What's Happening in Kentucky Schools

Tips to Fight Summer Reading & Math Regression

The Kentucky Department of Education presents
Stride Don't Slide: Tips to Fight Summer Reading & Math Regression

Research has shown students, on average, lose two months of mathematics and reading learning during summer vacation when they don't practice the skills they have learned during the school year. Your child worked hard in math and reading this school year. Help him or her make strides this summer by using the resources listed by the Kentucky Department of Education.

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Six-part KET Series Address Youth Mental Health

Six-Part KET Series "You Are Not Alone" to Address Youth Mental Health

It’s not easy being an adolescent in today’s world.

One out of every five young people, ages 13-18, live with a mental health disorder, yet stigma keeps them largely in the shadows. Additionally, suicide is the second leading death for youths ages 12-18, claiming more of our nation’s young people every year than cancer, heart disease, pneumonia and influenza combined, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Boyle County High School Earns Georgia Davis Powers Award

Boyle County High School Earns Georgia Davis Powers Award

Alison Lundergan Grimes presented the Georgia Davis Powers Award to Boyle County High School. They were the only high school in the state with 100% of eligible students registered to vote.

High School Senior Vanita Fitzwater, along with AP Government teacher Mr. Tyler Murphy, and other students campaigned and held lunch time drives to reach their goal and encourage all eligible students to register.

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I Just Didn't Know - Anti-Vaping Campaign

The I Just Didn’t Know peer education campaign is designed to debunk the false beliefs held by many adolescents and teens that using e-cigarettes is either harmless or at least healthier for them than smoking. The campaign launched with four 30-second PSAs (available on YouTube), as well as a website and an Instagram page. It features Kentucky youth sharing the truths they have learned about the health risks of using e-cigarettes or vapes.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, e-cigarettes and vapes are not safe for youth and young adults. They contain nicotine which is highly addictive and can harm adolescent brain development and also lead to smoking and other addictions. They also contain particles and toxins that can cause cancer and lung damage. Yet, youth use of e-cigarettes and vaping doubled in Kentucky from 2016 to 2018 and the rates are much higher than the national averages. More than one in four 12th graders and one in seven 8th graders in Kentucky used e-cigarettes in 2018, compared to one in five high schoolers and one in 20 middle schoolers nationally.

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Commissioner honors three student groups for advancing educational excellence

(FRANKFORT, KY) – Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis on Wednesday honored three student-based organizations from across the Commonwealth for their participation in a new initiative aimed at promoting the importance of education. The groups honored represented a total of five public school districts:

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McLean Co. Public Schools Named Seizure Smart

McLean County Public Schools have become the first district in the commonwealth to be designated a Seizure Smart School District by the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

A district reaches this status when all students and teachers in each school have received seizure training, and all the students in the school that have epilepsy have seizure action plans, according to David Pettit, western Kentucky education coordinator for the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana.

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Reading Priority Gets Results

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Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award Winners

24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award Winners Named

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2020 Valvoline™ Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers qualify to compete for the 2020 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced in May.

"Valvoline is pleased to once again honor and recognize 24 of Kentucky’s most outstanding teachers. These individuals play a critical role in preparing students for life after high school graduation, whether that be in college or the workforce,” said Daryl Love, Valvoline’s manager of community relations.

The 24 winning teachers are:

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Congrats! KASC Member National Blue Ribbon Schools

Congratulations to KASC member schools for recognition as a
National Blue Ribbon School

Huntertown Elementary in Woodford County is one of five public schools in Kentucky recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School. The Title 1 school serves a population where almost 50 percent of students qualify for free and reduced-price meals, a number that has almost doubled in the past eight years.

The U.S. Department of Education awards the Blue Ribbon honor based on student achievement and other research-based indicators of quality. The other schools recognized this year include Oak Hill Elementary (Pulaski County), Paintsville Elementary (Paintsville Independent), Spottsville Elementary (Henderson County), and Wyan-Pine Grove Elementary (Laurel County).

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