Wednesday, December 17, 2014
General Information:
Finals begin today at 7:30 am. If you have not turned in your permission slip to leave after exams see Mrs. Hechko immediately. Announcements will not be read for the rest of the week but will be posted online and throughout the building.
Did you order a yearbook last year? Well, if you did order the 2014 Emerald, it has finally arrived to CHS! Please pick up your copy of the yearbook after school this week in Mr. Tullos' classroom (room 1). 
Senior Jostens ordering information: Contact Jostens directly to order your graduation items including your cap and gown for the commencement ceremony. The cap and gown fee is $26.00 and is made payable to Jostens.  IF you are only purchasing the cap and gown before the Dec. 20 deadline, you do not need to include the $10.00 shipping cost. The price until Dec. 20 will remain at $26. If you are not ordering announcements through Jostens, you still need to order the cap and gown if you plan to participate in the CHS commencement ceremony. 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. After December 20, 2014 late fees apply: $50 for the cap and gown plus tax.
The world needs to know your inner artist! Participate in PTA Reflections Fine Arts Competition.  Open to Columbia Students K-12. Choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a picture or create a piece of visual art and tell us your interpretation of the theme: “The World Would Be a Better Place If...” Contact Nancy Geiger at  for more details. Local deadline:  January 5th, 2015.
Please start saving your pop tabs for Key Club. The holidays are a great time to collect these! So tell your family and friends as well. You may bring them to the main office and Key Club will collect them for Cleveland’s Ronald McDonald House which houses free of charge families of seriously ill children. It can be an easy way for you to make a big difference in the life of a family in crisis. 
It's not too late to order Period2 Spirit Gear.  Snuggly blankets, cozy hats, and team pennants are still available to order until January 9.  Use the flyer from the website to order yours today!  Thanks for supporting Period2, a Junior Achievement company created, owned, and operated by Columbia High School students. 
Guidance News: 
Seniors: It is FASFA season!  You can make an appointment with Miss Spicuzza from College Now to complete your FAFSA.  Sign up in the guidance office.  Miss Spicuzza will be here TODAY, the Wednesday of finals week, and on Thursdays after Christmas break. The early deadline for FAFSA is February 15.  You must have the necessary forms to complete the FAFSA.  If you did not get a list of the forms you need in your English class, you can pick one up in the guidance office.
Attention Sophomores; JVS field trip permission slips are due by Friday, Dec. 19 to the guidance office. 
Sports News:
The varsity and junior varsity girls basketball teams downed the Brooklyn Hurricanes on Tuesday evening. Brooklyn's varsity team put up a fight and lead at halftime by 2.  The Raiders stormed back to beat them by a final score of 43-35. Congratulations! Great win. This extends the girls winning streak to 4 games. Next home game is this Saturday as they host Oberlin at 1:00 pm.  Come out and cheer on your Lady Raiders.  
Articles posted but not read each day: 
Attention all students and community members: Please stay off all Athletic Fields until further notice due to seeding and lawn maintenance.
Attention sophomores and class ring customers, if you missed Jostens this morning and need to pick up your ring, see Mrs. Kobe in the main office. Rings must be paid in full in order for you to take it home.
School Fees: All current year and past year school fees were due on WEDNESDAY, October 1 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. If you have questions about your school fees, please see Mrs. Kobe in the main office.

Guidance News:
Two scholarship opportunities for seniors this year:
1.  The first scholarship is "Aspiring Fashion Professional" Scholarship.  This is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a fashion degree at an accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit this link and find the scholarship located at the bottom of the page and click on it.  
2.  The 2nd Scholarship is the "Aspiring Animation Professional" Scholarship Program. This is the 4th year we are awarding this scholarship for This will be a $1000 scholarship awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested students visit the website,  to find eligibility information along with the online application.
Miscellaneous information: 
The Columbia Band Boosters are selling custom made CHS pillows to support The Columbia High School Marching Band. They are $25 a piece of two for $40. Check them out in the band case in the front hall. Orders will be taken in the main office.
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.