TWHS Weekly News
April 14, 2023
Monday, April 17th:
- Testing Bell Schedule - Late Start
- OH State Testing - ELA ll Part 1
Tuesday, April 18th:
- Testing Bell Schedule - Late Start
- OH State Testing - ELA ll Part 2
Wednesday, April 19th:
- Testing Bell Schedule - Late Start
- OH State Testing - Math 1or 2 (Parts 1 & 2)
- TWHS Men's Tennis Fundraiser at Pizza Primo
- TWHS Orchestra Fundraiser at Pie's & Pints
- Band Concert 7:30 pm
- Testing Bell Schedule - Late Start
- OH State Testing - Biology Parts 1 & 2
- TWHS Choir Boosters Fundraiser at City BBQ, 1510 Gemini Pl. 11am - 8pm
- Testing Bell Schedule - Late Start
- OH State Testing - American History Parts 1 & 2 or American Govt. Parts 1 & 2
Dear Cardinal Family,
"I think the cruise ship is in port."
Facebook was buzzing the last few days. And just by me typing those words, you know it was mostly a group of adults over 40.
One evening this week, we had a trove of alumni descend on TWHS. The idea that their old school building had a lifespan shortening by the day brought them here. We were expecting 50 people; we had somewhere between 300 and 500 alumni show up. As you can imagine, it's impossible to lead a tour of that size. So we pivoted and turned into an open house! The alumni were all over the building, visiting their favorite spaces, and reminiscing with former classmates about their memories, classes, old flings, former teachers, and more. Questions and comments abounded, like, "When did the gyms move?" and "This was Mr. Rousculp's room!" and "These bathrooms are still terrible."
What seemed like another night of work for me turned out to be a pretty cool experience. The love for this place was on full display. The years of hard work (both our staff's and students'!) and rich learning experiences in this building were evident. Our visitors also seemed genuinely impressed with what the new building will be, too, so it wasn't all nostalgia.
So, if you've noticed an alumni buzz on Facebook recently, you know why. When our Dean of Students pulled up the camera footage the next day, he said, "All of a sudden a wave of people came into Door 16. It was like a cruise ship just came into port." It's true. We had some very dedicated and passionate tourists who loved exploring their history.
I hope you have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New and Important Announcements**
- Freshman Mentor Application
- Reminder - Door 16 will be the Main Visitor Entrance beginning on April 19th
- Worthington Robotics Team is going to the World Championships
- Summer Job Opportunity
- TWHS Choir Boosters Fundraiser at City BBQ
- TWHS Ice Hockey May Skates
- SENIORS: Information on Senior Send-Off/Senior Tea/Back to Your Roots
- Ohio Health May/June Sports Physical Schedule
- TWHS Track and Field Fundraiser - Ponchos and Umbrellas
*State-Required Ohio State Tests for Spring 2023* - Please Read
Dear Thomas Worthington High School Families,
Starting Monday, 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 Monday - Friday next week (April 17 - 21). 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
Reminder - Door 16 Will be the Main Visitor Entrance
On April 19, the main visitor entrance will move to Door 16 (back, center of the building). Doors 1 and 2, along with most of the south side of the building, will only be accessible to construction vehicles and emergency vehicles after April 19. All visitors must enter through Door 16. It is our normal location for student drop-off and pick-up before and after school by car. This procedure will not change, although we will add designated visitor parking and have that entrance staffed throughout the day. (Here is a map of the property if you need it.)
Freshman Mentor Online Applications & Teacher Recommendations Due Friday April 28th at 3:20 pm
Attention Sophomore and Junior Parents/Guardians:
We are now accepting applications for Freshman Mentors for the 2023-2024 school year. Freshman 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 freshman class.
Students can access the online application now through their respective Schoology pages for the Classes of 2024 and 2025 or by clicking 2023-24 Freshman 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 Friday April 28th at 3:20 pm.
Please note current mentors must re-apply for next year. 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 students have any questions, students should contact Mallory Tecklenburg or Alyssa Craft.
Worthington Robotics Team - Cultivating a Culture of STEM
The Worthington Robotics Team (WorBots 4145) is proud to announce they are going to the world championships yet again, continuing their legacy from 2018 and 2019! This team of 36 students from both Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne High School competed fiercely at three regional competitions across the Midwest, rising to the top at Buckeye Regional and Greater Pittsburgh Regional. They won the prestigious Impact Award, the most coveted award in the FIRST program, celebrating the team’s immense impact by spreading STEM and business opportunities throughout the Worthington community. Their success was not limited to business and outreach only, with their robot Eclipse reaching the semifinals at Greater Pittsburgh Regional. Through these achievements at competition, and their continual support of 3 elementary and 1 middle school team, the WorBots have truly exemplified their motto of “Engage, Inspire, Impact.”
TWHS Track and Field Fundraiser
Who loves sitting out in the rain watching their favorite athlete compete? Make it more bearable with a Red Light Duty Rain Poncho or a Navy Blue Auto-Open 44¨ Folding Umbrella both with the Cardinal Logo! The Track & Field team would love to support you, supporting your athletes! Purchase at https://twhstrack.square.site. Hurry before the next storm rolls in!
TWHS Choir Boosters Fundraiser
On behalf of TWHS Choir Boosters you’re invited to join us and eat out, not only in support of the organization, but to show one of your Columbus restaurants some love too!
On Thursday, April 20th from 11 am - 8 pm the delicious and generous City Barbeque (1510 Gemini Pl ) is donating back 20% of Dine-In, Takeout, Delivery, Drive thru & Pick up orders to support a great cause -- TWHS Choir Boosters! Just mention TWHS choir boosters if ordering in person or on the phone or use code "FundA' if ordering online.
We ask that you RSVP here: https://grouprai.se/e249209 (even if you’re not completely sure) so City Barbeque knows roughly how many orders to expect & so you have access to all the event details.
Sports Physical Schedule for May/June 2023
** 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.
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.
Important Announcements for Seniors!
- Last day of classes for Seniors will be Wednesday, May 17th
- MANDATORY commencement practice is Friday, May 19th at 10:15 am. Please report to the AUX gym.
- Senior Send-Off will be immediately following commencement practice at the Flats. Come enjoy FREE ice cream, FREE BIBIBOP and maybe take a chance at the mechanical bull.
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.
No Tickets Needed to Attend the Graduation Ceremony!
Senior Send-Off/ Senior Tea/Back to Your Roots Information
You’re Invited to the Class of 2022 Wilson Hill Senior Send-off
When: Tuesday, May 9th 2:45
Where: Wilson Hill Library
Enjoy refreshments while sharing memories with your friends and former teachers.
You are invited to the Slate Hill Elementary Class of 2023 Senior Tea!
When: Wednesday, May 10th 2023 at 3:30 P.M.
Where: Slate Hill Elementary Library
7625 Alta View Blvd.
Worthington, OH 43085
Worthington Park Elementary Senior Send-Off
When: Monday, May 15, 2023 at 2:45 am - 3:30 pm
We would like to honor you on your upcoming graduation and celebrate your accomplishments at the reception for former students from
Worthington Park Elementary
Please call (614) 450-5500 if you have any questions.
Colonial Hills Back to Your Roots
When: Thursday, April 20th from 2:45 pm - 3:45 pm
Where: Colonial Hills Library
Catch up with your elementary teachers and staff!
Pizza, cookies and drinks will be provided
Evening Street Tea
When: Tuesday, May 9th from 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Where: Evening Street Pavillion
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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**
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
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!
TWHS Orchestra Fundraiser
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**
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
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 email@example.com 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 17th - April 21st: OH State Testing
April 19th: TWHS Men's Tennis Fundraiser at Pizza PrimoApril 19th: TWHS Orchestra Dine-out Fundraiser at Pies and Pints 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
April 20: TWHS Choir Booster Dine-out Fundraiser at City BBQ 11:00 am - 8:00 pmApril 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 Team 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
May 8th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 7:30 pm
May 10th: Choir Concert 7:30 pm
May 11th: Orchestra Concert 7:00 pm
May 12th & 13th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Noises Off! 8:00 pm
May 16th: PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
May 17th: Last Day of Classes for SeniorsMay 17th: Spring Vaccine Clinic 9:00 am - 12:00 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