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Columbia Public Schools to take 3 days off during omicron surge

Columbia Public Schools to take 3 days off during omicron surge

Julia Kim, Staff Writer January 20, 2022
Superintendent Brian Yearwood announced students will not be in session for three days starting Friday, Jan. 21 as a result of a surge in the latest COVID-19 variant, Omicron. Columbia Public Schools (CPS) Board of Education plans to formally approve these changes at their work session Jan. 20. 
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In the news Oct 12

Parker Boone October 17, 2020

Senior Parker Boone gives a quick summary of important events that happened around Rock Bridge from Oct 12 to Oct 17. He covers the recent school board meeting Bruins sports and RBHS handing out...

To teach students healthy practices, CPS must have mental health course

To teach students healthy practices, CPS must have mental health course

Anna Xu April 14, 2020
As the world moves toward efficiency and people build bonds with computers rather than their fellow humans, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to be truly gratified and happy. Educators often overlook mental health curriculum, but while health in the form of exercise and nutrition exist, mental health is equally if not more valuable. Society needs to change, and it starts with teaching. 
Day 20

Day 20

Bailey Stover April 6, 2020
Senior Bailey Stover spent her 20th day of social distancing adjusting to her new reality after receiving an email about CPS' updated grading policy.
CPS changes to Pass/No Credit grading system

CPS changes to Pass/No Credit grading system

Anna Xu April 6, 2020
Columbia Public Schools (CPS) alerted students and families details of the overarching grading plan for the rest of the semester today, April 6, in an email from CPS Communications Director Michelle Baumstark.
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Students share initial thoughts on online education

Parker Boone March 31, 2020
In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, junior Parker Boone shares his thoughts and reflects on Columbia Public Schools' switch to online learning.
CPS must adopt pass/fail grading system for the well-being of students

CPS must adopt pass/fail grading system for the well-being of students

Will Cover March 30, 2020
In this time of crisis from COVID-19, it’s imperative educators put the well-being of students above homework and grades, just as they did by closing schools district-wide until April 27 to slow the dangerous spread of the virus. In order to appropriately accomplish this goal, and in-light of the almost inevitable difficulties of online education, evident in the outage of Schoology and lag-time with Google Classroom for students yesterday, March 30, CPS should shift all classes to a pass/fail grading scale for the duration of this semester.
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That’s debatable: Should CPS require P.E. credits?

Multiple Authors March 23, 2020
The requirement for physical education credits in order for high school schoolers to graduate has sparked debate about whether or not it is necessary.
Source: National Institute of Health

CPS coronavirus plan necessary, but too rushed

The Rock and Bearing News Staff March 18, 2020
Although closure is a meaningful step toward protecting safety and health, the limited notice will minimize its effectiveness. 
Current RBHS Athletic director and assistant principal David Egan, left, and current civics studies teacher Michael McGinty, right, converse during a meeting. (Photo by Audrey Snyder)

McGinty to replace Egan as athletic director, assistant principal

Ryan Choe March 14, 2020
On July 1, 2020, Michael McGinty will replace David Egan as the RBHS athletic director and assistant principal. Egan will become the new Columbia Public Schools athletic director.
Art by Rachel Stevens

Housing reparations necessary to counteract redlining, institutionalized racism

Will Cover February 24, 2020
Housing has been the most egregious instance of discrimination in America's economy, with a 32.5% gap in homeownership between black and white Americans. This in turn drives a massive racial wealth gap because of the economic importance of owning a home. Therefore, housing reparations are needed to increase black homeownership and counteract existing biases.
Inflexible deadlines worsen quality of education

Inflexible deadlines worsen quality of education

The Rock and Bearing News Staff February 20, 2020
Deadlines control students’ lives. The specter of late work deductions or even worse, a zero, force students to figure out a way to manage their time that often result in stressful, unhealthy work management. The RBHS Executive Council and faculty are right to support separating academic performance from work ethic and behavior, moving away from harsh late work penalties.
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