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Catholic School Teachers Go Back to School

With the start of the new school year less than two weeks away, Catholic elementary school teachers are not only busy preparing their classrooms, they are engaged in professional development as well.

During the week of August 17, the diocesan Department of Catholic Schools hosted a number of workshops, ranging from brain-based learning to using learning centers in the classroom.

The sessions included:  Brain Based Learning: Procedures and strategies to address all learners; Using Learning Centers in the Primary Classroom; a Practical Guide to Design and Manage Learning Centers.

Administrators Prepped on Improvement Plan for Opening Day of School

With less than three weeks to go before the start of school for students in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District on September 7th, 2010, a group of 25 Administrators and Curriculum Learning Specialists (CLS) participated in a thorough training program on how to share their respective school’s Instructional Improvement Plan (IIP).  Each school and curriculum area creates their own unique IIP, which serves as a critically important process concerning activities and strategies used to improve student learning.

“Many people in the community believe principals and administrators have the summer off.  We work year-round and are consistently focused on how we can improve student achievement and the educational experience for children in Ken-Ton,” said Hamilton Elementary School Principal Michael Huff, who participated in the IIP implementation training that took place in the Community Room at Hoover Middle School.

While there are 13 unique and

Varsity Football Teams Kick-Off First Official Practice of the 2010 Season

There is a strong sense of excitement, energy, and anticipation throughout the two varsity high school football programs in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District as Monday August 16th, 2010 marks the first day teams can practice.  The Kenmore West High School Blue Devils, coached by Rich Harris, practiced at Crosby Field.  The Kenmore East High School Bulldogs, coached by Matt Chimera, practiced at Adams Field.

“I’m very excited to start the season.  It is important to show our players that their coaches show up with a high level of passion and intensity.  This is my 26th season coaching and I’m just as thrilled to start a new year as I was during my first season,” said Coach Harris.

“The first day is always exciting and rather hectic.  We are thrilled with our young talent and I’m looking forward to a great year of football at Kenmore East High School,” said Coach Chimera.

There are many new elements to both the Ke

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