Thu Jun 23 2022, 6:15pm
WHS Room 1204
Regular Meeting


Columbia Elementary Report

To:  Michael Green, Superintendent

From: David Starkey, CES Principal

Date: June 23, 2022

RE: Columbia Elementary Board Report

Reflection on the  2021-2022 school year:

As I reflect on the 2021-2022 school year, I could not be more proud of the students and staff here at Columbia Elementary. Throughout the year, staff and students encountered various challenges. Having said that, those challenges did not hinder their academic progress.

Below you will see a graph showing our school-wide data of academic growth here at Columbia Elementary. The assessment given is the district-adopted assessment called Acadience. The benchmark assessment was given three times this year. 

The red represents students who are well below grade level.

The yellow represents students who are slightly below grade level 

The green represents students who are on or above grade level.

** This is the second year in a row that as a school Columbia Elementary continues to close the achievement gap. Way to go CES staff and students!

End of the Year Events/Opportunities:

Over the last few weeks, Columbia has had multiple celebrations, assemblies, and field trips take place. Some of the highlights are the following:

  • Multicultural Assembly: 

CES had its first-ever multicultural assembly. This was a K-4 assembly where students generated various performances around different countries and cultures. Students dressed up, sang songs, did dances, etc. It was AMAZING to watch our students learn about other cultures and incorporate it into their daily learning.

  • Kindergarten/WHS Graduation Walk:

What an awesome opportunity this has become! CES worked with WHS to celebrate our Woodland High School seniors as they walked the halls of Columbia. As a school, we paired the high school graduation walk with our kindergarten graduation. Following our high schoolers, our kindergarten students joined the seniors as they too walked the halls with their graduation caps on. The rest of CES lined the hallways and cheered for both our high school seniors and our CES kindergarten students. The graduation walk ended with the high school seniors creating a tunnel in the CES gym while the kindergarten students walked through it. In attendance was the high school band, kindergarten parents, along with a variety of community members. It was special to see another example of a wonderful district-wide collaboration. 

  • Reading Is Fundamental (RIF):

RIF is an opportunity where every student at CES receives a free book of their choice. Mrs. Lindsay and Mrs. Foss generated the program and did an outstanding job compiling a list/options of engaging children's books for CES students to pick from. 

  • Incoming Dual Language Parent Night

On June 14th, CES had an incoming dual language parent night. We had a great turn out and overall was a great success. It was amazing getting to share the impacts that the DL program makes for students here at CES. Parents and students seemed eager to join the program.