• Social, emotional well-being important in kindergarten

    Kindergarten is the first step in a child’s academic formation, but it also serves as the cornerstone of what even adults still struggle with - working and playing well with others. 

    Letters and numbers are some of the most obvious lessons for kindergarten, but the first year of school also is used to socialize children and teach them how to work with peers and adults.

  • Camp Invention keeps kids thinking

    A local camp works to keep light bulbs burning bright in children’s minds even through the lackadaisical days of summer.

    Camp Invention at Hardin County Schools runs at G.C. Burkhead Elementary School this week, after  a stint last week at Meadow View Elementary School. The camp gives incoming first- through sixth-graders an opportunity to stretch their minds during the summer with problem-solving and new skills in multiple areas.

  • Educators support Great by 8 plan

    A local education leader joined others across the state Wednesday to show that children who are “great by 8” can be great at any age.

    Al Rider, president and chief executive officer of the North Central Education Foundation, spoke at a statewide summit for the Great by 8 initiative. The effort’s aim is to educate communities on how early childhood education influences economic growth.

    Rider presented information on how businesses can be involved in early childhood education.

  • Tuition raised at Kentucky community colleges

    Kentucky community colleges are looking for a tuition increase to offset a portion of a budget gap.

    Tuition rates for new students to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College will increase to $135 per credit hour from $130.

    The Board of Regents for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System approved the rate increases for the colleges as part of the 2011-12 budget last week.

    The new tuition rate meets the cap allowed for KCTCS tuition for the year, set by the Council on Postsecondary Education at a meeting in April.

  • Kelly Cruze has loved music all her life

    Whether in a classroom or on a stage, Kelly Cruze channels a lifelong love of music.

    Cruze began teaching 20 years ago, joining the staff at Morningside Elementary School in Elizabethtown 17 years ago.

    Throughout the week, Cruze helps children gain a deep understanding of music, often teaching her elementary students principles she learned at the college level, and all the while making the lessons enjoyable.

  • Classical Conversations program comes to Hardin County

    Local homeschooling families have another educational option for their children beginning in August.

    The national Christian homeschooling program Classical Conversations is available to homeschooled students in Hardin and Meade counties in the upcoming school year.

    Vine Grove resident Crystal Costello, who has had success with the program with her own children, is staring it here.

  • HCS deems ImPACT program a success

    Hardin County Schools has deemed its concussion-testing program a success after its first year.

    ImPACT Concussion Management Program tests student athletes for concussions and assists in clearing them to return to play.

    HCS approved the program in July 2010 and was followed by Elizabethtown Independent Schools in August. The districts work in partnership with Hardin Memorial Hospital, which paid half of the cost of the program for each district.

  • Kentucky does away with Commonwealth Diploma

    An honor associated with high school graduation will disappear after the 2011-12 school year.

    The Kentucky Board of Education decided last week to repeal the state regulation that created the Commonwealth Diploma, which is a high school diploma awarded to students who complete a special course of study.

    The diploma opportunity continues into the next school year, as the state has money for it, and then there is the possibility of creating a different version of a special diploma to recognize students’ academic achievement.

  • HCS joins EIS, others on social networks

    Social networks often are thought of as a way to “like” a friend’s funny photos, but local school districts are showing the networks’ true purpose — to spread information.

    Both local school districts have a social media presence now, as Hardin County Schools has created a Facebook page and a Twitter account in the past month as a way of communicating with students, parents and the community, and giving those groups a space to ask questions of the district.

  • HCS launches social media efforts

    Hardin County Schools has entered the world of social media with an official Facebook page and Twitter stream. 

    “Our world communicates in so many different ways,” Superintendent Nannette Johnston said. “This is another way to keep in touch with our students, parents, faculty, staff and our community friends.”

    The district will post on facebook.com/hardincounty schoolsand twitter.com/ HardinCoSchools or search @HardinCoSchools.