A Spotlight on Bancroft Elementary School’s Mrs. Jan Turner

Through unwavering dedication to others, school counselor Mrs. Jan Turner has helped build a strong support system for students and staff at Bancroft Elementary School. The pride and love Mrs. Turner has for her students is evident as soon as she enters a room.

Jan Turner With Students 2As a school counselor, Mrs. Turner supports students, teachers, administrators, support staff, nurses, and parents alike. Each day, her role presents her with new challenges and triumphs, but during her 19 years working in Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s passion for educational support has never faltered.

“My role at Bancroft Elementary School is truly rewarding. I have the opportunity to work with students at a very pivotal stage in their development,” Mrs. Turner explained. “It’s all about collaborating with colleagues and parents to help students solve problems and thrive academically and socially.”

Mrs. Turner started on her path to becoming a school counselor by attending Millersville University, where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree in elementary/special education. After graduation, Mrs. Turner pursued a professional certificate in secondary Spanish from Villanova University and earned her master’s degree in elementary counseling at West Chester University.

Before joining Kennett Consolidated School District, Mrs. Turner’s career as an educator led her on a journey around the world teaching special education and English as a second language. From travels within the United States, as well as to Puerto Rico and Mexico, Mrs. Turner has gained invaluable language skills and cultural understanding.

A love of other cultures and travel is a theme that runs strongly through Mrs. Turner’s family life, too. Her husband, Mr. Russell Turner, and her three sons, Alex, Brad, and Eric, all have the hearts of explorers. Russell is an environmental engineer, and he volunteers with Engineers Without Borders, managing projects in Peru and El Salvador. Her eldest son, Alex, is a chemical engineer, and her son Brad works in economics and finance and has traveled to almost 30 countries. Mrs. Turner’s youngest son, Eric, visited Japan as an exchange student before moving there after college to pursue a career as a computer engineer in Tokyo.

In her free time, Mrs. Turner enjoys hiking, photography, and spending time with friends and extended family.

“Each day, I am given the opportunity to make a difference in a student’s life,” Mrs. Turner said. “Being able to help students and families overcome tough situations and working within such a wonderful and diverse community is truly amazing.”

Kennett Consolidated School District is proud to continue to spotlight our dedicated staff members.

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KHS Musician Qualifies to All State Band

Yvonna Liszewski, a junior at Kennett High School, has qualified for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association All-State Festival as part of the All-State Concert Band. The band is comprised of approximately 100 of the best musicians from across the Commonwealth.

Yvonna was one of only four flautists who qualified from PMEA Yvonna States pictureRegion VI that includes high school musicians from Chester, Bucks, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties.

Always humble, Yvonna said, “The way auditions are handled, it’s really just a snapshot of your playing ability. So, while I might have been better on that particular day, there are so many talented musicians in our region.”

However, Mr. Anton Romano, Kennett High School’s Band Director asserted, “It’s pretty amazing to make it once, and Yvonna has made it two consecutive years. She really is just that good.”

The festival will be held from March 30 to April 2, culminating in a concert at the Hershey Convention Center on the final day.

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KHS Presents Beauty and the Beast

Kennett HigBeauty and the Beast Logoh School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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A Spotlight on KCSD’s Curriculum Supervisors

The Kennett Consolidated School District believes in providing quality education to enable all students to reach their greatest potential. Behind each lesson plan, homework assignment, and exam is a thoughtful process that begins with District curriculum supervisors Dr. Lydia Hallman, math and science, and Mrs. Jessica Kilmetz, language arts and social studies.

As District curriculum supervisors and instructional leaders, Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz ensure that the District’s curriculum and resources meet the Pennsylvania Core Standards. Together, they cultivate professional growth and support teachers and administrative teams, working alongside faculty to help develop differentiated learning models.

Differentiated learning involves providing different students in the same classroom with different methods for learning the same material. By considering varied learning needs, teachers can develop personalized instruction so that all children in the classroom can learn effectively.

“As District curriculum supervisors, it is our goal to improve student achievement while implementing best teaching practices,” states Dr. Hallman. “In order to improve student achievement, we focus on developing and implementing differential strategies that will allow us to better meet the needs of our students.”

Mrs. Kilmetz is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in anthropology and art history. After graduating, Mrs. Kilmetz worked as an anthropologist for four years before pursuing a career in education. For 15 years she taught English as a Second Language (ESL), language arts, and social studies to students across the United States. She then earned her principal certification from Temple University and worked as an assistant principal for four years before taking her current position, as curriculum supervisor of language arts and social studies in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman attended Drexel University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. After earning her undergraduate degree, Dr. Hallman worked as an applied research chemist at Henkel Corporation in Ambler, Pennsylvania. After a few years, Dr. Hallman decided to change career paths and went on to earn her master’s and doctorate in educational leadership from Saint Joseph’s University. She began her educational career at Conestoga High School where she taught Advanced Placement and honors science classes. She also served as the school’s assistant principal. Dr. Hallman then accepted her current position as curriculum supervisor of math and science in the Kennett Consolidated School District.

Dr. Hallman and Mrs. Kilmetz play important roles in the education of Kennett Consolidated School District’s students, and it is easy to see that providing a quality education and meeting the needs of all students is their driving inspiration.

When they are not working, they both enjoy spending time with their husbands and children. Both are avid hikers and outdoor sports participants.

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Kennett High School Presents Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast LogoKennett High School will present its annual musical March 10 – 12. This year’s production of the show Beauty and the Beast includes a cast of seventy-eight Kennett High School singers, actors, and dancers. Ms. Katie Soukup is the music director, and Ms. Cindy Albertini is the stage director/choreographer. Ms. Julie Bolten serves as the play’s costume designer and coordinator, and Mr. Michael Anastas will manage the lighting and sound crews. Mr. Anastas will also supervise the stage crew with Mr. Steve Dooley and Mr. Steve Castleton.

Adapted from a French fairy tale, this show, with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and a book by Linda Woolverton, first appeared on Broadway in 1994. The musical is the tale of Belle (Olivia Pagliaro), an independent, intelligent woman in a provincial town, and the Beast (Alex Mark), a prince transformed by an enchantress’s spell as punishment for his selfishness. In order to become human again, the prince must learn the meaning of love. If he does not, he will remain transformed for eternity, along with the comedic and clever members of his household: Mrs. Potts (Aubrie Barnett), Lumiere (Danny Drennan), Cogsworth (Jimmy Rosser), Madame de la Grande Bouche (Sami Castleton), Chip (Tamblyn Mitchell), and Babette (Lilian Alba).

Filling out the cast of characters are the town hero Gaston (Austin Maxwell) and his sidekick Le Fou (Ben Skross), Belle’s father Maurice (Colin Petersen), the Silly Girls (Pearl Battalora, Abbie Duckworth, Becca Shoemaker, and Alie Weldon), Madame D’Arque (Diane Brunke), and the Prologue Voiceover (Duncan Smith).

Members of the ensemble include Ileana Alfonso, Samantha Anthony, Megan Appleby, Camille Avedisian, Kassie Ayllon, Amanda Bell, Grace Bolten, Langdon Braden, Madison Brown, Casey Bruno, Kamryn Bunker, Francesca Caccamo, Avery Chapman, Hannah Church, Heather Cooper, Gabbie Crowl, Kaitlyn Devonshire, Olivia Donia, Claire Duckworth, Erin Duffy, Zhuanel duToit, Kevin Fiss, Emily Funkhouser, Jennifer Gau, River Gheen-Regouski, Emma Giancola, Holly Gouge, Allie Hall, Lauren He, Anais Jevtitch, Connor Lang, Peter Magasiny, Emily Mallon, Cassidy Matz, Maddy McFarland, Gabby Mento, Hannah Mourad, Dylan Munson, Bea Murray, Natalie Nellius, Suju Park, Caleb Pebly, Lydia Pebly, Laurel Petersen, Mirella Petrillo, Liz Rauscher, Alicia Rohrer, Maggie Schubert, Julia Sharp, Evan Shinn, Ananya Shivakumar, Sydney Shumaker, Morgan Slaninko, Arielle Smith, Samantha Sullivan, Kate Taylor, Emily Thompson, Damian Whyte, Anna Wilson, Jenny Zavala, and Cindy Zern.

Audiences will be treated to familiar musical numbers such as “Gaston,” “Belle,” “Be Our Guest,” “Human Again,” and, of course, “Beauty and the Beast.”

Show times are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 PM. There is also a Saturday matinee at 2:00 PM. Tickets may be reserved by clicking below or purchased at the door.

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2016-2017 Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year will begin on Tuesday, March 1 and continue through Friday, March 31, 2016, with the exception of March 21 through 25. Parents can pick up a registration packet at the main office of the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center after February 15, 2016.

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 2016-2017 school year are invited to Mary D. Lang’s “Kindergarten Kickoff” for an information session and building tour to be held at the Kindergarten Center on Thursday, March 3, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with A – M and on Thursday, March 10, 2016, for parents whose last name begins with N – Z. Both sessions will begin at 6:30 p.m.

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2016-2017 KCSD Calendar

The 2016-2017 student school year will begin on Monday, August 29, 2016, and is tentatively set to end on Thursday, June 8, 2017, dependent on the need for inclement weather make-up days. The winter holiday will run from Friday, December 23, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017, with school resuming on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Spring break will be Monday, April 10 through Friday, April 14, 2017. Graduation is scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Six (6) inclement weather days are added to the end of the school year. There are five days designated as “local holidays” in accordance with the ruling of the Department of Education. The designated local holidays are Monday, January 16, 2017 (Martin Luther King holiday); Monday, February 20, 2017 (President’s Day holiday); and Monday, April 10 through Wednesday, April 12, 2017 (spring break).

2016-2017 KCSD Calendar

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Spotlight on Dr. Yvette Line-Koller, Director of Special Education

The Kennett Consolidated School District is pleased to welcome Dr. Yvette Line-Koller as the new director of special education. Dr. Line-Koller joins the Kennett Consolidated School District from the Warwick School District, where she most recently served as the director of student services.

Dr. Line-Koller is a graduate of Shippensburg University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in psychology. After graduating from Shippensburg University, Dr. Line-Koller started working in the psychology field where her position required her to work alongside educators. After experiencing the impact that educators can have on students, Dr. Line-Koller knew she wanted a career that combined both psychology and education. Inspired and ambitious, Dr. Line-Koller received her master’s degree in school psychology from Millersville University and her doctorate in education administration from Immaculata University. She then began working as a school psychologist for nine years in the Lebanon School District before becoming the director of student services for seven years in the Warwick School District.

Dr. Line-Koller is thrilled to be a part of the Kennett Consolidated School District. She admires the vibrant and diverse schools and community.

“The diverse environment at Kennett Consolidated School District is amazing,” stated Dr. Line-Koller. “The District’s diverse population provides a great opportunity for us to learn from each other and grow together as a community.”

As the director of special education, Dr. Line-Koller established a goal to build capacity within the Kennett Consolidated School District in order to educate each student to the best of the District’s ability. She also plans on building programs to provide all students with opportunities to stay in the community.

“A like-minded commitment to the mission of the Kennett Consolidated School District, ‘to provide a quality education that increases the achievement of every student,’ is what brought me to be a part of this educational community. Along with my commitment to the mission of the KCSD, I am also focused on creating partnerships between the school, families, and community; cultivating an atmosphere where every person feels valued and secure; and removing barriers to learning for each and every student. I look forward to working with students, staff, parents, and community and the opportunity for us all to grow together,” Dr. Line-Koller explained.

Dr. Line-Koller resides in Lancaster County with her husband and two daughters. In her free time, Dr. Line-Koller enjoys running, reading, and — most importantly — spending time with her family.

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Snow Make-up Days

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.

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Students and Parents Participate in Family Reading Night at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center

Family Reading Night 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.
 

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