1:1 Chromebook Initiative


Starting Monday, the coffee shop will be open for breakfast and lunch. all coffees, teas, and lemonades are $1.75. Also we will be having full breakfasts starting Monday as well. Don’t forget, if you are free or reduced, you can get your breakfast free or reduced as well.

Looking for community service hours? Then join Leo Club! Our first meeting is Wednesday at 2:30- 3:00 in Ms. Thomas’s room, room 115.

Big Walnut Local School District will be on the ballot on November 7, 2017

Combined Issue: 6.60 Mill Bond Issue & 1.25 Mill P.I. Levy

The total millage for the combined ballot issue is 7.85 mills. This amount includes 6.60 mills for the bond issue and 1.25 mills for the permanent improvement levy. Based on estimated growth of property value in the community and a plan of finance that phases in the bond issue debt during four separate years, the school district does not expect the full amount of 7.85 mills to be collected early in the repayment schedule. The following are estimated millage amounts and costs per $100,000 of market value during the first few years and eventually may reach the ballot amount toward the end of the 37-year repayment.

Please check back between now and election day for additional information on our ballot issue. Please email any questions to facilitymatters@bwls.net or call 740-965-3010.

Instructional Technology

As a district, we are committed to providing our students with technology expereinces that will allow them to be successful in the real-world.

Big Walnut Philosophy of Instructional Technology

Instructional technology will be used to actively engage students, promoting personalized instruction and growth.

Instructional technology will be used as a tool to open new learning opportunities that extend into real-world application.

Instructional technology should supplement, rather than replace, human interaction and hands-on learning experiences.

As a way to provide this tool to students, we have begun implementing our 1:1 Chromebook initiative.

2016-17: All 9th – 12th grade students received a Chromebook.

2017-18: All 5th – 8th grade students will receive a Chromebook.

2019-20: A committee will convene to determine our philosophy of instructional technology at the elementary level and make a determination about devices.

High School Highlights by Andy Jados

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

August 9, 2017


Believe it or not, the doors of BWHS will open in just one week to welcome our students to the 2017-2018 school year! We are very excited to kick off another exciting and successful school year with your students. Please look over this “Back to School” edition of High School Highlights for some important news that you don’t want to miss.

Enjoy your last week of summer vacation!

Schedules for 2017-2018

Student schedules for the 2017-2018 school year are now accessible on PowerSchool. All students should be able to log-in and see this year’s schedule. Please be sure to do this before the start of school next week so your son or daughter is prepared for the first day of school.

Please note the following concerning schedule changes:

No schedule changes will be made Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of next week (August 14-16).

Students are permitted to drop an elective class to a study hall or to an available elective offered the same period. Students are also permitted to pick up an elective available during their scheduled study hall.

Students are NOT permitted to make schedule changes to change teachers, change lunch periods or change a core class.

If you have any questions, please contact the school counseling office at 740-965-2243.

Is your e-mail correct?

Please make sure you have a correct e-mail address on file with BWHS. This will ensure that you receive a link to complete our necessary back-to-school information forms for your student(s). If you need to update your e-mail address, or do not have online access, please contact our main office (740-965-3766).

Open House

Please plan to attend BWHS’ Open House on Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. This is a chance for you to meet your student’s teachers for the 2017-2018 school year and hear about the courses they are enrolled in. We strongly encourage all parents/guardians to attend.

Stay Connected with BWHS

Please make sure you are getting the latest information from BWHS by doing the following:

Have you signed up with Eagle-i? This ensures you get district e-mails, texts and all-calls.

On Facebook, like the Big Walnut High School page.

Follow @AndyJados on Twitter.

Freshmen and New Students: Eagles’ First Flight and Chromebook Distribution

Attention all freshmen and new students—our annual orientation program, Eagles’ First Flight, will be held on Tuesday, August 15. Buses will be provided and will pick your students up in the morning at the same time they would be picked up during the school year. This event will conclude around noon and then students will board their bus to return home. If your child will be riding the bus in the morning during the school year, we encourage them to ride the bus in the morning on this day as well. If you intend to drop your student off and have them ride the bus home, please be sure that they know their bus #. Freshmen and new students will be linked with upperclass mentors as they show them important areas of the school, walk them through a typical day, and share other information that will help with their transition to BWHS. We highly encourage all freshmen and new students to attend. Students will receive a t-shirt and lunch is provided. We are excited to welcome our class of 2021 and those new to the district and hope to see them all on August 15.

We have held both of our chromebook distribution days for freshmen and new students. If you missed these dates, and have yet to pick-up your chromebook, please contact the main office (740-965-3766).

Seniors: Meningitis Vaccine Reminder

We want to remind all our seniors that they are required by the State of Ohio to have their meningitis vaccination. Proof of this vaccination is needed from your health care provider and must be submitted by September 5th. Please contact Megan Truax, district nurse, with any questions or concerns (megantruax@bwls.net). Thank you!

BWMS Parent Update by Josh Frame


Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year

The faculty and staff are excited for the beginning of the new school year. We want our school to be a safe place for your student – a place to call home. We believe in our mission to inspire and guide each of our students to their maximum potential. To accomplish this task, we work hard to personalize instruction, engage students and use data to support learning.

As a school, we strive to S.O.A.R Above the Line in terms of our actions and behavior. We value Scholarship, Ownership, Awareness and Respect. When Events occur, we want our Responses to positively impact the Outcome because E + R = O

Personally, I cannot wait for you to hear from your student how much they love BWMS!

If you ever have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give us a call.


Mr. Josh Frame

Important Information to Start the Year

• Schedules have been posted Online in PowerSchool to include the student locker information.

• We invite all of our Parents and Students to our BWMS Meet & Greet on Tuesday August 15th. We will begin in the Gym at 2:00 with the introduction of all of our staff followed by an informal greeting within the respected classrooms until 3:00.

• Bus Routes are Posted Online HERE. If you have a question about your bus route, you can call Transportation at 740-965-8967

• Unfortunately, BWMS cannot provide supervision of students until 7:15 AM so we ask that parents arrange drop off schedules accordingly. At that time, all students report to the cafeteria until they are released at the first bell at 7:30 AM.

• Parent Drop Off and Pick Up should use Fairlawn Drive. This is for the safety of our students riding the buses coming in from the Cheshire Road entrance. We ask that you pull all the way down to the Orange Cone so we can drop off and pick up as many students as possible.

• All students will receive a copy of their schedule in 1st period class on Wednesday August 16th. 1st period classes will be posted in the student areas.

Stay Connected with BWMS

• Connect with Eagle-I Sign Up for e-Communication Notifications

• 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.

Upcoming Events


4 Labor Day (no school)

8 Back-to-School Dance, Time: 6:30 to 8:30

Athletic Updates

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

Our BWLS 2020 Vision

What is it? Most importantly, as Big Walnut works through their Mission and Vision, what does that look like in the short term?

This infographic explains it, this video helps provide a visual, or click here for our quality profile.

Principal – Big Walnut Middle School

777 Cheshire Road, Sunbury



Dear Souders’ Families,

August signals many things-hot weather, fall sports seasons and the start of school. While we still have a few weeks of summer remaining, the first day of school will be here soon. It is never too early to start to get ready. I would encourage students to start to get into the school routine before school actually begins. Even as principal, I find the summer routine is a much easier adjustment than the school routine!

Parents are our partners in ensuring student success. To build this partnership, we will provide timely information through the district and building websites. We publish a newsletter that is available electronically. Should you desire a paper copy of the newsletter, just contact the office. The newsletter contains important dates and upcoming events as well as news from our classrooms. We also use a parent notification system that allows us to send messages to our entire building, smaller groups of students (for example, one grade level or students on bus 12), or staff. Please ensure your contact information is current to ensure you do not miss important information. Also, please mark your calendar for important back to school dates.

I look forward to working with you. Please contact me with any questions or concerns. My office telephone number is 740 965-3200 and my school email address is mattcox@bwls.net.

Thank you,

Mr. Cox, Principal

School Expenses

* School Fees this year to $55/year

* Full Day Kindergarten Tuition: $175/month

* Preschool Tuition: $165/month

* Breakfast Cost: Full Price- $1.25 Reduced Price- $.30

* Lunch Cost: Full Price- $2.50 Reduced Price- $.40

Quote of The Month:

Character is doing the right thing, winning those battles in your heart and mind between what you want to do and what you should do.

James C. Hunter in The Servant

Cafeteria Staff

Mary Ann Heiden, Patty Sena, Tawnie Antill

Classroom Teachers

Preschool-Awny Kingsley, teacher and Meg Petty, aide

Kindergarten-Mandy Bailey, Anna Norton, and Maria Tarney

1st Grade-Kaylee Hewitt, Stephen Kreiner, and Karlee Cannell

2nd Grade-Melanie Gathers, Pam Tribble, and Kelly Wildermuth

3rd Grade-Lisa Andrews, Kristina Collins, and Amy Kessler

4th Grade-Penny Desormeaux, Amanda Statler, and Matt Wilson


Matt Smith, Josh Hall

Head Start

Sara Erwin

Intervention Specialists

Jenn Waszil, Marie Beck


Blanda Lynam

Office Staff

Chris Wolfe- Secretary

Tiffany VonAlmen- Clerical Assistant

Katie Grijak- Instructional Facilitator

Matt Cox- Principal

School Psychologists

Megan Duran, Hillary Pulliam


Justin Heck- Music, Chris Epstein- Art, Jordan Blosser- STEM, Scottie Hefner- PE

Support Staff

Katie Yaeger- Gifted

Heidi Curtin- Tutor

Katrina Jacobson- Tutor

Rebecca Hawk-Tutor

Laura Gallo-Educational Aide

Christie Johnson-Stuber-Occupational Therapist

Leslie Shryock-Physical Therapist

Deanna McCauley-Speech/Language Pathologist

Upcoming Important Dates:

September 4:

Labor Day-No School

September 7:

Doughnuts with Dad

September 8:

PTO Fall Fundraiser Kick Off

September 18:

Curriculum Day-No School

Back to School Tips

1. Start setting the routine at least one week before school.

2. Set expectations.

3. Mark important school events on calendar.

4. Update important contact information.

5. Reach out to school staff about any needs or concerns.

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Staff Report

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