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Education

  • A big comeback

    Social media was overflowing Wednesday morning with images of students dressed in their back-to-school best as parents shared feelings of sorrow and excitement for their children’s first day of school.  

    Students shared similar feelings mixed with butterflies for what the new school year may bring, but most of the gloom and apprehension melted away as buses and cars and were greeted with smiles, high fives and hugs from excited faculty members.  One school literally rolled out the red carpet for its students.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Governor’s Scholars to be recognized

    The Shelby County Board of Education will recognize students that earned Governor’s Scholar distinction with a dinner and reception prior to the board meeting on Thursday.  The board will honor the scholars during the meeting at 7 p.m., as well.  Both the ceremony and dinner will be held at the Blair Center, 728 Ginkgo Drive.

  • From the pool to the school

    The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close as we gear up for back to school season, which begins Wednesday.  Teachers are eagerly decorating classrooms while kids are picking out new backpacks in anticipation of a new year. 

    And while we might physically be ready for the 2016-17 school year with every item checked off the school supply list and a shiny new wardrobe in the closet, don’t underestimate the value of mental preparation, either.

  • Musical mash-up

    Students from across the district have joined forces this summer to help create a first of its kind musical performance.

    “We just decided to do something this summer that combined everybody from the school district,” said Kevan Brown, a teacher at Collins High School who is directing the collaborative performance of Disney’s High School Musical.  “We have kids from Shelby County High School, we have kids from both middle schools.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Juniors ACT scores on the rise

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education heard a report from Susan Dugle, the district’s chief academic officer, on the ACT results for the grade 11 students (incoming seniors) taken in 2015-16.

  • Teachers teaching teachers

    An unusual mix of Stormtroopers and teachers from across the state invaded the Blair Center at Southside Elementary School for a Star Wars themed EdCamp Kentucky.

    What organizers coined an “unconference,” EdCamp is a nationwide event in which attendees are encouraged to attend and bring ideas for sessions they would like to facilitate.  There is no official format because sessions are created as attendees arrive.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Clear Creek innovations

    On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education will hear an update from Clear Creek Principal Kim Willhoite on Innovation at Clear Creek – The Summit. District Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said The Summit is Clear Creek’s 3PT (Pace, Place, Path and Time) program.

    “It’s a personalized learning concept we’re seeing across the county,” Allan said, explaining that Clear Creek is one school in the district that will be piloting a 3PT program in the district.

    The Summit will involve personalized, self-paced learning.

  • The Big Picture coming in focus

    Shelby County Public Schools has taken its first steps toward building the first Big Picture Learning Academy in the state, but nothing will be built… yet.

    Earlier this month the district announced that Jefferson Community and Technical College would house the program in its first year.

  • SCPS to offer free lunches

    Shelby County Public Schools announced this week its participation in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) program, a provision from the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 that allows schools and local educational agencies (LEAs) with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all students.

    Cindy Murphy, school nutrition food service coordinator, said the provision is a big step toward battling adolescent hunger in the county. Shelby County will participate at the elementary and preschool levels this up coming school year.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Eagle Scout to upgrade Clear Creek outdoor classes

    Amidst the quiet room of education professionals, 13-year-old Spencer Cerlan stood up and approached the podium with confidence.  Though he was barely tall enough to reach the microphone, his words resonated throughout the room.  With a big smile, Cerlan eagerly shared his Eagle Scout project, an undertaking he’s been looking forward to for four years.

    Cerlan shared with the Shelby County Board of Education members Thursday his plans to develop an outdoor classroom for his former teacher, Parthanna Willis at Clear Creek Elementary School.