KEENE CENTRAL SCHOOL
“The Heart of Our Community”
Superintendent’s Message Fall 2018
Welcome to Keene Central School’s website and all the information that tells our story. Enrollment at KCS this year is about 161 students which includes resident students, non-resident students and students from our International Student Program.
We continue striving to provide a rigorous academic program, offering a number of extracurricular activities and support student needs to make sure that they can be successful at achieving our mission to “Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming”.
We continue implementation of our most current strategic plan while also working on our Capital Project plan. The Capital Project Committee is examining topics identified by a school and community survey from last year and will develop a plan to put to the community for vote near the end of 2018 or early 2019. Our previous Capital Project from 20 years ago has been paid off and now is the time to consider projects and areas of our building and grounds that need attention.
In the end, all of our activities are driven by the goal of putting our students first and coming together as a community to give our students the best education program and experience possible.
Once again, thank you to everyone in our community and beyond for their unwavering support of KCS. That support is what makes KCS and Keene such a special place.
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“Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.”
Keene Central School is a vital and cherished part of the community life and cultural tradition of Keene Valley, NY. Located on the Au Sable River in the heart of the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks, this rural K-12 public school serves the children of Keene and Keene Valley in one building, under one roof.
Keene Central School District is locally run, benefits from a close relationship among teachers, staff, students and families, and is strengthened by unparalleled community involvement.
Student achievement consistently ranks above average. Small class sizes allow for individualized learning and flexibility within a traditional educational model and experienced faculty members work closely together with parents to ensure that each child is successful.
Keene Central School is one of the most vibrant and highly regarded school districts in the region.
I am excited to join the students, staff, and community at Keene Central School! For many years I have visited the Keene Valley and often dreamed of working here. I am honored to have been chosen to be the next K-12 principal and to help lead the way for the 2018-2019 school year and beyond.
My entire professional career has been one of service to my community and I look forward to continuing that commitment at Keene. Living, learning, and working amid such beautiful surroundings is a truly inspiring venue in which to uphold our mission: “Let each become all he or she is capable of becoming.” A small school setting allows for great involvement in all facets of student life including academics, extracurricular activities, and social-emotional development. I am familiar with rural education having attended, taught, coached, parented, and led in the same western New York district for 26 years. In that time I have served the school and community in a variety of roles, but none greater than educator. A singular focus on what is best for children has driven my work.
While our physical footprint may be small, the offerings at KCS exceed those of much larger districts. The educational experience provided to our students will help them to be happy and productive members of this community and to be successful in whatever they choose to do. A strong academic tradition, attention to the individual, and close ties with the community are what make Keene Central School stand apart from the other schools in the North Country. I am excited to join the staff and become a member of this community.
UNMAKE A BULLY
KCS elementary students team up with Don't Wait® to UnMake a Bully to create short films to help stop bullying.
Check out their videos!
KCS IN THE NEWS
Keene’s super scientists slam on
KEENE VALLEY - The Keene Central School's annual Super Scientific Science Slam - a science fair that was held Thursday, March 7 - is awaited with eager anticipation by kindergarten through 12th grade Keene Central School students and adults alike. Every March since Jen . . .
Class D girls quarterfinals
KEENE VALLEY | Keene holds a pair of wins over the Willsboro Warriors this season in MVAC northern division play, with the Beavers scoring a 32-21 win Jan. 9 and a 32-25 win Feb. 8.
Alyssa Summo leads the Beavers in scoring this season with 13.7 points . . .
KCS lunches: Fresh, healthy, homegrown
KEENE VALLEY — School lunches at KCS are no joke. Though some of the menu is familiar fare, other offerings are a little more exotic, such as chicken/bean quesadilla, broccoli Alfredo and buffalo chicken. Each meal has an alternative selection. . .
Keene Central students explore outdoor classroom
KEENE VALLEY — They call it the Outpost, a forest classroom configured under now-leafless poplars and pine by students at Keene Central School. Class time on Forest Fridays brings in outdoor education consultant, Emily Furman, who sings to gather . . .