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Kennett Middle School provides a safe, well-organized and nurturing environment for all students in grades 6-8. The Kennett Middle School is staffed with dedicated professionals who know and understand the adolescent student and who are committed to excellence in teaching and learning. There is an interesting and challenging curriculum enhanced by a wide variety of sports, music and activities for every student's interest.

Staff

Principal: Mr. John Carr
Assistant Principals: Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, Mrs. Karen Gerlach
Faculty: 76 Professional staff; 79% with a Masters degree or higher.

Enrollment

944 students in grades 6-8 in 2009-2010

Academically Talented Program

(For those students who qualify)

Grade Program
Grade 6 Language Arts/Reading
Social Studies
Grade 7 Language Arts/Reading
Science
Grade 8 Language Arts
Science

Curriculum:

The Kennett Middle School curriculum challenges a student's intellectual potential, serves as preparation for high school, and provides an opportunity for growth and success for each student.

Offerings include an Academically Talented Program for identified students, an Academically Talented Plus Program and strong math programs that lead students to Algebra and Honors Geometry. Curriculum offerings also include reading, language arts, science, and social studies taught by highly qualified professionals. Foreign language offerings in Latin, German, French, and Spanish are available beginning in grade eight.

Activities:

Announcements, After-The-Bell, Band, Cheerleading, Chorus, Drama Club, Jazz Band, Orchestra, Pen & Palette (Literary Magazine), Spring Musical, Student Council, Yearbook, Reading Olympics.

Academic Competitions:

Mathcounts, Speech & Debate, Knowledge Bowl Master, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, Continental Math League and Quiz Bowl

Athletics, for students in grades 7 and 8:

Girls Basketball, Boys Basketball, Cross Country, Boys Soccer, Field Hockey, Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Lacrosse, Track, Baseball, Wrestling and Cheerleading.

After-the-Bell

Need something to do after school? Then After-The-Bell is for you! This community-based program combines the expertise of community members and the interests of middle school students. After-The-Bell is free and transportation home is provided.

Fall, winter, and spring sessions meet Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon for six weeks. Sessions begin with a snack at 3:00 P.M., and end at 5:30 P.M. For more information visit www.afterthebell.org or visit the After-The-Bell office located in room C106 in the Kennett Middle School.

Creative Arts

With the belief that all students need a well-rounded experience in the arts, the creative arts cycles offer students an opportunity to experience the following classes:

Computer Applications
In grades 6, 7 and 8 there is a progression of skills and concepts taught to students in Excel, Power Point, MSWord and the Internet. In grade 6, keyboarding and basic MS Word is taught.

Family and Consumer Science
Students use the latest technology modules, and also learn the traditional skills of sewing and cooking.

Technology Education
Technology Education iLife course provides students with the skills and opportunity to utilize and apply the various applications within the Apple iLife suite to produce and share authentic products focusing on current events of the time. Year One of the course consists of creating a Photo Essay book, multimedia slideshow presentation and a calendar. During Year Two students will then apply what they have learned about researching and photography to create a video pod cast using iTunes and Garageband to publish and share. The final year of the course will be dedicated to facilitating the production of student movies using iMovie and iDVD applications.

Music
Students learn rhythm, melody and the basics of reading music in grades 6 and 7. In grade 8 students participate in a guitar lab.

Art
Students learn the techniques of pen and pencil, watercolor, and three-dimensional media. They also have the opportunity to create computer-generated art in the computer lab supported by Apple Software.

KMS Musicals

In the years that KMS has been at the new school, there have been outstanding musicals (from the Broadway Jr. Series.) Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Guys and Dolls, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory have all been performed on the Middle School stage. These student productions are assisted by enthusiastic and experienced staff directors.

Our directors begin with the belief that all students should have the opportunity to participate in the musical. Everyone who tries out for a part is involved in the show in some way. Student participation is tremendous. There are roles for singers, dancers, actors, extras, and those most important folks, the stage, light and sound crew.

Technology

Computer labs are located in each classroom wing, and in the library classroom. Additionally, mobile labs are available to enhance classroom instruction. In addition to the hardware, technology is supported by a high capacity fiber optic Internet connection. For student's safety the Internet connection is protected by a firewall.