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Our Mission Statement: In partnership with our community, our mission is to provide relevant and challenging work that engages students so they persist when experiencing difficulties and have a sense of accomplishment when they succeed.
E-Rate Request for Proposals: Columbia School District #400 is taking sealed bids for E-rate supported hosted VOIP solutions and internal wired/wireless infrastructure upgrades. Please visit www.csd400.org/csd/csd_rfp.php for Category 1 and 2 RFP documentation.
FFA PLANT SALE
This year’s plant sale will be held May 1 and May 2
May 1 Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
May 2 Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
There is various plants including but not limited to:
FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE - Ivy Geraniums (hanging baskets), Zonal Geraniums (6” pots), Spike Grass (6” and 4” pots), Purple Fountain Grass (6” and 4” pots), Calibrachoa (6” pots), Ipomoea (hanging baskets and patio baskets), Osteo (4” pots), Petunias (4” pots and hanging baskets), Alyssum (4” pots), Dahlia (4” pots), Impatiens (4” pots) Pansy (4” pots) Lobelia (hanging baskets and 4” pots) Marigolds (4” pots)
VEGETABLES- Tomatoes – Early Girl, Big Boy, Roma (6” pots) Jalapeno (6” pots) Sweet Peppers (6” pots)
HERBS - Sage (herb pot and 6 pk), Parsley (herb pot and 6 pk), Thyme (herb pot and 6 pk), Rosemary (herb pot and 6 pk), Chives (herb pot and 6 pk), Cilantro (herb pot and 6 pk)
ODDITIES – Bacopa, Snapdragon, Geranium (from seed), Dianthus, Delphinium, Catnip
Weather Delay & Closure Notifications
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When you get to that page, start the process by entering your email address and setting a password. Once the account is established, you may add one or two additional email or cell text addresses. Each new entry will require you to launch a test message to that address which will contain a two-letter code which must be entered back onto your account page to ensure that the address(es) is valid, or by clicking the link in the message. Bear in my mind that the cell phone companies get backlogged on weather mornings as they try to keep up with the text messages, so it is recommended that you not rely entirely on text messages. We recommend you download the new, free app for iOS and Android called FlashAlert Messenger. It uses push notification to send messages directly to your phone, bypassing the cell companies' text message channel. Search for FlashAlert Messenger at the iTunes App Store (iOS) or at Google Play (Android).
Also check www.KNDU.com for area school delays and closures.
DNA of Learning and Teaching
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, April 27, 2015:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - We are certainly looking forward to the STEAM Expo on Wednesday. It is going to be very busy with many things scheduled, including: Kindergarten Roundup, the Book Fair, Marimba Band and a variety of activity for the kids…and adults! This morning in collaboration:
▪Pre School is working on the life cycle of butterflies and has plants growing! The students are learning to write the letters X and Y and focusing on the number 9 along with the beautiful color green!
▪Kindergarten is watching one of the baby chicks start to hatch! The group also reviewed DIBELS testing in preparation of having the students start later this week. They also reviewed STEAM night and what they will be doing….the K students will be displaying the science experiments that we have done in kindergarten that aligned to the common core.
▪1st grade is planning the display their plant projects for the STEM night! They are also working on and preparing for the BUGZ Play. In math the students are working hard and finishing up the 1st grade objectives; in reading they are learning about Johnny Appleseed…and Mother’s Day is coming up…cannot report what they are preparing for the moms!
▪The 2nd grade teachers reported: In math students are continuing to practice regrouping 2 -3 digit addition problems. They had an introduction to writing their own story problems very simply stated and will work on adding more detail. 2 digit regrouping subtraction will be introduced and practiced. We reviewed CCSS to make sure we were in alignment in these areas. In reading students will work on contractions and language. Skills to be covered for comprehension as outlined in the CCSS for grade 2 are describing our character with text dependent words, multiples perspectives of characters; reading for fluency will be practiced.
▪The 3rd grade teachers are happy to be back teaching after a week of testing! They reported the following: In science we are continuing on with Rocks and Minerals. We will be testing the rocks’ identifying colors by doing a streak test, and then later this week and next we will also observe how well light travels through rocks as well as the rocks luster. After rocks and Minerals which should get finished up by the end of May, we will finish off our year, with the annual Egg Shuttle Launch which will probably be launched during the last week of school. We also discussed our upcoming STEAM EXPO and in Mr. Donlon’s room we will have our bridge design challenges set up plus in another room around the school the students will have their K’ Nex Roller Coasters on display. Mrs. Good will be with Mrs. Armstrong in her classroom to monitor the 5th graders’ ping pong display as well as motion and design. In reading the students are continuing with poetry. They will work with Haiku’s and Limericks, which are Mr. Steberl’s favorite. Both of these styles work with syllables. They will also review grammar skills with subjects, predicates, and verbs.
▪The 4th and 5th grade teacher were busy working through a STEAM inquiry projects using paper airplanes and marshmallows… and the 4th grade salmon unit which will be on display STEAM Expo night! Mr. Dexter’s classroom will showcase the variety of things the students have learned this year in 5th grade science.
▪And finally…Five of the staff reviewed the Personal Safety curriculum materials and discussed the activities included in the program. It will now move forward to a parent review.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Our Technology teacher met with some of our math department to go over the addition of the new Dell chromebooks for the m.s. math department. He briefed them on log on procedures, user i.d.’s and passwords. We discussed the use of the chromebooks, web access and google docs. We discussed protocol for student use and responsibility of taking care of the equipment.
Some of the Language Arts teachers worked on strategies and making plans for improving student use of vocabulary, for next year. They are looking at using the current Language Arts vocabulary words, as well as, prefixes, suffixes and content area vocabulary.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 4/27/15 collaboration session, staff at Columbia High School focused their attention in the following professional learning community areas:
▪Preparing for presentations at the upcoming STEAM event at Columbia Elementary School. Staff and student presentations were both reviewed in an effort to provide the highest quality interactions with the elementary students.
▪Standardized testing procedures for the Smarter Balanced testing in English/language arts and mathematics, the End of Course tests for Algebra, Geometry and Biology, the Reading and Writing High School Proficiency Exams and also the Collection of Evidence testing options for the 15/16 school year.
▪Completion of student growth goal assignments and data for the 14/15 school year.
▪Self-assessments through the state’s teacher evaluation system.
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
Click HERE for a video demo.