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Elementary math contest results On December 10, Beulah Ralph Elementary School held a math contest. More than 260 students from 20 Columbia Public Schools elementary schools participated in three individual events--number sense, sprint event, and target event. The contest also included a team event. West Boulevard Elementary School was the overall winner of this year's event.
Hickman academic team takes second in fall championship The Hickman High School Academic Team placed second in the MOQBA Fall Championship at Columbia College on Saturday, December 10. The competition included a field of 32 teams from 19 schools. Owen Pasley took fifth place and Veer Sangha placed eleventh in the individual awards. A Team included Nancy Diallo, Owen Pasley, Veer Sangha, and Dinis Trindade, while B Team was comprised of Walter Bratrud, Brad Nicklas, Isabel Trindade, John Yoo, and Michael Zou.
Two Mile Prairie chili supper is back (Posted 12/08/16) The Two Mile Prairie Elementary School chili supper is back! School alumni and families are invited to attend the supper and silent auction benefiting the school on Saturday, January 21, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5.00 in advance (and can be purchased at the school), and $6.00 at the door the night of the event.
Stock Market Game results Of 81 teams in our region, Jefferson Middle School teams won the region and three other teams placed in the top 10 of the fall Stock Market Game. The first place team blew away the competition with an 8.2% gain in 10 weeks. 1st place: 6th graders Sunday Crane, Kaya MacLeod, and Elliot Odle 3rd place: 7th graders Akhil Elangovan, Peter Popescu, and Ethan Sadler 4th place: 6th graders Damien Fluharty, Brandon Kim, Sarah Powell, and Arden Stout 6th place: Ben Flink, Noah Sadler, and Anthony
Take a break from holiday shopping and head into space with the Columbia Public Schools Planetarium on Saturday, December 10 (Posted 11/28/16) December marks the debut of two new planetarium shows at CPS Planetarium. The two 11-minute shows highlight NASA's current and future space programs. NASA's International Space Station and Journey to Mars will be shown together starting at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. Visitors will also get a short briefing on NASA's Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy from planetarium director Melanie Knocke, who recently returned from flying two missions on the aircraft in early November.
Hickman takes first in academic tournament The Hickman High School academic team placed first in the Centralia Autumn Academic Tournament at Centralia High School on Saturday, November 19. The competition included a field of 18 teams from 11 schools. Owen Pasley took fourth place and Veer Sangha placed ninth in the individual awards. A Team included Nancy Diallo, Owen Pasley, Veer Sangha, and Dinis Trindade. B Team was comprised of Walter Bratrud, Brad Nicklas, John Yoo, and Michael Zou.
Rock Bridge art teacher participates in national art exhibition (Posted 11/09/2016) Rock Bridge High School art teacher Shannon Blakey's art has been selected for the 3rd annual national juried exhibition of The Clay Cup: Vessel, Icon, Canvas. The exhibition features functional design-based, and sculptural ceramic cups. The work will be on display through November 17 at the George Caleb Bingham Gallery on the University of Missouri campus. A closing reception will be held on November 17 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Battle Vocal Arts presents “9 to 5, the Musical” (Posted 11/09/2016) "9 to 5, the Musical" will be presented at the Battle High School Performing Arts Center on November 11 at 7:00 p.m., November 12 at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and November 13 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults.
West Middle School Quiz Bowl results (Posted 11/08/2016) West Middle School Quiz Bowl teams competed in the Tuscumbia Fall Academic Tournament on Saturday, November 5, winning second place out of 18 teams in the 7th/8th grade division and third place out of 16 teams in the 6th grade division. The second place team members were Ben Cohen, Ben Edidin, Evan Loehr, and Danny Saab. The third place team members were Julian Cheek, Luc Cheek, Levin Garson, and Judah Robbins. Individual winners, who tied for 6th place for most questions answered in the 6th gra
CPS students named National Merit Semifinalists (Posted 11/02/16) Columbia Public Schools students have been named National Merit Semifinalists. The students are among approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 62nd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance
CPS students to perform at state music educators conference (Posted 11/02/16) Congratulations to the 8th grade Gentry Middle School band and the Lee Expressive Arts Elementary School choir on their respective selections to perform at the 2017 Missouri Music Educators Association conference. Selection to perform at the conference is competitive, and Gentry and Lee were selected from a pool of 187 applications from across Missouri by a panel of music educators from the states of Kansas, Illinois, Mississippi, and Michigan. The ensembles will perform at the conference at the
School year calendars: We need your input (Posted 10/31/16) Columbia Public Schools would like your input! Throughout the year, a calendar committee has worked to propose school calendars for 2017-18 and 2018-19. Please review the draft calendars and contribute your comments. The last day of the survey is November 11, with a goal to present the calendars to the Board of Education on December 12 for consideration.
Hickman academic team results (Posted 10/31/16) The Hickman academic team competed in the Missouri Fall Academic Tournament at MU on Saturday, October 22. A Team placed seventh overall. The competition included a field of 24 teams from 21 schools. Owen Pasley took fifth place and Dinis Trindade took eighth place in the individual awards. A Team included Nancy Diallo, Owen Pasley, Veer Sangha, and Dinis Trindade. B Team included Ezekiel Adjokatse, Walter Bratrud, Brad Nicklas, Adam Xu, and John Yoo. Isabel Trindade worked as staff for the tour
Lange student wins national poetry contest (Posted 10/31/16) Lange Middle School student Jamie Muskopf recently placed first in The America Library of Poetry Contest. Jamie was the overall winner in the sixth to seventh grade division of the contest. Jamie received a $100 cash prize, a certificate of achievement, and a complimentary copy of the anthology of winning poems titled Accomplished 2016. Sponsored by the American Library of Poetry, the nationwide contest is free to all students in grades 3-12.
MAC Achievement Conference (Posted 10/20/16) 500 Columbia Public Schools MAC Scholars, AVID Scholars, faculty, parents, and community members will attend the 5th Annual MAC Achievement Conference, We Are On When We All Achieve Together.
Prescription drug takeback (Posted 10/12/16) Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools will participate in a prescription drug takeback on Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Assistance League awards CPS teachers nearly $100,000 (Posted 10/12/16) The Assistance League of Mid-Missouri has awarded 187 Columbia Public Schools teachers a total of $98,391.56 through its Links to Learning awards. Links to Learning is a competitive program that provides funding for projects designed and implemented by CPS teachers. An allocation committee comprised of members of the Assistance League reviews all proposals in September and awards are announced in October. Since 1992, awards have been given for the following purposes: Enrich student learning ex
CPS outperforms state and national averages on SAT (Posted 10/10/16) Columbia Public Schools students who took the SAT in 2016 continue to outperform state and national averages. Scores also increased from 2015 scores. CPS students' 2016 average scores were 649 in critical reading, 629 in math, and 627 in writing. This compares to Missouri averages of 605 in critical reading, 608 in math, and 589 in writing. Columbia Public Schools' 2016 average scores also increased by more than 10 points in critical reading and more than 20 points in writing when compared to 2
MU students explore plant science with Benton STEM (Posted 06/14/16) A new outreach program through the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is focused on how to make plant science knowledge accessible to a younger audience. The program, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation, connects MU researchers with the Benton STEM Elementary School after-school science club to explore plants and ways to connect learning with science and research for elementary students.
Russell media specialist to attend Library of Congress summer institute (Posted 06/24/16) Anne Schoelz, media specialist at Russell Boulevard Elementary School, has been selected to participate in the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources Summer Teacher Institute in July. Schoelz is one of 300 teachers selected nationwide to participate in the week-long institute held in Washington, DC. Participants work with library education specialists and subject-matter experts to learn effective practices for using primary sources in the classroom, while exploring some of the million
Rock Bridge graduate wins SkillsUSA Culinary Arts national competition (Posted 06/27/16) Giovanni Bartolacci, a 2016 graduate of Rock Bridge High School, placed first in the SkillsUSA Culinary Arts national competition for secondary students. He trained through the Columbia Area Career Center's culinary arts program. The competition culminated at the 52nd Annual SkillsUSA awards ceremony on Friday, June 24, in Freedom Hall at the Kentucky Exposition Center located in Louisville, Kentucky.
Battle teacher to participate in national C-SPAN conference (Posted 07/07/16) Battle High School social studies teacher Rob Taylor is one of 30 teachers nationwide selected to participate in the 2016 C-SPAN Summer Educators' Conference in Washington, DC. The conference will bring together middle school teachers from across the country to learn firsthand about C-SPAN and its television programming, websites, and free educational resources.
STA rummage sale (Posted 07/13/16) Student Transportation of America, the district's student transportation provider, will hold a rummage sale on Saturday, July 23, from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Columbia Public Schools.
Beulah Ralph Elementary School dedication ceremony (Posted 07/18/16) You are invited to attend the dedication ceremony for our newest elementary school on Friday, August 12, at 2:00 p.m.
Special programs administrator recognized for service (Posted 07/27/16) Columbia Public Schools' special programs administrator Vince Thompson has been recognized for a decade of service as part of the school district's safe crisis management team. Thompson was recognized by JKM Training, Inc., a safe crisis management training organization, at the annual team training in Kansas City.
Last Modified on December 14, 2016