St. Columba School welcomes every child of any faith background to its morally and spiritually rich environment which features exemplary academics, solid faith formation, leadership privileges, and community outreach opportunities. We have earned a fine reputation for inspiring our students to reach their potential and achieve personal success.
Motivated by consistently superior achievements, St. Columba School will continue to prepare students for the 21st century by offering an integrated approach that brings together mind and body, matter and spirit, knowledge and reason, science and religion.
Our goal of total student development implies that we will provide academic, spiritual, and physical development at high ethical and moral standards in all areas to all students. We are the transformers of lives while St. Columba School is the mecca of inspiration and innovation.
ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
St. Columba School, through its teaching and atmosphere, is committed to passing on a living faith in Jesus Christ. St. Columba School invests in our future, which is our students. We take this opportunity to thank the parish for its support of our school, to thank the parents of our school children for believing in our school, to thank the students for their cooperation, and to thank the administration, faculty, and support personnel for their dedication.
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2022-2023 School Year
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Photos by David Ferdock
FRONT GARDENS SHOWCASE
St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders completed a two-year renovation to the school’s two front gardens and the results are stunning. This year’s additions include bulbs, shrubs, Maryland River rock, a wind chime, and this statue and grotto, a gift from Mrs. Alicia Smiley, a long-time chef and friend of our school. Brown’s Landscaping donated a pink Dogwood tree for the right side of the building. Once that is planted, more photos to follow. Funding for the project came from the school faculty and staff and St. Columba Parish.
FATHER MOWERY SHARES HOW TO WRITE A HOMILY
St. Columba Parish Pastor Father Richard Mowery spends time with our Middle School ELA 6 class explaining his inspiration and preparation that are part of his daily and Sunday homilies. Our students were writing their own homilies based on their 2022 birthdays. After explaining the various sources he uses and how he includes various themes, Father Mowery spent time with a number of students one-on-one with their efforts.
SHARING THEIR 36 STORIES
St. Columba School eighth-grader and top editor Elise Ferdock introduces this year’s middle school publication project titled, “36 Faces | 36 Stories”. As part of their ELA studies, school students interviewed, recorded, photographed, wrote, and designed a 77-page magazine inspired by the Humans of New York books and blog. TAKE A LOOK AT OUR PUBLICATION
WELCOME TO ST. COLUMBA SCHOOL
A typical morning assembly is a great way to start every day. TAKE A LOOK.
NATIONAL AWARD-WINNING ARTIST
St. Columba School’s graduate Emily Shapeero entered the 2020-2021 Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) Christmas Artwork Contest as an eighth grader. It was recently announced that Emily’s original artwork came in first place in this nationwide contest. She had her artwork displayed at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. through the Advent and Christmas seasons this year, and she will also have her artwork featured on the official Pontifical Mission Societies Christmas card.
Generation Genius is an educational YouTube program created by Dr. Jeff Vinokur and is used by millions of school children around the country including our middle school science students. Then seventh grader Emily Marino enjoyed Dr. Jeff’s lessons so much that she dressed like him for Halloween and interviewed him for a four-page feature in our school’s magazine.
A producer from NBC10’s Philly Live! contacted us, inviting one of our students to participate in a television news segment about the impact of Dr. Jeff’s popular online and live science program “Generation Genius” in the state. Dr. Jeff specifically requested St. Columba School then seventh-grader Emily Morino, who had interviewed him along with seventh grader Emily LaRouche for a feature story in the middle school’s magazine, SCS. Dr. Jeff was so inspired by Emily’s enthusiasm that when he was interviewed on Philly Live, he asked that she be included in that segment. Click here to see our own Emily Marino on Philly Live with Dr. Jeff and Philly Live! lifestyle and entertainment reporter Aunyea Lachelle.
As part of their commitment to community service, St. Columba School Seventh and Eighth graders renovated the front grounds of the school. With generous donations from Home Depot, our students removed old mulch and added dozens of shrubs and perennial bulbs. Looking forward to all the color at our school entrance.
TECH FLOURISHES IN EVERY CLASS
Sixth Graders in Computer Science/Technology class programming with tablets.
Principal, Father Richard Mowery
APPRECIATION is extended to Father Richard Mowery and the rest of the administration, the faculty, and the support personnel of St. Columba School for their ministry to the students of our parish school. Thank you for sharing your education, your faith, and your love with these students. We also extend thanks to all the volunteers who have assisted in the educational needs of our young people. God will bless your service to His youth.
SHANNON FAMILY ALTAR SERVERS
All four children of Jonathan and Samantha Shannon served at Sunday Mass on May 8 and all four either graduated from or are now attending St. Columba School. From left: Alina (Central Columbia High School), Saleah (St. Columba School), Tyus (St. Columba School), and Calyssa (Central Columbia High School) with Father Richard Mowery, St. Columba Church Pastor.
As part of Catholic Schools’ Week, our school students gathered together in church and prayed the rosary. Candles were held to symbolize each rosary bead. Our Eighth Graders led the school in prayer.
READY FOR READING AND SHARING
St. Columba School eighth-graders Emily Marino, Emily LaRouch (with scissors), and Elise Ferdock join school principal Peter Morisco in a ceremonial cutting of the red ribbon, officially opening the school’s outdoor library, located on East Third Street next to the school. Everyone is invited to take a book or two and leave one if you can. Fresh readings for both tall and short readers will be added weekly.
Saint Columba School’s 8th graders did their part for the community with the school’s annual entry in Bloomsburg Theater Ensemble’s TreeFest. Regional organizations decorate over 100 trees with ornaments and necessities which are then donated to local families in need. All our decorations were made by our students, and the family that received the school’s tree also received gift cards donated by St. Columba School families.
SUCCESSFUL WARM SOCK DRIVE
St. Columba School’s Seventh Graders initiated and ran a successful Warm Sock Drive that culminated with over 2,000 pairs of warm socks donated to nine nursing homes and shelters during November 2020. Students and parishioners contributed enough socks that every recipient received two pairs and each program was given at least 100 additional pairs to distribute as needed.
(ABOVE): St. Columba School Seventh Graders finish packing their collected Warm Socks for Soles in preparation for pickups. The combined school and parish campaign ended with students distributing over 2,000 pairs to residents of nine regional facilities. Students include from left to right: Emily Marino (Sock Drive co-chair), Grace Viars, Elise Ferdock, Louis Venturi, Matthew Morisco, Alex Holoviak, Caden Hopper, and Emily LaRouche (Sock Drive co-chair).
CELEBRATING A SCHOOL EFFORT
Monsignor Lawrence blesses the Phase One landscaping efforts of the Seventh and Eighth graders. Both gardens undertook serious landscaping improvements with shrubs, bulbs, and new soil and mulch. Funding came from Home Depot in Bloomsburg.
SHARING A CULTURE
Principal Peter Morisco reads a Spanish edition of Dr. Suess during Read Across America week to Seventh Grade.
ST. COLUMBA IS PROUD OF ITS EXCELLENT PRE-SCHOOL PROGRAM
Pre-Schoolers work on a math project.