Newt News 2/22/22

The periodic newsletter for the Linworth Experiential world.

fry pies are coming!

Order your Fry Pies now for Pi Day (and support Parent Board)! These are delicious, freshly baked, hand pie desserts from Amish country! Pick-up is on Friday, March 11, at Linworth from 4-7 pm. Order deadline is Monday, March 7, at 10 pm.


next week is busy

Monday, February 28, is the annual Linworth Forum (see the next post). It is neither Orange nor Green.

Tuesday, March 1, is the ACT Administration for Juniors (see below).

Friday, March 4, is the end of the 3rd quarter. Encourage your student to sprint to the finish line.

Regarding Tuesday:

  • All 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.

This is a Green day. We are running Green C & Green D. The main campuses are running periods 5-8.

Classes start (on all campuses) at 12:20. Freshman and Sophomore students are not obligated to arrive before that time.

  • For 11th grade students, school buses will run at their regularly scheduled times for arrival.

  • For 9th and 10th grade students, school buses will run on approximately a 3-hour delay for arrival.

    • Students on buses will arrive at the main campuses around 10:00 a.m.

    • Shuttles transporting 9th and 10th grade students to Linworth will leave the main campus at 10:15.


​​The Linworth Forum

The Linworth Forum is an experiential education activity that brings engaging speakers to Linworth students. Classes will be canceled on Monday, February 28, and the school day will be divided into 60-minute blocks with speakers for students to see in a conference-style format. The Linworth Forum will shed light on how students can leverage their talents and interests to forge their own path in life. The Linworth Forum will bring speakers to Linworth who can address a wide range of topics, including: discovering and following your passion; overcoming adversity and roadblocks; collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships; innovation and outside-the-box thinking; and how to be an agent of change — both large and small.

The four presentation blocks are 8:00-9:00 AM, 9:15-10:15 AM, 10:30-11:30 AM, and 12:30-1:30 PM.

Here are a couple confirmed biographies:

Gracie Bachmann, Linworth Class of 2012 (she/they pronouns), is a forester, wildland firefighter, and global citizen. Her Walkabout in the Ecuadorian Amazon jump-started her interest in community-based conservation and the power of forests. Before and during college, Gracie spent a year in Senegal, West Africa, and returned to Ecuador to work with a Kichwa community on forest gardens. Since then she has worked in nonprofit consulting in the US and Guatemala, community development in Costa Rica, and wildland firefighting in Oregon and Colorado. She is currently studying tropical forestry at The Forest School, Yale School of the Environment.

Ella Flottman-Mullen, Linworth class of 2024, is a sophomore at Linworth Experiential and Thomas Worthington. Her interest in public speaking started in elementary school by creating the first presentation on Black History Month as a 6th grader. During her freshman year she participated in a forum on Race in Worthington. During the summer of 2021 she participated in an interim focusing on implicit bias and to better understand what our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director Toya Spencer does in Worthington Schools. Ella has also represented Linworth during their middle school visits, 8th grade orientation, and Linworth open house. Her interests include speaking up about race related issues whether these issues are in schools or in everyday life and public speaking.


Clothing swap

The 1st Annual Linworth Clothing Swap is happening Saturday, March 12, 10:00-2:00.

All donations (TEEN & ADULT CLOTHING, ACCESSORIES & SHOES WELCOME! PLEASE NO UNDIES, SOILED OR RIPPED CLOTHING) are accepted at Linworth the week of the swap.

There is a $15 entrance fee, lowered to $10 if you make a donation.

We could use some help, too. Sign up here.


Stuff your kid is required to sell:


However, you can support Linworth through your Kroger, Target, CokeRewards, and AmazonSmile accounts. Simply designate Linworth Parent Board as the benefactor of their reward programs.

This helps more than you may know. Thank you.


Interim Workshop

Are you still trying to figure out what to do for your Interim? The Workshop Planning Co. is finalizing Interim week workshop offerings and will have final schedule information, workshop descriptions, and registration links available on March 1. Use the workshops to build an entire interim experience or register for one or two workshops to supplement other plans.

Here is a taste of what we're offering. Please note the schedule is tentative and subject to change.

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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.

Below are our distribution numbers for new events each day last week.

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dine to donate

Upcoming dine to donate events:

March 2: Hot Chicken Takeover (Polaris) 4-8 pm (another calendar item in Busy Week!)


College Credit Plus

College Credit Plus provides Worthington high school students the opportunity to potentially earn college and high school credit at the same time and at no cost to your family. Interested Linworth Experiential Program students/guardian need to do the following:

1. Visit the two links below. The first video is an overview of College Credit Plus delivered by the Ohio Department of Education and the second is a video on how Worthington City Schools implements College Credit Plus in our buildings and additional offerings.

Ohio’s College Credit Plus presentation

Worthington Schools College Credit Plus Slideshow

2. Return the Intent to Participate form to Laura.

Linworth students interested in participating in the College Credit Plus Program during the 2022 summer, 2022 fall, and/or 2023 spring semesters must submit the Intent to Participate Form to Laura no later than May 1st, 2022.


what you need to know about seals

After 2022, all students are must earn 2 seals; one of those two seals must be a state seal.

There are 12 seals (9 state seals and 3 local seals) that students can try to earn.

  • OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal (state)
  • Industry-Recognized Credential Seal (state)
  • Military Enlistment Seal (state)
  • College Readiness Seal (state)
  • Citizenship Seal (state)
  • Science Seal (state)
  • Honors Diploma Seal (state):
  • Seal of Biliteracy (State)
  • Technology Seal (state)

  • Community Service Seal (Local)

  • Fine or Performing Arts Seal (local)

  • Certified Student Engagement Seal (local)

  • All students must earn 2 seals and one of those two seals must be a state seal

You can learn more about seals here.

You can review your progress by accessing the Worthington Portal and going to My Accounts and clicking on "Student Graduation Status."


walkabout is beyond what i could have imagined in high school

By the way, the rhino is tranquilized and blindfolded for transport.
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Infinite Campus Unavailable April 11-13

Infinite Campus will be unavailable April 11-13 to transition services to Infinite Campus’ data centers. This move will help ensure Infinite Campus has minimal disruptions (outages) moving forward and will help keep our system up to date and secure.

After the move, starting April 14, the webpage link to Worthington Schools Infinite Campus will change. All of the webpage addresses on our Website and parent portals will be updated, but anyone who has bookmarked it will need to update their url. Families who use the mobile app will also need to reconnect the app to our district.

Thank you

Jeff Collett

Chief Technology Officer

Worthington Schools


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


What's on the schedule?

Linworth Forum: Monday, February 28

ACT Administration for Juniors: Tuesday, March 1

Late Arrival for Sophomores & Freshmen: Tuesday, March 1

3rd quarter ends: Friday, March 4

Interim: Monday, March 28-Friday, April 1

Spring Break: Monday, April 11-Friday, April 15


For Your Consideration

How the Potato Chip Took Over America

Ghost village emerges in Spain as drought empties reservoir

How to find keyboard shortcuts for Zoom


The calendar through April (note the two double-Orange days in April)

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Parent Instructions for Accessing Schoology


Teacher Email Addresses

If you have any questions for Linworth teachers, please don’t hesitate to reach out to them.

Jamie Mackin

Jen Kubina

Jasmine Hasanain

Lilly Yap

Ian Sample

Rosanne Nagel

Mark Shannon

Amy Bowman

Josh Stegman

Kenzie Bruck (Holderbaum)

Laura Zelch

Amy Kargiotis

Chris Hasebrook

Linworth Experiential Program

The Linworth Experiential Program opened in the fall of 1973 as an option for high school students in the Worthington City Schools. The purpose of the program is to more fully engage students in their educations by creating choices and having students make choices, placing the students in situations requiring higher levels of responsibility and having students learn and apply what they have learned through experiential education.

If there is an emergency and you need to see or talk to someone right away, please:

  • Talk to your parents or another trusted adult.
  • Call Nationwide Children's Hospital Crisis Hotline (17 & younger) at 614-722-1800
  • Call Netcare Crisis Hotline (18 and older) at 614-276-2273
  • Call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 or
  • Text the Crisis Text line by sending a text message to 741741. (If you text “4hope” you should automatically be connected to someone in Ohio, but you can text anything - even just hello to get the conversation started.)
  • If you are having an immediate emergency, please call 911.

All of these options are available 24/7/365.