Kenowa Hills Central Elementary


Principal's Message

Happy Last Day of School!

It was a truly cool last day of school.  Although we weren’t able to do the flag lowering ceremony, the flag folding ceremony actually worked out well.  Because of this change, parents were able to see their 5th graders do the 5th grade walk. Traditionally, the parents met their students out on the front lawn, so they weren’t able to catch that activity.  We’ll have to see how that goes next year. Please let me know if you have any feedback on what you liked/didn’t like and we will go from there.

Before the last bus pulled out of the lot, construction started on our new bus loop and parent pick-up/drop-off loop!  You will be able to access the lot and office through the back lot only. All of these changes are happening so fast!  Next year, we will have two separate lots dedicated to just busses or just parent pick-up/drop-off.

Keep reading over the summer!  Students that complete the Compass Knight’s Challenge will have a special field trip to 3-Mile project planned for them in the fall.

I’d also like to celebrate our Top 3 Growth students and our Top 3 overall high scoring students in the entire school.  The three students with the highest growth out of the 600 were our early elementary students! Congratulations to PJ (Mrs. Pikaart), Aighea (Ms. Bolthouse’s class), and Evelyn (Mrs. Graham’s class).  Mr. B and I treated them to a Panera breakfast. While we were there, Charles Honey, a reporter for the SNN, also was there. He captured pictures of them, and they will be in the news! Famous AND smart!! The three students with the top 3 scores overall were awarded the honor of being principal for a day. Trent, Vince, and Emily had no homework for the rest of the year and also got to create a rule that the entire building had to follow.  It was so much fun!!!

Char Hartley, 3rd grade teacher, was also in the news.  Charles Honey, a reporter for School News Network, came to her classroom to write an article about Kenowa's implementation of GRR (Gradual Release of Responsibility), which is a model for classroom instruction that promotes collaborative learning as well as student ownership and responsibility. The students were truly incredible and taught Mr. Honey so much about how GRR comes alive in the classroom, and now his article can inspire other teachers as well! Please click on this link to read "How Learning Works Here; Teachers Do Less, Students More", which features Mrs. Hartley's class!

And, as always, thank you for choosing Central!  It has been a pleasure to serve your students. Have a very memorable summer with your family, and we will see you on August 27!

Go Knights! Central Shines!!