High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

November 13, 2020

It was a full week at BWHS. On Tuesday and Wednesday, we honored the veterans in our community. On Thursday, we had our third round of (virtual) parent-teacher conferences. It will be a quick week and a half until Thanksgiving, but much is happening.

A few reminders--if you are considering changing your learning option for second semester, we ask that you do that by this Monday, November 16 (see below). Additionally, we will be offering both the ASVAB and the pre-ACT to our students in the next few weeks. Please see the Updates from the Counseling Office for more information.

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.

Honoring Veterans Day

On Tuesday (due to weather concerns), our social studies classes walked to the Fallen Heroes Memorial in Sunbury to honor Veterans Day. Classes were given the opportunity to visit the various memorials and many completed a short follow-up assignment on the meaning of Veterans Day. Thank you to all those who have served or who are currently serving, and to their families!

Second Semester Learning Options

If you would like to change your child’s learning option for the second semester (switch between in-person learning and our Virtual Learning Program), please visit the front page of our website to complete a form. YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT SELECTION. You must complete a separate form for each child. Selections must be submitted by Monday, November 16 so we have time to make staffing adjustments for the second semester, which begins Tuesday, January 5. Because staffing will be adjusted based on the numbers in each option, changes will not be permitted during the second semester. Due to staffing and space constraints, students may not be placed with their current teachers or may not be able to attend their home buildings. If students are assigned to buildings outside of their elementary attendance zones, transportation will be provided.

If you have questions, please email VLP Coordinator Ginna Crawford at ginnacrawford@bwls.net.

Are you picking your child up before the end of the day?

We are doing our best to minimize traffic in our main office this year, so we are asking that you please do not come in to sign out your student, unless otherwise instructed. If your student needs to leave early, when possible, please 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. Or, if you know in advance, you may send a note with them in the morning, giving them permission to sign themselves out and meet you outside in the loop. 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!

Reminder: COVID Dashboard

Please remember that our district website has a COVID-Dashboard that provides current, confirmed, positive cases of staff and students in the BWLS district. The dashboard can be found linked to our main district webpage (bwls.net) or by clicking this link.
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Global Studies Socratic Seminar

Last Friday, our freshmen global studies classes participated in a Socratic Circle debating the question: Should America have gotten involved in the French Revolution? If so, how would it have changed the outcome? If no, why not?
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

ASVAB Offered on December 1:

Currently, 10-12th grade students are able to sign up to take the ASVAB. It is not only the military entrance test but a good career exploration resource. The test is free and will be offered in the IC on the morning of December 1. Students can register through Schoology. The deadline to register is Nov. 26th.

Pre-ACT Offered December 4:

10th and 11th grade students are now able to register for the Pre ACT. There is a $12 fee that will be applied to their school fees. Students can register on the google doc shared through Schoology. The test will be offered on the morning of December 4, in the IC. The deadline to register is Nov. 30th.

Student BW Emails:

All students should make a point to periodically check their school email. School counselors, as well as teachers, are using this as a way to communicate with students. Please encourage your student(s) to check this account.

Senior Students:

In addition to November 1 being a big college deadline, November 15 is the next big one! Please make sure you are working on your college applications, you are checking into Naviance and checking on deadlines!

Additionally, check out this senior timeline for help in making your post-secondary plans.

FAFSA is Open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 for students who are planning to pursue postsecondary education. This application should be completed by the college deadline. Want to know more about the College Financial Aid Process including completing FAFSA? Please watch this video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators, or check out this PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

Diverse Engineering from the University of Akron:

The University of Akron has a podcast set to release on November 17th entitled Diverse Engineering which features African American and Hispanic Engineers who graduated from The University of Akron sharing their engineering stories.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

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

December 1: ASVAB Test @ 8:00 a.m.

December 4: Pre-ACT @ 8:00 a.m.

December 10-11: College Application Days (by appointment only)

December 14: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

December 17-18, 21-22: Semester Exams

December 23-January 4: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

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