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June 5, 2018
Signing Ceremonies

A total of 24 outstanding graduating student athletes were honored at three special ceremonies after signing their intent to compete at the college level. Kenmore East athletes Serena Sordetto, Jordan McKenna, Alexis Deluca, Mario Ruggiero, Brook O'Connor, Olivia Colby, and Nathan Ruffino were honored on May 14 . Kenmore West athletes Abby Borkowski, Andrew Fron, Alex Fusani, Jenna House, Keenan Kasperek, Autumn Locicero, Frankie Mercado, Sydney McIntosh, Josie Michaels, and Christina Wende were honored on May 16 . And Kenmore West rugby players Angelo Costanzo, Anthony Cutre, Michael Denote, Dom Fragale, James Gregoretti, John Milks, and Damarion Walker were honored on May 24 .
Honoring the Top 3 Seniors at East, West
The top three students at Kenmore East and Kenmore West were honored at the annual Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association Scholastic Achievement Recognition Dinner at Salvatore’s on May 17. From Kenmore East, the students are Devon Eleey (Valedictorian), Alexander Russell (Salutatorian), and Helen Huang. From Kenmore West, the students are Sarah Coupal (Valedictorian), Sarah Metzler (Salutatorian), and Campbell Vogt. Click here to read the story .
ECASB Honors Board President Dr. Jill O'Malley With Advocacy Award
On June 7, the Erie County Association of School Boards will honor Dr. Jill O’Malley, president of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Board of Education, with the 2018 Laura M. Burns Advocacy for Children Award. The award is presented to one individual annually in memory of the late Laura Burns, an educator, school board member and tireless advocate for children. Click here to read the story .
100+ Students Inducted Into NHS
More than 100 students from Kenmore East and Kenmore West have been inducted into the National Honor Society for their academic achievements and contributions to the school communities. To qualify, students had to demonstrate the four NHS pillars: scholarship, character, leadership and service; maintain a GPA of 90 percent or higher through their junior year; and articulate their service to the school and community, an excellent record of behavior in and out of school, and leadership roles. Click here to read the story .
Students Win High Honors at Major Regional Photography Shows
Four students received high honors at two major regional high school photography shows. At the 33rd annual Storrs All High Photo Show sponsored by the Kenan Center in Lockport, Noelle Eubanks was awarded Best Black and White photo, Anna Cryan received an Honorable Mention award, and Kristen Grodesky received a Merit Award. At the annual high school photography show hosted by Villa Maria College, Jade Valkwitch won second place. Click here to read the story .
Sen. Jacobs Visits Kenmore East Classes
State Sen. Chris Jacobs recently visited four classrooms at Kenmore East High School to get a glimpse of the outstanding high school programs offered by the Ken-Ton School District. Through the coordination of social studies teacher Nicole Pauly, Sen. Jacobs visited Advanced Algebra, IB English, design, and PLTW classes and spoke with student representatives Jenna Butler, Helen Huang, and McKinley Falkowski about issues important to students. Click here to read the story .
Board of Education Recognitions

Congratulations to Kathy Kightlinger, Human Resources benefits specialist; Cathy Miller, Lindbergh Elementary School counselor; and Angel Adams, bus driver, who were recognized by Superintendent Stephen Bovino and the Board of Education in May! You can read more about these outstanding individuals and all others who have been recognized by the Board on the Board Recognitions Page .
High School Art Shows

The extraordinary artistic talents of hundreds of Ken-Ton students in grades 8-12 were on display as part of the Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School 2018 art shows. The shows took place Thursday, May 17. At Kenmore West, the art show spanned the entire library and adjacent area; at Kenmore East, the art show occupied the entirety of the front porch area of the school. Both shows included collections of hundreds of pieces representing individual and collaborative efforts in a range of different styles under the guidance of Ken-Ton's dedicated art faculty, who carefully curated and displayed the students' work for the shows. Click here to view pictures of the artwork .
Hoover Middle Students Win Platinum Honorable Mention in RFK Video Contest
Two groups of students from Hoover Middle School teacher Kelly Bacon’s ELA classes were awarded a Platinum Honorable Mention in the national 2018 Speak Truth to Power video contest, the second highest distinction students can receive as part of the contest. The first video was created by Everett Gianni and Miles Ponivas and the second video was created by Angelino Petrilli and Brianna Hakes. Click here to read the story .
Ken-East Alum Looks Forward to Ottawa Senators Development Camp
In April, Kenmore East High School alumnus Andrew Sturtz, the all-time leading goal scorer at Penn State and a member of the 2012 championship-winning Kenmore East hockey team, made his professional hockey debut after signing a two-year contract with the Ottawa Senators. Sturtz graduated from Kenmore East High School in 2012 and played for the Varsity Hockey Team through its spectacular 2012 season. Click here to read the story .
Ken-Ton Resident Plays a Special Role for Holmes Elementary Class
Pat Harper has a special role to play for students of Karen Kull at Holmes Elementary School. A longtime resident of the Ken-Ton School District, Pat Harper had four children attend Ken-Ton Schools and now has several grandchildren in attendance as well. She first began volunteering at Roosevelt Elementary and then at Holmes Elementary the past two years. Click here to read the story .
Kenmore East Celebrates Achievements of Class of '18 With Collegiate Corridor
Kenmore East High School is celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2018 in the Collegiate Corridor. The Collegiate Corridor is an annual tradition at Kenmore East High School and is an impressive display of banners of all the colleges and universities the Class of 2018 has been accepted into, as well as photographs of the students who have been accepted into those institutions.
German Language Students Experience 12-Day Exchange Trip to Germany
In April, 30 Kenmore East and Kenmore West German language students traveled to Germany for a 12-day stay. They were accompanied by their German teachers Frau Lucero, Frau Boehm, Frau Reimers and Herr Gabel. The trip brought the students to Berlin for three days and then the Cologne area to stay with guest families for 10 days near the town of Zülpich, attend German school, and visit the cities of Köln, Maastricht, Aachen and Bonn. This was the 11th year of the Kenmore-Zülpich partnership.
Kenmore West 8th Graders Visit D.C.
A total of 80 Kenmore West High School eighth-grade students explored Washington D.C. in late April to experience history first-hand. Led by eighth-grade teacher Paul Davies, Kenmore West teachers Darryl Swanson, Jessica Pielich, Valerie Palumbo, Ron Atkins, Arianna Troutman and Eric Troutman guided students through three Smithsonian Museums, the Capitol, Holocaust Museum, Mount Vernon, National Zoo, National Archives and countless memorials over three full days during the trip.
Kenmore East Students Take Part in Buffalo News Kids Day
More than 20 Kenmore East students from the lacrosse team and Nicole Pauly's government classes took part in the annual Buffalo News Kids Day on April 24. The volunteers were out in front of Kenmore East from 6 to 8 a.m. that morning and sold approximately 300 papers, raising more than $325 to benefit the Variety Club of Buffalo, which serves the needs of sick, disabled and disadvantaged WNY children.
Students Enjoy Fun & Engaging Activities at Franklin Elementary
Students in third and fourth grade at Franklin Elementary School have been enjoying a variety of engaging events and activities: a visit by representatives of UNYTS to learn about staying safe and healthy, a career week activity with different community members coming to the school to talk with the students about how they are safe, respectful, and responsible in their jobs, K-Kids community service initiatives, and more. Click here to read the story .
Hoover Elementary Students Take Part in Shea's, Barnes & Noble Events
Hoover Elementary students recently had the opportunity to enjoy a special visit by a representative of Shea’s Performing Arts Center and story time at Barnes & Noble. Jennifer Fitzery of Shea's Performing Arts Center presented 40-minute readings of “Skippy Jon Jones” paired with creative thinking and movement activities related to the story. And numerous Hoover Elementary faculty read for students and their families who attended the HSA-sponsored Barnes & Noble Night. Click here to read the story .
Kenmore West IB Art/Art Club Students Visit Art Destinations in NYC
Approximately 30 students from the Kenmore West High School International Baccalaurate (IB) Art Class and Art Club recently took part in an educational trip to New York City. While there, students visited the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim, the Sept. 11 Memorial, and world famous architect Peter Marino. Chaperoning were Mr. Swanson, Mr. Davies and Mr. Tomasello, and the program plans to repeat the trip each year.
Rhythm Future Quartet Visits FMS
Instrumental music students at Franklin Middle School were recently treated to a very special concert event featuring the gypsy jazz band, the Rhythm Future Quartet. The Rhythm Future Quartet has been described as the premier gypsy jazz quartet in the world today performing music from the legendary group "The Hot Club of France” led by Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli. Click here to read the story .
Three Franklin Middle School teachers – Mr. Miller, Mr. Murphy, and Mr. Moore – shave their beards after the school community meets its fundraising goal in support of a very worthy cause
Superintendent Bovino joins 4 other school superintendents and County Clerk Mickey Kearns in announcing the new "Parks Clean-Up Day" led in Ken-Ton Schools by school counselor Michelle Melligan
Students from SUNY Purchase, including Kenmore West alumnus Ben Havey, visits Kenmore West High School to provide a "sneak peek" of a concert they performed later that day at Clarence High School
Lindbergh Elementary School raises $11,062 through the Jump Rope for Heart initiative to benefit the American Heart Association, bringing the school's 19-year total to $187,000+
To recognize Earth Day at Franklin Middle, each student receives a blue spruce tree seedling to plant at home for a grant total of 650 seedlings from the Cattaraugus County Soil and Water Conservation
Third- and fourth-grade students at Holmes Elementary School enjoy viewing and learning about artwork displayed during a visit the Albright-Knox Art Gallery led by art teacher Diane Schaefer
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