As indicated on the District calendar, the make-up days for the school closings on Monday, January 25, and Tuesday, January 26, 2016, will be Monday, February 15 (President’s Day) and Wednesday, June 15, 2016.
For the first time, students and their parents were invited to join faculty at Family Reading Night at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center. Principal Mrs. April Reynolds welcomed students and parents to the event, as Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center teachers Mrs. Antoinette Novakovic, Mrs. Marie Lawson, Mr. Jeri Ramagnano, and Mrs. Kara Gaspari demonstrated four different reading and phonics activities at various stations. Parents were taught how to conduct a read aloud, letter naming, sight-word, and first-sound activities that could be used during the long winter break.
“It is important to actively educate students during holiday breaks,” stated Curriculum Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies Mrs. Jessica Kilmetz. “Continuing to engage students is essential to keeping students’ educational progression on track.”
Students and parents were also given free books and fun assignments to work on together over the winter break. Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center would like to thank all of the 38 families who attended and made this event a success!
Family Reading Night was one of many Title I events held in the Kennett Consolidated School District throughout the year.
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 individuals volunteer their time to make informed decisions about the issues facing public schools.
Every January, we celebrate these everyday heroes – the nine elected School Board members who serve our students and educational system. We do not usually 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.
Their contribution should not be understated. The volunteer efforts of the School Board members have the potential for tremendous benefit to the community as a whole, as well as the lives of students individually. By serving the District in this important governance role, School Board members lay the foundation of 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, review bus schedules and curriculum, to name just a few of the decisions they make for the District.
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. 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.
“Our Board of School Directors is a group of focused volunteers who work to provide our students with the best learning opportunities possible while striving to be fair to our taxpayers,” said Superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti. “A Kennett Consolidated School Board member spends a minimum of 15 to 20 hours each month poring over proposed curricula and expenditures and revenue sources that make up our yearly budget. The Kennett Consolidated School District is highly respected and has earned many regional and national honors over the past several years, and along with a dedicated staff, the credit for this success should be attributed to our School Board members.”
The nine dedicated volunteers who make up this year’s Kennett Consolidated School District School Board are (front row L-R) Mr. Joseph Meola, Vice President; Mr. Douglas Stirling; Mr. Michael Finnegan, Treasurer; Mrs. Aline Frank; Mrs. Heather Schaen; (back row L-R) Mr. Rudy Alfonso; Mrs. Janis Reyolds; Mrs. Kendra LaCosta, President; and Mr. Dominic Perigo Jr.
These dedicated volunteers reside in our community. They are our friends, neighbors, community leaders, engaged senior 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 making the difficult decisions. Most importantly, thank them for being everyday heroes and making our students’ success their priority.
Kennett High School celebrated senior Jordan Goddard signing her National Letter of Intent to play Division II field hockey at Millersville University. Jordan was surrounded by her parents, Eileen Goddard and Mark Goddard, as well as by her Principal Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Head Coach Meghan Shumway, Assistant Coach Kristen Kotler, and Athletic Director Sean Harvey.
Jordan has been a member of the Kennett High School’s varsity field hockey team since her freshman year. As one of the best midfielders in the county, Jordan has had a phenomenal field hockey career with the Blue Demons. During her sophomore year, Jordan was named to the All-League Second Team. Jordan continued having successful seasons, when she was named to the All-League Second Team and named team MVP and Best Offensive Player in her junior year. Jordan’s most successful season as a Kennett High School field hockey player was her senior year. Jordan was named to the All-League First Team, was named team MVP, was a Booster’s Club Award recipient, and was ranked as the lead scorer on the team with 14 goals and 10 assists. Jordan also plays on a club field hockey team where she is primarily a defender.
Jordan will continue her education at Millersville University, where she will study psychology. After completing her undergraduate work, Jordan plans to get her Master’s Degree in Speech Pathology.
Kennett Consolidated School District is pleased to introduce Mr. Sean Harvey as the District’s new athletic director.
Mr. Harvey brings 10 years of experience to his new role. Prior to joining Kennett Consolidated School District, Mr. Harvey worked at Oxford High School for 17 years. During his time at Oxford High School, Mr. Harvey taught social studies for 17 years and was the athletic director for 10 years. Mr. Harvey also coached Oxford High School’s boys’ basketball and baseball teams.
“I am very excited to be working with the Kennett Consolidated School District,” stated Mr. Harvey. “I am looking forward to building upon the already successful athletics program here at Kennett High School.”
Mr. Harvey earned his Bachelor of Science from West Chester University, where he majored in social studies and secondary education.
When he is not working, Mr. Harvey enjoys spending time with his wife, Nicole, and their two children, Elizabeth and Chase. Mr. Harvey also enjoys reading and watching college basketball and baseball.
The Kennett Consolidated School District would like to extend a warm welcome to Mr. Harvey. With Mr. Harvey’s ambition and experience, the future of the District’s athletic program is bright.
Across the Kennett Consolidated School District, students and faculty participated in holiday service projects.
Each year, the lobby of New Garden Elementary School is transformed into a winter wonderland of giving. During the holiday season, the lobby has been home of the Mitten Tree for 20 years. This 20-year-old tradition invited students and faculty to add their donations of scarves, hats, gloves, and mittens to the tree throughout the month of December. The generous donations were then distributed to students in need. Who gives and takes from the Mitten Tree varies from year to year and is always kept confidential.
The New Garden Elementary School lobby also acts as a drop-off site for Toys for Tots and canned goods for the Kennett Food Cupboard. In fact, multiple schools in the Kennett Consolidated School District are designated donation areas for Toys for Tots. Kennett High School’s National Honor Society also arranged a donation area at the high school to collect toys for Toys for Tots.
This year, Kennett High School’s Humanitarian Club held its annual food drive to benefit Kennett Food Cupboard. The Humanitarian Club participated in many different fundraising activities. Students asked for canned good donations, sold hot cider and cocoa, held a “Pie the Teacher” contest, and walked in the March to End Hunger. Overall, the Humanitarian Club collected more than 2,000 canned goods and donated more than $500 to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
“The food drive is my favorite fundraising effort that the Humanitarian Club coordinates,” said Humanitarian Co-President Zoe Livingston. “The Kennett High School student body played a vital role in making our food drive a success.”
Over at Kennett Middle School, the student council successfully hosted their annual Student Council Canned Food Drive. Together, students in grades six through eight collected 396 cans to be donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard. There was even a friendly competition to see which grade could collect the most canned goods. The eighth grade “won” the competition, with a total of 187 cans collected. In second place, was the seventh grade class with a total of 108 cans collected, and with a close third-place finish, the sixth grade collected 101 cans.
Kennett High School continued tradition and held its annual Holiday Turkey Drive. Organized every year by social studies teacher Mr. Shawn Duffy, the Holiday Turkey Drive provided turkeys to families in need. This year, Kennett High School students and faculty collected 40 turkeys.
Holiday Helpers at Greenwood Elementary School worked together to benefit the Kennett Food Cupboard. Led by art teacher Mrs. Meghan Bergman, 20 students in third, fourth, and fifth grades met after school and created and decorated clay bowls. Making clay bowls to help the community was inspired by the internationally recognized Empty Bowls Project. This project allows participating artists and groups to create and donate bowls to help feed those in need. This activity infused service and teamwork, as students worked together to finish the bowls rather than working on one single bowl individually.
“It is great to see our students so enthusiastic about helping others,” stated Mrs. Bergman. “I have students asking when Holiday Helpers will meet as early as the beginning of the school year.”
The clay bowls that the Holiday Helpers and Mrs. Bergman created are now on display at the Mala Galleria in Kennett Square. Student-crafted bowls can still be purchased, and all proceeds will go to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
Bancroft Elementary School hosted their annual food drive with great success! During the months of October and November, Bancroft Elementary School’s Life Skills students collected and counted all donations. This year, Bancroft Elementary School’s families generously donated over2,000 nonperishable food items to the Kennett Food Cupboard.
Holiday spirit filled the halls of Kennett Middle School as students and faculty participated in holiday service projects benefiting Adopt-A-Family. Raising money for Adopt-A-Family helps people in need receive presents during the holidays.
Kennett Middle School’s sixth grade class held their annual Adopt-A-Family Dance in November. There was almost 100 percent participation from the students attending the dance. Special items such as glow bracelets, necklaces, and glow eyeglasses were available for purchase along with refreshments. All sixth grade teachers helped by making commercials for the morning announcements, providing the music, selling tickets, showing off their fantastic dance moves, and generating enthusiasm for this great cause. Together, Kennett Middle School students and faculty collected more than $1,500 to benefit the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Kennett Middle School seventh grade students and teachers participated in a friendly Jeopardy-inspired competition called, “Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grade Teacher?” to raise money for the Adopt-A-Family program. Seventh grade students donated $3 to attend the event, where both student and teacher participants were quizzed on topics ranging from pop culture to Kennett Middle School trivia. Chances to become a student contestant could be obtained by purchasing raffle tickets. Approximately 30 students participated as contestants and “Are You Smarter Than a Seventh Grade Teacher?” was a success! The seventh grade class raised more than $1,000 for the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Kennett Middle School’s eighth grade class combined fun, fitness, and service by hosting a student-teacher volleyball game to benefit the Adopt-A-Family program. Students donated $3 to attend the volleyball game, and they also were able to purchase $1 raffle tickets giving them a chance to win a spot on the student team. Students and faculty were not only serving volleyballs, but they were also serving their community! Together, the eighth grade class raised $1,200 for the school’s Adopt-A-Family program.
Members of the Kennett Middle School’s Student Council also coordinated a school wide Christmas card-making activity. Students and faculty were invited to design and decorate Christmas cards that were delivered to local nursing homes, including Friends Home in Kennett, Brandywine Senior Living at Longwood, and Kendal-Crosslands in Kennett Square. The Student Council estimated that 800-1,000 Christmas cards were sent this holiday season. What a wonderful way to bring holiday cheer to the community!
This year, students at New Garden Elementary School decorated and wrote letters to United States troops stationed overseas. When special education teacher Ms. Felicine Oakes heard that some troops in her nephew’s unit were not getting letters from home, she wanted to help. Students from first grade teacher Ms. Lisa Tash and learning support teacher Ms. Christine Doubet’s classes decorated cards for the holidays using stickers and pictures from recycled holiday cards. The students wrote heartwarming messages such as “Thank you for protecting our country” and “Happy Holidays, hope you come home soon!” Some students even opted to ask the troops questions such as “Do you have a bow and arrows?” This, with no doubt, brought smiles to the troop’s faces. With help of New Garden Elementary School students, the troops received the cards filled with holiday cheer.
During the month of December, Bancroft Elementary School hosted a Pajama Drive with hopes of bringing comfort to all of those in need. Bancroft Elementary School collected 200 pairs of new pajamas, in all sizes, that were donated to the United Way and local shelters. To culminate the Pajama Drive, Bancroft Elementary School students participated in a Pajama Day, where students wore their pajamas to school on the last day before holiday break.
This year, New Garden Elementary School students and their teacher, Mr. Tim Haddigan, donated blankets to children in need. Together, Mr. Haddigan and his fourth and fifth grade students made no-sew blankets that were donated to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Thanks to their hard work, Mr. Haddigan and his students provided much needed comfort for children in need during this holiday season.
In November, members of Kennett High School’s National Honor Society volunteered to serve veterans at the American Legion Post. Together, the students represented Kennett High School as they set up tables, prepared and served food, and washed dishes.
Kennett High School’s National Honor Society also hosted a Red Cross Blood Drive this month. Each year, the National Honor Society hosts two annual Red Cross Blood Drives, one in the winter and one in the spring. During this event, students and teachers volunteered to donate blood, helping not only the Red Cross but many people around the country. This year, seniors Julie Dates, Alex Mark, and Zoe Livingston were responsible for organizing volunteers and signing up students who wanted to donate blood.
“The students do a great job organizing and running the blood drive,” said Dr. Alicia Tamargo, math teacher and National Honor Society advisor. “I am proud of their dedication and enthusiasm to help the community.”
This is the 16th year the National Honor Society has held a Red Cross Blood Drive.
The Kennett Consolidated School District would like to thank all of the students, faculty, and families that continue to support the District’s efforts to help the community. The holiday service projects held this year are a true testament to the Kennett Consolidated School District’s mission of fostering an ongoing collaboration among students, families, staff, and the community.
Having a love for fitness and a passion for teaching, Mrs. Leigh Castle (pictured her with one of the classes she teaches) finds her job as a health and physical education specialist both enjoyable and rewarding as she encourages Bancroft Elementary School students to embrace active and healthy lifestyles. Mrs. Castle plays a vital role in her students’ lives as she introduces and educates them on the importance of health and physical education.
“What I love about my job is being able to provide students with opportunities to have positive movement experiences with their peers while breaking a good sweat in PE class,” said Mrs. Castle. In the health classroom, students are learning about body systems, nutrition, and steps to avoid peer pressure. Mrs. Castle stated, “I want to be impactful. I want to provide my students with the resources and knowledge they need to understand and implement healthy lifestyle choices that will pay off in their futures.”
Mrs. Castle has worked at Kennett Consolidated School District for 13 years. In 2002, Mrs. Castle began her career with the District when she was hired as a long-term substitute at Kennett Middle School. Less than a year later, she was hired as the full-time health and physical education specialist at Mary D. Lang Elementary School (now Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center). In 2011, Mrs. Castle continued her role as a health and physical education specialist for Kennett Consolidated School District when she transitioned to her current post at Bancroft Elementary School.
Mrs. Castle received her Bachelor of Science degree in health science and kinesiology from West Chester University. Shortly after completing her undergraduate work, Mrs. Castle returned to her alma mater, West Chester University, and received her master’s degree in health education.
As an advocate for the importance of healthy living, Mrs. Castle enjoys helping with extracurricular activities that promote health and fitness for her students at Bancroft Elementary School. She loves seeing students and their families come out to support the Kennett Fund Run and the Kennett Education Foundation’s Monster Mash Dash! Her students enjoy training for these races during Mileage Club in PE classes, where students earn Toe Tokens for logging laps through walking, jogging, or running. Mrs. Castle also serves on the Building Leadership Team at Bancroft Elementary School.
“Over the years, I have had parents tell me that their children are bringing healthy lifestyle messages home — whether it’s utilizing newly learned food label information at the grocery store or showing their parents how to do a burpee during commercial breaks,” said Mrs. Castle. “Those are my wow moments; that is why I love what I do.”
Today, when Mrs. Castle is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Together, her husband Erik, children Dylan and Sophie, and their dog Ruby enjoy being outside, going to the beach, and spending time on their boat in Sea Isle City, New Jersey. Mrs. Castle is also passionate about CrossFit and living the healthy lifestyle she promotes.
At the December 3rd event held at Great Valley High School, Kennett High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) team had its most successful Regional Competition in the club’s history.
Kennett won 11 first-place trophies in events ranging from Management Information Systems to Hospitality Management to Securities and Investments, and, overall, thirty of the club’s fifty-five competitors qualified for the State Championships in Hershey, PA, to be held in April 2016.
FBLA Club Co-Advisors Mr. Joe O’Sullivan and Mr. Bill Fritsch attribute the team’s performance to “all of the educators who have helped these young people along the way.”
“Their results speak for themselves, and all of the teachers who have worked with these students have played a huge role in their academic and social development,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.
No need to shop for holiday gifts with hand-crafted quality at an expensive gallery. Instead, come to the Kennett High School Ceramics Sale. Nearly thirty-five pieces, including beautiful wheel-thrown and hand-built mugs, bowls, and vases, will be available for purchase. All works are crafted by students in teacher Jodi Davidson’s Advanced Ceramics I, II, and III classes.
Six years ago, Davidson and her students developed this creative way to add to their annual budget, with all proceeds from the sale helping to support the purchase of materials like clay and glaze for future projects.
Davidson noted, “The students have created some beautiful work, and the money helps to supplement our program.” Last year’s sale raised $740.
The sale will be held in the school’s lobby on December 11, 2015, and will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Prices range from $5 to $35.
Although we are always excited to see our alumni, please note that the high school is business as usual the week of November 23, 2015, and no alumni visitations will be allowed. Teachers will be teaching and our students will be busy learning!
Our official “Alumni Day “ will be held on Friday, December 18, 2015, from 8am to 2pm. We look forward to seeing you then!
Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal
Mr. Raymond Fernandez, Assistant Principal
Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, Assistant Principal
Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal