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Principal's Message

Mr. Upshaw

Richard Upshaw

The beginning of the year always holds such excitement and promise, and for us it is an annual rite of passage where we open our doors and share with you our hopes and dreams for the coming year. I speak for all Columbia staff when I say, what a  privilege it is to serve you, the Columbia community, where anything is possible, and the sky’s the limit - especially if you’re a Viper!

This is the time of year when we identify our goals and determine how we will spend our time, energy, and resources in the service of our students. Our teachers and our school Site Council will be working on our official Site Plan. We will be holding elections for our school site council, if you are interested please contact the office.

First and foremost, Columbia is a place where we build relationship and create a sense of belonging for all our students. Last year, we focused on the trait of mindfulness in order to develop traits such as empathy, focus, and conflict resolution.

Our foundational vision is that Columbia is a place where all students make academic growth. Building relationships and creating a sense of belonging. Creating experiences where students engage in solving authentic and challenging problems. 

Richard C. Upshaw, Proud Columbia Principal



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