TWHS Weekly News
November 5, 2021
Monday, November 8: Regular Bell Schedule
Tuesday, November 9: Regular Bell Schedule
Wednesday, November 10: Homeroom Bell Schedule
- Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, TWHS
- Mandatory Ski Club Meeting 7:00 pm, Library
- Winter Guard Clinic 6:30 pm, AUX Gym
Thursday, November 11: Regular Bell Schedule
- Veteran's Day Celebration
- Cardinal Theatre Production, A Voice of My Own 8:00 pm
Friday, November 12: Regular Bell Schedule
- Cardinal Theatre Production, A Voice of My Own 8:00 pm
Dear Cardinal Family,
Sometimes the job is so glamorous, it's hard to handle.
You can imagine some of the glamour of being a principal. Many of my tasks are predictable, like working with kids, staff members, and families through difficult situations. Others, I bet you'd never guess.
For instance, one year we received a complaint about raw sewage in an adjacent neighborhood drainage ditch after a storm. The result was a major plumbing project on our main sewer line. Fun stuff like that forces coordination among the school district, neighbors, the city, and the EPA. Ultimately, it was a simple issue, but it sure didn't feel like it at the time.
More recently, we've had challenges related to student pick-up and drop-off. One of my tasks is to ensure those are both orderly and safe. However, since returning to "all in," we have had an increasing number of parents driving through the bus loop while buses are loading. I have the unenviable task of reminding parents that students are supposed to be picked up behind the school at Door 16. The responses range from polite, sincere apologies to strings of obscenities. This year, I'm also serving as student council advisor, and I recently got a polite earful from kids about how difficult it is to get out of the parking lot after school. It dawned on me that the delay could be also causing the increase of parents in the bus loop.
And so a bunch of complaints turned into a productive conversation with the city of Worthington. I'm delighted to tell you city staff adjusted the timing of "our" traffic lights 3-3:30 p.m., allowing more cars to flow out of our parking lots. The parent and student response to this small change has been outstanding.
Please help us keep our kids safe by picking up and dropping off in our designated areas. If you need a refresher, here it is. Also, please share any concerns you have so we may attempt to address them. The solution might have a bigger, more complicated impact than you know.
Have a great weekend! Go Cards!
**New Announcements This Week**
- Columbus Public Health Vaccine Clinics
- Registration is open for the Pre-ACT
- Winter Guard Clinics
- 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
Register for the Pre-ACT!
Registration for the Pre-ACT is open!
Pre-ACT empowers students with a unique ACT test practice experience. Scores provide valuable insights into students' predicted performance on the ACT and help inform important high school course decisions. Pre-ACT reporting includes both academic and career indicators, which are designed to identify strengths and areas of improvement, providing a complete view of students' college and career readiness.
The Pre-ACT will be held on Tuesday, November 16th from 7:30 am - 12:00 pm in the Auxiliary gym at TWHS and will be open to grades 10-12 only. The cost of the test will be $14.00 and student MUST pay/register through MyPaymentsPlus. No cash or checks will be accepted. Space is limited, please sign up soon!
Please CLICK HERE to register
TWHS Counseling Department
DACC Open House: Thursday, December 2nd 4:30 - 7:30 pm
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 8 - Group Tour (Engineering)
- Wednesday, November 10 - Group Tour (Manufacturing)
- Thursday, November 18 - Group Tour (Health & Science)
- 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!
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: email@example.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
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
Please bring your ID, insurance card, and vaccine card with you if you have them. Parents or guardians must accompany children under 18.
***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.
Winter Guard Clinics
For more information attend the Winter Guard Clinics:
Wednesday, November 10th
Monday, November 15th
TWHS Aux Gym.
For more information contact Sarah Boreman at firstname.lastname@example.org
Mandatory Ski Club Informational Meeting: Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm
Ski Club is back at TWHS!
There will be a mandatory Ski Club informational meeting on Wednesday, November 10th at 7:00 pm in the TWHS Library. A parent/guardian must be present with the student to hear the new information to be presented. This year we will be traveling to Snow Trails on Wednesdays, January 12 - Feb 9. Space will be limited to only 50 students.
If you have questions or concerns, please email me at email@example.com.
I look forward to seeing you,
Ski Club Advisor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cardinal Theatre Production of A Voice of My Own
November 11, 12, & 13
Covering a broad spectrum from Sappho to writers of the present day, the play points up not only the triumphs of women in literature, but also the discouragement, derision and disbelief to which they were too often subjected. Spanning twenty-six centuries, the play evokes the words and feelings of women who were frequently obliged to hide behind anonymity or male names in order to practice their art, and from whom fantastic strength of character and indomitability were required. That they succeeded so brilliantly in their efforts is not only a tribute to these talented women in particular but, in a more general sense, to the irrepressible spirit of the entire “other half” of humanity, whose voice would not be denied.
**Tickets will go on sale November 8th**
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 9: Staff Meeting 3:15 pm
November 10: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, TWHS
November 11: Veteran's Day Celebration
November 11: Cardinal Theatre Production of A Voice of My Own 8:00 pm
November 12: Cardinal Theatre Production of A Voice of My Own 8:00 pm
November 13: Cardinal Theatre Production of A Voice of My Own 8:00 pm
November 16: Pre-ACT 7:30 am - 12:00 pm
November 16: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm
November 22: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm
November 24-26: No School - Thanksgiving 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