Kennett Students Work Together on ‘Amazing’ Book About Local Heroine

Did you know that Kennett Consolidated School District has published authors walking its halls? And they’re not even in high school yet! This summer, 11 select students, mostly fourth and fifth grade students, gathered for the Youth Writing Workshop, sponsored by the National Youth Foundation (NYF). Over the course of seven days, they collaborated on a book from conception to publication. While they had the assistance of adult staff, the students had total ownership of every element, from the title page to the last period.

Group of students

Each day of the workshop concentrated on a different skill. In the beginning, they focused on research and discussed what they wanted their book to be, under the theme of “Local Heroines” for the NYF’s Amazing Women’s Edition. They also learned how to prep for an interview, which was held on the second day. The students hosted Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan to talk about her experience founding and working for the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation.

After the interview came the drafting process. The students divided up into writing and drawing teams, creating the narrative and illustrations for their book. The week continued with more writing and drawing, until they made it to the editing stage. The book was published in print and the students donated copies to local public libraries.

The Youth Writing Program provides an environment outside the classroom where students can practice skills necessary for future success, like editing, teamwork, and communications skills. Mrs. Sophia Hanson, a district parent who started the National Youth Foundation, said that the biggest area of growth for this set of students was teamwork—and their realization that they could be authors.

The NYF seeks to enrich children’s lives through creative educational programming. Its mission is to “promote tolerance and equality while helping young students develop their literary skills through academic and team building projects.”

The organization hosts three core programs. The first is collaborating with professional athletes from the NFL and the NBA to administer the Student Book Scholars team writing contest. NYF members also visit neighborhoods across the country and team up with community centers and schools to host Youth Writing Workshops. Finally, the organization developed the Amazing Women’s Edition competition, which gives students from kindergarten to eighth grade the opportunity to share stories of heroines in their own communities to honor the vast accomplishments of women in the United States.

For more information about the Amazing Women’s Edition contest, visit here.

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Community Flu Clinic at Kennett High School

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 19 from 2:30 – 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 have to have a parent in attendance as long as the consent is completely filled out and signed by a parent/guardian.

CCHD consent 2017 English

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Stopping the Flu Starts with You

School season is prime time for classes, homework, sports… and the flu. With the flu virus most active from October to May, getting vaccinated is the #1 way to prevent the flu and the fever, sore throat, body aches, and even serious health complications it can cause. We are partnering with the Chester County Health Department to offer a flu shot clinic to community members.

Flu Information English

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KHS Announces Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program

Kennett High School is proud to announce that seniors Benjamin A. Jordan and Sarah E. Ploener have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. two students standing outside

Benjamin and Sarah were among approximately 1.6 million juniors who entered the 2018 National Merit Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that served as an initial screen of program entrants.

In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society, Benjamin is a member of the Varsity Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of America, the Mock Trial Team, Model UN, and the German activity club. He also plays doubles for the varsity tennis team.

Sarah plays clarinet in the marching band and jazz band, and is a member of the string ensemble. She is also a member of the Varsity Academic Team, the Demon Robotics Team, Model UN, and the Gender Sexuality Alliance.

“We are tremendously proud of Sarah and Benjamin for their accomplishments,” said Kennett High School Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz. “They are outstanding students who represent everything that is great about Kennett High School.”

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These students are eligible to continue in the program competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $33 million to be offered in the spring. To advance to the finalist level and to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements. These include an outstanding academic record, endorsement by the principal, and SAT scores that confirm the preliminary results. The semifinalist and his or her counselor must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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A Spotlight on Mrs. Angela McGrath

As the saying goes, “No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another.” No one reflects this better than Mrs. Angela McGrath, office clerk at New Garden and Bancroft Elementary Schools. She assists students, parents, teachers, and administrators to help keep both elementary schools running smoothly.

Mrs. McGrath grew up in Kennett Square and attended St. Patrick’s School from the first grade until the middle of her fifth grade year. She then transferred to the Kennett Consolidated School District, where she remained until graduating from Kennett High School in 1974. In her senior year, she participated in the work-release program, which allowed her to work at the National Bank and Trust of Kennett Square in the Accounting Department. Upon graduation, Mrs. McGrath was offered a full-time position with the bank and stayed with the company for eight years.

“While attending Kennett High School,” says Mrs. McGrath, “I enjoyed taking business courses, including typing, shorthand, and accounting. The skills that I learned in high school supported my work when I was offered my full-time position at the bank.”

When her son entered kindergarten at Mary D. Lang Elementary School (now the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center) in 1982, she switched career tracks to work at the local Thriftway. Then, in 1996 after applying to work in the District, Mrs. McGrath was offered a position as a one-on-one instructional assistant at Kennett Middle School.

The student she was supporting at that time moved away midyear, so she began to work in New Garden Elementary School’s office in the mornings and at the high school office in the afternoons. At the end of that school year, she was offered a position at New Garden Elementary School as an office clerk and continued there until 2011. She now divides her time between New Garden and Bancroft Elementary Schools.

As an office and attendance clerk, some of Mrs. McGrath’s tasks include issuing purchase orders, delivering supplies, and assisting administrators and parents.

“Hopefully,” explains Mrs. McGrath, “with my work in attendance, I can help students and parents become more aware of the District’s policies to help them avoid potential notices of violation or other citations. My goal is to help students understand the importance of responsibility so that when they get into middle school and high school they can be more prepared.”

Mrs. McGrath enjoys every part of her job, from her coworkers to the students and parents. “The kindness and generosity of the parents and PTOs at both schools has been humbling,” she says. “Having students come up to me years later and outside of school to say hello and still remembering my name is always a highlight. I have attended graduation every year since my first year of students reached graduation, to support the students I serve.”

Outside of her work, Mrs. McGrath enjoys cooking for the family, beading and making jewelry, and visiting her favorite beach in Florida: Cocoa Beach. Her son, who attended school in the District from kindergarten through graduation, went on to attend Millersville University and is now a full-time professor at Strayer University. She has many pets, including 28 chickens, a turtle that a New Garden Elementary School student named Dribble, and a blue-headed Amazon parrot that she’s had for 18 years. Her newest project is keeping honeybees! Mrs. McGrath and her husband just celebrated 40 years of marriage.

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PA Department of Health Updates Immunization Policy

In March 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health amended its regulations regarding school immunizations. These regulations take effect August 1, 2017 and will impact students for the 2017-2018 school year. The amendments will affect many students in the Kennett Consolidated School District and any student who is not in compliance by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

Changes taking effect:

  1. The deadline for immunization verification is now the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, August 28th 2017. Previously, school administrators could work with students and families until well into the school year before a student faced exclusion. This is no longer the case. Any student who has not provided proof of immunization by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.
  2. All students need 4 doses of the polio vaccine, with the 4th dose AFTER their 4th birthday and at least 6 months after previous polio vaccine. This amendment could affect students of any grade.
  3. For students entering the 7th grade, vaccinations remain the same (Tdap & Meningitis Vaccines), but are now subject to the new deadline of August 28, 2017.
  4. Seniors in the 2017-2018 school year will now need a meningitis vaccine by August 28, 2017. This is the second of two meningitis vaccines that are required for students.

This month, letters were mailed to the parents/guardians of students who need vaccines prior to August 28th. If you have any questions regarding where your child stands, you can contact your school’s nurse before June 14.

  • Bancroft Elementary – Mrs. Maureen Orlando, morlando@kcsd.org or 610-925-5711
  • Greenwood Elementary – Mrs. Tricia Harlan, tharlan@kcsd.org or 610-388-5993
  • Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center – Mrs. Kelly Hostetler, khostetler@kcsd.org or 610-444-6285
  • New Garden Elementary – Ms. Patricia Body, pbody@kcsd.org or 610-268-6903
  • Kennett Middle School – Mrs. Diane Shannon, dshannon@kcsd.org or 610-268-5874
  • Kennett High School – Mrs. Kathleen Eginton, keginton@kcsd.org or 610-444-6615 OR Mrs. Jane Heemer, mheemer@kcsd.org or 610-444-6615

After June 14, if you have any questions, please contact Diane Shannon, RNC, MSN, School Health Coordinator at dshannon@kcsd.org

If you do not have access to health insurance, immunizations can be obtained at the Chester County Health Department.

Walk-In Immunization Clinics are Tuesdays 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Wednesdays 12 noon – 6 p.m. with no appointment necessary. However, you must bring your immunization records.

601 Westtown Road
West Chester, PA 19380
610-344-6252
http://chesco.org/823/Immunizations

Again, any student who is not up to date by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 – English

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 -Spanish

CCHD Immunization Upcoming Clinics – English_Spanish

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2017-2018 Academic Calendar Approved

The 2017-2018 student school year will begin on Monday, August 28, 2017, and is tentatively set to end on Thursday, June 7, 2018, dependent on the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Friday, December 22, 2017 through Monday, January 1, 2018, with school resuming on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. Spring break will be Monday, March 26 through Friday, March 30, 2018. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 8, 2018.

Six (6) inclement weather days are added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are Monday, January 15, 2018 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 19, 2018 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, March 26 through Wednesday, March 28, 2018 (spring break).

Click here to download the 2017-2018 KCSD Calendar

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STEM Family Night Features Hands-on Learning

Students and their families agree that the Kennett Consolidated School District’s second annual STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Family Night was an overwhelming success. The evening was designed to encourage dynamic interactions among family members and increase awareness of the District’s STEM opportunities. Attendees participated in activities that focused on STEM principles by encouraging students and their families to build, create, and learn together.

Kennett Consolidated School District (KCSD) staff and students volunteered to operate 26 STEM activity stations. All the stations were designed for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade. Attendees had the opportunity to explore 3-D printing, create slime, conduct chemistry experiments, learn about the Blue Demon Robotics program, make their own soap, play math games, and test out computer apps.

Specific activity stations introduced students to what the District’s STEM program has to offer. A popular station with younger students was the Three Little Pigs engineering activity. At this station, students had to build a house from toothpicks and mini marshmallows that could withstand the huffing and puffing from the big, bad wolf (a hair dryer).
Maia Gibbons, a second grade student at Greenwood Elementary School, was proud when her paper bridge held up to the weight of a large book placed on top of it. While she credited her father, an engineer, for helping her, her father gave her full credit for the successful design.

“STEM Family Night is a great event for the entire family,” Kennett Middle School Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis said. “Parents have the opportunity to learn about the District’s STEM program, and students have the freedom to explore through age-appropriate activities.”

Malcolm and Lisa Stoddard have two children who attend Bancroft Elementary School. The Stoddard’s enjoyed the variety of activities and commented that their children had been looking forward to the evening.

Jeff Hsu and his wife, Weiying Gao, are both engineers. Their oldest son, Jeremy, is in fourth grade, and they commented that they appreciate that the multitude of hands-on STEM activities offered at his school are sparking his interest.

For more information regarding Kennett Consolidated School District’s STEM program, please contact the District’s math and science curriculum specialist Dr. Lydia Hallman at lhallman@kcsd.org.

Here is a video from the evening:

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