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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.

Aspiring Administrators Cohort Participants Announced

Lincoln County Schools has taken a proactive approach in developing future instructional leaders.  The Aspiring Administrator Program is designed for outstanding educators who have an aptitude for leadership and are attracted to administration. Lincoln County Schools wishes to ensure that a high-quality leadership and administrative candidate pool continues to grow. Although participation in the program is not a guarantee for a future administrative position, this program is designed to provide aspiring school leaders the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the 21st century public school setting through professional growth and leadership development.

We’re excited about the level of interest expressed for participation in the first Lincoln County Aspiring Administrator Cohort. Unfortunately, we were not able to accept every applicant who expressed interest, but we encourage applicants not selected to apply again next year.  

Please click Read More to learn more about this year' recipients...

Summer School Food Service Employees Recognized

Summer School Food Service Employees RecognizedLincoln County Food Service Summer School Employees were recognized at the October board meeting and where they recieved a certificate for their hard work and dedication to students.  Lincoln County Food Service provided a dinner for the employees and School Board Members as part of the recognition.
Thanks to Renate Mason, Lori Worster, Emma Mullins, Jill Mauldin, Shasta Davidson, Brandy Yates, Lynda Dye, Bonnie Shoemaker, Elieen Sneed, Ben Hill, Billy McCormick, Mary Weaver and Kay Manuel for feeding the students during the summer. 

PRESCHOOL / HEAD START ALL STARS - 5 STAR RATED DISTRICT

EC All StarsAll 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

Vote Lincoln County Parent Representative Calendar Committee Election

We want to thank the parents who volunteered to serve as parent representatvies on our 2018-2019 Calendar Committee. We had more parents volunteer than required, so we are conducting an election for the two (2) parent representative positions. Please click the survey below to vote. Thank you for your time and support!! 

Lincoln County Parent Representative Calendar Committee Election 

Please cast your vote by Friday, October 6, 2017. 

Lincoln County Schools Win High Attendance Day in Region 16

Congratulations goes out to Lincoln County Middle School for winning Region 16 High Attendance Day in the Large Middle School category with 97.12% attendance! Another congratulations goes out to Lincoln County High School for winning Region 16 High Attendance Day in the Large High School category with 94.51% attendance! Keep up the good work LCMS and LCHS students!

 #TEAMLincoln

2018-19 Calendar Committee Survey 2018-2019 School Calendar Committee Parent Representative

We are searching for parent volunteers to serve in the development of the 2018-19 School Calendar. 

If you are a parent of a student attending a school in Lincoln County and would like to be considered for one of the two positions on the 2018-2019 School Calendar Committee please complete the following survey.

2018-2019 Parent School Calendar Survey

If more parents volunteer than are required we will conduct an election for those representatives on the committee.

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)

Joanna Stevens Selected to Present at the National Conference for Teachers of Mathematics

Johanna Stevens

Congratulations to Mrs. Joanna Stevens for being selected to present at the National Conference for Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 2018 Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Washington, D.C.!

At the NCTM, thousands of educators will be brought together for the premiere math education event of the year to enhance their professional skills, knowledge, and careers. At the NCTM Annual Meeting, teachers will have the opportunity to network and exchange ideas, engage with innovation in the field, and discover new learning practices that will drive student success. The program committee accepted a proposal, “Fostering a Growth Mindset for All Students”, written by Mrs. Stevens, to be presented at the annual meeting. During her presentation, Joanna will be sharing how she develops and maintains a growth mindset to help students succeed in the math classroom.

Again, congratulations to Mrs. Joanna Stevens as she continues to shine and make us proud both in and out of the classroom! #TEAMLincoln

No School reminder No School for Students ~ Monday, September 25

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Monday, September 25, 2017 is a scheduled staff work day in the Lincoln County School District. There will be no school for students. 

Our hard working and dedicated staff have a full day of data analysis, professional training, curriculum, instruction, and assessment development, etc. planned for the day.

We look forward to having our fantastic students back with us on Tuesday, September 26th!!!

#TEAMLincoln

 

Lincoln County High School FFA Jr. Dairy Team ~ 1st Place at State Fair

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LCHS FFA Jr. dairy team placed 1st at the state fair! These students practiced all summer, visiting the local Lincoln county community dairies, competed at  EKU field day, and reaped the rewards of hard work, taking home the first place title! Congratulations!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left to right Melaisha Washington, Whitney Hatter, Judea Correll, and Noah Malone

2017 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year
Rachael YadenCongratulations to Mrs. Rachael Yaden for being named the 2017 Kentucky Council for the Social Studies Teacher of the Year!!! Ryan New, President of KCSS stated "After examining your practices and contributions, the impact you've had on students and colleagues through the social studies is greatly appreciated". In addition to presenting at their upcoming conference, Mrs. Yaden will be honored during an award ceremony luncheon. Congratulations Mrs. Rachael Yaden on this outstanding accomplishment!
#TEAMLincoln
District 11 Kentucky Music Educators Association Middle School Teacher of the Year

Carlee CornettCongratulations to Mrs. Carlee Cornett for being named the 2017-2018 District 11 Kentucky Music Educators Association Middle School Teacher of the Year!!! District 11 encompasses over thirteen surrounding counties and through her many accolades, experiences, and continuous devotion to students it is obvious as to why Mrs. Cornett was chosen as the recipient of this prestigious award! Congratulations Mrs. Carlee Cornett!!
#TEAMLincoln

Strategic Planning Committee Meeting ~ Nov. 1

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. As part of the strategic planning process, a Strategic Planning Steering Committee has been formed. The application process for the Strategic Planning Steering Committee was announced last spring. After careful review of applications, the Lincoln County School District is excited to announce the following stakeholders who have been selected to serve as members of the Strategic Planning Steering Committee:

Strategic Planning Steering Committee Lead: 
Jackie Risden-Smith, Chief Academic Officer

• Jacob Baird, Student Member
• Tammy Board, Staff Member 
• Candida Byrd, Staff Member
• Zonda Byrd, Parent Member
• James Crunkleton, Community Member
• Kim Dillard, Staff Member
• Dana Ellis, Staff Member
• Sherill Griffin, Community Member
• Billy Harris, Principal Member
• Johanna Ingram, Staff Member
• Edwina Jacobs, Staff Member
• Jerry Shelton, Community Member
• Hannah Smith, Student Member
• William Stafford, Parent Member

The first Strategic Planning Steering Committee is November 1, 2017 at 4:30 PM in the Student Support Center.

New Administrative Team at LCMS

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There is much change underway at Lincoln County Middle School--not the least of which is the new administrative team.  Mr. Billy, Harris, Mr. Jason Bryant, and Mr. David Ledford all begin this year with previous experience at LCMS but are serving for the first time together as school leaders of the Eagles.  We would like to welcome them all as we continue forward into the 2017-18 school year.
 

Click the Read More link to learn more about our principals.

Grand Champion State Fair Winner

Eli Pleasants 1st Place Ham at State Fair
Lincoln County Schools would like to congratulate Laurissa Jarman, Kerynna Jarman, and Eli Pleasants on completing the 4-H Country Ham Project. Laurissa earned second place overall in her age division for combined ham and speech scores. Kerynna received a blue ribbon for her ham. Eli brought home the overall GRAND CHAMPION country ham award as the best of all 715 hams submitted! Eli’s ham will be displayed in Cloverville until the end of the State Fair!

To participate in this project, youth cured two hams over the course of 8 months. In addition to curing their own hams, they completed six hours of training and gave a speech about their ham at the Kentucky State Fair. Hams are judged on aroma, lean to fat ratio, and appearance.



If youth would like to participate in the 2018 4-H Country Ham Project, please contact 4-H Agent Courtney Brock at the Lincoln County Extension Office at 606-365-2447.

Way to go Eli, Laurissa, and Kerynna!

#TEAMLincoln

Photo: Eli Pleasants with his GRAND CHAMPION ribbon at the Kentucky State Fair

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. 

springbreak_ani Spring Break

Spring Break for Lincoln County Schools will be April 3 - 7. Have a great Spring Break!!!

Musical Excellence Recognitions!

The Lincoln County Board of Education recognized our Lincoln County choral and band students at the March board meeting. These students have distinguished themselves by being named an “All-State” or "All Regional" performer. 

In addition, for the first time ever, a Lincoln County team made the top 10 in the state talent show. Congratulations!!

Musical Excellence Students 2017

National Merit Finalist - Auburn Mattingly National Merit Finalist

Congratulations to Auburn Mattingly for being named a NATIONAL MERIT FINALIST!! She was presented a certificate of honor and plaque for her academic accomplishments by the Lincoln County Board of Education at the March board meeting.

To be named a National Merit Finalist is a tremendous honor and great accomplishment. This scholarship not only considers academic excellence, but also reviews student activities and leadership skills. 

Congratulations Auburn!! We are so proud of you!!!

KDE logo Kentucky Commissioner of Education to Visit Lincoln County

“We are excited to announce that Dr. Stephen Pruitt, Commissioner of Education will join us on March 23 for our Operation Preparation event at Lincoln County Middle School. Dr. Pruitt will also visit a science classroom while in town. Welcome Dr. Pruitt!”

Thank you! 20 Years of Service

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The Lincoln County Board of Education recognized employees who have served for 20 years and dedicated the majority of their career to teaching and serving the students of Lincoln County. They are “Lifers” with us, so to speak!  In recognition of their service, they were presented with a Patriot Award, as well as a 20+ pin to honor their dedication and commitment to the students of Lincoln County. Whatever your capacity, it takes everyone working together as a team to keep all of our systems running at peak efficiency. Thank you for your dedication and service to our students and schools!! We are truly honored! Congratulations!!
      As we strive to provide an educational environment that turns the vision of “Every Student, Every Classroom, Every Day—College and Career Ready” into reality, it takes determined and dedicated employees like these to make it happen. 

Thank you again for the love and care you demonstrate every day!

Happy Valentine's Day Valentine's Day Information

Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14. If you are planning to make a delivery to your child's school on this day, please review the information below to prevent any disappointment or confusion. For safety and sensibilty, the following items: GLASS, POTTERY, ANYTHING BREAKABLE, BALLOONS, or LARGE STUFFED ANIMALS are NEVER permitted to be taken home on a school bus.  This is a Kentucky State Transportation Law and connot be ignored on any date. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.  You may contact your child's school for any additional details.

Congratulations!! McKinney Elementary ~ 100% Attendance

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On February 9, 2017, McKinney Elementary had 100% attendance for BOTH the students and the staff!!!! Congratulations!!!

Scholastic Ball Report image Students will appear on "Scholastic Ball Report" ~ February 4th

Our very own Lincoln County High School 'Scholar Athletes', Logan Godbey and Jenna King, will appear Saturday on 'Scholastic Ball Report". The show will air Saturday at  12:30 pm on CWLexington. Coach, Cassandra McWhorter, will also join the girls in this interview.

Congratulations!!

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)

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. 

Distinguished District Lincoln County District & Schools Honored for High Achievements

             

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

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!

Strategic Planning Steering Committee

The Lincoln County School District is beginning a Strategic Planning Process to review school district goals, intended outcomes and results, and our vision, mission, and beliefs. The Strategic Planning Steering Committee will be developed and will meet frequently during the 10 month process. Several focus groups charged with focusing on specific topics identified by the Strategic Planning Steering Committee will also be established. 

We are inviting stakeholders, including students, parents, staff, community partners, etc. to be part of this Strategic Planning process. This is a chance for your voice to be heard.

Below is the link to an application to serve in the process. The application deadline is May 12, 2017. We ask that you please consider applying to serve in the very important process to improve outcomes for Lincoln County students.

Apply Now Button

LC "Academics in Action"

 

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institute for multi-sensory educationTeachers at work this summer while the kids are off! Lincoln County School District teachers are spending a week in the student’s seats learning a structured, sequential, multi-sensory approach to teach reading as part of their core classroom instruction to all students! The Orton-Gillingham approach incorporates the three learning pathways: auditory, kinesthetic, and visual, to allow reading instruction highly effective in teaching all students how to read, including students with risk factors for dyslexia. This in district training is being made available to all 1st grade teachers district-wide and additional teachers from every elementary school. The long-term vision is to offer this 30 hour IMSE certification training every summer until all K-3 teachers in Lincoln County are trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach. More information about the Orton-GIllingham approach can be found on their website… https://www.orton-gillingham.com/training/professional-development/

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

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. 

 

Mr. Kyle French Welcome New Lincoln County High School Assistant Principal

Patriots join me in welcoming the newest member of the LCHS Administrative Team, Kyle French, as the new Assistant Principal.  Kyle is originally from a small town in central Vermont.  He came to Kentucky for his undergraduate studies at Berea College and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Secondary Education with a specialization in Asian Studies.  He began his teaching career at a small private school in New Hampshire, but returned to Kentucky in 2005 to begin teaching at Pulaski County High School.  

Mr. French taught at PCHS for 12 years, where he taught mostly US History and AP US History (in that role he served as a Reader for the AP US History test for 3 years) and has been the chair of the Social Studies department for the last 6 years.  While at Pulaski, Mr. French became skilled in curriculum refinement, best instructional practices, and data analysis to inform instruction.

Mr. French earned a Masters of the Arts in Secondary Education at Lindsey Wilson College and completed his studies for the Education Specialist degree in School Leadership at Eastern Kentucky University in 2015.

Mr. French currently lives in Berea, KY with his wife, Dara, two sons Sawyer (4), Attitcus (2), and a baby to be named later.

Mr. French is extremely excited and happy to be joining the Patriot family and continuing the high achievement tradition currently at Lincoln County High School.

Welcome to LCHS Mr. French!  We are excited to have you join our team!!

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

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.

KEDC LC Distinguished Banner Kentucky Districts Honored for Outstanding Achievement ~ Lincoln County, a Distinguished District

The Kentucky Educational Development Corporation (KEDC) honors member school districts with a banner for their outstanding achievement as a District of Distinction, Distinguished District, or Proficient District named thru Kentucky’s accountability system. Districts are classified as Distinguished with district scores from the 90th to 99th percentile in the state and Proficient with district scores from the 70th to 89th percentile in the state.  A District of Distinction is awarded by the Kentucky Department of Education to Kentucky school districts who exhibit test scores from the 95th to 99th percentile, has met its current year AMO, student participation rate, graduation rate goal and the graduation rate is above 60 for the prior two years and cannot have a school labeled as Priority or Focus. KEDC has been serving member school districts for over 50 years in supporting areas such as instruction, technology, and special education.

Below is a list chart of KEDC member school districts and their award category for which they have already or will receive a banner for their district.

Lincoln County Middle School Students featured on "The Next Big Thing"

On Fridays, Channel One News features "The Next Big Thing" and accepts feedback from students on whether they agree or disagree. Lincoln County Middle School teacher, Mrs. Lacey Ledford worked with her class to create and submit a video over Chip, The Smart Cookie Oven, and it aired on the January 6th episode!! The kids were super excited that their video was chosen to be shown nationwide. Congratulations!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3NBUInIzfc

Mr. Michael Rowe - Superintendent School board is vital component of district progress

Our community is blessed. We have a successful school system with incredibly engaged students in grades K-12 and a team of professional teachers and administrators who strive daily to provide an excellent education to benefit this community for generations to come.

A vital component of the progress of our district – and thus our community – is the leadership provided by the men and women who make up the Lincoln County Board of Education. 

As superintendent, I am fortunate to regularly witness the selfless service of board members Tom Blankenship, Alan Hubble, Theresa Long, Yolanda Smith and Marvin Wilson. But often, stakeholders only see their work at board meetings. Our school board members are citizens of Lincoln County – your friends and neighbors – with extraordinary dedication to our community and our children.

No School ~ January 5, 2017

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

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

Annual Parent Involvement Survey 2016-2017

Annual Parent Involvement Survey 2016-2017

Please follow the link provided to complete a Parent Involvement survey for a chance to win a $25 gift card donated by First Southern National Bank. Your input is important and will be used to improve parent involvement programs in our schools. Surveys must be completed by May 12. Thank you for your continued support.

Lincoln County Archery Accomplishments and State Winner

The Lincoln County Board of Education recognized our Lincoln County archery students at the May board meeting. Congratulations to all of these students for their high scores in archery and to Roby Mullins for placing 1st in the state!!! 

Archery Student Recognitions

 

Jackie Risden Smith appointed by Governor Bevin to Read to Achieve Council Mrs. Risden-Smith Appointed to the "Read To Achieve Council" by the Governor

Jackie Risden-Smith, Chief Academic Officer of Lincoln County Schools, was recently appointed by Governor Bevin to one of Kentucky's Boards.

Mrs. Smith has been appointed to the Read to Achieve Council. The Council is responsible for advising the Kentucky Board of Education and the Kentucky Department of Education regarding decision making around the costs, needs, effectiveness, and development with implementation of reading instruction for students throughout the Commonwealth.

The council includes a total of 10 appointees by the governor and her term will expire June 30, 2020. The picture below was taken yesterday evening at a reception at the Governor's Mansion. Way to represent#TEAMLincoln.

Welcome Back to School Orientation Schedule 2017-2018

OrientationHope everyone has had a wonderful summer and is excited to begin another school year!! The First Day of school for students begins on August 10th!!

We have several orientation nights scheduled throughout the district. Please plan to atttend your school's orientation to become more acquainted with your school, teachers, and staff. We are all looking forward to an amazing 2017-2018 school year!

 

Orientation

Taylor Wesley Graduates From The Center for Rural Development’s 2017 Rogers Scholars Program

Roger Scholar

     Taylor Wesley of Lincoln County High School graduated this summer from The Center for Rural Development’s 2017 Rogers Scholars program.
     Rogers Scholars is an intensive one-week summer leadership program that provides valuable leadership skills and exclusive college scholarship opportunities for high school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky to seize their full potential as the region’s next generation of business and entrepreneurial leaders.
      “The Rogers Scholars program took me out of my comfort zone and allowed me to make new friends,” said Wesley, a student at Lincoln County High School. “It truly was an experience of a lifetime.

Elementary Regional Governor's Cup Winners

The Lincoln County Board of Education recognized the elementary students and their coaches for their great accomplishments at the Regional Governor's Cup competition this year. Congratulations to all of these young scholars!!

 

 Governor's Cup Regional Winners

"Building Our Future in the Present" ~ What is the Nickel Tax & How Does it Work?

If you were granted the blessing to bring the future of Lincoln County Schools into the present, what would it look like?  

  • Brand New Facilities?
  • 21st Century Classroom Technology?
  • Equitable Environment?
  • Full Service Instructional Supports?
  • Universal Pre-K with Transportation?

In the near future, Superintendent Rowe will be asking members of the Lincoln County Board of Education to approve a recallable nickel tax. While voting for an increase may not be popular, we realize our facilities are getting older and that we have no long range plan or funding mechanism to replace them. In order to finance new buildings, a nickel tax is necessary. We respect the opinions of each resident in our county and this is why there will be a Town Hall meeting at each school in the district. Please take the time to read the FAQ document below. Your opinions are respected and it is the hope that you will see the need for a nickel tax.

Nickel Tax Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

 

Nickel Tax Town Hall Schedule

Thursday April 27th – Crab Orchard Elementary School
Monday May 1st – Highland Elementary School
Tuesday May 2nd – Hustonville Elementary School
Thursday May 4th – Lincoln County Middle School
Monday May 8th – Lincoln County High School
Tuesday May 9th – McKinney Elementary School
Monday May 15th – Stanford Elementary School
Tuesday May 16th – Waynesburg Elementary School

*all meetings start at 6:00pm

"Making a Difference" Awards 2016

Teachers and staff of Lincoln County’s Exceptional Child Services department were recognized for going above and beyond the scope of their jobs for the sake of students. 

A ceremony was held Dec. 13 at the Lincoln County Student Support Center on Danville Avenue and a large crowd gathered as 18 Making a Difference award nominees were honored and six finalists were recognized. 

“I’m very excited to have these 18 finalists and I’m very excited to recognize them tonight,” said Jackie Risden-Smith, director of instructional equity and academic support.

Diff Makers

2016 Making a Difference 6 Award Winners

Billy Harris Photo - New Waynesburg Elementary Principal New Waynesburg Elementary Principal Named

The Lincoln County Board of Education is pleased to announce the hiring of Mr. Billy Harris as principal of Waynesburg Elementary School.  “I am so impressed by the thoughtful and analytical manner that the Waynesburg council members exhibited throughout this process, commented Michael Rowe, superintendent of schools, “the parents, teachers, and community should be very proud of the commitment these individuals displayed.  Selecting the next leader of a school is the most critical responsibility of any site-based council and from the initial training to the last meeting, these council members performed in an exemplary manner.  I am certainly proud of their efforts.”

From the onset of the principal selection process, the Waynesburg council solicited input from all stakeholder groups by sending out surveys and listening carefully to what staff, parent, and community members had to say.   From this feedback, the council developed criteria that guided the work and ultimately the selection of Mr. Billy Harris as the school’s next principal.A lifelong Lincoln County resident and veteran educator, Mr. Harris holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in middle level education from Eastern Kentucky University as well as a Master’s Degree and Rank I in Instructional Leadership from the same institution.  Bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Waynesburg Elementary principal position, Mr. Harris began his teaching career at Crab Orchard Elementary School in 1992.  He then taught respectively at Lincoln County Middle School, Stanford Elementary School, and the McGuffey 6th Grade Center where he served for two years as the academic performance specialist—a position that oversaw the development of the McGuffey’s curriculum, assessment, and instruction. 

Basketball ~ 12th Region and All-State Recognitions

The Lincoln County Board of Education recognized our Lincoln County basketball athletes at the April board meeting. These students have distinguished themselves by being named an “All-State” or "All Regional" team recipient. 

We are so proud of these young women and men for their athletic and academic accomplishments! Congratulations!!

Basketball Athletes awarded Region and State recognitions! 

Donita Brock Selected to KY Biology EOC Assessment Development Team

Donita BrockCongratulations to Donita Brock for being selected to represent our region as a member of the Kentucky Biology End of Course Assessment Development Team! Mrs. Brock was selected out of a pool of 111 applicants to engage in this important work to design and create summative assessment clusters that will be used to build the Biology EOC Field Test that will be administered in the spring of 2018. Great work Donita!

Fort Logan Early Childhood Teachers Tour New Classrooms

Early Childhood The Fort Logan Early Childhood teachers got to tour their new classrooms today at Stanford Elementary. They are scheduled to move into their new rooms after Fall Break!

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.

Early Childhood Registration 2017 - 2018

Early Childhood Registration

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

Healthy Kids Clinics Hold First Annual Summer Training

Healthy Kids Clinic AwardThe Healthy Kids Clinics of Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. (CFMC), held their annual Summer Training on July 27 – 28 at the Auditorium/Natatorium Complex in Russell Springs, KY. Healthy Kids Clinic staff from nine participating county school districts were in attendance along with Central Office representatives and administration from CFMC. 

Informational sessions were held on Immunization Storage and Handling, healthy weight management for adolescences, oral health emergencies, and HPV vaccine education among others.  Representatives from Shriners and the KY AHEC also conducted sessions in addition to those provided by CFMC Healthy Kids Clinic administrators and staff. Pediatrician Dr. Lynnette Brooks of Glasgow Pediatric Healthcare was a featured presenter on her new pediatric weight management program.

Cathy Pleasants Recognized as Vice-President of the Kentucky School Nutrition Association

Cathy Pleasants

Lincoln County Schools would like to recognize Cathy Pleasants who has recently been elected as Vice-President of the Kentucky School Nutrition Association (KSNA). Mrs. Pleasants is dedicated to the success of Lincoln County students in her role as the Food Services Coordinator for the district. Congratulations, Cathy! #TEAMLincoln

 

Healthy Kids Clinic Nurses Receive Training

Kids Clinic Nurses

As we start off our first year partnering with Healthy Kids Clinic, Lincoln County nurses spent time in training last week. Parents will receive more information on Healthy Kids Clinic at Open House and in the beginning of the school year paperwork packets. We're excited about this change to our School Health Program as it will increase services to our students and staff! #TEAMLincoln

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