BlendED 9-12

Columbus City Schools

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December 4, 2021

Volume 1, Issue 1
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BlendED is housed at Walnut Ridge

The staff of BlendED (grades 9-12) works from the bottom level of Walnut Ridge High School, but they are not part of the Walnut Ridge Staff. BlendED has its own principal, counselor, and teaching staff. The Support Center staff (formerly Options for Success) is also housed at Walnut Ridge High School in the same space. The Support Center provides second-chance learning opportunities for students in lieu of expulsion.
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BlendED 9-12 Basics

Who: BlendED is a new CCS program for students who need more flexibility in their education.

What: BlendED 9-12 serves students taking high school courses in math, science, social studies, and English. Students are taught "live" through 75-minute synchronous Zoom classes twice per day. Students must also complete asynchronous assignments for their core classes three days per week and Apex elective classes five days per week.

When: Students follow the traditional high school schedule of 7:30 - 2:30, but they are provided flexibility through their asynchronous coursework.

Where: Although the staff members work from the bottom level of Walnut Ridge High School, they can also teach from satellite locations such as Otterbein's Point and the Columbus Zoo. Students may complete their learning from any location with internet access.

Why: Students enroll in BlendED for various reasons: some have medical issues that require flexibility, some have health concerns related to COVID-19, a few want to be able to work or care for family members during the day, and some prefer learning online.

How: Even though students take all or part of their classes from BlendED, they still have a "home school." They can participate in sports and other activities through their CCS home school.

Video Guide: Click HERE for a video guide created by Guidance Counselor Julia Maggard.

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The BlendED staff meets for professional development at Otterbein University and other satellite locations.
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Honor Roll Students for Quarter One

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Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How is attendance taken?

A: Attendance is taken by classroom teachers based on synchronous Zoom attendance and completion of asynchronous classwork each day. If a student submits work within one week of the due date, teachers will grade the work and change attendance for that day to "present." Each assignment is associated with an attendance date for core classes (math, science, social studies, and English).

Q: How much synchronous instruction do BlendED students receive?

A: Each core teacher (math, science, English, and social studies) teaches synchronous classes through Zoom for 2.5 hours per week per class. Students have two core classes on Monday/Thursday (English and science) and two core classes on Tuesday/Friday (math and social studies). The synchronous courses are 75-minute blocks.

Q: How do students take elective classes?

A: Electives are provided through Apex, a digital learning platform. Students access Apex through Clever. Students work on elective classes during their asynchronous class periods in their schedules. Students have two synchronous classes and three asynchronous classes on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesday, students have asynchronous courses all day. Michelle Jeffries, Apex lead, can be contacted at if families have questions about Apex courses.

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Featured Students

Featured Staff Members

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Join the BlendED High School Google Classroom

Students who have not joined the BlendED High School Google Classroom are missing valuable information. Students should log on to their Columbus City Schools Google Account and join the BlendED HS 6-12 page with the code lxpuhhw. Once students join, they may add their parents' email addresses so that family members can receive information too.

Fall Make-ups for Ohio State Tests

One requirement for Columbus City Schools is to complete testing tied to Ohio standards. These tests include the Ohio State Tests (OSTs). Tests are typically given during the spring, but the state allows make-ups during the fall. This opportunity will enable students to earn their testing points and fulfill their requirements to graduate from Columbus City Schools. Michelle Jeffries, our testing coordinator, sent an email with the date and location of the test(s). Jeffries will be going into various high schools to test students, so there are only two options for students when it comes to taking these tests: test at a nearby high school or test at Walnut Ridge.

  • Students will need to bring a Chromebook with them to test.
  • Students will need to be at the school by 7:45 AM to begin testing on time. Testing begins right at 8:00 AM. Late students will be sent home and will not be excused from classes for the day.

If students cannot make the day scheduled for some reason, they will need to come to Walnut Ridge on December 14, 2021, by 7:45 AM. There are absolutely no exceptions to this.

Please get in touch with Jeffries with any questions at

Please update your address, phone number, and email in Infinite Campus Portal

Staff members use the information in Infinite Campus to contact parents and students. Please make sure your information is updated, including your email address. CLICK HERE for instructions.

Internship Hours

CLICK HERE for internship hours application form. Students need 120 hours to meet their graduation requirement.
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BlendED is a Student-Run Newsletter

CLICK HERE to submit announcements or story ideas. Any student or staff member may submit an announcement, column, or feature story. Our publications staff meets every Monday and Thursday during period 6. Contact McQuate for the Zoom link if you are interested in joining our team. Articles with the byline "BlendED Staff" were written collaboratively.

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Staff: Editor V. Norwood Adviser: K. McQuate