High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

September 25, 2020

Happy Friday! It's hard to believe that we've been back in action for four full weeks, but September is on it's way out the door and colder weather is just around the corner. We have been really proud of how all of our students have handled this different year--both our in-person students and our VLP students!

Looking ahead, the end of first quarter is rapidly approaching--October 14. On that same evening, we will hold our second round of virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences. Please keep these dates on your calendar.

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.

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Seniors: Meningitis Vaccine Reminder

We want to remind all our seniors that they are required by the State of Ohio to have their meningitis vaccination. Proof of this vaccination is needed from your health care provider and must be submitted by October 1st. Please contact Megan Truax, district nurse, with any questions or concerns (megantruax@bwls.net). Thank you!

Attention Military Connected Families:

Big Walnut Schools are committed to seeking out our military connected families and assisting those families as needed. Should an immediate family member currently be serving in the military, please let us know. Please complete the Military Connected Student Information Form.

We have several events each year to bring our military connected families together. Please check our district website and weekly newsletters for additional information on those events.

BWLSD Needs You!

Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in need of substitute custodians, food service workers, and bus drivers. If interested, please visit our Job Opportunities page to apply. Training will be provided to all substitutes - potential drivers will receive all training necessary to meet licensing requirements for drivers. If you have any questions, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

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A Note from the District Nurse

It is that time of the year again- Flu season is just around the corner. With COVID-19 pandemic this year, it is even more important to protect your child from viruses like influenza. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children age 6 months and older get their influenza vaccine by the end of October. Receiving the influenza vaccination before the flu is within the community is an important step in helping protect your child and community in fighting influenza. The AAP recommends either flu shots or flu mist as options for children for the 2020-2021 influenza season.

  • Children 9 years and older only need 1 dose, regardless of prior vaccination history.

  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age:

    • Need 2 doses if they received fewer than 2 doses of any type of influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The time between doses should be at least 4 weeks. Two doses should be administered to children who receive their first dose before their ninth birthday, even when they turn nine years of age during the same season.

    • Require only 1 dose if they have previously received 2 or more doses of any influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The 2 doses do not need to have been received during the same influenza season.

Influenza vaccination this year is particularly important to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations of children and youth and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of the US healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your health care provider or the Delaware General Health District (740-368-1700) to schedule your appointment to receive your child’s vaccinations. Thank you for helping keep the Big Walnut students and staff safe and healthy.

  • Megan Truax BSN, RN, LSN

FFA Fair News!

The Delaware County Fair was held this week. It looked different from past years as exhibitors were asked to wear masks and socially distance, but our students made the best of it. Congratulations to the members of the Big Walnut - DACC FFA Chapter and all of our other students who showed their animals this week! Great job representing our school and community.

DACC Hosts Virtual Coffee Chats to Showcase "Super Electives"

Parents of 6-10th graders: Thinking college and career? Attend an upcoming virtual session to learn more about the "super electives" your kids can take later in high school via the Delaware Area Career Center. Zoo school, engineering, pharmacy, nursing, bioscience, cybersecurity, app development, digital design and more! THREE online sessions starting on 10/1. RSVP and more details here.

Sponsorship Opportunity for Local Businesses

Last school year, our Creative Industries class built a set of benches to line the entry to our football stadium. This project also served as a fundraiser for the Creative Industries class, to purchase materials and equipment for their program. Currently, there are still spots open for sponsorship. Interested businesses are able to purchase one planter for $750 or two for $1200. The benches and planters will be maintained and kept up while the high school is at this current location. Benches are built by students and the signs are laser engraved with the company's logo. Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the Creative Industries Program at creativeindustries@bwls.net. Thanks for your support!
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!

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Senior Credit Checks and Naviance Training:

By now, all seniors should have participated in Naviance training and had their senior credit check with their counselor. Any senior student who has not done this should contact their school counselor as soon as possible. Students will need to complete the credit check process and learn Naviance in order to send transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges.

College Application Week:

Seniors may join their school counselor during the week of October 19, for a one-on-one appointment for assistance with their college applications. These 15 minute appointments should be scheduled during a student's lunch or study hall if possible. To make an appointment, students should scan their counselor's QR code, hung throughout the high school, and choose an appointment during the week of October 19.


Make sure you and your family are staying connected with the counseling department by signing up for the appropriate Remind code below. Text one or more of the following to 81010.

CLASS OF 2022 A-G: @bwag22

CLASS OF 2022 H-O: @bwho22

CLASS OF 2022 P-Z: @bwpz22

Class of 2021 A-G: @bwhsa-g

Class Of 2021 H-O: @bwhsho21

Class of 2021 P-Z: @dg4ab7

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...

October 2: Picture Day

October 6: Senior Dress-Up Day (Senior Portraits)

October 14: End of First Quarter

October 14: PSAT (Juniors)

October 14: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

October 15: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

October 16: NO SCHOOL

October 19-23: Senior Application Week (by appointment only)

October 22: Quarter One Grade Cards Available on PowerSchool

October 30: Club Picture Day and Senior Panoramic Picture Day

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