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April 25, 2022

Important Dates

  • May 5: Instrumental Music Concert @ CAHS, 7pm
  • May 11: Chorale & Thespian Awards/Senior Night
  • May 13: Senior Prom
  • June 2: Last day of Classes + Graduation Rehearsal
  • June 3: Graduation

Prom Tickets on Sale

Senior Prom Tickets are now on sale! "The Fantasy Forest", 2022 CAHS Senior Prom, will be held Friday May 13, 6-10pm at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Tickets are $50 for an individual or $80 for a duo. Bringing a non-CAHS guest? Get a form in the office to complete for approval by Mr. Sanders. Duo tickets are sold in school. Individual tickets are on sale here: (access code is your student's ID number)

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Instrumental Music Concert

The CAHS Instrumental Music Spring Concert 2022 will be held:

When: May 5th, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Where: CAHS Auditorium

Admission: $5.00-Purchase at

Ensembles: Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Band. Also, special farewell performances from our Seniors!

· Students should arrive by 6:15

· Attire is concert black (same as Winter concert)

Buy tickets here:

Bake Sale Help Needed

Parents will be holding a bake sale before the Instrumental Music Concert on May 5. If you can volunteer your time or baked goods (homemade or store bought) sign up here:

Donations can be dropped off to the office or brought with you before the concert.

IB & AP Exam Schedule

If your student will be taking an AP or IB exam next month, tap the PDF below to see the schedule.

Share Your Feedback

CCS would like to learn more about your family’s school experience at CAHS. They are asking you to complete a short, 10-15 minute survey to give them feedback. Your answers are completely anonymous. Go to and select CAHS. Please complete the survey by May 6. If you have multiple children, please complete one survey for your oldest child at each school.

Need a Bus Next Year?

If your student needs a school bus next year you must "opt-in" for transportation by April 29 at midnight! Instructions: Log in to Parent Portal, go to MORE, look under "Quick Links" on the right, go to "Transportation Opt-Out", confirm that your information is correct, answer the questions about whether you want each child to opt-out (no bus) or opt-in (yes to bus) for transportation. They're not making this easy so make sure you have the right selections picked.

Keep in mind that if you don't make this selection by April 29, your child is be considered "opted out" of transportation and will not have a seat on a school bus next school year. If you're having trouble opting in via the Parent Portal, email

Can You Offer An Internship?

CAHS is beginning to register partners who would like to host interns for the 2022-2023 school year. If your business can host an intern, you can register here:

And learn more about the CAHS Internship Experience program by visiting

Free Zoo Tickets

Columbus Zoo is hosting 'CCS Family Days' on select weekends in May. A limited number of free tickets available for CCS students throughout the month. CCS families will receive two free tickets per student on the following days:

  • May 7
  • May 14-15 or
  • May 21-22

Click here to reserve your CCS Family Day tickets.

Each family day event includes a limited number of tickets, and does not include parking.

April's Pathway Express Location

April’s Pathway Express experiences are centered around World Languages & Cultures, and the District is partnering with the Columbus Metropolitan Library to create immersive activities for families that highlight the diversity of our community and the world. Throughout the month, families are encouraged to visit one of the following branches to grow their love of literacy and receive a special door prize (while supplies last): Columbus Main Library, Hilltop Branch, Karl Road Branch, Barnett Branch, Linden Branch, or South High Branch.

Free Academic Help

Families across Columbus City Schools may soon be getting a phone call, text, or email from Engage Ohio as part of a new partnership to boost school engagement, attendance, and academic success. CCS is partnering with the Ohio Department of Education, Graduation Alliance, and Engage Ohio to connect families with more FREE academic resources and support at home, especially for students who may have missed an average of one or more days a week throughout the school year. Families who sign up for the no-cost program will be assigned an Academic Success Coach who can help connect them with resources, local contacts, and helpful strategies to keep their students on track and engaged with schooling.

CCS Summer Experience

The District’s 2022 Summer Experience returns June 21 - July 28, and registration is open!

This six-week program featuring academic enrichment, robotics, wilderness adventures, and a host of other exciting activities. It's FREE and open to all students.Teachers and community partners such as Franklin Park Conservatory, the Columbus Museum of Art, GiveBackHack, and Second and Seven have created powerful, hands-on enrichment opportunities that will challenge students to continue growing as learners.

Summer Experience will also present students with an opportunity to accelerate their learning or engage in course recovery. To learn more about the 2022 Summer experience, visit

FREE Tutoring Service

If your student needs tutoring in a subject, help with a paper, or is having a last-minute panic about homework, CCS offers all students free access to a 24/7 tutoring service called Paper. It's for students in grades 6-12 and covers a huge number of subjects (including AP and IB courses). Paper is a chat service where students can share their work, like math problems or papers, and get feedback. To access Paper, students log in to Clever then click on the Paper icon.


Items Needed for Families

Ms. Meffley, our CAHS social worker, is requesting help for a CAHS family who is in need of clothing. Target gift cards would help greatly, so if you are able to donate one, please place it in an envelope marked "Ms. Meffley, clothing for students" and drop it off in the school office (or have your student take it to the office). Thank you so much for your help!

Another family is in need of some items for basic needs. If you can provide any of the following, please email counselor Megan Higgins at
  • Dollar General - gift cards
  • Door Dash - gift certificates
  • Citi Trends - gift cards for clothing
  • 2 Bikes - must be larger-sized with larger seats
  • 2 Bike Locks


Graduation Rehearsal

Seniors will have graduation rehearsal at CAHS in the gym the morning before graduation. Make sure all fees are paid, exit survey is completed and nothing is outstanding as your student will not receive their cap and gown until all responsible are taken care of.


CAHS Graduation is Friday, June 3 at 8:30PM at the convention center, Battelle ballroom. Ticket information will be sent out when that becomes available.


FREE Golf Camp

First Tee Golf Camp is free for all CCS students, ages 5-17. No previous golf experience is needed and they provide all equipment. Get more information here.

Young Writers Workshop

After a two year Covid hiatus, The Ohio State University Young Writers Workshop is back! Each year OSU chooses 30 high school students to spend a week in July on campus, studying creative writing, at absolutely no cost to them or their families. The website is live now, as is the application. Applications are due May 20, 2022. Go here to apply.

Columbus Crew Volunteer Opportunity

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunity with the Columbus Crew, City of Columbus, Local Matters and Rumpke! Earn up to 4 hours of community service towards your CCS Internship requirement.

“Pitch-In” Columbus Community Day
As part of MLSWorks’ Greener Goals initiative, our Crew will host a Park Clean-Up, Community Garden Clean-Up and Community Day celebration in partnership with Columbus Rec + Parks, Local Matters and Rumpke
Location: Blackburn Community Center (263 Carpenter St, Columbus, OH 43205)
Date: Wednesday, April 20th
Event Time: 9am-1pm
Available Shifts: 9am-11am and 11am-1pm
Potential Clean-Up Tasks: Mulching, Pruning, Weeding, Litter Clean-Up
Total Volunteers Needed: 15-30 per shift
This opportunity will be outdoors so please dress for the weather**

If you’re interested in volunteering for this opportunity please sign up with Carissa Williamson (

OSU Philosophy Camp

Organized and led by the Department of Philosophy at Ohio State, this weeklong summer learning program is designed to introduce students to the exciting world of philosophy through engaging and dynamic discussions, debates, guest lectures and media examinations.

Strengthen your ability to understand the mechanics of an argument, evaluate an issue from multiple perspectives, critically think, better articulate ideas and debate, develop and defend viewpoints all while considering thoughts like...Do we have free will? Is happiness more important than freedom? Can too much freedom be bad for you? How should we think about the good or virtuous life? Is it ever okay to restrict someone’s freedom?

There will be two IN PERSON sessions: June 6-10, June 13-17. There will be one ONLINE session; June 20-July 1. Visit the link attached to apply!

Columbus Zoo Jobs

Are you interested in a fun and flexible Summer job that'll count toward your Internship hours and possibly the Workforce Readiness Seal? And, you'll get paid too! The Columbus Zoo and Zoombezi Bay are hiring. For more information, visit Or, talk to your CCRC/Internship Coordinator. Join the pack and work somewhere wild this summer!

OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2022

This renewable pilot program will cover the full cost of tuition and mandatory fees to attend an Ohio University regional campus for fall 2022 incoming full-time, Pell-eligible freshmen with a minimum 3.0 high school GPA.

To qualify for the OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2022*: Submit your application by May 15, 2022. Application fee waived with code: OHIORegionalPromise.Send your high school transcript showing that you’ve earned a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average. Submit 2022-2023 Free Application for Federal Student Aid(opens in a new window) (FAFSA) results to OHIO by May 15, 2022, and qualify for the federal Pell Grant. Enroll for the fall 2022 semester as a full-time, first-year, degree-seeking student on one of OHIO’s regional campuses.

Design Workshop

The Center for Architecture and Design (CFAD), in association with the Knowlton School at The Ohio State University, invites under-represented junior and senior high school students in central Ohio who are interested in architecture and design as a possible career, to join us for a FREE two-day design workshop. A group of volunteer design professionals and OSU students will introduce participants to the practice of various design fields and individuals who work in them, and engage with them to ideate, conceptualize and present solutions to an open-ended challenge.

This workshop’s goals are to prepare participants seeking admissions to schools of design with a set of skills and knowledge that will assist them in creating their college applications. Parents will be invited near the end of the Saturday session to a gallery-style presentation by students, followed by a pizza party.

  • Event Timing: Day 01: April 29, 5 pm - 7pm & Day 02: 9 am - 8 pm
  • Event Address: The Knowlton School, Ohio State University, 275 W Woodruff Ave, Columbus, OH 43210
  • Participants must be available for both days. For questions please contact Sarah Mills Bacha, CFAD managing director, at
  • 20 seats available, registration will close once reached. Register here

JA Biztown Inspire

JA Inspire Virtual is a career-based event filled with learning experiences that are designed by individual industry teams to align with what the industry will need from its future employees. Students learn from local businesses about skills that will be in demand when they graduate. The event is designed to transform students’ abstract ideas about work into tangible ambitions and plans. Go here for more info and to sign up.

Diversity Youth Entrepreneur Summer Program

The Diversity Youth Summer Entrepreneur Program (DYEP) provides training and development opportunities to Central Ohio high school students in cohorts 2025, 2024 and 2023. This is a practical work experience with local Minority Business Entrepreneurs and Women Business Entrepreneurs. within Columbus.

  • 8 weeks summer internship
  • Up to 30 hours a week
  • Up to $15/hour
  • Must be at least 16 years old
  • Establish business relationships with local businesses
  • Receive mentorship by small business owners
  • Summer job with competitive pay
  • Assistance with developing brand and identity
  • Use hours to count towards CCS Internship requirement
  • Internship will last from June 13, 2022 through August 5, 2022

Go here for more info and to apply. Make sure to let Ms. Smith know if you plan to apply

Nationwide Children's Hospital

Nationwide Children’s is seeking students (ages 16 - 24) to participate in paid summer work learning experiences! Students will have the opportunity to learn, build their skills and gain valuable work experience within a health care setting. See the flyer below for more details.

YMCA is Hiring

YWCA Columbus is now hiring for our Kids Place programs in Gahanna and Westerville. You can make a difference in the lives of children as Lead Teacher in our Summer Day Camp Programs. See the flyer below for more details.

  • Why work for YWCA Kids Place?
  • Jobs for staff, 17 years and older
  • Competitive pay starting at $14/hour
  • Flexible shifts
  • Fun work environment
  • Hands-on experience with a national
  • program
  • Help families in your own community
  • Paid training and professional development

Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Camp

Interested in a career in health care? A Health and Rehabilitation Camp will be held 2022 - June 8 & 9 - 8am-5pm. Applications are due by April 22nd and students will be notified of their admission on May 6th. Students of all grades (9th-12th) are encouraged to apply. Students MUST attend orientation with a parent/guardian on June 1st in order to
attend camp. Students will receive lunch on both days. Camp is on Ohio State’s medical campus – we will provide additional details to the students who are admitted. Tap the button to view the flyer and apply.

Camp Mary Orton Counselor Opportunity

Camp Mary Orton is looking for mentors 17 years or older, with the energy necessary to lead our campers, build up their confidence, and be the key to our success this summer! See the flyer below for details.

Expanding Visions Career Institute

Expanding Visions and The Ohio State University Libraries are offering a Career Institute. We introduce students to careers, teach interview skills and MBA level resume writing techniques. There will also be an opportunity for up to 10 students to receive a paid internship at The Ohio State University during the summer of 2022. This program will take place in person at Thompson Library on The Ohio State University campus. Every Thursday beginning Thursday, April 7th through Thursday, May 12th from 5:30-7:00pm. Link to apply.

Otterbein Summer Program

Rising Seniors: Earn 5 college credit hours this summer taking classes at Otterbein. See the flyer below!

Click here for Application

Click here for Recommendation Form

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Franklin Park Conservatory Paid Summer Internship

Are you 15–18 years old with an interest in GARDENING FOOD and NATURE? GAIN WORK EXPERIENCE! Come be a part of the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens fun summer training program! TEEN CORPS PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE 8 WEEKS PAID TRAINING at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. LEARN ABOUT Gardening • Farmers Markets • Teamwork • Jobs in the Green Industry • Healthy Choices • and more

To qualify you must have a Columbus address or attend a Columbus City School. Interviews will take place in early May. APPLY HERE

Ohio University Medical Academy

Careers in Care Lead Here 4-day program will be held June 7-10, 2022 for selected 11th and 12th grade high school students. The Academy seeks capable students who show potential and might benefit from a program that focuses on building confidence, motivation and focus in the next generation of health care providers. BEGIN YOUR APPLICATION today.

APPS Summer Program

Created in 2011, by former Mayor Michael B. Coleman, the mission of the APPS program is to reduce crime and violence by increasing protective factors in the lives of Columbus youth and young adults (ages 14-23) through proven prevention and intervention strategies. The initiative’s prevention strategies include offering safe and constructive alternatives to violence while youth development professionals provide mentorship through enrichment activities at four community recreation centers.

Our diligent mentors are able to assess individual and family needs while being an ongoing advocate to ensure that a young person and their family are linked to services that meet immediate needs while providing long term support services for future goal attainment, which ultimately produces productive contributing members of society.

Earn up to $18 hr, earn hours towards the CCS Internship Credit, and work towards the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal.

Reach out to Ms. Smith with questions at

Free Golf Lessons For All CCS Students

See the flyer below for dates and times.
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Columbus State Summer Camps

Columbus State hosts a variety of fun, educational summer programs for high school students, as well as entering college Freshmen. With topics ranging from cybersecurity to health care and other STEM fields, our summer camps give students an opportunity to engage in immersive activities and explore exciting career paths. Get more information here.

Godman Guild T.E.E.N. Program

T.E.E.N. offers year-round programming that includes after school programming and summer employment training. T.E.E.N. focuses on building the skills needed to successfully graduate from high school and enter post-secondary. T.E.E.N. program offers a selection of activities designed to build community, strengthen academic, social, and emotional skills and to prepare youth for future employment.
Activities include:
  • Drone Club
  • Movie Nights
  • VR (virtual reality) Club
  • Cooking Club
  • OSU Mentors
  • D&D/ Game Club
  • and so much more!

Sign up here.

List of Summer Opportunities

The CAHS Student Supports Team has put together a resource for CAHS scholars interested in Summer 2022 opportunities, including employment, summer enrichment, college programs, internships, and community service. We will continually update this with information as it is shared with us: Summer 2022 Opportunities If you know of any other programs, please reach out to Samantha Smith at

How to Report a COVID Case

If your student tests positive or has had a confirmed community exposure, here’s how to report an exposure or positive case to CCS:

  • Call the CCS COVID-19 Reporting Hotline at 614-365-5544 and leave a message with the requested information; OR
  • Email your positive COVID-19 test results to the District Administrative Contact Tracers at
  • A CCS Contact Tracer will return your call or email to provide further guidance.
  • A positive test result should always be reported to your healthcare provider as well.


PTA Officers

The CAHS PTA officers for the 2021-22 school year:

Stephen Hardwick--President

Keisha Whitfield--Vice President

Daniel Iven--Secretary

Christine Creagh--Treasurer

Easy Ways to Give

Help the CAHS PTA while you're grocery shopping by signing up for Kroger Community Rewards. Go here:

You can also help out by registering with Amazon Smiles.

  • Log in using
  • Click on the drop-down menu next to your name
  • Choose YourAmazonSmile.
  • Choose 'Friends of CAHS PTA' as your charity

When you go to Amazon use this address and a portion of your sales will go to the CAHS PTA: If you use the Amazon App, click on the 3 lines in the bottom right (the menu) twice and then click on Amazon Smile and choose Friends of CAHS PTA. You will have to renew your charity designation on the Amazon app twice a year.


Resources Directory

For information on a wide range of free resources, including help with rent, food pantries, job training, domestic abuse, homelessness, and more, tap the button below for a directory.

Get in Touch With Us!

Have a question?

Don't know who to ask? Here's a guide to help you:

  • For questions about behavior incidents, contact your student's grade level administrator.
  • For questions about specific classes, contact the teacher.
  • For questions about social/emotional or academic concerns, contact your student's counselor.

Here are emails you might need. You can also tap the button above to access the full list of staff emails.

Principal Darryl Sanders:

Assistant Principal Michelle Lewis (9th & 11th grade administrator):

Assistant Principal Aaron Moore (10th & 12th grade administrator):

Counselor Megan Higgins (last names A-G):

Counselor Drew Milligan (last names H-M):

Counselor Victoria Goodwin (last names N-Z):

I Know I Can Advisor Nicole Jaburek:

Internship Coordinator Samantha Smith:

Advanced Studies Coordinator Alice Webb:

Attendance issues: Attendance Secretary Leslie Stanford

General CAHS questions: Principal's Secretary Rhonda Clayborn or (614) 365-6006

Nurse Gretchen Fabian: call the office at (614) 365-6006

Family Ambassador: Sally Kuzemchak

How to Report an Absence

If your study is absent from school, call the CAHS office (ideally by 9:30am). Or you can send an email to and include the following:

  • Student's name and student number
  • Reason for absence
  • Date of absence

Have a Newsletter Submission?

Do you have something to suggest or submit to future newsletters? Please email me, Sally Kuzemchak, Family Ambassador,

CAHS Norms

  • Be present
  • Explore your excellence
  • Communicate your needs
  • Assume best intentions
  • Have healthy habits
  • Step forward/Step backwards