Columbia High School

December 2022

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Tuesday, Dec. 13th, 6pm

2645 Dekalb Medical Parkway

Lithonia, GA

Our Mission

The mission of Columbia High School is to utilize instruction to provide students with experiences that build on higher level thinking skills, accountable behavior, and self-disciplined social skills to become responsible citizens in a globally competitive society.

Our Vision

The vision of Columbia High School is to be a school of excellence preparing all students to live and compete productively in a globally competitive world.


Greetings Eagle Family,

Our first semester of school has been awesome! Teachers are working hard everyday to give our students a top of the line education.

We know how important your children are and we do all that we can to educate them in a creative, scholarly and nurturing environment where the sky is the limit! Our teachers and faculty work to ensure your child is prepared for the world of tomorrow!

December is a busy and important month. We will begin End Of Course Testing on December 7, 2022. Here are some tips for taking tests:

  • First, be sure you've studied properly. It sounds like a no-brainer, but if you're sure of the information, you'll have less reason to be worried.
  • Get enough sleep the night before the test. Your memory recall will be much better if you've had enough rest. In a scientific study, people who got enough sleep before taking a math test did better than those who stayed up all night studying.
  • Listen closely to any instructions. As the teacher hands out the test, be sure you know what's expected of you.
  • Read the test through first. Once you have the test paper in front of you, read over the entire test, checking out how long it is and all the parts that you are expected to complete. This will let you estimate how much time you have for each section and ask the teacher any questions. If something seems unclear before you start, don't panic: ask.
  • Focus on addressing each question individually. As you take the test, if you don't know an answer, don't obsess over it. Instead, answer the best way you can or skip over the question and come back to it after you've answered other questions.
  • Relax. If you're so nervous that you blank out, you might need a mini-break. Of course you can't get up and move around in the middle of a test, but you can wiggle your fingers and toes, take four or five deep breaths, or picture yourself on a beach or some other calm place. As we all know, it can be easy to forget things we know well — like a locker combination. The difference is we know we'll remember our locker combination because we've used it hundreds of times, so we don't panic and the combination number eventually comes back. During a test, if you blank out on something and start to get tense, it suddenly becomes much more difficult to remember.
  • Finished already? Although most teachers will let you hand a test in early, it's usually a good idea to spend any extra time checking over your work. You also can add details that you may not have thought you'd have time for. On the other hand, if you have 5 minutes until the bell rings and you're still writing, wind up whatever you're working on without panicking.

One Team One Dream

Important Dates

  • Parent/Teacher Conference Night: December 1, 2022 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
  • End Of Course Testing: December 7 - December 15
  • Independent Learning Day: December 6, 2022
  • No Bookbags: December 15, December 16

End Of Course Testing

The Winter 2022 Administration of the Georgia Milestones End of Course Assessments (EOC) will be held December 7th-15th.

Testing times are 8am-11:30am each day.

If your child is enrolled in the following courses, then they will be tested:

  • American Literature
  • Biology
  • Algebra I only* (Credit Recovery students only).
  • U.S. History

Georgia Milestones: End of Course (EOC) SPRING

Day of Testing

Wednesday, December 7: American Literature Part I

Thursday, December 8: American Literature Parts II & III

Friday, December 9: Biology Parts I & II

Monday, December 12: Make-Up Day

Tuesday, December 13: Algebra Parts I & II (Credit recovery students only)

Wednesday, December 14: U.S. History Parts I & II

Thursday, December 15: Make-Up Day (Last day to test)

Please contact Dr. Darden (Assistant Principal of Instruction and Testing) @ if you have any questions and/or concerns.

December 6, 2022: Virtual Learning Day (Synchronous)

The DeKalb County School District (DCSD) has designated Tuesday, December 6th, as a SYNCHRONOUS virtual learning day for all students.

"Many schools across the school district serve as polling locations, and this transition to virtual learning will ensure fewer disruptions to students and faculty and help facilitate a smooth election day for Georgia's U. S. Senate runoff."



7:45 AM – 8:00 AM


8:00 am – 8:15 am

Technology Check, Gather Materials & Login

8:15 am – 8:45 am

1st Block Instructional Time

30 min synchronous (face-to-face in TEAMS)

8:45 am – 9:00 am

Technology Check, Gather Materials & Login

9:00 am – 9:30 am

2nd Block Instructional Time

30 min synchronous (face-to-face in TEAMS)

9:30 am – 9:45 am

Technology Check, Gather Materials & Login

9:45 am – 10:15 am

3rd Block Instructional Time

30 min synchronous (face-to-face in TEAMS)

10:15 am – 10:30 am

Technology Check, Gather Materials & Login

10:30 am – 11:00 am

4th Block Instructional Time

30 min synchronous (face-to-face in TEAMS)

11:00 am – 3:10 pm

Asynchronous Instructional Time

(Independent Learning at home)


Students and parents can keep track of their grades and attendance using the Infinite Campus parent and student accounts. Students can access their Infinite Campus account through the Clever application. Parents will need to download the Infinite Campus Parent Portal application to receive real-time grade and attendance notifications (Click here for instructions on creating your Parent Portal account). If you have any questions regarding setting up your parent portal, please visit
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Digital Dreamers

Chromebooks where distributed in August. Parents and Students must sign the Parent and Student Agreement form before a chromebook can be distributed. Please click here to sign the form online.

Locker/BookBag Policy 2022

Beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all bookbags (backpacks) must be clear or mesh. Students will carry their laptops in the school-issued, non-transparent laptop bag. Students participating in an extracurricular activity are permitted to carry non-transparent bags to store items pertaining to their particular activity (i.e. band, athletics, etc.). Upon entry into the school, all extracurricular activity bags must be stored in designated areas. All bags are subject to search. Additionally, the maximum size for non-transparent bags that students will be permitted to carry during the school day, such as lunch kits, pencil bags and purses, will be 6” x 9”.