From the Superintendent

Superintendent's Message

Dear Kentwood Community,

It is my honor to write to you as the new Superintendent of Kentwood Public Schools!  As an educator, I have always believed that positive relationships, active listening, empathy and a growth mindset lead to long term success.  This is true for students, staff, and especially for leaders.  In the coming months, I look forward to listening and learning in our Kentwood community as I engage with parents, students, teachers, and staff in a range of forums.  

While there have been some leadership changes at Kentwood Public Schools, some things will not change.  We will continue to consistently emphasize:

1. Strong relationships: Our teachers and staff members build strong relationships with our students; these relationships are at the heart of a positive learning environment.  

2. High expectations and a growth mindset:  “Kentwood Grit” means that we have a growth mindset coupled with high expectations and this encourages every student to succeed and develop socially, emotionally, and academically.  

3. Excellence and equity:  Kentwood Public Schools is a global district with a commitment to excellence and equity in all that we do.   

As a district, in partnership with our community, we will continue to provide an education of excellence to every Kentwood student. The Capturing Kids’ Hearts program that guides staff members and teachers in their work with our students will continue in the year ahead.  Central to this effort is our commitment to help students develop a growth mindset that reflects high expectations.   We are focused on ensuring that every student has an opportunity to develop academically and socially in a positive educational environment.  

I am so excited to join our diverse global Kentwood community.  This is a school district where students were born in over 60 different countries and over 80 different languages are spoken!   This diverse environment uniquely prepares our students to be globally competitive in their chosen life’s pursuits after graduation.  It is a point of pride that our Kentwood alumni continually demonstrate success as they make an impact in our community and around the world.   

Finally, after the COVID challenges of the past year and a half, I am excited that we can continue in-person learning in the fall of 2021.  In the coming weeks, our district and building leaders will share specific information about our upcoming back-to-school activities.  

Thank you to the many parents and community members who have already reached out with warm words of support and affirmation.  I look forward to listening and learning from each of you in the weeks and months ahead to continue the education of excellence that is expected in Kentwood Public Schools.  


Kevin Polston - Superintendent



Key Points of Pride

Grit:  Our students have the inner strength and intellectual capability to meet and rise above life’s challenges.

Positive relationships and high expectations: Positive relationships provide the support needed to overcome difficult life circumstances.  Positive relationships provide the strength to meet high expectations and tackle what feels like the impossible.  

Global schools focused on excellence: We succeed on an international stage because Kentwood has a global perspective with a commitment to excellence in all that we do.