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Animal Expo and Plant Sale!
On April 21st, from 8:00am-3:00pm Ms. Cahow's FFA group will be hosting an Animal Expo for all to enjoy. There will also be a plant sale on on April 21st from 8:00am to 5:00pm and on April 22nd from 10:00am until 2:00pm.
This Week's Events
Basketball Clinic, MS Gym (2:45pm)
Band Booster Meeting, CHS Band Room (6:30pm)
Basketball Clinic, MS Gym (2:45)
Lacrosse, Football Field (6:00pm)
Elementary PTO Meeting at Board Room (8:30am)
School Board Meeting (7pm)
HS Tennis, Royal at Burbank (3:30pm)
HS Baseball, Naches at Burbank (3pm)
HS Fast Pitch, Naches at Burbank (3pm)
MS Baseball, Royal at Burbank (4pm)
MS Fast Pitch, Royal at Burbank (4pm)
HS Baseball, Wahluke at Burbank (11am)
HS Fast Pitch, Wahluke at Burbank (11am)
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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, April 17, 2017:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - Wonderful weather…not! This is the time of year that our lost-and-found ends up overflowing…when it is hot one day and cold/rainy the next! Today for collaboration the following was discussed by the teachers:
▪ Pre-School: Pets study…Tahoe the Great Dane is visiting today…pet homes as a pet and in their natural environment and how to feed/groom pets.
▪ Kindergarten: stages of chickens, writing of complex sentences, transition words, Earth Day activities and preparing for the final DIBELS assessments of Kindergarten!
▪ First: coin value and recognition, time, addition and subtraction review.
▪ Second: fractions and shapes, using context clues, paragraph writing and narrative story writing.
▪ Third: fractions, SBAC practices, Rocks and Minerals unit, main idea and the Nez Perce tribe.
▪ Fourth: converting measurements to metric, signal words in writing, SBAC practices, the Plant Growth and Development unit and a variety of math games.
▪ Fifth: read science articles, comparing genres, identifying the main idea, implied main idea, discussing how main ideas are supported by details, summarizing visual information and determining importance of information.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL - Today all of the middle school ELA teachers met with Mary McConnell and dug deeper into the materials up for adoption and also discussed how this impacted our scheduling process that we are currently involved in. Mary shared a comparison document of the final two sets of materials to help us see the differences and similarities more clearly.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - During the 4/17 collaboration session at Columbia High School, staff broke out into separate Professional Learning Communities to work on some topics specific to our school’s improvement plan. The general themes of the PLC groups included:
▪ Our connection with Dual Credit options for students to gain not only high school credit aimed at graduation, but also college credit. In particular, we reviewed the contract we have with Eastern Washington University for students to have the opportunity to gain English at the junior and senior levels, Government, Calculus, Pre-Calculus and Spanish. Each of these content areas must adhere to the rigors and expectations of the same course on campus at EWU, and requires periodic curricular checkups, as occurred today.
▪ A group looked over our senior class student list. The goal is to cross reference any senior with all graduation requirements and help to support them in successfully making it to graduation status within the next month and a half.
▪ The final group partnered on processes for upcoming lab experiences in the science classrooms, the content of the writing expectations for all students at Columbia.
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
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Also check www.KNDU.com for area school delays and closures.
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