Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District

Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District With approximately 7,000 UPK-Gr. 12 students, the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda ("Ken-Ton") School District is among the largest school districts in Upstate New York and has a legacy of educational distinction going back more than 125 years.

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District (commonly shortened to “Ken-Ton”) encompasses the vast majority of the Town of Tonawanda and all of the Village of Kenmore. With strong institutional traditions and a long and proud history going back more than 125 years, the Ken-Ton School District continues to define itself

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District (commonly shortened to “Ken-Ton”) encompasses the vast majority of the Town of Tonawanda and all of the Village of Kenmore. With strong institutional traditions and a long and proud history going back more than 125 years, the Ken-Ton School District continues to define itself

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As always the Kenmore West faculty and staff have demonstrated extraordinary generosity to our high school students! In ...
10/20/2021

As always the Kenmore West faculty and staff have demonstrated extraordinary generosity to our high school students! In recent days, the school's thrift store, Freestyle, set out to collect 30 blue and white shirts to give away to students for Sprit Week so that all students will be able to show their Kenmore West spirit. The staff came through and ended up donating more than 100 shirts which were given away today during lunch!

As always the Kenmore West faculty and staff have demonstrated extraordinary generosity to our high school students! In recent days, the school's thrift store, Freestyle, set out to collect 30 blue and white shirts to give away to students for Sprit Week so that all students will be able to show their Kenmore West spirit. The staff came through and ended up donating more than 100 shirts which were given away today during lunch!

We were excited to recognize 9 extremely talented student artists as well as District art teachers and our Board of Educ...
10/20/2021

We were excited to recognize 9 extremely talented student artists as well as District art teachers and our Board of Education at yesterday's Student Artist Reception & Board of Education Appreciation Night! This annual event, held each year during NYS School Board Recognition Week, celebrates the artistic talents of our students, the importance of art education, and the contributions and service of our Board.

Congratulations to Harper Dabolt, Fiona Wright, Benjamin Utzig, Shea Kibrick, Julia Miller, Lucenzo Deeb, Shaan Li Hartigan, Zoey Dettbarn, and Amanda Sansone, whose work was selected to be featured for this event! And a very special thank you to District Clerk Gina Santa Maria who coordinated the event, District Art Coordinator Denise Carr who prepared the artwork, and to our 5 Board of Education members, President Matthew Chimera, Vice President Dr. Reigstad, Trustee Lesley Battaglia, Trustee Jennifer Morrow, and Trustee Todd Marquardt, who devote countless hours for the betterment of our district!

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Here are some photos from last week's all-school assembly at Edison Elementary to celebrate the PTA's spectacularly succ...
10/19/2021

Here are some photos from last week's all-school assembly at Edison Elementary to celebrate the PTA's spectacularly successful Fun Run fundraising campaign! Through their hard work, the students earned the chance to see Mr. King and Mr. Mitrovits sumo wrestle and bombard one of their favorite teachers with pies! Way to go Edison community!

Hoover Elementary students recently had the unique opportunity to take part in a virtual farm visit in partnership with ...
10/18/2021

Hoover Elementary students recently had the unique opportunity to take part in a virtual farm visit in partnership with the American Dairy Association. Students were able to see the entire dairy farm and milk production process without leaving the classroom and ask questions which were answered live on camera! Special thanks to WIVB Ch. 4 which was on hand to enjoy the experience: https://www.wivb.com/news/local-news/ken-ton-students-virtually-check-out-farm-life/

At last week's Board of Education meeting, we were proud to honor three outstanding individuals from Edison Elementary S...
10/18/2021

At last week's Board of Education meeting, we were proud to honor three outstanding individuals from Edison Elementary School: 4th grade student Sloane Christmann, 2nd grade teacher Maria Distefano, and School Monitor Lisa Fahs! You can read more about each of these individuals and all who have been recognized by our Board of Education here:

https://www.ktufsd.org/Page/17179

Holmes Elementary School was excited to welcome players from the Kenmore West High School Football Team on Friday, Oct. ...
10/16/2021

Holmes Elementary School was excited to welcome players from the Kenmore West High School Football Team on Friday, Oct. 16 as they continued their tradition of visiting elementary schools to be role models for our youngest students! Some of the players had been Holmes students themselves once and had the opportunity to see their former teachers. Players read with them, helped them with their school work, took part in physical education activities, and imparted on them the importance of working hard in school!

Don't Forget - The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place TOMORROW (Saturday, Oct. ...
10/15/2021

Don't Forget - The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place TOMORROW (Saturday, Oct. 16) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenmore East. This exciting event will feature more than 70 vendors, a huge assortment of baskets, and concessions available for purchase. Admission is free for children and students and $2 for adults. All proceeds will support the Kenmore East Class of 2022 post-prom event which gives students a safe and fun event to attend after senior prom!

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Don't Forget - The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place TOMORROW (Saturday, Oct. 16) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenmore East. This exciting event will feature more than 70 vendors, a huge assortment of baskets, and concessions available for purchase. Admission is free for children and students and $2 for adults. All proceeds will support the Kenmore East Class of 2022 post-prom event which gives students a safe and fun event to attend after senior prom!

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21976/FLYER101221CraftFair.pdf

Gr. 7-10 Families: The Kenmore West High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an Information Night ...
10/14/2021

Gr. 7-10 Families: The Kenmore West High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an Information Night today (Thursday, October 14) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kenmore West auditorium. Any students/families interested in the IB Program are encouraged to attend. More information can be found here:

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21332/093021KWIBNight.pdf

Gr. 7-10 Families: The Kenmore West High School International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an Information Night today (Thursday, October 14) beginning at 7 p.m. in the Kenmore West auditorium. Any students/families interested in the IB Program are encouraged to attend. More information can be found here:

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21332/093021KWIBNight.pdf

At tonight's Board meeting, we were extremely excited to honor Elizabeth Kerr with the Community Connection Award! The K...
10/13/2021

At tonight's Board meeting, we were extremely excited to honor Elizabeth Kerr with the Community Connection Award! The Kerr family has been among the most dedicated supporters of the Edison Community Garden, and Elizabeth initiated Edison's application through the Tonawanda Community Environmental Benefit Program. Through these efforts, the Garden made it all the way to the finals with winners to be determined soon. In the words of one member of the Edison community, “Elizabeth exemplifies the drive and enthusiasm and talent which continues to revitalize the ‘Edison experience’ each year." Congratulations Elizabeth!

The Community Connection Award is presented to members of the community such as parents, family members, volunteers, and residents who have furthered or contributed to the betterment of the district and its schools, students, and staff. Do you know someone you would like to nominate? Submit your nomination and view past honorees here: www.ktufsd.org/nominate

Spread the word! The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place this Saturday, Oct. 16 ...
10/12/2021

Spread the word! The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place this Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenmore East. This exciting event will feature more than 70 vendors, a huge assortment of baskets, and concessions available for purchase. Admission is free for children and students and $2 for adults. All proceeds will support the Kenmore East Class of 2022 post-prom event which gives students a safe and fun event to attend after senior prom! (Crafters and vendors interested in signing up can email Stephanie Cleary at [email protected])

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21976/FLYER101221CraftFair.pdf

Spread the word! The Kenmore East High School Craft Fair and Theme Basket Raffle will take place this Saturday, Oct. 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Kenmore East. This exciting event will feature more than 70 vendors, a huge assortment of baskets, and concessions available for purchase. Admission is free for children and students and $2 for adults. All proceeds will support the Kenmore East Class of 2022 post-prom event which gives students a safe and fun event to attend after senior prom! (Crafters and vendors interested in signing up can email Stephanie Cleary at [email protected])

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21976/FLYER101221CraftFair.pdf

Please join us for a Parent Presentation by Kids Escaping Drugs from 6-7 p.m. on today (Tuesday, October 5th) in the Ken...
10/05/2021

Please join us for a Parent Presentation by Kids Escaping Drugs from 6-7 p.m. on today (Tuesday, October 5th) in the Kenmore West High School Auditorium (33 Highland Parkway). All Ken-Ton families and concerned community members are welcome! Click here for more information:

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Please join us for a Parent Presentation by Kids Escaping Drugs from 6-7 p.m. on today (Tuesday, October 5th) in the Kenmore West High School Auditorium (33 Highland Parkway). All Ken-Ton families and concerned community members are welcome! Click here for more information:

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Earlier this month, Ken-Ton German students celebrated the start of school with Schultüten, which are decorated cones tr...
10/01/2021

Earlier this month, Ken-Ton German students celebrated the start of school with Schultüten, which are decorated cones traditionally filled with sweets, toys, school supplies, books, stuffed animals, or anything else that might make the day more enjoyable. In Germany, Schultüten are traditionally given to first graders on the first day of first grade to "sweeten" the experience. Pictured here are 2 of German teacher Frau Crusan's Gr. 7 students, Aidan Satchidanand from Hoover Middle and Addison Rejewski from Franklin Middle, and Kenmore West students of German teacher Matthew Gabel: Alexis Stanley, Ireland Crean and Hanna Krukowski, Catherine Stanley, and Breagha Carr.

The Kenmore West International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an IB Information Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 ...
09/30/2021

The Kenmore West International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an IB Information Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the KW Auditorium. Any Gr. 7-10 students/parents interested in the IB Program are encouraged to attend! See the attached flyer for details.

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21332/093021KWIBNight.pdf

The Kenmore West International Baccalaureate (IB) Program will host an IB Information Night at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 14 in the KW Auditorium. Any Gr. 7-10 students/parents interested in the IB Program are encouraged to attend! See the attached flyer for details.

https://www.ktufsd.org/cms/lib/NY19000262/Centricity/ModuleInstance/21332/093021KWIBNight.pdf

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***All schools will be dismissed 15 minutes early tomorrow, Friday, October 1, for the annual Early...
09/30/2021

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***

All schools will be dismissed 15 minutes early tomorrow, Friday, October 1, for the annual Early Dismissal Drill. After-school activities will proceed as normal. Student pick-up and afternoon bus times will be 15 minutes earlier than normal.

***IMPORTANT REMINDER***

All schools will be dismissed 15 minutes early tomorrow, Friday, October 1, for the annual Early Dismissal Drill. After-school activities will proceed as normal. Student pick-up and afternoon bus times will be 15 minutes earlier than normal.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carley Panepinto (Special Education Teacher at Franklin Middle School) set out to create a...
09/30/2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Carley Panepinto (Special Education Teacher at Franklin Middle School) set out to create a “Little Free Food Pantry” outside the school that families in need could access at any time. She purchased the materials and enlisted the aid of a group of local Eagle Scouts (Ryland Schloerb, his father Don Schloerb, grandfather Don Schloerb Sr. and Dan Dahlke) who volunteered to help build the food pantry which stands along the sidewalk in front of the main entrance. With the help of her students and the Franklin staff, she has collected food items, raised money, and created an indoor stockroom to replenish the outdoor pantry, which is now available for families in the community. Ms. Panepinto is now in the process of creating a school club with her students, Addison Marshall, Isabella Montroy, Makayla Doll, Carter DuVall, Najhe Jones, Rickey Jones and Natalie LeVea, who have all volunteered to continue this work.

Ms. Panepinto and everyone involved in this project are a prime example of the Ken-Ton spirit of giving back and helping those in need in our community!

REMINDER: The Kenmore East and Kenmore West Counseling Departments are teaming up to host a Financial Aid Night TODAY (T...
09/30/2021

REMINDER: The Kenmore East and Kenmore West Counseling Departments are teaming up to host a Financial Aid Night TODAY (Thursday, Sept. 30) beginning at 6 p.m. in the Kenmore West Auditorium. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Tuition Assistant Program (TAP), and the entire financial aid process. Katie Kocsis, Director of Financial Aid at Niagara University, will present on these topics followed by a question-and-answer session. All families with college-bound students are encouraged to attend!

REMINDER: The Kenmore East and Kenmore West Counseling Departments are teaming up to host a Financial Aid Night TODAY (Thursday, Sept. 30) beginning at 6 p.m. in the Kenmore West Auditorium. This is a great opportunity for families to learn about the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), Tuition Assistant Program (TAP), and the entire financial aid process. Katie Kocsis, Director of Financial Aid at Niagara University, will present on these topics followed by a question-and-answer session. All families with college-bound students are encouraged to attend!

Congratulations to the 16 members of the Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School Athletic Hall of Fame Ind...
09/27/2021

Congratulations to the 16 members of the Kenmore East High School and Kenmore West High School Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Classes of 2021! All inductees were honored at a banquet on September 23, as well as at the Kenmore East Varsity Football Homecoming Game on September 24 and the Kenmore West Varsity Football game on September 25.

The Kenmore East Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021 includes Don Battista (‘12), Gabe Boldinski (‘12), Liz Borawski (‘01), Paul DeSantis (‘06), Mary Beth Eldridge (‘79), Phil LaMancusa (‘99), Kacie Mills (‘07), Scot Wilcox (‘98) and coach David Coates.

The Kenmore West Hall of Fame Induction Class of 2021 includes Kathleen Brown (’78), Dylan Caruana (’12), Dr. Robert Duthie (’60), Jim Kenny (’61), Norm Mineo (’66), and coaches Matt Chimera and George Stock.

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One of our very own teachers (Brian Frank, English as a New Language Teacher at Edison Elementary) was named the Buffalo...
09/27/2021
Bisons Name INF Kevin Smith 2021 Stan Barron Most Valuable Player, End of Season Awards Announced

One of our very own teachers (Brian Frank, English as a New Language Teacher at Edison Elementary) was named the Buffalo Bisons Fan of the Year! From OurSports Central:

"A baseball historian and member of the Society of American Baseball Research, Brian Frank's knowledge and passion for the history of baseball and the Buffalo Bisons is unmatched. A lawyer and teacher of history and English, Frank created the website HerdChronicles.com where he shares his extensive research of the Bisons past with baseball fans throughout Western New York and the world. His unparalleled knowledge of the team's Major League history gave him a unique perspective on the past two seasons of Blue Jays games at Sahlen Field, an understanding he's shared through his website and the @HerdChronicles handle on twitter.

"Frank, who is also a Buffalo Bisons season ticket holder, has recently greatly expanded his coverage of the current Bisons team and can often be seen taking photos himself for use on The Herd Chronicles or following the team on the road, including this year in Trenton, NJ. Frank was also a key contributor to the recently released 'The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball, 1857-2020," which shares the rich history of Buffalo Bisons baseball in Buffalo, NY."

https://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/bisons-name-inf-kevin-smith-2021-stan-barron-most-valuable-player-end-of-season-awards-announced/n-5749519

Following a season of tumult and uncertainty, INF Kevin Smith provided a consistent approach to the Buffalo Bisons lineup to help him earn the Stan Barron Most Valuable Player Award for the 2021 season.

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The Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District (commonly shortened to “Ken-Ton”) encompasses the vast majority of the Town of Tonawanda and all of the Village of Kenmore. With strong institutional traditions and a long and proud history going back more than 125 years, the Ken-Ton School District continues to define itself through the passion and dedication of its students, parents, staff, administrators, Board of Education, community, and alumni.

Ken-Ton has fostered a world-class teaching staff through an innovative and comprehensive framework of mentoring, coaching, and staff development. A significant number of Ken-Ton teachers have earned National Board Certification, which is considered to be the gold standard in teaching, and many staff have been distinguished at the regional level and beyond for demonstrating excellence in their professions.

The Ken-Ton School District prides itself on its exceptional K-12 music and art programs, a comprehensive framework for social-emotional success, and extensive high school offerings including the International Baccalaurate (IB) Program, CTE-certified Career Academies, Project Lead the Way pre-engineering curriculum, art career pathways, Honors/AP programs, and the innovative Big Picture non-traditional high school program.

Ken-Ton School District alumni include two national TV news anchors, a U.S. Court of Appeals judge, a former Skylab astronaut, the former president and CEO of Dunkin' Brands, and individuals who have achieved the highest levels of success in their careers, from professional athletes, actors, comedians, and musicians to business leaders, doctors, engineers, and educators.

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