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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 www.KNDU.com for area school delays and closures.
DNA of Learning and Teaching
This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, December 15, 2014:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - This is always a fun week! We have the 2nd and 3rd grade concerts on Tuesday night at the high school!
▪Kindergarten is planning for the events in January. They are also working on their evaluation growth goals using the DIBELS assessments. These assessments include letter naming and first initial sounds.
▪The First Grade is finishing up writing assessments and continues to work aggressively through the math program. There are also lots of holiday activities planned for this week!
▪Second Grade reviewed the math topics money and clocks. Additionally they will continue to work on regrouping and story elements this week. Holiday activities are also on tap for the second graders!
▪The Third Grade is practicing for the concert and learning about fish, mammals and reptiles. In math the students are starting fractions and writing in reading in response to the story The Keeping Quilt.
▪The Fourth and Fifth Grade teachers continue to try and get everything done before the end of the week. These projects include simple machines in science, three paragraph essays in social studies, and a variety of other holiday projects!
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Report coming soon.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the 12/15 collaboration session the staff at Columbia HS met together in the library. The first topic of the day was our Highly Capable grant, where we are in the application process and where we need to go from here. We then discussed key elements from Domain 3 “Instruction” from the Danielson framework for teaching, particularly focusing on the component of “Engaging Students in Learning,” component C. After a short activity aimed at gauging student engagement levels, we then took a survey covering the Danielson Framework, the Time to Teach classroom management tool and several professional development concepts. The results of this staff survey will be a main driver for collaboration and in-service topics in 2015!
Columbia School District is working to enhance technology in the classroom. Interactive Whiteboards are our latest addition.
Click HERE for a video demo.