Thomas Worthington High School
BACK TO SCHOOL INFORMATION
Dear Cardinal Family,
There is still plenty of summer left! That's what I keep telling myself as our team works feverishly to get ready for the upcoming school year.
In all seriousness, this information is intended as a resource, not a stressor. Whether your family is new or returning, it's been a while since we've done our traditional back-to-school schedule pickup. We plan to host our normal event this year--meaning you get to get out of your car! There are a couple of new stops I want to bring to your attention, so please read through the newsletter for more details.
This year, we will have all the normal things, like school pictures, fee payments, data updates, textbooks, schedules, and lockers. New this year, Chromebooks! We have enough supply for each student to sign one Chromebook out for their entire high school career. (Chromebooks must be returned at the end, like a textbook.) Also new for this schedule pickup will be a COVID Pfizer vaccine clinic, run by Columbus Public Health. Both pre-registration and walk-ins are welcome, and there is no cost. The second shot will be given during school in the first week of September. Our vision and hearing screenings will also return for 9th and 11th grade students as part of the schedule pickup.
We are getting excited to welcome our Cardinals back to campus.
Please take a look at the newsletter, and we'll see you in a little over a week!
Picture Day at Thomas Worthington High School
All students will need to have their picture taken and receive their student ID while attending schedule pick-up. Parents have the option to purchase school pictures at this time. Please CLICK HERE for more information.
Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic
Worthington City Schools along with Columbus Public Health will be offering a Free Covid-19 Vaccination Clinic during schedule pick-up. Please click HERE for additional information.
Complete the Annual Emergency Data review and Update
All parents/guardians of enrolled students, even those whose personal information has not changed, are required to update the Emergency Contact information for the 2021-2022 school year before their student receives his/her schedule. Please click HERE for directions on how to complete the Emergency Data Review.
Pay School Fees
All students are assessed a $65 fee. Seniors are assessed an additonal $35 "Senior Fee" for a portion of commencement-related expenses. Please pay all current fees and any outstanding fines and fees via the online payment system, www.mypaymentsplus.com, prior to schedule pick up. We will send an email to families when school fees have been uploaded.
Complete Student Parking Application
Students who drive to school must purchase a 2021-2022 parking permit and display a tag in their vehicle. Parent/Guardian consent is required. The parking application is available on your MyPaymentsPlus account under the "Events & Activities" tab. Parking permits may be purchased at anytime during the school year.
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 is in need of parent volunteers for Schedule Pick-Up. Please sign up using the link below if you would like to volunteer.
PSAT - NMSQT Registration Information
Worthington Schools will be offering 10th and 11th grade students the opportunity to take College Board’s Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) at the district’s expense. Please see the information below regarding registration and testing.
WHO: Individuals who register (see link below) and are enrolled in a Worthington Schools high school as a 10th or 11th grader for the 2021-22 school year. Participants may be asked to present a picture ID upon entering the test room.
WHEN: The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered during a regular school day schedule on Tuesday, October 26. Individuals who participate in this test administration will miss regular classroom instructional time. Students taking the test with accommodations may test on both Tuesday, October 26 and Wednesday, October 27.
WHERE: The PSAT/NMSQT will be administered at Thomas Worthington High School and Worthington Kilbourne High School. Linworth Alternative and Worthington Academy students who wish to participate in this test administration will report to their home high school on testing day(s).
WHY: There are several reasons why a student may choose to take the PSAT/NMSQT:
For juniors only, the opportunity to compete for recognition and scholarships through the National Merit Scholarship Program
For juniors only, the opportunity to compete for National Merit Scholar status
Helps to prepare individuals to take the College Board’s SAT college readiness assessment, which is widely used for college admissions.
Worthington Schools will be paying the registration fee for all 10th and 11th graders who opt to participate in our administration, so it’s FREE to all participating students.
Teachers can use the score information to identify strengths and weaknesses and form instruction appropriately.
Counselors can use the score information to provide advice regarding post-high school opportunities, including college and scholarship applications .
HOW TO REGISTER:
Individuals who will be a 10th or 11th grader in the 2021-22 school year can register to take the PSAT/NMSQT at this link https://forms.gle/G8EAQxofREgNxSt37
This opportunity is not available to students in any other grade level.
Registration is July 8 - September 14, 2021.
Complete School Fee Reduction/Free and Reduced Meals
For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students. Families will still need to complete the Online application for school fee reduction. You may fill out the online application for Free and Reduced Meals beginning August 1. Please contact Food Services at 614-450-6140 with questions. Applications are available online. Please click HERE for further details.
Textbooks, Course Materials, and Chromebooks
After receiving your student’s schedule, you will proceed to pick up textbooks and course materials. NEW THIS YEAR - Each student will receive a chromebook for their individual use.
Emergency Broadband(Internet) Benefits are available for those families who may qualify.
Student Accident Insurance Application is Available
Parent(s)/Guardian(s) of Worthington students may purchase student insurance, which is available through an outside agency. Please click HERE for more information.
Update Final Forms for Student-Athletes and Marching Band Participants
Students who plan on participating in a sport or marching band must have all forms completed on Final Forms (https://worthington-oh.finalforms.com/). Required forms must be turned in electronically. A valid OHSAA athletic physical must be turned in before mandatory practice begins. The completed physical may be uploaded to Final Forms, turned in to Mrs. Lee in the main office, or to their coach at practice. Fall athletes must be fully compliant by August 1st.
All TWHS students will be admitted free to home sporting events with a VALID student ID. Adult athletic passes are now available online by going to https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/4631. Please check out all the ticket options for adults this year. Please note that no tickets will sold at the gate. Tickets must be purchased online.
Spirit Car Magnets
Spirit Car magnets will be available for purchase for $6.00 (cash or check). A wide variety of magnets are offered, including graduation year, all sports, theater, choir, band, Cardinal Crazies, alumni, etc. Proceeds benefit the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program.
Important Dates and Reminders
August 12: 9th Grade Orientation Program 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
August 12: Ice Cream Social for All Grades 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
August 18: First Day of School for 9th Grade Only 7:45 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
August 19: First Day of School for All Grades 7:45 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.
September 1: Meet the Teacher night 6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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