Update for Columbia Graduation and Goff Elevation Celebration

In response to further changes to New York State guidelines for outdoor gatherings announced earlier this week, Columbia High School has consolidated its three graduation ceremonies and will instead host one graduation for the Class of 2021 on Friday, June 25 on the CHS turf field at 4:00 p.m. Howard L. Goff Middle School will follow the plan for Columbia Graduation and also host one Elevation Celebration for all 8th grade students on Thursday, June 24 at 4:00 p.m. on the CHS turf field. Each student may be joined by up to four guests.

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Veterans Day performance

Green Meadow students perform a Veterans Day song (courtesy Keith Hitlin Photography).

District schools celebrated local veterans on Thursday by honoring them at assemblies and special events. Students performed songs, read poems and gave veterans homemade cards to show their appreciation.

CHS veterans day ceremony

Columbia students thank local veterans for their service after a ceremony at East Greenbush Cemetery.

“Veteran’s Day provides our students with a unique opportunity to learn about and to celebrate the values of courage, sacrifice and service above self from those in the community who best exemplify these traits, our beloved veterans,” Superintendent Jeff Simons said.

Columbia High School continued its tradition of students meeting veterans for a ceremony at the East Greenbush Cemetery. Students sang the “Star Spangled Banner” and “America the Beautiful” and they read poems and their own reflections about Veterans Day.

Veterans Day Photo Gallery