TWHS Weekly News
February 25, 2022
Monday, February 28:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm , WEC
- ACT Testing Bell Schedule
- **Grades 9, 10 & 12 will be 12:20 pm start**
Wednesday, March 2:
- Homeroom Bell Schedule
- Band Concert 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 3:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- HS/MS Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm
Friday, March 4 :
- Regular Bell Schedule
- End of 3rd Grading Period
Dear Cardinal Family,
"Who are you?"
I'm not sure if this struggle is unique, but on Sunday night, I tend to sleep poorly. My mind is racing about all the things I need to do in the upcoming week. I often have really detailed dreams and regularly check the clock to make sure I haven't somehow overslept.
Next week, a recently passed Board resolution will take effect. In case you missed the email yesterday, here is a recap. Essentially, masks will go from being mandatory to strongly encouraged. We have a very high rate of vaccination at the high school level. We anticipate a decent number of kids will choose not to wear masks, and many will choose to continue to wear them. Masks will still be required on district transportation until the federal order is lifted.
My Sunday night may be more difficult this week. I am anticipating a major learning curve ahead.
As strange as it may sound, I have not really seen the faces of half of the school and many of our newer staff members. I think it will create an interesting buzz around this place. It'll be a novel experience, especially this late in the school year. It would be interesting to hear the discussions next week when kids come home.
As usual, I've appreciated your support, encouragement, and kindness through all the changes and difficulties we've experienced together. I'm looking forward to continuing to partner with you to help your child grow and learn!
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!.
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements This Week**
- 2L Bottles needed for Biology Projects
- March 1st ACT Testing Bell Schedule, late start for students in 9, 10 & 12
- Academic Honors Announcement
- TWHS Cheerleading Informational Meeting
- TWHS Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser
** 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
62nd Academic Honors Announcement
The 62nd Annual Academic Honors Program will be held on March 11th at 7:00 am in the TWHS Hottenroth Auditorium. An email announcing your academic honor will be sent to the students and their parents the week of February 28th followed by a formal invitation mailed to your home. The Academic Honors program rewards students for their success in the classroom and recognizes them as follows:
Students who have earned 3 consecutive semesters of a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive the Bronze key.
Students who have earned 5 consecutive semesters of a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive the Silver key.
Students who have earned 7 consecutive semesters of a 3.5 GPA or higher will receive the Gold key.
2L Bottles Needed for Biology Projects
The biology classes are excited to start our Ecobottle Project in which we model an ecosystem using 2 liter bottles as a terrarium with a terrestrial, decomposition, and aquatic chamber. We need as many CLEAR 2 liter bottles with caps as we can get for this project. If your family drinks from 2 liter bottles or attends a gathering with 2L bottles, we would love to have them! There is a bin just inside the first door of the TWHS front office for you to drop them anytime from 7:15-3:30 until we start the project March 28. Please rinse them out with water and let them dry if you can (though the dry part isn't essential). Thank you for your support of biology at TWHS! Below is a picture of the project.
Biology and STEM Physical Science Teacher
Thomas Worthington High School
The Weekly Edition of Flock Talk
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
ACT Administration for Juniors Tuesday, March 1st - Delayed Start for Grades 9, 10 & 12
On Tuesday, March 1st, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. All other grades (9, 10, & 12) will be on a delayed start and will begin their day at 12:20 pm. Additional information about the ACT, bell schedule and bus schedule can be found by by clicking on THIS LINK.
If you have any questions, please contact
Mr. Brett Shaffer
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
ATTENTION SENIORS: Diploma Presenters for Graduation
Every year, each graduate is given the opportunity to choose a diploma presenter who has been influential in his/her life. The special person that each senior selects must be a current or former Worthington City Schools employee. The person you select will be invited to present your diploma to you at Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
In order to request the person you would like as your diploma presenter, you must turn in your request using this Diploma Presenter Request Form no later than Friday, April 8, 2022.
There is NO need to ask the person you are requesting ahead of time. The diploma presenter coordinator, Mrs. Wilson, will do that for you. Due to the time and effort involved in inviting these individuals and in organizing this addition to the Commencement ceremony, your cooperation in meeting this deadline is imperative. If you do not request a guest presenter, a member of the Worthington Board of Education will present your diploma. Please see Mrs. Wilson, Room 198, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions concerning this process.
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
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: email@example.com
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**
As principals in our District, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with our local businesses and we truly appreciate their support of our schools and community. All of our schools have benefitted from our local businesses in a variety of ways. Things like meal support for families in need, restaurant fundraisers for extracurricular activities, tutoring and mentoring support, and awards for student recognition programs, are just a few of the ways these businesses provide support. These partnerships make us better and we are proud to be a part of such a kind, caring, and supportive community.
With that in mind, we need your help! We recently received concerns from local businesses regarding student behavior after school. Businesses have reported challenging behaviors that include theft, inappropriate language, and general insubordination in relation to store expectations. We are reaching out because we believe most parents are likely unaware that their child may be behaving this way. Please have a conversation with your student(s) about these concerns if they frequent downtown businesses. We believe that the vast majority of our students make choices that represent our schools well and will continue to do so. We will visit these stores, after school, to offer our support and to work with our students as needed. Thank you for your support in helping us maintain our partnership!
Mr. Greg Garris (Principal, Kilbourne Middle School)
Mr. Nathan Kellenberger (Principal, Worthingway Middle School)
Mr. Pete Scully (Principal at Thomas Worthington High School)
Are you Interested in Adapting a More Environmentally-Friendly Lifestyle?
Check out and follow @startingsustainably on Instagram for specific, practical suggestions, facts, and local business spotlights to learn why sustainability is important and how you can realistically implement it into your own life.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss
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 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**
TWHS Girls Lacrosse Fundraiser
It is that time of year again for the annual TWHS Girls Lacrosse Michael's Meat Sale. The weather is starting to warm up and you will soon be getting those grills going. You can stock your freezer with Michael's Finer Meats and support the TWHS Girls Lacrosse Team at the same time. Please support the TWHS Girls Lacrosse program by placing an order with any lacrosse player or you may contact:
Jessica Fitzpatrick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sale ends March 11th. Your order will be delivered on March 30th.
Attached HERE is the Michael's order form.
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**
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 28: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC
March 1: Junior ACT Test Day
March 2: Band Concert 7:30 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 8: Staff Meeting 3:15 pm
March 8: TWHS Choir Concert 7:30 pm
March 9: State of the Schools 6:30 PM, WKHS
March 9: Grades available in Infinite Campus for 3rd Grading Period
March 11: Academic Honors Program 7:00 am
March 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC
March 15: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm, Room 127
March 25: Community Coffee with Superintendent Bowers 8:00 am, WEC
March 28 & 29: Seniors pick up Cap & Gown (more information to come)
March 28: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm , WEC
April 1 & 2: Cardinal Theatre Production of Aesop's Fables 8:00 pm
April 4 & 5: OSTs Spring Testing ELA ll Part 1 & 2
April 6: Band Concert 7:00 pm
April 11 - 15: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break
April 22: TWHS Blood Drive
April 25: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC
April 27, 28 & 29: OSTs Spring Testing Math l & Math ll Parts 1&2, Biology 1 & 2, Am. History Parts 1 & 2, Am. Government Parts 1 & 2
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
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy