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Education

  • District honors Hicks as Teacher of the Year

    With red eyes and huge smile, an emotional Adam Hicks proudly accepted the honor of Shelby County’s ExCEL Teacher of the Year Tuesday evening.

    After, Hicks said he was grateful for the recognition.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Painted Stone to showcase mini musical

    The Shelby County Board of Education will be treated to a special preview performance Thursday during the regularly scheduled board meeting at 7 p.m. at Painted Stone Elementary, 150 Warriors Way in Shelbyville.

    “Sloan Burroughs, music teacher at PSE, has written a musical based on the Leader in Me,” SCPS Public Relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said.

    “About ten third, forth and fifth graders have been selected after auditions to perform a portion of it,” he said.

  • Looking for creative funding

    The snow may be long gone, but the effects are still causing problems for 28 Shelby County Public School Odyssey of the Mind team members that need funding for their World Finals Competition next month.

    “We were going to host the regional tournament but it got cancelled the first of March due to snow,” said Teresa Walther. “We were going to make a couple thousand [dollars] with concessions. We were kinda counting on that.”

  • Career Day at Clear Creek

    Nearly 20 parents and community volunteers stopped Friday at Clear Creek Elementary to share with first grade students their experience, knowledge and tools from their career fields.

    Students came to school dressed in attire for their aspiring career fields.

    First-grade teacher Chelsea Fort said about half of the first graders dressed up, most in the health field as doctors or nurses.

    Fort said they had been preparing for the day all year.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.