High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

September 4, 2020


It was a great, full, first week of school for all of our Golden Eagles! Students have adjusted really well to the logistical changes and our classrooms are alive again with discussion, debate and learning! It's hard to believe, but September is here already and that means a three-day weekend to celebrate Labor Day. We hope you enjoy some rest and relaxation and we will look forward to seeing our students on Tuesday!

Each week our high school sends out a newsletter to update parents with important information. Included will be announcements, events, opportunities for students and more. Please check it out each week.

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.

BWHS Welcomes New Staff

We'd like to introduce you to our new staff members for the 2020-2021 school year. Left to right: Jessi Housel (Guided Support); Christa Ovalle (Math Intervention Specialist); Wes Werstiuk (Science); Paul Stokell (Tutor); Nicole Kelly (Educational Assistant) and Peter Schraf (Science Substitute for Mr. Wallschlaeger).

*Mr. Werstiuk and Mr. Stokell are dressed in neon for our Friday theme days! Not pictured is Elise Starrett (Educational Assistant).

A Few Reminders from our Front Office

Please remember, if your student is going to be absent, running late, or needs to leave early please call the attendance line ahead of time and leave a message at 740-965-7776.

Additionally, to minimize traffic in the main office, please do not come in to get your student unless otherwise instructed. We are asking that parents/guardians call or provide a note ahead of time giving the student permission to sign themselves out and meet you outside in the loop. No student may leave early unless a parent/guardian has given permission. Even if your student is 18, they must have prior approval from a parent or guardian.

Finally, if parents need to drop off any items, please leave them on the table just inside the first secure door of our main entrance. There are post-it notes and pens available for you to label items. Please text your student to let them know their items are there. Students will be able to pick up their items in between classes. We will not be calling students out of class for dropped off items unless it is an urgent matter.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Our first round of parent-teacher conferences will be THIS WEDNESDAY, September 9, from 4:00-7:30 p.m. We will be utilizing Google Meet to hold virtual conferences with our families. If you would like to meet with one or more of your child(ren)'s teachers, please either contact the teacher directly, or call the main office at 740-965-3766 or the school counseling office at 740-965-2243. Please be prepared with your email address so the teacher can reach out to you with a Google Meet join code after conferences are scheduled. If you are unable to use Google Meet or would prefer a phone conference, that option will be available as well. Thank you!

Curriculum Night

Our BWHS Curriculum Night will be virtual this year. Curriculum Night videos will be posted by each teacher on the evening of September 10. We hope you will check them out then. Thank you.

BWHS Arrival Information

The high school doors will open each morning at 7:15 a.m. Please do not enter the building before that time. When students arrive, they will need to report directly to their first period class. Any student who needs breakfast will go directly to the cafeteria, eat there, and then report to class. Food will not be allowed outside the cafeteria. For our drivers that park in the junior lot, you will now be able to enter the doors on the lower level and report directly to first period.

First period begins promptly at 7:40 a.m.

Is your e-mail correct?

Please make sure you have a correct e-mail address on file with BWHS. This will ensure that you receive a link to complete our necessary back-to-school information forms for your student(s). If you need to update your e-mail address, or do not have online access, please contact our main office (740-965-3766).

Stay Connected with BWHS

Please make sure you are getting the latest information from BWHS by doing the following:

  1. Join the BWHS Families group on Schoology. (Access Code: XXJ5-CR83-DWZCS)

  2. On Facebook, like the Big Walnut Local Schools page.

Parent Morning Drop-Off

Parents are reminded that when dropping their students off in the morning, they are not allowed to drive around the buses past the intermediate school while the intermediate students are exiting the buses.

BWHS Student Handbook

The BWHS Student & Parent Handbook is available under the resources tab of the Big Walnut High School Schoology page.

Click here for some important updates to the 2020-2021 BWHS Student & Parent Handbook regarding head coverings and face coverings, as well as vacationing parents and visitors and volunteers in response to the COVID situation.

Student Parking Information

Students can register for a parking pass HERE:

Seniors: Still park in the Senior lot and the first two rows of the South lot.

Only 200 passes will be sold- students will be assigned the senior lot or the two rows in the main lot.

Juniors: Park in the remaining South Lot. Only 155 passes will be sold.

Sophomores: Park in the Softball Lot and spaces by the wrestling room. Students will be assigned to the softball lot or wrestling room. Only 60 passes will be sold.

Passes are sold at a first come basis per grade level.

ALL students that drive to school will need to purchase a pass. Half day DACC students and CCP students still need to purchase a parking pass. Rates will be adjusted.

Attention CCP Families

CCP Families: Friday September 11, 2020 is the last day to drop any Fall CCP course without a grade or monetary penalty. If your student needs to drop his/her CCP class they should pick up a drop slip from Mrs. Sturtevant and turn it in by Friday 9/11/20. If you have any questions please reach out to Mrs. Sturtevant at pennysturtevant@bwls.net or 740-965-7753.

Seniors: Meningitis Vaccine Reminder

We want to remind all our seniors that they are required by the State of Ohio to have their meningitis vaccination. Proof of this vaccination is needed from your health care provider and must be submitted by October 1st. Please contact Megan Truax, district nurse, with any questions or concerns (megantruax@bwls.net). Thank you!

A Message from our SRO

Please read the attached letter from our district School Resource Officer, Deputy Dave Snyder.

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Senior Credit Checks and Naviance Training:

Senior Naviance training and credit checks will be happening with all seniors during their English classes the week of Sept 14th. If your child is not in an English class this semester please have them email their school counselor. Students will need to complete the credit check process and learn Naviance in order to send transcripts and letters of recommendation to colleges.

Stay Connected with Your School Counselor:

To get important updates from your school counselor, please join the appropriate Remind using the codes below:

Class of 2022 (A-G): @bwag22

Class of 2022 (H-O): @bwho22

Class of 2022 (P-Z): @bwpz22

Class of 2021 (A-G): @bwhsa-g

Class of 2021 (H-O): @bwhsho21

Class of 2021 (P-Z): @dg4ab7

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

September 7: NO SCHOOL-Labor Day

September 9: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Virtual) 4:00-7:30 p.m.

September 17: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

September 21: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development

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