Golden Eagles Times

April 16, 2018

Important Dates

4/18-Junior High Spring Pictures

4/19-Job Shadowing, 11th grade

4/19-Girls on the Move, CCHS Library, 3:30-4:30 PM

4/19-Richard Saucedo Honors Band Experience, Band Concert and Art Show, 7 PM

(All Art exhibits open at 6 PM.)

4/20-Juniors visit Jackson College, Baker College, and Spring Arbor University

4/26-Thornapple Jazz Festival (Jazz Band only)

4/27-High School Band Festival at Manchester High School

4/27-Junior High Play, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, 7 PM

4/27-Band Festival after school at Manchester (High School only)

4/27-Hope Run

4/28-Prom, 8-11 PM, Jackson College Potter Center, After Prom CCHS, 11:30 PM-2:30 AM

4/29-Junior High Play, The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf, 2 PM

5/1-Juniors and Seniors must report their commitment to Jackson County Early College

5/4- 8th Grade students attend the College/Pathways to Professional Skilled Trades Program

5/5-Junior High Choir Solo and Ensemble (selected students only), Grand Ledge

5/7, 5/8, 5/10, 5/11-Senior Exit Interviews

5/8, 5/10, 5/11, 5/12-7/8 grade trip to Washington DC

5/7-5/18-AP Testing

5/10-High School Choir Showcase

5/12-Holland Tulip Festival HS Band only

5/17 & 5/18-Senior Exams

5/17-Girls on the Move, CCHS Library, 3:30-4:30 PM

5/18-Seniors last day of school

5/21-Junior High Band Capitol Performance (JH Band, School Day only)

5/24-Junior High Band and Choir Concert, Columbia Performing Arts Center, 7 PM

5/28-Band performs in the Memorial Day Parade, Clark Lake, and Brooklyn

5/29-Seniors Honors Dinner-Invitation Only

5/29-Senior Awards Night, 7 PM

5/30-Senior Photos, 8 AM

Senior Breakfast, 10 AM

Senior Graduation Practice, mandatory for all seniors, directly following breakfast

Senior Parade through the elementary schools, approx 2 PM

5/31-Senior Baccalaureate, 6:30 PM

6/1-Graduation, Jackson College Potter Center, 7 PM


6/6-Last day of school, half day of school

Junior High Testing Calendar

M-Step Testing begins for 8th-grade students on Tuesday, April 17. Please encourage your child to get a good night's sleep, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. Please contact the junior high office with any questions.

Columbia Central Junior High Spring Testing Calendar

  • April 17 & 18, Grade 8, English Language Arts M-STEP
  • April 19 & 20, Grade 8, Math M-STEP
  • April 23, Grade 8, Science and Social Studies M-STEP
  • May 1 & 2, Grade 7, English Language Arts M-STEP
  • May 3 & 4, Grade 7, Math M-STEP

Jackson County Early College Update

Current Juniors and Seniors need to declare their interest to participate in the JCEC program by May 1. Please be sure to apply using the website below:

If you will be a Junior in the Fall of 2018, you must enroll with JCEC by the start of the school year in 2018.

Please join us for an evening celebrating the Arts-April 19, 7 PM

On Thursday, April 19th, the High School Band students will do an Honors Band Day with Richard Saucedo, who is a renowned composer as well as band director of 31 years. He is coming to us courtesy of the Conn-Selmer Institute in Elkhart, IN. He is most known for his career at Carmel High School in Indiana, where his bands received numerous awards, from Indiana State Champion Concert Band in 2013, placing in the top 10 for the Bands of America Grand National Champions over the course of 17 years, and earning first place in 2005 and 2012. Saucedo retired in 2013 from his 31-year career teaching and was inducted in 2015 into the Music for All Hall of Fame.

You have heard his music performed at our fall marching show as he wrote our Journey of Man music as well as a few pieces at both our Christmas concert and District Festival pieces.

Please feel free to join us for our Finale Performance at 7 pm on April 19th!

Sailing Team opportunity for Columbia Central students!

The Clark Lake Yacht Club is offering Columbia students the opportunity to learn to sail and form a racing team representing Columbia for the summer months. Students who are interested will participate in a training to learn to sail on a variety of vessels throughout the month of June. Races will take place during the summer months on Sundays. Please contact Mrs. O'Neil if your child would like to participate.

Please join us for our Annual Hope Run on April 27!

Students and community members will come together to pay tribute to the special people in our lives who have battled cancer. The Leadership class has been working to raise funds to donate to the American Cancer Society. Please join us for this special community event.

College Visits for Students

On Monday, some of our Sophomores and Juniors were able to visit Western Michigan University.

On Friday, all Juniors will tour Jackson College, Spring Arbor University and Baker College. They will leave Columbia Central at 8:05 AM and return at 2:30 PM.

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf-Junior High Play

Please join us for the exciting production of the Trial of the Big Bad Wolf. Show dates and times are below. Tickets are $5. We invite our community members to attend!

April 27-7 PM

April 29-2 PM

Junior High Music News

This past Saturday we had twenty-five 7th and 8th-grade members travel to Jonesville High School for the District VIII Middle School Solo and Ensemble:

Congratulations on the following performances:

McKenzie Fall for her clarinet solo

Caleb Gritzmaker for his Trumpet solo

Gidian Howland and Roland Rice for their Saxophone Duet

Thomas Schneider for Baritone Solo

Our Percussion Ensemble, consisting of Sabin Tackett, Nicholas Raab, Robbie Bethel, Aiden Callebs, Noah Furnas, Hannah Webster, Phillip Coughlin, and Leroy Rice.

Alyx White for her Clarinet Solo

Timothy Schneider for his Trumpet Solo

Lucas Rohlfs for his Marimba Solo

Phillip Coughlin for his Snare solo

Lorelei Mortimer for her trombone solo

Emily Fox and Makayla Seger their Saxophone Duet

Shanna Detloff for her Clarinet Solo

Shaylee Peters and Micaella Fall

A big thank you to Mr. Rob Schneider for all of his help not only in this event but the other three solo and ensemble events our music program has sent this year (with one more 7th/8th-grade choir solo and ensemble coming up May 5th!)

Bowling Professionals of America Fundraiser at Brooklyn Lanes on April 27

Please join us for a fun family event being held at Brooklyn Lanes on April 27 from 7-10 PM. Bowling for BPA will raise money to support their programs and activities.

  • The cost is $20 and will allow you to bowl for three hours from 7-10 PM.
  • A portion of the proceeds will go to the Business Professionals of America Chapter at Columbia Central.
  • If you or your family are interested, please contact Mr. Parkinson.

Dahlem Conservatory is hiring for camp staff and offering volunteer opportunities

The Dahlem Conservatory in Jackson is currently hiring summer camp staff to run their groups. In addition, they are looking for teens ages 14-15 to volunteer throughout the summer. Please contact the Dahlem Conservatory for more information. The website is below:

Check out our Spring Football Spirit Wear Fundraiser

Summer Volunteer Opportunities at the Historical Walker Tavern

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