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September Superlatives at HCHS SeptHCHS

A new program at Henry County High School lets the students, teachers and staff recognize one of their own for exhibiting the following qualities: hard working, polite, willingness to work with others, has a growth mindset, puts forth best effort, follows school and class rules, has improved academically, socially or behaviorally throughout the year (students), improves the culture and climate of the class and school, is a good member of our community and makes the school a better place.

Milby joins HCPS Team

Five months ago, Dylan Milby was an out-of-school youth. Today, he is the IT Help Desk Manager at Henry County Public Schools.

“I was at my lowest point, and I had given up on life,” Milby said.

Deep family struggles left Milby feeling lost, confused and hopeless. His mother referred him to the Kentucky Youth Career Center (KYCC), which is funded by KentuckianaWorks and operated by Goodwill Industries of Kentucky. It didn’t take long before Dylan began experiencing new feelings – focus, clarity and hope.

Heroic Efforts SuperHero Pic

Henry County Middle School students recently participated in a canned food drive in a “Be a Super Hero: Feed the Need” collection project sponsored by Tara McMahan’s community service class. Students were encouraged to be a “super hero” in someone’s life by contributing to the food drive.

Almost 800 items were collected for Henry County Help Center. Seventh-graders collected 229 cans and 270 cans were collected by sixth-graders. The class that collected the most canned goods were eighth-graders with 293 items.

The class that collected the most items for the food drive was Mrs. Moore’s first period class, which won a reward of ice cream for their generosity.

Understanding Test Results

In an effort to help our families understand changes made to the state's accountability and assessment system, Assistant Superintendent Chelsey Tingle provides the following summary: 

 

 

321 Build!

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Please join the Henry County Early Childhood Center, Henry County Public Library, and the Family Resource Center for "Legos and Learning" on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm!

Making Math FUN! GloSticks

Parents often read their children a bedtime story, but when Mom is an astrophysicist and Dad works for NASA, they want to share not only their love of reading with their children, but also their love of math.

That mom, Laura Bilodeau Overdeck, launched Bedtime Math in 2012 with a website and a playful daily math problem for kids to do with their parents, much like a bedtime story. When parents responded positively to her idea, she wrote a series of books. She used the profits from those books to develop a free after-school math club that provides complete kits full of materials and supplies for four eight-week sessions of fun math for elementary school children.

When Melissa Hitt, a special education teacher at Campbellsburg Elementary School (CES), heard about the free program, she knew it would be a great resource for CES students.

Introducing Shelby Johnson Shelby Johnson

Shelby Johnson currently serves as a district-wide social worker for Henry County Public Schools, servicing all three elementary schools, as well as the middle and high schools.

Johnson graduated from Henry County High School in 2013, then earned a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Eastern Kentucky University. She recently gained her Master’s degree in social work from Campbellsville University, where she also completed a number of hands-on internships in a variety of settings. She is currently pursuing her certification for social work, which will lead to her license after she completes the required number of supervised hours in the field.

Students help the homeless MacServicecProject

Students in Tara McMahan’s community service class at Henry County Middle School were recently tasked with identifying a group of people, charity or project that was “near or dear to their hearts.”

Because two of the students in the class, Mason King and Jacob Jeffries, had previously participated in projects that helped the homeless, they suggested doing something that would benefit the homeless in our area. The rest of the class agreed, and soon they were taking steps to sponsor a donation drive.

Chance to "Restart" GuthrieReads

Every student and teacher in Henry County Middle School recently read the same book - at the same time - as a school-wide read.

The book, “Restart” by Gordon Korman deals with change, honesty, kindness and tolerance as a former eighth grade bully suffers amnesia and returns to school to re-evaluate what kind of person he is, how others perceive him and who he really wants to be. His amnesia gives him a fresh start at school, something HCMS Principal Lucia Hughes wanted her students to experience as well.

“In the book, the main character is given a fresh start to be a better person,” Hughes said “Many times our students fall into patterns of behavior or groups of friends that negatively influence the decisions that they make. This book shows that we all have the ability to ‘restart’ and show positive behaviors and attitudes.”

It's Homecoming Week Homecoming

This year Henry County High School’s football homecoming week will be totally awesome, groovy baby and far out man!

Homecoming week, Sept. 10 through Sept. 14, is themed “Blast the Rebels to the Past.” Each day of the week sports a different decade, leading up to the football game Friday night against Atherton. Every day provides ample opportunity to support the Wildcats and Ladycats!

Donation benefits students

When Jo Brewer, the president of Communities in Action (CIA), a non-profit group serving the needs of families in Henry County, heard that Ohio Valley United Charities (OVUC) had exceeded their fundraising goal for the year and had additional monies to allocate in the five-county area it serves, she suggested supporting the family resource and youth services centers in those counties.

“The centers serve our families with clothing, food, school supplies and so much more,” Brewer said. “They help students overcome any challenges they may face from getting medical and dental care to helping them get glasses to making sure they have shoes that fit.”

Can't Hide that Wildcat Pride BigH

Over the summer, teachers at Henry County High School created a new mission statement for the school: “Our mission at HCHS is to create an environment where our students become effective citizens through learning and building relationships in our school and community.”

Recently installed signage, donated to the school, displayed in various places throughout the campus reinforce that statement.

“To promote our mission, one of the building blocks is to create a sense of place,” said Principal Shannon Sageser. “That is, to create an environment of pride.”

HCHS football starts new tradition Football Jerseys

Note: This article appeared in the Aug. 22 edition of the Henry County Local. Reprinted here with permission.

Like many football teams across the nation, the Henry County Wildcats have a tradition of wearing their game jerseys on game day. This year the Wildcats are extending the tradition to include teachers.

“Wearing the jersey symbolizes unity and brotherhood between the players,” HCHS Coach Matt Wright said. “This year the players decided they wanted to recognize faculty members who have made a difference in their lives. On Thursday mornings of game weeks, a group of players will give their jersey to teachers or faculty members who have made an impact on them in their time here at Henry County. It is a small token of gratitude for what they have done.”

Rice wins at nationals Jagger Rice

If you have ever made a motion or voted yea or nay, you’ve dabbled with Robert’s Rules of Order, a system of procedures intended to ensure meetings are held in a fair and consistent manner.

Jagger Rice, a sophomore at Henry County High School (HCHS), has done much more than dabble with Robert’s Rules – he’s mastered them. After winning the parliamentary procedure competition at the regional and state level with HCHS’ Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), on July 1 Rice became the first HCHS student in recent history to win the national championship in Introduction to Parliamentary Procedure.

Health Programs Offered Health Programs

ATTENTION PARENTS:

Don't miss the opportunity for your child to participate in two health care programs provided by HCPS Health Services. Return the forms you received with your initial enrollment packet or ask for extra copies at your child's school. Completed, signed forms - front and back - must be received no later than Aug. 31.

Quality Care for Kids (vision screening and hearing screening form) provides FREE complete eye exams or screenings and hearing exams or screenings regardless of insurance coverage. Parents will not be billed.

School Smiles (green form) enrolls children in the school dental program. A licensed dentist provides on-site dental care primarily for students who do not have or do not see a regular dentist. This program bills insurance, but offers assistance as needed.

For additional information, please call Health Services at (502) 845-8600, ext. 8621.

Great First Day! First Day

Henry County Public Schools would like to thank all of our staff, parents and students who made our first day of school such a wonderful day for all involved.

We are excited about the learning, memories and successes we will experience this year and are grateful to all of you and our community for playing such an important role in each.

Click the "Read More" tab to see a few pictures from our first day back at school. For even more photos, please see each school's Facebook page.

Preschool Open House

The start of the school year is almost here! Join us for Open House on August 16th. 

Open Houses Open House

Back to School Bash

For all preschool, elementary and middle school students

July 21, 10am to 2pm, HCMS

CES Open House

Aug. 2, 6 to 6:30 – Kindergarten

Aug. 2, 6:30 to 7pm – First through Fifth grades

Eastern Open House

Aug. 6, 6:30pm – Kindergarten

Aug. 6, 7 to 8pm – First through Fifth grades

New Castle Open House

July 31, 8:30am to 11am – Kinderstart (breakfast at 8:30; program begins at 9am)

Aug. 1, 11am to 7pm – First through Fifth grades (K, if they missed July 31)

Henry County Middle School

July 30, 6 to 7:30pm – 8th Grade Orientation

Aug. 2, 8:30am to 12:30pm – 6th Grade Jump Start

Aug. 2, 6 to 7:30pm – 7th Grade Orientation

Henry County High School

July 30, 3 to 6pm – Freshmen enrollment

July 31, 1 to 7pm – Schedule pick-ups, all grades

Aug. 1, 9am to 3pm – Schedule pick-ups, all grades

 

Headstart and Preschool Screenings

Early Childhood Screenings will be conducted at the Henry County Early Childhood Center on Friday, August 10, 2018. If your child will be 3 or 4 by August 1, 2018 please contact Melissa Perkinson at 502-845-8600 to schedule your appointment today.

Back to School Bash

Want to get a jump start on completing your child’s paperwork for this school year? Would you be interested in getting some free school supplies? How about a chance to win free prizes?

Please join us Saturday, July 21, at Henry County Middle School anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. for the Back to School Bash! The event is open to students attending Henry County Early Childhood Center (preschool), Campbellsburg Elementary School, Eastern Elementary School, New Castle Elementary School and Henry County Middle School.

Please complete this survey

Because we value the opinion of our students, staff, parents and community members, we ask that you take a few minutes to complete this survey about Henry County Public Schools.

Your response by June 8 would be much appreciated and will provide us with invaluable information that will help us serve you better. Thank you in advance!

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Guthrie New Principal at NCES Guthrie

Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) is pleased to announce that Phillip Guthrie has accepted the position of principal at New Castle Elementary School (NCES) for the 2018-19 school year.

Guthrie, who has served as the assistant principal at Henry County Middle School (HCMS) for the past three years, began his teaching career in Henry County. He first completed his student teaching at HCMS, then taught freshmen algebra at Henry County High School (HCHS) for eight years.

“He is hands down the best math educator I’ve ever seen,” remarked outgoing NCES principal Austin Hunsaker, who taught alongside Guthrie at HCHS. “And I’m not exaggerating, one of the best people that I’ve ever worked with.”

Juniors will attend GSP GSP

The Henry County High School juniors selected into the 2018 Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP) were recognized at Monday night’s Henry County Board of Education meeting.

Honored were Rebekah Huff, Abigail Lyons, Camryn McManis, Gabe Hughes and Lydia White (not pictured). All the nominated students from Henry County High School were accepted into the statewide program.

Teachers Recognized CampbellsvillePic

Campbellsville University began the Excellence in Teaching Award Program in 1987. The purpose of the program is to recognize the quality teaching and learning taking place in the school systems throughout Kentucky.

Through the awards program, Campbellsville University presents certificates to teachers in each grade level (preschool/elementary, middle grades, and high school) as selected by their school districts.

This year, Kim Patterson, a teacher at the Henry County Early Childhood Center, and Laura Adams, an English teacher at Henry County High School, were chosen for the honor.

The purpose of this award is to recognize the quality teaching in the schools of the state of Kentucky and to strengthen the field of education. Implicit in the award is the expectation that the recipients’ examples may inspire all teachers to excel.

Young Authors Book

Thanks to a local author and the efforts of Henry County High School junior English teachers and library media specialist Rachel Burgin, several HCHS students are now published authors.

Author Tony Acree worked with junior English classes to workshop the art of writing a short story. Students submitted their stories to the author, who selected 16 of them to publish through his own publishing company.

Congratulations to Brennen Fuchs, Seth Tingle, Audrey Litwora, Rebekah Huff, Emily Shrp, Alyssa Burns, Rosemary Head, Camryn McManis, Madison Padilla, Nikki Perkinson, Kierstin Prentice, Emily Wilson and Unging Sawasrak.

The book, "Tales from a Rural Route: Henry County," is available for sale on Amazon. Profits from the book will be donated back to HCHS.

iLEAD Academy STEM Camp

When: July 17th-19th, 8am-3pm.

Cost: $80.

Engineering rocks at iLead Academy this summer with our 3rd annual STEM Summer Learning Camps. There will be hands-on projects, team building exercises, electronics and tools! Sign up -on our webpage at www.ileadacademy.org or by phone at – 502-732-3090, or email at lmckinney@ovec.org. Limited spots are available. Price includes consumables, t-shirt (early registration), lunch and snacks.

See the flyer for more information.

Legislative Lesson MockCongress

At times they agreed, but on certain issues they were impassably divided. Much like our own Congress, students undertaking a mock session of legislation in Jim Hook’s American Studies classes at Henry County High School learned just how wide the bipartisan aisle could be for our elected officials.

Based on resources provided by the Bill of Rights Institute, the week-long activity first separated students by party affiliation. Representatives from each party were asked to write bills addressing issues about which they were passionate. Those bills were then introduced in committee; some were passed while others died. Each political party then met to decide the party’s position on each bill before it came up for a vote on the House floor.

Spring Musical Scheduled Charlotte's Web

Enjoy a much loved children's story as it comes to life on the stage of the John W. Smith Auditorium at Henry County High School.

"Charlotte's Web - The Musical" will be shown Friday, April 27, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets, available at the door of each performance, are $4 for children 5 and under, $6 for general seating, and $10 for reserved seating.

A Helping Hand FoodPantry

As soon as the truck finishes offloading its cargo, a small army of students converges on the boxes. With minimal direction, some students start setting up tables, while others begin to tape empty boxes. Still more grab plastic shopping bags and begin to parcel out onions from 50-pound bags into individual portions.

KUNA represents KUNA team

For three days in late March, 16 Henry County Middle School students participated in a model United Nations Assembly at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. The students represented the countries of Austria and Venezuela.

As a delegation, their goal was to serve as ambassadors for their country by participating in Global Village, an education fair, debate and presenting their own country's resolution. These 16 students were among approximately 1,000 students from across the state participating in this experience. 

Think Happy Thoughts! HappinessBoard

To mark the International Day of Happiness March 20, the guidance department of Henry County High School asked students there to share ways they can make the world, community, their family and the school a happier place.

Student Donates Artwork Flag

The walls of the Henry County Courthouse are now adorned with a patriotic piece of local art.

A depiction of an American flag with the names and images of Henry County veterans was created by Henry County High School senior Abigale Hunter for the annual Veterans Day program at HCHS earlier this year.

She decided to find a home for her artwork, and the Henry County Courthouse readily agreed to accept her gift.

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

RAISE AS MUCH AS $6000 FOR HENRY COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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.

HCHS Basketball Video
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.

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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.

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
SafeSchools

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.

IMPACT Impact

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.

Early Childhood Screenings

Schedule your child for an Early Childhood Screening. Screenings will be conducted at the Henry County Early Childhood Center on Wednesday, May 23, 2018.

K Class Recycles CES Recycles

You’re never too little to make a big difference.

Kindergarten students at Campbellsburg Elementary School have been learning about recycling and how trash can be reused to create new items. It’s part of a problem-based learning unit using science and math.

Bus Route Info Bus Image

Many of you are aware of the national, state and now, local shortage of school bus drivers.  Unfortunately due to this shortage, we are not always able to find enough drivers to fulfill every route, especially when drivers are unexpectedly and unavoidable unable to work. There have been, and will continue to be, times that we must utilize double routes; asking a driver to complete one full route, followed by a second full route.

BrightBytes Survey

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.