(US) 02.21.19 Upper School Biweekly Update

Many of our athletes are wrapping up their winter sports and tournament season – Go Vikes! Our music department was busy with performances as well this past weekend. March is always a quick school month with vacations and April is just around the corner. Don’t forget to sign up for conferences the end of next week to check in on this year and discuss next year’s course selections as well. Check out some great school events to put on your calendar below including the parent education evening tomorrow.

for the next two weeks:

  • MOSAIC – Black History Month Celebration – Sun 2/24 3-530p Dining Hall – this event includes food, music and art – featuring works from Aminah Robinson in the Morris Hall Art Gallery, wax museum, and guest performer Eric Dozier
  • Eric Dozier – African American musical traditions – Mon 2/25 for students – during assembly
  • US Band and Choir Concert – Tue 2/26 7p Schoedinger Theater
  • Course recommendations for next year in My Backpack – Wed 2/27
  • Parent Diversity & Community Life – Gender Box/Gender Sexual Identity – 8-10a Dining Hall
  • Teacher Appreciation – hosted by 11th grade – Thu 2/28 – *look for the sign-up genius email from your grade parents
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences – still parents only:
    • Wed 2/27 330-530p
    • Thu 2/28 1-8p
    • Fri 3/1 8a-3p
    • sign up on my backpack
    • get next year course recommendations
  • Half Day for Conferences – Thu 2/28 1205p dismissal
  • Internship Workshop – Thu 2/28 1p – mandatory for any current US students wanting to apply for summer positions (Applications due 3/3-3/29) *more below
  • All School Conferences – NO CLASSES – Fri 3/1


  • Student Advisory grades 10 & 11 Q&A – Electives – Tue 3/5 – students meet with upper school students to answer questions about elective selection
  • Student Advisory grades 9 & 10 Q&A – Courses – Wed 3/6 – students meet with upper school students to answer questions about course selection
  • PACA Parent Forum – Wed 3/6 8am Dining Hall
  • College Preview Night – for 9th/10th grade students & families – Wed 3/6 7p – Dining Hall – meeting with college counselors to discuss process/timeline
  • US Large Group OMEA – Camerata – Fri 3/8 or Sat 3/9 TBA
  • Begin Daylight Saving Time – spring forward an hour – Sun 3/10
  • Senior Class Trip to Nashville, TN – Tue 3/12 7a to Thu 3/14 7p (times approximate)
  • Band Disney Trip – Fri 3/15 12p to Tue 3/19
  • Quarter 3 grades posted – Fri 3/15 330p
  • Spring Recess – Sat 3/16 to Sun 3/31
  • British Virgin Islands Trip – Thu 3/21 to Fri 3/29
  • Columbus National College Fair – Sun 3/24 1-4p Convention Center
  • Lacrosse teams Baltimore Trip – Fri 3/29 to Sun 3/31
  • All Day 4 CA – Thu 4/4 10a – Fri 4/5 11a – spirit and fund raising event
  • True Beauty Fashion Show – Sat 4/6 8-11p Ballet Met
  • SAT at School for Juniors – Tue 4/9
  • Neighbors in Need – Ethics course role play simulation for 10th graders – Tue 4/9 8a-230p YMCA Gahanna *non-10th grade parents needed to volunteer all day as a person in the “community” created for the activity – training at 7:45a that day at the Y before the event start – contact Tim Leet
  • US Musical RENT – Thu 4/11 – Sat 4/13
  • College Counseling meetings for 10th grade families – Mon 4/15 times tba
  • Senior Art Show Opening – Wed 4/24 630-8p – Morris Hall Art Gallery
  • Seniors Last Day – Fri 5/3
  • Prom – Sat 5/4 8p TBA
  • CA Spring Gala – Sat 5/11

CA Parent Forum on Technology
If you were unable to come and hear from our amazing technology faculty leaders on February 6th, check it out here:

Click here to explore more if you did not make it to the Forum!

From our new Director of Internships

All current upper school students are invited to participate in the inaugural year of the Columbus Academy Internship Program.  Available positions from our organization partners will be announced to students on February 25, with applications opening on March 3.  Students who wish to participate must attend a mandatory internship workshop on February 28 at 1:00 p.m. to be eligible to apply for positions (RSVP to ContiJ@columbusacademy.org).

Important Upcoming Dates

  • February 25 – positions announced to students
  • February 28 – Internship Workshop (mandatory for all students to be eligible to apply for positions; RSVP to Ms. Conti)
  • March 3 – applications open
  • March 29 – applications close
  • April 15 – Interview Day at CA (participating partners TBD)

Visit columbusacademy.org/internships or contact Director of Internships Jennifer Conti at ContiJ@columbusacademy.org for more information.

Fine Arts Department Gallery Visits
There are 2 current art exhibits. They are open during school hours. Senior Show is April 24 -May 31. Reception on April 24 6:30-8pm.

Senior Information

Senior parents please check out the detailed emails and postings on the website from our senior parents – Marah Derzon and Sarah Klingbeil. There are lots of things to find out about and get on your calendars if you have never done this before! (Not that your second semester seniors are going to need any reminders or forget to tell you about anything…)

These include information about:
3/12 Senior Trip
Service Hours
4/24 Senior Art Show
5/3 Final Bell
Senior Projects
5/24 Honors Assembly and All Senior Family Reception *we will be asking for a baby/kid photo, sport/activity photo, and senior photo for this event*
6/3 – All Senior Party Day
6/5&6 Commencement Rehearsal and Event
Commencement Attire
Graduation Parties Calendar

Also – see our web page for the 12th grade calendar: https://www.vikingparents.org/division-news/12th/

Let us know if you have something for the next update.

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