• North Park teachers honored at Classroom of Excellence ceremony

    Much appreciation and gratitude were expressed for the work of Lori Allen and Emily Wilcoxson on Thursday, but none of it was said better than by the students in the teachers’ classrooms.

    In a video, students shared Allen was “fun and funny,” “the best teacher ever,” and Wilcoxson’s students find her “awesome and cute.”

  • Students find success at annual science fair

    Coleman Clark has completed his last science fair at St. James Catholic Regional School, but like any good lesson, learning the results of his experiment only piqued his interest.

    “You want to learn more and more,” Coleman said.

    St. James hosted its annual science fair Thursday. Seventh- and eighth-graders competed to see which experiments would come out on top. Coleman was one of the victors of the day.

  • Facing enrollment decline, HCS plans for reduced money for staffing

    Staffing levels expected for the upcoming school year show Hardin County Schools officials are preparing for fewer students.

    The HCS board approved Thursday tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year. Currently, allocations show a loss of money for positions at almost every school.

    The board must distribute money to each school for faculty salaries, and schools must receive a definite allocation of resources by May.

  • EIS expects same staffing levels next year

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ staffing level is expected to remain steady for the upcoming school year.

    The EIS board Tuesday night approved tentative staffing allocations for the 2014-15 school year and a new policy to determine staffing levels.

    Staffing levels will remain unchanged for the most part, with the exception of an instructional aid position that will be eliminated from each school.

  • Club offers GEMS of knowledge

    Marshmallows and toothpicks aren’t commonly regarded as school supplies, but they’re not often thought of as building materials, either. The girls of GEMS can shake those misconceptions on both counts.

    Jessica Russo, a teacher at New Highland Elementary School, started a Girls Excelling in Math and Science club this year to encourage girls to enter career fields that rely on math and science skills. Russo hopes to use her platform as Mrs. Kentucky International to promote this type of education initiative for female students.

  • Test results show progress, improvement areas for schools

    Results of the 2013-14 EXPLORE and PLAN tests show varied outcomes for local schools. Some scores increasing in most tested subjects, while others dipped from last year.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and cover the same four subject areas: English, math, reading and science. The EXPLORE is taken by eighth-graders and the PLAN is taken by high school sophomores.

  • AVID students ready for higher education

    Drew Morgan plans to double major in psychology and criminal justice and run track at Lindsey Wilson College. He credits the Advancement Via Individual Determination program at North Hardin High School for getting him ready for college.

    Morgan, 18, spent his senior year in the program, which helped him apply for colleges and scholarships and apply for financial age.

    “It really develops you,” he said.

    Morgan joined more than a dozen other AVID students for a ceremonial college signing Thursday in the library of North Hardin High School.

  • Central Hardin FFA students spruce up park

    While some of their classmates enjoy spring break on a sunny beach or other vacation destination this week, 16 students from Central Hardin High School’s FFA spent the first day of their break donating their time to spruce up facilities at University Drive Park.

    A restroom and Peanut league dugout vandalized on Christmas Day, a wooden playground facility and park benches received fresh coats of paint thanks to the volunteers.

  • LaRue County High School receives national honor

    LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett never misses a chance to brag on the accomplishments of his students and staff.

    On Tuesday, he was given another reason to smile: The high school was named a bronze level school for U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools.

    “Awards are an opportunity to celebrate success and hard work,” Goodlett said. “None of us come to work to win awards. We come to school to work hard and do the right thing, not because it will win us an award. But we are proud to get it.”

  • Class offers financial literacy

    In an effort to “live like no one else,” more than 90 students at Elizabethtown High School are taking control of their financial future through an elective course.

    The class, financial literacy, incorporates Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace into a semester. The curriculum teaches students how to avoid debt, budget, invest and build wealth.