Worthington Kilbourne Weekly News

Week of August 15, 2022

Dear Kilbourne Family,


Ready, set, go! It is time to start another school year and we are grateful you've chosen Worthington Schools. Teachers have been in the building getting their classrooms ready for exciting learning opportunities and memorable experiences for all of our students. Whether this is your first high school experience or your final first day of school for your last child, we want this year to be the best.


If you read my opening letter, you know we have many new faces at WKHS. These fine educators are excited to begin their time at WKHS. They have been in and around the district for the last two weeks getting acclimated to our school community. They are eager to get started and they look forward to working with our students.


As you know, the start and end times have changed this year. In the morning, the school doors will open at 8:00 a.m. School starts at 8:40 a.m. and ends at 3:20 p.m. Please work with us the first several days, as our buses are getting accustomed to the changes as well. All afternoon buses should be staged in front of the school in two lines by 3:20 p.m. We have to get them off campus by 3:27 p.m. in order for them to stay on track for their middle school routes. We may need to hold up passenger cars to allow the buses to exit. Again, please be patient with us as we iron out the details.


Here is to a great year for Kilbourne! Go Wolves!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Sincerely,


Aric Thomas, Principal / athomas@wscloud.org / 614-450-6400

Complete Emergency Data Review (REQUIRED)

Before school starts, we are asking all parents/guardians to please complete your Emergency Data Review now. It is required that this review be done prior to the start of every school year, even if nothing has changed. This information is used in case we need to contact you for any reason.


To update this information please sign into your parent portal on the Worthington Kilbourne webpage. If you have forgotten your ID and password, you can easily retrieve them by going to the the Password Recovery Link on the Worthington Schools Web Page. Once you are logged in, click on the Emergency Data Review tile to begin your review.


See the links below for directions on how to complete the Emergency Data Review:


Emergency Data Review Directions


Emergency Data Review Directions (Spanish)

Upcoming Events for your Calendar

Wednesday, August 17:

  • FRESHMEN ONLY: First Day of Class for 9th Grade (8:40 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.)

Thursday, August 18:

  • ALL grades attend classes (8:40 a.m. - 3:20 p.m.)

Tuesday, August 23:

  • Meet the Teacher Night at 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 24:

  • School Picture Make-up Day, during four lunch periods

Food Service information for the 2022-23 school year / Please be aware of changes

From our District: All school food service departments are required by the USDA to return to pre-pandemic operations for the 2022-2023 School Year. We want to share this information with families as they prepare for this school year. Please click HERE for a fact sheet about food service in our schools for the 2022-23 school year, including a link to apply online for Free & Reduced Meal Benefits -- this process must be done online. You may also deposit money into your student's lunch account.

Lockers are OPTIONAL this year

We will not automatically assign lockers to all students this year, as freshmen will be receiving minimal to no textbooks for 2022-23! If your student feels they will need to use a locker, they can stop in the Student Services office in the front of the building the first day of school and have one assigned.

School Pictures and Student ID

Your school picture day flyer was sent to you by US Mail by HR Imaging. School pictures and pictures for student IDs were taken during Schedule Pick Up days last week. Every student must have a picture taken to receive a student ID, which will be used to check into the office when arriving after the school day begins. Student IDs also are required to enter all home athletic events for free.


If your student did not attend Schedule Pick Up, HR Imaging will be photographing student portraits on the following days at Worthington Kilbourne:


  • August 24 - picture MAKEUPS during all 4 lunch periods
  • October 3 - picture RETAKES during all 4 lunch periods

Student Parking Permits for 2022-23

All students wishing to park on campus this year must first obtain a WKHS parking permit. Parents should log in through the Parent Portal and click on the MyPaymentsPlus button. Once you're in MPP, click on 'ACTIVITIES' and choose WKHS Parking. Parking permits must be purchased each year. Once you complete the MPP application process, the tag may be picked up during the school day in the Student Services office.

Parents/Guardians of Freshmen

9th Grade Orientation Day is on Wednesday, August 17 from 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Link Crew Leaders will be ready to help your 9th grader get off to a great start! Link Crew is a nationwide program designed to welcome and support 9th graders by connecting them with Link Leaders, who are positive, responsible, hand-selected 11th and 12th graders. Your student’s Link Leaders will help them feel more comfortable as well as help them achieve success in their first

year of high school.


Please watch your email for the welcoming letter sent to all 9th grade parents/guardians. If you have any questions, contact:


New Start and End Times to the School Day

The start and end times of the school day will be changing for the 2022-23 school year. Click HERE for the new daily bell schedule.


High school hours are 8:40 a.m. - 3:20 p.m. The front doors to our building will unlock at 8:00 a.m. for students to enter.

National Honor Society

All juniors and seniors with a cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.75 and higher are invited to apply to join our WK chapter of the National Honor Society. All eligible students have been invited to submit an application through a Schoology section by September 16th. If your student is eligible, please review this information to assist them with their application. If you believe your student is eligible but was not invited to apply, please contact NHS Advisors Lauren Glaros (lglaros@wscloud.org) or Jeff Vincent (jvincent@wscloud.org).

Wolves for Cubs student mentorship program

Volunteer hours for Juniors and Seniors are available through Wolves For Cubs! Mentor a student in one of Worthington's elementary schools for one period (30-40 min) per week. Fill out the application that is available online for you to print, or on paper in the Counseling Center. Please return the completed application to the Counseling Center by September 9th. If you have questions, reach out to Stacy Niemantsverdriet at 614-506-0448, stacygig@yahoo.com or Abby Zimmerman at 614-980-5237 or by email:

abby.zimmerman@hotmail.com

ATTENTION 12th GRADE PARENTS

Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) requires all 12th grade students receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. The second dose must be received after the student's 16th birthday. Meningococcal vaccine (MCV4, Menactra, Meningitis A) helps protect against meningitis, a deadly bacterial infection that affects the spinal fluid and lining of the brain. Your student may have already received these immunizations at a previous checkup. Please check with your student’s physician to verify that these immunizations have been completed or schedule an appointment to have them done.


Vaccine Clinic Opportunities:

Columbus Public Health Department

240 Parsons Ave.

Columbus, Ohio 43215

614-645-8180


Mondays 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Wednesdays 8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Thursdays 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Fridays 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.


Worthington United Methodist Church

600 High St.

Worthington, Ohio 43085

1st Wednesday of every month from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


Please take advantage of these clinics. Vaccines may also be available at local urgent care facilities, CVS Minute Clinic or the Little Clinic at Kroger. Please call ahead for availability or check online.


Updated records can be dropped off to the WKHS Health Office, faxed directly to WKHS Fax 614-450-6560 or emailed to Nurse Julie. jgarner@wscloud.org


If there is a medical or personal reason that your child cannot receive the meningococcal vaccine please notify the Health Office so the health record can be updated accordingly.

Global Scholars Program 9th grade parent/student information night

The Global Scholars Program will hold a 9th grade parent/student information night on Wednesday, August 24 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Worthington Education Center, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road. Please click here for more information about this 3-year academic program that starts freshman year.

Worthington Alliance of Black Families and Educators

The mission of the Worthington Alliance of Black Families and Educators is "To create a partnership between families of Black students (K-12) and Black educators in the Worthington City School District by providing the advocacy, resources, and enrichment needed to enhance the overall well-being, experience, and outcome of our Black students as they strive toward excellence."


Please CLICK HERE to see a calendar of upcoming events as well as the August issue of the WABFE Newsletter.

WKHS 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 Worthington Kilbourne High School is Sandra Hertz. Please reach out to her at sandra-76@msn.com if you have questions or topics to discuss.

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Girls and Boys Water Polo

We’re looking for new players!!! Its time to try something different and sign up for water polo. A little bit lacrosse and soccer, a little bit wrestling and rugby, girls and boys teams start playing August 1 - so reach out for information! Contact Kristin Richner, Booster President, at Kristin.richner@gmail.com for more information.

Participation in sports during 2022-23 school year

If you are interested in participating in a sport during the 2022-23 school year, please log on to your Final Forms account and register for the team(s) of your choice. This will help coaches communicate and get you involved in team training. If you have specific questions regarding a sport/activity, please contact the Varsity Head Coach. You can find their contact information by clicking HERE.

Student attendance at athletic events in 2022-23

Students in grades 6 through 12 will be admitted free to athletic events for the 2022-23 school year with a current student ID. Click here to read our ticket policies to attend athletic events this school year.