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Welcome To New Castle Elementary

At NCES the "Cardinal Way" is all about striving to create an environment where our students feel valued, protected and nurtured so that they can achieve to their greatest potential. Our goal is to create partnerships with parents and our community through communication, consistency and providing a welcoming environment.

& Announcements

Changes to Meal Service Announced

When Henry County Public Schools returns to in-person learning on Oct. 12, there will be a few change to the way we provide meals to both in-person and Online Academy students.

In-Person Students

In-person students will receive a free breakfast and lunch each day they are at school. Each Thursday, elementary and middle school students will be given an opportunity to take home a meal bag with a breakfast and lunch inside for Friday. At the high school, students who attend Monday and Tuesday will have the opportunity to take a meal bag home at the end of the day on Tuesday which will provide a breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. HCHS students that attend in-person classes on Wednesday and Thursday can collect a meal bag at dismissal on Thursday that contains a breakfast and lunch for Friday, Monday and Tuesday.

Technology Time Capsule Opened TimeCapsuleCover

Locked away in a safe at Henry County High School for 25 years, messages written by students from the 1995-96 school year have been waiting to be passed along to the Class of 2021.

To mark the installation of a new “state-of-the-art” computer lab at HCHS, students wrote letters to future Wildcats, which were then placed into a time capsule. The letters discussed trends of that decade and the technological advancements the school had recently made.

“You may find our technology lacking;” read a cover letter addressed to today’s students in the capsule, “however, we are very proud of the new computer lab which was installed this year.”

The letters and capsule were an assignment given by then HCHS business teacher Denise Perry. Perry, who later became an administrator with Henry County Public Schools, had taught business classes like shorthand and keyboarding on IBM Selectric typewriters before teaching a computer class on old Apple IIC computers in a modular trailer parked between the high school and middle school. She created the assignment when the district chose to build a computer lab and equip it with the best technology offered at the time.

Changes to WiFi Hotspot Schedule RevWiFi

As of October 12, 2020, Henry County Public Schools will no longer be providing regional internet services using our Wi-Fi “hot spots” on district buses.

The decision was made due to low usage rate as well as the need for the district to have all buses running when we return to in-person instruction on October 12.  There will be a possibility, based on need, for students to receive a mobile mi-fi unit through their individual school.  Mi-fi units are individual “hot spots” for internet access if you are a virtual learner.

Again, we thank you for your support and understanding as we continue with our district plan to bring students back for in-person instruction/learning.

A Message from Superintendent Terry Price

Dear HCPS Community,

Please read this letter with your child(ren) and reflect on the ways in which each of you can do your part to help make this the best school year possible given the constraints of the current pandemic. Because in-person instruction is best for most students, we are putting our best efforts into making this option available for families. For those who need distance learning, we are providing a solid educational experience through the Online Learning Academy. It is our hope that by implementing the Online Learning Academy and A/B high school schedule, both of which allow for lower classroom numbers, we can safely continue in-person instruction for those who choose that option. We know that no matter which learning model you choose, this year will be like no other.

We all need to work together to make the best of one of the most challenging situations many of us have faced.

Personal responsibility will be essential to successfully navigate the upcoming school year. We need parents to emphasize to their students the importance of following health and safety expectations. In our experience, students typically rise to the occasion when the important adults in their lives ask them to modify their behaviors.

Here are the ways that parents can help:

Fall Sports Fan Guidelines

The fan and attendance guidelines for all Henry County athletic events were developed following the guidelines provided by the KHSAA and school and local health officials. Refusal to follow the guidelines or any unsportsmanlike conduct can lead to suspension of the athletic event or removal from the facility. These guidelines are subject to change as information regarding COVID-19 changes. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding during these different times as we get our athletes back on the field. 

Please contact contact Stuart Dill at stuart.dill@henry.kyschools.us with any questions.

Please Complete this Form

It has been brought to our attention that not everyone has the ability to complete the required Household Income Form that was recently sent out in Word format. In an effort to make it user friendly for all of our families, you can now complete the form via this link https://forms.gle/8yPNwxZrNcFF6AaG7 and submit it online. Please remember that you only need to submit one form per household. If you have already submitted the Word document that was sent previously, you DO NOT need to complete this form. If you are a family that is direct certified (i.e. receiving food stamps) you DO NOT need to complete this form. If you have any problems or questions please contact the Board of Education at 502-845-8600. Thank you for your continued cooperation during this time.

Meal Program Update MealFlyer

Henry County Public Schools is pleased to announce a change to our current meal program. The USDA recently announced that we can revert back to the guidelines of the Summer Feeding Program which we were operating under in the spring and summer.

The change means that HCPS can now serve a breakfast and lunch to ANY child from birth to 18 years of age each day Monday through Friday. Henry County School Nutrition is partnering with the Henry County Public Schools Transportation Department to provide these meals to all children in the county beginning Sept. 3 through October 2 (with the exception of Sept. 7, Labor Day).

Some of our schools will serve as meal pickup locations, and we also offer mobile pickup locations on WiFi-enabled buses in areas of the county with poor internet connectivity. Meals can be picked up from New Castle Elementary School, Henry County High School and Eastern Elementary School from 10am to 1pm (also a change from 10am to noon), Monday through Friday. Mobile bus locations for meal pickup Monday through Friday include: Pleasureville City Hall, Cowboys in Pendleton and Turners Station Christian Church from 9am to 12pm; Lockport Baptist Church Pavilion from 9:30am to 12pm; and Campbellsburg Baptist Church from 9:30 to 10am (meal delivery only, no WiFi on this bus). Under extreme extenuating circumstances, we may be able to offer limited home delivery. To request home delivery, please call Anna or Ellen at 845-8600.

If you have questions about our meal program, please call HCPS’ School Nutrition Department at 845-8609. Thank you for the opportunity to serve your family in this way.

Mask Donations Accepted CoveringsLogo

As many of you know, Henry County Public Schools is preparing to be healthy at school when we do return to the classroom for in-person instruction in October. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, all staff and students in first grade and above will be asked to wear a mask unless they have a medical condition that prohibits them from doing so. While wearing a mask is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, we understand masks may be forgotten, lost or damaged during the school day and require replacement. We also know this pandemic has impacted so many Kentucky families who may not have the resources to provide a mask to their child each school day, and we must try to reduce additional barriers from keeping our kids safe. This is why we are excited to share Coverings for Kids, an initiative by First Lady Britainy Beshear and Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman.

Coverings for Kids seeks to collect mask donations – handmade or otherwise – to provide to Kentucky schools at no cost. Donations of child and adult size masks will be accepted. These donations will help our students, faculty and staff remain healthy at school at the time of their return.

Meals Will be Provided through Oct. 2 MealProgram

Henry County School Nutrition is partnering with the Henry County Public Schools Transportation Department to provide meals to Henry County students while all our students are learning at home to begin this school year. Meals will be provided to all students enrolled in Henry County Public Schools from Wednesday, August 26, through Friday, October 2 (with the exception of Sept. 7, Labor Day).

At this time, federal and state regulations say we MUST return to the protocols of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) and School Breakfast Program (SBP) just as we would for a routine school year. We will be using your child’s lunch number the same way we do during a normal school year to track the number of meals we provide. WE WILL MAKE AN ANNOUNCEMENT IF THESE REGULATIONS CHANGE TO THE SUMMER FEEDING PROGRAM (SFSP). If that were to happen, we will operate under the guidelines we used to provide meals during the spring and summer months.