Upper School Back to School
- Summer Reading/Math
- Summer Drop In Session
- Health Forms/Magnus
- Forms (Non-Health)
- First Day of School
All Upper School students are expected to complete the summer reading texts by the first day of classes. Summer reading will be assessed in all grades during the first week of school. AP English has summer assignments in addition to the required reading.
AP US History
OPTIONAL DROP-IN: The Upper School will host an optional drop in session in the Centennial Courtyard at 10:00 am on Friday, August 6th. Please join Reema Khanchandani, Head of the Upper School and Lauren Baylor, Dean of Students, for lemonade, cookies and conversation and an opportunity to tour the Upper School.
Health forms are due no later than July 23.
We continue to use Magnus Health, an online student medical record system (SMR), to store and access all of your child's medical health records and important vital health information. Due to privacy issues, Garrison Forest cannot upload your child's health forms onto Magnus. Every student enrolled for 2021-22 school year is required to have updated health records in Magnus. Please submit all necessary health forms for your student by July 23. Students who do not have updated, complete health forms by the first day of school will not be able to participate in classes. In addition, any Middle School or Upper School athlete will not be able to participate in Preseason or athletics until this information is completed.
Returning families: Magnus has begun sending emails to parents with information on what forms are required for the new school year. You may log directly into Magnus via those emails or the GFS Parent Portal. (To log in via the GFS Parent Portal, go to gfs.org/parent, enter your username and password, and then click the link to enter Magnus Health. Once in Magnus, click on your student's name and you will be taken to a "to do" list of items that need to be completed.)
New families: You will receive access to the parent portal, and Magnus Health, in mid-July; however, the forms you will need to upload are available below. You should make an appointment now for your child’s annual physical in order to meet the deadline for form submission, and then you can upload your completed forms once you have access to Magnus.
Forms: Please find blank copies of the forms you will need to upload to your child's Magnus Health account below. You may print these and take them to your child's physician. Please contact the GFS Health Center if you have any questions about which forms will be required for your child.
May be required for your student:
Asthma Action Plan
Boarder Health Insurance
COVID-19 Cardiac Clearance
Diabetic Management Plan
Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Action Plan
Seizure Action Plan
Boarding Student Guardian Form (Required for international students only; Boarding students must have a guardian in order to be on campus. If you are having trouble securing a guardian, we recommend working with Student Health Advocates (SHA), a concierge service that helps link international boarding families with guardians in the US. Please visit this page for more details about Boarding Student Guardians)
ORIENTATION AND START OF SCHOOL: Please make a note of the orientation dates and times appropriate for your family. General guidelines are:
ORIENTATION FOR STUDENTS NEW TO THE UPPER SCHOOL: Monday, August 30, 11:45 AM - 5:00 PM We are excited to welcome all students who are new to the Upper School, including those rising from the GFS Middle School, to New Student Orientation on Monday, August 30th. Check-in for orientation will begin at 11:45 AM and activities will commence at 12:00noon. During this time students will enjoy lunch, have their photo taken, and explore our beautiful campus (wear comfortable shoes!). Students will also have the opportunity to meet their advisor, ask questions of returning Upper School students, attend a technology training session, and bond with other new-to-Upper School students!
NEW PARENT & CAREGIVER WELCOME AND INFO SESSION: Monday, August 30, 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
During Orientation Day on Monday, August 30, parents and caregivers of all new to Upper School students are invited to attend Parent and Caregiver Orientation. It will begin with an optional tour of campus from 2:45-3:15 PM, followed by a Meet & Mingle from 3:15-3:45 PM, where you can get to know other parents and caregivers of incoming Upper School students. Afterward, there will be an information session led by Head of Upper School, Reema Khanchandani, and Upper School Dean of Students, Lauren Baylor, beginning at 3:45 PM. Following this session, parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with their daughter's advisor from 4:30-5:00 PM.
Orientation is only for new to Upper School and new to GFS students and their parents/caregivers. The first day of classes for all Upper School students is Tuesday, August 31st and we invite all families to attend the Forest Festival after school that day!