Office hours and phone numbers for Columbia High School.

Click here to view the 2013-2014 bus routes.

2014 Senior Prom information - Posted April 22, 2014
The Senior Prom is on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Birch Hill Banquet Hall. The price for prom bids is $60 per person and will be sold in school outside the cafeteria Monday, 5/19 through Thursday, 5/22, periods 3-7.  More information is available on the Class of 2014 page.

2014 Junior Prom information - Posted April 22, 2014
The Junior Prom is on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Tickets for the prom are $55 and can be purchased outside the cafeteria April 23 -25. More information is available on the Class of 2015 page.

CHS Science teachers celebrate Earth Day - Posted April 22, 2014

CHS science teachers celebrate Earth Day
Today marks the 44th annual celebration of this springtime event.

March "Students of the Month" - Posted April 11, 2014
Click here to see the outstanding students that were nominated for CHS March "Students of the Month". 

Give-Back Days - Posted April 7, 2014
Due to the number of Emergency Closing Days used this year due to severe winter weather, classes will be in session on Friday, April 11, Monday, April 21, and Tuesday, May 27. The last emergency closing day (Friday, May 23) has not been used at this time. 

Calling all crafters - Posted April 7, 2014
On May 20, 2014 from 3 – 7, as part of our 2nd Annual Spring Fest, we are looking for crafters, photographers and artists to be a part of this exciting day. There will be heavy traffic and NO TABLE fees, space is limited. Showcase your talents, sell your crafts and support the East Greenbush Community. For more information please contact: Matt Sloane –

Spring Fest 2014 – mark your calendars!Posted April 2, 2014

You and your family are invited to Spring Fest 2014 on Tuesday, May 20, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year’s menu includes barbecue chicken, creamy herbed cole slaw, baked potato with sour cream and chives, dinner rolls and dessert. Prepaid cost is $8 per dinner. Sponsored by the East Greeenbush Education Foundation and All Sports Club, we hope you are able to join us for this wonderful community event!

Click here for your order form and more information!

Attention senior parents: scholarship opportunities available to your student!Updated April 2, 2014
It is college scholarship season and the CHS guidance office is receiving notice of available scholarships daily. Please check the guidance website weekly for a list of available applications and deadlines.

Visit here to see what scholarships are available to your students!

CHS Senior organizes donation drive for Military membersPosted April 1, 2014

CHS Senior Angela DeRubertis rallied and organized students at CHS to donate supplies for Military troops. The organization Angela chose to donate to recently stopped by CHS to pick up the items. Thank you to all students and staff for supporting this donation drive!

Career Expo 2014Posted April 1, 2014
This year’s Career Expo will be an interactive and innovative exploration of careers for students interested in improving the world through science and technology! Click here for additional information about Career Expo 2014.

Attention Juniors and parents - Posted March 28, 2014
A reminder that Siena College’s Junior Jump-Start Program is being held on April 6, from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This very popular program is a great way for high school juniors to learn about navigating the college search process. To register, visit Same day registration is also available.

CHS students nominated for YMCA Outstanding Student Award - Posted March 26, 2014
The Greenbush Area and Troy Family YMCA recently held their 2014 YMCA Student/Educator Awards breakfast at Hudson Valley Community College. Two students from Columbia High School, Rachel Mydosh and Skylar Blankenship, were both nominated for the 2014 Rensselaer County YMCA Outstanding Student award. Read more...

East Greenbush Education Foundation hosting “Dessert Night”Posted March 25, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation will be sponsoring a “Dessert Night” on Thursday, April 3, 6-8 p.m. at Howard L. Goff Middle School. This year, district-wide choral groups will be providing entertainment. Tickets are $5/adult, $3/student and $10/family.

The East Greenbush Education Foundation is an independent, all-volunteer, community-based organization that mobilizes financial resources, leadership and innovative ideas with the help of the community, local businesses, and a network of district alumni, educators and philanthropists that come together to strengthen and support the educational opportunities for the students in our district. For additional information, please visit:

Columbia Players present Seussical the Musical - Posted March 25, 2014
On Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, the Columbia Players presented Seussical the Musical at the Columbia High School Auditorium. Congratulations on a wonderful musical and terrific performances!

Click here for additional photos.

12th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration - Posted March 24, 2014
Please join us for the 12th Annual Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration sponsored by the Columbia All Sports Club on Friday, May 2. Click here for more information!

CHS staff hosts Special Education ConferencePosted March 24, 2014
CHS special education teachers Melissa Gleason, Tara Maney and Kathy Rutherford, with the support of CHS Principal John Sawchuk, recently hosted an Alternate Education Conference at the Comfort Inn in Schodack. The conference, organized and led entirely by the CHS staff members, was a grassroots level approach to share best practices, according to Mr. Sawchuk. Read more...

Columbia High School’s Science Olympiad Team reaches National Science Olympiad Tournament - Posted March 21, 2014
Achieving a dream takes sacrifice, hard work, persistence and determination. When fifteen individuals share a dream that requires them to work together to make it come true, the skills of cooperation, collaboration and even communication are also required.  Columbia High School’s Science Olympiad team fulfilled their shared dream at the State Finals held on March 14 and 15. Their performance has qualified them to attend the National Science Olympiad Tournament in Orlando, Florida this May. This accomplishment is made even more significant because no other team in the history of Columbia High’s Science Olympiad has advanced this far. Read more...

CHS junior receives regional honor from Siena CollegePosted March 20, 2014

CHS junior Michala Hendrick recently was notified that she was the 1st place recipient of the 2014 Student Courage Award, sponsored by Siena College. Michala was selected for the 1st place honor over dozens of other students from across the Capital Region. Qualifications for the award detail a student who has taken action in the school and community against racism, prejudice and bias, or discrimination of all people. A member of the CHS Ethnic Coalition who is a school leader that promotes a diverse school community, Michala will receive an award of $500 for her outstanding efforts as a true community leader. Michala was nominated by Mr. DeFrias, Ms. Boggie and Ms. Conner. Read more...

CHS senior Cali Palumbo accepted into West PointPosted March 19, 2014
Cali Palumbo, a senior at Columbia High School, recently was accepted into the United States Military Academy at West Point. Cali is the first female from Columbia High School to be appointed to West Point in over 20 years. A scholar-athlete, taking multiple Advanced Placement courses and running track since 7th grade, Cali is extremely humbled and honored to attend West Point in the fall. Read more...

Happy St. Patrick's Day from CHS! - Posted March 17, 2014

CHS Bands Guest Artist Concert on March 27! - Posted March 17, 2014
On March 26-27, the CHS Bands will host Mark Kellogg, Associate Professor of Trombone at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester) and Principal Trombone of the Rochester Philharmonic. A highly sought after classical/jazz trombonist and educator, Mr. Kellogg will spend two days teaching and performing with the students of the East Greenbush Music Department. The two-day residency will culminate with a concert featuring Professor Kellogg and the Columbia Concert, Symphonic, and Jazz bands on March 27 in the CHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Donations of $3 per individual and $10 per family are suggested. Proceeds will benefit the East Greenbush Friends of Music scholarship program. All are families and community members are cordially invited!

CHS and Goff students and faculty celebrate Pi Day on 3/14 - Posted March 17, 2014
Pi Day was celebrated in Math and Special Education classrooms at Columbia High School and Howard L. Goff Middle School on Friday, March 14.

Click here for additional photos from Pi Day.

CHS Athletics announces NYSPHSAA Winter Scholar/Athlete Team Award for 2013-14 school yearPosted March 17, 2014
CHS is pleased to announce that the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized five of our winter athletic teams as recipients of the Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In order for a team to receive this prestigious award, the team must have at least a ninety grade-point average.

Congratulations to:
• Girls’ Basketball
• Girls’ Bowling
• Boys’ Indoor Track
• Girls’ Indoor Track
• Wrestling

CHS and Red Mill penpals meet for the first time - Posted March 7, 2014

Now becoming a wonderful annual tradition, Mrs. Asenbauer’s freshman students have formed penpal relationships with Mrs. O’Brien’s third grade and Mrs. Hayes’ fourth grade classes at Red Mill Elementary. Today, the high school and elementary school students met for the first time after writing to each other over the past several months. Read more...

February "Students of the Month" - Posted March 6, 2014
Click here to see the outstanding students that were nominated for CHS February "Students of the Month". 

CHS and Goff students participate in STEM activities Posted March 5, 2014
Earlier today, two of Mrs. Blanchfield’s Honors Physics classes travelled to Howard L. Goff Middle School to participate and facilitate several activities with Mrs. Kirwin’s special education class. The students were dispersed between 11 groups of 3-4 per group to a STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) station around the perimeter of the hallway. Read more...

CHS English department celebrates National Grammar DayPosted March 4, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, is National Grammar Day. In celebrating the spirit, the Columbia English teachers (and a few Special Education and Reading teachers) today wore special shirts to remind students to “march forth on March 4th to speak well, write well, and help others do the same!”  The shirts stated, “Superheroes do good. I am doing well.” The day is sponsored by The Society for the Promotion of Good Grammar, a rapidly growing worldwide organization with more than 20,000 members. 

CHS students celebrate Mardi GrasPosted March 4, 2014
Students from CHS today celebrated Mardi Gras during French classes. Mrs. Hannmann’s period 1 junior class made masks for the celebration, and her period 6 senior class also participated in a more formal celebration of the French holiday with a feast of traditional French food. The students were tasked with researching French recipes and had to choose a dish to make from a French speaking country. Some of the great items included in today’s celebration include Quiche Lorraine, Ratatouille and Salade Micoise. Happy Mardi Gras to all!

CHS students participate in "Job Shadow"day - Posted February 28, 2014

The Columbia High School Business Department today participated in the annual Junior Achievement Job Shadow Day at the Marriott Hotel and corporate offices of Capital Communications Federal Credit Union, both located in Colonie. The faculty and staff of the Business Department were invited to participate in this event because of their involvement in the variety of Junior Achievement programs that are offered in the department. Mrs. Shepardson participated in the Entrepreneurship Program in both the Entrepreneurship and Marketing classes. Mrs. Gruet participated in the Success Skills program in her Career and Financial Management class. Read more...

The Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School Program: 10th grade Information NightPosted February 28, 2014
Administrators, Teachers, Guidance Counselors, 10th Grade Students and Parents:
Please join us on Tuesday, March 18, at Hudson Valley Community College's TEC-SMART for the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School Information Night for 10th Grade students. Students throughout the Capital Region that are entering 11th Grade in the fall of 2014 will have the opportunity to enroll in the program and begin earning college credit. The program currently has students from 20 participating school districts.
Click here for registration

Click here for additional information.
For more information on the program, please visit the
Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School web site.

You’re invited! 29th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction GalaPosted February 27, 2014
The East Greenbush Education Foundation cordially invites you to the 29th Annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Gala on Friday, March 14, 2014, 6 – 9 p.m. at the Comfort Inn and Suites on Miller Road (off exit 10).

Families and community members are invited to an evening to support the Education Foundation, which provides scholarship opportunities for the students of the East Greenbush Central School District, and to honor Alumni Hall of Fame inductees. Read more...

CHS announces Second Quarter Principal's List, High Honor and Honor students - Posted December 3, 2013
Columbia High School recently announced their Principal’s List, High Honor and Honor Students for the 2013-14 school year’s second quarter.

CHS seniors named Finalists for National Merit Scholarships - Posted February 25, 2014
From left to right: Nicholas Sergay, Emily Lopez, Julia Smead, Ryan Koster and CHS Principal John Sawchuk.

CHS students Ryan Koster, Emily Lopez, Nicholas Sergay and Julia Smead, all seniors, were recently recognized by Principal John Sawchuk for becoming Finalists in the 2014 Competition for National Merit Scholarships. Each student now has the opportunity to compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $45 million that will be offered over the coming months. These four students were selected as finalists from more than 1.5 million students in more than 22,000 high schools that entered the competition. Read more...

CHS students learn important lessons from "I Will Defend" - Posted February 24, 2014

Earlier today, students in each grade at CHS participated in an assembly called “I Will Defend.” Organized by CHS principal John Sawchuk, “I Will Defend” is an anti-bullying program which focuses on equipping and educating bystanders to become smart, safe and sensible bystanders – showing how students can help defend their peers involved in bullying. Read more...

Special Guest during Sports and Entertaining Marketing class - Posted February 24, 2014

Today during Mrs. Shepardson’s Sports and Entertaining Marketing class, Marissa from WFLY-FLY 92.3 stopped in as a guest speaker to discuss her role at the radio station. Marissa serves as a radio disc jockey and marketing guru for the station, tracking the latest trends in music and entertainment, while providing valuable input on how her station can continue to be a top contender in the local radio market. She spoke about how she grew up locally with big dreams and encouraged students to always follow their heart as they embark on their post-high school career.

**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Updated February 18, 2014
The East Greenbush Central School District is initiating a community wide “call to action” advocacy effort to let state leaders and elected officials know that the District and taxpayers can no longer shoulder enormous cuts in education aid through the unfair Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA). Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle is encouraging all community stakeholders, including parents, students, teachers, homeowners, seniors and business leaders who support the District’s efforts, to write letters, email and call Governor Cuomo and elected officials to urge them to eliminate the GEA. Read more...

Write to our elected officials - click here!








Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle recently sat down with state Senator Kathy Marchione to discuss the devastating impact the GEA is having on East Greenbush CSD students and teachers.

CHS Science Olympiad Team crowned Regional Champions, moves onto State Finals - Posted February 13, 2014

Columbia High School's Science Olympiad team competed at the Capital District Regional Competition held at the College of Saint Rose on Saturday, February 8. The team continued their tradition of excellence and had an outstanding performance at the event. Students competed in twenty four different events involving earth science, biology, chemistry, physics and technology. The team earned an impressive seventeen first place finishes in the individual events. Our Olympians completed the event in first place overall and has maintained the title of Regional Champions, a title they have earned for 21 of the past 22 years. Read more...

War of 1812 display at CHS- Posted December 18, 2013
Columbia High School recently set up an exhibit of the War of 1812 Cantonment, which Red Mill Elementary School literally sits on right now. The Albany Times Union recenrly reported on the Cantonment: click here to read the very interesting story.

Click here for additional photos of the display.

District officials comment on adjustments to the Common Core Learning Standards - Posted February 12, 2014
After school yesterday, CHS Math teacher Frank DiDinato and CHS English teacher Meagan Asenbauer spoke with WRGB-Channel 6 about the NYS Board of Regents’ vote to adjust the implementation of the new Common Core Learning Standards for students in grades 5-12. Frank and Meagan offered their take on what this means for our schools moving forward. Click below to hear what they had to say.

CHS students honored with Physical Education Leadership award - Posted February 10, 2014
Cali Palumbo and Ryan Dougherty were awarded Physical Education Leadership awards from the NYSAHPERD Capital Zone at a ceremony held at the Century House in Latham on Sunday, February 9. Congratulations!

January "Students of the Month" - Posted February 7, 2014
Click here to see the outstanding students that were nominated for CHS January "Students of the Month".

STILL in Fiscal Peril: January 30 Regional Forum on School Funding CrisisUpdated January 22, 2014

Stakeholders from 47 school districts will convene at Colonie Central High School on Thursday, January 30 at 6:30 p.m. to continue the unprecedented regional call to action on the fiscal crisis facing public schools, an effort that began last year.

Click here for this year's agenda and guest speakers!

The event, “New York schools STILL in fiscal peril: Our kids can’t wait another year” picks up where last year’s massive regional advocacy effort left off. It promises to again bring students, parents, teachers, taxpayers, legislators and school leaders together to talk about what is at stake if state leaders do not eliminate the Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) and provide fair and equitable funding for our schools.

Read more and find out all event details here - join us and be a part of our advocacy for a better education for New York's students!

Artwork by CHS freshman Kayla Scott honored by Siena College - Posted January 23, 2014
Two years ago, Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle reached out to art teachers in the district to suggest they look into participating in Siena College’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Andrea Neiman quickly saw this celebration as a way for her to showcase the work of her students, but perhaps most important, engage in a valuable lesson and discussion on this year’s theme: “the time is always right to do what is right.” Read more...

Important Regents information for students and parents - Reposted January 22, 2014
Please click the links below for important information related to the upcoming January regents:

"Career Connections" day networks students and local leaders - Posted January 21, 2014
Sponsored by the Business, Technology and Guidance Departments, CHS recently hosted a “Career Connections” day. Speakers from the community and around the Capital Region were invited to discuss their positions, what employers look for in candidates and how students can best prepare themselves for the professional workforce going forward. The speakers discussed soft skills such as communications, leadership, responsibility, dedication, problem solving and critical thinking. Read more...

Jason Kennedy from Price Chopper Supermarkets discusses the corporate
business world with students at "Career Connections" day.

Past CHS student-artists recognized in “On Board”Posted January 15, 2014
Eleven CHS graduates were recently recognized for their graphic artwork in “On Board,” a weekly publication by the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA). The article discusses how New York State school districts are coping with teen suicide, and features suicide prevention posters the students designed. The posters even caught the eye of the New York State Office of Mental Health’s (OMH) Suicide Prevention Initiative, and each poster is prominently displayed on their website for school districts across the state and country to share with their students. Read more...

Career Connections at Columbia: Connecting Coursework to Careers - Posted January 13, 2013
Sponsored by the Business, Technology and Guidance Departments, CHS will host a “Career Connections” day this Friday, January 17. Speakers from the community and around the Capital Region will be brought in to discuss their positions, what employers look for in candidates and how students can best prepare themselves for the professional workforce going forward. Areas of interest include Broadcasting, Culinary, Communications, Engineering, Finance, Health Sciences, Human Relations (HR), Law and Government, Marketing, Pharmacy and Small Business Ownership.

Click here for more information.

Mr. Sawchuk's January 2014 Principal's Newsletter - Posted January 9, 2014
Dear Parents / Guardians: I hope everyone had a great holiday season. As January rolls around we begin to ready our students for school mid-terms and January Regents exams. Read more...

CHS hosts Alumni Day - Posted January 8, 2014
The CHS Guidance Office hosted an Alumni Day today. Last year’s graduates came back to share their experiences with current students. They talked about transitioning to college, dealing with roommates, how to handle the change in work load and gave advise to our current students. Students and staff enjoyed seeing our graduates! Welcome home and best of luck in your second semester!

Attention Junior Parents - New Visions Programs available to your student - Posted January 6, 2014
The following New Visions Programs are available to seniors. There is an Open House on January 15 from 5-7 p.m. at the Rensselaer Educational Center located at 35 Colleen Road, Troy. We encourage you to attend this Open House to learn more about these programs. Please be aware that there is an application process and the deadline is February 12. Please see your child’s School Counselor for further details. Read more...

Attention Sophomore Parents - Career Technical Programs to your student - Posted January 6, 2014
Happy New Year! It is time to start thinking ahead to the next school year!  School Counselors visited English classes today and shared information on Career Technical Programs offered at the Rensselaer Educational Center through Questar III. Read more...

CHS students bring holiday cheer to Evergreen CommonsPosted December 19, 2013

Earlier today, CHS Principal Mr. Sawchuk and student council members and advisors took a trip to Evergreen Commons, a senior living facility, to wish the staff and residents a happy and joyous holiday season, sing Christmas carols and give handmade Christmas cards and flowers to each resident. Staff and students felt privileged to bring holiday cheer to the dedicated individuals who work at the facility and the residents, all of whom were overwhelmed with joy of seeing and listening to such exemplary community members.

CHS Student Council steps up for Make-A-Wish Foundation - Posted December 19, 2013

CHS Student Council this week is selling handmade angel ornaments, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Two students, Michala Hendrick and Abby Hughes, are dressing as angels and are walking around school selling them for $1 on both Thursday and Friday.

Michala and Abby travelled to numerous classrooms late Thursday morning, and students and staff were already eagerly donating their hard-earned money for this worthy cause.

CHS Athletic Department gives back to community through Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Senior - Posted December 18, 2013

Members of the CHS athletic family spent the last several weeks collecting gifts for Adopt-A-Family and Adopt-A-Senior. Organized by East Greenbush Athletic Director Mike Leonard, students and staff collected gifts for eight local families and many senior citizens that were dropped off to the Rensselaer County Social Services building earlier today.

“I am extremely proud of the effort these students put in to help bring smiles to local families during the upcoming holidays,” said Leonard. “CHS has once again showed its community spirit through good works like this gift drive. Our students realize how comforting it is to deliver hope and joy to their fellow community members during difficult times and their good deeds should be commended.”

CHS senior prepares for next chapter in her life at enlistment ceremony - Posted December 18, 2013

The National Guard in Latham recently held an enlistment ceremony where CHS senior Nicolette Jackson (above, center) was enlisted. Nicolette will be departing for training this July and has plans to become a medic for the Air National Guard. The entire East Greenbush CSD community wishes Nicolette continued success as she wraps up her senior year and embarks on this honorable journey.  

CHS Holiday Concert rescheduled - Posted December 17, 2013
The Columbia High School Holiday concert scheduled for today, Tuesday, December 17, has been rescheduled to Thursday, December 19, 7:30 p.m., at Columbia High School.

CHS student selected to participate in "Conference All State" - Posted December 13, 2013

Columbia High School Music Student Erica Lockrow participated in Conference All State on December 5 – 8, 2013, in Rochester. Erica was selected to play with the Symphonic Band under the direction of Dr. Peter Boonshaft. Conference All State ensembles are comprised of the top student musicians across the New York State. Erica was chosen after earning a perfect score of 100 on her level 6 all state solo last spring. Each year, thousands of young musicians audition for the very prestigious all state ensembles.

“Erica is a tremendous musician with professional-level dedication to spending hours outside of school perfecting her music,” said East Greenbush Music Department Chair Scott Halliday. “Erica has represented our school and community extremely well, and I am honored and humbled to serve as the teacher of such an accomplished student musician.”

Forensics Distance Learning class - Posted December 10, 2013
CHS teacher Ms. Hoffman recently welcomed her students from Sharon Springs who take her Forensics Distance Learning to the high school. The Sharon Springs students are present in Ms. Hoffman’s class each day via a video connection in Columbia’s Distance Learning Lab. The Sharon Springs students came to Columbia to meet and visit their CHS classmates in person for the first time.

November "Students of the Month" - Posted November 13, 2013
Click here to see the outstanding students that were nominated for CHS November "Students of the Month".

CHS students participate in "Student Leadership Conference" - Posted December 3, 2013
A select group of Columbia High School students recently participated in a Student Leadership Conference in Schodack. These young adults learned about the characteristics and qualities of a leader from a diverse group of guest speakers including Mr. Robert Clancy, Mr. John Robinson, Colonel Coleman, Ms. Abigail Smith, Mr. Steve Lapolla, Mr. Scott Noel and Ms. Jenny Buccus. Topics discussed included Global Citizenship, Entrepreneurship, Peace Corp experiences and “One Person can make a difference.” Read more...

CHS announces First Quarter Principal's List, High Honor and Honor students - Posted December 3, 2013
Columbia High School recently announced their Principal’s List, High Honor and Honor Students for the 2013-14 school year’s first quarter. Read more...

CHS announces the NYSPHSAA fall scholar/athlete team award for the 2013-14 school year - Posted December 3, 2013
CHS is pleased to announce that the New York State Public High School Athletic Association has recognized six of our fall athletic teams as recipients of the Scholar/Athlete Team Award. In order for a team to receive this prestigious award, the team must have at least a ninety average.

Congratulations to: Girls’ Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Girls’ Soccer
Girls’ Tennis and Girls’ Volleyball.

CHS students “remembered” as part of Thanksgiving donation drivePosted November 26, 2013

CHS students were asked quite often over the last several weeks by Mr. Sawchuk and staff members: “Did you remember?” Now just two days before Thanksgiving, students overwhelmingly responded by “remembering” to bring in canned goods and other food items during the annual drive to benefit “CoNSERNS-U”, a charitable program that is overseen by Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany. Mr. Sawchuk noted 78 boxes were filled this year with provisions that will go to families who need it the most this Thanksgiving. Read more...

CHS graduate, now CEO, comes home to speak with and inspire business students - Posted November 26, 2013
Jesse Pickard, a 2002 graduate of CHS, today visited students in business classes to discuss his role as the Co-Founder and CEO of MindSnacks, a company that designs mobile apps for the iphone, iTouch and the iPad learning games. He runs the company that creates educational games for people to learn how to speak different languages as well as SAT vocabulary and English as a foreign language. MindSnacks was started in May of 2010 in New York City by Pickard and two others. Within a few months, the company moved to San Francisco where it now employs 25. At 29 years old, he has been featured in Forbes magazine in 30 under 30 honoring him for his achievements and success.

Jesse spoke to the students about the grueling commitments of building a start-up company from the ground up, the successes and challenges along the way, and the skills and goals he looks for in potential employees to help his company further grow.

East Greenbush teachers honored at "Teachers as Artists" show - Posted November 21, 2013
CHS Art teacher Andrea Neiman and Goff Art teacher Alison Hosier recently had the honor of displaying their work at the first ever “Teachers as Artists” faculty show, held at NYSUT’s headquarters in Latham. The Capital Area Art Supervisors, New York State Art Teacher’s Association (NYSATA), and New York State United Teachers (NYSUT) teamed up this October and November to present this first annual event. Read more...

Student-Athlete signs National Letter of IntentPosted November 19, 2013
CHS senior and Varsity Baseball shortstop Kevin Smith yesterday was joined by his family, friends, coaches and district officials as he signed his National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of Maryland (UM). Kevin will play an important role on a team that’s moving from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) to the Big 10 in fall of 2014. Kevin’s athleticism made him a key target by UM at an early age. Congratulations to Kevin and his family on making the CHS community proud!

WRGB reported on Kevin signing his National Letter of Intent – click here to view the video and Kevin’s comments.

Additional photos from Kevin’s signing can be found by clicking here.

WNYT profiles student leaders at CHS in "Education Spotlight" - Posted November 14, 2013
WNYT's Elaine Houston recently sat down with CHS students Mackenzie Nicols, Lindsay Collins and Ashley Newman to discuss their efforts to help make our community a better place. These student leaders were profiled as part of the "Education Spotlight" series. Click here or the photo below to view the video.

Info meeting for students interested in applying to Military Service Acadamies - Posted November 14, 2013
Shenendehowa High School will be hosting an informational session for Capital District parents and students in grades 9-11 who have an interest in any of the military service academies, as well as grade 12 students who have already applied for admission. This will be held on Monday, November 25, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre of Shenendehowa High School East.

This informal conversation will include a question and answer session where you can ask questions about topics ranging from life at an Academy, information about the application and nomination process, academic preparation, and expectations of students once appointed.

The panel will consist of current Academy Cadets and their parents. All are welcome to attend.

October "Students of the Month" - Posted November 13, 2013
Click here to see the outstanding students that were nominated for CHS October "Students of the Month".

Odyssey of the Mind seeks Judges for annual competitionPosted November 12, 2013
Odyssey of the Mind is actively seeking Judges for the annual competition on Saturday, March 8, 2014. Judges would need to be available the entire day of the competition. Training for judges will be on January 25, 2014, at Shenendehowa Central Schools (location and time TBD). If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact Questar III Judge Coordinator Joseph Hurley: or click here for the Judge Registration form.

CHS commemorates Veterans Day - Posted November 8, 2013

Columbia High School students today commemorated Veterans Day at Greenbush Cemetery. In its 15th year working with Melvin Roads Post, this simple and heart-felt tribute featured 35 CHS students remembering our veterans through songs, readings and prayer. CHS Principal John Sawchuk believes these veterans deserve a special salute from the high school and East Greenbush CSD community.

“The freedoms and security we cherish as Americans comes at a very high price for those Veterans who served us in the military,” said Sawchuk. “It is fitting and proper that we, who are the beneficiaries of the courage of those who risk their lives, who left their families behind, express our appreciation and eternal gratitude for their sacrifices and courageous acts.”

Click here for additional photos from today's ceremony.

CHS science students receive guest lecture - Posted November 6, 2013
The science department today had the opportunity to present a lecture to accelerated science students by a retired leading researcher at Wadsworth Laboratories. Dr. Richard Seegal spoke to students about his epidemiological study conducted about lead and PCB exposure, specifically by workers at General Electric in Hudson Falls.

Halloween at CHS - Posted November 1, 2013

Additional photos from Halloween can be found by clicking here.

CHS coomunity comes together to donate blood - Posted November 1, 2013
Several students and staff members from CHS recently participated in a Blood Drive in the school auditorium, sponsored by the American Red Cross. All CHS students 16 years and older and all CHS staff were eligible to sign up. The American Red Cross indicated roughly 65 "units" of blood were donated last year, and nearly 90 people signed up to donate this year. When asked why they signed up to donate blood, many students said it’s an easy and great thing to do to help out someone in need.

CHS students participate in liquid nitrogen demonstration - Posted October 31, 2013

Guided by Mrs. Roohan, Mr. Richard Hill and Ms. Monica Blanchfield, students in Physics classes and Intro to Chemistry/Physics classes recently participated in a liquid nitrogen demonstration. The liquid nitrogen, generously supplied by a local company to CHS, was used to demonstrate the effects of placing an object in -346°F and -320.44°F temperatures (below 63 K, nitrogen freezes and becomes a solid. Above 77.2 K, nitrogen boils and becomes a gas). Students saw the effects of placing eggs, balloons, pennies, and even a banana in liquid nitrogen and analyzed their properties after.

For additional photos, please click here.

Attention Senior Parents - Posted October 30, 2013
If your Senior missed the deadline to order their cap and gown do not worry!  You can contact the company directly at 465-2594 or Jostens, PO Box 969 Latham, NY 12110.

CHS practices Emergency Evacuation Drill - Posted October 28, 2013
Columbia High School Principal John Sawchuk, in conjunction with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle and the East Greenbush Police Department, conducted a practice evacuation drill today at the high school called “Shelter-In-Place.” The purpose of this drill was to allow students to experience an evacuation following the declaration of a “Shelter in Place,” a scenario in which a threat to students and staff has entered the building. School officials and law enforcement officers simulated the process of evacuating the students and staff to designated buses and then transported them to Howard L. Goff Middle School. Sawchuk and Nagle noted this drill was conducted with the safety of students in mind. Read more...

Click here to view coverage of the event from WNYT

CHS participates in "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer" Walk - Posted October 28, 2013
On Sunday, October 20, over 200 student‐athletes, coaches and parents participated in and made a donation to the
“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk” in Albany's Washington Park.

HVCC talks business with CHS students - Posted October 25, 2013
The CHS Business Department recently welcomed staff and students from Hudson Valley Community College to classes to discuss business programs at the college. Students heard testimony from both current staff and students about the many positives of the courses and programs offered at HVCC.

Special Announcement from CHS Principal Mr. SawchukPosted October 24, 2013
As a reminder to our parents, on Tuesday, October 29, at 10:00 a.m., students and staff at Columbia High School will be practicing our Emergency Evacuation Drill. Our entire school body will be transported to Goff Middle School. Teachers will be assigned buses with students and be accountable for their attendance throughout the drill. On Thursday, October 24 and Friday, October 25, Mr. Sawchuk addressed all CHS students and explained their roles and expectations.

East Greenbush CSD hosts first “Parent Information Session”Posted October 23, 2013

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle, administrators and teachers last evening hosted the first “Parent Information Session,” a proactive initiative by Dr. Nagle to team up parents and teachers for student success by educating parents on the new Common Core standards, APPR, the shift in state assessments and parent resources. Several media outlets were present at last evening’s forum – click each link below to see video and photos from the Parent Information Session:

Albany Times Union
“The Capitol Pressroom” with Susan Arbetter

CHS Business Students attend FBLA Fall Meeting - Posted October 18, 2013
Business students from CHS recently attended the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) District 4 Fall District Meeting at Bryant & Stratton College. These students participated in morning meetings that included an opening session with keynote speaker Mr. Richard Giardino, followed by workshop sessions that included the history of FBLA, Planning Your Future, Understanding Leadership, The Progress of Work, and How to Become a State Officer. Business Education department teachers Mrs. Donna Shepardson and Mrs. Katrina Gruet attended the meeting with these students while they proudly represented CHS. For more photos, visit the East Greenbush CSD Facebook page.

CHS students receive lesson from local business owner - Posted October 17, 2013
Students from Mrs. Shepardson's Web Design class recently received a lesson from Jim Letzelter, owner of Tech Valley Webs. Jim is in the web design business and spoke about how his company serves small to mid-sized businesses that demand a high quality web presence, great web design, and search engine optimization.

Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's featured letter in The Troy Record - Posted October 17, 2013
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Angela Nagle today had her featured letter published in The Troy Record in regards to the upcoming Parent Information Sessions being hosted by the District. Click here to read Dr. Nagle's letter and find out how you can learn and help your child succeed academically. Read more...

PTSO Meeting cancelled - Posted October 17, 2013
Attention parents: tonight's scheduled PTSO meeting has been cancelled. The next scheduled meeting is Thursday, November 21, 7 p.m. at CHS.

TEC-SMART Information Night - Posted October 15, 2013
Students interested in learning about the Clean Technologies & Sustainable Industries Early College High School program are invited to the open house on Wednesday, November 13 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Hudson Valley Community College’s TEC-SMART facility located in NYSERDA’s Saratoga Technology + Energy Park®, 345 Hermes Road in Malta. Read more...

CHS Faculty "Paints the School Pink" - Posted October 15, 2013
Faculty members at CHS wore pink this past Friday in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.CHS faculty "Paints the School Pink"

College & Post High School Planning Night - Posted October 11, 2013
The Guidance Department at CHS is hosting a College & Post High School Planning Night next Thursday, October 17 at 7 p.m. at CHS. Students and parents in grades 9-12 are invited to attend. For more information, contact the CHS Guidance office at 207-2020. Read more...

Student Council Recognizes “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month" - Posted October 10, 2013CHS goes pink

75 CHS student council members recently decorated the high school lobby and hallways with pink ribbons and streamers in recognition of “National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.” Next week, the CHS student council will also be stepping up to help raise awareness by selling pink t-shirts outside of the cafeteria on Thursday, October 17 and Friday, October 18. Proceeds will benefit a local breast cancer awareness organization, which student council members are still deciding on.  CHS goes pink

CHS Self-Portraits - Posted October 9, 2013
Students in Ms. Leroy’s Drawing class created Self-Portraits enhanced with Nature. Self-Portraits displayed are by CHS Seniors Kasia Skarzynski and Ryan Koster.

5k Run

A letter from Principal Sawchuk on an upcoming School Safety Drill - Posted October 3, 2013
On October 29, 2013, all CHS students will be participating in an evacuation drill at 10:00 a.m. Read more...

Letters of Commendation for CHS Seniors - Posted October 2, 2013
CHS seniors Matt Goldberg, Rebecca Secor, David Klee, Cohen Zhang and Rebekah Johnson recently were awarded a Letter of Commendation for outstanding performance on the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in 2012. CHS Principal Mr. Sawchuk presented the award to each student. Each student had a high score that placed them among the top 50,000 of over 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT in 2012. The academic achievement and commitment of these students should serve as inspiration to their classmates. Congratulations on making the CHS community proud and best wishes!

Letters of Commendation for CHS Seniors

Attention Parent(s) and/or Guardians with students enrolled in English 10H or 11R, or Introduction to Algebra II or Algebra Regents - Posted September 30, 2013
CHS students currently enrolled in the above classes were recently given a letter to bring home from Mr. Sawchuk, Mrs. Asenbauer and Mr. DiDonato regarding Regents Exam schedules in June 2014.

For Parent(s) and/or Guardians of students enrolled in English 10H or 11R.
For Parent(s) and/or Guardians of students enrolled in Introduction to Algebra II or Algebra Regents.

Homecoming Weekend 2013! - Posted September 27, 2013
Homecoming weekend! CHS held their annual Homecoming Pep Rally earlier today and they're ready to cheer on the Blue Devils Varsity Football team as they take on Colonie tonight at 7 p.m. at CHS.

Click here for more photos from today's Pep Rally!

See you tonight and GO BLUE DEVILS!Homecoming

Semifinalists from CHS! - Posted September 26, 2013
Congratulations to Columbia High School students Ryan Koster, Emily Lopez, Nicholas Sergay and Julia Smead on recently being names Semifinalists in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program! These four academically talented high school seniors have the opportunity to compete for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth approximately $45 million that will be offered next spring. Read more...

CHS Merit Scholarship

East Greenbush Central School District Art Show - Posted September 24, 2013
Join us Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.May 15, 6-8 p.m.



CHS Student Council recently sold handmade angel ornaments, with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Two students, Michala Hendrick and Abby Hughes, dressed as angels and walked around school selling them for $1 on both Thursday and Friday before the holiday break.

Michala and Abby travelled to numerous classrooms late Thursday morning, and students and staff were already eagerly donating their hard-earned money for this worthy cause. At the end of the school day Friday, they raised $512 for the Foundation. Thank you to all the students and staff who donated!

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


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