Each academic year, Kent School offers two selections of mini-term classes for Middle School students. The mini-terms, called Explorations last for six weeks and occur in the Fall and Spring Semesters. Explorations offers opportunities for students in Grades Five through Eight to explore an interest, develop a hobby or even discover a potential future vocation. Each Exploration class meets Friday morning to work collaboratively on their project.
On Friday, November 3 at 6:00 p.m. Kent School is hosting an Empty Bowls event to benefit the Kent County Food Pantry. Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level. The event is open to the public. While admission is free, guests may enjoy a variety of homemade soups and breads with the purchase of a student-made ceramic bowl. Each bowl is $10. The soup dinner will be held in the M.V. “Mike” Williams Gymnasium. All proceeds from the sale of the bowls will go the Kent County Food Pantry. This event is a collaboration between the Kent School’s Art Department and the Student Government Association.
Kent School students in Grade 4 and Grade 7 recently engaged in STEM activities related to their Chesapeake Bay Studies curriculum. Grade 4 students, in conjunction with The Center for Environment and Society at Washington College participated in a buoy building activity.
On Wednesday, November 8, Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair will give a lecture on her book The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family relations in the Digital Age. Dr. Steiner-Adair’s lecture will begin at 7:00 pm in the Kent School Library located at 6788 Wilkins Lane. This event is free and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
Organizers of Kent School’s Osprey Triathlon have announced that this year’s race will be Sunday, October 15, 2017. Held on the beautiful grounds of Kent School in Chestertown, MD, the Osprey Triathlon is a family friendly event welcoming athletes at all levels of skill and experience. Those not ready for the full triathlon can create a team with friends or family and compete in 1, 2, or 3 legs of the race.
Horizons of Kent and Queen Anne’s—a summer academic and enrichment program for promising students with limited economic means—announced today that they will partner with Kent School in Chestertown to host their summer program for students in Kent County. Beginning in summer 2018, the Horizons program will return to Kent School where the original program began in 1995.
On Monday, October 2, Kent School will host a secondary school fair for students in grades seven and eight and their parents or guardians. The event will be held in Kent School’s library from 7:00 pm through 8:30 pm. The fair is free and open to the public. Several independent schools, both day schools and boarding will participate. A partial list of participating schools includes The Gunston School, Severn School, Mercersburg Academy, St. Andrew’s School, West Nottingham Academy, Madeira School, Westtown School, St. James School and Woodberry Forest School.
Kent School began the 2017-2018 academic year, the School’s 49th year, with the addition of two new Trustees. Lena Cantera and Kate Gray ‘90 will be joining eleven returning Kent School Trustees. Chris McClary ’91, current Board President said, “We are fortunate to have both Kate and Lena join our Board of Trustees. Trustees are a critical group of ambassadors who play an important and active role in advancing the School. Lena and Kate bring different experiences coupled with great energy and passion for Kent School.” McClary continued, “With the addition of Kate and Lena, Nancy Mugele, Head of School has an even stronger board supporting her efforts to launch Kent School into its fiftieth year and beyond.
In mid-September Emily Harris, Watershed Coordinator of the Chester River Association, visited Kent School to train and certify Grade 8 students to become Chester Testers. Kent School’s Grade 8 students will be responsible for testing and reporting on water quality samples they take from the Urieville Lake Branch. Ms. Harris explained the role of the Chester River Association and its part in monitoring the health of the Chester River. After the overview, the students were trained to test for dissolved oxygen, nitrates, nutrients, phosphorous and turbidity. Students also discussed the potential cause and effects of imbalances in the water they test.
In a yearlong program, Kent School is partnering with the Center for Transformative Teaching and Learning at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD to focus on the leading brain science and research, and to learn to integrate educational neuroscience into the classroom.
On Friday, June 9 Kent School celebrated its 48th graduation ceremony and honored the accomplishments of the Class of 2017. The fifteen members of the Class of 2017 were recognized for their academic, athletic, artistic and moral excellence.
Kent School in Chestertown is pleased to announce a newly forged relationship with the YMCA of the Chesapeake. The partnership with the Queen Anne’s branch of the YMCA will bring robust summer programs to the Kent School campus beginning in June.
Several Middle School students from Kent School have recently been recognized for excellence in writing. The Chestertown Elks Lodge 2474 provided certificates and awards to these students based on the essays they wrote on the theme “Why Is it Important to Vote.”
Led by Kent School’s Student Government Association, students at Kent School collected food items to support Kent County’s Backpack Program. The Backpack Program is administered through the Kent County Food Pantry and serves students in Kent County who are in need.