High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

December 4, 2020

It was a fun week back at BWHS. December is here and so is the snow! Our students are ready for the final push of the semester with one more full five day week before exams begin. We will have one more Eagle Time adjusted schedule on Wednesday, December 9, where students can receive extra help or work with a teacher during the academic day. Please encourage your student(s) to finish the semester Eagle Strong!

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.

Student Council Creates a Winter Wonderland for Students

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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BWHS Semester Exam Schedule

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Important Reminders about Semester Exams

  1. Students are expected to be present and on time for the exams scheduled for each day. Students will not be permitted to take exams at a different time unless permission is granted by administration. This is to be used sparingly and in extreme cases when a conflict exists. Oversleeping or missing an exam is not considered a reason to schedule an alternative exam date and/or time.

  2. If a student is late to an exam, he/she will have the remaining time to complete the exam.

  3. Students will remain in their class for the entire exam period. Students are not permitted to leave early from an exam period.

  4. An unexcused absence from an exam may result in a failing grade for the exam, as well as possible consequences for truancy from an exam.

  5. The two hour block of time is for a review period and the assessment to be administered. The time of review is up to the professional discretion of the staff member giving the exam.

  6. Students may leave the high school after their last exam each day. It is not required for a student to stay for the “lunch” or “individual instruction/makeup” times, unless they desire to do so or need to due to transportation issues. Those students will report to the cafeteria for study hall, where a light lunch will be served each day during the first 20 minutes of the lunch period.

  7. Buses will be running on a regular schedule. Students who wish to ride the bus home must stay in the building the whole day. Students who leave campus may not return to ride the bus home.

  8. Students who attend the DACC and have conflicts with exams scheduled here at the high school are to make arrangements with their teachers to complete exams during the makeup and individual instruction periods.

  9. Senior students who have earned an “A” both quarters of a SEMESTER course do not have to take their exam. This applies to SEMESTER courses ONLY. The lone exception is the American Government exam that the State of Ohio is requiring all students to take.

  10. In the event a calamity/snow day occurs, the cancelled exams will be given on the very first day school is back in session. The remaining exams will be given, in order, on subsequent days. For example, a snow day on the first day of exams would move 1st and 2nd exams to the next day then bump all others by one day. If we were to have more than 1 calamity day, we would continue to bump and begin exams as soon as we return to school.

Thinking about DACC for Next Year?

Are you considering DACC (Delaware Area Career Center) for next year? Register for DACC’s Virtual Open House on December 10th from 5:30 - 7pm to talk face-to-face with Instructors and current students. Families can choose three programs to visit and will be sent a program guide with videos to watch ahead of time and the links needed to join.

And if you choose to apply for the 2021/2022 school year, the application is now live. Don't forget that the priority deadline is January 15th.

Thank you to everyone who participated in DACC's Virtual Tour. The tour went live just before the Thanksgiving break and the responses received have been overwhelmingly positive. If you have not had a chance to take a look yourself, now is a great time.

Interested in taking a CCP Course Online?

Any student who wants to take a CCP course online must contact Mrs. Sturtevant by December 11th to get the registration process completed. Classes are filling up fast, so don't delay. All online courses must be scheduled before winter break.

Honors Biology Students Complete a Protein Synthesis Simulation

FFA Members Compete in Job Interview Contest

Last week, three students competed in the District 6 Job Interview Career Development Event through the Ohio FFA Association. To participate at this level, students had to place first, second, or third at the sub-district level. For the event, each student prepares a resume and cover letter, completes a job application, interviews with an industry professional, and sends a follow-up correspondence email thanking the interviewer for their time.

Students competing in this event were:

Division 1 (Freshmen) - Haylie McComas

Division 3 (Juniors) - Anna Ballard

Division 4 (Seniors) - Avery Wagner

Avery Wagner placed first in the district and has been given the opportunity to compete at the state level on December 5. At this level, Avery will compete against nine other district winners for the chance to advance to the state finals.

Congratulations to these hard-working students!

2021 Senior Baby Pictures Wanted for Yearbook

Dear Parents/Guardians of BWHS Seniors,

The time has come to send in your senior student’s adorable baby picture to appear in the 2021 yearbook, arriving this fall. Don’t miss this opportunity to surprise your senior student with a special memento.

This year, submissions will be accepted digitally, via email only. Submissions should include the following:

  • senior baby picture, high resolution image, 3 x 5 or larger, portrait/vertical orientation preferred (scanned images should be 300 dpi)
  • student’s name as you would like it to appear
  • parent/guardian name and contact information in which you can be contacted in case there is an issue with submission

Please attach and include the above items in an email titled “Senior Baby Picture” to christynehorton@bwls.net.

Please note that your picture may be cropped or adjusted accordingly to meet the demands of size and space. Secondly, your picture can depict your senior student as a baby, toddler, or small child, but must be free from any inappropriate material. Lastly, taking a picture of a printed, physical photograph, will not be accepted due to issues surrounding quality and resolution.

For additional questions or concerns, please email the yearbook adviser, Christyne Horton, at christynehorton@bwls.net or by phone at 740-965-3766 ext. 1105

Yearbooks on sale now!

Senior Ad space available for purchase

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Final Senior Application Days:

The last opportunity for seniors to meet with counselors for one-on-one assistance with college applications will be this Thursday and Friday, December 10 and 11. Appointments can be made by scanning the QR code for each counselor, found around the building.

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...

December 10-11: College Application Days (by appointment only)

December 14: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

December 17-18, 21-22: Semester Exams

December 23-January 4: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

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