Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | Nov. 23, 2022

Calendar Reminders

TODAY: Flex Learning Day (Online for all CHPS students),

Thursday, November 24: No School and District Closed

Friday, November 25: No School and District Closed

Mini Adventures and Adventure Club is closed all three days.

Vacant BOE Seat Update

On November 22, 2022 the CHPS BOE appointed Michelle Pettway as a new CHPS Board member after interviewing all applicants for the board vacancy position. Ms. Pettway will be sworn in with other newly elected members on January 3, 2023. She was appointed to fill a Board vacancy when School Board Chair Naty Severson resigned in October. This appointment will fill the seat until, in accordance with state law, the CHPS holds a special election for the vacant seat which will take place on November 7, 2023.

Former CHHS Band Teacher Norm Staska's Family Donates Flag

The family of Norm Staska, CHHS Band Teacher 1959-1984, presented to the CHPS School Board the flag that was given to his family upon his burial at Fort Snelling. His widow Joan Mc-Gonigal-Staska and his step-son Jeffrey McGonigal shared that "Norm served in the Navy. He had no children. However, he thought of his students in Columbia Heights as his kids." He was a highly regarded music teacher among his colleagues throughout the metro area and published music instructional materials used by many schools.

Purchase your tickets now

Tickets are free for CHPS Staff and CHHS Students with a school ID.

Also, the Sunday, Dec 4 performance at 2 p.m. will be Hylander Family Day:

Free admission for Early Childhood Programs, Highland, North Park School for Innovation, Valley View, and Columbia Academy students and their families. Free tickets will be given at the door.

Winter/Spring Community Connections Catalog Coming Soon

Keep an eye on your mailboxes for the Winter/Spring Community Connections Catalog! It will be in all mailboxes of CHPS student households in the next few weeks! Please make note that Pickle Ball will be coming to CHPS in January 2023!

You can also view the catalog online on the CHPS Community Ed. Website.

NYC Seminar Fundraisers

Mark Your Calendars to Help Our Band and AP Art Students Get to New York City!

The CHHS 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! Please consider supporting our students by attending these fundraisers at local businesses listed below!

Upcoming Fundraising Events:

Noodles and Company

  • 5220 Central Avenue NE, Minneapolis, MN 55421
  • Thursday, December 1 from 4-8 p.m.

Culver's - Concrete for a Cause

  • 4004 Silver Lake Rd NE, St. Anthony, MN 55421
  • Friday-Sunday, December 9-11: All Day

Jersey Mike's

  • 5300 NE Central Ave., Fridley, MN 55421
  • Wednesday, December 14 from 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Wearing Masks Decreases Spread of Illness

"With cold and flu season in full force and COVID-19 still prevalent, I would strongly encourage wearing a face covering while at school in order to both protect yourself and the people around you and reduce transmission of illness. If a student is in need of a mask, please have them visit the health office to receive one." - CHPS District Nurse, Keturah Spriggs

Have an Extra Coat or Need a Coat this Winter?

This is the time of year when coats, hats, mittens and boots are so important to keep our students warm and safe.

  • If you have new or gently used (and clean) coats, hats, mittens, or boots that you don't need anymore, please donate them to your school.
  • If your student needs a coat, hat, mittens, or boots, please contact your school's social worker or front office.

Let's all come together and share these important winter resources!

CHHS One-Act Meeting and Auditions

Our 2023 CHHS One-Act will be At the Bottom of Lake Missoula. Info Meeting will be held on December 6th and Auditions on December 13th both @ 3:15 p.m. in the PAC.

Contact Ms. Lorence with questions.

One-Act Play will be performed on January 20th for an in-school performance and January 26th when Sections will be hosted in the CHHS PAC.

Thank You CAMP Digital

Thank you to CAMP Digital for donating winter coats, boots, gloves, hats and gift cards to 25 Columbia Heights High School students this week. CHPS is very grateful!

Financial Aid Night


Financial Aid night is happening Wednesday November 30th from 5:30-8:30 in the media center. Bring your Chromebooks, chargers, and families to apply for the FAFSA.

FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, should be completed by every student going to college next year.

At the Financial Aid students and families will get support to complete this vital form in the college application process.

Dinner will be provided as well. Please come with your devices and families on November 30th.

Community Resource Fair for CHPS Families: Tuesday, Dec. 6 5:30-8:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, Dec 6 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Family Center, the Home-School Liaisons and Cultural Liaison have organized a resource fair for CHPS families to learn about a variety of community resources. There will be around 20 local organizations to provide information and answer questions. Spanish-speaking interpreters will be available.

Vaccination Clinics - November 28 & 30

CHPS is hosting two vaccine clinics at the end of November at the Family Center on November 28, 2022 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. and at Valley View Elementary on November 30, 2022 from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

CHPS is partnering with Neighborhood Health Source who is providing the vaccinations for CHPS students, staff, parents and community members. This is an excellent opportunity for children to get caught up on their required childhood vaccinations.

Vaccines available include:

  • COVID-19 Vaccines (FREE)
  • Flu Shot (Free with insurance. $10 without insurance)
  • Hepatitis B (FREE)
  • DTap (FREE)
  • Tdap (FREE)
  • Polio Vaccine (FREE)
  • IPV (FREE)
  • Meningococcal (FREE)

There is no registration necessary for COVID-19 Vaccine or Flu Shot, but all other vaccines/shots require registration with the following links.

CHPS Family Center Vaccine Clinic on Nov. 28

Valley View Elementary Vaccine Clinic on Nov. 30

CA Musical Auditions

Our 2023 CA Musical will be The Lion King Jr. Auditions will be held on November 28 and 29 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. in the CA Theater Room. Contact Mr. Nelson with questions.
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Nomination Form Open for the 2022-2023 Employee of the Year

It is that time of year again to nominate a Columbia Heights Public Schools staff member for Employee of the Year. Submit a Nomination here or by clicking the image above. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, December 16, 2022.

The Columbia Heights Employee of the Year is an annual recognition based on the following criteria of nominees.

  • Demonstrates a strong work ethic
  • Serves as a positive role model for students and staff
  • Extends oneself beyond the basics by displaying initiative and creativity
  • Contributes significantly to improving the work site or school district
  • Demonstrates courage or exemplary performance in an emergency situation or under unusual difficulties
  • Demonstrates Hylander Pride by displaying constant care for students and the community

Eligibility Requirements for Nominators

  • Anyone may nominate an employee for Employee of the Year (employee, parent, student, community member, etc.)
  • Self-nominations are not accepted
  • Unlimited nominations per nominator are accepted

Eligibility Requirements for Nominees

  • Current employee of CHPS when the nomination is submitted and Employee of the Year announcement is made
  • Has worked at least three full years in the district (no FTE requirement)
  • Has not been named Employee of the Year before by CHPS

Activities Update

Winter Activities Registration is OPEN!

Season start dates are listed below, please register before your season begins:

Started but still accepting new registrations:

  • CHHS Girls Basketball
  • Wrestling (7th-12th grade)

November 28:

  • Boys Swim & Dive (7th-12th grade)
  • Strength Training (6-12th grade) FREE, registration required

January 9:

  • CA Boys Basketball – registration will close on January 4th

CHHS Students now get into all Regular-Season Home Events for FREE with their student ID!!

After-School Activity Bus: We have 2 After-School Activity Buses every afternoon, they leave CA @ 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and CHHS @ 4:45 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

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

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.

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