High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

January 29, 2021

Happy Friday! Please remember that Monday, February 1, is a professional development day for teachers and there will be no school for students.

Our final round of (virtual) parent-teacher conferences will be THIS Thursday, February 4. If you would like to meet with any of your child's teachers, please feel free to call the main office, or reach out to the teacher directly through email (firstnamelastname@bwls.net).

Also on that night, we will host our annual Educational Options night, virtually! Please see the flyer below for more information. The link for this will go live on Thursday, February 4. This night is geared towards our 9-11 graders and their parents to help them learn about College Credit Plus and all the High School options they have for the 2021-2022 school year.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out to your child's teachers, school counselor or the administration if you have any questions or concerns. Feel free to contact the main office at 740-965-3766 between the hours of 7:00 and 3:15.
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ACT Review Course Offered in February

Attention Families of Juniors: If you are interested in taking the ACT Review Course prior to the statewide ACT state test in February, please see the attached document and google sign up form. The date for the review course is Wednesday, February 10th from 8:00am - 2:00pm in the Innovation Center at BWHS. The cost is $100 and will be added to your school fees. Please see Mrs. Strahler in the School Counseling Office with any questions.

2021 ACT Review Course Information

ACT Review Sign Up

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Scheduling Information for 2021-2022

Believe it or not, scheduling for the 2021-2022 school year has started! We encourage all parents/guardians to have a conversation with their student(s) to discuss their future and what courses will help them accomplish their goals. To help you with that process, we have a variety of resources available. To access the video that was shown to students in preparation for scheduling, please click here. For more information on the courses offered at BWHS, you can access the BWHS Program of Studies. Students were given a packet with information on graduation requirements and a listing of offered courses. If you have any questions, please feel free to see the scheduling tab on the School Counseling website, or contact the School Counseling office.

Buckeye Boys and Buckeye Girls State Now Accepting Applications

Attention Families of Juniors:
Every summer, the American Legion sponsors Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State for high school juniors. These week-long events are designed as a mock government simulation for students who are interested in politics, government, current events, etc. Selected students will spend a week on a college campus (at no cost to you) and participate in a simulation to see how government and politics work at a first-hand level. This experience would look great on college applications and resumes. If you think you might be interested, or just want more information, please see the links below. The application deadline is February 4, 2021.

Buckeye Boys State will be held at Miami University from Sunday, June 13, 2021, to Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2021. Click here to learn more.

Buckeye Girls State will be held at Mount Union from Sunday, June 13, 2021 to Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021. Click here to learn more.

To download the application, click here. Return applications by email to officers@americanlegionsunbury.com or by mail to American Legion Post 457, P. O. Box 173, Sunbury, OH, 43074 by February 4, 2021.

Seniors--It's Scholarship Season

In-person seniors had a virtual class meeting to find out more information about the Big Walnut Education Foundation Scholarships available to them. Click here to access the video presentation and click here for the information letter that was distributed.

Additionally, the Delaware County Foundation sponsors a number of scholarship opportunities for seniors. Click here for more information about these local scholarships.

Finally, the School Counseling website is updated daily with new scholarship opportunities for our students as we hear about them. Please bookmark this link and check back often!

College Credit Plus Information

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a dual enrollment program that allows a student to take college courses while in high school and earn both college and high school credit. There are two upcoming information opportunities for Big Walnut families to learn more about College Credit Plus.

College Presentation on CCP

On Monday, February 2 there is a live online question and answer opportunity by Columbus State Community College, Kenyon College, The Ohio State University, and Otterbein University. These four colleges have created a YouTube video on CCP. They will also be available for a Question & Answer session. See the attached flier for more information and the links to the video and the Q&A sessions. *Please note, Franklin University has been added to this event.

Big Walnut Education Options Night

On Thursday, February 4 Big Walnut will hold a Virtual Educational Options Night. There will be videos and information available on College Credit Plus at Big Walnut and all the Big Walnut High School options available to students. This virtual opportunity will be very important to help students prepare for the 2021-22 school year. More information and the links on this night will be messaged out as the date approaches so mark your calendars for the evening of February 4th. Plan to spend a little bit of time to help your high schooler make good choices for the next academic year and their future.

Considering DACC for 2021-2022?

As the scheduling season approaches for next school year, we encourage you to make informed decisions about your student's schedule. We know that choosing to apply for a DACC program is a big decision. To help support you and your student navigate through high school scheduling, we've compiled all of DACC's virtual exploration resources in one comprehensive, easy-to-access elective scheduling guide. Click here to access:

  • Instructor Overview Videos
  • Program Fact Sheets
  • HS/College Credits
  • School Fees
  • Virtual DACC Campus Tour
  • and more!

*Even though the priority deadline has passed,

applications will still be accepted until programs are full.

CSCC Virtual Open House Options

Please see this attached announcement for information on Columbus State Community College virtual open house options in January and February. This is a great chance for seniors considering CSCC to see if it is the right fit for them. There are also live online options for women and students of diversity to hear about the great opportunities in the fields of logistics, manufacturing, and technology.

Women in Math Essay Contest

Have your students ever wondered what being a mathematician is like? This is their opportunity to find out! The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) annual essay contest is open for submissions. To participate, students need to interview a woman mathematician and write a biographical essay about her. Click here for more information.

Categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Undergraduate.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

*If your students want to interview women mathematicians from Ohio, The Ohio State University can help pair them with one! Contact outreach@math.osu.edu if you are interested. Your students also can interview someone they know or someone they find on the internet or social media.

Parent Resource

Parenting a teen in today's world is no easy task, so we want to share resources with you when we find them. This link contains several videos about situational awareness for you and your teen to watch and discuss together.

"Teens and University students are at higher risk for a violent encounter. One of the greatest assets you can have to leading a healthy and happy life is knowing how to protect yourself so you can live the life of your dreams." (from prettyloaded.org)

ACT Given on February 23

The state mandated ACT test will be given to all juniors on 2/23. We will give the test at BWHS this year for the first time in many years and only juniors will attend school that day. This is largely due to the safety protocols in place this year due to COVID at both BWHS and our usual testing locations. More information will be coming, but we wanted this date to be on your calendar.

FFA News

Last week, five of our agricultural science students participated in the state Agricultural Biotechnology Career Development Event. Nearly 250 students from more than 25 schools across Ohio participated. The results are in, and we are happy to share that our team has placed first at the state level!

Individuals participating included:

Kyle Lortz - 1st place individual

Jillian Salmon - 2nd place individual

Lily Asbridge - 3rd place individual

Chris Dible - 5th place individual

Sophie Marvin - 9th place individual

In this event, students demonstrate knowledge of the biotechnology industry through a general knowledge test, identification of common laboratory equipment, applying understanding of laboratory procedures, and evaluating and troubleshooting laboratory safety situations. Faculty from Central State University designed the activities for this event. Congratulations to all these students!

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Scheduling for 2021-2022:

Scheduling for current Juniors has started! Please make sure your student has read through the scheduling information and is ready to make course selections for next year. Additionally, please note that our counselors will be meeting with students to help them with the scheduling process for most of the day. Please be patient with them in returning phone calls and emails as this may take them a little longer during this time.

Attention Seniors:

For those of you considering college for next year, February 1 is another big application deadline for schools and for the FAFSA! Please check all the schools you are interested in and be sure to submit your applications. Transcript requests and letters of recommendation requests should be submitted through Naviance. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

PreACT Results:

For students who took the Pre-ACT earlier this year, scores were distributed this week. Please make sure your student takes time to look over this valuable information.

FAFSA Resources:

  • Informational video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

February 1: NO SCHOOL-Staff Professional Development

February 1: Academic Boosters (PTO) @ 6:30pm

February 4: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 4: Virtual Educational Options Night

February 8: Application Day for CCP (2021-2022) in the IC

February 8: Virtual 8th Grade Orientation

February 10: ACT Review Session in the IC (8:00am-2:00pm)

February 15: NO SCHOOL-Presidents' Day

February 16: Application Day for CCP (2021-2022) in the IC

February 23: ACT for Juniors

February 25: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm

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