All posts by Courtney Baliman

Calamity Days

Kent City Schools has reached the limit of Calamity days for the 2013-14 school year. In the event we use more Calamity days, ODE has established an option for school districts to offer an alternative method for students to access and complete classroom lessons, which would avoid having to make up school days in June.

To minimize the loss of instructional time, teachers will deliver assignments  to their students utilizing one of the methods below:

Online
1) As soon as practicable after an announced school closure, teachers who utilize online connections with their students (blogs, Google Docs, Edmodo, etc.) will post assignment(s) in a manner consistent with how the students are used to accessing the material.

a) If students do not have access to technology at home, they will be provided with a hard copy of the assignment upon return to school.
b) According to ODE, ALL students have 2 weeks to complete these assignments.

OR

Hardcopy
2) Teachers will be sending 3 days of hard-copy assignments (clearly indicating Day 1, Day 2, Day 3).

a) According to ODE, ALL students have 2 weeks to complete these assignments.

If you have questions, please contact your building Principal.

Don Joseph Toyota’s Donation to Kent Schools

Led by Jeff Joseph, his daughter Jessica Joseph, and Tom Larkin, the Don Joseph Toyota dealership in Kent has donated a brand-new, untitled 2014 Toyota Corolla for a car raffle to benefit students in the Kent City Schools.

Tickets are available for $10 through the Kent Schools’ Parent Teacher Organizations at the elementary schools and Stanton Middle School. The Rough Rider All Sports Boosters and the Instrumental Music Boosters are handling sales at the high school.

Tickets will be sold until February 14, 2014 and are also available at the dealership at 1111 West Main Street in Kent. The raffle drawing will be held at Don Joseph Toyota/Scion on March 1 at 1:00 PM. The winner need not be present. Visit www.djtoyota.com for contest rules.

All proceeds from raffle sales will be distributed to the seven Kent schools to be used for arts projects, technology, athletics, or playground equipment. In addition, the top student seller will receive a $1,000 college scholarship from Don Joseph Toyota/Scion.

According to Assistant Superintendent Tom Larkin, “Don Joseph Toyota/Scion has always been supportive of the Kent City Schools. When Jeff Joseph contacted us about this raffle, we were surprised and appreciative of the opportunity. All our Kent City School students will benefit from this generous donation.”

This raffle is being conducted through the Kent City School Foundation.

May/June Updates

May/June Newsletter

Superintendent’s June Update

Superintendent’s May Update

Keymaker Announcement:

Congratulations to the 2012-13 Key Maker Award winner. The Key Maker Award is sponsored by the Parent Mentor Program. It is meant to provide an opportunity for parents to recognize Kent City Schools’ personnel and volunteers that have played an important part in our students’ education. The 2012-13 awardee at Walls Elementary School was Nan Moore. Congratulations and thank you for making a key to open the door to education to all the children you serve.

Walls Elementary named Ohio ‘School of Promise’

In addition to earning the “Excellent with Distinction” award, Walls Elementary was named a School of Promise by the Ohio Department of Education for 2011-2012.

Schools that are helping all demographic groups of students achieve, even when more than 40 percent of the students are identified as economically disadvantaged, are recognized with this honor.  Successful practices in Schools of Promise show:
•       Rigorous standards and instruction
•       Strong instructional leadership
•       Instruction designed for all students’ success
•       Parent and community involvement
•       Positive school culture

According to Walls Principal Heidi Singer, “Walls is a neighborhood school.  Many of our families walk with their kids to school, stop in the office and visit with the teachers.  All our families really value education.”

Singer credits the level of commitment of her teachers.  “Our teachers look at the individual needs of each student to identify their strengths and weaknesses.  It’s not a one size fits all approach, nor are we only focused on testing.  We are helping each student succeed.”