TWHS Weekly News
March 31, 2023
Dear Cardinal Family,
March has been a great months.
No, that's not a typo. This month felt like months. I think we've had winter, spring, and summer. Did we finally get the gift of time? Each school day felt like a full 24 hours, maybe more. We've had time changes, full moons, and seemingly everyone else's spring break. Don't forget St. Patrick's Day, March Madness, concerts, recognitions, shows, banquets, winter and spring sports, etc.
Whew! There was a lot packed into this month!
I hope kids get a chance to take a breath over the next week and step away from the hectic pace. Spring break is an important milestone in the school year and a much-needed pause to gather energy and finish strong over the next several weeks.
As usual, I've appreciated working together and look forward to all the great things on the horizon in APRIL and May.
Have a great spring break--we've earned it!--and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New and Important Announcements**
- March Cardinals of the Month
- SENIORS: Cap and Gown Pick-up
- TWHS Student Council "Worthington's Battle of the Books"
- TWHS Track & Field Booster Raffle
- TWHS Men's Tennis Team Fundraiser
- TWHS Bowling Team Fundraiser
- TWHS Softball Team Cardinal Slides Fundraiser
*State-Required Ohio State Tests for Spring 2023* - Please Read
Dear Thomas Worthington High School Families,
The week of April 17th, Thomas Worthington High School will administer state-required end-of-course assessments to all students enrolled or needing to retake English Language Arts II (English 10), Math I, Math II, Biology, U.S. History, and U.S. Government.
In order to provide focused time and attention to students who are testing, we will be on an altered bell schedule on the specific testing days only. Students enrolled in tested subjects are required to report to school at their regular time of 8:40 a.m. for testing; we will use a delayed start of school for any student who is not testing. Lunch will be served following the testing period, and classes will begin at 12:25 p.m. If your child is testing on at least one of these days, test-specific information will be shared with students and their families in a few weeks.
Buses will run their regular morning routes for students involved in testing and a second route 90 minutes ( 1 hour 30 minutes) later for non-testers. All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.
Linworth, Academy, Rockbridge, and full-day DACC students will take their tests at their respective schools. Half-day DACC and TWHS students will take their tests at Thomas Worthington High School.
TESTING BELL SCHEDULE
Testing 8:40 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
Lunch (all students) 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Classes 12:25 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
For more information about graduation requirements from the Ohio Department of Education, please click HERE. If you have additional questions about graduation requirements, please contact your child’s school counselor or me at 614-450-6292.
Brett Shaffer, Assistant Principal
Graduation Cap and Gown Orders Available for Pick-up on April 24 & 25
The ordering window for graduation caps and gowns officially closed. If your student is planning to participate in the Thomas Worthington High School commencement ceremony on May 21, please contact Buckeye Scholastic to make arrangements for a late order. Cap/gown orders submitted prior to the January 31st deadline will be available to pick up in the Library on April 25 & 25 between 10:30 a.m. - 1:00p.m.
Please contact class adviser Kim Forman at email@example.com if your senior is NOT participating in the ceremony so their name can be removed from the list.
Tree Removal at TWHS
You may have noticed that site work has begun at TWHS. In preparation for construction to begin, we have started tree removal. Trees that are in the footprint of the new building, the new roads, or in the way of construction equipment will be removed by April 1. This letter explains what is happening and why. This work will certainly change the look of the property and building. This is temporary and the result will be a property with more intentional plantings and more net trees.
Thank you for your understanding.
Worthington's Battle of the Books
Track & Field Booster Raffle Fundraiser
Thomas Worthington High School Track & Field team is raffling a creative “Everything But The Bourbon” prize package estimated to be worth over $600.
1 for $10
3 for $25
7 for $50
Winners will be notified April 8th. For more information on the prizes and to enter, use the link below.
TWHS Bowling Fundraiser
Cardinals Pride Slides Are Back And On Sale thru 4/16!
The TWHS Softball Program is selling all black and all white Pride Slides as a fundraiser through April 16. Slides are available in youth and adult sizes. These slides are perfect for summertime for all current and future Cards! Orders can be placed through the QR code below or at the website provided here.
TWHS Softball Boosters will email when orders are ready for pickup around mid-May. Thank you for your support!
** 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.
Spring Teen Vaccine Clinic
Columbus Public Health (CPH) is partnering with Thomas Worthington High School to offer Spring Teen Vaccine clinic. Students in grades 9-12 can get FREE vaccines at school from 9-12noon on May 17th, 2023. Parents do not need to be present. A signed consent form is all that is required. Consent forms can be picked up in the health office, the main office, and it is also attached HERE.
Consent forms must be signed and returned to the health office by April 28, 2023.
Required School Vaccine-
Meningococcal: Required to start senior year!
- A dose is required on/after 16 years of age. Proof of this vaccine is required by the State of Ohio to be submitted to school prior to 12th grade. All students age 16 and up are eligible to receive this vaccine regardless of grade level. We hope you take advantage of this free vaccine clinic to conveniently meet this requirement.
Other vaccines available:
- Tdap - one dose required at 11 years old and older
- Covid - Primary series and bivalent boosters
- Human Papillomavirus Vaccine (HPV)
J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN
Thomas Worthington High School
ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393
Governor DeWine's Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council
Hey, sophomores....are you interested in having your voice heard regarding school safety?
Consider applying to be a member of Governor DeWine's Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council.
Applications are now being accepted for the Ohio School Safety Center's 2023-2024 Student Safety Advisory Council.
Ohio Student Safety Advisory Council
Application Period Open
Applications are now open for the Ohio School Safety Center's 2023-2024 Student Safety Advisory Council.
Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) created the Council last year to encourage students to identify school safety concerns and develop solutions to address them.
At least four students from each of Ohio's four school safety zones will be selected. The deadline to apply for the 2023-2024 Council is April 14, 2023.
These members will also act as a sounding board for the Governor’s Ohio School Safety Working Group and OSSC on student marketing campaigns and projects to ensure a student voice is represented.
Deadline to apply is April 14, 2023 – 11:59 p.m.
Candidates selected to move forward with the process may be asked to attend a virtual interview. The OSSC plans to announce the student council member selections by the end of May. Use the link below to download the application. Visit our website for more student information.
Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances
Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. Classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65. Senior fee is $35. 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: Megan Roberts
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-450-6272
Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee
email@example.com or call 614-450-6285
Textbooks: Kathie Volpe
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-450-6261
Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway
LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278
Flock Talk Friday
Our ComTech students produce a weekly edition of student news titled Flock Talk. It is released every Friday for the students and the staff. Here is this week's edition.
SENIORS: Order your Graduation Banner
It is time to order your graduation banners!
- Choose from 3 different designs
- Order now through May 4th
- Pick up: May 8th at TWHS door 16
- Time: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
*Orders placed after this date may not be guaranteed with school delivery and will need to be picked up at Signmaster (758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center) or set for home delivery.
Buy A Senior Ad!
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. Senior ad page examples
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2023
Questions? Contact: email@example.com
- ⅛ page senior ad: $40
- ¼ page senior ad: $75
- ½ page senior ad page: $125
Use either link below to purchase a baby ad or a regular ad.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
The Worthington Schools Job Fair
Attention Students 16 and Older: Are you looking for a part-time or full-time job over the summer or next year? We have an awesome opportunity for you! On Friday, April 14, we are going to host our annual Job Fair at the Worthington Education Center from 9:30-11:30 AM.
We will have a wide variety of employers there including:
- Atlas Butler,
- Chic Fil A,
- Columbus Zoo,
- State Farm
Stop by the School Counseling Office for a permission slip if you need transportation for this event. We expect you to dress professionally, and be ready to interview with potential future employers. If you have any additional questions, stop by the School Counseling Office!
TWHS Orchestra Fundraiser
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Spirit Wear Store is Open
Do you need spirit wear or athletic gear with the new TWHS logo? Please visit the link below to order! Score 15% off of $100 for a limited time with the code SAVE15.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Parent, Is your Child 16 or Older?
Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) requires all 12th grade students receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. The second dose must be received after the student's 16th birthday. Proof of this vaccination is due to the school prior to senior year. Once the vaccine is received please send proof of vaccination or an updated immunization record to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 614-450-6393 or drop it off in the office.
- Visit: www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/immunization-program
- Health Department walk in hours: 240 Parsons Ave. Mon. 8 am - 4pm, Tues. 10 am - 6 pm, Wed. 8 am - 11 am, Thurs./Fri. 8 am - 4 pm
- Worthington United Methodist Church walk in vaccine clinic:1st Wednesday of each month 1 pm - 4pm, 600 High St. Worthington
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
April 3rd - 7th: SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
April 10th: Classes Resume
April 10th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 7:30 pm
April 12th: TWHS Talent Show 7:00 pm
April 13th: TWHS Talent Show 11:00 am
April 17th - April 21st: OH State Testing
April 19th: TWHS Orchestra Dine-out Fundraiser at Pies and Pints 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
April 19th: TWHS Men's Tennis Fundraiser at Pizza Primo
April 24th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 7:30 pm
April 24th: SENIORS - Pick up your cap and gown, Library 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
April 25th: SENIORS - Pick up your cap and gown, Library 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
May 1st - 12th - AP Testing
May 2nd: TWHS Men's Tennis Fundraiser at Piada
May 3rd: Band Concert 7:00 pm
May 4th & 5th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Noises Off! 8:00 pm
May 6th: Prom at the Bluestone 8:00 pm
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-R), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (S-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Flom
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy