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March 2013 - Safety and Security edition






Mon, March 25



Tues, April 2

SCHOOL resumes


Tickets go on sale for Hello, Dolly! - visit KHS website


Fri, April 5

Play Blue Team Meeting, 8am


Capital University Chordsmen in Concert, KHS, 7pm


Wear Bomber Blue!


Sat, April 6

KHS competes on Academic Challenge on TV5 at 7pm 


Tues, April 9 

KMS Incoming 6th Grade Parent Orientation, 7pm


Wed, April 10

Business Advisory Council Meeting, 7am


Thur, April 11

Class of 2013

Top 15 Dinner, 7pm


Fri, April 12

PTO Council Meeting, BOE, 9am


Wear Bomber Blue to Support Play Blue!


Sun, April 14

Play Blue in Motion, KHS, 1-4pm


Mon, April 15

Board of Education Meeting, TES, Multi-Purpose Room, 7pm


Wed, April 17 

Market Day pick-up, KHS, 5pm


Thur, April 18

KMS Principal Box Lunch Talk, BPR,

12 noon


S'MORE Senior Adult Dinner Theatre, KHS, 5:30pm 


Fri, April 19 

KIS 4th Grade Discovery Day


TES 1st Grade Grandparents' Day, 9:30-11:15 am
Kenston Center Stage production of Hello, Dolly!, KHS, Auditorium, 7pm


Wear Bomber Blue!


Sat, April 20

Kenston Center Stage producation of Hello, Dolly!, KHS, Auditorium, 7pm
Sun, April 21
Renewable Energy Dedication and Earth Day Celebration, Wind Turbine, 1pm
Kenston Center Stage producation of Hello, Dolly!, KHS, Auditorium, 2pm

Mon, April 21



Tues, April 23

3rd-8th Grade OAA Testing


Wed, April 24

3rd-8th Grade OAA Testing


KHS Excel Breakfast, Grade 9 & 10, 7:15am




Thur, April 25

3rd-8th Grade OAA Testing


KHS Excel Breakfast, Grades 11 & 12, 7:15am


Fri, April 26

NHS Variety Show, KHS, Auditorium, 7pm


Tues, April 30

District Art Show, Gallery Opening, 6-8pm


KHS Spring Choral Extravaganza, Auditorium, 7pm






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Message from the Superintendent




With the recent sentencing of the Chardon High School shooter, questions of "Could this happen at my school?" are again at the forefront of everyone's mind.


Kenston's Safety and Security Committee under the leadership of Tom Gabram, KHS Associate Principal, has been working to implement safety initiatives and upgrade the security of the district.  During March, Kenston's staff was trained by the Bainbridge Police Department officers, in ALiCE, a program to address a crisis situation involving an active shooter in a lockdown situation.  ALiCE enhances traditional lockdown with more common sense and proactive responses that could help protect students and staff.  After Spring Break, students will receive age appropriate ALiCE training.


We are revising building emergency response plans with specific recommendations made by the Ohio Attorney General's Office.  Every staff member in the district will have an emergency flip chart that provides specific procedures regarding any emergency or crisis event.  


The district is grateful for the partnerships that we have with the Bainbridge Police and Fire Departments.  We appreciate the time and expertise of Lt. Bob Weir, Sgt. Kurt Dregers and Officer Frank Chickos in providing the ALiCE training for our staff and students.


We will continue to review our plans and refine and practice the plans necessary to keep our schools safe. Safety and security planning at Kenston will always be a "work in progress" in providing a safe place for our community.




Robert A. Lee

ALiCE Training

During March, Kenston's staff was trained by the Bainbridge Police Department officers, in ALiCE, a program designed to address a crisis situation involving an active shooter in a lockdown situation.  ALiCE enhances traditional lockdown with more common sense and proactive responses that could help protect students and staff.  ALiCE is an acronym that stands for Alert, Lockdown, inform, Counter and Evacuate.  All staff members have been trained on barricade and other Counter tactics to distract and confuse a gunman when all else fails.    This program is being used nationwide and in over 120 school districts, colleges and universities in Ohio.

After spring break, students will receive ALiCE training with age appropriate presentations.

Safe and Drug Free Schools Grant
Safe and Drug Free Schools graphicIn May of 2012, the district was awarded a $50,000 Ohio grant known as the SAFE and DRUG FREE SCHOOLS.   The grant provided funds that were allocated towards safety prevention and intervention services to address specific social behaviors trending in our schools.  One requirement of the grant was to purchase a classroom curriculum to help reinforce acceptable behavior.  The program selected is known as Positive Action.  It will be incorporated into the district's existing PEAK, Peaceful Environment at Kenston program.  One of the main goals is to empower others to help improve behavior and character within students.   The district guidance department will be implementing Positive Action in select grade levels through classroom mini-lessons beginning in the 2013-2014 school year.
Security Cameras 
school security cameras 

Funds from the Safe and Drug Free Schools grant were used to purchase 25 additional surveillance cameras placed  throughout the district to help support building security as well as student discipline and behavior in our buildings, grounds and school buses.

Safe School/Tip Line 

Beginning after Spring Break, we will have a safe school/bully tip line in place.   Students, parents and community members will be able to report information to the school district anonymously.   The information should be related to safety issues or bullying events that may have transpired between students.  Information will be processed and directed to the specific buildings to be addressed.              

The tip line can be accessed through the phone number or the website listed (888) 331-9168 or

Exterior Door Signs
Exterior Door Signs  

Forty-Eight exterior door signs have now been installed above every main entrance or exit in the school district.   The signs are reflective and designed to help assist emergency responders to enter specific locations when addressing crisis events that may occur.    

  • Lindsay Cook, National Merit Finalist 
  • Kenston Schools, Perfect "Excellent" Ohio Report Card, 12th year in a row 
  • KMS and KHS Science Olympiad teams, State Qualifiers 
  • James Hogan, 3rd place finish in the Student Congress categories of the State Speech and Debate competition
  • KHS Bomberette Dance Team, National Champions for the 7th year in a row
  • CVC Champs, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball and Gymnastics
  • Maddie Sand, State Qualifier in Diving  
  • Emily Miller, Top 25 Governors Award of Excellence for her charcoal self portrait, Super Conspiracy  
  • GELC and TES  for their selection as Get Active, Get Fit School Challenge winners
  • KIS for kicking off their Regarding... program for Right to Read Week    
Thank you Musical Arts Association

The Musical Arts Association of Kenston recently purchased a new seven foot concert grand piano to benefit the K-12 music programs at Kenston. KHS Varsity Jazz is pictured with the piano.

Play Blue flyer

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Wind Turbine and Clouds
Refreshments and hands-on activities
will take place following a short ceremony in the Kenston Intermediate School multi-purpose room.