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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Reopening Our Schools

The East Greenbush Central School District has developed Reopening Plans that include a hybrid model and a full remote option for families. These plans prioritize the health and safety of all students and staff and the academic and social emotional needs of our students while complying with NYS Education Department and Department of Health guidelines.

Reopening Plans

Reopening Community Meetings
The East Greenbush Central School District asked the school community for input in developing our reopening plans.

Community Forums
The district is hosting virtual community forums, in addition to regular Board of Education meetings, throughout the school year to check-in with the school community and discuss the impact of COVID-19.

Enhancements to Hybrid Model
While the district is operating a Hybrid Model, it has maintained a commitment to bring back as many students for in-person learning as possible.

  • Students enrolled in the following programs have been identified as high-needs and attend in-person learning four days a week:
    • Full Day Special Education
    • Integrated Co-Teaching Special Education
    • Operation Graduation
    • CTAEP
    • Jump Start
    • Columbia Alternative Program
    • Middle School Alternative Program
    • English as a New Language
  • Kindergarten (March 1), Grade 1 (March 29), Grade 2 (April 13) and Grades 3-5 (April 26) have all returned to full time in-person learning.
  • Grade 6 returned to four days of in-person learning starting May 10.
  • Operation Launchpad at Columbia – students come into school on Live Virtual Wednesdays to work with teaching assistants to get caught up on work
  • Academic Remediation for Goff students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Academic Support Services
East Greenbush schools are providing academic and social emotional supports to students in grades K-12:

  • K-12 Academic Intervention Services
  • K-12 Tutoring
  • Learning Resource Center at Columbia
  • Operation Launchpad at Columbia – students come into school on Live Virtual Wednesdays to work with teaching assistants to get caught up on work
  • Academic Remediation for Goff students after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Counseling Services
  • Social Work Services

If your child is in need of additional support, please contact your teacher or school principal.

Updates/Resources

Surveys

School Opening Task Force Committee
Our Task Force was represented by a large number of stakeholders including teachers, staff, students, parents, Board of Education members and medical professionals, including our school physician.

  • Health and Safety
    • Ekansh Agrawal – CHS Student
    • Kevin Albert, MD – District Medical Director
    • Sam Beardsley – Health & Safety Specialist
    • Paul Bickel – Director of Facilities
    • Betsy Cohoon, RN – School Nurse
    • Margaret Condo, RN – School Nurse
    • Tammy Cosgrove, RN – School Nurse
    • Doug Hadley – Teaching Assistant
    • Michael Harkin (Chair) – Principal
    • Michael Leonard – Athletic Director
    • Ernestine Mann – Monitor
    • Mark Mann – Board of Education Member
    • Andrea Neiman – Teacher
    • Kathleen O’Leary – Monitor
    • Adrienne Rudat – Teaching Assistant
    • Jude Shufelt – Secretary
    • Sarah Tacy, RN – School Nurse
    • Jeff Tooker (Chair) – Teacher/District Safety Coordinator
    • James VanBuren – Head Custodian
  • Transportation/Facilities/Nutrition
    • Frank Asenbauer – Head Groundskeeper
    • Sam Beardsley – Health & Safety Specialist
    • Paul Bickel (Chair) – Director of Facilities
    • Jill Bonesteel – School Bus Driver
    • Steve Howland – Custodian
    • Greg Jette – Teacher
    • Kevin Kelley – Custodian/CSEA Union President
    • Maryanne`Lindemann – Cook
    • Mark Noeth (Chair) – Transportation Supervisor
    • Phyllis Sanford-Krug (Chair) – Food Service Manager
    • Jeff Smith – School Bus Driver
    • James VanBuren – Custodian
  • Teaching and Learning
    • Meagan Asenbauer – Teacher/Parent
    • David Bresnahan – Teacher
    • Susan D’Amico – Teacher
    • Frank DiDonato – Teacher
    • Melissa Dupont – Teacher
    • Patricia Farnan – Assistant Principal
    • Natalie Fiacco – CHS Student
    • Dan Garab (Chair) – Principal
    • Peter Goodwin – Director of Technology
    • Scott Halliday – Teacher
    • Julie Hammill – Teacher
    • Alison Hosier – Teacher
    • Sue Livingston – Parent
    • Jim McHugh (Chair) – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Donnamarie Vlieg – Teacher
  • Digital Equity and Access
    • Jack Alvey – Principal
    • LaLena DeMarco – Teacher
    • Sarah Garno – Library Media Specialist
    • Peter Goodwin (Chair) – Director of Technology
    • Stephanie Jorgensen – Secretary
    • Linda Wager – District Treasurer
  • Budget and Fiscal
    • Kim Berben – Director of Greenbush Child Care (GCC)
    • Larry Edson – Assistant Superintendent of School Business Finance
    • Drew Romanowski – Teacher/EGTA President
    • Helen Squillace – Principal
    • Linda Wager (Chair) – District Treasurer
  • Social and Emotional Needs
    • Jill Barker (Chair) – Principal
    • Kathryn Biel – Physical Therapist
    • James Eggleston – School Social Worker
    • Jaclyn Gleason – School Counselor
    • Maureen Janowski – Teaching Assistant
    • Allison Milazzo – School Counselor
    • Shannon Romanowski – Executive Director of Greenbush YMCA
    • Karen Sheridan – School Social Worker
    • Jennifer Sorensen-Chase – School Psychologist
    • Helen Squillace (Chair) – Principal
  • Special Education
    • Andrea Baird – Teaching Assistant
    • Nicole Barmen – Occupational Therapist
    • Lalena DeMarco – Teacher
    • Audry June – Speech/Language Pathologist
    • Margaret LaHera – Speech/Language Pathologist
    • Marty Mahar (Chair) – Principal
    • Molly McGrath (Chair) – Director of Pupil Personnel Services
    • Adrienne Rudat – Teaching Assistant
    • Nancy Verdile – Teaching Assistant
  • Bilingual Education/MLL/ELL
    • David Adadjo – CHS Student
    • Jennifer Carraher – ENL Teacher
    • Wayne Grignon (Chair) – Principal
    • Michelle Hall – ENL Teacher
    • Ida-Marie Lindberg – ENL Teacher
    • Jim McHugh (Chair) – Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
    • Sabine Murphy – ENL Teacher
    • Alexandra Omecinsky – ENL Teacher
    • Jennifer Quail – Literacy Specialist/Parent
  • Staffing/Human Resources
    • Angela Adams – Secretary
    • Marissa Cannon (Chair) – Director of Human Resources
    • Patty Farnan (Chair) – Assistant Principal
    • Shannon MacFarland – Secretary
    • Michael Neumann (Chair) – Assistant Principal
    • Katie Snedaker – Secretary
  • At-Large Members
    • Jennifer Acker – Parent
    • Karen Lorette – Teaching Assistant
    • Susan Pagones – Teacher
    • Nathan Sanford – Head Mechanic