Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | May 19, 2022

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 was Wednesday night.

Secondary Art Opening TONIGHT - 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 until May 31, 2022.

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

Spotlight Awards for Matilda

The cast of Matilda received 15 honors through the Hennepin Theater Trust Spotlight Education program.

Spotlight Education is a high school theater awards program that sends trained theater professionals and educators to watch and assess participating schools’ theater productions. Over 100 schools across the state of Minnesota participate in the Spotlight Education program. Shows are awarded both group and individual honors.

Some highlights of our individual honors include:

  • Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role going to Sophie Kuether
  • Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role to Yuli Cordova-Quizhpi
  • Honorable Mention in a Supporting Role to Catherine Loper
  • Outstanding in Technical Leadership to Renee DeMars Dehn
  • Honorable Mention in Technical Leadership to James Vazquez Celis.
  • The entire production of Matilda received an Outstanding in Overall Production, Honorable Mention in Overall Performance and an Honorable Mention in Achievement in Musical Theatre.

From these honors the cast of Matilda is one of 20 schools who will get the opportunity to perform at the Spotlight Showcase at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis this coming June.

Congratulations again to all involved and don’t forget you still have a chance to see this amazing show this upcoming weekend! Shows are Friday at 7:00pm and Saturday and Sunday at 2:00pm @ CHHS Performing Arts Center – Buy Tickets Here or purchase at the door (cash only)

Matilda is This Weekend!

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)

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)
  • Tuesday, May 24: 5:45-6:45pm Community Engagement Zoom Meeting (Board Members: Naty Severson & Brenna Zeimet) Join Zoom Meeting:
  • Thursday, May 26: 6:30pm at the Columbia Academy Band Concert- CHHS PAC (Board Members: Mary Granlund & Laura Palmer)

Agenda for 5/24/2022 BOE Meeting

School Board Sub-committee on Community Engagement: Listening Session

Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 5:45-6:45 p.m. via Zoom

1. Welcome and introduction by Board Members

  • Purpose of Community Engagement Session and reminders about data privacy.

2. Updates, news and highlights from Columbia Heights Public Schools

  • Board Members will share recent Heights Highlights, updates and upcoming events.
  • Invite participants to share news and updates.

3. Community Education/Early Childhood Updates and Questions

4. Elementary Updates and Questions

  • Highland Elementary
  • North Park School for Innovation
  • Valley View Elementary

5. Columbia Academy Updates and Questions

6. Columbia Heights High School Updates and Question

7. Community Events and News (Columbia Heights, Fridley and Hilltop)

8. Closing/Recap/Final Questions

CHHS Band Concert Rescheduled

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

Live from CHHS- it’s SNL (Synchro Night Live)

All are invited to Synchro Night Live on Tuesday, May 24th at 6 p.m. at the CHHS Swimming Pool.

  • Prizes – Games – Food.
  • Free to attend.
  • Come in a swimsuit if you want to swim! (Lifeguards will be present)

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CHPS Board of Education Filings

Filings for Columbia Heights Public Schools Board of Education seats will open on Tuesday, May 17 through Tuesday, May 31, 2022.

Three seats will be up for election for terms starting Jan. 1, 2023 ending Dec. 31, 2026.

Individuals interested in running for office must file an Affidavit of Candidacy and pay a $2 filing fee at the District Center (1440 49th Avenue NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421). Packets with filing forms and information are available in the District Center lobby.

Primary Election - Tuesday, August 9, 2022 (Polls open 7 am to 8 pm)
General Election - Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Polls open 7 am to 8 pm)

CHPS American Indian Honoring Students Powwow: Friday, June 3

The Columbia Heights School District American Indian Honoring Students Powwow will be held on Friday, June 3 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. on the CHHS Hylander Football Field! The Hylander Gym is the rain location. The event will include: Emcee Jerry Dearly, Arena Director Greg Pederson and Host Drum: Hoka Hey. Indian tacos will be provided to the first 300 people and there will also be concessions and prizes. All are welcome to join in this gathering that includes a celebration of our students!
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Columbia Heights Boosters’ ANNUAL GOLF TOURNAMENT

Tuesday July 19, 2022 @ 12:00 PM

Majestic Oaks Golf Club

701 Bunker Lake Blvd. NE

Ham Lake, MN 55304

  • 18 Hole Scramble Format - Shotgun start
  • Dinner provided immediately following the tournament
  • Cost: $100.00 per person - Includes golf, cart, range, balls, refreshments, awards & dinner
  • Grill Lunch, mulligans and fun games on the course available for purchase

Register online at

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.

YMCA Free Youth Memberships

Current 8th -11th graders!

YMCA is offering free memberships for youth this summer, those entering grades 9-12 for fall 2022 qualify.

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Activities Update

Congrats to our CA Baseball and Softball Teams on the successful completion of their seasons! Thanks to all our players, coaches and families for all of their hard work and support.

Spring Sports Sections- Good luck to our Spring Sports teams as they transition from regular season to sections tournaments! Our Boys Tennis Team had their Team Section Competition on Tuesday and will start Individual Sections next Tuesday, the 24th. Other teams starting Sections play are Softball on the 19th and Synchronized Swim on the 21st.

Our CA Track Meet will compete in their Conference Meet this afternoon, starting at 4:15 pm at the CHHS Stadium. Go Heights!

CHHS Football Meeting- Any current high school students interested in playing football next year are invited to attend a meeting on Monday, the 23rd at 3:15 pm in the Cafeteria.

Summer Activities Opportunities- Check out our website, 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

Thursday, May 19

4:15 pm Middle School Conference Championship - CA Track Meet @ CHHS Stadium

Friday, May 20

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

7:00 pm Matilda Performance @ Performing Arts Center

Saturday, May 21

2:00 pm Matilda Performance @ Performing Arts Center

Sunday, May 22

2:00 pm Matilda Performance @ Performing Arts Center

Monday, May 23

7:00 pm CHHS Band Concert @ Performing Arts Center

Wednesday, May 25

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

Thursday, May 26

4:00 pm JV Lacrosse Game vs. Minneapolis South @ CHHS Practice Field

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

6:30 pm CA Beginner and Intermediate Band Concert @ Performing Arts Center

7:30 pm CA Advanced and Hylander Band Concert @ Performing Arts Center

Activities Calendar:

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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