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February/March 2015



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Wed, Feb 18
Ash Wednesday

Thurs, Feb 19
KHS Parent Conferences, Gym, 4-8pm

College Credit Plus Meeting, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, Feb 20
Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, Feb 21
KHS Winter Dance, Gym, 7pm

Sun, Feb 22
Washington's Birthday

Mon, Feb 23
KHS Spring Sports Information Night, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, Feb 27
Wear Bomber Blue!

Mon, March 2
TES Kindergarten Parent Information Night for 2015/16, TES, 7pm

Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7:30pm

Tues, March 3
KMS PTO Meeting, 12noon

KHS Band/Choral Concert, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Wed, March 4
KHS PTO Meeting, A/B Room, 12:45pm

TES PTO Meeting 9:30am

Thurs, March 5
KIS 4th Grade Concert, TES, 7pm

Fri, March 6
Play Blue Meetng, BOE, 9am

KIS Family Fun Night, 6:30-8:30pm

OMEA MS/HS Large Group Contest, KHS

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, March 7
OMEA MS/HS Large Group Contest, KHS

Sun, March 8
Daylight Savings Time begins, set clock ahead 1 hour

Bainbridge Civic Club Pancake Breakfast, KHS, Cafeteria, 8:30-1pm

Mon, March 9
TES Kindergarten General Registration for 2015/16, TES, 8-11am/4:30-7pm

Tues, March 10
PEAK Team Meeting, BOE, Conference Room, 9am

KMS Rock-n-Roll Skate Night, 6:30-8:30pm

KHS Winter Athletics Awards, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Wed, March 11
KIS PTO Meeting, 9:30am

TES 3rd Grade International Festival

Market Day pick-up, KHS, Cafeteria, 5pm

Thurs, March 12
KMS Rock-n-Roll Skate Night, 6:30pm

Fri, March 13
PTO Council Meeting (All), 9am

AfterProm Fashion Show, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

End of 3rd Grading Period

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sun, March 15
Bainbridge Civic Club Pancake Breakfast, KHS, Cafeteria, 8:30-1pm

Mon, March 16
Play Blue Young Chefs, Sodexo Cook-off, TES, 6pm

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

Tues, March 17

Academic Booster Meeting, 4pm

Wed, March 18
S'MORE Soup with the Superintendent

STEAM Night, KHS, 6pm

Fri, March 20


TES/KIS Report Cards Go Home

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sun, March 22
Bainbridge Civic Club Pancake Breakfast, KHS, Cafeteria, 8:30-1pm

Wed, March 25
TES 1st Grade Music Performance, 9:30am

Fri, March 27
Wear Bomber Blue!

Sun, March 29

Mon, March 30
School Calendar
School Calendar
Board Meetings
Agendas and Minutes

Levy needed to continue quality education

The Kenston Board of Education has placed a 4.7 mill combination levy on the May 5th ballot.  The levy's two parts include a 4.0 mill operating levy to pay for daily operating expenditures and a .7 mill bond issue to pay for capital improvements.  The 4.7 mill levy will cost about $12 a month per $100,000 of home value.


Voters last passed an operating levy in 2005.  In surrounding districts levies typically last three to five years. At Kenston, our levy has been stretched 10 years through careful analysis of internal operations, program reductions and reorganization. Kenston has also cut $13 million dollars from its budget.  While the budget cuts help, they do not eliminate the need for us to ask residents for additional funds to continue educational programing and maintaining buildings. 


The majority of funds from the levy support classroom instruction and student support - teachers, technology, textbooks and transportation.  A bond issue (.7 mill) will fund building and facility improvements.  Bond funds will be used to replace heating systems, roofs, kitchen equipment and parking lots that have reached the end of their useful life.  Other expenditures will address shortfalls in our educational programming and student/community safety. 


Our students' safety is paramount.  It starts with getting children to school. The National Academy of Sciences, the U.S. Department of Transportation and other authorities agree that school buses are the safest form of transportation for getting children to and from school.  Kenston has 34 school buses and six vans that transport students daily.  The average age of a school bus in our fleet is 16 years.  The Transportation Garage is 46 years old and was built when the district was transporting only half the students we do today.  In order to care for the fleet additional bays are needed for maintenance and washing.


Computers are the pen and pencil and even the library of yesterday.  Students today live in a digital world and are expected to use technology in every aspect of their lives.  Kenston needs to provide the tools our students require in a rapidly changing world to not only learn but apply their knowledge.  We can no longer take students to the "computer lab" to work on a project.  Technology needs to be integrated into classroom lessons.  This is difficult when many classrooms do not have access to basic WIFI.


The community generously funded the turf field at no cost to taxpayers.  From varsity athletic events to Kenston Community Education youth sports, the stadium hosted over 1,400 events in 2014. It is Kenston's responsibility to provide bleachers for our residents and visitors, replace failing lighting and maintain the restroom facilities that are attached to the Transportation Department.


View projects and their estimated costs.


In the months ahead, grass roots volunteers, teachers, administrators and Board members will be communicating one-on-one with district voters about the importance of the May 5th ballot issue.  Our residents care deeply about our children, schools and community. Now is the time to invest in their future.
The College Credit Plus Program (formerly Postsecondary Enrollment Options) allows eligible students in grades 7-12 to take a college course and earn high school and college credit that appears on both their high school and college transcripts. Students must meet eligibility requirements set forth by the college or university in order to participate. Students and parents interested in participating in the program for the 2015-16 school year MUST attend the College Credit Plus night at Kenston High School, Robert A. Lee Auditorium on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 pm.  There will be 12 area colleges represented to answer questions as well.  Specific details on the program will be progressively added to the guidance website and in the high school guidance office as they become available. 
Hydration Stations


Enough plastic is thrown away each year to circle the earth four times.  As a national recognized Green School, Kenston High School is working to decrease everyday plastics.  In addition to recycling programs, three water bottle hydration stations have been installed in the building.  The idea was generated and funded through Principal's Leadership Council.  Physics teacher,
Christian Barrus, refills his reusable water bottle before going to lunch.
Parent Information Night will be held March, March 2, 7pm at Timmons Elementary School for children entering Kindergarten this August. Registration packets must be picked up at this time.  Children must be 5 years old on or before September 30, 2015.

Registration will be Monday, March 9 from 8-11am and 4:30-7pm at Timmons.  Please bring your completed packets, support documentation and calendar to sign-up for screening.

Kindergarten Screening will be Monday, May 4 - Wednesday, May 6.

Geauga County Spelling Bee winner

Congratulations to eighth grader, Sam Kress, who won the Geauga County Spelling Bee.  On March 5, he will compete in the Tri-County Spelling Bee.  The winner from Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties will be the representative in Washington, DC. 

Sam won the District Spelling Bee competing against Jonathan Abbarno, Elliott Bargiel, Morgan Blackford, Michael Cardaman, Zoe Doyle, Isabella Eging, Chase Fazio, Mandy Glime, Jack Haynes, Evan Iliev, Michael Kenny, Jessica Lesner, Elena Lioudis, Julia Morey, Jimmy Schuler, John Tatara, Aubrey Taylor, Trina Vokurka and Amelia Whitmer-Rich.

Science Technology Engineering Art and Math Night, Wednesday, March 18, 6pm at KHS will feature age appropriate, hands-on activities presented by local corporations, non-profits and Kenston faculty.

National Grand Champions, again! 

For the ninth year in a row, the Kenston High School Bomberette Dance team won the National Championship at the Champion Cheer and Dance Competition held in Cleveland.  They also earned first place for their Pom and Kick routines.  Pictured are team members (back row, l-r) Sarah Ward, Devyn Gaskins and Taylor Vargo; (middle row, l-r) Danielle Apple, Jenna Blackburn, Breanna Bodak, Lauren Parker, Mira Grcevich, Macie Biermann, Monaya Stanley and Maria Severino and (front row, l-r) Victoria Clawson, Hayley Harris, Taylor Tucholski, Amelia Chantler, Graycen Wood and Gabby Groff.  The Bomberettes are coached by Mrs. Kathy Werner.

Future Chef Competition

Kenston's K- 5 elementary students have the opportunity to participate in Future Chefs Cooking Contest sponsored by Sodexo.  "Future Chefs" will actually prepare their recipe at the event. This helps to educate children about HEALTHY EATING HABITS.  

Registration Form