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November 7, 2018
Innovation Contest: Parent Engagement & Technology the Focus of Winning Proposal

Kenmore West High School art teacher David Rogalski's proposal f or a technology coach for parents was chosen as the winner in the first-ever Ken-Ton School District Innovation Contest. The runner-up was Sriya Natarajan, a seventh-grade student at Franklin Middle School, who proposed a new mental health and ethics class. E xceptional work was also presented by the other three finalists: school counselor Michele Melligan, parent Antara Satchidanand, and Kenmore resident Dr. Yashodhara Satchidanand. You can find their proposals and more information on the Innovation Contest at .
Kenmore West High School Presents:
"Fahrenheit 451"
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8-10
7:30 p.m.
Kenmore East High School Presents:
"12 Angry Jurors"
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, Nov. 8-10
7:00 p.m.
Student Artists, Board Members Recognized at Artist Reception
On October 23, students representing all schools were recognized at a special event that celebrates the importance of art education and the contributions of the Board of Education. Art teachers each selected one student artist to be honored, and each student's artwork, created during the 2017-18 school year, was framed and put on display. Click here to read the story .
Adult & Community Education to Host Citizenship/Immigration Presentation
From 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Kenmore Middle School Building Community Room, the Ken-Ton Schools Adult & Community Education Department will host the Buffalo District Office of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for an informational presentation on immigration and citizenship. Click here for more information .
Writing Center Workshop for High School Students: Thursday, Nov. 15
All high school students are invited to take part in a special after-school writing workshop beginning at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Kenmore East and Kenmore West libraries. These sessions are perfect for students at any skill level, from aspiring young authors to anyone wishing to improve their skills as a writer or looking for assistance on a particular writing project or assignment. Visit for more information.
Holmes Elementary HSA to Host Meat Raffle on Nov. 16

The Holmes Elementary School HSA will host a meat raffle on Friday, November 16 at Holmes Elementary School in the gymnasium. Doors will open at 6 p.m. and the first round will begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person or $50 for a table of 10. Admission includes pop/water and snacks. Pizza slices will be sold for $1. Guests are encouraged to bring a cooler to store their winnings. Proceeds from the meat raffle will support field trip opportunities for all Holmes students.
Through the Lindbergh Leaders Program, students at Lindbergh Elementary receive tickets for being good role models and following all the school rules. Each month, the school gives out grand prizes, which students can use their tickets to try and win. At the end of the month, winning tickets are drawn. Left photo, Ben Clark wins a ride home from school in a fire truck . Middle photo, Leonardo Giancola and Alyssa Velez-Lopez win the opportunity to be physical education teachers for a day . Right photo, Qu'Lisa Wirt wins the opportunity to be the grand marshal of the Halloween Parade .
Kenmore West Student Wins Horace Mann K-12 Student Award
Congratulations to Kenmore West High School student Scott Arseno who will receive the Buffalo State College Horace Mann K-12 Student Award in the area of the Academics. Scott was selected for this honor by an awards committee comprised of Buffalo State College faculty. Click here to read the story .
Kenmore East NHS Members Rake Lawns in Ken-Ton Community
On Saturday, November 3, more than 30 Kenmore East High School National Honor Society members traveled around the Kenmore-Town of Townawanda community and raked lawns as a service requested through the Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels and the Senior Center. Their efforts were greatly appreciated by members of the community.
Schools Observe National Unity Day on October 25 With Kindness
Wednesday, October 25 was Unity Day, a national day devoted to putting a stop to bullying and encouraging students to be kind, accepting, and including of others who might be different than them. Schools participated in different ways. Click here to read the story .
Holmes Staff Raise $1,100 for PBIS By Working at McDonald's
Holmes Elementary teachers and staff raised nearly $1,100 for the school at the recent McTeacher's Night. By working behind the counter and at the drive-through window at McDonald's on the corner of Sheridan and Delaware, staff raised $1,083 for the school's PBIS Program. The event included activities such as a 50/50, raffle prizes, and coloring contests.
Students Learn About 'Day of the Dead'
Kindergarten students at Lindbergh Elementary had fun making skull masks while learning about the traditional Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead. This holiday, which takes place Nov. 1-2, is a time to celebrate the memory of deceased family members. Students learned how it is celebrated in different ways including dressing up as skeletons, painting faces, and making lots of noise, in order to honor and remember loved ones.
German Exchange Students Visit FMS Social Studies Classes
German students and teachers who were visiting the Ken-Ton School District community as part of the world language exchange program visited Tara Gabel's seventh-grade social studies classes in October. These students from Germany, who spent approximately two weeks in Ken-Ton, had been experiencing American high schools as guests at Kenmore East and Kenmore West. Click here to read the story .
Orchestra Guest Artist Showcases Innovative Electronic Effects
On October 9, the Kenmore East High School Orchestra welcomed cellist Katie Weissman as a special guest artist. Weissman used innovative electronic effects as part of her performance, and students were able to plug in their own instruments and even play with the effects themselves during the clinic.
Kenmore West Soccer Teams Raise Money for Roswell Park
Varsity and junior varsity soccer teams at Kenmore West High School wore pink socks as part of their "Kicking Out Cancer" fundraiser for Roswell Park Cancer Institute. In October, the soccer captains presented Roswell Park with a check for $200 raised during the initiative.
Hoover Elementary Teacher Featured in Scholastic Teacher Magazine
Kerry Smith, a fourth-grade teacher at Hoover Elementary, was featured in an article in the fall edition of the national "Scholastic Teacher" magazine. The article shared a lesson stressing narrative elements which she has done with her students. Click here to read the story .
Hoover Elementary Students Embrace 'Compliment Challenge'
Hoover Elementary School social worker Susan Sperazza and counselor Michelle Washington are doing a lot to foster a sense of community and make connections this fall at Hoover Elementary. One recent highlight was taking part in the Sandy Hook Promise by promoting a compliment challenge throughout the school.
Edison Class Travels to ADPRO Sports Training Center for Play60 Kick-Off
Students in Sean Grohman’s third-grade class were selected to participate in the Play60 and Fitness for Kids Challenge Kickoff Party at the ADPRO Sports Training Center on Tuesday, September 25. The Physical Education Department at Edison has been committed to having students participate in the Independent Health Fitness for Kids yearly program and this was just one benefit. Click here to read the story .
Nearly 300 Edison Students Participate in 5th Annual Pumpkin Run
More than 275 students participated in Edison Elementary's 5th annual Pumpkin Run. They completed two full laps around the Edison campus then were able to each pick out a special mini pumpkin for his/her participation, while the first-place runners from each grade level were treated to a uniquely designed first-place pumpkin. Click here to read the story .
20+ Holmes Elementary teachers and staff participate in the Breast Cancer Walk on Oct 13, raising $1,100 in donations for breast cancer research
Students and staff at Franklin Elementary have a great time celebrating Halloween and ending the day with the annual Halloween Parade
Mrs. Wilson's Kindergarten class at Franklin Elementary learn about Johnny Appleseed during a lesson that also taught them all about apples, shapes, and colors
Officer Ienco from the Town of Tonawanda Police Department visits Hoover Elementary to speak with students in grades K-2 about staying safe while trick-or-treating
A total of 23 students have joined Hoover Middle's Reading Counts Club this year to share their love of reading, and they stay late one afternoon to celebrate fall by decorating pumpkins
Jodi Cook, kindergarten teacher at Franklin Elementary, is one of three teachers in WNY to win a $750 grant award to purchase school supplies from FM 106.5 WYRK and Sgroi Financial
Ch. 2 discusses school bus safety with Town of Tonawanda Police & Ken-Ton Schools:

Kenmore West production of "Fahrenheit 451":

Ken-Ton School District gets high marks in NYS Physical Education audit:
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