Deer Park Jr/Sr High School Wildcat Weekly: November 7, 2021

Jr./Sr. High School

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A Message from the Administrators

Hello Deer Park High School Families!

Happy Sunday!

When I reflect and report out on DPHS this week, one thought comes to mind: Our students and staff are focused on our core mission of delivering research-based rigorous academics and our precious time during the day is maximized on Teaching and Learning. We are in the zone! That is a tribute to the hard work of our collective staff and our collective student body. A sincere thank you to our staff and students!

In addition to our academic focus, a well rounded menu of extracurricular opportunities and simply good things are taking place at DPHS and throughout our district. We recently began our holiday food drive to provide a hand-up to local families, our band/color guard received the highest ranking possible in the State Competition, our choir performed the National Anthem at the Cincinnati Cyclones hockey game this week, our football team made the playoffs, and our 8th graders will be going on a Washington DC Trip on Tuesday!

Needless to say we have much to be thankful for and need to take time to celebrate.

As we head into the month of November our DPHS team will be working hard in the classrooms and to each and everyone as we head toward the Thanksgiving holiday, let's take time to reflect on all of the good around us at Deer Park! Our DPHS team is here to serve you!

LIfe is good!


Bob Winterberger, Principal

Mindy Robertson, Assistant Principal



Classroom Highlight

Delivering rigorous Teaching and Learning in our academic classrooms during the day is priority 1 at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Mindy and I have been in multiple classrooms this week and one of the classes I observed was science class with Mr. Hills. With any academic classroom there are several key elements we look for. First and foremost, was there a Clear Learning Goal for the lesson observed and was that CLG communicated to the students?

The Clear Learning Goal for Mr. Hills’ lesson was for students to list several pieces of evidence that support that the Earth's climate has changed over time. Secondly, all lessons taught at Deer Park High School need to be crafted from the approved Academic Standards.

This lesson was crafted from 8.ESS.4 which states, "Evidence of the dynamic changes of the Earth's surface through time is found in the geologic record." Thirdly, research based best practice teaching processes need to be used to deliver the instruction to accelerate student learning. Mr. Hills’ best practices observed included: guided notes, the use of a graphic organizer, and the online tool Pear Deck, to collect students' responses to comprehension questions. Lastly, there must be a strategic way to check with success criteria to measure if the students mastered the standard taught.

At the conclusion of the lesson, I observed Mr. Hills had students complete an exit slip based off of three scenarios in the lesson. He then was able to review their answers and determine the level of student mastery.

Congratulations to Mr. Hills for engaging his Science students in an engaging best practice lesson this week. I was very impressed with our student participation and engagement also.

Great Team effort!


Student Exemplars

Marching Wildcats Earn Superior Rating at OMEA State Competition

In an unprecedented run for a school the size of Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School, the Deer Park Marching Wildcats made its 28th straight trip to Welcome Stadium at the University of Dayton for the OMEA State Band Finals this weekend.

This year, for the first time since 2015, the Marching Wildcats earned a 1-Superior rating, OMEAs highest honor performing their show, "The Nightmare before Christmas!"

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Deer Park Choir Performs Anthem at Cincinnati Cyclones Game

The Deer Park High School Choir had the prestigious honor of singing the National Anthem at the second home game of the season for the minor league hockey Cincinnati Cyclones last week! The students performed beautifully, and the Cyclones brought home a 5-3 victory for good measure!

See the Photo Gallery

Deer Park Seniors Complete Week of Service during Senior Serve

In three days, the Deer Park Class of 2022 participated in a widespread service activity across the city of Cincinnati known as "Senior Serve." The senior class volunteered nearly 700 hours this week at multiple non for profit agencies (like Matthew 25 Ministries, Gorman Heritage Farms, FreeStore Food Bank, InReturn, and LADD) while simultaneously discussing and investigating issues of hunger, food scarcity, community, and housing.

See the Photo Gallery


Building news

  • Pride Survey: As we look at best approaches to support our students, we ask for your support as we administer the PreventionFIRST! Student Survey. This is an anonymous student survey about alcohol use, drug use, and other health behaviors. The survey information will assist us in assessing our successes or needs in educating students of the health and safety value of not using alcohol and drugs. The PreventionFIRST! Student Survey is a thoroughly researched group of questions that can give us valuable insight into many positive and negative student health behaviors. Again, the survey is an anonymous survey and students are not required to participate, it is voluntary on the part of each student.

    • If you prefer that your child not participate please inform our office in writing before Nov. 17th. The survey will be administered on Nov. 22nd and 23rd, respectively.

    • If you would like to see a copy of the survey to review its content, please feel free to contact Jason Spelic at Thank you for supporting our efforts to help students understand that alcohol and drug use can be harmful to their health and safety.

  • Extended Absences and Make-Up Work due to Covid:

    • Students can really fall quickly behind when they need to be out for several days. Many students also offer up “I don’t know what to do!” when parents/guardians ask if they should be working on items. Obviously, students should rest if they are ill, but we want to share some tips on how students and families can manage absent work when this happens:

      • Check Schoology together. This is the #1 location where teachers post their Google Meet links, make-up assignments, daily agendas, etc.

      • Can’t access Schoology? Email the teachers. This is the next best step!

      • If all else fails, contact the school at 513-891-0010. This is also very important if your student says they are missing their Chromebook or charger.

    • Upon return, students should:

      • Take advantage of their xbells to go to teachers about their absent work.

      • Come in on Thursdays from 7:35 - 8:00 to get help if needed.

      • Attend an after school homework club (see below for locations)
        Continue to check Schoology daily for those assignments that are still listed as missing!

  • Need some extra math help? The math department is available for support M-W after school: 

    • Monday:  Mr. Marsh, Rm 157

    • Tuesday:  Mrs. Deller, Rm 226

    • Wednesday:  Mr. Benjamin, Rm 224

  • Need other academic help after school? We have homework club after school M-F from 3-4 p.m. at these days/locations:

    • Junior High:

      • Monday: Ms. Troxell, Rm 58

      • Tuesday: Mrs. Stiller, Rm 151

    • High School:

      • Monday: Mr. Marsh, Rm 157

      • Tuesday: Mrs. Deller, Rm 226

      • Wednesday: Ms. Parker, Rm 220

      • Thursday: Ms. Taylor, Rm 252

      • Friday: Mr. Moore, Rm 155

  • Need some academic help? Morning Intervention is available all year for students to come in for extra help from teachers on Thursdays at 7:35am. Students also have a daily “extra help” bell during the day to meet with their teachers.


Counselor's Corner

Check out important info from the guidance office by clicking the link below.

Counselor's Corner


Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • 8th Grade Washington D.C. Trip: November 9-12

  • Band Tag Day: Saturday, November 13

  • Board of Education Regular Meeting: Tuesday, November 17 | 6:30 p.m.

  • High School Fall Play: November 19-20

  • Winter Sports Picture Day: Tuesday, November 23

  • Winter Sports Kick-off Meeting: Tuesday November 23 | 6:30 p.m.

  • Thanksgiving Holiday Break: November 24-26


In Case You Missed It



School Nurse

Moving forward, all student COVID-19 cases occurring outside of school hours (evenings/weekends) should be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • Call the Deer Park COVID Hotline at (513) 936-7843

  • Fill our the Deer Park COVID Reporting Form linked below:

Deer Park COVID Reporting Form

A district nurse or administrator will reach out within 24 hours of the reported case to collect further details.


Deer Park PTO

Become a PTO Member!  The PTO needs you to share your ideas, volunteer at events, plan fundraisers, and so much more!  Use the link to become a member and stay up to date on all the PTO information.  

Become a Member!


Staying Connected

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Please see the attached flyer for ways to stay connected through Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

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