Congratulations to Ms. Jennifer Chandler for being chosen as our 2020-21 Teacher of the Year for Kenton Elementary School! Here is a little about Ms. Jennifer: I grew up right in this community and always had the desire to be a teacher. My grandmother taught English for over 30 years at Kenton High School, and I wanted to try to make a difference in children’s lives as she always did. I graduated high school from Gibson County and then UT Martin. I started my teaching career in Rutherford, teaching 3rd grade. I taught there for 14 years and then moved to Kenton to begin teaching the first 4th grade class at the new Kenton School. Kenton is home to me, so I wanted to come back home. I have been teaching a total of 28 years in GCSSD. During this time, I have taught 3rd, 4th, 1st, and 2nd grades. I have been married to my husband for 28 years. We have 3 children and a new grandson. I love to spend time with my family and rocking my sweet grandbaby.
It's School Board Appreciation Week & KES would like to thank all GCSSD board members for their service. We are especially partial to our very own, John Campbell. We appreciate the time and energy spent to ensure our students are receiving the best education possible. Born and raised in Kenton, TN. Both parents, John and Brenda Campbell, worked for the GCSSD. John is a 2013 graduate from the Physical Therapist Assistant program at West Kentucky Community and Technical College where he earned his Associates Degree. He has been a licensed PTA for 7 years and is currently the Rehab Director at a skilled nursing facility. He is married to Heather Campbell and together they have 3 children, Kailey, Olivia, and Cason. John stated: "I view my position on the school board as being a member of a very important decision making team that listens to our constituents concerns, continues to look for and find ways to improve our school system and makes sure that our students are provided with a school system that will have them prepared for success upon graduation." Thanks for all you do, John!
The 2021-22 School Year calendar options have been drafted and will be approved on January 14, 2021. We would like to know your opinion on which calendar option works best for your family. Please click on the link below to see the calendar options and then fill out the survey that selects the one that fits you and your family best. Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion. Survey will close on 1/13/21 at 4:00PM. https://forms.gle/GFWwauMBLbRAEUTY7
The 2021-22 School Year calendar options have been drafted and will be approved on January 14, 2020. We would like to know your opinion on which calendar option works best for your family. Please click on the link below to see the calendar options and then fill out the survey that selects the one that fits you and your family best. Thank you for taking the time to give us your opinion. Survey will close on 1/13/21 at 4:00PM. https://forms.gle/GFWwauMBLbRAEUTY7
As a reminder, all students eat free until the end of the 2020-21 School Year! We will be continuing to offer meal delivery on Friday’s due to the extension of off-campus learning. A meal request must be submitted each week by Thursday at 12:00 noon to ensure a meal delivery on Friday by completing the online meal survey or by contacting the school cafeteria manager. Click below to access the meal delivery request: https://forms.gle/qvnzRPVZ8afMkStg9
The Tennessee Department of Health has released updated guidance on releasing cases and contacts from isolation and quarantine regarding COVID-19. Please click the link to review the full guidance. The list below is a summary of the changes: NON-HOUSEHOLD CONTACTS Non-household contacts must be quarantined after exposure to a case, regardless of whether the case was symptomatic. TDH and CDC recommend a 14-day quarantine. Acceptable alternatives to a 14-day quarantine include: • after Day 10 (returning to regular activities on Day 11) without testing if the contact does not have symptoms. • after Day 7 (returning to regular activities on Day 8) if the contact does not have symptoms and if they test negative by a PCR or antigen (rapid) test collected after Day 5. Continue to self-monitor for symptoms and wear a face mask through Day 14. • If they go the route of getting a negative PCR or antigen (rapid) test, we will need proof of that test to allow them back before the 10 days are up. Link to updated guidance: https://5il.co/nlkk
Digital Learning Academy Quarter 3 Enrollment is open until December 11, 2020 (5:00 PM close). Any student that wants to participate in the Academy for Quarter 3 must register by 5:00PM on Friday 12/11/2020. Students that are currently enrolled and want to continue with off-campus instruction through the Academy must re-enroll. If you plan for your student to return to on-campus instruction, Quarter 3 starts January 4, 2021 (full day of instruction). There is no need to contact the school and let them know that you plan to return your student to on-campus instruction. We will send a list of students to the school that did not re-enroll in the DL Academy for Quarter 3. Please remember, we will not allow any student to transition in or out of the Digital Learning Academy after the enrollment deadline (5:00PM December 11, 2020). If you choose to enroll your student, he/she will remain a Digital Learning Academy student for the entire Quarter 3. We will also not allow any student to transition from on-campus to Digital Learning Academy after the deadline. Decisions of how your student will receive instruction for Quarter 3 must be made by Friday, December 11 at 5:00PM. Digital Learning Academy Quarter 3 Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HJB29RX Digital Learning Academy Information: https://www.gcssd.org/page/digital-learning-academy
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GCParentEval Greetings from our School District’s Farm to School Planning Team! We are thankful for all you are doing during this unprecedented time. We know asking you to do one more thing is not ideal, but we have an important request to fulfill the objectives of our USDA Farm to School Planning Grant. Will you please take three (3) minutes to complete the linked questionnaire? The purpose of this questionnaire is to assess current farm to school programming and plan for future project development. Your input is important to us and vital to completing a thorough planning process. Based upon the information gathered from you and other groups, we will produce a Gibson County Farm to School Action Plan to serve as an implementation guide for the next several years. Thank you in advance.
December Lunch Menu 2020 https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/1024247/December2020Elem.pdf
According to guidelines set forth by the TN Department of Health, COVID-19 testing refers to SARS-CoV-2 PCR. Negative antigen (rapid tests), and antibody tests are not approved for return to school. We have been instructed NOT to accept a Rapid negative COVID test for school return. Notify your healthcare provider that we do not accept Rapid COVID tests. Also, diagnoses of respiratory and viral conditions such as allergic rhinitis, seasonal allergies, upper respiratory tract infection (URI), pneumonia, pharyngitis without positive strep test, etc., DO NOT exclude the diagnosis of COVID-19 and DO NOT justify return to school.
GCSSD continues to offer meal pick-up or delivery on Fridays until the end of the semester. You must sign up by 12:00 noon each Thursday to be guaranteed a meal that Friday. As a reminder, all GCSSD students eat free until December 31, 2020! Please use the correct link below to reserve a meal for your student(s): GCHS: https://forms.gle/9JoWpeGrhcuMoGy79 KES: https://forms.gle/7DUJskjBtcJNQQXe6 RES: https://forms.gle/qTzG4VadLo5q156G9 DES: https://forms.gle/oJWYJfRjstUM76rz7 YES: https://forms.gle/udeJvqPrUpnz6Uui6 SHS: https://forms.gle/kuFBa9PnppCXUTrc7 SGCES: https://forms.gle/HnR6duN4YyXPyYRx6 SGCMS: https://forms.gle/hTRVRMfgRjagzGbs6 SGCHS: https://forms.gle/FtLa7oXTJa5x65vo7
Digital Learning Academy Quarter 2 Enrollment is open until 12:00 Noon today. Any student that wants to participate in the Academy for Quarter 2 must register by 12:00 Noon. Students that are currently enrolled and want to continue with off-campus instruction through the Academy must re-enroll. Digital Learning Academy Quarter 2 Registration Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BDZJLTP Digital Learning Academy Information: https://www.gcssd.org/o/gcssd/page/digital-learning-academy
There will be NO SCHOOL on Thursday or Friday this week. Enjoy your Fall Break. There will also be no meal services this Friday.
We want to notify you that a student at Kenton School has tested positive for COVID- 19. The student immediately began the isolation process. The student has not been in contact with any other students; therefore, there has been no risk of exposure to any other students. The classroom and common areas are being sanitized and deep cleaned using CDC approved chemicals and protocol. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while providing continuity of education to our students.
Here is the new October menu 2020 https://5il.co/ltf6
Sunday, 10/4/2020 at a special called School Board meeting, the board voted unanimously to continue the full Friday planning sessions. They plan to revisit this issue during the December board meeting.
Thank you to Simmons Bank for always supporting Kenton School! Your donation always helps us to assure KES students have the resources needed for a successful school year! And thank you for helping keep our staff dry during arrival and dismissal with new umbrellas!
We want to notify you that a staff member has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member is immediately beginning the isolation process. Contacts have been identified and will start the 14 day quarantine process. Our school follows CDC guidelines. Classrooms and common areas are being sanitized and deep cleaned using CDC approved chemicals and protocol. We will continue to do everything in our power to ensure the safest environment possible while providing continuity of education to our students.