All posts by Courtney Baliman

January Update

January 2017

To the Kent community:

Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony performing at Severance Hall

On Sunday, January 29, the Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony will play at Severance Hall!  This is the first time that Roosevelt High School has been invited to perform at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational.  Roosevelt’s bands will play at 6 p.m. following one-hour concerts by four other schools.  Tickets are available in the RHS Band office for $10 each.

Congratulations to Dr. John Roebke and all our music teachers for this impressive recognition.  The Kent community is proud of its rich musical tradition and history with more than 300 of our high school students involved in marching and concert band, wind symphony, jazz and pep bands, as well as orchestra and choral groups.  Our student musicians are committed to reaching the highest levels of success, both musically and academically.   Opportunities and experiences gained in performances like these, as well as in practices, private lessons and competitions, ultimately help our student musicians meet life’s challenges. 

See “You…The Artist” film 

A combined group of Elementary and Middle School students produced a 25-minute documentary highlighting the Kent Creativity Festival, which took place on the Lester Lefton Esplanade at Kent State University in September. The film includes interviews with participants, committee members and other professionals.  According to teacher Chip Hawks, the film chronicles the year of planning and preparation for the festival, and our students are already working on a documentary for next year.  Here is a link to the video. “YOU. . .THE ARTIST!” 

Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, January 25

Please join me for Coffee and Conversation at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua on Wednesday, January 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  It’s a great way to learn about future school events, share ideas and ask questions. 

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

November Update

To the Kent Community:

Team of Kent educators examining “Least Restrictive Environments”

The Mission Statement of the Kent City Schools: The Kent City Schools and Community will endeavor to see that all students have access to the resources and tools necessary to improve academically, socially and emotionally. Providing support in these areas will help students and staff to adopt behaviors that will enhance their well-being and quality of life.

Embedded in our Mission Statement is the inference that such resources and tools are available to students with disabilities in what is referred to as “the least restrictive environment.” With the current focus on standards and accountability nationally and across the state of Ohio, a “key aspect in thinking about achievement of students with disabilities is access – access to general education curriculum, access to quality instruction, and access to peers.” (Theoharis and Causton, 2014)

Through extensive collaboration, a team of educators across our district is in the process of devoting their time, attention, ideas and expertise to examine our least restrictive environments. Since the 14-member team represents elementary, middle and high school levels, every faculty or staff member in the district will have a voice on this team.

The LRE Team will be meeting throughout the 2016-2017 school year and possibly beyond. The Team has identified the first step in the process as raising awareness and deepening understanding of what it means to educate students in the least restrictive environment. Click here to watch a short, three-minute video titled, “Shelley Moore: Transforming Inclusive Education,” which may give you some insight into this process.

Thank you again for your support of the Kent City Schools.

Sincerely,

George J. Joseph on behalf of the “The LRE Team”

United Way kick-off for Kent City Schools 2017

The United Way campaign kick-off for Kent City Schools 2017 starts Friday, October 28. I have scheduled presentations during staff meetings in October and November to share United Way information with staff. During this presentation, the staff is encouraged to participate and contribute to the 2017 United Way campaign.

Working families continue to face economic challenges. At the local level, United Way has achieved measurable success putting individuals and families on the road to financial stability. Many of our own Kent City Schools families benefit from United Way.

United Way of Portage County fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every community. LIVE UNITED!

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent on November 30, 2016

Please join me for future coffee and conversations at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  It’s a great way to learn about future school events, share ideas and ask questions.

Upcoming Coffee and Conversations:

  • Wednesday, November 30, 2016
  • Wednesday, January 25, 2017
  • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 31, 2017
  • Wednesday, July 26, 2017

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools