Deer Park Jr/Sr High School Wildcat Weekly: October 9, 2022

Jr./Sr. High School

What's New?


A Message from the Principal

Hello Deer Park Families! Happy Sunday!

As we come to the end of the first quarter, it certainly has been a whirlwind for Ms. Brown and I. We have really enjoyed getting to know and working with your kids, celebrating all of their great achievements so far, helping them when they make a poor choice, and getting to know you as parents! We have a lot of great things to come during the rest of the school year, but before that happens I want to take a moment and just say thank you for all the support and how you have welcomed us into the Deer Park family! There is no better place than The Park!

John Vander Meer


Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School


Classroom Spotlight

This week we are doing things a little differently. October 2 was National Custodian Day and I want to take a minute and say thank you to all our custodians that work tirelessly for our staff and our students. Their job normally is thankless and very underappreciated but over the last several years even more so. I saw this quote and I thought it said it very well:

“They work while we sleep. Sometimes we walk around them in the halls not always seeing them or their work as important. That’s why we love this day, National Custodian Day, which rolls around every October 2. It recognizes the hard work that it takes to keep our public facilities in tip-top shape as well as the people who diligently work to make sure we have schools and workplaces that are spotless and sanitary. Custodians are our first line of defense in the war on germs, and often it is a very thankless job!”

This summer was a great example of how hard they work. Because of all the contrustrution at the High School our building was filled with dust just a week before school started. These men and women worked many long hours to have the place spotless for staff and students when the doors open for the first day of school

Join me in thanking our custodians for all the hard work, the pride they take in being a part of the Wildcat Family, and how much they care about our students, our staff, and THE PARK!



Building news

Upcoming Testing Information

  • Reminder for students and families who have registered to take the PSAT on October 12th: Please encourage your student to get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast before the test. The testing time will run from the normal start of the day until around 11-12 p.m. in their testing location. 

  • All sophomores will be provided the opportunity to take the Pre-ACT on Wednesday, Oct. 19. Sophomores will be testing during bells 1-3 and will be excused from missed work that day as there is not an adjusted bell schedule.


Sandy’s Closet Donations

Deer Park Schools owes a big thank you to our community for supporting Sandy’s Closet this past spring and summer.  The clothing room has seen a significant increase in family use since the beginning of this school year.  Your donations have been greatly appreciated by our shoppers.

As you begin to change over your own children’s clothing for fall and winter, please keep us in mind for any clothing your children can no longer wear that you are looking to donate.  We accept gently used children’s clothing, shoes, boots, coats etc. - sizes infant through clothing appropriate for our high school students.

Donations can be dropped off at the front desk of the Holmes Building M-F from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We are grateful for your continued support of our families.


Donations Needed

The recent tragic flooding in eastern Kentucky and the landfall of Hurricane Ian has left many in our nation in need. The Jr./Sr. High Step-Up Club is collecting donations to be given to Matthew 25 in Blue Ash. In case you're not familiar, Matthew 25 is an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization located in Blue Ash. If you are able to donate and bring to school any of the following items, the Step-Up Club will collect it from X-bells and make sure the supplies get to Matthew 25.  

We are looking for:  

  • 12 or 24 count cases of water

  • toothbrushes 

  • sponges

  • rubber gloves

  • toilet paper 

  • paper towels

  • diapers and wipes 

  • bandages


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:

  • Girls JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Indian Hill: Tuesday, Oct. 11 | 5:30/6:30 p.m.

  • Girls Varsity Soccer vs. FInneytown (Senior Night): Wednesday, Oct. 12 | 7 p.m.

  • JV/Varsity Volleyball vs. Finneytown (Senior Night): Thursday, Oct. 13 | 5:30/6:30 p.m.

  • End of First Quarter (Student Half Day): Friday, Oct. 14

  • Kettering Fairmont Band Invitational: Saturday, Oct. 15 | 5/7 p.m.



In Case You Missed It

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: 

  • Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School: Tuesday, November 29

More Information

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.

New Crisis Lifeline

If you haven’t heard, the new suicide and crisis lifeline is 988.  You can also text 988 or chat at

For more information about this new system, please click the attached link to go to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

After-School Assistance

  • 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

  • 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

    • Junior High:

    • High School:

  • 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.


Staying Connected

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 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

  • Instagram: follow us at DPHS Principals



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