Kennett High School Stages Fall Play

Kennett High School proudly presents Almost, Maine on Friday and Saturday, November 17 and 18.

Almost, Maine, written by John Cariani, is a beautiful play that highlights the funny, poignant, and often magical ways people fall in and out of love. The action of the play takes place on a single night in fictional Almost, Maine, a place too small to be considered a town . . . but almost.

The romantic comedy studies love and loss in the relationships of nine couples: Pete (Tejis Ranganath) and Ginette (Holly Gouge), East (Jimmy Rosser) and Glory (Francesca Caccamo), Jimmy (Colin Petersen) and Sandrine (Anais Jevtitch), Maralyn (Victoria Gonzalez) and Steve (Danny Drennan), Gayle (Tamblyn Mitchell) and Lendall (Connor Lang), Deena (Avery Chapman) and Shelly (Julia Haenn), Phil (Evan Shinn) and Marci (Megan Bunke), Hope (Abbie Duckworth) and Daniel (Christian Adam), and Rhonda (Mirella Petrillo) and Dave (Kevin Fiss). The role of the waitress is played by Emma Giancola.

Almost, Maine premiered in 2004 and enjoyed immediate popularity, perhaps due to its unique structure, surprise endings, healthy dose of magic, and timeless, relatable themes. It is the now the most performed play in North American high schools.

Nance Weber, parent of Kennett grads A.J. (class of 2013) and Jack (class of 2015), is directing her third production at KHS. Kennett teacher Katie Soukup is the production manager; Soukup and Weber are also overseeing properties and costumes. Science teacher Michael Anastas is in charge of sound and lights. Nat Caccamo and Paul Gouge built this year’s set, and Liz D’Wolf designed and painted it. Megan Appleby is the student production assistant.

“I’m fairly certain that everybody who sees this play will have some element in their lives that is an ‘almost’ since we live with ‘almost’ every day. As it has with the actors, I hope the show will encourage each audience member to think about where they might have an ‘almost’ and perhaps feel the same magical push that will take them to ‘what’s next,’” said Weber.

Both the cast and stage crew include students from all grades.

The curtain goes up on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:30. Tickets can be purchased at the door; prices are $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults.

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KHS Teacher Named the 2017 Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Teacher of the Year

Kennett Consolidated School District science teacher Mr. Michael Replogle has been named the 2017 Brandywine Red Clay Alliance Teacher of the Year. Mr. Replogle, who teaches both Earth and Space Science and Advanced Placement Environmental Science, has been on the high school faculty for 22 years.

According to the website of the Brandywine Red Clay Alliance, the award goes to teachers who exhibit “outstanding [efforts] in educating future stewards of the Brandywine and Red Clay Watersheds . . . who use the outdoor classroom to inspire and empower their students [and who] . . . make scientific concepts relevant and accessible.”

“I think one of the most important things we can teach our kids today is the importance of keeping our water, air, and soil clean. In the very near future, they will be making decisions and personal choices that will affect each of these areas and helping them to become more aware of the problems and possible ramifications of their decisions is something that I am very proud to have a part in. The kids seem to love the topics we look at in AP Environmental Science, and I certainly enjoy talking with them about each of the topics we study,” said Mr. Replogle.

Mr. Replogle received the award at a banquet on October 26.

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A Spotlight on Bancroft Elementary School Cafeteria Team

School lunches have come a long way since many of us were in school. Our memories of Friday pizza day and lukewarm tater tots are not the reality of today’s students. While all meals served as part of the National School Lunch Program must meet federal requirements, decisions about specific foods and preparation methods are made by local school districts and their staff.

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At Bancroft Elementary School, the team responsible for ensuring that meals and snacks are nutritious and appealing is led by Mrs. Jane Davis. Mrs. Davis has worked with the District since 2006. She began working in the dish room at Kennett Middle School, moved to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to become the cafeteria assistant manager, and has been the cafeteria manager at Bancroft Elementary School since it opened six years ago. Mrs. Davis and her husband have been married for 34 years. They have two sons and five (soon to be six) grandchildren. She enjoys visiting the beach, crafting, cooking, and camping.

Members of the team are Mrs. Linda DiLuzio, Mrs. Anna Zavala, and Mrs. Isabell Baeza. Together, they prepare breakfast daily for approximately 70 students and a hot lunch for an average of 300 students.

Mrs. DiLuzio has been with the District for 17 years. She started at Kennett Middle School the year it opened and moved to Bancroft Elementary School six years ago to help open the kitchen. She and her husband have four children and four grandchildren. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, visiting the New Jersey shore, and reading.

Mrs. Zavala joined the Kennett Consolidated School District last year. She previously worked on a mushroom farm. When she is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and making cakes for parties.

Mrs. Baeza has been with the District for eight years; this is her first year at Bancroft. When she is not in the kitchen there, she can be found in her own kitchen making tamales for her family.

Upon arriving to work each day, the woman fall into their routine, working together to prepare the day’s meals. Mrs. Davis explains that everyone is cross-trained so that they can do each other’s jobs. From preparing fresh salads and vegetables to serving students and working the register, the kitchen is a very busy place.

“These ladies are three of the most kind, hardworking people I know,” Mrs. Davis comments. “The four of us work together to make sure that each child gets the most delicious, healthy meal every day.”

Mrs. Baeza loves her job and appreciates that every day brings something new. She especially loves seeing the students. Mrs. Zavala agrees, adding that it is a very positive work environment.

As cafeteria manager, in addition to preparing and serving food, Mrs. Davis orders and monitors inventory, ensures that the team follows ServSafe regulations, and maintains accurate records.

The team is excited that, for the first time, this year they will be incorporating into the lunch menu produce from the raised bed gardens that the elementary school started tending in 2016. The students will be able to sample Brussels sprouts, broccoli, and cabbage that they planted and watched grow.

“Children need healthy food to grow, learn, and play,” Mrs. DiLuzio says. “We work together every day to make the cafeteria a pleasant place for us and for the students.”

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KHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is proud to announce that seniors (back, from left) Jake A. Kalscheur, Nicole C. HuffStudents reading in library, Nathan E. Dight (sitting, from back), Ryley W. Harris, Abigail D. Duckworth, Kathleen M. Schuetz, and Claire M. Dawyot (standing, front) have been named Commended Students in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program.

A Letter of Commendation from Kennett High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Kennett High School principal, Dr. Jeremy Hritz, to these scholastically talented seniors.

“We are so proud of these outstanding students, not only for their exceptional performance on standardized tests but also for all the other ways in which they enrich the Kennett Square community,” Dr. Hritz stated. Although these students do not continue in the competition for National Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5 percent of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2018 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The Kennett Consolidated School District congratulates Jake, Nicole, Nathan, Ryley, Abigail, Kathleen, and Claire on this outstanding accomplishment.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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