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HOPE 2015 – November 14, 2015

HOPE 2015 CANCELED as of 11/10/15 – details here

The Kingston High School Parents Association (KHS PA) is excited to present HOPE 2015 on Saturday November 14, 2015.

Bullying and the broader scope of conflict are pervasive problems in our society that not only impact the education of our students but their entire lives.

It is our desire with HOPE that students, parents and our community as a whole will learn information that will help each person to deal with conflict more successfully whether it is in their own life or in the life of a friend or loved one. We want each person leaving HOPE to feel more empowered to help others and protect themselves.

HOPE 2015 flyer

HOPE 2015 Flyer

 

News for Kingston High School Parents

If you are a parent/guardian of a student at Kingston High School and are not part of the Kingston High School Parents Association, please consider joining.

Fill out the form below and you will be added to the KHS PA distribution list.  Include your name and email address as well as your KHS student’s name and grade in the comments section of the form.

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The following e-mail was sent out to KHS PA members today:

Dear Kingston High School Parents Association members,

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year!

The KHS PA exists to support parent involvement and communication between school and home.  You will receive occasional emails (several today but generally only one or two a week) with information that we hope you find useful.  You are also invited to come and chat with other parents at the KHS PA meetings.

The first KHS PA meeting is Thursday October 22, 2015 6:30pm at Kingston High School.

Also mark your calendars for HOPE 2015 hosted by the KHS PA on November 14, 2015.  The Helping Others Protect Everyone conference is for parents and students in grades K-12 and will focus on ways to resolve conflicts and improve relationships in our homes and communities.

HOPE 2015 Save the date flyer 6 8 15

Upcoming dates/events for KHS PA members :

  • KCSD Board of Education meeting September 16  7pm Cioni building – presentations on KHS Capital Project and Building a Better Broadway plan
  • College Night Tuesday September 29  6pm – 7:30pm KHS Field House
  • KHS Open House Thursday October 1  6:30pm – 8:30pm
  • KHS Homecoming Parade and Football Game Friday October 2 5pm
  • SAT (old format) Saturday October 3  KHS register at www.collegeboard.com
  • PSAT (new format) Wednesday October 14  KHS 11th graders ONLY
  • KHS PA monthly meeting Thursday October 22  6:30pm KHS room 107
  • SAT (old format) Saturday November 7  KHS register at www.collegeboard.com
  • HOPE 2015 conference (flyer attached) Saturday November 14, 2015 9am – Noon KHS
  • ACT Saturday December 12  KHS register at www.actstudent.org

KHS Construction :  An article on the district website details access to KHS for students, teachers and visitors starting today as well as traffic patterns during construction.

KHS TV Announcements :  If your student is not able to hear the daily announcements in class or if you want to know what is in the announcements, printed copies of the announcements are available in the guidance office.  The announcements are also posted each day on the school webpage under KHS-TV Announcements in the left sidebar.

Last week the KHS students saw an interview with KHS 10th grader Alexina Chasin who participated in the teen Chopped competition on the Food Network.  Here is the KHS-TV video and here is a newspaper article about her participation.  You can also find an article about Alexina on the school district website.  Watch Alexina in the second level of competition tonight!

If you are aware of any information that other parents would find helpful, please contact Jolyn Safron, KHS PA President so the information can be shared with KHS PA members.  Also if you have any questions or things you are wondering about, send a note to Jolyn.

Here’s to a great year for our students at KHS!

Jolyn Safron, KHS PA President

www.kingstoncityschools.org/khspa

HOPE 2015 – Helping Others Protect Everyone

HOPE 2015 CANCELED as of 11/10/15 – details here

The Kingston High School Parents Association (KHS PA) invites students, parents and community members to mark your calendar for the HOPE 2015 conference this fall.

HOPE 2015

Helping Others Protect Everyone

Ways to resolve conflict and improve relationships in our homes and communities

Saturday November 14, 2015  9am-Noon

 Workshops will address the different ways conflict, including bullying, manifest itself in family relationships, friend relationships and dating relationships.  A variety of workshops will be available for elementary, middle school and high school students as well as for parents and community members.

HOPE 2015 Save the date flyer 6 8 15

 

If you have any questions about the conference, suggestions for workshops or you would like to volunteer to help with bringing this conference to  our community, you can RSVP as above or fill out the form below since I happen to be the contact person for the conference.

 

Understanding CDOS and Ending the Silence – May 14, 2015

Kingston City School District and the Kingston Special Education Parent Group will be hosting two presentations on Thursday evening May 14, 2015.

Understanding the NYS Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Commencement Credential

Thursday May 14, 2015  6-7:30pm

M. Clifford Miller Middle School room #130

NAMI Ending the Silence

A presentation by Tina Lee of NAMI, for parents of Middle School and High school students

M. Clifford Miller Middle School room #132

RSVP for either presentation to Kingstonsepg@gmail.com

Click sped flyer May 14 2015 for details.

 

Many parents and teachers have concerns regarding the CDOS.

  • Open letter to the Members of the Board of Regents on CDOS – June 2014
  • High school diploma options too narrow – lohud May 11, 2015
  • KCSD board members Robin Jacobowitz and Danielle Guido both spoke at Meet the Candidates Night tonight of the fact that the CDOS, as it currently exists, is NOT an adequate replacement for a diploma for special education students who are not able to earn the score they need to ‘pass’ the Regents tests (which has been made even harder to achieve now by Common Core).

Data Driven Instruction – park your questions in the parking lot

I attended the Kingston City School District Data Driven Instruction Parent Education Night last night February 10, 2015 and while I did learn a few things, I was very disappointed that parents were not allowed to ask questions. Instead the six parents who were in attendance had to put any questions that we had on sticky notes and put them in the ‘parking lot’ (a sheet of paper on the back wall). We were told that the questions will be answered via Setting the Record Straight.

Dr. Padalino stated at the January 21, 2015 board meeting that the district-hosted parent education nights, the Data Driven Instruction event being the second for the year, are the way the district is satisfying their PARENT INVOLVEMENT/PARENT ENGAGEMENT requirements.

The district invested a lot of money in the Data Driven Instruction night. Three (3) presentations were prepared and presented by five (5) district administrators.  Another 8 district administrators including five (5) school principals were also in attendance.* True, only six (6) parents attended. However those parents were not afforded the opportunity to ask any meaningful questions or to participate in any discussion about Data Driven Instruction. Instead we were told to “park our questions in the parking lot.”

I have tried to encourage parents to attend the parent workshops/education events sponsored by the district but honestly I am not quite sure what the purpose of actually attending the event last night was since watching a video provided by the district would have afforded just as much benefit to parents.

An opportunity for truly meaningful questions and dialog between parents and school staff/administrators regarding Data Driven Instruction is sorely needed.

Epstein 6 types of involvement

 

* I want to acknowledge the administrators who invested time and effort in preparing for the Data Driven Instruction event and also the administrators who attended.

Presenters:

  • Erin Contrady, Assistant Director of Data and Testing
  • Katherine Petrie, Assistant Director of Elementary Humanities
  • Greg Gorman, Assistant Director of Elementary Math, Science and Technology
  • Jennifer Nilsen, Assistant Director of Secondary Humanities
  • Daniel Erceg, Assistant Director of Secondary Math, Science and Technology

Other  administrators in attendance:

  • Mary Beth Bonville, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education
  • Joellen Gibbons, Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education
  • William LeForestier, Assistant Superintendent for Special Education
  • Julie Linton, J.W. Bailey Middle School Principal
  • Jo Burruby, M.C. Miller Middle School Principal
  • Brian Martin, E.C. Myer Elementary School Principal
  • Marie Anderson, E. R. Crosby Elementary School Principal
  • Stacey Felicello, Chambers Elementary School Principal

Meetings and events for KCSD parents – week of February 8, 2015

Below are meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this coming week:

  • Board of Education Coffee & Conversation – Monday February 9, 2015 7:30am Quick Chek Albany Avenue  *event canceled if snow day or 2-hour delay
  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm Chambers Elementary School – details here
  • Robert Graves PTO meeting – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm
  • Parent Education Night hosted by KCSD – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30-8pm Chambers Elementary School – Learn about how data-driven instruction is shaping education in Kingston.
  • IEP Development with Dorothy Richards of RCAL presented by Kingston Special Education Parent Group and KCSD – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6pm Cioni Building (see flyer below)
  • Reclaiming Public Education hosted by Bennett School PTA – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6:30pm Bennett Intermediate School, Boiceville NY – Forum to learn more about high stakes testing and the impact it has on our children, our schools and our teachers (see flyer below)
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 12, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building (rescheduled from Feb 5)
  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015 *assuming no snow days this week – read details here

IEPflyer Feb 11 2015Reclaiming Public Education Bennett PTA

Next week:

  • J.W. Bailey PTO meeting – Tuesday February 17, 2015 7pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 18, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Robert Graves elementary school
  • KCSD Budget Forum – Thursday February 19, 2015 6pm Cioni building (rescheduled from January 29, 2015)
  • Bailey Middle School play “Legally Blonde” February 20 and 21, 2015 7pm

 

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.

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Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 1, 2015

Below are meetings that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Miller PTO meeting – Tuesday February 3, 2015 6pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 4, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 5, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building CANCELLED due to 2-hour delay – Rescheduled for Feb 12
  • Board of Education Policy Committee meeting – Friday February 6, 2015 9am Cioni Building

Next week:

IEPflyer Feb 11 2015Reclaiming Public Education Bennett PTA

Save the Date:

  • Bailey Middle School play “Legally Blonde” February 20 and 21, 2015 7pm
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert February 24, 2015 6:30pm
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.

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Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – January 26, 2015

Below are some meetings and events that might be of interest to parents in the Kingston City School District this week:

  • Regents Week – January 26-29, 2015 – no regular classes for KHS students – exam schedule and KHS bus schedule available here
  • KHS Parents Association (KHS PA) meeting – Tuesday January 27, 2015 6:30pm at KHS room 107
  • Community Budget Forum hosted by KCSD – Thursday January 29, 2015 6pm Cioni Building – details here
  • Friday January 30, 2015 – regular school day for all students at KHS

Next week:

  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 4, 2015 public comment generally begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council (DWPC) monthly meeting – Thursday February 5, 2015 9:30am Cioni Building
  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm Chambers Elementary School – details here
  • Robert Graves PTO meeting – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30pm
  • Parent Education Night hosted by KCSD – Tuesday February 10, 2015 6:30-8pm Chambers Elementary School – Learn about how data-driven instruction is shaping education in Kingston.
  • IEP Development with Dorothy Richards of RCAL presented by Kingston Special Education Parent Group and KCSD – Wednesday February 11, 2015 6pm Cioni Building
  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015

 

If you know of an event/meeting that should be added to this list, send me a message so I can update the list.  Also send me a message or call me if you find this sort of list helpful and you would like to see it be a weekly feature on Jolyn’s Education Corner.

parentmeeting

 

 

Report cards are here!

Kingston parents – you probably have your child’s report card and might be wondering what some of the grades mean/why your child received a particular grade/how this reflects the curriculum being taught at school?

There is a video on the district website about the new elementary report cards.  Also the school district is hosting a parent education night tomorrow evening Monday November 24, 2014 6:30-8pm at Miller for grades K-8 to explain the ELA and Math curriculum changes to parents.

If your student’s grades are not what you expected, talk to your student’s teacher before getting upset or punishing your child.  Remember that the 1-4 system for the elementary grades does not reflect the exact same thing as how well they did on their chapter tests and homework in school.  It is telling how they are progressing towards achieving the various Common Core standards.  If your child is not meeting grade-level expectations, ie. scoring a “3” or higher, you might want to inquire as to whether RTI services would be beneficial for your student (district information about Response to Intervention, RTI, here).

 

Parent Workshop on Health and Wellness – May 22, 2014

The Health and Wellness Advisory Committee will present a Parent Forum with information on the Health of the Kingston City School District on Thursday May 22, 2014.

Parent Workshop on Health and Wellness
Date:  Thursday May 22, 2014
Time:  6:00pm – 7:00pm
Location:  M. Clifford Miller Middle School

Presenters include:  Maureen Bowers, Christine Downs, Ed Carelli, Brian Martin, and Glen Maisch

Topics include:

  • Information on our Health and Wellness Policy and some of the regulations that impact our district will be introduced
  • Information on obesity rates in the United States will be shared
  • Information on Fitness and Health as it related to Academic Success and Graduation Rates
  • Information on our Food Service and the USDA

Plus Physical Activity Breaks with Glen Maisch and Christine Downs

 

Note:  an article for this parent forum was posted briefly on the district website on Tuesday May 20, 2014 and an article has been posted on the district facebook page since Tuesday May 20.  The forum is also listed on the district calendar – not sure how long it has been on the calendar.