KCSD Announces Roll-out of the Anonymous Statewide Reporting System, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS).

Dear Parents,

In an ongoing effort to increase school safety, I am pleased to announce the roll-out of the anonymous statewide reporting system, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). This system allows students, parents, or community members to submit anonymous and confidential tips 24/7 through a website, app, or by phone. A crisis center then reviews and assesses all submissions before forwarding relevant information to law enforcement and/or the school for intervention. Users may report observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment such as bullying.

The S2SS program is a youth violence prevention program started by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization focused on preventing violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others.

We will be holding a parent information meeting regarding this new initiative on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:45 p.m. in the Kennett High School Auxiliary Gym. We will also be live streaming the presentation for those who are unable to attend in person. A live stream link will be posted on www.kcsd.org. Additionally, a recording of the meeting and other S2SS resources will be made available on our website.

I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on January 22. If you are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at (610) 444-6602.

Sincerely,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Safe2Say Something Resources

Queridos padres,

En un esfuerzo continuo por aumentar la seguridad escolar, me complace anunciar el lanzamiento del sistema de informes anónimos en todo el estado; “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). Este Sistema permite a los estudiantes, padres, o miembros de la comunidad, enviar sugerencias anónimas y confidenciales 24 horas del día/7dias de la semana, através de un sitio web, una aplicación, o por teléfono. Una vez enviadas, un centro de crisis revisa y evalúa todas las presentaciones, antes de enviar información relevante a la policía y / o a la escuela para la intervención. Los usuarios pueden reportar amenazas, comportamientos, acciones, y hostigamientos observados, así tambien como el acoso escolar.

El programa S2SS, es un programa de prevención de la violencia juvenil, iniciado por Sandy Hook Promise, una organización nacional, sin fines de lucro que se enfoca en prevenir la violencia, antes de que suceda, educando y movilizando a jóvenes y adultos, para que identifiquen, intervengan, y obtengan ayuda para personas que puedan correr el riesgo de lastimárse, así mismos, o a los demás.

Tendremos una reunion informativa para padres, sobre esta nueva iniciativa, el martes 22 de enero a las 6:45 p.m. en la gimnasio auxiliar de Kennett High School. También transmitiremos la presentación en vivo para aquellos que no puedan asistir en persona. Se publicará un enlace de transmisión en vivo, en www.kcsd.org. Y también una grabación de la reunión y otros recursos de S2SS estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.

Espero conocerlos y responder cualquier pregunta que puedan tener el 22 de enero. Si no puede asistir, y tiene alguna pregunta, o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente al (610) 444-6602.

Sinceramente,

Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Safe2Say Something Resources

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Spreading Holiday Cheer

This past holiday season, students, faculty, and staff in the Kennett Consolidated School District came together to give back and spread cheer in the community. The following is a roundup of community-service projects held during this year’s holiday season:

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center celebrated the holiday season by donating nonperishable items to the Kennett Food Cupboard and the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware. To kick off the spirit of giving, students were asked to “Lend a Hand and Bring a Can!” during a Spirit Assembly in November. In December, students and staff not only met their goal but surpassed it, collecting more than 1,000 items for those in need!

The Mary. D. Lang Kindergarten Center’s staff also held their annual Adopt-a-Family Campaign. A “Tree of Giving” in the staff lounge was decorated with paper ornaments, each with an item the adopted families had requested. Each child in the family received a new outfit, coat, shoes, and a toy they had requested. In addition to the Adopt-a-Family Campaign, the money collected from the “Friday Jeans Jar” went to purchase Giant Gift cards for families in need.

As principal Mrs. April Reynolds said, “It is truly better to give than to receive.”

Bancroft Elementary School

Bancroft Elementary School held a Canned-Food Drive to benefit the Kennett Food Cupboard. Students donated more tStudents during Bancroft's Holiday Service Activitieshan 300 nonperishable foods items throughout November and participated in an informational assembly to learn about the Kennett Food Cupboard. To conclude the assembly, students took a “Walk of Hunger” around the school.

It wouldn’t be the holiday season with the annual Bancroft Elementary School Pajama Drive. For the eighth year in a row, the school community’s goal was to collect 200 pairs of new pajamas to donate They year’s goal was surpassed and the Bancroft family donated 240 pairs of pajamas! Together, students, faculty, and staff celebrated surpassing their goal by having a schoolwide Morning Meeting in their favorite pajamas on the last day before winter break.

New Garden Elementary School

This year, New Garden Elementary School embraced the holiday spirit with three service activities. The Children’s Pajama Christmas Event invited the New Garden Elementary School community to collect and donate pajamas for children. All donated pajamas were donated to Family Promise of Southern Chester County, which then distributed them to Chester County shelters.

The New Garden Elementary School community also participated in the Help Fill the Shelves Food Drive, collecting food items for the Kennett Area Community Service Food Drive (KACS) to help families in need.

Finally, New Garden hosted a Toys for Tots Toy Drive. This annual event distributes toys throughout Kennett Square and the surrounding area.

“Together we collected toys to bring a message of hope to needy children,” explains principal Mrs. Susan McArdle. “By giving, we can motivate them to grow into responsible, productive, patriotic citizens and community leaders.”

Greenwood Elementary SchoolGreenwood students making their Empty Bowls

Greenwood Elementary School was abuzz with holiday cheer as students were invited to collect and donate toys for the Toys for Tots Toy Drive.

Students were invited to participate in a Holiday Food Drive, which collected nonperishable food items for families in need through the Chester County Food Bank.

Greenwood Elementary School students also participated in the Empty Bowls Giving Project, an international project to help fight hunger. Led by art teacher Mrs. Meghan Bergman, students worked collaboratively to decorate clay bowls, which they donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard for its annual Empty Bowls fundraiser. This wonderful activity infused service and teamwork, as students worked together to finish the bowls rather than working on one single bowl individually.

“Working in teams helps students feel that they are part of a community benefiting those in need,” explained Mrs. Bergman. “No one child finishes a bowl. Students work together to make, paint, and finish the bowl in this social/collaborative initiative.”

Kennett Middle School

Kennett Middle School celebrated the holiday season with three special service projects.

First was the Thank You Project, a gratitude project started by a Kennett Square artist and District grandparent, Ms. Roberta Little. To express their appreciation and gratitude for the gifts they have received, students arrange socks, candy, paper clips, pretzels, and other unique materials to spell the words “Thank You.” Ms. Little posts a new photo each day of their work. The project encourages students to find ways to show their appreciation with actions rather than words and inspires them to create.

For the Selfies with Santa Food Drive, students donated nonperishable food items to the Kennett Food Cupboard. If they met their goal, their principal, Ms. Tamara Fellows, agreed to dress up in a Santa Claus costume and take selfies with her students. Students exceeded their goal and took some memorable photos with Ms. Fellows.

During the week of parent conferences, students were asked to nominate a teacher for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award. Students learned the valuable lesson of being thankful for their educators, which goes hand in hand with giving thanks during the holiday season.

Kennett High School

Kennett High School kicked off the holiday season with the Interact Club Toy Drive. Students collected educational toys, such as LEGO sets, puzzles, Play-Doh, chalk, board games, SADD Club Coat Drivecoloring books, pencils and crayons, games, and books for children. They collected more than 50 items to donate to Tick Tock Early Learning Center in Kennett Square. Interact Club president Zuzu du Toit and vice president Ellie Conlin-Day were instrumental in making this event a success.

The Humanitarian Club held a holiday food drive. In combination with their annual Haunted Walk and donations, the club raised $671.48, plus 3,646 pounds of food to be donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

The Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club held its second annual Coat Drive. Students, teachers, and support staff donated 225 gently used coats (100 more than last year) to Saint Rocco’s Parish in Kennett Square.

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Kennett High School Celebrates National Merit Scholars

Kennett High School is proud to announce that senior Colin Petersen has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist in the 64th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

Colin is among approximately 1.6 million juniors who entered the 2019 National Merit Program by taking thstudents sitting in librarye 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT), which served as an initial screening of program entrants.

In addition to singing in the choir, Colin is a member of the spring musical and the academic team.

“We are tremendously proud of Colin for his accomplishments,” said Kennett High School principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz. “He is an outstanding student who represents everything that is great about Kennett High School.”

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than 1 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.

National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is also proud to announce that seniors Amanda Bell, Jonathan Bell, Emma Giancola, Molly Hohner, Rachel Hyzny, Peter Magasiny, Caleb Pebly, and Davis Peircy have been named Commended Students in the 2019 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 Dr. Hritz to these scholastically talented seniors.

These eight students represent diverse academic and extracurricular interests:

  • Amanda Bell is a member of the track and cross-country teams as well as Earth Club. She is also active with the high school’s musicals.
  • Jonathan Bell is a member of the tennis team, Future Business Leaders of America, and marching band.
  • Emma Giancola is a member of the marching band and is involved with Farrago and the fall play.
  • Molly Hohner plays the violin and is a member of the Demon Robotics team, the Society of Women Engineers, and the tennis team.
  • Rachel Hyzny is a member of the Society of Women Engineers, the Special Friends Club, and the cross-country and track teams.
  • Peter Magasiny plays football and Ultimate Frisbee and is involved with the high school’s musicals.
  • Caleb Pebly plays Ultimate Frisbee, is a member of the varsity academic team, and plays in the jazz band.
  • Davis Piercy is a member of the track and tennis teams and Future Business Leaders of America.

“We are so proud of these outstanding students—not only for their exceptional performance on standardized tests, but also for all the other ways they enrich the Kennett Square community,” Dr. Hritz says.

Although these students do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarships, Commended Students place among the top 50,000 of the 1.6 million students who entered the 2019 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2017 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

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KCSD Recognized for Business Finance

For its outstanding financial reporting, budget presentations, and leadership in the 2017-18 school year, the Kennett Consolidated School District was honored by the Association of School Business Officials (ASBO) International. The District received the ASBO Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting. To read more click here.

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Kennett High School Named One of Nation’s Best

The Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to announce that U.S. News & World Report has once again named Kennett High School one of America’s Best High Schools.

To produce the 2017 Best High Schools rankings, U.S. News & World Report teamed up with North Carolina based RTI International, a global nonprofit social-science research firm. The comprehensive rankings methodology is based on the key principles that a great high school must serve all of its students well, including disadvantaged populations, and that it must be able to produce measurable academic outcomes to show it is successfully educating its student body across a range of performance indicators. Additionally, the graduation rate for ranked schools is 15 percent higher than schools that are not ranked.

New this year, U.S. News & World Report began factoring Advanced Placement® (AP) exams in the ranking methodology to highlight schools that expose their students to a diverse and rigorous high school curriculum. With an AP pass rate of 66 percent (meaning students scored a three or higher on an AP exam), Kennett High School students have shown that they can rise to a challenge.

“Congratulations to our students, faculty, staff, administration, parents, and Board of Education,” says Kennett Consolidated School District superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti. “These awards are the result of many focused individuals giving their best efforts to provide a remarkable educational experience for our children. A Kennett education is second to none in preparing students for a successful future.”

“The most recent recognition by U.S. News & World Report naming Kennett High School as one of America’s best is something that all students and teachers should embrace with pride,” says Kennett High School principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz. “This prestigious honor is the result of their hard work and dedication.”

For more information on the U.S. News & World Report’s ranking processes and details on Kennett High School’s rankings, please visit www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools.

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Flu Vaccine Clinic

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.

When: Thursday, October 18 starting at 2:30pm

Where: Kennett High School’s cafeteria

Below are links to the form you will need to complete:

CCHD consent 2018 English

CCHD consent 2018 Spanish

For more information, visit www.chesco.org/health/flu. Same day, onsite registration only. If you have health insurance, bring your cards. All insurance types, including medical assistance, are welcome. Flu shots are free to those without insurance.

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New Vaccine Requirements

A reminder to all parents:

A number of students entering 12th are missing proof of their second meningitis vaccine and a number of students entering 7th grade are missing their  Tdap and/or meningitis vaccine. These vaccines are technically required before students can being school on August 28th. While we are giving students a 5-day grace period, please note that students will not be allowed to attend school on September 3rd (day after Labor Day) without proof of mandated vaccines.

For 7th grade students who still need to provide proof of the Tdap and meningitis vaccines, contact Diane Shannon at 610-268-5874 or dshannon@kcsd.org. Proof of vaccines can also be faxed to 610-268-5892.

For 12th grade students who still need to provide proof of the second meningitis vaccine (done after age 16), contact Susan Steuber at 610-444-6615 or ssteuber@kcsd.org. Proof of vaccines can also be faxed to 610-444-7013.

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 – English

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 -Spanish

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KCSD Releases 2018-2019 Calendar

The 2018-2019 student school year will begin on Monday, August 27, 2018, and is tentatively set to end on Thursday, June 6, 2019, dependent on the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Monday, December 24, 2018, through Tuesday, January 1, 2019, with school resuming on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. Spring break will be Monday, April 15 through Friday, April 19, 2019. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 7, 2019.

Inclement weather make-up days will be added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are Monday, January 21, 2019 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 18, 2019 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, April 15 through Wednesday, April 17, 2019 (spring break).

Click to download a one-page version of the 2018-2019 KCSD Calendar

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Kennett High School Multicultural Conference Challenges Students to Change the World

In April, Kennett High School welcomed high school students, teachers, and school personnel to the 17th Annual Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference. The day was full of thought-provoking workshops organized by a student committee and led by students, educators, and adults who are all well versed in multicultural affairs. The event was kicked off by Mr. Ray Fernandez, the program coordinator and the assistant principal of Kennett High School. group of students

Mr. Fernandez opened the gathering by sharing that the conference is the highlight of the school year for him. “Every year,” he announced, “I look forward to this special event because it’s an awesome opportunity for all of us to not only learn, but to participate and receive a positive and rewarding experience.”

He continued by encouraging the students attending to become involved in the discussions throughout the day. “We want you to be an active participant, not a passive listener,” he said. “Listen, but also speak and ask questions, as well. Offer your thoughts and opinions.”

Following the thoughtful words of Mr. Fernandez, the superintendent of Kennett Consolidated School District, Dr. Barry Tomasetti, took the opportunity to say a few words and to applaud Mr. Fernandez’ hard work in making the Multicultural and Diversity Conference a highly anticipated event hosted by the District for 17 years.

Next to the podium was Kennett High School freshman Johnette Boddy who eloquently introduced the influential keynote speaker, Mr. John Suggs, community activist and executive director of CF Charities in Philadelphia.

Keyanna has volunteered at the conference since her freshman year. She is a member of both UNIDAD and Ujima, student groups focusing on Latino and African-American student leadership.

“I enjoy the Multicultural Conference because it enables me to step out of my comfort zone,” Keyanna says. “I get to meet new people and share ideas.”

Mrs. Tania Ramos Oton, a teacher from Esperanza Academy in Philadelphia, has been bringing students to the Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference for years. She comments that she welcomes the opportunity to expose her students from North Philadelphia to a youth conference about diversity. Two of her students, sophomore Wily Lopez and freshman Andrick Medrano, were looking forward to their workshop choices, stating that both held the potential to help them in their daily lives.

Students from 16 different schools attended the conference. All took away a heightened appreciation for their diverse cultural backgrounds. Mr. Fernandez explains that, “We are all unique, but we share the same dreams, struggles, and fears. It is this joining together and the safe space we provide at this conference that helps students realize that although we may be slightly different on the outside, we are all the same on the inside.”

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