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Education

  • Lockdown prompts procedural changes

    After a request from police, several Shelby County schools were placed on lockdown last week following reports of shots fired in the area of Rocket Lane – where Shelby County High, the Area Technology Center, JCTC, Wright Elementary and East Middle schools are located.

    And while no shots were fired on school grounds and the incident was cleared in less than one hour, the precautionary lockdown while police searched for the suspects left many questions from parents and guardians of students at the schools.

  • How did SnoGo go?

    With the district’s first two non-traditional instructional, SnoGo, days in the rear view mirror, it’s apparent the model was not the picture of perfection.

    The district announced earlier this year that on the first snow day that would normally close school buildings, students would participate in SnoGo, instead.  By completing assignments from home on these days, students would avoid making up the day later in the summer.

    After months of planning and preparation, the first SnoGo day finally arrived Thursday, and followed on Friday.

  • Collins students look to patent software


    Though not yet even in college, Collins VEX Robotics teammates Matthew Munsterman and Chris Embry are preparing to make an accolade in the robotics industry that even some lifelong engineers can’t claim.

    “Nobody has done this before,” Embry said of his teammate’s coding work. “So when he [Munsterman] works on stuff and explains it to me, literally nobody else in the world knows what this is, which is a pretty cool feeling.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Teachers share SnoGo concerns

    Shelby County High School teacher and Shelby County Educators Association president Cyndi Powell Skellie approached the Shelby County Board of Education Thursday during its regular meeting and spoke on behalf of the SCEA, informing the district of concerns teachers have expressed regarding the newly introduced SnoGo days.

  • SHELBY COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS: School calendar has big changes

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved Thursday an entirely new calendar format for the district for the 2017-18 school year, which includes longer breaks but earlier start times.

    After careful consideration, the district’s calendar committee’s formulated three calendars to present to the community for their input and voting.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD Board to approve calendar for 2016-17 school year

    The Shelby County Board of Education will consider the approval of their 2017-18 school-year calendar when they convene Thursday at the district offices, 1155 West Main Street in Shelbyville.

    The board will select one of three proposed calendars proposed by the calendar committee earlier this year.

    SCPS public relations coordinator, Ryan Allan said the committee would recommend the board select the community’s top pick.

  • SnoGo a go

    Much to the dismay of young children around the district, school cancellations due to inclement weather may soon become a thing of the past in Shelby County. 

    The district announced this week that they are now ready to implement non-traditional instructional days, called SnoGo.

    “When the first significant snowfall happens that would normally cancel school, on that day we will do a SnoGo day,” SCPS public relations Coordinator Ryan Allan said.

  • A prestigious performance

    As if making the all-state choir wasn’t prestigious enough, two Shelby County High School juniors can add All-National Choir to their musical resumes. 

    During the 2015-16 school year, SCHS students Shyanne Drane, Gavin Martion, and Bryce Fowler qualified for an all-national audition. Martion and Bryce advanced to join “Best of the Best” at the National Association for Music Education’s (NAFME) 2016 All-National Honor Ensembles last weekend in Texas.

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Plans underway to return 8th graders to middle schools

    The district says plans are underway to eventually return eighth grade students to their home middle schools. Chief Operations Officer Eddie Oakley and Assistant Superintendent of Operations Kerry Whitehouse presented updates on 21st Century Support Systems to the board Thursday and Whitehouse shared their intentions to return 8th grade students to East and West middle schools by August of 2018.

  • Prepping preschools

    Shelby County Public Schools knows the value of preparing students for kindergarten so the district is working to increase the number of kids who come into school equipped with the tools to learn.

    “We want every child to have every opportunity to succeed,” said Ryan Allan, SCPS public relations coordinator.  “Research has shown that kids who come to school ready for kindergarten have a better shot of meeting every benchmark as they go along and succeeding throughout their academic career than those who come to school not kindergarten ready.”