Superintendent Online Survey Jan. 8 - 17

On behalf of the Columbia School District Board of Directors, We would like to invite you to participate in a superintendent profile survey. The online survey is available by clicking on the hyperlink (Google Survey) All surveys must be completed by January 17th.

Your input will help identify the qualifications and characteristics of the next Columbia School District Superintendent, following the retirement of Dr. Gates on June 30, 2018.

The Board of Directors deeply values your input and guidance, and strongly recommends that you take advantage of this opportunity. Should you have any questions, please contact Kaylee Bolt, ESD 123 Human Resource Coordinator at (509) 544-5777.

Bond Facilities Update

Thank you to the Columbia School District community for their overwhelming support in passing the construction bond.  This gift to the students and staff in our district is largely going towards remodeling our elementary multipurpose room into a dedicated cafeteria, adding staff bathrooms, adding new elementary classrooms, and constructing a new gym. 

Our architects have worked tirelessly with our school board to determine the new site and agree upon the general design for our elementary facilities.  Now that the school board approved the basic design, below is a link to the drawings.  We will change and update the website drawings from time-to-time as we move forward toward the realization of an exciting addition and renovation for Columbia Elementary School, which we plan to complete in preparation for the winter of 2018.

Bond Schematic Design

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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, 15th:
Martin Luther King Day (School is Closed)

Tuesday, 16th:
Levy Community Forum, Burbank Public Library (7:00PM)

Wednesday, 17th:
HS Semester Testing (Early Release for HS ONLY)
Levy Community Forum, Wallula Fire Station (7:00PM)

Thursday, 18th:
MS Wrestling at Burbank (4:00PM)
HS Wrestling - Boys at Highland (6:00PM), Girls at Wahluke(6:00PM)
HS Semester Testing (Early release for HS Only)

Friday, 19th:
HS Basketball at Warden (4:30PM)
End of 2nd quarter, Early Release

Saturday, 20th:
HS Wrestling - Boys at Mabton, Girls at Grandview (10:00AM)
HS Basketball, Royal at Burbank (4:30)

DNA of Teaching & Learning

Core Logo

Curriculum Guide (includes C-Terms 360)


Common Language of Instruction

Teacher Principal Evaluation Frameworks (Danielson)

Instructional Coherence from Theory to Practice


This Week's Teacher Collaboration News

Monday, January 08, 2018:


Here are the highlights from the first elementary collaboration of the year!  Topics included:  updating the laptops to Google docs and how to get the students ready for the change, how to outline information for expository writing, paragraphs that show compare/contrast, resources and topics from the Walla Walla Conservation District, the pros and cons of leveled reading groups, preparing for Presidents Day and preparing for DIBELS assessments, K-5.


The AVID teacher talked with an advocate for the McNary Refuge about two items.  First, coming in as a guest speaker to discuss career choices in the agricultural, food, and natural resource realm.  She will provide information to further the student’s education and bring supporting materials to have students connect to their choices (example:  deck of cards with career choices).
The second item was to shore up our involvement in the winter birds celebration on February 10th (Saturday). The AVID students have been invited to help create a labyrinth during the morning hours – so, we discussed the meeting place, student involvement and expectations during the event. 

The Languate Arts teachers collaborated on the implementation of the new writing curriculum and discussed the pacing of it in their classrooms. They also discussed ways in which each teacher was implementing it in their classroom and how they were dividing up the teaching of it between the two class periods that now make up the Language Arts block. Other topics addressed were how teachers can best address the needs of some students who lack basic knowledge in certain academic areas, increasing student participation and buy-in to assignments, increasing students desire to show more personal responsibility, and a discussion on our takes of the MindSet books we have been reading for collaboration.


For the 1/8 collaboration session at Columbia High School, the big ticket item was a review session on the most recent iteration of the CHS School Improvement Plan, including the mission and beliefs statements, four goals and associated action steps.  The main goals for this school improvement plan include provisions for more effective parent/student/school communication, student growth goals and data to support the achievement of these goals, a safe and welcoming environment for students, staff and visitors, and finally a more effective transition to high school for incoming freshmen.  The document will be further reviewed and edited by a staff group, student group and community group before finalization.

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 for area school delays and closures. 

Technology Updates

Technology Updates will return in the Fall. Stay Tuned!

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