Information/Updates about Westerville Central High School
Message from Mr. Lanier
It is back to school time for the 2020-21 school year. Obviously, this is not the way that we are used to this time of year going and we hope that we will be able to return to a 'normal' schedule at some point in the school year. This edition of Warhawk News contains important dates, updates on how remote learning is different this fall versus the spring, and helpful hints on how to ensure that your student gets the most out their remote learning experience.
As I said in my video message earlier this month, this school year is going to ask a lot of everyone. It will be important that we assume the best in one another; extend grace to one another; do our best and try to live in the solution, not the problem; AND be kind to one another. We have a tremendous opportunity to take this difficult situation and make the most of it. I challenge our community to be the example of how to thrive in this remote learning experience. My time as principal at Central has taught me that our community will step up to the challenge and do great things this year.
I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.
"It's Time to Soar Warhawks"
August 20-21: Virtual Academy device distribution (see details below)
August 20: 1st day of school
August 24: 1st day of instruction
TBD : Virtual Open House
September 1: 1st day of school for WVA students
September 16: Virtual Fall Academic Awards Night
Student Schedules Will Be Available Monday, 8/17/2020
Students will also receive a hard copy of their schedule when they attend the textbook/supply distribution next week.
Our team of counselors, administrators, and secretaries deserve a huge round of applause for the work that they've done to get student schedules ready for the school year. :-)
Be Sure to Register for Remote Learning Textbook/Supply Distribution
Note: Central will conduct a separate device distribution day for Westerville Virtual Academy students. Information to follow on the details of how to register for the pick-up.
Synchronous v. Asynchronous Learning
Synchronous lesson: This term means that the lesson is being taught live and in real time. Students will need to log into the video conference during their class period time to access the lesson. Teachers will provide some synchronous lessons each week and will provide a schedule to help students stay on track. Teachers will also provide a link to the lesson video for students who are unable to attend. Students are expected to make every effort to attend synchronous lessons, but we do understand that family device sharing may make this difficult. That is why students will have access to the video lesson to watch at another time if need be.
Asynchronous lesson: This term means that the lesson is student driven/student paced. The teacher will provide the information for the lesson and the student will complete it by the deadline posed by the teacher. Asynchronous lessons may include teacher videos; writing a journal response; answering quiz questions; reading an article; etc. Again, teachers will post their schedule to identify which days are synchronous lessons and which days are asynchronous lessons. Teachers will still be available for live help during their scheduled class periods if a student has a question about an asynchronous lesson.
WCS Parent and Student Technology Guide
Schoology is the starting platform for all remote learning.
Please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Hughes in the Counseling office if you experience trouble with access to Schoology.
Communication is the Key!!
Student Success Coaches
Westerville Virtual Academy Information
August 20-21: Virtual Academy device distribution to students who requested a device. (details below).
Week of August 24: Students should connect with their instructors and log in to their Apex account in preparation for the start of the school year.
September 1: Instruction begins in the Virtual Academy.
Questions/concerns about the Virtual Academy should be directed to program director Mr. Adams (email@example.com).
Virtual Academy students still have access to their school counselors at Central.
Mrs. Johnson: Students with last names A-Co
Mr. Kloepfer: Students with last names Ce-He
Mrs. Lemmon: Students with last names Hi-Me
Ms. Guice: Students with last names Mi-Sa
Mrs. Ackermann: Students with last names Sc-Z
Virtual Academy Device Distribution
Contact Mr. Nickel if you have any questions or need to make other arrangements.
School Meals for the 2020-21 Academic Year
In addition, families who wish to apply for free or reduced-price meals MUST also complete the application for meal benefits.
The link to the Westerville City Schools Opt-In form and other information can be found here. Families should also look for this information to come directly from the district.
Pickup Sites Times/Locations:
* Pickup sites will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays. Families that may have difficulty making one of these times should inform the Food Service staff at 614-797-5993 to discuss alternate arrangements.
* Families that sign up to receive breakfasts and/or lunches during remote learning will be assigned to one of the following sites designated as a location for meal pickup:
Annehurst ES, 925 W. Main St.
Hawthorne ES, 5001 Far-View Dr.
Huber Ridge ES, 5757 Buenos Aires Blvd.
Walnut Springs MS, 888 E. Walnut St.
Westerville Central HS, 7118 Mt. Royal Ave.
Westerville North HS, 950 County Line Rd.
Westerville South HS, 303 S. Otterbein Ave.
Wilder ES, 6375 Goldfinch Dr.
Warhawk Academic Boosters
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Remote Learning Attendance
Students who attend school regularly will experience greater success than students who have poor attendance. Helping students with attendance issues is a team effort that includes the family, school counselors, administration and health care providers. Proactive communication around attendance will help the team work together to support students in their efforts to be successful in their academic experience.
Please find some helpful hints from our attendance clerk below to help get the school year started off on the right foot:
Attendance Office Phone #: 614-797-6820
Please call when you know that your student is going to be absent from school for any reason.
Occasionally students have a medical or dental appointment during school hours. In the event that such an appointment is necessary, the following procedure must be used or that student will be considered unexcused: A note from the parent/guardian prior to the appointment is appropriate. A phone call/voice mail message at least 1 hour prior to the student’s necessary dismissal time is acceptable. Parental/guardian calls and notes must be specific about the reason for and the time of the appointment and the approximate time of return. Prior to leaving the building, the student must stop in the attendance office to sign out. Upon return, the student must sign in to the attendance office and bring verification of his/her doctor, dentist, or court appointment.
Thanks for your help in helping us track your child's attendance.
Tom Lanier, Principal
Nick McIlwain, Assistant Principal
Eric Nickel, Assistant Principal
Roshawn Parker, Assistant Principal
Andy Ey, Athletic Director
Monica Johnson, Counselor A-CO
Jim Kloepfer, Counselor CR-HE
Megan Lemmon, Counselor HI-ME
Erica Guice, Counselor MI-SA
Carrie Ackermann, Counselor SC-Z