11.08.2010 Public Meetings Media Advisory.pdf
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Week of November 8, 2010 n

CCS and Columbus Public Health Partner to Provide Flu Vaccination Clinics
Columbus City Schools (CCS) and Columbus Public Health have formed a partnership to provide flu vaccination clinics for district students. The clinics will take place at the student’s home school the week of November 8, 2010. The vaccine will be provided at no out of pocket expense to the student. However, to receive the flu vaccine, parents must sign permission forms for students to participate in the school-based clinics. Forms are available at www.columbus.k12.oh.us by clicking the "Vaccine Requirements" or the "Parents and Students" button. Nurses from Columbus Public Health will administer the vaccine in the Nasal FluMistŪ or an injectable format (both will be made available.) Parents who prefer to have their children seen by their own medical provider should feel free to do so.
For more information contact Columbus Public Health at 645-6928 or the CCS Office of Communications at 365-5680.

November 10, 21010 is Statewide FETCH Day!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010, more than 20 Columbus City School, or more than 50 fifth-grade classrooms, will participate with their peers around the state in FETCH!™: Financial Education Teaches Children Healthy Habits. Formerly known as Accounting For Kids Day, The Ohio Society of Certified Public Accountants (CPA’s) partner with local school districts to give back to their community by volunteering their time to help 5th graders at local schools understand the fundamental concepts of math and financial literacy. FETCH! teaches children about budgeting, saving and spending through a fun and interactive board game. Students form competitive teams for a romp through a dog park filled with financial risks and rewards. Team members must work together to purchase items for their pooch and save as much money as possible. Visit www.cpasintheclassroom.com to view a demonstration video and learn more about FETCH!
For more information or to view the list of the CPA volunteer assignments click here, or contact the CCS Office of Communications.

Clark Kellogg to Host “Kids Who Care” Basketball Games at Eastmoor Academy
As part of a community service project with the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Eastmoor Academy will be hosting a “Foundation Game” against Pickerington North at Eastmoor Academy HS, Wednesday, November 24, 2010. The games begin at 1:00 p.m. [Click here for the full schedule of games] at Columbus Eastmoor Academy, 417 S. Weyant Ave. The proceeds from the games will be donated to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) to provide camp scholarships for children to attend an FCA summer camp Former Ohio State University Basketball Buckeye Clark Kellogg (1979–82) will host a special half-time X-Box 360 game challenge. In addition, the students will be raising money on behalf of “Operation Smile” toward surgeries for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and palates.
For more information, click here or contact CCS Office of Communications at 365-5680.

District Announces Fall Parent-Teacher Conference Schedules
Columbus elementary, middle and high schools have set aside the month of November for individual conferences with families to discuss their child's academic performance, programs and services available, and for parents to provide feedback. Families can find their school's parent-teacher schedule at www.columbus.k12.oh.us and clicking on the "Parents & Students" tab.
For more information, click here or contact the CCS Office of Communications.

Middle School Families Encouraged to Sign-up for Blueprint:College 2.0
Blueprint:College 2.0 is a four-part series of free workshops for parents of Columbus City Schools middle school students. The workshops are designed to provide parents with information and resources -- blueprints -- necessary to help their children succeed in making their college goals and dreams come true. All sessions will be held from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Dinner will be served from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Families have three nights to choose from:
  • Tuesday, November 16 at Wedgewood Middle School, 3800 Briggs Rd.
  • Wednesday, November 17 at Arts Impact Middle School, 680 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
  • Thursday, November 18 at St. Stephen's Community House, 1500 E. 17th Ave.
These introductory session will walk parents through how the college admission process works and how their students can prepare NOW for college, as well as learn more about the services offered by I Know I Can.
For more information, contact Amy Wade, OSU Assistant Director of Early College Outreach or the CCS Office of Communications.

One-Stop, Online District Resource to Earn College Credit in High School
Columbus City Schools and local colleges and universities have had a long standing informal partnership to increase student achievement and to a create seamless network of K-16 educational programs and services. That agreement is now formally called the Higher Education Partnership. Similarly, the district has created a one-stop online source for families to learn more and how their student (or students) can begin earning college credit while still in high school - at no cost! Families can visit www.columbus.k12.oh.us and click on the Parents & Students button or the Departments/Higher Education Partnership tab.

Columbus Alt. HS Recognized as One of the Best Schools in the Region
Columbus Alternative HS was recently recognized, again, with the Ohio
School Board Association's
Central Region's Triple Crown award during the Association's annual conference, September 28, 2010. Triple Crown winners are schools that made the list of best schools in the United States in both Newsweek and U.S. News and World Report magazines, and are listed on the Ohio superintendent's "Schools of Distinction" list. CAHS was the only high school of 300 in the 14-county central region to be honored. This is the third consecutive time CAHS has won this award.
For more information, contact the CCS Office of Communications.

Columbus HS Students Authors of New Book: Real Talk
The students of Linden McKinley STEM Academy and South HS are not only scholars, they’re authors! The student members of the SAVE Students Network (SAVESNet) program are authors of the new book Real Talk: Encouragement, Guidance and Support from High School Kids. The intent of the book is to help younger kids navigate and triumph over the challenges of high school based upon real life experiences and lessons learned, by the authors. SAVE is a non-profit organization founded in 1994 by former Columbus City Council Member, Les Wright and a collaborative group of community leaders that desired to create an organization in central Ohio to focus on the issue of youth violence.
For more information, visit www.realtalkbook.org or contact the CCS Office of Communications.