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The 2023 KCPS Holiday Season with festive garland

December is a busy time of year for teachers, students and families! With holiday concerts, half days and Winter Break coming up, we've put together all the information highlighting this month's special events on one page. Go to for all the details.
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KCPS Education Foundation: Enhancing Students' Experiences, Helping Teachers Launch Dynamic New Programs

The Kent County Public Schools Education Foundation Fund provides an avenue for community members to support our school system, students and staff through charitable donations. This Foundation will enhance students' experiences and assist teachers in creating dynamic instructional programs.

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Make a donation online or mail a contribution to: 
 KCPS Education Foundation
c/o Mid-Shore Community Foundation
102 East Dover Street
Easton, MD  21601
Checks should be payable to MSCF/KCPS Education Foundation.
Tax-deductible contributions to the Foundation will be used to support Kent County Public Schools teachers with mini-grants, cover the costs for field trips and fund other school system initiatives. The Foundation also is currently raising funds to renovate the planetarium at Kent County High School.

Applications for funds are reviewed by the Foundation board.

Teacher Grants

A teacher and students at Galena Elementary School

This grant program is open to Kent County Public Schools teachers, administrators and staff to help create dynamic instructional programs. The Foundation awards funds to support innovative projects that will positively impact student learning. Interdisciplinary and team-teaching projects are accepted.
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Field Trips

Composite photo from the Smithsonian

Another goal of the Kent County Public Schools Education Foundation is to provide extra funding support for field trips to destinations outside of Kent County that highlight the significant historical and cultural resources beyond our community.

Your contribution could help a Kent County student take their first trip to a place like the Smithsonian, where they could see real dinosaur bones and NASA spacecraft, learn even more about historical figures like Frederick Douglass and grow their appreciation for art.

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A Special Capital Campaign

KCHS Planetarium

One of the unique features of Kent County High School in Worton is that it has a fully operational planetarium. 

This incredible asset needs additional support from the community. While still functional, the equipment is very old, with manual dials and switches for controls and cassette tapes and slides for media. 

The planetarium has so much potential, not just for our students, but also the broader community. 

Contact Information

Dan Divilio with email link



Kent County Public Schools 
5608 Boundary Ave.
Rock Hall, MD 21661

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Mid-Shore Community Foundation

Mid-Shore Community Foundation

The Kent County Public Schools Education Foundation Fund is a component fund of Mid-Shore Community Foundation, a public foundation designated as a 501(c)(3) charity. Donations to the Fund are tax-deductible as allowed by law. 

A copy of Mid-Shore Community Foundation’s financial statement is available at or by calling 410-820-8175. 

Information about Mid-Shore Community Foundation submitted under the Maryland Charitable Solicitations Act can be obtained from the Office of the Secretary of State, State House, Annapolis, MD 21401.

School News

H.H. Garnet Elementary School kindergarteners perform "Ha Ha Holiday" during the Winter Concert.

Garnet Winter Concert video and photos

H.H. Garnet Elementary School held its Winter Concert Thursday evening, Dec. 7 in the Kent County High School Auditorium.
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KCPS updates website and mobile app

In an effort to better reach students and families, Kent County Public Schools has updated its website and mobile app.
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Galena Elementary School custodian Michelle Crouch receives the Golden Anchor Award Monday, Oct. 9 for her hard work. From left are Kent County Public Schools Supervisor of Human Resources Dan Hushion, Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch, Crouch and Galena Ele

Crouch receives October Anchor award

Galena Elementary School's custodian was honored with this month's Golden Anchor Award for her hard work and dedication.
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The 15th annual Seasonal Sensations: Kent County High School, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 with photo of horn section from last year's concert.

KCHS Seasonal Sensations coming Dec. 13

 The stage is being set for the 15th annual Seasonal Sensations dinner and concert Wednesday, Dec. 13 at Kent County High School.
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This exhibit at the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore offers visitors a glimpse into what it was like for enslaved people seeking freedom along the Underground Railroad.

KCMS students tour Great Blacks in Wax Museum

On Thursday, Nov. 9, participants in the Achieving Academic Excellence and Equity for Black Boys (AAEEBB) program visited the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.
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Chestertown Garden Club member Carolyn Grotsky works with students on a lesson about pumpkins in the Good Seeds Garden outdoor classroom annex at H.H. Garnet Elementary School.

Good Seeds Garden growing strong

Community volunteers, students and staff have transformed H.H. Garnet Elementary School while learning about gardening and nature.
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Andrew McCown, right, speaks to students at Rock Hall Elementary School during a Banjo Man performance earlier this month with Aaron Thal, left.

Banjo Man's legacy continues

The legacy of Kent County's late musical icon Tom McHugh lives on through the continuation of his Banjo Man performances in local schools.
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Tishara Collins, left, assistant principal in charge of the Kent Alternative Placement (KAP) program, is joined by real estate agent Kristina Hyland Friday, Oct. 6. Hyland visited with KAP students as a part of a weekly community speaker program.

Community members meeting with KAP students

This year, high school students in the Kent Alternative Placement program are receiving community support through a weekly guest speaker series.
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Principal Gillian Spero has her phone ready to take photos of students painting pumpkins at Rock Hall Elementary School's farmers market event.

RHES hosts fall farmers market

Pumpkins, hay bales and mums decorated the front of Rock Hall Elementary School Friday afternoon, Oct. 27 for a fall farmers market.
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Ginnie Walls, center, is honored for her 50-year career with Kent County Public Schools by the Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Karen Couch and Supervisor of Human Resources Dan Hushion.

KCPS celebrates staff milestones

 Kent County Public Schools started the fall off celebrating those staff members who reached career milestones and the Teacher of the Year.
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