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Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Families,

Linked here is the recording from last Friday’s Principal Chat (password: x75L2?.l), where Ms. Holmes and I presented participants with our anticipated 2021/22 instructional program for each grade level at Kent. It was a refreshing and exhilarating exercise to talk through the many incredible elements of our school returning in full next year, and I encourage you to take a peek at the recording, or these linked slides for more information about what to expect for your returning Kent student. 2021-2022 promises to be a triumphant return of all of the important elements that define Kent Middle School!

This week at Kent we conclude our administration of our spring reading and mathematics assessments, the MAP Growth assessment. All grade levels have completed testing, and this week we will conduct final make-up testing for students who needed extra time or missed an assessment. Teachers will be considering the results of the assessments for the students in their classes, analyzing the growth achieved and anticipating next instructional steps. Students and parents will receive the results of the spring MAP Growth assessment when you receive 3rd trimester grades at the conclusion of the school year. As this is a new assessment tool for KSD, the administrative team will ensure that we provide families with resources and explanations for how to interpret your child’s results.

As a follow up to a message from earlier in the year, I wanted to again repeat my expectations for students who choose to visit the Woodlands Shopping Center following school dismissal. Businesses at Woodlands report that some Kent students are leaving behind a significant amount of trash, and others are disrupting business operations, including blocking pathways and making access to entry points difficult for other patrons. The owners of the shopping center are considering limiting access for Kent students after school if this behavior continues. I have shared my expectations with our students via Squawk Talk and other communication channels. If your child goes to Woodlands after school, please check in about your expectations for their behavior in the community. We appreciate our partners and want to support small businesses in our community, while also representing Kent in a way that we can be proud of.

Be well,

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Highlights

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

  • 8th grade graduation diploma names due

Friday, May 28, 2021

  • 8th grade graduation RSVP due

Thursday, June 10, 2021

  • 8th Grade Graduation: , 6 p.m., Kent field
    • Safety protocols, attendee capacity, and more information to be provided soon.

Kent Announcements

Kent School Site Council - deadline approaching!

We are now accepting applications for Site Council positions.

The Kent School Site Council is a planning and decision making body made up of Kent staff, parents, and students. During our monthly meetings we discuss current events at our school, as well as big picture goals and initiatives that impact our community. It is an engaged group of stakeholders that encourage positive change through their questioning, discussion, and collaboration.

  • Learn more about Kent Site Council
  • Two open positions for 2021-2022
  • Incoming 5th or 6th grade parent/guardian are encouraged to apply for one of these three-year terms.
  • If you are interested in serving on our Kent School Site Council, please email site council member Ina Gotleib ( by Thursday, May 20.

8th Grade Graduation : June 10, 2021

Kent Counselors Wellness Hub: Easily access resources to help navigate this challenging time.

Kent Library

  • Email Ms. Jelen at to check out books.
  • Return books to the same cart where you pick up books – right outside the Kent gate when it's not raining and right in front of the library when it is.

Student Wellness Opportunity

The Youth Leadership Institute is hosting a virtual Mental Health Panel for Middle School students. The panel will provide middle school students with the opportunity to ask current high schoolers questions they may have regarding the transition to high school, how to prioritize their mental health, manage classes, practice self-care, etc.

Students interested in attending the panel should complete this form:

May 28, 2021, 4-5:30 p.m., Zoom