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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


April Update

April 2018
To the Kent community,

Join me Monday evening, April 23, at the Kent Free Library

Join me for “Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent” on Monday, April 23. from 6 to 7:15 p.m. at the Kent Free Library.  This is a follow up discussion on school safety issues.  We will share ideas and information, as well as answer questions from community members.  See you there!

Kindergarten Registration Night on Wednesday, April 11 at 7 p.m.
at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls elementaries

Registration for Kent’s all-day kindergarten will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 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, 2018, 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 to register for the event, fill out online New Student Enrollment form and find more information.  Parents or guardians must bring a number of documents to the registration, including the parent’s photo identification and two proofs of residency.  In addition, an authentic health department copy of the child’s birth certificate or passport, the child’s immunization records, Social Security card and custody or guardianship papers, if applicable, are all needed to register.

Those unable to attend “Registration Night” should fill out the online New Student Enrollment Form and select an appointment time to come to the Registration Office at 321 N. DePeyster to register.  For questions, call Kent City School’s Registration Office at 330-676-7675 or e-mail

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

March Update

Kindergarten Registration Night for 2018-19

Kindergarten Registration Night will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at Davey, Holden, Longcoy and Walls Elementary Schools.  A parent/guardian must register their child at their assigned attendance area school. A resident parent/guardian of a child who will be five years old on or before August 1, 2018, should plan to attend.  Please complete the online 2018-19 New Student Enrolment Form found at  The links to the necessary registration paper forms are also available on this page.  You can complete, print, and bring the forms to Registration Night.  If computer access is needed, registration packets will be available for early pickup beginning on Monday, April 2, at each of these buildings.  Computers will be available on April 11 for any parent/guardian unable to complete the New Student Enrollment Form prior to Registration Night.

Student Safety

The Jackson Local School tragedy and the Parkland, Florida school shooting create questions on whether it is safe to send our kids to school. The incidents of violence in schools today are extremely frightening, and we extend our hearts to those students and families touched by this violence.

Please know that safety of our students will always remain first in the Kent City Schools. Our school district has a strong positive working relationship with our safety forces in the City of Kent, including the police, EMS and fire department.

We have collaborated with safety experts to help guide and create crisis planning for lockdown procedures, as well as staff training—all part of the A.L.I.C.E program. You can find more information at Our students and staff regularly practice drills in each of our buildings, as it is vitally important that our students and staff understand these emergency procedures and processes.

Kent students, staff and families are some of the best resources to help prevent school violence. Please talk with your child and encourage him or her to have the courage to SAY SOMETHING if they see or hear anything that could jeopardize the safety of our students.

The Kent City Schools has the responsibility of not only keeping students and staff physically safe, but we also continually address the emotional needs of the whole child. This is a high priority for our district. We are now in the second year of implementation of the Red Flags approach to mental health and wellbeing. Additionally, we are starting a new pilot program this semester with our ninth grade health classes. This collaboration with Kent State University and Akron Children’s Hospital addresses the social emotional needs of students. Interventions take place right at school, rather than using a referral process. This pilot is grant-funded for three years and will eventually extend to students from fifth to twelfth grades.

Thank you for your continued support of the Kent City Schools. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at 330-676-7610 or email me at


George J. Joseph
Kent City Schools