Kindergarten Returns Full Time Starting March 1

The Board of Education has approved two changes to the instructional model: 1) Kindergarten students will resume five days a week of in-person learning starting on Monday, March 1. The Full Remote Program is still available to families. 2) Live Virtual Wednesdays will be eliminated for students in grades 1-5 starting March 10 to provide one additional in-person school day every other week. March 10 will be an in-person school day for B Day students and A Day students will have a remote day. The schedule will alternate going forward.

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Columbia educators at Rotary Club awards

(L to R) Columbia school counselor John Evertsen, CAP teacher Brian Marsh, monitor Bill Clum and Columbia principal John Sawchuk at the Community Celebration Night.

District students and staff were honored at a Community Celebration Night sponsored by the Rotary Club of Southern Rensselaer County on Tuesday evening at Moscatiello’s Restaurant.

Columbia Principal John Sawchuk, who is also a Rotarian, organized the event.

Columbia students at Rotary Club awards

Columbia students Bryel Weinlein, left, and Lilly Hutton receive Community Hero Awards from the Rotary Club.

“This is a great community event recognizing individuals who dedicate their time to helping others and making our community a great place to live,” Mr. Sawchuk said.

Congratulations to all of the award recipients!

Award Recipients

Columbia Outstanding Students

  • Lilly Hutton
  • Nicole Presti
  • Bryel Weinlein

Goff Outstanding Students

  • Alyssa Manning
  • Mackenzie Clinton
  • Alexis Szemplinski

Columbia Outstanding Educators

  • Brian Marsh
  • John Evertsen
  • Bill Clum

Goff Outstanding Educators

  • Sharon Dunn
  • Maureen Janowski

Local Business “Give Back” Award

  • Teachers Credit Union – Mark Hatfield

“Breakout Rotarian” Award

  • AJ Amato

Outstanding Veteran Volunteer Award

  • Joel Montross

Outstanding Military Service Award

  • Casey Frankoski
  • Sue Montena

Outstanding Community Service Law Enforcement Award

  • Officer Jay Martyn (Columbia School Resource Officer)
  • Officer Rich Eckel
  • Officer Erick Jakes
  • Officer Brian Hulett

Distinguished Service Volunteer Firefighter Award

  • Tim Boel

The Post Graduate “Point of Light” Award

  • Marissa Hochberg ’17