Columbia Heights Public Schools

CHPS Update | Sept. 15, 2022

National Arts in Education Week

September 11-17 is National Arts in Education Week! At CHPS, Our hearts are in the arts and our students have many opportunities from music, to visual arts to theater, and such to express themselves artistically E-12! 🎨🎼🎭
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Harvest of the Month!

We are serving sweet corn this week as a part of the Harvest of the Month program to highlight and support local farmers and products. The farmer of the corn we’ll be serving is Elizabeth Montacinos, owner of Santa Rosa Farm in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. She farms just over 20 acres with help from her family. Before moving to Wisconsin in 2018, Elizabeth and her family lived and farmed in California.

She was also highlighted in a story on MPR in July: Latino Farmers.

Free Parent Seminar

Developing Routines in the Home

Monday, September 19 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

(Focus age: 10 years old and under)

Location: Family Center, 1460 49th Ave. NE

Consistent routines in the home help create predictability for children, encourage responsibility and ultimately reduce frustration. During this adult only workshop, we will discuss strategies to develop helpful rou-tines in the home that fit for your family.

Register online at Click “Register Now” and go to Early Childhood Special Events or call 763-528-4517. **Limited child care is available, pre-registration required by calling 763-528-4517 before 12:00 p.m. on Friday, September 16.

Deadline Extended for CHHS Students to Join a CHPS Advisory Council!

CHPS is committed to involving CHHS students on district committees. CHHS students may complete this survey through the month of September if interested in being on any of the following committees:

  • Communications Advisory Council: Provides feedback and suggestions for the CHPS Communications Department on how CHPS can better communicate (giving and receiving information) and build relationships with students, staff, parents and community members.
  • Community Education Advisory Council: Provides feedback and suggestions for Community Education programs which include early childhood, ENCORE, child care, adult enrichment and education, and Blooming Heights School Garden.
  • Student Wellness Committee: Provides feedback and suggestions about areas of student wellness including CHPS food service, Blooming Heights School Garden, physical, health and nutrition education, and student mental health supports.
  • World's Best Workforce: Committee focused on district goals and programming. The committee makes recommendations and brings ideas to the district administration to support “creating worlds of opportunity for each and every learner.”
  • District Finance Advisory Council: Committee reviews and provides feedback regarding CHPS finances and programmatic data.
  • American Indian Advisory Council: Limited to students who identify as American Indian. This committee supports the American Indian Education Program by planning cultural events and providing suggestions for curriculum that benefit American Indian students and families.
  • Calendar Committee: Assist with the 2023-2024 district calendar. This committee meets two to four times starting in February/March to provide input in the development of the district calendar for the following school year.
  • Special Education Advisory Council: This committee provides feedback on CHPS Special Education Programs. CHPS Special Education staff will reach out to eligible students.

CHHS Musical Auditions!!

Our 2022 CHHS Musical will be The Addams Family.

Auditions will be held on September 26 and 27 from 3:15-5:15 p.m. in the PAC.

Contact Mr. Hollermann, CHHS Room 139, with questions.

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The CHPS Communications Department celebrates Hispanic students this month as Hispanic CHHS students share their Hispanic history hero for Hispanic Heritage Month. There will be features on the @chpsisd13 Instagram and the district Facebook pages with the student stories and photos throughout the month.

Natalie Molina Diaz - Cesar Chavez

CHHS Student Natalie Molina Diaz chose to recognize Cesar Chavez for her Hispanic History Hero for Hispanic Heritage Month

Cesar Chavez (1927-1993) was an American labor leader and civil rights activist. He co-founded the National Farm Workers Association. His birthday is a federal commemorative holdikday in several U.S. state and many places are named after him. Also, in 1994 he posthumously received the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Natalie chose Chavez because she identifies a lot with him. He comes from a working-class family and was a Mexican-American living during a time where a lot of people doubted you because of how you grew up. She finds his work inspiring because he proved a lot of people wrong and worked hard to make a difference. Natalie says that his story motivates her to be a voice for those in her community.

"He was one of the most powerful voices ever for working-class Mexican-Americans. He is an inspiration to me because he proved a lot of people wrong and showed you can make a difference no matter where you come from." - Natalie Molina Diaz

Isabel Hernandez Monroy - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC)

CHHS Student Isabel Hernandez Monroy chose to recognize Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) for her Hispanic History Hero for Hispanic Heritage Month

AOC is an American politician and activist, serving as the U.S. Representative for New York's 14 Congressional District since 2019. Taking office at 29, AOC is the youngest woman to ever serve in the United States Congress. She has a very high social media presence and often opens up conversations on her Twitter and Instagram to interact with her followers and answers their questions. In 2020, AOC committed to doing her speeches dependent on the audience, some speeches in English and some in Spanish. Watching a politician speaking in Spanish has been big inspirarion to many Latinx citizens as she is "embracing her parents' language" and becoming more accessible and relatable.

Isabel chose AOC because of her position as a student aid in Ms. Knutson's class. Right now, Isabel is the student aid for an EL class and has struggled with nerves due to public speaking in Spanish to students and Isabel speaks in "Americanised Spanish" or Broken-Spanish". She has found comfort in listening to AOC public speaking in Spanish as she relates to the Americanised pronunciations that AOC uses and AOC has spoken about her public speaking fears. Isabel enjoyed seeing someone who looks like her in a position of power, going through similar experiences as her when it comes to Spanish language.

"It is comforting knowing that someone at that high a level of importance is going through similar things that I am. Speaking broken Spanish to a crowd of English as Second Language students can be daunting, but if AOC can overcome her public speaking fears in front of hundreds of people, it lets me believe that I can overcome my fears in front of my peers." - Isabel Hernandez Monroy

CHPS BOE Candidate Forum

Local 710 will be sponsoring a CHPS School Board Candidate Forum on Wednesday, September 28 at 5:30 in the Community Room The 6 people running for the 3 four year terms will be invited to participate. The forum will be livestreamed on the CHPS website.

ENCORE Aquatics | Grades 4-12

Free ENCORE Aquatics classes are offered to student in grades 4-12 who attend Columbia Heights Public Schools, or students living within the CHPS district boundaries. Classes are offered on Saturday mornings at the Columbia Heights High School Pool.

  • Fall Session: October 1-November 19 (no class October 22)
  • Registration Due: September 16

If you have any questions please contact Tami Fisher

ENCORE Aquatics Registration Fall 2022

Spanish ENCORE Aquatics Registration Fall 2022

ENCORE at CHHS- After School Enrichment!

ENCORE is a series of free, after school activities available to all students at the high school.

This session students can participate in Board Game Club, Esports, Youth in Government, DiscoverU (a partnership with the U of M!), Comix Club and Female Fitness. All activities include a snack and access to the activity bus after school.

Register today by clicking on this link

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Johnson at the high school.

Thanks for signing up! We know you’ll love our programs!

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!

MSHSL Officiating Recruitment

The Minnesota State High School League and Minnesota Youth Athletic Services have a great need for officials and judges of all sports!

Participate in the Officiating Recruitment Forum on October 5th!

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Activities Update

TONIGHT- Hylander Youth Soccer Night: We are going to celebrate youth soccer in our community at the CHHS Girls & Boys Varsity Soccer Games TONIGHT. Free Admission for all! Wear your youth soccer jersey! Soccer kids will get to join our teams for pre-game introductions and a halftime activity.

TOMORROW- Friday, September 16 is Hylander Family Day at the CHHS Football Game at 7 pm. Free admission for students from Early Childhood, Highland, North Park, Valley View, Columbia Academy with their families.

REGISTER NOW: for Robotics (grades 6-12) and Adapted Soccer (grades 7-12)

Thursday, September 22 is our next Hylander Family Day: Free admission for students from Early Childhood, Highland, North Park, Valley View, Columbia Academy and their families to the following events:

4 p.m. – Girls Tennis – CHHS Tennis Courts

5 p.m. – Girls Soccer – CHHS Stadium

5:30 p.m. – Girls Swim & Dive – CHHS Pool

6 p.m. – Girls Volleyball – Hylander Center Gym

7 p.m. – Boys Soccer – CHHS Stadium

Mark Your Calendars for 2022 Homecoming! All of our CHPS is invited to join us. Friday, October 14th- Football Game at 7 p.m. with fireworks after the game.

Upcoming Home Events:

Thursday, September 15 - Youth Soccer Night

  • 5 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer Game vs. Fridley @ CHHS Stadium
  • 7 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer Game vs. Fridley @ CHHS Stadium

Friday, September 16 – Hylander Family Day

  • 7 p.m. Varsity Football vs. Spectrum @ CHHS Stadium

Saturday, September 17

  • 10 a.m. Varsity Volleyball Tournament @ Hylander Center Gym

Monday, September 19

  • 3:45 p.m. CA Boys Soccer Game CA Blue vs. CA Gold @ CA Soccer Field
  • 4:15 p.m. JV Football Game vs. Spectrum @ CHHS Stadium

Tuesday, September 20

  • 3:45 p.m. CA Volleyball Match vs. St Anthony @ CA Gym
  • 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Match vs. Holy Angels @ CHHS Tennis Courts
  • 4 p.m. JV Girls Tennis Match vs. Holy Angels @ CA Tennis Courts
  • 5 p.m. JV Boys Soccer Game vs. St Anthony @ CHHS Stadium
  • 7 p.m. JV Girls Soccer Game vs. St Anthony @ CHHS Stadium

Wednesday, September 21

  • 3:45 p.m. CA Girls Soccer Game vs. Roseville @ CA Soccer Field
  • 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Match vs. Totino Grace @ CHHS Tennis Courts
  • 4 p.m. C Boys Soccer Game vs. Robbinsdale Cooper @ CHHS Stadium
  • 4:45 p.m. CA Boys Gold Soccer Game vs. Roseville @ CA Soccer Field

Thursday, September 22 – Hylander Family Day

  • 3:30 p.m. C Volleyball Match vs. Cooper @ Hylander Center Gym
  • 3:45 p.m. CA Volleyball Match vs. Roseville @ CA Gym
  • 4 p.m. Varsity Girls Tennis Match vs. DeLaSalle @ CHHS Tennis Courts
  • 4:30 p.m. B/JV Volleyball Match vs. Cooper @ Hylander Center Gym
  • 5 p.m. Varsity Girls Soccer Game vs. Cooper @ CHHS Stadium
  • 5:30 p.m. Girls Swim & Dive Meet vs. St Anthony @ CHHS Swimming Pool
  • 6 p.m. Varsity Volleyball Match vs. Cooper @ Hylander Center Gym
  • 7 p.m. Varsity Boys Soccer Game vs. Cooper @ CHHS Stadium – Youth Soccer Night

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

Columbia Heights Rec Department Offerings (Registration Required)

Heights Soccer Saturdays: Register NOW! In need of 2nd-6th graders to fill the Mites team. Soccer Saturdays is an opportunity for kids to learn about soccer and play fun games without the commitment of the soccer league.

Saturdays, Sept 17-Oct 22 in Huset Park Fields behind Murzyn Hall

Kickers: Kindergarten-1st grade - 10am-10:45am

Mites: 2nd-6th grade – 11am-12pm

Chalk Art Walk: Participate in the Chalk Art Walk around Huset Park West walking path on October 15-16. Must REGISTER! You will receive a marked and number space on the walking path to create your chalk design. You can register alone, or with a group! Drawings done at your own pace between Oct 15 and Oct 16 from dawn until dusk. THEME: Chase your dreams! Draw something that inspires you to dream big.

ENCORE Musical Theater: Musical Theater MN instructors offer a musical theater skill-building experience. Each practice includes dancing, singing, and acting with a focus on creativity and learning the basics. There will be a short music-filled showcase of skills learned at the end of the 12-week session.

Ages 9-14

Saturdays, Sept 24-Dec 7 in the Edgemoor room at Murzyn Hall from 11:30am-1pm

ENCORE Theater Skills with Dahlia:

This class for 5th-9th graders will meet weekly to learn different acting techniques like character development, improvisation, vocal dynamics, comedic timing, and body language. They will learn these skills through classic theater games and activities. They will display what was learned to their friends and family in a showcase after the final lesson.

Mondays, October 17, 24, Nov 7, 21, 28, Dec 5 from 5:30-7:30pm


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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