TWHS Weekly News & Updates
April 16, 2021
Monday, April 19: State Testing Bell Schedule
- ELA Part 1 (retakes) & ELA ll
Tuesday, April 20: State Testing Bell Schedule
- ELA l part 2 (reatakes) 7 ELA ll part 2
Wednesday April 21: State Testing Bell Schedule
- Math 1 (part 1, 2) & Math 2 (part 1, 2)
- Biology (part 1,2)
Friday, April 23: State Testing Bell Schedule
- History (part 1, 2) & Govt (part 1, 2)
Dear Cardinal Family,
We are all learning and even relearning lessons this week.
Our administrative team covers lunch duty every day. It's certainly not a new concept, but the length of time (two hours) and multiple locations (to ensure six feet of distancing) are new for us.
During fourth period, I get to cover our new outdoor space, the tent. It is a pretty popular option. Kids like getting fresh air and, when it's warm and sunny, they're able to spread out even more to the benches and sidewalks. My lesson this week was that spring in Ohio is predictable only in its unpredictability. When the temperature drops below 40 degrees, the tent is a lonely place to be. I found myself imagining where we could add a tent fireplace..., though I'm pretty sure that isn't happening.
During fifth period, I am privileged to supervise the Cards Center, a space reserved for juniors and seniors. I spend most of my time in conversation with students while they eat. I've learned some things I will never be able to unlearn. (Senior tag? I feel like every parent as my concerns for the potential dangers of this annual and definitely not school-sponsored activity are brushed aside like crumbs on the lunch table.) Mostly, though, I get to know and enjoy building relationships with these young adults. The stories about their futures, their dreams, their current experiences, and their ideas for how to make things better here at TWHS all remind me how much I've missed having a school full of students.
I hope your child's experience has been positive since we've returned to all in. It's definitely not perfect, but I'm not sure it ever was.
Thanks for trusting us.
Have a great weekend. Go Cards!
**New announcements for this week**
- TWHS Prom 2021 Information ~ May 8th
- Cardinal Night ~ May 1st at 7:30 pm
- Class of 2021 Evening Street Reunion ~ May 6th
- Senior Baby Ad Sale Extension through May 1st
There are three general behavior expectations at Thomas Worthington: build Relationships, show Respect, and be Responsible.
We define building Relationships as “to cultivate belonging”. From our morning greeting as each student enters the building to each classroom culture, we strive to create an environment that is so welcoming that 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 our self and others.
We define be Responsible as “attend and being on time”. We certainly extend grace when life comes at us fast and heavy, but we are intentional about the importance of showing up, being on time, and being present for ourselves and others.
OPPORTUNITY FOR PARENTS/CAREGIVERS TO RECOGNIZE STAFF MEMBERS
Attention Parents/Caregivers- would you like to recognize the positive impact that a staff
member has had on you or your child? The PBIS Team at TWHS would like to give you that
opportunity. Please take 2 minutes and click here to complete the recognition form. Thank
State-Required End-Of-Course Assessments for the Week of April 19-23
The week of April 19 - 23, Thomas Worthington High School will administer state-required end-of-course assessments to all students enrolled in Math I, Math II, U.S. History, U.S. Government, English Language Arts II (English 10), and Biology.
In order to provide focused time and attention to students who are testing, we will be on an altered bell schedule with a late start during this week. 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 testing. Lunch will be served following the testing period, and classes will begin at 12:10 p.m. If your child is testing on at least one of these days, test-specific information will be shared with students and their families in a few weeks.
Buses will run their regular morning routes for students involved in testing and a second route three hours later for non-testers. All buses will run on a regular schedule for dismissal.
Linworth, Academy, Rockbridge, and full-day DACC students will take their tests at their respective schools. Half-day DACC and TWHS students will take their tests at Thomas Worthington High School.
TESTING BELL SCHEDULE
Testing 7:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:05 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
Classes 12:10 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
For more information about graduation requirements from the Ohio Department of Education, please click HERE. If you have additional questions about graduation requirements, please contact your child’s school counselor or me at 614-450-6275.
Testing Bell Schedule
Classroom School Fees and Outstanding Balances
Parents/guardians, please check your child’s current balance for any outstanding fees. All fees and outstanding balances are to be paid via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.
The classroom fee for grades 9-12 is $65; however, parents/guardians of juniors will find their $65 fee loaded under Linworth rather than Thomas Worthington. The Treasurer’s Office has asked that this fee be paid with the assurance that the paid fee will be redirected to Thomas Worthington High School.
Please contact Cathy Shaw, TWHS Administrative Secretary, at email@example.com, or by phone at 614-450-6272 if you have questions about your child’s school fees.
College Credit Plus Announcement
If you plan to participate in the College Credit Plus (CCP) program during the 2021-2022 school year, please complete the following:
1) Watch the two videos below on CCP. The first video is a general overview of CCP delivered by the ODE, and the second is a video on how Worthington City Schools implements CCP in our buildings.
2) Once you have watched the videos, you can pick up the "Intent to Participate" form in the School Counseling Office. Forms must be complete with signatures prior to turning back in. *Returning CCP students must also submit an Intent Form for next year. Please be sure to fill out the back of the form in detail! Once you submit your intent form to the Counseling Office, Mr. Quart will email you with the next steps. This may include additional forms for the college, or testing requirements. Please be sure to check your school email often, and read the next steps carefully!
If you have any questions about College Credit Plus, you can reach Mr. Quart at firstname.lastname@example.org
College & Career Planning for the Class of 2022: Junior Night Presentation
Junior students and parents/guardians! College and career season is here! As a guide to the college admission process, the TWHS School Counselors have created a video titled, "College & Career Planning for the class of 2022." You can watch the video 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 watch the video and contact your School Counselor with follow up questions!
Your TWHS School Counselors,
Felicha Smith, Kelly Swearingen, Celeste Preisse, David Quart, and Stephanie Burns
Graduation Ceremony Update
Last year, Worthington contracted with the Schottenstein Center to host our school ceremonies. We shared with families the dates and times for each school:
Thomas Worthington High School - Monday, May 24 @ 7 PM
Worthington Kilbourne High School - Tuesday, May 25 @ 7 PM
The Ohio State University is not allowing large groups at this time, so we cannot finalize anything or confirm this location at this time. We are in regular conversation with them and hope to hear soon whether we can confirm their location.
If we are not able to hold our graduation ceremony at the Schottenstein Center, we will hold the ceremony on the same date and time at our football fields.
Class of 2021 Evening Street Reunion
Class of 2021 Evening Street Reunion
Thursday, May 6th, 2021
Evening Street Elementary Playground
3:00 – 4:00 pm
Evening Street is so pleased to be able to host a reception for all the graduating seniors that attended Evening Street Elementary.
Due to COVID restrictions, there will be no refreshments served and masks will be required. We hope that this will make it a safe and comfortable environment for faculty, graduates and families. Below is a link to a google form to RSVP and provide information on future plans.
Please contact me with any questions and feel free to pass this along to any Evening Street graduating seniors and families. We appreciate any help with spreading the word!
Thanks so much!
Senior Baby Ad Sale!
Celebrate your senior with a baby ad in the yearbook! The cost is only $20 and proceeds help us create a quality yearbook that you'll enjoy for years to come. You pick the picture and the message; we include it in the yearbook. The deadline has been extended through May 1st. Don't miss this great opportunity!
Deadline: May 1st
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 6th at gradbanners.com Graduation Banners will be ready for pick up @ 758 Radio Dr. Lewis Center, May 10th from 10:00am-5:00pm. Email Addi McElroy with questions at email@example.com. The TWHS Boosters will receive a donation from each banner sold. Thank you for your support!
No Senior Fee This Year
The Worthington Board of Education has decided not to charge a Senior Fee this year. Please make sure all other outstanding fees and balances are paid prior to graduation. You can pay these fees via the online payment system, www.MyPaymentsPlus.com
Please contact Cathy Shaw, TWHS Administrative Secretary, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at 614-450-6272 if you have questions about your child's school fees.
**School Community Connection**
Thomas Worthington's 2021 Prom ~The Secret Garden~
Date: May 8, 2021
Time: 8:00-11:00 pm - You must sign up for a group A or B when you purchase your ticket. Please be sure to select the same group as your friends to ensure yo can all be at the dance together.
- Group A: 8-10 pm
- Group B: 9-11 pm
Venue: TWHS - enter through door 16
Tickets: Purchase Here -Tickets must be purchased by April 30 No tickets will be available at the door or purchased with cash due to COVID-19. If you are unable to purchase a ticket due to financial reasons, please contact your school counselor or Mrs. Kelsten (email@example.com)
Guest Form: Click Here - due April 30 to Mrs. Volpe in Central Office
Song Suggestions: Click Here
***All COVID-19 protocols must be followed, including face masking and social distancing. Anyone who is actively quarantined should not attend the dance and can reach out for a refund. For more information, visit the Worthington City School's COVID Dashboard: www.worthington.k12.oh.us/domain/1184
CARDINAL NIGHT~ May 1st 7:30 pm
This year, our traditional end of the year celebration Cardinal Day is moving to after hours! We're happy to present Cardinal Night - an outdoor, COVID-safe movie and celebration for Cardinal Country! TWHS Students are invited to join the celebration at the Stadium at 7:30pm on Saturday, May 1st. For more information and to secure their FREE ticket, students should go to tinyurl.com/CardinalNight
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.
Click Attendance Philosophy & Procedure for important information regarding your child's absence from school.
Generation Tech Virtual Event
JPMorgan Chase would like to invite you to the upcoming Virtual Generation Tech Event on Saturday, April 24. It is a one day, social good app design challenge for high school students. All technical skill levels are welcome to participate. Winning teams will receive prizes for their solutions. For more information click here.
Date: Saturday, April 24
Location: Zoom details to be provided
Register here: https://tinyurl.com/y597qyy3
Worthington City Schools and DACC Present: The 2021 Virtual Job Fair
Do you have a student who is 16 or older looking for part-time employment over the summer or next school year? Is your senior interested in working full-time next year to save money for school? We have an awesome opportunity for them! On Friday, April 30, we are going to host our annual Job Fair VIRTUALLY from 8:30-10 AM.
Interested students can report to the library to connect with employers via zoom. We will have a wide variety of employers there including: Aqua-Tots, the Columbus Zoo/Zoombezi Bay, Huntington Bank, Swensons, and more! Details will be posted in Schoology as we get closer to the event. Students are encouraged to stop by the School Counseling Office if they have any additional questions!
TWHS Band Boosters' Annual Mattress Sale Set for Sunday, April 18th, 10am-4pm
"If you or someone you know is looking to replace a bed in your home now is the time. Thomas Worthington Band is hosting a one-day Mattress Fundraiser in the TWHS gymnasium lobby on Sunday April 18th, 10am-4pm. There will be 26 different styles of beds on display for customers to try. The beds name mattresses are made to order, have full factory warranties, 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 & financing are available."
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Check out how it works: YOUTUBE VIDEO
**From the Health Office**
Updated COVID-19 Information
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.
Keep your child home if ANY of the following symptoms are present:
- Temperature 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher when taken by mouth
- New or worsened cough
- Loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Nasal congestion or runny nose
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
Keep your child home if two or more of the following symptoms are present:
- Body Aches
Contact Nurse Julie Frank if you have any questions or need further instructions.
Julie Frank MSE BSN RN/ email@example.com/ Office phone 614-450-6215
Attention 11th Grade Parents/Guardian: 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.
Before and After School Guidelines for TWHS Students
FREE Meal Service Available for ALL TWHS Students for the Remainder of the 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
April 17: ACT Test Day
April 18: TWHS Band Boosters Mattress Sale ~ 10 am-4 pm
April 19 - 23: State-Required End-Of-Course Assessments
April 26: Board of Education Meeting ~ 7:30 pm
April 28: Masters Facilities Plan Phase 2 Meeting ~ 7:00 pm
April 30: Virtual Job Fair ~ 8:30 -10 am
May 1: Cardinal Night ~ 7:30 pm
May 8: TWHS 2021 Prom ~ 8:00 -11:00 pm
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), Megan Kirsten
Dean of Students, Scott Gordon
Athletic Director, Jen Goebbel
School Counseling Chair, David Quart
Registrar, Kate Weber