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Mr. Sawchuk shaves head for charity, promise to studentsPosted October 31, 2014
That's dedication! CHS principal Mr. John Sawchuk shaves his head as a promise to students if they contributed 1,200 items in one day for the needy. They did, and he held his word! He admits he was "a little nervous." Students give back every year for charity; this year, they're competing against several other Capital Region high schools in the WGNA-FM "Hunger Games" competition. If CHS wins by giving the most, the school is entitled to win a party at the Flight Trampoline Park in Albany and a screening of the recent "Hunger Games" movie. CHS, however, will present that prize to special needs students.

Successful drills held WednesdayPosted October 28, 2014
Buses rolled out from Columbia High School to the Howard L. Goff Middle School a short time ago as part of an emergency evacuation drill. This is an annual practice to make students and staff are prepared for anything. The drill went smoothly; CHS students are on their way back to school now for the remainder of the day.

Wizards to visit CHSPosted October 28, 2014
The Harlem Wizards will compete against the East Greenbush Teacher All-Stars on Monday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Columbia High School gymnasium. This is a fun event for people of all ages.  Dunks, tricks and Alley-Oops to help send our students to Germany! It's $8 for students in advance, $10 for adults, $12 at the door. Please join us! Folks can mail in contributions to Columbia High School, and pick up tickets at the door. Read more...

One more week to rememberPosted October 28, 2014
THIS JUST IN from Columbia High School: the days are counting down for our food drive and the coinciding WGNA Hunger Games competition. Mr. Sawchuk has challenged everyone to bring in 1,200 new items to the football game Wednesday night. If you do, he will shave his head on CHS TV Thursday morning. You read that correctly! Will you remember for families in need?

Graduation attire still availablePosted October 27, 2014
Parents of Seniors:  If your child was unable to order a cap and gown from the Jostens Representative who was at CHS last week, it's not too late! We ask that you please place your order online by Nov. 3rd. Any Senior still needing to order his/her cap & gown and graduation accessories can go to: Type in "Columbia High School", and click on graduation - it’s fast and easy. If you have any questions call: (800) 567-8367 

A heartwarming homecomingPosted October 21, 2014
"I never thought my daughter would be attending a homecoming dance," said Amy Severson. "We were told she would probably never walk or talk." But what happened Saturday night made a tremendous difference in the life of a special needs student and her family – a difference that will inspire you, and will not soon be forgotten. Read more...

Schedule notePosted October 20, 2014
Columbia High School’s half day schedule on Friday, October 24, will run periods 5 – 8. Dismissal will take place at 10:03 a.m.

Homecoming excitement at CHSPosted October 17, 2014
There's something spirited in the air at Columbia High School! Friday night, the Blue Devils will take on Bethlehem for the homecoming football game! All week, students have been getting ready for the big event, and sharing their love for their school together. Read more...

Free and Reduced-Price Meal applications deadlineUpdated October 17, 2014
Students that are currently enrolled in the Free and Reduced Price Meal program, but have not completed an application for the 2014-15 school year, must complete and return that application by today, Friday, October 17.  Students will no longer receive free or reduced price meals if a new application is not completed and received by the deadline.  If you have any questions or require any help completing the application, please call the Food Service Office at (518) 207-2474, or (518) 207-2160.

September Business Student of the MonthPosted October 15, 2014
On Friday, October 10, Columbia's Future Business Leaders of America attended the District 4 Fall District Conference which was held at Bryant & Stratton College.  Several area high schools were in attendance.  Students attended business workshops throughout the day.  Jack Biddlecomb won the Battle of the Chapters competition at the closing event.

September Business Student of the MonthPosted October 15, 2014
Jessica Piusienski was awarded the Business Student of the Month for September! Congratulations to Jessica for her hard work!

CHS, WGNA-FM ask students to remember needyPosted October 10, 2014
It has become much more than a tradition at Columbia High School.  Students have taken personally the call to action to help the less fortunate around the holidays.  Last year, high-school principal Mr. John Sawchuk asked students daily, “did you remember?”  You may remember the answer; they did remember – with 78 boxes full of canned goods and other items which benefited local charities. Read more...

Special Educator of the Year "makes students feel valued and important"Posted October 9, 2014
Booker T. Washington wrote, “those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.”  Columbia High School social worker Mrs. Audra DiBacco emulates the phrase.  Wednesday night, the East Greenbush Central School District Board of Education honored Mrs. DiBacco as the Special Educator of the Year, as someone who is happy doing her work, and whose happiness makes those around her better. Read more...

Searching for Odyssey of the Mind membersPosted October 6, 2014
Are you a creative, artistic, and humorous person?  Do you enjoy building anddesigning new things?  Are you quick to think of a joke or clever idea?  Are you a problem solver?  Do you enjoy a challenge?  Are you a team player?
If any of these describe you, consider joining Odyssey of the Mind.  The program is open to all EGCSD students in grades K-12 and is fully funded by the district.  Odyssey of the Mind runs from the fall until the regional competition held on March 7th.  Please join us for an informational meeting Oct 22th at 6pm in the Genet auditorium. For more information about the program visit For other questions, please contact the District coordinator for Odyssey of the Mind, Ms. Sarah Hurley, at If you participated last year, you do not need to attend the meeting.  However, please email Ms. Hurley to register you and your team.

Supporting those who suffer from, survived breast cancerPosted October 1, 2014
Columbia High School is dressed in pink for the month of October, which is recognized as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Student Council volunteers decorated the school in an effort to support those suffering from breast cancer, and recognize survivors. Read more...



School trip informationPosted September 17, 2014
On Saturday, October 25, 2014, the Class of 2018 will be sponsoring a bus trip to New York City.  The cost of the trip is $40 per person and only includes transportation.  Other details can be found on the attached flyer and registration form. Please spread the word about the trip!  The deadline to return your registration form and payment is Friday, October 3, 2014.  All are welcome!

Information regarding EnterovirusPosted September 16, 2014
EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory (breathing) illness among children and other individuals. Such illness has sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma. Read more...

Columbia honors America on 9/11Posted September 11, 2014
On Thursday, September 11, students gathered at Columbia High School to reflect on the sacrifice given by those who serve our country, and the freedoms they protect. Members of the East Greenbush Police Department, the East Greenbush Fire Company, and the W.F. Bruen Rescue Squad were on hand for the student-led ceremony. It included the recitation of the National Anthem and Star-Spangled Banner, as well as the performance of Taps. Click here for more photos...


District looking for seniors to reach students Posted August 11, 2014
It has been said that the greatest gift one person can give another is that of himself or herself.  STARS do that every day in the East Greenbush Central School District. STARS, or Seniors Teaching and Reaching Students, is a volunteer program in which anyone 55 years or older may work in a classroom directly with students and teachers.  Read more...



Columbia High Schoolstudents recognize October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In this photo, staff members wear pink in a show of support to those who are battling and have conquered breast cancer.

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