High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

November 20, 2020

Happy Friday! Next week will be a short two-day week and then our staff and students will be off for the Thanksgiving holiday. We hope you are able to enjoy some rest and relaxation with your family during the break and that each of you stays safe and healthy. A reminder, our students will be off on Monday, November 30 for a teacher professional development day. All students will return on Tuesday, December 1 to finish the semester strong.

On behalf of our entire BWHS Staff, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Second Semester Learning Options-Extended

Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 case numbers and the governor indicating that numbers would be evaluated this week with possible changes to follow, we have decided to leave our 2nd Semester Learning Option Selection Form open through this Sunday, November 22. If you would like to change your child’s learning option for the second semester (switch between in-person learning and our Virtual Learning Program), please visit the front page of our website to complete a form. YOU ONLY NEED TO COMPLETE THIS FORM IF YOU WANT TO CHANGE YOUR CURRENT SELECTION.

If you have questions, please email VLP Coordinator Ginna Crawford at ginnacrawford@bwls.net.

If you have switched learning options...

Students going to VLP or returning to in person for 2nd semester that have filled out the district survey with this decision, will need to fill out the course options survey to request the courses they are hoping to take. This survey will be put out to all students through Schoology on November 23rd. The deadline to request your courses will be December 4th. Please email your school counselor with any questions.

Reminder: COVID Dashboard

Please remember that our district website has a COVID-Dashboard that provides current, confirmed, positive cases of staff and students in the BWLS district. The dashboard can be found linked to our main district webpage (bwls.net) or by clicking this link.

Also, the graphic below provides some helpful guidance to families.

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Are you picking your child up before the end of the day?

We are doing our best to minimize traffic in our main office this year, so we are asking that you please do not come in to sign out your student, unless otherwise instructed. If your student needs to leave early, when possible, please call the attendance line at least an hour before you hope to pick them up (740-965-7776). This will allow our office staff time to deliver an early dismissal pass to your son or daughter and prevent you from having to wait once you arrive. Or, if you know in advance, you may send a note with them in the morning, giving them permission to sign themselves out and meet you outside in the loop. No student may leave early unless a parent/guardian has given permission. Even if your student is 18, they must have prior approval from a parent or guardian. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Explore DACC (Delaware Area Career Center)


Visit the DACC Explore page to learn more about how DACC functions in tandem with our school district to provide unique elective options to high school students.

Register for the DACC Virtual Open House that will take place on December 10th from 5:30-7:00pm.

  • All guests will register ahead of time to receive the links needed to log into the event. In the registration form, you can choose three programs to visit.


Take the 360-degree virtual tour through DACC. This tour will include a Google Earth-style, self-guided tour through our facilities, along with videos, interviews, & facts about each program. Access the tour here.

*On Tuesday, November 24, sophomore students will experience DACC's Virtual Campus Tour in their American History class during the school day.

Apply for the 2021/2022 school year! The application goes live on November 20th. All applications received before January 15th will be reviewed in the first wave of applications.

EXPLORE ON DECEMBER 10th, 5:30-7:00pm

Join us online for the DACC Virtual Open House. Since you will have registered for this event ahead of time, all of the information you need to participate will be emailed to you.

Interested in learning about DACC? We invite you to sign up for the Prospective Student mailing list for important admission and virtual visit updates.

Virtual College Visits

Click here for a listing of virtual college visits for this year. We will update as we hear of more opportunities, so keep checking back!

United Voices

United Voices is one of the extra-curricular offerings at BWHS that endeavors to create an environment where students can come together to understand each other’s cultures and backgrounds in a judgement free zone. This week, they gathered together to hear presentations from several students on their grandparents, the country their parents were from, traditional foods, etc. It was a great opportunity to learn and share about others and practice our Eagle Strong core value of acceptance!
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Updates from the School Counseling Office

ASVAB Offered on December 1:

Currently, 10-12th grade students are able to sign up to take the ASVAB. It is not only the military entrance test but a good career exploration resource. The test is free and will be offered in the IC on the morning of December 1. Students can register through Schoology. The deadline to register is Nov. 26th.

Pre-ACT Offered December 4:

10th and 11th grade students are now able to register for the Pre ACT. There is a $12 fee that will be applied to their school fees. Students can register on the google doc shared through Schoology. The test will be offered on the morning of December 4, in the IC. The deadline to register is Nov. 30th.

FAFSA is Open!

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) opened on October 1 for students who are planning to pursue postsecondary education. This application should be completed by the college deadline. Want to know more about the College Financial Aid Process including completing FAFSA? Please watch this video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators, or check out this PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

November 25-27: NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving Break

November 30: NO SCHOOL-Teacher Professional Development

December 1: ASVAB Test @ 8:00 a.m.

December 4: Pre-ACT @ 8:00 a.m.

December 10-11: College Application Days (by appointment only)

December 14: Academic Boosters (6:30 p.m.)

December 17-18, 21-22: Semester Exams

December 23-January 4: NO SCHOOL-Winter Break

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