Alumni Day at Kennett High School Information

Alumni Day at Kennett High School will be Thursday, December 22 from 8am to 1pm. Entrance to the school will be at the main lobby; the south-wing entrance will be locked. All visitors must sign in and receive a visitor pass sticker to be worn visibly on shirt or jacket.

Refreshments for alumni will be available in the library from 8am to 1pm. The Holiday Concert begins at 8:45am in the auditorium. (No food or drink should be taken into the auditorium).

Please remember – The day is an instructional day. Signs will be placed on classroom doors indicating whether or not a teacher is available to visit.

Thank you for your cooperation. The Administrators, Faculty & Staff of Kennett High School look forward to seeing you!

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A Spotlight on Mrs. Ashley McKeown

Kindergarten is an enormous step for all children.Kindergarten teachers leave lasting impressions on the children that they welcome into their classrooms. Kindergarten is also some children’s first experience in a traditional classroom, making this year of schooling especially important.

Ashley McKeown, a kindergarten teacher at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center and our Spotlight for December,rises to this occasion year after year. She has this quote displayed in her home, “While we teach our children about life, our children teach us what life’s all about.” This perfectly describes Mrs. McKeown’s passion and excitement for her career and for her students.

Mrs. McKeown began her career at Kennett Consolidated School District 11 years ago, when she began teaching half-day kindergarten at the New Garden Kindergarten Center. She also spent a year teaching the LEAP program for at-risk learners. She spent two years teaching first grade students at New Garden Elementary School; since then, she has taught full-day kindergarten at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center.

Mrs. McKeown earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a minor in human development and family studies, from Penn State. As a student teacher, she spent a full year in a first and second grade multi-age classroom. She then earned her master’s degree in early childhood education from West Chester University. Her education has allowed her to keep students’ developmental levels in mind as she plans engaging lessons and manages behavior. She says, “Since my focus is on child development, educating the ‘whole child’is at the forefront of my thinking – cognitive, social, emotional, and physical.”

In addition to being a kindergarten teacher, Mrs. McKeown is a representative on the Math Standing Committee and a Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) facilitator for Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, but perhaps her most important position is as a positive role model for her students. Mrs. McKeown says, “I model respect and manners when speaking with my students. I remind them that making mistakes is okay and that we can work to correct them. Kindness is essential to creating a warm and loving atmosphere in my classroom.”

Although the work can be challenging, Mrs. McKeown describes it as rewarding and exciting. Differentiating between the needs of her students is a constant reminder that there is always room to grow and change. She says, “Looking at previous lesson plans and realizing I need to make adjustments each year helps me grow as a teacher. No year is the same. Different students have different needs and that requires new and fresh ideas.”

But for Mrs. McKeown, it’s all about the kindergartners’ zest for life and learning:

“The light in my students’ eyes when they’ve made a connection or have an “a-ha” moment is amazing. It’s the only job where at least 10 people a day give you a hug and say “I love you.”Witnessing the growth of kindergarten students in a year – students who begin the year knowing no letters, sounds, or how to recognize/write their name, to reading on-grade-level books and writing multiple sentence stories by the end is worth it.”

Outside the classroom, Mrs. McKeown participates in Responsive Classroom courses and pursues independent education, such as reading about Word Study and the Daily 5 model for organizing productive, independent work time. This allows her to make the most of her small-group time.

Mrs. McKeown lives in Kennett Square Borough with her three children – four-year-old twin boys Henry and Bryce and two-year-old daughter Riley—and her husband of six years, Jim.She enjoys photography and visiting museums, fire stations, and playgrounds with her children. Kennett Consolidated School District is lucky to have such a genuine, observant, and caring teacher to usher all those fresh faces into kindergarten.

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Kennett Middle School Represented at National Conference

In early October, Kennett Middle School science teacher Mrs. Joy Rosser traveled to Austin, Texas, to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.

Her session, titled “Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators,” targeted administrators, counselors, media specialists/librarians, parents, principals, teachers, and team leaders. Mrs. Rosser had previously presented this material locally through the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Kennett Consolidated School District.Joy Rosser

The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages ten to fifteen, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.

“Personally, I was thrilled to learn that my proposal had been accepted for this year’s conference,” Mrs. Rosser states. “Professionally, presenting at the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase the positive culture of Kennett Middle School.”

The goal of Mrs. Rosser’s presentation was to engage attendees in conversations about how who they are and what they say enhances their students’ learning experiences.

“Educators are the catalysts for their classroom and school,” Mrs. Rosser explains. “I wanted attendees to leave my session with the motivational and optimistic wisdom to ignite the spark that will help them to make a positive difference in their students and their schools. I want to empower educators with a greater sense of purpose and confidence for their students’ benefit.”

Mrs. Rosser’s session engaged attendees in discussions around juggling and balancing multiple roles, counseling parents, inspiring colleagues, and motivating students. Together, they explored obstacles in daily teaching and strategized through challenges in order to improve retention so that teachers bring their best energy every day for their students.

“We were so proud to have Joy represent Kennett Middle School and the state of Pennsylvania at the national convention,” Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, Kennett Middle School’s principal, comments. “Joy is truly a dedicated and hardworking individual with tons of passion to ‘ignite’ our students and staff.”

Mrs. Rosser serves as a member of the southeast regional board and the state board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. In addition, she is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s board of directors and is a member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch State Team.

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Chester County Health Department Confirms Cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

The Chester County Health Department has confirmed 30 cases of Pertussis (Whooping Cough) between 9/1/16 – 11/10/16. Chester County had a total of 12 cases last year, so this is a significant increase in Pertussis. Most cases are children ages eight to 12 with a small number of students aged 15-17.

The disease progresses from cold-like symptoms for one to two weeks, followed by intense coughing that lasts for two to three months (this cough can linger even after treatment). In infants, the symptoms are more severe and you are most likely to hear the “whoop”.

The Pertussis (Tdap) vaccines are decreasing the length of illness and severity of the cough. There have been no hospitalizations. The current recommended treatment is a regimen of antibiotics (typically Zithromax for five days). The CCHD is recommending that students remain at home for five days while taking the antibiotics. They are also advising doctors to exclude students from school forfive days with symptoms of Pertussis, even if there is no confirmation of disease.

School Nurses must report all cases of confirmed or suspected Pertussis to the CCHD.

Pertussis Flyer English

Pertussis Flyer Spanish

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Kennett Consolidated School District Flu Clinic

November 1st, 2016 – 2:30PM to 6:30PM

Stopping the Flu Starts with You!

The school year is underway, and you’re feeling like you have your family’s routine down pat. You’re making sure the kids are on top of their homework. You’re getting them to and from after-school activities. Have you also made plans to get you and your family vaccinated against the flu?

School season means flu season—the flu virus is most active from October to May. While the flu causes mild illness in most people (think fever, sore throat, body aches, among other symptoms), it can lead to serious health complications and even death in others. Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions are at a greater risk for serious complications.

Getting vaccinated is the #1 way to prevent the flu. In fact, everyone 6 months or older should get vaccinated each year, as early as possible. We are partnering with the Chester County Health Department to offer a flu vaccine clinic to community members.

When: November 1st, 2016 – 2:30PM to 6:30PM

Where: Kennett High School

Registration: Same day, on site registration only

Please print out and bring the forms below:

Flyer

Flyer (en Español)

Vaccine Information Sheet

Vaccine Information Sheet (en Español)

Consent Form

Consent Form (en Español)

For more information, visit www.chesco.org/health/flu. Same day, onsite registration only. If you have health insurance, bring your cards. All insurance types, including medical assistance, are welcome.

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Chesmont Football to Live Stream the Kennett HS Blue Demons Versus the Unionville HS Indians Football Game October 14th

Attention: All Kennett High School Students (and your families)!

Stuck at home this Friday night, October 14th for the big rivalry game against Unionville Indians? There’s no need to fear- ChesMontFootball.com is here!

We’re gearing up to web stream the match when the Indians visit your lean and mean, rough and tumble Kennett High School Blue Demons in our usual, time-honored “Game-of-the-Week” format!

It’s quick and easy to join us on game night. All you have to do is log-in to: www.ChesMontFootball.com, click the link for this week’s “Game-of-the-Week”, kick back, relax, and enjoy the game!

ChesMontFootball.com –> “We’ll Take YOU There!”

Check out Chesmont Football on Instagram @3CTVLive for live updates throughout the game!

Chesmont Football is also on Facebook, just search 3CTVLive.

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Announcing: an All In Against Drugs Night for KCSD Parents

Parents:

Please join us in the High School Auditorium for an evening program on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:45 P.M. as part of our fight against drug abuse.

KCSD will host an All In Against Drugs Night for all district parents (grades K to 12). Featured will be a video created by the FBI called “Chasing the Dragon,” which graphically illustrates the horrors of opiate drug use. Though we have no knowledge that this is an issue in our community, stories about opiate drugs have been in the news, and we want to give you an opportunity to learn more about the problem.

Also on the program will be presentations by FBI agent and Unionville parent Kevin McShane and Kennett High School counselor Fran Ryan. They will offer valuable advice about keeping our children drug-free and safe.

You will receive an “All In” t-shirt and a t-shirt to take home for each of your children. Though we must limit attendance at this program to adults only, you will learn how you can view this video at home with your children.

All of us at KCSD urge you to attend. We want to be your partners … to help you stay well-informed … to help you be better prepared … so that you can help your children make positive choices and avoid starting on a pathway to drug abuse.

I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 18.

Sincerely,

Barry Tomasetti, Superintendent

Kennett Consolidated School District

Announcing: All In Against Drugs Night for KCSD Parents (grades K-12)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., in the Kennett High School auditorium

Join us …

  • See a video created by the FBI called “Chasing the Dragon,” which graphically illustrates the horrors of opiate drug use.
  • Learn more about keeping children drug-free and safe from FBI agent and Unionville parent Kevin McShane and Kennett High School counselor Fran Ryan.
  • Receive a free “All In” t-shirt and a t-shirt to take home for each of your children.
  • Learn how you can view this video at home with your children.

KCSD and parents … partners in preventing drug abuse among our children and young people.

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A Spotlight on Mrs. Trista Todd

The Kennett Consolidated School District is pleased to welcome Mrs. Trista Todd as the new supervisor of special education. Mrs. Todd joins the Kennett Consolidated School District from the Warwick School District, where she most recently served as an instructional coach with a focus in special education programming.

Mrs. Todd is a graduate of Millersville University, where she earned a bachelor of science in communications and public relations and a master’s degree in elementary education. She then received a certification in special education from West Chester University before earning her second certification in administration and leadership from Temple University.

Mrs. Todd is excited to be a part of the Kennett Consolidated School District. She looks forward to joining the ongoing collaboration among students, families, staff, and the community that makes the District unique.

“One of Kennett Consolidated School District’s greatest assets is our dedicated teaching staff,” Mrs. Todd says. “Our teaching staff’s interest in their students is truly inspiring. Meeting all of these wonderful educators and seeing their dedication truly drives me to work harder each day.”

As the supervisor of special education, Mrs. Todd helps the District provide education in a supportive environment that develops the intellectual, emotional, social, artistic, and physical capabilities of every child. Her role in the District is extensive, providing ongoing support and supervision for new initiatives in the special education department.

“When you work with children, you realize that every day is a ‘wow moment.’ One of my most treasured moments as an educator was watching a young man graduate who I had the pleasure of working with since he was in the first grade,” Mrs. Todd says. “I remained a support system for him and his family throughout his school career and developed a relationship with him that continues today. The caveat with him was that many wondered if, or even how, he would graduate even as far back as the first grade. Sitting with his family at graduation was a moment I will never forget. Moments like this prove that the reason for commitment is no longer abstract, but instead becomes very real!”

Mrs. Todd’s compassion and commitment to the betterment of all children follows her from the hallways to her home and back again. Her favorite thing to do is spending time with her husband John and their children, Adyson and Landis. Together, the family of four enjoys traveling and outdoor activities like hiking and swimming. Mrs. Todd also enjoys watching her children participate in various sports and is an active runner herself.

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We Are Kennett Night Promises to be Fun for All

Kennett High School invites the District’s current elementary and middle school students to We Are Kennett Night on Thursday, November 3 at 6:30 pm.

At We Are Kennett Night, students and their families will learn about the many academic, athletic, and club opportunities that are available at Kennett High School. The purpose of this event is to encourage our younger students to begin considering their educational future at Kennett High School. This will be a fun and exciting opportunity for future Kennett High School students to meet the high school principals, teachers, counselors, and coaches, and to also explore the building to learn its physical layout. The event will kick off at 6:30 PM with a presentation regarding the academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs at Kennett High School.

Students at 2015's We Are Kennett Night. Students at 2015’s We Are Kennett Night.
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