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Kenmore West Student Earns Prestigious Academic Honor

Kenmore West Senior James Mazur is one of only 16,000 students across the country and one of 958 across New York State who has been named a “National Merit Scholarship” semifinalist based on the strength of PSAT test scores.  Mazur is now in the running to win one of the 8,400 National Merit Scholarships, which total $36 million. 

“I am very happy and blessed.   To win this prestigious scholarship would bring me one step closer to my goal of securing the financial means to attend a great college.  I am happy and excited to hear this great news,” said Mazur, who is active in the “Challenge Club” and “Welcome Crew” at Kenmore West High School.

Student Artists Honored at First Community Based Board of Education Meeting

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education honored 14 student artists for their “outstanding artistic accomplishment of having an original work of art grace the pages of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District’s 2010-2011 calendar” during the first community-based meeting that was held in a district school building. 

In effort to increase parental involvement and bring public meetings closer to the Ken-Ton community, the Board of Education voted to hold more than half its meetings this year in schools across the district.  The first community based meeting was held at Hoover Elementary School, located at 199 Thorncliff Road in Tonawanda.

Board of Education President to Meet With all 13 Parent Organizations

In an effort to increase communication with the community and strengthen the involvement of parents with the district, Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education President Bob Dana will meet with all 13 organizations that represent the interests of parents at every school.  He will meet all 13 groups over a stretch of eleven weeks beginning in mid-September and ending towards the end of November. 

“As Board President I promised to set a positive tone of being accessible to parents and the community we serve.  Meeting with all 13 parent organizations fulfills that promise and let’s parents know how highly our Board of Education values their important input concerning the education of our children,” said Dana

Kenmore West Football Program Earns Big Honors After Big Win

The Kenmore West varsity football program and Blue Devils Head Coach Rich Harris has been honored by two organizations after beating the defending New York State Class AA Champions North Tonawanda Lumberjacks on the road 30-22 during the season opener on Friday, September 3rd, 2010.  The Buffalo Bills named Coach Harris “High School Football Coach of the Week” and the WGRZ-TV affiliated website www.highschoolsports.net has named the Kenmore West Blue Devils their “Team of the Week.”

“All of the credit goes to our hard working players.  A coach is only as good as his players.  Our student-athletes work hard year round.  In the summer they’re in the weight room at 7:00 AM.  Being a part of our strong football program is a big commitment, and I am thrilled our school is receiving such worthy recognition,” said Coach Harris.

The YWCA of the Tonawandas Offers Two Early Childhood Enrichment Programs

Register Now for the Fall of 2010.

For 3 and 4 year olds, The Treehouse Program takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9am to 11:30am. This program offers a nurturing setting to explore their environment, make new friends and acquire the basic academic and social skills needed for Kindergarten readiness. Emphasis is on learning the alphabet, numbers, colors, and shapes. This program is further enhanced by craft projects, show n' tell, painting, science activities, gym time/team time, field trips, music and story time. The focus of the staff is to help the individual child find his/her highest level of achievement while developing a love of learning. 

Opening Day for Students in the Ken-Ton School District

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education President Bob Dana kicked off the first day of the 2010-2011 academic year with an encouraging note to staff that was sent at 7:00 AM, setting a positive and collaborative tone to begin the new school year.

“We sincerely appreciate the countless hours of dedicated service provided by all who have made contributions in preparation for a successful year,” wrote Dana in his message to staff across the district, which was anxiously awaiting the start of another school year.

While Tuesday September 7th, 2010 marks the official first day of school for students, administrators worked throughout the summer with teachers, creating schedules, working on each school’s respective Instructional Improvement Plan, and organizing the entire academic year.  Schools were also prepared to handle registrations right up until the first bell rang to begin the new year.

Picture Perfect Start to School Year

With cameras in hand, parents came to St. Andrew’s Country Day School today (Sept. 7) as the Kenmore elementary school opened its doors for another year of reading, ’riting and ’rithmatic. While the poparazzi and mamarazzi snapped photos, Principal Dennis Welka and St. Andrew’s pastor, Msgr. Richard Siepka, welcomed the new and returning students.

Parents admitted to be nervous and anxious for their kids, especially those starting kindergarten. Many are already familiar with the school from having attended pre-K there, so aside from attending a full five days a week, it’s not too big a change for the wee ones.  “I like the small atmosphere. I like the Catholic education. And he just enjoys being here. That helps it,” said Lucia Gullo, mother of 5-year-old Antonio.