CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL
Gerald Garfin, Principal
Heidi Abrams, C.O.S.A.
COSA: THE SPIRIT OF COLUMBUS
STUDENT GOVERNMENT ELECTIONS
At the end of last semester, Columbusites voted for their Student Government Leaders. Candidates for election campaigned, prior to the election, by advertising themselves on the Student Activities Bulletin Boards (opposite the elevator on all five floors) and by attempting to meet their constituencies in the cafeteria.
Students ran for the positions of Student Body Leaders (leading the entire body of Columbus students), Senior, Junior and Sophomore Presidents and Vice Presidents (leading their respective classes), School Leadership Team Members (meeting with Mr. Garfin and other elected school leaders during bimonthly, Monday evenings, to help formulate school policies), and SAC (Student Activities Council), which meets several times throughout the semester in Lehman High School with other elected Council representatives, boroughwide, and with the Superintendent, Dr. N. Wechsler, to discuss issues and to help determine boroughwide events for all Bronx High Schools.
Your leaders are here to serve you; and here are the students you elected:
STUDENT BODY LEADERS: Jennifer Flores, Taly Hernandez and Jennifer Sarco, JUNIOR PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: Stephanie Lyne and Luz Santiago, SOPHMORE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT: DaVaughn Bryan and Cassandra DeJesus, STUDENT ACTIVITY COORDINATORS: Daron Miller, Nga Nguyen, Natasha Rullan, Natasha Persaud, SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM REPRESENTATIVES: Jennifer Flores, Nga Nguyen, ALTERNATES: Amy Menesses, Taly Hernandez
These Student Government Leaders will meet with you to discuss their goals, to hear your concerns and, hopefully, to help you plan a successful, fun and event-filled academic and social school year. If you wish to contact them in advance of their meetings, or throughout the school year, leave a note in Ms. Abrams' mailbox in 137. She will be sure the message is communicated!
GET READY: EVERYTHING'S HAPPENING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26.
To celebrate the growing success of our Football 'Blue Steel' Team, we go all out for their Homecoming, which is the day where they play the opposing team, Evander Childs H.S. After the game, we hold a special Homecoming Dance.
But, by far, a highlight of the event is the choosing of the Football Homecoming King and Queen! Probably, by the time you receive this Newsletter, we will have completed the process of interviewing prospective candidates, a task for both the Football Team, Coach Diaz and Leadership. Or, perhaps the winners will have already been selected! Regardless of the time, be sure you're with us to cheer on our team. Show your school spirit! Purchase a school/team logo item! After all, you are "the spirit of Columbus"!
EVERYONE LOVES A PARADE!
Leadership led the Columbus Day Parade, Sunday, October 7,holding our school banner for all friends and family members to see! Next year, get your pictures in the community newspapers, and have a ton of fun bonding with fellow Columbusites! All are welcome!
See Ms. Abrams in 282 and Leadership, pd.4, in room 301, for further information on this and all other CCHS events.!
THE AUGUST GRADUATION - A SPECIAL DEDICATION
CCHS is one of the very few high schools who take the time to make a special effort to honor those CCHS students who graduate in August. The event is hosted by Mr. Garfin, Mr. Levy, supervisor of the Senior Class, Ms. Goldberg, our Senior Advisor and the Senior Council class. The event, held in our library, was very intimate and elegant. Members of the Senior Council addressed the graduates with words of encouragement and support. Guest speakers offered words of advice. Dr. Benjamin and the Senior Choir serenaded the audience, and the graduates were rewarded with personal words of praise, photos, walks across the stage to hear their names called aloud, balloons and, of course, refreshments. Everyone is special in Columbus, and CCHS recognizes the personal worth of each and every one of its students!
THE HIGH SCHOOL FAIR
MUCH MORE THAN FAIR - EXCELLENT!
What keeps the reputation of CCHS high? You do! Each year, the Board of Education runs a High School Fair for all incoming eighth graders to get an in-advance picture of the high school of their choice. In order to attract the best students to Columbus, Guidance Counselors, House Coordinators and the Leadership class dedicate a weekend to Lehman High School. They arrive on Saturday and Sunday, at 8 A.M. with photos, displays, banners, t-shirts, course offerings, calendars of events, activities, teams, clubs , special programs, school handbooks, etc., to "show off" our school. Parents and eighth graders each year are so impressed with Columbus students and staff that they make Columbus choice #1 on their high school applications. Perhaps many of you chose Columbus H.S. after visiting the High School Fair!
WELCOME TO COLUMBUS NIGHT
Remember what it was like to be a freshman? A few times a semester, Mr. Garfin hosts a special evening or weekend event dedicated to the parents of our freshmen and, of course, their children. On this night, they get an "up close and personal" view of our school through our faculty, staff and Leadership students. Another "Open House" for parents of our freshmen as well as for parents of present eighth graders, will be held Saturday, November 3rd. See Ms. Abrams if you too wish to be part of this special event and boast about our school.
LATIN DANCE FEVER
On November 30, Leadership will hold its eighth annual Latin Dance with DJ Roman Suarez and Osmond Fortin. Many years ago, Roman was a student at CCHS and in our Leadership class! The Latin Dance was his dream! Now that he's a master DJ at the Copa and about to graduate college, he doesn't forget his high school!
We attribute the huge financial success of the Latin Dance to the hard work and dedication of the Leadership 2001 class. The advance sale this year was larger than ever! Hundreds of students attended the dance, highlighted by the famed Latin Dance Contest; but, all music was featured, as it will be at our Latin Dance Part II, to be held in the spring semester. So, if you missed Part I, be sure to get your advance ticket for Part II! It wouldn't be the same without you!
WHAT ELSE IS HAPPENING THIS HALLOWEEN MONTH:
OPEN SCHOOL DAY AND NIGHT- OCTOBER 25 and 26
DO YOUR BEST TO MAKE YOUR PARENTS AND YOURSELVES PROUD! WE HAVE CONFIDENCE IN ALL OF YOU!
PEP RALLY - PERIOD 9 - CCHS AUDITORIUM - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
HOMECOMING GAME - BLUE STEEL vs. EVANDER - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 6 PM - EVANDER FIELD
HOMECOMING DANCE - COLUMBUS GYM - 8 PM - FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26th
SENIOR COSTUME DAY - OCTOBER 30 -
(FOR SENIORS ONLY!)
BLACK AND ORANGE DAY - OCTOBER 29 - (FOR ALL) TO WEAR THE COLORS OF THE MONTH!
PHOTOS FOR ALL AND PRIZES FOR THE BEST!
WHAT CAN I LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH?
SENIOR PANORAMIC PHOTO - 7 AM GYM - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1ST
YEARBOOK PHOTOS - 11/5 - 11/9 - FOR SENIORS - AUDITORIUM BY APPOINTMENT
DRESS FOR SUCCESS DAY - THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH
FLOWER-GIVING DAY - NOVEMBER 15 - show your appreciation/ like/ love for a friend, teacher, counselor, colleague, etc, by buying and presenting them with a flower. A portion of these proceeds is donated to charities for the young, the homeless, the ill and the elderly. Be part of this special CCHS Leadership tradition!
GIVE BACK TO YOUR COMMUNITY:
The mark of a well-rounded, caring person is not what he does for himself but how he shows his concern for others. During these two months, Leadership will be spearheading a number of charitable food, clothing and monetary donation drives. Please partake in these events, as they will make you feel that you are an integral part of the world community. During these upcoming months of generosity and holiday celebration, spend some time thinking about the welfare of your fellow beings! You'll enjoy the feeling!
DISASTER RELIEF FUND
SEPTEMBER 12 - Leadership students began collecting for the victims of the WTC disaster. All columbusites, students, staff and parents contributed. COlumbus was the very first school to begin the drive and after two weeks over $1,000.00 was collected in our renowned "coffee cans." Thanks to all for your generosity , spirit and compassion.
AMERICAN PRIDE DAY
On October 4th , the Columbus community celebrated America Pride Day by wearing red, white and blue, contributing to the World Trade Center Fund and generally expressing pride in our country and its values. The day was uplifting and participation was 100%.
COLUMBUS MATTERS MORE THAN YOU KNOW!
It's important to each and every Columbusite to keep the reputation of our school high, even if you are a senior on your way to college. Do you know why? Because your high school stays with you forever! It's with you when you apply to college, when you apply for a job, even when you apply to graduate school. If your school has a positive reputation and positive publicity, you look better in the eyes of your prospective college or employer! Remember that wherever you go, you represent Columbus High School! Represent us with dignity and excellence!
BOOST YOUR OWN SPIRITS! BE PART OF A COLUMBUS SPIRIT EVENT!
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