High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

January 15, 2021

We enjoyed a solid week of learning at BWHS! A few reminders in addition to the information in this newsletter.

  • Second quarter grade cards went live on Tuesday. These can be viewed through PowerSchool.
  • There is no school this Monday, January 18 for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.
  • As mentioned in a previous communication from Mrs. Hamberg, February 1 will now be a professional development day for teachers and there will be no school for students.


As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, school counselor or the administration if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact the main office at 740-965-3766 between the hours of 7:00 and 3:15.

ACT Review Course Offered in February

Attention Families of Juniors: If you are interested in taking the ACT Review Course prior to the statewide ACT state test in February, please see the attached document and google sign up form. The date for the review course is Wednesday, February 10th from 8:00am - 2:00pm in the Innovation Center at BWHS. The cost is $100 and will be added to your school fees. Please see Mrs. Strahler in the School Counseling Office with any questions.


2021 ACT Review Course Information

ACT Review Sign Up

LAST CALL--2021 Senior Baby Pictures Wanted for Yearbook

Dear Parents/Guardians of BWHS Seniors,

The time has come to send in your senior student’s adorable baby picture to appear in the 2021 yearbook, arriving this fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to surprise your senior student with a special memento.


This year, submissions will be accepted digitally, via email only. Submissions should include the following:


  • senior baby picture, high resolution image, 3 x 5 or larger, portrait/vertical orientation preferred (scanned images should be 300 dpi)
  • student’s name as you would like it to appear
  • parent/guardian name and contact information in which you can be contacted in case there is an issue with submission



Please attach and include the above items in an email titled “Senior Baby Picture” to christynehorton@bwls.net.


Please note that your picture may be cropped or adjusted accordingly to meet the demands of size and space. Secondly, your picture can depict your senior student as a baby, toddler, or small child, but must be free from any inappropriate material. Lastly, taking a picture of a printed, physical photograph, will not be accepted due to issues surrounding quality and resolution.


For additional questions or concerns, please email the yearbook adviser, Christyne Horton, at christynehorton@bwls.net or by phone at 740-965-3766 ext. 1105


THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT PICTURES IS MONDAY, JANUARY 18!

Considering DACC for 2021-2022?

As the scheduling season approaches for next school year, we encourage you to make informed decisions about your student's schedule. We know that choosing to apply for a DACC program is a big decision. To help support you and your student navigate through high school scheduling, we've compiled all of DACC's virtual exploration resources in one comprehensive, easy-to-access elective scheduling guide. Click here to access:

  • Instructor Overview Videos
  • Program Fact Sheets
  • HS/College Credits
  • School Fees
  • Virtual DACC Campus Tour
  • and more!


Please remember, the priority action deadline for DACC applications is Friday, January 15!

College Credit Plus Information

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a dual enrollment program that allows a student to take college courses while in high school and earn both college and high school credit. There are two upcoming information opportunities for Big Walnut families to learn more about College Credit Plus.


College Presentation on CCP


On Monday, February 2 there is a live online question and answer opportunity by Columbus State Community College, Kenyon College, The Ohio State University, and Otterbein University. These four colleges have created a YouTube video on CCP. They will also be available for a Question & Answer session. See the attached flier for more information and the links to the video and the Q&A sessions.


Big Walnut Education Options Night


On Thursday, February 4 Big Walnut will hold a Virtual Educational Options Night. There will be videos and information available on College Credit Plus at Big Walnut and all the Big Walnut High School options available to students. This virtual opportunity will be very important to help students prepare for the 2021-22 school year. More information and the links on this night will be messaged out as the date approaches so mark your calendars for the evening of February 4th. Plan to spend a little bit of time to help your high schooler make good choices for the next academic year and their future.

Women in Math Essay Contest

Have your students ever wondered what being a mathematician is like? This is their opportunity to find out! The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) annual essay contest is open for submissions. To participate, students need to interview a woman mathematician and write a biographical essay about her. Click here for more information.


Categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Undergraduate.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021


*If your students want to interview women mathematicians from Ohio, The Ohio State University can help pair them with one! Contact outreach@math.osu.edu if you are interested. Your students also can interview someone they know or someone they find on the internet or social media.

Tips for Safe Winter Driving--For You and Your Student!

Tips For Safe Winter Driving

COVID-19 Notification

In an effort to help speed up the notification process to the DGHD, they are asking families to use the self-reporting link below. This information is shared directly with the health department.


If you have a positive case of COVID-19 in your home, please use the link below. In addition, please also notify our district nurse at megantruax@bwls.net. Thank you!


Delaware General Health District COVID-19 Self Reporting

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Updates from the School Counseling Office

Class Meetings for 2021-2022 Scheduling:

During virtual class meetings on Jan 20th, all students will be given a packet with scheduling information. At that time they will need to sit down and come up with at least 5 classes for each semester that they are interested in so that when school counselors meet with them for scheduling they are ready to put in their requests.


Attention Seniors:

For those of you considering college for next year, February 1 is another big application deadline for schools and for the FAFSA! Please check all the schools you are interested in and be sure to submit your applications. Transcript requests and letters of recommendation requests should be submitted through Naviance. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact your school counselor.


Attention Juniors:

The PSAT is being offered for a second time this year, on Tuesday, January 26. This test is the practice SAT and is a National Merit qualifying exam. This test is only being offered to juniors this year as they are the only students who can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. There are a very limited number of tests available for this exam and the fee is $17. Any interested junior should respond to the Schoology post that was posted this week.


FAFSA is Open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 for students who are planning to pursue postsecondary education. This application should be completed by the college deadline. Want to know more about the College Financial Aid Process including completing FAFSA? Please watch this video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators, or check out this PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.


School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)


Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant

740-965-2243

School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

January 18: NO SCHOOL-Martin Luther King Day

January 18: BWHS Academic Boosters @ 6:30 p.m.

January 20: Virtual Class Meetings (Scheduling for Grades 9-11; Scholarships for Grade 12)

January 21: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

January 26: PSAT (Juniors Only)

January 27: Eagle Time Begins for Second Semester

January 29: Application Day for CCP for 2021-2022 (IC)

January 29: January Eagle Strong Prize Patrol

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