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November 25, 2014;

Lawrence and Boyd County Schools To Participate in Kentucky Colonels' Sixth Grade Academic Showcase... 

Louisa Middle School will host the 15th annual Kentucky Colonels' Sixth Grade Academic Showcase. The competition will be held on Saturday, December 6 at 8:00 AM with quick recall competition beginning at 10:30 AM.  

Other competing schools are: Fallsburg Elementary, Blaine Elementary, Boyd County Middle, Poage Elementary, Charles Russell Elementary, Fairview Middle and Oakview Elementary.Other competing schools are: Fallsburg Elementary, Blaine Elementary, Boyd County Middle, Poage Elementary, Charles Russell Elementary, Fairview Middle and Oakview Elementary.Other competing schools are: Fallsburg Elementary, Blaine Elementary, Boyd County Middle, Poage Elementary, Charles Russell Elementary, Fairview Middle and Oakview Elementary. 

The Kentucky Colonels' Sixth Grade Academic Showcase features written assessment events in Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Arts/Humanities, and a double elimination Quick Recall tournament.

The event began in 1999 with 90 schools and has since more than doubled in size.  The Honorable Order of the Kentucky Colonels, the event sponsor, is made up of Kentucky Colonels from around the world, and is dedicated to perpetuating the good works of individual members on a collective basis. Since 1951, the Honorable Order has awarded nearly 6000 grants to charitable and educational agencies. For the last 15 years, the Order's Board of Trustees has distributed approximately 1.5 million dollars each year.  

"A major goal of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels is to enhance educational opportunities available to all Kentuckians. Kentucky Colonels are pleased to help recognize the work done by the participants in the Sixth Grade Showcase." Jim Lindsey, Commanding General, Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels," said.

According to KAAC Executive Director John Bennett, the Showcase was designed to fill a need in Kentucky schools.

“As KAAC began to look for ways to reach more students, we realized that a significant number of students were graduating from fifth grade, then finding it hard to compete on their school’s middle grades Governor’s Cup team. The Showcase gives those students another competitive opportunity, and helps them remain interested and active in academic competition until they can more realistically contribute to their academic team programs on the middle grades Governor’s Cup level.”  

For more information, contact Bill Hammond, Louisa Middle School Academic Team, at (606) 638-4090.

November 19, 2014;

Music Mentor Program at Blaine aims to inspire youth; 

Local musicians share their talents with those in attendance. Left to right, John Thompson, Rick May and Kenny Chaney. Local musicians share their talents with those in attendance. Left to right, John Thompson, Rick May and Kenny Chaney.

 

By Jennifer Ferguson

Embracing local talent and inspiring youth interested in music was the goal of a music mentor event that took place at the Blaine Community Center this past Friday night hosted by the Kentucky Community of Sharing. 

Will Skaggs, 15, of Martha strums his guitar as people from the crowd sang along. Will Skaggs, 15, of Martha strums his guitar as people from the crowd sang along. As local musicians such as Rick May, Kenny Chaney and John Thompson performed local youth admired and asked questions about ways to become involved in the arts and improve their own musical skills. Though attendance for the event was lower than originally expected, Community Builder Angie Chaney says the group hopes that over time the interest will grow and the events will keep getting larger. 

Songs were performed by local youth who have an interest in pursuing an interest in music. Left to right: Braley Skaggs, age 8; Angel Dixon, age 13; Brooklyn Skaggs, age 6. Songs were performed by local youth who have an interest in pursuing an interest in music. Left to right: Braley Skaggs, age 8; Angel Dixon, age 13; Brooklyn Skaggs, age 6. “The goal of the mentor program is to eventually host a weekend camp where kids that are interested in music can join with professional musicians to learn more,” said Chaney. “I know there’s lots of talent in this area!”

The group says they hope to be able to host the camp during the summer of 2015 at no cost to those involved. Though a location has not yet been confirmed, Chaney said they are hoping to be able to use the facilities at Camp Caleb for the event. However, they are looking for volunteers to help implement the ideas. 

“It will take lots and lots of volunteers to help make this possible,” said Chaney. “From helping coordinate, feeding people, musicians…just lots of help.” 

Kentucky Community of Sharing is a nonprofit group that focuses on bringing communities together by celebrating gifts and talents. Anyone interested in participating or volunteering can contact the group director, Tina Jackson via email: tinagailj@gmail.com

November 18, 2014;

Board Approves “Pathway to Proficiency,” Recognizes All-District Band, and Recognizes Teacher Leadership...

 

LOUISA – In the regular November meeting of the Lawrence County Board of Education, Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher laid out the “Pathway to Proficiency” for each school in the district, the Board voted to apply for various grants, approved the renovation of security entrances for schools and recognized all-district band performers.

The “Pathway to Proficiency” was detailed to the Board members by Dr. Fletcher and Chief Academic Officer Cassandra Webb and demonstrated a breakdown of goals in achievement data over the span of two years, which would lead each school to reaching the goal of proficiency as defined by KPREP and other assessment data.

Dr. Fletcher summarized the intent by saying, the Pathway basically takes two years’ worth of data and breaks it down into increments that show where we are school by school and where we need to be. It gives an accurate picture of the present and sets an expectation that by 2016 we will be proficient school by school.

“Mrs. Webb’s work illustrates how the MAP testing data could be used three times each year and then a fourth set of data would be the KPREP itself and that gives principals, teachers, students, Board members and parents and community a clear indication of performance,” Fletcher noted.

LCHS English Teacher, Joe Harris,is recognized for being spotlighted in KDE's November Teacher PGES Newsletter. Lazer photo by Catrina VargoLCHS English Teacher, Joe Harris,is recognized for being spotlighted in KDE's November Teacher PGES Newsletter. Lazer photo by Catrina VargoLawrence County High School English Teacher Joe Harris was recognized for being spotlighted in the November Teacher PGES Newsletter by KDE and in Kentucky Teacher for his work and article on promoting student voice in the classroom.

Harris explained to the Board that he had written a recent article about how he had actively sought to increase student engagement by promoting student voice, giving them a more active role in the classroom and thereby gaining a greater level of engagement. The article became a feature in the KDE Newsletter and Kentucky Teacher Magazine. It can be found at: http://www.kentuckyteacher.org/guest-columnist/2014/10/student-voice-offers-valuable-feedback-to-teachers/

The Board approved the district to apply for grants in Energy Engineering and Biomedical Engineering for each school to use to fund these programs to feed into the Lawrence County High School programs in the same area.

The Superintendent also brought the performance of Lawrence County Band members, from the middle school to high school level, to the attention of the Board via a discussion with Miss Emily McCreary.

Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher presents Emily McCreary with certificate of recognition for making All District Band. Lazer photo by Catrina VargoSuperintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher presents Emily McCreary with certificate of recognition for making All District Band. Lazer photo by Catrina VargoEmily was named all-district recently for her performance on the flute and she joined 22 other musicians in being recognized. She told the Board that 40 Lawrence County students auditioned and an astonishing 23 earned the distinction.

The following were recognized from LCHS: Tori Henson, flute; Chad Robinson, flute; Isabella Handley, clarinet; Tessa Cisco, trombone. From Fallsburg: Destiny LaFlesh, flute; Emily Vance, clarinet.

From Louisa Middle School: Jessalyn Osborn, flute; Emily McCreary, flute; Emilee Ford, clarinet; Lena Molleyy, clarinet; Hollie York, tenor sax; McKenzie Methax, trumpet; Breanna Hoose, trumpet.

From Blaine: Shelby Hughes, flute; Tannelle Shook, flute; Jacob Dillon, clarinet; Brooklin Routt, alto sax; Angel Keeton, bass clarinet; Kayla Jordan, trumpet; Kayla Perkins, trumpet; Oliver Stafford, trumpet; Austin Ratliff, euphonium (first chair). Dr. Fletcher commended the work of Ms. Jessica Crittenden, the Lawrence County Band Director who travels to instruct at each school.

The next Board of Education meeting will be December 15th.

 

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update
 

November 17, 2014
 

Hiring

Katina Ward - Guidance Counselor at Blaine Elementary School
Kayla Dillon - Preschool Teacher at Louisa West Elementary School
Peggy Fisher - FMD Teacher at Lawrence County High School
Gilbert Shelton - Custodian at Lawrence County High School

Substitute Instructional Assistant
Jennifer Ferguson

Substitute Custodian
Michelle Workman

Substitute Bus Driver
Michael Webb

Substitute Bus Monitor
Jessica Johnson

Change of Position
April Tucker - From District Special Needs Nurse to District School Health Nurse


Resignations
Kristy Tackett - Physical/Occupational Therapist (effective December 5, 2014)
Georgia Davis - Instructional Assistant at Fallsburg Elementary School
(effective December 31, 2014)


Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Abolishment and Creation and Changes regarding Positions

Request the following position be abolished:

(1) District Special Needs Nurse

Request the following positions be created:

(1) Instructional Assistant at Lawrence County High School (1-Year—if needed)
(1) Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year—if needed)
(1) Part-Time Credit Recovery Teacher (45 days)
(1) Part-Time IDEA Achievement Test Trainer (6 days)

Request the following positions be changed:

(1) District School Health Nurse (1-Year) to (1) District School Health Nurse (1) From Part-Time  (15 hrs/week)

Preschool Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year) to Part-Time (28 hrs/week)

Preschool Instructional Assistant at Louisa West Elementary School (1-Year)

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