BW News: Order Caps & Gowns

Sunbury News Staff

Attention Seniors class of 2018:

This Friday, December 1st is the deadline to order caps & gowns and graduation package orders with Jostens including custom graduation announcements. There are 2 ways to place your order – online by visiting or by phone please call 1-800-JOSTENS. Just a reminder Cap & gown units are fully refundable from Jostens so please don’t wait to order. Congratulations class of 2018.

BWHS Parent/Teacher Conferences

BWHS would like to invite you to parent/teacher conferences on Thursday, December 7th from 4-7:30 p.m. Please call the main office at 740-965-3766 to schedule.

Big Walnut High School

Student Announcement

November 30 2017

Hey Big Walnut! Listen up! Do you want to be a good person this holiday season? Bring in change for the change chase! All proceeds go to children in need. It starts TODAY during all lunch periods! Clean out your car, look in the couch and empty those wallets and purses! Let’s help those in need!

Leo Club is hosting a blood drive Tuesday, December 5th. Sign-up to donate during your lunch or study hall. The sign-up sheet is available at lunch or in Ms. Thomas’s room after school.

Interested in a career in Construction Management? Please join Columbus State for the Spotlight on Construction Management event on the evening of Thursday, December 14, 2017. Learn more about careers in this field and talk with experts about the current trends in construction management, including green construction trends, estimating/bidding, and field supervision. Visit to reserve your space today.

Ohio State University Financial Aid reps will be available at Delaware Hayes to help all students and their parents / guardians complete and submit the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal and State Aid (FAFSA).To register for this opportunity, go to and select the December 12th event at Delaware Hayes

Attention Seniors: Friday is Round #2 of College Application Day! Your counselors will be on hand in the IC to assist you with your college application process. You may come during lunch or study hall. Bring your chromebook, your social security number, and your questions!

There will a Big Walnut Business Leaders meeting this Thursday after school in Room 121. We will be participating in a video chat during the meeting.

Musical auditions for Disney’s AIDA will be held on Monday, Dec 18th. Please check the drama board in the music hallway for more information.

Spanish Club will be holding their FIESTA on December 5th from 2:30-4:30. See your teacher for more information. RSVP by December 1st!

Any senior planning to participate in a sport(s) at the college level please see Mrs. Piper in the Athletic Office for the Big Walnut college signing on May 8.

Any senior that plans to participate in 12 seasons of athletics, please see Mrs. Piper in the Athletic Office for more information.

If you are interested in being a wrestling stat or manager this season, please see Coach Moore as soon as possible.

Congratulations to the girls soccer team for advancing to the Final 4 and to the volleyball team for State Runner Ups! Outstanding seasons!


The Big Walnut High School Government Fair Finals will take place Monday, December 11th at 6:30 at BWHS in Sunbury, Ohio. We are looking for community members and also people with political backgrounds to judge and give feedback to our students. This feedback will be a part of the project grade. Students will be completing a research project based on a specific government topic of their choosing. The only requirement of a topic is that it must be centered around a government idea, concept, or action. Students will be creating an essential question to focus and guide their research. The project will include the topic and question, bibliography of sources, at least 3 annotated resources for research, a short discovery essay, and a product for a presentation. Students will give a short presentation (3-4 minutes) in science fair style form. Judges then will have 2 minutes to ask questions about their project. Students will be presenting multiple times to a new audience. Students will be able to create their own presentation product but typical products include Powerpoint or Prezi presentations, poster or tri-fold boards, or a demonstration. Thank you for considering being involved with this event!

BWHS Semester Exam Schedule

Click here to see the semester exam schedule. Exams will be Friday, December 15-Wednesday, December 20. Please encourage your student(s) to start reviewing for these assessments as the month of December will move very quickly!

Reminder: Yearbooks Still on Sale

The 2017-2018 Yearbook is now on sale at! Please order early to get the best price and secure your copy. Last year, we did sell out. The yearbook will be delivered to school in May, and a spring supplement with spring sports, prom, and graduation will be mailed home.

SENIORS: Jostens Order Deadline is December 1st

SENIORS and PARENTS: have you ordered your cap & gown for graduation? Time is running out to place your order at the discounted price. The deadline to order your cap & gown at a discounted rate is Friday, December 1st 2017. Just a reminder, your cap & gown unit is fully refundable so don’t miss this early order discount opportunity. There are 2 ways to place your order – online at or over the phone by calling 1-800-Jostens. Any questions please call Jostens.

Upcoming Events at BWHS

December 4: Academic Boosters (PTO) Meeting at 6:30 pm

December 5: Blood Drive in Auxiliary Gym (8:00 am-2:00 pm)

December 6: Coffee with the Counselors @ 8:00 am (Atrium)

December 7: Parent-Teacher Conferences (4:00-7:30 pm)

December 7: Scheduling and Graduation Meeting at 6:00 pm (Auditorium)

December 11: Government Fair @ 6:30 pm (Cafeteria)

December 13: Holiday Concert @ 7:00 pm

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

December 15, 18-20: First Semester Exams and Government End-of-Course Exams

December 20: End of Second Quarter

December 21: No School (Teacher Workday)

December 22: Winter Break Begins

OCC Choir

On Wednesday, November 8, our music department sent 10 students to the annual OCC Choir. All schools in the OCC Conference participated in this day-long music workshop and performance, held at Ohio State University. In attendance for Big Walnut were: Ariana Goodrich, Becca Fitch, Sydney Parker, Madison Pisano, Clint Johnson, Christian Amato, Adam Bash, Jake Johnson, Devon Biggs and Grant Houser.

Naviance Training:

Counselors worked with 9th and 10th graders this week to introduce them to Naviance, a career-planning program. Be sure to ask your student about this!

Semester Exams:

Semester exams are right around the corner and will be here before we know it with this busy time of year. This year’s exam dates are December 15-20.

School Counselors: Meghan Vituccio (A-G)

Jeanne Collett (H-O and P grades 9-11)

Tammi Jordan (P grade 12 and Q-Z)

Cindi Strahler, Administrative Assistant 740-965-2243

November 10, 2017

A huge thank you to all our community members who supported our district’s bond issue at the polls this past week. The coming months will be very exciting as we work to shape the future of the Big Walnut Local School District. Stay tuned for more information as the next steps get underway!

An exciting week at BWHS brought athletic success to several of our girls’ programs, a jam-packed group picture day, and as always, tons of learning in our classrooms!

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.

Cross Country

Congrats to Sophomore Colbi Borland who placed 59th out of 173 runners last Saturday at the State Cross Country Champions. Colbi is the first Big Walnut Girls CC runner to make it to the state meet since we have been Division I.

Girls Soccer—2017 Division II Regional Champions

The Lady Eagles beat New Philadelphia last Saturday 8-0 to earn a trip to the State Final Four for the first time in school history. The Lady Eagles finished 16-3-4 on the season after their loss to Cincinnati Indian Hill on Tuesday. What a fantastic season for the girls!

Give a Gnome a Home!

German 3, Honors students kicked off their “Give a Gnome a Home” project this week. Each student will have an exchange gnome for the rest of the year. Students will give their gnomes names, personalities and histories. They will make presentations and films based on the lives of their gnomes and how their gnomes like their stay at Big Walnut and in our community! Of course, all our gnomes are from Germany and can only speak German!

Welcome Gnomes! 🙂

Congrats to our FFA Students

Our FFA hosted the Sub-District Food Science & Technology Career Development Event. Almost 80 students from Delaware, Marion, and Morrow Counties participated in the event. In the contest, students completed sensory evaluations, practical math problems, and several practicums simulating industry specific food processing tasks. Big Walnut’s team placed first (for the fourth year in a row) to advance to the district contest on November 16. Individually, Faye Dean placed 2nd, Alex Pasio was 3rd, Lex Marvin was 4th, Troy Herrel placed 6th, Ben Kessler was 7th, Audra Hall was 22nd, and Fred Dible placed 47th.

FFA students also participated in the state online general knowledge test for the Food Science CDE. 117 schools across Ohio participated in the test and our students placed FIRST in the state. Three students, Ben Kessler, Lex Marvin, and Alex Parsio tied for fifth out of nearly 1,200 students. The score from this test will follow them to the district level and on to the state contest, if they qualify.

Finally, 5 students competed in the Sub-District Job Interview Career Development Event. Four students placed in the top three and will advance to the District Job Interview CDE next week at Buckeye Valley High School. Individuals competing were Avery Wagner (1st), Madi Withrow (3rd), Faye Dean (2nd), Gabby Adair and Lexie Kirkpatrick (1st).

Congrats to all FFA members!

Did you know that- there are over 10 million bricks in the Empire State building? Come check out the Eagle’s Nest and get what you need. See what specials we have for the week and buy one of Mrs. Maxson’s great stickers from her print shop. 4th and 5th period lunches and Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

BWMS Parent Update

This week marks the mid-point of the 2nd quarter. Time sure does fly when you are having fun. This would be a great time to check in with your student about progress by reviewing grades online in PowerSchool.

Special thanks to our Student Council and Volleyball Team for support of the Annual Staff vs Student Volleyball Game and Pie in the Face assembly.

BWMS is on Thanksgiving Break from 11/23/17 – 11/26/17 with a Teacher Professional Development Day on 11/27/17. Students will return on 11/28/17.

The BWMS Apparel Sale is up and running. Check out the ORDER FORM and support our SOAR Program

Parent Survey – BWMS Grading Practices

BWMS Requests your Feedback. Our teachers have been reviewing grading practices and we want to hear from our parents. Share your feedback about Grade Cards, Homework, Retests and more. Please complete the BWMS Grading Practices Parent Survey to help us refine our Practices.

BWMS receive Momentum Award

BWMS was happy to receive the “Momentum Award” from the Ohio Department of Education for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Because of the efforts of our staff and students, we received straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the most recent state report card. This award is directly connected to our mission to inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential through classrooms that personalize instruction, engage students and grow minds.

Well Done BWMS!

BWMS Needs Your Help Jan 19th

On Friday January 19th, Students will participate in a hands-on budget management and decision-making spending simulation in which we need your help. Real Money. Real World. (RMRW) is a financial literacy program for youth from Ohio State University Extension. This curriculum is time tested and has been highly successful at helping students connect college and career planning with budgeting principles within schools. Volunteers are needed to help run the following stations for students to see all of the factors that contribute to a healthy budget: Chance, Child Care, Clothing, Communications, Contributions, Credit and College Loan, Entertainment, Food, Housing, Insurance, Transportation, Utilities.

Important Dates


1 Advisory Day

4 BWMS PTO Meeting

8 Holiday dance, Time: 6:30 – 8:30

11 W STAR Testing (7 & 8 in Reading & Math)

12 Winter/Holiday Band & Choir concert, 6:00pm @BWMS

15 Advisory Day

18 7th Grade Data Teams

19 8th Grade Data Teams

19 SOAR Celebration

20 End 2nd quarter

12/21- 1/2 Winter Break

Athletic Updates

Reminder that all athletes should have their final forms complete and hard copy of the physical submitted prior to participation.

All schedules are posted online at

Athletic Schedules Below:

Thursday, November 30, 2017 BBB Olentangy Orange Home 5:30

Thursday, November 30, 2017 GBB Olentangy Orange Away 5:00

BWMS Parent Update

On behalf of the staff and students at BWMS, please let me thank the Big Walnut Community for the support of our BWLSD Bond. Such an exciting time to live in our Community.

Special Thanks to our wonderful BWMS PTO for supporting our teachers with a meal on Conference Night. It was so appreciated.

Enjoy the weekend,


Mr. Josh Frame

BWMS will send out Announcements Periodically throughout the week to keep others informed. As always, we suggest that you follow us on Social Media @BigWalnutMS (Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram) to stay up to date.

BWI Weekly Update

6th-Grade Heartland Outdoor School Meeting

There will be an informational parent meeting about the 6th-grade Outdoor School trip on Thursday, November 30th, from 6-7 PM in the BWI Gymnasium.

BWI Movie Night

Thank you to everyone who came out to the movies to see Wonder on Tuesday night. Turns out we sold out the theatre. A huge thanks goes out to Mrs. Everitt for organizing the event.

Parent Portal

This will allow you to see your student’s schedule, grades, and report cards. If you are having difficulties, please call the BWI office at 740-965-7800 for assistance.

GRE Weekly Wrap

November 20, 2017

2nd Grade enjoyed Pioneer Day

BWHS athletes came to read to us!

Our HS readers loved GRE

Our canned food donations! THANK YOU!

Week of Code

The Week of Code is quickly approaching! December 4th – 10th. Mrs. Keller is looking for someone who has a computer science degree and/or works in computer science to come in and kick off computer science week on December 4th at 8:45.

The guest would discuss: What is computer science? How do you use computer science in your profession? And to also answer questions students have about computer science.

If you are interested, please contact Angie Keller at

Upcoming Events

December 1: Habit Assembly, 9am

December 3: PTO’s Social at Board & Brush

December 9: Holly Shop, 9am-12pm

December 11: Week of: Benchmark Screening, Challenge Day Jeans Week

December 14: 4th Grade Holiday Performance, 6:30pm

December 19: Box Tops Due

December 20: Party Wagon & Popsicles with the Principal

December 21: Teacher Workday, No school for students

December 22-January 2: Winter Break

Check out the GRE PTO website!!!!

Check out the GRE PTO website!!!!

GRE Parents:

Happy Thursday! Thank you for taking this time to meet with our staff this week. It is great to have time to celebrate their growth and share current goals. We thoroughly appreciate all that you do at home with your child-it truly is a team effort!


Megan Rose Forman


Go Eagles & Go Bucks!

Dear BWE families,

This week we celebrated our Leader’s of the Month on Monday. Congratulations to all of our leaders! We are so proud of you and are excited for you to continue to be role models for all students! We also did Popsicles with the Principal last week in order to celebrate those students that have earned their blue brag tags! Way to go!

We had another successful turnout at our All Pro Dad’s meeting on Friday. Again, Thank you to Andy Kerr, Carrie Vitale and Tori Blazer for helping make this event happen!

Our Student council did a fantastic job, promoting our canned good drive. We were able to collect over 900 canned good items! We are looking forward to our next service project next month!

On Saturday our Girls on the Run team participated in a 5K downtown! They all did an AMAZING job, we are so proud of them! Thank you to Jen Pry, Kristin McClane, Kristin Girard, Dawn Norris and Moira Elliot for volunteering to coach this team!

Our lost and found continues to grow! Please check it as soon as possible, anything that is left on Tuesday will be donated. Click here to check for anything that may belong to you or your family.

We had a packed week! There were many things to celebrate this week, including the passing of our bond. We are excited about the future of Big Walnut. We honored our Veterans at BWE with a special assembly. Some of our fourth graders wrote heart-warming letters to show gratitude for their services.

Our student council met on Thursday as well. We are currently working on rules for our Gaga Pit. As part of a service project, the student council is asking all students to bring in at least one canned good on Friday. Any student that brings in a canned good may wear pajamas to school on Friday! The class that collects the most will earn an extra recess.

Our Girls on the Run team did their practice 5K on Thursday. This was such a great event, thank you for those of you who volunteered! The team has also started a mitten, hat and scarf drive. If you are interested in donating new mittens, scarves or gloves please place them in the boxes in the foyer.

We will be having our second All Pro Dad’s event. We will be having this event in the cafeteria in order to accommodate more people.

We have discovered a few cases of lice in the building, please click here for some information on lice and treatment. If you discover that your child has lice, it is important for you to notify the school to inform us so that we can take proactive steps to stop the spread of lice. Thank you for your support with this.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Annie Clark

Dear Souders’ Families:

Our school year is moving along quickly. During the school year we continually look at our practices. We want to refine and improve what we are doing. Students will begin mid-year assessments following Thanksgiving break. These assessments look at student progress and achievement. We complete mid-year assessments not only to assess the students, but to assess how we are doing. What is working? What is not working? What can be improved? What should be expanded? We review the data for each student in an effort to better meet needs. Should you even have questions about the assessments your child is taking, please give me a call.


Mr. Cox

Quote of the Week:

“The truth is I don’t watch TV at all. It bores me.”

We encourage students to carry water bottles at school, but not in glass containers.Thanks for your understanding.

If your child is out sick, please call the office at (740) 965-3200.

We held our Veterans Day assembly. We had a great turnout of both veterans and families. Thank you to all those that have served our country. In my opening remarks I talked to the students about “heroes.” I told the students that the Veterans in front of them are people they should be looking up to—-and considering heroes. We enjoyed having all our special guests on Wednesday.

Speaking of special guests, we want our families involved in the work we are doing at Souders. We have several upcoming events where you can become, or continue to be, involved. We cannot do our job without you.

Quote of the Week: “Play is the highest form of research.”

Albert Einstein

Harrison Street Elementary

Hi Everyone, We hope that your week was great! We were busy as beavers over here at HSE! Tons of great learning and fun happening each day. It was a joy to get in the classroom and see great things!

On Thursday night we had the pleasure of honoring our student of the month, Justin Cochran, and our artist of the month, Natalie Slone, at our Board of Education meeting. We got to show off Natalie’s art work and brag about the great ways Justin is a leader at HSE. Way to go, HSE Eaglets!

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for all that donated to our 2nd Annual Canned Food Drive. It was quite the competition among the classrooms… how great to have the kids so into giving!! The winning class or classes will be announced on Monday and a pizza party celebration will occur on Tuesday. Our HSE family raised over 1,000 cans for donation to Sunbury Christian Church (who puts together our Bountiful Backpacks) and Big Walnut Friends Who Share. SO PROUD!!!

This will be the last Harrison Street Review until after Thanksgiving Break. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving full of family, friends, togetherness, and love. We are so grateful for all of you and your beautiful children. From all of us to all of you… Happy, Happy Thanksgiving!

“I am grateful for what I am and what I have. My Thanksgiving is perpetual.“ -unknown

Classroom Happenings at HSE:

Preschoolers did all things Thanksgiving! They made turkey feathers, made turkeys out of leaves with reading buddies, and made handprint turkey placemats. Plus, the AM class enjoyed a visit from a therapy dog.

Kindergarteners sorted words by syllables and spent the week thinking about writing about all the things we are thankful for in our lives. They also added have & from to our popcorn words and made corn hop and dance. Science is awesome!

1st graders enjoyed making teepees and wrote word wall words in shaving cream during Fun Friday. They also started talking about life in the colonial times (ask them how they dressed, what they played, and what they ate!) and wrote recipe stories with all six steps (ask them what they are!).

2nd graders learned about the mayflower voyage, wrote a persuasive paragraph from the turkey’s point of view, learned about long ago by talking about Samuel Edon’s Day, practiced multi digit addition and subtraction with regrouping, and started discussing nutrition (ask them to explain a healthy plate!).

3rd graders did math across the two classrooms and with three teachers to learn the properties of multiplication, wrote stories about turkeys getting out of trouble, and practiced finding adjectives in sentences (ask them to identify them!).

4th graders continued working on long division skills in math (ask them about MDSBr) and worked on choice boards to practice word problem creation. They also researched owls and then worked with a partner to create a poster that showed how they were compared and contrasted.

With a grateful heart:

We want to express our gratitude to Natalie Siclair and her second grade students, Bella Oxenham, Travis Edwards, Will Warren, Anthony Castiglione, Belle Webb-Mustacchio, and Griffin Verhoff, for creating kindness rocks in STEM and presenting their learning and experience to our Board of Education last night. We are also thankful to the teachers that came in support- Mendi Priestas, Shannon Mignogno, Mark Adams, Sarah Sandrock, Elizabeth Yousey, and Katy Gantz.

Some Reminders and FYI:

We are excited to announce that we are going hold our first ever HSE Penguin Patch! Picture Holly Shop crossed with Scholastic Book Fair. Kids will be permitted to bring money and shop for holiday gifts for their loved ones. More information to come but, for now, we need volunteers to help kiddos shop and wrap! Please visit this HSE Penguin Patch Sign Up if you are interested.

Please view this brief video made by the students of BW in appreciation for the passage of our Bond issue. It will make you smile! BW Thank You Video

If you have leftover Halloween candy that you are looking to get out of your house… send it to HSE! We will use it in our Party Cart! 🙂

Our HSE Giving Tree will be set up by Monday 11/20. Please stop by the office to get an ornament or two or three! We will be collecting gifts for the five families we adopted up through December 13th.

Tip of the Week:

With colder weather here, please send your child to school with a warm coat AND hats and gloves. It would be great to teach them how to stuff these items into their sleeve so they don’t get lost and are easy to locate as they get bundled up to go outside. For super ease… teach them how to put the gloves in the hat and then the hat in the sleeve!

Upcoming Events:

Dec. 1- Penguin Patch Preview Day

Dec. 4-6- Penguin Patch

Dec. 7- 2nd Grade Musical @ 2:15 & 6pm

Dec. 12- Pastries with Parents (last name A-K) @ 8:00-8:30am

Dec. 13- HSE Giving Tree gifts due

Dec. 14- Pastries with Parents (last name L-Z)

Dec. 20- End of 2nd Quarter

Dec. 21- Jan. 2- No School: Winter Break


Kim. 🙂

* Thank you SO much for all those that got out to vote last Tuesday! Please read this letter of appreciation from Angie Pollock.

Message from our Superintendent

Dear Community,

Thank you for supporting the Big Walnut Local Schools with the passage of a combined bond issue and permanent improvement levy, on Tuesday, November 7.

We are so appreciative and excited to get started on the process of adding needed space to our district. It was a tremendous combined effort and a big “thank you” goes out to all our supporters and volunteers, including parents, teachers and staff. The passage of this issue is solely due to their commitment and belief in Big Walnut Schools and in our students.

Passage of the ballot issue means we can proceed with plans to build a new high school, an additional elementary school and provide much-needed improvements and repairs to the other school buildings. It also addresses concerns with safety in the schools, as updates in security will be made to existing buildings.

These funds will alleviate stress from our daily operating budget while allowing us to accommodate growth and overcrowding. Now, we can begin to look forward and to begin the work and planning for these new facilities. We will continue to keep you informed as we work through the design and construction processes.

Thank you again for supporting our students.


Angela S. Pollock


Sunbury News Staff

Information for this story is provided by the schools and Chamber.

Information for this story is provided by the schools and Chamber.