Class Profile: AP Environmental Science
In the first few weeks of school, the AP Environmental Science classes spent time outdoors collecting and analyzing data from around campus. They tested the waters of the Housatonic River, finding that dissolved oxygen, temperature, pH, alkalinity and nitrate were all in the healthy range. They also completed a study of the harvest value of trees in the forest behind the school’s chapel. They used standard forester techniques to estimate the number of board feet of each tree, and the possible wholesale value of that lumber. With an estimation of the financial value of lumbering the trees, the classes engaged in discussion of that possible benefit versus its costs including hazards of the operations, impact on school activities, and the ecosystem benefits provided by the intact forest on campus.
Girls Varsity Volleyball Debuts
The 2018 season marks the year in which our girls volleyball program began its inaugural season. As a new entry in the volleyball circuit, Kent’s game schedule contains a mix of varsity and JV opponents from western New England. The popularity of adding volleyball to our fall sports slate was evident immediately, as over forty girls reported for tryouts during early week. It had been presumed that Kent would field a single team in its first year, but plans were adjusted after Early Week to create a JV team and add a second volleyball net on Gowan Court. Girls on both teams worked very hard in their first weeks developing their skills on the court and their strength in the fitness center. Head Coach Annie Crum Ross has been inspired by the girls’ approach to the season. She noted, “the experienced players are happily mentoring the newer players, and everyone is getting stronger and more synchronized and more willing to take risks every single practice.”
On Saturday, September 15 there was a palpable feeling of excitement and anticipation as 16 players suited up for their first match, hosting the Hotchkiss JV. With their goals of establishing a high standard of sportsmanship while giving their maximum effort, the varsity team earned a 3-1 victory in their opening match. A week later, the team showed that they can play well on the road as well, with a 3-0 win against the Taft JV on Taft’s home court. In their last game in September, they had a rematch against Hotchkiss JV in Lakeville, and returned to Kent with a 3-2 victory. From early week through the first weeks of the fall season, it has been a wonderful start for Kent’s newest team, raising hopes for continued success throughout the fall and beyond.
In its August issue, Yankee Magazine published an article describing the appeal and beauty of the town of Kent. We're proud of our rich culture and history. More information on the town of Kent can be found here: http://kentct.com/
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In late August, a group of Kent students and faculty chaperones made their way to La Jolla, California, where they spent a very busy week of study at the Scripps Oceanographic Institute. The business portion of the excursion found students involved with a wide range of activities, including shark tagging, the use of 3-D computer mapping technology to track the changes in coral reef structure, and a study of the macroscopic algae living outside the Scripps pier. The pleasure portion included snorkeling (where the students encountered leopard sharks, garibaldi fish and sea turtles), beach trips, and a wonderful evening of games and great food hosted by Kent alums living in the area. It was certainly a pleasant and productive trip for the ambitious group, who headed home after six busy days, looking forward to a brief rest before school begins in September.
KentPresents is an Ideas Festival that was created by Kent residents Ben and Donna Rosen in 2015. The fourth annual program was held on the Kent School campus in mid-August. The three-day event offered attendees presentations by numerous prestigious speakers covering an extremely wide range of topics such as global affairs, law and politics, economics, technology and the humanities and performing arts. KentPresents has earned national praise and has developed a reputation for its though-provoking and stimulating presentation of ideas and opinions.
Prize Day weekend at Kent is traditionally the weekend after Memorial Day Weekend. It’s an event that everyone at Kent looks forward to with excitement and delight, tinged slightly with sadness at seeing 6th form friends moving on to their new challenges. Kent’s 112th Prize Day Weekend began with an awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon, where most extracurricular awards, and some academic prizes were presented to students. On Sunday, a Baccalaureate service was held in St. Joseph’s chapel mid-morning, followed immediately by the Prize Day ceremony. Retiring History Department Chairman Ed Dunn delivered the graduation address to the 6th form. Individual academic prizes were then awarded, followed by the anxiously awaited presentation of diplomas to the 6th form. By early afternoon, 6th formers, along with their families and friends, began the celebration of their official transition from students to our newest alumni.