A Message About Columbia High School FAST Academic Support Program From CHS Principal Aaron

Hello, Columbia High School families. I hope you are having a restful summer filled with good books, rest, and fun.

We are pleased to announce that starting on Thursday, July 17, Columbia High School teachers will be available to support students who are working on summer assignments. Students entering grades 9 through 12 can come to CHS to work on summer math packets, writing assignments, AP assignments and other high school work.

From July 17 through August 7, Math, Science, Language Arts, and Social Studies support will be available from 8: 15 to 10:45 (in the cafeteria) and 11 to 1:30 (in room D112).

Students should enter the high school door located to the right of the Black Box Theater and indicate that they are here for FAST (Flexible Academic Support Time).

Students should bring their materials with them. We hope that they will take advantage of this time to work with our teachers in preparation for a great year at CHS.

Please call the main office at CHS, x1019, if you have questions about FAST.

Best regards,
Elizabeth Aaron


SOMSD Superintendent Survey
The South Orange – Maplewood Board of Education is very interested in your input as they seek to hire a new superintendent. A survey has been designed to gather your perception on the importance of various characteristics commonly found in effective superintendents. The information will be used by the Board to determine the “Desired Characteristics” of our next superintendent. Thank you for taking the time to share your perceptions with the Board.
Click HERE for the survey.


Summer Math Assignments
Click HERE  for 2014 Summer Math Assignments


CHS_cougars HSA Newsletter June 2014
CHS_cougarsCHS Counseling Center Newsletter for June 9th, 2014
CHS_cougars School and Community Flyers for June 2014


Columbia High School’s Production of CATS Dominates Rising Star Award Nominations

CATS_chorus_tmbRising Star Awards are to NJ High School musicals what the Tony Awards are to Broadway shows: Deeply coveted and hard to get. This year, Columbia High School’s production of CATS scooped up an unprecedented nine final nominations, including one for the highest honor of all: “Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical.” Read more


CHS Senior Recognized At Youth Awards
Cha’Nel Tyler Ellis was recognized by the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders for her outstanding contributions to the community at its annual youth event in Newark “Essex County Celebrates Youth”. Cha’Nel plays violin, is an active member of Columbia High’s Minority Achievement Committee and has thrown shot put, javelin and discus for the school’s track and field team. Read more on South Orange Patch

Shakespeare Festival at CHS Breaks New Record
The CHS Shakespeare Festival took to the stage throughout the day on Friday, April 11, with Shakespeare-themed performances presented by more than 300 students, a new record! According to CHS English teacher and one of the festival’s organizers, Stephen MacPherson, the school’s Shakespeare Festival is currently in its 12th year and going strong. Read more

CHS HSA 2014-15 Executive Board Slate.
Click HERE to see the list. We will be voting on the slate at the next HSA meeting on Monday, May 5th at 7:30pm in Room 107 at CHS. All paid HSA members are invited to attend and to vote on the nominations.


Elizabeth_AaronThe Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Elizabeth Aaron as Principal of Columbia at its meeting on March 17, 2014. She will begin her new role on July 1, 2014. In recommending Ms. Aaron to the Board, Superintendent Brian Osborne said: “As Assistant Principal at Columbia High School, Ms. Aaron has consistently proven herself to be a problem solver who connects positively with all stakeholders, especially our students. (…) Please join me in celebrating Ms. Aaron’s promotion to Columbia High School principal.” Read more

The CHS Home and School Association joins the rest of the district and teachers and staff of Columbia High School in congratulating Elizabeth Aaron on being selected as the new Principal of Columbia High School. We are looking forward to Ms. Aaron’s leadership of our school (…) Read more


MM_Travel_MugNeed a fabulous gift? Have a CHS student, a favorite teacher or tutor that needs a gift? Midnight Madness can answer those yearning thoughts! We have attractive merchandise for sale and will deliver!!! Visit the Midnight Madness page for details

Please help support these new educational initiatives.Additional monies for teachers’ grant requests, is underway through January 31st. As of now, we have received over $5,000! Of the original 27 grants eligible, five are now fully funded and two are 50% funded. Donations can be made through the Achieve Foundation website. Read more



Now you can do it online:
HSA Membership and Volunteer Form
$22/year per family

The list of  CHS HSA Board 2013-14

GREAT NEWS:    CHS Ranked 36th in NJ, 757 in Country
Read the article on South Orange Patch

CHS Course Offerings 2013-14

    • - The Curriculum Guide for 10th and 11th Grade Students

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