CAHS Family Update
Columbus Alternative High School
November 9, 2021
- November 11: Virtual Teacher Conferences
- November 13: All Together Now! Musical Benefit @ Dominion Middle School
- November 16: Virtual Teacher Conferences
- November 16: APEX Credit Recovery Meeting (virtual)
- November 18: Chorale Repertory Concert @ CAHS
- November 22: Asynchronous Day (students at home)
- November 23: Asynchronous Day (students at home)
- November 24-26: No classes/Thanksgiving Break
- December 1: CAHS Chipotle Fundraiser
At-Home Learning Nov 22 + 23
CCS announced Nov 22-23 are now asynchronous days, to give teachers and staff an extended break that week. Here's what that means for students:
No Zoom classes
Students should check online for any work posted for those days
All work is done remotely, at home
Take-home meals will be provided for those days (I don't have details on that yet)
Sign up for Teacher Conferences
Sign up now for Teacher Conferences, held virtually on November 11 and 16 from 3:00-6:30 pm, through this link >> https://www.signupgenius.com/go/CAHSFALLCONF21
Teachers are listed alphabetically. You can also sign up to speak with your child's counselor or grade level administrator.
On the night of your conference, find the teacher's Zoom link here: https://tinyurl.com/CAHS21FallConferences
Help Feed the Teachers
APEX Credit Recovery Meeting
There will be an information session on APEX credit recovery and credit advancement on Tuesday, November 16th from 5:30 to 6:00 PM on Zoom. If your student has any APEX to complete, either for credit recovery or credit advancement, please join using the following Zoom passcode: 897 2306 1504.
New School Calendar: Share Your Thoughts
CCS is creating the 2022-2023 School Calendar, and families have an opportunity to share their thoughts. Proposed changes include a longer Thanksgiving break and a later last day of school (June 5). Share your opinion in the survey before Friday, November 12 at Noon.
Take a mid-week break with CAHS and let Chipotle make your dinner! Wednesday, December 1, 5:00 - 9:00. 4489 N. High Street (near intersection of Dominion and High). Mark your calendar! Be sure to mention the fundraiser at the cash register, or use the code 4MJP99B when placing an on-line order.
PE Waivers Available
New Covid Policy
Here are 5 things to know about CCS' new "Mask to Stay, Test to Play' COVID guidance:
1. If your student is identified as a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID...
They may stay in school as long as they wear a mask per usual and have no symptoms.
If they are in sports, band, or other school activities, they should wear a mask whenever possible (on sidelines, etc). They should also get tested on the day they're notified and again on day 5-7. Schools have free test kits.
2. If they have symptoms, they should isolate and get tested regardless of the severity of the symptoms. (Again, schools have free test kits.)
3. If you want to keep your child home because they were exposed, even if they aren't symptomatic, you CAN do that and your child will have those absences excused (just let the school know).
4. If someone in the home tests positive for COVID, this does not apply. In this case, student must stay home for quarantine.
5. CCS has contracted licensed nurses to assist with contact tracing, so you may get notified by a nurse who is not our building nurse (Nurse Fabian for CAHS). You may also see a different number when they call (380 instead of 365). These nurses are working together with CCS nurses.
CAHS MUSIC + THEATER NEWS
All Together Now!
From Mr. Shirley: We are pleased to announce a special one night only musical benefit All Together Now! featuring students from CAHS, Dominion MS and Whetstone HS to be held at Dominion MS auditorium at 100 E Arcadia Ave, on Saturday, November 13 at 7:00 pm.
The show features songs and performances from many of your favorite musicals including Beauty and The Beast, Hairspray, Guys and Dolls, Frozen, Once On This Island, Waitress, Newsies and others. All proceeds will benefit the theatre departments at all 3 schools.
Tickets can be purchased at: https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/17303. CCS has mandated that only family members of participants should attend performances.
Please mark your calendars now and plan to come out and join us on what promises to be a special night! See you at the theatre.
Chorale Fall Repertory Concert
Instrumental Music Winter Concert + Bake Sale
The Instrumental Music Winter Concert is coming up on December 9th, and there will be a bake sale happening, with the proceeds going back to the program. They could use some help, so check out the link to donate baked goods or help out at the sale: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aca72aa6fc1-winter1
Instrumental + Vocal Music Fundraisers
Need holiday gift ideas? Shop these fundraisers!
Support the Instrumental Music Department
This fundraiser features popcorn and other food items.
Please go to http://supportmyfundraiser.org/store.php and enter the Seller ID in the Shop Online section to start shopping.
Seller ID: 00616290
Student: SAMUEL RICHARDSON
School: COLUMBUS ALTERNATIVE HS MUSIC
Thank you for your support!
Support the Vocal Music Department
This fundraiser features kitchen cutlery.
This is an online purchase program, & items will be delivered directly to you.
INFO FOR SENIOR FAMILIES
Graduation Date Announced
Save the Date!
June 3, 2022 @ 8:30pm in Convention Center's Battelle Ballroom
Free FAFSA Workshops
Complete your FAFSA form at a free I Know I Can FAFSA workshop! Families may register to
attend ANY session at ANY location. REGISTER FOR A WORKSHOP HERE
DON'T FORGET: Create your FSA ID before your workshop. The student and (one) parent must register for an FSA ID. Visit www.fsaid.ed.gov and be sure to bring your FSA ID login-in to the workshop!
The CAHS PTA officers for the 2021-22 school year:
Keisha Whitfield--Vice President
Your Opinion is Valued
Easy Ways to Give
and select 'FRIENDS OF COLS. ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL PTA'.
You can also help out by registering with Amazon Smiles.
- Log in using https://smile.amazon.com
- Click on the drop-down menu next to your name
- Choose YourAmazonSmile.
- Choose 'Friends of CAHS PTA' as your charity
When you go to Amazon use this address and a portion of your sales will go to the CAHS PTA: https://smile.amazon.com. If you use the Amazon App, click on the 3 lines in the bottom right (the menu) twice and then click on Amazon Smile and choose Friends of CAHS PTA. You will have to renew your charity designation on the Amazon app twice a year.
What's Your Passion?
If you are interested in getting involved at CAHS, the PTA is looking for volunteers for committees around Fundraising, Student Engagement, Teacher Involvement, Student Involvement, and more. No experience needed! Please reach out to PTA Vice President Keisha Whitfield at email@example.com or 614-746-5565.
Does Your Student Play Sports?
COVID-RELATED NEWS + INFO
NEW: Vax Cash Available!
Free Rapid COVID-19 Tests
CCS has partnered with Columbus Public Health to offer a limited number of voluntary, at-home COVID-19 rapid test kits for any student or staff member in a school or transportation center who is symptomatic or a close contact of a positive case.
This free option option is available to students and staff.
Families can notify their school of their positive or negative status by submitting:
Printed copy of BinaxNow test results;
Emailing digital copy of BinaxNow test results to the school (principal/nurse/teacher); or
Emailing detailed, verifiable screenshot of BinaxNow test results.
New Quarantine Guidelines
The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Columbus Public Health (CPH) have released new guidance for K-12 schools in an effort to reduce the transmission of COVID-19:
- Students who develop symptoms of COVID-19 at school or home will be required to show a negative COVID test or isolate for a 10-day period before returning to school and extracurricular activities. Symptomatic students must remain in isolation until test results are confirmed.
- Other students in the household attending school within CCS will also be required to quarantine until the symptomatic student has been medically cleared (tested negative) or completed the required isolation, per new ODH and CPH guidance.
School-based and a limited number of at-home rapid tests may be available for students who develop symptoms while at school. Families can also opt for testing completed by a medical provider.
- Temperature greater than 100 degrees;
- Loss of taste or smell;
- New or worsening:
- Sore throat;
- Cough or difficulty breathing;
- Runny or stuffy nose;
- Diarrhea, nausea, or vomiting;
- Headache, especially with a fever;
- Body aches; or
A negative COVID-19 test can allow students and their sibling(s) to return to school if they have improving symptoms and are fever free for 24 hours. Only the student in the home with symptoms needs to complete a test.
Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Quarantine Guidelines:
How will I be notified if my child is symptomatic and will require a COVID-19 test or isolation?
Families of any student showing symptoms of illness at school will be contacted by the school’s nurse or contact tracing team. Schools will have a limited number of at-home rapid tests, and school nurses may also offer in-person testing. Schools will contact families and notify them of testing options.
If I have multiple students in CCS, how will their school(s) be notified of their quarantine status?
Once a student in your household has been identified as symptomatic and required to test or isolate, the District’s contact tracing team will notify schools of any additional students in your home that must quarantine.
Will all students in my household be required to isolate/quarantine for a 10-day period?
Yes. All siblings within the household will be required to quarantine until a negative COVID test result is received for the symptomatic student or the 10-day quarantine period is complete.
If my student tests negative for COVID-19, are they able to return to school and extracurricular activities?
Yes. A negative COVID-19 test can allow students and their sibling(s) to return to school if they have improving symptoms and are fever free for 24 hours.
Is Your Student Vaccinated?
If your student has received the Covid-19 vaccine, you have the option of emailing a screenshot or scan of their vaccination card to CAHS@columbus.k12.oh.us. Having proof of vaccination on file will help streamline the process of contact tracing. Thank you!
Important Health Reminders + Info
- Stay home from school if sick, even if symptoms are mild!
- Keep a mask on at all times- on school buses and in the school building (masks are not required in outdoor areas but students eating in the Courtyard should maintain appropriate distancing of 6 feet while mask is off).
- With mask on indoors and outdoors, stay at least 3 feet apart when possible.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving the building, also do this frequently throughout the day.
- Notify the school immediately if your student receives a positive Covid-19 test and do not send them to school. You will need a confirmed date for return to the school.
- If a student at CAHS tests positive for Covid, all families will be notified (no personal information will be shared).
- If your student is exposed to Covid at school, you will receive instructions on next steps.
Remote Learning FAQ
INTERNSHIP HOURS OPPORTUNITIES
Leaf Raking with CRC
CAHS is partnering with the Clintonville-Beechwold Resource Center to send droves of CAHS leaf-raking crews out to the 43202, 43214 and 43224 zip codes. Secure your team of 3-5 individuals and complete the form below. Your team can consist of CAHS students, other high school friends, middle school students, family members, etc. Ms. Smith will then connect you with the CRC Volunteer Department to help out those in need.
Your team is committing to at least three periodic visits to rake leaves for neighbors who may experience mobility issues. Bring your own rake, but the CRC can provide rakes as needed.
Be sure to keep track of your community service participation by completing an Internship Hours Claim Form which can be found outside Ms. Smith's office.
Teams can register online at https://forms.gle/Jr85Jjd8iFqLdLkc6
Contact Ms. Smith with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can learn more about Soles4Souls at https://soles4souls.org/
We need a team of 5-7 students to lead this initiative at the building level, including communications, shoe collection, and shipping donations. If you're interested in putting your leadership skills to the test, send me an email at email@example.com
This definitely counts towards your Community Service hours for internship. Also, we'll use this project as part of the Columbus Rotary Club Service Above Self Project Fair.
Nationwide Children's Hospital
Students interested in job shadowing with Nationwide Children's Hospital on non-attendance days for CCS should complete the linked Google Form. Nationwide Children's Hospital reserves the right to ask for proof of vaccinations as a condition of participation. Students may select up to three dates and should research hospital specialist areas to shadow. Selection is not guaranteed.
Possible dates are:
Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Monday, January 17, 2022
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
CAHS Interest Form available at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZbrP6gSCwGjPFlSfmvmYF9nralAnmwWGYoHqBTso8G4rnnw/viewform
Ohio Drive Smart Mobility
DriveOhio – an initiative of the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) – is developing a new Smart Mobility Ambassador program for STEM early-career and youth volunteers, in collaboration with educators and community partners, to engage students of all ages in conversations about smart mobility career opportunities across Ohio.
This program will provide high school students with professional development, and mentoring and networking opportunities, while learning about smart mobility career pathways, sharpening their coding skills, and earning volunteer hours.
DriveOhio will recruit college and high school students to volunteer to become Smart Mobility Ambassadors. We will provide training to STEM volunteers on smart mobility content and interactive STEM coding programs, in preparation for delivery through classroom and virtual platforms, with support from DriveOhio Alliance industry experts.
Program features include:
- On-Boarding – Once they become Ambassadors, college and high school students will have the opportunity to learn from DriveOhio and our industry partners about automated and connected vehicles, and other emerging transportation technologies. During online training sessions, students will be encouraged to ask as many questions as they’d like, to develop a broad understanding of smart mobility technologies, applications, and career opportunities.
- Training – After learning about automated and connected vehicles, Ambassadors will then learn about the importance of coding as a key enabler of smart mobility and an essential 21st century career skill for their generation. Ambassadors will be taught how to code with Ozobots using paper and markers, in a way that will allow them to lead younger groups of students through coding exercises during or after school.
- Workshops – As Ambassadors conduct the workshops (after-school or on weekends), they will be able to interact and connect with younger students in their area and develop a mentor-mentee relationship. In addition, academic organizations within the Ohio STEM Learning Network and potential employers within the DriveOhio Alliance will be able to interact and accompany the ambassadors for some of the workshops, creating good opportunities for high school students to network and practice professional skills, including presentation, communication, and teaching.
The Smart Mobility Ambassador Program will be an all-encompassing program that attempts to give high school students an opportunity to mentor younger students and improve their intangible skills to better prepare them for their professional career later in life. The program also highlights coding as an integral piece of new STEM curriculum. Coding is emphasized within the workshops because of how essential it is to the operations of many of the technologies we use today; ranging from autonomous vehicles to drone technologies and surveillance services. In addition, Ambassadors will have an opportunity to directly contribute to the ongoing development of new smart mobility content and curriculum for PreK-12 students, in collaboration with DriveOhio and our network of education partners, industry and community stakeholders.
Program benefits and outcomes include:
- Volunteer hours, supporting high school graduation requirements
- Increased awareness of smart mobility and transportation technologies and career opportunities
- Development of professional skills, including presentations, communications, and etiquette
- Networking and connections to potential employers
- Mentoring and leadership experience
Application is available online at https://drive.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/driveohio/about-driveohio/resources/smart-mobility-ambassador
INFO WORTH REPEATING
Not Getting Alerts (Or Getting Too Many)?
You can also set preferences for how you're notified, whether by phone, text, email, or all of the above. Go to the Parent Portal > Person Icon > Settings > Contact Preferences
After School Help with APEX
Starting Tuesday, October 12th, Mr. McCoy will be holding after school Apex support in Room 107. After school Apex sessions will be each Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45 - 4:00 p.m.
Reminder: CCS will have teachers available to unlock Apex assignments after school from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. (Monday - Thursday). Please fill out all the necessary information on the Google Form (link below) to request to have Apex assignments unlocked after school: CCS Apex Unlocking Form.
RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
NEW! Toys + Food For the Holidays
NEW! Free Clothing
NEW! Free Tutoring
If your student needs extra help with classwork, there's a new, free tutoring service available to CCS middle and high schoolers called Paper. Paper tutors can help with things like math problems and essays, and they're available 24-hours a day, 7-days a week. Students just log in through Clever (click the "Paper" icon) and ask a question. Go here for more info.
Free Passes To Local Attractions
Free Job Training + Coaching
• Find out what you’re good at
• Create your resume
• Develop career goals
• Learn new skills
• Find the perfect job
• Potentially earn more money
Training is available in two locations:
Linden Community Center in Linden Park, 1350 Briarwood Ave., Columbus, OH 43211
Residences at Career Gateway Training Center, 747 E. Whittier St., Columbus, OH 43206
To get started, contact Kenneth L. Hunt II, Engagement Specialist, at (614) 355-4056 or Boost@NationwideChildrens.org.
Resources for Linden Families
Free Fresh Food & Pharmacy Services
Just opened: The Linden Fresh Market, which provides free fresh food and pharmacy services! It's located at 1464 Cleveland Avenue at the intersection of Chittenden Avenue. The market is run by Community Development for All People, the Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio, and Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Tuesday: 12-4 p.m.
Wednesday: 2-6 p.m.
Thursday: 12-4 p.m.
Friday: 12-4 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Free Homework Help
Columbus Metropolitan Library is offering FREE School Help Centers for students K-12. Plus there's 24/7 access to free tools and resources. Students can also get connected with virtual tutors for one-on-one help Monday through Friday from 2-11 p.m. using HelpNow.
Masks are required to attend the School Help Centers. Hours vary by location. Visit columbuslibrary.org/school-help for more information.
Help With Rent
CSS FAMILIES CAN GET HELP PAYING 100% OF PAST DUE RENT.
Columbus City Schools wants families to know about this importance resource from our partners at Franklin County Job and Family Services. The new Prevention, Retention, and Contingency (PRC) Emergency Rental Assistance Program can cover up to 100% of delinquent rent costs to get your family caught up with your landlord... plus you may be able to get help covering the cost of up three additional months of rent in advance as well as help with utilities.
Learn more at jfs.franklincountyohio.gov/prc.
Help for Kinship & Adoptive Families
Utility Bill Assistance
Get in Touch With Us!
Have a question?
Don't know who to ask? Here's a guide to help you:
- For questions about behavior incidents, contact your student's grade level administrator.
- For questions about specific classes, contact the teacher.
- For questions about social/emotional or academic concerns, contact your student's counselor.
Here are emails you might need. You can also tap the button above to access the full list of staff emails.
Principal Darryl Sanders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Michelle Lewis (9th & 11th grade administrator): email@example.com
Assistant Principal Aaron Moore (10th & 12th grade administrator): firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor Megan Higgins (last names A-G): email@example.com
Counselor Drew Milligan (last names H-M): firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor Victoria Goodwin (last names N-Z): email@example.com
I Know I Can Advisor Nicole Jaburek: firstname.lastname@example.org
Internship Coordinator Samantha Smith: email@example.com
Advanced Studies Coordinator Alice Webb: firstname.lastname@example.org
Attendance issues: Attendance Secretary Leslie Stanford email@example.com
General CAHS questions: Principal's Secretary Rhonda Clayborn firstname.lastname@example.org or (614) 365-6006
Nurse Gretchen Fabian: call the office at (614) 365-6006
Family Ambassador: Sally Kuzemchak email@example.com
How to Report an Absence
- Student's name and student number
- Reason for absence
- Date of absence
- Be present
- Explore your excellence
- Communicate your needs
- Assume best intentions
- Have healthy habits
- Step forward/Step backwards