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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".
**Attention Parents and Community Members** East Greenbush CSD launches "Call to Action" - Posted December 4, 2013
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...
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 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 drive – Posted 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 Intent – Posted 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.
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 competition – Posted 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or click here for the Judge Registration form.
Meet the Coaches night December 2 - Posted November 12, 2013
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. Attendance of this meeting is mandatory for parents and students who plan to participate in any interscholastic athletic program. The meeting will be to go over the rules and regulations with athletes and parents. Read more...
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.”
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.
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...
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.
Seminar: "Cost Effective Strategies to pay for College" - Posted October 28, 2013
The primary objective of this seminar is to share valuable information with parents that will enable them to make funding college as cost effective as possible. Topics may include: Balancing college and retirement; Using the college’s money vs. yours; Aid and the expected family contribution; Scholarships: Types, Tax maximization; College tuition discounts and student debt crisis.
Date: Thursday, November 7 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Columbia High School in the Guidance Conference Room. $5.00 per person. A minimum of 10 attendees is required for this presentation. To register, please call 207-2150 and choose option #3.
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. Sawchuk – Posted 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:
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.
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, 2013
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 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.
Columbia High School’s 2013 Run for Life In Support of Breast Cancer Awareness - Posted October 7, 2013
Saturday, October 12, 2013 @ 10:00 a.m. at Columbia High School,
Adult/Student Race begins after the kids fun run!
A 5K run with on-site registration taking place starting at 8:30 am at Columbia High School. Registrations accepted up to and including the morning of the race. The top three racers will receive a Prize Package from the American Cancer Society.
$10.00 for all runners includes bracelet or magnet. $5.00 for Kids Fun Run - up to age 10 - starts at 9:30 am.
***A $5 donation to this cause will get you a bracelet or magnet.***
***All proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness. ***
To register or for more information, please call Columbia High School at 207-2005.
Attention Parents - Posted October 3, 2013
Due to Staff Half-Day Professional Development on Friday, 10/4/13, Columbia students are being released from school at 10:03 a.m. The morning VoTec, New Visions and Tech Smart buses will depart as regularly scheduled, and will bring students home after their classes.
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!
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.
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.
See you tonight and GO BLUE DEVILS!
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...
East Greenbush Central School District Art Show - Posted September 24, 2013
Join us Thursday, May 15, from 6 to 8 p.m.