All posts by Courtney Baliman

January Update

Happy New Year to the Kent Community!

New Coffee Talk times on Wednesday evenings in January and February
We have added two evening “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” events in January and February 2018 at the Kent Free Library. We will share ideas and information about school events, as well as answer questions from community members. See you there!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

 

If you or your family members are dealing with difficult issues… If you, your family members or others you know face issues or difficult situations this holiday season, please know that you are not alone. Call the Mental Health & Recovery Board local crisis lines at 330-296-3555 or 330-678-4357. Or you can text 4hope to 741741 for free, confidential 24/7 support.

Information about “Snow Days”
One Call Now continues to be our emergency broadcast notification system. This web-based system will help streamline communications with our emergency notification protocols for students, parents and staff.  Additionally, we will continue to contact media sources to announce school closings for weather emergencies. We use voice, e-mail and text to alert our parents and staff during inclement weather.

Sign up for text messaging from One Call Now by texting the word “alert” to 22300, as long as your cell phone number is already in the One Call Now database.  To add your cell phone number or to check the status of your phone numbers and e-mail addresses, please go to the Self Update Portal to sign up or log in to access your information.  The link is located on our broadcast page at:  http://www.kentschools.net/parents/parent-broadcast/​    

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

 

December 2017

To the Kent community:

December Holiday Concerts
During this holiday season, I hope you might join us at one or more of our festive concerts. Here is a list of upcoming musical events.

Sunday, December 3—Holiday Choir Concert at RHS at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, December 5—Roosevelt and Stanton Orchestra Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 7—Roosevelt Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 12—Stanton Winter Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13—Davey Grade 3 Music Program at Davey at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13—Holden Winter Music Program at Holden at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13—Walls Grades 3 and 5 Winter Music Program at Walls at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 14—Stanton Winter Choir Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 15—RHS Jazz Ensemble Holiday Lunch Concert at 10:20 a.m.

 New Coffee Talk times on Wednesday evenings in January and February
We have added two evening “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” events in January and February 2018 at the Kent Free Library. We will share ideas and information about school events, as well as answer questions from community members. See you there!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 31, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

 Wednesday, February 21, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m. 

Information about “Snow Days”
One Call Now continues to be our emergency broadcast notification system. This web-based system will help streamline communications with our emergency notification protocols for students, parents and staff.  Additionally, we will continue to contact media sources to announce school closings for weather emergencies. We use voice, e-mail and text to alert our parents and staff during inclement weather.

Sign up for text messaging from One Call Now by texting the word “alert” to 22300, as long as your cell phone number is already in the One Call Now database.  To add your cell phone number or to check the status of your phone numbers and e-mail addresses, please go to the Self Update Portal to sign up or log in to access your information.  The link is located on our broadcast page at:  http://www.kentschools.net/parents/parent-broadcast/​    

Thanks to Ben Curtis Family Foundation for giving meals to families
Thanks to the support of the Ben Curtis Family Foundation, 300 Kent families with students attending the Kent City Schools received a turkey for their Thanksgiving dinner, as well as mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, stuffing, cranberries and macaroni and cheese. Volunteers distributed the food at Stanton Middle School. A donor, who wants to remain anonymous, donated a total of 900 turkeys, which were also distributed at other sites. The turkeys were kept in a refrigerated truck donated by the House of LaRose.

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

 

November Update

To our Kent families,

Next Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 29
Please join us for Coffee and Conversation. We will share ideas and information about school events, as well as answer questions from community members. We have added two evening events in January and February 2018 at the Kent Free Library. See you there!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, January 31, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018—Kent Free Library, Second Floor Woodward Room, 6 to 7:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, May 23, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 2018—Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

Roosevelt Library Media Specialist recognized by state group

 

 

 

 

From left, Roosevelt Library Media Specialist Jennifer Flaherty, student Brianna Courtney and Superintendent George Joseph.

Roosevelt Library Media Specialist Jennifer Flaherty recently received the 2017 OELMA Outstanding Individual School Library Award, which recognized her exceptional leadership in school library media programs. In addition, Roosevelt junior Briana Courtney received the 2017 READ ON Ohio! Award for the Northeast Ohio High School category after starting a book club at the high school. Ohio Educational Library Media Association (OELMA) is the premier Ohio organization for school library media personnel.

Hall of Fame Class of 2017 and 2018

Congratulations to the 2017 and 2018 Kent City Schools Hall of Fame inductees. The Hall of Fame inductee dinner and ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 7, 2018.

Hall of Fame Class                                2017                                            2018

Academic/Career:                                Dr. Danita Brown Young      Ron Pizzuti

Academic/Science:                              Dr. John Reith                     Michael J. Zucchero

Special Honorary Achievement:         Roger Di Paolo              Robert Wright

Athletics:                                                     James DeLeone               Cindy Dilley

Cultural/Performing Arts:                     Hakim Dermish                  

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools