KCSD Connection

Vol. 1, Issue 5 - September 29, 2021

School Report Card Data Released

The 20-21 School Report Card has been released for the Kenton County School District. Each year, Kentucky schools publish School Report Cards (SRC). School and District Report Cards provide information about each school and district, including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, and much more. For the second year in a row, the School Report Card is without star ratings, which were not applicable for the 2020-2021 school year, as federal classifications were not calculated. Schools and school districts will retain their federal classification based on 2018-2019 assessment data. This is due to the U.S. Department of Education (USED) waiving the 2020-2021 accountability requirements; however, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) did administer summative and other state assessments for the 20-21 school year.

The Kenton County School District (KCSD) School Report Card reflects data gathered from assessed students and participation information, performance results from 2021 assessments, graduation rate, and the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey. COVID-19 impacted most aspects of education this past school year, including the annual statewide assessment. While we may not be able to use 2021 test scores to compare student achievement, we can still use them as a “temperature check” to address student learning.

In the KCSD, assessment data provides valuable information to our schools and district. State assessment data allows the Kenton County School District (KCSD) to notice comparisons and trends in relation to other data sets. The KCSD utilizes a Balanced Assessment approach, whereby data collection and analysis take place regularly and allow for adjustments to instruction in real time. Multiple data sets are triangulated when making informed instructional decisions. In addition to state testing data, schools have ongoing data throughout the year in the form of common formative assessments, common summative assessments, progress monitoring, and diagnostic assessments. Through data analysis, the KCSD measures progress towards school and district comprehensive improvement plans. The KCSD utilizes data with a forward facing approach through our Community Based Accountability System. CBAS is an effort to build a meaningful and comprehensive approach to accountability beyond a single test score.

Within the 2021 KCSD School Report card, bright spots to highlight include increases for On-Demand writing, which showed gains with an overall increase in proficient and distinguished scores. The Kindergarten Screener/ Brigance increased with 71.7% of students kindergarten ready. With the ACCESS for EL students, 70% of students increased by one or more levels moving towards exiting EL status. The top 10% of ACT scores yielded a composite score of 28.8. Survey data for the Quality of School Climate and Safety Survey indicated over 90% of the students strongly agreed or agreed with statements about important topics such as:

  • Feeling safe at school

  • Knowing what to do in an emergency

  • Safe ways to report bullying

  • Feeling cared about/welcome at school

  • Having an adult advocate

The current release of data for spring 2021 will be referred to as the Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA). Therefore, the release of Individual Student Reports and Summary Reports will be called KSA, not Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP). Individual student reports are anticipated to be sent home in the month of October.

Additional data is available here.

New program provides Kenton County students with early take off into aviation maintenance careers

Fifteen high school juniors from the Kenton County School District have begun a specially designed education program through which they will get an early start on completing a degree in aviation maintenance technology and become certified drone pilots in the process.

Each morning during the school week, the students will board a bus that will take them across the Ohio River to Cincinnati State's Harrison Campus, where they will begin learning how to keep jets safely flying in the college's FAA-Certified Aviation Maintenance Technology program.

Students who complete the half-day, two-year program can earn up to up to 29 hours of college credit and three national certifications, including a drone operator's certification.

On September 13, Kenton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Henry Webb was joined by Cincinnati State President Dr. Monica Posey at the Harrison Campus to present students in the program with their drone kits.

Read more


FOX19: https://www.fox19.com/video/2021/09/13/cincinnati-state-partners-with-kenton-county-schools-offer-aviation-program-students/

Local 12: https://local12.com/news/local/kenton-county-students-get-a-head-start-on-aviation-maintenance-careers-cincinnati-ohio-state-mechanics-

WLWT: https://www.wlwt.com/article/kenton-county-students-partner-with-cincinnati-state-aviation-maintenance-program/37595667

Gateway scholars receive tool kits

Scholars in the Building Maintenance Career Pathway at Gateway Community and Technical College received their tool kits from the Team Kenton Foundation.

More photos here.

Turkey Foot Middle School receives donation of 15 guitars

Through a partnership with Orangewood Guitars – The Giving Guitar, Give A Note Foundation recently donated 15 guitars to Turkey Foot Middle School after learning from the band director, Jamie Massaro, that many of her guitar students were using duct taped guitars passed down from another school.

Massaro felt her guitar students deserved an opportunity to play with better instruments and contacted Give A Note. Many students do not have the means to purchase their own guitars, and having these instruments available creates a more equitable opportunity for students to learn how to play guitar.

Last year’s guitar students are now in another fine arts rotation for communications and journalism. Give A Note seeks to give these students who played with the sub-standard instruments last year an opportunity to showcase their talents by presenting them with the new guitars.

Give A Note Foundation helped keep music programs alive during COVID with the Let’s Play Music Fund, providing over 13,000 pieces of music-specific PPE to more than 6500 students from 86 schools in 18 states. Participation in music was challenged due to aerosol concerns with performance, school shutdowns and music program furloughs. Give A Note focuses its investments on innovative, non-traditional music programs such as guitar classes to give more students the opportunity to benefit from learning music in school.

IN THE NEWS: Check out this story from Local12.

September Team Kenton Awards

Heather Butler from Kenton Elementary received a Team Kenton Award for her positive impact on students, particularly in the promotion of academic excellence and goodness

Jenna Hoffman from White's Tower received a Team Kenton Award for her willingness to become involved and share instructional expertise with students as well as colleagues

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Steve Funke inducted into NKY Sports Hall of Fame

Congratulations to Simon Kenton alumnus and current Twenhofel staff member Steve Funke on being inducted into the Northern Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

Thank you, Health Care workers!

Students at Turkey Foot and Twenhofel middle schools made several hundred thank you notes to send to our local healthcare workers.
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Meet a new administrator!

Welcome Andrea Krumpelman, Principal at Beechgrove Elementary

Years in Education: 17

Favorite Candy Bar: Hershey's

Favorite Education Quote: "The strength of our student relationships makes the difference in translating our passion for teaching into their passion for learning."

Mrs. Krumpelman enjoys the beach, exercise, reading, and playing volleyball. She loves watching her kids compete in their sporting and dance events!

Upcoming events

Board Meeting

Monday, Oct. 4th, 7pm

1045 Eaton Drive

Fort Wright, KY

October 8 - Fall Break - No School

October 11 - Fall Break - No School

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