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Friday Firebird Focus -- October 15, 2021

Friday Firebird Focus

 

 

2021-2022 Friday Firebird Focus

 
October 15, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:
 

Orchard Park Elementary Celebrated

Thank you to all of the students, staff, board members, city officials and community members who joined us yesterday to celebrate Orchard Park’s designation as an Exemplary High-Performing National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. I’d like to extend a special thank you to council member, Jacque Fisher, for her kind words, and to board president, Jim Ambrose for his congratulatory comments. Our Orchard Park students are to be commended for how respectful you all were to our speakers and guests, and a special shout out to music teacher, Jennifer Fair, for leading her students in singing the Star-Spangled Banner and a patriotic medley.  Thank you to assistant athletic director, Nicole Motto, for all of your assistance in making it possible for us to hold this event in Trent Arena. Last, but certainly not least, I’d like to thank band director, Mike Berning, and a group of his Marching Firebirds for keeping the crowd entertained. I could not be prouder of Orchard Park principal, Micki Ambrose, and the entire Orchard Park school community for earning this well-deserved and prestigious designation. 

First-Quarter Grades

First-quarter grades have been uploaded to PowerSchool, so parents/guardians can now access your student(s)’ grades through your PowerSchool accounts. If you have any questions about how to access PowerSchool or student grades, please contact your child’s teacher or building/unit principal.

We also have Parent-Teacher Conferences scheduled for next Thursday, October 21, from 3:30-7 p.m. for the elementary schools and high school, and from 4:30-8 p.m. for the middle schools. Contact your child’s school for information about scheduling a conference with their teacher(s).

Beavertown Elementary Community Service Project

I’d like to turn the spotlight on Beavertown Elementary School and its PTA this week. During the month of September, Beavertown students and staff members made 300 get-well cards for the patients at Dayton Children’s Hospital. This is part of C.S.P., an initiative by Beavertown PTA president, Brandi Gilbert and her fellow PTA members. “Since taking on the president role last year, I have made C.S.P. (Community Service Project) a part of our yearly PTA activities,” said Brandi. “I just think the cards are adorable and I am so proud of the students!” The school completed two C.S.P.’s last year and plans to do three this year. “I want the students to learn that giving back to your community doesn’t always have to be about money. They can make a big impact in so many different ways.” Thank you, Brandi, and the entire PTA for all you do for your school and Beavertown’s students.

Students to be Recognized at Board Meeting

We will be recognizing a number of students from across the district at our Board of Education meeting next Tuesday, October 19. As part of our efforts to familiarize students and families with our “Portrait of a Graduate,” we are asking staff this school year to nominate students at all grade levels who exemplify the different characteristics that we hope all students will possess when they graduate from Fairmont High School. These characteristics include “engaged collaborator,” lifelong learner,” critical thinker,” “thoughtful communicator” and “global citizen.” This month, we are recognizing students who are engaged collaborators – students who are good communicators, good listeners, are respectful of others’ ideas, work well as part of a team and actively participate. I am pleased to announce that we had 168 student nominations this month, and our teachers and other staff members had some very complimentary comments to share regarding the students they nominated. We are looking forward to recognizing a representative group of these students at our meeting on Tuesday. All are welcome to attend.

‘Snow Day’ Notifications

The is a reminder that you need to opt-in each school year if you want to receive text and phone call notifications when we close or delay school. Staff and families/community members can use this link to opt-in for notifications.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest

Future Firebirds Basketball Cheerleading Registration – October 22

Scout Troop 193 Activities --  Troop 193 meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Tristate Rim & Wheel Trunk or Treat – October 23

CUSA Supplemental Tryouts 

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October 8, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:

 

School Closing and Delay Notifications

It's that time of year when we have to make plans for notifying you when we have to close or delay school because of bad weather. 

The district makes every attempt to communicate with our families in a timely manner when we have to delay or close school because of bad weather through our district webpage (www.ketteringschools.org) and social media channels (Kettering City Schools on Facebook and KetteringSchools on Twitter.)

Parents/Guardians/Students can also opt-in to receive notifications when school is delayed or closed via text messages, phone calls and emails.
 

Updating List for Phone Call and Text Notifications

 The district uses The Education Connection to call and/or text when there is a school delay or closing.  Parents/guardians/students MUST OPT-IN EACH SCHOOL YEAR to receive these types of notifications.

If you would like to receive a call and/or text when we delay or close school, visit the district website at www.ketteringschools.org, and click on “Calamity Day Sign-Up List” under “News & Announcements" on the home page of the website. You will find the link on this page to sign up for calls and/or text messages when we delay or close school. This link will go live on Monday, October 11, no later than 4 p.m.

Please note:  In order to maintain an updated call list, we will be deleting last year’s list on October 22. YOU WILL NEED TO OPT-IN AGAIN BEFORE THIS DATE using the instructions above if you want to receive phone calls and/or text messages when we have to close or delay school during the 2021-2022 school year.

By using the link described above and located on our website, you are opting in to receive TELEPHONE/CELL PHONE CALLS and/or TEXT notifications when we delay or close school.  These calls and text messages typically go out between 5:30 and 6 a.m.
 

Signing up for Email Notifications

 You also have the option to sign-up for EMAIL notifications using the “Sign up for Notifications” section on our website. This option is located under the “Quick Links” section of the district’s home page at www.ketteringschools.org. (This option is for email and text notices, ONLY, not phone calls.)

Please contact Kari Basson in our Community Relations office at 499-1458 or at kari.basson@ketteringschools.org with any questions about phone call, email and text notifications.

 

Kettering Family Fun Fest

The Kettering City Schools are partnering with the City of Kettering to hold a Kettering Family Fun Fest for our preschool and elementary families. The event is set for Wednesday, October 27, from 5-7 p.m. and will be held in the Trent Arena on the Fairmont High School campus.

Many of our elementary counselors will be on-hand to engage students and their parents/guardians in hands-on, fun activities tied to Second Step, the district’s social-emotional learning curriculum. There will also be lots of games and activities from participating organizations, including Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts, our School Resource Officers, Children’s Hospital Dayton, Yoga and Meditation exercises with our Fairmont IB Psychology students, the Kettering Fire Department, Dayton Metro Library and Kettering Backpack Program.

Grab-and-go meal boxes and refreshments will be provided to all attendees, we will have fun giveaways for everyone and we will have some great door prizes that will be raffled off during the event.   

Sparky will be at the event, and attendees can get their picture with Fairmont’s mascot. The Bird’s Nest spirit shop will also be open during the Family Fun Fest, so you will have the opportunity to check out the Firebird merchandise. (We’re told that they have just restocked the store with toddler- and youth-sized items!)

Mark your calendars today for the Kettering Family Fun Fest, October 27, from 5-7 p.m.

 

Congratulations National Merit Semifinalist

Congratulations to Fairmont High School senior, Emi Glass, who has qualified as a National Merit Semifinalist. Being identified as a National Merit Semifinalist means that Emi scored in the TOP 0.5% of all U.S. high school seniors who took the PSAT (Preliminary SAT) during the 2020-2021 school year. The applications of the students who qualified as National Merit Semifinalists  will be reviewed and those who qualify as National Merit Finalists will be announced in the spring.  Congratulations, Emi, on this amazing achievement!

 

 State Releases Information on 'OH Vax-2-School' Program

Ohioans 12 to 25 years of age, who have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccination (at any time since the vaccines have been available), may enter for a chance to win one of five $100,000 scholarships and one of 150 $10,000 scholarships to the Ohio college, university, technical/trade school, or career program of their choice. Eligible Ohioans may register for the drawings starting Monday, Oct. 4, by visiting OhioVax2School.com?or by calling the Ohio Department of Health Call Center at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) between 9 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
                                                                                                                   
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School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest

Spirit Chain Chipotle Fundraiser -- October 10, from 4-8 p.m. 

Fairmont Men's Soccer Chipotle Fundraiser -- October 13, from 5-9 p.m. 

Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts -- Fun Family Activities in October 

Moraine Parks and Rec -- Boo Bash -- October 16, from 5-8 p.m.

First Baptist Kettering -- Fall Festival & Cruise-In -- October 10, from 5-8 p.m. -- EVENT FLYER and FOOD TRUCK Flyer

 

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September 24, 2021
 

Congratulations, Orchard Park Elementary School!

On Tuesday, I had the honor of announcing to the staff at Orchard Park Elementary School that the school has been designated an Exemplary High-Performing Schools National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence for 2021.

The U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools based on their overall academic excellence and/or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Orchard Park Elementary is one of only eight schools in Ohio to be designated a 2021 Exemplary High-Performing Schools National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, I want to extend my congratulations to Orchard Park principal, Micki Ambrose, and to her staff, students and families. This prestigious award is evidence that dedication, commitment and hard work can result in exemplary achievement for every student.

If you are interested in more detail regarding the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, this link takes you to the U.S. Department of Education’s NBRS website.

Mrs. Ambrose and her staff are planning a community celebration in October, and we will be sure to share details as the event is planned.
 

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Believe it or not, we are just two weeks away from the end of the first quarter of the 2021-2022 school year! We are gearing up for our first Parent-Teacher Conferences, set for next Thursday, September 30. Parent-Teacher Conferences provide an excellent opportunity to talk with your child’s teacher(s) about progress and challenges. Elementary and high school PTCs will be held from 3:30-7 p.m., and middle school PTCs are scheduled from 4:30-8 p.m.

District Hiring Teacher and Para Subs

The Kettering City Schools are hiring substitute teachers and substitute paraprofessionals. If you enjoy working with children, are looking for a flexible work schedule and have strong communication skills, our Human Capital Department would love to talk with you about working for the Kettering Schools. Please see this flyer for details. Please contact Courtney Hampton, Substitute Assignment Specialist for the district at 937-499-1427, or at courtney.hampton@ketteringschools.org, for additional information.

I hope everyone has a great Homecoming Weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest


Future Firebirds Basketball Tryouts – Please see this flyer or go to www.FutureFirebirds.com for additional information.
 

Kettering Bantam Blue Football Fundraiser – Show the folks at Chipotle this flyer on Monday, September 27, from 5-9 p.m., and 33% of your order total will be donated to Bantam Blue.


CUSA Soccer – Please see this flyer for info on “Bring a Friend to Practice” Week

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September 17, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:


Congratulations 2021 Homecoming Court

It’s exciting when we can talk about the traditional events and activities that are such an important part of high school life! Fairmont High School will celebrate Homecoming next weekend with a wide variety of activities. Congratulations to the 2021 Homecoming Court:

Male’K Hillon, Ella Lamb, Thomas Erksine, Jules Smith, Josh Copley, Grace Taylor, Jerod Hargrave, Ella Tharpe,Grace Wyatt, Will Porter, Alexandria Ford, Max Lawrence, Mallory Seaton, Deklan Emerson, Micayla Raines and Zach Hutchison.

The Homecoming game, with the Fairmont Firebirds taking on the Springfield Panthers, will take place on Friday, September 24, beginning at 7 p.m. During half-time, the 2021 Inaugural Class of the Fairmont Performing Arts Hall of Fame will be introduced, and Fairmont band alumni will join the Marching Firebirds for a performance on the field.

The Performing Arts Induction Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 25, beginning at noon, followed by a concert featuring FHS Alum and 2021 Inductee, Chris Ott, and “The 60’s Project” at 2 p.m. You can get your tickets for the concert at www.ketteringmusic.org.

The Homecoming Dance will be held on Saturday in Trent Arena, from 8-11 p.m. Students, chaperones and staff are strongly encouraged to wear a mask while at the dance. Tickets will be on sale on September 23 and 24, and students/parents are reminded that a “guest pass” needs to be completed by Thursday, September 23, in order to be able to purchase a ticket for a non-Fairmont guest.

A big “THANK YOU” to all of the staff, parent and community volunteers who work so hard to make this a special evening for out students. Fairmont students – I hope you have a safe, fun, memorable Homecoming Weekend!
 

Tik Tok Challenge

I know some of you received a letter regarding from our child's building principal about a new Tik Tok challenge that has us very concerned. With this newest social media challenge, which is being called, “devious licks,” students are allegedly stealing things like soap and hand sanitizer dispensers from bathroom and hallway walls, videotaping the acts and then posting the videos on the social media platform, Tik Tok. 

I am joining our building principals and our Student Services director in encouraging parents/guardians to talk with your children about this disturbing challenge. The Kettering City Schools takes this type of behavior very seriously. Taking a soap dispenser off a wall and removing it from the school bathroom is vandalism and theft. If it is determined that a student is participating in these types of acts, there will be consequences, including suspension and possible expulsion and/or criminal charges.

Please talk with your children and underscore with them the fact that we have a zero-tolerance for these types of actions and there will be serious consequences if they choose to participate in this latest social media challenge. Thank you.


Hope Tree Dedication

I am very honored to sit on the board of directors of Grant Us Hope, the parent organization of our own Hope Squads at Fairmont High School and at Kettering and Van Buren middle schools. Last week, I had the privilege of attending the ribbon-tying dedication ceremony for Fairmont Hope Squad’s Tree of Hope. The tree is planted in the courtyard at Fairmont High School and the inscription on the plaque by the tree reads “Dedicated to all those seeking hope, today and always. Hold On, Persevere, Empower.

Here is a short, but impactful video, taped and edited by Interactive Media instructor, Laura Hutchens and her student, Celia Koch, of the ceremony, I encourage you to take a few minutes to view the video:

Hope Tree Ribbon-Tying Ceremony

 

School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest

It is time for the Fairmont Flamingos to make their way through Kettering again! Please use this order form for your very own flock, to be delivered anywhere in Kettering (and some surrounding areas). 

Flocks will be flying from October 3rd-16th and can be purchased for $20. Be a part of a Fairmont Spirit Chain tradition and help support some awesome charities this year -- Kettering Backpack ProgramEllie's Rainy Day Fund and The Dakota Center. Thank you for your support!


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September 10, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:


Beavertown Elementary Wins Bronze Award

Congratulations to Beavertown Elementary School principal, Carmella Friz, her staff, students and families and to Multi-Tiered Systems of Support Leader, Carrie Hennessy! Beavertown was presented with a Bronze School Award through the Montgomery County ECS/ADAMHS’s Schools of Excellence in Prevention program.

This means that throughout last school year, Beavertown made significant efforts to plan for and implement prevention programs and strategies to support student mental wellness and to support the school’s staff and families.

The award comes with $1,000 in “incentive dollars,” and Beavertown plans to use these funds to continue with implementing its prevention programs and strategies this year.


Fairmont Performing Arts Hall of Fame

Fairmont High School will hold its Inaugural Performing Arts Hall of Fame Induction during Homecoming Weekend, September 24 and 25. Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 – Arlene Akerman, Tom Battenberg, George Bayless, Jr., Charles Craig, Clark Haines, Diane Kesling, Chris Ott, James Probasco, Raymonde Rougier and Gene Seeberger!

The 2021 inductees will be introduced during half-time of the Homecoming Football Game on September 24, when the Fairmont Firebirds take on the Springfield Wildcats. The induction ceremony will be held in the Fairmont Performing Arts Center Auditorium on September 25, at noon, followed by a Celebration Concert with Chris Ott and his “60’s Project” at 2 p.m.  Tickets for the concert are available at www.ketteringmusic.org.


Cheerleaders Exhibit Firebird Spirit!

Cheer coach, Carrie Kihn shared a heartwarming story with us this week. There is a resident at The Carlyle House (the back of which faces Fairmont Field) who consistently cheers on Fairmont’s soccer team when they have home games. The cheerleaders asked for and were granted permission to meet this Firebird Soccer Fan, and presented her with her own set of pom-poms, a cowbell and a T-shirt that reads “My Favorite Cheerleaders Call Me Grandma.” Check out the full story on our district Facebook page.

As we wind down this school week and prepare for the weekend, I do want to take this opportunity to acknowledge the 20th anniversary of 9/11 and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.

We remember the 2,996 people who lost their lives in these attacks on our country and support and pay homage to the strength of the family members, co-workers and friends of these heroes who could never have imagined the loss they would suffer on September 11, two decades ago, on what started out as a beautiful and tranquil fall day.

Let us also take this opportunity to honor the service and sacrifices of first responders and members of our Armed Forces and to continue to teach our children about the importance of this day in American history.

 

Thank you,
Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

 
 
September 3, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Thanks for a great week! We had lots of great learning going on this week, we inducted three amazing educators – Peg Engelhardt, Ardith Hurst and Larry Lamb – into the Chester A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame on Tuesday; and our Firebird cheerleaders, Sparky and Buster the Bus saw many of you at the Fraze last night as we celebrated our great Kettering community at the city’s Community Block Party.


‘STEAM State of Mind’ Podcast

I am excited to report that we will be launching a new podcast next week titled “STEAM State of Mind.” Hosted by KCS STEAM Coach Bern Schwieterman and produced by FHS Facilities Manager John Gentry, “STEAM State of Mind” is, in Bern’s words, geared mainly toward adults so that we can all gain a better understanding of what STEAM education is…and what it is not!

“I was talking with some colleagues, and the conversation morphed into a really great discussion about STEAM education and why it needs to be more than just a ‘program,’ to be successful, it needs to be a mindset,” said Bern. “This colleague said she was really intrigued and wanted to learn more about STEAM education and suggested that other people would, too. She said, 'this would make a great podcast,’ so here we are…ready to launch STEAM State of Mind!”

What is really neat about this podcast is the fact that John and Bern have involved our students in the process of producing and bringing it to fruition. “It was clear to Bern and me from the start that we wanted students to be involved, that we would make this a true PBL (project-based learning) experience for them,” said John. Students in our Digital Design program submitted logo options, music students recorded the entry music and students in Fairmont’s Interactive Media program will be assisting with the editing and production of the podcast.

The first episode of “STEAM State of Mind” will drop on Thursday, September 9. You will be able to find “STEAM State of Mind” wherever you get your favorite podcasts, and we will have the URL on the district’s website at www.ketteringschools.org to direct people to the show.


Spirit Shirts

Our the years, the Kettering community has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to Fairmont’s Spirit Chain competition by purchasing spirit shirts, and USB certainly appreciates the support! This year, USB is offering a short-sleeve T-shirt, a long-sleeve shirt, and a crewneck sweatshirt. Proceeds from the sale of the Spirit will go toward FHS’s 2021 Spirit Chain and the chosen charities of KetteringBackpack Program, Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund and The Dakota Center.

Please use this form to order your shirts. Online orders can also be made, payable via a credit card, at https://kfhs.ebloxstoreipu.com/


Science Saturdays

The Engineers Club of Dayton is bring back its ”Science Saturdays,” with the first “live” and “livestreaming” show coming on September 8. During “Science Keeps Falling on my Head,” elementary students will learn all about weather, including meteorology, weather tools, predicting the weather, air pressure and extreme weather.  The FREE one-hour shows begin at 9:30 a.m. and are held at the Engineer’s Club of Dayton, 110 E. Monument Avenue. Please see this flyer for more details about the September 18 and November 13 shows.

Enjoy the holiday weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Events, Activities and Information of Community Interest

Future Firebirds Basketball/Kettering Basketball Club --  Open gym starts on September 8, and tryouts will be held in early October. Please see flyer for details.


Oakwood United Soccer Club 2021 Fall Programs – Please see flyer for details.


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August 27, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:
 

Earlier today, I communicated with our staff that I will also be requiring staff who are unable to socially distance to wear a mask while in their classrooms, effective August 30. As we prepare to implement this district-wide mask mandate on Monday, I wanted to review what this means for our students and staff members.

  • Students and staff members will be required to wear masks while in the classroom.
  • Staff members who work outside a classroom will be required to wear a mask if they are unable to socially distance from students and/or other staff members. “Social distancing” is defined as being within 3 feet of another individual while in the classroom setting or within 6 feet of an individual outside the classroom for a period of 15 minutes.
  • Students and staff members will not be required to wear masks while outside or during breakfast or lunch. If a student/staff member wishes to take a “mask break” while in the hallways at school, we will support this.
  • A federal mandate currently in place requires that ALL individuals on a school bus must wear a mask, so all transportation staff and students on a school bus must be masked. This includes during transport to and from school, extracurricular activities and field trips.
  • Visitors to our schools and other facilities will be required to wear masks while in our buildings.

While this mask mandate is new for the 2021-2022 school year, we want to underscore the importance of other actions that we have all been practicing since the start of the pandemic that will also help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Please continue to wash hands and use hand sanitizer frequently, sanitize surfaces with sanitizing wipes and socially distance whenever possible. Additionally, staff should do self-health checks before coming to work and parents/guardians should do health checks on your children daily before they go to school. Here is the KCS “Daily Health Check for Staff, Students & Visitors" that we should all be following to make sure students and staff are not going to school or work when they are sick. If you have a question regarding a health check, please don't hesitate to contact your school nurse.

And this is a reminder that it is very important that you notify your child’s building principal or school nurse if the child does test positive for COVID-19 or if your child is required to quarantine due to exposure at a location or activity outside of school (such as daycare or youth sports.) We are required to log and report COVID cases and conduct contact tracing when a student tests positive for the virus and to report quarantines.

I want to thank everyone for working together to keep our students and staff healthy, safe and in school. Working together, we can make this happen!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

2021 Roush Hall of Fame

Please join us on Tuesday, August 31, at 7 p.m., as we celebrate three amazing Kettering educators as they are inducted into the 2021 Chester A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Peg Engelhardt, long-time principal at Moraine Meadows and Oakview elementary schools; Ardith Hurst, a kindergarten teacher at George L. Ernst and J.E. Prass elementary schools from 1972 to 2005; and Larry Lamb, KCS teacher, counselor and coach for 35 years.

All are invited to the Roush Hall of Fame Ceremony and Reception. The Ceremony will be held in the Fairmont Performing Arts Auditorium, with the reception following in the Auditorium Lobby. Attendees are asked to please wear a mask.
 

Community Block Party

Next Thursday, September 2, sees the return of a Kettering tradition, when the city will hold its Community Block Party. Please take a minute to stop by the KCS Booth. Our Fairmont Firebird cheerleaders, members of USB, Sparky the Firebird mascot and Buster the Bus will all be on-hand to help celebrate the theme of the Block Party and Holiday at Home – “Hometown Spirit. Let’s Hear it!!” And of course – the real reason we know everyone goes to the Community Block Party – Mayor Patterson will be handing out Dilly Bars!

 

Staff Boot Camp

The KCS Wellness Committee is excited to bring back the KFWC/Trent Arena Staff Boot Camp!

  • This is a REGISTERED class which means participants MUST sign up in advance for the sessions to be able to attend. 
  • There is a minimum of 5 participants and a MAX of 10. (If we have a higher level of interest, the max number may potentially be adjusted.)
  • The class will be held on the track in Trent Arena and/or outside.
  • There are two monthly sessions right now for which you can register. The first session begins on September 7. The class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45--4:30 p.m. and will be $35 for each monthly session (this price is for a Kettering resident/KCS employee)
  • The level of participant interest in the fall will determine if the class will be offered in the winter.

Please see this flyer for more details.

 

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts is Hiring!

The City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department has fun, flexible and rewarding part-time positions open now! Whether you want to show off your ice-skating talents, enjoy spending time outdoors, feel right at home in the pool, love sports, or have a passion for fine arts, PRCA has part-time jobs to match every interest. See https://www.playkettering.org/join-our-team/ for details. Join the PRCA team to make a positive impact on your community and have fun doing it!

 

Community Events, Activities, Information of Interest

Beavertown Elementary Chipotle Fundraiser – Tuesday, August 31 – Please see this flyer for details.

Kettering-Centerville Kiwanis 5K Walk/Run set for September 3.  Registration and details can be found at https://bit.ly/3z5W0Dz

 

August 20, 2021

KCS Families and Staff:

We have now welcomed back all students, Pre-K-Grade 12 to our buildings and it has been great to get out this week and to see some amazing teaching and learning going on in our schools!

While it has been great to get back to in-person learning, we have also seen an increase in our first seven days of classes of both COVID-19 cases and resulting required quarantines among students and staff members. This, coupled with the extremely strong recommendation last week from Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, to revisit decisions regarding masking if a district is not mandating masks in schools, has prompted me to reflect on our current stance on masking in the Kettering Schools.

Since the start of this pandemic and its impact on how we operate our schools, I have been charged, as superintendent of the Kettering Schools, with making some very difficult decisions. Much of the difficulty arises because there are always two sides to any issue, both sides tend to be well-versed in the data and research that will support their opinions on the issue, and making a decision means that one side is going to be happy with the final outcome and one side is going to be upset by it.

That said, as I consider our current stance on masking, I will use the same parameters for making a final decision as I have since March of 2020. The health and safety of our students and staff is and always will be my top priority. Similarly, our ultimate goal continues to be keeping students in school, five days a week for the entirety of the 2021-2022 school year. It is my intention to focus on these two factors as I consider a recommendation to the Board of Education regarding the masking of students in our schools.

I plan to make this recommendation to the board at its Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, August 24.

 

Kettering Students Big Winners in Invention Convention

Please join us in congratulating the 2021 KCS winners from the Ohio Invention League’s Invention Convention! This competition was an opportunity for students to display their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills through prototypes they have invented.

All of the participating students diligently worked to identify a problem, research potential solutions, create an original prototype, test it, record & analyze data, gather feedback, make adjustments, and then present their project via a video presentation to a panel of judges from the Ohio Invention League.

These seven Kettering made it through the district, regional, and state competitions and are now invited to participate in a year-long Mentor Inventor Program through the Ohio Invention League, in which they can potentially receive an invitation to the 2022 National Competition.

You can watch the 2021 Ohio Invention Convention Honda State Finals Awards Ceremony using this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-I8B6wrqBs

Congratulations to the following students for their creativity and perseverance as winners in the 2021 State Invention Convention:

3rd place *  4th grade:
Benjamin Smearcheck, from Prass, for “Chess Genie”

Safety Award K-5:
Charlotte Hardenbrook, 5th grade, from Orchard Park, for “Don’t Burn it Curling Iron Holder”

Honorable Mention:
Tristen Clark, 5th grade, from Prass, for “Small Solar Stove”

Honorable Mention:
Rosella Stohr, 5th grade, from Prass, for “Krossed Kevlar”    

Honorable Mention:
Nava Detamore, 3rd grade, from Orchard Park, for The Friendly Cleaner

Honorable Mention:
Elias Ball, 5th grade, from Beavertown, for The Raisin Ram

Honorable Mention:
Leah Hawker, 5th grade, from Indian Riffle, for The Mail Rail


Lunch Item Substitutions

Our Food & Nutrition Services Department has been notified that the chicken corn dogs we typically serve in our cafeterias are no longer available and will be substituted with another type of corn dog. The corn dogs are scheduled to be served on Tuesday, August 24.

Additionally, the sweet and sour sauce used on the orange chicken served in our cafeterias is being substituted with a different sauce that contains soy, which is a common allergen.

Our GFS food orders are placed on Fridays for the following week. We will do our best to make note of the need to make substitutions for menu items for future weeks in the “Friday Firebird Focus” and on our website at www.ketteringschools.org.

If you have questions or concerns regarding the ingredients of a meal item substitute, please call your child’s cafeteria manager, via the school’s main office.

 

COVID-19 Dashboard

As we finish up our first week of school, I want to let our families and staff know that we will be posting our School Year 2021-2022 COVID-19 Dashboard – which lists positive COVID cases and quarantines among staff and students -- to our website on Fridays at www.ketteringschools.org. We make every effort to have the dashboard updated by 5 p.m. on Fridays.

 

Congratulations, Firebird Football!

After a big win like the one last night, I can’t sign off the “Friday Focus” without extending a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Coach Miller and his Firebird Football Team, victorious in an amazing team effort over the Alter Knights. Congratulations on your 16-7 win!

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Community Events, Activities, Information of Interest

* The Centerville-Kettering Kiwanis is holding a 5K run/walk to benefit Kettering Backpack and Centerville Food2Go. Registration details can be found at this link.

* The Girls Scouts of Western Ohio are holding recruitment events at a number of locations across Kettering in September. See flyer for locations and dates.

* CUSA is holding registration for 6-10-year-olds. See flyer  for additional information

 

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August 13, 2021

KCS Families and Staff:

Thank you to everyone – students, parents/guardians and staff – who helped make the start of the 2021-2022 school year one of the smoothest I’ve experienced in my 20 years as a superintendent! Our preschool students will start school on Monday and when we welcome our kindergartners on August 18, we will have all students, Pre-K-Grade 12, back at it with in-person, everyday learning in our schools.
 

False Information Regarding Vaccinations

I really debated addressing the completely false and libelous information that was discussed on a radio show that appears to have aired on August 11, not wanting to draw additional attention to what clearly is too outrageous to be believed. However, we seem to have a number of people via phone calls, emails and social media who are questioning whether this information is true, so I do feel compelled to address this.

In the course of the interview of an individual by the radio host, it was stated that “They” “vaccinated girls in the school” without their parents’ permission. During the interview, it was also stated that the father of one of the girls who purportedly was vaccinated in school lives in Kettering. This, apparently, was enough to prompt some people to assume the girl is a student in the Kettering Schools and that she was vaccinated by someone in the school without parental permission.

I am here to tell you that this accusation is unequivocally false. No one in our schools has or EVER would allow ANY minor student to be vaccinated in our schools without the expressed permission of the child’s parent or legal guardian. When we held our student vaccine clinics last spring, a parent or guardian had to accompany their minor child to the clinic or the vaccine was not administered. Furthermore, this radio program appears to have aired on August 11, the day before we had ANY students in school.

I hope that the number of people out there who actually believed the ridiculous discussion on this radio show is small. I also truly hope that our Kettering parents and guardians place more trust in your schools and our staff and know that we are absolutely committed to the health, safety and well-being of your children when they are in our care than to give any credence to this egregious falsehood.
 

Lunch Food Item Shortages

Our food and nutrition services supervisor, Stacie Pabst, has been told by Gordon Food Service that schools can expect shortages of certain food items that we typically serve to students for lunch in our cafeterias. GFS told Pabst that the store was notified by several manufacturers that they are experiencing shortages of some food items, such as chicken and dairy products.

Pabst will continue to publish a monthly lunch menu, but may need to make substitutions for some items if GFS does not have them in stock and available for delivery. Pabst places her GFS food order on Fridays for the following week. We will do our best to make note of the need to make substitutions for menu items for the following week in the weekly “Friday Firebird Focus” and on our website at www.ketteringschools.org.
 

Mask on School Buses

This is a quick reminder that all students who ride school buses to and from school, for field trips and to and from extracurricular activities are required to wear a mask. The Centers for Disease Control has mandated that passengers on public transportation must be masked; for purposes of this mandate, the CDC does define school buses as public transportation.
 

Reminder for Parents and Seniors

Just a reminder that WEDNESDAY, August 18, is Fairmont High School’s Senior College Meeting for students and parents!  The meeting will take place from 5-6 p.m. in the Auditorium, immediately before Fairmont’s Open House. 

The meeting will review the timeline for senior year, the college application process, ACT/SAT testing, scholarships, financial aid, and more.  If you plan to apply to and attend college next fall, make sure you attend for an evening of important information!  If you cannot attend, all resources and the PowerPoint presentation will be posted on the Fairmont Guidance website under "College Planning" following the meeting.
 

Chester A. Roush Educational Hall of Fame

Please join us on Tuesday, August 31, as we induct three long-time educators into the Roush Hall of Fame. Congratulations to Peg Engelhardt, principal at Moraine Meadows and Oakview elementary schools; Ardith Hurst, a kindergarten teacher at Prass Elementary; and Larry Lamb, a teacher, school counselor and coach at Kettering, Indian Riffle and Van Buren junior high schools, and at Fairmont High School; who have been selected for induction into the hall of fame.

The Roush Hall of Fame Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. on August 31, and will be held in the Fairmont High School Auditorium. A reception will follow the ceremony in the Auditorium Lobby. All are welcome to attend the Roush Hall of Fame Ceremony and Reception to help us honor these great Kettering educators!

Have a great weekend.

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Community Events, Activities, Information of Interest

Kettering’s Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts – Fall Registration is now open. Please click here to access September Play Dates flyer.

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August 6, 2021

Firebird Families and Staff:

New School Year

We are looking forward to welcoming students back to our buildings for the 2021-2022 school year, beginning next Thursday, August 12. As a reminder, here is the staggered start schedule that we will use to bring students back to school:

August 12 – First Day of School for Students in Grades 1-10
August 13 – First Day of School for Students in Grades 11 and 12
August 16 – First Day of School for Preschool Students
August 18 – First Day of School for Kindergarten Students

As I have noted in previous communications, we are excited to be returning to school five-days-a-week, with full schedules for all students. Our daily time schedules for students will be as follows:

Fairmont High School – 7:50 a.m. to 3:05 p.m.
Kettering and Van Buren middle schools – 8:40 a.m. to 3:40 p.m.
Elementary Schools (K-5) – 8:15 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Preschool – 8-10:30 a.m. (AM) and Noon-2:30 p.m. (PM)

Transportation

Many of you have received a letter from Kevin Wright, supervisor of Special Education Services, and Todd Silverthorn, supervisor of Transportation Services, outlining changes to our busing for the coming school year. We are hopeful that these changes will reduce the need to eliminate bus routes due to continued driver shortages. A copy of the letter can be found here. Our Transportation Services Department continues to actively recruit qualified bus drivers and bus aides. Please click here for additional information on bus driver opportunities. and click here for information on bus aide opportunities.

Health and Safety Protocols

Our ultimate goal as we open our schools for the 2021-2022 school year, is to provide in-person, high-quality educational opportunities for all students, while implementing protocols to assure this is done in a safe, secure environment.

Per guidance from the CDC and Ohio Department of Health, it is recommended that students who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask while indoors. However, at this time, the CDC is not mandating that masks be worn. As we approach the start of the school year, the Kettering Schools joins the CDC and ODH in highly recommending that unvaccinated individuals wear masks while in our buildings. However, the district will not be requiring students to wear masks, and masking will be a parent/guardian choice. We encourage parents/guardians and staff to talk with your physician or other healthcare provider to make a decision regarding masking that is best for you, your child and your family. The decision to not require masks is subject to change if there should be any new mandates from the CDC, the State or Public Health Dayton Montgomery County.  Click here to access a summary of the Kettering Schools’ “Safe Return to School 2021-2022” plan. I encourage you to read through this plan.

Just this week, we have also been provided with “New Guidelines for K-12 Student Quarantine” from the Oho Department of Health. As you will see from the “Guideline for Quarantine After Exposure in K-12 Classroom,” (click here) whether a student who comes in contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 has to quarantine basically depends upon two factors. If a “contact” – defined as a person who is within 3 ft in a classroom setting or 6 feet in any other school setting – is vaccinated, the contact does not have to quarantine.

If a contact is consistently wearing a mask while at school, the contact does not have to quarantine. Contacts who are not vaccinated or are not wearing a mask will need to follow quarantine protocols, if exposed to an individual who tests positive to COVID-19.

The guidelines from ODH provide more detail regarding recommendations to follow if a student is exposed to an individual who tests positive with COVID-19. Again, I encourage you to read these guidelines and make decisions regarding masking that are best for your child, yourself and your family.

I am looking forward to seeing our KCS staff for our Opening Day Welcome Back program in the Fairmont Auditorium on Monday. We will begin at 8 a.m., and I promise not to keep you too long so that you can get to breakfast and to the professional development opportunities the Teaching and Learning Department, principals and staff groups have been hard-at-work putting together for next Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

As always, I know I can count on our families, staff and administration to partner together to do what’s best for kids, while maintaining the health and safety protocols we have in place. Together, we can make 2021-2022 a great school year for everyone!

We Are Firebirds!

Have a great weekend!
Can’t wait to see everyone next week!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Community Events, Activities, Information of Interest

Boy Scout Troop 116 -- Like having fun working with a great team?   Looking for a positive way to spend your time and serve your community?  You are in luck!  Scout Troop 116 is currently inviting students grades 6-12 to join.  Please access this flyer for additional information. 

 

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July 23, 2021

Firebird Families and Staff:

I hope everyone is having a good summer and that you have been able to take some time to relax with family members and friends. Believe it or not, we are just a little over two weeks away from the start of school, and I can’t tell you how excited we are to welcome students back for the 2021-2022 school year! 

The first day of school for students in grades 1-10 will be Thursday, August 12. Juniors and seniors will start school on Friday, August 13. Monday, August 16 will be the first day of school for preschool students and our kindergartners will start school on Wednesday, August 18.

We are looking forward to returning to in-person, five-days-a-week, full-day classes for all students, K-grade 12, for the 2021-2022 school year. If a parent or guardian is considering an option other than in-person learning for a student who may have medical or physical conditions, the parent/guardian should contact the child’s building principal to discuss available options.

As we start the new school year, many of the safety protocols we observed last year in our schools will remain in place, including:

  • Equipping each classroom with spray bottles of disinfectant

  • Giving students who change classrooms the opportunity to wipe down their desks before class starts

  • Maintaining three feet of social distancing, as much as possible, within our buildings

  • Keeping hand sanitizer stations stocked throughout our buildings

  • Encouraging frequent hand washing

Per guidance from the CDC, it is recommended that students who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask while indoors. However, at this time, the CDC is not mandating that masks be worn. As we approach the start of the school year, the Kettering Schools do join the CDC in recommending that unvaccinated individuals wear masks. However, the district will not be requiring students to wear masks, and masking will be a parent/guardian choice. We encourage parents/guardians and staff to talk with your physician or other healthcare provider to make a decision regarding masking that is best for you, your child and your family. The decision to not require masks is subject to change if there should be any new mandates from the CDC, the State or Public Health Dayton Montgomery County.

Please note that there currently is a federal mandate in place requiring that masks be worn on all modes of public transportation. This includes school buses, so our bus drivers and aides will be masked and any student riding a school bus to and from school, extracurricular activities or field trips will need to wear a mask.

I hope you enjoy the last couple of weeks of summer break and that everyone returns in August ready to learn! Please click here to access our 2021 Open House Dates. I encourage families to attend the open houses, as they are a great way to meet or reconnect with teachers, principals and other staff members before the new school year starts.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Community Events and Activities of Interest

 

Fairmont High School Community Garage Sale  Donated Item Drop-Off – August 5, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Shop – August 6 – 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Optimist Kids Day in the Park -- Saturday, August 7, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Code Ninjas -- Drop-In Code Education Program 

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio -- Astro Girl Summer Camp (deadline to register extended)

 

 





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