Columbia families and guests are invited and encouraged to read our latest newsletter. This edition includes a Quarter 1 recap, important events, and inspiring stories.
Dear Columbia Families,
Geese are on the soccer field and beautiful red leaves are falling to the ground in piles – sure signs that Columbia’s second quarter is now in full swing. This month’s all-school chapel and yesterday’s high school chapel seemed to exemplify so much good that is going on at school, that it prompts me to offer you a First Quarter Report.
A sweet spirit is pervading the campus. What could be sweeter than watching older students escort their chapel buddies into the auditorium? Together, all our students from PreK through 12th grade “lifted the rafters” with enthusiastic and joyful singing, led by Mr. Rude and three senior high boys. At high school chapel, Mr. Wagner asked if any students were brave enough to admit that sin is destructive and painful from their own experience. Immediately, about a dozen students stood up, inspiring all the other students to join them. What an example of the power of leadership!
Helping students grow toward spiritual maturity and academic excellence are high priorities at Columbia. This commitment is the reason for several major initiatives we outlined back in the school’s August newsletter. I want to give you an update on three of these initiatives.
- Our new achievement testing program is helping teachers alter instruction to address any gaps in student learning. The MAP test not only allows students to demonstrate what they know, it actually adjusts as students take it. Correct answers prompt harder questions, challenging the student and seeking to really measure his or her knowledge and skills. Wrong answers prompt an easier question to help relieve test anxiety and to determine where a student needs help. Within 24 hours of the test, teachers are able to review testing data and begin adjusting instruction to meet student needs. Faculty training in the use of test data to enhance and inform instruction has been a key element in this process.
- Project 117 is helping our faculty focus our curriculum on a solid biblical understanding of the nature of truth. Last spring and through the summer, each teacher spent more than 70 hours in training sessions, worldview reading, and online dialogue and reflection regarding the worldviews that influence curriculum and instruction, as well as daily living. Since August, teachers have been working on vertical teams in the areas of math, science, history, English, and fine arts to re-think course philosophies, missions, and goals from a biblical point of view.
- Enthusiasm about our added AP and college credit courses instituted this fall provide a good indication that many students are eager to get the most out of their high school instruction. We are offering six AP or college credit classes, four of which are new this year, and we are pleased to report that half of our high school students are enrolled in two or more of these higher-level courses. Work done to improve mathematics instruction last year and increased participation in rigorous classwork may account for the 58 point (or 6%) increase in average SAT scores for the class of 2019 over the previous class, with 85% of the students having completed the exam so far.
Over the past 40 years, I have seen that helping students develop a comprehensive biblical worldview through everything they study and a strong commitment to excellence goes hand in hand with high SAT and achievement test scores. These commitments put feet on Columbia’s mission to provide a Christ-centered education focused on excellence in faith, character, and academics.
We are thankful that we get to partner with you in equipping your children both academically and spiritually for a lifelong walk of faith.
Grace and peace,
Marquita Moss, President
Purchase tickets online now for our fall production (six showtimes offered in November!): https://secure.qgiv.com/for/colchrsch/event/795616/
Tickets can also be purchased at the office in the Sanders building.
Once you purchase your tickets, you will receive an email with directions to reserve your seating. Seat reservations are based on availability. Before you complete your transaction, please confirm your show date/times.
*PreK, Elementary & Middle School Only*
Please invite your Grandparents or Special Friends to join your student for breakfast and a special program at Columbia Christian on Friday, October 19, beginning at 8 A.M. Details below.
We look forward to seeing you at the all-school BBQ!
Tickets can be purchased here: https://secure.qgiv.com/for/colchrsch/event/794362/
Parents and MS and HS students: Plan to come to Back to School Night on 8/30 to hear important new information regarding the upcoming school year. Please see the attached photo for all the details and direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-252-8577.
A generous grant from the Cox Foundation has been given to Columbia Christian to issue free iPads to all High School Students. More information can be found here.
Columbia families and guests are invited and encouraged to read our latest newsletter. This special administrative edition is full of important information needed for the 2018-2019 school year.
Youth Golf Camp
June 19-21, 2018 , 10:00am - 12:00pm
The camp will be held at Glendoveer Golf Course (14015 NE Glisan St. Portland, OR) with Aaron Johnson, PGA Director of Instruction and Player Development and Tom Hamilton, Columbia Christian Golf Coach. The cost is $55. Players will learn basics of grip, stance and swing, chipping and putting. There will also be fun contests and education on rules and etiquette along with on course experience. Golfers will receive a glove and rules book.
Sign up with coach Tom Hamilton by calling 971-235-0206 or email email@example.com by May 31, 2018. Checks should be made out to Glendoveer Golf and Tennis, payable on the first day of the camp.
"STEAM" (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) Summer Camps at Columbia Christian:
JUNE 18TH – 29TH: ANIMATION STUDIO
JULY 9TH – 20TH: MAD SCIENCE
JULY 23RD – AUGUST 3RD: PATENT PENDING: INVENTIONS
AUGUST 13TH – 24TH: READY FOR TAKEOFF: AIR & SPACE
Your child can participate in our exciting summer camp program: “Discover STEAM.” We offer a safe, fun environment for children to explore, play, learn, serve, & grow. We keep children active through innovative learning and fun activities. STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics as access points for guiding inquiry, dialogue, & critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!
Who can come?
We offer four 2-week camp sessions especially designed for 1st-6th graders. Each camp session is unique, so students can attend one or more for a fun-filled summer.
What are the hours?
The camp sessions will run from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day. Drop off as early as 8:00am and pick up by 4:00pm.
How much is it?
Each 2-week Session: $250 • Weekly Charge: $150 • Daily Charge: $40 • Field Trip Charge: $5-$8 IMPORTANT: A $25 DEPOSIT PER CAMP SESSION WILL RESERVE YOUR CHILD’S SPOT.
What can we expect?
The program will include field trips & other fun outdoor activities. Students will need to bring their own lunches and a daily snack will be provided. How do we register? Detach and return the form below to either school office, along with the deposit.
Click here to print the registration form. Return it to the school office, along with your deposit to reserve your child's spot. If you have any questions, please email Director Pearl Howarth at firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop for annuals, perennials, vegetables, hanging baskets & planters
• Locally grown
• High quality plants
• Reasonably priced
• (for more info see https://newleafgreenhouse.com)
We accept cash, card or checks (payable to Columbia Christian Schools)
To reserve plants or for more details, contact:
Lisa DiVincenzo at email@example.com or call or text 503-891-1728
The Fine Arts Showcase is Monday, May 21 at Eastside Church of Christ, from 7-8pm. Artwork from middle and high school studenst will be showcased after the performances in the basement of the church. Come and support our fine arts programs!
Please join us this Friday evening for Family Fun Knight! Invite your friends and others in the community to come and enjoy bounce houses, face painting, obstacle courses, bottle toss, hole in one, cake walk, BINGO!... and so much more. Rain or shine, join us for family fun on campus from 5-8pm.
The Columbia Christian High School Drama Department is excited to announce our spring musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.
You can purchase tickets by calling 503-252-8577 or coming into our school office during office hours.
Tickets are also on sale at the door beginning an hour before the performance.
The 5th and 6th Grade classes at Columbia Christian took a journey through the book A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. After each class finished the novel, they took a field trip to the theater to watch the Disney version of the story.
Columbia's boys basketball team brought home the 1st place trophy for Oregon 2A schools and we couldn't be more proud. Read the full story here!
Association of Christian Schools International regional director Dr. Deborah Miller, announced the appointment of Columbia principal Ami Vensel as the new District 2B representative for ACSI.
“In my short tenure as Regional Director and previously when I had student teachers in my Multnomah program in her building and then as a fellow administrator while at WCHS, I have found Ami to be energetic, optimistic, service-oriented, collaborative, honest, visionary, and godly,” Dr. Miller said in announcing her appointment. “I am thankful to have her leadership in our region.”
ACSI is the largest private school accreditation body in the world. Columbia Christian is accredited by ACSI and AdvancED, and has been educating students in northeast Portland and beyond for over 70 years. They have a current enrollment of 320 students in grades PreK through 12th.
Columbia president Marquita Moss commended Mrs. Vensel on her appointment, noting that she has served on accreditation teams at other schools and has demonstrated her commitment to high accreditation standards and excellence in education.
Columbia Christian is pleased to offer two options for Kindergarten students in 2018-2019. Click here to read more about the full-day and half-day options!
Read about Coach Valentine and the success of our boys varsity basketball team in the Portland Tribune. Go Knights!
Connor D, 8th grade student at Columbia Christian School, performed at the Hult Center in Eugene as a member of the 2018 Oregon Music Educators Association's Middle School All-State Honor Band. Connor was selected from among hundreds of applicants as one of the top middle school band musicians in Oregon. While he was in Eugene, Connor played in a band with 165 student-musicians from schools across the state, directed by renowned conductor Cheryl Floyd (Austin, Texas). Though the students received the sheet music in December, and had been practicing since then, the conference was full of several more hours of rehearsal, training in technique, and culminated with the All-State Middle School Honor Band Gala Concert on Friday evening, January 12th. The Honor Band performed at the beautiful Hult Center for the Performing Arts.
Connor began playing a basic clarinet in 2014 as part of Columbia Christian’s 5th grade Band program. As Connor's musical skills improved, he discovered that he would need a better instrument to continue his advancement. Through his own efforts, Connor got a job and began earning money to purchase a professional clarinet. Connor’s dedication to the arts is inspirational! After school, Connor can often be found on campus at the top of the dining hall stairs playing his clarinet. Connor says the acoustics are amazing there!
Columbia's own Elijah Munyan, freshman basketball player, was highlighted as "Athlete of the Week" in the Portland Tribune in January 2018. The Knights are enjoying another successful basketball season!
The Columbia Christian Board of Directors this month voted to add CCS parent Anne Deidrich as the newest member of the board. An experienced leader, Anne is the national compliance reporting manager for Kaiser Permanente. She has more than 15 years of experience in project analysis and management, quality implementation, and customer requirement implementation.
Anne and her husband Brian have two children attending Columbia, Montgomery in third grade and Hudson in first grade. Both have attended Columbia since PreK. Anne is a graduate of Cascade College and has a MBA from Regis University. She previously taught several business courses at Cascade College and Warner Pacific College.
Anne said that she is excited about serving on the board and believes that her role with Kaiser has equipped her to be a contributing member. At Kaiser, her work with audit and regulatory processes enabled her to contribute to strategic initiatives that increased effectiveness and efficiency.
Known for building and fostering relationships, Anne says she loves the school and has a deep faith in the value of Christian education. With young children at Columbia, she has a vested interest in the future of the school. “With the growth currently occurring at Columbia, it feels like the right time to join the board, roll up some sleeves and get to work,” she explained. “It is the perfect time to help partner on strategic decisions and the future direction of Columbia.
Other members of the board include David Tucker, chair, and Paul Baldwin, Arleen Barnett, Doug Hanna, Julian Hess, Chuck Lawrence, Mike Lawrence, Craig Moody, and DeAnn Womack.
Our 2017 Homecoming celebration will be held on Saturday 12/16 at 3:00pm in the gymnasium. A bake sale sponsored by the PTF will be taking place in the lobby before and during Homecoming (2:30pm-6pm). If you haven’t been to this annual event before, here is an idea of what to expect:
- The coronation program typically runs 25-30 minutes and will conclude by 3:30 PM.
- Students from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade will participate as the “candle lighters” for the ceremony
- Six princesses from our high school will be introduced with their escorts
- These ladies were chosen by their peers to represent our core values: Faith, Character, and Academics.
- One princess will be crowned queen at the end of the program (as selected by fellow students)
- Cost to be admitted is the standard admission fee for basketball, students may enter free with student ID card
- A section of the bleachers will be reserved for parents of the court
The boys varsity game vs. Life Christian will begin at 4:00pm