Principal's Corner

KES Principal’s Corner:

Welcome to Kingston Elementary School, home of the second and third graders in the Genoa-Kingston Community Unit School District #424. This year our theme is “At KES, Learning Opens a RAINBOW of possibilities!” I am honored to be the principal at Kingston Elementary School. I have worked for the Genoa-Kingston school district for 19 years in many different roles.

The staff at KES put students first, working with families to help kids’ social and educational growth. We continue to focus on best practices by incorporating the Models Classroom Project and balanced literacy through guided reading, making meaning, shared reading, and read alouds. We use the EnVisions 2.0 math program, Sitton Spelling, Jolly Phonics and 6 Traits Writing program.

At Kingston Elementary, we have identified our main three expectations as: Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Caring. All of our rules throughout the building, on the playground, on the bus, and all other settings support these three expectations. We will recognize those students demonstrating the expectations with Cogs Bucks which may be used to purchase items at our quarterly KES store.

In addition to academics, we believe that it is important that students develop strong character traits. We are continuing to implement the CHARACTER COUNTS! Program focusing on a trait each month such as friendship, trustworthiness, and respect. By emphasizing both the academic and social aspects of learning, we support our district mission statement “Preparing students to excel and contribute to their community.”