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Education

  • A presidential achievement

    Honored just four months ago for obtaining a perfect score on the ACT exam, Ryan Renfro has now been selected as a 2015 United States Presidential Scholar candidate, a remarkable honor nationwide and one especially unique to the district.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said he could not remember the last time someone in the district has been nominated as a candidate.

    Renfro is the first Collins High School student to achieve the candidacy and, in fact, is the first for Shelby County Schools in a decade.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to consider drug testing of student athletes

    David Weedman, director student achievement, will present a report regarding drug testing for student athletes when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at the district offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    “We were asked to inquire about general things [that] other districts were doing about random drug testing with athletes,” Weedman said.  “So we will present our finds to the board and see if they want to go forward with something like that.”

  • Collins senior named National Merit Finalist

    With a schedule loaded with advanced placement classes and a 4.5 GPA, it should come as no surprise that Collins High School senior Elizabeth McGuire has been honored as a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    In November, McGuire was recognized as one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected among 1.5 million applicants, and the sole semifinalist for the district.

    And earlier this month, she learned she had been narrowed down to one of the 15,000 students who made the finalist cut.

  • Elementary academic teams prep for regional competition

    Elementary students across the district competed in two District Governor’s Cup competitions last month and are preparing for tomorrow’s regional competition.

    On a district level, Shelby County elementary schools were divided and on Feb. 28 Southside, Clear Creek, Wright and Heritage elementary schools competed at Southside Elementary, while Painted

     Stone and Simpsonville battled in a separate district.

  • SCPS could reduce school year

    On Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof shared with the board the option of reducing the days left on the school calendar.

    Neihof explained that while a proposed school snow bill could reduce the number of makeup days for districts across the state, it does not apply to Shelby County district. However, the calendar could still change anyway.

  • Connecting kids with careers

    In the pursuit to accomplish a goal of graduating students career ready along with the established college ready goal, Shelby County Public Schools is looking to connect local businesses and students participating in respective career pathways.

    On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the district is inviting any community member who is a manager, a CEO, involved in human resources or an interested businessperson to attend an informational meeting at the district’s office, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyille, regarding the Kentucky Unbridled Careers project.

  • 1 book, 2 book, old book, new book

     

    This week, school children across the country have been throwing on their red and white striped thinking caps in honor of the late Dr. Seuss’s birthday and The National Education Association’s Read Across America Week.

    In its 18th year, the program is aimed at promoting the value of reading and encourages students with Seuss-based events, activities, projects, programs, and resources.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District adjusts focus of digital conversion

    The district’s idea of 1:1 computing – which would put a digital device into the hands of every student – has taken a backseat to a new term. 

  • Providing educational choices for parents

    With plans in place to open a Montessori program, Corpus Christi Academy is now looking to reach children at a younger, more critical developmental stage.

    “It’s about preparing them in those early years, coming in [to kindergarten] with a desire to learn,” Corpus Christi principal Leslie Genuis, said. “This would be a great preparation for them.”

    Developed more than a century ago by Italian physician and teacher Maria Montessori, the program is geared on the philosophy that education should mirror human development.

  • Educating the world

    Haleigh LeCompte has spent most of her young life serving underserved communities and she’s not about to quit.

    Having recently returned from student teaching in South Africa, she is currently working with students in Chicago at an educational non-profit where she will serve until July when she flies to the Philippines with the Peace Corps.

    LeCompte, a 2009 Shelby County High School graduate, traces her humanitarian journey right back here to Shelbyville with her church youth mission trips.