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May Update


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May 2018 

Dear parents,

As part of our focus on school safety, we recently distributed colorful flyers and posters designed to encourage students to watch for warning signs or signals about guns or weapons, drugs, bullying/harassment or other issues and to “say something” to a trusted adult.  In addition, the new school safety posters include phone numbers for students to call or text.  We put this information together in a simple, kid-friendly format to ensure that students know what to do if these situations arise.

May is always a busy month in the Kent City Schools as our students complete another year of focus on academics, as well as co-curricular activities such as athletics, music and art.  Here is a list of a few of our celebratory events this month.

  • Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m.— annual POPs concert at Roosevelt
  • Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Scholar and Achievement Awards Program and Reception
  • Thursday, May 10, at 7 p.m.  — Roosevelt Band Concert
  • Friday, May 11, at 5 p.m.— Longcoy Family Picnic at Al Lease Park
  • Friday, May 11, at 9 a.m. — Walls All School Carnival
  • Monday, May 14 at 7 p.m. —Stanton Choir Concert at Roosevelt
  • Tuesday, May 15 at 7 p.m. — Stanton and Roosevelt Orchestra Concert at Roosevelt
  • Wednesday, May 16, at 7 p.m.— Stanton Eighth Grade Honors Night
  • Thursday, May 17, at 7:50 a.m.— Roosevelt Senior Honors Assembly
  • Thursday, May 17, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Jazz Band and Orchestra at Home Town Bank Concert in downtown Kent
  • Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m.—Roosevelt Baccalaureate and Commencement
  • Wednesday, May 23—Last Day of School for students

Check your school’s calendar for other important events in May.  The support of our parents is so important to a child’s success.  Thank you again for all you do for the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools


Mental Health Awareness Panel

On November 2, 2017 Theodore Roosevelt High School will be holding a mental health awareness panel. Members of the panel including: Coleman, Children’s Advantage and Townhall II. Topics discussed will include: depression, anxiety, stress and self-harm as well as information about the services offered at each organization. This a great opportunity to learn more about mental wellness and how to help your loved ones. The panel will begin at 7pm in the Richard Roberts Auditorium. This event is open to all community members. 

September Update

Dear parents,

“Way to go, eclipse!”





On Monday, August 21, our Kent Schools community celebrated the partial solar eclipse with viewing events at each school. Thanks to the support of Kent Displays which shared in the cost, Kent City Schools provided a free pair of Eclipse Shades for every student, teacher and staff member. Approximately 4,000 pairs of the special glasses were distributed.

In all our buildings, teachers talked about the eclipse and related it to the appropriate curriculum. For example, Stanton Middle School students in the Endeavor Team built viewing boxes and with the help of math teacher Sean Dougherty, created a camera obscura in their classroom. The windows and door were covered and a pinhole camera demonstrated how viewing boxes work. “Very interesting and a fun project to work on,” said one student. 

All Roosevelt and Stanton students gathered at Roosevelt stadium to view the solar eclipse together. Science teacher Chris Carman shared fun eclipse facts from the press box and counted down to 2:32 p.m. when all eyes (protected with their Eclipse glasses) turned towards the sun. “Way to go, eclipse!” yelled a student in the crowd.

The students were very enthusiastic, engaged and well behaved. It was a great day for the Kent Schools.

Thank you to Kent Displays, manufacturer of Boogie Boards and other eWriter display technology, is a valued educational partner of the Kent Schools. 

Meet our new teachers!








Back row from left, Amy Jajtner, fourth grade at Davey; Crystal McNeily, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Cody Knepper, art teacher at Stanton Middle School; Audra Collins, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Megan Blake, science teacher at Roosevelt; and Katherine Mikita, EL teacher at the elementary schools.

Front row from left, Crystal Roberts, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Ashton Donmoyer, Intervention Specialist at Holden; Hillary Smith, School Counselor at Longcoy; Elizabeth Lenzo, Preschool Intervention Specialist at Davey Elementary.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools