The Graham School News O'Graham

April 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Wed. April 21-22 - ELA 2 OST
  • Wed. April 21 - Family Crew - 6:00-6:45pm
  • Tues. April 27 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Fri. April 30 - Asynchronous (Independent)/End of Quarter 4 - Early Release at 12:00pm
  • Mon. May 3- Thurs. May 20 - May Days
  • Mon. May 3 - Algebra 1 and Information Technology OST
  • Tues. May 4 - Biology OST
  • Tues. May 4 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Wed. May 5 - Government OST
  • Thurs. May 6 - US History OST
  • Fri. May 7 - Geometry and Programming OST
  • Wed. May 12 - Family Crew - 6:00-6:45pm
  • Fri. May 14 - Asynchronous (Independent)/Early Release at 12:00pm
  • Tues. May 18 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session - 6:00pm
  • Thurs. May 20 - Last Day of School/Senior Symposiums/Awards
  • Fri. May 28 - Graduation Practice
  • Sun. May 30 - Graduation

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The Ohio State Tests (OST) - New Dates

Recently, the Ohio Department of Education extended the dates that schools are allowed to administer the Ohio State Tests. In order to ensure that students have the best opportunity to pass each test, we have pushed back our test dates. The new dates are as follows:

  • 4/21 and 22: ELA 2
  • 5/3: Algebra 1 and Information Technology
  • 5/4: Biology
  • 5/5: Government
  • 5/6: US History
  • 5/7: Geometry and Programming

All tests will start at 10:15 am.

All students who have taken any of the courses listed above this school year are signed up to test in the building on these dates. Our access to busing is extremely limited, so we are asking all families to make arrangements to drop off student(s) at school between 9:45 and 10:15 am and to pick up after testing has concluded. Students must be picked up before 3:30 pm. Students will be finished with testing at or before the times listed in the table below. Please reach out to us at if you anticipate transportation challenges and/or with any questions you have regarding the schedule for Ohio's State Tests.

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Transportation Information for Ohio's State Tests

We have great news! Students who need to will be able to ride the bus TO school this Wednesday and Thursday for the ELA 2 Ohio State Test. We also have buses TO school for the state testing held the week of May 3rd. Families should have received bus route information a few weeks ago in the mail. This should still be accurate - please contact Columbus City Schools Transportation if you have any questions at 614-365-5074. Please also review their website for other information regarding school buses, COVID safety protocols, etc.

We do ask that all families make arrangements for students to get a ride home from school by 3:30 pm on each testing day, and even earlier if that is possible (as soon as the student is finished testing). Please contact the school as soon as possible if your student will need a COTA pass to get home or if your student will not be able to get picked up by 3:30 pm on state testing days.

Have you registered your current student for the 2021-2022 school year?

  • Will your student be returning to TGS next year?

  • Do we have a current email address for you and are you receiving TGS emails such as Constant Contact announcements, the TGS News O' Graham, Deans' Newsletters, etc.?

  • Do we have your current mailing address and have you been receiving information in the mail?

  • Have you created an online account with OneView to complete the Annual Registration forms for your student? To create an account go to

  • You will receive an e-mail soon with your student's invite code. Once you receive the invite code, you’ll be asked to verify information that we already have for your student, and also complete the new information required in order to register them for the 2021-22 school year.

To assist with our planning for the 2021-22 school year, we need to hear from you no later than Friday, May 7, 2021.If you have any questions, please contact the front desk at or call 614-262-1111.

Updated Office Hours

TGS office will be open Monday-Friday 9:00am-3:00pm. To protect staff and the TGS community we ask that you still call to set up an appointment to come into the office. Masks must be worn by all individuals in the building.

Student Art

TGS junior, Chandler Marsden, has been honing in on his love for both art and horses during his spare time. Although he's not currently taking an art class, he shared his latest drawing (below) and requested feedback from Randi Channel, TGS Art Teacher. Chandler is already planning ahead for his senior Walkabout internship in 2022 by seeking an internship with an equine veterinarian.

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Help celebrate In-Demand Jobs Week 2021

In-Demand Jobs Week is an annual statewide celebration of the jobs, industries and skills that are in demand in Ohio. Click here to Join the celebration May 3-7.

All TGS Students Qualify Until the End of The School Year for Free Breakfast and Lunch

We will continue to offer meal pick-ups on Thursdays between 10:00AM and 1:00PM. To sign up for time slots, please click on the link below.

If you would like to pick up meals and cannot make it to any of the time slots on the sign-up sheet, please contact Bryan Kossmann at to discuss other options.

If you have not filled out a Free and Reduced Lunch Application for this school year, we highly encourage you to do so. Click here to print and complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Application. If your student qualifies for Free or Reduced meals, there are other benefits through multiple other organizations that you might be able to take advantage of. If you are unsure as to whether you have already filled one out, please contact Bryan Kossmann at

Monthly Boxes for Families in Need

In partnership with Neighborhood Services, Inc Food Pantry, we are excited to announce that we are now 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.

April Distribution Date:

Friday, April 30 - 4pm to 6 pm:

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.

Free Internet Hot Spots Available for All Students Eligible for Free or Reduced Lunch!

Through a partnership with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio and PCs For People we are offering free Internet Hot Spots to all families eligible for free or reduced lunch. If you are eligible, please call the front desk (614-262-1111) to make an appointment to pick up the hot spot during regular office hours (8:30am-3:30pm). Click here to complete a Free and Reduced lunch application. Please contact the front desk (614-262-1111) with any questions.

TGS Family Crew

The Graham School is excited to host Family Crew on April 21! This will be a wonderful opportunity to join together with staff and families to talk about Trauma Responsive Educational Practices at school and beyond. Please join us - everyone is welcome!

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. If you enrolled last year you must re-enroll each year to help Graham. 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 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!

Red Dragon Awards

We congratulate the students whose hard work is representative of The Graham School’s Habits of Learning. These students have been Red Dragons so far this month!

Adventure Dragons

  • Alexcia Ramey
  • Aly Snyder
  • Breona Eaton
  • Dane Bednar-Warren
  • Daylian Hightower
  • Helen Shapoval
  • Honey Ward
  • Jaeden Peoples
  • Jordan Webster
  • Mariska Toney
  • Michael Mascola
  • Oscar Vazquez-Diaz
  • Precious Waugh

Caring Dragon

  • Sean Swift
  • Shawn Hood
  • Skylar Warrick
  • Tanijia Thomas

Collaborative Dragons

  • Hunter Rayburn
  • Natalie Dishner
  • Sean Swift

Persevering Dragons

  • Alyshia Montgomery
  • Cameron Boch
  • Carlos Vargas Flores
  • Ethan Frazier
  • Hailie Clark
  • Javion Williams
  • Jeremiah Coons
  • Jesus Gonzalez
  • Keontae Glanton
  • Logan Morris
  • Marley Morrison
  • Matt Sheldon
  • Maxine Bednar-warren
  • Moesha Wilson
  • Olivia Gaiser
  • Tylor Crawford
  • Vernon Hill-Felts

Self-Directed Dragons

  • Abel Annor
  • Allie Scharnhorst
  • Alyshia Montgomery
  • Angus Cook
  • Ayeesha Goldsboro (nominated 2x)
  • Bebe Riggins Burston
  • Bre Stace
  • Brianna Harmer
  • Brielle Hodge
  • Caleb Griffin
  • Chris Badillo (nominated 2x)
  • Dayanah Washington
  • Daylen Thomas
  • Daylian Hightower
  • Dijuan Eiland
  • E-Naijah Smith
  • Elijah Rhea (nominated 2x)
  • Ethan Frazier
  • Honey (Precious Ward)
  • Honey Ward
  • Hunter Rayburn
  • Jacob Harris
  • Jaden Haigler
  • Jaeden Harris
  • Jaquez Corder
  • Javion Williams
  • Jesus Gonzalez
  • Julian Liotis
  • Justine Williams
  • Kalista Jones
  • Kanye Williams
  • Kiara Suber
  • Kya Bice
  • Lauren Scott
  • Lio Leslie
  • Luna Ramirez Chavez
  • Lyna Hurd
  • Mackenzie Pizzurro
  • Madison Carrington
  • Maxine Bednar Warren (nominated 2x)
  • Max Fleisher
  • Michael Gwinn
  • Ni'Shanonia Suber
  • Nia Edwards-Johnson
  • Niya Gravely
  • Precious Waugh
  • Qua Taylor
  • Samiah Flemister
  • Sarah Kaiser
  • Sean Swift
  • Sha'Riyah Lymon
  • Shadi Turner
  • Shawn Hood
  • Tanner Durst
  • Tony Huddleston
  • Totianna Keith (nominated 2x)
  • Tyler Addington
  • Tyler Adkins
  • Tylor Crawford

Please Take This Survey!

As part of our OCER grant that is funding the Family Crew initiative, we are required to administer the YouthTruth survey to students, staff and families between now and May 14. These are anonymous surveys being administered through the Ohio Collaborative for Educating Remotely and Transforming Schools initiative – a partnership to support schools in improving remote learning practices and outcomes - to learn from our students, families, and educators about their experiences and to help assess the impact of the grant. Please take 20 minutes to fill out our survey!

Students, Parents, Guardians! Are you interested in learning more about auto repair and maintenance?

Attend this open house and/or go to the links provided below to find out more about this FREE 6-week class offered on Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 p.m. Classes are FREE! The next session will start in mid to late May. Check out these links for more info! 1 Minute video about the class! By the way, you'll see our Enrollment Coordinator, Pam Boseker, there, because she wants to learn how to change her own oil & take an engine apart!!

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The Graham Family of Schools COVID Policies:

  • Any visitor or staff member entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken and logged.
  • Masks on. If you are entering the building you must wear a mask.
  • If you have been sick, have a fever, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or recent loss of smell please do not enter the building.
  • Maintain 6 feet of distance between one another.
  • Wash your hands for the safety of everyone. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth when you sneeze or cough. Use a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

All of our buildings have contactless thermometers that will be sanitized between each use. If you have any questions or concerns in regards to any of our COVID policies please feel free call the front office at 614-262-1111.

Professional Qualifications

The parent or guardian of each student enrolled at The Graham School may request information on the professional qualifications of each classroom teacher who provides instruction to their student and the school will provide this information on each applicable teacher in a timely manner.

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. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning , and the culture of schools. Watch this space for information each month about design principles.

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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