TWHS Weekly News
May 6, 2022
Monday, May 9:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Regular Board of Education Meeting, WEC
Tuesday, May 10:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Staff Meeting, 3:15
Wednesday, May 11:
- Homeroom Bell schedule
- Choir Concert
Thursday, May 12:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Orchestra Awards Concert
Friday, May 13:
- 8A/8B Bell Schedule
- Cardinal Day
Dear Cardinal Family,
"Cardinal Day? What's that?"
I got that question a few times over the last week. I thought back to the last time we had Cardinal Day at TWHS and realized I wasn't quite sure. 2018? 2019? It's been enough years to lose a lot of institutional memory. Our student council leaders have been working hard to revive all kinds of student events we can't even remember pre-pandemic.
Think of Cardinal Day as 50 minutes of fun at the end of a regular school day. There are typically games, music, snacks (popcorn and cotton candy), food trucks, and fresh air. Our kids and staff members enjoy burning off a little energy and having fun at the end of a busy and tiring May week. Now imagine how all of those things would go during a rainstorm. We started working on an indoor option and quickly decided that 1,800 students in one indoor spot would not work. So, we made the decision to move Cardinal Day forward one week and will cross our fingers for May flowers instead of May showers. It's not a perfect scenario, but it's far better than outright cancelling.
But first, we are looking forward to prom for our juniors and seniors on Saturday, as well as the last full week of classes for seniors next week. Please help us keep kids safe at prom, help them make good choices, and help all of us finish strong over the next few weeks! We certainly appreciate your partnership.
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements This Week**
- Cardinal Theatre Production of Urinetown
- Yearbook Sale
- Mental Health Awareness Day Event
** ACADEMIC UPDATES**
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
Wireless Change for Personal Devices
Staff and students at the high schools will have a new wireless network option to connect their personal devices starting Monday March 21, 2022. The new wireless network will be “Worth-BYOD.” You will need to download and install a Certificate from Securly for your device to function properly on this new network as well as log in with your district username and password. Detailed instructions can be found at Worthington School WIFI Access with Personal Device. These steps will ensure you have the appropriate Internet filtering level. The previous WorthingtonGuest network is not going away but we will start to adjust the websites it can access to an appropriate “Guest” level starting May 1 2022.
The Weekly Edition of Flock Talk
Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances
Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. Classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65. Senior fee is $35. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.
For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:
Academics/Activities: Megan Roberts at email@example.com or call 614-450-6272
Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org
or call 614-450-6285
Textbooks: Kathie Volpe at email@example.com
or call 614-450-6261
Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278
Yearbook Sale May 9-13
Time is running out! Say congratulations to the end of the year with a Yearbook! Use the coupon code "CONGRATS" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs May 9-13.
Click HERE for more information and to place your order.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
Cardinal Theatre Production of Urninetown
Urinetown is a hilarious musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself! Hilariously funny and touchingly honest, Urinetown provides a fresh perspective on one of America's greatest art forms. In a Gotham-like city, a terrible water shortage, caused by a 20-year drought, has led to a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides that he's had enough and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom!
May 14, 19 & 20 @ 8:00 pm
May 15 @ 2:00 pm
Mental Health Awareness Day Event
Special Education Key Communicator
Worthington’s Special Education Key Communicator Committee strives to build positive, productive and collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst the educators and community of families whose children receive special education and related services. We will engage in two-way communication, with the goal being to provide a circle of influence where we can share out and learn from and with each other.
The key communicator will convey information from their building to the committee, as well as information from the committee to their buildings.
The Key Communicator for Thomas Worthington High School is Meredith Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Spirit Wear Store is Open
Do you need spirit wear or athletic gear with the new TWHS logo? Please visit the link below to order! There is an added incentive for ordering $70.
The TWHS Junior Class invites all upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and their guests to attend this year’s prom: a red carpet gala. Prom will be held at KEMBA Live! from 8-11 pm on Saturday, May 7th.
Address: 405 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215
KEMBA Live! is located in the arena district across the street from the McConnell Garage. You may purchase parking day of or in advance via Arena District Parking.
Tickets will be sold ONLINE only starting on April 22nd and ending on May 7th. Ticket prices are as follows:
Early Bird: $35 (4/22-4/24)
Pre-Sale: $40 (4/25-5/6)
Day of Prom: $45 (5/7)
All students are required to bring their student ID and are expected to review and adhere to the TWHS School Dance Guidelines. Guidelines are located on page 14 of the Worthington City Schools High School Handbook. Additionally, all non-TWHS guests must complete a guest form in order to attend. Hard copies of the guest form can be found in the central office. All guest forms must be turned into Mrs. Volpe in the central office by 3:05 pm on Friday, May 6th. Non-TWHS guests will NOT be admitted to prom without a completed guest form.
LASTLY, any student with outstanding attendance discipline will NOT be able to attend prom. All issues must be resolved by contacting John Baker (email@example.com) prior to prom.
To enter prom, you must show your QR code ticket (emailed to your account) or you may download it to the Hometown Fan app.
Refunds will NOT be issued unless very EXCEPTIONAL circumstances arise on the day of prom. If you have any questions about your ticket, please contact the junior class adviser: Lindsey VanFossen (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com.
***PLEASE REVIEW*** 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.
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 Final 2021-22 meeting is May 17.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Attention 11th Grade Parents/Guardians: Important Immunization Information for Senior Year
Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) now requires all 12th grade students to receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, only one dose is required. Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against meningitis, a bacterial infection that affects the spinal fluid and lining of the brain.
Your child may have already had these immunizations. Please check with your child’s doctor to determine if they have been completed. If they have not, immunizations may be obtained from your doctor, at the health department, or at any urgent care center. Please have your child drop off the updated record in the TWHS Health Office as soon as possible, or it can be faxed directly to TWHS (Fax 614-450-6393). The required immunizations (or a valid exemption) must be obtained prior to the start of the senior year. Ohio law allows schools to exclude students who do not have the appropriate documentation on file.
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.
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
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
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
May 7: Junior/Senior Prom, 8:00 pm, Kemba Live!
May 9: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC
May 10: Staff Meeting 3:15
May 11: Choir Concert 7:00 pm
May 12: Orchestra Awards Concert
May 13: Cardinal Day, 2:15 - 4:00 pm
May 14 & 15: Cardinal Theatre Production of Urinetown
May 17: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm, RM 127
May 18: Last Day of School for Seniors
May 19 & 20: Cardinal Theatre production of Urinetown
May 20: Local Scholarship Ceremony 7:30 am
May 20: MANDATORY Commencement Practice 9:00 am
May 20: Senior Send-Off 10:30 am, Mirolo
May 22: Class of 2022 Graduation 4:00 pm, Greater Columbus Convention Center
May 25: Last Day of School for grades 9-11
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy