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Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Wildcat Weekly: November 5, 2023

What's New?

A Message from the Principal

Hello Deer Park Families! 

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. As we move into November, I want to ensure you are aware of some really exciting events coming up. Our annual Powder Puff football game is on November 9th. Our fall play will be held on November 10th and 11th at Crawford Auditorium. As you know, we have incredibly talented kids. If you get a chance, I highly recommend that you come out and support our students at these events.

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

Building Spotlight

1st Quarter Honor Roll

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to the dedicated students in grades 7-12 who have earned a well-deserved spot on the Honor Roll for the 1st Quarter. Their unwavering commitment to learning, hard work, and passion for education have set an inspiring example for all. Congratulations to our Honor Roll students!

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Band Performance at OMEA State Finals

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to travel to Piqua HS to watch our band and color guard compete in the OMEA State competition. Right before our students started to perform it started raining. That rain continued throughout their performance. I was amazed at our students' focus and determination as they moved flawlessly, threw rifles and flags up in the air and caught them and sounded like the top rated band that they are. I was not the only one impressed. The judges rated our students superior in every category as well as overall. It was also the first time in school history that we have been rated superior three years in a row. Thanks to Mr. Bauer, Mr Vetter , Ms Livingston and everyone else that had a part in preparing our student to succeed at such a high level. This is DP Nation at its best!

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Staff Shoutout


Staff Member:  Mr. Matt Suddendorf

Position: Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Choir Director

Student Submission: He cares so much about the choir/music program and the students. He creates an environment of inclusivity and comfort. As a student, I love being in his class because of the atmosphere around the room. I always know that I can put everything aside and just immerse myself in the music for those 45 minutes.

It's your turn to shout out a Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School staff member!

We are blessed to have one of the best staff to work with day in and day out at Deer Park Jr/Sr High School. We praise them everyday for all the amazing things they do for our kids and our community! We want to give you a chance to do the same! If you would like to give a shout out to any staff member, please fill out this form so we can celebrate them!

Staff Shoutout

Building News

Deer Park High School Presents "Oz"

The excitement is building in Deer Park as the renowned Deer Park High School drama department is proud to present "Oz," an enchanting and timeless production that promises to transport audiences to a world of magic, wonder, and adventure. The fall play will take place on November 10th and 11th, and will be held within the illustrious walls of the historic Crawford Auditorium.

Event Details:


November 10th and 11th

Doors Open:
7:00 PM

7:30 PM

Crawford Auditorium, Deer Park High School

Tickets for this enchanting journey to "Oz" are available at the door for just $5. This is an incredible opportunity to witness the talent and dedication of the Deer Park High School students as they take the stage to bring this classic story to life. Don't miss your chance to be a part of this unforgettable experience.

No School- Tuesday, November 7th

Just a reminder that there will not be school on Tuesday, November 7th. It will be a professional development day for our staff.

Sandy's Closet Donations

Please remember Sandy's Closet for your donations of clean, gently used clothing, shoes, boots, etc. We are always accepting infant, toddler, youth sizes and clothing appropriate for our high school students.

Items can be dropped off at the Holmes Building during school days between 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Thank you for your continued support of Sandy's Closet!

Powder Puff Football Games

Join us for an exciting evening of gridiron action at Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School's Powder Puff game! Taking place on the DPHS Football Field on Thursday, November 9, 2023, the fun begins at 6 pm when the gates swing open. The game itself kicks off at 6:30 pm. For just $5, you can enjoy all the action, while children aged 12 and under get in for free. But that's not all! Indulge your sweet tooth at the bake sale, bid on fabulous items at the silent auction, and savor tasty concessions. Don't forget to try your luck with the Split the Pot drawing, and gear up in style with our spirit wear offerings. Plus, connect with local organizations and enjoy captivating halftime performances featuring Color Guard, Staff, and Students. Don't miss out on this exciting community event!

New Safer Ohio School Tip Line

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine recently announced several enhancements to the state's free Safer Ohio School Tip Line (1-844-SAFEROH) that will make it easier for Ohioans to report school safety concerns. 

In addition to calling and texting the tip line, Ohioans anywhere in the state now can report school safety information through a new smartphone app and online web form.

The new Safer Ohio School Tip Line smartphone app, available both on iOS and Android devices, and the online web form include pre-populated prompts to help users quickly upload information.

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2nd Annual Catch-A-Coat

Catch a Coat

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:

  • Election Day (No School for Students): Tuesday, November 7
  • Powder Puff Football Games: Thursday, November 9 | 6:30 p.m.
  • High School Fall Play: November 10 & 11 | 7:30 p.m.
  • Board of Education Regular Meeting (State of the Schools): Monday, November 20 | 6:30 p.m.
  • Thanksgiving Holiday Break: November 22-24

In Case You Missed It

See You At School!

It's always tough to tell if you should send your student to school. As part of attendance month, we put together this flier to be helpful in making that decision.

See You at School

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.

A Message from the School Nurse

Deer Park Community City Schools has partnered with the Smile Programs…the mobile dentists to offer in-school dental care! 

The mobile dentist will be coming to the Jr. /Sr. High School on Wednesday, November 8th, 2023.

Simply sign up your child today at or fill out and sign a permission form. Permission forms will be available for students to pick up in the main office. Please return forms to the school nurse by Friday, November 3rd

Even better, dental care is usually at no cost to you. All insurance is accepted including Medicaid and CHIP. For those without insurance, a low cost self-pay option is available.

For more information please visit

Homework Club

Did You Know: 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: Tracy Smith, Room 153
  • Tuesday: Jami Baker, Room 137
  • Wednesday: Lauren Troxell, Room 58
  • Thursday: Mckenzie Wills, Room 58
  • Friday: Lauren Troxell, Room 58 (until October 19th)

High School:

  • Monday: Suzy Beck, Room 233
  • Tuesday:
    • Sept. 5 - Oct. 24: Mark Devine, Room 239
    • Beginning Oct. 31: Elaine Feldman, Room 155
  • Wednesday: Suzy Beck, Room 233
  • Thursday: Mark Devine, Room 239
  • Friday: Alex Moore, Room 275 (until October 19th)

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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