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Week of July 26, 2010

First Day of School for Year-Round Students: Wed. July 28, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010, is the first day of the 2010-11 school year for students of the district's year-round schools: Africentric Early College K-12, Weinland Park ES & Woodcrest ES. At 8:30 a.m., Columbus Superintendent Gene T. Harris, Ph.D., and Columbus Mayor Michael B. Coleman will serve as grand marshals when the students, staff and community of Africentric Early College K-12 step off from 395 E. Mound Street in a processional toward the school (300 E. Livingston Ave).
With a balanced school-year calendar, the traditional nine-month, 180-day academic calendar is restructured so that the instructional and vacation periods are more evenly distributed over 12 months.
Click here for the 2010-2011 School Year Calendar.
For more information or to visit a year-round school, contact the CCS Office of Communications.

Parents Now Able to View Middle- and High-School Grades Online - Anytime!
Columbus City Schools is pleased to introduce the Parent Assistant Module (PAM), a tool for parents (and students) to access grades via the Internet, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. PAM uses secure web access technology to serve the family and increase home-to-school communication. PAM provides direct access to a student's grades, class attendance, and upcoming assignments. Click here for a list of participating schools.
For additional information, contact the CCS Office of Communications.

Parents Encouraged to Register Early for the 2010-11 School Year
Parents and students who are new to the district or have moved during the summer months are encouraged to take advantage of Summer Central Registration July 12 through August 6.
For more information, contact the CCS Office of Communications.
Click here for the CCS one-stop, online Back-to-School resource webpage.

Credit Flexibility Broadens Scope of Curricular Options Available
Columbus City Schools provides students four different methods to earn high school academic credit toward graduation: Traditional, Integrated, Applied, and Career-Technical. Credit Flexibility is an additional opportunity for students to create unique learning experiences. Student proposals could include, but are not limited to: distance learning (online), educational travel, independent study, internships, community service, performance and field experiences.
For more information, contact the CCS Office of Communications or click here to learn more.

Promises Made, Promises Kept
Student's School and Transportation Assignments Arriving Soon!
Columbus High School Bus Stop Change: Maps and Information
In mid-August, parents should watch their home mailboxes for a "snap-pull" envelope with each child's transportation information, i.e. bus pick-up and drop-off times and locations. This new method allows the district to send families the most up-to-date information.
In addition, one of Columbus City Schools’ levy promises to the community was to conduct a comprehensive review of the transportation department to help improve efficiency and operations and to reduce costs. For the upcoming 2010-2011 school year, the district will consolidate school bus stops for high school students (only) to the closest open school building from the student’s home.
For more information, contact the CCS Office of Communications or click here to learn more.

Jumpstart to Kindergarten: August 9-20, 2010
A two-week school-readiness program for children ages 4-5; English as a Second Language Services available.
Columbus City Schools has something special planned for 4 and 5 year-old children who have not attended a formal preschool or Head Start program and will enroll with in district Kindergarten class this fall. Forty-five (45) CCS elementary-level buildings will host the “Jumpstart to Kindergarten" program. Through this focused and developmentally-appropriate program parents, students will be better prepared for Kindergarten.
For more information, click here. To visit a Jumpstart site, contact the CCS Office of Communications.

34 New or Renovated State-of-the-art Schools Since 2004, 10 More Underway
Learning to Continue During Construction and Renovations
As the work continues on the Segment 3 (and the final stage of Segment 2) of the seven-segment building initiative, one of the largest construction projects in the state, CCS is maintaining its focus on teaching and learning. This segment, to further bring more schools into full 21st-century learning environments, is a $159 million investment: $112.2 million in district funds from Issue 75, approved by Columbus voters in November 2008, and $46.9 million in state matching funds (approximately 30 percent). Meanwhile, most students will continue to attend classes in their existing schools while their new ones are being built. Others will temporarily attend a school in a different building, especially if their school is undergoing renovation. The plan strives to keep students close to their home schools and is constantly being updated to make the best use of space while minimizing student disruption.
For more information, contact the CCS Office of Communications.

CCS Video News
In this edition:
Discovery Education
FASFA College Financial Aid Forms Due
Kindergarten, Middle/High School Orientation Day
Summer Central Early Registration

Click here to view the video.