• EARLIER: 6 old pals are finalists for Pflugphaupt Scholarship

    It may be “lonely at the top,” as the old saying goes, but you wouldn't know that to be true among the six finalists for this year’s Pflughaupt Scholarship.

    Travis Adams, Jennifer Hormell, Adam Knecht, Michael Sheehy, Rebekah Walker and Amanda Wicker are battling down to the last step for Shelby County Public School’s most prestigious award and a $20,000 scholarship.

  • Flat Stanley goes to Washington

    Flat Stanley routinely leaps from the pages of his popular children's book and travels the world, and now he can add the White House to his list.

    Joseph Becherer, a second-grader at Painted Stone Elementary, sent his Flat Stanley to President Barack Obama for a school project, and it was returned with a great story and plenty of photos.

    Becherer received a signed picture of the president, the first family, the first dog, Bo, a letter and some detailed information about the White House.

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  • New facility plan: 4 new schools

    Shelby County’s school board recognized the area’s growing population by approving an aggressive District Facility Plan at Thursday’s meeting.

    The plan, recommended by the Local Planning Committee, features construction of four new schools along with additions at five others during the next two years.

  • Neihof grades out at nearly 'excellent'

    On a scale of 0 to 4, Shelby County Public Schools Superintendent James Neihof was nearly "excellent."

    Neihof was given his annual review at the end of Thursday’s meeting, and the Board of Education members had very favorable things to say.

  • Top teacher almost dropped out

    Stephanie Schmidt nearly missed out on being named the Shelby County/ExCEL Teacher of the Year for 2009-10.

    Two years ago she left the school system to “decide where I wanted to go, and what I wanted to do next,” she said.

    But it wasn’t something new she was looking for. Instead, she said, it was something old and familiar.

  • New summer program focuses on reading

    Shelby County Public Schools is refocusing its early education summer school program.

    The new program, called Rocket Reading Academy, focuses on first- and third-grade students  and will continue an emphasis on year-around instruction for students struggling with staying on grade level in reading.

    The program will take advantage of the district's Reading Recovery teachers and some of the proven Reading Recovery methods.

  • Read this: Johnson top volunteer

    All of a sudden, David Johnson said he found himself without much to do.

    “I retired a little early from the Department of Corrections to help provide childcare for my grandchildren while my daughter went back to school,” he said. “When they went on to school, I found myself with some free time.”

  • SCHS to move to 7-period day

    Shelby County High School will be making another change to its schedule.

    The school’s Site-based Decision Making Council has voted to move to a 7-period day with two semesters for the 2010-2011 school year.

    The school had adopted a 5-period trimester schedule this year and had operated on a 4-period semester for a few years before that.