Kenston Local Schools
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Your Kenston Update 
June 2011
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Choosing to be thankful for what we have and what others have done and do for us.

Upcoming Events 

Monday, June 6

KMS Awards Night, KMS, Auditorium, 7 p.m. (by invitation)


Tuesday, June 7

Chinese Education Delegation visit


GELC Alpha Friends Carnival


KMS 7th/8th Grade Band Concert, KHS, Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Weds, June 8

Market Day pick-up, KHS, Cafe, 5 p.m.


KIS Talent Show, KHS, Auditorium, 7 p.m.


Thursday, June 9

Elementary Report Cards go home


Last Day of School for Students


Friday, June 10

Last Day of School for Teachers


Weds, June 15 

Key to Save Teen Driving


Monday, June 20

Board of Education Meeting, TES, Multi-Purpose Room, 7 p.m.



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Best Wishes to the Class of 2011 

2011 Summa Cum Laude

On Tuesday, June 2, 258 students graduated from Kenston High School.

- 45 students graduated with 4.0 GPA or above -

- 118 students graduated with over a 3.5 GPA -

- 65 students graduated with Honors -

- 106 students earned Honors Diplomas -


Erin Fagerholm's Graduation Speech

Mattias Treu's Graduation Speech


Graduation Video Order Form


Santilli named Assistant Superintendent

Kenston High School Principal, Nancy Santilli has been named Assistant Superintendent. She replaces Jack Thompson, who has been named superintendent of the Perry Local School District.


Mrs. Santilli began her teaching career at Mentor Memorial Junior High School teaching art from 1987 to 1998. She first came to Kenston in 1998 as assistant principal. She then returned to Mentor as principal from 2002 to 2004. She served as principal at Maple Heights before returning to Kenston in 2007 as principal of the high school.


She will begin her new duties on August 1.

Administrative Changes

The Kenston Board of Education approved several administrative changes for the 2011-2012 school year at their May 31, 2011 meeting.


Kenston High School Associate Principal, Jeremy McDevitt has been named Kenston High School Principal. He will fill the vacancy created when Nancy Santilli was appointed Assistant Superintendent earlier this month. Mr. McDevitt has been with the district for nine years, first as middle school assistant and as high school assistant for the last four years.


Current Assistant Principal, Tom Gabram has been promoted to Associate Principal.


Auburn resident, Adam Fender will join the middle school staff as Assistant Principal beginning with the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Fender comes to Kenston from the Euclid City School District where he has served as head principal at Memorial Park Elementary School, three years as an assistant principal and nine years as a Science teacher in their middle school.

Denise Cuper

Bus Driver of the Year

Mrs. Denise Cuper has been named Driver of the Year for the Northeast Region by the Ohio Association for Pupil Transportation. Mrs. Cuper has competed in regional school bus safety ROAD-E-Os and serves as an On-Board instructor currently working to recertify other drivers. Cuper is highly respected by students, parents and transportation personnel. Transportation supervisor, Eva Christie said, " Denise is dedicated to doing her best at whatever she does. I wish that I could clone her."

2011 Oviations Awards

And the Ovations go to...

Kenston Center Stage took home ten trophies from the 8th Annual Geauga Council for Arts & Culture's Ovation Awards.  For the second year, Mattias Treu earned a best acting award for his Best Lead Actor performance of Gaston in Beauty and the Beast.  Junior, Christian Carter was recognized as

Best Supporting Male Vocalist in his role of Lumiere.  Best Supporting Female Vocalist was awarded to Shannon Shaver for her portrayal of Mrs. Potts.  Kenston Center Stage also won for props, scenic design, costumes and make-up, Best Choreography and Best Show-Stopping number.


Center Stage also won the Innovation Award for the third year in a row.  This award is given for the most creative and unique staging of a musical.  Beauty and the Beast was directed by Mr. Steve Hoffman.

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Master Fitness Workout 

T-Bow Master Fitness Trainer, Melissa French suprised Kenston Middle School students during a recent Physical Education class.  Students are used to working out with Melissa on the HOPSports Big Screen. 


Find out more about HOPSports.  
KIS Fine Arts Festival 

Kenston Intermediate School students have had a hands-on opportunity to explore the arts this spring.  Students working with local mosaic artist, Mrs. Brenda Pokorny have revived the "lost and found" benches.  The student generated designs feature PEAK character traits (respect, hard work, integrity, gratitude, etc....)  As the final component a four-day Fine Arts Festival was held with over 60 local volunteer artists sharing their talents with the students.  The artists ranged from painters to sculptors and dancers to musicians.  This event was sponsored by the KIS PTO and The Kenston Foundation.

Key to Safe Driving

Did you know that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among 15-to-20-year-olds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration? Why are so many teen drivers involved in car accidents? Consider this: the average 16-year-old soccer player has had nearly 1500 hours of coaching, while the average 16-year-old driver has had only about 50 hours of driver training,

KeyBank is teaming with The Mid-Ohio School and Kumho Tire USA to help improve the driving skills of teen drivers by conducting the Key to Safe Teen Driving program at Kenston High School on June 15.

These FREE events will offer a condensed version of The Mid-Ohio School's popular Honda Teen Defensive Driving Program. Up to 120 students at each event will receive classroom instruction and the chance to practice wet braking and emergency lane change maneuvers in their own vehicles under the watchful eyes of The Mid-Ohio School's expert instructors. The highlight of the day for students will be driving the Honda Civic Skid Car, which simulates driving in slippery conditions. Students will also learn about the dangers of "distracted driving," such as driving while texting or talking on a cell phone.

These events are open to any teen with a valid driver's permit or license.


Register your teen driver now.