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Summer school at Horizons Academy

Horizon's summer schoolNCHS teacher Katherine Kirzinger works with Keidren Ellery on a lesson during summer school at Horizons Academy.

TNHS welcomes visitors and families at open house

Thomas Nelson High School welcomed new and returning students and their families on Aug. 5.

A bit of competition at New Haven open house

New Haven School welcomed visitors on Aug. 8 with a barbecue, games and school tours.

Boston open house includes games and a cookout

Boston School students and families were invited in an open house with games and a meal on Aug. 8.

Families gather for BES open house

Aug. 8 was the date for Bloomfield Elementary School’s 2016 open house.

OKHMS open house was Aug. 4

Old Kentucky Home Middle School greeted visitors on Aug. 4. All schools in the district held open houses in preparation for the 2016-17 school term.

BMS welcome-back event was Aug. 8

Bloomfield Middle School welcomed current and new students to the Blazer building on Aug. 8.

CCES open house was Aug. 4

Cox’s Creek Elementary School’s open house was Aug. 4. Previous and new students and their families were welcomed.

FHES open house welcomes students and families

Foster Heights Elementary School held an open house in preparation for the new school year.

Board honors August ‘Expect the Best’ winners

Honored as the board of education’s August “Expect the Best” achievement award winners were Mike Glass, a Nelson County High School agriculture teacher; Teresa Thompson, a Thomas Nelson High School parent; Bethany Orr, a Thomas Nelson student; and Edna Durbin, a Nelson County High School food service employee.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools who exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from their peers on behalf of the school system.

Nelson County Schools: ‘Day of Learning’

Teachers and instructional staff for Nelson County Schools gathered Friday, Sept. 2, at Old Kentucky Home Middle School for a “Day of Learning,” while students got the jump on a long Labor Day weekend.

Teachers from all schools and grade levels chose two sessions to collaborate with colleagues in specific topic groupings to share teaching strategies, hear from experts in particular fields, and hone their teaching skills in 19 subject-specific teaching sessions.

OKHMS students perform duet for board meeting

Every month the board of education meeting features a student performance that rotates among all the district’s schools.

TNHS auditorium taking shape

The 2,900-square foot auditorium under construction at Thomas Nelson High School is on track for completion in May 2017.

Foster Heights’ Martin earns Elementary Music Teacher honors

Yvette Martin loves it when “I see the kids getting it – when they have that moment of understanding, and they have that smile ….”

A Foster Heights Elementary School music teacher for 17 years, Martin has been voted the Fourth District Kentucky Music Educators Association (KMEA) Elementary Music Teacher of the Year for 2016-2017, which makes her a finalist for the state-level award to be presented in February. The Fourth District includes Nelson and 10 surrounding counties.

Board honors September Expect the Best award winners

The board of education honored Melissa Filiatreau, Kendyl Corbin, Lisa Primm and Derek Shouse with Expect the Best achievement awards for September.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools system that exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from his or her peers.

TNHS woodwind quintet performs Tchaikovsky for board

The Thomas Nelson High School woodwind quintet performed Tchaikovsky’s “Waltz of the Flowers” for the Nelson County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting Sept. 20.

Every month the board features a student performance that rotates among all the district’s schools. In addition to the performance, the featured school also provides a reader for the good news portion of the meeting. Faith Fenwick took on that task for Thomas Nelson.

Early Learning Center expansion well under way

The Nelson County Early Learning Center is receiving an addition that will nearly double the school’s capacity. Some rooms may be ready for occupancy over Christmas break, and the entire project is on schedule for completion in March 2017.

TNHS “RUSHes” toward fall break

Thomas Nelson High School’s FALL Rush week was Sept 19 – 23. Each day of the week offered a unique theme to unite the students. The week culminated with Homecoming on Sept. 23.

Three county schools earn Distinguished ratings

Thomas Nelson High School continued its winning ways by again earning Distinguished and School of Distinction designations as one of the top high schools in Kentucky, based on the 2015-2016 K-Prep state accountability scores released Sept. 29.

Boston (middle) School and Bloomfield Elementary School (BES) were two more bright spots for Nelson County with both earning the sought after Distinguished rating, with BES also earning a High Performing classification.

NCHS student earns 30 hours of college credit

It did not start as part of any big plan, but Nelson County High School senior Parker Carwile has achieved the distinction of likely being the first district student to earn 30 hours of college credit while still in high school.

A senior, Carwile amassed the college credits by taking a combination of dual credit courses and Advanced Placement classes.

NCHS honors high-achieving seniors at academic pep rally

Nelson County High School held an Academic Pep Rally recently to recognize high achieving seniors.

TNHS marks momentous week with House Pride Rally

Thomas Nelson High School learned last week that the school had again earned Distinguished and School of Distinction designations as one of the top 10 high schools in Kentucky.

Based on the 2015-2016 K-PREP state accountability scores released Sept. 28, TNHS ranked seventh among all Kentucky high schools.

CCES test-takers get rock-star treatment at K-PREP celebration

Cox’s Creek Elementary School earned Proficient/Progressing and High Progress School designations based on K-PREP test scores released Sept. 28.

Bloomfield Elementary has ‘Distinguished’ celebration

Bloomfield Elementary School students celebrated in a variety of ways after learning their school had achieved Distinguished and High Performing classifications on the 2015-2016 K-PREP state accountability.

Finding the joy during Grandparents Day at NCELC

The Nelson County Early Learning Center celebrated Grandparents Day on Sept. 28.

Board honors October Expect the Best award winners

The Nelson County Board of Education honored its October Expect the Best achievement award winners at its Oct. 25 meeting.

Recipients were Nancy Dones, a Nelson County Early Learning Center custodian; Alaina Miller, a Bloomfield Elementary School student; Morgan Roby, a Foster Heights Elementary School teacher; and Stacy Hardin a Bloomfield Elementary School parent.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools system that exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from their peers.

Horizons Academy students present at board meeting

Horizons Academy students Tony Nestor and Cam Thompson delivered presentations to the Nelson County Board of Education during its Oct. 25 meeting.

Both students talked about unique Academy activities and programs, and Thompson also spoke from his personal experiences regarding the school. 

Every month the board features a student presentation that rotates among all the district’s schools. In addition to this, the featured school also provides a “reader” for the good news portion of the meeting. Nestor took on that task for October.

2016 Cardinal Follies at NCHS Nov. 17-20

Nelson County High School’s Cardinal Theatre Association will present the 2016 Cardinal Follies Nov. 17-20. Cardinal Follies is a variety show with a mix of classic TV comedy sketches and Broadway showstoppers. 

This year’s sketches will include scenes from The Andy Griffith ShowI Love LucySaturday Night Live and Hee Haw. The featured Broadway shows will include GreaseThe Secret GardenHairspray and West Side Story

Practicing for Veterans Day salute

Students at Foster Heights Elementary School will present a Veterans Day performance on Nov. 11. They have been rehearsing for several weeks for the event.

Affectionate pig earns kisses for NHS PTO fundraiser

New Haven School Principal Kevin Payton started Thursday, Oct. 27 right by kissing Paisley the pig.

He, along with Assistant Principal Tiffany Clark and fourth-grade teacher Mary Newton kissed Paisley as a reward for NHS students who together raised $812 to go toward the purchase of new Chromebook laptops for the school.

BES students display computer, robot skills for board

Bloomfield Elementary school students in Jenny Kidwell’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) class had small robots jump, spin, roll and squawk for the Nelson County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 15.

The students used iPads to program the miniature robots for this computer-based learning activity.

Every month the board features a student performance that rotates among all the district’s schools. In addition to the performance, the featured school also provides a “reader” for the good news portion of the meeting. Paul Briney took on that task for BES.

Board honors November Expect the Best award winners

Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr and the Nelson County Board of Education presented Kathy Mattingly, a Nelson County Early Learning Center instructional assistant; Jeff Kisegy, a New Haven School teacher; Lee Ann Vincent, a Thomas Nelson High School parent; and Jazdon Gambrel, a Nelson County High School student, with Expect the Best achievement awards during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Nov. 15.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools system that exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from his or her peers.

New Haven School celebrates an early Thanksgiving

In honor of the annual holiday, the New Haven School served 190 visitors for a special Nov. 18 Thanksgiving lunch event which took place in the school gym and included turkey and “all the fixings.”

BMS stages special reunion for Airman and daughter Airman Scott Thorp returns home to daughter

Bloomfield Middle School administrators arranged a special reunion event after learning that McKenzie Thorp’s dad, Airman Scott Thorp, would soon be returning for a rare visit home.

An Air Force technician, Thorp has been stationed in Alaska for three years.

Morgeson steps up to serve as BMS interim principal

Bloomfield Middle School has looked within to find another way forward.

Rodney Morgeson, the school’s longtime assistant principal, has stepped up to fill out this school year as Bloomfield Middle’s interim principal.

An educator for 19 years, Morgeson started his educational career at BMS as a math instructor before becoming assistant principal 12 years ago.

Early Learning Center expansion nears completion

Work continues on an addition to the Nelson County Early Learning Center that next year will nearly double the school’s capacity.

While the new areas will be ready for occupancy over Christmas break, some remodeling will still be underway elsewhere in the center.

The entire project is on schedule for completion in February, according to general contractor BCD, Inc. of Bardstown.

New Thomas Nelson skyline taking shape

The auditorium project at Thomas Nelson High School is on track for completion in May with the facility expected to be fully operational for the 2017-18 school year.

Bloomfield choirs combine for Christmas Concert

The Bloomfield Elementary School Children’s Chorale and the Bloomfield Middle School Choir joined for a Christmas Concert at Bloomfield Baptist Church Dec. 5.

The two performed separately and together; both are directed by Darrell Parks.

Early Learning Center celebrates season with breakfast event

The Nelson County Early Learning Center celebrated the holiday season with a special Christmas breakfast on Thursday, Dec. 8.

Students join others worldwide in Hour of Code events

Nelson County Schools students are joining tens of millions of other students all over the globe in Hour of Code events. An estimated 161,580 Hour of Code sessions will take place around the world this year, according to hourofcode.com.

Schools well represented in Bardstown Christmas Parade

Several Nelson County Schools organizations helped promote the holiday season by participating in the Bardstown Christmas Parade, Dec. 1.

The Nelson County High School band and cheerleaders were on hand as were the Thomas Nelson High School Student Organizations Council. FFA and JROTC representing both high schools also marched. 

The Nelson County Schools will start winter break Dec. 19 and resume classes Jan. 2.

BES fifth-graders, kindergarten students team up to code

On, Monday, Dec. 12, Bloomfield Elementary School paired kindergarten students with fifth-graders to learn and work together during an Hour of Code, an annual computer problem-solving event in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (Dec. 9, 1906).

The Hour of Code has grown to become a global movement reaching tens of millions of students all over the world.

Bloomfield bands perform Winter Concert

The Bloomfield Middle School bands, directed by TJ Metcalf, performed a Winter Concert, Dec. 8, at Nelson County High School. The three bands included the fifth- and sixth-grade band, seventh-grade band and eighth-grade band.

CCES kindergarten classes invite parents for a Christmas visit

Cox’s Creek Elementary School’s kindergarten classes helped ring in the Christmas season by inviting parents to view some of the work their children have been producing and studying this year.

ELC teachers begin move into new classrooms

With work nearing completion on the expansion of the Early Learning Center, teachers began working Dec. 19, to get their new classrooms ready for students when school reopens after the Christmas break.

The addition nearly doubles the school’s capacity and is on schedule for full completion in March.

Six from Horizons Academy earn early graduation

Six Horizons Academy students, three each from Nelson County High School and Thomas Nelson High School, received an early Christmas present Friday, Dec. 16 — their high school diplomas.

The students graduated early to start working and/or begin post-secondary educational opportunities.

Board honors December Expect the Best award winners

Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr and the Nelson County Board of Education presented Barbara Griffin, a Bloomfield Middle School student; Nicole Harlow, a Boston School teacher; and Patrick Cundiff, a district maintenance department employee, with Expect the Best achievement awards during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Dec. 13. Sara Childers, a New Haven parent, was also a recipient but was unable to attend the meeting.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools system that exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from his or her peers.

KSBA presents district 2016 OASIS Sweepstakes Award

For the sixth time in eight years, Nelson County Schools has won the Sweepstakes Award given in the annual Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services (OASIS) contest.

The award honors Kentucky’s top school communications programs judged in statewide competition among districts of a similar size competing in four size categories. Nelson County competes in the 3000 – 5,000 student range.

To win, a district’s communications team must compete in at least three of five contest categories: written, printed, photographic/videographic, online/electronic communications, and campaigns/programs.

The competition is jointly sponsored by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) and the Kentucky School Public Relations Association.

Tipping their hats to the season in Boston

Boston School kindergarten through second-grade students found reason to tip their hats during a Christmas performance at the school prior to their holiday break.

Singing songs of joy at Bloomfield Elementary

As the school prepared for the Christmas season, Bloomfield Elementary presented a kindergarten Christmas concert and a third-grade production of “A Tale of Two Elves.”

Board honors January ‘Expect the Best’ award winners

Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr and the Nelson County Board of Education presented Sarah Williams, a Cox’s Creek Elementary School primary resource teacher, Kimberly Boone, a student in eighth grade at Boston School, and Wanda Parker, finance director for Nelson County Schools, with Expect the Best achievement awards during the board’s regular monthly meeting on Jan. 17. Tricia Filiatreau, a Foster Heights Elementary School parent, was also a recipient but was unable to attend the meeting.

The award honors those employees, students and parents in the Nelson County Schools system that exemplify the positive traits and exceptional performance that set a person apart from his or her peers.

Boston School students perform for board of education

Four Boston School students performed musical selections for the Nelson County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting, Jan. 17.

Each month the board features a student performance that rotates among all the district’s schools. As part of the student performance, the featured school selects a “reader” for the Good News portion of the board meeting. Kimberly Boone took on that task for Boston.

District to host town hall style forums

Town hall meetingsNelson County Schools will open its doors – and ears – for a “listening tour” of sorts this summer.

Jury selected to lead NCHS

Tanya Jury“I’m very excited and humbled to be named principal of Nelson County High School."

Artists honored for visual arts calendar

Art Calendar ArtistsArtists for the districtwide visual arts calendar are honored.

Nine TNHS juniors accepted to GSP

TNHS Governor's ScholarsNine from TNHS are accepted for GSP.

Two NCHS students going to GSP

NCHS GSP attendeesJoseph Miles Newton and Caitlin Fox will represent NCHS at GSP this summer.

April's ‘Expect the Best’ winners

April ETB winners
April's "Expect the Best" achievement award winners pose for a photo.

CIO position ‘in transition’

Jesse Morgan and David Coffing photo

With his announced retirement July 1, Nelson County Schools Chief Information Officer (CIO) David Coffing (right) will pass the CIO baton to Technology Director Jesse Morgan (left).

Board member joins KSBA directors

Board member Diane Berry

Nelson County Board of Education member Diane Berry has been elected to the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) Board of Directors as a Director at Large.

Playing with ‘joy’ at Boston School

"Ode to Joy"

Various art forms were on view at the Boston Arts Showcase.

SkillsUSA winners earn trip to state

2017 SkillsUSA state qualifers

Seven SkillsUSA members from Nelson County Area Technology Center qualified for state competition in early March.

Scientific creativity bubbles in Boston

Boston Science Fair

The Boston Science Fair had 86 projects and 106 participants this year.

Leadership Lab continues growth

Leadership Lab in second year

After a successful launch this year, the Nelson County Schools Leadership Lab program is already gearing up for the 2017-18 school year.

A drive to serve

Nelson County Schools bus driver Jewel Brock cleans his windshield following his morning bus route.

The Nelson County Schools bus system includes 75 buses that cover 64 routes and drive close to a million miles each year to serve the school system’s nearly 5,000 students.

NCHS to face Murray in Sweet 16

Lady Cardinals -- the regional champions

The Nelson County High School Lady Cardinals basketball team defeated the Elizabethtown High School Panthers on March 4, 69-56. 

January's ‘Expect the Best’ winners

January Expect the Best Winners

Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr and the Nelson County Board of Education presented the January Expect the Best achievement awards on Jan. 17.

Boston School students perform for board

January school board performers

Four Boston School students performed musical selections for the Nelson County Board of Education during its regular monthly meeting, Jan. 17.

CCES students dance to Timbuktu

Arts grant at CCES

Louisville dance instructor Deborah Denenfield conducted a week-long residency at Cox’s Creek Elementary School recently.

OKHMS eighth-grader wins local Spelling Bee

County Spelling Bee winner

Lydia Newton, an Old Kentucky Home Middle School eighth-grader, earned first place in the annual Nelson County Farm Bureau Spelling Bee Feb. 2 at the Nelson County Civic Center. Jagger Stone, a Cox’s Creek Elementary School fifth-grader, earned third place in the annual bee.

Rouse is new Horizons principal

Horizons Academy principal Scott Rouse

Although Scott Rouse loves a good challenge, the new principal for Horizons Academy can see a firm foundation for success already in place.

 

Staff opening day video

Title slide for opening day video

This video was shown at a district-wide staff meeting for the 2016-2017. Please enjoy.

NCHS welcomes freshman students

NCHS welcomes new students

All district schools held open houses, meet and greet sessions or orientation events before the official open of school on Aug. 10.

Staff gathers, focuses on student achievement

A Nelson County Schools districtwide staff meeting opened the new school year on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at Nelson County High School.

Board members bring critical skills

Board members sworn in

Attorney Terry Geoghegan, right, administers the oath of office for Nelson County Board of Education members elected last fall.