Weekly Update

McCord Middle School October 17, 2022 - October 21, 2022

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No School For Students

There will be no school for students on the following dates:

Friday, October 21: Worthington classified staff members will be in professional learning classes.

Tuesday, November 8 (Ohio Election Day): Worthington certified staff members will be in professional learning classes.

Wednesday, November 23 - Friday, November 25: Thanksgiving Break

Superintendent Coffee

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Friday, October 28: Meet with Superintendent Trent Bowers and other district administrators at our next community coffee from Noon - 1:30 p.m. at the Worthington Education Center.

Coed Cross Country State Meet

Race times for the State Meet on Saturday are as follows:

Boys Race: 11:10

Girls Race: 12:55

The bus will be leaving from Perry at 10:00am, please have athletes at the school by 9:50. All athletes are welcome to ride the bus to cheer on their teammates at State. However, you must still purchase an $8 ticket at the link below.

Ticket Link:https://www.ohsaa.org/tickets

Location: Fortress Obetz, 4175 Alum Creek Drive, Obetz 43207.


Coach Joseph


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Worthington’s chef Sam will be here next Wednesday the 26th grilling cheese/hamburgers/black bean burgers for McCord. Everyone is welcome!

Lunch will be $4.00. You will need to either have cash or money on your lunch account. If bringing cash, please bring exact change. Any extra money given will be applied to your account.

This will be a fun time for everyone to enjoy lunch from the cafeteria and say hello to the kitchen staff. They would enjoy seeing everyone's faces :)

Guidelines for When to Keep Your Child Home from School

The protocol for management of communicable disease in Worthington City Schools is based upon the Ohio Department of Health’s guidelines and recommendations.

Your child is too ill to go to school if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
  • Temperature above 100.4 F by mouth (see below)
  • Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours (see below)
  • Shortness of breath or has increase in wheezing during normal activity
  • Has a cough that interrupts normal activity Pain from an earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
  • Has yellow or green drainage from nose or eye(s)
  • Rash over body or localized to one area of the body (see below)
  • Fatigue and needs bed rest (common with flu-like symptoms)
  • Signs of conjunctivitis such as red, crusty or swollen eyes (see below)

Students who are sent home with a fever 100.4 degrees or higher must remain at home until the student is fever free for 24 hours without the use of medication. In most cases this means that students will miss the following school day. Please understand that fevers can reoccur within a 24 hour time period and this policy is in the best interest for all students.

Students who are sent home due to vomiting or diarrhea must also stay home for 24 hours to ensure that these symptoms are gone before returning to school.

Students exhibiting signs of conjunctivitis (crusty eyes, red or swollen eyes) may return once the symptoms have been treated and are gone or a note is presented from a doctor stating that the student may return to school.

Students who show signs of a communicable disease exhibiting as a rash may return to school once the rash is gone or a note is presented from a doctor stating that the student may return to school.


Attendance is a must for your child to be successful in school. If your child’s absence requires a doctor’s visit, please turn in the medical excuse to your child’s school upon returning.


Best Regards,

Shannon Bersagel, RN, BSN, LSN

Worthington School Nurse

McCord Middle School

Granby Elementary School

Worthington Hills Elementary School


614-781-0117 fax

Virtual Family Informational Session for International Travel Summer 2024

We are excited to announce that Worthington students are being offered several international educational travel opportunities in 2024.

Please click here to register for the Worthington Virtual Travel Night on Thursday November 3rd at 6:30pm to save your seat and to receive the Zoom link for the meeting. There are limited spots available on these trips, so please make sure to RSVP & attend if you and/or your child(ren) are interested in learning more.

Several trips are being offered across the district, including opportunities for STEM, Language, Cultural Immersion and more. Destinations will include Dominican Republic, Italy, Greece, England, Portugal, Australia, Japan, Peru - to name a few. At the meeting on November 3rd, you’ll hear all the details, including the specific itineraries, academic opportunities, costs of these trips and enrollment options – including taking advantage of EF’s risk-free enrollment period.

We know that when students travel, they expand their knowledge of the world around them, discover more about themselves, and grow more confident. By taking part in this experience, students will be given the chance to step outside their comfort zone, experience a new culture, and see the world from a different perspective. These skills are critical for creating the global citizens of tomorrow, and I would love to have your student participate on one of these adventures.

Can’t make the meeting but want more information? RSVP and select “No but send info.”


Neil Gupta, Ed.D.

Director of Secondary Education, Worthington Schools

614-450-6031 | ngupta@wscloud.org

Address: 200 East Wilson Bridge Road
Worthington, Ohio 43085

Website: www.worthington.k12.oh.us

Orchestra Fund Raiser

The orchestra is selling Der Dutchman pies (and more!) now until November 3rd. All pertinent information about pickup, products being sold, pricing, and more is found in this google form: https://forms.gle/KDGvaao7vp4T9RbQ9

If you prefer to pay with cash or check, please still fill out the order form and get your method of payment to Matt Chidsey before November 3rd. Checks can be made out to "WKHS Band Boosters".

We will have products ready for pickup in the WKHS music wing, door 3, on the Monday before Thanksgiving, 11/21/22.

If you order something that contains nuts, you will still come to the music wing. From there, we will exchange your treat outside of the school in order to prevent allergens from entering the building

Please direct any questions to Matt Chidsey, orchestra director: mchidsey@wscloud.org

Thanks so much for considering supporting our program!

Matt Chidsey | He/Him/His

Orchestra Teacher

Worthington Kilbourne High School

McCord Middle School


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Ski Club Information

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Ways for parents to help with the Fall Wolf Pack Party!

Student Council is hosting the first Wolf Pack Party of the Year on Friday, Oct. 28, from 6-8 pm! All McCord students are invited to attend, and tickets (which must be purchased before Friday, Oct. 28 at 4 pm) are just $5, on MyPaymentsPlus or at the McCord office. Proceeds of ticket sales benefit McCord Student Council. Students may purchase pizza, candy, snacks and beverages at the event for $2 each, while supplies last. If you're looking for easy ways to get involved and volunteer, here's your chance!

  • Sign up now to help out by selling pizza, candy, snacks and beverages at the event (all food and beverage will be provided and set up...volunteers just need to sell it to students!)
  • We also have a few spots open for parents to help staff with event clean up!
  • Student Council is hosting some fun games at the event and would also appreciate donated gift cards! If donating gift cards, please drop off at the McCord office, to the attention of Ms. Crocker, student council advisor. All gift card amounts are appreciated -- gender neutral gift cards (Target, Walmart, Amazon, Starbucks, Chipotle, Chik fil A, Panera, Graeters, etc.) are most useful.

Thanks in advance for helping make our first Wolf Pack Party of the Year a success! Here's the Sign Up for the volunteer opportunities: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c084fadad2babf94-2022

Cell Phone Reminder

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Cell phones have become a major distraction to the learning process in recent years. In order to make sure students and staff can focus their time and energies on the important learning happening in the building, we are requiring students who bring their cell phones to school to keep them in their lockers during the school day.

We will use the following protocol for students who have cell phones out during school hours.
  • First time: Staff warning and reminder to go put in locker.
  • Second time: Teacher will call home and with possible teacher given consequence.
  • Third time: Office referral with potential consequence as well as student/family being asked to either leave cell phone at home or drop it off at the office each morning for a collaboratively determined length of time. The office has a locked cell phone box to store phones in for security.
  • Fourth or more: Student will be required to leave their phone at home or in the office for the remainder of the quarter.

Families who have unique circumstances that may impact this should reach out to the Principal or Assistant Principal to set up a meeting and plan for your student's cell phone at school.

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Greetings from CoolTechGirls,

CoolTechGirls is a nonprofit dedicated to providing a supportive and collaborative environment to school age girls to ignite their passion in science and technology. We work with local companies and educational institutions, namely schools and colleges, to showcase women role models who share their life experiences and career aspirations. Our goal is to continue to collaborate as we continue to inspire young girls to participate in STEM. You can check out our past partnerships and programs at https://cooltechgirls.org/.

This fall, we would like to share with you the CoolTechGirls TechnoFashion program for middle school girls. There are 3 workshops on October 15th and 29th and November 12th and we would like to invite the girls from your school to participate! Please forward the information below to girls in grades 6-8 who are interested in Science, Technology, and Engineering. We would be grateful if you could share a post dedicated to TechnoFashion through your school's social media channels as well.

The interested students and parents can click on the following registration link: https://forms.gle/vuuySgZCY43R45KF9 and register for our program. Upon submission, parents will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee, which covers the cost of the three technical workshops. If they cannot afford this fee, they can email us at info@cooltechgirls.org explaining their situation.

This small, one-time fee, will cover the following aspects of the program:

  • Three in-person workshops covering engineering and wearable technology concepts

  • Workshops designed in collaboration with our OSU associates

  • All workshop materials, including one workshop kit valued at a total of $110

  • Work on three projects during the workshop hours

  • Access to mentors, as needed

Please visit our website https://cooltechgirls.org/ to see the details on last year’s program. We have attached the details to this year’s program to this email.

Communications Team


The girls of today creating the world of tomorrow
through science, technology, and engineering.

E-mail: info@cooltechgirls.org

Instagram: @cooltechgirls

Twitter: @CoolTechGirls

Facebook: cooltech.girls