Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | May 12, 2022

Early Release Tomorrow | May 13, 2022

School will end early on May 13, 2022 for a Teacher Data Day!

  • Elementary Schools will end at 12:20 p.m.
  • Columbia Heights High School school day will end at 1:05 p.m.
  • Columbia Academy school day will end at 1:15 p.m.

Bus routes will be the same as on a regular school end time but students will be dropped off two hours earlier (since the school day is ending two hours early). All CHPS students will receive lunch before school dismissal.

CHPS 2022 Oscar Eng Award Winner | Zach Severson

We are happy to announce the CHPS 2022 Oscar Eng Award Winner, Zach Severson.


The Oscar Eng Award is given to one senior male athlete who has exemplified hard work and effort not only in athletics, but also in the classroom. Oscar Eng was a longtime educator and administrator at CHPS for three decades. He was also the first ever Athletic Director at CHPS.


Zach's accomplishments include: Varsity Letters in Baseball, Boys Swim & Dive, Boys Tennis, and Academics. He was Swim Team captain for two years, two-time Boys Swim All-Conference and two years of National Honor Society.


Congrats Zach!!

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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Heights Herald | Gold Medallion Awards

The Heights Herald has won multiple awards from the Minnesota High School Press Association! Congratulations to our student journalists!


List of students and their placement in their category:


  • Jasmin Dominguez - First Place in Newspaper/Newsmagazine/Online Editorial Cartoon
  • Lidya Kennedy - Second Place in Newspaper/Newsmagazine/Online Editorial Cartoon
  • Nesma Abu Ammo - Second Place in Photojouralism/News Photo
  • Alex Druley, Lidya Kennedy, Haley Vogel, Adrian Hemmick and Mae Skaja - Fifth Place in Photojournalism/News Photo
  • Renee DeMars Dehn - First Place in Social Media/Promotion

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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CHHS Band Concert Rescheduled

The CHHS Band Concert which was initially scheduled for today, May 12, has been rescheduled to Monday, May 23. It will be at 7:00 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at CHHS.

Academic Awards Ceremony | CHHS

CHHS Seniors were honored on May 11, 2022 at an Academic Awards Ceremony for their accomplishments involving academics, activities and volunteering throughout their time in Columbia Heights Public Schools. Over $272, 000 was awarded to students.


We are proud to have such a wonderful community that donates to our students' futures and proud to have such amazing and involved students here at CHPS!


Click here to see which students received awards

Support Ukrainian Refugees

Columbia Heights’ Sister City is Łomianki, Poland.


Łomianki has received 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.

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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.

Thanhtruc Mai | Tammy Duckworth

CHHS Student Thanhtruc Mai chose to recognize Tammy Duckworth for her AAPI Hero for AAPI Heritage Month


Tammy Duckworth is a United States Senator from Illinois and a retired Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel. She was the first female double amputee from the Iraq War when her helicopter was hit, causing her to lose both legs. She later was elected to the US House of Represenatives and then elected to the US Senate in 2016. She is the first Thai American woman elected into Congress, the first person born in Thailand elected to Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress, the first female double amputee in the Senate and the first senator to give birth while in office. Duckworth is the second of three Asian American women to serve in the U.S. Senate.


Truc picked Tammy because seeing someone who looks like her in such a position of power to make change is inspiring. Her journey as an immigrant to the US, a soldier, a survivor and a strong woman in power is so important to have known. Usually Asian women are not seen in these types of positions, and having representation in that high of an office is amazing.


"Seeing someone who looks so much like you working hard to make a change, after going through so much is truly inspiring. Tammy is the definition of resilience." - Thanhtruc Mai

Drake Pham | Tai Pham

CHHS Student Drake Pham chose to recognize his father, Tai Pham, as his AAPI Hero for AAPI Heritage Month


Drake thought of his father right away when asked about an Asian American hero. Drake's father Tai was born in Vietnam and escaped the country as a refugee of war at the age of 13, with his brother. Tai and his siblings were split up all over the world after being in the refugee camps in Cambodia. Tai finally made it to the US to live in a foster home in Marshall, MN. Because of the family that raised him, he was able to finish high school, attend Augustana University and now works at the University of Minnesota as a Senior Financial Advisor. Drake is inspired everyday by his father's work ethic and drive. He made it to the US by fighting to get out, and then worked hard to make a life in Minnesota.


"He truly beat the odds. He worked hard and fought to make it to where he is today. He set such a wonderful example for me on how, no matter what, you can get to where you want as long as you put in the work." - Drake Pham

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.

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

Activities Update

SAVE THE DATE! All are invited to our 2022 Synchronized Swimming Show on Tuesday, May 24th at 7 pm at the CHHS Swimming Pool.


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


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

Friday, May 13

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

4:30 pm V Baseball Game vs. DeLaSalle @ CHHS Baseball Field

4:30 pm JV Softball Game vs. Saint Agnes @ Keyes Park

4:30 pm V Softball Game vs. Saint Agnes @ CHHS Softball Field @ Ramsdell Park

Monday, May 16

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

4:30 pm C Baseball Game vs. DeLaSalle @ CHHS Baseball Field

Tuesday, May 17

4:00 pm JV Lacrosse Game vs. St Croix Prep @ CHHS Stadium

4:15 pm CA Softball Game vs. Immaculate Conception @ Huset Park

5:30 pm V Lacrosse Game vs. St Croix Prep @ CHHS Stadium

Wednesday, May 18

3:45 pm CA Baseball Game vs. Roseville @ CA Baseball Field

4:15 pm CA Softball Scrimmage @ McKenna Park

Thursday, May 19

4:15 pm CA Track Meet @ CHHS Stadium


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

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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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