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Hello! Welcome to the Kents Hill Hub for parents and guardians. This page is designed to keep you up-to-date with everything that is happening on the Hill - from the school calendar and schedules to the daily menu at the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons. You'll also find the latest school communications and announcements, COVID-19 policies and guidelines, and key contact information. Can't find what you're looking for? Feel free to contact your child's advisor, call our main office at 207-685-4914, or view the faculty and staff directory.

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January 2021

List of 6 frequently asked questions.

  • January 8: Message from the Head of School Regarding Events in Washington, DC

    Friday, January 8, 2021
    Kents Hill School Community,

    Earlier this week, I opened Kents Hill School’s second semester by talking to our students, faculty, and staff about three words that would guide me as we turn the corner from 2020 to 2021. Gratitude. Hope. Inspiration. I must say that only a few hours later, my guiding words were challenged and tested by the disturbing events that unfolded in our nation’s capital. The peaceful transfer of power in our country - one of our hallmarks - was being disrupted by violence, anger, and division. 

    After the murder of George Floyd and countless other deaths of Black people by the police, I declared that Kents Hill would strive to be an anti-racist school. While we and I have a long way to go, in the past six months we have strengthened our Diversity, Equity, and Belonging (DEB) commitment; we have held multiple DEB training sessions for faculty and staff; and we have conducted a DEB Campus Climate Assessment. All steps in the right direction, but still much more to do. 

    While I am not an expert, I know that becoming an anti-racist school will also require me and us to take difficult positions. Positions that will make some members of our community uncomfortable. I believe that today is one of those days. Together, we must begin the work to heal our divisions, seek understanding and common ground, and embrace fair and thoughtful discourse. We must condemn these unacceptable events and recognize the role that white privilege and systemic racism played in them.  

    Yesterday, I listened to Doris Kearns Goodwin, a Presidential Historian, and she provided hope and inspiration. Hope and inspiration that this event, like the march in Selma, Alabama in 1965, raises the consciousness of our citizens to move beyond tribalism and self-interest. Kents Hill and our broader community can and will look for what brings us together, not what tears us apart.

    As a Head of School, I am grateful for the faculty and staff of Kents Hill who spent much of yesterday unpacking these events with our students. As a parent, I am grateful that my daughters have trusted adults, teachers, classmates, and friends with whom they can process these difficult events.

    I am looking forward to our annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day programming where, as a community, we will continue to explore and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but also about race and racism in America and globally.

    Kents Hill is and always will be #strongertogether.

    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 ♥
  • January 9: Maranacook Middle School: COVID-19 Case

    Saturday, January 9, 2021
    Kents Hill Families, 

    We have learned that an individual associated with Maranacook Middle School has tested positive for COVID-19. If you have a child at both Maranacook and Kents Hill, we would ask the following. 

    1. If you have been notified by the Maine CDC or school that your child who attends Maranacook has been determined to be a "close contact" and needs to quarantine, then you should also have your Kents Hill student stay home for remote learning and follow the same quarantine protocol.

    2. If your Maranacook student has not been deemed a "close contact," please use extra caution over the next two weeks around interactions with our Kents Hill students, and please be sure to monitor symptoms very closely.

    3. Please exercise caution until the CDC has identified all “close contacts.” If anyone in your family is identified as a "close contact" to someone with COVID-19 at any point, through any means, please keep your student home for remote learning and contact the Kents Hill Health Center to determine quarantine procedures. 

    Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to continuing to work together to keep our school and broader communities safe and healthy.

    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 ♥
  • January 10: COVID-19 Update from the Head of School

    Sunday, January 10, 2021
    Kents Hill School Community, 
     
    Earlier today we learned that an individual associated with our community (not a faculty, staff, or student) has tested positive for COVID-19. 
     
    Our internal contact tracing team has been hard at work identifying community members who would be considered “close contacts" or potential "secondary contacts." Known contacts have been notified and have plans to start their quarantine at home or off campus. We will continue to determine and notify further close contacts and potential secondary contacts over the next 24-48 hours. At this time, campus will be open for in-person learning tomorrow. 
     
    Keeping our community safe, healthy, and connected is our most important priority and I want to assure you we are taking all necessary steps to protect our community from COVID-19 transmission. I also want to reiterate my gratitude for our Health Center team, contact tracing team, and COVID-19 team, for all that they have done to keep our community safe during this unprecedented time.  
     
    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 ♥
  • January 14: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Programming

    Thursday, January 14, 2021
    Dear Kents Hill Community, 

    On Monday, January 18, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with special programming regarding civil rights, race, diversity, and social engagement. The day will start at 8:55 a.m. with an all school meeting. Boarding students will join via Zoom from their dorm rooms, while freshman and sophomore day students join from the Bibby and Harold Alfond Dining Commons, and junior and senior day students join from the Bodman Performing Arts Center. 

    From there, students will attend two faculty-led workshops based on their interests and participate in a community art project. In the afternoon, students will meet in their PEAK groups to read this article and consider the questions "Where are we as a country in regards to racial equity?" and "Where are we as a school in regards to racial equity?” Athletics and afternoon activities will begin at 3:30 pm.

    We will follow the traditional academic schedule on Tuesday, January 19, and follow the Monday schedule on Wednesday, January 20, instead of remote learning. On Wednesday, all day students are invited to attend in-person classes.

    To preview the workshops being offered on Monday, please click here. We look forward to sharing photos, videos, and stories throughout the day. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact Brian Smith, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, at bsmith@kentshill.org.

    Special Schedule - Monday, January 18
    8:55 a.m. - All School Meeting
    9:15 - 10:15 a.m. - Workshop I
    10:25 - 10:55 a.m. - Community Art Project
    11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Workshop II
    12 - 1:30 p.m. - Lunch [Grades 11 and 12 from 12 - 12:40 p.m.; Grades 9 and 10 from 12:45 - 1:25 p.m.]
    1:45 - 3 p.m. - All School Activity [PEAK groups]
    3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Athletics and Activities Start
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • January 15: COVID-19 Update from the Head of School

    Friday, January 15, 2021
    Kents Hill School Families, 

    I wanted to follow up on my message from earlier this week that shared that an individual associated with our community tested positive for COVID-19, the first positive case of COVID-19 that has impacted our students and faculty. First, I want to thank all of you for your diligence, patience, and flexibility adhering to our protocols as we worked through this first case together. As you know, our most important priority is to maintain the safety and well-being of all members of our community so that we can continue to be in school, in person.

    Out of an abundance of caution, due to our responsibilities to our entire residential and school community, we went beyond the CDC requirements and identified all household members of the positive COVID-19 case as likely positives. We conducted contact tracing for both the positive case and the household members. Faculty, staff, and students who were identified as close contacts of household members have been quarantining this week, in addition to the household members and close contacts of the positive case. Household members were tested twice this week and both tests were negative. Based on that information, the Health Center has cleared close contacts of household members to return to campus, and to work, today. Those identified as close contacts of the positive case will continue to quarantine at home through Tuesday. 

    I also want to share a change in policy as we learn more about COVID-19. In the fall, we determined that if a sibling of a day student who attends another school is identified as a "close contact," then the Kents Hill student should learn remotely. Based on what we understand about transmission in schools we will no longer be requiring this. Families, out of caution, can always choose to keep their children home if they feel they might be a risk to the community.

    Again, thanks for your patience, flexibility, and partnership as we work together to make this semester a positive one for all of our students and the broader Kents Hill community. We are, as always, #strongertogether.

    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 ♥
  • January 15: Community Update - Spring 2021 Calendar and Events

    Friday, January 15, 2021
    Dear Kents Hill Community,
     
    This has been a week of letters from us! Processing the events at our capital last week, preparing for reflection and learning as part of MLK Day, and navigating our first COVID-19 case that directly impacted our broader community has meant that we have a lot to share. 
     
    I'm sorry to add to your email inbox, but I did want to reach out and share some shifts to our spring calendar with you, as well as communicate about how our first week back has been. It has been wonderful to have students back on campus. Three weeks off, particularly when the schedule is late nights and late mornings, can definitely make jumping back into classes challenging and sometimes a little overwhelming. If you are hearing this at home, reassure your child that this is part of the transition and that classes, homework, and practices will soon be back to feeling like normal.
     
    Our first PEAK workshop, with a focus on identity, has generated many follow-up conversations. How do you create a space where students can talk about the identities that are easy to discuss, as well as those that might be more challenging? We are very excited to be spending the next six weeks exploring identity development, as this is an integral component of understanding different experiences and perspectives. If you have not already, please take a look at our MLK Day program. Our faculty have put together an engaging and interactive day of classes and discussions. Make sure to ask your child on Monday what they learned.
     
    As we look ahead to the spring, we have made some small shifts to our calendar, in order to adapt to the continued presence of COVID-19, while also making the most of the academic time we do have together. Please click here for the full spring calendar. A few things to note:
     
    • The weeks of 1/18, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, and 4/26 will have special academic day schedules. Wednesday will be an in-person class day and will follow either a Monday or Friday schedule. For day students who are not able to be on campus, that is fine, they will still have the opportunity to participate remotely.
    • We will have Health and Wellness days, where there are no classes scheduled, but teachers are in their classrooms and on Zoom in the afternoons for extra help on 1/27, 4/14, and 5/19.
    • We will follow a similar schedule when we return from March break, with two travel days (3/22 and 3/23), one day of virtual re-orientation (3/24), two days of remote classes (3/25 and 3/26) and then in-person classes will start on 3/29. 
    • 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students will finish their obligations on 6/1 and should plan to depart from campus on 6/2. Due to space limitations, graduation on 6/5 will be limited to members of the Class of 2021 and their families.
     
    As always, please let me know if you have any questions or if there is anything at all I can be helpful with. We love having your children back on campus and are grateful that you continue to share them with us.
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow

    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School 
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥

December 2020

List of 4 frequently asked questions.

  • December 7: Community Update - Exam Schedule, Academic Highlight, Community Highlight

    Monday, December 7, 2020
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    The Hill looks so beautiful following our first major snowfall of the year! Luckily, our Huskies have truly embraced the Maine winter weather by heading outside to build snowmen, have snowball fights, and enjoy the winter wonderland on campus. 

    We have now officially entered into our second week of exams, with only two more exam periods left before students head home for Winter Break. We’re proud of our students for all of their diligent preparation, and are wishing them luck in the final stretch!
    Exam Period Schedule
     
    The schedule for our exam period is listed below and available in calendar/visual format here. If you have any questions about exams, please contact your child’s advisor or Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
     
    *The afternoon reflection session has been cancelled, so students are welcome to leave for break after their last exam. 
     
    Academic Highlight: Art Critiques
     
    In the more hands-on classes here on the Hill, traditional exams don’t exactly fit the bill. Rather than asking students to participate in formal written exams, the Art Department organized critiques where all students are able to present their semester’s work to their classmates, and receive feedback. This process allows students to describe, analyze, and interpret their own work as well as the work of their classmates, while also reflecting on their own creative process. 
     
     
    Community Highlight: Cocoa & Holiday Cheer
     
    Last night, faculty residents of the Donahue Village invited the community to spread some holiday cheer with holiday light displays, an outdoor campfire, and lots of hot cocoa. Following a long week of exam preparation, it was just the boost our students needed! We’re grateful for the faculty who planned this event, and for all of the community members who made the snowy trek over!
    Post Winter Break COVID-19 Testing
    Please note that students must return to campus after Winter Break with a negative COVID-19 PCR test. If you are interested in having this test on campus between January 2-7, 2021, please complete this form by December 11.
     
    Inclement Weather Guidance
     
    As the season for snow and storms ramps up in Maine, we want to remind families that in the event of a power outage, day students should stay home and participate in classes, exams, etc., remotely if they are able. Individual teachers will communicate with classes regarding expectations and directions for accessing remote content. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s advisor. 
     
    Tell a Friend! ToGATHER Tuesday
     
    Our Admissions Office would be grateful if you share the invitation to our next virtual event on December 15 with friends and colleagues! It's free, informative, and it's also a great chance for prospective students and families to ask questions about what it’s like to be a Husky! Families can register at www.kentshill.org or by calling 207-685-1606.

    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • December 8: Financial Aid Application Deadline Approaching

    Tuesday, December 8, 2020
     
     
    Dear Lara,
     
    I hope this email finds you well.
     
    This is a gentle reminder that it is time to complete your application for financial aid which is due by December 15, 2020.
     
    As you may recall, Kents Hill School partners with School & Student Services (SSS) for financial aid processing. All returning families must complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) on or before our deadline of December 15, 2020 in order to requalify for aid. To get started, please click here. Completion of the PFS requires the following documents:
     
    • 2019 Tax Returns
    • 2019 W-2's or 1099's
    • School Code: 4354
    • Business/Farm Statement (if applicable)
    • International Student Application (if applicable)
    A non-refundable fee of $55 is required to process the application. 
    Helpful hints: follow this Step by Step guide, set aside a couple hours and a cup of coffee.
    Review our Counting the Costs - An introduction to Financial Aid guide for additional information.

    For more information, please contact Linda Albert, Admission Office Manager at lalbert@kentshill.org or
    207-685-1612.

     
    Sincerely,
    Alison Lincoln-Rich

    https://www.solutionsbysss.com/
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • December 17: Update from the Head of School

    Thursday, December 17, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 

    On December 11, we ended our first semester of in-person learning in the midst of a global pandemic. I couldn't be more proud of our community - students, families, faculty, staff, and more - for all that they have done to get us to this point. They embody the mantra that we adopted in March. Be creative. Be flexible. Be compassionate.

    COVID-19

    From March, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that we had a plan and that we followed it to ensure that our community remains as healthy, happy, and safe as possible. It has been stressful at times, but it has also been successful. We have demonstrated that with diligence, flexibility, compassion, and a belief in science that we can do this. We opened safely in September and then were able to stay open because of the commitment and dedication to our protocols by our students, employees, and families. This gives us great confidence that we can bring back students in January and that we will be able to do this safely.

    Maine continues to be one of the safest places in the United States. While our COVID-19 rates have gone up, they remain at one of the lowest levels in the United States. In addition, Maine is and will continue to be one of the safest states in the country to live in. 

    Kents Hill has a rigorous testing plan for entry and reentry to campus that includes weekly assurance testing of roughly 20% of the community population. Testing will always only be one method of keeping the community safe, and strong hygiene, hand washing, mask wearing, and social distancing will remain key elements to our overall health and safety moving forward.

    Student Experience

    Perhaps what I am most proud of is how our faculty and staff have not only made it through COVID-19, but have made our school stronger. Academically, despite all the changes and guidelines, we have continued to grow our 4D academic curriculum. This year, we added Project Based Learning units to each course after doing an initial professional development workshop in August. Additionally, in the spring, we thought it would be impossible to deliver “hybrid” learning to students both on and off-campus, but our teachers were able to successfully accomplish this and best meet the needs of all of our students, whether on campus or remote. It wasn’t easy, but my weekly conversations with our students from China indicated that their experience was very positive (despite going to school late into the night).

    Outside of the classroom, we have expanded our club and leadership offerings as well as improving our weekend activities. We have over 30 clubs for students to participate in. Some are traditional, like Student Council, Peer Advisors, School Newspaper, and Dorm Proctors, while others like the S.L.O.T.H (Slow Listening on the Hill) Zoom Radio Show, Model UN and Debate, Community Wood-Fired Oven, eSports, and Female Fitness Club reflect what students are interested in and care about. Hammockville, the Adirondack Village, and tents across campus were also popular places for students to hang out and be together. When students wanted to be active outdoors on our 400-acre campus they had opportunities to access close to 20 miles of trails and an amazing private waterfront on Lovejoy Pond. 

    Maybe most importantly, we have strengthened our commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Belonging. All of our faculty and staff participated in multiple professional development workshops prior to the start of the academic year, and we recently engaged a consulting firm to conduct a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Climate Assessment. This will help us both assess where we are and where we need to go in terms of becoming an anti-racist school. The launch of the PEAK (Principles, Ethics, and Action at Kents Hill) program also allowed our students and faculty to engage with challenging issues and topics. This fall, we focused on the election and how we could better listen and engage with those who do not share our views. I believe that these important initiatives are essential aspects of a 21st Century education and are things that Kents Hill values as we seek to provide a transformative educational experience for our students. At Kents Hill, we know that “one person of principle can always make a difference.” This has and always will be true. 

    In closing, I couldn’t be more proud to be the Head of School at Kents Hill School. This is a school that values each student and their personal journey and emphasizes personal connections between and amongst faculty, students, staff, and families. This is what makes Kents Hill a special community and one that whether during COVID-19 or beyond, is always #strongertogether.

    Thanks for your continued support and partnership as we seek to provide the best in-person learning experience for each and every one of our students.

    Have a safe, healthy, and restful holiday break.

    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 ♥
  • December 30: Community Update - January Return to School Schedule, New Online Family Hub 

    Wednesday, December 30, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Community,

    I hope that each of you has had time for quiet, connection, and fun during the first weeks of our winter break. I am sitting on the Hill looking out my window and there is absolutely no snow, which is not normal for December 30 in Maine. It looks and feels much more like April than December, which is par for the course in 2020.

    In our home, we have been doing a fair amount of reflecting (me purposefully and my two children begrudgingly). Our Winter Solstice tradition is to have a campfire in our yard and write down on slips of paper all the things we want to leave behind and then throw them into the fire. This year there was a lot - COVID, not seeing friends and family, not playing sports in the way we are used to. There were also, somewhat surprisingly, a number of things we wanted to hold on to and gratitude for what we do have - in-person school, physical activity through sports each day, long walks in the woods with our puppy, more family time (to be honest, while I am so grateful for that, my two teenagers may not be). It has been so hard to figure out the best way to parent during this past year - when to push, when to let things go, when to ask, when to leave them alone. Yesterday, Chris told me a story from his time as a coach that he has translated into parenthood - stop when they are having fun. I found that so helpful, as my instinct is often to keep asking for more. Last night, after my two teens had played one family game (mostly positively) and I suggested we play another, one of them said to me "quit while you are ahead Mom.” I will take Chris's advice with me into 2021. 

    As we all get ready for our next semester, each of us is doing some version of leaving behind 2020 and entering into 2021. We will be sending out a survey in early January to learn more about each of your reflections and to better understand how we can partner together in 2021. As we look around at many other boarding and independent schools, we are so grateful that we will be able to open in person in January. Please click here for information about our first week back and check out our new family hub! Hopefully, this will give you what many of you have been asking for - one place to find all of our communications and information, as well as some stories about people, places, and events on the Hill. 

    Diane Chick and Addie Michaud are doing the yeoman's work of organizing travel back to school and our wonderful nurses, Lindsey Jenkins and Margaret Staggs, are working hard to make sure that our COVID testing protocols work as well as they did in the fall. Please let Diane and Addie (dchick@kentshill.org or amichaud@kentshill.org) know your travel plans, if you have not shared them already.

    We are excited to welcome your children back to the Hill and have many plans for how to make the winter and spring as engaging and positive as we possibly can.

    With gratitude,

    Meadow
     
    Meadow Davis
    Associate Head of School 
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥

November 2020

List of 13 frequently asked questions.

  • November 1: COHOCO, Election Day Programming, COVID-19 Guidelines

    Saturday, October 31, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Families,
     
    It's the last day of COHOCO and even though the weather turned colder, students are in great spirits. One of my favorite things about COHOCO is that students from each class year participate, so 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th graders are getting to know each other in different ways with each activity they take on.
     
    Students are also choosing their programs for our special Election Day. We will start the day with an introduction from our Student Council, followed by a civics lesson taught in conjunction with our faculty and our AP Government students, and then go into students choosing different aspects of politics that they want to learn about. Our faculty have come up with a really cool line-up of programs, from learning more about RBG, to understanding meme culture, to delving into the art, music, and advertising that accompanies politics in our country and the world. To me, this is a perfect example of our 4D learning. We are stepping away from our normal academic day to reflect on what is happening in our world, develop skills to make sense of the complexities of our current political landscape, build knowledge that helps us understand the systems we are operating in, and spend time really examining what role character plays in politics throughout the ages. Make sure to ask your child what lesson they signed up for and why.
     
    I also wanted to share, as promised, the email I sent to students earlier this week identifying some of the ways we are working with them to give them a bigger sense of freedom, while also continuing to mitigate the risks from COVID-19.  
     
    We know that students do not always read their email, so please do talk with them about all of this. It is important for them to be able to vent, to talk about how hard things are, and then to be able to shift their mindset, just a little, to find the things they are grateful for. As our amazing student, and faculty, speakers told us at our Fall Academic Award Celebration, it is possible to persevere through really, really hard things. Community helps, as does perspective. For me, though, gratitude is the key. Pausing, even when things feel most challenging, to find something to appreciate is like a really, really deep breath. 
     
    Thank you, as always, for continuing to partner with us as we all figure this out together. We are almost into November and the weather for next week is in the 50's and sunny. Let's keep finding ways to stay connected and help these amazing kids navigate this unique time.
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow
     
    Dear Students,
     
    Happy COHOCO! It is so nice to see the sunshine today and all the students dressed like twins (or triplets or entire classes). I have had A LOT of conversations with many of you over the past few weeks focused specifically on you all wanting more freedom. Freedom to hang out together, freedom to leave campus, freedom to go home and see your families. You want normal. To feel like your entire life has not been taken over by COVID.
     
    I wish I could offer you normal right now. So much. I completely understand missing what you had at this time last year. I miss those things in my own life-traveling, giving people hugs, inviting people into my home for dinner without a mask on, seeing friends, being with family. And yet, I also know that we can’t, yet, be normal. So how can we find that happy medium? Return to that place that we were at in the beginning of the year when we were so glad to be here together, in person, that we were okay with all of the masks and the social distancing?
     
    We can take some small steps towards freedom. And if those go okay, we can take some more small steps. This is really important for you all to remember. For us to continue to provide space and freedom, you all need to follow the basic rules that we have set-wear masks, stay socially distanced, wash your hands, and limit your interactions with people outside of the Kents Hill community. Continuing to follow these guidelines, created by the CDC and based on scientific research as the best way to mitigate the risks of COVID, will allow us to stay together in person AND allow you some of the freedoms you have been asking for. Starting this week, the following modifications have been made to our campus (and off campus) navigation.
    • All students, boarding and day, can be with their families over Thanksgiving and return to campus with a negative COVID test. Many more details went out in a letter to your families. Talk to your family about their plan and, if you have questions, reach out to Ms. Chick (dchick@kentshill.org) or Ms. Michaud (admichaud@kentshill.org).
    • Boarding students will be able to leave campus on school-sponsored trips to different areas across Maine and will be able to go into stores and browse and shop, as long as they wear masks and can stay socially distanced. There are plenty of places in Maine where there are great shops and people are wearing masks. 
    • Boarding students wanting to leave campus for a weekend can, as long as they get a negative COVID test before returning to campus. For boarding students for whom home presents a very low risk (in Maine, parents working from home, etc.), they can request to go home and return without a negative COVID test. All requests will need to go through Diane Chick, Dean of Students, dchick@kentshill.org.
    • Boarding students may visit with faculty and faculty children at their homes, as long as they are able to remain masked and six feet apart (or are eating and sitting six feet apart) and the faculty member is present.
    • The Bodman will be open to day students from 8 am-5:45 pm (except on Tuesdays, when it will open at 9 am) and will be a space where day students can bring their Student Center food, sit together, and eat-always remaining six feet apart and masked when not eating. 
    • The Commons will be open to boarding students from 8 am-7:30 pm and will be a space where boarding students can bring their Student Center food, sit together and eat-always remaining six feet apart and masked when not eating.
    • The front of the Library and the living room in the Learning Center will be spaces where day and boarding students can sit together, remaining masked and six feet apart. Students should not eat food in these spaces.
    • Boarding students can also visit with their day student friends in the day student lounges, as long as they stay in their grade-specific space (Fencing Studio for 9th graders, Chapel for sophomores, back of the Library for juniors, Dunn for seniors), they don’t exceed room capacity, and they keep their masks on. Students should not eat food in these spaces.
    • Boarding students can visit with their friends in other dorms at night in the Commons (if the OD is on duty) and the Library (on Tuesday and Thursday nights). If you want to see your friends from other dorms, come to these spaces. We may even light the fire in the Commons!
    • Students in double rooms will be able to have two student visitors(from the same dorm) in their rooms and students in single rooms will be able to have one student visitor (from the same dorm) in their room. Students will remain masked and socially distanced and the door will remain open whenever visitors are in rooms.
    • Faculty will have the option of hosting food-related events in dorms. For these occasions, students can gather in the common room, seated six feet apart, and eat together. At all other times, students should only eat in their rooms.
    I know this does not get us back to normal, but we hope that it gives a little more freedom to hang out with friends, get off campus, and enjoy food together. If you have more ideas that you want us to consider, shoot me an email, and we can find time to meet and talk. These ideas all came from you, the students who take the time to share both the challenges and the potential solutions, with adults around them. Thank you. To Reed, who spent hours with me, telling me all the things that they wanted to see changed. To the Student Council, who bring lots of ideas to me each week. To the students who fill out the surveys, we send out with your thoughts and ideas. While we can’t go back to normal, I think that together we can come up with a campus experience that is pretty good.
     
    With gratitude,
     
    Meadow
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 5: Community Notice: Elevated Lead Levels in Drinking Water Sample

    Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill School Community, 

    As part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that our community is healthy and safe, we routinely test all of our drinking water. During a recent campus-wide test, a water sample from the drinking fountain in Dunn Science Center indicated lead levels above the EPA action level of 15 parts per billion (ppb), or 0.015 milligrams of lead per liter of water (mg/L). The testing did not reveal elevated levels in any other sample from Dunn Science Center, other buildings on campus, or in the well water. Fortunately, due to our COVID-19 policies and guidelines, all drinking fountains across campus were closed in August 2020, prior to student arrival.

    The most likely reason that elevated levels of lead were identified in the sample is due to the dissolution of brass plumbing materials such as faucets, fittings, and valves. We are developing a corrosion control treatment plan and plan to increase water quality sampling and monitoring across campus. 

    While we believe that the risk to our community is extremely low, we also feel it is important to inform you. Please click here to learn about steps that you can take to protect yourself from lead in drinking water. If you have any questions about Kents Hill’s water quality testing or response, please contact the Main Office at 207-685-4914. 

    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 5: Local COVID-19 Cases

    Thursday, November 5, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Families, 
     
    According to the most recent data from the Maine CDC, cases of COVID-19 are rising in our local area, including cases with ties to Advanced Health Physical Therapy and CrossFit Undaunted in Augusta, and the Hope Baptist Church in Manchester. If you or a family member recently visited these organizations or has had close contact with somebody who has, we would ask the following. 
     
    Please remain at home and exercise caution until the CDC has identified all “close contacts.” If anyone in your family is identified as a "close contact" to someone with COVID-19 at any point, through any means, please keep your student home for remote learning and contact the Kents Hill Health Center to determine quarantine procedures. 
     
    Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to continuing to work together to keep our school and broader communities safe and healthy.
     
    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 ♥
  • November 9: Community Update - Thanksgiving Break, Marking Period 1 Grades and Comments, Election Day Programming

    Monday, November 9, 2020
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    It has been a whirlwind past few weeks here at Kents Hill! From CoHoCo to last week’s election programming and the beginning of winter sports and activities, our community has been nothing short of busy! Students in our Ecology of Maine and Environmental Woodworking classes also had the chance to enjoy some beautiful weather out in the woods. We also encourage you to follow Kents Hill on FacebookInstagramTwitter, and YouTube to get a glimpse of what life is like on campus. Here’s what's to come in the weeks ahead. 
    Information for Thanksgiving Break
    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Break is just a few weeks away! Please remember that any boarding student who leaves campus for Thanksgiving will need to stay remote for the two-week study/exam period, unless they get a negative COVID-19 test. They should take the test three days after their first interaction with people outside of their immediate family and quarantine at home from when they take the test until they return back to campus. 
    Day students should plan to stay remote through the two-week study/exam period, unless they get a negative COVID-19 test.  Day students should plan to take the test three days after their first interaction with non-immediate family members, and quarantine at home until their test comes back. Any day student family who did not interact with anyone outside of their immediate family over Thanksgiving should reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org, to request an exemption to the negative COVID-19 test.
    In order to make arranging COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving Break as easy as possible, our Health Center has compiled a list of testing sites in Maine. If you are looking for asymptomatic testing options out of state, please contact Lindsey Jenkins, School Nurse, at ljenkins@kentshill.org
    Athletics and Activities Update
     
    Our winter athletics and activities season started today and will continue between Thanksgiving and Winter Break (and start again when we return to campus from Winter Break in January). Try-outs will happen before Thanksgiving so that students who choose to stay at home from Thanksgiving until Winter Break will not be penalized. The ice rink, fitness center, and basketball court will be open for student use and all athletic teams and afternoon programs will continue to meet and train with coaches. All of these activities and practices will be optional. 
    Marking Period 1 Grades and Comment: Friday, November 13
    Grades and comments for Marking Period 1 will be available for parents and guardians on the Kents Hill website starting at 5 pm on Friday, November 13. These grades are not reflective of a student’s final grade for the semester, but are a checkpoint for how they are currently performing in each of their classes. Grades will be accompanied by individualized comments from teachers regarding areas of strength and growth up to this point. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s advisor or  Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.  
    Program Highlight: Election Day 2020
    It was an action-packed Election Day on the Hill! Instead of traditional classes, our community participated in special programming that kicked-off with an all-school civics and "Election 101" conversation led by Student Council and our AP Government class. Students then attended a series of interactive, faculty-led workshops based on their individual interests, which ranged from rank-choice voting in Maine, to political art and advertising, to the impact of corporate cash on US politics. To read all about the workshops we offered and see photos captured around campus, click here!
    Semester 1 Exam Period: Schedule
     
    Kents Hill is holding two exam periods during the 2020-21 school year: one in early December and another in late May. These exam periods will differ from previous versions in placing heavy emphasis on student preparation, both in academics and in health and wellness, and in providing opportunities to practice reflection (one of the pillars of Kents Hill’s 4D curriculum). They will differ, too, in that all student preparation, as well as the exams themselves, will include both in-person and remote components to reflect the hybrid nature of our end of the semester. 
     
    Monday, November 30
    9-11 am: Period A Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period B Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 1
    9-11 am: Period A Exam
    1-3 pm: Period B Exam
     
     
    Wednesday, December 2
    9-11 am: Period C Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period D Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 3
    9-11 am: Period C Exam
    1-3 pm: Period D Exam
     
    Friday, December 4: First Reflection Period/Mental Health Day
    9-11 am Student Reflection Sessions
    1-3 pm Assorted Activities and Games (Day Students Welcome)
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam
    1-3 pm: Student Reflection Sessions*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
    *Students are welcome to leave for break after 3 pm on Thursday
     
    Tell Your Friends: ToGather Tuesday Admissions Event
    Do you have friends or colleagues interested in joining the Kents Hill community? Encourage them to sign up for our “ToGather Tuesday” event on Zoom, tomorrow from 6-7 p.m. This event is a casual and no-pressure way to learn directly from our students what they believe makes Kents Hill a great place to live, learn, and play. Families can register by clicking here or by contacting the Admissions Office at 207-685-1606 oinfo@kentshill.org
    Alumni Highlight: Anne McKee ‘16
    We’re proud to share that Anne McKee, Class of 2016, was the winner of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra's Judith Elser Concerto Competition. While at Kents Hill, and later at Bowdoin College, Anne was a standout musician, scholar, and athlete from Hallowell, Maine. She shared, “It was such an honor to be able to play in person and hear such fantastic performances by my peers. I didn’t realize just how much I missed being in a live classical music setting again. It was very refreshing and so needed. I am full of gratitude to be performing with MSO someday, hopefully sooner rather than later.” Read more, here
    Family Visitation
     
    It has been so wonderful to have families on campus these past few weekends. If you would like to sign up for a visit with your child this weekend, or upcoming weekends, please email Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org by Wednesday evening.
     
    Student Club Opportunities
    With over 30 student clubs and leadership opportunities to choose from this year, it’s hard to be bored on the Hill! Here are some of the clubs that take place during the dedicated club time, lunch, or shared free periods. If nothing appeals to your child, please encourage them to test out a club or start a new one based on their interests! Students can connect with Erica Chute, Dean of Student and Residential Life, in-person or by email at echute@kentshill.org to propose new clubs and activities.
    • The Group - explore issues of diversity, equity, and belonging on our campus
    • Model UN and Debate - explore global politics while honing debate skills
    • The S.L.O.T.H - Zoom radio show with student and faculty hosts
    • Documentary Society - watching and discussing documentary films
    • Green Team - building environmental awareness on campus
    • ESports - plans esports events and competitions
    • Yearbook - create and publish the yearbook
    • Juxtapose - write and publish creative writing magazine
    • Film Making Club - create weekly short clips to highlight student life
    • SPECTRUM - support for LGBTQ+ issues on campus
    • The Collective - conversation and programs for girls about girls
    • The Weekenders - help plan weekend and special events on campus
    • Art Club - create and display art exhibitions around campus
    • Dance Club - choreograph and perform dance routines
    • Tour Guides - give tours to potential students
    • Female Fitness Club - a female-only workout space
    • Kents Hill Insider - write, edit, and publish an online newspaper/blog
    • Math Club - all things math
    • Wood-Fired Community Oven - research, plan, and build a community oven
    • School of Rock - create a rock band and perform on campus
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 9: Diversity Directions Climate Assessment

    Monday, November 9, 2020
    Kents Hill School Community,

    In the wake of the killing of George Floyd by police officers, Kents Hill School held a Zoom Town Hall to process and discuss what had happened and how it was impacting our community. Most importantly, how it was impacting our black students. At that time, it was clear to me that Kents Hill needed to commit to becoming an anti-racist school. Making the statement is the easy part. Doing the work and committing the resources is the challenging part. 

    Over the past five months, Kents Hill has strengthened our Diversity, Equity, and Belonging team. Brian Smith, Alexa Holmes, and Lehlabile Davhana are all working to lead Kents Hill in this area. I am pleased to say that Kents Hill spent several days of our faculty in-service time in training workshops that would help all of us to be better educators and community members. Additionally, I am pleased to announce that we have contracted with “Diversity Directions” to do a climate assessment for Kents Hill School. Their assessment will explore all aspects of diversity, equity, and belonging - race, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, age, and ability. 

    From November 16-19, Diversity Directions, in addition to the research they have already done, will be scheduling interviews with administrators, faculty, trustees, students, and parents to assess our campus climate and culture. Their methodology is to capture the voices of the community through meetings and interviews with key individuals in the school and with constituency focus groups, as well as having open meeting times available with anyone who wishes to talk to them. Diversity Directions, whose philosophy is to meet schools where they are in their multicultural journey, uses an inquiry-based approach, to provide concrete, practical steps to help the school reach its next level of development in achieving its mission of improving diversity, equity, and inclusion on its path to creating a community of anti-racism. 

    Keith Hinderlie, Ph.D., is the lead professional conducting our assessment. He has deep experience in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion. He is a licensed psychologist and educator with over 20 years of experience in this field. His professional background includes a unique combination of knowledge about psychology, personal development, education, leadership, and cultural diversity. He has presented at workshops across the country on diversity, inclusion, multicultural competence, and the social/emotional experiences of children.  
     
    In our journey to improve, I hope a broad range of community members will participate in the focus groups and drop-in times during the assessment period from November 16-19. Our Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, Brian Smith, will be sharing more information about how you can participate in the Diversity Climate Assessment. 
     
    This is incredibly important work for our school and our students and I hope you will join me in embracing not only the assessment, but ultimately, the hard work that will follow it.
     
    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 ♥
  • November 10: Health and Wellness Day Tomorrow, Exam Period Schedule, COVID-19 Updates

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Community,

    What a beautiful day in Maine. It is great to see students sitting outside eating with their friends, and for them to have classes and meetings outside. On the flip side, starting winter sports yesterday felt a little discombobulating. In celebration of this beautiful weather, tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 11) will be a “Heads Health and Wellness Day,” with no academic classes. I hope that all students (and teachers) will take a break from Zoom and get outside to soak up some sunshine.  

    We continued our PEAK program civil discourse unit today by debriefing how students are feeling about the election. You probably already know this, but most students that I have spoken with share the same political beliefs as their parents, and they can’t always describe what makes them choose one party or one candidate over the other. We have students who are deeply passionate about their beliefs and others who describe themselves as not political. It is our hope that our election day programming, combined with our continued focus on civil discourse, will encourage more conversations and engagement around the issues they care deeply about.

    As we move closer to Thanksgiving, we wanted to re-share our schedule for November 30-December 10, our review and exam period. This schedule has been developed to allow for students to fully engage in all opportunities whether they are at home and participating remotely, or on campus and participating in person. If your child is a boarding student on campus, please make sure to share your travel plans with us by signing into the Kents Hill portal on our website and completing the form on the “forms to complete” banner. 

    COVID-19 infection rates continue to climb both in Maine and Kennebec County. We are focused on keeping our campus open for students and therefore are shifting some of the ways we are approaching student life, to minimize risks for our community. We will no longer be taking our boarding students off-campus to indoor locations, but we will still look for opportunities to take students on trips to enjoy the outdoors, such as hiking or walks on the beach. We will also be canceling our Saturday classes until after March Break due to the challenge of holding these classes inside with our current numbers and restrictions.

    While we would like to offer these opportunities, our priority is the safety and well-being of our community. We have just over two weeks until Thanksgiving and then an additional two weeks when we return to get through the semester, and it is incumbent on each of us to do everything we can to keep the campus safe and keep us in person.

    I would also ask our day student families to be extra cautious as we navigate the next few weeks. I appreciate all you have done to help keep our community safe to date, and I hope that you will continue to do so.

    Thanks to all of you for your resilience and flexibility as we navigate these challenging times.

    Chris
     
    Christopher S. Cheney
    Head of School
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 16: Community Update - Remote Learning Update, Climate Assessment, World Kindness Day

    Monday, November 16, 2020
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    Dropping temperatures and shorter days here on the Hill are a sure sign that Thanksgiving Break is nearly here! It’s been a unique beginning to the year, but our students have done such an amazing job of navigating the realities of COVID-19 here on campus. We’re excited for them to have a well-deserved break where they can relax and recharge! As always, an upcoming break means a lot is happening here at Kents Hill, see below for more information and be sure to read our latest community update distributed earlier today by clicking here
     
    Process to Switch to Remote Learning 
     
    In response to the advent of cold and flu season, as well as the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in Maine, we would like to remind students and parents of our protocols for "going remote” - switching from in-person to remote learning as a result of health (or other) reasons. 
     
    We want to remind all students and their families that when a student decides to go remote, it is up to them to contact their teachers (not merely the Health Center staff or Addie Michaud) to notify them of this change. Kents Hill teachers have made Zoom links available to students on their class pages on the Kents Hill portal, so they are ready and willing to teach each and every student regardless of where they are. However, they need to know each student's situation in order to make their class sessions hybrid (and give remote students credit for being there). Please be sure to communicate any change in status directly to teachers so they can be as prepared as possible. Please contact Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org with any questions.
     
    Invitation From Head of School Christopher S. Cheney
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians,
     
    I wanted to remind you that this week Diversity Directions is conducting a climate assessment for Kents Hill School. As mentioned in my previous communication, Dr. Keith Hinderlie will be conducting interviews on Zoom throughout the week with different constituencies. If you would like to participate, there is open time available on Tuesday, November 17, from 11:30-12:30 pm, 3-4 pm, and 6-6:30 pm. This is the link for all meetings. 
     
    I hope that you are able to join and share your perspective as a parent. It is our hope that through a wide range of voices and perspective we will better understand not only where we are in terms of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging, but also where we need to go and the work we need to do as we strive to be an anti-racist community. Thanks in advance for your participation.
     
    Chris
     
    Family Campus Visitation Update
     
    Due to the rising numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases throughout Maine and Kennebec County, Kents Hill will be suspending all visitation to campus until further notice. We understand how difficult it is to be separated from your students, but are so appreciative of your compliance and help in keeping our community safe and healthy. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org
     
    Community Highlight: World Kindness Day!
     
    On Friday, November 13, Kents Hill celebrated World Kindness Day by sharing gratitude with members of our community. During Advisory time, students worked together in their groups to write gratitude notes for various people on campus ranging from our housekeeping staff, to employees at our Huskies’ favorite bakery: The Apple Shed, and to their teachers, friends, and advisors. It was truly wonderful to watch our students hand delivering many of these notes of appreciation, and it definitely lifted the spirits of many. Even during trying times, we are so proud of our students for remaining kind and spreading joy across our campus!
     
     
     
    Information for Thanksgiving Break
     
    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Break is just a week away! Please remember that any boarding student who leaves campus for Thanksgiving will need to stay remote for the two-week study/exam period, unless they get a negative COVID-19 test. They should take the test three days after their first interaction with people outside of their immediate family and quarantine at home from when they take the test until they return back to campus. 
     
    Day students should plan to stay remote through the two-week study/exam period, unless they get a negative COVID-19 test. Day students should plan to take the test three days after their first interaction with non-immediate family members, and quarantine at home until their test comes back. Any day student family who did not interact with anyone outside of their immediate family over Thanksgiving should reach out to Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org, to request an exemption to the negative COVID-19 test.
     
    In order to make arranging COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving Break as easy as possible, our Health Center has compiled a list of testing sites in Maine. If you are looking for asymptomatic testing options out of state, please contact Lindsey Jenkins, School Nurse, at ljenkins@kentshill.org
     
    Community Engagement Highlight: Food and Fuel Drive
     
    Today marks the beginning of our annual Food and Fuel Fund Drive to help members of our local community obtain food, heating, and shelter assistance from three of our local Community Engagement Partners: the Readfield United Methodist Church (fuel assistance), the Mount Vernon Area Food Pantry (food assistance), and the United Methodist Economic Ministry (food pantry, clothing, fuel, and emergency shelter). Since the start of the program, the Kents Hill community has raised over $61,000 to help our neighbors who may be struggling with food insecurity and other issues related to poverty. This year, we are continuing with the tradition of an inter-class competition, with the winning class (as determined by the per-capita amount of money raised) receiving a $200 Activities Grant for their class fund, a free health and Wellness Day, and bragging rights (!!!) for the year. If you would like to learn more about the Food and Fuel Drive and our Community Engagement Program, please ask your child! Or, contact Jeff Munson, STEAM Division Head and Program Director, at jmunson@kentshill.org
     
    Marking Period 1 Grades and Comments Now Available
     
    Grades and comments for Marking Period 1 are now available for parents and guardians on the Kents Hill website. These grades are not reflective of a student’s final grade for the semester, but are a checkpoint for how they are currently performing in each of their classes. Grades are accompanied by individualized comments from teachers regarding areas of strength and growth up to this point. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s advisor or Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.  
     
    Exam Period Schedule
     
    We are holding two exam periods during the 2020-21 school year: one in early December and another in late May. These exam periods will differ from previous versions in placing heavy emphasis on student preparation, both in academics and in health and wellness, and in providing opportunities to practice reflection (one of the pillars of Kents Hill’s 4D curriculum). They will differ, too, in that all student preparation, as well as the exams themselves, will include both in-person and remote components to reflect the hybrid nature of our end of the semester. 
     
    Monday, November 30
    9-11 am: Period A Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period B Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 1
    9-11 am: Period A Exam
    1-3 pm: Period B Exam
     
    Wednesday, December 2
    9-11 am: Period C Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period D Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 3
    9-11 am: Period C Exam
    1-3 pm: Period D Exam
     
    Friday, December 4: First Reflection Period/Mental Health Day
    9-11 am Student Reflection Sessions
    1-3 pm Assorted Activities and Games (Day Students Welcome)
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam
    1-3 pm: Student Reflection Sessions*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
    *Students are welcome to leave for break after 3 pm on Thursday
     
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 16: COVID-19 in Kennebec County, Thanksgiving Plans, Exam Period

    Monday, November 16, 2020
    Kents Hill Families,

    Traditionally, this weekend all athletic teams would be gearing up to play Hebron Academy in our final games of the fall season. It is disappointing that we were unable to participate in this long-standing tradition, and I will look forward to renewing this rivalry next fall. I have also come to recognize that while we have not been able to do all the things we did pre-pandemic, it is so important that we have been able to be together on campus for the fall semester. 

    As the semester winds down and we approach Thanksgiving Break, I wanted to share a few messages with you. First, rates of COVID-19 infections and hospitalizations are continuing to rise across the United States, Maine, and Kennebec County. There is community transmission and the holiday season will undoubtedly be a challenging time for all of us. As we indicated in our Fall 2020 Return to School Plan, if Kennebec County is deemed to be a “yellow” county by the Maine CDC, then all day students will need to learn remotely during that period. The Maine CDC adjusts the county status each Friday, and Kennebec is currently green, but is being “monitored closely.” If Kennebec County is determined to be “yellow” in the future, we will communicate with all of our day student families regarding remote learning. 

    For those boarding students planning to go home (or day students planning to expand their “bubble” for Thanksgiving Break) and return to campus with a negative PCR COVID-19 test, please note that with the increase in infection rates across the country, tests results are taking longer to process and receive. Tests are required to be administered no sooner than 72 hours from contact with someone outside of “your bubble,” and you must observe quarantine behavior until test results are received. In order to make arranging COVID-19 testing after Thanksgiving Break as easy as possible, our Health Center has compiled a list of testing sites in MaineIf you are looking for asymptomatic testing options out of state, please contact Lindsey Jenkins, School Nurse, at ljenkins@kentshill.org

    Recognizing that some students may be delayed in their return, or select to remain home between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break to reduce unnecessary risk and uncertainty, we have designed our exam period to allow all students to fully participate whether they are on campus or at home. While athletic teams and afternoon activity groups will continue to meet, all practices will be completely optional. The exam period schedule is as follows. If you have any questions about exams, please contact your child’s advisor or Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org
     
    Monday, November 30
    9-11 am: Period A Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period B Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 1
    9-11 am: Period A Exam
    1-3 pm: Period B Exam
     
    Wednesday, December 2
    9-11 am: Period C Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period D Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 3
    9-11 am: Period C Exam
    1-3 pm: Period D Exam
     
    Friday, December 4: First Reflection Period/Mental Health Day
    9-11 am Student Reflection Sessions
    1-3 pm Assorted Activities and Games (Day Students Welcome)
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam
    1-3 pm: Student Reflection Sessions*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
    *Students are welcome to leave for break after 3 pm on Thursday

    Please note that Kents Hill School’s campus, dorms, and offices will close for Winter Break at 5 pm on Friday, December 11, and that students will not be permitted to remain on campus. Please keep in mind that if your student is identified as a close contact to an individual with COVID-19 or needs to quarantine for any reason prior to December 11, their travel plans and arrangements may be disrupted. If you have any questions regarding travel or your child’s plans for Thanksgiving Break and/or Winter Break, please don’t hesitate to contact Addie Michaud, Assistant to the Dean of Students, at amichaud@kentshill.org

    I am really proud of our students and faculty for all of their diligence and resilience around the COVID-19 guidelines. Their flexibility and compassion for others has allowed us to stay safe, healthy, and open throughout the fall semester. Thanks also to all of our parents for your support throughout the past several months. As always we are #strongertogether.

    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 ♥
  • November 16: Financial Aid Application Deadline

    Monday, November 16, 2020
     
     
    Dear Lara,
     
    Happy Mid-November!
     
    Kents Hill School partners with School & Student Services (SSS) for financial aid processing. All returning families must complete the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) on or before our deadline of December 15, 2020. To get started, please click here. Completion of the PFS requires the following documents:
     
    • 2019 Tax Returns
    • 2019 W-2's or 1099's
    • School Code: 4354
    • Business/Farm Statement (if applicable)
    • International Student Application (if applicable)
    A non-refundable fee of $55 is required to process the application. 
    Helpful hints: follow this Step by Step guide, set aside a couple hours and a cup of coffee.
    Review our Counting the Costs - An introduction to Financial Aid guide for additional information.

    For more information, please contact Linda Albert, Admission Office Manager at lalbert@kentshill.org or
    207-685-1612.

     
    Sincerely,
    Alison Lincoln-Rich

    https://www.solutionsbysss.com/
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 17: Employee of Kents Hill Contractor Tests Positive for COVID-19

    Tuesday, November 17, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill School Community,
     
    We have learned that a member of our community, an employee of a contractor who has been working on campus, has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual will remain home and be in the care of their primary care physician. 
     
    Our internal contact tracing team worked with the contractor’s contact tracing team to identify community members who would be considered “close contacts” to the COVID-19 positive individual. All close contacts have been notified and have started their 14-day quarantine at home. No students or employees of Kents Hill were identified as close contacts. The contractor will also make a report to the Maine CDC.
     
    Tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 18) we will operate as a normal remote learning day, with day students learning from home and boarding students learning from their dorm room. 
     
    Keeping our community safe, healthy, and connected is our most important priority and I want to assure you we are taking all necessary steps to protect your child and our school community from COVID-19 transmission. If you have any questions, please contact Andrea Emmershy, Executive Assistant, at aemmershy@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 ♥
  • November 23: Community Update - Exam Schedule, Winter Wellness, Winter Break, College Counseling

    Monday, November 23, 2020
    Dear Parents and Guardians,

    It’s hard to believe we’re only two days away from the beginning of Thanksgiving Break! As we approach the beginning of the holiday season, we can’t help but reflect on all of the things we are grateful for during this very unique year. Having our students here on campus and seeing them follow COVID-19 guidelines so well is a true gift; one many of our peers in education do not have the benefit of this year. Over the weekend, students gathered at the Dining Commons for our “Warm and Fuzzy” night and in the Alfond Athletics Center for ice skating. Both spaces were full of students laughing, playing games, and enjoying being together. Seeing so many students together and having fun was a wonderful reminder of how fortunate we are to be able to have our students here on The Hill.

    While this week is shortened due to the beginning of break, there are still plenty of things happening! Read below to find out more.
    Special Schedule: Week Ahead
     
    It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving Break is almost here! Tuesday, November 24 is a normal class day until lunch. However, there will be no PEAK classes in the afternoon and all afternoon sports practices are voluntary to allow students who are traveling to leave anytime after lunch. 
     
    Wednesday, November 25, is a travel and reading day. There will be no academic classes and students are encouraged to catch up on work and/or begin planning for semester exams. 
     
    There will be no academic classes on Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29 for Thanksgiving Break. Students remaining on campus will have a full slate of activities and events to choose from, including a special Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. 
     
    Winter Wellness Takes on Service Learning!
     
    The members of our Winter Wellness team, led by Andrew Deaett, didn’t let COVID-19 stop them as they made their way to the Torsey Pond Nature Preserve in Readfield, Maine to help with seasonal cleanup of the area. Students worked together to clear trails for residents of the Town of Readfield to use over the winter months. Well done, Winter Wellness! 
     
     
    Exam Period Schedule
     
    As COVID-19 rates rise across Maine and the United States, we recognize that some students may be delayed in their return to school after Thanksgiving Break, or select to remain home between Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break. We have designed our exam period (below) to allow all students to fully participate whether they are on campus or at home. While athletic teams and afternoon activity groups will continue to meet, all practices will be completely optional. If you have any questions about exams, please contact your child’s advisor or Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.
     
    Monday, November 30
    9-11 am: Period A Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period B Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 1
    9-11 am: Period A Exam
    1-3 pm: Period B Exam
     
    Wednesday, December 2
    9-11 am: Period C Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period D Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 3
    9-11 am: Period C Exam
    1-3 pm: Period D Exam
     
    Friday, December 4: First Reflection Period/Mental Health Day
    9-11 am Student Reflection Sessions
    1-3 pm Assorted Activities and Games (Day Students Welcome)
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam
    1-3 pm: Student Reflection Sessions*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
    *Students are welcome to leave for break after 3 pm on Thursday
     
    Share Your Academic Schedule Feedback 
     
    We're taking a page from our 4D academic curriculum to reflect on the daily academic schedule and how well it meets the needs of our students. Gathering your thoughts and feedback is a critical part of this process, and we would appreciate it if you would take 5-10 minutes to complete this confidential survey. Your feedback will be used as we consider adjustments and changes to the daily schedule for the semester ahead. 
     
    Winter Break: Campus Closed
     
    Please note that our campus, dorms, and offices will close for Winter Break at 5 pm on Friday, December 11, and that students will not be permitted to remain on campus. Please keep in mind that if your student is identified as a close contact to an individual with COVID-19 or needs to quarantine for any reason prior to December 11, their travel plans and arrangements may be disrupted. If you have any questions regarding travel or your child’s plans for Thanksgiving Break and/or Winter Break, please don’t hesitate to contact Addie Michaud, Assistant to the Dean of Students, at amichaud@kentshill.org
     
    Return to School in January 
     
    In an effort to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible as we head into the second half of the school year, all students must return to campus in January after Winter Break with a negative COVID-19 PCR test. Full details are available here, and highlights are listed below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or 207-685-1627, or Addie Michaud at amichaud@kentshill.org or 207-685-4914.
     
    • On January 4, the Academic Gap Year, Grade 12, and Grade 11 boarding students return to campus between 2-5 p.m. with a negative COVID-19 test.
     
    • On January 5, Grade 10 and Grade 9 boarding students return between 2-5 p.m. with a negative COVID-19 test. 
     
    • Remote learning for all students will run from Wednesday, January 6, to Friday, January 8. 
     
    • Boarding students who drove to campus will take classes remotely from their rooms but will be able to navigate campus following normal protocols (not quarantining).
     
    • Students who are traveling by plane will need to quarantine following arrival from the airport. They will need to be in the United States for three days, quarantining, and then get a COVID-19 test. They should plan to learn remotely from the hotel/other location through January 13 and return to campus, if their test is negative, in the afternoon. 
     
    • Regular academic classes (in-person and remote) will begin on Monday, January 11, for all students. We will have a modified schedule (TBD) to allow time for day students to submit their COVID-19 test to the Health Center prior to going to classes. 
    College Counseling Update
     
    Families of Juniors, Seniors, and Academic Gap Year students are reminded to keep an eye out for College Counseling updates and information, which will be sent out by the end of this month. Additionally, all members of the Class of 2021 should check in with their college counselor before leaving campus for their break (either before Thanksgiving or by December 10). Please encourage your student to stop in! For those unable to attend in person, Zoom meetings will be available through December 22.
     
    The Class of 2022, who recently participated in the PSAT, will receive their test results in December. We are excited to begin the college process with both group and individual meetings for the Junior class with their college counselor starting in mid-January! If you have any questions related to the above information, or upcoming testing, please contact Gretchen Bergill, Director of College Counseling, at gbergill@kentshill.org.
     
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 30: Community Update - Semester Exams, Community Highlight, January Return to Campus

    Monday, November 30, 2020
     
    Dear Parents and Guardians, 
     
    We hope that you and your students enjoyed a little bit of rest and relaxation over Thanksgiving Break! As we reach the end of November and look ahead, we can hardly believe that we have only two more weeks with our Huskies in 2020. 
     
    Share Your Daily Schedule Feedback 
     
    Please take a few minutes to complete this survey regarding your child’s experience with the daily academic schedule. Your feedback will be used as we consider adjustments and changes to the daily schedule for the semester ahead. 
     
    Exam Period Schedule
     
    The schedule for our exam period is listed below and available in calendar/visual format here. If you have any questions about exams, please contact your child’s advisor or Dr. Benjamin Priest, Dean of Academics, at bpriest@kentshill.org.
     
    Monday, November 30
    9-11 am: Period A Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period B Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 1
    9-11 am: Period A Exam
    1-3 pm: Period B Exam
     
    Wednesday, December 2
    9-11 am: Period C Review Session
    1-3 pm: Period D Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 
    9-11 am: Period C Exam
    1-3 pm: Period D Exam
     
    Friday, December 4: First Reflection Period/Mental Health Day
    9-11 am Student Reflection Sessions
    1-3 pm Assorted Activities and Games (Day Students Welcome)
     
    Monday, December 7
    9-11 am: Period E Review Session
    1-3 pm Period F Review Session
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Tuesday, December 8
    9-11 am: Period E Exam
    1-3 pm: Period F Exam
    7-9 pm: Evening Pack and Clean Session
     
    Wednesday, December 9
    9-11 am: Period G Review Session
    1-3 pm: Pack and Clean Session (Boarding Students Only)
    7-9 pm: Quiet Study Session (Boarding Students Only)
     
    Thursday, December 10
    9-11 am: Period G Exam
    1-3 pm: Student Reflection Sessions*
     
    Friday, December 11: Travel Day
    *Students are welcome to leave for break after 3 pm on Thursday
     
    Community Highlight: Giving Thanks
     
    This Thanksgiving was a very different experience for many members of the Kents Hill community, especially for the students who remained on campus! Dean of Student and Residential Life, Erica Chute, along with several faculty members, hosted a semi-formal Thanksgiving Dinner on campus. SAGE went above and beyond to cook a beautiful holiday meal for our students, even incorporating some of our students’ family recipes into the menu for the night. We are so grateful to the Kents Hill faculty members who helped make this event happen and students for spreading positivity and gratitude. 
    Return to School in January 
     
    In an effort to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible as we head into the second half of the school year, all students must return to campus after Winter Break with a negative COVID-19 PCR test. If you are interested in having this test on campus between January 2-7, 2021, please complete this form by December 11.
     
    Return to school guidelines are listed below. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or 207-685-1627, or Addie Michaud at amichaud@kentshill.org or 207-685-4914.
     
    • On January 4, the Academic Gap Year, Grade 12, and Grade 11 boarding students return to campus between 2-5 p.m. with a negative test.
    • On January 5, Grade 10 and Grade 9 boarding students return between 2-5 p.m. with a negative test. 
    • Remote learning for all students will run from Wednesday, January 6, to Friday, January 8. 
    • Boarding students who drove to campus will take classes remotely from their rooms but will be able to navigate campus following normal protocols (not quarantining).
    • Students who are traveling by plane will need to quarantine following arrival from the airport. They will need to be in the United States for three days, quarantining, and then get a COVID-19 test. They should plan to learn remotely from the hotel/other location through January 13 and return to campus, if their test is negative, in the afternoon. 
    • Regular academic classes (in-person and remote) will begin on Monday, January 11, for all students. We will have a modified schedule (TBD) to allow time for day students to submit their test to the Health Center prior to going to classes. 
     
    Inclement Weather Guidance
     
    As the season for snow and storms ramps up in Maine, we want to remind families that in the event of a power outage, day students should stay home and participate in classes, exams, etc., remotely if they are able. Individual teachers will communicate with classes regarding expectations and directions for accessing remote content. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s advisor. 
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥
  • November 30: COVID-19 Testing for Winter Break Return

    Monday, November 30, 2020
    Dear Kents Hill Community, 

    All of us in the Health Center hope that you had a wonderful holiday and are looking forward to a well-deserved Winter Break! In an effort to keep our community as safe and healthy as possible as we head into the second half of the school year, every student will need to have a negative PCR COVID-19 test result prior to returning to in-person learning (day students) or moving back into the dorm (boarding students) after Winter Break. 

    The test must be a PCR COVID-19 test that is taken at least three days after an initial contact with any individuals outside of the household/home bubble. If your child is flying back to campus, the test must be taken at least three days after arrival in Maine. Students must observe quarantine like behavior (no gatherings or unnecessary outings) from the time they have their test until they receive a negative test result and return to campus. 

    If you are interested in having a PCR COVID-19 test on campus between January 2-7, 2021, please complete this form by noon ET on December 11, 2020. A testing fee of $55 will be charged to your child's MyKidsSpending account if you opt for this on-campus testing. 

    If you have any questions regarding testing in January, please email Lindsey Jenkins, School Nurse, at ljenkins@kentshill.org. If you have any other questions regarding the return to school, please contact Diane Chick, Dean of Students, at dchick@kentshill.org or 207-685-1627, or Addie Michaud, Assistant to the Dean of Students, at amichaud@kentshill.org or 207-685-4914.
     
    Kents Hill School Health Center 
    Kents Hill School | 1614 Main Street | Kents Hill, ME 04349 | 207-685-4914
     
    Made in Maine with ♥


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  • MLK Day 2019-2020

    MLK Day 2021 at Kents Hill School

    By: Gillian Barnes

    Today, Monday, January 18, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) and as such, our students are shifting from their normal academic programming to a special group of programs steeped in the ideas of civil rights, protesting, culture, bias, racism, and overall history. MLK Day does not exist in a vacuum, though we understand it may seem that way if one is receiving their information via social media alone.
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Updated Academic Schedule



Taking a page from our 4D academic curriculum, we have tweaked the daily hybrid learning schedule for Spring 2021/Semester 2 based on student and faculty reflection. The sole change is moving all-school meeting on Wednesday (remote learning day for all students) to 10:10 a.m. instead of first period. View the updated schedule to the right or by clicking here!
School Calendar and Events


Updated School Calendar

January 2021

1/18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Special Programming)
1/20: In-Person Academic Classes (Monday Schedule)
1/25-27: COVID-19 Assurance Testing (All Students)
1/27: Health and Wellness Day (No Academic Classes)

February 2021

2/8: Winter Long Weekend (No Academic Classes)
2/8: COVID-19 Assurance Testing (Random Students)
2/10: In-Person Classes (Monday Schedule) 
2/15: COVID-19 Assurance Testing (Random Students) 
2/15-2/19: Winter Carnival (Special Schedule: In-Person Classes Wednesday and No Classes Friday)
2/24: In-Person Academic Classes (Friday Schedule)
2/26: Spring Break Travel Day (No Academic Classes)

March 2021

3/1-21: Spring Break
3/22-23: Travel Days 
3/24: Virtual Re-Orientation for all Students 
3/25-26: Virtual Classes for all Students 
3/29: Special Schedule
3/30: ACT for Juniors

April 2021

4/10: Required Saturday Classes
4/13: SAT for Juniors
4/14: Health and Wellness Day (No Academic Classes)
4/26: Spring Long Weekend (No Academic Classes)
4/28: In-Person Academic Classes (Monday Schedule) 

May 2021

5/3-8: Spring Fling
5/19: Health and Wellness Day (No Academic Classes)
5/20-25: Final Review and Exams
5/26: Reflection and Advisee Day
5/27-6/1: Final Review and Exams

June 2021

6/1: Underclass Awards Evening 
6/2: Underclass Students Travel Day (Depart Campus for Summer)
6/2-4: Special Senior Programming
6/4: Senior Awards Evening 
6/5: Class of 2021 Graduation

*This calendar is subject to change. Last updated on January 15, 2021.
COVID-19 Resources


Community Agreement

As members of the Kents Hill School community, we have a shared responsibility to do everything that we can to protect ourselves, protect others, and protect our community as we navigate this truly unprecedented time. Keeping our school and local community healthy requires that we make adjustments to what we have done in the past, think beyond ourselves, show concern for those more vulnerable, and change our behavior to protect others. At Kents Hill, we are stronger together. 

As we return to living and learning together, all students, faculty, and staff are committed to adhering to the below expectations. Remember that while things will look and feel different at the start of the 2020-21 school year, all guidelines and policies have been put in place to keep our community as healthy and safe as possible, and that these policies will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary. 

Protect Myself 
  • Complete daily health screenings and contact the Health Center immediately if I have any signs or symptoms associated with COVID-19, even if I feel well enough to attend school. 
  • Attend orientation sessions and trainings to learn expectations for learning and living on campus. 
  • Practice effective hand hygiene: using hand sanitizer and/or washing my hands frequently for at least 20 seconds before and after interacting with others throughout the day. 
  • Carefully read all instructional signs and follow directions for keeping personal and shared spaces clean and organized. 
Protect Others
  • Wear a face covering/mask and maintain appropriate social distancing protocols indoors and in any other setting where it is difficult to maintain social distancing. 
  • Participate in Kents Hill’s quarantine and isolation guidelines if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been identified as having exposure to a COVID-19 positive community member.
  • Be flexible, creative, and compassionate. 
Protect Our Community 
  • Participate in testing and contact tracing to preserve the wellness of the community.
  • Avoid all non-essential travel and follow the visitors policy when having guests on-campus, including family members. 
  • Limit social interactions outside of the Kents Hill community, including hosting or attending large gatherings and events.
  • Refrain from participating in outside clubs, teams, or group activities. 
  • Observe and uphold all of Kents Hill School’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines. 
Contact Information


Kents Hill Contact Information

Christopher S. Cheney
Head of School

For Questions Related to the Student Experience
Meadow Davis
Associate Head of School

For Questions Related to Travel and Student Life
Diane Chick
Dean of Students

Addie Michaud
Assistant to the Dean of Students

For Questions Related to Academics
Dr. Ben Priest
Dean of Academics
 
For Questions Related to Health Services
Dr. Joe Fitzpatrick
Director of Health Services 

For Questions Related to Visas and I-20s
Linda Albert
Admissions Office Manager

For Questions Related to Residential Life and Student Activities
Erica Chute
Dean of Residential Life

For Questions Related to Finance and Contracts
Andy May
CFO; Business Office

For Questions Related to Technology
Marc Bartholomew
Director of Technology
Helpful Links


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