Community Flu Shot Clinic

The Columbia School District is committed to helping keep our students, parents and our community healthy throughout the entire flu season.  That’s why we have partnered with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide a “flu shot clinic” for our staff, students and their families (children four years of age and older) and the community on

Wednesday, October 14, 2015  at Columia Middle School from 3:00pm – 6:00pm

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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News

Monday, October 12, 2015:

COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The WeCare Guys will be working with all of the students during PE on Wednesday.  They will also be here from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm at the MS on Wednesday night.  Drop by anytime and have a good time! Today during collaboration:

▪The pre-school collaborated with the ESL teacher on presenting the four stages of English language learning and are preparing a presentation for all the para-educators working with our children.  Also, the pre-schools are going to the pumpkin patch this week!

▪Kindergarten discussed using Thinking Maps in their instruction and are going to use the flow map and the double bubble map this week with lessons on pumpkins (life cycle and comparisons)  Additionally, the teachers worked through the technology issues of the WaKIDS TS Gold pilot.

▪The first grade teachers spent a lot of time discussing the reading program and how to fit parts of it to the needs of the children.  Adjusting the program to fit the needs of the students is important in providing early literacy skills.

▪Second grade staff discussed the evaluation process with Mr. Yale; two of the teachers are working with him on their formal evaluations this week.  Additionally, the group reviewed the rubrics for the writing assessment and discussed how to report the information to parents.

▪At the third grade collaboration, Mrs. Armstrong discussed the Math Compression Planning she is involved in and discussed alignment of the P-3 program.  Through analysis and evaluation, it has been determined that we average about 17% of our students are not at grade level at the beginning of the year; however, that number is nearly triple that for kids entering our Kindergarten…so our students certainly progress in the early grades!

▪The fourth and fifth grade collaboration discussed how they are motivating students using the AR and AM program.  They also worked through a discussion and planning of the parts and speech/punctuation review. 

COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Our AVID teachers met with Jenny Rieke from McNary Refuge regarding community connections and AVID students. They have developed a plan for students to ‘make paper’ using phragmites (plants) found at the refuge.  Students would harvest and process the phragmites to ready for paper making. This activity would take a few days spread out over a 3-4 week period. Community involvement would be helpful in building the molds and deckles.

Some reading teachers met regarding Reading content, skills and assessments. They talked about the need to teach skill and content that meet the common core objectives, as their first goal, ensuring that all or most all of the students have learned the skill and the content, as opposed to, making the goal to read as many different stories in the textbooks as possible.  They also, talked about the students that struggle and some accommodations that can be made for these students and adjustments in teaching practices that can also help.

The math group met to discuss our Criterion Goals for TPEP.  We also discussed the data collection process: What data to collect and how to collect that data.  Finally we spent some time discussing the activities that we could complete for our HOWL Friday.

The majority of our teachers met to continue the conversation about Student Led Conferences. They talked about ways to inform parents of the new process, how to assist students in organizing and gathering work for their portfolio, and how to ensure students attend all of their classes during conferences.

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - For the October 12, 2015 collaboration session at Columbia High School, the full staff kicked of the day with a viewing of students’ work in the hallways.  With this being homecoming week, the first event was hallway decorating, which occurred over the weekend.  Guest judges were also in attendance, they chose the Senior’s “Harry Potter” themed hallway as the winner, followed by the Junior’s “Ninja Turtles” hallway, then the Sophomore’s “Jurassic Park” and finally the Freshmen and their “Star Wars” themed hallway.  Staff was impressed by their creativity!

The two main collaboration topics for the day included a presentation by the high school librarian, and Link Crew leader, on the topic of freshmen success, particularly in grading.  She unveiled a new tutoring program aimed primarily at helping the newest members of Columbia HS find success in schoolwork.  Following that presentation an in-service on the online learning app Kahoot.  Staff learned how to use the Kahoot app to create lessons, reviews and quizzes, along with how to gather the Kahoot data and use it to inform instruction. 

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. 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 for area school delays and closures. 

Technology Updates

Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.

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