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Pamela Campbell

From the Superintendent

Welcome to the Columbia School District! As a school family, we are proud to be a part of this community. Our excellent teachers and staff members strive for excellence as we diligently work with your student to increase his or her educational abilities. The Columbia School District, in partnership with the community, will provide a safe and positive learning environment, which will prepare all students to contribute and compete in a global society.

Our points of pride include strong academics which have produced high test scores, an award winning band program, high school pre-engineering courses which use project based learning to enhance each student’s skills, Advanced Placement courses that challenge our students and provide an opportunity for them to earn college credit, free GSRP preschool for four year olds that provides a firm and enjoyable educational base for our youngest learners, child care and tuition preschool for three and four year olds, and our excellent athletic programs which give our student athletes an opportunity to succeed. Columbia Central High School was awarded the Silver and Bronze Medallion by U.S. News & World Reports, was chosen as a Reward School by the Michigan Department of Education and was honored as top school in Jackson County by Bridge Magazine.

Columbia School District has remodeled all of our classrooms with new flooring, new ceilings, new windows and doors, all buildings have a secure entry vestibule to keep our students safe, new heating and air conditioning systems at all buildings, updated technology infrastructure and hardware, and updated playgrounds.

We hope you will find time to visit our schools as you participate in your children’s activities. You may sign up for on our weekly E-Letter update by sending me your email address. If I may assist you in any way, please feel free to call me at the Administration Office at 517-592-6641 or email me at

About Us
The Columbia School District lies in a rural area that stretches into four southeast Michigan counties. Within the district one finds a multitude of inland lakes and plenty of recreational opportunities. The beautiful and placid atmosphere has attracted many new residents from urban areas. This influx from the cities has provided our school district with a richly diverse population and a rapidly growing business community.

In the late 1960's the current school district was formed through the consolidation of the Brooklyn, Cement City and Clarklake schools systems. Today the Columbia School District provides educational services for more than 1,700 students and is a Class B school system.

The Columbia School District believes that ALL students can learn and achieve mastery of essential skills. The district, to the extent it is financially able to provide physical and human resources required to meet these responsibilities, is dedicated to providing an environment that fosters self-esteem, self-motivation, and responsibility in our students. The district also believes that education is a cooperative effort between home, school and the community.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call the Pamela Campbell at (517) 592-6641.

Nurture Dreams, Empower All. Create a Better World.

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Special Notices

New! MDEQ Water Testing
New! Torch Bearer - Spring/Summer 2018
District Annual Education Report
Columbia School District Strategic Plan
CSD School Improvement Plan
2017-18 Bus Routes

Find Your Summer Camp

Summer Camp registration is open!
We are excited to once again offer a wide array of summer camp opportunities for students in rising grades 1-12. This year there will be camps in art, drama, robotics, gardening, STEM science, and many more!

Please take note of the camp opportunities you are interested in by viewing our latest edition of the Torch Bearer.

Please sign up as soon as possible, as spaces are limited and fill very quickly. Online registration is now open! Click here to begin. For more information contact Monika Cook at 517-592-6641 or

To pay for a Summer Camp online, please refer to the Torch Bearer as you will need to enter that price after clicking on the button below.

Columbia School District Board of Education - Regular School Board Meeting
There will be a Regular Board Meeting on Monday, August 13, 2018, at 7:00 p.m. held at the Columbia Community Room at Columbia Central Jr. – Sr. High School, 11775 Hewitt Road, Brooklyn, MI 49230.

Jackson County Early College is a new option for high school students to build a career pathway and begin their college degree as early as ninth grade. Students, while completing the program, may earn an associate degree (60 credits) by the end of an additional year (year 13). Click here for more information. Apply Online

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Eagle's Nest Newsletters
Torch Bearer-Spring/Summer 2018
Points of Pride

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The Columbia School District puts the safety of our students and staff members as a first priority. Beginning March 5, 2018, Officer Ritchey is our school liaison officer. He will be working in our schools full time and be available to assist us with any concerns.

We appreciate the Columbia Township Police Department for assisting the Columbia School District with the funding of this position. The school portion of the funding will be allocated through the 31A At Risk grant.

OK2SAY is a program designed to empower Michigan students, parents, school personnel, community mental health service programs, and law enforcement to share and respond to student safety threats. More info/submit confidential tip

JC4 Curriculum
The Jackson County Core Curriculum Collaborative (JC4) is one critical, complex component of a comprehensive Multi-tiered System of Supports (MTSS). Our JC4 definition of curriculum is the totality of student experiences that occur in the educational process (not just a textbook or bought product). The curriculum includes but is not limited to the interactions and integration of learning targets, instruction, assessment systems, data processes, non-instructional practices, resources (including textbooks), class dynamics and demographic contexts.

Columbia School District Serves Breakfast
Columbia School District serves breakfast everyday in all school buildings. Breakfast service begins at 7:30 a.m. Prices for breakfast are $1.50 in all school buildings for full price or at a reduced price of 30¢ or free if qualified. Breakfast Menu

Zonar Z Pass
Columbia Elementary K-2 students will benefit from a new bus system to track their route during the 2017-18 school year. Each child will wear a swipe card on their backpack, which will register when and where they get on and off the bus.

Parents will receive an email with a link to a website that allows them to access their students account to view where their child is at any time during the route.

M-STEP Parent Report Video
A guide to help to understand M-Step reports.
To continue the Department’s commitment to support teachers, parents, and students throughout this transition to higher expectations for all students, this video is available which summarizes M-STEP and walks viewers through how to read and interpret student scores within the M-STEP Parent Report.

Interested in FREE 4 year old preschool?
Columbia Elementary offers the Great Start Readiness Program (GSRP). You may qualify for FREE Preschool for 4 year olds. Many factors are considered. Please view this flyer and call/apply today. We have 48 slots that need to be filled. Please pass the word! To sign-up, go to or call the GSRP hotline at (517) 768-5130. Don’t miss this chance for FREE, high-quality preschool! Register today!!

Kindergarten - 2018-2019 School Year
Our Kindergarten program is the best in the area! Columbia Elementary School offers all-day kindergarten which is a dynamic energetic caring program that prepares your child for school success and lifelong learning. Please call CES at (517) 592-6632 to register your child for kindergarten. (Your child must be 5 by September 1st to begin Kindergarten or the Young 5’s Program may be considered.)

Preschool News - 2018-2019 School Year
3/4 Preschool & K-5 Latchkey Registration
Please contact Vicki @ (517) 592-9753 for latchkey and preschool slots. Latchkey slots will be reserved first for students presently in the program. You must confirm your latchkey return!

Are your children safe while online?
Michigan families, especially minors, are becoming inundated with advertisements from alcohol, tobacco, pornography and gambling marketers through different internet and cell phone inboxes. Texting their advertisements is the newest marketing effort that many of these companies are using. Thankfully, the State of Michigan offers a free program to stop adult ads from reaching e-mails, mobile phones (text messaging ads) and instant messenger IDs. The Michigan Child Protection Registry, like the federal Do Not Call List, is a free do-not-contact service for Michigan's families and schools and can be located at

As a strong supporter of this registry, I would like to encourage you to sign your entire family up for the registry and inform your friends and colleagues about how they can protect children and families from unwanted adult advertising. To sign up only takes seconds. Just go to and keep your family safe.

Odysseyware - Online Learning for Students
Odysseyware is a provider of online learning, which is being used throughout the Columbia School District. The Odysseyware site allows many students who need flexibility to facilitate their own learning at school as well as from home.
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Internet Essentials Program - Learn more here.

School Hours 2018-2019 Year

Columbia Elementary (PK-2)
7:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Columbia Upper Elementary (3-6)
7:55 a.m. – 2:55 p.m.

Columbia Central Jr. High (7-8)
7:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Columbia Central Sr. High (9-12)
7:45 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.

Columbia Options High School (CCE)
8:00 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

2017-2018 Calendar
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