Important Message for High School Staff, Parents, and Guardians

Dear Kennett High School Staff, Parents, and Guardians,

We are notifying you that during routine testing of the hot water systems at Kennett High School, a positive test result for legionella bacteria was confirmed.

in response to this test result, we have consulted with the Chester County Health Department and contracted with an environmental remediation firm to eliminate the bacteria. As a proactive measure, we have discontinued use of the boiler room spigot where the positive sample was taken and as an additional precaution shut down all showersa

According to the Health Department, the presence of the bacteria, which are commonly found in water, is no concern for alarm at this time. The Health Department officials stated that there are no confirmed reports of Legionnaires’ disease and the Health Department would not be issuing a public advisory at this time.

The presence of legionella bacteria does not mean that a person will contract Legionnaires’ disease. The bacteria are not passed from person to person. People often receive low-level exposure as it exists naturally in the environment.

Questions & Answers (Q&A)

  • What is Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Legionnaires’ disease is a severe form of pneumonia-lung inflammation usually caused ,by infection. Legionnaires’ disease is caused by the bacteria legionella, which is common in the environment.
  • If there are no confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, why is the school district alerting the school community?
  • We believe that it is better to be cautious in situations Involving personal health.
  • How does a person contract Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Infection occurs by inhaling microscopic water droplets containing the bacteria.
  • What are the signs and symptoms of Legionnaires’ disease?
  • Signs of Legionnaires’ disease can include:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath
    • High fever
    • Muscle aches
    • Headaches

These symptoms usually begin 2 to 14 days after being exposed to the bacteria and develop into pneumonia.

  • What should I do now?
  • If you are not sick, there is no need for you to see a doctor.

If you believe that you might have Legionnaires’ disease, you should Immediately contact your doctor.

  • What Is the School District doing?
  • The School District will engage a remediation firm to treat the water systems. Samples of the water will be taken to confirm that the bacteria have been killed. Test results will be made known to the school community. Testing typically takes 2 weeks.

The School District will continue to work closely with the Chester County Health Department and other appropriate government agencies. Any relevant Information will be communicated to the school community.

  • Where can I find further information on Legionnaires’ disease?
  • A link to the Center for Disease Control {CDC), which explains Legionnaires’ disease, is below.

Barry W. Tomasetti, Ed.D. Superintendent

Por media de esta carta queremos notificarle que durante una prueba rutinaria del sistema del agua caliente en la Escuela Preparatoria de Kennett, se confirm6 una prueba positiva para la bacteria de legionela.

En respuesta a este resultado, hemos consultado con el Departamento de Salud del Condado de Chester y contratado una compaiifa de remedio ambiental para eliminar la bacteria. Como una medida proactiva, hemos descontinuado el uso de llave en el cuarto del calentador de agua donde obtuvimos las muestras positivas y coma una precauci6n adicional tambien hemos descontinuado el uso de todas las duchas.

De acuerdo al Departamento de Salud, la presencia de la bacteria, que normalmente se encuentra en el agua, no es una preocupaci6n alarmante en estos momentos. Los oficiales del Departamento de Salud declararon que no hay ning(m reporte confirmado de la enfermedad de Legionelosis y que el Departamento de Salud no estara emitiendo un aviso publico en estos momentos.

La presencia de la bacteria legionela no significa que la persona va a contraer la enfermedad de Legionelosis. La bacteria no puede ser pasada de persona a persona. La mayor parte del tiempo las personas son expuestas a un nivel bajo ya que esta bacteria naturalmente existe en nuestro ambiente.

Preguntas y Respuestas (PyR)

  • Que es la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • La enfermedad de Legionelosis es una forma severa de la pulmonfa – una inflamaci6n en los pulmones causada por una infecci6n. La enfermedad de Legionelosis es causada por la bacteria legionela, la cual es comun en nuestro media ambiente.
  • Si no hay ningun caso confirmado de la enfermedad de Legionelosis, lPOr que el distrito escolar esta avisando a la comunidad escolar?
  • Creemos que es mejor ser cautelosos en situaciones que envuelven la salud personal.
  • Como una persona contrae la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • La infecci6n ocurre cuando una persona inhala gotitas de agua microsc6picas que contienen la bacteria.
  • Cuales son los sfntomas de la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • Los sfntomas de la enfermedad de Legionelosis puede incluir:
    • Tos
    • Dificultad para respirar
    • Fiebre
    • Dolores musculares
    • Dolores de cabeza

Estos sfntomas usualmente comienzan de 2 a 14 dfas despues de ser expuesto a la bacteria y luego se desarrolla en pulmonfa.

  • Que debo hacer?
  • Si usted no esta enfermo, no hay ninguna necesidad de ver a un doctor.

Si usted cree que puede tener la enfermedad de Legionelosis, inmediatamente debe de contactar a su doctor.

  • Que esta hacienda el Distrito Escolar?
  • El Distrito Escolar estara contratando una compaiifa de remediaci6n ambiental para hacer tratamientos al sistema de agua. Muestras del agua seran tomadas para confirmar que la bacteria haya sido eliminada. Los resultados seran revelados a la comunidad escolar. El proceso de las pruebas usualmente toma 2 semanas.

El Distrito Escolar trabajara muy de cerca con el Departamento de Salud y otras agencias apropiadas del gobierno. Cualquier informaci6n pertinente sera comunicada a la comunidad escolar.

  • Donde puedo encontrar informaci6n adicional con relaci6n a la enfermedad de Legionelosis?
  • Abaja encontrara un enlace a la pagina de internet de los Centros para el Control y la Prevenci6n de Enfermedades (CDC), el cual explica la enfermedad de Legionelosis.

BarryW. Tomasetti, Ed.D. Superintendent

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KCSD #ALLin Event @ Phillies Game on June 3, 2017!

We would like to invite you to join us at the Phillies vs. Giants Baseball Game on Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 4:05pm at Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Last year’s event was very fun and successful and we look forward to another great year. As is tradition, the Kennett Middle School Eighth Grade Chorus will sing the National Anthem before the game.

All members of the KCSD family are invited to join in on the fun. All KCSD employees and students received a green flyer and order form with the details of the game and how to order tickets. Tickets are only $23 each! Orders are due by May 5, 2017! Proceeds from each ticket sold at this event will benefit the students at Kennett Middle School.

To purchase tickets, please fill out the order form and send payment in the form of cash, check, or credit card. Online tickets can be purchased by visiting and sending the order form to KMS. For more information, please contact Kennett Middle School at 610-268-5800. Reserve your tickets and meet us at the ballpark! Go Phillies and Go Kennett!

Ticket Order Form: 2017 KCSD ALLIN Night at the Phillies

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KHS Inducts National Honor Society Members

The Kennett High School Blue and White Chapter of the National Honor Society welcomed the 2017-18 inductees at a ceremony and reception on March 22, 2017.

Chapter adviser Dr. Alicia Tamargo opened the program. Four National Honor Society members from the Class of 2017 highlighted the Cardinal Objectives, the qualities expected of members: Madison Bowe (character), Danial Quraishi (scholarship), Austin Maxwell (leadership), and Luke Beeson (service). Senior speeches were delivered by Meredith Mitchell and Isabelle Morrison.

Next, Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal, called the role of the existing members of the Chapter. These students were inducted into the Society last year: Cullen Abelson, Molly Adelman, Luke Beeson, Madison Bowe, Edwin Castaneda-Campos, Samantha Castleton, Delaney Chaffin, Michaela Clarkson, Michelle Disler, Olivia Donia, Kate Doroba, Victoria Gallivan, Kylee Harvey, Zachary Hrenko, Lindsay Krieger, Yvonna Liszewski, Austin Maxwell, David McVey, Kelsey Mentzer, Arianna Meola, Meredith Mitchell, Isabelle Morrison, Margaret O’Sullivan, Olivia Pagliaro, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Danyal Quraishi, Devon Reilly, Abigail Roche, Jack Ryder, Ryan Salameda, Emily Sauer, Charlotte Schmitt, Cindy Serrato Zavala, Julia Sharp, Charles Shattuck, Benjamin Skross, Kerry Tomasetti, Jacqueline Tucker, and Samantha Weaver.

Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal, called the role of new inductees who were welcomed into the Chapter: seniors Julia Beldyk, Claire Brady, Susanna Casini, Chloe Clark, Ryan Ganly, Lauren He, Catherine Hodges, Katelin Judge, Rebecca Lustig, Danielle Phillips, Madissyn Stanton, Jamie Wessels, and Hannah Wissner; juniors

Ashton Albert, Leo Battalora, Jose Becerra, Tyler Bowdoin, Megan Bunke, Francesca Caccamo, Daniela Carmona, Clare Catanzaro, Hannah Church, Giulianna Claricurzio, Katherine Clarke, Anna Colamarino, Madelyn Conlin-Day, Michael Crognale, Jillian Curran, Abby Davidson, Claire Dawyot, Abigail Devestine, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Daniel Drennan, Abigail Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Nicholas Erni, Eliane Esparza Villarruel, Kevin Fiss, Melissa Fitzgibbon, Eric Gaver, David Geller, Victoria Gonzalez, Ryley Harris, Caroline Hertz, Sydney Holder, Nicole Huff, Quinn Huffaker, Alexa Hussey, Kelsey Jernegan, Cedric Jones, Benjamin Jordan, Delaney Joyce, Maxwell Judd, Jake Kalscheur, Brinda Kapur, Meghann LaCosta, Keiri Lemus Ramirez, Benjamin Lesher, Caroline Maroko, Matthew Patterson, Cameron Petrillo, Gianna Pippin, Elizabeth Rauscher, Lily Reilly, James Rosser, Katherine Rowe, Alena Rybarczyk, Jennifer Schaen, Morgan Schaen, Kathleen Schuetz, Linus Silbernagel, Elijah Smith, Lukas Staudenmayer, Samantha Sullivan, Allison Taylor, Emily Thompson, Madison Thureen, James Tuley, Citlaly Weed, Trinette Wheeler, Kaitlyn Willey, Chase Williams, Anna Wilson, Karma Yang, and Cynthia Zern.

Following the induction ceremony and roll call, Assistant Principal Raymond Fernandez administered the pledge of honor, and Dr. Tamargo announced the newly elected officers for 2017-18: President James Tuley, Vice President Madison Thureen, Secretary Kaitlyn Willey, Treasurer Claire Dawyot, and Historian Jillian Curran. Dr. Hritz then closed the ceremony and invited all to a reception in the cafeteria.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter must demonstrate and maintain high standards of the four hallmarks of the National Honor Society: scholarship, leadership, character, and service. Throughout the year, members of the National Honor Society members participate in service activities, including tutoring and fundraising. This year they have organized two blood drives for the American Red Cross, worked on volunteer crews for the Mushroom Festival, and ushered patrons at this year’s musical The Drowsy Chaperone. The group is also looking forward to sponsoring social activities at the high school, including May’s very popular Glow Dance, as well as volunteering this spring at the Kennett Run.

Members of the Blue and White Chapter became eligible by posting a 3.75 grade point average (GPA) by the second semester of their junior year. Additional qualities of character, leadership, and service were assessed by the faculty of Kennett High School and reviewed by members of the National Honor Society Faculty Council, chosen by the principal from among the faculty and serving for a period of two years. This year’s Faculty Council included Mr. Robert Anthony, Mr. Vincent Civiletti, Mrs. Sara Donovan, Mrs. Kimberly Guarneri, Mr. Joseph Hutcheson, Mrs. Lisa Kochmansky, Dr. Erin McDonnell-Jones, Ms. Heather Morihara, Ms. Amanda O’Connor, Mr. Michael Replogle, Mr. Robert Socash, Mrs. Hannah Taylor, Mr. Francis Vanderslice, and Mr. Robert Wagner.

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Kennett High School Presents The Drowsy Chaperone

Kennett High School is proud to present The Drowsy Chaperone.

When a die hard theatre fan plays his favorite cast album, the characters come to life in this hilarious musical farce. Winner of five Tony Awards 2006, The Drowsy Chaperone is a loving send-up of the Jazz Age musical, featuring one show-stopping song and dance number after another. (

Join us:

Thursday, March 16 at 7:30 pm

Friday, March 17 at 7:30 pm

Saturday, March 18 at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here or at the door to the show.

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2016-2017 Calendar Revision

As a result of schools being closed because of inclement weather on February 9 and March 14, 2017, the last student day for the 2016-2017 school year will now be Monday, June 12, 2017. Any additional inclement weather days make-up days will be added to the end of the calendar.

Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule Revision

Parent/teacher conferences for kindergarten, elementary, and middle school students on Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17, will be held as scheduled. Those that were canceled on Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017, will be made up as follows:

Kindergarten and Elementary Schools – Monday, March 20 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with kindergarten students dismissed at 12:05 p.m. and elementary students dismissed at 12:30 p.m.

Middle School – Tuesday, March 21, 2017, with students dismissed at 11:30 a.m. Monday, March 20 will be a full day of school for Kennett Middle School students.

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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 or call the school at 610-444-6617 for more information.

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