October Update

To our Kent families,

Congratulations to Roosevelt’s National Merit Semifinalist, Commended students





From left, Isaac Stokes, Kristen Schuch and Mason Lorch. 

Congratulations to Roosevelt senior and National Merit Semifinalist Mason Lorch. His parents are Andrea Case and Patrick Lorch.

National Merit Commended students include Kristen Schuch, daughter of Laura and Joe Schuch and Isaac Stokes, son of Lee Mei and Brent Stokes.

The National Merit program, now in its 63rd year, recognizes nearly 16,000 students nationwide. It is an annual academic competition for recognition and potential college undergraduate scholarships.

Kent Schools get $5,000 for Virtual Reality technology






From left, Superintendent George Joseph; Holden Principal Todd Poole; Loncoy Principal Janice Swan; Stanton Middle School Principal Anthony Horton; Courtney Baliman, Technology Coordinator; Marge Mackanos, Stanton sixth grade teacher; Christine Goff, Davey fifth grade teacher; Walls Principal Heidi Singer and Kent State University Athletic Director Joel Nielsen.

Kent City Schools recently received a $5,000 check from the College Football Playoff Foundation, which supports early childhood through secondary education throughout the U.S. by inspiring and empowering teachers.

With the support of Kent State University’s Athletic Department, Kent Schools Superintendent George Joseph requested a $5,000 grant to help purchase virtual reality technology to be used in a mobile classroom. Still in the planning stages, the district is customizing a refurbished school bus, which will be available for all Kent students and teachers to use various virtual reality, interactive learning tools.

Specifically, the $5,000 will help defray the cost of the purchase of a Google Expedition Kit for 30 students. Using special Google devices and viewers, students can take more than 500 virtual reality field trips without leaving the VR Mobile Tech Lab. Other virtual reality equipment and resources will also be available for use in the lab.

Fathers and children walk to school together







Fathers and their children walked to the four elementary schools on Monday, September 18. As part of the first Fathers and Family Walk, then families shared conversation and refreshments, thanks to a donation from Aramark.

The event was sponsored by Portage County Job & Family Services, Passages (Connecting Fathers & Families), Healthy Fathering Collaborative of Greater Cleveland, Ohio Commission on Fatherhood and United Way of Portage County.

Benny Cowgill award winners announced

At the football game on Friday, September 22, 22 fifth graders were honored as part of the annual Benny Cowgill Classic. 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: Deonne Dickerson, Carey Dirton, Chase Francher, Tommy Georger, Taylor Gopp, Aelyse Taylor, DeMario Tucker and Isabell Yehle.

From Holden: Ethan Bruner, Zachary Hamilton, Chassidy Hughes, Mya Johnson

From Longcoy: Benjamin Nyerges, Samaya Peoples (pictured above), Vera Rhodes, Owen Sunderland

From Walls: Brayden Kerr, Masyn Freidman, Jureyah Jones, Jacob Proctor, Paige Taylor, Vincent Torok

Next Coffee Talk on Wednesday, November 29

Please join us for Coffee and Conversation. We will share ideas and information about school events, as well as answer questions from community members. 

Please join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, November 29, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua. I really enjoy visiting with our Kent residents.
2017-2018 Coffee and Conversation Dates

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools