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September 18 - September 24

FHLA Parent Meeting - Monday, September 19

Please join us for our monthly FHLA (Future Hispanic Learners of America) Parent meeting on Monday, September 19 at 6pm in the CHS Library. Dinner will be served so the your whole family. Come to help our school and our students and to learn and support us.

Voluntary Device Protection - Get it TODAY!

The Nampa School District strongly recommends that you purchase the optional, non-refundable Voluntary Device Protection (VDP) plan for your child’s device every year. If you have homeowner’s insurance or rental insurance, you may also be able to add a device to your insurance. Please note families are responsible for replacement if you choose not to purchase VDP and your device is lost, stolen, damaged outside of acceptable use, etc. VDP for the device is a yearly cost and does cover the charging accessories or protective cover.

VDP that is purchased at the beginning of the school year, before the October 1 cutoff date, will cover the device until the following August. VDP that is purchased after the October cutoff date will cover the device from the purchase date until the following August.

  • VDP........................$25
  • Second Incident.....$20

The first use of VDP is free, the second incident will be charged a $20 fee. (Without VDP, $30 to replace a charger; $480 to replace the device)

What is covered under VDP?

  • Lost or stolen devices. A police report must be filed. Contact your school's Resource Manager for more information.
  • Unintentional damage

What is NOT covered under VDP?

  • Intentional damage
  • Unreturned devices. Devices not returned when leaving Nampa School District are not covered by VDP, students will be charged the full replacement cost of the device.

To add Voluntary Device Protection to your student's account, login to your Parent PowerSchool Account and make payment there, call our office and pay over the phone, 208.498.0571, or students can pay in our front office. Scholarships for VDP may be available, please talk to your school administrator for more information.


Beginning Monday, September 19, CHS will begin the Overtime program. The purpose of Overtime is to establish academic urgency for students to complete work by the deadline. It is an assigned lunch detention within the school day with teacher support. This is a 3-strike system with communication between the classroom teacher, the student, the parent and the mentor being integral to the success of the intervention.

Strike 1: Student missed deadline for required work (check point, project, test)

Strike 2: Student does not turn in work by next class period after the due date

  • Parents notified

Strike 3: Student does not turn in work by second class period after original due date

  • Teacher talks to student about Overtime support and expectation to attend until work is completed

Overtime: Student goes to assigned Overtime location for the first 20 minutes of lunch

  • Student continues to attend Overtime until assignment/project is completed

Overtime is initially being implemented in English Language Arts, Math, Social Sciences, Science and BPA classes. We encourage parents to talk to their student(s) about their assignments, projects and assessments and use their Summit Learning Parent access to help track their student(s)'s progress.

Summit Learning Access & Support Night

Emails were sent out last Thursday with Summit Learning Parent Access information. This included the username and password for your student(s)'s account. Please check your emails for this. If you did not receive one, please contact us to verify your correct email address and to get the necessary information for account access. Email us, chssecretaries@nsd131.org or call 208-498-0571.

Please join us for Summit Support Night on Wednesday, September 21 at 7pm in the Columbia Library. Here you will get information on what you can see in Summit, what it means and you can get answers to questions you might have. We hope to see you there.

SeptembreFest - September 19 -24

This annual fall celebration is a barbeque lunch sponsored by Columbia High Leadership.

$4 Meal includes a cheeseburger (w/ traditional trimmings), choice of chips & drink

$3 ice cream = 2 scoops of chosen flavor

A fun and yummy way to support our CHS Leadership!

Picture Days . . . . . .

Fall Sports pictures will be Wednesday, August 28th. Picture packets can be picked up from the coach or advisor or in the front office.

PICTURE RETAKES: If your student(s) missed picture day, please mark you calendar for October 13th! Picture packets can be picked up in the office.

Columbia Staff Spotlight

We are excited to welcome 11 new staff members to our Columbia Family. You were introduced to 3 of them last week . . . . .here are 3 more.

Craig Sheehy - Spanish Teacher

Craig fell in love with teaching while working as an adjunct professor of Spanish at Boise State University from 2003-2017. After seeing the good results of a language teaching method called TPRS, he decided to join the Skyview world language team that used the method. He then taught all levels at Columbia High School at its opening in 2006 until 2017. Craig has a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and a Master's in Education: Curriculum and Instruction from Boise State University. Craig started presenting TPRS Workshops in 2011 and has presented at the National TPRS Conference since 2014. Craig has also served as President of both IATLC (Idaho Association of Teachers of Languages and Cultures) and PNCFL (Pacific Northwest Council for Languages). Craig currently resides in Nampa with his wife and five children.

Welcome Back, Mr. Sheehy!

Anna Bachmann - Security

Hi, I'm Anna Bachmann and I've been a stay-at-home mom for almost 15 years. My roles at home are changing but I'm a mom first, so I knew I wanted to work with kids similar ages as my own. I started last spring as a substitute teacher with the Nampa School District and I really enjoyed it. I am thrilled to be part of the security team at Columbia now. Getting to know the staff and students has been so much fun and I look forward to a fun and safe year.

Welcome to the Columbia Family Ms. Bachmann!

Blake Hunt - English Language Arts Teacher

I’m a Nampa native in my second year of teaching. I have a B.A. and M.A. in English Literature. Prior to college I served six years in the Air Force, where I worked as a Chinese linguist (Airborne) and deployed to both the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. I’m a father of two who enjoys anything sports related. Love a great book, a good movie, and am always looking for new music to discover. Proud owner of a rescue dog, Georgia, our awesome Blue Heeler!

Welcome Mr. Hunt to the Columbia Family!

CHS Homecoming - October 3-8

Mark your calendar & save the date . . . . . . Columbia High School's Homecoming will be the week of October 3 - October 8. Spirit week specifics are coming but will include hall decorating, parade floats, dress-up days, and bon fire.

October 7 - Football game vs. Ridgevue 7pm

October 8 - Homecoming Dance 8-11pm at Columbia HS

Any students that do not attend Columbia High School will need to complete a permission form to attend the Homecoming Dance. Forms can be picked up in the front office.

Week 3: Athletes & Team of the Week


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