Volume 13, Issue 6

Columbus Academy will host its annual Admissions Open House for all grades from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 10. It is an afternoon when the school showcases all it has to offer to potential families, and parents/guardians play an important role in welcoming our guests and answering their questions. If you are interested in leading tours or being available to discuss Academy with those who are returning from tours, please contact Debbie Keeran at keerand@columbusacademy.org or 614-509-2236. And if you are on Facebook, please consider sharing the event link below with anyone who might be interested in learning more about our community!


Columbus Academy Student Theater will present a series of One Acts as the upper school fall play on November 1-2. "Come and join us for an evening of fun and laughter," says director Scott Dillon. "These young men and women have been working very hard to give you their best in entertainment, and I promise you will have a great time." Curtain is at 7:00 p.m. both nights, and admission is $5 per person but free for Academy students and faculty/staff. Tickets will be available at the door.   

Academy junior Sydni Ratliff became the first girls tennis player in school history to win a state championship in singles! After finishing as an individual runner-up the past two seasons, Sydni didn't drop a set in this year's state tournament, culminating in a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Gilmour Academy senior Carly Cohen for the Division II singles title. In the OTCA team state tournament the very next day, our Vikings lost to Cincinnati Indian Hill 3-1 in the semifinals but bounced back to defeat Toledo Central Catholic 3-1 to finish third in the state.

Our Parents' Association and Service Board are collecting food and clothing donations for our Kids-4-Kids schoolwide community service project! Please consider donating fall/winter clothing, toys, books, bikes, coats, youth-size snow boots, blankets, bedding and non-perishable food (view food drive suggestions). The clothing drive ends November 12, and the food drive ends November 14. This year, if you would like, you may also donate adult fall/winter clothing. Click below for more details, including how to fill special wishes for the members of our families through "Fill-A-Wish." Thank you for your help! If you have any questions about the clothing drive, please contact Kimberly Allison at kimberlyga@mac.com. For questions, suggestions and concerns regarding the details in your child's school division or about specific types of donations, contact Sarah Penney (LS), Michelle Platt (MS) or Christy Bening (US).

PACA is proud to announce its first of three Parent Education evening programs for the 2019-20 school year. Please join us in the dining hall on Thursday, November 21, at 6:30 p.m. for "Flourishing, Real Time" with Dr. Suzanne Ritter and Michelle Schroeder-Lowrey. As you may have heard, Suzanne and Michelle have been working on integrating their training in Positive Psychology within the faculty/staff, and we are excited to have them share practical tools and experiences for integrating into our parent experience at Academy. A light supper and daycare (please indicate how many and ages of your children needing care) will be available. Kindly RSVP to cavikingparents@gmail.com by November 15. And one new addition to PACA Parent Ed: Flourishing Fridays will take place the first Friday of each month. After dropoff, enjoy a cup of coffee and a breakfast snack before joining with fellow parents/guardians to walk the Hondros Field track for an opportunity to exercise, connect and, hopefully, flourish! No RSVP needed for Flourishing Fridays.

Student Council members Vaughn Armour and Sarah Silver, as well as senior Alumni Board representatives Sarah Neltner, Nikki Turley, Mike DeAscentis, Jay Gokhale and Whitney Hannallah, did a terrific job of arranging last week's Career Fair featuring alumni speakers Lauren Burke ʼ12, Scott Clay ʼ98, Michael Corey ʼ01, Brandon Dickes ʼ13, Stephanie Preston Domas ʼ05, Andrea Esselstein ʼ00, Vanessa Foreman ʼ02, Victoria Foreman ʼ07, Ali Haque ʼ01, Mary Ellen Sandel McCullen ʼ98, Danika Stahl ʼ12, Alicia Tamarkin ʼ10, Alex Tancevski ʼ00, Comfort Owusu-Ansah Witcher ʼ98 and Jonathan Wolman ʼ86!

Mark your calendars to join PACA for its 2019-20 "Backstage Pass" events as we Celebrate the Arts on campus! The first event will take place prior to the fourth grade musical "The Wizard of Oz" on Friday, December 6, followed by an adults-only reception in the Morris Hall Art Gallery before our upper-schoolers take the stage for the winter band and choir concert on Tuesday, February 25. Be on the lookout for RSVP details.

Our campus-wide celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month came to a close in mid-October as classroom activities and assemblies focused on the importance and influence of Hispanic culture in the United States. ¡HOLA! parent Gabriela May taught our 3YO Explorers how to make homemade tortillas, which they thoroughly enjoyed tasting afterwards, as well as a kite-making craft as part of a lesson on the Giant Kite Festival in Guatemala. Our libraries on campus also featured a wonderful selection of books relating to the Hispanic culture, which went hand-in-hand with some lessons in our Spanish classes. A special thanks to all those involved in making Hispanic Heritage Month a fun-filled time for our students!

Would you like to have a Columbus Academy upper school student intern at your organization next summer? The summer internship program is now recruiting partner organizations for Summer 2020. Please contact Director of Internships Jennifer Conti at ContiJ@columbusacademy.org to learn more or click below to visit our internship program's website. Jen will also be a featured speaker at the upcoming PACA Forum starting at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 6, on the fireplace side of the dining hall.  

Junior College Night for Class of 2021 students and parents will be on Tuesday, November 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the dining hall. This is the only college counseling program exclusively focused on Grade 11 students and parents all year. The presentation will provide a road map for the next 18 months as well as demystify the college admission process. Please come and gain a better understanding of what to expect from college counseling at Columbus Academy. 

Three upper-schoolers have earned prestigious honors for their musicianship! Academy junior Lucas Huang repeated as the statewide winner of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) composition competition on the senior level. Meanwhile, freshman Cory Wu will also represent Ohio at the MTNA East Central Division competition in December as the top performer in Junior Piano. And senior Simon Iobst is one of just 15 teenagers from across the country named as a finalist in the National Young Composers Challenge for an ensemble.
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If you are experienced in pottery or know someone who is, ceramics teacher Charity White is opening up the school's studio for a Community Bowl-A-Thon on Saturday and Sunday, November 9-10, when students, parents, faculty/staff, and local artists will be making bowls for our Service Department's Empty Bowls project. The resulting works will be given away at the "Soup for Shelter" event benefitting the Westerville Habitat Partnership on December 13. Because the goal is to make as many well-crafted pieces as possible, this event is geared toward people with previous experience, but learning to throw events will come in the future!   

This past week could not have gone much better for first-year athletic director Jason Singleton. It started with last Friday's 28-7 win over Grandview by our football squad, which can secure a spot in the Division V playoffs with a victory at Bexley tonight. Saturday then produced a trio of runners (Annalise Grammel, Regan Cornelius and Luke Nester) who qualified for tomorrow's cross country state meet with stellar performances at regionals, field hockey claiming its 23rd district title in 29 seasons with a 3-0 shutout of New Albany, girls soccer knocking off top-seeded Grandview 1-0 for the program's fourth district crown, and boys soccer beating Granville 1-0 for its 13th district championship. Girls soccer then proceeded to win its first regional semifinal by defeating Lynchburg-Clay 1-0 on Tuesday, boys soccer upended Bexley 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the program's first regional final since 1995, and field hockey reached its third-straight state final by beating Cincinnati Mt. Notre Dame 6-0 yesterday. Below are details on all upcoming postseason contests. 
Saturday, November 2 
  • Cross Country State Meet at National Trail Raceway (2650 National Rd. SW, Hebron 43025. Girls): Cornelius & Grammel run at 11:45 a.m. while Nester races at 2:15 p.m. Admission is $10.
  • Field Hockey State Final vs Shaker Heights at Upper Arlington HS (1650 Ridgeview Rd., Columbus 43221) at 1:00 p.m. Admission is $8.
  • Boys Soccer Regional Final vs West Holmes at Coshocton HS Stewart Field (245 S. Water St., Coshocton 43812) at 4:00 p.m. Admission is $8 total for both matches (see below). Live radio broadcast at www.wklmfm.com.
  • Girls Soccer Regional Final vs Bishop Rosecrans at Coshocton HS Stewart Field (245 S. Water St., Coshocton 43812) at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $8 total for both matches (see above).
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