CAHS Family Update
Columbus Alternative High School
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April 25, 2022
- 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: https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/19962 (access code is your student's ID number)
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 Locallevelevents.com
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: https://www.locallevelevents.com/events/details/20105
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: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0549aca72aa6fc1-spring
Donations can be dropped off to the office or brought with you before the concert.
IB & AP Exam Schedule
Share Your Feedback
Need a Bus Next Year?
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 email@example.com.
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: https://forms.gle/RAZ6YCProaQ4gFqu9
And learn more about the CAHS Internship Experience program by visiting http://tinyurl.com/aboutcahsinternship
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
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 www.ccsoh.us/summer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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
IMPORTANT INFO FOR SENIOR FAMILIES
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.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
Young Writers Workshop
Columbus Crew Volunteer Opportunity
“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 (email@example.com).
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
OHIO Regional Promise Award for Fall 2022
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 20 seats available, registration will close once reached. Register here
JA Biztown Inspire
Diversity Youth Entrepreneur Summer Program
- 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
- Help families in your own community
- Paid training and professional development
Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Camp
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
Franklin Park Conservatory Paid Summer Internship
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
APPS Summer Program
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 email@example.com
Free Golf Lessons For All CCS Students
Columbus State Summer Camps
Godman Guild T.E.E.N. Program
- Drone Club
- Movie Nights
- VR (virtual reality) Club
- Cooking Club
- OSU Mentors
- D&D/ Game Club
- and so much more!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 AdminContactTracing@columbus.k12.oh.us.
- 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.
The CAHS PTA officers for the 2021-22 school year:
Keisha Whitfield--Vice President
Easy Ways to Give
and select 'FRIENDS OF COLS. ALTERNATIVE HIGH SCHOOL PTA'.
You can also help out by registering with Amazon Smiles.
- Log in using https://smile.amazon.com
- 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: https://smile.amazon.com. 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.
FREE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES
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: email@example.com
Assistant Principal Michelle Lewis (9th & 11th grade administrator): firstname.lastname@example.org
Assistant Principal Aaron Moore (10th & 12th grade administrator): email@example.com
Counselor Megan Higgins (last names A-G): firstname.lastname@example.org
Counselor Drew Milligan (last names H-M): email@example.com
Counselor Victoria Goodwin (last names N-Z): firstname.lastname@example.org
I Know I Can Advisor Nicole Jaburek: email@example.com
Internship Coordinator Samantha Smith: firstname.lastname@example.org
Advanced Studies Coordinator Alice Webb: email@example.com
Attendance issues: Attendance Secretary Leslie Stanford firstname.lastname@example.org
General CAHS questions: Principal's Secretary Rhonda Clayborn email@example.com or (614) 365-6006
Nurse Gretchen Fabian: call the office at (614) 365-6006
Family Ambassador: Sally Kuzemchak firstname.lastname@example.org
How to Report an Absence
- Student's name and student number
- Reason for absence
- Date of absence
- Be present
- Explore your excellence
- Communicate your needs
- Assume best intentions
- Have healthy habits
- Step forward/Step backwards