Worthington Kilbourne Weekly News

Week of October 11, 2021

Dear Kilbourne Family,

Have you checked out our counselor website this school year? Our WKHS counseling team updates their website frequently with great information regarding academic support, college and careers, and social-emotional learning. This site should be frequented often as the calendar is updated with events, such as college visits and informational nights like the one about financial aid hosted last week--please check back for the recording of the virtual event to be posted.

Our counselors are terrific resources to students during the day. They are advocates and liaisons for our students. If you have a question or concern, they are here to help.

All students are assigned to a counselor based upon the first letter(s) of their last name.


A - Fl: Brianna Abbott, 614.450.6490
Fm - L: Sarah Schnell, 614.450.6484
M - R: Erica Mann, 614.450.6487
S - Z: Molly Lord, 614.450.6491

Freshmen through Juniors:

A - D: Brianna Abbott, 614.450.6490
E - Ko: Sarah Schnell, 614.450.6484
Kr - Ri: Erica Mann, 614.450.6487
Ro - Z: Molly Lord, 614.450.6491


Aric Thomas, Principal / athomas@wscloud.org / 614-450-6400

Upcoming Events for your Calendar

  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 -- Fall Band Concert: Symphonic Band and Wind Symphony 2, 7:30 pm

  • Wednesday, Oct. 13 -- PACK Period Homeroom, 9:29 - 9:53 am
  • Thursday, Oct. 14 -- End of First Grading Period
  • Friday, Oct. 15 -- NO SCHOOL, Professional Day
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 -- Fall Choir Concert, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26 -- PSAT Testing, 7:30 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 -- PACK Period Homeroom (including SENIOR MEETING), 9:29 - 9:53 am
  • Wednesday, Oct. 27 -- Orchestra Concert: Symphonic and Philharmonic Orchestra, 7:30 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 2 -- NO SCHOOL, Professional Day

Seniors: Early-bird discount on cap & gown orders: Deadline is October 15

Parents of the Class of 2022: Production and shipping times are slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, so it would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early rather than waiting until the last minute. If you order online before October 15, you'll get the Early-bird discount! But the final "last minute" deadline for all orders will be January 31st.

Note: if your graduate was hoping to wear a sibling's gown from 2020 or earlier, our company will exchange the older cap and gown for the new style when you purchase the 2022 tassel or cap and tassel. On the Buckeye Scholastic website, scroll down to Questions & Answers for details about trading in an older gown.

Guidelines from the Health Office: When to keep a student home from school

As we return to a normal schedule with all students attending school daily it is extremely important NOT to 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

  • Vomiting or diarrhea

If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Julie Garner.

Julie A. Garner MSE BSN RN LSN

WKHS School Nurse

jgarner@wscloud.org / 614-450-6415

Ohio Association for College Admissions Counseling

Registration is now open for the fall OACAC virtual college fairs! College Fairs are October 18 and October 21. Sign up to virtually connect with colleges and universities from around the country for free. The program will also include college knowledge sessions presented by college admissions counselors on topics such as finding a college that fits, paying for college, and writing a college essay.

Click here to view the schedules and to register for multiple sessions offered by colleges and universities!

PreACT will be offered at WKHS to sophomores and juniors

The PreACT will be offered at Worthington Kilbourne High School to sophomores and juniors, beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Monday, November 8th, in the Main Gym. Check-in will begin at 7:30 a.m.

Students can register for the PreACT from October 1st through October 22nd by signing in to your MyPaymentsPlus account; go to ACTIVITIES to pay the $16 fee and complete the form! Testing will be limited to 200 students.

PreACT simulates the ACT testing experience by providing students early exposure to ACT test-quality questions and predictive score ranges on the familiar 1-36 scale. This helps students get comfortable with the testing experience and understand how they’re doing in core subjects.

PreACT helps identify:

  • How a student is doing with the skills and knowledge required to succeed in college and beyond
  • Areas where extra help or additional courses are needed
  • Career possibilities that match the student’s interests

Travel Night is Wednesday, October 13 / 7:00-8:30 pm

We are already planning the informational domestic and international travel night for Summer 2023! Open to all students currently in grades 6-11. This will be a virtual meeting, held on Wednesday, October 13 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Please click here for full information and to sign up for the zoom link.

Meet the Candidates 2021 / October 12 at 7:30 pm

Get To know the Worthington Board of Education candidates who are up for election on November 2, 2021. Presented by the League of Women Voters of Metropolitan Columbus, via live stream and recording. Click here to go to the flyer for the event, and access this link to view the presentation.

Worthington Alliance of Black Families and Educators: next meeting Wednesday, October 20 from 7-8 pm

The next meeting of the Worthington Alliance of Black Families and Educators (WABFE) will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Oct. 20th from 7-8 p.m. The topic will be college and career readiness -- join us for a discussion about getting your student ready for college and the workforce, including scholarship information with both a college/career counselor and college student as speakers. Please click here to register.
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Buy YOUR 2021-22 WKHS Yearbook

The 2021-2022 WKHS Yearbook staff is already hard at work to make this edition the best Kilbourne has ever seen. Don't miss your chance to keep the memories forever. Click here to pre-order your 2021-22 yearbook NOW.

Special Education Parent Meeting / Tuesday, Oct. 19th at 6:00-7:30 p.m.

A special education parent meeting will be held at the Worthington Education Center, 200 East Wilson Bridge Road in Worthington, on Tuesday, October 19th from 6-7:30 p.m.

  • Meet and receive an overview of Special Education administrative services and supports
  • Navigation tips for the Special Education section of the District website
  • Please make note of future meetings scheduled for January 25 and April 27, 2022.

School District seeks parents' vote on upcoming school calendars

The Worthington School District is seeking input from parents on the dates for upcoming district calendars for the 2022-2023 and the 2023-2024 school years. Please click here to complete the online survey.

Florence Nightingale Day / October 23, a virtual event

Most people know Florence Nightingale as a pioneer in Nursing, but she was also highly talented in data collection and data display -- click here to learn more. The data she collected showed that poor sanitary practices were largely responsible for the high mortality rate in hospitals. The graphical displays she created using her data convinced others of the need for sanitary practices in hospitals.

Ohio State University, along with the American Statistical Association (ASA) and the Caucus for Women in Statistics (CWS), presents Florence Nightingale Day (FNday) for high-school students and their teachers to develop an interest in statistics and data science, perform activities with data, and establish connections. We will host our 4th annual FNday as a virtual event on October 23 from 11 am to 3 pm. All students in grades 8-12 are invited to attend this free event celebrating women in statistics as part of an international promotion of data science and data analytics. Throughout the day, students will meet successful professionals at various stages of their careers in statistics and data science, take on data challenges, and have fun.

Activities will be conducted by OSU professors, industry professionals, community supporters, and college students, and prizes will be awarded to winners of the Kahoot Game and Data Challenge. Please encourage your student to participate in this event.

Registration is now open, please click here.

STEM Day / October 20 from 4-6 pm (virtual)

The purpose of this event is to answer questions relating to STEM opportunities, as well as bring clarity to the various roles available in STEM. Preparing today’s students to fuel our future, as passionate STEM professionals, is key! With your help, we can impact the lives and futures of many more students.

Presented by WINUP (Women's International Network of Utility Professionals), STEM Day will feature a diverse and experienced group of panelists, who will share their passions and career journeys during the panel discussion. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from, and ask questions to, experienced Line Workers, personnel leading efforts in Energy, Sustainability and Infrastructure, personnel in Workforce Diversity, and more. Attendees can also look forward to fruitful sessions on polishing their interview techniques and securing internships and co-ops.

STEM Day is set for October 20th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM EST. The event will be held on a virtual platform and is free to all students.

Please click here to learn much more about this event, including online registration.

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Kilbourne Wolves Caravan Car Flag

You may purchase this stunning 2-sided car flag for $20! Email KWolvesBaseball@gmail.com to order, or have your student stop by the Co-curricular Athletic Office to pick one up -- if paying cash, please send correct change. Checks should be made payable to WKHS Diamond Club.
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Student attendance at athletic events in 2021-22

All Worthington students will be admitted free to athletic events for the 2021-2022 school year with a current student ID. Click here to read our ticket policies to attend athletic events this school year.