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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Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will be taken in the high school auditorium July 27 to July 30.  If you have not received or misplaced your appointment card, please contact Prestige Portrait by Lifetouchh by at 1-800-687-93271-800-687-9327 FREE, Monday to Thursday, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM or by email at lwportraitscheduling@lifetouch.com

Please be aware that there has been a change in the senior picture fee. The original appointment notification informed you of a $40.00 school sitting fee and a $10.00 yearbook deposit.  This has been updated to one fee of $50.00. You can pay the $50 with cash or checks – made payable to Kennett High School Yearbook. This pays for your yearbook with your name printed on the cover. There is no fee to have your picture in the yearbook

Once the school year begins, yearbooks can also be purchased at the high school or through the Student Services Company on-line ordering site.

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Kennett High School Students Accept Appointments to Military Academies

Four Kennett High School graduates have received appointments to United States Military Academies.  Hannah Shiflet and Thomas Spell have accepted appointments to the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Kirsten Sharp has accepted an appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy.  Graceanna Werner received an appointment to the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Last year Kennett students also received appointments.  Kyle Werner was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point and is there now.  Cory Tomasetti, son of Kennett Consolidated School District Superintendent Barry Tomasetti, is attending the Coast Guard Academy.  
 
Emma Spell, sister of appointee Thomas Spell, was appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point in 2013 and she has now finished her second year at the Academy.  Hannah received her nomination from Congressman Patrick Meehan (R, PA 7th Congressional District).

Hannah Shiflet is the daughter of Sharon E. and Robert G. Shiflet, graduates of West Point who both achieved the rank of Captain and served for five years.  

“It has always been my dream to attend West Point and serve my country,” replied Hannah when asked why she sought a nomination.  “I love West Point. My parents are both grads so I grew up loving the academy. I have always dreamt of this opportunity. I cannot wait to give back to my country.”

After four years at West Point Hannah then must serve at least five years active duty in the army.  But Hannah plans to make a career out of the army and serve much longer.

“I don’t have to decide my major until my second year but I am considering engineering,“ Hannah noted.  “I report for basic training on June 29 and will be at basic training for the first six weeks. They call it BEAST.  I am very excited. I know the experience will be tough but so worth it.”

Also accepting an appointment to West Point is Thomas Spell, son of Ellen and Thomas Spell of Kennett Square.

When asked why she sought and accepted her appointment to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, she explained, “Both sides of my family have men that served in the Armed Forces — in all branches except for the Coast Guard. My Uncle Bud told me about the Coast Guard Academy and I decided to visit. I fell in love with the view of the river, the boats and helicopters, and the mission statement.”

To test her desire, Kirsten completed the Academy Introduction Mission (AIM) Program for a week last summer, which was basically an entire week of boot camp.  “Something about the fact that not everybody can survive it inspired me to apply,” she said.  “I know Cory Tomasetti is currently a 4th class student (Freshman). I actually saw him when I was at the Academy for the AIM Program. He was in the middle of Swab Summer, a seven-week boot camp every student must complete before classes begin in the fall of one’s 4th class year.”

Kirsten described her other reasons for focusing on the Coast Guard.  “The Coast Guard mainly focuses on humans helping humans, something I believe I was put on this Earth to do. I really love ships and helicopters as well, so that is a huge part.  Also, I have felt lost on what to do with my life and the Coast Guard provides me with at least a 9 year job for me to figure out what I want to do and the Government will pay for my Grad School when I return from service. This way, in a decade when most college students will be swimming in debt, I will have a solid career. Finally, I really want to travel and see what the world has to offer, and I will be able to travel all over the United States with the Coast Guard.”

“The only thing that really scares me about this choice is Swab Summer. It will be a really hard seven weeks that will test me mentally and physically.”

Graceanna Werner was appointed to the Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York. 

Tuition is fully paid for cadets at the various military academies.  The Coast Guard Academy is the only Service Academy that does not require a letter from a Congressman.  Procedure for appointment to the USCGA are stipulated by the Department of Homeland Security.  All other academies do require appointment by the President, Vice President, or a member of Congress.  These academies fall under the purview of the Department of Defense.

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KCSD has partnered with Source4Teachers

Kennett Consolidated School District has partnered with Source4Teachers to manage its substitute teacher program.

With the vision of enhancing the educational experience for students,Source4Teachers recruits, hires, trains, places and manages talentedsubstitute personnel. Additionally, the company offers benefitsincluding health insurance and a 401k. Whether you’re interested inworking one day a week or five, Source4Teachers offer a variety ofpositions to match your availability and interests. Apply now to jointhe Source4Teachers team – Source4Teachers will give you the trainingand guidance you need to succeed!

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KCSD Expands STEM Offerings with Financial Support of the Kennett Education Foundation

The Kennett Consolidated School District is excited to announce that it will be adding a class to the selection of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) courses offered at the high school. The District will also pilot a summer STEM program for fifth grade students.

The course, Civil Engineering and Architecture, is a one-year course that is designed for students who have completed the foundation courses of Introduction to Engineering Design and Principles of Engineering as an elective option.

“Civil Engineering and Architecture is the third of what will be a four-course offering with a capstone project to be offered in the 2016-2017 academic year,” explained Dr. Michael Barber, Kennett High School principal.

During the class, which was chosen based on student interest, students will learn important aspects of building and site design and development. They will apply math, science, and standard engineering practices to design projects and document their work using 3-D architecture design software.

“The addition of our newest STEM course, Civil Engineering and Architecture, will further enhance the pathway to the engineering experience here at Kennett High School,” said Ron Phillips, Kennett High School mathematics and STEM teacher. “The skills students have acquired in our foundation courses will be further developed with a particular focus on the planning and constructing of commercial and residential structures. Through the use of the software Autodesk Revit, students will bring their design ideas to virtual reality. This is just the first of our STEM advanced elective courses that will be selected by our students.”

The STEM program at both the Middle and High Schools have benefited greatly from the Kennett Education Foundation (KEF) that has contributed over $50,000 over the past two years to purchase technology and other equipment. For the 2015-2016 school year the KEF has contributed another $50,000 that will cover a significant portion of the dollars used for the hiring of another STEM teacher.

“During the very difficult economy that we have experienced over the past five years it would have been extremely difficult for our District to offer our students a quality STEM program without the financial assistance provided by the Kennett Education Foundation. I am amazed at the amount of time and energy the KEF volunteers expend while raising dollars for our students. They are extremely focused and dedicated to our school system and for that I am extremely grateful,” stated Superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti.

Summer Program

The next endeavor will be to offer STEM classes to the District’s graduating fifth graders in a pilot summer program. This two-week opportunity will offer 12 students from each of the elementary schools the opportunity to design and build remote-control robots and to study robotics technology. Additionally, part of the program will be dedicated to biomedical engineering for experimenting with ways to limit the spread of germs.

“Again, the Kennett Education Foundation’s contributions have made this summer enrichment program possible. Along with the $50,000 contributed to our High School program the KEF donated another $9,000 targeted for this summer learning opportunity,” explained Dr. Tomasetti.

“We are excited about the opportunities that we have been able to provide for our middle school and high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Dr. Tomasetti. “While we will always provide our students with a traditional approach to mathematics and science, our STEM classes emphasize practical applications for math, technology, and science knowledge, and we believe that our students’ successes in applying these valuable skills will motivate them further.”

All STEM learning opportunities will consist of a hands-on, project-based approach to acquiring new skills. The District anticipates sending applications for this program to the homes of eligible students in late April. There will be a $150 fee assessed to each enrollee that will help offset the District’s cost for bringing this opportunity to students.

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KHS Graduates to Continue Athletic Careers at Collegiate Level

A number of Kennett High School 2015 graduates will continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level.  From private colleges to large state universities, 17 Kennett student-athletes will participate in five collegiate sports.  

“Kennett High School is extremely proud of our student-athletes who are Sample Imagecontinuing their athletic careers at the next level.  Our coaches have worked very hard to prepare our athletes for future play.  We are thrilled by their success!” said Mr. Jeff Thomas, athletic director and assistant principal.

Graceanna Werner will play lacrosse for the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Katherine    Gallivan will continue her lacrosse career at Philadelphia University. Haeli McCabe will play field hockey for the University of Connecticut. Dorothy Lovell will play volleyball for Penn State University – Brandywine Campus. Elizabeth Dawyot will play soccer for the Franciscan University of Steubenville. Hannah Shiflet will play lacrosse for the United States Military Academy – West Point and Thomas Spell will join her to play tennis. Jagger McFarland will play soccer for Elizabethtown College’s team. Ian Slicer will be a member of Alvernia University’s baseball team.  Matthew Petrick will continue his lacrosse career at Drexel University, while teammates Jake Rose and Brady O’Neill will play lacrosse for Bridgewater College and Washington College, respectively. Nicholas Meola will play soccer for West Chester University, while Jackson Hyland will shoot hoops for the school. Lee Woodall will suit up for Laney College’s football team. Joseph    Zirolli will take to Cecil College’s baseball diamond, and teammate Michael Uhle will continue his baseball career at Bard College.

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Kennett Middle School is on Top of the World

Energy was high as students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests filled Kennett Middle School’s auditorium to celebrate the school being recognized by the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program for the second time since 2012.

Sample ImageThe Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program annually recognizes a small number of diverse, high-performing, growth-oriented middle schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the unique challenges of early adolescence, social equity, and school structures and processes that support and sustain the path to excellence. The middle school joins a very select cadre of 31 schools in Pennsylvania and more than 370 schools across the country that have earned the distinction of being Schools to Watch; only four others are located in the Delaware Valley region.

After an enthusiastic welcome by eighth grade students and Student Council members Emma Giancola and Molly Hohner, the eighth grade chorus performed the “Star Spangled Banner” and “Best Day of My Life” by American Authors.

“We are so happy that we have been able to earn this esteemed designation,” Emma and Molly told the audience. “Although this may be our last year, really our last few weeks here, Kennett Middle School has made an impression on us, and we will always carry that with us. All of our experiences here have helped shape us as students, and we could not be more grateful for our time here with the wonderful faculty and student body.”

Sample Image“We will continue to emphasize our strengths while seeking innovative ways to attack our areas of improvement,” Acting Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis told the audience. “Our goal is to be successful — academically, socially, physically, and emotionally. Becoming a School to Watch was not an easy task, but we’re up to the challenge and look forward to celebrating this wonderful recognition again in 2018.”

Before stepping aside for comments by Kennett Consolidated School District Board member Mr. Joseph Meola, sixth-grade teacher Mrs. Melissa Keer, and Mr. Bruce Vosburgh and Mr. Paul Meck, co-directors of the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch program, Mr. DeAngelis recognized Dr. John Carr for his leadership over the past 37 years. Dr. Carr retired as the middle school’s principal at the end of this academic year.

While unable to attend the celebration, Dr. Barry Tomasetti, superintendent, sent his good wishes, “This award is significant because it recognizes the diligence of everyone involved in advancing the learning of our students: the most worthwhile endeavor that anyone could undertake. Congratulations students. Your academic progress and citizenship are important as you advance through the grades and will continue to be vital assets for the rest of your lives. Keep up your outstanding efforts.”

Before presenting the middle school with its new Schools to Watch banner, Mr. Vosburgh commented that Schools to Watch is about the journey, not the award. “The skills and habits that you gain today will serve you as you progress in your academic career and beyond.”

A highlight of the celebration was a ten-minute video featuring teachers, staff, and students. The video was produced by eighth grade teacher Ms. Brenna Levi and can be seen by clicking here.

The celebration wrapped up with a special appearance by the Philly Phanatic, who engaged students, faculty, and guests while the jazz band played “Moves Like Jagger,” by Maroon 5.

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