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COVID-19 And Remote Learning

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and Remote Learning Updates for the Kents Hill School Community

Since Coronavirus (COVID-19) became a global concern in January, Kents Hill School has been tracking its evolution and meeting regularly regarding communications, planning, and procedures. In order to keep our community of faculty, staff, students, and parents informed, we will distribute email communications and update this page as necessary. Please check back frequently for the latest information regarding school policies and guidelines.

Remote Learning Extended Through End of School Year

At the beginning of April, the Maine Commissioner of Education recommended that schools in Maine continue remote learning until the end of the year. have worked closely with the Board of Trustees and the leadership team on campus, and it is with their guidance and support that I have decided to continue remote learning through the end of the year. I write this with a heavy heart knowing how connected our faculty and students are to each other and this special place. We are all committed to ensuring that our “virtual” community remains as robust, connected, and supportive as possible.  

- Christopher S. Cheney, Head of School 

The full communication regarding the end of the year is available by clicking here

School Calendar Updated

Below is our school calendar for the remainder of the year. We believe that this schedule will allow us to meet all of our desired learning outcomes (we had originally planned to end classes on Friday, May 15) and will provide opportunities for students to develop interesting and meaningful final projects that can be virtually shared with families.

Monday, April 27: Day Off
Tuesday, May 12: Last Day of Classes
Wednesday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 19: Final Projects
Wednesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 21: Virtual Learning Exhibition
Friday, May 22: Virtual Awards Ceremony
Saturday, May 23: Virtual Graduation

Contact Us

Christopher S. Cheney
Head of School
ccheney@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to the Student Experience at Kents Hill:
Meadow Davis
Associate Head of School
mdavis@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Academics:
Dr. Benjamin Priest
Dean of Academics
bpriest@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Accommodations, Academic Coaching, or Student Learning:
Mary Keeley
Director of Student Learning; Academic Coaching
makeeley@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Residential Life and Student Activities:
Erica Chute
Dean of Student and Residential Life
echute@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to College Counseling and Standardized Testing:
Gretchen Bergill
Director of College Counseling
gbergill@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Technology:
Mike DeLisle
Director of Information Technology
mdelisle@kentshill.org 
or 
helpdesk@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Health Services:
Cathleen Samborski
Health Center Director
csamborski@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Mental Health and Counseling:
Lilia Bottino

School Counselor
lbottino@kentshill.org

For Questions Related to Finance:
Andy May
CFO; Business Office

COVID-19 and Remote Learning Communications

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  • May 1, 2020: Retrieving Belongings for Day Student Families

    Friday, May 1, 2020
    Dear Day Student Families, 
     
    I hope this letter finds you safe, healthy, and in the company of loved ones. We are writing today to share our plan for the retrieval of any belongings that your student has left on campus. On May 6 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, and on May 9 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, we will be offering curbside pick-up at the Alfond to retrieve items left in both the Alfond and dorms. All belongings, from the dorm and the Alfond, will be bagged and labeled and brought to the Alfond for pick-up. If you have questions about anything left in the dorm, please reach out directly to the dorm head. If you have any questions about anything in the Alfond, please reach out to your student’s coach. If you need contact information, let us know and we can provide you with that. 
     
    During the curbside pick-up, you will enter the Alfond main entrance and follow the designated flow to the turf-side entrance of the Alfond where all of your items will be brought to your car. Please fill out this Google Form to reserve a date and time and read the following guidelines to ensure optimal safety for all.
     
    1. Please come during your requested day and time.
    2. Please follow the designated route for the pick-up line.
    3. Please have the back of your car/trunk open, and we will place the items into your car. 
    4. Please stay in your car the entire time, other than to open your trunk at the entrance of the Alfond. Please do not get out of your car, park to visit with others, or walk around school grounds. 
    5. If there are items that you believe are missing, please email Diane Chick at dchick@kentshill.org. 
    I know many of you also have questions about the book buyback program. We are working to design a system that will give families the opportunity to resell books while adhering to safety regulations. Please know that all student belongings are secure and will remain secure until they are returned to you. Buildings are locked and will remain so until all student rooms and lockers have been cleared and cleaned. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
     
    All the best,
     
    Erica and Diane
     
    Erica Chute
    Dean of Student and Residential Life
     
    Diane Chick
    Dean of Students
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • May 1, 2020: Retrieving Belongings for Boarding Student Families

    Friday, May 1, 2020
    Dear Boarding Student Families, 
     
    I hope this letter finds you safe, healthy, and in the company of loved ones. We are writing today to share our plan for the retrieval of any belongings that your student has left on campus. 
     
    Beginning next week, we will start allowing students to return to campus to collect belongings, beginning with our day students and Maine residents. Our hope is to provide the opportunity for you to return to campus to retrieve items before the end of June; however, we are not able to give you a definite time due to Maine’s continued restrictions. Please see the State of Maine Executive Order for additional details. We have designed many options to retrieve belongings based on the needs of your family and student. Please fill out this Google Form indicating which of these options works best for your situation. Once we have your plan identified, we will contact you to make arrangements. Options include:
     
    1. Come to campus and pack up your own room. Our Student Life team will reach out with dates and times once we have a sense of your needs. 
    2. If you are not within driving distance of campus you have the following options:  
      1. Have our Student Life team work with you to pack up your room and ship necessary items home. Please note that you incur the cost of shipping these items.
      2. Have our Student Life team pack up and store items on campus until Fall 2020. 
    3. For seniors or Academic Gap Year students who are not able to make it back to campus to pick up belongings and are attending college in the United States, have the items in your room packed, stored, and shipped to the college you will attend in the fall. Please visit The Mailing Center out of Augusta, Maine, and click on “Camp” to find information about storing, shipping and cost. 
    4. If none of these options work for you, please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org
    For families returning to campus to retrieve belongings in their dorm rooms, please read the following guidelines: 
     
    1. All students wishing to pack up their rooms must complete the Google Form and have a confirmed visit date. We will confirm this date and time with you. You will be allowed on campus during your designated time slot only. 
    2. PLEASE be on time. If you arrive early, stay in your car until your appointment time.
    3. Go directly to your dorm and wait outside to be greeted by a faculty or staff member before entering your dorm. A faculty or staff member will be assigned to assist you by opening the dorm door and the room door.
    4. Bring no more than two total people to campus: the student and one other person. Please follow CDC guidelines and do not bring with you anyone with compromised immune systems or anyone who has been sick in the last 14 days.
    5. Each person should thoroughly sanitize their hands before entering the building. All visitors must wear masks while in the dorm spaces. 
    6. Please limit your time in the space to 1.5 hours.
    7. Do not enter any other building on campus.
    8. Remove all items from your room and take them with you, including trash.
    9. All items from the Alfond locker rooms will be brought to student rooms before the pick-up dates.
    10. Any books you wish to sell back should be stacked neatly in the designated location and labeled with the provided label. While we can’t promise all books can be bought back, we can assure you that all books you wish to try to sell back will be delivered to the bookstore for review. Please indicate on the provided label what you would like Kents Hill to do with the books that can’t be sold back. 
    11. BRING any packing supplies needed.
    12. The Kents Hill faculty member will sign you out and ask you to return your key to a designated location. After this step, you will no longer have access to the room or the dorm, and you will need to leave campus directly. 
    As a quick reference, here is a list of things you need to bring with you when you visit campus to retrieve your belongings: 
    • Mask
    • Sanitizer
    • Packing supplies including tape, boxes, and suitcases
    • Trash bags
    • Room key
    • Any books you wish to try to sell back 
    Please know that all student belongings are secure until plans have been made for retrieval, shipping, or storing. Buildings and student rooms are locked and will remain so until all student rooms have been cleared and cleaned. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org.
     
    All the best,
     
    Erica and Diane
     
    Erica Chute
    Dean of Student and Residential Life
     
    Diane Chick
    Dean of Students 
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • May 1, 2020: Retrieving Belongings for Maine Boarding Student Families

    Friday, May 1, 2020
    Dear Maine Boarding Student Families, 
     
    I hope this letter finds you safe, healthy, and in the company of loved ones. We are writing today to share that beginning next week, we will start allowing boarding students from Maine to return to campus to pack their dorm rooms and collect their belongings.
     
    Daily, from May 11-16, we will offer 90-minute slots for Maine boarding families to come to campus.  Please complete this Google Form indicating which date and time would work best for you. We will contact you to confirm your packing time slot. 
     
    For families wanting to return to campus to retrieve belongings, please read the following guidelines to ensure that we have put in place to keep all community members as safe as possible. 
     
    1. All students wishing to pack up their rooms must please complete the Google Form and have a confirmed visit date. We will confirm this date and time with you. You will be allowed on campus during your designated time slot only. 
    2. Please be on time. If you arrive early, stay in your car until your designated time.
    3. You should go directly to your dorm and wait outside to be greeted by a Kents Hill faculty or staff member before entering your dorm. A faculty or staff member will be assigned to assist you by opening the dorm door and the room door.
    4. Please bring no more than two total people: the student and one other person. Please follow CDC guidelines and do not bring with you anyone with compromised immune systems or anyone who has been sick in the last 14 days.
    5. Each person should thoroughly sanitize their hands before entering the building. All visitors must wear masks while in the dorm spaces. 
    6. Please limit your time in the space to 1.5 hours.
    7. Please do not enter any other building on campus.
    8. You should plan to remove all items from your room and take them with you, including trash.
    9. All items from the Alfond locker rooms will be brought to student rooms before the pick-up dates.
    10. Any books you wish to sell back should be stacked neatly in the designated location and labeled with the provided label. While we can’t promise all books can be bought back, we can assure you that all books you wish to try to sell back will be delivered to the bookstore for review. Please indicate on the provided label what you would like KHS to do with the books that can’t be sold back. 
    11. Please plan to bring any packing supplies that you need.
    12. The Kents Hill faculty member will sign you out and ask you to return your key to a designated location. After this step, you will no longer have access to the room or the dorm, and you will need to leave campus directly.
    As a quick reference, here is a list of things you need to bring with you when you visit campus to retrieve your belongings: 
    • Mask
    • Sanitizer
    • Packing supplies including tape, boxes, and suitcases
    • Trash bags
    • Room key
    • Any books you wish to try to sell back
    Please know that all student belongings will remain secure until you are able to come to campus to retrieve them. Buildings and student rooms are locked to assure that student belongings are safe. If you have any questions about this process, please reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org
     
    All the best,
     
    Erica and Diane
     
    Erica Chute
    Dean of Student and Residential Life
     
    Diane Chick
    Dean of Students 
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 29, 2020: Join Parent Zoom Conversation Tomorrow

    Wednesday, April 29, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    Thank you to all of you who joined us last week for our parent "town hall" Zoom conversation. Your questions, comments, and feedback are tremendously important as we strive to create the best experience for your family and child. 
     
    Our second "town hall" will be tomorrow, April 30, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. To help us plan for the conversation, please complete this RSVP form and submit any topics that you would like to see addressed. You will also have the opportunity to add specific topics and questions during the call. 
     
    Zoom Conversation: Thursday, April 30, 7-8 p.m. EDT 
    Meeting ID: 975 265 1963
    Password: khsparent
     
    I look forward to connecting with you. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at 1-207-897-8004 or ccheney@kentshill.org.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 30, 2020: Reminder: Join Parent Zoom Conversation Today

    Thursday, April 30, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    This is a reminder that our second "town hall" opportunity is today, April 30, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. To help us plan for the conversation, please complete this RSVP form and submit any topics that you would like to see addressed. You will also have the opportunity to add specific topics and questions during the call. 
     
    Zoom Conversation: Thursday, April 30, 7-8 p.m. EDT 
    Meeting ID: 975 265 1963
    Password: khsparent
     
    I look forward to connecting with you. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at 1-207-897-8004 or ccheney@kentshill.org.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 26, 2020: Family Calendar for 2020-21 Survey

    Sunday, April 26, 2020
    Dear Families,
     
    Your children continue to impress me. It is not easy to stay consistently engaged in remote learning and yet they are showing up each and every day. As I connect with people from schools across the country, they talk about how hard it is to get kids to even come to class. At Kents Hill kids are in class, they are doing their work, and they are even doing the extras - participating in weekly challenges, coming to evening programming, and looking out for their friends.
     
    At the same time that we are working hard to make the rest of this year as meaningful as possible, we are also beginning to think of next year. We are focusing on trying to find the plan that will allow us to safely be on campus and keep learning in person for as much of the year as we are able. We don't want to make those plans in isolation, however, and so we want to hear from you about what is most important to you in relation to next year's calendar. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what matters to you.
     
    Thank you for continuing to partner with us as we navigate this great unknown. You are a fantastic group to collaborate with and we really appreciate the support that you give to your children and to us.
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Associate Head of School
    mdavis@kentshill.org
     
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 26, 2020: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Sunday, April 26, 2020
     
    Dear Lara,

    Happy Spring Long Weekend, everyone! We are looking forward to seeing all of our student's faces again on Tuesday. In this newsletter, we have highlighted some of the awesome ways that our teachers, students, and community are making the best of virtual learning. You can read about these highlights and other announcements below!

    We Want to Hear From You
     
    While all of us on The Hill are working hard to make the rest of this year as meaningful as possible, we are also beginning to think of next year. We are focusing on trying to find the plan that will allow us to safely be on campus and keep learning in person for as much of the year as we are able. We don't want to make those plans in isolation, therefore, we want to hear from you about what is most important to you in relation to next year's calendar. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what matters to you. If you have any questions, please contact Meadow Davis, Associate Head of School at Mdavis@kentshill.org
     
    Community Challenge: Trick Shots
     
    Last week’s challenge to our Huskies was to share their best trick shots with the community. As an additional bonus, one of the trick shots submitted by Ryan Nolte ‘20 was featured on the NHL’s Instagram story! Check out all of the awesome shots submitted, here.
     

    Community Service Day: Wednesday, April 29

    We will be holding our bi-annual Community Service Day this coming Wednesday, April 29. Faculty and staff will still be holding virtual office hours in the morning and then engaging in service opportunities in the afternoon. Students and their families are invited to participate in service activities on Wednesday or at any other time that is convenient. For ideas about how you can contribute, visit pages 13-16 of our Remote Learning Guide, where Jeff Munson, Director of Service Learning, has outlined various options for how we can help our communities while being mindful of the ongoing pandemic. Beyond these options, we are limited only by our imaginations and the guidelines provided by our local authorities, so don’t hesitate to come up with your own ways to give back!

    Take time next week to make a difference and then tell us about it! Email your stories, pictures, and videos of your service to workforgood@kentshill.org and aholmes@kentshill.org

    Remote Learning Highlight: Emilie Arseneault, French

    “Last year, I was able to take a group of Kents Hill students to France. We spent three days in Paris, three days in Normandy and Brittany, and then traveled to Nice and Monaco. This was such an enriching experience to learn more about the history of France and the culture. Now, while my classroom has gone virtual, Google Arts and Culture offers us the chance to travel while practicing social distancing. Students in my classes have begun going on virtual field trips to give the experience of traveling to the entire class. French 1 students have been to the second and third floors or the Eiffel Tower and seen the city of Paris in a 360 view. French 2 and 3 students have visited and done a virtual tour of the Island of Mont Saint-Michel in Normandy. For the next few weeks, we will continue to travel to well-known, and not so well-known French-speaking areas and study the history and the culture surrounding it.” - Emilie Arseneault, French Teacher 

     
    (View from the 2nd floor of Eiffel Tower- Courtesy of Google Arts and Culture)
     
     
    (Mont Saint-Michel – Courtesy of Google Arts and Culture)

    Remote Community Highlight: “Cook with Shuk”

    As a part of our efforts to remain together while apart, Kents Hill faculty have begun leading various different interest groups and clubs for students over Zoom. Steve Shukie, Social Studies Teacher, has been leading weekly “Cook with Shuk” meetings on Thursdays. During his first two sessions, students learned to make homemade meatballs with spaghetti and chicken paprikash. Students and families are invited to tune in this Thursday to cook their own chicken parmigiana!

    “I hope that the students can use this time at home to develop the lifelong skill of cooking. It can be very relaxing and enjoyable to put something together. We have had 3 or 4 students participate each time but they have had parents there too. It’s great seeing them prepare stuff together.”

     
    Left: Chicken Paprikash prepared by Delaney Feeney ‘21
    Right: Steve Shukie leading “Cook with Shuk” via Zoom

    Happy Ramadan from Reverend Park

    Ramadan Mubarak! Happy Ramadan to all who observe and to those who support them during this time. May this be a blessed month of fasting and prayer, of compassion and kindness, of peace and joy. We stand in solidarity and love.

    A Message from the Health Center

    The Kents Hill Health Center hopes to inspire you to nurture yourselves and build resilience in
    yourself and your families. Here are some tips and tricks for self-care, as well as inspiration and
    education on staying well.

    Inspiration
    Practicing mindfulness is one of the single most powerful things you can do for your wellbeing.
    Want to give it a try? Visit http://www.happify.com for guided meditations and other
    mindfulness-building activities designed by experts.

    Self Care
    If ever there was a reason to QUIT, Covid 19 may be it.
    On April 6, 2020, the National Institute on Drug Abuse issued a warning about the connection
    between respiratory issues and COVID-19. Compromising your lungs by vaping can put you at
    greater risk for COVID-10! Check out more resources from The Truth Initiative. You can also
    access the CDC for free 24/7 assistance for teens and adults.

    Local Maine experts from the Tobacco Helpline have answered some key questions about how
    to successfully quit during the pandemic. If you are a student interested in joining a workshop
    about recovery or helping others, reach out to Ms. Bottino for more information!

    Education
    Reporter Stephanie Leydon talks with the Gabriel family about their teenage son's struggle with
    a vaping addiction.

    Connection
    Our counselors and nurses are available to offer supportive check-ins.
    Ms. Bottino at lbottino@kentshill.org/Mrs. Whitestone at mwhitestone@kentshill.org
    Ms. Jenkins at ljenkins@kentshill.org/ Ms. Samborski at csamborski@kentshill.org
    Ms. Myung Park, Chaplin, is also available at mpark@kentshill.org
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 25, 2020: Student Calendar for 2020-21 Survey

    Saturday, April 25, 2020
    Dear Students,
     
    I continue to love to see your faces at all school meeting and to watch the videos of you as you navigate the weekly challenges. My advisees told me it was going to be a little hard to find a fully appropriate TikTok dance, but of course, Ms. Chute and Ms. Holmes found one.
     
    At the same time that we are working hard to make the rest of this year as meaningful as possible, we are also beginning to think about next year. We are focusing on trying to find the plan that will allow us all to be back on campus when it is safe, and keep learning in person for as much of the year as we are able. We don't want to make those plans in isolation, however, and so we want to hear from you about what YOU care about for next year. Please take five minutes to fill out this survey and let us know the things that are most important to you.
     
    See you all on Friday!
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 24, 2020: Family Graduation Survey

    Friday, April 24, 2020
    Dear Families of the Class of 2020, 
     
    Last week I had the chance to talk with a group of seniors and Academic Gap Year students about what they wanted from their graduation. I left the conversation with my heart both broken and very full. They were so incredibly thoughtful, aware, balanced, and clear about what was important to them. I went into the conversation with one idea about the best ways to celebrate your children, and came out with a completely different plan. This group continues to amaze me (nice work families!). They were all in agreement - it is not about them as individuals, but about them as a class; the speakers should be members of the senior class, as they are the only ones who really know what this feels like; they really want to be together in person as soon as it is safe and possible; it would be great to have some way for each of them to represent themselves as part of the ceremony.
     
    We also want to make sure to hear from all of your children, so they are receiving a message similar to this one today. We also want to hear from you, as this is an important day of celebration for your family. Please take three minutes to fill out this survey and let us know what is most important to you, as we plan the best way to celebrate your children.
     
    You raised a group of resilient and strong young people. Though the world can feel like a scary place right now, I feel much more confident knowing that they are the ones who will be working to fix it.
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
    mdavis@kentshill.org 
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 24, 2020: Class of 2020 Graduation Survey

    Friday, April 24, 2020
    Dear Class of 2020,
     
    Last week I had the chance to talk with a group of you about graduation. I went into the conversation with one idea about the best ways to celebrate you all, and came out with a completely different plan. Your friends did a fantastic job of sharing thoughtful feedback about what is important for you. They were all in agreement - it is not about you as individuals, but about you as a class; the speakers should be your classmates, as you are the only ones who really know what this experience feels like; you really want to be together in person as soon as it is safe and possible; it would be great to have some way for each of you to represent yourselves as part of the ceremony.
     
    This was a relatively small group and so we also want to make sure that each of you has the chance to share your own thoughts and ideas. What is important to you? Please take three minutes to fill out the survey and tell us. And then, please come to the next graduation planning meeting to be part of the process.
     
    We did agree that this year all speakers, except Mr. Cheney, will be students. If you are interested in speaking at graduation, please send a draft of a graduation speech to me at mdavis@kentshill.org by Friday, May 8. A small group of seniors/AGYs and faculty will select the graduation speakers.
     
    You continue to amaze and impress me with your resilience and ability to make the best out of a really, really challenging time. 
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 23, 2020: Reminder: Join Weekly "Town Hall" Zoom Call

    Thursday, April 23, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    As we transition to a remote learning environment through the end of the school year, we want to provide you with the opportunity to join a weekly "town hall" Zoom call with Kents Hill administrators and program leaders. These conversations will help us to answer your questions in "real-time," troubleshoot any challenges, and gather feedback regarding your overall experience. 
     
    This is a reminder that our first town hall will be this evening, April 23, from 7-8 p.m. EDT. To help us plan for the conversation, please complete this RSVP form and submit any topics that you would like to see addressed. You will also have the opportunity to add specific topics and questions during the call. 
     
    Zoom Conversation: Thursday, April 23, 7-8 p.m. EDT 
    Meeting ID: 975 265 1963
    Password: khsparent
     
    I look forward to connecting with you. As always, please don't hesitate to contact me directly at 1-207-897-8004 or ccheney@kentshill.org.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris 
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • April 19, 2020: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Sunday, April 19, 2020
     
    Dear Lara,

    As we approach our third week of remote learning, those of us here on the Hill have been focusing on gratitude. Members of the Kents Hill faculty have been keeping in touch with one another via email to express the things we are grateful for during these difficult times, many of them revolving around the people and places in our lives. We want to extend this gratitude out to you all, for your feedback, participation, and enthusiasm as we navigate how to be together while apart. 

    For updates on what’s new, see below:

    Welcome Back from Our Huskies!
     
    Last Monday’s All School Meeting featured many of our Huskies’ smiling faces welcoming their fellow classmates back to the Hill, virtually. You can see what they’ve put together, here!
     

    Remote Learning Schedule: April 20 - End of the Year

    Based on the feedback from students and families, we have altered our weekly schedule to improve the remote learning experience. The schedule for April 20 through the end of the year is available here

    Remote Learning Highlight: Astrophysics with Ms. Moreau

    “One of the ways that I'm thinking differently about remote learning is using online resources to enrich the student project experience. One of these resources is called Slooh. It's an educational website that allows my Astrophysics students to control seven telescopes that are in the Canary Islands. My students will be able to take photos of celestial objects and complete ‘quests’ that help them learn these specific objects. The quests are a mixture of reading short passages, completing multiple-choice reading checks, taking and inserting pictures of objects, and then using those pictures to describe what they see. For the next month, my students will have the opportunity to get used to the platform by completing specific quests, and then they'll complete a quest of their choosing for their final project.”
     
    - Maryke Moreau: Physics and Calculus Teacher 


    A Message from the Health Center

    The Kents Hill Health Center wants to continue to support you as best as we are able to, virtually. We hope to inspire you to nurture yourselves and build resilience in yourself and your families. We will be sending out weekly tips and tricks for self-care, as well as inspiration and education on staying well physically and emotionally, here it goes!

    Inspiration
    We love this TED talk! Ilana is passionate about inspiring people to use and build technology in a way that benefits humanity.Meaningful connections can be made virtually, we are seeing it at KHS, that is truly inspiring!

    Self Care
    Keep Calm & Carry On: Learn and practice these 3 techniques to calm yourself and de-stress.

    Education
    For parents and guardians: Lynn Lyon’s  A Mom’s Retreat Getting Through This Together. Lynn Lyons is an international speaker and psychotherapist based in Concord, New Hampshire helping children and families manage anxiety disorders.

    Connection
    Our counselors are available to offer supportive check-ins. Send them an email to meet: 
    Ms. Bottino at lbottino@kentshill.org and Mrs. Whitestone at mwhitestone@kentshill.org

    Our nurses and athletic trainer, Ms. Jenkins, Ms. Samborski, and Mr. Congleton are available on Thursdays at 2:30 PM (EDT). A Zoom invite for these meetings is provided on the Thursday schedule.

    Missing the Hill?

    Campus is feeling especially empty as springtime arrives in Maine without our students here to enjoy it. If you are missing Kents Hill as much as it’s missing you, check out our new Virtual Tour on the website to visit some of your favorite spots, online!


    AP Exams
     
    As a result of the stay-at-home restrictions and school cancelations in many communities around the world, traditional face-to-face AP exam administrations will not take place for the 2019-20 academic year. The College Board is instead allowing students to take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home in order to earn AP credit (provided by the College Board and available to be sent to colleges and universities). The full online exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details are now available onlinehere.
     
    Kents Hill students in AP courses are encouraged, but not required, to sit for AP online exams this year. All students registered for AP courses will receive the AP designation on their transcripts whether they take the exams or not. Over the next few weeks, students should speak to their AP teachers about any questions or concerns they have regarding this year's exams. They should also confirm with their teacher whether or not they wish to sit for the online exams.
     
    At this time, the College Board is not providing alternative exam schedules for international students. This means that exam times for international students will vary depending on their geographic location. Please contact Dr. Wilson Onu at wonu@kentshill.org with any questions.
     
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  • April 17, 2020: Community Reflection, Gratitude, and Remote Learning Schedule

    Dear Kents Hill Students and Families,
     
    I spent this morning writing down what I wanted to say at our all-school meeting today, which meant I spent a lot of time thinking about our students. Yesterday I had the privilege of reading 176 student reflections, which left me feeling very proud and a little weepy. In the midst of such a hard time, there was shared gratitude for the work teachers are doing, talk of buying groceries for elderly families and neighbors, stories of looking out for friends, and an overall feeling of hope. At our all-school meeting, I shared some thoughts with our students, as did one of our seniors, Ellie Saucier. Her reflection really resonated with me, as I'm sure it will with you. You can read our remarks by clicking here
     
    Knowing that we will not be back in person this spring was really hard news to get yesterday, particularly for our seniors and Academic Gap Year students. This amazing group of young people deserves to be celebrated and we promise to find a way to make sure they feel the deep appreciation and love that all of us on the Hill have for them. This will be a combination of a virtual graduation in May, and in-person graduation as soon as we are able. Erica Chute, our Dean of Student and Residential Life, and I will be pulling together a group of faculty, parents, and students to plan both of these celebrations. Please let one of us know if you would like to participate in this planning process.
     
    The daily and weekly schedule for the remainder of the year is available by clicking here. Thank you to all the students, and families, for their feedback. Please note that teachers and advisors are available outside of the scheduled virtual office hours for additional support and help, should you need it.  
     
    Below is our school calendar for the remainder of the year. We believe that this schedule will allow us to meet all of our desired learning outcomes (we had originally planned to end classes on Friday, May 15) and will provide opportunities for students to develop interesting and meaningful final projects that can be virtually shared with families. As with everything right now, we are shifting and adapting to best meet the needs of our diverse group of students and families, without having the benefit of learning from those that have done this previously. 
     
    Monday, April 27: Day Off
    Tuesday, May 12: Last Day of Classes
    Wednesday, May 13 - Tuesday, May 19: Final Projects
    Wednesday, May 20 - Thursday, May 21: Virtual Learning Exhibition
    Friday, May 22: Award Ceremony
    Saturday, May 23: Virtual Graduation
     
    I was so moved by how many students shared gratitude for their teachers and joy at being reconnected to the adults and their classmates here on the Hill, while also sharing sadness for the losses they are currently experiencing. There is much to complain about and yet the large majority of them instead focused on the things that they appreciated. Families - nice work raising such a thoughtful group of young people! I want to echo their appreciation for our teachers and staff who are working so very hard to learn something new and, at the same time, finding ways to engage and connect with our students across the world.
     
    The Kents Hill community, which includes all of you, is a strong one indeed.  
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
    mdavis@kentshill.org
  • April 17, 2020: Boarding Student Refund Request Process

    Dear Kents Hill School Parents and Guardians,
     
    Thank you for your patience while we worked through the process of administering credits and refunds to boarding students. While we do not specifically differentiate room and board in our tuition and fees structure, we have used multiple metrics as a guide including estimated cost savings and averages of room and board charges for colleges and universities. Based on that analysis, we have determined that boarding students will be eligible for a credit or refund of up to $2,900.00, prorated based on the amount of financial aid that a family receives. These credits and refunds will first be applied to any 2019-20 outstanding tuition and fees and/or MyKidSpending account balances. 
     
    During this difficult and unpredictable time, Kents Hill has tried to balance the economic realities of operating the school with the financial realities that many of our families are experiencing. While we will incur savings, specifically in food and student programming, many of our expenses are fixed including supporting your child’s teachers, advisors, coaches, and dorm parents, as well as other personnel, facilities, and maintenance expenses.  
     
    Families of boarding students can review the options below and complete the Refund Request Form online. To access the form, login to the Kents Hill website and select the form on the "Form to Complete" banner. It is also available as a PDF by clicking here if you prefer to print, sign, and scan. Note: If we do not receive a completed form by May 15, 2020, we will assume that you do not wish to request a refund or credit.

    - For seniors and Academic Gap Year students, a refund option will be available. Once the form is received a refund will be issued in the form of a check, payable to the financially responsible parent(s) listed on the billing account. We will work with our international families for alternative payment methods on a case-by-case basis.
    - For underclass students returning to Kents Hill, we will apply the credit amount to next year’s tuition and fees invoice. This credit will be applied to your billing account for the 2020-21 school year in June.     
    - For underclass students not returning to Kents Hill, a refund is available once the form is received. 
    Some families have expressed an interest to donate their refund (or a portion thereof) as a gift to Kents Hill School. In times like these, we would be grateful for your charitable contribution which can be applied to the Kents Hill Fund to support our mission to deliver an exceptional student experience. 
     
    Thank you again for your patience as we navigate this unprecedented situation. If you have further questions regarding the process please feel free to reach out to me directly at amay@kentshill.org.  
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Andrew May
    Chief Financial Officer 
    amay@kentshill.org
  • April 16, 2020: Remote Learning Extended Through End of School Year

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,
     
    First, I would like to thank all of our faculty, students, and families who have made the adjustment to remote learning. It has taken a phenomenal effort from each of you to make this a reality and I am so pleased with how we have been able to pivot to this new mode of learning. I appreciate all of the feedback that you have shared about what is working and what could be improved so that we can create the best possible experience for our students. 
     
    I am writing today to share an update about Kents Hill’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last week, the Maine Commissioner of Education recommended that schools in Maine continue remote learning until the end of the year. I have worked closely with the Board of Trustees and the leadership team on campus, and it is with their guidance and support that I have decided to continue remote learning through the end of the year. I send this with a heavy heart knowing how connected our faculty and students are to each other and this special place. We are all committed to ensuring that our “virtual” community remains as robust, connected, and supportive as possible.  
     
    For the class of 2020, I am truly sorry. This is not the senior spring that you had planned on, or the one you deserve. Because it is still unclear when it will be safe to hold large gatherings, an in-person commencement will not be held in May 2020. However, we will work with leaders from your class, as well as faculty and parents, to make certain that you are celebrated virtually this spring and to determine other possible times when we might gather together on campus to honor each of you. All seniors who complete their graduation requirements will graduate and receive their diploma in May. While I recognize that this will not replace being together with your teachers, friends, and family, we are committed to honoring you in person on campus and we will work together to plan this special event. 
     
    I know this news will raise questions for many of you and we will work to answer them all. The Board of Trustees and leadership team have worked together to provide an opportunity for families to get a refund. In the next two days, you can expect to hear from our CFO, Andy May (amay@kentshill.org), who will provide detailed information on the process for requesting refunds for boarding students. As always, we are committed and willing to work with all of our families on an individual basis knowing that every financial situation is different in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
     
    At this point, the Governor of Maine’s mandate means we cannot have people come to campus in person to retrieve belongings. When that mandate is lifted, hopefully during the first week of May,  you will receive information from our Dean of Student and Residential Life, Erica Chute (echute@kentshill.org), about retrieving or storing your personal belongings that remain on campus. 
     
    Now is the time for us to come together with the full strength of our community to support each other as we continue into unchartered territory. It has been my experience that our community has been its strongest when times have been the toughest. We are stronger together. 
     
    As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, concerns, or feedback. You can reach me directly at 1-207-897-8004 or ccheney@kentshill.org. I look forward to the many opportunities that we will have to “see” each other virtually over the next few weeks. 
     
    Best,
     
    Chris
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
  • April 14, 2020: Connect with Kents Hill Faculty and Program Leaders Tomorrow

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    With almost a week-and-a-half of remote learning down, we’ve taken a page from our 4D curriculum to designate tomorrow as a day of reflection instead of traditional learning. We are hoping to gather feedback from you, as well as your student, regarding your overall experience. This will help us to learn what is working and what can be improved as we build a virtual community where all of our students feel connected and supported. 
     
    We have reworked our Zoom opportunities to better meet your needs and provide an additional opportunity to connect. 
     
    Zoom Conversation 1: Wednesday, April 15, 8:15-8:45 a.m. EDT. 
     
    Meeting ID: 975 265 1963
    Password: khsparent
     
    Zoom Conversation 2: Wednesday, April 15, 5:30-6:00 p.m. EDT.
     
    Meeting ID: 975 265 1963
    Password: khsparent
     
    To help us plan the conversations, please complete this RSVP form and interest survey. In addition to the two scheduled conversations, you can also indicate if you would like to connect with an administrator or program leader one-on-one. 
     
    Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to “seeing” you soon. 
     
    Best,
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School 
    mdavis@kentshill.org
  • April 13, 2020: Remote Learning Feedback

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    It was wonderful to see all of your children’s faces during School Meeting this morning. Even the small act of celebrating birthdays, sharing announcements, and reviewing the weekly schedule gave me a sense of normalcy and routine during this unpredictable time. Even the unplanned technology challenges (that tend to happen when we are in-person, too) reminded me of the need to embrace the messiness of this new experience and be fluidly adaptive - learning what is and is not working and being prepared to adjust as we go. 
     
    To continue our theme of messiness, we are currently experiencing high winds and rain on campus with expected widespread power outages. If there is no power at Kents Hill tomorrow, we will switch our Tuesday and Wednesday schedule. Tomorrow will be the day of reflection, and Wednesday will be a day of scheduled learning. We will make this determination at 7:30 a.m. EDT tomorrow and communicate with you and your child via email and emergency text. 
     
    During the day of reflection, we are hoping to get feedback from you regarding the remote learning at Kents Hill. In addition to this online survey (please complete if you have not yet done so), you will have the opportunity to participate in live Zoom conversations on Tuesday and/or Wednesday with various Kents Hill administrators and program leaders. This will help us to gather your thoughts, feedback, and ideas, as well as respond to your questions in real-time. To help us plan the conversations, please complete this RSVP form and interest survey. In addition to the two scheduled Zoom conversations, you can also indicate if you would like to connect with an administrator or program leader one-on-one. 
     
    Please don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to “seeing” you online soon. 
     
    Best,
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School 
  • April 11, 2020: Weekly Parent Newsletter

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    In the midst of this unpredictable and unprecedented time across the globe, we are bringing one very small slice of normalcy back to your Kents Hill experience - our weekly parent newsletter! Instead of primarily sharing happenings on the Hill, we will share how our community is staying connected across states, countries, and continents.
     
    Our Facebook and Instagram pages are a great way to see messages, photos, and memories. We will also share updates regarding remote learning, including the weekly schedule and opportunities to regularly provide feedback.
     
    Thank you - as always - for your support of Kents Hill, your flexibility as we adapt to a new way of teaching and learning, and your willingness to partner with us as we create the best student experience possible for your child and family. 
     
    Remote Learning Feedback Survey
     
    This week will be our first full week of remote learning and we want to make sure that we are fluidly adaptive -      learning what is and is not working, and changing to meet your needs. Please fill out this survey to let us know how the Kents Hill remote learning experience is working for your family. This is an opportunity for you to share what is, and is not, working and to provide insight that we might not have otherwise. As always, your child's advisor is another source for you to share feedback and concerns. 
     
    Weekly Remote Learning Schedule: April 13-17
     
    The remote learning schedule for this week is available here and below. Wednesday will be a day of reflection where our teachers will not be providing work. Instead, we will be using the day as an opportunity to collect feedback, make changes, and adapt. We will be providing opportunities for you to Zoom with our athletic department, our learning center, our academic team, our health center, and our team of administrators to ask questions or share your experiences. A schedule for the day and the ability to RSVP for various sessions will be sent to you tomorrow. 
     
    Q3 Grades and Comments
     
    Your child's grades and comments for the third quarter are available online. To access, please follow the below steps. 
     
    1. Login to the Kents Hill School website at www.kentshill.org.
    2. Select your child's name.
    3. Select “Progress."
    4. Select "Report cards" and "Grade Summary Report."
    5. Review your child's report. 
     
    If you have trouble accessing your child's grades and comments, please contact our IT Help Desk at helpdesk@kentshill.org. Questions regarding the grades or comments can be directed to your child's advisor or the Dean of Academics, Dr. Benjamin Priest, at bpriest@kentshill.org
     
    Gratitude for Essential Workers
     
    We want to say a special “thank you” to all of the medical professionals and essential workers on the frontlines giving their all to ensure that people in our communities - near and far - are staying safe, fed, housed, and healthy. Each of you embodies our motto, "One person or principle can always make a difference." We are grateful for your dedication, perseverance, and leadership during this most difficult time. 
     
     
     
     
    April ..... Fools?
     
    After almost a week of sunshine and 50-degree temperatures, we awoke to over a foot of snow and widespread power outages on Friday. While faculty children (and faculty ... rumor has it the one below is by Mr. Corey!) across campus were happy to make one final snowman, we're looking forward to sharing beautiful spring days to come! 
     
     
    REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE: APRIL 13-17, 2020
     
    MONDAY APRIL 13
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    All School Meeting
    9:30-10:20
    A Block
    10:30-11:20
    B Block
    11:30-12:20
    C Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:20
    D Block
    2:30-3:30
    Wellness
    3:45-4:45
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    TUESDAY APRIL 14
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    Advisory
    9:30-10:20
    E Block
    10:30-11:20
    F Block
    11:30-12:20
    G Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:30
    Wellness
    2:30-3:30
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    WEDNESDAY APRIL 15
    8-3
    Reflection on Remote Learning Schedule/Experience
     
    THURSDAY APRIL 16
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    Advisory
    9:30-10:20
    C Block
    10:30-11:20
    D Block
    11:30-12:20
    A Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:20
    B Block
    2:30-3:30
    Wellness
    3:45-4:45
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    FRIDAY APRIL 17
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:50
    G Block
    10-10:50
    E Block
    11-11:50
    F Block
    12-12:15
    All School
    12:20-12:30
    Advisory
     
  • April 10, 2020: Reflections on Remote Learning

    Dear Kents Hill Parents and Guardians,
     
    After a few days of beautiful sunshine, we woke up to almost a foot of snow and no power. I am grateful for the views of Mt. Washington and the starry skies, but snow in April? If you want some photos and videos of what is happening on the Hill, our wonderful communications team is regularly updating our Facebook and Instagram with messages, photos, and memories.
     
    My advisee group comes from all over the world - China, Mexico, Turkey, NYC, Boston, and Maine. We have had some fascinating conversations about how coronavirus is impacting their communities and their lives. Encourage your children to ask questions and to learn about the different ways communities and individuals are navigating this pandemic. One of the amazing things about our community is the incredible diversity of experiences that our students bring with them. Understanding the impact, and effect, of coronavirus on others can help students make sense of it for themselves.
     
    As we reach the end of our first week of remote learning, we are so impressed with your children! Having two teenagers myself, I know that the vacation for many was staying up super late and sleeping all day. But as classes started, our students were there, present and engaged, and ready to begin connecting with their teachers and each other. During our last faculty meeting, we shared things we were grateful for and teacher after teacher talked about our students - their smiles, their engagement, and their flexibility and compassion as we all figure out remote learning.
     
    This week teachers really focused on helping our students get ready for remote learning. The first two days had shortened classes with a clear focus on developing new class norms for remote learning, making sure everyone could access technology and had a place they could work, and reconnecting our community to each other. Thursday was our first day with our "real" remote learning schedule and I think students were nervous, but ready. Today gave us another curveball ... the first remote learning snow day. Next week will be our first full week of online learning and we want to make sure that we are fluidly adaptive, learning what is and is not working, and changing to meet the needs of your child and your family.
     
    To that end, we have two ways we are hoping to get feedback from you (and we will be sending a similar email to your child on Monday). Please fill out this survey to let us know how the Kents Hill remote learning experience is working for your family. This is an opportunity for you to share what is, and is not, working and to provide insight that we might not have otherwise.
     
    As promised, the remote learning schedule for next week is available here and below. As you will see from the schedule, Wednesday will be a day of reflection. Our faculty will not be providing work on that day, but instead, we will be using it as an opportunity to collect feedback, make changes, and adapt. We will be providing multiple opportunities for you to Zoom with our athletic department, our learning center, our academic team, our health center, and our team of administrators. This will be an opportunity for you to gather with other families to ask your questions, learn what is on the minds of other families, and hear our answers. A schedule for the day and the ability to RSVP for various sessions will be sent to you on Monday.
     
    I look forward to connecting more with you on Wednesday and, as always, please do not hesitate to reach out if there is any way that I can support you or your child.
     
    All the best,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
    mdavis@kentshill.org

    REMOTE LEARNING SCHEDULE: APRIL 13-17, 2020
     
    MONDAY APRIL 13
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    All School Meeting
    9:30-10:20
    A Block
    10:30-11:20
    B Block
    11:30-12:20
    C Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:20
    D Block
    2:30-3:30
    Wellness
    3:45-4:45
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    TUESDAY APRIL 14
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    Advisory
    9:30-10:20
    E Block
    10:30-11:20
    F Block
    11:30-12:20
    G Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:30
    Wellness
    2:30-3:30
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    WEDNESDAY APRIL 15
    8-3
    Reflection on Remote Learning Schedule/Experience
     
    THURSDAY APRIL 16
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:20
    Advisory
    9:30-10:20
    C Block
    10:30-11:20
    D Block
    11:30-12:20
    A Block
    12:30-1:20
    Lunch/Break
    1:30-2:20
    B Block
    2:30-3:30
    Wellness
    3:45-4:45
    Virtual Office Hours
     
    FRIDAY APRIL 17
    8-9
    Virtual Office Hours
    9-9:50
    G Block
    10-10:50
    E Block
    11-11:50
    F Block
    12-12:15
    All School
    12:20-12:30
    Advisory
     
  • April 9, 2020: Recording Remote Learning

    Dear Kents Hill Community, 
     
    After many weeks of planning, we successfully launched our remote learning program. I was so inspired to see 275+ faculty, staff, and students “show up” from around the world for our first virtual All School Meeting. In addition to sharing announcements, celebrating birthdays, and reviewing the weekly schedule, we provided a glimpse into what life has been like on the Hill and how much we miss having our community physically together. While the start of remote learning has been smooth, which is a testament to our exceptional faculty and staff, I have no doubt that there will be challenges along the way. We are committed to working through these together and look forward to soliciting feedback from families and students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s advisor, teachers, or other Kents Hill administrators if you have any immediate questions or concerns. Key contact information can be found on page 4 of our remote learning guide
     
    As we have entered a new way of teaching and learning, we wanted to update our policies regarding classroom expectations online. Specifically, we will be recording all classes and meetings to ensure that we are maintaining appropriate boundaries and that students have access to content if they are working asynchronously. The full policy is below for you to review.
     
    Thank you - as always - for your flexibility and patience. 
     
    Chris
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    ccheney@kentshill.org
     
    Notice to Kents Hill Students and Families Regarding Online Classroom Recording
      
    As we transition to remote learning, we will be using the videoconferencing services Zoom and Panopto to facilitate real-time online class sessions and to store recordings of the sessions for a limited time. We encourage you to learn more about Zoom and Panopto, including their privacy practices, at Zoom Privacy and Panopto Privacy.
     
    The recorded classroom sessions are strictly for educational purposes. Specifically, these platforms will be used to facilitate participation in real-time, interactive classroom sessions and, where recordings are stored for a limited duration (typically 1-2 school days, but sometimes shorter or longer depending on the nature of the recording and other considerations deemed relevant by the school), to allow for students who may be unable to participate in the real-time sessions due to illness, time-zone differences, or other circumstances, to access the class content. Note that these recordings are not intended to generate a long-term archive of academic content.
     
    Measures taken by Kents Hill to minimize the potential for misuse include, in addition to selecting reputable videoconferencing software providers, ensuring that live and recorded sessions are password protected and deleting any stored recordings promptly after the reason for storing them no longer applies. Individual teachers may also elect to use tools available within the software, such as controlling which students have the ability to share their screens or be heard by others.
     
    The Kents Hill community also has an important role to play in avoiding misuse. With that in mind, we are establishing the following Acceptable Use Policy, which we reserve the right to supplement or modify from time to time:

    - Both live sessions and recordings should not be accessed or used for anything other than the intended educational purposes.
    - Both live sessions and recordings should be accessed within the Zoom platform or Panopto platform and not downloaded, copied, or re-recorded (whether audio or video recordings, photographs, screenshots, etc.) for viewing or use outside of that platform, or otherwise shared, broadcast, or made public.
    - Access to online programming is intended solely for the particular students enrolled in the class. To the extent anyone else wishes to obtain access to a particular class, a request must be made to and approved by Kents Hill in advance.
    - Any members of the Kents Hill community aware of any actual or potential misuse of the live sessions or recordings shall notify Kents Hill promptly.

    Please note that in receiving this notice describing our recording of online remote learning programming, as either the parent or legal guardian of a Kents Hill student or as a Kents Hill student 18 years or older, such student’s continued participation in such programming constitutes your:
     
    - Consent to the recording described above and any and all related interactions with Kents Hill any of its employees and students in the context of such programming.

    - Agreement that you and such student will comply at all times with the Acceptable Use Policy identified above. 

    This consent and agreement applies in any context, including but not limited to both group and one-on-one contexts.
     
    Any student or family member who prefers not to consent to any given recording should contact Kents Hill to discuss what alternative arrangements may be possible. Please contact Mike DeLisle, Director of IT, at mdelisle@kentshill.org for more information. 
  • April 8, 2020: Health, Wellness, And A #HuskyStrong Mindset

    Dear Kents Hill Community,
     
    It has been so exciting for all of us in the Athletics Office and Health Center to reconnect with our “virtual” community this week. While things have certainly been very different and new in the remote learning world, we are grateful that technology allows us to see the smiling faces of our students.
     
    This week our students have been introduced to their virtual classrooms. Next week we will begin to introduce wellness as an element of the weekly schedule. Now, more than ever, exercise and mindfulness are necessary to ensure health and a positive mindset.
     
    Tomorrow, all of our students will meet briefly at 2:30 pm EDT via Zoom (links will be distributed via email) with their spring athletics and activities group. Program leaders will introduce opportunities for students to stay engaged with their teams, and with their chosen activities, even if they can’t leave their homes. Students will be provided a variety of activities designed by Ms. Emilie Arseneault, our strength and conditioning coach, that require minimal to no equipment and limited space.

    - Each Monday students will briefly check in with their coach or activity leader. (expected)
    - Three times a week students will engage in physical activity and record it on their group Google Sheet. (strongly encouraged)
    - Once a week students will engage in wellness opportunities provided by our Health Center. (strongly encouraged)
    It is our hope that students will try to be active during this time of remote learning. Each week, we will be sharing fun challenges and new ways to engage in physical activity. Our students are encouraged to be #HuskyStrong and share their workouts and activities with their coaches, teammates, and friends on social media.
     
    We recognize that the time designated on the weekly schedule may not work for some due to time zone or other responsibilities. Our hope is that regardless of time zone or location, students will rise to our challenge of being active a few times during the week. We will do our best from afar to encourage, motivate, and celebrate. I look forward to seeing your #HuskyStrong moments! 
     
    Nan Hambrose
    Director of Athletics
    nhambrose@kentshill.org
  • April 7, 2020: Health Services During Remote Learning

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,
     
    We are all, without a doubt, experiencing a range of emotions during this time of uncertainty as we navigate through a pandemic. As we adapt to remote learning, reimagining our roles at home, and being away from those we care about at school and elsewhere, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Now, more than ever, it’s important to take care of ourselves so that we’re able to tend to all of our other responsibilities and remain hopeful and calm. To aid in this effort, the Kents Hill Health Center will continue offering counseling support to our students. 
     
    There are risks and limitations unique to virtual counseling, including, but not limited to, the possibility that counseling could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures, or could be interrupted or accessed by unauthorized persons. Further, because counseling support will take place at a distance and possibly across jurisdictions, Kents Hill counselors cannot reliably intervene in situations that may involve imminent risk to student health and wellbeing (experiencing crisis, requiring hospitalization, etc.).
     
    Therefore, remote counseling services will look different than our face-to-face services, as we will be focused on supportive check-ins rather than formal counseling. We will help students who may need more intensive mental health services to find additional resources in their home communities. We also encourage anyone who is experiencing an urgent mental health need or crisis to access their local crisis line, call 911, or go to their local emergency room. We’ve provided some helpful numbers and links below. 
     
    We are here for the entire Kents Hill community during this challenging time and will be offering both drop-in counseling hours as well as coordinating individual check-in times with students. Please reach out to us directly if you would like to learn more.
     
    Counselor Schedule

    - Counselors will host “Virtual Drop-In Hours” that will occur during Virtual Office Hours
    - Counselors can be emailed directly to schedule a meeting

    If you have questions or concerns regarding counseling at Kents Hill School, please reach out to Maureen Whitestone (mwhitestone@kentshill.org) or Lilia Bottino (lbottino@kentshill.org).
     
    Helpful Resources

    - Crisis Text Line text “Talk” or “HOME” to 741741 (https://www.crisistextline.org/)
    - 2-1-1 for Crisis Services available in your state
    - Maine Statewide Crisis Hotline 1-888-568-1112
    - The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
    - Call the Disaster Distress Helpline 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor. 
    Managing Stress During COVID-19
    Free Online Meditations from Calm
     
    This list may not be complete, but it’s a start. Please feel free to share any other resources you have found beneficial. If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. 
     
    Yours from afar,
     
    Kents Hill Counseling
  • April 3, 2020: Remote Learning Guide For Parents

    Dear Kents Hill Families,
     
    What a strange spring break we have had! Here on the Hill it has snowed multiple times, we have had two power outages, and the campus is quiet and still. Occasionally we will see each other on the pathways and wave, but most of our interactions have been on Zoom. We have spent the last three weeks thinking of each one of your children - where they will be learning, what their learning preferences are, what challenges they might be facing right now, what time zone they are in - and we have created a remote learning experience that we believe will support them all.
     
    Our remote learning guide is available by clicking here. It contains information about all aspects of Kents Hill’s remote learning plan and hopefully answers all of your questions. I also wanted to highlight some specific aspects here:
     
    Schedule
     
    Next week, on Monday and Tuesday, we will follow a special schedule designed to reconnect your child with their faculty and classmates, establish remote learning norms in each class and identify any technology or access challenges. Wednesday will be our asynchronous or independent learning day and our normal remote learning schedule will begin on Thursday.
     
    Our remote learning plan incorporates a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning and flexibility for small-group and individual check-ins. This is intentional: by offering different ways to teach and learn, we will be able to best meet the unique needs of our diverse body of student learners. The daily schedule has been created to accommodate as many of the students in the ten different time zones as possible. It is our expectation that students are present whenever possible. However, we do understand the challenges that time mismatches create, and will, therefore, make exceptions for our students who are unable to participate in our synchronous classes due to the time differences. Our video conferencing platform does have the ability to record classes and all synchronous classes will be recorded. This will allow students unable to attend online classes to access course content. If students are not able to participate in the synchronous classes live, they should communicate directly with their teacher who will work to develop an asynchronous learning plan for those classes.
     
    Many of you spoke about the importance of community and physical activity to your child, and so we have built-in multiple ways for your child to stay connected. Daily wellness activities will provide small group opportunities, as well as give your child workout options, and all will be targeted to those who are primarily or entirely staying inside. We have worked hard to create opportunities to connect in small and large groups. We will start each week with an All School Meeting (your child will get a Zoom invite from Erica Chute or Chris Cheney), where we will announce upcoming “challenges” to engage students in a variety of different ways. Students will meet with their advisory group regularly, virtual dorm meetings will take place on Thursdays, and there is scheduled time for group meetings, so groups like Student Council can meet weekly and continue to make positive changes to Kents Hill from away. 
     
    The schedule for our first week is available on page 8 of the remote learning guide.
     
    Next Friday, I will send the schedule for the following week and will communicate with students and families each Friday with schedule changes and updates. The schedule should stay primarily the same, allowing you and your students to build a learning routine. We will build in opportunities for reflection and feedback and would only make changes that would improve remote learning for your children.
     
    Grading
     
    We recognize that student access to web-based technology will vary from household to household, making remote learning a challenging prospect for many families. We also know that the COVID-19 crisis has left everyone feeling more anxious and stressed than usual. As a result, we have created a modified grading policy for this spring's remote learning that reflects variation in student access to technology and Kents Hill's unwavering commitment to the wellbeing of our students. The policy includes: 

    Teachers will enter weekly participation grades for online learning that are based on a common participation rubric, which will be posted on the Husky Portal for each academic class. We see weekly participation grades as a way of rewarding our students for trying something new and making a good faith effort to remain focused on academics despite challenging circumstances.

    Teachers give no grade lower than 75 for assessments submitted on time and completed in accordance with the directions published to the student portal. This guideline reflects the novelty and potential difficulty of remote learning. Please note that there are exceptions to this policy: students who turn in late or incomplete assignments (or who fail to submit assignments at all) may still earn grades lower than 75 per their teachers' discretion.
     
    Technology Access
     
    Please reach out to our technology team at helpdesk@kentshill.org with any concerns regarding your child’s ability to fully participate technologically in remote learning. They can work with you to answer questions and resolve concerns.
     
    All Kents Hill announcements will come via email. Please make sure that your child is regularly checking their Kents Hill email. We will continue to use the Husky Portal (www.kentshill.org) as our main method of communication. Faculty will post a weekly class plan to the portal by 8 am on Monday and will use the portal to distribute materials, post assignments and grades, and take attendance.
     
    All courses and virtual interactions will use Zoom (kentshill.zoom.us) for synchronous learning. Students will use their existing Kents Hill Gmail account to login. Faculty will schedule each Zoom class through Google Calendar and invite students as attendees. All sessions will be recorded (including one-on-one engagement). Class sessions will be recorded and made available on the Husky Portal. 
     
    Please read carefully through the remote learning guide and reach out with any questions or concerns. We will be scheduling parent Q and A’s weekly through Zoom beginning next week and, as always, encourage you to reach out directly with any questions. You can reach me at mdavis@kentshill.org and we can find a time to talk via Zoom or phone.
     
    Thank you for your patience and flexibility.
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
  • April 3, 2020: Remote Learning Guide For Students

    Dear Kents Hill Students,
     
    What a strange spring break we have had! Here on the Hill it has snowed multiple times, we have had two power outages, and the campus is quiet and still. Occasionally we will see each other on the pathways and wave, but most of our interactions have been on Zoom. We have spent the last three weeks thinking of each of you. What is it like at your home? How are you getting along with your family? How can we make the next month as positive as possible for you?
     
    We have been busy trying to create the best possible remote learning plan for each of you. Please click here and read it all (not just skim it)!
     
    Information about your classes, your schedule, technology and lots of other important things are all included. If you have any questions or concerns, you can reach out to me (mdavis@kentshill.org) or contact your advisor.
     
    Schedule
     
    Next week, on Monday and Tuesday, we will follow a special schedule designed to reconnect you with faculty and classmates, establish remote learning norms in each class and identify any technology or access challenges. Wednesday will be our asynchronous or independent learning day, and our normal remote learning schedule will begin on Thursday.
     
    The daily schedule has been created to accommodate as many of you in the ten different time zones as possible. It is our expectation that you are present whenever possible. However, we do understand the challenges that time mismatches create, and will, therefore, make exceptions for those of you who are unable to participate in our synchronous classes due to the time differences. Our video conferencing platform does have the ability to record classes, and all synchronous classes will be recorded. If you are not able to participate in the synchronous classes live, please communicate directly with your teachers, and they will work with you to develop an asynchronous learning plan for those classes.
     
    We have also built-in multiple ways for you to stay connected. Daily wellness activities will provide small group opportunities, as well as give you workout options, and all will be targeted to those who are primarily or entirely staying inside. We have worked hard to create opportunities to connect in small and large groups. We will start each week with an All School Meeting (you will get a Zoom invite from Ms. Chute or Mr. Cheney), where we will announce upcoming “challenges” to engage students in a variety of different ways. You will meet with your advisory groups four times a week, virtual dorm meetings will take place on Thursdays, and there is scheduled time for group meetings, so groups like Student Council can meet weekly and continue to make positive changes to Kents Hill from away. Ms. Chute and Ms. Hambrose will put together weekly schedules, and share them with you on Sundays, for all of the different student life opportunities throughout the week. As I keep saying to my kids, getting exercise and fresh air (whenever possible) is super important to all of our well-being.
     
     
    Monday and Tuesday are shorter class periods, allowing you to connect with your faculty and get a sense of what remote learning will look like, before jumping into academics. I will send you the schedules for the next week on Fridays so make sure you are checking your emails!
     
    Grading
     
    We know that access to web-based technology will vary from household to household and that the COVID-19 crisis has left everyone feeling more anxious and stressed than usual. As a result, we have created a modified grading policy for this spring's remote learning that reflects variation in student access to technology and Kents Hill's unwavering commitment to your wellbeing.

    Kents Hill teachers will all enter weekly participation grades for online learning that are based on a common participation rubric, which will be posted on the Husky Portal for each academic class. This is our way of rewarding you for trying something new and making a good faith effort to remain focused on academics despite challenging circumstances. 

    Teachers will give no grade lower than 75 for assessments submitted on time and completed in accordance with the directions on the portal.  Please note that there are exceptions to this policy: if you turn in late or incomplete assignments (or fail to submit assignments at all), you may still earn grades lower than 75 per your teachers' discretion.
     
    Technology Access
     
    Please reach out to our technology team at helpdesk@kentshill.org with any concerns regarding your ability to fully participate technologically in remote learning. They can work with you to answer questions and resolve concerns.
     
    All Kents Hill announcements will come via email. Please make sure that you are regularly checking your Kents Hill email. We will continue to use the Husky Portal (www.kentshill.org) as our main method of communication. Faculty will post a weekly class plan to the portal by 8 am EDT on Monday and will use the portal to distribute materials, post assignments and grades and take attendance.
     
    All courses and virtual interactions will use Zoom (kentshill.zoom.us) for synchronous learning. Faculty will schedule each Zoom class through Google Calendar and invite you as attendees. All sessions will be recorded (including one-on-one engagement). Class sessions will be recorded and made available on the Husky Portal. 
     
    Please read carefully through the remote learning guide and reach out with any questions or concerns. You can reach me at mdavis@kentshill.org, and we can find a time to talk via Zoom or phone.
     
    We miss having you here in person but are all looking forward to seeing your faces next week and hearing your stories. We’ve got this!
     
    In gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
  • March 27, 2020: Return To Campus Extended To May 4

    Dear Kents Hill School Parents, 
     
    I hope this finds you and your family safe and well. I am sure, like me, many of you are navigating a whole new world. Working from home. Children planning for or already participating in online learning. Possibly even trying to help your own parents navigate this crisis. It is unchartered territory for all of us. The world has changed, but the Kents Hill community is going to adapt and remain strong. There are more questions than answers every day, but I wanted to share with you some thoughts and plans about how we will move forward as a community. 
     
    Over the past two weeks, I have been reminded of the things that are the most important. First and foremost, I have been reminded of the importance of family. Our family has spent more time together. We have hiked, trained, and played board games. We are each navigating this differently, but we are a stronger family. I have also recommitted to exercise. My friend and colleague, Tom Carmean, kicks my butt every day as he and I run together (six feet apart of course). It is a time for each of us to get the exercise we need and to connect as friends. I am also inspired each day by my colleagues and Kents Hill team, many of whom have given up their March Break to best prepare for online learning by taking online courses, webinars and doing research. 
     
    As you know, Kents Hill’s original plan was to engage in online learning from April 6-10, with our students coming back to campus on April 13. Since we made that decision, the progression of COVID-19 has changed the educational landscape in Maine, and local schools will be engaged in online learning until April 27. Given this, we are now targeting May 4 for a return to campus. While I remain hopeful that we can finish the year on campus, it is challenging to make definitive plans with so much unknown in our world. I will continue to communicate with you regularly and will share information as soon as we have it about the rest of the academic year. The Board of Trustees and I plan to make these decisions and communicate them by April 20 at the latest.
     
    What lies ahead? On Monday, our faculty will return from March Break and begin to prepare for teaching and learning online, which we believe is so much more than sitting in front of a screen. Faculty have been taking classes and webinars and meeting via Zoom to ensure that they are prepared to deliver our 4D education in a new way. Others are also preparing the non-academic portion of your child’s education. For example, advisors will find creative ways to connect with their advisees individually and as an advisory group multiple times per week. We are also developing plans for daily office hours where students will be able to check in with their teachers and Academic Coaches. We are also planning School Meetings, wellness challenges, and other activities. Our goal is to incorporate all of the aspects of what makes a Kents Hill education so special as we design the virtual Kents Hill experience. Most importantly, we will connect with each other individually and collectively. It is the connections that make the Kents Hill community what it is.
     
    I know there are more questions than answers at this point, and I appreciate all of you who filled out the survey and shared your questions and concerns with us. While there are many questions still to be worked through and resolved as we learn more about COVID-19, I hope that the below answers provide guidance to your key questions. As always, I will reach out as we make decisions regarding our approach. 
     
    Tuition and Fees
     
    At this point, we are focused on preparing an excellent online learning experience for your child. School is continuing to operate fully, even if remotely. Once we are fully operational online and we have a clear understanding of what the remainder of the year looks like, we will begin to look at both the costs and savings associated with remote learning and determine if the school will or will not be able to offer any refunds or credits. 
     
    Online Learning Guide
     
    Next week you and your child will receive a comprehensive guide to online learning at Kents Hill including: what the daily schedule of classes and activities will look like, what technology tools students will use, how grades and effort will be assessed, expectations for attendance and communication, college counseling opportunities, SAT/ACT and AP exams, and more. If you have any questions regarding your child’s ability to access online learning, including not being able to access reliable WiFi or devices,  please don’t hesitate to contact our IT team directly at helpdesk@kentshill.org
     
    Collecting Belongings
     
    At this point, the campus (including all dorms and shared spaces) is closed to faculty, staff, parents, and students due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 situation. I know that the news of boarding students not being able to access their belongings left on campus, especially for a longer time than initially anticipated, is less than ideal. I want to assure you that all belongings are safely secured in dorms and/or locker rooms as we continue to adhere to social distancing and best practices. We will gladly ship any laptops, medications, or essential items that were left in your child’s room to you directly. Please contact Erica Chute, Dean of Residential Life, at echute@kentshill.org with a request for these items. While it is our hope to reopen campus this spring, in the event that we are not able to do so, we will work with you to either pick up belongings, store them on campus, or have them shipped home. 
     
    Class of 2020
     
    This weekend I will be communicating with the Class of 2020. This is certainly not the spring they planned or wished for - nor is it the one they deserve. While I hope that we will be on campus to celebrate graduation at the end of May, I want to reassure you and your child that we are working to identify ways to celebrate the class and all that they have achieved while at Kents Hill. 
     
    Above all, Kents Hill is a community that is connected deeply and personally. Please join our Parents Facebook Group and follow the Kents Hill Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We would love to see photos, videos, and stories of how your family is navigating this time. Additionally, please don’t hesitate to reach out to your child’s advisor or to me with any questions, concerns, or feedback. I would love to hear from you. You can reach me at ccheney@kentshill.org or on my cell phone at 1-207-897-8004.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    ccheney@kentshill.org
  • March 24, 2020: Students Online Learning Survey

    Hi Huskies!
     
    It is a quiet campus here, with about six inches of snow covering all our paths and lawns at Kents Hill. I just had two Zoom calls with different members of our community to get ready to connect with all of you online starting on April 6. We wondered how each of you is doing, talked about the best ways to stay connected during this time, and hoped that you will all share news (and photos) with us through our online platforms. We have been staying connected with faculty by sending photos to each other to chronicle our days - mine yesterday was of a hide and seek game in the woods with Mr. Slater, Greer, and Popham. I am focusing on finding my "golden moment" each day. One moment of joy, captured by a photo or a smile, to remind me of all the things that are good in my life, even when things feel really hard. I would love to hear your golden moments, please send them my way!
     
    Online learning will be new to many of you and we want to tailor the experience so that you continue to learn AND continue to feel connected to the Kents Hill community. In order to create an experience that works the best it possibly can, we created a short survey for you to fill out to tell us about your needs and wants. Please take five minutes to fill it out, we want to hear from you.
     
    You will be hearing more from us over the next week with details about online learning and ways for you to share what is going on at home with the larger Kents Hill community. Please keep connected to each other and to us. We miss you and can't wait to see you all again soon.
     
    All the best,
     
    Meadow
  • March 24 2020: Connecting With Our Alumni

    Dear Kents Hill School Alumni,
     
    Thank you to the many of you who have reached out to see how our school community is faring in these unprecedented times. We are equally concerned about each of you and your loved ones. Most of all, we hope you have the support you need and are finding ways to keep your spirits lifted.
     
    At Kents Hill, we are adhering to social distancing, which for us means practicing physical distancing while finding creative ways to engage with our community and provide meaningful learning for our students. We are fortunate to have such creative, caring, flexible, and committed faculty. When I announced that return from March Break would be delayed until April 14, training for online teaching was quickly set-up and faculty enthusiastically began sharing resources and ideas to ensure that we continue to stay in contact with and take care of our students. You can find my communications to parents and students, as well as information regarding our COVID-19 response, at www.kentshill.org.
     
    Typically, the Advancement Office and I would be traveling right now, visiting with many of you and hosting area events. While we are not able to connect in-person, we are looking for creative ways to stay engaged, even if from a distance. When I meet with alumni I leave feeling inspired and learn a little bit more about Kents Hill’s history and what your Kents Hill experience meant to you. We are still planning for Reunion and I will keep you posted as we continue to monitor the situation. Never has it been more evident how interconnected and interdependent we all are.
     
    Best,
     
    Chris
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    ccheney@kentshill.org
  • March 24, 2020: Parents Online Learning Survey

    Dear Kents Hill School Parents,
     
    I am thinking of all of you, as fellow parents of high-schoolers, as I look out my window to a campus filled with snow. I have been reading a lot about our world, about online learning, and about how to find small moments of joy when the world feels overwhelming. It has been really helpful to concentrate on the connections I have with people, even if I can't see them in person. Today my nephew in San Francisco read a book to us, yesterday my tech-phobic father managed an entire FaceTime conversation, and my best friend from college and I spent an hour talking about our lives. This has made me grateful for our ability to stay connected, virtually, with our communities of people even when we cannot be together in person.
     
    I have also been meeting online with many members of our faculty to plan for our first week of online learning and to identify ways to keep our students, who are now spread across the world, connected to us and to each other. In order to do that, we want to hear from each of you about what you think your child needs most. We have put together a short survey with questions that all schools are thinking through: Do we keep traditional grades or shift to pass/fail like many colleges? How much learning do we do synchronously (all together) vs. asynchronously (working individually)? What are the best ways for us to bring small and large groups together for traditions like School Meeting?
     
    Please take a few minutes to fill out the survey and let us know what you think will work best for your child. Next week, while your child enjoys one final week of spring break, our faculty will be busily preparing to work with your students online for the week of April 6-10. We will send more information about this on Friday and then even more next week. I imagine you have a lot of questions and we are working hard to get answers. Please let me know if you have any difficulties or if there is any way I can be helpful to you and your child.
     
    All the best,
     
    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School
  • March 17, 2020: Learning And Course Completion

    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 

    First, I want to thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this unprecedented time together. As things continue to evolve on what feels like an hour-to-hour basis, I can’t help but think about all of those that I know and care about around the globe, including you and your family. I am wishing you only the best.

    As you are keenly aware, there have been several recent developments in the United States and around the world surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak that have impacted our school community, including travel restrictions and new guidance for schools and businesses. As recently as today, health experts are estimating that the outbreak may not peak until April in the United States. 

    While our goal is and remains to be back together as a community on April 14, I understand that concerns exist regarding return to campus and the ability for students to finish the academic year, especially those living abroad. I want to assure you that every student will be able to finish the academic year in order to graduate and/or move to the next academic level. I am hopeful that this will be on campus, but we will do everything that we can in order to provide alternative methods of learning and course completion for students who may not be able to return, including remote and online classes. 

    Our decision to move to online learning April 6-10 has presented many opportunities in addition to questions, and I want to let you know that we are working to develop online learning guidelines and protocols, including outlining what the daily class schedule will look like and finding opportunities for our entire community to connect. We will be sending out a detailed communication regarding online learning during the week of March 30. 

    I also want to assure you that while I am hopeful that we will return to in-person, on-campus classes on April 14 and enjoy a beautiful spring in Maine, I fully understand that great uncertainty exists regarding the spread of COVID-19. We continue to closely monitor the situation in partnership with other schools and universities, and will communicate any necessary decisions with you as they are made. 

    Our faculty and staff will be working from home for the coming weeks, but please know that I am available if you or your child have any questions or concerns. I can be reached at ccheney@kentshill.org

    Again, I am thinking of you and your family and will keep you updated. 

    Best,

    Chris

    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    ccheney@kentshill.org
     
  • March 13, 2020: Online Learning April 6-10; Return To Campus April 14

    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 

    Like most of you, I have been keeping a watchful eye on the day-by-day developments of the worldwide spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), which has now been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization.

    Most recently, the United States government has declared a national emergency and halted all air travel from 26 European countries. Over the last 24-hours, cases of COVID-19 in Maine rose from zero to three. These shifts, both nationally and locally, have an impact on our campus community and we have had to make more difficult decisions in order to keep our community safe. 

    Our primary focus has and will continue to be the safety, health, and wellness of our community. Therefore, we have decided to extend March Break by one week and students will need to remain home or with a guardian to engage in online learning from Monday, April 6, until Friday, April 10.

    As an institution, we believe that taking an online course should be more than sitting in front of a computer and that real engagement involves being a part of a strong community … the true hallmark of a Kents Hill experience. We are developing ways for our community to come together, including regular advisory group check-ins and continuing our weekly Morning Meeting where we all “tune-in” to hear announcements, celebrate accomplishments, read Ms. Chute’s quote of the week, and sing “Happy Birthday” to friends and classmates. 

    As of today, the plan is for boarding students to return to campus on Monday, April 13, and for in-person, on-campus classes to reconvene on Tuesday, April 14. 

    Please note that we will revisit our plans and timing for the return to campus regularly over the coming days and weeks as the situation evolves, and will communicate any changes. If we are unable to return to campus OR if individual students are unable to return to campus, online learning will continue to be utilized through the end of the academic year. We will work together with you and your child as we determine the best way to continue their Kents Hill experience, even if it may not be what they wished for or anticipated just a few weeks ago.

    Student Learning and Academic Coaching

    We are aware that while online learning allows our students to familiarize themselves with a new learning environment utilized by many colleges and universities, it has the potential to create uncertainty and stress. Mary Keeley, Director of Student Learning, is actively partnering with teachers to ensure that we are meeting the needs of our diverse community of learners and re-designing courses to encourage engagement and creativity. Those students enrolled in our Academic Coaching program will meet virtually with their Academic Coach three days per week to work on skills related to learning online, such as time management, organization, communication, and advocacy. 

    Students Currently On Campus

    We are asking all students who are currently at Kents Hill to make arrangements to return home or to a guardian as soon as possible, and by Tuesday, March 17, at the latest. Now that we have had to extend the time away from campus from two weeks to four weeks, keeping students on campus no longer feels like an option. We recognize that staying on campus in relative isolation for an extended period of time is not healthy for our students and we are putting their needs first.

    As you develop plans, please share them with Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org as soon as possible. If we can help in any way, please let us know. We will be providing transportation to Augusta, Portland, and Boston each day based on the needs of our students. 

    Online Learning
     
    When our faculty community returns to campus on March 30, our first priority will be clarifying our online learning protocols and schedules. You will receive more information regarding online learning that week. If you feel as though you have technological limitations that would hamper your child’s ability to participate in online learning, please contact Mike DeLisle, Director of Information Technology, at mdelisle@kentshill.org or helpdesk@kentshill.org

    Return to Campus

    In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, you will be required to complete a risk assessment form in your child’s Magnus Health Record prior to their return to campus. This will allow us to track and support any students who were possibly exposed to or became ill with COVID-19 while away. Students will not be permitted to return to campus until this screening process is completed. If you have any questions regarding this form, please contact Cathleen Samborski, Health Center Director, at csamborski@kentshill.org

    While the plan that we have outlined above may create uncertainty and challenges, the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff must come first. I know that our teachers are excited to design and deliver interactive, creative, and meaningful online learning experiences, and I am certain that we will all grow and learn as we navigate a new experience.  

    I remain grateful to our internal crisis response team, which is working around the clock to plan for various scenarios and situations. I am also grateful to everyone in our community for their resiliency, compassion, and flexibility. The strength of this community never ceases to impress me.

    Thank you, as always, for your support and partnership. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ccheney@kentshill.org or 207-685-1636 with any questions or concerns that you may have. 
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
  • March 11, 2020: March Break Travel

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,

    In the interest of keeping our community well informed, I want to share key highlights from our latest communication regarding COVID-19. You can find this communication and others on our website, which will be continuously updated as we adjust our response. 

    - Academic classes will be canceled tomorrow to allow time for faculty to be trained on delivering classes remotely. Students should take any necessary materials home (books, assignments, etc.) that would allow them to participate in online learning after March Break.

    - Boarding students are permitted to depart campus after their last obligation today, and day students should not return to campus until after March Break unless they are attending optional faculty office hours tomorrow from 9-10 am.

    - For those students remaining on campus through Thursday or Friday, the schedule is as follows. 

    Thursday, March 12
    Optional Faculty Office Hours: 9-10 am
    Brunch: 10-12 pm
    Optional On- and Off-Campus Activities: 12-5 pm
    Dinner: 5-6 pm
    Dorm Check-In: 10 pm

    Friday, March 13
    School Transportation Departs: 8 am
    Brunch: 10-12 pm
    Dorms Close: 1 pm

    - We encourage each person in our community to weigh the pros and cons of travel during March Break. We ask that you submit dates of travel and destinations on this Travel Registry Form to ensure that we have the most up-to-date information.  

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ccheney@kentshill.org or 207-685-1636 with any questions or concerns that you may have. 

    Sincerely,

    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
     
  • March 10, 2020: New COVID-19 Policies

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,

    Since COVID-19 became a global concern in January, we have been tracking its evolution and meeting regularly regarding communications, planning, and procedures. With March Break travel around the corner, I am writing to share important new policies and guidelines as we are intensifying our institutional response. This information and all updates can also be found on the Kents Hill School website

    I ask that all families read and adhere to these new policies, even though our current risk level remains low.  

    These decisions reflect best practices and advice from experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as peer institutions and local colleges and universities. We recognize that what we are asking may seem inconvenient, but we do ask for everyone’s cooperation for both your safety and the safety of those around you.

    Academic Classes Canceled March 12 

    Academic classes will be canceled on Thursday, March 12, to allow time for faculty to be trained on various online tools and methods so that classes can be taught remotely should the need arise after March Break. Students are permitted to depart campus after their last obligation on Wednesday, March 11. 

    At this time, all academic classes will continue to be held as they normally would upon return from March Break. However, we are encouraging students to take any necessary materials home (books, assignments, etc.) assuming that they may not be able to return to campus. 

    March Break

    Given the global nature of the Kents Hill School community and the unpredictable nature of COVID-19, we have decided to keep the campus open during March Break for any international students and/or students whose travel home requires plane transportation. Kents Hill faculty will provide full supervision in residence halls and common spaces, optional on- and off-campus activities, and meals in the Dining Commons and/or Student Center. If you are interested in this option, please contact Addie Michaud, Assistant to the Dean of Students, at amichaud@kentshill.org or 207-685-1613, by Thursday, March 12, at noon. 

    We encourage each person in our community to weigh the pros and cons of travel during March Break. If your family or child plans to travel, we ask that you submit dates of travel and destinations on this Travel Registry Form. The information submitted will be used solely for internal documentation in the event that we need to report issues to local or state authorities. You and/or your child will have the opportunity to edit the information prior to the end of March Break. 

    Return from March Break

    In order to ensure the health and wellness of our community, any student (or their immediate family member) who has traveled to a COVID-19 travel advisory Level 2 or 3 country during March Break OR has had close contact with a COVID-19 patient is not permitted to return to campus before their 14-day quarantine is complete. 

    In addition, any member of our community who is sick or displaying flu-like symptoms, regardless of travel history, should not return to campus until they have: a temperature of 99 degrees or less without Motrin or Tylenol for 24-hours and 48-hours without vomit or diarrhea. We will work with you and your local health care provider to determine when it is appropriate for your child to return to campus.

    Travel 

    Effective immediately, and in line with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we are suspending any school-sponsored international and domestic travel through the end of March Break, including the mission trip to Florida and exchange program to South Africa. 

    Visitors to Campus

    While prospective students and their families are still invited to visit and tour the campus, visitors from countries that the CDC labels as travel advisory Level 2 or 3 are not allowed on campus until they have successfully completed a 14-day quarantine. 

    Campus Preparation

    During March Break, our housekeeping staff will be thoroughly cleaning all on-campus spaces, including all residence halls and the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons, in accordance with best practices for eliminating virus spread and transmission. We will also continue to educate our community regarding the best ways to prevent illness, including: 

    - Wash your hands often with soap and water
    - If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    - Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    - Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
    - Avoid sharing electronic devices, utensils, drinks, and food
    - Eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated, and get at least seven hours of sleep each night

    Useful Resources

    These policies and procedures reflect Kents Hill School’s position as of March 10, 2020. In this ever-changing situation, these policies may require updating in the future with little notice. 

    As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at ccheney@kentshill.org or 207-685-1636 with any questions or concerns that you may have. You can also contact Cathleen Samborski, Health Center Director, at csamborski@kentshill.org. 

    Sincerely,

    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    ccheney@kentshill.org 
  • February 6, 2020 (Chinese): March Break Travel Options

    2020年2月6日

    敬爱的肯特山学校家长及监护人,

    随着我们持续监测2019新型冠状病毒的进展及其对于我校国际学生群体的影响,我们将向您更新三月春季休假的指导方针。

    依照美国领事机构发布的旅行政策,肯特山学校强烈建议来自中国的学生于3月13日至30日的休假期间停留在美国本土境内。

    我们承诺将向所有可能发现旅行计划被更改或取消的学生提供必要的帮助。全球项目主任凯瑟琳·康格尔顿(Kathryn Congleton)及跨文化项目主任迈克尔·布拉克特(Michael Brackett)博士已经在与学生们沟通合作,以尽快确定替代计划,其中包括:

    有专人陪同的校外旅行项目,包含:

    学生文化交流项目 (Student Cultural Exchange https://www.studentculturalexchange.com)

    Envoys (https://portal.envoys.com/program/springcities20)

    波士顿联邦学生服务局 (Commonwealth Student Services of Boston) 可根据要求提供相关信息

    在美国的家庭成员或经批准的监护人。 

    我们要求学生在2月17日(星期一)之前提交三月春季假期的个人计划/方案,以便我们有足够的时间帮助学生作进一步跟进或调整。如果您及家人有任何问题或想了解上述任何选项,请随时联系:
    凯瑟琳(Kathryn),邮箱:kcongleton@kentshill.org;微信:kcongleton
    迈克尔(Michael), 邮箱:mbrackett@kentshill.org 或 michaelbrackett74@yahoo.com 

    与任何其他公共卫生问题一样,我们将持续监控2019新型冠状病毒的发展情况并传达任何必要的更新。肯特山学校衷心希望,在这一艰困时期,您和您的家人能平安健康。如果您有任何问题,请随时与我们联系。肯特山学校愿意尽其所能帮助您与您的孩子。

    Diane Chick
    校务主任 
    微信: DianeChickKHS

    Kathryn Congleton
    全球项目主任
    微信: kcongleton

    Dr. Michael Brackett 
    跨文化项目主任
  • February 6, 2020: March Break Travel Options

    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 
     
    As we continue to monitor the evolution of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) and its impact on our global community, we want to update you regarding guidelines for March Break.
     
    At this time, Kents Hill strongly recommends that students from China remain in the United States for the duration of the break that runs from March 13-30. This is in close consideration of travel advisories and policies being issued by U.S. Consular Services.
     
    We are committed to supporting all of our students who may find that their travel plans have been altered or canceled. Kathryn Congleton, Director of Global Programming, and Dr. Michael Brackett, Director of Intercultural Programming, are already working with students to identify alternative plans, which include:

    - Student Cultural Exchange (https://www.studentculturalexchange.com)

    - Envoys (https://portal.envoys.com/program/springcities20)

    - Commonwealth Student Services of Boston (information available upon request)

    - Family members or approved guardians in the United States
     
    We ask that students submit their plans for March Break by Monday, February 17, so that we have time to assist any students who are in need of alternative accommodations. If your family has any questions or would like further information regarding any of the above options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kathryn at kcongleton@kentshill.org or kcongleton on WeChat or Michael at mbrackett@kentshill.org or michaelbrackett74@yahoo.com.
     
    As is typical with any health concern, we will continuously monitor the situation and communicate any necessary updates. We would also like to reiterate our common wish at Kents Hill that you and your family remain safe and healthy during the 2019-nCov outbreak. Please don’t hesitate to let me know if there is anything that I or other faculty members at Kents Hill can do to support your child.
     
    Diane Chick
    Dean of Students 
    WeChat: DianeChickKHS
     
    Kathryn Congleton
    Director of Global Programming
    WeChat: kcongleton
     
    Dr. Michael Brackett 
    Director of Intercultural Programming
  • January 30, 2020: COVID-19 Monitoring; Winter Family Weekend

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,

    We are continuing to closely monitor the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) and want to provide you with an update and the very latest information.

    All of our community members (students, etc.) who traveled to or through China during Winter Break were screened upon arrival to the United States and are being closely monitored on a daily basis, which includes one student who traveled to Wuhan, China, and returned to the United States on December 31. In addition, we recently welcomed two new international students to our campus - one from Beijing, China, on January 7, and one from Guangzhou, China, on January 26. Neither of these students reported being ill before, during, or after travel. 

    According to the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Maine has no confirmed cases and no individuals under investigation for 2019-nCoV at this time. We are encouraging any student or faculty member who feels ill for any reason to visit the Health Center in Maine Hall for an assessment by one of our school nurses. If the illness occurs outside of normal Health Center hours, an on-call nurse will be available on campus. In addition to a general health assessment, we will inquire about recent travel history and if the student has been in contact with any individuals who are exhibiting signs or symptoms of flu-like illnesses. Given that we are in the heart of cold and flu season in Maine, we are focusing on illness prevention education for our entire community, which includes proper hand hygiene, cough/sneeze etiquette, and cleaning and disinfecting surfaces. 

    All students who are planning to leave campus for Winter Family Weekend (January 31 - February 4) have submitted detailed travel plans to Diane Chick, Dean of Students. We are communicating regularly with families and asking each to inform us if they have a history of travel from China, have been in close contact with a person who is currently being investigated for 2019-nCoV, or have a fever and/or respiratory symptoms such as coughing or shortness of breath. We are following these same guidelines for all visitors to campus, including those who visit through the Admissions Office, Advancement Office, and Alfond Athletics Center. In addition, we are working with our peer schools to establish procedures for athletic competitions to ensure that our campus and students remain as healthy as possible. As the situation evolves, we will continue to update our campus policies and procedures. 

    As we look ahead to March Break (March 13 - 30), we are exploring options for students who may not be able to return home. These may include chaperoned off-campus trips and programs in partnership with Student Cultural ExchangeEnvoy, and others. Our International Program Director, Kathryn Congleton, will be providing additional details and resources as they become available. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kathryn at kcongleton@kentshill.org

    Please feel free to reach out to me (csamborski@kentshill.org or 207-685-1624) at any time if you have questions or concerns. As always, we will keep you updated as the situation evolves. 

    We are thinking about all of our families, friends, and community members in China, and are committed to supporting our students through this difficult time. 

    Best,

    Cathleen 

    Cathleen Samborski, RN BSN NCSN
    Director of Health Services and School Nurse
    Health Center Phone: 207-685-1624 
    Secure Fax: 207-685-9537
  • January 28, 2020: COVID-19 Update; Ways To Prevent Illness

    Dear Kents Hill School Community,

    As a school that deeply values our diverse, global community and student wellbeing, we are closely monitoring updates of the novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) from the World Health Organization (WHO)Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our peer schools, and local colleges. 

    The situation remains a serious public health threat. The CDC continues to believe that the immediate risk to the United States general public is low at this time, however, the most recent travel advisory does recommend that all travelers avoid non-essential travel to China. 

    Currently, five cases of 2019-nCov have been confirmed in the United States. The CDC believes that there will likely be more cases reported in the coming days and weeks. Signs and symptoms of this illness include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Given that we are in the heart of cold and flu season in Maine, I want to remind our community of the best ways to prevent illness.

    - Wash your hands often with soap and water
    - If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
    - Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands
    - Avoid close contact with people who are sick
    - Cough and sneeze into your elbow or a tissue
    - Avoid sharing electronic devices, utensils, drinks, and food
    - Eat well-balanced meals, stay hydrated, and get at least seven hours of sleep each night

    Per our general guidelines, if students become sick or are feeling unwell at school they are to go to the Health Center to be assessed by a school nurse. Day students are advised to stay home if they are ill and communicate with both the Health Center and the Main Office. 

    I want to affirm that the health, safety, and wellbeing of our community is our utmost priority. We will evaluate and implement alternative March break opportunities and contingency plans for any students impacted by this crisis. As always, we will keep you updated as the situation evolves. 

    Please feel free to reach out to me at any time if you have questions or concerns. 

    Best,

    Cathleen 

    Cathleen Samborski, RN BSN NCSN
    Director of Health Services and School Nurse
    Health Center Phone: 207-685-1624 
    Secure Fax: 207-685-9537
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