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NaviGo Scholars Navigo

We are proud to announce the students selected to represent Boone County Schools in the Navigo programs this year.  The students are listed by their business sponsor and will begin working with their NaviGo coaches and career sponsors in October.  Congratulations to all of those selected!

FMD Fundraiser

At last night's volleyball match between Ryle and Cooper, the schools joined together in a fundraiser for the FMD classrooms in both schools. Students from both classrooms were honorary team captains, accompanied the varsity players as they were announced and played their own mini volleyball match. Thank you to everyone that came out to support both schools!

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Boone County Hero

We would like to recognize one of our outstanding bus drivers. Rod Price, who drives bus 334 for Thornwilde Elementary, was approached by a fifth grade student who was choking and beginning to turn blue. Rod jumped into action, performing the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge the object, thus saving the students life! We have wonderful employees throughout the district and we are so grateful to have people like Rod taking care of our students. Thank you Rod!!!

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Boone County Senior Picnic

Boone County Schools took part in the annual Boone County Senior Picnic.  The Senior Picnic is an opportunity for businesses and organizations to stay connected with residents 60 years old and over.  The district enjoys taking part to keep in touch with those interested in the education of their grand children.

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National Merit Scholar Semifinalists

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Please join us in congratulating the following students for being named National Merit Scholar Semifinalists:

From Ryle High School
Jessie Back
Margaret Cook (dual enrolled at the Gatton Academy)
Kyle Dolwick
Alexandra Grayson
Christine Hadley
Weston Yorke

From Conner High School
Victoria Burgess
Lukas Rumminger

We would like to recognize these students for this outstanding accomplishment and all of their hard work.  They are among 16,000 semifinalists competing for 7,500 scholarships worth more than $32 million.  Congratulations!  We are all very proud of you!

 

Ballyshannon Redistricting two maps

As you may know Boone County Schools will be opening Ballyshannon Middle School beginning with the 2018-19 school year.  The addition of Ballyshannon is due to continued growth and with growth comes the need for redistricting for several of our existing middle schools.  The schools involved may include Camp Ernst Middle School, Conner Middle School, Gray Middle School and Ockerman Middle School.  There are two current proposals for redistricting with the addition of Ballyshannon.  The neighborhoods effected and the corresponding maps are below.

Conner High Student Appointed to U.S. Senate Page Post
Juliana Surprenant
Congratulations to Conner High School student Juliana Surprenant who as of this week is spending half of her junior year in Washington D.C. as a U.S. Senate Page for her sponsor Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell. A United States Senate Page is a non-partisan federal employee.
 
Juliana says she has been waiting for this moment since she was in eighth grade. Juliana's mother Cathy says, "Juliana heard about the U.S. Senate Page program 3 years ago from my friend who participated back in the 80's. She has spent the last few years doing everything she could to build her resume for this application." Juliana says she applied not knowing if she had a real chance. But she refused to be deterred when hearing comments like, "you won't get in, you have to know someone." A candidate must be in 11th grade and has to have at least a 3.0 GPA to apply.
Grandparent's Tea

Florence Elementary School is honoring their grandparents with a ‘Grandparent’s Tea’ this week. Hundreds of grandparents (or grandparent representatives) are joining their pride and joy for cookies and bingo!

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GO Pantry Food Drive

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Energy Star Certification energy star
We’re excited to announce that Erpenbeck Elementary, Camp Ernst Middle School, Gray Middle School and R.A. Jones Middle School have all earned ENERGY STAR® certification from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for the first time!!
The certification represents proven, verified superior energy performance over a 12-month period. In fact, ENERGY STAR certified buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar buildings nationwide!
Thank you for being a part of our sustainability story by taking simple actions to cut energy waste – like turning off the lights in empty rooms, and encouraging energy efficient behavior practices. Remember every dollar saved on energy can be applied to our classrooms and for education of our students.
MedFest

MedFest

Youth Mental Health First Aid: Instructor Certification Training Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid® in Boone County

Mental health literacy program to certify 15 instructors in Youth Mental Health First Aid

Contact:  Nicole Sofranko, nicole.sofranko@boone.kyschools.us, 859-334-3791

The Boone County Schools are pleased to provide an opportunity for 15 people from the state of Kentucky to receive training to become Youth Mental Health First Aid instructors. The 3-day training session will be held November 1 through November 3 at the City of Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Blvd, Florence, KY 41042.

“We are thrilled to bring Mental Health First Aid to our community and across Northern Kentucky,” says Kathy Reutman, Executive Director of Student Services for the Boone County Schools.  “Most people know how to recognize and appropriately react to medical emergencies, but there is little knowledge in the general public about what to do in a mental health crisis – especially for youth.”

Drug Free Clubs of America come to all Boone County High Schools drug free clubs

All five Boone County High Schools have signed up to join Drug Free Clubs of America (DFCA).  DFCA is a rewards and reinforcement program for drug free students. The mission of DFCA is to make the choice to be drug free an easy choice for teenagers.  The club recruits drug free students who want to be rewarded for their good choices and arms them with prevention tools to keep them on track.

DFCA membership is strictly voluntary. A card carrying member of DFCA agrees to be randomly drug tested at least five times during the school year.  Testing procedures are confidential.  The results are only given to the parents and the student.  School administrators never see the results.

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Solar Eclipse

We spent some time with students from Camp Ernst Middle School and Kelly Elementary as they learned all about the eclipse. Students at Camp Ernst collected data regarding temperature change, animal behavior, and shadows. Rex McBride from the Boone County Extension Service paid a visit to Kelly to help teach students about the size and distance of the sun and the moon. It was a great learning opportunity for everyone!

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Welcome back!

Today was the first day of school for a brand new school year!  Here is a look around the district as teachers and staff welcomed students back into the classrooms.

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Boone County School Bus Rehearsal Bus

The Boone County School Bus rehearsal has been completed. The buses drove the routes scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year. It was an opportunity for parents and students will get to meet their bus driver in the morning at the time their particular bus will pick them up. Thank you to everyone in the community that participated, to the local media for their coverage and we also would like to thank Kona Ice for coming out to support our drivers too!

 

Collins Elementary Open House

Collins Elementary held it's Open House for the new school year. Students and their parents had an opportunity to meet their new teachers, tour the school and get to know our community partners.

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Early Childhood Development

Child development from birth to five years is the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children's brain development.
 

Your child's social, emotional and physical development has a direct impact on the adult they will become. Today's children are tomorrow's citizens, employees and parents. If we invest wisely in them, the next generation will reflect that through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.  Evidence tells us that if we get it right in the early years we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.  When we fail to provide children with a strong foundation to live healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk. 

Early Learning Center

Student Board Representative

We are pleased to announce Bryan Padilla from Conner High School has been elected to serve as the student representative on the Boone County Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year. Bryan Padilla was sworn in by the Honorable J. R. Schrand.

Bryan Padilla

School Bus Rehearsal bus

School starts in Boone County on Wednesday August 16th. Boone County Schools is helping to prepare parent, students, and the community-at-large with a dry run og Boone County School bus routes beforehand.

The Boone County School Bus rehearsal is Monday August 14th.  All buses will be driving the exact routes scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year. Parents and students will get to meet their bus driver in the morning at the exact time their particular bus will pick them up.  This dry run is especially for new parents with new students starting school, kindergartners transitioning to 1st grade, transferring students or new students moving into the area.

A School Bus rehearsal ensures parents and students that they will know where and when to meet the bus and who their bus driver is before the first day of school.

Parents should check with their child's school for the start times and their neighboorhood bus stop designation.

Solar Eclipse

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Important Information about the Solar Eclipse

On Monday August 21st, 2017 we will experience a total solar eclipse, an event that hasn’t occurred over the U.S. mainland since 1979.  A total solar eclipse, which is when the moon completely covers the sun, will occur across 14 states in the continental U.S. along a 70-mile-wide swath of the country.  While Boone County is not located in this area, we will still be able to view the partial solar eclipse.

This event will be an extraordinary educational opportunity for our students.  Many of our schools will have special activities or lessons planned for this day to accompany the event.  While this event is extremely exciting for our students, we must also acknowledge the importance of proper eye safety.  While it should be common sense not to stare directly at the sun with your naked eyes, this advice will be even more important during this event.  The eclipse must be viewed only through proper eclipse glasses.  Schools with planned viewing activities will require students to wear proper solar eclipse glasses.

In order to protect our students’ eyes during this event:

  • Students will not participate in any unstructured outdoor activities, including recess
  • Students will be advised to not look directly at the sun without wearing solar eclipse glasses
  • We will provide additional personnel until 4pm for parents who do not want their children riding the bus during the eclipse.Children who do not ride the bus for that reason will have to be picked up by parents at 4pm.
Golf Outing

The Boone County Business Association held it's 17th Annual Golf Outing to help support Boone County Schools Alternative Services. The benefits of the outing go to help support the association's effort to provide winter coats, hats, and gloves to students in need. We would like to thanks all of those who were involved!

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Stuff the Bus Challenge

Come join us for a cause!

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Boone County Special Needs Summer Camp

The Boone County Special Needs Summer Camp was held last week. Ockerman Elementary hosted the elementary level with music, art, team games, movement and an engineering station. The middle school and high school levels were hosted at Camp Ernst Middle School with music and dance, art, team games, engineering and archery. Peer tutors played a key role in helping to make camp fun for the students. Thirty four peer tutor volunteers from Ryle, Cooper, and Ockerman Middle School generously gave there time to make this a successful event. Teachers and para educators were very instrumental in helping individual students follow routines, and participate in activities and maintain their health care plans.

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Breakfast of Champions

The Boone County Board of Education honored elementary school students for their outstanding accomplishments at the 18th annual Breakfast of Champions. Please join us as we congratulate our students as they continue to strive for excellence!

Breakfast of Champions

Breakfast of Champions

Imagineering Academy

The Imagineering Academy is enrolling now for the 2017-18 school year. All high school students in Boone County should check it out!

 

Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Cooper High School's Kellie Clark was named the Kentucky Teacher of the Year!  The announcement was made by the Kentucky Department of Education at a ceremony in Frankfort in association with Valvoline.

Teacher of the Year

Public Notice

The Boone County Schools Local Planning Committee will conduct a Public Meeting on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at the Boone County Board of Education, 8330 US 42, Florence.  This meeting is to make a minor adjustment to the current District Facility Plan for Boone County Schools.  Members from the public are welcome to attend and observe.

Last Day of Student Instruction

The Boone County School Board approved that the last day for student instruction to be set as May 24th.

LINK Champion

LINK (Let's Immunize Northern Kentucky) named Joan Fitzsimmons, District Health Coordinator of Boone County Schools, the 2017 Northern KY Immunization Champion. Joan is being honored in recognition of her leadership and dedication to prevent vaccine-preventable diseases and for making Northern KY a safer place to live.  Congratulations Mrs. Fitzsimmons!

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District Honor Choir

The Boone County School District Elementary Honor Choir held it's 3rd annual performance.  Students from all of the elementary schools joined together to showcase their amazing voices!

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Evening with the Stars

The Boone County Board of Education honored middle and high school students for their outstanding accomplishments at the 18th annual Evening with the Stars. Please join us as we congratulate our students as they continue to strive for excellence!

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Japanese Spring Festival

In partnership with Mann Elementary School, Erpenbeck Elementary recently hosted the Annual Japanese Spring Festival. There were tons of activities like Sushi-rolling classes, Taiko Drums, Japanese Crafts, Origami, Storytelling, and Karate demonstrations!

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Stephens SOAR Awards

Stephens Elementary honored it's 4th and 5th grade achievers in style at The SOAR Awards. Students were recognized for their outstanding results on their KPREP Reading and Math testing. The Oscar themed ceremony included a red carpet walk, complete with paparazzi and reporters (Dr. Jim Detwiler and Chad Caddell).

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Early College

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Penguins Visit Thornwilde

Penguins from the Newport Aquarium visited Thornwilde to help the students celebrate reaching their reading goals! The students learned about penguin habitats, markings and predators. They also had an opportunity to pet one of the penguins!

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Polar Palooza

It was Polar Palooza at Goodridge Elementary as 2nd graders showed off their Arctic Art Projects! The students wrote a research paper on an arctic animal, created an art project and designed an electronic presentation that can be viewed by scanning a QR code. Not only were the students displaying their projects, they were also raising money to help adopt an animal at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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Read Across America

Boone County Schools celebrated Read Across America this weekend at the Florence Mall. The Northern Kentucky Education Association partnered with dozen of groups from across the Tri-State to help foster a love of reading. Kids had a chance to take a photo with the Cat in the Hat and to see performances by the R.A. Jones drama program or the Conner Middle School Orchestra.

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Read Across America

Friday wrapped up a big week at Thornwilde. Dr. Seuss, Read Across America, AR Blizzard, door decorating contest, Read-A-Coaster, and Scholastic Read Quest. Coach Dave Trosper and Austin Cain from the Conner High School football team even pitched in by reading to students.

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Kelly Elementary

The power has been restored at Kelly Elementary.  Kelly Elementary will resume a normal schedule on Friday. 

Boone County Schools are CLOSED

Boone County Schools are CLOSED for WEDNESDAY MARCH 1st. There will be no Elementary School bus pick up. Students already at school will stay until it is safe to release them. Parents may pick up students from their schools. High School driving students will be released when their principals deem it's safe to release them.

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

The 2017 Northern Regional Tournament for Odyssey of the Mind took place this weekend at Gray Middle and Mann Elementary Schools. Odyssey Of the Mind encourages children to think outside the box and to work together develop creative solutions. Students from all over Northern Kentucky presented their solutions in an attempt to qualify for the State Tournament.  Click here to see more photos.

Odyssey of the Mind 2017

Surplus Item Auction

There is an online surplus auction for items previously used by the district.  Click here to be taken to the auction.

Bring Your Dad to School Day

Ockerman Elementary celebrated Bring Your Dad to School Day! Dads (and some moms) had an opportunity to spend time in their child's classroom to see what their child does at school and to help build strong futures for their children.  To view more of the photos click here.

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Kindergarten Registration

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Boone County Early Learning Center

Leaders from Boone County Schools, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission, Children Inc, and United Way Success by Six of Boone County toured the recently opened Boone County Early Learning Center.  The groups partnered to create the center as a means to provides a high quality learning environment to help prepare children for kindergarten.  The center is open to children ages 6 weeks to 5 years who live in the Boone County School District.  Click here for more information.

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World Maker & Inventor Expo

The World Maker & Inventor Expo was held at Boone County High School over the weekend. The Expo is a celebration of making, inventing, problem solving and innovation with robotics, 3D printing, drones, aerospace, coding, micro-computing, CSI, Arduino, Graphic Design, engineering and much more. The Expo featured projects and programs from more than 100 schools, universities, companies, and organizations in the greater Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky regions.

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District Grading Scale

During the 2016-2017 school year, Boone County Schools reviewed the board policy for grading (08.221). A revision to the grading policy was enacted in May 2017 based on multiple meetings throughout the year to analyze and evaluate local, regional, and national data surrounding grading scales and their impact on student success.
The grading scale changes directly affect all students in grades 4-12. Details of the changes are listed below.
Boone County PREVIOUS Grading Scale:
● 94-100 = A
● 87-93=B
● 86-78=C
● 77-70=D
● Below 70 failing grade
Boone County Schools NEW Grading Scale Effective July 1, 2017:
● 90-100 = A
● 80-89 = B
● 70-79 = C
● Below 70 is “I” for INCOMPLETE until June 30 of the academic year. Students with an “I” will be provided support by the school to remediate learning to reach a 70. If the grade is still listed as an “I” after June 30, then it becomes a failing grade.
This new grading scale provides comparability of student achievement between Boone County Schools and that of many other districts across the nation.

The Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting for Thursday, February 16 has been cancelled.
Read Across America

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COSI at New Haven

COSI on Wheels stopped by New Haven Elementary to give the students a chance to get hands on with science. The outdoors was brought indoors as the kids interacted with life cycles, ecosystems, and animal adaptations.

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Ockerman Middle School Energy Team

Ockerman Middle School was selected as the Most Outstanding Energy Education Middle School Project by NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project!

NEED is partnered with Duke Energy who provides our grant funds for our 12 Energy Teams in the district. NEED just held their end of year Youth Award luncheon in Frankfort KY and Ockerman Middle School was announced as the Most Outstanding Middle School Project in the state!

The students built an “Energy Bike” with a motor and an inverter to show how much energy it requires to turn on a compact fluorescent light bulb versus the more efficient LED light bulb. The Energy Bike was on display Maker Expo.

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KASA District Administrator of the Year

Jerry Gels was selected as the district-level Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators at the KASA Annual Leadership Institute in Louisville, Kentucky on July 26th, 2017.  

Jerry Gels

Gels led the overhaul of the district’s alternative education program.  Students work through alternative means to earn credits and focus on project-based learning and service learning initiatives; creating real products that build pride, self-worth and renewed engagement in school.

Gels is credited with the idea to form the Boone County Early College and Boone County Design School. He was instrumental in forming partnerships with three postsecondary institutions (Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Community and Technical College) allowing Boone County students to attend college for a half day with the potential of earning 24 college credits hours per year.

Career Fair

Students at Ockerman Elementary had a chance to learn about a variety of careers this week. Professionals from the 16 Career Clusters visited the Career Fair and shared their work experiences. The 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students used an interest inventory to guide them to learn more about the specific careers that interested them the most.

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Boone County Schools Art Show

The Boone County Library hosted an open house for the Boone County Schools Annual Art Show. Students from across the district participated and could receive Show Stopper Awards from art teachers from other schools or Super Awards from the district's superintendents. It is an outstanding collection of art from some amazingly talented students!

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Stuff the Bus

Boone County Schools would like to thank everyone who participated in the Stuff the Bus Challenge.  Our district won the friendly competion against Kenton County Schools and Campbell County Schools and will receive the $500 prize!  We collected over 7480 items and all of the donated supplies will go to needy children in our district.  Thank you to Chick-fil-A and to everyone that came out to support a great cause!

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Two Hour Delay

‪Due to inclement weather all Boone County Schools will operate on a TWO HOUR DELAY for Monday January 30th. ‪There will be NO AM KINDERGARTEN or PRESCHOOL for Monday January 30th. ‬‬ 

Mann Elementary Biography Museum

Third grade students at Mann Elementary chose historical figures to research and create a presentation about that they shared with visiting parents and fellow students.  Students set up displays and dressed in character to share the information that they had learned about their notable selections.

Biography Museum

State Orator

RCHS senior Jordan Woody won the state oration contest sponsored by the Kentucky Society of the Sons of the American Revolution.  (She won first place at the local level for the Simon Kenton Chapter last month, advancing her to the state level.)  The KYSSAR had its annual meeting in Erlanger on Saturday.  She delivered her oration in front of the state delegation and was presented a certificate, a medal, and a check for $500! She will represent the State of Kentucky at the national contest in Knoxville this summer.state oration

Pictured in the photo are:  [L-R] Tom Geimeier (President, Simon Kenton Chapter); Donald Drewry (Chaplain, Simon Kenton Chapter); Pat Berry (Chairman, Kentucky SAR Youth Programs); Dr. Larry M. Leslie (President, Kentucky SAR); Jordan Woody; Mrs. Woody (Jordan's mom); Forrest Chilton (Chairman, Kentucky SAR Oration Contest)

Erpenbeck's Lemonade Stand

Erpenbeck Elementary wrapped up their project to help those strong kids battling childhood cancer with their tasty lemonade. Students and staff spent the week helping raise money for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. Thank you to all that came out to support a great cause!

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Final Day of the School Year

In accordance with the Kentucky Statute, the Boone County Schools Board of Education has approved at its April Board Meeting that the last instructional day for students will be May 25th.  If the date of May 25th should need to be changed for any reason, the district's Board of Education will take further appropriate action regarding the school year calendar at its May meeting.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Public Notice

Boone County Board of Education

NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

 

Students, their families and employees/ potential employees of the Boone County School District are hereby notified that the Boone County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, disability or genetic information in employment programs, vocational programs, or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. The lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission and participation in programs and activities including career and technical education programs.

Boone County Youth Cabinet

Boone County Youth Cabinet members from all four of our high schools have been collecting hygiene products, food items, clothing, and money as part of their Service Learning Project for the year. As part of Kentucky K Count, which is a national attempt to take a census of America’s Homeless population, the BCYC partnered with the Boone County Fiscal Court’s Human Services Department and the Brighton Center to assist with clothing, passing out food items from the Food Bank, and conducting surveys from our homeless and needy. The Students also helped with breakfast and lunch provided from the BC Homemakers Group.

Boone County Youth Council

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Gray Middle and Mann Elementary will be hosting to this years' Northern Kentucky Odyssey of the Mind Tournament on Saturday Feb 25th.  Come watch over 360 students representing 60 teams from all over Northern Kentucky compete and show off their "Creativity".   The competition is open to the public from 9:30 - 3:30.  To learn more about Odyssey of the Mind visit: www.kyootm.com or www.odysseyofthemind.com

Odyssey of the Mind Tournament

Cooper Basketball

The Cooper High School boys' basketball team just wrapped up an amazing season, culminating in the State Championship game against Bowling Green High School.  Even though they weren't able to come away with the victory, we are extremely proud of our Cooper Jaguars and congratulate them on a great year and for being the 2017 Kentucky State Runners-up.  Sean McNeil, Adam Kunkel, and Dante Hendrix were named to the State All-Tournament Team.

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Kelly Elementary Career Expo

Students at Kelly Elementary experienced multiple possibilities for their futures on March 31 during the annual Career Expo. Presenters from companies around the Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati area shared the reason they entered their career, education needed to get the job, and their daily responsibilities. Thank you to all of those who participated to make this event and possible!

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Cooper High School’s Student Leadership Council

Cooper High School’s Student Leadership Council (SLC) has been awarded a 2017 National Gold Council of Excellence Award by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC). Cooper is of only two high schools in the state Kentucky to receive this award. Councils must demonstrate things such as leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, and financial planning. Those councils awarded the gold level have successfully demonstrated the highest levels of leadership. Congratulations!

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Graduating Seniors

CONGRATULATIONS Seniors! As you finish up your school year and get ready to graduate, there is one last thing we would like for you to do!

We invite you to join the NEW Alumni Association! As an added incentive, College and Beyond is giving 1 student who registers a $100 gift card to spend on whatever they would like! Those who have already submitted their registration have already been entered into the drawing.

Simply follow the link and complete a couple of questions.

Thanks for taking the time to do this and here's to your future success!

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Transportation Advisory Committee Meeting

The Transportation Advisory Committee scheduled for Thursday January 19th has been canceled.

Kelly Elementary Science Fair

It's time for science to shine at Kelly Elementary. The Science Fair was a huge success with the special help of Cooper High School students, who came out to judge the projects. Students not only presented their claims, their evidence and their supports to them, they were interacting and learning across the grade levels. A special thank you to Ms. Maddox for coordinating this multi-grade event!

Kelly Elementary Science Fair

Truth and Consequences

Seventh graders at Ockerman Middle School had an opportunity to participate in Truth and Consequences. Students moved between four sessions that help to illustrate the impact that drugs and alcohol can have on individuals and their families. The sessions included talking with people in recovery, parents of addicts, and counselors & psychologists. Students also participated in "reality" scenarios that involved speaking with judges, police officers, school administrators, counselors, and attorneys.

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R.A. Jones Honors Teams

Jones Middle School celebrated the success of their 8th Grade Girls' and 6th Grade Boys' Basketball Teams on Friday. The 8th Grade Girls finished their season as undefeated champions with an 18-0 record. The 6th Grade Boys came up one game short of an undefeated season, with their only loss in the championship game. The two teams matched up against the Jones staff for a friendly game to wrap up the year!

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3D Printer Showcase

Jones Middle School held its 3D Printer Showcase on Thursday. Students came up with an idea for an invention, designed a story board, and used a 3D printer to create their inventions. The students presented their inventions to a "shark tank" panel for the opportunity to earn a chance to present at the Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative showcase at UC.

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Imagineering Academy

It's not too late to get involved with the Imagineering Academy.  All high school students in Boone County should check it out!

 

Events and Activities

All events for Friday January 13th are occurring as scheduled. There will be NO events/activities on Saturday January 14th prior to 12PM.

Florence Rotary Teacher of the Year Award Nominations

Florence Rotary Teacher of the Year Award Nominations

District Summer Credit Information

District Summer Credit Info

Register for Summer Credit courses on this Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/zx2gOURnXsIbXbcv2

Trauma Informed Care

Boone County Schools have the opportunity to bring programs promoting youth mental health literacy to the Boone County community and our schools via Boone: AWARE. Today’s training, Trauma Informed Care – application in the schools, is presented in cooperation with the Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky. School counselors, Resource Center staff, school psychologists and teachers participate learn to structure and create opportunities within schools to address the effects of trauma, stress and conflict and built on a belief in resilience and hope for all students. Boone: AWARE is a grant sponsored program through SAMHSA: Now Is The Time Community grant.

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District Summer Credit

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Preschool Developmental Screenings

Preschool screenings will be held at Ralph Rush Professional Development Center on April 7th.  The screenings are from 9 AM until 3 PM, call 859-334-3794 to schedule an appointment.  You will need to bring:

  • Your child's birth certificate
  • Proof of residence (such as a bill or lease)
  • Current immunization certificate
  • Social security card

Ralph Rush Professional Development Center is located at 99 Center Street in Florence, Kentucky.  The Preschool Enrollment packet is available here.

20 Years of Service

School board member Ed Massey was recognized for his twenty years of service for Boone County Schools.  Mr. Massey's love for education and students was passed down to him by his parents who were also educators.  He has been a member, officer and president of the Kentucky School Boards Association, a member, director and officer of the National School Boards Association, sat on the board of directors of the National PTA and served on the Local School Board Members Advisory Council to the Commissioner of Education and The American Public Education Foundation.  Mr. Massey has been elected to serve as the 2017 board chairperson along with Bonnie Rickert, who will serve as the vice-chairperson.  We thank Ed Massey for his years of service and wish him the best as he enters his 21st year on the school board.

Ed Massey 20 years

KY Department of Education Changes Birthday Cutoff for Kindergarten

A change in the birthday eligibility cutoff for Kentucky kindergarteners will take effect in the 2017-2018 school year. The new date for Kentucky students is August 1. Any child who turns 5 years old on or before August 1, can enroll in Boone County’s ½ day Kindergarten Program. This change affects student’s statewide.

Boone County’s Board of Education has a policy, per Senate Bill 24, that allows parents to request early-entrance for kindergarten, but children must exhibit high levels of academic, social and emotional aptitude based on a series of assessments. The process for early-entrance must be completed before the last day of the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact the Boone County Board of Education, Christen Morgan at (859)-334-4466 or christen.morgan@boone.kyschools.us, if you have any questions.

More information can be located on Kentucky Department of Education’s website: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/conpro/prim-pre/Pages/EarlyEntranceK.aspx

Former Coach Honored

Conner High School honored former wrestling coach Wayne Badida on Wednesday for his incredible 46 years coaching career at Conner. The wrestling room was dedicated and named in his honor. The new wrestling mat now bears his likeness as well. Coach Badida led Conner to a state title in 1983 and coached 3 All Americans, 79 State Medalists, and 19 State Champions! Thanks you for all you have done for Conner and Boone County Schools Coach Badida!

Coach Badida

Ryle Haven Games

The 3rd annual Ryle/Haven games took place over the weekend at Ryle High School. Nearly 600 Archers from 24 schools took part in the tournament, including 8 schools from Boone County. Ryle placed 2nd in the High School division, Gray finished 1st and 2nd in the Middle School division, and New Haven finished 2nd in the Elementary School division.

Rlye Haven archery

Innovative District Program Registration

Dear HS Parents and Students,  
This is an important reminder regarding registering for our innovative district programs.

• Please follow your school’s individual instructions (Ryle, Conner, Boone, Cooper) to register for the programs below AND also preregister at the following website www.boonecountyearlycollege.com as soon as possible. (You may register for more than one program.). Some programs have limits on the number of students, so register ASAP.

• If you need assistance, please contact your school’s College and Career Pathways Coach (e-mails below).  You could provide them the attached form as well.
Ryle HS: james1.demetrakis@boone.kyschools.us
Cooper HS: jennifer.warford@boone.kyschools.us
Boone Co HS: pam.hirn@boone.kyschools.us
Conner HS:  sara.franxman@boone.kyschools.us
 
For additional information please email the district Early College Guidance Counselor at kate.dusing@boone.kyschools.us.   
 
Transportation is provided.  

School Board Swearing In School Board swearing in

Boone County School Board members were sworn in by Judge Executive Gary Moore to begin the new year.  Dr. Maria Brown and Ed Massey were joined by newly elected Matt McIntire for their swearing in ceremony.  Congratulations to all and welcome Mr. McIntire!

Evening Activities

All evening activities for Boone County Schools are CANCELLED for tonight, January 5th.

Boone County Schools Closed

‪Due to inclement weather all Boone County Schools will be CLOSED on Thursday January 5th. ‬

R.A. Jones Food Drive Canned food drive

The students at Jones Middle School held a canned food drive for the Mary Rose Mission over a two week period and brought in over 1700 items to donate to Mary Rose Mission. In addition they donated $75 in gift cards for protein purchases. They held a competition between all three grade levels with the 8th graders narrowly beating 7th graders. The people at Mary Rose Mission were thrilled with all that they now have to serve meals with for the upcoming holiday season.

Boone County High School students at Florence Park Florence Park party

Chick-Fil-A Leadership team held a Christmas Party for Florence Park Nursing home residents along with Boone County High School Students. The purpose of our Chick-Fil-A leadership group is to develop leadership qualities and to make sure that students realize that giving to others is a part of being a successful leader.  The BCHS choir performed, students had one-on-one visits with residents who cannot leave their rooms, they visited with memory care patients, provided gifts for the residents, served food, played bingo with the residents, and cleaned up after the party.

Wind Chill Guidelines

windchill guideline

Budget Committee Meeting Cancelled

Budget Committee Meeting scheduled for, Tuesday, January 3rd has been cancelled.

Two Hour Delay

‪Due to possible icy conditions all Boone County Schools will operate on a TWO HOUR DELAY Tuesday December 13th.  There is no AM kindergarten.  Continue to monitor for possible updates.‬

Break the Mold Award Break the Mold Award

Cooper High School's Elizabeth Rechtin is our Break the Mold Award winner for December. Ms. Rechtin's love of teaching and of math helps to inspire her students to success.  Most students have a love or hate relationship with math that can last a lifetime, often times just based on how they were taught to approach it.  She uses a motivating method of teaching math that changes her students’ attitude and their math grade. Congratulations Ms. Rechtin!  Be sure to watch our Break the Mold video by clicking here.

5K Run/Walk With the Cougars cougar

Please join us for the upcoming "5K Run/Walk with the Cougars".  The 5K takes place on Saturday, March 18th at 9:00 a.m.  You may register now thru Friday, March 3rd, 2017.  All proceeds benefit the Character Counts program at Conner High School.  Faculty, Staff, Students, Alumni and Community members are welcome!  Click here for the registration form and further details.  Please mail registration form and payment to:  Conner High School, ATTN: MARY SARGENT, 3310 Cougar Path, Hebron, KY 41048.  Thank you for your support.

Vote for Conner High School's Choir

For the fifth straight year, Conner HS Choirs have been selected as one of nine finalists in the Q102 Christmas Choir Competition for the Cincinnati metro area!  Tell your friends and family members and go vote! Follow this link to vote.  Here is a message from Conner's Choir Director.

 

PTA Reflections Awards

PTA Reflections is a program aimed at encouraging artistic creativity in the classroom.  Students from all grades and abilities participated.  Congratulations to all of our Reflections Award winners!  You can view all of the photos by clicking here.

PTA Reflections Awards

American Education Week

American Education Week is November 14-18, 2016. We want to thank all the support staff which includes clerical personnel, transportation, maintenance, technology, custodial and Health Services staff for all they do for our students. We value our classified staff as an integral part of the educational experience of our students and we want to say Thank You!Support staff thank you

Bookfair for NKY Makerspace

Come see us this weekend at the Barnes & Noble in Newport!  Be sure to print a voucher to bring with you.  If you can't make it, check the flyer to see how to show support!  Click here for the flyer and the voucher.

Barnes and Noble Bookfair

Seven Boone County Schools received EPA ENERGY STAR Certification

Boone County Schools has received EPA Energy Star Certification for seven schools!  These schools are:

  • Burlington Elementary
  • Conner Middle
  • Florence Elementary
  • Kelly Elementary
  • Longbranch Elementary
  • Stephens Elementary
  • Thornwilde Elementary
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2017 Open Enrollment

2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT GOING ON RIGHT NOW.  MANDATORY FOR ALL MEMBERS.  DEADLINE IS Oct. 24
Please visit the KEHP website at kehp.ky.gov or KEHP Open Enrollment Hotline 888-581-8834

Kentucky Department of Education Changes Birthday Cutoff for Kindergarten

A change in the birthday eligibility cutoff for Kentucky kindergarteners will take effect in the 2017-2018 school year. The new date for Kentucky students is August 1. Any child who turns 5 years old on or before August 1, can enroll in Boone County’s ½ day Kindergarten Program. This change affects student’s statewide.
 
Boone County’s Board of Education has a policy, per Senate Bill 24, that allows parents to request early-entrance for kindergarten, but children must exhibit high levels of academic, social and emotional aptitude based on a series of assessments. The process for early-entrance must be completed before the last day of the 2016-2017 school year. Please contact the Boone County Board of Education, Christen Morgan at (859)-334-4466 or christen.morgan@boone.kyschools.us, if you have any questions.
 
More information can be located on Kentucky Department of Education’s website: http://education.ky.gov/curriculum/conpro/prim-pre/Pages/EarlyEntranceK.aspx

 

Two Hour Delay

‪Due to overnight snow and slick road conditions, all Boone County Schools will operate on a TWO HOUR DELAY Friday December 9th.‬. There is no AM kindergarten. 

Surplus Equipment Auction

Surplus equipment from the Boone County School District is currently being auctioned off.  For a listing of the items being sold and for more details about the auction visit the Public Surplus auction website:  http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/bcboe,ky/list/current?orgid=514951

National Blue Ribbon School

Another Blue Ribbon status for Boone County Schools! U.S Dept. of Ed named five Kentucky public schools (two from Northern Kentucky) as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools.  Gray Middle School is now the second school in Boone County to receive such status.  Mann Elementary, on the same campus, is also a National Blue Ribbon School.  Congratulations to Gray Middle School!

Deparment of Education National Blue Ribbon

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