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Common Core Regents Exams – Posted May 26, 2015
Classes at Columbia High School will not meet on Tuesday, June 2 due to the New York State Common Core Regents exams in English Language Arts and Geometry. Read letter from Principal John Sawchuk.

Broadway Star Finds Home at Columbia – Posted May 26, 2015
Jacob Clemente
From Bell Top to Broadway and back to Columbia, Jacob Clemente has taken a different path than most students. Full story.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced at Columbian Awards Ceremony – Posted May 22, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
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.

Columbia to Host Comedy Hypnotist Show – Posted May 21, 2015
Hypnotist flier

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
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
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
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
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.

Student Clubs Clean Up Campus – Posted May 15, 2015
Students pet the baby goat
Students from CHS Peer Leadership and the Key Club participated in a Campus Clean Up and Beatification project last week. Full story.

Matthew Hefferon Named Outstanding Business Student of the Month – Posted May 14, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
Congratulations to Matthew Hefferon who was named Columbia’s Business Student of the Month for April. Matt has taken Accounting, Marketing and Sports and Entertainment Marketing classes and interned at Millenium Business Communications and Channel Eyes through the Career Exploration Internship Program. Matt is a member of the Business and Marketing Honor Society for his academic achievement in Business.

District-Wide Art Show Scheduled for May 14 – Re-posted May 13
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
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.

Columbia’s Zoe McLean Receives Outstanding Performer Award  – Posted May 13, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
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.

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.

Aaron Amato Named Capital District’s Outstanding Business Education Student – Posted May 13, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
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.

Senior Prom InformationPosted May 12, 2015
Senior prom is scheduled for Friday, June 5 from 7-11 p.m. at 90 State Events at 90 State St. in Albany. More information.

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.

Assistant Principal Ed Kilmartin Receives Statewide Award – Posted May 11, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
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
Katie Hutton flies balsa plane
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
Keefe Watson
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.

April Students of the Month – Posted May 8, 2015
Lucas Tirey

Lucas Tirey – Grade 12 – Nominated by Andrea Neiman and Melissa Gleason for Citizenship

Jacob Southworth

Jacob Southworth – Grade 11 – Nominated by Josie Stewarts, Butch Hartnagle and Jeff Tooker for Most Improved

Rachel Wevang

Rachel Wevang – Grade 11 – Nominated by Kathleen Peffers and Kate Morrow for Citizenship

Zach Godfrey

Zach Godfrey – Grade 10 – Nominated by Chelsea Connor for Most Improved

Eric Bedell

Eric Bedell – Grade 9 – Nominated by Chris Hosley for Citizenship

District to Host Meet the Candidates Night on May 13 – Posted May 8, 2015
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.

Photographer Daniel Jackson Recognized by Board of Education – Posted May 7, 2015
Daniel Jackson
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.

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
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
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
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
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
2015 Hall of Fame Inductees
Five former student athletes and one coach were inducted into the Columbia Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday evening. Full story.

Quarter 3 Honor Roll Lists – Posted May 5, 2015
Congratulations to the Columbia students named to the Honor Roll lists for quarter 3! Honor Roll.

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.

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.

Chris Hosley Named Columbia Teacher of the Month – Posted April 29, 2015
PE teacher Chris Hosley
Chris Hosley has been named Columbia’s Teacher of the Month by Principal John Sawchuk. Full story.

District Practices School Bus Safety – Posted April 29, 2015
Students practice emergency exiting
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.

Menu Changes for May 4 and 5 – Posted April 29, 2015
The Columbia cafeteria will be serving mozzarella sticks on Monday, May 4 and penne marinara with meatballs on Tuesday, May 5.

Students Perform at Poetry Slam – Posted April 29, 2015
Mackenzie Turner at Poetry Slam
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.

Graduation InformationPosted April 28, 2015
Graduation will be held on Saturday, June 27 at 1 p.m. at the HVCC McDonough Sports Complex. More information.

Senior Prom InformationPosted April 28, 2015
Senior prom is scheduled for Friday, June 5 from 7-11 p.m. at 90 State Events at 90 State St. in Albany. More information.

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
Chamber Orchestra
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.

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CREATING HONOR AND SUCCESS

Columbia students Tim MacDonald and Matthew VanAuken won national championships in the Science Olympiad's Dynamic Planet event, which tests the students' knowledge of oceanography.

U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Silver Medal 2012

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