Team Columbia

Average is OFFICIALLY over!

2nd Nine Weeks: A New Beginning

Faculty and Staff, as we put the first nine weeks in the record books, I cannot help but reflect upon our many accomplishments. Several students auditioned and will now represent Columbia in the All-City Honor Choir. Our football team dominated John Paul II in their football match-up over fall break. Our attendance rate is at 95.51%. Improvements were made to the large gymnasium floor. We have entered into a partnership with UAB to expose a cohort of ninth grade students to STEM programs. We had some bright spots to brag about in our SchoolNet data as well that will be shared in the coming weeks. As these successes give us fuel and encouragement, we realize that we have opportunities for growth as well.

As we begin our second quarter, let us reaffirm our expectations to our students, take a closer look at ways that we can improve in assisting our students to be more successful, and continue to work closely together as a team . Each start of the quarter signifies a new beginning. A new beginning for us to relish in our strengths and successes while reflecting on those areas which we can improve. I encourage all to reflect on the past quarter. What were your strengths and successes? What areas might need improvement? What were some challenges? Please take this opportunity to take the following surveys. Please be candid because constructive feedback always spurs growth.

The first survey is the First Quarter Reflection Survey.

The second survey is the SchoolNet Review and Reflection Survey.

These surveys only have ten questions each and will help guide and inform us on ways to grow and improve. Please, take the surveys by the end of the day on Monday. We thank you for your candor and feedback in advance.

We are also very pleased and honored to welcome Mr. Zach South, Math Teacher; Mr. Chris Smith, Social Studies Teacher and Mr. Sammy Hardin, Head Custodian to Team Columbia. Also, as we begin the week, please keep Mrs. Driggers in your prayers as she lost a family member during the break.

Team Columbia, I am excited what the 2nd quarter will bring. Get excited!!!! Be energized!!!! GO EAGLES!!!

Going on This Week!

Morning Arrival Procedures

Because the bleachers cannot be pulled out in the large gym as of yet, students will continue to meet in the following areas in the mornings:

  • Freshmen - Cafeteria
  • 10th-12th Grades - Small gym

UAB STEM Program

A meeting will be held with the following students at the beginning of 3rd period briefly concerning the UAB STEM Program:

Anderson, Alyssa

Jones, Phillip

Armstrong, Taylor

Dunning, Coraleigh

Flowers, Mylah

Harris, Regina

Hughes, Khamari

Lopez, Jennifer

Palacios-Gomez, Christian

Robinson, Timmia

Walker, A'Shaunaci

White, Gabriel

Young, Taylor

Sisk, Lauryn

Monroe, Brianna

Pierre, Jaren

Freshman Commitment to Graduate Ceremony

  • Rehearsal 7th and 8th Periods on Monday.
  • Program at 10:30 on Tuesday.

PSAT Testing

Wednesday, October 14. Please remember, that we will use the Freshman Academy hall to administer testing. Many classes will be displaced. Test administrators will need to be trained. Calendar requests went out last week.

Fire Drill

We will have a fire drill on Wednesday during 8th Block at approximately 2:45pm. Please review your fire safety plan and evacuation routes with your students.

Faculty Meeting

Faculty meeting will be this Wednesday in the Cafeteria at 3:30 pm.

School Climate Surveys

We want to hear from our students as well. We will be administering School Climate Surveys to the students during homeroom this week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. A member of the School Climate Survey Administrator Team will visit your homerooms during the following times:

Freshman Homerooms - Monday

Sophomore Homerooms - Tuesday

Junior Homerooms - Thursday

Senior Homerooms - Friday

Grades and Grade Verification

Grades are to be posted in INOW by October 13, 2015

Grade Verifications are due back to Mrs. Stallings at 3:20 on October, 14, 2015


Please ensure that you are using your 20 day report to take attendance as well as posting attendance in INOW. Remember, this should take place within the first 10 minutes of class. An email was sent by Mr. Hayden on September 15, 2015, regarding attendance procedures. We are currently at 95.51% which is goal and we want it to stay at goal. Please encourage your students to come to school every day. If they are absent, ensure that they bring a note to school within 2 school days. Attendance for your classes should be posted in INOW within the first 10 minutes of each period as well.

Educate Alabama

Please be reminded that your EA self assessment and PLP is due on Friday, October 16. We are focusing on competencies 3.3 and 4.3. Please select me as your Primary Evaluator and either Mrs. Driggers or Mr. Jernigan as your Secondary Evaluator as indicated on the handout from our last faculty meeting.

From the Instructional Partner

Pacing Guide Information was emailed to each department. We want to further pace out our standards to ensure coverage of the standards. If you have questions regarding the pacing of your standards, do not hesitate to ask for assistance.

Pacing guides are due to me October 19, 2015.

Freshman Academy Corner

Freshman Academy Planning Meeting during 2nd and 4th blocks

  • The logistics of the Commitment Ceremony will be discussed.

Save the Dates

October 19 - Report Cards Go Home during Homeroom/Gold Day

  • We will operate our Gold Schedule (Blocks 2, 4, 6, & 8) due to the half day on the 23rd.

October 19 - Data Meetings

  • Foreign Language - 10:00-10:45
  • Business Ed - 10:45-11:30
  • Student Services - 1:45-12:30

  • October 19 - Student Expectation/Awards Assembly
    • 10th Grade - 8:30-9:15
    • 9th Grade - 12:45-1:33

    October 20- Special Olympics at Milton Frank Stadium

    October 22 - Data Meetings

    • Social Science- 8:00-8:50
    • Science - 10:00-10:50
    • English- 12:40-1:30
    • Math - 1:40-2:30

    October 22 - Student Expectation/Awards Assembly

    • 11th Grade - 9:00-9:45
    • 12th Grade - 11:00-11:45

    October 23 - 1/2 Day for Students

    • Jr. and Sr. Incentive Assembly at 9:00 in the Auditorium
    • Dismissal for students at 11:30
    • PD for faculty 12:30-3:30