February 21, 2020
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Upcoming Events
March 5, 2020 — Community Learning Series on Drugs, 6:30-8:30 p.m., KJH.
March 10, 2020 — Kings Board of Education Work Session, 5:30 p.m., KEC.
March 14, 2020 — BANDcakes, 7:30 a.m.- NOON, KHS Cafeteria.
March 17, 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
Kings is Back on the Ballot

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 bond issue will pay for the demolition of the current Kings Junior High School and a new grades 6-8 middle school will be built. Kings Junior High was originally built in 1967 with a design capacity of 553 based on the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) formula. Current enrollment is 683.

Traveling teachers will most likely be a necessity as more staff is added. Orchestra and Band space is over capacity and choir classes travel due to the high school due to no space in the junior high. Additionally, classroom sizes are inconsistent due to old classrooms being small and unable to accommodate the large class sizes. Lastly, there are not a sufficient number of restrooms to accommodate the number of students in the building, and parking has become an issue.

Additionally, the current bus garage structure will remain and a new bus facility will be constructed on property owned by the District on Mason Morrow Millgrove Road.

Watch the video below to learn more.

For more information about the Facilities Master Plan, the 2020 bond, and voting information visit www.kingsfacilities.org .
Community Learning Series
The next topic in our Community Learning Series is, "Street Smart Ohio; Adult Drug Education & Awareness Program."

In this session, parents will learn up-to-date information on trends in drug use. Attendees will learn new terminology, types of paraphernalia, and the signs and symptoms of someone under the influence.

This special program is presented by Captain Shawn Bain (Ret.) and Sgt. Michael Powell (Ret.), both retired undercover narcotic offers courtesy of a grant from the High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

This presentation will be held on Thursday, March 5 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Kings Junior High School Multipurpose Room (enter door D-5 from the parking lot located between the Kings Junior High School and the football stadium).

We hope you'll join us!
CIS Students in OMEA Honor Choir
Ten Columbia Intermediate School singers will participate in the Ohio Music Educators (OMEA) Honor Choir Festival this weekend hosted at Kings High School. They have been preparing for the past 4 weeks with CIS Choir Director, Carolyn Dillon.

They will join singers from other local schools Friday and Saturday to rehearse and ultimately perform with guest conductor Sandra Thornton, Assistant Artistic Director of the Cincinnati Youth Choir. Concert is free and will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22 in the KHS auditorium. 

Pictured back L to R: Marin Bode, Finn Collins, Matsvei Brazhynski, Gwen Bildstein, and Elie Miller  Front L to R: A ddison Schuckman, Rylan Chamberlain, Eli Neal, Madelyn Kirby, and Daniela Balbi.
KHS Students Inducted into NTHS
Congratulations to three Kings High School seniors who were inducted into the Warren County Career Center's National Technical Honor Society in a ceremony on February 20, 2020.

Those from KHS inducted are: Joseph Harman , Hailey Walden , and Victoria Wesloh (not pictured).

To qualify, students must have a 3.5 Grade Point Average for three semesters during the two years at WCCC or its satellites. In addition, a student must not have a semester grade that is lower than a “C” at any time. The student must also meet 95 percent attendance for the two years, and must have no credit deficiencies toward obtaining a high school diploma, nor any out-of-school suspensions.
KHS Overture Award Finalists
Congratulations to Kings High School Senior, Grant Shields and Junior Halle West for being selected as finalists in the 2020 Overture Awards.

According to the  Cincinnati Arts Association , the Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages, and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades nine through 12. Its mission is to encourage arts education as an integral part of a student’s academic experience and to create an environment that encourages training in, and appreciation of, the arts. The competition offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music.

They are each one of four finalisits in their category; Grant will compete in vocal music and Halle West in visual art. They will participate in the final competition and award ceremony on Saturday, March 7 at the Aronoff Center. For ticket information click here .

This is a huge accomplishment and honor for these students and a proud moment for the teachers that helped them develop as fine artists. 
Dolly Parton's Imagination Library
Children under 5 can register to have a FREE book mailed to them every month!

The Warren County Imagination Library is here! Kings Local School District is excited to be a partner in this county-wide effort with the goal that Every Child Reads Every Day!

All Warren County children under five can have a FREE book mailed to THEM every month. Warren County Imagination Library Founding Partners are Franklin-Springboro Public Library, Lebanon Public Library, Mary L. Cook Public Library, Mason Public Library, Salem Township Public Library, United Way of Warren County, and Warren County Foundation. The five libraries have generously funded a three-year pilot in collaboration with the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Sign up now at  www.imaginationlibrary.org to be a part of the Biggest Civic Engagement in Warren County History – A Generational Change!

Questions? Contact the Warren County Imagination Library at 513-934-1001 or info@warrencountyfoundation.org . 
Auditions for Kings Marimba Ensemble
The Kings Local School District’s Kokorodza Marimba Ensemble will be holding try-outs for new members over the next few weeks. 

Over the past 16 years the ensemble has performed throughout the Greater Cincinnati and Tri-State area, as well as performances and clinic/demonstration sessions at the Ohio Music Education Association Professional Development Conference and the American Orff Schulwerk National Conference in Denver, Colorado.  

The ensemble is open to students of Columbia Intermediate School and Kings Junior High School. Prospective members will be provided with a video demonstration of the techniques and tunes required for the audition, and will check-out a marimba to take home for two weeks to use in preparing for the audition. 

For further information please contact Kings Mills Elementary Music Teacher and Marimba Ensemble Director, Matt Jenkins at 398-8050 ext. 14025 or email mjenkins@kingslocal.net .
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.
Firecrackers Jump Rope Clinic
Do you enjoy jumping rope? Would you like to learn some amazing tricks with some of the best jumpers in the world right here in your own community? If you answered “yes,” then please join us for this exciting opportunity!

The clinics are open to all 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade Kings students and are hosted by Coach Lynn Kelley and her team, The Firecrackers. The clinics will take place on Tuesday, March 3 and Monday, March 9 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.at South Lebanon Elementary School gym.

The cost is $25 for one day or $40 for both. Official Firecracker jump rope $12 extra (optional). 

Click here for more information and registration form
KHS Art & Design Spiritwear Fundraiser
Support Kings High School Art & Design by purchasing many new options for Kings spiritwear! Browse and buy on this site and receive free shipping to KHS for pickup at the main office!

Pictured are KHS Art & Design students
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.

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.Nominations are due March 1, 2020.
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 !
Free Online Ed Program for Parents
Kings Social Emotional Health Coordinator, Kim Sellers would like to share this resource for parents

Parents of a child/teen struggling with mental health symptoms- NAMI Basics OnDemand is a FREE, six-session online ed program for parents/caregivers who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. Register today at  https://basics.nami.org/ .
Kings/Hoxworth Blood Drive
It's time to roll up those sleeves! It's the Kings/Hoxworth Blood Drive. Help to save up to 3 lives! Plus it makes you feel good.

The blood drive takes place on Wednesday, March 11 in the Kings Junior High School Multipurpose Room from 10:15 a.m. - noon, and 1:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Census Bureau Hiring Thousands of Workers
The Census Bureau is hiring thousands of workers across the country to support the 2020 Census. Many are needed in southwest Ohio. The pay rates and mileage allowances are excellent. Hours are flexible and work is local. You or someone you know may want to earn extra income while helping their community.
To apply for a job visit: https://2020census.gov/en/jobs.html
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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.

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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. 
Kings Athletic Hall of Fame 2020
Congratulations to the seven Knights who were enshrined into the Kings Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday, February 15, 2020!

They were celebrated in a ceremony at TPC River's Bend with family and friends. The Hall of Fame Class of 2020 inductees are:  Janet Mitchell (Booster), Joe Moore (Coach/Educator), Andy Olds (Coach/Educator), Sean Horan (Class of 2012), Julie (Roudabush) Roberts (Class of 2001), Brooke Warner (Class of 1998), and Caleigh (Hortman) Willis (Class of 2005).

Congrats Class of 2020! 
KHS Walk of Champions
Good luck to the thirteen members of the Kings High School Swim Team who will compete at the State Competition in Canton this weekend! Those members are: Leah Luckett, Madeline Luckett, Melanie Schweikert, Sarah Dorizas, Neily Pennington, Kevin Glennon, Aiden Leamer, Kavin Lynch, Jake Young, Andy Bauman, Grant Meyer, Zach Cunningham, and Brett Ninnemann.

They participated in the Walk of Champions on Thursday, February 20 along with the National Bound, Kings High School Dance Team and the Business Professionals of America State Qualifiers.

Thanks to our Kings Drumline for the great send-off!
State Swim Team
National Bound Dance Team
Members of Statebound BPA
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.
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