Shelby County schools fired up and ready to go

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Teachers are all set for students’ arrival

By Todd Martin

Collins and Shelby County high school principals John Leeper and Eddie Oakley, respectively, got the district’s teachers fired up in the Collins gym Tuesday morning with a roller-coaster competition.


Each principal led a side of the gym in roller-coaster-like movements, complete with cheers and screams, all getting them prepared for the opening day today, which will likely be filled with plenty of cheers and screams from students.

Students didn’t start filing into classrooms until this morning, but teachers and administrators were at Collins High School Tuesday morning for a breakfast and opening-day activities.

Superintendent James Neihof addressed the assembled group and applauded their work over the past several years.

Focusing on working together and learning to use and monitor data, Neihof said the district has seen unprecedented growth.

“The Class of 2019, which just finished fifth grade, is entering middle school with a higher percentage of students reading on or above grade level than ever before,” he told the crowd. “The class of 2017, which is going from seventh to eighth grade, has matched that fifth grade class’s level.

“And that’s no accident. Our middle school teachers have bought into our BIG Goal of sending every middle school student to high school on or above grade level by 2014. And they’re on track to reach that goal.”

The district will continue to focus heavily on it’s BIG Goals of sending all students on grade level in reading to middle school this year, middle to high school in 2014 and in 2016 graduating every senior college and career ready.

There are plenty of reminders for students and parents, too.

Schools have finished their orientations and back-to-school nights, introduced teachers to students and parents and gotten new equipment and fresh paint and bus routes have been published, but it’s no doubt that some students will show up unprepared for that first day.

To combat that, the district has full lists of bus routes and necessary supplies for each school and grade on its Web site, www.shelby.kyschools.us.

It’s also important to make sure students have checked out each school’s dress codes and conduct procedures to make sure there are no issues on that first day. The district’s Web site also has a link to each of the schools’ individual Web sites.

Back to school schedule


Today – First day for students

Aug. 27 – First day for preschool

Painted Stone

Friday – PTO Back to School swim party at the FAC, 7:30 p.m.


Aug. 28 – Open house 5:30-7:30 p.m.


Wednesday  – Volunteer orientation/event sign ups for new school year 8 a.m. or 6 p.m.

Aug. 29 – Tiger Trails After School Program for fourth and fifth grade girls 2:30-4 p.m.

Aug. 30 – Parent Orientation Night for grades K, first, second 6-6:45 p.m.

Aug. 30 – Parent Orientation Night for grades third, fourth, fifth, 6:45-7:30 p.m.

Collins High

Aug. 22 – Back-To-School bash and open house 5:30-8 p.m. in the courtyard. 5:30-7 p.m., pick up yearbook, talk to coaches, sign up for clubs, buy spirit wear, talk to Balfour, visit with Higher Education representatives and Kroger’s Little Clinic, play games, enjoy free food, win prizes; 3-8 p.m., blood drive; 7-8 p.m. at the CHS gym, parents can meet the new principal, John Leeper, and teachers.