Fourth Graders Build Longhouses in Hands-On Activity – Posted November 25, 2015

Fourth grade students at Green Meadow Elementary School built longhouses in class on Monday to go along with their Social Studies unit on regional Native American tribes. Full story.

Thanksgiving Recess – Posted November 24, 2015
District schools will be closed Wednesday, November 25 through Friday, November 27 for Thanksgiving Recess. Schools will reopen on Monday, November 30. District calendar.

Columbia Students Give Back with Annual Food Drive – Posted November 24, 2015

A group of Columbia students packed the beds of two trucks with canned goods and nonperishable items from the school’s annual food drive Tuesday afternoon. Full story.

Kids Making a Difference: Cameron Newman – Posted November 24, 2015

Cameron Newman, who is battling cancer, receives Columbia's "Kids Making a Difference" award. Full story.

Athletics Begins Annual Adopt-a-Family Program – Posted November 24, 2015
Columbia Athletics has started its annual Adopt-a-Family program to provide holiday gifts to underprivileged families in Rensselaer County. Full story.

Communication Skills Class Hosts Thanksgiving Feast – Posted November 23, 2015

Students, teachers and parents gathered for a Thanksgiving Feast in Red Mill’s Grade 3-5 Communication Skills class on Friday afternoon. Full story.

Green Meadow Food Drive Benefits Disadvantaged Families – Posted November 23, 2015

Green Meadow Elementary School will make the holiday season a little brighter for disadvantaged families in Rensselaer County this year. The Student Council delivered boxes of nonperishable items from a food drive it held to ConcernsU on Friday.

Local Entrepreneurs Visit Columbia Business Classes – Posted November 23, 2015

Eight local entrepreneurs visited Columbia business classes last week as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week. Full story.

Language Concepts Class Puts on Thanksgiving Play – Posted November 20, 2015

Students in Citizen Genet Elementary School’s Language Concepts class put on a Thanksgiving play for family and friends Friday afternoon. Full story.

Chamber Orchestra Plays Concert at Hawthorne Ridge – Posted November 20, 2015

The Columbia Chamber Orchestra played a variety of styles of music for senior residents at Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush on Sunday afternoon. Full story.

MMA Fighter Tackles Bullying, Inspires Students – Posted November 20, 2015

Professional mixed martial arts fighter Tom Murphy gave a series of anti-bullying presentations to students, teachers and parents in the East Greenbush CSD this week. Full story.

District Voicemail Down – Posted November 19, 2015
The District is experiencing technical difficulties with its voicemail system. In the event that you are unable to reach a department, please call back and your call will be answered as quickly as possible. The District anticipates having the problem corrected after the Thanksgiving recess.

Cabaret Show Raises $3,800 for Student’s Cancer Treatment – Posted November 19, 2015

Columbia’s annual cabaret show “Once Upon a Stage” raised $3,800 for junior Cameron Newman’s cancer treatment fund this past weekend. Full story.

Singers Compete on “Columbia Idol” this Friday – Posted November 19, 2015
Ten Columbia students will sing their hearts out in an American Idol-themed event called “Columbia Idol” on Friday evening at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. Full story.

Collect Box Tops and Support Your School – Posted November 19, 2015

East Greenbush schools earned more than $5,600 from redeeming Box Tops last year. So clip those coupons and help our PTOs purchase free school supplies, sponsor student events and more. Full story.

Students Create Peace Mural – Posted November 18, 2015

Green Meadow students from all grade levels created a peace mural in art class that hangs in the main hallway. The project tied together the school's Character Education program and the 15th anniversary of its Peace Pole outside. Full story.

District Donates $1,550 to Stratton VA Medical Center – Posted November 17, 2015

Teachers, staff and administrators donated $1,550 to the Stratton VA Medical Center's Holiday Fund on Tuesday morning. Full story.

Anti-Bullying Program Coming to East Greenbush CSD – Re-Posted November 16 (Posted November 5, 2015)
Students, staff and parents in the East Greenbush CSD will have the opportunity to hear a unique message on bullying, conflict and strategies for being successful in life through a free program called Sweethearts and Heroes this week. Full story.

Students Celebrate Veterans Day – Posted November 13, 2015

Students learned the significance of Veterans Day as schools throughout the District hosted events featuring music, artwork, performances and reflections. View photos.

District Schools Compete in Faculty Volleyball Tournament – Posted November 13, 2015

Bragging rights were on the line when teachers from the District’s seven schools competed in the 3rd annual Faculty Volleyball Battle last week at Howard L. Goff Middle School. Full story.

Columbia’s Annual Cabaret Show Scheduled for November 13 and 14 – Posted November 12, 2015
Columbia High School presents its annual cabaret show “Once Upon A Stage: Untitled” on Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the school’s auditorium. More information.

Columbia Collecting Food Donations for Underprivileged Families – Posted November 12, 2015
Columbia High School is collecting non-perishable food items to be donated to Concerns-U in advance of Thanksgiving. Students are encouraged to donate items to the main office through November 24. More information.

“Ghosts of War” Author Comes Home – Posted November 12, 2015

Ryan Smithson '03 returned to Columbia High School on Monday to discuss his memoir "Ghosts of War." Full story.

Red Mill Veterans Day Ceremony – Posted November 10, 2015

Red Mill Elementary School honored local veterans on Tuesday at a school-wide assembly. Full story.

Columbia Alumnus Wins $1 Million Prize in Business Competition – Posted November 9, 2015
Joe Neiman, a 2004 graduate of Columbia High School, won the $1 million grand prize in the 43North Business Competition in Buffalo on October 30. Full story.

Columbia Students Visit Siena College School of Business – Posted November 9, 2015

Five Columbia High School seniors attended workshops, sat in on business classes and toured Siena College's campus for Suburban Council Business Day. Full story.

Genet Students Thank Veterans – Posted November 9, 2015

Genet Elementary School recognized 51 veterans at a school-wide assembly on Friday morning. Full story.

Columbia Girls Volleyball Takes Aim at Sectional Title – Posted November 6, 2015

Columbia girls volleyball plays Burnt-Hills Ballston Lake in the Section II Class A Finals Friday afternoon at 5 p.m. at Saratoga Springs High School. Full story.

DPS Annual Brown Bag Auction Scheduled for November 14 – Posted November 6, 2015
Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School will be hosting its annual Brown Bag Auction on Saturday, November 14 in the school’s gym. The fundraiser benefits the PTO, which supports student activities and events. More information.

Early Dismissal Drill on November 6 – Re-Posted November 5 (Posted November 4, 2015)

All District schools will dismiss 15 minutes early on Friday, November 6 for a state-mandated Emergency Go Home Drill. More information.

Meet the Coaches Night – Posted November 5, 2015
Columbia Athletics is hosting a Spaghetti and Meatball Dinner on Monday, November 23 in the school’s cafeteria prior to Meet the Coaches Night. The dinner is open to the public. Meet the Coaches Night, which immediately follows the dinner, is mandatory for winter student athletes and their parents.

School Lunches Full of Fall Produce – Posted November 4, 2015

As the holiday season approaches, healthy eating may seem like a challenge. But never fear, a new menu of foods is available to keep you healthy and happy. Full story.

DPS Running Club Raises Money for MS Society – Posted November 4, 2015

Students in the DPS Running Club participated in the Capital District 2015 Monster Scramble 5K to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on Halloween morning at Oakwood Cemetery. Full story.

Halloween Photos – Posted November 3, 2015

Students and staff from around the District showed their Halloween spirit on Friday afternoon. View photos.

SADD Club Attends Workshops at Youth Summit – Posted November 3, 2015

SADD Club members attended workshops that focused on social media, healthy living, personal preparedness and peer-to-peer group discussions at a local Youth Summit. Full story.

Exchange Program Opens Minds and Hearts – Posted November 2, 2015

Columbia students and their families hosted German exchange students the past two weeks. Full story.

Green Meadow Students Named B95.5 Kids of the Week – Posted November 2, 2015

Green Meadow fourth grade students Ryan and Juliana Harris were named B95.5 Kids of the Week by the local radio station. Ryan and Juliana, who are twins, were honored for giving out care packages to homeless people in the Capital Region. Read more.

Columbia Students Attend FBLA Conference – Posted November 2, 2015

Columbia High School's Future Business Leaders of America students attended the FBLA Fall District Conference on October 23 at Bryant and Stratton College in Albany. Full story.

Academic Intervention Services Determinations – Posted October 30, 2015
Students who scored below established proficiency levels on the New York State English language arts and mathematics assessments are eligible for Academic Intervention Services (AIS). More information.

Columbia Practices Emergency Evacuation – Posted October 30, 2015

All Columbia students participated in an evacuation drill on Thursday morning. Full story.

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