TWHS Weekly News
February 4, 2022
Monday, February 7:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Staff Meeting, 3:15 pm
- Homeroom Bell Schedule
- Parent-Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm - 7:10 pm
- Supporting Healthy Relationships 6:30 pm , WEC
Thursday, February 10:
- Regular Bell Schedule
Friday, February 11:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Winter Formal 8:30 - 11:00 pm
Dear Cardinal Family,
I once mentioned to a parent that when my newsletter opener was about the weather, there must be something I was trying to avoid.
So, I won't write about the weather. It really isn't that remarkable. What I will talk about is TWO SNOW DAYS!
I want you to think back to last year. Students were audibly groaning at the thought of a snow day disrupting their hybrid schedule or their one Friday during the month. (If you're not sure what I am talking about, ask a high school kid about last February.)
This year, there was a palpable nervousness and excitement about a potential snow day. Just like old times, kids were stopping me in the hallway, asking me what the chances were. I pulled out my typical, cagey and non-committal responses. They acted superficially frustrated, while secretly believing I had the answer and wasn't sharing it.
For me, it was good to have a brief break from the fast pace. I'm also excited to get back at it as soon as possible. It's huge that a snow day feels normal again!
I hope you have a great weekend. Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements This Week**
- January Cardinals of the Month
- Updated Course Registration Information for 2022-2023
- TWHS Musical Production of Mama Mia!
- Parents - Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure
** 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.
Recognition of Others
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, February 9th and Thursday, February 17th
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 9th from 3:30 - 7:10 pm and again on Thursday, February 17th 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.
College Credit Plus (CCP) Update
Students, are you interested in earning free college credit while in high school? Are you wanting to take a Columbus State class, or enroll in classes at The Ohio State University? If so, please stop by the School Counseling Office and pick up the "Intent to Participate" form. This form initiates the process of you registering for a CCP course for the 2022-2023 school year! Once you have all required signatures, turn the Intent form into the Counseling Office and check your school email for further directions.
For information on College Credit Plus, please watch the following video: Understanding College Credit Plus.
If you have any questions, please contact David Quart, School Counselor via email at, email@example.com.
Your TWHS School Counseling Department
Course Registration Information for the 2022-2023 School Year
On Wednesday, February 2, our students registered for their 2022-23 classes during third period. If your student missed this opportunity, it needs to be completed by February 9th. Here is the necessary information to help do that:
If your student has any further questions, please contact their assigned school counselor:
Felicha Smith (students with last name A-D) firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly Swearingen (students with last name E-K) email@example.com
Celeste Preisse (students with last name L-M) firstname.lastname@example.org
David Quart (students with last name N-R) email@example.com
Stephanie Burns (students with last name R-Z) firstname.lastname@example.org
ACT Administration for Juniors Tuesday, March 1st
On Tuesday, March 1st, 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 12:20 p.m.
TESTING BELL SCHEDULE
Testing: 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Period 5: 12:20 p.m. - 12:57 p.m.
Period 6: 1:02 p.m. - 1:39 p.m.
Period 7: 1:44 p.m. - 2:21 p.m.
Period 8: 2:26 p.m. - 3:05 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 3-hour delay for arrival.
Students on buses will arrive at school around 10:00 a.m. They will be directed to the gym for recreation or the auditorium/library for quiet study.
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.
New SENIOR ONLY Programs are Available at DACC
New programs have just become available to your high school student at the Delaware Area Career Center.
Due to popular demand, DACC now has one-year, senior-only programs that take place after the normal school day hours. These brand-new classes include:
Application Development and Programming Technician -Develop the rigor, industry knowledge, work ethic, and abilities necessary for a career in information technology and user experience.
Building Facilities Technician - Learn the basic structure and function of building facilities while practicing the fundamentals of carpentry, electrical, plumbing, heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
Healthcare Technician - Learn health-related skills in order to obtain the State Tested Nurse Assistant (STNA) credential. You will be provided with basic nursing care using classroom instruction and lab practice.
Nail Technician - Nail Technician students learn how to perform quality manicures, pedicures, and apply the techniques of artificial nail implementations all in a safe and sanitary manner.
During their senior year, students will be able to customize their school day to meet their academic requirements and then come to DACC from 2:45 – 5:00 p.m. to take one of these super-electives. These courses fulfill their required elective credits and in addition, your child will complete their senior year with:
The opportunity to earn 12 points of industry credentials toward graduation
Professional contacts and a strong resume
Confidence and clarity in their next steps after high school
TWHS National Honor Society
Junior Night Presentation for the Class of 2023
Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! If you were unable to attend the Junior Night Presentation in person or you want to review what was said, you can view the presentation 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 view the presentation and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!
Your TWHS School Counselors,
Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns
Special Education Key Communicator
Worthington’s Special Education Key Communicator Committee strives to build positive, productive and collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst the educators and community of families whose children receive special education and related services. We will engage in two-way communication, with the goal being to provide a circle of influence where we can share out and learn from and with each other.
The key communicator will convey information from their building to the committee, as well as information from the committee to their buildings.
The Key Communicator for Thomas Worthington High School is Meredith Murphy (email@example.com). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss.
Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown
Parents of the Class of 2022: It would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early due to production and shipping times slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN NOW
**The final deadline to submit orders is February 14, 2022 to ensure delivery of your student's cap & gown in the spring.**
Columbus Foundation & Other Local Scholarships
Dear Senior Families,
The Columbus Foundation Scholarship application is open now until March 1. Completing this application puts students in the running for a variety of local scholarships including these which are specific to TW: The Matthew G. Miner and Olivia Midnight Scholarships. You can access this application HERE. Need help? HERE is a helpful YouTube video that will walk you through their application process.
Additionally, FCBank is providing five, $1000 scholarships to students who are pursuing a degree in a business related field. The deadline for these scholarships is also March 1. You can access their application HERE.
Lastly, the School Counseling department will release their local scholarship application on Friday, March 4 through the TW School Counseling website for other scholarships specific to Thomas Worthington. We hope that all seniors consider taking advantage of these scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, please stop by the School Counseling Office.
Your TW School Counselors
Submit Your Senior Picture!
Senior Pictures must be submitted by Monday, February 14, 2022
Submit your senior picture at Senior Photo Submission for the yearbook by February 14, 2022.
Directions to submit your senior picture:
- Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE
- 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.”
- Senior Photo Submission Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)
No late photos will be accepted.
Seniors and Parents/Guardians Sign up for Naviance Now!
Naviance is a college planning tool for students to request transcripts to be sent to colleges, conduct college searches, and request letters of recommendations. Please make sure you have your email linked to Naviance as the School Counselors will send you emails about college rep visits, scholarships, deadlines, and more! Click Naviance 101 Video presentation or this document for step-by-step directions and more information about using Naviance.
Buy A Senior Ad!
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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.
- Baby photos
- Childhood memories
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parents/guardians of seniors are encouraged to purchase a Senior Ad Page to feature their child in the yearbook. This page can include baby photos, childhood memories, and/or other accomplishments for your child. Click senior ad page examples for ideas.
⅛ page senior ad: $40
¼ page senior ad: $75
½ page senior ad page: $125.
Buy a Senior Baby Ad!
Submit a baby photo for your senior along with a message of congratulations.
Cost: $20 for a 1/8 page ad.
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
Thank you for your interest in purchasing a baby ad in the 2022 TWHS Cardinal Yearbook! The cost is only $20 and proceeds help us create a quality yearbook that you'll enjoy for years to come.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
TWHS Musical Production of Mama Mia! February 25th & 26th at 8:00 pm
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
Tickets for this show will be
available for purchase on
MONDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, 2022 @ NOON
Tickets can only be purchased online and are $15 per person. There will be no tickets purchased at the box office.
Masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Concessions are cash or check only.
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.
***PLEASE REVIEW*** 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.
PTSO Membership 2021-2022
The PTSO represents the parents, teachers, and students of Thomas Worthington High School. We aspire to support our school's mission of supporting the education of students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, students and teachers.
There are many opportunities for parent(s) and guardian(s) to become involved at TWHS through our PTSO. Applications can be filled out online by going to the PTSO tab on the Thomas Worthington web site or by clicking HERE
PTSO Meeting Dates Set for 2021-22 – Please Join Us!
All PTSO meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the TWHS Principal's conference room (Room 127). Everyone is welcome - please join us! The 2021-22 meeting schedule is: March 15 and May 17.
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
Worthington Robotics Club Food Drive
The Worthington Robotics club will be hosting a food drive at TWHS from Monday, January 31st - Tuesday, February 8th.
They are accepting any canned food donations and hygiene products, with emphasis on cereal & oatmeal, canned tuna, canned pasta, diapers—size 3 and larger, baby food, laundry detergent, and conditioner.
Donations should be dropped off at boxes within TWHS in the STEM hallway, science hallway, and in the Central Office (by Ms. Volpe's desk).
Winter Formal Saturday, February 12th
The Winter Formal will be held in the TWHS Main Gym on February 12 from 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. The theme is “Disco.” Please refer to the table below for dates and prices to purchase tickets online. Students should print their ticket(s) and bring them to the dance or have the QR code visible to be scanned at the dance. Please note, the TWHS Dance Guest Form must be completed and approved prior to ticket purchases. Beginning Friday, January 28, the Dance Guest Form will be available online under the Ticket Sales site and paper copies will be available in Central Office.
Online Ticket Sales Only
Jan. 31 - Feb 6th - $10.00
Feb. 7 - 11th - $12.00
Feb. 12th - $15.00
Winter Formal Dance, 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
TWHS Main Gym
Student IDs required!
Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Students are to be picked up promptly at 11:00 p.m.
Please review the dance guidelines and expectations, located on pages 16-17 of the Worthington City Schools High School Handbook, with your child prior to Saturday evening’s dance.
All 6th-12th grade students in the Worthington School District will be admitted free to home sporting events with a VALID student ID. Adult athletic passes and single game tickets are now available online by going to TWHS Ticket Page. Please note that no tickets will sold at the gate. Tickets must be purchased online.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
New COVID Exposure Notification
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Worthington Schools has made every attempt to keep our students, families and community aware of how the virus was impacting our schools. Our dashboard continues to be updated each weekday to display cases and quarantines throughout the district. In addition to this tool, our health office professionals identify positive cases, close contacts and symptomatic students. When this occurs, they continue to contact families and apply the updated guidance from Columbus Public Health.
Until recently, our administrators and health office personnel have also been using the student case data to individually track school and bus schedules and send emails to families that may have been near a COVID case. With the significant increase in cases in our high schools, we are creating a more efficient process than sending a large number of individual emails to families. Starting next week, we will provide Thomas Worthington families a COVID report from our building with relevant information and trends from the week in our Friday newsletter. We are hopeful that this update and our other communication strategies will meet the needs of our school community in this stage of our experience with COVID.
Covid 19 continues to have a presence in our community. Worthington Schools has adapted its policy for quarantine and removal of ill children to reflect those set by The Columbus Health Department.
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.
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.
Your child needs to be kept home if any of the following symptoms are present.
Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
New or worsened cough
New onset severe headache
Loss of taste or smell
Nasal congestion or runny nose
Vomiting or diarrhea
J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN
Thomas Worthington High School
ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393
FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the 2021-2022 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
February 6: ACT Boot Camp, 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
February 8: Staff Meeting, 3:15 PM
February 9: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 PM - 7:10 PM
February 9: Supporting Healthy Relationships, 6:30 pm, WEC
February 12: Winter Formal, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM
February 13: ACT Boot Camp, 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
February 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 PM - 8:10 PM
February 21: NO SCHOOL - President's Day
February 25 & 26: Cardinal Theatre Production of Mama Mia, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
March 1: Junior ACT Test Day
March 2: Band Concert 7:00 PM
March 3: HS/MS Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
March 4: End of 3rd Grading Period
March 7: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
March 9: State of the Schools 6:30 PM, WKHS
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber