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Education

  • Collins VEX team gaining ground

    Last week the members of Collins High School TSA (Technology Student Association) team proudly represented their school when they brought home numerous awards from the state conference tournament in Louisville.

    The team received first place in chapter team and in engineering design, and third in debate.

    And though they did not place, the VEX Robotics team proved to be a force to be reckoned with, after just falling in the elite eight round of bracket competition to a team forecasted to triumph in world competition.

  • SCPS discusses drug testing athletes

    Can you put a price on deterring students from illegal drug use?

    That was the big question on the minds of the Shelby County Board of Education last week, and the answer they discovered is around $10,000.

    While the board did not vote after the presentation, they will continue to explore the idea.

    In February, the board began asking questions regarding drug testing of student athletes and on Thursday, Dave Weedman, the director of student achievement, presented some of those answers to the board.

  • District moves last day to May 29

     

    It looks like summer break will arrive before June for Shelby County students after all.

    On Thursday, the Shelby County Board of Education voted to amend the 2014-2015 school calendar, rendering May 29 as the district’s final day and not altering the originally planned graduation date of May 30.

  • Teachers teaching teachers

    Shelby County Public Schools introduced their newest facility, The Robert Blair Center, to numerous faculty members yesterday in conjunction with the district’s first Edtech Share Fair.

    District Technology Integration Coach Adam Watson organized the fair, which included nine stations established by educators from across the district.

    “The share fair, in a way, is a culmination of a program that started at the beginning of the year,” Watson explained.

  • A presidential achievement

    Honored just four months ago for obtaining a perfect score on the ACT exam, Ryan Renfro has now been selected as a 2015 United States Presidential Scholar candidate, a remarkable honor nationwide and one especially unique to the district.

    SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said he could not remember the last time someone in the district has been nominated as a candidate.

    Renfro is the first Collins High School student to achieve the candidacy and, in fact, is the first for Shelby County Schools in a decade.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – District to consider drug testing of student athletes

    David Weedman, director student achievement, will present a report regarding drug testing for student athletes when the Shelby County Board of Education meets Thursday at the district offices, 1155 Main Street in Shelbyville.

    “We were asked to inquire about general things [that] other districts were doing about random drug testing with athletes,” Weedman said.  “So we will present our finds to the board and see if they want to go forward with something like that.”

  • Collins senior named National Merit Finalist

    With a schedule loaded with advanced placement classes and a 4.5 GPA, it should come as no surprise that Collins High School senior Elizabeth McGuire has been honored as a finalist in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship Program.

    In November, McGuire was recognized as one of only 16,000 semifinalists selected among 1.5 million applicants, and the sole semifinalist for the district.

    And earlier this month, she learned she had been narrowed down to one of the 15,000 students who made the finalist cut.

  • Elementary academic teams prep for regional competition

    Elementary students across the district competed in two District Governor’s Cup competitions last month and are preparing for tomorrow’s regional competition.

    On a district level, Shelby County elementary schools were divided and on Feb. 28 Southside, Clear Creek, Wright and Heritage elementary schools competed at Southside Elementary, while Painted

     Stone and Simpsonville battled in a separate district.

  • SCPS could reduce school year

    On Thursday, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof shared with the board the option of reducing the days left on the school calendar.

    Neihof explained that while a proposed school snow bill could reduce the number of makeup days for districts across the state, it does not apply to Shelby County district. However, the calendar could still change anyway.

  • Connecting kids with careers

    In the pursuit to accomplish a goal of graduating students career ready along with the established college ready goal, Shelby County Public Schools is looking to connect local businesses and students participating in respective career pathways.

    On Tuesday at 1 p.m., the district is inviting any community member who is a manager, a CEO, involved in human resources or an interested businessperson to attend an informational meeting at the district’s office, 1155 Main Street, Shelbyille, regarding the Kentucky Unbridled Careers project.