High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

October 15, 2020

It was a short, but great week at BWHS. It's hard to believe, but the first quarter ended on Wednesday. We enjoyed our second round of virtual parent-teacher conferences and had great conversations about student progress. Grade cards will be available to view on PowerSchool on October 22. If you have questions or concerns about your child's progress, please don't hesitate to reach out to their teachers.

A reminder that there is no school tomorrow, Friday, October 16, as a conference compensation day.

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.

Are you picking up your student before the end of the school day?

Please remember, if your student needs to leave early, when possible, call the attendance line at least an hour before you hope to pick them up (740-965-7776). This will allow our office staff time to deliver an early dismissal pass to your son or daughter and prevent you from having to wait once you arrive. No student may leave early unless a parent/guardian has given permission. Even if your student is 18, they must have prior approval from a parent or guardian. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

For students who ride a bus...

Due to the pandemic and maintaining as much spacing as possible on our buses each day, students are required to ride their scheduled bus to and from school at all times. Changes to a student's bus schedule so that they can ride home with a friend or relative are not permitted. If your child's place of residence changes, please contact the school to ensure proper changes to their bus schedule.

Eagle Time is Back!

We are excited to announce that we are going to bring Eagle Time back for three weeks during second quarter. On Wednesday, November 18, December 2 and December 9, we will be implementing our Eagle Time adjusted schedule to give our staff and students the flexibility to meet for remediation, reassessment and other conversations about academic progress. This time was beneficial last year for both our students and staff and we are excited to bring back this opportunity to help our students be successful. We are looking to reintroduce Eagle Time on a permanent basis during second semester if this trial run goes well.

BWLSD Needs You!

Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in need of substitute custodians, food service workers, and bus drivers. If interested, please visit our Job Opportunities page to apply. Training will be provided to all substitutes - potential drivers will receive all training necessary to meet licensing requirements for drivers. If you have any questions, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.

Sages and Seekers

This year, our sociology classes are participating in a program called "Sages and Seekers" where they get the opportunity to (virtually) meet with those in our community who are of retirement age. These meetings offer an opportunity for both sages and seekers to share life experiences and help to break the barriers of ageism and dispel stereotypes on both sides.

Attention CCP Families:

The Columbus State Community College Spring 2021 schedule is now posted.

If a student would like to take a College Credit Plus course online or at the CSCC campus during the second semester, they need to make an appointment with Mrs. Sturtevant to get registered. Appointments can be made by emailing Mrs. Sturtevant at pennysturtevant@bwls.net or by seeing Mrs. Strahler in the high school counseling office.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Sturtevant.

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A Note from the District Nurse

It is that time of the year again- Flu season is just around the corner. With COVID-19 pandemic this year, it is even more important to protect your child from viruses like influenza. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that all children age 6 months and older get their influenza vaccine by the end of October. Receiving the influenza vaccination before the flu is within the community is an important step in helping protect your child and community in fighting influenza. The AAP recommends either flu shots or flu mist as options for children for the 2020-2021 influenza season.

  • Children 9 years and older only need 1 dose, regardless of prior vaccination history.

  • Children 6 months through 8 years of age:

    • Need 2 doses if they received fewer than 2 doses of any type of influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The time between doses should be at least 4 weeks. Two doses should be administered to children who receive their first dose before their ninth birthday, even when they turn nine years of age during the same season.

    • Require only 1 dose if they have previously received 2 or more doses of any influenza vaccine prior to July 1, 2020. The 2 doses do not need to have been received during the same influenza season.

Influenza vaccination this year is particularly important to reduce the burden of respiratory illnesses and hospitalizations of children and youth and to prevent overwhelming the capacity of the US healthcare system during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Please contact your health care provider or the Delaware General Health District (740-368-1700) to schedule your appointment to receive your child’s vaccinations. Thank you for helping keep the Big Walnut students and staff safe and healthy.

  • Megan Truax BSN, RN, LSN

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Virtual College Visits

Click here for a listing of virtual college visits for this year. We will update as we hear of more opportunities, so keep checking back!

Updates from the School Counseling Office

College Application Week:

Seniors may join their school counselor during the week of October 19, for a one-on-one appointment to discuss college plans and get assistance with their college applications. These 15 minute appointments should be scheduled during a student's lunch or study hall if possible. To make an appointment, students should scan their counselor's QR code, hung throughout the high school, and choose an appointment during the week of October 19.

FAFSA is Open!

Any seniors that want to attend college and need some financial assistance will need to complete this application. We will share more information about this soon.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Juniors Taking the PSAT

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

October 16: NO SCHOOL

October 19-23: Senior College Application Week (by appointment only)

October 22: Quarter One Grade Cards Available on PowerSchool

October 30: Club Picture Day and Senior Portrait Make-up Day

November 6: Underclass Absentee Picture Day

November 9: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

November 11-13: College Application Days (by appointment only)

November 12: Virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00-7:30 p.m.)

November 19: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

November 25-27: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Break

November 30: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development

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