January, 2018

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From the Principal's Desk:
Happy New Year from Kenston High School!  

I truly hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break while staying warm and spending quality time with family and friends.  

Thank you to all students and staff for the diligent work ethic and perseverance displayed throughout the first eighteen weeks of the 2017-2018 school year.  With the addition of the 8th grade students to the building, we made certain sacrifices for the good of others. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish in order to maintain a positive learning environment for all students.          

Winter is in full swing which means it is the start of our second semester at KHS.  Students will begin the scheduling process for the 2018-2019 school year at the end of January.  Please consider selective course pathways that align with college and career goals.  The Program of Studies, a course description booklet, will be available online for students and parents to view.  We strongly recommend you take time to read through the course selections to help make informed decisions about course pathways.

On Thursday, January 11 at 6:00PM we will hold 8th grade Parent Orientation.  Designed for incoming freshman parents, we will introduce the high school block schedule as well as review other important information for transition.   

Following the orientation the second semester Open House will begin at 7:00 PM.  T eachers will give a short overview of classroom procedures and expectations.  The course syllabus will be reviewed to  map out the curriculum goals and standards for achievement.  Teacher websites as well as Google Classrooms are valuable resources for parents to utilize. 

Parents, please continue to support student achievement by reinforcing effective study skills at home.  Assess the time management of your child and help guide them with set priorities.  Check Infinite Campus for progress updates. Communicate when necessary with the teachers and counselors.  Request a conference to address any issue right away.  Assist in the development of possible career interests and goals.   Finally, stay up to date on events and programs at KHS by checking the website, email and Twitter.   Don't hesitate to contact the high school office with questions.

Best wishes to all for a happy, healthy, and successful New Year.

Tom Gabram

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In This Issue

      Congratulations to the following KHS students:  

Chagrin Valley Rotary Student of the Month  
 December:  Austin Kossouf    January: Jacqueline Jeromin                   

              KHS Students of the Month for December:   
           Cole Lombardi , Hunter Ray, Jacob Spencer, 
            Andrew Watts, Andrea Rengers,  Izzy Krzys, 
          Delaney Kramer, Emily Evans

     KHS Students of the Month for January: 
                  Matt Cassaro, Connor Quinlan, 
 Harris Skaramagas,   Adern Bayraklar, Ava Bumbu,
        Ann a Rini,  Hannah Andrews, Chloe Peiffer
Thursday, January 11
KHS Open House

KHS Parents are invited to Open House on Thursday, January 11 at 7:00 p.m. to preview 2nd semester courses. 

T olerance awareness continues to be a sustained goal for students, staff and parents in the Kenston community.   Utilizing our district PEAK initiatives, our building committees work to maintain a peaceful learning environment.  Demonstrating best practices through collaboration, the PEAK committee members reflect on events and the responses to certain incidents that may occur.  

A recent incident took place at the high school involving an offensive and derogatory message graffitied on a restroom wall.  The message had racial implications and was immediately removed when reported. An appropriate investigation was conducted by administration reinforcing steps to help deter this type of behavior.  Racial harassment towards others is an aggressive behavior that results in severe disciplinary consequences.   This action clearly does not support our PEAK Mission which requires students to  maximize personal growth in a community while demonstrating mutual respect, responsibility, and life-long learning.  

When these types actions are observed, students must utilize their resources within the school building and report the incident immediately.  Teachers, counselors and administrators will help assist with any concerning issues.  Counselors are also available for follow up discussion at anytime.  

A partnership with the   Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio   has been established.  Student and staff programming options have been discussed which supports our PEAK goals and initiatives.  Every effort will be made to sustain a positive culture and climate within our school district.      
2018-2019 Scheduling

Scheduling for 2018-2019 will begin at the end of January.   The   2018-2019 Program of Studies  will be available online providing a complete overview of course descriptions and expectations.   Annual student planning meetings should be scheduled with counselors  to "check-in" and make sure the correct course pathway for college and career interests is set.  Please remember the College Credit Plus and Advanced Placement options allowing students the opportunity to earn dual credit for high school and college.  Both options are  beneficial to students and should thoroughly be examined during the annual meetings with the counselors.  
Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM
KHS Robert A. Lee Auditorium

Any student interested in earning dual credit through the College Credit Plus program must attend the mandatory information meeting held on  Thursday, February 15 at 7:00 p.m.  This will be held during Parent Teacher Conferences.  Details on the program, as well as risks and advantages will be discussed. Representatives from eight area colleges both public and private (Including The Ohio State University) will be here to answer questions and offer details on their programs.
  Attendance at this meeting is mandatory for any 
students  participating in College Credit Plus 
during the 2018-2019  school year.   

A parent must attend the meeting for sign off purposes.  
Enrollment and Intent to Participate forms will be distributed to sign and must be returned by March 23, 2018.  If students are unsure about participation, they can still sign the form and make an informed decision in the future.  Those who do not submit on time will be enrolled under Option A, and expenses will be your responsibility. 
SAT / ACT Test Dates
The SAT for juniors, a free test mandated by the state, will will be given in March of 2018.  For students wishing to test before March or for those who want to  improve scores, please refer to the testing links below.  Pay close attention to the registration deadlines and locations.
- Khan Academy (SAT test prep)
PSAT, SAT and Khan Acade my

Kenston High School has partnered with Northeast Ohio  College Board representative Joel Gulko for 2017-2018 to help improve SAT scores for all students.  College Board services will offer an "unpack" or summary analysis of PSAT/SAT data for our core departments.  The analysis will identify gaps or lower test standards that can be reinforced through content instruction.  

Other professional development includes a parent meeting explaining the benefits and sequence of test preparation beginning in 8th grade.  The date of the parent meeting will be Thursday, February 1.  The use of  Khan Academy, a  free online test prep program, prescribes specific test interventions based on previous embedded PSAT scores.   Statistics below demonstrate how a brief amount of practice in Khan Academy pays off with increased test results.  
If your child has not created their  Khan Account,   please do so at the provided link above.  More information will follow regarding the February parent night. 

KCE will  off ers an ACT Prep Class in the KHS Library on Tuesdays from  February 20 to March 20 , from 7 to 9 PM KHS teachers 
Mr. Koltas and Mr. Marchesi instruct the 12-hour prep course covering the math, English, reading and science sections of the ACT.  (writing secition is optional)  Students take a practice test on each section in a timed, test-like setting and receive strategy tips on how to take the test and what to expect. 

Juniors may also take a one-night SAT Prep course from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, March 5 in the KHS Library. Registration forms are on the KCE website and cost is $29. This course is for JUNIORS ONLY and is prior to the March 7 SAT test given at KHS to all junior students.  

Register at:
      AP TESTING 2018
Students taking Advanced Placement courses are required to take the AP Exams given May 7-18, 2018.  Tests cost  $94.00 and is the responsibility of the student.  

NOTE: Registration deadline is Friday, March 9, 2018

Registration forms can be downloaded from our website under Guidance or pick up in the Guidance office.  Bring a check payable to KBOE to the Guidance Office with the form.  You must be present on all exam days.      

AP Parent Agreement forms for second semester students are due January 12, 2018.   They are not necessary if the an AP class was taken the first semester.     

AP seniors participating on mentorship will have an adjusted mentorship schedule.
Athletic Departmen t Update

Through December 24, the Boys Bowling tea m is 2-4 in dual matches and sits in fourth place in the newly formed Lake Geauga Bowling Conference (LGC).  Max Vollorath leads all Bombers with a 167.9 average.
Through December 24, the Girls Bowling team is 4-0 in dual matches and is in first place in the LGC.  Alex Drsek leads all Bombers with a 168.3 average.
About halfway through the season, the team is 6-4 (2-2, 4th place WRC) including big wins over Rhodes, Riverside and Streetsboro.  In that 83-70 win over Streetsboro, senior Michael Swartz scored a team season high 30 points which included five three-pointers.
About halfway through the season, the team is 8-4 (5-1, 2nd place WRC) including big wins over Chardon, Revere and twice over Madison.  Guard Corenna Maynard is putting together a fine senior season averaging 12.8 points, 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
The team enters January with a 1-3 dual record with a win over Western Reserve Academy and second place finish at the Hiram Invitational.  Junior Billy Glime was named the News Herald student-athlete of the week on December 21.  The team will compete at the WRC Championships on  January 5 and 6.
The team enters January with a 3-1 dual record with big wins over Twinsburg and Nordonia.  The Bomber Girls also took first place at the Hiram Invitational.  Senior Cara Joyce was named the News Herald student athlete of the week on December 21. Sophomore Mary O'Neill placed 4th in the 1M dive at the Viking Invitational.  The team will compete at the WRC Championships on  January 5 and 6.
The team has taken first place i n each of its two contests entering January.  In a tri-match versus Solon and Twinsburg on December 28, junior Victoria Hammerle captured the All-Around while placing first in the bars, second in the floor and second in the vault.
With an 18-2 record (2-1, 2nd place GCHSHL Red North), hockey is off to its best start since the 2009-10 team that started 20-0.  The Bombers have the top three point scorers in the area and have been led by sophomore Val Carriero (21 goals, 23 assists) and sophomore goaltender Jason Hildebran (1.71 goals-against average).  The team captured the Rough Rider and Solon Tournament Cups and will get a chance to avenge its only in-state loss on  January 26 when it faces Shaker Heights (lost 1-0 on  December 3).
The wrestling team continues to grow in numbers and hosted two prominent events to end 2017.  First, the team held the inaugural Dual Under the Lights when it hosted Mayfield in the Kenston High School Auditorium.  Hundreds of fans were on hand to witnes s contests held in the spot lit single-mat stage.  Also, the Kenston Boosters held the 53rd annual and largest-ever KIT invitational on December 29 and 30.  The Bombers took 7th place out of 39 teams scoring points.  Sophomore Nick Nastasi took home the 126-pound title and was Tournament MVP Runner-Up, while junior Joe Koplow finished as the runner-up in the 160- pound division.

Mr. Guarnieri
KHS Athletic Director 


Happy New Year! 

The new semester has begun and KHS PTO is planning for 2017 After P rom , with the Fashion Show coming up March  10 .  We need many parent volunteers for this fun and exciting event  following prom with games, food, prizes, entertainment and more. Parents of ALL high school students are encouraged to get involved.  Email Allison Kure at to be  placed on the After Prom mailing list.

The first annual Bomber Bash took place Nov. 18 and oh, what a night!  Students danced, played games and were on their feet for 12 hours to support "A Kid Again" charity, KHS PTO and the student classes. The Bomber Bash Committee is proud to announce that over $6,000 was donated. Congratulations and thank you to all students, administration, community donors and the many parent volunteers who made this event a success!

It is never too late to get involved with PTO. If you haven't joined, go to the KHS website and download the membership form.  Thank you to everyone who is part of Kenston PTO.  All your time and effort is truly appreciated.  Join us at our meeting on Feb. 8 or March 8 at 12:45 p.m. in the Auburn-Bainbridge room.

Here is a sample list of some of our annual PTO tasks:
  • take minutes at every meeting
  • keep our financials organized and correctly dispersed
  • award academic grants
  • support building assemblies or guest speakers
  • find volunteers for any situation
  • help spruce up the building and grounds
  • decorate for the holidays
  • send words of care and encouragement
  • put together the student directory
  • bake  or prepare food for open house, conferences, and staff lunches
  • give out ice cream to students quarterly
  • serve on the senior breakfast committee
  • assisted during the Bomber Bash, Fashion Show, or After Prom
The above activities will not happen without parent support and volunteers.  It takes a lot of time and energy to accomplish these tasks but KHS PTO is grateful for those parents who have join or willing help out when available.  

Janice Sugarman
KHS PTO, President

For the latest PTO news and information, please check the  PTO website.  Contact Janice Sugarman, KHS PTO President with questions you may have or if you are interested in becoming a 2017-2018 member.



The President's Award for Educational Excellence will be given to all students who maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA and have documented community service hours on file by March 23, 2018. Freshman are required to submit 25 hours, sophomores 50 hours, juniors 75 hours and seniors 100 hours.  Community service forms must be filled out with details of the place and/or organization the student volunteered, total time, and contact information and signature of supervisor. Submit completed forms to Guidance.

  NHS Variety Show - Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018  

West Geauga College Fair - Monday, April 9, 6-8 p.m. 
at West G High School.  
(more information to follow)