All posts by Courtney Baliman

February Update

To the Kent community:

Supporting our students
We know that many of our students are dealing with mental health issues, and I want you to know that our teachers, administrators and staff are committed to helping every student, every day. Our district provides a supportive, caring and safe environment, and we are involved in a number of mental health programs, including Red Flags K-12, a framework and tool kit for mental health education.

I am pleased to announce our participation in a new program with our partners at the Kent State University School of Nursing and Akron Children’s Hospital. As part of a combination of grants, including a $3,000 pilot grant, ninth graders at Roosevelt will be involved in mental health screening in their Health Education classes. 

KSU Community Health Nursing students will use a simple approach called Screening Brief Intervention Referral to Therapy or SBIRT, which has been successful in motivating students at risk for substance use/abuse, depression or anxiety to seek therapy. To participate, students must have parental permission. Not only will results be confidential, classmates will not be aware of who is taking the SBIRT survey or another “placebo” survey. And as part of the program, motivational intervention therapy will be provided at the high school by KSU graduate nursing students from the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program at no cost.

Join me for Coffee Talk Wednesday evening, February 21
Join me for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” On Wednesday, February 21, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. 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!

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

 

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