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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

October Update

Attention Rough Rider fans!  FUN, FOOTBALL and FIREWORKS!

We’ve got fun, football and fireworks on Friday night, October 26

A fantastic Pyrotecnico fireworks show will follow the marching band’s famous Script Kent—generously sponsored by Belli & Streit Orthodontics and Dr. Steve Belli and Dr. Laura Streit, whose offices are located at 1551 Water Street in Kent. 

The Rough Riders kick off against Copley High School at 7 p.m.  Senior football players and senior cheerleaders will also be recognized at the team’s final home game of the season.

After the game, Rough Rider fans will enjoy the band’s famous Script Kent, where the lights are dimmed and the Roosevelt Marching Band spells out “KENT” with special lights.  Script Kent has been a tradition at Roosevelt since 1977. 

Tickets are available at the gate at $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $6 for students.


Photo of the Mobile Learning Lab 
Mobile Learning Lab

October 2018

To our Kent families,

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Students!Photo of our National Merit Semifinalists

Back row from left, Abigail Pease (Semifinalist), Jacob Brawley (Commended Student), Lee Phillips (Commended Student), and Owen Pazderak (Commended Student).  Front row from left, Maya Niesz Kutsch (Commended Student) and Mengyu Lu (Semifinalist).

The National Merit program, now in its 64th year, recognizes nearly 16,000 students nationwide.  It is an annual academic competition for recognition and potential college undergraduate scholarships.  Among those earning this honor from Theodore Roosevelt High School are Mengyu Lu, Nathan Mudrak and Abigail Pease.  These three academically talented Roosevelt seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  National Merit Commended students are Jacob Brawley, Lee Phillips, Owen Pazderak and Maya Niesz Kutsch.

Congratulations Rough Riders for winning the Traveling “R” Trophy!
Photo of football trophyPhoto of celebrationPhoto of stands

Roosevelt’s Rough Rider football team took home the Big R Trophy after beating rival Ravenna 23-20.  It was the first time Kent won the trophy since Brimfield Insurance Group and owner Chas Madonio started the tradition in 2013.  In addition, it was Roosevelt’s 500th football victory and the 104th renewal of the neighborhood rivalry with Ravenna.  Congratulations to our student athletes and Coach Mark Geis!
Photo of our football team and cheerleaders

Thanks to Kent Rotary for funding mental health training
At their annual auction last spring, members of the Rotary Club of Kent donated $9,000 to fund a very special project for the Kent City Schools.  This generous donation will be used to pay for a national program called Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and will include engaging a training presenter, as well as supplying materials. 

For the past two years, one of our district’s four target goals is to address mental health concerns.  This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff and peers how to help adolescents from age 12 to 18, who may be experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Davey Tree CEO Pat Covey presents $10,000 check to Forestry program

Davey Tree recently donated $10,000 to the Forestry and Landscape Management College Tech Prep program at Roosevelt.    Pat Covey, Davey president and CEO, presented the check, which was combined with a $5,000 grant from the International Association of Arboriculture’s Tree Fund. 

Fifteen sets of climbing gear, including ropes, harnesses, and lanyards with giant carabiners, will be purchased to upgrade equipment used in the class, according to instructors John Lang and Tom Franek.

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent scheduled              
The next Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 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.  As the school year progresses, I’m planning to rotate morning and evening Coffee and Conversations every other month.  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.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

September Update

September 2018

Dear parents,

Mobile Learning Lab

New Mobile Learning Lab brings technology to schoolhouse door
    A new Mobile Learning Lab brings the latest in virtual reality technology right to the schoolhouse door for Kent students.  Using special Google devices and viewers in the Google Expedition Kit, students can take more than 500 virtual reality field trips without leaving the Mobile Learning Lab.  A new 3D AVRover, purchased for the Lab, integrates 3D videos with virtual simulations and experiments to help students understand key math and science concepts. 

    The district purchased the low-mileage bus for a modest price from a northwest Ohio school, which had refitted it for use as a mobile classroom.  It has heat and air conditioning powered by its own generator, as well as bench seating and storage.  The transformation was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Mid-American Conference and program extension dollars.

Photo of new teachers





Meet our new teachers!
    Welcome to new teachers pictured from left, Mark Geis, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Kandice Lorduy, School Counselor at Roosevelt; Jake Knapp, Social Studies at Roosevelt; Misty Wilson, Grade 4 at Walls; Catherine Duboise – Intervention Specialist; Ted Karam, Electronics College Tech Prep at Roosevelt; and Lacey Miller, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt.

 Photo of 4 football student-athletes and football coach





Fall Sports kick off at Roosevelt
  Fall sports practices are underway at Roosevelt.  Football, cross country, boy’s and girl’s soccer and golf, as well as girl’s tennis, volleyball and field hockey, are practicing for the fall season.  Visit for schedules.  Join us for the football opening home game against Ravenna on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Stadium.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools