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Columbia honors America on 9/11Posted September 11, 2014
On Thursday, September 11, students gathered at Columbia High School to reflect on the sacrifice given by those who serve our country, and the freedoms they protect. Members of the East Greenbush Police Department, the East Greenbush Fire Company, and the W.F. Bruen Rescue Squad were on hand for the student-led ceremony. It included the recitation of the National Anthem and Star-Spangled Banner, as well as the performance of Taps. Click here for more photos...

Safety reminder from Mr. Sawchuk Posted September 11, 2014
Parents dropping off their students before school should drop off their child in the lower parking lot to prevent any traffic issues with our school buses.  If you have any questions, please call our Main Office.

Far-away visitors share culture and values with classPosted September 10, 2014
Their message was simple: own your spirit and yourself!  They are values the Navajo People hold close, and two guest speakers to Ms. Andrea Neiman’s Columbia High School art classes shared them Wednesday. Read more...

NCAA College Recruitment WorkshopPosted September 9, 2014
Thursday October 16, a workshop about athletic college recruiting and how it works will be held at the SUNY Albany East Campus. According to program organizers, the workshop will help families navigate the complex recruiting process to ensure a rewarding experience. The Columbia Athletic Department has shared and invites you to attend. Read more...

bEagle Scout project honors passed CHS studentsPosted September 8, 2014
We salute the scout! Matt Giordano is a 10th grader at Columbia; his Eagle Scout project honors the memories of former students gone too soon. Matt's job was to clean-up and landscape the Memorial Garden area near the East Greenbush Community Library and the YMCA. The garden is dedicated to students who passed away while attending Columbia High School. CHS principal John Sawchuk gave Matt the project, and he did a fantastic job! Weare proud and thankful for what he's done. All of the landscaping materials, shrubs, and a tree were donated to Matt’s Troop, 522, by Beckers Farm.


Welcome back! – Posted September 4, 2014
Another year! Students in grades 1-12 returned to the buildings of the East Greenbush Central School District Thursday! Read more...

Driver education classes offered Posted September 3, 2014
Registration is now open for the Fall 2014 after-school Driver Education program. Forms are available in the Columbia HS Main Office, or in the Social Studies office. The deadline to register is Tuesday, September 16. Questions can be directed to More information on the Driver Education program may be found by clicking here. Also, click here for a letter to parents and students.

A "fresh" startPosted August 28, 2014
About 300 students officially began their first year of studies at Columbia High School Thursday with a Freshman Orientation program. Read more...

No more lost lunch money! -- Posted August 28, 2014
There's an easier way to pay for lunch in the cafeteria, and you don't even need to remember to bring any money when you leave for school in the morning! Consider "My School Bucks" something like a debit account. Families would simply prepay for meals using a link on our website. No "lost lunch money" with this system! Setting up an account, or replenishing a pre-existing one, is very simple. The system also enables a parent to view what their student is purchasing. Click the graphic or links below for more information!Myschoolbucks - Online meal payment plan
School Lunch Program
Remember to set your low balance alerts!

New security access to CHSPosted August 27, 2014
If you've been near the high school lately, you know there has been some significant construction happening at the building's front entrance. Mr. Sawchuk explains the new, more secure process of entering Columbia High School. Read more...

Resources for returning studentsPosted August 26, 2014

Resources for incoming studentsPosted August 26, 2014

Class photo informationPosted August 26, 2014
Picture days will be held Friday and Monday, September 12 and 15, respectively. Read more...

Spicing up lunchPosted August 25, 2014
The recipe for success is all in the ingredients!  To make your child’s school day more balanced, healthier, and tastier, the food service program is spicing up lunch with a new addition to the high school and middle school cafeterias! Read more...

Suggested Basic Supply ListPosted June 30, 2014
Because class dynamics may vary significantly, please note that students at the High School level will receive a separate supply list from each classroom teacher on the first day of classes.

Below is a suggested basic list of supplies for those who wish to purchase items in advance:

  • Spiral bound notebooks
  • Pocket folders (pockets in the bottom)
  • Composition notebooks
  • Pens/pencils
  • Highlighter pens
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Flash drives
  • Pencil case
  • Student Planner/Agenda
  • Calculator (please refer to letter from Math or Science teacher, if applicable, regarding scientific calculator)
  • Sneakers and Clothing specifically for Gym
  • Lock for gym locker (strongly recommended)
  • Backpack

Freshman orientation informationPosted August 7, 2014
Columbia High School will welcome incoming Freshmen on Thursday, August 28, 2014 with our annual orientation program.  This program is designed to familiarize 9th Grade students with the world of high school and lay the foundation for a successful first year at Columbia. The agenda consists of a full day of activities including an introduction of student leaders, staff, and administrators as well as breakout sessions and tours.  The program begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Columbia High School auditorium and ends at approximately 1:00 p.m., with a class barbeque near the football field. Parents are welcome but not mandated to come. There will be an informational session for parents who do attend.

Congratulations, graduate!Posted August 22, 2014
On Friday, August 22, Brianna Andres celebrated her graduation from Columbia High School! She received her diploma from Mr. John Sawchuk, CHS principal, with her family looking on. Please join us in wishing Brianna all the best as she embarks on her life's next journey!

Math calculator informationPosted August 4, 2014
Freshman entering Columbia High School in the fall will be participating in a math class culminating in either the Common Core Algebra Regents examination or the Common Core Geometry Regents examination.  New York State has mandated the use of graphing calculators for all high school mathematics Regents examinations. 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...

Business education classes offeredPosted August 4, 2014
Business education courses prepare students for the workforce. They will be offered at CHS in the fall. You wouldn't learn only the importance of complex economics, but also the practical necessities of saving and investing, handling consumer and credit issues, and operating a business. Read more...

Meet the Coaches NightPosted July 29, 2014
A Meet the Coaches night will be held Thursday, August 28 in the Columbia High School auditorium. The purpose of a pre-season meeting is to introduce students and their parents and coaches to each other in a relaxed, non-threatening atmosphere, talk about season expectations, communicate specific information, encourage discussion and promote cooperative community action. Read more...

Welcome Back NewsletterPosted July 29, 2014
As the summer winds down, it's time to start thinking about returning to school in almost one month's time! Here's everything you need to know from Principal John Sawchuk in his Welcome Back Newsletter. Read more...

Health History Review DatesPosted July 14, 2014
All students must be on an approved list from the Health Office prior to participation in any practices. Dates and times have been established to conduct health history reviews for fall sports. Click here...



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!

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Suggested Basic Supply List