Happy Thanksgiving!

As a reminder, the Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) will be closed beginning Wednesday, November 23, in celebration of Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing everyone again on Monday, November 28.

We hope that the holiday season will be a happy time for all. However, please know that help is here if you need it.

In an emergency, the best course of action is always to call 911. Otherwise:

Like others at this time of year, we are reflecting on what we are most grateful for. It is both our passion and our privilege to share the gift of learning with our students in partnership with you, our professional educators, families and friends.

Wishing you and yours a restful and well-deserved break!

P.S. Don’t forget to complete your 2022-23 Student & Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form, due December 2! Log into the Skyward Family Access Portal and Select “Student & Parent Handbook Acknowledgement Form.” The Handbook is available in English and Spanish

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KCSD Alert

At approximately 11:45 a.m. on November 22, Kennett High School’s (KHS) fire alarm activated as a result of cooking in a classroom. All KHS students and staff were safely evacuated. The Kennett Borough and Longwood Fire Companies have since cleared the building and the day will continue as normal.

Should you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to contact KCSD Communications Specialist Nikki Laws at nlaws@kcsd.org or (610) 444-6646.

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KCSD Story of Strength: Matthew Wilson

A photo of Matt Wilson

Kennett High School’s (KHS) Matthew Wilson hopes to change the world– and he’s starting right here in our community.

This Summer, the Senior was one of just 120 students selected to participate in the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Ambassador Program. Wilson traveled to Ecuador for two weeks, where he advanced his own leadership skills and fostered mutual understanding.

“I learned a lot,” he said. “It was just an amazing experience overall. Now that I’ve come back to the United States, I’m working on completing a required community project– an initiative called Juntos.”

Juntos means “together” in Spanish and, according to Wilson, its primary goal is to create a safe space for language learning.

An aspiring Foreign Service Officer, Wilson speaks at least some of five languages– English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Mandarin.

“Kennett is a bilingual community,” he reflected. “Growing up here has made me realize that people need to be able to talk with one another. I took the initiative to learn Spanish. I think it would be easier for others to learn a language if they had a way to immerse themselves.”

Wilson currently hosts a meeting every Thursday at 5 p.m. in the Kennett Library. He has extended an open invitation to anyone who might be interested in attending the next session.

In the Fall, Wilson will be off to college– Princeton, the University of Virginia and Vanderbilt are his top picks. Until then, his plans for growth include creating official clubs at Kennett High School and Kennett Middle School (KMS)– as well as branching out beyond the District.

“Right now, we are largely students. I haven’t yet been able to reach out to many adults,” he said. “But I want to help everyone to make friends and to feel more a part of the community.”

KHS Principal Dr. Lorenzo DeAngelis praised Wilson’s efforts. “Matt was our Student of the Quarter for the Longwood Rotary and, to be honest, it was a very easy decision! We are all excited and looking forward to what he continues to bring to this world.”

Superintendent Dr. Dusty Blakey added “Matt is an example that we all can aspire to, as he works to unite our community by recognizing our bilingual strengths and by organizing a school-based club that brings together both English and Spanish speakers. He recognizes that we are all stronger when we work together as one.”

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Fall Conferences Begin This Week

This week marks the beginning of Fall parent-teacher conferences at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Bancroft, Greenwood & New Garden Elementary Schools and Kennett Middle School!

There will be early dismissal for:

  • All kindergarten students from November 17 – November 22 at 12 p.m.
  • All elementary school students from November 17 – November 22 at 12:30 p.m.
  • All middle school students from November 18 – November 22 at 11:30 a.m.

There are no conferences at Kennett High School and, as a result, students will arrive and depart on time.

If you scheduled a conference on November 17, 18 or 21, your student’s teacher will communicate a confirmation with you soon. Please plan to arrive on time and come prepared!

Everyone is encouraged to review their child’s report card and write down questions for teachers regarding their academic and behavioral progress.

Students currently in fourth through ninth grade should have also recently received last year’s Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) results. Note, this assessment is just one of many ways we measure success.

Those who requested a virtual meeting are invited to learn more about how to install and use Microsoft Teams on your phone, tablet or computer via video or PDF guide.

Questions? Please contact your student’s school at any time for bilingual support.

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An Update on Recent Threats at KMS

Please be advised that the Southern Chester County Regional Police Department (SCCRPD) has provided the following update regarding recent threats made against Kennett Middle School (KMS).

The Southern Chester County Regional Police Department would like to update the public with the status of the investigation regarding the individual responsible for threats of violence against Kennett Middle School over the past several weeks.

Search warrants and court orders provided police with an address located in Ravenna, Ohio. Further investigation revealed the same address, phone number and associated IP addresses were used to threaten violence in over 30 similar incidents across the United States.

The individual responsible has been identified as a 12 year old male who resides in Ravenna, Ohio. Due to investigative efforts made by SCCRPD detectives along with other law enforcement officials in Ohio, the juvenile was taken into custody and interviewed by detectives, resulting in a full confession surrounding the threats made towards Kennett Middle School and the other incidents similar in nature and context. Additionally, Ohio officials have executed search warrants at the home and have seized all electronic devices used by the juvenile to commit these crimes.

Investigators from all law enforcement agencies involved continue to gather and share information. Once that information is reviewed and shared with the Chester County District Attorney’s Office, appropriate criminal charges will be filed by this department.

SCCRPD received assistance with this investigation by the Chester County District Attorney’s Office and the following Law Enforcement Agencies in Ohio: City of Hudson PD, Ravenna City PD and Portage County Sheriff’s Department.

Kennett Consolidated School District officials and administration have been patient with and have had continued communication with police throughout this investigation. SCCRPD is proud to have a continuing partnership with the District that enhances the commitment to safety and wellbeing of students and staff.

Police urge parents to be mindful of and to monitor their children’s activity and involvement in online gaming and all social media outlets. If anyone possesses information about any of the incidents mentioned above, please contact Detective Rich Townsend at 610-268-2907 ext. 108 or rtownsend@sccrpd.org. Lt. Greenwalt may also be contacted at ext. 103 or jgreenwalt@sccrpd.org.

The Kennett Consolidated School District would like to sincerely thank SCCRPD and all of our local law enforcement agencies for their partnership in keeping our students and staff safe.

As always, those with questions are invited to contact KCSD Communications Specialist Nikki Laws at nlaws@kcsd.org or (610) 444-6646.

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An Update On Yesterday’s Threat at KHS

The Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) continues to partner with the Borough of Kennett Square Police Department in its investigation of yesterday’s bomb threat at Kennett High School (KHS).

At this time, the Police Department believes this to be an isolated incident. Person(s) of interest have been identified and may not be directly connected to our community.

The safety of our students and staff is our very first priority. Please rest assured that no threat is ever ignored– and will always be investigated to the fullest extent of the law.

We will share additional information with you should it become available.

As always, we remind you to stay vigilant. If you see something, say something by calling 911 or using the Safe2Say platform.

Should you have any questions or concerns, we invite you to contact KCSD Communications Specialist Nikki Laws at nlaws@kcsd.org or (610) 444-6646.

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