High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

February 16, 2018

We had a jam-packed week at BWHS. Monday night, we welcomed our future 9th graders to the building for their orientation. Tuesday through Thursday, National Diversity Consultant Marlena Gross-Taylor visited our building and met with students, staff and parents to help us with creating a strategic plan to make all students feel welcome and included at BWHS. Our winter sports seasons are starting to wrap up with tournaments right around the corner. Take these last few opportunities to come cheer on our Golden Eagles!

Please remember there will be no school on Monday, February 19, in honor of Presidents' Day!

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 7:15 and 3:15.

CCP Reminders for 2018-2019

You can find all the College Credit Plus information and paperwork on the district's CCR website. Here is the link CCR Website.

Students who are considering participation in CCP should complete and return the Letter of Intent to Mrs. Sturtevant ASAP. The intent form is the last page of the CCP Information Packet.

IMPORTANT!!! Monday 2/12 and Tuesday 2/13 are application days for CCP.

Any student who is wanting to take CCP classes at Big Walnut or at Columbus State and is not currently in CCP must complete an application. Mrs Sturtevant will be in the Innovation Center all day and after school both days. Students should see her during their study hall, lunch or after school so they can get this important first step completed. The student will need to know their Social Security number to complete the application.

Please reach out to Mrs. Sturtevant if you have questions at pennysturtevant@bwls.net or 740-965-7753.

Vaping/Juuling-Important Information for BWHS Parents

Parents--we have seen an increase in these trends at BWHS. Please read the information in this article and talk with your son or daughter about the dangers of using these substances.

JUNIORS: All Juniors to Take ACT and Attend Career Fair

All members of this year's junior class will be taking the ACT during the school day on Tuesday, February 27. This is due to a requirement by the State of Ohio and the test will be given at no cost to families. Students will report to school at the regular time and then will take a bus to St. John Neumann Catholic Church for testing. This will provide students with the optimal testing environment (no bells or announcement interruptions, less noise in the hallways during class changes, etc.). Students are asked to bring a snack, pack a lunch and bring sharpened pencils. Due to the length of the test, students will not eat lunch during the normal lunch periods. All students will have a opportunity to purchase a lunch or eat their packed lunch when we return to school before attending our first ever BWHS Career Fair. All juniors will have the opportunity to hear four career presentations of their choosing during the afternoon of February 27. If you have any questions about either of these events, please contact the main office or your child's counselor.

German Classes Celebrate Tasting Day!

All German classes celebrated Valentines Day by having the opportunity to taste food like chocolate, bread, cheese, sweets and coffee from German speaking countries during Tasting Day, sponsored by the German Club! Students enjoyed working on projects and listening to German love songs while getting to try new foods.

Flu Guide for Parents

It is no secret that we have been hit hard by the flu this winter. Take a look at this article for some helpful information on protecting your kids.

Congrats to FFA Students

Our FFA students competed in the State Agricultural Communications Career Development Event (CDE) on February 10, 2018. The event was sponsored by the Ohio FFA Foundation and was hosted in the Agricultural Engineering Building at The Ohio State University. The team placed fifth out of fifteen finalist teams in the state. Individually, Lex Marvin was 13th, Chris Dible 19th, Madi Withrow 28th, and Lexie Kirkpatrick 39th.

Also, Tuesday night, four students participatde in the Sub-District Public Speaking Career Development Events. Avery Wagner placed first in Creed Speaking, Madi Withrow placed second in Advanced Prepared Speaking, Taylor Grills placed second in Advanced Creed Speaking, and Gabby Adair placed second in Extemporaneous Speaking. All four ladies will speak next week at the district Public Speaking CDEs.

Also this week, FFA students participated in the District Agricultural Sales CDE. The team placed 1st and will advance to state. Individually, Gabby Adair placed 2nd, Caleb Durheim placed 7th, Ben Kessler placed 8th and Austin Cheadle placed 9th. In this event, students complete a simulated sale with a judge who acts as a customer. Our students assume the role of salespeople for the Big Walnut Tree Company and are trying to sell wholesale Christmas Trees to their judge who acts as the Inventory Purchasing Manager at an ACE Hardware store. Students also completed a practicum of prospecting for new customers and took a written test about sales and marketing.

Congrats to all of these students and to the FFA Program!

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Scheduling for 2018-2019:

Scheduling for next year is underway. Our school counselors are in the process of meeting with each student one-on-one to discuss their future plans and help them make the best choices for their schedule for next year. If you would like to be a part of this meeting, please schedule and appointment with Mrs. Strahler. If you would like more information about course offerings, please see the school counseling website.

As scheduling meetings are completed, families can see courses requested for the 2018-2019 school year in PowerSchool. Please click on the "class registration" tab. In March, students will receive a hard copy of requested courses and have the opportunity to make changes prior to Spring Break. Official schedules for the 2018-2019 school year will be available in PowerSchool in August.

High School Credit Earned in Middle School:

Students in the graduating class 2021 who earned high school credit in Algebra I, Geometry, or Spanish at Big Walnut Middle School have the option to accept a "P" (pass) in lieu of the grade which currently appears on their high school transcript. Please see this form for details. All forms to adjust high school credit earned during middle school must be returned to the high school counseling office by the end of a student's freshman year.

Students in the Class of 2020 and 2019 were given this form in February 2017. It was due by the end of the 2016-17 school year.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O and P grades 12)

Tammi Jordan (P grades 9-11 and Q-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS

February 19: NO SCHOOL-Presidents' Day

February 27: ACT for all Juniors

February 27: Career Fair for all Juniors (after the ACT)

March 2 & 3: BWHS Band and Choir District Competition

March 5: Academic Booster (PTO) Meeting @ 6:30

March 6: Wizards Basketball Game

March 7: Blood Drive (8:00-2:00)

March 8,9,10: BWHS Spring Musical-AIDA

March 9: End of 3rd Quarter

March 13: World Language Induction

March 13: Class Meetings

March 15: Music Department Jazz Show (at BWMS)

March 15: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30

March 16: Grade Cards Available

March 19-23: Spring Break

March 26: OHSAA Parent Meeting @ 6:30 (Spring Sports)

March 30: NO SCHOOL

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