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In Support of Public Education Love Public Education

A Resolution of the HENRY COUNTY Board of Education

In support of Kentucky public education

WHEREAS, the Board holds sacred the value of public education and possesses a unique perspective on its power to shape and change the future for children and families; and

WHEREAS, we join our counterparts across the state with one voice to call for recognition that Kentucky public schools are vitally important and worthy of support, celebration and appreciation; and

Drive for Seniors Drive4URSchool


Earl Floyd Ford, Carrollton, is bringing Ford Motor Company’s Drvie 4 UR School program to New Castle in an effort to raise up to a maximum donation of $6,000 for Henry County High School (HCHS). For every person who test-drives a new Ford vehicle at HCHS on Saturday, March 24, Ford Motor Company will donate $20 to the HCHS Class of 2018. The proceeds will go toward funding Project Graduation.

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HCPS is migrating our mail service to Gmail Thursday evening.  Click below to find out more!

Commissioner Quarles visits HCPS Ryan Quarles

The Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles recently met with school nutrition directors in the region to discuss the federal regulations placed on schools by the USDA that make it difficult to stay compliant while ensuring financial soundness and at the same time, feeding school children healthy, tasty meals.

Harlem Wizards to play at HCHS Harlem Wizards Logo

The Harlem Wizards are coming to Henry County High School to play a team of teachers, staff and alumnus from the district on Wednesday, April 25, from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Henry County High School junior class.

Community assists with career readiness Operation Preparation

Henry County High School sophomores and eighth-graders from Henry County Middle School recently had a chance to meet with more than 40 community members representing a variety of occupations.

The event, Operation Preparation, helps students learn more about career choices they might pursue.

CEO focuses on reading CEOReading

Most of the students in the Center for Educational Options (CEO), Henry County Public Schools’ alternative school, struggle with the fundamental skill of reading, but they were recently provided a new resource that has yielded remarkable results in a short amount of time.

Teacher of the Year PottsTeacheroftheYear

Eastern Elementary School first grade teacher Kathy Potts is this year’s Henry County Public Schools Teacher of the Year.

Potts, along with other school nominees, was honored at a dinner and program Thursday night at Henry County High School. Having taught 27 years at Eastern, Potts was quick to dedicate her award to all her coworkers and team members over the years.

“I truly believe that God placed me at Eastern, and I have been tremendously blessed by it,” Potts said.

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Suspected threats of violence

Henry County Public Schools’ first priority is to ensure that our students are safe.  Any and all threats made against our schools or students will be taken seriously.  All threats are investigated by the district and local law enforcement.

Talking It Out HCMSPresenters

Math is more than manipulating numbers in a concentrated effort to get the right answer. That’s what Henry County Middle School teacher Johnathan Rogers and instructional coach Emily Edwards want students to understand.

The two are using something their kids do in class everyday – talking – to deepen the learning process and consequently improve their students’ understanding of how math works.

New Immunization Requirements for 2018-19 Immunization

A reminder that Kentucky has adopted new immunization requirements that will affect all students for the school year beginning on or after July 1, 2018.

Can Wind Chill Close School? WindChill

During the winter months several factors come into play that could delay the start of school or cause school to be closed all together. One such factor is the wind chill on a given day. 

On particularly cold mornings we continuously monitor the National Weather Service and local media outlets and closely monitor overall weather conditions. There are two possible scenarios that come from the National Weather Service: A Wind Chill Advisory and a Wind Chill Warning. The National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio defines the two as the following:

Tentative 18-19 Calendar

The tentative 2018-2019 School Calendar is slated to be approved at the January 18th Board meeting.  View it HERE.

Literary Classic Inspires Students CoatDonation

In Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” the character of Scrooge transforms from a miserable curmudgeon into a generous benefactor after being visited by three ghosts.

Henry County Middle School seventh-graders may not have had such a dramatic transformation after reading the book, but all were decidedly impacted by the assignment teachers Rebecca Wright and Megan Mattingly created for them.

GSP Candidates

Henry County High School would like to congratulate the following juniors for being selected as Henry County High School’s Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) candidates for 2018: Rebekah Huff, Gabriel Hughes, Ethan Lyle, Abigail Lyons, Camryn McManis and Lydia White.

Good luck to all at the state level of competition in this prestigious program.

Winter Weather WinterWeather

Recent talk of snow in the forecast reminds us to share information regarding our processes for deciding to close school and how we let our parents and students know about closures and delays.

The decision to cancel school for inclement weather follows careful consideration by many representatives of Henry County Public Schools over an extended amount of time in conjunction with neighboring school districts, city, county and state road departments, local meteorologists and sometimes national weather experts.

Grant helps district hire social worker Behmke

With the financial support of a grant from the WHAS Crusade for Children, Henry County Public Schools has added another resource to the district in a continuous effort to meet the needs of students.

Samantha Behmke recently joined the staff as the district social worker. With eight years of experience in the field of social services, primarily working with children and families, Behmke brings not only a wealth of knowledge to the position, but also a heart for Henry County’s students. That love began years ago when Behmke served as the school secretary at Eastern Elementary.

2018-2019 Calendar Survey

Work on the 2018-2019 School District Calendar is underway and we want your input. Please give us feedback over the next two weeks by completing a brieft survey.  The survey will close at noon on November 30th.


Unsung Heroes SuperHero

There are superheroes walking the halls of Henry County High School.

Media Specialist Rachel Burgin wanted to find a way to recognize students and staff who have gone above and beyond for someone else’s benefit, who work hard and have overcome obstacles or who take measures to make positive changes at HCHS.

Lunch Survey

Students, please take a moment to take the following survey regarding the current lunch options at school!

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A Dose of Reality Reality

One student was surprised to learn the government took money out of her paycheck. Another bemoaned the high cost of child care. One student wisely deposited his supplementary income into a savings account.

All involved got a dose of what life would be like as adults through lessons learned at the Reality Store today.

HCPS alum achieves success KelseySanders

Shared from the Reagan Leadership Summit Speaker Highlight

Kelsey Sanders is a senior at the University of Kentucky completing a double major in Psychology and Political Science. She hopes to move back to Washington DC after she completes her undergrad and attends law school.

Throughout her college career, she has had three internships which included: Lexington Mayor, Jim Gray’s senate campaign, United States House of Representative John Yarmuth, and the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Office.

Catching Them in the Act IceCreamSocial

Richie Robbins, the director of behavior at Henry County High School, spends a great deal of his time dealing with negative behaviors. Recently, Robbins chose to embark on a project that would bring attention to positive behaviors at HCHS.

Don't Let Your Future Scare You! CollegeWeek

The week of Oct. 30, Henry County High School will celebrate “College Application Week in Kentucky” – a week-long endeavor that focuses on helping our seniors take the next step in college-career readiness and apply to one of Kentucky’s community or four-year colleges or universities, and for other grades to prepare for this big step. 

The ultimate goal for HCHS is post-secondary success, whether it be the world of work, the military, or college. Join our efforts by talking to your students about your own college, career and military experiences.

At the high school, a number of speakers will address students throughout the week, teachers will decorate their doors and encourage students to participate in the following dress-up days:

  • Monday – Dress like a college student
  • Tuesday – Dress like your future career
  • Wednesday – Dress for success!
  • Thursday – Hats off to college and career
  • Friday – Spirit Gear

Students at New Castle Elementary School have marked Safe Schools Week with dress-up days and related lessons to combat bullying. The theme of this year’s week, “Get Involved and Get it Solved to Stop Bullying,” was reinforced each day.


The Henry County Kentucky Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP) is partnering with the Henry County Public and Eminence Independent schools to host a community-wide presentation from a survivor of the fateful 1988 Carrollton bus crash.

Plan to attend this powerful presentation on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m. at the Henry County High School auditorium. There is no charge to attend, and the presentation is open to all.

Learning to Teach Teach

Grace Shields likes to solve problems and help people. Although she’s watched her father “fix things” in his career as a computer programmer, it is in her mother’s profession that she has chosen to follow. Grace’s mom, Mitzi Shields, teaches math at Henry County Middle School.

Giving Back Give Back

October is Henry County Middle Schools’ month to give back!

Oct. 10 through 13, HCMS students were asked to bring in a two-liter (deliver to the office) to help support the Family Fall Fling Benefit on Saturday, Oct. 21, in honor of one of our former students, Aleigha Hancock, who is a current sophomore at HCHS battling cancer. 

Oct.16 through 20, students will be asked to bring in school supplies to help victims and schools from the hurricanes in Texas and Florida. A list of needed items will be sent out at a later date.

Oct. 23 through 27, the focus will be on bringing in items for the district’s backpack program that helps feed our schools’ students at home and on the weekend. More specific info will be sent about this as well.

Winners' Circle School Winners Circle

On Sept. 18, the Kentucky Department of Education recognized 10 public schools from across the Commonwealth for outstanding teaching and learning conditions. These “Winners’ Circle” schools were recognized for their effective teaching and school leadership practices and will be shared as models of best practices across the state.

We are proud to announce that one of the 10 winners was Henry County High School, through the Carroll County Area Technology Center, from Henry County Public Schools!

Honoring Veterans Honor Veterans

Honor your family’s military members

An advanced art student at Henry County High School is seeking names and/or photographs of local veterans, either past or current, to be honored with a large piece of artwork. The art piece will be displayed during the Henry County Veterans Day Ceremony at Henry County High School on Friday, Nov. 10.

To submit a name and or photograph:

  • Mail them to Henry County High School, Attn: Laura Bowman, art teacher, 1120 Eminence Road, New Castle, Ky.  40050
  • Call (502) 845-8670
  • Email them to

Submissions are due no later than Oct. 31.

Don’t forget to come to the Veterans Day Ceremony, an open public event, at Henry County High School on Nov. 10 to view the artwork in which your family’s military members are honored.

Looking for Top Contenders ChampionshipBelts

COMING SOON at Henry County Middle School and all elementary schools - ATTENDANCE CHAMPIONSHIP BELTS!

You can't win the belt if you don't show up for the match! Be a top contender - be a top attender!

Good attendance is so important to learning. Principals at each elementary school and the middle school will soon reveal their respective plans to encourage attendance with this fun, friendly competition between classes and schools.

Winning classes and schools will receive our coveted attendance championship belts designed by Affordable Signs and Apparel.

Student Voice, Student Choice Future City

A group of eighth-graders collaborates to design and build a futuristic city. A sixth-grader practices the delicate hand needed to create a watercolor still-life. Seventh grade students work to crack the case using forensic science.

These activities aren’t part of a costly after-school program, they are all course offerings at Henry County Middle School (HCMS).

BrightBytes Survey Technology

Teachers, students and parents:

Please take a few minutes to take the BrightBytes survey to help us improve our education technology efforts!  CLICK HERE for links to the survey.

The day that changed America HookClass

Jim Hook was in the fifth grade when it happened.

“I remember it more clearly than any other day in my life so far,” Hook, now a teacher at Henry County High School, shared with his students on Sept. 11 during a lesson on that tragic day in American history.

Perfect Record Devin McIntosh

He didn’t always want to get up and go to school, but Devin McIntosh understood how important his attendance would be in the classroom, as he applied to colleges and as he prepares to move into the workforce.

Board Vacancy

Applications are now available for a position on the Henry County Board of Education. The vacant seat serves district 5, which includes the areas of Pendleton, Sulphur, Sligo and Campbellsburg.

Board of Education members receive a modest monthly stipend, mileage reimbursement and training opportunities as they are directly involved in the development of policy and leadership for the Henry County Public School district.

Interested parties must be at least 24 years old, a Kentucky citizen for at least the last three years, a registered voter in the district 5 precinct, hold at least a high school diploma or GED, be in compliance with anti-nepotism state laws and not provide contract services to the school district.

Eclipse Resource solar eclipse

This is a great eclipse resource put together by science teachers around the country.. check it out!

School Closing August 21, 2017

Due to new information and guidance received by the district, the decision has been made to close school on Monday, Aug. 21.

The safety of our students and employees must be our top priority. The full solar eclipse on Aug. 21, while providing an unprecedented learning opportunity, could also place our staff and students in unsafe situations as they move between classes, are transported home by our buses, or are driving themselves home from school.

This unique phenomenon has been and will continue to be a focal point of learning throughout the district. We encourage, but do not require, our students to safely view the eclipse with ISO-certified protective eyewear in preparation for instruction that will occur after the astronomical event.

This day, most likely, will be made up on February 19, President’s Day.

Elementary schools' new principals

Henry County Public Schools will welcome three new principals to its elementary schools this year. Amy Treece will lead at Campbellsburg Elementary. Angela Denny was recently named the principal at Eastern Elementary. New Castle Elementary’s principal will be Austin Hunsaker.

Whitaker named Director of Special Education

Henry County Public Schools is pleased to announce that Niki Whitaker has been named the district’s Director of Special Education.

Whitaker previously served the district as a high school guidance counselor, college and career readiness coach and special education teacher. She has worked in the district since 2005. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisville and two master’s degrees, one in teaching and one in school guidance counseling, both from Spalding University.

“Special education is not only my roots as an educator, it is my strength and I have found myself drawn to the area throughout my career,” Whitaker said. “I’m very excited to take the next step in my career and to maintain the integrity of the program at its existing high level with the team of professionals we have in the district.”

Early Childhood Center earns top scores

Henry County Early Childhood Education Center finished the year on a high note when it earned a combined score of 6.7 out of a possible 7.0 on the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS). Scoring a 5 is considered “good” and anything above that is “outstanding.”

The ECERS evaluation rates each classroom’s space and furnishings, personal care routines, language and literacy, learning activities, interaction and program structure.

Amy Johnson’s classroom scored a 6.88, the highest in the state. Kristi Nicholson’s classroom scored a 6.56.

“District is to be commended for creating a bright, warm, welcoming and clean environment. Both facility and furnishings create an enhanced setting for teaching and learning,” according to comments provide by the evaluator.

iLEAD STEM Summer Camp

Engineering rocks at iLEAD Academy this summer with our 2nd annual STEM Summer Learning Camps.  There will be hands-on projects, team building games, electronics and biology! Sign up on our webpage at or by phone at 502.732.3090, or email at  Limited spots are available. Open to grades 3 through 8 for a cost of $80.  Price includes consumables, t-shirt (early registrations), lunch and snacks. Read the camp flyer.

New Superintendent

The Henry County Board of Education met on May 16, 2017 and unanimously voted to select Terry Price as the next Superintendent of the Henry County Public Schools.  


Continue reading to learn more about Mr. Terry Price.

Cancer Beats - A Community Thrives project Noah and Issac

A Community Thrives, part of the USA Today network is soliciting votes for your favorite community improvement idea. Watch the Cancer Beats video to cast your vote in support of our own Henry County High School students. You can vote one time per day until May 12, 2017. If you would like to share a video justcopy and paste the URL or select one of the sharing icons below the entry.

BrightBytes Survey Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos

Students, teachers, administrators and parents please take a few minutes to complete the BrightBytes survey.  Your answers will help us improve the use of technology for teaching and learning in Henry County Schools!

BrightBytes Survey

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