Kennett High School Senior Athlete Commits to the United States Military Academy at West Point

 

Kennett High School celebrated senior Hannah Shiflet signing her letter of intent to play lacrosse for the United States Military Academy at West Point during a ceremony on March 9, 2015. Sample Image

Hannah (seated, middle) was surrounded by her parents, Bob Shiflet (seated, left) and Sharon Shiflet (seated, right), as well as (standing, from left) her coach, Dale Watkins, her sister, Kate, her guidance counselor, Mr. Fran Ryan, and Kennett High School Athletic Director Mr. Jeff Thomas.

Hannah began playing lacrosse for Kennett High School on the junior varsity team as a freshman. She has played defense and midfield for the varsity team for three years. She has also played for a club team for the past four years. In 2014 she earned the Blue Demon Award and was named an U.S. Lacrosse Academic All American. As a senior, Hannah will serve as the varsity team captain

“Hannah is a tremendous athlete who will be missed,” Coach Watkins said. “She is a tenacious defender … a well-rounded student athlete who makes everyone around her better.”

In addition to lacrosse, Hannah also plays goalie for the high school’s varsity soccer team. In 2011 and in 2012 she was named to the All-Conference Second Team. In 2013 and 2014 she was named to the All-Conference First Team. In 2014 she was also awarded the Kennett High School Award of Excellence and the Best Defensive Player Award. During her senior year, Hannah served as team captain.

In 2014 Hannah won the Congressional Scholar Athlete Award.

Hannah will be following in her parents’ footsteps by attending the United States Military Academy. “Attending West Point has always been my dream,” Hannah said. “Receiving a lacrosse scholarship makes my acceptance even more amazing.”

Hannah intends to major in engineering.

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Kennett Middle School Recognized as a School to Watch

For the second time since 2012, Kennett Middle School was recognized by the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools: Schools to Watch program. This redesignation will be celebrated in May during a ceremony at the middle school.

The 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.

A Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn School is a school that has made marked progress in meeting all of the nationally endorsed criteria for high-performing middle schools, including the following:

  • Academic Excellence. High-performing schools with middle grades are academically excellent. They challenge all students to use their minds well.
  • Developmental Responsiveness. High-performing schools with middle grades are sensitive to the unique developmental challenges of early adolescence.
  • Social Equity. High-performing schools with middle grades are socially equitable, democratic, and fair. They provide every student with high-quality teachers, resources, learning opportunities, and support. They keep positive options open for all students. 
  • Organizational Structures and Processes. High-performing schools with middle grades are learning organizations that establish norms, structures, and organizational arrangements to support and sustain their trajectory toward excellence.

As part of the evaluation process, a group of educators visited Kennett Middle School to observe, firsthand, how the school functions on a daily basis. During their observation, they noted several areas where Kennett was exceeding expectations, including the following:

  • Daily grade level team meetings effectively address student needs and challenges.
  • The entire staff knows and appreciates the complexities of each student’s life and makes extensive efforts to know each student well as early in the year as possible.
  • Faculty should be commended for making learning meaningful and relevant by tapping into the diversity with their school community.
  • Implementing the LEAD program to provide every middle school student with an advocate.

“This was a collaborative effort that included every person throughout our school,” Kennett Middle School Assistant Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis said. “It took an honest, collective effort to complete the evaluation process, and I am extremely proud of our students, staff, and faculty.”

Representatives from Kennett Middle School attended the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute in late February. At this conference, not only was the school officially announced and recognized, Kennett Middle School’s representatives presented highlights of the school’s programs.

The middle school will also be recognized in Washington, D.C., at the National Schools to Watch Conference at the end of June.”

My hat is off to all of the stakeholders involved with our middle school,” stated Dr. Barry Tomasetti, superintendent of the Kennett Consolidated School District. “Together, they have developed a productive school climate where excellence and respect for others is expected from everyone.”

Since 1999, the Schools to Watch program has recognized more than 380 schools in 19 states, including 35 schools in Pennsylvania. A middle school that is designated as a School to Watch retains that honor for three years and must reapply, as Kennett Middle School did.

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Kennett Consolidated School District Student Registration Checklist

The Kennett Consolidated School District welcomes you to our district. Note: Students must have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 30th for kindergarten. For 1st grade, students must have attained the age of 6 years on or before September 30th of the year he or she is to be admitted to first grade or attained the age of five years, seven months before the first day of September and successfully completed a kindergarten program that satisfies the requirements established by Pennsylvania statutes, regulations, and rules. All registrations will be processed in the Student Registration Office located at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center by appointment only. You may schedule your appointment by calling (610) 444-4235.

Below is the list of required documents in addition to the registration packet at the time of your scheduled registration appointment:

  1. Two (2) current proofs of residency. Valid proofs of residency consist of a lease signed by both parties (executed within the last year), deed, settlement statement (HUD-1), real estate tax bill, homeowner’s/renter’s/title insurance policy, vehicle registration card, vehicle insurance card, voter’s registration card, employer letter on letterhead (if not self-employed), bank statement or current (within 30 days or quarterly) mortgage statement or utility activation or billing statement (water, electric, oil, propane, cable, internet, phone). Current address must be listed on documentation. Further documentation may be requested at the discretion of the school district.
  2. Parent/Guardian identification: valid driver’s license, state issued ID or passport.
  3. Student’s original birth certificate, baptismal certificate or valid passport.
  4. Immunization record.
  5. Parent Registration Statement (provided in the registration packet).
  6. Home Language Survey (provided in the registration packet)

If applicable: Residency and Guardianship Affidavits will be considered after July 1st.

  1. If parent/guardian and student are residing in someone else’s home, a Residency Affidavit must be completed by both resident and parent/guardian. At the time of registration appointment all parties must be present. Note: Two (2) proofs of residency and identification of the resident and four (4) proofs of residency and identification of the parent/guardian must be provided when submitting for approval. Acceptable proofs of residency and identification are listed on the forms. Forms are included in the registration packet. Further documentation may be requested at the discretion of the school district. Superintendent will review documentation submitted and provide final approval.
  2. If student is residing with someone other than the parent, a notarized Guardianship Affidavit must be completed by the guardian. Note: Two (2) proofs of residency and identification of the guardian must be provided when submitting for approval. Further documentation may be requested at the discretion of the school district. Superintendent will review documentation submitted and provide final approval.
  3. If student is placed with a family by a court system or foster agency, an original placement letter is required at the time of the registration appointment.

To ensure a smooth transition in the educational needs of your child, the following documents should be provided:

  1. Copy of last report card and/or withdrawal grades if the child previously attended another school.
  2. Copy of unofficial school transcript if student has completed at least half a semester in grades 9-12.
  3. For special education students, a copy of the most recent Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and evaluation report.
  4. 504 Service Agreement/Plan

Once all registration requirements have been met, you may contact the appropriate school (s) regarding orientation programs and class scheduling.

  • Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, K – 409 Center Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-444-6260
  • Bancroft Elementary, 1-5 – 181 Bancroft Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-925-5711
  • Greenwood Elementary School, 1-5 – 420 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-388-5990
  • New Garden Elementary School, 1-5 – 265 New Garden Road, PO Box 488, Toughkenamon, PA 19374; 610-268-6900
  • Kennett Middle School, 6-8 – 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landenberg, PA 19350; 610-268-5800
  • Kennett High School, 9-12 – 100 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-444-6620
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Lista de Verificación para la Inscripción del Estudiante en el Kennett Consolidated School Distric

El Kennett Consolidated School District le da la bienvenida al distrito. Nota: Para asistir a kindergarten, los estudiantes deben tener los 5 años cumplidos el 30 de septiembre. Para asistir a 1er grado, los estudiantes deben haber cumplido los 6 años de edad el 30 de septiembre del año que el alumno va a ser admitido al primer grado o haber cumplido cinco años y siete meses antes del primer día de septiembre y haber completado con éxito un programa de kindergarten que cumpla con las reglas, regulaciones y estatutos del estado de Pennsylvannia. Las inscripciones serán procesadas en la Oficina de Inscripción ubicado en el Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. Es necesario obtener una cita. Puede pedir una cita llamando al (610) 444-4235.

A continuación encontrará una lista de los documentos necesarios además del paquete de registro que deberá llevar a la cita de inscripción:

  1. Dos (2) pruebas actuales de residencia. Pruebas válidas de residencia son un contrato de arrendamiento firmado por ambas partes, una escritura, un contrato del cierre (HUD-1), una cuenta de impuestos a la propiedad, póliza de seguros de propietarios/arrendatarios/titulo, tarjeta de registro de su vehículo, tarjeta de seguro de su vehiculo, tarjeta de registro de votante, Dirección de los padres / tutor legal y comprobante de empleo con el membrete del empleador (si no trabaja por su cuenta propia), extracto de cuenta bancaria, o una declaración actual (correspondiente a los últimos 30 días o trimestre) de la hipoteca, recibo de servicios de la conección o la factura del (agua, electricidad aceite, propano, cable, internet, teléfono). La documentación debe presentar la dirección actual. Es posible que el distrito escolar le pida más documentación.
  2. Identificación del Padre/Tutor: licencia de conducir válida, identificación emitida por el estado o pasaporte.
  3. Certificado de nacimiento original del estudiante, certificado de bautismo o pasaporte válido.
  4. Certificados de vacunación.
  5. Formulario de declaración de inscripción para padres (Este cuestionario se incluye en el paquete de inscripción).
  6. Cuestionario del idioma que se habla en el hogar (Este cuestionario se incluye en el paquete de inscripción).

Si corresponde: La declaración jurada de tutela y residencia se considerará después del 1ro de julio.

  1. Si el padre/tutor y el estudiante residen en la casa de un tercero, tanto el residente como el padre/tutor deben presentar una declaración jurada de residencia, firmada ante un notario público. Todas las personas deben estar presentes en el momento de la inscripción. Nota: Al enviar la aprobación, debe proporcionar dos (2) pruebas de residencia e identificación del residente y cuatro (4) del padre/tutor. Los formularios contienen una lista de los documentos que se pueden utilizar como prueba de residencia e identificación. Los formularios se incluyen en el paquete de inscripción. Es posible que el distrito escolar le pida más documentación. El Superintendente revisará la documentación presentada y dará la aprobación final.
  2. Si el estudiante reside con otra persona que no sea el padre, el tutor debe completar una declaración jurada de tutela firmada ante un notario público. Nota: El tutor debe proporcionar dos (2) pruebas de residencia e identificación al entregar los documentos para que sean aprobados. Es posible que el distrito escolar le pida más documentación. El Superintendente revisará la documentación presentada y dará la aprobación final.
  3. Si el tribunal coloca al estudiante con una familia o con una agencia de acogida, se necesitará presentar una carta original de colocación cuando se vaya a la cita de inscripción.

Para que la transición hacia las necesidades de educación se realice sin problemas, presente los siguientes documentos:

  1. Una copia del último boletín de notas y/o las notas al retirarse de la escuela a la cual asistió anteriormente.
  2. Una copia del expediente académico no oficial, si el estudiante ha completado por lo menos medio semestre en los grados 9-12.
  3. En el caso de los estudiantes que reciben educación especial, necesitará presentar una copia del IEP (Plan de Educación Individualizado) más reciente y un informe de evaluación.
  4. Acuerdo/Plan de servicio 504

Una vez que se hayan cumplido los requisitos de inscripción, póngase en contacto con las escuelas correspondientes para saber sobre los programas de orientación y los horarios de clase.

  • Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, K – 409 Center Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-444-6260
  • Bancroft Elementary, 1-5 – 181 Bancroft Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-925-5711
  • Greenwood Elementary School, 1-5 – 420 Greenwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-388-5990
  • New Garden Elementary School, 1-5 – 265 New Garden Road, PO Box 488, Toughkenamon, PA 19374; 610-268-6900
  • Kennett Middle School, 6-8 – 195 Sunny Dell Road, Landenberg, PA 19350; 610-268-5800
  • Kennett High School, 9-12 – 100 East South Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348; 610-444-6620
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Snow Make-Up Day – Update

In accordance with the 2014-2015 calendar, student make-up days for school cancellations are as follows –

Tuesday, February 17 will be made up on Thursday, June 11, 2015; Monday, March 2 will be made up on Friday, June 12, 2015; Thursday, March 5 will be made up on Monday, March 30, 2015; and Friday, March 6 will be made up on Tuesday, March 31, 2015.

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2015-2016 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year will begin on Monday, March 2 and continue through Friday, March 27, 2015.  Parents can pick up a registration packet at the main office of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center located at 409 Center Street, Kennett Square.

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.

Students and parents new to kindergarten are invited to an information session and building tour to be held at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 12, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m.  Parents will meet with the principal and receive information about the program, and students can participate in activities.

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2015-2016 District Calendar Released

The 2015-2016 student school year will begin on Monday, August 31, 2015 and end on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 if there are no make-up days added to the end of the student school year.  Unless used as inclement weather make-up days, there will be no school for students on the following days:

September 7, 2015 (Labor Day)
September 14, 2015 (Rosh Hashanah)
September 23, 2015 (Yom Kippur)
November 3, 2015 (In-Service Day)
November 26 and 27, 2015 (Thanksgiving)
December 21, 2015 through January 1, 2016 (Winter Holiday)
January 18, 2016 (Martin Luther King Day)
February 15, 2016 (President’s Day)
March 21 through March 25, 2016 (Spring Holiday)
April 26, 2016 (In-Service Day)
May 30, 2016 (Memorial Day)

Nine (9) inclement weather make-up days have been built into the calendar and will be used in this order – December 21, 22, and 23, 2015, February 15, June 15 and 16, and March 21, 22, and 23, 2016.  Additional days will be made up at the end of the school year.

The complete calendar of conference days and school activities will be posted on the Kennett Consolidated School District’s website in late August. Click herefor a one-page download of the 2015-2016 academic calendar.

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KHS Choir Performs at Festival

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The Kennett High School Select Chorale participated in the Unionville High School Choral Festival on Friday, January 30.  Choirs from Garnet Valley and Church Farm School also performed and each choir was given comments on stage from Dr. Ryan Kelly of West Chester University.  The four school choirs joined in a grand finale of “America the Beautiful.”  

The Kennett High School Select Chorale includes Carlos Aldrete, Kate Bolten, Hannah Dale, Marisa Maxwell, Colby Reeves, and Kavya Shetty (seniors); Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Julie Bates, Pearl Battalora, Diane Brunke, Casey Bruno, Erin Dooley, Claire Duckworth, Alex Mark, Rebecca Ploener, Becca Shoemaker, and Duncan Smith (juniors); Sami Castleton, Zach Hrenko, Yvonna Liszewski, Austin Maxwell, and Cris Villicana (sophomores).  The choir is directed by Katie Soukup.

Kennett High School choir members enjoyed the evening and were heard to remark, “We should do this every Friday night!”  

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KCSD Celebrates Citadel Heart of Learning Awardee

The Kennett Consolidated School District celebrates Kennett Middle School teacher Mr. Philip Reggio, who was named the Citadel Heart of Learning award recipient for the middle school level! Mr. Reggio is a sixth-grade social studies teacher, sixth-grade social studies enrichment teacher, the gifted resource teacher, and the middle school honors program coordinator. He has been working in the Kennett Consolidated School District for 18 years.  
 
“I’m honored to be selected as this year’s middle school winner,” commented Mr. Reggio. “To be selected from such a talented, committed, and outstanding group of teachers literally left me speechless.”
 
Mr. Reggio said that in his past 20 years working with children, there have been several special people who helped him become the best educator he could be. “Their guidance and support has been an invaluable resource to me,” stated Mr. Reggio. “I truly appreciate and respect them tremendously not only as educators but also as people.”
 
Educators that have played a positive role in Mr. Reggio’s educational career include: Mrs. Donna Marino-Phillips (MDL teacher and mentor), Mrs. Susan Yocum (NG teacher and mentor), Dr. Christopher Hancock (KMS teacher and mentor), Mr. Andy Augustine (retired educator), Mr. Wrosch (English teacher, Clintondale High School), Mrs. Delores Montreuil (mentor), Dr. James Schmiechen (professor, Central Michigan University), Dr. Phillip Dillman (professor, Central Michigan University), Mrs. Sperrick (teacher, Little Mack Elementary School), Mrs. Pitt (teacher, Clintondale Middle School),  and Mr. Gregory Koczak (mentor).

Mrs. Elizabeth Munson’s three sons each had Mr. Reggio as a teacher and her two older sons have maintained their relationships with him. “Mr. Reggio is a wonderful teacher who is great at figuring out middle school students,” Mrs. Munson commented. “He establishes a caring relationship with students and helps each to be the best student and person they can be.”
 
Mr. Reggio believes that it’s the “teachable” moments that present themselves unexpectedly that he enjoys most about teaching.

“Being recognized is great; however, it is not why anyone gets into teaching,” Mr. Reggio commented. “I’ve always believed great teachers inherit their characteristics through experience, guidance, and role models. That’s why I think it is important to recognize the people who are responsible for paying it forward.”
 
Now in its 13th year, the Citadel Heart of Learning Award recognizes and shows thanks to teachers, while raising awareness of the importance of their hard work and dedication.

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Say Thank You to Our School Board Members

KCSD School Board Members

Public education is more than just learning the basic math, science, English, and history; it’s a platform for students to reach their potential. It inspires hope for a new generation and a successful future. The Kennett Consolidated School District exists in part because individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools.

Each January, we pause to express our appreciation for a very special group of volunteers: our school Board members. Usually, we don’t think of school Board members as school volunteers, but they do in fact volunteer to serve. School Board members give their 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 contribution, however, should not be understated. The volunteer efforts of the school Board members have the potential for tremendous benefit to the community as a whole and to the lives of the students individually. By serving the District in this important governance role, school Board members lay the foundation for the future.

The men and women who make the 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.

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. They spend more than 20 hours a month crunching numbers to set budgets, reviewing new curriculums and selecting textbooks, and making the hard calls. January is School Board Recognition Month and the Kennett Consolidated School District salutes this special group of volunteers — the nine elected members of the school Board.

“We are fortunate to have a diverse group of community members with varied perspectives serving the Kennett Consolidated School District and community,” said Mrs. Heather Schaen, Board president.  “Serving our Board this year are Mrs. Kendra LaCosta, who holds the office of vice president; Mr. Michael Finnegan, who holds the office of treasurer and is our finance chair; Mrs. Aline Frank, curriculum chair; Mr. Dominic Perigo, facilities liaison; Mr. Joe Meola, liaison and communication chair; Mr. Rudy Alfonso, Center for Academically Talent Students and Chester County Intermediate Unit representative; Mrs. Janis Reynolds; and Mr. Doug Stirling. This group supports and respects the hard work of our teachers, staff, and each other while working diligently to balance our fiduciary responsibilities to the tax payers/community members. This team works effectively together because we recognize our role is to govern rather than to manage — a key difference in school Board leadership. We have established an annual school Board retreat in which the Board closely examines the mission and direction of the District and works to set goals and develop policy in order to achieve that mission.”

These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, parents at our schools, and engaged senior citizens. During this month of recognition, we ask you, the school directors’ fellow community members, 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 for student success and for making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority.

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