High School Weekly News | October 7

Please contact Judy Kelly jkelly@kingsschools.org if you have any questions!

Women Rock STEM!
Let’s show the world that women can totally rock STEM!  On Saturday, October 15, the CyberKnights will be hosting a “Women in STEM” conference in Schirmer Auditorium from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. This is a great opportunity to hear from, and get to know, women who love and are passionate about STEM. The keynote speaker, Mrs. Deb Limb, is the former Director of Structural Engineering at Boeing, and a mechanical engineer. A panel of professional women in STEM careers will be speaking about their experiences and sharing their advice with the next generation of women entering the STEM field. There will also be a question and answer session to discuss the importance of networking, finding a mentor, and how these are crucial to thriving in your future career. This is an incredible opportunity to learn more about the possibilities for careers in STEM fields, to connect with like-minded women, and to interact with professionals from a variety of careers. Tickets are free but space is limited! Sign up at http://cyberknights4911.com/womeninstem. Check-in starts at 12:45. Who says women can’t rock STEM? Not us!

Principal’s Coffee
Do you have questions about what is happening at Kings High School? Please join our Principal, Bob Ruhlman, and other high school administrators, for the Principal’s Coffee on Tuesday, October 18th at 8:30 a.m. in the Student Lounge. All high school parents are welcome to attend this informal event. We look forward to seeing you then!

Class of 2017 Senior Tributes
We have extended the deadline to make reservations for Senior Tribute pages in the 2017 yearbook until Monday, October 10th. Please contact ggracey@kingsschools.org if you have any questions or if you want to reserve a page to recognize your Senior.

King’s Auction Amazon Wish List
This year it’s quick and easy to procure auction items with the King’s Auction Wish List. Click on the link below to purchase one or two(!) items and then choose your shipping preference. Each King’s family is asked to procure items with a value of $100 or more. We’re ready to receive donations today. Thank you for your support.  https://amzn.com/w/35EZYDM5GT0JU

Tolo: Oh The Places You’ll Go!
This is a girl ask guy dance, but we also encourage those who may not want to ask to come in groups. We hope to see the whole school at Tolo!

  • Theme: Oh the Places You’ll Go
  • Date: Saturday, October 22nd
  • Time: 7:00 -10:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Future of Flight in Everett
  • Costumes: Dress up as what you want to be when you grow up.

Host Families Needed
Mrs. McCormick is looking for host families to house students from the Lincoln School in Guadalajara, Mexico. A group of students will be coming to King’s and attending a DECA conference the 2nd week in November. Make a friend, practice your Spanish and have a cultural exchange in your own home for one week! Questions? Contact Señora McCormick at: kmccormick@kingsschools.org. Additional details can be found in the attached flyer.

Freshmen & Sophomore Parents
Angie McClurg, your 9th grade Parent Council representative, and Lisa Spomer, your 10th grade representative, would like you to join them for a coffee time at the Arbor Deli on Tuesday, October 11th from 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. Feel free to drop in to chat and ask any questions you might have. Tolo is coming up in a couple of weeks and maybe you have some questions about that, or, let us know how your student enjoyed Kaleidoscope. Please call or email Angie McClurg at (206) 355-6344 or bamcclurg@hotmail.com if you have any questions.

Important Information About Final Exams
End-of-semester final exams are scheduled for Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th. School is dismissed at 12:30 on November 8th and there is no school on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Final exams need to be taken on the day and time scheduled. Students are not permitted to take early or late finals except in cases of illness or exceptional circumstances. Exceptions must be pre-approved by the principal. Family vacations do not constitute exceptional circumstances. Non-approved absences result in a “0” grade on the final exam. During final exams, students are required to be in classes like regular school days. The regular school attendance policy will apply to all absences. For planning purposes, the end-of-term final exams are scheduled for January 25, 26 and 27.

Notes From The Counselors:

Senior College Seminar Night: Senior families are encouraged to join us on Wednesday, October 12th in the Library Commons at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Lewis will be sharing briefly on some of the logistics of the college process (teacher recommendations, transcripts etc.). Les Steele, former Vice President for Academic Affairs at SPU, will be presenting on how to evaluate a college’s academic programs, why higher education costs so much and how best to prepare your student for college this year. Our third presenter, Brittany Goff, is from Seattle University and will be talking about the changes to Financial Aid and the FAFSA.

Fall Focus Day: On Wednesday, October 19th King’s High School is hosting Fall Focus Day for all students. During the school day each class will engage in activities that focus on preparing for college life and beyond.

  • 9th Grade:  Freshmen will be visiting two college campuses; Shoreline Community and the University of Washington. Our goal is to help them begin looking beyond 9th grade and to encourage them to develop strengths and passions that will help them find the best fit college.
  • 10th Grade:  Sophomores will be taking the Aspire exam, a standardized test closely related to the ACT college entrance exam. Sophomores will have an extended lunch and a brain break activity in the afternoon.
  • 11th Grade:  Juniors will head to classrooms to take the PSAT. Juniors will have an extended lunch and will spend the afternoon hearing from visiting college representatives.
  • 12th Grade:  Seniors will spend the morning rotating between three life skills seminars. They will have an extended lunch, and in the afternoon will hear from visiting colleges.

From the Library
Ebsco databases have provided our school community with a one-month free trial of ten databases designed for secondary student research. Please encourage your students to consider using these authoritative sources for their research. The following databases are available as part of this trial:

  • Academic Search Premier
  • Complete Online Package
  • eBook Subscription High School Collection Trial
  • History Reference Center
  • Literary Reference Center Plus
  • Newspaper Source Plus
  • NoveList Plus
  • Points of View Reference Center
  • Religion and Philosophy Collection
  • Science Reference Center

Login to the Free Trial: http://trial.ebscohost.com; User ID: kingsschool; Password: ebsco

King’s High School Attendance Policy
We have had several questions about our attendance policy during the first few weeks of school so in order to clear up any confusion, the Attendance Policy is below. There are several changes to the policy this year so be sure to read it thoroughly and carefully.

Tardies – Up to 5 minutes late blocks 1-4, up to 20 minutes late flex block

  • A maximum of (3) tardies each 9 week grading period in blocks 1-4 is allowed.
  • A maximum of (5) tardies each 9 week grading period in flex block is allowed.
  • There are no excused or unexcused tardies…tardy is tardy. If school personnel write a note excusing a student, then they are not marked tardy.
  • Once a student exceeds the maximum allowed number of tardies, the student must make up 20 minutes of time in lunch detention for each succeeding tardy.
  • Tardies cannot be appealed.

Excessive Absences – Both excused and unexcused count toward this total. The only absences that don’t count toward the total are school related absences

  • A maximum of (6) absences each 9 week grading period in blocks1-4 and flex block is allowed.
  • Once a student exceeds the maximum allowed number of absences, the student must make up 1 hour of time in Saturday School for each succeeding absence. THERE IS A $5 AN HOUR FEE FOR SATURDAY SCHOOL WHICH WILL BE ADDED TO YOUR SCHOOL BILL.
  • Excessive absences can be appealed once during your high school career.

Unexcused Absences – Parents have two school days to excuse an absence by phone, e-mail, or note. After two school days have passed since the absence, it can no longer be excused. It is the responsibility of the student to confirm with the school office that all absences have been excused by a parent within two school days.

  • Any unexcused absence will result in ZERO credit for classes missed.
  • Unexcused absences cannot be appealed.

Prearranged Absences—Any time a student knows they will be absent for two or more days they should fill out a prearranged absence form in advance. Forms can be picked up from Mrs. White in the main office.