KHS Musician Qualifies to All State Band

Yvonna Liszewski, a junior at Kennett High School, has qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Festival as part of the All-State Concert Band. The band is comprised of approximately 100 of the best musicians from across the Commonwealth.

Yvonna was one of only four flautists who qualified from PMEA Yvonna States pictureRegion VI that includes high school musicians from Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Always humble, Yvonna said, “The way auditions are handled, it’s really just a snapshot of your playing ability. So, while I might have been better on that particular day, there are so many talented musicians in our region.”

However, Mr. Anton Romano, Kennett High School’s Band Director asserted, “It’s pretty amazing to make it once, and Yvonna has made it two consecutive years. She really is just that good.”

The festival will be held from March 30 to April 2, culminating in a concert at the Hershey Convention Center on the final day.

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KHS Presents Beauty and the Beast

Kennett HigBeauty and the Beast Logoh School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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A Spotlight on KCSD’s Curriculum Supervisors

The Kennett Consolidated School District believes in providing quality education to enable all students to reach their greatest potential. Behind each lesson plan, homework assignment, and exam is a thoughtful process that begins with District curriculum supervisors Dr. Lydia Hallman, math and science, and Mrs. Jessica Kilmetz, language arts and social studies.

As District curriculum supervisors and instructional leaders, Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz ensure that the District’s curriculum and resources meet the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Together, they cultivate professional growth and support teachers and administrative teams, working alongside faculty to help develop differentiated learning models.

Differentiated learning involves providing different students in the same classroom with different methods for learning the same material. By considering varied learning needs, teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively.

“As District curriculum supervisors, it is our goal to improve student achievement while implementing best teaching practices,” states Dr. Hallman. “In order to improve student achievement, we focus on developing and implementing differential strategies that will allow us to better meet the needs of our students.”

Mrs. Kilmetz is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and art history. After graduating, Mrs. Kilmetz worked as an anthropologist for four years before pursuing a career in education. For 15 years she taught English as a Second Language (ESL), language arts, and social studies to students across the United States. She then earned her principal certification from Temple University and worked as an assistant principal for four years before taking her current position, as curriculum supervisor of language arts and social studies in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman attended Drexel University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. After earning her undergraduate degree, Dr. Hallman worked as an applied research chemist at Henkel Corporation in Ambler, Pennsylvania. After a few years, Dr. Hallman decided to change career paths and went on to earn her master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. She began her educational career at Conestoga High School where she taught Advanced Placement and honors science classes. She also served as the school’s assistant principal. Dr. Hallman then accepted her current position as curriculum supervisor of math and science in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz play important roles in the education of Kennett Consolidated School District’s students, and it is easy to see that providing a quality education and meeting the needs of all students is their driving inspiration.

When they are not working, they both enjoy spending time with their husbands and children. Both are avid hikers and outdoor sports participants.

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