TWHS Weekly News & Updates
August 27, 2021
Tuesday, August 31: Regular Bell Schedule
- Senior Information Night 6:30 pm
- Meet the Teacher Night 7:00 pm
Friday, September 3: Regular Bell Schedule
Dear Cardinal Family,
"Do you have any extra masks?"
Last week, kids were struggling to find their classes, establish their walking routes, and adjust their sleep habits to make sure everything worked the way it was supposed to work. (Okay, maybe bedtime adjustment is my own wishful thinking.) This week, we're adjusting to the return of a mask requirement. I recognize that change was difficult. We probably had 15% of our kids voluntarily wearing masks at the start of the year. Turning that percentage into 100 in one school day was a big ask, but our kids stepped up. It's definitely not been perfectly smooth, but I am impressed by the young people we have attending here.
The pandemic has created so many additional challenges in schools. We have asked our kids and families to do a lot. Often, we have had to ask with short notice. Change seems to always be around the corner. It's clear to me that our kids are sick and tired of the pandemic. I'm pretty sure we all are.
As usual, I want to thank you for your support, encouragement, and help as we all manage changes as they come. We know it's not easy and we know everyone is tired.
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements this Week**
- Senior Information Night Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 pm
- Meet the Teacher Night Wednesday, Sept. 1st at 7:00 pm
- The 3 R's - Cardinal Expectations at TWHS
- Please Review the Attendance Policy
- Cardinal Theater Production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown
** 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.
Recognition of Others
PTSO Meet the Teacher Night: September 1st, 2021 at 7:00 pm
We are looking forward to seeing you at the PTSO “Meet the Teacher Night” (Open House) on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021, starting at 7:00 p.m. During this evening, you will have the opportunity to meet with teachers, learn about each class, and ask questions. Please encourage your students to share their schedules and room numbers with you so that you do not have to wait in line to receive a schedule upon your arrival that evening. We will have student schedules available for parents in the lobby outside of the gym (West Lobby) on Wednesday evening between 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for those who need them. Schedules can be picked up after 7:00 p.m. in front of Central Office. The Open House will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. Refreshments will be served in the cafeteria. Time is limited and the schedule is fast-paced. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Please remember to wear a mask as we require universal indoor masking for all teachers, staff, students, parents, and visitors inside school properties, regardless of vaccination status. We will have masks available as needed . We look forward to seeing you at our Open House on Wednesday, September 1st, 2021.
Period 1: 7:00 pm - 7:10 pm
Period 2: 7:15 pm - 7:25 pm
Period 3: 7:30 pm - 7:40 pm
Period 4: 7:45 pm - 7:55 pm *
Period 5: 8:00 pm - 8:10 pm *
Period 6: 8:15 pm - 8:25 pm *
Period 7: 8:30 pm - 8:40 pm
Period 8: 8:45 pm - 8:55 pm
*Lunch Period: If you have Lunch listed on your schedule at any point throughout a period, please visit the Cafeteria for refreshments.
-If you have Academic Assist, or a Columbus State course listed on your schedule, please visit our cafeteria for refreshments.
If you are a lover of science, technology, engineering, math and building, we have the club for you! TWHS Science Olympiad is the place for you. Learn more about Science Olympiad here. Our first meeting is on Thursday, September 2nd in room 156 at 3:15 PM. Contact Ms. Matson email@example.com or Ms. Ohm firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
** SENIOR ANNOUNCEMENTS**
Senior Information Night: Tuesday, August 31st at 6:30 pm
Attention senior students and parents! Please attend the Senior Information Night Presentation on Tuesday, August 31st from 6:30 to 8:00 in the TWHS auditorium. TWHS School Counselors will be there to guide you through the process of applying to college, requesting letters of recommendation, and overall tips for admission to college. You will receive a senior packet that includes documents required for college admission. Masks are required. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's School Counselor!
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
Cardinal Theater Production September 10, 11, 16 & 18 at 8:00 pm
Based on The Comic Strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
Book, Music and Lyrics by Clark Gesner
Additional Dialogue by Michael Mayer
Additional Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa
Happiness is great musical theatre! With charm, wit, and heart, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown explores life through the eyes of Charlie Brown and his friends in the Peanuts gang. This revue of songs and vignettes, based on the beloved Charles Schulz comic strip, is perfect for all ages!
**Tickets can no longer be purchased at the box office the night of the show. You must pre-purchase your ticket online for all performances.**
Panama & Colombia Summer of 2022 Trip
I am pleased to announce that TWHS students will be traveling to Panama & Colombia during the summer of 2022! We are scheduled to depart in June and NOW is the time to enroll your child! Trip stops include the Panama Canal, Gatun Lake, Chagres National Park, a trip to a pineapple farm, snorkeling, and more! Learn more about this exciting tour at an informational meeting (Thursday, September 9th @ 7:00 PM - TWHS Library) where we’ll discuss:
- What we'll see and do
- Travel logistics
- How to earn high school/college credit
- Affordable payment options
- And more!
I look forward to seeing you there!
P.S. Can’t make the meeting, but want more information? RSVP using the link and select “No, but send info.”
2020-2021 Yearbook Update!
2020-2021 Yearbooks will be shipped out to your address on file after Wednesday, September 1st.
Order Your Yearbook!
Click HERE for more information.
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 email@example.com.
Click Attendance Philosophy & Procedure for important information regarding your child's absence from school.
PTSO Membership 2021-2022
The PTSO represents the parents, teachers, and students of Thomas Worthington High School. We aspire to support our school's mission of supporting the education of students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, students and teachers.
There are many opportunities for parent(s) and guardian(s) to become involved at TWHS through our PTSO. Applications can be filled out online by going to the PTSO tab on the Thomas Worthington web site or by clicking HERE
PTSO Meeting Dates Set for 2021-22 – Please Join Us!
All PTSO meetings are on Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. in the TWHS Principal's conference room (Room 127). Everyone is welcome - please join us! The 2021-22 meeting schedule is: September 21, November 16, January 18, March 15 and May 17.
All 6th-12th grade students in the Worthington School District will be admitted free to home sporting events with a VALID student ID. Adult athletic passes, single season passes and single game tickets are now available online by going to TWHS Ticket Page. Please note that no tickets will sold at the gate. Tickets must be purchased online.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Childhood Vaccine Information
Vaccines protect children from serious and preventable diseases – and all K-12 students must be up-to-date on all required vaccines entering the new school year. Students with an incomplete immunization record 14 days after the start of the school year will not be able to attend classes. The exact date will vary based on the first day of classes for each school or district.
Please encourage parents to contact their healthcare provider to make sure that their child is up to date on their vaccinations. If for any reason parents cannot get into their doctor on time, Columbus Public Health has an Immunization Clinic at 240 Parsons Ave. where students can receive their vaccines, regardless of insurance status or ability to pay. Vaccines are offered at Columbus Public Health’s immunization clinic on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary.
Columbus Public Health Immunization Clinic Hours:
Mon: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Tue: 10 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.
Wed: 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Thu/Fri: 8 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
The week of September 15, Columbus Public Health’s Immunization Clinic will offer extended hours:
Sat, 9/11: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Mon, 9/13: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tues, 9/14: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wed, 9/15: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thu, 9/16: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri, 9/17: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sat, 9/18: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Columbus Public Health may stop seeing new patients before closing hours due to high demand.
Despite these extended hours, we expect wait times of up to five hours during this week. Please encourage parents to visit the Immunization Clinic as soon as possible in order to avoid these long waits. In addition to childhood vaccines, Columbus Public Health also offers free COVID-19 vaccines for anyone 12 years of age and older.
Important Reminder Regarding Food Allergies
This serves as a reminder that there may be some students in your child’s school who have peanut and/or tree nut allergies. As the safety of our children is paramount to all, we need your support to make our cafeteria “nut free”. A child with a nut allergy can suffer a serious reaction merely by touching a food containing a peanut or tree nut. Therefore, we ask that you adhere to the following safety guidelines:
Please do not send in any peanuts, peanut butter, or foods containing peanuts or peanut butter to be eaten during lunch.
Read ingredient labels carefully to ensure that the snacks sent in with your child are peanut and tree nut-free.
Please do not hesitate to contact Julie Frank with any questions or concerns about food allergies. She can be reached at 614-450-6215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students
FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the 2021-2022 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
August 31: Senior Information Night 6:30 pm
September 1: PTSO Meet the Teacher Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
September 6: NO SCHOOL
September 10: Cardinal Theater Production You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 8:00 pm
September 11: ACT Test Day 8:00 am
September 11: Cardinal Theater Production You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 8:00 pm
September 13: Board of Education Regular Meeting 7:30 pm
September 16: Cardinal Theater Production You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 8:00 pm
September 18: Cardinal Theater Production You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown 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-Q), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber