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Thursday, April 18, 2024


What every Raider needs to know today:

English End of Course testing for ALL SOPHOMORE STUDENTS is today, Thursday 4/18. See the schedule so you are not late for class. Students NOT Taking the English EOC Exam Report at 9:20 a.m.
*Bells will not ring on testing days! Watch the schedule so you are on time for class!
Next week, on Tuesday, 4/23 all STUDENTS TAKING REGULAR BIOLOGY will take the End of Course test. On Wednesday, 4/24 all students taking GOVERNMENT AND US HISTORY, BOTH AT CHS OR THROUGH LCCC will take the End of Course test. Testing students will eat lunch at 11 am. See the schedule so you are not late for class. Students not taking these tests are report to CHS at 11:30, 1st period begins t 11:35 and there are no rally or lunch periods for non-test takers on these days.  

CLSD drama presents their spring musical, the Addams Family on Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 at 7pm and Saturday, April 20 with a 2pm matinee and an evening performance at 7pm. Tickets are now available on the Hometown ticketing site.  Get your tickets early for this family fun production! 

Attention all staff and students. NHS will be hosting a Red Cross Blood Drive on April 23, 2024. If you are 16 or older and able to donate blood, please consider doing so. We are currently experiencing a national blood shortage and every drop helps! There will be a table in the cafeteria, during your lunch periods, for you to sign up for a blood draw time. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Maykut.

Attention Seniors: Announcements, caps and gowns and graduation items are available for pick up in the main office at CHS during regular school hours. All items must be paid in full to be received. 

Attention Seniors and Families: Important year end information as well as graduation applications were emailed to all seniors and their families. Graduations applications are due to the main office at CHS by Friday, May 3, 2024. Any senior families requiring handicapped access to the ceremony on Saturday, May 20 should contact Beth Kobe at 440-236-5001 or by email at [email protected] to secure their spot. 

Attention Columbia Community and Columbia Local Schools families. On May 18, the class of 2024 is honored at the 100th class to graduate from Columbia High School. Columbia High School is hosting a 100th commencement Open House on April 27 from 1:00-4:00 pm at the High School. See the flier for more information pertaining to this event.  100th commencement t-shirts can be ordered here until March 30. T-shirts and other available clothing for purchase along with a variety of RaiderWear at the event on April 27. If you have specific questions about this event, you may contact Ms. Cheryl Scott at [email protected].

Students and Teachers:  Do you need Volunteer Hours? The Centennial Celebration Committee needs your help Saturday, April 27th from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. You can volunteer one hour or four hours. We need tour guides of the school, refreshment servers, rock painting attendants and friendly faces. If you are available, we would love to have your help. There is a sign up sheet in the office or contact Mrs. Scott or Mrs. Karl if interested. We will have a brief meeting with each volunteer to discuss how you can help. Thank you in advance!

Key Club is proud to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through the Light the Night Program. Our school will be collecting donations April 7-May 7. Every teacher with a 3rd period class received a donation box. The school's goal is to raise at least $500.  If we do, the winning class will earn a Domino's pizza party. We have also set up an online giving page. On this online platform, you can see how we divided up the teams. We are hoping some parents will get involved with donations as well. Need something to do with all of the spare change from your car, wallet, or bedroom? Donate it to Light the Night. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Parking Permit information: All student parking spots adjacent to the high school building have been filled. Spots are available at the athletic field. These spots are $15. Please complete the application and bring a copy of license and insurance to the office if interested.

Current School fees for the 2023-2024 school year have been assessed to all student accounts .  You may pay fees on the PaySchools website or bring cash or check to the high school office. Credit card purchases are also accepted in person  at the high school office. All current school year fees as well as any past fees are overdue. School fees must be paid for students to use school transportation for extracurricular activities. If you require a fee payment plan, please contact Mrs. Kobe at 440-236-5001 or [email protected]
Reminder to all spring athletesSchool fees must be paid in full or you may be denied to use school transportation to away sites. All pay to participate fees are now overdue. See Mrs. Kobe in the main office if you need a payment plan.   
Do you have a great photo from a Columbia activity or event that you think would be great in the 2024 yearbook? Upload it to this link for possible inclusion in the 2024 yearbook! This link requires a username. Columbia's is  0FVLV9kSyeqrrDeEhsJeqBg.

Guidance Office News:

College Now representative Jamie Vega Hamilton is here today, Wednesday, April 17 from 8 am-3 pm. Click here to schedule an appointment with her to help with applications, financial aid and scholarships and FAFSA assistance.

FAFSA Information. Make sure you take the time to check the FAFSA Checklist 2024.pdf and the  Steps for Creating an FSA ID.pdf to prepare to enter your information. If you have questions, contact Miss Neff or Mr. Siftar for assistance.  
Report Cards: You may access and print a pdf. of your student’s report card in PowerSchool from your child's account. 
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 acknowledgment from a parent or guardian.
Community Service - All students need to have 20 hours of community service completed and verification forms turned in to the Guidance office. Summer community service does count for this graduation requirement. Please email Mrs. Hechko at [email protected] if you have any questions.

Upcoming Meetings: 

Literature Club: Thursday, April 25 at 2:50 pm in Mrs. Taylor's room.

Tri-M: Thursday, April 25, 3-4pm in STEAM room. 

Sports News:
Spring Sports pictures were Thursday, March 14. If you did not order, you may do so at Cavanaugh Photography website after March 29. For online orders visit: . All athletes should have received their photos from their coaches. 

Attention Athletes: Athletic forms on OneView are open for the spring 2023-2024 athletic seasons. You may access your OneView account from the high school home page. Forms must be completed prior to your child participating in 2023-2024 athletic programs.  All sections of your child's OneView account and current physicals are 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 to Trainer Adam  or dropped off in the main office 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, that 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 it to the main office and we will scan and upload it 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 are available here. 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) were due for spring sports by the spring picture day of March 14. ALL SPRING SPORTS PARTICIPATION FEES ARE NOW OVERDUE. There is an option to pay the athletic participation fee through the PayForIt system or bring cash, check, or a credit card to the main office.   If paying online, please forward your receipt with the team/activity your child is participating into 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  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's main office as well.  Again 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 they can use it at the LC8 away games.  Passes are good for those 62 years old and older.
Attention Raider Fans: No amplified noise makers or air horns are permitted in the gym.

Important Notice for Family and Fans supporting CLSD events! Columbia Local Schools will use online ticketing for all onsite events at the stadium through the TicketSpicket platform. Buying tickets online will save you time getting into the event!  Cash sales will be accepted 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 and senior citizen passes. These are not available at the gate. Review this informational 
letter from Mr. Ward 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 our current 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!

Athletic Booster membership forms and information are available and online. Please consider joining and help support 7th-12th grade CLSD athletics. 
Community Service:
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. Seniors must have their required hours completed no later than May 1 of their graduation year. 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
Employment Opportunities:
Kemper House, a family owned dementia care facility, is hiring summer help at their Strongsville location.  We have opportunities for care givers, activity assistants, and dietary aids.  No experience necessary, all we look for are individuals with caring hearts.  Kemper House is a wonderful introduction to careers that give back and many of our summer helpers have gone onto study in medical fields. See the flier KH Job Fair Flyer 3-5-24 (2).pdf.  We also can provide volunteer hours to fulfill graduation requirements. 

Mack Industries: Summer Work Program. See the flier here.
LIFEGUARD AND WSI POSITIONS AVAILABLEAttention 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 or call 440-580-3260 for more information and check out the flier here.
 Summer is right around the corner and Hasting Water Works is looking for lifeguards. Check the information here

 Check out our job posting board in the main entrance hall at CHS for more employment opportunities. 
Miscellaneous Information:
2023-2024 Senior Students of the Month: 
March: Taylor Kuhrt and Justin Tran
February: Elise Champagne and Colton Schmidt 
January:  Liliana Hritz and Lucas Swartz
December: Maya Kawa and Ethan Rohrer 
November: Sophia Crowe and Merrill Edleman 
October: Delaney Friscone and Isaac Ciryak
September: Isabella Stofey and Benjamin Bowling 
Columbia High School Parents/Guardians: An email was sent to all parents/guardians on Thursday, February 22 detailing updates to school security. If you have not read the email we ecourage you to do so. The information can also be accessed here.  On Monday, February 26, students checked  into their Raider Rally classroom and the report to the gymnasium from 8:30 - 8:53 a.m. where CHS will discuss the basics of the Run, Hide, Fight protocol with students. Students will learn how to respond to emergency situations using the Run, Hide, Fight protocol. CCP and students with late arrival are highly encouraged to attend. 
Parking Permit applications: New applications are now available for the 2023-2024 school year. Please read the information provided before turning in your application. Completed applications may be dropped off or emailed to Mrs. Kobe at [email protected].  A copy of your driver's license and proof of insurance must be submitted with the application. Payment and/or proof of payment must be presented to pick up the permit during regular school hours.  The fee of $15 for second semester may be paid by cash, check, or on the PayForIt site under optional fees. * Please note, available student parking spots are currently availalbe only at the athletic field. All lots adjacent to the school building are filled. 
Seniors: If you have completed your parking permit application and paid, you may paint your spot! Get all the details here and happy designing! ****Prior-year permits are no longer valid.   
Chromebook Insurance is no longer available for purchase for the 2023-2024 school year. If you are new to the district, you have two weeks from date of enrollment to choose to purchase insurance. 
Reminder for students and parents leaving CHS by vehicle: Drivers, if you are turning left (traveling west) onto 82, please exit through White Hall’s parking lot to West River Road and proceed to the light. DO NOT take a left when exiting by the Methodist Church. 
Attention Students: Only in season athletes will have access to leave practice bags in the school locker rooms before the tardy bell each morning. All school related materials need to be in your lockers in the hallways of CHS. No other students are to be in the locker rooms for any reason during the school day.
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 2023-2024 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 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.
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. Any day that Columbia High School has an early release or a professional development day, there will be NO transportation home from the High School on these days. Please check the school calendar to the right on our home page. 
Attention Parents: Please take a moment to read the CLSD attendance policy. Please call in absences on the high school main line at 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 are released. Please make sure all debts are paid asap. Pay on your PayForIt account online or bring money or a check payable to CHS to the main office.

School Meals for the 2023-2024School Year: As of August 2023, 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


Columbia High School
14168 West River Road
Columbia Station, OH 44028
(440) 236-5001
(440) 236-3081 (Fax)
Office Hours 7:00-3:00
School Hours 7:30-2:48
Brian Siftar

Jason Ward
Assistant Principal & Athletic Director

Suzie Neff
School Counselor

Beth Kobe
Administrative Assistant
Principal's Office & Athletic Office

Kathy Hechko
Administrative Assistant
Guidance Office

Michelle Boetticher
Administrative Assistant


Upcoming Events


ELA Ohio State Test pt. 2

Thu Apr 18 2024

MS~Track @ Columbia HS

Thu Apr 18 2024

Columbia PTO Meeting

Thu Apr 18 2024
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