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 khsminithon.org 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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A Spotlight on Mrs. Brooke Giffi

The sixth grade is an exciting year for any student. In Kennett Consolidated School District, sixth grade marks the transition from oldest in the elementary school to the newest students in the middle school. Fortunately for the students at Kennett Middle School, Mrs. Brooke Giffi is one of the teachers to who welcomes these transitioning students into the middle school.

Mrs. Giffi received her bachelor’s degree in education from West Chester University and has been teaching in Kennett Consolidated School District from the time she was student teaching. She continued to teach in the district while studying for her master’s degree in Instructional Systems, a degree that focuses on designing and implementing different instructional styles for all types of learners, which she received from Penn State University. After spending one year teaching fifth grade students at Greenwood Elementary, she moved to sixth grade, teaching first at Greenwood then moving to the middle school when it was built.

Her students often experience her countless roles: as a leader and role model, from time to time as a counselor; and always as a friend and mentor. In addition to the roles she fills for her students, she also serves as Facilitator and Presenter for the District’s Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) team.

Mrs. Giffi and other teachers from the District received training to teach in this relatively new instructional program. According to the Center for Applied Linguistics, the SIOP model is “a research-based and validated instructional model that has proven effective in addressing the academic needs of English learners throughout the United States. Using instructional strategies connected to each of these components, teachers are able to design and deliver lessons that address the academic and linguistic needs of English learners.”

Additionally, Mrs. Giffi is on the Pennsylvania Schools to Watch team. This recognition program runs on both the state and national levels, and 17 states participate. The mission of the initiative is to “prepare students to be ready for college, career, and citizenship (and) make every middle grades school academically excellent, responsive to the developmental needs and interests of young adolescents, and socially equitable.” This initiative gives Mrs. Giffi the opportunity to observe other schools in Pennsylvania and recognize the excellence of practices in other schools in the state.

As with any career, teaching poses it’s challenges. Mrs. Giffi notes, “In general, time is always a challenge. But professionally, I find that keeping up with the changes in state standards and Common Core curriculum, having that looming over teaching practices, is challenging. Staying balanced with workload is also something that takes a lot of attention. I personally appreciate timely feedback and want to be sure I give that to my students, so grading and returning paperwork on time is something that is important to me and takes planning.”

Clearly, the challenges she faces prove themselves to be well worth the energy. Building relationships with students and seeing the creativity they display is an aspect of her job that Mrs Giffi lives for. “Connecting with students on different levels and finding new ways to pique their interests in order to help them grow and learn as individuals as well as academically is why I teach. Every day I feel a wow moment because each day my students learn something new, and that is just fantastic.” She loves

getting visits from previous students. She says, “It’s great to see them return after they’ve done some growing up, and I love to see who they’ve become as people.” Mrs. Giffi is the mother of two boys who are currently in sixth grade and tenth grade. She loves to cook and read, and she cherishes time spent with her sons, husband, and cats.

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Musicians Selected for District Festivals

Eight incredibly talented Kennett High School musicians have been selected by audition to various Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) District 12 Honor Festivals. District 12 includes Chester and Delaware counties and is undeniably one of the most competitive in the state.

Victoria Gonzalez (bass clarinet), Yvonna Liszewski (flute), and Evan Shinn (euphonium) will be a part of the District Band Festival, February 9 – 11 at Bayard Rustin High School. These students are directed at Kennett High School by Mr. Anton Romano.

Participating in the District Chorus, January 12 – 14 at Penn Crest High School, were Arielle Smith (soprano), Abbie Duckworth (alto), Yvonna Liszewski (alto), Mirella Petrillo (alto), Jimmy Rosser (tenor), and Zach Hrenko (bass). Ms. Katie Soukup is the choral director at Kennett High School.

District Orchestra will be held January 26 – 28 at West Chester University. Flutist Yvonna Liszewski will represent KHS. The Kennett High School Orchestra is conducted by Mrs. Jessica Williams.

Auditions for selection to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District Festivals were held on November 19 at Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. Students had to demonstrate excellence in major and chromatic scales, as well as solo performance, or choral selections, in order to earn the right to participate at the District Festivals. At their respective festivals, students re-audition for the opportunity to go on to Region and State levels.

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