KCSD Announces Roll-out of the Anonymous Statewide Reporting System, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS).

Dear Parents,

In an ongoing effort to increase school safety, I am pleased to announce the roll-out of the anonymous statewide reporting system, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). This system allows students, parents, or community members to submit anonymous and confidential tips 24/7 through a website, app, or by phone. A crisis center then reviews and assesses all submissions before forwarding relevant information to law enforcement and/or the school for intervention. Users may report observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment such as bullying.

The S2SS program is a youth violence prevention program started by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization focused on preventing violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others.

We will be holding a parent information meeting regarding this new initiative on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:45 p.m. in the Kennett High School Auxiliary Gym. We will also be live streaming the presentation for those who are unable to attend in person. A live stream link will be posted on www.kcsd.org. Additionally, a recording of the meeting and other S2SS resources will be made available on our website.

I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on January 22. If you are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at (610) 444-6602.

Sincerely,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Safe2Say Something Resources

Queridos padres,

En un esfuerzo continuo por aumentar la seguridad escolar, me complace anunciar el lanzamiento del sistema de informes anónimos en todo el estado; “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). Este Sistema permite a los estudiantes, padres, o miembros de la comunidad, enviar sugerencias anónimas y confidenciales 24 horas del día/7dias de la semana, através de un sitio web, una aplicación, o por teléfono. Una vez enviadas, un centro de crisis revisa y evalúa todas las presentaciones, antes de enviar información relevante a la policía y / o a la escuela para la intervención. Los usuarios pueden reportar amenazas, comportamientos, acciones, y hostigamientos observados, así tambien como el acoso escolar.

El programa S2SS, es un programa de prevención de la violencia juvenil, iniciado por Sandy Hook Promise, una organización nacional, sin fines de lucro que se enfoca en prevenir la violencia, antes de que suceda, educando y movilizando a jóvenes y adultos, para que identifiquen, intervengan, y obtengan ayuda para personas que puedan correr el riesgo de lastimárse, así mismos, o a los demás.

Tendremos una reunion informativa para padres, sobre esta nueva iniciativa, el martes 22 de enero a las 6:45 p.m. en la gimnasio auxiliar de Kennett High School. También transmitiremos la presentación en vivo para aquellos que no puedan asistir en persona. Se publicará un enlace de transmisión en vivo, en www.kcsd.org. Y también una grabación de la reunión y otros recursos de S2SS estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.

Espero conocerlos y responder cualquier pregunta que puedan tener el 22 de enero. Si no puede asistir, y tiene alguna pregunta, o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente al (610) 444-6602.

Sinceramente,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Safe2Say Something Resources

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Kennett Blue Demons Historic Season!

Kennett High Ends Historic Football Season in District Semifinal

After Kennett’s football players shook hands with the victorious Cheltenham gridders following the top seeded Panthers’ 42-20 win in the District `1 5A football semifinal Friday evening, the entire Blue Demon squad walked over to the visitors’ stands, where a packed crowd of Blue Demon fans lauded their heroes with one long, last resounding cheer, accompanied by spirited music from the school band.

“I’m at a loss for words to describe how proud I am of our players,” said Kennett head coach Lance Frazier. “To come as far as we have in the past couple of years is unbelievable. It’s a testament to the young men that we have and the coaching staff. I mean, these guys are warriors – they love each other, and they love the game. “There are a lot of positives that we can take from this season – I mean, who would have thought we would have come this far, nobody believed in us [at first] but our guys wanted to be great, they wanted to be successful, they wanted to have a [coaching] staff that believed in them, and they reaped the benefits from that. I’m so proud of them.”

One of the Kennett standouts Friday evening, senior running back Garrett Cox, said, “It was great having all these [Blue Demon] fans here tonight; I even saw some fans here from other schools, like Upper Dublin. I’ve grown up with a lot of my teammates ever since we played football for the Kennett Titans youth football program when I was 10, 11 and 12 – a lot of them are my neighbors, and a couple of years ago, we really wanted to [improve] the football culture here. My freshman and sophomore years with Kennett, we had two different coaches, then last year [after Frazier took over], we played in our first district playoff game ever.” The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Cox was a potent weapon for the Blue Demons Friday evening at Cheltenham, rushing for more than 100 yards for the sixth straight week, catching several passes for solid gains, and scoring on an 18-yard run.“Garrett is a definition of an all-season football guy,” said Frazier.

The Kennett head coach also lauded the Blue Demons offensive line, which triggered two long touchdown drives – a 13-play, 63-yard march (12 of which were running plays) and a nine-play, 74-yard TD drive to start the second half. Kennett’s offensive line included senior center John Colamarino, senior guards Sam Davidson and Shawn Carroll, junior tackle Matt O’Keefe and senior tackle James Freebery. “These guys aren’t very big – when you see them in the hallways at school they might look unassuming – but they’ve got huge hearts,” said Frazier. “They’re always in the weight room, working harder than everyone else, all determination and heart, and when they go up against the Rustins and the Unionvilles of the world, they hold their own.”

Although Kennett fell behind 20-0 early in the second quarter Friday, the Blue Demons’ offensive line helped to put together an eight-minute, 13-play touchdown drive that put the visitors on the scoreboard for the first time. And even though top seed Cheltenham pulled off a few big plays to produce a touchdown just before the first half ended, putting the hosts ahead 27-7, the Kennett stands remained packed for the second half.

At halftime, Kennett cheerleading senior co-captains Dessa’Rae Bolton and Genna Eisel pointed to the packed Blue Demon fan section – there were at least three busloads of Blue Demon fans who came to the game, plus two busloads of Kennett band members – and reflected on the visiting fans’ spirit. “I’m excited to see so many people coming out to see this team – our team has worked so hard this season,” said Bolton.“It’s like an emotional rush of excitement every time we see our team,” noted Eisel.

Frazier said, “It’s unbelievable to see how our community has been awakened – from not being a football school, to now, when our fans didn’t leave at halftime tonight. It’s been really fun to ride this wave of excitement. I can’t wait to start next season (laughs). “The work we did in the past off-season had a lot to do with our leap forward this year. If there’s no [coaching] consistency in the program, the kids lose out in the know-how. And our seniors were a huge reason for our success this season. What a tremendous class, they really stepped up and led the way to keeping our focus. This is a special group of seniors – I wish I had them for four years.”

Story by Bruce Adams

Pictures by Jennifer Meehan

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KCSD Exploring Later School Start Time for Secondary

Dear School Community,

The Kennett Consolidated School District is beginning to collect feedback from all school stakeholders (parents, students, and staff) regarding the possibility of implementing a later school start time for the high school and middle school. If you are a student, parent, or staff member and have not yet completed the interest survey, please click below to do so.

For more information on the subject, please see the two attached comprehensive studies, Sleep Deprivation In Adolescents: The Case For Delaying Secondary School Start Times, conducted by the Join State Government Commission and High School Students and School Start Times published by the Hanover Research Organization. I also link to a Ted Talk from Dr. Wendy Troxel, a licensed clinical psychologist and certified behavioral sleep medicine specialist, on the importance of sleep for adolescents. We are inviting Dr. Troxel to speak here at Kennett and will keep you apprised of that date. We appreciate your interest and participation as we move forward to make decisions that best serve our students and District as a whole.


Querida comunidad escolar,

El Distrito Escolar Consolidado de Kennett está comenzando a recopilar comentarios de todas las partes interesadas de la escuela (padres, estudiantes y personal) con respecto a la posibilidad de implementar un horario de inicio escolar más tarde para la escuela secundaria y la escuela intermedia. Si es estudiante, padre o miembro del personal y aún no ha completado la encuesta de interés, haga clic en el sitio web de abajo para tomar la encuesta.

Para obtener más información sobre el tema consulte los dos estudios integrales adjuntos; la privación del sueño en adolescentes y La Causa para Retrasar los horarios de inicio de la escuela secundaria, realizado por la Comisión de Gobierno del Estado y los Estudiantes de secundaria y Los horarios de inicio de la escuela, publicados por la Organización de Investigación de Hannover. También enlace a una charla con Ted por parte de la Dra. Wendy Troxel psicóloga clínica con licencia y especialista certificada en medicina conductual del sueño. Hemos invitado al Dra. Troxel para que hable aqui en Kennett sobre la importancia del sueño para los adolescentes. Lo mantendremos informado sobre la fecha. Apreciamos su interés y participación a medida que estemos avanzamos para tomar decisiones que sirvan mejor a nuestros estudiantes y al Distrito en general.

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Kennett High School Stages Fall Play

Kennett High School proudly presents Radium Girls on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings, November 21, 22, and 23.

Written by female playwright D.W. Gregory in 2000, Radium Girls was inspired by a true story. The play traces the efforts of Grace Fryer (Marisol Gonzalez) as she fights for her day in court. Grace and her friends Irene Rudolph (Stephanny Gheen-Regouski) and Kathryn Schaub (Josette Wynn) are dial painters at the U.S. Radium plant. The girls create the luminous watch faces that are all the rage in the mid-1920s by applying radium with paint brushes molded to fine points in their own mouths. Many of the factory workers fall sick, and one even dies, encouraging Grace to come forward with her story. Her boss is Arthur Roeder (Ryan Myers), an idealistic man who cannot bring himself to believe that radium, the same element that world-renowned scientist Marie Curie (Diana Giganti Dima) describes as a potential miracle cure for cancer, could have anything to do with the mysterious and horrifying spread of illness among his employees. As time goes on, Grace finds herself battling not just with the U.S. Radium Corporation as the company tries to prevent her from talking to the press but with her own family and friends, who fear the backlash that a quest for truth and justice often generates.

Radium Girls is a fast-moving, thought-provoking piece with an ensemble of twenty-one actors who play forty different parts—friends and lovers, relatives and bystanders, attorneys and doctors – all of whom play a role in Grace’s story, a story that is ultimately a celebration of individual courage.

Other cast members include Christian Adam (Dr. Frederick Flinn), Lydia Duckworth (Mrs. Cora Middleton), Lainee Foester (Ms. Wiley), Julia Haenn (Reporter), Sylvia He (Harriet Roeder), Ksenia Kaliakin (Mrs. Fryer), Thomas Linderman (Dr. Von Sochocky), Justin McAndrew (Reporter), Paulie Mullin (Dr. Knef), Faith Poulton (Diane Roeder), Robby Rauscher (Charlie Lee), Luke Sandusky (Tommy Kreider), Noah Schiller (Edward Markley), Catt Seamon (Mrs. MacNeil), Bladen Strzalka (Dr. Harrison Martland), and Leah Wardwell (Dial painter). Many members of the cast play multiple smaller roles as well.

Nance Weber, parent of Kennett grads A.J. (class of 2013) and Jack (class of 2015), is directing her fifth production at KHS. Kennett teacher Katie Soukup is the production manager; Soukup and Weber are also overseeing properties, with costumes by Tricia Beichner. Science teacher Michael Anastas is in charge of sound and lights. KHS teacher Bob Anthony built this year’s set with parents Nat Caccamo and Bill Morrison. New Garden teacher Ryan Battin will assist the students backstage, and Anna Brunke is the student production assistant.

In explaining her choice for this year’s production, Weber said, “This play really spoke to me, as it is an interpretation of actual historical events. Women dial painters working for the U.S. Radium Corporation in 1917 thought they’d been offered the best job of their lives, only to end up dying for the company.”

“What I love most about this play is that the students are bringing to life real people whose voices weren’t heard one hundred years ago but are here to teach us today. The mistakes made for commercial gain are so incredibly obvious to us now and yet are eerily being repeated all around us. My hope is that the students will recognize this and have a greater appreciation for these women — and others — who suffered, fought, and stood up for their rights to bring us many of the freedoms we have today, and they themselves will become advocates for truth and justice,” she added.

Both the cast and stage crew include students from all grades.

The curtain goes up at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door; prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults.

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La vacuna contra la gripe le proteje a usted y a su familia

Habrá una Clínica de Comunidad para obtener la vacuna de la Gripe en la Cafetería del Kennett High School localizada en 100 East South Street, Kennett Square el jueves, 10 de octubre de 2:40-6:30 de la tarde.

Las vacunas de gripe serán administradas de forma gratuita a los Estudiantes de Kennett y sus familias, al Personal, a los Miembros de la Comunidad, siempre y cuando traigan su tarjeta de seguro. Las vacunas serán gratuitas sí usted no tiene ningún seguro.

No hay ningún pre registro necesario y todos los miembros de la comunidad de Kennett son bienvenidos. Los estudiantes del Kennett High School no tienen que tener un padre o tutor presente, siempre y cuando el consentimiento esté completamente llenado y firmado por un padre o tutor.

Los consentimientos están disponibles en el sitio web de la escuela en inglés y español y también estarán disponibles en la Clínica. ¡Acuérdese de traer su tarjeta de seguro!

Flu Clinic Flyer

Formulario de Consentimiento para Vacunas Antigripales

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Flu Vaccine Protects You and Your Family

There will be a Community Flu Vaccine Clinic held at the Kennett High School Cafeteria located at 100 East South Street in Kennett Square on Thursday, October 10 from 2:40 –6:30 PM.

Seasonal flu vaccines will be administered at no cost to Kennett Students and their families, staff, or members of the community as long as you bring your insurance card. Vaccines are free if you have no insurance.

There is no pre-registration necessary and all members of the Kennett community are welcome. High school students do not need a parent in attendance as long as the consent is completely filled out and signed by a parent/guardian.

Consents are available on the website in English and Spanish and will also be available at the Clinic. Remember to bring your insurance card!

Flu Clinic Information

Flu Vaccine Consent English

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Consejo Escolar Consolidado de Kennett votará sobre el nuevo contrato de superintendente en una reunión especial el 16 de septiembre de 2019

Kennett Square, PA – La Junta Escolar Consolidada de Kennett se complace en anunciar que ha seleccionado al Dr. Dolan Blakey para ser su próximo superintendente de escuelas. La Junta votará para aprobar un contrato con el Dr. Blakey en una reunión especial de la junta el lunes 16 de septiembre de 2019, a las 7:00 p.m. en Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Esta es una reunión pública y todos son bienvenidos.

Blakey es actualmente el superintendente del Distrito Escolar Colonial en New Castle, Delaware. Fue nombrado para el cargo en junio de 2014. Anteriormente, sirvió al Distrito Escolar Colonial como su director de escuelas, director de personal, director de escuela secundaria y director de escuela media. Antes de su trabajo en Colonial, el Dr. Blakey se desempeñó como asistente de dirección en Caesar Rodney High School. Además, enseñó estudios sociales en la Escuela Técnica New Castle en New Castle, Delaware, durante años.

El Dr. Blakey reemplazará al Dr. Barry Tomasetti, que se retira en enero de 2020. El Dr. Blakey asumirá su papel como superintendente de escuelas para el Distrito Escolar Consolidado de Kennett el 27 de enero de 2020.

Kennett Consolidated School District Board of School Directors

Contact: 610-444-6600

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Kennett Consolidated School District Announces Next Superintendent

Kennett Square, PA – The Kennett Consolidated School Board is pleased to announce it has selected Dr. Dolan Blakey to be its next superintendent of schools. The Board will vote to approve a contract with Dr. Blakey at a special board meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.
This is a public meeting and all are welcome.
 
Dr. Blakey is currently the superintendent of Colonial School District in New Castle, Delaware. He was appointed to the post in June 2014. Previously, he served the Colonial School District as its director of schools, personnel director, high school principal and middle school principal. Prior to his work at Colonial, Dr. Blakey served as assistant principal at Caesar Rodney High School. Also, he taught social studies at New Castle Technical School in New Castle, Delaware, for eight years.
 
Dr. Blakey will replace Dr. Barry Tomasetti who is retiring in January 2020. Dr. Blakey will assume his role as superintendent of schools for the Kennett Consolidated School District on January 27, 2020.
 
Kennett Consolidated School District Board of School Directors
 
Contact: 610-444-6600
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Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Update

August 23, 2019

The School Board has concluded its search for the next superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District. Currently, CCIU and the School Board Team are conducting final plans with the finalist candidate, while simultaneously initiating contract negotiations.

The board is on track to publicly announce the finalist candidate during the month of September.

The district’s reputation for excellence attracted many highly qualified candidates. The search efforts yielded a diverse pool of 23 applicants, consisting of veteran superintendents, assistant superintendents, and central office and building administrators.

Throughout the summer, the School Board team completed three rounds of rigorous interviews to determine the degree of fit among the stakeholders’ criteria, the district’s needs and the candidate’s professional experiences.

To recap the search process, the following steps are complete or are currently in process:

  • The position was advertised throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.
  • Nine focus groups were conducted for school district staff, parents, students, and the community at large.
  • Seventeen themes were identified based on input from focus group attendees. These themes were used to develop and select interview questions, and they will be made available to the public once the finalist candidate has been announced.
  • Twenty-three applications for the position of superintendent were received and screened.
  • Thirteen applicants were interviewed during first-round interviews conducted in June.
  • Six applicants were selected to advance to second-round interviews.
  • Two candidates were selected for third-round interviews.
  • Final contract negotiations for the finalist are in process.
  • The School Board team is on target to publicly announce the next superintendent during the month of September.

Questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to Mary Jeanne Curley, CCIU Communications Director, either via email at KCSDsuptsearch@cciu.org or by calling 484-237-5010.


23 de agosto de 2019

La Junta Escolar ha concluido su búsqueda del próximo superintendente del Distrito Escolar Consolidado de Kennett. Actualmente, el CCIU y laConsejo EscolarEquipoestán llevando a caboplanes finales con el candidato finalista, al mismo tiempo que inicia negociaciones contractuales.

La junta está en camino de anunciar públicamente al candidato finalista durante el mes de septiembre.

La reputación de excelencia del distrito atrajo a muchos candidatos altamente calificados. Los esfuerzos de búsqueda dieron lugar a un grupo diverso de 23 solicitantes, compuesto por superintendentes veteranos, superintendentes asistentes y administradores de oficinas centrales y edificios.

A lo largo del verano, el equipo del Consejo Escolar completó tres rondas de rigurosas entrevistas para determinar el grado de ajuste entre los criterios de las partes interesadas, las necesidades del distrito y las experiencias profesionales del candidato.

Para recapitular el proceso de búsqueda, los pasos siguientes se han completado o están actualmente en proceso:

  • El puesto fue anunciado en Pensilvania, Nueva Jersey, Delaware, Maryland y Nueva York.
  • Se llevaron a cabo nueve grupos focales para el personal del distrito escolar, los padres, los estudiantes y la comunidad en general.
  • Se identificaron diecisiete temas basados en las aportaciones de los asistentes al grupo de enfoque. Estos temas se utilizaron para desarrollar y seleccionar preguntas de entrevista, y se pondrán a disposición del público una vez que se haya anunciado el candidato finalista.
  • Se recibieron y examinaron veintitrés solicitudes para el puesto de superintendente.
  • Trece solicitantes fueron entrevistados durante las entrevistas de primera ronda realizadas en junio.
  • Seis solicitantes fueron seleccionados para avanzar a entrevistas de segunda ronda.
  • Dos candidatos fueron seleccionados para entrevistas en tercera ronda.
  • Las negociaciones finales del contrato para el finalista están en proceso.
  • El equipo de la Junta Escolar está en el objetivo de anunciar públicamente al próximo superintendente durante el mes de septiembre.

Las preguntas relacionadas con la búsqueda del superintendente deben dirigirse a Mary Jeanne Curley, Directora de Comunicaciones de CCIU, ya sea por correo electrónico a KCSDsuptsearch@cciu.org o llamando al 484-237-5010.

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Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Update

The superintendent search process for the Kennett Consolidated School District is on track to be completed in the late summer/early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.

The following steps have been completed and/or are currently in process:

  • The position was advertised throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and New York.
  • Nine focus groups were conducted for school district staff, parents, students, and the community at large.
  • Seventeen themes were identified based on input from focus group attendees. These themes are being used to develop and select interview questions, and will be made available to the public once the search has been completed.
  • Twenty-three applications for the position of superintendent were received and screened.
  • Thirteen applicants were interviewed during first-round interviews conducted in June.
  • Six applicants were selected to advance to second-round interviews.
  • Second- and third-round interviews are scheduled for July and August, respectively.

Questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to Mary Jeanne Curley, CCIU Communications Director, either via email at KCSDsuptsearch@cciu.org or by calling 484-237-5010.

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