A Message from the Principal
Hello Deer Park Families! Happy Sunday!
Somehow we are already halfway through the first quarter! We have a lot to celebrate during the first month of this school year–we’ve already seen awesome projects and student performances on assessments, big time victories in athletics, and fantastic band and color guard performances. It has been a great start to the school year!
This is also a great time for families to jump on ProgressBook and see how your student is doing so far; give a pat on the back where things are looking good and make plans for where they are not. Don’t forget teachers have office hours on Thursday mornings from 7:25- 8:00 a.m. for students to get help, as well as the after school homework club. If you have any questions about how your student is doing please email their teacher!
I'm proud to be a part of Deer Park Nation and can't wait to see where we're headed the rest of the year!
John Vander Meer
Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
Students in Mrs. Stiller’s 8th grade math class are really focusing this year on establishing learning targets and understanding individual growth towards each of those targets. Throughout each unit, students are reflecting on their personal learning and choosing different activities to work through to better understand what targets they have not yet mastered. Using a standards-based grading approach, students know what their mastery level is based on their scores (developing, approaching, meeting, and exceeding).
Students recently worked on learning target activities related to rigid transformations and congruence to practice before their big Proof of Mastery assessment (8.G.1,2,3). They were each encouraged to choose a skill they were either developing or approaching. Some students chose to work on card sorts to practice identifying transformations and rules, others completed task cards around the classroom, and others wanted small group help. Every student was able to demonstrate their level of mastery the following day on their assessment. To wrap up the unit, each student will also reflect on the learning targets and “grade” themselves to be able to see all the growth they have made throughout the unit.
Professional Speaker: Building Resilience in Students
On Thursday, October 6th, Deer Park Schools is excited to welcome Dr. Brooks Gibbs to the district. Dr. Gibbs is a social psychologist and one of the top speakers across the country on raising emotionally resilient kids and teaching students to live by the Golden Rule; treating others how you want to be treated! Dr. Gibbs has a humorous and engaging way to help students learn how to regulate their own emotions while also teaching them how to solve social problems.
Throughout the day on Thursday, October 6th, Dr. Gibbs is going to speak to all of our students in grades K-12 and then we will be holding a parent session at Crawford Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. for any and all parents in the district.
We hope that you all consider attending this important and informative session on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 p.m. in Crawford Auditorium.
Dr. Brooks Gibbs Parent Session
Raising Resilient and Emotionally Strong Children
Thursday, October 6
Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
Any and all Deer Park parents are invited to attend this FREE session!
Smile Program Coming to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School
Great news! Deer Park Community City Schools has again partnered with the Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care!
The mobile dentist will be coming to both Amity Elementary and the Jr./Sr. High School on:
Our first round of conferences will be September 29th & September 30th. Please use the link below to schedule conferences with your student's teachers.
Check out important info from the guidance office by clicking the link below.
Please mark these important dates on your calendar:
Varsity Volleyball vs. North College Hill: Monday, Sept. 26 | 6:30 p.m.
Varsity Girls Soccer vs. Madeira: Wednesday, Sept. 27 | 7 p.m.
Conferences (No School for Students): September 29-30
Loveland Band Invitational: Saturday, October 1
In Case You Missed It
Because of the generosity of our community we now have enough bike racks for all our kids to ride their bikes to school or practice and safely lock their bikes up! Thank You!
Lunch Charge Policy
This is a reminder to parents that once a student reaches $30 of charges on their account, they will be provided with a minimal lunch which includes a peanut butter sandwich (or equivalent for those with allergies), a fruit, a vegetable, and a milk. Once they pay their charges, students can resume purchasing a lunch of their choice. For questions on your student's lunch charges, contact the main office.
Coffee with The Administrators
We want to know what you think and what your questions are. Starting in September we will have one night a month where you can meet with us and ask questions or learn more about the different things going on at the Jr./Sr. High School. Sometimes we will bring in experts on specific topics and sometimes it will be more question and answer. We will let you know when our September night will be and hope to see you there.
New Crisis Lifeline
If you haven’t heard, the new suicide and crisis lifeline is 988. You can also text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org
For more information about this new system, please click the attached link to go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Need other academic help after school? We have homework club after school M-F from 3-4 p.m. at these days/locations:
Wednesday: Ms. Troxell, Rm 58
Monday: Mr. Marsh, Rm 157
Tuesday: Mrs. Deller, Rm 226
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.
There are multiple ways to stay connected to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Please see the links below for ways to stay connected through Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Newsletters: All parents who have completed FinalForms should receive Wildcat Weekly Newsletters. If you are not currently receiving them, please register for the e-mail communication. To register, simply go to https://www.deerparkcityschools.org/ and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”.
Twitter: Follow Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School for the most up-to-date news and happenings! @DeerParkHS, @DeerParkSchools and @dpcounselor.
Facebook: follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools and Deer Park Jr/Sr High School
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