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February Update

February 2019

Please take an online survey on strategic planning
     As we consider the most important issues and programs to be addressed from 2019 to 2024 in the Kent City Schools, we need your input and ideas.  Please take about seven minutes to complete this online survey. Click this link kentschools.net/communitysurvey. Thank you so much.

You are invited to attend a strategic planning session
     Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 7, and join us for a Community Forum for Future Planning at 6:30 p.m. at Stanton Middle School. I will also be meeting with interested community members on Wednesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library. Our final Community Forum for Future Planning will be held Thursday, March 7, in the Holden Elementary gym at 6 p.m.  I hope to see you there!

Trauma expert rescheduled for Wednesday, February 13
      Nationally known speaker Dr. Joe Hendershott will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt auditorium on Wednesday, February 13.  Hendershott’s definition of trauma includes students dealing        with abuse, neglect, violence and poverty, as well as those affected  by death, divorce, bullying or rejection.  He offers unique insights into the effects of trauma and ways to help all students learn and succeed. Everyone is welcome to attend this free talk.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

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