May 16, 2021

Dear Upper School Families,

We’re very much in the homestretch! AP exams wrap up on Monday, capstone projects are coming to a close and final exams are on the horizon. Given all the moving parts in the next couple weeks, here is some important information to help guide you, including information on our much-anticipated Prom.

Saturday, May 22nd, 8:00-11:00 p.m.

Columbus Academy Presents 

A Van Gogh-inspired PROM – “A Starry Night to Reunite”

Please read all the information related to next Saturday’s event, as we’re excited to offer something for all the upper school students to enjoy!

Students must arrive by 9:00 p.m. and stay until 10:30 p.m.

Underclassmen (grades 9-10) are invited to join us in the Jones Gym and lawn area outside the strength and band rooms for an evening of dancing, games and dessert trucks. Students must check in via the main Athletics Entrance.

Upperclassmen (grades 11-12) are invited to join us in the Quad, dining hall tent and surrounding areas for an evening of dancing, games and food trucks. Students must check in via the front doors to the Senior Lounge. Note: only seniors may invite non-CA guests, and guests must be pre-approved in advance through the Dean’s office.

Forms may be turned in to Dr. Losambe anytime this week or when a student arrives to check in at the dance.

RSVPs: even if students did not fill out the electronic RSVP, they are welcome to come as long as they have a signed permission form at the door. However, prom t-shirts are only guaranteed for those who RSVP’d in advance.

Prom T-Shirts: t-shirts will be handed out this week at school.

Attire: dress is semi-formal or formal, but we encourage footwear that makes sense outdoors. It’s also a good idea for girls to have a pair of socks to throw on when dancing indoors.

If you wear a suit coat, please put a name in it. Every year a jacket is left behind that we can’t connect with the proper owner.

Masks: given that we are still a community where many of its members may not be vaccinated and students may be socializing in close proximity, masks are still required.

Covid Rapid-Tests: depending on your child’s vaccination status, we are strongly encouraging that students use a free, school-provided BinaxNOW Covid-19 Rapid HomeTest on Friday, May 21st, to help ensure the health and wellness of the greater CA community. Tests will be handed out with prom t-shirts at school for those who requested them. Our nurses have provided this three-minute “How To” video:
If you have questions or wish to request a test, please contact the US office at 614-509-2281.
Friday, May 28thlast day of classes for underclassmen; Honors Assembly

Final Exams: US final exams begin after Memorial Day. Students should be in dress code and check in as usual in the morning on the way to their assigned testing classroom. On the two late-start days, students may still arrive early if that fits their transportation needs. Lunch will be offered at the usual time each day, but students may also depart after their last exam is completed. Textbooks and iPads will be collected by the end of the week.

Tuesday, June 1st, 8:00 a.m.Math Exams; NoonGrade 9 History Exams

Wednesday, June 2nd, 10:00 a.m.Science Exams; 1:30 p.m.Make-up Exams

Thursday, June 3rd, 10:00 a.m.World Language Exams; 1:30 p.m.Appeals and Make-up Exams; LAST DAY of SCHOOL

Friday, June 4th, 10:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.Make-up Exams

Monday, June 7th, 9:00 a.m.Commencement
More details will go directly to the senior class regarding senior project panels and Commencement rehearsal.

Wednesday, June 16th, 3:00 p.m.Final grades will be available on mySchoolApp. Please remember that the only grade that goes on a student’s transcript is the final year-long grade in the course, not the final exam grades or mid-year grades.

We’re excited to host an evening of fun for the upper school next Saturday night and equally ready to celebrate the completion of a school year like no other. Your children have been troopers, and we ask for your partnership in these final weeks to support your children in making smart choices to get everyone to the finish line safely.

Go Vikes!

Head of Upper School