Kent School District - Back to School Edition 2023

Welcome Back KSD!

We are excited to welcome our phenomenal staff, students, and families for the start of a new school year! We can't wait for what this year will bring. Together, we can continue to fulfill our mission to successfully prepare all students for their futures. Check out this message from Superintendent Vela!

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First Day of School Highlights

Welcome to Middle School!

The 2023-2024 school year begins the start of our new middle school model, which consists of grades six through eight. Our middle school staff across the district did an outstanding job as they went above and beyond to ensure their students and families felt welcomed and confident as they began this new journey. They were out in full force, greeting families as they drove in, giving high-fives as students exited the bus, helping to provide schedules, and directing students where to go. The alternate first day of school schedule allowed sixth and seventh grade students to participate in games and activities with their new classmates, tour the school, and work with current middle school student leaders to understand middle school routines better. 

Welcome Kindergarteners!

Monday, August 28, was our incoming Kindergarteners' first day of school. Our staff were ready to greet and welcome our newest students and their families. There were backdrops set up, photos taken, and hugs galore as KSD's newest scholars said goodbye to their families and entered their new classrooms.

Welcome Cougars!

Our newest school, Canyon Ridge Middle School, opened its doors and welcomed students on Wednesday, August 23. Principal Brian Gauthier and his staff were excited and ready to welcome their students into the Cougar family. We invite you to join us for the Canyon Ridge Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony that will take place on Saturday, September 9 at 9:00 a.m.

Important Back to School Information

Fill The Bus School Supply Drive

Thank you to the KSD Community and Communities in Schools of Kent for making sure our students have the school supplies they need. You can request school supplies for your student using this form on the KSD website.

Free Meals Now Offered at 39 Schools

We are excited to announce for the 2023-2024 school year 37 schools are eligible under the federal Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program to offer free breakfast and lunch meals. Emerald Park and Soos Creek elementary schools also qualify to offer meals at no cost under House Bill (HB) 1238. This ensures students at these schools have access to nutritious meals and remove financial barriers that may prevent them from receiving proper nourishment during the school day. Click below to learn more.

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Families May Receive Waived or Decreased Fees to Participate in Other School Programs

KSD is committed to ensuring participation in extracurricular activities is available to all students regardless of family income. Complete the online free and reduced-price meal application and the consent to share document today.

Resetting Student Passwords for 2023-2024 School Year

All students will be required to reset their Kent School District account password for the 2023-2024 school year after August 15, 2023. Learn more about this process and how you can reset your password on the KSD website.

KSD Students Shine

Photo courtesy of Allison Humphreys Kentlake cheer team.

Athletes of the Week: Kent's High School Cheer Teams

KSD is partnering with The Kent Reporter to highlight athletes from our high schools. Each week two athletes from different high schools will be featured as The Kent Reporter's Athletes of the Week. Congratulations to the cheer teams of Kent-Meridian, Kentlake, Kentridge and Kentwood high schools for being the first athletes of the week. Unlike other sports that are seasonal, cheer is a year-round sport. Read the full article here.

KSD Staff Spotlight

Coach Michael Christiansen

Serving Aces Both On and Off the Court

For the past 17 years, the Kent-Meridian Volleyball (KMVB) program has been under the leadership of Michael "Mike" Christiansen. Before he arrived in 2006, the program had experienced two coaches in two years, with Mike being the third. Aside from building the program, his main goal was to create a growth mindset in his student-athletes. Since being under his positive leadership, the program has experienced great success. KMVB has had multiple winning seasons, made numerous appearances at post-season tournaments, and returned to the Washington State tournament in 2011. According to Mike, though, the greatest success is what his student-athletes accomplish off the court. "I like seeing how the kids succeed and what they do after high school and all the great things they get to accomplish." Many of his student-athletes have gone to college, graduated, and are currently flourishing within their careers. They have also returned and coached alongside him, giving back to the program that once played an integral part in their adolescent years. Mike's coaching philosophy is simple: "developing the whole person to be successful for their future, both as an athlete and as a person." Thank you, Mike, for your dedication and commitment to seeing your student-athletes succeed on and off the court.

Mike has also coached track & field and taught at Kent-Meridian High School for the past 17 years. He is currently the head track & field coach and teaches social studies at the Kent-Meridian Technology Academy.

2023 Levies

Levies Benefit All Students

Like a subscription, local school levies must be renewed. Failure of either of these levies would mean significant reductions in staff and services that meet the needs of our students, including teaching and paraeducator positions, and our 1:1 student learning technology (laptops & tablets) program along with critical repairs and improvements. Remember to vote November 7.

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Three Ways to Register

Register today either online, by mail or in-person. You can register to vote online or by mail until 8 days before an election or in-person through election day

Introducing Foundations

Our new monthly e-newsletter, Foundations, will cover all things related to Levies and Bonds. Be sure to check it out!


The 2023-2024 Student Calendar

Download your copy of this school year's calendar. The 2023-2024 Student Calendar is available on our website.

KSD is Hiring!

Become a substitute teacher, paraeducator, or clerical staff member in KSD! 

We have immediate openings for these positions. Learn more about the requirements and apply to join Team KSD today!

September Calendar Highlights

Check our district calendar and your school's calendar for details and more upcoming events!

September: Attendance Awareness Month

September 4: No School: Labor Day

September 6: Two Hour Early Release

September 9: Canyon Ridge Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

September 10-16: National Arts in Education Week

September 13: Two Hour Early Release

September 13: KSD Board Meeting

September 15: Hispanic Heritage Month Begins

September 20: Two Hour Early Release

September 27: Two Hour Early Release

September 27: KSD Board Meeting

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