High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

December 11, 2020

BWHS is buzzing with excitement and learning as we shift to semester exam mode next week. Our students are working hard to finish projects, units of study and activities to solidify their learning in all of their classes. We have three solid days next week to wrap up everything for the semester before our exams begin on Thursday. (Please see the schedule and information posted below.) We are very proud of how all of our Golden Eagles have worked hard all semester and are excited for them to demonstrate a semester's worth of learning with their exams and then enjoy some much deserved rest and relaxation with their families!

Just a reminder-exams will be December 17, 18, 21 and 22. Winter break begins on December 23. Students will return on Tuesday, January 5, 2021!

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.

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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Eagle Strong Core Value Challenge

This month, our Eagle Strong Core Value was Acceptance. We issued a challenge to our teachers to nominate students who did a great job of demonstrating this value. We recognized each of these students on Friday, as well as had our monthly Eagle Strong Prize Patrol drawing!
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BWHS Semester Exam Schedule

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Important Reminders about Semester Exams

  1. Students are expected to be present and on time for the exams scheduled for each day. Students will not be permitted to take exams at a different time unless permission is granted by administration. This is to be used sparingly and in extreme cases when a conflict exists. Oversleeping or missing an exam is not considered a reason to schedule an alternative exam date and/or time.

  2. If a student is late to an exam, he/she will have the remaining time to complete the exam.

  3. Students will remain in their class for the entire exam period. Students are not permitted to leave early from an exam period.

  4. An unexcused absence from an exam may result in a failing grade for the exam, as well as possible consequences for truancy from an exam.

  5. The two hour block of time is for a review period and the assessment to be administered. The time of review is up to the professional discretion of the staff member giving the exam.

  6. Students may leave the high school after their last exam each day. It is not required for a student to stay for the “lunch” or “individual instruction/makeup” times, unless they desire to do so or need to due to transportation issues. Those students will report to the cafeteria for study hall, where a light lunch will be served each day during the first 20 minutes of the lunch period.

  7. Buses will be running on a regular schedule. Students who wish to ride the bus home must stay in the building the whole day. Students who leave campus may not return to ride the bus home.

  8. Students who attend the DACC and have conflicts with exams scheduled here at the high school are to make arrangements with their teachers to complete exams during the makeup and individual instruction periods.

  9. Senior students who have earned an “A” both quarters of a SEMESTER course do not have to take their exam. This applies to SEMESTER courses ONLY. The lone exception is the American Government exam that the State of Ohio is requiring all students to take.

  10. In the event a calamity/snow day occurs, the cancelled exams will be given on the very first day school is back in session. The remaining exams will be given, in order, on subsequent days. For example, a snow day on the first day of exams would move 1st and 2nd exams to the next day then bump all others by one day. If we were to have more than 1 calamity day, we would continue to bump and begin exams as soon as we return to school.

Does your student ride a bus?

Due to the number of students making changes to their learning option for the second semester, we are in the process of making bus route changes, which may affect your student’s bus pickup and drop-off times beginning on January 5, EVEN IF YOUR CHILD DID NOT MAKE A LEARNING OPTION CHANGE. You will be able to check for any changes through the PowerSchool online system beginning on December 23. Our system will not permit changes in the system prior to December 23 without creating problems for the current routing. It is important for all parents/guardians of students that ride a bus to log on to PowerSchool between December 23-January 4 to be aware of any potential changes. If you have any questions, please contact our transportation office at 740-965-8967.Thank you for your flexibility and understanding!

ACT Review Course Offered Next Semester

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

Interested in taking a CCP Course Online?

Any student who wants to take a CCP course online must contact Mrs. Sturtevant by December 11th to get the registration process completed. Classes are filling up fast, so don't delay. All online courses must be scheduled before winter break.
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Tips for Safe Winter Driving--For You and Your Student!

Tips For Safe Winter Driving

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

Yearbooks on sale now!

Senior Ad space available for purchase

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Updates from the School Counseling Office

Considering DACC for Next Year?

The DACC Application for the 2021-2022 school year is now live. Don't forget that the priority deadline is January 15th.

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


School Counseling Website

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Congrats to Senior Avery Wagner

Last week, Avery Wagner competed in the state Job Interview Career Development Event through FFA.

For the competition, Avery prepared a resume and cover letter, completed a job application, interviewed with two industry representatives, and sent follow-up correspondence. Avery placed sixth in the state! She has been working to prepare for this competition for more than two months. To advance to the state level, Avery had to win two other rounds of competition. Avery has participated in this event all four years of her high school career, we were ecstatic to have her make it so far this year!

Congrats to Avery!

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Congrats to FFA on State Food Science and Technology Contest

For the fourth year in a row, our Big Walnut/DACC FFA team earned first place in this event and has the opportunity to represent Ohio next fall at the National FFA Convention & Expo. There were more than 400 students and more than 60 teams who participated in the Ohio Food Science & Technology program this year. We are the only FFA chapter in Ohio to have ever won this contest more than two times in a row - stretching our streak to four wins shows the incredible focus and dedication of our students!

Individuals participating included senior Halle Stover, sophomore Josh Shick (12th), senior Justin Hill (6th), junior Sophie Marvin (4th), junior Lily Asbridge (3rd), junior Savannah Kurtz (2nd), and 2020 graduate Caleb Durheim (1st). Caleb, Lily, and Justin were given special permission to compete at the state level again this year after winning at the state level last year. The Ohio FFA Association made this special exception because those students were unable to participate in the national contest this fall due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Students who place in the top four as individuals receive an additional perk. Caleb, Savannah, Lily, and Sophie will all be awarded scholarships to The Ohio State University in recognition of their achievements.

To prepare for this event, our students work with industry professionals to gain relevant skills and then work together to solve real industry problems. In the food science event, students audit food processing facilities, work with food machinery, and complete practical math problems similar to the problems industry professionals solve on a daily basis. They apply science and math concepts, make oral presentations to judges, and exhibit problem solving and teamwork skills to answer questions.

Congrats to all these students and the entire Agricultural Sciences program!

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

December 17-18, 21-22: Semester Exams

December 23-January 4: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

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