KCSD #ALLin Event: September 2nd KHS Football Game

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.

Click here to view the flyer that will be sent home with all KCSD students during the first week of school.

Click here to view an article about this event in the Daily Local News.

Sept 2 2016 Football Flyer

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Field Day Fun

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.

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Seventh Grade Applies Science Curriculum Through Stream Study Lab

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.

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International Day Opens Eyes and Minds

This article was written by an awesome sixth grade student, Alexandra Barron.

On the afternoon of the 18th of May, sixth grade students at Kennett Middle School participated in an event: International Day. These students had the opportunity to learn about numerous countries, taught to them by not just anyone, but the school’s proud parents, along with volunteers from the community and different corporations. To further celebrate the event, students received free International Day t-shirts, supplied by Hendrix Orthodontics.

The intriguing and informative event has been going on for six years at Kennett Middle School according to sixth grade social studies teacher Mr. Steve Finegan, and it is popular among teachers, students, and presenters alike. Mr. Finegan, the coordinator, explains that he got the idea from a class that he took at West Chester University, saying, “The class was about designing something innovative… that can be sustained… and putting together a project… that will incorporate a whole grade level.” So, the experience is important for students to expand their knowledge on or be introduced to many cultures.

For Milena Tresoldi, this year was her second time teaching about Italy at Kennett Middle School’s International Day. In heavily accented English, she gave the explanation, “I am happy and proud to represent Italy … It is a great country.” Her children, Anna and Luca, are sixth grade students at the school, and just two of the many students from different countries and cultures that Kennett Middle School is proud to have. Each 20 minute presentation was unique. Some included PowerPoints, some posters, and some a combination of both. In one presentation, students enjoyed the South African dessert, Melktert. In another, they were shown a Chinese calendar and traditional Chinese clothes the presenter’s child wore as a baby. The different styles of presenters and presentations became more varied as the event progressed, and so it was made even more interesting. Regardless of the style, though, it was clear that each presenter put a tremendous amount of effort and time into providing the students with a learning experience that shows how much they love their countries.

At Kennett Middle School, International Day was an important day, in which students had the privilege of being exposed to and taught about the different cultures surrounding them. When asked why she enjoyed it, sixth grade student Ashley Brown agreed, saying, “So many people from different cultures were talking about their countries… I didn’t know Kennett Middle School was so diverse.”

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Sixth Grade Walks for Water

On Wednesday, May 25, sixth grade students in all social studies classes participated in a Walk for Water relay to raise awareness of the millions of people in developing nations who have to walk for miles every day to get access to clean water. Students worked together in teams of 4. Teams were responsible for carrying two gallons of water. Each student walked with a gallon of water for a specific distance (approximately 1/2 of a mile) around the field in the back of the school. This fun and memorable activity helped to demonstrate how basic necessities that we take for granted can be a challenging task in developing countries.

In addition to the walk, students raised money to donate to Charity: Water (https://donate.charitywater.org/donate/home). This charity builds sustainable wells in developing countries where people have no access to clean water. Each student was asked to bring in a minimum donation of $1. Our sixth grade goal was $350 and we ended up raising over $800! Great job, sixth grade!

Pictures coming soon!

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Kennett Success at the Ballpark

The rain held off and we had a fantastic time at the Phillies game on Saturday, May 21, 2016! Kennett Middle School would like to thank all of the students, staff, families, and friends who came out to the game. We had representation from each school in the district!

Some highlights of the day include: the KMS promo video was played on the big screen at the ballpark, KMS received a generous donation from the proceeds of the Phillies 50/50 raffle, Principal Mr. Lorenzo DeAngelis got to throw out the first pitch, and our eighth grade chorus sang beautifully and confidently!

Enjoy the videos below:

There are also pictures available on the KMS PTO Facebook page.

Thank you to all who helped to make this a wonderful and #ALLIN event. What a memorable day for our students! It was a great day for Kennett.

To find out more about this event, please visit our original post, KCSD #ALLIN Event at the Phillies Game.

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Cheering on Our Special Olympians

On Wednesday, May 25th, 17 Kennett Middle School students in Mrs. Verlinghieri’s and Mr. Lentz’s classes competed in the Chester County Special Olympics. Students cheered on the students as they left and when they re-entered the building. Congratulations to all who participated and thank you for representing Kennett. We are so proud of you!

Click on a picture below to view a slideshow of pictures.

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Animal-themed Art Show Winners

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The Kennett Square Rotary Club held their First Annual Pet Fest at Anson Nixon Park on Saturday, May 21, 2016. Kennett Middle School students were the winners of many awards in the art show contest for their animal-themed masterpieces.

The winners of the People’s Choice Award with a prize of free Sky Zone passes were:

  • Adriana Santiago- 8th grade
  • Noemi Guzman Juarez- 7th grade

Th winners of free ice cream at La Michoacana are:

6th grade

  • Vivian Chiomento 1st place
  • Manny Mendiola-Ortiz- 2nd place
  • David Sampson- 3rd place

7th grade

  • Nick Patterson- 1st place
  • Edwin Leon-2nd place
  • Callista Sharp- 3rd place

8th grade

  • Mirca Ortiz Gonzales- 1st- place- 8th grade
  • Eric Herrera – 2nd place- 8th grade
  • Lauren Wilson- 3rd place- 8th grade

Congratulations to all who entered the contest and to the winners!

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Spotlight on KCSD STEM Family Night

The First Annual Kennett Consolidated School District STEM Family Night for grades K-8 will be held on June 7, 2016 at Kennett Middle School from 6:30pm-8:00pm. Come see what Kennett has to offer! Build, create, and learn with your children. There will be Science demos, projects for children in grades K-8, robotics, hands-on activities, and the chance to win prizes! For more information, please contact Dr. Lydia Hallman at 610-268-1121 or lhallman@kcsd.org.

Download the flyer here: STEM Family Night

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Spotlight on Teacher Appreciation Week at KMS

At Kennett Middle School, we have the best teachers and they deserve to be appreciated every day! We especially like to honor them during Teacher Appreciation Week which is the first week of May every year. One tradition at Kennett Middle School is to welcome teachers with music and signs as they enter the building in the morning. It is a wonderful start to the day! Below are some pictures of this momentous event. Click to see a video of our jazz band performing.

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