Spirit of giving rings at Bell TopPosted November 24,2014
The sounds of the season are ringing through the halls of the Bell Top School.  Several school-wide projects to help others in need are coming together – one of which shows no sign of slowing. Read more...


Transportation department gives back to communityPosted November 24,2014
This past Saturday, members of the East Greenbush Central School District Transportation Department delivered 50 turkeys to the Nassau Resource Center for distribution to families in need. Read more...


A Thanksgiving message from Dr. Angela M. Nagle, Superintendent of SchoolsPosted November 24,2014
Thanksgiving is the time of the year when we are able to pause, reflect on what we have accomplished, and look toward the future with excitement and promise.   The first few months of the school year immersed our students in the Common Core curriculum and engaged them in a plethora of events and activities.   Read more...


Thanksgiving feast celebrates school communityPosted November 20, 2014
It’s an annual event for which many in the Howard L. Goff Middle School family give thanks.  It felt as if everyone had a role to play in the annual Thanksgiving Feast, held Thursday in the school gymnasium.  A tradition with Questar III more than three decades in the making, the Feast began as a way to celebrate and give thanks for the diverse population that comprises the school community. Read more...


Student athletes commit to college teams Posted November 20, 2014
Six Columbia High School students have made an important next step in their academic careers, and their athletic skill set them apart.  They caught the attention of recruiters and admissions teams.  Wednesday, these students signed acceptance letters to new teams – agreeing to play various sports for institutions of higher learning. Read more...


Operation Graduation students pitch in for charityPosted November 18, 2014
With the Thanksgiving turkey flapping not far in the distance, students in the Operation Graduation program at Columbia High School took a moment to consider those less fortunate.   Tuesday, students traveled to Catholic Charities in Rensselaer to help CoNSERNS-U coordinate donations for 500 families.  Read more...


Classroom lesson brings help to HeartsHerdPosted November 12, 2014
They heard a local animal sanctuary and rescue could use some help from the heart.  So, students at the Howard L. Goff Middle School took time in class to develop a plan for HeartsHerd, a non-profit based in Buskirk.  They got the most by spending smartly, and Friday, a donation of 617 items to the cats and dogs for whom HeartsHerd cares. Read more...

New York State Teacher of the Year visits GoffPosted November 12, 2014
The Empire State’s top teacher stopped by the Howard L. Goff Middle School this week.  Mr. Charles Giglio took time out of his travels between Montauk and Jamestown, speaking with Mr. Ronald Montesi’s science class Wednesday morning.  Mr. Giglio will also speak with several foreign language classes and meet with faculty before the day’s end. Read more...


Green Meadow honors veterans Posted November 10, 2014
At times, there wasn't a dry eye in the room. Students and staff at the Green Meadow Elementary School gathered Monday to thank Veterans for their service to our country, and support currently active servicemen and women whose ties run back to the Schodack elementary school. Read more...


Journalists on the set Posted November 10, 2014
Students from Ms. Meagan Asenbauer's journalism class visited the WMHT-TV studios Friday to watch a taping of New York NOW, hosted by Matt Ryan. The public affairs program airs throughout the state on PBS stations. The Columbia class was the first ever audience for the show! Tenured Capitol reporters Bill Hammond of The Daily News and Karen DeWitt of New York Public Radio sat on a panel to discuss the recent results of the election.


Emergency drill runs smoothly Posted November 7, 2014
Students quickly and silently exited the Howard L. Goff Middle School Friday afternoon as part of an emergency go-home drill. As they left the building for their buses, staff made sure no students were left behind. Great job to all and thanks to the students for their cooperation!


Emergency Go-Home Drill scheduled Friday Posted November 6, 2014
An annual early dismissal is scheduled across the East Greenbush Central School District Friday, November 7. The drill is in compliance with the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. Read more...


Drive to feed needy ends, CHS students give back Posted November 6, 2014
You sure did remember. Columbia High School students gave back in a big way to the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York to remember families less fortunate as the holiday season approaches. This is an initiative students work to complete every year; this time, several other Capital District schools competed to donate the most non-perishable food items through a contest spearheaded by WGNA-FM 107.7. Read more...


Whiz kids Posted November 4, 2014
Please join us in congratulating CHS seniors Althea Meer, Kaleigh Iler, and Tucker McKeown! The National Merit Scholarship Program has recognized them as Commended Students -- they are in the top 5 percent of students who completed the PSAT!


Polls open at Red Mill School Posted November 4, 2014
Democracy in action! Students have noticed a steady stream of voters at the Red Mill polling place on Election Day Tuesday! Don't forget to cast your ballot -- every one does really count! To find your polling place in the general election, click here. Polls are open until 9:00 p.m.


Goodman rehearses in St. Paul Posted November 3, 2014
There's no business like show business! Many of you have been following the story of Goff seventh-grader Jake Goodman -- our guy right at the Stage Door! Late last week he began rehearsals for "A Christmas Story" in St. Paul, MN! He's squeezing in school studies between nine-and-a-half-hour workdays...but just look at that script he's got to memorize!


Mechanics in motion Posted November 3, 2014
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are applied in action at Columbia High School!  Students in Mr. Steven Ford’s Modern Mechanisms class are working on simple machines about two months in to the school year.  Eventually, they will complete complex robots by the end of the year. Read more...


Meals brought to you by "The American Farmer" – Posted November 3, 2014
Thanksgiving is right around the corner now, and it's a time when Americans come together to celebrate an event which connects each and every one of us. During this truly American holiday, we all give thanks for the previous year’s blessings and look ahead to those for which we hope in the year ahead. Read more...


District taking proactive approach to digital harassment, bullyingPosted October 31, 2014
It is an unmistakable reality that young people now carry and use cell phones.  They bring them to school and use them in their free time.  However, there are serious consequences that come with constant connectivity to the digital world.  As a result, the East Greenbush Central School District is taking a proactive approach to educate our students about the choices and consequences of digital communications. Read more...


Mr. Sawchuk shaves head for charity, promise to studentsPosted October 31, 2014
That's dedication! CHS principal Mr. John Sawchuk shaves his head as a promise to students if they contributed 1,200 items in one day for the needy. They did, and he held his word! He admits he was "a little nervous." Students give back every year for charity; this year, they're competing against several other Capital Region high schools in the WGNA-FM "Hunger Games" competition. If CHS wins by giving the most, the school is entitled to win a party at the Flight Trampoline Park in Albany and a screening of the recent "Hunger Games" movie. CHS, however, will present that prize to special needs students.


Red Mill students support local charityPosted October 30, 2014
It’s a sea of pink at the Hampton Manor elementary school.  Red Mill students attending Greenbush Child Caring are raising money for HopeClub of the Capital Region.  Each day as students arrive and leave for the day, they've been selling items to promote awareness for breast cancer. Read more...


Running in to the school yearPosted October 30, 2014
The Bell Top Running Club meets for fun and fitness on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings before school throughout the fall and spring seasons. Due to construction, we have been training by running the perimeter of the playground. An average of 90 third, fourth, and fifth grade students participate each morning. Second graders are invited to join. Our PTO sponsors a charm incentive program which motivates the children toward reaching their endurance goals while reinforcing valuable character education skills. Many of our runners participated in the recent Barrett Memorial Run; one of our second-grade boys claimed students claimed first place in the second-grade boys category. We look forward to training for the Freihofer Junior Run and the Bob Smith Memorial Run on our new field in the spring. Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to join us! Contact the Physical Education department at the Bell Top school for more information.


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She's always looking on the bright side -- and she found it yet again! Columbia High School main office secretary Mrs. Lynn Chesser had to stop on her way home yesterday when she noticed this view of the low-setting sun over the pond on the campus. As she writes, "even though we pass it by every day, I thought you would enjoy when Mother Nature reminds us of the beauty where we live and work."

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