KHS Future Business Leaders Head for Nationals

Kennett High School’s FBLA Network Design Team and an individual competitor in Agribusiness advanced out of state competition to the Future Business Leaders of America National Conference and Competition to be held in Chicago, June 27-July 3.  According to the FBLA Web site, “This conference is considered the pinnacle of the FBLA experience.”

The Network Design Team of Sean Huezo, Saarang Karandikar, and Michael Yue (all juniors) placed first in the state level competition, April 12-15 in Hershey.  At the national level the team will have to complete an objective online test of competencies including network installation, problem solving and trouble shooting, network administration, configuration of Internet resources, backup and recovery, and configuration of network resources.  The 15 teams with the highest objective test scores will move on to the final round in which the team is given a case study and 20 minutes to prepare a response and solution to the situation presented.

The team has a great deal of experience working together.  All three are members of the Robotics Team and the Marching Band.  Karandikar and Yue are also tennis teammates and doubles partners.

Freshman Benjamin Jordan qualified to the national competition by placing fourth at the state competition in a brand new event, Agribusiness.  This event recognizes FBLA members who demonstrate an understanding of, and skill in, basic agribusiness concepts and procedures.  The objective portion of the competition will focus on economics, finance and accounting, environmental management, marketing, terminology and trends. 

Jordan remarked, “I was very surprised by my success at the state level.  The questions covered everything: accounting, terms like ‘intramuscular injection’, and future market planning for anything from fiber based clothing to food.”

Jordan also participates in Mock Trial and Model UN at the high school.  He is interested in pursuing a career in actuarial science.

Also finishing in the top ten at the State Leadership Conference, but not qualifying to nationals, were:  the team of Becca Shoemaker, Amanda Haid, and Lauren Hauptschein (Business Ethics); the team of Nichol Brown, Maggie O’Sullivan, Alex Mark, and Phoebe Hertler (Parliamentary Procedures); the team of Richard Doty, Arshia Faghri, and Zach Shen (Global Business); Jon Sweet (Business Procedures).

The Kennett High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America is advised by Business Department Teacher Bill Fritsch who accompanied the students to the conference in Hershey.  Fellow business teacher Chanel August also served as chaperone more than thirty KHS FBLA members who qualified to state competition from the regional level.  In addition to those named above, regional qualifiers included Leo Battalora, Cody Brown, P.J. O’Sullivan, Julie Bates, Mairead O’Sullivan, Kavya Shetty, Jackie Tucker, Drew Church, Zach Hrenko, Ryan Salameda, Charles Shattuck, Aliyah Asel, Maggie O’Sullivan, Pearl Battalora, Erin Dooley, Hannah Huzar, Ananya Kapur, and April Lin.

The students moving on to the national competition will be accompanied by Amanda O’Connor, a member of the Social Studies Department.

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A Spotlight on Mr. David Jones


After the classrooms have gone dark and the hallways are quiet, Greenwood Elementary School’s building supervisor, Mr. Dave Jones, and his team go to work preparing the school for the next day. Mr. Jones has been with the Kennett Consolidated School District since December 1999. After a brief time working in central maintenance, he was moved to Greenwood Elementary School.

“Everyone at Greenwood is fantastic,” he commented. “The teachers and administrators are great to work with, and I truly enjoy the kids.”

As the building supervisor, Mr. Jones oversees a night team of three people. In the summer, his team includes an additional college student or two. During the school year, his responsibilities include ensuring that the building operates smoothly and that everyone is comfortable and safe. In addition to making sure the building is clean, he makes or oversees repairs.

During the summer, Mr. Jones and his team clean every square inch of the building, including walls, windows, and blinds. All of the floors are stripped and waxed. “Our summer cleaning is more thorough than what can be done during the school year,” he explains. “The goal is for the building to be shiny and new for the first day of school.”

Prior to joining the Kennett Consolidated School District, Mr. Jones worked for 23 years at Service Star where he did everything except drive a truck. He holds his associate’s degree in business from Immaculata University. He attended Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology with his brother-in-law where he earned his heating, ventilating, and air conditioning, or HVAC, certification; his brother-in-law works with the Unionville Area School District.

Mr. Jones grew up in Cochranville. He and his wife, Sue, have two teenage daughters and a menagerie of animals. “We have goats, a horse, chickens, ducks, and two dogs,” he said. “My wife calls our place Green Acres!”

He and his family are very active with their church, Hephzibah Baptist Church in Coatesville. He is looking forward to chaperoning their Miracle Mountain Trip in August. Mr. Jones also enjoys fishing. His largest catch was a 42-inch barracuda that he caught in the Bahamas.

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Kennett High School Artists Display Work

Kennett High School artists displayed their works for their fellow students, teachers, staff and members of the community on Friday, May 1, at the high school. 

The show included works from all classes within the Fine Arts Department from Basic Art to Advanced Art and Ceramics to Graphic Art.  Teachers Mr. Tom Hironimus, Ms. Kathy Caputo Nelms, and Ms. Jodi Davidson helped their students produce and display their art work. 

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KHS Video Producers Score in 10 Day Challenge

A group of Kennett High School students have stepped up to the challenge, the 10 Day Film Challenge that is, and two have emerged as high scoring award winners.  The high school students in Mr. Frank Vanderslice’s video production class took part in an intense project in which teams of students make a movie — writing, shooting, editing and scoring it, in just 10 school days and only on the school campus.

Over one hundred films were submitted to the contest, and on April 29 the winners were announced during a screening at the United Artists Cinema in Philadelphia. Kennett seniors Lucas Ransick and Hannah Geller received the award for Best Use of Sample ImageSpecial Effects and their film “Fumigation” placed eighth overall. The film is an action adventure film starring senior classmate P.J. O’Sullivan as the hero with Hannah Geller playing a villain. Lucas Ransick shot and edited the film.

The 10 Day Film Challenge began on March 16 with submissions due on March 27.  On the first day, the challenge was given to the students with information about the character, prop, line of dialogue, cinematic technique, and genre that must be included in their movie.  Genres were drawn from a hat.  This year’s genres were romance, thriller, sci-fi, superhero, fantasy, mystery, mockumentary, slice of life, sports/games, or monster movie.

Mr. Vanderslice said that this year the students were challenged by having to incorporate into their movie: a character named Eric or Erica Ashton who has just won an award, an apple as a prop, and the line of dialogue: “Does it really make a difference?” Then 10 school days later, a three- to four-minute movie was completed along with a movie poster. The best films were shown at a local theater as part of an awards ceremony and may be posted online. The films were judged on everything from acting to production.

This year 34 Kennett High School students submitted 11 films.

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KCSD Campamento de Verano STEM

Invitamos a los estudiantes de Kennett, que entrarán en 6to en el otoño, a asistir al campamento de verano basado en proyectos denominado “STEM”. El campamento de verano tiene dos componentes principales: Ingeniería y Biología.

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KCSD Offers STEM Camp for Rising 6th Graders

Rising Kennett 6th graders are invited to attend our new project-based STEM camp. The camp has two major strands: Engineering and Biology. In the engineering strand students will investigate common uses of robots then build and test their own robot design. In the Biology strand students will explore the transmission of disease and solve a fictional disease outbreak scenario.

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KHS Musicians Qualify to State and Regional Band and Chorus

Yvonna Liszewski, a sophomore at Kennett High School, qualified and performed at the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Festival, March 25-28, as part of the All-State Concert Band.  She qualified out of PMEA Region VI which includes high school musicians from Chester, Bucks, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties.

Four KHS musicians qualified to PMEA Region VI Festivals.  Samantha Anthony and Sample ImagePearl Battalora, both altos, qualified to Region Chorus.  Erin Dooley (clarinet) and Yvonna Liszewski (flute) qualified to Region Band.

These four were some of the twelve Kennett High School musicians who performed and auditioned at various District 12 Honor Festivals.  District 12 includes Chester and Delaware counties, and is one of the most competitive in the state.

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KHS Artist Carries on Tradition of Excellence

Kennett High School senior Kelsie Baxter earned a First Place Award/Chester County Art Association Excellence Award for her work submitted to the juried exhibition at the recent Area High School Show at the Chester County Art Association in West Chester. Kelsie is a student in Tom Hironimus’ Advanced Art II class. 

The exhibition, April 11-18, included over 25 works by Kennett High School artists.  Art students from KHS also toured the exhibition.

Last year, Noelle Raezer, then a 10th grader in Tom Hironimus’ Advanced Art, won a First Place Award/The William Hirsch Award for Excellence in Black and White Drawing at the exhibit.  Noelle exhibited again this year.  This is the same award Amelia Pagliaro, a junior at the time, won in 2012.

The annual exhibition showcases the talents of area high school students.  High schools throughout the area are brought together by the Chester County Intermediate Unit.  The show encompasses everything from drawing and painting to computer generated art, to found object sculpture, ceramics, jewelry and more.

All Kennett High School artists will be exhibiting their work for the school on Friday, May 1, at the high school from 9 AM until 2 PM.  

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KHS Hosts Multicultural & Diversity Awareness Conference

On a recent Saturday morning, 200 high school and college students got up early to discuss issues that personally affect them. They attended Kennett High School’s 14th Annual Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference at Kennett High School.
Mr. Ray Fernandez, assistant principal and conference organizer, said, “Educating students about social issues, ethnicity, race relations, and cultural differences and similarities is as important as teaching academic subjects.” Students and chaperones represented high schools in York, Bethlehem, Allentown, Coatesville, Norristown, Philadelphia, Oxford, Phoenixville, and Reading.

Liberty High School Principal Mr. Harrison Bailey III from Bethlehem presented the keynote address. He began by pointing out that there many students in the audience who outwardly appear to be confident or not to care, but feel less confident on the inside. Everyone wears a mask.” The core message was that everyone in the audience is tomorrow’s future. He challenged everyone to make that Saturday the day that changes everything; the day that the mask is removed.

He continued by telling the students that the day was about building a better them so that they can contribute to a better us. He identified two critical concepts that would help each student as they worked to improve themselves: passion and purpose.

He told the students, “As an educator, I believe that the most significant factors to obtaining success are identifying your true passion and purpose.” He continued by explaining that passion is simply what you love, what speaks to the heart, and that once you have determined your true passion, you will be compelled to pursue it. Purpose, he told the students, is why you do what you do, what motivates and drives you when others have long since quit. He encouraged the students to find a way to honor their passion and purpose in order to change the world.

Kennett High School offered multiple workshops as part of the conference with topics that challenged students to consider their purpose in life, leadership skills, and experience growing up in a multicultural society. The workshop What Is Your Y? helped students to find their purpose in life. Another workshop, presented by members of the Kennett and Norristown high schools’ UNIDAD clubs explained to participants how to start clubs in their own schools.  

Reflecting on the Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference, Kennett High School sophomore Zanyla Mitchell stated that she liked meeting new people and that she is excited to learn how different and unique everyone is.

Dr. Barry Tomasetti, Kennett Consolidated School District superintendent, said that the greatest impact of the Multicultural and Diversity Awareness Conference was that “everyone has worth and can grow to realize their dreams.”

Conference sponsors included Exelon, PECO, ComEd, Landhope Farms, CJ Mushroom Company, DeLarosa Heating and Air Conditioning, Stinton Air Conditioning and Heating, Becker Locksmith Services, Burton’s Barbershop, El Ranchero, Rosticeria y Tortilleria, Enzo’s Italian Eatery, Taqueria Morolean, Taco Bell, KFC, Pepperidge Farms, Fulton Bank, Wawa, Plaza Azteca, Subway, Panaderia Lara, Herr’s, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, Pepsi Beverages, Kennett Pizza and Pasta, Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins, El Campamento Mexicano, Hong Kong Buffet, Taqueria y Carniceria Guadalajara Express, Tapatia, Sam’s Sub Shop, Pro Musica Studio, Wegman’s, Krapf’s, Basciani Mushroom Farms, and Giant.

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KCSD Appoints New Assistant Superintendent

At its April meeting, the Kennett Consolidated School Board approved an employment contract that will make Kennett High School principal, Dr. Michael Barber, assistant superintendent effective July 1 through June 30, 2020.

Dr. Barber will be leaving his current post as Kennett High School’s principal to assume his new role, which will initially place a core focus on managing Human Resources for the District. Nancy Tischer, the highly regarded director of human resources for the District, plans to retire at the end of the current school year. When Dr. Barber transitions to the central office, one of his duties will be to oversee human resources.

Dr. Barry Tomasetti, District superintendent, emphasizes that the assistant superintendent position is not a new one and that there is still one less administrative position than when he came to the District.

“Dr. Barber has earned the trust of all those who come in contact with him,” Dr. Tomasetti commented. “He is a student-focused educator who has the work ethic and communication skills that will serve him well in his new position. His work with our High School staff has resulted in our Kennett High School consistently being named to Newsweek magazine’s list of America’s best High Schools.”

The District will conduct a full search for Dr. Barber’s replacement and plans to name a new high school principal in early June.

After 37 years of service, Kennett Middle School principal, Dr. John Carr, has announced his retirement from public school education. Kennett Middle School assistant principal, Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, has taken on the position of acting principal. The District will conduct a full search for Dr. Carr’s replacement and plans to announce a new middle school principal in early July.

“Dr. Carr has laid a successful foundation for our students’ academic success at the Kennett Middle School,” Dr. Tomasetti said. “Over the years he was able to effectively collaborate with our Middle School staff to create a student centered environment where our students’ learning was, and will still remain, the focus. Our Middle School has been recognized by the Department of Education as a “Highly Effective School” and nationally by the Schools to Watch organization.”

Dr. Carr will continue to affect the field of education as he will be working with West Chester University in their Teacher Education program.

The Kennett Consolidated School District has demonstrated excellence over the years due to a learning focused Board of Education and the many dedicated teachers, administrators and support staff that are dedicated to our students’ successes.

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