Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | Jan. 26, 2023

Paraprofessional Recognition Week

January 23-29, 2023 is Paraprofessional Recognition Week in Minnesota!

"The support and services provided by paraprofessionals are integral to student achievement, resulting in more effective and successful Minnesota schools. The State of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Education are committed to excellence in education and recognize the important role that paraprofessionals play in ensuring educational success." - Minnesota Department of Education

Here at CHPS, our Paraprofessionals hold the title of Education Assistants (EAs). Their work ensures students have access and support for their learning and is so important to the growth and success of our students. Thank you to our EAs for their thoughtful and caring work.

MSAA Scholastic Arts Awards

Nine Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) art students earned a total of ten Gold Key and Honorable Mention awards at the 2023 Minnesota Scholastic Arts Awards (MSAA) – a competition organized by Art Educators of Minnesota. The art students received two Gold Key awards and eight Honorable Mentions.

Senior Danielle Dickson received the Gold Key Award in Ceramics and Glass for her work titled “The Conflicts of Love” and Sophomore Mae Skaja received the Gold Key Award in Painting for her work titled “Uncontrolled”. Their work will be with other Gold Key winner’s work on display in the Regis West Gallery at the University of Minnesota from February. All student award honorees will be recognized at the 2023 MSAA ceremony, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25 in the Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota. This will be an opportunity to learn about the history of the Scholastic Art Awards, regional scholarships and hear from artists in the community as we celebrate the awards.

Three students received Honorable Mentions in Photography, Bianca Cole Avila (9), Sabaif Idris (10) and Yoselin Diaz Santos (9) who received two honorable mentions for two photographs. Matthew Bermeo (11) received an Honorable Mention in Ceramics and Glass, Tamiah Jackson (9) received Honorable Mention in Drawing and Illustration, Natalie Molina (12) received Honorable Mention in Painting, and Hannah Severson (12) received Honorable Mention in Digital Art.

CHHS Triple 'A' Award Winners!

Columbia Heights High School (CHHS) seniors Sophie Kuether and Ji Qi Ni are this year’s Academics, Arts and Athletics Award (Triple ‘A’) nominees. To read more about these students' involvement in school academics, arts and activities, you can find it in the district news.

Each year, high school seniors are selected for their participation in Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) sponsored arts and athletics while maintaining high academic standing. They are eligible to receive a $1,000 scholarship and be honored at the Triple ‘A’ on-court ceremony at the MSHSL Boys’ State Basketball Tournament in March.

CHPS is proud to have these leaders as a part of our school system and we are very excited to see what these two students do in the future.

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CHHS One-Act is Entering Competition Season!

We have 1 last opportunity for you to see the show!

  • Section 4AA One Act Sections- Prelim Round on Thursday, 1/26/23 at CHHS from 4-8 p.m. - CHHS performs at 8 p.m., no late entry. (TODAY)

CA Band and Choir Travel to HL and NPSfI

Students at Highland and North Park School for Innovation enjoyed performances by the Columbia Academy Band and Choir. It was a special thrill for teachers to see their former students who are now in middle school! Band Director Boyd shared an important message for us all "We were all once beginners but we struggled and we believed that we could achieve! And you can too!" Thanks to the CA music department and students for this special preview of the what our elementary students can look forward to being involved with when they become CA students!

Congrats to our CHHS and CA Robotics Team!

Congrats to our Robotics Team on the successful completion of their season. We had 5 teams complete in the League Qualifier Event last Saturday. One of our Teams, Kaos, won the Judges Award. Another team, the Cyber Knights, were a finalist for the Motivate Award.

Free COVID-19 Vaccines & Dental Varnish - Feb. 2, 2023

*New COVID Bivalent Booster Vaccine Offered*

Where: CHPS Family Center (1440 49th Ave. NE, Columbia Heights, 55421)

When: Thursday, February 2 from 3:00-7:00 p.m.

Bring your COVID Vaccination card if possible. You will not need your Health Insurance card or your ID.

$50 gift card for each COVID-19 Vaccine.

There will be dental varnish for adults and children and a dental agency that will provide low-cost clinical visits with information.

If you are getting a COVID-19 Vaccination other than your 1st dose or Bivalent Booster, please contact the CHPS District Nurse, Keturah Spriggs, who can help you get set up with all the information you may need.

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Important Calendar Reminders!

  • January 30: No School for Grading Day (Mini Adventures & Adventure Club open)
  • Feb. 17: Data Day/Early Release (Elementaries at 12:20 p.m., CA at 1:15 p.m. & CHHS at 1:05 p.m.)
  • Feb. 20: No School & District Closed (Mini Adventures & Adventure Club Closed)

2021-2022 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report (ACFR)

The 21-22 ACFR is now available to view on the CHPS website! An ACFR is a set of financial statements for a state, municipality, or other governmental entity that comply with the accounting requirements established by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. It must be audited by an independent auditor using generally accepted government auditing standards.

Check out the CHPS ACFR for 2021-2022 here. Scroll to find the ACFR section and select the 2021-2022 PDF.

Purchase a CH Winter Hat

New Hylander Gear! Stay warm and show your Hylander Pride by wearing a NEW CH Winter hat! Purchase for $25 in the Concessions stands at home events or at the CHHS Activities Office!

Zonar Bus App Helps You Track Your Student's Bus!

Set Up Zonar MyView

  1. Download the Zonar MyView app from the App Store or Google Play.
  2. Enter the above School Access Code (55421).
  3. Enter your child’s unique student ID. If you don't know your student's ID or aren't sure how to find it, contact your child's school.
  4. Enter your child(s) bus number(s)
  5. Create alert zones around drop-off and pick-up points.

When your child’s bus enters an alert zone, you will receive notification by email or text.

If you are unable to successfully connect the Zonar MyView app to your student(s). Please contact Columbia Heights Transportation at 763-528-4424 or contact support through the Zonar MyView app itself.

Become a Part of the CHPS Team!

It is a great time to apply to work for CHPS. We have long-term sub positions, part-time and full-time positions. CHPS is a great place to work!

Some positions of note:

  • Early Childhood Coordinator
  • PreK 3 Teacher - Long-Term Substitute
  • Adventure Club Supervisors and Assistants
  • Mini Adventures Substitutes
  • Education Assistants

Check out our openings now!

You are invited to our Winter 2023 Hylander Family Days!

Come check out the Winter Activities that CHPS has to offer!

Free Admission for students from Early Childhood Programs, Highland, North Park School for Innovation, Valley View, Columbia Academy and their families.

  • Boys Basketball: Friday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m. - CHHS Main Gym
  • Girls Basketball: Thursday, February 9 at 6:00 p.m. - CHHS Main Gym
  • CA Musical: Sunday, February 26 at 2:00 p.m. - CHHS PAC

Brain Busting Challenges | 6th-12th grade students

Bored on your days off from school? Join us at the Columbia Heights Library for brain-busting challenges, delicious food, and fun with your peers! This will also be an opportunity to voice your opinion on current and future out-of-school classes. What challenges you may ask? You'll test your knowledge with escape rooms, trivia, break-out boxes, scavenger hunts, and more!

*Registration is recommended, but walk-ins are welcome

Attendance Matters!!

Every winter, bad weather — snow, slush, freezing temperatures or even heavy rains — can present challenges to getting children to school. So do the illnesses such as colds, flu, fevers and earaches that often come with the winter months. Students might also have to stay home due to COVID-19.

What can parents/guardians do?

  • Develop back up plans for getting your children to school in bad weather
  • Keep your children healthy.
  • Keep your children engaged in learning if they cannot attend school in person.

To learn more about winter attendance strategies that make a difference:

English Winter Strategies and Spanish Winter Strategies

Columbia Academy Presents: The Lion King Jr.

Online Tickets are now available for the CA production of “The Lion King Jr.”

Purchase yours today!

Shows will be on February 23 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. and February 26 at 2:00 p.m.

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CH Recreation and Library Offerings

There are many wonderful activities for students through our CH Rec Dept and Library!

Please go to the CH Recreation website or call their office at 763-706-3730.

Click Here for the Columbia Heights Library Website.

Activities Update

Good luck to:

  • CHHS Science Bowl Team as they compete in the Minnesota High School Science Bowl this Saturday at Minnetonka High School.
  • CHHS One Act as they compete in the Section 4AA One Act Subsections tonight

Congrats to CHHS Boys Swimmer Isaac Gyurisin on setting a new Pool Record in the 100-yard Backstroke. He set the record of 56.60 seconds at the Home Meet on Tuesday, January 24th.

REGISTER NOW for Spring Athletics Every athlete participating in school-year sports must have a physical on file with the Activities Office. Sports physicals are valid for three years.

Download the form now.

  • Grades 6-12: Baseball, Softball, Track & Field
  • Grades 7-12: Girls Synchronized Swimming, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Tennis

Any CHHS Students interested in participating in Model UN should contact Ms. Olubajo in room 193.

Winter After-School Activity Bus from CA to CHHS: We have secured a bus to take CA students up to the high school for activities during the winter. It will be the regular route bus 208 leaving from CA after school and it’s first drop will be the High School. We hope this gets our students up to the high school a little quicker and safer during the winter season. This route started on 1/11.

We have 2 After-School Activity Buses every afternoon, they leave CA @ 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and CHHS @ 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

Winter 2023 Activity Calendars! We have calendars available and would love to see them throughout our community, if you have a place where you’d like to hang one up, please contact the Activities Office to arrange a time to pick one up. The calendars are 18 x 26 inches.

CHHS Students can now get into all Regular-Season Home Events for FREE with their student ID!!

Sports Physical for all Athletics
Every athlete participating in school-year sports must have a physical on file with the Activities Office. Student Athletes cannot register for the upcoming season without a sports physical on file. Sports physicals are valid for three years. 22-23 Sports Physical Form

More information can be found at the CHPS Activities Website or contact the Activities Office at 763-528-4511

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