Kenston High School math teacher Pamela Garrett was presented with an Outstanding High School Mathematics Educator Award by the Greater Cleveland Council of Teachers of Mathematics at its awards banquet. Mrs. Garrett was one of five high school teachers in the greater Cleveland area to be recognized for her dedication to mathematics education, both inside and outside the classroom.
Congratulations to the 2013 Kenston Prom King and Queen. Voted in by the senior class, this year's winners were Will Glubiak and Rebecca Deuley. Prom was everything that everyone expected this year. It was hosted at the Bertram in Aurora with a lot of fancy décor, including a chocolate fountain surrounded by various snacks and an ice sculpture with the year "2013" engraved inside it. "The dinner was exquisite and the dancing was an exciting time," said fellow pupil Joseph Simmons. "I enjoyed seeing everyone have a great time, especially while doing it myself," said Todd Cooper.
More than 4,000 juniors nationwide applied to SLE, which offers outstanding high school juniors the opportunity to experience life at West Point. SLE attendees live in the cadet barracks (dormitories), eat in the Cadet Mess, and participate in academic, leadership, athletic, and military workshops. The one-week seminars are designed to help juniors with their college-selection process, while giving them an idea of the importance of leadership and sound decision-making in their education, careers, and lives, in general.
On Tuesday, April 23, all the seniors attended a drunk driving awareness program called "Your Life Your Choice." I know many students where hit hard by the harsh realities of life and the fact that the choices you make not only affect your life but the lives of many around you. We heard present day prisoner's talk about their bad choices and where they ended up because of them. We also listened to Officer Goldsmith a Chagrin Falls police officer tell us about his daughter Emily Goldsmith who was killed by a drunk driver. He explained to us a different type of pain than that of the prisoners expressed; the pain of losing a loved one. Jason Chismar said "Yesterday was a very eye opening experience." This was a powerful presentation which made a great impact on many students which will hopefully change some bad decisions many of us are bound to make.
Kenston High School is one of the 64 schools in the United States that has been named a 2013 Green Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Kenston is the only high school in Ohio to have received this award, and will be honored along with 53 other public and 10 other private schools at an award ceremony in Washington DC this summer. In order to be honored as a Green Ribbon School, a high school must make notable efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, promote better health, and ensure effective environmental education, including civics and green career pathways. The Aeronautica 750 kW Wind Turbine at Kenston High School has made a large contribution to this achievement, making it possible for the high school to produce about 70 percent of its own energy on-site. Other groups and events like the "Schools for Water" initiative, the Energy Improvement Plan, Alternative Energies and AP Environmental science courses, Envirothon, the Kenston Trails Project and "Play Blue in Motion" also contributed to this prestigious recognition. "It's an honor that we got this award and that we were the only school in Ohio to get it," said sophomore Matt DeLuca.
Four area high schools are considered among the best in the nation, according to a recent article in U.S. News and World Report.
Of 21,035 schools reviewed nationwide for the "Best High Schools" report, 234 Ohio schools made the list, including Chardon, Kenston, Mentor and West Geauga.
Criteria were based on how they scored in three steps used for the ranking methodology.
The first two steps ensured that the schools served all of their students well, using performance on state proficiency tests as benchmarks. A third step judged college readiness performance by looking at Advanced Placement testing.
It has been three months since we saw Mrs. Childress in school. It truly is unfortunate for the incoming freshmen that they will never get to see her dry humor and love for the school. We seniors are lucky that we had her roam our halls all years of our high school career; and at least the freshman got to witness part of her legacy. She will forever be remembered for her ruthless battle against the yoga pants, coffee mugs and "too much shoulder." She was the dress code warrior. Always threatening to kick our rear ends, but she did it out of love. Justin Abbarno said, "She always brightened my day seeing her perky sassy attitude."