TWHS Weekly News
March 10, 2023
Monday, March 13th:
Tuesday, March 14th
- Regular Bell Schedule
- State of the Schools 8:00 am
- ACT Testing day for Juniors
- Late Start for grades 9, 10, and 12
- Ohio Math League Competition, RM 227 3:30 pm
Wednesday, March 15th:
- Homeroom Bell Schedule
- State of the Schools 8:00 am
- TWHS Choir Dine-out Fundraiser at Chipotle 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
- TWHS Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Dine-out Fundraiser at City Barbeque 11am - 8:00 pm
- Regular Bell Schedule
- State of the Schools 8:00 am
Dear Cardinal Family,
Running analogy, anyone?
It's difficult for me to think of the school year and not make an analogy. It helps make sense of things changing before our eyes in so many ways.
Today, we wrap up the third nine weeks. Somehow, we only have nine weeks left! So, let's turn back to running: This is a really hard part of the race. No one is celebrating yet, but everyone is keenly aware of this checkpoint and what it means.
As kids and families reflect on the previous three nine week periods, my suggestions are simple. Take your water break. Stay loose and stretch if you need to. Change your shoes if they're not the right ones. Check your pace against your goals. Be mindful of the finish line and make sure you get there on your terms. Shoot for a personal record!
It's easy for us all to get hung up comparing our performance to others'. It's human nature. But an educational path is truly unique. Learning is individual. Goals are individual. Pace is individual. As difficult as it can be, please try to help your kids measure themself against their own prior performance and always strive to improve. Help them reflect upon their successes and plan for their next steps.
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New Announcements This Week**
- SENIORS: Local Scholarship Applications for Seniors Now Available
- TWHS Choir Dine-out Fundraiser at Chipotle
- Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland
- Ohio Governor's Youth Art Competition Awards
- Congratulations to the TWHS Bands for their Performances at OMEA
** 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.
ACT Testing for ALL Juniors March 14th
On Tuesday, March 14th, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. This ACT administration is free to all 11th grade students. All juniors will automatically be enrolled to take the test. Linworth, Academy, and half-day DACC students will take the test at their home school.
In order to provide focused time and attention to the ACT, the morning will be dedicated to testing only. All 11th grade students are required to report to school at their regular time for testing. We will use a delayed start of school for 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Lunch will be available for all students. Classes will begin at 12:55 p.m.
For 11th grade students, school buses will run at their regularly scheduled times for arrival.
For 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students, school buses will run on approximately a 90 minute delay for arrival.
Students on buses will arrive at school around 10:10 a.m. They will be directed to the gym for recreation or the auditorium.
All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.
PM Academy, Linworth, and DACC students will leave for their schools immediately after testing. A bus will pick them up at the West End. (For students with extended time, they will be transported to their school of enrollment upon completion of the test.)
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Brett Shaffer, Assistant Principal, at Bshaffer@wscloud.org or 614-450-6292.
Testing Bell Schedule
The Ohio Governor's Youth Art Competition was held this past Saturday with over 2,000 submissions in the Franklin County Region for Round 1. The following Thomas Worthington Students were selected for exhibit and for advancement to State Jurying. The Round 2 State Jury will be held this coming Saturday March 11th with results to be announced the following week.
Please take a moment to congratulate the following students:
Greta James: 2 pieces of Jewelry/Enameling
Sage Jeffers: Jewelry/Enameling
Scout Richardson: Jewelry/Enameling
Sophie Whitesel: Jewelry/Enameling
Casey Harden: Fibers/Wearable Art
Scout Richardson: Mixed Media
Margaret Yugovich: Drawing
Margaret Yugovich: Painting
Layna Hughes: 2 pieces of Sculpture/Installation
Draven Burdock: Mixed Media
Adam Sterling: Painting and Mixed Media
Panorama Survey for Students
Dear TWHS Families:
We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our well-being and social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year and every year. We have a homeroom every Wednesday. During these homerooms, students participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to work towards building positive relationships with others.
As we have done for the last several years, we will be asking for your child to reflect on his/her own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete and will be administered on March 22nd in our homeroom.
We are partnering with Panorama Education, a third-party vendor, to support us in administering these surveys. The survey content will ask students in grades 3-12 to self-reflect on School Safety, Teacher
Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Rigorous Expectations, and Self-Efficacy. Additionally, our students in grades 6-12 will also be asked to self-reflect on two additional topics; Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.
Student voice matters to us and their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our instruction to meet their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.
If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey, please contact Todd Keenan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-450-6226.
Mr. Pete Scully
2023-2024 College Credit Plus Information
Students & Families-
Are you interested in taking a College Credit Plus Course that TWHS has to offer? If so, the application process for CCP students for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.
Please review the videos below to learn more about College Credit Plus:
Students will need to stop by the School Counseling Office and pick up the "Intent to Participate" form to be considered for the program. The Intent to Participate form is due to Mr. Quart by April 1st, 2023 in the School Counseling Office.
If you have any questions about the program, reach out to Mr. Quart at email@example.com in the School Counseling Office.
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
Ohio Math League Competition Dates
The Ohio Math League Competition dates are below. All students are welcome to compete free of charge. Materials needed include a graphing calculator and a pencil/pen. Questions may be directed to Mr. Dosky in Room 227. There is 1 competition dates left:
Tuesday, March 14th at 3:30 pm
Each high school competes and we take the top 5 scores to represent our team score. A perfect team score would be a 30 and a perfect individual score would be a 6. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the contest each month.
Friday Flock Talk
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.
Local Scholarship Applications for Seniors Now Available
Local scholarships worth over $50,000 are now posted on the TWHS website under the School Counseling tab. Click local scholarships to review the list of scholarships and complete applications. Generally, (though not all) applications are due by Friday, March 31st. Respectfully, late applications will not be accepted. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Preisse (email@example.com) or Mrs. Swearingen (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the School Counseling office!
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: email@example.com
- 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**
Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland
After Alice tumbles down a mysterious rabbit hole, she finds herself in a strange land where everyone is raving mad. With the help of a Cheshire Cat, an astute Caterpillar, and a righteous Humpty Dumpty, Alice must find her way home and discover who she really is. A darker, more faithful version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale that reimagines the experience of Wonderland, and ends with an unexpected new twist.
March 24 & 25, 2023 at 7:00 pm
*Tickets will go on sale March 20th*
Summer Art Camp Opportunities at the McConnell Arts Center
The MAC is committed to building pathways to the arts for students of all ages! The MAC’s classes are led by local artists who help the center offer high-quality arts education. The artist educators help offer multi-week courses and special workshops for beginners through advanced levels for youth and adults. New instructors have provided a greater variety of class offerings, including mixed media, watercolor, fashion, and dance. Summer camps provide youth with creative explorations of the arts. The full list of our current offerings can be found here https://www.mcconnellarts.org/category/all-classes/youth-classes/
For information on the summer camp offerings please see the Summer Camp Flyer.
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Awards
CONGRATULATIONS to Thomas Worthington Chamber and Concert Choir, Cardinal Band, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble for their performances at the Ohio Music Education Association District 15 Adjudicated Event held at Thomas Worthington High School last weekend. Chamber and Concert Choir, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble each earned Superior (I) Ratings for their program while Concert Band earned an overall Excellent (II) rating.
TWHS Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Dine-out 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! 20% off of $100 for a limited time with the code FEB23.
TWHS Car Magnets - Vintage Logo at Reduced Price
We have a limited number of TWHS car magnets remaining with the vintage logo - now at a reduced price! Please scan the QR code below or use this link to order new or vintage logo car magnets: https://bit.ly/twhsmagnets.
Car magnet sales are a fundraiser for the TWHS Softball Program.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Join the PTSO!
Our PTSO needs your support! Please consider joining our organization and help our parent volunteers with fun activities for students and staff, supplies for teachers and scholarships for seniors at the end of each year. To join, fill out this online membership form or print and mail the PTSO Membership form.
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.
Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students
Your support in following these guidelines for dropping off and picking up students is greatly appreciated. The safety of our students is our number one priority.
Reminder: The gate located next to the tennis courts on Evening Street is closed during school hours.
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
March 13th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
March 13th - 17th: State of the Schools 2023
March 14th: Ohio Math League Competition, Rm 227 3:30 pm
March 15th: TWHS Choir Dine-out Fundraiser at Chipotle 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
March 15th: Winter Percussion and Winter Guard Fundraiser at City Barbeque 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
March 21st: PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
March 23rd: Academic Honors Ceremony 7:00 pm
March 24th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland 7:00 pm
March 25th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland 7:00 pm
March 27th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
March 29th: Choir/Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm
April 3rd - 7th: SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
April 10th: Classes Resume
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