Category Archives: District News

February Update

February 2017

To the Kent community:

Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony played at Severance Hall

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On Sunday, January 29, the Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony performed at Severance Hall! This was the first time that Roosevelt High School has been invited to perform at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational. It was an outstanding performance in an incredible setting. We are so proud of the more than 300 high school students involved in marching and concert band, wind symphony, jazz and pep bands, as well as orchestra and choral groups.

ILEP scholars from the Philippines and Uganda are teaching at Stanton

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Two teachers, who are part of the International Leaders in Education Program (ILEP) at Kent State University, are working with our students at Stanton Middle School. Graziella May Decano from the Philippines is teaching with Sarah Canter and Jannet Nambaziiar from Uganda is teaching with Lindsay Potok. The ILEP program is funded by the U.S. Department of State and brings outstanding teachers from around the world to the United States to learn about the latest advancements in education. Kent City Schools has been involved for a number of years.

Area children’s author visits Longcoy Elementary

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Conrad J. Storad, children’s author, editor and science writer recently visited Longcoy

Elementary in Kent. A native of Barberton, Storad lived in Arizona for 33 years and

recently relocated back to the area. Storad has published over 50 books, many of them about animals. He read two of his books to the students and talked to them about the art of writing. He also encouraged them to write and revise their writing assignments.

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

January Update

January 2017

To the Kent community:

Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony performing at Severance Hall

On Sunday, January 29, the Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony will play at Severance Hall!  This is the first time that Roosevelt High School has been invited to perform at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational.  Roosevelt’s bands will play at 6 p.m. following one-hour concerts by four other schools.  Tickets are available in the RHS Band office for $10 each.

Congratulations to Dr. John Roebke and all our music teachers for this impressive recognition.  The Kent community is proud of its rich musical tradition and history with more than 300 of our high school students involved in marching and concert band, wind symphony, jazz and pep bands, as well as orchestra and choral groups.  Our student musicians are committed to reaching the highest levels of success, both musically and academically.   Opportunities and experiences gained in performances like these, as well as in practices, private lessons and competitions, ultimately help our student musicians meet life’s challenges. 

See “You…The Artist” film 

A combined group of Elementary and Middle School students produced a 25-minute documentary highlighting the Kent Creativity Festival, which took place on the Lester Lefton Esplanade at Kent State University in September. The film includes interviews with participants, committee members and other professionals.  According to teacher Chip Hawks, the film chronicles the year of planning and preparation for the festival, and our students are already working on a documentary for next year.  Here is a link to the video. “YOU. . .THE ARTIST!” 

Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, January 25

Please join me for Coffee and Conversation at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua on Wednesday, January 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  It’s a great way to learn about future school events, share ideas and ask questions. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools