TWHS Weekly News
March 3, 2023
Dear Cardinal Family,
"Are you Mr. Scully?"
On Thursday night, we had our National Honor Society induction ceremony with 128 kids qualifying. It is always one of my favorite nights of the year. It kicks off our celebration season and is a consistently joyous occasion.
The four pillars of NHS are scholarship, service, character, and leadership, and students must clearly demonstrate all of these pillars.
Family and friends gathered to honor the inductees, and we held a nice ceremony to commemorate all their hard work. Afterward, we hosted a small reception with cookies and refreshments. I was a little surprised when a grandparent approached me to discuss her concerns.
The retired librarian was alarmed at the state of our library. A space that should be orderly was in a bit of disarray. Most attendees probably didn't notice the stacks of books, but a librarian has a different lens when entering a media center. Honestly, her concern was a point of pride.
I explained that the library was scheduled for demolition in June, and she immediately understood. We are actively weeding our collection, recycling obsolete books, and preparing the rest for short- or long-term storage. It looks like utter disarray to a librarian and formidable progress to a principal!
It ended up being a humorous reminder that a lot of work is already underway to prepare for a major, multi-year building project that is not really noticeable from the outside.
We're excited for the future and working hard to make the process as smooth as possible.
Have a great weekend and Go Cards!
Thomas Worthington HS
**New Announcements This Week**
- Panorama Survey for Students
- February Cardinals of the Month
** 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.
ACT Testing for ALL Juniors March 14th
On Tuesday, March 14th, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. This ACT administration is free to all 11th grade students. All juniors will automatically be enrolled to take the test. Linworth, Academy, and half-day DACC students will take the test at their home school.
In order to provide focused time and attention to the ACT, the morning will be dedicated to testing only. All 11th grade students are required to report to school at their regular time for testing. We will use a delayed start of school for 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students. Lunch will be available for all students. Classes will begin at 12:55 p.m.
For 11th grade students, school buses will run at their regularly scheduled times for arrival.
For 9th, 10th, and 12th grade students, school buses will run on approximately a 90 minute delay for arrival.
Students on buses will arrive at school around 10:10 a.m. They will be directed to the gym for recreation or the auditorium.
All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.
PM Academy, Linworth, and DACC students will leave for their schools immediately after testing. A bus will pick them up at the West End. (For students with extended time, they will be transported to their school of enrollment upon completion of the test.)
If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Brett Shaffer, Assistant Principal, at Bshaffer@wscloud.org or 614-450-6292.
Testing Bell Schedule
Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Sage Jeffers was awarded a Gold Key for her 8 piece Jewelry/Metals portfolio. Her work will advance to national competition this spring in NYC.
Draven Burdock was awarded 4 Silver Keys for 3 paintings and 1 set of arrow head carvings.
Braylee Hsu was awarded an Honorable Mention for painting.
Scout Richardson was awarded an Honorable Mention for Jewelry/Metals.
The work of Sage and Draven are currently on exhibit for public view at Columbus College of Art Design through Thursday.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL!
Panorama Survey for Students
Dear TWHS Families:
We thank you and your family for being our valued partners as we work together to educate the children in our district. As you may already be aware, building our well-being and social-emotional learning skills is an important goal for our school this year and every year. We have a homeroom every Wednesday. During these homerooms, students participate in several exercises to better understand these concepts and to work towards building positive relationships with others.
As we have done for the last several years, we will be asking for your child to reflect on his/her own mindsets and approaches to learning via an online survey. The survey shouldn’t take more than 20 minutes to complete and will be administered on March 22nd in our homeroom.
We are partnering with Panorama Education, a third-party vendor, to support us in administering these surveys. The survey content will ask students in grades 3-12 to self-reflect on School Safety, Teacher
Student Relationships, Sense of Belonging, Rigorous Expectations, and Self-Efficacy. Additionally, our students in grades 6-12 will also be asked to self-reflect on two additional topics; Diversity and Inclusion and Cultural Awareness.
Student voice matters to us and their responses will provide invaluable insights into their experiences and how we can improve and adapt our instruction to meet their needs. If a student doesn’t feel like they have enough information to answer a question, they will be able to skip the item altogether.
If you have any questions about the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) survey, please contact Todd Keenan at email@example.com or 614-450-6226.
Mr. Pete Scully
2023-2024 College Credit Plus Information
Students & Families-
Are you interested in taking a College Credit Plus Course that TWHS has to offer? If so, the application process for CCP students for the 2023-2024 school year is now open.
Please review the videos below to learn more about College Credit Plus:
Students will need to stop by the School Counseling Office and pick up the "Intent to Participate" form to be considered for the program. The Intent to Participate form is due to Mr. Quart by April 1st, 2023 in the School Counseling Office.
If you have any questions about the program, reach out to Mr. Quart at firstname.lastname@example.org in the School Counseling Office.
11th Grade Students & Families
Learn about the exclusive senior-only programs offered by the Delaware Area Career Center. It’s not too late to add one of these classes to your schedule for senio ryear. Students enrolled in these courses gain valuable credentials, professional contacts, an unbeatable experience, and an impressive resume for college and/or career. Join the DACC team for two upcoming
events to learn more. We would love to see you there!
11th Grade Families: Resume-Building Career & College-Prep Courses Through DACC
Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances
Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. Classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65. Senior fee is $35. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.
For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:
Academics/Activities: Megan Roberts
email@example.com or call 614-450-6272
Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee
firstname.lastname@example.org or call 614-450-6285
Textbooks: Kathie Volpe
email@example.com or call 614-450-6261
Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway
LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278
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. There is 1 competition dates left:
Tuesday, March 14th at 3:30 pm
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.
Friday 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 this week's edition.
Buy A Senior 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. Senior ad page examples
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2023
Questions? Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
- ⅛ page senior ad: $40
- ¼ page senior ad: $75
- ½ page senior ad page: $125
Use either link below to purchase a baby ad or a regular ad.
** SCHOOL COMMUNITY CONNECTION**
Summer Art Camp Opportunities at the McConnell Arts Center
The MAC is committed to building pathways to the arts for students of all ages! The MAC’s classes are led by local artists who help the center offer high-quality arts education. The artist educators help offer multi-week courses and special workshops for beginners through advanced levels for youth and adults. New instructors have provided a greater variety of class offerings, including mixed media, watercolor, fashion, and dance. Summer camps provide youth with creative explorations of the arts. The full list of our current offerings can be found here https://www.mcconnellarts.org/category/all-classes/youth-classes/
For information on the summer camp offerings please see the Summer Camp Flyer.
Attention Juniors: Automotive Maintenance Pre-Apprenticeship Program
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Girls Lacrosse Meat Sale Fundraiser
Get ready for the summer, stock your freezer and support the TWHS Girls Lacrosse team all at the same time! The annual meat sale has begun and will run thru March 10th. This year we will be selling Blue Ribbon Meats.
Blue Ribbon Meats is an Ohio based, family owned company that has been in business since 1948. The Cleveland based company has built an impressive reputation for selling high quality meat in Ohio! The menu for the 2023 fundraiser offers more meat choices at a higher quality level and a great selection of Blue Ribbon homemade sausages.
To see the offerings for this year, please click the link below.
If you would like to place an order, please reach out any
TWHS Girls Lacrosse player or email us at email@example.com.
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! 20% off of $100 for a limited time with the code FEB23.
TWHS Car Magnets - Vintage Logo at Reduced Price
We have a limited number of TWHS car magnets remaining with the vintage logo - now at a reduced price! Please scan the QR code below or use this link to order new or vintage logo car magnets: https://bit.ly/twhsmagnets.
Car magnet sales are a fundraiser for the TWHS Softball Program.
**FROM THE HEALTH OFFICE**
Parent, Is your Child 16 or Older?
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. Proof of this vaccination is due to the school prior to senior year. 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
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
March 9th: Last Day of 3rd Quarter
March 10th: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
March 13th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
March 13th - 17th: State of the Schools 2023
March 14th: ACT Test Day for Juniors - Late Start for 9, 10, and 12
March 14th: Ohio Math League Competition, Rm 227 3:30 pm
March 21st: PTSO Meeting 7:00 pm
March 23rd: Academic Honors Ceremony 7:00 pm
March 24th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland 8:00 pm
March 25th: Cardinal Theatre Production of Alice in Wonderland 8:00 pm
March 27th: Board of Education Meeting, WEC 6:30 pm
March 29th: Choir/Orchestra Concert 7:30 pm
April 3rd - 7th: SPRING BREAK - NO SCHOOL
April 10th: Classes Resume
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 Flom
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy