NRHS Planetarium Show
May 31 - NRHS Planetarium
City Hall, Carew Room - 10:00 a.m.
The National Scholastic Chess Foundation held the Westchester County Chess Championships at Columbus Elementary on March 18, with 14 Columbus students competing in four different grade level competitions.
Five fifth grade Columbus students competed in their grade section and won first place. It was also the third year in a row that this team was recognized as Westchester County Champions for their grade. In 2015, they were first in third grade, in 2016 they won in fourth grade, and this year they won once again in fifth grade.
The team was also the highest scoring in all grade level competitions. Ronny Perez led his team, coming in 3rd place, Darren Chen came in 5th place, Luis Jimenez came in 7th place, Leo Liu in 9th place and Estevan Ramos in 10th place.
Five third grade Columbus students competed in the third-grade section, and came in second place. Gabriela Ceja won top unrated chess player. Also playing for the Columbus team were Evelyn Sanchez, Luis Oliveros, Kevin Lopez and Frida Arenas.
Two second-grade students competed in the second-grade section and won a second-place team award. Dylan Solovyev and Ignacio Valencia played on the second-grade team.
Two fourth graders competed in the fourth-grade division and came in fourth place as a team. Evelyn Valencia and Maya Concha played for Columbus in the fourth-grade section.
The Columbus team plans to play again on April 22 at Ward, and on April 29 at Trinity. The team will be competing in the United States Scholastic Chess Super Nationals K-12 in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will be held from May 12 to May 14 (News from Our Schools 3/31).
Columbus Elementary School
February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Elementary School
February 16th at 7:00 p.m.
Learn about changes in Federal Immigration policies….
March 6 AM, 11:40 Dismissal
June 12 PM, 11:40 Dismissal
June 21 AM, 11:40 Dismissal
June 22 PM, 11:40 Dismissal
June 23 PM, 11:40 Dismissal
9:00 - 10:30 AM
Each year, school districts are required by Education Law to conduct an Early Dismissal, "Emergency Response Drill" to practice emergency dismissal procedures.
On Thursday, November 10, 2016 all students, employees and visitors must leave the school building at 3:00 p.m., 15 minutes prior to dismissal time.
Parents who drive students must pick them up 15 minutes early and children riding bus transportation will arrive home 15 minutes earlier than usual.
Should you have any questions, please contact your school's main office.
Our school is proud to host an important and unfortunately very timely information forum this Thursday, February 16th, at 7:00 p.m. in our school auditorium. Please join us and councilman Louis Trangucci, representatives from the offices of Jim Maisano, County Legislator, the New Rochelle Police Department, and immigration attorneys from the Westchester Hispanic Coalition. The presentation, titled "Know your Rights" will offer practical and legal advice for matters pertaining to immigration and residency. ALL community members and neighbors are welcome.
"We promote interdisciplinary studies and encourage authentic, problem-based learning by doing.
We recognize that High Expectations result in High Achievement.
We believe that teaching and learning is fostered by creating optimum conditions to ensure success for students and their teachers.
We are committed to create a positive school climate, which respects and values diversity and nurtures everyone's self-esteem, in partnership with our parents and our community."
Columbus Elementary School's recent STR²EAMing into LEARNing K-5 Convention was a huge success, with 41 classes highlighting the school's longstanding belief that children should be engaged in authentic, project-oriented inquiry.
"To have the opportunity to share their knowledge, teach others and present their work to the community for feedback, review or celebration is a wonderful recognition of their work," said Principal Michael Galland. "We're putting kids in the position to become researchers, scientists, mathematicians and writers of information. This matters."
The convention, based on science, technology, reading/researching, engineering, art and mathematics (STR²EAM) curriculum, offers students an occasion to demonstrate their learning accomplishments. The idea goes back to 1995, when Charlotte Stadler, Columbus' beloved math facilitator, launched the Math in the Workplace program, which became a fourth-grade, school-wide project.
In 2002, the project morphed into the EXPO project, which added third- and fifth-grade levels. Two years later, a Literacy Fair was created to give kindergarteners and first- and second-grade students an opportunity to demonstrate their learning proficiencies.
Both events took place for the next 11 years. But in 2014, school officials thought it was time to change up the events and introduced the "STR²EAMing into LEARNing" project, which includes both the EXPO and Literacy Fair.
Again, this year, instructional facilitators Elizabeth Zahn, Dan Cocciardi, and Vanessa Costa worked with teachers from beginning concepts to final presentations and inventions.
Kindergarten classes focused on weather-related investigations. First-grade classes had penguins and the Arctic as their topics, and second-grade classes focused on insect adaptations.
Third-grade classes addressed the topic of extreme weather. Fourth-grade classes focused on damage done to the environment with political outreach efforts. Fifth-grade classes had water filtration and water systems as their topics.
Additionally, the Westchester Children's Museum trained 30 parents to staff different STEM tables.
"It was really incredible," Galland said. "The parents were trained to not solve the problems, but engage students in their questions. In such a powerful way, they really became teachers." (News from Our Schools 2/17)