June Update

Dear parents,

What a great school year! I’ve been so impressed with the hard work and dedication of both our students and our teachers. When I visited classrooms and buildings this year, I observed students engaged in relevant learning. I also saw many of parents and community members volunteering in our schools. Thank you for all you do to support our students, as well as our teachers, schools and educational programs.

During June and July, I plan to hold three casual events in order to have the opportunity to talk with parents and community members. I hope you will join me for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent.” We will meet in the back room at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua at 9 a.m. Here are the dates:

  • Wednesday, June 24—getting acquainted
  • Wednesday, July 15—introducing the district’s webinar
  • Wednesday, July 29—talking about our 5-year forecast and school finance

I also hope to make these coffees a time to share ideas and answer any of your questions. Of course, the topics are flexible. I look forward to seeing you.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools


May Update

Dear parents,

When I started as Superintendent last August, one of my goals was to establish a true “working” relationship with different departments at Kent State University. Currently, we are establishing a collaborative relationship with the College of Education in order to share “best practices” and in that way enhance our teaching methods and curriculum offerings. 

My vision is to start by implementing interesting, relevant, rigorous and hands-on K-12 STEM curriculum in the Kent City Schools. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This is a national initiative designed to increase the number of teachers who are developing innovative practices in these crucial fields and also to encourage students to pursue STEM careers.

One overarching goal is to provide students the opportunities to develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in a global economy. Here are some pathways under consideration.

  • Offer STEM curriculum to students in elementary schools to increase STEM literacy, make learning more concrete and relevant and to foster a life-long interest in learning
  • Convince students that they can excel in math and science and broaden the representation of non-traditional populations in STEM fields
  • Provide quality teacher training with ongoing professional development
  • Capture teachers’ passion and talent for teaching STEM subjects and integrating STEM across content areas
  • Connect businesses, nonprofits, local government and University research to the classroom
  • Invite students into real-world STEM workplaces to experience and understand the exciting opportunities available to them

We have met with professors and administrators from Kent State a number of times. They have put together a list of faculty, who are interested in having our teachers work with them on STEM-related action research.

A number of our Kent teachers have already told me they want to be involved, and I am putting together a list to link them with KSU faculty. I am very pleased with the response and will keep you informed as the projects get started.

Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph

 Superintendent of Schools

April Update

Dear parents,

Register for all-day kindergarten April 23

Registration for Kent’s all-day kindergarten will be held on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls elementary schools.

For the first time, all kindergartners in Kent can benefit from an all-day academic experience at no cost to families. Because the State of Ohio has changed the way kindergarten is funded, we are now able to provide this fantastic opportunity for all our Kent students. Click on this link for more information about kindergarten registration.

Update on VizZle grant for special educators

Kent is one of only six school districts across the U.S. to receive a VizZle technology grant valued at $25,000. VizZle is an all-in-one digital resource center for special educators. Its software allows our staff to modify standards-based content quickly to meet the needs of a variety of learners—and allows students to access lessons from home computers or tablets. We’ve already received positive feedback from teachers, students and parents. Continue reading