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News for 5/11/2022

Congratulations to the Thunder Ridge Class of 2022! Photo Credit to Dale Stephens

Thunder Ridge students competed in the State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest in Hesston on Saturday, April 30. Brooklyn Stauffer, Trinity Coomes, Abby Haracre, Paul Ferguson, Annie Adams, Dawn Meyer.

The Kansas Association of American Educators presented a certificate of Teacher Scholarship to music instructor Annie Adams on Tuesday, May 3. Pictured are Keith Hall (Superintendent, High School Principal), Annie Adams (TR K-12 Music Instructor), and Garry Sigle (Executive Director).

Thank you to all who participated in the Thunder Ridge High School Math Challenge for the Food Bank!

The challenge was to place the sixteenths in order from least to greatest. Our fastest time was twenty-six (26) seconds by Jimmy Escobar Orellana. Second place was Ezekiel McGuire with thirty-one (31) seconds and third place Toree Slavik with thirty-three (33) seconds. We had twenty-six entries giving $26 to our Food Bank! Well done Longhorns!!!

Local Educator Awarded Statewide Grant

Manhattan, KS — Mrs. Annie Adams, K-12 music teacher at Thunder Ridge Schools, USD 110, Kensington, was recently awarded a $500 Teacher Scholarship by the Kansas Association of American Educators (KANAAE), a non-union professional educators’ association serving Kansas educators. Mrs. Adams will be using the scholarship to complete her third year of Kodaly certification.

“KANAAE is thrilled to be able to provide funding to allow teachers to gain valuable educational experiences,” said Garry Sigle, KANAAE executive director. “As a professional association we are committed to helping educators participate in classes through our scholarship and grant program to assist them in their post graduate studies. We know it’s the students who ultimately benefit.”

The winners of the KANAAE Teacher Scholarships and Classroom Grants are selected by a committee of their peers from across Kansas. All educators are encouraged to apply.

KANAAE is an affordable, non-union professional education association that provides teacher scholarships and classroom grants exclusively for Kansas educators twice a year. The grants can help pay for a variety of materials for the classroom and scholarships can be used to cover a wide variety of expenses including tuition, books, conferences, and workshops. The next application deadline is October 1, 2022. For more information visit

Kensington Stingray Swim Team

Looking for kiddos to join our team! We are looking to recruit eager young swimmers. Any children ages 6 and up from the area can join. There will be meets where you can compete with our swim team or even just come to practices to improve your techniques and find out what the swim team is all about.

Please contact Anne Abbott 785-476-8880 if interested.

Pool Repair Project

The Kensington Pool is in disrepair and looking to make some improvements soon. We are looking to do some fundraising and donations are welcome as well. The city is applying for grants also, but every little bit helps. Please consider helping us to improve the pool for our families and our community. Please contact Anne Abbott 785-476-8880.

Summer Reading Program @ Kensington Library

Sign-up your kiddos for our summer reading program. “Oceans of Possibilities” is coming to the library this summer with a SPLASH!!! SUMMER READING PROGRAM DATES:

Begins the week of June 6th with Tuesday/Thursday sessions @ 10:00am with 2 age groups: Pre-K to 1st grade on Tuesdays, and 2nd grade and up on Thursdays.

*There will also be a special program for ALL ages to attend on Wednesday, June 8th from 1-2pm. We will be glad to see you this summer!

Germantown Cemetery Meeting

There will be a meeting Thursday morning, May 12, 2022 at the Germantown cemetery. Please join us at 9:30am if interested.

Weekly Inspiration

Today is the perfect day to strengthen your faith and release all sense of control. Let life flow. Be open to things being easier without any extra effort.

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Send your news to Erica at (put NEWS in the subject line please!) or call 785-476-8185. To see the full, in-color edition, visit the Kensington website online at


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