Worthington Hills Elementary School

Absolute Excellence - Exponential Impact

  • Joe Jude
    Laura Brown
    School Hours:
    8:15 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
    A.M. Kindergarten
    8:15 a.m.  - 11:05 a.m.
    (614) 450-4700
    Fax (614) 883-3410 

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  • 2015 - 2016 Worthington Hills Continuous Improvement Plan


    CIP Summary Sheet

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    September 25, 2015


    We had our first WHE Connect assembly this afternoon!  We meet together as a school community once each month, usually on the last Friday.  At the WHE Connect assemblies we sing the school song, celebrate the accomplishments of our students, and share what is happening in the school. One or two grades share what they are learning, and all of the students who earned a Hawkeye Award during the month are honored.

    This year we are lucky to have two student bands here to perform during our assemblies. Under Oakview played at our Back to School assembly, and Neon Hills played this afternoon. The WHE Connect assemblies are always a good time to remember that "We are Worthington Hills!"



    Immunization Clinic to be held at McCord Middle School! 

    Columbus Public Health is sponsoring an immunization clinic at McCord Middle School next Wednesday, September 30th from 3:00-6:15 p.m.  This clinic is open to all Worthington Residents.  If you have a child who is need of any immunizations, this is a perfect opportunity. 

    Attention 6 grade parents:  If your child has turned 10, they are eligible to receive the Tdap vaccine that is REQUIRED by the Ohio Department of Health to start 7th gr.  This is a great chance to get a head start and get the required vaccine at a clinic close to home. 

    Any current kindergarten student who may be missing immunizations, any students new to Ohio who are missing immunizations, or 7th grade student who is not up to date with the required Tdap, are encouraged to visit this clinic. 

    Please provide a copy of the updated immunization record to your school nurse after receiving any vaccines. 

    Author Visit Book Sale: Dr. John Becker

    This coming Tuesday, September 29, 2015, is the last day to turn in book order forms.  Our author will present the students with their books on October 7, which is the day of his visit.  Check or cash is accepted.  Checks should be made out to the author, Dr. John Becker, and cash must be exact.  Please email Mrs. Steele  mailto:lsteele@wscloud.org with questions.

    One Leg at a Time Merchandise

    Don't forget to order soon!!!

    Every other Wednesday, students and staff at Worthington Hills Elementary School who wish to support the One Leg at a Time Program wear green and black.  Many choose to wear their OLAAT merchandise, which helps to provide student scholarships.  As to date, $4000 has been given to students within our district.  If you wish to order, go to http://onelegatatime.org/.  Now through September 30, 2015 shipping is FREE!  Enter the coupon codeworthingtonfreeshipping.  Make sure you include your home school and merchandise will be delivered within 2-3 weeks.   If you have any questions, please contact Lori Steele at 614-450-4700 or mailto:lsteele@wscloud.org.

     It's time for the  Warrior Run! 

    When: October 2, 2015

    Event Start and End Time: 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

    Where: Granby Elementary School, 1490 Hard Rd. Columbus, OH

    Registration Information

    This event is FREE to all students, staff, and families of Worthington City Schools! Visit our website at www.worthingtonwellnesswarriors.com.

    New This Year: Due the rapid growth of this event, we have made some changes to keep our event free and with a focus on our elementary students.

    Important changes to note this year are:

    • PARTICIPANTS MUST REGISTER ONLINE ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 1st at http://www.planetreg.com/E82412938131330 .  

    Participation is limited to the first 1,000 who register, so don't wait!  If you have any questions, please contact me at  mailto:chenderson@wscloud.org

    Thank you. 

    from Mr. Henderson


    WHES' NEW Spirit Wear clothing is available to order online:   http://www.whes.callardcostore.com/  Shipping is FREE!  Check it out!

    Friday, October 2
    Collection envelopes went home last Friday for our ONE big fundraiser for the year:  WHES Walk-a-thon 2015!!!!  
    Cash or checks should be made payable to WHES PTA.  
    The PTA depends on this event to generate 75% of our annual revenue; our goal is $22,500 this year!  100% of these dollars will go directly back to the school this year to fund programs such as:
    • Artist/Author visits
    • Musical & Play Production expenses
    • COSI on wheels
    • Science Fair expenses
    • Reflections Art program
    • school grounds maintenance & improvements
    • last day Supergames
    • 6th grade camp
    • 5th grade Biztown
    • Kindergarten Dark Night

    as well as to supplement school technology & materials purchases. 

    Student Rewards 
    • Everyone receives a participation gift
    • Every $50 raised results in an entry into a drawing for a $100 gift card within their grade; card will be from vendor of student's choice
    • Every $100 raised results in an entry into a drawing to be Principal For A Day (3 winners to be selected)
    • Every $250 raised results in a limo ride & group lunch at the Rusty Bucket!!!
    Please thank our event coordinators and contact them with any questions: 

    Krystal Morin  -  krystlenieto@yahoo.com 
    Jennifer Baringhaus  -  jenniferbaringhaus@hotmail.com 
    Jen Secrest  -  jennann333@yahoo.com

    Does your child LOVE the arts?  It's time for the  Reflections Arts Program again! 

    If your child would like to participate in the National PTA's Reflections Program, themed: "Let Your Imagination Fly", he/she can choreograph a dance, produce a film, write a poem or story, compose a song, take a photograph, or create a piece of visual art at home and describe how his/her interpretation of the theme.

    Submission packets are available in the front office, from the related arts teachers and online at:  http://www.ohiopta.org/PROGRAMS.aspx. The packets at school contain a submission guideline page on the first page of the packet to help him/her to be thorough in completing his/her submission.  Fill out ALL areas of the entry form and read all directions carefully. Submissions that do not follow guidelines will be disqualified. 

    Mrs. Steele, Ms. Koontz, and Mrs. Johansen are available to help with your child's questions and technical issues, but the project is to be worked on by the child at home.

    RACE FOR TURF 5K!!  

    The Turf Committee of the Wolves, Inc. athletic booster club is organizing a 5k run/walk event starting at Worthington Hills Elementary on Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 8:30 am, to benefit the new field turf project.  Register at   http://greenswell.com/

    Another way to help the cause is by shopping at Road Runner during the month of September. They are donating 10% of sales which are purchased by anyone affiliated with Worthington Kilbourne.  Just mention that you are with the Worthington Kilbourne Race for Turf 5k! 

    Thanks for your help!

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  • Update on release of data for Ohio's State Tests



    As you know, Ohio is switching this school year from PARCC (Pearson) math and English language arts tests to Ohio-specific tests developed by Ohio educators with the American Institutes for Research. However, Ohio will still be receiving student tests results from last year’s Pearson tests along with Ohio’s science and social studies assessments.


    On Sept. 15, the State Board of Education approved performance-level cut score recommendations and projected state-level results for Ohio’s State Tests in math and English language arts (from Pearson) and science and social studies (from AIR).

    The board took this action in accordance with state law requiring approval as part of the transition to new assessments. However, neither Pearson nor AIR is releasing district or building-level results for these tests. The test vendors will make this information available later this fall. See a projected schedule below.

    Both AIR and Pearson have worked with educators, content experts and psychometricians to recommend the most appropriate performance levels for the 2014-2015 state tests. Both vendors assembled panels to review actual test questions, and these panels included Ohio educators and experts. After reviewing the test questions, the AIR and Pearson panels recommended scores based on what students should know or be able to do at each performance level. Vendors then compiled the information and determined how many students reached each performance level. This is the information department staff will share with the State Board next week.

    After State Board approval, the test vendors will apply these performance levels to the raw test scores of Ohio students to produce district and building results, along with parent reports.

    Please note that the data the State Board will be reviewing will include only the results for online tests. Ohio schools administered about 64 percent of Ohio’s 2014-2015 state tests online. A sampling of results from paper-based tests shows that performance should not vary greatly from the online versions.


    These preliminary state test results are the first that are based on tests that fully measure student performance under Ohio’s Learning Standards, which aim to ensure that students in every tested grade are on track to succeed in college and careers. Consequently, while the percentage of students scoring proficient or higher may be lower than the rates on Ohio’s previous tests, this does not mean that the performance of our students or schools has declined. Instead, Ohio’s Learning Standards have raised expectations of the knowledge and skills students should acquire in each grade to be truly college and career ready.

    While no single test can give a complete picture of achievement, Ohio’s year-end tests, combined with student grades and teacher reports, give us important information about student progress that can improve our future instructional strategies and testing.


    Ohio will receive results for the current year’s state tests sooner than it has received last year’s results. As part of Ohio’s transition away from PARCC math and English language arts tests, Ohio lawmakers have established new deadlines for when vendors must provide test results to districts and buildings. The vendor for all of Ohio’s 2015-2016 tests, AIR, will return tests results by June 30.

    Ohio educators will be setting the performance levels for the new AIR mathematics and English language arts tests that are to be given this December. The State Board will review and conditionally approve these proposed performance levels in January 2016 and is expected to give final approval in spring 2016.


    Oct. 5 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for high schoolPARCC math and English language arts tests.

    Oct. 12 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual student results for AIR science and social studies tests.

    Oct. 26 – Districts receive an electronic data file with individual students’ scores for grades 3-8math and English language arts tests.

    Early November – Building and district summary reports available.

    Nov. 3‒20 – PARCC Parent Score Reports for high school students arrive at district offices for distribution.

    Nov. 2‒30 – AIR Parent Score Reports for science and social studies arrive at districts for distribution.

    Nov. 30‒Jan. 9 – Parent Score Reports for grades 3-8 math and English language arts tests arrive at district offices for distribution.

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  • State Board Sets State Percentages for 2015 Ohio School Report Card


    At its September 2015 meeting, the State Board of Education reviewed the necessary percent of students scoring proficient or higher on each state test for the Indicators Met measure on the 2015 Ohio School Report Card.

    The board decided to maintain the 80 percent for tests established before the 2014-2015 school year. These tests include the Ohio Achievement Assessment in third grade reading and the Ohio Graduation Tests for students who took them as 10th-graders in the 2014-2015 school year. The board also maintained 85 percent for students who were in 11th grade during the 2014-2015 school year and took one or more OGTs.

    Acknowledging that 2014-2015 was the first year of new tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies, the State Board’s decision is to use the state percentage of students scoring proficient or higher for each new test.

    Below are the percentages for the 2015 Ohio School Report Card: 




    Grade 3 English language arts 80% OAA
    Grade 3 math 65% PARCC
    Grade 4 English language arts 69% PARCC
    Grade 4 math 64% PARCC
    Grade 4 social studies 70% AIR
    Grade 5 English language arts 66% PARCC
    Grade 5 math 68% PARCC
    Grade 5 science 62% AIR
    Grade 6 English language arts 68% PARCC
    Grade 6 math 67% PARCC
    Grade 6 social studies 56% AIR
    Grade 7 English language arts 68% PARCC
    Grade 7 math 67% PARCC
    Grade 8 English language arts 68% PARCC
    Grade 8 math 51% PARCC
    Grade 8 science 60% AIR
    Grade 10 English 80% OGT
    Grade 10 writing 80% OGT
    Grade 10 math 80% OGT
    Grade 10 science 80% OGT
    Grade 10 social studies 80% OGT
    Grade 11 English 85% OGT
    Grade 11 writing 85% OGT
    Grade 11 math 85% OGT
    Grade 11 science 85% OGT
    Grade 11 social studies 85% OGT
    Algebra I end-of-course exam 64% PARCC
    American history end-of-course exam 71% AIR
    American government end-of-course exam 67% AIR
    English I end-of-course exam 73% PARCC
    English II end-of-course exam 76% PARCC
    Geometry end-of-course exam 80% PARCC
    Integrated math I end-of-course exam 60% PARCC
    Integrated math II end-of-course exam 80% PARCC
    Physical science 63% AIR


    The department will publish the 2015 Ohio School Report Card in January 2016

    There will be a total of 10 A-F grades for 2014-2015. The 10 measures are under five components that will receive grades.



    Achievement Performance Index
    Indicators Met
    Gap Closing Annual Measurable Objectives
    Progress Overall
    Lowest 20% in Achievement
    Students with Disabilities
    Graduation Rate Four-year Graduation Rate
    Five-year Graduation Rate
    K-3 Literacy K-3 Literacy Improvement
    Prepared for Success Report only, no A-F grades


    Here is the A-F grade scale for the Indicators Met measure.



    A 90-100%
    B 80-89.9%
    C 70-79.9%
    D 50-69.9%
    F 0-49.9%


    Why the delay in publishing the 2015 Ohio School Report Card?

    Typically, the department issues the Ohio School Report Card in late August or early September for the previous school year. This is a one-time delay in communicating results due to the transition to new state tests in English language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Ohio will resume its typical release schedule with the 2016 Ohio School Report Card for the 2015-2016 school year.

    How does this impact my district or school?

    Recent changes in Ohio school law extend the time districts and schools have before they are accountable for all measures on the Ohio School Report Card. There will not be an overall grade for a district or school until 2018.

    A state provision called safe harbor gives schools, teachers and students more time to adjust to the new state tests. In most cases, there no longer will be consequences tied to the results of the state tests given in the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years. Additionally, teachers and principals will not use value-added ratings from state tests for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 school years as part of their evaluations or when making decisions regarding dismissal, retention, tenure or compensation unless they choose to use the data.

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