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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Third grade students at Donald P. Sutherland Elementary School learned about clouds, liquids and states of matter by conducting hands-on science experiments with Regeneron employees last month.

Six employees from the science research lab in East Greenbush, including former DPS student Ashley Pangburn, led the students through the experiments in the school’s library.

The experiments included making a rainstorm in a cup with blue dye, water and shaving cream; making tie-dye milk; making lava lamps; and an activity called “elephant toothpastes” which showed them chemical reactions.

“Students were so excited about science and realized all of the possibilities for pursuing careers in STEM fields in the future,” said third grade teacher Sean McGraw. “Many students couldn’t wait to be scientists when they grow up.”