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January Update

January 2017

To the Kent community:

Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony performing at Severance Hall

On Sunday, January 29, the Roosevelt Concert Band and Wind Symphony will play at Severance Hall!  This is the first time that Roosevelt High School has been invited to perform at the Northeast Ohio Band Invitational.  Roosevelt’s bands will play at 6 p.m. following one-hour concerts by four other schools.  Tickets are available in the RHS Band office for $10 each.

Congratulations to Dr. John Roebke and all our music teachers for this impressive recognition.  The Kent community is proud of its rich musical tradition and history with more than 300 of our high school students involved in marching and concert band, wind symphony, jazz and pep bands, as well as orchestra and choral groups.  Our student musicians are committed to reaching the highest levels of success, both musically and academically.   Opportunities and experiences gained in performances like these, as well as in practices, private lessons and competitions, ultimately help our student musicians meet life’s challenges. 

See “You…The Artist” film 

A combined group of Elementary and Middle School students produced a 25-minute documentary highlighting the Kent Creativity Festival, which took place on the Lester Lefton Esplanade at Kent State University in September. The film includes interviews with participants, committee members and other professionals.  According to teacher Chip Hawks, the film chronicles the year of planning and preparation for the festival, and our students are already working on a documentary for next year.  Here is a link to the video. “YOU. . .THE ARTIST!” 

Coffee and Conversation on Wednesday, January 25

Please join me for Coffee and Conversation at Little City Grill, 802 North Mantua on Wednesday, January 25, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  It’s a great way to learn about future school events, share ideas and ask questions. 

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools

December Update

To the Kent community:

December Holiday Concerts

During this holiday season, I hope you might join us at one or more of our festive concerts. Here is a list of upcoming musical events.

Tuesday, December 6—Roosevelt and Stanton Orchestra Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 8—Roosevelt Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 8—Holden Winter Music Program at Holden at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13—Stanton Winter Band Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Tuesday, December 13—Davey Third Grade Music Program at Davey at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, December 14—Walls Winter Music Program at Walls at 7 p.m.

Thursday, December 15—Stanton Winter Choir Concert at RHS at 7 p.m.

Monday, December 19—Longcoy Third Grade Concert at Longcoy at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, December 19, Longcoy Fifth Grade Concert at Longcoy at 7:15 p.m.

Information about “Snow Days”

One Call Now continues to be our emergency broadcast notification system. This Web-based system will help streamline communications with our emergency notification protocols for students, parents and staff.  Additionally, we will continue to contact media sources to announce school closings for weather emergencies. We use voice, e-mail and text to alert our parents and staff during inclement weather.

Sign up for text messaging from One Call Now by texting the word “alert” to 22300, as long as your cell phone number is already in the One Call Now database.  To add your cell phone number or to check the status of your phone numbers and e-mail addresses, please go to the Self Update Portal to sign up or log in to access your information.  The link is located on our broadcast page at:    

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

George Joseph
Superintendent of Schools