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The Buddy Bench

Kendall Elementary Student Council members will soon be installing a Buddy Bench. The idea of a Buddy Bench first started with Christian Bucks, a second grader in Pennsylvania. The Buddy Bench is for children feeling lonely or sad, or who want to make new friends. The students, along with advisors Amy Leone and Vicki Spurr, worked to put the bench together. The Buddy Bench will be located on the elementary playground.


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  • Elementary Students Bring Drums Alive Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Elementary Students Bring Drums Alive

    Students in kindergarten-grade 6 performed their Drums Alive routines in front of the entire Elementary School on Feb. 17. Students incorporated popular music, drumming methods and physical fitness exercises into their choreographed routines. They learned endurance, how to stay in rhythm with the music and how to work together as a team.

    Under the guidance of Elementary Music Teacher Jeremy Rath and Elementary Physical Education Teachers Judy Weber and Justin Laureano, students had two to three weeks to develop and practice their routines before the school-wide assembly in the gym. The teachers picked the music, which ranged from “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” to “Roar.” Students in grades 3-6 created their own routines, which had to include five physical fitness moves, with two increasing the heart rate and one that involved leg movement. All participants had to keep moving throughout the duration of their songs. Students used sticks to drum on oversize balls, buckets or the floor in time to the music.

    Videos of each grade level’s performance are posted on the district’s website at: http://www.kendallschools.org/news.cfm?story=246&. 

  • Second Graders Become Weather Watchers Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Second Graders Become Weather Watchers

    Throughout the months of January, February and March, second graders at Kendall Elementary School studied weather in science class. Throughout this science unit, students studied the water cycle and severe weather, and they learned about meteorologists’ tasks. To become familiar with the process of tracking and studying the weather, students learned about the tools used by meteorologists and how to use them. Such tools include thermometers, wind vanes, compasses, rain gauges, snow sticks and the Beaufort Scale. After learning about these tools, each class built their own weather station outdoors near their classroom. Each day, different “weather watch” teams would independently go outside to record data and track the weather they were experiencing, and then report their data to their peers. With great effort, each class was able to analyze the recorded data of the tracked weather, and discover weather patterns throughout the months of January, February and March!

  • 27th Annual Lang/Liese/Jurs Walk Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - 27th Annual Lang/Liese/Jurs Walk

    On the afternoon of May 25, students, staff and community members were found walking through Kendall JSHS for the 27th Annual Lang/Liese/Jurs Walk. The walk is held each year in honor of Grace Lang, a Kendall school nurse; Amber Liese, a Kendall graduate; and Libby Jurs, the Kendall High School nurse for over 20 years. This year’s walk, which was held indoors due to the rain, raised over $1,057. Proceeds were given to Teens Living with Cancer, American Cancer Society, Kendall Volunteer Ambulance, American Lung Association, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance and Kendall National Honor Society (NHS). Participants walked 20 laps inside the school instead of walking 3 miles on the track this year. 

  • Unified Basketball Team Completes Second Season Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Unified Basketball Team Completes Second Season

    For the second year, Kendall partnered with Hilton for the Unified Basketball season. For those of you who had the opportunity to attend a Unified Basketball game during our first season, you know what a unique and moving athletic program this is. Like most things that exceed expectations, I anticipated that this season might fall short of what we had experienced during our inaugural year. I am pleased to say, this was not the case. As a matter of fact, it was even better. As anyone who attended our first ever home game here in Kendall can tell you, the concept of Unified Basketball and how it actually plays out, continues to be an amazing and life-altering experience.  

    Our second season consisted of a round-robin tourney, two scrimmages, six games and a culminating event. This year, we improved our record from 2 wins and 4 losses to 6 wins and 2 losses. This year’s Kendall participants were Jeremy B, Clancy F, Bailee N, Sienna F, Justin R, Jason M and Abbi J. Keaton F volunteered as a student coach and Zach A served as our team manager. 

    At Kendall’s Sports Recognition event, Sienna received the MVP award for her impressive statistics: 36 points, 15 rebounds, and 2 assists during regular season play. The Coach’s award was difficult to determine as every player exemplified what unified sports is all about. The caring nature of all team members is outstanding. This year’s recipient stood out due to the number of bumps, bruises and injuries she sustained on the floor in order to ensure a fulfilling experience for our athletes. The Coach’s Award went to Jessica Kyte of Hilton. 

    I feel incredibly lucky to have been involved with this program and to have worked with these amazing young athletes. I want to again express my gratitude to Kevin Watson and Hilton’s Athletic Director, Michael Giruzzi, for continuing to do what it takes to make this team and partnership a reality. Additional thanks goes out to Julie Christensen, Nick Picardo and the Board of Education for their continued support. I am also tremendously grateful to Troy Prince, my co-coach, who brings a tremendous amount of basketball expertise to our team. I would like to thank the Youth Activation Committee and their advisor, Melanie Langton, for all they did to promote the program. Lastly, a big shout out to the Kendall community who came out in full force to welcome our team and our opponents for our first Kendall-based game. We had a packed house for the event and the atmosphere was electrifying!

  • Girls On The Run Off to a Good Start at Kendall Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Girls On The Run Off to a Good Start at Kendall

    Fifteen girls in grades 6-8 were part of the Kendall Girls on the Run (GOTR) team this year. Over 10 weeks, they learned how to complete running a 5k race. In addition to the physical activity, they learned about healthy habits and teamwork. The team practiced running a 5k on the Kendall High School Track on June 5, and many students, faculty and staff came out to help them run a few laps and cheer them on. To mark each lap around the track, the girls picked up a rubber bracelet every time they passed the starting line. The Kendall GOTR team ran a 5k at Monroe Community College on June 10. Congratulations, ladies! In the words of one of your cheers: “You can do it, you’re a star, you can do it, and go so, so far!”

  • Bass Club Competes in First State Tournament Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Bass Club Competes in First State Tournament

    On May 21, the Kendall Bass Fishing Club sent the team of juniors Jeremy B and Dylan S to Cayuga Lake to compete in the High School B.A.S.S. sanctioned state tournament. This is the first year that the KCS Bass Club has competed in this tournament.

    Both students had to complete their boater’s safety course and be educated on the functions and features of a bass boat. As their captain, I drove the boat when the main engine was used, and Dylan and Jeremy ran the trolling motor and other features of the boat. I was provided a scale and card to record the weights of the bass they caught. The bass had to be immediately released because it was not bass season yet.

    The tournament ran from 6 a.m.-2 p.m. with the place winners announced at BASS Pro Shops in Auburn, NY. During the tournament, the team is allowed four, one-minute time-outs where they can receive advice and ask questions, in addition to the 15-minute lunch break where they can ask for advice. The heaviest five fish (a limit) are then calculated as their total weight. Jeremy and Dylan caught approximately 12 bass, with their best five weighing a total of 14 pounds and 6 ounces. They took 6th place overall against 17 different teams from around NYS. The top two teams, from Oneida High School and McQuaid Jesuit High School, both had over 20 pounds for their best five. Those teams will compete in the BASS High School National Championships on Kentucky/Barkley Lake in Tennessee at the end of June.

  • Students Learn About the Animal Kingdom Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Students Learn About the Animal Kingdom

    Approximately 40 students in kindergarten and first grade recently participated in a Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES (BOCES 2) Project ADEPT workshop on the animal kingdom. Through examining live animals and animal specimens under the guidance of Teresa Stango-Listrani, a naturalist instructor, and BOCES 2 Gifted Education Resource Teacher Damon Piletz, the students learned how the world’s animals are classified. The students identified whether an animal was a mammal, fish, reptile, bird or amphibian based on their physical properties.

    The kindergarten and first grade students had a chance to observe (with their eyes only) a live tarantula, a rat, a bearded dragon, isopods and tree frogs. The boys and girls were also able to examine skeletons and bones from several animals, an antler, and a fur pelt. The students learned a lot about what an animal needs to survive and what sets them apart from other animals.

    Project ADEPT (A Diversified Enrichment Program for the Talented) is a division of BOCES 2 Gifted and Talented Education.

  • Students Dine with Officers Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Students Dine with Officers

    On Sept. 19, Kendall students in grades K-12 had a chance to eat lunch with a law enforcement officer. The Kendall Central School District invited members of the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department to dine with students and visit the schools to help enforce the positive relationship between both organizations. Students also wore blue in the officers’ honor and signed a thank you banner at the JSHS. The chance to interact with the officers gave students an opportunity to say “thank you” face-to-face.

    “I felt that Sheriff’s Week was the perfect time to have our deputies interact with students in all our schools during lunch,” said Orleans County Sheriff Randy Bower. “This helps build that bond between students and law enforcement officers, so if needed, they feel comfortable reaching out to us.”

    “We are appreciative of the support we receive from the Orleans County Sheriff’s department and NYS Troopers,” said Principal Carol D’Agostino. “September 19 provided us an opportunity to recognize these organizations. Deputy Jeff Cole and Trooper Brian Belson visited with our students during our lunch periods. This event provided our students and staff with an opportunity to say thank you for their service to Kendall.” 

  • Grandparents Breakfasts Get Everyone Off to a Good Start Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Grandparents Breakfasts Get Everyone Off to a Good Start

    On Oct. 25, Kendall Elementary hosted its first Grandparents Breakfast with sixth graders and their grandparents. Fruit parfaits were featured that day, with grandparents going through the cafeteria line with their grandchildren and sitting together to enjoy breakfast. Students then escorted their grandparents around the school on a brief tour, taking them upstairs to view their lockers and classrooms. They watched the morning announcements displayed on the Smartboards in the classrooms.

    Each grade level will have a specified day to enjoy breakfast in the Elementary Cafeteria with their grandparents. Upcoming dates are:

    Fourth grade: Dec. 6
    Third grade: Dec. 13
    Second grade: Jan. 10
    First grade: Jan. 24
    Kindergarten: Feb. 14

    More information will be sent out in the Tuesday Communication envelopes as each date approaches.

  • Elementary Media Club Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Elementary Media Club

    The Media Club at Kendall Elementary airs the announcements live every morning at 8:50 a.m. This is an enrichment club comprised of select sixth graders, who have designated responsibilities and duties. These 20 sixth graders perform jobs as news anchors, meteorologist, sports anchor, camera technician, news writer, sound and computer technician, set designer, health and fitness reporter, book and entertainment reporter, and field reporters. Students independently research, write, read, speak, create and use technology to make the news happen. At the end of the year, the Media Club will visit a news station to learn about possible career choices. This year’s members are: Morgan B, Zach B, Hanna B, Tyana B, Ehlaw C, Tori C, Jena C, Devin E, Taigan G, Mary J, Lily L, Tobias P, Lauren P, Aidan P, Gabe P, Emma Q, Bruce R, Riley R, Lily T and Leigha Z.

  • Morning Announcements at JSHS Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Morning Announcements at JSHS

    Communication Systems is a course offered by the Kendall Technology Department and is open to any student in grades 9-12. The high school Communication Systems class is responsible for live broadcasting the morning announcements every Friday morning. The morning show is directed and run by students with support and guidance from Technology Teacher Jack Keenan. Students are required to participate in the morning show and each of them selects their role/job. Roles and jobs include: audio mixer, video mixer, computer control, teleprompter control, anchor(s), weather reporter, lunch reporter and a student director. There are two main portions to the morning announcements: pre-recorder and live. Throughout the week leading up to Friday’s show, students film, edit and pre-record different segments, such as lunch, weather, sports and the joke of the day. All of the editing is done on Mac desktop computers using iPhoto and iMovie software. The two anchors, Lizzie Rath and Autumn Steffen, read any building-wide announcements live. Students use a variety of technical equipment, such as HD video recorders, wireless microphones, GoPro HERO4 cameras, tripods, Mac computers, a green screen and a Smart TV throughout the course. This year’s class is comprised of all seniors: Ben F, Collin L, Brandon M, Jon M, Zach P, Lizzie R, Cooper R, Jason R and Autumn S. 

  • RAC Visit Helps Juniors and Seniors Explore College Options Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - RAC Visit Helps Juniors and Seniors Explore College Options

    On Oct. 3, thirteen area colleges hosted information booths in the Commons area at Kendall JSHS. Juniors and seniors were invited to speak with college representatives to learn more about academic programs and the application process, and obtain answers to any questions they may have about the college experience. The Rochester Area Colleges (RAC) sponsored the visit to Kendall. This is the seventh year Kendall has participated in the program. The following schools were represented at the event:

    Alfred State College
    Alfred University
    Finger Lakes Community College
    Genesee Community College
    Houghton College
    Keuka College
    Monroe Community College
    Nazareth College
    Roberts Wesleyan College
    Rochester Institute of Technology
    St. John Fisher College
    The College at Brockport
    University of Rochester

  • Flag Day Celebration Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Flag Day Celebration

    Kendall elementary students celebrated Flag Day on June 14 with a variety of activities. There was an assembly in the morning and a few students dressed up as Betsy Ross or George Washington. 

    In the afternoon, the students, faculty and staff formed a giant peace sign on the front lawn. They also competed in tug of war contests against each other by grade level in the field near the playground. Some classes even competed against the adults! Everyone was a winner as they cooled off with patriotic popsicles.

  • The Kendets! Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - The Kendets!

    This year, Kendall High School added a varsity sport to the Spring athletic season. Thanks to the endeavors of Special Olympics, the New York State Athletic Association, and Section V, Unified Basketball made its way to Kendall. The concept of unified sports is inclusion. It brings together students with cognitive disabilities and students without, to participate competitively together. This initiative does so much more than just provide an opportunity to play a sport. It promotes understanding of differences and displays how these differences can be overcome with the involvement of all.

    This year, Kendall partnered with Hilton to form our Unified Basketball team, the Kendets. Kendall participants were Jason Miller, Kirk Warren, Jeremy Browe, Angelica Roberti, Clancy Frearson, Abby Jenks, Joe Manno and Megan Cochran. Our season consisted of a round-robin tourney, two scrimmages, six games, and a culminating event. It was a marvelous experience for all involved, whether they were athletes, coaches, families, volunteers or spectators. Every spectator that approached me after a game shared the same sentiment: “This is the most amazing thing I have witnessed in the realm of athletics. I just about cried.”

    Although our record for the season was 2-4, everyone will tell you that that was the least important statistic of the season. The impact of the life lessons learned by all involved was immeasurable. At the Hilton Athletic Recognition night, the Kendets received the Athletic Director’s Award for Sportsmanship. Special thanks go to Athletic Director Kevin Watson, who when asked about starting a team, worked hard and creatively to make this a reality for Kendall. It would not have been possible without his resourcefulness in partnering with another school and completing all the legwork that was involved. Thanks also go out to Julie Christensen and the Board of Education for supporting this proposal as well.

    I feel amazingly lucky to have been involved with this program and to have worked with these amazing young athletes. I sincerely hope everyone will come and witness one of these games next year. It is truly a moving experience that should not be missed.

  • Marlene Morrow Receives Award from Lion’s Club Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Marlene Morrow Receives Award from Lion’s Club

    On April 9, the Kendall Lion’s Club held a celebration to recognize Kendall High School’s Leo’s Club, which was established 10 years ago. Over 100 students and adults were in attendance, including past and present Leo’s Club members. During the celebration, Kendall English teacher and Leo’s Club advisor Marlene (Magliocco) Morrow was presented with the Uplinger Award. The Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, established in 1993, honors outstanding Lions and non-Lions who perform exemplary service to a club, district or community. “Her dedication to the Leo’s Club has touched hundreds of our students and provided them an opportunity to impact the world around them,” said Principal Carol D’Agostino. Congratulations, Marlene! 

  • Mr. Kendall Battle Waged Once Again Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Mr. Kendall Battle Waged Once Again

    Cameron Heller captured the title of Mr. Kendall at the Fourth Annual Mr. Kendall Pageant on April 7. Cameron, a senior, was one of nine contestants in this year’s pageant.

    Fellow seniors Jacob Adams, Joey LoSapio, Kenny Price, Jesus Aguirre, James Longrod and Brandon Miller also participated, along with juniors Jeremy Browe and Miguel Aguirre. The boys competed in formal wear, workout wear, sleepwear, lip sync, interview and talent categories. They all participated in a group dance number. Cameron won workout wear, Kenny won sleepwear, Joey won lip sync and Miguel won the talent category. Sophomore Ryan Barrett, the interviewer and not a contestant, won the interview and formal wear categories. Ryan achieved both awards by dressing in layers so he could change his costume (and corresponding voice/accent) for each interview. James came in second place overall.

    The Student Council sponsored-event was emceed by Madison Rath and Kacey Menge, with Adriana Passarell and Michela Hanlon manning the Twitter corner. The pageant was judged by teacher Mark Driesel, JSHS nurse Bethanie Mason, and Kendall alumni Creagan Maclaren (last year’s Mr. Kendall) and Kari Hurlbutt. 

  • If You Give a Child a Book … Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - If You Give a Child a Book …

    Through a generous donation from the Scott Spino Foundation, sixth grade and kindergarten students kicked off their Reading Buddies program on Friday, Feb. 26. Every kindergartener was matched with a sixth grade reading partner. Sixth graders presented their reading buddies with a brand new copy of the book “If You Give a Dog a Donut” by Laura Numeroff. After reading and discussing the book together, students colored a picture that went with the story. Kindergarten students kept the book to add to their at-home libraries.  

    Kindergarteners and sixth graders will continue to read together once a month on Fridays. We are grateful for our partnership with Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and the support of the Scott Spino Foundation. To read more about teacher Scott Spino and the foundation he inspired, visit the following link: http://www.scottspinofoundation.org.

    The joy of reading was evident from the smiles on all of the faces in the auditorium! The students are looking forward to the next Friday we read together. 

  • Student Art Showcased in Downtown Albion Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Student Art Showcased in Downtown Albion

    Next time you drive through Albion, look up! The Kendall Art Club and Drawing & Painting class created two murals that are located in the upper story windows of a building on the east side of Main Street.

    The management company for the building contacted Orleans County School art teachers this past fall and asked if they would like to paint the window panels as a program to add art to the downtown area. They delivered the wood panels, and the students primed them. They chose to create scenes of people in the windows, similar to the work of artist Edward Hopper. Hopper was an American Realist who painted canvases of architecture similar to the building where the student work is displayed. 

    The students worked as a team, enlarging their drawing, painting and shading the panels.

  • Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Helps Kick Breast Cancer Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer Team Helps Kick Breast Cancer

    The Kendall Varsity Girls’ Soccer team is not only successful on the field, but they also know how to give back to the community. After a tough Friday night Sectional game on Oct. 23, the Lady Eagles were up bright and early on Saturday morning Oct. 24 to participate in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk at Watt Farms in Albion. The Making Strides Walk has become an annual tradition for the team, as they have participated in the walk for the past five years. This year, the team raised $599 for this worthy cause. The Varsity Girls’ Soccer team walks as part of the Kendall Cares team, which is made up of students and adults from the Kendall community. The Kendall Cares team, including the Varsity Girls’ Soccer team's contribution, donated over $1,000 this year.

  • Sixth Graders Enter Scarecrow Contest Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Sixth Graders Enter Scarecrow Contest

    Each of the Kendall sixth grade homerooms constructed an “animal” scarecrow to be entered into the Kendall Community Scarecrow Festival on Saturday, Oct. 3. The sixth graders worked on teambuilding skills to enhance their ability to work well with others and to complete a job in a specific amount of time. The students enjoyed creating LeBron James the Kendall Eagle, Cameron the Chameleon, and Skipper the Penguin. The scarecrows made their debut at the Oct. 2 Elementary Student of the Month Assembly, where they were enthusiastically greeted by the students. LeBron took first place honors in the Scarecrow Festival!

  • Fire Prevention at Kendall Elementary Continue Reading »

    Kendall Central School - Fire Prevention at Kendall Elementary

    On Oct. 6, the Kendall Fire Department educated the Kendall Elementary students about fire prevention. Kindergarten and first grade students had a chance to learn about the equipment on a fire truck and worn by a firefighter, ask questions of the firefighters, and walk through the cab of the truck. Third graders visited the Kendall Fire Hall to listen to a presentation. Fifth graders attended an assembly conducted by the fire department.

    Bill Hardenbrook, a 39 year veteran of the Kendall Fire Department, assisted the students down the steps of the firetruck and explained the numbering system of the trucks. “This truck is number 34,” he said. “The first number identifies the kind of truck. Thirty means it’s a pumper truck and contains 1,000 gallons of water. The second number indicates how many trucks the department has owned of that type since the numbering system was started. So this one is number 34, which means it’s a pumper and it’s the fifth truck the Kendall Fire Department has owned.” He went on to identify 10 as a pumper truck carrying less than 1,000 gallons of water, 20 as a light truck (not too many of that kind are still active), 40 as a ladder truck, 50 as a tanker, 60 as a squad truck or ambulance, and 90 as another type of squad truck.

    Hardenbrook said that students can be involved in the Kendall Fire Department at age 14 and join the junior firefighters. At age 16, they can start responding to calls as a recruit with the adult firefighters. At age 18, they can start training as a full-time firefighter. He said he joined the fire department right after high school when there was a waiting list to get into the department. 


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