Welcome to the 2012-2013 Photo Page. Here you will find images from Bullitt County Public Schools of the amazing activities occurring every day! Please check back often as the page is updated frequently. (All Photos by Communications Director John Roberts unless otherwise noted)
Engineers of Tomorrow 2783 Robotics Camp
The Engineers of Tomorrow 2783 hosted the first of two summer camps June 17-21 at Mt. Washington Middle School focusing on robotics. Team members and mentors of the Engineers of Tomorrow coordinated the camps. The purpose of the camps is to provide young adults in the community the opportunity to participate in a science-based camp and to financially support the Robotics Program.
Camp participants designed a working robot.
A lot of discussion and technology are used to create a robot capable of performing maneuvers on an obstacle course.
Campers made continual modification to their robots.
Robots had two minutes to perform as many tasks as possible on the obstacle course.
Maryville/Overdale Family Resource Center Camp
The Maryville/Overdale Elementary School Family Resource Centers hosted a Summer Enrichment Camp at Overdale for approximately 125 students June 17-21. Students participated in science, literacy, math and recreational activities such as bicycle safety (above). Students also had the use of the computer lab during the camp. Several field trips were provided for campers.
Fitness and athletic campers cheered on classmates during a race.
Campers create designs for tie-dyed T-shirts.
The computer lab is always a popular camp activity!
Camp Invention was held June 17-21 at Shepherdsville Elementary School. There were several leaders including Stephanue Hart who is showing students how a lake can become polluted very quickly. Camp features included Problem Solving on Planet Zak – Survive Planet Zak! Critical thinking skills to create shelter and clothing, find food, and ultimately build a spaceship to blast off for home! Saving Sludge City – Help save the pollution filled Slude City by constructing eco-friendly buildings and transportation, decontaminate the city’s water and generate green energy solutions. Geo-Games – Design sporting and game equipment, get wet and go wild as global games are fused with dynamic, high-energy activities and I Can Invent: Launchitude – Put Physics to use taking apart machines and re-engineering them to create a Duck Chucking Device to destroy competitor duck territory!
Camp Invention participants create filters to clear up a lake in Sludge City.
Campers poured water again and again to filter out harmful chemicals.
The right vantage point was needed to see how well filters worked.
Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) student Kiana Cramer worked with campers.
Camp Invention instructor Melissa Key explained the next activity to campers.
Campers construct a new city which will be environmentally friendly.
Summer Feeding Program at Cedar Grove Apartments
Participants in the summer feeding program choose from chocolate or white milk June 17 at Cedar Grove Apartments.
Uncrustables, a cheese stick, an apple and milk was the offering. The lunch menu changes daily.
Picnic tables and a shade tree provided for a comfortable eating atmosphere.
Assistance was sometimes needs to slice apples or open a mustard packet.
Emylee Buchholz enjoyed an uncrustable while her puppy, Tucker, watched.
Bullitt East High School honored for work with foreign exchange students
Bullitt East High School was recognized with the 2012-2013 Global Education Excellence Award from the Education First Foundation. The school hosted 10 exchange students: Elsa Holmgren, Johanna Nilsson and Axel Oehman from Sweden; Joost Stekelenburg from the Netherlands; Stine Mathisen and Lene Litshien from Norway; Silvana Benanti and Claudio Benedetti from Italy; and Christine Heck and Felix Gaschler from Germany. Else and Christine are pictured above with Principal Willie Foster.
Crossroads Elementary School Renaissance team members presenting at national conference
Participation at last year’s national Renaissance Conference is bring several Crossroads Elementary School team members back this year as lead presenters. They include Jamie Flynn, Leslie Weihe, Dana Murphy and Rebecca Johnson.
Michelle Hendricks of Freedom Elementary School named a 2013 Kentucky Fellow
Freedom Elementary School Teacher Michelle Rynbrandt Hendricks has been selected to the initial cohort of Kentucky Fellows by Hope Street Group, a national nonprofit organization known for its teacher engagement work. She is part of 21 educators from 20 school districts chosen from a large pool of highly competitive candidates.
Summer Feeding Program at Northside Apartments
The refreshing taste of milk was enjoyed by this youth during the summer feeding program at Northside Apartments in Shepherdsville.
The program is offered Monday through Friday and features nutritional food items such as turkey wraps, chilled fruit, a vegetable and a carton of either white or chocolate milk.
Children age 18 and under may enjoy a free lunch at various sites in Bullitt County.
This young man with color sunglasses show how cool it is to participate in the summer feeding program.
Chilled fruit hits the spot on a warm summer day!
Brooks Elementary School 21st Century Learning Center Summer Camp
On the first day (June 21) of the Brooks Elementary School 21st Century Learning Center Camp, students made their own Earth by inflating flue balloons and drawing pictures of continents. There were camps for different ages focusing on math, reading, science and social studies.
Campers spent June 12 learning about Brazil and making a plant out of construction paper and styrofoam cups.
Students look at their continents on balloons.
Campers used technology to play a map game in which the electronic pen was used to move the state to its correct location.
A SmartBoard was also used during the math camp for addition problems.
Participants in the Brooks Elementary School 21st Century Learning Center Camp pose for a photo by Grayson Key.
Students Honored at Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association June Meeting
Bullitt Central High School 2013 graduate Emily Gail Ratliff was honored with the Ethel Mae Cochran Scholarship by Verna Jenette during the June 11 meeting of the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association.
Cedar Grove Elementary School student Quincy Latkovski is the district winner of the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year contest. She received an engraved plaque from Fifth District President Debbie Murrell at the Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association meeting June 11. Quincy’s essay is one of 14 winners in the Commonwealth.
Bullitt Central High School Drama Students earn State Honors
The Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award and a $500 check was awarded to Bullitt Central High School Drama Teacher Kevin Gose, Youth Service Center Coordinator Tonia Wiggins and students Anastasia Bell, Dalton Lee, Brandon Woodward, Kallen Juric, Rebecca Ralston, Devin Smith, Amber Hardesty, Allison Greer, Sierra Harvey, Evan McDaniel, Max Steck, Marissa Kayes, Isabella Browner, Corey Stearman and Ava Cooper during the Safe Schools and Communities Conference luncheon June 10th at the Marriott Inn East in Louisville. Kimberling’s wife, Vicki, and daughter, Heather, were onhand for the presentation along with District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith and Bullitt Central High School Assistant Principal Rob Williams. Steve was known far and wide as being passionate about school safety. He left a great legacy for all of us to follow in making schools safer for our precious children. Steve believed in the connectivity of teachers and students and that the climate and culture of the school environment was the most important element. He would say, “if the kids don’t feel safe…not much learning is going to take place.” To that end, the Kentucky Center for School Safety, in partnership with the Kentucky School Boards Association, established the Steve Kimberling Youth Leadership in School Safety Award. This award is given to a school that demonstrates an exemplary model of teachers and students who work together in making the school environment safer.
Freedom Elementary School Summer Drama Camp
Students Chase Wardrip and Jillian Robinson paint a backdrop for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar during drama camp June 5 at Freedom Elementary School. The camp was sponsored by the Family Resource Center Coordinator Sherri Bishop and included approximately 15 youth who were instructed by Stefan Gearhart of the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival.
Drama campers Savannah Howard, Caitlin Byrd, and Emily Curtsinger paint a scene for William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar
Stefan Gearhart gives acting pointers to drama campers Evan Karr, Chasidee Broussard.
Drama campers from left Clay Snead, Benjamin Wesley, Evan Karr, and Carlito Lucio rehearse a scene from William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar during the drama camp.
Summer Camps at Crossroads and Old Mill Elementary Schools
Crossroads Elementary School cooking campers in A Recipe for Success spread tomato sauce on Engllish muffins that were then topped with mozarella cheese and a pepperoni followed by 30 second in a microwave for a mini-pizza. The camp was held the week of June 3-7 and sponsored by the Family Resource Center and 21st Century Community Learning Center.
Cooking camp chef Kellie Weihe helped students measure out the proper ingredients for Kook-Aid.
This camper could easily have been Chef Boyardee!
Mad Scientist Camp coordinator Jaymee Clemens works with students on making paper airplanes to test altitude and velocity.
After folding together their piece of paper, campers saw how far…
…their airplanes flew.
Campers demonstrate Newton’s law of Motion. (Photo by Jaymee Clemens)
Science camper Cheyenne Judd learned about density.
Robert Ritter taught an Outdoors Camp at Old Mill Elementary School.
Approximately 50 students attended the outdoors camp at Old Mill.
2013 Summer Food Program
The 2013 Summer Food Program kicked off June 3 at various locations in Bullitt C0unty, including the Frank E. Simon Park in Shepherdsville where youth ages 18 and younger lined up for a free nutritious lunch from SFP worker Darlene Heuser.
Several parents brought their own lunch and enjoyed eating with their children at the park.
SFP worker Vicky Bramble hands a carton of milk to a youngster at Honeysuckle Mobile Home Park in Shepherdsville.
An uncrustable, a cheese stick, an apple and milk (white or chocolate) were on the menu for June 3.
Science Summer Camp at Shepherdsville Elementary School
The Bernheim/Bullitt Lick Middle School Youth Service Center coordinated a science camp the week of May 28-31 at Shepherdsville Elementary School. Campers concentrated on a different project each day and building a birdhouse was the focus for May 31.
Science camper Savannah Gould drilled a hole into wood wwith assistance from Bullitt Central High School junior Savannah Williams.
Savannah Williams and camp coordinator Traci Gould supervise campers as they drill holes. BMS/BLMS YSCR Coordinator Tara Davis and SES fifth grade teacher Rick Lumpkins also worked the camps.
A camper sands a piece of wood.
Camper Brady Rosson sands his section of a birdhouse.
2013 High School Graduation Ceremonies
Proud relatives watch, take photos and videotape North Bullitt High School seniors as they filed into Broadbent Arena for graduation May 25. (Please scroll down for more photos)
North Bullitt seniors await the commencement of graduation.
Kaitlyn Pruitt performed the Star Spangled Banner.
With his diploma and a yellow rose in hand, brand new North Bullitt graduate Craig Durbin hugs teacher Angie Duvall.
Madison Holland is all smiles as she graduates from North Bullitt.
Graduate Neeranj Patel gives a huge hug to North Bullitt teacher Angue Duvall.
High school graduation is a moment a senior wants to embrace as long as possible!
Graduate Cameron Nally.
Senior Class President Cash Collins delivers the Farewell Address to classmates.
Retired North Bullitt teacher Karen Norton and her twin sister, Dr. Sharon Norton, congratulate graduates.
Following the presentation of diplomas, North Bullitt Principal Jeff Marshall gave one final instruction…asking graduates to move their tassels from the right to the left side of their caps.
Followed immediately by many of of the caps being launched into the air!
They entered the graduation ceremony as seniors. They departed as alumnae of North Bullitt High School. Congratulations to the Class of 2013!
Bullitt Central High School seniors share memories prior to graduation.
Bullitt Central senior Christopher Lee Tyler passed away in March. In his honor, an empty chair with his graduation cap and gown along with his portrait was displayed during th ceremony. Pictured are his mother an stepfather, Cynthia Tyler and Charles Bunnell.
Graduates inside Broadbent Arena as commencent begins.
Seniors look at the crowd.
The Bullitt Central JROTC presents the American and Kentucky flags as the symphonc band performs the Star Spangled Banner.
Principal Christy Coulter awards diplomas to graduates.
Look Mom and Dad, I just received my high school diploma!
Senior hugs and smiles for Principal Christy Coulter.
Seniors Justin Capps, Alison Garrison, Trevor Swearingen and Matt Simon perform the song I’m Not Gonna Cry as the graduation ceremony comes to a close.
Seniors adjust their tassels after graduation.
The Class of 2013 are now Bullitt Central High School alumnae.
A sea of maroon and gray graduates pick up paperwork after the ceremony.
It was easy to get wrapped around the post graduation celebration!
Bullitt East High School seniors file into Broadbent Arena for graduation ceremonies.
The Bullitt East Chamber Chorale performed the National Anthem.
The Class of 2013 welcome was given by senior Evan Reister.
Top Ten senior Courtney Beaton is embraced by her proud mother, Michelle.
Seniors listen to words of wisdom from Principal Willie Foster.
Graduates look back with fond memories of life in the Charger Nation.
Assistant Principal Troy Wood hands diplomas to Principal Willie Foster for graduate Brad Craft.
Assistant Principal Lee Barger and Principal Willie Foster congratulate graduating senior Michael Faul.
Although the ceremony was serious, there were still moments for a few senior laughs!
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Tim Wiseheart had the honor of handing a Bullitt East diploma to his son, Brandon.
The Bullitt East Class of 2013 turn their tassels…
…and let their graduation caps fly!
Graduates proudly display their diplomas.
May 2013 Board of Education meeting presentations
North Bullitt High School earned their first Energy Star certification/label. District Energy Manager Kimberly Joseph presented Principal Jeff Marshall a certificate and thanked Mr. Marshall, Assistant Principal Chris VerDow and Custodian Judy Ice (not pictured) for their support and persistence in reducing their building’s electricity use. Also pictured is Bullitt County Board of Education Vice Chairperson Dolores Ashby.
Hebron Middle School student Jimmy Yeley was honored for his art work on a horse as part of Project Makeover. He is shown with his parents Jimmy and Joann Yeley.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School student volunteer Johnathon Arnold (who is now at Eastside Middle School) was honored for earning the Presidential Service Award. He is pictured with Pleasant Grove Elementary School Principal Melissa Whicker.
The Nichols Elementary School archery team gave a demonstration of their skills during the May 2013 meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Education. After their turn in the Shepherdsville Elementary School gymnasium, the students coached board members as they prepared to release their arrows. Student archers at the board meeting were Kaylee French, Macy French, A.J. Simcoe, Ally McCaslin, Anna Crawley and Lillie Birge. The popularity of Nichols archery is exemplary of the activity’s growth among all grade levels.
Macy French shows Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Greg Schultz how to tally his score based on where his arrows penetrated the target.
Lillie Birge helps Bullitt County Board of Education Vice Chairperson Dolores Ashby figure her score while Anna Crawley works with Superintendent Keith Davis. Anna was presented a Certificate of Recognition for placing in the Top Five in regional and state competition and qualifying for national competition. During the student demonstration on May 20, she was a fourth grader at Nichols. As of the end of school May 21, she became a proud Nichols Knight fifth grader!
This was serious archery competition as Nichols Principal Sheri Hamilton and Superintendent Keith Davis squared off. Mrs. Hamilton won with a score of 45 points out of a possible 50. Mr. Davis scored 36.
May 2013 District Assembly meeting
Communications Director John Roberts gave a PowerPoint presentation on the many ways the district gets the essage out to the media and public and Bullitt County Public Schools are the leaders in educational excellence at the May 2013 District Assembly meeting held at Shepherdsville Elementary School. (Photo by LAN/WAN Engineer Andrew Hobbs)
2013 Governor’s Scholars
Bullitt East High School juniors selected as 2013 Governor’s Scholars are Kyle Defler, Emily Fryman, Cassidy Grom, Salvatore Lanci, Danielle Poole, Abigail Shelton, Kyle Starkey, Trenton Suffridge and Madison Swan and Katelyn Alcorn (alternate). These students will spend five weeks this summer in intensive study as a Kentucky university. The Governor’s Scholars Program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Alexandria Carter is a student in the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) program. Shew was honored at the April 2013 Board of Education meeting by Donna Miller-Bruenger of JCTC and Board of Education Chairperson Tim Wiseheart for her acceptance as a 2013 Governor’s Scholar.
Bullitt Central High School 2013 Governor’s Scholars are Joanna Tinnell, Megan Terry (alternate), Samantha Cape and Ashley Dykes.
North Bullitt High School’s Governor’s Scholar is Elizabeth Grau.
BAMS Banner for Top 25 in United States in STEM Education
Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) students sign a banner in Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest. Out of over 1,600 entries this year, the BAMS applicationwas chosen as one of the top 25 contestants in their category. The goal with the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest was to raise interest in STEM education. Students had fun while learning how STEM can have a real impact in their community.
Duke University Talent Identification Program State Winners
Bernheim Middle School seventh grade students Calista Buday, Margaret Lewis, Camrin Richardson, Ariel Westwood and (not pictured) Mason Shifflett qualified for State Recognition based on their ACT score as part of the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP). State winners are invited to Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green May 24 to receive their honors. A total of 68 students participated in the testing and 28 of those tested qualified for State Recognition which required a score greater than 20 in ACT math and English and a score higer than 21 in ACT reading or science. If a student took an SAT, he or she must score higher than 500 in reading or higher than 520 in math. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Eastside Middle School seventh grade students who qualified for Duke TIP State Recognition are Johnathon Arnold, Christian Burtner, Bradley Dotson, Rachel Escobedo, Jared Holt, Savanah Leake, Kerrigan Miller, Paul Rippy and Miranda Whitworth.
Hebron Middle School seventh grade students who qualified for Duke TIP State Recognition are Elizabeth Hines, Ishika Patel, Madison Powell, Savanna Guelda, Matthew Freeman and Justin Sharp.
Mt. Washington Middle School seventh grade students who qualified for Duke TIP State Recognition are Gabrielle Price, Brooklynn Taylor, Andy Lutz, Sean Woods, Lanse Milburn and Harrison Glauber,
Zoneton Middle School seventh grade students who qualified for Duke TIP State Recognition are Kaylee Nally and Ella Witt.
Roby Elementary School Students Welcome Detectives
Shepherdsville Police Department Detective Todd Johnson discussed solving mysteries to Angela Olson’s second grade class after a literature unit on mysteries. He stresses higher education.
Bullitt County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott McGaha also visited Angela Olson’s second grade classes to talk about using clues to solve mysteries.
Bullitt County Scottish Rite Club 26th annual Student Recognition Program
Matthew Cornett of Bullitt East High School was the recipient of the William L. Murray III Memorial Scholarship during the Bullitt County Scottish Rite Club’s 26th annual Student Recognition Program. He is pictured with teacher Denise Smith. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt Central High School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Michael Anderson, Anthony Brooks, Nicole Brooks, Kyle Colyer, Glen Franks II, Nolan Johns, Christian Mann, Evan McKee, Brandon Swearingen, Diana Wart, Hailey Willoughby and Kim Yunt.
Bullitt East High School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Josh Braund, Dylan Davis, Richard Davis, Allison French, Shelby Humphrey, Karlee Leonhardt, Dalton McDaniel, Andrea Parton and Cody Stamper.
North Bullitt High School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Steven Aguilar, Angelica Aldridge, Lauryn Chatman, Emily Lynn Higgs, Andrew Jackson, Eric Miller, Ashley Olfield, Sarah Penrose, Matthew Rodabaugh, Justin Vories, Amanda Wagoner and Justin Walls.
Riverview Opportunity Center/Bullitt Alternative Center students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Cheyenne Cole and James Tuttle.
Bernheim Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Makayla Aubrey, Earl Brooks, Destin Collins, Dylan Hawkins, Quinton Perkins, Jacob Reading, Tanner Redd and Lexi Watford.
Bullitt Lick Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Brandi Barrett, Dylan Flener, Gage Houston, Peyton Jolley, Kristina Kessler, Justin Krebs, Noah Newman, Savanna Pike, Caden Rich, Jacob Shelton, Griffin Sherrer, Raychell Willoughby and Hanna Young.
Eastside Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Morgan Baggett, Jordan Andrew Buckley, Trever Collins, Kyra Keating and Bryce Miles.
Hebron Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Zachary Morrow, Jacob Meredith and Samantha Tilford.
Mt. Washington Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Sabrina Jeibman, Kimberly Johnson, Jon Neal and Alyson Middleton.
Zoneton Middle School students recognized by the Scottish Rite Club are Devin Barr, Briana Childress, Brandon Myers, Keynan O’Bryan, Josh Reece, Damien Sturm and Drew Turner.
2013 Retirement Ceremony
Retiring teachers (L-R) Molly Armstrong, Sandy Clark, Linda Saucier, Bob Blackburn, Sandy Blandford, Phyllis Breuer and Marsha Outlaw were honored during ceremonies May 14 at the First Baptist Church of Shepherdsville Fellowship Hall. Please scroll down for more photos)
Retiring North Bullitt High School teacher Sandy Blandford is congratulated by Bullitt County Retired Teachers Association President Allen Schuler.
Nichols Elementary School retiring teacher Phyllis Breuer is presented an engraved school bell by Superintendent Keith Davis.
Molly Armstrong of Mt. Washington Elementary School receives her retirement gifts from BCRTA members Ruby Hogg and Allen Schuler.
Crossroads Elementary School teacher Marsha Outlaw holds back emotions after listening to words of praise from Principal Kim Sego.
Linda Saucier receives her retirement gifts from State Representative Russell Webber, Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts, Bullitt County Public School Superintendent Keith Davis and BRCTA members Ruby Hogg and Allen Schuler.
Bullitt East High School teacher Bob Blackburn exemplifies the ‘all smiles’ feeling of retirement!
Special music was provided for retirees and guests by Hebron Middle School chorale students directed by Wendy Davidson.
The BRCTA and BCPS sponsored a delicious meal enjoyed by retiring teachers and guests.
North Bullitt High School’s Brooke Adams awarded McLaughlin Nursing Scholarship
North Bullitt High School senior Brooke Adams was awarded a $1,500 nursing scholarship from Lorraine McLaughlin. Pictured L-R are Senior Counselor Amy Rogers, Assistant Principal Margie Reece, Mrs. McLaughlin, Brooke Adams and Principal Jeff Marshall.
Campbellsville University’s 27th Annual Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony
Campbellsville University’s 27th annual Excellence in Teaching Awards Ceremony was observed May 11 with an elegant luncheon. Bullitt County Public Schools 2013-2014 Teacher of Year were among those honored with Certificates of Recognition. Pictured above L-R are Dr. Brenda Priddy, Dean of Campbellsville University’s School of Education, Bobbi Caranna of Bullitt Lick Middle School (2013-2014 Middle School Teacher of the Year), Walter “Beau” Kaelin Jr. of Bullitt Central High School (2013-2014 High School Teacher of the Year), Kimberly Harding of Shepherdsville Elementary School (2013-2014 Elementary School Teacher of the Year) and Dr. Frank Cheatham, Campbellsville University Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.
North Bullitt High School students participate in Moody Mega Math Challenge
North Bullitt High School students Allison Anderson, Zach Davis, Myranda Druien, and Isaac Heines spent 14 hours on a Sunday in March participating in the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge. The Challenge is a national Internet-based competition involving applied mathematics. Student teams had 14 hours to solve an open-ended, realistic, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real world issue. This year was recycling. “They could work together as a team but could not discuss the problem with anyone outside their team,” said North Bullitt Math Department Chairperson Christy Bickett, who provided the photo.
Mt. Washington Elementary School Spring LEGO Showcase
Mt. Washington Elementary School student Lily Ralston was one of dozens in grades kindergarten through second who had the opportunity to use their “Wild Imaginations” April 30 with LEGO creativity as part of the “Wild About Learning” theme. (Their classmates in grades 3-5 had their turn last fall). “By hosting a LEGO Education Showcase Event we offered students the opportunity to explore and build using their creative imaginations,” said event leader and teacher, Carla Young. “We also celebrated the addition of new LEGO Education sets to the elementary curricula which will be used to enhance and expand the use of creativity in learning for these young learners.” The LEGO Education Showcase Grant was made available through Education Blueprints Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers, and students. Only 100 LEGO Education Showcase Grants were available nationwide. (Please scroll down for more photos.
Teacher Molly Armstrong and Jaylen Wheatly build a Lego structure.
Lincoln Say watched Braylen Ferrell’s reaction to his LEGO creation.
LEGO projects could be anything including a flying machine built byLandon Binnix .
Brenda Davis watches as her granddaughter, Lizzy Hallinan, concentrates on fitting LEGO pieces together.
Annual pre-Derby Event
Winning colors! Student artwork was on display April 26 at the third annual pre-Derby event sponsored by the Bullitt County F0undation for Excellence in Public Education. This year’s fundraiser was held at the MillaNova Winery near Mt. Washington. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Students created jockey silks which were displayed at the MilaNova Winery during the pre-Derby event.
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Tim Wiseheart led the audience in the singing of My Old Kentucky Home.
Many Derby fashions were adorned by the crowd which packed the MillaNova Winery.
Auctioneer John Wigginton was all action as his associate Alan Peavler looked out for bidding during the live auction.
North Bullitt High School Day of Shattered Dreams program
This mock car crash was part of North Bullitt High School’s Day of Shattered Dreams program. Students acted as victims with one portraying the driver who caused the wreck. Day of Shattered Dreams” would not be a reality without all the partnerships between the school and community. Community members and agencies involved in this positive impact program include: North Bullitt High School Staff, senior class officers and representatives, North Bullitt Family Resource Center, Partners in Prevention, Seven Counties, MADD, Zoneton Fire Department, Schoppenhurst Funeral Home, Hillview Police, Pioneer Village Police, State Police, Shepherdsville Fire, Bullitt County Sheriff, Bullitt County Coroner, Air Methods Helicopter, Troys Wrecker Service, and Jamie Goldsmith from the Bullitt County Board of Education.
Anguished parents scream ‘why’ to the youth that ‘killed’ their child.
North Bullitt studentsplayed victims of drunk drivers or texting drivers.
Stat Flight air lifted a mock crash victim to the hospital.
The driver that ‘killed’ classmates ponders her decision as she sits under arrest in a police cruiser.
Shepherdsville Elementary School Arts Extravaganza
Parents could view and take pictures of student creations during Shepherdsville Elementary School’s arts extravaganza April 25. Arts and Humanities Teacher Kimberly Harding coordinated quite a showcase which included choir, band, cloggers, instruments and dancers. (Photos by Stephen Thomas of The Pioneer News)
In addition to displayed art, students could draw their own pictures.
Student art and other items were available for purchase!
The Shepherdsville Elementary School chorus directed by Stacey Stults. (Photos by SES Arts and Humanities Teacher Kimberly Harding)
District Young Authors Ceremony
School Young Author book winners were honored during a district ceremony April 25 at the Bullitt Central High School auditorium. This is the first of 13 photos beginning with the kindergarten division. School winners are – Taylor Branscome of Brooks; Kennedy Scott of Crossroads; Michael Tomlinson of Cedar Grove; Nathan Brown of Freedom; Jackson Supsky of Lebanon Junction; Hallie Jacobs of Maryville; Lilly Leveronne of Mt. Washington; Kyndal Jenkins of Overdale; Landon Fredericks of Old Mill; Cindy Pack of Pleasant Grove; and Devin Cambron of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place - Landon Fredericks for How to Brush Your Teeth; Second Place – Kennedy Scott for The Bird’s Adventure; and Third Place – Jackson Supsky for The Man Who Left a Flag on the Moon.
Young Author school winners of Division One (first grade) – Alivia Schneider of Brooks; Elena McGarry of Crossroads; Claire Hart of Cedar Grove; Madelyn Bell of Freedom; Anthony Mason of Lebanon Junction; Lynnsey White of Maryville; Taylor Young of Mt. Washington; Alexis Pugh of Nichols; Zachery Coffey of Overdale; Marley Long of Old Mill; Hailee Scott of Pleasant Grove; and Sarah Branham of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place – Taylor Young for When My Pa Died; Second Place – Anthony Mason for The Day a Storm Came to School; and Third Place – Sarah Branham for My Special Day.
Young Author school winners of Division Two (second grade) – Aubrey Hall of Brooks; Kayla Barr of Crossroads; Bella Struck of Cedar Grove; Tori Bickett of Freedom; Challen Fields of Lebanon Junction; Tessa McClure of Maryville; Dalton Dockery of Mt. Washington; Jarrett Ricketts of Nichols; Kailey Lozano of Overdale; Madalyn Heady of Old Mill; Rylee Hodge of Pleasant Grove; and Laini Creason of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place – Kayla Barr for Family Time; Second Place – Laini Creason for The Crazy Ride; and Third Place – Jarrett Rickkets for Wildcat and Lion.
Young Author school winners of Division Three (third grade) – Zoe Forrest of Brooks; Tyler Stevenson of Crossroads; Kacee Blair of Cedar Grove; Caleb Stone of Freedom; Eva Darnell of Lebanon Junction; David Hardesty and Andrew Abner of Maryville; Amie Fyffe of Nichols; Sidney Smith of Overdale; Norma Wisdon of Old Mill; Kaitlyn Defler of Pleasant Grove; LeeAnne Parrrott of Roby; and Makaehla Whitehouse of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place – Andrew Abner for Near Death; Second Place – Eve Darnell for Man White; and Third Place – Tyler Stevenson for My Teacher’s Secret Life.
Young Author school winners of Division Four (fourth grade) – Eden Hume of Brooks; Ava Sapp of Crossroads; Leah Mitchell of Cedar Grove; Jayden Burgess of Freedom; Emma McNay of Lebanon Junction; Paige Wooldridge of Maryville; Lydia Marshall of Mt. Washington; Elaina Green of Nichols; Madison Brown of Overdale; Savannah Childress of Old Mill; Elizabeth Litton of Pleasant Grove; Makayla Gardner of Roby; and Matt Stults of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place – Madison Brown for Cotton Candy; Second Place – Lydia Marshall for Midnight Tales; and Third Place – Elaina Green for The Unexpected Guest.
Young Author school winners of Division Five (fifth grade) – Kayla Howard of Brooks; Brenden Burkhead of Crossroads; Adam Johnson of Cedar Grove; Crystal Kiefer of Freedom; Andrea Easton of Lebanon Junction; Bryant Miles of Maryville; Calli Smith of Nichols; Alisha Battreal of Overdale; Beth Wood of Old Mill; Mackenna Ellis of Roby; and Shaelin Warner of Shepherdsville. District winners are First Place – Adam Johnson for Not So Normal Story; Second Place – Alisha Battreal for Permella’s Search for Responsibility; and Third Place – Brenden Burkhead for It’s All in the Game of Life.
Young Author school winners of Division Six (sixth grade) – Melissa Stout of Bernheim; Jacob Donovan of Hebron; Kemper Barr of Mt. Washington; and Anthony Nunez of Zoneton. District winners are First Place – Melissa Stout for Quoth The Raven Nevermore; Second Place – Jacob Donovan for Evolution; and Third Place – Kemper Barr for Help Me.
Young Author school winners of Division Seven (seventh grade) – Bethany Greenwell of Bernheim; Kaycee Anderson and Payton Coogle of Eastside; Lauren Reuss of Mt. Washington; and Lesandra Plana of Zoneton. District winners are First Place – Lauren Reuss for Raleigh and ME; Second Place – Kaycee Anderson for Lost in Winter; and Third Place – Lesandra Plana for When All Is Lost.
Young Author school winners of Division Eight (eighth grade) – Johnathan Barr of Bullitt Lick; Rachel Moss of Eastside; Kaitlyn Sohl of Hebron; and Kayla Davenport of Zoneton. District winners are First Place (tie) - Rachell Moss for Not Your Average Cancer Story and Kayla Davenport for Stranded; Second Place – Kaitlyn Sohl for Bodies; and Third Place – Johnathan Barr for The Day I Die.
Young Author school winners of Division Nine (Elementary ECE) – Donnie Abell of Old Mill; Jeremy Kron of Roby; Evan Keplinger of Crossroads; Michael Frashure of Brooks; Caleb Decker of Cedar Grove; and Henry Borquez of Pleasant Grove. District winners are First Place – Evan Keplinger for Tooter Kingdom; Donnie Abell for Mr. Shield: The World’s Mightiest Hero; and Third Place – Caleb Decker for How am I Going to Change the Future?
Andrew Johnson of Hebron is the Division 10 (Middle School ECE) school and district winner for True?
Division 11 is composed of Primary Group Book Authors in grades kindergarten through third. School winners are Maddi Sherlock, Jillian McGauley and Reese Urwin of Cedar Grove; Emma Rickard, Cheyenne Campbell, Lucas Slone and Canaan McCoy of Lebanon Junction; Lukas Diehl and Aly Sherrard of Mt. Washington; Mason Priddy, Chase Johnson, Anhdrew Riggs, Matthew Powell and Brooks Morris of Nichols; Jackson Gentry and Alex Schmidt of Old Mill; and Damon Moats, Jack Tinelli, Jordan Pound and Travis Ega of Pleasant Grove. District winners are First Place – Jackson Gentry and Alex Schmidt for Super Story; Second Place – Damon Moats, Jack Tinelli, Jordan Pound and Travis Ega for Golden Clouds Adventure; and Third Place – Maddi Sherlock, Jillian McGauley and Reese Urwin for The Wood-Chuck that could Chuck Wood.
Division 12 is the Intermediate Group Book from fourth and fifth grade students. School winners are Alyssa Pilkerton, Olivia West, Sarah Garrett and Makaila Edwards of Crossroads; Madison Whited and Jada Evans of Mt. Washington; and Deandre Crosby and Andrew Hadley of Roby. District winners are First Place – Deandre Crosby and Andrew Hadley for 5 Days at Sea; Second Place – Madison Whited and Jada Evans for Stranded 4 a Week; and Third Place – Alyssa Pilkerton, Olivia West, Sarah Garrett and Makaila Edwards for Rules of Friendship.
Division 13 is the Middle School Group book from sixth through eighth grade. The school and district winners are Courtney Bolt and Grace Martini of Hebron for Life as a Middle Schooler.
North Bullitt High School Teacher Leslie Lloyd selected for 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team
North Bullitt High School English II and Honors English III instructor Leslie Lloyd has been selected to the 2013 LearnZillion Dream Team. Leslie Lloyd was among 200 chosen from 3,000 applications in 41 states submitted by teachers, instructional coaches and administrators. She works with student Destiny Morris, above.
Leslie Lloyd at work in a creative writing class with North Bullitt student Bobbie Sharp.
Leslie Lloyd answers a question by student Alec Tryon.
Leslie Lloyd works with student Allison Drane.
Student Cody Niece listens as Leslie Lloyd explains components of a computer lesson.
Bullitt Central High School Distracted Driver program
Bullitt Central High School students put on fatal vision goggles that simulate the impact of drinking too much. It was part of the Distracted Driving Program presented by Max Koleda and part of the State Farm Grant awarded to the Youth Service Center. Students attempted to maneuver golf carts around obstacles while wearing the fatal vision goggles. Focus was also given on rhe dangers of texting and driving.
A donated wrecked car allowed students to sign a pledge to not text and drive.
World Book Night at Mt. Washington Middle School
World Book Night distribution was observed April 23rd at Mt. Washington Middle School. Free books titled Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson were given to 20 lucky students on the Avengers Team. These books have been provided to volunteers around world by a non profit organization known as World Book Night. The goal of this organization is to put books in the hands of light or non-readers. These books are part of a half million books to be given away on April 23rd (William Shakespeare’s birthday). The event was coordinated by social studies teacher Tara Long who is pictured with Library/Media Specialist Gretchen Williams and student book winners. Ms. Long hopes more teachers and staff will become involved next year. The website is http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/.
Tara Long hands a free book to a Mt. Washington Middle School student has part of World Book Night.
Junior Achievement at Mt. Washington Middle School
Denise Laferty, Vice-President of Business and Real Estate of The Peoples Bank Mt Washington, instructs session four of Junior Achievement April 23 to seventh grade students in Dedre Hatfield’s practical living class at Mt. Washington Middle School. Students were allotted $50 per round and had five rounds to purchase five items and still have money left over. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Rachel Miles reacts to winning the Junior Achievement contest with her group.
Students Ashley Seigle, Hailey Ewing and Rachel Miles listen to Denise Laferty of The Peoples Bank of Mt. Washington explain a Junior Achievement lesson.
Darren Hammond lets classmates know her drew the right card in Junior Achievement.
Rachel Miles is excited about the product she and her friends have the opportunity to purchase.
April 2013 Board of Education meeting presentations
The Mt. Washington Elementary School student energy team spoke about their conservation efforts to the Bullitt County Board of Education’s April 22 meeting. Students are Ashlee Lewis, Carly Druien, Abby Troutman, Mikey House, Parker Ramsey, Macie Brown, Trinity Johnson, and Hunter Hinton. The team sponsor is teacher Carla Young.
Bullitt County Public School Superintendent Keith Davis and Board of Education Chairperson Tim Wiseheart enjoy the presentation by the Mt. Washington Elementary School student energy team.
The April 22 meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Education was held on Earth Day and to mark the occasion, District Energy Manager Kimberly Joseph presented the Energy Star Leader’s Award as well as the Energy Star Top Performers Award to the district. In addition, 14 schools received Energy Star labels (either through re-certification or first certification) – Brooks, Cedar Grove, Crossroads, Freedom, Lebanon Junction, Maryville, Nichols, Overdale, Pleasant Grove (1st label), Roby and Shepherdsville Elementary Schools and Bullitt Lick, Mt. Washington (1st label) and Zoneton Middle Schools.
April 2013 District Assembly meeting
Construction Inspector Brett Highley discussed the facilty plan and college and career centers planned at each high school during the April 2013 District Assembly meeting April 22 at Pleasant Grove Elementary School.
The audience inside Pleasant Grove’s media center listens to Construction Inspector Bret Highley during the April District Assembly meeting.
Adaptive PE for North Bullitt High School MSD students
North Bullitt High School gym teacher Janna Johnson has implemented a first…Adaptive Physical Education for students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities (MSD). “We saw a lot of happy students the first semester,” Johnson said which includes a diverse group of youth with special needs. Peer tutors sign up for the class and work with MSD students one hour per week. They engage in athletic activities such as baseball, bowling and volleyball all within the confines of the North Bullitt gymnasium. Mondays feature alternate weeks between T-ball and kickball. Tuesday is activity day in which students can choose what activity they want to do or different group games. Wednesdays is bowling, Thursdays is fitness (students have individual workouts they do) and Fridays is volleyball. The MSD youth smile, giggle, laugh and cheer as they run bases, knock over pins with a plastic bowling ball or go after the blue and white volleyball. (Please scroll down for more photos)
NBHS senior and peer tutor Lucas Johnson watches as an MSD students prepares to bat in adaptive PE.
Peer tutors assist MSD students participate in adaptive PE. The experience is rewarding for both students.
MSD students and their peer tutor cheer on classmates…
…as they run the bases after getting a hit!
NBHS staff and peer tutors assist MSD students in adaptive PE.
NBHS peer tutors assist MSD students in adaptive PE.
A NBHS peer tutor lets an MSD student know she has one more ball left to bowl.
Bowling in the NBHS gym is a popular adaptive PE activity.
The MSD students are a close knit group.
Bowling in adaptive PE in the NBHS gym.
Shepherdsville Elementary School Living History Museum
With the completion of Shepherdsville Elementary School in 2005, fifth grade students and teachers began the daunting task of creating a Living History Museum. Now, eight years later the tradition continues. Students such as Krista Wart (above) were required to write a feature article, memorize their monologues and create a PowerPoint, all for their part of in the museum. Students then created costumes to make their character come to life on April 19. This culminating performance is as far as we know the only one of it’s kind in our district, if not the surrounding area. The PowerPoint that is streaming was created by the students and was part of their writing portfolios. Students in the lower grades begin talking about the museum after Spring Break and can’t wait to see what the fifth graders have come up with. The entire school set times to come through the museum. Generally you can hear the approval of the crowd as they oooh!!! and aaaah!!! when they first come in. The fifth grade team consists of Mrs. Byerley, Mrs. Mattingly, Mr. Bickers and Mr. Lumpkins and 91 fifth grade students. Perhaps the tour will persuade you to want to pick up a book and read more about your favorite character.
Student Hannah Walls as Annie Oakley.
Shaelin Warner portrayed Amelia Earhart.
President Abraham Lincoln continues to draw a crowd. Student Chase Buechel played the iconic administrator in this scene.
Each Living History Museum participant, such as Sami Miller as Cleopatra, stood as a statue until students stepped on a button ‘activating’ the youth to talk about his or her historical character.
Students listen to Living History from Maddie Pierce.
Abriel Barrett ‘signs’ the Declaration of Independence.
Chase Hood tells his story to his parents.
Makayela Jones as Betsy Ross.
School staff enjoyed the museum.
Nichols Elementary School staff vs. students archery competition
Members of the Nichols Elementary School student archery team take aim at targets during a staff vs. students competition. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Nichols staff and students prepare to release their arrows.
Student Lillie Birge and Custodian Jess Priddy.
Students and staff calculate scores by tabulating points where arrows have landed on targets.
Student Anna Crawley gets a high five for one of her many bulls eyes.
Librarian Laura Mann points to arrows and their location as student Brandon Luna records scores.
Archery Coach Cindi French prepares to release an arrow.
Kindergarten Teahcer Sara Beth Sternberg prepares to release her arrow.
Volunteer Coordinator/Instructional Assistant Geneva Peyton tallies her score with the help of student Lillie Birge.
Bullitt Lick Middle School Spring Showcase
Bullitt Lick Middle School student Cody Stivers showed his family projects from classmates during the April 18 spring showcase.
Approximately 300 people enjoyed a Qdoba buffet line during Bullitt Lick’s spring showcase. They were also treated to a student reading fair, heard from Bullitt Central High School Principal Christy Coulter and watched the cheerleading/manga club performances.
Bernheim Middle School students Skype international interviews
Bernheim Middle School students in Victoria Wright’s Language Arts class interviewed some of her colleagues from Sweden, such as Iceland students and teachers (Helena Bergstrom), via Skype April 18 for a research project about education in other countries. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Skype interviews were also conducted with Seckin Coper from Turkey and Barkat Ullah from Bangladesh.
Hongzhan Hu from China spoke with Bernheim Middle School students in Victoria Wright’s class.
Students enjoy the Skype interviews.
Honors for longtime Nichols Elementary School Volunteer Ruth Hawkins
Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Keith Davis read a letter from President Barack Obama to longtime Nichols Elementary School volunteer Ruth Hawkins, left. She was presented the President’s Call to Service Award during a school assembly April 17. She was nominated for the honor by Community Partners for Learning and AmeriCorp VISTA member Heather McDonald. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Ruth Hawkins was given a Nichols Elementary School Knights shirt during the school assembly.
Nichols Elementary School students surround volunteer Ruth Hawkins. She is the recipient of the Kentucky First Lady’s Award which recognizes a Kentuckian who has gone out of his or her way to assist youth in their efforts to graduate from high school. This may have been done through mentoring, time spent tutoring or advising a student in need of assistance or by working directly with a school to help children gain their diplomas. Ruth was nominated for this award for her service as a C.P.L. tutor. She was nominated by AmeriCorps VISTA Heather McDonald.
Bullitt Central High School students raise awareness of child abuse prevention
The Bullitt Central High School FCCLA club gathers around the school sign with 236 blue pinwheels they planted in the ground April 17. Each pinwheel represented a substantiated case of child abuse in Bullitt County in 2011.
Bullitt Central FCCLA club students plant blue pinwheels to raise awareness for Child Abuse Prevention Month in April.
Battle of the Books
Overdale Elementary School second grade students Ryan Brown, Kailye Lozano, Ava Osborne and Eli Arnold participate in the Battle of the Books competition April 16 at Overdale. The event features students in various grade levels from Overdale, Lebanon Junction and Roby Elementary Schools answering questions about books they have read. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Students from Lebanon Junction Elementary School cheer on their classmates with signs and applause.
Roby Elementary School students encourage their classmates to do well in Battle of the Books.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School second grade students ponder a question.
Roby Elementary School second grade students Caleb Forgey, Katie Hicks, Austin Blair, Nataleigh Tatum and (not pictured) Alexis Wilbert, Zoe Vandiever, Peyton Rhoades participate in Battle of the Books.
George McGee appears as Henry Clay at Bernheim Middle School
George McGee of Georgetown performed as Henry Clay April 15 for Bernheim Middle School eighth graders. McGee is director of theater at Georgetown College and a veteran actor who has worked on the stage, in films and on network television. He has also portrayed Elijah Craig for Kentucky Chautauqua. BMS teacher Jennifer Faith brought in Mr. McGee as part of OVEC’s Teaching American History grant program. (Please scroll down for more photos)
BMS eighth grade students Karen Carey, Bry Milby, Samantha Gardner participate with George McGee as Henry Clay.
BMS eighth grader Josh Butcher and Henry Clay performer George McGee salute!
BMS eighth grader Morgan Gravel tends to George McGee as he pretends to be wounded while performing as Henry Clay.
George McGee as Henry Clay motions to the audience as BMS eighth graders (front row) Bry Milby and Austin Allen and (back row) Nick Curtis, Brian Sanders, Caity Brown, Dustin Smith and Jordan Brock participate in the performance.
Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame Banquet
Inductees of the 2013 Bullitt Central High School Hall of Fame pose for a photo following the April 12 ceremony. A total of 19 former students, teachers, staff and business supporters composed this year’s Hall of Fame. They are: Dana Biggs – Class of 1988 – Instructor and Assistant Director of Bands at the University of Colorado Boulder; Beverly Cairnes – Mathematics Teacher for 31 years. Recognized in Who’s Who of American Teachers in 1998, 2002, 2004 and 2005; Mike Farner – Class of 1979 – Sports Editor for The Pioneer News for 35 Years (His career began with Bullitt Central’s Central Scene Newspaper); Dr. Cliffa Foster – Class of 1980 – Researcher and Administrator over the Human Performance and Biochemistry Lab at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor; Dr. Cindy Meyers-Gnadinger – Class of 1984 – Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bellarmine University; Joe Herde – First Band Director of the Marching, Pep and Stage Bands. He instilled in students a love and appreciation for music; Joe Holcomb – First Head Football Coach with a 10-1 in the 1973-74 season, a school record. Named Coach of the Year by the Mid KY American Conference; Martha Weaver-Knox – Class of 1978 – Bullitt County Jailer; Steve Larimore – Class of 1975 – Master Sergeant with the United States Army and served in Korea, Kosovo, Germany, Bosnia, Macedonia and Iraq; Danny Leasor – Earned the wins as Head Football Coach with victories in the county championship in 1989, 1990 and 1991; Debbie Mills – Teacher for 25 years and instrumental in getting BC as a charter member of the State Site Based Council; Henry Powell – Veteran Advanced Math and Physics Teacher; Bill Schott – Driver’s Education Instructor and Successful Boys Basketball Coach; Lavenia Skidmore – School Secretary for Principal George Valentine from 1970-1991; Nick Simon – President of Publishers Printing Company and generous business supporter of Bullitt Central; Ray Smith – Teacher, sponsor of The Prowler Yearbook and education expert whose expertise has been utilized as District Supervisor of Instruction; Jimmy Troutman – Class of 1975 – Won the State All-Discus Championship in Track in 1975; Mike Upton – Class of 1990 – Awarded full funded appointment to the United States Military Academy, West Point (Graduate of West Point in 1994 as a 2nd Lieutenant) and Cecilia Woloch – Class of 1975 – 2011 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and author of five acclaimed collections of poems. Special Awards and Recognition were bestowed upon Walter “Beau” Kaelin, – BCHS Teacher of the Year and 2013-2014 District High School Teacher of the Year and Tiffany Gossett – Class of 1990 – Distinguished Parent Volunteer for her work as PTSA President and Parent Representative on the SBDM Council and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports Committee. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Hall of Fame inductees and guests arrive at Bullitt Central High School for the ceremony.
Bullitt Central’s Family and Consumer Science students prepared and served the buffet meal to Hall of Fame inductees, family and friends.
2013 Hall of Fame inductee Beverly Cairnes thanks the audience as Principal Christy Coulter listens.
Each inductee was presented with an acrylic award but the clear highlight was seeing yearbook photos such as this one of Hall of Fame inductee Mike Farner.
In one of the ceremony’s more moving moments, Marcella Herde accepted the Hall of Fame honor on behalf of her late husband, Joe.
2013 Hall of Fame inductee Joe Holcolmb is introduced by 2012 Hall of Fame member Eric Farris.
Martha Weaver-Knox is all smiles as she is inducted into the 2013 Hall of Fame.
All 2013 Hall of Fame inductees addressed the audience including Danny Leasor…
and 2013 Hall of Fame indcutee Henry Powell who related one of the funniest stories of the evening!
2013 Hall of Fame inductee Lavenia Skidmore shares her memories of working at Bullitt Central.
Publishers Printing Company President and 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Nick Simon spoke about the importance of supporting Bullitt Central through business contributions. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of BCHS graduates have worked for Publishers over the years.
2013 Hall of Fame inductee found school success along with a soul mate. He is married to 2012 Hall of Fame member Mary Ann Smith.
2013 Hall of Fame inductee Mike Upton praised the school, particularly the JROTC department.
2013 Hall of Fame inductee Dr. Cindy Meyers-Gnadinger spoke about the outstanding curriculum offered at Bullitt Central.
Career Readiness Center Activities
Career Readiness Center automotive, carpentry, graphic technology, and welding students toured the Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences Program at Western Kentucky University. Students participated in an introductory class session to Western Kentucky University and learned about the various Manufacturing Sciences programs offered at WKU. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Sophomore Garret Andres participates in a Driving Simulator at the National Corvette Museum. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Career Readiness Center and Bullitt Advanced Math and Science students Skyped with Kristen Gannon, Marine Specialist, from the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater, FL. Students learned about the marine biology career fields, as well as the research used in such career fields. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Career Readiness Center health sciences students toured Spalding University’s Nursing program. Students toured the various nursing skills and simulation laboratories and participated in a chemistry experiment. L-R: Freshmen Hannah Tucker and Lacey Bault and sophomore Danielle Keller create goo. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
CRC health students observe the removable body parts in the Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab. L-R: Tiffany Bowen, Laranda Thompson, Garry Key, Kaylee Shelton, Danielle Funk. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Career Readiness Center health sciences students job shadowed at Jewish Medical Center South in Brooks, KY. Students shadowed highly qualified professionals in the following areas: Clinical Laboratory, CT Scan, Emergency Department, MRI, and X-Ray. Pictured back row L-R: freshman Hannah Tucker, sophomore Tiffany Bowen, junior Sabrina Brown, sophomore Dallas Thompson, sophomore Garry Key, freshman Kaylee Shelton and sophomore Laranda Thompson. Front row L-R: freshmen Danielle Funk and Lacey Bault. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Career Readiness Center Graphic Technology students toured the various programs offered at Sullivan College of Technology Design; these programs include: Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Network Administration, Computer Network Forensics, Dynamic Web Development, Graphic Design, and Interior Design. In the above photo, CRC students participated in a Dynamic Web Design and Graphic Design classCRC students create a Spock cartoon animation using ToonBoom Animation Graphic Design. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
L-R: Sophomore Eric Rodgers receives assistance from a Sullivan Instructor while fellow sophomores Nik Estes and Dustin Gritton and junior Nathan Owen create a Spock cartoon using ToonBoom Animation Graphic Design. (Photo by College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly)
Old Mill Elementary School student wax museum
Old Mill Elementary School students tour the wax museum featuring classmates such as Principle Software Engineer Sawyer Kelty in careers. The wax museum was created by I LEAP educator Melissa Key and school counselor Kim Bleemel. Please scroll down for more photos)
Old Mill students listen to Heart Surgeon Savannah Childress.
Author Beth Woods talks about writing to students.
Old Mill students watch Accountant Max Gauthier work on a laptop.
Tap Dance Performer Tricia Reuss spoke and showed Old Mill students some fancy footwork!
District Elementary School Science Fair
The District Elementary School Science Fair was held March 28 at Crossroads Elementary School. The top three winners from all 13 elementary schools participated such as Jacob Vincent of Pleasant Grove Elementary School whose project How Do Tornadoes Form? was scrutinized by judge Christopher Robbins of the Kentucky Science Center. Please scroll down for more photos along with pictures of the district winners.
District Elementary School Science Fair Judge Jonathan Rideout of McFarland, Troutman and Proffitt Funeral Home feels the warmth emitting from the project of Thomas Gordon Jr. of Crossroads.
Jeff Howard of University of Louisville Hospital listens to a student make a point abouit his science project.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School student Caitlin Killen shares a laugh with judge Mike Ekbundit.
Old Mill Elementary School student Gabe Smith presents his project to judge Jonathan Rideout.
Christopher Robbins makes notes as science fair participants wait with their projects.
Geek Squad City’s Rob Napper leans in for a closer look at the science project from Sara Brady of Shepherdsville Elementary School.
Students create clever names for their science projects such as The Jell-O Factor which was judged by Allison Hartman of Geek Squad City.
Brooks Elementary School student Madalin Julian describes her project to Jonathan Rideout.
Cedar Grove Elementary School student Eden Elwell points to her project for Allison Hartman.
Freedom Elementary School student Samuel Acosta informs Chris Goldsmith of Geek Squad City how hs project makes Green Energy from Wind.
Students explain their projects to judges.
Mt. Washington Elementary School student Brooke Wathen discussed bacteria busters with Allison Hartman.
Old Mill Elementary School student Ashley Campbell shows her water filter project to Christopher Robbins.
Jonathan Rideout observes an ‘eggs’cellent science project.
Elementary School District Science Fair winners L-R:- First Place - Kara Ater of Roby; Second Place – Mason Roach of Crossroads; Third Place – Makenzie Conn of Brooks.
District Middle and High School Science Fair
Mt Washington Middle School students Jenna Rueve and Jenny Robertson stand with their project Battle of the Sexes. They were school winners eligible to participate for honors at the annual District Middle and High School Science Fair held March 26 at Bullitt Central High School’s auditorium. The District Science Fair Coordinator is Jaymee Clemens. Please scroll down for more project photos along with images of the district winners.
Judges play an invaluable role in science fair competitions. Catherine Hall of Geek Squad City listens as Bullitt Central High School students Matt Simon and Sarah Schaaf describe their project. Other judges who volunteered their time were Danielle Blank and Christopher Robbins of the Kentucky Science Center, Carolyn Collins of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, Jonathan Rideout of McFarland, Troutman and Proffitt Funeral Home, Mike Ekbundit and Chris Vowels of GE Appliance and Light, and Catherine Hall, Joseph Rice and Sheridan Hamilton of Geek Squad City.
Judge Mike Ekbundit listens to students discuss their project of Photosynthesis and Third World Countries.
Judge Chris Vowels listens to a student explain a science project.
Eastside Middle School student Brad Hood was in Washington, DC with fellow eighth graders. He did not want to miss the district science fair so he created a video explaining his school winning project to judges.
Bullitt Lick Middle School student Nolan Creason listens to a question from judge Christopher Robbins.
Judge Mike Ekbundit listens to Hebron Middle School student Ishika Patel explain her science project.
Judge Danielle Blank watches as Bernheim Middle School student Brendan Waltenburg student demonstrates his science fair project.
Faith Allen of Bernheim Middle School spoke about her science project The Mold Killer – Bleach vs. Pine-Sol.
Judge Jonathan Rideout listens to a student describe her science project.
Catherine Hall listens as a student makes a point about her science project.
Bernheim Middle School student Kyle Bennett and Catherine Hall examine his project.
North Bullitt High School student Dalton Hayes shares a smile while describing his science fair project to Mike Ekbundit.
Jonathan Rideout makes notes on a science project.
Mike Ekbundit reviews a science project.
The high school winner of the District Science Fair is Charlotte Mason of Bullitt East High School. All winners earned trophies while all school winners who participated in the district event received medals. The district winners are pictured with Director of Secondary Education Robb Smith (left) and Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Greg Schultz.
Dalton Hayes of North Bullitt took second place in the district competition.
Joel Huether of Bullitt East earned third place in the District Science Fair.
Mt. Washington Middle School students Jenna Reuve and Jenny Robertson were named winners of the middle school division of the District Science Fair.
Bullitt Lick Middle School students Andrew Anderson and Danny Goldsmith were awarded second place.
Bernheim Middle School student Kyle Bennett earned third place.
Operation Preparation at North Bullitt High School
North Bullitt High School Youth Service Center Coordinator Jennifer Sawaya organized Operation Preparation for sophomores. Speakers such as Veterinarian Dr. David Stone of Shepherdsville Animal Hospital brought two of his pet canines to demonstrate various surgical procedures. Not to worry, the furry daschshund on the operating table is perfectly fine and awake enjoying the attention! (Please scroll down for more photos)
North Bullitt sophomores gather in a circle inside the gymnasium to listen as an Operation Preparation speaker addresses career options.
Thao Tran, clinical coordinator for NorthWest Area Health Education Center, engaged North Bullitt sophomores with a handout during her Operation Preparation presentation.
North Bullitt sophomores look over material from one of many Operation Presentation speakers.
North Bullitt sophomores listen to an Operation Preparation speaker.
March 2013 Board of Education meeting presentations
Nichols Elementary School Principal Sheri Hamilton and school volunteer coordinator Geneva Peyton recognize Ruth Hawkins for her many hours of service to the students of Nichols.
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts read a proclamation designating March 25, 2013 at ‘Ruth Hawkins Day.’
District Volunteer Coordinator Judy Cederholm and Americacorps VISTA member Heather McDonald honor Ruth Hawkins with the Presidential Lifetime Service Award as well as designating Ms. Hawkins as an official Kentucky Colonel.
Bullitt County Public Schools Superintendent Keith Davis recognizes Americorps VISTA member Heather McDonald for her work with Community Partners for Learning.
Registered Nurse and University of Louisville student Sky Thompson gave a PowerPoint presentation on the importance of proper nutrition and physical activity for students.
Maryville Elementary School students David Vance, Jacob Skaggs, TJ Bloomer and Christopher Underwood participate in a three minute chess blitz as Board of Education members look on and listen to District Chess Coordinator Dennis Minnis.
Maryville Elementary School students TJ Bloomer and Christopher Underwood race through a chess match.
March 2013 District Assembly meeting
The March 2013 District Assembly meeting featured a presentation by District Technology Coordinator Jim Jackson on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The meeting was held at Crossroads Elementary School and students Aaron Gates, Morgan Renneisen, Olivia Smith and Isaiah Jenner from Dana Murphy and Sara Thornsberry’s classes spoke about how the electronic devices enhance their education. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Aaron Gates uses a laptop to show his virtual vision of Crossroads.
Aaron Gates reads notes which accompanied his Minecraft presentation featuring a virtual rendering of Crossroads.
Morgan Renneisen talks about the effectiveness of BYOD.
Olivia Smith uses a laptop to show her presentation of Patrick Henry.
Isaiah Jenner reads about BYOD during the District Assembly meeting.
Regional 13 Elementary School Governor’s Cup Competition
Members of the Mt. Washington Elementary School academic team celebrate their First Place overall score following the Regional 13 competition March 23 at Roby Elementary School. The regional level is as far as elementary students can advance. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The Cedar Grove Elementary School academic team took Second Place overall in regional competition.
Maryville Elementary School’s academic team captured Third Place overall in regional competition.
The Brooks Elementary School academic team earned Fourth Place overall in regionals.
Old Mill Elementary School was voted the winner of the Katherine Hume Good Sportsmanship Award.
Quick Recall results – First Place – Mt. Washington Elementary School.
Quick Recall results - Second Place – Maryville Elementary School.
Quick Recall results – Third Place – Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Quick Recall results – Fourth Place – Spencer County Elementary School.
Future Problem Solving Team – First Place – Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Future Problem Solving Team – Second Place – Brooks Elementary School.
Future Problem Solving Team – Third Place – Mt. Washington Elementary School.
(Not pictured is Overdale Elementary School in Fourth Place).
Mathematics written assessment – First Place – T.J. Bloomer of Maryville; Second Place – Logan Parrish of Mt. Washington; Third Place (tie) – Abey Hicks of Brooks and Aaron Gates of Crossroads; and Fifth Place (tie) – Ben Bouakham of Brooks and Reece Tomlinson of Pleasant Grove.
Social studies written assessment – First Place – Ethan Bleemel of Cedar Grove; Second Place – Adam Johnson of Cedar Grove; Third Place (tie) – Reece Tomlinson of Pleasant Grove and Sam Hutchins of Maryville; and Fifth Place – Josh Dunkelbeger of Spencer County.
Science written assessment – First Place – T.J. Bloomer of Maryville; Second Place – Hunter Dixon of Mt. Washington; Third Place – Valerie King of Mt. Washington; Fourth Place – Eli Marks of Maryville; and Fifth Place – Sam Priddy of Mt. Washington.
Language Arts written assessment – First Place – Calvin Sosebee of Spencer County; Second Place – Halle Salsman of Mt. Washington; Third Place (tie) – Madison Brown of Overdale and Leah Johnson of Cedar Grove; and Fifth Place – Caden Little of Taylorsville Elementary.
Composition – First Place – Ahna Cates of Mt. Washington; Second Place (tie) – Vanessa Velasquez of Taylorsville and Katelyn Mattingly of Cedar Grove; Fourth Place – Lydia Marshall of Mt. Washington; and Fifth Place – Brooklyn Cahoe of Freedom.
Arts and humanities written assessment – First place – Kaylon Hampton of Mt. Washington; Second Place – Halle Salsman of Mt. Washington; Third Place – Adam Johnson of Cedar Grove; Fourth Place – Patricia Reuss of Old Mill; and Fifth Place – Eli Marks of Maryville.
Since Smile Kentucky! Treatment Day on February 1 for almost 300 children and the subsequent school closings due to inclement weather, officials with the Louisville Water Company have been working hard to maintain a commitment to provide free dental care to those children. Dr. Darren Greenwell of Pioneer Village opened his private office to provide this care to students from Maryville and Overdale Elementary Schools.
East Area Schools Concert
The combined children’s choir of Crossroads, Mt. Washington, Old Mill and Pleasant Grove Elementary Schools. Taking turns directing the student singers are music leaders Bryan and Lori Kerr (Mt. Washington), Amy Cuenca (Crossroads), Vicki Kurk (Old Mill) and Myra Kean (Pleasant Grove). The east area schools concert was held March 21 at Bullitt East High School. Please scroll down for more photos)
Flute players in the fifth grade band perform The Soul of Our School.
The fifth grade band clarinet section performs This Old Man Goes Marching.
The middle school beginning band tackles (takes a breath) Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Middle school band director are Cheri Dugger (Eastside) and David Bretz (Mt. Washington).
Eastside Middle School band students play church bells to accompany Pictures at an Exhibition.
The middle school concert band trumpet and trombone section at work.
Clarinet players with the middle school concert band.
The Bullitt East High School Chamber Chorale performs Some Nights under the direction of Carrie Ann Gary.
Members of the Bullitt East Advanced Choir surprised Bullitt Central High School Assistant Principal Sarah Hardin with a special song!
Bullitt East band director Jonah Sawyers conducts the concert band.
Operation Preparation at Hebron Middle School
Hebron Middle School students visit one of many booths during Operation Preparation March 21. The statewide initative is a focus for students on possible college and career options. The event was sponsored at Hebron by Youth Service Center Coordinator Jennifer Sawaya.
Hebron Middle School school students visit Operation Preparation displays and listen to speakers talk about careers.
Hebron Middle School’s Jacob Johnson constructs an Eiffel Tower out of coat hangers
Hebron Middle School eighth grade student Jacob Johnson stands behind his Eiffel Tower made of coat hangers. The art project assigned by Brenda Hutchison took Jacob about two weeks to make using recycled materials.
Bullitt Central High School’s Angela Cunningham honored at KySTE conference
Bullitt Central High School social studies teacher Angela Cunningham was recognized during the closing ceremony of the 2013 Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) conference as the state’s outstanding educator.
Central Area Schools Concert
Elementary school students danced to the music of the Orff ensemble during the central areas schools concert March 14 at Bullitt Central High School. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The elementary school Orff ensemble entertains the audience. Isabel Hart is in the center wearing blue. Abbi Sherlock is behind her on the left wearing white. Madison Martin is behind Abbi on the left. Nathan Richards is the tallest person standing in the background.
L-R: Emily Rice, Kaleb Tinsley, Drake Harbolt, Alyssa Aubrey and Caitlin Glidewell of the Shepherdsville Elementary School band play clarinet under the direction of music director Stacey Stults.
The children’s choir featuring students from Cedar Grove, Roby and Shepherdsville Elementary Schools directed by Rebecca Dennis, Ashley Baldini and Stacey Stults.
Middle school trombone players such as Bernheim’s Mason Teel (foregrond) watch the music and their conductors…
As saxophone player Dudley Rigney and French Horn player Nick Rigney, both of Bullitt Lick Middle School, follow the lead of Kirby Kemble of Bernheim and Meredith Patton of Bullitt Lick Middle Schools.
Student musicians take their performances seriously whether it is in the trumpet section…
Or on the flute.
Hitting all the proper notes on percussion.
The combined middle school band from Bernheim and Bullitt Lick.
L-R: Devin Crawley and Lauren Shufeldt of Bullitt Lick perform on clarinet while Bernheim music director Kirby Kemble listens.
Bullitt Lick student Blake “The Cowboy King” Myers makes sure the drumstick connects with the bell at precisely the right moment.
Bullitt Central High School band director Rodney Stults conducts his musicians.
Bullitt Central High School band French Horn players Jason St. Clair and Ashely Dykes.
Bullitt Central High School percussion players Austen Allgeier, Brayden Hupp, Joel LaFollette and Sam Embry.
Amazon Fulfillment Center donation to Family Resource/Youth Service Centers
Bullitt County Public School Family Resource and Youth Center Coordinators accept a check exceeding $11,000 from Amazon Fulfillment Center in Shepherdsville. The money was collected from employee change from vending machines and will be used by FRYSC’s to help eliminate barriers to student learning. The check presentation took place on the porch of the Woodsdale one-room schoolhouse. Officials from Amazon included General Manager Al Ondreka, GM Assistant Grace Kressler, HR Business Partner Stefanie Walls, Facilities Tech Chris Beavers and Community Relations Director Dustin Henderson. School officials included Assistant Superintendent for Support Services Becky Sexton, Social Worker Linda Nason, District Grant Writer Juliann Vachon, Title IX Coordinator/Social Worker Susan Bibelhauser, FRC’s Tammy Perdew (Cedar Grove/Lebanon Junction Elementary Schools), Sherri Bishop (Brooks/Freedom Elementary Schools), Traci Gould (Shepherdsville/Nichols Elementary Schools), Jacey Smothers (Mt. Washington/Roby Elementary Schools), Betty Marshall (Maryville/Overdale Elementary Schools), Tara Davis (Bernheim/Bullitt Lick Middle Schools), Tonia Wiggins (Bullitt Central High School) and Jennifer Sawaya (Hebron Middle School/North Bullitt High School).
Brittany Johnston’s students at Zoneton Middle School earn National Honors
Zoneton Middle School students in Brittany Johnston’s math class were honored for winning the National Middle School Contest for the most progress on the Online Program for January from the Carnegie Learning Institute.
Joshua Eisenback (foreground) and Matthew Cummings enjoy Papa John’s pizza for winning the National Middle School Contest for the most progress on the Online Program for January from the Carnegie Learning Institute.
Very Important Partners (VIP) poster campaign students at KidsFest
Eastside Middle School student Paul Rippy was a special guest during KidsFest March 9 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Paul greeted visitors and handed out autographed copies of his Very Important Partner (VIP) poster at the Bullitt County Public Schools booth. Students on posters pledge to say no to drugs, alcohol and peer pressure.
Emma Pressley was also a guest at KidsFest. She is also a student at Eastside and enjoyed handing out autographed copies of her VIP poster.
Bullitt Central High School student Isaac Mitchell was another VIP guest at KidsFest.
North Area Schools Concert
Elementary school students perform during the annual North area school music concert March 7 at North Bullitt High School. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The elementary school choir representing students from Brooks, Maryville and Overdale.
Brooks Elementary Schools arts and humanities teacher Lindsay Buege conducts the area school children’s choir.
Moving to the middle school bands from Hebron and Zoneton, student musicians included instruments from trumpets to bassoon’s. This is Karla Arango from Zoneton.
The middle school children’s choir enjoys their number under the direction of Wendy Davidson of Hebron ad Eve Witt of Zoneton.
Zoneton Middle School music instructor Eve Witt leads the combined middle school bands of Hebron and Zoneton.
Student musicians such as Selma Podbicanin from Zoneton alternated between watching their conductor, reading music and…
Keeping a watchful eye on their conductor such as Hebron Middle School saxophone player Eric Gore.
The North Bullitt High School Drum Corps composed of Isaac Acosta, Chris Wells, Harvey Reid and Andrew Hibbs under the direction of music director Jennie Kling.
North Bullitt High School trumpet players L-R: Tyler Robinson, Cash Collins and Candace Cummings.
North Bullitt High School saxophone players L-R: Jason Puckett, Nathan Halbauer and Harley Ledbetter.
North Bullitt High School student chorus.
North Bullitt High School clarinet players Brandon Luttrell (left) and Andrew Mills.
North Bullitt High School tuba player Collin Newton.
North Bullitt High School xylophone players Makala Key and Cameron Nally.
February 2013 Board of Education meeting presentations
Cedar Grove Elementary School fifth grade student Hunter Reading spoke about the school’s archery program during the February 25 meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Education. Hunter and third grade classmate Kacee Blair joined archery coach and school teacher Travis Whitworth and Principal Andy Moberly in praising the program which has been funded by a Zappos Fulfillment Center grant and a grant from the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education.
February 2013 District Assembly meeting
The audience at the February 2013 District Assembly meeting at Brooks Elementary School listened to a presentation on College Credit Advanced Placement (CCAP) from Director of Secondary Education Robb Smith and high school principals Christy Coulter (Bullitt Central), Willie Foster (Bullitt East) and Jeff Marshall (North Bullitt). Please scroll down for more photos.
Bullitt East High School Principal Willie Foster makes a point about CCAP.
As does Bullitt Central High School Principal Christy Coulter…
…And North Bullitt High School Principal Jeff Marshall (left).
Eastside Middle School banner on display at Kentucky School Boards Association annual conference
This row of school banners was displayed across from the grand ballroom of the Galt House East in Louisville during the Kentucky School Boards Association annual conference Feb. 22-23. The Bullitt County public School banner is the second from the left. Eastside Middle School art educator Angela Hobbs and eighth grade students Savannah Flaherty and Alyssa Heun designed the banner around the theme Kentucky Public Schools: Taking the Next Step. After the conference, the banner will be displayed for a year at the central office.
Check presentation at Nichols Elementary School
For the seventh consecutive year, Nichols Elementary School had the most staff and students attend the annual Showcase Bullitt County sponsored by the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and Park Community Federal Credit Union. The successful turnout earned the school $500. Pictured above are students Dalton Nall and Collin Fyffe holding the check. Back row are art/physical education teacher Elizabeth Yates, Principal Sheri Hamilton, Park Community’s Director of Business Development Ellie L. Yerkes, Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Freida Howe, Nichols attendance clerk Neida Werner and WatchD.O.G. volunteer Jayson Tucker.
Career Readiness Center students visit American Printing House for the Blind
Career Readiness Center freshmen Shelby Libka and Alyssa Hensley explore the tactile globe at the American Printing House for the Blind Museum. Graphic CRC students toured the American Printing House for the Blind and learned about the role of graphic technology and its importance in the world today, even for the blind. The APH employs a Graphic Designer and a Web Page Designer. Students toured the facility and witnessed the processes of creating braille and large print books as well as audiobooks. The tour included the following stations: recording studio, proofreading station, printing stations (where braille and large print books are printed), audio cassettes production and museum. Photo by CRC Career Coach Savannah Mattingly.
CRC freshman Kayla Hood types her name in Braille at the American Printing House for the Blind. Photo by CRC Career Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School student Schon Sanders
Pleasant Grove Elementary School student Schon Sanders has been extended an invitation by the People to People Ambassador program to participate in an educational experience this summer in Canada.
2013 KSBA Conference Banner
Eastside Middle School art educator Angela Hobbs designed the banner for the 2013 Kentucky School Boards Association conference. The theme is Kentucky Public Schools: Taking the Next Step. The conference is scheduled for Feb. 22-23 at the Galt House East in Louisville. Schools across Kentucky are invited to design banners around a different theme each year.
Inventor’s Fair at Hebron Middle School
Pleasant Grove Elementary School fourth grade student Caden Carter shares a chuckle with Bernheim Middle School science teacher Kelli Clack at an Inventor’s Fair Jan. 24 at Hebron Middle School. Caden invented the Sensamower, a remote controlled lawn cutting tool that follows a grid pattern to lawns properly manicured.
Betsy Lewis described her invention to a judge during the Inventor’s Fair.
Bullitt East High School freshman Savannah Warner earns YMCA Youth Character Award
Bullitt East High School freshman Savannah Warner was honored with 12 other youth in metropolitan Louisville at the YMCA Youth Character Awards celebration in downtown Louisville. She earned a $1000 scholarship towards college and $500 that must be used to enhance her leadership skills. She is pictured with YMCA membership director Anita Stump who submitted a glowing nomination that accentuated Savannah’s belief on God. Savannah is the 15 year-old daughter of Stephanie and Steve Warner.
Inventor’s Fair at Eastside Middle School
Old Mill Elementary School student Amelia Rauch gives her mother, Michelle Reaves, a high five Jan. 22 at an inventor’s fair held at Eastside Middle School. Amelia’s invention was a Spiral, a hand held electronic device capable of virtually any task.
Sydney Key’s invention was the Clothes Machine 9000. One organizes outfits and hangs them in order in the machine then presses the appropriate button to retrieve them. Think vending machine but you get clothes instead of candy.
Career Readiness Center Student Field Trips
Career Readiness Center College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly has been busy taking pictures of CRC students visiting various businesses. At Bellarmine University, students went to the Nursing Skills and Simulation Laboratory and the Health Assessment Laboratory where Junior Sabrina Brown (above left) and sophomore Alex Bowling listen to a patient’s breathing while health instructor Denise Harned of the Bullitt County Area Technology Center explains the process of intravenous liquids and tracheotomies. Please scroll down to see more of Ms. Mattingly’s work behind the lens.
A Bullitt County Area Technology Center health sciences student learns how to clean a tracheotomy. Photo by Career Readiness Center College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Freshmen Brandon Hoover (left) and Brandon Guenthner admire a brand new Toyota during a visit to the Georgetown, KY manufacturing plant. Photo by Career Readiness Center College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Freshman Daniel Walters demonstrates a welding simulator at the Pipefitters Union Training Center. Photo by Career Readiness Center College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly.
100th Day of School Observance at Crossroads Elementary School
Crossroads Elementary School observed the 100th day of the 2012-2013 school year with a very special guest. Ruth Ball is 100 years old and paid a visit to the school to greet students. Ms. Ball was named the Queen for the 100th day. (Photos submitted by Library Media Specialist Kellie Weihe, teacher Teresa Cox and Student Technology Leadership Project (STLP) member Aiden Robinson)
CES student Luke Cox and Ruth Ball celebrate the 100th day of school. Ms. Ball is 100 years old!
Students from Jamie Flynn’s kindergarten class.
Students from Clark Kuhn’s kindergarten class.
Crossroads students wore hats proclaiming they were 100 days smarter!
Family Resource and Youth Service Centers sponsor College and Career Fair
The Bullitt County Family Resource and Youth Service Centers sponsored a College and Career Fair Jan. 17 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.
College and Career Coach Savannah Mattingly of the Career Readiness Center shows the CRC display to a visit or at the College and Career Fair at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.
Author Leigh Ann Florence conducts writing workshop at Crossroads Elementary School
Crossroads Elementary School fifth grade students ask questions of author Leigh Ann Florence during a writing workshop Jan. 17. Florence is holding Woody, the Kentucky Wiener and star of Florence’s anthology.
Kentucky Author Leigh Ann Florence asks questions of Crossroads Elementary School fifth grade students during a writing workshop.
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway speaks at North Bullitt High School
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway makes a point during a Jan. 17 presentation at North Bullitt High School on Keep Kentucky Kids Safe. The program focused on prescription pill abuse. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The North Bullitt High School student body listens to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway talk about prescription pill abuse.
North Bullitt High School students listen to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway discuss the dangers of prescription pill abuse.
Eighth graders from Hebron Middle School gathered in the North Bullitt High School gymnasium to listen to Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway talk about the dangers of prescription pill abuse.
Dr. Karen Shay shares a personal and tragic story about the dangers of prescription pill abuse. Her daughter lost her life when someone she knew spiked her drink at a party.
January 2013 Board of Education meeting presentation
Director of Elementary Education Terry Price recognizes Cedar Grove Elementary School student Lillian Corbett during the Jan. 15 meeting of the Bullitt County Board of Education for her selection to the Kentucky State Youth Chorus. She was one of over 200 fifth and sixth graders to audition and the only Bullitt County youth chosen to participate. Lillian’s music teacher, Rebecca Dennis, and her parents proudly watched her receive a Certificate of Recognition.
January 2013 District Assembly meeting
School Psychologist Misty Lay gave a detailed and comprehensive PowerPoint presentation on Response to Intervention (RTI) during the January 2013 District Assembly meeting Jan. 15 at Bullitt Central High School.
The audience gathered inside Bullitt Central High School’s media center listens as School Psychologist Misty Lay presents findings on Response to Intervention (RTI).
School Board Recognition Month
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie J. Roberts read a proclamation in honor of School Board Recognition Month. School Board members Dolores Ashby, Lorraine McLaughlin and Roger Hayes and Superintendent Keith Davis were present as members of Bullitt Fiscal Court, First District Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh, Second District Magistrate Robert Hunt, Third District Magistrate Joe Laswell and Fourth District Magistrate John Bradshaw praised their work. This is the 18th annual observance of School Board Recognition Month by the Kentucky School Boards Association.
Larry Slade of the University of Louisville football program talks CARDS
Coach Larry Slade from the University of Louisville Football program makes motivational point Jan. 10 to the entire student body of Bullitt Lick Middle School. He discussed the Cardinal Strong program initiated by Coach Charlie Strong. Program components include Commitment – Academic achievement - doing the right things, staying drug free; Attitude – Being positive, showing great work ethic, being the best in all they do; Respect – Self, authority, parents, teachers; Discipline -Doing the right things by forming great habits and sticking to them; and Sacrifice – Giving back by helping fellow students and those in the community who need assistance, putting others needs before their own. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt Lick Middle School student Heavenly Green (standing in the white shirt) speaks with U of L Football program coach Larry Slade.
Bullitt Lick Middle School student Austin Crowley wore a Louisville Cardinal hood as he listed to coach Larry Slade. He is sitting with classmates (left) Kristen Kirchner, (bottom left) Destany Adams and (bottom right) Erika Hutchinson.
Bullitt Lick Middle School student responds to a question from U of L Football program coach Larry Slade.
U of L Football program coach Larry Slade signed a few autographs for Bullitt Lick Middle School students after his talk on CARDS.
Congratulations to National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2012
Second grade teacher Angelina Marksbury of Overdale Elementary School earned National Board Certification in Generalist/Early Childhood.
Jennifer Meyer of Overdale Elementary School also earned National Board Certification in Generalist/Early Childhood and also teaches second grade at Overdale.
Wade Williams of Bullitt Central High School earned National Board Certification in Mathematics/Adolescence and Young Adulthood. He instructs Integrated Math II, Algebra II and Honors Algebra II.
Third grade teacher Debbie Wyler of Maryville Elementary School earned her National Board Certification in Generalist/Middle Childhood.
Crossroads Elementary School student artists
LeAnne Beltz McDonald from the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft celebrates an original art creation with third grade student Wick Van Dolah and Music Teacher Amy Cuenca durring a lesson on Symbols: Emblems of our Culture and Ourselves. The program was part of a Fund for the Arts grant earned by Mrs. Cuenca. Students created a stamp based on a symbol they designed and produced a composition using the stamp. They are working with the professional artist to create that stamp and to then transfer it to their own Adinkra cloths. The students will finish with a small Adinkra cloth of their symbol to take home with them and will also be creating a school quilt out of the student symbols that will be displayed at Crossroads. (Please scroll down for more photos).
LeAnne Beltz McDonald works with third grade student Sidney Fields. The workshop relates to Visual Arts Standards (creating a symbol and Adinkra cloth using the elements of art), Music Standards (Making connections between the various arts of West Africa, including West African visual art, music and dance), and Social Studies Standards (West African culture, American/Kentucky history and culture, including why quilts were created and how they were used during Colonial American times).
Students Madison Williams, left, and Grace Bennett apply ink to their carvings. They will then press the carving onto paper to create an artistic imprint.
L-R: Students Dylan Ruffra, Wick Van Dolah and Donnie McCaskill. A grant from Fund for the Arts made this workshop possible as they collaborate with local arts groups to bring these programs to our students. For this particular workshop, FFTA collaborated with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Crafts to bring the program and artist to Crossroads.
Heather D’Andrea, Education Assistant with the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, watches as student Jacob Maggard applies pressure to his emblem.
Bullitt County Board of Education swearing-in
Bullitt County Family Court Judge Elise Givhan Spainhour administered the Kentucky Constitutional Oath and School Board Member Oath to L-R: Lorraine McLaughlin, Roger Hayes and Darrell Coleman. Current board member Dolores Ashby held Mrs. Spainhour’s Bible for the swearing-in during the quarterly meeting on academic progress and initiatives Jan. 7 at Cedar Grove Elementary School.
Colonial Days at Old Mill Elementary School
Old Mill Elementary School observed colonial days Dec. 21. Many students and staff dressed in authentic period piece clothing. Several activities including making lanterns and butter. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Colonial day at Old Mill Elementary School.
Students make lamps during colonial day.
Making butter during Old Mill’s colonial day.
Old Mill colonial day.
Middle School seventh grade students who qualified to take the Duke University Talent Identification Program test
Bernheim Middle School seventh grade students who qualified to take the Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) test are Calista Buday, Dakota Campbell, Brian Castanon, Shawn Conrad, Trenton Davis, Kyle Gilbert, Gabriel Goomey, Alexis Hodge, Jacob Lawless, Margaret Lewis, Laren Ocasio, Jared Reynolds, Camrin Richardson, Mason Shifflett, Greogory Stephens, Amy Stuckenborg and Ethan Walker. The 7th Grade Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on standardized test scores achieved while attending elementary or middle school. Candidates are invited to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam as seventh graders, which allows them greater insight into their academic abilities. Participants gain valuable benefits and have access to unique resources for gifted students.
Bullitt Lick Middle School seventh grade students invited to take the Duke University TIP test are Jaznym Burke, Tessalinnea Stratton, Dalton Goff, Hailey Mattingly, Robert Belcher, Amanda Cox, Jessica Embry, Bethany Greenwell, Jenna Hardin, Rachel Hodge, William White and Rachel Wilkerson.
Eastside Middle School seventh grade students who qualified for the Duke University Talent TIP test are Sarah Allen, Carter Alvey, Kaycee Anderson, Johnathon Arnold, Matthew Bohr, Erika Bolton, Christian Burtner, Rachel Carden, Logan Coleman, Xavier Depew, Bradley Donahue, Bradley Dotson, Rachel Escobedo, Savannah Fackler, Savannah Ferguson, Dawson Foster, Gavin Galitsky, Autumn Garrett, Jackson Gasser, Taylor Hardy, Brooke Hatfield, Grant Hatter, Jared Holt, Garrett Jones, Sarah King, Jacob Kinser, Savannah Leake, Donovan McGauley, Kerrigan Miller, Jaqueline Morsey, Timothy O’Keefe, Kevin Page, Martin Parrish, Hunter Perdue, Savannah Pierce, Ian Powell, Benjamin Reese, Michael Rippy, Alexis Sanders, Eden Smith, Samantha Smith, Zachary Thomas, Alexandra Wertz, Matthew Wheeler and Miranda Whitworth.
Hebron Middle School seventh grade students who qualified to take the Duke University TIP test are Christopher Abbott, Kyra Blevins, Kelsey Crosby, Maiyuki Druen, Mykayla Druien, Sara Durr, Megan Eskridge, Hailey Free, Matthew Freeman, Zachary Golab, Emily Grau, Savannah Guelda, Elizabeth Hines, Haylee Hood, Brenda Huerta, Miya Inman, Alexander Jackson, Alysha Johnson, Lance Johnson, Cameron Keehn, Kelsey Keith, Jordan Lowe, Nathaniel Mackin, Josee Meredith, Brett Miller, Ishika Patel, Madison Powell, Justin Sharp, Clayton Six, Brittany Smith, Alexandra Sullivan, Andrew Turner, Makenna Vance, Kathryn VanderEpst and Dana Williams.
Mt. Washington Middle School seventh grade students who qualified to take the Duke University TIP test are Olivia Bond, Nicholas Leslie, Andrew Lutz, Victoria Adkins, Kasey Markwell, Lanse Milburn, Gabrielle Price, John Glauber, Brooklynn Taylor, Chase Warren, Christopher Carter, Ashlie Gaithier, Lauren Reuss, Sean Woods, Seth Mutter, Michael Colvin, Emma Pinkley and Darren Hammond.
Zoneton Middle School seventh grade students who qualified to take the Duke University TIP test are Brendon Bradshaw, Jacob Branham, Gabrielle Simpkins, Carolann Cockerill, Benjamin Davis, Emily East, Dylan Hoskins, Peyton Luttrell, Courtney Mudd, Alexis Oliver, Dalton Reed, Jacob Shockley, Ella Witt, Kaylee Nally. Gabrielle Eicher, Amanda Barr, Anna Lloyd, Mackenzie Nally, Austin Deweese and Madeleine Montoya.
December 2012 Board of Education meeting presentations
Crossroads Elementary Schools fifth grade students Kaylee Besednjak, Cassidy Cardwell, Zach Recktenwald, Cammie Woods, Domanik Terry and Taylor Clemons in Dana Murphy, Cory Hall, and Sara Thornsberry’s classes presented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) social studies project on Native Americans during the board meeting.
Crossroads Elementary Schools fifth grade students in Dana Murphy’s class presented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) social studies project on Native Americans during the board meeting.
Crossroads Elementary Schools fifth grade students in Dana Murphy’s class presented a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) social studies project on Native Americans during the board meeting.
Freedom Elementary School student Hannah McKay reads her award-winning Red Ribbon essay for intermediate writing to the Board of Education.
Exchange students Philip Beisswenger of Germany, Lene Ellingsund of Norway, Johanna Nilsson and Elsa Holmgen of Sweden spoke about their educational and cultural experiences to the Board of Education.
Lene Ellingsund of Norway listens as Philip Beisswenger of Germany discusses life in America as an exchange student to the Board of Education.
Standing room only during the December 18 Board of Education meeting as exchange student Lene Ellingsund of Norway talks about attending Bullitt Central, living with host family Sammy and Mary Allen, and the overall culture of the United States. Lene, along with the other exchange students who spoke, had very high praise about all aspects of her experience!
Joost Stekelenburg of the Netherlands addressed the Board of Education on life as an exchange student.
Crossroads Elementary School student Sam Coleman was presented a Certificate of Recognition during the December 2012 Board of Education meeting for his drawing appearing in the 2013 Scouting Unlimited Adventure Calendar.
The December 2012 Board of Education meeting was bittersweet for two outgoing board members. Sammy Allen was presented a photo plaque and a engraved brass bell for his eight years of service to the students and staff of Bullitt County Public Schools. Sammy and Mary Allen are host parents for Norway exchange student Lene Ellingsund. Lene’s parents and sister are in town to spend the holidays with their daughter and the Allens.
Gary Wooldridge was also presented a photo plaque and engraved brass bell as he participated in his final Board of Education meeting after eight years of service to staff and students.
December 2012 District Assembly meeting
Director of Buildings and Grounds Mark Mitchell makes a point about the districts’ new centralized purchasing system for custodial supplies during the December 2012 District Assembly meeting Dec. 18 at the Riverview Opportunity Center. The purchasing system has advantages for efficiently and effectively maintaining school buildings.
Mt. Washington Middle School custodian Donald Jessie asks a question during the December 2012 District Assembly meeting about the centralized purchasing system.
North Bullitt High School student Brooke Adams donates books to Home of the Innocents
North Bullitt High School student Brooke Adams has been collecting gently used and new books for the Home of the Innocence and Cedar Lake Lodge. Her goal was 500 books. However, her grand total was 1,446 books!
Brooke Adams collected over 1,440 gently used books for donation to the Home of the Innocents and Cedar Lake Lodge.
Roby Elementary School Community Service Project
Roby Elementary School first grade teacher April Atherton explains to students how to make toys for bunny rabbits as they prepare to create Christmas presents for the Indiana House Rabbit Society. (Please scroll down for more photos)
L-R: Jordan Powell and Luke Forgey decorate paper bags that will contain gifts for bunny rabbits.
Aaron Pullen reacts to a bunny rabbit toy as first grade teacher Rhonda Ruffra watches. In the background, Maverick Walters works on his paper bag as parent volunteer Emily Forgey stands by.
Valerie Lee and Aiden Gilkey stuff paper towel tubs with hay.
L-R: Paige Pugh, Nathan Jones, Caleb Forgey, Aaron Pullen and Rescue Volunteer Clint Bolt observe the IHRS mascot Honey Bunny, a 15 lb. Flemish giant.
Maya Ellis and Beau Hornak make sure cardboard tubes are filled with hay.
Teacher April Atherton shows students how to connect plastic rings.
First grade students, their teachers and IHRS Satellite Chapter Director Mary Kalb show Christmas presents they may for rabbits.
From front to back: Icy Saylor, Nathan Jones, McKenna Anderson, Tyler Duncan, Paige Pugh and Luke Forgey filled decorated paper bags with toys and treats for bunny rabbits.
Student Attendance Trophies
Crossroads Elementary School posted the highest student attendance among all 13 elementary schools with a 96.92% for the fourth month of the 2012-2013 school year. Pictured above are all of the Crossroads students in grades Kindergarten through fifth who had perfect attendance for the fourth month.
L-R: Mt. Washington Middle School students Jacob Walls, Ciera Burnett, Kayla Diersing, Chase Stephens, Brittany Keown and Alyssa Hooper salute the middle school attendance trophy they earned for posting the highest student attendance among six middle schools for the fourth month of the 2012-2013 school year. The school had an attendance percentage of 95.95%
Bullitt East High School has had the highest school attendance among three high schools thus far this school year. First month – 95.48%; second month – 95.42%; third month – 94.11%; and fourth month – 93.54%. Sophomore Austin Colvin, senior Jack Porter, freshman Haley Steinmetz and junior Olivia Pruitt accept the trophy.
Hebron Middle School earned the middle school student attendance trophy among six middle schools for the second and third month of the 2012-2013 year. Hebron averaged 96.88% for the second month and 96.12% for the third month of school. Front row L-R: Cassidy Bishop, Lilly Nellums, Katie VanderEspt, Kira Miller and Bailey Bell. Back row L-R: Jacob Scott, Jon Claycomb and Kyle Beasley gather around the trophy.
Overdale Elementary School Principal Pam Robertson, attendance clerk Pat Godby and Counselor Tina Anderson stand with students Matthew Kundert (third grade), Taylor Stephan (fourth grade) and Dalton Sego fourth grade who helped earn the best student attendance for the third month of the 2012-2013 school year among 13 elementary schools at 96.76%.
Mt. Washington Elementary School students Justin St. Clair (kindergarten); Chloe Radford (second grade); Tyler Mozingo and Lilly Payne (fifth grade) stand with the high student attendance trophy for the best attendance among 13 elementary schools for the second month of the 2012-2013 school year. The school posted an attendance percentage pf 97.29%
Mt. Washington Middle School Jr Beta Club December Service Project
Members of the Mt. Washington Middle School Jr. Beta Club collected personal care items, snacks, candy and reading material to send to deployed military personnel for their December Service Project. They shipped 21 boxes on Dec. 7. The Jr. Beta Club Sponsor is social studies teacher Tara Long.
School Attendance Clerks honored for zero deficiencies during recent attendance audit
School attendance clerks who recorded zero deficiencies during a recent state attendance audit were honored with plaques by the district Department for Pupil Personnel during a luncheon Dec. 7. They are front row L-R: Della Swan of Crossroads Elementary School; Carol Schneider of Old Mill Elementary School; Melissa Hoben of Bullitt Lick Middle School and Cindy Dickerson of Eastside Middle School. Back row L-R: Charlayne Baker of Mt. Washington Middle School; Sandy Hutchins of Maryville Elementary School; Debbie Mayes of Zoneton Middle School; Missy Key of Cedar Grove Elementary School and Sandy Veatch of Bernheim Middle School. Not pictured are Pat Godby of Overdale Elementary School. A special plaque was presented to district LAN/WAN Engineer Andrew Hobbs for his efforts in making attendance collection accurate and expedient. (Please scroll down for individual photos of each attendance clerk).
District Director of Pupil Personnel Pat Smith-Darnell presents a plaque to Old Mill Elementary School attendance clerk Carol Schneider for recording zero deficiencies during a state attendance audit.
Pat Smith-Darnell and Eastside Middle School attendance clerk Cindy Dickerson.
Zoneton Middle School attendance clerk receives her plaque from Pat Smith-Darnell.
Crossroads Elementary School attendance clerk Della Swan is congratulated by Pat Smith-Darnell.
Pat Smith-Darnell presents a plaque to Bullitt Lick Middle School attendance clerk Melissa Hoben.
Cedar Grove Elementary School attendance clerk Missy Key receives her plaque from Pat Smith-Darnell.
Pat Smith-Darnell presents a plaque to Sandy Hutchins, attendance clerk for Maryville Elementary School.
Mt. Washington Middle School attendance clerk Charlayne Baker accepts her plaque from Pat Smith-Darnell.
Pat Smith-Darnell presents a plaque to Bernheim Middle School attendance clerk Sandy Veatch.
Overdale Elementary School third grade culture fair
Overdale Elementary School third grade student Sidney Smith points to her project during a Culture Fair Dec. 6. Teacher Mary Raidt said students have been studying different cultures around the world as well as Native American cultures. This was an integrated unit with social studies and reading. The students researched their “roots” and presented to the class their findings. The made a visual which represented their ethnic heritage. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Overdale Elementary School Principal Pam Robertson enjoys an enchilada as she speaks with Homero Medrano, and his mother, Rocio Medrano Adame. The enchilada was prepared by another mother not pictured, Mrs. Mendez Del Castillo.
Student Hailey Hunt sits with her project at her desk in Mrs. Doyle’s class.
Not only did student Erin Dunn discuss the ethnicity of her project, she had visuals such as cabbage and potatoes!
Students watch as as classmate Beau Clark practices a Scottish dance he saw performed on You Tube. He taught the dance to the other children as part of his research into his Scottish roots.
Mt. Washington Middle School students participate in Junior Achievement – Economics for Success
Mt. Washington Middle School seventh grade students in Dedre Hatfield’s practical living class have been participating in a Junior Achievement program Economics for Success. They are pictured with Joyce LaGrange of First Federal Savings Bank in Mt. Washington who instructed the class. Each youth was presented a Certificate of Recognition Dec. 5 on successful completion of the program. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Joyce LaGrange holds up financial documents during the Junior Achievement program Economics for Success.
Hannah Barnes, left, and Carly Cecil, right, talk about the Junior Achievement program Economics for Success with Joyce LaGrange of First Federal Savings Bank of Mt. Washington.
Students listen as Joyce LaGrange makes a point about the Junior Achievement program Economics for Success.
Students Tommy Cooper and Carly Cecil sign the Junior Achievement banner.
Academic Team Scrimmage
Academic team students from Mt. Washington and Old Mill Elementary Schools are shown above participating in a Quick Recall scrimmage. Students from Crossroads and Pleasant Grove were also on hand Nov. 20 at Old Mill for practice rounds of written assessment. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The Mt. Washington Elementary School Quick Recall team confers on a bonus question.
Old Mill Quick Recall team students solve a math toss up question.
Retired Pleasant Grove Elementary School Principal Joe Reister offers advice to the Quick Recall team.
The Crossroads Elementary School Quick Recall team in action.
Crossroads Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council report to the Board of Education
Crossroads Elementary School Principal Kim Sego and the Site Based Decision Making Council wore matching orange Trailblazer shirts during their SBDM report to the Bullitt County Board of Education Nov. 19.
Old Mill Elementary School Career Day
The Louisville Zoo staff demonstrates how to get an animal to turn around by using a student as a model. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Students enjoyed taking home samples from Little Caesars Pizza.
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest showed students the hides of animals such as skunks and opossums.
Old Mill students listen to a Career Day speaker.
Brooks Elementary School Family Fitness night
Which snacks looks the tastiest? That was the question posed by Kim Mosser of OVEC during Family Fitness Night at Brooks Elementary School. Brooks is one of four schools in the Ohio Valley selected to participate in a three year grant called Project BALANCE. The purpose of the grant is to help schools promote lifelong healthy habits for students. There are three main goals of Project BALANCE: (1) To increase student’s daily physical activity; (2) To increase student’s cardiovascular fitness levels and (3) To increase student’s consumption of fruits and vegetables. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Looking for a cold bottle of water in a tub full of ice prompted a chilly reaction!
Ruth Chowning, Director of Home Economics and Nutrition for the Bullitt County Extension Office, offered advice on the use of sugar in a diabetic meal plan.
Leslee Hardison and her son, Nathan, review results of her health test.
Many booths incorporated games as an educational way for students to learn about health and fitness and have a little fun. Over 70 parents and students along with 20 staff and volunteers turned out for the event.
Presentations at the November 2012 Board of Education meeting
Guests at the Nov. 13 Board of Education meeting watch a PowerPoint presentation from Eastside Middle School students Andrew Cox, Michelle Embry, Mallory Tinker, Savanah Leake, Shelby Schweinhart and Haylie Jenkins. The youth were proud to display a $4,000 check for their Fuel Up to 60 program earned by teachers Sarah Mills and Jodi Grant and former cafeteria manager Becky Willoughby.
District Energy Manager Kimberly Joseph gave an energy management report to the Board of Education. Click on this link to access her report: http://www.bullittschools.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/Year-end-report-FY20122.pdf
November 2012 District Assembly meeting
Director of Transportation Ida Prather spoke about hybrid school buses during the November 2012 District Assembly meeting held Nov. 13 at Old Mill Elementary School.
Audience members at the November District Assembly meeting gather in the Old Mill Elementary School media center to listen as Transportation Director Ida Prather discuss hybrid school buses.
Overdale Elementary School SBDM Report to the Board of Education
Overdale Elementary School Principal Pam Robertson was joined by her Site Based Decision Making council along with several staff members all wearing matching T-shirts for their annual report to the Bullitt County Board of Education Nov. 12.
Schools hold ceremonies honoring Veterans
North Bullitt High School JROTC cadets recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the annual Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 9. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The JROTC Color Guard presents the United States and Kentucky Flag. On the table are hats of representing branches of military operations.
North Bullitt High School JROTC Drill and Raider Team fold the American Flag as the audience learns what each fold represents.
Hebron Middle School staff and students observe the North Bullitt High School JROTC Veterans Day ceremony.
Captain Matthew R. Rawlings, a 1999 graduate of North Bullitt, was the guest speaker.
Mt. Washington Elementary School students Hunter Hinton (left) and Noah Gibson (right) read the history of Veterans Day to the audience gathered in the school gymnasium Nov. 9. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Charlie Scrogham spoke about the branches of the military.
Mt. Washington Elementary School students (L-R:) McKenzy Hammers, Arianna Mills, Rachel May and Allison Brady sang songs to honor veterans.
Veterans are recognized and applauded by staff and students.
The Bullitt East High School concert band played the National Anthem for Old Mill Elementary School’s Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 8. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Students introduced relatives who served in the military. This is Boy Scout Riley Daugherty.
Following the ceremony, students could greet their military Moms or Dads (and Granddads!). Demani Butler had a big hug waiting for her mother, Deleskia Butler.
Veteran Mark George spoke with a class of students. He is the uncle to student Anthony Scott.
Makenzie Dunn looks up to her grandfather, Gary Meredith. She had a long list of awards and medals he earned including a Purple Heart.
Roby Elementary School Mock Election
Roby Elementary School students confirm a voter in their mock presidential election (Please scroll down for more photos)
A young voter receives a sticker from fourth grade teacher Jackie Clark.
The primary precinct for Roby student voters.
Roby poll workers were onhand if voters had questions.
All voting was done on computer and only took a few second per student.
District Red Ribbon Ceremony
The annual district Red Ribbon ceremony was held Nov. 1 at Roby Elementary School. Students who were school winners were awarded Certificates of Recognition for their posters and essays taking a stand against harmful chemical substances. Photos above and below are essentially the same with the photographer attempting to get everyone in the camera frame. School Red Ribbon poster contest winners: Shelby Chandler and Jonathan Collins of Brooks Elementary; Anthony French and Hunter Reading of Cedar Grove Elementary; Grayson Adams and Tyler Stevenson of Crossroads Elementary; Jayden Burgess, Carson Clark, Haley Gaines and Grace Mackin of Freedom Elementary; Joelynn Raley and Zachary Russell of Lebanon Junction Elementary; Isaac Gray and Madison Wilhite of Mt. Washington Elementary; Travis Fyffe of Nichols Elementary; Angel Turner and Cameron Waddle of Old Mill Elementary; Sarah Shockley of Overdale Elementary; Lauren DeBold and Trinity Smith of Pleasant Grove Elementary; Andrew Cole Hadley and Ethan Pinnick of Roby Elementary; Henry Harding, Kyle Martin and Matthew Stults of Shepherdsville Elementary; Camrin Richardson of Bernheim Middle; Breeana Richardson of Bullitt Lick Middle; Payton Coogle of Eastside Middle ; Jimmy Yeley, Jr. of Hebron Middle; Meredith Colvin of Mt. Washington Middle; Emily Johnson of Zoneton Middle; Brianna Curtsinger of Bullitt Central High and Dylan Davis of Bullitt East High. District winners were Trinity Smith of Pleasant Grove for Red Ribbon primary poster; Lauren DeBold of Pleasant Grove for Red Ribbon intermediate poster; Emily Johnson of Zoneton for middle school poster and Brianna Curtsinger of Bullitt Central for high school poster.
School Red Ribbon writing contest winners were Chloe Bryant of Brooks Elementary; Adam Johnson and Kaitlin Wallace of Cedar Grove; Ariana Kays and Cameron Hall of Crossroads; Abigail Curtsinger and Hannah McKay of Freedom Elementary; Peyton Theiler of Lebanon Junction Elementary; Jonathan Henson of Maryville Elementary; Trey Lemon and Ella Olds of Mt. Washington Elementary; Amie Fyffe of Nichols Elementary; Riley Gentry and Patricia Reuss of Old Mill Elementary; lauren Hart and Zachary Wulf of Overdale Elementary; Kaitlyn Defler, Michelle Lin and Jasmine Hurley of Pleasant Grove Elementary; Jaden Hess of Roby Elementary; Keaghan Holland of Shepherdsville Elementary; Dylan Campbell of Bernheim Middle; Shelby Krebs of Bullitt Lick Middle; Haley Napier of Hebron Middle; Alyssa Martin of Mt. Washington Middle; Kaylee Nally of Zoneton Middle; Matthew Terry of Bullitt Central High; Rhett Troutman of Bullitt East High and Jesse Dyer, Jr. of North Bullitt High. District Red Ribbon writing contest winners are Amie Fyffe of Nichols for primary writing; Hannah McKay of Freedom for intermediate writing; Kaylee Nally of Zoneton for middle school writing and Rhett Troutman of Bullitt East for high school writing. There were two school winning video entries: Brittany Hough and Marissa Sageser of Eastside Middle and Kendra Payne, Sean Allen. Lonnie Compton, Jacob Branham and Caleb Dawson of Zoneton Middle. The district winner of the Red Ribbon middle school video was Brittany Hough and Marissa Sageser or Eastside.
This school year for the first time, students were invited to create posters, essays and videos depicting safe schools/anti-bullying messages. Standing with school and district winners are Bullitt County Public Schools Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith, former Bullitt County Drug Task Force Coordinator Kenny Hardin and Shepherdsville Police Officer K. Proffitt. School winners in the video contest were Lindsey Duvall, Christian Foster, Kirstie Henn, Brittany Hough, Brooke Hurley, Lindsey Neighbors, Denise Osborne and Sydney Riley of Eastside Middle; Peyton Coleman, Amber Hale and Mackenzie Weyer of Zoneton Middle; and Keyla Brown, Meghan Cook, Shelby Hester, Alisha Kersey, Marisa Kovacs, Samantha Mulvaney, Amber O’Bryan and Summer Young of Bullitt East High. District winners were Kirstie Henn, Lindsey Duvall and Brooke Hurley of Eastside for middle school anti-bullying video; and Marisa Kovacs, Amber O’Bryan, Keyla Brown and Alisha Kersey of Bullitt East for high school anti-bullying video. School winners of anti-bullying posters were Cannon Jackson and Cameron Williamson of Cedar Grove Elementary; Molly Hill of Crossroads Elementary; Jessica Bicket and Haley Lodge of Freedom Elementary; Jaden Lambrechts and Leah Parsley of Lebanon Junction Elementary; Kaydince Allen of Maryville Elementary; Alyssa Aikman and Briley McBride of Mt. Washington Elementary; Savannah Atwood and Savannah Childress of Old Mill Elementary; Sarah Shockley of Overdale Elementary; Maddie Johnston and Raegan Wilcher of Roby Elementary; Matthew Stults of Shepherdsville Elementary; Brooke Cockeril of Mt. Washington Middle; Reanna Lee Reading of Zoneton Middle; and Kristin Atkins, Trevor Berger; Kaitlin Browning, Donald Geralds, Morgan Hines, Mac Mattingly, Eric Miller, Jr., Annalee Riggs, Blade Robinson, Alexandra Sneed and Chelsea Still of North Bullitt High. District winners were Cannon Jackson of Cedar Grove for primary poster; Molly Hill of Crossroads for intermediate poster; Reanna Lee Reading of Zoneton for middle school poster; and Kristin Atkins, Trevor Berger; Kaitlin Browning, Donald Geralds, Morgan Hines, Mac Mattingly, Eric Miller, Jr., Annalee Riggs, Blade Robinson, Alexandra Sneed and Chelsea Still of North Bullitt High for high school poster. There was one entry, thus a school and district winner for anti-bullying writing and they are Joseph Byrd, Alexys Nadeau, Emma Leah Pinkley and Kelsey Richardson of Mt. Washington Middle.
Freedom Elementary School student Hannah McKay reads her award-winning Red Ribbon essay for intermediate writing. Hannah was given a standing ovation for the power of her words.
Nichols Elementary School third grade student Amie Fyffe reads her award-winning Red Ribbon essay.
Musical and drama performance depicting the intense tugging of peer pressure by North Bullitt High School students Mason Sipes, Kaitlyn Nally, Hannah Gipson, Brooke Conway, Cheyenne Warren and Adam Holland. Fellow student Rachel Hoskins performed the son Mirror during the skit.
Zoneton Middle School students Samantha Dugan and Zoey Yount sing Mean.
Shelby Chandler of Brooks Elementary School receives her Certificate of Recognition for school level poster winner from Kenny Hardin.
The District Red Ribbon ceremony opens with the Pledge of Allegiance.
Kenny Hardin tells the history of Red Ribbon Week to the audience at Roby Elementary School.
School Red Ribbon winners watch the ceremony.
Guests enjoyed cake and ounch during a reception following the ceremony.
Maryville Elementary School students donate their Halloween candy to victims of Superstorm Sandy
Maryville Elementary School students brought in their Halloween candy from Trick or Treating for victims of Superstorm Sandy. They donated six boxes of sweet treats to those unable to enjoy the holiday.
Nichols Elementary School Vocabulary Parade and Costume Party
Nichols Elementary School fourth/fifth grade teacher Amy Ferrell, dressed as vocabulary work ‘dichotomy’, works with student Raquel Ralston, dressed as vocabulary word ‘flexible’ Oct. 31. Each student was required to write their word’s definition and list an antonym and synonym. Students also visited classes to share their words with classmates and celebrated with a holiday party in the cafeteria. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Fourth/fifth grade teacher Erin Sumner, dressed as the vocabulary word ‘inquisitive’, worked with student Tessa Patterson, dressed as the vocabulary words ‘smarty pants’. She had the candy ‘smarties’ taped to her pants!
Taylor Rissmann’s vocabulary word was ‘cheerful’.
‘Plethora’ was the word of choice for Brandon Luna.
Caitlyn McBroom’s (left) vocabulary word was ‘companion’ while Blake Schulten’s vocabulary word was ‘aircraft’.
A very imaginative way to define the vocabulary word ‘disappear’ by Chris Sturgeon.
‘Flexible’ is Macy French’s vocabulary word.
Speech Pathologist Anna Morris listens as student Samantha Crampes describes her vocabulary words ‘drama queen!’
Students in Amy Ferrell and Erin Sumner’s classes visit other rooms to share their vocabulary words.
Bullitt Central High School junior McKinzee Luttrell takes pictures of Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear’s visit for the school yearbook.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear greets State Rep. Linda Belcher during a visit to Bullitt Central High School Oct. 31. Bullitt Central seniors along with their counterparts at Bullitt East and North Bullitt gathered for a discussion about education. Photo by Bullitt Central junior McKinzee Luttrell.
Flanked by Bullitt County Superintendent Keith Davis and Bullitt Central Principal Christy Coulter, Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear talks education and the importance of closing the deal at graduation with seniors from Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt. Photo by Bullitt Central junior McKinzee Luttrell.
Seniors from Bullitt Central, Bullitt East and North Bullitt High School discussed education trends and issues with Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear and State Rep. Linda Belcher Oct, 31 at Bullitt Central. Photo by Bullitt Central junior McKinzee Luttrell.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear visits Bullitt Central High School
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear visited Bullitt Central High School Oct. 31 and met with seniors who are participating in Close the Deal. Also onhand were Bullitt East High School seniors Amanda Wells and Trish Orkies and North Bullitt High School seniors Cash Collins, Allison Anderson, Dustin Combs, and Emily Faust. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear speaks with high school seniors from North Bullitt, Bullitt East and Bullitt Central during a visit to Bullitt Central.
Kentucky First Lady Jane Beshear.
Mt. Washington Elementary School LEGO Showcase
Students Ahna Cates, Julianna Polichetti, Sarah Ezell in grades 3-5 at Mt. Washington Elementary School used their “Wild Imaginations” on Oct. 25 with LEGO creativity as part of the “Wild About Learning” theme this school year. “By hosting a LEGO Education Showcase Event we offered students the opportunity to explore and build using their creative imaginations,” said event leader and teacher, Carla Young. “We also celebrated the addition of new LEGO Education sets to the elementary curricula which will be used to enhance and expand the use of creativity in learning for these young learners.” The LEGO Education Showcase Grant was made available through Education Blueprints Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing learning resources and programs that deliver education solutions to individuals, teachers, and students. Only 100 LEGO Education Showcase Grants were available nationwide. (Please scroll down for more photos)
MWES teacher Teacher Carey Combs watches Devin Williams, Kruz Holbert, Zachary Sloan and Samuel Manns made LEGO creations.
MWES teachers Kim Alcorn, Jackie Kessley and Carla Young look at a few of the completed LEGO models.
Camryn Palmer affixes a LEGO piece to her model.
Sometimes the challenge was finding the right LEGO piece as Daren Mason discovered.
Braves students Madison Thornton, Sarah Ezell, Ahna Cates hard at work on their LEGO model.
Devin Williams prepares to attach a LEGO piece to his model.
Student Andrew Abner explains his LEGO model to his third grade teacher Christa Kyser
Crossroads Elementary School Fire Safety
Crossroads Elementary School students feel a firefighter’s glove during an Oct. 17 visit by the Mt. Washington Fire Department. Students heard speakers and toured a fire safety house and experts instilled the importance of a family plan in case of a fire. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Crossroads Elementary School students visit a Mt. Washington Fire and Rescue Truck.
Teacher Amy Cuenca and her students inside the fire safety house.
Bullitt County Emergency Certified Technician C. Halsey and Crossroads student Dylan Elwell.
Crossroads students enter the fire safety house.
Old Mill Elementary School Guest Speaker and Election
Old Mill Elementary School students listen to Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney discussed voter registration and the election process Oct. 17. Students then returned to their classrooms (or precincts) to cast ballots for United States President. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney speaks to Old Mill Elementary School students.
Bullitt County Clerk Kevin Mooney at Old Mill Elementary School.
Casting a ballot for President of the United States.
The Official Presidential Ballot for President of the United States. The results from Old Mill’s election after the photo essay. Who did they chose?
Students in Karen Brown’s class vote in their precincts.
Old Mill students carefully place a ballot box filled with votes on a table in the media center for counting.
Students in Natalie Trepanier’s class cast their ballots.
Old Mill students cast their votes for United States President. With 100% of the votes counted, the results are as follows…..
There was a total of 341 voters, 2 write-ins and 2 void ballots. The election was coordinated by teachers Julie Foster and Meagan Moreman.
October 2012 Board of Education meeting presentation
Verl Buddy Hunt and his family after Mr. Hunt earned his high school diploma during the October 2012 Board of Education meeting. Mr. Hunt was a student at Shepherdsville High School in the late 1950′s when military duty forced him to leave high school. Always wanting his high school diploma, Mr. Hunt and a friend, Clinton Saul, contacted Bullitt County Public Schools for assistance. This was a very special occasion for Mr. Hunt as he officially became an alumnae of Shepherdsville High School.
October 2012 District Assembly meeting
Director of Finance Denise Smith made a point during her budget preparation PowerPoint at the October 2012 District Assembly meeting held Oct. 16 at Maryville Elementary School.
Audience members at the October 2012 District Assembly meeting listen as Director of Finance Denise Smith delivers a PowerPoint presentation on budget development.
Coleda Tackett and Janice Jackson of the KY PTA Board of Directors provided information about Kentucky Core Academic Standards, accountability and assessment at the October 2012 District Assembly meeting.
Fuel Up to Play 60 Grant Celebration at Eastside Middle School
Eastside Middle School celebrated earning a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant Oct. 16 with a visit from former University of Kentucky and NFL Football Player Artose Pinner. (Please scroll down for more photos)
EMS students listen to a pep talk from Artose Pinner.
EMS Physical Education Teacher Jodi Grant and former cafeteria manager Becky Willoughby wrote the grant which earned the school $4,000 in Fuel Up to Play 60 funds. At the official kickoff, Kathy Belcher of Fuel Up to Play 60 and former UK and NFL player Artose Pinner presented a huge check!
EMS students showed their enthusiasm at the Fuel Up to Play 60 kickoff.
Former UK and NFL player Artose Pinner participated in an obstacle course.
United States Chess Federation Training
The United States Chess Federation held a training Oct. 15 at the Zoneton Fire Department. Several chess coaches and students participated including a viewing of the film Brooklyn Castle which chronicled the success of an inner city New York School. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Maryville Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinator Betty Marshall watches an intense chess match.
Chess players must always think about not only their next move but what their opponent will do following the move.
USCF Executive Director Bill Hall encouraged chess coaches to work with youth and recruit players who want to grow as players and become possible chessmasters.
Chess coaches and parents listen to USCF Executive Director Bill Hall.
Rapper talks anti-bullying at Bullitt Central High School
Rap artist L.G. Wise performs a song during a True Lies assembly Oct. 12 at Bullitt Central High School. The message of do not give in to peer pressure and lead a drug free life while making the most of your potential was heard by all Bullitt Central students.
Bullitt Central students take pictures and get autographs after the presentation.
A Bullitt Central High School student with rap artist L.G. Wise.
Crossroads Elementary School bicycle safety rodeo
Participants in the bicycle safety rodeo Oct. 11 at Crossroads Elementary School. (Photos by CES staff)
Crossroads Elementary School students prepare to start the bicycle safety rodeo.
Student bicyclists enjoy fresh fall air and sunshine during the safety rodeo.
Ghost Stories at Bernheim Middle School
Author and storyteller Roberta Simpson Brown shared spooky stories with Bernheim Middle School students Oct. 11. Library/media center specialist Paula Clemons dimmed the lights as Mrs. Brown spun tales of terrifying trees, haunted houses and black bubblegum.
Bernheim Middle School students and media specialist Paula Clemons listen to author and storyteller Roberta Simpson Brown tell ghost stories.
Bullitt Central High School participates in Close the Deal
The critical importance of high school graduation and postsecondary education was the focus of Close the Deal Oct. 9 at Bullitt Central High School. Close the Deal is a statewide initiative piloted in three districts including Bullitt County Public Schools. Bullitt Central High School was one of three schools in Kentucky that hosted a kickoff event. Students listened to comments from Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson before being shuttled to a college and career expo at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Mr. Abramson initiated Close the Deal while Mayor of Louisville. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson makes an emphatic point at Close the Deal at Bullitt Central High School.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson talks while walking among Bullitt Central seniors.
Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson gets seniors to participate with a show of hands.
Bullitt Central seniors listen to speakers during Close the Deal in the gymnasium.
Bullitt Central Principal Christy Coulter welcomed seniors to Close the Deal.
Bullitt Central seniors participate in Close the Deal.
Sub Zero provided lunch for Bullitt Central seniors at Close the Deal.
Each table featured a college counselor speaking with Bullitt Central seniors at Close the Deal.
High School College and Career Fair
Seniors from Bullitt East, Bullitt Central and North Bullitt High Schools visited a College and Career Fair Oct, 9 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt East High School senior Derek Willis chats with members of the Shepherdsville Fire Department. Derek has his college plans mapped out…he is attending the University of Kentucky.
In addition to colleges, careers such as military and industry had representatives to answer question from high school seniors.
This photo was taken by students in Yearbook Sponsor Clay Harned’s class. Please scroll down for five more pictures taken by Bullitt Central students.
Bullitt Lick Middle School Minute to Win It
Bullitt Lick Middle School student Ally Renfrow attempting to toss paper wads to her team mate using a rubber band as a sling shot in Minute to Win It games during advisory period Oct. 5. Advisory period on Fridays are considered Bobcat Days in which students can participate in the Minute to Win It competition between the 8th grade classes. (Photo by eighth grade U.S. History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
Teacher Carl Curtsinger assisting student Kalli Phelps with the 4 die and Popsicle stick challenge during a Minute to Win It game. (Photo by eighth grade U.S. History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
Bullit Lick Middle School Team Building
Bullitt Lick Middle School Assistant Principal Carol Ellison led students through team building activities Oct. 5. (Photo by eighth grade U.S. History student teacher Savannah Mattingly).
Teacher Bryan McKinley pointing to the location of a toy raccoon while Brianna Clinard and Travis Meredith search for the hidden raccoon by listening to their team’s directions. (Photo by eighth grade U.S. History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
SMILE Kentucky! at Crossroads Elementary School
SMILE Kentucky! dentist Eric Veal studies the teeth of Crossroads Elementary School fourth grade student Blake Faulkner Oct. 4. SMILE Kentucky! tackles the most common disease affecting U.S. children, dental decay. The project is a unique community partnership to provide dental education and free dental care to children at elementary schools in Louisville and surrounding counties. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Crossroads Elementary School third grade students Randy Ott, Michael Yearns, and Chance Mingus prepare to climb aboard SMILE Kentucky’s! Colgate van which served as the mobile dentist office.
Bullitt County Health Department Education Coordinator Cynthia Brown demonstrates proper brushing and flossing of teeth to Crossroads Elementary School kindergarten students as part of the SMILE Kentucky! program.
SMILE Kentucky! dentists inspect the teeth of students at Crossroads Elementary School.
SMILE Kentucky! dentist Dr. James Lewis examines the teeth of third grade Crossroads Elementary School student Dalton Brown.
University of Louisville Symphonic Band and Hebron Middle School Advanced Band Workshop and Concert
The University and Louisville Band and the School of Music presented a workshop and concert Oct. 2 featuring the U of L Symphonic Band and the Hebron Middle School Advanced Band. Symphonic Band Conductor Amy L. Acklin and Hebron conductor Wendy Davidson shared the podium for several classical numbers. (Please scroll down for more photos)
U of L Symphonic Band Conductor Amy L. Acklin leads musicians from U of L and Hebron Middle School Advanced Band in John Edmondson’s Omega March.
Hebron Middle School Advanced Band musicians listen to the U of L Symphonic Band during an workshop an concert at Margaret Comstock Concert Hall on the U of L campus.
Hebron Middle School Advanced Band Director Wendy Davidson led her musicians through African Folk Trilogy, Down by the Riverside and Homage to America.
The Hebron Middle School Advanced Band performs at the Margaret Comstock Concert Hall on the University of Louisville campus. Conductor Wendy Davidson and U of L’s Symphonic Band Conductor Amy L. Acklin presented a workshop and concert featuring the combined bands.
2012 Very Important Partners Poster Unveiling
Middle and high school students were honored with an unveiling of their VIP poster Sept. 28 at the Hillview Government Center. Nick Canchola, Maegan Cope, Alyssa Shifflett, Jacob Whitehall, Colin Trent, Phillip Burress, Jacob Franklin, Chase Williams, Shyanne Huff, Courtney Hughes, Cameron Dukes, Isaac Mitchell, Emma Pressley, Cole Stump, Michael Rippy, William Rucker, Allison Drane, Taylor Humphrey, Ryan Collins, William Rucker and Destiny “Cheyenne” Warren each pledging a stance against alcohol and drugs adorned posters produced by Bullitt County Partners in Prevention and Bullitt County Public Schools. The posters were printed by Publishers Printing Company of Shepherdsville. Students were featured on posters individually, paired with a fellow student or part of a group photo such as Kerrigan Miller, Kevin McKnight, Erin Mattingly, Tyler Duckett and Forrest Miller. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt East High School senior Chase Williams speaks with his father, Bullitt Central High School Assistant Principal Rob Williams, at the VIP poster unveiling ceremony. Chase appears on a poster dressed out in his Charger baseball uniform.
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie Roberts unveils the poster of Destiny “Cheyenne” Warren. She was nominated for inclusion on a poster by North Bullitt High School Assistant Principal Margie Reece.
Judge Roberts unveils the poster for Bullitt East High School student Phillip Burress as his nominator, district curriculum coach Laurie Geary, proudly watches.
North Bullitt High School freshman Christine Scharrer smiles as Judge Roberts unveils her poster. Christine was nominated by North Bullitt Assistant Principal Margie Reece.
Eastside Middle School student Paul Ripps sees his poster unveiled by Judge Roberts.
Poster student Will Rucker and his nominator, Mt. Washington Middle School teacher Leslie Herchenrader, cannot help but smile at the pose Will chose for his poster!
Once a poster was unveiled, students autographed copies. Sets of autographed posters will be seen in all schools along with government offices and various businesses in Bullitt County.
Eastside Middle School student Kerrigan Miller and Bernheim Middle School student Kevin McKight autograph their group photo.
Eastside Middle School students Cole Stump and Emma Pressley autograph their poster.
Bullitt Central High School alumnae (Class of 2012) Nick Canchola autographs his poster.
Denise Williams gathers copies of posters from her son, Chase.
Bullitt Central High School student Colin Trent (left) and Bullitt East High School student Jacob Franklin (right) autograph their posters.
Bruce Rucker cuts up with his son, Will, as he autographs posters.
2012 VIP students autograph their posters for proud family, friends and relatives.
Bullitt Lick Middle School eighth grade team building balloon game
Bullitt Lick Middle School eighth grade students L-R: Taylor Newton, Cheyenne McMahan, Courtney Hughes, Travis Meredith and Andrew Dean participate in a teambuilding balloon game. To continue to build relationships, student interpersonal skills, and prepare kids for college and a career, Bullitt Lick staff are implementing an advisory program. Every student will be a part of this program. It will encompass roughly 25-35 minutes a day and will be small group instruction that will focus around the Second Steps Interpersonal skills curriculum; anti- bullying; career clusters/career education; team building; responsible habits; positive social skills; and pride in oneself, school, and community. The program will also allow built-in time for remediation or extension based on student need. In conjunction with this program, staff have built in 15-20 minutes of Silent Sustained Reading throughout the school to continue to instill a love of reading with students and focus on continued growth in reading skills. (Photo by eighth grade US History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
Bullitt Lick Middle School students Ray Vittitow, Courtney Grubbs, Chloe Stillwell, Harley Hatchell participate in a teambuilding balloon game. (Photo by eighth grade US History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
Bullitt Lick Middle School was the only district school to attend the PNC Broadway matinee performance of Wicked September 13th. Students (L-R): Gage Niedert, Brooke Leslie, Sara Logsdon, Olivia Lile, Christian Massey, Austin Thomas, Joe Richmond, Jordan Mahaffey, Mason Pack, Lauren Shufeldt, Meredith Hughes, and Heather Metcalf. (Photo by eighth grade US History student teacher Savannah Mattingly)
Bring Your Own Devices at Mt. Washington Middle School
Mt. Washington Middle School Technology Teacher Matt Murphy’s students have been trained on how to properly use their student email accounts. Students are syncing their personal mobile devices to their school email accounts. This is a big part of teaching, training, and using the BYOD devices properly.
Mt. Washington Middle School students in Matt Murphy’s technology class snyc their personal mobile electronic devices to their school email account.
Crossroads Elementary School counselor Lauren Manion spoke with students at a bullying prevention seminar Sept. 25 at Crossroads Elementary School.
District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith spoke to parents gathered at Crossroads Elementary School Sept. 25 about the urgency of bully prevention.
Bullitt Central High School students experience Actor’s Theatre of Louisville make up artists workshop before seeing Dracula
Bullitt Central High School student Zack Young acts out a fight scene from Dracula with Lori from Actors Theatre of Louisville Sept. 25. She also helped students understand the make up process by applying fang bites, black eyes and scars on many youth. (Please scroll down for more photos).
An Actor’s Theatre of Louisville make up artist creates a black eye on Bullitt Central High School student Courtney Johns.
Bullitt Central High School teacher Kevin Gose watches as Actor’s Theatre of Louisville artist LaShawn Holcomb gives a burn scar to student Raven Lange. A little later, LaShawn supervised as Raven applied make up to a fellow student’s neck giving her the appearance of vampire bite marks.
Bullitt Central High School student Cody Tuttle shows his scar while Raven Lange displays her burn. Both make up effects were created by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville artist LaShawn Holcomb.
Actor’s Theatre of Louisville make up artist Gabriel Garcia creates a black eye for Bullitt Central High School student Courtney Payer.
Showcase Bullitt County
Bullitt Central High School Assistant Principal Sarah Hardin puts the finishing touches on the display for Showcase Bullitt County Sept. 24 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. All schools participated along with several student bands. (Please scroll down for more photos)
North Bullitt High School Counselor Amy Rogers sorts T-shirts while visitors give her the size needed.
Bullitt Lick Middle School musicians perform under the direction of Meredith Patton.
Bullitt Lick Middle School musicians perform. Conductor Meredith Patton led students in several numbers to the delight of the Showcase audience.
Showcase guests enjoy chocolate candy made by North Bullitt High School culinary students.
Bullitt Lick Middle School teacher Erin Vachon watches a student make his move in chess.
Hebron Middle School musician Jordan Lowe on tambourine.
Hebron Middle School band students perform under the direction of Wendy Davdison.
Hebron Middle School band students visit the Freedom Elementary School booth at the Showcase of Schools.
Looking for just the right piece of candy!
The Mt. Washington Middle School band in action.
Mt. Washington Middle School brass instrument students under the direction of conductor David Bretz.
Zoneton Middle School flute players at the Showcase of Schools.
The Zoneton Middle School band under the direction of conductor Eve Witt.
School bus driver Brenda Cotton and a brand new hybrid bus outside the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.
North Bullitt High School drum corps thoroughly rocked the Showcase of Schools!
The North Bullitt High School drum corps, led by director Jennie Kling, played music inside the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre.
Bullitt East High School senior Kelly Farner named a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist
Bullitt Central High School FFA Event
Bullitt Central High School FFA teachers Justin and Tiphanie Peake hosted an agriculture/educational seminar featuring speakers such as Dr. Dave Stone, Veterinarian of Shepherdsville Animal Hospital and Regina Bischoff, Veterinarian/ Vet Tech; Shepherdsville Animal Hospital. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Matthew Peake, University of Kentucky Farm Manager, speaks to Bullitt Central students about job responsibilities after high school.
Bullitt County Board of Education member Sammy Allen, Forest Ranger Tech III; Kentucky Division of Forestry, emphasized information that students may want to consider as a career after graduation.
Bullitt Central High School students listen to The Louisville Zoo’s Assistant Coordinator of Education Doug McCoy talk about working around exotic animals and what skills are needed for persons who decide to work in such an environment. Other speakers at the BCHS FFA event included Bullitt County Extension Agent for Agriculture with the University of Kentucky Darold Akridge; Project Manager and estimator with Flynn Brothers Terry Woosley; Country Corner Greenhouse owner Ted Vowels; Area Program Director with Kentucky Farm Bureau Chris French; Eric Garris of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest and Young Farmer Director with Ky Farm Bureau Stacy Lowe.
Louisville Zoo’s Assistant Coordinator of Education Doug McCoy makes an enthusiastic with Bullitt Central students.
Bullitt Central FFA teacher Tiphanie Peake speaks to students about agriculture business.
Bullitt Central 2012-2013 FFA officers and members include President Niki Maas; Vice President Megan Terry; Secretary Courtney Mann; Treasurer Morgan Bradley; Chaplain Kristina Dockery; Student Advisor Michaela LaCoursiere; Sentinal Katelyn Frye; Reporter Chelsea Davis and member representative Trey Lee.
First Month Attendance Trophies
Old Mill Elementary School earned the student attendance trophy for posting the highest marks among 13 elementary schools for the first month of the 2012-2013 school year. In fact, their average of 97.92% was the highest among ALL schools in ALL grade levels! Principal Les McIntosh, Counselor Kim Bleemel and Family Resource Center Coordinator Leigh Ann Lowery proudly accept the trophy with a few of the students whose attendance made it possible. Students Eric Cox and Daisy Jefferies and standing by the Koala mascot. Pictured back row from L to R: Alex Schmidt, Joseph Hardin, Braxton Burks, James Pinkley, Kyaria Mathews, Tawney Noyes, Will Brangers, and Gracie Smith.
Mt. Washington Middle School posted the highest student attendance for the first month of the 2012-2013 school year. These sixth grade students had not missed any school as of Oct. 4. They are Madeline Polson, Alexis Adkins, Christian Eberhardt, Mason Kelley, Mayson Allen and Aliyah Asher.
Bullitt East High School students posted 95.48% attendance which was the best among high schools for the first month of the 2012-2013 school year. Sophomore Austin Colvin, senior Jack Porter, freshman Haley Steinmetz and junior Olivia Pruitt accept the trophy.
Cedar Grove Elementary School WatchDOG
Cedar Grove Elementary School grandparent Greg Blandford speaks with students in Melissa Lowe’s fifth grade class Sept. 20. He is the school’s newest WatchDOG, a progam that encourages Dad’s uncles, grandparents and other positive male role models to spend a full day volunteering once a year in their child’s school.
Bella Sowash really enjoys eating lunch with her grandfather and newest Cedar Grove Elementary School WatchDOG Greg Blandford!
Maryville Elementary School PE Teacher Dennis Minnis earns state honors
Dennis Minnis was recognized September 13, 2012 as one of Kentucky’s Top Ten Fuel Up to Play 60 Program Advisors for the exemplary work accomplished at Maryville Elementary School during the 2011-12 school year. Fuel Up to Play 60 is a program created by National Dairy Council and National Football League that empowers students to make changes at school that will help them “fuel up” with critical nutrient-rich foods missing from their diets – like low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, fruits, vegetables and whole grains – and “get active and play” for 60 minutes daily. Maryville Elementary School has participated in the program since its inception in 2009 under the leadership of Mr. Minnis.
Presentation at September 2012 Board of Education meeting
Donna Miller-Bruenger, director of the Bullitt County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College, gave an electronic update on how Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) students are doing in their first semester at JCTC. She also spoke about an Unbridled Partnership: Transforming Education in Bullitt County that she and Superintendent Keith Davis presented to the Interim Joint Committee on Education September 10 in Frankfort.
September 2012 District Assembly meeting
Director of Elementary Education Terry Price spoke at the September 2012 District Assembly meeting on efforts to focus and improve instruction and increase monitoring so that students are more likely to be reading at an appropriate level by the end of their third grade year, which is a strong indicator of academic success going into upper elementary school and beyond. The meeting was held at Lebanon Junction Elementary School.
Director of Elementary Education Terry Price spoke on efforts to focus and improve instruction and increase monitoring so that students are more likely to be reading at an appropriate level by the end of their third grade year at the September 2012 District Assembly meeting held at Lebanon Junction Elementary School.
High Student Attendance Day at Old Mill Elementary School
September 18 was high student attendance day in Kentucky schools. Making a guest visit to encourage and reward attendance at Old Mill Elementary School was Andy Armadillo of the Outer Loop Texas Roadhouse. Andy greeted students while restaurant marketing manager Maureen Semeraro handed out free kids meal tokens.
Andy Armadillo of the Outer Loop Texas Roadhouse greets students in Megan Moreman’s class on September 18 which was high attendance day in all Kentucky schools.
Nancy Silberkleit unveils anti-bullying comic book at Shepherdsville Elementary School
Shepherdsville Elementary School students listen to Archie Comics co-owner Nancy Silberkliet discuss her new anti-bullying comic book Rise Above on Sept 12. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Nancy Silberkleit answers questions from SES students.
Nancy Silberkleit discusses her anti-bullying comic book Rise Above.
An SES student suddenly forgets her question for Rise Above author Nancy Silberkleit!
Nancy Silberkleit hands out copies of her anti-bullying comic book Rise Above to each student.
Suicide Prevention Program
Visitors sign in for the suicide prevention program held Sept. 11 at Bullitt East High School. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Jan Ulrich, left, comforts a speaker during her presentation on teen suicide. Ms. Ulrich is a suicide prevention marketing specialist and school suicide prevention technical Coordinator with the Kentucky Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities. She has been involved with suicide prevention and awareness efforts on a national, state and local basis since 2002, after the loss of her son to suicide. Ms. Ulrich has been a member of the Kentucky Suicide Prevention Group (KSPG) since 2002, and served on the KSPG board for several years prior to her employment with the Department. Ms. Ulrich has been a QPR certified instructor since 2003.
Guests of the suicide prevention presentation listen to speakers.
Jan Ulrich speaks to the audience.
The suicide prevention presentation concluded with a role playing activity.
North Bullitt High School JROTC Cadets observe the 11th anniversary of September 11, 2001
North Bullitt High School JROTC cadets prepare for the annual observance of 9/11. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Members of the NBHS JROTC flag corp raise the American Flag to half staff.
NBHS JROTC cadets salute the American Flag.
North Bullitt High School student Tyler Robinson performed Taps on the trumpet.
NBHS JROTC cadets march past the American Flag at half staff.
Roby Elementary School first grades visit Woodsdale one-room schoolhouse
Roby Elementary School first grade students in April Atherton’s Rhonda Ruffra’s and Kristy Thornton’s class toured the historic Woodsdale one-room schoolhouse Sept. 7. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Students toured the inside of the one-room schoolhouse and asked questions about what life was like in the ‘olden days.’
After touring the schoolhouse, students enjoyed lunch on the ground at Woodsdale.
Students really enjoyed ringing the restored bell from the Woodsdale one-room schoolhouse.
Roby first grade students and teachers enjoy lunch on the grounds of the Woodsdale one-room schoolhouse.
Cedar Grove Elementary School and PNC open a student bank
April R. Ford, Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager of PNC Bank of Hillview, worked with Cedar Grove Elementary School students during opening of he bank sponsored by PNC and the Family Resource Center. (Please scroll down for more photos).
Marketer Sarah Bush spoke with a fellow student about opening an account.
Students brought in coins as currency for a deposit. Each cent had to be counted for accuracy.
A parent signs up her daughter for a school bank account.
Branch manager Ethan Bleemel discussed an account with a student.
Alesia Kalagin and April R. Ford of PNC Bank work with students on opening day of the school bank.
Alesia Kalagin of PNC Bank sorts through student financial files on the bank’s opening day.
Nichols Elementary School students enjoy watermelon grown by fellow students
Nichols Elementary School students select watermelon slices during lunch Sept. 6. The watermelon was grown by first grade teacher Cindi French and her students who learn a lot about plants in the school’s garden. Classmates enjoyed the tasty fruit. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Nichols first grade teacher Cindi French samples watermelon grown by students in the school garden.
Watermelon was offered to all Nichols students during lunch Sept. 6. The fruit was grown in the school garden by first grade teacher Cindi French and her students.
Watermelon slices grown by Nichols first grade teacher Cindi French were served to students during lunch Sept. 6.
KDE Photographer Amy Wallot features Career Readiness Center in Kentucky Teacher online
Kentucky Department of Education photographer Amy Wallot visited the Career Readiness Center Sept. 5. She spoke with staff and students about a feature that will appear on the October online edition of Kentucky Teacher.
Zappos.com generous donations to Communication Center
Zappos.com donated 50 copies of CEO Tony Hsieh book Delivering Happiness to the Community Education Center. Zappos.com employee Jason Menard and Customer Relations Specialist Dustin Henderson were joined by Community Education Director Valinda Reed, District Volunteer Coordinator Judy Cederholm and AmericaCorps Vista Member Heather McDonald in accepting the material. The books will be circulated among high schools and are required reading by seniors who apply for a Zappos.com scholarship.
Collections have been underway toward a million pull tabs for the Ronald McDonald House. Zappos.com employees are provided free sodas and have been faithful in dropping pull tabs into bins. Zappos.com customer relations specialist Dustin Henderson and employee Jason Menard brought many bags filled with pull tabs Aug. 30. Accepting the tabs were Community Education Director Valinda Reed and assistant Terri Seymour.
Rachel’s Challenge at Bullitt East High School
Bullitt East High School was the setting for the second day of Rachel’s Challenge on Aug. 28. Guest presenter DeeDee Cooper presented videos and slides of the life of Rachel Joy Scott. She was the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School shooting. Near the end of the challenge, all students and staff were asked to close their eyes and recall an instance in which they were bullied or they were the bully. Dee Dee then asked that everyone who wanted to commit to the challenge raise their hand. Many hands were lifted. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Bullitt East students, some with tears in their eyes, sign the banner committing to Rachel’s Challenge. Each signature represents a student commitment to start a Chain Reaction of Kindness in Rachel’s memory.
Bullitt East teacher April McCroskey organized the appearance of Rachel’s Challenge at Bullitt East. She spoke with presenters Ali Nourbakhsh, DeeDee Cooper and students as Rachel Joy Scott watched over them.
Rachel’s Challenge presenter DeeDee Cooper and several Bullitt East students form a group hug after the program.
Emotions were evident following Rachel’s Challenge at Bullitt East.
The banner is now displayed in the Bullitt East lobby near the trophy case.
Over 200 people attended the community event the evening of August 28.
Community event guests ponder the power of Rachel’s Challenge.
A final hug for presenter DeeDee Cooper.
Rachel’s Challenge at Eastside Middle School
Eastside Middle School students and staff lower their heads and close their eyes during Rachel’s Challenge Aug. 27. Guest presenter Ali Nourbakhsh led the group through the pain of Rachel’s death followed by her inspiring message of starting a chain of kindness. Rachel was 17 years-old when she became the first victim of the 1999 Columbine High School Shooting in Colorado. Her family’s mission since then has been global in reaching out to stop bullying. Ali asks every group involved with Rachel’s Challenge to commit to a lifestyle of kindness regardless of his or her past history. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Rachel’s Challenge presenter Ali Nourbakhsh addressed the entire EMS student body Aug. 27.
EMS students formed FOR (Friends Of Rachel) to take her message of kindness to the school and community.
Rachel’s Challenge presenter Ali Nourbakhsh wrote notes from EMS students in the Friends of Rachel (FOR) club.
EMS students listen to Rachel’s Challenge presenter Ali Nourbakhsh cover the parameters of Friends of Rachel (FOR) club.
NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams films WatchDOGS segment at Maryville Elementary School
Maryville Elementary School WatchDOGS (Dads of Great Students) volunteer Adam Nalley greets youth as they exit the school bus. Nalley was filmed all day Aug. 28 by a television crew from NBC Nightly News by Brian Williams for a Making a Difference segment by reporter John Yang. WatchDOGS encourage men to support their child’s education by being a presence at school whenever possible. (Please scroll down for more photos)
Adam Nalley is filmed by NBC News camera operator Ray Pfesser as sound technician Mike Loomis operates the boom microphone while he interacts with a student in Ashley Gallusser’s fourth/fifth grade class. Adam is at Maryville as often as possible with his involvement in the WatchDOGS program.
The NBC News film crew records Adam Nalley working with a student at Maryville.
Stephanie Himango, a producer with NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, tapes footage for a Making a Difference segment at Maryville.
August 2013 Board of Education presentations
Nichols Elementary School first grade teacher Cindi French gave a PowerPoint presentation on the Garden Club. Students Kaylee Shepherd, Amy Fife and Chloe Martin each explained the process of clearing land, preparing to plant seeds, tending the garden and harvesting crops. The youth brought fresh tomatoes for board members to sample!
Bullitt County Sheriff Dave Greenwell and School Resource Officer Bruce Rucker were recognized during the August 2012 meeting of the Bullit County Board of Education. District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith thanked Sheriff Greenwell for funding an SRO. Deputy Rucker enjoys his work in the schools and his presence makes a difference.
August 2012 District Assembly meeting
District Assessment Coordinator and Director of Data, Assessment and Research Jan Stone explained End of Course exams to the audience gathered at the central office for the first district assembly meeting of the school year.
Director of Secondary Education Robb Smith pointed out the percentages of high schools meeting benchmarks as part of the End of Course exams presentation at the district assembly meeting.
Zappos Fulfillment Centers, Inc. donates monitor to BAMS
Zappos Fulfillment Centers, Inc. donated a monitor to the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) class August 21. Teacher Kelly Cleavinger and students Alden Stidom, Tucker Gardner, Jessica Rawlings, Imogene Brand, and Davis Stratton welcomed the donation with thanks to Community Relations Specialist Dustin Henderson and Zappos for their generosity.
Bullitt Central High School sophomore Thomas Troutman successfully stacked four tubes of chap stick on a table during a ‘Minute to Win It’ challenge that was part of Cougar Connection Aug. 17. Assistant Principal Sarah Hardin coordinated the activities which featured prizes for the winners. All grade levels rotated among the connective activities which emphasized an understanding of school transcripts, credit checks, KEES money and team building, sensitivity training and anti-bullying sessions during homeroom advisor/advisee time and a compelling, passionate and inspiration talk by Principal Christy Coulter about graduation, goals, college and career. (Please scroll down for more photos)
The Cougar football team gave a rousing shout out in the auditorium.
Freshman students learned how to do the roller coaster!
Kentucky Ambassadors of Music Tour
North Bullitt High School 2012 graduates Rebekah McAuliffe and Cody Olson along with Bullitt Central High School senior Alex Gossett are pictured with Kentucky Ambassadors of Music Staff Members and Bullitt County Teachers Wendy and Chip Davidson. The Kentucky Ambassadors of Music tour departed the United States on June 29th and spent 16 days touring Europe. Students visited England, France, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, Austria, and Germany. Students were able to site-see in some incredible locations, as well as becoming a part of local culture by performing concerts in five major cities across Europe. All of the students and staff enjoyed the trip, and the students did an excellent job representing both the state and district. (Photo courtesy of Wendy Davidson)
Welcome to the 2012-2013 School Year!
As dawn breaks, cars drop off North Bullitt High School students as Assistant Principal Chris VerDow monitors traffic.
North Bullitt High School students file into the building as the doors open at 6:50 a.m.
Hebron Middle School students exit busses and walk down the Olympic trail. Principal Steve Miracle, Assistant Principal Troy Kolb, Counselor Marla Squires and faculty and staff (known at Hebron as ‘staffulty’) welcomed students with cheers and applause on Aug. 8.
Hebron Middle School students are welcomed back with high fives by staff.
Beth Lehue’s kindergarten class at Shepherdsville Elementary School already featured hard working students.
Denise Bullock’s second grade class at Shepherdsville Elemenntary School saw students focused on their lessons.
Melissa Fox, new director of the TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP) worked with students in the Riverview Opportunity Center computer lab.
This Career Readiness Center student concentrated on his lesson at the ROC.
Career Readiness Center students spend part of their day working computer lessons at the ROC and the remainder at the Bullitt County Area Technology Center. These youth listen to Graphic Arts Technology Teacher Don Easley explain details of the course.
Crossroads Elementary School students participate in a Parade of Success.
First grade teacher Leslie Weihe and her students shout ‘First Grade Rocks’ during the parade.
Crossroads Elementary School Principal Kim Sego gives a pep talk to students following the Parade of Success.
Mt. Washington Elementary School students go over expectations for the 2012-2013 school year.
Heading home on the school bus after the first day of the 2012-2013 school year.
Kimberly Joseph named District Energy Manager
“As an energy manager, my main goal is to see continued energy use reduction in the district, which translates into fiscal savings,” she said. “I work for the school district, and I want to see student and teacher involvement with the Energy Watchdog program. Students can learn about real world, practical applications. They can learn about energy and environmental sustainability – which they can take into their own homes right now, and into their future careers as adults. I believe in a team approach, and would love to work with all departments on how we can continue to save energy and improve the learning environment for our students.”
Robb Smith named district Director of Secondary Education
Robb Smith has joined Bullitt County Public Schools as Director of Secondary Education. “I can’t begin to express how excited I am to be a part of Bullitt County Schools,” he said. “The current employees in this district have crafted a reputation in the state for having a strong commitment to student achievement and I am humbled by the opportunity.” Mr. Smith spent the past decade at North Oldham Middle School. He began in 2002 as a math teacher followed in successive years as athletic director, student services coordinator and assistant principal. Prior to Oldham County, he taught math in Kenton County.
Brenda Pirtle named Riverview Opportunity Center Principal
Brenda Pirtle, left, is the new principal of the Riverview Opportunity Center, Bullitt Alternative Center and Spring Meadows Children’s Home. She will work with Assistant Principal Angela Bibelhauser. “I believe that everything that I have done up to this point in my career was to prepare me for this position,” Pirtle said said. “I enjoy working with children who struggle. I have the ability to make real connections with these students. The ROC programs are already strong. I am excited about being a part of such promising programs. I get the best of both worlds here. Who wouldn’t be excited?” (Photo courtesy of The Pioneer News)
Technology World 2012 mini-conference
Educators select their sessions for the first annual Technology World 2012 mini conference July 31 at Bullitt Central High School. Over 100 people attended and comments were quite positive about the various sessions. (Please scroll down for more photos)
A standing room only class listens to Jill Pierce of MIE discuss Collaborate, Communicate and Create for Free.
Teachers focus on ITunes and ITunes U in the Classroom by Catherine Edelen of Apple.
A Bullitt Central computer lab hosted Integrating STUDENT use of the SMART BOARD use into YOUR Lessons by Hebron Middle School teacher Wendy Davidson.
The mini-conference reached out for community involvement. Little Flock Christian Academy was represented by several teachers and administrator Anne Gibson who will apply the training to the private school classrooms.
Hebron Middle School teacher Wendy Davidson (standing) works with a participant in the SMART BOARD platform.
Bullitt Lick Middle School Principal Robert Fulk presented on iPad Productivity Tools for Administrators and Teachers.
Crossroads Elementary School first grade teacher Leslie Weihe (left) and Mt. Washington Middle School practical living instructor Dedre Hatfield work on a Prezi: A Cloud-Based Presentation Builder.
Educators became students for the mini-conference.
Kenton Harrier demonstrates technology during the mini-conference.
2012 New Educator Orientation
Educators new to Bullitt County Public Schools smile at comments made at a July 30 orientation at Overdale Elementary School. The annual event features a morning breakfast, free goodies for the educators and a series of sessions to orientate them to the district.
New educators listen to speakers during an orientation July 30.
School Food Service Certification Training
School Food Service Program Assistant Stephanie Norris and Hebron Middle School cafeteria manager Debbie Haycraft led a session about the importance of taking inventory as part of SFS certification training held July 26 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville. (Please scroll down for more photos)
School Food Services Secretary Annette Murphy highlighted an area of a Powerpoint presentation by Bullitt Central High School cafeteria manager on new production records.
School Food Services Program Assistant Becky Willoughby led a PowerPoint presentation on merchandising/marketing while cafeteria workers from Bullitt Central High School looked on.
Bullitt Lick Middle School cafeteria manager Denica Sanders made a burrito during the merchandising/marketing session.
This school food service employee wore appropriate socks for the training!
Bobby Hart named Bernheim Middle School Principal
Bobby Hart has been named Bernheim Middle School Principal. Hart previously served as teacher and counselor at Bernheim before serving two years as assistant principal at LaRue County Middle School. He is very excited to return home and looks forward to a progressive academic year in Bruin country.
2012 Kindergarten Kickoff
Kindergarten Kickoff 2012 was held July 17 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. Director of Elementary Education Terry Price assisted incoming kindergarten students in cutting the ribbon to open the event. (Please scroll down for more photos)
District Health Coordinator Lesa Bodine speaks with parents and their kids.
Crossroads Elementary School Principal Kim Sego talks with a new kindergarten student.
Freedom Elementary School Principal Marcella Minogue converses with a parent.
Kindergarten students and parents were able to view a brand new hybrid school bus…
…and take a look at the comfortable new interior.
Face painting was a very popular activity.
Director of Human Resources Jennifer Wooley dressed as Cinderella charms a kindergarten pupil.
Old Mill Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Debby Pack shares a smile with a student.
Crossroads Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Clark Kuhn reads a story to Braelin and Isabel Russell.
Debbie Farmer of the district Department for Pupil Personnel hands out rubber ducks.
Brooks Elementary School Kindergarten Teacher Becky Wollam answers questions from a parent.
A throng of visitors make their way through the Paroquet Springs corridor to the Salt River Room.
The Fazoli’s tomato mascot had a ball with an excited youth!
The Texas Roadhouse mascot Andy Armadillo waves to the crowd.
Kindergarten Kickoff was sponsored by the Bullitt County Family Resource Centers.
Kids were allowed to gather many free items at Kindergarten Kickoff.
Brooks Elementary selected as a Showcase School during High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop
Constructed with such a high performance degree of detail, Brooks Elementary School was picked as a showcase school when architects and school district facilities personnel from across the state visit Louisville March 14-15 at the High Performance Sustainable School Buildings Workshop. Attendees learned about sustainable school design concepts during workshop sessions at the Galt House, then traveled to Brooks to see an example of a high performance school in operation. Please scroll down for more photos.
Guests at the main entrance of Brooks Elementary learn about the rain garden.
Every school corridor at Brooks is very colorful and appealing to the eye.
Members of the Brooks Elementary student energy team prepared to lead guests around the school.
The main lobby of Brooks Elementary is an astonishing work of art.
Shepherdsville Elementary’s Taylor Trowbridge wins T-Shirt design contest
Shepherdsville Elementary School student Taylor Trowbridge is congratulated by Principal David Pate and art and humanities teacher Kim Harding for creating the winning district design during the National School Breakfast Week T-Shirt that highlights the benefits of eating a healthy breakfast. Taylor drew toast, bacon, an egg, juice and the sun all with smiling faces!
Area Technology Students earn Regional Honors
Bullitt County Area Technology Center students Garry Key and Sean Crask earned Second place in CPR/FA (First Aid) while Melissa Wayne scored First place in dental terminology during regional competition.
Bullitt County Area Technology Center students Marissa Russell and Shelby Owen earned First place in CPR/FA while Kayla Haysley earned Third place in Human Growth and Development during regional competition.
Kentucky Society for Technology in Education annual conference
Bullitt County Public Schools Technology Integration Specialist Christie Turbeville was part of a panel during a pre-conference workshop as the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education got underway March 7 at the Galt House East in Louisville. Fellow TIS Susan Jenkins was the workshop moderator. Please scroll down for more conference photos.
Eastside Middle School technology teachers Matt Murphy (left) and Scott Hatfield, were part of the audience during a KySTE pre-conference workshop featuring District Technology Integration Specialists Susan Jenkins and Christie Turbeville.
District Technology Integration Specialist Keith Barnes makes a point during a panel discussion at the pre-conference workshop.
District Technology Integration Specialist Susan Jenkins moderated the pre-conference workshop during the 2012 KySTE Conference.
Maryville Elementary School Science Zoo
Maryville Elementary School’s annual science fair March 7 included students dressing as scientists and visiting animals in a live zoo. Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Whitney Wurzel was ‘Ranger Whitney’ as she welcomed youth to a display featuring animals skins, shells and a live snake.
Hissing cockroaches from Madagascar drew a lot of attention during Maryville Elementary School’s science fair and science zoo.
Career Readiness Center students on the road
Career Readiness Center health sciences students in the trauma room at Jewish Medical Center South in Brooks. All photos by CRC Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Career Readiness Center freshman Laranda Thompson standing next to the MRI at Jewish Medical Center South.
Career Readiness Center students observed the various vocations offered at Jefferson Community and Technical College including automotive technology, welding, electrical technology, welding, HVAC, machine tool technology, plumbing, visual communications and wood manufacturing. The automotive instructor displayed a new car engine (above) that is not yet available.
Career Readiness Center students embarked on a field trip to the Kentucky/Indiana Regional Council of Carpenters and Millwrights where they viewed a turbine. Students learned about the carpenters and millwrights apprenticeship program by touring the facility including classrooms, millwright’s shop and carpenter’s shop.
Jefferson Community and Technology Center’s carpentry instructor displays student projects to Career Readiness Center students.
Bullitt County Area Technology Center and Career Readiness Center carpentry students toured the Forest Discovery Center and Koetter Factory and observed the entire process of a wood product from a tree in the forest to the final product ready to be shipped.
North Bullitt High School’s gymnasium was filled with harmony March 1 as elementary, middle and high school musicians and singers presented the north area schools concert. Please scroll down for photos of the event.
The children’s choir featured singers from Brooks, Overdale and Maryville Elementary Schools.
The children’s choir performs during the north area schools concert.
Middle school musicians from Hebron and Zoneton.
The combined middle school choir from Hebron and Zoneton.
Saxophone players from the combined middle school bands of Hebron and Zoneton.
Student names on music stands help parent identify youth performers.
The North Bullitt High School percussion section power played through several numbers.
North Bullitt High School’s choir sang beautifully!
NBHS xylophone musicians strike the right notes!
Part of the NBHS concert band flute section.
NBHS clarinet player.
NBHS tuba player.
Evacupod inventor at Bullitt Lick Middle School
Bullitt Lick Middle School seventh grade students completed a study on survival-themed literature and writing unit in which they wrote and delivered an informative speech about survival. In light of this unit, Library Media Specialist Chip Connor (sixth grade student Tate Connor’s father) spoke with seventh graders March 1 about his company’s invention known as the Evacupod. Tate demonstrates the Evacupod with the help of his father and company assistant Justin Bauer. This emergency evacuation device has received both local and national attention. To learn more about this renowned invention that will save lives, visit the Evacupod website and watch the news feature on America Now: http://evacupod.com/
Bullitt Lick Middle School students demonstrate the ease of rescuing a victim using the Evacupod.
District Young Author Awards
Young Authors were recognized Feb. 28 for their creative efforts in literature. An overflow crowd of proud relatives watched as 13 divisions representing school level individual and group book winners were presented awards during the district event held inside Bullitt Central High School’s auditorium. Pictured above is the Kindergarten division featuring school winners Joey Simpson of Lebanon Junction, Lannah Murphy of Crossroads, Atley Estes of Brooks, Evan Cates of Old Mill, Dazee Brown of Overdale and Alexander Kellie of Pleasant Grove. The district winners of the Kindergarten division are First Place – Evan Cates; Second Place – Lannah Murphy; and Third Place – Zoey Simpson. Please scroll down for more photos
Division 1 – Grade 1 School Young Author winners are Jarrett Ricketts of Nichols, Brittany Williams of Lebanon Junction, Jaylann Thixton of Maryville, Claire Immerson of Crossroads, Laini Creason of Shepherdsville, Hallie Ogle of Cedar Grove, Emily Haddaway of Mt. Washington, Sadio Janisko of Old Mill, Crystal Chester of Overdale, Raina Snook of Freedom and Samuel Hamilton of Pleasant Grove. Division 1 district winners are: First Place – Brittany Williams; Second Place – Claire Immerso; and Third Place – Hallie Ogle.
Division 2 – Grade 2 School Young Author winners are Hayley Ranalli of Crossroads, Kaitlyn Defler of Pleasant Grove, Avery Green of Nichols, Isabella Eads of Shepherdsville, Presley Huff of Cedar Grove, Evan Karr of Freedom, Alex Hatfield of Maryville, Homero Medrano of Overdale, Emma Kate Wright of Roby, Amelia Rauch of Old Mill, Taylor Ice of Lebanon Junction and Tori Grant of Old Mill. Division 2 district winners are: First Place – Evan Karr; Second Place – Alex Hatfield; and Third Place – Homero Medrano.
Division 3 – Grade 3 School Young Author winners are Faith Kostrewski of Cedar Grove, Will Blandford of Old Mill, Elijah Deaton of Cedar Grove, Megan Weihe of Crossroads, Elaina Green of Nichols, Matthew Duncan of Roby, Madelyn Riley of Lebanon Junction, Madison Sipes of Brooks, Ethan Hines of Freedom, Grant Hilbert of Maryville, Madison Brown of Overdale and Lydia Marshall of Mt. Washington. Division 3 district winners are: First Place – Megan Weihe; Second Place – Madelyn Riley; and Third Place - Lydia Marshall.
Division 4 – Grade 4 School Young Author winners are Mackenzi Conn of Brooks, Isabella Cape of Lebanon Junction, Zak Perdew of Pleasant Grove, Calli Smith of Nichols, Sawyer Kelty of Old Mill, Elizabeth Puckett of Freedom, Savannah Warren of Crossroads, Adam Johnson of Cedar Grove, Justin Snow-Moss of Maryville and Olivia Armstrong of Mt. Washington. Division level winners are: First Place – Isabella Cape; Second Place – Calli Smith; and Third Place – Justin Snow-Moss.
Division 5 – Grade 5 School Young Author winners are Lindsey Spencer of Pleasant Grove, Emily Jaramillo of Nichols, Chase Wardrip of Freedom, Alanna Peck of Cedar Grove, Whitney Exely of Overdale, Madison Ogle of Lebanon Junction, Heaven Durrett of Brooks, Emily Johnson of Maryville, Alli Bishop of Crossroads, Trey Grimes of Shepherdsville, and Collin Preston of Old Mill. Division 5 district winners are: First Place – Chase Wardrip; Second Place – Trey Grimes; and Third Place – Emily Jaramillo.
District 6 – Grade 6 School Young Author winners are Elizabeth Hines of Hebron, Erick Vittitow of Bullitt Lick and Carolann Cockerill of Zoneton. District 6 division level winners are: First Place – Elizabeth Hines; Second Place – Erick Vittitow; and Third Place – Carolann Cockerill.
Division 7 – Grade 7 School Young Author winners are Austin Thomas and Kirsten Kirchner of Bullitt Lick, Mary Jo McAuliffe of Hebron, Emily Elliott and Ian Kerr of Eastside, Kayla Davenport of Zoneton and Alex Nadeau of Mt. Washington. Division 7 district winners are: First Place – Kirsten Kirchner; Second Place – Kayla Davenport; and Third Place – Ian Kerr.
Division 8 – Grade 8 School Young Author winners are Krystal Seewer of Zoneton, Emily Miles of Eastside, Christine Scharrer of Hebron and Danny Foley of Mt. Washington. Division 8 district winners are: First Place – Christine Scharrer; Second Place – Danny Foley; and Third Place – Krystal Seewer.
Division 9 – Elementary ECE School Young Author winners are Deanna Clements and Seth Carney of Old Mill, Ethan Shortt of Crossroads and Brandon Bellamy of Pleasant Grove. Division 9 district winners are: First Place – Deanna Clements; Second Place – Ethan Shortt; and Third Place – Brandon Bellamy.
Division 10 – Primary Group (Grades K-3) School Young Author winners are Maggie Green, Paige Shaw and Cameron Ray of Pleasant Grove, Jayden Robinson, Jacob Key, Mallorie Stumler, Victoria Roerk and Landen Hobgood of Lebanon Junction, Sara Eversole and Andy Rogers of Freedom, Riley Gentry and Carson Davis of Old Mill, Madeline Myers and Brooke Wathen of Mt. Washington, Brooklyn Norton, Gracie Stivers and Madison Sackett of Brooks, Eli Burden, Jonah Hurst, Kloie Martin, Alexis Pugh and Abigail Browne of Nichols, and Micah Tinnell, Kaylee Jessie, Evie Stump, Ava Heath, Gracie Brown, Brendan Shelton, Thomas Beams and Trevor Ashby of Shepherdsville. Division 10 district winners are: First Place – Micah Tinnell, Kaylee Jessie, Evie Stump, Ava Heath, Gracie Brown, Brendan Shelton, Thomas Beams and Trevor Ashby; Second Place - Madeline Myers and Brooke Wathen; and Third Place – Andy Rogers and Sara Eversole.
Division 11 – Intermediate Group Book (Grades 4-5) School Young Author winners are Alisha Battreal and Jakeline Mascareno of Overdale, Alexis Gaus, Kayla Nutgrass and Danielle Love of Crossroads, Hailey Stivers, Carly Morris, Valorie Lanci, Macie Brown and Sarah Ezell of Mt. Washington and Madison Fackler and Jayln Emert of Shepherdsville. Division 11 district winners are: First Place – Alexis Gaus, Kayla Nutgrass and Danielle Love; Second Place – Alisha Battreal and Jakeline Mascareno; and Third Place – Hailey Stivers, Carly Morris, Valorie Lanci, Macie Brown and Sarah Ezell.
Division 12 – Middle School Group School Young Author winners are Kaylyn Vittitow and Sophie Inoshita of Zoneton, Makenna Vance, Mykayla Druien and Alysha Johnson of Hebron and Ashley Kingsley, Abbi Adair, Kelsey Castle, Jacob Birge, Michael Harp, Will Rucker and Jacob Reece of Mt. Washington. Division 12 district winners are: First Place – Makenna Vance, Mykayla Druien and Alysha Johnson; Second Place – Kaylyn Vittitow and Sophie Inoshita; and Third Place – Ashley Kingsley, Abbi Adair, Kelsey Castle, Jacob Birge, Michael Harp, Will Rucker and Jacob Reece.
Bullitt Central High School students earn honors from Reel Action student video competition
Bullitt Central High School students Bridget Shelton and Cody Crume are congratulated by Youth Services Center Coordinator Tonia Wiggins after their 30 second video ‘Reality’ was honored as a tie for second runner up for Best Art Design during the Reel Action Video red carpet ceremony Feb. 26 at Baxter Avenue Theatres. Student in the metro Louisville area created videos depicting the dangers of underage drinking.
Cedar Grove Elementary School students learn about finance
Kentucky Council on Economic Education Program Consultant Betty Sue Johnson worked with Cedar Grove Elementary School fourthgraders to make Mammoth Wooley Hamburgers out of Play-do Feb. 23. KCEE and Citi volunteers presented the program Leaders Investing in Financial Education (LIFE). The KCEE staff and Citi volunteers visit classrooms in Title 1 Schools for a creative two-hour presentation to emphasize the important contributions entrepreneurs make. The students participate in simulations of a manufacturing line, exchange goods as buyers and sellers and make decisions about spending, saving and giving back to the community. The free program is made possible by the Council on Economic Education through funding from the United States Department of Education Office of Innovation and Improvement and Citi Foundation.
Cedar Grove Elementary School fourth grade students create Mammoth Wooley Hamburgers during the Citi L.I.F.E. presentation.
Nursery rhymes comes to life in Mother Goose Land at Cedar Grove
Kindergarten students in Mr. Strange’s and Mrs. Price’s classes at Cedar Grove dressed up as their favorite nursery character for a Welcome to Mother Goose Land program Feb. 24. The audience adored the presentations from Lucas Taylor (as Old King Cole), Clarissa Jones (the Queen of Hearts), Kaylee Melcher and Curtis Austin (Hey Diddle Diddle), Ezra Reed (Jack Be Nimble), Daniel Ward (Georgie Porgie), Brooke Kiefer (Three Little Kittens), Dallas McCubbins (Humpty Dumpty), Morgen Weatherford (Old Woman in a Shoe), Kyler Melcher(Baa, Baa, Black Sheep), Beau Cool (There was a Crooked Man), Treyton Wilkerson (Sing a Song of Sixpence), Jordan Carnes (Little Jack Horner), Grayson Reichert(Hickory Dickory Dock), Haley Stillwell Old Mother Hubbard), Klara Puckett (Little Miss Muffet), Austin Rock (Little Boy Blue), Landon Wicker (Simple Simon), Miranda Cornell (Little Bo Peep), Olivia Lundy (Mary’s Lamb), Dalan Kremzar (Peter, Peter Pumpkin Eater), Madelyn Shaver (Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary), Emily Mann (Jack and Jill) and Isaac Bleemel (Wee Willie Winkie).
Presentations at February 2012 Board of Education meeting
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Lorraine McLaughlin and District Energy Manager Andrea Rock congratulate Brooks Elementary School Principal Cheri Lineweaver and Custodian Doug McQuary for earning the Energy Star Award distinction.
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Lorraine McLaughlin and District Energy Manager Andrea Rock congratulate Crossroads Elementary School Principal Kim Sego and Student Energy Team Coordinator Jaymee Clemens.
Kelly Shanks and Jaime Goldsmith informed Board of Education members of the strides participating schools have made in Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) from the Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline.
District Director of Secondary Education Dave Marshall gave a presentation on college and career readiness during the Board of Education’s February 2012 meeting.
February 2012 District Assembly meeting
Director of Maintenance Steve Kessinger presented a PowerPoint about the department during the February 2012 District Assembly meeting at Bullitt East High School.
The audience at the February 2012 District Assembly meeting in the Bullitt East High School library media center look at the budget breakdown of the district maintenance department.
Safety Star Awards
Safety Star awards were presented to schools that had the fewest accidents involving staff during November, December and January of the 2011-212 school year. Lebanon Junction Elementary School Principal Staci Goedde accepts the elementary school safety star award.
Bullitt East High School principal Debby Atherton accepts the high school safety star award.
Gifted Education Week in Bullitt County Public Schools
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie J. Roberts issued a Proclamation designating February 19-25 as Gifted Education Week in Bullitt County Public Schools. Joining the judge were gifted students Olivia Napier of Eastside Middle School, Allen Miles of Mt. Washington Middle School, Austin Trammell of Zoneton Middle School, Kayla Koch of Brooks Elementary School, Jenna Sharp of Cedar Grove Elementary School, Rachel Toll of Freedom Elementary School, Abigail Clarkson of Mt. Washington Elementary School, Sam Hutchins of Maryville Elementary School, Collin Preston of Old Mill Elementary School, Carter Echols of Pleasant Grove Elementary School and Evan Wright of Roby Elementary School. Also onhandwere Superintendent Keith Davis, Bullitt Central High School Principal Christy Coulter, Gifted and Talented Coordinator Ellen Napier and Resource Teachers Sara Coomer and Marcia Zinger.
North Bullitt High School senior Forrest Miller selected to the First Next-Generation Student Council
North Bullitt High School senior Forrest Miller is one of 11 Kentucky students selected to serve on the first Next-Generation Student Council, a new group formed by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday.
North Bullitt High School senior Forrest Miller.
Mt. Washington Elementary and Crossroads Elementary School students Skype a Historical Debate
District Technology Integration Specialist Susan Jenkins works with Mt. Washington Elementary School students Jillian Garrett, Lauren Ferrell and Logan Abner before the Skype with Crossroads Elementary School students.
Director of Elementary Education Terry Price watches Mt. Washington Elementary School student Logan Abner participate in a Skype.
Crossroads Elementary School students Garrett Simpson, Jaret Gatrost, Donovan Pugh, Destiny Griffin and Julia Crider prepare for a Skype with students at Mt. Washington Elementary School.
Crossroads Elementary School students in Tracy West’s class watch a Skype featuring youth from Mt. Washington Elementary School.
Build your own Burrito Day at Eastside Middle School
Eastside Middle School students had the opportunity to Build their own Burrito during lunch Feb. 9. Students stepping up to the Cactus Grille were given a large soft tortilla and could then choose between meats such as chicken or beef, toppings such as cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and jalapenos, sides such as refried beans, black beans and Mexican rice and condiments such as salsa and sour cream. Please scroll down for more photos.
EMS cafeteria cook/bakers build a burrito for a student lunch.
EMS cafeteria cook/bakers prepare burritos for students.
Guest speaker at Crossroads Elementary School
Crossroads Elementary School students participated in a presentation regarding Native Americans.
Native American presentation at Crossroads Elementary School.
Parent Reading Night in Melissa Pratt’s class at Maryville Elementary School
Maryville Elementary School third grade teacher Melissa Pratt reviewed 7 Keys to Comprehension during a Parent Night held Feb. 7 in the media center. Another photo appears below.
Fifth Month Student Attendance Trophies
Mt. Washington Elementary School students maintained the best attendance for the fifth month of the 2011-2012 school year. This was the second consecutive month they had the highest student attendance among 13 elementary schools.
Mt. Washington Middle School students Camryn Colvin, Summer Barr, Corey Plahuta, Autumn Turner, Abbie Thomas, Billy Jaworski and Dylan Jaworski proudly hoist the middle school attendance trophy. MWMS had the highest students attendance among six middle schools for the fifth month of the 2011-2012 school year.
Bullitt East High School senior Logan Pruitt and junior Jacob Carter hold the attendance trophy for best student attendance among high schools. Through the fifth month of the 2011-2012 school year, BEHS has had the student attendance trophy.
2012 Kentucky School Boards Association Conference
Bullitt County Area Technology Center Principal Brady Southwood spoke on the district’s courageous approach to college and career readiness during a clinic at the 76th annual conference of the Kentucky School Boards Association Feb. 4 at the Galt House East in Louisville. Please scroll down for more photos.
Riverview Opportunity Center Principal Doug Roberts addressed the audience during a KSBA clinic Feb. 4 on college and career readiness.
Crossroads Elementary School students and staff created the banner reflecting the KSBA Conference theme College and Career Readiness, Kentucky’s Real 2012 Olympics. The banner was displayed at the Galt House East in Louisville during the conference Feb. 3-5.
Mary Faulhaber writes an App featuring Bullitt Lick Middle School students
District Assistive Technology Coordinator Mary Faulhaber wrote an App that was releases digitally on iTunes for iPad. The App features her students at Bullitt Lick Middle School in a story about a little brown bunny named Choco who goes for a check up. Please scroll down for more photos.
Part of the App created by Mary Faulhaber. The entire story was presented last week at Bullitt Lick Middle School.
Mary Faulhaber describes to Bullitt Lick Middle School students the details behind creating the App Choco Gets a Check-up.
Black History Month
Each February is observed as Black History Month. Students organize programs to commemorate the importance of Black History Month such as at Maryville Elementary School’s Town Hall (above) which recognized the accomplishments of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Maryville Elementary’s Citizen School
Pioneer News reporter Stephen Thomas was a speaker January 31 at Maryville Elementary’s Citizen School. He spoke about working for a community newspaper and how an education is very important to earn and maintain a good job.
2012 District Science Fair
The 2012 District Science Fair was held January 26 at Bullitt Central High School. Students who won their school science fair competed for district honors. All competitors earned Certificates of Recognition. The Top Three high school students were First place – Logan Stone (pictured above right) of Bullitt East High School for his project Solar Energy; Second place – Ana O’Casio of Bullitt Central High School for her project Eye Witness Account; and Third place – Collin Newton (pictured above left) of North Bullitt High School for his project Height and The Tuba.
Middle school winners of the District Science Fair were First place – Grason Gasser of Eastside Middle School (pictured center) for her project Kelvin Electrostatic Generator; Second place – Shelby and Sam Hall of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Academy(pictured left) for their project Can You Beat the Heat or Rule the Cool; and Third place – Jenna Rueve and Jenny Robertson of Mt. Washington Middle School for their project Chicks, Eggs, and Ham. Please scroll down for more photos.
School science fair winners are recognized after the district competition inside the Bullitt Central High School auditorium. Awards are presented by District Science Coordinator Angela Bibelhauser, Assistant Superintendent Greg Schultz and Director of Secondary Education Dave Marshall. Middle school science fair participants included Rachel Mitchell, Roby Schank and Dakota Robinson of Bernheim, Meredith Hughes Cody Stivers and Triston Hillard of Bullitt Lick, David Collins, Charlotte Mason and Grason Greer of Eastside, Kyle Beasley, Sara Arnold and Mary Jo McCaullife of Hebron, Jenna Rueve and Jenny Robertson, Brea Fredericks and Kayla Diersing and Alyssa Martin and Sydney Roswick of Mt. Washington, Spencer Ahl and Aurora Loyall, Kayla Davenport and Matthew Thomas and Nathen Sparkman of Zoneton and Shelby Hall and Sam Hall of St. Aloysius. High school science fair participants included Rachel Lopez, Chad Martin and Ana O’Casio of Bullitt Central, Dillon Sego, Scotty McIntyre, Austin Cline, Logan Stone, Isaiah Barnett and Chase Harrod of Bullitt East and Brooke White, Collin Newton and Jason Puckett of North Bullitt.
District science fair judges Nick Bibelhauser, Terry Durham and Scott Henning from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers take notes on a project.
Eastside Middle School student David Collins explains his science project to judges from Geek Squad City.
Eastside Middle School student Grason Gasser points out the specifics of her science project to judges.
Bullitt Central High School student Chad Martin discusses his science project while judge Terry Durham examines the bridge.
Geek Squad City Judge Matthew Schlicht leans in for a closer look at the science project of Mt. Washington Middle School students Jenna Rueve and Jenny Robertson.
Bullitt East High School student Logan Stone listens to questions from a District Science Fair judge.
Career Readiness Center field trip
Career Readiness Center students visited the Junior Achievement Chase Finance Park in January. Students learned about budgeting in the real world and the importance of money management. Students completed a financial workbook prior to their visit, a pre-requisite for the Chase Finance Park. CRC Teacher Missy Fox guided students on their budgeting task (Photo by Savannah Mattingly).
CRC students Caleb Stidham and Dakota Cunningham computing their grocery cost at Thornton’s (Photo by Savannah Mattingly).
2012 District Spelling Bee
The District Spelling Bee was held January 24 at Roby Elementary School. Trenten Cox of Eastside Middle School was the winner after correctly spelling the words ‘romanticize’ and ‘vendetta.’ This is the second consecutive year an Eastside student has won the district spelling bee. Placing second was Bernheim Middle School student Kassi Gilbert. Tied for third place were Chaise Blissett of Zoneton Middle School and Travis Ray of St. Aloysius. Please scroll down for more photos:
School spelling bee winners pose for a picture after the District Spelling Bee January 24 at Roby Elementary School. Elementary students include Ian Anderson of Crossroads, Heaven Durrett of Brooks, Aberiel Barrett of Cedar Grove, Lauren Ogle of Freedom, Hallie Cunningham of Lebanon Junction, Gage Harris of Maryville, Halle Salsman of Mt. Washington, Kaylan Heath of Nichols, Jake Keys of Old Mill, Devin Sizemore of Overdale, Lindsey Spencer of Pleasant Grove, Evan Wright of Roby and Madison Fackler of Shepherdsville. Middle school winners were Kassi Gilbert of Bernheim, Jeremie Johnson of Bullitt Lick, Trenton Cox of Eastside, Robby Baker of Hebron, Chaise Blissett of Zoneton and Travis Ray of St. Aloysius.
District Director of Data, Assessment and Research Jan Stone reviewed spelling bee rules with contestants. She was the official word announcer.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School student Hallie Cunningham anxiously awaits her word from announcer Jan Stone.
Lauren Ogle of Freedom Elementary School is delighted with the word she received to spell.
Madison Fackler of Shepherdsville Elementary School thinks about the arrangement of letters in her word before spelling.
Hebron Middle School student Robby Baker takes his turn during the district competition.
District Safety Inspection at Bullitt Central High School
Doug Oskins of KISBIT and District Safety Committee Chairwoman Jaime Goldsmith inspect the exit to the Bullitt Central High School kitchen in January. The safety committee is conducting monthly safety walkthroughs at randomly selected schools.
Doug Oskinsof KISBIT and District Safety Committee Chairwoman Jaime Goldsmith inspect the Bullitt Central High School kitchen. The safety committee is conducting monthly safety walkthroughs at randomly selected schools.
Bullitt East High School FBLA collects Shoes for Haiti
The Bullitt East High School Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) department spent over a year collecting gently worn footwear which was donated to Shoes for Haiti.
Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) Open House
Parents and prospective Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) students listened to speakers and read information pertaining to the program during an open house January 23.
BAMS teacher Chip Davidson spoke with guests during the open house.
BAMS students explained projects to parents during the open house.
100th Day of School
Freedom Elementary School student Pierson Warner celebrated the 100thday of the 2011-2012 school year January 23 with a special cap. Pierson is a student in Mrs. Sharpe’s kindergarten classes. Many classes observed the milestone day by counting out items such as Cheerios, marbles, pieces of gum, etc. Photo by Lisa Goodin.
Freedom Elementary School kindergarten student Maddie Brown walks through the number 100 in observance of the 10oth day of the 2011-2012 school year. Maddie is on Mrs. Sharpe”s class. Photo by Lisa Goodin.
Holocaust Survivor speaks at Bullitt Lick Middle School
Fred Gross, a survivor of the Holocaust, speaks to Bullitt Lick Middle School student David Carey in teacher Lynette Ward’s class January 19. Mr. Gross published a book, One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey through France, which recounts his family’s escape from Hitler’s Nazi regime.
Holocaust survivor and author Fred Gross speaks to students in teacher Lynette Ward’s class at Bullitt Lick Middle School.
Author and Holocaust survivor Fred Gross reads from his book One Step Ahead of Hitler: A Jewish Child’s Journey through Franceto Bullitt Lick Middle School students in Lynette Ward’s class.
Freedom Elementary School Buddy Building Workshop
Freedom Elementary School student Jessie Bickettparticipatedin a Buddy Building Workshop. School counselor Laurie Todd hosted the workshop with Legoson Early Dismissal Day January 18. Teacher’s assistants worked withdifferentgroups of students using Lego’s with their new Buddies.
Freedom Elementary School student Briana Ageeenjoys working with Legos during the Buddy Building Workshop on Early Release Day.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School Student Council
Members of the Lebanon Junction Elementary School student council gather around winter coats they collected for distribution to St. Joseph’s Children’s Home. The council is sponsored by Family Resource Center Coordinator Tammy Perdew and teacher Sarah Frey. The youth have also been busy collecting canned goods for the holidays and coins for charity.
Cedar Grove Elementary School Beta Club
Cedar Grove Elementary School Beta Club members pose with guest speaker Dr. Sarah Hart and Karen Ernspikerand Stephanie Smith of Kosair Charities. Family Resource Center Coordinator Tammy Perdew and assistant Regina Hollingsworth are club coordinators.
Dr. Sarah Hart of Pediatrics of Bullitt County, answered questions about college and career readiness during a January 18 after school gathering of Cedar Grove Elementary School Beta Club students.
In one week, Cedar Grove Elementary School Beta Club students collected dozens of stuffed animals and toys for donation to Kosair Charities of Louisville. The youth dedicated their toy drive in memory of fellow student Andrew Slone. Karen Ernspiker, Kosair Charities Associate Director of Development, and Stephanie Smith were onhand to thank the students and club sponsor Tammy Perdew and Regina Hollingsworth.
January 2012 Board of Education meeting presenter
BullittCounty Attorney Monica Robinson addressed the BullittCounty Board of Education January 17 concerning truancy. She pledged to work with Director of Pupil Personnel Pat Smith-Darnell to reduce the number of truancy cases.
January 2012 District Assembly meeting
Social work was the topic of the January 17, 2012 District Assembly meeting. Social workers Susan Bibelhauser, Jennifer Williams and Linda Nason spoke about their responsibilities in working the students and staff. The meeting was held at Roby Elementary School.
Pig dissection at Zoneton Middle School
Zoneton Middle School science teacher Chris Ryan assisted student Tabitha Sizemore in securing a fetal pig for dissection. Students studied the dissection method through textbook and via video prior to performing the procedure. Please scroll down for more photos.
Zoneton Middle School student Zach June carefully peels back the skin of a fetal pig during dissection in teacher Chris Ryan’s class.
Cutting at an angle with precision is Zoneton Middle School student David Roach.
Zoneton Middle School students Tabitha Sizemore, Morgan Sizemore, and Katherine Larimore carefully dissect fetal pigs.
Zoneton Middle School student Morgan Sizemore reacts as she works with her fetal pig.
Mt. Washington Middle School musicians at special Board of Education meeting
Mt. Washington Middle School flute players Amber Coleman, Morgan Caudill and Emily Petri welcomed the BullittCountyBoard of Education to a special meeting Jan. 9 with some musical numbers. Board members and the audience were delighted by the student performance!
Thelma Yellin Big Band performs at Crossroads Elementary School
Big Band Musicians with the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts perform Jan. 4 at Crossroads Elementary School. Students heard songs from swing, bebop, rock and Latin trough. Music teacher Amy Cuenca wrote a grant which sponsored the band’s visit. The band is visiting from Israel, and Crossroads was chosen as one of its performance sites through an Outreach Program that is taking place during this week’s JEN (Jazz Education Network) conference in Louisville. Please scroll down for more photos.
Crossroads Elementary School students listen to Big Band musicians of the Thelma Yellin Band.
Members of the brass and guitar section of the Thelma Yellin band perform at Crossroads Elementary School.
Crossroads Elementary School students and staff listen to the Big band musicians of the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts.
Saxophone players with the Thelma Yellin High School of the Arts perform at Crossroads Elementary School.
January 2012 is School Board Recognition Month
Bullitt County Judge/Executive Melanie J. Roberts and members of Bullitt Fiscal Court issued a Proclamation during the court’s first meeting of the calendar year Jan. 3 designating January 2012 as School Board Recognition Month. Pictured L-R are Magistrate Ruthie Ashbaugh, School Board Member Lorraine McLaughlin, School Board Chairperson Dolores Ashby, Judge Roberts and Magistrates John Bradshaw, Joe Laswell and Dan Kelty. School board members work hard and invest long hours making decisions that positively impact students and staff. The annual recognition is sponsored by the Kentucky School Boards Association.
National Board Certified Teachers Class of 2011
Bullitt County Public Schools is proud to announce that eight educators earned certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in 2011:
Ashley Byerley of Shepherdsville Elementary School.
Ashley Gallusser of Maryville Elementary School.
Brandi Forman of Crossroads Elementary School.
Dana Murphy of Crossroads Elementary School.
Karen Kerns of Overdale Elementary School.
Lindy Meyer of Lebanon Junction Elementary School.
Stefanie Kleinholter of Mt. Washington Elementary School.
Teresa Cox of Crossroads Elementary School.
Bullitt East High School student Phillip Burress earns 2011 YMCA Youth Character Award
Bullitt East High School student Phillip Burress accepts his 2011 YMCA Youth Character Award from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and YMCA officials.
The 2011 YMCA Youth Character Award recipients. Bullitt East High School student Phillip Burress is standing in the back row second from the left.
Phillips Burress with his proud parents. Lauren Burress is a teacher at Eastside Middle School. Rodney Burress is Bullitt Circuit Court Judge.
Eastside Middle School teacher Sarah Mills nominated Phillip Burress for a 2011 YMCA YouthCharacterAward. Ms. Mills attended the dinner with Lauren and Rodney Burress to see Phillip earn honors.
Third and Fourth Month Student Attendance Trophies
Cedar Grove Elementary School recorded the best student attendance for the third monthof the 2011-2012 school year among 13 elementary schools. Penny Terry’s students had the highest overall attendance for the month.
Mt. Washington Elementary School students earned the attendance trophy for the fourth month of the 2011-2012 school year among 13 elementary schools. Pictured L-R are Principal Terri Lewis, students Aeron Adams (third grade), Nicholas Carney (first grade), Cadence Owen (kindergarten), Emily Ezell (fourth grade), Ryan Troutman (fifthgrade), Abigail Smith (second grade) and attendance clerk Jill Druien.
Eastside Middle School students had the highest attendance among six middle schools for the third and fourth months of the 2011-2012 school year. Principal of the hour and sixthgrade student Kristen Childresss electedthe following students to pose with the trophy – Brooke Hatfield, Amber Higdon, Luke Ezell, Erika Bolton and Lea Barnett. Hoisting the trophy are Jabez Mahan, Todd Brumley and David Collins.
Bullitt East High School students Alyssa Dodson (junior), Hallie Adkins (freshman), Jake Allen (sophomore) and Dillon Campbell (senior) are proud to share the best student attendance trophy among high schools. Bullitt East students earned the trophy for the third and fourthmonth of the 2011-2012 school year.
December 2011 Board of Education meeting presentations
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Dolores Ashby presents a Certificate of Recognition to Dr. James R. Cundiff for his services to the students of Bullitt County Public Schools. Dr. Cundiff is a graduate of the school system and thanked the board for his education and the opportunity to serve the district. Standing at left is District Health Services Coordinator Lesa Bodine who read a list of activities Dr. Cundiff was involved in over the years.
Bullitt County Board of Education Chairperson Dolores Ashby accepts a plaque from the American Cancer Society recognizing the district and school contributions totaling nearly $80,000 for the 2011 Relay for Life. Pictured L-R are Bullitt County Relay for Life Coordinators Sheri Lee and Stacey Bernard, Dolores Ashby and ACS Community Representative Vickie Grassman.
Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21stCentury After School Program, presents an acrylic Certificate of Recognition to BullittCounty Board of Education Chairperson Dolores Ashby and Superintendent Keith Davis for school and district used cell phone collection to benefit Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky. Since 2007, nearly 2,100 used cell phones have been collected for the organization.
Crossroads Elementary School student Emily Newman spoke to the Bullitt County Board of Education about her experience as a member of the All District Elementary Choir held in October. Please scroll down for more photos of All District Elementary Choir students.
Crossroads Elementary School student Cassidy Cardwellalso shared her thoughts with the school board about being in the All District Elementary Choir.
Cedar Grove Elementary School fifth grade student Kasey Logsdonenjoyed relating her experience with the All District Elementary Choir to school board members. Music teacher Rebecca Dennis also liked what Kasey had to say!
Overdale Elementary School music teacher Krista Mueller listens as student Alyssa Burke talks about being involved in the All District Elementary Choir.
Roby Elementary School student Jacob Clark talks about the All District Elementary Choir while his music teacher, Ashley Baldini, listens.
December 2011 District Assembly meeting
District Energy Manager Andrea Rock was the presenter at the December 2011 District Assembly meeting held at Hebron Middle School.
Superintendent Keith Davis listens as District Energy Manager Andrea Rock displays school energy usage via PowerPoint presentation during the December 2011 District Assembly meeting at Hebron Middle School.
TAPP Christmas Party
Santa Claus was the special guest during the TeenAge Parent Program (TAPP) Christmas party at the Riverview Opportunity Center. He greeted the children and posed for photos to make lasting holiday memories. Please scroll down for more photos from Pioneer News photographer Stephen Thomas.
This little fellow gives Santa Claus a friendly grin during the TAPP Christmas party.
TAPP students and staff pose for a group shot with their special guest, Santa Claus.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School students hard at work
Students Isaac Ogle and Shasta Fetty in Jennifer Burchett’s second grade class work on an assignment. Class work appears on the white board in the background.
Zoey Sharp applies her skill to school work in Jennifer Burchett’s second grade class.
Whitney Simpson and Angel Bruenning, students in Maggie McDade’s first grade class, concentrate on their studies.
Students Layne Baker, left, and Kandice Nelson-Foster in Maggie McDade’s class take notes.
Generosity from Bullitt County Public Schools
Bernheim/Bullitt Lick Middle School Youth Service Center Coordinator Tara Davis (left) and Bullitt Central High School junior Katelynn Mitchell organized items on a table Dec. 10 at Trinity Life Center in Shepherdsville. The church worked withBCPS Family Resource and YSC’sto help needy families take home boxes filled with clothing and household goods for the holidays. Please scroll down for more photos:
Bullitt Central High School junior Katelynn Mitchell put boots on a table Dec. 10 for families to consider during the annual holiday donation drive at Trinity Life Center in Shepherdsville.
BullittCentral High School YouthServices Center Coordinator Tonia Wiggins worked with a family as they selected items Dec. 10 at the Trinity Life Center’s annual holiday donation drive.
District Title IX Coordinator Susan Bibelhauser walked with a family selecting items.
Shepherdsville Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinator Traci Gould assisted a family as they studies boxes of donated goods.
District Accounts Payable secretary Joy Brown (right) accompanies a resident as she looks over the many donated items.
Operation Santa sponsored by the Hillview Police Department visits Freedom Elementary School annually to collect gifts from our students to help out less fortunate families. Please scroll down for another image. Photos by Lisa Goodin.
BullittLick Middle School students hold video conference with New Zealand students
Bullitt Lick Middle School library media specialist Christina Rodriguez was accompanied by Language Arts teacher Bobbi Carannaand her eighthgrade students for a video conference with students from New Zealand. Photo by Stephen Thomas of The Pioneer News.
Students from New Zealand interact with Bullitt Lick Middle School students via video conference. Look at the lower right right hand corner for a media image of BLMS youth from Bobbi Caranna’s eighth grade Language Arts class. Photo by Stephen Thomas of The Pioneer News.
Career Readiness Center field trips
Career Readiness Center students embarked on a field trip to the BODIES REVEALED exhibit on December 2 at the Lexington Convention Center. BODIES REVEALED features 14 full body human specimens and over 200 organs to tell the story of the miraculous systems at work within each of us every second of our existence. Students really enjoyed the trip and found it to be very educational! Photo by CRC Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Career Readiness Center student Alex Griffith stands next to a large propane tank during a field trip in Indiana. Photo by CRC Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Hebron Middle School donates most used cell phones among schools
Hebron Middle School students in Tami Drexler’s class donated 40 used cell phones to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky topping out the school total at 357, the largest among all schools. Since she began collecting used cell phones in 2007, Ms. Ragg has amassed 2,084. Pictured among the students are School Principal Steve Miracle, Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21stCentury After School Program, Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Mary Jo Blankenship of the Community Education Center and School Assistant Principal Troy Kolb.
HebronMiddle School teacher Tami Drexler (center) displays a class Certificate of Recognition from Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (left) and School Principal Steve Miracle (right).
L-R: Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, HebronMiddle School Principal Steve Miracle with a school Certificate of Recognition, and Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21st Century After School Program.
Bullitt Lick Middle School contributes the district’s second largest donation of used cell phones to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky
Bullitt Lick Middle School students in Tim Alexander’s class collected 163 used cell phones for a total school count of 321. The students are back Row: Chase Harvery, Josh Walls, Austin Flener, Tyler Cornell, Jeremie Johnson, Katie Montgomery, Myranda Maggard, Stetson Norton, Sarah Noble, Amber Woody, Kaitlyn Hudson, front Row: Wayne Cross, Nina El-Masri, Isabelle Tipton, Candice Kinser, Maddie Alger, Destany Clark, Noah Vanvactor, Peter Perkins and Shane Jones. BullittLick had the second largest used cell phone donation among schools. Pictured among Mr. Alexander’s homeroom class are Assistant Superintendent for Student Learning Greg Schultz, School Principal Robert Fulk, Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21stCentury After School Program and Mary Jo Blankenship of the Community Education Center. A special thanks to Domino’s Pizza of Hillview for providing food.
Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21stCentury After School Program, presented BullittLick Middle School Principal Robert Fulkwith a plaque recognized the school efforts of collecting 321 used cell phones for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, congratulates BullittLick Middle School Tim Alexander and his homeroom students along with School Principal Robert Fulk for collecting 163 used cell phones for donation to Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Annette Ragg, Coordinator for the 21stCentury After School Program and Janna EstepJordan, M.S.W., staff member with Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, present a Certificate of Recognition to the Bullitt County Board of Education for school efforts in collecting over 2,000 used cell phones for Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky.
Regional First Lego League Tournament held at Mt. Washington Middle School
Mt. Washington Middle School First Lego League team sponsor David Bretz enthusiastically led students in preparation for the opening parade of teams during the Mount Washington Regional First Lego League Tournament Dec. 3 at MWMS. 26 teams of maximum 10 Area children, ages 9 to 14, are among the record 171,000 children around the world who have risen to the 2011 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) “Food Factor®” Challenge. To successfully ® MINDSTORMS robot to explore the ways in which food can become contaminated – from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and unsafe storage – and then propose real-world solutions for preventing or combating these contaminates. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology. Please scroll down for more photos.
The Mt. Washington Middle School cafeteria was the staging area for First Lego League tournament teams from across a wide region of Kentucky.
Mt. Washington Middle School robotic team members strategize prior to competition. Team members are Caleb Wikman, Zach Neace, Troy Castle, Christian Coppage, Christian Poteet, Andy Lutz, Mason Walden, Dalton Asberry, K.C. Corum, Ethan Carlisle, Kyle Echsner and Tucker Gardner.
Mt. Washington Middle School First Lego League team members Kyle Echsner and Tucker Gardner ready their robotic vehicle for the competition.
Mt. Washington Middle School First Lego League team sponsor David Bretz discusses the team’s performance.
Team members gather for an inspirational prayer.
The Mt. Washington Middle School gym was filled with technology for the FLL competition.
Mt. Washington Middle School team members prepare their robotic vehicle to tackle an obstacle course.
Mt. Washington Middle School team members watch and digitally record the progress of their robotic vehicle.
BullittLick Middle School eighth grade college day
Former University of Louisville football player Tony (T.C.) Stallingsspoke to eighth graders Dec. 2 at Bullitt Lick Middle School as part of college day. Stallings said his rough childhood inspired him to overcome obstacles and become a success in life. He had a supporting role in the recent movie Courageous.
Tony (T.C.) Stallings speaks to BullittLick Middle School eighth graders on college day.
Mt. Washington Elementary School preschool knows the importance of play
Mt. Washington Elementary School preschool students enjoy class time. As the kids play with each other, they learn to see other children’s points of view and begin to become more empathetic and caring.
Mt. Washington Elementary School preschool students enjoy assembling a house made of Lego’s.
BAMS and CRC students construct a working hovercraft
Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) and Career Readiness Center (CRC) students collaborated on the research and construction of a working hovercraft. Teacher Chip Davidson and the students are pictured above in the Riverview Opportunity Center gymnasium.
BAMS teacher Chip Davidson inflates the hovercraft as students Shelby Baker and Alexis McCoy prepare to ride.
BAMS student T.J. Rayhill goes for a ride on the hovercraft.
District Safety Walk through
Doug Oskinsof KISBIT made notes during a safety walk through at BullittLick Middle School. He was concerned about the drop off from the asphalt to the dumpster along with the distance from the cafeteria office. The district safety committee is conducting walk throughs at various schools. They have visited Mt. Washington Elementary and plan to walk through Bullittt Central High School in December.
District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith conducts a walk through accompanied by Bullitt Lick Middle School custodian Richard Eisenback.
Nichols Elementary School earns Chamber of Commerce Showcase of School funds from Park Community Federal Credit Union
Nichols Elementary School earned $500 for having the most students visit their booth at the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Showcase Bullitt County in September. They were presented a check for $500 on Nov. 22 from Park Community Federal Credit Union. Students Haley Owen, Chandler and Pressley Perdew and Robert and Douglas Hyter joined Ellie Yerkes, Director of Business Development of Park Community, Nichols Principal Sheri Hamilton, Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Freida Howe and Chamber Administrative Assistant Helen Hill.
District Red Ribbon ceremony
School and district winners in the Red Ribbon poster, essay and video competition were recognized during the annual district ceremony Nov. 21 at Brooks Elementary School. They are front row L-R: Zachary Ballard of Pleasant Grove Elementary School and Jonathan Rodriguez of Freedom Elementary School. Back row L-R: Maegan Cope, Ava Cooper, Bridget Shelton and Cody Crume of BullittCentral High School, MacKenzie Nallyof Zoneton Middle School, Casie Adams of Mt. Washington Elementary School and Greg Barr Jr. of Mt. Washington Middle School. Please scroll down for more photos.
School poster, essay and video winners recognized during the District Red Ribbon ceremony.
More school poster, essay and video winners recognized during the District Red Ribbon ceremony.
District Safe Schools Director Jaime Goldsmith recognizes Emily McMullan of Brooks Elementary School for her award-winning essay during Red Ribbon ceremonies. Emily’s essay won at both the school and district level in primary writing.
MacKenzie Nallyof Zoneton Middle School read her award-winning essay during the Red Ribbon ceremony. Mackenzie’s essay won at both the school and district level in primary middle school writing.
District Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith recognized Freedom Elementary School student Jonathan Rodriguez for his school and district winning essay in intermediate writing during the Red Ribbon ceremony.
Nick Canchola of the BullittCentral High School drama team acted in the skit “Alky” with Sarah Knoop, Brandon Woodward and Ava Cooper during the district Red Ribbon ceremony.
Kenny Hardin, former director of the Bullitt County Drug Task Force, spoke about the history of Red Ribbon week to the audience.
Bullitt Central High School student Ava Cooper read her award-winning essay during the Red Ribbon ceremony. Ava’s essay won at the school and district level in high school writing.
Bullitt County Sheriff Dave Greenwell praised students for their bold stance against drugs and alcohol during the Red Ribbon ceremony.
Bullitt East High School student Amber Sewell performed the song Hurt during the district Red Ribbon ceremony.
Alyssa Phelps of Shepherdsville Elementary School performed the song Count on Me during the district Red Ribbon ceremony.
Freedom Elementary School Thanksgiving lunch
Freedom Elementary School students Michael Richardson and Sagar Patel enjoy each other’s friendship during the school’s annual Thanksgiving lunch.
Freedom Elementary School student Emmalee Grant is thankful for a friend such as classmate Steven Wulf.
Lots of little Freedom Elementary School Pilgrims and Indians from Mrs. Jett’s class enjoy Thanksgiving lunch.
Freedom Elementary School students Marlaina Pendleton, Emmerson Axline and Emma Bell enjoy Thanksgiving lunch.
Hebron Middle School rally
Hebron Middle School teachers seek students to participate in an activity during a rally Nov. 18 focusing on academics, anti-bullying and school spirit. Please scroll down for more photos.
In a Minute to Win It competition, students had to use facial muscles to move an Oreo cookie from the forehead to the mouth.
Hebron students participate in a test taking relay race.
The Hebron staff performs a spirit dance during the rally. Enthusiastic students joined them from the bleachers!
Many Hebron Middle School classroom doors are decorated with a college theme to encourage students to consider their future.
North Bullitt High School College and Career Fair
North BullittHigh School 2008 graduate Emily Carnall was joined by NBHS Assistant Principal Mike Abell as she spoke withcurrent students about their prospective college choice. Emily is now a senior at Lindsey Wilson College and will graduate in May 2012 with a double major in communication and human services/counseling. The NBHS college and career fair was held Nov. 18 and also featured HebronMiddle School eighth graders as guests. The fair was sponsored by the NBHS/HMS Youth Service Center. Please scroll down for more photos.
Campbellsville Admissions Counselor Corey Young watched as North Bullitt High School seniors filled out paperwork during the college and career fair on Nov. 18.
Eastern Kentucky University Admissions Counselor Ken Johnson monitored North Bullitt High School seniors as they completed paperwork during the college and career fair Nov. 18
Georgetown College Assistant Director of Admissions/Interactive Recruitment Coordinator Jeremiah Tudor answered questions using technology during North Bullitt High School’s college and career fair Nov. 18
North Bullitt’s annual college and career fair on Nov. 18 featured over two dozen universities, career and military opportunities for students to consider.
November 2011 Board of Education meeting presentations
The Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education presented an oversize check recognizing several schools which were awarded grants thanks to money earned during the spring 2011 Derby Gala. Left to right are District Volunteer Coordinator Judy Cederholm; Sheri Hamilton and Amy Ferrell of Nichols Elementary School; Kim Sego and Amy Cuenca of Crossroads Elementary School; Leslie Hicks and Sam Cowan of Maryville Elementary School; Christy Coulter of Bullitt Central High School; Vice President Susan Bradbury of First Federal Savings Bank and Board Chairperson Dolores Ashby.
State Rep. Linda Belcher presented AmericaCorp Vista member Robin Ferrel with an official Kentucky Colonel Proclamation recognized her work with the Community Partners for Learning program.
BullittCounty Area Technology Center welding students presented the BullittCountyBoard of Education and Superintendent KeithDavis with a metal cattail. Other welding creations are available as fundraisers by contacting the BCATC at 543-7018.
North Bullitt High School Principal Jeff Marshall recognized Army JROTC Cadet Dylan Slaughter for his quick thinking and First Aid skills for assisting a fellow cadet who suffered a broken leg during a national orienteering meet.
November 2011 District Assembly meeting
The audience listed to a presentation on Flex School during the November 2011 District Assembly meeting held Nov. 15 at Mt. Washington Middle School.
BullittEast High School Principal Debby Atherton and senior Flex School student Chase Downs discussed the program during the Nov. 15 District Assembly meeting held at Mt. Washington Middle School.
Overdale Elementary School Towne Hall
Overdale Elementary School students were recognized in their subjects during the monthly Towne Hall.
Both Overdale staff and students are excited about the Towne Hall awards!
Overdale students accept their Certificates of Recognition during the Towne Hall ceremony.
The Overdale Dance Crew performed to close the November Towne Hall.
Mt. Washington Elementary School third grade global read aloud
Mt. Washington Elementary School third grade students participate inthe global read aloud.
Mt. Washington Elementary School third grade students participate in the global read aloud.
Career Readiness Center students tour U.S. Army simulation exhibit
Career Readiness Center students toured a simulation exhibit of the United States Army. They are David Truax, Zavier Froeber, Hannah Hasting, Dallas Thompson, Taylor Smith, Drew Rodabaugh, Darren Sanders, Eric Rodgers, Cody Lay, Matt Gregory, Dustin Deindoerfer and Johnny Jaco.
Freedom Elementary School Arts and Humanities after school scrapbooking class
Freedom Elementary School student Kayla Rogers participates in an Arts and Humanities after school scrapbooking class. Photos by Lisa Goodin.
Freedom Elementary School students Jillian Sparkman, Brighton Mayfield, Hanna Cravens, and Kinley Reitz enjoy the Arts and Humanities after sch0ol scrapbooking class.
Davenport, Iowa Community Schools Administrators visit Career Readiness Center and Bullitt County Area Technology Center
Career Readiness Center Teacher Melissa Fox speaks witheducators from Davenport, Iowa Community Schools. Tedra Holland, left, is project manager with the Kimberly Center for Alternative Education and Sheri Womack, right, is the principal. The visitors toured the CRC and the Bullitt County Area Technology Center to learn about one of the district’s newest and most innovative programs. Please scroll down for more photos.
RiverviewOpportunity Center Counselor Rick Dawson talks about CRC with Davenport, Iowa Community Schools representatives Sheri Womack, left, andTedra Holland.
Sheri Womack, Principal of the Kimberly Center for Alternative Education in Davenport, Iowa, talks with a student in the Health Sciences class at the BullittCounty Area Technology Center. Womack andacolleague, Tedra Holland, toured the Career Readiness Center at the RiverviewOpportunity Center and the BCATC and were very impressed with what they saw.
Sheri Womack, Principal of the Kimberly Center for Alternative Education in the Davenport, Iowa Community Schools, greets Scott Metcalf, welding instructor for the Bullitt County Area Technology Center as Riverview Opportunity Center Counselor Rick Dawson andTedra Hollandlook on. Holland is project manager at the Kimberly Center and she and Womack were visiting the district to see the innovative Career Readiness Center in action.
In the automotive technology class at the BullittCounty Area Technology Center, Principal Brady Southwood, far left, discusses the curriculum while RiverviewOpportunity Center Counselor Rick Dawson andDavenport, Iowa Community Schools Administrators Tedra Holland and Sheri Womack, listen.
Veterans Day observances
The North Bullitt High School Army JROTC Color Guard Team presented the American and Kentucky Flag during the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. Please scroll down for more photos.
North Bullitt High School Army JROTC exhibition squad members stand at attention as the colors are presented.
North Bullitt High School students watch as the Army JROTC Drill Team conducts a POW/MIA ceremony.
The North Bullitt Army JROTC Drill Team hold swords in honor of the POW/MIA ceremony. The table included five empty places and seats, one each in memory of a fallen soldier from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
The empty dinner table for the POW/MIA ceremony.
The North Bullitt Army JROTC Exhibition Squad demonstrates their precision skill in handling rifles.
Guest speaker Captain Max Maxwell of the Army Special Forces talks to the audience.
North Bullitt Army JROTC Battalion Commander Chelsea Desurne presented a plaque to Veterans Day guest speaker Army Special Forces Captain Max Maxwell. Joining them was NBHS Senior Army Officer Major Kevin Clark and NBHS alumni and former Battalion Commander Jason Selby.
Roby Elementary School student Drake Cheeks holds the American Flag as guests recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the schoolwide Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11. Please scroll down for more photos.
United States Army Recruiting Operations Sergeant Robert Maxwell speaks to Roby staff and students.
Major Scott Thomas of the Army National Guard and assistant to General Tonini addresses Roby students.
Scott Thomas of the Army National Guard answers a question from Roby Elementary School student Robert Klingbiel.
Military brethren for life.
The Crossroads Elementary School third and fourthgrade choir sand America the Beautiful. Music teacher Amy Cuencasaid the National Anthem with Principal Kim Sego on piano.
Crossroads Elementary School students introduced their hero’s (Veterans). The guest speaker was William Rogers who served in World War II in the Army’s 1st Calvary. Following the assembly, veterans went to the grade level pod areas to share and discuss more about their own experiences and answer student question. Kindergarten students sang a special song to their veteran’s about “Loving Our America. A special lunch was provided to veterans and in the main hallway is a Wall of Heroes displayed with pictures and written descriptions created by students to share and remember their veteran family members and friends.
Kim Koontz hired as Third Party Examiner
Third Party Examiner Kim Koontz inspects a school bus as the driver navigates an obstacle course. She was hired by Kentucky Department of Education Pupil Transportation Consultant John Wyatt and works at the district transportation office. Her duties are three fold: (1) She scores the test sheet as the candidates fulfill their pre-trip test requirements which run approximately an hour. (2) She closely watches as drivers maneuver a school bus through obstacles for their road test. (3) The final test involves an actual road test where applicants are observed for the minimal level of skill to drive in most traffic situations. Before Koontz, the district had to rely on Oldham County to provide Third Party Examiner services. Now, all of Bullitt County’s testing is done right on the lot. Other districts travel to Bullitt County for their testing.
Third Party Examiner Kim Koontz stands at the start of school bus drivers obstacle course.
Roby Elementary Schools hosts college and career night for parents and students
District Director of Secondary Education Dave Marshall spoke with a guest following Roby Elementary School’s college and career night. Roby was the first elementary school to host an evening for parents to get them planning for their child’s future.
Guests at Roby Elementary School’s college and career night enjoyed hot dogs, chips, cookies and soft drinks before presentations to get them seriously thinking about their child’s future.
National Middle School Association Conference site visit to Mt. Washington Middle School
Mt. Washington Middle School Principal Dr. Denise Allen welcomes guests from the National Middle School Association annual conference on Nov. 10. Please scroll down for more photos.
NMSA conference guests applaud Mt. Washington Middle School student musicians who performed in Spanish.
Mt. Washington Middle School Assistant Principal Shawn Pickett leads NMSA conference guests on a building tour.
Mt. Washington Middle School Counselor Lori Green discusses the Youth Service Center with Coordinator Megan Hatter (not pictured).
NMSA conference guests talk with Mt. Washington Middle School students.
Veterans honored at area schools
Mt. Washington Elementary School music director Bryan Kerr led students as they performed songs during the Veterans Day program. Photos by Alex Wimsatt of The Pioneer News.
Veterans applaud Mt. Washington Elementary School students.
United States Air Force Veteran Bob Carter enjoys snacks with grandchildren Haleigh and Daren Mason at Mt. Washington Elementary School.
North Bullitt High School students visit the Ville Grille
North Bullitt High School students in Ms. Hardin’s and Ms. Blandford’s classes were the guests of the University of Louisville at the Ville Grille for lunch Nov. 2. Several football players greeted students while they were on campus.
North Bullitt High School students in Ms. Hardin’s and Ms. Blandford’s classes were the guests of the University of Louisville at the Ville Grille for lunch Nov. 2. Several football players greeted students while they were on campus.
Freedom Elementary School Fall Festival
Freedom Elementary School preschool student Bobby Miller plays a game at the fall festival. Please scroll down for more photos from Lisa Goodin.
Brock Snead showing off his face painting.
No bones about Cayden Scott’s attempt to win a prize.
Kindergarten teacher Lisa Jett and her daughter enjoyed the slide!
Amber Carter and Savana Snead posing with their painted faces.
Principal Marcella Minogue and her family enjoying the food from Mark’s Feed Store.
Freedom Elementary School observes Red Ribbon Week
Freedom Elementary School students observed Red Ribbon Week with a different daily theme. This one is Crazy Hair or Hat Day and these are students from Mrs. Caldwell’s class. Please scroll down for more photos by Lisa Goodin.
Mrs. Holladay’s class.
Ms. Aldridge’s class.
More silly socks.
Still more silly socks.
Mrs. Hendrick’s class participating in Freedom Spirit Wear Day.
Mrs. Caldwell’s class participating in Freedom Spirit Wear Day.
Mrs. Axline’s class participating in Freedom Spirit Wear Day.
Mrs. Hines’ class observes orange and black day which was also “Say Boo to Drugs.”
Mrs. Johnson’s class observes orange and black day which was also “Say Boo to Drugs.”
Career Readiness Center students learn on location from businesses
Career Readiness Center students visited Bulk Truck & Transport Service, Inc. in Hanover, Ind., in October. BT&T has been manufacturing propane trucks for 34 years. Automotive, carpentry and welding students were greeted by the President and Founder of BT&T, Maurice Auxier. He guided students through the entire propane truck assembly process. Students explored, observed, and spoke withthe welders, technicians, auto-mechanics, painters, and the management staff. BT&T provided students with a delicious pizza lunch from Jendi’s Pizza! Please scroll down for more photos by CRC Coach Savannah Mattingly.
Health Sciences students with the Career Readiness Center toured the Nazareth Home; students observed and interacted with the residents, nursing staff, physical therapists, and occupational therapists. Students learned more about healthcare related careers and the importance of education. The Bellarmine University Lansing School of Nursing allowed students to observe and interact with the faculty in the Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab. Dr. Sue Davis, Lansing School of Nursing Dean, interacted with the students and let them check the patients’ pulse. Please see an additional photo below:
Old Mill Elementary School Family Reading Night
Charles Fulton and Old Mill Elementary School instructional Tutor Nicki Bradshaw-Vormbrocklookonasstudent Molly Fulton reads “Biscuit finds a friend” to Old Mill’s facility dog, Jordan, during Family Reading Night (photo by Alex Wimsatt of The Pioneer News)
Local author Ellie Troutman reads one of her books to students during Old Mill’s Elementary School’s Family Reading Night. (Photo by Alex Wimsatt of The Pioneer News)
Bullitt County Area Technology Center metal artwork for sale
Bullitt County Area Technology Center welding students are back row L-R: Merrick Ramsey, Cody Renfro and Alan Strevinsky. Front row L-R: Kodi Farmer, Drew Whitmore and James White. Metal artwork may purchased at or orders placed at the area technology center located at 395 High School Drive in Shepherdsville. The telephone number is 502-543-7018. All proceeds benefit the Area Technology Center and its programs along with the Welding Team for competitions. All items are priced and listed here: Small Cattails – $50.00; Large Cattails – $150.00; Dream Catcher – $150.00; Metal Roses – $50.00; Single Flower – $25.00; Bottle Trees range from $75.00 – $250.00; Scroll Candle Holders – $50.00; Other Items are also available.
Archie Comics Co-CEO speaks at Shepherdsville Elementary School
Archie Comic Publications, Inc., Co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit displays a comic panel to Shepherdsville Elementary School students Nov. 1. Silberkliet was a teacher for 25 years before joining Archie Comics which is printed at Publishers Printing Company in Bullitt County.
Archie Comics Co-CEO Nancy Silberkliet travels to school presentations in the Archie van.
Mt. Washington Middle School CATS Academy Awards
Mt. Washington Middle School students who earned proficient and distinguished on the spring 2011 Commonwealth Accountability Testing System (CATS) were presented with medals during an Academy Award themed ceremony Oct. 28. Please scroll down for more photos.
The red carpet was rolled out for Mt. Washington Middle School students earning proficient and distinguished medals on the spring 2011 CATS.
Mt. Washington Middle School teachers presented medals to students as proud family members looked on.
The spotlight was on MWMS students during the CATS Academy Awards.
Mt. Washington Middle School students are honored for their proficient and distinguished work.
Teachers honor students with medals.
Students are honored with medals for the proficient and distinguished work.
The audience watches students earn their proficient and distinguished medals.
A Mt. Washington Middle School student admires his medal.
Second Month Student Attendance trophies
Freedom Elementary School students Corbin Raleigh, Olivia Sharpe, Brooklyn Hall and Blake Harshfield standwiththestudentattendance trophy. Freedom students averaged 97.79% attendance for the second month of the 2011-2012 school year which was the best among 13 elementary schools!
EastsideMiddle School eighth graders Luke Bryant, Todd Brumley, Sam Wilson andTaylorMorrisproudlyhoist the attendance atrophy. EMS students had 96.63% student attendance for the secondmonthofthe2011-2012 school year, the best among six middle schools. The reason for the student dress on this particular day is a Red Ribbon Week theme. EMS students observed Crazy Hat Day as they participated in Red Ribbon Week which calls attention to taking a stand against drugs and alcohol.
BullittEast High School students Reece Hardin, Jordan Barbagallo and Alex Cooke hold the attendance trophy withAlicia Colvin. BEHS students had 94.79% attendance for the second month of the 2011-2012 school year which was the best among three high schools.
North Bullitt High School Army JROTC Raider Team earns honors
North Bullitt High School’s Army JROTC Raider Team competed against 16 teams from a three state area in the 1st Annual Fort Knox High School Raider Challenge that was held at Fort Knox, KY. North Bullittbrought home trophies in four out of the six events. Specifically, the team finished the 2.5 Mile Squad Run Event in secondplace. They also took second place in the Mystery Event and the HUMVEE Push and Pull Event and fourthplace in the Relay Medley Event as well. At the end of the day, cadets were able to secure FIRST Place overall honors for their efforts. It has been a few seasons since the Raider Team participated in outdoor raider meets and there were very few team members withany previous outdoor raider experience. Students started the season slow with a few trophies from the Southern High School meet where they took first place in the One Rope Bridge Event and Major Kevin Clark believes that cadets are back on track as they transition from outdoor raider meets to indoor events where he feels they can maintain the momentum.
Grandparents week at Freedom Elementary School
Freedom Elementary School students invited grandparents into the classroom and cafeteria. Kinley Reitz is happy to have her grandparents join her for lunch.
Freedom Elementary School student Zachary Greenwell and his grandfather enjoy lunch in the cafeteria.
Freedom Elementary School student Cortney Boley gets a hug from her grandmother.
October 2011 District Assembly Meeting
District Director of Data, Assessment and Research Jan Stone explained how test scores are studied to Barbara Accordino, left, Maryville Elementary School teacher, and Mary Beth Raque, Mt. Washington Elementary School teacher, at the October 2011 district assembly meeting held at Freedom Elementary School.
Ashland, Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards
Brooks Elementary School fifth grade teacher Daniel Mullins and Eastside Middle School Assistant Principal Kyle Buege were presented Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards Oct. 18 in Frankfort. They were joined by L-R: Brook Principal Cheri Lineweaver, Kentucky Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday, Secretary of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Joseph Meyer, EastsidePrincipal Bonita Franklin, BullittCounty Public School Superintendent Keith Davis and Ashland, Inc. Chairman and CEO Jim O’Brien. Mr. Mullins and Mr. Buege were two of 24 Kentucky teachers out of over 40,000 educators recognized by Ashland, Inc.
Bullitt County Area Technology Center Health Fair
Bullitt County Area Technical Center health science students conducted a health fair Oct. 17. Students took readings on blood pressure, pulse, respiration rate, height and weight and eye exam. Waiting in line above are youth from Scott Metcalf’s welding class. Please scroll down for more photos.
L-R: Health sciences students Mara Judd, Brooke Masden and Miranda Burke document the height and weight of welding student Tyler Branham.
Health sciences student Tiffany Brown checks the pulse of welding student Ramsey Hoffman.
Health sciences student Laranda Thompson writes down a student’s pulse rate.
Health sciences student Caitlin Vertrees takes the pulse of welding student Keaton Moore.
Mt. Washington Elementary School’s classroom challenge
Mt. Washington Elementary School Principal Terri Lewis held up a sack of ‘dog food’ that teachers at the table were prepared to consume as part of the great dog food eating challenge. It was the culmination of an incentive for the PTA Fall Fundraiser Entertainment Book. Classrooms had a certain percentage to sell (based on number of students in each room) and if that challenge was met, their teacher had to eat dog food. The school raised $7,000 profit!
Mt. Washington Elementary School Principal Terri Lewis samples ‘dog food’ (actually cereal).
Mt. Washington Elementary School students enjoy watching their teachers!
Freedom Elementary School students learn fire safety
Freedom Elementary School students learned fire safety thanks to a visit with the ZonetonFire Department truck. Teacher Kelly Shuff with students Jackson Nunn, Marlon Broyles and Keylee Sharp. Please scroll down for more photos.
April Sharpe’s class learning kitchen safety.
Kayla Little demonstrating how to crawl over to touch the door.
P1-Kindergarten Teacher Lisa Jett’s class.
Thomas Witt climbing out of a smoky bedroom simulator.
Cedar Grove Elementary School Campfire-Themed Family Book Night
Cedar Grove Elementary School kindergarten/first grade teacher Cindi French and her daughter read by flashlight beside the campfire during family book night Oct. 13.
Cedar Grove Elememtary School fourth grade teacher Amie Huckabee and her family grilled hot dogs and marshmallows over an open fire in the rain.
Jerry Abramson visits Roby Elementary School
Roby Elementary School fifth grade students in Brittany Henon, Toni Unser and Mary Beth McCubbins classes ask questions Oct. 12 of former Metro Louisville Mayor and current Lt. Gov. Candidate Jerry Abramson.
Former Metro Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson answers questions from Roby Elementary School fifth grade students.
Cedar Grove Elementary School Jumping Jacks for a World Record
Cedar Grove Elementary School fifth grade students spent one minute doing jumping jacks Oct. 11 in support of First Lady Michelle Obama and The National Geographic Kids-Let’s Jump break a Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks. The First Lady is attempting to get 20,000 or more participants nationwide to break the record. By participating, Cedar Grove is supporting an active lifestyle for children to understand the need to exercise. Cedar Grove’s physical education teacher is Linda Snyder.
Cedar Grove Elementary School fourth students do jumping jacks hoping to break a world record.
Pre-vet practice at Bullitt Central High School
Students in the pre-veterinarian program work with a canine in the animal sciences class at Bullitt Central High School.
Gatton Academy Student Justin Johnson speaks to Hebron Middle School students
Justin Johnson, a student at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University, spoke with HebronMiddle School students October 7. Justin is a former Hebronstudent who shared insight with those who might be interested in applying for the Gatton Academy. During his sophomore year at North BullittHighSchool, he was selected to attend the Academy which offers college level courses focusing on careers in math and science. Justin informed students all of his Gatton tuition is covered, including books, and he enjoys the challenging curriculum.
Former Hebron Middle School student Justin Johnson is now taking college level classes at the Carol Martin Gatton Academy at Western Kentucky University. He spoke to several Hebron students October 7 about life at the Academy. Justin encouraged the youth to start thinking now and making preparations if they are truly serious about applying to the Gatton Academy.
First Month Student Attendance Trophies
Cedar Grove Elementary School earned the student attendance trophy for the first month of the 2011-2012 school year with 97.88%, the highest among all elementary schools. Students Abbie Sherlock, Brady Westwood, and Austin Rock exemplify youths with outstanding student attendance. Cedar Grove also recorded the best student attendance on September 15 with 98.86%.
BernheimMiddle School had the best student attendance (96.78%) among middle schools for the first month of the 2011-2012 school year. Students Emily Logsdon (eight grade), Cambron Burke (seventh grade) and Justin Mason (sixth grade) say they attempt to be at Bernheim every school day.
BullittEast High School students hoist the attendance trophy for the first month of the 2011-2012 school year. The Chargers averaged 95.10% making them the highest student attendance among high schools.
U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie at Freedom Elementary School
U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie (R, KY-2nd District) spoke to Freedom Elementary School fifth grade students Sept. 28. He informed the students they were among the thousands of Kentucky residents he represents thus they are his bosses! Rep. Guthrie spoke about the origins of American government as students prepare to explore units on the legislature.
Congressman Brett Guthrie spoke to Freedom Elementary School students Sept. 28.
Students prepare to ask questions of Congressman Brett Guthrie.
Thinking Strategies implemented in various schools
MaryvilleElementary School third grade teacher ChristyPrasch working with Thinking Strategies in her class.
Third grade teacher Melissa Pratt engages her class in Thinking Strategies.
JCTC Bullitt County Campus Director Donna Miller speaks to
Board of Education
Donna Miller, Director of the Bullitt County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), provided an update on the 12 X 12 program during the Bullitt County Board of Education’s September 2011 meeting.
Brooks Elementary School KCID team presents to Board of Education
Members of the Brooks Elementary School KCID team presented a video on the culture and climate in Broncoland to members of the Bullitt County Board of Education at the September 20 meeting.
Brooks Elementary School Principal Cheri Lineweaver introduced students and staff who presented KCID team information to the Board of Education.
September 2011 District Assembly meeting
Bernheim Middle School provided the setting for the September 2011 District Assembly meeting. Riverview Opportunity Center Doug Roberts spoke to the audience about the center’s programs, including the new Career Readiness Center.
Brooks Elementary School High Attendance reward
Brooks Elementary School Principal Cheri Lineweaver is joined by a member of Zoneton Firefighters as they toss candy from the school roof. Ms. Lineweaver agreed to step on to the roof if students scored high attendance on Sept. 15.
Brooks Elementary School Principal Cheri Lineweaver and a Zoneton Firefighter prepare to toss candy from the school roof as a reward for students on high attendance day Sept. 15.
Brooks Elementary School students eagerly await candy!
Showcase Bullitt County
District Child Find Coordinator Theresa Warner placed information for the public during the annual Showcase Bullitt County held Sept. 15. Please scroll down for more photos:
Principal Doug Roberts and counselor Scott Stutler man the Bullitt Alternative Center display.
Student demonstrations were part of the Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) display.
Even witha football homecoming parade, BullittCentral High School was represented with a booth. Business teacher Becky Raley was onhand to answer questions about the school.
Bullitt East High School Assistant Principal Troy Wood stands poised at the Charger display.
Mt. Washington Middle School band students perform songs.
Bullitt Lick Middle School teachers Robin Handloser and Amy Rucci were joined by students at the bobcat booth.
Bernheim Middle School Principal Willie Foster greeted guests at the Bruin booth.
Brooks Elementary School volunteer coordinator Lynn Bowden (left) and Principal Cheri Lineweaver welcome visitors to the Bronco booth.
Crossroads Elementary School Principal Kim Sego and her daughter, Lilly, strike an adorable pose at the trailblazer display.
Cedar Grove Elementary School’s display was populated by student volunteers.
Riverview Opportunity Center Counselor Rick Dawson introduces the district’s new Career Readiness Center program to the public.
Eastside Middle School Assistant Principal Kyle Buege welcomes guests to Eagle country!
Zoneton Middle School musicians entertain the Showcase audience.
Freedom Elementary School Principal Marcella Minogue, Family Resource Center Coordinator Sherri Bishop and Counselor Laurie Todd pose in Falcon land.
Hebron Middle School Principal Steve Miracle, technology teacher Robyn Crigler, Counselor Marla Squires, and students including the Panther mascot, were represented at the Showcase.
Bullitt County Area Technology Center Principal Brady Southwood shares information about the many programs.
Lebanon Junction Elementary School Principal Staci Goedde (left) speaks with Curriculum Coach Carrie Compton during the Showcase.
Maryville Elementary School reading lab teacher Barbara Accordino (left) andcounselor Lauren Manionattend to the Patriot booth.
Mt. Washington Elementary School teachers join Principal Terri Lewis at the Braves booth.
Mt. Washington Middle School Principal Dr. Denise Allen sits ready to welcome guests at her booth.
North Bullitt High School musicians provide entertainment to the Showcase crowd.
North Bullitt High School students and staff offered tasty treats for Showcase visitors.
Nichols Elementary School Principal Sheri Hamilton is surrounded by students and staff at the Knight booth.
Old Mill Elementary School Principal Les McIntosh has a discussion with a Showcase guest.
Overdale Elementary School Principal Pam Robertson at her display.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School instructional coach Julie Skeens speaks with a visitor while Kevin Weihe reads a book to his son, Brady. Kevin’s wife and Brady’s mom, Leslie, is a teacher at Crossroads Elementary School.
Roby Elementary School Counselor Geneva Lyons and her daughter.
The Shepherdsville Elementary School Stingray boothwith Principal David Pate.
Martha Gadjik of Spring Meadows Children’s Home talks with Bullitt County Economic Development Authority Director Bob Fouts.
Zoneton Middle School Principal Rita Muratalla is joined by staff and students.
Bullitt East High School student Alex Cooke named National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist
Bullitt East High School senior Alex Cooke has been named a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. He will take a final SAT exam in December to see if he qualifies as a finalist.
Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards
Brooks Elementary School fifth grade teacher Daniel Mullins is one of 24 Kentucky educators selected for an Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. He will be presented the honor during ceremonies October 18 in Frankfort.
Eastside Middle School Assistant Principal Kyle Buege is one of 24 Kentucky educators selected for an Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. He will be presented the honor during ceremonies October 18 in Frankfort.
Shepherdsville Elementary School Principal David Pate leads class on couponing
Shepherdsville Elementary School Principal David Pate displays a few of the store items he received free or paid pennies for thanks to coupons. He led a class of over 200 guests in the fine art of couponing sponsored by The Pioneer News.
The audience looks over a variety of coupons.
Bullitt East High School business and marketing teacher Amanda Comstock earns state honor
Bullitt East High School business and marketing teacher Amanda Comstock works with students. She is one of three Kentucky teachers recognized by the Kentucky Jump$tart Coalition for her excellent efforts in instructing financial literacy.
North Bullitt High School Army Junior ROTC 9/11 Ceremony
North Bullitt High School Army Junior ROTC cadets raise the American Flag during the annual 9/11 ceremony.
North BullittArmyJuniorROTC Cadets stand at attention and salute the American Flag.
North Bullitt Army Junior ROTC Senior Instructor Major Kevin Clark talks about the events of September 11, 2001 to cadets.
North Bullitt Army Junior ROTC Battalion Commander Chelsea Desurne speaks to the audience during the 9/11 ceremony.
North Bullitt High School student Tyler Robinson plays taps on his trumpet during the 9/11 ceremony.
Roby Elementary School students visit Woodsdale one-room school house
The Roby Elementary School first grade team visited the Woodsdale one-room school house September 9. Students from the classes of April Atherton, Betty O’Bryan, Rhonda Ruffra and Kristy Thornton toured the 100 year building to see how education occurred a century ago. Please scroll down for more photos.
April Atherton’s class inside the Woodsdale one-room school house.
Kristy Thornton and her students look at a picture inside the Woodsdale one-room school house.
Community Partners for Learning Math Tutoring
Volunteers listen to a math tutor during training at the Community Education Center. Community Partners for Learning has expanded its scope to include math with its established reading program.
Community Partners for Learning volunteer math tutoring.
Stability balls in various classrooms
Freedom Elementary School students in Lisa Jett’s kindergarten class sit on stability balls instead of chairs. The stability balls are designed to improve posture and reduce fidgeting without distracting from class work.
Renee Caldwell’s fourth grade students take a test while sitting on stability balls at Freedom Elementary School.
Katie Montgomery’s Australian Adventure
BullittLick Middle School eighth grade student Katie Montgomery spent several weeks in Australia during the summer as part of the People to People Student Ambassador Program.
People to People Student Ambassador Program participant Katie Montgomery displays a map of the country she spent several weeks in…Australia.
Taking a Stand: Youth Leadership & Prevention Conference
Two high school students work together to transfer a golf ball on a bamboo chute without the ball falling to the floor. Seems easy enough doesn’t it? Add five more students sitting in a circle and the task becomes more challenging. The importance of teamwork was emphasized by speaker Ted Weise during the conference held August 31 at Trinity Life Center in Shepherdsville. Please scroll down for more photos.
Speaker Ted Weise explains a challenge to students.
High school students discuss strategy in the final battle of the golf ball through the bamboo chute.
High School students respond to a question from Safe Schools Coordinator Jaime Goldsmith during the Taking a Stand: Youth Leadership & Prevention Conference.
Speaker Ted Weise spoke to students at the Taking a Stand: Youth Leadership & Prevention Conference.
Hard Working Staff and Students
Shane Noble, a first year teacher for BullittCountyPublic Schools, worked with a Zoneton Middle School student.
District hires Grant Writer
Juliann Vachon has been hired as the grant writer for Bullitt County Public Schools.
Infinite Campus Training
L-R: Cedar Grove Elementary School Counselor Alicia Franklin, Lebanon Junction Elementary School Counselor Casey Newberry and Maryville Elementary School Counselor Lauren Manion work on Infinite Campus during training held at Shepherdsville Elementary School.
2011 Governor’s Scholars at Board of Education meeting
Bullitt East High School seniors Scott Hatfield and Rachel Pinkley spoke about the value of the Governor’s Scholars Program to the Bullitt County Board of Education at the August 2011 meeting.
August 2011 Board of Education meeting recognition
Bullitt Advanced Mathand Science (BAMS) teacher Kelly Cleavinger recognized the top students at the August 2011 meeting of the BullittCountyBoard of Education. Alex Carter was presented with a Kindle and Caitlynn Harper a $100 Amazon gift card.
August 2011 District Assembly meeting
The first District Assembly meeting of the 2011-2012 school year featured a presentation by Donna Miller, Director of the Bullitt County Campus of Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC). Ms. Miller gave testimony on the 12 X 12 program which offers students who qualify college level classes while they are still in high school at a substantial savings.
Bullitt Central High School ACT celebration
Bullitt Central High School math teacher Angie Marshall reacts to Principal Christy Coulter’s announcement of student ACT score phenomenal increase. Last year’s junior class recorded an astounding 1.5 increase in English, math and reading.
Brooks Elementary School playground dedication:
Brooks Elementary School Principal Cheri Lineweaver (far right) applauded as BullittCounty Board of Education Chairperson Dolores Ashby cut the ribbon opening up the new playgroundforstudents. A $30,000 donation by CSX Transportation helped make the playground possible. CSX Louisville Division Manager David Hamby was onhand for the dedication.
Brooks Elementary School students enjoy the new playground.
First Day of School for Students on August 10, 2011
Bullitt East High School students walk through the front doors at 6:50 a.m. on August 10, 20o11. Please scroll down for a photo essay on the first day back to school for students.
Bullitt East High School students check homeroom schedules on the first day of class.
Old Mill Elementary School teacher Amanda O’Bryan gives her son, Sam, a kiss as he begins kindergarten.
Old Mill Elementary School Counselor Kim Bleemel greets students as they arrive for class.
Mt. Washington Middle School students practice opening their lockers, something they did not have as elementary school kids!
Mt. Washington Middle School student Tyler Sharpe made a goal playing Frisbee disc golf in Dedre Hatfield’s practical living classroom. Mrs. Hatfield challenged students to successfully toss a disc and their reward was reading aloud part of classroom expectations for the school year.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School kindergarten students in Jennifer Crumbacker’s class walk from the cafeteria.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School students learn what is expected of them during the school year.
Bullitt Lick Middle School students choose a selection from the new fall menu.
Students in Chasity Gregory’s class at Bullitt Lick Middle School enjoy a getting to know their classmates activity involving pens and wadded pieces of paper.
Hebron Middle School teacher Tami Drexler greets a students during open day.
Visitors to Hebron Middle School brandnewentrance find a sign that says it all.
Hebron Middle School staff rolled out the red carpet for students on opening day. The movie star theme featured staff dressed in their best to make students feel like celebrities.
Hebron Middle School students get the celebrity treatment from staff on opening day!
MaryvilleElementarySchoolstudents returned to school to find lamps on their desks.
The picture perfect weather for the first day of students was enjoyed at Maryville Elementary School.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School welcomes Principal Melissa Whicker
Career Readiness Center open house
Career Readiness Center teacher Melissa Fox talks with a parent during open house. The CRC is designed for students to take computer classes then work at the Bullitt County Area Technology Center in either carpentry, welding, auto mechanics, health sciences, computers or graphic arts technology.
Scott Metcalf, welding inhstructor at the Bullitt County Area Technology Center, speaks to guests at open house for the Career Readiness Center.
Bullitt Advanced Math and Science (BAMS) open house
BAMS teacher Kelly Cleavingerspoketoguests during open house as the program began its second year.
New BAMS teacher Chip Davidson spoke with parents at open house.
Nichols Elementary School welcomes Principal Sheri Hamilton
New Educator Orientation
New Pleasant Grove Elementary School Principal Melissa Whicker (center), spoke with new PGES teacher Amy Fluhr (left) and district Technology Integration Specialist Susan Jenkins during New Educator Orientation.
Teachers listen to Superintendent Keith Davis during New Educator Orientation.
Senate Bill 1 Teacher Professional Development
The days preceding the start of the 2011-2012 school year were filled with professional development opportunities centering around Senate Bill 1. Groups of Language Arts, math, science, social studies and related arts teachers (above and below) met in sessions to strengthen the curriculum.
Jeff Marshall hired as North Bullitt High School Principal
School custodians and sweepers gather for training prior to the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year.
Overdale Elementary School Custodian Carl Slucher listens to a speaker.
School administrators from left Mike Abell (North Bullitt High School assistant principal), Jeff Marshall (NBHS principal), Danny Clemens (Bullitt East High School assistant principal) and Shawn Pickett (Mt. Washington Middle School assistant principal) participated in training prior to the start of the 2011-2012 school year.
Bullitt County Attorney Monica Robinson makes a point during administrator training while attorney Shelly Alvey listens.
School Bus Driver Trainers named Kentucky’s Best (again!)
District School Bus Driver Trainers Linda Toy, Virginia Buehler and Donna Dennis were named Best Driver Trainers in Kentucky at the annual pupil transportation conference sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education. Vehicle Maintenance Manager Eddie Clan is pictured with the driver trainers.
Crossroads Elementary School reading skits
Crossroads Elementary School students performed reading skits during summer camp. Students read material then acted out scenes (above and below) before a proud audience of family members.
Robert Fulk hired as Bullitt Lick Middle School Principal
2011 Kindergarten Kickoff
Kindergarten student Audrey Rose held the ribbon for Director of Elementary Education Terry Price to cut welcoming the public to the 2011 Kindergarten Kickoff at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. The event is sponsored Family Resource Centers and Bullitt County Public Schools. Also participating in the ribbon cutting were district Supervisor of Social Services Susan Bibelhauser, Old Mill/Crossroads FRC Coordinator Leigh Ann Lowery, Mt. Washington/Roby FRC Coordinator Nancy McKnight, Shepherdsville/Nichols FRC Coordinator Traci Gould, Maryville/Overdale FRC Coordinator Betty Marshall, Freedom/Brooks FRC Coordinator Sherri Bishop, Cedar Grove/Lebanon Junction FRC Coordinator Tammy Perdew and Bernheim/BullittLick YSC Coordinator Tara Davis. Hundreds of visitors browsed booths featuring school principals and kindergarten teachers along with agencies offering related services to assist students get a good start to the 2011-2012 school year. Please scroll down for more photos from the event.
Nichols Elementary School Principal Sheri Hamilton took notes from a visitor.
Plenty of free items, such as pencils and rulers, were available for kids.
Five year olds Joseph McMullan and Jennifer Jeffers had fun stacking cardboard bricks at the Brooks Elementary School display.
Free bottles of water were a cool treat for kids!
Maryville Elementary School kindergarten teacher Julie Miles (above) reacts to student Jonathan Broughton’s story while Principal Sam Cowan and kindergarten teacher Rhonda Johnson (below) are equally charmed!
Parents could learn all about school bus routes at the district department of transportation booth.
Pleasant Grove Elementary School kindergarten teacher Jennifer Crumbacker helped a student fish for prizes.
This mother and daughter were all smiles at Kindergarten Kickoff.
Crossroads Elementary School teacher Bonnie Murphy and her daughter were at Kindergarten Kickoff.
Old Mill Elementary School kindergarten teacher Pat Stevens greeted a new kindergarten student.
District preschool administrative assistant Diane Layman helped kids pick out just the right stickers.
Lines of students and parents passed by school booths.
The attendance panda from the district Department for Pupil Services was beary special for many children at Kindergarten Kickoff.
District Director of Human Resources Jennifer Wooley was in character as Snow White and made many friends at Kindergarten Kickoff.
All photos on this page by Public Relations Director John Roberts unless otherwise noted.
Teaching Self Assessment Models
From: Classroom Assessment for Student Learning
The following video clip links show a teacher modeling self-assessment strategies. Thanks to Ms. Samantha Miller, teacher, Mt. Washington Elementary.
Video 1: Strategy #4, page 155 CASL, Teach Students to Self- Assess and Set Goals
Video 2: Strategy #3, page 154 CASL, Provide Descriptive Feedback
Assessment can motivate the unmotivated
The time is right to add to our definition of skillful teaching the skillful use of assessment—doing it right and using it well
KEYS TO QUALITY CLASSROOM ASSESSMENT
Sound and productive classroom assessments are built on a foundation of the following five key dimensions:
Arise from and be designed to serve the specific information needs of intended users.
? Why assess? To serve users’ information needs
Arise from clearly articulated and appropriate achievement targets.
? Assess What? Clear targets
Accurately reflect student achievement.
? Assess How? With accurate assessment in any context
Yield results that are effectively communicated to their intended users.
? Communicate How? In a timely and understandable manner
Involve students in classroom assessment, record keeping, and communication.
High-quality classroom assessment equals accurate information—clear purposes, clear learning targets, and an appropriate design—used effectively to help students learn.
Assessment becomes a part of instruction………
Students are involved at all steps.
Schoolwide Writing Programs, Plans and Policies
BCPS Elementary Writing Plan Revised June 2012-2013: This plan was designed as a template for schools to use and modify as necessary to fit individual building curricular needs. This plan also includes a sample SBDM policy.
Writer’s Workshop Handbook- Joplin, MO Resource This resource booklet follows the types of writing requirements in the common core.
“Each school-based decision making council or if there is no school council, a committee appointed by the principal, shall adopt policies that determine the writing program for its school.” KRS 158.6451 (2009)
What is the difference between a writing program, plan and policy?
v Program – includes the components that will be evaluated in the writing program review process:
Curriculum and instruction
Formative and summative assessments
Professional development and support services
Administrative/Leadership support and monitoring
What is required for a school’s writing program?
“The writing program shall incorporate a variety of language resources, technological tools, and multiple opportunities for students to develop complex communication skills for a variety of purposes.” Sec 2(7)(c)(2)
What should a school’s writing program do?
The program should empower teachers to use a variety of teaching approaches to meet the needs of individual learners.
v Plan - a schoolwide writing plan describes the action to be taken by teachers in order to implement the school’s writing program, including what will be learned and how it will be assessed.
v Policy – the rules and guidelines adopted by SBDM to be implemented in the school’s writing program. School writing policies should address:
> Communication skills
> Grading procedures and feedback to students regarding their writing and communication skills
> Responsibility for the review of the portfolios and feedback to students
> Other policies to improve the quality of an individual student’s writing and communication skills
|* instruction (teachers, administrators, and students)* curriculum (courses, materials, instructors, etc. – might include portfolios and opportunities to write across the curriculum)* assessment (formative and summative)* infrastructure supports –writing centers, tutoring, community outreach for writing/communications*opportunities for students to share writing publically* district and administrative support and roles* professional development to support teacher growth and student learning||* the rules and guidelines adopted by SBDM to be followed in writing programs||*the actions taken to achieve measurable goals that meet needs of students at each individual school*what will be learned* how it will be assessed* what and how program will be implemented, including strategies for implementing the plan|
About the Standards
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
The NGA Center and CCSSO received initial feedback on the draft standards from national organizations representing, but not limited to, teachers, postsecondary educators (including community colleges), civil rights groups, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Following the initial round of feedback, the draft standards were opened for public comment, receiving nearly 10,000 responses.
The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
- Are aligned with college and work expectations;
- Are clear, understandable and consistent;
- Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
- Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
- Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and
- Are evidence-based.
| Occupational Therapy –
Feel It, Think It, Do It, Be It
The Bullitt County Public Schools learning community will educate all students to high levels of academic performance as measured by state and national standards by creating and maintaining a positive learning environment with a comprehensive system of support.
OT services are provided across a continuum and look different for every student. A variety of service delivery models are considered in determining the best way to serve the student. Some students receive hands-on services (direct therapy) in individual and / or group sessions. Others receive services as the educator and OT discuss strategies and work together to solve problems (collaboration and / or consultation). The amount of contact with the student may be regularly or intermittently scheduled as determined by the therapist according to the student’s need.
The Occupational Therapy Department is located at:Bullitt County Board of Education 1040 Hwy 44 East Shepherdsville, Kentucky 40165 Phone: 1-502-869-8139 FAX: 1-502-543-3608
School-based Occupational therapists
Serving the following schools:
Debbie has been employed by BCPS for more than 11 years as an occupational therapist. She graduated from Spalding University in 1999 with her Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Therapy. Last year, she earned her Master in Special Education with an emphasis on Assistive Technology from the University of Louisville. Debbie feels that as an OT; it is very rewarding to work with students who have been challenged economically, socially, emotionally, cognitively, or physically. For Debbie, OT is not just a job; it is her passion. She uses her creativity, low assistive technology, professional training and therapeutic use of self to help her students succeed. In her free time, Debbie also likes to bake, sew, garden, read and go to the beach. She has been married for 27 years and has 3 adult children along with 2 grandsons.
Serving the following schools: Cedar Grove Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Maryville Elementary, Bullitt Lick Middle, North Bullit and Bullitt Central High School
Hello, my name is Tara Osbourne, M. Ed, OTR/L and I am occupational therapist that has had the pleasure of serving and working in Bullitt County schools since January 2003. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in August 2002 with a bachelor in Health Science and graduated in August 2007 from the University of Louisville with a Master’s in Special Education with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. I received my certificate as an Assistive Technology Practioner, but do not practice as an ATP in Bullitt County, as Occupational therapy is my passion. I enjoy attending professional development conferences to expand my knowledge base and integrate the knowledge into my professional career. I have been married to my wonderful husband James since June 2001 and we have 3 beautiful daughters, Lakin 6, Addison 3, and Sydney Kate 9 months. I live in Springfield Kentucky which is centrally located in the state with my family. In my spare time I love to be on the farm with my husband and girls, cook and bake, shop and, most importantly, spend time with family and friends.
Allison Bernard Serving the following schools: Brooks Elementary, Lebanon Junction, Roby Elementary, Hebron Middle, and Bernheim Middle.
My name is Allison Bernard and I am an occupational therapist for Bullitt County Public Schools. I graduated from Spalding University in 2005 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and a Master’s Degree in Occupational Therapy. I am originally from Bardstown, KY but moved to Shepherdsville 4 years ago after getting married. I have been with the school system since April of 2009; I previously worked in the medical setting of long-term care rehab. I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year of working with kids and have found it to be very rewarding and fulfilling.
Serving the following schools: Crossroads Elementary, Mount Washington Elementary, Pleasant Grove Elementary, Old Mill Elementary, Mount Washington Middle, and Bullitt East High School
My name is Stacy Sizemore. I am married and have four beautiful children and one rotten dog. I have lived in Bullitt County for 13 years. I love to bake cakes, sew, and spend time with my family. I graduated from Spalding University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy. I have been an occupational therapist with Bullitt County Public Schools for three years now. Prior to employment with the school system, I worked for Frazier Neurological Rehabilitation where I had the opportunity to work with patients who had sustained brain injuries. I love being able to work in the school system where my children attend.
HOW DOES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SUPPORT STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT?
The job of the occupational therapist (OT) who works in schools is to help children meet the every day demands of being a student. The school is one of the primary environments where the following occupations are performed daily.
Functional Visual Motor Skills
Using classroom tools (pencils, scissors, calculators, etc) and learning materials to communicate through handwriting, keyboarding, and access to assistive technology.
Sensory Motor Skills
Increasing participation using eyes, ears, nose, touch, and movement in order to gain access to the education curriculum.
Improving on-task behaviors, completion of assignments, organization skills, and independent work habits that leads to participation in the job and community settings.
Performing daily living skills such as feeding, dressing, safety awareness, and using adaptive materials when needed.
WHO RECEIVES OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN SCHOOLS?
OT is a related service under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and is provided to help a student with a disability to benefit from special education. If a child has a disability as defined by IDEA and needs special education and related services to meet unique learning needs, then he / she might be eligible for OT services. The student must be eligible for special education before being considered for our services in the schools under IDEA. Eligibility for special education does not mean automatic OT eligibility; however, if significant concerns arise with the student, then a functional evaluation will be performed to determine if the child warrants services.
Elementary School (Pre-k, Primary, Intermediate)-
From the beginning of preschool, children are developing more complex motor skills, play skills, and readiness for pre-academics. The therapist working with the student who receives OT services may address developmental delays in above areas. Our services are delivered within the classroom setting as well as collaboration with team members who are involved in the child’s education. As the student advances to the primary and intermediate classrooms, they begin to learn self management skills and more complex academic skills. This includes being a productive member of the classroom and effectively produces class work. We provide direct therapeutic services as well as ongoing collaboration and role release services to school staff to enable the student to meet the educational goals.
Middle and High School-
Once the student reaches middle and high school, they are beginning to prepare for employment, vocational training and college. Some students are also preparing for functional life skills and community based living. At this level of education, therapists primarily provide role release (consultation) and collaboration services on the student’s behalf with the educational team.
The Bullitt County Public Schools Occupational Therapy department has compiled a list of helpful websites. This list is for parents, teachers, and others to utilize as a resource. We have included websites that are focusing on fine motor skill development, visual motor and perceptual skills, sensory processing and sensory strategies, and handwriting tips and strategies. There are also some websites that can provide information on where to purchase items that may be beneficial for the child.
Visual attention, and visual motor games and activities to print or play on-line.
Tying shoes -
Sensory regulation and visual motor game serves as an aide to problem solving working on frustration levels. The physical game is available at toy and department stores under the name of “Traffic Jam” or “Rush Hour”. You can get a free download for you iPhone or iPad
Alert Program – games available for purchase.
Self Help skills – Toileting, dressing, street safety, picture schedules, adapted writing paper and many free resources.
Some other websites to look at:
Where to buy items:
On May 25th 2010 at 12:01 am Bullitt County Public Schools launched their new and improved district website. The site has been completely re-designed with ease of use in mind. Over the next few weeks district staff will be updating their department pages with even more content. Be sure to check the site often. Below are some of the major improvements.
- Streamlined appearance (less clutter)
- District News Blog – You’ll find everything about district news on the blog including RSS Feeds
- Improved Search Capability
- BCPS How To’s – An up to date listing of How To’s relating to BCPS that are completely searchable. (ex. How To enroll my child in school)
In order for these improvements to work properly end users must have certain versions of software and plugins for their browser.
- Internet Explorer 7 and above (IE6 will work but some pages might display differently) or Firefox version 3.6 and above.
- Microsoft Silverlight Plugin for Archived Video (if the plugin is not installed a link will be displayed to download it)
- Microsoft Windows Media Player for Live Video
Why don’t any of my old bookmarks work?
- The way in which the old website was designed doesn’t allow us to preserve the bookmarks you may have to pages or files. You’ll need to update your bookmarks to the new site. One way of finding things is to use the new and improved search feature.
|Bullitt County Public Schools have made every effort to produce a complete and accurate street listing / school assignment document for the 2012-2013 school year. If you have questions regarding this document please contact the Department of Pupil Personnel at 502-869-8000.|
Click on a school below to view a map of the school boundary. The maps have been copied from larger, more detailed maps which are available for inspection at the Central Office.
Street Listing 2012-2013 (updated 9/26/12)
Boundary Descriptions (effective August 2010)
Feeder School Information - Notes which middle and high school each elementary school moves to.
During the school year, students have an opportunity to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. But what happens when school lets out? Hunger can be one of the most severe roadblocks to the learning process. Lack of nutrition during the summer months can set up a cycle for poor performance and cause children to be more susceptible to illness and other health issues, thus affecting their academic performance.
The Bullitt County Summer Food Service Program helps to fill the nutrition gap during summer months by setting up open sites throughout the county and allowing any family, regardless of income, to bring their children to receive a free lunch. For more information or to locate a SFSP site near you, see the related tabs to the right.
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