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Columbia Graduation – Posted June 29, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Columbia’s Class of 2015, comprised of 358 graduates who earned more than $2.2 million in scholarships, walked across the stage at Hudson Valley Community College’s McDonough Sports Complex to receive their high school diplomas on Saturday. Full story.

Operation Graduation Students Earn Degrees – Posted June 29, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
A group of 14 students who were once in danger of dropping out of school, persevered and earned their high school diplomas at Columbia on Thursday afternoon. Full story.

East Greenbush Ranks 5th Out of 84 Capital Region School Districts – Posted June 26, 2015
The East Greenbush CSD moved into the Capital Region’s top five districts in the Albany Business Review’s 2015 Schools Report rankings, which were released on Friday. Full story.

Red Mill Moving Up Ceremony – Posted June 26, 2015
Red Mill Moving Up Ceremony
It was a packed house in Red Mill Elementary School’s cafeteria on Wednesday morning as teachers, parents and family members celebrated the fifth grade classes at their Moving Up Ceremony. Full story.

Green Meadow Moving Up Ceremony  – Posted June 26, 2015

Green Meadow’s fifth grade classes danced their way out of elementary school at their Moving Up Ceremony on Tuesday in the school gymnasium. Full story.

Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle Regarding Personnel Changes at Howard L. Goff Middle School – Posted June 26, 2015
Wayne Grignon has been appointed principal of Howard L. Goff Middle School to replace Matthew Sloane who recently resigned to take a position outside the District. Read the letter.

Students, Teachers and Administrators Honored at School Year’s Final Board Meeting – Posted June 25, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
At the District’s final Board of Education meeting of the school year, students and teachers were recognized for their outstanding accomplishments. Full story.

DPS Moving Up Ceremony – Posted June 25, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
With purple mortar boards sitting atop their heads and gold tassels hanging next to their smiling faces, 52 fifth grade students graduated from Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School on Wednesday morning. Full story.

District Recognizes Three Departing Technology Committee Members – Posted June 25, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
The District thanked Board of Education member Susan Garrigan-Piela, fifth grade teacher Peter Goodwin and fourth grade teacher Mary Ann Morgan on Monday for their longstanding service on the Technology Committee. Full story.

End of Year Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle – Posted June 24, 2015
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle congratulates students on another successful school year. Read the letter.

Board of Education Meeting on June 24 Moved to Columbia High School Auditorium – Re-posted June 24 (Posted June 4, 2015)
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for June 24 at 7:30 p.m. has been moved to the Columbia High School auditorium.

Alumni Honored as Bell Top Ringers – Posted June 24, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Four outstanding Bell Top Elementary School alumni were inducted into the Bell Ringers Wall of Fame on Tuesday afternoon in the gymnasium. Full story.

Investing in the Future: Students Get Lesson in Personal Finance – Posted June 23, 2015

Students learned about budgeting, saving and investing money, using credit cautiously and protecting their finances during their Junior Achievement Personal Finance course this semester. Full story.

Bell Top Moving Up Ceremony – Posted June 22, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Bell Top's fifth grade students were celebrated at their Moving Up Ceremony on Friday. Full story.

Half-Day Dismissal Times for June 25 – Posted June 22, 2015
Students in grades K-8 will be dismissed early for a half-day on the last day of school Thursday, June 25. View dismissal times.

Flight School at Albany International Airport – Posted June 19, 2015

Second graders from Bell Top Elementary School descended on Albany International Airport for a field trip on Wednesday to learn about the airport and the people who work there. Full story.

Genet Students Win Americanism Essay Contest – Posted June 19, 2015

Fifth graders Cameron Taft, Jacob Martin and Jonathan Meracle each received a $25 gift from the Rensselaer Elks for their essay explaining “What does the Pledge of Allegiance mean to me?” Full story.

Goff Middle School Announces Students of the Month for April and May – Posted June 19, 2015

Fifty-one students were given certificates for being good communicators and listeners or for being positive leaders. Full story.

WRMS News Team Visits Channel 13 Studio – Posted June 18, 2015

Red Mill’s WRMS news team visited WNYT Channel 13’s studio in Albany on June 3 where they received a behind-the-scenes tour and met with a news anchor and meteorologist. Full story.

District to Sell Surplus Kitchen Equipment – Re-posted June 18 (Posted June 12, 2015)

The East Greenbush Central School District is now accepting bids for surplus kitchen equipment, including large and small chest freezers, sinks, work tables and a warming oven. More information.

Rainbow Games Empowers Students Posted June 18, 2015

Everyone deserves the opportunity to go for gold. That’s why Columbia High School has been holding its Rainbow Games for young people with special needs for more than 10 years. Full story.

DPS Field Day Posted June 17, 2015

Students at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School participated in a number of track and field events at Field Day last Wednesday. Full story.

Young Conservationists Protect Monarch Butterflies – Posted June 17, 2015
Shondra Conyers
Confronted with the loss of an animal species, students at Bell Top Elementary School turned to conservation. Full story.

Thank You from the Food Service Department Posted June 17, 2015

The Food Service Department would like to thank everyone for their participation in the Lunch Program this year. Full story.

Green Meadow and DPS Teachers Receive Golden Apple Awards  – Posted June 16, 2015
Shondra Conyers
Less than two weeks after five District teachers received Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence from Senator Kathleen Marchione, Nancy Boucher from Green Meadow Elementary School and Shondra Conyers from Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School received the same prestigious award on Monday morning. Full story.

Middle School and High School Reading Lists Now Available – Posted June 15, 2015
The District's Summer Reading List is now available for middle school and high school students. Summer Reading List.

K-8 Early Dismissal on June 19 and 25 – Posted June 15, 2015
Students in grades K-8 will be dismissed early for half-days on Friday, June 19 and the last day of school Thursday, June 25. District calendar.

Goff Talent Show Raises $1,000 for Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund – Posted June 15, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Students showcased their skills at the Howard L. Goff Middle School Talent Show to raise about $1,000 for the Nepal Earthquake Relief Fund on Friday evening in the Citizen Genet Elementary School auditorium. Full story.

New Record Set at Red Mill Field Day – Posted June 12, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Fifth grader Cailyn Thorpe set a new school record in the 300m Coaches Cup Race at Field Day last Friday. Full story.

Columbia Celebrates Teachers – Posted June 12, 2015

Columbia High School congratulated its newly tenured teachers Donna Shepardson, Laura O’Brien and Jaclyn Davey on Friday morning, while recognizing Bruce Palmer who is retiring at the end of the school year. Full story.

Students Hatch Chick Eggs – Posted June 11, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Second graders at Citizen Genet Elementary School were joined by some new, fuzzy friends in class last month. Full story.

Columbia Student Wins 2nd Place at Saratoga Arts Show – Posted June 11, 2015

Columbia senior Robert Ferson won second place at the Horsing Around with the Arts Show at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs on April 22. Full story.

Nine Employees Awarded Tenure – Posted June 11, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Nine District teachers and administrators who were awarded tenure during the 2014-15 school year were recognized at Wednesday evening’s Board of Education meeting at the Administration Center. Full story.

Columbia Science Olympiad Team Receives Resolution at State Capitol – Posted June 10, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Columbia’s state champion Science Olympiad team visited the New York State Capitol on Monday afternoon to receive a resolution from the State Assembly. Full story.

Students Get Slimed – Posted June 9, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Fourth grade students at Green Meadow made slime to go along with their study of polymers. Full story.

Teachers Receive Golden Apple Awards for Teaching Excellence – Posted June 8, 2015
Running long jump
Five District teachers received the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence from Senator Kathleen Marchione on Friday. Full story.

Citizen Genet Field Day – Posted June 8, 2015
Running long jump
Students at Citizen Genet Elementary School competed in a number of track and field events at Field Day last week. Full story.

DPS Student to Ride in Tour de Cure to Benefit American Diabetes Association – Posted June 5, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Third grader John Bouzy from Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School will ride in the Tour de Cure, a 10-mile fundraiser bike ride to benefit the American Diabetes Association, on Sunday in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Full story.

District Recognizes Shining STARS – Posted June 4, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
The District celebrated its Seniors Teaching and Reaching Students (STARS) on Wednesday afternoon at the Howard L. Goff Middle School. Full story.

Board of Education Meeting on June 24 Moved to Columbia High School Auditorium – Posted June 4, 2015
The Board of Education meeting scheduled for June 24 at 7:30 p.m. has been moved to the Columbia High School auditorium.

Students Work with Rehabilitated Horses on Law Enforcement Day – Posted June 4, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Students learned how to recognize animal neglect and safely work with horses at the Little Brook Farm on Law Enforcement Day. Full story.

Globetrotting Students Take Families Around the World – Posted June 3, 2015
Green Meadow math students
Parents toured four foreign countries with the aid of their cosmopolitan third grade students Tuesday evening at Green Meadow Elementary School’s annual Country Night. Full story.

Columbia PTSO Golf Tournament Raises Nearly $4,000 – Posted June 3, 2015
Alex DeMarco and John Sawchuk
Nearly $4,000 was raised for students and programs at Columbia High School’s annual golf tournament at the Burden Lake Country Club in Averill Park on Monday afternoon. Full story.

Bell Top Elementary School Wins District-Wide Math Contest – Posted June 2, 2015
Bell Top math students
After three rounds of individual and team challenges, testing students in a range of math topics, Bell Top Elementary School was crowned champion of the East Greenbush CSD. Full story.

Students Run Freihofer’s Junior 3K  – Posted June 2, 2015
Green Meadow runners
About 60 students from the District ran in the 37th Freihofer’s Run for Women. View photos on Facebook.

Columbia Seniors Honored at Dinner of Excellence – Posted June 2, 2015
Clarissa Wolf
An outstanding group of seniors were honored at Columbia’s Dinner of Excellence on May 26 at Moscatiello’s Family Restaurant in Troy. Full story.

Additional Statement from the Board of Education of the East Greenbush Central School District Regarding Claims of Superintendent – Posted June 1, 2015
The Board provides additional comment regarding Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle's claims. Full statement.

District Earns 100% Pass Rate for School Bus Safety Inspections – Posted June 1, 2015
Mechanic working on bus
The District’s school bus fleet obtained a 100 percent inspection pass rate during the state’s last fiscal year that ended April 1. District buses were inspected 234 times during that period without a single failure by the New York State Department of Transportation. Full story.

Parents/Guardians Encouraged to Pay Off Lunch Debt Posted June 1, 2015
Columbia Wrestling
As the end of the school year approaches, families are encouraged to pay off their student’s lunch debt. Full story.

5th Grader Breaks School Record at Green Meadow Field Day – Posted June 1, 2015
Jeans for Troops Drive
Green Meadow students competed in a variety of track and field events at their annual Field Day on May 21. Full story.

Students Present Scientific Research at 16th Annual Symposium – Posted May 29, 2015
Allison Puglisi
Students in Columbia’s Science Research Program presented their work at last week’s annual symposium, showing off research findings on topics such as gender differences in concussions and increasing solar energy panel efficiency. Full story.

Kids Making a Difference: Unified Sports – Posted May 29, 2015
U.S. News logo
Columbia Unified Sports, a basketball team that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities, has been recognized by the Kids Making a Difference program. Full story.

Columbia Among Top Ten Percent of High Schools in the United States – Posted May 29, 2015
U.S. News logo
Columbia High School ranks among the top 10 percent of high schools in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools list. Full story.

Former Olympic Runner Benita Willis Speaks to Green Meadow and Bell Top Students – Posted May 28, 2015
Jeans for Troops Drive
Students from Green Meadow and Bell Top Elementary Schools learned about running, proper training habits and foreign countries from former Olympian Benita Willis on Thursday morning. Full story.

District Raises Over $1,700 for Veterans Through “Jeans for Troops Drive” – Posted May 28, 2015
Jeans for Troops Drive
East Greenbush Central School District teachers, staff and administrators raised $1,719.81 in a weeklong fundraiser for veterans. Full story.

District Employees Participate in CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge – Posted May 28, 2015
Workforce Team Challenge runners
The District had 28 employees participate in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge last week, a 3.5 mile road race in Albany. Congratulations to Kari Deer (22:54), Leia Nardacci (29:45), Brittany Slagen (29:52) and Sarah Flannery (30:02) who finished 17th of 824 female teams with a total time of 1:52:33.

Columbia Student Athletes Make College Commitments – Posted May 27, 2015
James Walter
Ten Columbia student athletes made their official college commitments at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in the high school auditorium in front of families, coaches and the media. Full story.

District to Receive $2.3 Million Grant for Educational Technology Upgrades – Posted May 27, 2015Jacob Clemente
The East Greenbush Central School District was allocated $2.3 million to enhance its educational technology through New York State’s SMART Schools Bond Act. An online survey to determine student needs will be emailed to parents beginning on June 1. Full story.

Broadway Star Finds Home at Columbia – Posted May 26, 2015
Jacob Clemente
From Bell Top to Broadway and back to Columbia, Jacob Clemente has taken a different path than most students. Full story.

Elementary Students Thank Veterans with Handwritten Letters – Posted May 23, 2015
Guest author Bryan Collier
With Memorial Day approaching, the service of United States military personnel is close to one’s heart. Students at Green Meadow expressed their own feelings by writing handwritten letters to veterans. Full story.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced at Columbian Awards Ceremony – Posted May 22, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Among the many Columbian Awards trophies handed out on Thursday morning, William LaHera and Tucker McKeown received top honors as they were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Full story and list of awards.

Bell Top Field Day – Posted May 22, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Bell Top Elementary students competed in a number of track and field events at their annual Field Day on Wednesday. Full story.

Guest Author Challenges Students – Posted May 21, 2015
Guest author Bryan Collier
Three-time Caldecott Honor winner and illustrator Bryan Collier discussed picture books, watercolor collage and history at Green Meadow Elementary School last Friday. Full story.

Goff Middle School Holds 6th Grade Concert  – Posted May 21, 2015
6th grade orchestra
The sixth grade band, chorus and orchestra played at the Columbia High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Full story.

Thank You Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle – Posted May 20, 2015
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle thanks the community for supporting the 2015-16 school budget. Read the letter.

Budget Vote and Three Other Propositions Passed by Voters – Posted May 19, 2015
East Greenbush Central School District residents passed an $88,181,329 budget for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday. This budget represents a 0.36% increase in spending over the current year's budget and will result in a 0% tax levy increase for district residents. Results.

District-Wide Art Show Uses Creativity to Bring Community Together – Posted May 19, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Columbia High School was transformed into a circus-themed art gallery on Thursday evening for the annual District-wide Art Show. Full story.

Columbia Science Olympiad Team Places 14th at National Championships – Posted May 19, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
Columbia’s Science Olympiad team ended its most successful season ever by placing 14th at the National Championships this past weekend at the University of Nebraska. Full story.

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U.S. News & World Report Best High Schools Silver Medal 2015