SKS family welcomes Mr. Kevin Benz

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News

By Yuhao “Howard” Li, Staff Reporter

Mr. Kevin Benz works with one of his fifth form students, Yuhao “Howard” Li. Photo by Sun Yi.

Although this year is Mr. Kevin Benz’s first year teaching at South Kent, he has already won the favor of many students.

“I feel that Mr. Benz is going to be my favorite teacher this year,” said Hunter Kochiss, a fifth former students from connecticut. “He is a young teacher. I feel that I can relate to him a lot.”

Being a student in Mr. Benz’s US History class, Hunter is amazed by Mr. Benz’s teaching style.

His teaching technique is unique. Instead of following the books, Mr. Benz brings up some interesting topics to get students’ attention and encourage students to share their opinions,” said Hunter. “By doing so, Mr. Benz is able to know each student’s understanding of the materials and make the class time well-spent for most of the people.”

“I used to think that history is boring and hard. However, Mr. Benz changed my perspective of this subject. He jokes a lot in the class, which makes the contents interesting and comprehensible for the students,” Hunter said with a huge smile on his face.

Besides, Mr. Benz not only has a special approach to teaching, but also has a great interest and passion on the subject he teaches, US history.

“US history is one of the most interesting subjects to me. The reason is the concepts or the information that I can learn from this subject are closely related to my country,” said Mr. Benz. “I hope that everyone has an interest in knowing the historical background of their native country. Learning this background can help a person achieve a better understanding of his or her country’s current governing systems.”

This year is Mr. Benz’s fourth year teaching US History. In the past three years, Mr. Benz taught US History and World History at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School and Ross School; both of which are boarding schools. One of the most memorable experience that he had in these three years was seeing people from different cultural backgrounds adding their own personal insight during discussions.

“Students who come from different countries and lived under different circumstances can share completely different perspectives. When I was teaching the history of Confucius, I thought that he was still considered a relevant philosopher in China.  My students corrected me that even though the general ideas behind Confucius are applicable, most people in China consider Confucius to be part of the past not present.  For me, this was very humbling.  I learn everyday from my students,” said Mr. Benz.

Mr. Benz mentioned that he has taught students from the Middle East and parts of Africa, who offer new perspectives on the United States’ foreign policy in the region.  “Seeing different perspective of different countries enriches the class atmosphere and always makes me forget who is the teacher in the class,” said Mr. Benz

However, Mr. Benz changed his tone when he referred to his own high school US History teacher.

“He thought he was good, but he was rude and intimidating. He always mocked students and left them feeling inferior rather than empowered,” said Mr. Benz. “I used to love history, but this experience unfortunately turned me off of the subject.”

Luckily, Mr. Benz recovered his interest in history at college. He did a double major in History and Art History at Hobart and William Smith College. After graduating from college, Mr. Benz started in education. The experience in high school history class left a painful memory to Mr. Benz and convinced him not to teach students in a certain way.

The reason Mr. Benz chose to study Art History as his second major may surprise students. To many people, Art History seems like a whole different genre of history. Mr. Benz learned a lot from this second major. “My advisor in college recommended that I take Art History along with my courses in History. I took the course and was surprised how much of what I was learning history could be portrayed in Art History and vice versa.”

“Students may forget the details of our history but I hope to prepare my students for life in college, as well as when my students enter the workforce,” he said.

Disciplinary changes bring back hours

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

By Mohammed Al-Shatti, Staff Reporter

Students were surveyed to see if they were making it to first period classes on Tuesday and Thursday. CdNN graphic

Students returned to campus this year to face a new disciplinary system that incorporates working off hours for missing certain commitments.

Any student who missed a chapel or assembly will have to end up working one hour for each commitment they’ve missed, whether it’s doing dishwash or working with Mr. Chavka at 6:30 in the morning. Some students say that it’s too much work. However, the faculty thinks that it’s the right disciplinary requirement.

Students were surveyed to see what commitments were being missed or if students were tardy to class.

A committee of 12 faculty members met over the summer to discuss the disciplinary system at South Kent. They examined the students’ efforts to make their commitments. They needed to figure out a way in which they could make the students attend what they were supposed to be attending. The faculty concluded that the school should return to an earlier disciplinary system. Previously, SKS had a system in which students would have to work off hours. Now, if a student doesn’t make it to chapel or assembly, he will be assigned an hour.  If a student fails to work off the hours in a week, it will turn into points that could not be worked off.

“A while back we did have hours and points and at some point in the last couple of years it morphed into just points, which wasn’t really working. That’s why we went back to this system,” said Mr. Chavka

Students have expressed confusion and don’t all agree with the new system. They don’t understand why one point is now worth a whole hour’s worth of work. One of the prefects, Faisal Al Muttawa said the faculty decided this on their own.

“The prefects were not involved in this change,” said Faisal. “I had no idea. We found out when all the students found out.”

He thinks that there might not be as many jobs needed for students to work off that hour.

“I personally do think an hour for a point is a little too much,” said Faisal. “So I think it would’ve made more sense to have a half hour for one point. I kinda do think it’s too much, but at the same time it kinda makes sense.”

The school’s Community Handbook lists the difference between points and hours.

“Students who violate accountability rules can expect to receive disciplinary hours. Hours are intended to be worked off during the week or weekends at designated times, supervised by a faculty member or senior prefect. Hours that are not worked off in a timely manner will be converted into points and be added to a student’s point total.”

The following is list of possible Accountability Offenses:

Unexcused Absence: (Assembly, Chapel, Form Meeting, Formal Dinner and/or mandatory meals)

Digital Citizenship Violation

Dorm Violation

Dress Code Violation

Late to Dorm Check-In

Late to Class, Meals or Sports

Study Hall Violation

Up After Lights-Out

Failure to Abide by Travel Plans

Violation of language policy

“Students who violate procedural rules will receive points and possible hours.  Points for the violation of procedural rules may not be worked off and will be added to a student’s point total,” according to the handbook.

Campus Sign-In / Sign-Out Violation

Disrupting Learning Environment

Guest / Visitor Violation

Insubordination

Living Outside Spirit of Community

Out After Hours

Tobacco Violation

Unexcused Absence – Class or Mandatory Appointment

Unexcused Absence Athletics – Practice and Games

Unexcused Absence – Community Event

Violation of Language Policy

Chapel time switched to late morning

Oct 20th, 2017 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

By Kyoung Hoon Kim, Staff Reporter

Because too many students skipped Tuesday and Thursday morning chapel in past years, South Kent changed the time to just before lunch. Members of the South Kent Community have had various reactions to this change during the Fall Term.

The faculty who responded to the October survey and which departments they are in.

Mr. Scott Farley, who is  the Math Department head and adjunct instructor with Syracuse University, said that it is still early to see what the effect of the new chapel time will be.

“(It) remains to be seen if tardiness to class will be a problem,” he said, underlining the adverse effects. Classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays now begin at 7:45 a.m., so students must get out of bed and go directly to class.

However, he implied that the positive consequences of the change would indeed outnumber the negative impacts. He said that the modification of chapel time “will make a stronger community as a result.” Moreover, he mentioned that he “served on two committees this summer, discipline and scheduling, and this was recommended by both sets of teachers.”

“Like any change, it will take time to see if it has the intended results and if it is a positive change for the community,” Mr. Farley said.

This represents what forms the students are in from those who responded to the October survey.

Tatsunori Yuzuki, who is a fifth former and a U-18 Selects Hockey player, said that he likes the new time of chapel.

“I prefer this new time (rather) than early in the morning because when the chapel was in the early morning, I could not focus on what the faculty were saying because of sleepiness during chapel. Also I take first block off during Tuesday, so I can take some extra sleep before class, so I think it is nice for the change.”

However he mentions that “the new chapel time is sometimes confusing, but it is not that bad.”

In addition, many students believe that chapel attendance has increased significantly. The students said the main reason why they don’t skip chapel is because the chapel is right before the lunch, therefore they have no reason to miss it.

Even though the new chapel time brought some confusion to the community, however as Mr. Farley mentioned, “it will take time to see if it has the intended results.” With more than a month since the chapel time change, how the new chapel time affects the community has to be watched.

A survey of students revealed that 61 percent like the new time. The faculty survey revealed 88.2 percent like the new time.

Trump clear winner with students

Nov 7th, 2016 | By | Category: CdNN, Faculty News, South Kent Community, Student News

facultyvsstudentsCompiled from Staff Reports

The Cardinal News Network conducted an anonymous mock election to show the South Kent School community which candidates are being supported by students and faculty.

studentchoiceFor the students, the clear favorite is Donald Trump. Of the 77 votes, Mr. Trump captured 54.5 percent of the votes cast or a total of 42 votes. The next highest vote was “none of the above” at 24.7 percent, or 18 votes. Hillary Clinton received 20.8 percent, or 16 votes. The two third party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson received no votes.

The total number of voters represents 47 percent of the total students at the school.

Many students took advantage of the question to share why they were making that choice.

studentformA Trump voter shared, “Because even though he is unprofessional and has made some bad decisions in his life which we all have…he is a businessman who knows how to make money and with our failing economy we need a businessman to turn this country and our economy around.”

“Hillary is a liar, a murderer, and a criminal. What person wants that to be in charge of our country?” asked one student.

“He is focused on America and America only. He isn’t a lying politician and he calls it like it is,” another wrote.

studentcitizenship“ANYONE BUT TRUMP! He’s racist and has no idea what he’s talking about, he’s a complete idiot and has no respect for other cultures and women and he is very close-minded. He is top three in my list of people in the world I hate the most,” one student wrote.

Another Clinton voter wrote, “Why? Because Donald Trump is an idiot.”

“I chose Clinton because she’s experienced, I do not want someone with inexperience like Trump governing the country,” was another response.

From the students who didn’t support any of the candidates were several responses.

“They do not seem like people I would like leading my country.”

“Because I don’t think any of the candidates are prepared or fit to become the President.”

facultychoiceOn the faculty side, the voting was much different.  Hillary Clinton was the top vote-getter with 72.7 percent or 16 votes. There were a total of 22 faculty members who participated.

The other faculty votes were Donald Trump, 1 vote; Jill Stein, 1 vote; Gary Johnson, 2 votes or 9.2 percent. None of the above also got 2 votes.

Some of the faculty comments:

“I love Bernie.  Hillary is next best in my mind.”

“Experience vs Ridiculously inexperienced. Nonsleezeball vs sleeze ball. “

“Trump is qualified neither as a leader nor a human being. Hillary has the experience to lead and a strong, proven, and lengthy record of public service.”

“Trump is bigoted, sexist, egomaniacal, insane and evil and will run this country into the ground and truly make the US the laughingstock of the world, if he doesn’t directly contribute to the complete demise of living creatures on this planet. “

Mr. Patrick Beer enjoys South Kent life

Jan 30th, 2016 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Story by Seho Chun

Mr. Patrick Beer teaching ALC4 this year. LMW photo

Mr. Patrick Beer teaching ALC4 this year. LMW photo

Mr. Patrick Beer started to work at the South Kent School last fall. He was a principal at his last school and he wanted to have experience in a boarding school.

He took over the position formerly held by Mrs. Jody Lampe, who worked at SKS almost 10 years.  She retired last June. She was the coordinator of the international students. Mr. Beer is the International Student Coordinator and the American Language and Culture (ALC) teacher. He also coaches JV Basketball and teaches a CFI course in  Mindfulness and Yoga.

Mr. Beer wants to have a different experience at South Kent. He likes living here because he likes the rural location. He chose to come here after interviewing and being offered the position.

“When I visited at this school, I was impressed with the faculty and students. I was also impressed with the affinity groups and how the faculty for the Center for Innovation delivered their program,” Mr. Beer said.

He enjoys experiencing nature.

“I love to be the part of the Call to Adventure program and working with Mr. Bonis. He does a great job providing students with the opportunity of self discovery and helping the students build awareness and appreciation of nature,” he said.

In his role as the ALC teacher, Mr. Beer instructs students in understanding English and this helps students succeed in other subjects. He is not limited as just an English teacher, as he also helps with other aspects of school life and assignments for other classes.

“I guess I see my role is finding ways for international students to interact with their community of the school and find ways to develop their language skills for university. And I also see I can help enhance  students’ health. I enjoying doing yoga with students.”

Mr. Beer earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s in education  from Vancouver Island University and he received a BA from Boston College.

“I find satisfaction in my work here and I feel lucky being part of South Kent School.”

Daike Fuijo, a Fifth Former  from Japan, is taking Mr. Beer’s ALC class. When Daike first came here, he struggled with school life because of his English. However, Mr. Beer become a big part of improving his English skills.

“This is one of my favorite classes. I love this class. He made us to get confident about English,” said Daike.

“At first (when) I came to South Kent, my English was poor. But now my English skills extremely increased. Mr Beer helped me a lot,” Daike said.

Mrs. MaryAnn Haverstock believes in practical education

Nov 22nd, 2013 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Mrs.MaryAnn Haverstock speaks with a state representative next to Macedonia Brook in Kent.  Photo by Alex Popov

Mrs.MaryAnn Haverstock speaks with a state representative next to Macedonia Brook in Kent. Photo by Alex Popov

Video and text story by Keonwoo Rim, Digital Communications 

This year one of the new faculty members believes that  students should learn more practical education. And in her new position, she is trying to share her talents with students.

Mrs. MaryAnn Haverstock teaches several math classes and a Center for Innovation (CFI) course in watershed management.

When Mrs. Haverstock was a high school student, she loved to have labs for science classes.

“I loved the lab portion of classes,” Mrs. Haverstock said. That’s why her favorite subjects during her school life were chemistry and physics.

As the Director of Sustainability, Mrs. Haverstock is responsible for creating a plan for the Hatch Pond watershed. She is looking forward to seeing Hatch Pond’s water quality improve, which will have a positive impact on South Kent School’s CFI property.

A watershed is the entire geographic area drained by a water source. Those places are important because people can know the health of the water  by checking the organisms living in the watershed.

“That’s really looking at the environment, the land use, and the watershed,” she said.

As a member of Math Department at South Kent School, she thinks there is very strong relationship between math and environmental science.

“You have to look at science of what’s in that watershed, but when you do that there are lots of math medical modeling,” Mrs. Haverstock said. She believes that math supports environmental science and engineering to get better data and results.

People should be aware of global pollution problems, she said, which is why she makes this a part of her instruction.

“We try to work at the change we can make at the local level, here at South Kent School, and then into the town of Kent, and then maybe across our state of Connecticut and then our region and keep moving to bigger and bigger pieces,” Mrs. Haverstock said. She thinks if people start to change local level problems, it will affect the whole world soon.

Her ultimate goal for her math classes this year is to teach a real practical math.

“Students would connect math with what they do when they leave the class,” she said.

She wants her class to help her students for their life, not just for the grades.

 

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Students appreciate English class with Father Klots

Mar 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community


Video and Text story by Zach Brown

Father Steve Klots in English class discussing a novel. Photo by Zach Brown

Father Steve Klots in English class discussing a novel. Photo by Zach Brown

For 19 years Father Steve Klots has benefitted South Kent in just about every way possible. As a chaplain and a teacher, Father Klots has helped the faculty and students of South Kent School for many years.

Father Klots grew up in Tennessee and moved to Connecticut to go to Trinity College for his bachelor’s. He earned a degree in English and Writing and ended up becoming a teacher at South Kent. Father Klots has witnessed many rises and falls at this school and gained many friends along the way. He earned his master’s of divinity from Harvard University and while working at SKS, he earned his STM (Sacred Theology Master’s) from Yale University

Students appreciate his efforts in the classroom. He teaches English IV to seniors and some post-grads.

“Father Klots’ class is a really good class. He gives you a lot of hard work, and he helps you out alot. If you have a short one-page essay or a longer essay and if you don’t get it, he will sit down with you and help you throughout it,” Brandon McCarthy said.

“Sometimes Father will give us about 20 pages to read a night and it has really helped my English and my reading skills of the English words,” Dusan Perovic explained.

Father Klots is a very helpful person and has always wanted the best for his students. Everyday students will learn something new in his class with his teaching skills.

Father Klots is also the head of Call to Service, where he gathers up students of South Kent to help the less fortunate by either helping out in soup kitchens or gardening the lawn and recycling for the community.

Father Klots will always be remembered at South Kent as one of the building blocks to a successful school

Alumni hit the ice for annual hockey game

Mar 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Athletics, Faculty News, South Kent Community

Mr. Dillon Duncan '04 skates in the Alumni Hockey game held at Cuyler Rink.

Mr. Dillon Duncan ’04 skates in the Alumni Hockey game held at Cuyler Rink. Photo courtesy of South Kent School

Video and Text story by Zach Brown
The Alumni Hockey Game has always been a big event throughout the years here at South Kent. Hockey players from all the years come together to celebrate the greatest moments of their lives.

The brothers of a once-unified team come back together to reminisce and remember the greatest times that they’ve had as a Cardinal. They put aside their grown men responsibilities to come and reunite with old friends and to play one of the most popular games known to man.

It was the best times to be a young man, and the alumni returning for the annual hockey game have made a big step towards the hero’s journey to rejoin the school community in such festivities.

This year the annual game was held Feb. 2 at Cuyler Rink, while the rest of the school was on Long Winter Weekend break. There were 16 alumni who played in the game.

Three of those alumni hockey players are currently teaching here on campus.

“It was really nice seeing my old teammates, but we realized how fat and out of shape we were,” said Mr. Pat Crowley ’08 with a laugh.

“It was great getting back on the ice with my old teammates that I haven’t seen in years,” said Mr. Dillon Duncan ’04. Mr. Stan Vylet ’04 also said how it was good to see his old friends and talk about how they’ve been and to get back out on the ice with them.

The glory days have come and gone for many of these men as hockey players at South Kent. These men depart from their daily lives to play hockey and talk about how their life has been since the days that they have played together.

Playing at South Kent will always be a great achievement in their lives, and to be a part of the brotherhood that students and alumni have here.

Pat Crowley: a beloved coach and faculty member

Dec 15th, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community


Video and Text Story by Zach Brown

Mr. Pat Crowley enjoys spending time with the faculty children. Photo courtesy of Mr. Crowley

Mr. Pat Crowley has been a member of South Kent school for five years and has made an impact on the program and students throughout that time.

Mr. Crowley was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  He came to South Kent as a fourth former to play hockey and he returned as a teaching intern and assistant hockey coach in 2011.

Post-Grad Kyle Wehmhoff, who plays hockey for the U-18 team this year, says that Mr. Crowley is like a father figure to just about everyone at the school. Mr. Crowley has always been there when he needed him, Kyle said.

Many of the hockey players who’ve worked with Mr. Crowley as their assistant coach have similar feelings. He is beloved by his players and likes to help out students in a variety of ways.

Mr. Crowley said he came to school in the fall of ’05 and graduated in the spring of ’08. He said the best experience coming here was gaining friends that can help him in the future.

“The most important things I got out of my experience here were the friends I made and the connections I built with the teachers,” he said.

He said that the relationships he forged with his teachers helped him create a life for himself here in the school. He has worked as an intern for two years and aspires to become a history teacher. During the academic day, he works with fourth formers and he serves as an advisor to the Fifth Form, working with the council on disciplinary issues.

Anthony Florentino, a sixth former, also said good things about Mr. Crowley. He said that Mr. Crowley is like a big brother to him and has helped him in the years he has been here.

“He’s really impacted my time here,” Anthony said. “He’s always there for me. If I don’t have money, he’ll support me that way. If I’m sick, he always wants to take care of me.”

Faculty and staff featured in interviews

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

The SKS faculty.

The Digital Communications I classes were given the assignment to create profiles on faculty and staff members this fall. Many of the people featured are new to the South Kent Community, but some have new roles this year or in recent years. The assignment was to work as a team, with one student writing the story and one student creating the video (which had to be 2 minutes or less).

Check out their efforts and learn some new things about SKS teachers and staff members.

Mr. Pat Bonis
Mr. Ken Brown
Mr. Marcus Cooper
Mr. Dethie Fall
Mr. Paul Fernandes
Mr. Owen Finberg
Ms. Deana Lane
Mr. Anthony Larson
Ms. Nancy Lyon
Mr. Walter Moore
Ms. Melissa Morse
Mr. Will Morse
Mr. Matt Pinchevsky
Mr. Matt Plante
Mr. Loren Sanborn

 

 

Mr. Walter Moore: science teacher, coach and travel coordinator

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Video by Patrick DeAngelo

Text by Brandon McCarthy

Walter Moore

Sometime friendships lead to jobs for faculty members. Mr. Walter Moore found his way to South Kent through a longtime friendship with Mr. Andrew Vadnais.

Mr. Walter Moore is currently a Biology teacher and assistant coach of the Prep Soccer team, as well as the assistant athletic director at South Kent School. In recent years, he’s also taken on the new role of travel coordinator for the school, to help with all the travel arrangements for students.

Mr. Moore was born in Syracuse, NY. He grew up there and eventually attended college there in the area as well.

“(I) lived most my life through college in New York State, in the Utica area,” he said. “I went to the State University of New York  at Cortland for my undergraduate work, majored in health education, and got my masters in education administration in Albany.”

Mr. Moore and the Head of School Mr. Vadnais became friends while working together at Darrow School. Mr. Vadnais moved to South Kent School nine years ago and became the school’s leader and then asked Mr. Moore to visit the school four years ago.

“He had my wife (Mrs. Moore) and I come down for a visit.,” Mr. Moore said. “We really liked the school.”

“He made us an offer and we ended up here at South Kent,” he said.

Ten years from now Mr. Moore hopes to be retired, but he also thinks its very possible that he’ll still be working. Perhaps he will still be here at South Kent School, or possibly he will have moved to another place to work.

Prep Soccer player Patrick DeAngelo, a post-grad from Danbury, CT, enjoys working with him on the soccer field.

“Mr. Moore is a very good guy that you can always count on to keep his word,” Patrick said. “Mr. Moore is definitely a good role model.”

Mr. Matt Plante coaches U18 Selects Hockey team

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Video by Braiten Madrigal

Text by Brian Farrell

Mr. Matt Plante

Coach Matt Plante is a proud husband, an elite level hockey coach of the Selects Hockey Academy U18 team, and has his own extensive hockey resumé.

Coach Plante came to the Hillside last summer, knowing what he was in for. He knew he had an uptempo group of players, and a very rigorous schedule and he knew how he was going to maintain staying on track to achieve his goal.

Coach Plante was not only looking to make the national championship tournament, but he was looking to compete and perhaps win a national championship. He knows this goal is not going to be easy but it’s definitely possible.

People around campus knew he meant business when he brought his boys back from summer vacation early to start training.

His U18 team started off its competitive season strong, winning there first 5 five games in a row but as of late players have had multiple injuries and are looking to bounce back from there 10-7-3 record. The team is currently ranked  22nd in the country.

So far Coach Plante enjoys his new job. He is “looking forward to working with his kids and moving them on to play at the next level.” He recently helped Jason Salvaggio earn a commitment to the University of Connecticut and is hoping to move more kids on to high level schools.    

Mr. Loren Sanborn joins SKS as new math teacher

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Video by Shane Rector

Mr. Loren Sanborn

Mr. Loren Sanborn is enjoying sharing his love of mathematics with South Kent students this year. He teaches mathematics, including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, and Pre-calculus.

Mr. Sanborn knew that he was going to work at South Kent in April, but he didn’t start until the summer.

“Mr. Farley, the head of the Math Department, had me come in over the summer,” he said. “I started orientating myself with some of the materials.”

Adjust to life at a boarding school has been a challenge. Mr. Sanborn said the nature of his new job doesn’t leave a lot of extra time.

“I work – that’s all the time we get,” he said with a smile.

He is a member of the faculty for Call to Service Affinity Group this fall and he’s also leading an athletic activity in Tae Kwon Do.

He taught at a public charter school just south of Boston for the previous four years.

Fifth Former Charlie Manley is one of Mr. Sanborn’s students and finds him to be a good teacher.

“He always answers all my questions in class,” Charlie said. “Whenever I need some extra help, I can just meet him in the ARC.”

Charlie also said that he is a very positive person in class.

 

Mr. Pat Bonis looks to give back to students

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community


Video by Devon McLaughlin

Text by Kevin Butler

Mr. Pat Bonis

Having the sickest beard in the league, Mr. Pat Bonis is a man who appears to have that has done it all. It is safe to say Mr. Bonis has been in our the shoes as of students of South Kent and can help the students teenagers with everyday struggles.

Whether it be academics or sports, Mr. Bonis with helpful insight can guide the students of South Kent to a better future.

Myles McFadden, a Sixth Former from Sherman, CT, has known him for three years and knows Mr. Bonis is someone who can be depended on.

“He’s a great guy. He’s always got your back,” Myles said. “It’s nice to have someone who’s watching out for you.”

Mr. Bonis teaches several science courses, Introduction to Physical Science and Anatomy and Physiology. He is also the coordinator of Call to Adventure. This year he took on a new role as the advisor to the Sixth Form.

“There were a lot of people who took their time out away from their family to help me and guide threw some times of struggle,” Mr Bonis said. “I felt one way I could give back is to try and help young men who were and will be going through the same things that I went through.”

Last spring, Mr. Bonis took five students on a true life adventure for five days in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and the cliffs of Moab, Utah.

Mr. Bonis wants to give what he had received in his younger life, by giving his helpful insight for the boys of South Kent School.

Mr. Will Morse teaches Third Form History

Nov 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: Faculty News, South Kent Community

Video by Cameron Loomis

Text by Richard O’Shaughnessy

Mr. William Morse

Mr. William Morse is a first-year teacher and coach here at the Hillside, and is having a nice time fitting right into the close-knit community. Turns out, the small community and tight atmosphere of South Kent is something he enjoys.

“I wanted to get to know the students and becoming a part of their lives,” Mr. Morse said.

Mr. Morse teaches history to the Third Formers. He is also an assistant coach for the Prep Basketball team and head coach of the Varsity Basketball team.

As a child, Mr. Morse had always wanted to become some sort of educator and athlete, ultimately coming to do just that when he arrived here at South Kent. Feeling like he has truly lived up to his childhood dream he looks forward to this year.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone this year,” he said.