District Facilities - Capital Projects
With the expiration of the 1997 bond that renovated the high school, the CSD Board of Directors is turning its attention to other capital needs, especially those at the elementary and middle schools. In particular, the school board wants the community's input on how to deal with excess space at our middle school and overcrowding at the elementary school. Although they are considering all funding options, most likely the board will NOT look to do a large bond for building, but rather a smaller capital levy to make capital improvements throughout the district.
Join the Conversation: Beginning in September the District will launch a district-wide community survey allowing everyone to share their thoughts and considerations regarding the facilities. We encourage everyone to register their email through this Thoughtexchange link to participate in this upcoming process!
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.
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
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at Columia Middle School from 3:00pm – 6:00pm
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, September 26, 2016:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Jog-a-Thon is next Friday…we are already getting geared up for the event! This week during collaboration:
▪Kindergarten – compared their notes and videos using the WaKids assessment protocols. This week they will work on 18b emergent reading skills and discussed how to include Thinking Maps in the WaKids testing.
▪1st Grade – the students were given the Reading Diagnostic Placement test as part of the REACH for Reading program last week. The students will learning about cvc pattern words and start journaling for the science program.
▪2nd Grade – reviewed the Soils unit they are beginning in science! The worms are ordered and compost bins will begin this week. Additionally, the team is getting ready to work on the Moby Max goals with the students for this year.
▪3rd Grade – discussed how to individualize reading goals for the month of October and the students setting goals for the Math Automaticity Program
▪4th Grade – reviewed the Social Studies stands and discussed resources that OSPI provides on line to provide instruction on Native American tribes of Washington State
▪5th Grade – discussed the Math Automaticity program and how to support the students through the fifth grade team evaluation of SMART goals.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - The Middle School PE teachers discussed scope and sequence for P.E. and health. They shared resources for videos on learn360 to support the health aspect of P.E. They also are the 6th and 8th grade math teachers and they reviewed the scope and sequence for math.
Three reading teachers met and talked about unit planning, pacing of units and reading strategies. They covered the ACE strategy, Close Reading, and how to maintain composition notebooks. They also discussed the individual expectations for reading outside of the classroom and AR.
Science Teachers met and discussed the following:
▪How we as a science department at the MS will do hypotheses and conclusions
~If______ Then ______ Because______ for Hypothesis
~Proper paragraph format for conclusion
~ Why your Hypothesis correct or in correct?
~ Use data to explain why
▪Talked about adoption process for science in the future
▪Discussed parts of recent training and how they might be implemented in our classes.
▪Discussed possible effects of bond on our classrooms and LAB
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - At the Columbia High School staff collaboration session for 9/26, there were several important topics covered by the full staff. The three biggest items for the morning were Compassionate Care for students, our student growth goals as tied to content area vocabulary, and the Healthy Youth Survey.
One of the main goals for the school district this year is to work on more Compassionate Care for students. To help the high school achieve this goal, we began a semester-long look at compassionate care through an approach to helping challenging children in the classroom. At each collaboration session this semester there will be a presentation and sharing regarding one of the topics put forth by Heather T. Forbes, LCSW in her text on the topics, “Help for Billy.” The first portion of today’s collaboration session focused on Creating a New Understanding, and asking the experts what they need and what they do not need in order to support and be supported.
The second major topic of the day was student growth goals, particularly those tied to our district’s content-area vocabulary initiatives, the C-Terms. Staff reviewed their content area’s vocab, and collaborated on effective assessments for the vocab terms.
The third major topic for the day was the Healthy Youth Survey, and the training of our staff as proctors for the upcoming healthy youth survey. Our district Social Worker led the staff through the components of the HYS, how it is to be administered and what we might plan to do with the data received through the 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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