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Ohio's State Tests and CTE WebXams Postponed
Due to an abundance of caution regarding the short-and long-term health of our students and staff, we are postponed the administration of Ohio's State Tests and CTE WebXams at The Graham School.
As we all know, Columbus, Franklin County, the state and nation are in the midst of the worst peak in the COVID-19 pandemic. We do not want to further exacerbate the severity of this outbreak by bringing together so many people into our buildings.
As a parent or caregiver, your involvement in your student’s learning and school is valuable and important. For this reason, each year we ask families to complete this anonymous survey which asks for your feedback concerning communication, curriculum, and culture at The Graham School. If you could please complete the survey by Friday, January 15, we would appreciate it. We value your feedback. Thank you!
Deans of The Graham School
Front Office Update
With the rising COVID cases in Ohio, specifically Franklin County, we feel it is in the best interest for all to have the front office closed to the public at this time and re-evaluate this change in January. Front office associates, as well as Deans will be working remotely from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. each day and available via the email address firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also reach out via phone, at 614-262-1111. Calls will be returned. If you have a need to come into the school please reach out via one of these options to make an appointment. Meal pick up for students will still happen as it has all school year. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out.
All TGS Students Qualify From Now Until the End of The School Year for Free Breakfast and Lunch
During virtual learning TGS will continue to serve student meals through The National School Lunch Program. Families MUST sign-up for pick-up dates a week in advance to assure that food is ordered. If you sign up later than the one week time frame we may not have enough meals to distribute.
This is only for students enrolled at TGS. Food portions will not be provided for siblings. If for any reason some of these guidelines will make it difficult for you to pick up meals, or if you have any questions about these guidelines or the lunch program in general, please contact Bryan Kossmann directly at email@example.com or 614.262.1111 (Email is preferred) to sign up for a pick-up time.
Free Internet Hot Spots Available Now 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.
Thanksgiving Food Boxes Delivered
The Graham School partnered for the third year in a row with Crossroads Community Church to provide Thanksgiving food boxes to families in our TGS community. When the partnership began in 2018, 15 boxes were filled and distributed to families. This year that number grew to 39 boxes! Out of the 39 boxes, 19 were picked up by families at the school and 20 were delivered by ten TGS staff members who drove to neighborhoods far and wide. In addition to the food provided by the church members, households who picked up their boxes were offered fresh greens from the Graham greenhouse.
Many families expressed gratitude for the outpouring of compassion and support. We certainly hope to continue this partnership for many years to come.
Thank you to Crossroads Community Church, TGS Staff, and the families we have the privilege to serve!
When you shop at Kroger and/or Amazon you can help TGS raise money for class supplies!
Go to: www.krogercommunityrewards.com 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 http://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-1713840 to get started!
TGS Needs Your Support!
You will receive a letter next week about The Graham School Annual Fund. The Annual Fund provides essential resources for our school. We hope to have parents, community members, and local businesses support this important effort. During these challenging times of COVID-19 we present this opportunity to all members of our community with the understanding that not everyone will be able to participate. Click here to make your donation. Or mail in your reply envelope. Thanks in advance for your participation!
Updated COVID Policies
We wanted to take a moment to remind you of our COVID policies upon entering our premises, as well as update you on a new policy. Any visitor or staff member entering the building will be required to have their temperature taken and logged.
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.
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.
Red Dragon Awards
- Bebe Riggins-Burston
- Jeremiah Coons
- Archer Jessie
- Kristen Cavazos
- Oscar Dias
- Sam Harrison
- Shelayjah Greer
- Tyrone Powell
- Uriah Kidd
- Ashley Ramirez-Chavez
- Connor Torey
- David Huff
- JJ Holonitch
- Kristiana Jones
- Sophia Creno
- Taylour Black
- Tiana Feruguson-Nieves
- Andrew Davis
- Courtney Robbins
- Helen Shapoval
- Keontae Glanton
- Kiara Suber
- Kristen Cavazos
- Mila Mitchel
- Olivia Gaiser
- Ollie Morris
- Qua’ Taylor (nominated TWICE)
- Sa’Tiah Brady
- Ta’Nasia Jones (nominated TWICE)
- Uriah Kidd
- Aly Scharnhorst
- Ana McGee
- Elijah Terry
- Hunter Rayburn
- Izzy Rhodes Jaeden Peoples
- Nia Edwards Johnson
- V Martinez
Check out the murals at TGS! Thank you to local artist, Jane Addison (@Janenotjanye) who created and painted these colorful murals on buildings A and C. They are joyful additions to our campus!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
RESIDENCY VERIFICATION NOTIFICATION
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.