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School Board Retreat on 2/29/24
02/22/2024
The New Kent School Board will hold a Board Retreat on Thursday, February 29, 2024 at the New Kent County Historic Courthouse. All members of the School Board will be gathered together for this retreat. The retreat will begin at 8:00 am and will go throughout the work day.
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Early Learning Application Now Open
01/22/2024
New Kent County Public Schools is excited to open the application process for students to enroll in our Early Learning options for the 2024-2025 school year. For the first time, we will be providing Early Learning services at all three of our elementary schools, and we are coordinating with the New Kent Head Start program to provide a single application that will support both programs. The application is now live. CLICK HERE to apply today! All applications received prior to March 8th will be invited to set up a required screening appointment during the last two weeks of March. Applications received after March 8th will be placed on a waiting list.
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NKCPS 2025 Teachers of the Year Announced
01/08/2024
Hill Selected as NKCPS Division Teacher of the Year On Thursday, January 4th, division leaders, school administrators, and District 3 School Board Member Heather Mae Donbrosky surprised the New Kent County Public Schools’ 2025 Teacher of the Year winners. On Monday, January 8th, the NKCPS Division Teacher of the Year, Ms. Lori Hill of New Kent Elementary School, was announced and recognized. She will represent New Kent County Public Schools at the state level of the competition. See information about each of our winners below: George W. Watkins Elementary Teacher of the Year: Ms. Rita Yarema photograph of Superintendent Brian Nichols, GWES Teacher of the Year Ms. Rita Yarema, and GWES Principal Ms. Tammy Krejcarek Left to right: Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols, GWES Teacher of the Year Ms. Rita Yarema, and GWES Principal Ms. Tammy Krejcarek ​ George Watkins Elementary is proud to announce that Ms. Rita Yarema has been selected as our 2025 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Yarema is a special education teacher who works tirelessly every day to ensure that every student feels loved and accepted in our building. She has an unwavering calmness and radiant positivity, and she takes challenges in stride. She is collaborative, encouraging, and fiercely committed to the goal of doing what is best for kids. She advocates for her students and does above and beyond to ensure that they can access the curriculum and learn the life skills needed to be successful in the future. She makes a big difference daily in the lives of so many students and staff members. New Kent Elementary and NKCPS Teacher of the Year: Ms. Lori Hill NKES Principal Dr. Therese O'Dea, NKES Teacher of the Year Ms. Lori Hill, and Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols Left to right: NKES Principal Dr. Therese O'Dea, NKES and NKCPS Teacher of the Year Ms. Lori Hill, and Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols New Kent Elementary School could not be prouder to introduce Ms. Lori Hill as our Teacher of the Year. Ms. Hill brings 20 years of Army experience—including a Purple Heart—to her role, infusing her teaching with resilience and dedication. She is not just an educator; Ms. Hill is an innovator and a passionate soul who supports her team endlessly. That’s not all: She is also a master crafter, a baking aficionado, and phenomenal dancer! Ms. Hill proves that there is no limit to what she can do, both in and out of the classroom, with her unstoppable spirit and diverse talents. She is a true inspiration to her students, our staff, and our community. New Kent County Public Schools is thrilled for Ms. Hill to move on as their representative in the state-level competition. Quinton Elementary Teacher of the Year: Ms. Lauren Birkhead QES Teacher of the Year Ms. Lauren Birkhead QES Teacher of the Year Ms. Lauren Birkhead Ms. Lauren Birkhead is an amazing teacher and colleague, and Quinton Elementary School’s selection for Teacher of the Year. Our staff have learned so much from her wealth of knowledge this year about Pre-K! Ms. Birkhead is an amazing team player. When the school was short staffed in the fall, Ms. Birkhead truly stepped up providing coverage, lessons plans, and assistance daily to Pre-K. She is always eager to help a fellow teacher, and she is flexible when necessary. Ms. Birkhead’s positivity and willingness to make learning great for Pre-K is unwavering. Her students benefit from her calm and caring attitude; she has so much patience for them! MS. Birkhead’s leadership has been top notch this year, and it shows in her relationships with her teammates, other staff members, and families. New Kent Middle Teacher of the Year: Ms. Cathy Cederholm NKMS Teacher of the Year Ms. Cathy Cederholm NKMS Teacher of the Year Ms. Cathy Cederholm Congratulations to Ms. Cathy Cederholm for being named the 2025 New Kent Middle School Teacher of the Year! Ms. Cederholm models excellence in all that she does and is an unwavering reminder of why teachers choose to serve in education. She is passionate about giving her students the tools to survive in the real world: budgeting skills, relevant math, self-reliance, and self-discipline. She serves her students with reasonable accountability, humor, and deep affection. Ms. Cederholm is in her element in the classroom and cultivates a learning community where all children find growth and success. Ms. Cederholm is a torch that lights the way for so many with her ambition, generosity, and initiative. She is heavily involved in numerous programs throughout the school and plays an instrumental role in the success of NKMS including serving as mentee/mentor coordinator, advisory committee chair, Veterans Day coordinator, Summer of More educator, and WATCH D.O.G.S. advocate. Since her retirement from the Navy, Ms. Cederholm continues to serve our community daily, and we are lucky to have her. New Kent High Teacher of the Year: Ms. Sue Musselman NKHS Teacher of the Year Ms. Sue Musselman NKHS Teacher of the Year Ms. Sue Musselman New Kent High School has selected Ms. Sue Musselman as our 2025 Teacher of the Year. Ms. Musselman does so much for NKHS. She has been a dedicated teacher at NKHS for many years. She is supportive of her students and works hard to make sure they have both the instruction to build and improve their artistic processes and the practice to create unique and personal artistic pieces. She has her students focus on both creating unique works of art but also on considering and recording the creative process that the budding artists experience. In addition to teaching four blocks. Ms. Musselman is also the sponsor of BETA and the Art Society. She creates opportunities for teachers to participate in various social gatherings (plate painting, door signs, etc.) and engaging contests (Halloween costume contest, guess the number in the jar, etc.). Ms. Musselman goes out of her way to make NKHS a better place.
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Edcamp #TeamNewKent 2024 on 2/24
01/04/2024
New Kent County Public Schools is pleased to announce Edcamp #TeamNewKent 2024, an in-person learning and collaboration event set to take place on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at New Kent High School from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This initiative is being organized by the Instructional Technology Resource Teachers from the Department of Innovation and Development. Edcamp #TeamNewKent 2024 aims to bring together educators, administrators, and education enthusiasts for a morning of insightful sessions and meaningful discussions. Attendees will have the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals, share innovative ideas, and gain valuable insights to enhance their teaching practices. This FREE event will feature a range of interactive sessions, each led by passionate educators, providing a platform for participants to discover new teaching strategies, explore emerging technologies, and engage in collaborative discussions. CLICK HERE to register! Participants are encouraged to bring their digital or printed tickets/QR codes, digital devices if desired (Internet will be available), a bag for personal items, and most importantly, their ideas. Edcamps foster an environment where sessions and agendas are collaboratively determined by the participants. This unique format allows for a dynamic and participant-driven learning experience. ​NKCPS is dedicated to a respectful and harassment-free experience for all participants. CLICK HERE to view the Edcamp Community’s Terms & Conditions, including the Code of Conduct. We encourage all educators to take advantage of this unique learning opportunity and look forward to welcoming you to Edcamp #TeamNewKent 2024 for a day filled with professional growth and collaboration.
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NKCPS Featured in Business View's Magazine
01/03/2024
New Kent County Public Schools is proud to be featured in Business View: Civil and Municipal Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 12, published in December 2023. The article, titled "Sharing a Strong and Positive Vision for Education and Community Growth," delves into Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols' innovative Three E's Approach, aimed at ensuring students have solid plans for enrollment, enlistment, or employment by the time they graduate. The Three E's Approach embodies our commitment to providing students with diverse pathways for success beyond high school. The article underscores the importance of community integration and engagement in fostering a positive and supportive educational environment. One of the key highlights of the feature is our collaborative efforts with community partners to create unique opportunities for students. These include partnerships and programs such as Bridging Communities Regional Career & Technical Center, the Navy National Defense Cadet Corps, theater initiatives, and the introduction of new programs like agriscience and sports medicine showcase the district's dedication to offering a well-rounded and dynamic educational experience. The article also sheds light on our Human Resources' approach to teacher recruitment. By prioritizing the hiring of caring educators, the district aims to maintain a high standard of educational excellence and student support. As we celebrate this recognition in the magazine, NKCPS extends its gratitude to the community, students, staff, and partners who contribute to the success of our schools. Together, we continue to shape a positive vision for education and community growth, ensuring that every student has the tools and opportunities they need for a successful future. To read the full article, please CLICK HERE.
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Volunteer Lunch Monitors Wanted
10/11/2023
New Kent County Public Schools is seeking volunteers to become lunch monitors at our three elementary schools: George W. Watkins Elementary, New Kent Elementary, and Quinton Elementary. Volunteer lunch monitors will assist full-time staff during lunch hours (11 a.m. to 1 p.m.) to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for students. The role offers flexible scheduling, allowing community members to contribute without a significant time commitment. To apply as a volunteer lunch monitor, please CLICK HERE to access the online application. Join us in giving back to the community and making a positive impact on the school experience for local children. Your support is greatly appreciated.
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Nichols Featured in District Administration
10/02/2023
New Kent County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Brian Nichols was recently featured in District Administration. The article and YouTube interview can be found on their website (link below). Writer Matt Zalaznick highlights Dr. Nichols' positive use of social media for community engagement and his focus on ensuring New Kent County Public Schools' students find post-graduate success through the "Three E Pathways:" employment, enlistment, and enrollment.
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NKES & NKMS Beta Members Place Nationally
06/26/2023
Over the last few months, National Beta members from New Kent Elementary School and New Kent Middle School have been working hard to prepare their entries for the National Beta Convention. In June, they were able to celebrate that hard work with three NKES students placing in the following competitions: Colton Simmons with third place in fourth grade social studies, Ethan Shannon with sixth place in fifth grade social studies, and Harrison Rodgers with 10th place in fifth grade math. NKMS students also placed with Jeremiah Martin earning second place in the sixth grade science competition and the NKMS Junior Beta Club project proposal team of Lily Newman (eighth grade), Skylar Weedon (eighth grade), Aubrey Loucks (seventh grade), Alyssa Luntzer (seventh grade), and Martin (sixth grade) taking fourth place.
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NKCPS Earns National Achievement Award
05/19/2023
New Kent County Public Schools has been recognized with an Achievement Award from the National Association of Counties (NACo) for their program Changing Public Perception Through Social Media. The awards honor innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services and community for residents.
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Technology Update
NKCPS Adds SchoolMessenger SMS Feature
05/16/2023
New Kent County Public Schools' has added an SMS text message feature to our communication platform, SchoolMessenger Communicate. Parents and guardians are encouraged to sign up to receive official NKCPS communications via text.
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