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About Our School

Kenwood Elementary School was constructed in 1963. In 1995, Kenwood became a balanced calendar (year-round) school of choice. A balanced calendar school year begins in July and consists of 9-week quarters separated by breaks of 2-3 weeks. Today it houses approximately 350 Kindergarten through fifth grade students. Kenwood has participated in the National Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Restructured Schools Project. As a magnet school with a computer science emphasis, Kenwood houses a new state-of-the-art technology lab. All students spend a minimum of 40 minutes per week learning coding and other technology-related skills. Kenwood is a full inclusion school for students who have special needs. Kenwood has a very active PTA and also several student organizations. Kenwood is also home to the district's gifted and talented program for qualifying students in 2nd through 5th grade. 

Technology

Through an immersive technology learning environment, Kenwood students will transcend simple usership to become digital producers, empowering themselves and others in their community through their critical thinking, academic and intellectual risk taking, collaboration, and refined sense of digital citizenship.

All Kenwood student (K-5) learn computer programming and coding, and technology is a mainstay in the classrooms. With a school-wide technology initiative, students have easy access to computers through the school computer lab, classroom computers, and through three laptop carts. Every classroom at Kenwood Elementary has an interactive SMART Board where students take advantage of hands-on learning opportunities. The computer lab houses 24 desktop computers for students to use on project-based assignments and collaborative investigations. A strong and viable partnership with the University of Illinois works to assist in technology professional development for the Kenwood faculty as well as providing unique opportunities to Kenwood students and their families through onsite collaborative technology workshops.

Computer Science/Computational Thinking At Kenwood

There are more computational devices than people in the world today. Learning even the basics of computer science will help students in virtually any career - from architecture to zoology. Just as we teach students how to dissect a frog, or how electricity works, it's important for every 21st century student to have a chance to "dissect an app", or learn how the internet works.

At Kenwood, we learn about computer science through block-based programming (code.org, Scratch) and computer science unplugged activities. We also learn skills and strategies to help us solve problems and create amazing things, both by ourselves and in collaboration with peers.

School Climate

Kenwood uses the Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) model. Children learn the school expectations (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Safe) on the first day of school. Those expectations are reinforced and reviewed with the children at the beginning of each quarter. A systematic approach of interventions support positive behavior and student achievement. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit or to volunteer in the school and classrooms. You will find a warm and friendly staff eager to help you and your child.

Mentoring

Kenwood utilizes a one-on-one
mentoring program that provides a student with an adult mentor.
Adult mentors visit Kenwood for one
hour a week to work with their student mentees. One goal of the program is to provide the students with positive
role models who can assist them in making the correct choices in life.

Support Programs

  • Gifted Program for grades 2-5
  • Enrichment Program for identified students in grades 1-5
  • Extended learning opportunities for eligible students
  • A designated intervention block during each school day to provide additional academic support
  • An interventionist is available to give students small group instruction and support

Tutoring

Kenwood has a variety of tutoring
opportunities for students in all grade
levels provided during the day and
after school. Students receive
additional support with Extended Learning opportunities funded through Title I (a Federal grant) or provided
by community volunteers.

Intersession

Intersession consist of two, three-week breaks during the fall and spring. They have proven to provide both students and teachers an opportunity to explore out of school opportunities, and maintain their interest and focus on school.

Parent - Teacher Association

Kenwood PTA welcomes all families and encourages parents and guardians to get involved in the Kenwood family. Our PTA sponsored events such as the End-of-the-Year Carnival, Family Fishing Night, Spirit Night, Family Reading Night, and provides support to the faculty, staff, and students.

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