EBBN - Electronic Blackboard News
January 18, 2019
Upcoming Events

January 21, 2019 NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
February 12, 2019 Kings Board of Education Work Session, 5:30 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2.
February 15, 2019 NO SCHOOL - Staff In-Service Day.
February 18, 2019 NO SCHOOL - President's Day.
February 19, 2019 Kings Board of Education Regular Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Kings Education Center, Conference Room 2.

More event information can be found at:
Board of Education Recognition Month
The District celebrated Board Recognition Month with our current Board members on Tuesday, January 16. The members received certificates of appreciation from the Ohio School Boards Association. Additionally, the members were treated to a special performance from the Kings Mills Elementary 4th Grade Chorus. Check it out here .

Thank you to our Kings Board of Education for their commitment to our students!

Pictured below L-R: Vice President, Dan Egan, Deb Cowan, President, Rona Walter, and Stacie Belfrom.
Community Learning Series
Join us for our next Kings Community Learning series entitled, "Why Cultural Competency? I've Had Diversity Training."

Representatives from the company, Did You Know Publishing, Monica Marsh and Marla Marsh will host an engaging, interactive,and reflective presentation, participants will experience a variety of ways to interact effectively across cultures and races. These dynamic presenters incorporate fun and humor into the training in order to produce changes that last beyond the presentation.

Participants will engage in a collection of activities that help learners understand core concepts related to culture and cultural competence. This includes how to define culture creatively and understand the process of cultural competence development. The exercises presented in this presentation build awareness of how cultures form, the importance of perspective-switching, and the nature of culture change.

This presentation will be held on January 29, and begin at 7:00 pm at 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).

Click here for more Community Learning Series Dates.
KHS Offers FREE Counseling Groups
Kings High School offers small counseling groups facilitated by a licensed therapist from Solutions CCRC for students who want to build skills such as managing anxiety, coping with stress, learning study skills, and building self-esteem. 

Please see  this flyer  for descriptions of the groups. Groups happen during one class period each Wednesday and rotate among periods or take place during study hall to minimize lost instructional time. Target date to start the groups this semester is Wednesday, January 30.

If you have questions or would like your student to become a part of a group, please contact Heidi Murray in the KHS Counseling Office at  or Amber Parker from Solutions at .
Kings Celebration
There are always reasons to celebrate at Kings! On Wednesday, January 16, we honored our students of the quarter and other outstanding students at our second of three yearly District Celebrations. District Administrators and School Board members were on hand to celebrate these fantastic students. Congratulations to everyone recognized!
AJ Barrett, Remi Bogard, Jack Feltner, Parker McDonough, Quinn Labbe, Noah Swartzentruber, Dillan Hertlein, Lucy Kohls, Ella Pachko, and Riley Taylor.

Kenzie Kwarteng, Clayton Pirk, Emerson Mason, John Hagen, and
Andreas Boumis.

Ryan Roberts, Trip Titler, Megan Mwaura, Bradley Wilson, Margaux Ruble, and Azia Stewart.

Kenadie Cole, William Okai, Oscar Ortiz, Pyper Russell, Annabelle Foster, Sydney Smith, and Peyton Yaugo.
Nodir Najmiev, Chiara Barbato, Justin Baker, Grace Nelson, Jake Murphy, Connor Breneman, and Grace Jones.
Luke Anderson-Clark,
Anna-Clair Barker, Elise Belanger, Amy Helms, Casey Jantzen, Kevin Lewis, Danny Orenday, Madeline Reeves, Sarah Silva, Sydney Theiss, Megan Wagner, and Michaela Williams. 
KHS/KJH Hope Squad Retreat
On Friday, January 11, Kings High School and Kings Junior High officially kicked off the Hope Squad program with a retreat at Camp Joy. Solutions of Warren County trained students on the signs of suicide and QPR ( question, persuade, and refer) . Students learned there are many signs of suicide, such as changes in behavior, giving away prized possessions, talking about "not being around anymore" and mentioning comments about suicide.  

Camp Joy staff facilitated group activities in which students learned more about each other. Students participated in great conversations about the purpose of Hope Squad and the impact they hope to make on their school and community. Students wrapped up the day by sharing an adjective to describe the day. Many students described the day as "inspiring" and "fun" and "connected." 

Monthly Hope Squad meetings will begin in January and our Hope Squad members will be planning a Hope Week to launch in the spring!

Here's a Facebook LIVE video from the retreat.
A Note from Kings Resource Coordinator
Last year, the Kings School District hired Mrs. Becky Lemon as the School Resource Coordinator. Mrs. Lemon's primary role of the Resource Coordinator is to meet with families to identify needs and then help connect them with available community resources. She also serves as a liaison between the school and community.

Click here to read about some of the great things that are being done in our community.

A majority of Mrs. Lemon’s salary is paid by the Warren County Educational Service Center through a grant from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program.
CIS Students Visited by Local Optometrist
Optometrist, Dr. Laurie Flagel recently visited the 5th graders on Team Positive at Columbia Intermediate School. She spoke to students about eyes and how we see. The 5th grade students have been studying light energy and how the eyes work so this visit fit right in with what they've been learning in class.  
SLE Green Gang
The South Lebanon Elementary Green Gang, comprised of the entire SLE third grade is making a difference in many ways. In what used to be the after school EClub, a club which focused on being environmentally responsible, the Gang now has taken over as a class to help with activities such as the school wide recycling, filling bird feeders to participate in Cornell University's Citizen Science Program - Feeder Watch, using technology to share data and results of the projects they're working on, and feeding the local wildlife on the nature trail to capture images and video clips on their new trail cam. 

SLE Third Grade Teacher, Juli Elder, last year's Project Excellence award recipient was awarded funds to use at SLE. She chose to purchase a trail camera to use this year. Each week the students are working on retrieving the camera from the trail and using the images and videos to track the number of species, number of visitations, as well as the time and temp of each visit. The students then put together a quick video to share with the entire school to talk about what they are seeing each week.

Elder said, "It's been so much fun watching the kiddos' faces light up when we get to see and talk about the special species that are visiting our trail each day. And we love being able to help take care them by providing food and a salt lick to help get them through those cold winter nights." The SLE PTO has helped to supply the food for the project. "A big thank you goes out to them for helping to provide such a memorable experience for our kiddos,"  she said.

Check out their first nature cam update.
2019 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
We are proud to announce this year's Award Recipients of the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. This year, Kings High School students represent with 1 Portfolio by Elise Belanger, 14 Gold Keys, 21 Silver Keys, and 32 Honorable Mentions.

Over 5,000 pieces of art were submitted for judging. Works were judged on originality, technical skills, and emergence of personal vision or voice. We wish the best of luck to our Gold Key winners, as their work continues on to the national competition.

The students are under the supervision of KHS teachers, Angie Guilfoyle, Kelly Shields, Cassandra Barnes, Carrie Cooke, and Stacy Hoffert.

See a list of the winners and their work   here  .

Gold Key Art Portfolio
By Elise Belanger
KHS Students Compete at Overture Awards
This weekend, twelve of Kings High School's finest musicians and art students will represent Kings at the prestigious Cincinnati Arts Association's Overture Awards. These students submit portfolios and perform in competition with students from other high schools and studios throughout Greater Cincinnati. 

Approximately twenty percent of students in each category in this weekend's regional competition will move on to the Semi-Finals in February. From there the top four in each category earn scholarships and compete for the top prize as they perform and are recognized at the Aronoff Center. 

The Overture Awards is a program that recognizes, encourages, and rewards excellence in the arts among Greater Cincinnati students in grades 9-12. It is the area's largest solo arts competition and offers awards in six artistic disciplines: creative writing, dance, instrumental music, theatre, visual art, and vocal music.

Competing this weekend are Amy Helms -- Vocal Music, Madeline Reeves -- Instrumental Music (Viola),Casey Jantzen -- Instrumental Music (Flute)(not pictured).Lucas Anderson-Clark -- Visual Art, Anna-Claire Barker -- Visual Art, Elise Belanger -- Visual Art, Kevin Lewis -- Visual Art, Megan Wagner -- Visual Art, Daniel Orenday -- Visual Art, Sarah Silva -- Visual Art (not pictured), Michaela Williams -- Visual Art, and Sydney Theiss -- Visual Art. 

Kings High School is proud to send these students to the Overture Awards and wish them the very best. Good luck to these talented students!

For more information about the Overture Awards please visit  t he Cincinnati Arts Association website .
KJH Yearbooks on Sale NOW
Attention Kings Junior High Parents:

Yearbooks are now on sale. The cost is $35 which includes having your student's name engraved on the cover of the book. This helps to deter theft. 

The yearbook is a  hardcover  book with 80  color pages of happenings and activities at KJH. Don't be left out, order a yearbook today. Order forms can be found here or visit and type in Kings Mills, OH.

Thank you for supporting the KJH yearbook!
Save the Date for the Next Blood Drive
Our next scheduled  Kings/Hoxworth Blood Drive  is Wednesday,  March 13 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Kings Junior High Multipurpose Room.  Please mark your calendars now!
Kings Preschool Registration 2019-2020
Preschool registration for next year is just around the corner for the Kings District! The Kings Preschool & Childcare will be accepting registrations for the 2019-2020 school year beginning January 22. The preschool/childcare program meets in the King Local School District’s Kings Education Center (KEC) located in Kings Mills. Kings Preschool offers both preschool and childcare for 3-5 year olds. Two, four & five day classes are available. All programs are licensed by the Ohio Department of Education.

More information may be obtained on the Preschool Registration tab on the Kings Local School District website at . or by clicking here . Registration forms will be available on the “ About Preschool ” page in late December.

To schedule a tour or ask questions about our program, call 398-8050 ext. 10043.
Meet and Greet with Snow White
The Junior High Musical at Kings this year is SNOW WHITE and THE PRINCE which will be held February 7-9, 2019.

Don't miss the "Snow Whites Friends Meet and Greet" on Saturday, February 9 from 12:45-1:30 p.m. in the Kings High School Cafeteria before the 2:00 p.m. matinee.

Admission is $7 per child with one adult chaperone. LIMIT 50 tickets to the event so get your tickets soon! Includes characters meet and greet, with photo opportunities, snack, and crafts.

Tickets for performances and meet and greet tickets are currently on sale at ticket tracker also:
Kings Spiritwear Now Available Online

Visit and at the top click "Find Your Shop." A drop down menu will appear and you can click on the school or organization you would like to support. 20% of your purchase goes back to that organization!
Let's Get Social!
Keep up with everything Kings by following us on social media. We can’t possibly report all of the great things happening in our weekly EBBN. We update our social media pages daily with exciting things that happen in and out of our classrooms! Follow us on Facebook , Twitter, and Instagram  to keep up with all of the great things that happen on a daily basis.  

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Check out some of the fun Winter opportunities for kids!
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 Women's Lacrosse Info
Kings Women's Lacrosse will host their pre-season meeting on Monday, February 4 at 6:00 p.m. in the Kings Junior High Multi Purpose room. If you have any questions please contact Coach Blibrey at .
Don't Miss Dick's Sporting Goods Discount!
DICK’s Sporting Goods, will be hosting a 20% discount shop event for all Kings Lacrosse families at the Mason store on February 2   – 3. The discount is valid on purchases STOREWIDE  – including lacrosse equipment and apparel, running shoes, camping gear, bicycles – you name it!

Certain exclusions apply, but are mostly limited to guns, ammo, and some golf brands. If they do not have a product in store that you need, you will be able to order it that day with the 20% discount and receive your product at home in 3-6 days. If your team would like to place an order, they can do so in the store over this weekend and receive the discount. 

Click here to learn more!
K-6 Girls Lacrosse Registration Ending Soon

Kings Girls Youth Lacrosse registrations for K - 6th grade will end this Sunday January 20. Registration details can be found at
Kings Softball Spring Mini Clinic
Join the Lady Knights Softball Team at their annual Spring Mini Clinic! Students ages 5-14 are welcome. It will take place on Saturday, February 16 at the Kings Education Center. Cost of the clinic is $40. Each camper will receive a t-shirt.

Click here for the registration form and more information.
KHS Dance Team Pajama Jam
Save the Date for Knight to Remember!
Fundraisers and More!
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