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Friday Firebird Focus -- May 13, 2022

Friday Firebird Focus

 

 

2021-2022 Friday Firebird Focus

 

May 13, 2022

KCS Families and Staff:

I knew this day was coming, but I guess we are never fully prepared for the “last” or “final” of things that have been such an integral part of our lives for so long. We started these “Friday Firebird Focus” eNewsletters nearly two years ago as a way to supplement our communication with families and staff while we were doing remote learning. This method of communication has evolved into what I hope has been an effective way to both share important information with you and highlight the great things our students and staff have accomplished throughout the school year.

As I put together this final “Friday Firebird Focus,” I would like to extend my sincere thanks to all of you for taking the time each week to (hopefully!) read these newsletters. I do not think there has ever been a time in the 20 years that I have served as a superintendent that communication has been as important as it has been over these past two-and-a-half challenging school years!

Thank you, as well, for supporting me, challenging me and agreeing (and disagreeing) with me as we have all navigated these unprecedented times. I know “unprecedented” has become an overused word through all of this, but truth be told, “never done or known before” does define the past two years.

It truly has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the superintendent of the Kettering City Schools for the past eight years. This is an amazing school district with top-notch staff and engaged families who really do care about the quality of the educational opportunities and support we provide to our students. I cannot think of a better place to round out my career in public education than with the Kettering City Schools. When you have experienced the best, anywhere else would only fall short!

Let’s finish out the 2021-2022 school year strong next week! Congratulations, again, to the Kettering Fairmont High School Class of 2022. Graduation is set for May 19, at 7 p.m., at UD Arena. If you or family members/friends would like to watch the graduation ceremony, it will be live-streamed using the link that can be accessed from the home page of our district website at www.ketteringschools.org.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep

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School and Community Events, Activities and Information


YMCA Before-and After-School Childcare

We are excited to be partnering with the YMCA to provide before- and after-school care in our buildings, starting with the 2022-2023 school year. Attached is a flyer with detailed information about the program, including pricing and hours of operation.

Parents/guardians can submit a "request for registration" to the YMCA, using this link. You can also call the YMCA at 937-776-4462 for additional information on registration, rates, discounts and financial assistance or at 937-414-8113 for general program information.


‘Save the Date’ -- Meet Your Bus Driver Night on August 11

The Kettering Transportation Department is bringing back “Meet Your Bus Driver Night.” We’ll have snacks, activities, Buster the Bus and of course…our wonderful bus drivers… on hand for an evening of fun. Mark your calendars for August 11, from 6-7:30 p.m. to come out to the Bus Garage to meet your bus driver! More details to follow this summer...

Firebird Football Chipotle Fundraiser June 6

You can support Firebird Football and get a night off from cooking at the same time by supporting their Chipotle Fundraiser. Visit the Kettering Chipotle  Far Hills Avenue on June 6 between 5-9 p.m., show them this flyer, and 33 percent of your food purchase will be donated to the Firebird Football program. There is also a flyer with info on how to place your order through the Chipotle app. Thanks in advance for your support!


Apply now and join the talented Summer Camps Team at the City of Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department!

The City of Kettering’s PRCA Department is hiring! The Summer Camps Team plans a fun summer of adventure with new experiences in the areas of environmental education, art, theater, sports and more, while the Aquatics Team is looking for lifeguards and other personnel responsible for the oversight and daily operations of the Kettering Recreation Complex indoor pool and the Adventure Reef Water Park. Go to this link for additional info and to apply.

 

Woodman Lanes – Kids Bowl Free!

Woodman Lanes is offering free summer bowling passes to students. Please visit www.KidsBowlFree.com/Poelking or see this flyer for additional information.
 

Cub Scout Pack 236

Pack 236 is holding an end-of-the-school-year bonfire on May 21, from 5-8 p.m.  Any student who will be in kindergarten-5th grade next year is invited to join in the fun! Please see this flyer for additional information.


SICSA Pet Adoption & Wellness Center Summer Camps

SICSA is offering Humane Education Camps throughout Summer 2022, and registration is now open.  Camps will begin on June 20, and will run Monday through Friday until August 5.  Full-day camp is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and half-day camp is from 9 a.m.-noon or  12:30-to 3:30 p.m. Please use this link to register for the camps and see this flyer for additional information.


Dayton Dutch Lions Summer Camps

The Dayton Dutch Lions soccer club is now registering for its summer camps, June 13-17 and July 11-15. Please see this flyer for more details.


Dayton Boat Club Summer Camp

The Dayton Boat Club is now registering for its summer camps. Please visit www.daytonboatclub.org or see this flyer for additional information.

 

Skateworld of Kettering Summer Camp 2022

Skateworld of Kettering will hold summer camps June 13-17, July 11-15 and July 25-29. Please see this flyer or call 937-294-4052 for more information.

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May 6, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Congratulations Class of 2022!

Today is a big day – at least in the lives of our Seniors (and probably their parents and guardians, as well!) – as they finish their last day of high school. To say that you have had an interesting and unique high school career over the past four years is an understatement Yet, you have not only persevered, but you have thrived. In talking with Fairmont principal, Tyler Alexander, I learned that one-third of the Graduating Class of 2022 has a GPA of 3.5 or better. This is truly amazing and something of which everyone – students, parents/guardians and teachers – should be very proud! Congratulations to our 552 Graduating Seniors. I wish you all the best for happy and healthy futures.

Speaking of accomplishments, congratulations to the 2022 Fairmont High School Valedictorian, Emi Glass, and Salutatorian, Greyson Osterfeld. Emi, who serves this year as Commissioner of Service on Fairmont’s USB, will attend Yale University in the fall and major in political science. Greyson, USB vice president, will attend Ohio State University in the fall to major in psychology. Thank you for representing Fairmont High School and the Kettering City Schools so well. Best of luck as you pursue your dreams!


2022 Commencement

Graduation will take place on Thursday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the University of Dayton Arena. Mr. Alexander has shared information regarding tickets for graduation in his Parent Newsletter. We will also be livestreaming Fairmont’s graduation. Please feel free to share this link with any family members and friends who may not be able to attend the ceremony in person. LINK TO LIVESTREAM


Automotive Student Tops in State

Congratulations to Automotives student, Jacob Hoes, winner of the Gold Medal in the Ohio SkillsUSA Automotive Service Technology competition this week. According to Fairmont Career Tech Center principal, Liz Jensen, this is the only state-level competition for automotives students, “So Jacob is literally the #1 auto tech student in the State of Ohio!” Jacob will now advance to the SkillsUSA competition that will be held in Atlanta in June. Best of luck, Jacob, and congratulations to our Automotives instructor, Scott Beirise!

 

 KMS Artists Recognized

Congratulations to two Kettering Middle School students who have been recognized for their artwork. The artwork of Trenton Mosley, a 6th grader, was selected for a juried state show called “Art and Soul.” There were only 45 pieces selected for the show out of the hundreds of entries. The works are framed and sold, with the proceeds going to the artists. In addition, when Trenton attended a special recognition ceremony for the show, he found out that he had placed in the “Top 10” of the pieces included in the juried show. Congratulations, Trenton.

Clara Krug, also a 6th grader, was a 1st-place winner for middle school entries in the TreeFEST Poster Contest, sponsored by the Rosewood Art Centre and the City of Kettering’s Habitat Environmental Center. In addition to being recognized for her entry, Clara will have the opportunity to choose a place in Kettering where a tree will be planted in her honor. Congratulations, Clara! And congratulations to KMS art teacher, Lindsay Gustafson!


Congratulations ‘Global Citizen’ Nominees

Throughout the school year, we have been recognizing students who epitomize our Portrait of a Graduate – those attributes, including Critical Thinker, Thoughtful Communicator, Engaged Collaborator, Lifelong Learner and Global Citizen – that we want all graduates to possess in order to maximize their life opportunities. At its meeting in April, the Board of Education recognized the students selected to represent their schools as Global Citizens, as well as all of the students who had been nominated by teachers and staff members as Global Citizens. Congratulations to all of our students who were nominated (names are attached) and to these students recognized at the board of education meeting:

Kaelyn Beard, Beavertown    *    Chloe Gallagher, Greenmont    *    Chloe Adkins, Indian Riffle    *    Aaradhya Kathick, John F. Kennedy    *    Sophie Ma, Oakview    *    Bristyl Traufler, Orchard Park    *    Destiny Heinirch, Prass    *    Jack Herman, Southdale          *    Scarlet Trombley, KMS    *    Ned Bruzzese, VBMS    *    Gracelyn Grivas, Fairmont

 

Roush Hall of Fame Nominations Being Accepted

The Kettering Board of Education has made the decision to move the annual Roush Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony to the third Tuesday in October, because May, which has traditionally been the time for recognizing inductees, is such a busy time across the school district.

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Chester A. Roush Hall of Fame. I encourage anyone who knows of a deserving candidate for the Roush Hall of Fame to nominate the individual. The nomination process is very simple via an online form that can be accessed from the district’s website at www.ketteringschools.org under the District Forms/Links tab. If you have any questions regarding the Hall of Fame or the nomination process, please contact Kari Basson in Community Relations at kari.basson@ketteringschools.org.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Mothers' Day to all of the wonderful Moms out there!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest


Community Hot Dog Roasts It may seem like it’s a long way off, but we all know how fast the summer flies by! Please mark your calendars for three Community Hot Dog Roasts that will be held on July 27, at State Farm Park; August 3, at the Kettering Recreation Complex; and August 8, at the Habitat Environmental Center. There will be a number of fun, interactive activities, prize giveaways, Kona Ice and of course…the best grilled hot dogs in the land! All are welcome at the Community Hot Dog Roasts. More details to come…


Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts IMMEDIATE JOB OPENINGS!-- Whether you enjoy spending time outdoors, encouraging youth learning and enrichment, love sports or have a flare for fine arts, Kettering’s PRCA has immediate openings that are right for you! Here is a link to the “Join Our Summer Camps Team” online application


Fairmont Athletic Booster Golf Outing -- This year the FHS Boy's and Girl's golf teams have teamed up with the FHS Football program to present the 2022 FHS Athletic Booster Golf Outing. This year's event will be held at Miami Valley Country Club on Monday, June 13. Please use this link to register and/or sponsor the event.


YMCA Summer Programs/Activities – Please see attached flyers for information on the YMCA’s “Safety Around Water” courses, FREE memberships for 7th- and 8th-grade students and HEALTHY KIDS DAY tomorrow, Saturday, May 7.


Dayton Metro Library – OCEANS of Possibilities – Summer Reading Challenge – Please see this flyer for details on the library’s summer reading.


Montgomery County – Youth Job Fair  at DAYAIR Ball Park – May 11 – Please see the flyer for details

 
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April 29, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

During the week of May 2-6, we have the opportunity to recognize and show our appreciation for our amazing teachers, so I join our Kettering Board of Education in extending our sincere thanks and appreciation to each and every one of you for everything you do every day in our schools! 

Your hard work, dedication and commitment truly do make a difference in the lives and learning of your students.

During this week, I also want to thank all of our support and administrative staff for the vitally important roles you play in helping us provide the very best in educational opportunities to our students.

It has truly been an honor and a privilege to serve as the superintendent of this great school district. Please know how much I appreciate all of you!

Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep 
Superintendent

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School and Community Events and Activities


The Fairmont Theatre Department presents its annual Children's Play, "Snew White," on Sunday, May 1, with shows at 1 and 4 p.m. 
 

The University of Dayton is holding a FUN Summer Camp -- Girls Creating with STEAM --  June 6-9 and June 20-23. Girls entering the 6th grade next year are invited to apply for the camp. The camp fee is just $20 for the week, and the deadline to apply is May 16. 
 

Be sure to stop by the East Unit lawn (Shroyer Road side) Monday-Thursday next week for the annual Fairmont Industries Plant Sale. There will be lots of beautiful flowers for sale...just in time for Mother's Day!

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April 15, 2022

 
Firebird Families and Staff:


Purple Star Designation

It is an honor to announce that Fairmont High School has been selected as a Purple Star School by the Ohio Department of Education. This designation signifies Fairmont High School’s commitment to serving the unique needs of military-connected youth and their families. Congratulations to Fairmont principal, Tyler Alexander, and his entire staff, on this very important designation. And a special thank you to FHS counselor, Matt Kesner, who took the lead in providing resources and support to our military-connected youth. Here is a link to the website that Matt and his fellow counselors created to provide a place where our military families can go to access these resources.

I join Mr. Alexander in noting, “I am proud that we are able to service and provide resources to all students, especially students and families who have ties to those who work tirelessly to protect our freedoms!”


Supper Club Returns!

Supper Club, a program started by Fairmont West Unit principal, Jenny Britton, brings adults in the community into the high school to share a meal with students. Supper Club provides the perfect atmosphere for students to connect with adults and practice networking skills. A huge “THANK YOU” to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and Submarine House, whose generous donations provided the meal this week for Supper Club.

If you are interested or know someone who might be interested in participating in or sponsoring a Supper Club dinner, please contact Jenny Britton at jenny.britton@ketteringschools.org.


Indian Riffle Student Receives Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service

Congratulations to Chloe Adkins, an Indian Riffle 3rd grader, who was presented with the Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service by Mayor Peggy Lehner at the Kettering City Council Meeting on Tuesday.

At only 9 years old, Chloe has demonstrated a level of empathy and compassion way beyond her years. For the past four years, Chloe has volunteered with her brother, Jake, at the Kettering Backpack Program. Over this time she has prepared thousands of bags for children in need of food on the weekends. Following a school lesson where she learned of a young boy facing homelessness, she organized a program called “Kind Cakes." This program collects birthday cake supplies to prepare kits that are supplied to shelters and food pantries. This provides a way to celebrate birthday milestones in situations where they typically don't occur.

During these efforts, Chloe was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma, yet still continued to pack bags and make cake kits in between treatments and hospital stays. When the good news came that she was cancer-free, she again found a way to pay it forward. Chloe received blood transfusions during her treatments. When she learned about the critical need for blood due to shortages, she responded by helping to organize blood drives – one of which was yesterday at Town and Country Shopping Center.

Gifted intervention specialist, Karen Kronour, who nominated Chloe for the award, had this to say about her: “In my 24 years of teaching, I have never met anyone like Chloe. Even though I am her teacher, she has taught me more than I could ever teach her.”

‘Best Communities for Music Education’ 10 Years in a Row!

For the 10th year in a  row, Kettering has been selected as a “Best Communities for Music Education” by the NAMM Foundation. This distinction recognizes the incredible support the music program in the Kettering City Schools has from our community, students, families, teachers and administration. I am very proud to be part of a community that supports music education for our young people!
 

Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest
 

Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Art on the Playground – May 11 
 

Future Firebirds Competition Cheer Clinic and Tryouts 
 

Woodman Poelking Lanes – Register your child for 2 free games of bowling a day this summer! 

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April 8, 2022
 
KCS Families and Staff:


Congratulations to Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Recipient

I want to take this opportunity to congratulate Fairmont senior, Michael Molchan, who represented Fairmont High School and the Kettering City Schools when he was presented with the 2022 Franklin B. Walter Scholarship Award from the Montgomery County ESC on Wednesday.

Each Montgomery County High School selects one outstanding senior to be recognized for this prestigious award.  In addition to recognizing students, each student is asked to select one teacher of influence and write an essay about them.  Michael selected business and leadership studies teacher, Kyle Boze, as his "Teacher of Influence."

In his essay, Michael noted, “Through my leadership class, Mr. Boze taught me what it means to be a positive and respectful leader and how this will help others to want to perform to their highest capabilities. One of the most significant lessons that he helped foster in me is the confidence to become more comfortable with myself, and the importance of expressing my thoughts and beliefs.”

Michael went on to say that he has “been lucky” to have had an “abundance of inspirational teachers” while a student in the Kettering City Schools. “I know that all of these skills and lessons…will help me throughout my college experience, as well as in my career, personal life and all future endeavors," said Michael.

Among his many extracurricular and academic accomplishments, Michael volunteers as a tutor for underclassmen, at the Food Bank and with the after-school program at Southdale School. He has been a member of Fairmont's Honor Roll all four years of high school, placed 2nd in the regional Ohio Business Professionals of America competition, placed 2nd in the Ohio Cyberpatriot competition and qualified for the semifinals in the United States Cyberpatriot competition.

CyberPatriot is a national youth cyber education program created in the United States to help direct students toward careers in cybersecurity or other computer, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines.

Michael plans to study cyber security at the University of Cincinnati.

Congratulations!

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 KMS Community Based Program Holds Science Fair

Congratulations, as well to the students in the Community Based program ta Kettering Middle School. These students worked extremely hard on their projects for their Community Based Science Fair that was held on March 24 and 25. Thank you to our amazing staff at KMS for giving your students the opportunity to shine and to all of the parents and guardians who turned out to support your children. As KMS intervention specialist, Rebecca Yada noted, “We are so proud of all of our students!”

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Dor-Wood Optimist “Citizen of Year” Award

The Dor-Wood Optimist Club, of which I am a member, is seeking nominations for its annual “Friend of Youth, Citizen of the Year” Award. This award recognizes an individual for their outstanding efforts in contributing to the growth and development of youth through by giving of their time and energy to youth projects, activities and mentoring. Nominations will be accepted through July 31, and information and a printable nomination form can be found at https://www.dorwood.org/friend-of-youth.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Community and School Events, Activities and Information

Reminder to Parents/Guardians: Pandemic Free-Meal Waiver Expires on May 19 -- The USDA has announced that the Pandemic Free School Meal program will expire on the last day of school for school districts across the country. For the Kettering City Schools, this means that May 19, will be the final day that breakfast and lunch meals will be free for all students.

Moving forward, all students eligible for free or reduced school meals will be required to have a new application on file to receive free or reduced meals in the 2022-2023 school year. Because the application process does not begin until July, the USDA does provide a 30-day grace period from the first day of school for free/reduced meals for any student who CURRENTLY HAS A 2021-2022 APPLICATION ON FILE. – PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND VISIT THE DISTRICT WEBSITE AT https://bit.ly/2ZtFZaG  TO COMPLETE A “REDUCED/FREE MEALS” APPLICATION.

 

FC Dayton (formerly CUSA)  – PLEASE SEE ATTACHED FLYER FOR INFORMATION ON FC DAYTON’S PRE-ACADEMY, ACADEMY AND YOUTH PROGRAM

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April 1, 2022
 

Firebird Families and Staff:

It’s hard to believe that it’s April already and that we have a little less than seven weeks left in the 2021-2022 school year (and even fewer days for our Seniors!) I want to encourage our parents and guardians to continue to be in contact with your children’s teachers and principals, even as we enter these final weeks. The last weeks of the school year are every bit as important as the first, and working together, everyone in the Kettering City Schools can finish the school year strong!
 

Spring Musical

A favorite tradition at this time of the year is the annual Fairmont Spring Musical. I had the pleasure of sitting down with choir and Spring Musical director, Matt Koehler, this week on the set of the musical. As Matt explained it, “A Broadway Odyssey” will take a look back over the past two years through the songs of Broadway. After seeing the set and talking with Matt, I can tell you that this is a production that you do not want to miss! You can get your tickets online at www.ketteringmusic.org, at the Fairmont Box Office or at the door the day of the show. The musical will run April 7-9, at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on April 9, at 2 p.m.

 

N2Art Exhibit Opening and Reception

I am also pleased to announce the return of the N2Art Exhibit Opening Reception, which is scheduled for Wednesday, April 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. This Select Student Art Exhibit will feature the works of hundreds of KCS students and cover all art mediums, from pen-and-ink drawings to oil paintings to sculptures and 2-D and 3-D pieces. The Opening Reception will be held in the Wayne Taylor Gallery, located at the main entrance to Fairmont High School. The N2Art Select Student Exhibit will run through May 6, and members of the community are welcome to peruse the exhibit during regular school hours.

 

Walk4Hope

The 2022 Walk4Hope will take place on April 10, and the Kettering City School District is a host site for the annual walk, with the site being the track at Fairmont Field (behind Trent Arena.) I am honored to serve as a member of the Board of Advisors for Grant Us Hope, an organization dedicated to reducing youth suicide and promoting mental health through proven initiatives. I am also proud that we have three Hope Squads in the Kettering Schools, at Fairmont High School and at Kettering and Van Buren middle schools.

Walk4Hope helps raise funds for and awareness of the support Grant Us Hope provides to the 200 Hope Squads in Ohio and Indiana, and I encourage you to consider participating in the 2022 Walk4Hope. Please use this link to learn more about Grant Us Hope, the Hope Squads and how you can join the walk and be a part of furthering the mission of this worthwhile organization.  

And be sure when you sign up to walk, that you click on the “Join or Start a Team” button and sign up as a member of the “Kettering City Schools Hope Squads” team!

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Message from the KCS Treasurer/CFO

I want to thank the many staff and community members who participated in the focus group sessions this week with members of the K12 Business Consulting team. K12 is assisting the Kettering Board of Education in its Superintendent Search, and the input provided during these sessions will be invaluable to the Board as it develops a profile of the skills and attributes it will be looking for in the district’s next superintendent.

I do want to provide a timeline for “next steps” in the Superintendent Search. With the completion of the focus group sessions, K12 will prepare a report for the Board, summarizing the input that they received. The application deadline for the superintendent’s position is April 20, and the Board will begin reviewing the applications on April 25. The first round of interviews are set for May 4 and 5. Final interviews are scheduled for May 10, and the Board has a target date of May 17, for the hiring of a new superintendent. Please feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the Superintendent Search and the timeline.

 

Cary Furniss
KCS Treasurer/CFO


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School and Community Events and Activities

Kettering Parks Recreation and Cultural Arts – April Programs -- www.playkettering.org

Kettering Youth Football and Cheer Organization – Registration Now Open for Fall 2022 Season -- www.ketteringfirebirds.org

Dayton Dutch Lions – Summer Soccer Camps --  Registration Now  Open for June, July Camps –  https://ddlfc.com/

 
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March 25, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:
 

A Hero in Our Midst!

It was the Friday before Spring Break in the car line at the school. A student accidentally closed the door on their fingers as they were exiting the car. Amon Williams, a Title 1 teacher at Greenmont saw what was happening and immediately jumped in front of the moving car to stop the driver and prevent a potential disaster from happening. 

The student is OK, and we extend a huge THANK YOU to Mr. Williams, and to all of our staff who constantly put the well-being of our students first!

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Message from Treasurer /CFO Cary Furniss
Public Meeting Set for Thursday, March 30

Selecting the person to serve as our next superintendent is an extremely important task for the Kettering Board of Education. The Board of Education is working with K12 Business Consulting, LLC, to assist them in this search process. As part of this process, a public Community Meeting has been set to enlist the assistance of members of the Kettering Schools Community in identifying the values, skills, and experience the Board will be looking for in our new superintendent.

To provide this input, the Board is inviting community members to meet in person with the K12 consultants on March 30, at 6:30 p.m., in the Fairmont High School Auditorium.

K12 Business Consulting has also developed a Search Profile Criteria Questionnaire that you may complete prior to the Community Meeting. Feedback from this form will further guide K12 Business Consulting in developing a superintendent search profile.

 To complete the form, you will need to:

(1) Download the fillable form (using the link below) and save it, then open it and fill out the form.

(2) Complete the form and do a "Save as..." (right click) of your completed form.

(3) Attach and send to the email address below, print it out and mail or fax it to the address/fax number below, or print out your completed form and bring it with you to the Community Meeting.

 Link to Search Profile Criteria Questionnaire -- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dbH6wssqYf0bYLmjFO0oMY_mpKHRnARp/view?usp=sharing

If you are not able to meet with the consultants, the Board of Education would still appreciate your input by completing the form and mailing/faxing/emailing the pdf form, no later than April 1, to the address/fax number/email identified above.

On behalf of the Kettering Board of Education, I want to thank you in advance for your assistance with this very important task and I hope you will find the time to provide us with your valued feedback.

 Our sincere thanks!

On Behalf of the Board of Education
Cary Furniss, Treasurer/CFO

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Pandemic Free Meal Waiver Expiring at End of School Year

The USDA recently announced that the Pandemic Free School Meal program will expire on the last day of school for school districts across the country. For the Kettering City Schools, this means that May 19, will be the final day that breakfast and lunch meals will be free for all students.

Moving forward, all students eligible for free or reduced school meals will be required to have a new application on file to receive free or reduced meals in the 2022-2023 school year. Because the application process does not begin until July, the USDA does provide a 30-day grace period from the first day of school for free/reduced meals for any student who CURRENTLY HAS A 2021-2022 APPLICATION ON FILE. 

If you have a 2021-2022 application on file with KCS’s Food & Nutrition Services Department, your child will be eligible for free/reduced meals for the first 30 days of next school year, until you are able to complete a new 2022-2023 application.

If you do not have a current application on file and you feel your child is eligible for free/reduced meals, you can complete the 2021-2022 application now, and your child will be eligible for free/reduced meals for the first 30 days of next school year, until you are able to complete the new 2022-2023 application.

Qualifying for free/reduced meals by completing the application process also qualifies the student for fee waiver and other community programs.

 

FREE/REDUCED MEALS APPLICATIONS can be found on the Food & Nutrition Services page on the district’s website, using this link -- 
https://bit.ly/2ZtFZaG

 

Completed 2022-2023 applications will be required to continue benefits for next school year.

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Preschool Registration for 2022-2023 School Year

Quick reminder that Preschool Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be held on March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m.; and on March 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kettering Early Childhood Education Center (KECEC), located at 260 Holman Street. Children who are 3-5-years-old by August 1, 2022, and who are toilet-trained, are eligible for preschool in the Kettering Schools.

Please use this link to access additional information and a downloadable registration form from the district’s website: https://bit.ly/3MFKXIe

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School and Community Events and Activities

Kettering Children’s Theatre presents “The Neverending Story” – March 25-27 and April 1-3, at Rosewood Arts Center, located at 2655 Olson Drive in Kettering.  

Dor-Wood Optimist Tri-Star Basketball – Students, ages 8 to 13, can test their passing, shooting and dribbling skills at the annual FREE Tri-Star Basketball Contest – March 31, 6:30 p.m., Trent Arena. 
 

The University of Dayton’s RECKids Camp is a recreation-based day camp for 6-12-year-olds. The goal is to help campers discover their best selves through playful inquiry, cooperative learning and positive group culture.


Patterson Park Softball – Patterson Park is now registering girls ages 7-12 for its Spring Softball season. 


AIR Camp – AIR Camp, sponsored by Wright Patterson Air Force Base, is now accepting applications for its 2022 Summer AIR Camp. Applications are open to students who are dependents of an active duty military member stationed at WPAFB or have a direct connection to someone at WPAFB. --                          HIGH SCHOOL-AGE STUDENTS                         ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL-AGE STUDENTS
 

CUSA Pre-Academy Soccer Program Soccer program open to anyone, ages U3 to U6.


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March 11, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:
 

ODH Eases Reporting Requirements

The Ohio Department of Health has eased requirements for case reporting by K-12 schools, effective immediately.

  • According to these new guidelines, schools will no longer be required to:
  • Maintain a COVID-19 reporting system for parents to report positive COVID-19 cases.|
  • Have a designated COVID-19 coordinator for the district.
  • Notify parents of positive COVID-19 cases among staff, students, or coaches.
  • Report positive cases of COVID-19 to their local health department unless the school tests a student for COVID-19 and the result is positive.

While reporting requirements have eased, it is important to note that quarantine and isolation measures -- as outlined in the Mask to Stay, Test to Play protocol for K-12 schools --will remain in effect. According to ODH, “Mask to Stay, Test to Play supports in-person learning by allowing any student exposed to COVID-19, but not symptomatic or COVID-19 positive, to remain in school while appropriately and consistently wearing a mask.”

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we will also continue to work closely with Public Health Dayton Montgomery County to monitor community spread and its impact on our schools. As always, if community spread should increase again, we will re-visit prevention strategies, including masking and social distancing.
 

Middle School Schedule to Change with 2022-23 School Year

Our Teaching & Learning Department has been working hard for several months to adjust the current middle school master schedule.

The new schedule, which will be effective with the 2022-2023 school year, will allow more flexibility during the school day at all grade levels and greater opportunities for our middle school students to choose a wider variety of electives for their schedules. In addition, the new schedule will provide longer instructional periods, designated time for SEL (Social Emotional Learning) for all students and structured intervention and enrichment time.

Beginning in August, the middle school day will run from 8:55 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Before-school monitored care will still be available for students who need to arrive at school before the buildings open.

Descriptions of available electives for 6th-, 7th- and 8th-grade students, as well as “Elective Schedule Request” forms, have been distributed to all middle school students and were due back to their homeroom teachers this week on Tuesday, March 8.

Incoming 6th graders will turn their completed and signed forms into their elementary homeroom teachers the week after Spring Break. If your middle school student did not bring home the form for your input and signature, or you have questions about the new middle school schedule, please contact your child’s school guidance counselor or unit principal.
 

Preschool Registration for 2022-2023 School Year

Preschool Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will be held on March 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 5-7 p.m.; and on March 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Kettering Early Childhood Education Center (KECEC), located at 260 Holman Street. Children who are 3-5-years-old by August 1, 2022, and who are toilet-trained, are eligible for preschool in the Kettering Schools.

Please use this link to access additional information and a downloadable registration form from the district’s website: https://bit.ly/3MFKXIe
 

We won’t have a “Friday Firebird Focus” on March 18, but will be back with the Friday Focus on March 25. I hope everyone has a great Spring Break next week!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent 

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SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
 

 

Firebird Infinity Cube – Preorders now Being Taken! -- Orchard Park Elementary School has a limited number of Firebird Infinity Cubes available for purchase. You can use this link to pre-order your very own infinity cube! Orchard Park is working with the company, Brixlated to create a wall mosaic -- made completely out of Lego -- of its 2021 National Blue Ribbon School designation. As part of the project, Brixlated has also created this one-of-a-kind Firebird Infinity Cube, again made out of Lego. The infinity cube is like a fidget on steroids! Once you start playing with it, you’ll have a hard time putting it down! A portion of the sale of each $20 Firebird Infinity Cube will go toward offsetting the cost of Orchard Park’s NBS Lego Mosaic.
 

Fairmont’s National Honor Society Book Fair 2nd Round! --  Fairmont’s NHS held a book drive and collected nearly 2,000 books to give away, FREE of charge, to elementary and middle school students.NHS held a Book Fair last month to distribute the books, and has scheduled a Book Fair 2nd ROUND! for Saturday, March 12, from 1-3 p.m., with the goal of finding homes for all of the donated books. Elementary and middle school students and their parents/guardians are invited to come to the Lobby of the Fairmont Auditorium on March 12, to pick out their FREE books. 

 

Kettering PRCA Summer Camps Begin on May 31 – It’s time to sign up for summer camp through the Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Department! A wide variety of camps will take place from May 31- August 5, and there’s a camp for everyone! 
 

Dor-Wood Optimist Club Tri-Star Basketball Pass, Dribble and Shoot Event – This FREE event, set for March 31, at Trent Arena, is open to any child, ages 8 to 13.

 
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March 4, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

I am proud to announce that Kettering students were very well represented in the recent Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest and in the Dor-Wood Optimist Club Essay and Oratorical contests.

Congratulations to Fairmont High School student, Leah White, whose essay titled, "The Silencing of Our Voices,” was selected as the winning essay in the 2022 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest, sponsored by the City of Kettering’s Board of Community Relations.

Congratulations, as well, to Miranda Stidham, Fairmont High School, who is the winner of the Dor-Wood Optimist Oratorical Contest. Miranda’s sister, Abigail Stidham from Van Buren Middle School, is the runner-up in the contest. Their brother, Zachary Stidham, a Van Buren Middle School student; and Sylvie Grego, from Orchard Park Elementary, received honorable mentions in the contest.

Congratulations are also in order for Charley Hall and Michael Newsom, both from Kettering Middle School, who were the runner-up and 2nd runner-up, respectively, in the Dor-Wood Optimist Essay Contest.

Thank you to all of our students for representing the Kettering City Schools so well in these long-standing community contests.

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(L to R) Abigail Stidham, Zachary Stidham, Abigail Stidham
Carter Hayes (Middletown High School) and Sylvie Grego

 

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Michael Newsom
 
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Charley Hall
 

Mask mandate on buses removed - Just a reminder that on Friday, February 25, the CDC announced that individuals riding on buses or vans operated by public and private school systems are no longer required to wear a mask. Therefore, students and staff members riding on KCS school buses do not need to wear masks while riding to and from school, to extracurricular activities and on other field trips. As always, if a student or staff member chooses to wear a mask while on a school bus, this choice will be respected and supported.

Next week is a busy week leading up to Spring Break. Let’s all finish strong. And this is also a reminder that we do have an Early Dismissal scheduled for next Thursday, March 10.

Have a great weekend and enjoy the Spring weather!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events and Activities
 

Sneak Peek at We Are Firebird ‘Infinity Cube’

Orchard Park Elementary School is holding a fundraiser and what they’re selling…you’re going to want to buy! Orchard Park is working with the company, Brixilated to create a wall mosaic -- made completely out of Lego -- of its 2021 National Blue Ribbon School designation.

As part of the project, Brixilated has also created a one-of-a-kind Firebird Infinity Cube, again made out of Lego. The infinity cube is like a fidget on steroids! Once you start playing with it, you’ll have a hard time putting it down! (And it looks really cool, too!)

A portion of the sale of each $20 Firebird Infinity Cube will go toward offsetting the cost of Orchard Park’s NBS Lego Mosaic. Check out next week’s “Friday Firebird Focus” for a link to reserve your very own Firebird Infinity Cube! There will be a limited number of infinity cubes available for purchase.

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National Honor Society Book Fair

As one of its service projects, members of Fairmont’s National Honor Society held a book drive and collected nearly 2,000 books to give away, FREE of charge, to elementary and middle school students.

NHS held a Book Fair last month to distribute the books, and has scheduled a second Book Fair for Saturday, March 12, from 1-3 p.m., with the goal of finding homes for all of the donated books.

Elementary and middle school students and their parents/guardians are invited to come to the Lobby of the Fairmont Auditorium on March 12, to pick out their FREE books. You can hang this flyer on your refrigerator as a reminder of the Book Fair.

 

N2Art Opening and Reception

More than 300 pieces of art have been created by Kettering students in the elementary, middle, and high school grades, and all will be on display during the 2022 N2Art Show Opening and Reception, set for Wednesday, April 6, from 6-8 p.m.  

Please note that the date for the opening and reception for the art show has been updated to April 6, which is different than what is printed in the district’s 2021-2022 Activity Calendar

 

The N2Art exhibit will be open in the Wayne Taylor Art Gallery in the main lobby of Fairmont High through May 8.

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February 25, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

As most of you are aware, we had a very concerning incident occur at John F. Kennedy Elementary School this week whereby a student brought a gun to school and put it into their locker. Another student who had seen the gun in the locker told their parent, the parent alerted the school principal, and Kettering Police were immediately on the scene and removed the gun from the premises.

Thankfully, this type of incident is extremely rare in our schools. That said, this type of serious incident provides us with a “teachable moment” to talk with our children. The JFK student who reported seeing the gun after school this week did exactly what we hope anyone – student or adult – will do if they see something that is unsafe. Please encourage your children to immediately tell an adult when they see or hear something that they know doesn’t feel right. 

In addition to having School Resource Officers in all of our buildings, the Kettering Schools have a Safety Tipline in place that is continuously monitored and provides the opportunity for anyone to anonymously report a safety concern. Please use this tipline and encourage your children to use the tipline anytime you/they hear or see any type of safety concern, including posts to social media sites.

The information reported via the tipline is confidential, and all reports will be investigated thoroughly. The phone number for the tipline is (937) 643-4444, and the web address is kettering.tipline.info.

Please also talk to your children about the seriousness of bringing any type of weapon – for any reason – to school. We have “zero tolerance” in the Kettering Schools for bringing any weapon onto school property. Our Board Policy spells out the very serious consequences that a student will face if they bring a weapon of any kind to school. In addition, there is the potential for criminal charges in these instances. 

The safety of our students and staff is the number one priority in the Kettering City Schools. Please partner with us in helping to keep our schools safe by talking to your children about reporting anything concerning to an adult and making sure they are aware of the very real consequences that will occur if an individual is responsible, in any way, for compromising the safety and security of our schools.

Working together, our schools will continue to be safe places for young people to grow and learn. Thank you.

I hope everyone has a nice weekend.

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events and Activities

Orchard Park PTO Fundraiser – Raising Cane – March 1, 3-10 p.m.

Dor-Wood Optimist Tri-Star Basketball Pass, Dribble and Shoot Event – This FREE event, set for March 31, at Trent Arena, is open to any child, ages 8 to 13. 

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February 18, 2022

KCS Families and Staff:

The big news this week pertains to our early childhood education (ECE) program and state and county COVID-19 guidelines.

While in the past, the quarantine guidelines from the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health Dayton Montgomery County differed between K-12 students and children in ECE programs, these ECE guidelines have now been aligned with the new guidelines from ODH that were released on January 26.

You can access the full explanation of current COVID-19 guidelines for ECE programs here. In general, the big change is that a student or staff member who comes into contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 while in the school setting, through school-related activities or on the school bus may remain in school if they follow these steps:

  1. Wear a mask for 10 days after their last date of exposure.
  2. Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
  3. Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of the level of severity).
  4. Test on day five (5) after exposure, if possible.

You can also find information on the ODH guidelines that were released on January 26 here.

The flow chart referenced in the letter can be accessed using this link.

As we continue to navigate ever-evolving guidelines, please keep in mind a few things that we can all do to keep our schools safe:

  • If you/your child feels sick or has any symptoms of COVID (regardless of the severity), they should stay home.
  • Staff and parents/guardians should continue to report positive COVID-19 cases to their schools, as they have been doing throughout the pandemic.
  • If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay home for at least five days. They may return to school/extracurricular activities on day six, provided they are fever-free and symptoms have improved. Upon return to school, they will need to wear a mask for an additional five days while in school.
  • Continue good hygiene habits, such as frequently washing hands and using hand sanitizer.
  • Follow ODH’s “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play” guidelines, which are still in effect.
  • Building principals will continue to notify parents/guardians whenever there are positive COVID-19 cases in their classrooms (elementary schools) or buildings (middle and high schools.)
  • We have not received any notification that there have been any changes to the federal mask mandate on public transportation, so masks will continue to be mandated for staff and students on school buses.

As always, by working together and following the guidelines presented to us by ODH and PHDMC, we can continue to safely stay in school, all day, every day. Thank you!


Kindergarten Registration for 2022-2023 School Year Now Open

Kindergarten registration is now open for children born on or before August 1, 2017. Registering a child for kindergarten in the Kettering City Schools is a two-step process. The first step is to go online to the district’s website using this link to access the online registration portal.

Once the online portion of the registration process is completed, the parent/guardian will be contacted by Central Enrollment to schedule a time to bring the required documentation to the Central Enrollment Office to finalize the registration process. The documentation required for registration can also be found on the district’s website on the Kindergarten Registration page.

If you have questions regarding Kindergarten Registration, please contact the Central Enrollment Office at (937) 499-1700.
 

I hope everyone has the chance to enjoy the long holiday weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Activities:
Poelking-Woodman Lanes, home lanes of the 2021 State Champion Firebird Boys Bowling Team, is offering special "Teacher Day Out" and “After-School” bowling activities for KCS families and staff
 
 
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February 11, 2022
 

Masking in School Facilities
When we put our mask mandate in place, I stated that we would continue to monitor COVID-19 cases across the district and adjust safety protocols appropriately, based on these numbers. I am happy to report that the number of cases of COVID-19 among both students and staff in the Kettering Schools has decreased dramatically over the past few weeks.

As a result, FACE MASKS WILL BE OPTIONAL, beginning Monday, February 14, and students and staff will not be required to wear face coverings in our district facilities. We do continue to join the CDC and Public Health Dayton Montgomery County in recommending that face masks be worn in classrooms, and those who choose to wear masks in our buildings will be supported for this choice.

Please note that the federal mask mandate for public transportation is still in effect, so all students and staff members will still be REQUIRED to wear masks while being transported in school vehicles.

With the move to masks being optional, please keep in mind the following:

  • Staff and parents/guardians should continue to report positive COVID-19 cases to their schools, as they have been doing throughout the pandemic.
  • If a person tests positive for COVID-19, they must stay home for at least five days. They may return to school/extracurricular activities on day six, provided they are fever-free and symptoms have improved. Upon return to school, they will need to wear a mask for an additional five days while in school.
  • The Ohio Department of Health’s “Mask to Stay “ and “Test to Play” guidelines are still in effect.
  • KECEC and other Preschool Families – Please note that while ODH and PHDMC have updated isolation and quarantine guidelines for school-age students in grades K-12, the isolation and quarantine guidelines for early childhood education (ECE) have not changed and do differ from the K-12 guidelines.  Please see these Early Childhood Education Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines,” for detailed information on these guidelines.
  • We will continue to monitor COVID-19 numbers in our district, and if conditions change, we may need to adjust our protocols to keep students and staff safe and in school.

 

Congratulations Aerie Magazine

Congratulations to Fairmont High School’s Aerie staff on being awarded a Superior ranking for its 2021 magazine, Aerie: The Elephant in the Room, from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Recognizing Excellence in Art and Literary Magazine (REALM) program.

The mission of NCTE’s REALM program is to publicly recognize excellent literary magazines produced by students with the support of their teachers. REALM is designed to encourage all schools to develop literary magazines that celebrate the art and craft of writing.

Congratulations, as well, to Aerie advisor and FHS English teacher, Emily Bruzzese, who noted that her Aerie staff was able to put out an award-winning magazine AND an online magazine during an incredibly challenging year!


I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

School and Community Events and Activities

Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts -- Fun, Activities for Youth and Families and February and March 

 

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February 4, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

I hope everyone has been able to stay warm and safe over the past few days as we’ve endured a winter storm the likes of which we haven’t seen in quite awhile in the Miami Valley! 

According to Punxsutawney Phil, we’re still looking at another six weeks of winter, so I do want to remind everyone that we have used two calamity days, which means we have three remaining days before we would need to make up days at the end of the school year.

This also seems like a good time to remind everyone that we do have a method for notifying families and staff when we have to close or delay school. You can use this link on our website to opt-in to a phone call and/or text when school is delayed or closed:  https://www.ketteringschools.org/news/4098#sthash.D4s1Wyjw.dpbs
 

Fairmont-Centerville Basketball Game Rescheduled

We are expecting standing-room-only as the Fairmont Firebirds take on the Centerville Elks in boys basketball this weekend. The game, originally scheduled to take place tonight, has been rescheduled to tomorrow, Saturday, February 5. The freshman game will begin at 5 p.m., JV starts at 6:15 p.m., and the Varsity game will start at 7:30 p.m. All pre-purchased tickets will be honored at the gate for Saturday’s games.

Go Firebirds!


Portrait of a Graduate Recognition

Congratulations to the KCS students who were nominated as “Lifelong Learners” and “Critical Thinkers” as part of our Portrait of a Graduate recognition program. As part of the district’s Strategic Planning Process, five attributes were identified as paramount to what students should possess when they graduate from Fairmont High School – Engaged Collaborator, Global Citizen, Thoughtful Communicator, Lifelong Learner and Critical Thinker.

We celebrate these attributes – and the students who possess them – and recognize them at Board of Education meetings. We recognized the students nominated by their teachers and support staff as Lifelong Learners and Critical Thinkers at recent board meetings. 

Congratulations to these students for epitomizing what it means to be Lifelong Learners and Critical Thinkers!

Lifelong Learner Nominees
A Lifelong Learner pursues goals and leverages resources with a reflective mindset, persevering and adapting to change as a lifelong learner and contributor.

 

Critical Thinker Nominees
A Critical Thinker probes the quality and interconnectedness of ideas and resources to satisfy a curiosity about a fascinating world.


Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep

 
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January 28, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

The Ohio Department of Health sent out an update related to Contact Tracing on Wednesday. The new recommendations from ODH give local health departments the latitude to shift from a “universal” contact tracing model to a cluster- or outbreak-based model.  

In getting clarification from Public Health Dayton Montgomery County, this means that schools no longer have to contact trace single positive cases of COVID-19. All cases still need to be reported weekly to PHDMC, however, contact tracing only needs to take place if there is an outbreak of positive cases in a particular setting. An “outbreak,” for instance, is considered to be an abnormal increase in positive COVID-19 cases in a single building or classroom, among a group of students who sat at the same table at breakfast/lunch or within a sports team. If this occurs, we will initiate contact tracing.

The Ohio Department of Health also changed its reporting requirements, stating that positive student and staff cases only need to be reported once a week, by end-of-business day on Friday. While the Kettering Schools will use this as a guide for the required reporting of positive cases to PHDMC, our principals/nurses will continue to provide daily notification to families and staff of positive COVID cases, just as they have been doing since we started reporting the positive cases in our schools.

The current “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play” guidelines continue to be in effect.

Parents/guardians should continue to notify their school if a child tests positive for COVID-19 or has been exposed outside the school setting to someone who tests positive for COVID.

KECEC and other Preschool Families – Please note that while ODH and PHDMC have updated isolation and quarantine guidelines for school-age students in grades K-12, the isolation and quarantine guidelines for early childhood education (ECE) have not changed and do differ from the K-12 guidelines. Please see the Early Childhood Education Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines,” for detailed information on these guidelines.


Remembering a Dedicated Teacher

The Kettering City Schools and Prass Elementary School lost a beloved and dedicated teacher this week. Carrie Henry served as a kindergarten teacher and long-time first-grade teacher, first at Moraine Meadows Elementary School, and for the past 14 years at Prass Elementary. Our thoughts are with Ms. Henry’s family at this difficult time. Ms. Henry’s family will hold a private service, and Prass Elementary is planning a celebration of Ms. Henry’s life for students and families this spring.

Thank you to our KCS school counselors, extra district staff and our local church community who were at Prass Elementary this week to support the Prass school family. Ms. Henry touched the lives of many in her more than 30 years with the Kettering Schools, and I know that everyone reacts in different ways to difficult situations of this nature. Please reach out to your own/your child’s school counselor(s) or support system for assistance as we all process this loss.

 

Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame to hold Induction Ceremony February 5

The Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 23rd class in a ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 5, at 1 p.m., in the Fairmont Auditorium. The five inductees will be introduced during the Fairmont vs. Centerville Varsity Boys’ Basketball game on Friday, February 4. 

Congratulations to Jim Overholser, Class of 1964, who earned four varsity letters in football and baseball as a student-athlete at Fairmont High School; to Klint Rose, Class of 1988, who earned five varsity letters in baseball and football at Kettering Fairmont High School; to Hank Bias, who came to Kettering Fairmont High School as a teacher and boys’ soccer coach in 1989 and went on to coach varsity boys’ basketball and to serve as the longest-tenured and winningest coach in school history; to Erin Wiedemann, Class of 1999, who earned seven varsity letters in softball, soccer and basketball at Kettering Fairmont High School; and to Tara Eldred, Kettering Fairmont High School Class of 2001, who earned 11 varsity letters in cross-country, track and field and swimming. These athletes and Coach Bias will join the 161 inductees before them on the “Fairmont Pride” wall in the Hall of Fame hallway in Trent Arena.

All are welcome to help us celebrate these deserving inductees at the basketball game and the induction ceremony next weekend. Please refer to the Fairmont Athletic Hall of Fame program for additional details about the hall of fame and the 2022 inductees.

Have a great weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

School and Community Events and Activities of Interest

Patterson Park Youth Baseball & Softball – REGISTRATION INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION FORM

DAYTONLIVE – Dinosaur World LIVE is an interactive show that features life-like dinosaurs…a Jurassic adventure for the whole family! Use this link to access additional information.

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January 21, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

We are continuing to see triple-digit numbers of positive COVID-19 cases among students and staff in the district, however, our total positive numbers this week have gone down a bit when compared to the past few weeks, so let’s hope that this is an indication that we going to start seeing a tapering off of cases as we finish out the month of January.

Thank you, once again, to all of our staff who are working so hard -- above-and-beyond – to keep our doors open and our students in school and learning every day.

Thank you to our families and staff for following the protocols in our buildings to do everything we can in the schools to mitigate the spread of this virus.  I know that everyone – parents/guardians, students and staff alike – are focused on keeping kids in school. Working together, I am confident we can continue to make this happen.  Thank you.
 

Before- and After-School Childcare

I do want to update our families and staff on before- and after-school childcare plans for KCS students. We are continuing to look at options to bring a third-party provider on board to oversee childcare services for students in the district. However, at this time, we are putting the move to another method for providing these services on hold until at least the fall of 2022.

While we had hoped to bring a third-party provider on board sometime during 2nd semester, we realized that we need more time to make sure the transition to another provider is smooth for both our current childcare staff and our families who utilize these services.

Please watch for additional information about future childcare services in the weeks following Spring Break. Our goal is to be able to outline the childcare plan before the end of the current school year so that parents/guardians can look at other options for childcare, if they do not feel that the plan we settle on is right for their families.


Info Technology Students in National Competition

Congratulations to Fairmont Career Tech Center Information Technology students, Michael Molchan, Luke Moyer, Owen Braaksma and Saleh Ayyoubi, who are national semifinalists in the United States CyberPatriot competition.

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education program created by the U.S. Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students to purse careers in cybersecurity and/or other STEM disciplines. 

Congratulations, as well to Info Technology instructor, Tom Townsend, and best of luck to our students at the competition this weekend!
 

School Board Appreciation Month

During January, school districts across Ohio celebrate School Board Appreciation Month. Please join me in acknowledging our Kettering Board of Education members for their hard work and dedication in support of high-quality educational opportunities for our students and supportive and respectful working environments for our staff across the district.

Thank you to Toby Henderson, Board President; Mark Martin, Board Vice President; Jim Ambrose, Board Member; Jennifer Kane, Board Member; and Lori Parks, Board Member. We sincerely appreciate all you do to represent the residents of our school district in determining and demanding educational excellence and opportunity for all within the Kettering City Schools!

Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Fairmont Theatre to Present Clue January

It’s a dark & stormy night and you’ve been invited to an unusual whodunnit dinner party. Join the iconic oddballs, Scarlet, Plum, White, Green, Peacock, and Mustard, as they race through clues to find the murderer in Boddy Manor before the body count stacks up!

Join the Fairmont Theatre Department as they present the madcap comedy, Clue, based on the cult classic film and the popular board game. Clue will take to the stage on Thursday, January 27, Friday, January 28, and Saturday, January 29 at 7:30 p.m., in the Fairmont High School Auditorium.

Tickets for adults are $12; students and seniors are $10; seniors with the "Seniors are Special" cards are free.  All tickets will be sold at the door.  The Saturday evening show will be available to stream for the cost of $23.95.  To purchase streaming, please visit fairmonttheatre.org to access an account through Broadway on Demand.

This production is directed by Darren McGarvey and produced by Patricia Taylor.  John Gentry oversees set construction and crew with Laura Lamb acting as Artistic Director.

Students from the cast and crew pictured below include (l-r): Back row: Daniel Breslin, Adeline Hennessy, Will Schneider, Beau Hattery, Alex Rader, Jack DiTallo, & Noah Badgley. Middle Row: Lynn Dauterman, Logan Hermann, Charlie Cute, Shaunna Hasty, Riley Spradling, Gabby Campbell, Brendan Lamb, & CC Connolly. Front row: Abby Huffman, Myka Williamson, Aubrey Choice, Ella Grace Schultz, KJ Pocius, Leila Meadors, & Ren Murray; Andrew Hosford is not in the photo.

 

College Credit Plus Information Night

The College Credit Plus Information Night is January 26, from 7- 8:30 p.m. (this is a time change from what was communicated to Fairmont families last week.) CCP Information Night will be held in the Fairmont High School in the Auditorium. Any family with a student planning to participate in College Credit Plus for the 2022-23 school year should plan to attend.

 

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January 14, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

I know I am not telling anyone anything new when I say that the past few weeks have been some of the most challenging for everyone since this pandemic began. Since returning from Winter Break, the Kettering Schools, like almost every other district around us, is experiencing a sharp increase in the number of students and staff members testing positive for COVID-19. 

No longer is COVID something that is happening “out there.” I would imagine that I am not the only one who knows of family members and close friends who have tested positive for this virus. First and foremost, let me extend my sincere hope to all those impacted by COVID-19 that you come out of this virus healthy and well.

As we navigate these (once again) challenging times, I want to remind everyone that we continue to require that masks be worn by all visitors in our buildings and by students and staff members when in our classrooms, until further notice. 

As per the new quarantine guidelines released by the CDC last week, anyone who is a close contact in the home or community to someone who has tested positive for COVID should wear a mask at all times when around others for a period of at least 10 days after exposure. (If the close contact is not fully vaccinated, they should stay home for five days and then continue to wear a mask at all times when around others for an additional five days.)

As we have seen over the past week, there are a number of school districts across the Miami Valley that have utilized “Calamity Days” or have returned to remote learning in an effort to mitigate the increase in staff absences, coupled with a shortage in substitute teachers and aides.

It is and always has been my goal to keep kids in our schools, learning every day. As long as we can continue to safely staff our buildings and provide quality, in-person learning for our students and community, we will do so.

Our teachers, aides and administrators have been doing an amazing job working together so that each class has a qualified teacher for the day.  In cases where a substitute teacher is not available, our staff is stepping up and teaching during their planning time to ensure kids are supervised, learning and growing.

I CANNOT THANK OUR KCS STAFF MEMBERS ENOUGH FOR GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND TO HELP US KEEP KIDS SAFELY IN SCHOOL, AND THIS INCLUDES ALL OF OUR BUILDING STAFF, FOOD SERVICE STAFF, BUILDINGS & GROUNDS STAFF, TRANSPORTATION STAFF AND CENTRAL OFFICE STAFF.  It truly does take a village…

At the same time, I’m not going to sugarcoat this, it has been a struggle, but working together, we are doing everything we can to keep our doors open and our students in school.

That said, I am going to strongly suggest that our parents and guardians look into options for childcare in the event that we are not able to safely and adequately cover all classrooms and we have to consider the option of using Calamity Day(s) due to staff shortages.  I truly hope that we will begin to see a leveling off of COVID cases among staff and students over the next few weeks. In the meantime, we all need to be prepared if we need to utilize a Calamity Day or days in the coming days and weeks.

Thank you to everyone who continues to do their part, to rise to the occasion, and to follow the safety masking/quarantine/isolation requirements that are in place as we work to keep everyone safe when in our schools. Partnering together, we will do our best to keep our doors open and our students in their classrooms, learning and growing, even as we navigate these latest challenges.

Thank you,
Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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Congratulations Chinese Essay Contest Winners!

Chengcheng Ding, Fairmont High School Chinese I, II, III, IV,V, IB and AP teacher, proudly announced this week that she has two Gold Award winners, five Silver Award winners and three Honorable Mention winners in the 18th-annual National CLASS Essay Contest!

Competing with students from throughout the United States, Fairmont’s students were prompted to write about “life after the COVID-19 Pandemic. You may choose to write about what you want to do the most, someone you want to visit the most, the impact the COVID-19 Pandemic had on you and your family/friends, or a story that has happened during the pandemic that you think it is worth writing about and worth sharing.”

Congratulations to Lily Leitzinger and Haley Franklin, who received Gold Awards in the essay contest, the highest level awarded. We also congratulate Julia Monthersole, John Day, Thi Le, Kaili Erdmann and Miranda Weiner, who are all Silver Award winners; and Lia Schmidt, Barbara Berman-Rubio and Meredith Haley, who are Honorable Mention winners.

 
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January 7, 2022
 

KCS Families and Staff:

I want to welcome everyone back for the 2nd Semester. I hope that you were able to enjoy some quality time with family and friends during the holidays.

As many of you may have seen on the news this week, the Centers for Disease Control updated its isolation and quarantine guidelines. With the assistance of the Ohio Department of Health and Public Health Dayton Montgomery County, we are providing staff and families with an updated graphic that illustrates these new guidelines.

Please take a minute to read over these new guidelines as they pertain to home or community exposure to COVID-19. Among the significant changes:

(1)   If a person is fully vaccinated (this is now defined as having been boosted or having completed the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series within the past six months or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the past two months) they may return to school, they must wear a mask for 10 days and they should test (if possible) on day 5 after the last day of exposure.

(2)   If a person is unvaccinated, they should stay home for five days, return to school wearing a mask around others for an additional five days, and test (if possible) on day 5 after the last day of exposure.

(3)   If a person develops symptoms of COVID-19 during this time, they should stay home and get tested. If the test is positive, the person should follow CDC guidelines for a positive COVID-19 test listed in the top portion of the attached graphic.

 As has been the case since August, our goal is to keep students safely in school and staff safely at work as we continue to navigate these challenging times. We ask that you continue to keep your child home (students) or that you stay home (staff) if you have any symptoms of COVID-19. 

Working together, we can safely keep our students and staff in school. Thank you for all you are doing to help us continue to move forward with intentional and effective learning in the Kettering Schools.

If you have questions regarding the CDC’s Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines, please contact your child’s school nurse.

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

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School/Community Events and Activities of Interest:

(1)  Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts -- January 2022 Youth & Family Activities

(2)  Knights of Columbus 2022 Free Throw Championship

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December 17, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:
 

Mask Mandate Update

At our Board of Education meeting on December 7, I announced that we were going to make some changes to our mask mandate in our schools. At the time, I said that it was my intent that we return to “parent/guardian choice” as to whether a child wears a mask while in our classrooms when we resume school after Winter Break.

At the time, I did feel that this was the right decision for our district. However, recent conversations with our own school nurses and with local medical professionals have caused me to re-think the decision.

  • Our goal continues to be keeping students in school, in-person, every day.
  • We did see a marked increase in COVID cases among students and staff after our Thanksgiving Break and expect that we will see the same spike in positive cases after families and staff travel to holiday gatherings and vacation destinations over Winter Break.
  • The CDC continues to recommend “universal masking for all teachers, staff, students and visitors to K-12 schools, regardless of vaccination status or community transmission levels.”
  • Scientifically backed research shows wearing masks does help to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Please refer to this Ohio Department of Health article on the effectiveness of wearing masks.

With these factors in mind, we will continue to require masks for all students in grades K-12, for staff, and for visitors to our buildings until at least January 18, the Tuesday after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

In particular, continuing to wear masks for at least two weeks after the holidays will give us the chance to monitor COVID numbers for a possible spike in positive cases.

Students and staff members will also be required to continue wearing masks when on our school buses for transport to and from school, extracurricular activities and field trips. This is required by a federal mask mandate that was enacted on January 29.

I regularly monitor information from Public Health Dayton Montgomery County and our state health department relative to COVID-19 cases and vaccination rates among children and adults in our KCS attendance area. I will continue to monitor these numbers and will be in communication with our families and staff before January 18 regarding our mask mandate, moving forward from that date.

Thank you, as always, for your support of our efforts to keep our students and staff safe while in our buildings. Working together, we can meet our goal of keeping our students in school, where they belong, and where we know more effective teaching and learning can take place.


Before- and After-School Childcare

Thank you for the phone calls and emails we have received regarding a change in the management of our childcare services in our schools. We listened and we heard you. At this time, a transition to the third-party management of our before- and after-school childcare services remains on hold as we continue to explore other options for managing the program.

Our in-house program will continue following Winter Break and we anticipate that it will be at least late February before we are able to make any decisions regarding childcare in our schools.

Please let me assure you that we will hold an in-person/virtual parent information meeting after Winter Break to explain what the childcare program will look like in our schools. At this meeting, parents/guardians will be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding childcare in our schools. This will also give parents/guardians time to look at alternative childcare programs, if you do not think what we decide upon for our schools is right for your family.


Safety Tipline

Given some of the happenings of this week, I wanted to remind everyone that the district has a Safety Tipline that is monitored at all times.

Our Safety Tipline operates through The Education Connection. When anyone witnesses verbal, written, physical, or social media safety concerns, please speak up!

You can anonymously report any safety issue by calling TEC at (937) 643-4444, choosing Option 7, and selecting the respective school. The prompts will ask for the date, time, location, and names of those involved. The information will be forwarded to the proper authority.  All reports are taken seriously and will be investigated thoroughly by school administration and the Kettering Police Department, if warranted.

If there is a safety concern during the school day, we strongly encourage you/your children to contact a building or unit principal, teacher or any trusted adult so that the concern can be immediately investigated. Together we will continue to make Firebird Country safe for everyone!

 

A Note from our School Nurses:

If you have COVID-related questions over the Winter Break or need to report a positive case or a close contact situation, please reach out to your medical provider or Public Health Dayton Montgomery County for guidance. As always, your school nurses will be a resource for you on these matters when we return to school after Winter Break.

 

We will return with the “Friday Firebird Focus” on January 7, 2021. I hope that everyone has an enjoyable Winter Break, that you get the chance to spend some quality time with family and friends and that 2022 finds everyone healthy and well!
 

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

 

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December 10, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Before- and After-School Childcare

In the November 19, “Friday Firebird Focus,” I announced that the district would be transitioning to a third-party provider for our before- and after-school childcare services.

At this time, I want to let our families and staff know that this transition is temporarily on hold as we look into other options for the management of the childcare program in our schools. In particular, we are looking at options for a program that aligns more closely with what our families are currently paying for before- and after-school childcare.

With this transition on hold for the moment, we will not be changing how our before- and after-school childcare services are delivered by January 3, 2022. We will communicate with you as soon as a decision is made regarding the management of childcare services in our buildings and will give families lead time to decide as to whether the program and services will be right for you and your children.


District Announces New Requirements for Substitute Teachers

On October 28, Gov. DeWine signed Senate Bill 1, which allows school districts to hire substitute teachers who do not hold a college degree. This bill was proposed and signed into law in response to a major shortage of substitute teachers across the state.

At its meeting last night, the Kettering Board of Education approved an increase in substitute teacher pay to $125 and approved a resolution that outlines the district's educational requirements for hiring substitute teachers.

In addition to state requirements that a substitute is "deemed to be of good moral character" and successfully completes a criminal records check, substitute teachers in the Kettering City Schools must:

(1) Successfully complete required online employee training through Public SchoolWorks; and

(2) Successfully complete a pre-employment drug screening; and

(3) Be 21 years of age with an associate's degree and provide three professional references; or

(4) Be 21 years of age and enrolled in a college or university and  provide three professional references and a letter of recommendation from their college or university; or

(5) Be 21 years of age with a high school diploma and provide three professional references.

If you are interested in subbing in the Kettering City Schools, please contact Courtney Hampton, KCS's substitute assignment specialist, at 937-499-1427 or courtney.hampton@ketteringschools.org.

 

KMS Student’s Artwork Chosen for Calendar

Congratulations to KMS 6th grader Clara Krug, one of 12 contest winners in the Montgomery County Environmental Services annual calendar contest.  Her entry was chosen from among several hundreds of submissions from across the county. Clara was awarded various prizes and her artwork was framed.  As her teacher, Lindsay Gustafson was awarded $500 to use to purchase supplies for her KMS Art Club.

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Fairmont Students Recognized for Writing

Congratulations to Ava Goins and Elissa Jordan, Fairmont students in Kelly Kilfoyle’s English class, who earned honorable mentions in the 16th Annual Dottie Yeck Good Life Award Writing Contest. The contest, which is sponsored by Washington-Centerville Public Library, asked the students to write about how they plan to survive and thrive throughout their teen years with their goals intact. To read all of the honored essays, please go to this website: https://wclibrary.info/gla/winners/current/

 

Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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December 3, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Calamity Day Notifications

I know that talking about “snow days” on a beautiful Friday when it’s 55 degrees outside might seem silly, but we all know that winter weather is on its way! I wanted to take the opportunity – while the weather is nice – to remind our families and staff that you can sign-up to get notified by text, a phone call or both when we have to delay or close school due to the weather or other “calamity.”

You can sign up for these notifications at any time using this link:  https://bit.ly/3ovQmoe

This link can also be found on our website at www.ketteringschools.org. You will find the link under “News and Announcements” (scroll through the news items to the “2021-2022 Calamity Day Community and Staff Notification Opt-In” news item.)

Please note that we do make every effort to notify families and staff of the need to delay or close school by 5:30 a.m. If you have any questions about opting in to receive calamity day notifications, please contact our Community Relations Coordinator, Kari Basson, at kari.basson@ketteringschools.org.


College Admissions Event set for December 8

The departments of Gifted Education and Teaching & Learning are hosting a college admissions event next Wednesday. “Admit it! College is Confusing” will bring a panel of experts from a number of colleges and universities to the Fairmont Auditorium on Wednesday, December 8, at 7 p.m. to discuss the college application process and how to find the perfect fit for post-secondary education.

Participants:

Nikki Pluger, Wittenberg University
Lindsey Holden, Miami University
Josh Aguilera, Ohio State University
Brittany Barrett, Wright State University
Qundah Fatin, Sinclair Community College

7 p.m.  – Welcome and introductions

Each panelist will give a brief description of their school’s offerings and will then be asked a series of questions, including

1.      What would you say are some of the attributes colleges look for most in their high school students?

2.      How can students make their best impression upon a college that interests them?

3.      What is your best piece of advice that you can offer about the college application process?

Audience members will then have an opportunity to ask questions of the panelists before the panel discussion wraps up at 8 p.m., at which time students and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to speak one-on-one with the college/university reps.


Business Academy Students Create ‘Ethical PSAs’

Students in the Fairmont Career Tech Center’s Business Academy program recorded ethical PSAs as part of the DECA Ethical Leadership Challenge. Four groups of students have entered their videos and you can help them win this challenge. According to Fairmont business teacher and DECA II advisor, Matt Hughes, the 10 videos that receive the most votes will be judged by a panel, and then the top five videos will receive cash prizes ranging from $250-$2,500.

Here is our list of videos and the students that put in the hard work to create them:

Natalie Benvenuto, Callie Denney, Hope Schultz, Ian Wisniewski
https://bit.ly/3ok20W5

Chenyan Zhu
https://binkd.co/a0Iwz

Makayla Campbell, Lexi Copley, Sarah Feairheller, Dionte McCreary
https://binkd.co/q4KpP 

Teria Greggs, Hayleigh Newton, Sydney Snoddy
https://binkd.co/Dq46A

When you click on each video link, you will see a red “Vote” box in the upper left corner. You are able to vote multiple times, and different email addresses and browsers would allow you to vote for your favorite video more than once.  The website does require your proxy to be turned on when voting on a school device.


November Portrait of a Graduate – Lifelong Learner

A big part of the Kettering City School District’s Strategic Plan, “A Blueprint for Success,” is the “Portrait of a Graduate”—“All Kettering Graduates will maximize their life opportunities by successfully taking on these roles by the time they graduate -- Engaged Collaborator, Lifelong Learner, Critical Thinker, Thoughtful Communicator and Global Citizen.

Each month, teachers and staff are asked to nominate students who they feel demonstrate one of these roles. In November, we recognized Lifelong Learners – those who “pursue goals and leverage resources with a reflective mindset, persevering and adapting to change as a lifelong learner and contributor.” A full list of those nominated as Lifelong Learners is attached.

Congratulations to the students selected to represent their schools as Lifelong Learners and recognized at the November 16 Board Meeting:

The Kettering Early Childhood Education Center - Preschooler Adam Anderson
Beavertown - 4th grader Jayden Quinit
Greenmont - 3rd grader Colt Noble
Indian Riffle - 3rd grader Danny Huck
JFK - 3rd grade Violet Brewer
Oakview - 3rd grader Gabe Watson
Orchard Park - 2nd grader Troy Collins
Prass - 4th grader Addison Borchers
Southdale - 5th grader Amelia Kidney
KMS - 7th grader Miracle Coles
VBMS - 8th grader Emma Dietsch
Fairmont - Senior Stacy Pennington


Students Doing Great Things

We have students across our district who are doing great things, day in and day out. From raising more than $100,000 for Spirit Chain to collecting thousands of food items for the Thanksgiving Food Drive to holding Penny Wars to collect money for charities – to name just a few -- our students (and staff and families who support them) are truly amazing. I hope you’ll check out my “Monday Update with Mr. Inskeep” this coming Monday, when I’ll be chatting with Business and Leadership teacher, Kyle Boze, about his students’ “Adopt-a-Family” program.

Have a great week!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest 

Orchard Park Elementary School PTO Fundraiser --  Join the OP PTO at Pies and Pints at The Greene on Wednesday, December 8, from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. -- 20% of your food purchase will be donated to Orchard Park.

 
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November 19, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

As some of you may be aware, we are experiencing major challenges in adequately staffing our in-house child care program, and it has become increasingly difficult to staff and retain enough qualified child care aides to consistently provide these services to our students and families.

For this reason, we have been in discussions with Right at School, a third-party provider of before-and after-school enrichment programs, about assisting us in the management of a program that would allow us to continue providing child care services in our buildings to our KCS families.

Right at School is based in Chicago and has programs in school districts across the country, including in neighboring Beavercreek City Schools. The philosophy behind Right at School’s programming is that before- and after-school programs should be enriching for the children attending them, and children should be given the opportunity to learn, to play and to grow through these enrichment programs.

We have scheduled virtual and in-person Parent Forums for November 30, from 4-4:45 p.m. (via Zoom) and from 5-5:45 p.m. (in the Recital Hall at Fairmont High School.) 

During these forums, the folks from Right at School – including our district’s newly named RAS Area Manager, Catie Roundfield, who is a Kettering resident and a KCS parent –  will provide information about Right at School’s unique before-and-after-school enrichment programming and answer any questions you may have as we transition to a new way of managing our child care services. This transition is set to take place, beginning on January 3, 2022, when we return to school from Winter Break.

Right at School has set up an informational website, specific to the programming they will be providing to our families here in Kettering. The site also includes a link to the Zoom Meeting scheduled for November 30. Please use this link to access the website:
https://www.rightatschool.com/districts/kettering-oh/

We have spoken at length with the directors at Right at School, and they know that we are committed to having our current child care aides who are interested in doing so continue to provide before-and-after-school services to our families as employees of Right at School. The pricing guide for the before- and after-school enrichment programs through Right at School can be found on the website above. RAS will also provide a number of discounts, as well as subsidy assistance (in partnership with the state of Ohio) to qualifying families.

We have looked, in detail, at Right at School’s before- and after-school programming over the past several months, and I have spoken with Beavercreek’s superintendent about their experiences with RAS. I am confident that this transition to Right at School managing our child care services is going to be a great move for our students and their families. If you use or are considering using our before- and after-school child care services, I encourage you to attend or tune into one of the Parent Forums on November 30 to learn more about Right at School and all it has to offer to your children.

We will be sending out and posting the "Monday Update with Mr. Inskeep" on November 22, which will feature some of our IB Diploma seniors talking about their IB Sock Sale, so please watch for that. We will not be sending out a "Friday Firebird Focus" on November 26, due to the Thanksgiving Break.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please enjoy your break next week.

Scott Inskeep

Superintendent

 

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November 12, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Vaccine Clinic Tomorrow at Indian Riffle Elementary

We will be holding the first of two Vaccine Clinics, in partnership with Rite Aid, tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the gym at Indian Riffle Elementary School. Rite Aid pharmacists will be administering the Pfizer Vaccine to 5-11-year-olds and to anyone ages 12 and up. 

A big "shout out" to custodian, Terry Randolph, and his crew at Indian Riffle for getting everything ready at the school for the clinic.

There are still a few appointments available for the Vaccine Clinic tomorrow. The 2nd dose will be administered on December 4, again at a clinic held at Indian Riffle Elementary. We will also be scheduling a booster clinic on December 4, and will be sending out a SignUp Genius link next week so people can make appointments to receive their Moderna Booster. 

Here is the link if you would like to sign up for the open appointments for tomorrow's clinic. Your appointment time for the 2nd-dose Vaccine Clinic on December 4 will be the same as your appointment time tomorrow.      https://bit.ly/3qMQy7p


Salon @  Fairmont now Open

The Salon @ Fairmont is now open to provide cosmetology services to the public! The Fairmont CTC's Cosmetology program provides students with hands-on training to become licensed cosmetologists. Working together with their instructor, Monique Lewis, and cosmetology aide, Lauren Brandenburg, the students will provide a wide range of cosmetology services at a very reasonable rate.

I was honored to be The Salon @ Fairmont's first client after it's ribbon-cutting ceremony this past Wednesday, when cosmetology student, Faith Bennett, cut my hair. Faith, who told me she is planning to attend Ohio State, major in business and open her own salon someday, did an excellent job!

The Salon @ Fairmont will be open on school days, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can access a QR code at https://bit.ly/3oGR7Np to view the available services/price list and to make an appointment. You can also make an appointment at https://www.vagaro.com/thesalonatfairmont

 

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Superintendent Scott Inskeep checks into The Salon @ Fairmont
for his haircut by Cosmetology students, Faith Bennett;
Cosmetology instructor, Monique Lewis looks on.

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November 5, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

Vaccine Clinics

We are partnering with Rite Aid to hold a Vaccine Clinic for 5-11-year-olds and for anyone 12-years-and-older on November 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indian Riffle Elementary School. Rite Aid pharmacists will be administering the Pfizer Vaccine at the clinic.

Rite Aid pharmacists will administer the 2nd dose of the Pfizer Vaccine at a Vaccine Clinic scheduled for December 4, again, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Indian Riffle Elementary School.

We will also partner with Rite Aid to hold a clinic on December 4, when pharmacists will administer the Moderna Booster to anyone who is eligible for the booster. The time for the booster clinic will likely be from 3-5 p.m., depending on how many individuals register to get the booster. A separate Sign-up Genius link will be sent out closer to the December 4 date.

Please note that a PARENT OR LEGAL GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY ANY CHILD UNDER THE AGE OF 18 TO BOTH VACCINE CLINICS.

Below is the Sign-up Genius link to sign up for a vaccination appointment(s). If you are signing up more than one person for an appointment, please do a separate sign-up for each person who will be getting vaccinated.

Click on the box next to your preferred time slot, and click on the “Submit and Sign Up” button for each appointment.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/studentvaccine

The time of your appointment on November 13 will also be the time of your appointment on December 4. Please arrive 15 minutes before your appointment time for check-in.
 

Mask Mandate

I have had inquiries from people about the status of our mask mandate, given the state’s new quarantine guidelines. 

When we enacted the mask mandate in August, I stated that once we are six weeks out from the 5-11-year-old COVID vaccine being available to our students, I will re-visit our mask mandate decision and will determine if we should make a change to it. Since we are partnering with Rite Aid to hold COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on November 13 and December 4, I anticipate that I will be making a decision as to whether we will change our mask mandate when students and staff return to school after Winter Break.

We have adopted the state's quarantine guidelines because we feel that the guidelines will allow us to safely keep students in school. Our COVID dashboard numbers for positive cases and quarantines continue to be very low, so I do believe that the mask mandate has worked for us. With the 5-11-year-old vaccine now available and our vaccine clinics scheduled, it makes sense to revisit our mask mandate and to consider the possibility of returning after Winter Break to "parental choice" for mask wearing among our students when they are at school.
 

Orchard Park -- National Blue Ribbon School

 

I was honored today to have had the opportunity to go with Orchard Park Principal Micki Ambrose and Elementary Curriculum Coordinator Valerie Dupler to the Washington, D.C. area for the 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony. I extend my congratulations again to Mrs. Ambrose, Mrs. Dupler and the students, staff and families of Orchard Park Elementary on receiving this prestigious award!


National School Psychology Week

As we celebrate National School Psychology Week, November 8-15, I would like to recognize all of our school psychologists -- Kim Gramke, Natalie Chenoweth, Laura Dudley, Ryan Sheets, Dawn Schultz, Sarah Bennett, Jenni Schmitt, and intern Maddie Gronotte. The role of a school psychologist is many and varied, including supporting academic success, creating safe and positive learning environments, conducting psychological and academic assessments and helping to strengthen family-school partnerships. 

Thank you, KCS school psychologists, for all you do to support our students, their families and our staff!
 

College and Career Readiness Night

This is a great informational evening for parents and students as students prepare for college, work, or military after high school.  The event will be held on November 11, and begins at 6 p.m. in your student's advisory classroom. The schedule for College and Career Readiness Night can be found at this link:   College Readiness Night Schedule
 

Dayton Children’s Hospital Vaccine Program

 If you would like to get vaccinated or have your child get vaccinated, and the dates of our Vaccine Clinics with Rite Aid won’t work for you, Dayton Children’s Hospital will be offering vaccinations for individuals 5 and up at the following locations, days/dates and times:

  • Dayton Children’s main campus, One Children’s Plaza, Dayton, OH 45404
    Monday, Wednesday, Friday from  4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
    Saturday, November 20 from 9 am to noon

  • Dayton Children’s south campus, 3333 W Tech Rd, Miamisburg, OH 45342
    Tuesday, Thursday from  4:30 pm to 7:30 pm

  • University of Dayton Arena
    Sunday, November 14 from 9 am to 5 pm

Families should visit Ohio’s vaccine management solution to make an appointment at one of Dayton Children's clinics.

Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events, Activities and Information of Interest

The Newbees and Fairmont Orchestras in Concert -- Fairmont Orchestras will join The Newbees,  a pop-rock band that hails from the Cincinnati area, for a Beatles concert on November 9. Tickets are available at http://ketteringmusic.org/  -- PLEASE PUT  THIS  FLYER ON YOUR FRIDGE AS A REMINDER!

The Orchard Park Student Council is partnering with the Dayton Area Foodbank to assist with the annual Holiday Aid Food Drive. The student council is placing a barrel in its main lobby area and asking for donations through December 10. -- PLEASE SEE THIS FLYER A LIST OF ITEMS OP’S STUDENT COUNCIL IS COLLECTING.

Downtown Dayton Partnership Holiday Festival -- The Dayton Holiday Festival will bring fun and family-oriented events and activities to downtown Dayton through December. -- PLEASE SEE THIS FLYER FOR DETAILS AND A FULL LISTING OF EVENTS.

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October 29, 2021
 

KCS Families and Staff:

New Quarantine Guidelines now in effect in Kettering City Schools

Dr. Bruce Vanderhoff, director of the Ohio Department of Health, released new quarantine guidelines on Monday for Ohio schools and the Kettering City Schools will follow these guidelines, effective immediately. These new quarantine guidelines apply only to in-school exposures and/or exposures during school-based activities.

These guidelines -- “Mask to Stay” and “Test to Play” are designed to keep students safe, while also keeping them in school and participating in extracurricular activities.

Mask to Stay
If a student is a direct contact in the school setting with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student should:

  • Wear a mask for 14 days after their last date of exposure.
  • Self-monitor, or parent-monitor, for symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Isolate and get tested if they start to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 (regardless of level of severity.)
  • Consistent with guidance for others quarantining in lower-risk environments, students and staff may discontinue these quarantine procedures after seven days — if they don’t develop symptoms and test negative between days 5-7.

Bottom line -- If a student is exposed to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student DOES NOT have to quarantine from school if the student follows the steps above.

Test to Play
If a student involved in extracurricular activities is a direct contact during these activities with someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student should:

Wear a mask, including during transportation to and from activities, while in locker rooms, while sitting or standing on the sidelines/in bleachers, and any time when the mask will not interfere with breathing and the activity in which they are participating.

  • Take a COVID-19 test as soon as a student is notified of exposure.
  • Test again between 5-7 days of exposure. If the test is negative, this tests the student out of the need to quarantine, and the student can resume all normal extracurricular activities (masking no longer required while in locker rooms and/or while sitting or standing on the sidelines/in bleachers.)

Bottom line -- If a student involved in extracurricular activities is a close contact to someone who tests positive for COVID-19, the student CAN CONTINUE to participate in the school activities, provided they follow the steps outlined above.


Vaccine Clinic set for November 13, December 4

The Kettering City School District will be partnering with Rite Aid Pharmacy to hold COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics on  Saturday, November 13, and Saturday, December 4. The Vaccine Clinics will be held in the gym at Indian Riffle Elementary School, located at 3090 Glengarry Drive.

The Pfizer Vaccine will be available for children ages 5 to 11 and for anyone, ages 12 and up who would like to get the vaccine. The Pfizer Vaccine requires two doses. A PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY ANY CHILD GETTING VACCINATED WHO IS UNDER THE AGE OF 18.

The Moderna Booster Vaccine will be available at the Vaccine Clinic on December 4.

Rite Aid would like to have an idea of how many parents/guardians will attend the clinic with their child to have the child vaccinated and/or how many individuals 12-years-old and up will attend the clinic to get vaccinated. Similarly, Rite Aid would like to have an idea of how many people who are eligible to get the booster will want to do so on December 4.

Please take a moment to complete this survey to help us determine how many vaccines Rite Aid may be administering at the clinics.

This survey is completely anonymous. We will not be capturing the names or email addresses of anyone who completes the form.

Completing this form does not register an individual for the vaccine. We will be sending out a Sign-Up Genius link next week to parents/guardians and staff that can be used to make an appointment for the November 13 Vaccine Clinic.

The time of your appointment(s) to receive your 2nd dose of the vaccine on December 4, will be the same time as your November 13 appointment(s).

Kettering Family Fun Fest

Thanks to all who attended Partners for Healthy Youth’s first Kettering Family Fun Fest. By the looks of things, everyone had a great time, thanks to the creativity of our community partners and their fun games and activities.

Thank you to Dayton Children's Hospital, Dayton Metro Library, Fairmont High School IB Psych -- Yoga & Meditation, Fairmont CTC Interactive Media and MVCC,Fairmont Mascot Sparky and Dayton Metro Library Mascot Cosmo, Kettering Backpack Program, KCS Elementary School Counselors, KCS Transportation Department and Buster the Bus (Michelle Kemp, Mandy Shroyer and Carol Huff), Kettering Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts, the Kettering Police Department and South Community for being a part of this event!

The Kettering Family Fun Fest was made possible through a grant from the Community Foundation For Kettering.

Here are a few videos from the fun fest. Enjoy!


https://bit.ly/2Y0GjQM  --  FHS IB Psych Students Lead Yoga Classes

 

https://bit.ly/3bq3arS -- KCS Elementary Counselors had fun with the kids on the Sensory Path

 

https://bit.ly/3bq5AGZ -- Kettering Parks, Recreation and Cultural Arts Obstacle Course

Have a nice weekend!

 

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community Events and Activities of Interest

Fairmont Theatre Department Presents “Alice in ‘Wonderland” -- November 4, 5 & 6, at 7:30 p.m., in the Fairmont Auditorium. ticket s are available at the door, at the Fairmont Box Office during regular school hours or at www.ketteringmusic.org

Fairmont's Orchestras will join The Newbees for a rockin' concert of Beatles music on Tuesday, November 9, at 7 p.m. in the Fairmont Auditorium. The Newbees is a popular Cincinnati-based pop-rock band comprised of four singer-songwriter-drums-guitar-bass players who bring "clever lyrics, rich harmonies, catchy melodies and a sense of humor (that) attract an audience of all ages" to the stage. All are welcome at this fun, family friendly concert. Tickets are $10 each and can be purchased on the http://ketteringmusic.org/ website (click on the "Tickets" drop-down menu to access tickets.)
 
Van Buren Middle School is kicking off its annual Poinsettia Sale this week. Please download and print out the order form using the link below. Thank you for your support of Van Buren's PTA!
https://bit.ly/3numcTB

 

City of Kettering Youth Basketball -- Registration deadline is November 14 -- SEE FLYER FOR DETAILS
 
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October 22, 2021
 
KCS Families and Staff:


Spirit Chain

I want to extend my congratulations to Fairmont High School’s USB on a record-breaking Spirit Chain. Fairmont’s 2021 Spirit Chain raised an incredible $115,000 to benefit the chosen charities of the Kettering Backpack Program, Ellie’s Rainy Day Fund and The Dakota Center! What an amazing community we live in to be able to raise this kind of money for these deserving charities. If you made a monetary donation, purchased Spirit Shirts, flocked a friend, dined to donate and/or participated in Spirit Week activities, thank you. It is through your support that the 2021 Spirit Chain is such a huge success. And while Spirit Chain is a friendly competition between Fairmont and Centerville high schools and everyone is a winner when hundreds and thousands of dollars are raised to benefit charities, it’s still nice to have once again taken the Spirit Chain Trophy home to Fairmont!

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Thank You ‘Community Helpers’

Last Saturday was one heck of a windy day, and when Natalie Steinhelfer, Frank Meyer and their families noticed that the wind had blown tracs onto the grounds at Oakview Elementary School, they went to work! Natalie, a student in Marsi Greathouse’s class; and Frank, a student in Sherry Hawley’s class and their families donned gloves, grabbed sacks and picked up the trash that had blown onto the school grounds and playground. “We all just wanted to help keep Oakview looking its best!” said Natalie’s Mom, Marissa. Thank you to Natalie, Frank and the Steinhelfer and Meyer families for your community service. You are true examples of what it means to be a Firebird!

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Kettering Family Fun Fest set for October 27

The Kettering Family Fun Fest will be held next Wednesday, October 27, from 5-7 p.m., at Trent Arena. Activities and games with our elementary counselors, Kettering Parks & Rec staff, our School Resource Officers; yoga and meditation with students in Fairmont’s IB Psychology program; ‘green screen’ fun with our Interactive Media students and staff from Miami Valley Communications Council and free books from Dayton Metro Library are just some of the fun activities planned for the event. Grab-and-go meals and refreshments will be available, and we’ll have give-aways and some great raffle prizes at the FREE Family Fun Fest. See the flyer for all the details and mark your calendars for October 27.

 

PowerSchool Will be Down November 5-7

PowerSchool will be doing a major upgrade in November, and the PowerSchool site will be down from November 5 through November 7. You will not be able to access PowerSchool accounts during this time. Please contact your child’s building/unit principal or teacher if you have concerns during the time the site will be down.


Nancy Cartwright Visits Fairmont

We were honored last Friday to host Primetime Emmy Award-winner and Fairmont West High School graduate, Nancy Cartwright, for an enlightening and humorous look at her career, for advice to the seniors in the audience as they plan for their future and for some interesting anecdotes about her time as a student at Fairmont West. Nancy is perhaps best known as the voice of Bart Simpson on “The Simpsons,” which holds records as the longest running American animated television show and the longest running American sitcom.  Nancy was traveling to Kettering from her home in California for a reunion and contacted Fairmont principal, Tyler Alexander about speaking to the senior class while she was in town. It goes without saying that Nancy is an amazing speaker, and we appreciate her taking the time to stop by her alma mater and to share her insights with our students.

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Have a nice weekend!

Scott Inskeep
Superintendent

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School and Community, Events, Activities and Information of Interest

Moraine City Baptist Church – Spooktacular Harvest Party – October 23, from noon to 2 p.m.

Washington Heights Baptist Church – Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat – October 28, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

Washington Heights Baptist Church – Registration Information for K-6th-grade 2022 Basketball League 

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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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