Vol. 1, Issue 15 - June 7, 2022
Kindergarteners give advice to the Class of 2022
Dixie Heights names Roger Stainforth as new principal
The KCSD is proud to announce Roger Stainforth as the Principal of Dixie Heights High School.
For the past four years, Mr. Stainforth has been an assistant principal at Dixie. Prior to becoming a principal, Mr. Stainforth was a teacher for 10 years at Dixie.
He has his Bachelor's Degree from Northern Kentucky University, and his Master's Degree in Instructional Leadership and Education Specialist: Supervisor of Instruction from the University of the Cumberlands.
Lafon Benton named new principal at Woodland Middle School
The Kenton County School District is pleased to announce Lafon Benton as the new principal at Woodland Middle School.
Mrs. Benton is beginning her 23rd year in education. She has been an assistant principal at Dixie Heights for the last 10 years. She previously taught at Walton Verona High School and Ryle High School.
"I’m very excited and honored to have the opportunity to work for the students, teachers, and community of Woodland Middle School," she said.
Mrs. Benton will begin at Woodland on July 1.
Matt Moore named new Director of Districtwide Programs
Young Scholars Academy Celebrates Inaugural Class
The Young Scholars Academy celebrated their inaugural graduating class on Monday, May 9. This unique partnership between KCSD and Northern Kentucky University allows for scholars to join a two-year cohort in their junior year of high school while being fully immersed on NKU’s campus taking a full-time college course load.
YSA’s first graduating class boasts 71 scholars from Kenton County High Schools with 35 earning Associate of the Arts degrees in Integrative Studies. Half of this graduating class will be continuing their coursework at NKU after high school graduation, and the other half will be continuing their studies throughout the Commonwealth and nation, including studying in Ohio, Florida, New York, Maryland, Illinois, and Michigan.
KCSD Wins Energy Star Partner of the Year - Sustained Excellence Award
The KCSD has been engaging staff, students, and the community in energy management and energy education since 2005. Key 2021 accomplishments include:
- Saving over $1.7 million in energy costs in 2021, equivalent to 34 teaching positions, and reducing energy and energy costs by 40% since 2005.
- Achieving ENERGY STAR® certification at nine schools.
- Implementing energy efficiency upgrades, including high-efficiency geothermal heat pumps and LED lighting in several schools.
- Integrating indoor air quality and energy efficiency management together, including the use of CO2 monitoring.
- Involving students and teachers in energy-saving practices, like a “Shutdown with ENERGY STAR” program to save energy over holiday breaks as well as communicating results of school-wide efforts.
4 KCSD Students selected to Regional Youth Leadership Class
- Ben Bumgarner, Dixie Heights
- Samantha Hirsh, Scott
- Alexis McKinley, Simon Kenton
- Charlie Woodring, Scott
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Ignite Robotic Teams captures world title
IGNITE Institute’s Robotics team 38141B VEX Pibotics team is the World Champion in ROBOTICS! The competition held in Dallas, Texas over the weekend is the largest robotics competition in the world! Out of 20,000 registered teams only 818 from 40 countries were selected for the world competition.
Team 38141B VEX "PiBotics" from Ignite Institute went 10-0 in Round-Robin Qualification matches. Won quarter final and semifinal to get to Best-of-three Division final. Lost the first match 155-153. Roared back to take the second match 172-84. Then stomped their opponents in the third match 210-65 to earn a spot in the Grand Elimination Bracket of all 10 Division winners.
They again won their quarterfinal, then semi-final matches and found themselves in another Best of Three Final to crown the World Champion. PiBotics battled back and crushed their opponent 224-95 to take the title "World Champion"!
The Pibotics team consists of 3 juniors, 1 senior
Ben Hartline - captain, CAD designer, builder, programmer, and driver
Anna Engelman (Dixie Heights High School) - engineering notebook and marketing
Daniel Wood - scouting and programming
McKenzie Koch - strategy and outreach
Danielle Rice wins Celebration of Abilities Award
Congratulations to the KCSD's Director of Special Education, Danielle Rice, for winning a Celebration of Abilities Award from Redwood.
Rice will receive the Growing Abilities Award, which recognizes an individual and an organization on the cutting-edge of innovative, personalized care that helps individuals with distinct abilities shatter barriers.
She and the other Celebration of Abilities Award Winners will be honored at the June 17 Cincinnati Reds game.
Congratulations to our June Team Kenton Award winners!
- Tina Deaton (not pictured)