High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

November 6, 2020

It looks like the weather is going to be unseasonably warm this weekend, so we hope you are able to get outside and enjoy some relaxation with your family! A reminder that our Academic Boosters will meet on Monday, at 6:30 p.m. in the high school Innovation Center. This group exists to improve the academic experience for all students while they are at BWHS. They do a great job of recognizing our students and staff and they would love your help and support!

Many of our normal events and activities are happening for our students, but they look different this year. We want to make sure you are still able to access the necessary information to help your student(s) make the best decisions for their future. See this newsletter for information on virtual ways to explore the Delaware Area Career Center, virtual college fairs, digital FAFSA help and more!

Additionally, our third round of (virtual) parent-teacher conferences will be THIS Thursday, November 12, from 4:00-7:30. Please contact the main office if you'd like to schedule.

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.

Second Semester Learning Options

If you would like to change your child’s learning option for the second semester (switch between in-person learning and our Virtual Learning Program), please visit the front page of our website to complete a form. YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT SELECTION. You must complete a separate form for each child. Selections must be submitted by Monday, November 16 so we have time to make staffing adjustments for the second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 5. Because staffing will be adjusted based on the numbers in each option, changes will not be permitted during the second semester. Due to staffing and space constraints, students may not be placed with their current teachers or may not be able to attend their home buildings. If students are assigned to buildings outside of their elementary attendance zones, transportation will be provided.

If you have questions, please email VLP Coordinator Ginna Crawford at ginnacrawford@bwls.net.

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Delaware Area Career Center

Normally this time of year our students and families can visit and explore their elective options at Delaware Area Career Center. DACC is an off-site super elective offered through our high school to give your child college & career exploration opportunities, college credits, industry credentials, and so much more. As much as DACC would like to welcome visitors, virtual is the new reality and safety comes first.

DACC has compiled all new resources on the DACC Explore webpage for future students and families to learn about DACC without ever leaving home including:

  • Coming soon! New 360-degree, interactive virtual tour
  • Video demos/interviews with instructors & students
  • Virtual Admissions office hours
  • Employer and College meet-ups

Virtual Admissions office hours: Join an admissions representative as we bring you key details about DACC's unique and engaging curriculum for high school students. Learn how DACC students graduate with confidence, earn industry credentials and college credits, gain professional contacts, create an impressive resume, and get actual experience that employers and colleges value.

COMING SOON! Explore DACC’s Virtual Campus: The brand-new Google Earth-style, 360-degree virtual tour of DACC launches next month. DACC invites you to be the first of many to “drop-in” and navigate through their building to see the hands-on labs and learning spaces where students maximize their learning.

Interested in learning about DACC? We invite you to sign up for the Prospective Student mailing list for important admission and virtual visit updates this fall!

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Students in German Club enjoyed some festivities to celebrate the Oktoberfest season. They painted mugs, pumpkins or face masks with Oktoberfest themes!
Virtual College Visits

Click here for a listing of virtual college visits for this year. We will update as we hear of more opportunities, so keep checking back!

FFA Contest Results

Congratulations to our FFA members who participated this week in the Sub-District Job Interview Career Development Event.

For this competition, students prepare for future careers by developing resumes and cover letters, completing job applications, interviewing with judges, and sending follow-up correspondence.

The results are in! All three students will move on to the district level and compete against other finalists from all over central Ohio for a chance to move on to the state level!

Individuals competing in this competition include:

Division 1 - Haylie McComas, 2nd place

Division 3 - Anna Ballard, 1st place

Division 4 - Avery Wagner, 1st place

Updates from the School Counseling Office

ASVAB Offered on December 1:

Beginning Monday, 10-12th grade students will be able to sign up to take the ASVAB. It is not only the military entrance test but a good career exploration resource. The test is free and will be offered in the IC on the morning of December 1. Students can register on the google doc shared on Monday, through Schoology. The deadline to register is Nov. 26th.

Pre-ACT Offered December 4:

Beginning Tuesday, 10th and 11th grade students can register for the Pre ACT. There is a $12 fee that will be applied to their school fees. Students can register on the google doc shared on Tuesday, through Schoology. The test will be offered on the morning of December 4, in the IC. The deadline to register is Nov. 30th.

College Application Days:

The next round of application days to offer seniors one-on-one support with their college applications will be November 11-13. Seniors can sign up by scanning their school counselor's QR code.

Student BW Emails:

All students should make a point to periodically check their school email. School counselors, as well as teachers, are using this as a way to communicate with students. Please encourage your student(s) to check this account.

Senior Students:

In addition to November 1 being a big college deadline, November 15 is the next big one! Please make sure you are working on your college applications, you are checking into Naviance and checking on deadlines!

Additionally, check out this senior timeline for help in making your post-secondary plans.

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.

Inquire! Innovate! Invent!

The University of Akron is hosting Inquire! Innovate! Invent through the Women in Engineering Program on November 14, 2020 . Click here for additional information and to register.

Diverse Engineering from the University of Akron:

The University of Akron has a podcast set to release on November 17th entitled Diverse Engineering which features African American and Hispanic Engineers who graduated from The University of Akron sharing their engineering stories.

Virtual College Exploration Events:

College Fairs Online is hosting a number of virtual events throughout the school year. Click here for details.

The Virtual College Exploration for all Ohio Students Session II is October 26-November 13. Click here to see the colleges/ universities participating and to register.

John Carroll University located in University Heights, OH is sponsoring a virtual information session for high school students in our area. Click here to register.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

November 9: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

November 11-13: College Application Days (by appointment only)

November 12: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00-7:30 p.m.)

November 19: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

November 25-27: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Break

November 30: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development

December 1: ASVAB Test @ 8:00 a.m.

December 4: Pre-ACT @ 8:00 a.m.

December 10-11: College Application Days (by appointment only)

December 14: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

December 17-18, 21-22: Semester Exams

December 23-January 4: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

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