May 8, 2020
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Upcoming Events
May 12, 2020 — Board of Education Work Session, 5:30 p.m.
May 19, 2020 — Board of Education Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

All District events canceled through the remainder of the school year.


More event information can be found at: http://kingslocal.tandemcal.com/index.php
Update on the Coronavirus
The decision has been made to make a change to the end of the school year. The original last day for pre-K-11 students was May 21. The new last day of instruction for pre-K through 11th grade is May 15. Students will have the entire following week to make-up any assignments or complete any work assigned through May 15. All assignments and work must be completed by May 21.

The last day of instruction for Seniors is May 8. Students will have the following week to make up any assignments or complete work assigned through May 15. All assignments and work must be completed by May 15.

We will be holding a district-wide material pickup and textbook drop off on May 20. More information on times and the process will be communicated soon.

Governor Mike DeWine ordered extended closure through the remainder of 2019-2020 school year.

  • Campus remains closed 
  • All District events are canceled through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.
  • During this time, access to all facilities, including athletic fields, will be restricted for staff, students, parents, and community members. 
  • Only essential operational staff members will be allowed to access our facilities to continue to provide food and services to our students who need those resources. 

Please continue to monitor the District website and access our COVID-19 webpage for information on important resources. We will continue to keep you updated by our School Messenger system and also utilize our social media channels.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 visit the CDC website .
FREE Feeding Program
The FREE Feeding program will continue every Monday through May 18. This program is for all children 18 and under, not just for those on free or reduced meals. Each student will receive 5 breakfasts and 5 lunches at NO COST to the parent.

There are two locations available for food pickup; Joshua's Place or Columbia Intermediate School. Both locations will hold pickup from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Click here for more information.

Thank you to the Kings Food Service Department and Kings Staff volunteers for feeding our community! #KingsStrong
Farewell Seniors
Today was the last day of regular instruction for our Kings High School Seniors. The end of the school year for them certainly didn't end the way any of us would have wanted for them. Due to social distancing orders, there will be no in-person graduation this year.

The KHS Class of 2020 will be celebrated in a one-hour, commercial free graduation special on Local 12 affiliate, CW Cincinnati on May 31 at 3:00 p.m.

In honor of their last day, here is a slideshow of the KHS Class of 2020.
KHS Senior Art Show
As with many of our end of the year events having to be virtual, the 2020 Kings High School Senior Art Show is no exception. Click here to view the work of twenty talented KHS Seniors.

As the year comes to a close, there are twelve Digital Media Arts Seniors who have created wonderful work while in high school. These talented students are looking for internships, commissions, networking, and job opportunities that will help them achieve their future career goals.

Click this link to view their work. If you like their work, please contact them directly for your photography, illustration, design, animation, video and film-making needs! Please forward their portfolios to anyone you know who might be interested in their work.
KHS Singing Class of 2020 Final Concert
On Thursday, May 7, Kings High School Senior Choir Members hosted their final concert of the year. Since they weren't able to be together and honor the seniors, the KHS Choral Department presented the first-ever Virtual Senior Celebration .

Congratulations Choir Seniors! 
CIS Raises More Money - Another Well Drilled
Congratulations to the 6th graders at Columbia Intermediate School! They raised over $2,000 this year for Water for South Sudan (WFSS) making a grand total of $44,254.01 donated from CIS over the years.

This week, they received news from WFSS that a 4th well has been drilled on behalf of CIS!

The fundraiser is inspired by the book, "A Long Walk to Water" by Linda Park. The story is about Salva Dut, who at age 11 fled Sudan in the midst of a civil war. As a teenager, he led 1,500 other “lost boys” through the Southern Sudan desert to a refugee camp in Kenya. His true story is interwoven in the book with that of a fictional character named Nya, who walks miles each day to get water for her family.

The book is read as part of a "social injustice" unit and a theme focused on social responsibility. After reading the book, the 6th grade students worked together to raise funds for WFSS, including their Walk for Water fundraiser in the Fall of 2019 where students walked around the school with a gallon of water.

This latest well drilled and sponsored by CIS is in Aringhok Primary School in Ajogo County, Grogrial State, South Sudan. If you copy and paste 8.75550141 28.56311892 into a browser and hit enter, you can view the location of the well on a map.

WFSS Executive Director, Lynn Malooly said, "Thank you for your generosity, which is now providing clean water--and a new future--to the people in Aringhok Primary School, South Sudan."

Water for South Sudan has drilled 452 wells since 2005, all from donor support.
May is Mental Health Month
A Mental Health Update from Kings Social & Emotional Health Coordinator, Kim Sellers

Each year millions of Americans face the reality of living with a mental illness. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and every year the goal is to fight stigma, provide support, educate the public, and advocate for policies that support people with mental illness and their families. This year, more than ever in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we need to focus on mental wellness. Each week, we are highlighting one of Mental Health America’s #Tools2Thrive, so be on the lookout for those. 

COVID-19 is the “perfect storm” for stress to negatively impact children’s mental and physical health and behavior. The absence of routines, social interaction, parent’s job losses or serious illness or loss of someone they child cares about can leave children feeling traumatized. 

There are a few things we can do right now including:

  • Watch your children closely to look for signs of stress or changes in behavior (behavioral outbursts, major temper tantrums, bedwetting, and regression, etc.).
  • Find the “stress busters” that work for your family. Focus on sleep, exercise/movement, and nutrition. Parents can help their children stay connected with friends and family through video chat, phone calls, and letters. 
  • Stick to a routine! Kids need structure that includes hygiene, physical activity, and play. 

Finally, my heart goes out to the seniors and their families. Here is an excellent article about helping your senior with feelings of grief with their year in disarray: Canceled Graduation? Missing Milestones Is Tough On Young People: Shots - Health News

Kings has mental health partners available through Beech Acres and Solutions, with services available throughout the summer as well. If you have any concerns about your child’s mental wellness, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ksellers@kingslocal. net so we can discuss ways to help or get connected to services. We are in this together and #KingsStrong!
Kings Board of Education May Meeting
The Kings Board of Education May Work Session will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 12.

Click here to watch live.

Find details about upcoming Board of Education meetings, agendas, and minutes by clicking the link below:

KJH eCybermission Winners
The 7th grade students on Team 7 Red at Kings Junior High School were presented with a STEM challenge by their Science teacher, Vonda Fruhwirth. She challenged them to take part in the eCYBERMISSION Competition, a web-based science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) competition. Students were challenged to explore how STEM works in their world while working as a team to solve problems in their community and submit their findings online.

This year we have two teams that earned 1st and 2nd place in the State, and National Finalist.

The 1st place team, Regional Finalist, and National Finalists, The Four Musketeers: Addison Bays , Natalie DeVage , Claudia Ragsdale , and Michael Worthington, wanted to attack the global problem of  “ghost nets,” abandoned or lost fishing nets, causing death and destruction to ecosystems by endlessly trapping and killing marine life.

They used  biodegradable materials: bamboo, hemp cord, hemp rope, silk yarn and sisal rope to construct a weighted, multi-monofilament gill net called, “The Ghostbuster.” The prototype floated, absorbed, and repeatedly functioned over time without bio-degradation during the short testing period. The team would like to do further testing on durability and the amount of weight the gill net can safely hold.

The 2nd place team, The MEMS: Elaina Emerson , Michael Farnham , Matthew Fortner , and Sydney Smith wanted to find an inexpensive way to clean water that can be made out of materials in a home.

They created a cheap, easy filter that included charcoal, to get rid of bad odor, taste, lead amounts, and pesticides. The filtered water looked clearer, but further testing is needed to check for microscopic materials. They would also like to run more tests using lead due to the contamination in Flint, MI. 

Mrs. Fruwirth, said, "Each year I am truly inspired by the creativity and enthusiasm that students bring to this competition."
Ohio BPA State Champs
Congratulations to Kings High School Junior Caleb Chunn and Senior, Adam Spelic who came in FIRST in the State in Computer Animation Team at the All-State Leadership Conference for Business Professionals of America.

In it's first ever virtual conference April 20-24, Caleb and Adam joined more than 900 conference delegates from across Ohio to compete in state level business skills competitions.

The State Leadership Conference (SLC) is the most anticipated event of the Ohio BPA
year. The goal of the Workplace Skills Assessment Program is to provide student members the opportunity to demonstrate workplace skills achieved in their career-technical programs. 
Caleb Chunn
Adam Spelic
KJH 8th Gr. D.C. Trip Date Secured
The Kings Junior High School trip to Washington, D.C. for rising 8th graders will take place May 12-14, 2021. Down payment is due by May 29, 2020. Click here to learn more.
Kings Kids Before & After School Care Program

Kings Kids Before/After School program is now accepting registration for the 2020-2021 school year. This is for grades Kindergarten-6. The registration form is located on the Kings website at  www.kingslocal.net . Go to Schools/Kings Kids/Before After School Registration.

Email the form to Tammy Nelson at  tnelson@kingslocal.net .
S. Lebanon Historical Society Honoring Seniors
ATTENTION ALL KINGS SENIORS. The South Lebanon Historical Society would like to honor our 2020 Graduates in a video. Please submit your senior photo and full name to  Southlebanonhistoricalsociety@aol.com   by May the 15th and the video will be played on May the 23rd.

We are so proud of all you have accomplished this school year.
If you aren't following us on our social media channels, you are missing out! Our teachers are posting great things about #remotelearning. Don't miss one bit of news! Make sure to follow us on social media!
Our social media conversation is growing and we don't want you to miss out!

Make sure to follow us on Facebook , Twitter , and Instagram to keep in the loop!

Visit our Facebook page to see all of the great posts from Staff Appreciation Week!
Be Counted Ohio Census
The Census is counted once every decade. It is important that every Ohioan is counted so our state receives the appropriate amount of federal funding that helps support our communities, schools, public safety resources, and improve our roads.

The U.S. Census Bureau is hiring for a variety of temporary jobs. Pay rates in Ohio range from $14.00 to $23.50 per hour that will begin in May/June. Click here to apply.

Learn more and fill out your Census form online at https://2020census.gov/ .
FC Cincinnati Kings Night
Get your tickets for FC Cincinnati Kings Night on Saturday, June 27, 2020 as FC takes on FC Dallas. Get your family together for a fun night of soccer and a chance to see our Kings Women's Soccer Team in a shoot-out against Deer Park at halftime!

Tickets are $15.00 per person. Deadline to purchase tickets is June 13.

Click here to order tickets!
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. 
Summer Athletic Camps - CANCELED
With the recent order from the Ohio Department of Health regarding the extended closure of school facilities through June 30th, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all Kings Athletic Youth Summer Camps for the 2020 season. 

This is a decision we did not take lightly as we know how important our youth camps are for our community and each of our programs. Our summer camps are some of our favorite events of the year as we get to see young Knights enjoy learning their favorite sports from our high school coaches, athletes, and get to see the future of our programs!! 

With the recent direction from the Ohio Department of Health regarding school facility closures among other factors, we felt this was the best decision for our camps this year. We are very disappointed we will not be able to see all of our future Knights at their favorite sport camps. Their health and safety, however, will always be our highest priority. 
Our coaching staff and department are working on alternative plans to provide virtual skill instruction to our future Knights! Stay tuned for more information coming from our programs and department. 

Thank you for your understanding during these unknown times and support of Kings Athletics. 
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