Eagle Flyer

A newsletter for Walnut Hills High School

Principal's Message

October 1, 2021

Dear Walnut Hills High School Families:

Hope you had a great week! I would like to focus this week on introducing our grade level principals this year as we have had some changes and new roles.


Matthew Chaney, grades 7-9, A-L

The 2021-2022 school year marks my 13th year in education, but my very first as part of the team at Walnut Hills; in the previous 12 years I taught Social Studies at Turpin High School (AP European History, AP Human Geography). At Walnut Hills, I serve as an Assistant Principal for grades 7-9 (last names A-L). I am grateful that I get to work with the Social Studies department and its fantastic faculty members. Across the building I lead the Security Team, assist with transportation, oversee Study Hall arrangements, and am the liaison for International Field Trips. Outside of the commitment to Walnut Hills, I am enjoying the many activities of my young family. My wife Monica and I are the proud parents of our two sons (Martin Anthony (3) and Malcolm (born in June 2021). Some other passions include traveling around Europe, running, classical music (Mozart is the GOAT), reading historical non-fiction, tending a garden for much of the year, and for some reason supporting my beloved Cincinnati Bengals. Thankful to be a trusted support for all of our Eagles. Sursum ad Summum!

Jessica Smitson, grades 7-9, M-Z

Hello Eagle Family! My name is Jessica Smitson and I am the Assistant Principal working with grades 7-9, last names M-Z. I have a background in 7-12 English, speech, and drama. I have taught in both the middle school and high school settings. I started out my administrative career working with Hamilton County Educational Service Center as a School Improvement Consultant and an Instructional Coach. Working in education for over 19 years has helped me to develop an educational philosophy rooted in providing a positive learning environment for all of our students, an environment that encourages curiosity, and also identifies supports that are the right fit for our students. I want our students to feel that our school is a safe place and a healthy environment that allows them to focus on their studies and personal growth. As a proud alum of Walnut and a proud Walnut parent, I look at the opportunities we provide and our commitment to our students with a variety of lenses. I lead with passion and want every one of our students to graduate from Walnut with an excellent education, a passion for curiosity, and an acceptance of others, without judgment! Within the walls of Walnut, I work closely with the English department, the Student Success Center, our 7th grade Teams, and the medical room. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband, Ricky, my son, Matthew, and my daughter, Lillian! I love to cook, go fishing, and be outside in the fresh air. I love reading and thanks to Mrs. Morgan I have developed a love for suspense and psychological thrillers! I love what I do; I work with a great team and I am proud to be part of the Walnut Hills Administrative Team!


Ashley Morgan, grades 10-12, A-G

Hi Walnut families! My name is Ashley Morgan. I am one of the Assistant Principals working with students in grades 10-12 with the last names A-G. Other responsibilities include working with the PE/Health and Math Departments, orchestrating substitute teachers, master scheduling, organizing events and leading the PBIS program in the building. I LOVE my job and feel so lucky every day to be part of the Walnut Hills community. This is my 13th year in education and 11th year at Walnut Hills! My husband Eric and I live in the CPS school district with our two kiddos Brady and Jaxson, and our pug, Samson. I grew up in Cincinnati (I love it here) and graduated from Lakota East High School. I love to learn! I graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2007 with a double major in Kinesiology and Health promotion. I have continued my education at both the University of Cincinnati and Mount Saint Joseph University earning a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Reading Science and a Master of Arts in Education with a concentration in Administration as well as a Teacher Leader Endorsement. On the weekends you can find me teaching fitness classes, watching football, exploring the Cincinnati Parks with my family, reading and most importantly drinking lots of iced coffee.

Daniel Coleman, grades 10-12, H-O

This is my third year as an assistant principal at Walnut Hills. Prior to beginning my administration journey, I was an English instructor for eight years. Currently, I am the administrator for 10th, 11th, and 12th graders whose last names begin with letters H-O. I also work closely with the science department, counseling team, and the student support team (mental health, social worker, 504, intervention, and IEP specialists). While I am pretty sure that I am tone deaf, and have failed to master any instrument, I love music! My favorite thing to do in my spare time is attending concerts. I will gladly travel to see any of my favorite artists perform live. Spending time outdoors is something else that I enjoy; hiking, swimming, tennis, and flag football are the fun ways that I try to stay active.

Kathy Restle, grades 10-12, P-Z

This is the start of my 14th (gulp!) year at Walnut Hills: 7 years as part of the administrative team, and 7 years working part-time in the College Information Center. I love being part of the Walnut Hills family! As of this year, I have been the grade level principal for all grades at Walnut Hills. I am excited to work with the students in grades 10-12, last names P-Z, this year. In addition to supporting students, I also am the administrator who works closely with the Classics and Modern World Languages departments as well as the library teachers. Other major responsibilities in the building include leading the Continuous Improvement Committee, which focuses on the Long Range Plan and accreditation process, and the AP and Testing program. When I am not at Walnut Hills, I am probably spending time with my family: two sons (a high school senior and recent grad in culinary school!), my husband Mike, two cats Figgy and Teddy (I am a reformed cat-hater turned lover), and my parents. I love to hike, read, cook, travel and spend time with friends when I have free time!

We are a strong administrative team, and I feel so grateful to work with these educators to make Walnut Hills High School a great place to learn and grow.


John Chambers

Sursum ad Summum

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From L to R: Daniel Coleman, Matthew Chaney, Ashley Morgan, Kathy Restle, Jessica Smitson

Upcoming Dates



11 Picture Re-take Day

12 WHIP General Meeting, 7 pm, held virtually

13 PSAT Day

15 End of 1st Quarter

19 Hoxworth Blood Drive

21 LSDMC, 6 pm Conference Room

22 Junior High Boogie Bash, 7-9 pm Junior High Gym

23 ACT Testing

27 WHHS Association, 7 pm Recital Hall


2 Election Day - NO SCHOOL!


Important Information for All AP students - response required!

Please take time to read this information in its entirety and respond to the Parent Survey.

WHHS Sustainability Program

Students and Parents, support your WHHS Sustainability Program!

Volunteering with the WHHS Sustainability Program's Flying Pig / Queen Bee Green Team during the 2021 Flying Pig Marathon / Queen Bee Half Marathon weekend helps the marathon maintain its Green Certification and advances the Sustainability Program's efforts at Walnut Hills High School.

  • We are scheduled for two shifts, 7:00am to 11:30am and 11am to 3:30pm, on Saturday, October 30th at Smale Riverfront Park. You may sign up for one or both shifts.
  • Click here for additional information and how to register.

News from the WHHS Theatre Department

The Walnut Hills Theatre Department's next show is coming up! Audition & Crew Interview packets for the One Act Festival, a collection of student directed one-act plays, are now available on the Walnut Hills Theatre website! Auditions and Crew Interviews are open to all grades, no experience necessary. You can find more details on the theatre department website here: https://sites.google.com/view/whhstheatredepartment/current-season/one-act-festival

Parent Association

Do you want to know more about activities at Walnut Hills High School? Get connected to the Walnut Hills Parent Association!

The mission of the Walnut Hills High School Parent Association is to support the overall school through volunteering and through the provision of much needed funds. Thanks to Walnut Hills parents, guardians, teachers, and staff, the Walnut Hills High School Parent Association helps with a range of items including for example student socials and support of school events. The Walnut Hills High School Parent Association also provides funding for many critical items such as textbooks, technology, and college counseling.

The Walnut Hills Association communicates using a system called Constant Contact, so join our mailing list using the form below and get up to date information about what's happening at Walnut Hills!


Seniors - Yearbook Quotes and Recognition Ads

2022 Senior Quotes: Submit your senior quote and favorite memory for the yearbook (if you don’t submit a quote, the school motto will go under your name) - https://forms.gle/aj9z7ySB8REnDkiB9

2022 SENIOR Recognition (baby) ads: Purchase a senior recognition, or baby ad, in the yearbook to celebrate your senior. Early bird pricing ends 1/1/2022. All senior recognition ads must be purchased by 2/1/2022.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Next week the Walnut Hills' volleyball, cheer, and football teams will be raising awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness months at their home games.

Volleyball plays Tuesday, October 5 v. Anderson (#VolleyForTheCure)

Football plays Friday, October 8 v. West Clermont (#TackleBreastCancer)

Both teams will be wearing pink, encouraging fans to wear pink, have groups present at the games to share more information on Breast Cancer awareness, and collecting donations for the Susan G. Komen Foundation. We would love for you to come, wear your pink and support our teams as they participate in such a worthy cause.

Additionally, Walnut Hills Athletics will be honoring members of the Eagle family who have been impacted by Breast Cancer prior to Friday's game. If you would like to recommend someone (and share their story) for us to honor at the game, please do not hesitate to share that information with Shauniece Steele.

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

Counselor's Corner

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Seniors and Parents: The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) opened today, October 1st. If you need help filling out the FAFSA, Miami University is offering a help night October 5th. Please check your email to register.

Seniors: Please remember we need your paper transcript request forms three weeks prior to your first deadline. Please stop by office 2203 to get the transcript request form, or if you have any questions for the counselors.

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Stay Informed!


memorable moments of the week

Paying It Forward to WHHS Ethnic Studies Students

Ethnic Studies students have been gifted an opportunity to see Guess Who's Coming to Dinner at the Falcon Theatre by Curtis Shepard, owner of The Plaster Surgeon. In addition to his ticket donation, Mr. Shepard also donated his personal time and perspectives as a guest speaker in class. Ms. Owens and her students are grateful to Mr. Shepard and his commitment to seeing our Senior Eagles rise to the highest.

Cincinnati native, Walnut graduate, and author Daniel Mendez Moore joined Ethnic Studies from Minneapolis to discuss his book, Six Days in CIncinnati. His book is a graphic novel depicting the history of the 2001 Cincinnati riots, told from the perspective of the participants. His book led to additional guests local activists Reverend Lynch III, Iris Roley, and Galen Gordon. Between the book and class conversations, students were able to broaden their perspectives and knowledge of important Cincinnati history while also envisioning our shared future.

Homecoming 2021!

Homecoming 2021, with the student-selected theme of Miami Nights, was a huge success! It was wonderful to celebrate the fall sports seasons with junior and senior high pep rallies. The sophomore class hosted Homecoming Games after school, and the student clubs and activities participated in the Homecoming Parade. Kudos to our senior class for planning such a fun and festive weekend!