StopSlut! 3/5

The Adult School presents StopSlut! featuring activists Katie Cappiello, Meg McInerney and Jennifer Baumgardner as they discuss slut shaming and how we can end it. Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9pm, Black Box Theatre. $5 for Students. $15 for Adults. To register, students can call 973.378.7620, stop by the Adult School office: CHS, room A110 or pay at the door. Click HERE and HERE for more information.

March Community Fliers

Click HERE for March Community Fliers including South Orange Maplewood School District, Columbia High School, The Parenting Center & Elementary PTAs, Girl Scouts, Junior League of the Oranges and Short Hills, The Learning Academy, Lydia Johnson Dance School, Maplewood Memorial Library, New Jersey Fencing Alliance, The Pierro Gallery of South Orange, South Orange Dept. of Recreation & Cultural Affairs, South Orange-Maplewood Adult School, SOPAC, Summit Community Programs and the YMCA.

Help needed with the Faculty and Staff Spring Tea on March 18

Please help us show our appreciation and support of the teachers and staff at CHS! On Wednesday, March 18 at 3 p.m., we will be hosting the annual after-school spring tea in the cafeteria. This is a really lovely event for the staff that will include a performance from the CHS musical “Ragtime.”

We still need a little more help to make this a successful event. Please click HERE if you are able to donate food, drinks and/or volunteer your time (only an hour or so.) If you aren’t able to donate items or your time, we will also gladly take financial contributions.

Thank you very much!

Scholarships for Seniors and Graduates

Attention Seniors and Parents/Guardians!!!

The Columbia High School Scholarship Fund will distribute scholarship applications outside the Main Office at CHS from Monday, March 9 to Friday, March 13 from 1:00 until 3:30. Please stop by our table to get more information and to pick up an application. Our Trustees will be there to answer your questions and assist in any way they can. You may also obtain an application in the Guidance Office from March 16 to March 20.

In addition, applications can be filled out on-line and printed from our web site at

All CHS seniors and graduates are encouraged to apply. The scholarships are need-based and can be used for ANY kind of post secondary education from trade or technical school, to community college, four year college and even graduate school. The awards are for one year only; recipients have to re-apply each year.

Applications MUST be postmarked by Thursday, April 16 and they MUST be sent to the post office box indicated in the materials. DO NOT return them to CHS.

Please contact Carol Barry-Austin at 973-761-1048 for further information.

All Hands On Deck – Parenting Center

A Message From the SOMSD Parenting Center…

At the Parenting Center, we sometimes learn of students in the district who are in dire need of clothing, coats, furniture, food, and other essential items. On these occasions, we reach out for assistance to the various parents who volunteer at the Parenting Center. We would like to know if other parents throughout the school district would be willing to be on an “All Hands on Deck” list that we can approach when we become aware of a need. We have set up an “All Hands on Deck” Sign Up Genius page for anyone who would like to be on the list. Please click HERE for additional information or to sign up.

Thank you in advance for your support!

The Parenting Center

CHS AP Program

Click HERE for information about the AP program at CHS including dates for portfolio reviews, applications and sign-ups, and qualifying tests.

PARCC Information

Click HERE for FAQs about PARCC at SOMSD and HERE for Principal Aaron’s PowerPoint presentation to parents.