• Teaching gives meaning to life for ExCEL winner

    During ceremonies for winners of the ExCEL award, given for excellence in education, it’s customary in Hardin County that local recipients are honored by having the day of the ceremony named after them by Hardin Fiscal Court. Mark Roberts, the newest winner in Hardin County Schools, didn’t want to let his own special day go unnoticed.

    “First of all,” Roberts began his acceptance speech, “I’d like to wish everyone a happy Mark Roberts Day,” he joked.

  • Students performing Passion story today

    Before students at St. James Catholic Regional School celebrate Easter, they will recognize the events that preceded the joyful holiday.

    Eighth-graders at St. James will perform the story of the Passion, which follows the days leading up to and the act of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, today at 9 a.m. for the school and 7 p.m. for the community at St. James Catholic Church.

  • SJS places 12th in state academic team competition

    Middle school students at St. James finished the academic competition season in the top 15 in the state.

    St. James Catholic Regional School placed 12th overall in the state Governor’s Cup academic competition earlier this month. The quick recall team made it to the quarterfinals of the competition, while eighth-grader Jacob Dvorjak placed fifth in the state in the social studies written assessment competition.

  • LTES students take virtual trip to Smithsonian

    Lincoln Trail Elementary School students took a look Thursday at what the Smithsonian Institute has to offer on the history of the United States’ space program, all without leaving the school’s media center.

    Gifted and Talented program fifth-graders at Lincoln Trail Elementary School took part Thursday in a video-conference lecture with docents at the Smithsonian Institute discussing the history of NASA and spaceflight.

  • Preschool: Program puts twins on track

    Kaylee and Kylee Trummer will be entering kindergarten at North Park Elementary School next year, after spending two years in the Hardin County Schools preschool program. The identical twins entered school with delays in social and language skills. Now, their mother, Dena Newton, feels they're more than ready for kindergarten.

  • Public invited to screening of 'American Teacher' documentary

    Local educational organizations hope a new documentary sparks a discussion about teaching as a career.

    Several organizations are teaming up to host a viewing of the film “American Teacher” by Vanessa Roth from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center at T.K. Stone Middle School. Free seating is available by registering at www.americanteacherky.com.

  • 'Fuel Up' a success at T.K. Stone

    Two students at T.K. Stone Middle School have found statewide and national success in the Fuel Up to Play 60 program, a product of the National Dairy Council and the National Football League.

    Eighth-grader Beth Ann Winebarger was chosen as a 2012-13 student ambassador for Kentucky. She will attend a Student Ambassador Summit in July in Washington, D.C.

    Sixth-grader Bradley Larrington will receive tickets to an NFL game of his choice through his entry in an essay contest in the Fuel Up program.

  • HCS hosts roundtables to discuss funding

    The Hardin County Schools district has been preparing staff for expected budget cuts with district-wide meetings during the last few weeks.

    The HCS board met with site-based decision-making councils of their schools at several roundtable meetings to discuss the expected shortfall in state funding and its impact on individual school budgets. The councils each were asked to analyze their budgets, find funding priorities and identify expenses that could be eliminated more easily.

  • State implements Operation Preparation

    The Kentucky Department of Education is asking school districts to take on a mission of preparing students for college and careers. Local districts have chosen to accept the challenge.

    The education department and Gov. Steve Beshear declared this week as Operation Preparation College and Career Advising Week. School districts are encouraged to schedule meetings with community advisers, eighth-graders and 10th-graders to discuss college and career plans. The districts also will review whether students are on track to meet their goals and prepare for life after high school.

  • 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.