Columbia Schools Great News Network

3/3/17 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

CCE would like to congratulate the following teachers on being awarded grant funds to be used in their classrooms: Yvonne Sullivan, Tamera Rountree, Nicole Sheehan, and Katie Cunningham.

Columbia High School

This year for Valentine's Day our FOR Club members wanted the world to know that LOVE comes in all colors and the importance of coming together and embracing differences. With that being said, our students issued multicolored hearts to faculty, staff, and their peers so that we could physically display our willingness to unite in the name of LOVE.

Our students also stuffed 200 goody bags filled with candy and kind messages for faculty and staff members to show their love/appreciation for these individuals. These tokens of LOVE were placed in each persons mailbox.

​We are incredibly proud of the students who competed at the Suwannee Valley Regional Science Fair! They all worked so hard and it showed!

Linash: 1st place in Environmental Science, advancing to state, Best Physical Project, award from Association for Women Geoscientists, RICOH- Sustainable Development and ASU Award, and the I-Sweep International Sustainable World Project Olympiad

Maggie: 1st place in Cellular and Molecular Biology, advancing to state

Ayden: 3rd place in Behavioral Science

Cole: Stockholm Junior Water Prize
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​The CHS Jazz Band earned Straight Excellents at Jazz Band MPA!
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eastside elementary

The Young Artist of the Month program is a business partnership activity between the Columbia County School System and Sunstate Federal Credit Union, Mix 94.3, The Lake City Advertiser, and 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.

Congratulations to Eastside's Young Artists of the Month:

(row 1, l-r) Gabrielle, grade 1; Lola, grade K; Zayden, grade 1

(row 2) Madeleine Pinaire, Art Teacher; Vanessa, grade 4; Chase, grade 4; Roger Little, Principal

Not pictured: Adyson, grade 2

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five points elementary

On Friday, Five Points students celebrated STEAM with many fun and exciting activities.Here are just a few of the hands-on activities from each grade level.

Our Kinder Cubs built 3-D shapes and made ice cream. First grade dressed as Motion Spies and solved motion missions. Second grade was challenged to build gum drop towers and paper chains. Third grade participated in a Human Body properties lab "feeling" and identifying various solids and liquids. Fourth grade conducted properties of matter experiments with soda rockets and gummy bears. Finally, our fifth graders made discusses vortex and weather patterns of Tornadoes.

fort white elementary

Fort White Elementary School Principal Tom Lashley announced the school's first NASP Archery Team, open to a limited number of fourth and fifth grade students who have good grades, no discipline issues, and a desire to compete in this ancient and challenging sport of skill and concentration. The archers are coached by fourth grade teacher Kim Howard, fifth grade teacher Mychelle Angstadt, and paraprofessional Tim Walker. Members of the team pose in the FWES auditorium with their coaches wearing their team shirts. Shown in no particular order: Keyonis; Kenton; Jordan; Chase; Skyler; Abigail; Mikah; Lexy; Hannah; Morgan; Gracie; Joel; Alexis; Jordan; Zoe; Kaylee; Jacob; Hunter; Charles; and Hayli.
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Paraprofessionals at Fort White Elementary School are so passionate about their work that they designed a shirt to show their true feelings. It reads, "Paraprofessional only because awesome is not an offical job title." Principal Tom Lashley and the rest of his staff and students say they couldn't agree more. Shown in front: Tim Walker. Seated (L-R) LaShunda Alexander, Amanda Hillhouse, Amanda Daroza, Jayne Balze, and Michelle Daughtry. Standing (L-R) Wanda Baker, Paula Moseley, Dee Boykin, Lin Futch and Lillie Daies.
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ft white middle/high school

These photos are from a LIFE (Learning In Florida's Environment) lab at Ichetucknee Springs State Park. Mr. Babston's and Ms. Johannesen's sixth grade students participated by designing and building their own biodegradable boats. Boats were then raced in the river. We all had a fun time, and learned about speed, velocity, acceleration and buoyancy. Hands-on is a great way to learn!

lake city middle school

LCMS Falcon Soccer Banquet

Group Photo Specialty Awards:

LCMS Falcon Soccer Girls: Front row (Left to right): Kyndall- Defensive Player, Isabella- Offensive Player, Jade- Breakout Player, Kirsten- Coaches Award, Elizabeth- Most Valuable Player

LCMS Falcon Soccer Boys: Back Row (left to right): Bryant - Offensive Player, Trey- Outstanding Veteran, Troy- Breakout Player, Colby- Most Valuable Player, Tyson-Defensive Player, John -Double Impact Player

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melrose park elementary

Melrose celebrated their February Tigers of the Month with donuts and juice. These students have worked hard to earn their Tiger of the Month medals and a treat.
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niblack elementary

Niblack had the annual Black History Assembly on Friday, 2/24/17. Each grade performed a presentation, and many community members were there to enjoy the entertainment.
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Niblack treated the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students to food and games to kickoff FSA testing on Monday, 2/27/17.
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pathways academy

Students from Pathways Academy display a new sign which is now housed in the front office. These students have been recognized through the Phoenix Incentive Program because they have exhibited excellence in academics, attendance, and behavior. The incentive program would not be possible without the generous contributions from our community partners. We would like to send a huge thank-you to Wal-Mart, First Federal Bank of Florida, And Wayne Frier Home Center for your continued support of education in Columbia County! Pictured: (L-R) Ai'jalon, Daniel, Devin, Shaniyah.
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Mrs. Hoffman's class celebrating Black History Month.
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pinemount elementary

Our VPK friends from Mrs. Amparo's class have been reading different Dr. Seuss books in honor of his birthday on March 2. Our friends dressed up as Thing 1-19.
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Some of our first grade students show us how excited they are to read. In the morning before school starts our students come and sit on the bench until the bell rings at 7:30. These friends have been very eager to start their day with their books open reading their AR books.
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Our 2nd grade friends show what great students they are. They are starting their day off right by making excellent use of their time reading their AR books before school starts.
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richardson middle school

Students enrolled in Mr. Anthony Perry's W.O.L.F. (Working on Limitless Futures) Research Class have been involved with conducting research on the subject of bullying and how it impacts the experience of school-aged students. Students have investigated cyberbulling, along with the differences between bullying vs. being mean. As a part of their work, students have been working in small groups to create posters, writing/ performing plays containing scenarios based on true incidences of bullying, and engaging in debates on the topic. Students who have participated in the research have gained a new awareness of how bullying impacts the lives of students who are victimized.
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summers elementary

The top three students in each class who showed the most growth in ELA, Math and Science on the Performance Matters Midyear Assessment were treated to a Pancake Breakfast. Students enjoyed juice and pancakes with their choice of toppings as a reward for their hard work! Way to go students!
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So, you think you've got talent? Summers Elementary students sure did! At our Summers Talent Show, students displayed many talents such as singing, dancing, comedy routines, magic acts and instrumental performances.

First place winner, Elijah won $100.00, second place winner Tamara won $50.00 and third place went to Laurel who took home $25.00 in cash.

Congratulations to all of our students.

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westside elementary

Third grade students in Dasaisha Murphy's class presented their science fair projects to their classmates. The students were excited to share the projects and kept the audience engaged with their knowledge of the scientific method.

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Mr. Cooper had an opportunity to talk with 6th and 7th grade students about registration for next school year at the 7th and 8th grade center!
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A big shout-out to the crew at the District Warehouse! These great people have enthusiastically taken on several new initiatives that line up with Mr. Carswell's vision to make our school district more efficient. They have been working to clean and reorganize the warehouse and will soon pilot a bar-coding program for the inventorying of equipment and supplies. They have also spearheaded the introduction of online auctioning, which will help in the liquidation of our surplus furniture and equipment. They have gone well beyond the call of duty and deserve a very big "THANK YOU"!

FROM LEFT: William, Sid, Heather, and Earl

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Congratulations to our 2017 District School-Related Employee, Mrs. Janet Hostetler from Lake City Middle School. We know that she will do an amazing job representing Columbia County on the state level!
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