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May 2015



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 - Class of 2023



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Fri, May 1
May Day

TES 2nd Grade Science Day

PTO Council Meeting, BOE, 9am

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, May 2
Prom, 6-11pm

AfterProm Community Preview, KHS, 8-10pm

AfterProm, KHS

Staff Appreciation Week - AP Exams - KIS BOGO Price Book Fair May 4-8

Mon, May 4
KMS Staff Appreciation

Athletic Boosters Meeting, 7:30pm

Senior Project begins

Tues, May 5
KHS Staff Appreciation

KMS PTO Meeting, 9:30am

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

Wed, May 6
KIS Staff Appreciation

TES PTO Meeting, 9:30am

KHS PTO Meeting, Auburn/Bainbridge Room, 12:45pm

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

Thurs, May 7
TES Staff Appreciation Luncheon

KIS Talent Show Try Outs

KHS NHS Senior Send-off, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, May 8
KHS Scholarship Breakfast, 7:30am

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sun, May 10
Mother's Day

Mon, May 11
Board of Education Meeting, TES, Multi-Purpose Room, 7pm

Tues, May 12
PEAK Team Meeting, BOE, Conference Room, 9am

KIS PTO Meeting, 9:30am

Academic Boosters Meeting, 4pm

KMS 6th Grade Band/Choral Concert 

Wed, May 13
Market Day, pick-up, KHS, Cafeteria, 5pm

KIS 5th Grade Spring Fling Concert, 7pm

Thurs, May 14
KHS 9th/10th/11th Grade Awards Night, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Fri, May 15
KIS 4th Grade Science Lab Discovery Day

TES Kindergarten Portfolio Presentation

KHS Choral Cabaret & Banquet, Cafeteria, 7pm

Wear Bomber Blue!

Sat, May 16
Armed Forces Day

Mon, May 18
Incoming 4th Grade

Administrative Professionals' Day

Academic Booster Excel Breakfast, 9th/10th Grade, KHS 7:50am

MAAK Meeting, KHS, Band Room, 7pm

Tues, May 19 
KIS 4th Grade Field Day

KHS Spring Athletic Awards, Lee Auditorium, 7pm

Wed, May 20
KIS 5th Grade Field Day

KMS Awards Night, KHS, Lee Auditorium

Thurs, May 21
TES Kindergarten and 1st Grade Field Day

Graduation, 7pm

Fri, May 22
TES 2nd Grade Field Day

Wear Bomber Blue!

Mon, May 25
Memorial Day, NO SCHOOL

KHS Final Exams/Modified Schedule - May 26-27

Tues, May 26
TES 3rd Grade Field Day

Wed, May 27
KIS Talent Show, KHS, Lee Auditorium, 9:30am

End of 2nd Semester

End of 4th Grade Period


TES PTO End of Year Picnic

TES/KIS Report Cards Go Home

Thurs, May 28
Board Meetings
Agendas and Minutes
Kenston Kids are so "BRIGHT" they have to wear shades!


Proceeds benefit the Class of 2017

May 5th

AfterProm Preview

Saturday, May 2 from 8 - 10 pm Kenston High School


Kenston parents have spent hundreds of hours to create an AfterProm party themed "Welcome to the Jungle" (a jungle twist on the Guns and Roses song). 
AfterProm is a long standing tradition at Kenston to provide a drug and alcohol free party for Juniors and Seniors after the Prom.  Community volunteers have worked all year to provide this safe and memorable event for our students.  
$80,000 bequest honors Grandchildren

The Benjamin A. King Family Trust has honored the Kenston Local School District with a bequest of nearly $80,000 in appreciation for educating seven of his grandchildren, Christine Hepker, Susan Hepker, Bart Hepker, Rachel Hepker Crandall, Ryan Hepker, Mike Hartman and Lindsay Hartman.  Mr. King's son, Bill Hepker presented the donation to the district at the April 20th Board of Education Meeting.

Mr. King, known in the Chagrin Valley for his service to the Shade Tree Commission, passed away in June leaving a legacy of having overseen the planting of over 3,000 trees.


A World War II veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, he graduated from Case Western Reserve University, was a member of the Cleveland Bar Association and was a businessman who ran his own construction company and a family business with his late wife, Jane.


Students and community will benefit from Mr. King's gift and his generosity to the Kenston Schools.  Under the guidelines of the trust, his generous donation will be used for the following programs:

  • A family fondness and appreciation of the district's radio station will result in student scholarships.
  • His business interest as the owner of a construction company will continue as the high school art department expands their traditional studio-based classroom curriculum in an effort to encompass technology that will develop the application of STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics based learning activities through new and innovative digital design and rapid manufacturing coursework in a FAB Lab.
  • His love of the outdoors, natural beauty and respect for the environment will be combined with the Ohio Environmental Education Fund grant to create a community resource to highlight and educate students on the district's green energy programs including outdoor learning space, signage and Community Trails to create a walking tour of our green campus.

The seeds given by Benjamin and Jane King will continue to grow as a lasting tribute through the Kenston Community Trails.

Top 15 Honored

Kenston Academic Boosters honored the Top 15 Senior Scholars and the educator who had a special impact on their Kenston career.  Students being honored were Katherine Blackburn, Hannah Cubberley, Carrington D'Angelo, Alexis Fleming, Corban Joyce, Caroline Kiley, Kayla Korenowski, Samuel Levy, Leah Mallinos, Anthony Martin, Joshua Sekerak, Jacob Silbermann, Graycen Wood, Jeremy Wyers and Lauren Zucker.  Educators being honored were Mrs. Bonnie Bernstein, Ms. Amanda Englehart, Mrs. Pamela Garrett, Mrs. Julia Green, Mr. Jeffrey Grubich, Mr. Joshua Jakacki, Ms. Deborah Kramer, Mr. Anthony Marchesi, Mrs. Stephanie Martin-Shively, Mr. Edward Mason, Mrs. Andrea Quinn, Mr. Robert Tripi, Mr. Brian Turk, Mrs. Elizabeth Ward and Mrs. Shannon Wirthwein.

Bus Driver Road-e-o
Kenston hosted one of the regional school bus road-e-o competitions, designed to test and increase their operational and safety skills. Top participants at each regional road-e-o move on to compete at the state-level competition. Participants who score 80 percent or more of the total possible points at a regional or state competition may use that event toward their six-year recertification.  Kenston teams placed 1st and 3rd.  Roger Rodhe, Mike Girolamo  and Andy Lenhart finished in the top six places and will go on to compete at the state level. Mike Girolamo earned Rookie of the Year honors.
KIS "Mix It Up" Model School

Kenston Intermediate School has been designated a "Mix It Up" Model School by the Southern Poverty Law Center's Teaching Tolerance program.  "Mix It Up" Model Schools serve as great examples of how a school-any school-can cultivate these values among their students, faculty and staff," said Teaching Tolerance Director Maureen Costello.  Kenston Intermediate School is one of 104 schools from across the country and one of four in Ohio receiving the honor.  Timmons Elementary School Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Eileen Kubas partnered with Kenston High School Counselor, Mrs. Jessica Kardamis to connect elementary and high school students with someone new during several specially scheduled lunches throughout the year.  "Mix It Up" Day activities across the district are supported by the district's PEAK (Peaceful Environment at Kenston) program.

Kenston makes Washington Post list

The Washington Post vetted 22,000 public high schools while compiling their list of America's Most Challenging High Schools: only 11 percent made the cut.   Kenston is part of an elite list including 40 Ohio schools - 13 from Northeast Ohio.

The Post totaled the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests taken at each school and divided that number by the number of graduating seniors  to compute the rankings.


 See the full list here.

Certificate of Excellence

Kenston was recently awarded, The Certificate for Excellence in Financial Reporting, by the national Government Finance Officers Association to organizations that have prepared a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that satisfies all Government Accounting Standard Board requirements and exceeds the minimum requirements for transparency and full disclosure in the preparation of annual financial reports.  The award program recognizes organizations that provide their constituents with standard and concise financial statements, allowing the user to determine the financial health of the organization.   Click here to view the 2014 CAFR. 

Board seeks Citizen Advisory Member

The Kenston Board of Edcuation is seeking interested community members to serve a two year team on Kenston Citizens Advisory Committee (KCAC).  KCAC was created with the overall purpose to provide input to the Board on matters, financial and otherwise, as seen from the Kenston community's perspective reinforcing the district's vision statement that "an exemplary school district is committed to establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with its community."  Application Guidelines/Directions

sponsored by Kenston PTO
Friday, May 8th  at 7:10pm
Cleveland Indians vs. Minnesota Twins
Sugardale Dollar Dog Night
Lower Box Tickets $20 
enter special offer code BASEBALL

Kenston Family Getaway!
Experience America's LARGEST indoor waterpark and take advantage of special Spring rates for all Kenston families, friends and staff for May 31st - June 3rd.  Rooms are only $119 and feature two Queen beds and include waterpark passes.  Call 877-KALAHARI for reservations and mention the "Kenston Group Rate."  

A portion of the EACH room booked will benefit Kenston PTO.