Kanawha County Schools Newsletter
In the News
- KCS teacher receives "Golden Apple" award
- Capital students learn life skills creating and selling Cougar merchandise
2024-2029 Excess Levy
On the 2022 General Election ballot, Kanawha County voters will have the opportunity to vote for a new excess levy that would allow Kanawha County Schools to focus on priority areas of: staff retention and school positions, safety and security, additional HVAC/roofing needs, and facility/extracurricular needs at the middle school and high school level.
The excess levy funding on this year’s ballot will fund initiatives beginning July 2024 – July 2029 and would NOT result in an increase to taxes. Our current excess levy ends in July 2024.
The excess levy on this year’s ballot includes funding for the following priorities:
- Professional, service and substitute wages, including specific funds for custodians, counselors and art teachers
- Extra staff including seven additional counselors, five additional nurses, fourteen additional special education teachers and aides and more
- Safety and security improvements across the district including secure entrances at every school that does not have one
- HVAC and roofing improvements at 10 schools with the greatest need
- Facility and extracurricular needs across the county including tennis courts (with pickleball striping), baseball/softball turf, raises for coaches, scoreboards and more
Leading up to election day, we will be sharing facts about the excess levy. Your first stop should be: https://kcs.kana.k12.wv.us/excesslevy. You can also click on the "KCS Excess Levy" tab at the top of our website home page. There is a great amount of information on this page, including specific one-pagers for each of our eight high school feeder areas.
2024 Excess Levy Q&A with Dr. Williams
We have received several questions about the 2024 excess levy, so we sat down with Dr. Williams to get some answers! Take a few minutes to learn more about the excess levy on the 2022 General Election ballot.
Thank you for attending our area LSIC meetings!
Our area local school improvement council (LSIC) meetings with board members have concluded. Each area did an incredible job facilitating events that showed off student talent and allowed for productive discussions about how to improve our schools.
Please don’t stop now! If you attended a recent LSIC, there will be more meetings at your school this school year. Keep giving feedback. If you missed your area LSIC, you can always reach out to your school to find out when the next meeting is and how you can give feedback.
Thank you again to all students, staff and guardians that attended!
KCS is Hiring!
We're hiring! KCS is hiring for a variety of positions, including but not limited to: teachers, substitute teachers, aides, Third Base assistants, nurses, service personnel and more.
Consider joining the KCS Team. If you have questions, you can call our office at 304-348-7753, ext. 110.
TeacherWISE at Carver Career Center
The TeacherWISE curriculum starts by asking school personnel to assess their physical, occupational, intellectual, social, and emotional well-being. Many people on staff at Carver Career Center indicated that they struggle with sleep, so Carver’s SEL Coordinator contact the Thomas Hospital Sleep Center to see if someone could share some sleep tips with the staff. Sleep Specialist and Pulmonologist, Dr. Anwar, graciously agreed to speak to the staff before school on October 19th.
Dr. Anwar shared many helpful tips with us, explaining that we need to treat our sleep hygiene with as much importance as we give to our dental hygiene. A daily routine including going to bed and waking up at the same time every day and avoiding television and cell phones will improve your sleep. He also shared interesting information such as only 5% of our dreams are about good, happy events. Most of our dreams and nightmares occur to help us process traumatic or difficult events.
Dr. Anwar is knowledgeable, engaging, and funny. He thoughtfully answered our questions, and the Carver staff left with several ideas of how to enhance our well-being by improving our sleep hygiene.
- Sara Hampton, Teacher at Carver Career Center
2022-23 KCS TeacherWISE Educator Well-being Calendar:
- December 14, 2022 PL Day: PHYSICAL
- January 17, 2023 PL Day: SOCIAL
- February 13, 2023 PL Day: OCCUPATIONAL
- April 10, 2023 PL Day: INTELLECTUAL
December 2022 FAFSA Fair for High School Seniors
The KCS will be holding another FAFSA Fair for parents of KCS high school seniors on Monday, December 5 from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. There are now three locations to choose from: University of Charleston, WV State University, and the Maker's Center! Sign up for an appointment to complete your FAFSA with the assistance of a financial aid expert at https://bit.ly/3TAHVIu or contact your student’s school counselor!
We are excited to announce a new webpage for all of our Powerful Partners tip sheets! Each tip sheet has some simple grade-level activities that can be done at home with no technology. They are meant to simply supplement what students are learning in school and provide additional opportunities for families to work with students as we continue to support learning.
Students at DuPont Middle School have been working hard to fundraise for a school-wide garden project. They recently planted a variety of fruit trees, grapes, and blueberries. In the spring they plan to add multiple raised beds, a vining area for pumpkins and cucumbers, an herb garden, and so much more!
As part of October's Professional Learning Day, several KCS teachers and staff members participated in the Adobe Creativity Institute at Nitro High School.
Participants learned why teaching with creativity is important and how it is possible across all subjects and at all ages. They also learned how to design lessons that foster creativity using tools such as graphics, videos and websites. Participants left with resources and an action plan to support their own learning goals and empower their learning community.
George Washington Area Spotlights
Throughout the month of October, we featured spotlight stories from GW area schools.
- Alum Creek Elementary
- George Washington High School
- Holz Elementary
- John Adams Middle School
- Kenna Elementary
- Overbrook Elementary
- Ruthlawn Elementary
- Weberwood Elementary
Each month we will be featuring schools from a different high school area, so be sure to follow along on our social media channels for more good news and spotlight stories!
In November we will be featuring schools from the Nitro area.
Alum Creek Elementary
Holz Elementary held a special fall edition of "Take a break Tuesday". Students participated in several fall-themed STEM activities.
The Kindergarten class at Overbrook Elementary had a special Toy Story themed STEM day.
George Washington Area Alumni Profiles
WV State Treasurer's Office - SMART529 20th Anniversary Scholarship Opportunity
The SMART529 College Savings Program is celebrating its 20th anniversary by offering $20,000 SMART529 scholarships to three lucky West Virginia children ages 14 and under. Scholarship winners will be selected the first week of October, the first week of November, and the first week of December. More details regarding the sweepstakes can be found at www.wvtreasury.com/20years.
Research shows that children with even a small amount of college savings are 2.5 times more likely to graduate from college. The WV State Treasurer's Office hopes that the sweepstakes inspires families to learn about the SMART529 College Savings Program and begin planning for their child’s educational futures. Funds saved in a SMART529 account aren’t just limited to paying for college – the funds can also be used for apprenticeship programs as well as vocational and trade schools. The program is for everyone!