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August 29, 2019
Ken-Ton Welcomes New Administrators

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District is excited to welcome its new administrators for the 2019-20 school year including Franklin Elementary School Principal Kia Evans, Holmes Elementary School Principal Matthew Raines, Kenmore West High School Assistant Principal Brandon Hafner, Holmes Elementary School Support Specialist Chrissy Zona, Hoover Elementary School Assistant Principal Danielle Frye. Click here to red the story .

Back-to-School Toolkit & Online Calendars

Visit the Ken-Ton School District Back-to-School Page, where you can find school supply lists, back-to-school event information, answers to frequently asked questions, school calendars, and more. Find it at . You can also find an up-to-date website and Google calendar for the Ken-Ton School District and each school at .
Honoring the Achievements of the Class of 2019

On Saturday, June 29 and Sunday, June 30, the Ken-Ton School District was proud to honor the 509 members of the Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School Class of 2019 during commencement ceremonies at Kleinhans Music Hall. More than half of all graduates in the Class of 2019 earned at least one of the following distinctions: an Advanced Regents Diploma, an Advanced Regents Diploma with Honors, a Technical Endorsement on their Regents Diploma, or as candidates for the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma. Many students received more than one of those distinctions. Click here to read the story .
Ken-Ton Closet Moves to Former Jefferson Elementary Building
Thursday, August 1 marked the beginning of a new era at the former Jefferson Elementary as the Ken-Ton Closet officially opened its doors to the public at a ribbon-cutting ceremony preceding its grand re-opening at the new location. The Ken-Ton Closet previously operated out of three rooms in the Sheridan Parkside Community Center and now occupies an entire wing on the second floor. Click here to read the story .
New Law Enables Districts to Better Control Health Insurance Costs
In June, New York State Senator Chris Jacobs (60th Senate District) was joined by representatives of four local school districts, including Ken-Ton, in announcing passage of legislation that would allow each one to establish an insurance reserve fund to better manage escalating health insurance costs. Click here to read the story .
KE Alumnus Matthew Bressette Presented With Music Directors Award
After performing the National Anthem at the Board's Reorganizational Meeting in July, Kenmore East graduate Matthew Bressette was presented with the Ken-Ton School District Directors Award by Kenmore East Band Director Phil Aguglia and District Music Coordinator Laura Anderson in recognition of his passion, dedication, and the joy he brought to his school and program. Click here to read the story .
New Trustee Welcomed & Officers Re-Appointed at Reorganizational Meeting
The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Board of Education held its annual Reorganization Meeting on Monday, July 1. The Board welcomed its newest member, Trustee Matthew Chimera. Trustee Dr. Jill O'Malley was re-appointed to the position of Board of Education President, and Trustee Andrew Gianni was re-appointed to the position of Board of Education Vice President. Click here to read the story .
Ratings/rankings based on standardized test scores are not the full measure of a school district's success:

Kenmore East alumnus Alexander Neubert performs as a soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra:

Ken-Ton Closet is a welcome sight at former Jefferson Elementary:

Sen. Jacobs announces passage of health insurance reserve legislation:

Capital project update at Aug. 6 Board of Education meeting:
Bus Safety Orientation:
Transportation Safety Team did a fantastic job at its annual School Bus Orientation and Open House, an opportunity for incoming kindergarten students who will be attending public and non-public schools alike to learn about school bus safety and stranger danger.
Living Biography Museum:
Third-grade students at Lindbergh Elementary did an amazing job preparing for their "Living Biography Museum" project. Each student selected an important person to research and created timelines, posters, and oral presentations to share with their parents and other guests.
Rolling Out the Red Carpet:
Kenmore East senior class officers and advisers Leah Muscarella Rivas and April Jaeger worked hard to make the senior prom even more special for the 253 students in attendance with a red carpet, Hollywood-themed decorations, Nitro Magic Ice Cream, and more.
Thank You Bus Drivers!
Pictured here is Holmes Elementary student Cailiana Fleming giving a special Holmes shirt and thank you note to her bus driver. Before the last day of school, the students of Holmes handed out Holmes shirts and thank you notes to all their bus drivers as a token of gratitude for safely transporting them to and from school every day.
Caring Card Challenge:
The Franklin Elementary K-Kids created special "caring cards" for local Meals on Wheels recipients as part of the “Caring Card Challenge.” Students from Holmes, Edison, and Kenmore East had also partnered with the District Attorney's Office as part of the initiative which is a collaboration with the Center for Elder Law & Justice.
School Supply Donation:
The Kenmore East High School National Honor Society collected gently used school supplies from classmates during the end-of-school locker clean-out and then organized and delivered them to Franklin Middle School. It is one of the missions of the school's NHS chapter to give back to students at Franklin Middle School!
Mark Twain in Buffalo Day:
Through the efforts of Trustee Dr. Thomas Reigstad, August 14 was proclaimed "Mark Twain in Buffalo Day" during a ceremony which included a talk by Dr. Reigstad entitled "Mark Twain and His Buffalo of 1869."
Getting Ready for Sept. 3:
Lindbergh Elementary's head custodian Rob Zirnheld and Lucky Lindy get the school ready for 2019-20. Follow Lindbergh Elementary's new Facebook page @LindberghEl for the latest school news and updates!
Meet the Principal:
Franklin Elementary School families welcome incoming principal Kia Evans at two "Meet the Principal" events. Search for " Ben Franklin Elementary School " to follow the school's new Facebook page!
Flipgrid Features Projects by Hoover Elementary Students at ISTE Conference
During the summer, projects by former students of Hoover Elementary School fourth-grade teacher Kerry Smith were prominently featured by Flipgrid, an emerging leader in education innovation, at the world’s premier education technology conference hosted by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Click here to read the story .
KE Student Performs As Part of Honors Performance Series in Sydney
Madison Manzella, a talented student in the Kenmore East High School Band Program, earned a place among some of the top student performers in the world as part of the Honors Performance Series at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Madison, who plays flute, performed in Sydney from July 31 to Aug. 5. Click here to read the story .
Holmes Students Create 'Giant Sturgeon' From Recycled Shopping Bags
At a recent Board meeting, students and staff from Holmes Elementary unveiled an extraordinary creation that was the product of a months-long collaboration in science and art: a giant sturgeon several feet in length made from chicken wire and plastic shopping bags. The project combined science and art instruction and promoted environmental awareness, creativity, and teamwork. Click here to read the story .
Lindbergh Elementary 'Green Team' Helps Beautify School Grounds
Thanks to the Lindbergh Elementary School Green Team Committee and support from the Ken-Ton School District Buildings and Grounds Department and the entire Lindbergh Elementary community, the school grounds are more beautiful than ever with the addition of several new garden beds, trees, and other additions. Click here to read the story .
Schools Find Creative Rewards for Promoting a Positive Environment
Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda elementary schools are finding creative ways to reward students for promoting a safe and positive school environment through community partnerships. At Lindbergh Elementary, for example, several classes won the chance to enjoy a ninja warrior course courtesy of Build A Machine Fitness, and others earned a field trip to the Apple Store at the Galleria Mall. Click here to read the story .