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December 23, 2016
Read the December 23, 2016 Superintendent Update for information on the Electric Generation Facility Cessation Mitigation Fund, the recent Thoughtexchange survey conversation, and other topics. You can receive regular District information, updates and messages from Superintendent Dawn F. Mirand right in your inbox by signing up for the Superintendent Update. Visit to have your email address added to the mailing list or to view current/past updates.
Board of Education Student & Staff Recognitions
The Board of Education recognizes outstanding students and staff at each of its regular monthly meetings. On December 13, the Board recognized Will Harbin, Franklin Middle School Crisis Aide; Kim Leggett, Franklin Middle School PE Teacher; Ava Incorvaia and Andrew Roland, Franklin Middle School students; and Katie Burd from the Buildings & Grounds Department. Click here to read the story or visit the Board Recognition Page.
Students Excel at WNY Physics Olympics
Students from Kenmore East High School, Kenmore West High School, and Franklin Middle School performed admirably at the 13th annual Physics Olympics at Buffalo State College. A team from Ken-East won 1st place in the high school division out of approximately 30 teams competing, and a team from Franklin Middle won 2nd place in the middle school division. Click here to read the story.
16 Teams Earn Scholar Athlete Distinction
Despite new, more challenging standards that went into effect this year making it more difficult for teams to qualify, a total of 16 varsity teams competing in the fall season qualified for the New York State Public High School Athletics Association Scholar Athlete distinction.  Earning the distinction were boys and girls teams from both Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School, as well as combined district teams. Click here to read the story.
School Start & End Time Committee Update
The School Start/End Time Study Committee met for the first time on December 15 to begin exploring alternatives to the current framework of start and end times and to make recommendations.  The committee includes 6 teachers, 6 parents, 3 school administrators, 2 support staff, 1 Board of Education member, the athletic director, and the transportation supervisor.  Click here to visit the committee webpage.
30th SleepOut to Take Place February 3-4
The 30th annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Schools' SleepOut will take place Friday, February 3 at Hoover Middle School. Each year, this effort raises thousands of dollars for organizations like the Ken-Ton Closet and Ken-Ton Family Support Center to help those in need in the community.  Additional details will be posted on the district website at and included in the next SchoolGram. Click here for more information.
Kindergarten/Pre-Kindergarten Registration Begins in January

Registration for Kindergarten and Universal Pre-Kindergarten in the Ken-Ton School District will begin in January for the 2017-18 school year. Registration for all students is by appointment only at the Central Registration Office, located at 1500 Colvin Blvd., Buffalo, NY 14223. Parents may call the Central Registration office at (716) 871-2090 to make an appointment to register for Kindergarten and/or UPK programs. Click here for more information and go to to visit the Central Registration website.
Business Programs Prep Students for College/Careers
Students at Kenmore West High School are taking advantage of numerous opportunities through the Business Department that are helping them prepare for life after high school, including college and a multitude of career paths. This includes internships, specialized courses, opportunities in business classes, and more. Click here for more information.
Chorus Students Join Disney's Candlelight Processional
Kenmore East High School choral students recently took part in Walt Disney World's popular Candlelight Processional at Epcot, a spectacular destination each holiday season that typically draws thousands of people. Choral Director Jill Neuhaus and her students were selected to participate after auditioning in March.  Click here to read the story.
Students Collaborate on Interdisciplinary Art Exhibit
A longtime partnership between the University at Buffalo Art Galleries and the Ken-Ton School District Art Department paved the way for Kenmore West High School students to collaborate on an interdisciplinary exhibit that is now on display in the Connect Gallery on the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus.  Click here to read the story.
Hoover Middle Hosts Annual Spelling Bee
Hoover Middle School hosted its annual Spelling Bee on December 2. The competition spanned a total of 16 rounds. Seventh-grade student Jessica Thompson ultimately clinched first place after correctly spelling the word "yearling." Sixth-grade student Jordan Hofschneider was the runner-upClick here to read the story.
NHS Members Lend Helping Hand With 'Rake & Run'
Students in the Kenmore East High School chapter of the National Honor Society hosted a "Rake and Run" event in November. Students grabbed their rakes, met up at Kenmore East, "ran" or drove to all of their destinations, and raked leaves at the homes of senior citizens in the community.  Click here to read the story .
Students, teachers, staff and administrators at Franklin Middle School pulled out all the stops for the school-wide door decorating contest which ended December 16. In the end, virtually every door in the building was decorated, most elaborately, with decorations spilling over into the hallways. Click here to read the story and to see photos of all the doors.
Franklin Elementary 3rd graders took time the Wednesday before Thanksgiving  to thank a special person in their lives. More than 100 parents, grandparents, family members  and friends joined together to enjoy refreshments provided by teachers and to hear a heartfelt writing piece  on why the student is thankful for them.

Continuing a holiday tradition that is nearly two decades old, Kenmore West High School Band Director Kenneth Belote, the Kenmore West Jazz Ensemble, and Wind Ensemble students visited Hoover for a special holiday concert that also introduced elementary school students to the instruments they will soon be able to play.
The Edison Elementary School community collected approximately 1,000 new and unopened pairs of socks and underwear through its recent Sock and Underwear Drive. There was an enormous outpouring of support from the Edison community for the school's hat and mitten tree as well.
The much celebrated students of the French Quarter Hounds from Kenmore East High School teamed up with jazz artist and Buffalo native Robert "Freightrain" Parker to help families in need provide toys for their children during the holiday season.
Hoover Middle School donated more than 1,600 food items through its annual food drive to local food pantries that support families in need throughout Ken-Ton and Western New York, including the Family Support Center Food Pantry and Buffalo City Mission.
Holmes Elementary School enjoyed a special visit by a reindeer. Students had the opportunity to pet the animal, make connections, ask questions, and learn some reindeer facts. It was a magical experience that helped them get in the holiday spirit.
The Kenmore East High School Class of 2019 held a memorable movie night on Friday, December 16 for Ken-Ton School District families and staff, featuring a viewing of the holiday classic, "The Polar Express," as well as hot chocolate, a special gift, and a surprise visitor. 
Coordinated by teacher Courtney Boland, the Franklin Middle community collectively donated 150 dozen cookies (for a grand total of 1,800) to the Buffalo City Mission's "Hambone Express," through which 4,000+ meals will be delivered on Christmas morning to families in need.

On three Wednesdays in December, Kenmore West High School students had a chance to "buy"   a gift for a friend or family member using their PBIS tickets. Students saved up and were able choose from a selection of gifts donated or made by teachers and staff.

Kenmore East Faculty & Staff Celebrate Retiring Teacher Aide Barbara Collins:

Kenmore West's Colin Lynch Selected as Channel 7 Scholar Athlete for November:

WKBW's Andy Parker Brings Channel 7 Weather Machine to Edison Elementary:

Kenmore West Girls Cross Country Runner Competes at States:
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