March 2019 | In the know!
"Positive attitude is when we have to do things we don't like,
but we still do it and we make the best of it."
- Molly Gurd, Class of 2027
3rd Quarter Report Cards are posted in Infinite Campus .
DISTRICT AUDIT RELEASED
Auditor of State Keith Faber released Kenston's Audit Report of the 2018 fiscal year. He issued an unmodified opinion on the district's financial statements extending the district's long history of clean audits.  This is the highest level of audit opinion. The report also states that Kenston had no material weaknesses, significant deficiencies, or areas of non-compliance. The district also received a clean opinion overall on its system of internal controls. 

Each year the State Auditor will also issue recommendations to their clients on areas that could be improved. Treasurer, Phil Butto, is proud that the district has successfully implemented recommendations issued in prior years. The Fiscal Office continues to examine their financial procedures to ensure that they are in compliance with state law and deliver the highest quality of service to staff, students, and the Kenston community2018 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)
SPEECE WINS HIGH SCHOOL DEBATE CHAMPIONSHIP
Annually, The City Club of Cleveland hosts the annual High School Debate Championship. The top two high school debates meet in a classic “Lincoln-Douglas” style debate. The resolution was: The illegal use of drugs ought to be treated as a matter of public health, not criminal justice. This year, senior Tia Speece was named the champion.


SUCCESS AT STATE FOR SPEECH & DEBATE
Kenston’s Speech and Debate Team had its best showing at States in the team’s 20 year history placing 13th out of 91 teams.
Honors
Tia Speece - 2nd place - Lincoln-Douglas Debate
Anthony Alandt - 3rd place - Declamation
Laura Parsons - 4th place - Oratory
Samara Benza - Quarterfinals - Declamation
Valerie Brown - Quarterfinals - Declamation
Stephen Kale - Quarterfinals - Congressional Debate
Jessica Sunderhaft - Quarterfinals - Program Oral Interpretation
"School of Excellence" - Top 10 in Rhetoric
"School of Excellence" - Top 10 in Debate
Coach Stephan Voudris - Finalist Linda Miller Award
MOCK TRIAL COMPETES AT STATE
The high school Mock Trial team, in its second year of existence, tied for 9th at State Competition. Congratulations to the team of Madeline Worsdall, Dominic Alandt, Chloé Peiffer, Frank Hegedus, Sam Selent and Laura Parsons. Laura Parsons was awarded Outstanding Witness at both trials. Thank you to coaches Jennifer Troutman, Jonathan Witmer-Rich and Stephan Voudris.
BOMBER BASH MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Kenston High School students were honored to present a $4,000 donation to “A-Kid-Again,” a foundation that raises money to provide families of hospitalized children with adventures and something positive to look forward to and offer a distraction from routine medical care.
The funds were raised through the Kenston High School Bomber Bash, a 12-hour fundraising event that took place this November.
STUDENTS SOAR AT OMEA CONTEST
Kenston High School Music Department competed in the 2019 Ohio Music Education Association (OMEA) Large Group Adjudicated events.

Chorale - Class C - Excellent (II)
Chorus - Class A - Superior (I)
Concert Winds - Class C - Superior (I)
Symphonic Band - Class A - Superior (I)

Thank you to the direction of Julia Green, Jeff Link and Scott Sell.
VAPING - DID YOU KNOW?
During the March 8th Work Day, Bainbridge Police and DARE officer Brian Reardon presented to the 4th through 12th Grade staff on vaping and e-cigarettes. Teen vaping and e-cigarette use has been declared an epidemic by the Surgeon General. We appreciated the partnership with the Bainbridge Police Department as we educate our staff, students and parents on this topic. Juuling is NO Joke!
SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL
Kenston Center Stage is pleased to present
Seussical the Musical
Thursday, April 11, Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 at 7pm
Saturday, April 13 at 2pm Matinee performance
in the Kenston High School, Robert A. Lee Auditorium. 

As a special feature, on Saturday, April 13 at 1pm, Seuss-a-pa-looza
with crafts, reading and activities will take place for children ages 10 and under in the cafeteria.

All tickets are reserved and cost $14 Mezzanine, $12 Floor and $10 Balcony/Student seats. Beginning Sunday, March 17, tickets may be purchased on the
Kenston High School website .
Seussical is fun for the whole family! Performers of all ages will be excited to portray the characters from the familiar Dr. Seuss fables. Tony winners, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, have lovingly brought to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Horton the Elephant, The Cat in the Hat, Gertrude McFuzz, lazy Mayzie and a little boy with a big imagination – Jojo. The colorful characters transport us from the Jungle of Nool to the Circus McGurkus to the invisible world of the Whos. The charming Seussical teach the power of being unique and the importance of fighting for your beliefs.

The cast, crew and orchestra are comprised of Josephine Bing , Maddy Blackford , Ethan Brinkman Sull, Skylar Cinch , Molly Cohen , Audrey Cowan , Sebastian Dodrill , Alex Ensign , Adam Farrell , Brennan Fisher, Kayleigh Fisher, Rachel Flack , Trey Ford , Julia Fugedy , Grace Geisler , Billy Glime , Mandy Glime, Emily Hall, Ashley Handwerk , L.E. Healy , Kelcey Henrikson , Olivia Heysek , Alex Hubert , Nik Hunder, Nathan Pulling , Sophia Irvin , Patrick Keane , Jack Kosiorek , James Kregenow , Sam Kress , Nya Ku , Ronen Ku , Kelsey Kundtz, Nicole Lanese , Colin Mast , Josh Masters, Adam Mastropieri, Danny McDonough , Sophia Mighton , Ben Millard , Colin Montville , Ian Montville , Grant Nelson , Christa Niemann, Andy Oleskiewicz, John Palmer, Matthew Pierce , Halle Preneta , Nathan Pulling , Becca Rengers , Cailey Rogers , Jackson Rosneck , Claire Rottman, Anna Snyder, Mac Snyder , Nathan Snyder , Jess Sunderhaft , Robert Sunderhaft , John Tatara , Lauren Thomas , Luke Totte , Britta Treu , Joshua Walls , Natalie Wasinski , Philip Witmer Rich , Emily Wood and Jenna Wrona under the direction of Emily Leone, Julia Green, Shannon Wirthwein, Jeff Link and Scott Sell.
S'MORE DINNER THEATER
Residents of Auburn and Bainbridge Townships over the age of 60 are invited to join us for a FREE Dinner Theater production of Seussical the Musical .

A picnic style dinner will be served in the high school cafeteria on Wednesday, April 10, at 5pm with the show at 6pm. Reservations are required. Please call 543-9677 to reserve your seat.
AFTERPROM FASHION SHOW
Kenston AfterProm will be holding it's annual Fundraiser: Kenston Koachella Fashion Sr. v. Jr. Showdown on Friday, March 15 at 7pm in KHS Robert A. Lee Auditorium. 

Tickets are available for Pre-Sale ($6) / At the Door ($8) at KHS Office, Bomber Hangar, during KHS lunch period week of the event, or from one of the Senior or Junior participants.  

NEW THIS YEAR: Online Ticket Purchase/Presale Doughnuts/Raffle Tickets available    (convenience fees apply).

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be available by the dozen to take home after the show; $10/dozen or $1 per doughnut during intermission.  
KENSTON ATHLETIC BOOSTERS
Kenston Athletic Boosters are holding a Queen of Hearts 50/50 Fundraiser. Tickets on Sale NOW @ Unc's Patio Lounge, 10584 E. Washington St. Drawings will be held on Wednesdays @ 7:30 beginning March 6th. Tickets $5 - sold during regular business hours.
SEEKING CITIZENS ADVISORY MEMBERS
The Kenston Board of Education created the Kenston Citizens Advisory Committee (KCAC) at its November 2006 meeting. KCAC was formed with the overall purpose to provide input to the Board on matters, financial and otherwise, as seen from the Kenston community’s perspective. Thus reinforcing the district’s vision statement that “an exemplary school district is committed to establishing and maintaining effective partnerships with its community.”

The Kenston Board of Education is now seeking two interested community members to serve either a two or three year term on KCAC. The board will fill at least two positions created by expiring terms.

By Monday, April 1, individuals interested are asked to submit the following documents of application to: President, Kenston Board of Education, 17419 Snyder Road, Chagrin Falls, OH 44023.
  • One page of why the applicant desires to serve on KCAC
  • One page of resume data including background, education, experience, professional accomplishments and major strengths
  • Two letters of recommendation

Interviews by the Board will take place in April with duties beginning the 2019/20 school year. It is desired that the membership is diverse in demographic and professional variables.

The KCAC is comprised of twelve members including two members of the Board of Education. Community members serve for two or three year terms. KCAC will have a minimum of four meetings per year.
UPCOMING BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS
Regular Meeting - Monday, March 18th - 7pm - TES
Board Work Session - Monday, April 1 - BOE - 6pm

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