High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

September 30, 2016

It was another full week at BWHS. On Wednesday, we hosted our first round of Parent-Teacher Conferences and we had a great turnout. We also chose our first Eagle Strong winners of the 2016-2017 school year. As the calendar turns to October, the year is in full swing!

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.

September Eagle Strong Winners

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Eagle Strong Program

Our Eagle Strong program was started during the 2105-2016 school year to recognize and reward students for demonstrating our five core values. Students who display one of these values--determination, tolerance, integrity, responsibility, and respect--are awarded an Eagle Strong card by a staff member. Students are then able to turn in these cards for a raffle at the end of the month. One winner is selected from each grade. Those students who are recognized several times during the course of the year will be honored at the Eagle Strong VIP reception in the spring. Congratulations to this month's winners, Brooks McClintock (9), Samantha Williams (10), Lucy Guglielmi (11) and Tyler Vojtush (12).

Attendance: Did You Know...

Attendance in Ohio is compulsory for all children ages six-eighteen (ORC 3321.01) or Kindergarten through 12th grade.

Excused Absences: Personal Illness, Illness in the family necessitating the presence of the child, Quarantine of the home, Death in the family… the complete list is in the student handbook.

Unexcused Absences: Oversleeping, Car problems / late ride / missing the bus, Out-of-school suspensions, or Other absences as determined by the administration

Truancy: Students who fail to follow attendance-reporting procedures or are absent from school or a school class without the consent of the school administration will be considered truant.

Chronic Truancy: absent without a legitimate excuse for seven (7) or more consecutive school days, for ten (10) or more school days in one (1) month, or for fifteen (15) or more school days in one (1) year.

Chronic Absenteeism: Missing more than 8-10% of school each year. (15-18 days); includes ALL absences: excused, unexcused, court, suspensions, etc.

Chronic Absenteeism in high school has been shown to impact academic success, graduation progress and, in the worst case, drop out/failure to graduate.

We need your help to make school attendance a priority. We all understand everyone gets sick. We do not want your child in school if they have a fever, they’ve been vomiting or experiencing diarrhea but a headache or stomach ache may be signs of other issues. Talk with your student about the importance of attendance. Stomach aches and headaches may be a sign of anxiety- are they already struggling academically? Are they being picked on by other students? Communicate with the office and monitor your student's attendance.

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!

Class of 2017-Senior Class Website

Our senior class website is now up and running. If you have a student in the Class of 2017, please check it out! There is a calendar of events, as well as important information concerning graduation, caps and gowns and much more. You can find the website by going to our high school main page and choosing the link on the left hand side, or by clicking on the link below.


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.

Updates from the School Counseling Office

Coffee with the Counselors-

School counselors will be hosting their second "Coffee with the Counselors" this Tuesday at 7:45 a.m. in the high school atrium. Please join us!

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

Spotlight on the Art Department

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Important Events and Dates:

October 4: Coffee with the Counselors 7:45 a.m.

October 10: Academic Boosters (PTO) Meeting 6:30 p.m.

October 10 & 11: Senior Portraits (3:00-6:30)

October 11: Picture Retake Day

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