November Update

November 2018

Board member Brian Boykin honored for 25 years
Brian Boykin, who was re-elected to his seventh term as a member of the Kent Board of Education last fall, will be honored at the Ohio School Boards Association’s Capital Conference in November for his 25 years of service.  Boykin says he is proud to be the first African American elected to the Board and, at the time, its youngest member.  “I appreciate the faith the community has in me,” he says.  He serves as Assistant Director of Portage County Job & Family Services.
Photo of Brian Boykin




Congratulations to Benny Cowgill Award winners
Twenty fifth graders were honored as part of the annual Benny Cowgill Classic at a recent football game.  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:  Mia Anderson, John Estep, Gabby Gould, Nicari Harris, Gage Rhodes, Lamira Thompson.

From Holden: Miriam Fath, Lorelei Fryberger, Bek Gafurbekov, Matthew Typpo

From Longcoy:  Braylon Hawthorne, Taryn Jones, Boe McPeak, Maya Walker

From Walls:  Alaa Al Batatt, Bryce Anderson, Leah Chase, Curtis Spilter, Mia Stroh and Sabrina Winterich

Stanton 8th graders inspired by Manufacturing Day tours
As part of a national initiative, all eighth graders at Stanton Middle School toured area manufacturing companies on Manufacturing Day, October 5.  For the third year, Dr. Albert Green, CEO of Kent Displays, Inc. organized the worksite visits for our students.  The initiative is designed to show students the incredible opportunities in today’s world of manufacturing.  

At Kent Displays, Inc., students saw how liquid crystals are manufactured into flexible materials and put into eWriter display technology.  Students saw a number of different kinds of Boogie Boards and heard about packaging and advertising.

At AlphaMicron, CEO Dr. Bahman Taheri talked about the high-tech research and development company, which specializes in liquid crystal applications for electronically controllable eyewear, adaptive windows, dimming mirrors, and shutters.  AlphaMicron’s technology is already being utilized in digital lenses for ski goggles, motorcycle helmets, auto dimming mirrors in cars and motorcycles, fashion clothing.  Students toured a chemistry lab, heard about quality control and saw different products developed by the company.

Hana Microdisplay Technologies, Inc. located in Twinsburg was added as a worksite visit this year.  The company specializes in producing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) devices, as well as small products that require semiconductor packaging, microelectronics assemblies and liquid crystal technology.

Infrared photo of students number 1 of 2 Infrared photo of students number 2 of 2

Images taken on a Forward Looking Infrared Radar (FLIR) infrared camera made at Hana Labs. (This is a heat sensitive camera about the size of a pencil eraser.)

  Two students smiling at the camera Instructor speaking to students Student holding a device with other students around

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, November 28, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill, at 802 North Mantua, followed by a morning meeting on Wednesday, January 23.

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