TWHS Weekly News
November 19, 2021
Monday, November 22:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, TWHS
Tuesday, November 23:
- Regular Bell Schedule
Wednesday, November 24: NO SCHOOL
Thursday, November 25: NO SCHOOL
Friday, November 26: NO SCHOOL
Dear Cardinal Family,
I know it's a bit premature to write a letter about being thankful... That's not until next week!
Every day, I am lucky enough to work with kids who are actively growing and figuring out who they want to be. In my role, I often see kids struggling through that. Of course, our focus is on academically growing kids, but with that job comes all sorts of social, personal, and individual development. The great thing about being in a high school is that we get to watch an incredible evolution over the course of four years. For some, those years crawl at an excruciatingly slow pace; for others, it is way too fast. For all, the changes that occur during high school are significant and often make the ninth-grade version almost unrecognizable to the 12th grader (and to staff, too!).
Each kid is working to find their way. It's never perfectly smooth. Kids always need adults to help...sometimes extensively. What I've appreciated is that we have an active, caring, and involved parent community. When adults are working together to help kids, it has a meaningful impact and can expedite growth. So, thank you. Thank you for taking the time, being flexible, and working with us. Thank you for trusting us to work with your kids. Working together is critical to the success of our young people.
Have a great weekend. Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements This Week**
- Fall 2021 Ohio's State Testing (OSTs)
- Free Online ACT Crash Course for Worthington High School Students -January 14
- Register for ACT Boot Camp - February 6 & 13
- Introduction to College Planning Night for Juniors - December 8th
- DACC online Application is going live Friday, November 19
- TWHS STEM - Women in Engineering
- Cardinal Theatre Production of 1776 - December 10, 11, & 12
- Parents - Please Review Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures
- Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure
** 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
Fall 2021 Ohio's State Testing (OSTs)
Thomas Worthington High School will administer Ohio’s State Tests (OSTs) as required by the Ohio Department of Education starting Monday, November 29 through Wednesday, December 15. Students and their parent/guardian will be notified by email with testing information that includes testing locations.
Who will participate in state testing?
Not all TWHS students will be participating in this round of testing. If your child is testing, he/she will receive an email indicating registration, test location, and other information. The registration email will also be sent to any parent/guardian listed in Infinite Campus.
Students currently enrolled in American Government during Semester 1 2021, will take the American Government end-of-course exam.
Students who completed summer coursework in any of the courses listed below may be eligible to take an OST.
Students who have already taken a test but need to increase their scores to graduate will be assigned retakes.
Can students practice for these tests?
Students can access practice end-of-course exams on the Ohio Department of Education Practice Test Site. Click here for the Practice Test Sign in. (Proceed as a guest user)
Monday, Nov 29 - English Language Arts II Part 1
Tuesday, Nov 30 - English Language Arts II Part 2
Wednesday, Dec 1- Math I
Thursday, Dec 2 - Math II
Friday, Dec 3 - American History and Biology
Monday - Wednesday Dec 6 - 8 - Makeups
Thursday, Dec 9 - Government
Monday-Wednesday Dec 13 - 15 - Government Makeups
DACC Open House: Thursday, December 2nd 4:30 - 7:30 pm
This is an opportunity for parents and students to learn more about the programs offered through the Delaware Area Career Center. This Open House is appropriate for any current sophomores, and those juniors who are interested in the Pharmacy Tech program (Pharmacy is for seniors only),
To better manage the flow of visitors in the building, this year's open house will be broken down into two sessions, or two "waves" of guests.
Families will be asked to pre-register for one of the two sessions: 4:30-6:00, or 6:00-7:30 p.m.
If you haven't had the chance to connect with DACC yet this fall, there are many upcoming opportunities for you to explore and learn more including small group family tours, virtual admission sessions and two virtual coffee chats. Read below to learn more and to register.
Don’t miss any opportunities to explore. Join our Explore Newsletter to receive monthly resources to learn more about DACC’s high school options.
DACC Small Group Family Tours:
Join an admissions representative for a group tour of DACC’s campus and select high school programs. Each after-school group tour is tailored to a specific career area. Attendees will learn key details about DACC's unique and engaging curriculum for high school students.
Please note: Prospective Student Tours are held for sophomore students and their families after the school day (2:00-4:00 p.m.). DACC Program Instructors may or may not be present during the visit.
- Monday, November 22 - Group Tour (Digital Design & IT)
- Wednesday, December 8 - Group Tour (Transition Programs)
- Monday, December 13 - Group Tour (Public Service)
Upcoming DACC Info Sessions:
RSVP by clicking the link below. Join representatives from DACC to find out how taking DACC courses in high school can help your child earn college credits & industry credentials and graduate with confidence!
Attention Sophomores Interested in DACC
Dear Sophomore Families,
Is your student interested in applying to the Delaware Area Career Center? Their online application is going live TODAY Friday, November 19! In order for students to apply, they must first complete a virtual tour to determine which program they would like to apply to. DACC's priority application deadline is January 14, 2022. Students are encouraged to complete their application with an adult to ensure they've thoroughly filled it out.
Want to learn more about DACC? They're hosting an Open House on Thursday, December 2. Families can attend two breakout sessions to learn more about their various programs and academic offerings. Families must register for this event.
Questions? Please contact TW School Counselor Celeste Preisse at email@example.com!
Introduction to College Planning Night for Juniors & Parents/Guardians on December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Attention junior students and parents/guardians - The TWHS School Counselors will be hosting our annual "Junior Night - The Journey from High School to College or Career" presentation on Wednesday, December 8th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the TWHS auditorium. Junior students and parents/guardians are expected to be in attendance to begin planning for post-high school opportunities. Sophomore parents/guardians are welcome to attend as well. The presentation will include timelines for college applications, college admission expectations, standardized tests, and career exploration. Masks are required. We look forward to seeing you there!
Free Online ACT Crash Course January 14, 2022
This is an intensive crash course presented by Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator. Students will review some theory and technique plus a sample of important ACT question types from simple to complex. The 4 required ACT sections and the optional Writing section will be covered.
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12
Date: Fri., Jan. 14, 2022, 4:30p-9:30p
Length: 4 hours instruction + 30-min break midway + Q&A with parents and students
Participating Schools: Linworth Experiential Program, Thomas Worthington HS, and Worthington Kilbourne HS
Location: Online. Students will need stable internet access to attend the crash course.
Registration Link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/prepaccelerator/603545
Registration Deadline: Wed, Jan 12, at 11:55pm. Registration is first-come, first-served. There is a limit to the number of available seats.
Register for ACT Boot Camp February 6 & 13, 2022
Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator (PrepAccelerator.com) is returning for the 4th consecutive year to teach the 2-day, 15-hour ACT Boot Camp to Worthington High School students on Sunday, February 6, and Sunday, February 13, 2022. Students who attended the boot camp in previous years have seen a definite score improvement. The boot camp is open to all 9-12 grade students and will run from 8:15am to 5pm on both days.
An intensive, two-day training session open to Linworth, TWHS and WKHS students, will be taught online on February 6 and February 13, 2022. This opportunity will cost $200, a heavily discounted rate, and will include handouts and a printed handbook that contains cheat sheets, test-taking tips, and over 900 drills with solutions in English and Math. Click ACT Boot Camp for more information.
TWHS STEM - Women in Engineering
TWHS STEM - Engineering Department hosted YMCA Camp Kern, an Adventure Challenge and team-building organization, for our Women in Engineering. These ladies competed in teams ranging from grades 9-12 to solve complex puzzles set up in rooms around the building. These included the Space Station (building a structure out of 42 PVC pipes and fittings with no open ends), the Pulley Puzzle (pictured below - lift a 40 pound log with as little effort as possible), and a Memory Maze. In addition to learning the value of teamwork and leadership, these WIE students used their problem-solving skills and ingenuity in a fun, safe environment. Click here for some additional pics and highlights.
Panorama Survey for Students and Families
Both students and families will have the opportunity to complete a Panorama Survey starting November 8th. We are asking families to complete this 20 minute survey to gain a better understanding of you and your families’ needs so that we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of all our students. This survey will help us improve family support, class room experience, school climate, eliminating barriers and building safety. You can find more information about the surveys below.
Information on the student survey
Information on the Family-School Relationship Survey
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
- Please use a personal computer to submit your photos.
- 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 Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)
No late photos will be accepted.
Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown
Parents of the Class of 2022: Production and shipping times are slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, so it would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early rather than waiting until the last minute. ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN NOW
**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
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
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cost: $20 for a 1/8 page ad.
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
Columbus Public Health Vaccine Clinics
Columbus Public Health will be hosting vaccine clinics in our district on November 19th and 20th. The clinics will offer Covid shots, Covid boosters and Flu shots for families, staff and students. This includes ages 5-11.
Please bring your ID, insurance card, and vaccine card with you if you have them. Parents or guardians must accompany children under 18.
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Newsletter
Its's been more than a year since Toya Spencer, Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, joined the Worthington School District. Over that time, she has initiated multiple programs and initiatives to reach our goal of creating a more equitable and inclusive school district.
The Diversity, Equity & Inclusion newsletter highlights some of those efforts and outlines what is in store in the coming year. You can view the newsletter here.
Cardinal Theatre Production of 1776
December 10, 11 & 12, 2021
1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures, determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation.
It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence... if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the Second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
**Tickets will go on sale December 6th**
***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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
November 19: CPH Vaccine Clinic - 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm, TWHS AUX Gym
November 20: CPH Vaccine Clinic - 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, Perry Middle School
November 22: Regular Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 pm, TWHS
November 24-26: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break
December 1: Winter Band Concert - 7:00 pm
December 10-12: Cardinal Theatre Production 1776
December 13: Regular Board of Education Meeting - 7:30 pm, TWHS
December 14: Staff Meeting - 3:15 pm
December 14: Choir/Orchestra Concert - 7:00 pm
December 21: End of 2nd Grading Period
December 22-January 4: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break
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