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October Update

To our Kent families,

Congratulations to Roosevelt’s National Merit Semifinalist, Commended students





From left, Isaac Stokes, Kristen Schuch and Mason Lorch. 

Congratulations to Roosevelt senior and National Merit Semifinalist Mason Lorch. His parents are Andrea Case and Patrick Lorch.

National Merit Commended students include Kristen Schuch, daughter of Laura and Joe Schuch and Isaac Stokes, son of Lee Mei and Brent Stokes.

The National Merit program, now in its 63rd year, recognizes nearly 16,000 students nationwide. It is an annual academic competition for recognition and potential college undergraduate scholarships.

Kent Schools get $5,000 for Virtual Reality technology






From left, Superintendent George Joseph; Holden Principal Todd Poole; Loncoy Principal Janice Swan; Stanton Middle School Principal Anthony Horton; Courtney Baliman, Technology Coordinator; Marge Mackanos, Stanton sixth grade teacher; Christine Goff, Davey fifth grade teacher; Walls Principal Heidi Singer and Kent State University Athletic Director Joel Nielsen.

Kent City Schools recently received a $5,000 check from the College Football Playoff Foundation, which supports early childhood through secondary education throughout the U.S. by inspiring and empowering teachers.

With the support of Kent State University’s Athletic Department, Kent Schools Superintendent George Joseph requested a $5,000 grant to help purchase virtual reality technology to be used in a mobile classroom. Still in the planning stages, the district is customizing a refurbished school bus, which will be available for all Kent students and teachers to use various virtual reality, interactive learning tools.

Specifically, the $5,000 will help defray the cost of the purchase of a Google Expedition Kit for 30 students. Using special Google devices and viewers, students can take more than 500 virtual reality field trips without leaving the VR Mobile Tech Lab. Other virtual reality equipment and resources will also be available for use in the lab.

Fathers and children walk to school together







Fathers and their children walked to the four elementary schools on Monday, September 18. As part of the first Fathers and Family Walk, then families shared conversation and refreshments, thanks to a donation from Aramark.

The event was sponsored by Portage County Job & Family Services, Passages (Connecting Fathers & Families), Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and United Way of Portage County.

Benny Cowgill award winners announced

At the football game on Friday, September 22, 22 fifth graders were honored as part of the annual Benny Cowgill Classic. Nominated by their teachers, these students were recognized for their exemplary character and leadership skills. Benny Cowgill, a Kent student who died of cancer at age 16, exemplified many of the character education traits that are incorporated into the curriculum of the Kent City Schools.

From Davey: Deonne Dickerson, Carey Dirton, Chase Francher, Tommy Georger, Taylor Gopp, Aelyse Taylor, DeMario Tucker and Isabell Yehle.

From Holden: Ethan Bruner, Zachary Hamilton, Chassidy Hughes, Mya Johnson

From Longcoy: Benjamin Nyerges, Samaya Peoples (pictured above), Vera Rhodes, Owen Sunderland

From Walls: Brayden Kerr, Masyn Freidman, Jureyah Jones, Jacob Proctor, Paige Taylor, Vincent Torok

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. 

Please join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, November 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua. I really enjoy visiting with our Kent residents.
2017-2018 Coffee and Conversation Dates

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

Mental Health Awareness Panel

On November 2, 2017 Theodore Roosevelt High School will be holding a mental health awareness panel. Members of the panel including: Coleman, Children’s Advantage and Townhall II. Topics discussed will include: depression, anxiety, stress and self-harm as well as information about the services offered at each organization. This a great opportunity to learn more about mental wellness and how to help your loved ones. The panel will begin at 7pm in the Richard Roberts Auditorium. This event is open to all community members. 

September Update

Dear parents,

“Way to go, eclipse!”





On Monday, August 21, our Kent Schools community celebrated the partial solar eclipse with viewing events at each school. Thanks to the support of Kent Displays which shared in the cost, Kent City Schools provided a free pair of Eclipse Shades for every student, teacher and staff member. Approximately 4,000 pairs of the special glasses were distributed.

In all our buildings, teachers talked about the eclipse and related it to the appropriate curriculum. For example, Stanton Middle School students in the Endeavor Team built viewing boxes and with the help of math teacher Sean Dougherty, created a camera obscura in their classroom. The windows and door were covered and a pinhole camera demonstrated how viewing boxes work. “Very interesting and a fun project to work on,” said one student. 

All Roosevelt and Stanton students gathered at Roosevelt stadium to view the solar eclipse together. Science teacher Chris Carman shared fun eclipse facts from the press box and counted down to 2:32 p.m. when all eyes (protected with their Eclipse glasses) turned towards the sun. “Way to go, eclipse!” yelled a student in the crowd.

The students were very enthusiastic, engaged and well behaved. It was a great day for the Kent Schools.

Thank you to Kent Displays, manufacturer of Boogie Boards and other eWriter display technology, is a valued educational partner of the Kent Schools. 

Meet our new teachers!








Back row from left, Amy Jajtner, fourth grade at Davey; Crystal McNeily, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Cody Knepper, art teacher at Stanton Middle School; Audra Collins, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Megan Blake, science teacher at Roosevelt; and Katherine Mikita, EL teacher at the elementary schools.

Front row from left, Crystal Roberts, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Ashton Donmoyer, Intervention Specialist at Holden; Hillary Smith, School Counselor at Longcoy; Elizabeth Lenzo, Preschool Intervention Specialist at Davey Elementary.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools