To our Kent families,
Back row from left, Abigail Pease (Semifinalist), Jacob Brawley (Commended Student), Lee Phillips (Commended Student), and Owen Pazderak (Commended Student). Front row from left, Maya Niesz Kutsch (Commended Student) and Mengyu Lu (Semifinalist).
The National Merit program, now in its 64th year, recognizes nearly 16,000 students nationwide. It is an annual academic competition for recognition and potential college undergraduate scholarships. Among those earning this honor from Theodore Roosevelt High School are Mengyu Lu, Nathan Mudrak and Abigail Pease. These three academically talented Roosevelt seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring. National Merit Commended students are Jacob Brawley, Lee Phillips, Owen Pazderak and Maya Niesz Kutsch.
Roosevelt’s Rough Rider football team took home the Big R Trophy after beating rival Ravenna 23-20. It was the first time Kent won the trophy since Brimfield Insurance Group and owner Chas Madonio started the tradition in 2013. In addition, it was Roosevelt’s 500th football victory and the 104th renewal of the neighborhood rivalry with Ravenna. Congratulations to our student athletes and Coach Mark Geis!
Thanks to Kent Rotary for funding mental health training
At their annual auction last spring, members of the Rotary Club of Kent donated $9,000 to fund a very special project for the Kent City Schools. This generous donation will be used to pay for a national program called Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and will include engaging a training presenter, as well as supplying materials.
For the past two years, one of our district’s four target goals is to address mental health concerns. This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff and peers how to help adolescents from age 12 to 18, who may be experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge. Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
Davey Tree recently donated $10,000 to the Forestry and Landscape Management College Tech Prep program at Roosevelt. Pat Covey, Davey president and CEO, presented the check, which was combined with a $5,000 grant from the International Association of Arboriculture’s Tree Fund.
Fifteen sets of climbing gear, including ropes, harnesses, and lanyards with giant carabiners, will be purchased to upgrade equipment used in the class, according to instructors John Lang and Tom Franek.
Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent scheduled
The next Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent will be held on Wednesday, October 24, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library. I’m looking forward to sharing future school events, ideas and answer questions from the community. As the school year progresses, I’m planning to rotate morning and evening Coffee and Conversations every other month. Our next morning meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill at 802 North Mantua.
Thank you again for your continued support of the Kent City Schools.
George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools