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KCPS Prekindergarten and Kindergarten Registration POSTPONED

KCPS prekindergarten and kindergarten registration was scheduled to begin in May. However, due to the current health crisis in Maryland, these procedures will need to be rescheduled.

KCPS is looking into alternative viable dates and methods for the registration process for 2020-2021.

If you have a child that turns 4 years old on or before September 1, 2020, please email or call your child’s home school to get on the initial prekindergarten (Pre-K) registration list. Kent County offers a FREE full day Pre-K program to all Kent County residents.

Kindergarten is also a full day program and is not optional. All children who turn 5 by September 1 must register for kindergarten. Students already enrolled in KCPS Pre-K do not need to register again.


Please contact your child's home school to get on the registration list. You may need to leave a message and someone will get back to you. If you are unsure of the home school, call Susan Cooksey at 410-778-7116 for support.


Contact Information 

GALES - Stephanie Krastel



HHGES - Janice Nordhoff



RHES - Jennifer Atkinson




Stay Home Be Safe

Stay Home, Eat Well, Keep Moving

There are many ways you can help your family eat well and stay active while at home. Access emergency food and school meals. Make the most of food resources, stay food safe, prepare quick and healthy meals. Take time each day for physical activity. We are here to help your family stay healthy and safe during this time.

Click here to read the flyer! 

Meal Distribution Sites

Kent County Public Schools will be distributing both free breakfast snacks, lunch meals, and supper meals at thirteen locations throughout Kent County, Monday through Friday between 11:30 and 1:00. These locations are: 

In Chestertown, 
Garnet Elementary School
Chestertown Landing
Edge of Town 
Brookmeadow Apartments

In Galena,
Galena Elementary School

In Rock Hall, 
Rock Hall Elementary School
Brittany Bay Apartments
Circle Park

In Fairlee, 
Baywood Community Room

In Millington, 
Millington Town Hall

In Kennedyville, 
at the corner of 213 and Kennedyville Rd.

In Betterton, 
the FireHouse

and the Community Center in Worton 

Because of a federal waiver, parents can now pick up a meal for their children who are 18 years and younger.
Additional Meal Sites - March 29, 2020
Starting Monday, March 30th, KCPS will be opening two new mobile sites where children 18 and under can receive free meals. The sites are on Poplar Ave. on Quaker Neck and at the park in Washington Park. Look for the school buses at 12:30.  
Additional Meal Sites - March 30, 2020
KCPS school buses are delivering meals to these sites in Chestertown on the following schedule:

11:15  Brookmeadow Apts
11:45  Edge of Town
12:05  Washington Park

We will also be starting a new mobile site in Knights Landing, Butlertown from 11:30-12:30.

Dear KCPS Elementary Families,

We hope you are well and we are so excited that students are anxious to continue learning.  KCPS has a program called Clever, that enables students quick access to many of our programs!  

To access Clever:  



 Click Read More for further instructions...


Parent Resources

Click here for a list of parent resources.


These are suggestions for your use. Note: Not all resources have not been vetted by the Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement, and Professional Learning.

More At Home Resources

At the link below, you will find many resources that you may find helpful for continued learning.  Please know that not all of the resources have been vetted by the Division of Curriculum, Instructional Improvement and Professional Learning.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
Resources can be found at this link: 
Free Stories in Multiple Languages - en español tambien!

Reading, at any age, is so important for continued learning!  Fortunately, many free resources have become available lately!  At the link below, you can choose a story at different reading levels and even different languages (en español tambien).  Do you only speak English?  It might be fun to hear a story in English and then hear the story again in a different language!  Do you notice any words that sound similar in both languages?  You can choose from English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese and Italian.

To access the free titles, just visit stories.audible.com from any web browser (Chrome, Safari, etc.).

The experience is completely free – no log-ins, credit cards, or passwords required. Just click, stream and listen.  Enjoy! 
A letter from Mrs. Amirikan

Dear Garnet families,

Reading has so many benefits! If you make it a part of your day-to-day activities, then kids can continue to practice their reading skills and stay on track. Not only does reading help improve fluency and comprehension skills, but it can be fun! With this said, I wanted to share a few free online resources with you that will help your child(ren) continue to read.

Click here to read the full letter. 

Free technology subscriptions during school closure.

Click here for a Google sheet of technology companies who are offering free limited subscriptions during school closure. 
KCPS Information regarding coronavirus


Kent County Public Schools… There’s an app for that!

That’s right, you can now keep up with all of the who, what, when and where for Kent County Public Schools. Available on all mobile devices! 

Click here to download from iTunes!

Click here to download from Google Play!

Hello From HHGES Staff


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Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School

Dear Tiger Families,

Welcome to Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School! We are a small school in the town of Chestertown with approximately 264 students. Our students come from diverse backgrounds, and many of them live right here in Chestertown. We are a Title I school with Tiger pride!

HHGES Mission Statement
The mission of Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School is to provide a safe and productive learning environment, using rigorous academic experiences that all students can become lifelong learners and responsible citizens

HHGES Vision Statement
Henry Highland Garnet Elementary School Community envisions our school as a place that offers a safe, warm, and welcoming climate that promotes active engagement and responsible risk-taking. This community communicates and collaborates to differentiate learning to meet the needs of all learners.

At Garnet, our teachers have committed to:
  1. Daily lessons that align to the Maryland College & Career Readiness Standards
  2. Analyze student work and track data to make sure that each student is having his or her needs met
  3. Active involvement in school and district-wide Professional Learning Communities
  4. Use manipulatives regularly in math class to build conceptual understanding of big topics
  5. Communicate with parents and community groups in multiple ways

Located in the heart of historic Chestertown, the name of our school honors Henry Highland Garnet – and abolitionist, educator, and orator. As you walk in the front doors of our school, you will see a plaque with his likeness and some interesting information about his life. Buzz the door and come into the office to sign in and get welcomed with a smile!
We are very lucky at Garnet Elementary School with the amount of technology we are able to access. Students in grades three to five have a 1:1 ratio of students to devices. PreK - 2 is fast approaching that ratio; there are many individual devices and a computer lab in the media center. Students use these devices to access Discovery Education, ConnectEd, Google Docs, and several other academic applications. We strive to use our technology wisely, encouraging students to develop the skills necessary to be successful in our society.

Our PTA is an integral part of our school culture. We encourage all parents to attend meetings – it’s a great way to stay involved! Call 410-778-6890 to hear about our next meeting!

Let’s have a great year, Tigers!

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Last Day of School for Students
Fri Jun 12 2020
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320 Calvert St
Chestertown, MD 21620
Phone: 410-778-6890
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