TWHS Weekly News

September 24, 2021

Weekly Calendar

Monday, September 27: Regular Bell Schedule

  • Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm

Tuesday, September 28: Regular Bell Schedule

Wednesday, September 29: Homeroom Bell Schedule

  • School Picture Retakes

  • Band Concert 7:30 pm

Thursday, September 30: Regular Bell Schedule

Friday, October 1: Regular Bell Schedule


Weekly Athletic Schedule

Dear Cardinal Family,

What is happening?


That was the first thing that popped into my mind when I saw a beautiful Dodge Challenger pull in to pick up a student. The driver seemed to be doing the classic "learner's permit dance," where the parent walks around to the passenger seat, and the student drives the car away. I started to break into a cold sweat. I've watched plenty of high school kids navigate our parking lot. But, I didn't want to imagine that scenario with a 5.7L Hemi and a mint condition sports car.


But my fears quickly evaporated. The parent was just opening the door for the child's belongings, and quickly returned to the driver's seat.


I am reminded daily that the majority of the cars in our student parking lot are being driven by inexperienced or "still learning even though I have my license" drivers.


As you navigate our school lot, please remember that, as well. Keep your speed at a reasonable pace; 15 mph seems appropriate. Be vigilant and defensive in your driving. Remember that kids sometimes forget to do things like look before they turn.


School safety means a lot of things, but at the high school level, the student parking lot is always an area that needs attention. Please help reinforce good driving habits in your kids and while you are on our property.


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!


Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

TWHS

**New Announcements this Week**

  • National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students Announcement
  • College Board National Recognition Program Recipients
  • 2020-2021 Yearbook Update
  • Dine out Fundraiser for TWHS Cheerleading
  • TWHS Boys Lacrosse Preseason Meeting Thursday, October 7th 6:30 pm
  • Please Review the Attendance Policy

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

2022 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists

The 67th annual National Merit Scholarship Program has announced the names of this years Semifinalists. About 1.5 million juniors entered the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2020 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®). The nationwide pool of Semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. In early September, approximately 16,000 students were notified that they had qualified as Semifinalists.


Thomas Worthington High School is proud to announce the following students are Semifinalists in the 2022 National Merit Scholarship Program:


  • Nikhila Elevarthi
  • Sydney K. MacGilvray
  • Autumn J. Novak
  • Elliott D. Scully
  • Benjamin A. Smith
  • Grant H. Witherspoon

2022 National Merit Scholarship Commended Students

In addition to the semifinalists named above Thomas Worthington High School had 7 Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program.


  • Zachary J. Campbell
  • Wayne Y. Chen
  • Ethan M. Dale
  • Alexander J. Piero
  • Ryan C. Scharff
  • Channing M. Thornton
  • Candy S. Wu


Congratulations to all!

College Board National Recognition Programs: Designated Scholars

Congratulations to our Thomas Worthington High School students, who were among 32,000 students from across the country to earn academic honors from the College Board’s National Recognition Programs! These National Recognition Programs grant underrepresented students with academic honors that can be included on college and scholarship applications and connect students with universities across the country, helping them stand out during the admissions process. Colleges and scholarship programs use these honors to identify students from underrepresented groups through College Board’s Student Search Service.


- College Board National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars


  • Wayne Chen
  • Sebastian Johnson
  • Mateo Zevallos


- College Board National African American Recognition Program Scholars


  • Gabrielle Amankwah
  • Ariana Foster
  • Sebastian Johnson
  • Makayla McCreary
  • Cameron Smith


They earned this recognition by excelling on their PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, or AP Exams and in their classrooms. Students who may be eligible have a GPA of 3.5 or higher and have excelled on the PSAT/NMSQT or PSAT 10, or earned a score of 3 or higher on two or more AP Exams; and are African American or Black, Hispanic American or Latinx, Indigenous, and/or attend school in a rural area or small town. Eligible students are invited to apply during their sophomore or junior year, and are awarded at the beginning of the next school year.

The 3Rs - Cardinal Expectations at TWHS

There are three general behavior expectations at Thomas Worthington High School: build Relationships, show Respect, and be Responsible.


We define build Relationships as “to cultivate belonging”. It is our goal that 100% of our students feel connected to at least one adult that they trust enough to go to when they really need it. From our morning greeting as each student enters the building, to each teacher connecting with each student, to our Wednesday homeroom lessons, we strive to create an environment that is so welcoming - all are inspired to learn.


We define show Respect as “use appropriate language”. We work towards being mindful of the words we speak and the immense power they have on ourselves and others. We learn that the words we say, along with the time, setting, and location have an impact on others.


We define be Responsible as “to attend and be on time to class”. We are intentional about the value of showing up, being on time, and being present for ourselves and others.

Recognition of Others

Would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff member or another student has had on your child? The PBIS team would like to give you that opportunity. Please take two minutes to complete this recognition form. Thank you!

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, September 30th

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held Thursday, September 30th from 4:30 - 8:10 pm. Families can request to meet in person, via ZOOM or by phone with teachers when scheduling their conferences. Please CLICK HERE to schedule parent/teacher conferences with your student’s teachers.

ATTENTION FRESHMEN!

Do you want to lead your class and school? Do you want to play a major role in shaping and carrying out some of the biggest events at TWHS? Do you want to help have a positive impact on our community? Then you should run to be a part of the Freshman Class Student Council! Applications and more information can be found in Mrs. Davidson's room 126. Class Officer and Representative Applications are due by 9/27. See Mrs. Davidson in room 126 with any questions!

TWHS STEM Team & Engineering Program Recognition

Thomas Worthington High School’s STEM Team and Engineering Program are proud to be recognized for the 3rd year in a row as a Project Lead the Way Distinguished School.


PLTW Distinguished Program Recognition celebrates districts and schools committed to helping students own their education by increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs.


The TWHS program is also acknowledged for empowering their students to unlock their potential by developing the in-demand, real-world knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom.

Open Lunch Option for Juniors

In an attempt to improve spacing in the cafeteria, Worthington Schools will be permitting Juniors to participate in the Open Lunch option this year. This option will begin Tuesday, September 7th. Juniors who wish to participate in Open Lunch must have a written permission form from a parent or guardian.


CLICK HERE for more information, the guidelines and the permission form for the Open Lunch option.


Please have your student return their signed permission form to Kim Forman in the Main Office at TWHS.

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Seniors and Parents/Guardians Sign up for Naviance Now!

Naviance is a college planning tool for students to request transcripts to be sent to colleges, conduct college searches, and request letters of recommendations. Please make sure you have your email linked to Naviance as the School Counselors will send you emails about college rep visits, scholarships, deadlines, and more! Click Naviance 101 Video presentation or this document for step-by-step directions and more information about using Naviance.

Submit Your Senior Picture!

Senior Pictures must be submitted by Monday, January 31st, 2022


Submit your senior picture at Senior Photo Submission for the yearbook by January 31st, 2022.


Directions to submit your senior picture:

  • Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE
  • Your photo needs to be at least 300 DPI and 3” tall
  • Only school-related props are allowed in portraits. No animals or pets (sorry!). Make sure your photo follows the TWHS dress code. No “selfie-styles.”
  • Senior Photo Submission (it must be a *jpeg or .png)


No late photos will be accepted.

Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown

Don't miss out on early bird pricing! Purchase your cap/gown/tassel for $28.95 before the October 1st price increase. Please CLICK HERE for more information to order your cap/gown/tassel plus other additional products for graduation.


**The final deadline to submit orders is January 31, 2022 to ensure delivery of your student's cap & gown in the spring.**

Buy A Senior Ad!

Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022


Purchase & Submit Ad


Send a special message to your senior! Show how much you care by surprising your senior with a personalized note and photos in their yearbook.

  • Baby photos
  • Childhood memories
  • Accomplishments

Questions? Contact: service@buckeyescholastic.com


Parents/guardians of seniors are encouraged to purchase a Senior Ad Page to feature their child in the yearbook. This page can include baby photos, childhood memories, and/or other accomplishments for your child. Click senior ad page examples for ideas.

⅛ page senior ad: $40

¼ page senior ad: $75

½ page senior ad page: $125.

Buy a Senior Baby Ad!

Submit a baby photo for your senior along with a message of congratulations. It is a 1/8 page ad.


Cost: $20


Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022


Click here to purchase and submit your baby ad!


Thank you for your interest in purchasing a baby ad in the 2022 TWHS Cardinal Yearbook! The cost is only $20 and proceeds help us create a quality yearbook that you'll enjoy for years to come.

Order Your 2021-2022 Yearbook!

Order by SEPTEMBER 30th to get the LOWEST price of the year - only $60


Click HERE for more information.

2020-2021 Yearbook Update

If you did not order a 2020-2021 yearbook but would now like one, you can order last year's book for $75 on Buckeye Scholastic. Purchase it now while supplies last!


Purchase the 2020-2021 The Cardinal Yearbook

** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**

2021 TWHS Homecoming Dance: Saturday, October 9th

Dear Cardinal Family,


Our TWHS Student Council is excited to announce our Homecoming Dance for Saturday, October 9, 2021. As a precaution, we are planning for the dance to occur outdoors in our stadium. The dance will begin at 7:30 PM and it will end at 10:00 PM. Students can expect many of the same things we have for an indoor dance; DJ, photo backdrops for pictures, etc. However, with it being outdoors some things will be different. We do not have the ability to control the weather and are still exploring options on our lighting. With it being October, the weather could be cool and we hope students will be prepared for the temperature to drop throughout the dance. Typically, we have a coat check at our dances, but we will forgo this service to allow students to keep their jackets with them.


  • Masks are encouraged

  • Social distancing, when possible

  • Shoes must be flat; no high-heels (wedges are permitted as long as the sole is flat the whole length of the shoe)

  • Concessions will be available for snacks and drinks

  • Purchased food must be consumed in the concession area or the stadium bleachers (only a portion of the bleachers will be used for seating)

  • Restroom facilities will be available


The high school administration will monitor the weather and make a determination for the outside dance no later than 1:00 PM on Saturday, October 9, 2021. This will be communicated to students and parents through Blackboard. This is the same platform we use to send our school newsletters. More details will follow as they are confirmed. The Class of 2024 is working hard to make this a fun and memorable event.


Date: Saturday, October 9, 2021

Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM

Cost: $10

Location: TWHS Athletic Stadium Turf

Dine Out Fundraiser for TWHS Cheerleading

The TWHS Cheerleaders will be having a dine out fundraiser Wednesday, October 6th from 11 am - 9 pm at Pies & Pints, 7227 N. High St. You can dine in or carry out. Just mention that you are supporting the TWHS Cheerleaders.

Interested in Playing Boys Lacrosse?

If you are interested in playing TWHS Boys Lacrosse in the spring please attend the preseason meeting on Thursday, October 7th at 6:30 pm in the Library.

Worthington Schools is Hiring Teacher Substitutes

Do you enjoy working with children?


Do you have at least a Bachelor’s level degree?


Would you like to make $150** to $165* per day working with students?


Worthington would love to have you as a Guest Teacher (substitute) in our district!


Worthington Teacher Substitutes are hired through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO) via an online application system. You will need current BCI/FBI background checks (can be done in the Worthington HR office) and you will need to apply for a Substitute License through the Ohio Department of Education. Worthington personnel will assist you in this process to assure a smooth and timely activation with the ESCCO.


*Worthington has opportunities for “Permanent Guest Teachers” (PGT’s) who are committed to working Monday through Friday when school is in session. PGT’s are paid $165 per day and guaranteed a substitute assignment each day. The HR office will place you throughout the district to cover for an absence or as an “extra” in a building if all absences are covered. Must be flexible and open to all classrooms and schools.


** Can’t commit to every school day? That works for us, too! “Daily” substitutes work as needed and select their own assignment (school/grade level/subject) and are paid $150 per day.


Choose the option that works for you!


Ready to apply?

Go to this link: https://www.escco.org/Substitutes.aspx


For more information, please contact Jeff Maddox at 614-450-6029 or via email jmaddox@wscloud.org.

Master Facilities Plan Follow Up Survey

We need your feedback!


The community-led task force is considering five possible options for the next phase of the Master Facilities Plan.


Please watch the presentation, review the options and take the survey at: www.worthington.k12.oh.us/mfp2 OR use the QR code provided.

Veteran's Day Celebration Thursday, November 11th

Veterans day is a time for us to pay our respects to those who have served. Thomas Worthington High School is committed to making that day special for veterans and providing a platform to tell their stories. If you want to volunteer to be part of the Veterans Day student Committee, sign up through the digital weekly newsletter, scan the QR code on flyers throughout the building, or stop in Central office.


Thanks,


Mr. Shaffer

Assistant Principal

bshaffer@wscloud.org

614-450-6292

Please Review: Attendance Office Procedures for TWHS Students

Please notify the Attendance Office if you know your student will be absent from school. Call or email ahead to pre-excuse for appointments and ask your student to pick up a pass in the Attendance Office ahead of time – we prefer not to interrupt classes by calling rooms.


Call the 24-hour recorded line to leave a message at

614-450-6291, or you may send an email to twhsattend@wscloud.org.


Click Attendance Philosophy & Procedure for important information regarding your child's absence from school.

Cardinal Theatre Production of Proof

October 14, 16 & 17, 2021

Cardinal Theatre


Catherine has inherited her late father’s mathematical brilliance, but she is haunted by the fear that she might also share his debilitating mental illness. She has spent years caring for her now-deceased father, and upon his death, she feels left alone to pick up the pieces of her life without him. Caught between a new-found connection with Hal, one of her father’s former students, and the reappearance of her sister, Claire, Catherine finds both her world and her mind growing increasingly unstable. Then Hal discovers a groundbreaking proof among the 103 notebooks Catherine’s father left behind, and Catherine is forced to further question how much of her father’s genius or madness will she inherit. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, David Auburn’s Proof is a passionate, intelligent story about fathers and daughters, the nature of genius, and the power of love.


**Tickets will go on sale Monday, October 11th**

Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, September 29th

If your child still needs to have their picture taken or you would like to have pictures retaken, Lifetouch will be at TWHS on Wednesday, September 29th. You may order before picture day at www.mylifetouch.com with the Picture Day ID: EVT9TKFM9

PTSO Membership 2021-2022

The PTSO represents the parents, teachers, and students of Thomas Worthington High School. We aspire to support our school's mission of supporting the education of students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, students and teachers.


There are many opportunities for parent(s) and guardian(s) to become involved at TWHS through our PTSO. Applications can be filled out online by going to the PTSO tab on the Thomas Worthington web site or by clicking HERE

PTSO Meeting Dates Set for 2021-22 – Please Join Us!

All PTSO meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the TWHS Principal's conference room (Room 127). Everyone is welcome - please join us! The 2021-22 meeting schedule is: November 16, January 18, March 15 and May 17.

TWHS Car Magnets

You can still purchase your TWHS Car Magnets for $6.00 (cash or check). A wide variety of magnets are offered. Please contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program.

Athletic Passes

All 6th-12th grade students in the Worthington School District will be admitted free to home sporting events with a VALID student ID. Adult athletic passes and single game tickets are now available online by going to TWHS Ticket Page. Please note that no tickets will sold at the gate. Tickets must be purchased online.

**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**

COVID Guidelines

Covid 19 continues to have a presence in our community. Worthington Schools has adapted its policy for quarantine and removal of ill children to reflect those set by The Columbus Health Department.


As we return to a normal schedule with all students attending school daily it is extremely important to NOT send your student to school if they are sick and not feeling well. A daily health check is required for parents and students to complete each morning prior to school.


Daily Home COVID-19 "Before School" Screening


Guidance for Daily Home Screening


If your child develops or reports any of the symptoms listed below during the school day they will be isolated and a parent or guardian will be called for immediate pick up. Follow up with a health care provider will be required for your student to return to school. The COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced to ensure a healthy environment for our students and staff.


Your child needs to be kept home if any of the following symptoms are present.


  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • New or worsened cough

  • New onset severe headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

  • Vomiting or diarrhea



J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN

Thomas Worthington High School

ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393

Columbus Public Health Vaccine Information

Vaccines protect children from serious and preventable diseases – and all K-12 students must be up-to-date on all required vaccines entering the new school year. Students with an incomplete immunization record will not be able to attend classes as of September 15, 2021.


Please contact your healthcare provider to make sure that your child is up to date on their vaccinations. If for any reason you cannot get into your doctor on time, Columbus Public Health has an Immunization Clinic at 240 Parsons Ave. where students can receive their vaccines, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Vaccines are offered at Columbus Public Health’s immunization clinic on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.


Columbus Public Health Immunization Clinic Hours:

Mon: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Tue: 10 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Wed: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Thu/Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Columbus Public Health may stop seeing new patients before closing hours due to high demand.


In addition to childhood vaccines, Columbus Public Health also offers free COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older.

Important Reminder Regarding Food Allergies

This serves as a reminder that there may be some students in your child’s school who have peanut and/or tree nut allergies. As the safety of our children is paramount to all, we need your support to make our cafeteria “nut free”. A child with a nut allergy can suffer a serious reaction merely by touching a food containing a peanut or tree nut. Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following safety guidelines:

  • Please do not send in any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or peanut butter to be eaten during lunch.

  • Read ingredient labels carefully to ensure that the snacks sent in with your child are peanut and tree nut-free.

Please do not hesitate to contact Julie Frank with any questions or concerns about food allergies. She can be reached at 614-450-6215 or jfrank@wscloud.org.

Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students

Your support in following these guidelines is greatly appreciated. The safety of our students is our number one priority.


Reminder: The gate located next to the tennis courts on Evening Street is closed during school hours.


FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the 2021-2022 School Year

Students at TWHS will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch service. Students will be provided a traditional meal service with modified menu selections. If you have questions, please contact the Worthington Schools Food Service Department HERE.

TWHS School Calendar

Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar


September 27: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm

September 29: Picture Retake Day

September 29: Band Concert 7:30 pm

September 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:40 - 8:10 pm

September 30: Deadline to Purchase Yearbooks at the Lowest Price of the Year

September 30: Deadline to Purchase Cap & Gown at Discounted Price

October 8: TWHS Homecoming Football Game 7:00 pm

October 9: Les Eisenhart Cross Country Invitational 8:00 am

October 9: Homecoming Dance 7:30 - 10:00 pm

October 11: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm

October 13: Fall Choir Concert 7:30 pm

October 14: End of the First Grading Period

October 14: Cardinal Theatre Production of Proof 8:00 pm

October 15: NO SCHOOL

Thomas Worthington High School


ATTENDANCE OFFICE

twhsattend@wscloud.org

(614)450-6291


Principal, Pete Scully

(614)450-6206

Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald

(614)450-6261

Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer

(614)450-6292

Dean of Students, Scott Gordon

(614)450-6261

Athletic Director, Molly Feesler

(614)450-6288

School Counseling Chair, David Quart

(614)450-6296

Registrar, Kate Weber


Website: https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/9
Location: 300 West Dublin Granville Road, Worthington, OH, USA
Phone: (614)450-6200
Twitter: @TWHS_cardinals