Eagle Flyer

A newsletter for Walnut Hills High School

Principal's Message

March 5, 2021

Dear Walnut Hills High School Families,

I saw this story of the Eagle and the Crow in a social media feed. Of course, it caught my eye with the eagle reference.

“The only bird that dares to peck an eagle is the crow. The crow sits on the eagle’s back and bites his neck. The eagle does not respond, nor fight with the crow; it does not spend time or energy on the crow, instead he just opens its wings and begins to rise higher in the heavens. The higher the flight, the harder it is for the crow to breathe, and eventually the crow falls off due to lack of oxygen. Learn from the eagle and don’t fight the crows, just keep ascending. They might be along for the ride, but they’ll soon fall off. Do not allow yourself to succumb to the distractions . . . keep your focus on the things above and continue rising.”

- Solara, The Lesson of the Eagle and the Crow

This is a lesson that has a lot of personal implications, and the ones for our Eagles are worth highlighting. Students, faculty and the school have had a lot of distractions this year to say the least. We want to keep soaring and maintain our focus on personal and academic goals as we head into the final quarter. I hope you will take a few minutes to check out some of our students’ recent accomplishments in this week’s Memorable Moments. We are so proud of the various ways that our students are developing their talents and interests even in these most unusual times.

As we look ahead to the final months of school, we are working on activities and ways to celebrate the senior class. We are excited to help create some memories with them and for them as they wrap up their time at Walnut Hills. More details will follow, but please know that plans are in the works for the Class of 2021’s final quarter and graduation ceremony.

As a school, we continue to rise and look above and ahead. This is the time of the school year when we are actively planning for next school year as we work to bring this year to a strong end. Please note that the deadline for the district survey regarding 4th quarter and next year has been extended to noon on Tuesday, March 9. Be assured that we will have a plan for in-person learning at Walnut Hills High School for the 2021-2022 school year. We can’t wait for our students to be on campus!

Sursum ad Summum,

John Chambers

Go Eagles!

What you need to know for next week!

Remember: there is no school on Monday for students! The teachers have a Professional Development Day. We will follow this schedule for Tuesday-Friday.

Upcoming Dates


4-6 Senior High Musical: Songs for a New World, 7 pm

8 No school for students / Teacher PD Day

9 WHIP General Meeting, 7 pm

12 End of 3rd Quarter

13 SAT Testing

14 Daylight Savings begins

15 4th Quarter begins

17 WHHS Association, 7 pm

18 LSDMC Meeting, 6 pm

22-29 Spring Break!

30 School resumes: special schedule for week


5 No school for students: special schedule for week


Order Tickets Now!

The senior high musical, Songs For a New World, opens next week! The show will livestream from the auditorium March 4-6, @ 7.pm, featuring music from Rick Canter's talented orchestra.

Songs For a New World is a song cycle of 16 independent stories told entirely through song. From immigrants sailing to the new world, to a kid growing up in Brooklyn with dreams of becoming a basketball star, to a couple taking a second chance at love, the songs span a diverse cast of characters throughout different periods of space and time. Whether dramatic, tragic, or comedic; all of the stories and songs in the show are tied together by the common themes of change, love, hope, and resolve. Here is a link to the complete Playbill.

If you’re looking for a little music to soothe your soul, check out this phenomenal production next weekend. There are some powerhouse vocalists in this show that are not to be missed, and our student designers have made this show look and sound great! Streaming passes are $10 (plus fees) and can be purchased at: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/tickets

Upcoming Auditions for Cast and Crew of Frozen, Jr.

Who Can Audition?: Any student in grades 7-9
Who Can Interview for Crew Positions?: Any student in grades 7-12
How do I audition?: Initial auditions are by video submission only. All video auditions are due Monday, March 8th. Selected callbacks will be held over Google Meet on Thursday, March 11.
Where can I find the packet, and how can I sign up? Go to the Theatre Department website here to sign up and download the audition packet with more information. This is also where you can find all the audition materials you need, and fill out the form to sign up. Parents will need to fill out the electronic permission form before students can be cast.
Will rehearsals and performances will be live at school? Yes, with established COVID protocols in place. The performances will at least be livestreamed from the auditorium. A possible limited, live audience is TBD.
Questions? Please email Mr. Sherman at shermmi@cps-k12.org
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Grades 9-12 Women

Girls to Women and the We Care girls are celebrating women leaders during a virtual event on March 15. We are looking to showcase CPS talent during this event. If know of girls who would like to showcase their talent (music, poetry, dance, singing...), let me know or email me a video of themselves performing their talent along with their name, school and contact information.

Christine Miller, MSW, LISW-S

School Social Worker

Cincinnati Public Schools

Dept. of Positive School Culture and Safety


Attention Families of Seniors!

Please read the details for the Senior Sign Walk Through Event.

Reporting Absences Parents/guardians can call the Absence Hotline 363-8404 or send an email to the Attendance Email whhsattendance@gmail.com to report student absences. For more details, please use this link WHHS Reporting Absences

Counselor's Corner

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Students Interested in CCP: Please keep in mind that your transcripts will not be sent until you complete the mandatory Letter of Intent found on the Counseling page. The deadline for signing the letter of intent is May 1st.
Attention Current Freshmen and Sophomores:
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P&G Resident Scholar Program



Congratulations to the following members of the Walnut Programming Club who placed first in the TechOlympics Showcase Presentation Competition, for its project, No Lab Physics:

Ajai Nelson, Annie Laursen, Benjamin Franks, Liza Vologzhanin, and Louis Ke.

Sophomore Abigail Soares has won a regional award (The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards) for two powerful poems. If she is a national winner, she will be notified in March. There are hundreds of submissions, so this is wonderful recognition of her work.
Congratulations to the theater department and everyone involved with the fall production of Hamlet. The show was one of ten chosen from high schools across the state to "perform" at the Ohio Thespian Virtual State Conference. The video of the production will stream on demand on March 27 from 8am to midnight with the nine other shows. More details to come!
Congratulations to our winter athletes finishing outstanding seasons! We have a STATE RUNNER-UP swimmer! Alex Craft, Senior (500 Free)

Other notable swimming performances (Alex Craft, 6th in 200 Free and Phoebe Wright, 4th in 100 Free)

Dezmond Gayle, freshman has advanced to the District wrestling tournament!

Where In Walnut

The background from our last flyer was a photo taken after the February snowstorm. Ice coated the trees in Blair Circle creating a winter wonderland.