A Spotlight on Bancroft Elementary School’s Mrs. Jan Turner

Through unwavering dedication to others, school counselor Mrs. Jan Turner has helped build a strong support system for students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School. The pride and love Mrs. Turner has for her students is evident as soon as she enters a room.

Jan Turner With Students 2As a school counselor, Mrs. Turner supports students, teachers, administrators, support staff, nurses, and parents alike. Each day, her role presents her with new challenges and triumphs, but during her 19 years working in Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s passion for educational support has never faltered.

“My role at Bancroft Elementary School is truly rewarding. I have the opportunity to work with students at a very pivotal stage in their development,” Mrs. Turner explained. “It’s all about collaborating with colleagues and parents to help students solve problems and thrive academically and socially.”

Mrs. Turner started on her path to becoming a school counselor by attending Millersville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/special education. After graduation, Mrs. Turner pursued a professional certificate in secondary Spanish from Villanova University and earned her master’s degree in elementary counseling at West Chester University.

Before joining Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s career as an educator led her on a journey around the world teaching special education and English as a second language. From travels within the United States, as well as to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Mrs. Turner has gained invaluable language skills and cultural understanding.

A love of other cultures and travel is a theme that runs strongly through Mrs. Turner’s family life, too. Her husband, Mr. Russell Turner, and her three sons, Alex, Brad, and Eric, all have the hearts of explorers. Russell is an environmental engineer, and he volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, managing projects in Peru and El Salvador. Her eldest son, Alex, is a chemical engineer, and her son Brad works in economics and finance and has traveled to almost 30 countries. Mrs. Turner’s youngest son, Eric, visited Japan as an exchange student before moving there after college to pursue a career as a computer engineer in Tokyo.

In her free time, Mrs. Turner enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and extended family.

“Each day, I am given the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life,” Mrs. Turner said. “Being able to help students and families overcome tough situations and working within such a wonderful and diverse community is truly amazing.”

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to continue to spotlight our dedicated staff members.

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KHS Musician Qualifies to All State Band

Yvonna Liszewski, a junior at Kennett High School, has qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Festival as part of the All-State Concert Band. The band is comprised of approximately 100 of the best musicians from across the Commonwealth.

Yvonna was one of only four flautists who qualified from PMEA Yvonna States pictureRegion VI that includes high school musicians from Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Always humble, Yvonna said, “The way auditions are handled, it’s really just a snapshot of your playing ability. So, while I might have been better on that particular day, there are so many talented musicians in our region.”

However, Mr. Anton Romano, Kennett High School’s Band Director asserted, “It’s pretty amazing to make it once, and Yvonna has made it two consecutive years. She really is just that good.”

The festival will be held from March 30 to April 2, culminating in a concert at the Hershey Convention Center on the final day.

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KHS Presents Beauty and the Beast

Kennett HigBeauty and the Beast Logoh School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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Kennett High School Presents Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast LogoKennett High School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on Tuesday, March 1 and continue through Friday, March 31, 2016, with the exception of March 21 through 25. Parents can pick up a registration packet at the main office of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center after February 15, 2016.

Once the packet is completed, you must contact the Student Registration Office at 610-444-4235 to schedule an appointment to finalize the registration process.

Parents new to kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year are invited to Mary D. Lang’s “Kindergarten Kickoff” for an information session and building tour to be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 10, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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2016-2017 KCSD Calendar

The 2016-2017 student school year will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016, and is tentatively set to end on Thursday, June 8, 2017, dependent on the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Friday, December 23, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017, with school resuming on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Spring break will be Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Six (6) inclement weather days are 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 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 20, 2017 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (spring break).

2016-2017 KCSD Calendar

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Snow Make-up Days

As indicated on the District calendar, the make-up days for the school closings on Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26, 2016, will be Monday, February 15 (President’s Day) and Wednesday, June 15, 2016.

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Students and Parents Participate in Family Reading Night at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

Family Reading Night For the first time, students and their parents were invited to join faculty at Family Reading Night at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. Principal Mrs. April Reynolds welcomed students and parents to the event, as Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center teachers Mrs. Antoinette Novakovic, Mrs. Marie Lawson, Mr. Jeri Ramagnano, and Mrs. Kara Gaspari demonstrated four different reading and phonics activities at various stations. Parents were taught how to conduct a read aloud, letter naming, sight-word, and first-sound activities that could be used during the long winter break.

“It is important to actively educate students during holiday breaks,” stated Curriculum Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies Mrs. Jessica Kilmetz. “Continuing to engage students is essential to keeping students’ educational progression on track.”

Students and parents were also given free books and fun assignments to work on together over the winter break. Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center would like to thank all of the 38 families who attended and made this event a success!

Family Reading Night was one of many Title I events held in the Kennett Consolidated School District throughout the year.
 

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Saying Thank You to Our School Board Members

KCSD School Board Appreciation Month 2016 PRPublic education is more than just the opportunity to learn basic math, science, English and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It can inspire hope for a new generation of leaders and provide a foundation for a successful future. The Kennett Consolidated School District exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools.

Every January, we celebrate these everyday heroes – the nine elected School Board members who serve our students and educational system. We do not usually think of School Board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer to serve. School Board members give their time, energy, and counsel to the District without pay. They take on the job of governing the District, making the best decisions they can for our children, with the full understanding that they will receive only the satisfaction of their contribution.

Their contribution should not be understated. The volunteer efforts of the School Board members have the potential for tremendous benefit to the community as a whole, as well as the lives of students individually. By serving the District in this important governance role, School Board members lay the foundation of the future. The School Board makes difficult decisions for the betterment of our students. Members vote on multi-million dollar budgets, hire staff, select textbooks, review bus schedules and curriculum, to name just a few of the decisions they make for the District.

The men and women who make the time to generously provide this important public service do so because they care. They care about their own children’s education. They care about the schools being the best they can be. They care about the next generation and the future of the community.

School Board members work hard, unpaid and behind the scenes, to guide the District in providing a quality education to more than 4,100 students. January is School Board Recognition Month, and the Kennett Consolidated School District salutes this special group of volunteers — the nine elected members of the School Board.

“Our Board of School Directors is a group of focused volunteers who work to provide our students with the best learning opportunities possible while striving to be fair to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti. “A Kennett Consolidated School Board member spends a minimum of 15 to 20 hours each month poring over proposed curricula and expenditures and revenue sources that make up our yearly budget. The Kennett Consolidated School District is highly respected and has earned many regional and national honors over the past several years, and along with a dedicated staff, the credit for this success should be attributed to our School Board members.”

The nine dedicated volunteers who make up this year’s Kennett Consolidated School District School Board are (front row L-R) Mr. Joseph Meola, Vice President; Mr. Douglas Stirling; Mr. Michael Finnegan, Treasurer; Mrs. Aline Frank; Mrs. Heather Schaen; (back row L-R) Mr. Rudy Alfonso; Mrs. Janis Reyolds; Mrs. Kendra LaCosta, President; and Mr. Dominic Perigo Jr.

These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, engaged senior citizens and parents at your school. During this month of recognition we ask you to show your appreciation for their service. Please show your gratitude in some way for their time, effort and dedication to public education’s advancement. Thank them for advocating on behalf of our collective interests and making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority.

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KHS Senior Signs with Millersville University

KHS Senior Signs with Millersville UniversityKennett High School celebrated senior Jordan Goddard signing her National Letter of Intent to play Division II field hockey at Millersville University. Jordan was surrounded by her parents, Eileen Goddard and Mark Goddard, as well as by her Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Head Coach Meghan Shumway, Assistant Coach Kristen Kotler, and Athletic Director Sean Harvey.

Jordan has been a member of the Kennett High School’s varsity field hockey team since her freshman year. As one of the best midfielders in the county, Jordan has had a phenomenal field hockey career with the Blue Demons. During her sophomore year, Jordan was named to the All-League Second Team. Jordan continued having successful seasons, when she was named to the All-League Second Team and named team MVP and Best Offensive Player in her junior year. Jordan’s most successful season as a Kennett High School field hockey player was her senior year. Jordan was named to the All-League First Team, was named team MVP, was a Booster’s Club Award recipient, and was ranked as the lead scorer on the team with 14 goals and 10 assists. Jordan also plays on a club field hockey team where she is primarily a defender.

Jordan will continue her education at Millersville University, where she will study psychology. After completing her undergraduate work, Jordan plans to get her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.

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