Our school is competing for a Follett grant with a grand prize of $60,000. Follett is an educational company that provides printed and electronic materials to students from pre-K through college. Their company is looking to reward schools that use 21st century skills, such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking.
The grant is comprised of two main parts: a written response to questions (70%) and a video showing the 21st century skills in practice (30%). In order to earn the grant, we need to get as many votes as possible during the voting window (March 7, 2014 through April 4, 2014). Each person may vote only once per day! Please vote daily to ensure our students can benefit from this exciting opportunity.
At 4:40 a.m. on 3/10 we have 212 votes.
At 8:20 a.m. on 3/8, we have 112 votes.
At 4 p.m. on 3/7, we have 71 votes.
Next week, March 10th - March 14th, is OGT week. All sophomores are required to pass the Ohio Graduation Tests to be able to graduate from high school. There are five sections to the OGT and they are reading, writing, mathematics, social studies, and science. For the freshman and sophomores, it is a regular school day but the juniors and seniors do not have to arrive at school until 10:00 a.m. all week long. Senior, Andrew Disanto said,"I can't wait to go get breakfast before school with my friends since we have a late start all next week!" After OGT testing, students should report to Block 1 on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but on Tuesday and Thursday, students should report to Block 2 after testing. View the complete schedule for the week.
The blood drive is coming to Kenston on March 26, 2014! If you signed up to donate, make sure to have your parents fill out the "Parental Consent for Blood Donation" form and bring it in on the 26th at the time assigned to you to give blood. Giving blood is a great process to take part in; it is safe and done by the American Red Cross.
Nicole Kovach, a senior here at Kenston High School has made a huge accomplishment. When Nicole was just seven years old she joined Girl Scouts. After achieving her Bronze and Silver awards she decided to strive for the Gold Award. Nicole had to put in eighty- plus hours of hard work, improving and helping her community in some way.
The newest trend at Kenston is to be kind! Teachers will be giving away kindness counts bracelets to students that earn them. There will be a thermometer on our website showing how many have been given away. Peaceful Environment at Kenston (PEAK) has a goal for everyone in the school to eventually receive one. It is just the beginning, so go ahead and try it. Look for opportunities to do something nice for someone and make their day. Not only will they have a better day but you will as well. What are you waiting for? Make a difference.
"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." ~ Aesop
Four years have passed and now it's the 2014 senior's year to finally figure out who they want to shadow for their two weeks of mentorship. It seems just like yesterday that we were all new incoming freshman to the massive high school. Time flies by when you are having fun. It is definitely heartbreaking to only have a couple more months with the people I have grown up with my whole life.
Acceptance letters are in! Many seniors have found out or already know what school they will be attending in the Fall. "I am really happy that I have made a final decision on what school I will be attending," said Nick Vartola. Nick will be attending Ohio University. The school year is coming to an end and many seniors have made their decisions. In the near future my Web Design class will be posting senior profiles. Seniors: if you have not filled out a profile yet, fill in this word file and email to KHS@kenstonlocal.com, or see me or go to Mr. C's room ASAP. Also, bring in up to 30 "back when" photos to Mr. C's room. Put them in an envelope with your name and homeroom. They will be returned to you ASAP. This way anyone can learn about and see how the seniors have changed from earlier years.
The Dance Team competed in their first regional competition on Sunday, February 1st at the Eastlake North High School. Once again, the team did a tremendous job! The team placed first place in both their pom and kick routines and won best showmanship. The Bomberettes, led by Nicolette Severino and Katherine Gross, dominated the competition with the highest scores for both cheerleaders and dancers and qualified for nationals with a bid to the U.S. finals in Indianapolis, Indiana. Congratulations to Coach Werner and the team: Amelia Chantler, Rylie Terrion, Graycen Wood, Taylor Tucholski, LaJoy Williams, Victoria Clawson, Hayley Harris, Gabrielle Groff, Maria Severino, Mira Grcevich, Lauren Parker, Macie Biermann, Danielle Apple, Breanna Bodak, Monaya Stanley and Jenna Blackburn. Great job and keep up the good work.
On Sunday, January 26th, Kenston National Honor Society members helped to bring back high school memories for residents of the Weils assisted living home. The event mimicked a high school prom with tables of refreshments, a band, a dance floor, and, of course, a prom king and queen. Twenty students spent an afternoon at the Weils senior prom which allowed the residents to travel back in time and remember the day they went to their own high school prom. Both the NHS members as well as the Weils residents were able to have an enjoyable afternoon of talking, dancing and listening to music.
Students have been very appreciative of the cold and snowy winter we have been experiencing in Northeast Ohio because it is causing us to have a record amount of snow days in Kenston history. So far, we have had seven snow days and there is still a possibility of more days off from snowstorms coming our way. A student, Andrew Disanto, said "I like having so many days off because I can sleep in." If the amount of snow days keeps increasing, students will need to check their teacher's homepages on the Kenston Website to see if they have to complete assignments in a Blizzard Bag. Students will have two weeks to complete this assignment, and will need to turn it in to their teacher when finished. Snowdays are always hoped for, but hopefully we won't exceed the limit so no days have to be made up at the end of the school year.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – A Chagrin Falls student was recently accepted into a top military service academy. U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced that the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has extended an Offer of Appointment to Kenston High School student Drew Weninger. Brown nominated the Chagrin Falls resident for the Military Academy at West Point. "Ohio schools are educating the young people who will become the next generation of military leaders. I am proud that Drew has been offered the opportunity to attend one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions," said Brown. "Mr. Weninger’s family and the entire Chagrin Falls community should be proud of this dynamic young man, who embodies the integrity and courage needed to represent well and uphold the values of our nation."