TWHS Weekly News
January 13, 2023
Monday, January 16th:
- NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 17th:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Ohio Math League Completion, RM 227 3:30 pm
- PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
Wednesday, January 18th:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Worthington Travel Night, WEC 6:30 pm
Friday, January 20th:
- Regular Bell Schedule
Dear Cardinal Family,
Nothing attracts administrator attention more effectively at bus duty than an uproar and kids circling up with phones out.
Unstructured times and spaces are notoriously the most difficult places for behavior management. Lunch, recess, hallways, restrooms, and bus duty can be areas and times that require additional supervision to help kids remember they're still in school. When there is an obvious disruption and hundreds of people are in the vicinity, we tend to converge to investigate and intervene as quickly as possible.
As we got closer to the aforementioned uproar at the bus loop, we instantly became less concerned and a lot more curious.
In our parking lots, we have installed trash cans with spring-loaded lids. Student council leaders noticed trash blowing around our parking lots and made the request. Our maintenance crew purchased and installed these trash cans, and we've certainly seen reduced trash on campus as a result!
What we didn't anticipate was that the spring-loaded lids can also act as a humane trap for hungry wildlife.
At some point overnight, a hungry raccoon had entered a trash can and was unable to get out. The shrieking and gathering around the can happened when one student innocently threw away their trash. In an instant, the desperate raccoon made himself very visible. We quickly moved kids away, hoping to avoid any more wildlife interaction. About 10 minutes after the buses left, one of our custodians unlocked the trash can access door, and the raccoon scampered away.
If your kids are like mine, I bet your how-was-school? query got the standard "fine" answer with little more detail. But I bet a few of you were regaled with the tale of our trapped furry friend!
I hope you have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New Announcements This Week**
- ATENTION SENIORS: ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN (DEADLINE is January 31st)
- ATTENTION SENIORS: SUBMIT YOUR SENIOR PHOTOS (DEADLINE is January 31st)
- Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
- "Make More" - STEM Program at TWHS
- Please Pay any Outstanding Fees and Balances
- Winter Formal February 4th
- Discuss the Dangers of Fentanyl with Dr. Beth Weinstock M.D.
- ACT Boot Camp
- Science Day
- The ASVAB for Students 10 - 12
Seniors: Order Your Cap & Gown
Seniors, graduation will be here before you know it. Be prepared for graduation day and order your Cap, Gown & Tassel early. You can also order Announcements, Stationery and Class Rings. Orders may be placed online at buckeyescholastic.com. See the website for details.
ORDER DEADLINE JANUARY 31, 2023
Submit Your Senior Picture!
Senior pictures must be submitted by
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
In order to avoid any mistakes, please follow the directions closely.
Directions to submit your senior picture:
- Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE (see example)
- 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.”
- Pictures cannot contain watermarks of photographers.
- PLEASE do not send screenshots of your picture. It must be high quality to be included!
- Senior Photo Submission Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)
Late photos will not be accepted
** 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.
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 16th
2023 - 2024 Course Registration
Did you know that 2023-24 course registration is just around the corner? Here are our timeline and resources that will help you and your student navigate this process:
January 13-20: Teachers will discuss course offerings within their content area with their students
January 25: During homeroom, students will receive a hard copy of the registration card (list of all the classes TWHS offers). They will also learn about the scheduling resources we have available which include:
January 25-31: Students should speak with their family about what courses to register for.
February 1: During second period, students will register for their 2023-24 classes. They will need their chromebooks as they will do this in Infinite Campus. Their second period teacher will be there to help.
February 2-28: Counselors meet with students to confirm course requests
Thank you for supporting your student during this process. Please reach out to your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.
Felicha Smith (students with last name A-D)
Kelly Swearingen (students with last name E-K)
Celeste Preisse (students with last name L-M)
David Quart (students with last name N-R)
Stephanie Burns (students with last name R-Z)
Science Day Information
This year’s K-12 Science Day will be held on Saturday, February 25th, 2023 at Thomas Worthington High School. Science Day has grown to include a number of different options for students. The events planned for the 2023 science day include: Science Fair, Invention Convention, Design Challenge, and a Cubing Competition. To sign up to volunteer or judge, register students to participate, or learn more, visit the Science Day website (www.worthington.k12.oh.us/ScienceDay).
"Make More" - STEM Program at TWHS
Winter Formal Information
The ASVAB for Students in 10 - 12 Grade
Dear TWHS 10-12 Grade Families,
Is your student interested in pursuing a career in the military someday? Are they having trouble deciding what path is best for them after high school? Are they looking for additional standardized test preparation? TWHS has a great opportunity for you!
On Saturday, January 28th, we will be offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, more commonly known as the ASVAB test, from 9 am-12pm in the Cards Center. This is a test that is required for all students who plan on entering the military, but also serves as standardized test prep, and a career exploration opportunity.
Through the ASVAB, students will be tested in 8 areas, including the following: general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, auto and shop information, and mechanical comprehension.
Scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge -- count towards an Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether students are qualified to enlist in the U.S. military. Scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified students are for certain military occupational specialties and enlistment bonuses. Students will receive their scores, along with an interpretation within 15 days of the test administration date.
There will be a sign-up sheet in the School Counseling Office for students beginning Tuesday, January 17 until Friday, January 27. If your student would like to prepare for the ASVAB test, they may use the following websites for practice tests:
If you have any questions, please contact Celeste Preisse at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ACT Boot Camp February 5 & 12, 2023
Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator (PrepAccelerator.com) is returning for the 5th consecutive year to teach the 2-day, 15-hour ACT Boot Camp to Worthington High School students on Sunday, February 5, and Sunday, February 12, 2023. 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 8:00am to 5:00pm on both days.
The boot camp will be taught online, and students will log in from their homes to attend the boot camp on both days.
An intensive, two-day training session open to Linworth, TWHS and WKHS students, will be taught online on February 5 and February 12, 2023. 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 975 drills with solutions covering English and Math.
Click ACT Boot Camp for more information.
2nd Nine Weeks Grades Updated in Infinite Campus
Worthington Travel Night
Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances
Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. Classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65. Senior fee is $35. 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: Megan Roberts
email@example.com or call 614-450-6272
Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-450-6285
Textbooks: Kathie Volpe
email@example.com or call 614-450-6261
Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway
LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278
Ohio Math League Competition Dates
The Ohio Math League Competition dates are below. All students are welcome to compete free of charge. Materials needed include a graphing calculator and a pencil/pen. Questions may be directed to Mr. Dosky in Room 227.
This is a state-wide event and there are a total of 6 competitions that are held once each month starting in October and ending in March. For a list of competition dates, please click HERE. Each high school competes and we take the top 5 scores to represent our team score. A perfect team score would be a 30 and a perfect individual score would be a 6. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the contest each month.
Flock Talk - TAKEOVER
Our ComTech 1 students worked for the last couple of weeks of 1st semester to come up with what we are calling, Flock Talk - Takeover. For this week and next, two separate crews put together an episode in the spirit of our beloved Flock Talk show. We will be back to our regularly scheduled program in 3 weeks.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Spirit Wear Store is Open
Do you need spirit wear or athletic gear with the new TWHS logo? Please visit the link below to order! 15% off everything for a limited time with the code SAVE15.
TWHS Car Magnets - New Logo Available!!
Big news! TWHS car magnets with the new logo are now available! There are a limited number of car magnets available with the vintage logo while supplies last. Plus, three new activities were added to the magnet options including DHS, NHS and Ski & Ride!
Please use this form to request the magnet type and quantity for your order: https://bit.ly/twhsmagnets or contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program for more information. Thank you for your support!
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Parent, Is your Child 16 or Older?
Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) requires all 12th grade students receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. The second dose must be received after the student's 16th birthday. Proof of this vaccination is due to the school prior to senior year. Once the vaccine is received please send proof of vaccination or an updated immunization record to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 614-450-6393 or drop it off in the office.
- Visit: www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/immunization-program
- Health Department walk in hours: 240 Parsons Ave. Mon. 8 am - 4pm, Tues. 10 am - 6 pm, Wed. 8 am - 11 am, Thurs./Fri. 8 am - 4 pm
- Worthington United Methodist Church walk in vaccine clinic:1st Wednesday of each month 1 pm - 4pm, 600 High St. Worthington
When to Keep Your Child at Home / Guidelines From our Health Office
When to Keep Your Child Home: Your child is too ill to go to school if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- Temperature above 100 degrees F by mouth (see below)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours (see below)
- Shortness of breath or has increase in wheezing during normal activity
- Has a cough that interrupts normal activity
- Pain from an earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
- Has yellow or green drainage from nose or eye(s)
- Rash over body or localized to one area of the body
- Fatigue and needs rest (common with flu-like symptoms)
Students who are sent home with a fever 100 degrees or higher must remain at home until the student is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. In most cases this means that students will miss the following school day. Please understand that fevers can reoccur within a 24 hour time period and this policy is in the best interest for all students.
Students who are sent home due to vomiting or diarrhea must also stay home for 24 hours to ensure that these symptoms are gone before returning to school.
Please keep your student home when they are sick. It is in the best interest of your student to stay home when they are ill and helps to protect a healthy environment at school for staff and other students.
J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN
Thomas Worthington High School
ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393
PTSO Meeting Tuesday, January 17th AT 7:00 pm
Join the PTSO!
Our PTSO needs your support! Please consider joining our organization and help our parent volunteers with fun activities for students and staff, supplies for teachers and scholarships for seniors at the end of each year. To join, fill out this online membership form or print and mail the PTSO Membership form.
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 email@example.com.
Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students
Your support in following these guidelines for dropping off and picking up students 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.
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
January 16th: NO SCHOOL
January 17th: Ohio Math League Competition 3:30 pm
January 17th: PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
January 19th: Worthington Travel Night, WEC 6:30 pm
January 25th: Transition and Curriculum Night
January 28th: ASVAB Test 8:30 am
February 1st: 2A/2B Bell Schedule
February 4th: Winter Formal
February 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm - 7:10 pm
February 14th: Ohio Math League Competition 3:30 pm
February 16th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30 pm-8:10 pm
February 17th & 18th: Seussical the Musical 8pm
February 19th: Seussical the Musical 2:00 pm
February 20th: NO SCHOOL
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-R), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (S-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy