TWHS Weekly News
January 6, 2023
Dear Cardinal Family,
If your house is anything like mine, the return to school routine was a little shocking, especially for the teens and pre-teens. They had gotten used to staying up and sleeping in with minimal fallout. They also seemed to ease into doing nothing--perhaps a "minimalist routine" mindset.
I'm hoping your first-day-back reports sounded similar to mine. Amid the mumbles and grumbles, it seemed like everyone was easing back into the routine and starting some new classes, as well. As I walked around yesterday, I noticed new seats being doled out and, in semester classes, a few icebreaker activities taking place.
All in all, a two-day week seems like the best way to ease the transition into a new semester. I spoke with a few kids who were telling me about their academic New Year resolutions. I heard things like, "I will get to class on time" and "I will have no missing work this semester." This break and a fresh start represent great opportunities for reflection and self-improvement. Anything you can do to support that mindset, while sifting through the teenage grumbling, will be good for everyone.
I hope you have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New Announcements This Week**
- December Cardinals of the Month
- Course Registration for the 2023 - 2024 School Year
- Curriculum Night for All Students
- DACC Priority Application Deadline
- 2nd Nine Week Grades Updated in Infinite Campus
** ACADEMIC UPDATES**
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.
2023 - 2024 Course Registration
Did you know that 2023-24 course registration is just around the corner? Here are our timeline and resources that will help you and your student navigate this process:
January 13-20: Teachers will discuss course offerings within their content area with their students
January 25: During homeroom, students will receive a hard copy of the registration card (list of all the classes TWHS offers). They will also learn about the scheduling resources we have available which include:
January 25-31: Students should speak with their family about what courses to register for.
February 1: During second period, students will register for their 2023-24 classes. They will need their chromebooks as they will do this in Infinite Campus. Their second period teacher will be there to help.
February 2-28: Counselors meet with students to confirm course requests
Thank you for supporting your student during this process. Please reach out to your student’s school counselor if you have any questions.
Felicha Smith (students with last name A-D)
Kelly Swearingen (students with last name E-K)
Celeste Preisse (students with last name L-M)
David Quart (students with last name N-R)
Stephanie Burns (students with last name R-Z)
Free Online ACT Crash Course
If you are looking for a method to help your student increase their ACT scores, PrepAccelerator will be offering a FREE online ACT Crash Course for Worthington high school students on Friday, January 13th, 2023. You must register for this event. Registration ends on Wednesday, January 11th, 2023. Click HERE for more information
Additionally, in February, PrepAccelerator will be offering an ACT Boot Camp to Worthington students at a discounted price. To take advantage of this opportunity please see the link below.
2nd Nine Weeks Grades Updated in Infinite Campus
DACC Priority Application Deadline
As we approach scheduling season for next school year, I encourage you to look at all the course options available to make informed decisions about your student’s schedule. In addition to the many great elective-options we offer at our high school, I want to bring awareness to the 25+ career and college-prep programs offered off-campus through our educational partner, the Delaware Area Career Center for students in their junior and senior years.
DACC works in partnership with our high school and each year, many of our students choose to enroll in DACC programs and graduate with college credits, industry credentials, internship experience, impressive portfolios, and the confidence they are taking the right next steps for them after high school graduation – college or career.
Most of DACC’s elective options are two-year commitments for junior and senior level students. Students must apply as a sophomore for DACC’s two-year programs. There are also a handful of one-year, senior only programs. Students must apply as a junior for DACC’s one-year programs. I invite you to visit DACC’s Future Families Resource Page with your student to learn more about this option as you both continue to plan out high school scheduling. DACC’s Priority Deadline to apply is Friday, January 13, 2023.
Worthington Travel Night
Ohio Math League Competition Dates
The Ohio Math League Competition dates are below. All students are welcome to compete free of charge. Materials needed include a graphing calculator and a pencil/pen. Questions may be directed to Mr. Dosky in Room 227.
This is a state-wide event and there are a total of 6 competitions that are held once each month starting in October and ending in March. For a list of competition dates, please click HERE. Each high school competes and we take the top 5 scores to represent our team score. A perfect team score would be a 30 and a perfect individual score would be a 6. Everyone is welcome to come out and enjoy the contest each month.
Flock Talk - TAKEOVER
Our ComTech 1 students worked for the last couple of weeks of 1st semester to come up with what we are calling, Flock Talk - Takeover. For this week and next, two separate crews put together an episode in the spirit of our beloved Flock Talk show. We will be back to our regularly scheduled program in 3 weeks.
Seniors: Order Your Cap & Gown
Seniors, graduation will be here before you know it. Be prepared for graduation day and order your Cap, Gown & Tassel early. You can also order Announcements, Stationery and Class Rings. Orders may be placed online at buckeyescholastic.com. See the website for details.
Submit Your Senior Picture!
Senior pictures must be submitted by
Tuesday, January 31, 2023
In order to avoid any mistakes, please follow the directions closely.
Directions to submit your senior picture:
- Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE (see example)
- 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.”
- Pictures cannot contain watermarks of photographers.
- PLEASE do not send screenshots of your picture. It must be high quality to be included!
- Senior Photo Submission Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)
Late photos will not be accepted.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Spirit Wear Store is Open
Do you need spirit wear or athletic gear with the new TWHS logo? Please visit the link below to order! 15% off everything for a limited time with the code SAVE15.
TWHS Car Magnets - New Logo Available!!
Big news! TWHS car magnets with the new logo are now available! There are a limited number of car magnets available with the vintage logo while supplies last. Plus, three new activities were added to the magnet options including DHS, NHS and Ski & Ride!
Please use this form to request the magnet type and quantity for your order: https://bit.ly/twhsmagnets or contact the TWHS Lady Cards Softball Program for more information. Thank you for your support!
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Parent, Is your Child 16 or Older?
All children 16 and over are due for the Meningitis #2 vaccine at this time! Proof of this vaccination is due to the school prior to senior year. Be proactive and call your family physician, stop by an Urgent Care, Minute Clinic, area pharmacy or visit one of the Health Department’s walk-in immunization clinics to obtain this important vaccination. The Health Department Immunization clinic works on a first come first serve basis and the line may close early if demand is high. Plan to arrive early and bring your immunization record with you. Once the vaccine is received please send proof of vaccination or an updated immunization record to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax to 614-450-6393 or drop it off in the office.
- Visit: www.columbus.gov/publichealth/programs/immunization-program
- Health Department walk in hours: 240 Parsons Ave. Mon. 8 am - 4pm, Tues. 10 am - 6 pm, Wed. 8 am - 11 am, Thurs./Fri. 8 am - 4 pm
- Worthington United Methodist Church walk in vaccine clinic:1st Wednesday of each month 1 pm - 4pm, 600 High St. Worthington
When to Keep Your Child at Home / Guidelines From our Health Office
When to Keep Your Child Home: Your child is too ill to go to school if he or she has any of the following symptoms:
- Temperature above 100 degrees F by mouth (see below)
- Vomiting or diarrhea within the past 24 hours (see below)
- Shortness of breath or has increase in wheezing during normal activity
- Has a cough that interrupts normal activity
- Pain from an earache, headache, sore throat or recent injury.
- Has yellow or green drainage from nose or eye(s)
- Rash over body or localized to one area of the body
- Fatigue and needs rest (common with flu-like symptoms)
Students who are sent home with a fever 100 degrees or higher must remain at home until the student is fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication. In most cases this means that students will miss the following school day. Please understand that fevers can reoccur within a 24 hour time period and this policy is in the best interest for all students.
Students who are sent home due to vomiting or diarrhea must also stay home for 24 hours to ensure that these symptoms are gone before returning to school.
Please keep your student home when they are sick. It is in the best interest of your student to stay home when they are ill and helps to protect a healthy environment at school for staff and other students.
J. Frank MSE, BSN, RN LSN
Thomas Worthington High School
ph: 614-450-6215 fax: 614-450-6393
Join the PTSO!
Our PTSO needs your support! Please consider joining our organization and help our parent volunteers with fun activities for students and staff, supplies for teachers and scholarships for seniors at the end of each year. To join, fill out this online membership form or print and mail the PTSO Membership form.
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 email@example.com.
Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students
Your support in following these guidelines for dropping off and picking up students 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.
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
January 9th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 7:30 pm
January 16th: NO SCHOOL
January 17th: Ohio Math League Competition 3:30 pm
January 17th: PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
January 19th: Worthington Travel Night, WEC 6:30 pm
January 25th: Curriculum Night - Incoming 9th Grade 7:00 pm
January 28th: ASVAB Test 8:30 am
February 1st: 2A/2B Bell Schedule
February 4th: Winter Formal
February 8th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 3:30 pm - 7:10 pm
February 14th: Ohio Math League Competition 3:30 pm
February 16th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:30 pm-8:10 pm
February 17th & 18th: Seussical the Musical 8pm
February 19th: Seussical the Musical 2:00 pm
February 20th: NO SCHOOL
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-R), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (S-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy