Tuesday, December 23rd

Tuesday, December 23rd is a half day for students and staff. Dismissal is at 12:06 and the bell schedule is periods 1, 2, 3, 4, 8, and 9. The CHS Student Council invites students to opt into some holiday and winter spirit by wearing either a holiday sweater or outfit, or even … Read more


Click HERE for December Community Flyers including information about

The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs
2014 Holiday Toy Drive
FBI – Cyberbullying Workshop

The Loft at Columbia High School
December 2014 Programs

Durand-Hedden House & Garden
2014 Gingerbread House Competition

Friends of the South Orange Public Library
Holiday Sale! Local Artisans! Crafts-art-apparel-confections!

Girl Scouts (South Orange/Maplewood)
Girl Scout Interest Form

Greenwood Gardens
December Events at Greenwood Gardens
Program Calendar – October – December 2014

The Learning Academy
Lauren Cox Dance Collective

Lydia Johnson Dance School
Winter/Spring Session Registration – Toddler-Adult Classes

Maplewood Memorial Library
Children’s Program – December 2014
Teen Programs – December 2014

New Jersey Fencing Alliance
“Learn to Fence” Winter Special

South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Kids
Baird Winter 2015 Classes for Teens & Adults
Funky Fun Art Workshops
Learn to Ski – Grades 3-8
South Orange/Maplewood High School Pick-Up Basketball
South Orange/Maplewood Middle School Basketball League

The Strollers
Auditions for “How The World Got Wisdom”

South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC)
Kids ‘N Family Series

YMCA (South Mountain)
Get Certified to Babysit
Summer Day Camps – Early Bird Special
Vacation Camp – December & January
Vacation Camp – January 19, 2015
YMCA Winter Program Offerings


CHS Achieve Teacher Grants Announced

The Achieve Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program inspires district teachers to propose exceptional, constructive projects to help their students in the classroom and beyond.

In all, Achieve awarded 63 teacher grants totaling $67,000 for the current school year.

Congratulations to the following CHS teachers who received grants from the Achieve Foundation!

Noah Brauner Maintaining STEM + Workspace
Chris Cook Real World Chemistry
Jennifer Dalton The Slow Reading Movement – High Interest YA Library
Jerome Kaiser Improving Physics Learning & Teaching Through Web-based Formative Assessement
James Nugent Trout In The Classroom
Mark Richman Game Show Math
Mark Richman Learning Comes Alive with Enhanced Laptop Technology
Elizabeth Savoia Interactive Whiteboard to Increase Student Engagemnt in the Classroom
Terry Woolard CHS Archiving Collection
Marilu Gregory Invention Convention Workshop

Achieve was faced with difficult funding choices, and some proposals were approved but did not receive the entire amount of funding that was requested, including the projects below at CHS

Stacey Bachenheimer Genuis Hour
Falynn Balassone EOF College Visits for At Risk Students
Amy Biasucci Research in Molecular Genetics & Bioinformatics
Jon Fisher Its Time For A Digital Photography Lab
Kristin Furlong Science Take Out Kits
Janet Kahn Motivation Through Sports & Games
Philip Lester Guitar, Ukulele and Songwriters Club
Laura Prato Self Regulation Technology
Allan Tumolillo Robotics Club
Terry Woolard Infusing Google Drive Into The Classroom

These projects are now eligible for direct funding which means you can donate directly to the project of your choice through January 31st!

Click HERE to donate online , choose “Direct Funding” on the form, provide the information requested, and pay via Paypal. To pay by mail, send your check with the teacher’s name and school in the memo line to Achieve Foundation, PO Box 84, Maplewood, NJ, 07040. Direct Grant Funding donations are fully tax-deductible.

For more information please contact Buena Chilstrom at grants@achievefoundation.org or 973-762-8274

Click HERE for a list of all the Achieve grants awarded this year.

Support CHS Baseball Boosters!

The perfect holiday gift for your baseball fan…limited supply of 2014 baseball clothing available for purchase!  Click HERE for more information and an order form.

CHS AP Meeting 1/7

The Columbia High School Advanced Placement (AP) Forum is rescheduled for Wednesday, January 7th at 7:00 pm. The Forum is an important step in determining whether advanced placement courses are something to consider as part of your child’s academic program.Click HERE for more information.