Dragon Dispatch

11/20/2020

Dear Students and Families,

Greetings from the Deans!


Due to rapidly increasing COVID cases, we continue to ask that all families make an appointment or call before coming in whenever possible. Regularly scheduled meal pick up times and previously arranged individual appointments will continue. If you do come to the building, the following protocols will be observed:

  • When you arrive for your scheduled appointment, please call the school (614-262-1111) to alert the front desk that you are here. If you drop by without an appointment, please call the front desk- and understand that you may be asked to make an appointment
  • If you are picking up or dropping off items/paperwork/materials, you may be directed to stay in your car so that someone can come out to meet you
  • If you come to the front door, you will be asked a few health screening questions over the intercom before you are permitted entry to the building. You MUST wear a mask when you enter the building and you will be asked to take your temperature once you are inside.

As always, no one who is experiencing symptoms, quarantined in their household, or is a close contact to anyone potentially exposed to the virus should enter the building.


We urge you to continue to wear your masks, wash your hands frequently, and maintain social distancing. As a community we must see a decrease in cases before we can consider a plan to safely bring our students back to school 2nd semester. We need your help. At The Graham School we are CREW, not passengers!


If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out by email or call the school at 614-262-1111.


Sincerely,

Amy Vickroy, Sarai Correa, & RJ Larry

Do you need produce for the holiday?

In conjunction with Mid-Ohio FoodBank, TGS' sister school, The Charles School, is hosting a Free Produce Drive-Through on Tuesday, November 24 from 11:00-1:00 and 4:00-6:00, located at 1270 Brentnell Avenue. Produce will be given away on a first come first serve basis.
The Science of Gratitude

November is National Gratitude Month!

We need YOU!

We are looking for a parent/guardian and a student to join TGS's Positive Behavior Team! The selected individuals will meet with the team about once per month and help out with some tasks in between meetings. This is a great opportunity to include your input in The Graham School's effort to foster student ownership of and responsibility for their high school education. Please apply here.

Schoology Help Videos

TGS Instructional Coach, Kate Livingston, graciously created a series of helpful videos to support families in supporting their students. Check them out!

Ohio's Home Relief Grant

Eligible Ohioans can apply for assistance with rent, mortgage, and utilities back to April 1, 2020 and through December 30, 2020. Click the above button for more information.

Announcements

  • OFFICE HOURS have been adjusted to 9:00-3:00!


  • NO SCHOOL: November 25-27


  • STUDENT PROGRESS: Asynchronous (independent) assignments/homework are VITAL to both attendance and grades. If a student is failing a course they may be missing assignments.


  • ATTENDANCE REMINDER: While we are engaged in virtual learning, students must attend ALL virtual class meetings (synchronous) AND submit all ALL independent assigned work (asynchronous) by Friday at 3:30 p.m. in order to be counted as present. It is imperative that students engage in synchronous classes AND complete asynchronous work to avoid being considered truant. If your student is unable to log into class or complete asynchronous work on a given day due to illness or tech issues or you have questions about attendance, please 614-262-1111 or send an email to: frontdesk@thegrahamschool.org. Also CREW is a required course. Students must attend every synchronous Crew session and complete the asynchronous work.


  • GOGUARDIAN is a tool that TGS teachers and adminstrators are using to better support students in the virtual classroom. Click here to watch a video demo of GoGuardian Teacher.



  • EXTENSION LEARNING CENTERS: Do you lack high-speed internet? Do you need additional help with your work? Could you use a quiet work space, an extra meal from time to time, or emotional support during these trying times? Rock City Church is providing extension learning centers throughout the Columbus area. Click here for more information. Click here to find an e-learning center near you.


  • SCHOOLOGY occasionally experiences connections issues. We recommend the following:

    • frequently refreshing the Schoology website
    • emailing teachers to let them know that you or your student are unable to get in
    • monitoring the Schoology status page
    • checking school email for instructions from teachers.

Attendance Codes in PowerSchool

Please be aware of the following PowerSchool attendance codes and their meanings:
  • TU (Tardy Unexcused): the total time missed from classes totals less than 3 hours
  • HU (Half Unexcused): the total time missed from classes totals approximately 3 hours
  • AU (Absent Unexcused): the total time missed from classes totals more than 4 hours

Additionally, Fridays in PowerSchool reflect the percentage of independent (asynchronous) work that was completed and submitted for the week.

Slater and Zurz Scholarship

The Slater and Zurz law firm is offering a $5000 scholarship to be awarded to a high school student in May 2021. Click the above link to learn more information and to apply!

BigSun Student Athlete Scholarship

The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. They are offering an annual $500 scholarship to a deserving student athlete. Click the above link to learn how to apply!

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About Us

The School:

TGS is a public community secondary school with a charter granted by the State of Ohio. Open to Ohio students in grades 9-12, the school's main focus is experiential education in a small-school setting where all students are known by all staff members. The Graham School serves approximatly 250 students annually. Its demographic characteristics reflect those of urban Columbus and Central Ohio.


Mission:

The Graham School (TGS) has a particular mission to urban students in Central Ohio preparing them for lifelong learning and informed citizenship through real-world experiences and rigorous academics. Fostering ownership and responsibility for their education prepares our students to be successful in college, the workplace, and other endeavors they undertake upon leaving Graham.


Vision Statement:

The Graham School’s vision is to be an innovative leader in the educational world by engaging students in authentic academic work, networking with community partners, and nurturing social emotional growth to empower future citizens and leaders.


Core Values:

  • We are committed to listening, learning, unlearning, and putting our values of diversity, equity, and inclusion into action
  • We vow to stand together to embrace one another fully, empower students continuously, and pursue educational justice unapologetically
  • We are a safe, positive school climate
  • We solve problems together in a peaceful, restorative way
  • We reflect on our experiences in order to gain fresh perspective and inform future outcomes
  • We encourage a growth mindset for students and staff
  • We believe that learning is a priority and time spent in class and community is essential
  • We use these Habits of Learning as foundational principles --Adventure & Risk, Perseverance, Self-Direction, Service & Stewardship, and Teamwork & Collaboration
  • We believe that cultivating these habits has a profound impact on student achievement and the ability to thrive
  • We create belonging within our school and honor our connection to the world community
  • We are CREW, not passengers