High School Highlights
Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School
April 11, 2021
Happy Sunday! We hope you enjoyed your weekend. As we move through April, there are a lot of things happening at the high school. Please glance through this week's newsletter and see what impacts your student(s)!
Don't forget--April 15 is "Purple Up" Day in honor of our military families. Also, State End of Course Testing will take place the week of April 19. Please see below for more information on both of these!
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.
April is the Month of the Military Child
Our community is dedicated to supporting local heroes and this includes our local businesses, schools and residents. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. In an effort to better support students of military members in our community, Big Walnut Local Schools works to identify and inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations and resources they should receive.
Thank you for your support! Be sure to wear purple on April 15th to "Purple Up" for our military families!!!
Spring End-of-Course Exams
The State of Ohio requires students to take End of Course Exams in these content areas: Algebra I, English I, Geometry, English II, Biology, U.S. History and American Government. If your child is currently enrolled in one of these courses, he or she will be taking the test in April (see schedule below). Sophomore students in College Credit Plus Composition will have to take the English II test. Students must achieve a score of three to be considered proficient. These tests are required for graduation.
During this testing week in mid-April, we will operate on a two-hour delayed start. Students who are not in these classes and not taking the test do not have to report until 9:40 AM. Those who are testing must report to their assigned room by 7:40AM. Room assignments will be posted in the main office. Each student must have his/her Chromebook charged and ready. Students will use these devices for testing. We also encourage a set of headphones because of the text to voice feature all students can access on all tests except English II. A calculator will be provided within the test itself, but students may bring a calculator for the math tests. Cell phones cannot be used during the test and must be turned off and put away until all students are finished with the test. Failure to do this could result in a nullification of the student’s test and school discipline.
Students who attend DACC either part-time or full-time, are expected to report to BWHS for testing on these days if they are enrolled in these courses. The DACC is aware of this.
Results will be available in early August. Detailed information about graduation requirements or practice test questions can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-s-Graduation-Requirements or at http://www.bwls.net/bigwalnuthighschool_home.aspx. These links are also on our district website.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call your child’s counselor or the main office. Thank you for your support and good luck to all of our students.
Test Schedule: 7:40-9:40
Monday April 19: English II Part 1
Tuesday April 20: English II Part 2
Wednesday April 21: Algebra 1 and Geometry
Thursday April 22: Biology
Friday April 23: US History and American Government
*ALL classes will begin at 9:40 for all students
Is Your Student Interested in the Military After Graduation?
The Offices of Senator Rob Portman and Senator Sherrod Brown will be co-hosting four informational nights regarding the service academy application process. It is our privilege to nominate students each year for the Air Force Academy, Merchant Marine Academy, Military Academy at West Point, and the Naval Academy. Due to COVID-19, our seminars will be held virtually this year. We are offering four dates, April 20th, April 27th, April 29th, and May 6th, for your convenience. All seminars are scheduled from 6-8p.m.
Any student who is interested in learning more about the nomination process should consider attending. Registration is required. Interested participants should email Suzanne_cox@portman.senate.gov to RSVP with the following information: Name, Grade, School, Date interested in attending, Email address
Prior to the event, each participant will receive a link to attend. We look forward to meeting with you virtually this year!
Preparing Your Student(s) For Their Future
Political Summer Internship
My Teacher Rocks!
CONGRATULATIONS to Karen Bodker at BWI, Julie Workman-Ford at BWMS
and Ashley Kurena at PRE.
The voting will be live through April 30. The winning teacher will receive a $200 Amazon gift card and their class will receive a pizza party.
Please support our BW nominees by voting at https://www.westervillebraces.com/.
Updates from the School Counseling Office
Summer School Opportunities:
Local summer school opportunities are now posted to the School Counseling website and are also linked here. Please check out this information if you are interested!
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!
Meghan Vituccio (A-G)
Jeanne Collett (H-O)
Tammi Jordan (P-Z)
Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant
BW Athletics-Summer Information
Upcoming Events at BWHS...
April 12: Academic Boosters (PTO) @ 6:30pm
April 14: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm
April 15: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30pm
April 19-23: End-of-Course Testing (delayed start for non-testing students)
April 20: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm
April 24: BWHS Junior-Senior Prom @ Villa Milano
April 30: (Virtual) Academic Signing Day