December 2014/January 2015

Dear parents,

On behalf of the Kent City School staff, we would like to wish you a happy holiday season.  Winter Break begins on Monday, December 22, 2014 and continues through Friday, January 2, 2015.  We look forward to see everyone back to school on Monday, January 5, 2015.

After two weeks away from the classroom, early readers can forget some of their newly learned vocabulary and reading skills.  Please consider trying the following activities.  I encourage parents of early readers to take advantage of the wonderful books available about the holiday season.

Vacation Tips for parents with young readers

  • Have your child read to you each day throughout the Winter Break.
  • Choose a calm place, free from interruption, for your child to do reading each day.
  • As your child reads, indicate spelling and sound patterns for example… cat, sat and pat.
  • When your child reads to you and makes an error, point out the words missed and assist them to read the word correctly.
  • Ask your child to tell you in their own words what takes place in a story.
  • To test your child’s understanding, provide short breaks and ask your child questions about the characters and events in the story.
  • Ask your child why they imagined a character acted in a certain way and ask them to support answers with information from the story.
  • Before the end of a story, ask your child what they think will occur next and have them explain why.
  • Make reading together fun and enjoyable.

Writing Challenge: Have your child write a letter to his or her teacher or principal about what they are doing during the Winter Break.  Send the letter to school on Monday, January 5, 2015.

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

George J. Joseph                                                        


Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays,

As 2014 comes to a close, it is important to reflect on a very full year of activity in the Kent City Schools.

It goes without saying, 2014 brought many challenges to the students, families, administration and the Board.  Transitions are difficult and unwelcome; yet, through resilience and determination, these difficult changes provided each of us opportunities for engagement, new relationships, and learning all sides of many issues.

2014 was transformative in terms of staff, as well.  For those staff members and students we no longer see on a daily basis, we hope KCS holds a place in your heart, just as you do in ours.  We thank you for adding to the experience and knowledge of the people you touched.  We have welcomed many new faces into the Kent Schools family, including a new superintendent, Mr. Joseph, who continues to do an excellent job getting to know our families, staff and stakeholders.

There have been so many success stories – too many to articulate in a small space.  From the excitement of those first sight-reading words in our Kindergarten classes, to the recent inductions of the National Honor Society, to exceptional athletic accomplishments and musical accolades…the determination and dedication of the students and staff is outstanding.   It is a good time to be in Kent!

To ensure progress, the Board and Administration continues to respond to feedback on issues facing the district.  Your input is always welcome.  This month, we will be concentrating on planning for the future, formulating new ideas, reconsidering old ones, and preparing to meet 2015 with our very best effort.

In closing, on behalf of the Board, I send our most sincere appreciation to each of the following:

  • To the families, in your role as partners in education, as tireless volunteers, as cheerleaders for your children. Your support is invaluable!
  • To the community members, one and all, who provide the resources for the next generation.  We hope you are pleased with the investment in the future.  Come see what’s happening in our buildings!
  • To each and every staff member who fulfills their days by encouraging, challenging and nurturing this community’s youngest members.  Keep up the great work!

Very best wishes for a happy, healthy holiday season to all!

Merry Christmas!   Happy Hannakuh!   Happy Kwanzaa!   Feliz Navidad!

Rebekah Kulis

December Update

To the Kent community,

Now that December is here, I want to update you on our school closing procedures for weather emergencies.  Please know that we certainly take this responsibility very seriously.  In the early mornings when the weather situation is questionable, I will be out driving the roads and checking the sidewalk situation, along with our Transportation Supervisor Rick Lewis and Director of Business Services Jim Soyars.

One Call Now continues to be our emergency broadcast notification system. This web-based system helps streamline communications for students, parents and staff.  Additionally, we will continue to contact media sources to announce school closings for weather emergencies.

New this year, we are planning to send messages using voice, e-mail and text to alert our parents and staff during inclement weather. 

If your cell phone number is already in the One Call Now database, sign up for text messaging from One Call Now by texting the word “alert” to 22300.  To add your cell phone number or to check the status of your phone numbers and e-mail addresses, please go to the Self Update Portal at and sign up or log in to access your information.

Another new addition is the My Call Now free mobile app for Android and Apple devices.  With the app, users can receive alerts through their device when the Kent City Schools sends a message via voice, email or text.  Recipients can add other phone numbers and/or email addresses to the app and organize all messages they receive.

Click on the link below to download the app for your mobile device’s operating system. You can also go to iTunes and Google Play (formerly Android Market) and search for “My Call Now.”

iTunes (Apple devices)

Google Play (Android devices)

I want to wish you and your families a happy, healthy holiday season.  It is a privilege to serve as your Superintendent of Schools.  Thank you again for your continued support.


George J. Joseph