Columbia High School Capital Views

Fall/Winter Edition 2016

The Principal's Corner

It is with great pride that I serve as Principal of Columbia High School. My goal is to work each day to provide our students with a safe and nurturing environment that will help them become contributing members of the community and ensure that all students are college and career ready. We aim to help every child become a global learner and reach their full potential.

The first semester of the 2016-2017 school year has been an exciting one. Our fall athletics were a success and winter sports are already in full swing. Also, several of our school organizations have participated in various service projects and activities to better our school and our community:

· Student book club prepared care packages for Ronald McDonald House

· Wrestling team volunteered with the Salvation Army

· PTSA and Communities and Schools sponsored an angel tree for students

· Guidance department hosted a career fair for students and parents

· Media center distributed laptops for instructional use to 97% of CHS students

· CHS received the 2016-17 Recycling Education Grant for $2500 from SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), to be used thought out the school to help with recycling efforts.

As we move into 2017, we will continue our focus on preparing students for end-of-course testing, advanced placement testing, as well as ACT and ACT Workkeys tests for our third year high school students. In addition, our school team will continue to work hard to help our students graduate on-time.

Please enjoy our newsletter and see all the great things that are happening at Columbia High! We look forward to a great spring semester.

We Just Can’t Hide That Capital Pride!

Shenequa L. Coles

Columbia High & St. Andrews Middle School Cheer Teams Win Award!

The combined St. Andrews Middle and Columbia High Competition Cheer Teams placed 2nd out of 4 teams in their division at their first competition at AC Flora High School. They were awarded the most spirited team award out of 30 teams!
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CHS Student Artwork on Display at Richland One District Office

The following Columbia High School art students currently have artwork displayed at the Stevenson Administration building downtown. Congratulations to these talented Capitals!

Whytney Hicks

David Sinkler

Tiana Grant

May Se Aye

Davion Kinard

Wiston Htoo

CHS Junior Michael Mathews Selected for Midlands Regional Orchestra

Michael Mathews was selected to participate in the 2016 Midland’s Region Orchestra. He is one of 18 high school students in the Richland One School District to be accepted for this honor.

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Homecoming 2016

We had a very successful Homecoming this year! Students and teachers showed their school spirit by participating in spirit days like “Throw Back Thursday” and “Character Day”. Alumni Bryant Stewart (state trooper) and DJ Loiuvee (Vladamir Scott) both came to help us celebrate Homecoming 2016 by visiting various classes and talking with our students. They were presented with their basketball jerseys framed.

Competition was in the air with students campaigning to be crowned Homecoming King and Homecoming Queen. We will like to thank those students who participated and congratulate those students who won: Hydia Gregory,Tiaunte Bethea (Queen), Arju Rhinehart (Runner-Up), Brittany Jennings, Kiyana Brice, Mahmood AlRubaye(King), Isaiah Outlaw and Joshua Hosuer (Runner-Up). Special thanks goes out to the parents for allowing the students to participate, the coaches, Mrs. Williams, Ms. Wallace, and Mrs. Davis. We will also like to thank our administrative team for allowing us to have such events. We look forward to Coming Home 2017 in January!

ESOL Parent Meeting a Success

Our fall ESOL parent meeting with St. Andrew's Middle and Sandel Elementary was a success. We had more than 30 people in attendance. The meeting was held at St. Andrew's Park. This event is held each year in order to inform our ESOL parents about school policies and procedures. Families are able to visit with their students' teachers and other families to grow a support network. We will have another networking opportunity in January where families will learn about the upcoming ACCESS test.
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International Cross-Cultural Activity

On November 28 international teachers at Columbia High School organized a cross-cultural expressions activity for fellow staff members. The objective was to share aspects of Jamaican and Indian culture with the school community. The presentation entailed an overview of historical facts about the countries, cultural art forms such as poetry, music, and dance, as well as food.
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CHS ESOL Students Host United Nations Celebration

On December 14 Columbia High School ESOL students hosted a Mini United Nations Day. Students celebrated some of the many diverse cultures represented in the school with native dress and food.

Richland One Partners with Richland Library to Offer Library Cards to All Students!

We are excited to announce that Richland School District One and Richland Library have partnered through the ConnectEd project to provide every student in our district a public library card! High school students will automatically be enrolled in a student library account using their student ID number. The ConnectEd library card accounts will not accrue late fees. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to gain access to the many print, AV, and digital resources through the public library. Students may access their accounts using the last 4 digits of their phone number or 1234. If a student is having trouble using the public library website, contact Mrs. Pamela Williams at 731-8920.

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