• Miss Kentucky ‘books it’ for kids

    Miss Kentucky showcased one of her platforms — reading — during a visit Wednesday to St. James Catholic Regional School.

    Miss Kentucky Ann Blair Thornton took part in the school’s celebrity reader week. First-grade teacher Megan Berry and second-grade teacher Amanda Bradley coordinated the week to coincide with America’s Biggest Storytime, a national event that is part of the BOOK IT! reading incentive program.

  • HCS seeking opinions on career center through survey

    Community members interested in sharing opinions on the possibility of Hardin County Schools opening a College and Career Center have an opportunity through a survey being offered on the district’s website.

    The survey was created through the student advisory council for Superintendent Nannette Johnston. Chris Mudd, a senior at John Hardin High School, suggested the survey after Johnston asked the 12-member board to gather opinions from students and parents.

  • Fitness Fridays offers students variety

    P.E. class is not your typical routine on Fitness Fridays at T.K. Stone Middle School in Elizabethtown.

    Instead of focusing on a single activity, Fitness Fridays consist of a number of different stations, including hurdles, push-ups, basketball, resistance bands and chair dips. Sometimes one of the stations is a fitness program like P90X, which uses DVDs that focus on developing specific parts of the body.

    “They get to choose,” said P.E. teacher Daniel Thorn.

  • Submissions due by Feb. 21 for ECTC art contest

    High school students can enter the 2012 Juried Art Contest at the local community college this year.

    The 2012 Juried Art Contest sponsored by the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s “The Heartland Review” is taking submissions.

    The contest will split into two categories, one for students and one for artists in general. Themes for the pieces are inspired by natural elements, and nature, environmentalism, natural materials, the body, urbanism, identity and responses to modernity are possible themes.

  • Senate bill could allow students to graduate early

    Early high school graduation could be a possibility if a Kentucky Senate bill gains support from the House of Representatives.

    The bill, currently in the House Education Committee, could make it possible for students to begin a course of study in middle school or their freshman year of high school that would allow them to graduate early from high school and receive money to go to college.

  • ECTC takes 'college to the people'

    Higher education joined forces with a higher power Sunday in Radcliff.

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College hosted its second Super Sunday college fair this weekend at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church. ECTC and the 15 other colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System partnered with churches in their respective communities to provide information and resources about college to families and prospective students.

  • School chiefs: Good riddance to NCLB

    Local superintendents were pleased to learn Kentucky is one of 10 states allowed flexibility under  Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind laws. Instead of receiving testing data for NCLB and the state accountability system, schools will receive data from one source this year.

  • Dow Corning donates close to $13,000 for HCS technology

    Several of Hardin County Schools’ middle schools received money from Dow Corning to use for technology.

    Dow Corning reached out to HCS to offer funding for programs that dealt with science, technology, engineering or math, known as STEM, said John Wright, HCS community relations director. Middle school officials filled out grant applications detailing what they would use the money for, and Dow Corning handed out almost $13,000 to four schools, according to an HCS news release.

  • Several local students heading to Governor's Cup

    Several individuals qualified for the Governor’s Cup academic competition next month by placing high in the recent regional competition.

    Grace Vowels of Bluegrass Middle School placed first in the language arts and arts and humanities assessments in region competition.

  • HCS brings new technologies to hearing-impaired students

    New technologies for deaf and hard of hearing students are accessible in Hardin County Schools.

    CaptionCall phones now are available at New Highland Elementary School, Bluegrass Middle School and John Hardin High School where the school system’s deaf students attend. The phones feature a screen that displays words spoken by the caller.

    New Highland also recently installed a video phone, which shows a person on a television screen signing a caller’s message, while the signing of the deaf person is interpreted for the other caller.