2016-2017 Calendar Revision

As a result of all schools being closed because of inclement weather on February 9 and March 14, 2017, the last student day for elementary and middle school students for the 2016-2017 school year will now be a half day on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Because of the emergency closing of the high school on Friday, April 7, 2017, the last student day for high school students for the 2016-2017 school year will be Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

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A Spotlight on Mrs. Kimberly Suydam

Dr. Seuss writes, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Mrs. Kim Suydam, reading specialist at Bancroft Elementary School, makes this concept the focus of her work with students. She comments that reading opens up new possibilities of learning for students, allowing them to guide themselves through the world. She has made opening that gateway for students her primary responsibility.

“There is something so rewarding about teaching a child to read,” says Mrs. Suydam. “The spark of joy in their eyes when they’ve read their first sentence or paragraph or book—it’s an indescribable feeling. When I see pride on a student’s face, I know I’m in the right profession.”

Mrs. Suydam graduated from West Chester University with a Bachelor of Science in education and a minor in reading, and has worked in Kennett Consolidated School District since her student-teaching days. She taught 2nd grade and 3rd grade before earning a master’s degree from West Chester University and receiving her certification as a reading specialist. She now works with young readers at Bancroft Elementary School, but has also worked at New Garden Elementary School and the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.

The majority of Mrs Suydam’s day is spent teaching targeted reading groups, but she has served in many capacities beyond her specialty at Bancroft Elementary. As a Title I Interventionist, she presents Title I information to Bancroft staff and families. She also plans and hosts the school’s Family Night, sets up its after-school tutoring program, organizes its summer reading program, helps set up a summer school program for students, and is part of the school assessment team.

“As I’m sure most teachers would agree, my toughest challenge is time,” says Mrs. Suydam. “We all play many roles in our jobs. Teachers are creative individuals who can really maximize a 30-minute block of time to provide motivational and interactive lessons.”

Indeed, Mrs. Suydam takes on an impressive number of duties that support the students attending Bancroft Elementary School. She has participated in Responsive Classroom training, an approach to teaching that focuses on the connection between academic success and social-emotional learning; she serves on the Building Leadership Team and the Word Study Committee; and in years past, she was herself an after-school tutor. In addition, Mrs. Suydam has been a summer school teacher, hosted book clubs, and organized Reading Olympics. She even traveled to China one summer with her colleagues and spent three weeks teaching English at a summer camp there.

At home, Mrs. Suydam is an avid reader. She enjoys spending her summers at the beach and enjoying as much time as she can with her husband and 1-year-old daughter.

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Kennett High School Will Re-Open Monday, April 17th

This is an important update from the Kennett Consolidated School District concerning the legionella bacteria found at the high school last week. Under the guidance of the Chester County Health Department and the recommendation of our environment consultants, 1Source Safety and Health Inc., we developed a comprehensive plan to remediate the bacteria. In order to start the sterilization process as soon as possible, we elected to close the high school last Friday. We also wanted to ensure the safety of our staff and students and eliminate the possibility of scalding because the domestic hot water system had to be raised to a minimum temperature of 160 degrees. We successfully completed the heat sterilization process on this past Saturday, and, after consulting with the Chester County Health Department, will re-open the high school on Monday April 17th as indicated on the school calendar. Thank you.

Esta es una actualización importante de la Kennett Consolidated School District con respecto a la bacteria legionella que se encontró en la Kennett High School la semana pasada. Bajo la guía del Departamento de Salud del Condado de Chester y la recomendación de nuestros consultores del medio ambiente, 1Source Safety and Health Inc., desarrollamos un plan integral para remediar la bacteria. Para iniciar el proceso de esterilización tan pronto como posible, decidimos cerrar la High School el viernes pasado. También, queríamos asegurar la seguridad de nuestro personal y estudiantes y eliminar la posibilidad de escaldadura porque el sistema de agua caliente doméstica tenía que ser elevado a una temperatura mínima de 160 grados. Hemos completado con éxito el proceso de esterilización por calor el sábado pasado, y después de consultar con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Chester, vamos a abrir la Kennett High School el lunes, el 17 de abril como se indica en el calendario escolar. Gracias.

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Important Message for High School Staff, Parents, and Guardians

Dear Kennett High School Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

We are notifying you that during routine testing of the hot water systems at Kennett High School, a positive test result for legionella bacteria was confirmed.

in response to this test result, we have consulted with the Chester County Health Department and contracted with an environmental remediation firm to eliminate the bacteria. As a proactive measure, we have discontinued use of the boiler room spigot where the positive sample was taken and as an additional precaution shut down all showersa

According to the Health Department, the presence of the bacteria, which are commonly found in water, is no concern for alarm at this time. The Health Department officials stated that there are no confirmed reports of Legionnaires’ disease and the Health Department would not be issuing a public advisory at this time.

The presence of legionella bacteria does not mean that a person will contract Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria are not passed from person to person. People often receive low-level exposure as it exists naturally in the environment.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

  • What is Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia-lung inflammation usually caused ,by infection. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the bacteria legionella, which is common in the environment.
  • If there are no confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, why is the school district alerting the school community?
  • We believe that it is better to be cautious in situations Involving personal health.
  • How does a person contract Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Infection occurs by inhaling microscopic water droplets containing the bacteria.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Signs of Legionnaires’ disease can include:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • High fever
    • Muscle aches
    • Headaches

These symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the bacteria and develop into pneumonia.

  • What should I do now?
  • If you are not sick, there is no need for you to see a doctor.

If you believe that you might have Legionnaires’ disease, you should Immediately contact your doctor.

  • What Is the School District doing?
  • The School District will engage a remediation firm to treat the water systems. Samples of the water will be taken to confirm that the bacteria have been killed. Test results will be made known to the school community. Testing typically takes 2 weeks.

The School District will continue to work closely with the Chester County Health Department and other appropriate government agencies. Any relevant Information will be communicated to the school community.

  • Where can I find further information on Legionnaires’ disease?
  • A link to the Center for Disease Control {CDC), which explains Legionnaires’ disease, is below. http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html

Barry W. Tomasetti, Ed.D. Superintendent

Por media de esta carta queremos notificarle que durante una prueba rutinaria del sistema del agua caliente en la Escuela Preparatoria de Kennett, se confirm6 una prueba positiva para la bacteria de legionela.

En respuesta a este resultado, hemos consultado con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Chester y contratado una compaiifa de remedio ambiental para eliminar la bacteria. Como una medida proactiva, hemos descontinuado el uso de llave en el cuarto del calentador de agua donde obtuvimos las muestras positivas y coma una precauci6n adicional tambien hemos descontinuado el uso de todas las duchas.

De acuerdo al Departamento de Salud, la presencia de la bacteria, que normalmente se encuentra en el agua, no es una preocupaci6n alarmante en estos momentos. Los oficiales del Departamento de Salud declararon que no hay ning(m reporte confirmado de la enfermedad de Legionelosis y que el Departamento de Salud no estara emitiendo un aviso publico en estos momentos.

La presencia de la bacteria legionela no significa que la persona va a contraer la enfermedad de Legionelosis. La bacteria no puede ser pasada de persona a persona. La mayor parte del tiempo las personas son expuestas a un nivel bajo ya que esta bacteria naturalmente existe en nuestro ambiente.

Preguntas y Respuestas (PyR)

  • Que es la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • La enfermedad de Legionelosis es una forma severa de la pulmonfa – una inflamaci6n en los pulmones causada por una infecci6n. La enfermedad de Legionelosis es causada por la bacteria legionela, la cual es comun en nuestro media ambiente.
  • Si no hay ningun caso confirmado de la enfermedad de Legionelosis, lPOr que el distrito escolar esta avisando a la comunidad escolar?
  • Creemos que es mejor ser cautelosos en situaciones que envuelven la salud personal.
  • Como una persona contrae la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • La infecci6n ocurre cuando una persona inhala gotitas de agua microsc6picas que contienen la bacteria.
  • Cuales son los sfntomas de la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • Los sfntomas de la enfermedad de Legionelosis puede incluir:
    • Tos
    • Dificultad para respirar
    • Fiebre
    • Dolores musculares
    • Dolores de cabeza

Estos sfntomas usualmente comienzan de 2 a 14 dfas despues de ser expuesto a la bacteria y luego se desarrolla en pulmonfa.

  • Que debo hacer?
  • Si usted no esta enfermo, no hay ninguna necesidad de ver a un doctor.

Si usted cree que puede tener la enfermedad de Legionelosis, inmediatamente debe de contactar a su doctor.

  • Que esta hacienda el Distrito Escolar?
  • El Distrito Escolar estara contratando una compaiifa de remediaci6n ambiental para hacer tratamientos al sistema de agua. Muestras del agua seran tomadas para confirmar que la bacteria haya sido eliminada. Los resultados seran revelados a la comunidad escolar. El proceso de las pruebas usualmente toma 2 semanas.

El Distrito Escolar trabajara muy de cerca con el Departamento de Salud y otras agencias apropiadas del gobierno. Cualquier informaci6n pertinente sera comunicada a la comunidad escolar.

  • Donde puedo encontrar informaci6n adicional con relaci6n a la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • Abaja encontrara un enlace a la pagina de internet de los Centros para el Control y la Prevenci6n de Enfermedades (CDC), el cual explica la enfermedad de Legionelosis.


BarryW. Tomasetti, Ed.D. Superintendent

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KCSD #ALLin Event @ Phillies Game on June 3, 2017!

We would like to invite you to join us at the Phillies vs. Giants Baseball Game on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 4:05pm at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Last year’s event was very fun and successful and we look forward to another great year. As is tradition, the Kennett Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will sing the National Anthem before the game.

All members of the KCSD family are invited to join in on the fun. All KCSD employees and students received a green flyer and order form with the details of the game and how to order tickets. Tickets are only $23 each! Orders are due by May 5, 2017! Proceeds from each ticket sold at this event will benefit the students at Kennett Middle School.

To purchase tickets, please fill out the order form and send payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Online tickets can be purchased by visiting https://www.paypal.me/kmsphillies and sending the order form to KMS. For more information, please contact Kennett Middle School at 610-268-5800. Reserve your tickets and meet us at the ballpark! Go Phillies and Go Kennett!

Ticket Order Form: 2017 KCSD ALLIN Night at the Phillies

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KHS Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2017-18 inductees at a ceremony and reception on March 22, 2017.

Chapter adviser Dr. Alicia Tamargo opened the program. Four National Honor Society members from the Class of 2017 highlighted the Cardinal Objectives, the qualities expected of members: Madison Bowe (character), Danial Quraishi (scholarship), Austin Maxwell (leadership), and Luke Beeson (service). Senior speeches were delivered by Meredith Mitchell and Isabelle Morrison.

Next, Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal, called the role of the existing members of the Chapter. These students were inducted into the Society last year: Cullen Abelson, Molly Adelman, Luke Beeson, Madison Bowe, Edwin Castaneda-Campos, Samantha Castleton, Delaney Chaffin, Michaela Clarkson, Michelle Disler, Olivia Donia, Kate Doroba, Victoria Gallivan, Kylee Harvey, Zachary Hrenko, Lindsay Krieger, Yvonna Liszewski, Austin Maxwell, David McVey, Kelsey Mentzer, Arianna Meola, Meredith Mitchell, Isabelle Morrison, Margaret O’Sullivan, Olivia Pagliaro, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Danyal Quraishi, Devon Reilly, Abigail Roche, Jack Ryder, Ryan Salameda, Emily Sauer, Charlotte Schmitt, Cindy Serrato Zavala, Julia Sharp, Charles Shattuck, Benjamin Skross, Kerry Tomasetti, Jacqueline Tucker, and Samantha Weaver.

Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal, called the role of new inductees who were welcomed into the Chapter: seniors Julia Beldyk, Claire Brady, Susanna Casini, Chloe Clark, Ryan Ganly, Lauren He, Catherine Hodges, Katelin Judge, Rebecca Lustig, Danielle Phillips, Madissyn Stanton, Jamie Wessels, and Hannah Wissner; juniors

Ashton Albert, Leo Battalora, Jose Becerra, Tyler Bowdoin, Megan Bunke, Francesca Caccamo, Daniela Carmona, Clare Catanzaro, Hannah Church, Giulianna Claricurzio, Katherine Clarke, Anna Colamarino, Madelyn Conlin-Day, Michael Crognale, Jillian Curran, Abby Davidson, Claire Dawyot, Abigail Devestine, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Daniel Drennan, Abigail Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Nicholas Erni, Eliane Esparza Villarruel, Kevin Fiss, Melissa Fitzgibbon, Eric Gaver, David Geller, Victoria Gonzalez, Ryley Harris, Caroline Hertz, Sydney Holder, Nicole Huff, Quinn Huffaker, Alexa Hussey, Kelsey Jernegan, Cedric Jones, Benjamin Jordan, Delaney Joyce, Maxwell Judd, Jake Kalscheur, Brinda Kapur, Meghann LaCosta, Keiri Lemus Ramirez, Benjamin Lesher, Caroline Maroko, Matthew Patterson, Cameron Petrillo, Gianna Pippin, Elizabeth Rauscher, Lily Reilly, James Rosser, Katherine Rowe, Alena Rybarczyk, Jennifer Schaen, Morgan Schaen, Kathleen Schuetz, Linus Silbernagel, Elijah Smith, Lukas Staudenmayer, Samantha Sullivan, Allison Taylor, Emily Thompson, Madison Thureen, James Tuley, Citlaly Weed, Trinette Wheeler, Kaitlyn Willey, Chase Williams, Anna Wilson, Karma Yang, and Cynthia Zern.

Following the induction ceremony and roll call, Assistant Principal Raymond Fernandez administered the pledge of honor, and Dr. Tamargo announced the newly elected officers for 2017-18: President James Tuley, Vice President Madison Thureen, Secretary Kaitlyn Willey, Treasurer Claire Dawyot, and Historian Jillian Curran. Dr. Hritz then closed the ceremony and invited all to a reception in the cafeteria.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter must demonstrate and maintain high standards of the four hallmarks of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Throughout the year, members of the National Honor Society members participate in service activities, including tutoring and fundraising. This year they have organized two blood drives for the American Red Cross, worked on volunteer crews for the Mushroom Festival, and ushered patrons at this year’s musical The Drowsy Chaperone. The group is also looking forward to sponsoring social activities at the high school, including May’s very popular Glow Dance, as well as volunteering this spring at the Kennett Run.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter became eligible by posting a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) by the second semester of their junior year. Additional qualities of character, leadership, and service were assessed by the faculty of Kennett High School and reviewed by members of the National Honor Society Faculty Council, chosen by the principal from among the faculty and serving for a period of two years. This year’s Faculty Council included Mr. Robert Anthony, Mr. Vincent Civiletti, Mrs. Sara Donovan, Mrs. Kimberly Guarneri, Mr. Joseph Hutcheson, Mrs. Lisa Kochmansky, Dr. Erin McDonnell-Jones, Ms. Heather Morihara, Ms. Amanda O’Connor, Mr. Michael Replogle, Mr. Robert Socash, Mrs. Hannah Taylor, Mr. Francis Vanderslice, and Mr. Robert Wagner.

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