Category Archives: District News

June Update

June 2019

Dear parents and community members,

Free WiFi locations in the Kent area
     Click here for a map of free WiFi locations in the Kent area, courtesy of our Roosevelt High School Media Center.

Free books this summer
            A new summer reading program called “Rough Riders Read” kicks off Tuesday, June 11, at 3 p.m. with free swimming from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Roosevelt Natatorium and a free book to take home for every student in kindergarten through twelfth grade.  The district’s Mobile Learning Lab will be parked on site and free books distributed at each event.  Kent Rotary Foundation contributed $6,500 to purchase books.

  • June 11, 3 – 6 p.m., Roosevelt Natatorium
  • June 25, 3 – 6 p.m., Kent Recreation Center
  • July 9, 3 – 6 p.m., Al Lease Park
  • July 23, 3 – 6 p.m., Longcoy Elementary
  • August 6, 3 – 6 p.m., Beckwith Orchards

Photo of students and our Mobile Learning Lab

Treasurer’s Office receives award 
Kent City Schools Treasurer’s Office was recently recognized with an “Auditor of State Award” for FY2018.  This is the seventh year the Kent Schools have received the prestigious award for excellence in financial reporting and a clean audit report.  Treasurer’s office staff includes Treasurer/CFO Debbie Krutz, Mallory DePompei, Shari Jeffers, Tammy Lott, Paula Reedy, Tracy Shaffer and Assistant Treasurer Rose Vecchio,

Welcome new students and parents
            If you are a new Kent resident or interested in enrolling your student in the Kent City Schools, enrollment forms are available here 2019-20 School Year – Please use the online 2019-20 New Student Enrollment form  to register your student.  Visit www.kentschools.net or call the New Student Registration Office at 330-676-7675.

Stay cool in the RHS Natatorium
            Roosevelt’s Natatorium offers beginning swimming lessons for toddlers and floaters, Red Cross swim classes, water aerobics and water arthritis classes.  Registration for the Summer session begins Tuesday, May 28.  Register online at mypaymentsplus.com or call the pool office at 330-676-8760. 

            Open swimming is offered for $5 for residents with children age 6 and under for free on Monday through Friday from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 1 to 5 p.m. on Saturday.  For more details, visit www.kentschools.net/rhs-pool/ or call 330-676-8760.

Free weekday AND weekend meals for students in Kent this summer
We want you to be aware that ALL children ages 1 through 18 are eligible to receive free meals during the summer months at participating program sites. 

Individuals ages 19 through 21 who have been identified as having mental or physical disabilities and are following Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) through their current enrollment in educational programs also are eligible for free summer meals.

Here are the locations and hours:

Site Name Address Line 1 City Start Date End Date Days of Operation Lunch Time
Athena Drive Apartments Athena Drive Kent 6/3/2019  8/2/2019 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:15 to 12:35
Heritage Knolls Walter Street Kent 6/3/2019  8/2/2019 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:30 to 11:50
Villages at Franklin Crossing 1214 Anita Court Kent 6/3/2019  8/2/2019 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 11:30 to 11:50
Summit Gardens Apts. 1101 Summit Gardens Blvd. Kent 6/3/2019  8/2/2019  Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 12:15 to 12:35

In addition, summer weekend meals are available for students who qualify.  Please see this flyer for information on summer weekend meals.  For an application, please email Betsy Justice.  Her email address is on the flyer.

Thank you again for your support of the Kent City Schools,

George J. Joseph

Superintendent of Schools

May Update

May 2019 

Dear parents,

Treasurer’s Office receives prestigious Auditor of State Award 
Kent City Schools Treasurer’s Office was recently recognized with an “Auditor of State Award” for FY2018.  This is the seventh year the Kent Schools have received the prestigious award for excellence in financial reporting and a clean audit report.  The Treasurer’s Office staff includes Treasurer/CFO Debbie Krutz, Assistant Treasurer Rose Vecchio, Mallory DePompei, Shari Jeffers, Tammy Lott, Paula Reedy and Tracy Shaffer.

According to Ohio Auditor of State Keith Faber, recipients must file timely reports and meet a number of requirements.  “The citizens you represent are well-served by your effective and accountable financial practices,” Faber said.

Kent Board of Education President Rebekah Wright Kulis stated, “We sometimes take for granted the excellent work of the Treasurer’s office team members.  This award draws a spotlight to celebrate their fiscal responsibility, attention to detail and dedication to the Kent community, students and staff.”

 

Photo of Treasurer's Office staff with award.
Front row from left, Shari Jeffers, Debbie Krutz, Tammy Lott
Back row from left, Rose Vecchio, Paula Reedy, Mallory DePompei, Tracy Shaffer

Mark your calendar for year-end events   
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 3, at 7 p.m.— annual POPs concert at Roosevelt
  • Tuesday, May 7, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Scholar and Achievement Awards
  • Thursday, May 9, at 7 p.m.  — Roosevelt Band Concert
  • Friday, May 10, at 5 p.m.— Longcoy Family Picnic at Al Lease Park
  • Friday, May 10, at 9 a.m. — Walls All School Carnival
  • Monday, May 13 at 7 p.m. — Stanton Choir Concert at Roosevelt
  • Tuesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. — Stanton and Roosevelt Orchestra Concert
  • Wednesday, May 15, at 7 p.m.— Stanton Eighth Grade Honors Night
  • Thursday, May 16, at 7 p.m.— Roosevelt Jazz Band and Orchestra at Home Town Bank Concert in downtown Kent
  • Friday, May 17, at 7:50 a.m.— Roosevelt Senior Honors Assembly
  • Sunday, May 20, at 1 p.m.— Roosevelt Baccalaureate and Commencement
  • Thursday, 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 J. Joseph

 Superintendent of Schools

April Update

April 2019

To the Kent community,

Thank you for taking our online survey
I want to thank all those who responded to our Strategic Plan survey.  Your input is valued, as we consider the most important issues and programs to be addressed from 2019 to 2024 in the Kent City Schools.  We surpassed our goal of 500 responses and received well over 700 surveys. Thank you!

Stop by Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo on April 6
Our Kent Area Chamber of Commerce Community Expo is Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Roosevelt High School.  

Kindergarten Registration Night on Wednesday, April 17 at 7 p.m.
Registration for Kent’s all-day kindergarten will be held on Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls elementary schools.  All-day kindergarten is offered at no cost to Kent families.

Parents and guardians of children who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2019, should plan to attend “Registration Night” at their neighborhood elementary school.  This “parents only” event features a brief overview of the kindergarten program by the building principal and kindergarten teachers.  Visit our Kindergarten registration page  at www.kentschools.net/kindergarten  for more details.

Join me Wednesday evening, April 24, at the Kent Free Library
Join me for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” on Wednesday, April 24. at 6 p.m. at the Kent Free Library. 

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools,

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools