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Education

  • 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.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Budget Committee to make recommendations

     

    With the conclusion of the 2015-16 school year rapidly approaching, the Shelby County Board of Education has its sights set on the future.  The board will consider the approval of Budget Committee’s recommendations for the 2016-17 budget when it convenes Thursday at 7 p.m. at district’s offices, 1155 West Main Street.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District ready to move on Big Picture School

    The agenda for Thursday’s Board of Education meeting includes a request from Superintendent James Niehof for the board’s support in openingnew learning opportunities for students by establishing a Big Picture Learning School founded on advisories and internships.

  • Pena accepted into Gatton Academy

    Alex Martin Pena, a sophomore at Collins High School, has been selected to join the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at Western Kentucky University.

    The academy is Kentucky’s first residential high school for gifted and talented junior and seniors, offering students a chance to experience college campus life with no cost for housing, tuition or meals while pursuing their interests in advanced science, technology, engineering and mathematical careers.

  • Picturing of Big Picture

    Shelby County Public Schools is ready to make a big change.  District superintendent James Neihof said in the coming weeks he will ask the board for a recommendation for their support to bring a Big Picture Academy to Shelby County, the first school of its kind in the state.

    The format involves students attending school three days a week and working at an internship the other two.

    In March, John Leeper, director of college and career readiness and innovation for the district, presented to the board an introduction on what the program may entail.

  • Five Odyssey teams advance to World Finals

    After a successful weekend at the state competition at Western Kentucky University, Shelby County will send an impressive five Odyssey of the Mind teams to World Finals.

    Last month, 11 out of 12 teams in Shelby County – including four from WMS, one from East, three from Collins, one from Painted Stone, one from Heritage and one from Shelby County High School – qualified for state through the regional competition.

  • ‘It’s an Odyssey thing’

    As the lights grew dim at West Middle School Wednesday afternoon, zoo animals, medieval characters, robots and superheroes were unleashed on the cafeteria.  It was a mixture of chaotic fun, as four Odyssey of the Mind teams performed a practice run of their skits for their peers, prepping for the state competition this weekend.

  • Career fair connects students to local industries

    There was no basketball game Wednesday morning at Collins High School but the gymnasium was rumbling with students aiming for success, nonetheless.