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Education

  • Art, reading collide as schools tackle the summer slide

    Summer is typically the time to get back into shape. But for kids, the prolonged period out of the classroom can mean a weakening of the most important part of their bodies: the mind.

    Schools across the district are working to combat this issue with summer programs and activities aimed at keeping young minds sharp. 

    “Summer regression is a very real syndrome,” said Katey Martin, reading intervention/Title I teacher at Clear Creek Elementary.  “It doesn’t take long to lose the skills they learned with the long break.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD SCPS to bring back handwriting, cursive

    Though it’s no longer required by the state, Shelby County Public Schools rolled out its plan Thursday to integrate handwriting lessons into classroom curriculums for the coming year.

  • Board finds superintendent Accomplished

    Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof has earned a grade of Accomplished for the 2016 school year.  On Thursday the Shelby County Board of Education shared the results of its annual evaluation of the superintendent and explained the findings.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Cursive writing up for discussion

    When the Shelby County Board of Education convenes Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street, at 7 p.m., they will discuss the highly debated topic of cursive handwriting. During a previous meeting, board member Joanna Freels noted the value of teaching the writing style and said she wanted to discuss the matter further.

  • Shelby teacher selected to Education Professional Standards Board

    Shelby County High School Project Lead the Way Biomedical Science teacher Ashley Fishback has been selected to join six new appointees on the Education Professional Standards Board.

    Last week, Gov. Matt Bevin announced seven new members to the 17-person board that consists of fourteen gubernatorial appointees and Fishback said she was grateful to be included.

    “I am very honored to have been chosen for the position, and I look forward to serving the Commonwealth in this capacity,” she said.

  • Avoiding the summer brain drain

     

    The last bell has rung and school has officially closed for summer, but that doesn’t mean our kids’ brains should take a vacation, too. 

    In fact, as our children’s days are now filled with bike rides and pool parties, experts note that it’s important to keep their minds just as active as their bodies.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD - Balanced Tentative Budget approved

    The Shelby County Board of Education quietly approved the 2016-17 Tentative Budget at Thursday’s regular meeting.

    This is the second step in the budgeting process and included the budget committee recommendations the board approved in April.  Susan Barkley, the district’s director of finance said the Tentative Budget includes more information than Draft Budget, which was first received in January, and offered no major surprises.

  • A different path to graduation

    Just days before Shelby County and Collins high schools hosted graduation ceremonies, one student in the district proudly adorned himself in a navy blue cap and gown and held his head high as marched through a small crowd to receive his high school diploma.

    The small piece of paper arrived a little later than 19-year-old Skyler Woods would have liked but he said it’s an honor he is grateful to finally receive.

  • Achieving perfection

    When 229 seniors take the stage for graduation at Collins High School Saturday morning, there’s one student you can bet won’t be absent.

    It’s an extremely rare feat, but with a little bit of luck and a whole lot of drive, Anthony “Tony” Nichols has achieved perfect attendance, having never missed a single day of school since he started kindergarten 13 years ago.

    Shelby County Public Schools Chief Academic Officer/Deputy Superintendent Lisa Smith said Nichols should be a role model.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Students to share garden project

    Knowledge is blooming at Clear Creek Elementary thanks to the efforts of second grade teacher Dan Edelen. Focusing on persuasive writing, earlier this school year Edelen’s students wrote letters to Kerry Whitehouse, assistant superintendent of operations, and Jon Swindler, facilities engineer, sharing why they needed an outdoor garden.

    Edelen said the students followed up with research and obtained more information before their request was approved.