KCSD to Implement New Visitor Procedures on Friday, February 1st at All Buildings

In an effort to continuously improve upon a safe & secure environment for our students and staff, the District, in collaboration with local law enforcement, identified priorities related to building security which included the revised visitor procedures listed below. These procedures will be implemented at all buildings beginning Friday, February 1st.

Thank you and we truly appreciate your support and cooperation moving forward.


Building Entrance Procedures

  • All visitors must have an appointment.
  • All visitors will be welcomed with a standardized script, and will need to provide their name and purpose of their visit.
  • All visitors shall enter through the main entrance of the school and report immediately to the main office.
  • If leaving an item for a student or staff member, please notify the main office and place the item(s) in the collection box located outside the main entrance to be collected in a timely manner.

Visitor Identification Procedures

  • All visitors must present photo identification. The photo ID will be secured in the main office and will be returned upon sign out.
  • Authorized visitors will be given a red KCSD Visitor lanyard and badge which must be worn at all times while in the building.

*A visitor is considered any person not employed by the KCSD.

Es un esfuerzo continuo por mejorar un entorno seguro para nuestros estudiantes y personal, el distrito escolar en colaboración con las autoridades locales, identificó las prioridades relacionadas con la seguridad del edificio que incluyen los procedimientos revisados ​​para visitantes que se mencionan a continuación.Estos procedimientos se implementarán en todos los edificios, a partir del viernes 1° de febrero.

Agradecemos enormemente su apoyo y cooperación para avanzar.


Procedimientos de entrada al edificio escolar

  • Todos los visitantes deben tener una cita.
  • Todos los visitantes serán recibidos con un guión estandarizado, solicitando su nombre y el propósito de la visita.
  • Todos los visitantes deberán ingresar por la entrada principal de la escuela e informar inmediatamente a la oficina principal.
  • Si va a dejar un artículo para el estudiante o miembro del personal, notifique a la oficina principal y coloque los artículos en la caja de recolección ubicada, afuera de la entrada principal, para que se recojan de manera oportuna.

Procedimientos de identificación para visitantes

  • Todos los visitantes deben presentar una identificación con foto, para inspección en la oficina principal. La identificación se asegurará en la oficina principal y se devolverá al momento de cerrar la sesión y regresar el cordón de visitante.
  • A todos los visitantes autorizados se les entregará un cordón rojo y una insignia de visitante de KCSD que se deben usar en todo momento mientras se encuentre en el edificio escolar.

*Cualquier visitante es considerado persona no empleada por el KCSD.

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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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Congratulations Class of 2019

Congratulations to the 297 members of the Class of 2019! An overview of the graduating class will be featured in the summer issue of the District’s newsletter, All In.

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Kennett High School Seniors Stroll Down Memory Lane

On Thursday, May 30, approximately 300 members of Kennett High School’s Class of 2019 participated in the fourth annual Senior Stroll.

The seniors, clad in their graduation gowns, visited Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, New Garden Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, Bancroft Elementary, and Kennett Middle School. College-bound graduates also wore T-shirts from their respective colleges and universities under their gowns. The hallways of all buildings were lined with teachers and students cheering on and wishing good luck to the soon-to-be graduates. Members of the graduating class wore name tags that were color-coded based on the elementary school they attended, so former students were easily identifiable as they entered their old school buildings.

Dr. Jeremy Hritz instituted the Stroll in his first year as Kennett High School principal.

“This is a special year for the Stroll because this is the first senior class that would have attended Bancroft Elementary. Our students are excited to reunite with their former teachers and to motivate and inspire the younger students.”

Senior Caleb Pebly, like many of his classmates, has attended Kennett schools for all 13 of the years leading up to this moment. He attended what was then Mary D. Lang Elementary School from kindergarten to fourth grade then moved to Greenwood Elementary School for fifth grade.

​”I’m excited to go back and see how everything has changed,” Caleb said. And I’m anxious to have the chance to say good-bye the right way, to let my teachers know that I truly appreciate everything they did for me.”

Caleb is headed to Penn State this fall.

Kennett High School’s 128th commencement exercises will be held on June 7.

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Grupo de enfoque de búsqueda del superintendente

La Junta de Directores Escolares del Distrito Escolar Consolidado de Kennett está en el proceso de seleccionar un superintendente de escuelas y está buscando opiniones del personal de la escuela, los padres y la comunidad por medio de una serie de grupos de enfoque conducidos por la Unidad Intermedia del Condado de Chester. Los participantes del grupo de enfoque compartirán su experiencia y conocimiento del tipo de líder que el distrito está buscando.

A continuación encontrará el calendario de grupos focales:

Grupo de enfoque de búsqueda del superintendente

Para ayudarnos con la planificación, regístrese en línea en http://www.cciu.org/KCSD

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Superintendent Search Focus Group

The Board of School Directors for the Kennett Consolidated School District is in the process of selecting a superintendent of schools and is seeking input from school personnel, parents and the community by means of a series of focus groups conducted by the Chester County Intermediate Unit. Focus group participants will share their experience and insight into the type of leader that the district is seeking.

Below please find the schedule of focus groups:

Superintendent Focus Group Schedule

To assist us with planning, please register online at http://www.cciu.org/KCSD

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Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Update

Kennett Consolidated School District
Superintendent Search Update
 
The following is a brief update on the status of the superintendent search. An update will be posted to the District’s website and emailed to parents and staff approximately every two weeks, or more frequently if needed.
 
Monday, May 6, 2019
 
The superintendent search is underway. The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) has been hired to facilitate the process. The timeline for the search has been established. The position has been advertised locally, regionally, and throughout the tristate area, and several applications and numerous inquiries regarding the position have been received. The deadline for applications is June 1, 2019.
 
To view the superintendent vacancy notice, please visit http://www.cciu.org/suptsearch.
 
In addition, focus groups are being scheduled for mid-May through mid-June for District staff, parents, township and government officials, and the community at large. Details regarding focus groups will be emailed and posted to the District’s website as they are finalized.
 
The search process is expected to be completed in late summer/early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.
 
Questions regarding the superintendent search should be directed to Dr. Joseph O’Brien, CCIU executive director, via email at KCSDsuptsearch@cciu.org or by calling 484-237-5010.
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The Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Search Announcement

April 22, 2019
 
Dear Parents, Students, Staff, and Community:
 
I’m writing to inform you that the KCSD School Board of Directors has begun the process of hiring a new superintendent following the announcement of the retirement of Dr. Barry Tomasetti, effective January 27, 2020. We have enlisted the services of the Chester County Intermediate (CCIU) executive search team led by CCIU superintendent Dr. Joseph O’Brien.
 
Integral to the process will be communication with you, our district stakeholders. The Board invites your input through a series of staff, parent, and community focus groups. These will be conducted in the near future, and more information will be available on our website soon.
 
The School Board of Directors hopes to have the search process completed by early fall in order to have a superintendent who can assume his or her responsibilities in January 2020.
 
The members of the Board look forward to working with the entire KCSD community to hire an outstanding educational leader to serve as the district’s next superintendent of schools.
 
The Board will provide regular updates on the district’s website, email news listservs, and social media.
 
Sincerely,
Joe Meola, President
Kennett Consolidated School Board
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A Spotlight on Mary D. Lang’s Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin

Kindergarten teachers and staff members create lasting impressions on their students, teaching them new skills, words, and behaviors. Each new experience is a building block in a student’s educational foundation, influencing their path to higher education and beyond.

Dr. Tricia O’Loughlin, a Title I Reading Specialist at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, understands the importance of creating a positive foundation for students.teacher with students

Dr. O’Loughlin began her career at the Kennett Consolidated School District in 2008, when she was hired as an elementary math coach. After three years, she transitioned to become a Title 1 Reading Specialist at Bancroft Elementary School for another three years. Then she moved to Mary D. Lang Elementary Center where she currently works. As a Title I Reading Specialist, Dr. O’Loughlin provides extra support in literacy skills to students of all levels. She also works with teachers as an instructional coach by providing additional resources and lessons to meet all students’ needs.

Dr. O’Loughlin is a member of the Professional Development Committee and the English and Language Arts Committee, a co-chair for Multi-Tiered Student Support (MTSS), and a data-warehouse keeper. She is also close with Mary D. Lang’s mascot, Langley the Lion.

“Working at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center is amazing,” says Dr. O’Loughlin. “Everyone works together to benefit the children.”

One of the biggest challenges Dr. O’Loughlin faces is only having one year together before the children move on. “We build such great relationships throughout the year that it’s tough when they move on, but I am always excited to watch them grow.”

Dr. O’Loughlin earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from West Chester University. In 2017, she earned her Ph.D. in educational leadership from Neumann University. She enjoys putting theory into practice, bridging academia and the school setting.

Dr. O’Loughlin lives in Media with her husband Dan and their two daughters. In her free time, she enjoys reading, travelling to Ireland to visit family and friends, and going to the beach. She stays busy shuttling her daughters to their sports and band practices.

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to feature the hardworking and dedicated staff members who make our District unique and special.

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