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.

Four women standing in school kitchen

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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