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Lessons in leadershipPosted December 19, 2014
“Grades are important, yes.  But what people look for is what you did beyond what was required.”  Those thoughts shared by former General Electric Vice President for Corporate Research and Development Dr. Walter Robb at the Columbia High School Student Leadership Conference set the tone for what sets the best apart – hard work, dedication, and passion to do the right thing. Read more...


Students bring joy to senior living center Posted December 19, 2014
Sixteen Columbia High students visited Rosewood Gardens for a community service project. The students made over 80 cards prior to our visit to share with the residents.  At the nursing home, the students assisted the residents in making holiday crafts. It was a great example of our students giving back to the community.


A cheerful holidayPosted December 19, 2014
The Columbia Cheerleaders and Leaders of Tomorrow Leading Today donated gifts to the preschool students at St. Anne's. The preschoolers and Columbia students alike look forward to the annual visit. The students' generosity and kindness are genuinely appreciated during the holiday season.

NYSPHSAA Fall Scholar/Athlete Team Award Posted December 18, 2014
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized all of our fall athletic teams as recipients of the Scholar/Athlete Team Award. Read more...


Holiday fun in the kitchenPosted December 17, 2014
Taco day is a big one in the Columbia High School lunch room! In fact, today the culinary creation is served on a "taco sled." The food service program has had its collective thinking cap (or elf cap) on for the month of December with fun and festive names for its meals. Keep an eye out for "Santa's favorite hot dog," "Frosty's pasta salad," and "snow bank mashed potatoes!"

Principal's newsletterPosted December 17, 2014
What a busy few months it has been at Columbia High School. You performed in the classroom, on the playing field, and made a difference in our community. Mr. Sawchuk takes a look back as the year draws to a close. Read more...


ACT ASPIRE deadline extendedPosted December 16, 2014
From the high school guidance office: the ACT ASPIRE registration deadline has been extended. The ACT ASPIRE is a practice exam designed to help students prepare to take the ACT in the spring of their junior year as a college entrance exam. Read more...


Driver education for springtimePosted December 16, 2014
The following is information that you will need to successfully enroll in the Driver Education Program being offered at Columbia High School (with classroom time being presented by Mr. Wysocki and the car/driving time being presented by Bell’s Driving School) for the Spring 2015 term. Read more...


Season of giving at CHSPosted December 12, 2014
Concerns for the community. Today students in the Columbia High School Peer Leadership, Participation in Government, and CAP Programs are bringing donations of pajamas and canned goods to CoNSERNS-U of Catholic Charities. They will help set up the Christmas store at the Rensselaer city location, which serves neighbors in our neck of the woods and all of Southern Rensselaer County. Their efforts will continue through the year, also, recognizing that Catholic Charities still needs plenty of donations after this season of giving ends.


November Students of the MonthPosted December 10, 2014
Congratulations to the Columbia High School students of the month! Their leadership as citizens of good character sets a wonderful example for the entire student body.

Ava Champitto – Grade 9 – Nominated by Mr. Tarkos for Academics

Katy Almon – Grade 10 – Nominated by Mr. Fudge for Academics

Edgar Muriel Quinones – Grade 11 – Nominated by Mr. Batcher for Most Improved

Katie Baird – Grade 12 – Nominated by Mrs. Hannmann for Academics

FBLA helps make wishes come true Posted December 9, 2014
The Future Business Leaders of America volunteered their time at Crossgates Mall this past Sunday to collect money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The students were able to collect over $600 that will help grant wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Thanks to Donna Shepardson for the photo.

Students visit NYISO Posted December 8, 2014
Late last week, students from Columbia High School visited the New York Independent System Operator control center. The NYISO oversees the state's power grid. The organization told us it was a pleasure to host the students, whose behavior was exemplary and whose questions were intelligent and thoughtful.

Carols for Christmas Posted December 5, 2014
The Columbia Chamber Singers kicked off the Holiday season in East Greenbush by performing at the Town Hall Tree Lighting Celebration on Wednesday, December 3rd. 

Music news Posted December 4, 2014
Congratulations to Lindsay Heck and Sean Jones who were selected to perform in this year's Conference All-State. Lindsay was selected to perform with the women's chorus and Sean was selected to perform with the orchestra. Over 6000 students auditioned and only 900 of the finest student musicians across New York State were bestowed this honor. Congratulations to both of them!

Meanwhile, ten Columbia High School students performed recently in this year's Area All-State Music Festival. Students from fifty school districts were selected based on a solo audition. Congratulations to (photo left to right) Brian Murphy, Kevin Phoenix, Megan Bouyea, Austin Baggetta, Sean Jones, Taylor Shanley, Lindsay Heck, Saffron Livaccari, Sarina Xin, and Sam Dalton. Kevin Phoenix performed in the Jazz Band, Lindsay Heck performed in the chorus, and Austin Baggetta, Megan Bouyea, Sam Dalton, Sean Jones, Saffron Livaccari, Brian Murphy, Taylor Shanley, and Sarina Xin performed with the orchestra.

Columbia spruced up for holidays Posted December 4, 2014
Merry and bright! The Columbia High School Student Council decked the halls for the holidays!

Surprise for beloved teacherPosted December 3, 2014
Merci, étudiants! Madame Hannmann's seniors missed their teacher, who was at Goff yesterday. They've been together as a class for the last several years, and they're all very close! While she was out, students decorated her room to surprise her! They purchased an Eiffel Tower and created a chain link throughout the room with French words on each.

German National Honor Society award recipientsPosted December 3, 2014
Sprechen sie Deutsch! Pictured below, Mr. Rune Williams congratulates fifteen of his German students on their induction to the German National Honor Society!

Quarter 1 Honor Roll studentsPosted December 3, 2014
Congratulations to our first quarter honor roll students! We appreciate your hard work as you settled in to a new school year. Honor roll names are posted here.

CHS scholar athlete named WNYT "Athlete of the Week"Posted December 3, 2014
We've rooted for her at Columbia, and now the Capital Region is on her team! Helena Masiello has been named the WNYT-TV NewsChannel 13 Athlete of the Week! Helena participates in winter track, lacrosse, and field hockey. In fact, she just recently signed with Georgetown to play at the collegiate level. Read more...

Education Foundation Hall of Fame nominationsPosted December 3, 2014The East Greenbush Central School District Education Foundation is seeking nominations for the Columbia High School Alumni Hall of Fame.  The Hall of Fame recognizes and honors the character and achievements of Columbia High School graduates. The deadline for submission of the nominating forms is Friday, December 19th. If you have any questions about the process or would like more information, you may contact Mr. Steve Taylor, President of the Education Foundation, at To view the form, please click here.

Students rock the stage for Columbia IdolPosted November 24, 2014
Congratulations to Olivia Lopez -- winner of this year's Columbia Idol competition! Thanks to Bob Frank for sharing this photo.

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.

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!

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!

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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