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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Bright Future for Columbia in 2018!

The year 2018 brings amazing opportunities for children in the Columbia School District.  Our teachers, staff and administrators appreciate the opportunity to assist in developing learning activities to benefit your child’s education. Our goal is to partner with you to provide your child an outstanding educational experience in a safe, positive and dynamic environment. 

Top quality education happens when students, parents, staff and the community collaborate to create and develop learning environments where everyone flourishes. It is very exciting to be a part of the Columbia School District’s journey toward increased student achievement and educational excellence. Collaboration between our staff and community has resulted in the Columbia School District Strategic Plan that will help shape and guide our district over the next five years.

We work on being intentional regarding our students’ learning opportunities.  Teachers develop plans which include activities designed to enhance student achievement.  Our terrific teachers use “teachable moments” to allow events to become learning filled occasions.  

Increasingly, teachers are integrating technology into their learning environments. Our teachers engage their learners by intentionally using technology to boost student interest and understanding.  The teachers use creative ideas to improve student achievement and to increase the capability of students to be successful problem solvers. 

 As we work together side-by-side leading the children of the community to become lifelong learners, our support of education will have an enduring effect on our children! I am deeply proud of the critical and immeasurable community support for the Columbia School District. Thanks to your help, Columbia School District has become one of Michigan’s premier school districts.

If you have questions about the Columbia School District or to register your child for school, please email me at .

Monday, December 11, 2017

Making A Difference!

Home for the holidays!  Each year many people travel home for the holidays to celebrate with family and friends.  We bring Christmas presents to our loved ones and spend time laughing and celebrating together.  Gathering around a table filled with turkey, ham or roast beef, most of us eat to our hearts content.  However, there are many families in our area who struggle to make ends meet. 

During this season of giving Columbia students and staff members sponsored families for Christmas with toys and canned goods.  Our students banded together to collect over a thousand nonperishable food items.  The students at Columbia Central High School teamed up with the Country Market and the community of Brooklyn to collect donations of food and paper products.  Many people 
recognized the need and donated funds that were turned into additional nonperishable food items. 

Even our youngest students at Columbia Elementary School brought cans of green beans, ravioli and even chicken noodle soup!  The donations of Ramen Noodles, spaghetti sauce and toilet paper were given to the Brooklyn Food Pantry to be distributed to those families who are struggling. 
At Columbia Upper Elementary students and staff members not only donated food items, they teamed up with high school students to collect toys and funds to purchase toys and clothing for families in our area.  These donations will help to give many area children a better Christmas.

If you missed the opportunity to donate to the Columbia School District food and toy drive, you still have time to donate funds to a nonprofit before the end of the year.  The Brooklyn Food Pantry accepts donations of food and funds all year around to address the needs of struggling families in our area.  The Salvation Army will have their Red Kettles and bell ringers at various locations in the Jackson area or you may send funds by mail to support their various community efforts.  You may also make a tax-deductible donation of funds to an area nonprofit such as the Columbia Educational Foundation for student scholarships, Columbia School District for technology, a YMCA camp for camperships for needy children or a local church for their efforts to help area families. 

If you are interested in finding out more about Columbia School District and our programs, email me at or call 5175926641.D