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Education

  • ‘Inspiring’ goals set for schools

    The Shelby County School Board set the district goals for the 2011-2012 school year on Thursday, focusing again on the new Kentucky Core Academic Standards along with measurable improvement in the classroom.

    Superintendent James Neihof described the board goals as “inspiring.”

    “It becomes more clear each time we put our heads together about academic achievement that we all want what is best for students,” he said.

  • Accelerated Academies draw plenty of interest

    Shelby County Public Schools is moving ahead with the formation of the Accelerated Academies at both high schools.

    Shelby County and Collins high schools invited parents to informational meetings last week, and both turnouts were successful. Superintendent James Neihof noted that there were more than 100 at each event.

  • These books you can sink your teeth into

    Cookbooks are always a good source for food inspiration, but Collins High School teachers Beth Jones and Bethany Farmer suggested their students look a little deeper.

    Jones, the library media specialist, and Farmer, the family and consumer science teacher, banded together to have students from a culinary arts class work on an edible book show.

    “I get a newsletter from the library, and one month it had an article on edible book shows, so I talked to Mrs. Farmer, and we both though ‘Let’s do it,’” Jones said.

  • Graduation set for June 4 at the high schools’ gyms

    Seniors at Shelby County and Collins high schools now know when – and where – they will receive their diplomas.

    At the school board meeting March 10, the school calendar was adjusted to move the last day of school June 3, and now graduation will follow on June 4 at the schools’ gyms – ending many years of commencements at the Frankfort Civic Center.

    Shelby County High School will have graduation at 1 p.m., and Collins will follow at 7 p.m.

  • Schools doing OK vs. board’s goals

    Shelby County Public Schools showed overall good performance against the goals the school board set for its 2010-11 school year, but there also are some areas in which aggressive goals weren’t met.

    That was the assessment the board heard at its meeting Thursday night during a review of the goals, which center on the district’s 5 Main Things of Curriculum Alignment, Instructional Norms, Professional Learning Communities, Intervention and Enrichment.

  • School board OKs new summer plan

    The Shelby County School Board voted unanimously at Thursday’s meeting to fund an expanded summer school program.

    The district will now add intensive 1-month literacy programs in fifth, seventh and ninth grades to the programs installed last year for first and third grades.

    The district is working to build a curriculum based on the Comprehensive Intervention Model (CIM), which administrators used for the younger grades in last year’s first revamped summer program.

  • EARLIER: Shelby County Public Schools to launch accelerated academies

    Members of the Shelby County Board of Education got a bit of a surprise Thursday night: an accidental preview of a new approach to educating the county’s highest achieving students.

    Kerry Fannin, the assistant superintendent for student achievement, was so excited during his presentation at the board’s meeting that he couldn’t sit on an announcement that had been scheduled for the meeting on March 24.

    "In two weeks I can't wait to present an accelerated academy for both high schools," he told the board.

  • Kindergarten registration, screening sessions upcoming

    A free Kindergarten Registration and Screening sessions conducted by Shelby County Public Schools with partial financial assistance from Metro United Way Success By 6. The morning event will be from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. March 31, with an evening event offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 14. The free screening will be given to the child while the parent completes the registration forms.

  • Wild about books

    More than 100 people attended the "Wild About Books" event, which was hosted by the Painted Stone Elementary Title 1 program, the 1st grade team and the Family Resource Center and Preschool Resource Center. The evening had an outdoor camping theme where students, and parents dressed in their camping attire and brought their flashlights so they could hike to each literacy station. Teacher Nathan Simpson read a story, written by Buck Wilder, who is known for his wildlife adventures, which included Rayya Beckington (from left) with her parents, Noora and Jeff, and her brother.

  • Academic team winners

    District competition for elementary academic teams results from competition in Oldham County

    Painted Stone, overall second place; Quick Recall Team, second; math - first, Jay Becherer; future problem solving - first, Jake Waford, Lauren Mackey, Katie Hodge, Mathew Munsterman; social studies - second, Jay Becherer; science - third, Shaun Bohnert; arts and humanities - third, Lucy Mathis; language arts - third, Shaun Bohnert; math - fifth, Grant Early; written composition - fifth, Jake Waford.