Remember to Vote by February 11, 2020!
We are investing in our students' futures every day and in more ways than one. This includes paying our taxes so our schools can operate as intended, where every child has the opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed.
You should have already received your ballot in the mail and noticed there is a measure, the Educational Programs & Operations Replacement Levy (EP&O), for the Kent School District. This includes our school.
The Replacement EP&O supports educational programs, student learning, and staffing. It helps pay for:
- Student safety and school security.
- Career readiness programs including opportunities for exploration, acceleration, and remediation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).
- Bullying prevention and social-emotional learning programs.
- Educational support for students with special needs.
- Daily operations to support clean, healthy, and well-maintained schools and classrooms.
- Professional development for teachers, paraeducators, principals, and educational support staff.
- Essential staff like classroom teachers, nurses, counselors, social workers, and bus drivers not fully funded by the state.
Each year, Kent School District invests an average of $12,321 per student. If the replacement levy is approved by voters, this funding continues and will ensure all students in Kent School District have the same opportunities, regardless of abilities, backgrounds, or family income.
This two-year replacement levy will not affect your overall school tax rate. Providing a stable tax rate, while also addressing educational needs, was a primary goal when planning the renewal levy and remains a high priority for our district.
If you haven’t registered to vote, or don’t know how to register, please visit our website for more information. We also have voter registration forms available in the school office.
Encourage Consistent Attendance
As spring approaches, and for seniors “senioritis” sets in, parents and teachers must stress that regular attendance is paramount to successful academic performance.
The absent student often misses relevant learning activities. Many interactions between students and teachers are not possible to duplicate with homework or make-up assignments.
The following tips are given to help with your child’s attendance.
- Students will sometimes promote a “class skip day.” Kentridge does not sanction these days. Students who are truant will be held accountable and make-up work will not be given. Students’ grades are severely impacted when truant.
- Monitor your child’s attendance very carefully and notify our counseling department if you perceive a change in attitude toward school.
- Be sure adequate transportation to and from school is provided.
- Promote the importance of good attendance and do not allow your child to miss school for reasons other than illness and family emergencies.
- Have your student talk with local employers about their expectations of attendance and punctuality.
- Explain to your student that the self-discipline they are learning attending school daily will help them in their future careers.
- Try to schedule medical and dental appointments outside the school day.
Save the Date for Parent Visitation Day on May 5
Kentridge staff invites parents to attend school on May 5 to witness firsthand what’s happening in your student’s classes. A mailing will be sent out in April with more details.
The number of guests is limited to 75 and you must reserve your place. Please call the main office at (253) 373-7345 by May 1 to reserve your seat in the classroom.