KMS Up2Date

February 12, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Members of the KMS Community,


Please be advised that 2nd quarter grades have been posted this afternoon and are available in the parent portal.


If you haven't already done so please take a few minutes to complete the Survey Works Family survey which allows us to collect important feedback about our school and school community. You can take the short survey online now thru March 31. To take the survey visit bit.ly/ridefamily . Choose our school from the dropdown list.


Thanks to the 43 families who have completed the survey. Our goal is to have as many as possible involved.


I hope that you are able to find the time this week ahead to rest. We are due back on Monday, February 22 (Day B).


Have a great week,


Dennis Morrell, Principal

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Reminder.....Monday, February 22nd is "B Day"!!!

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Band & Chorus

The continuing global pandemic has forced BWRSD to suspend the band and chorus programs at Kickemuit Middle School for the rest of this school year. While we are disappointed, we remain hopeful that we can bring those classes back for fall 2021.


At this time, if your child is not participating in the after school band or jazz band club, we want to collect all KMS owned instruments that are still out there in student homes. These instruments should be returned to the KMS office at your earliest convenience. Please be sure the student name is labeled on the instrument. We will need to inventory what we have in order to best prepare for the future of the program.


If you are renting an instrument through Robert’s Musical Instruments, you are welcome to contact his business through the shared link or by phone at 401-823-5459 to cancel your child’s rental. You can visit his store to return your instrument, or drop it off in the KMS front office. Robert will visit KMS each week to pick up returned instruments.


If you have any questions about returning instruments, please contact Mr. Brackett or Mrs. Labonte by email.

8th Grade Hppenings

Course selection

KMS and MHHS are working together to help support 8th grade students with their transition to high school. Starting after the vacation MHHS will begin virtual presentations in preparation for course selections. Please mark your calendars, more information to follow.


Friday 2/26/21

Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business Virtual Presentations for students


Tuesday March 9, 20201

8th Grade Parent Information and Q/A Virtual Meeting on MHHS Program and Pathways


Wednesday 3/3/21

MHHS Guidance Counselor review of Program of Studies Virtual Presentations for students

KMS BinaxNOW Covid-19 Testing

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KMS Families

The Bristol Warren Regional School District (BWRSD) takes the health and safety of our students and their families very seriously. As such, in addition to screening protocols, and mask and social distancing requirements, we are adding a voluntary K-12 COVID-19 testing program for students and staff. This program uses BinaxNOW tests provided by the federal government.


Testing will only be completed with parent/guardian (for students) or staff consent. A COVID-19 Testing Consent Form is located in Aspen under the “Tasks'' widget area (similar to the “Covid Daily Student/Staff Screening”) .


This Consent Form only needs to be completed once for parents/guardians and staff to agree to periodic testing for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.


This testing is required for all student athletes and coaches. For all other students and staff, It is optional, but strongly encouraged to help us keep our schools as healthy and safe as possible.


What is the test?

The BinaxNOW COVID-19 test involves using a swab placed inside the tip of the nose to collect a specimen for testing. For students under the age of 12, a trained COVID-19 test facilitator will conduct the swab test. Students ages 12 and older will be assisted through the process by a trained test facilitator.


Students athletes and coaches will be tested weekly, beginning next week (see details in the section below). All other students and staff will be tested once every 1-2 weeks beginning the first two weeks in February. PLEASE NOTE: Students or staff who have tested positive within the last 90 days of a BinaxNOW test date will not be tested.


Staff or parents/guardians will only be notified by the school nurse if there is a positive test result. Results will then be reported to the RIDOH. Students who test positive will be immediately taken to an isolation room and parents/guardians will be notified to pick up the student within the hour. Parents/guardians should contact their primary care physician, and schedule a test at K-12 portal.ri.gov. Staff who test positive will immediately be sent home and should also contact their primary care physician and schedule a test at K-12 portal.ri.gov.


The BinaxNOW test is only for individuals who are asymptomatic (not showing symptoms). Staff or students who are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 should remain home, contact their primary care physician, and schedule a test at K-12 portal.ri.gov.


Disclaimer:

While we realize precautions will be taken for the safety of students, please understand that neither the test facilitator nor the BWRSD, nor any of its committee members, officers, or employees are liable for any accident or injuries that may occur to your child or yourself (if you are a student age 18 or older), as a result of agreeing to the test.


If you have questions regarding the BinaxNOW testing program, please contact Erin Welchman, KMS School Nurse Teacher, (Erin.Welchman@bwrsd.org), or Dennis Morrell, Principal, (Dennis.Morrell@bwrsd.org).


Thank you!

KMS Student Athlete BinaxNOW Testing Procedures

BinaxNOW Covid-19 Testing for Student Athletes

Binax testing for student athletes is mandatory and will take place every Tuesday (A Group) and Thursday (B Group) in the school gym beginning on February 2, 2021, and running through the end of the winter sports season with the exception of February 15, which is Presidents’ Day. Virtual students should arrive at KMS at 2:00 on these testing days.


PARENTS/GUARDIANS will need to complete a COVID-19 Testing Consent Form for their student athlete which is located in Aspen under the “Tasks'' widget area (similar to the “Covid Daily Student/Staff Screening”). If you are unable to access Aspen a copy of the consent form can be found here or attached below. PLEASE NOTE: We will not test any student who does not have a consent form on file.

This Consent Form only needs to be completed once for parents/guardians and staff to agree to periodic testing for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year.



Inside the gym, athletes will receive their Binax swab and self swab under direction of a school facilitator (School nurse, or other trained BWRSD Staff). The test will be collected and the student athlete will be dismissed.


School staff will monitor the test card for results. Athletes and their families will only be contacted in the event of a positive test result.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us. Thank you!

BWRSD BinaxNOW Testing Consent Form

Watch this "how to" video on completing the online form

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We need your help!

SurveyWorks Family Survey

Dear Parents:

The Rhode Island Department of Education is currently administering its annual SurveyWorks Family Survey, which is an opportunity for family members to provide feedback about our school community and our children’s opportunities to learn. The survey results are most useful when all families participate, so I am writing to ask you to participate in this survey.

Your views on matters like the safety of your child at school, the way students are taught, the condition of the school, and how connected you feel to this school are important. By taking this short survey, you can help our school leadership and school community to make improvements. Responses are anonymous and cannot be linked to any individual; no one can tie your responses back to you.


You can take the short survey online now thru March 31. To take the survey, visit bit.ly/ridefamily . Choose your school from the dropdown list.


Our goal is to have 250 families participate! If we meet that goal, each family will be put into a drawing for one of the four Swarovski-Touchstone Crystal gifts. The drawing will take place the week of April 5th.


Thank you,

Frank DeVall

Dean of Students

SurveyWorks Coordinator

KMS Student Attendance REMINDER

As communicated throughout this year, all students, both hybrid or virtual, must log in to daily homeroom by 8:30 am. We give the students a 5 minute window until 8:35 to complete this important task. If a student fails to log in to daily homeroom (period 1) they are marked absent.


If you receive an automated attendance call that your student is absent, or your child has missed or was late to homeroom, you may email KMSAttendance@bwrsd.org to update the attendance record.


Another issue with which we need your support is that some "at home" students will log into homeroom, but do not attend any classes (or few classes) during the school day. Attendance during all classes is expected and is important for success. We are working on running reports that will generate an automated call to parents if their student is marked present, but not in a particular class. We are continually looking at ways to increase communication during these difficult times. As you can imagine, it's next to impossible to foresee and solve issues that we have never dealt with in the past.


It's important for everyone to remember that the district's expectation is that students be "in school" from 8:30 - 3:00 every day unless notification to the office is made. The attendance clerk can be reached at 245-2010, ext. 2279 or KMSAttendance@bwrsd.org.


Families are encouraged to continue to monitor student progress in the parent portal. In addition to grades, families can monitor their student's attendance and conduct reports. It is recommended that you log into Aspen on a weekly basis. Second quarter closes on Friday, February 5 and I encourage all parents/guardians to reach out to their student's teachers with any questions.

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Showcase on Student Achievement

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Medical Detectives

Rachael Thurston and Savannah Murray created this media as part of a project in Medical Detectives class. They had to read, organize and synthesize information from a variety of sources including a patient medical file and various neurological tests in order to diagnose their patient. Their diagnosis was a neurotransmitter issue that was affecting the transfer of input and output signals between neurons (nerve cells) in the body.


The girls wanted to have a little fun, so they created a commercial for a fictitious medicine for their patient. You will notice that their medicine promises that the patient's neurons will start passing signals like never before. In Medical Detectives, students hone their comprehension and deductive reasoning skills while having fun with hands-on experiments and projects. They get a taste of what it would be like to pursue an education in biomedical science.


Click on this link to watch the commercial.





Husky Happenings

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Chromebook Insurance

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KMS Spirit Gear Order Form

If you would like to purchase Husky tee shirts or sweatshirts please click on the link below:


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School Improvement Team

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Community Information

Rogers Free Library


We are excited to announce the “Healthy Body + Healthy Mind = Happy Life Challenge!” just in time to beat the February doldrums and celebrate American Heart Month! We encourage you to invest time in your mental and physical health by taking part in this month-long program! Patrons of all ages can register for the challenge. Earn badges online, and enter to win prizes! Simply put, once you have signed up in the Beanstack app, choose one healthy activity each day (for body or mind) to earn one of 28 badges.

Visit our site to get started: https://rogersfreelibrary.beanstack.org/

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Free STEAM Virtual Hands-On Program with RIMOSA through George Hail Library

Plan for your family's Winter Vacation with this free program. Limited to 10 students, ages 8-14. Register to reserve your spot! Registration will give you access to your own kit and hands-on participant instruction with RIMOSA in order to create a unique sculpture! Call 245-7686, we are accepting registrations now. The date of the program is on Wednesday, February 17th at 11am, during Bristol-Warren's winter break.

https://georgehail.org/library-events/2021/01/11/steam-virtual-hands-program

Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 - 11:00am

Event Category: Kids


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Make Your Grocery Shopping Count for KMS!

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Support KMS with Stop & Shop Rewards Program

Welcome back to the start of a new school year and to a new year of A+ School Rewards!


This year’s A+ Program runs from August 7, 2020 through March 13, 2021.


Our school Kickemuit Middle School , ID# 07053: has the opportunity to participate in and earn CASH from A+ School Rewards, a great fundraising program run through your local Stop & Shop! Former Supporters:


You DO NOT need to re-register your card if your school selection(s) remains the same as last year.


New Supporters or Existing Supporters Wishing to Make Changes: • Beginning July 1, 2020, visit stopandshop.com and select “SIGN IN” at the top right to log into your online account. Once logged in, you may select or modify your school choice. • If you do not have an online account, visit stopandshop.com and click “REGISTER”. Follow the prompts to create your online account. Once logged in, follow the same instructions as noted above. • You’ll need your 13-digit STOP & SHOP CARD number and the School ID number. If you need assistance, call 1-877-366-2668 option 1.



We only have 200 cards supporting our school right now! Let's try to reach 300!!!!

2021 ARTS Scholarship Program

The Community Outreach Committee of the Providence Performing Arts Center (PPAC) is seeking scholarship applications from talented students ages 11-14 with financial need for the 2021 ARTS Scholarships program. Beginning Thursday, January 14, 2021, links to ARTS Scholarships applications and application guidelines in English and Spanish are available on PPAC’s website at https://www.ppacri.org/artsscholarships.

To ensure the safety of applicants and PPAC staff at this time, applications and supporting materials can only be submitted electronically via Google forms and OneDrive links posted on PPAC’s website. No hard copies of applications or original artwork will be accepted. All applications and supporting materials must be submitted electronically no later than 4P on Friday, February 26, 2021.

To apply for a 2021 ARTS Scholarship, students must:

  • submit a completed Google application form completed by the student and their parent or guardian

o Student & Parent/Guardian form: https://forms.gle/ca3YP82pAoV9GbVh8

o Parent/Guardian form in Spanish: https://forms.gle/LFb2xmVabyMMTexs5

  • provide a sponsor with the link to the Google sponsor form to complete and submit on their behalf

o Sponsor form: https://forms.gle/W5g8VKnmw9u2TQRn7

  • upload a talent sample (detailed photos of artwork, video of dance, singing, or musical performance, etc.) via the link to OneDrive

o https://ppac-my.sharepoint.com/:f:/g/personal/bouser2_ppacri_org/EsD_C1OkaihGpxaNvQhg7RAB_xvIIux2BFmG9YHR4qNRtg

For complete application guidelines and more information, please visit www.ppacri.org or call Cynthia Goldsmith, Director of Special Projects/Assistant to the President, at (401) 574-3105.

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Group A/Group B calendar

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