New Alumni Hall of Famers

Big Walnut headlines

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The rock in front of BWHS says RIP Cody (front) and We’ll Miss You (shown) in memory of Cody Segner.

The rock in front of BWHS says RIP Cody (front) and We’ll Miss You (shown) in memory of Cody Segner.

Big Walnut Local School District

  • The BWLSD State of the Schools Facebook Live event was a great success. BWLSD featured many important topics you’ll want to hear about! Take some time to pull up the videos at the BWLSD Facebook Site and see all the great things going on in Big Walnut.
  • The Board of Education held a special meeting on Nov. 17.
  • There was a 2-Hour Delay for Big Walnut Local School District on Thursday, November 15, due to icy conditions.
  • According to the district’s website, “While Big Walnut is required to comply on all state achievement tests, we subscribe to our own assessment philosophy otherwise. Big Walnut Philosophy of Assessment: The ultimate purpose of assessment is to drive personalized instruction that meets the needs of all learners. Assessments should be student-focused, purposeful, current, effective, and standards-based. Assessments should provide reliable data that is timely and relevant to grade level skills and standards. Assessments should be ongoing in order to determine growth over time. Assessments should be aligned across buildings/departments whenever possible in order to provide consistency in instruction, intervention, and professional development for staff.”

Big Walnut High School

  • In honor of the 100th anniversary of Veterans’ Day, the Leo Club organized a donation drive to support local veterans.
  • In memory of Cody Segner, students at DACC will be selling bracelets in the main office. All funds will be donated to the Segner family. If you would like to purchase a bracelet, the cost is $1. Mrs. Mahle will have them at her desk.
  • Reminder to students to check the lost and found in the atrium. Items that are not claimed will be donated to Big Walnut Friends Who Share. For lost keys, phones, wallets, etc. those items will be in the main office.
  • The Drama Department’s production of “Lend Me a Tenor!” took place on Thursday November 15, Friday November 16, and Saturday November 17.
  • The entire sophomore class visited the DACC (Delaware Area Career Center) on Tuesday, November 20. This visit is an opportunity for all sophomores to see what options are available to them for their junior and senior year and decide if applying to the DACC is the right choice for them.
  • Ten BWHS choir members participated in the annual OCC Choir event at Otterbein University. This event brought 250 students together from 32 different schools to rehearse and then perform a concert in the evening. For the evening performance, there were 5 solos awarded to students and 2 of those solos went to BWHS seniors Erica Carper and Marissa Rak.
  • Earlier this year, several of our own BWHS students traveled to East High School in Columbus as part of a cultural exchange program surrounding the release of Wil Haygood’s new book, Tigerland. 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. On Friday, students from East High visited BWHS and shadowed our students for the morning as part of the second half of this cultural exchange.
  • Save the Date Friday, 12/14/18 EAGLE MADNESS more information coming soon!

BWHS Alumni Hall of Fame Luncheon

The BWHS Principal’s Leadership Team held its fourth annual Alumni Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon on Monday. This year’s inductees were Suzanne Link Allen, Class of 1955 and Donna Evans, Class of 1964. The Alumni Hall of Fame was created by the PLT to honor our past alumni and preserve the strong traditions and history of Big Walnut.

  • Suzanne Link Allen graduated from BWHS in 1955. She has been a 4H advisor for over 50 years. She is very involved with the Big Walnut Area Historical Society and serves as a docent at the Myers Inn Museum. Suzanne made a project to honor the graves of veterans in all local cemeteries. She has written ten books and contributed to many others. She was also a teacher at BWMS from 1978 until 2003.
  • Donna (Fling) Evans was in the BWHS class of 1964. She organizes the 4th of July Parade, the Sunbury Cruise-In, and is the former Rotary Club President. She hosts a quarterly free luncheon for military veterans. She has been named the United Way Volunteer of the Year. The American Legion, VFW and Delaware County Veterans have all recognized her with their highest volunteer awards. In addition, she has been the Grand Marshal twice for Christmas on the Square and for Sunbury Fourth of July.

Big Walnut Middle School

  • Principal Josh Frame wrote, “Big Walnut Middle School is excited to host the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Breakfast on Friday 11-16-18 at 8:45 AM. This recognition event is open to the community and you can sign up your veteran and guests Here. Students will have the opportunity to sit and enjoy a breakfast and ceremony with their Veteran. We look to build off of last years inaugural event and make this year even better.”
  • BWMS was honored to host over 75 local Heroes today at our 2nd Annual BWMS Veteran’s Day Breakfast. Organized by student and staff leaders, over 300 students help create decorations, invitations, and artwork to support the event as well as the entire school assisted with the clap out of our honored guests. I wish to share special thanks to our CBI students, local Scouts, Student Leadership Council, Staff leaders and many Community Partners for serving such a vital role in the preparation and execution of such an event.
  • The SOARing Staff Award and used to recognize a Big Walnut Middle School Staff Member who goes above and beyond to support the mission of BWLS to inspire and guide each student to his or her maximum potential.

Big Walnut Intermediate

“We spent some time in a recent admin meeting talking about a new strategic plan being developed by the Ohio Department of Education. The admin team was excited to see the state is developing a plan which has strong correlation to our district vision (Personalize, Engage, & Grow). The state rolling out this plan validates the hard work being done by the Big Walnut Local School district and your child’s teachers.”

  • Outside Recess — Reminder that we go outside if the temperature is above 25 degrees with windchill. Please remind your student to bring a coat to school and wear it at recess.
  • Arrival — Students are allowed in the building at 7:30 a.m. in the mornings. This is the approximate time the buses release students and determines when we have teachers on duty supervising our students.

Big Walnut Elementary

  • On Wednesday after the Children’s Theater our PTO did a Read-a-thon kick off where they explained all of the exciting details on this event. Look for a Read-a-thon envelope coming home soon. We are hoping to surpass our goal last year and raise enough money to earn a DANCE PARTY!
  • All Pro Dad’s was Friday, November 16th in the cafeteria.
  • The Lost and Found is growing by the day. Next time you are at BWE, please make sure to check it out. Also, ask your student if he/she has anything that is missing. Anything left over Thanksgiving break will be donated!
  • At the Nov. 15 Board of Education meeting, BWE had a presentation and two students were recognized: Hayden Krous, BWE Student of the Month; Silas Stewart, BWE Art Student of the Month.

General Rosecrans Elementary

  • “As we look to the week ahead, we have much to be thankful for,” wrote Principal Kate Thoma. “We will continue our Canned Food Drive through Thursday. We will also kick off our Book Fair. Proceeds from the Book Fair go towards purchasing more books for our school. This past year we were able to purchase new picture books that were given to teachers to share in their classrooms. Teachers often spend their own money putting together classroom libraries, and supporting our Book Fair or purchasing a book for their classroom, is a great way to get new, current books in the hands of our learners. If you can’t make it, feel free to shop online. If you have some time to spare and can spend a few hours with us, volunteer.”
  • This past week it was reported to the school that some families are dropping their kids off on Heartland Meadows Drive and/or S. Miller Drive and students are crossing the street to get to school. This is not a safe practice and puts our students at risk! If you are dropping your child off and you can not wait in line, consider parking at the back of the lot and walking your child up to the school. We will be monitoring our arrival and dismissal loops to ensure that this practice stops immediately. Let’s all do our part to keep our kids safe!

Harrison Street Elementary

“Our Veteran’s Day ceremony was beautiful,” wrote Principal Kim Castiglione. “Our kids did such a fantastic job honoring them and were so respectful. One parent said “you must have threatened them good!” and I replied, “No, that’s just who we are. Our kids know the importance of respect and show it well.” I was proud to give my response.

“HSE would like to thank Mrs. Bridge for conducting such a phenomenal Veteran’s Day Ceremony. We would also like to thank our Veterans Day Committee, which includes teachers and parents, for the thoughtful planning and decorating of HSE. We are also thankful to Mrs. Priestas and her class for doing a wonderful job showcasing flexible seating on FB Live for our district State of the Schools.”

Hylen Souders Elementary

The school year continues to move along,” wrote Principal Matt Cox. “It’s hard to believe we are 55 (give or take a few) days into the school year. Several classes celebrated the 50th day of class recently.”

First grade students visit the Sunbury Community Library once a month to check out books and learn about content related to what they are learning in the classroom. The students have the opportunity to check out books that get them excited about reading! They also learn the process of searching for a book’s location in the library. During the November visit, the students learned about the history of Thanksgiving. Our school is thankful for these library trips and the learning that happens during these visits!

The rock in front of BWHS says RIP Cody (front) and We’ll Miss You (shown) in memory of Cody Segner. rock in front of BWHS says RIP Cody (front) and We’ll Miss You (shown) in memory of Cody Segner.
Big Walnut headlines

Compiled by Gary Budzak

Information for this story was provided by the Big Walnut Local School District.

Information for this story was provided by the Big Walnut Local School District.