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Education

  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

     

    The last bell has rung and school has officially closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ brains should take a vacation, too. 

    In fact, as our children’s days are now filled with bike rides and pool parties, experts note that it’s important to keep their minds just as active as their bodies.

  • Shelby teacher selected to Education Professional Standards Board

    Shelby County High School Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science teacher Ashley Fishback has been selected to join six new appointees on the Education Professional Standards Board.

    Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin announced seven new members to the 17-person board that consists of fourteen gubernatorial appointees and Fishback said she was grateful to be included.

    “I am very honored to have been chosen for the position, and I look forward to serving the Commonwealth in this capacity,” she said.

  • Achieving perfection

    When 229 seniors take the stage for graduation at Collins High School Saturday morning, there’s one student you can bet won’t be absent.

    It’s an extremely rare feat, but with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of drive, Anthony “Tony” Nichols has achieved perfect attendance, having never missed a single day of school since he started kindergarten 13 years ago.

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said Nichols should be a role model.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Students to share garden project

    Knowledge is blooming at Clear Creek Elementary thanks to the efforts of second grade teacher Dan Edelen. Focusing on persuasive writing, earlier this school year Edelen’s students wrote letters to Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations, and Jon Swindler, facilities engineer, sharing why they needed an outdoor garden.

    Edelen said the students followed up with research and obtained more information before their request was approved. 

  • Graduations set for May 28

    Graduations

     

    WHEN: May 28

    TIME: Collins at 10 a.m.; doors open at 9

    Shelby County at 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:15

    WHERE: Respective school’s gymnasiums

    SENIOR AWARDS NIGHTS: Both at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Collins and Tuesday at SCHS, 6:30

     

    Graduations set for May 28

     

    By Ashley Sutter

     

  • SCHS student recognized for Microsoft certification score

    Shelby County High School student Jacob Turner was a leader among leaders at the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington last month. 

    Out of about 7,000 students from nearly 500 schools across the state Turner was recognized for his outstanding score on a Microsoft Certification test.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board will assist funding efforts for national teams

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday voted in favor of a recommendation to support teams advancing to national competitions through matching funds.

    During the preceding meeting, board member Joanna Freels suggested to the board supplementing the necessary funds for the five Odyssey of the Mind teams headed to the World’s Finals later this month.

    After brief discussion, the board suggested establishing a fund to aid all organizations that qualify for national competitions.

  • Collaboration of arts and minds

    Students across the district are collaborating with the Shelby Regional Arts Council to form unique works of art to display in their schools.

    David Wainscott, with SARC, said two years ago they reached out to the schools and he was connected with Southside Elementary Art Teacher McKenzie Hunter.

    “She had a lot of faith,” Wainscott said, noting Hunter had no idea what to expect from the project, but it has since expanded to the other schools. “The others have seen the finished project.”

  • JCTCS releases director, Wieland

    With the economic downfall finally behind us, many Americans can finally breathe a sigh of relief.  But for every action there is an equal or, as in the case of the Jefferson Community and Technical College system, an opposite reaction.
    Dr. John Wieland shared this week that his role as director of the JCTC Shelby County campus will be eliminated to account for mounting budget cuts.

  • Rocket Games are a blast

    More than 150 students with special needs assembled at the football field at Shelby County High School Friday to participate in the annual Rocket Games.

    Kristen Kapp, a teacher at SCHS, said this year teams from Shelby, Oldham, Henry and Franklin counties paired up with students from SCHS and Collins to participate in a series of events including golf, soccer, corn hole, races, football and basketball. “We have about twenty-three stations and we tried to cover all sports,” Kapp said, noting putt-putt and bowling stations set up across from her.