May 5, 2016 – Open House

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May 5th, 2016 is the Kennett Middle School Open House at 7:00pm.  Come see all of the amazing things happening at Kennett Middle School!

Here is some of the work and the events that will be on display tonight:

Picture Biography Displays

Greek foods

Student work- pop up books, survival kits, writing samples

PTO sponsored Student Writing Portfolios

Assorted brochures addressing Academic, Personal/Social and Career related needs on table

Sign-up sheet for speakers for upcoming Career Day Guidance Office Lobby

Lending Library-Assorted Resources/books located on the middle shelves

Stretching and Shrinking projects, student made posters

6th Design & Modeling, 7th Flight & Space, 8th Automation & Robotics, STEM projects throughout the year

Annie teasers

Students are bringing in homemade Greek desserts

Games on the Smart Board featuring interactive games

American Civil War Projects

Slide presentation of the Outdoor Stream Lab

Science Enrichment Projects

Maker Space, Lego Wall, Electronic Resources

Art Show

ABC Picture books of the “Big Ideas” in the 7th grade math curriculum

American Civil War Projects

A Single Shard Posters and Figurative Language Brochures

Yearbook sales- Last Chance to order yearbooks this year!

Angry Bird Parabola Project, Wacky Word Problems Slide Show, & Linear Equations Stained Glass Project

All About Me Posters, Biography Posters, Essays, A Single Shard Artwork

Accelerated Math Data Projects, Math Olympiad practice questions – Are you a math Olympiad? Come and try some problems.

Math Data project/tessellations

Keyboarding parent vs. child competition

Are you a Math Olympiad? Come and try some problems.

Seedfolks projects; Pop-Up Books; School of the Future Essays; Pirate Profiles

Area Projects; Tessellations

Students perform Greek Play

Wheel of Theodorus

City Design

3D printer; Robotics projects

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Attention Kennett Middle School:

This week is your LAST and FINAL chance to buy a yearbook. Return your money and slip to Ms. Vicki in the main office to guarantee a yearbook. Only a limited number of yearbooks will be available at the end of the year for purchase.

Get your yearbook today for $33. Again, this is your LAST chance for yearbook orders this year.

Anyone interested in meeting the new high school volleyball coaches can attend a “Meet the Coach” night on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:00 pm in the high school gymnasium. Anyone attending the meeting may enter through the gym lobby near the stadium entrance. The meeting will last approximately 30-45 minutes.

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Attention KMS!

This weekend your friends, classmates, and students will be performing Annie! 4½ months of work are now ready to be shared! Please come support the 100 Cast and Crew members at 7:00 on Friday, and 1:00 and 7:00 on Saturday. Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets will be on sale at all lunches, at Open House, and at the door.

KMS PTO dance will be Friday May 20 from 7:00-9:00

Remember the dance is for KMS students only.

Students, it is very important for you to tell your parents to volunteer for the dances. Without chaperones we are unable to have dances. Please ask your parents to sign up to volunteer for the May 20th dance.

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KMS presents Annie, Jr!

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Sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students will perform the musical Annie, Jr. this weekend! Tickets are $4 for students and $6 for adults. Tickets are on sale at all lunches and at the door.

Show dates and times:

Friday, May 6, 2016 at 7:00pm

Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 1:00pm

Annie Flyer

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Kennett Middle School Student to Compete in Girls Junior National Championship

After finishing in second place at the Chesapeake Regional Volleyball Tournament, a team with students from schools around the region, is headed to USA Volleyball’s Girls’ Junior National Volleyball Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. The team, Delaware Juniors 13s ACE, competed in regional qualifiers at the 13U Open Division made up of 14 teams from Delaware, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, and West Virginia.

The team features Alex Seel who is a seventh grade student at Kennett Middle School. Alex plays opposite hitter and has played with Delaware Juniors volleyball club for two years.

“I’m really excited that we won a bid to nationals. Not many teams get to have this experience. I feel so lucky to be going,” said Alex.

The team has enjoyed a break-out season with a record of 32-2 versus other 13s teams and a 14-4 record against 14s teams. The team coaches are Mr. Rod Gerhart and Ms. Autumn Keller. Both coach at Delaware Juniors Volleyball Club located at the Delaware Sportsplex in Newark, DE.

Delaware Juniors 13s ACE team members include girls from schools across the region. Top Row from left: Autumn Keller (coach); Alex Seel, Kennett Middle School; MacKenzie Sobczyk, Immaculate Heart of Mary; Riley Sullivan, Brandywine Springs; Caroline Detrick, Christ the Teacher; Morgan Ritchie, Christ the Teacher; Rod Gerhart (coach). Bottom row from left: Heyli Velasquez, Ursuline Academy; Samantha Gerhart, Christ the Teacher; Reagan Mendick, Red Lion; McKenna Ritchie, Newark Charter.

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Kennett Middle School Embraces Maker Spaces

While attending the Pennsylvania School Library Association’s annual conference last year, Kennett Middle School librarian Mrs. Virginia McGarvey learned about “maker spaces.” Mrs. McGarvey was instantly inspired by the idea of a collaborative work space that enables students to make, learn, explore, and share ideas.

Local Boy Scout Charlie Streitwieser and superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti

Maker spaces provide hands-on, creative ways to encourage students to design, experiment, build, and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering, and tinkering. The spaces are an extension of the STEM curriculum at Kennett Consolidated School District. These spaces vary in design and can feature maker equipment ranging from 3D printers and laser cutters to Legos and cardboard. No matter the budget, a maker space provides hands-on learning for students of all ages.

Kennett Middle School agreed that a maker space featuring a movable Lego wall with a Ball-Drop Construction Challenge on the reverse side, constructed of Lego base plates, PVC piping, and countersunk magnets, would be a great addition to the library. Unfortunately, the costs would be very expensive. Determined to bring this space to Kennett Middle School students, Mrs. McGarvey extended the idea to Salesianum High School

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senior Charlie Streitwieser, who was looking for ideas to complete his Eagle Scout project.

Charlie, a Boy Scout from BSA Troop 22, jumped at the idea and began to design and construct Kennett Middle’s School new maker space. A fundraising page was created and sent out to the community explaining the project and its benefits. The fantastic generosity of the community allowed Kennett Middle School to purchase and donate the most important materials.

After a few months of hard work, Charlie completed and delivered the new maker space to Kennett Middle School’s library. “The addition of this maker space will be a great extension to our STEM program,” superintendent Dr. Barry Tomasetti explained. “This space creates a great opportunity for students to problem-solve together.”

“We are so grateful for Charlie and our generous community for making this project possible. Students now come in at lunch time to create structures and pictures on the Lego wall. They work well together in groups naturally and politely without prompting,” Mrs. McGarvey said. “They are learning collaboration, problem-solving, and developing better communication skills. It is great to watch the students be creative through play.”

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The new maker space has proven to be a huge hit among the students, who are enjoying collaborating, solving problems, and having fun with their peers.

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