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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.
This Week's Events
Monday (Oct. 24th):Tuesday:
Board Meeting (7:00pm)
Volleyball @ College Place. Starting at 5:30pm, bus leaves at 3:30pm.
Football vs. College Place (Home). Starting at 7:00pm
Scholarship Junkies - Gear Up (1:30pm)
AAU Fall League (8:00am)
DNA of Learning Teaching
Curriculum Guide (includes C-Terms 360)
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, October 24, 2016:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Last Friday, the staff had a joint training with the teacher from Finley Elementary on our new reading series, Reach for Reading. The training was excellent and ideas/thoughts from the training were discussed throughout the grade levels during collaboration this morning. Some of the items discussed included: support for ESL students, how to work with the R4R teacher’s guide and integration of all the different technology pieces online, restructuring reading time/instruction to provide more small group guided reading practice, and how to use the reading website to guide the writing program.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Report coming soon.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - For the 10/24 collaboration session at Columbia High School a main theme for the morning was the continuation of Student Growth goal work from Friday’s in-service day. Teachers targeted student growth goals across every content area, and completed pre and post assessments that students will use to ensure quality completion of the teachers’ learning goals. Additionally, some staff broke out into smaller groups to cover the following topics:
▪In the career and technical education department staff worked on business unit for “uncollectible accounts – estimated and recording adjustment & writing off and collecting.” Also covered were posting evaluation documents for staff.
▪Science instructors continued the process of creating Unit Target Charts for each of the units taught. The chart focusses on different parts of the state science standards and which lessons throughout the unit cover the various aspects for the standard for that unit.
▪A group of staff worked within the Milepost program in an effort to track the student data provided by the student growth measures in each content area. Mileposts will, among other things, provide a quality tracking system for student growth data.
▪Mathematics staff continued work designing pre and posts tests for algebra and geometry. The point of emphasis was the vocabulary required in these courses.
▪English department staff worked on redesign of lesson plans in an effort to increase students’ engagement.
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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