Principal's Message

Mr. Upshaw

Richard Upshaw
Assistant Principal

Dear Parents and Guardians, Students and Community Members,

Welcome to Columbia Middle School and the 2018-2019 school year. We are excited and proud to welcome you here to our wonderful school. Columbia’s school community has worked very hard over the past several years to create a learning environment that is rigorous and student-centered, exemplifying the critical components of a highly successfully middle school.

We are all looking forward to the start of the school and welcoming our new students. Please remember that the orientation for all students will be on August 7th.  Incoming 6th grade orientation will be from 10-11a.m., 7th grade orientation will be from 12-1p.m, and 8th grade orientation will be from 2-3 p.m. Parents are welcome to stay for my Principal’s parent presentation in the multi-purpose room. This presentation is informative for parents who have students attending Columbia Middle School this year. We will also be selling PE clothes at the conclusion of the presentation.

We have the same bell schedule as last year. The first warning bell rings at 8:05 am with students in their seats by 8:10am. School gets out at 2:31pm (early dismissal on Tuesdays is still at 1:46). This year, Columbia will offer after school tutoring, information will be sent out immediately after school begins on the August 13th. Students’ 1st period classes will be posted on the front doors of the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR) after 4pm on Friday, August 10 and also inside the MPR on Monday, August 13th. Students will receive their full schedule, Viper Planner and 1st day packet during their 1st period class on Monday August 13th. Please review the packet and return only the required papers on the 2nd day of school. Most papers are for your reference and we only need the signature pages returned. Our school has several opportunities for partnering with our parents. We hope more family members can volunteer to help throughout our school day. Please contact the front office if you are interested in volunteering.

Teachers will be giving students recommended supply lists on the first day of school. I always suggest holding off on buying supplies until the lists are distributed. A backpack, a pen and pencil and a notebook are sufficient for the first day.

Please call me at 760-530-1950 or email me at, as we begin the school year if you have any questions. Also, please check the website periodically, as it will have alot of important information and news about Columbia Middle School. Please email any suggestions and comments about what we are doing at Columbia Middle School, as we are always striving for ways to be the best that we can be.

Richard C. Upshaw



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