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December 2014



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Wed, Dec 3
Market Day, pick-up, KHS, Cafeteria, 5pm

KMS 6th Grade Concert, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Thurs, Dec 4
KIS 5th Grade Band/Choral Concert, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, Dec 5
Play Blue Meeting, BOE, 9am

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sun, Dec 7
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

S'MORE Showcase, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 2pm

Mon, Dec 8
KMS 7th/8th Grade Choral Concert KHS, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Tues, Dec 9
PEAK Team Meeting, BOE, Conference Room, 9am

Wed, Dec 10
Business Advisory Council Meeting, KHS, Auburn/Bainbridge Room, 7:30am

KHS Holiday Concert, lee Auditorium 7pm

Thurs, Dec 11
KMS 7th/8th Grade Band Concert, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, Dec 12
Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, Dec 13
PTO Silver Bells Boutique

Mon, Dec 15
Board of Education Meeting, TES, Multi-Purpose Room, 7pm

Tues, Dec 16
KMS 8th Graders to "Christmas Carol", Playhouse Square

Wed, Dec 17

Thur, Dec 18
KHS Final Exams/Modified Schedule

KHS Final Exams/Modified Schedule

Fri, Dec 19
KHS Final Exams/Modified Schedule 

End of 1st Semester

End of 2nd Grading Period

TES/KIS Winter Parties

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, Dec 20
Kenston Speech & Debate Tournament, KHS/KMS

Sun, Dec 21
Winter Begins

Mon, Dec 22
Winter Break Begins

Wed, Dec 24
Christmas Eve

Thurs, Dec 25
Christmas Day

Fri, Dec 26

Sat, Dec 27
Kenston Invitational Tournament (KIT) Wrestling

Sun, Dec 28
Kenston Invitational Tournament (KIT) Wrestling

Wed, Dec 31
New Year's Eve

Board Meetings
Agendas and Minutes

Bridging the Gap 

Kenston High School Math Club students visited the I-90 Innerbelt Bridge Construction site.  They had an opportunity to glimpse the overall complexity of removal, recycling and coordination of a construction project of this magnitude.

Calamity Days are here for one more year


The first snow of the year brings with it much anticipation for a "Snow Day." Statewide the media is reporting changes in legislation because of last year's record-breaking cold and snowfall.  Instead of requiring schools to complete a minimum number of days per school year, state law will allow schools to fulfill a minimum number of hours.  The change from days to hours does not apply to school districts with collective bargaining agreements that were executed prior to July 1, 2014.


Due to the district's calendar and union agreement being approved before the passage of the new legislation, Kenston will use Calamity Days for the 2014/2015 school year as stipulated by state law. 


Kenston has nine (9) days before we are required to make-up days. They include five (5) Calamity Days per Ohio Department of Education regulations, an additional one (1) day in the district's calendar plus the option for three (3) additional days with the completion of on-line Blizzard Bag assignments.


The safety of our staff and students is always our top priority.  We will continue to work with local road departments, law enforcement and school personnel to assess the conditions before making the decision to cancel school.  Staff will continue to receive notification through the AlertNOW calling system, district and high school web pages, Twitter @KenstonSchools or by calling the School Closing Hotline at 440-564-2134.

One School One Book kicks-off


Look what I have!  Timmons kindergartner proudly shows off her own copy of, The Cricket in Times Square, by George Seldon, a gift from the PTO.  Kenston's Timmons Elementary School kicked-off their sixth annual One School One Book program during an assembly with a skit including musicians from the Cleveland Institute of Music and local Accent on Youth performers.  This giant book club has connections in all parts of the curriculum through daily announcements, trivia, vocabulary, a service learning project and online interactive dialogue with one of the main characters.


Read & Listen

(follow along with the book and recorded chapters)

#1 Dog Essay Contest

Kenston Intermediate School fourth grader, Annie Costello's dog, Hope, was selected as the Number 1 Dog in Geauga County based on her winning essay sponsored by Geauga County Auditor Frank Gliha.  The contest was open to any fourth or fifth grade student in the county to kick-off the 2015 Dog Registration in Geauga County.  Annie's teacher, Mrs. Josephina Ventimiglia, encouraged her students to participate in this writing contest.  Pictured are Annie Costella, Laura Blakely, Hope and Deanne Wilson-Costello and Geauga County Auditor Frank Gliha.

#1 Dog Essay

Wednesday, December 3
KMS 6th Grade Band/Choral Concert, 7pm

Thursday, December 4
KIS 5th Grade Band/Choral Concert, 7pm

Sunday, December 7
S'MORE Showcase, 2pm
(special performance for residents over 60 years of age)

Monday, December 8
KMS 7th/8th Grade Choral Concert, 7pm

Wednesday, December 10
KHS Holiday Concert, 7pm

Thursday, December 11
KMS 7th/8th Grade Band Concert, 7pm

Saturday, December 13
KHS Choral Performance, 6:45-7:15pm
lobby of the Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare

All Concerts held in the KHS, Robert A. Lee Auditorium unless noted.
Sing in the Season
Kenston High School Choir under the direction of Julie Green will perform 6:45-7:15pm on Saturday, December 13 in the lobby of the Ohio Theatre, PlayhouseSquare.
Discount tickets are are available for the 7pm performance of A Christmas Carol.  Discount ticket information.

Ohio Football Coach of the Year
Jeff Grubich

All-Ohio Second Team

Nick Lewis, Football Offensive Line

Lovell Spruce, Football Defensive Line


All-Ohio Third Team

Jeremy Wyers, Football Wide Receiver


All-Ohio Special Mention

Mike Kruger, Football Offensive Line

Zach Silbermann, Football Linebacker

James Thigpen, Football Running Back


All-Ohio Honorable Mention

Jennifer Smith, Volleyball


All Chagrin Valley Conference Awards

An annual event for our community to enjoy holiday shopping, holiday cookies, raffles, food and more!

Date: Saturday, December 13, 2014
Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: Kenston High School - 9500 Bainbridge Rd.

One-stop shopping experience includes:
  • Free Admission
  • Over 75 Professional Vendors
  • Holiday Cookie Sale
  • Jingle Bell Alley: Kindergarten - 5th Grade Vendors
  • Little Elves Hide-a-away: FREE Childcare & Crafts
  • Grand Prizes & Gift Basket Raffles
  • Catered Food by Helen's Café
  • Lil Grandpa's Kettle Corn
Sponsored by the KHS & TES PTO. Boutique proceeds dedicated to KHS After Prom and TES One School One Book.
Kenston Directory provided by PTO
Every Kenston family should have received a copy of the 2014-2015 Parent/Student Directory by US mail or backpack mail.  The Kenston PTO provides this directory at no charge to families.  If your family did not receive one, please feel free to request one from the front office staff of any Kenston school.