KCSD Connection

Vol. 1, Issue 14 - May 3, 2022

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Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, and we are giving a special thank you to all of our world-class KCSD teachers!

At the May Board Meeting, the KCSD Board of Education approved a five percent raise for all of Team Kenton. Please see the video message below from Dr. Webb.

Exciting news from the KCSD during Teacher Appreciation Week

Changes to KCSD Meal Pay System

On May 2, 2022 the Kenton County School District's Student Nutrition implemented a statewide point of service program in the cafeteria. The statewide software program utilizes MySchoolBucks for online payments. The online payment platform requires parents to pay a $2.75 per transaction fee. Students' account balances will transfer from the old point of service (MyPaymentsPlus) to the new point of service.

Create your free MySchoolBucks account to conveniently and securely add money to your student’s meal account online or with the mobile app.

With MySchoolBucks you’ll be able to view cafeteria purchases, check your student’s balance, receive low balance alerts and pay for school meals from anywhere!

Get Started Today:

  1. Go to myschoolbucks.com or download the mobile app
  2. Create your free account and add your students using their school name / student ID
  3. Add funds using your credit / debit card or electronic check
    Note: For each transaction, you will be charged a program fee of $2.75*
  4. Set up automatic payments and never forget to send in lunch money again

If you need assistance with your account, you can find helpful how-to videos and answers to commonly asked questions by visiting myschoolbucks.com. Or, you can contact MySchoolBucks directly by logging into your account to start a chat conversation or give them a call at (855) 832-5226.

*In recent years the district has been able to absorb the cost of fees on behalf of families for making online payments, but due to a change in our food service technology system and an overall increase in costs to operate the National School Lunch Program we are unable to continue to do so at this time. We do hope to be able to resume this practice at some point in the future while continually working to provide quality meals to all students. Thank you for your understanding. Please remember that students are always welcome to add money to their lunch accounts with no associated fees by simply bringing cash or check to school. The fee for online payments will be a flat fee not dependent on the amount of money added to your student's lunch account, therefore to minimize the impact of this fee we suggest the following options:

  • If it is possible for your family, you may increase the amount you deposit in to your student's account when utilizing the online payments, minimizing the number of fees.
  • Send cash or check with your student to be deposited into their account.

Please note that there is no charge for accessing all other features of the online system. You will be able to monitor the deposits as they occur, account balance, as well as review your child's purchase history.

For any questions please contact your school’s cafeteria manager or Director of Student Nutrition Elizabeth Hord.

Arts for Life Night Is Wednesday, May 4!

The Kenton County School District is holding its annual "Arts for Life Night" at the Kenton County Public Library on Wednesday, May 4, 2022.

Select students from Kenton, Piner, Ryland, White’s Tower, and Taylor Mill elementary schools will have their artwork on display from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Independence Library is located at 1992 Walton-Nicholson Road, Independence, KY.

The Erlanger Branch Library at 401 Kenton Lands Road, Erlanger, KY will host artwork for students from Beechgrove, Caywood, Ft. Wright, Hinsdale, River Ridge and Summit View Academy.

Team Kenton honored at Northern Kentucky Education Council Excellence in Education banquet

Congratulations to the following members of Team Kenton who were honored at the Northern Kentucky Education Council Excellence in Education Banquet on April 27:

  • Mark Dugan, Dixie Heights, Academic All Star
  • Kailynn Hans, Simon Kenton, Academic All Star
  • Mia Robinson, Scott, Against All Odds
  • Noah Roark, Dixie Heights/Ignite, Career and Technical All Star
  • Pam Hanson, Woodland, Golden Apple
  • Nate Niemi, Dixie Heights, AD Albright Administrator of the Year

Young Scholars Academy is expanding!

Student Achievements

KCSD Students participate in state STLP Competition

Several KCSD students participated in the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state competition in Lexington on Wednesday, April 20.

Governor's Scholars Program

Congratulations to the following KCSD students who have been named to the 2022 Governor's Scholar Program.

Dixie Heights

  • Anna Engelman
  • Aubrey Hopkins
  • Emma Slone
  • Madeline Steffen
  • Paul Kreinbrink
  • Benjamin Wells
  • Alternates- Katarina List, MaKenna Mutongwiza, Megan Rust


  • Ava Coleman
  • Teagan Pattinson
  • Luke Dawson
  • Christian Herrema
  • Bryson Lindloff
  • Benjamin Oxenham
  • Alternate: Kayla Peterson

Simon Kenton

  • Chzarlize Corpuz
  • Bailey DiOrio
  • Lauren Donahue
  • Katherine Gadzala
  • Jenna Harney
  • Anna Harrington
  • Delaney Knock
  • Lauren Popham
  • Kayla Price
  • Caroline Rohrer
  • Eva Russo
  • Emily Schraffenberger
  • Hailey Skiles
  • Alexandra Tomlinson
  • Allan Meier
  • Alternate: Susan Lepisto

The Governor's Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky's next generation of civic and economic leaders. Established in 1983, the program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state.

Scott Students named to KHSAA Advisory Panel

Congratulations to Scott High School juniors Ava Coleman and Laine Morman for being selected to the KHSAA Student Advisory Panel. They will attend a leadership summit with students from across the country this summer in Indianapolis. Only 12 students from Kentucky were selected for this.

Simon Kenton students win conservation writing awards

Congratulations to the following Simon Kenton students, who won Jim Claypool Art & Conservation Writing Contest awards from the Kenton County Conservation District.

  • Rohan Ketron, Kenton County winner and Region 5 winner
  • Jada Johnson, Kenton County finalist
  • Autumn Herald, Kenton County finalist

SK Archer Mason Hammons is state-runner up

Congratulations to Simon Kenton's Mason Hammons, who won runner-up at the KHSAA State Archery Tournament.

Staff Achievements

Scott teacher wins KYASRO Educator of the Year

Scott High School teacher Rebecca Heineke has been named the Kentucky Association of School Resource Officers (KYASRO) 2022 Educator of the Year.

This award was given to her for her work in the classroom building relationships and mentoring those students who have faced trauma at home and struggle in school. She has done much to help me build a bridge between those students who might not view the police as a supportive resource and in keeping the campus safe.

She will be officially presented with her award at the Safe Schools Conference in Richmond in June.

KCSD Special Education Team Presents at National Conference

Danielle Rice, Director of Special Education, and Tammy Pugh, Due Process/504 Coordinator, recently presented at LRP's National Institute conference in Louisville. They talked about Promotion Progress and Narrowing the Achievement Gap.

KCSD School Librarians win awards

Congratulations to Erin Weaver from Fort Wright Elementary and Toni Moore from Simon Kenton High School for receiving awards from the Northern Kentucky Association of School Librarians. Weaver won the Outstanding School Media Librarian Award and Moore won the Outstanding School Library Website Award.

Dr. Amanda Dempsey, KCSD's Early College Supervisor, named to Leadership Kentucky Elevate Kentucky Class of 2022

Congratulations to our May Team Kenton Award winners!

(Not pictured: Sheila Traylor, Transportation)

KCSD Teachers Complete KC-NET Program

Congratulations to the following teachers who completed the Kenton County New Educator Training (KC-NET) Program for Intern Teachers:

Courtney Eckerle

Christopher Crone

Katherine Adams

Shamira Begum

Emersyn Early

Caleb Rogers

Sadie Kuntz

Morgan Brown

Katie Elkus

Emily Staat

Sarah Steele

Zachary Auton

Sarah Dougherty

Joe Gronefeld

Jose Rosario Rodriguez

Malorie Hegge

Charles Jordan

Courtney Boyle

Dana Wahl

Jared Drewes

Shelby Schultz

Graham Benefiel

Troy Garrard

Whitney Hargan

Veterans Career Fair on May 5

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Upcoming events

Tuesday, May 17 - No School, Primary Election Day

Thursday, May 26 - LAST DAY Of School for students!

Dixie Heights Commencement

Wednesday, June 1st, 7pm

500 Louie B Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY

Scott High School Commencement

Thursday, June 2nd, 7pm

500 Louie B Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY

Simon Kenton High School Commencement

Friday, June 3rd, 7pm

500 Louie B Nunn Drive

Highland Heights, KY

Board Meeting

Monday, June 6th, 7pm

1045 Eaton Drive

Fort Wright, KY

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