Category Archives: District News

January Update

January 2019

Your input needed in Strategic Planning sessions
     It’s been nearly five years since the Kent City Schools completed its strategic plan, and we are gearing up to take a close look at the most important issues and programs to be addressed from 2019 to 2024.
     In the new year, we will create focus groups made up of a cross section of business people, parents, senior citizens, Roosevelt alumni, students and staff members, as well as representatives from Kent State University, government agencies and civic organizations, who will meet to discuss the future vision for the district.
     Focus groups will be talking about various topics, including academic achievement, financial sustainability and facilities planning.  We will also be asking members of the Kent community to add their input in an online survey.
     Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 7, and join us for a Community Forum for Future Planning from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Stanton Middle School.
     The community is also encouraged to join Superintendent George Joseph on Wednesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library, to continue the discussion.
     Another opportunity to attend a Community Forum is Thursday, March 7, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Holden Elementary School.


Hear expert discuss transforming the lives of students
     Parents and community members are invited to hear nationally known speaker Dr. Joe Hendershott discuss how to reach out to students traumatized by abuse, neglect, violence, poverty and other ills of society.  He will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt auditorium on Wednesday, January 30.  Everyone is welcome.

     Hendershott, who will spend two days in the Kent district interacting with teachers, staff and students, served as Kent’s opening day convocation speaker in August.  He offered insight and techniques to “suspend judgement” while helping all students learn and succeed and outlined ways to develop an understanding of the effects of trauma.  A number of Kent teachers and administrators read and discussed Hendershott’s book, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students last year

     A Columbus resident, Hendershott has an extensive background working firsthand with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher and administrator in traditional, alternative and correctional education settings.  For more information, visit www.hope4thewounded.org


Coffee and Conversation
with the Superintendent
Please join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, January 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill at 802 North Mantua.  I’m looking forward to sharing future school events, ideas and answer questions from the community.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

December Update

December 2018

Join us for holiday concerts
As the holiday concert season approaches, I hope you will join us for these free concerts held in the Richard Roberts Auditorium at Roosevelt High School.

Sunday, December 2 at 3 p.m.— Roosevelt Holiday Choir Concert
Tuesday, December 11 at 7 p.m.— Stanton and Roosevelt Orchestra Concert
Thursday, December 13 at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Band Concert

Group of Stanton students facing the camera

 
Sock drive held at Stanton Middle School
Eighth graders in Patricia McComas’ homeroom at Stanton Middle School collected 107 pairs of socks for the homeless in Kent as part of a Student Council “sock drive.”  This is the third year for the project. 

Walls students posing with hockey sticks

Kent State senior and hockey player Jake Parry gives students tips on stick handling.

Skates to Schools involves KSU hockey players
As part of an outreach program for student athletes, Kent State University hockey players are introducing hockey skills to elementary students at Walls.  “We want to get kids involved in skating and hockey,” says KSU hockey player Jake Parry.  College players talk about hockey equipment, moves and basics of the game.  Students will have an opportunity to attend a KSU hockey game at the Ice Arena. 

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent                    
As the school year progresses, I’m planning to rotate morning and evening Coffee and Conversations.  Our next morning meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill at 802 North Mantua. Then we will meet Wednesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library. I’m looking forward to sharing future school events, ideas and answer questions from the community. 

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

November Update

November 2018

Board member Brian Boykin honored for 25 years
Brian Boykin, who was re-elected to his seventh term as a member of the Kent Board of Education last fall, will be honored at the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference in November for his 25 years of service.  Boykin says he is proud to be the first African American elected to the Board and, at the time, its youngest member.  “I appreciate the faith the community has in me,” he says.  He serves as Assistant Director of Portage County Job & Family Services.
Photo of Brian Boykin

      

 

 

Congratulations to Benny Cowgill Award winners
Twenty fifth graders were honored as part of the annual Benny Cowgill Classic at a recent football game.  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:  Mia Anderson, John Estep, Gabby Gould, Nicari Harris, Gage Rhodes, Lamira Thompson.

From Holden: Miriam Fath, Lorelei Fryberger, Bek Gafurbekov, Matthew Typpo

From Longcoy:  Braylon Hawthorne, Taryn Jones, Boe McPeak, Maya Walker

From Walls:  Alaa Al Batatt, Bryce Anderson, Leah Chase, Curtis Spilter, Mia Stroh and Sabrina Winterich

Stanton 8th graders inspired by Manufacturing Day tours
As part of a national initiative, all eighth graders at Stanton Middle School toured area manufacturing companies on Manufacturing Day, October 5.  For the third year, Dr. Albert Green, CEO of Kent Displays, Inc. organized the worksite visits for our students.  The initiative is designed to show students the incredible opportunities in today’s world of manufacturing.  

At Kent Displays, Inc., students saw how liquid crystals are manufactured into flexible materials and put into eWriter display technology.  Students saw a number of different kinds of Boogie Boards and heard about packaging and advertising.

At AlphaMicron, CEO Dr. Bahman Taheri talked about the high-tech research and development company, which specializes in liquid crystal applications for electronically controllable eyewear, adaptive windows, dimming mirrors, and shutters.  AlphaMicron’s technology is already being utilized in digital lenses for ski goggles, motorcycle helmets, auto dimming mirrors in cars and motorcycles, fashion clothing.  Students toured a chemistry lab, heard about quality control and saw different products developed by the company.

Hana Microdisplay Technologies, Inc. located in Twinsburg was added as a worksite visit this year.  The company specializes in producing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices, as well as small products that require semiconductor packaging, microelectronics assemblies and liquid crystal technology.

Infrared photo of students number 1 of 2 Infrared photo of students number 2 of 2

Images taken on a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) infrared camera made at Hana Labs. (This is a heat sensitive camera about the size of a pencil eraser.)

  Two students smiling at the camera Instructor speaking to students Student holding a device with other students around

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent                    
As the school year progresses, I’m planning to rotate morning and evening Coffee and Conversations.  Our next morning meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill, at 802 North Mantua, followed by a morning meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

Then we will meet Wednesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:15 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library. I’m looking forward to sharing future school events, ideas and answer questions from the community. 

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools