TWHS Weekly News & Updates

April 23, 2021

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 26: Regular Bell Schedule

  • Board of Education Meeting ~ 7:30 pm

Tuesday, April 27: Regular Bell Schedule

Wednesday April 28: Regular Bell Schedule

Thursday, April 29: Regular Bell Schedule

Friday, April 30: 16 Minute Homeroom Bell Schedule

  • Virtual Student Job Fair~ 8:30 am

Dear Cardinal Family,

I was really hoping the weather forecast was an April Fools joke.


A couple of years ago, we offered the ACT in February. We were ready--until we got six inches of snow the night before. It was a thick blanket of snow, and it was cold enough to shut everything down. Within a day or two, all the snow was gone, but so was one of three opportunities we had to give the state ACT. It meant we only had one option left since the next possible date was during our spring break. It all worked out in the end but what a disruption to what we thought were great plans. We actually had to ship back all the test materials.


This week, we had the same occurrence. Thankfully the ground and roads are warm at the end of April, and the snow couldn't derail our testing or school plans. We had no delays or disruptions. That is, of course, unless you count things like snow sliding off the tent roof, but that was more like a game of chance for kids trying to get to their lunch spot.


Just as we thought testing was humming along, we had a bomb threat at the Delaware Area Career Center. It ended up being only a minor disruption, and no one was harmed. But, with our transportation and altered test schedules being tightly aligned, the threat created a bit of a mid-day frenzy .


The most important thing is that we safely completed testing. I'm definitely ready for April to end, though. May is always...nevermind. Looking forward to a strong finish to the school year.


Have a great weekend. Go Cards!


Pete Scully

Principal

TWHS

**New announcements for this week**

  • Cross Country Meeting for Fall 2021 ~ May 5th at 7:00 pm
  • Class of 2021 Colonial Hills Reunion ~ May 17th 2:45 pm
  • Outstanding Fees and Fines Reminder
  • Cap & Gown pick up in the principal's office ~ M-F 7:30 am - 3:30 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!

Parents/Guardians: Please Check Your Child’s Account Balance

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


For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Cathy Shaw, Finance Office, at cshaw@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee, Visitors Office at elee@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe, Central Office, at kvolpe@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6261

Library books/Loaner Chromebooks/Hotspot: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278


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.

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**

Did You Miss Cap & Gown Pick Up?

You can pick up your cap & gown in the principal's office anytime between 7:30 am - 3:30 pm M-F!


Check in with secretary Kim Forman to sign off that you have received it.

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.

Class of 2021 Evening Street Reunion

Class of 2021 Evening Street Reunion

Thursday, May 6th, 2021

Evening Street Elementary Playground

3:00 – 4:00 pm


Evening Street is so pleased to be able to host a reception for all the graduating seniors that attended Evening Street Elementary.


Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no refreshments served and masks will be required. We hope that this will make it a safe and comfortable environment for faculty, graduates and families. Below is a link to a google form to RSVP and provide information on future plans.

https://forms.gle/CptsL3fUYCm764u48


Please contact me with any questions and feel free to pass this along to any Evening Street graduating seniors and families. We appreciate any help with spreading the word!


Thanks so much!

Jen Reis

614-620-8641

Class of 2021 Colonial Hills Reunion

Back to your Roots for Colonial Hills Seniors

Monday, May 17th

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Colonial Hills Elementary School Outdoor Learning Space

Senior Baby Ad Sale!

Celebrate your senior with a baby ad in the yearbook! The cost is only $20 and proceeds help us create a quality yearbook that you'll enjoy for years to come. You pick the picture and the message; we include it in the yearbook. The deadline has been extended through May 1st. Don't miss this great opportunity!


Cost: $20

Deadline: May 1st

Senior Baby Ad

Link: https://xy8rbp4l3rq.typeform.com/to/rP3WCDL7

Attention Seniors: All Outstanding Fees and Fines must Be Cleared ASAP

All final student fees/fines must be cleared in order for a senior to receive a diploma at the Commencement Ceremony, receive a final grade card by mail, and for final transcript requests to be processed. All unpaid fees and fines (which include the $65 Instructional fee, library books, textbooks, chromebooks, hotspot devices, athletic and activity participation fees, missing athletic uniforms or gear) must be settled and paid in full as soon as possible. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.


For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Cathy Shaw, Finance Office, at cshaw@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee, Attendance Office at elee@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe, Central Office, at kvolpe@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6261

Library books, Chromebooks and Hotspot Devices: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278

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!

**School Community Connection**

Thomas Worthington's 2021 Prom ~The Secret Garden~


Date: May 8, 2021


Time: 8:00-11:00 pm - You must sign up for a group A or B when you purchase your ticket. Please be sure to select the same group as your friends to ensure yo can all be at the dance together.


  • Group A: 8-10 pm
  • Group B: 9-11 pm


Venue: TWHS - enter through door 16 - Only bring items you plan to wear/hold, as there will not be a coat check due to COVID protocols.


Tickets: Purchase Here -Tickets must be purchased by April 30 No tickets will be available at the door or purchased with cash due to COVID-19. If you are unable to purchase a ticket due to financial reasons, please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Kelsten (jkelsten@wscloud.org)


Guest Form: Click Here - due April 30 to Mrs. Volpe in Central Office


Song Suggestions: Click Here


Restaurant recommendations:


***All COVID-19 protocols must be followed, including face masking and social distancing. Anyone who is actively quarantined should not attend the dance and can reach out for a refund. For more information, visit the Worthington City School's COVID Dashboard: www.worthington.k12.oh.us/domain/1184

CARDINAL NIGHT~ May 1st 7:30 pm

This year, our traditional end of the year celebration Cardinal Day is moving to after hours! We're happy to present Cardinal Night - an outdoor, COVID-safe movie and celebration for Cardinal Country! TWHS Students are invited to join the celebration at the Stadium at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 1st. For more information and to secure their FREE ticket, students should go to tinyurl.com/CardinalNight

Interested in Running Cross Country this Fall at TWHS?

Join us on Zoom for the TWHS cross country information meeting for athletes & parents on Wednesday, May 5 at 7 PM.


Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/92631604073?pwd=SUFWbHprQ3k5cEhDaU9VOEphVlN5UT09


Meet the coaches and learn about summer running and the upcoming XC season.


Please fill out the online 2021 TWHS Cross Country Registration Form - https://forms.gle/PfztC74jL4v6VfQ68

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.

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!

**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 26: Board of Education Meeting ~ 7:30 pm

April 28: Masters Facilities Plan Phase 2 Meeting ~ 7:00 pm

April 30: Virtual Job Fair ~ 8:30 am - 10:00 am

May 1: Cardinal Night ~ 7:30 pm

May 3 - 14: AP exams at TWHS

May 8: TWHS 2021 Prom ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm

May 8: SAT Test Day

May 10: Graduation Banners pick up @ 758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center 10:00am-5:00pm.

May 10: Board of Education meeting ~ 7:30 pm

May 18: Last day of Classes for Seniors

May 21: Seniors - Mandatory Commencement Practice ~ 9:30 am

May 24: TWHS 2021 Graduation ~ 7:00 pm

May 26: Last day of Classes

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