• Schools gain insight into kindergartners' abilities

    Schools across the state are gaining a more accurate picture of the abilities of new kindergarten students.

    This school year is the first year for statewide implementation of a screener for incoming kindergarten students. The screener determines the level of the students’ abilities and gives teachers an instructional starting point for each student.

  • EIS board votes on end-of-course exams

    End-of-course exams will matter even more to students in the Elizabethtown Independent Schools district.

    The EIS board voted to increase the weight of end-of-course assessments in students’ final grades to 20 percent, up from the proposed 15 percent from last year.

  • HCS welcomes partners on work ethic certification
  • Reed named to new HCS post

    Lincoln Trail Elementary School assistant principal Linda Reed is the new Hardin County Schools interim Director of Assessment & Program Effectiveness. Her duties now include overseeing all aspects of assessment in the district and uses data to make decisions about the success of educational programs.

  • Career center next step in HCS energy program

    A new career center planned for Hardin County Schools will serve as a unique educational opportunity in the county, but the building will be unique in its construction as well.

    The Early College and Career Center is planned to be net-zero ready, meaning that once built, it can be fitted with solar panels and potentially produce as much energy as it consumes. Construction has begun on the center, where Hardin County Schools students can spend half their school days working on earning college credits or career certifications.

  • Playground game taking teacher places

    His seventh-grade students know him as Mr. Sobczyk. But the social studies teacher would like to add another title: ultimate dodgeball champion.

    Benjamin Sobczyk, a teacher at East Hardin Middle School, could have the chance to travel to Las Vegas in September to compete in the 2013 Ultimate Dodgeball Championship with his team, the Bourbon Ballers. The team won a regional tournament in Louisville and need online votes to help their chances of earning a spot in Vegas.

  • Students get new school experiences with private-to-public transition

    The first days of school are a transition period for many students — kindergarteners starting their first day and sixth-graders navigating hallways of middle schools.

    For some students, the first day brings a change in the school system, when they leave smaller, private school surroundings to attend a larger, public high school.

  • Studious summer: Local students gain knowledge, experience at scholars program

    Most students returning to school this week haven’t seen the inside of a classroom in a couple months. For Jamey Popham and Austin Correll, it’s been just a little more than a week.

    This summer, many local students spent the majority of their break participating in the Governor’s Scholars Program, which gives students a look at college life and a chance to explore a field of study for five weeks.

  • Building a better tomorrow

    Facility expansion is on the table for local districts in this upcoming school year.

    The year includes multiple construction and renovation projects in the districts, including the addition of three new buildings for Hardin County Schools.

  • Family Resource and Youth Services Centers at the center of it all

    In the Family Resource and Youth Services Center at Panther Academy, the phone rings every few minutes, even in the middle of July and the start of school still weeks away. Summer is not much of a break for the center’s employees.