High School Weekly News | Jan 20

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

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

Winter Ball is February 4th
It’s time to “Set Sail” for the Winter Ball to be held on February 4th at the MOHAI in Seattle.
Order forms for pictures are available in the main office. Parking is limited at the MOHAI so carpooling is suggested. Dress is semi-formal attire.

Final Exams Are Next Week
The end-of-term final exams are next week! School is dismissed at 12:30 on January 27th and there is no school on Monday, January 30th and Tuesday, January 31st. 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. The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, January 25th
Block 1            8:10 – 9:10
Block 2            9:20 – 10:20
Block 3            10:30 – 11:25
Block 4            11:35 – 12:25
Lunch              12:25 – 12:55
Flex Block       1:00 – 3:00 (final exam)

Thursday, January 26th
Block 4            8:10 – 10:10 (final exam)
Block 2            10:20 – 11:15
Block 1            11:25 – 12:20
Lunch              12:20 – 12:55
Block 3            1:00 – 3:00 (final exam)

Friday, January 27th
Block 2            8:10 – 10:10 (final exam)
Block 1            10:30 – 12:30 (final exam)

Filmmaking
Filmmaking is a new class coming to King’s this spring! Miss Platter is thrilled to announce that she will be extending her film class experience to an advanced full block class for students who are excited about writing, telling stories and using brand new film equipment and screenwriting software to put their film knowledge into practice. In this project-based learning environment, students will make short films, mimic scenes, music videos, and more, all culminating in King’s first ever Film Festival. Space is limited, but there are a few spots left in the class for students to who would like to take it second term, First Block. Anyone is eligible if they have already taken Flex Block Film class. See you at the movies!

Schedule Changes
As the new term approaches, just a reminder that schedule change requests must be submitted on the “Schedule Change Request” form. Forms are available in the main office or in the counseling offices and they must be signed by a parent or guardian. We are happy to work on requests now through the 4th day of the new term, February 6th!  If you have questions about schedule changes feel free to contact your counselor. Freshmen and Sophomores contact Mrs. Matthias at cmatthias@kingsschools.org; Juniors and Seniors contact Mrs. Urie at hurie@kingsschools.org. Please let us know how we can help you as you look to the new term!

Snacks Needed – There Are Two Ways to Show Your Support

For Students: Please consider supporting our students with healthy snacks during final exams, January 25, 26 & 27. Items can be dropped off on Monday, January 23rd and Tuesday, January 24th with Mrs. White in the main office. Cash donations are also welcome and may be dropped off in the main office. Sign up at: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E45AFAB23A20-kings1. Thanks for your consideration!

For Teachers: This is our second year providing our beloved teachers and staff with a quick appreciation pick-me-up. Please consider helping out – it can be as simple or as fancy as you want to make it. Sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0c4aa8ae2aa7fb6-kings/. Thank you for your support of our fabulous teachers!

Tennis Anyone?
There will be a meeting for all girls who are interested in playing tennis this year and their parents. Please join Coach Kalei in the Library Commons on Sunday, February 12th at 5:30 p.m.

A Reminder From the Library
Please return or renew all library materials and pay library fines by January 24th.  Those with missing items or unpaid fines will not be able to view report cards on RenWeb.

Auction Help Needed
We are looking for a few willing folks to help with banking at the Auction on March 17th. It will be a night of fun and community and we invite you to be part of it. No special skills are required, just a smile! Please contact Suzanne Rettenmier at suzrett@comcast.net if you can help.

Attendance Appeals Due February 8th
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 Wednesday, February 8th. Appeals received after the deadline will not be considered. As a reminder, the Attendance Policy is below.

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 $5.00 per 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.