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. (

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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Dismissal & Conference Information for Wednesday, March 15

Due to inclement weather conditions, all schools and offices in the district will be opening on a two hour delay schedule on Wednesday, March 15th. Please be advised that tomorrow all elementary and middle schools will not run a half day schedule with conferences afterwards. Mary D. Lang Kindergarten students will be dismissed at their regular time of 3:05pm. New Garden, Bancroft, and Greenwood elementary students will be dismissed at their regular time of 3:30pm and Kennett Middle School and Kennett High School students will be dismissed at their regular time of 2:35pm. The elementary and middle school conferences for Wednesday, March 15th will be rescheduled to Tuesday March 21st. March 21st will be a half day for both elementary and middle schools. Thank you and be safe.

Saludos, este es un mensaje de Kennett Consolidated School District. Debido al tiempo, todas las escuelas del distrito van a abrir con un retraso de dos horas el miércoles el 15 de marzo. Es importante sabe que mañana todas las escuelas primarias y la middle school no van a tener un medio día con conferencias después. Los estudiantes de Mary D. Lang serán despedidos a su horario regular, a las 3:05 de la tarde. Los estudiantes de New Garden, Bancroft y Greenwood serán despedidos a su horario regular, a las 3:30 de la tarde y los estudiantes de Kennett Middle School y Kennett High School serán despedidos a su horario regular, a las 2:35 de la tarde. Las conferencias de las escuelas primarias y de la middle school para el miércoles el 15 de marzo serán el martes el 21 de marzo. El 21 de marzo será un medio día para las escuelas primarias y para la middle school. Gracias y tengan cuidado.

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Parent Conference Message – Spanish

Buenas noches, este es un mensaje de Kennett Consolidated School District con respecto al horario de las conferencias esta semana.

Porque el distrito está cerrado mañana martes el 14 de marzo, las conferencias de las escuelas primarias para este día serán el lunes el 20 de marzo a la misma hora y en el mismo lugar. El 20 de marzo será un medio día para las escuelas primarias.

Si el distrito está cerrado el miércoles el 15 de marzo, las conferencias de las escuelas primarias y de la middle school para este día serán el martes 21 de marzo. El 21 de marzo sería un medio día para las escuelas primarias y para la middle school si el distrito está cerrado el miércoles.

Si el distrito está cerrado el jueves 16 de marzo, las conferencias de las escuelas primarias y de la middle school para este día serán el miércoles 22 de marzo. El 22 de marzo sería un medio día para las escuelas primarias y para la middle school si el distrito está cerrado el jueves.

Por favor, es importante saber que la hora y el lugar de su conferencia no cambiarían, sólo el día. Esta información pertenece a las conferencias durante el día y la noche.

En caso de que tenemos un retraso de dos horas, el día no sería un medio día y las conferencias serán reprogramadas.

Manténgase alerto por más mensajes de nosotros al respecto a cancelaciones o retrasos.

Gracias y esperamos que tengan una noche segura.

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Message Re: Parent Conferences

This is a message from the Kennett Consolidated School District regarding changes to the conference schedule for this week.

Since the District is closed tomorrow Tuesday, March 14th, the elementary school conferences for this day will be rescheduled for the same time and location on Monday March 20th. March 20th will be a half day for elementary schools.

If the District is closed on Wednesday, March 15th, the elementary and middle school conferences for this day will be rescheduled to Tuesday, March 21st. March 21st would then be a half day for both elementary and middle schools if schools are closed on Wednesday.

If the District is closed on Thursday, March 16th, the elementary and middle school conferences for this day will be rescheduled to Wednesday, March 22nd. March 22nd would then be a half day for both elementary and middle schools if schools are closed on Thursday.

Please be advised that your time and location would not change, just the day. This pertains to both day and night conferences.

In the case of a two hour delay on Wednesday or Thursday, the school day will not be a half day and conferences will be rescheduled.

Stay alert for further messages from KCSD regarding cancellations and/or delays.

Thank you and have a safe night.

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Kennett High School’s Second Mini-THON Set for February 24 to 25

Approximately 300 Kennett High School students will remain on their feet from 8 p.m. Friday, February 24, 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, and donations, students have already raised an impressive $25,000 toward the second-year fundraising goal of $65,000.KCSD Four Diamonds 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 for participants.

Faculty advisors for the event are Mr. Tom Brientnall, social studies teacher; Ms. Lisa Teixeira, KHS librarian and Humanitarian Club moderator; and Mrs. Erin McDonnell-Jones, English teacher. Both Mrs. McDonnell-Jones and Mr. Brientnall are Penn State graduates and former THON participants. Student organizers are led by senior event chair Austin Maxwell, along with junior co-chairs Erin Duffy and Anna Wilson, and Humanitarian Club seniors Molly Adelman, Michael Bellino, and Jackie Tucker.

This year, a community open house has been added to the evening’s schedule. For a $5 donation, members of the Kennett community are invited to Reynolds Gymnasium from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday, February 24, 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 chair Austin Maxwell said, “Cancer kills more children in the US than any other disease. And, only 4% of cancer research dollars go toward the study of childhood cancers. So, here at Kennett, we’re teaming up to help families with children battling the disease, and we’d love the support of the entire Kennett community in our fight.”

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 Kindergarten Registration

2017-2018 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2017-2018 school year will begin on Wednesday,

March 1st and continue through Friday, March 31st. Parents can pick up a registration packet at the main office of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center after February 15, 2017.

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 2017-2018 school year are invited to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center’s “Kindergarten Kick-off” for an information session and building tour to be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 2, 2017, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 9, 2017, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

2017-2018 Registración de Kínder/Jardín de Niño

La registración del Kínder para el 2017-2018 empezara el miercoles 1 de marzo y continuara hasta el Viernes 31, 2017. Los padres pueden obtener una aplicación de registración en la oficina principal en el centro de Kínder después del 15 de febrero.

Cuando el paquete este completo tiene que contactar la oficina de registración del estudiante al 610-444-4235 para hacer una cita y finalizar el proceso de la registración.

Padres nuevos del Kínder para el año escolar del 2017-2018 están invitados al “Lanzamiento de Kínder” a Mary D. Lang para una sesión informativa y un recorrido del edificio que será en el centro del kínder el jueves 2 de marzo 2017 para los padres que su apellidos empiezan con A – M y el jueves 9 de marzo 2017 para los padres cual apellido empieza con N – Z. Ambas sesiones empiezan a las 6:30 p.m.

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Kennett High School’s FBLA is a Big Winner

At qualifying events held on December 16 and 21, Kennett High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had its most successful Regional Competition in the club’s history. Depending on the student’s area of expertise, qualification was based on scores on online tests or in performance events, like a mock job interview or public speaking.

Kennett High School will be sending a record thirty-eight students to the State Championships in Hershey, PA, April 2 – 5. Winners at the state level will then advance to the National Competition in California this summer.

FBLA Club Advisor Mr. Bill Fritsch said, “We thought last year was huge with thirty-three students advancing. This really is pretty amazing.”

Congratulations to all! FBLA Qualifiers Standing Together

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Saying Thank You to Our School Board Directors

Public 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 nine individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing our public schools.

Each January, we celebrate these everyday heroes, the nine elected School Board members who serve our students, district, and educational system. 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.

We do not usually think of School Board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer their time. School Board members give 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.

“That satisfaction comes from knowing that our collective efforts play even a small role in producing the fantastic students we have at all ages,” says Kendra LaCosta, Board President for Kennett Consolidated School District. “We are so proud of the administration, staff, and students in the District. We take very seriously our commitment to the District taxpayers to ensure that we are responsible with the budget, and able to approve the programs, policies, and people needed to help every child succeed.”

The volunteer efforts of the School Board members have the potential to provide tremendous benefit to the community as a whole, as well as to the lives of students individually. By serving the District in this important governance role, School Board members lay the foundation for 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, and review curriculum and bus schedules, to name just a few of the decisions they make for the District.

The men and women who make 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.

The nine dedicated volunteers who make up this year’s Kennett Consolidated School District School Board are: Mrs. Kendra LaCosta, President; Mr. Joseph Meola, Vice President; Mr. Michael Finnegan, Treasurer; Mrs. Aline Frank; Mrs. Heather Schaen; Mr. Rudy Alfonso; Mrs. Janis Reyolds; Mr. Dominic Perigo Jr.; and Mr. Robert Norris.

These dedicated volunteers live in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, and community leaders; they’re engaged 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 for making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and for making our students’ success their priority.

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