January Update

January 2019

Your input needed in Strategic Planning sessions
     It’s been nearly five years since the Kent City Schools completed its strategic plan, and we are gearing up to take a close look at the most important issues and programs to be addressed from 2019 to 2024.
     In the new year, we will create focus groups made up of a cross section of business people, parents, senior citizens, Roosevelt alumni, students and staff members, as well as representatives from Kent State University, government agencies and civic organizations, who will meet to discuss the future vision for the district.
     Focus groups will be talking about various topics, including academic achievement, financial sustainability and facilities planning.  We will also be asking members of the Kent community to add their input in an online survey.
     Please mark your calendars for Thursday, February 7, and join us for a Community Forum for Future Planning from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Stanton Middle School.
     The community is also encouraged to join Superintendent George Joseph on Wednesday, February 27, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Woodward Room, 2nd floor of the Kent Free Library, to continue the discussion.
     Another opportunity to attend a Community Forum is Thursday, March 7, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the gymnasium at Holden Elementary School.

Hear expert discuss transforming the lives of students
     Parents and community members are invited to hear nationally known speaker Dr. Joe Hendershott discuss how to reach out to students traumatized by abuse, neglect, violence, poverty and other ills of society.  He will speak from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Roosevelt auditorium on Wednesday, January 30.  Everyone is welcome.

     Hendershott, who will spend two days in the Kent district interacting with teachers, staff and students, served as Kent’s opening day convocation speaker in August.  He offered insight and techniques to “suspend judgement” while helping all students learn and succeed and outlined ways to develop an understanding of the effects of trauma.  A number of Kent teachers and administrators read and discussed Hendershott’s book, 7 Ways to Transform the Lives of Wounded Students last year

     A Columbus resident, Hendershott has an extensive background working firsthand with at-risk and wounded youth as a teacher and administrator in traditional, alternative and correctional education settings.  For more information, visit www.hope4thewounded.org

Coffee and Conversation
with the Superintendent
Please join me for coffee and conversation on Wednesday, January 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Little City Grill at 802 North Mantua.  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