TWHS Weekly News

December 17, 2021

Weekly Calendar

Monday, December 20:

Tuesday, December 21:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • End of 2nd Grading Period

Wednesday, December 22:

  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break (Dec. 22-Jan. 4)
  • TWHS Bowling Team Dine Out Fundraiser 4:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, December 23:

  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Friday, December 24:

  • NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Dear Cardinal Family,

I know we're heading into winter (and more pandemic uncertainty), but I feel like things at TWHS are really starting to bloom.


It's been nearly two strange years, and I had forgotten what it was like to see our students engage completely and begin to produce at quite an impressive level. We are seeing the fruits of their labor and are downright inspired.


Don't get me wrong. As parents, we catch glimpses. We go to concerts, shows, and sporting events. We may catch things in the hallway or on school displays, or we may see projects and assignments coming home. Sometimes, I think, "My kid did that? Wow!" As a principal, it feels like every time I turn around, I see something that causes me to pause, appreciate, and reflect upon the work our kids and faculty/staff are doing.


An example that jumped out today was the first video news show from our CommTech program in many years. CommTech used to be a really big deal here at TWHS, but for a variety of reasons, it ended about 10 years ago. We have invested in the studio, new equipment, and created a partnership with our journalism program. Their first video production aired today, and I encourage you to check it out! We're pretty excited to see this program come back to life. It's a great opportunity for student voice and a new way for kids to get involved at school.


We appreciate working with your kids and hope you are enjoying seeing their work on full display.


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!

Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

Thomas Worthington High School

**New Announcements This Week**

  • TWHS December Cardinals of the Month
  • 2nd Nine Weeks Grades Available January 7th at 12:00 pm
  • TWHS Choir & Orchestra Concert Videos
  • Worthington C.A.R.E.S Coalition January Event
  • Esports are Coming to TWHS
  • Pre-ACT Test Results are Available
  • TWHS Ice Hockey Dine Out Fundraiser at JT's Pizza & Pub
  • Parents - Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

Big picture

What The Teachers are Saying

Audrey Baer was nominated by Mr. Tom Williams for “building relationships and being responsible”. He wrote:

  • Audrey is consistently kind to those around her. She is a good friend, a good lab partner, and a curious student who takes ownership and responsibility for her learning. She has a great sense of humor, and is the type of student every teacher would love to have!


Caden Spaulding was nominated by Mrs. Jennifer Davidson for “building relationships, showing respect and being responsible” She wrote:

  • Caden took the lead and helped to clean up a mess that was made in my classroom. It was very appreciated and I am very proud of him for willingly cleaning up a mess that was made.


Julie Conroy was nominated by Mr. Bryan Brown for “building relationships”. He wrote:

  • Julie facilitated this year's Women in Engineering/STEM Club Santa's Workshop. Her leadership was critical in the planning and execution of this event. She formed a management team that gathered all of the supplies necessary for 75 people participating in the various craft activities. She also scheduled times/locations for all of the evening's guests. Countless personal hours were devoted to the planning and preparations. The night was a complete success as students, staff, parents, grandparents and friends gathered for several hours of fun, fellowship and community service.


Von Vargas was nominated by Mr. John Torski for “Building relationships, showing respect, and being responsible”. He wrote:

  • Von does a great job in class helping the other people in his group. He is always willing to answer questions and walk someone through a problem if they are having trouble and are stuck. Keep up the great work Von!


Braylen Bias was nominated by Mrs. Melanie Wilson for “being responsible”. She wrote:

  • Braylen has been on task and working very hard to do well in Spanish. He is showing responsibility by turning everything in on time and by checking his grade on IC regularly. Keep up the great work, Braylen!


Ellis Montalvo was nominated by Mr. Derek Scoles for “building relationships, showing respect and being responsible”. He wrote:

  • Ellis is a student who leads by example. He is a great role model for his peers and is always willing to lend a helping hand when he sees someone in need. Thank you!!!


Asong “Nick” Danyang was nominated by Ms. Ann Vance for “being responsible”. She wrote:

  • Asong is one of my best participants in class. I really love that he is engaged, asks questions, and shares what he knows. His example is one that I hope others will follow.


Brandon Tejada Payano was nominated by Mrs. Jennifer Davidson for “being responsible”. She wrote:

  • Brandon always makes sure to come into class, work hard, turn in his assignments, and be a good example for his peers. He checks in with me regularly and makes sure his grade is always a reflection of his effort. I am so proud of him and the work that he does in my class.


Gianna Samuel was nominated by Mrs. Adrienne Eldridge for “building relationships, showing respect, and being responsible”. She wrote:

  • I have nominated Gianna Samuel for my World Language Student of the Month / Cardinal of the Month! Gianna is always on time, she follows the few classroom rules that we have without being reminded, she is kind to others and makes people feel included, and she is motivated to do her very best. Gianna is a quiet leader. She sets a good example for her classmates in the way that she never judges others or makes them feel bad about themselves. She does not often volunteer information in class, but when I ask her to participate and contribute to our group conversations she is always willing. It has nothing to do with our 3Rs at TWHS, but I do look forward to seeing which band is on her t-shirts each day. Gianna - you have great taste in music! Congratulations Gianna!


Nolan Eppich was nominated by Mrs. Sara Quart for “being responsible”. She wrote:

  • Nolan has continued to work on understanding material even after we have finished a topic. He comes into my study hall for extra time to work on science. I am impressed that he has been positively responsive to my help AND has made an effort outside of class to work hard on science!


Jenn Gledhill was nominated by Mr. David Quart for “building relationships”. He wrote:

  • Our students are very lucky to have Mrs. Gledhill as their teacher. She means business, though her students like the structure of her class! Her AP Lang scores were awesome, but more importantly she does a tremendous job connecting with her students. She cares about her students and provides them with a safe space for them to grow emotionally and academically. Kuddos to Jenn for going above and beyond and being a great role model and mentor to our students! Keep up the good work, Jenn!


Will Thornton was nominated by Mr. Bryan Brown for “building relationships”. He wrote:

  • Will organized and facilitated a YMCA Camp Kern Adventure Challenge and team-building event, for our Women in Engineering. These ladies competed in teams ranging from grades 9-12 to solve complex puzzles set up in rooms around the building. These included the Space Station (building a structure out of 42 PVC pipes and fittings with no open ends), the Pulley Puzzle (pictured below - lift a 40 pound log with as little effort as possible), and a Memory Maze. In addition to learning the value of teamwork and leadership, these WIE students used their problem-solving skills and ingenuity in a fun, safe environment. Click here for some additional pics and highlights. He always makes the class fun and welcoming. He's one of the best teachers I've ever had, mainly because of his personality. He's also there if you ever need anyone to talk to, which is really comforting to know that he is always in your corner.


Justin Nawman was nominated by Mrs. Julie York for “building relationships, showing respect, and being responsible” She wrote:

  • Justin Nawman does the most incredible work with our students for the performances and musicals! The musical 1776 is no exception. Justin lets students be seen and heard, valued and appreciated. He creates a space for them to grow and try and learn, for them to engage in literary analysis, for them to learn about history, and to shine in every way possible. Thank you so much for creating a place that honors our students so well!


Juliet Kelsten was nominated by Mrs. Jennifer Gledhill for “Building relationships”. She wrote:

  • Many teachers are feeling a bit defeated by stuff, and Juliet created a list of ways to help people reflect on the positives and work toward a more contented mental space. Her "12 Days of Giving to Yourself and Others'' provides great reminders to help stay happy during the holiday season while giving space to build relationships within T.W. as well. I'm thankful to have Juliet: she's a paragon colleague! I really appreciate the 12 Days of Giving that Juliet put together for the staff in order to help us connect with each other, build rapport, and support one another during a time of the year that can feel very stressful and hectic. THANK YOU, JULIET!

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!

TWHS Choir & Orchestra Concert Videos

On Tuesday, December 13, the TWHS Choir & Orchestra collaborated for our annual December concert. We performed to a full house and our students were thankful to be able to collaborate with one another.


Please enjoy the following two clips from our performances:


Ukrainian Bell Carol, feat. TWHS Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

https://youtu.be/ed1yAhDr4yI


Gloria, by Antonio Vivaldi; feat. TWHS Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Choir, & Men's Choir

https://youtu.be/4K6HZJ9b33k


Thank you for all of your support of music education in Worthington. We hope to see you at performing arts events in the future!


Julie Ellis, Orchestra Teacher

Gloria - Antonio Vivaldi

Pre-ACT Test Results are Available

If your child took the Pre-ACT at TWHS on November 16th their test results are available. They may pick them up in the guidance office during their free period.

2nd Nine Weeks Grades Updated in Infinite Campus Friday, January 7th at 12:00 pm

Your child’s 2nd nine weeks grades can be accessed through Infinite Campus and report cards can be generated from the “Report” menu on Friday, January 7th at 12:00 pm. If you wish to receive a printed copy of your student’s report card for the 2nd nine week grading period, please contact Penni Dow at 614-450-6296 or at pdow@wscloud.org or Kate Weber at 614-450-6304 or at kweber@wscloud.org.

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

Attention Sophomores Interested in DACC

Dear Sophomore Families,


Is your student interested in applying to the Delaware Area Career Center? Their online application is live. In order for students to apply, they must first complete a virtual tour to determine which program they would like to apply to. DACC's priority application deadline is January 14, 2022. Students are encouraged to complete their application with an adult to ensure they've thoroughly filled it out.


Questions? Please contact TW School Counselor Celeste Preisse at cpreisse@wscloud.org!

**ACT PREP OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS**

Free Online ACT Crash Course January 14, 2022

This is an intensive crash course presented by Dr. Srinath Sampath of PrepAccelerator. Students will review some theory and technique plus a sample of important ACT question types from simple to complex. The 4 required ACT sections and the optional Writing section will be covered.


Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

Date: Fri., Jan. 14, 2022, 4:30p-9:30p

Length: 4 hours instruction + 30-min break midway + Q&A with parents and students

Participating Schools: Linworth Experiential Program, Thomas Worthington HS, and Worthington Kilbourne HS


Location: Online. Students will need stable internet access to attend the crash course.

Cost: Free


Registration Link: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/prepaccelerator/603545

Registration Deadline: Wed, Jan 12, at 11:55pm. Registration is first-come, first-served. There is a limit to the number of available seats.

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.

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.

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.

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.**

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.

YEARBOOK SALE!

Looking to give the best gift to your child this year? Black Friday deals might be over, but the Yearbook discounts are just getting started. Use the coupon code "WINTER" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs December 13-17 for the lowest price of the year.


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

Click HERE for more information.

** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**

Worthington C.A.R.E.S Coalition Upcoming Event January 12, 2022


We are excited to invite you to a very special event to kickoff 2022! (Register today to reserve your spot and mark your calendar for 01/12/22!)


Free Dinner: 6:00-6:30 pm
Performance: 6:45-7:30 pm
Event Address: McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St, Columbus, OH 43085

Join us in person for a very special theater event at the McConnel Arts Center. This is the coalition's kickoff to 2022 and we are excited to host a performance by 2nd Act.


This free community event will include hors d'oeuvres from J. Liu, a performance by 2nd Act, and a Q&A session to end the evening.


2nd Act will be performing "I'll Never Do That," an intimate story of one family's struggles happening behind closed doors. As one of the parents descends deeper into addiction, the rest of the family struggles to cope. This story sheds light on family dynamics, the harrowing path to recovery, and the overwhelming truth that addiction is a “family disease.”


PLEASE NOTE: The will be no childcare for this event. Youth ages 12 to 17 may attend, but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED! (Seating is limited to 100 for this event)


Click here to register


We look forward to seeing you at our 2022 Kickoff event!

Wishing you all the best,


Lori Povisil, Chair

Amy Ambrozich, Vice-Chair

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: January 18, March 15 and May 17.

**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**

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 Bowling Team Dine Out Fundraiser

Are you too busy to cook dinner before the holidays? The TWHS Bowling Team can help! They will be hosting a fundraiser Wednesday, December 22nd from 4:00 pm - 8:00pm at Chipotle 191 E. Campus View Blvd. Columbus, OH 43235. Please show the flyer or mention the TWHS Bowling Team when ordering.

TWHS Ice Hockey Fundraiser

The TWHS Ice Hockey Team will be hosting a Dine Out Fundraiser on Monday, January 3, 2022 from 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm at JT's Pizza and Pub 2390 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Columbus, OH 43235. You can dine in, carry out or use delivery. Please mention the TWHS Ice Hockey Team when placing your order.

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.

Worthington Robotics Team Dine Out Fundraiser

Please support the Worthington Robotics Team by dining out on Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm at Chipotle 6590 Sawmill Rd. Columbus, 43235. Please show the flyer or mention the Worthington Robotics Team.

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**

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


December 21: End of 2nd Grading Period

December 22-January 4: NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 3: TWHS Ice Hockey Dine Out Fundraiser at JT's Pizza & Pub 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

January 5: First day of the Quarter

January 7: 2nd Nine Week Grades available in Infinite Campus at 12:00 pm

January 11: Staff Meeting - 3:15 pm

January 11: Worthington Robotics Team Fundraiser at Chipotle (Sawmill) 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

January 12: Worthington C.A.R.E.S. Coalition Event

January 14: Free Online ACT Crash Course 4:30 - 9:30 pm

January 17: NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18: PTSO Meeting - 7:30 pm

January 19: TWHS Ice Hockey Fundraiser at Chipotle (E Campus View Blvd) 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

January 28: Deadline to Apply for the Diploma of Distinction

January 31: Deadline to Submit Senior Pictures for the Yearbook

January 31: Deadline to Order Cap and Gown for Seniors

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