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Highland Elementary News

No School~Monday, November 6, 2017

Just a friendly reminder that Monday is a scheduled staff work day in the Lincoln County School District. Students will not be attending school, Monday, November 6, 2017.

We look forward to having our amazing students back with us on Tuesday!!! #TEAMLincoln

Calendar Survey 2018-19 2018-2019 School Calendar Survey

The District Calendar Committee, after seeking feedback from district employees, parents, and community members, shall recommend school calendar options to the Superintendent for presentation to the Board. The committee’s recommendations shall comply with state laws and regulations and consider the economic impact of the school calendar on the community and the state

We are asking for your feedback on the following 2018-2019 School Calendar Survey for the District Calendar Committee to consider while developing the new calendar. The survey will be open until Nov. 8, 2017. Please click the survey link above to complete the survey. We appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey and all feedback will be considered. 

Lincoln County Schools Strategic Planning Steering Committee First Meeting

The Lincoln County Schools Strategic Planning Steering Committee will have their first meeting this evening from 4:30 – 6:00 in the Board Room of the Student Support Center. Under the direction and leadership of Superintendent, Mr. Michael Rowe, the Lincoln County School District has started the implementation of a strategic planning process to revise the district’s vision, mission, and beliefs, and develop new school district goals and action plans.

Preschool / Head Start All STAR - 5 Star Rated

Kristi Petrey and Mae FarmerAll six Preschool/Head Start sites, including Crab Orchard, Fort Logan, Highland, Hustonville, McKinney and Waynesburg have earned a 5 Star Rating based on the Kentucky All STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. A 5 Star Rating is the highest rating possible to be earned. The All STARS system is certified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, Division of Child Care and the Kentucky Department of Education.

     Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs. Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills. The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky's Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality. It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. On the path toward higher quality, programs can benefit from supports including training, technical assistance and coaching.

      On the expanded five-star scale, STARS level one is obtained by meeting regulatory requirements. STARS level two is obtained by completing a set of required domains and standards. STARS levels three through five features a range of points programs must meet in order to meet to move up on the rating scale. While there are required domains for these three STARS levels, programs can choose from a menu of standards to fulfill the requirements.
Kristi Petrey and Mae Farmer above...Congratulations!!

Parent Survey Family Resource & Youth Service Center Needs Assessment Surveys

Please help support our Family Resource and Youth Service Centers in Lincoln County by completing the appropriate survey(s) below. These surveys are used to support and provide services for all students in Lincoln County Schools. If your child is in Preschool - Elementary School you will need to complete the Family Resource Parent Survey. If your child is in Middle or High School, please complete the Youth Service Center Parent Survey. If you have a child at the elementary and middle or high levels please complete both surveys provided below.  Your feedback is very important to us and very much appreciated. Thank you for taking time to complete the survey and supporting our students.

Family Resource Center Parent Survey (Preschool & Elementary)

Youth Service Center Parent Survey  (Middle & High)

Highland Elementary Staff

Highland Staff

Highland Elementary School staff wore red on September 13, 2017  to show our support for education funding. WE LOVE OUR STUDENTS  !  The shirts were a much appreciated gift from our Student Support Center. Many thanks to the Student Support Center Staff.

Chasity Muse Welcome back to Mrs. Chasity Muse !

Chasity Muse joins us once again at Highland Elementary School as an instructional assistant in our K/1 classroom. Chasity has previous experience working with first grade students.  Here are a few fun facts about Mrs. Muse: She has been married for seventeen years and is a mother of two- one child is a student at LCHS and the other student is here at Highland. Chasity likes spending time with her family and enjoys her job very much. Helping children learn and grow is a career goal for her.

No School - TODAY - Friday, August 18th

Lincoln County Schools have been cancelled today, Friday, August 18, 2017 due to continued rising waters in some areas of the county. 

 

August 21st School Day Extended One (1) Hour

Eclipse

Lincoln County Schools will be extending the instructional day on Monday August 21st to coincide with the solar eclipse.

 

The duration of the eclipse for Lincoln County is from 1:02pm-3:55pm. The instructional day for Monday August 21st will extend to 4:00pm for all schools. Since prolonged viewing of a solar eclipse with the unaided eye could cause serious eye injuries, our goal is to ensure students are not on school buses during the eclipse.

 

The eclipse peak will be at 2:30pm when the moon obscures 96.5% of the sun.

 

As normal, buses will leave from the middle school first. Students will arrive home roughly one (1) hour later than normal.

Please sign permission slip and have your child return it to school on Monday if you haven't already done so. You may also click the following link to download permission slip now Solar Eclipse Permission Slip

Register for Kindergarten Camp ~ July 31 - Aug. 1

Kindergarten Camp

After you have registered your child for Kindergarten you may also complete registration for "K Camp". K Camp is a new initiative starting in the 2017-2018 school year that will be offered from July 31 - Aug. 1. This will be a great opportunity for your child to better  prepare for their first day of Kindergarten. 
Kindergarten Camp Registration Link

Lincoln County Summer Food logo Lincoln County Summer Food Service Program

Lincoln County Board of Education is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

Please Click "Read More" for Locations and Times.

Kindergarten Registration April 18th - April 27th

Kindergarten Registration for Lincoln County Schools April 18 - 27th

After you have registered your child for Kindergarten you may also complete registration for "K Camp". K Camp is a new initiative starting in the 2017-2018 school year that will be offered from July 31 - Aug. 1. This will be a great opportunity for your child to better  prepare for their first day of Kindergarten. 
Kindergarten Camp Registration Link

Bus Accident

This afternoon, Wednesday, April 12th, Stanford Elementary school bus 0204 was involved in a minor accident.  No one was injured.  All students are being transported back to Stanford Elementary.  Parents and guardians should come to Stanford Elementary to pick up their students and sign them out. District and school staff will be available to answer any questions and address your concerns. 

Early Childhood Registration 2017 - 2018

Early Childhood Registration

Lincoln County Schools in Session Tuesday, January 10 ~ Plan B

Lincoln County School District will be operating on a Plan B schedule tomorrow, Tuesday, January 10th. There are only a few roads that are still impassable due to the ice and snow. The bus drivers assigned to those roads are contacting any student that is affected. All other routes will run as normal.

 

Icy Roads No School - Monday, January 9

There will be no school in Lincoln County, Monday, January 9th. Many of the roads that buses travel are still covered with ice and snow. Stay safe and warm. 

Lincoln County “Patriot Days”

Lincoln County Schools has been granted state permission to offer “Non-Traditional Instruction “(NTI) days during the 2016-2017 school year.  We will call these Patriot Days!  This plan will allow meaningful learning to take place when conditions prevent school from being in session. A Patriot Day will count as an instructional day, and if approved by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE), will not have to be made up at the end of the school year.

WHAT IS A NON-TRADITIONAL INSTRUCTION DAY (PATRIOT DAY)?

A non-traditional instruction day (Patriot Day) is a district declared day when learning and instruction will continue, yet students will not report to school.  Learning will take place using technology or conventional paper packets focusing on previously introduced content to enhance, remediate or enrich student skills.  All materials will be provided by your child’s teacher(s) and students are expected to return completed assignments to their teacher upon their return to school. Students who have difficulty completing the work on the actual Patriot Day will have up to one week from the actual Patriot Day to turn it in. Please note, not every school cancellation day will be a Patriot Day.  The School Messenger call will clearly indicate what type of cancellation day it will be.

No School January 6, 2017 ~ First Patriot Day (NTI) Day

*Tomorrow, Friday, January 6,* is our first Patriot Day or (NTI) Non-Traditional Instruction Day.  School is closed, but students should complete their assignments for *Patriot Day #1* and return them when school is back in session.  If your student needs help or assistance, his/her teacher(s) will be available to answer questions between the morning hours of 8:00 a.m.—11:00 a.m. and in the afternoon between 12:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Teachers will be accessible via email and or telephone and will respond to both student and parent questions during the day.  This contact information is included with your student’s Patriot Day packets.

The link for all Patriot Day lessons is posted on the front page of the district website!

No School ~ January 5, 2017

School has been cancelled for today, Thursday, January 5, 2017.  Stay safe and warm. 

LINCOLN COUNTY WEATHER RELATED PLANS ~ 2017 Reminder

Due to inclement weather (snow, ice, flooding, etc.) occasional changes may be required in school transportation, attendance times, and dates. Inclement weather requires close cooperation and good communications between home and school so that the quality of education is not reduced and the safety and welfare of children are maintained. In the case that changes are made, a School Messenger call will be made. Possible changes include: An early release, cancellation, or one of the three plans-one-hour delay, two-hour delay, or plan B is implemented.

The Kentucky Department of Education allows up to five hours for emergencies that can be forgiven and do not have to be made up each year. Lincoln County Public Schools (LCPS) may choose to delay the opening of schools by one-or-two hour increments as opposed to closing the entire day. The Board of Education may use one of the following alternative operational plans in an effort to reduce the number of days missed due to inclement weather.

Click Read More below to view all three Plans

Highland Academic Team Highland Elementary wins Championship at District Governor’s Cup

Led by Coach Joy Robertson, Highland Elementary was the overall District Champion at the Governor’s Cup held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Highland won the overall competition with 42.5 points overall for the day. The Quick Recall team was runner-up at the District, advancing them to the Regional competition.

Special thanks to Coach Robertson for her daily work with the students preparing them for the competition. She is a valuable asset to the school and team.

 A great day of competition for our students …and Best of Luck to our team at the Regional Competition.

Lee Ann Sumner Meet Ms. Sumner !

Highland Elementary School is pleased to announce that Lee Ann Sumner has joined our school in the role of K/1  teacher.  Lee Ann has four years teaching experience at Eubank Elementary. She is a graduate of Lindsay Wilson with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education, and from Midway with a Master’s Degree in Teacher Leadership.  Ms.  Sumner resides in the Eubank community. In her spare time, she enjoys being on the lake.

Linda Harrington A Great New Cook for our Lunchroom !

We have a new face in the kitchen at Highland Elementary School. Mrs. Linda Harrington joins us this year as a cook. She moved to this area a year ago from Pennsylvania. Her family has a dairy farm. She resides with her husband and 12-year-old daughter, who is a student at the middle school. Linda loves animals and has two dogs and several cows on her farm. 

Maecey and Hallie District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

Hallie Mullins won first place in the math written assessment at the District Governor’s Cup Competition. Maecey Carrier got fourth place in the math assessment category. GREAT job!

Brooklyn and Nikki District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

Brooklyn Adams won first place in the Arts and Humanities category of Written Assessment at the Governor’s Cup, while Nikki Mounce place second .  Way to go!

Danielle Padgett A New Face in the Library

This year, we are pleased to announce that Danielle Padgett will be the new librarian.  Danielle has six years teaching experience. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science in English and Language Arts, and from Eastern Kentucky University with a Master’s Degree in Library Science.  Danielle resides in Stanford with her husband, Chase, who teaches at LCHS and her three-year-old daughter Reagan.

Justin Padgett Welcome to Mr. Padgett

This year, we are pleased to announce that Justin Padgett will be joining the third-grade team.  Justin has nine previous years teaching experience. He is a graduate of Midway College with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and from the University of the Cumberlands with a Master’s Degree in  the Teacher Leader program .  Justin resides in Waynesburg and enjoys playing disc golf in his spare time.

Brooklyn District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

 

Brooklyn Adams scored a fifth place win in the English Composition at the District Governor’s Cup. What a fabulous writer! 

Caden , Gavin and Austin District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

Gavin Lewis placed first in the District Governor’s Cup Competition, Austin Pennington placed third, and Caden Bastin placed fifth in the area of Science Written Assessment. Wonderful!

Amy Holtzclaw Highland Elementary Welcomes Ms. Amy Holtzclaw

This year, we are pleased to announce that Amy Holtzclaw will be serving the school in a new capacity, as our new Reading Interventionist, made possible by a Read to Achieve grant. This grant was received last year and will bring $100,000 dollars to Highland for the next two instructional years to use for reading instruction.  Amy has 24 years teaching experience. She is a graduate from Eastern Kentucky University with both Bachelor of Science and a planned fifth year program. Ms. Holtzclaw has a daughter, Emily, who is a Junior at LCHS. Amy resides in Crab Orchard with Emily and her dog, Poochie- Poo.

Scholasti Book Fair Book Fair Coming Soon !

Book Fair:

 

Our book fair is scheduled Sept. 12 – Sept. 14. Please support our book fair by allowing your student to purchase items from the fair during the school day. In addition, this year we also have an online book fair that allows you to order items from home and have them delivered to your student during the school day. This is a great way to shop the book fair!

 

http://www.scholastic.com/bf/highlandelementaryschool67

 

Lindsay and Nikki District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

 

Language Arts Written Assessment winners at the District Governor’s Cup were Lindsay Bryant- 2nd place and Nikki Mounce – 5th place.  Perfect, Ladies!

 

Austin and Maecey District Governor’s Cup Written Assessment Winners

Social Studies Written Assessment winners from Highland Elementary are Austin Pennington- 2nd place and Maecey Carrier – 3rd place. Excellent work!

Congratulations to the Lincoln County Early Childhood Program!!

      Preschool-Headstart Teachers

     All six Preschool/Head Start sites, including Crab Orchard, Fort Logan, Highland, Hustonville, McKinney and Waynesburg have earned a 5 Star Rating based on the Kentucky All STARS Tiered Quality Rating and Improvement System. A 5 Star Rating is the highest rating possible to be earned. The All STARS system is certified by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Community Based Services, Division of Child Care and the Kentucky Department of Education.

     Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky's expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs. Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills. The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool. Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky's Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality. It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement. On the path toward higher quality, programs can benefit from supports including training, technical assistance and coaching.

      On the expanded five-star scale, STARS level one is obtained by meeting regulatory requirements. STARS level two is obtained by completing a set of required domains and standards. STARS levels three through five features a range of points programs must meet in order to meet to move up on the rating scale. While there are required domains for these three STARS levels, programs can choose from a menu of standards to fulfill the requirements.

School Day Extended To Coincide With The Solar Eclipse

             In follow-up to the announcement regarding the Lincoln County School District's decision to extend the school day on Monday, August 21, 2017, we want to share some of the final details as we prepare for this very unique learning experience planned for our students.
A few things to know:
     Lincoln County Schools will be extending the instructional day on Monday, August 21st until 4:00 PM to coincide with the solar eclipse. After careful consideration, we are extending the school day to ensure our students have the opportunity to view the eclipse in a safe environment.
     Certified solar eclipse viewing glasses will be provided at no cost for all students and will be distributed the day of the eclipse.
     Students must have parent permission to participate in the eclipse viewing experience at their school. Permission slips will be coming home the week prior to the eclipse with your child. An alternative viewing option on media within the school will be provided as needed.
      We understand that some parents/guardians may want to request an absence for their child on this day so that their child can participate in an educational activity related to the eclipse outside of the school. Parents/guardians wishing to make this request may fill out an Educational Enhancement Opportunity Request Form and submit to their child's principal at least five (5) days prior to the absence. If you submit an Education Enhancement Opportunity Request Form and it is approved, the absence will be marked exempt for that day. The form may be accessed at the following link:

Educational Enhancement Opportunity Requst Form

Highland Faculty and Staff Highland is A Proficient , Progressing School

Highland Elementary School faculty and staff members accepted a banner presented for our academic progress and classification as a “ Proficient “ school. The members of the staff accepted the banner at the school board meeting. The banners were presented by Pam Hart at the Student Support Center.

    Accepting Highland’s Banner is, from left to right, Amy Holtzclaw, Lisa Cornett, Rhonda Smith, James Carrier, Suzanne Montgomery, Nancy King, Joy Robertson, and Charlotte Hunter.

Makenna Berry Berry wins Championship

Third grade student Makenna Berry entered the 4-H Demonstration Contest on January 31, 2017 in the category of Science.  Her demonstration was “Homemade Bouncy Balls / Slime” . She won  Grand Champion and First Place in her category.  Congratulations , Makenna !  Our school is very proud of your accomplishment.

Birthday Cutoff for Kindergarten Changed

Kindergarten childrenA change in the birthday eligibility cutoff for Kentucky kindergarteners will take effect in the 2017-18 school year. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, starting next fall, any child who turns 5-years-old on or before August 1 may enroll in full-day kindergarten. The change affects children statewide, according to the Kentucky Department of Education's website, which states, "Beginning with the 2017-18 school year, ...the entry date changes from October 1 to August 1.”
According to the Lincoln County Public School’s early entrance policy, parents may petition the board to allow their child to enter school earlier than permitted under statutory age requirements. Due to the change in the birthday eligibility cutoff, parents may request early-entrance screening if their child will turn 5-years-old between August 2 and October 1, 2017. In order to be accepted for early entry, children must exhibit high levels of academic and social/emotional aptitude on early childhood screeners/assessments.
Those who request early entry will be screened in April and May, and if the student meets the criteria, a recommendation will be made to the board of education by June 30 for the 2017-18 school year. A petition for early entrance testing must be made in writing to the superintendent prior to April 1 of the proposed entry school year. Please contact Bruce Smith, Director of Pupil Personnel, or Angela Cain, Director of Teaching and Learning, for further information. (606-365-2124)

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