Welcome to Columbia School District!
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.
Healthy Youth Survey
Our district is participating in the Washington State 2016 Healthy Youth Survey during the weeks of October 10th – 21st.
The Healthy Youth survey includes questions related to physical activity and diet, unintentional and intentional injury, substance use, risk and protective factors, access to school-based services, and sexual behaviors, abuse and orientation. Survey results are used by schools, communities and state agencies to plan programs to support our youth and reduce their risks.
The Healthy Youth Survey is given to students in grades 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 across Washington State.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the students’ answers are anonymous.
Click HERE for the Parent and Student Notification flyer for more information about the Healthy Youth Survey.
This Week's Events
Monday: Board Meeting (7pm)
Tuesday: MS Volleyball - Royal at Burbank (4 & 5pm)
MS Football - Burbank at Connell (4 & 5pm)
HS Volleyball - Burbank at Royal (5:30 & 6:30pm)
Homework Zone at Public Library (3-4:30pm)
Walla Walla Co. Sheriff Round Table at CHS Library (5:30pm)
Thursday: MS Volleyball - Burbank at McFarland (4 & 5pm)
HS Volleyball - College Place at Burbank (5:30 & 6:30pm)
Homework Zone at Burbank Public Library (3-4:30pm)
Friday: HS Football - Burbank at Connell(7pm)
Saturday: WW Fire Dept. 5k Fun Run (8am)
WW Fire Parade (11am)
DNA of Learning Teaching
Curriculum Guide (includes C-Terms 360)
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, October 17, 2016:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - This morning, the staff attended a book study hosted by our Student Services Coordinator, Julie DeBord. The book we are working through is called Help for Billy by Heather Forbes, LCSW. The staff completed the study guide for the first two chapters and discussed traumatic experiences of students and how to help them through major and minor issues they will face. The staff discussion focused quite a bit on how to support students through day to day stressors and how to build relationships with kids to support them increasing their ability to navigate tough issues in and out of school. Our next book study meeting is November 21, 2016. If you would like to see a copy of the book, or borrow one, please drop on by the elementary office!
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Today for collaboration the middle school staff continued our book talk and ventured into the topic of self awareness. As table groups and as a large group we discussed the following:
▪The concept of self-care and the need to focus on our own health and well-being.
▪How we can take care of ourselves in ways that support our professional growth and service to others.
▪What our core values are and how they relate to our professional responsibilities.
▪Reflected back on situations where we could have held more true to our core values and how that could have improved the outcome.
▪How Make Your Day and Trauma Informed Care are separate but can be supportive of each other.
▪We finished off by talking about our staff development day that is coming up this Friday.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - For the 10/17 collaboration session at Columbia High School staff took part in a variety of Professional Learning Community opportunities. The PLC options for the day included:
▪Preparing student assessments and October Individualized Education Plan work. Compared student roadmaps to what we have been doing in class and where we need to go next with certain students.
▪ Working on student growth goals and student growth goal measurable data for students on Columbia’s list of at-risk for failing first mid-term courses.
▪ Review of and alignment for content for the Health courses.
▪ Incorporating family scenarios into budgeting simulations for business math courses.
▪ Lesson planning protocols aimed at increasing the level of student engagement and quality of content in cross-content area courses.
▪ Preparing for the administration of the Healthy Youth Survey.
Weather Delay & Closure Notifications
Watch this page for any school delays or closures during our winter season. We will be posting the details in a scrolling banner.
Parents, staff and students wishing to receive Columbia School District weather closure/delay announcements via email, text message, or push notification can sign up by going to
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. Keep in mind that the cell phone companies can 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.
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