TWHS Weekly News

February 18, 2022

Weekly Calendar

Monday, February 21:

  • NO SCHOOL - President's Day
  • TWHS Band Booster Fundraiser at Hot Chicken Takeover, Polaris Pkwy 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday, February 22:
  • Regular Bell Schedule
Wednesday, February 23:

Thursday, February 24:

  • Regular Bell Schedule

Friday, February 25:

  • Regular Bell Schedule
  • Community Coffee with Superintendent Bowers 8:00 am, WEC
  • Mama Mia! 8:00 pm, Hottenroth Auditorium
Saturday, February 26:
  • Mama Mia! 8:00 pm, Hottenroth Auditorium

Dear Cardinal Family,

"I just don't understand why this took so long."


A few weeks ago, we were asked to gather feedback from students and staff on changing the high school start time next year. I learned a couple of things really quickly.


First, one thing is clear: Our high school students are almost universally giddy about a start time that is essentially an hour later. That quote above was blurted out as soon as the proposed start/end times were up on the screen. The general sentiment was that students will still go to bed around the same time, regardless of when school starts, so this will be a net gain on sleep.


(If you missed the start time district communication, you can read it here.)


The other thing I quickly learned is that our school communities are deeply interconnected. Students instantly thought about complications that could result from any change in the schedule. Each small (or large) change impacts everyone pre-K through 12, both within and outside our district. So the proposed start time changes are not pain-free and, while they solve some problems, they create others. Our work over the next several months is to solve some new problems. I'm confident we can do that. I'm also certain that this change will result in some great things, as well as some issues we wish we could change. Such is life, I suppose.


Have a great weekend and Go Cards!.



Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

Thomas Worthington High School

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**New Announcements This Week**

  • ATTENTION SENIORS: Diploma Presenters for Graduation
  • Letter to Parents about Local Business Concerns
  • Weekly Edition of Flock Talk

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

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What The Teachers are Saying

See what the teachers are saying about the TWHS January Cardinals of the Month.

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!

The Weekly Edition of Flock Talk

Our ComTech students produce a weekly edition of student news titled Flock Talk. It is released every Friday for the students and the staff. Here is Flock Talk for this week.
FLOCK TALK 2.18.22

College Credit Plus (CCP) Update

Students, are you interested in earning free college credit while in high school? Are you wanting to take a Columbus State class, or enroll in classes at The Ohio State University? If so, please stop by the School Counseling Office and pick up the "Intent to Participate" form. This form initiates the process of you registering for a CCP course for the 2022-2023 school year! Once you have all required signatures, turn the Intent form into the Counseling Office and check your school email for further directions.


For information on College Credit Plus, please watch the following video: Understanding College Credit Plus.


If you have any questions, please contact David Quart, School Counselor via email at, dquart@wscloud.org.


Thank you,

Your TWHS School Counseling Department

ACT Administration for Juniors Tuesday, March 1st - Delayed Start for Grades 9, 10 & 12

On Tuesday, March 1st, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. All other grades (9, 10, & 12) will be on a delayed start and will begin their day at 12:20 pm. Additional information about the ACT, bell schedule and bus schedule can be found by by clicking on THIS LINK.


If you have any questions, please contact

Mr. Brett Shaffer

Assistant Principal

Bshaffer@wscloud.org

614-450-6292.

New SENIOR ONLY Programs are Available at DACC

New programs have just become available to your high school student at the Delaware Area Career Center.


You can find more information about these exciting new programs HERE.

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 SENIORS: Diploma Presenters for Graduation

Every year, each graduate is given the opportunity to choose a diploma presenter who has been influential in his/her life. The special person that each senior selects must be a current or former Worthington City Schools employee. The person you select will be invited to present your diploma to you at Commencement on Sunday, May 22, 2022.


In order to request the person you would like as your diploma presenter, you must turn in your request using this Diploma Presenter Request Form no later than Friday, April 8, 2022.


There is NO need to ask the person you are requesting ahead of time. The diploma presenter coordinator, Mrs. Wilson, will do that for you. Due to the time and effort involved in inviting these individuals and in organizing this addition to the Commencement ceremony, your cooperation in meeting this deadline is imperative. If you do not request a guest presenter, a member of the Worthington Board of Education will present your diploma. Please see Mrs. Wilson, Room 198, or email her at mwilson@wscloud.org, with any questions concerning this process.

Columbus Foundation & Other Local Scholarships

Dear Senior Families,


The Columbus Foundation Scholarship application is open now until March 1. Completing this application puts students in the running for a variety of local scholarships including these which are specific to TW: The Matthew G. Miner and Olivia Midnight Scholarships. You can access this application HERE. Need help? HERE is a helpful YouTube video that will walk you through their application process.


Additionally, FCBank is providing five, $1000 scholarships to students who are pursuing a degree in a business related field. The deadline for these scholarships is also March 1. You can access their application HERE.


Lastly, the School Counseling department will release their local scholarship application on Friday, March 4 through the TW School Counseling website for other scholarships specific to Thomas Worthington. We hope that all seniors consider taking advantage of these scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, please stop by the School Counseling Office.


Sincerely,

Your TW School Counselors

Exclusive Yearbook Sneak Peak

The yearbook is busy at work capturing all of the special moments from the year. Enjoy this exclusive sneak peak at a few spreads from the yearbook and buy yours today!


The Cardinal Yearbook Sneak Peak

Yearbook Sale February 14 - 18!

What goes best with chocolate and flowers? A Yearbook. Use the coupon code "VDAY" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs February 14-18 for the lowest price of the year.


Click HERE for more information.

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.

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.

** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**

Dear Families,

As principals in our District, we are fortunate to have the opportunity to partner with our local businesses and we truly appreciate their support of our schools and community. All of our schools have benefitted from our local businesses in a variety of ways. Things like meal support for families in need, restaurant fundraisers for extracurricular activities, tutoring and mentoring support, and awards for student recognition programs, are just a few of the ways these businesses provide support. These partnerships make us better and we are proud to be a part of such a kind, caring, and supportive community.


With that in mind, we need your help! We recently received concerns from local businesses regarding student behavior after school. Businesses have reported challenging behaviors that include theft, inappropriate language, and general insubordination in relation to store expectations. We are reaching out because we believe most parents are likely unaware that their child may be behaving this way. Please have a conversation with your student(s) about these concerns if they frequent downtown businesses. We believe that the vast majority of our students make choices that represent our schools well and will continue to do so. We will visit these stores, after school, to offer our support and to work with our students as needed. Thank you for your support in helping us maintain our partnership!


Mr. Greg Garris (Principal, Kilbourne Middle School)

Mr. Nathan Kellenberger (Principal, Worthingway Middle School)

Mr. Pete Scully (Principal at Thomas Worthington High School)

TWHS Musical Production of Mama Mia! February 25th & 26th at 8:00 pm

ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!


Tickets for this show will be

available for purchase on

MONDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, 2022 @ NOON

https://www.twhstheatre.org

Tickets can only be purchased online and are $15 per person. There will be no tickets purchased at the box office.


Masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Concessions are cash or check only.

Are you Interested in Adapting a More Environmentally-Friendly Lifestyle?

Check out and follow @startingsustainably on Instagram for specific, practical suggestions, facts, and local business spotlights to learn why sustainability is important and how you can realistically implement it into your own life.

Rising Juniors & Seniors!

Leadership Columbus is excited to announce that the Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA) application process has launched!


Click here or see the flyer below to learn more about the 6-day immersive experience.

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State of the Schools

The State of the Schools event will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 6:30 p.m. at Worthington Kilbourne High School. Please mark your calendars.

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: March 15 and May 17.

**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**

TWHS Ice Hockey Service Project

TWHS ice hockey team is participating in a food drive to benefit Family Mentor Foundation in February. Family Mentor Foundation helps provide easily prepared meals to local kids when they are not at school. FMF has a list of specific food items that they are requesting:


Veggie/juice box

Raisin box

Applesauce or fruit cup

Individual bag of sunflower kernels

Individual bag of Goldfish crackers

Mac and cheese sleeve or cup

Shelf stable meat stick

Individual bag of graham crackers

Individual oatmeal packets


There is a bin in the main office for any food donations. Donations can also be made on FMF’s Amazon wishlist. If you purchase here, you can have your donation sent directly to FMF!


The link for that is: FMF Amazon Wish List


The Ice hockey team appreciates the Cardinal family helping us help others! Go Cards!

TWHS Band Booster Dine Out Fundraiser

Help support the TWHS Band by dining out at Hot Chicken Takeover (Polaris Pkwy) on Monday, February 21st from 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Please mention the TWHS Band when ordering or use code CARDINALS when ordering online. Thank you for your support.

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.

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**

New COVID Exposure Notification

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Worthington Schools has made every attempt to keep our students, families and community aware of how the virus was impacting our schools. Our dashboard continues to be updated each weekday to display cases and quarantines throughout the district. In addition to this tool, our health office professionals identify positive cases, close contacts and symptomatic students. When this occurs, they continue to contact families and apply the updated guidance from Columbus Public Health.


Until recently, our administrators and health office personnel have also been using the student case data to individually track school and bus schedules and send emails to families that may have been near a COVID case. With the significant increase in cases in our high schools, we are creating a more efficient process than sending a large number of individual emails to families. Starting next week, we will provide Thomas Worthington families a COVID report from our building with relevant information and trends from the week in our Friday newsletter. We are hopeful that this update and our other communication strategies will meet the needs of our school community in this stage of our experience with COVID.

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


February 21: NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 21: TWHS Band Boosters Dine out Fundraiser at Hot Chicken Take Over

February 25 & 26: Cardinal Theatre Production of Mama Mia, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

February 25: Community Coffee with Superintendent Bowers 8:00 am, WEC

February 28: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, KMS

March 1: Junior ACT Test Day

March 2: Band Concert 7:00 PM

March 3: HS/MS Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM

March 4: End of 3rd Grading Period

March 7: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day

March 9: State of the Schools 6:30 PM, WKHS

March 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC

March 15: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm, Room 127

March 28 & 29: Seniors pick up Cap & Gown (more information to come)

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


Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy

mmurphy@wscloud.org



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