High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

October 14, 2016

It was a busy week at Big Walnut High School. The PTO/Academic Boosters met on Monday night. Picture retake day was on Tuesday and had many students looking their best. High School staff gathered on Wednesday for professional development on RTI (Response to Intervention) and Naviance (a college admissions platform used by students). Before we knew it, another week was in the books!

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 7:15 and 3:15.

Sign-Up for Eagle-I

Due to the new website BWLS unrolled this summer, all parents and community members need to create a new Eagle-I account and sign-up again. None of the names, phone numbers or e-mail address carried over from the old system, so if you did not create a new account for Eagle-I this fall, please do so at your earliest convenience. This is the system used by the high school to send telephone messages and e-mails to all of our subscribers.

To sign-up, go to the district webpage (bwls.net) and click on the Parents/Community tab. The first option is Connect with Eagle-I. Once there, create a new account and you'll be up and running.

BW Yearbook and Newsmagazine Staff

Big Walnut Yearbook and Newsmagazine staffs attended the Ohio Scholastic Media Association Conference Monday, October 10 at Otterbein University. 430 student journalists from 18 schools came together to discuss and learn about best practices for student journalism organizations.
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Attendance: Did You Know...

New Research Shows Nearly Half of American Parents Underestimate

the Harm of School Absences

"A student who misses just two days of school each month — 18 days total in the year — is considered to be chronically absent...New research released today by the Ad Council found that an overwhelming majority (86%) of parents understand their child’s school attendance plays a big role in helping them graduate from high school. However, nearly half (49%) of parents believe that it is okay for their children to miss three or more days of school per month – and that they won’t fall behind academically if they do. In reality, missing just two days of school per month makes children more likely to fall behind and less likely to graduate."

To read the full text of this article, click here: http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-research-shows-nearly-half-american-parents-underestimate-harm-school-absences

Please help us Inspire and Guide your student. The first step is making sure they are in school.

Call for Veterans!

Veterans Day is right around the corner and we need your help. We are hoping to put together a display to honor our veterans, past and present. If you know of a BWHS grad who has served or is currently serving in any branch of the military, please send his or her name, graduation year and branch of service to: christinamcdonough@bwls.net. Thanks for your help with this!

2016-2017 Yearbook Information

YEARBOOKS FOR SALE: The 2016-2017 Yearbook is now on sale at yearbookordercenter.com! Get yours now to get the early bird price. The last day to purchase a yearbook is December 16, 2016.

Leo Club and Lion's Club Coat Drive

From now until December 15th, the Leo and Lion's Clubs will be collecting winter coats. Drop off locations include the high school, room 115 and the Big Walnut Printing. Leo Club will also be collecting coats at "Christmas on the Square", on December 3rd from 5:30-8:00. The coats will be cleaned by Sunbury Cleaners and donated to Friends Who Share and Faith Mission Church. Any size, color, type is appreciated. Thank you!

Attention CCP Students:

Columbus State Sign ups for CCP students wanting to take Spring semester classes begins Monday 10/17. Please see Mrs. Sturtevant for the necessary form or if you have any questions.



Spaghetti Dinner NEXT Friday!

The annual spaghetti dinner, sponsored by the junior class, will be held NEXT Friday, October 21, before the football game. The dinner is the main fundraiser for the junior/senior prom. Please head out and support the junior class and then cheer on the Eagles for Senior Night.

Spanish Classes Collecting Donations for Christmas Boxes

Spanish classes are starting to collect items for their annual Christmas box campaign. Please ask your student for the list of items needed. Below, see pictures from last year's collection.

Junior Andrew Pohlod Enters Video Contest

Andrew Pohlod has completed his video to be entered into the OSBA (Ohio School Boards Association) Video Contest, with a theme of "Stand Up for Public Schools". Click the link below to watch the very impressive submission. Good luck, Andrew!


FFA Annual Fruit Sale Begins

The annual FFA fruit and nut sale began this week. If you are interested in purchasing fruit or other tasty treats, please see any FFA member or contact Jeff Stimmell at jeffstimmell@bwls.net.

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Naviance Information for Juniors-

School counselors will continue meeting with the junior class to provide training on Naviance. Naviance is a website, used by our staff and student body, to submit college applications, search for scholarship opportunities and plan for their future. Please see the pictures below of counselors delivering this training to our students.

End of Quarter-

The first term ends on Wednesday, October 19. Please touch base with your student on his or her progress. Grade cards will be available the week of the 24th.

Sophomores Have DACC Presentation-

All sophomores will hear a presentation from the Delaware Area Career Center next week, giving students information on the many opportunities the DACC has to offer. Students will then visit programs of their choosing on November 18.

Contact the school counseling office at 740-965-2243.

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Important Events and Dates:

October 19: End of First Term

October 21: Spaghetti Dinner (Junior Class Fundraiser for Prom)

October 23: Powder Puff Game (N.H.S. Fundraiser)

October 25, 26 & 27: Challenge Day

October 27: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30 p.m.

October 31: Jostens Class Meetings (7th period Seniors; 8th period Sophomores)

November 3 & 4: NO SCHOOL-Conference Comp Days