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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.

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

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.