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Upper School

May 20, 2022

Hello, Upper School Parents & Guardians–

So much happens in a given week in Upper School. That is never as true as it is during the last week of the school year. Yesterday was our last official day of classes. Today was Reading Day, and final exams will happen on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. Thursday will be the last day students are in school. On Thursday, seniors will deliver their Senior May Program presentations, the Upper School will hold our annual Morning Recognition ceremony, in which several student award recipients will be recognized; students will clean out their lockers; each form will hold one final class meeting; and rising Form X, X, and XII students will meet with their 2022-23 advisor and advisory group. Friday, of course, is Commencement for the Class of 2022. In a few weeks, I will be in touch with information about how you can access second semester and year-end grades and with details about how you can stay connected with the Upper School over the summer.

Right now, I hope you will indulge me as I look back, briefly, on this school year. Above all, I am intensely proud of our girls for their resilience and flexibility and sense of humor in our complex times. They are navigating a landscape that was unimaginable to any of us only a few years ago. If you think back, the 2020-21 school year was filled with cancellations, “reimagined” events, and a whole lot of zoom fatigue. This year, we managed to bring back most of our beloved traditions. Convocation in August, Back-to-School Night in September, Decade Dance in October, the Thanksgiving Program in November, Holiday Dinner in December, the MLK Assembly in January, the Winter Formal in February, the CSG-St. Charles Band Concert and musical in March, Form Family Breakfasts and the Cum Laude ceremony in April, and Upper School Awards Night and a “regular” Commencement coming this month. These experiences create a shared feeling of joy, community, and pride for every member of our school community.

I also think of the new traditions we started or revived this year: the Science Research Symposium; Service Weekend; the Halloween Costume Contest; the student & faculty lip-sync battle, morning meetings, and so much more.

And I am inspired to think about the great things in store for Upper School next year and beyond. Mr. Scott Parsons is a visionary school leader, and he will make an immediate impact with our students and on our programs. Our new daily schedule will: offer students a later start time (school will start at 8:30 a.m.) without sacrificing instructional time; include Community Time every afternoon; and feature a “cascading” class rotation so that class times vary every day, which research tells us is best for our students. Our advisory program will shift from mixed to single-form, which means that your daughter’s entire advisory group will be made up for girls in her form. This grouping will allow us to provide more targeted, developmentally appropriate lessons (for example, in August, Form IX advisories may focus on transitionin from Middle to Upper School, while Form XII advisories may work with College Counseling). And we plan to revive our tradition of “Red/Gold” (friendly) competitions to bring our students closer together and to infuse our days with more fun. 

I will be in a new school next year, and a part of me will always be at CSG. I have loved serving as Upper School Director these last two years. Your partnership and support means so much to my colleagues and me. We are fortunate to walk with you and to mentor your kids. There is no more important or rewarding work. I wish you a wonderful summer and all best wishes.

See you soon,

Kellen

 

 

Upper School staffing update

We are pleased to share with you that Dr. Meghan Hattaway has accepted a one-year role as CSG’s Assistant Director of Upper School, effective July 1, 2022. As the Assistant Director of Upper School, she will support Mr. Parsons’ vision and direction as he works to ensure excellence in our social-emotional and academic programs in Upper School, both core to a CSG education.

Dr. Hattaway has always worked to ensure the best experience for our students and will continue to do so in her new role. She will also continue to teach Upper School English classes and advise students.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Hattaway on her new role.


Upper School Happenings, Events & Reminders....   

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STUDENT COMMENTS  - OPEN NOW
Every January, our teachers write brief narrative comments for all of their students; in their comments, our faculty outline students’ strengths and their growth areas. Faculty comments are available for you to view on MyBackpack . Please find the UPDATED instructions for viewing comments HERE.  
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STUDENT ABSENCES:  REMINDERS & PROCEDURES
Here are some brief reminders about attendance in Upper School.  Thank you so much for your help and cooperation.  If you have any questions, please reach out to Alisa King, Upper School Admin Assistant.    

  • STUDENTS MUST SIGN IN/OUT IN THE UPPER SCHOOL OFFICE EVERY TIME THEY ARRIVE LATE (AFTER 8:00 AM) OR LEAVE EARLY (BEFORE 3:35 PM). EVERY TIMEStudents leave at the Main Drexel Entrance.    
  • PARENT/GUARDIAN PERMISSION IS REQUIRED FOR A STUDENT TO LEAVE CSG DURING THE SCHOOL DAY.  Parents/guardians can contact the US Office (not teachers) anytime (via email, phone call - 614-252-0781 x116 - or voicemail) to give details and grant permission.  Please give us as much advance notice whenever possible.  If a student contacts our office to let us know of an absence, we will contact a parent/guardian to confirm.   
  • IF YOUR STUDENT IS NOT FEELING WELL, PLEASE KEEP THEM HOMEYour student won't be at their best if they're struggling to get through a school day not feeling well.  We will do all we can to help them get caught up on any work missed because of documented illness.  If your student begins to feel unwell at school, please have them see the School Nurse, Jennifer Price.  It is imperative that we track symptoms of illness around campus; it is the determining factor whether classes are in-person or virtual.  For more information about illness & returning to school, please see Nurse Price's letter from the CSG Weekly earlier this year.  
  • STUDENTS WITH A FIRST PERIOD/LAST PERIOD STUDY HALL WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO LEAVE EARLY/COME IN LATE this academic year.  They are expected to be in school for the full day to take advantage of extra time to meet with teachers, prepare homework or study.

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COVID-19 SAFETY REMINDERS
CSG families, faculty, and staff are doing the right things--we are getting vaccinated when able, wearing masks, maintaining distance whenever possible--and we cannot let up. Next to the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community, academics are paramount at CSG. During the fall and winter, we must be prepared to make adjustments when necessary to maintain in-person learning, which we know is best for our students. While there is currently no need to adjust our guidelines, we are asking that you continue to support our health and safety efforts by:

  • Staying home and getting tested if you experience any symptoms of COVID-19
  • Not sending your students to school if they are sick
  • Wearing a mask while you are in inside any of our campus buildings
  • Wearing a mask if you are not able to maintain 3 feet of distance when outdoors on our campus
  • Washing your hands frequently
  • Avoiding situations where you may put yourself at risk for contracting COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing Requirements for CSG
CSG is only accepting three forms of COVID-19 tests: the Abbott Labs BinaxNOW rapid at-home test, a rapid test from a healthcare provider, or a PCR test from a healthcare provider. These tests provide more accurate results which allow us to more effectively contact trace and quarantine individuals in our community.   Thanks to a generous donation, CSG has rapid BinaxNOW COVID-19 tests available for students who need them. Tests will be sent home with students who are ill. Families can also request tests from Nurse Price as needed.

COVID-19 Dashboard
We have created this dashboard and reporting tool to help inform our community about active COVID-19 case counts. The dashboard will be updated as case numbers change. At this time, you will also be notified by email within 24 hours of new cases in our CSG community.

Please reach out to School Nurse, Jennifer Price with any questions.  

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WORK PERMITS
Students requiring a work permit should complete a State of Ohio Work Permit application.  This three-part form is available in the US Office and online HERE.  Once all sections of the forms have been completed, students can bring them to the US Office to receive their permit.  




Upper School Resources, Links & Forms:  2021-2022

2021-2022 ROTATION CALENDAR 

2021-2022 MAJOR DATES

2022-2023 MAJOR DATES

2021-2022    UPPER SCHOOL DATES 


IMPORTANT SPRING 2022 DATES - UPPER SCHOOL

Dates/events subject to change.

  • Spring Scheduling Conferences – February 3 & 4
  • Conferences - February 4; No School
  • Professional Development - February 18;  No School
  • President's Day - February 21; CSG Closed 
  • BAACC Soul Food Dinner – February 24
  • Winter Formal – February 26 
  • MS/US Winter Sports Celebration – March 1
  • US CSG/St. Charles Combined Band Concert – March 8
  • US Spring Play – March 4,5 & 6
  • Senior Day – March 11
  • Spring Break - March 12 - 27
  • Classes Resume - March 28; Late Start @ 10:00am
  • Form X Student/Parent College Program – April 19
  • SAT  – April 13
  • Good Friday - April 15; CSG Closed
  • US Spring Music Concert – April 21
  • Prom – April 23
  • Cum Laude Induction Ceremony – April 26
  • Last Day of Classes for Form XII – April 29
  • Senior May Program – May 1-19
  • AP Exams – May 2-6 and 9-13
  • Exams – May 16, 17 & 18
  • Form XI May Program – TBD
  • Forms IX and X May Program – TBD
  • Mother/Guardian Form XII Breakfast - May 25
  • Senior May Program Presentations - May 25
  • Full Day for All US Students & Graduation Rehearsal – May 26
  • US Awards Night – May 26
  • Commencement – May 27
  • Memorial Day - May 30; CSG Closed 

QUESTIONS FOR UPPER SCHOOL?

CONTACT US ANYTIME! 

Dr. Kellen Graham
Upper School Director 
kgraham@columbusschoolforgirls.org
614-252-0781 x115

Form IX Dean - Randall Niemi 
Form X Dean - Lisa Gullett
Form XI Dean - Kevin Sweeney
Form XII Dean - John Hartshorne 

US & MS Counselor – Brittany Harrison (ext. 123)
Learning Specialist – Serena Lett (ext. 174)
College Counseling Co-Director - Cari Schultz (ext. 117)
Nurse –  Jennifer Price (ext. 105)
Director of Libraries Corey Baker (ext. 129)

Alisa King
Upper School Admin Assistant/AP Coordinator/Registrar
aking@columbusschoolforgirls.org
614-252-0781 x116