A Spotlight On Bancroft Elementary School’s Mrs. Leigh Castle

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.

Sample Image“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.

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Kennett High School’s FBLA is a Big Winner

Kennett High Schools FBLA is a Big WinnerAt 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.

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Kennett High School Ceramics Sale Supports Program

Kennett High School Ceramics Sale Supports ProgramNo 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.

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Notice to Kennett High School Alumni

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!

Thank you,

Dr. Jeremy Hritz, Principal
Mr. Raymond Fernandez, Assistant Principal
Dr. Tomorrow Jenkins, Assistant Principal
Mr. Jeffery Thomas, Assistant Principal

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KHS Model UN Club Attends Competition at Temple University

In October, twenty-six Model UN club members attended OwlMUN, a Model UN conference sponsored by Temple University. Kennett students participated in a variety of activities as they debated world issues and crises. Senior Emma Hopkins Sample Imagewas awarded Honorable Mention for her work on the Age of Exploration 1450 Crisis Committee.

Kennett’s Model UN advisor is social studies teacher Ms. Amanda O’Connor.

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Kennett High School Stages Fall Play

The bard will hit the boards as Kennett High School presents its version of I Hate Sample ImageShakespeare! on Friday and Saturday, November 13 and 14. 

The comedy, written by Steph DeFerie, is billed as “a hilarious and fast-paced introduction to Shakespeare — with a modern twist.” The work has proven incredibly popular with a plot that features allusions to Shakespearean classics Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and more.

Nance Weber, parent of Kennett grads A.J. (class of 2013) and Jack (class of 2015), is an accomplished director, though she makes her KHS directorial debut with this production.  Christy Wyatt and Missy Wyatt are in charge of costumes and properties; teacher Michael Anastas is supervising light and sound; and, Weber will also provide her expertise with makeup.

“There are no specific lead roles in this play, so it gives all the kids an opportunity to shine. It’s a wonderful Sample Imagescript that uses outrageous humor and silliness to draw attention, and at the same time brings clarity and understanding to many who might think Shakespeare’s Sample Imageworks too difficult and complex to understand,” said Weber.  “And, working with Kennett kids has been a wonderful experience.”

Both the cast and stage crew include students from all grades.

Curtain time is 7:30 PM for both shows. Tickets can be purchased at the door, $5 for students and senior citizens and $8 for adults. 

The KHS Humanitarian Club will be collecting cans and monetary donations at both performances of I Hate Shakespeare. Please help support the annual food drive and fight against hunger in Kennett.

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Kennett High School Announces 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Kennett High School is proud to announce that three Kennett High School students have been recognized as National Merit Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
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Seniors (from left) Julie Bates, Saarang Karandikar, and John Libert were among approximately 1.5 million juniors who entered the 2016 National Merit Program by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) that served as an initial screen of program entrants. 

Outside of the classroom, Julie is a member of the Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), and the yearbook staff, and she performs with the color guard. She has not chosen where she will study after graduation, but she has decided to major in engineering.

Saarang plays varsity tennis and is a member of FBLA and the high school’s robotics team. Like Julie, he has not committed to a school, but he has decided to major in neuroscience.

John is a dedicated member of the high school’s swimming team.  His events are the 100 fly and the 100 backstroke. John is considering schools and fields of study.

The nationwide pool of semifinalists represents less than one percent of high school seniors and includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.

These students are eligible to continue in the program competition for some 7,400 National Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $32 million to be offered in the spring. To advance to the finalist level and to be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several additional requirements. These include an outstanding academic record, endorsement by the principal, and SAT scores that confirm the preliminary results. The semifinalist and his or her counselor must submit a detailed scholarship application that includes the student’s essay and information about the student’s participation and leadership in school and community activities.

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Bancroft Elementary School Wins Monster Mash Participation Trophy

Congratulations to Bancroft for bringing home the Participation Trophy for the Monster Mash Dash for the 5th year in a row!  It was a great event anSample Imaged a proud moment for Bancroft!  Our award winning Bancroft artists designed the Tee shirt as well!  What a good time and a super way to support the Kennett Education Foundation!  See you next year!

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Nine KHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students

Kennett High School is proud to announce this year’s National Merit Commended studeSample Imagents: (standing L-R) Tolulope Adetayo, Dylan Munson, Erin Dooley, Andrew Kim, Jacob Saltzberg, Magnus Murray, Christian Beveridge, (kneeling L-R) Alexander Mark, and Casey Bruno.

A Letter of Commendation from Kennett High School and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, which conducts the program, has been presented by Kennett High School principal, Dr. Jeremy Hritz, to these scholastically talented seniors.

“We are so proud of these outstanding students, not only for their exceptional performance on standardized tests, but also for all the other ways in which they enrich the Kennett Square community,” Dr. Hritz stated.

Although these students do not continue in the competition for Merit Scholarships, they placed among the top 5% of the 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 Merit Scholarship competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.  

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Bancroft\’s Students are Climbing the Rock Wall

Bancroft Elementary School’s climbing wall is up and running in all physical education classes!  Students had the opportunity to climb the wall for the very first time at the school’s Fall Festival a couple of weeks ago. There are five panels that students can choose to climb up or they can climb across, which is known as “traversing.” 

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During physical education classes students come to the wall with a partner during station work.  The climber must say “On Rock” and wait for their spotter to say “Rock On.”  The spotters are responsible for assisting climbers by pointing out holds to grab, and to make the climber feel safe.  Rock climbing is known for improving upper body strength, as well grip strength in the hand and fingers and overall muscular endurance. 

Students will climb over two physical education cycles in the Fall, and then again in the Spring.  The Bancroft Bears are super lucky to have this new element in gym class! 

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