Kennedy Newsletter for Families
Greetings from the Kennedy Elementary Office!
Our school was pleased and proud to host some of our Board of Education members on September 30. We invited them to Kennedy so they could see "first hand" the outstanding work that happens here each day. We shared our school vision with the BOE and re-affirmed the fact that we are here for the "whole child" and not just academics. It was a great visit, and of course our Coyotes did a great job hosting!
This school and it's community is a blessing in my life, and I hope you feel the same way. I am proud to say I love my job and the work we do. Thanks so much for partnering with us in your child's education. My goal this year is to help each child at our school know they are loved and continue to realize their potential. How am I doing? Feel free to email me with comments and concerns.
Proud to serve you and the Lynn Garden Community,
Janice Irvin, Ed. D.
Kennedy is a Bully-Free Zone! #CoyotesAreKind
Dear KCS Families,
Kingsport City Schools launched a new anonymous reporting tool called P3 Campus. The P3 Campus anonymous reporting solution is an upgraded replacement to Quick Tip (our previous platform) where students, employees, and the community can share information and concerns with administrators and law enforcement.
Students can use P3 Campus to report: assault, bullying, cyberbullying, fighting, suicide concerns, drugs, alcohol, weapons or other types of dangerous situations that threaten their safety or the safety of others for the purpose of prevention and intervention.
Reporting can be done via the school or district websites (click the light bulb icon on the homepage), P3 Campus mobile app, going to P3Campus.com, or by scanning the QR code on posters in schools.
P3 Campus will help keep our students and our school safer by:
- Creating a positive school culture and community
- Giving students a voice to share concerns
- Gathering information to proactively address concerns.
- Preventing tragedies from the personal level to the community level
- Building trust within our school community
P3 Campus is one more part of our continuous efforts to improve school and student safety. Please encourage your student to use this potentially life saving technology when needed to better our schools and community.
Coins for Cancer
Join our PTA!
Here are some dates you'll want to know about!
October 1 - IHOP (Stone Drive) PTA Donation Night 5-8PM! Don't cook tonight!
Come out and Eat Pancakes to raise money for our PTA! Pancakes + Coyotes = :)
October 2 - Picture Retake Day (Say Cheese!) AND National Custodians Day! Send in a treat for our custodians! We love Carol, Crystal, and Brittany! They take amazing care of JFK!
October 4 - Teacher In-service Day (No School)
October 8 - PTA Meeting at 12:00noon here at JFK
October 14 -18 Fall Break (No School)
October 21-24 - Book Fair open 8:00-3:30pm (We get a portion of the profits!! Yay!)
October 24 - Book Fair 3:45-5:00 & Spooky Literacy Night 5:00-6:30
October 25 - Book Fair closes at 11:00am
November 7 - Veterans Day Program at 6:00 at JFK (all 4th and 5th Graders sing)
***Please wear jeans and red, white, and/or blue tops. Safe shoes please!
November 12 - PTA Meeting at 6:00PM here at JFK
November 14 - Fall Festival 4:00-6:00 (More info to come! This is SO fun!)
November 21 - Thankful Meal at JFK 5:00-6:30PM ***This is the correct time! We are thankful for you! Come enjoy a no cost Thanksgiving Meal with our JFK Staff!
RTI - What is it, and how does JFK support my child?
Kennedy Elementary is committed to helping all children succeed. We have many ways to help children who are struggling to learn and who need additional supports to be successful. Response to Instruction and Intervention (RTI²) is one form of support.
What is RTI²?
A multi-tiered delivery system that uses a data-driven problem-solving model to identify specific student need and match appropriate instructional strategies.
What does the RTI² Framework look like?
The RTI² Framework has three tiers. Each tier provides differing levels of support.
- In Tier l, all students receive research-based, high quality, general education instruction that incorporates ongoing universal screening and ongoing assessment to inform instruction.
- In Tier ll, intervention is implemented when assessment indicates that a student is not making adequate gains from Tier I instruction alone. In addition to Tier I instruction, students are provided small group interventions designed to meet their specific needs. These students are progress monitored weekly or every other week using a tool that is sensitive to measuring changes in the student’s individual skills.
- In Tier III, more intensive interventions are provided to students who have not made significant progress in Tier II, who are more than 1.5 grade levels behind, or who are below the 10th percentile. These students are progress monitored weekly or every other week using a tool that is sensitive to measuring changes in the student’s individual skills.
What are the key components of the RTI² Framework?
A key component of RTI² is that all children receive high quality curriculum and instruction in the general education classroom (Tier l).
Another component of RTI² is that the school conducts universal screenings. Universal screenings review the performance and progress of all students through brief assessments. Universal screenings help schools identify students who may need more support or other types of instruction.
As a result of universal screenings, students may be identified as needing targeted intervention (Tier ll) in addition to the high quality instruction they are receiving in Tier l. Research based interventions are used to support students in the area(s) in which they are struggling. Research based interventions are teaching strategies or methods that have been proven effective in helping children learn.
Another key component of RTI² is progress monitoring. Progress monitoring is a way for teachers to take a snapshot of how children are doing on a specific skill. It shows how well the intervention is working. It includes formal and informal assessments. Progress monitoring helps determine whether an intervention is successful or needs to be changed. This information is shared with parents on a regular basis.
When progress monitoring indicates that the intervention is no longer needed, the child continues to receive support from the general education curriculum (Tier I). When progress monitoring shows that a child is not responding to the intervention, another approach or intervention may be tried. If a higher level of support is needed, students may be given more intense intervention that further focuses on the supporting skills they need to be successful learners (Tier lll). Students who do not respond to Tier III interventions may be referred for special education.
Students receiving Tier II or Tier III interventions will take home a letter every 4 1/2 weeks to let their families know how they are progressing.
Here are a few ways parents can support what their child is doing in school:
- Make reading an everyday habit a home
- Communicate with your child’s teacher
- Monitor and assist with homework assignments
- Review progress monitoring data
- Share your child’s successes
- Learn more about the curricula and interventions being used in your child’s school
- Attend parent/teacher conferences and other school meeting about your child
Talk to your child’s teacher or principal for more information about how RTI² is being implemented in your child’s school.
For more information, please contact:
Heather Hobbs, Associate Principal
email@example.com or 857-2700
**** Kennedy Office Staff ****
We hope you find this permanent section helpful! Please let us know if we can clarify anything for you.
Attendance, Absences, and Tardiness
Flowers, balloons, etc. should not be sent to the office for students. Please give these sweet gifts at home.
Breakfast and Lunch Programs
Ice-cream day is Friday and must be purchased ($1)
Healthy chips can also be purchased ($1)
Per school policy, students cannot bring fast food in the cafeteria. Please have your student eat his/her meal prior to arriving at school.
The number to the transportation garage is 392-4416, if needed.
- During AM drop off, please stay in your car and allow your child to exit independently.
- During AM drop off, please unload at all 4 numbers/lanes. No need to stop at the bottom of the hill.
- During AM drop off, students can walk into the cafe from 7:30-8:05.
- In the afternoons, 4th and 5th grade cars (side parking lot) please turn RIGHT after you pick-up.
- In the afternoons, PLEASE USE YOUR CAR TAG! :) There is often a glare and I cannot see faces until you are right beside me. This helps our line move as quickly as possible.
857-2700 - Main Office
857-2704 - Cafe, Karen Mullins
857-2702 -Nurse Lundy
1500 Woodland Avenue
Kingsport, TN 37665
H- Helping Others
O- Overcoming Challenges
W- Willingness to Learn
L- Leading with Respect
Hear us HOWL!
In addition to these expectations we use Positive Discipline with Lifeskills at Kennedy Elementary. We know that a part of growing our students as leaders includes citizenship and character. We believe our students are the best in Tennessee.
Kennedy Family Lifeskills for Reference
Kennedy Family Positive Discipline Reference
Positive Discipline really boils down to discipline that is kind and firm. We focus on fixing the behavior, not necessarily punishment. It's based on respect and character building.
Health and Medical
Additionally, we have a tele-medicine program where a child can be seen via a camera and equipment in Nurse Lundy's office. They can receive antibiotics through this program if needed! We encourage you to use this program! It's awesome!
Lost and Found
Opportunities for Coyotes
AM Tutoring (5th Grade)
Big Brothers Big Sisters (all grades)
Breakfast Club (for students with sensory needs)
Chorus (all grades)
DBYes (DB student mentors)
HOWLers (Boys, 4th and 5th)
Kiwanis Club Readers (volunteers)
RTI - Response to Intervention (time set aside to catch up academically)
Ladies of Lynn Garden (Girls 4th and 5th)
Maker Space (only one in a KCS elementary school!)
Morning Mile (Coach Robbins - 7:45-8:00)
Speech Services (for qualifying students)
Spelling Bee (3rd, 4th, and 5th)
Our KCS Website can be found here: https://www.k12k.com/
Zoning and Tuition
If you have any questions feel free to contact Alisa Strong (firstname.lastname@example.org) via email or by calling (423)378-2100.
Approvals are based on: Attendance, Behavior, and Classroom Space
Our vision, our students, our community, our future!
Highlights - more pictures can be found on Twitter! @KCS_Kennedy