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Shrek the Musical, Jr.
The cast of Shrek the Musical, JrThe cast of Shrek the Musical, Jr

Louisa, KY -- Family and friends packed the Performing Arts Center at Louisa Middle School Thursday and Friday nights to watch students bring to life Shrek The Musical, Jr.

Directed by Tonya Castle-Burkett, The epic tale was about an Ogre named Shrek, played by Ethan Holbrook, who was trying to get his Swamp back from Lord Farquaad, played by Evan Rawlings.

But this came at a price. Shrek had to defeat the dragon, played by Cameron Diamond, to rescue Princess Fiona, played by Bailee Hinkle, from the tower and return her to Duloc where she would marry Lord Farquaad. Shrek was joined on the epic journey by his friend Donkey, played by Kaleigh Ford. In the end, Shrek gained more than his swamp, he also found love with Princess Fiona.

The performance would not have been complete without a host of other fairy tale characters like Pinocchio, The Wicked Witch, The Three Little Pigs and many others. It brought laughter and joy to all who were there to see the hard work and dedication that the students put into the performance.

Louisa Middle School Musical Theatre puts on a production every year. It takes a lot of time and dedication from students, teachers, staff, parents, etc to make the production happen. The Program states, “Teamwork Makes It Happen”. If you were there to see the production you were able to see that teamwork made Shrek the Musical, Jr. a Great Performance and one that will be talked about for weeks to come.

Main Characters - Donkey: Kayleigh Ford, Shrek: Ethan Holbrook, and Princess Fiona: Bailee HinkleMain Characters - Donkey: Kayleigh Ford, Shrek: Ethan Holbrook, and Princess Fiona: Bailee Hinkle

The Cast

Shrek- Ethan Holbrook

Donkey- Kaleigh Ford

Princess Fiona- Bailey Hinkle

Teen Fiona- Kendell Tucker

Young Fiona- Kassidy Burke

Lord Farquaad- Evan Rawlings

Dragon- Camron Diamond

Puss n' Boots- Austin Hall

Storyteller 1- Haleigh Thompson

Storyteller 2- Bailey McClanahan

Storyteller 3- Tyra Hammond

Mama Ogre - Shelbie Hughes

Papa Ogre & Papa Bear - Herbie Parks

Little Ogre- Citori Branham

Gingy- Katie Castle

Pinocchio- Luke Brumfield

Wicked Witch- Faith Bradley

Big Bad Wolf & Pied Piper - Mason Pack

Peter Pan- Tanner Castle

Ugly Duckling- Kyleah Ward

Mama Bear- Angelina Collins

Baby Bear- Kennedy Sexton

Little Pig 1- Kiersten Pannell

Little Pig 2-Aubrey West

Litlle Pig 3- Tori Ellison

Bishop- Jacob Smith

Dwarf- Landon Bays

Rooster- Evan Salyers

Rat 1- Morgan Pack

Rat 2- Shaunntae Sweeney

Rat 3- Aleah Miller

The Deer- Marie Sipple & Abby Preece

The Duloc Performers - Jacob Smith, Will Dillow, Parker Preece, Landon Bays, Ella Fitzpatrick, Brooklyn Marcum, Rikki Staniford, Abigail Nelson, Shelbie Hughes, and Citori Branham

The Knights: Jacob Smith, Will Dillow, Parker Preece, and Landon Bays

The Guards: Captain - Allyson Hickman, Dalelenia Johnson, Emily Silva, Breanna Preston, and Danika Bottoms

Three Blind Mice: Callie Robertson, Emma Halfhill, and Katelin Robinson

The Birds: Kara Parks and Anastacia Harczynski

The Trees: Kaitlynn Ball and Kassidy Burke

The Crew:

Director- Tonya Castle-Burkett

Theatre Coaches - Matt Hamm & Thaddeus Stambaugh

Dance Choreographer - Jennifer Smith

Stage Managers - Donna J. West and Sheri Perry

Set Designers - Andrea Cyrus, Molly Meek, Pam Hay, and Savannah Cyrus

Sound and Graphic Director - Bill Hammond

Lighting Director- Tommy Perry

Photographer- Molly Meek

Videographers- Chico Prince’s media class Students

 

 

Burns updates board on one-to-one computer devices for all LCHS students

The following teachers were recognized by Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the Board of Education for their highly productive instructional efforts over the course of the 2016-17 school year-to-date: Jennifer Burns Sarah Arrington Jenna Compton Chelsea Short Megan Dotson Angel Ward Cody Spears Alicia Robinette Ashleigh Workman Angela Chaffin. ABSENT WHEN PIC WAS TAKEN ARE: Jackie Holt, Sharon Fields, Pam Puryear, Hollie Smith, Brandon Meddings, Misty Burton . LAZER PHOTO BY GINA WOODS The following teachers were recognized by Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the Board of Education for their highly productive instructional efforts over the course of the 2016-17 school year-to-date: Jennifer Burns Sarah Arrington Jenna Compton Chelsea Short Megan Dotson Angel Ward Cody Spears Alicia Robinette Ashleigh Workman Angela Chaffin. ABSENT WHEN PIC WAS TAKEN ARE: Jackie Holt, Sharon Fields, Pam Puryear, Hollie Smith, Brandon Meddings, Misty Burton . LAZER PHOTO BY GINA WOODS

LOUISA – The Lawrence County Board of Education gather at the regularly scheduled March meeting on Monday to celebrate and recognize the academic gains made across the district throughout the course of the school year.

The following teachers were recognized by Superintendent Dr. Robbie Fletcher and the Board of Education for their highly productive instructional efforts over the course of the 2016-17 school year-to-date:

Highest Growth K-1 (based on MAP scores)

  • Reading:  Jennifer Burns - Louisa West (13.88)
  • Math: Sarah Arrington - Blaine (18.66)

Highest Overall Academic Index 2-5 (state test prediction using MAP)

  • Reading - Jenna Compton - Louisa East (81.8)
  • Math - Chelsee Short - Louisa East (69.1)

Highest Growth in Academic Index 2-5

  • Reading: Megan Dotson - Fallsburg  (22.2 gain)
  • Math:  April Ratliff - Blaine (22.2 gain)

Highest Novice Reduction 2-5

  • Reading: Angel Ward - Fallsburg  (33% reduction)
  • Math:  Cody Spears - Blaine (28% reduction)

Highest Overall Index 6-8 (state test prediction using MAP)

  • Reading: Alicia Robinette - Blaine (85.41)
  • Math:  Sharon Fields - Blaine (64.28)

Highest Growth in Academic Index 6 - 8

  • Reading:  Alicia Robinette - Blaine (47.91)
  • Math: Ashleigh Workman - Fallsburg (26.2)

Highest Novice Reduction 6-8:

  • Reading: Alicia Robinette - Blaine (29% reduction)
  • Math:  Sharon Fields - Blaine (24% reduction)

9-12 Novice Reduction (EOC)

  • Social studies:  Jackie Holt
  • English II - Hollie Smith
  • Biology - Brandon Meddings
  • Algebra 2 - Misty Burton

Highest MAP Growth (High School)

  • ELA - Angela Chaffin
  • Math - Pam Puryear

During the Superintendent’s Update portion of the agenda, one particularly exciting item was when he invited Information and Technology Director Tommy Burns to update the audience on the progress toward a one-to-one device-to-student ratio for all students grades 9 through 12. Mr. Burns pointed out that these would be brand-new, state of the art Chromebook devices and would allow students to take them home to work on assignments and research.

Dr. Fletcher also updated the audience on the progress of the charter school bill through the Kentucky legislature [editor’s note: that bill, HB250, did pass both chambers and was signed by Governor Matt Bevin], the AEP Credits Count grant, progress on the upgrade to the wireless networks for the district and items regarding assessment.

Additionally, Dr. Fletcher highlighted the upcoming Operation Preparation set for March 28, which will bring professionals from across vocational and academic disciplines in to meet with LCHS and LMS students to discuss educational preparation for their future careers. This event has been one of Lawrence County Schools’ most successful over recent years.

RAMEY ASKS BOARD FOR COPY OF BUDGET INCLUDING SALARIES

During the public comment section Mr. Danny Ramey requested information on a number of items regarding budgets and expenditures, including salaries and personnel costs and was informed that, per policy and procedure, if those requests are made in writing at the Board of Education Central Office, they will be provided with all the information requested.

The next scheduled meeting of the Board will be April 17 at Blaine Elementary School at 6 p.m.

Superintendent’s Personnel Action/Update

March 20, 2017

Hiring:

Substitute Teachers

Cameron Shelton

Marlena Osborne

Re: Request to the Lawrence County Board of Education for Change regarding Position

Request the following position be changed effective March 21, 2017:

  • From (1) District-wide Speech Language Pathologist (Certified; 185 days; Certified Pay Scale) to (1) District-wide Speech Language Pathologist (Certified or Classified; 185 days; Certified Pay Scale); Classified Speech Language Pathologist must maintain appropriate licensure and have obtained a Master’s Degree in the area of Speech-Language Pathology from an accredited program; the Master’s Degree to be considered equivalent to Rank II on the Certified Pay Scale. 

 

...at ACTCS

April 1 is the priority application deadline for fall 2017 scholarships at Ashland Community and Technical College. ACTC offers dozens of scholarships to help deserving area residents pay for their education, and over 150 scholarships were awarded last fall.

“Scholarships are a valuable financial resource for our students and can sometimes mean the difference between going to college and not being able to go to college,” said Dr. Adkins. “At ACTC, about 80% of our students receive some sort of financial aid, and scholarships are part of the financial aid package.”

Applicants need to apply for admission to ACTC, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and fill out a scholarship application form. The general scholarship application form is good for most ACTC scholarships, and there are also applications for special scholarships for students in specific fields.

Scholarship applications are on the web at ashland.kctcs.edu under Costs & Financial Aid and the FAFSA is at fafsa.ed.gov. For more information on scholarships or financial aid, call 855-246-2282.