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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Pi Day displayMath students and teachers celebrated Pi Day with a “Luck O’ the Pi-rish” theme and a variety of activities on Thursday. Pi (π), which is the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter, is observed on March 14 each year as the number begins with the digits 3.14.

  • At Columbia, students were assigned digits of pi and a color of the rainbow and given a square to decorate with his/her digit and color. Displays consisted of rainbows that were made up of the digits of pi.
  • Sophomore Benson Haley produced a Pi movie that was played during the morning announcements at Columbia High School.
  • Math teacher Gretchen Schulz’s Basic Geometry classes worked on an activity to discover pi by measuring the circumference and diameter of a cookie with shoestring licorice.
  • Students at Columbia High School also participated in a Pi Day Can Drive. For the past few weeks, cans of food have been collected and will be donated to a local food pantry.
  • Table Talk Pies donated snack pies that were distributed to Columbia High School faculty and staff and to administration and staff at the district office.
  • The culmination of the day’s activities at Columbia was a Pi Day Recitation Contest with prizes.
    • First Place – Simon O’Connor (grade 10) – 413 digits (a new school record) – Table Talk pie, gum, pi pencil, $15 movie gift card and Pi Day pop-socket
    • Second Place – Nina Tedeschi (grade 11) – 163 digits – Table Talk pie, gum, pi pencil, $10 iTunes gift card, and math socks
    • Third Place – Molly DeMarco (grade 12) – 132 digits – Table Talk pie, gum, pi pencil, and $15 movie gift card
    • Fourth Place – Austin Fahrenkopf (grade 11) – 47 digits – Table Talk pie, gum, pi pencil, and $10 iTunes gift card

Students and teachers at the elementary schools and Goff Middle School also celebrated Pi Day with various activities and treats throughout the day.

At Red Mill, Lisa Mahar’s 5th grade class made a paper chain to represent pi. Each digit was assigned to a color and students constructed the chain to represent the first 200 digits of pi.

Pi Day activity

Students in front of Pi Day display

Pi Day Recitation Contest participants (L to R): Simon O’Connor, Nina Tedeschi, Austin Fahrenkopf. Not pictured: Molly DeMarco.

Columbia Math teachers in front of Pi Day display

Red Mill students in front of Pi Day display