No school Thursday and Friday, Dec. 5-6
The Door to Greatness
We are very excited to be back for another year of achievement and success.
We are excited about all our activities, but we consistently place an emphasis on academics as a top priority. After all, that's why we're here. Our continually rising test scores stand as a testament to the ability and dedication of our students, teachers and parents. We are committed to continuing that success. As just one example of our collaborative efforts in that area, I am proud to announce that for the first time ever, juniors will now be able to take their ACT tests right here at Kingston, instead of driving hours for the examinations. That opportunity came courtesy of a GEAR UP grant, and we are hopeful that the comfort and convenience of this "homefield advantage" will help students be rested and relaxed, and excel on the test.
We've spent the summer preparing for the school year, and we're ready for another year of excellence. We are currently in the process of re-fitting the former CBS Academy building at the elementary school for use as a Pre-K Center. The build-out will allow for several classrooms, rest rooms, a commons area and numerous other amenities.
The elementary school gymnasium is getting new metal siding, so it will look as nice on the outside as it already does on the inside. The lobby and rest rooms are being remodeled, and there are several new walkways in the area.
The practice field south of Henry Field now has a new white vinyl fence, separating it from the street and adding cosmetic appeal.
There are numerous other projects in the discussion phase. A new digital display sign to replace the one facing US70 is being considered, and additional improvements at all our campuses are in the works.
Fall activities are in full swing, as sports seasons are underway and activities such as FCCLA, FFA, vocal music, band and other groups are preparing for another successful year.
One thing I should mention is an incident in which a company claimed to represent Kingston Public Schools without first seeking our approval. I would simply remind all of our businesses and community members (whose generosity and support have been unwavering over the years) that if there is ever a question about whether or not someone claiming to represent the school is legitimate, we would ask you to please call us to check out the fund raiser. My office phone number is 580-564-9033.
As many of you know our theme these past few years revolved around continuing to raise the bar academically, and I am happy to say that our standards of achievement continue to rise. This year, our central message focuses on reaching out to seize those opportunities which are all around us. Our new theme is: "The Door to Greatness: Success Hinges on You! Keep Knockin'!"
As educators, administrators and parents, we are always hopeful that we can show our youngsters the door to greatness, and help them muster the courage to pass through. Let's band together and make it a goal to open students' eyes (and our own eyes, for that matter) to opportunities for greatness. Let us be persistent in our quest for new levels of achievement.
So welcome back, everyone, and let's keep knockin.'
Superintendent Jay McAdams
KINGSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL
District Homeless Liaison