TWHS Weekly News

January 13, 2023

Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 16th:

  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 17th:

Wednesday, January 18th:

Thursday, January 19th:
  • 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!


Pete Scully


Thomas Worthington HS

**New Announcements This Week**

  • 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 See the website for details.

Order your cap & gown


Submit Your Senior Picture!

Senior pictures must be submitted by

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Senior Picture Submission Form.

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


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What Teachers and Staff are Saying

See what the teachers and staff 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.

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Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, February 8th and Thursday, February 16th

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 8th from 3:45 - 7:25 pm and again on Thursday, February 16th from 4:30 - 8:10 pm. Families can request to meet in person, via ZOOM or by phone with teachers when scheduling their conferences. Online scheduling is now open Please CLICK HERE for more information about scheduling parent/teacher conferences with your student’s teachers.

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)

Curriculum Night January 25, 2023

We would like to welcome all students and their family to our Transition and Curriculum Night on January 25, 2023. Please click on this link for more information. Please direct any questions that you have regarding this event to Todd Keenan at

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 (

"Make More" - STEM Program at TWHS

Winter Formal Information

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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

ACT Boot Camp February 5 & 12, 2023

Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator ( 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

Your child’s 2nd nine weeks grades can be accessed through Infinite Campus and report cards can be generated from the “Report” menu. 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 or Kate Weber at 614-450-6304 or at

Worthington Travel Night

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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,

For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Megan Roberts or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe or call 614-450-6261

Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway 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.

Flock Talk - Takeover, Crew 2


Just a reminder: Don't forget to order your 2022-2023 yearbooks.!

Click HERE for more information and to place your order.

Cardinal Yearbook Website

Check out our brand new website for The Cardinal Yearbook! Go to for all of your information.

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For additional information please visit the MLK Jr. Community Celebration Webpage.
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TWHS Clubs and Activities

Interested in joining a club at TWHS. Check out the list above.

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.

Thomas Worthington Athletic Gear

Order today!

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: or contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program for more information. Thank you for your support!


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 or fax to 614-450-6393 or drop it off in the office.

  • 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.


Thomas Worthington High School

ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393


PTSO Meeting Tuesday, January 17th AT 7:00 pm

There will be a PTSO meeting Tuesday, January 17th at 7:00 pm in room 127 at Thomas Worthington High school. All are welcome.

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.

PTSO Meeting Dates Set for 2022-23 – Please Join Us!

All PTSO meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. in the TWHS Principal's conference room (Room 127). Everyone is welcome - please join us! The meeting dates this year are:

January 17th

March 21st

May 16th

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.

TWHS Attendance Procedures

Call the 24-hour recorded line to leave a message at

614-450-6291, or you may send an email to

Attendance Philosophy & Procedure

Important information regarding your child's absence from school.

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.

Before and After School Guidelines

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


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

Phone: (614)450-6200

Twitter: @TWHS_cardinals