Columbia Schools Great News Network

5/12/17 Website

The Columbia County Schools' Great News Network is a bi-weekly email sent to all staff showcasing awesome events, teachers, students, and happenings across the district. We hope that you enjoy seeing what other schools and offices are doing.

columbia city elementary

In honor of Earth Day, CCE Student Council members planted a butterfly garden and picked up trash around the school. The students had fun taking care of our Earth and now everyone can enjoy the garden.

columbia high school

The Pineapple chart is working great at CHS. Thanks to Jan Silverstein for inviting others to watch the breakfast and bodies event and also Tab McMahon for sharing the yearbook presentations.
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Barbara Barker's classes took a class trip and volunteered for Habitat for Humanity!

eastside elementary

Congratulations to Sarah Ripple for being selected as Applebee's Above and Beyond Teacher. She was nominated by one of her students, Marah D., through an essay contest. Mrs. Ripple will receive $500.00 to spend in her classroom and the entire class will receive a catered lunch from Applebee's. Congratulations to Mrs. Ripple and her students!
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five points elementary

Five Points celebrated the end of FSA with our Annual Cookout and prize drawing for 3rd-5th graders.

The teachers and students enjoyed hamburgers and hotdogs grilled by Mr. Scippio. Thanks to parents, staff and PTO for the food and prizes. Every student went home with something. The three big winners won Razor scooters!
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fort white elementary

Jordan Kimbrell was all smiles as she came to collect her prize, a Summer Fun Basket full of treats to have fun in the sun this summer. The basket was created by Fort White Elementary School Assistant Principal Dr. Susan Summers to raise funds for the FWES Archery Team's trip to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky. In this first year with an archery team, fifth grade student Abigail L. showed such skill that she qualified for nationals. Abigail is accompanied by her family and teachers Kim Howard and Carol Barnett. Shown (L-R) Jordan Kimbrell, Dr. Susan Summers, and Principal Tom Lashley.
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Swashbuckling pirates strode across campus at Fort White Elementary School for Teach Like a Pirate Day. Principal Tom Lashley charged his teachers with creating interactive, multidisciplinary, STEM-based, hands-on learning activities to occur simultaneously across campus all morning. Parents and community members joined the fun. Activities ranged from STEM problem solving using fairy tales like Goldilocks and the Three Bears in kindergarten, to building 2-D and 3-D shapes in first grade, to building bridges in second grade, to animal to disssecting owl pellets and studying the food chain in fourth grade, to a football field full of career day activites for fifth grade. Students collected trash as they carefully noted the type of trash on the ground, data they would mine for ideas on what is the source of the trash and how could it be recycled. Students moved from room to room in lesson rotations as grade levels coordinated and team taught concepts in interrelated ways. The students were enthusiastic about their day, teachers beamed, and Assistant Principal Dr. Susan Summers reported that on this 700-student campus there were zero discipline incidents throughout the event.

fort white middle/high school

Congratulations to the Ft. White High bowling team for winning the "B" bowling league for Wellness Teacher Bowling League. Members are Steven Hill, Bridgett Diedeman, Diane Koenig, Audrey Adams
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Check out the link below about the Ft. White Middle School Parknership and Award's Night!

lake city middle school

The Nuclear Bananas Robotics Team had a fundraiser to help raise funds for their up-coming trip to national competition in West Virginia. Various collegiate team jars were placed in the front office to receive contributions the Gators won, so Ms. Collier and Mr. Cooper had to dress in that team's colors for a day, right down to their finger tips!
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6th grader Sarah S. qualified for the FLYRA (Florida Youth Running Assn) Middle School State Meet which is this Saturday May 13 at the IMG Academy in Bradenton FL, by running 5:32.77 in the 1500m at the Big Bend Striders Invitational in Tallahasse on 4/29.


8th grader Zhaquon G. qualified by running 2:17.32 in the 800m yesterday (May 8) at the Last Chance JAC Middle School Qualifier at Providence School in Jacksonville.


Congrats to these athletes for their hard work this season!

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Mr. Ed Carter, assistant principal, and Mr. Don Sloan with art students who received awards at the Young at Art art show held at the District Office May 2. The student's art will remain on display at the county office building throughout the summer.
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Mrs Nash's class enjoyed a day with the Law Enforcement of Columbia county in support of Special Olympics !!!
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melrose park elementary

Bellamy Beaver visited Melrose Park to speak to the kindergarteners. The students enjoyed learning about water conservation and getting to hug Bellamy!

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MPE students enjoy reading with Ike, one of our Reading dogs, at Family Reading Night.
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niblack elementary

On April 28th, Niblack Elementary had their annual "Prom" for the students. Students and parents were invited to attend this formal event in the multipurpose room at Niblack. The students were treated to a dinner and they danced the night away to a local DJ. The students looked great, and everyone had a very enjoyable evening.

Niblack Elementary has a group of young men, MOT (Men of Tomorrow), that meet once a week to discuss, learn, and experience four major areas (Academics, Leadership, Personal, and Social Development). It is a 4-6 week program in which boys are participating in weekly training sessions, social activities, and community service projects. Last week the students had a visit by Pastor Darnel Sanders where he spoke to them about making good choices and being leaders. He also led a session on tying ties. This week the young men will take a trip to the Court House, where they will take a tour and have the chance to see a presentation about career opportunities in the area of law. Next week they will take a trip to Lake City Country Club where they will participate in a golf clinic, a tour around the course on golf carts, and enjoy a lunch in the club house.
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pathways academy

Students in Lauren and Patti Markham and Michelle Hoffman's classes love to see Mr. Jonathan from the tech department come. He helps with our computers and Chromebooks, and is always kind to us. We helped him celebrate his birthday with cupcakes and a song. Happy Birthday Mr. Jonathan!
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Pathways Academy is so grateful for the hard working maintenance crew of Columbia County Schools. They have been wonderful with helping keep our students safe and our campus beautiful. Thank-you from your friends at Pathways Academy.
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pinemount elementary

Congratulations to the Pinemount bowling team for winning the "A" bowling league for Wellness Teacher Bowling League. Members are Rich Deckard, Loretta Dicks, Nynah Billingsley, and Mike McRae
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richardson middle school

Under the supervision of Mr. Erich Hamacher, 7th grade Resource Teacher at RMS, in January of 2017, the Hands of Change Organization visted RMS to prune and repot flowerbeds on our campus. Hands of Change is a fellowship/organization of young people that performs good works in the community. They are mostly high school students even though a few middle and elementary school students participate. The young people in this program are highly motivated, responsible and devoted to their service. Many thanks to Mr. Hamacher and these loyal, dedicated students for their labor during the winter months so that the RMS Wolfpack can enjoy beautiful landscaping on our campus this spring.

summers elementary

Among many surprises, Summers Teachers were treated to a snack cart during Teacher Appreciation Week by our principal, Amy Stanton. Teachers enjoyed chips, pretzels, and popcorn along with a nice, cold soda. Mrs. Stanton also filled teacher boxes with chocolate goodies each day to celebrate our wonderful teachers.
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Assistant Principal, Jennifer Saucer, and her fifth-grade students are wrapping up their year-long book club. Every Friday, the book club met during lunch to read and discuss their books. These get-togethers have been full of laughter, fun and a shared love of reading!
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Mrs. Peeler's Pre-K students celebrated Cinco de Mayo by dressing up with sombreros, vests, and maracas! These little "niños" learned all about this Mexican celebration!
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westside elementary

Congratulations to our 4th and 5th grade classroom winners that participated in our Tropicana Public Speaking School Competition. Pictured are (back row, from left) Gracie T., Tre'jen H., Haley W., Hanna K., Christopher H., Emily K., and Addison W.. Front row, from left: Branson M., Reed S., and Sakiya M..
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Congratulations also to our first, second, and third place winners in the school competition. Pictured are (from left) Assistant Principal Janice Camp, third place winner Christopher H., second place winner Gracie T., first place winner Emily K., and Principal April Vinson.

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District

Congratulations to the all of the student recognized at the Young Art Showcase!
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Congratulations to the 2017 Math Bee Champs- Pinemount Elementary!
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The VITAL program, a partnership between Five Points and the VA Hospital, ended with a pizza celebration! The second-grade students were able to read the biographies that they wrote after interviewing their veteran. It was a bitter, sweet day as we said goodbye until next year! Thank you to Jason and the rest of the staff for making this semester a great one!
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Congratulations to our own Robin Heeke who was featured on the Florida Department of Education's Facebook page!
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