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KENT — The Board of Education held its first regular monthly meeting of the 2017-18 school year at Kent Center School (KCS) on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Several teachers attended the meeting to voice concerns to the board about the implementation of new grading practices at KCS. A major change would be the elimination of percentages as grades, replacing all numbers with the letters A, B, C or NYP (not yet proficient).    

Fourth-grade teacher Michelle Mott explained that, last year, a few classes piloted some of the aspects of the new grading practices with the...

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Kent will participate in Valentine’s Day event to feed homeless in New York City

karaw@lakevillejournal.com

KENT — For the past two years, Backcountry Outfitters has teamed up with Sister Mary Lanning of New York City to bring a “picnic in the street” to the city’s homeless for Valentine’s Day.
Lanning runs an organization called Street Corner Gourmet in Harlem. She plans meals, especially on holidays, and distributes the food to the homeless with the help of volunteers.
As the homeless are often more overlooked on this holiday than on Thanksgiving and Christmas, it can be a lonesome time of year for them.

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Kent private schools offer incentives for day students

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KENT — In order to make their schools more appealing and affordable to local students, both South Kent School and Marvelwood School have scholarship programs that are open only to day students.
South Kent began its Day Student Merit Scholarship Program last year. All day students are automatically considered for these scholarships and do not need to submit additional material. Scholarship recipients are chosen based on extra qualities or talents that they will bring to the South Kent community, not just academic achievement.

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Geo-whiz Rhys Snyder

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KENT — Kent Center School eighth-grader Rhys Snyder won the school’s geography bee on Monday, Jan. 10.
Rhys was the last one standing out of a group of 12 students — the four finalists from classroom competitions in grades six, seven and eight.
The 13-year-old has always had an interest in geography and history.
“I like learning how things work, and how we lived in the past and how things are done now,” he said.
Rhys is a well-rounded student, but his favorite subject is math — though he seems to be doing just fine with his other subjects as well.

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Jumping for joy — and healthy hearts

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KENT — The gymnasium at Kent Center School was filled with jumping and laughing children on the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 4. Students in grades two through six were there participating in the Jump Rope for Heart program sponsored by the American Heart Association.
The program, which coordinates events at any school that is interested, is aimed at both raising money and spreading awareness about heart disease. The 150 children who participated at the Kent Center School event had the option of raising funds or simply participating for fun.

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