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SCS Cross Country Competes
Saint Columba Middle School Cross Country Team competes at Central Columbia field. The runners did well. They are learning valuable lessons like pacing and saving it for a big burst at the end. 

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Preschool Knows Nature

Posted on September 13, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Preschool Knows Nature
Our Preschool class gets a chance to meet and greet Mother Nature. Here a grasshopper lands on St. Columba Preschooler, Piper Morris, while having recess. The class got to examine this little insect and learn what it is and what it does for our environment. 

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Speaking Bilingually at SCS
Our Kindergarten class, as well as the rest of the school, began their Spanish classes. Students studying the Spanish language at Bloomsburg University relay that knowledge to our students. Jaclyn Palmer, an intern from Bloomsburg University, is shown with the Kindergarten class.  Miss Palmer is teaching the class Spanish, a new addition to the Kindergarten curriculum this year.

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The Fabulous Preschool Gets Going
Our top-notch Preschool had a full first week of activities and fun! The class spent time doing all sorts of things from recreating "Forky" from Toy Story 4 to making their own letter "E" out of tiny stickers.Here Elijah Orzolek practices his "E" and is loving it.

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We Are Back and Better Than Ever!
Saint Columba welcomes all the best students in the world back to school. Our first day was wonderful ! We reunited with old friends and made some new pals. There are so many new and different innovations this year. SCS is ready for the most monumental year ever. Jumping off the school bus and into his first day is new to third grade Henry Krick. 

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SCS Opens Its Doors for Meet the Teacher Night
Monsignor Lawrence welcomes students and parents to the new 2019-2020 school year. There was a huge turn out! Mrs. Tarantino, our new lunch lady, introduced herself and outlined her lunch program. She discussed some new innovations and had a sampling of food for the parents to try that she will be providing throughout the school year. Dr. Marande discussed our updated technology and other modifications to this year. Mrs. LaRouche introduced the forensics program offered at our school and its track record of success in diocesan competitions.  Finally, the pare...

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Race For Education
Our school's Race for Education enjoyed a brand new format this year. There was the race but also games and activites. The Coffee Lady came and we had ice cream and cake after we ate our lunches. Lots of fun for all. 

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Middle School Visits Penn State
Our outstanding middle school's field trip this year took the class to Penn State University. There they visted the Department of Meteorology. There they received a tour of the weather lab. Next, it was off to the Department of Astronomy where the students received a 3-D tour of Mars courtesy of the Mars rovers as well as a planetarium tour. Next, it was off to the Berkey Creamery for a pleasant luncheon with the best ice cream in the world. Finally, we received a tour of Beaver Stadium. This was one of the best field trips ever. 

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Kindergarten Graduation
St Columba's Kindergarten class of 2019 graduated, but before they left us for the summer, the class had something special for us. The class performed their frog song. Each student played a role singing, dancing, and excitedly prancing across the stage. We wish them a happy summer and we will see them all next year at Saint Columba School. 

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Pre School Celebrates Sports Week
St Columba preschoolers, Alex Orzolek listens to Colton Augustine read his "Sports" book.  Each child in the class made their own "Sports" book to share during sports week. The class then played basketball as part of the week's acitivites in the gymnasium. 

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1st Holy Communion
Our 2nd grade, after much practicing and anticipation, recieved their First Holy Communion. Sister Lydia worked well with this class preparing them for this sacrament, giving them an understanding of the importance of the Eucharist. 

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7th Grade Tech Conference
Our 7th Grade class created a WebQuest with Mr. Drumm and Mr. Webb. This project was based on thier favorite authors. The class had to research, and then build this interactive tech display for the Tech Conference in Harrisburg. While there, they met our representatives David Millard and John Gordner. The class got a photo op. with Congressman Gordner as he checked out their display. 

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4th Grade Volcanoes Explode
Sister Jean's 4th Grade Class is learning about how our earth works. As part of that study, the class created their own volcanoes. They described their individually made volcanoes then demomstrated how they work. Here James Samayoa shows Mr. Zeares how his explodes with fury. 

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SCS Presents the Living Stations
Saint Columba's Middle School students present the Living Stations. This production, during Lent, dramatically recalls the Passion of Jesus. The students remind us all of the sacrifice and joy of this moment in our Faith. 

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SCS Drama Club in Cyberland
Karen Truesdell Riehl director of SCS's Drama Club presented Alice in Cyberland. After six weeks of practice, the 1st through 8th grades presented this production to the appreciation of their parents and peers. Juliet Lauck played Alice, and she, along with the rest of the cast, made the audience laugh with the assertion that homework is not for students.    

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2nd Trimester's Honor Roll
Our students again have acheived a high level of academic excellence. Here are the following stidents from 5th through 8th grades that have earned their way to the honor roll. From left to right - top row to bottom: Morgan Peirce, Damyan Petryshak, Reed Keck, Matt Getz, John Guerriero, Dominick Rosini. Rachel Marino, Mary Grace Duncan, Charles Hopper, Micheal McIlvried, Gavin Berger, Maryellen Faus, Elise Ferdock, Emily Marino, Leyna Beishline, Katie Campbell, and Emily Shapeero. 

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2nd Grade Gets Tied Up
Mr. Drumm was the guest reader for 2nd grade, but this was no ordinary reading of a book. Mr. Drumm read them the story of Mr. Tannen's Ties. The real-life tale of a principal at Lynnhusrt School. Like Mr. Drumm, Mr. Tannen has a tremendous amount of crazy ties, over 900 of them. As part of this crazy tie story, Mr. Drumm brought in some of his crazy ties for the entire class to wear, even Sister Lydia sported a tie as Mr. Drumm read to her class. 

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Service Club Serves the Needs of the Community
Our Service Club is back. Students from all grade levels participate in this community out-reach club. Dr. Mary Katherine Duncan from Bloomsburg University heads this club. She guides the students to develop in themselves the sense of good work and self-worth that comes from helping others. 

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Pilgrimage for the Middle School
Students from 5th grade to the 8th grade went on a spiritual pilgrimage. In the morning, they visited the Grotto at Mt. St. Mary's University. They learned all about this holy place and enjoyed the beauty that surrounded them. At noon, the students attended mass at the Glass Chapel. After lunch, everyone went to the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Shrine. There, they got a tour of the grounds this saint walked, and the basilica created in her honor. 

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2nd Grade on the Road to 1st Holy Communion
Sister Lydia prepares her class of the great Sacrament of the Eucharist. But before they receive that sacrament, the class recieves first, the Sacrament of Reconciliation and Penance. The class sports special t-shirts made up just for them to celebrate this special occasion. 

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Leprechaun Loop Huge St. Patty Success
Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make this year's Leprechaun Loop a great success. The runners had a great day to race, and the costumes were outrageous. From Mr. Zeares to all the SCS students that ran, it was a memorable day, and we await next year's loop challenge. 

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Dr. Seuss Day Sweeps SCS
SCS celebrates, in style, the creator of so many wonderful stories we are all familiar with, that being Dr. Seuss. SCS students came dressed in their favorite Dr. Seuss gear to make Dr. Seuss' birthday a fun experience. Students also used this day to read their favorite Seuss books to each other. 

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Spelling B-E-E Isn't as Easy as It Seems
The month of March is BEE time and the Spelling Bee is all part of the excitement. The words were challenging, our students were ready, but they weren't enough for our returning champion. James Samoya went head-to-head with Gavin, trading word after word, but for a third year in a row, Gavin Berger will represent SCS at the diocesan Bee. Congrats Gavin and Good Luck!

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Geo Bee Rocks the World
Saint Columba took a trip around the world (well, sort of) with the Geo Bee. This competition went non-stop for almost an hour. The competition were fierce, and it finally came down to Katie Campbell and Leyna Bieshline. Round after round, the two girls answered question after question, then Katie came out on top. She is now off to compete against the rest diocese. Good Luck, Katie!  

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DAR Essay Contest Winners
Saint Columba School has a strong showing again in the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. This year's essay topic was on Women's Suffage and its impact on the United States. Our winners are Mary Grace Duncan, Dominick Rosini, Rachel Marino, Charles Hopper, Morgan Pierce, Cameron Humphrey, and Damyon Petryshak. Congratulations and good luck on the next level. 

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Wii Tennis Champions

Posted on February 15, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Wii Tennis Champions
As part of our Catholic Schools Week celebrations, the final four of our Wii Tennis Championships was held. After a tough back and forth where it was anybody's game, Matt Getz emerged as our school's overall champion. Gavin Berger was in fourth place, Jacob Guerriero was third, and John Guerriero was second. 

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Pre-School Celebrates 100 Days of School
Saint Columba School's Preschool class celebrates their 100 days in school with their ants. Mrs. John our Preschool teacher chose a creepy crawly way to get to 100. Here two students use their counting chart and their helper ants to count to 100. 

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Elks Essay Winners
Lila Oast, Emily LaRouche, and Mary Grace Duncan are proud Americans, and their essay explains why. The local chapter of the Elks hosted an essay contest title"What makes you proud of America." These three Saint Columba School students hit it with their entries and they now represent our school as their essay goes on to states. 

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Volleyball Rivalry Continues
As part of SCS's Catholic Schools Week celebration, Monsignor  Lawrence leads his team of teachers against the 7th & 8th grade students. This continued rivalry in this friendly volleyball game left the teachers winning again. This is a three-peat for the teachers.  A great time was had by all, and the students promise they will bring victory next year.

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Clyde Peeling's Reptiles Come to Visit SCS
Senior keeper of Clyde Peeling's Reptileland Kathryn Allen visited SCS during Catholic Schools Week. She brought with her many friends from an American alligator to a rattlesnake. Ms. Allen shared with the students tons of information like the difference between a venomous snake and a poisonous snake. She even allowed her friend Penny, the boa constrictor, to be closely inspected by students. Here, Sister Jean wears Penny while Blaise Kissinger wonders why anyone would wear a snake. 

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CSW Starts with an Open House
Saint Columba School opened its doors to start off the best week of the year aka Catholic Schools Week. Students brought their folks into the school after the Catholic Schools Week Mass and toured them around showing them all the sights and where all the learning happens. New families came as well to register new students for the new school year. Here,  Audrey and her friends took advantage of the interactive poster outside of the second grade calssroom. Catholic Schools Week fun! 

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Kenya Comes to SCS

Posted on January 28, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Kenya Comes to SCS
Saiint Columba got a visit from the NED Show. The show focused on how kindness can influence people as far away as Kenya, Africa. People in Africa struggle to get the basic necessities such as clean drinking water. The NED Show demonstrated that we here at SCS have an impact on other people around the world including Kenya. Annabelle Faus, Sonna Krick, and Chritopher Getz shared with everyone how their kindness can change their school and maybe the world. 

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First Grades Learns about Our Friendly Neighbor to the North
6th Grade students researched the differences in lifestyles between Canada and the United States. Dominick Rosini and Micheal McIlvried studied the foods of Canada and discovered certain foods only found in Canada. The first grade came to learn what these students found out about Canada's food. Among the food presented, only found in Canada, were Nanaimo Bars, Kinder Surprise, Coffee Crisp Candy, and ketchup chips. Dominick and Micheal discuss here the ketchup chips only found in Canada. The first graders then got a chance to taste this food.  

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Pre-School is Ready so Let It Snow
Carson Golla gets dressed for the snow by his PreK classmates. Students figured out the perfect sequence on how to get ready for the snow in their winter unit. The students in Mrs. John's PreK class had a wintery blast selecting the proper warm weather clothes for Carson to wear. Carson for sure won't be getting cold any time soon. 

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St. Columba Follows the Yellow Brick Road
Saint Columba School, as part of our holiday traditions, attended Bloomsburg Theater Essemble's holiday play. This year BTE presented The Wizard of OZ. This festive fantasy included St. Columba's own 5th grader Emily LaRouche. The show also included St. Columba alums Isabel Benfeild, and Anastasia Ferdock. Thanks, BTE for another wonderful Christmas production.  

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Winterfest!

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: School News, School Showcase

Winterfest!
SCS went Christmas with the annual Winterfest. There were tons of gifts, tons of Dollar Tree items, and tons of festive frolic. Mrs. Luchas did an outstanding job organizing the entire event, from wrapping the Dollar Tree items with other volunteers,  to lining up all the Christmas vendors. Thank you for another great success.

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Kindergarten Goes to the Food Cupboard
Students from Saint Columba Kindergarten recently visited the Bloomsburg Food Cupboard.  Students collected food to donate to the food cupboard and made thank you cards  for the food cupboard volunteers.

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Missionary Speaks to SCS

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: School News

Missionary Speaks to SCS
Father Michael Opoki of Our Lady, Help of Christians Church in Lykens traveled to St. Columba School to give an inspirational talk to middle school students about his experiences in his home country of Uganda. Fr. Opoki, a member of the Order of the Apostles of Jesus, offered a message of sharing and caring for children around the world and for being missionaries here at home.

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Preschool Creates Their Turkeys

Posted on January 02, 2019 in: School News

Preschool Creates Their Turkeys
Our Preschool class readied themselves for Thanksgiving by creating their own turkeys. All the students needed for their turkeys were paper, paint, and their hand. The class learned nothing makes a great Thanksgiving turkey than their own hand.

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Fifth Grade Teaches the Lives of the Saints
The first grade were thrilled to learn about the lives of the saints. Maryellen Faus teaches students about a little known saint, St Eligius. His life as an ambassador to the French king is not what he is best known for. He is known for his miracles and his work with horses. The first grade enjoyed his story.

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Veterans Day Observed with Civil War Reenactor
Mr. James Faus, a Civil War reenactor, discussed the life and times of a Civil War soldier as part of St. Columba School's Veterans Day observances. He shared his stories, the gear of a soldier of this time, and the sacrifice of a soldier serving his country.

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Kindergarten Gets Halloween Creative
The SCS kindergarten computer class has been working on proper hand position of the mouse, mouse movement, click and drag, and double clicking. These new skills were put to use as they painted Halloween pictures using their mouse and computer.

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St. Columba Competes
St. Columba Middle School students are competing in The Cyber Robotics Coding Competition (CRCC).  This is the first time this competition has been offered in the state of Pennsylvania. The competition is an online virtual robotics and STEM competition.

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Haunting the Community with Halloween Paintings
Mrs. Kurecian's seventh and eighth grade art classes went out for some ghoulish glee painting town windows, a tradition in Bloomsburg.

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St. Columba's Student Editors
Mr. Webb's seventh grade ELA class holds the first edition of The Columba Review. This magazine is filled with reviews.

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Robots and Mr. Webb

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Robots and Mr. Webb
Our entire school was thrilled to meet robots of all shapes and sizes in the STEAM assembly.This program even got interactive. Our own Mr. Webb even got to ride one of the robots. This robot can zip around up to 14 mph but Mr. Webb get it at a safe speed avoiding any speeding tickets.

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Saint Columba School Gets Classical
Saint Columba's Middle School enjoyed the Bloomsburg University Orchestra during the Young Persons' Concert. The students applauded time again as the orchestra played selections from West Side Story, Tchaikovsky, and Brubeck.

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Saint Columba School Science Lab

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Saint Columba School Science Lab
Saint Columba School is full of Science Explorers and Makenna Thompson and Kyran Horan are here to prove it. They took part in an experiment to see if one liquid is heavier than another.

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Officer Phil Readies Students

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Officer Phil Readies Students
Officer Phil checked in with our kindergarten through fourth grades. She demonstrated with the students the need to be respectful, responsible, and safe. Valuable lessons as these students navigate their way through school and life.

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Celebrating Blessed Duns Scotus

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Celebrating Blessed Duns Scotus
The creator of the Dunce Cap was celebrated at SCS. Blessed Duns Scotus, a soon to be saint, spent his life studying and educating. He invented the famous cap to funnel information into the brain. His invention didn't turn out the way he hoped, but we do celebrate his efforts with our own homemade caps.

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Getting Social at SCS

Posted on December 31, 2018 in: School Showcase

Getting Social at SCS
Saint Columba's Middle School first dance of the year, came at a spook-tacular time, Halloween. The dance featured costumes, foods, and our students boogieing down. John Guerriero (center) shows off some of his best moves.

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Saint Columba Socks it to Drugs and Gives Drugs the Boot
SCS celebrates Red Ribbon Week with our anti-drug themed dress down day. Crazy socks and boots brought awareness to our school about the dangers of drug use. Here second grade girls are just saying no and booting drugs out.

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SCS Halloween Bingo is a Non-Stop Prize-a-rama
As part of the Halloween festivities SCS had its annual Halloween Bingo. Students shouted BINGO and came up to the prize table to find an overwhelming assortment of goodness of which to choose.

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Halloween is Full of Fun and Frolic at SCS
St. Columba School enjoyed Halloween with costumes, bingo, and class parties. The students and many of the teachers came dressed in all forms of Halloween fun.

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