Elementary Students Thank Veterans with Handwritten Letters – Posted May 23, 2015
With Memorial Day approaching, the service of United States military personnel is close to one’s heart. Students at Green Meadow expressed their own feelings by writing handwritten letters to veterans. Full story.
Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced at Columbian Awards Ceremony – Posted May 22, 2015
Among the many Columbian Awards trophies handed out on Thursday morning, William LaHera and Tucker McKeown received top honors as they were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Full story and list of awards.
Bell Top Field Day – Posted May 22, 2015
Bell Top Elementary students competed in a number of track and field events at their annual Field Day on Wednesday. Full story.
Guest Author Challenges Students – Posted May 21, 2015
Three-time Caldecott Honor winner and illustrator Bryan Collier discussed picture books, watercolor collage and history at Green Meadow Elementary School last Friday. Full story.
Goff Middle School Holds 6th Grade Concert – Posted May 21, 2015
The sixth grade band, chorus and orchestra played at the Columbia High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Full story.
Thank You Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle – Posted May 20, 2015
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle thanks the community for supporting the 2015-16 school budget. Read the letter.
Budget Vote and Three Other Propositions Passed by Voters – Posted May 19, 2015
East Greenbush Central School District residents passed an $88,181,329 budget for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday. This budget represents a 0.36% increase in spending over the current year's budget and will result in a 0% tax levy increase for district residents. Results.
District-Wide Art Show Uses Creativity to Bring Community Together – Posted May 19, 2015
Columbia High School was transformed into a circus-themed art gallery on Thursday evening for the annual District-wide Art Show. Full story.
Columbia Science Olympiad Team Places 14th at National Championships – Posted May 19, 2015
Columbia’s Science Olympiad team ended its most successful season ever by placing 14th at the National Championships this past weekend at the University of Nebraska. Full story.
Spring Fest Moved Inside Goff Middle School Due to Weather – Posted May 19, 2015
Due to the inconsistent weather reports and chance of severe storms, Spring Fest will be moved inside Howard L. Goff Middle School today. The event will still run from 3-7 p.m. and feature a variety of activities. Full story.
Remember to Vote on May 19 – Posted May 18, 2015
On May 19, District residents may vote on the $88,181,329 proposed school budget for 2015-16. The proposed budget would maintain all current programs, would add an alternative program at Howard L. Goff Middle School and an increase in security personnel at Columbia High School, all with a 0% increase on the property tax levy. Full story.
Statement from the Board of Education of the East Greenbush Central School District Regarding Claims of Superintendent – Posted May 18, 2015
The Board of Education of the East Greenbush Central School District will not comment on personnel matters including litigation brought by personnel. However, the Board of Education wants to ensure parents, teachers, staff and the community that our students will continue to receive the highest level of education while investigation and litigation matters involving our superintendent continue.
Upcoming School Schedule – Posted May 18, 2015
Schools will be closed starting Friday, May 22 (fifth emergency snow day went unused) through Monday, May 25 (Memorial Day). Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 26. District calendar.
Red Mill Elementary Walks for Charities – Posted May 18, 2015
Red Mill Elementary School raised more than $1,300 each for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Mohawk Hudson Humane Society at a one-mile charity walk on Friday. Full story.
Student Clubs Clean Up Campus – Posted May 15, 2015
Students from CHS Peer Leadership and the Key Club participated in a Campus Clean Up and Beatification project last week. Full story.
New Animal Club Brings Wildlife to Classroom – Posted May 14, 2015
Students in the new Animal Club flock to Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School before classes to learn about all kinds of wildlife. Full story.
District-Wide Art Show Scheduled for May 14 – Re-posted May 13
Artwork from students K-12 will be displayed at Columbia High School for the District-wide Art Show on May 14 from 6-8 p.m. Following a circus theme, the event is titled “The Greatest Art Show on Earth.” The event is free and open to the public. Full story.
District to Host Meet the Candidates Night on May 13 – Posted May 8, 2015 (Re-Posted May 13)
Residents will have the opportunity to meet the four Board of Education candidates, who are vying for three open seats, on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School cafeteria. The Board of Education election coincides with the District Budget Vote on May 19. Full story.
Columbia’s Zoe McLean Receives Outstanding Performer Award – Posted May 13, 2015
Columbia junior Zoe McLean received the Outstanding Performer award from the Schenectady Light Opera Company for her performance as Paulette in the high school’s production of Legally Blonde this spring. McLean was chosen from hundreds of high school students who performed in musical productions throughout the Capital Region.
RC Rally Combines Racing and Learning – Posted May 13, 2015
Fourth and fifth graders started their engines on Friday morning, taking part in the third annual RC Rally at Green Meadow Elementary School. Full story.
Aaron Amato Named Capital District’s Outstanding Business Education Student – Posted May 13, 2015
Columbia senior Aaron Amato was named the Outstanding Business Education Student for the 2014-15 school year by the Business and Marketing Educators’ Association of the Capital District. Full story.
Buddy Bench Added to Green Meadow Playground – Posted May 12, 2015
Students have a new spot to sit with their friends at the Green Meadow Elementary School playground as the Buddy Bench was dedicated on Monday. Full story.
Goff PTO to Host Budget Review Session Tonight – Posted May 12, 2015
The Howard L. Goff Middle School PTO will host a Budget Review Session tonight at 7 p.m. in the cafeteria. Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle and Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance Larry Edson Jr. will provide details about the 2015-16 proposed budget.
Bell Top Celebrates the End of “No Screen Week” – Posted May 12, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School celebrated the end of “No Screen Week” with ice pops and a fifth grade versus staff kickball game on Monday afternoon. Full story.
Bell Top Elementary School Accepting “Wall of Fame” Nominations – Posted May 11, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School is accepting nominations for the annual Bell Ringers Wall of Fame. This honor is bestowed upon former Bell Top students who have attained significant accomplishments in the areas of Academics, the Arts, Citizenship or Athletics. Full story.
District Co-Sponsors Substance Abuse Town Hall Meeting – Posted May 11, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District has partnered with Rensselaer and Schodack School Districts, Rensselaer County Mental Health and the City of Rensselaer to offer the community a Town Hall Meeting about substance abuse issues and prevention on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Rensselaer City School District. Learn more.
Students Honored at Physical Education Leadership Awards Ceremony – Posted May 11, 2015
Nearly 30 students from the East Greenbush Central School District received Physical Education Student Leadership Awards at the 30th anniversary New York State Association for Health Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance on May 4 at Hudson Valley Community College. Full story.
Lunch Menu Change for May 13 – Posted May 11, 2015
On May 13, District elementary schools will be serving personal pan pizza, garden tossed salad and sunny sweet corn for lunch instead of taco salad.
Assistant Principal Ed Kilmartin Receives Statewide Award – Posted May 11, 2015
Columbia Assistant Principal Ed Kilmartin received the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award from the School Administrators Association of New York State on Friday evening at the Desmond Hotel & Conference Center.
Columbia Science Olympiad Team Receives Proclamation – Posted May 8, 2015
Columbia High School’s Science Olympiad team received a proclamation from Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin on Thursday afternoon for winning the New York State Championship in March and advancing to the National Championships. Full story.
Columbia Student Wins Award at Law and Government National Championship – Posted May 8, 2015
Columbia senior Keefe Watson is one of three students on the Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical School’s New Visions: Law & Government team that won the We the People Nationals Unit 3 Award at a national competition in Washington, D.C. Full story.
Pre-Order Your Chicken BBQ Dinner for Spring Fest – Posted May 8, 2015
Enjoy a delicious BBQ chicken dinner at Spring Fest on May 19. Each dinner costs $8 if you pre-order by March 13 and it includes chicken, coleslaw, a baked potato, a dinner roll and dessert. Order form.
Photographer Daniel Jackson Recognized by Board of Education – Posted May 7, 2015
Photographer Daniel Jackson came out from behind the lens of his camera Wednesday evening to be honored at a Board of Education meeting at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Full story.
Students Get a Helping Hand with Their Reading – Posted May 7, 2015
Every Friday, volunteers sit with students in the Bell Top Elementary School library and read books with them. It’s a chance for students to have 1-on-1 attention so they can work on their literacy skills, but it also promotes a love of reading and provides another positive role model for students. Full story.
School District Vote – Proposition 4 (Asbestos and Vermiculite Remediation) – Posted May 7, 2015
Each day this week, we will be highlighting a different proposition on the May 19 school district vote. Today we are featuring Proposition 4, which would allow asbestos and vermiculite remediation at three elementary schools. Full story.
District Supports Veterans with “Jeans for Troops Drive” – Posted May 6, 2015
District teachers, staff and administrators will support veterans by donating to the GI Go Fund’s “Jeans for Troops Drive” and wearing jeans to work on May 21, the last day of school before Memorial Day weekend. Full story.
District Hosts Public Hearing for Proposed Budget Tonight – Posted May 6, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District will host a public hearing about the proposed school budget tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle will present details about the $88,181,329 budget for the 2015-16 school year that includes no programming cuts and a 0% increase on the property tax levy. Full story.
School District Vote – Propositions 2 and 3 (Buses) – Posted May 6, 2015
Each day this week, we will be highlighting propositions on the May 19 school district vote. Today we are featuring Propositions 2 and 3, which would allow new buses to be purchased. Full story.
School District Vote – Proposition 1 (Proposed Budget) – Posted May 5, 2015
Each day this week, we will be highlighting a different proposition on the May 19 school district vote. Today we are featuring Proposition 1, the proposed school budget of $88,181,329. The proposed budget maintains all current programs, adds an alternative program at Howard L. Goff Middle School and an increase in security personnel at Columbia High School, all with a 0% increase on the property tax levy. Full story.
Six Inducted into Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame – Posted May 5, 2015
Five former student athletes and one coach were inducted into the Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Full story.
Columbia Peer Leadership Movie Night Canceled – Posted May 4, 2015
Columbia Peer Leadership has canceled its Movie Night featuring Big Hero 6 on May 8.
Mangia! Classroom Turns into Pizza Parlor – Posted May 4, 2015
Third graders put down their pencils and picked up lumps of dough on Thursday as Alisha DeCelle’s classroom turned into a pizza parlor to culminate the Italy unit in social studies. Full story.
Super Students! – Posted May 4, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School students and teachers dressed up for Super Superhero Day on Friday. Check out these super students!
Spring is Here, And So is Spring Fest! – Posted May 1, 2015
You and your family are invited to Spring Fest on May 19 from 3-7 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Join us for carnival games, craft vendors, horse rides and bounce houses. Have a fun afternoon and don’t forget about our District Budget Vote. Full story.
Absentee Ballots for May 19 Vote – Posted May 1, 2015
Do you need an absentee ballot for the May 19 school budget vote? You can pick up an application in the District Clerk’s office on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 29 Englewood Ave., East Greenbush, NY 12061. Full story.
Kindergartners Take the Stage at Poetry Café – Posted April 30, 2015
With lights turned low, jazz playing softly in the background and a makeshift stage in front of a red curtain and a dangling string of lights, kindergartners at Red Mill Elementary School read original poems to parents Thursday morning at the Poetry Café. Full story.
Students Learn the Value of Volunteerism – Posted April 30, 2015
After a long day of school work on Monday, eight students from Citizen Genet Elementary School received one more valuable lesson – volunteerism. Full story.
Goff Middle School Names Students of the Month – Posted April 30, 2015
Nearly 50 students at Howard L. Goff Middle School were named Students of the Month for February and March at a ceremony on Thursday morning. Full story.
District Practices School Bus Safety – Posted April 29, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District’s Transportation Department held its third school bus safety drill of the year on Tuesday and Wednesday. Full story.
Chris Hosley Named Columbia Teacher of the Month – Posted April 29, 2015
Chris Hosley has been named Columbia’s Teacher of the Month by Principal John Sawchuk. Full story.
Students Perform at Poetry Slam – Posted April 29, 2015
About a dozen Columbia students participated in a poetry slam on Friday evening in the high school library. Full story.
District Publishes Budget Newsletter – Posted April 28, 2015
East Greenbush CSD published its annual budget newsletter on Tuesday to inform voters about the 2015-16 proposed budget and Board of Education election which will take place May 19. A hard-copy newsletter will be mailed to residents on May 7. Read newsletter online.
Meet the Board of Education Candidates on May 13 – Posted April 28, 2015
District voters will have the opportunity to meet the Board of Education candidates on May 13 at 7 p.m. in the Howard L. Goff Middle School cafeteria. Full story.
Pitcher Perfect – Posted April 27, 2015
Columbia pitcher Maddie Burns threw a perfect game, but didn't realize it until her teammates told her after the game (photo courtesy Cindy Schultz/Times Union). Full story.
What You Need to Know About the 2015-16 School Budget – Posted April 27, 2015
On May 19, District residents will vote on the $88,181,329 proposed school budget for 2015-16. The proposed budget would maintain all current programs, would add an alternative program at Howard L. Goff Middle School and an increase in security personnel at Columbia High School, all with a 0% increase on the property tax levy. Full story.
Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Announced – Posted March 25, 2015 (Re-posted April 27)
Save the date for the District's 13th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday, May 2. The event is open to the public. More information.
Chamber Orchestra Wins Top Award at Annapolis Music Festival – Posted April 24, 2015
Columbia High School’s Chamber Orchestra won the top award at the Heritage/World Strides Music Festival last weekend in Annapolis, Md. Full story.
Columbia Alumna Stars as TV Weatherperson – Posted April 24, 2015
Broadcast meteorologist Heather Morrison, from the Class of 1990, reflects on her career in front of the camera and the Columbia education that made it possible. Full story.
Columbia PTO to Host Budget Review Session – Posted April 23, 2015
The Columbia High School PTO will host a Budget Review Session on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle and Assistant Superintendent for School Business Finance Larry Edson Jr. will provide details about the 2015-16 proposed budget.
Students Recognized at DPS Character Education Assembly – Posted April 23, 2015
More than 40 students at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School received character certificates for embodying March's character word “Perseverance” at a school-wide assembly. Full story.
District Celebrates Volunteers – Posted April 22, 2015
Known as Grandma Diane to students and teachers at Citizen Genet Elementary School, Diane Buyer volunteers in school three days a week. She is one of 13 volunteers who were recognized by the East Greenbush Central School District on Tuesday evening. Full story.
Goff Middle School Places 5th at Science Olympiad State Championships – Posted April 22, 2015
The Howard L. Goff Middle School Science Olympiad team continued its tradition of success this weekend when it placed fifth in the state championships in Syracuse, N.Y. Just 35 teams out of 233 middle schools even qualified for the state championships. Full story.
Bell Top's Melissa Gilligan Named Teacher of the Year – Posted April 21, 2015
Bell Top Elementary School fifth grade teacher Melissa Gilligan has been named East Greenbush Central School District Teacher of the Year by the East Greenbush Teachers Association. Full story.
Goff Middle Schoolers Donate Quilt, Time to Seniors – Posted April 21, 2015
Eighth grade students at Howard L. Goff Middle School created a quilt and then donated it to Eddy Senior Living at Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush. Full story.
Students Hold French Café Day – Posted April 20, 2015
French students at Howard L. Goff Middle School held a French Café Day on March 27 to celebrate National Foreign Language month. Students finished the food unit by creating menus, preparing traditional French food and decorating the classroom.
Board of Education Petitions Due April 20 – Posted April 2, 2015 (Re-posted April 20)
Residents who live in the East Greenbush Central School District are invited to file petitions to be a Board of Education candidate in the upcoming election on May 19. There are three seats up for election this year. Full story.
New York State Police Launches Teen Safety Driving Campaign – Posted April 20, 2015
The New York State Police began a week-long safety driving campaign directed at teens on Monday. Full story.
Goff Science Olympiad Team Competes at State Championships – Posted April 17, 2015
Good luck to the Howard L. Goff Middle School Science Olympiad team at the state championships this weekend!
Red Mill Elementary Receives $500 Grant – Posted April 17, 2015
Red Mill Elementary School received a $500 grant from the Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance Program this week to purchase math and science materials. Full story.
DPS Accepting Artwork for School Flag Contest – Posted April 17, 2015
Students can submit their school flag artwork for the annual DPS Flag Contest. Applications and artwork must be turned in to the main office by May 6. More information.
Columbia to Support “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” Fundraiser – Posted April 17, 2015
Male students, teachers and administrators from Columbia High School will slip on women’s shoes and participate in a community walk to support an end to sexual assault and gender violence on April 25 at Riverfront Park in Troy, N.Y. Full story.
Red Mill Team Places 10th in State at Odyssey of the Mind Tournament – Posted April 16, 2015
A team of students from Red Mill Elementary School placed 10th in the state at the NYS Odyssey of the Mind tournament at Binghamton University last weekend. Full story.
Three Columbia Students Selected for Juried Art Show – Posted April 15, 2015
Artwork created by Columbia High School students Ashley Hyde, Corey Cimijotti and Sarah Slattery was selected for the 16th annual High School Regional Juried Art Exhibition at the Esther Massry Gallery at The College of Saint Rose. Full story.
Assistant Principal Honored for Outstanding Leadership in Education – Posted April 15, 2015
Columbia assistant principal Ed Kilmartin has been selected for the 2015 Outstanding Educator Award by the School Administrators Association of New York State (SAANYS). Full story.
Siblings Swim at NYS YMCA Swimming Championships – Posted April 15, 2015
Howard L. Goff Middle School students Nicole Orcutt (8th grade) and her younger brother Ryan Orcutt (6th grade) participated in the NYS YMCA Swimming Championships on March 21 and 22 at the Nassau County Aquatic Center on Long Island. Full story.
East Greenbush Central School District Receives School Safety Award – Posted April 14, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District is one of 131 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the 2015 School Safety Excellence Award from Utica National Insurance Group. Full story.
Columbia Library to Host Poetry Slam on April 24 – Posted April 14, 2015
The CHS English and Library Departments proudly announce a Poetry Slam to be held on Friday, April 24 from 5-7 p.m. in the CHS Library. A poetry slam is a competition of performance poetry, placing dual emphasis on the written and spoken word. Come enjoy or participate in an event of creative expression.
Are You Registered to Vote? – Posted April 13, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District budget vote and Board of Education election will be held on Tuesday, May 19. Learn how you can register to vote.
A Children’s Garden Makes a Great Family Project – Posted April 13, 2015
Spring is a great time to hit the reset button and reintroduce some fresh foods into your kids' diet after a long winter. Full story.
Education Foundation to Host Dessert Night – Posted April 10, 2015
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will host an all-you-can-eat Dessert Night on Thursday at Howard L. Goff Middle School to support student scholarships. Full story.
District-Wide Art Show Scheduled for May 14 – Posted April 7, 2015
Artwork from students K-12 will line the Columbia hallways at the district-wide art show on May 14 from 6-8 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Full story.
Teachers Sweeten Learning with Maple Syrup – Posted April 2, 2015
Teachers and students at Bell Top and Genet Elementary Schools continued a longstanding tradition this spring by producing maple syrup from the schools’ trees. Full story.
Board of Education Approves Proposed Budget – Posted April 2, 2015
The East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education approved a proposed school budget for 2015-16 Wednesday evening at Genet Elementary School. The proposed budget is $88,181,329, an increase of $317,920 from the current year. The proposed tax levy has no increase from the current year. Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle.
District to Host Budget Review Session – Posted April 1, 2015
The Board of Education and Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle will host the District’s third Budget Review Session Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Genet Elementary School auditorium. Full story.
Enrichment Program Offers After-School Classes – Posted April 1, 2015
Students at Red Mill Elementary School took advantage of a wide array of enrichment programs during February and March. Full story.
Calendar Changes Due to Snow Days – Posted March 31 (Updated from March 13)
East Greenbush CSD will be in session on the following dates due to snow days: April 1, April 2 and May 26. Should the District have an additional snow day, May 22 will change from a recess day to an in-session day. Full story.
What the NYS Budget Means for East Greenbush CSD – Posted March 31, 2015
A budget framework was agreed upon between the governor, assembly and senate early Monday morning, which greatly affects public schools throughout the state. Full story.
District Offers Yoga Class to Community – Posted March 31, 2015
Back by popular demand, the East Greenbush Central School District’s Continuing Education Program is offering weekly yoga classes beginning Thursday, April 16 in the Red Mill Elementary small gymnasium. Full story.
Career and Technical Education Students Excel at Regional Competition – Posted March 30, 2015
Three Columbia students won medals and three others earned certificates at the 2015 SkillsUSA regional competition on March 18 in Schenectady, N.Y. Full story.
Green Meadow Students Donate to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society – Posted March 30, 2015
Fourth grade students at Green Meadow Elementary School donated dog food and other supplies to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society on Saturday. Full story.
Sam Foglia Begins Recipe for Success – Posted March 27, 2015
Columbia senior Sam Foglia has always loved cooking – whether it’s buffalo chicken wing dip or crème brulee. Now she’s getting the opportunity to work in a commercial kitchen during a two-week internship at the high school. Full story.
Elementary Students Present Research at STEM Learning Fair – Posted March 27, 2015
Students turned into teachers Thursday evening at Genet Elementary School’s STEM Learning Fair. Full story.
Goff Middle School Wins Science Olympiad Regional; Advances to State Championship – Posted March 26, 2015
The Howard L. Goff Middle School Science Olympiad team won the Hudson Valley Regional Championship on Saturday and will advance to the New York State Championship on April 17 and 18. Full story.
Andrea Neiman Named Educator of the Year by Rensselaer County YMCA– Posted March 26, 2015
Columbia High School art teacher Andrea Neiman received the Educator of the Year award from the Rensselaer County YMCA at its Outstanding Student and Educators awards breakfast on Wednesday. Full story.
Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration Announced – Posted March 25, 2015
Save the date for the District's 13th annual Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration on Saturday, May 2. The event is open to the public. More information.
Grandparents and Special Friends Visit Red Mill – Posted March 25, 2015
Red Mill Elementary School opened its doors and welcomed families for its annual Grandparents and Special Friends Day last Thursday. View photos on Facebook.
Education Foundation Gala Raises $6,500 for Students – Posted March 25, 2015
The East Greenbush Education Foundation raised more than $6,500 for student enrichment opportunities at its annual gala Friday evening at the Hilton Garden Inn in Troy, N.Y. Full story.
Bailey Tator Wins First Place at Saratoga Art Show– Posted March 24, 2015
Sixth grader Bailey Tator won first place at the National Museum of Racing’s juried art show “Horsing Around with the Arts” Wednesday evening in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Tator won the blue ribbon and a gift card from a group of about 60 students in grades 3-7 from the Capital Region.
Science Students Visit Mobile Lab – Posted March 20, 2015
Columbia students took a science field trip on Thursday, but didn’t get farther than the high school parking lot. That’s because the lab they visited was on wheels. Full story.
Children’s Book Author Visits Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School – Posted March 20, 2015
Children’s book author Michael Arndt spent the day working with students at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School on Friday. Full story.