The Graham School News O'Graham

November 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, November 25 - Friday, November 27 - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • Thursday, December 10 - Friday December 18 Ohio's State Testing - Students should be prepared to come to the building for one or more tests. More information will be sent home soon.
  • Thursday, December 17 - End of Semester 1
  • Monday, December 21 - Friday, January 1 - No School - Winter Break
  • Monday, January 4 - Tuesday, January 5 - No School - PD Days
  • Monday, January 11 - First Day of Semester 2

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We need your help on the TGS Postive Behavior Team!

We're looking for a parent/guardian and a student to join TGS's Positive Behavior Team! The selected individuals will meet with the team about once per month and help out with some tasks in between meetings. This is a great opportunity to include your input in The Graham School's effort to foster student ownership of and responsibility for their high school education. Please apply here.

All TGS Students Qualify From Now Until the End of December 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 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.

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 (NEW Code) 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!

Randi Channel's art class made origami swans.

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.

Check Out The TGS Greenhouse

Three years ago an anonymous donor applied for federal grant to get and give a greenhouse to a school in order to connect young people to nutritious foods. Mary Slaback connected with the donor via her husband, Steve who met him and heard his story and suggested he contact TGS.

Mary and TGS students started working in the greenhouse in the spring. They started growing greens, tomatoes and peppers all from seeds. Due to Covid many of the students have not been able to help.

Mary has continued to take care of the greenhouse, watering the plants and bagging greens. The greens are shared with TGS families.

First Town Meeting!

The Graham School staff and students met online for the year's first Town Meeting (November 12). Staff members at each grade level announced the students of the month, awarded for academic excellence. Nia Edwards-Johnson, Blu Martinez, Roy Berry, Helen Shapoval, David Huff, and Kristiana Jones all received that recognition. We also presented this school year's first round of Green Dragons to Jaelyn Koueviakoe, Michael Mascola, Skylar Warrick, Emily Moore, and Brionna Gilliam - this award is for all around excellence in academics and the Habits of Learning! The Green Dragon is the most prestigious award a TGS student can earn, outside of the awards presented at our end of the year ceremony. We celebrated student achievements in our Habits of Learning by acknowledging those who have recently earned Red Dragons - almost 150 Red Dragons have already been awarded this year.

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

  • Bebe Riggins-Burston

  • Bri Stace
  • Cameron Boch
  • Connor Torrey
  • Latajah Johnson
  • Kristen Cavazos
  • Mariska Toney
  • Richard Lacy

Caring Dragon

  • Connor Torey
  • Ivory Isaac
  • Shelayjah Greer

Collaborative Dragons

  • Brooklyn Boch

Persevering Dragons

  • Ashely Ramirez-Chavez
  • Chandler Marsden
  • Kristen Cavazos

  • Lio Leslie
  • Maddie Helmer
  • Nia-Edwards-Johnson
  • Olivia Gaiser
  • Qua Taylor
  • Sam Harrison
  • Trent Helmer
  • Uriah Kidd

Self-Directed Dragons

  • Bebe Riggins-Burston

  • Emily Moore
  • Qua’Jenee Taylor
  • Sa’Tiah Brady
  • Selena Schaney
  • Sophia Creno
  • V Martinez
Big picture

Check out the mural at TGS! Thank you to local artist @Janenotjanye who created and painted a colorful mural on building A.

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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