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Cobb's Essay Wins Marley

Marley Cobb, a fifth-grader in Mrs. Marshall’s class at Eastern Elementary School, was selected as the county winner in the 2019-2020 Grandparent of the Year essay contest sponsored by AARP Kentucky and the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA). Marley wrote about her grandmother, Marjorie Wainscott.

Students from across the state submitted essays answering why “My Grandparent Should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year” to their fifth grade teachers, who then selected a school winner. As a county winner, Marley received a framed certificate and her essay will be entered into district competition against other surrounding county winners. District winners will then go on to compete in the state finals. In a recognition ceremony the “Grandparent of the Year” and student are honored at the annual KRTA Convention in Louisville in April. The state winner also received a cash award of $100.

Employees receive free health screenings Biometric

In addition to student health, Henry County Public Schools also takes the wellness of our staff very seriously.

In conjunction with our new wellness program, the Health Services Department recently invited the Henry County Health Department into the district to perform biometric screenings for all HCPS employees. Staff members had important health screenings that included their blood pressure, height/weight, blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels.

The service was completely free, and staff members received immediate results and confidential counseling regarding their results. Nearly 180 employees district-wide took advantage of this program and can use this valuable information to help manage their overall health and well-being.

A huge thank you to the North Central District Health Department for coming in and providing these valuable screenings.

An Inspirational Loss Kommer

Jacob Kommer had just turned 40 and he was miserable. He weighed 360 pounds, took nine different medications, and he was a spectator watching his own life pass him by.

But in January of 2019, Kommer, a teacher in the Henry County Public Schools’ Center for Educational Options (CEO), decided once and for all to lose the weight and change his life. In the past year, Kommer lost 125 pounds, cut his prescriptions in half and gained a completely new outlook on life.

“There were a lot of things that went into motivating me to get me started,” Kommer said. “There was an alumni football game at my high school. I was in such bad shape, there was no way I could have even attempted to practice with them. That was one of the first reasons.”

Counselors Recognized SchoolCounselorWeek

National School Counseling Week 2020 is Feb. 3-7. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career.

Every day this week, Henry County Public Schools will recognize each of its school counselors on our social media pages. Join us in thanking these invaluable assets to our schools for the incredible work they do with our students.

Dent Appointed to Board Dent

Since he retired from teaching in 2010, Steve Dent has been busy spending time with his family and friends, enjoying his grandchildren, attending sports events, and working in his shop. But when a position on the Henry County Board of Education became available, Dent viewed it as an opportunity to be of further service to the school district and his community.

“I still have a desire to work with the students, faculty, and staff to continue improving our school system,” Dent said. “In this new role I hope to become a school board member who promotes student learning and achievement, helps all faculty and staff, and supports positive policy for the advancement of our district.”

Tipton Honored TiptonHonored

At Thursday night's Henry County Board of Education meeting, the Board honored the family of the late Donnie Tipton, who had served on the Board for over 26 years, with a wall plaque, and announced that a tree with a memorial plaque would be planted near the entrance of the football field in honor of Donnie's love of HCPS' football programs. Superintendent Terry Price presented the plaque to Jenni Tipton Noel, Donnie's daughter. Tipton was also given her father's name plates from his time with the Board.

Story of Survival Aleigha2

Most high school students change quite a bit from their freshman to senior year. For one Henry County High School senior, her personal transformation has been dramatic, although it wasn’t of her choosing.

Aleigha Hancock was a typical high school freshman with typical concerns: wearing the right clothes, doing her hair and makeup just right, finding out who was talking to who at school and studying for that pesky math test. But all that changed in April of her freshman year when Aleigha was diagnosed with cancer.

Aleigha shared the story of her journey through diagnosis and treatment in an essay contest sponsored by Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana. For her efforts, Aleigha earned a second place win in the category of students who have had cancer themselves in the “Write Stuff” essay contest with her entry titled, ‘There is Life After Cancer.’

HCHS Livestreaming Sports WSENLogo

Henry County High School is excited to announce the recent launch of the Wildcat Sports and Entertainment Network (WSEN). The media department, in conjunction with the Business and English departments, is now delivering a student-led streaming experience for all to enjoy.

To showcase our students' many talents, WSEN will feature sporting events, band and theatre performances, and additional activities to be determined in the near future. Please periodically visit district social media outlets for an up-to-date live-stream calendar of events. Please subscribe to our youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCvOKCsIPKJttr1OgF8P3DQ where all WSEN content will be housed.

Notification of Board Vacancy

The Henry County Board of Education is seeking applications for appointment to fill a vacancy on the Board representing District 4. This appointment will be effective until January 1, 2021.

Responsibilities include: setting policy to govern the District; hiring/evaluating the Superintendent; and levying taxes and adopting the District budget. Board members must:

  • Be at least 24 years old and a Kentucky citizen for the last three years;
  • Be a registered voter in the particular District of the vacancy;
  • Have completed the 12th grade or have a GED certificate;
  • Meet all other legal qualifications (KRS 160.180); and
  • Complete required annual in-service training.

Applications are available at the Henry County Board of Education, 326 S. Main Street, New Castle, KY  40050 or online at https://www.henry.kyschools.us/docs/district/bdvacancyapplication.pdf?id=31117 .  

Mail applications to Terry L. Price, Superintendent, ATTN:  BOARD VACANCY, 326 S. Main Street, New Castle, KY  40050.  The deadline for applications is January 17, 2020.   For questions, please call  (502) 845-8612.

Penning a lesson PenPals

The art of letter writing will not be lost on Clay Williams’ fourth grade students at Campbellsburg Elementary School. Although it may look a little different now – switch out pen and paper for a keyboard and screen - students are learning how to converse with others through civilized correspondence.

Every Wednesday morning, Williams’ students are excited to read the latest letter from their pen pals. They started with students in an urban New Jersey elementary school, and have since added a California classroom. Having pen pals in geographical areas so different from Campbellsburg has provided opportunities to talk about cultural differences in both classrooms.

“We received letters from New Jersey first and we talked about what we like to do. Some of the boys said we like to go hunting,” Williams explained. “Shortly thereafter I received an email from the teacher in Jersey who said his class had quite a bit of discussion about that. One New Jersey student asked, ‘Do you hunt for food, or is there another town you can go to for a grocery store?’”

Psychologist wins award ReederAward

Sean Reeder, Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) psychologist, said he knew he didn’t want to be a teacher, but that he wanted to find a way to invest in future generations as many had invested in him during his education.

“At any point in my educational career from elementary school through college, I can name specific teachers, counselors, principals, etc. that invested, encouraged, and pushed me to make it to the next level. Without those individuals, I do not believe I would be the person I am today,” Reeder said. “I had an interest in psychology from a high school class so when I took psychology courses in college and as I learned more about the field of school psychology, it seemed like an appropriate fit.”

Six years after taking on the role of school psychologist for HCPS, Reeder’s choice was validated when he earned the 2019 Regional Best Practice Award for the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative (OVEC) through the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools. OVEC is comprised of 15 districts, and Reeder recently represented the organization as its regional winner and as one of the eight regional candidates for the state award. Reeder said that he was both humbled and surprised to learn of his award.

Arrangements Announced DonnieTipton

It is with great sadness that we share the arrangements for long-time Henry County Public Schools Board of Education member Donnie Tipton. His dedication to our schools and his staunch advocacy for our students will be greatly missed. Tipton served on the Board of Education from January 1993 to November 2019, nearly 27 years. We are so very grateful for his service to our district. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.


Ending on a High Note Band

The Henry County High School Marching Band recently wrapped up one of its most successful competition seasons in recent history. At the final competition, the Mid-States Band Association Championships, the Wildcats earned a spot in the finals by placing tenth in a group of 27 bands after preliminaries, then moved up into eighth place after finals. The band also placed fifth in the category of music performance, fourth in percussion and third in color guard – all to the absolute delight of the members and staff.

“It was a huge deal for the kids to end our season on such a high note,” said Color Guard Director Johnathan Rogers. “To compete in Mid-States for the first time and be a finalist group and then improve on the performance that night? We were on cloud nine.”

“The kids really stepped up and had their best performance of the year despite the weather,” added Assistant Director Andy Edelen, making note of the cold and rainy conditions on the day of competition. “I've been impressed by their hunger and drive to get better throughout the season.”

Director Chip Anderson points to the band’s dedication and hours of hard work as primary factors to the successful season.

Calendar in Development

Each year in December, the district calendar committee comes together to approve a calendar for the next school year (2020-21). Legislation mandates the following committee composition [with this year’s member(s) in parenthesis]:

  1. One (1) District Principal; (Shannon Sageser)
  2. One (1) District office administrator other than the Superintendent; (Zach Woods)
  3. One (1) local Board member; (Lori Abney)
  4. Two (2) parents of students attending a school in the District; (Georgia Harrod and Laura Adams)
  5. One (1) District elementary teacher; (Susan Kurtz)
  6. One (1) District middle or high teacher; (Lesley Doane)
  7. Two (2) District classified employees; and (Kevin Whitt and Sidney Rothenburger)
  8. Two (2) community members from the local chamber of commerce, business community, or tourism commission. (Steve Woods and Paula Clubb)

The 20-21 calendar will feature 173 student attendance days. School will also be out for a Presidential election in 2020 on Nov. 3, 2020.

Several other notes the district must consider:

First Scholars FirstScholars

From left to right, Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Terry Price congratulated HCHS seniors Chantel Ramsey and Tyler Dees, this year’s applicants for the Kentucky School Board Association’s (KSBA) First Degree Scholarship, at the November Henry County Board of Education meeting. One female and one male senior are chosen each year to receive the local scholarship in the amount of $500, and become eligible for a $2,500 scholarship from KSBA.  Eligible students are those who would be the first members of their immediate families to receive a degree from any two- or four-year accredited college or university.

Safe School District KEMIAward

Each year Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI) recognizes a select few of its policy holders for their commitment to workplace safety by presenting each of them with a KEMI Destiny Award. Of the 23,000 policy holders, 39 qualified for the award and 24 were chosen to receive a Destiny Award this year. Henry County Public Schools was one of only four school districts in the state to be announced among the recipients.

Sharing their Knowledge BurginCaballeroPresent

Henry County High School Media Specialist Rachel Burgin and English teacher Jerilyn Caballero recently presented at the Association of School Librarian's Conference to over 50 librarians from across the country at the Louisville Convention Center on how to make reading, writing, speaking and listening fun for teens.

"As a high school librarian and English teacher we shared our literacy lessons involving the school's technology, Makerspace, and BreakoutEDU tools during school, as well as ideas for hosting school-wide murder mystery parties, book and writing club activities, and field trips after school," Burgin said. "The other librarians loved being provided resources and ideas to engage teens in literacy so they could implement those same ideas in their own schools."

The conference also provided Burgin and Caballero with tools and resources to bring back to our students at Henry County High School.

First Performancce BandConcert

You are all invited to attend a very special musical performance. Henry County Middle School will participate in a national event celebrating young students’ very first performance and transformational power of music making by hosting the Annual First Performance National Day of Celebration concert event with a beginning band concert.

 The Music Achievement Council created the First Performance National Day of Celebration to celebrate, honor and encourage the early achievements of music students across the United States, providing a platform for budding musicians to showcase their newly acquired musical skills in a public setting.

Henry County Middle School invites parents and community members to attend the Annual First Performance National Day of Celebration concert on Nov. 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the John Smith Auditorium at Henry County High School where you will hear first year musicians present a program of what they’ve learned in their first weeks of being band students.

Vaping and Teens vaping

Many thanks to the North Central District Health Department (NCDHD) and Henry County KY-ASAP for providing a free informational session on e-cigarettes, vaping and teens Monday night. Sara Badham and Miranda Burgin, both registered nurses in community education and outreach with NCDHD, supplied adults in the community with invaluable data regarding the alarmingly escalating trend among middle and high school students.

The workshop for adults was held in conjunction with informational sessions among all Henry County Middle School students being offered this week at school.

Let it Rain! RainBarrel

One of the few rainy days of the season couldn’t wash-out or dampen the spirits at Henry County Middle School Traditional Academy’s family workshop on Saturday, Oct. 26. Participants totaled up their water usage footprints, learned about water conservation practices and constructed a rain barrel to take home!

The workshops are free thanks to a grant from the Kentucky River Water Authority. If you missed this one, contact Mrs. Elliott at HCMS about the Nov. 6 workshop. (jessica.elliott@henry.kyschools.us)

The Outsiders on Trial OutsidersTrial

After reading “The Outsiders,” Henry County Middle School Summit seventh-graders culminated the unit by enacting mock trials against characters in the novel.

Students accepted roles of either accused characters, witnesses, prosecution or defense attorneys and jury members as they decided the fate of Ponyboy Curtis, Dallas Winston and Johnny Cade in relation to a murder.

Through the process, students demonstrated their knowledge of the book and then applied that knowledge to the following learning objectives:

Volunteering at the HOPE Center HOPECenterVol

Five Henry County High School students represented our district well today as they volunteered at a Re-entry Simulation at the HOPE Center. We applaud Kimberly Hayes, Morgan Montgomery, Maggie Whaley, Annie Kent and Autumn Pyles for their service to the community today.

This eye-opening activity, a collaborative effort between Tri-County Community Action Agency and the Department of Corrections Division of Re-entry Services, is meant to illustrate the challenges incarcerated individuals may experience when they are released from custody.

BrightBytes Survey technology

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!

The survey window opens on Monday, October 21, 2109.

BrightBytes Survey

Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos

Test Scores Released KDE

Today, the Kentucky Department of Education released the results of last year's statewide accountability assessments.

The website, kyschoolreportcard.com, contains a great deal of information about our district as a whole, and on each of our five schools. It also provides a new 5-star rating system, for an "at-a-glance" snapshot of each school's performance.

In summary, here's how our schools were rated using the new system:
Henry County High School - 3 stars
Henry County Middle School - 3 stars
New Castle Elementary School - 2 stars
Eastern Elementary School - 3 stars
Campbellsburg Elementary School - 3 stars

In addition, all of our schools have been classified as "Other," meaning none require intervention or assistance by the state in regards to academic performance.

Take the Pledge SafeSchools

The Kentucky Center for School Safety announces Kentucky Safe Schools Week for October 20–26, 2019. This year's theme is “Our Safety Story!”

Every school has its own cast of characters weaving the fabric of its own Safety Story. Our schools are composed of students/staff who are a host of likely characters with a variety of interests and talents.

We ask that you join us across Kentucky, each and every school, as we embrace unity, kindness and empathy to enhance "Our Safety Story." Take the pledge to be Strong, Awesome, Friendly and Encouraging to be SAFE. http://www.kycss.org/sswpledge/

Immunization Clinic immunizations

A vaccine clinic will be offered for HCHS and HCMS students on Sept. 26 during school hours. Any student that is missing a required vaccine was contacted today (Sept. 16) and will be bringing a packet home today for parents to review.

If interested, please complete and return the form to school no later than Thursday, Sept. 19. If your child has already received the missing vaccines, please submit an updated immunization certificate as soon as possible. If you choose not to participate in this clinic, please submit a valid appointment card for missing vaccines.

If any further assistance is needed, please contact HCPS Health Services at (502) 845-8600.

Safety Measures in Place Visitor

After two students were killed and 14 others shot by a classmate at Marshall County High School in January of 2018, Kentucky’s legislators passed laws aimed at curtailing the possibility of it ever happening again in the Commonwealth.

Senate Bill 1, passed in March of 2019, requires schools to make several changes in regards to safety, all of which should minimize the opportunity for a large-scale incident of that nature to be repeated in a Kentucky school. Those measures reduce the risk of an external or internal threat. Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) has committed additional resources and instituted policies that align with the requirements of the legislation.

See Something, Say Something STOP

Henry County Public Schools are at our most successful when the school, its students, our parents and the community work together in all aspects of education. This, of course, includes academics, but also safety.

Our school system in cooperation with the Kentucky Center for School Safety (KCSS) and Kentucky Homeland Security encourage you that when you “See Something” that concerns you about a school safety issue or student, that you “Say Something” so that the school system can intervene on behalf of our students.

Homecoming Week! Homecoming2019

Students at Henry County High School will celebrate football homecoming the week of Sept. 9. Throughout the week, students will have opportunities to earn points for their class by participating in a variety of homecoming activities like dress up days, float decoration, pep rally activities, and attendance at home athletic events. 

This year’s overall theme for the week is “Rock the Rebels,” as we prepare for Friday night’s football game against the Owen County Rebels. Each day carries its own theme, as well.

Paper Tower Builds Paper Towers

Unseen forces have impacts on structures of all types. The paper tower unit in Andrew Shearer's engineering class at Henry County High School is designed to allow students to explore how torque (twisting force) and compression can impact a structure (racking). 

Important Changes to School Safety

The safety of our students is always a top priority, and provisions for new safety policies that will be implemented in our district in response to Senate Bill 1 will increase our already stringent practices that provide for the safest learning environment possible for all our students and staff. While the new legislation enacts a number of changes to increase security in our schools, the bill specifically addresses entry into school buildings and a district’s response to threats made against a school, among other issues.

Marsh wins essay contest Marsh Essay Pic

William Logan Marsh, fifth grade student at Campbellsburg Elementary last school year, was a national runner-up in the 2019 National Rural Education Association (NREA) Foundation Essay Contest in the Grades 3-5 Division.  Marsh wrote an essay about this school as a project for his then fifth grade teacher Jessica Bizianes, winning a $100 prize.

The NREA was originally founded as the Department of Rural Education in 1907. Through the years it has evolved as a strong and respected organization of rural school administrators, teachers, board members, regional service agency personnel, researchers, business and industry representatives and others interested in maintaining the vitality of rural school systems across the country.

OVEC Headstart Openings

OVEC Head Start in Henry County still has slots available for 3 YEAR OLDS for the 2019-20 school year. Apply ONLINE today or call (502) 845-0990 to schedule an appointment!

For more information, visit OVEC Headstart on Facebook.

Important Back To School Dates BackToSchool

Please mark your calendars with these important back to school dates. The first day of school will be August 14, while the first day of preschool at the Henry County Early Childhood Center will be August 21.

  • Henry County Early Childhood Center Open House – August 19 from 4-6pm
  • Campbellsburg Elementary School - Open House August 8
    • Kindergarten 5:30 – 6pm, 1st – 5th grade 6 – 7pm
Middle school teachers slated to present KyGoDigital

Because technology is now such an integral resource used in every classroom, Henry County Public Schools teachers embrace the opportunity to learn all they can about technology tools that can enhance the learning experience for their students. But some teachers take it a step further and choose to share their knowledge of proven resources with other educators.

Henry County Middle School will be represented well at the upcoming KyGoDigital conference by language arts teacher Courtney Guthrie and math teacher Johnathan Rogers, who will both be presenting at Bellarmine University on July 30.

Snyder Employee of Year Snyder

She’s knows most of the children’s names. She greets the kids each day with a smile and a word of encouragement, and makes sure they all get a nutritious breakfast and lunch.

These are just a few of the reasons why Hillary Snyder, a cashier and cook at Campbellsburg Elementary School, was named the School Nutrition Association (SNA) 2019 Employee of the Year for the state of Kentucky. The Employee of the Year award recognizes non-managerial school nutrition employees for the contributions they have made throughout their school nutrition career.

Having been notified just days ago that she won, Snyder is still coming to terms with the magnitude of the recognition.

Powell to Present Powell

When Dwayne Powell returned to the classroom after a short break from teaching, things had changed.

“Everything was on Google,” Powell, a teacher at Henry County High School, said. “Everything I did had to be submitted on Google. So I was kind of forced to learn it.”

But Powell chose to embrace the new technology, has transitioned to a near paperless classroom, is pursuing Google certification and has been chosen to provide a presentation on Google Sites at two different conferences over the summer.

Leaders Recognized Leaders

From left to right, Henry County High School students Gracie Brent, Maggie Whaley, Kimmie Hayes and Chaney New recently became ambassadors for the Central Kentucky Council on Youth Leadership during the 2019 Youth Salute.

The Council helps young people grow into responsible adults by encouraging, recognizing and developing leadership. Youth Salute recognizes outstanding high school juniors who maintain a high scholastic average and demonstrate leadership abilities. The program involves them in seminars and workshops specifically designed to further develop their exemplary leadership skills.

Chromebook Collection


Middle and high school students will be turning in their Chromebooks and chargers for summer storage on the following schedule.  Please make sure Chromebooks are fully charged.

Day / Time Grade
Wednesday May 8, 4th & 5th periods 9th
Thursday May 9, 4th & 5th periods 12th **
Friday May 10, 4th & 5th periods 10th
Monday May 13, 1st & 2nd periods 11th *
Tuesday May 14 7th
Wednesday May 15 8th
Thursday May 16 6th

* Juniors who attend the ATC or JCTC during the morning will turn in theirs on the afternoon instead.

** Seniors who either Co-Op or attend ATC or JCTC in the afternoon will turn in theirs with the Juniors on Monday morning.

Technologically Advanced TSA Results

A large team of participants from Henry County High School (HCHS) recently competed in the state Technology Student Association events held in Louisville. Several of the teams and individuals performed well, but two teams won first place awards for their entries.

The Animatronics team, consisting of Dawson Allen, Jacob Behmke and Will Potts, were tasked with creating a display for a museum of natural history.  The display required the use of lights, sound, gears, sensors and hydraulics. The team created a jungle scene complete with a running stream that represented the habitat of the Eastern Green mamba.

Pennies from HCMS RevPennyWar

When students in Tara McMahan’s community service class were approached with an idea to raise money to benefit two Henry County Public Schools families in need, they were immediately on board.

“We collected money for the people who wrecked on 146 because we knew that they needed money to pay for their medical bills,” said student Morgan Wilson.

Students sponsored a Penny War between the classes at Henry County Middle School, raising about $850, which will be split equally between the two families involved in a tragic accident in Highway 146 in March that resulted in the death of a Henry County High School student. Other children involved in the accident attend New Castle Elementary School and Henry County Middle School.

Painting their Community CEO Paints

Students in CEO (Center for Educational Options) were recently challenged to reflect on their sense of place and community with a painting project brought to them by Suzanne Banta, the youth services librarian with Henry County Public Library.

Banta first showed students a TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story,” in which African novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

“We then discussed the single story of Henry County and how that affects our lives,” Banta said. “For the painting project, I gave students an outline of the county to transfer to canvas and then asked them to paint something inside the county that depicts community for them and represents why they can be proud of where they’re from.”

Fairytale Production IntoTheWoods

The Henry County Public Schools Fine Arts Program invites you on an adventure “Into the Woods.”

The musical, a mish-mash of fairytale stories and characters from Cinderella to Jack and the Beanstalk to Rapunzel, provide a glimpse into the daily lives of the fairytale characters.

“Audience members will experience all the emotions that each character feels right along with them, from anger to sadness, betrayal to heart break, joy to excitement, and many more,” said co-director Ashley Sweeney. “Each audience member will leave with a deeper love for their favorite childhood fairytale character as they see them brought to life right before their eyes.”

Governor's Scholars Announced GSPGroup

Henry County Public Schools is pleased to announce its 2019 Governor’s Scholars participants. Congratulations to Maggie Whaley, Sydney Bastin and Jada Medina (alternate).

The Governor’s Scholars Program is a summer residential program for outstanding high school students in Kentucky who are rising seniors. The program originated in 1983 as a result of Kentucky leaders’ concern that the state’s “best and brightest” were leaving the Commonwealth to pursue educational and career opportunities elsewhere without fully understanding the potential of their talents at home. Students who are selected attend the program without charge.

Program Supports Mental Wellness SourcesStrength

Research shows that approximately 60 percent of youth in the United States have exposure to some type of trauma and could experience mental health issues as a result. A new program at Henry County High School aims to provide opportunities for students in need to reach out to an unlikely, but very natural resource – other students.

The mission of Sources of Strength, a heavily researched intervention program, is to “provide the highest quality evidence-based prevention for suicide, violence, bullying and substance abuse by training, supporting and empowering both peer leaders and caring adults to impact their world through the power of connection, hope, help and strength.”

Don't miss the Harlem Wizards! Harlem Wizards

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 24, from 7 to 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Proceeds will benefit the Henry County High School senior class for Project Graduation.

Here’s all the ticket information:

Students Get Teacher to Boston Klempner class

When Campbellsburg and Eastern Elementary Schools PE teacher Leah Klempner runs the Boston Marathon next week, she will have hundreds of her students cheering her on!

An avid runner, Klempner wanted to create a lesson that would not only engage her students, but get them excited about building physical activity into their daily lives. So she challenged them to help her get to the start line of the marathon by running the number of miles from each school to Boston. She named the assignment, “Run to Boston.”

BrightBytes Survey BrightBytes Survey

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

Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos

'Arming' our Future ShearerArm

Andrew Shearer’s advanced engineering students at Henry County High School were tasked with designing a rotating and oscillating arm that needed to be able to pick up blocks and move them to a specific location.

They needed to incorporate previous learning, especially the simple machines units, to create their machines that worked with hydraulic controls. They worked in teams of three to complete the design process, from sketching through testing. Problem solving, group communication, time management and creativity are all pieces of this complex assignment.

The final task was a head-to-head competition of time and control that tested all the work they have accomplished. The overall big idea is for them to be able to recognize the influx of automation in the manufacturing sector in which several of them may eventually be employed.

'Making' it Work MakerSpace

It’s that time during the school year when high school seniors are faced with the daunting inevitability of “adulting.”

Henry County High School English and Life 101 teacher Jerilyn Vaught worked with Media Specialist Librarian Rachel Burgin to create a project-based learning unit that would help students recognize and develop some of the skills they’ll need in the next phase of their lives.

“The whole process allowed students to practice not only technology and literacy skills through research and reflection, but also real-world skills of breaking down complicated tasks into simple steps, setting deadlines, and figuring out how to prioritize,” Burgin said.

West Point visits HCHS WestPoint

Cadets and professors from the United States Military Academy arranged a visit to Henry County High School today to share their love of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with our students. Major David Harness, a former teacher at HCHS and current assistant professor in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at West Point, made the visit possible.

Harness spent his day in Adam Knust's classroom teaching a math lesson, West Point style.

Other instructors and cadets worked with a group of students in the library on a series of hands-on projects focused on electricity, coding and building various types of circuits.

The group spent their lunch with our Junior Air Force ROTC cadets, sharing their experiences of West Point with them.

We appreciate their time and efforts to provide an enriched learning experience for our students! For more photos, please visit the district's Facebook page or click the Facebook link below.

Sharing their Expertise Nearpod

As students and learning styles change, teachers must adapt to fit the needs of their classroom, even though the foundational content remains the same. Fortunately, modern technology provides new tools and resources to help teachers continuous modernize their methods.

Henry County High School (HCHS) Librarian Rachel Burgin and Senior English Teacher Jerilyn Vaught will be presenting at this year’s Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) Conference on Nearpod tools.

This year their presentation is titled “Nifty Nearpod!” to match the conference’s “Vintage to Virtual” theme. Nearpod, a website for K-12 teachers, engages students in interactive lessons across all content areas that include virtual reality tours and videos, along with various tools and online activities such as quizzes, drawing boards, collaboration boards and polls.

Number Talks boost Performance RogersMacPresent

For the second year in a row, teachers from Henry County Middle School were chosen to present a session at the Kentucky Center for Mathematics Conference next week.

Sixth grade teachers Tara McMahan and Johnathan Rogers will present “Let’s Give Students Numbers to Talk About,” which fits perfectly with the conference’s theme this year of “Connect: Fostering Mathematical Minds and Communities!” The presentation idea resulted from a less than stellar performance by their students earlier this school year during a practice extended response question.

FREE Screening BackpackFullofCashLogo

Henry County Public Schools (HCPS) will host a FREE screening of “Backpack Full of Cash” on March 26 at 6 p.m. in the Henry County High School auditorium.

This feature-length documentary, narrated by Matt Damon, explores the growing privatization of public schools and the resulting impact on America’s most vulnerable children. Filmed in Philadelphia, New Orleans, Nashville and other cities, “Backpack Full of Cash” takes viewers through the tumultuous 2013-14 school year, exposing the world of corporate-driven education “reform” where public education – starved of resources – hangs in the balance.

“This is a very timely film due to the current reading of House Bill 205 regarding school scholarships and tax credits,” said HCPS Superintendent Terry Price. “This film truly brings to light what this can do to public education.  I urge you – educators, parents, students and community members – to make time to view this film.”

For more information, visit www.backpackfullofcash.com.

Kitchens that Care NutritionCoatDrive

Staffers of the Henry County Public Schools Nutrition Department feed over 2,000 children five days a week, twice a day. But they still want to do more.

The Henry County School Nutrition Association Chapter is a charitable endeavor made up of employees of the nutrition department that seeks to serve its students and families outside of the cafeteria. Active until a few years ago, the organization is experiencing a revitalization this school year.

Recognizing our School Social Worker Shelby Johnson

The week of March 4 is School Social Work Week. This week we recognize Shelby Johnson, our district school social worker. Thank you for all you do for our students, Ms Johnson!

School Social Workers enhance the learning and success of students in Kentucky by:

Focusing on the whole child

  • School social workers promote the social and emotional development of students;
  • Consider barriers to learning and value relationship building;
  • Empower students and offer a voice for marginalized youth; and
  • Implement multi-tiered system of supports programs and practices.
Students Become Teachers ModernHistoryMuseum

For the past couple of weeks eighth grade students at Henry County Middle School discussed modern history through a blend of informational reading and personal accounts, using a text set based around the events that happened on September 11, 2001.   Discussions were held based around central ideas, summarizing key details, the root and origination of ideas and their importance, as well as the lasting impact of the event and the impact it has yet to come.  

FFA Week TractorDay

The week of Feb. 18 is national Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week. All week long, FFA students at Henry County High School will participate in a number of activities, including fun games in the cafeteria during lunch, a special event at the county clerk’s office, an invitational competition and a parliamentary demonstration for the Board of Education. The FFA students’ week will culminate with the Farm Machinery Show, followed by the annual Greenhand ceremony where FFA members gain initial entry into the organization.

Throughout the week, all students at HCHS can participate in dress up days to mark FFA Week. Tuesday’s theme asks students to dress patriotically in honor of “’merica.” Wednesday is “Going Hunting for an Ag Job” day, so students are asked to wear camo or bright orange. On Thursday, students can don green or red to show their respective support for “John Deere vs. International Day.”

Leadership Initiative JohnMaxwell

Henry County Public School administrators are studying John Maxwell’s 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership led by Superintendent Terry Price. Mentorship is one of the most powerful tools for developing strong leaders. Maxwell has taken his expertise and life-time of experience in the field of leadership and created a list of the essentials to developing great leadership.

Give it a Whirl! ColorGuard

Whether they chose sessions in dance, flag or rifle, participants in the first annual Henry County Color Guard Clinic all came away with new skills, and maybe a few new friends.

That was the aim of the clinic, according to Johnathan Rogers, the Henry County Marching Band Color Guard Director.

“There aren’t many opportunities for students in our area to learn from experts in the field to refine existing skills or develop new skills,” Rogers said. “It also gave them a chance to get to know other color guard members near them and to maybe develop relationships with them to build a supportive community.”

Homecoming 2019: Road Trip! Road Trip

Get ready to pack your bags! The Henry County High School Wildcats are going on a road trip for basketball homecoming.

This year’s homecoming season, themed “Send the Rockets Packing – Road Trip 2019,” will consist of dress up days, hallway decorating, a boys’ volleyball tournament and many pep rally activities.  Each event leading up to the pep rally offers participation points for students who get involved. The class with the most points at the end will win the coveted spirit stick.   

Wind Chill and School Closings

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:

  • Wind Chill Advisory:  Wind Chills between -10 and -24 degrees and at least a wind of 10MPH or higher.
  • Wind Chill Warning:  Wind Chills -25 degrees and below with at least a wind of 10 MPH or higher.
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Media Specialist Rachel Burgin’s senior library aides at Henry County High School recently spent time with students in Katie Johnson’s classes at New Castle Elementary School. Each aide worked in small groups at individual learning centers.

Each learning center had a book for the seniors to read aloud and an activity for the kids to do utilizing Makerspace tools. Students made art, stories and animals out of play-dough, programmed ozobots, and used snap circuits. Students left with a keepsake bookmark made by the HCHS seniors using a wood burning kit.

Class strings students along GuitarClass

Although he admits to a little white lie 15 years ago, Henry County Middle and High School band director and music teacher Chip Anderson doesn’t regret telling it.

“A former principal, Mr. Weid, met with me and said he’d like me to teach more classes at the high school because at the time I only taught one class,” Anderson said. “I suggested guitar class. Mr. Weid asked me if I played guitar, and I lied through my teeth and said, ‘Yeah, sure I play guitar…kind of.’”

The next fall Anderson offered guitar class at HCHS and welcomed about 12 students into the band room. An accomplished musician who plays several instruments with varying degrees of proficiency, Anderson chose to teach guitar because he thought the instrument would have a wider appeal and would be more accessible for HCHS students.

Classic inspires HOPE HCMSHOPEArt

After reading “A Christmas Carol,” teachers at Henry County Middle School wanted their seventh grade students to be inspired and reminded of the themes that run throughout the play; hope, forgiveness, second chances and charity.

The theme project assigned to correlate with this unit allowed students to create artistic representations of those themes to express them in ways that words simply can't. In turn, students hope their art will inspire members of the community to be philanthropic.

Students Create Banner

For several years, school districts have been invited to participate in student banner displays at the Kentucky School Boards Association Conference in February.

Kim Ross’ art students at Henry County High School took on the challenge of creating a banner depicting this year’s conference theme of “Kentucky School Boards: Educate. Equip. Empower.”

This year’s banner, created by Sara Yount, Olivia Croucher and Anna Frazier, will be displayed at the conference as an  important reminder to attendees of the primary focus of this state’s schools – learning and learners.

Click through to see the banner or visit our Facebook page.

Cast Announced Intothewoods

The Henry County High School Fine Arts Department is excited to announce the cast list for the 2019 spring musical INTO THE WOODS.  The directors were impressed with the more than 40 students who auditioned, many for the first time. 

Please join Director Ashley Sweeney and Assistant Director Sharla Whitt in congratulating the cast listed below.  Mark your calendars now to join them for performances April 26-28, 2019.  Tickets will go on sale in March. (Click through for cast list…)

2019-2020 Calendar

The 2019-20 school calendar received preliminary Board approval at the December 17th monthly meeting. Final approval will be in January but we wanted to post this calendar as anticipated for our families that have to submit their 2019 vacation days before the end of the 2018 calendar year.

"Live" from HCHS OnDemandWriting

On-demand writing, a section of the state assessment that provides students with a prompt and asks them to write an appropriate response, is often practiced by our students, then graded by their teachers. Recently, several schools, including HCHS, have recruited volunteers - teachers, administrators and students who have demonstrated mastery in on-demand writing - to "live score" student work.

Volunteers sit one-on-one with students, reading their work and providing real-time feedback on how well they responded to the prompt, demonstrated organization and idea development, practiced sound grammar, and if they remained focused on their audience and purpose throughout the writing piece.

Having a focused conversation on their writing with someone other than the teacher helps students develop a better understanding of how their writing might be scored during the state tests and by implementing on a growth mindset - how to improve their writing skills with every prompt.

Giving Back

Want a photo with Santa? It’s not too late.

Henry County High School teacher Phil Allen, a photographer for ten years, wanted to do something for local kids during the holiday season.

A friend suggested using his skills for charity. On Dec. 15, Allen will be taking photos of local children with St. Nick in exchange for new toys for less fortunate kids.

Offering Opportunities UPSVisit

Several Henry County High School seniors learned of an opportunity to graduate from college with work experience, completely debt free. Shelly Martin, a human resources recruiter with UPS Airlines' Center for Employment Opportunities, spoke to the group Friday about UPS' Metropolitan College and Earn and Learn programs.

The Earn and Learn program provides up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement at approved post-secondary institutions for UPS employees. The Metropolitan College partners with JCTC and UofL to provide full college tuition at those institutions to part-time UPS night shift employees, plus up to $65 per class for books or software. All while being paid anywhere from $10 to $13 per hour for three to five hours per night, three to five nights per week.

Students who choose to enroll through these programs can pursue any major, are not required to work at UPS past graduation and open themselves up to opportunities to advance with UPS if they decide to continue working there.

For more information, visit jobs-ups.com/earn-and-learn or metro-college.com.

A GEM of a program GEMS Pic

Making the transition from elementary to middle school can be daunting and riddled with self-doubt. That’s exactly why Renata Ingram, director of the Henry County Public Schools Family Resource Center, began offering a support and development group about seven years ago.

Girls Empowered and Motivated to Succeed (GEMS) is offered to all fifth grade girls at each elementary school in the district over the course of the school year. The group meets after school one day each week for five to six weeks, enjoying guest speakers, crafts, physical activity and lots of affirmation.

2019-2020 Calendar

Please take a moment to provide feedback on the 2019-2020 school calendar! The calendar committee will be meeting Nov. 29, 2018 to make a final decision. CLICK HERE to take the survey.

Hamming It Up at HCMS HamRadioClass

As a child, Steve Martell enjoyed visits from his grandfather, who happened to be one of the leading ham radio operators in Kansas.

“When my grandfather would come out to visit, he would have his big camper and have the antenna he’d set up in the backyard and he got me interested in ham radio,” Martell, an eighth grade science teacher at Henry County Middle School, said. “Fast forward to college, some of the guys who were in the meteorology department that I was roommates with were required to have their ham radio license when they were out storm chasing, so that increased my interest. Then in 2002, I got my license. In 2016 I finally got around to upgrading my license to the middle level, the general class, which gives me more privileges. I’m getting back into it and I enjoy it, chasing DX – trying to make contacts with operators from all over the world – those long-distance communications.”

Jazz It Up

The Henry County High School Marching Wildcats are in the middle of a busy and exciting competition season. Band members were excited to win their class and all caption awards at the U.S. Bands Southern State Regional Championships and earn 12th place in the finals in Chattanooga recently, but our musicians branch out into other genres of music as well. The jazz combo is pleased to announce an upcoming performance at the University of Louisville School of Music. 

The ensemble will play two tunes, “Watermelon Man” and “Blue Boss,” as the opening act for the UofL Student and Faculty Jazz Combo Concert on Monday Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Byrd Recital Hall at the School of Music. The event is free and open to the public. Our students would love to have some of you in the audience. 

Meet Mr. Wildcat! Stein

If you have been to a Henry County High School athletic event over the last three years, you may have noticed him on the sideline with his loud, booming voice and his Henry County Wildcat scarf held high above his head. He is the man who leads the C-A-T-S cheers and generally gets the crowd fired up at HCHS sporting events.

He is also the man who goes to events that are not usually on people’s radar such as cross country races, golf matches and marching band competitions.

When he is not on the sideline being the loudest person on the premises, he is coaching the HCHS chess team, which seems a little out of place considering his sports fan persona.

He is Jeff Stein, HCHS physics teacher and all around supporter of all extracurricular activities at HCHS.

Time to Get Real Reality Store

Henry County Public Schools was pleased to host the annual Reality Store, a program provided through the Henry County Cooperative Extension Office that gives students a dose of reality when it comes to being an adult.

Students are assigned a job based on their GPA and provided an annual salary, along with a number of children. Using their monthly income, students first must pay their taxes to Uncle Sam and open a bank account. Then they move from station to station in the middle school gym purchasing the necessities like housing, vehicles, insurance, groceries, clothing, utilities and child care.

Pledge against Bullying


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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.

High School Food Service Survey Hummus

High school students - the cafeteria would like your opinion on a few food selection items.  Please CLICK HERE to take the survey!

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.

BrightBytes Survey Technology

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

Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos

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: 



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


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.

Drug Testing Information

HCPS continues to adopt a drug testing policy for all high school students who participate in athletics, extracurricular activities, or drive to school.  Please continue reading to view an informational video about this policy and the signature form required. The policy requires that all participants attend a mandatory informational forum at which the students and their parents or legal guardians must sign the “Student and Parent/Guardian Consent to Perform the Urinalysis for Drug Testing” form (09.423 AP. 21) before the student shall be permitted to fully participate in the sport / activity, or be permitted to drive a motor vehicle on to campus at Henry County High School. If students do not attend a separate athletic or organizational meeting prior to the start of the school year, the video along with signature form will count as a video informational forum and fulfill the requirement this year (2018-19).

Rice to lead CEO Judy Rice

On the strength of her background as a classroom social studies teacher and as a guidance counselor, Judy Rice has been named the new director of the Center for Educational Options (CEO), the alternative school for Henry County Public Schools (HCPS).

Rice holds a bachelor’s degree from Kentucky State University. She attended graduate school at the University of Louisville where she earned a master’s degree in counseling and completed her Rank I certification for teaching.

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.

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!


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.

Seniors - Keep your Google Drive contents!

Seniors, some time over the summer, your Google account will be deleted from the Henry Google domain, but don't worry, you can keep all of your Google drive contents if you need it.  

Simply go to Google Takeout Transfer to transfer to a personal Google account.  Don't have a personal account?  Go to Google Takeout to perpare a zip file you can save to a flash drive.

Google Takeout Video

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.

Chromebook Collections

Middle and High school Chromebooks will be collected during the last week of school!  Make sure to bring your Chromebook to school with the charger and make sure it is charged.  We will assess any damages, make repairs and send invoices if needed over the summer.  If you do not turn in your Chromebook, you will receive a bill of $250.

Replacement Part Costs

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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


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.

Youth Services Center Survey

Students: Please complete this survey for your grade level. Thank You! 


https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WKMF67N   10th grade survey

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W82RSSJ       12th grade survey


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:

Chromebook Survey

Middle and high school students:  HCPS would like your feedback on your experience with the Chromebooks this year.  Please take a moment to complete this short survey.  CLICK HERE

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.

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.

Lunch Survey

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

Begin Survey

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!

Winners' Circle School TELLWinner

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!

The Winners’ Circle schools were selected based upon the results of the 2017 Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky Survey which was administered to all public school teachers and principals in March of this year.

“My congratulations to our 2017 TELL Kentucky Winners’ Circle Schools. With their participation, these schools have discovered the power to unlock information on critical teaching and learning conditions and harness it as part of the ongoing improvement planning process,” Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said. 

“Henry County High students serve as models at the local school level as well as being participants at the Carroll County Area Technology Center,” HCPS Superintendent Terry Price said. “It is important that we build leaders in our students and build capacity in our teaching staff.”

School, district and statewide results of the TELL survey, as well as the New Teacher Center’s Preliminary Findings, Guides, and Tools for Using the Data, can be viewed at www.tellkentucky.org. The intent of this work is to provide schools, districts and the state with data that can be used to enhance school improvement efforts.

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 laura.bowman@henry.kyschools.us

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.

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.

Cooper Bids a Fond Farewell

Please read Mr. Cooper’s heartfelt message to Henry County and wish him well on his new adventure!

Drug Testing Forum

HCPS has adopted a new drug testing policy for all high school students who participate in athletics, extracurricular activities, or drive to school.  Please continue reading to view an informational video about this policy and the signature form required. The policy requires that all participants attend a mandatory informational forum at which the students and their parents or legal guardians must sign the “Student and Parent/Guardian Consent to Perform the Urinalysis for Drug Testing” form (09.423 AP. 21) before the student shall be permitted to fully participate in the sport / activity, or be permitted to drive a motor vehicle on to campus at Henry County High School. The video along with signature form will count as a video informational forum and fulfill the requirement this year (2017-18).

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.

Assistant Principal at HCHS

The new assistant principal at Henry County High School is Kevin Webster. Webster began his teaching career at Owen County High School as a special education teacher in 2000 and most recently served as a social studies teacher and Response to Intervention (RTI) coordinator.

Webster holds a bachelor’s degree from Centre College, a master’s degree in education from Union College and completed his principalship program from the University of the Cumberlands. At Owen County, he has served as the boys golf coach, civics club sponsor, head baseball coach and assistant coach to the baseball and basketball teams.

 Webster said he looks forward to making a positive contribution to Henry County High School and the community.

“As a teacher and future leader, my personal philosophy has always been to make kids think and grow, both personally and educationally,” Webster said. “My personal vision is that all students will leave my classroom or school knowing more than when they came to me, able to think for themselves and form justifiable and defendable opinions, to be better people, to discover success, have the opportunity to lead, and to be better citizens so our community is a better place to live.”

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.

HCHS wins career ready award

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education recently announced that Henry County High School is one of 24 high schools or career and technical/technology centers in the state to be recognized for its students’ high achievement in attaining Career Readiness.

At Henry County High School, 74% of its graduates were Career Ready for the 2016-17 school year.

In 2017, new criteria were established with the Office of Career and Technical Education to determine the recognition.

31. Top 40 school based on completion percentage or top 40 school based on preparatory percentage.

32. At least 55 percent of all graduates enrolled in CTE reached Career Readiness status.

33. Had at least 80 percent of all graduates enrolled in CTE.

Schools achieving both top 40 qualifiers will be presented with gold recognition. The balance will receive silver honors at an awards program in Louisville later in July.

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 www.iLEADacademy.org or by phone at 502.732.3090, or email at lmckinney@ovec.org.  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.

Suicide Prevention Information

Parents: please read the attached letter that give important information about the popular Netflix series, "13 Reasons Why" and its sensitive subject matter.  The safety and well-being of Henry County students continues to be our top priority and as always, contact us with any additional concerns. Thank you.

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.

Kelly Hall Selected as HCPS Teacher of the Year Pictured from left to right, Carmarita Stovall, Amy Johnson, Kelly Hall, Sarah Lyons, Angie Denny, and Russell Cooper

Congratulations to Kelly Hall for earning HCPS Teacher of the Year!   Kelly’s passion for teaching is evident the minute you walk in her classroom.   The outstanding instructional strategies she implements in her classroom each day is coupled with a genuine love and high expectations for each student.  Kelly will receive $500 to purchase classroom materials or to attend an educational conference of her choosing. 

TSA Wins at Regional Conference TSA Winners

Sponsors Andrew Shearer and Jeremy Holcomb are proud to announce that the HCHS chapter of the Technology Student Association brings home several winners from its regional conference.  Click for the results!

FBLA Wins at Regional Conference Winners

FBLA Sponsor Barney Sutley is proud to announce this year's winners at the Region 3 Conference., saying, "This was a great conference for our chapter. 60% of our chapter that went to the conference is qualified to compete at the state conference in April."  Congrats HCHS FBLA!  Click to see the results!!

HCHS Students Wow KY Teachers HCHS KySTE Presentations

Library Media Specialist, Rachel Burgin, and her students wowed the crowd at last week's KySTE conference!  Click for more pictures and info.

BrightBytes Survey Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos www.bluecoat.com

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

Image courtesy of Blue Coat Photos

Data Security Notice

On May 16, 2016, it was discovered that student personal information had been electronically stored by a third-party vendor in a location accessible to users of the Kentucky Education Network.  There is no evidence that the personal information was viewed or taken, but the potential for access did exist. HCPS prefers to err on the side of caution, so we have notified parents and guardians via the U.S. postal service on measures they can take to protect their child’s identity. Please see the attached letter for more information about this incident.

Coach Gilley Receives - Father Harry Jansing Athletic Director of the Year Coach Gilley Receives - Father Harry Jansing Athletic Director of the Year

Henry County Public Schools Athletic Director, Todd Gilley, was awarded the Father Harry Jansing Athletic Director of the Year by the Kentucky Association of Athetic Directors.  Congratulation Coach Gilley!!!

Kentucky's Lt. Governor visits HCHS Kentucky's Lt. Governor visits HCHS

Lt. Governor Jenean Hampton speaks with the Henry County High School Future Business Leaders of America Chapter.

Students take the lead at new regional career academy
HCHS Band Earns Distinguished Rating HCHS Band Earns Distinguished Rating

The Henry County High School Wind Ensemble (Concert Band) earned a distinguished rating at band festival this weekend. They also qualified for the state festival with straight 1's (a perfect rating).

 They've worked diligently for this honor.  Congratulate the HCHS Band for this outstanding honor.

STLP State STLP State

A huge thank you to our Campbellsburg Elementary robotics team, our HC Middle STLP students and our iLEAD students for representing us so well at STLP State today! A very special congratulations go to Adam Porter and Zach Rankin for placing 1st in the UK Computer Science competition!!

Informational Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd - 6:00pm Henry County Middle School Informational Meeting on Tuesday, May 3rd - 6:00pm Henry County Middle School

Have you ever considered a career or a retirement job in Transportation.  Henry County Public Schools is looking for the right individuals to join our Transportation Team.  Fulltime and Part-time jobs available.  Driver's starting wage is $13.67 hr.  Paid training, insurance and retirement available.  Open Interviews will be given for those interested after the meeting.

The Pirates of Penzance The Pirates of Penzance

Tickets for Gilbert & Sullivans' "The Pirates of Penzance" are now on sale.  Get your tickets now at www.ticketpeak.com/HCPSfinearts

 The show runs from April 21 to 24 at Henry County High School.  Thursday-Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 3 pm.

 The Pirates of Penzance is a hilarious show that has been delighting audiences across the globe since 1879.  You may be thinking this is a stuffy old English show, but I assure you it is full of merriment and laughter from beginning to end!


HCHS Senior and Early College Student Earns Student of the Month at Carrollton-JCTC HCHS Senior and Early College Student Earns Student of the Month at Carrollton-JCTC


Austin Howard, HCHS senior,  is a dedicated and hardworking Early College student. He has worked with the Early College team to promote the program; visiting his home campus to share his experiences and encourage others to invest in college while still in high school.
He is thinking of majoring in computer science, education or maybe both. While attending as a full time student with JCTC he remains active in his high school academic team. Austin has received acceptance letters to Yale, Stanford and Center College for fall of 2016. No matter where he decides to go, JCTC will be well represented by this young man.

Amended 2015-16 School Calendar Amended 2015-16 School Calendar

The Henry County Board of Education voted to amend the 2015-16 School Calendar at its March meeting.  The amendment will make the last day for Henry County students Friday, May 20, 2016.  Henry County High School Graduation Commencement will be held Friday, May 20, 2016 at 8:00pm.

HCMS Recognized by the Kentucky Teacher HCMS Recognized by the Kentucky Teacher

Read how Henry County Middle School and Counselor, Kim Lineman, are helping students prepare for important college and career decisions in this feature article of the Kentucky Teacher.

Required Health Documentation Required Health Documentation

Kindergarten and 6th grade Middle School students are required to have health documentation for school entry. If you have a child entering one of these grades for the upcoming school year, following is the list of documents that you will need.

HCHS Outreach Club to hold Love the Hungry Campaign

Please help us support Love the Hungry, Inc. by making a donation through our page. The process is fast, easy and secure. Thanks so much for your support... and please dont forget to send this page to any friends you think might be interested in donating!  Click on the following link to donate.


If you are interested in volunteering at the event please contact Kadi Bumann at leokadia.bumann@henry.kyschools.us or call 502-845-8670 ext.7403. 


12 HCPS Students Participate in All-State Choir 12 HCPS Students Participate in All-State Choir

12 HCPS students participate inKentucky Music Educators Association Conference for All-State Choir.  This is a huge honor, and it is very exciting that we have this many students from Henry County participating.  Congratulations for this awesome distinction!!!

 James Aldridge, Kendra Norton, Emma Woods, Morgan Montgomery

Luis Limones, Caleb Potts, Bree Heightchew, Abbi Warren, Whitney Rodgers, Jessie Archer, Miranda Bramblett, Kera Merritt

Youth Service Center Survey

Students, please take a moment to take the Youth Service Center survey HERE.

Teachers, your survey is HERE.

College Credit While in High School

“Parents, if you are interested in learning more about all the different ways Henry County High School students can earn college credit while still in high school, please come to our informational meeting on Monday, February 1st, at 6:00 p.m., in the HCHS media center.  There is an option for everyone – from full-time at JCTC Carrollton your senior year  (Early College = a full year of college credit) to a “hybrid” model (spend ½ the day at HCHS, the other ½ at JCTC) to dozens of classes offered for dual (college and high school) credit right here on the HCHS campus every day.  Get a jump on college at a fraction of the cost while completing your high school graduation requirements!”  


Cameron Johnson Participates in 2016 Border Bowl Cameron Johnson Participates in 2016 Border Bowl

Congratulation for Cameron Johnson, HCHS Senior, for being selected to play in the 2016 Border Bowl.  Jason Spencer, Head Coach for the Wildcats, was  selected to coach special teams in the annual Bowl game.

The Border Bowl is a non-profit organization established to promote high school football in Kentucky and Tennessee.  The objective is to provide an All-Star Game featuring the top players in Kentucky and Tennessee.   This game allows players to have the opportunity to play, practice, and battle it out for the rights to the border.  It also allows high school seniors an opportunity to gain additional exposure and, perhaps, earn a scholarship for college.  Each player must be nominated by his coach.  All player profiles are reviewed by a panel of coaches from their home state to field the best possible team.  

Players selected for the Border Bowl are treated as All-Stars from the time they check into camp until they leave for home.  Each player receives a personalized jersey, food, and lodging for the entire time at camp, insurance for all activities, a sweat suit, t-shirt(s), honors banquet ticket, a Border Bowl Ring, and the opportunity to meet numerous former NFL, CFL, and NCAA coaches.


2016-2017 School Calender

The Board approved the 2016-2017 School Calendar on 12/21/2015.  Click here to view the calendar.

October 19th – 23rd is National School Bus Safety Week October 19th – 23rd is National School Bus Safety Week

October 19th – 23rd is National School Bus Safety Week.  Henry County Public Schools will be using this opportunity to bring greater awareness to students of the importance of bus safety.  We want to first recognize those individuals who are the front line of bus safety.  They are our bus technicians, drivers, monitors and administrative staff who work tirelessly to provide students a safe ride to and from school and other school activities.  Statistically, there is no safer way for a student to travel than on a school bus.  We should all take a moment during this time to thank them for what they do.




Take the Pledge Take the Pledge

Pledge to be a School Safety Superhero!  This year's Kentucky School Safety Week focuses on building-up the self-esteem of the students in your school, while working toward an environment free of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment and Conflict.   From Superman to Captain America most Superheroes started with problems or issues and turned their uniqueness into a power or force.  They used their power for the  betterment of society.  The campaign highlights the word SUPER and qualities  necessary to be a SUPERHERO at school. S-Strong, U-Understanding, P-Powerful, E-Encouraging and R-Respectful, by using these character words to teach and describe our students, they can become School Safety Superheroes!

Community Events for Parents and Students

See the attached for various community events for Henry County Parents, Students and Families.  Click here to read more.

Campbellsburg PTSO Sponsors Color Run on September 19 Campbellsburg PTSO Sponsors Color Run on September 19

The Campbellsburg PTSO and the Sophomore Class at Henry County High School are sponsoring a Color Run on September 19 on the HCHS campus.  For more information and registration for the race, contact Campbellsburg Elementary at 845-8630.

9 HCHS Freshman attend iLead Academy

Nine Henry County Freshman attend Regional Career Academy.




New Calling System New Calling System

Henry County Public Schools has switched its calling system to IC Messenger.  The new system will allow for some additional features that we did not have before.

iLead Academy Students Chosen! iLead Academy Students Chosen!

As printed in the Henry Count Local, May 13, 2015

First class chosen for iLEAD school



Nine Henry County students will join the first class at the iLEAD Academy, the regional career academy focusing on technology, math and advanced manufacturing that launches in the 2015-2016 school year.

Drive 4 Ur School

When:  May 16 from 10-3
Where:  Henry County High School
Why:  Fundraiser for The Class of 2016

The Class of 2016 will receive $20 for every person up to 300 that come and test drive a car.  No purchase necessary.  We will have vendors, and The Smoke Doctors will be serving food.  We will also have mechanics here who will look at peoples cars, and we will make $10 a person for this. 

HCPS Theatre presents "Grease" HCPS Theatre presents "Grease"

Don't miss the HCPS Theatre production of Grease.

Tickets for the musical Grease are now on sale!  Performances are April 23-25 at 7 pm and April 26 at 3 pm.

 Tickets are available through our tickets website, http://www.ticketpeak.com/HCPSfinearts

or by visiting the box office Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays after spring break from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

CONGRATS High School STLP Winners! CONGRATS High School STLP Winners!

Congratulations to the following students for winning at the State STLP Championship for their video productions!



1st Place in PSA, "Underaged Drinking"

  • Izabelle Miller, Editor/Videographer
  • Justice Kirk, Actor

2nd Place in Feature, "Vamp and the Falcon"

  • Frankie Taylor, Actor
  • Bo Wagner, Actor
  • Rachel Vegh, Actor
  • Terralynn Smith, Editor/Videographer
Zombie Run Rules
  1. Runners will start with a caution flag. They will need to keep the flag somewhere in their waistband so a zombie has the opportunity to grab it. 
  2. Runners will collect a new flag each time they lap. After collecting the flag, the runner must put it in their waistband so the zombie has an opportunity to grab it. 
  3. A runner may not hold onto their flags during the race.
  4. A runner must stay on the paved path in order to complete the 5K. 
  5. If a zombie takes their flag, the runner may still continue to run the race. 
  6. The goal is to get through the race with all four flags. 
  7. The color of the flag signifies the lap the runner has completed:
    • Lap 1 - Pink
    • Lap 2 - Orange
    • Lap 3 - Green
The Theatre Downstream Presents ...

With two successful shows under their belts, the dedicated members of Henry County’s Theatre Downstream are excited to announce their next project “It’s Complicated: An Evening of One Acts About Life, Love and Other
Important Things.”

HCHS Wins KySTE Grant! HCHS Wins KySTE Grant!

Congratulations to Henry County High School and grant writer Rachel Burgin for securing over $21K to fund technology to support literacy!

CONGRATULATIONS!!! HCHS Choral Students Continue to Excel

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!  HCHS Choral students continue to excel. All 11 Solos and Ensembles representing Henry County High School just received Distinguished ratings.   Click more to see the names of these outstanding students.

Jasmine Blade elected as State Officer for Spanish Honor Society


The Juntos Aprendemos  chapter of the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica would like to congratulate Jasmine Blade for being elected to State office this weekend at the convention.  This is a great honor for our school and our young chapter of SHH.  Please congratulate Jasmine as well as Devon Haberman, who ran a good campaign for vice president but came up short in a close race.  Felicidades to these outstanding students!


Cheer Clinic

The cheer clinic hosted by the Henry County High School cheerleaders has been cancelled.  There is no reschedule date at this time.

1st Annual Spring Zombie Attack 5K 1st Annual Spring Zombie Attack 5K

You are invited to the 1st Annual Spring Zombie Attack 5K sponsored by the HCMS Sharpen the Saw Committee!  Attached is the registration form for the event or you can pick one up in the middle school office.   March 10th is the deadline for registration forms in order to receive a T-shirt on the day of the race, however you will still be able to register the day and receive a t-shirt post race.

Please download, print and send in your registration form with payment.

ACT Test Date

On Tuesday, March 3rd all juniors will be taking the ACT.  The test will begin at 8:30 and will end around 12:15.    The ACT is a national test that students can use when applying for technical, business, community and 4 year colleges.  Students can also receive bonus KEES money for college based on their ACT score.  This test will indicate whether your child has met benchmark and is college ready.  This is an important test for your child and a great opportunity to take the test for free.  We need to make sure all juniors are here on Tuesday, March3rd and that they arrive on time.  Please make every effort to make sure your child is in attendance on March 3rd.  If you have any questions about the ACT please contact Mrs. Rice. 

iLead Academy - Coming Fall of 2015

Henry, Trimble, Carroll, Owen, and Gallatin Counties plan to open  regional high school (iLead Academy) in the Fall 2015.  Read full story from press conference from press conference in Frankfort.  Click on the link below to read more



Auditions for Spring Musical: "Grease" Auditions for Spring Musical: "Grease"

Auditions for the spring musical, Grease, will be after school Tuesday and Thursday of next week (Jan 13 & 15).

4th and 5th graders may audition for chorus parts. There are no major roles for younger students in this show. Elementary students MUST have a parent at the audition and will be required to sign an agreement prior to the audition. Students should prepare a small portion (12-24 measures) of a song from a musical. Auditions will start at 3:40 and audition time slots are first come, first served.

Early College Informational Meeting - Rescheduled Early College Informational Meeting - Rescheduled

There will be a JCTC Early College Informational Meeting on February 3 at 6pm in the Henry County High School Library.  This meeting is for any current junior that is interested in the Early College program for their senior year.

Henry County High School Cheerleaders are 8th region champs! Henry County High School Cheerleaders are 8th region champs!

The Henry County High School cheerleaders won 1st place in the large division at the 8th region cheerleading competition on Saturday.  The girls will travel to Lexington to compete in the state competition on December 13.

3rd Annual Food Drive by Smoke Doctors 3rd Annual Food Drive by Smoke Doctors

Please help us to celebrate the 3rd annual food drive by Smoke Doctors.  November 22, 2014 12:00pm -3:00pm at 2914 Lagrange Rd., New Castle

Bring 3 cans of ffod and receive a pork sandwich, bag of chips and a drink for FREE!!!!!

Canned food will be donated to the Henry County Family Resource Center

Annual Literacy Night Wednesday! Annual Literacy Night Wednesday!

When:  Wednesday, October 29 3:30-5:30

Where:  HCHS Media Center

What:  Pumpkin Paiting, Literacy Games and Prizes, Book Fair, Food, & Costume Contest

*Students can wear literacy based costumes to school!

*English teachers are offering extra credit to students who participate!

5K Turkey Trot and Family Fun Run at Eastern Elementary 5K Turkey Trot and Family Fun Run at Eastern Elementary

When:  Saturday November 15

Time:  Registration begins at 8:30am

           5K Fun Run at 9:00am




Halloween Spook'tacular at Henry County High School Halloween Spook'tacular at Henry County High School

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 6:30pm in the HCHS Auditorium

Financially Real-World Ready

HCHS Seniors In Life 101 are beginning a 9-week journey to becoming “financially Real-World Ready.” With their teachers as facilitators, students will participate in an online H&R Block Budget Challenge course (from October 17 through December 18


"Book and Treat" at HCHS Media Center

The Henry County High School Literacy Night "Book and Treat" will be Wednesday, October 29th from 3:30-5:30 in the HCHS Library Media Center. We will have pumpkin painting, book pass, drum circle, food, games, prizes, and more! All students are invited to celebrate literacy! October 27-31 HCHS will also have our first book fair!  


Take the LEAN Pledge! Take the LEAN Pledge!

Click here to take the LEAN pledge to STOP the bullying!  Let's make Henry County green on the statistics map during Safe Schools Week, October 19-25!

Peyton Wins 5th Region Golf Tourney!

Mackenzie Peyton won the 5th Region Golf Tournament with a 2 under par 70 at Midland Trail Golf Club.  After sinking a birdie putt on the 18th hole in regulation, Peyton qualified for a sudden death playoff.  On the first playoff hole, Peyton took home the title with a par.  Peyton looks to build off of last year's performance in the State Golf Tournament where she finished second last season.  Joining Peyton in Bowling Green is three time qualifier Maddie Hensley who shot an 80.  Peyton and Hensley will tee it up on October 7th at Bowling Green Country Club.

HCPS Bus Driver Classes Starting Soon HCPS Bus Driver Classes Starting Soon

Interested in becoming a school bus driver?  Call Kevin Whitt at 845-8624

HCHS Chapter receives, Better Days Through Better Ways Grant HCHS Chapter receives, Better Days Through Better Ways Grant

The Kentucky FFA Foundation announced today that five Kentucky FFA Chapters have been selected to receive “Better Days Through Better Ways” grants to help combat hunger and food insecurity in their local communities. The grants were made possible through the generous support of the Mulhollem-Cravens Foundation.


Two More HCPS Schools Receive Energy Star Rating Two More HCPS Schools Receive Energy Star Rating

Henry County Middle School and Eastern Elementary were recently designated as Energy Star Schools.  This label places them in a group of the top school buildings in the nation for energy efficiency.  Henry County High School and New Castle Elementary received the designation in 2012

Elementary Cross Country Elementary Cross Country
Nearly 100 students from Campbellsburg, Eastern, and New Castle Elementary participated in the Elementary cross country meet last week. The next race will be Oct 2 at the new county park in New Castle. Come out and see these athletes run.
UK's Schmidt Opera Outreach - "Alice in Operaland" UK's Schmidt Opera Outreach - "Alice in Operaland"
UK’s Schmidt Opera Outreach Program performed “Alice in Operaland” for Henry County elementary students Kindergarten – 5th Grade in the HCHS Auditorium.
Education Outreach Objectives:
o To make the arts accessible to children of all a...ges.
o To introduce Students to the fundamental components of opera.
o To introduce students to basic operatic terminology.
o To cultivate an understanding for and an appreciation of opera.
o To help students identify with fictional characters in human situations as a means of understanding themselves and others.


Office Install for Students Office Install for Students

Students are now able to install Office 365 ProPlus on up to 5 personal devices.  Nearly every platform is available including mobile devices. Click to read more!

HCHS Theatre Department Presents: The Mousetrap HCHS Theatre Department Presents:  The Mousetrap

November 20-23, 2014

John W. Smith, Jr. Auditorium, Henry County High School Tickets available at www.ticketpeak.com/HCPSfinearts


Early Release - NEW release times! Early Release - NEW release times!

HCPS has reconfigured the early release / common planning time for staff for the 2014-15 school year. There will be only 5 early release days, but school will be dismissed 2 hours early. The first day for early dismissal will be next Wednesday, August 20. Buses will run 2 hours earlier, and parents will need to arrange for pickup or supervision of their children 2 hours earlier.

The dates for the rest of the year are September 17, October 22, February 4, and April 22. While allowing the same amount of planning time for staff, we think the new structure will cause fewer disruptions for families.

Next-Generation Student Council

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking applicants for the Next-Generation Student Council.  All student in grades 10-12 are encouraged to apply.  Click to learn more about this opportunity!

Students' Documentary wins first place honors from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Students' Documentary wins first place honors from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Congratulations to Micah Lineman, Terralynn Smith and Rachel Vegh for winning the Student Production Award from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Their documentary won first place short form non fiction. Ceremony takes place in Columbus, Ohio on August 2, 2014

HCPS Transportation Department Receives State Recognition HCPS Transportation Department Receives State Recognition

Congratulation to the Henry County Public Schools Transportation Department for being named Most Improved Transportation Department in the Commonwealth of Kentucky by the Kentucky Department of Education. Accepting the award are Kevin Whitt, Director of Transportation and William Mahoney, Assistant Director of Transportation.

HCHS Agricuture Students hold Animals for Learning Event HCHS Agricuture Students hold Animals for Learning Event

    Animals for Learning is a wonderful experience for both the high school students and the sixth graders. It gives both of these age groups the opportunity to interact with animals in a fun and educated way. The high school students prepare a presentation that involves an animal and connect it back to sixth grade core content. I know for a fact that these sixth graders won't go back to the middle school saying they learned nothing! The teens are giving excellent presentations and the sixth graders are giving them their utmost attention. In the Ag shop the types of animals varies all the way from the everyday house dog, to the cows outside and strangely even a hedgehog. Throughout this day I'm excited to say that Henry County's agriculture pride has shown through! These teenagers have so much passion for this and they are getting an amazing chance to share it with the sixth graders.

I'm proud to say 2014 Animals for Learning was a success!


    Whitney Jeffries


HCHS Agricuture Students hold Animals for Learning Event HCHS Agricuture Students hold Animals for Learning Event

    Animals for Learning is a wonderful experience for both the high school students and the sixth graders. It gives both of these age groups the opportunity to interact with animals in a fun and educated way. The high school students prepare a presentation that involves an animal and connect it back to sixth grade core content. I know for a fact that these sixth graders won't go back to the middle school saying they learned nothing! The teens are giving excellent presentations and the sixth graders are giving them their utmost attention. In the Ag shop the types of animals varies all the way from the everyday house dog, to the cows outside and strangely even a hedgehog. Throughout this day I'm excited to say that Henry County's agriculture pride has shown through! These teenagers have so much passion for this and they are getting an amazing chance to share it with the sixth graders.

I'm proud to say 2014 Animals for Learning was a success!


    Whitney Jeffries


HCPS May Newsletter

The latest edition of the HCPS Newsletter is out!  Read more here.

UK Agriculture Students visit HCHS UK Agriculture Students visit HCHS

Students from the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky visit Henry County High School.

School Smiles Dental Program

The School Smiles Dental Program will be visiting Henry County Public Schools in the Fall!  Click to read more...

Henry County Doggie Days

The Henry County High School Senior Service group, HC Doggie Days, hosted an adoption drive on April 26th at the Henry County Public Library. The goal of the drive was to get as many dogs adopted from the Henry/Trimble County animal shelter as possible and also to raise money and supplies to donate to the shelter.

2014 HCHS Governor's Scholars 2014 HCHS Governor's Scholars

Jackson Jeffries, Jacob Buckley, Morgan Miller, and Gavin Black were recognized at the April meeting of the Henry County Board of Education for being selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Scholar Program.

HCHS Greenhouse is OPEN HCHS Greenhouse is OPEN

The HCHS Greenhouse is officially open.  We are open Monday through Thursday 9am to 3pm, Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday 9am to 2pm. 


There will be a “Super Saturday” offered in the HCHS Media Center on April 19th from 9-12. There will be free breakfast and some other free items to help you succeed!  Bring your parents and your W-2s and we will fill out the FAFSA Forecaster to get you comfortable with the process AND it will give you an estimate of how much money you may receive for school!  So sign up outside of the office or the College and Career Center!  If you have any questions or need a different time, see Mrs. Tingle. 

Judy Lea Benefit


The Judy Lea Benefit will be held Friday April 11th in the Henry County Middle School commons area at 6 pm.  It is an family friendly evening of great food where someone else does the cooking and cleaning up, silent and live auctions for those competitive spirits, and entertainment.


All money raised goes back to help the kids in Henry County. .

Tickets on sale for "Annie Get Your Gun

Tickets for the spring musical, Annie Get Your Gun, are now on sale.  Show  times are Thursday, April 24th-Saturday April 26th at 7 pm and Sunday, April 27th at 3 pm.  Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.ticketpeak.com/HCPSfinearts  or by coming to the High School Box Office Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays 3:30-5:30 pm.  Tickets are assigned, so get yours early for the best seats!


Preschool Screenings

Preschool Screenings for children who will be age 3 or 4 by October 1st are taking place on April 18th, April 25th and May 2nd.  Please call 845-8600 and ask for Amy to make an appointment for your child to be screened. 

Beta Club helps the Youth Service Center Beta Club helps the Youth Service Center

The HCHS Beta club presented Karen Wilson of the HC Youth Service Centerwith a $400 donation.  The club raised the funds through a 3 on 3 basketball tournament.  Beta participates in several community service projects throughout Henry County such as polar bear plunge, Christmas Child, and a Thanksgiving food drive. 

Senior Service Projects

As part of the Senior Service Process for Life 101 this year, Social Media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google+ have been created by and are being maintained by individual service groups.  Using these sites will make it possible for students to share information quickly and to reach a broader audience as they work to raise awareness and gain support for their individually-selected causes and organizations.

HCHS Student Group receives Delegation of Excellence at KUNA HCHS Student Group receives Delegation of Excellence at KUNA

HCHS students received Delegation of Excellence at KUNA.  Ally Warnersmith, HCHS Sophomore won outstanding delegate, the HCHS display was second runner up out of 74 countries, and their proposal won Outstanding Proposal for the convention.  The last two are particularly exiting because they are both firsts for HCHS.  Also, the Outstanding Proposal is only given to one proposal and there were 74 presented during the event.  The competition was steep.  Students had a great time and really were outstanding representative of HCHS.  To learn more about KUNA go to http://kyymca.org/kuna

Robotics Winners Robotics Winners

Congratulations to Sydney Bush, Samuel Bush, and Jacob Behmke for placing 2nd in the regional Robo Rumble in Jefferson County on Saturday, March 8.  They will represent HCMS at the state STLP competition on April 22!

Melissa Jeffries named 2014 Kentucky School Nurse of the Year Melissa Jeffries named 2014 Kentucky School Nurse of the Year

Congratulations to Melissa Jeffries, HCPS School Nurse, for being named the 2014 Kentucky School Nurse of the Year by the Kentucky School Nurse Association.

HCHS Band Students Excel at Solo and Ensemble Event

HCHS students receive accolades at Solo and Ensemble Festival.  They are:

Have you ever Considered Driving A School Bus?  Do you have what it takes to be a School Bus Driver?

Henry County Public Schools  is looking for the right people to join our Transportation Team.  Come to an information meeting on Thursday, March 20th at the HC Middle School @ 6pm and find out what it takes to become a School Bus Driver.  Hear from some Driver.  Hear from some Drivers, Driver Trainers and the Director of Transportation on the challenges and benefits of a career or retirement job in Pupil Transportation.

Henry County Public Schools will be dismissing 2 hours early today, Friday, February 14.  All after school events and evening athletic events are cancelled.

Henry County Youth Service Center host a Formal Dress Drive

The Henry County Youth Services Center is hosting a formal dress, shoes, and accessories drive for Cinderella’s Closet.  Cinderella’s Closet is a program that makes girls dreams come true by providing dresses, shoes, and accessories at no charge to make prom a beautiful event rather than a missed opportunity due to financial issues.



HCHS Receives $500 Grant from Target for Library Media Center HCHS Receives $500 Grant from Target for Library Media Center

New Castle, KY February, 12, 2014 – Today, HCHS announced that its libraryprogram was awarded a grant from Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT). Inrecognition of the efforts of HCHS  in education, the grant will provide book setsfor the HCHS book club and English classes as well as new audio books to promote literacy.

The grant is part of Target’s ongoing efforts to build strong, safe and healthy communities across the country. These efforts include Target’s long history of giving 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals more than $4 million every week. As part of this commitment, Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015 to help kids learn, schools teach and parents and caring adults engage.

 “At Target, we are committed to serving local communities where we do business,” said Laysha Ward, President, Community Relations, Target. “That’s why we are proud to partner with Henry County High School as we work to strengthen communities and enrich the lives of our guests and team members.”

Staff: Rachel Burgin, Austin Hunsaker, Chelsey Tingle, Katie Johnson and Richard Hardy

Students: Tori Lainhart, Lauren Griffith, Abby Wiseheart, Alexis Sutherland, Veyda Gonzalez, Breanna Heightchew, Kailey Reynolds, Amber Young, Amy Young, Megan Marlette, Abbey Hyde, Cassie Purvis, and Steven Bramblett

Cheer Clinic

The Henry County High School Cheerleaders are hosting a cheer clinic for children ages 5-12. The clinic will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 9-12. The cost is $25 which includes a cheer, chant, dance, t shirt and snack. All proceeds go to the Henry County High School cheerleaders. Registration forms are now being accepted and will be accepted at the door.

Early Dismissal for Henry County Public Schools

Henry County Public Schools will be dismissing 2 hours early, Tuesday, February 4, 2014.  Icy conditions are forecasted for Henry County between 3:30 pm and 4:00 pm this afternoon.  A two hour early dismissal will have our students home and buses of the road prior to the inclement weather arriving in our area.   

HCHS Academic Team Qualify for Regionals HCHS Academic Team Qualify for Regionals

The Academic Team had an outstanding showing at Districts this week. Congratulations to the students who qualified for Regionals! Click below to read more.

Annie Get Your Gun - Cast List Annie Get Your Gun - Cast List

The first rehearsal for Annie Get Your Gun is Monday, February 3 from 4:00-6:00.  Click below to view the cast list.

KHEAA College Connection

The January "Your KHEAA College Connection" is posted on kheaa.com. You can get to it by clicking on http://www.kheaanews.com/YourKHEAACollegeConnection/. The following articles are found in this newsletter:

UK Area Health Education Center
UK Area Health Education Center
Information on the UK AHEC programs from their website
"The Summer Enrichment Program for rising high school juniors (current 10th grade students) will run from Sunday, June 22 - Friday, July 18, 2014, and th...e Health Researcher’s Youth Academy for rising high school seniors (current 11th grade students) will run from Sunday, July 6 - Sunday, July 18, 2014. "

Application page for UK AHEC summer programs

HCMS Academic Team Wins District Championship

Congratulations Henry County Middle School Academic Team!!!

For winning districts!!!!!

Good luck in Regionals!!!

For individual and event results --- Read More

Fill Out the FAFSA Night

Henry County High School

Fill Out the FAFSA Night

Tuesday, January 7, 2013


Click for more information

Community members, teachers, staff and administrators of Henry County School-Did you play in the band at Henry County? Or maybe you played in the band at another school. If so, the Henry County Band and Boosters want you!

We would like to invite you to join the Pep band at the HC homecoming game on January 17th. Don't worry- you won't have a solo (unless you're really good!) We'll have a practice... session and go over things beforehand. We've are also asking parents and others in the community to come play, too. So if you know of anyone, share with them. Our main goal is to let our kids see that the adults they know and admire were once just like them- band kids.

If you are interested and/or would like more info, you can contact band booster and former band alum Tommie Tingle at wtingle@bellsouth.net or 379-1490.

Help us show our Wildcat Pride on Homecoming. Join the band!

Henry County Public Schools will be in session January 2, 2014 and January 3, 2014 to make up for the two days that were missed in December 2013 due to inclement weather.

High School VIP- PTO to Meet

The Henry County High School VIP-PTO meeting will be on Wednesday, January 8th at 5:30pm in the HCHS Media Center

Megan Klempner earns designation of Certified School Financial Manager Megan Klempner earns designation of Certified School Financial Manager

Megan Klempner, Chief Financial Officer, for the Henry County Public Schools earns School Financial Management Certification from the Gatton College of Economic, Executive Education Center at the University of Kentucky.

First Degree College Scholarship Recipients First Degree College Scholarship Recipients

James Wundrak and Anna Jo Aldridge were awarded a $500 First Degree College Scholarship from the Henry County Board of Education.  James and Anna are pictured with Harold Bratton, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Education.

Caitlin McClure : National Board Certified Teacher Caitlin McClure : National Board Certified Teacher

Cait McClure receives recognition at the Henry County Board of Education meeting for receiving her National Board Certification.  Ms. McClure is pictured with Harold Bratton, Chairman of the Henry County Board of Education.

HCHS - HCMS Band Christmas Concert HCHS - HCMS Band Christmas Concert

The Henry County Middle School and High School Bands invite you to joinus for our annual Christmas Concert on Tuesday, December 17th at the John Smith Auditorium at the Henry County High School. It's a wonderful way to get some holiday spirit and support your students. Hope to see you there! 


Catching Fire Catching Fire

HCMS & HCHS Celebrates "Catching Fire"


On Monday, November 11 over 100 students from HCMS and HCHS attended the "Catching Fire Party" to celebrate the book and new movie release in the HCHS Media Center.  Students played trivia games, competed in a "Hunger Games" tournament, participated in Capitol make-overs to look like characters from different districts in the book, decorated cookies, ate cake, watched previews of the movie,  made crafts related to the movie, won prizes, and ate food and cake related to the book.  Those who attended the party got to go to a special showing of the movie on opening day.  This event was hosted by Karen Wilson and Lori Potts from the Youth Services Center, Katrina Johnson (HCMS librarian) and Rachel Burgin (HCHS librarian).  Everyone had a blast!

To see more pictures of the event go to


Breakfast with Santa Breakfast with Santa
8:30am - 11:00am
Campbellsburg 5th Grader's share the "Leader in Me," Program with Eminence Rotary

Campbellsburg 5th Graders, Share the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People with the Eminence Rotary Club. The 7 Habits is the core part of the "Leader In Me," program being implemented in all three Henry County Elementary Schools.



5K Turkey Trot at Eastern Elementary a Success!!! 5K Turkey Trot at Eastern Elementary a Success!!!

Many students, teachers, and parents participated in the 3rd Annual 5K Turkey Trot at Eastern Elementary on Saturday, November 16.  Congratulations to all participants.

K thru 5th Grade Open:

1st. Keegan Kurtz Campbellsburg

2nd. Ella White New Castle

3rd Ben Becerra

Upcoming Opportunities for HS Students

Check out the opportunities to participate in these programs:  Governor's Scholars, Governor's School for the Arts, and Governor's School for Entrepreneurs

Veteran's Day Program at HCHS Veteran's Day Program at HCHS

Several Veteran's, their family members, and other community members honored our Veteran's at the 13th Annual Veteran's Day Program at HCHS.

Eastern Elementary 5K Turkey Trot Eastern Elementary 5K Turkey Trot
On Saturday, November 16th at Eastern Elementary will be hosting the 3rd annual 5K Turkey Trot. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the Fun Run at 9:00.  Pictured is Kameron Behmke who had the winning design for Turkey Trot
t-shirt this year.

Peyton and Hensley State Bound! Peyton and Hensley State Bound!
On Tuesday, October 1st, Mackenzie Peyton and Madison Hensley qualified for the Girls State Golf Championship.  Peyton shot a two over par 74 and Hensley shot a eight over par 80.  Peyton is currently ranked the number two girls high school golfer in the state.  Both Mackenzie and Madison will tee it up October 10th and 11th in Bowling Green.
Henry PTG set to meet on Thursday, September 26 and Thursday October 21 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM on Affordable Care Act

Henry PTG set to meet on Thursday, September 26 and Thursday October 21 from 5:30PM to 7:00PM on Affordable Care Act

Seven Counties Services and the Family Resource and Youth Service Centers of the Henry County Public Schools will be holding two meetings of the Henry County Parent Training Group at the Henry County Public Library at 172 Eminence Terrace on September 26 and October 21 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm on the Affordable Care Act.




On October 1st at 6pm, Henry County High School will host the very first HCHS VIP—PTO meeting in the media center.  (Very Important Parents—Parent Teacher Organization)  This is a very exciting step for our school.   Please mark your calendars.

HCHS Hosts Regional College Fair HCHS Hosts Regional College Fair

For the 28th Year, Henry County High School will host its annual regional college fair on Thursday, September 12 from 9-11a.m. in the gymnasium.

Good Luck HCHS Marching Band Good Luck HCHS Marching Band

Good luck to the Henry County High School Band in their competition at the Showcase of Bands at Shelby County High School,  this Saturday, September 14.  Their performance is scheduled for 1:15pm.  Go Wildcat Marching Band!


On Thursday, September 5th, Henry County High School will host an Open House for all parents and students. Please join us between 4:30 and 7:00 pm. Mid-term grade reports will be given out at this time.

Senior Video Plans

With school starting back seniors are hard at work on this year's senior video. This year it pays to buy early. Prices are as follows, 35 dollars for a senior video, 10 dollars for a graduation video, and the combo for 40 dollars. But after Christmas the senior video costs 45 dollars, graduation video 10 dollars, and the combo 50 dollars. To insure that your senior is in the video as many times as possible make sure to send in their senior pictures, baby pictures, and then and now pictures ASAP. Videos of elementary school, old home videos, ect. are needed for our Blast From the Past segment. Producer Colleen Coomes will make this year's video one to never forget, so buy a senior video!

HCMS, Eastern get energy upgrades

Energy improvements to greet students, staff returning to two Henry Co. schools; middle school no longer "an energy hog" with upgraded HVAC system.

Henry County Local, Eminence, Aug. 7, 2013

High School students can now apply to 2013-14 KDE Next-Generation Student Council High School students can now apply to 2013-14 KDE Next-Generation Student Council

In order to gain valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing, Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday created the Next-Generation Student Council. This group meets with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback - from a student perspective - on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.

Grant boosts OVEC efforts to prepare Henry County’s youngest students for school Grant boosts OVEC efforts to prepare Henry County’s youngest students for school

Grant boosts OVEC efforts to prepare Henry County’s youngest students for school.

The Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative’s (OVEC’s) Community Early Childhood Council (CECC) got a $50,800 boost today in their work to prepare Henry County’s youngest students for school along with children in Gallatin, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble counties.

Back to School Events are Scheduled Back to School

The first day of school for Henry County Students is Wednesday, August 7, 2013. Click on the following link to see a list for back to school activities for each school.

HCMS Cheerleading Tryouts

Henry County Middle School will be having Cheerleading tryouts on June 24th from 12:00pm until 4:00pm and June 25th from 12:00pm until approximately 6:00pm. Tryouts will be held at Henry County High School. Sixtth, Seventth, and eighth grade students for the upcoming school year are eligible. Any questions call 845-8660.

District Newsletter

If you missed it last week, click on the following link to see the district's latest newsletter.   http://www.getresponse.com/archive/spowell/10788016.html

Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation Week

Take time to thank a teacher this week for making a difference in your life or the life of one of your children.

Drive 4UR School Drive 4UR School

Take a free test-drive and Ford Motor Company will donate up to $6000 to the Junior Class of HCHS.  This Saturday, May 11th, 2013 from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  The event will take place at the high school.  There will also be food, games, and fun for the family. 

Every Child Ready to Read

Every Child Ready to Read Workshop for parents and children from birth to 5 years old will be held on April 16, 2013 from 6 pm to 7 pm at the Henry County Library.

OLIVER! Tickets On Sale

Tickets for HCPS Theater's production of Lionel Bart's OLIVER! are now on sale.  Tickets may be purchased in advance be visiting the Box Office 3:30-5:00 Monday-Friday or by visiting www.ticketpeak.com/hcpsfinearts


Box Office will be open 30 minutes prior to show time on performance days.  Performances will be April 25-27 at 7 pm and April 28 at 3 pm.  Doors will open NO SOONER than 30 minutes prior to performances.  Buy your tickets now to guarantee a great seat!

FBLA Rules Conference Region 3 FBLA Conference

The Henry County High School's FBLA Chapter had great success at the Region 3 Conference on Tuesday, March 19. Henry County's chapter has a long history of region officers and this year was no exception. Kimberly Barmore was elected the new Region President and Jakob Beckley was chosen Parliamentarian. A list of those winning awards and pictures follows:


Principal Selection Survey

Henry County High School is in the process of selecting a principal. The site-based council would appreciate your input about the qualities important to you in your next principal. Please click the link below to take a short survey.   The deadline for input is March 15th.  We thank you for your input.



Seniors sign to play ball Signing Day Finished.mov

On Wednesday, February 6, three Wildcat Football players signed letters of intent to play college ball. Tyler Craigmyle and Ben Armstrong signed with Lindsey Wilson College. Corey Winters plans to play for Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida. Congratulations to all three. Click the video to watch them sign.

Homecoming Week finished.mov

Last week was homecoming week at HCHS. Activities included, hall decorating, America day, PJ day, Cowboy/Gangster day, Tacky Tourist day and Friday was Spirit day. The students held a pep rally where the freshmen class won the spirit stick. That night Jason Banta and Shelby Abrams were crowned king and queen. 

Boys Take Their Turn Pep rally.mp4

Homecoming Pep Rally found the boys taking their turn at cheerleading and dance routines. Each class (9-12) tried their best, but found it's not as easy as it looks. Respect to the girls!

Media Students Win Media Students Win
Five broadcast journalism students received the Award for Excellence from The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The five media students produced a series of public service announcements about substance abuse and were recognized by the Academy for their outstanding work. This makes the tenth Award of Excellence that broadcast students have won since 2004. Winners this year are Jason Banta, Jesse Mann, Joey Kenny, Micah Lineman and Carlie Seligman.
FFA Convention FFA.mov
Recently some of our students along with Mrs. Davie went to Indianapolis Indiana for the FFA Convention. Students made a lot of memories and had a blast. Henry County students won an award for one of the top 8 chapters in the state. They received the highest rating possible.
Seniors Earn College Credit College Credit.mov
Henry County High School seniors are taking college classes. The courses include: College English 101/102, College History 108/109, and College Algebra 097/115. Students get 12 dual credit hours for passing these courses. The teachers for these classes are Mrs. Travis, Mr. Alexander, and Mrs. Sarrett.
Peyton and Hensley State Bound! Peyton and Hensley State Bound!
Congratulations to Mackenzie Peyton (10th) and Madison Hensley (6th) for qualifying for the Girls State Golf Tournament.  Peyton and Hensley will tee it up on October 2nd and 3rd at Bowling Green Country Club. 
High School Keeps Challenge Rachel.mov
The high school plans to keep carrying out Rachel's Challenge and her initiatives throughout this school year. The Friends Of Rachel Club (FOR) will sponsor several events.
Flash Mob Hits Pep Rally Flash Mob.mov
Friday's Pep Rally included everything from a dance contest to a tug o' war, but what the students didn't expect was a flash mob, directed by music and drama teacher, Russell Cooper and starring the faculty of HCHS.
Hillbilly Games a Success Hillbilly Games.mov
Recently the high school football team hosted the first annual hillbilly games at the fairgrounds. This included the watermelon seed spitting contest, belly flop, belly art, mud run, pig call and more. The trophies were donated to them and given out to each contest winner. After expenses they raised a total of $1,000. Next year it will be at the fairgrounds again in June and they hope to have more activities. 
LadyCat Golf LadyCat Golf
The HCHS  LadyCat golf team has played in several tournaments so far. MacKenzie Peyton (10th) and Maddie Hensley (6th) have started the year strong. MacKenzie has had 6 top ten finishes including one win in the Lady Rebel Classic. Maddie shot her best round ever in the Lady Rocket Invitational shooting a 78. Freshman Cheyenne Clark recently played in her first tournament of the season shooting a 103. The team is very young with a lot of 6th graders. They are looking forward to the NCKC and regional tournaments.
Right here, right NOW! IMG_0138.mov

This video was produced to inspire students to take on the challenge of being in the moment of "Right here, right Now." 
Supply List
We have posted the supply list for your convenience! 
Students - Dont forget summer reading!
You can still purchase a book for $5 at the high school - Dont forget that each class you take will involve our summer reading "Chew on This."  We will be working on literacy skills necessary for college and career readiness!
Freshmen orientation and all student schedule pick-ups
Freshmen orientation will be on July 23, 5 to 7pm.  Freshmen can also pick up their schedules and pay the $60 school fees at this time.  All other grade levels may pick up their schedules and pay student fees on July 24th and 25th 1 to 7pm and July 26th 9am to 3pm.
Senior College and Career Readiness Message 4-16.mov
Mr. Masters discusses this year's Seniors growth over their 4 years to becoming college and career ready.
JCC Carrollton offers a great scholarship
JCC Carrollton offers a great scholarship for students interested in 2 year degrees in Engineering Technology, Chemical Technology, and Information Technology.