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October Update

Attention Rough Rider fans!  FUN, FOOTBALL and FIREWORKS!

We’ve got fun, football and fireworks on Friday night, October 26

A fantastic Pyrotecnico fireworks show will follow the marching band’s famous Script Kent—generously sponsored by Belli & Streit Orthodontics and Dr. Steve Belli and Dr. Laura Streit, whose offices are located at 1551 Water Street in Kent. 

The Rough Riders kick off against Copley High School at 7 p.m.  Senior football players and senior cheerleaders will also be recognized at the team’s final home game of the season.

After the game, Rough Rider fans will enjoy the band’s famous Script Kent, where the lights are dimmed and the Roosevelt Marching Band spells out “KENT” with special lights.  Script Kent has been a tradition at Roosevelt since 1977. 

Tickets are available at the gate at $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and $6 for students.


Photo of the Mobile Learning Lab 
Mobile Learning Lab

October 2018

To our Kent families,

Congratulations to our National Merit Semifinalists, Commended Students!Photo of our National Merit Semifinalists

Back row from left, Abigail Pease (Semifinalist), Jacob Brawley (Commended Student), Lee Phillips (Commended Student), and Owen Pazderak (Commended Student).  Front row from left, Maya Niesz Kutsch (Commended Student) and Mengyu Lu (Semifinalist).

The National Merit program, now in its 64th year, recognizes nearly 16,000 students nationwide.  It is an annual academic competition for recognition and potential college undergraduate scholarships.  Among those earning this honor from Theodore Roosevelt High School are Mengyu Lu, Nathan Mudrak and Abigail Pease.  These three academically talented Roosevelt seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $31 million that will be offered next spring.  National Merit Commended students are Jacob Brawley, Lee Phillips, Owen Pazderak and Maya Niesz Kutsch.

Congratulations Rough Riders for winning the Traveling “R” Trophy!
Photo of football trophyPhoto of celebrationPhoto of stands

Roosevelt’s Rough Rider football team took home the Big R Trophy after beating rival Ravenna 23-20.  It was the first time Kent won the trophy since Brimfield Insurance Group and owner Chas Madonio started the tradition in 2013.  In addition, it was Roosevelt’s 500th football victory and the 104th renewal of the neighborhood rivalry with Ravenna.  Congratulations to our student athletes and Coach Mark Geis!
Photo of our football team and cheerleaders

Thanks to Kent Rotary for funding mental health training
At their annual auction last spring, members of the Rotary Club of Kent donated $9,000 to fund a very special project for the Kent City Schools.  This generous donation will be used to pay for a national program called Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) and will include engaging a training presenter, as well as supplying materials. 

For the past two years, one of our district’s four target goals is to address mental health concerns.  This training is designed to teach parents, family members, caregivers, teachers, school staff and peers how to help adolescents from age 12 to 18, who may be experiencing a mental health or addictions challenge.  Youth Mental Health First Aid is primarily designed for adults who regularly interact with young people. The course introduces common mental health challenges for youth, reviews typical adolescent development and teaches a 5-step action plan for how to help young people in both crisis and non-crisis situations.

Davey Tree CEO Pat Covey presents $10,000 check to Forestry program

Davey Tree recently donated $10,000 to the Forestry and Landscape Management College Tech Prep program at Roosevelt.    Pat Covey, Davey president and CEO, presented the check, which was combined with a $5,000 grant from the International Association of Arboriculture’s Tree Fund. 

Fifteen sets of climbing gear, including ropes, harnesses, and lanyards with giant carabiners, will be purchased to upgrade equipment used in the class, according to instructors John Lang and Tom Franek.

Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent scheduled              
The next Coffee and Conversation with the Superintendent will be held on Wednesday, October 24, 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.  As the school year progresses, I’m planning to rotate morning and evening Coffee and Conversations every other month.  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.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

September Update

September 2018

Dear parents,

Mobile Learning Lab

New Mobile Learning Lab brings technology to schoolhouse door
    A new Mobile Learning Lab brings the latest in virtual reality technology right to the schoolhouse door for Kent students.  Using special Google devices and viewers in the Google Expedition Kit, students can take more than 500 virtual reality field trips without leaving the Mobile Learning Lab.  A new 3D AVRover, purchased for the Lab, integrates 3D videos with virtual simulations and experiments to help students understand key math and science concepts. 

    The district purchased the low-mileage bus for a modest price from a northwest Ohio school, which had refitted it for use as a mobile classroom.  It has heat and air conditioning powered by its own generator, as well as bench seating and storage.  The transformation was funded by a $5,000 grant from the Mid-American Conference and program extension dollars.

Photo of new teachers





Meet our new teachers!
    Welcome to new teachers pictured from left, Mark Geis, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt; Kandice Lorduy, School Counselor at Roosevelt; Jake Knapp, Social Studies at Roosevelt; Misty Wilson, Grade 4 at Walls; Catherine Duboise – Intervention Specialist; Ted Karam, Electronics College Tech Prep at Roosevelt; and Lacey Miller, Intervention Specialist at Roosevelt.

 Photo of 4 football student-athletes and football coach





Fall Sports kick off at Roosevelt
  Fall sports practices are underway at Roosevelt.  Football, cross country, boy’s and girl’s soccer and golf, as well as girl’s tennis, volleyball and field hockey, are practicing for the fall season.  Visit for schedules.  Join us for the football opening home game against Ravenna on Friday, September 7, at 7 p.m. at Roosevelt Stadium.

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

George J. Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

August Update

August 2018

Dear parents,

Important back to school information

Welcome back to a new school year.  Please note that our elementary students in first through fifth grades will start school one week later than those at Roosevelt High School and Stanton Middle School. 

Wednesday, August 15
First day of school for Roosevelt, Stanton

Wednesday, August 22
Elementary schools begin one week later

Roosevelt High School and Stanton Middle School will start classes on Wednesday, August 15.  Elementary students in first through fifth grade will start one week later on Wednesday, August 22.  Kindergarten Readiness Assessment is on August 22 and 23 with Kindergarten Orientation on August 24.

            The reason for the later start is because of hot temperatures in elementary buildings.  Stanton Middle School is air conditioned. and Roosevelt High School has air conditioning in some areas.  By adding 10 minutes to the school day, elementary students will make up for the instructional time. 

Other important dates
Stanton Middle School New to the District 7/8 Student Orientation – 10 a.m. on Friday, August 10

Roosevelt High School Freshman Parent Orientation – 7 p.m. on Monday, August 13

Stanton 6th Grade Back to School NightLegacy Team – 5 p.m. on Monday, August 13

Stanton 6th Grade Back to School Night – Megaminds Team – 5:30 p.m. on Monday, August 13

Stanton 6th Grade Back to School Night – Buckeyes Team – 6 p.m. on Monday, August 13

Roosevelt Freshman Kick-Off and Opening Assembly – 8 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14

Roosevelt New Student Orientation Meeting – 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 14

Roosevelt and Stanton First Day of School for 6 to 12 grades – Wednesday, August 15

RHS Premiere of Bands – 7 p.m. on Wednesday, August 15

Davey/Holden/Longcoy/Walls Elementary Supplies Night – 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Monday, August 20

First Day of School for Elementary Schools, Grades 1-5 – Wednesday, August 22

First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten – Monday, August 27

Watch for your Kent calendar
            Our Kent City School calendars were mailed to residents in early August.  If you did not receive a calendar, please stop by the Administration Building at 321 North DePeyster Street to pick up a copy.

New to the district?
            If you are a new Kent resident or interested in enrolling your student in the Kent City Schools, enrollment forms are available at or call the New Student Registration Office at 330-676-7675 for more information.

            Our new Centralized Registration Center is a one-stop, convenient way for parents to enroll their children in the Kent City Schools.  We welcome our new families and want to make the enrollment process easy and efficient for them.


George Joseph