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Christmas Day Open House at Polen Farm

The City of Kettering will host its annual Polen Farm Christmas Day Gathering on December 25, from 1-4 p.m. at Polen Farm, and invites all who wish to share in the holiday spirit to attend this special gathering.

As always, there will be lots of great food available for attendees. Other activities include photos with Santa in Santa Land, Christmas Carol sing-a-longs, the "Kiddie Korner," a Christmas train display and "Santa's Bookstore," where all children can pick out their very own book to take home. 

The Polen Farm Christmas Day Gathering is FREE, and Polen Farm -- located at 5099 Bigger Road -- is on RTA bus lines 16 and 23.


Flu vs. Cold...Know the Difference

The flu -- more scientifically known as “influenza” -- is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus and is most prevalent during “flu season,” which typically runs from October through May. In most communities, school-age children are the first to get the flu. While a cold and the flu are both respiratory illnesses, they are caused by different types of viruses and the symptoms and treatment for each is different.

Use this chart to learn the difference between the two. If your child or any family member is experiencing symptoms that sound more like the flu than a cold, call your doctor right away. You can also download Questions to Ask Your Doctor  so that you and your family members are prepared when you go to a doctor's appointment.



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KCS STEM Fellows Participate in 'Air Camp'

Three of the Kettering City School District's STEM Fellows -- teachers who have completed the rigorous STEM Fellowship Program through the Dayton Regional STEM Center -- recently had the opportunity to expand on what they learned during their training by participating in an "Air Camp."

Melanie Byers (6th-grade science at Kettering Middle School), Joe Duncan (7th-grade science teacher at Van Buren Middle School) and Ben McCombs (7th-grade science and social studies at Van Buren Middle School) found out about the first-ever teacher Air Camp through the contacts they made during their STEM Fellowships. “We were able to spend the weekend learning about aerospace engineering from some amazing professionals.  We went behind-the-scenes at Dayton International Airport, Wright Patterson Air Force Base and Sinclair Community College’s flight school,” says Byers.



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Lori Simms Parks Recognized by MVH Foundation

Congratulations to Kettering Board of Education President, Lori Simms Parks, who was honored recently at Miami Valley Hospital Foundation's "Champions of Hope" Gala.

This is a celebration "honoring remarkable people and their achievements in the fight against cancer," and salutes the efforts of a courageous survivor, an outstanding medical professional, a person of inspiration and an extraordinary caregiver.

Simms-Parks was honored as the 2015 Champions of Hope Outstanding Caregiver. View video here of her service as a caregiver to her good friend that earned Simms Parks this honor.

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Board Receives Report-Out on Survey

In May, the Kettering City School District contracted with Fallon Research and Communications, Inc. to conduct a community survey, and Paul Fallon of Fallon Research and Communications, Inc., attended a Kettering Board of Education meeting in late August to present the results of the survey to the board.


According to Scott Inskeep, superintendent of the Kettering Schools, the district had not conducted a survey in a number of years. “It is good practice for a school district to survey its residents every couple of years, and to have it done by a reputable firm that specializes in doing school surveys,” says Inskeep.



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