Columbia High School

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
General Information:
Science Fair is this evening in the high school cafeteria. Students are welcome to set up beginning at 5:30 and parents may view exhibits until 6:15. Parents are welcome to wait in the high school media center while their children are judged. 6th grade participants will be judged first. Judging will take place between 6:15 and 9:30 pm. Good luck to all students who have entered displays for this event. 
Attention all students: There is no school for students on Friday, January 18 and Monday, January 21. School will resume on Tuesday, January 22 with the second semester. Make sure you check your schedule on PowerSchool to see if there are any changes in your daily schedule for second semester.
Attention seniors: If you have not had your senior picture taken at Prestige Portraits, we have scheduled an “in-house” picture to be taken at CHS at no charge on Tuesday, January 29. This picture will assure that your  photo is included in the yearbook, the RUR graduate edition and on the Class of 2019 composite displayed in the halls of CHS. Senior pictures from other studios are not accepted for these publications. Appointment assignments will be sent to residences the week of January 21. You may also see Mrs. Kobe in the main office for your appointment time on January 29. *Note: The JVS bus will wait for the JVS seniors to have their picture taken on January 29. Appointment reminders will be distributed prior to the picture date.

A HUGE CONGRATULATIONS to Jayden Haynes for organizing the collection of winter hats, gloves and coats at all three Columbia Schools. All of the items that were brought in will be donated to The Road Hope, an addiction recovery center in Lorain County.   The Road to Hope not only helps those suffering from the disease of addiction, but also provides support to the families of those in recovery.  They were very excited to hear of Jayden’s project and are looking forward to meeting her and helping to distribute the collected items.
Orders are now being accepted for the 2019 Yearbook. Complete the order form and return to Mr. Tullos at CHS with $75 cash or check payable to CHS or order online by credit or paypal at
How about a break from this cold winter? Check out the Columbia PTA Fundraiser! Thursday evening, January 17, 2019 at Kalahari Water Park. Only $129! Support your school while having fun!

Attention seniors:  Jostens orders can still be placed online at or by calling 1-800-JOSTENS, M-F 9:00am-8:00 pm. Extra packets are available in the main office.  The cap and gown cost is $50.  Here is your link to the custom Columbia High School page on the Jostens web site. You can order your RAIDER PACKAGE and your class ring on this link…  
1        Tax Rate is Lorain County rate of 6.75%
2        Best Value is the custom RAIDER PACKAGE (Save over $50)
3        Cap & Gown Unit options are on line 16 of the red, white and blue order form (attached).
4        If you plan to wear a siblings gown, see line 16 for Cap & Tassel only.
5        Deadline for on time order was December 22, 2018. More information is available here.
Meetings for the Week: 
Student Advisory Committee meeting is rescheduled for next week. Listen to the announcements for the new date of the meeting. 

Key Club meeting after school on Thursday, January 24 in Miss Atkinson's room. We will be making signs for our pop tab collection, which raises money for Ronald McDonald House. If you are unable to attend, please see Miss Atkinson or Mrs. Taylor.
Guidance News: 
Attention all freshmen and sophomores: Are you curious about what the JVS has to offer? Looking to develop some valuable skills and earn your high school diploma at the same time? Then come to our open house at LCJVS on Sunday, January 27 from 12:30-3:30pm. Check out their website for information about the programs they offer and the great things going on at LCJVS.
Attention seniors:  Ms. Hall from College Now will be in the guidance office Wednesday, January 23. If you need assistance with college applications, scholarship applications, or the FAFSA, stop in during your free time or a study hall. 
Are you looking to improve your chances to receive more scholarship money by increasing your ACT scores? Then register for the College Now ACT/SAT Prep Course! There is no cost to participate, and students will receive enhanced math and reading proficiency through ACT/SAT Test Prep, a $200 stipend upon completion of 30 days of participation and an increased ACT/SAT score as well as free college and career visits. impact Winter Session takes place at the Wellington High School Library, JANUARY 14 through MARCH 8 (for SAT Prep), MONDAY through THURSDAY from 3:15 – 6:15 PM. To learn more or to register, visit or contact College Now at (216) 635-0428. 
Guess what? You don’t have to travel far to get ready for the ACT! You now can prep for the exam in just one day at Olmsted Falls High School!Join the ACT Prep Workshop from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, at Olmsted Falls High School. The day will be packed with review and strategies to boost those scores for colleges and scholarships. For more details, visit the guidance office or
Any seniors planning on majoring in education, please check out the website  They are offering a $5,000 scholarship.

Community Service:  
Mrs. Wilson in the K-8 building is looking for a few good volunteers to help with the Power of the Pen tournament at Columbia Middle School on Saturday, February 2, from 9am - 2:15pm.  This is a great opportunity to earn 5+ hours in one day.  Please sign-up with Miss Neff if you can volunteer.
Beginning this year there is a new graduation requirement of community service hours. The community service log form is available in the offices at CHS and from Mrs. Meadows at LCJVS as well as on the website. All students are required to complete this graduation requirement. Contact the guidance office if you have any questions. The required hours for the  18-19 school year for students are seniors-5; juniors-10, sophomores-15, freshmen-20. 
Another great opportunity for service hours is the “A Night to Shine” event on February 8th held at White Hall, sponsored by Abiding Faith Church. Help is needed both on February 7th and 8th. Sign up and get more information
Sports News:  
Make sure you have a current physical on file before participating in any sports program.  The 2018-2019 OHSAA preparticipation physical form is available in the main office or online. High School Athletic participation fees for the 2018-2019 school year are $150.  If you have questions concerning the participation fee, contact Jeff Jump at 440-236-1245.
Information posted but not read each day: 
Lifetouch photography, Columbia High's school photographer, takes photos of sporting events and extra curricular activities through out the school year. These photos can be viewed online and purchased through their website:  Visitors will need to set up a personal account using their email address, a password of their choosing and the school code: COLUMBIAWP.
Congratulations to Danielle Roginsky and Ben Alten who have been chosen as the Students of the Month for December. Watch for their bios in a future issue of the Rural Urban and displayed in the main hall at CHS. Congratulations Danielle and Ben.   
Student Advisory Committee : Would you like to have your concerns and ideas voiced? Do you have suggestions on how you can make CHS better and a great place for all students? Let Mr. Lynch know you are interested. All committee meetings take place during 4th period. Watch the announcements for the next meeting.   
Color Guard open practices and tryout dates.
Monday, January, 1/14:  3:30-5:30
Tuesday, 1/22:  3:3-5:30
Monday, 1/28:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 2/4:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 2/11:  3:30-5:30
Tuesday, 2/19:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 2/25:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 3/4:  3:30-5:30
Tuesday, 3/5:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 3/11:  3:30-5:30
Tuesday, 3/12:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 3/18:  3:30-5:30
Tuesday, 3/19:  3:30-5:30
Monday, 4/1:  5-8pm at CMS - Color guard tryouts
Tuesday, 4/2:  5-8pm at CMS - Color guard tryouts
Thursday, 4/4:  5-8pm at CMS - Color Guard Tryouts
Friday, 4/5:  5-8pm at CMS - Color guard tryouts
Monday, 4/8:  6pm at CHS - Color guard parent/ member meeting 
Academic Fees: Fee letters were mailed home to all residences on Thursday, October 4 listing past fees as well as the academic fees for the 18-19 school year. Payment is  now overdue.   If a payment plan is desired, please call Mrs. Kobe at 440-236-5001 to develop a plan. Transportation for extra curricular activities will be denied if fees are outstanding after October 31. A signed payment plan contract will allow students with outstanding fees to continue to use school transportation for extra curricular activities and sports.  
Attention students ages 15 and older. Have you thought about how expensive college will be or need gas money? The Strongsville Rec is in HIGH need of lifeguardsIf you are currently certified, please pick up an application at the front desk inside the Strongsville Rec Center, download here,  or visit under the human resource tab to fill out an online application. If you are interested in becoming a lifeguard, there will be course offered every Sunday from 9 am - 3 pm starting February 24th through March 24th. Working at the rec you will have the perks of making your own schedule with flexible hours, a starting pay rate of $9.00, and adding skills and work experience to your resumé. Please see the front desk at the Strongsville Rec Center to pick up an application or sign up for the class. You will not find any lifeguard class cheaper than this! Costs: Members $96, Non-members/residents $110, Non-Residents $120.
Attention students: Are you looking for an after school job? Check out the Strongsville Wendy’s. They are in search of crew members to join their team. Earn some extra cash and gain valuable work experience. Apply in person at the Pearl Rd. location.   
If you are intersted in traveling  to Costa Rica in June of 2020 and were unable to attend the November 1 meeting, contact Señora Hafeman. Check out the flier here
CHS provides both healthy breakfast and lunch offerings every school day. The price of a school lunch for the 2018-2019 school year is $3.50 and milk is $0.50. Breakfast prices are $1.50. Your child may qualify for free or reduced priced meals. Reduced price lunch is $0.40 and reduced price breakfast is $0.30. Please contact your school office if you need assistance providing school day meals for your child.   
Looking for the latest in RaiderWear? Check out the flyer posted in the halls and online. Orders may be placed online or visit their store in Olmsted Falls.   
Attention seniors: In order to apply for the PTA scholarship in the spring, membership must be maintained by an immediate family member. Pick up the application or apply online.  
Columbia Community Foundation Youth Club: All students interested in joining the club should contact Mandie Andrews at  or call 216-409-6668 for meeting information.  This club will give all CHS students the opportunity to  reach their community service goals and commitment towards their graduation requirement.
If you are using the mobile app the district code is ZZGS.  If you have difficutly accessing your account, contact Mrs. Hechko in the guidance office. PowerSchool for parents/students is a useful tool to keep track of class schedules, current assignments and grades, fees due, attendance, graduation pathways and much more.
The Ohio University Women’s Club of Greater Cleveland (“OUWC”) will once again be awarding a scholarship to a high school senior woman who will be attending Ohio University in the fall of 2019. This scholarship can range in value from a partial scholarship, up to a full tuition scholarship for the freshman year. The maximum a student can receive is an amount, when considered with other awards, that totals the amount of tuition only. Please see Miss Neff with any questions or to apply.  Applications must be received by February 9, 2019.
Schedule Changes: If there is an error on your schedule, please contact the guidance office at 440-236-5003 to schedule an appointment to make corrections. No walk-ins will be accepted. Changes will only be made for the following reasons:
 1. A required course has not been scheduled 
 2. Computer error
 3. Academic misplacement-this change requires the approval of counselor, principal, teachers and parents.
There is no student parking permitted in the White Hall lot. This is not school property and is privately owned. Any violators who park in that lot will be towed at the owner's expense. 
School hours for the 18-19 school year are 7:30 am - 2:48 pm. 
Juniors and Seniors eligible for Early Release or Late Arrival should pick up an application in the guidance office. CCP students are reminded to return their CCP attendance forms to the guidance office asap. 
Any student who will be 18 before the next general election may register to vote on the Lorain County Board of Elections website.  The link is also available on the guidance page of our website. If you will be at least 18 years old on or before the day of the next general election, you may vote in the primary election to nominate candidates, but you cannot vote on issues or party central committees until you are 18.
If your child is a new student attending Columbia High school, you must contact our registrar, Liz Wenzel, at the Administration Building at 25796 Royalton Rd. Please call for an appointment at 440-236-1236. Mrs. Wenzel will contact you to set up an appointment for you to bring in your child’s  required documents and to register your child. Due to the large volume of registrants, please do not arrive at the administration center without an appointment. 
Reminder to all Seniors : Back-to-school checklists include immunizations too. The Lorain County Public Health Department reminds you that before a student can enter 12th grade they must have received a dose of the Meningitis vaccine after the age of 16. See your medical provider or make an appointment with Lorain County Public Health to get the vaccines your student needs. Call 440-284-3206 for an appointment.  Proof of vaccine is due by the 14th day of school. Please refer to the following documents for more information and a form that can be completed by your physician.
Parking Permit applications are available in  the main office. Eligible students must have a 1.5 cumulative GPA, a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance coverage . The applications are still available. Submit  your application, the fee of $30 and copies of required documents to the main office. You may also download  information here and  application 
Study island log in information link is available here and on the CHS website under guidance. 


Columbia High School
14168 West River Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028
(440) 236-5001
(440) 236-3081 (Fax)
Sean Lynch, Principal
Jeff Jump, Assistant Principal
Suzanne Neff, School Counselor
Office Hours 7:00-3:00
School Hours 7:30-2:48

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