KHS Robotics Team Headed to the FIRST World Championship

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In 2011, a new club was founded at Kennett High School. Demon Robotics, now in its sixth season, welcomes all skill sets, technical or nontechnical, and has more than doubled in membership since its formation. This year, the team is proud to announce that it is headed to the FIRST World Championship in Saint Louis, Missouri, April 26 to 29!

According to its website, “FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.” By developing accessible and innovative programs, the public charity hopes to motivate young people to pursue fields related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Participating in these programs allows students to build not only robots but self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills as well.

“Demon Robotics makes Kennett a place where you don’t have to be athletic to go to a championship,” says Molly Hohner, a sophomore at Kennett High School who has been with the program for two years. “With Demon Robotics, our best qualities become the school’s best qualities. This program makes Kennett a place where no matter what you want to do, you can achieve your dreams. Robotics brings a feeling of achievement to the students who participate and brings students together who may not have otherwise met.” Molly is the team’s secretary and marketing team lead.

All officers and team members of the club are Kennett High School students. This season, the team has 25 student members and 13 adult mentors. The team finished first in the FIRST Robotics Competition Mid-Atlantic Event at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, a new achievement in its history. They went on to compete at the Mid-Atlantic Regional District Competition at Lehigh University earlier this month.

After the qualification matches, the Demons finished with nine wins and three losses, placing them in third and securing their position as an Alliance Team Captain. Then, in the elimination matches, the team won all their quarter-final and semifinal matches, taking the team to the finals. To win in the finals, an alliance must win two of three matches. After losing their first match, the Demons came back strong to win matches two and three and secured a first-place win for the weekend’s event, earning them a spot to compete in the FIRST World Championships.

Currently, Demon Robotics is ranked third out of 120 teams in the Mid-Atlantic District. Team members are looking forward to another thrilling and fulfilling competition.

“It wasn’t until I joined the robotics team that I truly had a chance to explore and figure out what engineering was… I fell in love with working in the shop and solving the problems,” says Sarah Ploener, a junior who has been on the team for three years and serves as the team’s vice president and team lead on the Chassis Build and Drive Team. “Every year our knowledge deepens, which is what being on the team is truly about. The success of this season shows us that we are improving and that we are doing what we are meant to do. Sure, receiving our first-place banner was amazing, but the real reward is proving to ourselves and our peers that we can do this.”

The team’s accomplishments this season indicates how far the team has grown in its six years. The entire team, students and mentors alike, are ecstatic about the results. They would like to thank all the people who came out to cheer them on; parents, family members, team alumni, and other KHS students, in addition to the many people near and far who watched the livestream.

Ronan Gorman, a Kennett High School freshman in his first year of the program, says, “Demon Robotics has been a great opportunity for me and I have been very fortunate to have access to the many mechanical ideas, processes, and terms that have shown me what a future in engineering will be like. With the guidance and knowledge of my mentors, I have learned many techniques that ensure certain processes or tasks are completed well and efficiently. It has been a great opportunity to get a head start for my future in engineering.”

Interested in volunteering time, talent, or funding to the program? You can contact the club’s adviser, Mr. Dan Folmar, at Kennett High School, or see the team’s website for more information: www.demonrobotics4342.org.

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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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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.

http://www.cdc.gov/legionella/index.html

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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Kennett High School Presents The Drowsy Chaperone

Kennett High School is proud to present The Drowsy Chaperone.

When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards 2006, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. (mtishows.com)

Join us:

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or at the door to the show.

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2016-2017 Calendar Revision

As a result of schools being closed because of inclement weather on February 9 and March 14, 2017, the last student day for the 2016-2017 school year will now be Monday, June 12, 2017. Any additional inclement weather days make-up days will be added to the end of the calendar.

Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule Revision

Parent/teacher conferences for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, will be held as scheduled. Those that were canceled on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017, will be made up as follows:

Kindergarten and Elementary Schools – Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with kindergarten students dismissed at 12:05 p.m. and elementary students dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Middle School – Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with students dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 20 will be a full day of school for Kennett Middle School students.

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