TWHS Weekly News

JANUARY 7, 2022

Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 10:

Tuesday, January 11:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • Worthington Robotics Team Dine Out Fundraiser
  • Staff Meeting, 3:15 pm

Wednesday, January 12:

Thursday, January 13:

  • Regular Bell Schedule

Friday, January 14:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • Free Online ACT Crash Course, 4:30 pm

Dear Cardinal Family,

The scourge of the mask has become a source of comfort.


If you've been outside in the last 48 hours, you already know how fun bus duty is for us. Thirty minutes at 10 degrees gets old fast. The upside is it's too cold to pack the minuscule amounts of snow on the ground. I'm not sure if this has happened to you, but I find myself forgetting to remove my mask when I go outside in the winter because it actually feels good to keep it on. It is exactly the opposite of our warm weather experience.


In all seriousness, if you have paid attention to our COVID dashboard, you know our phones, emails, and nurse have all been pretty busy. We saw quite a few positive cases come through over break and prior to the return to school. As I write this, we have six staff members and 89 students in quarantine. Those are our highest numbers since we began tracking.


With that in mind, please remind your child to wear their mask and wear it properly. Please take COVID symptoms seriously. Keep kids home when they're sick. Get tested if symptoms warrant it. If your child has a positive test or is in close contact, please report it. Help keep us in school and in person. We're all tired. We're all sick of having a disrupted experience. We also want to stay as healthy as possible.


We appreciate your partnership in keeping us safe and healthy!


Happy New Year! We're excited for an awesome second semester ahead.


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!


Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

Thomas Worthington High School

**New Announcements This Week**

  • National Honor Society Information
  • Attention Seniors - Midyear Transcripts
  • Special Education Key Communicator
  • Special Education Parent Meeting
  • TWHS Ice Hockey Dine Out Fundraiser
  • Last Chance Senior Photos from Prestige by Lifetouch
  • Parents - Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

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What The Teachers are Saying

See what the teachers are saying about the TWHS December Cardinals of the Month.

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

Would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff member or another student has had on your child? The PBIS team would like to give you that opportunity. Please take two minutes to complete this recognition form. Thank you!

TWHS National Honor Society

Information for current National Honor Society members (inducted March 2021) and students aspiring to be a NHS member can be found by going to the TWHS National Honor Society Frequently Asked Questions page or by clicking HERE.

Freshman STEM Team Women in Engineering

Our Freshman STEM Team Women in Engineering club hosted a Santa’s Workshop on December 8. Over 75 guests participated, consisting of staff, students, parents and grandparents. It was a great evening of fun, fellowship, camaraderie, craft making and community service.


A special thank you to freshman Julie Conroy who coordinated the entire event and to Emmy Wellejus, Molly McClellan, Leah Oberle, Elle Pasquinilli, Margaret Malloy and Neela Ramachandran who facilitated the evening's activities. Click here for additional pictures: Santa’s Workshop Pictures

2nd Nine Weeks Grades Updated in Infinite Campus Friday, January 7th at 12:00 pm

Your child’s 2nd nine weeks grades can be accessed through Infinite Campus and report cards can be generated from the “Report” menu on Friday, January 7th at 12:00 pm. If you wish to receive a printed copy of your student’s report card for the 2nd nine week grading period, please contact Penni Dow at 614-450-6296 or at pdow@wscloud.org or Kate Weber at 614-450-6304 or at kweber@wscloud.org.

Junior Night Presentation for the Class of 2023

Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! If you were unable to attend the Junior Night Presentation in person or you want to review what was said, you can view the presentation here: Junior Night Presentation.


This presentation will give you inside information on the college application process, what admissions is looking for, ACT/SAT, and how to start creating your list of potential colleges to apply to. Please view the presentation and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!



Your TWHS School Counselors,


Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns

Attention Sophomores Interested in DACC

Dear Sophomore Families,


Is your student interested in applying to the Delaware Area Career Center? Their online application is live. 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.


Questions? Please contact TW School Counselor Celeste Preisse at cpreisse@wscloud.org!

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 (mmurphy@wscloud.org). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss.

**ACT PREP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS**

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.

Cost: Free


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.

Attention Seniors - Midyear Transcripts

Does the college(s) you applied to require a midyear transcript? Effective Monday, January 10th, your fall 2021 grades will be posted to your transcript. If a college you have applied to requires a "Midyear transcript" (seven semesters), please email your School Counselor and he/she will gladly send your midyear transcripts to the college you request. If you have questions, please reach out to your School Counselor.

Attention Seniors: Apply for the Diploma of Distinction

The Diploma of Distinction recognizes students for their excellence in academics, character, and service in one or more specific subject areas. In order to be considered for a Diploma of Distinction, please complete this APPLICATION by Friday, January 28th, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Diplomas of Distinction are currently available in nine (9) areas: Project Lead the Way (PLTW), English, World Language, Theater Arts, Musical Arts, Service Learning and Career Mentorship, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship Business Academy (EBA) and Science.

To be eligible, you must have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.5 (unweighted), and obtained senior status (minimum of 15.0 credits by January 5, 2022).


To see if you qualify, please click the following link for subject area criteria: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ljNO0d0fe2Sg689D302FJ-VL2baLMR_b8oyDd2deoBM/edit?usp=sharing


Questions? Please email Mr. Quart at dquart@wscloud.org.

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.

Last Chance Senior Photo Days with Prestige by Lifetouch!

Prestige with Lifetouch will be offering a Last Chance Senior Photo Days on January 14th and 15th. Please use the link below to sign up for a time.


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/805094fada929a1ff2-prestige

Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown

Parents of the Class of 2022: It would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early due to production and shipping times slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, 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

Purchase & Submit Ad


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
  • Accomplishments

Questions? Contact: service@buckeyescholastic.com


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


Click here to purchase and submit your baby ad!


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.

PURCHASE YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!

Don't forget to purchase your yearbook for this year.


The Yearbook price will go up to $70 on January 1st.

Click HERE for more information.

** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**

Worthington C.A.R.E.S Coalition Upcoming Event January 12, 2022


We are excited to invite you to a very special event to kickoff 2022! (Register today to reserve your spot and mark your calendar for 01/12/22!)


Free Dinner: 6:00-6:30 pm

Performance: 6:45-7:30 pm

Event Address: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St, Columbus, OH 43085


Join us in person for a very special theater event at the McConnel Arts Center. This is the coalition's kickoff to 2022 and we are excited to host a performance by 2nd Act.


This free community event will include hors d'oeuvres from J. Liu, a performance by 2nd Act, and a Q&A session to end the evening.


2nd Act will be performing "I'll Never Do That," an intimate story of one family's struggles happening behind closed doors. As one of the parents descends deeper into addiction, the rest of the family struggles to cope. This story sheds light on family dynamics, the harrowing path to recovery, and the overwhelming truth that addiction is a “family disease.”


PLEASE NOTE: The will be no childcare for this event. Youth ages 12 to 17 may attend, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! (Seating is limited to 100 for this event)


Click here to register


We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 Kickoff event!

Wishing you all the best,


Lori Povisil, Chair

Amy Ambrozich, Vice-Chair

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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 twhsattend@wscloud.org.

Attendance Philosophy & Procedure

Important information regarding your child's absence from school.

***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 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: January 18, March 15 and May 17.

**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**

Attention All Gamers

Esports are coming to Thomas Worthington High School. Beginning this spring, TWHS students will have the opportunity to compete against other schools across Ohio in many popular games, including Overwatch, Fortnite, and Rocket League. If you are interested, please fill out the interest survey by scanning this QR code found on the fliers around the school. Visit esportsohio.org or see Mr. Thornton in Room 163 for more details.

Worthington Robotics Team Dine Out Fundraiser

Please support the Worthington Robotics Team by dining out on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Chipotle 6590 Sawmill Rd. Columbus, 43235. Please show the flyer or mention the Worthington Robotics Team.

TWHS Car Magnets

You can still purchase your TWHS Car Magnets for $6.00 (cash or check). A wide variety of magnets are offered. Please contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program.

TWHS Ice Hockey Dine Out at Chipotle Fundraiser

The TWHS Ice Hockey Team will be hosting a dine out fundraiser on Wednesday, January 19th from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Chipotle 191 E. Campus View Blvd. Columbus 43235. Please show this flyer or mention the Ice Hockey team when ordering. You can also order online for pickup using code T2LQC3F.

Athletic Passes

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 Guidelines

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.


Daily Home COVID-19 "Before School" Screening


Guidance for Daily Home Screening


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

  • Sore throat

  • 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


January 10: Regular Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 pm WKHS

January 11: Staff Meeting - 3:15 pm

January 11: Worthington Robotics Team Fundraiser at Chipotle (Sawmill) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

January 12: Worthington C.A.R.E.S. Coalition Event

January 14: Free Online ACT Crash Course 4:30 - 9:30 pm

January 17: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18: PTSO Meeting - 7:30 pm

January 19: TWHS Ice Hockey Fundraiser Chipotle (E Campus View Blvd) 5 - 9:00 pm

January 24: Regular Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 pm WKHS

January 25: Special Education Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm

January 26: 8th Grade Visits, KMS and Phoenix MS

January 27: 8th Grade Visits, Worthingway

January 28: Deadline to Apply for the Diploma of Distinction

January 28: Community Coffee with Superintendent Trent Bowers, 8:00 am - 9:30 am WEC

January 31: Deadline to Submit Senior Pictures for the Yearbook

January 31: Deadline to Order Cap and Gown for Seniors

Thomas Worthington High School

ATTENDANCE POLICY

twhsattend@wscloud.org

(614)450-6291


Principal, Pete Scully

(614)450-6206

Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald

(614)450-6261

Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer

(614)450-6292

Dean of Students, Scott Gordon

(614)450-6261

Athletic Director, Molly Feesler

(614)450-6288

School Counseling Chair, David Quart

(614)450-6296

Registrar, Kate Weber



Website: https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/9

Location: 300 West Dublin Granville Road, Worthington, OH, USA

Phone: (614)450-6200

Twitter: @TWHS_cardinals