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Ken-Ton School District to Host Transportation Open House

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Transportation Department will hold a school bus orientation and open house for families on Saturday August 28th, 2010 from 10:00 am to 1:00 PM at Transportation Department headquarters located at 1680 Military Road (just north of Sheridan Drive).  While the event is geared towards Kindergarten students, students of all ages and grade levels can attend the free event with their families.  Law enforcement officials will provide “stranger danger” workshops. 

Bus drivers and aides will show students and their parents important information on how to enter, exit, and ride on buses.  Children will learn safety tips on where danger areas and blind spots are when exiting buses, the proper way to cross, and the proper way to ride on buses.

New Principals Appointed at Ken-Ton Schools

Newly appointed Benjamin Franklin Middle School Principal Kevin Kruger feels right at home heading back to his roots at the middle school level.  The former music teacher has taught and worked at all three building levels: elementary, middle and high school.  Kruger spent seven years as a music teacher at the elementary level and four-and-a-half years at the middle school level.  Most recently he served the past four-and-a-half years as Assistant Principal at Kenmore West High School.  Now Kruger has been named Principal at Benjamin Franklin Middle School, a move he feels comfortable with and excited about.

Ken-Ton Mechanic Corrals the Competition at Statewide “Roadeo”

Being the father of six children is just one reason why Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Mechanic Mike Kleman places a high value on maintaining a fleet of safe buses: he understands how precious the cargo is that comes on and off those buses on a daily basis.  In his eight years with the District Kleman has come to know every part, plug, bolt, nook, and cranny in the fleet of 125 buses. 

That intricate knowledge has come in handy over the past five years as Kleman has won first place in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) “Roadeo” competition for bus mechanics in 2006 and 2009, and most recently finished in second place in the 2010 NYAPT competition at Saratoga Springs, New York.  Think of it as a high-pressure “Olympics” style competition for bus mechanics, where they have to quickly assess potential mechanical problems then fix them right away.

“I’m a father first and mechanic second, and I

Ken-Ton Mechanic Corrals the Competition at Statewide “Roadeo”

Ken-Ton Mechanic Corrals the Competition at Statewide “Roadeo”

Being the father of six children is just one reason why Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Mechanic Mike Kleman places a high value on maintaining a fleet of safe buses: he understands how precious the cargo is that comes on and off those buses on a daily basis.  In his eight years with the District Kleman has come to know every part, plug, bolt, nook, and cranny in the fleet of 125 buses. 

That intricate knowledge has come in handy over the past five years as Kleman has won first place in the New York Association for Pupil Transportation (NYAPT) “Roadeo” competition for bus mechanics in 2006 and 2009, and most recently finished in second place in the 2010 NYAPT competition at Saratoga Springs, New York.  Think of it as a high-pressure “Olympics” style competition for bus mechanics, where they have to quickly assess potential mechanical problems then fix them right away.

“I’m a father first and mechanic second, and I

High Marks in English Language Arts at Benjamin Franklin Elementary

Benjamin Franklin Elementary School’s third grade students earned “superior” marks on the New York State Education Department’s most recent English Language Arts (ELA) test scores, according to an analysis of test results by Buffalo Business First.  The third grade class at Franklin Elementary was one of 20 elementary and middle schools throughout Western New York that were designated as “superior.”

“This ‘superior’ designation of ELA test scores at Franklin Elementary is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our teachers.  Our school is a caring community where staff works diligently in giving our students the best education possible,” said Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Principal Patricia Kosis.

According to Business First their study “defined a superior performance in English as any instance where at least 30 percent of a school's students reached Level 4 on the New York State Education Department's (NYSED) four-tiered scale.

Technology Workers Install More than 1,300 New Pieces of Equipment

While students have enjoyed time off in the sweltering summer months, workers in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Information Technology (IT) Department have been very busy ensuring many of those students and their teachers return to classrooms with brand new computers and other technological tools.  As part of an innovative and ambitious initiative, IT workers have been installing more than 1,300 pieces of new equipment across the District over the summer break.  Part of the plan includes new computers in all three middle schools: Benjamin Franklin Middle, Hoover Middle, and Kenmore Middle.

“Changes in curriculum and marketplace expectations necessitates that we continue to provide students with 21st century technology.  This installation is part of our continuing, long-range Technology Plan.  I am incredibly proud of our team of IT workers, who are doing a great job so that children and teachers have the best technolog

District Updates Project SAVE Policy to Reflect Rapid Technology Changes

Students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District will be held to a much higher standard this upcoming school year concerning the use of technology and violations of the District’s Code of Conduct.  District stakeholders, keenly aware of the increased use by students of mobile devices, social networking websites, instant messaging, and chat rooms, have updated the District’s Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) policy to include disciplinary action against students who use technology to defame, tease, bully, or harass other students.

“Our District took pro-active measures to protect students and foster a safe environment for them inside and outside of schools.  We worked expeditiously to update our Code of Conduct to reflect rapid changes in technology,” said Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Superintendent Mark P.