Kennett Middle School went pink this October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Student Council held a “Pink Out” every Wednesday throughout the month of October where students dressed in pink to support the many survivors of breast cancer within our Kennett community.
In addition, the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Annual 5K Run/Walk was held on October 8, and Kennett Middle School joined the fight to raise money for a cure. A Hat Day was held, and when all was said and done, $470.30 was donated by our generous staff and students. Way to go Kennett Middle School!
Welcome to our new feature, Student Spotlight! Here we will feature our Kennett PRIDE Students of the Month. These are the students who have received the most Kennett Squares in their grade that month. The September PRIDE Students of the Month are Marco King from sixth grade, Mattias King from seventh grade, and McKenna Norton from eighth grade.
Marco, a sixth grade student, reports that his favorite subject is Science because he has a great teacher who teaches him amazing things. When asked about his favorite part of Kennett Middle School, he said, “I like all of the clubs and that you can do many things during lunch. I also like how all of my teachers are always prepared and ready to teach many things.” When Marco is not in school, he enjoys playing outside. His advice to students who strive to be a Kennett PRIDE Student of the Month is to “try your best and be nice everywhere you go.”
Mattias, a seventh grade student, shares that his favorite subject is Math because it “makes sense.” He shares that his favorite part about Kennett Middle School is his teachers and that outside school he enjoys playing soccer. His advice to other students who strive to be a Kennett PRIDE Student of the Month is “if all you want to do is show off, don’t bother.” What a great reminder to “just be yourself!”
McKenna, an eighth grade student, loves American History because her teacher makes it “fun and interesting” and she enjoys learning new content. Her favorite thing about our school is the teachers because they are “truly passionate about what they do.” Outside of school, McKenna is very active playing tennis, learning Mandarin, read, and attend her church youth group. McKenna advises students to show their Kennett PRIDE by “always being polite and appreciating the little things your teachers do for you.”
Another memorable day at Kennett Middle School yesterday…
Betsy the Cow joined us for a live drawing lab in art classes. Our always adventurous and ever-remarkable KMS art teachers with the help of the father of seventh grade student, Penny Romanelli, arranged for Betsy to spend the day at KMS. Betsy is a 4 month old calf who weighs about 180 pounds.
The live drawing lab has become a tradition in Mrs. Uhl’s and Ms. Conner’s art classes featuring animals such as ducks, bunnies, a pig, horses, goats, an owl, a parrot, rats, and chickens. What an awesome experience for our students!
LEAD is a mentoring program that was started in 2013 at Kennett Middle School. LEAD stands for Listen, Encourage, Advise, and Discuss. The two goals of LEAD are to build positive relationships and to foster academic success.
All students at Kennett Middle School are assigned to a LEAD teacher. This teacher has regular contact with the student and his or her parents about the student’s academic, social, and emotional progress throughout the year. In most cases, LEAD teachers are the students’ conference teachers for Fall and Spring Conferences. These teachers may also may facilitate informal conferences with students and parents throughout the year.
LEAD is an advisory period that occurs during the school day. Twice a month on Tuesdays, LEAD occurs during a period of the day that rotates each month. On our first LEAD of the year, Tuesday, September 27, 2016, all students and teachers reported to their LEAD classrooms. Teachers receive a lesson plan that they deliver to the students. The theme of the first LEAD was Team Building!
In accordance with the District initiative, SIOP (Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol), the lessons include both content and language objectives. The content objective for the lesson was “Students will be able to comprehend the purpose of and goals of LEAD (foster academic success and build positive relationships)” and the language objectives were “Students will be able to list and analyze their grades on the LEAD Grade Progress Chart using Skyward, to memorize the names of all LEAD group members by completing a teacher-led name game activity, and to create a LEAD banner using the template provided to represent the group.”
Each LEAD period, students chart their current grades and look for patterns, increases, and/or decreases. Their LEAD teacher helps the student to make a plan for improvement and/or celebrates their successes. LEAD teachers are also a sounding board for students who are struggling in a particular class or subject and can help them problem-solve a solution.
After the students analyze their grades, the LEAD lesson is delivered. Each month has a particular theme. The themes for 2016-2017 are September: Team Building; October: Personal Responsibility; November: Respect/Preparing for Fall Conferences; December: Integrity; January: Dedication; February: Bullying; March: Preparing for Spring Conferences and PSSA; April: Excellence; and May: Goal Setting & Reflection. The themes are chosen by the LEAD Committee and are based on need at that particular time of year and on our positive behavior system, Kennett PRIDE (P = Personal Responsibility, R = Respect, I = Integrity, D = Dedication, E = Excellence). Throughout the year, students will complete interactive activities led by their LEAD teacher on the aforementioned topics.
Students, teachers, and parents have come to look forward to LEAD each year and we hope to continue to develop and improve this worthwhile and engaging program!
We would like to invite the entire Kennett family to join us at Kennett High School’s first home football game on September 2nd at 7:00pm. KCSD students, Grayson and Aydan Savery, will be the honorary co-captains. Please come out to support Grayson, Aydan, the Kennett football team and to kick off the start of September which is Child Cancer Awareness Month.
Thank you to our fantastic Physical Education Department for organizing three wonderful field days last week and this week!
Some of the fun new games for this year included Ski Races, Team Tic Tac Toe, Bull Rings, Team Charades, Star Wars Tag, and Minute-to-Win It Challenges. Below are some pictures from Seventh Grade Field Day. Click on one of the pictures to view them as a slideshow.
This article was written by two talented seventh grade students, Gavin Maxwell and Colin Parnell.
Once again, Kennett Middle School’s seventh graders have had the exciting opportunity of participating in a stream study lab. This science lab allows students to learn about biology in a hands-on, real-world way by studying the Egypt Run Creek next to the middle school. The stream study lab, now 13 years old, has become an enjoyable tradition for students and teachers.
It all started in 2002 when the Kennett Middle School was moved to its present location in Landenberg. Once the school year had started, the science teachers were excited to use the Egypt Run Creek next to the building. They came up with the idea of the stream study lab, and it was a hit. The teachers then made three locations for the stream study – Headwaters, Rascal Flatts, and Gotcha Gully.
“The field labs were fun and engaging. It was an excellent incorporation of the seventh grade curriculum. It was a great experience to get out of the classroom and do something outside,” says student Ian Schut.
This year the Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry (ITSI) asked Kennett Middle School, along with two other schools, to let students try to complete their stream study lab packets. Since the lab takes all five days of the school week to complete, each teacher’s science classes do the stream study during different weeks. This year, Mr. Bowling’s science classes went first and were followed by Mrs. Leo’s classes and then Mrs. Coe’s classes. For the first few days of the lab, students found and recorded information about the stream’s acidity, amount of nitrate and phosphate, and dissolved oxygen levels. The classes also do a BOD test, Coliform test, a pH test and a turbidity test. They also analyzed what environmental factors may have affected these statistics and how related problems might be solved. While providing students with an interesting topic to learn about, this also gave students a chance to explore future career opportunities.
After the classes were done recording the information they found on the ITSI website, the classes did an activity called Critter Collection. In this part of the stream study, students worked in pairs to search for whatever animals they could find in the stream. Some of the critters found included salamanders, frogs, and several kinds of flies. Once they found an animal, students used paint brushes to pick it up and place it in a water-filled cup, where they could easily and safely identify it. At the end of class, students discussed which animals they had found and recorded the information.
“A lot of kids do not spend time outside in the woods. Most kids really enjoy the outdoor experience and remember it for years” states seventh grade Science teacher Mr. Tony Bowling. The seventh grade stream study is definitely an experience that younger Kennett students can look forward to. As unique, supplementary, and engaging as it is, teachers hope to continue doing this cherished science lab.