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News for 5/5/2021

TRHS Graduation

The Graduation ceremony will take place Sunday, May 9th at the high school football field in Kensington at 3:00pm. Congratulations to the Class of 2021!

TRMS Calendar of Events


Wed. 5- 7th/8th Achievement Assembly in MS auditorium 8:30am (Academic, Athletics, 8th Promotion); Last Day of TR Academy

Thur. 6- Transportation mtg. 8:00am @ MS; Last Day for Pre-K; Last Day for 8th Grade – Check Out Sheets must be turned in

Fri. 7- 5th/6th grades to AmeriTown @ Lenora lv 8:45am and return by 3:45pm; 8th Grade to Kearney Big Apple lv @ 8:00am return by 3:45pm

Sat. 8- K-6 Band/Choir @ MS 1:30 – on the north lawn

Mon. 10- End of Year AR Party/Hot Dog Roast @ Agra Lake 12:00pm

Tue. 11- Last Day of School; MS Honors Program in MS auditorium 8:30am; End of Quarter 4 - Dismiss@ 12:15; PTL Track @ Rock Hills 1:00pm, lv @ 11:10am

Annual Alumni Banquet

Please help spread the word! Make sure your children, family members and relatives know Kensington will hold the Alumni Banquet on Saturday, May 29th, 2021 at the American Legion. Honoring not only this years’ honor classes, but also last years’ that were missed due to COVID-19. Open House at the High School from 4-5:30pm; Social Hour at the Legion Hall from 5:30-6:30pm; Honor Class Pictures following the Banquet. Please make your reservations by May 15th. Payment can be sent to Kensington Alumni Association PO Box 72 Kensington, KS 66951. The price is $25/ticket, which includes meal, entertainment, and other Alumni costs.

To help cut some extra costs, invitations were not mailed out to all alumni this year and we are relying on social media to help spread the word. Please like and follow the “Kensington Alumni” facebook page. Contact Jennifer Dodds at 210-291-7661 or with any questions.

KHS Alumni Shirt

The Alumni Association will be selling t-shirts as a fundraiser. Pre-orders are due on May 10 and the shirts will be available for pickup at the banquet on May 29. If you cannot be at the banquet we can work out shipping/pick up arrangements. Prepayment is appreciated- cash, check, Venmo, or Paypal accepted. Contact Adam Synoground at 785-476-5198 for more information.

Athol Homecoming Get-Together Planned for May 30, 2021

Plans are being made to have another bi-annual Athol Community Open House on Memorial Weekend. The Athol Community Hall will be open on Sunday afternoon, May 30, 2021 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm with refreshments being served. This will be a time for visiting together and to admire the Community Hall for those from a distance who haven’t seen it for many years.

There will be a program at 3:00 pm for introductions and a time to share memories of Athol. A special memorial service will be held at that time for former Athol students and community members who have passed away since the last get-together in 2019. ElDean Holthus will be explaining his efforts towards getting the Athol Community Hall on the Kansas Historical Registry.

This get-together is not just for Athol alumni graduates. Everyone with Athol ties is welcome to attend.

The last Athol High School Graduating Class was in 1955. Those graduates are 83 years or older. There are several of those graduates who are making plans to attend. Athol Grade School closed in 1966, which former graduate Kathy Shockley Pierce noted is 55 years ago. That group of students are 68 years and older.

Former Athol Grade School students Donna Johnson (476-2691), Dianna Rice (695-2399), Athol High School Alumni Elzene Panter Kirchhoff (1949) and Athol’s historical legend Betty Panter Smith (1946) are working together to plan this event. They can be contacted for more information. We hope this will give everyone with Athol ties a chance to see the Community Hall again and catch up with former Athol residents, Athol High School and Grade School graduates. Mark your calendars for Sunday May 30 from 2-4 pm to reconnect with your Athol friends. Please consider this your invitation to attend.

Kensington Lockers Received Awards

The 2021 Kansas Meat Processors Association Annual Convention was held in Manhattan, KS. Kensington Lockers brought home the following awards: Champion: Bacon; Reserve Grand Champion: Snack Sticks, Whole Muscle Beef Jerky, Deer Sticks; Grand Champion: Boneless Ham, Summer Sausage and Polish Sausage.

Dylan Tweedy also took over as President of the organization for the 2021-2022 year. Congratulations to the Tweedy family!

Dylan and Deidra Tweedy pictured with children Peyton, Declan, Harbor and Fynley.

Mother/Daughter Tea

St. John Lutheran Church was happy to hold their annual tea this year. They had planned last year to have Mary and Stephanie Arment share about their mother/daughter trip, but Covid put a pause on that plan! However, this year, the ladies were able to share their photos and stories with the group. It was fun to hear about their trip together and to learn about Iceland.

After the presentation, the group enjoyed a variety of desserts. It was a great starter to celebrating Mother’s Day!

Kensington Lions Recognized

The District K Lions Convention was held this past weekend in Hays. Members Darold and Joyce Grauerholz and Robin Billings

were able to attend and represent the Kensington club. The club was honored with a plaque for inducting the most new members in the middle- sized club category this year.

Darold and Joyce Grauerholz and Robin Billings pose with international director candidate, Deb Weaverling.

The club’s plaque for the most new members.

Kensington Library

With school coming to an end on May 11th, we will be switching to summer hours on Wednesday May 12th. We will be open 2-7pm on Mondays and 9am-2pm Tuesday through Saturday. Also, the Summer Reading Program will begin the second week of June. Stop in to sign your children up for summer reading.

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Erica Barnes Library Director; K-3 & HS Librarian Kensington Community/School Library 785-476-2219 or 8185 (cell)


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