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February 9 โ€” Kings Board of Education Work Session, 5:30 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2. (Live on Kings Youtube channel)
February 15 โ€”NO SCHOOL, President's Day
February 16 โ€” Kings Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2. (Live on Kings Youtube channel)
March 29 - April 5 โ€” SPRING BREAK, NO SCHOOL.

More event information can be found at: http://kingslocal.tandemcal.com/index.php
Kings Staff Covid-19 Vaccinations
This week, the District sent a letter home with regards to staff vaccinations. We were notified that the Kings staff will receive the first dose of the vaccination on Friday, February 19, 2021. The second dose of the COVID-19 vaccination is scheduled for 21 days after the first shot on Friday, March 12, 2021.

In order for Kings staff to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, there will be remote learning days scheduled for Friday, February 19, 2021, and Friday, March 12,  2021.

Kings Schools staff will be required to report to Kings High School to receive the vaccine during the day. Teachers will be communicating with parents and students about what their remote learning days will look like that day.

This vaccination is one important tool in our fight against the pandemic and to help our schools remain open. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Change in School Quarantine Guidelines
Governor DeWine announced that Ohio has changed its guidance regarding quarantines following an in-classroom exposure in K-12 schools.

As you are aware, originally, the guidelines required a 6ft distance, then new guidance came out requiring only a 3 ft distance. With the latest guidelines, moving forward, students and teachers exposed to a COVID-positive person in school are no longer required to quarantine as long as the exposure occurred in a classroom setting and all students/teachers were wearing masks and following other appropriate protocols.

The change follows an evaluation of virus spread in Ohio schools conducted by researchers with the Ohio Schools COVID-19 Evaluation Team. Preliminary results of the evaluation found no discernable difference in the risk of contracting the coronavirus between those in close contact with a COVID-positive person in the classroom and those who were farther away. 

We will continue to monitor each situation individually and may quarantine students if we believe it is necessary. For example, Kings will continue to require quarantines for exposed students in situations where masking and distancing protocols were not followed. The updated quarantine guidance does not apply to lunch and after-school activities, including sports.

Lastly, we will continue to distance our students as much as possible in the classroom and promote social distancing, mask-wearing, and handwashing.
KHS Athletics National Signing Ceremony
Kings Athletic Department held their Virtual Winter Signing Ceremony on the National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 3.

Four Kings Football players signed their letters of intent to play football at the collegiate level.

Congratulations to Brady Cefalu (University of Findlay), Blake McCann (Siena Heights University), Dawson McCulley (Concordia University), and Ty Stylski (University of Dayton).

Congratulations to Brady, Blake, Dawson, and Ty! We know you will make us proud!

Visit the Kings Athletics Facebook page to watch the athlete's individual videos.
Congratulations to Kings Jazz Band
The Kings High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Joe Polen, was selected as one of two high school jazz bands in the state to perform for the 2021 OMEA Professional Development Connection. 

They performed on Thursday, February 4 but anyone can watch on-demand until Saturday, February 6 at midnight. 

Pictured: Back Row: William Ritchie, Stephen Gerstner, Emily Moffett, Ben Latham, and Reagan Milthaler.

Middle Row: Gavin Niles, Andrew Theiss, Renee Perpignan, Tyler Harris, Jake Allgeier, Samantha Lawrence, Jacob Dickerson, and Ethan Yeaste.

Front Row: Abram Pasqualetti, Nick Marchal, Justin Bayse, Jacob Murphy, and Jonathan Wheeldon.
National School Counselor's Week
This week we celebrated our school Counselors! National School Counseling Week is celebrated to focus public attention on the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems.

It's been a tough year for all of us. We are so thankful for our school counselors who are a vital part of the educational process and have a tremendous impact in helping students as they meet the challenges of the 21st century. Kings Superintendent, Tim Ackermann said, "Our team of school counselors and Social-Emotional Coordinator, Kim Sellers are second to none. They work tirelessly for our students and families. I couldn't be more proud of them."

Thanks for all you do Heidi MurrayChris GriffinAlex GarvinErika VolkerMegan AppleErin HackmanDave WinebrennerEmily SanderKeri Perdrix, and Tom Snyder.

Check out the video below that highlights our school counselors, and we couldn't forget our therapy dogs, too!
KJH Virtual Art Show #4
Check out the beautiful artwork from first and second quarter Art at Kings Junior High School. Thanks to Mrs. Thomann for putting it all together! Wow, we have talented students!

Pictured is a piece by Ellie Sharp.

Online Knights !st Grade
First grade Online Knights students recognized World Read Aloud Day on Wednesday, February 3. The students celebrated by going into breakout rooms and reading their favorite book to their partners! Great idea, Mrs. Lopinto!
Kings Board of Education Meetings
The Kings Board of Education will meet on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 5:30 p.m. to hold their monthly Work Session. Community members can watch the meeting live here. 

The Regular Kings Board of Education Meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 6:00 p.m. All Kings Board of Education meetings can be watched live on the Kings YouTube Channel

All agendas and past meetings can be found on the Kings Website
Nominate a Deserving Kings Teacher
The Warren County Area Progress Council is seeking nominations for the 2021 Project Excellence Award.

The APC seeks to recognize and honor excellent teachers within the public schools in Warren County. We ask your assistance in identifying exceptional educators who demonstrate excellence in instruction or innovative teachers who have pioneered a teaching method. The educator must hold a current teaching certificate and work for the public school system.

Nominations are due by February 28, 2021. Last year's winners were Heather Clements and Theresa Frazier (pictured), as well as Julianne Elder, Hope Milthaler, Abby Burroughs, and Karin Gonzales. Previous winners are not currently eligible for consideration.

Nominate your favorite Kings teacher! We can't wait to see who you nominate!

Click here for the nomination form.
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 on March 22 and 23.

Kindergarten Registration Begins Feb.
Kindergarten Registration for the 2021-2022 School Year will begin in on March 8. All registrations will be completed online. Watch for more information in February. Remember, your child must turn 5 years old on or before September 30, 2021.

Online registration for grades 1-12 for the 2021-2022 school year will begin June 1.
Kings Preschool Registration
If you would like to register for Kings Preschool for the 2020-2021 school year click here.
Kings COVID-19 Dashboard
We appreciate all of the patience and care shown by our Knight Nation while we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

We are continuing to monitor positive cases and quarantines. If you or your children exhibit symptoms or are waiting for a test result, please contact Kings Contact Tracer, Christy Salek at csalek@kingslocal.net.

For more information, you can refer to our daily health assessment and Decision Tree to help decide if you should send your child to school. Additionally, each week the COVID-19 Dashboard is updated with the number of positive cases and quarantines.

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Our social media conversation is growing and we don't want you to miss out!

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Check out our VIRTUAL BACKPACK for more information on our newly added activities and fundraisers.
The Emergency HEAP Winter Crisis Program is accepting applications for community members who are having difficulty with paying gas and/or electric bills.

They also have some funds available for those who might be behind on their rent through the Community Growth Department.
To schedule an appointment with the Emergency HEAP Department, call
513-970-6737 (as stated on the flyer).

Warren County Community Services is also available for help. Call them at 513-695-2100 (www.wccsi.org).
Kings Athletic News

๏ปฟCheck out Kings Athletics website! You can find out schedule information, upcoming events, news about teams, and even get directions to away venues. 
Youth Softball Pre-Season Clinic
Lady Knights Softball will offer a Pre-Season Clinic on Saturday, February 20 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Kings Education Center & Activity Barn.

Students aged 5-12 are welcome to register. Cost of the clinic is $35 which includes a t-shirt.

For more information click here.
Youth Soccer Registration
Youth Spring soccer sign-ups are underway. Recreational soccer is open to boys and girls who live in the Kings School District between the ages of 5-18. Visit Kings Soccer Club to register today!
Kings Youth Baseball & Softball Registration
Kings Youth Baseball and Softball registration is closing soon! Boys and girls ages 5-18 are invited to sign up.

They are also seeking businesses or individuals to advertise on the windscreens at Landen Park.

For more information click here.
Kings Boys Lacrosse 2021 Registration

If you have a son in K-6th grade interested in playing Lacrosse this spring, visit www.kingsyouthlax.com. You can also find them on Facebook at Kyolax and Twitter @kingsyouthlax.
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