February 14, 2020
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Upcoming Events
February 17, 2020 NO SCHOOL, President's Day.
February 18, 2020 — Kings Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m., KEC.
March 30- April 3, 2020 NO SCHOOL, SPRING BREAK .

More event information can be found at: http://kingslocal.tandemcal.com/index.php
There is NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 17 in observance of President's Day. Enjoy your long weekend!
Kings is Back on the Ballot
How to calculate the cost of the upcoming bond issue

The March 17, 2020 Primary Election ballot will include Issue 8, Kings Local Schools 4.7 mill bond issue to fund the District's Facility Master Plan.

The cost to the Homeowner and Business Owner is approximately $13.75 per month for every $100,000 of true property value. To understand how much the district’s 4.7-mill bond levy might cost your household, you will need to know your home’s  true  value as determined by your county auditor. Visit the  Warren County Auditor’s page . You can find information on your property by name or address. See the video below that gives an overview of bond issue cost.

For more information about the Facilities Master Plan, the 2020 bond, and voting information visit www.kingsfacilities.org .
An Update from the Treasurer's Office
with Kings Treasurer & CFO, Cary Furniss
We strive to be excellent stewards of the financial investment our taxpayers make in our District

The Kings Local School District made a commitment during the 2016 operating levy campaign to make the levy last at least 3 years. Currently, the levy is in its 4th year and is working towards extending it for a 5th year between requests. 

Several initiatives have been undertaken to stretch the levy that are not obvious, in an effort to reduce costs without impacting services. Here is a list of those initiatives and the annual savings.

  • Increased the employee portion of administrators health insurance - $67,000 savings
  • Re-bid dental insurance contract and moved coverage to a new provider - $49,271 savings
  • Bid the electric and natural gas supply contract resulting in an annual savings of $37,619
  • Refinanced a portion of the outstanding bonds from 1994, 1997, and 2007, resulting in a one-time savings of $1.555 million dollars.

Additionally, the District has taken steps to have it's available cash work harder along with slightly better investment returns. The District has increased investment income from $4,108 in 2016 to $452,751 in 2019.  

Thank you to Mr. Furniss for his diligence and fiscal responsibility in maintaining the finances of the District!
KME Teacher Uses Grant to Give Back
Kings Mills Elementary Second Grade teacher, Sherisse Washington was recently awarded a $2,000 grant from Foresters Financial to spend on resources that would benefit a non-profit organization.

She teamed up with Susan Simendinger of Joshua’s Place to see where the grant money could best be spent. It was decided to purchase five industrial-type cabinets to be placed in school buildings stocked with day-time nutrition, hydration, and personal hygiene supplies for students that have need. School counselors will distribute supplies to students discreetly during the school day.

On February 1, 2020, thirteen volunteers met at Joshua’s Place to assemble the cabinets and baskets. The project took three hours to complete and was a great example of teamwork. 

Washington said, "The cabinets are a great way for schools to house the items and for students to select what they need." Way to be #KingsStrong, Mrs. Washington!
Kindergarten Registration
Kindergarten Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year has begun. All registrations will be by appointment only and can be made through FinalForms. 

Click here to get all of the information you will need to register. Remember, your child must turn 5 years old on or before September 30, 2020.
Kings Stagelighters Receive Donation
Last weekend at the Kings Junior High's production of Seussical, Kings Stagelighters was presented with a check for $2,000 from the Daumeyer family in memory and honor of their daughter, Kaylyn

The Daumeyer's created a fund to support the arts at Kings after their daughter, Kaylyn passed away. This will be the 7th year presenting a scholarship to a senior that has been involved in the theatre program while at Kings.

Pictured L-R: Mark Abbott and Regina Meeker (Stagelighters), Scott Hayward (Director), Mr. Grinch (KJH Assistant Principal, Brent Allen ), Laurie and Paul Daumeyer and their children ( Trey was a who in Seussical).
Broadway Lion King Actor Visits Seussical Cast
Before their final show on Saturday Feb 8, 2020, the Kings Junior High School cast of Seussical JR was treated to a special guest visit by Darian Sanders.

Darian is currently appearing as “Simba” in the Broadway tour of Disney's, The Lion King. He spoke to them about his journey to Broadway, including callbacks for “Hamilton.” His encouraging words about working hard and taking advantage of opportunities were truly inspirational.

Darian answered questions and sang for the cast and crew.  Trevor DeVage , parent of cast member Natalie , arranged the meeting. Mr. Hayward and the music and theatre departments so appreciate him coming all the way from Louisville to enjoy the show!
Dead Serious About Life
A Mason, Ohio group of teens from the group, Mishpachah, a non-profit group who travels 8 months out of the year to perform a production called "Dead Serious...About Life" will be performing locally at the end of this month.

This production is presented by youth for youth. The music, lyrics and dialogue are vibrant and reflect the culture and diversity of American teens today. Although the main story line is teenage suicide, it also deals with all the other issues that teens today are facing like drug addiction, sex, bullying, cutting, alcohol abuse, self-esteem, and teen pregnancy, Unlike other musicals, “Dead Serious” presents real life to the kids.

“Dead Serious ... About Life” is coming to Mason, OH! It will be performed at the Mason Middle School on Saturday February 29 at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday March 1 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $6.00 in advance or $7.00 at the door.

For more information contact www.mish-inc.com .
Nominate a Deserving Kings Teacher
The Project Excellence Committee of the Area Progress Council of Warren County, Inc. seeks to recognize and honor innovative or excellent teachers within the public schools in Warren County.

Read more  to nominate your favorite Kings teacher. Nominations are due by February 28, 2020.
Mobile Mammography Van at Kings
The Mercy Health/Jewish Hospital mobile mammography van will be in the Kings Local School District to offer screening mammograms for our female community members. Mammography screening takes approximately 10-15 minutes and will be available at our schools March 10, 11 & 12.

Tech Fest this Weekend
The Affiliate Societies Council would like to invite the community to attend TechFest2020. This FREE event will be held at Sinclair Community College, 301 W. Fourth St., Dayton, OH 45402 on February 15-16, 2020.

TechFest is Dayton’s ultimate family STEM event! TechFest is designed for K-12 students and families and offers over 80 hands-on exhibits and live presentations that will engage and transform how your students think about STEM Learning! 

Distinguished Alumni Applications
Kings High School is now accepting nominations for the 2020 KHS Distinguished Alumnus.

The committee is seeking graduates of Kings High School who have made a significant impact in their communities and professions and serve as exemplary role models for Kings Students. This award is a celebration of the entire Kings community, highlighting the past as the foundation for the future.
Click here for the nomination form.
Don't Miss BandCakes
Join Kings Bands as they host this year's Pat Cope Memorial BANDcakes Breakfast. It will be held at Kings High School on Saturday, March 14 from 7:30 a.m.-noon.

All you can eat pancakes are on the menu and you can also enjoy performances by various Kings Bands and music ensembles.
Cost is $8.00 per person. Children ages 5 and under are FREE!
Also that day, the Kings Band Boosters will be collecting used instruments for this year's Instrument Drive. Sponsored by Kaylyn's Hope Chest, a non-profit organization in memory of former Kings Band Student, Kaylyn Daumeyer, honors her memory by making instruments available to members of the community who cannot afford an instrument. The collected instruments are serviced and loaned to students who would like to join any of the Kings band programs.
If you would like to donate an instrument, bring it with you to BANDcakes or contact Brett Russell at  kbbpresident1@gmail.com .

For more information on both events visit our Virtual Backpack !
KHS Independent Study Recital - Heart & Song
Join the Kings Choir Family on February 16 to enjoy a recital given by future performance majors Erin Abney (acting), Katie Hill (musical theatre), and Grant Shields (voice).

Erin, Katie, and Grant spend 7th bell every day at Kings High School in an “Independent Study in Performance” class where they practice and prepare to enter their respective college programs. They have chosen their repertoire, provided the program notes, worked to increase their stamina, and considered the posture and presence they should have in a recital format.

The event will take place at 3:00 p.m. in the KHS Cafeteria and will include treats and surprises along the way for those who attend at a cost of $8 per person.
Garage and Bake Sale for Kings Band
Lily Drive, over Stony Hollow between Rose Road and Lilac Road, will be closed to remove the existing culvert and construct a new bridge beginning Wednesday, February 26, 2020, for ten (10) weeks, weather permitting.

The detour for the closure will utilize Old Mill Road, US 22/SR 3, Columbia Road, Davis Road, Primrose Drive, and Rose Road.

For more information, visit http://www.wceo.us/ or contact WCEO at (513) 695-3301.
Don't miss one bit of news! Make sure to follow us on social media!
We can't possibly put all of the news in the weekly newsletter so we hope you will join us on our social media channels where we will be posting great things happening in our District daily.

Make sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram to keep in the loop!
We have gone green and eliminated flyers going home in backpacks.

Check out our VIRTUAL BACKPACK for more information on our newly added activities and fundraisers!
Kings Athletic News

Check out Kings Athletics website ! You can find out schedule information, upcoming events, news about teams, and even get directions to away venues. 
ECC Champs!
Shout out to your Eastern Cincinnati Conference seventh grade boy's basketball tournament CHAMPIONS - the Kings Knights! Coach Bohardt and the Knights defeated runner-up Milford 46-30. Kings finished the regular season with a perfect 14-0 record. Way to go, Knights!
Save the Date!
Get your tickets and learn more about this year's KABC fundraiser here!
Kings Youth Football
KYO football registration will run from February 15 through March 15, 2020. All players grades K-6 are invited to register. All registration will online at  www.kingsyouthfootball.com .
Youth Soccer Registration Closing Soon
Any child ages 9-13 who is interested in golf are invited to participate in the 2020 PGA Junior Golf League at Shaker Run. Cost is $190 and deadline to register is April 20, 2020.

Click here for more information.
Lady Knights Fastpitch Pre-Season Clinic
The Kings Women's Softball Team will be hosting a pre-season hitting clinic on Saturday, February 22, 2020. The clinic is open to players ages 5-14.

The clinic will take place in the Kings Education Center Activity Center (barn) and the cost is $35 which includes a t-shirt.

For more information on times and registration click here
Kings Youth Baseball & Softball Registration
Registration for the 2020 Kings Youth Baseball and Softball (KYBS) season is underway! Teams in the KYBS programs compete at many different
levels of competition and age groups, beginning with Tee Ball up through 18U.

Register online at www.kingsyouthbaseball.org . Registration closes on February 21, 2020.
Girls Youth Lacrosse Registration

Kings Girls Youth Lacrosse registration is now open for grades K - 6.
Parents can register their kids at  www.kingslax.info   
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