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South High School 2023-2024

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7th & 9th Grade New Student Tour & Guide Orientation

Wednesday, Aug. 16th, 5-7pm

1160 Ann Street

Columbus, OH

Please RSVP - Welcoming All New 7th & 9th Grade Students/Families Only! Resources and Refreshments will be provided.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Backpacks, Notebooks, Pencils & Everything Back-To-School!

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Welcome back to a new school year!

Welcome back CCS students/families! Let's gear up to have a blast this school year. We promise you CCS students will have an enriching experience learning new things.

Mark your calendars and register below!

2023-24 District Back-to-School Resource Fair
@ Fort Hayes: REGISTER HERE
August 19, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Important Message from Principal Mrs Christy Nickerson

Dear CCS Families and Community Members,


I hope that you had a restful, healthy, and safe Summer Break. We are planning a full return of in-person learning on August 23rd; the school building opens at 7 am, and classes resume at 7:30 am, with dismissal at 2:30 pm. Attendance facts - Student attendance is highly important and by attending classes regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with daily lessons and assignments and take quizzes and tests on time. Here are a few ways to keep your child in the game of continuous learning.

Your 9th to 12th Grader

Understanding stages of development; what your child is expected to know and be able to do academically, preparing for transitions, and tips and tools for supporting your child's growth and education for grades 9 through 12. Learn about what children are expected to know and be able to do, how they are tested, and how to assist them at home. By getting actively involved in learning, parents can help their children attain future success;

Assistant Principal Mr. Bao Lam

Your 7th to 8th Grader

The importance of parental involvement in a child’s life during the teen years is undeniable. While adolescents want independence and time with friends, they continue to depend on the care and guidance of their parents and support from their school & community:

Assistant Principal Mrs. Nolicka Robinson

The transition from middle to high school can be a stressful time with many uncertainties. Taking time to get involved in your child's education can greatly influence his success in school and in life. When parents work together with their child to help her navigate the changes from middle to high school, the result is a confident teen ready to try new experiences, develop new friendships and set high expectations for success.

How can I help my child stay safe in school?

  • It is essential to teach and reinforce healthy behaviors to your children. Talk to them about the importance of knowing how a school handles emergency situations and what rules students are expected to follow.
  • Maintain strong relationships with your school educators and community members by getting involved with school activities and attending town halls and safety meetings. Then, reinforce that there are teams of adults in place who will do absolutely anything to protect your child should a tragic event happen.

Family Check-In & Connect Calls

Family check-in & connect calls is an excellent way for us to hear what parents/families are experiencing in real-time and provide you with up-to-date information about social, health, and government services. It also reminds parents/families of the upcoming district, school, and community events. Mrs. Meeks the school Family Ambassador will be reaching out to our school families for a quick check-in and connect look forward to her call: If you are not available for the call, then complete the SURVEY: We want to hear from you! Thanks

lmeeks@columbus.k12.oh.us email

614-614-706-5419 or 614-365-6130

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FACEBOOK LIVE SESSIONS

New to the 2023-2024 school year, we will be going live on Facebook sharing important areas of interest and concerns along with student talents & achievements. I'm looking forward to hosting and providing our families and community members with South High School news & highlights. Mrs. Meeks your school's Family Ambassador & Engagement Specialist.

Family Engagements @ SHS

We are currently working on a calendar of events for South High School families. We know the importance of families and their dedication to student success. Many of our parents are employed or have other obligations so we value your time. We also are working on forming a parent/caregiver committee, if you are interested please reply we could use the extra hands, the advocacy, and the support in making sure No Child is left behind! This is a rewarding experience, join the flock as we aid in raising the crop!

SHS Parents/Caregivers Guide

Parents with stronger parenting self-efficacy demonstrate higher levels of parental competence in that they are able to perform the behaviors required to successfully raise a child. High parental self-efficacy is also linked to adaptive parenting behaviors such as: being responsive to child needs.

Let's talk about " Habitual Truancy "

A student is considered to be a habitual truant if he/she has UNEXCUSED ABSENCES that meet any of the following benchmarks:

*30 hours of consecutive unexcused absence This is approximately 5 days for a middle school or high school student.

*42 hours of unexcused absence in one month This is approximately 7 days for a middle school or high school student.

*72 hours of unexcused absence in one year This is approximately 11.5 days for a middle school or high school student.

If a student reaches the threshold for habitual truancy, the District is required to develop and implement an Absence Intervention Plan.

Parents/Guardians will be contacted to participate in the development of the Plan.

If a student fails to participate or make satisfactory progress with the intervention process or if the student continues to miss school, the district is required to make a complaint against the parent/guardian and/or the student with Job & Family Services and/or Juvenile Court.

SHS Community Resource Center Site

South High School has its own family resource website. Click here to find tons of community resources on one site.

A South High School Experience

Help children cope with entering a new school environment with these tips to make the transition easier.
  1. Tips for new students/freshman High-schoolers
  2. Tips for new/Middle-schoolers

Have students watch the video above to learn how to use a combination locker: click photo below

South High School New Dress Code

School uniforms make getting ready for school more accessible, which can improve punctuality. Uniforms are NOT MANDATORY! All students are encouraged to dress in a manner that is appropriate, comfortable, and conducive to an active academic school day. South High School Spirit Wear is allowed, you can find SHS spirit gear at Family Dollars & CVS on Parsons Ave your community-supporting stores.

The items posted below are NOT ALLOWED!

Shoes & Safety Concerns

Some Croc/Memory Foam shoes are allowed but not house shoes, slippers, or flip-flops of any kind. If a student wears any of the inappropriate items, the student's guardian will be notified and the student will be removed from classes until the student's guardian bring proper shoes.

Can Drinking Water Make You Smarter?

  • Make sure your child/ren has a refillable water bottle as these H20 stations are located throughout the building to keep our students hydrated.
  • answer: Water transports oxygen to your brain, which allows it to communicate with the rest of the body. Even the slightest lack of hydration can reduce your concentration and cognitive skills, impairing your ability to think clearly and reach maximum performance.
Transportation Services for High Schoolers

Columbus City Schools has partnered with COTA to provide supplemental transportation services for all CCS students in grades 9-12 only. All Columbus City Schools high school students can use their Student Success Cards to ride COTA at no charge.

CCS TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES

Safety in our community and in our schools is a major concern of parents, students, and school officials. School bus safety is a significant part of that concern. Therefore, the Transportation Department has developed a series of safety tips and school bus rules to ensure the effective operation of the Columbus City School buses and the maximum safety for our children.

REQUEST FOR REASSIGNMENT BUSING: click here!

Check Out Community Opportunities

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The Law & Leadership Institute & SHS

The Law & Leadership Institute would like to thank South High School for exposing students to their program and encouraging them to participate. Preparation for post-secondary success starts early on. Thank you Principal Robinson for making sure eighth graders are set up for success!


The following students from South High School are officially LLI scholars:

Grace Gaiters

Khloe Fain

Trinity Sullens

D’Amour Dunning


Congratulations! We are incredibly grateful for the student's commitment to ensuring they have the best chance to succeed, both in and outside the classroom.

The first step into the outside world is school!

Welcome back to a new school year, everyone! We're overjoyed with returning to school and looking forward to a blissful new beginning. The new school year brings you newer opportunities to shine! Mrs. Meeks CCS Family Ambassador.