Category Archives: Community

August Update

Dear parents,

Welcome back to school this month! Remember that school starts for all students on Wednesday, August 19.

Families are invited to meet their child’s teachers at these special evening events on Monday, August 17.

  • Supply Night will be held at all elementary buildings for students and families from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Back to School Night for Stanton Middle School sixth graders—6 p.m. for Legacy Team; 6:30 p.m. for the Buckeyes Team and 7 p.m. for the Mega-Minds Team

Thanks for visiting our newly-designed website

Over the summer, we’ve redesigned and updated our Kent Schools website. I hope you will find it easier to navigate and fun to read. We plan to post even more information during the school year, so please check it often. Thank you to Technology Coordinator Courtney Baliman and Roosevelt teacher Chris Carman for their work on this project.

Kent calendars mailed this month

Our Kent City School calendars were mailed to residents in early August. If you did not receive a calendar, please stop by the Administration Building at 321 North DePeyster Street to pick up a copy.

Teachers involved in professional development

Many of our faculty members have been involved in professional development, as well as pursuing graduate degrees, over the summer.

Kent educators helped plan and took part in the fourth annual Kent Educational Excellence Partnership (KEEP), which involves nine school districts and the Kent State University College of Education, Health and Human Services. Funded by the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, attendees spent two days in June participating in “critical conversations” about trends and issues in their areas of education. They also attended breakout sessions developed by their peers and partnered to form cross-district learning communities. Others will develop collaborative inquiry projects with the support of KSU faculty.

During a 5-day workshop hosted by the Kent Schools, our Intervention Specialists and teachers worked together with educators from Ravenna, Streetsboro and Woodridge to develop resources to help students with alternative assessments. Participants collaborated and shared some great ideas, which will be incorporated into their teaching plans this school year.

Custodial staff busy over the summer

Our school buildings are shining after a thorough cleaning by our custodial staff. We have also completed some roofing, paving and other maintenance work.

I am excited about beginning another year of learning and student achievement in the Kent City Schools. Thank you again for your continued support.

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

Update on the end of PARCC testing

Early in July 2015 Gov. John Kasich agreed with leaders of the Ohio House and Senate that PARCC’s math and English exams will not continue in Ohio. PARCC, Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, is a computer-based assessment closely aligned with the Common Core Standards.
Both houses agreed on the compromise bill late last week which specifically bans the state from spending any money on tests developed by the 12-state, PARCC consortium. This bill calls for the Ohio Department of Education to immediately find a new provider of tests to replace the current PARCC math and English language art exams.
Of course, this announcement may raise questions for some about Kent City Schools’ plans for the new schools year, but we do want to reassure our community that our ultimate goal is to provide every student with an excellent education.
We understand that there are many details to be decided at the state level that will help us understand the assessment windows and format. The Ohio Department of Education will develop Ohio-specific tests using the existing contract with the American Institutes for Research (AIR), which currently provides science and social studies tests, and now will supply Ohio’s math and English/language arts tests. ODE is striving for a seamless transition, and the new tests will use the same platform that AIR has provided Ohio schools for more than a decade.
Decisions made regarding state assessments will not deter our Kent City School’s staff from its mission to “provide an appropriate educational program and learning environment, which will effectively meet the educational needs of its students and citizens.”

We will continue to support educators in standards-based instruction and the development of high quality assessments for classroom use. Our educators will continue to align their instructional practices and resources to meet the rigor of Ohio’s new Learning Standards to ensure that our students are well-prepared for the demands of college and careers.


George J. Joseph
Kent City Schools

July Update

Dear parents,

Meet Roosevelt’s new principal
After an extensive search and interview process, Dennis Love was selected as Roosevelt High School’s new principal. Mr. Love has served as Assistant Principal at Roosevelt since 2007. A Kent native and a 1993 graduate of Roosevelt High School, he began teaching Social Studies and coaching at Roosevelt in 2000. He was named Dean of Students in 2004.

Mr. Love holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as an Educational Administration degree, from Kent State University. He and his wife Jessica and their three children live in Kent.

I believe that Dennis has demonstrated not only a commitment to the district but also a commitment to working collaboratively with students, faculty and the Kent community. He has a good sense of the direction we need to go as a school community and holds high expectations for students and staff.

Join me for Coffee and Conversation
During my first “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent,” six community members joined me for a wide-ranging and interesting discussion. I hope you will attend on Wednesday, July 15, or Wednesday, July 29. We will meet in the back room at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua at 9 a.m.

Update on summer projects
As part of our annual Permanent Improvement projects, this summer we are working on a number of paving/striping and roofing improvements. In addition, each building and classroom is thoroughly cleaned in preparation for the new school year. Thanks to a program from Job and Family Services, we are able to employ some Roosevelt students to assist our custodians at no cost to the district.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools