News Briefs: Feb, 10, 2009

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By The Staff

Rescheduled events: The Shelbyville/Shelby County Parks Board meeting has been  rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Waldridge Center. The Lincoln Celebration at the Shelby County Library has been rescheduled for Feb. 23. The HistoryMobile will be in the Library’s new parking lot 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Gary Vidito’s presentation “A Nation Once More” will be 2-3 p.m. in the Hudson Room. Honors Band Jenny Van Tiem, director of bands at SCHS, announced that she will join eight students at Morehead State University’s 52nd Annual Honors Band Clinic Thursday through Sunday. These students were chosen from among 15 students who auditioned from Shelby County. Van Tiem said, “This is a very select Honors Band of students from all across the state of Kentucky and surrounding states.” Selected were Chelsea Ford, Kaitlin Mullins, Andrea Eggen, Will Shoultz, Justin Luken, Adam Miller, Isaac English and Taylor Todd.  Anti-bullying, school violence program Friday “I want to start a chain reaction that will ripple around the world.” Those words were written by Rachel Scott, as part of an essay she called “My Ethics, My Codes of Life” – written one month before she became the first student killed at the Columbine High School shootings in Colorado on April 20, 1999. Rachel’s acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries became the foundation for a life-changing school program called Rachel’s Challenge. Students in Shelby County Public Schools grades 7 through 12 will hear the message of Rachel’s Challenge on Feb. 12 during two assembly programs at Shelby County High School. The community is invited to hear the guest speaker, Nicole Nowlen, that evening at 7. She was in the library at Columbine that day and survived being shot by the gunmen. She graduated in 2001 and has since shared her story with thousands across America. Four banners have been purchased for students to sign at the completion of the assembly as a sign of commitment. Whitaker will also coordinate the curriculum tied to the program for all four schools by working with the Youth Services Centers coordinators at East Middle, West Middle, Shelby County High, and next year at Martha Layne Collins High. After the assembly program, training will take place for a group of identified freshmen, sophomores and juniors who represent both SCHS and Martha Layne Collins High School. Boards to meet to adopt common standards That key meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Education Professional Standards Board to adopt a resolution for new joint standards will be today in Versailles. The boards would approve the Common Core State Standards in English/language arts and mathematics, which would make Kentucky the first state to adopt these academic standards. Higher, clearer and more in-depth academic standards are required by Senate Bill 1, passed by the 2009 Kentucky General Assembly. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. ET at the Kentucky Community and Technical College Central Office at 300 North Main Street in Versailles. During the meeting, the chairs of the three entities will sign a resolution directing their respective agencies to implement the final common standards. 

The meeting will be Webcast, and information on how to access that will be posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s Web site prior to the meeting.

Gov. Steve Beshear will attend the meeting, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will provide greetings and support via video link. Kentucky state Senator Ken Winters, chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Representative Carl Rollins, chair of the House Education Committee, also will attend.

Special Valentine Dance on Saturday The Family Activity Center and MyHomeplace are sponsoring a Valentine Dance at 6:30-11 p.m. on Saturday at the Waldridge Center, located in the Family Activity Center in Shelbyville. The dance is designed for individuals with intellectual disabilities and special needs. There is no charge, but you must RSVP at 502-647-3474. Fun, food, dancing, games and activities. Shiloh Baptist serves meals To fund the upcoming restoration, the church is serving meals 10 a.m. Saturday at the Waldridge Center. Donations accepted. For more information call 633-6044. District spelling bee is Feb. 18 The Shelby County school district’s annual Spelling Bee will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 18 at the school board’s office, 1155 West Main St. WMS SBDM meeting West Middle will have a special-called SBDM council meeting at 4 p.m. on Feb. 22 to discuss policy/procedure revision, schedule, SBDM allocations and the budget.