Upper School Back to School
- Summer WORK
- Health Forms/Magnus
- Forms (Non-Health)
- SUMMER DROP-IN SESSION
- First Day of School
- Preseason for Athletes
SUMMER WORK 2022
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. If you have any questions, please reach out to your teacher or the department chair.
Completed summer math work should be brought to class at the start of the year. Students should do their best, knowing that they will have an opportunity to ask questions if there are problems that they did not know or remember how to complete. There will be a diagnostic assessment during the first few weeks of class so that teachers can assess each student's understanding. The answers are at the end of the documents.
All questions regarding Upper School summer reading and math packets may be directed to Courtney Gotlin, Upper School Administrative Assistant at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AP US History
Health forms are due no later than Monday, July 25.
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 2022-23 school year is required to have updated health records in Magnus. Please submit all necessary health forms for your student by July 25. 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)
OPTIONAL DROP-IN: The Upper School will host an optional drop in session in Centennial Courtyard at 10:00 AM on Friday, August 5. Please join Lauren Bussey, Head of the Upper School and Lauren Baylor, Dean of Students, for conversation and an opportunity to tour the Upper School. Light refreshments will be provided.
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 29, 12:00 PM - 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 29th. Check-in for orientation will begin at 12:00 PM and activities will commence at 12:15 PM. 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 29, 2:45 PM - 5:00 PM
During Orientation Day on Monday, August 29, 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, Lauren Bussey, 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 30.