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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East Greenbush Central School District has scheduled three additional parent and community presentations for this school year on important safety topics. These informational presentations support the district’s goals of continuing positive collaborative relationships with families and cultivating a safe environment for students and staff.

Each of the three workshops are free to attend and will be presented in partnership by the school district and the East Greenbush Police Department.

CRASE Training: Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events
November 19, 2019
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Genet Elementary School Auditorium
Presenter: East Greenbush Police Detective Sergeant Michael Guadagnino and Rensselaer Police Deputy Chief Warren Famiglietti

The Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) course provides strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. In today’s society it is imperative that communities have the knowledge and skills necessary to respond appropriately in the event of an active shooter incident.

Dangers of Vaping and the Fight to Combat the Heroin and Opioid Crisis
January 28, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Genet Elementary School Auditorium
Presenter: Alyssa Evans, Student Assistant Counselor for East Greenbush CSD and Rensselaer County Mental Health, and Columbia School Resource Officer Marie Abraham

Parents will learn about e-cigarettes, substances that may be used in these devices, the potential health risks of vaping and tips on how to address this growing issue with teens. In addition, with the rise of the heroin and fentanyl epidemic in today’s society, East Greenbush Detective Sergeant Michael Guadagnino will be presenting an awareness session on dangerous drugs and the threats they pose to students, parents and first responders.

Social Media Safety
March 18, 2020
7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Genet Elementary School Cafeteria
Presenter: Alyssa Evans, Student Assistant Counselor for East Greenbush CSD and Rensselaer County Mental Health, and Columbia School Resource Officer Marie Abraham

Parents will gain an understanding of social media and its uses, areas of risk and how a parent can address issues they may encounter with their children.