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Friday, February 22, 2019
General Information:
Parent Teacher Conferences: CHS second semester conferences are on Wednesday, March 6 from 3:15-7:00 pm and Thursday, March 7 from 12:00-4:00 pm. An email blast will be sent to all parents who have provided CHS with their personal email addresses explaining the scheduling process and how to request a conference with their child's teachers. The link can also be accessed on the website once it is open. Watch your email for this important notification.  All students will be dismissed at 11:15 am on Thursday, March 7. Grab-and-Go lunches will be available in the cafeteria and bus transportation will take students home after the 11:15 am dismissal. JVS transportation to and from the JVS will run as usual on Thursday. However, JVS students must provide their own transportation home from Columbia High on the afternoon of Thursday, March 7.
Key Club will be collecting pop tabs through February to raise money for Ronald McDonald House. The homeroom to raise the most money will receive donuts.
To celebrate Kindness Week, Student Council is partnering with the Columbia Food Pantry and CMS and Copopa to collect items for the Columbia Food Pantry.  CHS will be collecting non-perishable food items through your 9th period classes.  The contest runs February 11-28.  The winning 9th period class will receive a pizza party on March 5th, courtesy of the Columbia Food Pantry. See the fliers posted in the building for the most desired items.
Attention seniors: If you were unable to have your “in-house” senior picture taken on Tuesday, January 29,  please contact Prestige Portraits to schedule an appointment at one of their studios.  The Brunswick studio number is (330) 225-7666. This photo will be taken free of charge but must be completed by Saturday, March 9 for your photo to be included in the yearbook, the RUR graduate edition and on the Class of 2019 composite displayed in the halls of CHS.  
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
Mark your calendar for the Class of 2022 Vendor and Craft Fair. Join us on March 16, 2019 at Columbia Middle School. See the flier for more information and contact if you would like to be a vendor.  
Meetings for the Week: 
Girls' soccer meeting:  Today, Friday, Feb. 22 directly after school in Mrs. Taylor's room. Anyone interested in playing soccer next year should attend. 
Calling all parents interested in helping plan after-prom for 2020 CHS graduates.  There will be an organizational meeting on Tuesday, Feb 26th at 7:00 PM in the CHS cafeteria.  If you cannot attend the meeting, but are interested in helping, please email Dolly Hritz at
Attention parents of  Spring Sports athletes: Mark your calendar for the mandatory parent meeting on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:00 pm in the High School cafeteria for all parents of spring athletes. New this spring, online form submission will be implemented. Complete instructions with handouts to access the website will be presented at this important meeting. All online forms must be completed by March 8, 2019. 
Guidance News: 
Attention seniors:  Ms. Hall from College Now will be in theguidance office,  Wednesday, March 13. Seniors, if you need assistance with college applications, scholarship applications, or the FAFSA, stop in during your free time or a study hall.    
Attention Seniors: Applications for community scholarships will be available in the guidance office beginning Friday, March 1 and completed applications are due Friday, March 15 at 3:00 pm. The Columbia endowment scholarship app is available online via the guidance link on the website, complete it online and then print. 

The Columbia Community Foundation scholarship applications are now open online . All CCF applications must be completed by March 22. 
Busy college-bound students can prep for the ACT or SAT in just one day! A new SAT workshop at Highland High School will offer one-day sessions packed with review and strategies for time-strapped students to achieve higher scores.
Students can choose a workshop that fits their schedules:
-Highland SAT Prep 1-Day Workshop: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, March 16, at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road, Medina.
-Medina ACT Prep 1-Day Workshop: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 6, at Medina High School, 777 E. Union St., Medina.
Each workshop costs $99 and includes lunch and materials. The one-day format will offer tips and problem-solving techniques, practice questions published by ACT and a review of core subjects in a condensed format.
These five-session courses also are available:
-Medina ACT Prep Course: 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays, starting March 4 and continuing through April 8, at the Medina County Career Center, 1101 W. Liberty St., Medina. There will be no class on March 25.
-Highland ACT Prep Course: 6 to 8 p.m. Thursdays, starting April 25 and continuing through May 23 at Highland High School, 4150 Ridge Road, Medina.
Each course costs $179 and includes materials.  Please see the poster on the guidance office door.
The Cleveland Clinic has several summer internship programs available.  Check out the flyers on the guidance office door for more information.        CCF Summer Intership Flier CCF Destination Application flier      
Attention juniors and seniors interested in a career in Sports Management: Check out the  2nd ANNUAL Sports Management SUMMER INSTITUTE at Cleveland State University, June 23-28. This program will serve as a complement to the CSU Management academic program; and provide an opportunity for High School students to experience hands-on opportunities with local and national figures from all levels of sport and entertainment. Students will engage with local leaders from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Cleveland Indians, the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Teamwork Online, Cleveland State Department of Athletics, and Live Nation. See CSU’s website for more information.
Any seniors planning on majoring in education, please check out the website  They are offering a $5,000 scholarship.

Community Service:  
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. 
Volunteer opportunities that will be coming up in the Spring. See below for list of events and contact information to participate.
1) Clean Up Columbia Park – Date TBD (weather permitting). Team Lead / Project Manager – Brandon Coleman. Brandon will be coordinating times and volunteers for this project.

2) PTO Family Movie Night – Friday, March 22nd from 5pm-9pm. Contact Jessica Kaititus to volunteer - (440) 334-6577 or by email @

3) Copopa / CMS Literacy Night held at Arena 51 in Middleburg Hts. - Monday, March 25th from 5pm –8:30pm – Contact Mrs. Rumes by email @

4) PTO Mother & Son Dance (CHS Young Men are ENCOURAGED TO Escort your Mom’s to this dance) - Saturday, April 13th – the dance is from 6-8pm, volunteers would be needed from 5pm-9pm – Contact Jessica Kaititus to volunteer - (440) 334-6577 or by email @

5) Copopa Laugh Olympics (This opportunity would require permission from CHS Principal to be excused from School, obviously Graduating Seniors are encouraged to volunteer) - Wednesday, May 29th from 7:30am – 3:30pm - Contact Jessica Kaititus to volunteer - (440) 334–6577 or by email @

6) Brick Work at The Bronson House – Brandon Coleman will be working with Mr. Wayne Brassell to coordinate dates and times for working on this project. Time frame – Late Spring when the weather is more forgiving.
Sports News: 
The girls basketball team will be back in action in the second round at Elyria Catholic on Saturday at 1 pm! Thanks to everyone who made the trip out to Keystone on Wednesday. We would love to see all our fans in the stands tomorrow! Go Raiders.
On Tuesday, March 12 all high school spring sports team/individual pictures will be taken at Columbia High School. All participants should receive order information and the time schedule for team/group and individual pictures from their coaches. Continuing this year, we will be taking an all-senior picture at 3:20 pm. This photo is available for purchase through Lifetouch Photography. Please direct any questions to your child’s respective coach.  
Participation Fees for Spring Sports are due no later than the photo day on March 12. All athletes must have their school fees paid in order to ride school transportation to athletic events.  
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: 
Congratulations to Carissa Templeton and Adam Ross who have been chosen as the Students of the Month for January. Watch for their bios in a future issue of the Rural Urban and displayed in the main hall at CHS. Congratulations Carissa and Adam.  
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.
Color Guard open practices and tryout dates.
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 
Are you looking for  part time job? Do you love being outside? Palmer’s Lawn Care is open and flexible to train enthusiastic individuals! Our minimum requirement for applicants is: 16 years old and have a driver’s license. We are interviewing for summer help but are also looking for a few seniors that have early release to meet up with one of our landscape crews this spring.  Employee  hourly rate starts around $9.00 per hour. Contact their office at 440-236-9625  or visit on-line at: 
Strongsville Recreation Center is looking for students for an upcoming lifeguarding class. The class runs Sundays from February 24 through March 24 from 9am-3pm.  Successful completion of the class can lead to employment at the Strongsville Recreation Center starting at $9.00/hour. Information is available online at or by calling 440-580-3260.   
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
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.
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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