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September 2021

Upcoming Events

  • Tues. Sept. 21 - Virtual Family Crew - 6:00pm - click here to join the virtual meeting
  • Fri. Sept. 24 - Early Release at 12:00pm-Staff PD
  • Fri. Oct. 8 - Early Release at 12:00pm-Staff PD
  • Wed. Oct. 13 - No School - Invited Conferences
  • Fri. Oct. 15 - End of Quarter 1
  • Tues. Oct. 19 - Family Crew - 6:00pm
  • Thurs. Oct. 21 - Picture Day
  • Tues. Oct. 26 - No School Grade 12 - Grades 9, 10, & 11 PSAT/NMSQT Assessments
  • Thurs. Oct. 28 - Fri. Oct. 29 - No School - PD Days

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Important Back to School Information



  • Students are to be picked up NO LATER THAN 4:00. We can not guarantee staff supervision after 4:00. Thank you!
  • Do NOT park in the parking lot of FunTrail, our neighbors to the north. The additional traffic is interfering with their business.

Tired of that long line to pick up your student after school?

  • Try parking on Glenmont Avenue! Your students can cross Indianola Avenue safely at the traffic light and meet you at your car- avoiding the pickup line and the crowd in the TGS parking lot.
  • Plan to arrive 5-10 minutes AFTER dismissal so that the pick-up lot can clear out before you arrive. Students are welcome to sit up front on the benches while they wait for your arrival.
  • In the meantime, we thank you for your patience as we do our best to expedite traffic and more importantly, maintain the safety of students and staff in the parking lot after school.

Virtual Family Crew - Tues. Sept. 21 at 6:00pm

Click here to join the Virtual Family Crew meeting!

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 that it has ever been for our community. Last year we expanded Crew work to include Family Crew, with intent to engage and connect our families through our culture of Crew.

The 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 (virtual vs. in-person) has yet to be finalized as we keep an eye on the evolving COVID situation in Franklin County and continue to prioritize the safety of students, families, and staff. If you are interested in attending in-person events and transportation is a concern, we can help with that! Please reach out to the deans or the for more information

Picture Day - Thurs. Oct. 21

Mark your calendars for Picture Day - Thursday, October 21, 2021. Pictures will be taken beginning 1st block, so please do your best to arrive at school on time. We ask that all students participate in Picture Day. Packets with information about how to order and pay will be coming home soon.

PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT Assessments - Tues. Oct. 26

We will be offering the PSAT 8/9 and the PSAT/NMSQT on Tuesday October 26th! All 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students need to report to school as usual. There is NO SCHOOL for 12th grade students on this day.

The PSAT is used to help prepare students for the SAT. The NMSQT (National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test), is administered to 10th and 11th graders. This test allows students to practice for the SAT, but also helps connect students to hundreds of scholarships.

Testing will begin at 8:05am after breakfast finishes. Testing for students will conclude around 12:00pm. Lunch will be served once testing is over, and after lunch is over, students will have an adjusted schedule for the afternoon.

If students would like study materials to help prepare them for the PSAT, please visit Khan Academy!

Want to keep in the loop this school year? 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.

On Monday, Aug. 23, TGS 9th and 12th graders participated in an off campus team-building adventure at Camp Kern in Oregonia, Ohio.

Required Vaccines for Students

Vaccines protect children from serious and preventable diseases – and all K-12 students must be up-to-date on all required vaccines entering the new school year. Click here for a list of required vaccines.

Please contact your healthcare provider to make sure that your child is up to date on their vaccinations. If for any reason you cannot get into your doctor on time, Columbus Public Health has an Immunization Clinic at 240 Parsons Ave. where students can receive their vaccines, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Vaccines are offered at Columbus Public Health’s immunization clinic on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.

Columbus Public Health Immunization Clinic Hours:

  • Mon: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
  • Tue: 10 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
  • Wed: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Thu/Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

The week of September 15, Columbus Public Health’s Immunization Clinic will offer extended hours:

  • Sat, 9/11: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Mon, 9/13: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Tues, 9/14: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Wed, 9/15: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Thu, 9/16: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Fri, 9/17: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Sat, 9/18: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Columbus Public Health may stop seeing new patients before closing hours due to high demand.

Despite these extended hours, we expect wait times of up to five hours during this week. Please encourage parents to visit the Immunization Clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid these long waits. In addition to childhood vaccines, Columbus Public Health also offers free COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older.

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 now donate 0.5% of your total purchase to The Graham School. Go to to get started!

Professional Qualifications

The parent or guardian of each student enrolled at The Graham School may request information on the professional qualifications of each classroom teacher who provides instruction to their student and the school will provide this information on each applicable teacher in a timely manner.

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 Schools 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 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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