State superintendent visits Kment Elementary

By: Bria Brown | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 3, 2016

 Whiston listens to a presentation in the Kment Elementary School media center with Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment, right.

Whiston listens to a presentation in the Kment Elementary School media center with Roseville Community Schools Superintendent John Kment, right.

Photo by Patricia O’Blenes

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ROSEVILLE — State Superintendent Brian Whiston selected Roseville Community Schools for a special visit that involved touring Kment Elementary, visiting classrooms, speaking with staff and meeting with RCS Superintendent John Kment Sept. 28.

During Whiston’s visit, he sat in four classrooms and interacted with students while they participated in their daily studies.

One in particular was Sheryl Vitale’s class, where Whiston witnessed students using iPads to answer questions in a game that was teaching them about shapes, monuments and how to build structures.

Whiston said he was enjoying watching the students learn.

“I don’t want to leave the classrooms,” Whiston said.

Kment said it was “quite an honor” to have Whiston visit Roseville Community Schools.

“I was telling state Superintendent Whiston, the last time the state superintendent was in Roseville was in the 1970s. It’s over 40 years since we had a state superintendent here. We thank him very much, and we appreciate the time he took to visit us to see what we’re doing here,” said Kment.

Paul Schummer, principal of Kment Elementary, led Whiston and a group of people from the Roseville Community Schools Board of Education on the tour.

Because of the limited time, Whiston learned what the secondary schools were involved in during a presentation in Kment Elementary School’s media center.

“There are a lot of exciting things going on here; you all should be very proud,” Whiston said after the presentation.
Whiston was impressed with Kment Elementary.

“The energy that takes place between the students and staff, the engagement of students — they were on target, they were part of the conversation, they knew what was going on, and you don’t see that in every school,” said Whiston.

Whiston said Roseville should be proud of its district.

“I’ve been in some wealthier districts that have a lot more resources, and I didn’t see the great things I see here. There’s a lot of great things taking place. This community should be proud of its schools,” he said.

According to a press release from Roseville Community Schools Communications Facilitator Joe Genest, Whiston tours at least one Michigan school district each month.

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