A Message About Summer Assignments

Dear Families,

Summer is an important time for children to explore personal interests and relax and recharge to get ready for another year of learning. While we certainly want our students to enjoy their summer vacation, we also know that research spanning more than 100 years shows that students lose academic knowledge and skills over the summer months.

We therefore offer the attached resources from the English Language Arts Department to encourage continued reading this summer for pure enjoyment. [Please click HERE for Language Arts Letter]. 

In addition, information is attached on the required summer math packets for all students enrolled in CHS math courses. [Please click HERE for math letter and HERE for specific assignments by class]. 

Wishing you and your family a wonderful summer!


Susan Grierson

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction

June Community Flyers

Click HERE for June Community Fliers including The Loft at CHS, South Orange Maplewood School District, Girl Scouts, July 4th Committee of the Maplewood Civic Association, Lydia Johnson Dance, Maplewood Department of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Maplewood Memorial Library, MSO Youth Football & Cheerleading Organization, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race, South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC), and YMCA.

Columbia High School Chorus Accomplishments, 2014-15

Click HERE  for photos with highlights.

Alexandra Pease (’15), the top scoring Soprano I for the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus, was selected for and participated in the 2014 National Association for Music Educators (NAfME) National Honor Choir. She was selected out of a pool of thousands and represented CHS at the National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee in the fall.

Along with Ali, Holly Lehren (SII, ‘15), Hannah Nye (SII, ‘15), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’15), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Aanu Fawole (BII, ‘16) were chosen out of a pool of hundreds auditions from across the state of New Jersey to participate in the 2014 NJ All-State Chorus. The NJASC performed at the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City and at the Newark Performing Arts Center in November.

The CHS combined chorus performed at the New Jersey School Music Association Winter Festival at Chatham High School in December, earning the highest possible rating of Excellent from the adjudicators.

Also in December, the Excelsior Singers of Columbia High School performed with the Summit Chorale at Christ Church in Short Hills, NJ under the direction of composer/conductor Thomas Juneau. Dr. Juneau conducted his own “Virga Jesse” and Ms. Bunce conducted John Rutter’s “Good Ale” with the combined choirs.

Matthew Lintern (B1, ’18), Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Russell Pinzino (TII, ’16), Vivienne Longstreet (AI, ’15) and Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) were selected out of a pool of hundreds to perform with the North Jersey School Music Association Honor Mixed Chorus. Autumn Jones (AI, ’16) and Lily Murray (AI, ’16) were selected for the NJSMA Honor Women’s Chorus. Both performances occurred in February at Morris Knolls High School.

Junior Grace Savoia-DiGregorio was selected to sing with the Latin American National Honor Choir at the American Choral Directors Association National Convention in Salt Lake City, UT in February of this year. She sings with Canens Vocem, the treble chamber choir of Columbia High School.

Seven students were selected for the 2015 All-State Chorus. Aanu Fawole (BII, ’16), Isaiah Thomas (TII, ’16), Grant King (TII, ’16), Charlotte Steiner (AI, ’17) and Matthew Lintern (BI, ’18) were placed into the Mixed Honor Chorus and Holly Haines (SI, ’18) and Maia Sheinfeld (AII, ’17) were placed in the Honor Treble Chorus. Performances will take place in November and February in the 2015-16 school year.

The Excelsior Singers and Canens Vocem participated in the Hilltopper Choral Festival at Summit High School in April, earning the highest possible rating of Superior for their performances. The festival featured top-performing high school choirs from around the state and was adjudicated by Dr. Patrick Gardner of Rutgers University and Dr. Heather Buchanan from Montclair State University.

Ms. Jamie Bunce, Director of Choral Activities at Columbia High School, was accepted into the Master of Music Education program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and began her studies last summer. In April, she was again selected by audition to sing with the Westminster Summer Choral Festival Choral Festival in July.


CHS Ragtime DVD offer!

RAGTIME at CHS ended it’s run on Sunday, March 22nd.  BRAVO! to all the students and staff for working so hard to give audiences a soul stirring experience. A complete DVD of the performance (titled & chaptered) is being offered for a cost of $30 (incl. S&H).  Order forms will … Read more