1 The Walton-Verona Mirror Volume 22 Number 4 Summer 2013 Superintendent s Notes Bob Storer Walton-Verona Schools Superintendent As I see it, we just finished another great school year. A big thank you is in order for all involved. Graduation, our culminating event each year, went well before a packed gymnasium. A special thanks to Karri Rider for playing the key role in organizing this very complicated and complex ceremony. All of us will miss the class of Behind the Scenes PTA Our PTA organizations at all three schools were incredible again. They supported our schools with human and financial resources and ended the year by providing our staff with a superb appreciation lunch. Our Board of Education honored officers by presenting them with a golden apple bell. Thank you very much for all that you do! PTA officers for included the following: WVES Stacey Alexander, Deanna Tallent, Michelle Kerns, Stephanie Greener, Tiffany Sams, and Suzanne Wilson; WVMS Tracy Quatkemeyer, Tracy Griffin, Ginny Tarter, Jodie Edwards, and Carolyn Boudot; WVHS Summer Landrum, Cindy Henges, and Denise Roth. Please support your local PTA. WAVE Foundation (Walton and Verona Excel) Our educational foundation, WAVE, presented each graduating senior with an engraved (first and last name) key chain at graduation practice. This was a classy gesture and was well received. The foundation hopes to make the key chain presentation a tradition. WAVE, which has been active since , has raised approximately $200,000 and supports individual teacher grants on an annual basis. The major fundraiser for WAVE is a golf outing at Eagle Creek Country Club on the first Friday of October each year. This year, the save the date is for October 4. WAVE officers include the following: Mills Rouse, chairman; Joella Flynn, vice chairman; Dennis Rich, treasurer; Charolette Kemper, secretary; and members Darren Poore and Steve Cauthen. WAVE is a tax exempt charitable organization recognized under the internal revenue code and incorporated under Kentucky law as a non-profit organization. Your support is always appreciated. More Honors for Walton-Verona Independent Schools Dr. Robert Storer, Walton- Verona Schools Superintendent 19 Kentucky high schools were ranked among the 2,000 best high schools in America by Newsweek magazine in May Walton-Verona High School made the list along with four (4) other Northern Kentucky high schools. Rankings are based on graduation rate, college matriculation, college entrance tests, and college-level curricula performance. Congratulations to Walton-Verona, Highlands, Beechwood, Williamstown, and Campbell County high schools. The Walton-Verona High School music program recently received a Support Music Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music. This award recognizes schools/communities for their commitment to music education. Only 66 schools in the nation received this award. Walton-Verona High School is the only school in Kentucky to be honored. Hats off to Chris Miller and Erin Core- Stine and our accomplished students! You make all of us proud. Walton-Verona Elementary School has been awarded the Silver Level for Excellence in School Health by the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Only 11 schools in our four-county area are being recognized. Congratulations to school nurse Debi McKinley. We are proud to announce that Janet U.S. Postage Paid Non-Profit Permit No. 35 Walton, KY Walton-Verona Independent Schools School Calendar August 2, 5-6 No School for Students Professional Development for Staff Only August 7 No School for Students Opening Day for Staff Only August 8 First Day for Students September 2 No School Labor Day (Holiday) October 7-11 No School Fall Break November 27 No School for Students Professional Development for Staff Only November No School Thanksgiving Break (Nov. 28 Holiday) December 23-Jan 3 No School - Winter Vacation (Dec. 25 and Jan. 1 Holidays) January 6 First Day for Students after Winter Break January 20 No School Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 17 No School President s Day March 21 No School for Students Professional Development for Staff Only March 31-April 4 No School Spring Break April 7 First Day for Students after Spring Break April 18 No School May 20 No School Primary Election Day May 21 Last Day for Students May 22 No School for Students Closing Day for Staff Only Possible make-up days: February 17, March 21. Make-up days beyond these will be decided by the School Board and will be based on the number of days missed. Any days not made up during the school year will be added to the end of the school calendar. The following are approved Early Release Days for : September 12 October 17 December 20 February 5 March 6 May 21 Walton-Verona Middle School will release at 1:00 p.m. Walton-Verona High School will release at 1:05 p.m. Walton-Verona Elementary School will release at 1:45 p.m. During the early release time administrators and teachers will be involved in professional development activities which include curriculum alignment, data analysis, and the development of instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of the students. McIntyre, a mathematics teacher at Walton- Verona High School, has been selected by the College Board to score Advanced Placement Calculus exams. Ms. McIntyre will travel to Kansas City, Missouri in June to score the tests. It is a great honor to be selected. All of us are very proud! Finally, thanks to all for the great school year. Please feel free to contact our office if you need assistance. Please note: Effective June 3, the Board of Education Office will be relocated to Walton-Verona High School. The current Board office is being renovated. Opening day for students is August 8, 2013.
2 Page 2 The Walton-Verona Mirror City of Walton summer activities Come join us for some summer fun. You can also visit the city s website for more information on other activities at June 6-8 U.S. 25 Yard Sale June 15 Movie Night at the Park at dusk: Escape from Planet Earth June 24 Meeting night at 7:00 p.m. July 20 City-wide Yard Sale July 20 Movie Night at the Park at dusk: Brave July 22 Meeting night at 7:00 p.m. August 17 U.S. 25 Yard Sale August 17 Movie Night at the Park at dusk: Enchanted August 26 Meeting night at 7:00 p.m. September 7 Old Fashion Day - 40th Anniversary Gaines Tavern History Center summer schedule June 2 June 16 July 7 July 21 August 4 August 18 September 8 September 22 October 26 December 7&8 Railroad Stories Open House Old Fashion Picnic Open House Ice Cream Social & Crafts Open House OFD 40th Anniversary Fireworks+ Open House Pioneer Day* and Haunted History Walk** Christmas Weekend+ All events are General Admission and open from 1:00-4:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. General Admission is $3 for Adults, $2 for Students and $1 for children. + Time to be announced *Open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ** Advance Ticket Event and open from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Notice to Parents Parents are always welcome to visit a school during the academic year. However, if you need to speak to an individual teacher or administrator, it is helpful if you call ahead and make arrangements with that individual to be sure they are available. Please remember that even if arrangements have been made: ALL VISITORS MUST ENTER THROUGH THE FRONT ENTRANCE AND SIGN IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE UPON THEIR ARRIVAL AND RECEIVE THE PROPER IDENTIFICATION. This is to help ensure that your child s educational environment is a secure and safe one. Community Speeds up serving lines in the cafeteria, providing more time for students to eat their meals Eliminates the worry of lost or forgotten lunch money Ensures that your student will receive a nutritious meal Visit Click Register a FREE account and follow the simple onscreen instructions Add your student by using their Student ID number Walton-Verona Elementary & Preschool Porter Road Verona, KY (859) Fax: (859) Walton-Verona High School 30 School Road Walton, KY (859) Fax: (859) Walton Verona Independent School District View your child s account balance online, anytime Quickly make payments toward your student s meals (auto-pay also available) See what your child is purchasing in the cafeteria Set up automatic reminders to notify you when the balance is low The Walton-Verona Mirror Walton-Verona Middle School 32 School Road Walton, KY (859) Fax: (859) Walton-Verona Board of Education 16 School Road Walton, KY (859) The Walton-Verona Mirror is a reflection of the Walton-Verona School District and is intended to provide information to its students, parents, and employees. Any comments or suggestions can be submitted to Mr. Johnson s Multimedia Publishing class at Walton-Verona High School. ~Sponsor~ Megan E. Lewis ~Staff~ Sean F. Dallas G. Sarah G. Kathryn G. Andrew S. Walton-Verona Provides Equal Educational and Employment Opportunities
3 Page 3 The Walton-Verona Mirror Mark Krummen Walton-Verona High School Principal High School Technical education awards and opportunities During the school year, Walton-Verona High School had 18 students in grades 11 and 12 attend the Boone County ATC. They enrolled in programs such as: Health Services, Auto Body, Diesel Technology, Metal Fabrication, Electrical Technology and Welding. The following students received some of the highest recognitions and rewards the KCTCS has to offer: Health Science Kelcia J. MNA Silver on WorkKeys Marissa T. MNA Silver on WorkKeys Dustin W. MNA Certified Phlebotomy Technician Exam Silver on WorkKeys Metal Fabrication Michael H. KOSSA Silver on WorkKeys Dylan R. Gold on WorkKeys Welding Brandon E. KOSSA DOT Welding Josh H. KOSSA Dallas G. KOSSA Gold on WorkKeys Lane J. KOSSA Silver on WorkKeys Andrew S. KOSSA DOT Welding Diesel Technology Benjamin M. Silver on WorkKeys Diesel Engines ASE Electrical Systems ASE Brakes ASE Steering & Suspension ASE Garrett S. Silver on WorkKeys Diesel Engines ASE Electrical Systems ASE Brakes ASE Steering & Suspension ASE The Office of Career and Technical Education, the newest office in the Kentucky Department of Education, is responsible for administration of the Kentucky Tech school district. It is the first technical education system in the nation to become SACS-CASI accredited because of its continuous improvement process. The Boone County Area Technical Center is 1 of 53 area technology centers (ATCs) that is strategically located in small to medium-sized communities throughout the state. Kentucky originally established ATCs to serve multiple school districts to provide program access because of cost and demographics. Currently, the 53 ATCs in Kentucky serve 129 school districts. The Boone County ATC serves the districts of: Walton-Verona, Boone, Williamstown, Erlanger-Elsmere, and the Diocese of Covington. The faculty and staff at the Boone County ATC work to actively engage all students in the mastery of academic and technical skills. Their primary purpose is to enhance and expand options students need to be ready for college and/or a career. The Boone County ATC offers industry certified programs, industry certification exams, student organizations, Kentucky Skills Occupational Standards Assessments, and certified teachers for all of their programs. All curriculums undergo a program assessment as part of the school s continuous improvement process. The curriculum is aligned with the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). System to system dual credit and articulation agreements allow secondary students an opportunity to begin their college career with college credit earned in high school. As the only state operated techni- cal education school district in the Commonwealth, Kentucky Tech provides statewide consistency and continuity of career and technical education programs. Students receive instruction in sound academic principles, theory, laboratory and clinical experiences to ensure that they can successfully compete in today s changing workplace. Career and Technical Education at Walton-Verona High School The mission of any Career and Technical Education is to provide students with the skills necessary for a successful transition to postsecondary education and/or work. They do this by engaging students desires for life-long learning in a global society. Career and Technical Education is an essential component of the Walton- Verona High School curriculum. For many students, it represents as much as a third of their high school experience. It is a critical factor in meeting the needs of students in academic achievement, career exploration, career preparation, and leadership development. Successful transition to postsecondary education, the workforce, or the military is one of the primary goals of Walton-Verona High School. Like the Boone County ATC, Walton-Verona High School offers certified programs, industry certification exams, student organizations, Kentucky Skills Occupational Standards Assessments, and certified teachers for all programs, such as Agriculture, Business, and Family Consumer Sciences. Opportunities for dual credit and/or articulation agreements are also available to students in each of these programs. During the school year, over a hundred students were actively involved in the Career and Technical Education programs offered by Walton-Verona High School. These students have received regional, state, and national awards and recognition for their successes. Many students will be competing in program competitions during the month of June in Nashville, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, or Los Angeles, California. We wish them the best of luck and we are proud they are representing Walton- Verona High School. A Tradition of Excellence Student Achievement Generated Through Academics, Extra- Curricular, & Community Involvement Pictured below: WVHS students at the Boone County Area Technical Center Awards Night. In addition to multiple students receiving recognition and scholarships, one particular piece crafted by three WVHS students sold at auction for $2,500 to benefit the Northern Kentucky Children s Advocacy Center.
4 Page 4 The Walton-Verona Mirror High School High school fees * Dual Credit Course ** Certification Exams approved by KDE are optional for students Public Notice Integrated Pest Management Program As of July 1, 2002, at the start of each semester or school year segment schools must now notify all staff members, health professionals, and parents or guardians of school children concerning twenty-four (24) hour advance notification of pesticide applications. The primary goal of this system is to control dangerous and destructive pests with the judicious use of pesticides. Therefore, please be advised of the following: The anticipated date of pesticide application: Pesticide application will be applied throughout our buildings, only when needed, during scheduled breaks when students and staff are not in the building (i.e. summer break, fall break, Thanksgiving holiday, winter break, spring break, after school or on weekends). The routine service shall include pest management for ants, roaches, termites and other insects. All persons that apply pesticides for our schools shall be certified under Category 7(a), General Pest and Wood-destroying Organisms, and Category 7(b), Integrated Pest Management, to apply Pesticides. Should you have the need for more information or wish to be placed on a registry for advanced notification of pesticide application, please contact Dr. Bob Storer at (859) Directory Information From time-to-time, school-related groups and organizations ask for the addresses of students or graduates. Examples of these groups include the PTSA, Music Parents Association (WVMPA), WAVE Foundation, Alumni Association, class reunion groups, Military recruiters, and so on. If you object to having this information released, please contact the appropriate school or district office. Walton-Verona High School has declared its campus to be tobaccofree. No smoking or other use of tobacco is permitted on our school grounds at anytime. In the interest of the health and safety of our students, we ask you to serve as a role-model and help us maintain a tobacco-free environment. Thank you for your assistance. KRS
5 Page 5 The Walton-Verona Mirror Middle School Fees General Fees 5th - 8th Incidental Fee $30.00 Technology $15.00 Science $5.00 Encore Fees Grades 5-7 Music $3.00 Art $6.00 Physical Education $4.00 Business $3.00 STEM $3.00 Band/Chorus $22.00 Grade 8 Drama Rotation $5.00 Music Rotation $2.00 H.S. Word Processing $6.00 H.S. Spanish I $8.00 H.S. Art I $15.00 H.S. Life Skills $23.00 H.S. AgriScience $16.00 H.S. Money Skills $13.00 H.S. Greenhouse $23.00 H.S. Health $8.00 H.S. Physical Education $10.00 H.S. Band $ H.S. Chorus $ th - 8th Incidental Fee - All students will be charged the incidental fees which include assemblies, magazines, paperbacks, workbooks and printing. Technology - All students will be charged a technology fee, which includes fees such as maintenance, toner, paper, batteries, bulbs, et al. Science - All students will be charged a science fee, which includes consumable lab materials. Encore Fees - In addition to the incidental fees, students will be charged accordingly for encore classes - please refer to your student s schedule for encore classes. WVMS PTSA Tracy Quatkemeyer WVMS PTSA President We want to say thank you for a great, successful school year! We had our first fifth/sixth grade dance on April 12. The theme was The 80 s. The kids had a great time dressing up and visiting the Photo Booth. Thanks to the parents who came to help and chaperone. Our Teacher Appreciation Week was May We had our luncheon on Friday, the 17 and the teachers were able to shop for supplies for their classrooms. The last event of the year was the Spring Fling. The PTSA was in charge of the concessions. We would like to thank Richwood Skyline for donating 150 hotdogs and buns, Walton McDonalds for donating drinks and cups, and the Rave Cinemas (Cinemark) for donating popcorn. We would also like to recognize the Staff Members for the last few months of school. Mrs. Bowman was selected for April, and Mrs. Nemecek was selected for May. Congratulations! Students, thank you for taking the time Middle School Middle school supply list Fifth Grade Supply List 5 highlighters (five different colors) Colored pencils or crayons 2 packs (approx. 50) of #2 lead pencils (NO mechanical pencils) 1 bottle of glue 1 pair of scissors 1 pack of pens (red or purple) Handheld pencil sharpener Zippered pencil bag (to hold all of the above) 2 packs loose-leaf paper 10 Two-pocket folders (five different colors - two of each color) 5 Composition books 1 pair of earphones or earbuds Seventh Grade Supply List 3-subject spiral notebook page composition books 2 1 binders (with dividers) Heavy duty/plastic folder Loose leaf paper (several packs) Pencil box/bag Pens Pencils (extra lead for mechanical pencils) Highlighters (different colors) Markers, crayons or colored pencils Glue Scissors Scientific calculator (ex. TI-30X, TI-30A, Casio fx-260) Headphones Sixth Grade Supply List General Materials Notebook paper Pencils Colored pencils Crayons Scissors Glue stick Glue bottle 3-hole punch graph paper Headphones Pencil pouch Cap erasers Pack of highlighters Hand-held pencil sharpener Math Calculator Composition book 1 1/2 binder 6 binder dividers Blue pocket folder Eighth Grade Supply List Math 3-subject perforated sheet notebook Pencils with eraser (Assignments will only be accepted in pencil) TI-30X/TI-30A (battery powered) or TI-30XII (solar powered) calculator 1 pack graph paper Science 1 3-ring binder with dividers Pencils Notebook paper Social Studies 1 3-ring binder with pockets OR 2 3-ring folders Colored pencils Loose leaf paper Pens/Pencils Science 2 binder 5 binder dividers with pockets Metric ruler Hole punch for binder Green pocket folder Social Studies Composition book Red pocket folder Reading 2 binder 8 binder dividers Yellow pocket folder Writing Composition book 1 binder 5 binder dividers 3-prong purple pocket folder Writing 1 sewn Composition book 1 two-pocket folder Highlighters (different colors) Red pens Pencils or blue/black pens Loose leaf paper 1-2 packs of regular-size post-its 1-2 packs of index cards Markers Scissors Tape Glue Reading Highlighters Post-its Composition book Notecards for flashcards Colored pencils or markers Paper Pencils and pens to nominate a teacher who has influenced you. We held our PTSA Elections at our last meeting on May 20. The Officers for the school year are: President Tricia Schneider, Vice President Tracy Griffin, Vice President Andrea Baker, Secretary Stephanie Teipe, and Treasurer Tara Schirmann. Please continue to support the PTSA by registering your Kroger Card and selecting the WVMS PTSA as the organization that you would like to support. Each time you shop, we earn money to provide activities for the students. The PTSA would also like to thank all of the staff at the Middle School for being outstanding. We are blessed to have so many dedicated individuals. Thanks for all that you do! We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing summer.
6 Page 6 The Walton-Verona Mirror Middle School Matters Building a better world one student at a time Kim Lake Walton-Verona Middle School Principal I hope as this issue of The Mirror goes to press that you and your family are having a great summer. It will not be long until we begin another school year! Middle School Start and End Times This is a reminder that Walton- Verona Middle School has a slightly different start time than the high school. School begins at 7:55 a.m. each morning and ends at 2:35 p.m. Please remember that students are considered tardy if they are not at school by 7:55 in the morning. Another reminder is that if your child is absent from school, please call our school to inform us of your child s absence. Changes Academically Fifth and sixth grades will have grading percentages of 70/30 during the school year. 70 percent will be content based and the 30 percent will be work ethic/ participation based. The seventh and eighth grades will have an 80/20 percentage based grading, with 80 percent content and 20 percent work ethic/participation. Fifth through seventh grade Encores will be 50/50 percent. The high school Encores for eighth grade students will have their grading percent- ages included in the syllabus for each class. Our high school credit courses of Geometry and Algebra will be 70/30, 70 percent content and 30 percent work ethic/participation. We will continue the use of the Springboard curriculum in our sixth through eighth grade reading classes. The sixth through eighth grade regular math classes will use Carnegie learning materials beginning this year. Carnegie learning is a curriculum which is inquiry-based learning, with students having a workbook. The change was necessitated because our staff wanted more practice with skills and concepts for grades 6, 7, and 8. Also, the state will begin the change in the science standards in the upcoming school year. Our science teachers will begin to look at and begin the changes in their curriculum based on these new standards. The KPREP testing format which is based on the new common core for science will not begin until the school year. Some noteworthy events during our last nine weeks of our school year: The seventh grade math classes and the seventh and eighth grade Middle School combined Algebra class completed the Mathathon for St. Jude s Research Hospital and they collected $1,081. The classes are under the direction of Lindsey Stephens. Congratulations to Stephanie T. and Cristina T. for getting their research article/editorial published on TweenTribune! Here s the link: Lauren M. was named the Walton- Verona Student of the Year. Beginning in the school year, eighth grade students can apply to take high school credited courses for their Encore classes. WVMS has approximately 80 students who will be taking high school credit classes during their eighth grade Encore times. The seventh grade group had the greatest gains on our Spring MAP assessments and our sixth grade group had the greatest percentage of proficiency scores. Both of these groups earned a field trip to Sports of All Sorts. The Walton-Verona Middle School SBDM group will include these teachers: Michelle Gregg, Patty Ayers and Brittany Robinson. Parent members are: David Hincks and Lisa Volz. Our Second Annual Spring Fling was another great success. Special thanks go to: the Walton- Verona Middle School PTSA, the staff at WVMS, the Verona Fire Department, Boone County Parks and Recreation Tina Mazuk, School Resource Officer David Fields, Tom Cook, Kyle Bennett, Chris Schadler, Lisa Prince, Vickie Benton, the students of WVMS, and the parents. Congratulations to Mrs. Nemecek and to Mrs. Ross who were our Spring Flingologists for this year s Spring Fling. Monies were collected at lunch time to choose our Flingologist staff members for our food fight. The March of Dimes will receive $85.00 from Walton-Verona Middle School from monies collected for this event. A special thanks also goes out to Mr. Ryan, Mr. Parmley, Mr. Williams, Mr. Amstutz and Mrs. Klein for agreeing to be in the running for our contest. The Walton-Verona s Got Talent top contestants were: Bronson G. - Winner, Carrington P., Bridgit C., Sarah J., Emma R., and Samantha G. Congratulations to these talented students! WVMS student John W. spent his spring break in Charlotte, NC. His ice hockey team, U14 Norse, His ice hockey team, U14 Norse, represented Kentucky and won the silver medal at the National Tournament. John helped his team with the game winning goal in the quarter finals and his awesome defense throughout the tournament. Congratulations to John and the Norse! Noteworthy Dates July 23 (1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) is Open Enrollment for new students who have moved into the district in WVMS/WVHS Commons. July 29 (8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.) is Camp Bearcat for incoming fifth graders to transition to their new school. The cost is $5 for pre-registration or $8 the day of the event. July 31 (12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.) is Fee Payment/Schedule Pick-Up in the WVMS/WVHS Commons. August 8 at 7:55 a.m. is the first day of school for students. Please contact us if you have questions. Have an enjoyable summer! Please feel free to me at kim. We are Walton-Verona Middle School - While individually we are strong, together we are unstoppable!
7 Page 7 The Walton-Verona Mirror Elementary School Elementary school supply list School-wide fees: $15.00 District-Wide Technology Fee $4.00 Optional Headphone Fee (These will be kept at school but will be the owner s property and can be used next year. 3.5 mm jack only. You may bring your own from home.) Reminder to parents: Please, no backpacks with wheels. Thank you. Kindergarten Supply List 1 Backpack (large enough to hold folders) 1 large box of tissues 6 glue sticks 4 plastic or poly folders (2 red, 2 blue) 1 stackable pencil box (app. 6 x 9 ) 1 large Pink Pearl eraser 1 pair of scissors (Fiskar s pointed) 4 packs of 24 Crayola crayons (will total 1 per quarter) 6 Dry Erase Markers (any color) Boys: 2 Sharpies (any color) Girls: 1 pack of 12 pencils Fees $6.00 Classroom magazine Third Grade Supply List 36 Basic yellow No. 2 pencils 36 Pencil cap erasers 1 Soft pencil bag (no boxes) 1 Box of 24 crayons 1 Package of loose-leaf paper (wide ruled) 2 Spiral notebook (wide ruled) 1 Small bottle of glue 4 Glue sticks 1 Pair of pointed scissors 1 Red 2-pocket folder (do not label) 2 Yellow highlighters 2 Expo dry erase markers 2-3 Boxes of tissues 2 Roll of paper towels Girls: 1 Box of quart size baggies Boys: 1 Box of gallon size baggies Please do not send Trapper Keepers, pencil boxes or binders Fees $10 Classroom magazine and takehome folders First Grade Supply List 1 Backpack (labeled with name, address and teacher s name) 1 pencil box (labeled with name) 1 heavy pocket folder (labeled with name; no Trapper Keeperstyle please) 4 folders with paper fasteners in the middle (red, blue, green, orange) 8 Glue sticks 1 Elmer s school glue 1 24 count Crayola crayons 2 Highlighter markers 24 Basic yellow #2 pencils 1 pair of Fiskar scissors (labeled with name) 2 boxes of tissues 2 Pink Pearl erasers 2 packs of cap erasers 1 roll of paper towels 1 change purse/wallet for lunch money (label with name) Girls: 1 box gallon-sized bags Boys: 1 box quart/sandwich-sized bags No small pencil sharpeners or mechanical pencils. Fees $5.00 Classroom magazines Fourth Grade Supply List 1 Yellow highlighter 36 Basic yellow #2 pencils (5 sharpened prior to the first day) 1 24-pack of crayons 1 Pack of EXPO markers (Chisel point) 1 8-package of washable markers 1 pencil box/bag that will fit into desk 2 Elmer s glue sticks 1 pair of scissors 2 packages of lined paper 1 3-subject notebook 3 large box of tissues 3 plain plastic folders (green, red, blue) 36 package of pencil top erasers 1 Composition notebook 1 Clorox wipes 1 Hand sanitizer 1 Paper towels ring hard cover binder (with plastic view front) Fees: $5.25 for KY Weekly Studies Second Grade Supply List 48 Basic yellow #2 pencils 1 Soft pencil bag (labeled with name) 1 pair of Fiskars scissors 2 Pink Pearl erasers 24 or 48 count Crayons 1 pack colored pencils 1 Composition notebook (wide ruled) 3 Expo dry erase markers 2 Highlighters 2 Heavy pocket folders (labeled desk/take-home) 4 Two-pocket folders with fasten ers (blue, red, green, yellow) 1 Set of addition and subtraction flashcards with sums and differences up to 20 8 Glue Sticks 1 bottle Craft or Tacky Glue 1 Pack of Post-It notes 1 Roll of paper towels 2 Large boxes of tissues 1 Box Ziploc bags any size Fees $6.50 Scholastic News Children, Inc. Susan Dugan Children, Inc. Children, Inc. Early Learning Center at Walton Verona Elementary School will be celebrating its sixth year anniversary on August 4! Children, Inc. offers the Early Learning Center in partnership with Walton-Verona Elementary. This program holds a 4-star quality rating and is accredited by the National Accreditation Council (NAC), placing it in the top 2% of quality centers in the state of Kentucky. In-school preschool programs at Children, Inc. increase learning time for half-day preschoolers and kindergarteners to a full day of preschool/kindergarten education and are open beyond the regular school day to accommodate working parents. The teaching staff work with the elementary school s preschool and kindergarten teachers to help prepare the children for success in school and in life. To ensure school readiness, curriculum is aligned Preschool registration Sinda Henson WVES Preschool Don't forget it's time to register your 3- and 4-year olds for FREE fall preschool. For more information, please call the Walton-Verona preschool at (859) , extension #2. with the Kentucky Department of Education Early Childhood Standards. Children are assessed twice a year to help individualize their learning needs. The center offers a full and half day program. Enrollment is open for three- to six-year old children who are potty trained and can be successful in a group setting with a teacher to student ratio of 1:10. Priority enrollment is given to children enrolled in each district s preschool program or kindergarten classrooms. This program is also open to district employees. Tours can be scheduled for those interested in visiting the center and getting a closer look at what is happening in the world of early childhood. For more information about this in-school preschool program or other locations of in-school preschool programs, contact Rene Bricking at (859) , ext. 127 or WVES PTA Stacey Alexander WVES PTA President Bittersweet endings and sweeter beginnings Wow! Where have the last four years gone? I started off at school knowing no one and decided it was time to get involved and put all of my fears aside and join the PTA. By joining the PTA in Kindergarten, I quickly learned it was actually fun and I could make a difference here. So, I went from Treasurer for two years to President the last two years. I have had so much fun after the many hours of volunteering and pulling off some amazing events with a great Board and a great group of volunteers! The saying TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More) couldn t be more appropriate - everyone pulling together from all walks of life and working hard for our teachers and students. I would like to welcome the new faces on the PTA Board for the upcoming school year. President Janet Fuchs; Vice Presidents Julie Naas, Heather Stewart, Amy Turner; Secretary Melissa Dinser and Treasurer Andrea Walton. I am confident that these dedicated moms and hard working women will continue to lead the PTA with enthusiasm and devotion to our kids. Please join me in welcoming them, and I encourage everyone to get involved throughout the school year. If you have questions, please contact Ms. Janet Fuchs at
8 Page 8 The Walton-Verona Mirror Elementary School Principal s Pause Rob Hartman Walton-Verona Elementary School Principal Ch-ch-ch-ch-Changes. This is a chorus to a famous song by David Bowie. What a great title for the story that unfolds in a school year from the early days of August to the final days of May. We observe changes in student ability, emotions, physical growth and maturity. All of these things transform right along with the seasons, and we get to see them right in front of our very eyes. And just like the seasons, that cycle continues in its own unique way year after year. It is amazing, for example, to look into the scared little eyes of a new Kindergartener on that first day of school. As they cautiously maneuver through the school, learning rules, social skills, academic concepts etc., they quickly become acclimated. By the end of the first month of school, it is quite evident many changes have taken place with our students. That once-scared Kindergartner is now comfortable and the school thing is an old hat. Another fantastic change the adults around here get to witness is the non-reader becoming a reader. It is simply magical to watch this evolution take place. Little by little, the child puts those sounds together and they begin makes sense as a group of sounds. This does not take place by accident. It begins at birth with the reading of books and hearing spoken language and must be continued with lots and lots of practice. Not only do we have the changes that take place within a school year but the greatest transformation is when you see the kids leave the elementary school as fourth graders. It is both a proud moment but also a bit heart wrenching to send off that group you ve watched grow up. Now all tall, smart mini-adults, we get to see them flourish at the next level with the confidence we all did our parts here at WVES to make them successful. Now for those of you who don t know the song mentioned earlier, Bowie was singing about the conflicted youth growing up and becoming part of normal society, which is way more artistic and abstract than what I ve laid out in this narrative. However, like the song, it does give you pause to think. Children really do blossom in incredible ways. I began this article mentioning changes being comparative to the seasons. Included with it are some pictures of the elementary school campus I ve taken throughout the year which illustrate the environmental changes we take for granted each day. I thought they were nice pictures and I hope you enjoy them too. Have a great summer and we will see you August 8. Walton-Verona food pantry Jessica Iles WVES Counselor Did you know that Walton-Verona Schools is fortunate enough to have a food pantry called Food For Thought that is housed at the elementary school? This food pantry is able to help 10 to 12 families each week with some of the basic food and toiletry items needed and will continue to have pick-up times twice a month throughout the summer. Do you and your family need assistance in this area? If so or if you have further questions about this, please contact Jessica Iles at (859) or (859) , extension Health records notice Debi McKinley WVES School Nurse Congratulations to Walton-Verona Elementary School, who won a Silver Award for Excellence in School Health this month. The award will be presented at the second Coordinated School Health Symposium on June 5 at Scott High School. In other health-related news, now is the time to make sure that your child/children have updated health forms for the coming school year! Reminder letters have already been sent out regarding current students (grades preschool-fourth) who will need an updated Kentucky immunization certificate, school physical form, dental form and/or eye examination form. No student will be able to begin school in August without updated forms. Should you have any questions, please call the Elementary School. Since I do not work during the summer months, I will return phone calls as soon as possible. All new students beginning school in August must have all forms into the school before starting on August 8. Forms are in the enrollment packets. If you have a preschooler, your child needs a valid Kentucky immunization certificate and a school physical (dated within 12 months). In addition, an eye exam by an optometrist or opthalmologist must be received by January 1. If you have a Kindergartener, your child needs a valid Kentucky immunization certificate, a school physical (dated within 12 months)and a Kentucky dental form. In addition, an eye exam by an opthalmologist or optometrist must be received by January 1. If you have a child in grades first through fourth, your child needs a valid Kentucky immunization certificate and a school physical; it can be the one from Kindergarten.
9 Page 9 The Walton-Verona Mirror Colleen Hickey WVMS Art Teacher A huge thank you to everyone who was a part of our first SOUPer Bowl Service Learning Event! Whether you donated soup dinner items, attended the soup dinner, bought a bowl or volunteered your time, you were a huge help! My heart is overwhelmed by the support of so many teachers, students and families who helped make this event and project possible. Between the soup dinner and silent bowl auction, we made $1, on the night of the event, which feeds 860 people at The Henry Hosea House. Total, we have now reached over $ which will feed 1,000 people! There were over 200 in attendance throughout the evening. It was an amazing night and totally exceeded FEATURES WVMS has SOUPer heroes Different Roles Autumn S. WVMS eighth grade student Have you ever been involved in bullying? Were you the victim, bully, or a bystander? Bullying has become a major problem throughout the world, for everyone. "There are times when my back is turned and bullying occurs less than 10 feet away," admits David Roou, the principal of Black River Falls Middle School in Wisconsin. (Foy) Even the principal doesn t see it all. It may not seem like it, but everyone has a role in bullying. Firstly, the victim of bullying can be greatly affected. Sawyer Rosenstein, a character from the TV show Glee, was a victim of bullying off-screen. One Tuesday, a boy he d been trying to avoid sucker punched him. Two days later he was in the hospital, where doctors delivered devastating news: The punch may have caused a rare spinal blood clot, paralyzing him from the waist down. (Rayford). Bullying can affect someone forever, physically all of my expectations. We also had some press coverage on the event. We have articles in The Boone County Recorder and Cincinnati.com, and Channel 19 Above: WVMS students created a variety of bowls to auction off in support of the Henry Hosea House. News came and aired our story on the 10:00 news that night. I had so much support and help on A student piece from Mrs. Cody s eighth grade writing course and mentally. The victim is often scarred from the bullying. This can result in anxiety, insomnia, and in extreme cases, death. Now what s the role of the bully? Someone can become a bully by attacking someone else physically or verbally. Girls bully other girls more commonly with words, while boys are usually more physical. People can become bullies for many different reasons. "Some people have a lot of trouble at home, and when they go to school... they let it all out there. And some people are just insecure or jealous. (Modigliani). Bullies don t often get off easy either. They can face law problems. In the state of Kentucky, bullying is considered a Class B misdemeanor for harassment, and can result in 90 days in jail or a $250 dollar fine. A record like that would follow someone into adulthood. Also, bystanders can have an the night of the event and it would not have been able to happen without these people listed below. I m touched by their generosity of time, talent and support! A HUGE & SPECIAL thanks to: Kim Lake, Troy Ridener & Emma, Lisa Prince, Laurie Angel, Becky Acuff & Colton, Jane Stout & husband, Brittany Robinson, Nancy Ryan, Brenda Tinch, Karen Yates, Tina Mazuk & Family, Lisa Volz & Family, Kelly Lightner & Family, Amy Hincks & Family, The Wagner Family, Tonya & Elizabeth Sandlin, Meryn Toole, Kenton Krummen, Charles Dietz, Chris Schadler, Jimmy Biltz and Rodney Cheeseman. I can t wait to do this event again next year with improvements in the silent auction organization and soup dinner line. THANK YOU AGAIN! You are all my SOUPer Heros! important role in bullying. Bystanders are the people who don t step in when bullying is taking place. This can either be because they fear becoming a victim themselves, or they just don t know how to intervene. "Most kids are not bullies. They are bystanders," says Beth Yohe, an anti-bullying expert for the Anti-Defamation League. "They don't like what's going on, but they don't know what to do." (Current Health Kids) Intervening can be very important, but a lot of people don t do it. A lot of times, when the bully is singled out, they will be embarrassed that they were the center of attention for doing something wrong. It can even stop the bullying entirely. Bullying is a major problem, and can affect everyone greatly, not just the victim. Every person has a role in bullying, whether it s bully, victim, or bystander. Which one are you? High school certifications Kim Benne WVHS Career and Technical Teacher Several Walton-Verona High School students successfully completed industry-recognized certifications during the school year. Each certification required a tremendous amount of preparation, study and application in its respective field of study. We are very proud of each student for their dedication, hard work, and accomplishment. Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Melina S. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Word 2010 Logan F. Rachel G. Cody K. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 and Microsoft Excel 2010 Hannah F. Megan R. Microsoft PowerPoint 2010, Microsoft Word 2010, and Microsoft Excel 2010 (considered careerready by state standards) Kelsey A. Megan G. Michael H. Nick J. Sami M. Kristi P. Jodie R. Cameron S. Brandi S. Caitlyn T. Lisa W. ASK (Assessment of Skills and Knowledge) Management/Entrepreneurship Certification Stephan S. Jonathan J. Keith G. Nicholas B. Ben D. Cole C. ServSafe Certification Ethan W. Michael S. KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skill Standards Assessment) Administrative Support Keith G. Horticulture Devin A. Nick B. Tyler C. Elizabeth M. Cole M. Sean M. Shea S. Dwight S. Shelby T. Production Livestock Devin A. Nick B. Tyler C. Sean M. Madison P. Shea S. Shelby T. Consumer and Family Management Wolf D. Michael H. Taylor R. Megan R. Culinary and Food Service Jerome B. Jared D. Chris L. Michael S. Ethan W. Early Childhood Education Hannah F. Allied Health Dustin W. Kelcia J. Marissa T. Manufacturing Brandon E. Dallas G. Joshua H. Michael H. Lane J. Andrew S. Ben M., Garrett S. and Austin W. passed at least one NATEF-ASE exam and meet the Industry Certificate.
10 Page 10 The Walton-Verona Mirror Bus Schedule The following information is important to your child s daily transportation. Please be sure to review this with your child. Welcome back to school! Please check the schedule below for your student s bus times. There have been some bus number, route and time changes that may affect your student. The time listed is the time that the bus will be first turning onto your road. This time is subject to change after the beginning of the year, due to changes in student population. There is always some variation, so the best policy is to have your children at the stop early so they won t miss the bus. The bus driver is not required to wait for your child if he/she is not at the curb when the bus arrives. Please remember that State law forbids food and drink for being consumed on the school bus. Students may not carry on any item they cannot hold in their lap, including band instruments and school projects. Cell phones, games and electronic devices may only be used with permission from the driver. As always, we strive to provide your child with the safest transportation possible, but it needs to be a team effort of school, student and parent/guardian to make the ride enjoyable. If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at the Bus Garage: (859) or by at Thank you, Teresa Evans Transportation Department Walton-Verona Independent Schools
11 Page 11 The Walton-Verona Mirror Bus Schedule school food service information You probably already know that each of our two cafeterias (Walton-Verona Elementary School and Walton-Verona High School / Middle School) serve state accredited hot lunches. But did you know that breakfast is also available to all students prior to the start of the school day for just $1.00? Please see the breakfast flyer on page 15 for more information. Were you aware that you can deposit money into your student s lunch account, view their purchase activity and remaining balance 24 hours a day? You can if you create an account with MyPaymentsPlus ( our online payment system for our school food service program. An account is FREE and you can even create one without making online payments and still have access to view activity and sign up for low balance alerts. To get started all you need is your student s ID number, which can be found on their report card. Online payments are processed quickly and are often available for use at school the next day (depending on your bank). A 4.75% processing fee is charged by MyPaymentsPlus in addition to your deposit amount, which isn t high when you consider the convenience and peace of mind from knowing that your student has funds available for breakfast and/or lunch on a $20 deposit that is just an additional $0.95!! For more information please see the MyPaymentsPlus flyer on page two. The following table shows meal prices for the School Year Prices Lunch Breakfast Elementary School $2.00 $1.00 Middle School $2.25 $1.00 High School $2.25 $1.00 Adult $2.75 $1.25 Reduced $0.40 $0.30 *There is no charge for free meals. New Free and Reduced Meal applications will be available in July and will be posted on the district website. For all information and links regarding our School Food Service program please visit us/sfs or contact the cafeteria staff directly at the phone numbers below. Walton -Verona Elementary (859) ext Walton -Verona High/Middle (859) ext Have a Great Summer!
12 Page 12 The Walton-Verona Mirror Bus Schedule / Features Important Websites Kentucky Virtual Library ID: wverona001 Password: booger65 Kentucky state police sex/criminal offender registry kspsor.state.ky.us Kentucky Department of Education Walton-Verona Independent Schools wv.kyschools.us The City of Walton The Walton-Verona Mirror can now be found on the Internet! Visit the district website at the URL listed above and pull down the Publications menu. Each issue from this school year can be accessed in PDF format. Walton Wares Nancy Ryan Walton-Verona Schools SAFE Agent Walton Wares will be open to the public on August 5 and 6. We will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Feel free to come get ready for the start of school. Also, if you are interviewing for a new job and need an outfit, we may be able to help. We have many items of both men s and women s clothing. If you need anything, please feel free to contact me at (859) Walton Wares is located in the APEX building next to the high school. WAVE grant thank you Bethany Wright WVES Teacher Last year, I received a WAVE grant to purchase the TouchMath Tutor software for my classroom. My students and I were so excited to supplement the existing program with the software. We were not disappointed! With the help of the TouchMath program and software, we have made tremendous gains. My kindergarten students have mastered The Walton-Verona Educational Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit corporation recognized under the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c) (3) charitable organization. Our Mission The mission of the Walton-Verona Educational Foundation is to provide resources to promote and enhance the academic opportunities of the students of the Walton-Verona Independent School District, so they may enjoy a more enriched life and expand their career opportunities in order to become contributing members of our community and society in general. WAVE support can be accomplished by purchasing a brick on our "Wall of Support," participating in our annual golf outing in October, or by making a tax-deductible donation. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE CLASS OF 2013! counting forward to 120 and counting backward from 10. Many of my first grade students mastered counting forward to 120, recognizing odd and even numbers, counting backward from 18, and made great progress with their addition and subtraction facts. My second grade students mastered skip counting and also made great progress with their addition and subtraction facts. I am so excited to use this program for years to come to help all of my current and future students make tremendous gains in math. A huge thank you to the Board of Directors (Mills Rouse, Joella Flynn, Charolette Kemper, Steve Cauthen and Darren Poore) for purchasing this software program for us! Summer check-outs in the WVMS/ WVHS library Karri Rider WVMS/WVHS Librarian The Middle School/High School Library will be open on a limited basis this summer for book check-in and check-out. Students who are just completing grades 5-11 are welcome to visit on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. 2:00 p.m.: June 19, June 26, July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31. If the main entrance to the school is not open, please enter from the ramp that leads directly to the library (across from the high school gym entrance.) Students who do not have an outstanding overdue book may check out up to 3 books at a time and they will be due on August 8, which is the first day of fall classes. While visiting during the summer hours, students will be limited to the library area. The rest of the school building is off limits. The summer schedule (and any changes or cancellations) will be posted on the Headlines section of the Walton-Verona District website.
13 Page 13 The Walton-Verona Mirror Footprints... on the Web? A student piece from Mrs. Cody s eighth grade writing course Stephanie K. WVMS eighth grade student Extra Curriculars Have you ever heard of a digital footprint? Do you know what one is? Do you have one? If you do have one, why does it matter? In modern times, many people have a digital footprint. Many people are greatly affected by them in their daily lives. This article will tell you what a digital footprint is, how it affects you, and what you can do to fix it. So, what is a digital footprint? Does everyone have one? As technology expert Will Richardson (2008) explains: One of my worst fears as [my children] grow older is that they won't be Googled well. that when a certain someone enters "Tess Richardson" into the search line of the browser, what comes up will be less than impressive. That a quick surf through the top five hits will fail to astound with examples of her creativity, collaborative skills, and change-the-world work. Or, even worse, that no links about her will come up at all. Digital footprints -- which Richardson defines as "online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know" -- are an inevitable by-product of life in a connected world (Ferriter). So if you ever get online or Social Media, you have a digital footprint. Every time you get on a website, click on a link, post a picture, update a status, or like anyone else s status or picture, it is tracked. People can go online to any search engine, such as Google, or any Social Media site and search you. They can see every picture that you have posted, every status that you have updated, every tweet, and even other people s statuses and pictures that you have liked. Everything that you think is private isn t. But why should you care? Does it really matter that someone can look up all of this stuff? Actually, this can affect your life in major ways. It can cause you to not get a job, or even not to get into the college that you want. Greg Coyle, cofounder of mywebcareer.com, said more employers are checking digital profiles every day to vet job candidates. He added that a recent survey found 70 percent of employers surveyed said they had rejected job candidates based on data uncovered online (Erdley). Of the 500 best universities, 20 percent reported Googling an applicant, and 24 percent said they searched someone using social media. Last year, the study showed 6 percent of admissions officers checked prospective students' Facebook pages, and 12 percent said what they found online negatively affected a student's admissions chances (Garrett). Many schools and employers search possible candidates to see what they find. A 2009 survey by Cross- Tab Marketing Services found that 70% of 275 U.S. recruiters said they have rejected candidates based on information they found online (USA Today, 12/20/2012). If they find anything such as profanity, ranting, inappropriate or revealing pictures, no matter how qualified you may be, they may just throw your resume away. If they see anything that they don t want their school/company name associated with, they won t even give you a second look. Just think about that. You could have a 4.0 GPA, and have an extremely impressive resume showing all of the community work you have done, but if your digital footprint isn t where it needs to be, you may never get into a college. All because of what you do online. So how can you prevent this? Is there anything that you can do? Well, for starters, be careful what you post. These days, a picture of a game of beer pong, a racy image or a negative tweet about a certain school can cut you out of the running to enter some top schools, according to a nationwide study that surveyed admission officers at the country's best 500 colleges and universities ranked by the financial magazine Barron's (Garrett). Never post anything that may be in the least bit revealing, and never bash anyone or anything. Don t be rude to anyone, whether you feel you have the right to or not. Don t post anything with profanity in it, even if it may be a joke. What you think may just be kidding around with your friends as a teenager, could prevent you from getting a job and making money as an adult. Never post anything negative about another school. If your school basketball team is playing your district rivals, don t post anything that that could potentially become offensive to the other team. Cheer for your team; don t cheer against the other team. Always be careful what you post, because you may not get into the college that you have wanted to go to since you were little. You may never get your dream job. All because of what you posted online as a kid. Is it worth it? So hopefully, you know what a digital footprint is and how it can affect you. You also should know what not to do online. Now that you know all of this, ask yourself, is your digital footprint clean? Or do you need some cleaning up to do? Silver skaters WVMS student John W. spent his spring break in Charlotte, North Carolina. His ice hockey team, U14 Norse, represented Kentucky and won the silver medal at the National Tournament. John helped his team with the game winning goal in the quarter finals and his awesome defense throughout the tournament. Congratulations to John and the Norse! Background Checks Beginning with the school year, Walton-Verona School volunteers must have a yearly criminal history background check according to the policy update. They will expire on June 30 of each year. The background check shall be submitted no later than two weeks prior to the volunteer service/ event to provide ample time for processing. This refers to those going on field trips and/or participating with students in programs and events as a volunteer. Volunteers must submit an authorization form (Youth Leader Request) for the background check to the Elementary School, Middle School, High School, or Board of Education. Authorization forms are available at each of these locations and on all the Walton-Verona websites under Publications Forms Youth Leader Request. Results of each background screening will be received by the superintendent. The superintendent shall have the authority to disqualify any individual from participating in school and/or district programs as a volunteer.
14 Page 14 The Walton-Verona Mirror Choir Camp Erin Core-Stine WVHS/WVMS Choir Director It s time already to think about the WVHS Choir. This ensemble will begin its season on July 30, 2013 at the third annual Choir Camp! This free, one-day event is open to all current and incoming choir members in grades Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. in the Walton-Verona High School/Middle School Commons. Our session will conclude at 3:00 p.m. Lunch is provided by the WV Music Boosters. This event is not required for choir members, but it is strongly encouraged. (And it s fun!) If you are a choir parent or alumni, we can use your help at Choir Camp. There are several tasks with which you can help. These tasks range from running sectional rehearsals to setting up lunch. If you would like to register for Choir Camp, volunteer to help, or ask a question please Mrs. Core-Stine at wv.kyschools.us by July 19. David Sandlin WVHS Career and Technical Education Teacher The Future Business Leaders of America turned in a record-setting performance at regional competition this year, sending an amazing 28 students on to state competition in Louisville. 12 of the 28 state competitors brought home trophies by finishing in the top five in their competitive events. In addition to the state awards, six students qualified for competition at the FBLA National Leadership Conference to be held in Anaheim, California. Congratulations to all FBLA members who competed and helped make this one of the most successful years in WVHS FBLA history! National Qualifiers Desktop Publishing Megan G. and Rachel G. Business Ethics MacKenzie G., Andrew S. and Danny T. Business Communication Courtney M. State Award Winners First Place Desktop Publishing Megan G. and Rachel G. Second Place Business Ethics MacKenzie G., Andrew S. and Danny T. Fourth Place Impromptu Speaking Kimberly K. Fourth Place E-business Carli M., Andrew S. and Preston K. Fifth Place Computer Application Lisa W. Extra Curriculars FFA Update Adam Nash WVHS Agriculture Teacher The Walton-Verona FFA competed at Regional FFA Day in March in many different public speaking contests. The following FFA members advanced to compete at the Kentucky State FFA Convention in Lexington on June 11. Madison S. Beef Impromptu Public Speaking Shelby T. Goat Impromptu Public Speaking Shea S. - Dairy Impromptu Public Speaking Madilynn H. - Floral Design Impromptu Public Speaking The FFA s second most prestigious award is the State FFA Degree. To receive this degree, members must have been involved in the FFA for at least four consecutive years, work numerous hours in their Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) and implement classroom FBLA has record-setting success Fifth Place Emerging Business Issues Jacob C., Jeremy W. and Joshua W. State Qualifiers First Place Impromptu Speaking Kimberly K. First Place Public Speaking II Bailey B. First Place Introduction Business Communication Andrea B. First Place E-Business Carli M., Andrew S. and Preston K. Second Place Business Communication Courtney M. Second Place Business Ethics MacKenzie G., Andrew S. and Danny T. Second Place Business Presentation Courtney H. and Cole C. Second Place Personal Finance Kallen S. Third Place Public Speaking I Emily W. knowledge into real-world working situations. The following WVHS FFA seniors will receive their State FFA Degree this June at the Kentucky State FFA Convention: Shelby T. Liz M. Shea S. Sean M. Devin A. Ike S. Congratulations to the Newly Elected Officer Team: Madilynn H. President Madison S. Vice President Jessica E. Secretary Jessica B. Treasurer Emily Q. Reporter Garrett W. Sentinel Tristan G. Historian Third Place Local Chapter Name Tag Courtney H., Caroline B. and Andrew S. Third Place Introduction To Business Jade T. Third Place Help Desk Nathan H. Third Place Health Care Administration Kathryn G. Third Place Desktop Publishing Megan G. and Rachel G. Third Place Computer Application Lisa W. Third Place Local Chapter Bulletin Board Christina V., Lilia M. and Isabel J. Third Place Emerging Business Issues Jacob C., Jeremy W. and Josh W. Fourth Place Word Processing I Nicholas J. Nurse s notes Becky Acuff WVHS/WVMS School Nurse Attention parents of sixth grade students, the requirements for sixth grade entry are as follows: your child must have a physical from their physician or the local health department and a new immunization certificate from their physician as well. The immunization requirements for the sixth grade are as follows: 1. Any student who is entering sixth grade and is 11-years old or older needs one dose of Tdap. If a student cannot receive a pertussis containing vaccine, they may receive Td. 2. A single dose of Meningococcal vaccine is now required for sixth grade entry and 11-year olds as well. 3. If your child has not received a second dose of the Varicella vaccine, they are now required to get that also. Please remember that all students in grades 5-12 must have up-to-date health information, including an up-to-date immunization certificate. I have received notification from the Northern Kentucky Health Department that they have changed their policy regarding school physicals this year. If your child is covered by Medicaid, he or she must receive their physical from their primary care provider. If you are unsure who your child s primary care provider is, contact your local Medicaid office and they can inform you who is assigned to your child. If your child does not have Medicaid or private insurance, you may contact the Boone County Health Center at (859) to schedule an appointment for a school physical and shots. Enjoy your summer and we are looking forward to another successful school year in the fall! STUDENT ATTENDANCE REQUESTS Attention Parents: Should your child need to be absent for 5 days or more due to illness, surgery, hospital stay, or certain extenuating circumstances, please contact the school where he/she attends. HOMEBOUND INSTRUCTION is available for students that have a qualifying ailment verified in advance by a doctor. Homebound Instruction allows your child to keep up with his/her school work and he/she is not counted absent while in this program.
15 Page 15 The Walton-Verona Mirror Extra Curriculars Walton-Verona recognized for commitment to music program Ranks among nation's top schools Melissa Stewart The Community Recorder Reporter For senior saxophone player Megan S., there s nothing quite like playing in Walton- Verona High School s band. It s an amazing feeling when we all play our one part and come together as one big group and make music, she said. It s an energy rush, you think, Oh yeah, this is cool. At Walton-Verona nearly one-in-four students participates in a music class or ensemble. In addition to the band and choir programs, the school offers classes in guitar, piano, percussion, musical theater, music theory, and the history of rock n roll. The music program recently received a SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the mission of advancing active participation in music, for its commitment to music education. The award is given to individual schools that demonstrate outstanding achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. It s a humbling honor, band director Chris Miller said. Only 66 schools in the country received the award, and we re only one of only two in Kentucky. In a time when many music and school arts programs across the nation lack funding and are at risk for being cut, the award recognizes the support of Walton-Verona s administration and school board, said Erin Core-Stine, choir director. They are a strong supporting force behind our fine arts program, she said. The award is a part of the foundation s efforts to advocate for school-based music education. There is overwhelming research tying music education to higher overall student success in school and in life, foundation executive director Mary Luehrsen said. (This award) recognizes communities for their commitment to music education and strengthens support for these programs. According to Miller, music is just part of the culture of the school. Our students come first, he said. We try to do everything to keep things studentcentered. We want them to be successful and learn. In addition to academic success, the music program provides opportunities for creativity and community involvement. The music program is important here because it gives students a positive creative outlet, Core-Stine said. It s also an important way for our school to be involved in the community. Students in the band and choir perform at various community events including Christmas and Memorial Day festivities, and Old Fashion Day. Megan S. said the real benefit of the music program is working with the directors and fellow students. It s a big family, we all work together, she said. We spend so much time together and you learn to build other relationships besides just being classmates. FCCLA success Carla Smithers WVHS Family Consumer Sciences Teacher and FCCLA Sponsor Congratulations to FCCLA competitors Hannah F., Megan R. and Rachel R. for Third Place at the FCCLA Star Events Culinary Skills. This is the highest achieving group Walton-Verona has had at the state competition. This article is reprinted with the expressed permission of The Community Recorder and Melissa Stewart. Photos by Melissa Stewart for The Community Recorder Walton-Verona High School band director Chris Miller leads the band in a rehearsal during school hours. Walton-Verona's music program recently received the SupportMusic Merit Award from the NAMM Foundation. From the Podium... WVHS Band Chris Miller WVHS Band Director On May 11, junior Dakota S. traveled to EKU to participate in the State Solo & Ensemble Festival. Dakota earned a distinguished rating on his French horn solo the first in WVHS history! A hearty congratulations to our graduating senior who has worked tirelessly for the past five years building the band program to what it is today. Thank you, best of luck to you in the next stage of life, and we will miss you dearly! Summer is a great time of relaxation and recharging for us all. We will continue to offer percussion lessons on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and full drumline rehearsal from 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. June 11 is our first day of lessons. Contact Mr. Miller for more information. Speaking of summer, band camp at WVHS will be here before we know it. Pre-camp is July from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. for all incoming eighth graders, percussion, and leadership. July is full band camp for all WVHS Band members. A newsletter will be mailed in early July with details on what to bring, etc. It has been a year full of firsts and great accomplishments by individuals and our group as a whole. The bar is set! July we begin working to raise it even further. Congratulations to everyone on a great year!
16 Page 16 The Walton-Verona Mirror Traditions of excellence WVHS teachers inducted into Hall of Fame Megan Lewis WVHS Multimedia Publishing Adviser Walton-Verona High School s reputation for excellence is not limited to its students. This year, faculty members Janet McIntyre and Connie Greene were both inducted into their high schools athletic Hall of Fame. McIntyre graduated from Springboro High School in Springboro, Ohio and was inducted in February for her contributions to volleyball, basketball and softball. When she graduated, she was the third alltime leading scorer in women s basketball. In all of the sports she played, her teams were extremely competitive and excelled having winning records in all three. McIntyre then said, We were, likewise, conference champions in all three sports my last three years of high school. We would win by a lot in basketball; in fact, I remember winning one game My senior year we went Greene also experienced great athletic success and was inducted in January at Peebles High School in Peebles, Ohio. Greene played basketball, volleyball, softball, and ran track and cross country. In basketball, Greene was the pre-eminent women s player of the 1970 s and one of the best in school history as she set the single game record of 50 points and currently holds five of the top ten scoring games (The People s Defender). Greene ended her high school Tennis NCKC champions Cory Miller WVMS P.E. Teacher and Varsity Tennis Coach athletic career with 1,268 points, averaging 20.1 points per game and maintaining the highest two single season scoring averages. Greene was also a two-time All-SHL selection and in her last three years, her teams produced a 33-0 league record and a 1976 sectional title (The People s Defender). With all of the athletic success, McIntyre and Greene still worked to maintain academic achievement. Greene graduated as class valedictorian, and McIntyre definitely felt the importance of school. Weekly checks on athletes grades were monitored. My parents both are educators, [my] mother a principal, so academics were stressed. Though the games have changed somewhat, it does not lessen how impressive their accomplishments are. McIntyre said, Lots of changes in women s sports have been made from when I played in the 80 s. Volleyball, there was not a libero; softball, we changed over from soft pitch to fast pitch during my sophomore year. Lastly, during basketball there was not a three point line and we played with the bigger basketball. Congratulations to both Janet McIntyre and Connie Greene on the well-deserved recognition. Thank you for your continued example for the students at Walton-Verona. Congratulations to senior Kendall W. for capturing the NCKC Singles Tennis Championship last month for the Lady Bearcats and to seniors Craig W. and Thomas J. for finishing runner-up in the NCKC Boys Doubles Championship. SPORTS Pinning down victory John Roth WVMS Wrestling Head Coach The Bearcats Wrestling Club qualified seven wrestlers to compete at the Middle School State Tournament and placed four wrestlers in the top six. With Walton only being in its fourth year as a team, they finished in fourth place at the Club Division and sixth place overall out of 70 teams in the 2013 season. In the season they also took fourth place as a Club and eighth place overall out of 62 teams State qualifiers were: Blake R., Logan H., Aaron T., Braden M., Mason S., Ryan W. and Hunter R. Blake R. was State Champion at 80 pounds. This is the fourth time Blake has qualified for the State Tournament and is a three-time State Finalist, winning the State Championship this year. Blake has been competing at the middle State champion Blake R. wraps up another challenger on his way to claiming victory. Roth is a three-time State finalist and earned champion status this spring, as well as becoming Brute National Champion. Larry s Kids Foundation: Second Annual 5K Run/Walk Pam Sayler Walton-Verona Schools Deputy Superintendent Eddie Ring and Extreme Sportswear, Inc. will partner again this fall with the Walton-Verona Schools to host the third annual Larry s Kids 5K Run/Walk. The event will be held at the Walton-Verona Athletic Complex on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. There will be $25 gift certificates for the top male and female adult finisher as well as for the top male and female student that compete on the main course. Each participant that pre-registers will receive a t-shirt. Registration forms are available at the high school and on the district website. school level since the fourth grade and has compiled a career record of 161 wins and 23 loses, with 137 pins. Hunter R. was State Champion at 190 pounds. and is a two time State qualifier. Mason S. took third place at 98 pounds. He is a two time State qualifier, and took fourth place in Ryan W. took third place at 121 pounds. For walkers who prefer not to trudge over the terrain there will be a walking path set up on the parking lot area. This will also better accommodate young children and participants that have small children in strollers. Larry s Kids Foundation was established in honor of Mr. Larry Davis who served as the S.A.F.E. Agent for our school district from 1999 to Mr. Davis was an extraordinary person who truly cared for all of the Walton-Verona students and their families. His motto of For Kids continues on today through the funds that Brute Nationals In April, Blake R., Braden M., Mason S. and Colin R. traveled to Independence, Missouri to compete at Brute Nationals Wrestling Championships. These wrestlers made All-American status by placing in the top eight of their weight class: Blake R. Brute National Champion; Braden M. took third place; Mason S. took third place. Congratulations to these three competitors. are raised from this annual event, along with contributions that are made each year to the foundation from the Walton-Verona Staff and community members. Thanks to Extreme Sportswear, Inc. and our participants the event continues to grow each year. This year we hope to make it even bigger and better. Please join us on Saturday, September 21 to help us continue to fulfill the dream of Mr. Larry Davis. All funds raised from the event will be used to directly help Walton-Verona students (preschool through grade 12).
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