TWHS Weekly News

April 1, 2022

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 4:

Tuesday, April 5:

Wednesday, April 6:

Thursday, April 7:

  • Regular Bell Schedule

Friday, April 8:

  • Regular Bell Schedule

Dear Cardinal Family,

Don't blink.


I can tell where we are right now. We are in that moment where it seems like there's a lot of time left. It's being reinforced by the weather and the fact that we are just beginning spring sports competitions. It's kind of like that slow trek up the first hill on a roller coaster. The front couple of cars have just crested that hill.


Get ready. There is a flurry of activity on the horizon.


Next week, we begin our spring Ohio State Tests. Spring break quickly follows. After spring break, we come back to more testing (OST and AP), prom and graduation, all in about a month's time. These events will happen in a frenzied, shockingly quick experience.


I'm excited! It's always a great time of the roller coaster ride/school year.


Have a great weekend! Go Cards!



Sincerely,


Pete Scully

Principal

Thomas Worthington High School

**New Announcements This Week**

  • Attention Juniors: Elections for Student Council's Student Body Officers are Here
  • TWHS Boys Volleyball Fundraiser at Hot Chicken Takeover, Polaris
  • Freshmen Mentor Applications Available
  • 2022 Fall Boys Soccer Meeting
  • TWHS Blood Drive
  • 2022 Junior/Senior Prom Information
  • Senior Send-Off Information From Elementary Schools
  • Yearbook SALE
  • TWHS Touchdown Golf Classic
  • TWHS Band Boosters Mattress Fundraiser

** ACADEMIC UPDATES**

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What The Teachers are Saying

See what the teachers are saying about the TWHS February 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!

State-Required End-of-Course Assessments

On April 4th, 5th, 27th, 28th, and 29th, Thomas Worthington High School will administer state-required end-of-course assessments to all students enrolled in English Language Arts II (English 10), Math I, Math II, Biology, U.S. History, and U.S. Government.


We will operate on an altered bell schedule during testing (see below). Students enrolled in tested subjects are required to report to school at their regular time of 7:45 a.m. for testing; we will use a delayed start of school for any student who is not required to test. Lunch will only be served following the testing period, and classes will begin at 12:20 p.m.


Buses will run their regular routes for students involved in testing and a second route three hours later for non-testers.


Testing Bell Schedule

Testing 7:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Classes 12:20 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.


If you have questions, please contact Brett Shaffer (bshaffer@wscloud.org) or Lou Thomas (lthomas@wscloud.org).

ATTENTION JUNIORS!

Elections for Student Council’s Student Body Officers are here!

If you are interested in representing TWHS as a Student Body Officer, fill out an intent to run packet and Google Form and start your campaign!

Packets are available in Central Office starting March 30th or click the links below!


Intent to Run Packet


Student Body Officer Google Form

Freshmen Mentor Online Applications

Attention Sophomore and Junior Parents/Guardians: We are now accepting applications for Freshmen Mentors for the 2022-2023 school year. Freshmen Mentor responsibilities include: easing the transition for all incoming 9th grade students, providing academic and organizational support, and attending a variety of social extracurricular activities to engage with the freshmen class.


Students can access the online application beginning Friday April 1 through their respective Schoology pages for the Classes of 2023 and 2024 or by clicking Freshmen Mentor Application. Students are also required to get three current teachers to complete online recommendations for them. Both the online application and the teacher recommendations are due by Friday April 22nd at 3:05 pm.


Please note that priority consideration will be given to returning senior mentors and rising juniors. First time senior applicants may be screened through an interview process. Please know that not all applicants will be accepted into the program, so we encourage students to put extra time and thought into their application.


If students have any questions, please contact Mallory Tecklenburg at mtecklenburg@wscloud.org.

Wireless Change for Personal Devices

Staff and students at the high schools will have a new wireless network option to connect their personal devices starting Monday March 21, 2022. The new wireless network will be “Worth-BYOD.” You will need to download and install a Certificate from Securly for your device to function properly on this new network as well as log in with your district username and password. Detailed instructions can be found at Worthington School WIFI Access with Personal Device. These steps will ensure you have the appropriate Internet filtering level. The previous WorthingtonGuest network is not going away but we will start to adjust the websites it can access to an appropriate “Guest” level starting May 1 2022.

STEM & Women in Engineering

The Freshman STEM Team hosted Dr. Ariel Cohen and his team of meteorologists & STEM professionals for an interactive dialogue with our Women in Engineering Students. Members of the panel discussed how rapidly the workforce in the global economy is evolving, and how preparation in the science, technology and engineering fields leads to in-demand careers. The girls had many questions and benefited from the expert testimonials provided by the panel.


Dr. Cohen then facilitated all of the freshman engineering students in an engaging activity where they learned the process of predicting severe storms. The highlight came when the kids were provided with their own maps/data and all of the meteorologists in the room coached the students in making their own severe weather predictions.


Comm Tech Course Information

Are you interested in visual storytelling? Maybe learning about film, where you can see how your favorite movie characters and scenes come to life? Or does the idea of Broadcast Journalism, where you can create and tell stories about topics such as sports, human interest or important issues for teens seem interesting? If any of these sound appealing, then the Comm Tech pathway may be right for you!


In Comm Tech I, we start with the basics of storytelling, first by using technologies most of us already have with Smartphones and digital cameras. Then we’ll move on by learning the basics of camera work, equipment, and video editing. The repeatable Comm Tech II is responsible for our Friday Flock Talk show, where students plan, record, edit, and produce the stories you see each week. Here, we will learn and apply more advanced editing techniques and explore the future of social media in podcasting, TikToks, and more!


These courses you will find in the Tech Studies pathway are hands-on experiences where you will be creating throughout the semester. You will walk away with skills which can help you with careers in the video, marketing, or entrepreneurial fields. Or simply help you make better videos of your own.


If you have any questions about any of these or other Tech Studies classes, see your counselor or email Mrs. O’Leary at voleary@wscloud.org.

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.
FREAKY FRIDAY 4.1.22

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 at mroberts@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee at elee@wscloud.org

or call 614-450-6285

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe at kvolpe@wscloud.org

or call 614-450-6261

Library books/Chromebooks: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 614-450-6278

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

Graduation Caps and Gown Pick Up

The ordering window for graduation caps and gowns officially closed on January 31. If your student is planning to participate in the Thomas Worthington High School commencement ceremony on May 22, please contact Buckeye Scholastic as soon as possible to make arrangements for a late order. Any student who did not pick up their cap & gown on the scheduled dates may now pick them up in the main/attendance office. Please see Mrs. Forman.


Please contact Kim Forman at kforman@wscloud.org if your senior is NOT participating in the ceremony so their name can be removed from the list.

Attention Seniors: All Outstanding Fees and Fines Must Be Cleared ASAP

All final student fees/fines must be cleared in order for a senior to receive a diploma at the Commencement Ceremony, receive a final grade card by mail, and for final transcript requests to be processed. All unpaid fees and fines (which include the $65 Instructional fee, $35 Senior fee, library books, textbooks, athletic and activity participation fees, missing athletic uniforms or gear) must be settled and paid in full as soon as possible.


For questions regarding an outstanding balance, please contact:

Academics/Activities: Megan Roberts , Finance Office, at mroberts@wscloud.org or call 450-6272

Athletic fees/uniforms: Liz Lee, Attendance Office at elee@wscloud.org or call 450-6207

Textbooks: Kathie Volpe, Central Office, at kvolpe@wscloud.org or call 450-6261

Library books: Lori Poleway at LPoleway@wscloud.org or call 450-6278

Order Your TWHS Graduation Yard Banner Today!

The TWHS Band Boosters will again host a Graduation Banner sale.


Graduation banners are now available to order online until May 4th, 2022. You can place your order at Gradbanners.com.


Graduation Banners will be ready for pick up on May 9th from 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 300 W. Dublin Granville Rd. Worthington, OH at Door 16. Email Addi McElroy with questions at amcelroy15@gmail.com. The TWHS Boosters will receive a donation from each banner sold. Thank you for your support!

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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.

**Senior Send-Off Information**

Evening Street Class of 2022 Reunion

Monday, May 16th

3:15 pm - 4:15 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Kristy Nye at (614)507-7575

(call or text) or email at jnk04@gmail.com


Worthington Park Send-Off Reception

Monday, May 16th

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm


Wilson Hill Senior Tea

Thursday, May 19th

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Yearbook SALE!! April 4 - 8

Don't be the student who thought "wow, I really wish I had bought a yearbook." You're in luck because we've only got a few more deals left on YOURbook. Use the coupon code "SPRING" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs April 4-8.


Click HERE for more information and to place your order.

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**

Attention All TWHS Students and Staff!

TWHS will be holding its annual blood drive April 22nd from 7:30am to 1:30pm. Keep an eye out for registration tables starting April 6th in the Cafeteria to sign up to donate!
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Special Education Key Communicator

Worthington’s Special Education Key Communicator Committee strives to build positive, productive and collaborative relationships and partnerships amongst the educators and community of families whose children receive special education and related services. We will engage in two-way communication, with the goal being to provide a circle of influence where we can share out and learn from and with each other.


The key communicator will convey information from their building to the committee, as well as information from the committee to their buildings.


The Key Communicator for Thomas Worthington High School is Meredith Murphy (mmurphy@wscloud.org). Please reach out to her if you have questions or topics to discuss

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 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 Final 2021-22 meeting is May 17.

**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**

2022 Fall Boys Soccer Meeting Monday, April 4th

Any Boys interested in playing soccer for the Fall of 2022 season, there will be a meeting with coaches Monday, April 4th at 7:30 pm in the TWHS cafeteria.

2022 Junior/Senior Prom Information

The TWHS Junior Class invites all upperclassmen (juniors/seniors) and their guests to attend this year’s prom: a red carpet gala. Prom will be held at KEMBA Live! from 8-11 pm on Saturday, May 7th.


Parking Info


Address: 405 Neil Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215

KEMBA Live! is located in the arena district across the street from the McConnell Garage. You may purchase parking the day of or in advance via Arena District Parking.


Tickets will be sold ONLINE only starting on April 22nd and ending on May 7th. Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Early Bird: $35 (4/22-4/24)

  • Pre-Sale: $40 (4/25-5/6)

  • Day of Prom: $45 (5/7)


CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS!

Tickets do not go on sale until April 22nd


All students are required to bring their student ID and are expected to review and adhere to the TWHS School Dance Guidelines. Guidelines are located on page 16 of the Worthington City Schools High School Handbook. Additionally, all non-TWHS guests must complete a guest form in order to attend. Hard copies of the guest form can be found in the central office. All guest forms must be turned into Mrs. Volpe in the central office by 3:05 pm on Friday, May 6th. Non-TWHS guests will NOT be admitted to prom without a completed guest form.


LASTLY, any student with outstanding attendance discipline will NOT be able to attend prom. All issues must be resolved by contacting John Baker (jbaker3@wscloud.org) prior to prom.


To enter prom, you must show your QR code ticket (emailed to your account) or you may download it to the Hometown Fan app.


Refunds

Refunds will NOT be issued unless very EXCEPTIONAL circumstances arise on the day of prom. If you have any questions about your ticket, please contact the junior class adviser: Lindsey VanFossen (lvanfossen@wscloud.org).

TWHS Boys Volleyball Fundraiser

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Touchdown Golf Classic at Bent Tree Golf Club

Get some fresh air! Register to play in the TWHS Football Program's first-ever Touchdown Golf Classic. The Touchdown Classic will be held in the afternoon of Sunday, May 15, 2022 at Bent Tree Golf Club in Sunbury, Ohio. To learn more, check out our event flyer.


Sign up now to golf and/or sponsor.The early bird rate for foursomes expires April 15th.


Want to register a foursome, but don't know the names of your other golfers yet? We can help! Contact Jennifer Rhoads at fundraising.twhsfootball@gmail.com or at 614-937-2192 (mobile).

TWHS Band Boosters Mattress Sale Sunday, April 24th

If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed in your home, now is the time. Thomas Worthington Band is excited to announce they will be hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser on Sunday, April 24th, from 10am - 4pm. There will be 26 different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The brand name mattresses are made to


order, have full factory warranties, are available in all sizes, and are priced below retail. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows, sheets and even adjustable power bases!! Delivery and financing are available.


Visit the Facebook event and click “GOING”, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS! SHARE OUR POSTS: FACEBOOK LINK

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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**

Attention 11th Grade Parents/Guardians: Important Immunization Information for Senior Year

Ohio Law (ORC 3313.671) now requires all 12th grade students to receive two (2) doses of the Meningococcal vaccine. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, only one dose is required. Meningococcal vaccine helps protect against meningitis, a bacterial infection that affects the spinal fluid and lining of the brain.


Your child may have already had these immunizations. Please check with your child’s doctor to determine if they have been completed. If they have not, immunizations may be obtained from your doctor, at the health department, or at any urgent care center. Please have your child drop off the updated record in the TWHS Health Office as soon as possible, or it can be faxed directly to TWHS (Fax 614-450-6393). The required immunizations (or a valid exemption) must be obtained prior to the start of the senior year. Ohio law allows schools to exclude students who do not have the appropriate documentation on file.


Please go to Ohio Department of Health's website or contact Julie Frank, TWHS School Nurse, at jfrank@wscloud.org if you have questions. BEAT THE SUMMER RUSH AND HAVE YOUR CHILD IMMUNIZED NOW!

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

TWHS School Calendar

Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar


April 3: TWHS Ice Hockey Bowl-A-Thon

April 4 & 5: OSTs Spring Testing ELA ll Part 1 & 2

April 6: Band Concert 7:00 pm

April 6: TWHS Boys Volleyball Fundraiser at Hot Chicken Takeover, Polaris

April 11 - 15: NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 19: Talent Show Dress Rehearsal

April 20: Evening Talent Show

April 21: Talent Show

April 22: TWHS Blood Drive

April 24: TWHS Band Booster Mattress Sale 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

April 25: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC

April 27, 28 & 29: OSTs Spring Testing Math l & Math ll Parts 1&2, Biology 1 & 2, Am. History Parts 1 & 2, Am. Government Parts 1 & 2

May 4: Band Awards Concert 7:00 pm

May 6: Cardinal Day

May 7: Junior/Senior Prom, 8:00 pm, Kemba Live!

May 9: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, WEC

May 10: Staff Meeting 3:15

May 11: Choir Concert 7:00 pm

May 12: Orchestra Awards Concert

May 14 & 15: Cardinal Theatre Production of Urinetown

May 17: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm, RM 127

May 18: Last Day of School for Seniors

May 19 & 20: Cardinal Theatre production of Urinetown

May 20: Local Scholarship Ceremony 7:30 am

May 20: MANDATORY Commencement Practice 9:00 am

May 20: Senior Picnic 12:00 pm, Mirolo

May 22: Class of 2022 Graduation 4:00 pm, Greater Columbus Convention Center

May 25: Last Day of School for grades 9-11

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