High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

January 22, 2021

Another week is in the books at BWHS! Scheduling information was distributed to students, grades 9-11 this week, and scholarship information to seniors, so please see this newsletter as it contains a lot of important information! Our final round of (virtual) parent-teacher conferences will be on Thursday, February 4. That evening will also be our virtual Educational Options night.

Also, a reminder that Monday, February 1, will now be a professional development day for teachers and there will be no school for students.

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 7:00 and 3:15.

ACT Review Course Offered in February

Attention Families of Juniors: If you are interested in taking the ACT Review Course prior to the statewide ACT state test in February, please see the attached document and google sign up form. The date for the review course is Wednesday, February 10th from 8:00am - 2:00pm in the Innovation Center at BWHS. The cost is $100 and will be added to your school fees. Please see Mrs. Strahler in the School Counseling Office with any questions.

2021 ACT Review Course Information

ACT Review Sign Up

Scheduling Information for 2021-2022

On Wednesday, we held virtual class meetings to discuss the scheduling process for next school year. To access the video that was shown to students, please click here. For more information on the courses offered at BWHS, you can access the BWHS Program of Studies. Students were given a packet with information on graduation requirements and a listing of offered courses. If you have any questions, please feel free to see the scheduling tab on the School Counseling website, or contact the School Counseling office.

Seniors--It's Scholarship Season

On Wednesday, seniors had a virtual class meeting to find out more information about the Big Walnut Education Foundation Scholarships available to them. Click here to access the video presentation and click here for the information letter that was distributed.

Additionally, the Delaware County Foundation sponsors a number of scholarship opportunities for seniors. Click here for more information about these local scholarships.

Finally, the School Counseling website is updated daily with new scholarship opportunities for our students as we hear about them. Please bookmark this link and check back often!

College Credit Plus Information

College Credit Plus (CCP) is a dual enrollment program that allows a student to take college courses while in high school and earn both college and high school credit. There are two upcoming information opportunities for Big Walnut families to learn more about College Credit Plus.

College Presentation on CCP

On Monday, February 2 there is a live online question and answer opportunity by Columbus State Community College, Kenyon College, The Ohio State University, and Otterbein University. These four colleges have created a YouTube video on CCP. They will also be available for a Question & Answer session. See the attached flier for more information and the links to the video and the Q&A sessions. *Please note, Franklin University has been added to this event.

Big Walnut Education Options Night

On Thursday, February 4 Big Walnut will hold a Virtual Educational Options Night. There will be videos and information available on College Credit Plus at Big Walnut and all the Big Walnut High School options available to students. This virtual opportunity will be very important to help students prepare for the 2021-22 school year. More information and the links on this night will be messaged out as the date approaches so mark your calendars for the evening of February 4th. Plan to spend a little bit of time to help your high schooler make good choices for the next academic year and their future.

Considering DACC for 2021-2022?

As the scheduling season approaches for next school year, we encourage you to make informed decisions about your student's schedule. We know that choosing to apply for a DACC program is a big decision. To help support you and your student navigate through high school scheduling, we've compiled all of DACC's virtual exploration resources in one comprehensive, easy-to-access elective scheduling guide. Click here to access:

  • Instructor Overview Videos
  • Program Fact Sheets
  • HS/College Credits
  • School Fees
  • Virtual DACC Campus Tour
  • and more!

*Even though the priority deadline has passed,

applications will still be accepted until programs are full.

CSCC Virtual Open House Options

Please see this attached announcement for information on Columbus State Community College virtual open house options in January and February. This is a great chance for seniors considering CSCC to see if it is the right fit for them. There are also live online options for women and students of diversity to hear about the great opportunities in the fields of logistics, manufacturing, and technology.

Buckeye Boys and Buckeye Girls State Now Accepting Applications

Attention Families of Juniors:
Every summer, the American Legion sponsors Buckeye Boys State and Buckeye Girls State for high school juniors. These week-long events are designed as a mock government simulation for students who are interested in politics, government, current events, etc. Selected students will spend a week on a college campus (at no cost to you) and participate in a simulation to see how government and politics work at a first-hand level. This experience would look great on college applications and resumes. If you think you might be interested, or just want more information, please see the links below. The application deadline is February 4, 2021.

Buckeye Boys State will be held at Miami University from Sunday, June 13, 2021, to Sunday afternoon, June 20, 2021. Click here to learn more.

Buckeye Girls State will be held at Mount Union from Sunday, June 13, 2021 to Saturday afternoon, June 19, 2021. Click here to learn more.

To download the application, click here. Return applications by email to officers@americanlegionsunbury.com or by mail to American Legion Post 457, P. O. Box 173, Sunbury, OH, 43074 by February 4, 2021.

Women in Math Essay Contest

Have your students ever wondered what being a mathematician is like? This is their opportunity to find out! The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) annual essay contest is open for submissions. To participate, students need to interview a woman mathematician and write a biographical essay about her. Click here for more information.

Categories: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12 and Undergraduate.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2021

*If your students want to interview women mathematicians from Ohio, The Ohio State University can help pair them with one! Contact outreach@math.osu.edu if you are interested. Your students also can interview someone they know or someone they find on the internet or social media.

ACT Given on February 23

The state mandated ACT test will be given to all juniors on 2/23. We will give the test at BWHS this year for the first time in many years and only juniors will attend school that day. This is largely due to the safety protocols in place this year due to COVID at both BWHS and our usual testing locations. More information will be coming, but we wanted this date to be on your calendar.

COVID-19 Notification

In an effort to help speed up the notification process to the DGHD, they are asking families to use the self-reporting link below. This information is shared directly with the health department.

If you have a positive case of COVID-19 in your home, please use the link below. In addition, please also notify our district nurse at megantruax@bwls.net. Thank you!

Delaware General Health District COVID-19 Self Reporting

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Updates from the School Counseling Office

Scheduling for 2021-2022:

Scheduling for current Juniors will begin on January 26. Please make sure your student has read through the scheduling information and is ready to make course selections for next year.

Attention Seniors:

For those of you considering college for next year, February 1 is another big application deadline for schools and for the FAFSA! Please check all the schools you are interested in and be sure to submit your applications. Transcript requests and letters of recommendation requests should be submitted through Naviance. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact your school counselor.

Attention Juniors:

The PSAT is being offered for a second time this year, on Tuesday, January 26. This test is the practice SAT and is a National Merit qualifying exam. This test is only being offered to juniors this year as they are the only students who can qualify for the National Merit Scholarship. There are a very limited number of tests available for this exam and the fee is $17. Any interested junior should respond to the Schoology post that was posted last week.

FAFSA is Open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 for students who are planning to pursue postsecondary education. This application should be completed by the college deadline. Want to know more about the College Financial Aid Process including completing FAFSA? Please watch this video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators, or check out this PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

January 26: PSAT (Juniors Only)

January 27: Eagle Time Begins for Second Semester

January 29: Application Day for CCP for 2021-2022 (IC)

January 29: January Eagle Strong Prize Patrol

February 1: NO SCHOOL-Staff Professional Development

February 1: Academic Boosters (PTO) @ 6:30pm

February 4: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 4: Virtual Educational Options Night

February 8: Virtual 8th Grade Orientation

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