Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | May 5, 2022

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 2-6, 2022 is National Teacher Appreciation Week!


CHPS is very thankful for our teachers and everything that they do for each and every student in our schools! Make sure to thank your teachers this week!

School Lunch Hero Day | Friday, May 6

May 6, 2022 is School Lunch Hero Day in Minnesota!


CHPS is very thankful for all of our staff that work to get food ready for students and supervise students during lunch time.

MSHSL Visual Arts Section 5AA Competition Results

The following CHHS Visual Arts students on their accomplishments in the 2022 MSHSL Visual Arts Section 5AA Competition:
  • Superior Rating to: Gina Llapa Chunchi, Bella Skaja, Thanhtruc Mai, Nelson Soriano Cortes and Ava Gregorich
  • Excellent Rating to: Simon Graves and Hannah Severson


More projects can be viewed on the @hylanderactivities Instagram and Facebook

Support Ukrainian Refugees

Columbia Heights’ Sister City is Łomianki, Poland.


Łomianki has taken thousands of Ukrainian refugees. The organization Columbia Heights Sister Cities International Inc., which collects donations, will directly support hundreds of Ukrainian refugees in Poland. These funds will help provide food, clothing, supplies and other essentials. Scan the QR code to donate to the GoFundMe site and share the link with your friends.

CHPS Career Celebration

CHPS celebrated the fourteen retirees at the Career Celebration at Murzyn Hall. These valued members of our staff provided a combined 284 years of service to our students and district. We wish them all the best as they look back on their career in education!


CHPS Retirees:


  • Herman Attiogbe
  • Carolyn Bang
  • Wendy Bornetun
  • Terri Dunckel
  • Cindy Eason
  • Annette Fish
  • Maria Frauly
  • Rachele Kreuser
  • Tammy Kuglin
  • Jody Larsen-Kenney
  • Scott Larson
  • Brenda Norling
  • Robin Rice

CHPS Clerical Event

A lunch in St. Paul followed by an architecture tour of the Minnesota State Capital was this year’s special clerical event as CHPS celebrate the important work of our CHPS Administrative Assistants. Many of our clerical are also CHHS alums which brings a special Hylander Pride in our district!

Congrats to the CHHS Envirothon Team

The CHHS Envirothon team placed 4th at the Metro Area Envirothon!


The Envirothon is an outdoor environmental learning competition for high school students. Area competitions are administered by the state's Soil and Water Conservation Districts, in partnership with conservation organizations, educators, and other natural resource agencies.

Matilda Has Been Rescheduled!

CHHS Theater Presents: “Matilda: The Musical”


  • May 20 at 7:00 p.m.
  • May 21 at 2:00 p.m.
  • May 22 at 2:00 p.m.


Where: CHHS Performing Arts Center – Buy Tickets Here or purchase at the door (cash only)
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Arbor Day at Highland Elementary

Highland Elementary kindergarteners participated in an Arbor Day tree planting at Ramsdell Park with the City of Columbia Heights City Forester Liam Genter and other city staff. Thanks to Mayor Amáda Márquez Simula for reading a poem and to all HL students who came prepared with questions for Arborist Genter including asking if he is the Lorax and what his favorite tree is! Answer - Yes, like the Lorax he loves and cares for trees and his favorite tree is a Burr Oak!
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The Communications Department here at CHPS is going to be giving AAPI CHHS students a platform this month to speak on their AAPI history hero for AAPI Heritage Month. There will be features on the @chpsisd13 Instagram and the district Facebook pages with the student stories and photos throughout the month.

Kaylie Aquino | Larry Itliong

CHHS Student Kaylie Aquino has chosen to recognize Larry Itliong as her AAPI History Hero for AAPI Heritage Month.


Larry Itliong was a Filipino-American labor organizer. He is known for the Delano Grape Strike, where he and others walked off the farms 1965, demanding wages equal to the federal minimum wage. He has been described as one of the fathers of the West Coast labor movement and is regarded as a key figure of the Asian American movement.


Kaylie picked Larry as her AAPI hero because he is one of the few known Filipino-Americans who have gained fame through making a change. Because he worked alongside Cesar Chavez, he was not in the spotlight of the labor movement in the 60s. Kaylie found that to be a similar experience to her own as an Asian American, being that she also doesn't love "making waves". Keeping your head down and doing the hard work is a value many Asian Americans share, and Kaylie liked seeing how much Larry was able to do without the strive for fame.


"Hearing stories about people like Larry who fight for what is right is inspiring. It shows that anyone can make a big difference, even when all the odds are against them because of where their family comes from." - Kaylie Aquino

Ngawang Nima | Dalai Lama

CHHS Student Ngawang Nima has chosen to recognize the Dalai Lama as her AAPI History Hero for AAPI Heritage Month.


The Dalai Lama is a title given by the Tibetan people to the foremost leader of the Gelug (Yellow Hat) school of Tibetan Buddhism. The 14th and current Dalai Lama is Tenzin Gyatzo, who is living as a refugee in India.


Ngawang chose to recognize the current Dalai Lama as her AAPI hero because he focuses his time and energy on positive works in a time where a lot of conversation surrounding Asians is steeped in hate. The Dalai Lama is focused on positivity and breaking the cycle of hate, because answered anger with anger does not help. Ngawang agrees with this statement, especially since the hate crimes affecting Asian Americans have become center stage, there is so much anger from both sides.


"I believe that we need to approach situations such as these with calm and positivity. To stop the spread of hate on Asian Americans and focus on the good that we can all do." - Ngawang Nima

Help Our Art Students Get to New York City!

The Columbia Heights High School New York Study Seminar is an opportunity for students to learn from professional artists, musicians and performers in New York City. Students go on college visits, and get the chance to perform in the Big Apple! This fundraiser is to support the NY Study Seminar in the spring of 2023.

Columbia Academy History Day State Qualifiers

Our CA Students have projects for History Day that are State Qualifiers!


Congratulations to the Junior Group Exhibit State Qualifiers:

  • "Treaty of Versailles" - Ava Sinchi and Hannah Schoenbauer
  • " 'An Office of Your Life!' - How the 1880's Stalwards vs Half-breeds Debate Turned Deadly" - Danielle Raleigh and Matilda Riemermann


Congratulations to the Junior Group Documentary State Qualifiers:

  • "The Pearl Harbor Attack" - Jose Rodriguez and Justin Hauglid


Congratulations to the Junior Group Website State Qualifiers:

  • "The 6888th Postal Battalion: How An All Black, All Female Unit Delivered Hope to Soldiers Overseas" - Felix Schaefer and Loulou Sadrant
  • This project was awarded a topical prize in the category of "Women of Color in History" at State and will receive $150 for their project.

CHPS Board of Education Community Engagement Opportunities

Please join CHPS Board of Education members for conversation at the following events:
  • Friday, May 20: 5-7pm at North Park BBQ/Fine Arts Night (Board Members: Laura Palmer & Molly Lewis)
  • Thursday, May 26: 6:30pm at the Columbia Academy Band Concert- CHHS PAC (Board Members: Mary Granlund & Laura Palmer)
  • Tuesday, May 24: 5:45-6:45pm Community Engagement Zoom Meeting (Board Members: Lorien Mueller & Brenna Zeimet) Join Zoom Meeting: https://colheights-k12-mn-us.zoom.us/j/82675656347

Expressions | 2022 CHPS Fine Arts Showcase

Join Us For a Celebration of the Arts!


Silverwood Park

2500 County Road E.

St. Anthony, MN 55421


Elementary Art Opening: Wednesday, May 18 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Secondary Art Opening: Thursday, May 19 from 5:00-7:00 p.m.


Parking Shuttle: A bus will run both evenings from the CHHS parking lot to the Silverwood Visitor Center.


Art exhibit on display in the visitor center gallery May 17-31, 2022.


(Image created by Camila Angel Rebollar, Second grader at Valley View Elementary)

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Activities Update

Summer Activities Opportunities- Check out our website, https://www.colheights.k12.mn.us/Page/4773 for all that CHPS Activities has to offer this summer, including:

  • Summer Sampler- for incoming 4th-6th graders
  • Inner City Tennis- for ages 6-17
  • Youth Camps- for incoming 6th-12th graders


You are invited to Hylander Family Days: Come check out the Spring Events that CHPS Activities has to offer!

All Spring Sporting Events are free to attend. On the following days we will celebrate our pre-K to 8th grade students:

  • Monday, May 9 @ 4:30 pm – Baseball – CHHS Baseball Field
  • Monday, May 9 @ 4:30 pm – Softball – CHHS Softball Field @ Ramsdell Park
  • Friday, May 13 @ 5:30 pm – Girls Lacrosse – CHHS Stadium


Upcoming Home Games- All Spring Sporting Events are FREE to attend

Thursday, May 5

4:15 pm CA Softball Game vs. Stillwater @ McKenna Park

4:15 pm CA Track Meet @ CHHS Stadium

Friday, May 6

4:30 pm JV Girls Lacrosse Game vs. St Paul Bobcats @ CHHS Stadium

6:00 pm V Girls Lacrosse Game vs. St Paul Bobcats @ CHHS Stadium

Monday, May 9

4:00 pm JV Softball Game vs. Holy Angels @ Keyes Park

4:00 pm V Softball Game vs. Holy Angels @ CHHS Softball Field @ Ramsdell Park

4:30 pm V Baseball Game vs. St Anthony Village @ CHHS Baseball Field

4:30 pm V Boys Tennis Match vs. Schaeffer Academy @ CHHS Tennis Courts

6:00 pm JV Softball Game vs. DeLaSalle @ Keyes Park

6:00 pm V Softball Game vs. DeLaSalle @ CHHS Softball Field @ Ramsdell Park

Wednesday, May 11

3:45 pm CA Baseball Game vs. Oak-Land @ CA Baseball Field

7:00 pm CHHS Academic Awards @ PAC

Thursday, May 12

7:00 pm CHHS Band Concert @ PAC


Activities Calendar: https://trimetro.org/public/genie/5/school/3737/


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

Apply to Work at CHPS!

You can make a difference in the lives of students in our community by coming to work at CHPS! We are urgently seeking great applicants for a variety of full- and part-time positions including cooks, teachers, Mini Adventures and Adventure Club staff, education assistants, and more! Your next career move could be as a valued employee of the CHPS!

CH Recreation and Library Offerings

There are many wonderful activities for students through our CH Rec Department 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.

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