• 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.

  • District approves May 27 as last day for students

    May 27 will officially kick-off the summer 2016 break for Shelby students.

    The Shelby County Board of Education agreed Thursday to amend the 2015-16 district calendar to account for lost days due to inclement weather.  School was called off a total of three days this winter on account of snow and to make up those days the district elected to simply tack them back on to the end of the originally approved calendar, which had deemed May 24 as the last day.  The originally planned graduation date of May 28, the Saturday following the last day, has not been impacted.

  • Learning their fair share

    When the bell rang at Southside Elementary School Wednesday afternoon, eager learners suddenly flooded the hallway.  With smiles and conversation, they switched classrooms seeking their next learning opportunity.

    Those classroom seats were not occupied antsy elementary students, but rather excited educators, eager to learn about innovative technology tools being used by other teachers across the district.

    The perplexing sight of teachers behind the desks, as well as leading the classrooms, was part of the district’s second Ed Tech Share Fair.

  • Pruitt starts town hall meetings in Shelby

    Kentucky Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt made Shelby County his inaugural stop Monday evening as he kicked-off a series of Town Hall Meetings at the Blair Center.

    The freshly remodeled former Southside Elementary gymnasium was packed with educators, concerned parents, grandparents, board members and public officials, among numerous others hoping to have their voices heard.

    Pruitt asked attendees to consider five questions when making their address:

    What do you expect from our schools?

    What school characteristics are most important?

  • Board looks at the ‘Big Picture’


    Board members say they want to see the ‘big picture’ concerning an alternative education system that could replace the current structure at the Education Center at Cropper.

    Several board members who attended Big Picture High School in Nashville earlier this year said they were interested in hearing more information on bringing the first Big Picture school to Kentucky.

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

  • SCPS recognized for CCR improvement

    Shelby County Public Schools is one of 111 school districts in the state that has been recognized for its College and Career Readiness improvement.

    “Shelby County had a goal for at least fifty-four percent of our high school students to graduate college and career ready in 2015. In reality, seventy-one percent graduated ready as measured by the Unbridled Learning Accountability model,” SCPS public relations coordinator Ryan Allan explained.

  • Titans give back, get back

    Sitting quietly in a circle, peering up with admiration, a class of young Southside Elementary students listens eagerly to Collins’ senior Sarah Donnell read them a book, their attentive silence breaking only on occasion to laugh at her funny sound effects and gestures.