• Cornerstone teacher named Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction

    Cornerstone Christian Academy teacher Bill Scheidt said he was “absolutely shocked” when he received the award on Wednesday.

    Scheidt was named a Claes Nobel Educator of Distinction, based on a nomination from CCA junior Joshua Tipton. He was one of only 16 teachers in Kentucky to earn the award.

  • Collins joins Shelby as AdvanceKentucky school

    On Tuesday Martha Layne Collins High School was tabbed as one of 16 new schools that will join the AdvanceKentucky program, which implements Advance Placement teacher training and incentive programs.

    AdvanceKentucky is funded by a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI).

    "Being apart of the grant allows us to offer more AP classes to students and grow the program throughout the district," said Kerry Fannin, the district's assistant superintendent for student achievement.

  • Kidwell moves to Collins

    Gary Kidwell has held just about every position, climbing Shelby County’s public educational rungs like a ladder.

    And now he's moving again: Kidwell is leaving his role at the district's central office to be the Student Support Specialist and an assistant basketball coach at Collins High School.

  • Color by the numbers

    Jackson Pollack, Grandma Moses, Andy Warhol and Ben Bernanke?

    Combining art and economics isn’t an everyday occurrence.

    Unless you are a student at Southside Elementary.

    Third-grade teachers Amanda Dungan, Andrea Gohmann and Krista Armes designed a project that combined all those subjects and ends up as a benefit for the community.

  • School board hears presentation on how to save on utility costs

    Although it made no decision on the matter, the Shelby County Board of Education listened for an hour Thursday to a presentation from a company that proposes to save the school district more than $4 million in utility costs during the next 10 years.

    Glen Gaines with Energy Education told board members that his company is currently working with 150 school districts, including Anderson, Pulaski and Hardin counties.

  • SCHS sets graduation for June 12

    After a meeting with students Thursday morning, Shelby County High School Principal Eddie Oakley said the school will hold graduation on June 12, at 7 p.m. at the Frankfort Civic Center.

    “We sent E-mails to parents, did a one-call to let them know and then we talked to students this [Thursday] morning, and it was still about 50-50 [between June 8, and June 12],” he said.

  • EARLIER: New school out date: June 8

    The Shelby County School Board voted unanimously Thursday to extend the school year until June 8, with graduation currently scheduled for Saturday, June 12. The last day for staff would be June 9.

    Four members of the board - Doug Butler, Eddie Mathis, Alan Phillips and Brenda Jackson - voted for the later closing date. Board member Sam Hinkle was absent from the meeting.

    This decision sparked a lively discussion on The Sentinel-News' Facebook page.

    Gary Kidwell, the director of student accounting and support services, provided the board with six options:

  • Board begins setting goals for 2010-11 school year

    With new guidelines and strategies still on the way and CATS testing on the way out, the goals that the Shelby County Board of Education sets for the upcoming school year could be even more important than usual.

  • Board learns reading patterns with Simpsonville students

    Kindergarten and first-grade students at Simpsonville Elementary led the Shelby County Board of Education members in a reading of “Caps For Sale,” set to music at Thursday’s school board meeting.

    Music teacher Emily Royse red the book, while the students and board members played instruments on certain phrases, showing how a pattern can help students connect with a book and learn to read even if the book is on a higher reading level.

  • A Smart move

    How do you make classroom work more fun?

    It's an age-old question that teachers have been asking since one-room schoolhouses.

    But maybe the revolution has finally occurred.

    When asked if a class exercise was more fun than a birthday celebration about to happen, a group of kindergartners at Simpsonville Elementary answered with an emphatic, "Yeah!"

    Although kindergartners can often get caught in a pattern of answers, this time it didn't seem like they were stretching the truth.