The Graham School News O'Graham

February 2023

Upcoming Events

  • Wed. March 1 - SAT Test - No School for 9th and 10th Grades (Please refer to the letter you received last week with detailed information)
  • Thurs. March 2 - End of Q3 - Regular School Day for Grades 9-12
  • Fri. March 3 - No School - PD Day
  • Tues. March 7 - Enrollment Information Session at 6:30pm - In Person - Please e-mail Pam Boseker at to RSVP for the in person session.
  • Thurs. March 9 - Student Led Conferences - Students will not need to attend school except for when they are presenting their SLC.
  • Fri. March 10 - No School - PD Day
  • Tues. March 21 - Virtual Enrollment Session at 6:30pm - Click here to join

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Important School Information

Important Message To Families Of Seniors

All seniors must still complete quite a few requirements in order to be eligible for graduation. Individual students all have individual needs including, but not limited to, meeting all walkabout requirements, passing all classes, completing flex credit classes, completing requirements for the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal, and plenty more. Please continue to look out for communication from the senior Crew leaders, TGS deans, and school counselors so you and your senior don't miss any important graduation requirements.

Schedule SLCs - March 8th and 9th

Here at The Graham School, students lead their own conferences with their family and Crew leader. As staff prepared report cards, students prepared a presentation to share their academic learning and character development from this quarter with you. Student-Led Conferences (SLCs) give students the opportunity to take responsibility for their learning and reflect on their progress, show their work, answer questions, and receive feedback. They also create an opportunity for students, staff, and families to work together as a team to figure out how to support the student’s success. We are hoping every student will be able to present their SLC to staff and family!

Students will not need to attend school on March 9, 2023 except for when they are presenting their SLC. Please be sure to arrive 5-10 minutes before your SLC begins.

SLCs will be March 8th and 9th.

  • Check your email for SLC scheduling information and appointment times.

  • If available times do not work for your family, let the Crew leader know.

  • If you have not received an email, please contact your child’s Crew leader to schedule your SLC.

  • Although in-person SLCs are preferred, virtual options are available as well.

Student of the Month

February's Student of the Month:

Tiara Salyers, 9th grader

OELPA Testing Starting in March for English Learners Students

OELPA testing for students classified as English Learners will begin in March. Letters with more information were sent to the families. Please contact The ESOL Coordinator, Chris Spackman, at with any questions about OELPA testing.

Yearbook Sale

Purchase your TGS 22-23 yearbooks today!

  • Go to
  • Yearbook ID Code: 14632523
  • Yearbook Price: $20
  • Yearbook Sale Ends: March 31, 2023

Online Annual Registration Forms Available Soon!

The 2023-24 online annual registration forms will be available soon. Please watch your e-mail for more information.

Attention Senior Families

On Saturday June 3, 2023, The Graham School’s Class of 2023 will be celebrating its graduation. Throughout these trying times, it has been an adventure, a challenge, but always a privilege to work with your student. As graduation day approaches, we want you to be aware of the schedule of senior activities celebrating the achievements of our students. Please make note of the information below, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Timeline for Seniors:

  • April 3rd – All outstanding PE and Health credits will be due.
  • April 20th – Final Senior Seminars (Senior Passage Blogs will be due).
  • April 27th – 12:30-2:30PM – Mandatory Senior Graduation Meeting at Graham
  • April 28th - 7:00-10:00PM - Prom at Mozart’s Cafe
  • May 17th – 8:00AM-3:30PM – Required CPR training and Symposium Practice
  • May 24th – Required Symposium Practice (by appointment)
  • May 31st - 8:00AM-3:30PM - Senior Symposium Presentations and Award Ceremony

Graham graduates do not just walk across a stage and receive a diploma. On Wednesday May 31, seniors will present their symposiums to the parents, mentors, and the underclassmen of Graham from 9 until 12. Symposium presentations are the reflective stories of seniors detailing their lives at Graham, their walkabouts, and their futures. We encourage making arrangements to attend your student’s final symposium. Exact times on the 31st will be given to each student before then.

June 2nd – 1:00-2:30 – Graduation Rehearsal at Tree of Life Northridge Campus (935 Northridge Rd., Columbus, 43224)

Saturday, June 3rd – Graduation!

On Saturday, June 3rd we will begin the day with our graduation breakfast and senior videos from 10:00 - 12:00 (seniors and staff only) at The Graham School. Between 12:00-1:00 seniors and families will travel to the graduation ceremony at Tree Of Life School, where the commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1pm. No tickets will be necessary to attend our graduation. We will be holding the graduation ceremony in the gym at the school.

The graduation fee this year will be $50. This fee goes toward graduation processing and venue expenses, as well as the cost of the caps and gowns. Please make your check payable to ‘The Graham School’, and note “graduation fee” in the memo. We ask that this payment be given to the front desk no later than May 15. You can also pay online through the TGS website school store using this link:

Failure to participate in mandatory senior events may result in not walking at graduation. We look forward to sharing this significant and joyful time with you. Should you have any questions or concerns between now and graduation, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Kevin Elliott, Senior Crew Leader

Randi Channel, Senior Crew Leader

Kelsey Penrose, Senior Intervention Specialist

Mary Slaback, Senior Walkabout Director

TGS Yard Signs

TGS is enrolling students for next year! Would you be able to display a yard sign to tell the community about our wonderful school? Stop by the front office and pick up a TGS yard sign today!

Attention TGS Students and Families


  • Success for students requires them to uphold our expectations for phones, classroom behavior, and timely and continuous presence in class.

  • Students need to bring computers to school charged daily.

  • Please reach out if you’d like access to Hero.

  • Information regarding Student Led Conferences and how to schedule them will be coming soon.

So far this year we have experienced a lot of success: we saw 67% of our 9th and 10th graders and 93% of our 11th and 12th graders pass 75% or more of their classes last semester. First semester also saw gains in student efficacy and “grit.” We have students demonstrating and being acknowledged for using our Habits of Learning. We have done good work and grown, but this is the time of year when continued growth feels hard. Routines are hard to get into when we have long weekends and unpredictable weather (thanks, Ohio). But we know that students need routines, clear expectations and consequences, and a supportive educational environment to grow into their best selves.

We also know that a supportive educational environment provides our students with greater academic success, undermines inequities, strengthens insulating factors against anxiety and depression, and empowers our students to shape the futures they desire. For learning spaces to be successful, students need to be in them. For students to master content, they need to engage in the work. For students and staff to support each other and to strengthen classroom cultures, everyone must bring respect and empathy to TGS on a daily basis.

To this end we would like to reiterate expectations that we lifted up at the start of the year:

1. Students need to be where they are supposed to be, and be there on time and for the whole class - It is important that students are in classrooms where they can learn - NOT in hallways or common spaces such as the Big Room, Learning Lab, or front office UNLESS explicit permission has been granted by a staff member. Students needing to take a lap or use the restroom need to do so quickly, returning to class to engage in the work that will provide them with future opportunities. Students should not be entering classes in which they are not rostered: it is disruptive to enter a class besides their own for any reason.

2. Students need to demonstrate appropriate behavior and respect towards the whole school community: Disrespectful behavior towards staff; as well as disruptive classroom behaviors prevent all students from accessing the best possible education and undermine a strong class community where students feel safe to grow, learn and make mistakes. Students may not undermine the dignity of other students or of staff members: there is no space for derogatory or hate speech at Graham. Similarly, all students have the right to their space and bodies; play-fighting, as well as unsolicited or non-consensual touch, will not be a part of our school community. All students have the right to learn in a safe environment that is supportive and empowering.

3. Students need to use technology appropriately for a learning environment - Cell phones are not to be used in classes without the express permission of a staff member. We all know that technology can be distracting and the distractions offered by the internet and social media frequently deprive students of the education that is rightfully theirs. As part of the village raising up our children we must ensure that they are owning their futures and safe from the known mental health issues caused by social media and too much technology use. Parents are asked to call the school office if contact with their children during school hours is necessary. Related to this, students need to bring their charged Chromebooks to school daily. Students will be required to complete assignments and use online resources during class that they may not have access to without the Chromebook provided by the school.

Consequences for the violation of The Graham School’s Code of Conduct include but are not limited to the participation in restorative measures, removal from the bus/activity/classroom/building, lunch detention, in-school suspension, out-of-school suspension, and/or expulsion from The Graham School. Repeated violations will result in escalating consequences. Demonstrating Adventure and Risk, Teamwork and Collaboration, Service and Stewardship, Self-direction, and Perseverance will be rewarded with Hero points which students can redeem. Students who are doing exceptional work shouldn't be surprised to receive Red Dragon awards or to be acknowledged during Town Meeting with a well earned Green Dragon (an award that all staff must unanimously vote on for a student to receive).

We have high expectations for our students and believe in them enough to hold them accountable for meeting those high expectations. This is also to bring families into the conversation.

We will be using Hero with much more regularity in the coming weeks. This is the platform where we will be recording positive behaviors as well as instances of unexpected and unaccepted behaviors. We will be sending an email shortly with your login information. If you need help to access your student’s hero information, please email the .

We will also be reaching out with information on how to sign up for SLCs, which are right around the corner. We want our students to reflect and share with you their strengths, celebrations and areas of improvement.

Finally, we know that the best way to support our students is to provide as much predictability as possible. It is on this note that we are sharing our expectations with you and with them: we want our students to know exactly what to expect when they are in the building.

We are so excited to see our students as they are continuing to mature and grow into incredible leaders and learners.

Thank you.


RJ Larry, Kate Livingston, and Laurel Wakeley


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ODNR Youth Career Connection Fair

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) invites you and your youth to the Youth Career Connection Fair on Thursday, May 18, 2023. The fair is open to high school students from 9:00 am – 1:30 pm and to college students from 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm at the ODNR Natural Resources Park located at 632 E. 11th Ave., Columbus, Ohio 43211.

Explore diverse jobs throughout the fields of conservation, natural resource management, and more. Job and internship opportunities, meaningful advice, higher education information, and tools to become career ready will be available.

Register now! It is FREE to register. Please click the registration link: 2023 ODNR Youth Career Connection Fair Registration Form to RSVP by May 4, 2023.

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When you shop at Kroger 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.

Breakfast at The Graham School

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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 research based thinking about teaching, learning, and the culture of schools. The Graham School's 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. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions. Click here for the Parent Pact.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please 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.