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Message from the KI School Board

      The Kelleys Island School Board held its July meeting outside, next to the playground all wearing masks.  The board unanimously agreed to open the school for direct instruction using specific guidelines well crafted by the superintendent, teachers as well as input from the State. The guideline document can be seen on our website.

      The gym will still be closed due to the need for cleaning it after each person uses it, the students will have physcial education outside.  I know many of you want to use the gym for your own health issues, thank you for your patience as we work through The Covid crisis.

      Please understand the situation will be monitored closely.  The teachers are being trained in Zoom and alternative instruction practices should we need to do so.  Enjoy a healthy August.  Feel free to join our next meeting August 20th.  Bring a mask, we plan to have it outside (weather permitting).  Feel free to contact us should you have concerns or questions.

Cindy Herndon Board President

Return to Classroom Plan

    Kelleys Island School Ready For Students

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Kelleys Island School will be starting back this fall on Tuesday, September 1st with classes held every day in person.

All students and staff will be required each day to have temperature checks taken before entering the building.  A temperature of 100.4 degrees or higher will result in not being allowed into the building.  Masks will be worn at all times by students and staff.  At the discretion of the teacher, and if students are properly distanced, masks may be removed when directed.  Of course, we will remain in compliance with all mandates.  All classrooms will operate at a distance of six feet from others.

Upon arrival, before lunch and after recess, as well as restroom breaks, regular hand washing and sanitizing will be scheduled.  Restroom breaks will be limited one person at a time.  Each student will have their own hand sanitizing supplies issued to them only.  Each student will be responsible for their own water bottle each day since all drinking fountains have been disconnected for public use.

All desktops, door handles, and high contact areas will be sanitized regularly during the school day.  Also at least 3 times a week the classrooms and hallways will be disinfected.

Our goal is to make Kelleys Island School the safest learning environment as possible.  Other than school staff and students, the school will remain closed for public use.  Than you for your understanding and cooperation .

Remember to social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands.

Thank you and stay safe

Phil Thiede, Superintendent

            Parent and Teacher Resources                    

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With the close of schools and children working from home, teaching has definitely changed for awhile.  Teachers are doing their teaching remotely and parents have become the teacher at home.  I wanted to share resources that might be helpful to all in meeting this challenge .  These resources are lesson plans, activities, discussions, virtual field trips and videos. There is something for all grade levels and curriculum areas.  I will add to this page often. I hope that these resources will be helpful.


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Educator Tools  includes more than 70,000 teacher-approved lesson plans, best practices, articles, websites, and other instructional materials to support personalized learning, project-based learning, and the inquiry process. Many learning activities can be completed remotely and online.

Digital Video Collection (DVC). DVC videos support all curriculum areas and Ohio's Learning Standards. Segmented and downloadable, most include teacher guides. Use the DVC videos in the classroom or at home.

Activities & Lesson Plans through INFOhio Instructional Bags and the IWonder Genius Hour lesson plan


77 Simple STEM Activities for Families
Take a walk in the backyard, go to a museum, fix a broken toy (instead of throwing it away) search the ground for bugs and much much more.


20 Virtual Field Trips To Take With Your Kids
Virtual field trips are a great way to expose kids to new places right from your home. Visit museums, zoos and aquariums from around the world.

Worksheets, printables and lessons
This website provides worksheets and printable activities for practice in math, reading,and writing for every grade level Preschool - High School and includes a section on Best Teaching Ideas.



Indoor Scavenger Hunt

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Kids YogaKid Yoga videos

This website, by using Yoga provides tools to help children learn to: 

  •  manage stress
  • build their concentration
  • increase their confidence
  • and even work on gross motor skills.

School Activities

Kelleys Island KID'S CLUB

The KI After School Kid's Club meets once a week for an hour of active play, which include STEAM project challenges, crafts, and a healthy snack.  This is a time for studets to have fun while learning new games and skills.



January Student Presentations

Mark your calendar for the next student presentations - Feb 27, 2:30-3:00 

The students at Kelleys Island School take pride in their classroom work and work on their presentation skills as they present their work to the community of teachers, family and island residents.  These presentations were from their classroom projects which covered the curriculum areas of Social Studies, Language Arts and History.   They schedule their presentations throughout the school year and welcome anyone to the presentations.  Check the calendar on the school webpage for the dates of future presentations.

January Presentation
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Getting Ready for the Snow??

  The students use these cardboard boxes as “forts” to play a “snowball fight “ game...any time of year!  

They change the game a little each time they play.  They  use the cardboard for "forts' and then try to get each other with snowballs and take snowballs from someone else. The snowballs are made of a soft "pom pom" materialThe snowballs On this day they had the forts all lined up side by side and tried to get Mrs. Green with snowballs.

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Kelleys Island School Running Club

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Kelleys Island School Running Club

The Kelleys Island School Running Club has been busy keeping up with their work, doing inside running at the school gymnasium.   They work on improving all of their running skills...starting, running techniques, pacing and teamwork. 

On the last day of Winter Running Club, the runners asked to run a mile...that is 22 laps in the gymnasium.  Coach Smith kept track of each persons laps and used encouraging word games to keep everyone motivated and entertained during their efforts.  The picures below show the "team members" working together with Glade to help her finishher last laps. Glade shows her happiness by spreading open her arms in jubilation.  Nice teamwork!!!

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Kelleys Island School Board and Teacher Attend OSBA Capital Conference

Superintendent Phil Thiede, Board Members, Tom Beck, Cindy  Herndon,
Jodie Smith, Technology Director/Teacher, Janice Kraus, Board Member,
Deb Haig and Natasha Skeans

The Members of the Kelleys Island Board of Education, along with Technology Director, Janice Kraus, attended the Ohio School Board Associatiom (OSBA) Capital Conference and Trade Show at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.  More than 9,000 people attended his years conference, which included more than 170 sessions of panel discussions, workshops, one-on-one assistance and nationally renowned speakers addressing a variety of educational issues.

Each attendee participated in sessions to help them understand the needs of our students as they enteran ever changing world environment.  Some highlights included:   (Below are just a few of the many topics that were offered)

1.  Having a better understanding of technology available for use in blended programming. 
2.  Models of schools serving as "community centers", that serve the communities educational needs beyond Public Pre-.K-12.
3.  Forming partnerships within the community and with other institutes of learning is a highly sought after models for schools.
4.  "Best Practices" is a term that is now being used for schools using STEM and STEAM learning models. Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.  Schools who incorporate STEM or STEAM are promoting "literacy" for all students in these fields.
5.  Culture of schools and communities was a topic covered in many sessions. Ranging from how do we promote healthy social      
environments in our schools to how do we engage our communities to be a contributing factor in our childrens education.

For more informaion about the OSBA Capital Confernece and the sessions, visit: