High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

March 19, 2021

Only one week left until Spring Break! Students and teachers will be busy packing as much as they can into the last few days of March! In homeroom today, students were given a copy of their course requests for next school year. If a student would like to request a change (either add or drop a course), they may do so by Thursday, March 25 using this link.

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 7:00 and 3:15.

April is the Month of the Military Child

Our community is dedicated to supporting local heroes and this includes our local businesses, schools and residents. The Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools recognizes schools that show a major commitment to students and families connected to our nation’s military. In an effort to better support students of military members in our community, Big Walnut Local Schools works to identify and inform teachers of the military-connected students in their classrooms and the special considerations and resources they should receive.

This year Big Walnut Apparel has teamed up with Big Walnut Local Schools to show support of our military families. This fundraiser (click this link) helps support that initiative. You can purchase a shirt or yard sign to show your support. There are also sponsorship options for the t-shirt and flat donation options available.

Thank you for your support! Be sure to wear your shirt on April 15th!!!

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Spring End-of-Course Exams

The State of Ohio requires students to take End of Course Exams in these content areas: Algebra I, English I, Geometry, English II, Biology, U.S. History and American Government. If your child is currently enrolled in one of these courses, he or she will be taking the test in April (see schedule below). Sophomore students in College Credit Plus Composition will have to take the English II test. Students must achieve a score of three to be considered proficient. These tests are required for graduation.

During this testing week in mid-April, we will operate on a two-hour delayed start. Students who are not in these classes and not taking the test do not have to report until 9:40 AM. Those who are testing must report to their assigned room by 7:40AM. Room assignments will be posted in the main office. Each student must have his/her Chromebook charged and ready. Students will use these devices for testing. We also encourage a set of headphones because of the text to voice feature all students can access on all tests except English II. A calculator will be provided within the test itself, but students may bring a calculator for the math tests. Cell phones cannot be used during the test and must be turned off and put away until all students are finished with the test. Failure to do this could result in a nullification of the student’s test and school discipline.

Students who attend DACC either part-time or full-time, are expected to report to BWHS for testing on these days if they are enrolled in these courses. The DACC is aware of this.

Results will be available in early August. Detailed information about graduation requirements or practice test questions can be found at http://education.ohio.gov/Topics/Ohio-s-Graduation-Requirements or at http://www.bwls.net/bigwalnuthighschool_home.aspx. These links are also on our district website.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call your child’s counselor or the main office. Thank you for your support and good luck to all of our students.

Test Schedule: 7:40-9:40

Monday April 19: English II Part 1

Tuesday April 20: English II Part 2

Wednesday April 21: Algebra 1 and Geometry

Thursday April 22: Biology

Friday April 23: US History and American Government

*ALL classes will begin at 9:40 for all students

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Senior Families

If you have not already done so, please read through our winter newsletter for important information about graduation and other senior events. Questions should be directed to Senior Class Advisor, Christina McDonough at christinamcdonough@bwls.net.

Class of 2021 Winter Class Newsletter

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Looking for a Summer Job???

The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium/Zoombezi Bay is beginning to fill positions for summer employment. Employment with the Zoo enables students to work towards gaining the Ohio Means Jobs Readiness Seal for graduation, as just one of the many perks. To learn more about potential job opportunities with the Columbus Zoo, check out this link.
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Updates from the School Counseling Office

Seniors--Scholarship Information:

The School Counseling website is updated daily with new scholarship opportunities for our students as we hear about them. Please bookmark this link and check back often!

FAFSA Resources:

  • Informational video sponsored by the Ohio Association of Financial Aid Administrators
  • PDF from the National Association of Financial Aid Administrators.

Considering DACC for Next Year?

The Delaware Area Career Center has compiled all of their virtual exploration resources in one comprehensive, easy-to-access elective scheduling guide. Click here to access. Please remember, even though the priority deadline has passed, applications will still be accepted until programs are full.

School Counselors:

Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O)

Tammi Jordan (P-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant


School Counseling Website

BW Athletics-Summer Information

It's hard to believe, but summer will be here before we know it. Our Big Walnut Athletic Department has a page for "Clinics, Camps and Summer Opportunities" for our current and future student-athletes. Please check back periodically to see if there is an opportunity for your family!

Upcoming Events at BWHS...

March 23: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm

March 25-27: BWHS Theatre Presents Steel Magnolias

March 29-April 2: Spring Break

April 5: NO SCHOOL-Conference Exchange Day

April 8-10: BWHS Theatre Presents The Play That Goes Wrong

April 12: Academic Boosters (PTO) @ 6:30pm

April 14: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm

April 15: BWLSD Board of Education Meeting @ 6:30pm

April 19-23: End-of-Course Testing (delayed start for non-testing students)

April 20: Accuplacer Testing for CCP (2021-2022) @ 2:30pm

April 24: BWHS Junior-Senior Prom @ Villa Milano

April 30: (Virtual) Academic Signing Day

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