Kennett Middle School Represented at National Conference

In early October, Kennett Middle School science teacher Mrs. Joy Rosser traveled to Austin, Texas, to present at the 43rd Annual Conference for Middle Level Education.

Her session, titled “Igniting the Middle Level: The Power of Educators,” targeted administrators, counselors, media specialists/librarians, parents, principals, teachers, and team leaders. Mrs. Rosser had previously presented this material locally through the Chester County Intermediate Unit and the Kennett Consolidated School District.Joy Rosser

The Association for Middle Level Education is the leading international organization advancing the education of all students ages ten to fifteen, helping them succeed as learners and make positive contributions to their communities and to the world.

“Personally, I was thrilled to learn that my proposal had been accepted for this year’s conference,” Mrs. Rosser states. “Professionally, presenting at the conference was a wonderful opportunity for me to showcase the positive culture of Kennett Middle School.”

The goal of Mrs. Rosser’s presentation was to engage attendees in conversations about how who they are and what they say enhances their students’ learning experiences.

“Educators are the catalysts for their classroom and school,” Mrs. Rosser explains. “I wanted attendees to leave my session with the motivational and optimistic wisdom to ignite the spark that will help them to make a positive difference in their students and their schools. I want to empower educators with a greater sense of purpose and confidence for their students’ benefit.”

Mrs. Rosser’s session engaged attendees in discussions around juggling and balancing multiple roles, counseling parents, inspiring colleagues, and motivating students. Together, they explored obstacles in daily teaching and strategized through challenges in order to improve retention so that teachers bring their best energy every day for their students.

“We were so proud to have Joy represent Kennett Middle School and the state of Pennsylvania at the national convention,” Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis, Kennett Middle School’s principal, comments. “Joy is truly a dedicated and hardworking individual with tons of passion to ‘ignite’ our students and staff.”

Mrs. Rosser serves as a member of the southeast regional board and the state board of the Pennsylvania Association for Middle Level Education. In addition, she is the secretary of the Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development’s board of directors and is a member of the Pennsylvania Don Eichhorn Schools to Watch State Team.

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Announcing: an All In Against Drugs Night for KCSD Parents

Parents:

Please join us in the High School Auditorium for an evening program on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 6:45 P.M. as part of our fight against drug abuse.

KCSD will host an All In Against Drugs Night for all district parents (grades K to 12). Featured will be a video created by the FBI called “Chasing the Dragon,” which graphically illustrates the horrors of opiate drug use. Though we have no knowledge that this is an issue in our community, stories about opiate drugs have been in the news, and we want to give you an opportunity to learn more about the problem.

Also on the program will be presentations by FBI agent and Unionville parent Kevin McShane and Kennett High School counselor Fran Ryan. They will offer valuable advice about keeping our children drug-free and safe.

You will receive an “All In” t-shirt and a t-shirt to take home for each of your children. Though we must limit attendance at this program to adults only, you will learn how you can view this video at home with your children.

All of us at KCSD urge you to attend. We want to be your partners … to help you stay well-informed … to help you be better prepared … so that you can help your children make positive choices and avoid starting on a pathway to drug abuse.

I look forward to seeing you on Oct. 18.

Sincerely,

Barry Tomasetti, Superintendent

Kennett Consolidated School District

Announcing: All In Against Drugs Night for KCSD Parents (grades K-12)

Tuesday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m., in the Kennett High School auditorium

Join us …

  • See a video created by the FBI called “Chasing the Dragon,” which graphically illustrates the horrors of opiate drug use.
  • Learn more about keeping children drug-free and safe from FBI agent and Unionville parent Kevin McShane and Kennett High School counselor Fran Ryan.
  • Receive a free “All In” t-shirt and a t-shirt to take home for each of your children.
  • Learn how you can view this video at home with your children.

KCSD and parents … partners in preventing drug abuse among our children and young people.

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STEM Family Night

We are excited to announce the first annual STEM Family Night at Kennett Consolidated School District. We have created this fun filled evening to encourage dynamic interactions among family members and increase awareness regarding the STEM opportunities at Kennett.

The activities focus on applications of STEM principles that encourage families to build, create, and learn together.
Members of our staff and our students have volunteered to host a variety of stations. These stations include engineering challenges, liquid Nitrogen ice cream preparation, chemistry demonstrations, Blue Demon Robotics, dragster races, 3-D printing, math games, puzzles, and computer apps. The stations are designed so children ages kindergarten through 8th grade can explore the underlying principles of science and engineering.

The event will be hosted at Kennett Middle School on June 7th starting at 6:30 PM. The STEM Family Night is just one of a number of STEM opportunities we offer our Kennett children. We hope that you will consider joining us and share this experience with your children.

Please contact Dr. Lydia Hallman if you have questions or comments regarding the evening.

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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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