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Run Hide Fight

We are nearing our April 26th, Building-wide Run/Hide/Fight training for staff and students. The schedule for this day includes our final Ohio State Test (EOC) in the morning. Students will then report to classes and lunch, which will dismiss at 11:30 AM. Any parent/caregiver wanting to have their child opt out of the active intruder/shooter drill should pick them up no later than 11:30 AM that morning. Staff and students present at the time of the drill will have the option to opt out of the drill as well for those wanting to remain but not participate. Those individuals will be called for over the PA System prior to the commencement of the drill.

What can you expect if you participate in the drill?

For safety reasons, we cannot share all of the intricacies, but here's a rundown of the drill. A law enforcement officer will act as an intruder, including simulated gunshots, to engage the drill. Depending on their locations, staff and students will have the opportunity to:

1. Run - those able to quickly exit will do so and be scooped up by uniformed law enforcement at one of four safety locations outside of the building. They'll remain there until the drill is complete.

2. Hide - those unable to run, will be able to engage their "hide" or barricade protocols. These individuals will remain secure during the event and await an all-clear by administration.

3. Fight - for those who are in close contact with the intruder and not able to run or hide, which will be a very small number, they WILL NOT be actively fighting. Rather, they will simply be escorted by school officials to one of the safety areas.

Why are we permitting individuals to opt out?

We appreciate that practicing these types of situations, even though we know it's practice, can be troubling for some staff and students. We are appreciative of that and not looking to force this upon anyone.

What supports are in place after the drill?

Mental health staff, including our building dog, Kondo, will be in a secure location and those students or staff needing to access this support will be directed to do so by school officials. These team members will be on hand the morning of 4/27 as well.

Is this being coordinated with law enforcement?

Absolutely! Mr. Davie and his team along with SRO Reihs and the leadership at the Oxford Police Department have reviewed the detailed plan to ensure the efficacy of the drill as well as the safety of students and staff throughout.

What information will be shared with my student before the drill?

Just prior to the drill, a pre-recorded video by Mr. Davie and Ofc. Reihs will be shared for all staff and students to view. This video will review the safety protocols in place at THS and specifically outline what staff and students can expect during the April 26th drill. It will also outline the post-drill follow-up and supports that will be in place.

School Counseling Office

SENIORS: please check your email and fill out the google form sent by Ms. Driscoll for scholarship and postsecondary plans. The link is attached here as well. This form MUST be completed by April 25th to ensure recognition of your accomplishments in the commencement program. See Ms. Wise or your school counselor for more information.

Also, please be sure to check the Diploma with Honors, Summa, Magna, and Cum Laude lists posted outside of the School Counseling Office! If you have any questions, please check with your school counselor.

Senior Families: Click here for the Senior Newsletter

Click here for important dates and the Graduation Timeline

Spring End Of Course Exams (EOC's)

The first week of state assessments at THS went very well. We are very proud of how hard our students worked! Any student who missed their test due to an absence will be contacted soon about scheduling a make-up appointment. Next week students will be taking state assessments for biology, American history, government, geometry, and algebra. Students who are scheduled to test should have received an email from Mrs. Butz. If they did not, reach out to her or your counselor right away.

The testing week schedule is found above. Non-testing students do not need to report until 10:00. Any students that do not have transportation at 10:00 can ride the bus. The Cafeteria will be available for study hall from 7:45-10:0

Please bring a CHARGED CHROMEBOOK to school for each test.


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Cap & Gown Orders

Cap and Gowns will distributed on May 9th during all three lunches. If you are not able to pick your order up on May 9th, we will have them in the Main Office for you. Butler Tech students will have theirs delivered to their respective campus.


The 2022-23 Talawanda Yearbook is running out! We have a limited supply to sell, and you might miss out unless you order today! Go to yearbookforever.com to order before it is too late! The last day for online orders is May 26th.


The THS Prom will be hosted on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at Miami University. Full details are below.

Tickets can be purchased here: CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Guests MUST complete a GUEST FORM in order to attend.

Prom tickets went on sale starting Monday, April 10th at 9:00 am through Hometown Ticketing (see link above).

Tickets are $40/each with a limit of 1 per junior or senior. Every junior or senior will use your student ID number as your code. The 2023 Prom is April 29 at the Shriver Center from 8:30-midnight, with an Afterprom to follow at the REC Center, also on Miami's campus. Students must register their vehicle with Miami University if they want FREE PARKING during Prom/After Prom. Click HERE to register your vehicle. If you are wanting to bring a guest, the GUEST FORM above will need to be completed in full along with a copy of the guest's photo ID. The form and photo should be returned to Mrs. Gingerich in the THS Main Office. Once she receives the completed guest paperwork there will be a code issued to purchase your guest ticket.

For those planning to attend the AFTER PROM - you must complete this WAIVER for Miami University. These will be collected at after prom. Please be sure to pack that in After Prom bag.

Drama Production

THS Drama presents the Talawanda Creative Writing Student One Acts. Written by THS students in the Fall 2022 Creative Writing class, and directed and acted by drama members in staged dramatic readings.

April 21st: One night only! Tickets are $5 at the door. Seating is on stage and limited.

Setting Stone

The Spring Setting Stone Coffee House will be held on Friday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. in the THS cafeteria. Tickets will go on sale on Monday, April 24th and are $3 in advance from Mr. Aerni in room 320, or $5 at the door. Contact settingstone@talawanda.org for more information, or visit settingstone.org/coffeehouse

Class of 2026

The Class of 2026 is responsible for the homecoming dance in the fall of 2023. In order to provide a great experience for the whole school, the class must generate funds to plan and implement the dance (raising money for homecoming has always been the responsibility of the freshman class). Our goal is for as many freshmen students (or their families) to donate $5 to the Freshmen Five Fundraiser. This money will be imperative for a successful 2023 homecoming dance.

Each student who donates $5 will be listed on the Class of 2026 banner that will be displayed in the school rotunda all next school year. Look for details in your email from 99Pledges to donate. Thanks in advance for your support!

Staff Appreciation

Donations Needed for THS Appreciation Event:

THS Teacher & Staff Appreciation Event will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2023. We need lots of dessert donations for the dessert buffet. Please join me in showing our gratitude to the teachers and staff at THS. Please sign up online using this link

Feel free to contact me with any questions at TomokoTBrown@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Tomoko Brown, THS Appreciation Event coordinator

Call for Thank You Letters:

THS teacher & staff appreciation event will be on May 10. What makes this event special (in addition to the wonderful dessert) is personal thank you letters from students (and from parents) to specific teachers and staff that we post on the wall. Please consider writing a Thank You letter/essay/poem/Haiku, etc. (Up to one page for each teacher/staff. You can submit one or multiple. Include favorite memories to make it special.) The deadline is Monday, May 8. Please email it to Tomoko Brown, THS parent and appreciation event coordinator

(TomokoTBrown@gmail.com). Thank you very much!

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Talawanda School District Community Events Page- please click on the following link: http://talawanda.org/resources/community-events

Calendar of Events

THS Calendar of Events 4/23/2023-4/29/2023

Sunday, April 23rd

No Events Scheduled

Monday, April 24th

7:45-10:00am EOC-Biology

10:00am Late Arrival for Non-Testers

4:00-5:00pm Night School, Media Center

Tuesday, April 25th

7:45-10:00am EOC-Govt./History

10:00am Late Arrival for Non-Testers

2:50-3:45pm Art Club, Room 603

2:50-3:45pm Tribune, Room 417

4:00-5:00pm Night School, Media Center

5:00-7:00pm Mock Trial Premier League, Room 417

Wednesday, April 26th

7:45-10:00am EOC-Algebra/History

10:00am Late Arrival for Non-Testers

RUN/HIDE/Fight Safety Drill

7:00pm Greenhand Ceremony, PAC

4:00-5:00pm Night School, Media Center

Thursday, April 27th

4:00-5:00pm Night School, Media Center

5:00-7:00pm Mock Trial Premier League, Room 417

7:00pm Board Meeting, PAC

Friday, April 28th

7:30pm Coffee House, Cafe.

Saturday, April 29th

12:00-3:00pm- Prom Event, Cafe.

8:30pm-12:00am Prom, Shriver Center

11:30pm-3:00am AfterProm, The Rec. Center, Miami University