• 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.

  • 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.