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August 8, 2017
2017-18 District Calendar
The 2017-18 District Calendar publication is available for viewing and download at This publication includes important dates and events, school activity information for the 2017-18 school year, and general school and district information. The calendar will be mailed to student households later this month.
Honoring the Kenmore East & West Class of 2017
The district honored 551 graduates at commencement ceremonies June 24-25. Nearly half earned at least one of the following: an Advanced Regents Diploma, an Advanced Regents with Honors, a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma, or as candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Click here to read the story.
Students, Staff Earn Numerous Athletic Distinctions
Students and staff earned numerous distinctions as the spring season came to a close. Kenmore West Baseball ended the season as NFL Champions; students Christina Wende and Jahlel St. John won Section VI/NFL titles; student Grace Ferguson and staff member Leah Canestaro were distinguished by NYSAAA;and more. Click here to read the story.
Board Recognizes Student Reps and District Clerk
In June, the Board of Education recognized graduating seniors Brett Wilkinson from Kenmore East and Colin Lynch from Kenmore West who were the very first student representatives on the Board. The Board also recognized Gina Santa Maria, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent and District Clerk. Click here to visit the Board Recognitions Page.
Students Perform Phenomenally at Darien Lake
Ken-Ton students performed phenomenally at the Darien Lake Music Festival, which featured ensembles from across NYS competing in hopes of being placed in the top rankings in each division. The Ken-West Wind Ensemble took home the  "Grand Judges Award" for being the highest-scoring group out of the 167 ensembles at the judging site. Click here to read the story.
Students, Staff Support Kenmore Clean Up
In the spring, numerous students and staff supported the Kenmore Clean Up hosted by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society. On a Saturday, participants picked up trash, swept and pulled weeds in public gardens. There was a phenomenal turnout for the event, and participants worked hard to give the village a spring cleaning just in time for the summer months.
Kenmore West Science Teacher Selected to Serve as Leader at International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference
Kenmore West High School science teacher Jim DeLair was selected to serve as a Global Action Team (GAT) Leader at the 2017 International Baccalaureate (IB) World Student Conference held July 30 to August 5 at the University of Rochester. DeLair was asked to lead a team of students from all over the world in working on this year's conference themes and on beginning a community service project students can take back to their buildings. The theme of the 2017 IB World Student Conference was "Defining and Defying Boundaries" and a student from both Kenmore East and Kenmore West was in attendance.
Instructional Coach Coordinates PD for Biology Teachers
In June, Lisa Davidson, instructional coach for science, was featured by Buffalo State College for her work coordinating the Great Lakes Biology Teacher Academy. Davidson, a 1996 alumna of Buffalo State College, coordinated the week-long professional development opportunity for biology teachers. Click here to read the article.
Kenmore West's Linda Brigante Receives WNYESC Award of Excellence

Linda Brigante, senior clerk stongrapher at Kenmore West High School, was one of only 23 professionals from throughout Western New York to be recognized through the 12th annual Western New York Educational Service Council Awards for Excellence. Brigante was one of six school support staff members in Western New York to be distinguished with a WNYESC Award for Excellence. For nine years, Brigante has played a critical role in the Kenmore West main office as senior clerk stenographer and administrative assistant to the principal, assisting with numerous aspects of school planning, organization, operations, and leadership. WNYESC is a service organization that provides support for the educational community in Western New York, such as professional development, mentoring opportunities, and research. Each year, WNYESC honors exceptional teachers, support staff, administrators and Board of Education members at its annual Awards for Excellence Banquet.
The students and coaches of the Holmes Elementary Girls on the Run team had a great 10-week season this spring. The girls trained twice a week for a 5K run which took place on Sunday, June 4.
For their community project, the Holmes Elementary Girls on the Run team as well as school staff had tinsel put in their hair, raising $400 for the school's Arts Rock celebration and art programs.
Kenmore East Students Featured at Blues Festival
Students in the Kenmore East High School jazz combo, the Jello Molds, performed at the fourth annual Buffalo-Niagara Blues Festival hosted by the Blues Society of Western New York at Silo City on July 9. The Jello Molds were one of only two student groups invited to play in this professional event. Click here to view photos from the event.
Student-Made Videos Unveiled With Aurasma App
To further their understanding of the systems of the human body, students created their own science videos that were unveiled using the Aurasma app. The long-term project combined skills in a range of areas such as science, technology, reading, writing, research, and public speaking, as well as a variety of different programs. Click here to read the story.
Kenmore East Students Earn Marafino Scholarship
At the recent Kenmore East High School Athletic Awards Night, four baseball players received the Robert Marafino scholarship award. The annual award is named after Coach Marafino, the first varsity baseball coach in the school's history, and one of the most successful and decorated coaches in the history of Western New York. Click here to read the story.
Franklin Elementary Raises $223 for Diabetes Research
Students at Franklin Elementary School raised $223 for the American Diabetes Association. Students, teachers and staff at the school each donated a dollar to have members of the Girls on the Run team draw a blue circle on their hand, the symbol for diabetes, to show their support for the research being conducted by the American Diabetes Association.
Students Create 'Living Museum'

In the spring, students in third-grade classes at Franklin Elementary School created a Living Museum for the other classes to enjoy. The students each researched a well-known person and then dressed up as that individual. There were presidents, athletes, performers and inventors included among the individuals chosen by the students to research and represent. As students, parents, teachers and other guests went through the classrooms, they pushed a "button" on the hand of the famous person to hear a brief biography highlighting his or her accomplishments. Students did a phenomenal job representing the individuals they selected for the project.
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