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Education

  • 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. 

  • Joseph Ellison announced as new Collins’ Principal

    After more than a year of searching, the Collins High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council has selected Joseph Ellison III to take over as principal on July 1.

    Mike Clark, the former director of student services for the district, served as interim principal for the 2015-16 school year while awaiting their decision.

    Superintendent James Neihof shared his approval of the SBDM Council’s selection.

  • SCHS student recognized for Microsoft certification score

    Shelby County High School student Jacob Turner was a leader among leaders at the Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) state championship at Rupp Arena in Lexington last month. 

    Out of about 7,000 students from nearly 500 schools across the state Turner was recognized for his outstanding score on a Microsoft Certification test.

  • Graduations set for May 28

    Graduations

     

    WHEN: May 28

    TIME: Collins at 10 a.m.; doors open at 9

    Shelby County at 2 p.m.; doors open at 1:15

    WHERE: Respective school’s gymnasiums

    SENIOR AWARDS NIGHTS: Both at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Collins and Tuesday at SCHS, 6:30

     

    Graduations set for May 28

     

    By Ashley Sutter

     

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board will assist funding efforts for national teams

    The Shelby County Board of Education Thursday voted in favor of a recommendation to support teams advancing to national competitions through matching funds.

    During the preceding meeting, board member Joanna Freels suggested to the board supplementing the necessary funds for the five Odyssey of the Mind teams headed to the World’s Finals later this month.

    After brief discussion, the board suggested establishing a fund to aid all organizations that qualify for national competitions.

  • Court clears former Collins substitute

    Bryan Schildknecht, the substitute teacher that was involved in an altercation with a Collins High School student last October, has legally been cleared of all allegations of wrongdoing.

    Shelby County Public Schools relieved Schildknecht from his duties at the school on October 8, 2015, immediately following a scuffle between him and the student but offered little comment on the matter, stating only that he would no longer work in the district.

  • Collaboration of arts and minds

    Students across the district are collaborating with the Shelby Regional Arts Council to form unique works of art to display in their schools.

    David Wainscott, with SARC, said two years ago they reached out to the schools and he was connected with Southside Elementary Art Teacher McKenzie Hunter.

    “She had a lot of faith,” Wainscott said, noting Hunter had no idea what to expect from the project, but it has since expanded to the other schools. “The others have seen the finished project.”

  • SHELBY COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD – Board may help send Odyssey teams to World Finals

     

    With five Odyssey of the Mind teams in Shelby County gearing up for World Finals just a few weeks away, the Shelby County Board of Education will consider providing up to $4,000 for team travel expenses when they convene for their regular meeting Thursday at 7 p.m.

    The board will meet this week at West Middle School, which is sending three of the five teams to the competition at Iowa State University May 25-28 in Ames, Iowa. 

  • Lt. Gov urges Shelby students to find their passion

    With a focus on the value of entrepreneurships, Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton spoke to students of Shelby County and Collins high schools as well as East and West middle schools at SCHS Wednesday morning.

    “The constitution gives you as individuals the right to shape your lives however you see fit,” she said.

    Hampton said this view has always been of value to her, as she grew up in a home with a limited budget and garnered pressure from others to behave in a manner that they saw fit.