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Columbia Shirts on Sale Posted March 28, 2015
Columbia shirtColumbia's Student Council is selling short- and long-sleeved shirts until April 2. More information.

Kids Making a Difference – Brandon Goodermote Posted March 27, 2015
Science Olympiad Team
Brandon Goodermote was named Student of the Month for Columbia’s “Kids Making a Difference” program, which honors students for their positive influences on the school community. Full story.

Sam Foglia Begins Recipe for Success Posted March 27, 2015
Science Olympiad Team
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.

March Students of the MonthPosted March 27, 2015

Joe Powhida

Joe Powhida – Grade 12 – Nominated by Jeff Tooker for Citizenship

Shaheed Tolliver-Fries

Shaheed Tolliver-Fries – Grade 11 – Nominated by Lisa Johnas, Kate Morrow & Audra DiBacco for Most Improved

Pamela Martinez

Pamela Martinez – Grade 10 – Nominated by Monica Blanchfield for Citizenship

Jessica Winter

Jessica Winter – Grade 9 – Nominated by Ed Kilmartin & Ruth Schafer for Citizenship

Andrea Neiman Named Educator of the Year by Rensselaer County YMCAPosted March 26, 2015
Hall of Fame Inductees
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.

Education Foundation Gala Raises $6,500 for Students Posted March 25, 2015
Hall of Fame Inductees
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.

Science Olympiad Team to Host Fundraiser Dinner Posted March 23, 2015
Looking for an easy dinner this week? Come to the high school for homemade ziti and meatballs this Thursday. Proceeds will go toward funding the Science Olympiad Team's trip to the national tournament. Full story.

Science Students Visit Mobile LabPosted 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.

Professional Musician to Play Concert with Columbia Band Posted March 19, 2015
Dr. Ray Ricker, professor emeritus of saxophone at the Eastman School of Music and clarinetist with the Rochester Philharmonic, will spend two days teaching and performing with students at Columbia High School and Howard L. Goff Middle School. The residency will culminate with a concert on March 26. Full story.

Columbia's Melissa Gleason Named “Top Teacher” by Channel 13 Posted March 18, 2015
Columbia High School special education teacher Melissa Gleason was named Channel 13’s Top Teacher of the Week today. Watch the news story.

Columbia Science Olympiad Team Wins State Tournament; Advances to Nationals Posted March 16, 2015
Science Olympiad Team
Columbia High School’s Science Olympiad Team won the New York State tournament Saturday at LeMoyne College in Syracuse and will advance to the national tournament on May 15 and 16 at the University of Nebraska. Full story.

Shirts on Sale for Class of 2017 Fundraiser Posted March 6, 2015
Columbia Wrestling
Show your school spirit with a Columbia long-sleeved shirt! Get yours in either navy with white lettering or Columbia blue with navy lettering for $40. Proceeds will go to the Class of 2017. Order forms due March 17.

Math Students Celebrate Pi Day Posted March 13, 2015
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Math students across the District celebrated Pi Day with a variety of activities earlier this week. Pi (π), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is observed on March 14 each year as the number begins with the digits 3.14. Full story and photos.

Business Students Shadow Professionals Posted March 12, 2015
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Students in Columbia’s Career and Financial Management, Marketing Essentials, and Accounting classes participated in a Job Shadow Day at CAPCOM Federal Credit Union and the Marriott on Wolf Road on March 3. Students toured both facilities and learned about various departments within the organizations.

Columbia Celebrates Foreign Language Week Posted March 11, 2015
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Students in Columbia’s French, Spanish and German classes celebrated Foreign Language Week by embracing different cultures through a variety of activities last week. Full story.

Columbia Librarian Kate Ingham Named Teacher of the Month Posted March 10, 2015
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Kate Ingham began a new chapter of her life this past fall when she was hired as Columbia’s full-time librarian. In recognition of her good work, Ingham was named March’s Teacher of the Month today by Principal John Sawchuk. Full story.

Local Experts Speak at Health Awareness WeekPosted March 6, 2015
Columbia students learned about a wide variety of health issues such as fitness, nutrition and drug abuse from local experts in honor of Health Awareness Week. Full story.

Blue Devils Win in the Classroom Posted March 6, 2015
All seven of Columbia’s varsity winter sports teams earned the Scholar/Athlete Team Award from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. In order for a team to receive this prestigious award, the team must have at least a 90 percent average. Congratulations!

Matt Eckler Named Columbia’s Outstanding Business Student of the Month Posted March 6, 2015
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Congratulations to Matt Eckler who was named Columbia’s Outstanding Business Student of the Month for February. Matt has taken the Entrepreneurship class and is interning with the Tri-City Valley Cats through the Career Exploration Internship Program.

A Practical Approach to Eating Healthier Posted March 5, 2015
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Check out recommendations from the USDA to encourage healthy eating - plus some fun and healthy food ideas for St. Patrick's Day. Full story.

Columbia Announces Showings for "Legally Blonde" Posted March 5, 2015
Columbia's musical "Legally Blonde" will be performed March 13 and 14 at the high school auditorium. More information.

Michael Gonyea Places 4th at NYS Wrestling ChampionshipsPosted March 5, 2015
Columbia Wrestling
Congratulations to Michael Gonyea, a freshman at Columbia High School, who placed 4th at the NYS Wrestling Championships!

Columbia Celebrates National Grammar DayPosted March 4, 2015
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Columbia teachers observed National Grammar Day on Wednesday. The English department instituted a grammar program this year called Daily Grammar Practice which is taught on a regular basis.

Columbia Announces Parent Conference Night Posted March 3, 2015
Teachers will be available to meet with parents on Thursday, March 12. Although the printed District Calendar has this event listed twice, the CHS Parent-Teacher meetings are on Thursday, March 12, and the Goff meetings are the following week on March 19. More information.

Four Columbia Wrestlers Go for State TitlesPosted February 26, 2015
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Four Columbia wrestlers will take center stage at Times Union Center this weekend in the NYSPHSAA Division I Wrestling Championships. The tournament starts Friday morning with preliminary rounds. Full story.

Robots Come to Life at ColumbiaPosted February 26, 2015
Patti Hannmann

Columbia students in the Modern Mechanisms technology class have built robots from LEGO sets, and utilized Bluetooth technology to control them remotely. Full story.

Columbia Announces Honor Roll StudentsPosted February 25, 2015
Congratulations to the Columbia students who were named to the second quarter honor rolls. Honor Roll lists.

Prom Dress Sale at NY Women’s ExpoPosted February 25, 2015
Students can purchase gently used prom dresses at the NY Women’s Expo’s Pay Less for the Dress event on February 28 and March 1 at Siena College. Admission to the event costs $5 and dresses will be sold for $9.95 with proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region. More information.

2015-16 Course Offerings for STEM AcademyPosted February 23, 2015
Open letter to parents/guardians regarding Network Administration courses associated with the STEM Academy (CCNA I and CCNA II).

Patty Hannmann Named Columbia Teacher of the MonthPosted February 23, 2015
Patti Hannmann

Walk into Patty Hannmann’s classroom at Columbia High School and you are transported to France. The words on the chalkboard are written in French, there are photos of Versailles on the walls and there is even a reproduction of the Eiffel Tower next to the window. Full story.

Caring for Columbia’s Student AthletesPosted February 18, 2015
David Greene and Mary Anne Chylinski

At the end of the school day, the training room fills with student athletes who need muscles stretched, ankles taped and treatment to get them healthy and back on the field. The man who meets all of these needs is athletic trainer Sean Leggett. Full story.

Chamber Orchestra FundraiserPosted February 17, 2015
Columbia's Chamber Orchestra will play at a fundraiser dinner on Saturday, February 28. Ticket information.

Kids Making a DifferencePosted February 13, 2015
Columbia Science Olympiad Team
This month marks the beginning of a new student recognition program at Columbia, titled “Kids Making a Difference.” The program is run by Columbia students who are searching for classmates who may not be recognized under the current categories of student recognition yet are truly deserving because of their outstanding stories, great attitudes and positive influence on the school community. Read about Tyler Coyne.

Students Celebrate Chinese New YearPosted February 13, 2015
Chinese New Year

Students in Ms. Burola and Ms. Watson’s Questar class housed at Columbia celebrated the Chinese New Year with exuberance. They proudly marched in a parade through the school’s halls with handmade decorations.

January Students of the MonthPosted February 13, 2015

Nick Belanger

Donato Nunziata – Grade 9 – Nominated by Andrea Neiman for Citizenship

Nick Belanger

Jamie Kendrick – Grade 11 – Nominated by Monica Blanchfield for Academics

Nick Belanger

Nick Belanger – Grade 12 – Nominated by Heather Ross for Academics

Julia Hoggan named Business Student of the Month

Anthony Russo – Grade 12 – Nominated by Kim Sabella & Audra DiBacco for Citizenship

Jillian Leggiero

Jillian Leggiero – Grade 11 – Nominated by Pam Elliott for Citizenship

Earl Prespare

Earl Prespare – Grade 10 – Nominated by CAP Staff for Most Improved

Jordan Powell

Jordan Powell – Grade 10 – Nominated by Laura O’Brien for Academics

Zach Kasky

Zach Kasky – Grade 9 – Nominated by Marilyn Thompson for Citizenship

Diana Prout Named NYS Master TeacherPosted February 12, 2015
Columbia chemistry teacher Diana Prout has been named a New York State Master Teacher. The Master Teacher Program selects the highest-performing K-12 educators in the state teaching STEM to engage in professional development, leadership workshops and to mentor early career teachers. Full story.

Columbia Crowned Regional Science Olympiad Champions; Advance to State FinalsPosted February 11, 2015
Columbia Science Olympiad TeamColumbia’s Science Olympiad Team continued its tradition of excellence by winning the Capital District Regional on Saturday at The College of Saint Rose. Columbia has won the regional tournament 22 of the last 23 years and advances to the state finals in Syracuse on March 13-14. Full story.

AP U.S. History Students Travel Back in TimePosted February 11, 2015
Columbia students dressed as historical figures

Students in Columbia’s Advanced Placement U.S. History class traveled back in time on Friday, taking the role of historical figures in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They delivered speeches relating to their figure’s views on the major issues of the day and then debated with one another from the perspective of their character.

Jack Biddlecomb Wins Two Awards at Future Business Leaders of America District MeetingPosted February 10, 2015
Jack BiddlecombColumbia’s Jack Biddlecomb won two awards at the Future Business Leaders of America Spring District Meeting at Shenendehowa High School recently. He earned 2nd Place for FBLA Principles and Procedures and 3rd Place for his knowledge of Marketing. The Business Department is very proud of his accomplishments. Congratulations Jack!

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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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