Kenston School News

January 16, 2020

Passion for Polymers
Lubrizol chemist, Mrs. Marina Baum, shared her love of polymers with Madison Bushnell and other 7 th graders in Mrs. Lynn Fagerholm’s Science class. Mrs. Baum shared examples of polymers in our day-to- day life.

Speech and Debate Update
Before Winter Break, Kenston Middle School students competed at the Vermilion Tournament. In Public Forum, Peter Como and Brett King placed first.  In Big Questions Debate, Jacob Gertsburg placed second and Nathan Rolf placed fourth.  In Interpretation, Chloe Hebert placed seventh, Alexa Hebert placed tenth, and Sophia Alandt placed eleventh. 

Kenston hosted its annual speech and debate tournament on December 21. Twenty-four schools
attended, 37 Kenston students competed, and 26 of those students placed in the top seven of their event. Kenston had its best debate results ever, with Okan Kardzhala placing first in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Nicolas Sanchez placing first and Laura Parsons and Micah Greenberg placing fifth in Big Questions Debate, and Stephen Kale and Avery Steinberg placing fifth in Public Forum Debate. In Congressional Debate, Samantha Stephens placed second, Ryann Greulich placed third, Devin Cinch placed fifth and Colin Varga took sixth place.

Kenston did great in the speech events too. Kylee Pierson placed first and Anthony Alandt took third in Declamation. Eden Truax earned third honors in Dramatic Interpretation. In Progam Oral. Skylar Cinch took fourth in Humorous Interpretation. Placing seventh were Hayley Sharp in Original Oratory and Cadence Matty in Declamation.

From Kenston Middle School, Peter Como and Brett King placed first in Public Forum Debate for the
second tournament in a row.  In Big Questions Debate, Jacob Gertsburg placed second and Madelyn
Foerster placed sixth in her first tournament ever.  In Interpretation, Chloe Hebert placed fifth and Sophia Alandt placed seventh.  

Class of 2024 Parent Meeting
The transition between middle school and high school will begin for the parents of eighth graders at the incoming Freshman Parent Meeting, Thursday, January 16, at 6pm in the Kenston High School, Robert A. Lee Auditorium. This first informative evening will focus on course selection and scheduling for next year. Representatives from the high school administration, guidance and academic departments will be available to answer specific questions.

Incoming Kindergarten Parent Meeting
Information Night for incoming Kindergarten parents will be held at Timmons Elementary School on
Monday, January 27, at 6:45pm for children entering Kindergarten this August. Children must be five (5) years old on or before September 30, 2020. Information about Kindergarten and the registration process will be shared at this event.

Kindergarten Registration will be held on Tuesday, March 4, from 8-10:30am and 4:30-7 pm at Timmons Elementary School. Complete your registration online (by March 3rd) and bring supporting documentation with you for copying (school will make copies) and your calendar to sign up for Kindergarten screening.

Zoo Crew
Timmons Elementary School’s third graders who work hard and show great effort were named to the Zoo Crew. Members of the Zoo Crew are rewarded with goofy and crazy games and activities before school each week for eight weeks. Congratulations to the second quarter Zoo Crew members: Emmerson Bargiel, Olivia Boehnlein, Matthew Clark, Liam Conochan, Morgan Cooley, Aiden Currutt- Weisend, Anya DeWitt, Adrianna Giancola, Lexie Jakacki, Gabriella Kluesner, Joshua Lanza, Leah Marra, Juliet Matsko, Henry Myles, Niko Ockerman, Rory Paterson, Jillian Plavcan, Ian Pollack, Ben Pustai, Vinny Thompson, Parker Timmons, Jaxsen Timmons, Sophia Wardman and Braiden Woodruff.

Emergency School Closing
In case of severe weather or calamity requiring school to be closed, an official announcement will be
made via an AlertNow phone call to the homes of families with children attending the Kenston Schools. If you are uncertain about school closing, you can call 564-2134 or log-in to for up-to-date information. The message is updated by 5:30 a.m. when conditions warrant. If school is closed due to weather, all activities and athletic contests are cancelled whether home or away.

Gold Cards Available
All residents of Auburn and Bainbridge who are 60 years of age or older may obtain a free, lifetime “gold card.” The card will admit them free of charge to any school-sponsored event in which students
participate, including home athletic events, musical and dramatic performances. Gold cards are not valid when an event is sponsored by an organization other than the schools (P.T.O., Booster groups, etc.) as a fundraiser. The gold card cannot be used for athletic events such as conference, regional, or state playoffs.

Gold card membership can be obtained at the Kenston Board Office, 17419 Snyder Road.
Kenston Alumni Association seeks nominations for Hall of Fame The Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the second class of Distinguished Hall of Fame inductees. These individuals will be graduates or staff members who have achieved success in their careers and have made significant contributions in their fields as well as to society. Inductees will have graduated or worked at Auburn, Bainbridge or Kenston Schools.

To be eligible, nominees must have graduated in the Class of 2010 or before, or retired or left the school system by June 1, 2010, or before, and not currently be employed by Kenston.
A panel of Kenston High School students, alumni, teachers, community members and administrators will select the inductees for the Distinguished Hall of Fame. Selections will be based on nominations and information received from friends, families and the individuals themselves. The inductees will be honored during the Kenston 2020 Homecoming activities. For nomination forms, please visit Deadline for nominations are February 28, 2020.

Kenston Football Reverse Raffle
The Bomber Elite Football Club will host a Reverse Raffle with a Grand Prize of $3,000 on Saturday,
February 29 from 6-11pm at Bertram Inn. Tickets are $165 per couple. Tickets are available online
through Kenston Community Education. For additional information, please contact

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