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Ty Sells speaking event at KMS

posted by Linda Burns

The Power of Acceptance is a fun, youth-oriented presentation that challenges young people to make positive choices in regard to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  The presentation is focused on the positive side of being drug-free as opposed to the negative consequences of choosing to use.  It also challenges students to examine the way they treat others who are “different” from them.  Along with making the audience laugh as they learn, this presentation makes five core points:  It is perfectly acceptable to make the choice to stay or become drug free; The way we treat others can influence the choices that they make; Cool always changes; Knowledge isn’t power, it’s potential power; It’s what we DO with the things we learn where the true power lies. For more information, please visit Youth to Youth International

Plant the Promise Red Ribbon Week

posted Nov 20, 2015, 11:38 AM by Linda Burns   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 11:38 AM ]

Plant the Promise is a wonderful way to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. We began our planting during Red Ribbon Week (10/23-10/31) Students planted red tulip bulbs, which will bloom this Spring and serve as a reminder of the importance and the beauty of a drug free life. Additionally, it provided students a chance to enjoy the outdoors, connect with nature, take a break from daily stress.  They look forward to the rewards of something beautiful that they have nurtured. Watch for updates!

From Our Principal

posted Nov 18, 2015, 9:59 AM by Linda Burns

It seems like just when things are settling down around school, the holidays are upon us.  We have many interrupted weeks coming up as we roll into winter.  During these breaks, encourage your student to keep reading!  A few minutes here or there can really add up, and the more students read, the better they do in ALL subjects in school.  Our first trimester report cards will be going home on Friday, December 11. (Grades close on the 4th.) Please be sure to check MMS and help your student to complete missing work.  The teachers are happy to help out where they can if there is something that your student is falling behind on.
The winter sports season starts up on Monday, November 16.  Please encourage your student to stay active in the winter months, too.  We have cross country and downhill skiing and basketball as well as our various clubs (including a ski and snowboard club!).  Try some snowshoeing or winter walks with your family on the weekends, too!
This month's tip is about moodiness.  It may be something you're facing.  Moody, private, self-conscious...if this sounds like your middle grader, you're not alone.  At this age, his body and emotions are changing rapidly.  Here are ways to help him cope.  Managing moods - physical growth and worries about friends, sports, and schoolwork can cause moodiness.  Let your child know you're available to talk.  A quiet statement, such as, "I remember what it feels like not to be asked to join a team," can invite him to open up about what's bothering him.  Finding privacy - It's natural for your middle grader to want some time to himself.  He might close his bedroom door or walk outside to take a phone call, for example.  Show him that you respect his growing need for privacy by giving him space.  Fitting in - Many middle graders feel self-conscious.  Being part of a group of people who share his interests can help your youngster focus on his strengths and feel more confident.  Encourage him to participate in at least one activity (basketball team, student government, math club).
~Mrs. Judge

A Job During Ski Season? YIKES!

posted Nov 17, 2015, 10:13 AM by Linda Burns   [ updated Nov 17, 2015, 10:51 AM ]

It is almost the time of year that middle school students begin to explore the possibility of a part time job. A few hours on the weekend or during vacation week can provide a little extra spending money, new friends, new responsibilities, and a boost of self esteem. It can also bring new stress, transportation issues, and family scheduling conflicts. The U.S. Department of Labor and the the N.H. Department of Labor have very strict guidelines for youth employment (ages 14 and over). Compliance by the employer and enforcement by the state should make this transition easier for parents.

The middle school reception office is available to issue N.H. Youth Employment Certificates between the hours of 7:00 am and 3:00 pm. The Career and Technical Center at Kennett High School and the SAU 9 administrative offices also issue these certificates. Please refer to the DOL web-site below, or call the middle school at 447-6364 if you have any questions and to insure you have all the required documents.

                                                                                                                    NH Department of Labor

Career One Stop

Linda Burns, Secretary

Issuing Officer, NH DOL    

KMS and CAMNET Raise Public Awareness About the Effects of Air Pollution on Visibility

posted Nov 16, 2015, 7:32 AM by Linda Burns

The purpose of CAMNET is to raise public awareness about the effects of air pollution on visibility. This is accomplished, in part, through a network of real time visibility cameras located at scenic urban and rural locations. CAMNET pictures are updated every 15 minutes. The KMS camera is located in the "old" building, Room A-29.  In addition, near-real time air pollution and meteorological data are provided to help distinguish natural from man-made causes of poor visibility, and to provide health-relevant data to the public on current air pollution levels. The air pollution and meteorological data are updated every hour. For more information, please visit the site: 


posted Nov 16, 2015, 5:50 AM by Linda Burns

A local bookstore, Book Warehouse, which is relocating to the Red Barn Outlet Center later this month, will be offering a fundraiser for KMS on two Fridays (December 4 & 11 from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m.) and two Saturdays (December 5 & 12 from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.) KMS will receive 10% of sales during these times. Money earned from this fundraiser will be used to buy paperback books for incoming seventh graders next spring.

Book Warehouse is a discount bookstore specializing in overstocks sent directly from publishers.  Their inventory includes a wide variety of books: children and young adult, history, biography, cooking, sports, health & fitness, crafts & hobbies, self help, business, baby boards, activities, art, and more. Children's hardcover storybooks are priced at $4.99 each or four for $15.Young adult hardcover and paperback books range from $1.99 - $7.99. Activity books are $1.99 each or 3 for $5.00.

KMS Builders Club

posted Nov 12, 2015, 6:13 AM by Linda Burns   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 7:44 AM ]

Family FUNraising Night

December 15, 2015   ~   5pm-8pm

Our Cause: Supporting KMS families with winter hardships… giving families what they need for a warm, safe, happy winter by funding clothing, school supplies, housing and other winter necessities.

How it works:

  • Builder’s Club will pass out vouchers prior to the KMS Family Fun night. Each voucher (attached below) lists our event time (5pm-8pm), date (December, 15, 2015),  and restaurant location (Friendly’s Ice Cream, North Conway). These vouchers can also be found on the KMS website, newsletter, and Facebook.

  • For each voucher redeemed on our December 15th FUNraising night, KMS will receive 20% of the sales generated!!!

  • There will be other fundraising opportunities taking place at Friendly’s that night including a 50/50 raffle, bake sale, and other fun activities.

Hat, Wool, Winter, Warm, Pink,   Mittens, Pages, Red, Green, Snowflake, Flake, Snow, Winter  Mittens, Pages, Red, Green,  Hat, Wool, Winter, Warm, Pink,

Please join KMS Builder’s Club at Friendly’s on December 15, 2015 to help make a difference to our communities families!

Philly Updates

posted Nov 12, 2015, 6:08 AM by Linda Burns   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 6:09 AM ]

Holiday Pie Sales:
all orders & money due Friday, November 13th at lunches (late orders will not be accepted)
pies arrive to Kennett Middle School for student pick up on Friday, November 20th, pick up available from 2-6pm in cafeteria
volunteers needed:     2 adults for November 13th 12-2pm to help tally and check orders
                                       4 adults for November 20th 1-2pm to pack & sort orders
                                        2 adults (or 1 adult and student) November 20th to hand out orders for parent pick-up from 2-6pm
Harlem Rockets: Thursday, November 19th at 6pm in Kennett Middle School Gym
The Rockets are coming! The Rockets are coming! And they will take to the court against our own Kennett Eagle All Stars!
volunteers needed:     NOW handful of adults to hang posters around Mount Washington Valley and sell tickets
                                        EVERYONE: to promote event on social media and with friends and family, sample poster attached, please share Smile 
                                         Coordinator (1 or 2 adults) to organize concession stand (staff stand and get donations for night of event), we have lots of bottled water Smile
                                          4 adults to sell tickets evening of event
                                          2 adults to sell half court basketball shots for half time
                                         8 students to hand out programs and be ushers, promote concession stand and half court basketball shots
           and again...            EVERYONE: to promote event on social media and with friends and family, sample poster attached, please share  Smile
Skate for Philly: Friday, December 6th at Ham Arena
50% of the gate admission from Public Skating that evening will benefit Philly 2016
volunteers needed:   coordinate & secure donations for a bake sale table
                                       volunteers to bake treats & snacks
                                       coordinate & secure donations for a mini raffle to be held during public skate and drawn at the end of the evening
                                      volunteers to secure or donate a few raffle items
mixed bag order:
Arriving 1st week in December and will be delivered to students at the end of the day to take home
Thank you for your continued support of our fundraising. I look forward to hearing from all of you.

KMS Holiday Store

posted Nov 12, 2015, 5:16 AM by Linda Burns   [ updated Nov 12, 2015, 5:17 AM ]

The KMS Holiday Store will be returning to Kennett Middle School on
Friday, December 18, during the school day.  This is a store that supplies free gifts to students to help with their holiday shopping for friends and family members.  To stock this store, the following types of gently used or new items are needed:  jewelry, health and beauty products, gifts for guys, holiday decorations, games, and toys.  Donations to help stock the store can be dropped off in the Reception Office.  Call 447-6364, Ext. 21 if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your kindness!

Spanish... Skype...Swartz

posted Nov 9, 2015, 10:57 AM by Linda Burns

This morning KMS Spanish students chatted with students at a technical school in Lima Peru via Skype.  The school in Peru is called Senati.  The Peruvians were interested in what type of music our students like and what New Hampshire is like while the KMS students asked some great questions about weather, school, and whether or not the Peruvians enjoyed learning English.  This was a friend of a friend who is teaching English there and wanted to Skype with a Spanish class in the States.   The weather today was mild and cloudy down in Lima.

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