TWHS Weekly News

JANUARY 21, 2022

Weekly Calendar

Monday, January 24:

Tuesday, January 25:
  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • Class of 2026 Curriculum Night, 7:00 pm
  • Special Education Parent Meeting, WEC 6:00 pm
  • TWHS Baseball Fundraiser, Chipotle (E. Campus View) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday, January 26:

Thursday, January 27:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • 8th Grade Visits (Worthingtoway) 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

Friday, January 28:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • Deadline for Seniors to Apply for the Diploma of Distinction
Saturday, January 29:
  • ASVAB Test, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Dear Cardinal Family,

Sometimes I think life would be easier if social media were real. Everything would be either good or bad. Complex issues would be simple and easy to solve. Family vacations and holidays would be idyllic.


We all know it doesn't work that way.


Just when I start to get frustrated with the commentary and rudeness, I am reminded why I love working in a public school. It's a difficult and important job.


We work daily to inch complex and difficult issues along to a positive resolution--sometimes with strong support and sometimes not.


We get to watch teenagers go from struggling to figure out who they'll be to blossoming into driven adults--sometimes with minimal effort and sometimes with a lot of work.


We watch our ninth graders gradually shift from old middle schoolers to young adults in a matter of months--sometimes with some speed bumps along the way.


It's pretty special and we're pretty lucky to be able to witness it and help it along.


It's not perfect. It's not without mistakes. It's not without kids struggling with all the ills of this world. It's not without public embarrassment at times.


The reality is I'm really proud of our kids, their progress during their career with us, and what they produce on a regular basis.


We appreciate the opportunity to work with your kids and are always open to your questions or concerns. Thank you for trusting us.


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!



Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

Thomas Worthington High School

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**New Announcements This Week**

  • ATTENTION SENIORS: Order your cap & gown (DEADLINE JANUARY 31st)
  • ATTENTION SENIORS: Submit your Senior photo for the yearbook (DEADLINE JANUARY 31st)
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences are Wednesday, February 9th (3:30 - 7:10 pm) and Thursday, February 17th (4:30 - 8:10 pm)
  • Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
  • TWHS Baseball Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle
  • Supporting Healthy Teen Relationships Speaker
  • Parents - Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

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What The Teachers are Saying

See what the teachers are saying about the TWHS December Cardinals of the Month.

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

Would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff member or another student has had on your child? The PBIS team would like to give you that opportunity. Please take two minutes to complete this recognition form. Thank you!

Parent/Teacher Conferences: Wednesday, February 9th and Thursday, February 17th

Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Wednesday, February 9th from 3:30 - 7:10 pm and again on Thursday, February 17th from 4:30 - 8:10 pm. Families can request to meet in person, via ZOOM or by phone with teachers when scheduling their conferences. Online scheduling will open on Monday, January 31st at 8:00 a.m. Please CLICK HERE for more information about scheduling parent/teacher conferences with your student’s teachers.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Art Department is excited and proud to announce the following students for their selections to the Scholastic Art Awards 2022.


The Scholastics Art and Writing Awards has served as the nation’s longest-running, most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Awards were founded in 1923 and, for nearly a century, have inspired bold ideas in creative teens throughout the country. Notable alumni include Andy Warhol, Ezra Jack Keats, Cy Twombly, Kay WalkingStick, Joyce Carol Oates, Amanda Gorman, Robert Redford and nationally notable TWHS alums: Robin F. Williams (NYC Painter) and Joyce Lee (NYC fashion photographer).


Congratulations to the following students:


Olivia Cofer 12

'What Affects You Affects Me' Digital Art - Honorable Mention


Honoka Fukagawa 12

'Crowded Freedom' Painting - Silver Key

'Night Danser' Painting - Honorable Mention

'Wave of Words' Painting - Honorable Mention


Irini Giampouranis 12

'Meat Eater'. Digital Art - Honorable Mention

'The House I Grew Up In' Painting - Honorable Mention


Michelina Guerra 12

'Brain Freeze' Mixed Media - Silver Key

'Coral Rings ' Jewelry - Silver Key

'Talk to the Hand' Mixed Media - Honorable Mention


Greta James 11

'Beetle Bracelet' Jewelry - Honorable Mention


Makayla McCreary 12

'I See Music' Sculpture Honorable Mention


Jo Suddendorf 12

'Icarus-Inspired Wings' Fashion - Gold Key


Ella Fledderjohann 12

'Ocean Exploration' Art Portfolio - Silver Key

Course Registration Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

Did you know that 2022-23 course registration is just around the corner? We have included our timeline and resources that will help you and your student navigate this process:


January 18-31: Teachers will discuss course offerings within their content area with their students.


February 1: During homeroom, students will receive a hard copy of the registration card (list of all the classes TWHS offers). They will also learn about the scheduling resources we have available which include:


February 2: During third period, students will register for their 2022-23 classes. They will need their chromebooks as they will do this in Infinite Campus. Their third period teacher will be there to help.


February 2-9: Registration window


February 9: Registration closes


February 9-28: Counselors meet with students to confirm course requests


Thank you for supporting your student during this process. Please reach out to your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.


Felicha Smith (students with last name A-D) fsmith@wscloud.org


Kelly Swearingen (students with last name E-K) kswearingen@wscloud.org


Celeste Preisse (students with last name L-M) cpreisse@wscloud.org


David Quart (students with last name N-R) dquart@wscloud.org


Stephanie Burns (students with last name R-Z) sburns@wscloud.org

ACT Administration for Juniors Tuesday, March 1st

On Tuesday, March 1st, 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 12:20 p.m.


TESTING BELL SCHEDULE


Testing: 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Period 5: 12:20 p.m. - 12:57 p.m.

Period 6: 1:02 p.m. - 1:39 p.m.

Period 7: 1:44 p.m. - 2:21 p.m.

Period 8: 2:26 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.


Transportation


  • 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 3-hour delay for arrival.

    • Students on buses will arrive at school around 10:00 a.m. They will be directed to the gym for recreation or the auditorium/library for quiet study.

  • 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.

Attention 10 - 12 Grade Families

Is your student interested in pursuing a career in the military someday? Are they having trouble deciding what path is best for them after high school? Are they looking for additional standardized test preparation? TWHS has a great opportunity for you!


On Saturday, January 29th, we will be offering the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, more commonly known as the ASVAB test, from 9 am-12 pm in the Cards Center. This is a test that is required for all students who plan on entering the military, but also serves as standardized test prep, and a career exploration opportunity.


Through the ASVAB, students will be tested in 8 areas, including the following: general science, arithmetic reasoning, word knowledge, paragraph comprehension, mathematics knowledge, electronics information, auto and shop information, and mechanical comprehension.


Scores in four critical areas -- Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension and Mathematics Knowledge -- count towards an Armed Forces Qualifying Test (AFQT) score. The AFQT score determines whether students are qualified to enlist in the U.S. military. Scores in the other areas of the ASVAB will determine how qualified students are for certain military occupational specialties and enlistment bonuses. Students will receive their scores, along with an interpretation within 15 days of the test administration date.

There will be a sign-up sheet in the School Counseling Office for students until Wednesday, January 26th. If your student would like to prepare for the ASVAB test, they may use the following websites for practice tests:


http://asvabtutor.com/

http://www.asvabpracticetests.com/

https://www.march2success.com/


If you have any questions, please contact TWHS School Counselor, Celeste Preisse, at cpreisse@wscloud.org!

TWHS National Honor Society

Information for current National Honor Society members (inducted March 2021) and students aspiring to be a NHS member can be found by going to the TWHS National Honor Society Frequently Asked Questions page or by clicking HERE.

Junior Night Presentation for the Class of 2023

Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! If you were unable to attend the Junior Night Presentation in person or you want to review what was said, you can view the presentation here: Junior Night Presentation.


This presentation will give you inside information on the college application process, what admissions is looking for, ACT/SAT, and how to start creating your list of potential colleges to apply to. Please view the presentation and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!


Your TWHS School Counselors,


Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns

Special Education Key Communicator

Worthington’s Special Education Key Communicator Committee strives to build positive, productive and collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst the educators and community of families whose children receive special education and related services. We will engage in two-way communication, with the goal being to provide a circle of influence where we can share out and learn from and with each other.


The key communicator will convey information from their building to the committee, as well as information from the committee to their buildings.


The Key Communicator for Thomas Worthington High School is Meredith Murphy (mmurphy@wscloud.org). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss.

**ACT PREP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS**

Register for ACT Boot Camp February 6 & 13, 2022

Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator (PrepAccelerator.com) is returning for the 4th consecutive year to teach the 2-day, 15-hour ACT Boot Camp to Worthington High School students on Sunday, February 6, and Sunday, February 13, 2022. Students who attended the boot camp in previous years have seen a definite score improvement. The boot camp is open to all 9-12 grade students and will run from 8:15am to 5pm on both days.


An intensive, two-day training session open to Linworth, TWHS and WKHS students, will be taught online on February 6 and February 13, 2022. This opportunity will cost $200, a heavily discounted rate and will include handouts and a printed handbook that contains cheat sheets, test-taking tips, and over 900 drills with solutions in English and Math. Click ACT Boot Camp for more information.

Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown

Parents of the Class of 2022: It would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early due to production and shipping times slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN NOW


**The final deadline to submit orders is January 31, 2022 to ensure delivery of your student's cap & gown in the spring.**

Submit Your Senior Picture!

Senior Pictures must be submitted by Monday, January 31st, 2022


Submit your senior picture at Senior Photo Submission for the yearbook by January 31st, 2022.


Directions to submit your senior picture:


  • Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE
  • Please use a personal computer to submit your photos.
  • Only school-related props are allowed in portraits. No animals or pets (sorry!). Make sure your photo follows the TWHS dress code. No “selfie-styles.”
  • Senior Photo Submission Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)


No late photos will be accepted.

Attention Seniors: Apply for the Diploma of Distinction

The Diploma of Distinction recognizes students for their excellence in academics, character, and service in one or more specific subject areas. In order to be considered for a Diploma of Distinction, please complete this APPLICATION by Friday, January 28th, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted. Diplomas of Distinction are currently available in nine (9) areas: Project Lead the Way (PLTW), English, World Language, Theater Arts, Musical Arts, Service Learning and Career Mentorship, Visual Arts, Entrepreneurship Business Academy (EBA) and Science.


To be eligible, you must have a cumulative grade point average of a 3.5 (unweighted), and obtained senior status (minimum of 15.0 credits by January 5, 2022).


To see if you qualify, please click the following link for subject area criteria: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ljNO0d0fe2Sg689D302FJ-VL2baLMR_b8oyDd2deoBM/edit?usp=sharing



Questions? Please email Mr. Quart at dquart@wscloud.org.

Seniors and Parents/Guardians Sign up for Naviance Now!

Naviance is a college planning tool for students to request transcripts to be sent to colleges, conduct college searches, and request letters of recommendations. Please make sure you have your email linked to Naviance as the School Counselors will send you emails about college rep visits, scholarships, deadlines, and more! Click Naviance 101 Video presentation or this document for step-by-step directions and more information about using Naviance.

Buy A Senior Ad!

Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

Purchase & Submit 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.

  • Baby photos
  • Childhood memories
  • Accomplishments

Questions? Contact: service@buckeyescholastic.com


Parents/guardians of seniors are encouraged to purchase a Senior Ad Page to feature their child in the yearbook. This page can include baby photos, childhood memories, and/or other accomplishments for your child. Click senior ad page examples for ideas.

⅛ page senior ad: $40

¼ page senior ad: $75

½ page senior ad page: $125.

Buy a Senior Baby Ad!

Submit a baby photo for your senior along with a message of congratulations.


Cost: $20 for a 1/8 page ad.

Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022


Click here to purchase and submit your baby ad!


Thank you for your interest in purchasing a baby ad in the 2022 TWHS Cardinal Yearbook! The cost is only $20 and proceeds help us create a quality yearbook that you'll enjoy for years to come.

PURCHASE YOUR YEARBOOK TODAY!

Don't forget to purchase your yearbook for this year.


The Yearbook price will go up to $70 on January 1st.

Click HERE for more information.

** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**

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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 twhsattend@wscloud.org.

Attendance Philosophy & Procedure

Important information regarding your child's absence from school.

***PLEASE REVIEW*** Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students

Your support in following these guidelines 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.

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: March 15 and May 17.

**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**

Winter Formal Saturday, February 12th

The Winter Formal will be held in the TWHS Main Gym on February 12 from 8:30 - 11:00 p.m. The theme is “Disco.” Please refer to the table below for dates and prices to purchase tickets online. Students should print their ticket(s) and bring them to the dance or have the QR code visible to be scanned at the dance. Please note, the TWHS Dance Guest Form must be completed and approved prior to ticket purchases. Beginning Friday, January 28, the Dance Guest Form will be available online under the Ticket Sales site and paper copies will be available in Central Office.


Ticket Prices


Online Ticket Sales Only


Jan. 31 - Feb 6th - $10.00


Feb. 7 - 11th - $12.00


Feb. 12th - $15.00



Winter Formal Dance, 8:30 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

TWHS Main Gym

Student IDs required!

Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Students are to be picked up promptly at 11:00 p.m.


Please review the dance guidelines and expectations, located on pages 16-17 of the Worthington City Schools High School Handbook, with your child prior to Saturday evening’s dance.

TWHS Baseball Dine Out Fundraiser Tuesday, January 25th

The Thomas Worthington Diamond Club will be hosting a dine out fundraiser on Tuesday, January 25th from 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm at Chipotle 191 E. Campus View Blvd. Please mention the TWHS baseball team or show the flyer when ordering. Order online for pickup using code GZJMV3J.

Attention All Gamers

Esports are coming to Thomas Worthington High School. Beginning this spring, TWHS students will have the opportunity to compete against other schools across Ohio in many popular games, including Overwatch, Fortnite, and Rocket League. If you are interested, please fill out the interest survey by scanning this QR code found on the fliers around the school. Visit esportsohio.org or see Mr. Thornton in Room 163 for more details.

TWHS Car Magnets

You can still purchase your TWHS Car Magnets for $6.00 (cash or check). A wide variety of magnets are offered. Please contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program.

Athletic Passes

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 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**

New COVID Exposure Notification

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Worthington Schools has made every attempt to keep our students, families and community aware of how the virus was impacting our schools. Our dashboard continues to be updated each weekday to display cases and quarantines throughout the district. In addition to this tool, our health office professionals identify positive cases, close contacts and symptomatic students. When this occurs, they continue to contact families and apply the updated guidance from Columbus Public Health.


Until recently, our administrators and health office personnel have also been using the student case data to individually track school and bus schedules and send emails to families that may have been near a COVID case. With the significant increase in cases in our high schools, we are creating a more efficient process than sending a large number of individual emails to families. Starting next week, we will provide Thomas Worthington families a COVID report from our building with relevant information and trends from the week in our Friday newsletter. We are hopeful that this update and our other communication strategies will meet the needs of our school community in this stage of our experience with COVID.

COVID Guidelines

Covid 19 continues to have a presence in our community. Worthington Schools has adapted its policy for quarantine and removal of ill children to reflect those set by The Columbus Health Department.


As we return to a normal schedule with all students attending school daily it is extremely important to NOT send your student to school if they are sick and not feeling well. A daily health check is required for parents and students to complete each morning prior to school.


Daily Home COVID-19 "Before School" Screening


Guidance for Daily Home Screening


If your child develops or reports any of the symptoms listed below during the school day they will be isolated and a parent or guardian will be called for immediate pick up. Follow up with a health care provider will be required for your student to return to school. The COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced to ensure a healthy environment for our students and staff.


Your child needs to be kept home if any of the following symptoms are present.

  • Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth

  • New or worsened cough

  • New onset severe headache

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Nasal congestion or runny nose

  • Vomiting or diarrhea


J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN

Thomas Worthington High School

ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393

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


January 24: Regular Board of Education Meeting, 7:30 pm WKHS

January 25: Class of 2026 Curriculum Night 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 25: TWHS Baseball Dine Out Fundraiser at Chipotle

(E. Campus View Blvd.) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 25: Special Education Parent Meeting, 6:00 pm

January 26: 8th Grade Visits, KMS and Phoenix MS

January 27: 8th Grade Visits, Worthingway

January 28: Deadline to Apply for the Diploma of Distinction

January 28: Community Coffee with Superintendent Trent Bowers, 8:00 am - 9:30 am WEC

January 29: ASVAB Test 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Cards Center

January 31: Deadline to Submit Senior Pictures for the Yearbook

January 31: Deadline to Order Cap and Gown for Seniors

February 6: ACT Boot Camp, 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

February 8: Staff Meeting, 3:15 PM

February 9: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 3:30 PM - 7:10 PM

February 12: Winter Formal, 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM

February 13: ACT Boot Camp, 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM

February 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 PM - 8:10 PM

February 21: NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 21: TWHS Band Boosters Dine out Fundraiser at Hot Chicken Take Over

February 25 & 26: Cardinal Theatre Production of Mama Mia, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Thomas Worthington High School

ATTENDANCE POLICY

twhsattend@wscloud.org

(614)450-6291


Principal, Pete Scully

(614)450-6206

Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald

(614)450-6261

Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr

(614)450-6284

Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer

(614)450-6292

Dean of Students, Scott Gordon

(614)450-6261

Athletic Director, Molly Feesler

(614)450-6288

School Counseling Chair, David Quart

(614)450-6296

Registrar, Kate Weber



Website: https://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Page/9

Location: 300 West Dublin Granville Road, Worthington, OH, USA

Phone: (614)450-6200

Twitter: @TWHS_cardinals