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Education

  • West Hardin student wins county spelling bee

    Somewhere between the words “salinity” and “protozoa,” it became clear Kentucky Derby Spelling Bee officials weren’t playing around with this year’s list of words.

    Teresa Morgan, director of elementary education, found the annual book of words provided to the Hardin County Derby Festival Spelling Bee to be more difficult than in past years.
    “Wow, I don’t know where those words came from,” she told the audience Tuesday at the bee, “but I’m glad I didn’t have to spell them.”

  • Burkhead teacher named ExCEL winner

    Crystal Wilkerson was confused when Nannette Johnston visited her classroom. The announcement of the ExCEL award was still a week away, so Wilkerson assumed the superintendent was there to observe until Johnston handed a student her iPad and suggested Wilkerson call on the student.

    “I have a great answer for you,” the student said, and flipped the tablet around to reveal the words, “you won.”

    “It was just such a huge shock,” she said.

  • Area schools closed again

    With fresh snow arriving Sunday night and subfreeezing temperatures predicted for the next 48 hours, area school districts are out again Monday.

    Public and private schools in Hardin and all adjacent counties announced plans to be closed today.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College plans to delay its opening until 10 a.m. today.

  • EIS makes change to calendar

    Elizabethtown Independent Schools’ board voted Friday to have school on President’s Day to make up one of the days the district missed because of inclement weather.

    Feb. 17 originally was scheduled to be used as a professional development day for staff. Now, students will be in class and faculty will make up their professional development at another time.

    EIS schools have missed six days this school year because of weather. With Feb. 17 added as an instructional day, the last day for students will be June 2.

  • ECTC to host Super Sunday

    Super Bowl Sunday is fast becoming a distant memory for everyone outside of the Seattle area, but locally, another Super Sunday is on its way.

  • HCS amends school calendar

    Hardin County Schools officials have made adjustments to the school calendar after missing the past week of school because of snow.

    The HCS board voted in a meeting Thursday to amend the calendar to make up two days missed because of weather. Schools are in session Feb. 17 and March 24.

    The board also began making plans for future missed days, and discussed the possibility of using days from spring break.

  • Results from kindergarten screener show half of students ready for school

    Students’ educational progress now is being tracked as soon as they enter the school doors, thanks to a new state screener for public schools’ youngest members.

    Results for the first statewide kindergarten-readiness screener show about half of the state’s incoming kindergartners are prepared for that level of school work without additional support. Locally, the majority of the results for the screener are similar to Kentucky as a whole.

  • Radcliff Elementary students collect pennies for classmate

    Counting out 100 stickers served as a math lesson Friday for first-grade students in Shandis Rose’s class. The significance of the stickers and the coffee cans they covered served as a much greater lesson.

    Rose’s class at Radcliff Elementary School helped launch the Million Wishes for Sam campaign Friday by decorating coffee cans to be used to collect wishes in the form of pennies.

  • Foundation introduces Scholarship Central online

    Planning to enroll in college entails a lot of paperwork, but Central Kentucky Community Foundation is working to remove a few of the forms from the equation.

    The foundation launched Scholarship Central last week, an online portal that allows students applying for multiple foundation scholarships to avoid entering the same information multiple times.
    This is the first time CKCF scholarships are available in an online format, CKCF President and CEO Davette Swiney said.

  • Local VISTAs honor King with reading program

    To honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy, local AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America gave the gift of literacy to area students.

    VISTAs visited elementary schools in the northern end of the county Friday to read to classes and supply books to students. Four VISTAs stopped by Vine Grove Elementary School in the afternoon to read to third-grade students. Nationally, VISTAs choose a community project every year to coincide with the holiday honoring King. The program was postponed last month when school was out of session because of inclement weather.