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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.

 

News for Kingston High School Parents

If you are a parent/guardian of a Kingston High School student and would like to receive information such as what is included below, join the Kingston High School Parents Association (KHS PA).

I am the president of the KHS PA and I am shamelessly promoting membership because getting parents connected and helping parents to be informed is very important to me.  There are no membership fees for the KHS PA and meeting attendance is not required although talking with other parents is the fun part!  To join just fill out the form below and you will be put on the email distribution list.

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News and reminders for KHS PA members:

  • Check out KHS merchandise designed by the KHS Graphic Arts Club – click here for an order form.  Order deadlines are May 4, 2015 or May 18, 2015.
  • Scholarship announcements from KHS-TV:  **Attention Seniors!  The Anita Williams Peck Public Speaking Scholarship is now available.  The first place prize is $3500 and the second place prize is $2500.  If you are interested, there will be an information meeting in room 205 during 9th period.  There will also be a meeting on Monday (5/4) during 9th period.  These meetings will give you all the details and information you need to prepare a speech.  See Ms. Still or Ms. Scorca if you have any questions. **Attention students!  There are some new scholarships available.  Please go to the guidance office for applications.
  • Are you registered to vote in the upcoming Board of Education/Budget vote on May 19, 2015?  If not, the last day to register is Tuesday May 5, 2015.
  • Coffee and Conversation with BOE and Superintendent – Tuesday May 5, 2015 7:30-8:30am  Quick Chek Albany Ave
  • KHS BLT meeting - Thursday May 7, 2015
  • SUNY Ulster will be at KHS on May 8, 2015 to do onsite registration.  Click here to make an appointment.
  • Registration for the June 6 SAT and June 13 ACT at KHS is DUE by May 8.  If you have any questions, check the Guidance page on the KHS webpage or talk to your student’s guidance counselor.
  • KHS Yearbooks can still be purchased online until May 22, 2015.  Click here and enter school id 11812715.  After May 22 yearbooks can be purchased at KHS.
  • KHS Football Fundraising Auction – May 8, 2015 6-9pm Mariner’s Harbor  Click here for ticket information and items being auctioned.
  • If you will be hosting a prom or graduation party, please be mindful of not only the safety issues outlined in this letter (drinking and driving) but also of the potential legal consequences if alcohol were to be imbibed by minors at the party.
  • Final KHS PA meeting of the year – Tuesday May 26, 2015 6:30pm room 107

 

 

Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 22, 2015

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

  • Ulster County Defends Public Education forum – Monday February 23, 2015 6:30pm Miller Middle School
  • KHS Parents Association meeting – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm Kingston High School Room 107
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert – Thursday February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities

 

Next week:

  • Miller PTO meeting – Tuesday March 3, 2015 6pm
  • Challenging the Attack on Public Education presentation – Tuesday March 3, 2015 7pm  SUNY New Paltz
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday March 4, 2015 public comments begins at 7pm Cioni Building
  • District Wide Parents’ Council meeting – Thursday March 5, 2015 9:30 – 11:30am  Cioni Building
  • KCSD Board of Education Policy Committee meeting – Friday March 6, 2015 9-11am  Cioni Building
Challenging the Attack on Public Education - Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

 

Save the Date:

  • KHS Play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – March 19-21, 2015
  • KHS Winter Carnival – Saturday March 21, 2015 11am-4pm
  • Centennial Celebration Weekend – KHS 100th Anniversary – April 17-19, 2015 – weekend events here
  • Kindergarten Registration – March, April or May 2015 depending upon the school – details here

Meetings and events for KCSD parents this week – February 15, 2015

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

  • Presidents’ Day weekend – No School – February 13-16, 2015
  • J.W. Bailey PTO meeting – Tuesday February 17, 2015 7pm
  • KCSD Board of Education meeting – Wednesday February 18, 2015 public comment 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; snow date February 22

Next week:

  • Ulster County Defends Public Education forum – Monday February 23, 2015 6:30pm at Miller Middle School
  • KHS Parents Association meeting – Tuesday February 24, 2015 6:30pm Kingston High School Room 107
  • Miller 7-8 grade Band, Chorus and Orchestra Pops Concert February 24, 2015 6:30pm at Miller Middle School
  • KHS Choral Pops Concert February 26, 2015 7pm at Kingston High School
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities
Learn more about how inequitable school funding, excessive high stakes testing and the privatization of public education are affecting our schools and our communities

Save the Date:

  • Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Tuesday March 3, 2015 7pm SUNY New Paltz
  • KHS Play “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” – March 19-21, 2015
  • Centennial Celebration Weekend – KHS 100th Anniversary – April 17-19, 2015 – weekend events here
  • Kindergarten Registration – March, April or May 2015 depending upon the school – details here
Challenging the Attack on Public Education - Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement
Challenging the Attack on Public Education – Carrying on the Legacy of the Civil Rights Movement

New York State of the State Address – January 21, 2015

Governor Andrew Cuomo presented a combined State of the State and budget address on January 21, 2015 which he called the “2015 Opportunity Agenda”.

Gary Stern, a reporter for lohud wrote an article the end of December 2014 with some speculations about what Governor Cuomo might include in his State of the State address.  Mr. Stern included some dire predictions and some hopeful possibilities.

Unfortunately the dire predictions are what came true and they revolve around the loss of local control of our schools, an increase in state testing and an attack on the teaching profession.  Plus, the original budget called for an increase of $377 million but Governor Cuomo has said that, if and only if, all of his proposed education ‘reforms’ are accepted/implemented, he will raise state aid by $1.1 billion.

I am going to save the full extent of my personal thoughts regarding the “2015 Opportunity Agenda” for another post but would like to share the following reactions from various individuals and organizations for your consideration.

Here are links so that you can start by reading/watching Governor Cuomo’s remarks yourself if you are not already familiar with the content of the State of the State address:

  • transcript of the 2015 State of the State address
  • presentation of the State of the State address – this link contains background information as well as the video of the speech

Reactions from various individuals and organizations that I have come across:

There are probably some people who liked Governor Cuomo’s education proposals but I have not come across them.  $1 billion dollars is no where near enough to provide the education that the children of New York State deserve and we must NOT hand our schools over to Governor Cuomo!

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:

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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.

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Did you know that the NYS PTA strongly supports the Common Core Standards?

In the interest of full disclosure, let me start by saying that I am not a member of the NYS PTA.  I have been a member of the parent group at each of my children’s schools as well as of our local District Wide Parents’ Council.  I have also served as an officer of several of the local parent groups including being the current president of the Kingston High School Parents Association.  I think the parent group was a PTA when my oldest child started elementary school but then the parent group became a PTO and all the rest have been PTOs or PAs.

I have always found the legislative/political advocacy component of the PTA concerning because what if a local parent or even a local PTA group does not agree with the stand that the state/national PTA advocacy arm decides to take?  Well this has happened.  Many parents are opposed to Common Core but the NYS PTA (and the national PTA) decided to lend their “strong support” to Common Core.

This summer PTA blog written by past president Lana Ajemian (the new president is Bonnie Russell) laments how few parents joined the PTA in the 2013-2014 school year.  Perhaps it might have something to do with the fact that the NYS PTA is not representing most parents on the thing that matters most – Common Core?!?  If you read information from the New York State PTA, they actively promote support of the Common Core Standards and disparage those who have concerns with Common Core.  In fact they received an award in 2014 for their support of Common Core!

PTA Outstanding State Advocacy Award (2014)

New York State PTA

New York State PTA is being honored with this award for their work to educate families, teachers, and communities about the Common Core State Standards. As a result of New York State PTA’s consistent support of the standards, they were asked to collaborate with the New York Education Commissioner on supporting family understanding of the standards. New York State PTA partnered with the New York State United Teachers to craft the Parent’s Guide to Common Core Learning, released in July 2013. To date, the brochure has been distributed to thousands of individuals around the state. New York State PTA also created the “Hear Our Voice” campaign, a highly successful effort to educate and engage families around the Common Core standards.

– http://www.pta.org/advocacy/content.cfm?ItemNumber=3840

A couple bloggers made suggestions during the 2013-2014 school year for what local parent groups who are concerned about the state PTA support of Common Core might wish to do.  This blog suggests reorganizing from a PTA to a PTO. The second blog includes a letter indicating that the family will make a donation to the local parent group (to show local support) but not become a member of the PTA because the family does not wish to support the state/national PTA which supports Common Core.  Both blog pieces contain explanations about why the authors feel the NYS PTA should NOT support Common Core (ie the problems with Common Core) as well as descriptions of their local involvement as parents and kudos to their local PTAs for the great work being done.  These are not parents who are trying to discourage parent involvement!

Carol Burris reports here that the NYS PTA is still, as of November 2014, not listening to local members and is supporting Common Core and rejecting resolutions against high-stakes testing. She writes:

It is a recurring narrative about how the leadership in so many education organizations is more responsive to those in power than to those whom they represent. In this regard this organization is hardly alone. I suspect that many leaders at this time of  “full steam ahead”’ reform are so anxious to keep their seat at the table that they do not want to alienate those who serve the dinner.

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The New York State PTA has the right to reject the resolutions of the Niagara Region PTA. Perhaps they fundamentally disagree and support the state’s test-based reform agenda. They may honestly believe it is in the best interest of kids. If that is the case, then it is up to the rank and file of the organization to change the leadership, or be content with the status quo.

By the way the Niagara Region high-stakes testing resolution that Carol Burris follows in her article, and which the NYS PTA never accepted, is what introduced me to the issues associated with high-stakes testing.  From there I discovered all of the problems with Common Core so I owe a big THANK YOU to the Niagara PTA members!

Your voice matters

Please be active with your local parent groups but make sure that any parent groups you are a part of, whether at the local, state or national level, are representing you (and using your membership dues) in the way that you want to be represented on issues important to you.

 

 

Meetings and events for KCSD Parents this week – November 17, 2014

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

  • Autism Parent Support Group – Tuesday November 18 6:30pm Chambers
  • Ulster County Legislature Session – Tuesday November 18 7pm – 6th floor County Office Building – discussion/vote on Resolution 350 supporting repeal of Common Core
  • Board of Education Meeting – Wednesday November 19 7pm JFK – agenda here
  • Budget Forum – Thursday November 20 6pm Cioni
  • Financial Aid Night – Thursday November 20 6pm KHS auditorium
  • Parent Education Night – KCSD Curriculum Changes (grades K-8) – Monday November 24 6:30-8pm Miller

There are a number of PTO/PTA meetings this week as well as special events for parents in many of the elementary schools in celebration of American Education week.  Check the district calendar or your school calendar for specific dates.

The first KCSD concert of the season is tonight (Tuesday November 18), a Pops Concert at KHS (click here) and the full winter concert schedule is available here.  Miller Middle School is performing Hairspray Jr. this weekend – click here for times and ticket information.

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.

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