Introduction from Principal Fino

July 2nd, 2024

Dear KPS Community, 

I hope that our students and families are enjoying a relaxing and fun summer break. 

I am writing to introduce myself and let you know how happy I am to continue my commitment to the Carmel Central School District as Principal of Kent Primary School. 

To share a little bit about my background, I have spent the last two and a half years as the Assistant Principal of Carmel High School. Prior to that, I was Assistant Principal at F.D. Roosevelt High School in Hyde Park, NY. Before becoming a school administrator, I was an 8th grade English Teacher at Valley Central Middle School in Montgomery, NY. 

I look forward to working with our KPS students, staff, parents, and the community to create a school environment where all students feel safe, comfortable, and supported. 

We will continue to provide opportunities for every student to succeed academically, foster their personal, social, and emotional growth, and maximize their potential. 

Later this summer, I will be in touch via ParentSquare with more information regarding the start of the 2024 – 2025 school year. 

I am positive that our continued partnership will help make the 2024-2025 school year the best year ever for our students! 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and stay cool! 


Vincent Fino 

KPS Principal

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Kent Primary School Mission Statement

We are a community that is dedicated to developing and inspiring children to be their best selves in all aspects of their lives.

Who We Are:
We are a cohesive community of professionals with a strong sense of family that possess, celebrate and share our unique and individual strengths. We share a common focus to help, facilitate and encourage young minds to grow and fulfill their potential. As facilitators of learning, we utilize a multitude of resources to model and promote these desired outcomes. A strong cohesive community.

What We Do:
As an academic institution we contribute to the development of minds through inspiring children to create and pursue their own goals and objectives. We accomplish this by creating a welcoming, nurturing and trusting environment for all that empowers children to work alongside their peers, regardless of limitations, ultimately becoming independent lifelong learners.  Foster personal and academic growth.

Who We Do It For:
Our service is focused on the children who will develop a solid foundation of skills, knowledge and values, maximizing their individual potential along the way. This will in turn contribute to the perpetual improvement of society. Our children.

Why We Do It:
As we practice our deep commitment to learning, we accept the roles we fulfill because we understand that children require a safe, positive environment in which to develop into self-motivated and socially appropriate adults. We realize that fulfilling these responsibilities has an even greater benefit to all of us as a growing and ever evolving global community. To inspire children to be their best in all aspects of their lives