• James T. Alton teacher and coach wins ExCEL Award

    The walls in seventh grade teacher Mark Roberts’ classroom at James T. Alton Middle School are covered with University of Louisville and Pittsburgh Steelers sports memorabilia, which he says creates conversations between him and his students.

    A language arts teacher, volleyball coach, assistant football coach and now ExCEL Award recipient for Hardin County Schools, Roberts describes his teaching philosophy as “whatever it takes” and is not afraid to use technology, even students’ cellphones, as tools in his classroom.

  • HCS sets graduation dates

    Graduation dates have been set for high schools in the Hardin County Schools system.

    The ceremonies are on the following dates:

    The Hardin County High School/GED graduation is 2 p.m. at May 12 at Central Hardin High School.

    Central Hardin High School holds graduation ceremonies at 7 p.m. May 17, while John Hardin High School graduates at 7 p.m.  May 18. North Hardin High School graduates at 7 p.m. May 19.

    Each school’s graduation ceremony takes place at that particular school.

  • Middle school students use brain power in state competition

    More than a dozen students will represent Hardin County this weekend as they put their knowledge and recall skills to the test at a state competition.

    Sixteen local middle school students will compete in the Governor’s Cup State Finals, an academic competition in Lexington. Their challenge comes in the form of a written assessments — subject-specific tests such as science and math. Participants advance to the state level by ranking in the top five in regional competition.

  • Rogers receives EIS ExCEL award

    Students in Wesley Rogers’ class should expect a busy day today. After Rogers received the annual ExCEL award Wednesday, she felt energized and excited about her profession.

    “I’m already ready to get back in the classroom and start teaching,” Rogers said as she accepted the award at a ceremony at the Elizabethtown Performing Arts Center. “So get ready for tomorrow, kids.”

  • Photos: Central Hardin hosts mock car crash
  • EIS teachers surprised with grants

    As D. Dee Shaw put it Thursday morning while walking down the halls of T.K. Stone Middle School, the Elizabethtown Educational Foundation was playing the role of “prize patrol” for educators.

    Members of the foundation surprised more than half a dozen Elizabethtown Independent Schools teachers during classes with innovative teacher grants, which are intended to help improve classrooms through the purchase of books, supplies or equipment for instruction.

  • Schools show growth in most areas on EXPLORE, PLAN

    The yearly release of schools’ EXPLORE and PLAN test data showed growth in a majority of subject areas for the 2011-12 school year. PLAN test data, in particular, revealed success for most local high schools.

    The EXPLORE and PLAN tests are precursors to the ACT 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.

  • Project Princess uses dresses as community outreach

    Girls trying to avoid seeing dollar signs as they readied themselves for prom had the perfect alternative this weekend.
    Project Princess, a program through which girls can borrow a free prom dress for the night, returned Saturday and reached out to a larger number of schools this time around.

    Coordinators Tiffany Gilpin and Brittany Hawkins contacted local schools as well as those in Grayson, LaRue, Meade, Nelson and Breckinridge counties to let students know about the opportunity to save money on formal attire and accessories.

  • County could earn Bucks for Bright Ideas

    While most everyone thinks they should get paid for their good ideas, Hardin County residents have a rare opportunity to make that happen this spring.

    The Central Region Innovation and Commercialization Center at Western Kentucky University is accepting applications for this year’s Bucks for Bright Ideas competition. The center, which has a branch in Hardin County, is taking ideas for potential products or services from residents in 26 counties. Applications will be accepted through April 18.

  • Buddhist monk returning to speak at ECTC

    A popular visitor to the local community college is making a return visit this week.

    The Venerable Tsering Phuntsok, a Buddhist monk from Bir, India who visited Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, is returning to speak to students and the community about the Dalai Lama.

    Phuntsok will be at ECTC at 3 p.m. Thursday in Room 112 of the Administration Building. His talk is called “The Dalai Lama: His Life and Teachings.”