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March Update

March 2017

To the Kent community:

Kindergarten Registration Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 19 at 7:00 p.m. at our elementary schools. Parents with students that will be five (5) years old on or before August 1, 2017 should plan to attend.  Please click this press release link for more details.

Nominations needed for Kent City Schools Hall of Fame
Kent City Schools Hall of Fame committee is soliciting nominations for the Classes of 2017 and 2018.  An induction ceremony and dinner, held every other year to recognize two classes of honorees, is planned for April 2018. 

Established in 1999, the Hall of Fame honors graduates of Theodore Roosevelt High School who have made exceptional achievements in their field or unique contributions to their community.  Nominees must have graduated at least 10 years ago and cannot be current employees of the Kent City Schools. Permanent plaques commemorating each honoree are displayed in the Roosevelt auditorium atrium. 

Nomination forms are available on the Kent City Schools website at www.kentschools.net/hall-of-fame/.  Or you can click on Community  to find the Hall of Fame link. Pick up and return forms to the Kent Board of Education office.  Mail to Hall of Fame Committee, attention Superintendent George Joseph, at 321 North DePeyster, Kent, OH 44240 or call the Superintendent’s office at 330-676-7610 for details.

Celebrating National African American History Month
As part of our celebration of National African American History Month in February, many of our teachers and principals have developed initiatives to share the contributions African Americans have made to our society.  At Roosevelt High School, our Social Studies department encouraged each high school teacher to spend time talking about the contributions of African Americans in specific subject areas, such as science and math.  In addition, students hear highlights about the career pathway of an African American Roosevelt graduate as part of the daily announcements.

Project Unity members organized a project to honor 16 African Americans, who graduated from Roosevelt and have excelled in their professions.  According to club advisor Tahira Habeeb-Butler, students researched the careers of alums and posted photos and biographies in the library display case as a way to bring “a greater sense of pride and unity to our alma mater.”  Roosevelt alums honored include:

  • Cameron Black II – Player Development Assistant for the NBA Atlanta Hawks
  • Trent Boykin – Assistant Coach (Running Backs) at The University of Akron
  • Jason Butler – Award-winning teacher and journalist
  • Michele Ridenour-Comeaux – Award-winning teacher and track coach
  • Maya (Gilbert) Dunbar – Los Angeles-based actress, writer and producer
  • Aaliyah Habeeb – New York City-based actress, teaching artist, writer and producer
  • Billy Hawkins – President of Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama
  • Mike Pechac – Director of Player Development (football) at Indiana University
  • LeRoy Rowser – High school teacher and college baseball umpire
  • Olaun Simmons – Assistant City Attorney for the City of Manassas, VA
  • Talaun Simmons- Executive Director of Muslim Community Center for Human Services at University of Texas at Arlington
  • James Smith – National Business Development Manager for Sylvania Lighting and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Jeffrey Smith – Director of Diversity and Inclusion/Multicultural Programs at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA and co-owner of Bailiwick Clothing Company
  • Ema Temu – M.S., Certified Event and Wedding Planner and owner of Events by Ema in North Carolina
  • Andrew T. Wright – Founder of Young Scholars Mentoring Center Inc. and Master Barber
  • Danita Brown Young – Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at University of Minnesota

 

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

February Update

February 2017

To the Kent community:

Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony played at Severance Hall

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On Sunday, January 29, the Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony performed at Severance Hall! This was the first time that Roosevelt High School has been invited to perform at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational. It was an outstanding performance in an incredible setting. We are so proud of the more than 300 high school students involved in marching and concert band, wind symphony, jazz and pep bands, as well as orchestra and choral groups.

ILEP scholars from the Philippines and Uganda are teaching at Stanton

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Two teachers, who are part of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) at Kent State University, are working with our students at Stanton Middle School. Graziella May Decano from the Philippines is teaching with Sarah Canter and Jannet Nambaziiar from Uganda is teaching with Lindsay Potok. The ILEP program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and brings outstanding teachers from around the world to the United States to learn about the latest advancements in education. Kent City Schools has been involved for a number of years.

Area children’s author visits Longcoy Elementary

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Conrad J. Storad, children’s author, editor and science writer recently visited Longcoy

Elementary in Kent. A native of Barberton, Storad lived in Arizona for 33 years and

recently relocated back to the area. Storad has published over 50 books, many of them about animals. He read two of his books to the students and talked to them about the art of writing. He also encouraged them to write and revise their writing assignments.

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

December Update

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.

Tuesday, December 6—Roosevelt and Stanton Orchestra Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 8—Roosevelt Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 8—Holden Winter Music Program at Holden at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13—Stanton Winter Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13—Davey Third Grade Music Program at Davey at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14—Walls Winter Music Program at Walls at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 15—Stanton Winter Choir Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Monday, December 19—Longcoy Third Grade Concert at Longcoy at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 19, Longcoy Fifth Grade Concert at Longcoy at 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/    

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools