Kent student, faculty achievements
KENT — Students at Kent Center School (KCS) raised $2,000 for the American Heart Association through their annual Jump Rope for Heart event.Oganized by Marci Saunders, the event had 100 percent student participation, according to a written report to the Kent Board of Education presented March 1 by Principal Rima McGeehan.Also in the report: Four eighth-grade students, Grace Herde, Emily Klingebiel, Alison Robey and Zachary Schullery, were chosen to have their art work submitted for judging in the Connecticut Scholastic Art Awards competition, held Feb. 1-3 at the University of Hartford. Students from across the state in middle school and high school can participate. Klingebiel’s entry won an Honorable Mention from the judges.KCS has had a series of practice evacuation drills this school year. The latest one involved pre-kindergarten and grades seven and eight.“This drill was as successful as the first one, which makes the school’s safety committee confident in the choice of a location in the case of a schoolwide evacuation,” the principal reported. Town Hall is the selected location. McGeehan said the next drill will be a practice for severe weather; the basement will be tested as a suitable location. This drill will likely take place in the spring.Two early dismissal days for students provided opportunities for new learning for teachers through workshops presented by Tom Lee of the British Art Museum at Yale University. Lee’s program focused on visual thinking strategies providing an approach to teaching that links literacy with artistic process. Faculty reviews of the program were excellent.