All-Day Kindergarten

Change for 2015-16:

Early learning experiences and targeted intervention play a large role in a student’s academic success at the primary level. This change will enhance our student’s experiences by allowing EVERY Kindergarten student the opportunity to extend their learning all day every day and be better prepared for entering first grade and beyond.

Please click here for more information about All- Day Kindergarten for 2015-2016

February Update

Dear parents,

Our Kent Board of Education adopted a new calendar for the 2015-2016 school year. I want to draw your attention to some of the important dates.

  • School starts earlier this fall—Wednesday, August 19, 2015.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences continue to be scheduled before Thanksgiving. School is not in session for students from November 24 through November 27, 2015.
  • First semester concludes on Friday, December 18, before Winter Break.
  • Winter Break is December 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016. School resumes on Monday, January 4, 2016, which is the start of second semester.
  • Spring Break is March 21 through March 25, which is Good Friday.
  • School ends earlier in the spring—Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

School calendars are adopted after a great deal of thought and consultation with teachers, staff and administrators.

Please know that the new starting and ending dates align more closely with the other districts in the Six District Educational Compact, as well as other Portage County schools. In addition, this calendar increases student instructional time prior to the state-mandated assessments.

If you have any questions, please e-mail me at or call me at 330-676-7610.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools


January Update

Dear parents,

Happy New Year! I know that 2015 will bring great learning opportunities for our students. Please know that our teachers and staff are committed to helping each child succeed and reach their highest potential in the Kent City Schools.

Last month, I updated our Board of Education on the results of my Entry Plan Survey, which over 170 people completed. Here are quick summaries of the five questions, as well as some of the suggested changes.

  1. Please describe the culture of your school and the District. What aspects are positive and should be kept, and which components could benefit from change?

Summary: Overall, comments were positive and showed a real awareness that we care about our students. A number of respondents complimented our positive school culture and expressed pride in the District. Change: We can benefit from better communications at all levels.

  1. What are your hopes and dreams for your school and the District?

Summary: It’s clear that everyone supports the positive learning environment at our schools and wants to make sure that our students feel safe, have fun and enjoy learning. Change: Continue to focus on improving graduation rates and maintaining the financial security of the District.

  1. What is going well at your school and in the District?

Summary: Results included positive comments about each of our schools, which focused on the way each staff works as a team to serve the best interests of students. Change: Continue the commitment to address the ever-growing needs of our students.

  1. What aspects of your school or the District might benefit from change?

Summary: We received a number of very specific comments and suggestions, which will be reviewed and considered. Change: Review programs, improve communications and promote fresh ideas.

  1. What expectations do you have of me as your new superintendent?

Summary: Respondents challenged me to evaluate the Kent City Schools program and guide them to the next level by being well informed and proactive. Change: Respondents made their feelings clear—“We need a leader who believes in us and appreciates us—and puts kids first.”

            Thank you to those who participated for your time and thoughtful responses. If you have further thoughts, please e-mail me at or call me at 330-676-7610.

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

George J. Joseph