KCSD Announces Roll-out of the Anonymous Statewide Reporting System, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS).

Dear Parents,

In an ongoing effort to increase school safety, I am pleased to announce the roll-out of the anonymous statewide reporting system, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). This system allows students, parents, or community members to submit anonymous and confidential tips 24/7 through a website, app, or by phone. A crisis center then reviews and assesses all submissions before forwarding relevant information to law enforcement and/or the school for intervention. Users may report observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment such as bullying.

The S2SS program is a youth violence prevention program started by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization focused on preventing violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others.

We will be holding a parent information meeting regarding this new initiative on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:45 p.m. in the Kennett High School Auxiliary Gym. We will also be live streaming the presentation for those who are unable to attend in person. A live stream link will be posted on www.kcsd.org. Additionally, a recording of the meeting and other S2SS resources will be made available on our website.

I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on January 22. If you are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at (610) 444-6602.


Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.


Safe2Say Something Resources

Queridos padres,

En un esfuerzo continuo por aumentar la seguridad escolar, me complace anunciar el lanzamiento del sistema de informes anónimos en todo el estado; “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). Este Sistema permite a los estudiantes, padres, o miembros de la comunidad, enviar sugerencias anónimas y confidenciales 24 horas del día/7dias de la semana, através de un sitio web, una aplicación, o por teléfono. Una vez enviadas, un centro de crisis revisa y evalúa todas las presentaciones, antes de enviar información relevante a la policía y / o a la escuela para la intervención. Los usuarios pueden reportar amenazas, comportamientos, acciones, y hostigamientos observados, así tambien como el acoso escolar.

El programa S2SS, es un programa de prevención de la violencia juvenil, iniciado por Sandy Hook Promise, una organización nacional, sin fines de lucro que se enfoca en prevenir la violencia, antes de que suceda, educando y movilizando a jóvenes y adultos, para que identifiquen, intervengan, y obtengan ayuda para personas que puedan correr el riesgo de lastimárse, así mismos, o a los demás.

Tendremos una reunion informativa para padres, sobre esta nueva iniciativa, el martes 22 de enero a las 6:45 p.m. en la gimnasio auxiliar de Kennett High School. También transmitiremos la presentación en vivo para aquellos que no puedan asistir en persona. Se publicará un enlace de transmisión en vivo, en www.kcsd.org. Y también una grabación de la reunión y otros recursos de S2SS estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.

Espero conocerlos y responder cualquier pregunta que puedan tener el 22 de enero. Si no puede asistir, y tiene alguna pregunta, o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente al (610) 444-6602.


Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.


Safe2Say Something Resources

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Last year’s efforts in planting, watering, weeding, and harvesting resulted in 480 pounds of healthy, organic food that was donated to the Kennett Food Cupboard.

For those in our Kennett community who may need assistance or who would like to volunteer, please visit: www.kacsonline.net/food-cupboard/

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  • Wednesday, November 14 is Read Me Day – Wear a shirt with words on it and bring your favorite book to school.
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We cannot wait to let you know how “Pawsome” your students are! Parent-Teacher Conferences begin on Friday, November 16, 2018! Conferences will continue on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of the following week. Each day of conferences, students will be dismissed at 12:05.

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When a child is sick, parents do not just get to focus on their child. According to their website, www.rmhc.org/ronald-mcdonald-house, “Families are stronger when they are together, which helps in the healing process. By staying at a Ronald McDonald House, parents also can better communicate with their child’s medical team and keep up with complicated treatment plans. They can also focus on the health of their child, rather than grocery shopping, cleaning, or cooking meals.”

This is where we all can help! By donating canned goods, we can help feed these families and the families in our community when they need it the most.

This is a voluntary program and no family should feel pressured to give.

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In the past year, Brady Hughes, a student in Mrs. MaryJo Gorcyca’s kindergarten class, has become extremely interested in learning about the weather. He also enjoys geography and learning about how the weather is different across the United States. Brady loves reading about hurricanes and thunderstorms.Student visits Action News studios with his family.

Brady and his mom, Laurie, were watching Cecily Tynan back in mid-September on her Facebook Live and she commented that they were watching together and that Brady wants to be a meteorologist when he grows up. It was at that point that Cecily Tynan invited Brady to the studio for a tour!

He had the opportunity to see the newsroom where the reporters, editors, and producers work to gather the news. He had the chance to meet Cecily Tynan, play on the AccuWeather board, and sit at the news desk. Brady also enjoyed seeing the production room. He was there when the 4 o’clock news went live, and he had the opportunity to see the job of the producers.

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Students were educated about what they should do in a fire situation by using the terms stop, drop, and roll. FireFighter Billy Brown, also wowed the young crowd by appearing in full fire gear. The motivation for this type of presentation is so that young children know what a firefighter looks like when they enter a building with fire or smoke. Students were given the opportunity to look through infrared cameras and to also hear FireFighter Brown’s oxygen tank.

At the end of the presentation, students lined up outside of the school to get a first hand look of the fire trucks and all of the equipment they carry.

Each students received a dalmatian colored fire hat to go along with everything they learned about staying safe.

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Students saw a small portion of the amazing experiments that await them. Sign up soon, spots do not last long!

Blinded by the Light 11/28; 12/5; 12/12; 12/19; 1/2
Earth’s Mysteries 3/6; 3/13; 3/27; 4/3; 4/10
Magical Mixtures 4/24; 5/1; 5/8; 5/15; 5/22

For more information and to register, please visit https://scienceexplorers.com/

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Upon arrival, students were greeted by farmers who were just as excited to see them disembark from their seats. They happily screeched and squealed as they walked past goats sitting atop strategically placed structures. In a single file line, two classes made their way to the hayride while the other classes started in the warehouse.

The hayride began with a trip to the apple orchard. Students were able to choose 3 different kinds of apples to take home and share with their families. They boarded the hayride once again in order to venture to the pumpkin patch. The farmers explained the pumpkin life cycle and also chose a pumpkin for the class to take back to their school. Each class got a pumpkin.

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Parents, students, and siblings alike were able to use Reading Eggs and Mathseeds, sing the alphabet song including the signs the students learn, and write using the Handwriting Without Tears method.

It was a fantastic night of learning and fostering the love of learning between the school and the homes of our youngest learners.

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