May 3, 2019


It is hard to believe, but after today, we have ONLY 14 days of school left! The year has flown by for me, and our students and staff have expressed similar sentiments.


As school and state testing comes to a close, I would like to reiterate my appreciation for our students’ hard work and our teacher’s attentiveness not just to preparing for state tests but also for recognizing each student is unique, with individual academic and social needs. The only AIR testing that will take place next week is make-up tests. Students who need to take a make-up test will be notified by their school counselor or administrator.

We have some outstanding news on our athletics front as well.

Former Keystone graduate C.J. Conrad also made local and national news as he signed with the New York Giants football team.  Following his graduation from Keystone, C.J. attended the University of Kentucky, concluding his collegiate career as a tight-end as #28 in all-time receiving yards and as #2 in touchdown receptions at UK.

Rob Clarico, CJ’s Head Football Coach for four years at Keystone is not surprised about CJ’s success, citing his stellar work ethic, confidence, and team-centered attitude.

Last week, softball player Sydney Campbell also earned recognition as she pitched a perfect game against Wellington, earning her 52nd consecutive victory. This made Sydney the all-time leader in OHSAA history, joining two other Keystone pitchers who earned a spot on this distinguished list. Campbell is a perfect 14-0 with a 0.15 Earned Run Average and 141 strikeouts in 93 innings. Next year, Sydney will continue her outstanding softball career and academic excellence at Division I Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan.

In track and field, our athletes also continue to excel. Senior Taylor Stefan broke the 1998 school record in the discus, throwing 124 feet, 11 inches. Junior Jacob Shackelford is the top long jumper in the county and has already broken two meet records in the long jump.

Congratulations to CJ, Sydney, Taylor, and Jacob, their families, their coaches, and all those in their support system who helped to guide them to their outstanding athletic careers.

In upcoming events, students and teachers in grades K-7 are very excited about their Young Writers Open House on Monday, May 13 from 6-7:30pm in the KES/KMS Cafeteria. Attendees will have the opportunity to read a selection of original works created by students, attend a readers’ theater, enjoy play presentations, engage in craft activities, and take advantage of writing opportunities for attendees of all ages. Please support these students and recognize their hard work by attending the open house.