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“Welcome Crew” Welcomes New Students at Kenmore West

Elizabeth Brock, a Junior at Kenmore West High School, and Sophomore James Benders, both have fond and welcoming memories of their first day as Freshmen at Kenmore West.  Neither felt nervous, lost, or not welcome when they walked into the school for the first time as freshman. 

They knew exactly where homeroom was, where their classes were throughout the building, and even remembered friends from their Freshman Orientation.  A big reason for that feeling of comfort was the “Welcome Crew” at Kenmore West High School, a group of student volunteers who worked hard making the transition to high school an easy one.

“Being a freshman was great.  I loved it.  The first day was really easy because everyone was so nice, and students showed you where to go,” said Brock.

“I wasn’t nervous at all, thanks to the ‘Welcome Crew,’” said Benders.

Holmes Elementary School Hosts Retreat for Teachers

While Amy Pavone has taught for the past four years at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School, this new school year marks the first where she will be teaching at Holmes Elementary School.  The fifth-grade teacher is no different than the student who is the “new kid” in the building and is meeting and will soon work with an entirely new team of teachers and administrators.

To ease the transition to a new school, to reacquaint staff, and to ensure teachers are prepared for instruction the first day of school, Holmes Elementary School Principal Lisa Cross held the “Homes Retreat” for teachers.  The theme of the retreat was “Building a Reading Life.”

“It is very important, especially if you are a new teacher, to feel that you are part of a community.  I feel that at Holmes Elementary School.  Lisa Cross did a great job of setting goals and establishing expectations.  That is what teaching is all about: leading by example and setting high expectation

Kenmore East Hosts Orientation for New Students and Parents

Abby Helsel is one of 280 students who will be new to Kenmore East High School during the 2010-2011 academic year.

Varsity Soccer Practice Kicks Off in the Ken-Ton School District

The Kenmore West Lady Blue Devils varsity soccer team and the Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs varsity soccer team practiced for the first time this season, as athletic regulations set Thursday August 19th, 2010 as the first time teams can gather for an official practice.  The Lady Blue Devils went through numerous drills at Crosby Field while the Lady Bulldogs did the same at Green Acres Field.

“It feels great to be back.  The girls have been working so hard all summer.  Players are excited and I’m excited.  We are all looking forward to the start of what we hope will be a successful season,” said Kenmore East Lady Bulldogs Varsity Soccer Head Coach Chris Robey.

“It is great to be back and we’re ready to go. It is nice to be at our home field at the start of the season.  We have a lot of returning players on the team.

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.

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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.

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