TWHS Weekly News
February 17, 2023
Monday, February 20th:
- NO SCHOOL - President's Day
Tuesday, February 21st:
Wednesday, February 22nd:
- Homeroom Bell Schedule
- Support Healthy Relationships, WEC 6:30 pm
- Band Concert 7:30 pm
- TWHS Winter Percussion and Color Guard Restaurant Fundraiser at Cane's
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Black History Month Celebration 7:00 pm
Friday, February 24th:
- 2A/2B Bell Schedule
- Black History Month Celebration
Dear Cardinal Family,
The birds tell me everything I need to know.
In the winter, mornings are quiet and cold. While we're technically still there, it's clear nature is getting restless. When I wake up now, I hear the birds chirping, seemingly begging for the temperature to rise as quickly as the sun.
Well, as a school principal, I can tell you birds are chirping here, too. I think we're all ready for spring! I also know this is the normal ebb and flow of seasonal changes and how they typically impact behavior. The glimpses of sun and warmth are exciting. The crash of temperatures reminds us we're not quite there yet, no matter how impatient we are.
The best path forward is us working together to keep everyone on track. I always love how parent-teacher conferences offer an opportunity for a course correction. They also remind us we've still got work to do and a good bit ahead of us.
I'm hoping the holiday weekend gives us all a chance to recharge, enjoy each other, and come back ready to finish out February!
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New Announcements This Week**
- Black History Month Celebration
- ACT Test Day for All Juniors, March 14th
- Summer Art Camp Opportunities at the McConnell Art Center
- Thank you from the PTSO
- DACC Senior Only Programs
** 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.
ACT Testing for ALL Juniors March 14th
On Tuesday, March 14th, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. This ACT administration is free to all 11th grade students. All juniors will automatically be enrolled to take the test. Linworth, Academy, and half-day DACC students will take the test at their home school.
In order to provide focused time and attention to the ACT, the morning will be dedicated to testing only. All 11th grade students are required to report to school at their regular time for testing. We will use a delayed start of school for 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Lunch will be available for all students. Classes will begin at 12:55 p.m.
For 11th grade students, school buses will run at their regularly scheduled times for arrival.
For 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students, school buses will run on approximately a 90 minute delay for arrival.
Students on buses will arrive at school around 10:10 a.m. They will be directed to the gym for recreation or the auditorium.
All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.
PM Academy, Linworth, and DACC students will leave for their schools immediately after testing. A bus will pick them up at the West End. (For students with extended time, they will be transported to their school of enrollment upon completion of the test.)
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Brett Shaffer, Assistant Principal, at Bshaffer@wscloud.org or 614-450-6292.
Testing Bell Schedule
2023-2024 College Credit Plus Information
Students & Families-
Are you interested in taking a College Credit Plus Course that TWHS has to offer? If so, the application process for CCP students for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.
Please review the videos below to learn more about College Credit Plus:
Students will need to stop by the School Counseling Office and pick up the "Intent to Participate" form to be considered for the program. The Intent to Participate form is due to Mr. Quart by April 1st, 2023 in the School Counseling Office.
If you have any questions about the program, reach out to Mr. Quart at email@example.com in the School Counseling Office.
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).
DACC Program Spotlights - Senior Only Programs
Join a DACC admissions representative and our talented Program Instructors for an informational overview session and lab tour of the unique one year, senior-only program. Attendees will learn how DACC students graduate with confidence, earn industry credentials and college credits, gain professional contacts, create an impressive resume, and get actual experience that employers and colleges value.
Please note: pre-registration is required. See full list of tours and register here.
- Thursday, February 23: App Development & Programming Technician
- Tuesday, February 28: Pharmacy Technician
- TBD coming soon!: Facilities Pre-Engineering Technician
Don’t miss any opportunities to explore. Join our Explore Newsletter to receive monthly resources to learn more about DACC’s high school options.
UPCOMING INFO SESSIONS AT DACC
11th Grade Students & Families
Learn about the exclusive senior-only programs offered by the Delaware Area Career Center. It’s not too late to add one of these classes to your schedule for senio ryear. Students enrolled in these courses gain valuable credentials, professional contacts, an unbeatable experience, and an impressive resume for college and/or career. Join the DACC team for two upcoming
events to learn more. We would love to see you there!
11th Grade Families: Resume-Building Career & College-Prep Courses Through DACC
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-450-6272
Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee
email@example.com or call 614-450-6285
Textbooks: Kathie Volpe
firstname.lastname@example.org 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. There is 1 competition dates left:
Tuesday, March 14th at 3:30 pm
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.
Friday Flock Talk
Our ComTech students produce a weekly edition of student news titled Flock Talk. It is released every Friday for the students and the staff. Here is this week's edition.
Yearbook Sale February 13-17
What goes best with chocolate and flowers? A Yearbook. Use the coupon code "VDAY" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs February 13-17 for the lowest price.
Click HERE for more information and to place your order.
Buy A Senior Ad!
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. Senior ad page examples
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2023
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
- ⅛ page senior ad: $40
- ¼ page senior ad: $75
- ½ page senior ad page: $125
Use either link below to purchase a baby ad or a regular ad.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
Summer Art Camp Opportunities at the McConnell Arts Center
The MAC is committed to building pathways to the arts for students of all ages! The MAC’s classes are led by local artists who help the center offer high-quality arts education. The artist educators help offer multi-week courses and special workshops for beginners through advanced levels for youth and adults. New instructors have provided a greater variety of class offerings, including mixed media, watercolor, fashion, and dance. Summer camps provide youth with creative explorations of the arts. The full list of our current offerings can be found here https://www.mcconnellarts.org/category/all-classes/youth-classes/
For information on the summer camp offerings please see the Summer Camp Flyer.
Thank You From the PTSO
Thomas Worthington High School Presents: Seussical the Musical
The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.
Feb. 17, 18 & 19, 2023
**Tickets can no longer be purchased at the box office the night of the show. You must pre-purchase your ticket online for all performances.**
Attention Juniors: Automotive Maintenance Pre-Apprenticeship Program
Attention Junior Families: Do you have a student who is interested in learning more about automotive maintenance? Are they unsure of what they might be interested in but know they want to work after graduation? Worthington has an exciting new opportunity for them! During the 23-24 school year, we are piloting an internship program with Performance Columbus' Drive Direct location. We have two upcoming opportunities for students to learn more!
Drive Direct is also hosting two open house sessions for interested families. These sessions will be held at Performance University on the second floor of Drive Direct at 2361 Morse Rd. Columbus 43229.
Session 1: Thursday, February 23, 5:30-6:30PM
Session 2: Wednesday, March 8, 6:30-7:30PM
Interested students and parents can sign up today and up until the day before the session they are attending. If you have any questions, please contact TW School Counselor Celeste Preisse (firstname.lastname@example.org).
**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! 20% off of $100 for a limited time with the code FEB23.
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 email@example.com 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
February 17th & 18th: Seussical the Musical 8pm
February 19th: Seussical the Musical 2:00 pm
February 20th: NO SCHOOL- President's Day
February 22nd: Band Concert 7:30 pm
February 22nd: Supporting Healthy Relationships Presentation, WEC 6:30 pm
February 22nd: Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Restaurant Fundraiser at Cane's
February 23rd: Black History Month Show 7:00 pm
February 24th: Black History Month Show
February 24th: 2A/2B Bell Schedule
February 27th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
February 28th: Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
March 2nd: National Honor Society Induction
March 9th: Last Day of 3rd Quarter
March 10th: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
March 13th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
March 14th: ACT Test Day for Juniors - Late Start for 9, 10, and 12
March 14th: Ohio Math League Competition, Rm 227 3:30 pm
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 Flom
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy