The Graham School News O'Graham

March 2022

Upcoming Events

  • Fri. March 18 - Early Release at 12:00pm-Staff PD
  • Tues. March 22 - Free Produce Drive Thru at TCS@ODU - 4:00-6:00pm (1270 Brentnell Ave. 43219)
  • Fri. March 25 - No School - Front Office Closed
  • Wed. March 30 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session at 6:00pm - Click here to join
  • Thurs. April 7 - Fri. April 8 - No School - Grade 11, Early Release 12:30pm OST ELA 2 & Alg 1
  • Mon. April 11 - Tues. April 12 - No School - Grade 9, Early Release 12:30pm OST Govt & Geo
  • Tues. April 12 - Virtual Family Crew at 6:00pm - Click here to join
  • Wed. April 13 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session at 6:00pm - Click here to join
  • Fri. April 15 - Fri. April 22 - No School - Spring Break
  • Wed. April 27 - Virtual Enrollment Information Session at 6:00pm - Click here to join

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Important School Information

Breakfast Menu - March

Lunch Menu - March

TGS 21-22 Academic Calendar - Updated

Bell Schedule

TGS Front Office Hours - 7:30am-4:00pm

Check out TGFS employment opportunities for the 22-23 school year!

Click here for TGS employment opportunities.

Click here for TCS@ODU employment opportunities.

Click here for GEMS employment opportunities.

Registration Update

Watch your e-mail next week for information on how to update your student's registration forms for next school year.

Ohio State Tests - April 7-12

The Graham School will be administering Ohio State Tests April 7-12. Students will be released at 12:30pm on April 7-12. Thurs. April 7 - Fri. April 8 - No School - Grade 11, Early Release 12:30pm OST ELA 2 & Alg 1. Mon. April 11 - Tues. April 12 - No School - Grade 9, Early Release 12:30pm OST Govt & Geo.

Tests that will be administered are American History, American Government, Algebra 1, Geometry, English 10, and Biology. Individual letters will go out to families with specific tests and test dates for their child. Make up testing will take place on April 13 and 14. Standard school schedules will run on make up days.

In order to prepare for testing, students should communicate with their teachers about any areas that they need to improve prior to the test date. All Ohio State Tests are administered on a computer. Test preparation materials can be found here. These are free resources to help prepare students for any subject of the Ohio State Test. On test day students should come prepared for school. Students should attempt to get 8 hours of sleep the night before a test, eat breakfast filled with complex carbohydrates and protein, and be confident in their testing abilities.

If you have any additional questions please reach out to Rachel Widmer, School Counselor ( or call the Front Desk (614-262-1111).

Attention Senior Families

On Saturday June 4, 2022, The Graham School’s Class of 2022 will be celebrating its graduation. Throughout these trying times of Covid, it has been an adventure, a challenge, but always a privilege to work with your student. As graduation day approaches, we want you to be aware of the schedule of senior activities celebrating the achievements of our students. We have also included information on mandatory participation of various events and graduation fees. Please make note of the information, and if you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us.

Graduation will be a time to remember. Graham graduates do not just walk across a stage and receive a diploma. On Thursday, May 26, seniors will present their symposiums to the parents, mentors, and the underclassmen of Graham from 9:00am until noon, approximately. Symposium presentations are the reflective stories of seniors detailing their lives at Graham, their walkabouts, and their futures. We encourage making arrangements to attend your student’s final symposium. Exact times on the 26th will be given to each student before the 26th.

In the afternoon of May 26th, the whole school will participate in our annual awards assembly. Seniors will be recognized, applauded, and given caps and gowns at that time. On Friday, June 3rd, seniors will meet at The Tree of Life Northridge Campus in Columbus for graduation rehearsal from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. On Saturday, June 4th at The Graham School we will begin the day with our graduation breakfast and senior videos from 10:00am until noon (seniors and staff only). Between noon and 1:00pm, seniors and families will travel to the graduation ceremony at Tree Of Life School, where the commencement ceremony will begin promptly at 1:00pm. No tickets will be necessary to attend our graduation. We will be holding the graduation ceremony in the gym at the school.

The graduation fee this year will be $50. This fee goes toward graduation processing and venue expenses, as well as the cost of the caps and gowns. Please make your check payable to The Graham School, and note “graduation fee” in the memo. We ask that this payment be given to the front desk no later than May 15. You can also pay online through the TGS website school store using this link:

Please note the following mandatory commitments:

  • Senior Graduation Meeting - Friday May 6th, 2022 8am-12pm, more details coming

  • Symposium Rehearsals

    • Wednesday May 11th in the morning - all seniors

    • Wednesday May 18th by appointment with crew leaders

    • Tuesday May 24th by appointment with crew leaders

  • Symposium Presentations and TGS Awards Assembly - Thursday, May 26th, 9:00am-3:15pm at TGS

  • Graduation Rehearsal - Friday, June 3rd, 1-2:30p at Tree of Life Northridge Campus, Columbus

  • TGS Graduation at Tree of Life School Northridge Campus, Columbus - Saturday, June 4th from 1:00-3:00pm

Failure to participate in mandatory senior events may result in not walking at graduation. We look forward to sharing this significant and joyful time with you. Should you have any questions or concerns between now and graduation, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Kevin Elliott, Senior Crew Leader

Randi Channel, Senior Crew Leader

Genevieve Adkins, Senior Crew Leader

Izzy Romain, Senior Crew Leader

Promise Joy Winchester, Senior Crew Leader

Mary Slaback, Walkabout Coordinator

Have you completed the Tech Needs Survey?

If not, please take a moment to do so. This will help us better ensure that all students have access to curriculum both at home and at school. Click here to take the survey. Thank you!

Have you turned in your family's free and reduced lunch application?

It is essential for every family to complete the Free/Reduced Lunch application every year. This information directly affects school funding and resources.

Click here to print the application. After you complete the application it can be mailed or scanned, OR dropped off at the front desk. Front Office hours are Monday-Friday from 7:30am-4:00pm.

Don't Miss Virtual Family Crew - Tues. April 12 at 6:00pm

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Crew is a core practice at The Graham School that is essential to bringing our community together by allowing for relationship building, promoting shared understandings through equity and inclusion, and building positive connections with peers. Crew is also a vehicle for developing and supporting students socially, emotionally and academically. During these challenging times, Crew is perhaps more important than it has ever been for our community. Last year we expanded Crew work to include Family Crew, with the intent to engage and connect our families through our culture of Crew.

This year we are hosting monthly Family Crew sessions to engage and connect with our families. Each Family Crew session will have a specific focus related to the work we do at The Graham School, such as Crew, Mindfulness, Restorative Practices, Social-Emotional Learning, etc. The format of the meetings will be determined each month as we keep an eye on the evolving COVID situation in Franklin County and continue to prioritize the safety of students, families, and staff.

CREW 101

What is Crew? Why do we do it? When is it? Why do students have to attend? Here is a quick rundown of all things Crew and why it is so important at The Graham School!

All students at The Graham School are enrolled in a Crew. Crew is a required course that meets M-TH after lunch. Students receive a grade for Crew and are expected to attend regularly and engage in Crew activities. The structure of Crew also provides for consistent academic progress monitoring.

Crew is essential to bringing our community together by allowing for relationship building, promoting shared understandings and positive connections with peers, and encouraging all community members to become Crew, not passengers. At The Graham School we make a point to ensure that all students are known well and supported by adults. Crew helps make this happen!

With all that is going on in our world today- a global pandemic, political turmoil, and economic strife, Crew is perhaps more important than it has ever been for our community. We believe that if there has ever been a need to wrap around our students- our Graham family, it is now and it is urgent.

MARRTI Interpretation Service For Families

We now have support through the MARRTI interpretation service for families to call the school through a professional interpreter. This service is totally free for families and is intended for families who want to communicate with the school in a language other than English. If you prefer English, you can use the regular school phone number.

To use this service, please call the phone number below. It will ask you to choose an option --- common languages are offered in the menu, or you can request a different language from the operator.

You can use the service even if you want a language other than the languages in the menu. Those options repeat twice, but stay on the line. After about 15 seconds, it will go to an operator who will get

you an interpreter for your language.

The Graham MARTTI phone-in number is (614) 665--1866.

Free Produce Drive Thru at The Charles School at Ohio Dominican University - 1270 Brentell Ave. Columbus 43219

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Do you have co-workers, friends, or family members looking for high school options?

  • Encourage them to complete an application to be considered for enrollment. Available spaces are starting to fill up. Apply soon to avoid being placed on a waitlist. Click here to complete an online application.

  • Completing an online application does NOT commit the student to attend TGS.
  • Consider attending a Virtual Enrollment Information Session, offered Wednesdays at 6:00p.m on March 30, April 13 and April 27. Email Pam Boseker, Enrollment Coordinator, for the link.

  • Contact Pam at or 614-262-1111 (school office) or 1-513-449-0369 (direct number) for more information about The Graham School.

Do you know someone interested in attending The Graham School next school year?

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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. 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 Smile gives to The Graham School!

When you make a purchase on Amazon Smile they will donate 0.5% of your total purchase to The Graham School. Go to to get started!

Want to be in the loop? Sign up for REMIND!

“Remind is a safe, free way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.” - Remind website. The teachers & staff at TGS use Remind to update students and parents about school closings, due dates, homework assignments, assessments, school events, and ways to be as successful as possible.

To sign-up for a class simply text the handle for the class (@_____________) to the number 81010. Click here for the class list

Alternatively, you can download the Remind app and use the class handle to join the text group.

Free Covid-19 Tests

Click here to complete the online form to request free at-home COVID-19 tests from the federal government.

Covid Vaccine Locations:

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EL Education

Our partnership with EL Education empowers our teachers to unleash the potential of their students. EL Education is built on ten design principles that reflect the educational values and beliefs of Kurt Hahn, founder of Outward Bound and EL Education. These principles also reflect the design's connection to other related thinking about teaching, learning , and the culture of schools. The Graham School's habits of learning have grown out of the design principles: Self-Direction, Perseverance, Teamwork & Collaboration, Service & Stewardship, and Adventure & Risk.

Title 1

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. Please contact Debbie Addison at with any questions.


Per House Bill 21 community schools are required to perform a monthly review of student files and randomly select families for residency verification. Please 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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This institution is an equal opportunity provider.