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Performing arts prepares for freshmen

Performing arts prepares for freshmen

With the move to a four-year high school system next year, the influx of freshmen is expected to alter classroom sizes and structures at RBHS. This holds true for the performing arts program, where the increased number of new students has already led Columbia Public Schools and RBHS to take preliminary steps in preparation for […]

Later start time causes reaction, conflicting schedules

Later start time causes reaction, conflicting schedules

After last night’s final decision by the Columbia Public School board regarding the start times for elementary, middle and high school students in the coming year, students share multiple opinions about the late start time administrators agreed on. Preparing to adapt to school being held from 8:55 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. next August, thoughts are mixed as to whether the times suit or […]

Board of Education decides on new school start times

Board of Education decides on new school start times

The Columbia Board of Education finalized the new school start times for the 2013-2014 school year at today’s Board of

Teachers to vote on Bruin Block proposal

Teachers to vote on Bruin Block proposal

Today, RBHS teachers will be voting on the Bruin Block proposal after they had a chance to participate in a Q&A session Thursday morning and afternoon. The faculty is currently voting on the proposal and has until 3:30 p.m. today to vote. Advisory director Melissa Coil said principal Mark Maus came to her at the […]

Bruin Block proposal receives support

Bruin Block proposal receives support

The faculty-comprised Student Support Committee, which proposed to implement the Bruin Block alternative to sophomores’ Advisory next year, presented its proposal last Wednesday and Thursday to all of the faculty at RBHS.  The proposal was open to feedback, criticism and questions from the staff. The committee also plans to further discuss the idea at the […]

Superintendent supports later start time

Superintendent supports later start time

Though the school board has not finalized the decision, Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher has officially taken a stance on the start times debate regarding what time primary and secondary schools will begin their school days next fall. In an email to CPS faculty, Belcher stated his support for high schools starting at 9 […]

Board looks into starting high schools last

Board looks into starting high schools last

During a school board work session Jan. 24, a school board member brought to light the option of starting CPS high schools last in next year’s new, three-tiered transportation system. A change from the previously agreed start time of 8:20 a.m. a few weeks ago by the board, member Jan Mees highlighted the sleep patterns […]

District policy changes class selection

District policy changes class selection

The early window for registering for classes is not the only change for sophomores and juniors. This year, students are no longer required to have a certain grade in a preceding class in order to be accepted into the advanced course. For example, in previous years, in order to take Biology Honors as a sophomore, […]

Board of Education discusses start times

Board of Education discusses start times

Battle High School “is a huge accomplishment,” Columbia Public Schools Superintendent Chris Belcher said. “It is something for our community to be proud of.” Though there was a consensus that the building and integration of BHS into the CPS high school system was something to take pride in, many issues remain regarding BHS that still […]

Maus, secondary administrators deserve commendation

Maus, secondary administrators deserve commendation

Yesterday could not have been an easy day to be Mark Maus. After an email to RBHS teachers outlined the most recent proposal for start times, many were miffed, to say the least, that high school was scheduled to start at 7:20. By the time Bearing News published a story on the proposal, several teachers […]

CPS hits the mark with new start times proposal

CPS hits the mark with new start times proposal

Your browser does not support the audio element. This is a satirical piece. BREAKING NEWS: Columbia Public Schools has released a new proposal regarding school start times that does not at all contradict everything the administration has previously released or hinted at. This proposal is totally in line with the research regarding teenager sleeping habits […]

District proposal may hurt sports, arts

District proposal may hurt sports, arts

The transportation committee for Columbia Public Schools announced yesterday their proposal that high schools start class next year at 7:20 a.m., as opposed to the current 7:50 a.m. start time. Part of a three-tier system beginning next year, in which middle schools would begin at 8:10 a.m. and elementary at 9:10 a.m., this proposal would […]

District proposal moves up school start time

District proposal moves up school start time

Columbia Public Schools recently announced the proposed start time for RBHS next year. According to the proposal, RBHS would start between 7:20 and 7:30 a.m. School currently starts at 7:50. Middle schools, along with some elementary schools, would begin at 8:10. The remaining elementary schools would start at 9:10. After a survey conducted of CPS students, parents, teachers and […]

RBHS hosts historic night for 8-9th grade

RBHS hosts historic night for 8-9th grade

At 5 p.m. RBHS was as alive as any school day is. Students passed in and out of the corridors, talking loudly, dragging their  parents in tow. These are the future ninth and tenth graders that will make up RBHS’ first generation of the four-year high school experience. Tonight, these soon-to-be Bruins talked with faculty, […]

Enrollment takes place early, students choose courses for next year

Enrollment takes place early, students choose courses for next year

Barely into second semester, sophomores and juniors must start making decisions for the coming school year, still seven months away. Juniors will travel down to the Performing Arts Center on Jan. 7 and 8  during their social studies-language arts block class, while sophomores will attend the meeting with their advisory class on the same dates, […]

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