All posts by Courtney Baliman

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

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