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Kent News
Kent Principal Grant Althouse

Greetings Kent Community,

Expectation Talks — Over the first weeks of school, Assistant Principal Wendy Holmes and I led Expectation Talk presentations with students at each grade level. These classroom discussions have two primary objectives: First, to build connection and rapport between our students and our school administrators, and second, to remind students of expected behaviors as members of our school community. During Expectation Talks we highlight some key areas from our Kent Middle School Student and Parent Handbook, to explain the rationale and importance behind our most essential school rules, and to ensure that all students know their responsibilities, and the responsibilities of the schools staff around them. I have highlighted some of the most essential points from our Expectation Talks below for your reference.

  • School Climate — We all contribute to the positive school climate at Kent. The ways we interact with one another, the language we choose to use, and the mindset we employ while on campus all contribute to the way it feels to be present in our school community.
  • Academic Expectations — In learning environments, students engage with their teachers and their peers, participate often, and contribute to a climate of learning and growth in each one of our classrooms.
  • Student Belongings — Students keep all belongings in their lockers (6th, 7th, 8th) and on their backpack hooks (5th). Students plan ahead for upcoming classes on their schedule and arrive on time to each class with the materials they need to be successful.
  • Electronic Devices — All personal electronic devices are safely stored away in lockers/backpack hooks from 8:15 a.m. to the end of each school day, without exception.
  • Campus Care — We all pick up after ourselves, and we recycle, compost, or throw away our own garbage. We keep the spaces around our desks and lockers clean of miscellaneous debris, and we even pick up trash that may have been left behind by others.

Ms. Holmes and I thoroughly enjoyed the classroom time spent with our students discussing the ways we all contribute to a school climate we can enjoy, each and every day. Thank you for your partnership at home to reinforce the positive contributions your child can make to our school climate!.

Volunteer Opportunities — We love our parent volunteers, and are pleased to share two helpful volunteer opportunities currently accepting sign ups at Kent! Please see the announcement below for more details.

Thank you for the many ways you contribute to our school!

Grant Althouse
Kent Principal

Kent Highlights

Friday, October 1: Kent Principal Coffee, 8:45-10:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 5: Kent Site Council Meeting, 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 6: Kent All School Read begins & KIK Kent Family Social, 1:15-3 p.m.

Volunteer Opportunities at Kent

Would you like to contribute to emergency preparedness at Kent?

  • Please consider signing up to join a team of volunteers who will help to organize the materials for our student release process, in the event that we ever need to release students during the school day due to an emergency. Sign up for this team through this link!

Are you available in the mornings or afternoons to help keep our driveway safe?

  • Please email the KSPTA Vice President of Kent, Katharine O’Brien ( to sign up for a morning or afternoon slot to direct traffic during drop off/pick-up.

Announcing Kent's All School Read for 2021!

Someone Like Me by Julissa Arce

A remarkable true YA memoir from social justice advocate and national bestselling author Julissa Arce about her journey to belong in America while growing up undocumented in Texas.

  • Kent's popular annual tradition of an All School Read will happen the weeks of October 6 and 13.
  • Author Julissa Arce will visit Kent virtually on October 21.
  • Pick up the book at Book Passage (mention you are from Kent) or at the library. Or just listen as your teacher reads it, although we encourage all students to get a copy of the inspiring book.

Some of the Kent Administration Team

Check out some of our Kent stars in their matching stripes!

Principal Grant Althouse, Assistant to the Principal Lisa Sandberg, and Vice Principal Wendy Holmes