Senior Parents, Alpha Media would like you to submit your seniors for their Senior Highlight. You can do so at https://www.mycentralnebraska.com/columbus-high-school-seniors/ . This is one more way to highlight the hard work of our CHS soon to be graduates.
At the recommendation of ECDHD, Columbus Public School Buildings will remain closed, and we will begin extended learning on March 30th through April 30th. For more information and details visit https://www.columbuspublicschools.org/article/218236?org=district-administration
Beginning Thursday, March 19th students may pick up grab and go bags at the front door of their school between 10am-1pm each week day. Bags will include that day's lunch and tomorrow's breakfast. Due to federal guidelines, only students may pick up the grab and go bags.
Update: All school buildings are closed to the general public except for deliveries at this time. Kindergarten registration is suspended as well at this time. Lunch for students will begin on Thursday. More details will be released soon.
We continue to monitor COVID-19. An administrator conference call is at 2pm with State/Local officials. We will finalize planning & additional messaging will be sent this evening. We encourage parents to begin thinking about childcare if we should close or told to shut down.
CPS Community, please follow this link to the CPS parent letter that was sent out via remind this evening. This situation is ever changing and we will continue to provide updates as we have more information. https://5il.co/dpw2
CHS is postponing its Second Annual Statewide Spanish Competition that was to be held on Monday, March 16th. This decision has been made due to health concerns of large group gatherings and recommendations by ECDHD. A new date has yet to be determined.
Kindergarten Registration for 2020-2021 school year has been announced. Visit https://www.columbuspublicschools.org/article/193399?org=district-administration for all of the details.
Dr. Loeffelholz & Mr. Luebbe have accepted the Random Acts of Kindness challenge from Dr. Alder. Share your kindness photos and videos on our facebook page! Watch Friday night's challenge at the link below! https://www.facebook.com/ColumbusPublicSchools/videos/191333925399113/
We are a GO for school today! Translation, "Yes, we do have school". Been out early and things are slushy, warm temps helped us over night. Still slick underneath from last storm. "REMINDER" - Drive Slowly!
Due to the uncertainty in the timing of the winter storm tomorrow, we will be cancelling the After School Program for Tuesday, November 26th. The After School Program will start back up on Monday, December 2nd. There are no decisions made at this point for other activities or classes.
It's Senior Night tonight at the CHS Volleyball Match against Norfolk. Come on out at 6:30 and show your support for our seniors.
Good luck to do to the CHS Cross Country Team at Districts!
Early Childhood Education community discussions will take place October 7 & 8 from 7:00 - 8:30 pm at Columbus Middle School. We hope that many from the Columbus community will attend to discuss current needs and challenges that our community is facing. RSVP http://bit.ly/2lmT5pe
The USDA Summer Lunch Program will run from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. May 30-July 26 Monday through Friday at CMS, 2200 26 St. There will be no lunch served on July 4 and 5. The meal is free to all children ages 1-18. Adults accompanying a child may eat for $3.75. All meals meet USDA nutrition standards. The USDA Summer Lunch program serves meals with milk, meat, fruit, vegetables & bread. The USDA Food & Nutrition Service prohibits discrimination on race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.
Watch the CHS graduation live Sunday at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvgJ3TkibSY. The ceremony starts at 3 p.m.
Columbus Public Schools singers earned several honors at the 2019 Nebraska A Cappella Championships. This is the first year for the competition and it was held at CHS with 12 ensembles competing. The competition was tight with one point separating the top two scorers for best overall. The CHS group, Neptune’s Angels, edged out Pirate Radio from Brownnell Talbot School 190 to 189 out of a possible 210 to land first best overall. The best overall soloist and best junior high soloist was CMS eighth grader Alyva Williams from the group Vocal Tech. Bringing home best soloist in Class A was CHS senior Reagan Gausman for her performance with New World Singers. Neptune’s Angels also walked away with Best Class A Ensemble and Best Small Ensemble. The CMS group, Vocal Tech, took best Junior High Ensemble. New World Singers finished fourth best overall earning 187 points. Congratulations to all our participations and making us proud to be Discoverers!
Congratulations to Shaun Clemens and Aiden Cromwell as they won the 2019 State Mechatronics competition Saturday at the Nebraska State Leadership and Skills Contest in Grand Island. They will represent Columbus High School June 24th – 28th at the National Leadership Contest in Louisville Kentucky. In Automated Manufacturing the team of Logan Garbers, Kaden Hughes, and Pedro Zayas Vargas placed 3rd.
Congratulations to Mr. Dave Hiebner on being selected as the new Principal of Columbus High School!
There will be an informational CHS Cheer Tryout meeting in the IMC on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 28 at 7 p.m. If you are interested in trying out, you and a parent must attend ONE of the informational meetings. Please e-mail Ms. Joseph at email@example.com if you have any questions.
The March 14 Norfolk vs. Columbus (varsity) baseball game in Norfolk and Norfolk vs. Columbus (JV/Res) baseball games in Columbus have been postponed. The Columbus vs. Seward baseball games (Varsity/JV) scheduled to be played on March 15 in Columbus also have been postponed. Make up dates are TBD.
PowerSchool will be down for about an hour starting at 5 p.m. Sorry for the inconvenience.
Come check out the play, The Boarding House Reach, tonight at 7 p.m. If you can't make it tonight, you can come tomorrow at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. All performances will be at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center at CMS. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. Students with a C-Stamp and activity passes will be honored. Doors open half an hour before showtime.
The Waffleman will still be coming to West Park tonight. Belgian waffles, five flavors of syrup , whipped cream and sausage will be served from 5-7 p.m. Tickets are $8 and the proceeds will go to support fundraising for the Percussion Playground. The scheduled entertainment will also still be performing.
No school for Columbus Public School students today. Required staff are to report.
Columbus High School Theatre will perform The Boarding House Reach Friday at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Nantkes Performing Arts Center at CMS. Tickets are $5 for adults and $4 for students. Students with a C-Stamp and activity passes will be honored. Doors open half an hour before showtime.
Come out and see your reigning Champion Columbus Indoor Percussion and Columbus Winter Guard Saturday in the Heartland Winter Arts Association Columbus Indoor Competition. The event goes from 2-5 p.m. at CHS. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and 5 and under free. CHS C-Stamps and passes will not be accepted. The Columbus Indoor Percussion will perform at 2:18 p.m. and the Columbus Winter Guard at 4:51 p.m. Other Schools attending include: Elkhorn South Drumline, Bellevue West Indoor Percussion, Railmen Indoor Percussion, Bellevue West Winter Winds, Tempest, Cornerstone Christian, Omaha Central Guard, Millard West JV and Varsity, Millard North JV and Varsity, Millard South JV and Varsity, Bellevue East, Bellevue West JV and Varsity, and Elkhorn High School Winter Guard. --
Congratulations to the two CHS Robotics Teams that qualified for the Heartland Regional Robotics Championships on March 1 and 2 at Abraham Lincoln High School in Council Bluffs. Out of the 24-team field, CHS teams are ranked 11th and 20th. Members of the team include: Adolfo Medina-Lopez, Jessica Reiff, Julia Davidchik, Syrus Jeffcoat, Ethan Welch, Sarah Massman, Isaac Sukovaty and Kadence Kruse. Good luck Discoverers!
Columbus Public Schools will be hosting a Sing Around Columbus Honor Choir for singers in grades 4-6 at 6 p.m. on February 28 at the CHS Concert Hall. Admission to the concert is $3 and students 12 and under are free. CPS activity passes will be accepted. There will also be a special appearance by the CHS groups, Neptune’s Angels and Baker’s Dozen. Sing Around Columbus is an audition group of students from Columbus area schools. Students will learn the music independently, work with their school music teacher, and then perform with a mass choir at Columbus High School. Students were chosen based on four different areas: singing consistently on pitch, able to maintain a musical part, willing to memorize and spend time on music and exhibit self-discipline. The clinician was Megan Nuss from Colorado. Megan is an energetic clinician for choral festivals, and has a true passion for working with young voices.
CHS school counselors will be available for incoming freshmen and their parents/guardians from 4-6 p.m. in the cafeteria on Feb. 27, 28, March 1, 4 and 5. The counselors will be on hand to discuss the registration process and answer questions.
The CPS Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Operations Employee of the Year. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for a pdf version.
The CPS Foundation is now accepting nominations for the Educator of the Year. Please email email@example.com for a pdf version.
The spring sports parents meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 25 in the CHS Concert Hall. All parents who have students participating in track & field, baseball, boys' golf, soccer and girls' tennis are encouraged to attend. Activities Director Dave Hiebner will have a short address, followed by comments from the CHS Booster Club and Athletic Trainer Rob Marshall. Parents will then go to meetings with their sport-specific coaches. Attendance is not mandatory but recommended, and student-athletes are welcome to attend.
The Columbus High School spring sports parents meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 25, in the Concert Hall. All parents who have students participating in track & field, baseball, boys' golf, soccer and girls' tennis are encouraged to attend. CHS Activities Director Dave Hiebner will have a short address, followed by comments from the CHS Booster Club and Athletic Trainer Rob Marshall. Parents will then go to meetings with their sport-specific coaches. Attendance is not mandatory, but recommended, and student-athletes are welcome to attend.
On February 20, Columbus Public Schools will not be in session due to inclement weather conditions. School buildings will not be open, breakfast and lunch will not be served, and there will be no After School Program or extracurricular practices or rehearsals. Please go to the Columbus Public Schools District Facebook page for weather-related school closing updates. Spanish-language version: El 20 de febrero, las Escuelas Públicas de Columbus no van a tener clases debido al mal clima. Las escuelas van a estar cerradas, no vamos a dar desayuno ni comida, y no tendremos el Programa Después de Clase ni ensayos o prácticas extracurriculares. Por favor vaya a la página de Facebook del Distrito de las Escuelas Públicas de Columbus para ver informes sobre el cierre de clases debido al clima.
Preschool registration will be take place until March 8th. To schedule an appointment, please contact Registrar Tami Altstadt at 402-563-7000 Ext. 12753. This is only for children who are 4 years old by July 31, 2019. To register for a possible preschool placement, you will need your child’s original birth certificate, your child’s immunization records, and proof of residency within the district.
There is not a late start at CPS today. Classes run on a normal schedule. A phone message went out from Central Community College and not CPS.
At approximately 8:35 a.m. CHS experience a fire alarm due to a burst sprinkler head. Students and staff evacuated the building at that time. Water was deposited in two classrooms. Classes are back in session.
CHS Incoming Freshmen Registration Night will be Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Concert Hall. Please enter CHS through the south doors. Parents/ guardians and students are invited to attend. At the meeting, the registration process will be reviewed, and there will be information on school sponsored activities.
Columbus Public Schools will be having school tomorrow. It will be cold, but I our buildings will be warm and ready for students with breakfast and lunch. As always, parents it is your choice as to what time your student gets to school. Remember to dress appropriately for the cold weather. Just think of the 50 degrees we will be having on Saturday to stay warm.
All CHS athletes are required to have physicals and athletic forms completed before spring practices begin on Feb. 25. Forms should be turned in to the activities desk at the CHS office in order to be eligible for practice.
Columbus Public Schools will be open today. Our staff have been out driving in the community. Expect ice on neighborhood roads. Please take your time getting to school this morning. As a parent please remember it is your choice as to what time your student gets to school.
Band Booster Soup Supper will be Saturday from 4-8 p.m. at the CHS cafeteria. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children. The meal includes all you can eat soup, dessert and a drink. The proceeds will go to fund summer band camp scholarships; CHS band color guard and drumline trips and expenses; instrument and equipment repair and replacement.
Columbus Public Schools will remain open today with students being dismissed at the regular time. As in all inclement weather events, parents can choose to check out and pick up their children early. If another adult or sibling is picking up your child, you must please call the school to let them know who that person is.
CPS extends their condolences to the Welch family on the death of their daughter and CMS student, Peiton Welch. The crisis team will be available during the visitation and funeral. In addition, students may talk to their school counselor at anytime during the school day.
The CPS Destination Imagination program will host a blood drive through the Red Cross. The CPS DI program will receive $10 per unit of blood donated. If you are interested in making a donation, please sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B084AA8A92AA1FD0-diblood.
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The Columbus Public Schools Crisis Team will be available for staff, students, and anyone needing support from 10 a.m.-noon today and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the CHS IMC.
It is with great sadness that we report that Columbus High School Sophomore, Trevor Luckey passed away peacefully at Children's Hospital. Please keep the Luckey family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. The Columbus Public Schools Crisis Team will be available for staff students, and anyone needing support until 3 p.m. today, 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday and 1-3 p.m. on Sunday at the CHS IMC.
2019 Jam the Gym Diamond Dance Camp is from 9 a.m.-noon January 19 at CHS. The clinic is open to K-6th students. The performance is Jan. 20 beginning at 2 p.m. Registrations are due by Jan. 4. For more information, contact Kassie Neujahr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to the Columbus Public Schools Skilled and Technical Science programs for receiving the Program of Excellence Award. This is one of the highest honors given to Skilled and Technical Sciences programs and departments in Nebraska and is presented in recognition of outstanding contributions to the profession and students. The Program of Excellence Award provides public recognition on a local and state level and is presented at the Annual NCE/NASTSE Conference. In addition, if the recipients meet the criteria to be forwarded to the International Technology & Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), they also receive recognition on a national and international level. They are also formally presented with an engraved plaque and other recognition at ITEEA's Annual Conference.
There will be a presentation for all junior students, parents, and guardians regarding PreACT results. Please plan to attend one of the following sessions: Sunday, December 16, at 5 p.m. ,following the vocal concert, or Monday, December 17, at 7 p.m. During the session, parents/guardians will receive their students’ PreACT score report along with learning methods to improve scores.
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Here We Come a Waffling is tonight from 5-7 p.m. at CHS. Waffles will be served and the art show will be going on from 5-7 p.m. The band concert starts at 7 p.m. The CHS Art Department will also be selling anchor ornaments for $10. These are limited supply, and the proceeds will go towards classroom art supplies.
Come look at some art, eat waffles and listen to some music at the CHS Winter Fine Arts Festival, “Here We Come a Waffling,” December 10 from 5-7 p.m. The Waffleman will be serving waffles from 5-7 p.m. in the cafeteria, and there will be musical entertainment. Suggested donation is $10 for adults, $5 for students and 5 and under free. The art show will be held in the IMC during this same time. The CHS Band concert will be at 7 p.m. in the concert hall. The CHS Art Department will also be selling anchor ornaments for $10. These are limited supply, and the proceeds will go towards classroom art supplies.
The CHS New World Singers will present their Christmas Spectacular Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the Federated Church Fellowship Hall, which is located in the basement. All proceeds from this free will donation will be used by the Vocal Music Boosters to support the CHS Vocal music department. Vocal Tech, a group from CMS, will also be performing.
CMS Parents and Guardians are invited to learn about vaping and digital media awareness on Dec. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the CMS Auditorium. Jamie Rodriguez from East Health Department and the Columbus Police Department will be the presenters. Topics covered include: how to spot vaping products; dangers of vaping; how to help your child respond to online harassment; how kids can protect themselves from online predators; and much more.
Due to the predicted weather forecast, Columbus High has made the following changes related to activities: Swimming at Hastings has been postponed, date TBA Wrestling at Kearney Invitational postponed to Dec. 21 Quiz Bowl at Ralston has been canceled (Home) Freshman basketball vs. Seward has been postponed, date TBA JV/V Girls/Boys basketball at South Sioux City, postponed to Monday, Dec. 3
Within the next hour, as part of CHS emergency preparedness planning, students and staff will take part in a building-wide evacuation. The steps we take today are to help ensure students and staff know what to do and where to go in the event that we would be ordered to evacuate our building due to an emergency. The safety of our students and staff are the foremost concern of our administration. There is no cause for alarm as today’s activities are a planned exercise.
Nebraska Extension – Platte County led the 4-H School Enrichment program called Leadership Summit for all CMS 5th graders. The Leadership Summit was a hiking theme experience where students spent all day learning about themselves and how to work with others. The morning featured the opportunity to learn about their own personality and how they naturally operate as a leader as well as learning how to recognize, accept and value differences among their peers. Students rotated through sessions called Scenic Lookout (how to be an effective listener), Teamwork Tightrope (teamwork through communication), Tower Building (teamwork through working together) and Cards of Value (learning how to treat everyone respectfully). The day provided an opportunity for students to learn actively about how to be a great leader.
The CHS Winter Sports Parents meeting will be Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall. Parents who have students participating in basketball, wrestling or swimming & diving are encouraged to attend. This includes parents of Scotus students who are planning to swim at CHS. Students are welcome to attend, but it is not a requirement. Activities Director Dave Hiebner will have a short address, followed by comments from the CHS Booster Club, and Athletic Trainer Rob Marshall. Parents will then go to meetings with their sport-specific coaches.
There were 81 CHS students who submitted 147 applications to various colleges or military branches on the Apply 2 College day. There were 17 colleges and military branches that attended. This event happens in conjunction with EducationQuest as a state-wide effort to assist more students in the application process for post-secondary education after high school. Students were able to choose three institutions to visit, and at that time, they could submit an application or talk to the admissions representative to get more information about the school.
Centennial fourth graders experienced how Paleontologists have used fossils to learn about Nebraska's ancient climate and habitats. This project started with the students digging for fossils as a team. They encountered lots of small and medium fossils as well as one large mystery fossil. They had to make predictions about what the climate and habitat was like based on the type of fossil they had. The second day was the interaction with a representative from University of Nebraska Morrill Hall where they then got to actually identify their mystery fossil. The large fossil was the cast of the different elephant (Mammoth and Mastodon) teeth. The students had to determine what the elephant ate then figure out what kind of environment they must have lived in. This assignment fit in with the social studies curriculum, which is all about Nebraska history.
Come out and enjoy a burger before the last home football game against Omaha Northwest tonight. The Burger Bash runs from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and costs $6. Go Discoverers!
Come out tonight and support the Discoverers, and help them Rally a WIN by purchasing a white rally towel for $5 at the football game. All proceeds will go to CHS Post Prom.
The CMS Talent Show is October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Nantkes Performing Arts Center. Tickets are $3 for students K-12 and $5 for adults. Pre-K and under is free. Activity passes are accepted. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the front office or at the door.
The Discoverer clothing items have arrived. They can be picked up at the CHS main office during regular office hours (7:30-4:30).
Board of Education Meeting Tonight
Columbus High School has been informed of an individual named Nathan Geiger who is calling local businesses claiming to be a project manager at Columbus High School selling T-shirt and other advertising. This individual is not authorized nor are they working with Columbus High School. Previously, Sports Media Advertising (formerly known as Boost Sports and Touchdown Sports) has been attempting to sell advertisements claiming they are associated with Columbus High School. The individual claiming to be a project manager at CHS and may be associated with Sports Media Advertising. Sports Media Advertising is not connected to Columbus High School in any way and does not have our permission to be representing themselves in this manner. If any local businesses have sent Sports Media Advertising any money, we encourage you to contact Sports Media Advertising and request a refund.
CHS Administration has been informed of someone claiming to be a Columbus High project manager selling T-shirt advertising. This person is not authorized and is not working with CHS. Please contact the CHS Activities office at 402-563-7050 if you have any questions.
Come out to the football game early today to grab a burger or brat and watch the Diamond Dancers. The Diamond Dancers will perform at 6:37 p.m., and the Burger Bash runs from 5:30-6:45 p.m. and costs $6. The Discoverers will be playing Millard South at 7 p.m. Go Discoverers!
CHS will host the A3 District Wrestling Tournament in February.
Good luck to the softball team as they take on Bellevue West in the 1st round of districts today at 10:45. Go Discoverers!
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