January, 2017
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Principal's Message
Dear Parents,

I would like to wish a very happy new year to all of our Kenston Middle School families.  

In our continuing effort to support kindness and promote compassion to all people, our STAND Committee has undertaken monthly initiatives to raise awareness.  For the month of December our middle school has had wonderful conversation and dialogue as we have listened to an audio of The Fat Boy Chronicles.  Upon returning in January, we culminated this activity with an all-school viewing of the movie (edited version).  Our middle schoolers and faculty felt this was, at times, relatable.  It can be lonely to be made fun of or put down and the story of the "fat boy" exposed the story of that loneliness and how to cope and solve it. It was a very worthwhile activity.  
The end of the first semester was on December 16 with grades coming out this week.  It is so important for our middle schoolers to continue working diligently, reorganize, and participate at their highest level.  Our faculty continues to design lessons, examine common assessment data, and follow the courses of study for their subject.  They work to meet the needs of each individual student; kudos!

I would like to invite all of our families to attend the wonderful KMS Musical this  January 27th and 28th at the Robert Lee Auditorium at KHS.  This year our musical is the junior version of "The Sound of Music".  

I want to thank all of you, our parents, for your continued support and assistance within our Kenston community.  Please check our website for upcoming events, sports, and clubs.

Forever a Bomber.

Patricia W. Brockway

Building Blocks

KMS PTO Efforts Continue in 2017

The KMS PTO has been hard at work the first half of the school year with the Fun-a-Thon fundraiser, teacher dinners during Parent/ Teacher conferences, Bomber Hangar sales, and the Scholastic Book Fair.  Thank you for supporting all of these efforts, particularly the fundraiser, as it is the PTO's main way to fund the programs serving KMS students and staff.
Looking ahead in February, the KMS PTO will be providing the Spelling Bee winners with gift card prizes, hosting a teacher dinner prior to Parent/Teacher Conferences, and sponsoring "concessions" at the Student Council dance.  March brings the KMS Annual Skate Nights on March 14 and 16.
Planning will also begin soon for the Staff Appreciation Luncheon in May and the 8th Grade Year-end Party.  As always, please contact PTO if you're interested in helping with a particular event.  Of course, we would also like to have you join us for a meeting.  Upcoming meeting dates are as follows:

January 12, 2017      March 9, 2017      May 11, 2017
February 9, 2017      April 20, 2017

Meetings are typically held at 9:30 AM in KMS Room 224

KMS Scholastic Book Fair Update

A big "thank you" to everyone who came out and supported this year's KMS Book Fair! The proceeds from the annual KMS Scholastic Book Fair, held in November and sponsored by KMS PTO, will support the KMS Library once again.  Thank you to all those that purchased books and other items for their home and classroom libraries, and to all of the volunteers.  The book fair raised over $1600 for the KMS Library Fund, which will help purchase books and other resources for KMS students and staff.  The PTO would like to thank Jackie Nailler, KMS Librarian, for always supporting the Book Fair, as well as Jane Laishes and Maria Witmer-Rich, who organized and implemented this year's Book Fair.  
KMS Skate Nights at Chagrin Valley Roller Rink

Tuesday, March 14th and Thursday, March 16th from 6:30pm-8:30pm
Admission is free and skate rentals are only $4 (cash only, please).   Glow Sticks will be available for purchase (or bring your own) for Black Out Skates.  T he nights are not grade specific.  All students are invited and students may attend both nights, if they wish.

Speech and Debate

Kenston Middle School's Speech and Debate Team traveled with the high school team to Vermilion on December 10th and Hathaway Brown on December 17th.  

At Vermilion, placing first were the team of Jason Spehar and Adler Weber in Duo Interpretation and Alexander Prodan in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.  Placing second were Johnny Martino in Congressional Debate, the team of Samantha Henrikson and Zhen Henrikson in Duo Interpretation, and Ryann Greulich in United States Extemporaneous Speaking.  The Public Forum Debate team of Okan Kardzhala and Marcus Novak placed fourth.
At Hathaway Brown, out of twenty-five teams competing in Public Forum Debate, partners Henry Cregar and Brennan Fisher went undefeated and were the tournament champions.  Also going undefeated and placing fourth in Public Forum Debate were partners Okan Kardzhala and Marcus Novak.  In United States Extemporaneous Speaking, Alexander Prodan placed fourth, Zhen Henrikson placed fifth, and Ryann Greulich placed sixth.  Competing in her first tournament, Dylan Britton placed fifth in Declamation.

Congratulations to all.  The next middle school tournament is on  January 28 in Solon. Interested in joining the team? Come to a practice at the high school in Room A112 on Wednesdays after school or Thursday nights at  7pm or contact Coach Voudris at 


December Studens of the Month
6th Grade                          7th Grade                              8th Grade
Ben Elliott                          Summer Cooper                   Jennifer Adams
Lauren Farrell                    Madan Morris                       Anthony Valocchi
Anthony Williams               Zak Soryal                            Natalie Alexander
Mara DuBay                       Lydia Oleskiewicz                Kegan Sheely
                                                                                      Grace Geisler

Patriot Team Student of the Quarter - 2nd Qtr
The Patriot Team introduced a new award program last semester called the Patriot Team Award.  As we move forward, this award will be given to one boy and one girl from each grade level at the end of each nine weeks.  This award is given to students that have excelled in the Encore courses which include Health, PE, Foreign Language, Technology Education, Art, and Music.

Congratulations to the following award winners:
6th Grade  - Lucas Simmons, Morgan Blackford
7th Grade - Matthew Pierce, Sophia Mighton
8th Grade - John McClure, Margaret Eibler
Kenston Middle School presents: The "Getting to Know" Version of The Sound of Music
The cast of Getting to Know  invites you to join them for an evening or afternoon of musical theater entertainment. These Kenston Middle School students have been working diligently for months to prepare this classic musical.

January 27, 2017, 7:00 pm
January 28, 2017, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Robert A. Lee Auditorium, Kenston High School
Tickets are $10 each and will be available at the door of each performance

STAND Members participated in Cleveland 19 News Messages of Hope program.  Students created handmade Messages of Hope to spread holiday cheer and strength to children battling cancer in northeast Ohio.  Our Messages of Hope made their way to Flashes of Hope, an organization dedicated to kids with pediatric cancer. 

Kuddos to the STAND Members who participated in the Timmons play to help reveal the book for their One School, One Book Program.  Nicholas Lai, Abby Ohlsen, Tyler Schurr, Michael Surtel, Audrey Cowan, Jenna Stretch, Dylan Britton, Morgan DiRocco, and Hannah Kepreos
Sandy Hook Promise
KMS will celebrate Sandy Hook Promise's Start with Hello Week February 6-10.  Each day we will highlight ways to help prevent social isolation.

Guidance Update...

8th Grade News:
Selected 8th graders will participate in The National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) beginning on February 1st.
NAEP is the largest national representative providing continuing assessment of what America's students know and can do in various subject areas.  NAEP will administer the assessments by both tablets and paper booklets to evaluate student performance differences.  Each student will test in only one subject - math or reading.

A parent letter will be coming home if you child is selected.  We ask for your child's participation in this very informative national assessment.

9th Grade Course Placement:
Kenston High School Counselors will meet with 8th Grade students on January 20th to review course selections, recommendations and options for the 9th Grade.  Please be sure to ask your child to see their Course Placement Form and KHS Program of Studies.

Attention:  6th, 7th & 8th Grade Students/Parents:
College Credit Plus Info Night:
Attention students interested in learning more about College Credit Plus for the 2017-18 school year: Kenston High School is holding their College Credit Plus (CCP) Night event on 
Thursday, February 9, 2017 at 7:00 in the Robert Lee Auditorium.  CCP is a program that allows eligible students in grades 7-12 to take college courses, earning college credits at no cost to parents.  These college courses also count as high school credits for students.  If this is a program that you would like to learn more about, you are strongly encouraged to attend this College Credit Plus Night event. There will also be representatives from eight area colleges available to answer parent questions (including The Ohio State University). 
Reminder.....8th Grade Orientation
Clas s of 2021 Parent Orientation

     Who:     All 8th Grade Parents of Incoming 9th Graders 
     When:   Thursday, January 12, 2017, 6:00 PM
     Where:  Kenston High School Lee Auditorium
The news you have been waiting for: our next dance is scheduled for Friday, February 17th.  This dance is our annual Dress-Up Dance (the students call it Semi-Formal) and will be held in our KMS gym from 7:00 - 9:00 pm (with the 8th graders coming early at 6:00 pm).  Typically, the students dress up a bit more with the boys wearing nice pants and shirts (usually ties but not mandatory) and the girls wearing a nice dress or dress slacks/blouse.   

For Your Health 

As we get ready to enter flu season, we need to take extra steps to help stop the spread of cold and flu germs.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, here is a list of preventative actions you can take:
  • Get vaccinated.  Vaccination is the most important way to prevent the spread of the flu.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, or cough and sneeze into your upper sleeve.  (Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.)
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.  Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like the flu.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
Carisa Meyer
KMS Health Aide
Important Upcoming Dates/Events
Calendar Dates:

January 4 - School Resumes

January 9 - BOE Meeting, 7 PM, TES
January 12 - PTO Meeting, 9:30 AM
                   - 8th Grade Parent Orientation, 6 PM, Robert Lee Auditorium at KHS

January 13 - DC Trip Payment #2 Due ($166.00)

January 14 - Science Olympiad Tournament, KHS

January 16 - Martin Luther King Day, No School

January 18 - Candid/Group Pictures

January 27 - KMS Musical, The "Getting to Know" Version of The Sound of Music, 7 P.M., Robert                        Lee Auditorium at KHS

January 28 - KMS Musical, The "Getting to Know" Version of The Sound of Music, 1 P.M./ 4 P.M.,                        Robert Lee Auditorium  at KHS

February 3 - Check Student Progress on Infinite Campus