Students and staff at the Columbus School for Girls have busy schedules in the next week as they prepare for the end of the 2010-11 school year.

Students and staff at the Columbus School for Girls have busy schedules in the next week as they prepare for the end of the 2010-11 school year.

"Each division has a different end-of-year activity and different last day of school," CSG communications director Mary Lorenz said. "We stagger the end of school to help with parking/crowd control and to allow our head of school and associate head of school to be present at each end-of-year function. It works quite well."

The following programs are scheduled:

Young children, Thursday, June 2

Parents and siblings will have a family picnic at the school. Room mothers plan games and activities, and all girls will be dismissed for the summer at noon.

Lower school, Friday, June 3

The schoolday includes an awards ceremony for grades 1-5. Fifth-graders will be honored one by one during a social fifth-grade graduation ceremony. A lower-school teacher will read a memory that the girls personally have written, and one fifth-grader will receive the Kittle Award, the top honor for a fifth-grader, voted on by the faculty. Girls in first grade will present the senior class with cut-flower bouquets, and all girls will be dismissed for the summer at noon.

Middle school, Monday, June 6

The middle school celebration will include an awards ceremony for grades 6-8. Sixth-graders will spend their last day of class at Kings Island for the culmination of their roller-coaster unit in science. Eighth-graders will spend their last week of class in Washington, D.C. The eighth-graders also will be honored one by one with a graduation ceremony during the middle school celebration. One eighth-grader will be awarded the Arnold Cup, the top honor for an eighth-grader who represents the spirit of CSG in all areas. The award is voted on by students and faculty. The passing of the school flag, mascot and song from the senior class to the sixth-grade class also will be included. All girls will be dismissed for the summer at noon.

Upper school: The last official day of school is Tuesday, June 7. All attend commencement on Thursday, June 9.

There is no school Monday, June 6. On June 7, the senior May program presentations will be held. Seniors participate in a monthlong program at a location of their choice to learn in a work environment. Some are in town, some out of state and some abroad. Many work with CSG alumna in a field they think they might want to learn more about. Seniors have a final project that shares their experiences. Elections for class officers for 2011-12 school year also will be held June 7.

A longstanding tradition involves members of the CGS junior class being blindfolded and taken to the senior commons for the first time. The upper-school commons is a large room on the second floor of the mansion and is off limits to underclassmen. It is a comfortable lounge area. The rising senior girls then are allowed to use the senior staircase, a spiral staircase at the entrance of the mansion.

Wednesday, June 8, is the senior mother/daughter luncheon, held in the CSG dining room. The senior class photo will be taken with their college acceptance sweatshirt and crazy socks.

During upper-school awards night, the top academic awards are given to girls in each subject area. Prior to awards night, the sophomore class serenades the senior clas, another longstanding tradition.

The week will conclude Thursday, June 9, with the commencemnet ceremony, attended by the entire student body.