Columbia Schools Great News Network

4/13/17 Website

The Columbia County Schools' Great News Network is a bi-weekly email sent to all staff showcasing awesome events, teachers, students, and happenings across the district. We hope that you enjoy seeing what other schools and offices are doing.

columbia city elementary

Ms. Wolff's Functional V.E. class at Columbia City Elementary published a hardcover book during Literacy week. The title of the book is "We Are Special". Each child has written or typed a page about themselves and it is illustrated with pictures of the positive things that they can do. This is a awesome book for handicap awareness and one that the children and families will treasure for ever.
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columbia high school

Just a few short months ago our Backpack Friday program here at CHS was accepted into the Community Rewards Program sponsored by First Federal Bank of Florida.


Through this Community Rewards Program, First Federal will contribute $.50 for each qualified signature based transaction. This campaign started in 12/1/2016 and was to run thru 05/31/2017 with a maximum contribution to our Backpack Friday program of $1000.00.


With that being said, today our Backpack Friday program was presented a check in the amount of $1000.00 from First Federal Bank of Florida. Not only did we reach our target of $1000.00, but we were able to do so before our May 31st goal!!


We cannot express how deeply thankful we are to have the unconditional support from First Federal and its employees. We sincerely thank each and everyone at First Federal Bank of Florida!!!


Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!


Columbia High School LOVES First Federal Bank of Florida!

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eastside elementary

Congratulations to the March Tiger of the Month students!!
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Exciting news!! Eastside was the only school in FL be chosen as one of the ten schools nationwide to be awarded with a $500 AAA School Safety Patrol® Advancement Grant!! Congratulations Eastside!

five points elementary

From Kindergarten to 5th grade, Five Points students engaged in reading, writing and arithmetic. Whether it's hands on or using our Title I purchased resources and technology our students are working hard on their standards!
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fort white elementary

Alpha Bots: The Alpha Bots are (L-R) Coach Walter Bagg, Phoenix E., Christian S., Coach Susan Moseley, Skyler K., Coach Amy Bailey, Collin P., Michael H., Jeremy F., Garrett B., and Coach Doug Bagg. Not pictured, Lauren A. and Westin M..


Titan Bots: The Titan Bots are (L-R) Coach Walter Bagg, Lillian M., Kylee M., Coach Susan Moseley, Mikah M., Aurora S., Coach Amy Bailey, Gavin S., Jacob S., Joel Q., Jadon B., Coach Doug Bagg, Abigail Z., and Kenton H.

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Lake City Medical Center treated the faculty and staffof Fort White Elementary School to a delicious luncheon, "feeding the teachers just because," according to Lillian Kramer of Infection Control. Kramer and Beverly Romine, Disease Specific Care Coordinator, hosted the luncheon, providing goodie bags for all and a drawing for one lucky winner. Tiffany Bratcher won the gift card for a dinner and a movie date night. Principal Tom Lashley thanked LCMC for their generosity. Shown, L-R Beverly Romine, Tiffany Bratcher, and Lillian Kramer.
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Captain Kim Johnson and her Relay for Life team at Fort White Elementary School is making plans for another successful year fighting for a cure for cancer. Here some of them gathered on campus to show off their 2017 team shirts. Kneeling (L-R) Leah Lemmon, Michelle Daughtry, Sandra Barrs, LaShunda Alexander, Tassie Martin, Susan Moseley, and Emily Cremeans. Standing (L-R) Karen Blanchard, Lin Futch, Dedra Boykin, Diane Avery, Kim Johnson, Jo Ragan, Paige Smith, Wanda Baker, Paula Moseley, Stephanie Wilson, Shannon Ventry, and Krystal Anderson.
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lake city middle school

Congratulations to Thomas G.! He placed 4th at the State Science Fair!
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melrose park elementary

Melrose Park Elementary held their First Annual Spring Fling on April 1st. The day was a huge success. Mrs. Jackson-Lee had to kiss a pig along with Mr. Smithy and Ms. Couey. The students and parents enjoyed a day of entertainment, carnival games, bounce houses, and other fun activities. The parents and community loved the event and it will definitely be repeated next year!​

pathways academy

Ai'jalon M. was recently recognized in the Student Spotlight at Pathways Academy. Ajay is a 7th grade student who has worked hard to complete 7 courses since January 2017. He maintains good behavior and attendance. Ajay recently showed excellent character and honesty by turning in another student's missing property. We are so proud to have Ajay here. He is a great example for other students to follow. We can't wait to see where he goes in life. Keep up the great work Ai'jalon!
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pinemount elementary

We have had lots of exciting events happening around Pinemount. We had Corporal Rix come for a bullying presentation for our third grade students. Our third grade friends learned how to handle themselves if ever in a position where they are being bullied.


We celebrated our students' success at our AR party. All of our students who met their AR goal for the 3rd nine weeks were able to participate in duck taping Mrs. Darby to the wall.


On April 5th our second grade students presented a play titled, How Does Your Garden Groove. The students did an outstanding job in this very comical play.


On April 7th we held a 100 point walk on the red carpet to spotlight our students who have earned 100 points. We have 63 students who have qualified at this point. We are very proud of our super readers.

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richardson middle school

Do you know what kinetic energy is? Mr. McInnis and Mrs. Odom brought their sixth grade science classes together for real-world, real-life experiences in understanding the difference between potential and kinetic energy. Students participated in a series of exercises, relays, and activities involving movement, along with a strength competition between the their classes. The activities really helped the students to see the major difference between these science concepts -- lifelong experiences these kids will always remember.

On Monday, March 20th, RMS eighth grade students were treated to a visit from Miss Florida 2016 Courtney Sexton. Ms. Sexton came to speak with RMS students about the dangers of alcohol and drug use. Included in her presentation was education about gateway drugs and how use of these could potentially lead to use of harsher substances. Ms. Sexton and the students shared preventative strategies that involved their avoiding the usage of drugs and actions students could take when friends and loved ones are presented with the opportunity to use dangerous substances.

summers elementary

Summers Elementary recently held our Summers Showcase. Students were able to play games at the many game booths, fly a plane at the Aviation booth, watch performances by our talented students and sample many delicious treats. The Lake City Fire Department, Lake City Middle School Band, and Sepulveda's ATA Martial Arts students also came to showcase their talents.

Students also celebrated "Art from the Heart." Author and Illustrator Denise Duren came and showcased her art. She presented her book and illustrations to students during assemblies and also spoke to parents and guests during the evening event. Every student helped created an art masterpiece as part of a PTO fundraiser for their classroom. Parents and those attending the Summers Showcase were able to bid on the canvases during a silent auction. The winning bidder for each canvas had his name placed in a drawing for a 50 inch HDTV!


Students, teachers, and parents were amazed at how talented Summers students are!

westside elementary

Westside Elementary celebrated Positive Post It Note Day last Friday. Every student, faculty and staff member received a postive Post It note. Notes were posted all over campus, on classroom doors and in the walkways. It was a special day to encourage kindness and celebrate all the wonderful individuals that make up our Westside Family.

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Congratulations to our second and third grade students who recently gained membership into the Jr. Einstein Club. They achieved outstanding scores in math fact fluency. Last Thursday, they enjoyed a morning of STEM related activities to celebrate their accomplishment.

Students are becoming familiar with the new flexible seating in the music room while playing a game of Scoot, a review game that allows them 30 seconds to answer a question before moving to the next seat.

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