Superintendent's Message


The planning for our end of year celebrations signals that another school year is close to wrapping up. While we can all agree this wasn’t just another year, with your support we have navigated through a year we will not soon forget. Please take a look at this month's newsletter for updates on Chromebook returns, Preschool and Kindergarten registration, as well as celebrating the accomplishments of our very own Columbia High School Senior Class of 2021. CHS Class of 2021, congratulations on all our hard work and dedication. We are so proud of your accomplishments and wish you well in the future. Your paths will take you many places in life, but don’t forget your way back home for you will always have a place in the heart of our community.


With June upon us, we are excited to bring back our end of the year celebrations (with a few minor adjustments) to acknowledge the achievements of Coyotes all across our district. Columbia Elementary School will be moving the “Kindergarten Graduation” ceremony to the CHS Football Field on Tuesday, June 8th at 6 pm. We will have designated areas for families spaced out to allow for proper distancing in the stands. Families will be required to RSVP no later than June 3rd to their child’s teacher or elementary school office.


Columbia Middle School will host the annual “Moving Up Ceremony” on Wednesday, June 9th at 6:30 pm. This year’s event will take place in the CMS gym. Families and students will engage in a traditional event with department of health masking and distancing recommendations observed. Each student will be allowed five tickets per family (students plus four guests). Tickets may be picked up beginning June 1st at the CMS office.


Finally, I want to end this month's message with a simple statement of gratitude. Thank you to all our students, parents, and community for your support and patience over the past year. We are thankful and appreciative of your assistance and partnership. As we continue to plan for the Fall and the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, we are making plans for a full time return of in-person instruction five days a week. We will continue to work with our local department of health to ensure requirements are met, but are excited to get started. We will have more information out over the summer as these details are finalized, however we will be ready for students on the first day of school on Wednesday, September 1st. Until then, have a safe summer and we look forward to seeing everyone back in the Fall.


Todd Hilberg, Superintendent