Friday, February 27, 2015

General Information:
All students participating in the Mohican Science Fair need to have forms turned in the Mrs. Karl no later than TODAY.
Attention all students interested in the umpire training clinic. It begins Sunday March 1st. See the posted announcements for details.
Make dinner a selfless act by joining the Columbia After Prom committee for a Chipotle fundraiser on Monday March 2nd from 4:30-8:30 pm at the Strongsville Pearl Rd. location (not the mall). Bring in the flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you are supporting the Columbia afterprom to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated back to Columbia AfterProm. Enjoy a great meal on Monday and thanks for your support.
The sophomores are hosting a Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday, March 20, 2015, at CHS beginning at 3:00. Cost is $3 per player with teams of 6-8 students. Have a great time and opportunities to win prizes.  Last day to sign up for the tournament is March 13th.  Please see Bailey Dillon for more info.
The Columbia PTA is a generous supporter of the Columbia Local Schools. Check out all they have done for the schools so far this year. They thank you for your continued support.
Guidance News: 
College Credit Plus meeting: A College Credit Plus information meeting will be held Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 pm in the high school cafeteria. All students and parents who are interested in participating in CCP must be in attendance at this meeting regardless of past participation in PSEO. A representative from Lorain County Community College will also be in attendance to answer questions about this NEW program. Students who are interested must turn in their letter of intent by March 27th to be eligible. This is a great opportunity for students to take college classes.
College Now scholarships are available, however in order to apply, students must qualify for the Pell Grant. The only way to find out if you qualify for the Pell Grant is by completing the FAFSA. The deadline for the CollegeNow scholarship has been extended to March 13. If you have any questions stop into the guidance office.

Local Scholarship Information Meeting: March 15, 2015 from 2-4pm at the Columbia Town Hall. The Columbia Community Foundation is offering $21,500 this year in scholarships. See posted announcements for details.  
Attention College bound juniors: Now is the time to work to improve you ACT scores! The Educational Service Center of Lorain County is offering a practice ACT on Saturday March 7 for $30. See posted announcements for complete details. 
Meetings for the Week:
National Honor Society: Monday, March 2 at 2:30pm in Mrs. Becher’s room. 
Sports News: 
The Columbia wrestling team begins sectional competition this Saturday, February 28 at 10:00 am at Independence. Come out and cheer the boys on. We will see you matside!
The Lady Raiders basketball team move on to face Lake Ridge on Saturday at 1:00 in sectional final action on Saturday.   Tournament tickets for Adults are $6.00 and Students are $4.00.  No passes will be accepted or student sign-in for in season athletes. 
Articles posted but not read each day: 
Sophomores are selling Malley's chocolate bars for $1 each.  See any sophomore to purchase.
Attention all students: 2015 Umpire training clinic will be held on March 1st, 8th, and 15th from 1-5 pm. Baseball class is 1-3, Softball is 3-5.  There is no charge for any session or test.  You can be carded for both Ohio Hot Stove and Ohio Girls Softball Association.  The test is on March 15th.  Location for the clinics and test is the American Legion at 393 Ohio Street in Elyria.  Ages 12 and up are welcome. Columbia Hot Stove is always looking for more umpires. This is a great summer job.  Depending on the game, umpires can earn $25-$40 for approximately 2 hours of work.  A teenager umping 5-6 nights/week can earn a good income, still have plenty of free time (and never have to wake up early.  For more information on the clinic, students can call Lou Vasi at 440-327-7628.  If they'd like more information about umping in Columbia in particular, they can contact Doug Long, our Head Umpire, at   
There is still time to order your yearbook for this current school year. They are $70. Stop in the office or download a form from the webiste.  
Please make sure all school fees have been paid as report cards will be held as well as the release of transcripts for unpaid fees. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Mrs. Kobe in the main office at 440-236-5001. These fees must be paid before students can use school transportation for extracurricular activities. You may pay your school fees through the payforit system online through the school’s website. You may also pay in the main office at CHS.
The Columbia class of 2018 is hosting its first Vendor and Craft Fair on March 21, 2015. If you would like to participate in this year’s craft fair please fill out the bottom of this form and return along with your registration fee to secure your spot. Complete Craft and Vendor fair information can be found on this form
Senior Jostens ordering information: Contact Jostens directly to order your graduation items including your cap and gown for the commencement ceremony. After December 20, 2014 late fees apply for the cap and gown of $50 plus tax. You may use a gown from a sibling (white-girls, green-boys) and may choose only to purchase the cap and tassel for $15.00 or just the tassel for $10.00. 
Guidance News:
Local Scholarship Information Meeting: March 15, 2015 from 2-4pm at the Columbia Town Hall. The Columbia Community Foundation is offering $21,500 this year in scholarships.  This is a small part of the many local scholarships available to graduating seniors this year. Please join the Columbia Community Foundation as we host our 2nd annual scholarship information meeting at the Columbia Town Hall.  We have invited over 10 agencies that offer local scholarships to be on-hand to answer questions to make the application process easy. Please attend this informative event. Refreshments will be served.   Call Scholarship Chairperson, Pam Coleman, if you have questions, 440-742-3456.
Attention College bound juniors: Now is the time to work to improve you ACT scores! The Educational Service Center of Lorain County is offering a practice ACT on Saturday March 7 for $30. This is a great opportunity to take the actual test without it being on your record. Upon completion of the test you keep the test booklet and get a solution key. After a few days you will receive an analysis indicating areas of weakness. Registration is due by Monday, March 2. Stop in the guidance office for a registration form.
Miss Neff has several scholarship opportunities from various county agencies.  Stop in and see her for more info.  Anyone planning on majoring education can apply for the Wayne Ross Scholarship.
February/Early March Scholarships
*College Now of Greater Cleveland Scholarships – Local scholarships!
-Deadline: March 6, 2015
-Must have a minimum 2.5 GPA
-Must have a minimum 18 ACT or 860 SAT
-Must complete the FAFSA
-Award: varies
-See or email Miss Spicuzza for more details!
*Community Foundation of Lorain County – Local scholarships!
-Deadline: March 2, 2015
-Must have a minimum of 2.0 GPA
-Must complete the FAFSA
Epsilon Sigma Alpha Foundation
-Deadline: Feb. 1
-Numerous scholarships based on state of residency
-Award: up to $7,500
Miscellaneous information: 
The Parent Portal in PowerSchool is now open and can be accessed. Parent/Student logins and passwords remain the same as last year.  A new version of the Mobile App is now available and will prompt you for a District Mobile Registration code which is ZZGS.  The link for the App can be downloaded from the Parent Portal or found on the App store.  If you have trouble accessing your account please call the school at 440-236-5001 for assistance.
Attention all students who would like to drive to school.  If you have a valid driver’s license and have not met with Mr. Jump, turned in a completed parking permit form or paid the fee, you should not be driving to school and parking on the premises. All students who have a permit have an assigned spot. Make sure you are in it. If someone else is in your spot come see Mr. Jump. No one without a permit is to be parking in the high school lots or at Copopa.