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December 22, 2017
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE DISTRICT
All Invited to Board of Education Community Forum on Saturday, January 6
 
All members of the Ken-Ton School District community are welcome and invited to attend a community forum with members of the Board of Education and Superintendent Stephen Bovino on Saturday, January 6 from 9 to 11 a.m. The forum will take place in the second floor Board Room at the Administration Building, located at 1500 Colvin Blvd. Members of the public need not stay for the entire time and may come and go as their schedules permit. The forum is designed to provide parents, residents, staff, and any other members of the school district community a chance to ask questions or discuss issues of their choosing.
Board of Education Recognitions: Holmes Elementary School
Tuyana Dehima, Holmes Elementary School student, and faculty/staff members Susan Aitken and Jody Muscarella were recognized by Superintendent Stephen Bovino and the Board of Education in December for their outstanding contributions to Holmes Elementary School. Click here to visit the Board Recognitions Page.
Students Spread Holiday Joy & Love of Music
Instrumentalists at Kenmore West led by Band Director Kenneth Belote performed a special holiday concert at Lindbergh Elementary on Thursday, Dec. 21. Not only was the event a memorable holiday celebration for the younger students, but it also taught them about all the different band instruments they will soon be able to play. Click here to read the story.
Kindergarten & Pre-K Registration Begins January
Registration for Kindergarten and Universal Pre-Kindergarten in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District will begin in January for the 2018-19 school year. Registration for all students is by appointment only at the Central Registration Office, located at 1500 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14223 . Click here for more information .
Science Classes Incorporate Cutting Edge Equipment
Students at Kenmore West recently learned first-hand how spectrophotometry, a method of measurement based on light absorption, can be used to investigate a crime scene. It was one of many experiments made possible by new state-of-the-art science equipment being used in high school science classes.  Click here to read the story.
Two Teachers Featured on 'Inside the Classroom'
Two Ken-Ton teachers were featured in two different episodes of "Inside the Classroom" hosted by NYS Teacher of the Year Ashli Dreher. Robyn Brydalski, third-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary, and Denise Grandits, seventh-grade ELA teacher at Franklin Middle, were featured in two different episodes of the educational television program.   Click here to read the story.
Ken-Ton Forward Core Team Holds Second Meeting & Establishes Three Goal Areas
 
The Ken-Ton Forward Strategic Planning Core Team, with representatives of students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, community members and other district stakeholders, met for the second time on December 7 at the Kenmore Middle School building. The group has reviewed data from the recent district-wide strategic planning survey as well as feedback from stakeholder focus forums. The Core Team established goals in three areas:
  • The social and emotional well-being of students
  • Transitions for students of all abilities
  • 21st Century technology to facilitate teaching and learning
The next step in the process is the development of task forces. You can follow the work of the Ken-Ton Forward Team by visiting www.ktufsd.org/StrategicPlan.
WHAT'S HAPPENING IN THE SCHOOLS
Kenmore West Students Lead Presentation to Identify and Prevent Bullying and Harassment
 
Students in Kenmore West High School's Challenge Club/A-Team recently led a presentation entitled "Please, Stand Up" at the school's Goulding Theater to teach ninth graders how to identify and prevent bullying and harassment. The program was facilitated by teacher Darcy France and the goal was to change the mindset of ninth graders and try to make sure they do absolutely everything in their power to stand up to any form of bullying or harassment. Click here to read the story.
Kenmore East Ensemble Selected to Premier New Song by Acclaimed Composer
The Kenmore East High School Symphonic Winds was selected to premier a new piece by acclaimed musician and composer Randall Bayne entitled "Follow the Star" at the winter concert which took place Dec. 19. Bayne travelled to Ken-Ton from Tennessee in order to work with Kenmore East students, and was in attendance during the performance. Click here to read the story.
Edison Elementary Represented at Dash for Diversity
Pictured here are Edison Elementary School teacher Susan Rusinski, student William Nowak, and William's mother Holly Nowak who did a terrific job representing Edison Elementary School at the 2017 Dash for Diversity at Delaware Park. The Dash for Diversity supports local programs and initiatives by the National Federation of Just Communities.
Hoover Middle & PTA to Present 3rd Parent Academy
Hoover Middle School and the PTA will present the third Parent Academy from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9 in the cafeteria. The session is open to all Ken-Ton School District families. The topic will be "Who's the Boss?" Larry Scott, school psychologist, will discuss restorative practices to boost positive childhood behavior.    Click here to read the story .
Franklin Elementary Hosts 'Outside the Box' Workshop
Fourth-grade students at Franklin Elementary School recently completed a special workshop entitled "Thinking Outside the Box" with Jennifer Fitzery, a representative from Shea's Performing Arts Center. She worked with the students on many different activities and techniques including improvisation, posing, using props, and more.   Click here to read the story .
Franklin Elementary Students Take Part in Dance Club
Larissa Gramza, fourth-grade teacher at Franklin Elementary, created an after-school dance club for third and fourth graders. Students attended five after-school sessions in which they learned about stretching and flexibility, conditioning techniques, and engaged in guided dances centered around a positive attitude.   Click here to read the story .
Lindbergh Students Were 'PE Teachers of the Day'
As part of the PBIS program at Lindbergh Elementary, students can submit the "Lindbergh Lindy" tickets that they earned to win a grand prize each month. The prize of the month in November was to be the physical education teacher for the day, and that prize went to third graders Aaron Bellows and Sarah Morales.    Click here to read the story .
Award-Winning Children's Author Visits Lindbergh
Thanks to the PTA, Lindbergh Elementary School students recently enjoyed an inspiring visit by award-winning childen's author and illustrator Salina Yoon. The students enjoyed hearing what motivated Yoon to write her picture books. She also drew some of her popular characters such as Penguin, Bear and Little Duck.    Click here to read the story .
Elementary Classrooms Welcome Special Guest Readers
Elementary school classes often welcome special guest readers to their classrooms. On November 22, Hoover Elementary School second-grade teacher Lisa Chiavaroli's class welcomed Heather Lyon, the Ken-Ton School District's director of elementary education. As the special guest reader for the day, Dr. Lyon read a book and discussed it with students.
Hoover Elementary Student Raises More Than $300 for Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief
 
Peter Wedgewood, a second-grader at Hoover Elementary School, recently initiated a fundraising drive to support hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Peter presented at the school's recent Art Night and took it upon himself to lead a penny drive which collected $324. All donations went to efforts that are underway to help Puerto Rico recover from the devastation of Hurricane Maria.
HOLIDAY SPIRIT
Lindbergh 1st-grade teachers organized a cookie-decorating project and donated all to the Holmes Elementary after-school program
Students at Edison Elementary collected nearly 200 pairs of new and gently used pajamas for families in need and the Ken-Ton Closet
Members of the Kenmore East High School National Honor Society donated 120 gifts to residents of Gateway-Longview on December 8
Students from the Kenmore West High School Band Program performed holiday music at Barnes & Noble on Thursday, Dec. 14
Members of the Kenmore West Girls Varsity Basketball team volunteered their time at the Assembly of God Soup Kitchen in Buffalo
The Edison Elementary community collected more than 125 books to stock patient rooms and carts at the new Oishei Children's Hospital
Students in Colleen Maleck's class at Franklin Middle School were involved with some fun holiday events. First, they prepared their own Thanksgiving lunch complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, and more (left photo). Next, they created decorative snowflakes to adorn the cafeteria for the holiday season (center photo). In addition, after voting on a charity to support for the holidays, they created a blanket to donate to the SPCA (right photo).
ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Video of the conclusion of "Carol of the Bells," performed by Kenmore West percussionists at Lindbergh Elementary on boomwhackers
Sandra Eaton's 2nd-grade class at Holmes Elementary showed off their new hats knitted by Sandra's sister, Paula Schmidt, or Moorseville, N.C.
Holmes Elementary students were rewarded for 'Stepping It Up' with a fun school-wide assembly that had many on stage for activities
KEN-TON IN THE NEWS
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