chris Novosel, Abby Sun, and Stephanie Won. Additionally, Adam Sperber was the top individual scorer at the district competition.
4/23/09
Students selected as Presidential Scholar semifinalists

Hickman High School seniors Jessica Hwang and Abby Sun have been selected as semifinalists in the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. Established by executive order in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program recognizes some of America's most outstanding graduating seniors. About 550 students are selected nationally as semifinalists. This year a total of 12 students were selected from Missouri. Ultimately, the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars chooses up to 121 Academic Scholars (two from each state and other jurisdictions) and up to 20 Arts Scholars. The Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, in June to meet with government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists, and other accomplished people.
4/22/09
Channel 16 has changed to 81 on Mediacom

Effective April 20, Mediacom has gone digital. This means that Columbia Public Schools Television can no longer be seen on channel 16. The channel has moved to digital 81. Mediacom customers who do not currently have a television with a built-in tuner or digital set-top box can obtain one standard digital converter and Digital Gateway service free for one year from Mediacom. If you are in need of this, please contact Mediacom directly. Columbia Public Schools Television is also available on CenturyTel channel 602.
4/16/09
Trivia night at Oakland

Do you like trivia? If so, we've got a great deal for you! The Oakland Junior High School Family Partnership is sponsoring a Trivia Night on Friday, April 17, from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. in the Oakland gym. Gather your family and friends and reserve a table for an evening of fun and prizes! Please call 214-3220 for details.
4/10/09
Oakland students raise funds for children's hospital

Congratulations to Oakland Junior High School social studies students and teachers, who raised $9,675.16 for St. Jude's Children's Hospital through their partnership with Zimmer Radio Group and Clear 99's "Country Cares for Kids" campaign! Tony Gragnani's classes raised $6,145.76, and Scott Wright's classes raised $1,486.87.
4/10/09
Culinary arts students shine at state competition

All five CPS culinary arts students who attended the state Skills USA convention placed in the top two. Students include Ben Truesdell (Rock Bridge High School), 1st place, Culinary Arts; Margaret Hughes (Rock Bridge High School), 1st place, Commercial Baking; Rachel Koppelman (Rock Bridge High School), 2nd place, Culinary Arts; Lauren Kaufman (Hickman High School), 2nd place, Commercial Baking; and Matt Gibbs (Rock Bridge High School), 2nd place, Food and Beverage Service. Ben and Margaret will attend the Skills USA National Convention the last week of June for their shot at the national title. 
4/6/09
Students earn top honors in national history competition

Two students in the Gifted Education EEE program placed in the top two of their category in the state competition for National History Day: Ashwath Kumar of Smithton Middle School (Thomas Prater, teacher), whose performance was titled "Jawaharlal Nehru: His Influence on India Today"; and Kate Larose of Rock Bridge High School (Marilyn Toalson, teacher), whose performance was titled "Gloria Steinem: Fighter for Feminism." Results
4/6/09
Students participate in state geography bee

Congratulations to the following students who represented Columbia Public Schools in the Missouri Geography Bee: Eric Cropp (West Junior High School), Jiangao Fang (Fairview Elementary School), Afsah Khan (Gentry Middle School), Rasheeq Nizam (Jefferson Junior High School, Daniel Shapiro (Smithton Middle School), and Tristan Wade (Lange Middle School). Eric Cropp advanced to the tie-breaker round between preliminary competition and the final round.
4/6/09

Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence award winners

Seven Columbia Public Schools educators have been selected as this year's Columbia Fund for Academic Excellence honorees. The honorees, their schools, and their respective categories are: Jo Steitz, Ridgeway Elementary School, Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades PreK-2; Dan Keenoy, Derby Ridge Elementary School, Outstanding Elementary Educator, Grades 3-5; Helen Cope Porter, Oakland Junior High School, Outstanding Middle/Junior High Educator; Dee Wasman, Hickman High School, Outstanding Senior High Educator; Arnulfo Peat, Smithton Middle School, Outstanding Educator in a Specialized Area; Chris Hysong, West Junior High School, Outstanding Beginning Teacher; and Linda Quinley, Business Services, Outstanding Administrator. The honorees will be recognized at a banquet on April 16. News release

4/3/09
Kiwanis One Day at Lee Elementary

Columbia's five Kiwanis Clubs and the Kiwanis family is bringing the spirit of service alive in Columbia through Kiwanis One Day, a global volunteer action day, at Lee Elementary School on Saturday, April 4. The work will start at 8:00 a.m. at the school, 1208 Locust Street. Kiwanians will work on a variety of tasks, including construction of a storage shed, installation of a fence, constructing a fitness track, and moving and adding raised garden beds. News release
4/2/09
Columbia bus transportation receives recognition

First Student transportation was recognized by the Missouri State Highway Patrol for achieving more than 90 percent for 10 consecutive years on its transportation inspections. The bus fleet inspection is a 100-point inspection and includes a number of elements including safety items and exhaust and electrical systems. The First Student fleet includes more than 150 buses. The award recognizes the quality of the preventive maintenance program and the integrity of the mechanics at First Student.
3/30/09
CPS earns eight communication awards

Columbia Public Schools took away eight awards from the recent Missouri School Public Relations Association annual publications contest. The district's Web site, Quarterly Report newsletter, Yearbook annual report, internal employee Web site InsideCPS, U Matter substance abuse prevention campaign, U Matter poster series, U Matter parent brochure, and U Matter Web site were all recognized for their meritorious achievement.
3/30/09
Rock Bridge student receives DECA award

Rock Bridge High School student Jessica Cui is the recipient of the Missouri DECA Lester B. Kesterson Scholarship for 2009. The presentation of this award took place at the State DECA Career Development Conference on March 22. Jessica is the president of the Rock Bridge DECA chapter. Teacher Cheryl Van Kirk is the chapter advisor.
3/30/09
Appreciation reception

A reception honoring Board of Education members Michelle Gadbois and Steve Calloway will be held on Monday, April 13, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, 1818 West Worley Street.
3/30/09
DESE recognizes high performance of CPS schools

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has included four Columbia schools in its list of Highest-Performing Schools on the Communication Arts portion of the MAP Assessment for 2008: Fairview, Mill Creek, and Ridgeway elementary schools, and Rock Bridge High School.  Details
3/30/09
Students named semifinalists in science talent search

Hickman High School students Elizabeth Choe and Ashok Cutkosky have been named semifinalists in the 2009 Intel Science Talent Search. Semifinalists were chosen from among 1,608 entrants representing 495 high schools from across the country. Each of the 300 students named semifinalists receive a $1,000 award for their outstanding research. Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support of student research, every school will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist named in the talent search. The award is used to further excellence in science, math, and engineering at the school. Elizabeth Choe entered her research on Phenotypic Shifts in Salmonella typhimurium Strain CRC2631 after Passage through TRAMP Mouse Prostate Tumors. Ashok Cutkosky entered his research on Associated Primes of the Square of the Alexander Dual of Hypergraphs.
3/30/09
EcoSchoolhouse wins national award

The EcoSchoolhouse at Grant Elementary School has been selected as an Honorable Mention project in the First Annual Inspiration Awards, a national competition sponsored by Contract Magazine. News release
3/30/09
Hickman Quiz Bowl team takes second

Congratulations to Hickman High School's Academic (Quiz Bowl) Team, who placed second at the Marshall High School Varsity Academic Team Tournament on Saturday, March 14. The team members were Ben Atkins, Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, Chris Novosel, Abby Sun, and Eric Young. Team sponsor is Hickman teacher Deanna Wasman.
3/18/09
Students perform in annual choral festival

Students from seven Columbia schools participated in the Second Annual Intermediate Choral Festival at Rock Bridge High School on March 11. The clinician was Rita North from Pleasant Hill Middle School. The event included a performance of two pieces by each choir and then a 20-minute coaching with the clinician. Participants were the Hickman A Cappella Choir (Matt Felts, director); the Rock Bridge Chamber Choir (Mike Pierson, director); the Gentry Seventh Grade Show Choir (Morgan Tyler, director); the Smithton Black and Gold Concert Choir (Melissa Straw, director); the Oakland Junior High Screaming Eagle Choir (Terry Pruett, director); the Jefferson Junior High Women's Madrigal (Robin Steinhaus, director); and the West Junior High Delphian Choir (James Melton, director).
3/18/09
Columbia students excel in science competition

West Junior High School and Hickman High School placed 8th in the state Science Olympiad competition in their respective categories. Jefferson Junior High School placed 17th and Smithton Middle School placed 18th. West Junior took first place in the Science Crime Busters, Bio Processes Lab, and Airjectory events. The school placed 4th in Pentathlon and Biology Blitz. Hickman's Fossil group received 2nd place, and the team received 5th-place rankings in the Chemistry Lab, Dynamic Planet, and Health Sciences categories.
3/18/09
Students draw excellent ratings at music festival

Columbia students and bands provided outstanding performances at the Central Methodist University Solo and Ensemble Festival held on March 6. Results
3/18/09
Students stand out in math contest

Due to their outstanding performance on the American Math Contest, the following students qualified for the 2009 American Invitational Mathematics Exam which will be administered on Tuesday, March 17: Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, Dong Woo Kim, Tom Majerus, Adam Sperber, and Eric Young. Contest information
3/11/09
Students qualify for state DECA competition

Hickman High School's DECA chapter, National Marketing Society, had 34 competitors qualify at the district competition for state competition. List of winners
3/10/09
Students shine in state jazz festival

Jazz bands from Rock Bridge High School and Jefferson, Oakland, and West junior high schools performed well at the Truman State Jazz Festival held last month. Results
3/10/09
Shoe drive at Jefferson Junior

During the month of March, Jefferson Junior High School will sponsor a shoe drive for Soles4Souls. The Nashville-based charity facilitates the donations of both new and used shoes, which are used to aid the hurting worldwide. Soles4Souls has distributed more than 4 million pairs (currently donating one pair every 17 seconds) to people in over 70 countries, including Honduras, Uganda, Romania, and the United States. The school will accept all shoes--everything from work boots to flip-flops, sneakers to ballet slippers, clogs to high heels. The company has dealings with many different countries, organizations, and relief groups. At the end of the month, the shoes will be sent to a warehouse in Nashville, where they will be sorted and distributed appropriately. Donation boxes will begin in the nurse's office and the media center. Click here for more information, or contact Jefferson Junior High School at 214-3210.
3/10/09
CPS math wizards

Congratulations to Hickman High School's math team for winning first place at the Great Plains Math League Competition. The participating members were Ming Cheng, Ashok Cutkosky, Dong Woo Kim, Gina Pai, Stephanie Won, and Eric Young. The team is coached by teacher Deanna Wasman. Also, congratulations to West Junior High School and Smithton Middle School, who finished second and third respectively in the state MathCounts competition. West Junior's team, coached by Mike Rowson and Chris Hysong, included team members Bowen Yang, who placed 10th; Charles Shang, who placed 13th; Daniel Shyu, and Jonathan Ackmann.  Smithton Middle School's team was coached by Bob Borst. Team members included Jenny Yao, who placed 8th; Ashwath Kumar, who placed 16th; Mingu Kimn, and Jun Yu.
3/10/09
CPS publications receive statewide recognition

Columbia Public Schools made a big impression at this year's statewide Ranly Awards contest. With 127 entries and 39 categories, the competition for the awards was intense. Five publications experts in writing, editing, and design judged the entries, awarding 37 Ranlys to the region's outstanding magazines, newsletters, and e-newsletters. Columbia Public Schools' 2008 Yearbook annual report publication was awarded a Ranly for best design for an external newsletter. You might remember this issue featured new cover artwork and a magazine-type spread highlighting little-known facts about Columbia Public Schools. Additionally, the school district was named a finalist in the categories of best external Web site and best external newsletter issue for the 2008 Yearbook. The Ranlys are named in honor of the Missouri Association of Publications founder and professor emeritus from the Missouri School of Journalism, Dr. Don Ranly. A professor of journalism for 31 years at the Missouri School of Journalism, Dr. Ranly is the author of many articles and books on writing and editing and is a popular speaker at businesses and organizations across the country.
3/9/09
Reality Week at CPS high schools

Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School will be participating in Red Ribbon "Reality Week" March 16-20. Events calendars: Hickman | Rock Bridge
3/5/09
Rock Bridge speech and debate winners

The Rock Bridge High School speech and debate team competed in the Moberly Speech and Debate Tournament in February. Alysha Reller won first place in the humorous interpretation category, and Daniel Quirk placed third in the Lincoln-Douglas debate. Alysha Reller and Daniel O'Connor were undefeated in the public forum debate. Cole Mendenhall took eighth place in the extemporaneous speaking category and fifth in the radio speaking category. The team is sponsored by Rock Bridge speech and debate teacher Stacey Bonderer.
3/3/09
Students make True/False impression

Students in Jill Varns' language arts classes at Hickman High School submitted mini-documentary films to the True/False Film Festival's Gimme Truth contest as part of a class assignment. Three students made the contest's "top ten" and were invited to show and talk about their mini-documentaries at the festival. "Brunettes Have More Fun," a film by sophomores Cheyenne Cripps and Travis Hildebrand, was awarded third place in the Gimme Truth contest. Celeste Remus' film "Cheerleader Obsession" was also part of the "top ten." A grant from the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri covered entrance fees, software, and equipment costs for students to participate in the competition.
3/2/09
Walk to school

Spring sign-up has begun for the Walking School Bus program through the PedNet Coalition, a Partner In Education with Columbia Public Schools. A Walking School Bus is a group of 5 to 10 children who walk to school together under adult supervision. Families can register online. Registration forms are also available at participating schools. Walking begins March 9, but families can register any time.
3/2/09
Teacher named paraeducator of the year

Paula Houk received the Missouri Council for Exceptional Children's State Paraeducator of the Year award. She will be recognized at the council's state conference in March.
3/2/09
Hickman takes second in FBLA competition

Twenty Hickman High School students and advisers Jeaniene Thompson and Colleen Goss recently participated in the district FBLA conference, taking second place in the competition. Students competed against students from 22 other schools. Ten students will represent Hickman High School at the state competition in 11 different events. List of Hickman winners
2/24/09
Columbia schools sweep science competition

Columbia students swept first, second, and third place in the regional science competition held at the Missouri Science and Technology campus in Rolla on February 21. Teams from West Junior High School and Hickman High School won first place in the competition and will progress to the state-level competition in March against 31 other teams from all over Missouri. Jefferson Junior High School and Rock Bridge High School received second place, and Smithton Middle School received third place. West Junior High School team members include Jonathan Ackmann, Sean Brennan, Ryan Eiffert, Maya Ramachandran, Charles Shang, Daniel Shyu, Michele Sun, Methma Udawatta, David Wang, Walter Wang, Kit Webster, Mark Won, Ryan Wood,  Daphne Yu, and Angela Zhang. Sponsors are teachers Anne Hoylman and Daniel Rector.
2/24/09
CPS employees recognized by counselor association

Congratulations to the following school district employees who were recognized by the Mid-Missouri School Counselor Association for their outstanding service to the profession of school counseling: Sarah Sadewhite, Paxton Keeley professional school counselor (Outstanding Elementary Counselor of the Year); Leslie Kersha, Rock Bridge High School professional school counselor (Outstanding High School Counselor of the Year); Ann Landes, CPS secondary guidance and counselor coordinator and Hickman High School director of guidance (Director/Coordinator of the Year); and Kathy Ritter, Rock Bridge High School principal (Outstanding Counselor Advocate of the Year).
2/24/09
K-8 math committees need your input!

The K-8 Mathematics Curriculum Committees need comments on the instructional materials being considered. Please check the schedule of dates, times, and locations where the materials will be available for your review.
2/18/09
Smithton presents "We Are the Dream"

Smithton Middle School will present two public performances of "We Are the Dream," a show that involves a cast, choir, and photos documenting the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Performances are at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 28, at Smithton. Tickets are $3.
2/17/09
Hickman math team wins competition

Congratulations to Hickman's math team for winning first place at the Great Plains Math League Competition on February 14 in St. Louis. The participating members were Jonathan Chang, Ming Cheng, Jason Chung, Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, Dong Woo Kim, William Lee, Gina Pai, Adam Sperber, Abby Sun, Stephanie Won, Josh Yoon, and Eric Young.
2/17/09
Charity benefit concert

The Rock Bridge Show Choirs will present a charity benefit concert benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Columbia on Friday, March 6, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5. More information
2/13/09
Fairview Quiz Bowl takes third in state

The Fairview Elementary School Fifth Grade Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl team took third place in the state competition. Team members include Keiran Butler, Youngyu Chen, Bartolome Cisneros, Abe Drury, John Flanegin, Ethan Hale, Anna Hickman, Addie Horsey, Leah Maxey, Eddie Pingelton, Stella Pruitt, and Madeline Tipton. Kathy Ellsworth sponsored the team.
2/12/09
Students fare well at jazz festival

Columbia Public Schools students took home numerous honors at the 23rd annual University of Missouri Jazz Festival earlier this month. Winners included Jefferson Junior High School Jazz Band, 2nd place in Middle School/Junior High division (director, Jaime Canepa); West Junior High School Jazz Ensemble, 1st place in Junior High division (director, Tom Sweeney) and Outstanding Musician certificates to Tanner Cooper, Andrew Cox, Carter Datz, Ty Griggs, Diego Huaman, Kaleb Jacks, A.J. Roebuck, Jack Schoelz, and Alex Thornton; and Rock Bridge High School Jazz Combo, Jazz Band, Jazz Ensemble (directors, Steve Mathews and Bob Thalhuber); Jazz Combo, 1st place, to J.B. Burleson, Dillon Dains, Alexandra Godas, Tucker Griggs, Alex Kirby, Evans Kleekamp, Jason Mathews, D.J. Roebuck, and Kevin Weston; Outstanding Solist in Jazz Combo division, Jason Mathews (trumpet); Jazz Band, 1st place, Division 4 Jazz Bands; and Jazz Ensemble, 2nd place in Division 5 Jazz Bands (279 out of 300; missed 1st place and sweepstakes by only 7 points).
2/12/09
Student scores perfect, schools make honor roll

Smithton Middle School student Jenny Yao achieved a perfect score on the American Mathematics Contest 8 (AMC 8) exam. She is one of about 140 students from the United States to earn a perfect score on the exam and one of four from Missouri. More than 148,000 students took the exam. Smithton Middle School and West Junior High School were named to the AMC 8 honor roll for the outstanding performance of students who took the exam. The AMC 8 is a 25-question exam that tests middle school mathematics skills for sixth-, seventh-, or eighth-grade students. The contest is organized by the Mathematical Association of America to increase interest in mathematics and to develop problem-solving abilities. This is the 24th year the contest has been held. The high school contests, AMC 10 and AMC 12, will be held later in February.
2/9/09
Missouri Scholastic writing winners

Eleven students from Hickman High School and Jefferson Junior High School have been named winners in the 2009 Scholastic Writing Awards Contest for the Missouri region. The contest is affiliated with the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. Winners join the ranks of Truman Capote, Frances Farmer, Joyce Maynard, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Carol Oates, Sylvia Plath, and Robert Redford, who also received Scholastic Contest awards as teenagers for their creative work. The National Scholastic Writing Awards were launched by the founder of Scholastic Inc. in the 1920s as a way to reward students' creative work, grades 7-12, and to recognize excellence in teaching. To date, more than 12 million teenagers have participated in the nation's most prestigious writing and arts awards program for talented students.
2/4/09
Jeff Junior chili supper

Jefferson Junior High School will host a Chili Bowl Raffle on Friday, February 6, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Entertainment will be provided by the jazz band and the choir. Chili supper and raffle tickets are $10. Chili-supper-only tickets are $4. Tickets can be purchased online, at the school, or at the door the night of the event. For more information contact Thaddues Hamilton at (573) 214-3210.
2/3/09
Oakland girls' basketball team is undefeated

Congratulations to the Oakland Junior High School ninth grade girls' basketball team for winning the Viking Classic 52-40 over Helias. The Eagles went 18-0 on the season for Oakland's first undefeated ninth grade girls' basketball season! Team members include Jasmine Carter, Haley Chapman, Shanice Clark, Cheyenne Finney, Teesha Heath, Lucy Horne, Taylor Houston, Airanna Prince, Brianna Prince, Aleshya Samuels, Patrice Sims, Larynta Tillman, Allison Tonyan, Bailey Turner, and Cherelle Walker. Head coach is Angie Roberds and she is assisted by Michele Winter.
2/3/09
Junior high students claim state honors

Jefferson Junior High School's Honors Constitutional Studies class placed first in three of the six unit presentations in the Missouri We the People competition sponsored by the Missouri Bar Association. Students presenting Units II, III, and V earned the distinction of best in state. West Junior High School's students also placed first in three of the six unit presentations as the state We the People competition. The students won Units I, IV, and VI.
2/3/09
Guidance department achieves success

Columbia Public Schools' guidance department has been awarded the state's first Success Award by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) in recognition of its commitment to fully implementing a comprehensive guidance program focusing on the academic, career, and personal/social development of all. Full implementation signifies that professional school counselors are spending 100% of their time working within the framework of a comprehensive guidance program as established by DESE. Full implementation further signifies that the program is using a results-based approach in the evaluation of its program to demonstrate the impact of guidance interventions on student outcomes.
1/30/09
Seven Presidential Scholars named

Seven Columbia Public Schools students have been named candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program, which recognizes the nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. Hickman High School candidates include Vellore Adithi, Benjamin Atkins, Ashok Cutkosky, Lucy Fang, Jessica Hwang, and Abby Sun. The Rock Bridge High School candidate is Paul Schnase. Most candidates are selected based on academic records and their scores on the ACT or SAT exams. Other students are selected for their skills in visual arts, performing arts, or creative writing. Of the 2,600 candidates named nationwide, 500 will be semifinalists, and 141 will be named Presidential Scholars and will travel to Washington, DC, for recognition.
1/27/09
Science competition semifinalists named

Hickman High School students Elizabeth Choe and Ashok Cutkosky are semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search 2009, a program of the Society for Science and the Public. As America's oldest and most prestigious pre-college science competition, the young innovators chosen to participate in the Science Talent Search have gone on to receive some of the world's most prestigious honors. For example, seven former finalists have won the Nobel Prize, while others have been awarded the Fields Medal, the National Medal of Science, and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Elizabeth and Ashok were chosen from among 1,608 entrants representing 495 high schools in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and five overseas schools. Each of the 300 students named a semifinalist in the Intel STS 2009 will receive a $1,000 award for their outstanding research. Additionally, to recognize excellence in teaching and school support of individual student research, every school will receive an award of $1,000 for each semifinalist named in the Intel STS 2009.
1/27/09
West Junior band to perform at state conference

The West Junior High School Viking Band has been selected to perform at the 71st annual Missouri Music Educators Association conference in Osage Beach on January 29. The Viking Band has the distinct honor of being the only junior high school band selected to perform, and will be opening the conference with its performance.
1/27/09
Students score in Financial Literacy Challenge

The U.S. Department of the Treasury's fall 2008 National Financial Literacy Challenge, an initiative recommended by the President's Advisory Council on Financial Literacy, was held between November 2 and December 12, 2008. The challenge was taken by more than 75,000 high school students. Hickman High School student Noble Carpenter will be awarded the National Financial Literacy Award for scoring in the top one percent of the challenge. Carpenter's teacher is Colleen Goss. Fewer than 300 teachers nationwide have students qualify for this recognition. Additionally, more than 40 Hickman students scored in the top 25th percentile. Teachers are Colleen Goss and Martha Ann Williams. Those students are Olivia Baker, Jesse Barnes, Anne Blair, Molly Browning-Williams, Rachel Buxton, Ehrich Chick, Kyle Garcia, Cameron Graham, Grace Grigg, Nicholas Hagan, Ryan Hanfelder, Gavin Hart, John Hayes, Corey Heather, Curtis Hicks, John Hostetler, Joshua Howard, Helena Kowalewski, Jonathan Litteken, Casey McCoy, Steven McDowell,  Koby Meyer, Erin Nations, Jesus Nava, William Naylor, Carlous Nevels, Jovani Ocampo, Dylan Parham, Andrew Ragland, Jake Schimpf, Kati Seitz, Emily Shelton, Lindsey Smith, Jordan St. Omer, Jesse Strawn, Cyrus Tague, Andrea Thames, Lashayla Thompson, Ngan Tran, Maria Vega-Westhoff, Cenedra White, Joshua Wilson, and Brooke Wyrick.
1/22/09
Principals receive Counselor Advocate awards

Rock Bridge High School principal Kathy Ritter and Rock Bridge Elementary School principal Mary Korth-Lloyd have been awarded Counselor Advocate of the Year awards by the Mid-Missouri Counselor Association.
1/22/09
Teacher receives Fulbright scholarship

Columbia teacher Karina Galve-Peritore has been selected to participate in the 2009 Toyota International Teacher Program to Costa Rica. Galve-Peritore is one of 25 teachers selected from more than 400 applications from across the United States to participate in the program. She will take part in the program from April 18 to May 2. This is the second Fulbright scholarship Galve-Peritore has received. She was previously selected to travel to Japan in 2003. She is a Spanish teacher at West and Oakland junior high schools.
1/15/09
Hickman team places second in sKnow Bowl

Congratulations to Hickman High School's Academic (Quiz Bowl) Team for placing 2nd out of 26 teams in the sKnow Bowl Invitational Tournament on Saturday, January 10, at Truman High School in Independence, Missouri. The participating members were Ashok Cutkosky, Jessy Hwang, Pari Jafari, Adam Sperber, and Abby Sun.
1/15/09
Grant principal named Citizen of the Year

Beverly Borduin, principal at Grant Elementary School, has been selected as Citizen of the Year by the Mid-Missouri Component of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and will be recognized at the AIA Mid-Missouri annual banquet on January 17. News release
1/8/09
Meeting for parents of new young drivers

Do you have someone in your family who is 15 to 17 years old and about to become--or is--a new driver? Come learn about things parents can do to protect new young drivers. Bridges is sponsoring a meeting on Thursday, February 19, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Douglass High School, 310 N. Providence Road. More information
1/5/09
Students awarded music honors

Congratulations to the following students and their directors for the honor of being chosen for the All-State Honors music ensembles! They will perform during the Missouri Music Educators Association annual conference at Tan-Tar-A in January. From Hickman High School (band directors, Rob Nichols and Denis Swope): State Honor Band--Mary Kettlewell (flute), Olivia Wikle (tenor sax), Larry Shim (trumpet), Charlotte Wesley (French horn), Hannah Wigger (clarinet, alternate), and Keegan Ruebling (percussion, alternate); State Honorable Mention Band--Ashton Wells (clarinet), Ryan Pruitt (clarinet), Davide Boullion (trumpet), Eric Bryda (trumpet), Evan Bable (French horn), and Jordan Lee (French horn); State Honor Orchestra (Briana Peck, orchestra director)--Josh Yoon (violin), John Taylor Hosmer-Quint (trumpet), and Elizabeth Choe (cello, alternate). From Rock Bridge High School (band directors, Steve Mathews and Bob Thalhuber): State Honor Band--Molly Chann (flute), Dillon Dains (baritone saxophone), Abby Fennewald (flute), Rebecca Gingrich (flute), and Erin Jeter (percussion); State Honor Jazz Band--Jason Mathews (trumpet); State Honorable Mention Band--Sarah Becktell (clarinet); Will Chann (clarinet); Lisa Mao (flute); Libby Quetsch (flute), and Brandon Spratt (trombone); State Honorable Mention Jazz Band--Alex Kirby (bass trombone); State Honor Orchestra (Kathy Kossmann, orchestra director)--Kyle Pudenz (violin) and Victoria Yu (violin). From West Junior High School (band director Tom Sweeney): All State Band--Carter Datz (trombone) and Christian Ackmann (French horn).
12/22/08
Columbia Water and Light calendar winners

Congratulations to these students and their art teachers for being chosen as winners in the contest for the Columbia Water and Light calendar for 2009!  Art specialists are, from Jefferson Junior High School, Julie Chatman and Diane Strotbeck; from Oakland Junior High School, Fran Lakatos and Jody Spriggs; and from West Junior High School, Mark Embry and Jennifer Wax. Calendar student art winners are, from Jefferson Junior High School, Mary Clare Agnew, Austin Fernandes, Joey Harris, Evan Henderson, Brody Ruprecht, Richard Sapp, and Rion Tapia; from Oakland Junior High School, Dakotah Meierotto; from West Junior High School, Brooke Cooley, Megan Henley, Marissa Jackman, Christiana Prestiagiacomo, and Hylelee Won; and from Columbia Catholic School, Rachel Volmert. Receiving honorable mention were, from Jefferson Junior High School, Chauncey Goins, Amberlin Martens, and Lauren Puckett; from Oakland Junior High School, Sarah Darr; and from West Junior High School, Mikayla Dykstra, Vlad Florea, Sasha Martin, and Lucas Williamson.
12/22/08
Savvy investors in Columbia Public Schools

Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School personal finance students Justin Ehrhardt, Michael Rose, Andrew Spaedy, and Anya Trass, and their teacher, Susan Lidholm, for taking first place in the state in the Fall 2008 Stock Market Game out of over 1,400 teams. They were able to generate a 33 percent profit on their initial investment. Also, congratulations to Lange Middle School and Gentry Middle School for placing first and second in their regional category. Two teams from Smithton Middle School also placed first and second in their regional category. The Hickman High School team also placed second in its respective category. All teams placing first and second in their category as well as the state champions will be recognized at a special awards ceremony in St. Louis in May. The Stock Market Game is a 10-week Internet educational simulation that encourages students to learn about stock markets and the American economic system. Teams of three to five students in several age and regional categories invest a hypothetical $100,000 in a portfolio of stocks and mutual funds listed on the New York and American stock exchanges and the NASDAQ market. The Missouri Council on Economic Education coordinates the Stock Market Game for all school districts and adults in the state of Missouri as part of its mission to raise the economic and financial literacy of Missouri citizens.
12/22/08
Field floats, jingles

Field Elementary School and the Field Family School Partnership entered a float in the Holiday Parade and took first place in the float division with an overwhelming 43 out of 45 points from the judges. And congratulations to the 14 students and 7 teachers and staff members of Field Elementary for their participation in the Annual Jingle Bell Run 5K for the Arthritis Foundation. They raised over $600 and all the participants completed the race.
12/12/08
District receives Distinction in Performance Award

For the fifth year in a row, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has awarded Columbia Public Schools with the Distinction in Performance Award for its academic achievements and progress during the last school year (2007-08). This year, 330 school districts were named to the list. However, only 8 percent of the 523 districts in the state have obtained this honor five years in a row. News release
12/12/08
Hickman student wins $20,000 scholarship

Hickman High School senior Ashok Cutkosky won a $20,000 scholarship the weekend of December 6-7 in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology at New York University. His project, titled "Associated Primes of the Square of the Alexander Dual of Hypergraphs," beat four others to take first place in the individual category at the regional competition, winning a $3,000 scholarship and qualifying him for the national competition in New York, where he competed against five others for the grand prize of $100,000. View Ashok's presentation | View the award presentation
12/9/08
Name chosen for new elementary school

The Columbia Board of Education voted on Monday, December 8, to name the elementary school currently under construction in the district "Alpha Hart Lewis Elementary School." Alpha Hart Lewis was the first and only woman to hold the position of Boone County superintendent of schools.
12/9/08
Hickman Quiz Bowl Team places 4th

Congratulations to Hickman High School's Academic Quiz Bowl Team for placing 4th out of 24 teams in the Bronco Classic Academic Tournament on Saturday, December 6, in Lee's Summit, MO. The participating members were Jessy Hwang, Pari Jafari, Abby Sun, Stephanie Won, and Eric Young.
12/8/08
Career Center and A+ get connected

For the second year in a row, the Hickman High School A+ program and the Columbia Area Career Center participated in a Connections Institute. The institute, developed by Columbia teachers, targets a core group of subject area teachers and invites them to participate in a day-long program at the Career Center. The program is designed to introduce Career Center courses and programs to the teachers in order to help provide more support to students during the course selection process. The institute also provides an opportunity for teachers to collaborate and connect academic content to the increasingly technical world of work. Participants also spent time observing classroom presentations and shadowing students. Photos from this year's institute
12/8/08
Rock Bridge High School receives national ranking

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual high school rankings report. Congratulations to Rock Bridge High School, which was awarded a silver medal, ranking as one of the best high schools in the country by the independent national evaluation. The school is one of only five high schools in the state to receive a silver medal ranking. There were 579 high schools evaluated statewide. Additionally, Rock Bridge is only one of 604 schools nationwide to receive the ranking. There were 21,069 high schools evaluated nationwide--that's less than 3 percent of high schools being recognized with such a ranking. The 2009 U.S. News & World Report America's Best High Schools rankings are developed by School Evaluation Services, a K-12 education data research business run by Standard & Poor's, and based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all its students well, not just those who are bound for college; and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show that the school is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.
12/5/08
Schools shine in Knowledge Master Open

Hickman High School has placed first in Missouri and 12th internationally in the annual Knowledge Master Open. Rock Bridge High School placed third in the state and 24th internationally. West Junior High School placed first in the state and 28th internationally in the junior high division. Gentry Middle School placed 18th in the state in the middle school division. The Knowledge Master Open is an international academic competition that allows teams of students to compete by answering curriculum-based contest questions. The open began in 1983 and more than 3,000 schools and 45,000 individuals participate in the event. Complete results
12/5/08
CPS Alert test scheduled for November 26

Columbia Public Schools will be conducting a test of its CPS Alert text messaging system on Wednesday, November 26, between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Subscribers to the alert system are also reminded to update their preferences if necessary.
11/25/08
FFA members place second in national event

Congratulations to Columbia Public Schools FFA members Brianne Abramovitz, Cooper Martin, and Laura Matera, who placed second in the National FFA Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event held in Indianapolis, Indiana, in October. The team competed against 37 other teams from across the nation. All three students also placed in the top 10 of the individual competition. Each team and individual received scholarship funds to further their education at a post-secondary institution of their choice. The team was coached by Career Center agriculture teacher Kevin Duncan. The Poultry Evaluation Career Development Event is a competitive activity that tests the student's ability to select top quality poultry and poultry products needed for successful production and marketing. Event participants complete a written exam on poultry management, evaluate classes of live birds for eggs and meat production, evaluate the quality of eggs, and evaluate and identify parts and products. Each team competing at the national competition competed at the local and stat levels for the honor of representing their home state at the national convention.
11/19/08
High school students earn journalism awards

Students from Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools brought home the following awards from the Journalism Education Association (JEA)/National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) Convention in St. Louis the weekend of November 15-16: KRBH-TV (Rock Bridge) received a Top Ten rating in the NSPA Best of Show category for its story "Channel 16 News" in Show #6, May 2008; Hickman students Hannah Babcock, Maayan Feintuch, Nancy O'Connell, and Marie Schulte received a rating of Excellent in the JEA Broadcast News Story category for their story "Battle of the Bands;" and Hickman students Nancy O'Connell, Alex Turner, and Lauren Woelfel received an Honorable Mention in the JEA Broadcast Commercial/PSA category for their story "Columbia Area Career Center." 
11/19/08
Student heads to national competition

Ashok Cutkosky, a senior at Hickman High School, won the individual category at the regional Siemens Science Competition and a $3,000 college scholarship for his research that discovered new information about the intrinsic structure of hypergraphs; these results may have possible applications in problems like sharing of resources. His project is entitled "Associated Primes of the Square of the Alexander Dual of Hypergraphs." Ashok will now head to the national finals at New York University in New York City, December 5-8.  Visit the Siemens Foundation Web site on December 8 at 8:30 a.m. Central Standard Time to view a live Webcast of the National Finalist Award Presentation.  News release
11/14/08
Fifth grader wins essay contest

Alexander Shaffer, a fifth-grade student at Blue Ridge Elementary School, won first place in the Happy Tails Animal Sanctuary essay contest. Alex is in Ms. Truesdell's class. His essay was about a wish for a dog named Bone.
11/14/08
Biodegradable lunch trays

In this time of renewed environment consciousness, the Nutrition Services department initiated a pilot review of a new biodegradable polystyrene tray that is used to serve lunch. The three schools that agreed to pilot them were Benton, Blue Ridge, and Grant elementary schools. The kitchen managers found this tray to be of better quality than its non-biodegradable counterpart, and after two months of piloting the new tray, the trays went district-wide. These trays will break down in a landfill within 9 to 12 months. While this is not a permanent solution to our disposable tray usage, it is a large effort to curtail Nutrition Services' carbon footprint on our environment while serving more than 1.7 million meals annually.
11/14/08
Skill Expo 2009

The Columbia Area Career Center will host a Skill Expo on Thursday, January 22, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 4203 S. Providence Road. Explore a variety of career alternatives and focus on the path that interests you. See demonstrations by Career Center high school students and visit with college and technical school representatives. Junior high and high school students and parents, as well as visitors, are welcome. For more information, contact the Career Center at 214-3800.
11/13/08
Blue Ridge teacher is Walmart Teacher of the Year

Amanda Wright, kindergarten teacher at Blue Ridge Elementary School, has been awarded Walmart's Teacher of the Year award.
11/13/08
CPS students selected for Missouri All State Choir

Eight Columbia Public School District students were selected for the Missouri All State Choir from over 100 auditioning students from the Northeast Missouri Junior/Senior All-District Choir on Saturday, November 1. They are among the 20 students and 4 alternates that were selected from the Northeast District. The students will be rehearsing and performing with the other 172 students from across the state January 28-31, 2009, at Tan-Tar-A Resort in Osage Beach during the Missouri Music Educators Association convention. Pictured here are, in Row 1, Kate LaRose (alto), Jordan Isgriggs (soprano), and Heather Slansky (soprano), all of Rock Bridge High School, and Rose Dolezal (alto) of Hickman High School; and, in Row 2, Evan Babel (tenor), Billy Borgmeyer (tenor), and Sebastian Martinez (tenor), all of Hickman High School, and Doug Howe (tenor) of Rock Bridge High School.
11/10/08
Veterans Day essay contest winners

Eight Columbia Public School District students are winners of the annual Veterans Day essay contest sponsored by Truman Memorial Veterans Hospital. Open to junior and senior high students in the Columbia district, entries were reviewed by a language arts teacher at each student's school prior to submission. VA staff members judged and determined winning essays in the junior and senior high divisions. Cash prizes from donated funds are awarded to the winners. The winning authors will be recognized at the Veterans Day ceremony at Truman VA Hospital on Tuesday, November 11. Junior high division winners are Nomin-Erdene Jagdagdorj (first place), Annemarie Van Doren (second place), James Dolezal (third place), and Makenzie Skrabal (honorable mention). All four attend West Junior High School. Senior high division winners include Alan Hatfield, Rock Bridge High School (first place); Laura Matera, Rock Bridge High School (second place); Chrissy Meador, Hickman High School (third place); and Kristen Blair, Rock Bridge High School (honorable mention).
11/10/08
Superintendent search has begun

The Columbia Board of Education has beg