Kennett Middle School Recognized as a School to Watch

For the second time since 2012, Kennett Middle School was recognized by the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program.

The Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program annually recognizes a small number of diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the unique challenges of early adolescence, social equity, and school structures and processes that support and sustain the path to excellence. The middle school joins a very select cadre of 31 schools in Pennsylvania and more than 370 schools across the country that have earned the distinction of being Schools to Watch; only four others are located in the Delaware Valley Region.

A Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn School is a school that has made marked progress in meeting all of the nationally endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools, including the following:

  • Academic Excellence. High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent. They challenge all students to use their minds well.
  • Developmental Responsiveness. High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
  • Social Equity. High-performing schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair. They provide every student with high-quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and support. They keep positive options open for all students.
  • Organizational Structures and Processes. High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

As part of the evaluation process, a group of educators visited Kennett Middle School to observe, firsthand, how the school functions on a daily basis. During their observation, they noted several areas where Kennett was exceeding expectations, including the following:

  • Daily grade level team meetings effectively address student needs and challenges.
  • The entire staff knows and appreciates the complexities of each student’s life and makes extensive efforts to know each student well as early in the year as possible.
  • Faculty should be commended for making learning meaningful and relevant by tapping into the diversity with their school community.
  • Implementing the LEAD program to provide every middle school student with an advocate.

Representatives from Kennett Middle School attended the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute. At this conference, not only was the school officially announced and recognized, Kennett Middle School’s representatives presented highlights of the school’s programs.

The middle school was also recognized in Washington, D.C., at the National Schools to Watch Conference.

Since 1999, the Schools to Watch program has recognized more than 380 schools in 19 states, including 35 schools in Pennsylvania. A middle school that is designated as a School to Watch retains that honor for three years and must reapply, as Kennett Middle School did.

Read More

Kennett High School One of America’s Most Challenging High Schools

The Kennett Consolidated School District is proud that the Washington Post has named Kennett High School one of America’s Most Challenging High Schools.

In order to name its Most Challenging High Schools, the Washington Post uses a “Challenge Index.” This index is based on the total number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge tests given at the school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated in May or June. Schools that had as many tests in 2015 as they had graduates and received a ratio of at least 1.00 earned a spot on the national list. Kennett High School was ranked 17th out of 39 schools that made the national list.

Read More

Kennett High School One of America’s Best High Schools

The Kennett Consolidated School District is proud that U.S. News & World Report has named Kennett High School one of America’s Best High Schools.

To produce the Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed up with North Carolina–based RTI International, a global nonprofit social-science research firm. The comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, not just those who are college bound, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators.

Read More

Kennett Education Association Recognizes Top Students

The Kennett Education Association (KEA) held its 25th Annual Scholarship and Awards Reception, May 31, to recognize outstanding students for their academic merit and school citizenship. These students represent the excellence that the members of the Association encourage in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

The Kennett Education Association is the professKEA Scholarshipional organization of teachers, librarians, guidance counselors, school nurses, and school social workers of the Kennett Consolidated School District. Each year members of KEA select students from different levels and disciplines for special recognition for their outstanding academic achievements and school citizenship qualities. The awards are funded by contributions from members of KEA. This event represents over $7500 in support by members.

Receiving awards for their accomplishments at the elementary level were fifth grade students Norah Peterson and Jesus Ochoa-Fonseca (Bancroft Elementary School), Hayley Holder and Cooper Seele (Greenwood Elementary School), and Thomas Linderman and Sarah Burns (New Garden Elementary School). These students were awarded certificates and $50 book gift cards.

Recognized for their performances at Kennett Middle School were eighth grade students Lauren Wilson and Ryan Barish who received certificates and $100 book gift cards.

Earning accolades at the high school level for excellence throughout their high school careers in their disciplines were seniors Nicholas Young (Business Education), Jennifer Almanza (Family and Consumer Science), Olivia Avedisian (Fine Arts), Julie Bates (Mathematics), Erin Dooley (Music), Sean Rodgers (Technical Arts), Dennon Hoernig (Science) and Alex Wilson (World Languages). Becca Shoemaker earned awards in two disciplines (English and Social Studies). Each of these awards carried with it a check for $200.

Association President Mr. Michael Kelly presented the most prestigious award of the evening to Kennett High School senior Daniel J. (DJ) Augustine who will be pursuing a teaching career. Mr. Kelly welcomed DJ into the profession and commended him KEA Scholarship 2for his dedication to building the future. DJ will major in Secondary Education-History at Temple University. In his application letter, DJ did not write about knowing that he wanted to be a teacher from early on. In fact, he wrote that that decision did not occur until last summer, 2015.

Mr. Kelly remarked, “He started thinking about the people who have had the greatest impact on his life and he realized they were all teachers. It was then that he realized that being a teacher is in his blood and part of who he is. Being a teacher is what he wants to be. He wants to be the teacher who makes a difference and whose impact goes far beyond the classroom.”

Mr. Kelly presented DJ with scholarship money in the amount of $5000 to be paid over his four years of college.

A reception hosted by KEA followed the presentations.

Read More