Big Walnut Local Schools news

Sunbury News Staff

Friday, Oct. 13: All BW Schools are on a two-hour delay this morning due to fog.

Superintendent answers question from the community

After the bond issue passes and the new buildings are built, will we be coming back and asking for additional operating funds?

Big Walnut High School

Student Announcement

October 10 2017

Interested in being a member of Art Society? We will have sign up and due’s collected now through the end of October. The cost to be a member is $10 and can be in cash or check made out to BWLS. Your dues may be brought down to Mrs. Maxson’s room 015 at any time. Our first meeting will be Wednesday October 25th from 2:30-3:00.(10/25)

Mount Vernon Nazarene University is offering an ACT prep class November 18th, 2017 Class Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Class Location: Mount Vernon Nazarene University | 800 Martinsburg Rd. | Mount Vernon Cost: $100/person To register call ACT Review directly at 614-834-8886 Seating is limited(13)

Athletic Information

2017 Eagle Baseball Golf Outing – Friday, October 13th @ 8:00 AM Royal American Links Golf Course

This week is National School Lunch Week. All coffee shop drinks will be $1.00. There will also be treats each day with your lunch.

Dear BWE families,

This week sure flew by! Our students were great sports and dressed each day according to the theme!

Unfortunately the weather was not in our favor for the first grade field trip to the zoo on Thursday. We rescheduled this for Thursday, October 19th. The first grade team will be sending home information. We also had to cancel the pep rally on Friday due to the weather. Thanks to all of the students and staff for being so flexible with the changes!

This week we were able to raise almost $1,000.00 for the Hurricane Relief Fundraiser. Thank you to all of you that sent in your change and a special thanks to our student council for promoting this service project!

On Wednesday we had our Leader of the Month breakfast. These students were picked because their classroom teachers view them as leaders. Congrats boys and girls! We had our brag tag celebration at lunch on Friday! Visit our Facebook page and follow us on twitter, @bigwalnutbwe to view pictures of our amazing kiddos!

We are super excited that our new Preschool/Kindergarten playground is really coming along! Thank you again to our PTO for purchasing this for us and thank you to our maintenance department for putting it together!

“It’s such a happiness when good people get together.“ – Jane Austen

With a grateful heart:

We want to our glorious parents that helped in any way to make our float and overall homecoming experience wonderful! Ken Garee for pulling the float, Laura Coulson, Kathleen Kildoo, April Pavlak, Colleen Gibson, and Whitney Hoge for helping with float decor, and all of the parents who supported HSE and BW by walking in the parade!

Some Reminders and FYI:

We are super proud of our 1st grader Vivien Streng whose art is being displayed at Central Office. Each quarter a new artist’s work will be portrayed for the community to enjoy.

Do you have voting day, Tuesday November 7th, marked on your calendar? We have Bond Issue on the ballot… make sure to get out to mark your choice!

Our Academic Advisory Council is going to be leading a community book study of Most Likely to Succeed. Please click on this link to express your interest and help us determine our next steps. Most Likely to Succeed Community Survey

Read our October PTO Minutes from our meeting last week?

Save the date for November 6th! We will be having a family night at Fun in the Jungle that has discounted prices!

Are you interested in helping make HSE beautiful? Ms. Albertson would LOVE some help to hang art around the building. Let the office or her know if you are available anytime! 🙂

Do you have academic, speech, language, emotional, or social concerns about a preschool age student? If so, please plan on bringing them to our district Child Check on October 13th at Central Office (110 Tippett Court). Call 740-965-7846 for an appointment!

Encouraged your child to partake in our monthly STEM challenge to see what they can create with a water bottle?

Tip of the Week:

Are you helping your child(ren) develop independence by requiring them to follow through on tasks and have responsibilities? Sometimes as parents we feel the need to DO for our children; however, this can be more hurtful than helpful sometimes. It is good for children to follow multi-step directions and to have responsibility. Ask them to get their own drinks at dinner or help clean up the table after dinner or put their red folder in their bag. It might not get done on your timeline and it might require multiple reminders but with time it will get better! Here’s to taking things off our plates and teaching our kids to be responsible team players!

Upcoming Events:

Oct 13- Kona Ice Reward

Oct. 19- School Board Meeting @ 6:30pm- Central Office

BWI Weekly Update

October 8, 2017

P/T Conferences

Our 2nd set of Parent-Teacher Conferences will take place on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 3-7 PM. If you would like to set up a time to meet with your child’s teachers, please contact the office at 740-965-7800.

Box Tops

Don’t forget to turn in your Box Tops by Friday, October 20th. The top collecting Homeroom will win a Donut and Juice Party, and the student who turns in the most Box Tops will win a basket full of Fidget Spinners, Slime Making Ingredients, and a Movie Theater Gift Card!


Dear Parents,

Big Walnut Schools are proud to announce that we will continue to offer Ruling our Experiences (ROX) to girls in grades 4, 6, and 8. ROX is an evidence-based female empowerment program that focuses on leadership skills, assertive communication, body image, social media, internet safety, healthy relationships, and academic success. The course will be offered during the school day, once a week for 20 weeks during lunch.

ROX is facilitated by a trained professional in a small group with 8-10 girls. If you would like your daughter to participate, please fill out the attached permission slip and return by October 9. If we have more than 10 permissions returned, girls will be selected by a lottery system and you will be notified via email or phone call that your daughter has been selected to be a ROX girl. Girls are given the opportunity to participate in ROX at no cost, which is made possible by a grant given by Women Giving Together of the Delaware County Foundation.


The ROX team

Corry Schull, BWMS School Counselor

Molly Fortune, BWIS School Counselor

Megan Duran, BWE/SOU School Psychologist

Ginna Crawford, GRE Instructional Facilitator

Hillary Pulliam, HSE School Psychologist

Megan Truax, District Nurse

Sarah Wytzka, BWIS Assistant Principal

“The world is complicated for girls. Fitting in, body image, pressure, academics, friendships and relationships are all challenging to navigate. Add to this the nuances of technology and social media and it is not surprising that girls are reporting high levels of pressure along side declining levels of self-confidence. ROX is committed to equipping all girls with the skills they need to navigate these challenges.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Walnut Intermediate School is excited to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Delaware County to offer an after-school mentor program. A volunteer from Big Walnut High School will be matched with our students providing them with one-on-one assistance and support. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity for your child, please contact our school counselor, Molly Fortune.

Book Fair

We’re back!!! It is time once again we are asking for your help to make the BWI bookfair a huge success. Last year we were able to buy over $1000 worth of books for the library as well as books for every teacher’s classroom. We would love to do that again but we need your help. Can you spare an hour or two? Our busiest times are in the morning and at lunch time. Take a look at the schedule and see if you could help us for an hour or so. Anything you can do is great!

BWI Book Fair

Bond Message from the Superintendent

Community Book Study

Last year, the Big Walnut staff read the book “Most Likely to Succeed” by Tony Wagner. This book presents an urgent call for a re-imagined American education that will equip students for the realities of our 21st-Century society and economy. We used this book as a springboard for our 2020 Vision and for conversation with our staff about what the future of education looks like in Big Walnut.

We would now like to share this book with our community! We are looking to host a coffee-chat style book study around “Most Likely to Succeed”. What does this look like? It would involve meeting with other parents and community members for about an hour 2-3 times this year, in a district school building, and having discussion around the book.

Upcoming Important Dates

October 26: Harvest Celebrations/Report Cards Go live

October 30: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8

October 31: Picture Retakes

November 1: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4-8

November 2: Parent/Teacher Conferences 8-4

Dear Souders’ Families,

I often ask students what they believe is the most important part of my job. I get some very interesting answers. The most important thing I do is look out for the safety of the students and staff at Souders. To that end, we review our safety procedures with staff and students at the beginning of each school year. We continue to review procedures throughout the year and make changes based on feedback. We have drills every month of the year. We invite first responders to be part of drills and seek their input. Safety is always on our minds. Should you have concerns, questions, or feedback, please let me know.

Thanks, Mr. Cox

Quote of The Week:

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” Dr. Seuss

Student art is displayed in our building. Alexis Irwin, Annika DeJong, Layla Edwards and Leander Shearer stand with their art which is displayed in the office.

October 6, 2017

Last year, the Big Walnut staff read the book “Most Likely to Succeed” by Tony Wagner. This book presents an urgent call for a reimagined American education that will equip students for the realities of our 21st-Century society and economy. We used this book as a springboard for our 2020 Vision.

We would now like to share this book with our community! We are looking to host a coffee-chat style book study around “Most Likely to Succeed”. What does this look like? It would involve meeting with other parents and community members for about an hour 2-3 times this year, in a district school building, and having discussion around the book.

It was a fantastic week at BWMS with our very own Student Council organizing Spirit Week. Each day had special themes topped off with an amazing Pep Rally planned and organized by our students. Special Thanks to the High School Students who joined the fun. We had senior representatives from each athletic team and the Big Walnut Drumline help with entertainment. I am so proud of our student leaders!

Also, special thanks to all of the parents who attended conferences on Thursday Night and for our PTO for providing food for our staff during this time. As always, if you have any concerns about your student’s progress, we encourage you to reach out to our staff and set up a time to meet.

What a great place to be… I am so proud of our school!


Mr. Josh Frame

We will have Advisory on Friday Oct 13th and Friday Oct 20th.

End of the 1st Quarter is Wednesday October 18th with Grades posted online in PowerSchool on October 25th at 8 AM

Hands-on Activities studying Energy in 8th Science

Relationships Under Construction in 7th Grade Science

Collaboration and Problem Solving with Technology

Hands-on Activities studying Energy in 8th Science

Relationships Under Construction in 7th Grade Science

Collaboration and Problem Solving with Technology

Upcoming Events


18 End 1st quarter

18 Athletic Awards, 6:00pm

19 BWMS PTO Meeting

25 Flu Clinic @ BWMS

25 Report Cards Posted 8am

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

Our Academic Advisory Council is going to be leading a community book study of Most Likely to Succeed. We will use the following survey to determine logistics of the book study.

High School Highlights

Weekly Updates from Big Walnut High School

October 6, 2017

Happy Homecoming!

BWHS was filled with excitement this week as we geared up for fall homecoming. Dress-up days were a success, hallway decorating was outstanding and the pep rally got everyone excited for the game.

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.

Seniors make the most noise!

2017 Fall Homecoming Court

Maddy Watters and Garrison (Scooter) Frisch (Freshmen); Jonny Gartner and Julia Wood (Juniors) and Cohen Andreini and Aubrey Koon (Sophomores); Jacob Troyer, Tori Buxton, Shane Swartzentruber, Aaliyah Mabe, Luke Melvin and Becca Bogantz (Seniors)

BWLSD on the Ballot in November

Our district superintendent, Mrs. Pollock, has a new video that answers some questions she has received about the upcoming bond issue. Please take just a moment to watch this video.

For more information about the upcoming bond issue for our schools, please read the attached article, “Important BW Ballot Issue Includes Phase-In of Bond Issue”, check out the information posted on our district website, or watch this previous video with some information and updates on our November ballot issue.

If you have any questions about the upcoming issue, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs. Pollock at our district’s central office.

Yearbooks for 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.

Academic Booster Fundraisers

Our Academic Boosters do an outstanding job of supporting our staff and students at the high school level. This group sponsors our “Evening of Excellence” as well as the student recognition boards in the main hallway. Additionally, they help recognize our staff during “staff appreciation week” in the spring.

Currently, the group is sponsoring two different fundraisers to help with the cost of these things. The first is a pie sale through Der Dutchman. Pies can be ordered through October 31 and will be delivered to the high school the Monday before Thanksgiving. See the attached for a cover letter with important information and a printable order form.

The second is a raffle that will be conducted at the last home football game on Friday, October 27.

Community Book Study

Big Walnut Local School’s Academic Advisory Council will be leading a community book study of the book, Most Likely to Succeed, by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith. The attached survey will be used to determine the logistics of the book study. Please fill this out if you are interested in more information.

Hurricane Relief

Congratulations to the BWHS Student Council and student body for raising over $5000 for Hurricane Relief! Student Council challenged students to bring in change to their 2nd period classes to see if BWHS could raise $5000 in a week and we did it! Great job Eagles!

Upcoming Athletic Highlights

Big Walnut Athletic Wall of Fame

Ceremony Friday, October 13th – Prior to the football game

1st Ever Big Walnut Athletic Wall of Fame Dinner

Saturday, October 14th 6 pm BWMS

Please RSVP:

Military Night at the BWHS Football Game

Friday, October 13th

All veterans will be admitted free with an ID or in uniform.

Updates from the School Counseling Office

End of First Quarter:

The first quarter will end on Wednesday, October 18. First term grade cards will be available on Friday, October 27.

Sophomore Presentation from the DACC:

The Delaware Area Career Center was here on Thursday (see below) to present to sophomores about the offerings they provide to students. All sophomores will visit the career center on November 21 to see if it is the right choice for them. Ask your sophomore about this week’s presentation.

College and Career Readiness Presentation:

The School Counseling office will be sponsoring a college and career readiness presentation during our next evening of Parent-Teacher conferences on Thursday, October 26 at 6:00. The presentation will be held in the auditorium.


All sophomores will be taking the Pre-ACT in November as preparation for taking the ACT their junior year. Parents will be provided with a detailed score report after testing so they are aware of how their son or daughter performed on the test.

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


Upcoming Events at BWHS

October 18: End of First Quarter

October 19: BWLSD Board Meeting 6:30

October 23: Powder Puff Game

October 24, 25, 26: Challenge Day

October 26: Parent-Teacher Conferences 4:00-7:30

October 26: College and Career Readiness Presentation 6:00 (auditorium)

October 26: Drug Presentation 7:00 (auditorium)

October 27: Grade Cards Available

October 30: Jostens Presentation to Sophomore and Senior Classes (Class Rings and Graduation Products)

The Pulsera Project is here at Big Walnut High School! In Spanish, “Pulsera” means bracelet; and to many Nicaraguan families, it’s their only source of income. These artists hand-weave their Pulseras and sell them to the project to be sold all across the United States. By purchasing one of these bracelets, you can look fashionable and help a developing community in need. The bracelets are $5 each and will be sold during all lunch periods. See Profe Zimmer for more details.

Sunbury News Staff