The Graham School News O'Graham

October 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Tues. Oct. 19 - Family Crew - 6:00pm
  • Mon. Oct. 25 - Wed. Oct. 27 - Spirit Week
  • Tues. Oct. 26 - No School Grade 12 - Grades 9, 10, & 11 PSAT/NMSQT Assessments
  • Tues. Oct. 26 - Donuts with the Deans - 3:00pm at Hilltop Branch, 511 S. Hague Ave. 43204
  • Wed. Oct. 27 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Thurs. Oct. 28 - Fri. Oct. 29 - No School - PD Days
  • Thurs. Oct. 28 - Donuts with the Deans - 9:00am at Linden Branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave. 43211
  • Fri. Oct. 29 - Donuts with the Deans - 9:00 am at Karl Road Branch, 5590 Karl Rd. 43229
  • Fri. Oct. 29 - Free/Reduce Lunch Applications Due to the Front Office
  • Tues. Nov. 2 - Picture Day

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Important School Information

Have you turned in your families free and reduced lunch application?

It is essential for every family to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application every year. This information directly effects school funding and resources.

Click here to print the application. After you complete the application it can be mailed or scanned, OR dropped off at the front desk. Front Office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm.



  • Students are to be picked up NO LATER THAN 4:00. We can not guarantee staff supervision after 4:00. Thank you!
  • Do NOT park in the parking lot of FunTrail, our neighbors to the north. The additional traffic is interfering with their business.

Tired of that long line to pick up your student after school?

  • Try parking on Glenmont Avenue! Your students can cross Indianola Avenue safely at the traffic light and meet you at your car- avoiding the pickup line and the crowd in the TGS parking lot.
  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes AFTER dismissal so that the pick-up lot can clear out before you arrive. Students are welcome to sit up front on the benches while they wait for your arrival.
  • In the meantime, we thank you for your patience as we do our best to expedite traffic and more importantly, maintain the safety of students and staff in the parking lot after school.

Art 1 Class Practices Observational Drawing Skills

Randi Channel, TGS art teacher, took her Art 1 students for a walk to gather objects from nature. When they returned to school, they practiced their observational drawing skills by sketching what they found on the walk.

Don't Miss Virtual Family Crew - Tues. Oct. 19 at 6:00pm

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Crew is a core practice at The Graham School that is essential to bringing our community together by allowing for relationship building, promoting shared understandings through equity and inclusion, and building positive connections with peers. Crew is also a vehicle for developing and supporting students socially, emotionally and academically. During these challenging times, Crew is perhaps more important than it has ever been for our community. Last year we expanded Crew work to include Family Crew, with intent to engage and connect our families through our culture of Crew.

This year we are hosting monthly Family Crew sessions to engage and connect with our families. Each Family Crew session will have a specific focus related to the work we do at The Graham School, such as Crew, Mindfulness, Restorative Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, etc. The format of the meetings will be determined each month as we keep an eye on the evolving COVID situation in Franklin County and continue to prioritize the safety of students, families, and staff.

Spirit Week - Oct. 25-27

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TikTok Information

As many of you are aware, TikTok, a popular social media platform on which millions of people, many of them teenagers, post short videos and acquire likes and followers, has unfortunately been the home of a few recent concerning challenges circulating around the world. During the month of September, the challenge was to vandalize and steal school bathroom property. Many schools across the nation experienced a number of disheartening situations because of this challenge.

The most recent challenge made aware in the news is October’s challenge to “smack a staff member,” which involves students sneaking up to a teacher or staff member and slapping them while recording the incident for social media. This type of behavior is a serious concern which may result in possible suspensions, expulsions, or worse as this type of behavior could be considered assault and is often considered a misdemeanor.

We ask that you please talk with your student about these concerning challenges. Even if they do not have social media, their friends might and it is likely a topic of conversation. We will also be reinforcing the community expectations at TGS and our desire to ensure that TGS is a safe place where these types of behaviors have no place.

We are Crew, not Passengers!


Deans; Amy Vickroy, Sarai Correa, & RJ Larry

Picture Day - Tues. Nov. 2

Due to a shortage of photographers, Lifetouch has rescheduled our school picture day to Tuesday, November 2. Pictures will be taken beginning 1st block, so please do your best to arrive at school on time. We ask that all students participate in Picture Day. Packets with information about how to order and pay will be coming home soon.

PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT Assessments - Tues. Oct. 26

We will be administering the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday October 26th! All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students need to report to school as usual. There is NO SCHOOL for 12th grade students on this day.

The PSAT is used to help prepare students for the SAT. The NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is administered to 10th and 11th graders. This test allows students to practice for the SAT, but also helps connect students to hundreds of scholarships.

Testing will begin at 8:05am after breakfast finishes. Testing for students will conclude around 12:00pm. Lunch will be served once testing is over, and after lunch is over, students will have an adjusted schedule for the afternoon.

If students would like study materials to help prepare them for the PSAT, please visit Khan Academy!

Monthly Boxes for Families in Need

In partnership with Neighborhood Services, Inc Food Pantry, we offering monthly pre-packed boxes of food to Graham School families in need! Boxes will contain staple items such as bread, rice, pasta, vegetable oil and more, as well as snacks and other items to help nourish your Graham school student. To receive food, you must make a reservation through one of the links below. You will pick up your food at The Graham School: 3950 Indianola Ave., not at NSI Food Pantry.

October Distribution Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 21 -

Pick-up time 3:30-3:45pm (for parents that pick up their kids from school)

Friday, Oct. 22 -

Pick-up time 4:00 - 5:00pm (for parents that need to come later)

Please bring your photo ID and wear a face mask when you come! Please note, this event is only available to families with a student currently enrolled at The Graham School. Please reach out to Lindsay Barber at with any questions.

Donuts with the Deans!

Please join us for a friendly meet & greet and informal conversation about all things Graham! We will meet in the Meeting Rooms of local Columbus Metropolitan Library branches. If transportation is a concern, we can help with that! Please reach out to the deans or to for more information. We hope to see you there!

  • October 26 @ 3:0: Hilltop Branch, 511 S. Hague Ave., 43204
  • October 28 @ 9:00: Linden Branch, 2223 Cleveland Ave. 43211
  • October 29 @ 9:00: Karl Road Branch, 5590 Karl Rd. 43229

What is happing in Information Technology Classes?

Information Technology classes have been learning IT fundamentals through the COMPTIA curriculum that covers the basics of how computers work and the parts of the computer. Students have also been exploring and learning different functions with the Sphero bolt coding robots, including making drawings and programming an obstacle course. Lastly, students have also begun their introduction to Javascript through an adventure based learning game Ozaria.

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Want to keep in the loop this school year? Sign up for REMIND!

“Remind is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.” - Remind website. The teachers & staff at TGS use Remind to update students and parents about school closings, due dates, homework assignments, assessments, school events, and ways to be as successful as possible.

To sign-up for a class simply text the handle for the class (@_____________) to the number 81010. Click here for the class list

Alternatively, you can download the Remind app and use the class handle to join the text group.

Transportation Update

As many of us are already aware there is a national shortage of bus drivers causing major bussing issues in K-12 schools across the country, and unfortunately this includes our community and our schools. As we have experienced, we are regularly receiving calls from Columbus City Schools’ (CCS) Transportation Department near the end of the school day to alert us that one or more of our bus routes will be unable to pick up our students because there is no driver available.

We continue to be in regular communication with CCS’ Transportation Department although there is no immediate solution. These route changes/cancelations are happening with alarming regularity.

This is entirely out of our control.

We understand how concerning it can be when it comes to the safe and timely transportation of your student. We always encourage families to call into the school anytime they have questions or concerns. We know it can be frustrating when we cannot provide information as soon as you call in, or perhaps must relay information that is not desirable. The schools are doing all they can to work with CCS and advocate for our families.

Our procedure on each occasion has been to alert our families as soon as we receive information about a route change or cancelation from CCS. We are doing our best to communicate with families and help find solutions to getting students home from school in a timely manner.

If your student is waiting to be picked up in the morning, and their bus does not come, please call 614-365-5074. If the route is not covered, CCS will attempt to get your student to school.

This ongoing situation is very challenging for you and your family as well as for our staff. Our staff is staying late each evening to help coordinate alternative transportation arrangements. We will continue to partner with you to ensure that your student gets home in a timely and safe manner. On a positive note, we have been informed that CCS is close to starting a new group of drivers and have more potential drivers in training as well.

We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Breakfast Information

Hello Families,

We would like to notify each household that breakfast is available Monday through Friday on days that school is in session at 8:00 a.m. and is held inside of the classroom. Breakfast is offered to each student at no cost to the families for the 21-22 school year. If you have any questions please contact Sheri Smith at 614-262-1111.


Cathy Baney

Child Nutrition Director

Do you know someone interested in attending The Graham School next school year?

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When you shop at Kroger and/or Amazon you can help TGS raise money for class supplies!


Go to: or call 1-800-837-4483 to enroll in the program. Add Graham to your card. You can search for Graham by name or use our school code: IE209, Shop! Every time you shop and use your Kroger Rewards Card Graham gets rebates. Kroger totals those rebates and sends Graham a check.

Amazon Smile gives to The Graham School!

When you make a purchase on Amazon Smile they will now donate 0.5% of your total purchase to The Graham School. Go to to get started!

EL Education

Our partnership with EL Education empowers our teachers to unleash the potential of their students. EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound and EL Education. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning , and the culture of schools. The Graham Schools habits of learning have grown out of the design principles: Self-Direction, Perseverance, Teamwork & Collaboration, Service & Stewardship, and Adventure & Risk.

Title 1

TGS is a School-wide Title 1 program, enabling us to receive Federal Funds to ensure that our students receive the support they need to reach and exceed grade level goals in reading and math. We welcome parent involvement in planning, review and improvement of Title 1 programs including the family engagement policy and the schoolwide program plan. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are now required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please be sure to contact the school immediately in case of an address change. Proof of residency must be submitted within two weeks of an address change. If evidence is not provided, requests for additional documentation or a home visit may occur.

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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.