TWHS Weekly News & Updates

April 9, 2021

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 12: Regular Bell Schedule

  • Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 13: Regular Bell Schedule

Wednesday April 14: Regular Bell Schedule

  • Deadline to purchase a Senior Ad for the Yearbook
Thursday, April 15: Regular Bell Schedule
  • Graduation Cap & Gown Pick-up 10:30 am - 3 pm in the Cards Center

Friday, April 16:

Dear Cardinal Family,

I am pretty proud of the 0.077%.


This week, we had about 25 visitors camped out in our main gym. Our Covid vaccination clinic functioned like a well-oiled machine. In the span of just about 30 minutes, kids checked in and finalized their paperwork, received a shot, and then waited for a minimum of 15 minutes, under the watchful eyes of nurse practitioners.


Behind the scenes, there were hundreds of emails and phone calls. There were thousands of pages of documents collected, scanned, and organized. There were daily setups and teardowns by our custodial staff so after-school athletics could continue without a hitch. In short, it was mayhem for a couple of days. In the end, thanks to Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus Public Health, our Transportation department, our District Administration, our WKHS counterparts, our patient, flexible teaching staff and you, we gave around 1,000 kids from our district high schools their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine. That number represents 0.077% of Franklin County. But more importantly, we began the two-shot process for a third of our school.


What was crazy to me was the kindness, tireless effort, and multi-agency/school coordination. It was selfless, and it was hard work. But it was nothing but positive. We had a process that made us feel proud and an experience that was great for kids and families. It was also really kind of neat to witness kids face an unpleasant medical procedure without a parent present. It seemed like a rite of passage that projected a lot more hope and excitement than, say, a tetanus shot. Our kids appeared excited, relieved, and pretty darn proud of themselves.


As with anything, it wasn't perfect, but it still feels pretty great. Thank you for your trust and responsiveness to help us get this thing in motion over spring break. This vaccination clinic ranks among the top experiences of my career, and I won't soon forget.


Let's do it all over again in three weeks!


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!


Pete Scully

Principal

TWHS

**New announcements for this week**

  • Cardinals of the Month
  • Virtual Generation Tech Event hosted by JPMorgan Chase April 24 10 am - 4 pm

**ACADEMIC UPDATES**

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There are three general behavior expectations at Thomas Worthington: build Relationships, show Respect, and be Responsible.


We define building Relationships as “to cultivate belonging”. From our morning greeting as each student enters the building to each classroom culture, we strive to create an environment that is so welcoming that 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 our self and others.


We define be Responsible as “attend and being on time”. We certainly extend grace when life comes at us fast and heavy, but we are intentional about the importance of showing up, being on time, and being present for ourselves and others.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS TO RECOGNIZE STAFF MEMBERS

Attention Parents/Caregivers- would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff

member has had on you or your child? The PBIS Team at TWHS would like to give you that

opportunity. Please take 2 minutes and click here to complete the recognition form. Thank

You!

State-Required End-Of-Course Assessments for the Week of April 19-23

The week of April 19 - 23, Thomas Worthington High School will administer state-required end-of-course assessments to all students enrolled in Math I, Math II, U.S. History, U.S. Government, English Language Arts II (English 10), and Biology.


In order to provide focused time and attention to students who are testing, we will be on an altered bell schedule with a late start during this week. Students enrolled in tested subjects are required to report to school at their regular time of 7:45 a.m. for testing; we will use a delayed start of school for any student who is not testing. Lunch will be served following the testing period, and classes will begin at 12:10 p.m. If your child is testing on at least one of these days, test-specific information will be shared with students and their families in a few weeks.


Buses will run their regular morning routes for students involved in testing and a second route three hours later for non-testers. All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.


Linworth, Academy, Rockbridge, and full-day DACC students will take their tests at their respective schools. Half-day DACC and TWHS students will take their tests at Thomas Worthington High School.


TESTING BELL SCHEDULE

Testing 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Lunch 11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Classes 12:10 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.


For more information about graduation requirements from the Ohio Department of Education, please click HERE. If you have additional questions about graduation requirements, please contact your child’s school counselor or me at 614-450-6275.



Sincerely,


Todd Keenan

Assistant Principal

tkeenan@wscloud.org

Testing Bell Schedule

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Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances

Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.


The classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65; however, parents/guardians of juniors will find their $65 fee loaded under Linworth rather than Thomas Worthington. The Treasurer’s Office has asked that this fee be paid with the assurance that the paid fee will be redirected to Thomas Worthington High School.


Please contact Cathy Shaw, TWHS Administrative Secretary, at cshaw@wscloud.org, or by phone at 614-450-6272 if you have questions about your child’s school fees.

College Credit Plus Announcement

If you plan to participate in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program during the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the following:


1) Watch the two videos below on CCP. The first video is a general overview of CCP delivered by the ODE, and the second is a video on how Worthington City Schools implements CCP in our buildings.



2) Once you have watched the videos, you can pick up the "Intent to Participate" form in the School Counseling Office. Forms must be complete with signatures prior to turning back in. *Returning CCP students must also submit an Intent Form for next year. Please be sure to fill out the back of the form in detail! Once you submit your intent form to the Counseling Office, Mr. Quart will email you with the next steps. This may include additional forms for the college, or testing requirements. Please be sure to check your school email often, and read the next steps carefully!


If you have any questions about College Credit Plus, you can reach Mr. Quart at dquart@wscloud.org

College & Career Planning for the Class of 2022: Junior Night Presentation

Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! As a guide to the college admission process, the TWHS School Counselors have created a video titled, "College & Career Planning for the class of 2022." You can watch the video 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 watch the video and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!


Your TWHS School Counselors,

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

**SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS**

Graduation Ceremony Update

Last year, Worthington contracted with the Schottenstein Center to host our school ceremonies. We shared with families the dates and times for each school:


Thomas Worthington High School - Monday, May 24 @ 7 PM

Worthington Kilbourne High School - Tuesday, May 25 @ 7 PM


The Ohio State University is not allowing large groups at this time, so we cannot finalize anything or confirm this location at this time. We are in regular conversation with them and hope to hear soon whether we can confirm their location.


If we are not able to hold our graduation ceremony at the Schottenstein Center, we will hold the ceremony on the same date and time at our football fields.

Order Your TWHS Graduation Yard Banner Today!

The TWHS Band Boosters will again host a Graduation Banner sale.

Graduation banners are now available to order online until May 6th at gradbanners.com Graduation Banners will be ready for pick up @ 758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center, May 10th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Email Addi McElroy with questions at amcelroy15@gmail.com. The TWHS Boosters will receive a donation from each banner sold. Thank you for your support!

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Available for Pick-up on April 15 & 16

The ordering window for graduation caps and gowns officially closed on January 31. If your student is planning to participate in the Thomas Worthington High School commencement ceremony on May 24, please contact Buckeye Scholastic to make arrangements for a late order. Cap/gown orders submitted prior to the January 31st deadline will be available to pick up in the Cards Center on Thursday, April 15th and Friday, 16th between 10:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Please contact class adviser Mike Brienza (mbrienza@wscloud.org) if your senior is NOT participating in the ceremony so their name can be removed from the list.

No Senior Fee This Year

The Worthington Board of Education has decided not to charge a Senior Fee this year. Please make sure all other outstanding fees and balances are paid prior to graduation. You can pay these fees via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com


Please contact Cathy Shaw, TWHS Administrative Secretary, at cshaw@wscloud.org, or by phone at 614-450-6272 if you have questions about your child's school fees.

Important 2020-21 Yearbook Deadline Dates for the Class of ‘21

Buy The Cardinal Yearbook today! Want more information? Check out our website!

Purchase your Senior Ad page: Click on the Recognition Ad tab to create an account to purchase your Senior Ad Page by April 14, 2021.

**School Community Connection**

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.


Click Attendance Philosophy & Procedure for important information regarding your child's absence from school.

Generation Tech Virtual Event

JPMorgan Chase would like to invite you to the upcoming Virtual Generation Tech Event on Saturday, April 24. It is a one day, social good app design challenge for high school students. All technical skill levels are welcome to participate. Winning teams will receive prizes for their solutions. For more information click here.


Date: Saturday, April 24

Time: 10am-4pm

Location: Zoom details to be provided

Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y597qyy3

Worthington City Schools and DACC Present: The 2021 Virtual Job Fair

Do you have a student who is 16 or older looking for part-time employment over the summer or next school year? Is your senior interested in working full-time next year to save money for school? We have an awesome opportunity for them! On Friday, April 30, we are going to host our annual Job Fair VIRTUALLY from 8:30-10 AM.



Interested students can report to the library to connect with employers via zoom. We will have a wide variety of employers there including: Aqua-Tots, the Columbus Zoo/Zoombezi Bay, Huntington Bank, Swensons, and more! Details will be posted in Schoology as we get closer to the event. Students are encouraged to stop by the School Counseling Office if they have any additional questions!

Save the date: PROM 2021 will be MAY 8th

Please note this Junior and Senior event will be held at TWHS, and all COVID protocols, including masking and distancing, will be followed. While it will look and feel a bit different, it will still be special!

TWHS Band Boosters' Annual Mattress Sale Set for Sunday, April 18th, 10am-4pm

"If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed in your home now is the time. Thomas Worthington Band is hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser in the TWHS gymnasium lobby on Sunday April 18th, 10am-4pm. There will be 26 different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The beds name mattresses are made to order, have full factory warranties, available in all sizes, and are priced below retail. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows, sheets, and even adjustable power bases!! Delivery & financing are available."


Visit the Facebook event. FACEBOOK LINK Click “GOING”, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SHARE OUR POSTS!


Check out how it works: YOUTUBE VIDEO

**From the Health Office**

Updated COVID-19 Information

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


Protocol for COVID-19 School Screening and Follow Up Requirements


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.


Keep your child home if ANY of the following symptoms are present:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • New or worsened cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


Keep your child home if two or more of the following symptoms are present:

  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Fatigue


Contact Nurse Julie Frank if you have any questions or need further instructions.


Julie Frank MSE BSN RN/ jfrank@wscloud.org/ Office phone 614-450-6215

Attention 11th Grade Parents/Guardian: Important Immunization Information for Senior Year

Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) now requires all 12th grade students to receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, only one dose is required. Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against meningitis, a bacterial infection that affects the spinal fluid and lining of the brain.


Your child may have already had these immunizations. Please check with your child’s doctor to determine if they have been completed. If they have not, immunizations may be obtained from your doctor, at the health department, or at any urgent care center. Please have your child drop off the updated record in the TWHS Health Office as soon as possible, or it can be faxed directly to TWHS (Fax 614-450-6393). The required immunizations (or a valid exemption) must be obtained prior to the start of the senior year. Ohio law allows schools to exclude students who do not have the appropriate documentation on file.


Please go to Ohio Department of Health's website or contact Julie Frank, TWHS School Nurse, at jfrank@wscloud.org if you have questions. BEAT THE SUMMER RUSH AND HAVE YOUR CHILD IMMUNIZED NOW!

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.


FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the Remainder of the 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


April 12: Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

April 14: Deadline to purchase Senior Ad Page for the Yearbook

April 15 & 16: Graduation Cap & Gown available for pick-up

April 16: 16 Minute Homeroom Bell Schedule

April 17: ACT Test Day

April 18: TWHS Band Boosters Mattress Sale 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

April 19-23: State-Required End-Of-Course Assessments

April 23: 16 Minute Homeroom Bell Schedule

April 26: Board of Education Meeting 7:30 p.m.

April 30: Virtual Job Fair 8:30 -10 a.m.

Thomas Worthington High School

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

twhsattend@wscloud.org

(614)450-6291


Principal, Pete Scully

(614)450-6206

Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald

(614)450-6292

Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan

(614)450-6261

Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (R-Z), Megan Kirsten

(614)450-6284

Dean of Students, Scott Gordon

(614)450-6261

Athletic Director, Jen Goebbel

(614)450-6285

School Counseling Chair, David Quart

(614)450-6296

Registrar, Kate Weber