Kenwood Elementary School Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Kenwood Elementary School celebrated their 50th Anniversary on Thursday, August 30, 2018, by holding a reception for past Kenwood teachers and administrators. Zella Tobin, Principal from 1987 to 1996 was the guest speaker. She took the audience through a fun recollection of her fond memories as Principal. After the reception, Student Council members offered informative tours of the school.
The Kenwood Elementary School faculty reflects the diversity of their students. They have Title I Math and Reading teachers, two Varying Exceptionalities classrooms with certified ESE teachers, as well as, two CBS classrooms and a PK-D classroom. They also have an SLD teacher, a gifted teacher, a Media Specialist, a Speech/Language therapist, Art, and a Physical Education teacher. 27.8% of the faculty has an advanced degree. Three teachers have earned National Board Certification. Teachers volunteer their personal time to provide extra help one-on-one or in small groups before and after school. The Technology Lab is staffed by instructional personnel four mornings each week before school to supply tutoring to students. To ensure students continue to be given opportunities for growth in the creative arts, Kenwood has developed a “wheel” schedule that allows all classrooms to participate in Art once a week while attending Physical Education four times per week. Kenwood students are also award-winning Odyssey of the Mind participants with invitations to State and World competition. Students also investigate science concepts at Science Night, sponsored by the Emerald Coast Science Center.
Kenwood Elementary School has been named a pre-CHOICE school for Aviation and Aerospace Engineering and has implemented the Civil Air Patrol ACE (Aerospace Connections in Education) program which is a K-5 supplementary curriculum that encourages STEM education and promotes good character traits and physical fitness, as well as, an awareness of the aerospace workforce. In 2010, the school was named the National CAP ACE school of the year. Upper elementary students work with Lego “We Do” Robotic Kits to enhance engineering skills.
Parent involvement is evident throughout the school. They have a strong volunteer program whose participants work with students, assist teachers with projects, and contribute in a variety of other ways. As a result, Kenwood received the Golden School Award for the third year in a row. Kenwood has an active Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) which provides teachers with funds to enhance their classrooms, while also providing our children with experiences on which to build their memories. They have a Fall Carnival, Field Days, Book Fairs, Breakfast with Santa, and many other events which offer parents an opportunity to spend quality time with their children in their learning environment.
Kenwood earned an A+ for the 2017-18 school year. As part of a high performing district and a Title I school, Kenwood continues to work toward meeting the needs of all students. Highly qualified teachers and classroom assistants provide daily support for reading and math through individual and small group instruction in and out of the classroom. They believe it is important that students learn and achieve, therefore, each student is challenged at his/her instructional level.
Kenwood Principals include:
- Cline Williamson - 1968 - 1974
- Dr. Bruce Criswell - 1974 - 1987
- Zella Tobin - 1987 - 1996
- Ann Jackson - 1996 - 2004
- Alan Lambert - 2004 - 2011
- Yvonne Michna - 2014 - 2016
- Angie Vaughan - 2014 - 2016
- Joan Pickard - 2016 - Present