~ Vince Lombardi
On behalf of Harrison County Schools, I would like to welcome everyone to the 2016-2017 school year. The start of a new school calendar is yet another opportunity to witness how everyone comes together and works so diligently to support the education of our children here in Harrison County. I applaud the efforts of our students, staff, parents and community partners as we work together to focus on improving student learning in this district.
Please know our staff in this district will continue to work hard for the children of Harrison County. We are striving to be a top district in this state. With the continued support of all our stakeholders, I know we will reach our goal!
I cordially invite you to visit our schools and see the wonderful things that are happening there. Our district employees go above and beyond to ensure the children of Harrison County have an appealing, clean, and safe environment for learning. We want you to share in our students’ achievements throughout this school year. Our entire team - teachers, support staff, and administration - is excited for the educational opportunities that await our students this year!
As we embrace a new school year, there is excitement about the potential it holds. I am honored to be a part of the educational endeavors in Harrison County Schools. It is my privilege to work with such a great group of people who continually strive toward being a “Model of Opportunity” for every student in this district!
Feel free to contact me any time at (859) 234-7110, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
“Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the further you get.”
Michael Phelps (most decorated Olympian in history; 23 titles and 28 medals!) It is interesting to note that Michael Phelps started swimming at age 7 in an effort to direct his excess energy after being diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. This just serves as a reminder that when faced with a roadblock – stay positive and find a way around it. You never know where it will lead you!
DID YOU KNOW???
Our fleet of 46 buses traveled 460,000 miles last year resulting from the 38 routes driven each day and mileage from extracurricular activities.
At HCHS, eighteen Advanced Placement classes are offered this year with 467 students enrolled. Fifty-five students are taking advantage of dual credit classes with Maysville Community and Technical College and other institutions of higher learning.
From the Superintendent’s Desk
School is in full swing now, and we would like to take this opportunity to recognize all our community members that avidly support our students’ co-curricular activities. We thank all those who so generously give to our students’ fundraising efforts. We also want to extend our most sincere appreciation to the businesses, civic clubs and organizations that are committed to advancing the education of our students by their support and monetary donations. These contributions enable our schools to purchase new technology, products, supplies and services that benefit our students and enhance their learning opportunities. We appreciate each of you!
- HARRISON COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 72.6 makes HCMS a "Distinguished" school and a "School of Distinction"
- HARRISON COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 76.4 makes HCHS a "Distinguished" school
- EASTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 72.5 makes Eastside a "Proficient" school
- WESTSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 67.5 makes Westside a "Proficient" school
- SOUTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 62.5 makes Southside a "Needs Improvement/Progressing" school
- NORTHSIDE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL - The overall KPREP score of 60.3 makes Northside a "Needs Improvement" school. (Northside improved its overall state rank of elementary schools)
KPREP HIGHLIGHTS 2016
All of Harrison County’s schools had student performances they should be proud of! Here are a few notes from the 2016 KPREP Results by school…
Harrison County High School: 71.0% of the class of 2016 was identified as College/Career Ready (State average was 68.5%). The four year graduation rate was 93.5% (State average was 88.6%). HCHS met their Novice reduction gap goal in Math. HCHS was one of 14 high schools recognized as a “high performing” school!
Harrison County Middle School: Student performance in Social Studies resulted in a perfect score of 100. The percentage of all students scoring Novice was reduced in the areas of Reading, Math, Social Studies, Writing and Language Mechanics. HCMS met their Novice reduction gap goal in Reading and showed improvement in Math. HCMS was one of 34 middle schools recognized as a “high progress” school, and one of 58 that was a “School of Distinction!”
Eastside Elementary: Eastside improved its scores in achievement, gap, growth, and program review. The percentage of all students scoring Novice was reduced in the areas of Reading, Math, and Language Mechanics. Eastside met their Novice reduction gap goal in Reading and Math. Eastside was one of 73 elementary schools to be recognized as a “high progress” school.
Northside Elementary: Northside improved its scores in gap and program review. The percentage of all students scoring Novice was reduced in the areas of Math and Language Mechanics. Northside met their Novice reduction gap goal in Math.
Southside Elementary: Southside improved its scores in growth and program review. The percentage of all students scoring Novice was reduced in the area of Math. Southside met their novice reduction gap goal in Math and Reading in two sub groups. They also showed improvement in another Math subgroup.
Westside Elementary: Westside improved its scores in achievement, growth, and program review. The percentage of all students scoring Novice was reduced in the areas of Math, Social Studies, and Language Mechanics. Westside met their novice reduction gap goal in one Math subgroup.
From the Superintendent’s Desk
The Harrison County Leadership Academy met at Toyota this week for their first team learning experience. Highlights included discussions with a panel of former Harrison County students that are currently with Toyota through the Advanced Manufacturing Technician College Partner Program. Throughout this year Harrison County Leadership Academy members are focusing on becoming “solution oriented” thinkers for the students of Harrison County Schools! We’re looking forward to this team sharing their learning experiences at their respective schools, so that our students reap the benefits!
This week we were pleased to host students from the high school here at Central Office. The Lions Club “Youth Day” was held at HCHS on Tuesday, so we were visited by students representing the superintendent and board members. On Thursday, the Rotary Club held their Career Day at HCHS, and we happy to have two more students stop by. On both days these students were able to talk with staff members and learn about the roles and responsibilities of board members, the superintendent, and our administrators. We appreciate the efforts of the Lions Club, Rotary, and the high school to offer these events to our students as they are considering their future career paths. Harrison County Schools are grateful for the support from all our community partners!
Today, some of our schools will be hosting Veterans Day programs and activities in recognition of this national holiday – a day set aside to honor all veterans of our Armed Forces.
Harrison County Schools would like to recognize all veterans employed in our school district, as well as all veterans in our community and beyond, by saying that we are truly grateful for your sacrificial service to our country.
Most recently VFW Post 4075, working locally through Mr. John Schreiber, donated 40 classroom flags to our schools. Their kind efforts show that veterans continue to serve our country by making a difference in the lives of our students. We thank them for their generous donation.
With the warm autumn season we have had, it is hard to imagine that winter is just around the corner. Winter brings cold temperatures and possible school closures and delays. Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days have become increasingly popular in Kentucky over the past few years. Harrison County Schools were given approval to exercise the NTI option for the 2016-17 school year.
A letter will be going home with all students on November 28th, with student packets going home the week of December 5th. Hopefully, this information will clear up any misunderstandings. All employees will report to their work place if an NTI day is called.
Thank you for all you do for the students of Harrison County, and have a Happy Thanksgiving. Safe travels to all of you. It is our hope that you are able to spend quality time with your friends and family.
On October 23, 2001 Gary Lizer was sworn in as a board member of the Harrison County Board of Education. A portion of his oath contained the words “be faithful and true.” For the past 15 years the Board of Education has had the distinct privilege of working alongside Mr. Lizer as he graciously upheld his oath. A board member shoulders the responsibility of making a myriad of decisions that daily impact students and staff members alike. By nature of the position, they make themselves available to the entire community 24/7. What makes an individual desire this post? It’s not the monetary value, or he/she would surely starve! Hopefully, it’s the ability to make a difference in the lives of children and their education. That’s what Mr. Gary Lizer has proven as a board member. He has genuinely and diligently served thousands of students over the past fifteen years, and Harrison County Schools is better for it. We are very grateful for his service. On December 19, 2016 Gary Lizer will serve students one more time, and then “hand over the reins” to Mrs. Ruth Hatterick in January. Thank you, Gary Lizer, for “being faithful and true” in your dedication to the Harrison County Board of Education. We shall miss you! Best wishes!!
Harrison County schools would like to welcome a new board member, Mrs. Ruth Hatterick. Mrs. Hatterick represents Division 4 – Precincts 5, 11, 12, and 17: the Sheriff’s Office, Westside School, Connersville, and Central. She fills the seat left vacant by Gary Lizer who did not seek re-election. Ms. Hatterick is a former Harrison County teacher and Kentucky Dept. of Education employee. She brings a wealth of experience to our Board of Education and we are excited to have her aboard.
JANUARY IS BOARD MEMBER APPRECIATION MONTH
The month of January is designated as Board Member Appreciation Month. This school district wishes to salute our wonderful board members: Ms. Kristy Carey (Board Chair), Mr. Ed Taylor (Vice Chair), Ms. Mary June Brunker, Mr. Gary Dearborn, and Ms. Ruth Hatterick. These individuals diligently serve the students of Harrison County Schools with the myriad of decisions they make to provide the best possible education and environment for this community’s most precious resource – our children
As you may have noticed in the various news outlets, education in Kentucky is facing many new possibilities during the 2017 legislative session. This office is monitoring the many legislative proposals very closely. Other educational organizations that I am associated with are in touch with the legislature as well. We are sharing with the legislators the success stories of our schools, as well as the obstacles facing our students and our teachers. During the Christmas break, Mr. Case and I met with Representative Hart and Senator West to discuss several issues that affect our profession. We will continue to share our voice with those in Frankfort who are charged with making potential legislative changes.
As a school district we value the connection with our community partners. Our students have been on the receiving end of generous donations from civic organizations and businesses. At our January board meeting Mayor James Smith generously recognized the contributions of our board members by reading a proclamation for school board member appreciation month, and spoke to the audience and TV viewers about the important connection between the school district and the community. At our board meetings we have been honoring various organizations as a “Partner in Education,” and we plan to continue this recognition. Also, our schools will be hosting community groups to showcase the wonderful things happening in all our Harrison County Schools. We are very thankful and proud to have such wonderful students and staff, and such great community support.
Our board of education approved the 2017-2018 school calendar at the January board meeting. Prior to this, three calendar options were presented to the general public. An opinion poll on our school website was posted for approximately 30 days. Links to this survey were also posted on Facebook and Twitter. Responses were gathered from parents, students, employees, and community members. A total of 560 individuals participated in the survey. The favored calendar choice was Option C.
Next weekend your school board members will be attending the annual Kentucky School Boards Association conference in Louisville where they will attend workshops to stay up-to-date on their training. Did you know that board members are required by law to complete an established number of in-service training hours based on their years of experience? The content of training must include school finance, ethics, and superintendent evaluation. Other available training content includes topics such as curriculum, community relations, school safety, and policy development, just to name a few.
Harrison County High School Ag Students Celebrate National FFA Week…
Harrison County Schools is proud to boast a strong agriculture department in both our middle and high schools. Our students are involved in a myriad of activities. Did you know that our Ag students help manage an 80 acre district-owned farm with 27 head of cattle? Seventeen acres of the farm are used for different types of crop production, hogs, chickens, turkeys, a garden and so much more.
Cynthiana-Harrison County Chamber of Commerce Award Winners
Congratulations go to Stephanie Whitson, Primary teacher at Eastside Elementary School, for being named Educator of the Year by the Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber of Commerce. Stephanie has high expectations for all of her students, and works hard every day to help them grow academically and socially. Great job, Stephanie! Thank you for your dedication to the students of Harrison County.
Harrison County Schools is proud to announce that we have brought back the "Alumni Spotlight." Please visit the main page on our district website and check it out. If you would like to nominate an individual for this recognition, please follow the directions at the bottom of the page on this week’s featured alumnus, Ms. Stacey Whitaker.
“In the Alumni Spotlight”
Students and staff have been testing in many forms - KOSAA, MAP, TCT Science Field Tests, and CCR. Throw in the end of winter sports season, Governor's Cup, Speech, Winter Band Assessment finales, play preparations, and the end of the third nine weeks grading period, and you have a very interesting month. It takes great planning to pull off these activites. Our school system is blessed to have faculty members, students and parents who give their "all" to their schools. It is the belief of this ofice that every decision must be made by asking "What is best for the students we serve?" If we keep this question in mind, we will always be on the right path for success. It is our goal to challenge our students academically, to make them college and career ready, to prepare them for soft skills in the workplace, to make them solid citizens who are willing to give back to their community, to expose them to a different point of view, and to help them become well rounded. Without each of you doing your jobs, we would not be able to meet the many needs of our children. Thank you for all you do each day to improve the lives of our students. Your efforts are certainly appreciated!