The Kenosha Unified School District’s recognition program, established in 1980, was created to acknowledge individuals along their career path for their service to the district and public education. The recognition program without a doubt has become part of the district’s culture.
Recognition Week consists of the KUDOS (Kenosha Unified’s Dedicated Outstanding Staff) rewards, wherein employees with 5, 15 or 25 years of service will receive a link to select a gift of their choosing as a thank you for their continuous service to KUSD. It also will embody the new Gratitude Gifts for retirees, who will receive a link to choose a thank you gift from the district as they prepare to embark on their next chapter in life. Finally, the Spark Awards will be the culminating event where each winner will also receive a link to select a gift of their choosing for their amazing accomplishment.
- Monday, May 3: Recognize all staff celebrating their 5-year anniversary*
- Tuesday, May 4: Recognize all staff celebrating their 15-year anniversary*
- Wednesday, May 5: Recognize all staff celebrating their 25-year anniversary*
- Thursday, May 6: Recognize all staff celebrating their recent or upcoming retirement**
- Friday, May 7: Recognize 2021 Spark Award winners
* Anniversaries will be pulled as of Sept. 30. This will begin Sept. 30 2020, and will not be retroactive.
** Retirements will be based on those who have filed official paperwork with the Office of Human Resources between April 1 of the prior year through March 1 of the current year.
WHAT ARE THE SPARK AWARDS?
Each school and the ESC will create a team led by the building principal or Leadership Council that will select and submit names of colleagues who meet at least two of the three Spark Awards guidelines, which are connected to student achievement and the district’s mission and core values. The number of allotted honorees per building is based on the overall staff size and will include staff from the following groups: administrative support professional, community and student support, educational support professional, interpreter, facilities, food services, teacher, or supervisory/technical staff, as well as a Friend in Education.