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!!!

A Message for our Senior Parents...

Please see the attached message from the Delaware County Sheriff's Office regarding "Senior Tag".

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

Are your children ready for the working world that awaits them? The Educational Service Center of Ohio and At the CORE have partnered together to offer parents two different coffee chats this month to help build awareness of the multiple pathways to in-demand careers available to today's students. For more information, please see the flyers below.

Future Success Starts NOW: Preparing Our Kids for the Working World

Future Success Starts NOW: Educational Options Our Kids Can Leverage

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Political Summer Internship

Does your student have an interest in a political future or a career in public service? If so, they might want to consider a summer internship with Jane Timken. See this flyer for more information!

Senior Families

If you have not already done so, please read through our winter newsletter for important information about graduation and other senior events. Questions should be directed to Senior Class Advisor, Christina McDonough at christinamcdonough@bwls.net.

Class of 2021 Winter Class Newsletter

My Teacher Rocks!

If you haven't already heard, we have three Big Walnut Local School District teachers nominated for the 2021 My Teacher Rocks contest sponsored by Salaita Orthodontics.

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!

Seniors--Scholarship Information:

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!

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

BW Athletics-Summer Information

It's hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it. Our Big Walnut Athletic Department has a page for "Clinics, Camps and Summer Opportunities" for our current and future student-athletes. Please check back periodically to see if there is an opportunity for your family!

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

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