Volume 13, Issue 12

As mentioned in a recent Columbus CEO magazine article, Columbus Academy has played a role in the effort to help healthcare workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Makerspace gurus Todd Martin and Luke Howard have put the school's 3D printers to good use by producing face shield visors in their homes. This effort is in partnership with IC3D, a local 3D printing and manufacturing company that supplies Academy with its locally made filament for the printers. According to Martin, over 600 visors have been dropped off so far at IC3D, where they are sterilized and fitted with headbands and clear shields. Once completely assembled, the personal protective equipment (PPE) is delivered for use at the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System, whose innovation team shepherded the design for VA hospitals nationwide. The project was detailed in Make: Magazine and has even been referenced by Ohio Governor Mike DeWine in his daily press conferences!

Columbus Academy is celebrating its Class of 2020 with several special projects this spring. Each day through the end of May, two seniors are recognized and celebrated across the school's social media channels to help highlight and recognize their individual Academy experiences. Images for each Senior Spotlight photo gallery were collected with the help of campus photographer Cindy Wilson -- who graciously combed through photos from the seniors' earliest years to now -- and our seniors, who took the time to answer questions about their journey at CA. Also, the school's college counselors requested videos and congratulatory photos from the faculty and staff that are being shared on Twitter.

Nothing would make our entire community more happy than to have Commencement as normal, all of us together on campus, on the morning of June 1 if there is a safe way of doing so. In case that does not happen, we are asking all families to save the date of Saturday, July 25, as a backup for our graduation ceremony, which would begin at 9:00 a.m. and be followed by a congratulatory reception. Also, key calendar dates for next school year have been slightly adjusted so please refer to this updated version.  

We are collecting stories to share about those in our community who are on the front lines of fighting this pandemic. One such alum is Captain Sam Detrick '81, shown here standing outside his Boeing 767 widebody jet in Miami as 50 tons of gloves, masks, sanitizer, food and other PPE supplies donated by FedEx are loaded for a flight to Indianapolis, where they will get sorted and sent on to places all over the world. "FedEx is donating a lot of resources to get stuff where it needs to be in addition to teaming up with government and nonprofits," Sam reports. "Since COVID-19 started, I've also been to Seattle, New York, Los Angeles and many other places in between. I have a smile on my face because I know we have this virus on the run!"

Columbus Academy has launched a "How To" video series and encourages all members of our community to tap into their skills and knowledge by suggesting and submitting instructional videos on tasks, activities and recipes others could benefit from during these most unusual times. In addition to Food Service Director Stephanie Campbell demonstrating with her daughter Sophia how to make our dining hall's popular chocolate & toffee matzo treat, early submissions include: How to Improve Your Basketball Shooting, How to Participate in Our #FFWalk Every Friday, How to Follow Academy on Social Media, and How To Cut Children's Hair. Please send submissions and suggestions to info@columbusacademy.org. These videos and many other helpful resources are being archived on our special COVID-19 information page.

Our school nurses have teamed up with our school psychologists, counselors, wellness experts and parent education committee to provide resources related to COVID-19, which are archived under "COVID-19 Health & Wellness Updates" on our special coronavirus webpage. The most recent additions are listed here:

To help welcome new families that are enrolling for next school year, our admissions team is seeking volunteers from all grade levels to serve as host families. Our admissions office is also hiring a full-time administrative assistant to replace Nancy Velasquez, who is admirably filling that role on an interim basis until she moves to our nation's capital this summer. For a job description as well as links to other current openings, please visit columbusacademy.org/careers.

Our college counselors will be hosting Grade 10 Academic Planning Conferences online via Zoom from May 4-15. These individual sessions are a time when students and parents/guardians meet with a college counselor to review individual academic records, look at Grade 11 course plans, introduce standardized testing/consider a testing schedule, and begin the process of self-reflection for college planning. Pick-a-time registration will open on April 22 at 7:00 p.m. You will be able to find the Grade 10 Academic Conference Registration link under Upper School Resources at https://www.columbusacademy.org/parents. It is important that students and parents/guardians work together to find a time that works for everyone (please consult student schedule -- class is not to be missed).

This weekend is when our spring musical was scheduled to be performed. Our upper-schoolers were a few weeks into rehearsals for "Lunch Lady: Tater Tots of Love" when Spring Break arrived and then the coronavirus measures. The debut production of Stefan Farrenkopf's "musical comedy with heart" (his description) was staged at Academy in 2005, and we have just discovered footage from that show that we will be sharing soon. In the meantime, enjoy these second-act highlights from last year's amazing production of "Rent"... and be forewarned that the final scene with everyone hugging is emotional. Just think how spectacular it will be when our students (and everyone in our society) will be able to do that again!

Just over one month ago, a pair of juniors represented Columbus Academy at the state indoor track meet held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva. Congratulations to Hannah Clay for finishing 23rd in the 400 with a time of 1:03.90 and to Luke Nester for placing 5th in the 3,200 with a time of 9:46.89! 
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