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Students Present Scientific Research at 16th Annual Symposium – Posted May 29, 2015
Allison Puglisi
Students in Columbia’s Science Research Program presented their work at last week’s annual symposium, showing off research findings on topics such as gender differences in concussions and increasing solar energy panel efficiency. Full story.

Kids Making a Difference: Unified Sports – Posted May 29, 2015
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Columbia Unified Sports, a basketball team that brings together students with and without intellectual disabilities, has been recognized by the Kids Making a Difference program. Full story.

Columbia Among Top Ten Percent of High Schools in the United States – Posted May 29, 2015
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Columbia High School ranks among the top 10 percent of high schools in the United States, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 Best High Schools list. Full story.

Former Olympic Runner Benita Willis Speaks to Green Meadow and Bell Top Students – Posted May 28, 2015
Jeans for Troops Drive
Students from Green Meadow and Bell Top Elementary Schools learned about running, proper training habits and foreign countries from former Olympian Benita Willis on Thursday morning. Full story.

District Raises Over $1,700 for Veterans Through “Jeans for Troops Drive” – Posted May 28, 2015
Jeans for Troops Drive
East Greenbush Central School District teachers, staff and administrators raised $1,719.81 in a weeklong fundraiser for veterans. Full story.

District Employees Participate in CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge – Posted May 28, 2015
Workforce Team Challenge runners
The District had 28 employees participate in the CDPHP Workforce Team Challenge last week, a 3.5 mile road race in Albany. Congratulations to Kari Deer (22:54), Leia Nardacci (29:45), Brittany Slagen (29:52) and Sarah Flannery (30:02) who finished 17th of 824 female teams with a total time of 1:52:33.

Columbia Student Athletes Make College Commitments – Posted May 27, 2015
James Walter
Ten Columbia student athletes made their official college commitments at a press conference on Tuesday afternoon in the high school auditorium in front of families, coaches and the media. Full story.

District to Receive $2.3 Million Grant for Educational Technology Upgrades – Posted May 27, 2015Jacob Clemente
The East Greenbush Central School District was allocated $2.3 million to enhance its educational technology through New York State’s SMART Schools Bond Act. An online survey to determine student needs will be emailed to parents beginning on June 1. Full story.

Broadway Star Finds Home at Columbia – Posted May 26, 2015
Jacob Clemente
From Bell Top to Broadway and back to Columbia, Jacob Clemente has taken a different path than most students. Full story.

Elementary Students Thank Veterans with Handwritten Letters – Posted May 23, 2015
Guest author Bryan Collier
With Memorial Day approaching, the service of United States military personnel is close to one’s heart. Students at Green Meadow expressed their own feelings by writing handwritten letters to veterans. Full story.

Valedictorian and Salutatorian Announced at Columbian Awards Ceremony – Posted May 22, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Among the many Columbian Awards trophies handed out on Thursday morning, William LaHera and Tucker McKeown received top honors as they were named Valedictorian and Salutatorian, respectively. Full story and list of awards.

Bell Top Field Day – Posted May 22, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Bell Top Elementary students competed in a number of track and field events at their annual Field Day on Wednesday. Full story.

Guest Author Challenges Students – Posted May 21, 2015
Guest author Bryan Collier
Three-time Caldecott Honor winner and illustrator Bryan Collier discussed picture books, watercolor collage and history at Green Meadow Elementary School last Friday. Full story.

Goff Middle School Holds 6th Grade Concert  – Posted May 21, 2015
6th grade orchestra
The sixth grade band, chorus and orchestra played at the Columbia High School auditorium Wednesday evening. Full story.

Thank You Letter from Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle – Posted May 20, 2015
Superintendent Dr. Angela Nagle thanks the community for supporting the 2015-16 school budget. Read the letter.

Budget Vote and Three Other Propositions Passed by Voters – Posted May 19, 2015
East Greenbush Central School District residents passed an $88,181,329 budget for the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday. This budget represents a 0.36% increase in spending over the current year's budget and will result in a 0% tax levy increase for district residents. Results.

District-Wide Art Show Uses Creativity to Bring Community Together – Posted May 19, 2015
Chris Morash discusses his artwork
Columbia High School was transformed into a circus-themed art gallery on Thursday evening for the annual District-wide Art Show. Full story.

Columbia Science Olympiad Team Places 14th at National Championships – Posted May 19, 2015
Ed Kilmartin receives award from the SAANYS
Columbia’s Science Olympiad team ended its most successful season ever by placing 14th at the National Championships this past weekend at the University of Nebraska. Full story.

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