KHS Mini-THON fundraiser at Rita’s

Come to the new Rita’s location in Kennett (826 E Baltimore Pike, Kennett Square, PA) for frozen goodness and fun on Friday, September 27th between 3:00pm and 9:00pm!

Rita's Water Ice

Any sales (and a raffle for a gallon of ice!) will help support the KHS Mini-THON, which benefits the Four Diamonds organization in the fight against pediatric cancer.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see KCSD staff members serve as celebrity scoopers–and help in the fight, For the Kids!!

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Welcome Back!

Welcome Back to Kennett High School!

It is finally time for the 2019-2020 school year to begin! In preparation for the first day of school on Monday, please read through the important information below.

  • Parents may drop off and pick up their students in the designated S-Wing Area and the lower lot in the front of the building. Parents may not drop off or pick up their students in the bus loop by the front steps.
  • There are over 60 clubs and activities available for your child(ren) to get involved in at KHS. We sent home a list of these clubs and activities over the summer. Please take a few moments to talk with your child(ren) about getting involved. Research shows that students who are involved achieve greater academic success!
  • Homecoming Week is September 16th through the 21st, and we are encouraging all of our students to participate in Spirit Week and to attend the Homecoming Dance. Parents, please encourage your students to take part in this exciting week at KHS!
  • All KHS students are required to set academic and extracurricular goals for the 2019-2020 school year to help keep them focused. These goals must be completed by Friday, September 13, and can be accessed at the following link: https://forms.gle/PUnTNvkdbRkUswzf8
  • If you have yet to do so, please follow Kennett High School on Twitter @KCSDKennettHS. We frequently post pictures of classroom activities, extracurricular events, in addition to event reminders. Sign up today!

September 2019 at a Glance at KHS

Date

Event

Time

Monday, September 2, 2019

LABOR DAY – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, September 5, 2019

KHS Back to School Night

6:30 PM

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Minding Your Mind Presentation for Students

Periods TBD

Monday, September 16 through Saturday, September 21

KHS Homecoming Spirit Week

Saturday, September 21, 2019

KHS Homecoming Dance

7:00 – 10:00 PM

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

KHS PTSO – Library (Demon Den)

6:30 PM

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2018-2019 Yearbooks for Sale – Tuesday, May 28!

It’s not too late to purchase a copy of the 2018-2019 yearbook!

A limited number will be sold on Tuesday, May 28, for $70 following the yearbook dedication assembly. If you have already paid for a yearbook, be sure to pick it up when your grade is called on Tuesday.

For more information contact Mr. Socash, Brennen Kohl, or Max Beveridge
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Premium Graduation Seats Available

  • Would you like to have the best seat in the house?
  • Want to be the envy of all the neighborhood?
  • Did you just purchase a fancy, expensive, new camera?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you should go online to the Graduation Auction and place your bid to win four second row tickets!

The highest bidder will receive four second row tickets to the 2019 Kennett High School commencement ceremony on Friday, June 7th at 6:00 p.m. Your seats will allow you to capture every moment of your graduate’s milestone with an unobstructed, seated view. Your winning bid will be donated to the 2019 Kennett MiniTHON.

The auction ends June 5th at 3:00pm, so hurry and place your bid today!

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May Is Here…

Calendar of Events, Exam Schedule, and a Look Ahead to June!

May 2019 KHS Calendar

Exam Schedules

The Senior final examination schedule is as follows:

Thursday, May 30th schedule (Full day/Following a Monday Schedule – Auxiliary Gymnasium)

  • Advisory 7:40-7:50am
  • Period 1 Examination 7:54-9:24am
  • Senior Stroll students will meet in auditorium at the conclusion of the exam and will depart at 9:45 AM for the event.

Examination Dates/Times/Locations for Half Day Exams

Friday, May 31st

  • Period 2 Exam 7:40-9:10am – Auxiliary Gymnasium
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 3 Exam 9:25-10:55am – Auxiliary Gymnasium

Monday, June 3rd

  • Period 4 Exam 7:40-9:10am – Auxiliary Gymnasium
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 5 Exam 9:25-10:55am – Auxiliary Gymnasium

Tuesday, June 4th

  • Period 6 Exam 7:40-9:10am – Auxiliary Gymnasium
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 7 Exam 9:25-10:55am – Auxiliary Gymnasium

Wednesday, June 5th

  • Period 8 Exam 7:40-9:10am – Auxiliary Gymnasium
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 9 Exam 9:25-10:55am – Auxiliary Gymnasium

The Underclassmen final examination schedule is as follows:

Thursday, June 6th schedule (Full day/Following a Monday Schedule)

  • 9th Period Exam 7:40am to 9:10am
  • Advisory 9:14am to 9:19am
  • Periods 1-8 will meet after the exam but will follow a modified schedule.

Examination Dates/Times/Locations for Half Day Exams

Friday, June 7th

  • Period 1 Exam 7:40-9:10am
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 2 Exam 9:25-10:55am

Monday, June 10th

  • Period 3 Exam 7:40-9:10am
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 4 Exam 9:25-10:55am

Tuesday, June 11th

  • Period 5 Exam 7:40-9:10am
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 6 Exam 9:25-10:55am

Wednesday, June 12th

  • Period 7 Exam 7:40-9:10am
  • Break 9:10-9:25am
  • Period 8 Exam 9:25-10:55am

A look ahead into May and June

May June evens

Check back throughout the month for updates and modifications!

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KHS Artists Exhibit Work

The annual Kennett High School Art Show included works from all visual arts classes within the Fine Arts Department. Teachers Ms. Jodi Davidson, Mr. Tom Hironimus, and Mrs. Kathy Caputo Nelms guided their students through the creation and exhibition of their artwork; all three teachers are undeniably impressed by their students.

Mrs. Caputo Nelms says, “The KHS Art Show was an exhibit of work by students from grades 9 through 12 featuring drawings, paintings, ceramics, digital photographs, and graphic designs. Congratulations to the students in the Visual Arts Department on their excellent work this year.”

“It is a special day for Kennett High School art students, as well as teachers. Kennett students get to show off their incredible talents and achievements. Teachers get to brag about how talented and special their students are. It’s their day. It’s an opportunity for them to be celebrated for all of the hard work that they do throughout the course for the year. They absolutely deserve every bit it,” adds Mr. Hironimus.

“The Kennett High School students in our Ceramics classroom constantly amaze me with their dedication, creativity, and willingness to explore new techniques and challenge themselves daily. I love working with the kids here at KHS, and each day is a new opportunity for everyone to continue to learn and grow as a student of life,” say Ms. Davidson. Her students demonstrated their skills throughout the day, as they took turns throwing pieces on a pottery wheel.

Mrs. Kim Ferranto, a Kennett alum and parent of Peter (Class of 2014), Nick (Class of 2016), and Bella (Class of 2021), has been attending the art show for the last eight years. Mrs. Ferranto enthusiastically comments, “Every year the works created by the high school artists blow me away, this year being no exception. The quality of work produced by our high school students in all forms — fine art, digital art, and ceramics — could rival any college. Our art teachers are obviously amazingly talented and teach our children how to tap into their creative minds to create beautiful works of art.”

The annual art show was held in the school’s auxiliary gym on May 2.

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Kennett High School Artists Receive Excellence and CCAA Best In Show Awards

Kennett High School seniors Lizette Bedolla, Alexandra Cresci, and Zoe Nguyen were recognized for their exceptional talent at the 45th annual Chester County High School Art Festival & Congressional Art Show. Alex won the Excellence Award, while Lizette and Zoe shared the evening’s top prize, the CCAA Board of Directors Best in Show. All three are students of Kennett High School art teacher Mr. Tom Hironimus.

Alex Cresci -Notorious

Alex Cresci’s charcoal portrait (“Notorious”)

Alex Cresci’s award-winning piece, “Notorious,” is a charcoal portrait of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

When describing why she chose the photograph on which she based her drawing, Alex said, “In today’s political climate especially, I wanted to select a figure that I look up to as a strong woman, someone with values and a strong set of principles.”

Alex has not yet decided where she will be attending college, but she has definitely determined her major: engineering.

“Maybe I’ll minor in art,” she said. “I appreciate the visual and spatial awareness required by art. It’s not all that different from mathematics and science in the way that the details and various components work together to create a whole.”

Timeless Art

Lizette Bedolla’s charcoal portrait

Lizette’s piece, also a charcoal portrait, features an elderly couple.

She explained, “The charcoal medium I chose really created a nice contrast and allowed for there to be more detail and depth. I chose to base my piece on the particular picture I did because I was really touched by the story behind it. I also noticed that older people are rarely represented in art, whether it’s in drawings or in the media or anywhere, so I took the opportunity to give them a place in my art that showed them as happy and in love as they are.”

Lizette will be attending Immaculata University this fall to major in business and communication, though she says art will always be important to her.

“Art has taught me so much about hard work and patience. Even though I won’t be doing art professionally in the future, I’ll still use it to foster my creativity. I’d like to have a career in fashion journalism someday, so I’ll always use art as inspiration,” said Lizette.

Finally, Zoe’s piece is another charcoal portrait, this one featuring legendary reggae artist Bob Marley.

When asked about the inspiration for her piece, Zoe said, “I grew up listening to Bob Marley. My whole family listens to him. My mom even said I was born with his music playing.”

Bob Marley

Zoe Nguyen’s charcoal portrait

“The picture I picked to duplicate was a younger image of him — one not as many people would recognize right away. I thought it would be cool to try to draw his dreadlocks. Creating that texture is really difficult,” she added.

Zoe is headed to Jefferson University in Philadelphia, ultimately pursuing a degree in medicine, though she still plans to include art in her life.

“I think that it’s important to have a creative side, to have a different way of seeing things,” she said.

Mr. Hironimus is understandably proud of his students: “It is always special to have a student be recognized for exemplary work. This year it is especially amazing to have Alex claim her second consecutive award, a Kennett High School first, as well as to have Zoe and Lizette share the title of ‘Best in Show,’ an honor that we have received in back-to-back years.”

Art student winners

Zoe (left), Lizette (center), and Alex (right)

All three young artists expressed their gratitude for Mr. Hironimus.

Lizette summarized their feelings saying, “I am grateful for the past four years I’ve spent doing art, as well as to Mr. Hironimus for giving me — and all Kennett art students — the opportunity to do what he loves so well.”

The juried exhibition was held from Tuesday, April 11 through Saturday, April 27 at the main location of the Chester County Art Association (CCAA) in West Chester. The show featured nearly five hundred pieces of art from Chester County high schools, including over twenty works by Kennett High School artists.

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18 Kennett High School Students Qualify for FBLA Nationals

Thirty-one members of Kennett High School’s Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) Club attended the state competition in Hershey, Pennsylvania, April 7 through 10. In order to qualify for the state competition, students placed in the top three in online events and the top four in performance events at the regional level competitions held in December.

An impressive eighteen of the thirty-one members who competed were state finalists. Those students included: Jason Leaeno – Accounting II (first place); Benjamin Cohen and Connor Hollick – Banking and Financial Systems; Jack Reindl and Josh Faust – Banking and Financial Systems; Rhea Jiang – Business Calculations (second place); Chris Ferrighetto, Jack Mullen, and Connor Schmidt – Global Business; Sebastian Kley and Jonathan Morgan – Marketing; Matt Hauptschein, Jonathan Bell, and Davis Piercy – Sports and Entertainment Management;FBLA 2019 KHS attendees Kyle Robertson, Noah Rasero, and Alex Starr – MIS; and Colin Petersen – Organizational Leadership.

The purpose of FBLA is to prepare members for careers in business and to assist them by becoming better employees and citizens. FBLA helps students develop leadership abilities, prepares them for entry into business-related occupations, and offers a setting in which members compete at regional, state, and national levels in a business and technology curriculum.

The Kennett High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America is advised by business teacher Mr. Bill Fritsch; school librarian Ms. Lisa Teixeira served as chaperone.

“All thirty-one members who attended did extremely well and were terrific representatives of Kennett High School,” said Mr. Fritsch.

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