Kent School District May 2023

Celebrating Our Employees of the Year!

Learn more about each staff member, and why they exemplify our Kent School District mission of successfully preparing all students for their futures. They will be honored at the June 14 school board meeting.

Thank You Teachers!

May 8-12 was Teacher Appreciation Week! Their fantastic work both in and out of the classroom is a key component to student success. Students celebrated their teachers with gratitude, while various PTA groups created fun ways to honor the teachers within their school building. Check out the powerful impact that Randy Furukawa, Karen Espinoza, and Andrew Parsons have made in their students' lives and within their schools. Thank you to all KSD teachers for your hard work and commitment to making our mission of successfully preparing all students for their futures possible.

May Highlights

Nancy Bruneel Literacy Night

Sunrise Elementary hosted a literacy night earlier this month to celebrate Nancy Bruneel, a reading specialist and dear colleague who passed away last fall. Nancy was a beloved staff member amongst her colleagues and students. According to teacher Kathy Kestle, "Nancy brought joy with a capital J to her work and to our community, so much that joy is part of our mission statement at Sunrise." The staff at Sunrise decided the best way to honor her work and legacy was with a literacy night event that Nancy had been planning for three years. According to Principal Katharine Geiss, the first literacy night was organized by Nancy and scheduled for March 2020, but then the pandemic happened. That didn't stop Nancy, though. She still planned and prepared to host the best literacy night for Sunrise's students and families once we returned. Unfortunately, she could not see it through, but her colleagues did.

This event was intended for fun, just like Nancy. Multiple stations of games and crafts centered around literacy and read-alouds by parents and teachers in various languages. Students also received a book to take home as well. The evening ended with a giant dance party, just like Nancy would do with her reading groups on Fridays. The staff also incorporated her favorite color into the event and covered all the tables with pink tablecloths. Nancy's impact on the students and staff of Sunrise was evident throughout this event. Her love of reading was seen through the students' eagerness at each station, her passion for students was reflected in the staff and volunteers, and her joyful spirit was felt through everyone's smiling faces. 

Thank you, Nancy, for sharing your heart and joy with so many and leaving a lasting impact. 

National School Lunch

Hero Day

KSD recognizes and thanks all of our nutrition professionals and the difference they make every day. They are true heroes, from preparing healthy meals daily for students to offering service with a smile. Thank you to all of our phenomenal Nutritional Services team members for all your hard work.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

KSD recognizes the many generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans who have enriched our schools, community, and country. Please join us in appreciating and celebrating the culture and traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans in our incredible community.

Lyndy Baron is Kent Area Council PTA Educator of the Year!

Director of Health Services Lyndy Baron who was named Educator of the Year by the Kent Area PTA Council for going above and beyond to keep our students and staff healthy and safe. We thank her for her service, and we thank the Kent Area PTA Council for their dedication to supporting our schools. 

School Nurse Day

School nurses are critical to all aspects of students' health. They facilitate optimal development, protect and promote student health, and advance academic success. KSD thanks all our school nurses for all that they do to help keep our students healthy and safe.

National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day

Students' mental health is essential, and here at KSD, we have partnered with Hazel Health to provide access to quality healthcare services for all students, at no cost to families, this school year. Schedule a therapy visit or receive same-day pediatric care. Sign up and learn more here.

Be In The Know

Canyon Ridge Middle School Updates

We look forward to welcoming students for the 2023-2024 school year once our building renovations are complete. View the Canyon Ridge boundary map or enroll your student on their website.

Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who will be five years old by August 31? You can register now for the 2023-2024 school year for kindergarten.

Transfer Window Open

Reminder that the transfer window is open until May 31. Available for students who live in or out of the KSD boundaries, has or does not have a sibling currently attending, is or is not impacted by the boundary revisions, and is requesting a school outside of their assigned boundary. Decisions will be sent by the end of June via email.

Enroll in KSD's Dual Language Program

Interested in a program that develops a high academic and linguistic proficiency in two languages? The Dual Language is for you. Students are taught in English and Spanish using a 50/50, two-way dual language model. Enroll or learn more about this program here.

June Happenings

2023 Graduation Dates

KSD graduations will be at the ShoWare Center for our comprehensive high schools and Kent-Meridian High School for our academies. Save the dates and learn more about when and where your student(s) graduation will take place.

Learn More

Community Safety

Listening Sessions

There are two listening opportunities this year regarding our School Safety & Security Staff Program in the Kent School District. These sessions are an opportunity for KSD students, families, and/or community members to share their thoughts and ideas.

Middle School Move Up Days

Current fifth and sixth grade students will participate in a field trip to the middle school they will be attending for the 2023-2024 school year. Students will have the opportunity to visit their new school while school is in session. They will tour the campus, participate in activities to get to know their new classmates, eat lunch in the cafeteria, ask questions of current middle school student leaders, and meet key staff members.

Pride Month

June is Pride Month! We are proud of all of our incredible students and staff and appreciate the beautiful diversity in our community! Please join us in helping make our schools and community a place for ALL to feel socially, emotionally, and physically safe and supported.


Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, honors the end of slavery in the US and marks the day federal troops arrived in Texas in 1865, a full two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. All KSD buildings and the Administration Center will be closed in observation.


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!

June Calendar Highlights

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

June: Pride Month

June: Student Safety Month

June: National Internet Safety Month

June 1: Safety Listening Session

June 6: Safety Listening Session

June 6: Move Up Day - Current Sixth Grade Students

June 7: 2-Hour Early Release

June 8: Move Up Day - Current Fifth Grade Students

June 8: The Outreach Program (TOP) Graduation: 6:30 PM

June 14: 2-Hour Early Release

June 14: School Board Regular Meeting

June 15: Kent Laboratory Academy Graduation: 7:00 PM

June 17: Kentwood High School Graduation: 8:30 AM

June 17: Kent-Meridian High School Graduation: 12:30 PM

June 17: iGrad Graduation: 12:30 PM

June 17: Kentlake High School Graduation: 4:30 PM

June 17: Kentridge High School Graduation: 8:00 PM

June 19: Juneteenth - No School

June 21: 2-Hour Early Release

June 22: Kent Virtual Academy Graduation: 6:00 PM

June 23: Last Day of School

June 28: School Board Regular Meeting

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