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A newsletter for Walnut Hills High School

Principal's Message

November 13, 2021

Dear Walnut Hills High School Families:


I hope that you have had a great week! It is hard to believe, but this past week was the midterm week of the 2nd quarter. Please take a moment this weekend to check your child's midterm grades and have some conversation about how he or she thinks this year is going so far. Listen for areas of concern as well as areas where there is interest, success and growing confidence. As much as students - and parents too - tend to focus on grades, it is helpful to praise their efforts and reinforce that connection between effort and outcomes.


Things tend to go quickly from here to the end of the second semester. Just a reminder that the semester concludes with semester exams the week of December 13-17. Here is a copy of the exam schedule for planning purposes. Semester exams are 20% of the overall semester grade with quarters 1 and 2 each counting for 40% of the semester grade. Last week the Counseling Department presented "Preparing for Exams" for our junior high students who will be experiencing cumulative exams for the first time. If you missed that presentation, it is linked on the Junior High Google site (see below).


Finally, we are in the middle of an exciting fine arts seasons and so happy that our students can perform again in front of live audiences. This week the senior high play "Rhinoceros" is playing for sold out performances in the Rick Steiner Black Box Theatre. There are so many outstanding opportunities to see and hear our students' talents in the upcoming month. We hope you will be able to join us for a performance!


Sincerely,


John Chambers

Sursum ad Summum

Upcoming Dates

November

16 LSDMC Meeting, 6 pm virtual (note change in date)

17 Jazz Band Concert, 7 pm Auditorium; WHHS Association Meeting, 7 pm virtual, featuring parent Mental Health and Wellness Speakers Series, "Information about Mental Health Issues"

18 Conference Night, 5-8 pm

22 Junior High Choir Concert, 7 pm Auditorium

22-23 Annual Library Book Sale

24 Conference day - NO SCHOOL!

25-26 Thanksgiving holiday - NO SCHOOL!

30 Beginning, Intermediate, and Junior Strings Orchestra Concert, 7 pm Auditorium


December

2-4 One Acts, 7 pm Black Box

4 SAT testing

6 Steel Band Concert, 7 pm Auditorium

7 Beginning Band Concert, 7 pm Auditorium

8 Intermediate Band, Jr. Band, Symphonic and Wind Ensemble Concert, 7 pm Auditorium

10 Senior High Choir Concert, 7 pm Auditorium

11 ACT Testing

13-17 Exam Week

16 LSDMC Meeting, 6 pm virtual

20-31 Winter Break, Classes resume on Monday, January 3, 2022

Announcements

Legacy of Excellence

Did you know that ONE-THIRD of our school’s annual discretionary budget is supported by the generosity of Walnut Hills’ parents? Many of the things that make Walnut Hills special, simply won’t happen without YOUR annual support of the Legacy of Excellence (“LOE”) fundraising campaign.

The Legacy of Excellence campaign funds:

• Textbooks and other academic tools to support our students;

• Orchestra and Band Instruments (large instruments -Double Bass, Tuba, etc.);

• College Information Center staff salaries;

• Salaries of WHHS coaches and our year around strength coach;

• Uniforms/Equipment for WHHS Eagles sports teams;

• New Choral Risers and Acoustic Sound Shells for the auditorium stage; and

• Staff Appreciation Gifts.

Can we count YOU to help Walnut Hills reach its Legacy of Excellence 2021/22 campaign goal of $120,000?

Click here for additional information. Click here to donate!

DINE AND DONATE: SUPPORT OUR CLASSICS ITALY TRIP!

Mod Pizza Fundraisers for Walnut Hills Classics Italy Trip!

We get 20% of all orders when you mention our fundraiser!

November 29: Link for dine-in and sharing on social media; GR211397W is the code for online ordering

December 6: Link for dine-in and sharing on social media; GR211398W is the code for online ordering

December 13: Link for dine-in and sharing on social media; GR211230W is the code for online ordering

LIBRARY BOOK SALE IS BACK!

After a very long, two-year hiatus, we're very happy to announce that the Annual Library Book Sale is back! For those new to Walnut, here's the scoop: the book sale can only happen thanks to the generous donations of used books we get throughout the year. Those donations can happen any time - so think of us next time you're cleaning out your book shelves. During our book sale, no book costs more than $1 - and we even sell some for as low as 25 cents! It's a great opportunity for you to expand your home collection! We also have other items such as craft kits and board games.

This year's sale will happen during Thanksgiving Week - how appropriate is that? The sale will be Monday and Tuesday, November 22-23. Set up will happen the previous Friday, November 19th.

ANNOUNCING AUDITIONS AND CREW INTERVIEWS FOR THE SPRING SENIOR HIGH THEATRE PRODUCTIONS!

The Spongebob Musical- February 17-19, 2022- WHHS Auditorium

Lend Me a Tenor- April 22-24, 2022- Rick Steiner Black Box Theater

Auditions and Crew Interviews for both shows will be held jointly on Monday, November 15 and Tuesday, November 16

Spongebob callbacks will take place Wednesday, November 17

Tenor callbacks will take place Thursday, November 18

For more information follow the links below for each show:

The Spongebob Musical

Lend Me a Tenor

The Spirit Shop, located in the cafeteria, is open for students on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, 10 am-1:20 pm.

Stay Informed!

STUDENT WELLNESS

mental health and wellness speaker series

Our WHHS Association and IN5 are excited to partner for this year's Mental Health and Wellness Speaker Series. Please see the flyer below and use this link for the live Zoom links.
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memorable moments of the week

On October 27, Mr. Scudder’s Time to Speak class collaborated with the two elementary schools for practice with reading fluency and delivery. Time to Speak students read to elementary library students at North Avondale Montessori and AWL via Google Meet. This collaboration through the libraries at each school was an amazing opportunity for our Eagles to show their leadership-- and for kids to ask important questions about high school life, Walnut and more. Both the high school and elementary students LOVED the experience, and we have more collaborations in the works!
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The 2021-2022 AP Physics students, instructed by Mrs. Coats-Haan, took their learning to the Walnut Hills High School natatorium for our first ever Cardboard Regatta. The WHHS Chatterbox captured this video for those who were not able to attend the in-person regatta. The regatta combined rigorous academics with fun for memorable learning!