High School Weekly News | October 21

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

Tolo: Oh The Places You’ll Go
Professional pictures will be available at Tolo on Saturday night. Attached you will find the price list and forms will also be available at the venue. Grab a group of friends and capture memories from a fabulous evening! Details regarding Tolo are available in the Parent Post archives.

Microsoft on Campus Tuesday
King’s High School will be hosting 30 Microsoft SWAY engineers, designers, programmers, and marketers/directors all day next Tuesday. Our guests will be sharing career paths, learning from our students about how they utilize mobile devices, and will visit with staff and students throughout the day. The SWAY folks will be hosting a question and answer session in the Library Commons for Seniors during lunch. A free lunch will be provided for Seniors who sign up to attend this session. Visit www.tinyurl.com/microsoftvisit2016 to sign up!

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Women in STEM
The CyberKnights hosted the Women in STEM Conference last Saturday and despite the weather, we had an audience of about 50 and another group who watched live on the internet. Eight women from the fields of medicine, engineering, biology, and computer science spoke about their experiences and offered unique and valuable insights into the professional world of STEM careers. Each speaker encapsulated the essence of determination, intelligence and independence with grace. By the end of the conference, many of the audience members had connected with a speaker, creating an encouraging community of women interested in STEM.

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Operation Christmas Child is Back!
Operation Christmas Child is back! Last year we packed a total of 651 boxes and raised nearly $4,500. With your help, we spread God’s love and provided hope to children in desperate need all over the world. Let’s see if we can go above 700 boxes and $5,000 this year. Competition between Block 1 classes ends next Friday, October 28th. Service hours will be available on November 2nd from 3:00 to 4:30 as we organize the boxes and get them ready to ship. Watch for additional details next week.

Guest Speaker on November 3rd
Please join us for a seminar titled, “Achieving Greatness in Family Dynamics: How to Secure the Best Predictors of Success for Kids,” presented by Heather Sund, MS, LMFT, EFT Therapist and adjunct professor at Seattle Pacific University. The seminar is planned for Thursday, November 3rd at 7:00 p.m. in the Library Commons. We are excited to be hosting this seminar for parents who would like to learn how to help teens find success amidst the challenges of the high school years. Our speaker will help us identify and support our students as they deal with anxiety, depression, building healthy relationships and much more. Pease join us for this very informative and encouraging evening.

Important Final Exam Information
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.

Attendance Appeals
If you have received notification that your student has exceeded the number of allowable absences and you wish to appeal those absences, “Attendance Appeal” forms are available from Mrs. Kelly. The deadline to appeal absences for this semester is November 18th. Appeals received after the deadline will not be considered. You can find the KHS Attendance Policy at the end of this email.

There’s No Place Like King’s Auction Contest
HAPPENING NOW through November 3rd – All families who provide their 1–2 new auction donations with a total value of $100 or more by November 3 are eligible for entry. One lucky preschool and elementary student will win a classroom pizza party and one junior high school and high school student will win a $100 Amazon gift card!
The Amazon Auction Wish List is and easy and quick way to purchase your donation today:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/registry/wishlist/35EZYDM5GT0JU
Thank you for your support!
kingsauction@kingsschools.org

Notes From the Fine Arts Department

Please join us on Thursday, October 27th at 7:00 p.m. in Schirmer Auditorium for the King’s Autumn Music Concert featuring Abundant Life, Concert Choir and Chamber Orchestra. This is a free concert so plan to come and listen to beautiful music.

King’s High School Drama Department Presents:  MIRACLE ON 34th STREET! Performance dates are Thursday, December 8th, Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 p.m. and a 3:00 matinee on Sunday, December 11th. Tickets go on sale in November.

King’s High School Attendance Policy

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.