November 2017
District Website - Kenston Calendar 
 "Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." - Melody Beattie

Good luck to the Boys Cross Country team and  Ellie Pleune, who earned an individual bid for the girls,  as they compete at the OHSSA State Tournament (held at Hebron National Trail Raceway) on Saturday, November 4.  The Boys Cross Country team placed 4th at the Youngstown/Boardman Regional earning their second state berth in two years. State-bound boys cross country team is comprised of: Jakob McConnell, Sam Markel, Will Grendell, Kyle Silk, Will Britton, Jordan Knapp, Casey Pluene, Jacob Sandoval, Jack Turk and David Rosinski. Ellie is the first girl to qualify since 2005!

Hannah Fender
Congratulations to 9th grader, Hannah Fender, who has been awarded the 2017 Student of the Year by the  Ohio Middle Level Association Executive Board members for demonstrating qualities of good citizenship and making a positive contribution to both the school and the community.  She was selected for her accomplishments during her middle school career.

In addition to maintaining a 4.0 G.P.A. throughout her middle school career, as a member of S.T.A.N.D, she displays leadership in her frequent role of introducing school speakers at yearly all-school functions, participating in anti-bullying videos and spearheading the efforts of her fellow S.T.A.N.D. committee members blanketing lockers with sticky notes after school hours so that students arriving the next morning are greeted with positive, affirmative messages. 

Her contribution to school and community was displayed in part by two of her English class projects which have transpired into touching and impactful outreach in partnership with Down Syndrome organization, The Upside of Downs, and Planting Hope. 
Shelly McDonough
We'd like to recognize Shelly McDonough as the 2017 recipient of the Parent of The Year Award for her significant contribution of time, service and leadership to the Kenston Middle School. 

She is a co-chair of the middle school's PTO fundraiser where she wrote and directed the all-school assembly to promote the October 2016 all-school dance. Shelly also runs the Bomber Hangar and it is not uncommon to see Shelly helping out at the Scholastic Book Fair, Staff Appreciation Week, volunteering at school musicals, and concessions at quarterly KMS dances.

Both Hannah and Shelly were recognized at the Ohio Middle Level Association State Conference today, November 3. For their full recognition submissions, see the link.
Each year Ohio School Boards Association accepts entries for its annual "Stand Up for Public Schools" student video contest. Videos are entered by Ohio students expressing their thoughts and ideas on how public schools make a difference. We are excited to announce that the entry of KHS students, Jimmy Burg and Jack McDonough, took first place out of 53 submissions! They will be recognized at the Ohio School Boards Association's annual conference in November.

View the video.

The Kenston School district, along with a select group of districts around the state of Ohio, is part of the Innovative School Network .  This network structure and support from the Schlechty Center allows Kenston to work together as a district and create leadership and expertise within our own school community to lead and sustain this curricular work.  One of our initial steps in this work was a two-day "Taking Stock" process with 50 representatives from our district, our families and our community to solidify values and vision for our students' educational experience. This year, our August professional development day work was led by Steve McCammon, the CEO of the Schlechty Center, involving all teachers in this learning process.

In our second year, the entire Kenston faculty is participating in professional development; both inside and outside the district that is aligned with the work of Phil Schlechty, who was a respected national educational leader.  His core work is centered around the essential connection between the quality and design of student work and a student's willingness to engage in their schoolwork for profound learning.  As educators, we recognize that student learning requires our focus on high quality lesson design.  Using the framework of Schlechty, we have collectively embarked on a process of analyzing lessons to improve the quality of work we offer our students. Two types of professional development activities are currently present and ongoing in this district initiative:  teacher training with outside experts over an extended period of time and the development of our own in-house experts to lead the work with teacher teams.  
Kenston Center Stage has announced the cast for the Fall Drama production of " Leading Ladies ." The Kenston production will feature Aron Butler, Julia Fugedy, Kennan Garceau, Megan Herbruck, Alex Hubert, Jack McDonough, Colin Montville, Anna Snyder, Nate Wasinski and Phillip Witmer-Rich. 

Ken Ludwig's " Leading Ladies" is a comedy about two English Shakespearean actors who find themselves so down on their luck that they are performing "Scenes from Shakespeare" on the Moose Lodge circuit in the Amish country of Pennsylvania.  When they hear that an old lady in York, PA is about to die and leave her fortune to her two long-lost English nephews, they resolve to pass themselves off as her beloved relatives and get the cash. The trouble is, when they get to York, they find out that the relatives aren't nephews, but nieces! Romantic entanglement abound.

Performances are Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11, at 7pm, and Sunday 2pm in the Kenston High School, Lee Auditorium. All tickets are $10 and general seating is first come, first served. You can purchase tickets online or at the door an hour before curtain.
School attendance is an important ingredient in students' academic success.  A new state law  (House Bill 410) changes how Ohio schools must report student absences and other time out of school.  All time out of school, including coming in late and early dismissals, is now included in student attendance totals.  Limiting scheduled appointments to before or after school and weekend hours will help students avoid reaching the new absence limits.  Parents are encouraged to schedule vacations during school breaks.  Please continue to report absences to the school or attendance office each day as well as submitting a doctor's excuse for verification of any student absences for medical reasons.

Families will receive an Excessive Absence Notification when a student misses:
  • 38 or more hours in one school month (with or without a legitimate excuse)
  • 65 or more hours in one school year (with or without a legitimate excuse) 
The law requires schools to address Habitual Truancy, which occurs when a student misses:
  • 30 or more consecutive hours without a legitimate excuse
  • 42 or more hours in one school month without a legitimate excuse
  • 72 or more hours in one school year without a legitimate excuse
According to the law, schools cannot suspend or expel students for missing too much school.  Instead schools must provide ways to promote compliance and school attendance.  Additionally, schools must develop Absence Intervention Plans to help improve student attendance. 

Ohio Department of Education House Bill 410
In the October 31 - Kenston Middle School Update,  summary findings from the May 19, 2017 RoofTEC report were included when answering the question, How did you determine how extensive the roofing project would be?  

As part of our facility planning, we conducted a roofing assessment to determine if a full roof tear-off or partial roof replacement was needed. On May 19, 2017, RoofTEC conducted ground-based infrared moisture detection surveys using state-of-the-art infrared technology. The purpose of the Infrared Roof Survey is to detect wet insulation within a roofing system.  Below you will find the full report.

If you have further questions, please email us at We will continue to provide information.  Thank you.
State law requires all public schools to file a  Five-Year Financial Forecast  with the Ohio Department of Education twice a year in October and May.  The forecast requires districts to evaluate their General Fund for potential long-term outcomes when making current decisions about new initiatives and funds to existing programs and services over multiple years.  The multi-year budgeting process lends itself to meeting both short and long-term goals while maintaining financial solvency.

The General Fund is the largest district fund. General funds are primarily unrestricted and are used for the day-to-day operation of the school district.

The forecast represents a series of assumptions or estimates of future economic, legislative and market conditions.  It is a "snapshot" of variables known or assumed at a particular point in time.  Due to the uncertainties and changing nature of school finance and economic factors, this forecast is fluid and subject to change. Contact  Phillip Butto, Treasurer with any questions.
The University of Toledo Concert Chorale, under the direction Dr. Brad Pierson, visited the Kenston High School Mixed Choir to sing and share insight and opportunities for students interested in music after high school. 
Timmons Elementary School has been awarded Gold Level recognition from the Ohio Gold, Excellence in Physical Education program. Physical Education teachers submitted curricular materials including lesson plans and a detailed questionnaire to be considered for the award.  Timmons Elementary School has been recognized with this honor for five consecutive years.  Physical Education teachers, Mr. Jeff George and Mrs. Chris Maistros, will be honored at the Annual Conference in December.
Bomber Bash is on Friday, November 17, from 6pm to 6am. There will be inflatables, gaga ball, spike ball, board games, Zumba, Karaoke, and so much more. In addition, there will be ping pong, tug-of-war, Twister tournaments, food provided by Aladdin's, Zeppe's, and Sirna's Pizza  and music by DJ  Luke Jourdian. 

The student-lead crew has been working on Bomber Bash since March and has set a goal to raise $30,000 to benefit A Kid Again, KHS PTO, and each class.  See the donation form below if you would like to contribute to this worthy cause.

Kenston's own Kevin Lombardo has been selected for induction into the Ohio Military Hall of Fame for Valor!   

This 1990 alumni is a true hero. I t takes a real warrior to run into danger putting their own life on the line for others. The Induction Ceremony will be on May 4th, 2018 at the Ohio Statehouse Capital building in Columbus.

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The holiday season will bring new items to the Bomber Hanger. Stay cozy with fleece jackets, flannel PJs, hoodies, headbands, and winter hats for the whole family! 

The retail store at the stadium will continue to be open on Tuesdays (2:00 - 4:00 pm) and Fridays (10:30 - 1:00 pm) throughout November.  It will head over to the high school in December, where you'll see it as a "Pop-up" shop in the cafeteria at various events.

Stay up-to-date on all November and December pop-ups by following us on:
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The Athletic Department is looking for paid workers to work athletic events with such duties as scoreboard operation, stat keeping, public announcing, or music operation. Interested students should contact the Athletic Department via email or stop into the athletic office. 
Agendas and Minutes
Work Session - Monday, November 6th - BOE - 7pm
Regular Meeting - Monday, November 20th - TES - 7pm
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