TWHS Weekly News
February 11, 2022
Monday, February 14:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm , KMS
- Regular Bell Schedule
Thursday, February 17:
- Regular Bell Schedule
- Parent Teacher Conferences 4:30 - 8:10 pm
Friday, February 18:
- Regular Bell Schedule
Dear Cardinal Family,
I will never forget the dread I felt a couple of years ago when a parent email's subject was, "your newsletter message." I figured there was something I must have screwed up. How bad was it? The email was only a sentence or two. I was delighted and shocked to read something like, "I really appreciate your message this week. I'm going to print it and frame it."
Every time we have conferences, I remember the message I shared (and this parent's response!).
The message was simple but bears repeating: The most difficult part of parenting is helping your kids find their path.
As kids get older, it becomes excessively clear they must take the reins. As a TWHS parent myself, I struggle to know what exactly that needs to look like. Infuriatingly, it's different for each kid, including siblings. So the angst, the extended conversations, and the work of parenting are not simple, nor can they be prescribed.
We figure out at this level that kids are actually in control of their path. They may use our help or not. They may take our advice or not. They may give their best effort or not. They may choose our desired path or not. We are there to support, to love, to guide, and to hope and pray our kids will embrace a path that is fulfilling and productive for them--even if it's not exactly what we had in mind. Our kids will have their own ideas, their own values, and their own life that is separate and apart from us.
As we are halfway through our snowy, "spring" conferences, it is clear that productive struggle is real. The work for parents and kids is real. And it is still true that, ultimately, it's the kids who need to embrace a path and walk it.
Know that we appreciate your work. We stand here ready to help support it. We all want passionate, productive, and engaged students and citizens. Thank you for partnering with us.
Thomas Worthington High School
**New Announcements This Week**
- ATTENTION SENIORS: Diploma Presenters for Graduation
- Volunteers Needed: Donations Needed For Staff Conference Dinner
- Preview the Yearbook
- Yearbook Sale
- Worthington Robotics Team Dine Out Fundraiser - BIBIBOP on Sawmill Rd.
- Attention Rising Juniors & Seniors: Central Ohio Leadership Academy Application is Open
- State of the Schools, March 9th
- TWHS Ice Hockey Service Project
- Parents - Please Review the Attendance Philosophy and Procedure
** ACADEMIC UPDATES**
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
Parent/Teacher Conferences: Thursday, February 17th
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, February 17th from 4:30 - 8:10 pm. Families can request to meet in person, via ZOOM or by phone with teachers when scheduling their conferences. Online scheduling is now open Please CLICK HERE for more information about scheduling parent/teacher conferences with your student’s teachers.
TWHS 2022 Conference Night Dinner for Teachers and Staff - Donations Needed!!
TWHS PTO is asking for donations to help provide a meal for staff on Conference Night Thursday, February 17th. Follow the link to sign up. Show your appreciation by donating!!
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, email@example.com.
Your TWHS School Counseling Department
ACT Administration for Juniors Tuesday, March 1st - Delayed Start for Grades 9, 10 & 12
On Tuesday, March 1st, Worthington high schools will administer the state-funded ACT to all 11th grade students during the school day. All other grades (9, 10, & 12) will be on a delayed start and will begin their day at 12:20 pm. Additional information about the ACT, bell schedule and bus schedule can be found by by clicking on THIS LINK.
If you have any questions, please contact
Mr. Brett Shaffer
New SENIOR ONLY Programs are Available at DACC
New programs have just become available to your high school student at the Delaware Area Career Center.
You can find more information about these exciting new programs HERE.
Junior Night Presentation for the Class of 2023
Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! If you were unable to attend the Junior Night Presentation in person or you want to review what was said, you can view the presentation here: Junior Night Presentation.
This presentation will give you inside information on the college application process, what admissions is looking for, ACT/SAT, and how to start creating your list of potential colleges to apply to. Please view the presentation and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!
Your TWHS School Counselors,
Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns
Class of '22: Important Dates for Ordering Cap & Gown
Parents of the Class of 2022: It would be extremely helpful if orders could be placed early due to production and shipping times slowing down the supply of our caps and gowns for the Class of 2022, ORDER YOUR CAP & GOWN NOW
**The final deadline to submit orders is February 14, 2022 to ensure delivery of your student's cap & gown in the spring.**
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions concerning this process.
Columbus Foundation & Other Local Scholarships
Dear Senior Families,
The Columbus Foundation Scholarship application is open now until March 1. Completing this application puts students in the running for a variety of local scholarships including these which are specific to TW: The Matthew G. Miner and Olivia Midnight Scholarships. You can access this application HERE. Need help? HERE is a helpful YouTube video that will walk you through their application process.
Additionally, FCBank is providing five, $1000 scholarships to students who are pursuing a degree in a business related field. The deadline for these scholarships is also March 1. You can access their application HERE.
Lastly, the School Counseling department will release their local scholarship application on Friday, March 4 through the TW School Counseling website for other scholarships specific to Thomas Worthington. We hope that all seniors consider taking advantage of these scholarship opportunities! If you have any questions, please stop by the School Counseling Office.
Your TW School Counselors
Submit Your Senior Picture!
Senior Pictures must be submitted by Monday, February 14, 2022
Submit your senior picture at Senior Photo Submission for the yearbook by February 14, 2022.
Directions to submit your senior picture:
- Your photo must be VERTICAL and in COLOR or BLACK AND WHITE
- Please use a personal computer to submit your photos.
- Only school-related props are allowed in portraits. No animals or pets (sorry!). Make sure your photo follows the TWHS dress code. No “selfie-styles.”
- Senior Photo Submission Files must be named Last Name_First Name (it must be a *jpeg or .png)
No late photos will be accepted.
Exclusive Yearbook Sneak Peak
The yearbook is busy at work capturing all of the special moments from the year. Enjoy this exclusive sneak peak at a few spreads from the yearbook and buy yours today!
Yearbook Sale February 14 - 18!
What goes best with chocolate and flowers? A Yearbook. Use the coupon code "VDAY" for $5 off your yearbook for a limited time. Deal runs February 14-18 for the lowest price of the year.
Click HERE for more information.
Seniors and Parents/Guardians Sign up for Naviance Now!
Naviance is a college planning tool for students to request transcripts to be sent to colleges, conduct college searches, and request letters of recommendations. Please make sure you have your email linked to Naviance as the School Counselors will send you emails about college rep visits, scholarships, deadlines, and more! Click Naviance 101 Video presentation or this document for step-by-step directions and more information about using Naviance.
Buy A Senior Ad!
Deadline: Wednesday, May 25th, 2022
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
Questions? Contact: email@example.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
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**
TWHS Musical Production of Mama Mia! February 25th & 26th at 8:00 pm
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father. This sunny and funny tale unfolds on a Greek island paradise. On the eve of her wedding, a daughter's quest to discover the identity of her father brings three men from her mother's past back to the island they last visited 20 years ago. The story-telling magic of ABBA's timeless songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter and friendship, creating an unforgettable show. A large cast, non-stop laughs and explosive dance numbers combine to make Mamma Mia! a guaranteed smash hit for any theatre. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you'll never forget!
Tickets for this show will be
available for purchase on
MONDAY FEBRUARY 14TH, 2022 @ NOON
Tickets can only be purchased online and are $15 per person. There will be no tickets purchased at the box office.
Masks are mandatory regardless of vaccination status. Concessions are cash or check only.
Are you Interested in Adapting a More Environmentally-Friendly Lifestyle?
Check out and follow @startingsustainably on Instagram for specific, practical suggestions, facts, and local business spotlights to learn why sustainability is important and how you can realistically implement it into your own life.
Rising Juniors & Seniors!
Leadership Columbus is excited to announce that the Central Ohio Leadership Academy (COLA) application process has launched!
Click here or see the flyer below to learn more about the 6-day immersive experience.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
***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 Membership 2021-2022
The PTSO represents the parents, teachers, and students of Thomas Worthington High School. We aspire to support our school's mission of supporting the education of students by fostering relationships among the school, parents, students and teachers.
There are many opportunities for parent(s) and guardian(s) to become involved at TWHS through our PTSO. Applications can be filled out online by going to the PTSO tab on the Thomas Worthington web site or by clicking HERE
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 2021-22 meeting schedule is: March 15 and May 17.
**ATHLETICS & CO-CURRICULAR**
TWHS Ice Hockey Service Project
TWHS ice hockey team is participating in a food drive to benefit Family Mentor Foundation in February. Family Mentor Foundation helps provide easily prepared meals to local kids when they are not at school. FMF has a list of specific food items that they are requesting:
Applesauce or fruit cup
Individual bag of sunflower kernels
Individual bag of Goldfish crackers
Mac and cheese sleeve or cup
Shelf stable meat stick
Individual bag of graham crackers
Individual oatmeal packets
There is a bin in the main office for any food donations. Donations can also be made on FMF’s Amazon wishlist. If you purchase here, you can have your donation sent directly to FMF!
The link for that is: FMF Amazon Wish List
The Ice hockey team appreciates the Cardinal family helping us help others! Go Cards!
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**
New 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.
Until recently, our administrators and health office personnel have also been using the student case data to individually track school and bus schedules and send emails to families that may have been near a COVID case. With the significant increase in cases in our high schools, we are creating a more efficient process than sending a large number of individual emails to families. Starting next week, we will provide Thomas Worthington families a COVID report from our building with relevant information and trends from the week in our Friday newsletter. We are hopeful that this update and our other communication strategies will meet the needs of our school community in this stage of our experience with COVID.
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.
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
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
FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the 2021-2022 School Year
Students at TWHS will continue to receive free breakfast and lunch service. Students will be provided a traditional meal service with modified menu selections. If you have questions, please contact the Worthington Schools Food Service Department HERE.
TWHS School Calendar
Click on TWHS School Calendar to access the TWHS website calendar
February 12: Winter Formal, 8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
February 13: ACT Boot Camp, 8:15 AM - 5:00 PM
February 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm, KMS
February 17: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4:30 PM - 8:10 PM
February 21: NO SCHOOL - President's Day
February 25 & 26: Cardinal Theatre Production of Mama Mia, 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
February 25: Community Coffee with Superintendent Bowers 8:00 am, WEC
March 1: Junior ACT Test Day
March 2: Band Concert 7:00 PM
March 3: HS/MS Orchestra Concert 7:30 PM
March 4: End of 3rd Grading Period
March 7: NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
March 9: State of the Schools 6:30 PM, WKHS
March 14: Regular Board of Education Meeting 7:30 pm
March 15: PTSO Meeting 7:30 pm, Room 127
Thomas Worthington High School
Principal, Pete Scully
Assistant Principal (A-D), Emilie Greenwald
Assistant Principal (E-K), Todd Keenan
Assistant Principal (L-Q), Adrienne Carr
Assistant Principal (R-Z), Brett Shaffer
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Molly Feesler
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber
Special Education Key Communicator, Meredith Murphy