Category Archives: District News

March Update

Kindergarten Registration Night for 2018-19

Kindergarten Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls Elementary Schools.  A parent/guardian must register their child at their assigned attendance area school. A resident parent/guardian of a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2018, should plan to attend.  Please complete the online 2018-19 New Student Enrolment Form found at www.kentschools.net/kindergarten.  The links to the necessary registration paper forms are also available on this page.  You can complete, print, and bring the forms to Registration Night.  If computer access is needed, registration packets will be available for early pickup beginning on Monday, April 2, at each of these buildings.  Computers will be available on April 11 for any parent/guardian unable to complete the New Student Enrollment Form prior to Registration Night.

Student Safety

The Jackson Local School tragedy and the Parkland, Florida school shooting create questions on whether it is safe to send our kids to school. The incidents of violence in schools today are extremely frightening, and we extend our hearts to those students and families touched by this violence.

Please know that safety of our students will always remain first in the Kent City Schools. Our school district has a strong positive working relationship with our safety forces in the City of Kent, including the police, EMS and fire department.

We have collaborated with safety experts to help guide and create crisis planning for lockdown procedures, as well as staff training—all part of the A.L.I.C.E program. You can find more information at www.alicetraining.com. Our students and staff regularly practice drills in each of our buildings, as it is vitally important that our students and staff understand these emergency procedures and processes.

Kent students, staff and families are some of the best resources to help prevent school violence. Please talk with your child and encourage him or her to have the courage to SAY SOMETHING if they see or hear anything that could jeopardize the safety of our students.

The Kent City Schools has the responsibility of not only keeping students and staff physically safe, but we also continually address the emotional needs of the whole child. This is a high priority for our district. We are now in the second year of implementation of the Red Flags approach to mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, we are starting a new pilot program this semester with our ninth grade health classes. This collaboration with Kent State University and Akron Children’s Hospital addresses the social emotional needs of students. Interventions take place right at school, rather than using a referral process. This pilot is grant-funded for three years and will eventually extend to students from fifth to twelfth grades.

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 330-676-7610 or email me at ke_gjoseph@kentschools.net.

Sincerely,

George J. Joseph
Superintendent
Kent City Schools

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