Spring 2017
Lost Art: Reading as a pastime

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Matt Knott, the science teacher on Team 8 White at Kings Junior High, has always made a unique request on his student’s class supply sheets. He asks that kids bring a book or some kind of reading material to class with them that they can turn to when there’s a lot of downtime.

Why? Knott says it’s all part of an program he came across from a previous Language Arts teacher. The goal? Teachers simply want their students to “get caught reading.” Along with Team 8 White Language Arts teacher Nicole Hindersman, the two developed a plan to reward their students for silent reading.   Read more of this post

Spring 2017
Best of the Class: 2017

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With Graduation Day coming up for the class of 2017, the students representing the class as Valedictorian and Salutatorian have been announced.

Hannah Rasmussen, Valedictorian, will be leaving high school with a GPA of 4.689 and an ACT score of 34.   Read more of this post

Track & Field
Incline To The Finish Line

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The 2017 Kings Track and Field team volunteered at the annual Incline to the Finish Line on Saturday, April 22 at Saint Joseph’s home in Cincinnati. The 5K event has been a Track and Field tradition for years and helps benefit those in the area with disabilities. Full gallery of the team and participants inside.

photos by Evan Warner

Futures
Athletic Signing Day

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A new crop of Kings High School athletes signed on to their futures Wednesday in a special ceremony in the gymnasium.  Click here for a full list.

photos by Emma Hunt: Kings High School Yearbook

Winter 2017
 Krazy Karnival 2017

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The JF Burns PTO Krazy Karnival returned this year on Saturday March 4.

Students and families could enjoy fun activities that included a cake walk, face painting, carnival foods, a used book sale, an art show showing off the work of students, a vendor fair, and games with prizes in every classroom.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
 A Kings mother shares her story

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Kings High School will be hosting the “Right Under Your Nose” program on Monday, Feb. 27 at 6:30 p.m. in the Kings High School auditorium. This presentation is for parents only and will be showcasing a realistic model of a teenager’s bedroom. This model will allow parents to see first-hand is the hazards of over 60 items related to drug abuse that could be hidden in a child’s room.

At the meeting, parents will hear information on topics such as violence, crime, technology, and substance abuse. Parents, coaches, teachers and caregivers will also have the opportunity to hear from Beth Renner, a Kings parent who will share a personal story about her son and his tragic story of substance abuse.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
‘Kindness to all’

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Last month, students all over the King’s District participated in the Great Kindness Challenge. It was a week centered around the idea of spreading and teaching the ways of kindness. Last year the Great Kindness Challenge influenced 8 thousand schools and over 5 million students in over 60 countries around the world. Together achieving over 250 million acts of kindness.  Read more of this post

Winter 2017
Teen Alliance Council encourages outreach

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The Teen Alliance Council of Warren County is a group of students representing local schools such as Carlisle, Springboro, Waynesville, and Kings, working together to make positive influences in their school and local community. The branch of Teen Alliance Council at Kings is called Act Now.

“The Teen Alliance Council meets monthly with members from all schools and professionals across Warren County.” says Katie Mosure, Kings High School Counselor. “Students then take these skills to their schools and apply them to school-based activities through an outreach like Red Ribbon Week in October, Teen Dating Violence Awareness month in February, and the Youth Summit in March.”   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
Care-packages for the troops

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The “J.F. Burns Loves the Troops Care Package Drive” is kicking off a new effort to help Kings High School graduates currently-deployed overseas.

The drive begins Monday, Feb. 13 and ends March 3. Volunteers are accepting donations anytime during school hours. A collection box located in the school’s main hallway is also available for after-hours donations.

The drive was launched six years ago by Hope Cantrall, the parent of a first-grader at J.F. Burns and son, Bartt Albarado, a 2009 KHS graduate, deployed to Kuwait with the Army Reserves.

Cantrall said she knew several other families at J.F. Burns with family members deployed. With the help of the PTO and Principal Cheryl Montag, the group launched the drive.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
Hands-on science at Columbia

Crystal Clear Science continues its long history at Columbia Intermediate School this week as Michele White, more commonly know as “Crystal Clear,” shows off her incredible science skills. After a 30-minute presentation, White introduces the hands-on science stations kids will be visiting, staffed by Kings High School students. Stations include Elastic Energy, Electricity, Static Electricity, Magnetic Energy, and Matter and Forces.

By Amber Mitchell

Winter 2017
Kings hosts REDO Day

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photos by Emilee Charneski

Winter 2017
J.F. Burns celebrates diversity

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J.F. Burns is the most culturally diverse school in the Kings district, with fifteen different languages supported throughout the building. On Jan. 31, the staff and students celebrated their wide variety of cultures by having a multicultural night.   Read more of this post

National Signing Day
Eight KHS athletes sign on for college

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As part of National Signing Day, the Kings High School athletic department on Wednesday morning honored eight athletes who will take their talents to the next level.

Above, left to right: Logan Gray, Muskingum University, soccer; Grant Coleman, Limestone College, football; Alex Kwasniewski, Robert Morris University, football; Clay Spivey, Georgetown College, football; Hannah Dargo, Thomas More College, soccer; Dan Sichterman, Iowa State, football; Foster Martin, Ohio Dominican University, soccer; and Matt Sichterman, University of Nebraska, football.

By Chandler Kircher

Winter 2017
Brace for a drop in graduation rates

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Members of the Kings Local School district recently received an email from Superintendent Tim Ackermann, a call to action to gain local control of high school graduation requirements.

In the message, Ackermann warned residents that nearly 20% of current Kings High School juniors will not meet Ohio’s newly-set requirements to receive a diploma. In other words, 20% of the Kings class of 2018 may not graduate.

A recent article in the Cincinnati Enquirer predicted that Kings High School’s graduation rate would drop from 94.9% in 2015 to 80.4% in 2018, due to the new state standards.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
Residents fight for Kingswood Park

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With the impending construction of a road through Kingswood, a park beloved by many Deerfield residents, many have expressed their concerns to the Deerfield Board of Trustees.

Trustees met on Jan. 17 to discuss the road through Kingswood and the potential environmental impact of the project.

One trustee, Dan Corey, recused himself from the topic and proceeded to leave the room. Corey works for the Warren County Engineer’s Office, which will lead the road project through Kingswood.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
Niche Ohio rankings place Kings at #38

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The Best School Rankings have recently been released by Niche K-12 with Kings Local School District sitting in the #10 spot for the Cincinnati Metro Area and #38 overall in Ohio.

Doug Leist, principal at Kings High School, was overjoyed when Kings was announced with such a high ranking on the Niche grading scale. “Anytime your students and staff are recognized for something positive it is exciting,” said Leist.   Read more of this post

Winter 2017
ReDo now a Kings tradition

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High school is full of many students of many different backgrounds and stories that many don’t always realize. ReDo Day, now a tradition at Kings, gives students the opportunity to learn they aren’t alone.

This year on Feb. 3, about 150 freshmen accompanied by 30 junior leaders will gather in the auditorium to share a little about their stories.   Read more of this post

New Year Edition: 2017
KHS seniors headed to service academies

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It’s a rare opportunity for students to attend one America’s fine federal service academies. This opportunity just became a bit easier for two Kings High School Seniors. Jared Mitchell and Camryn Gostel both received nominations to military academies from House of Representative member, Steve Chabot. Mitchell received a nomination to the United States Military Academy (USMA), more commonly known as West Point.   Read more of this post