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THS Enews 10/1/21

Posted on: October 1, 2021

 TALAWANDA HIGH SCHOOL E News- October 1, 2021


Dear Parents,


ENews this week includes a bulletin from the Ohio Department of Education about TIK TOK and a new challenge that is potentially out there. Please be aware. We are sincerely hoping this does not happen. Students need to understand that we will implement the strictest discipline possible and refer students to Juvenile Court. Tik Tok challenges have been pervasive here and around the Nation this Fall. We do have Jr. and Sr. leaders who are helping to mentor and lead by example. We are fortunate to have these mature, student leaders lending their support and voice.


Tom York

Principal, Talawanda High School

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Situational Awareness Bulletin: October TikTok Challenge

The Ohio School Safety Center (OSSC) has learned of a new October social media challenge that impacts Ohio schools and, specifically, staff and educators. 

Some TikTok users have devised a monthly list that includes various pranks or “challenges” to take place at school. For example, in recent weeks, there have been incidents of school vandalism as part of the "devious lick" challenge.

The published challenge for the month of October asks students to “Slap a Teacher."

The challenge encourages students to slap a teacher or staff member and run before being caught committing the assault. The incident must be also be filmed or the challenge does not “count.” 

Some open-source media states that TikTok is addressing these trends by deleting and blocking the names of users associated with the challenges. It is being reported that TikTok is now directing associated hashtags to its Community Guidelines page. However, these videos can still be found on this platform by using variations of these terms or misspellings. 

Several school administrators are working to inform parents of this new and upcoming trend and are speaking with students about the potential repercussions that could result if they participate. We recommend sharing this information and a copy of your school’s code of conduct with your staff, students, and parents.



  • The next Best Buddies meeting will be held on Thursday, October 14 immediately after school in room 316.  We will play several fall themed games and have a snack.  New members are always welcome to join us! Please email Mrs. Sammons at with any questions.


  • Talawanda High School has partnered with Torch Prep, an innovative test prep program, to offer our students a free practice ACT test.  This test will be given on November 6th from 8am-12pm at THS.  Please go here to register.  Cost is $7.


  • Hello Senior Parents!  The senior portraits are due to the yearbook by March 6, 2022.  Please follow common sense guidelines when giving us pictures and submit your picture in portrait format not horizontal/landscape.  In order to turn them in, follow these simple steps.

  1.  Choose the photo(s) you’d like for consideration in the yearbook.

  2.  Click on this link-

  3.  Upload your photo.

  4. Fill in your child’s name and enter important information and description.


THAT’S IT!!!!  You are all done.  If we have any problems with images, we will reach out to you by email.  Let me know if you have any questions as well by emailing

  • Bystander Intervention Training, Thursday, October7, 6:30-7:30pm

Learn how to be an effective bystander in the midst of public-space harassment with this virtual training from the nationally-renowned organization Hollaback.  This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the Oxford Community Foundation.  Ages 18-up virtual zoom presentation.  Oxford Lane

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 THS Calendar of Events-10/3/21-10/9/21


Sunday, October 3rd

No events scheduled.


Monday, October 4th  

5:00-7pm Mock Trial Practice, Room 417


Tuesday, October 5th

2:50-3:30pm Talawanda Tribune, Room 417

6-9pm Marston, Band and Choir Room


Wednesday, October 6th

5:00-7:00pm Mock Trial Practice, Room 417

7:00pm Athletic Boosters Mtg., Media Center


Thursday, October 7th

No Events Scheduled


Friday, October 8th 

3-5pm Football Meal, Cafeteria

4:30-7pm Marston, PAC


Saturday, October 9th

No Events Scheduled