TWHS Weekly News & Updates

May 7, 2021

Weekly Calendar

Monday, May 10: Regular Bell Schedule

  • AP Exams at TWHS
  • Board of Education Meeting ~ 7:30 pm

Tuesday, May 11: Regular Bell Schedule

  • AP Exams at TWHS

Wednesday, May 12: Regular Bell Schedule

  • AP Exams at TWHS
Thursday, May 13: Regular Bell Schedule
  • AP Exams at TWHS

Friday, May 14: 16 Minute Homeroom Bell Schedule

  • AP Exams at TWHS

Dear Cardinal Family,

I had this weird memory of awkwardly pacing outside on the phone one morning as I was awkwardly pacing outside on the phone this morning.


No, that's not a typo.


A year ago, I spent most of my day at home, working over Zoom, email, and the phone. That seems like a lifetime ago. With four boys also at home during remote learning, there were many days when an important call was better had outside than in. Better to compete with the chirping birds than yelling boys, I reasoned. I always appreciated the ability to walk outside when the weather was nice.


Today, I found myself competing with the birds again. Thankfully, I was at TW, and the weather was beautiful out by the tent! (The temporary structure doubles as my office during fourth period lunch.)


It feels great to say: We have quite a few activities going on this weekend, including prom! How cool is that! Prom is going to be a little different this time around, but I expect it to be a great experience. Please partner with us to help make this a safe, fun, and memorable event for our kids.


Enjoy the weekend and Mother's Day!


Pete Scully

Principal

TWHS

**New announcements for this week**

  • Cardinals of the Month
  • Attention Seniors ~ Please Take the Brief Survey
  • Please Return Chromebooks
  • Slate Hill Reunion May 19th 3:30 pm
  • Worthington Estates Elementary Senior Tea ~ May 19th 3:30-4:00 pm
  • TWHS Girls Volleyball Fundraiser
  • Worthington Alliance for Black Families and Educators (WABFE) Update
  • Immunization Clinics will be Opening Up May 10th
  • Please Return Textbooks
  • FINAL Yearbook Sale of the Year
  • Facilities Task Force Survey
  • Interactive Mural to promote Mental Health and Suicide Awareness

**ACADEMIC UPDATES**

Big picture

There are three general behavior expectations at Thomas Worthington: build Relationships, show Respect, and be Responsible.


We define building Relationships as “to cultivate belonging”. From our morning greeting as each student enters the building to each classroom culture, we strive to create an environment that is so welcoming that 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 our self and others.


We define be Responsible as “attend and being on time”. We certainly extend grace when life comes at us fast and heavy, but we are intentional about the importance of showing up, being on time, and being present for ourselves and others.

OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS TO RECOGNIZE STAFF MEMBERS

Attention Parents/Caregivers- would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff

member has had on you or your child? The PBIS Team at TWHS would like to give you that

opportunity. Please take 2 minutes and click here to complete the recognition form. Thank

You!

Return Chromebooks

If you have a loaner chromebook, please return it to Lori Poleway in the library before you leave for the summer.


Seniors must return chromebooks and hotspots before graduation practice on May 21st.

Return Textbooks

Underclassmen textbook return from 05/19-05/24/2021 . Students should bring their books to Mrs. Volpe in the Central Office for textbook check-in. All books need to be returned and should not be left in a classroom or with a teacher with the expectation that the book(s) will be returned.


Please contact Kathie Volpe, Textbook Coordinator, at 614-450-6261 or kvolpe@wscloud.org if you have any questions.

Parents/Guardians: Please Check Your Child’s Account Balance

Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees for current year and/or prior years. All fees and outstanding fines and fees are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.


For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Cathy Shaw, Finance Office, at cshaw@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee, Visitors Office at elee@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe, Central Office, at kvolpe@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6261

Library books/Loaner Chromebooks/Hotspot: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278


The classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65; however, parents/guardians of juniors will find their $65 fee loaded under Linworth rather than Thomas Worthington. The Treasurer’s Office has asked that this fee be paid with the assurance that the paid fee will be redirected to Thomas Worthington High School.

College & Career Planning for the Class of 2022: Junior Night Presentation

Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! As a guide to the college admission process, the TWHS School Counselors have created a video titled, "College & Career Planning for the class of 2022." You can watch the video 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 watch the video and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!


Your TWHS School Counselors,

Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns

**SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS**

Seniors ~ Please Take This Survey

Dear Seniors,


To ensure your final transcript reaches your final college destination, please complete this BRIEF SURVEY so we know which college you have chosen to attend. Your final transcript will be sent after graduation to reflect your diploma date and second semester grades. This survey should be completed by June 1 and only list ONE college destination. This is MANDATORY for all college-bound seniors.


Questions? See your School Counselor!

Calling All Seniors!

Starting on Monday, May 3rd - a senior banner will be put outside at the West End to celebrate the graduating class of 2021! You don’t want to miss it, so stop by and take a photo or two. We encourage you to share your senior banner photos on social media using #itsworthit or emailing your photos to ec0094@wscloud.org, so we can all celebrate and recognize the amazing students that make up this year’s senior class. Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best and can’t wait to see the great things you’ll accomplish!

Graduation Ceremony Update

To the Families of the Thomas Worthington High School Class of 2021,


We appreciate your patience with us, as we have been working to secure a venue for our graduation ceremony. We just received confirmation from The Ohio State University that we can hold our Graduation Ceremony at the Schottenstein Center (555 Borror Dr, Columbus, OH 43210) on Monday, May 24th at 7 PM.


Based on the safety plan that was submitted to Columbus Public Health by the University, each graduate will be able to invite up to 4 guests to attend in person. We know this isn’t ideal for families wanting to celebrate this occasion, so we will also provide a live streaming option for additional family members to also watch the ceremony from home. We will be sharing more information in the coming weeks with details on securing your tickets, parking, etc., but we wanted to provide this information with you to begin your planning.

Did You Miss Cap & Gown Pick Up?

You can pick up your cap & gown in the principal's office anytime between 7:30 am - 3:30 pm M-F!


Check in with secretary Kim Forman to sign off that you have received it.

Class of 2021 Slate Hill Reunion

Slate Hill Seniors ~ Save the Date

Wednesday, May 19th @ 3:30 pm

This event will take place outside at Slate Hill Elementary School

Class of 2021 Worthington Estates Reunion

Worthington Estates Senior Tea

Wednesday, May 19th 3:30-4:00 pm

Front Lawn of WES

Class of 2021 Colonial Hills Reunion

Back to your Roots for Colonial Hills Seniors

Monday, May 17th

2:45 pm - 4:00 pm

Colonial Hills Elementary School Outdoor Learning Space

Attention Seniors: All Outstanding Fees and Fines must Be Cleared ASAP

All final student fees/fines must be cleared in order for a senior to receive a diploma at the Commencement Ceremony, receive a final grade card by mail, and for final transcript requests to be processed. All unpaid fees and fines (which include the $65 Instructional fee, library books, textbooks, chromebooks, hotspot devices, athletic and activity participation fees, missing athletic uniforms or gear) must be settled and paid in full as soon as possible. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.


For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Cathy Shaw, Finance Office, at cshaw@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee, Attendance Office at elee@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe, Central Office, at kvolpe@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6261

Library books, Chromebooks and Hotspot Devices: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278

Pick Up Your TWHS Graduation Yard Banner Today!

Graduation Banners will be ready for pick up @ 758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center, May 10th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Email Addi McElroy with questions at amcelroy15@gmail.com. The TWHS Boosters will receive a donation from each banner sold. Thank you for your support!

**School Community Connection**

Freshmen Mentor Online Applications & Teacher Recommendations Due May 10th at 3:05

Attention Sophomore and Junior Parents/Guardians: We are now accepting applications for Freshmen Mentors for the 2021-2022 school year. Freshmen Mentor responsibilities include: easing the transition for all incoming 9th grade students, providing academic and organizational support, and attending a variety of social extracurricular activities to engage with the freshmen class.


Students can access the online application beginning Friday April 30 through their respective Schoology pages for the Classes of 2022 and 2023 or by clicking Freshmen Mentor Application. Students are also required to get three current teachers to complete online recommendations for them. Both the online application and the teacher recommendations are due by Monday May 10th at 3:05 pm.


Please note that priority consideration will be given to returning senior mentors and rising juniors. First time senior applicants may be screened through an interview process. Please know that not all applicants will be accepted into the program, so we encourage students to put extra time and thought into their application. If you have any questions, please contact Mallory Tecklenburg, Alyssa Craft, or Megan Kirsten!

FINAL Yearbook Sale of the Year!

This will be the last opportunity to purchase the yearbook!

Sale runs May 10-12

Use the Code “CONGRATS” for $5 off The Cardinal Yearbook

Click here to buy your yearbook!

Want more information? Check out our website!

Facilities Task Force Survey

This survey is being used to gather community feedback on our latest update on Phase 2 of the Worthington Schools Master Facilities Plan.


Please take a moment to complete the survey.


https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/4872

TWHS Girls Volleyball Fundraiser

Show your Cardinal Pride by purchasing a Garden Flag from the Girls Volleyball Team for $25. Email lcvbpres@gmail.com today to place your order!

Suicide Awareness and Education Mural

Andrea Nadolny, a Junior here at Thomas Worthington, has been working on her Girl Scout Gold Award on suicide awareness and education. She has partnered with the Worthington Libraries to create an interactive handprint mural to promote mental health and suicide awareness here in Worthington. Come paint your handprint on the mural on June 5th, June 19th, and July 17th from 2-4pm. For more details see the flyer!

Worthington Alliance for Black Families and Education Update

Here is the latest WABFE Update: May Newsletter

Scholar Athlete Fundraiser

With the cancellation of Pancake Day for the second year in a row, Cards Inc is asking for donations to fund our Scholar Athlete Program. Please consider making a donation in lieu of purchasing Pancake Day tickets this spring.


https://gofund.me/ee1456a2


Even a small donation will help Cards Inc reach their fundraising goal to recognize the scholastic achievement of our student athletes. If you are unable to make a donation, please help spread the word and share the link!


Thank you for your support!


Ted Thompson

President, Cards Inc.

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 twhsattend@wscloud.org.


Click Attendance Philosophy & Procedure for important information regarding your child's absence from school.

**From the Health Office**

Immunization Clinics Opening Up May 10th!

The Columbus Health Department is reopening the Immunization Clinic for all routine or missed childhood vaccines.


  • Notices will be sent out to families from the school nurse who are missing vaccines. Please make arrangements to have those completed over the summer to meet State compliance.

  • 16 year olds: If your child is or will be 16 this summer please be sure they receive the Meningococcal vaccine required by the State of Ohio.

  • Seniors: All seniors are required to have a meningococcal vaccine on file received on/after age 16. This requirement needs to be on file in August 2021 for all 12th graders.

  • Covid 19 vaccines: a walk in clinic is now available for the Covid 19 vaccine for age 16 and over. Vaccines may soon be available for 12 and up! Please check with Columbus public health for availability.


What to bring: recent vaccination record, insurance card and co pay if applicable, parent ID, custody or guardian papers.


No child under 18 years or under is refused for inability to pay.


Proof of all vaccines are to be turned in to the Health Office. Records can be emailed to jfrank@wscloud.org or faxed to 614-450-6393.


Columbus Health Department: 240 Parsons Ave 43215 Columbus 43215 Phone: 614-645-8180


www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/immunization-program


Hours of operation (first come first serve - plan to arrive early)


  • Mon 8 am - 4:15 pm

  • Tue 10 am - 6:15 pm

  • Wed 8 am - 12 pm

  • Thur/Fri 8 an - 4:15 pm

Updated COVID-19 Information

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.


Daily Home COVID-19 "Before School" Screening


Protocol for COVID-19 School Screening and Follow Up Requirements


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.


Keep your child home if ANY of the following symptoms are present:

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
  • New or worsened cough
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Nasal congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea


Keep your child home if two or more of the following symptoms are present:

  • Headache
  • Body Aches
  • Fatigue


Contact Nurse Julie Frank if you have any questions or need further instructions.


Julie Frank MSE BSN RN/ jfrank@wscloud.org/ Office phone 614-450-6215

Attention 11th Grade Parents/Guardian: Important Immunization Information for Senior Year

Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) now requires all 12th grade students to receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, only one dose is required. Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against meningitis, a bacterial infection that affects the spinal fluid and lining of the brain.


Your child may have already had these immunizations. Please check with your child’s doctor to determine if they have been completed. If they have not, immunizations may be obtained from your doctor, at the health department, or at any urgent care center. Please have your child drop off the updated record in the TWHS Health Office as soon as possible, or it can be faxed directly to TWHS (Fax 614-450-6393). The required immunizations (or a valid exemption) must be obtained prior to the start of the senior year. Ohio law allows schools to exclude students who do not have the appropriate documentation on file.


Please go to Ohio Department of Health's website or contact Julie Frank, TWHS School Nurse, at jfrank@wscloud.org if you have questions. BEAT THE SUMMER RUSH AND HAVE YOUR CHILD IMMUNIZED NOW!

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.


FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the Remainder of the 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


May 3 - 14: AP exams at TWHS

May 8: TWHS 2021 Prom ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm

May 8: SAT Test Day

May 10: Graduation Banners pick up @ 758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center 10:00am-5:00pm.

May 10: Board of Education meeting ~ 7:30 pm

May 18: Last day of Classes for Seniors

May 21: Seniors - Mandatory Commencement Practice, AUX Gym ~ 9:30 am

May 24: TWHS Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony, Schottenstein Center ~ 7:00 pm

May 26: Last day of Classes

Thomas Worthington High School

ATTENDANCE OFFICE

twhsattend@wscloud.org

(614)450-6291


Principal, Pete Scully

(614)450-6206

Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald

(614)450-6292

Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan

(614)450-6261

Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (R-Z), Megan Kirsten

(614)450-6284

Dean of Students, Scott Gordon

(614)450-6261

Athletic Director, Jen Goebbel

(614)450-6285

School Counseling Chair, David Quart

(614)450-6296

Registrar, Kate Weber