Kennett Consolidated School District Wins National Communications Award

This year the Kennett Consolidated School District was recognized by the National School Public Relations Association (NSPRA) for its excellence in print media. The 2016 NSPRA Publications and Electronic Media Awards recognize outstanding education publications and marketing/informational materials (print and electronic), video/TV/radio programs, social media and websites.

School districts nationwide were invited to submit at least two editions of their district newsletter. According to NSPRA’s web site, entries were judged according to the size of the school district, so publications competed only against those from similar organizations. There were 965 entries in this year’s contest. The Kennett Consolidated School District was one of 147 school districts to receive the Award of Honorable Mention.

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Kennett Consolidated School District Hosts First Annual STEM Family Night

This year, Kennett Consolidated School District held its first fun-filled STEM Family Night. The evening was designed to encourage dynamic interactions among family members and increase awareness of the District’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) 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 staff and students volunteered to operate 22 STEM activity stations. Attendees had the opportunity to explore 3-D printing, prepare liquid-nitrogen ice cream, conduct chemistry experiments, learn about the Blue Demon Robotics program, compete in dragster races, play math games, and test out computer apps.

Specific activity stations introduced students to what the Kennett Consolidated STEM program has to offer. One popular station was the IED and Architectural Engineering Table. At this station, students were introduced to courses such as engineering design, principles of engineering, civil engineering, and architecture and aerospace engineering. All 22 interactive stations were designed for children ages kindergarten through eighth grade.

“My favorite activity was the chemistry slime experiment,” exclaimed Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center student Luca DeAngelis. Luca, who said he wants to be a scientist when he grows up, was accompanied by his father, Kennett Middle School Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis.

“STEM Family Night is a great event for the entire family,” Mr. 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.”

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

Click here to view a short video about the night.

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