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!
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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.
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: Band Booster Meeting (CHS Band ROOM) (6pm)
Tuesday: MS Volleyball (Warden at Burbank) (4 & 5pm)
HS Volleyball (Burbank at Warden) (5:30 & 6:30pm)
Homework Zone at Public Library (3-4:30pm)
Wednesday: Coffee Talk at Baptist Church in Arlene's Addition
Thursday: MS Volleyball (Burbank at Finley) (4 & 5pm)
MS Football (Burbank at Royal) (4 & 5pm)
HS Volleyball (Riverview at Burbank) (5:30 & 6:30pm)
Homework Zone at Burbank Public Library (3-4:30pm)
Friday: HS Football (Ki-Be at Burbank) (7pm)
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This Week's Teacher Collaboration News
Monday, September 19, 2016:
COLUMBIA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - This week for collaboration, the staff discussed a variety of subjects. 5th grade is preparing for the writing automaticity assessment and continuing to work together on the new REACH for Reading series. The 4th grade also discussed writing and will work with the student and parents to communicate the writing process (the students are working on personal narratives at this time). The Kindergarten continues to work on the WaKids assessment and the beginning skills of syllabication. 2nd grade conferred about the reading program this morning and are focusing on spelling, grammar, phonics, vocabulary and decodable reading books. The pre-school is starting the first full week of school and are teaching the kids about rules, routines and schedules! 1st grade also discussed the READ for Reading series and will be reviewing letters, letter sounds, simple cvc words and vocabulary. Finally, 3rd grade worked on science skills, specifically completing a constellation map, making a Queen finder and creating a moon movie.
COLUMBIA MIDDLE SCHOOL -Today for collaboration the middle school teachers met and looked deeper into the Danielson Framework that is used for evaluations. The goal of our meeting was that each of us will better understand the value of the Danielson Framework to help improve instruction, while developing a common language through instructional conversations. The teachers read parts of the Danielson book and summarized each of the domains in their small groups. Once they summarized the domain they shared their summary with the whole group. We also looked into some of the background of the framework and how it is grounded in the constructivist approach.
We also logged into Mileposts and determined who was able or unable to access information, and what information was available. The teachers also logged in to the EVAL tool and looked at the new layout of the system. We ended our meeting by going over upcoming calendar items for this week, which include a Make Your Day meeting on Wednesday and a character ed lesson on Friday during our HOWL class.
COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL - For the September 19 collaboration session at Columbia High School, the staff broke out into Professional Learning Communities consisting of a few staff members each. The PLC groups worked on the following topics:
▪Continuation and completion of required safety trainings as well as the ASB procedures manual.
▪Updating and review of C-Terms vocabulary by departments. Staff worked on pre/post tests for assessing mastery of their course’s required vocabulary lists.
▪Development and alignment of mathematics course objectives, to match our Eastern Washington University connection.
▪Development of class wide goals and assessments for those goals.
▪Lesson plan protocols aimed at increasing student engagement.
▪Researched textbook options and methods for real world application based on application of textbook lessons.
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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