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Ken-Ton Transportation Department Creates “Call Center”

The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District added a new “Call Center” for families who would like to speak to a representative concerning bus routes, schedules, and pick-up locations.  Up to five employees will accept calls from parents and families during the entire month of September. Workers handling call center inquiries will provide information as well as accept bussing requests that will be communicated to transportation staff.  The number for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District Transportation Call Center is 716.871.3080.

Board of Education President Bob Dana Addresses Staff at Orientation

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District Board of Education President Bob Dana delivered the following remarks to 750 teachers in the Kenmore East Auditorium on the first day staff reported in the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District.  His speech was part of Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro’s opening day orientation for teachers:

Good Morning.  I appreciate the opportunity to speak to you this morning, on behalf of my fellow Board members, not just to welcome you back, but also to share with you, in the excitement and anticipation, of starting a new school year.

Opening Day for Teachers in the Ken-Ton School District

More than 750 teachers returned to one of the 13 schools throughout the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District as Wednesday September 1st, 2010 marked the first day back for staff.  The first day back for teachers began with an orientation at Kenmore East High School where Superintendent Mark P. Mondanaro and Board of Education President Bob Dana addressed staff. 

Kenmore East High School Select Chorus members Ailsa Prohn, Kim Rife, Andrea Snitzer, and Emily Warren began the orientation by singing the “Star Spangled Banner.” Board of Education President Dana then offered words of encouragement to teachers and promised to maintain open lines of communication with staff.

“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.