Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | Jan. 12, 2023

CHPS School Board Members Sworn In

The CHPS Board of Education welcomed the newly elected members of our school board last week at an Organizational Meeting. (From left to right) Jessica Medearis, Michelle Pettway (appointed), Laura Palmer (returning), and Julie Houle were sworn in and will be joining regular BOE meetings every Tuesday. Welcome to the Hylander Family!
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CHPS Students Present to MN State Senate

This week, three CHPS students presented to the Minnesota State Senate Education Finance Committee about their school experience since returning to in-person learning, the barriers they have faced, and their suggestions for what the committee should do to support our schools. We are so proud of Lidya Kennedy (CHHS Senior), Anita Pettway (NPSfI 3rd grader) and Abraham Ziemet (NPSfI 3rd grader) for using their voices to speak for education and representing our district.

YMCA Youth in Government Conference

Seven students from CHHS went to the YMCA Youth in Government Conference from January 5-8, 2023. Youth in Government is a hands-on civic learning program where students in grades 8-12 become legislators, lawyers, judges, lobbyists, the media, or cabinet members and spend four days running a state model government in the Capitol Complex.

Attendance Matters!!

With the new year, CHPS wants to join with all families in making a resolution to increase attendance and arrive at school on time! We will be sending out regular information about the value for students and for classrooms in attending regularly. We all benefit from getting into routines and attending on time and daily helps individual students and the whole classroom get into the grove of learning and thriving together! The state wants us to be at 91% attendance every day so help us reach that goal!

Drop-in Pickleball

Drop-in Pickleball starts this Saturday in the Hylander Center! Pickleball is every Saturday (Jan.14-May 27): Session 1 taking place from 9-10:30 a.m. and Session 2 taking place from 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Registration is REQUIRED! You must register, even for the free January 14th, 2023 day. Go online to to register.

All sessions will take place in the Hylander Center with the exception of Jan. 28 at Valley View, and Feb. 11, Feb. 18 and Apr. 29 at Highland. 🏓

Important Calendar Reminders!

  • January 16: Dr. Martin Luther King Day (No school but the Adventure Club, Mini Adventures & the District is open)
  • January 30: No School for Grading Day (Mini Adventures & Adventure Club open)

Free Flu and COVID-19 Vaccines

*New COVID Bivalent Booster Vaccine Offered*

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

When: Thursday, January 19 from 4:30-7:00 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.

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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.

  • Wrestling: Thursday, January 19 at 5:00 p.m. - CHHS Main Gym
  • Boys Swim: Tuesday, January 24 at 5:30 p.m. - Door 47 to CHHS Pool
  • 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

CHHS One-Act is Entering Competition Season!

We have 2 opportunities for you to see the show: "At the Bottom of Lake Missoula"

  • Tri Metro One Act Festival on Saturday, 1/21/23 at Richfield High School from 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. - CHHS performs at 10 am, no late entry.
  • 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.

Healthy Hylanders!

As we are fully back from winter break this week, we have some helpful reminders from our Health Services team here at CHPS for students and families on the district website. Information on taking medicine at school, health forms, when to keep your child at home, immunizations, local health resources and CHPS policies regarding health can all be found at

Take a look at the page and stay healthy during this cold/flu season!

Become a Part of the CHPS Team!

The New Year 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!

Check out our openings now!

Columbia Heights Super Fan Shirts for Sale as Fundraiser for NYC Study Seminar

CHPS Super Fan shirts are being sold for $15 by CHHS students at basketball games, swim meets and other events in the month of January. Online purchase is also available with shipping cost added at this link. This is a fundraiser for the NYC Study Seminar for our CHHS Band and AP Art Students.

NYC Seminar Fundraiser - Fridley Cub Foods

Columbia Heights High School students will be bagging groceries at Fridley Cub Foods on January 21st, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. to raise money for their AP Art and Band New York City Seminar Trip!

Enchantment Under the Sea: Adult Prom Fundraiser for the CHHS Class of 2023

Class of 2023 Parent Committee Invites you to-

SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2023 AT 7 P.M. – 10 P.M.

Enchantment Under the Sea: Adult Prom Fundraiser for the CHHS Class of 2023

Columbia Heights VFW Post 230

Come show off your favorite itchy prom outfits, dance to the music of The Ballroom Surfers, and partake in the silent auction and raffle! CHHS parents are hosting this fundraiser for the graduating class overnight party. Columbia Heights High School Senior Class of 2023 represents some truly amazing young people! And the senior overnight party provides the graduates with a safe and fun way to celebrate their accomplishments together. Please help us raise the money needed for their food, fun, and prizes. We appreciate any donation and thank you all for helping support these amazing young people! $20 per person, or $30 per couple at the door.

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.

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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

NEW!! 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 pm and 5:30 pm and CHHS @ 4:45 pm and 5:45 pm.

Winter Activities Registration is OPEN for the following:

  • Before School Strength Training- FREE! M, W, F from 6:45-7:45 am

If you are involved in any of the following please register now:

  • Speech Team
  • Science Bowl
  • One Act
  • CA Musical

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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