Big Walnut Local news briefs

The Big Walnut High School marching is shown performing selections from Les Miserables, its competition show, Oct. 12 at New Albany. The band received an excellent rating at Teays Valley, and performed last weekend at Thomas Worthington.

The Big Walnut High School marching is shown performing selections from Les Miserables, its competition show, Oct. 12 at New Albany. The band received an excellent rating at Teays Valley, and performed last weekend at Thomas Worthington.

Big Walnut Local School District

“This year, our State of the Schools Event will be done a little differently. Rather than the evening program we have had in past years, this year’s event will be done through Facebook Live. Please join us on November 8 throughout the day! If you are unable to watch during the day, the event will be recorded and posted so you are able to watch at a later time.”

“Looking for a fun part time job? Big Walnut Schools Food Service Dept is looking for energetic and fun loving individuals to work in our Café’s. We are currently hiring a 2.5 hour position at General Rosecrans ES, and a 2.00 hour position at BW High School. We are also in need of Food Service Substitutes. Please apply on the District’s website at by going to the Food Service link.”

“Are you looking for a way that you can make a positive impact in Big Walnut Schools? The district is in high need of substitute bus drivers. If interested, please visit the job posting at Free training will be provided to help eligible candidates meet license requirements. If you have any questions about substitute driving, please contact Ron McClure at 740-965-8967.”

“Interested in becoming a classroom substitute? We would love to see many of our community members in our classrooms, helping students in these vital roles. The Big Walnut Local Schools fills our substitute needs for both teaching and non-teaching/educational aide subs through the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio (ESCCO). Applications and information can be found by accessing the ESCCO website at You can also call 614-445-3750, with questions about the application process.”

Big Walnut High School

Principal Andy Jados writes, “Eighteen of our students traveled to Columbus East High School to participate in a workshop with author Wil Haygood. Haygood’s new book, Tigerland, tells the story of Columbus East H.S. in 1968 and the two state championships (basketball and baseball) that brought the community together in the midst of a tumultuous year in American History. Our students had an opportunity to hear Haygood speak and then participate in a workshop with him as well as students from Columbus East. Later this fall, students from East will visit Big Walnut in this cultural exchange experience.”

“The Freshman Challenge Day program helps students learn to connect through a day-long, interactive workshop that inspires teens to live and study in an encouraging environment of acceptance and respect for each other. We have been bringing Challenge Day to our freshman class for the last 10 years and have seen great results in the way our students treat each other. This year the freshmen attended Challenge Day on either October 16, 17, or 18. Freshmen reported to school and then were bused to the Sunbury United Methodist Church for the day.”

Semifinalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program include Zachary S. Greiser from BWHS.

Big Walnut Middle School

Principal Josh Frame writes, “At conferences, we have been asking Parents to write their student a Letter of Encouragement for BWMS to give to a student on a tough day. We got the idea from a community supporter of our schools who shared this Article and Video. If you are not attending conferences, we would still love for you to submit a Letter of Encouragement to your student by dropping it off in the middle school office or mailing it to the attention of Kelly Mazzi.”

“Special Thanks to Mrs. Crawford, Student Council and Art Club for the construction of one of the best Homecoming Floats I have seen. It is great to see our kids show such excitement and enthusiasm for the greater Big Walnut Community and take Ownership of our School. So many smiles and Eagle Pride. It is great to be a Big Walnut Golden Eagle!”

Big Walnut Intermediate

“You’re probably aware that we experienced a “Stay in Place” lockdown on Thursday (Oct. 4) due to a written threat. As Superintendent Angie Pollock said in her messages to the community, “We take any threat or attempt to incite panic seriously…. Keeping our schools safe is up to all of us so, as always, if you or someone else hears or knows something contact school administration or make an anonymous report by calling or texting our Safer Schools Ohio hotline at 1-844-SAFEROH.”

All Schools

“Our schools continually strive to maintain a safe, respectful, and welcoming learning environment for our students. With that in mind, it is important to remind our community that there are limitations to having animals on school property. Board Policy 8390 outlines permissions only to include animals being used for an educational purpose, which are prior approved by building administration, and certified service animals, in accordance with Federal and State law. Please help us maintain a safe environment by leaving family pets at home when attending school functions, athletic events, or visiting a school. Thank you for your cooperation.”

Big Walnut Elementary

Principal Annie Clark writes, “Our Student Council is collecting loose change to go toward Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Souders Elementary is also collecting money and the school that collects the most will win a trophy! The contest goes until October 12th. Student Council will continue to collect markers through the first semester.

“Today all of the staff will met with their Sunshine Squads in the morning. This month we are focusing on the first R Factor: Press Pause! This is the the first R factor (response) that we will focus on this year in the E+R=O (event + response = outcome). In our groups we will be discussing how to stop and think by pressing pause. To press pause means taking time to think before you respond. Ths is a vital step in being more intentional about what you are doing in any given situation.”

General Rosecrans Elementary

Principal Kate Thoma writes, “Last week was a packed week of learning! I saw so many amazing things happening around the building. All of which was topped off with our second meeting in our Eagle’s Nest. This month we are learning all about “Being a Safe Decision Maker”. During our Nest time, students heard the story “What if Everybody Did That?” before working in pairs to create their own example of, “What if Everybody Did That?” to create a Nest book. We also shared a video created by our Kindergarten team showcasing what unsafe decisions looked like. The students loved seeing their teachers be silly and funny in the video.”

Harrison Street Elementary

Principal Kim Castiglione writes, “Preschool did all things pumpkins! They had such a great time at Hidden Creek Pumpkin Farm! They also enjoyed carving a pumpkin, counting pumpkin seeds, and measuring a pumpkin. The trip to the firetruck and smokehouse was also a hit.

“Kindergarten talked and talked about fire safety. They learned how to stop, drop, and roll and who to call in an emergency (ask them who!-they should say 911-ha!). They also practiced crawling out of a burning building and testing the door for heat on the other side. Squiggle writing started this week where they turn a squiggle line into a drawing and then write about it. So exciting!

“1st Grade brainstormed ideas that are close to their heart (ask them what they wrote) and also wrote about fire safety rules and how to stop, drop and roll. They graphed and graphed and graphed in multiple ways and learned how to tap out the sounds in words.

“2nd Grade learned about the glued sounds in Fundations (ask them what these are!), enjoyed reading the Hog Mollies books with the BW tennis players, did an author’s purpose activity on seesaw, and shared their family meeting place in the event of a fire.

“3rd Grade continued writing good paragraphs by sharing their opinion on a topic (ask them what their opinion was!) and some read their avatar paragraphs on seesaw. They also wrote about character traits and learned high level vocab words from the book Pinduli, learned multiplication songs as they embark on learning multiplication, and played Time Bump.

“4th Grade worked together in teams to spend as much of their $25 allowance at an outing to the movie theater (ask them how much they had left over!), read the story Once Upon a Dude on a Motorcycle, compared and contrasted stories, practiced vocab words, and started creating a story with a problem and solution.”

Hylen Souders Elementary

Principal Matt Cox writes, “Our intervention team continues to make Hylen Souders a better place. These fabulous teachers are working with the students in small groups, in the classroom, co-teaching, and collaborating with teachers. These amazing ladies are inspiring and guiding everyday, helping Big Walnut meet the 2020 vision! Meet Miss Hawk, Mrs. Curtin, Mrs. Frissora, Mrs. Gallo, Mrs. Waszil, and Mrs. Beck.”

”Hylen Souders Elementary is excited to announce that it will continue to offer ROX (Ruling Our eXperiences) which is a small group opportunity for girls to come together to explore some of the big issues impacting girls today like confidence, developing healthy friendships, body image and media pressure, dealing with stress, and violence prevention. Please look for a purple permission form that is coming home if your daughter would like to participate. Space is limited to 10, 4th grade girls and spots fill up fast! This is a FREE program and girls will meet with their facilitator, Megan Duran, School Psychologist, once a week during their lunch time. Please call Mrs. Duran with any other questions 740-965-8966 or go to for more information.

The Big Walnut High School marching is shown performing selections from Les Miserables, its competition show, Oct. 12 at New Albany. The band received an excellent rating at Teays Valley, and performed last weekend at Thomas Worthington. Big Walnut High School marching is shown performing selections from Les Miserables, its competition show, Oct. 12 at New Albany. The band received an excellent rating at Teays Valley, and performed last weekend at Thomas Worthington.