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May Update

Dear parents,

May is one of the busiest—and most exciting—months in the Kent City Schools. Our students are completing another year of focus on academics, as well as co-curricular activities such as athletics, music and art. Let me give you a quick wrap-up of just a few of our celebratory events this month.

  • Friday, May 5, at 7 p.m.— 48th annual POPs concert at Roosevelt
  • Monday, May 8, at 6:30 p.m. — Davey Kindergarten Concert
  • Tuesday, May 9, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Scholar and Achievement Awards Program and Reception
  • Thursday, May 11, at 7 p.m. — Roosevelt Band Concert
  • Friday, May 12, at 5 p.m.— Longcoy Family Picnic at Al Lease Park
  • Friday, May 12, at 9 a.m. — Walls All School Carnival
  • Tuesday, May 16 at 7 p.m. — Stanton and Roosevelt Orchestra Concert at Roosevelt
  • Wednesday, May 17, at 7 p.m.— Stanton Eighth Grade Honors Night
  • Thursday, May 18, at 7:50 a.m.— Roosevelt Senior Honors Assembly
  • Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Jazz Band and Orchestra at Home Town Bank Concert in downtown Kent
  • Sunday, May 21, at 1 p.m.—Roosevelt Baccalaureate and Commencement
  • Wednesday, May 24—Last Day of School for students

Check your school’s calendar for other important events in May. The support of our parents is so important to a child’s success. Thank you again for all you do for the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph
 Superintendent of Schools

April Update

April 2017

<strong>To the Kent community, </strong>

We are looking ahead to a great spring filled with special events and concerts recognizing our terrific students.&nbsp; Here are just some of the activities planned for April.

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Wednesday, April 19 ∙ 7 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong>Kindergarten Registration Night</strong>
<strong>at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls elementaries</strong>

All-day kindergarten is offered at no cost to students in the Kent City Schools.&nbsp; Kindergarten Registration Night&nbsp;will be held on&nbsp;<strong>Wednesday, April 19, 2017</strong>, at&nbsp;<strong>7:00 p.m.</strong>&nbsp;at&nbsp;<strong>Davey, Holden, Longcoy, and Walls Elementary Schools</strong>. Parent/guardian(s) must register their child at their assigned attendance area school. Parent/guardian(s) of children&nbsp;<strong>who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2017</strong>, should plan to attend. Please complete the online 2017-18 New Student Enrollment Form at&nbsp;<a href=”http://www.kentschools.net/resident-enrollment/”>http://www.kentschools.net/resident-enrollment/</a>. The links to the necessary&nbsp;registration forms are&nbsp;also available on this page. Please print and&nbsp;complete them, and bring them to Registration Night.&nbsp;If computer access&nbsp;is needed, registration packets will be available for early pick-up beginning Thursday, April 13, 2017, at each of these buildings. &nbsp;Computers will be available that night for any parent/guardian(s)&nbsp;unable to complete the New Student Enrollment Form prior to Registration Night.

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Thursday, April 20 ∙ 6:30 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Davey Elementary</em></strong>
<strong>Davey Expo</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Saturday, April 22 ∙ 10 a.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Roosevelt High School</em></strong>
<strong>Kent Area Chamber of Commerce and RHS DECA Community Expo</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Tuesday, April 25 ∙ 7 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Roosevelt High School</em></strong>
<strong>Stanton Spring Choir Concert</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Wednesday, April 26 ∙ 6:30 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Davey Elementary</em></strong>
<strong>First Grade Concert</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Thursday, April 27 ∙ 7 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Roosevelt High School</em></strong>
<strong>Stanton Band Concert</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Saturday, April 29 ∙ 7:30 p.m.</strong></span>
<strong><em>Roosevelt High School</em></strong>
<strong>Junior-Senior Prom</strong>

<span style=”color: #ff0000;”><strong>Meet our ILEP Scholars from Philippines, Uganda&nbsp; </strong></span>
Two teachers, who are part of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) at Kent State University, are working with students at Stanton Middle School.&nbsp; The ILEP program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and brings outstanding teachers from around the world to the U.S

<a href=”http://www.kentschools.net/files/2015/09/ILEP-Scholars-April-2017.jpg”><img class=”wp-image-6543 size-medium alignleft” src=”http://www.kentschools.net/files/2015/09/ILEP-Scholars-April-2017-300×225.jpg” alt=”Jannet Nambaziira and Graziella Decano” width=”300″ height=”225″></a>

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<strong>Jannet Nambaziira and Graziella Decano</strong>

<strong>Graziella Decano</strong> from the Philippines is teaching with <strong>Sarah Canter</strong> and <strong>Jannet Nambaziira</strong> from Uganda is teaching with <strong>Lindsay Potok.&nbsp;</strong>
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Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

Sincerely,&nbsp;

<strong>George Joseph</strong>
<strong>Superintendent of Schools</strong>

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