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Education

  • 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.

     

  • Elementary engineers

    Painted Stone students Katty Rodriguez, Bryson Ethington, Evan Weakley, Walden Gomez, Chloe Bodden in Sally Zaring's first-grade class had a day of exploration with toothpicks and marshmallows. Students were given few instructions and lots of freedom to discover creative ways to make pyramids, triangular prisms, cubes, and much more. This hands-on activity made it easy to compare 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional figures while counting the number of vertices and faces.

  • Collins students attending KUNA

    Collins High School will send student representatives to Sr. KUNA (Kentucky United Nations Assembly) in the form of two extremes: United Arab Emirates, one of the richest countries, and Mozambique, one of the poorest. Talented And Gifted teacher Amy Dyer said, "The proposals that have been written place focus on human rights, economic issues, and the environment and hopefully we're right when we predict they will be awarded the recognition of outstanding proposal at the conference."

  • 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.

  • Schools to consider expanding summers

    After a successful summer school expansion that focused on literacy in first- and third-grade students last year, Shelby County Superintendent James Neihof will ask the Shelby County Board of Education to help fund an even bigger undertaking at Thursday's 7 p.m. meeting at Southside Elementary.