Kent School District February 2022
Ballots for the February 8 special election have arrived in mailboxes. The EP&O Levy for KSD is up for renewal on the February 8 ballot.

We encourage all registered voters to vote in all elections.

  • Return your ballot to a ballot drop box by 8:00 p.m. election day.
  • Mail your ballot via the U.S. Postal Service. Your ballot must be postmarked no later than election day.

Renewal EP&O Levy Information
The Renewal EP&O Levy supports educational programs, student learning, and staffing.
 
Cost to Taxpayers
  • The levy is not a new tax. It renews an expiring tax that provides local funding for critical needs not covered by state and federal funds.
  • This levy makes up approximately 16 percent of our current revenue. Levy failure would mean significant reductions in staff, programs, and services for students.
  • The proposed collection is $76,250,000 in 2023 and 2024. This is the same amount authorized by voters in 2020.
 
Investing in Our Students is Investing in Our Community 
  • Kent School District spends an average of $16,176.77 per student.
  • This levy pays for staff positions, such as teachers, nurses, mental health counselors, career readiness, safety and security staff, professional development for teachers, and more.
This Months Happenings
Our School Board hired a national executive search firm to find our next Superintendent, and they want your input. Later this month, there will be several ways for students, families, and staff to engage in the search for our Superintendent through a ThoughtExchange, survey, and community meetings! Your input is vital to the board and will help determine the selection of our next Superintendent. More information is coming soon!
February is Black History Month
February is Black History Month, and we're honoring and celebrating black history by highlighting our amazing black community leaders, teachers, and students all month long. In addition, we will be posting news articles and social media posts throughout the month.
CTE stands for Career and Technical Education and is one of the ways students can learn through hands-on activities and build pathways towards potential career options after high school. Learn more about some of the possible courses students can take and help us celebrate KSD's amazing CTE team all month long!
Elementary conferences will be happening throughout the week of February 7. View the dismissal schedule for all KSD students, including elementary and pre-school students, during this week and learn some tips to have a successful conference.



Help us celebrate school counseling by participating in the 2022 National School Counseling Week photo challenge. Download each day's sign, write in your response and then take a picture with it to post to your social media channels. Email your photos to communications@kent.k12.wa.us and tag us on social media.

KSD Community News
The newest edition of our annual KSD Connected publication is live and sent out to a mailbox near you! In this edition, we highlight our new board members, that Glenridge Elementary has been named a Distinguished School, and give an overview of the Renewal EP&O Levy.
2022 marks The 5th Avenue Theatre’s sixth year of proudly supporting the Kent School District’s Rally for Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Watch the video of the rally and read more about how students honored Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Every January, the K-12 schools in Washington celebrate School Board Recognition Month. East Hill Elementary showed their appreciation with creativity and an activity that brought students even closer together.
Mentoring can have a huge impact on a student's success throughout their education. In Kent School District, Communities in Schools of Kent helps support our students by providing a mentor to connect students and further help them succeed in their educational pathway in KSD.


KSD intends to offer a sustainable online school that expands our existing non-traditional choice options for students in Fall 2022. Learn more about the planning process and share your thoughts on necessary student supports by February 18. 



Announcements
Opt-In to Receive Texts
You can receive text messages about important information including inclement weather, emergencies, and general school information. In addition to using our automated phone and email system, we can text important messages if you choose to opt-in. Make sure your contact information is up to date through Skyward to stay informed with the latest notifications and alerts from the district. 

Apply for Free Meals and Free or Reduced Activity Fees
Breakfast and lunch are available at no cost for all students through the Free and Reduced-Price Meal program for the 2021-22 school year. And by completing a free and reduced-price meal application, students and families may be eligible for additional benefits, and schools can receive funding.

Secondary HiCap Referral Period Opens February 28
The 2021-2022 Secondary HiCap referral period is open to students in Grades 7 -11 from February 28 – March 18. Referral forms include a Parent Inventory Survey that must be completed by March 19. Students are also required to submit a portfolio containing ELA, math, creativity, and leadership work samples. Complete the 2021-2022 Secondary HiCap Referral Form (form will be accepting responses starting February 28) online between February 28 and March 18.
Calendar Highlights
Check our district calendar and your school's calendar for details and more upcoming events!
February: Black History Month
February: CTE (Career and Technical Education) Month
February 2: 2-Hour Early Release
February 7-11: National School Counseling Week
February 7-11: Elementary Conferences
February 8: Special Election Day
February 9: Highly Capable Program Engagement Night
February 9: School Board Regular Meeting
February 16: 2-Hour Early Release
February 16: Child Find Screening
February 17: PTA Founders’ Day
February 17: Random Act of Kindness Day
February 21-25: No School: Presidents’ Break
February 28: HiCap Referral Period Opens