Kent Denver News

Ready for the Start of School? Important Info for Families

The start of school is just around the corner! Following are important back to school resources for KDS families. We look forward to having your student back on campus soon!

BACK TO SCHOOL PLANNER
Important planning information, including supply lists, fall trip dates and other details may be found in the 2019-20 Back to School Planner. Click here to access the Planner via the MyKDS Parent Portal. Having trouble logging in? Email iitsupport@kentdenver.org.


SUMMER READING

Kent Denver faculty feel that summer should be a time to recharge and rediscover reading for pleasure. Students can peruse and search recommendations from Kent Denver students, faculty and staff in our online Books We Recommend, which is also accessible to students through Canvas.

In the Middle School, summer reading balances choice with a desire to give students at each grade level a common reading experience with which to begin the year. Students will read one required text, one book from a list of faculty recommendations and at least one title of their own choosing.

Download the 2019 Middle School Summer Reading Requirement here.


HEALTH FORMS
Parents, it's not too early to complete your child's electronic health information for the 2019–20 school year. Click here to access the Magnus Health Portal, located in the Parent Portal. Log in with your *NEW* MyKDS username and password.

For returning students, current Magnus forms expired on June 4 and need to be re-acknowledged or updated by ASAP. All students are required to have a current physical—one taken within the last 365 days—and proof of immunizations to participate in school activities, including sports practices, class retreats and class trips.

With Upper School fall sports practices beginning on August 12, it is particularly important to complete your child's health information in the Magnus Health Portal as soon as possible. If you need assistance or have questions, please contact Stephanie Kyser in the Athletics Office.


Reflections from Our Head of School

Building Success

The theme for our seniors at the start of school this year was appropriately "building." And build we did! But "building" is also a word that describes many positive aspects of success. For example, we "build" strong relationships as well as "build" goodwill, understanding, character or trust. Building in this sense takes time: planning, designing, working together, and persistence in the face of setbacks. On the other hand, tearing down (the opposite of building) can be a sudden and unexpected event. This asymmetry in building up and tearing down is written in our physical laws, the second law of thermodynamics, which describes nature's perpetual slide towards disorder. The implication is that to be a successful builder in all senses of the word takes a great deal of effort, the kind of effort that can only arise from a keen sense of purpose.

As we reflect on the end of this school year, this is a great time to express gratitude for the very purposeful lives that our students have lived this past year. In the presence of challenges facing our young people today, they have stood up for what they believe in and expressed themselves through hard work in our classrooms, on the athletic fields, in the arts and in all our extracurricular offerings. They have mastered new skills and new ways of thinking, they have been afforded a growing number of opportunities to make choices for themselves and we have watched them grow and learn. In short, they have started to build their own lives and we could not be more proud.

As our campus transformation comes into focus, we also welcome new ways of interacting with each other and the creation of new traditions. Prior to our spring snowstorm, we had a spell of great weather that brought faculty and students outside into our new "quad" area between our old building and the new Welcome Center. A visitor shared with me that "this feels like a college campus! So many happy kids outside playing and enjoying each other's company!"

As we head into summer, know our campus will stay active with Summer Programs, Athletic Events and our Breakthrough Program.

In addition, we will continue with our planned renovations of the old Upper School and, early next Fall, hope to open our new athletics offices, the Scobie Center for Student Life and the new Impact Studios that will play host to the Rollins Center for Technology and Design and the Hunt Family Center for Entrepreneurial Education.

We hope all KDS families enjoy their time together this summer. We look forward to cheering on our recently graduated seniors as they head to college and to welcoming everyone else back in August!




Sun Devils Find Success in Playoffs

The playoffs are heating up, and there is lots of good news from athletics this week!



The playoffs are heating up, and there is lots of good news from athletics this week!

Girls' Golf dominated at regionals, winning by 54 strokes over their closest rival. Charlotte Hillary '20 led the way, shooting an astonishing 64, or seven under par. The team will compete at state later this month.

Boys' Lacrosse won in the first round of the 5A playoffs on Tuesday, beating Lakewood by a 9-6 margin on DeSo Field. The Sun Devils will take on Rock Canyon in the quarterfinals on Saturday, May 11 (game time TBD) at Legacy Stadium.

Also on Tuesday, Girls' Lacrosse won their opening round playoff game against Dakota Ridge by a score of 15-14. The team will play in the quarterfinals on Friday, May 10 at 5:30 p.m. at Pine Creek High School.

Girls' Soccer, which currently has a 14-1 record, scored 10 goals in on their way to a dominating first-round win over DSST College View. They will play again at home on Saturday, May 11 at noon against Manitou Springs.

Girls' Tennis swept their regionals and will play in the 4A state tournament in Pueblo on Friday and Saturday. .

After several weather cancellations, Kent Denver Baseball still has a few games left in the regular season. Catch them at home on Friday, May 10 or Monday, May 13; both games start at 4:30 p.m.

Track and Field is also wrapping up their regular season. The team will compete in their final meet—the St. Vrain Invitational at Longmont High School—on Saturday. This will be track athletes' final opportunity to qualify for the 3A state meet.

Go Sun Devils!




Seniors Celebrate College Choices

May 1 was National Candidates Reply Date, the deadline for seniors to make their final commitments to colleges for the coming fall. Members of the Class of 2019 celebrated by updating a map in the new College Counseling Center showing their planned destinations next year.

After starting with a list of acceptances to more than 175 schools, Kent Denver's 119 seniors have chosen to matriculate to 76 colleges and universities.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their successful completion of the college search process!



May 1 was National Candidates Reply Date, the deadline for seniors to make their final commitments to colleges for the coming fall. Members of the Class of 2019 celebrated by updating a map in the new College Counseling Center showing their planned destinations next year.

After starting with a list of acceptances to more than 175 schools, Kent Denver's 119 seniors have chosen to matriculate to 76 colleges and universities.

Congratulations to the Class of 2019 on their successful completion of the college search process!


Class of 2019 College Choices (As of May 9, 2019)

American University
University of Arizona
Babson College
Boston College
Brown University (2)
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - San Diego
Case Western Reserve University
Champlain College
Chapman University
University of Chicago (2)
Claremont McKenna College
Colby College
Colgate University
University of Colorado - Boulder (10)
University of Colorado - Colorado Springs
University of Colorado - Denver
Colorado College (2)
Colorado School of Mines
Cornell University
Cushing Academy*
Dartmouth College
Davidson College (2)
Denison University (4)
University of Denver
Dickinson College
Duke University
Elon University (5)
The George Washington University
University of Georgia
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hamilton College
Indiana University (4)
Knox College
Marist College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
University of Miami
University of Michigan (5)
University of Notre Dame
Northeastern University (2)
Northwestern University
Oberlin College (2)
Occidental College
University of Oklahoma
University of Pennsylvania (2)
University of Puget Sound
Purdue University
Red Rocks Community College
University of Redlands (3)
Reed College (2)
Saint Louis University
Santa Clara University
St. Lawrence University
University of South Carolina
University of Southern California (2)
Southern Methodist University (3)
Stanford University (2)
Syracuse University
Temple University
University of Texas, Austin
Texas Christian University
Tufts University
Tulane University (2)
Trinity College
Trinity University
Union College
Washington University in St. Louis
University of Washington (3)
Washington and Lee University
Willamette University
Williams College
University of Wisconsin
College of Wooster
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
University of Virginia (2)
Virginia Tech


*Post-Graduate Year



Celebrating Sarah Hirshland '93, US Olympic Committee CEO

The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Kent Denver graduate who represents "extraordinary distinction and success in fields of endeavor, commitment to community service, and exceptional leadership in one's community while successfully carrying forward 'excellence in scholarship and character'." Last week, Kent Denver was proud to recognize Sarah MacDougall Hirshland '93 as our 2019 Distinguished Alum.


The Distinguished Alumni Award is given annually to a Kent Denver graduate who represents "extraordinary distinction and success in fields of endeavor, commitment to community service, and exceptional leadership in one's community while successfully carrying forward 'excellence in scholarship and character'." Last week, Kent Denver was proud to recognize Sarah MacDougall Hirshland '93 as our 2019 Distinguished Alum.

Sarah began her term as the U.S. Olympic Committee CEO in August 2018 after seven years in a leadership role at the U.S. Golf Association. Prior to her time at the USGA, Sarah was a key executive with Wasserman Entertainment Group, OnSport and Total Sports.

Sarah addressed the entire student body (and many of her Kent Denver classmates) at an all-school assembly with keynote remarks tailored to this year's Ethics Day theme: The Ethics of Power: Where Do You Stand?

Afterwards, Sarah sat down with Dr. Harrington for a Conversation with the Head of School to speak at greater length about Sarah's favorite teachers at Kent Denver, how the school influenced her career path, and what keeps her energized as the leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee.



Several student groups also had a chance to meet with Sarah, where she fielded questions about everything from her pivot from future doctor to sports executive to gender equity in sports to the challenges and opportunities that come with representing the United States on the international Olympic stage. More photos from Sarah's day on campus are below and will be posted to Kent Denver's Facebook page.

As Dr. Harrington stated in his introductory remarks, "We are proud of all that Sarah has accomplished, and we look forward to seeing the positive impact she will have, and already has had on her organization."

For a complete list of Kent Denver's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients, visit the Kent Denver Alumni Spotlight page.



Cover photo and image on lower left by A. Goldblatt '19. Center and right photos by L. Mortell

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