KHS Model UN Club Attends Competition at Temple University

In October, twenty-six Model UN club members attended OwlMUN, a Model UN conference sponsored by Temple University. Kennett students participated in a variety of activities as they debated world issues and crises. Senior Emma Hopkins Sample Imagewas awarded Honorable Mention for her work on the Age of Exploration 1450 Crisis Committee.

Kennett’s Model UN advisor is social studies teacher Ms. Amanda O’Connor.

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Kennett High School Stages Fall Play

The bard will hit the boards as Kennett High School presents its version of I Hate Sample ImageShakespeare! on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14. 

The comedy, written by Steph DeFerie, is billed as “a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist.” The work has proven incredibly popular with a plot that features allusions to Shakespearean classics Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and more.

Nance Weber, parent of Kennett grads A.J. (class of 2013) and Jack (class of 2015), is an accomplished director, though she makes her KHS directorial debut with this production.  Christy Wyatt and Missy Wyatt are in charge of costumes and properties; teacher Michael Anastas is supervising light and sound; and, Weber will also provide her expertise with makeup.

“There are no specific lead roles in this play, so it gives all the kids an opportunity to shine. It’s a wonderful Sample Imagescript that uses outrageous humor and silliness to draw attention, and at the same time brings clarity and understanding to many who might think Shakespeare’s Sample Imageworks too difficult and complex to understand,” said Weber.  “And, working with Kennett kids has been a wonderful experience.”

Both the cast and stage crew include students from all grades.

Curtain time is 7:30 PM for both shows. Tickets can be purchased at the door, $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. 

The KHS Humanitarian Club will be collecting cans and monetary donations at both performances of I Hate Shakespeare. Please help support the annual food drive and fight against hunger in Kennett.

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Bancroft Elementary School Wins Monster Mash Participation Trophy

Congratulations to Bancroft for bringing home the Participation Trophy for the Monster Mash Dash for the 5th year in a row!  It was a great event anSample Imaged a proud moment for Bancroft!  Our award winning Bancroft artists designed the Tee shirt as well!  What a good time and a super way to support the Kennett Education Foundation!  See you next year!

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Kennett High School Announces 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Kennett High School is proud to announce that three Kennett High School students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Seniors (from left) Julie Bates, Saarang Karandikar, and John Libert were among approximately 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Outside of the classroom, Julie is a member of the Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the yearbook staff, and she performs with the color guard. She has not chosen where she will study after graduation, but she has decided to major in engineering.

Saarang plays varsity tennis and is a member of FBLA and the high school’s robotics team. Like Julie, he has not committed to a school, but he has decided to major in neuroscience.

John is a dedicated member of the high school’s swimming team.  His events are the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke. John is considering schools and fields of study.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one 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.

These students are eligible to continue in the program competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million to be offered in the spring. To advance to the finalist level and to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements. These include an outstanding academic record, endorsement by the principal, and SAT scores that confirm the preliminary results. The semifinalist and his or her counselor must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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Nine KHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is proud to announce this year’s National Merit Commended studeSample Imagents: (standing L-R) Tolulope Adetayo, Dylan Munson, Erin Dooley, Andrew Kim, Jacob Saltzberg, Magnus Murray, Christian Beveridge, (kneeling L-R) Alexander Mark, and Casey Bruno.

A Letter of Commendation from Kennett High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Kennett High School principal, Dr. Jeremy Hritz, to these scholastically talented seniors.

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

Although these students do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5% of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

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Fire Department Visits New Garden Elementary School

The Avondale Fire Company recently visited New Garden Elementary School first grade students to discuss fire safety. They explained the actual job of a firefighter and what to do in the event of an emergency. They stressed the importance of the number “911”, smoke detectors, and having a designated meeting place in the event of a fire.

Each student received a bright yellow fireman’s cap, a pencil, and an activity book. 

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Bancroft\’s Students are Climbing the Rock Wall

Bancroft Elementary School’s climbing wall is up and running in all physical education classes!  Students had the opportunity to climb the wall for the very first time at the school’s Fall Festival a couple of weeks ago. There are five panels that students can choose to climb up or they can climb across, which is known as “traversing.” 

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During physical education classes students come to the wall with a partner during station work.  The climber must say “On Rock” and wait for their spotter to say “Rock On.”  The spotters are responsible for assisting climbers by pointing out holds to grab, and to make the climber feel safe.  Rock climbing is known for improving upper body strength, as well grip strength in the hand and fingers and overall muscular endurance. 

Students will climb over two physical education cycles in the Fall, and then again in the Spring.  The Bancroft Bears are super lucky to have this new element in gym class! 

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Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids Spooky Sprint

7th Annual Monster Mash Dash 5K Run/Walk and Kids Spooky Sprint

The Kennett Education Foundation’s Monster Mash Dash and Kids Spooky Sprint, Sponsored by Cari Orthodontics, will be held Sunday, October 25 among the beautiful fall colors of Anson B. Nixon Park! The current weather forecast for Sunday morning is cloudy with a low of 54 degrees and high of 62 degrees, PERFECT weather for a trail run or walk!

Everyone is encouraged to come in costume as you support Education Grants, Scholarships and STEM in KCSD. Awards will be given for costumes!

Our NO FEE on-line registration is open through midnight Wednesday, October 21.  Pre-registration is $25 for the 5K Run/Walk and $10 for the Spooky Sprint for kids 10 and under.  On-site race day registration will be available starting at 8:00 am on Sunday morning at $30 for the 5K. T-shirts are guaranteed for the first 400 registrants. We have over 150 registrants to date, join the fun and sign-up today !

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Free Admission to Varsity Games for KCSD Students

All Kennett Consolidated School District students will be admitted to all home varsity athletic events free of charge. Students must simply wear spirit apparel from their KCSD school or present a student ID at the entrance gate. Come cheer on your favorite Blue Demon Athletic Team!

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Kennett High School Teacher Attends US Air Force Summer Program

Mr. Daniel Folmar, Kennett High School STEM teacher, was one of 28 teachers and mentors from around the country who were selected to attend the Air Force Recruiting Service’s fourth annual FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Sample ImageLeadership Program, July 12-15.

Hosted at Schriever Air Force Base and the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado, the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) gave teachers and mentors a unique opportunity to meet with senior Air Force leaders as part of Air Force recruiting outreach efforts in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Folmar was selected for this program after a competitive application process in which applicants had to submit a short essay describing how they get their students excited about science and technology, as well as highlighting any innovative techniques they use to help kids learn and stay motivated.

“I actually considered applying to the Air Force Academy back in high school.  I’ve always wanted to visit the facility but never had the opportunity. So I was looking forward to both the tour as well as the leadership training,” said Mr. Folmar. “Three things in particular that impressed me about the Air Force Academy and set it apart from other engineering schools I’ve visited were their commitment to the physical development of each cadet, the hands-on approach to learning (especially in the engineering department), and the focus on ethics that underlies all of their programs, something that is sadly lacking in many college programs. I feel fortunate that FIRST and the Air Force have teamed up to offer this experience to STEM teachers like me.”

The leadership program consisted of character and leadership development seminars, lectures, and team-building exercises to provide insight into how the Air Force develops leaders, how airmen execute their missions as they relate to STEM, and what STEM career opportunities are available in the Air Force.

“STEM is an inherent part of the Air Force mission. By showing our capabilities and instilling the pillars of leadership, with this outstanding group of teachers and mentors we are able to demonstrate the connection between their FIRST efforts and our leadership development efforts,” said Maj. Jacob Chisolm, Air Force Recruiting Service National Events Branch chief.

“We want them to return back to their schools armed with a greater appreciation for the impact leaders can have and having firsthand knowledge of future opportunities for their students,” he added.

FIRST is an organization with a mission to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org , or if interested in joining the Air Force, visit www.airforce.com.

 

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