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Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Wildcat Weekly: March 17, 2024

What's New?

A Message from the Principal

Hello Deer Park Families! 

I hope this message finds you well. I wanted to inform you that spring has definitely arrived, and with it comes a flurry of activities here at the DP Nation. From spring sports to prom, the ice cream social, and Parkers, there is so much happening. I must say, these events are what make my job so enjoyable.

I wanted to take a moment to remind you that we are here to assist you in any way possible. If you need anything or have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Your satisfaction is our top priority.

Wishing you a fantastic week ahead!

John Vander Meer
Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School

Building Spotlight

Thank you to the staff and students who put in so much work and delivered an amazing winter concert series. Please enjoy some pictures from the different concerts!

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Blood Drive

On Friday, March 15th, approximately fifty teachers,students, and staff members teamed-up to donate blood through Hoxworth. Many commented that they felt the need to do something to "help others, even if they didn't see who they were helping." Across the U.S. blood donations have been down, but here at the park everyone is doing to their part to help others. Way to go Wildcats!

Building News

End of Course Assessments

The Ohio End of Course Assessments are right around the corner, beginning the week after spring break. Deer Park Jr/Sr High School will be offering these tests on the following dates:

  • April 10th: English: Grade 7,8, 10 English test, part 1
  • April 11th:English: Grade 7,8, 10 English test, part 2
  • April 12- 15: Makeup English part 1 and 2 tests
  • April 16: Science: Grade 8 & Biology students
  • April 17: Social Studies: US History & Government students (all junior high reports to school as a normal day)
  • April 18- April 22: Makeup English, Social Studies, and Science tests
  • April 23: Math: Grades 7, 8, Algebra 1, and Geometry, part 1
  • April 23: Math: Grades 7, 8, Algebra 1, and Geometry, part 2
  • April 24- 26: Completing all makeup assessments

There is a late start for any student not impacted by the state testing, with the schedule to be released soon. Late start does not apply to junior high students on any testing day. Please feel free to contact your students' teacher or counselor if you have any questions regarding these state assessments.

Introducing the 2024 Prom Court!

Prom Court

Please see the information below for upcoming ticket sales for the 2024 prom. Tickets will be sold during the week of March 25-28. 

Prom Tickets

Deer Park High School's Art Department Hosts "Empty Bowls"

Deer Park High School's Art Department is excited to announce its upcoming event, "Empty Bowls," inviting the community to participate in a unique evening of art, community, and philanthropy.

What: "Empty Bowls" is an event where attendees have the opportunity to select their favorite handmade bowls crafted by the talented students of DPHS Art. Each bowl is a unique piece of art. Guests will then indulge in delicious soup provided by OneDeerPark, served in their chosen bowl. The best part? Attendees get to take their chosen bowl home as a keepsake. Notably, all bowls are dishwasher and microwave-safe.

Cost: Admission to the event is priced at $5 for small bowls and $10 for larger ones, available while supplies last.

Where: The event will take place in the DPHS Cafeteria.

When: Guests are invited to join us on Wednesday, March 20th, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. This event operates on a come-and-go basis, allowing flexibility for attendees to drop by at their convenience.

Where does the money go?: 100% of the proceeds generated from the event will directly support the Bridges program. This initiative aims to assist children in India, Guatemala, and Uganda. To learn more about the Bridges program, visit

Special Presentation: A special presentation highlighting the Bridges Program will commence at 7:00 p.m., offering attendees the opportunity to delve deeper into the program's mission and impact. The speaker will share compelling stories and insights about Bridges, inviting engagement and support from the community.

Further Information: For inquiries or additional information, interested parties are encouraged to contact Ms. Landers at

For More Information: Visit the following websites for comprehensive details on the Bridges program and the Empty Bowls initiative:

Deer Park High School's Art Department extends a warm invitation to the community to join us for an evening of artistry, compassion, and solidarity in support of children worldwide. Let's come together to make a difference, one bowl at a time.

Deer Park Alumni Spotlight: David Coffey (Class of 1979) Shines in Media Production, Architecture, and Community Engagement

Deer Park High School alum David Coffey (Class of 1979) is not just your average success story. His journey from the halls of Deer Park to California's film industry and the historic houses of Bakersfield showcases the power of passion, dedication, and a touch of Wildcat spirit. David's story shows how his roots in Deer Park have shaped his extraordinary career and community contributions.

During his formative years at Deer Park High School, Coffey had his hands in a variety of extracurricular activities. A member of the Marching Wildcats, Debate Club (known as It’s Academic), Student Council, a Library Aide, and member of the Cross Country team, Coffey demonstrated leadership and versatility in his pursuits. His role as the PA Announcer for the Deer Park Wildcats Basketball team showcased his passion for community engagement and school spirit.

Read the Full Story

Counselor's Corner

Check out important info from the guidance office by clicking the link below.

Counselor's Corner

Looking Ahead

Please mark these important dates on your calendar:

  • Board of Education Regular Meeting: Tuesday, March 19 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Spring Break: Friday, March 29 - Sunday, April 7

In Case You Missed It

Save the Date: 25th Annual Golf Scramble

On Saturday June 8, 2024 at 1:30 p.m. shotgun start, the Deer Park Wildcat Boosters will hold our 25th Annual Golf Scramble at Avon Fields. More Details to follow.

Deer Park Hall of Fame Accepting Nominations

The Deer Park Hall of Fame is ready to add new members! Please take the time to nominate one of Deer Park’s finest today.

The Deer Park Hall of Fame features prominent alumni of Deer Park, former exceptional athletes, as well as worthy members of the staff and administration.

Nomination forms can be found on-line by clicking the link below.

Nomination forms must be printed out, then submitted to Holmes Elementary at 8688 Donna Lane, Cincinnati, Ohio 45236 by March 31st, 2024.

Hall of Fame selections will be announced in June, with the induction ceremony to follow in the fall.

Fill Out Your Nomination

CONTACT: With questions, contact Ron Satterfield at

Deer Park Jr/Sr High School to be designated as a Heart Safe School

We are excited to share with you the final step in our journey to becoming a Heart Safe School. As you may know, being designated as a Heart Safe School means that we have taken the necessary steps to ensure the safety and well-being of our students and staff in the event of a cardiac emergency.

One crucial element of this designation is conducting a Cardiac Emergency drill. This drill allows us to assess the effectiveness of our Cardiac Emergency Response Plan, test our communication system, and evaluate the readiness of our response team. It is an essential part of ensuring that we are prepared to handle any cardiac emergency that may arise within our school community. There will be a drill taking place the week of March 25, 2024. The exact day and location will be chosen by Mr. Vander Meer and Nurse Dydo and will not be shared with staff in order to stay true to the response.

The drill will involve our faculty, a small group of students, nurse leadership, and school administration. Additionally, representatives from Cincinnati Children's Heart Institute and our local EMS will be present to provide support and feedback. Their expertise will ensure that we are following best practices and that our response is appropriate in a real-life situation.

During the drill, a member from Project Adam will enter a classroom and simulate a cardiac emergency. A mannequin will be placed on the floor, and our response team will activate the Cardiac Emergency Response Plan as if it were a real event. Project Adam team members will observe the drill, and it will proceed through the arrival of the Fire Department and/or EMS. In the event that the Deer Park/Silverton Fire Department cannot be present, Project Adam will conclude the drill after the estimated timeframe for FD/EMS arrival.

Our primary goal in partnering with Project Adam and other experts is to ensure the safety of your children, our staff, and all members of our school community. A well-coordinated response to cardiac emergencies has been proven to reduce death and disability in school settings and provides reassurance in a stressful and life-threatening situation. By conducting this drill, we are taking proactive measures to identify and address any potential weaknesses in our response plan.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we strive to create the safest possible environment for your children. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming Cardiac Emergency drill, please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Together, we can make a difference in the well-being of our school community. Students will be informed of everything we are doing and when the drill starts we will announce that it is only a drill. Please let me know if you need any clarification or have any questions.

Host an International Exchange Student 

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Student Career Opportunities

We believe that it is crucial for our students to have access to information about different career paths and the opportunities that await them. By providing them with these resources, we aim to empower them to make informed decisions about their future and help them discover their passions.See the document below for the opportunities that we are highlighting this week.

 Student Opportunities

Homework Club

UPDATED SCHEDULE - If your child needs extra help with their school work or just a place to do homework we have a homework club available for your child after school. Please see below for the schedule:

Junior High: 

  • Monday - Mrs. Smith Room 153
  • Tuesday - Ms. Baker Room 137
  • Wednesday - Ms. Troxell Room 58 
  • Thursday - Ms. Wills Room 58

High School: 

  • Monday - Mrs. Beck Room 233
  • Tuesday - Ms.  Feldman Room 155
  • Wednesday - Mr. Moore Room 275
  • Thursday - Mr. Devine Room 239
  • Friday - Mrs. Beck Room 233

Paying School Fees

Please remember to pay your student fees for the 2023-2024 school year. Fees can be paid in the front office during regular office hours or by using PaySchools. You will need a student ID to set up a PaySchools account. These are found on fee forms and are the same number your student uses for their lunch account. If your student doesn’t know this number, please feel free to reach out to us with questions at 513-891-0010.

Staying Connected

There are multiple ways to stay connected to Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School. Please see the links below for ways to stay connected through Email, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. 

  • Newsletters: All parents who have completed FinalForms should receive Wildcat Weekly Newsletters. If you are not currently receiving them, please register for the e-mail communication. To register, simply go to and click on the button on the bottom of the page that says “Subscribe to District News”.
  • Twitter: Follow Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School for the most up-to-date news and happenings! @DeerParkHS, @DeerParkSchools and @dpcounselor.
  • Facebook: follow us at Deer Park Community City Schools and Deer Park Jr/Sr High School
  • Instagram: follow us at DPHS Principals

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