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Columbia High School

Dekalb County Schools

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Band Reigns Supreme
Columbia High rose victorious in a battle against YAHS from New Orleans, LA this past weekend at Jackson State University! Everyone came flocking around our band, asking us how our students were so skilled in their performance, as we must have worked them endlessly to get them to the skill they are at now. However, I reminded them “It doesn’t take many to do plenty.”

We are amazed and proud of this recognition, as we have been underestimated. Special Thanks to Dr. Davis and her administration team for the continued support of our students in our program. 

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Columbia Celebrates
Advanced Placement Honor School-- The State School Superintendent, Richard Woods, named 276 Advanced Placement Honor Schools for the 2024 School Year.
Columbia High School was named AP Honor School for the distinction of AP Expansion School! AP schools with 25% growth in AP student participation from May 2022 to May 2023 and a minimum of 25 students testing in May 2022.

CHS FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) has three students who have won and advanced to FCCLA Star Events Competition March 17th-19th. Students Taking Action with Recognition (STAR) Events are Competitive Events in which members compete at the regional/district, state, and national levels. Students are recognized for proficiency and achievement in chapter and individual projects, leadership skills, and career preparation.

CHS Early Childhood Education Pathway is preparing to align Georgia’s high school early childhood education curriculum to the Child Development Associate (CDA) program, students can graduate with this nationally recognized industry-based credential! The Child Development Associate® Credential or CDA® is the most widely recognized credential in early childhood education. It is a key steppingstone on the path to career advancement in early childhood education. Scholarships are available for exam.

Ms. Gwenn Kennedy has been named the 2024 New Teacher of the Year Award for eTED, The Engineering & Technology Educators Division of GACTE. Georgia ACTE is a state affiliate of the national association representing thousands of career and technical education professionals, eTED recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to our profession.

Mrs. Amanda McRay Williams, Fashion Merchandising students will be publishing their first fashion magazine through Studentreasures' publishing program.
March Principal's Corner
As we embrace the transition into March, I am delighted to share some exciting updates and highlights from our school community.

Academic Achievements:
I am immensely proud of our students' dedication and hard work in their academic pursuits. We have seen remarkable progress and achievements across all grade levels, from outstanding test scores to innovative projects and presentations. This month, our students:
  • Middle Georgia College accepted 11 students on March 5, 2024
  • 4 students placed in the district Technology Fair
  • 1 student has progressed to state competition in the Science Fair
  • ROTC successfully completed their annual inspection
  • Participated in the schools Black History program
  • 11 band students received full scholarships
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Registration and Withdrawals
Please visit the Registrar's page for information on the registration and withdrawal process.
February Principal's Corner
I hope this newsletter finds you in good health and spirits. As we embark on February, I am excited to share some highlights and important updates from Columbia High School.

1. **Celebrating Achievements:**
We take pride in acknowledging the outstanding achievements of our students and staff. Whether it's academic accomplishments, extracurricular success, or acts of kindness, our Columbia High School community continues to shine.

2. **Upcoming Events:**
Stay informed about upcoming events, including parent-teacher conferences, school performances, and community engagement activities. Your involvement is crucial, and we look forward to your participation. See our upcoming events section below.

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GA Student Health Survey & Parent Survey
The Survey window is open, and will contribute to the 2024-2025 School Climate Score.  The survey links are provided below.

Georgia Student Health Survey - HIGH SCHOOL (grades 9-12)

Georgia Parent Survey

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Mission & Vision

The vision of the DeKalb County School District is to inspire our community of learners to achieve educational excellence. Our mission is to ensure student success, leading to higher education, work, and life-long learning. We are making this vision and mission a reality – every day, in every classroom throughout the District.

Through community forums, focus groups, listening sessions, and more, we have engaged our stakeholders, refined our objectives, honed our procedures, and formulated a robust, highly-structured yet agile and adaptive strategic plan. We are pleased with the progress we have made thus far, and excited about the future – of our District, our community, and, most importantly, the 100,000+ students who daily bring to us their limitless potential.

The District has created performance measures, targets, and initiatives to ensure success in each goal area. A monitoring and data collection process has been developed, and rigorous progress check procedures have been implemented. At the local level, on-going training sessions are offered to all principals in order to support the work of aligning, refining, monitoring, and evaluating the continuous improvement efforts of each individual school.

As a community of learners, we are committed to excellence in everything we do – within the classroom and throughout the District. This continuous improvement process permeates each aspect of our Strategic Plan, and we are honored to partner with you to make it a reality for all.