Students at all grade levels have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of activities and events throughout the year from traditional KCS celebrations to outdoor experiences, field trips, competitive events and arts programs.
For a number of years, KCS has celebrated the beauty of our area through focusing one day each spring to environmental study and clean-up. Students are grouped in multi-grade level teams. They work together to plant flowers, pick up trash and debris from the roads, compost, plant gardens and study the environment through a variety of concurrent activities.
Environmental Awareness Week
“Earth Day” was recently expanded into a one week event with
many visiting instructors. The goal of Environmental Awareness Week is for
students to gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of our Adirondack
environment. Students learn about global conservation issues including
what they can do to help preserve the earth.
Back to School Celebration
Every fall, the KCS Foundation For Excellent Schools team plans and offers a dinner and open house on the evening of the first Thursday that school is in session. It is a terrific time to meet teachers, new families and renew old friendships after a long summer.
Ask anyone in our town about the Thanksgiving Dinner at school and you will get a ready smile. Everyone has at one time or another, or for several years, joined the students and staff as they gather together to share a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on the last day before Thanksgiving vacation. The entire school, Town board members, school board members, parents new to the district, parents of kindergarteners, elderly residents from the Keene Valley Neighborhood House, volunteers and KCS School District retirees are invited and gather in the auditorium to eat together.
Everyone looks forward to Spanish Night. It is a school-wide event providing students, parents, faculty, staff, volunteers and members of the community with an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic culture. It is an evening of student performances (in Spanish), music, dance, art and food. Held every other year, this event showcases what the students are studying in class.
Other KCS Activities, Events & Celebrations include: