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JSHS Principal Letter for May 2017

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members,

“Kendall is a Great Place to Grow!” This was the slogan for Kendall’s bicentennial celebration just a few years ago, and it still holds true today. I am fortunate to be involved with many activities due to my position in the high school and through my family. I am continuously impressed by how many community members volunteer their time to make a difference in children’s lives. The entire community is so blessed to have so many groups of dedicated people that positively impact the area, especially the children who attend Kendall Schools.

This winter, I had three grandsons active in the youth wrestling program. I attended multiple weekend tournaments and several practices. There were at least four volunteers at each practice, and many of these dedicated individuals did not have a child wrestling. Many of these coaches spent numerous weekends attending tournaments to coach and support Kendall kids. They volunteered their time to share their love and knowledge of wrestling. The athletes learned how to win and lose gracefully. 

The Kendall Fire Department again agreed to provide our juniors and seniors a real-life simulation of the dangers of driving recklessly. Many of these firemen (who are past students) used precious vacation time so that they could participate in the simulation and provide information to our students. The Fire Department also provided other services to the community, like the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Lions Club and Fire Department teamed up to provide jelly beans and chocolate bunnies. The Fire Department also sponsored a spaghetti dinner to support one of our students. It is very reassuring to know that the Fire Department is only a phone call away when there is an emergency. 

The Lions Club is yet another group of dedicated individuals that work silently behind the scenes impacting families. The Lions Club hosts dinners every year to recognize our outstanding athletes and to provide support to Kendall families in need. Annually, they sponsor a senior breakfast for our students on the day of the prom. They support our Leo’s Club and provide opportunities for students to serve the community, which teaches them the importance of making a difference in other people’s lives.   

The food cupboard and clothing closet are essential for our community so that families in need have a place to go for food and support. There have been numerous times during the year that I have been thankful that I could refer families to these caring organizations. 

The Kendall Garden Club will soon be placing gorgeous flowers in planters around the community to enhance the landscape. Their dedication to making a difference in the community impacts us all on a daily basis as we drive through town.

There are countless adults who donate their time to enrich our children’s lives. They coach our kids, volunteer to work with our Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, are active in our churches, and perform many other services to enhance our community. Just recently the parents of our seniors volunteered to organize a Senior Bash for our students. This event has become a highlight of the year. The high school’s connection to these various community members and organizations helps us to serve our students’ social, emotional and academic needs. 

This fall, we are adding a graduation requirement of volunteer hours for students to complete during their high school years. The goal of this graduation requirement is to foster a sense of community and the importance of making a positive impact. As a responsible citizen, it is likely that students will create a positive connection to their school, community and the nation. I am so thankful for the support our students receive from the community. The above-mentioned groups are only a few examples that illustrate why I feel fortunate to live in Kendall and call you all my friends. Kendall is a Great Place to Grow!

Sincerely,

Carol D’Agostino
Junior/Senior High School Principal