Kennett High School Celebrates Third Mini-THON

A dedicated and enthusiastic group of over two hundred KHS students will remain on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 23, to 6 a.m. on Saturday morning for Mini-THON, an event to raise money for the Four Diamonds Fund to benefit pediatric cancer research and families whose children are battling the disease. Through a variety of events, raffles, generous corporate contributions, donations, and the Wizards basketball game, students have already raised thousands of dollars in pursuit of this year’s goal.

Kennett High School Mini-THON logo

Modeled after Penn State’s Dance Marathon (THON), Kennett High School’s Mini-THON features ten hours packed with fun activities, music, and food. Participants this year will be treated to a luau theme.

Faculty advisors for the event are Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator, and Shawn Duffy, social studies teacher and Humanitarian Club assistant moderator. Student organizers are led by senior event co-chairs Erin Duffy and Anna Wilson, along with junior chair Jayna Bruno, and committee chairs M.J. Patterson, Allie Taylor, Tyler Bowdoin, Abby Davidson, Ashton Albert, Will Michael, and Ryley Harris and returning alumnus Michael Bellino.

“I am so proud of the KHS Mini-THON team, particularly my co-chair, Shawn Duffy, and this year’s student leaders, Erin Duffy, Anna Wilson, and Jayna Bruno. They are the most dedicated and selfless individuals and have clearly identified a future-forward vision for our Mini-THON. Our group seeks to not only raise money for Four Diamonds but to provide the community, in and out of school, with a framework for unity, inclusiveness, and fun,” said Ms. Teixeira.

New Garden Elementary student Grayson Savery and his mother, Mrs. Jaclyn Savery, speaking at the Kennett High School Mini-THON rally on January 26.

Again this year, a community open house will kick off the evening’s schedule. For a recommended donation of $5 per family, members of the Kennett community are invited to Reynolds Gymnasium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 23, for a sneak peek at the Mini-THON event. Faculty and student organizers are excited to welcome everyone to share in the fun and support a very worthy cause.

Event co-chair Erin Duffy said, “Mini-THONs empower high school students to organize their communities in the fight against childhood cancer – a difficult and daunting task. However, passionate members of the Kennett community have shouldered our cause with us, and they have been my examples of the ideals of leadership, citizenship, and service.”

Co-chair Anna Wilson added, “Every step of the way, we have one thought in our minds — the children. Throughout this process of planning, organizing, and fundraising for our Mini-THON, we have done all that we can to improve the lives of children battling cancer, especially those fighting cancer within our own Kennett community. We are forever grateful for the support we have received.”

If you cannot attend the Mini-THON community open house but would still like to make a donation, please visit the KHS Mini-THON website at or call the school at 610-444-6617 for more information.

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2017-2018 Calendar Revision

As a result of schools being closed because of inclement weather on January 4, 5, and 17, and February 7, 2018, the last student day for the 2017-2018 school year will now be a half day on Wednesday, June 13, 2018. Graduation will remain as scheduled on Friday, June 8, 2018.

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The Everyday Heroes of Kennett Consolidated School District

Pennsylvania’s public schools educate nearly 2 million students, and 4,100 of them are in Kennett Consolidated School District. Each of those students has an individual story and is taking a different path into adulthood. The roads to success are as varied as the students, but our children are not traveling this path alone. Parents, teachers, administrators, school-bus drivers, and cafeteria aides all play a vital role in the success of students.

In January, we pause to salute another group of individuals who spend countless hours each month voluntarily leading our schools and making difficult decisions. They are the School Board Directors, who lay the foundation for a strong education system in our area.

These elected officials spend countless hours assessing budgets, approving curriculum and textbook choices, reviewing hiring decisions, adopting policy, and evaluating the academic and operational results of the District. These dedicated volunteers live in our community. They are our neighbors, friends, and community leaders, and they are working for the benefit of our children.

“As the new president of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Board of School Directors, it is an honor and privilege to represent an amazing school district. The dedication and commitment to education by all members of the school district is outstanding and extraordinary,” says School Board president Joseph Meola. “Our goal is to provide exceptional education to the students of our community with fiscal responsibility. We have wonderful families who support the educational needs and requirements of our students.”

As we continue to celebrate the success stories in our schools, let’s not forget our elected School Board Directors, who play a significant role in creating the environment where those successes can happen. During this month of recognition, we ask you to show your appreciation for their time, effort, and dedication to the advancement of public education. 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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Sábado de Selladores – Gratis Sellamientos Dental y Examen

300 B Lawrence Drive, West Chester, PA 19380

Sábado, 3 de Feb

rero del 2018

8:30 AM– 12:00 Llámenos para hacer una cita al

610 836-5990 Ext. 131 / 125

Los selladores dentales son un cubrimiento delgado del color de los dientes que cubre la superficie para masticar en las muelas permanentes para protegerlas de caries. Los sellamientos se colocan en entre la edad de 6 a 16 años, para prevenir caries.

Los selladores se recomienda ser aplicados en los molares y

premolares permanentes a temprana edad para evitar las caries.

Sealants should be placed on permanent molars and premolars teeth early to prevent cavities.

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Sealant Saturday – Free Dental Hygiene Sealants & Exams

300 B Lawrence Drive, West Chester, Pa 19380

Sealant Saturday

sponsored by Community Volunteers in Medicine

FREE Dental Hygiene Sealants & Exams

For children age of 6 and up

Saturday, February 3th

8:30 AM – 12:00 ~ Call for appointment

610 836-5990 Ext. 125

Dental sealants are thin, tooth colored coverings painted-on the chewing surfaces of back teeth.

Sealants are placed on permanent molars of children age 6-16 yrs. to prevent cavities.

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CONFIRMED Early Dismissal, Monday, January 8th

This is an important message from the Kennett Consolidated School District. Due to the winter storm predicted for the area this afternoon with sleet and freezing rain, all schools will be dismissing early, Monday, January 8th, following the schedule listed below;

Kennett High School/Kennett Middle School 11:30 AM

Mary D Lang Kindergarten Center 12:00 Noon

Elementary Schools 12:30 PM

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and safe travels this afternoon and evening.
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Harlem Wizards to Play at Kennett High School

Come join in a night of family fun as Kennett Consolidated School District teachers play the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, February 10, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in Kennett High School’s Reynolds Gymnasium. The Wizards are a performance basketball team delivering widely successful fundraiser events for schools and nonprofits, playing in over 400 communities across the US last season alone, while raising over $200 million. They are a unique basketball team that is not primarily focused on winning games, but rather entertaining the crowd with a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops.

What makes a Wizards show “awe-inspiring?” Some say it’s the oohs and aahs created by the thunderous, sky-high slams. For others, it’s the humor and seeing the teachers being good sports and having fun on the court with the Wizards. The comedy, audience participation, and spontaneity delivered as a world-class show all right in the high school gymnasium add up to a night to be experienced and treasured.

Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults and can be purchased online at Tickets can also be purchased by emailing requests to or calling 610-444-6617. Depending on the volume of advance sales, some tickets may be available at the door, $12 for students and $14 for adults. All proceeds benefit Kennett High School’s MiniTHON, a club based on Penn State’s THON that fundraises to support Four Diamonds, an organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer and helping afflicted families with the cost of treatment. For more information about MiniTHON and how to donate to the cause, visit

The Kennett High School MiniTHON committee is hopeful that the whole Kennett community will come together for one great night on February 10. Doors open at 5:00 pm!

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KCSD Students Spread Holiday Cheer

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

Kennett High SchoolStudents standing in front of a truck

Kennett High School kicked off the season with its annual turkey drive, which ran from the beginning of November through November 21. Social studies teacher Mr. Shawn Duffy coordinated with his senior students to collect frozen turkeys and donate them to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

“It’s the students who do the work,” says Mr. Duffy. “The students spread word to fellow classmates by visiting classrooms, pass out promotional flyers, and creating announcements for KTV.”

The students also purchased the turkeys with the donated cash and collected, delivered, and unloaded the turkeys at the Food Cupboard. More than 100 turkeys were donated this year.

Kennett High School’s Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) Club held a coat drive from December 4 through 8. Students and faculty were encouraged to donate a coat throughout the week and on the last day of the drive, all community members were welcomed to either drop off a coat or pick one up. Students assisted with collection and distribution, along with promoting the drive to fellow classmates. One hundred coats in total were collected, and extra coats were donated to La Comunidad Hispana in Kennett Square.

Kennett High School’s Unidad Club raised money and collected clothing, nonperishable food items, and school supplies that were shipped to churches in San Juan, Ponce, and Santa Isabel to aid the crisis in Puerto Rico. The money raised covered the postage for the items.

Kennett Middle School

Kennett Middle School gave back during the holiday season with an Adopt-A-Family drive. Students and staff pitched in to raise money, using peer-to-peer donations, and each grade level hosted an event for the drive.

Seventh grade students kicked things off with a talent show, dubbed Seventh Grade’s Got Talent, which was held on November 6. Students and teachers gave a donation to audition, and audience members gave a donation as the price of admission. The winner was Grace Baliss, who performed a Harry Styles song. The show raised $1,000.

The sixth grade hosted a “glow dance” in the cafeteria on December 1. Students donated to receive admission. Teachers sold refreshments, along with “glow gear” throughout the evening.

The eighth grade held two fundraising events. Right before Thanksgiving, they gave spare change to vote for a teacher to wear a turkey costume the day before break. This year’s “winner” was Ms. Kate McGill, a student teacher from West Chester University.

The second event was a student-versus-staff volleyball game. Students paid one dollar for the chance to be a member of the student team. Six male students and six female students won the chance to play on the student team.

The student council also wrote and donated greeting cards to the Kennett Area Senior Center.Students holding food donations

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

The Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center continued its tradition of giving food donations to the Ronald McDonald House. The drive was kicked off with a spirit assembly before Thanksgiving, led by school nurse Ms. Kelly Hostetler, who explained the Ronald McDonald House program to the students.

The goal for this year was 500 cans, but the school’s administrative assistant, Mrs. Jane Henry, said they always exceed their goal.

“The Ronald McDonald House always appreciates the donation, and it’s great that it’s children helping children,” says Mrs. Henry. “We want to show that we care deeply about helping the community.”

Bancroft Elementary School

Bancroft Elementary School students began their season of giving with a food drive held from the beginning of October through the beginning of November. The collected food was donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard. The food drive culminated in the school’s annual Walk for Hunger, where all students and staff walk outside.Students holding donations of pajamas

Bancroft Elementary School also held its fifth annual Pajama Drive. Students are asked to donate new pajamas, ranging in size from newborn to adult. The school has a goal of collecting 200 pairs of pajamas, which it usually surpasses. Mrs. Sara Simasek’s life-skills students assist with counting and sorting the pajamas.

The spirit of gratitude and giving was strong in the school, with one student saying, “You don’t have to worry about yourself all of the time. Instead you can help people who don’t have the things that we have.”

The drive concluded with a school-wide assembly where the donations were displayed so the students could see their result of their hard work.

New Garden Elementary School

New Garden Elementary School began its season of giving with a food drive that ran through the month of November. Students wrote their own announcements and read them every morning over the public address system to encourage their classmates to donate.

“We wanted the students to feel involved in the process,” says Principal Susan McArdle. New Garden Elementary school partnered with Kennett High School’s Humanitarian Club for this drive and the food was donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

Students also participated in a new tradition – a tree lighting at Toughkenamon. The fourth and fifth grade chorus caroled during the inaugural tree lighting on the evening of December 1.

“It’s a really great way to connect with the community,” says music teacher Mr. Ryan Battin.

The school also hosted a Giving Tree, where donated hats, mittens, and gloves were placed on a tree in a lobby; any student who needed an item could take it from the tree. There was also a jacket donation where parents could pick up a winter coat for their student during parent-teacher conferences.

New Garden Elementary School didn’t stop there. The school also hosted a Toys for Tots donation box throughout December.

Greenwood Elementary School

Greenwood Elementary School gave in many ways this year, including a toy drive benefiting Kennett Square Toys for Tots and a food drive benefiting the Chester County Food Bank.

To help get everyone in the spirit, parents helped decorate collection boxes with each homeroom. These collection boxes were placed in the hallway so students could see them, and a decorated display was placed in the school’s main lobby.

Ms. Lauren Leighton, community outreach chair of the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), led the organizing efforts. “There’s always a huge response and the kids get very excited,” she comments.

The drive ran through December 15. The students celebrated reaching their donation goal with a pajama day at school and a screening of The Polar Express.

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KHS Ceramics Sale Supports Program

Nearly fifty pieces, including beautiful wheel-thrown mugs, bowls, and vases as well as hand-built holiday pieces like Christmas trees and plates, will be available for purchase at this year’s Ceramics Sale at Kennett High School. All works were crafted by students in teacher Ms. Jodi Davidson’s ceramics classes, levels I through III. ceramic pieces

Eight years ago, Ms. Davidson and her students developed this creative way to add to their annual budget, with all proceeds from the sale helping to support the purchase of materials like clay and glaze for future projects.

Ms. Davidson noted, “The items available for sale are of the same hand-crafted quality you’d find at an expensive gallery, but we sell them for a fraction of the cost. The students have created some amazing work, and the money goes directly back into our program.” Last year’s sale raised approximately $500.

The sale will be held in the school’s lobby on December 19, 2017, and will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Prices range from $5 to $35.

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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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