KCPS Students Visit the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore

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It was a picture perfect May morning when 49 students from Rock Hall, Galena and H.H. Garnet Elementary Schools and 20 from Kent County Middle School arrived at the the American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM). Adjacent to Baltimore’s scenic Inner Harbor, AVAM features a unique exhibition of wildly imaginative artworks created by self-trained artists using whatever materials they could find. The artwork reflects the raw creativity and deeply held emotions of its creators, who often share their most personal, compelling and sometimes tragic stories through their work.

AVAM is the “most creative museum in the USA,” said one reviewer. “It’s like no other museum I have ever visited. The American Visionary Art Museum is an extraordinary gem. This place is cutting edge and all its exhibits make you think … deeply. At the same time, its visionary collection makes you smile from ear to ear.“

H.H. Garnet 5th graders along with their art teacher, Aimee Boumiea.

“The kids had a blast, as did I!” said Aimee Boumiea of her class from HH Garnet Elementary. “For some of the students it was the first time they traveled into Baltimore and none of them had visited the museum before. It was wonderful to see how their faces lit up as we entered the Jim Rouse Visionary Center for the first time and they saw the interactive art, the Baltimore painted screens, and the kinetic sculptures. They were so excited to experience every aspect of the museum from the guided tour to the Mr. Imagination workshop and even the fabulous gift shop.”

“I loved the experience of seeing all of the different types of art that could be created from basic materials,” said fifth grader Aaliyah Dawson.

“I liked the mirrored Cosmic Galaxy Egg mosaic sculpture. It was created using different pieces of mirrors and you could see your reflection in it,” said student Peter Sine.

“I liked attending the workshop because you could create something that a famous artist in the museum created. I made a person out of a paintbrush. My favorite piece in the museum was the ship made our of toothpicks because it showed the dedication artists have for their art,” said student Stewart Hickman.

The trip was sponsored by well-known local artists Ken and Patrica Herlihy, whose generous donation covered the cost of the buses. In looking for a way to share their passion for art with local students, the Herlihys contacted Tom McHugh, founder of the popular Mainstay musical venue in Rock Hall. After retiring as the Mainstay’s director, Tom launched Arts in Motion to solicit grants and donations to fund programs for local students through the Kent County Arts Council. Along with facilitating field trips like the visit to AVAM, Arts in Motion brings accomplished artists, musicians and actors into local public schools to conduct workshops with students.

Students look up, down and all around as the museum displays its collection on and suspended from the ceilings as well as the walls.

“The kids had a fantastic time and really enjoyed seeing all the ways to create art, and how we can all be visionaries,” said Kent County Middle School teacher Janet McCormick. “The experiences that these kids have on trips like these help shape them as individuals and as artists. They rarely have chances like these to look at art beyond the classroom and we are very appreciative of the Herlihys’ passion to share the arts with our students.”

“I thought the figures made out of piano pieces were really cool,” said fifth grader Sophie Pierce. “I play the piano and it was neat to see how the inside of a piano became a piece of artwork. I enjoyed learning the story behind the Black Icarus mosaic art too.”

“My favorite art piece in the museum was from the Parenting: An Art without a Manual exhibit. There was a sculpture of a mother reading to her little boy on the couch and then you see the father ready to beat his older brother on the other side of the couch. The story showed the artist’s life as a child and how each individual has their own experience,” said fellow student Kamari Hoxter.

“I loved my time at the AVAM. It’s hard to put it into words. It was AMAZING!” said Kelly Sengprasert-Galanwho, who summed up the excitement shared by her fellow students. “All my friends were there and it made the experience much better to be able to share it with them.”

KCHS Seasonal Sensations Dinner and Silent Auction Dec. 12

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On Wednesday, December 12th at 6:00 pm, the Kent County High School Music and Culinary Arts Program presents the 11th Annual Seasonal Sensations Dinner, Concert and Silent Auction at the Kent County High School Cafeteria. Enjoy a meal prepared by very skilled Kent County High School Culinary Arts students while seasonal music selections are performed by our talented KCHS Jazz Band and Chorus students. Purchase your tickets early, seating is limited! Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12.  Tickets can be picked up at the door the evening of the event. Please R.S.V.P. to Marlayn at marlayn@atlanticbb.net.

KCPS Pre-K and Kindergarten Registration Information

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Kent County Public School System, has announced the dates for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten registration for Kent County residents. Please contact your home school to schedule an appointment.

Spring Registration Dates:
Galena Elementary School                     April 16, 2018           410-810-2510
Rock Hall Elementary School                April 17, 2018           410-810-2622
H. H. Garnett Elementary School         April 19, 2018           410-778-6890

PRE-KINDERGARTEN
Kent County Public Schools is pleased to offer FREE full day Pre-Kindergarten (locally and state funded) to all children who reside in Kent County and will be four years of age on or before September 1, 2018. The overall goal of the program is to provide learning experiences to develop and maintain school readiness skills necessary for successful school performance. The program achieves this goal by providing developmentally appropriate experiences that address the cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of young children.

Income eligibility information is collected from all families as part of the registration process. Children who are economically disadvantaged, homeless, enrolled in preschool special education, limited English proficient, or exhibit lack of readiness will receive immediate notice of Pre-Kindergarten school assignment. Those who are eligible under other criteria will receive confirmation of school assignment by July 30th. In some cases, the parent/guardian may be responsible for transporting their child to and from school. We look forward to serving your family in the Kent County Public School District!

KINDERGARTEN
The State of Maryland requires children to attend kindergarten before entering first grade. Children who are five years of age by September 1, 2018 must register and attend kindergarten before entering the first grade. There are some exceptions to the law.

Parents may:
– apply for a home school instruction program as an alternative to the school attendance requirement.
– request a one-year level of maturity waiver if they believe a delay in school attendance is in the best interest of their child.

Parents having questions about registration are invited to phone their area elementary school. County residents are also asked to contact the school’s principal if they know of a child who should be enrolled but whose family have not received registration information.

As a reminder, a regulation pertaining to lead poisoning went into effect in 2003 for students residing in areas designated as at risk for lead poisoning. Documentation from a physician will have to be provided that certifies that if the child resides in an at-risk area, or has ever resided in an at-risk area, has undergone blood testing for lead poisoning. Forms for this purpose will be available at the school.

Please contact your child’s home school to set up a registration day appointment.

On registration day, parents should bring the following documents:
• the child’s birth certificate
• the child’s completed Immunization and Health Inventory forms
• proof of residence (one of the following):
o electric, gas, or water bill
o property tax/real estate tax bill
o lease or rental agreement
o contract of sale (including settlement or mortgage statement)
o homeowner’s/renter’s insurance statement/policy
For Pre-K only:
• proof of income
If claiming income eligible, a form will be completed during the application process and verified through the Supervisor of Student Servicesat the Central Office

Health Form: Part 1 of the health form must be filled out by a parent or guardian. Part 2 of the health form must be completed by your family physician.

NOTE: IF THE CHILD HAS BEEN EXAMINED AFTER NOVEMBER 1, 2017 AND A COPY OF THE RESULTS IS PRESENTED AT REGISTRATION TIME, ANOTHER CHECKUP IS NOT REQUIRED.

KCHS Presents High School Musical JR

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Kelsi (Emily Spencer) helps Troy (Benji Price) and Gabriella (Allison Black) learn their music before callbacks.

It’s the first day after winter break at East High. The Jocks, Brainiacs, Thespians and Skater Dudes all find their cliques. Basketball team captain and resident jock, Troy (senior Benji Price), discovers that the brainy Gabriella (junior Alison Black), a girl he met singing karaoke on his ski trip, has just enrolled at East High. The couple causes an upheaval when they decide to audition for the high school musical. Although many students resent the threat posed to the “status quo,” Troy and Gabriella’s alliance might just open the door for others to shine as well.

The cast also includes Sharpay (senior Kayla Luhn), Ryan (junior Corey Robinson), Chad (senior Kyle Roderick), and Taylor (sophomore Lisa Robinson).

Performances are March 1 @ 10am, March 2 @ 7pm, and March 3 @ 2pm and 7pm. KCHS Auditorium 25301 Lambs Meadow Road, Worton MD 21678. Tickets are available at the door. General admission is $10.

KCPS Early Childhood Education Investments Yield High Returns!

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Congratulations to Kent County Public Schools (KCPS) Kindergarteners for achieving the top ranking in Maryland on the 2017-18 Maryland Kindergarten Readiness Assessment (KRA)! WAY TO GO!!!

On Monday, January 29th, the Maryland State Department of Education released Maryland KRA scores for the 2017-2018 school year. The statewide average for kindergarten students demonstrating readiness is 45% percent, up from 43% percent in 2016-2017. Kent County kindergarteners outperformed their peers to achieve the #1 Maryland ranking; 62% percent demonstrated readiness, up 18% percent from last year’s scores. Equitable access to Universal Pre-Kindergarten and enriched learning environments has provided Kent County kindergarteners with a solid foundation that helped them outperform students in other jurisdictions. Kent County was only one of nine school systems that demonstrated gains of more than 15%. KCPS continues to narrow the achievement gap and for the first time, African American students in kindergarten outperformed their peers by 2%.

This is the fifth year KCPS has offered full day Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs to every four-year-old who resides in Kent County. Despite tough economic times, the Kent County Board of Education and Superintendent Karen Couch has continued to invest in early childhood education. They recognize children who attend high quality preschool programs gain critical skills needed for future academic success and early interventions mean children are less likely to require special education services. Quality early learning instruction and Universal Pre-Kindergarten programs are offered at no cost to KCPS families and the investment is beginning to pay huge dividends. Eighty-nine percent (89%) of KCPS children enrolled in Kindergarten were enrolled in the KCPS Universal Pre-Kindergarten program, with fifty-two percent (52%) living in low-income households and eleven percent (11%) with identified
disabilities.

As evidenced by the KRA scores, KCPS teachers, principals, and support staff are doing an excellent job for the students in Kent County and achieving great results. Congratulations to KCPS for making early childhood and school readiness a top priority!

KCHS Seasonal Sensations Dinner and Concert Dec. 13

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Members of the KCHS Jazz Band in concert

Kent County High School Music presents the 10th annual Seasonal Sensations Dinner, Jazz Concert and Silent Auction,  6 p.m Dec. 13 at Kent County High School Cafeteria

Enjoy a meal prepared by skilled Kent County High School Culinary Arts students while seasonal music selections are performed by our talented Kent County High School Jazz Band and Chorus students. Purchase your tickets early, seating is limited!

Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children under the age of 12.  Tickets can be picked up at the door the evening of the event. Please R.S.V.P. to Marlayn at marlayn@atlanticbb.net to reserve your tickets.

 

School Board to Meet With Facilities Planning Committee

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The Kent County Board of Education is holding a work session with the Facilities Strategic Planning Committee on Monday, November 13 from 4 to 6 p.m.  The meeting will be held at the Kent County Board of Education Administration Building, 5608 Boundary Avenue, Rock Hall.

The regular November monthly Board of Education meeting is also scheduled for November 13, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a closed session meeting from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

Schools Strategic Planning Meeting Oct. 26

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The Kent County Public Schools Strategic Planning Committee is holding a special meeting for the purpose of discussing long-term facilities planning. 

The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, October 26, at Kent County High School, 25301 Lambs Meadow Road, Worton.

Special Board of Education Meeting

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School Board members

The Kent County Board of Education is holding a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Board of Education building, 5608 Boundary Ave., Rock Hall.

The purpose of  the meeting is to approve a Transportation Resolution and Execution of Transaction Documents related to the purchase of school buses for the district. The purchase is to be financed in the amount of  $1,414,248  by City National Bank City National Capital Finance, Inc.

 

 

 

 

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