Thursday,February 2, 2023
What every Raider needs to know today: Attention Seniors: If you were unable to attend the in-house picture day on February 1, contact the Westlake Prestige Portraits Studio to set an appointment to have your senior portrait taken. Call 440-892-4615 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. The last day to have your portrait taken at the studio is Saturday, March 18, 2023. If you have any questions, regarding the schedule or the portraits themselves, feel free to contact Mrs. Taylor at [email protected] Senior photos will be used for the class o f2023 composite in the hall, the 2023 yearbook and the Rural Urban publication in May.
Reminder we are on the short assembly schedule on Friday, February 3 for the PBIS Staff v. Student Volleyball game. The schedule has no rally period and the volleyball game starts at 2:18 pm. Attention Seniors: A senior letter was mailed to home residences of the class of 2023 on Friday, January 20. This letter contained important second semester information to help prepare for graduation, a calendar with second semester events, outstanding fees if applicable, and a listing of the senior portrait schedule for this Wednesday, January 25. The letter and event calendar can be accessed here.
Quick reminder for Seniors: If you have not purchased your cap and gown, you may still purchase for $45. Order at jostens.com. Caps and Gowns will be delivered in the spring. An email had been sent to all senior parents/guardian the week of Dec. 12 with more information. Sophomores may order class rings online. Extra packets for both are available in the main office.
Hey Raiders! Did you get new shoes, boots or slippers for the holiday? This is the last day to send them to a worthy cause. The Raider Marching Band is having a Community Shoe Drive to raise funds for their new band uniforms. All NEW or GENTLY worn shoes that are taking up space in your closet can be donated to the shoe drive containers located in the CMS and CHS lobbies. All shoes collected will be resold by a non-profit organization to raise money for small businesses and entrepreneurs in developing countries, so this drive is for two great causes!!! Please bring shoes in no later than January 31st. Attention Juniors and Seniors: The Class of 2024 AfterProm Parents are sponsoring a Prom Fashion Show on March 9, 2023. If you would like to sign up to participate in the Prom Fashion Show, please complete this Google Form. The show is on Thursday, March 9th show begins at 7:00 pm
Attention Parents and Students: 2022-2023 school fees have been assessed to your account. Fee letters were mailed on Monday, October 3 to all home residences. Information on payment and due dates are listed on the fee letter. Also included in this mailing is a Free and Reduced Lunch application. If you feel your child may qualify, please fill out the application and return to the school office. 2022-2023 school fees are due by October 30 to enable students to use school transportation for extracurricular activities.
Chromebook Insurance Deadline has passed: Chromebook insurance is no longer available for purchase for the 2022-2023 school year.
Parking Permit applications: Eligible students must have a 1.5 cumulative GPA, a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance coverage and return the completed application with the $15 fee (second semestser only) to the main office. Parking information is available here. Permits will be ready for pickup beginning August 15 and will be valid for the 2022-2023 school year. 2021-2022 permits are no longer valid. The fee may be paid by cash, check or on the PayForIt site under optional fees. Payment and/or proof of payment must be presented to pick up permit.
Are you interested in trying out for the Color Guard Squad for fall 2023? Check out the flier with details for the tryouts coming up in April.
Meetings for the Week:
Key Club: Rescheduled to Thursday, February 2 at 2:50 pm in Mrs. Musser’s room 18. (If you plan to attend the spring musical crew meeting please let Mrs. Musser or Mrs. Taylor know.) We will be discussing our pop tab drive as well as the Pennies for Patients fundraiser. If you are unable to attend, please let Mrs. Musser or Mrs. Taylor know. Thank you!
Spring Musical Crew Meeting: Informational meeting, February 2, 2:50-3:15pm. If you are interested in crew for the Spring Musical, please come to the High School Music Room immediately after school until 3:15PM. Crew helps with designs of the sets, props, costumes, and the technical execution of our show in March.
Do you need Volunteer hours? Columbia PTO is sponsoring two “Neon Dance Nights with the Parents” in the Copopa/CMS Gym. Mother Son Dance is Feb. 3. Father Daughter Dance is Feb. 24. Volunteers are needed to help set up 4-6pm. Dance Monitors from 6-8:30 pm and Food Monitors from 6-8:30 pm. Interested students should email The Columbia PTO at [email protected].
Attention Seniors: The Ohio Township Association presents five $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors each year. The application is available online at the Ohio Township Association website and the OTA scholarship application window is now open. Here is the link: https://www.ohiotownships.org/scholarship-program.
Early Release and Late Arrival forms must be completed if you would like to participate in this privilege. The GPA requirement is a minimum of 2.0. Turn in completed forms to the guidance office prior to the day you would like to begin using this privilege.
All students who are enrolled in CCP classes off campus as well as high school classes during the school year may complete a permission slip to leave the high school when they are not scheduled in a class. These slips must be signed by a parent and returned to the guidance office. Students will not be permitted to leave during the school day without this signed acknowledgement from a parent or guardian.
Report Cards: You may access and print a pdf. of your student’s report card in PowerSchool.
Girls interested in playing Raider Soccer in the fall, please sign up in the main office by Friday, February 3.
Pay to Participate and outstanding academic fees are now overdue for all winter sports teams.
Reminder to all winter athletes: You must have a valid physical prior to the start of your mandatory practices, as well as having your OneView online forms completed one week prior to your first mandatory practice! Check with Trainer Adam to make sure your physical is current. School fees must be paid by Oct. 30 before using school transportation to away sites. Pay to participate fees are due on the winter sports picture day, November 14. If tryouts are involved with the winter sports team, pay to participate fees are due once the teams are chosen.
Attention Raider Fans : No air horns or amplified noise makers are permitted in the stadium or gym.
Important Notice for Family and Fans supporting CLSD events! Columbia Local Schools will use online ticketing for all onsite events through the TicketSpicket platform. There will be no cash sales at the gates for any CLSD events that require paid tickets. Event passes may be purchased in the high school office for HS events; middle school office for middle school events as well as senior citizen passes. These are not available at the gate. Review this informational letter from Mr. Jump with details to purchase and pass details.
Hey Students! Stop in the main office and buy your 5 event student athletic pass for only $20. This can be used at any home athletic event throughout the school year. If you buy your ticket online you pay $7.85 per ticket. The five event pass will save you a total of $19.25 over the admission of five events.
Is your wardrobe ready for the winter sports season? Looking for some new RaiderWear? Check out Columbia Athletic Boosters newest styles! Go to our link and follow the directions on ordering your gear. Go Raiders!
Attention Athletes: Athletic forms are available on OneView, accessed from the high school home page and must be completed prior to your child participating in 2022-2023 athletic programs. All sections of your child's OneView account and current physicals uploaded no later than one week before the season begins. If you are unable to upload your child's physical form, all hard copies must be handed in to Trainer Adam by the deadline above. Students will be denied participation in any practice or scrimmage if the online forms are not completed by the deadline. All athletes must have a valid physical by the first day of practice. Go to the OneView portal on our website to complete. Please note, you will be prompted to upload your child’s current physical form. Please upload the physical in pdf format. All pages must be scanned as one document and then uploaded. If you are unable to upload the physical form, please bring to the main office and we will scan and upload for you. The hard copy of your child’s current physical form must be on file or submitted to your child’s coach/director no later than the first official day of practice. Instructions on completion of the forms is available on our website. OHSAA sports physicals are valid for one calendar year. If you experience difficulty, you may email Mrs. Kobe at [email protected] or Trainer Adam at [email protected] with the physical or drop it off at the office or with Trainer Adam.
Pay to participate fees of $150 per sport per season (fall, winter and spring) are due on the sports picture day. There is an option to pay the athletic participation fee through the PayForIt system or bring cash or check to the main office. If paying online, please forward your receipt to Beth Kobe at [email protected] to verify payment and update our records. There is a family cap of $300 per season. Past due academic fees are due before athletes can board any school transportation to away sights. You may request a payment plan by contacting Beth Kobe at 440-236-5001 or by email request to the email above. Please pay these fees asap, they are now overdue. Athletic Booster membership forms and information are available in the main office and online. Please consider joining and help support 7th-12th grade CLSD athletics.
Graduation requirement of community service hours. The community service log form is available in the offices at CHS and from Mrs. Meadows at LCJVS as well as on the website. Turn in log forms to Mrs. Hechko as they are completed. All students are required to complete this graduation requirement of 20 hours. Students should attempt to complete 5 hours per school year. Hours completed over the summer are eligible for use as required hours for graduation.
LIFEGUARD AND WSI POSITIONS AVAILABLE: Attention students ages 15 and older! Get a head start in your future medical, Police, Fire, or EMS career by working as a Lifeguard. The Strongsville Rec is in need of certified lifeguards. Their starting pay rate is at $14/hr with opportunities to earn up to $16/hr. Please visit the Strongsville Rec Center’s website at www.strongsville.org/departments/human-resources or call 440-580-3260 for more information and check out the flier here.
Kemper House in Strongsville ( an alzheimer and dementia care facility) is hiring. Go to their website to apply.
Check out our job postings board in the main entrance hall at CHS for more employment opportunities.
Congratulations to Mallory Hottell and Carter Peabody who were honored as the December Students of the Month. Watch for their bios and pictures in the main hall at CHS and in an upcoming edition of the Rural Urban. Congratulations Mallory and Carter.
Attention parents: Immunizations for the Class of 2023: The Ohio Department of Health (ODH), under Ohio Revised Code 3701.13 and 3313.671, requires all students entering the 12th grade to provide written proof that they have received 2 doses of the Meningococcal (meningitis) vaccine. Your child may have already had this vaccine; however, the school may not have proof on file. Please see the attached letter. PROOF OF VACCINATION WAS DUE SEPTEMBER 19, 2022.
Attention Seniors: Your senior panoramic picture was taken Friday, September 30. Due to the low attendance, the picture will be retaken in May before the senior breakfast. Students who paid for this picture can keep the payment as credit for the May photo or request a refund. If you want a refund, see Mrs. Kobe in the main office.
Attention Freshmen Parents: As the school year progresses, the amount of fundraising done by sports teams and other school groups will begin to increase. As the class adviser for the class of 2025, it will be my goal over the next three years to relieve some of the burden of fundraising on both the students and parents/guardians. If you would like to make a voluntary donation of $25.00 per year, it will greatly offset the costs of prom, class t-shirts, class flowers, class gifts, and other class activities. While we will continue to fundraise (basketball concession stands, Chipotle Nights, Applebee’s Nights), I am hoping that this voluntary donation will relieve the burden of selling candy, cookie dough, holiday catalogs, etc. Download the letter for more information.
Families may add monies to their PaySchools (PayForIt) account to cover meal costs and extras for their children. See the user guide here for setting up an account and for frequently asked questions. The 2022-2023 school year Application for Free and Reduced Meals can now be accessed and filled out. If you would like to submit an application, you may download the form here. Please make sure all past school fees and lunch charges have been paid as the release of transcripts and diplomas are held for unpaid fees. School transportation for extracurricular activities will also be denied. If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact Mrs. Kobe in the main office at 440-236-5001. You may pay your school fees through the PaySchoolsCentral system online through the school’s website. You may also pay in the main office with cash, check or credit card in the main office at CHS.
Columbia High School issued chromebooks and chargers: Students are responsible for keeping chromebooks in good working order. If you have a damaged or chromebook that is not working properly, bring it to the main office for repair. If you have lost or damaged your charger, you are responsible for replacing it. They are available on Amazon. Make sure you check the model name before ordering a replacement.
Athletic Season Passes: Season passes are available for purchase in the main office for home athletic events . Senior Citizen Passes may be picked up in the High School main office as well. Agan this year, the senior citizen pass will admit senior citizens to all LC8 home and away events, as well as all Columbia home games. Senior citizens should pick up a pass so you can use it at the LC8 away games. Passes are good for those 62 years old and older.
School transportation to home residences for CHS students and JVS students is available in the afternoon. JVS students are provided with transportation to and from the JVS. The morning JVS bus leaves the High School at 6:50 am sharp.
Attention Parents: Please take a moment to read the CLSD attendance policy. Please call in absences on the high school main line 440-236-5001 and ask for Mrs. Boetticher , attendance secretary. For more information, please click here and scroll down to the attendance section .
Power School Information: Access PowerSchool from the HS website. If you are using the mobile app the district code is ZZGS.
If your child is a new student attending Columbia High school , online registration must be completed on our OneView link. Click on our enrollment/registration tab on the left of this page for complete information.
-- All academic fees, fines, lunch charges and the return of any CLSD property including textbooks and uniforms must be taken care of before diplomas and/or transcripts will be released. Please make sure all debts are paid asap. Pay on your PayForIt account online or bring money or check payable to CHS to the main office.
Class supply lists are available here for fall 2022.
School Meals for the 2022-2023 School year: As of August 2022, the federal government will no longer subsidize meals for ALL students. Meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are:
- Student Breakfast $2.00
- Student Lunch $3.50
- Milk $0.55