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Columbia Idol tonight!Posted November 21, 2014
Take the stage tonight at Columbia Idol! It's scheduled for tonight, Friday, at 7:00 p.m. in the high school auditorium. Admission is $8.00 for students and seniors, $10.00 for adults. Come and support your classmates!

A Columbia sunset Posted November 21, 2014
She's always looking on the bright side -- and she found it yet again! Columbia High School main office secretary Mrs. Lynn Chesser had to stop on her way home yesterday when she noticed this view of the low-setting sun over the pond on the campus. As she writes, "even though we pass it by every day, I thought you would enjoy when Mother Nature reminds us of the beauty where we live and work."

Coat Donations for Katie’s Koats Posted November 20, 2014
Coats for Veterans and the homeless are being collected by the CHS Business classes and will be delivered by the Marketing class at the Katie’s Koats collection area at Crossgates Mall.  Please note that donations can be accepted no later than Tuesday, December 2nd at Columbia.  Gently used, clean coats may be dropped off in S-109 or S-103.  Please email Mrs. Shepardson or Mrs. Gruet with any questions.

Once upon a Stage a great successPosted November 20, 2014
Our students CAN perform for a cause! This past weekend's showing of the student-coordinated musical "Once upon a Stage" at Columbia raised $2,146 and more than 300 canned goods for the Food Bank of Northeastern New York! Special thanks must go to Sean Frank, Olivia Koonz, Jacob Clemente, and Emily Martin for their hard work!

October's business scholar Posted November 20, 2014
Kitrick McCoy has been selected as October's Business Student of the Month. He is a member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) and is a Marketing and Accounting student at Columbia High School. Congratulations to Kitrick for his hard work!

Student athletes commit to college teams Posted November 20, 2014
Six Columbia High School students have made an important next step in their academic careers, and their athletic skill set them apart.  They caught the attention of recruiters and admissions teams.  Wednesday, these students signed acceptance letters to new teams – agreeing to play various sports for institutions of higher learning. Read more...

Operation Graduation students pitch in for charityPosted November 18, 2014
With the Thanksgiving turkey flapping not far in the distance, students in the Operation Graduation program at Columbia High School took a moment to consider those less fortunate.   Tuesday, students traveled to Catholic Charities in Rensselaer to help CoNSERNS-U coordinate donations for 500 families.  Read more...

Becca's Closet call for donations Posted November 14, 2014
Becca’s Closet is sponsored by CHS Peer Leadership, and offers gently used formal and semi-formal wear for students to use.  Often, beautiful prom dresses and other formal wear are donated to Columbia High rather than sitting in closets collecting dust.  Please note that donations are always accepted to Columbia, attention Mrs. DeJulio in the Athletic Department.

Cheesecake pick-up approaching Posted November 14, 2014
A sweet slice of support for the Class of 2017! Saratoga Cheesecakes are available for pick up on Monday, November 24. Money raised from the sale goes right to the sophomore class; the goal is to use that money to drive down the price of prom bids so anyone and everyone can attend. Read more...

Journalists on the set Posted November 10, 2014
Students from Ms. Meagan Asenbauer's journalism class visited the WMHT-TV studios Friday to watch a taping of New York NOW, hosted by Matt Ryan. The public affairs program airs throughout the state on PBS stations. The Columbia class was the first ever audience for the show! Tenured Capitol reporters Bill Hammond of The Daily News and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio sat on a panel to discuss the recent results of the election.

Drive to feed needy ends, CHS students give back Posted November 6, 2014
You sure did remember. Columbia High School students gave back in a big way to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to remember families less fortunate as the holiday season approaches. This is an initiative students work to complete every year; this time, several other Capital District schools competed to donate the most non-perishable food items through a contest spearheaded by WGNA-FM 107.7. Read more...

Whiz kids Posted November 4, 2014
Please join us in congratulating CHS seniors Althea Meer, Kaleigh Iler, and Tucker McKeown! The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized them as Commended Students -- they are in the top 5 percent of students who completed the PSAT!

Once upon a Stage Posted November 4, 2014
Join us for a show and a good cause! "Once upon a Stage" is a student-run musical revue which is completely decided by students -- they select the songs, cast, and dances. Seniors Sean Frank, Jacob Clemente, Emily Martin, and Olivia Koonz are producing and directing. About 30 students participate; money raised goes to the food pantry. Read more...

Mechanics in motion Posted November 3, 2014
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are applied in action at Columbia High School!  Students in Mr. Steven Ford’s Modern Mechanisms class are working on simple machines about two months in to the school year.  Eventually, they will complete complex robots by the end of the year. Read more...

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.

Halloween happenings at CHSPosted October 31, 2014
Teachers and staff at Columbia High School pulled out all the stops on Halloween Friday! Take a look below at some of the costumes!

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.

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...

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!

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...


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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