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5K Color Run color run

Collins Elementary and R.A. Jones Middle School held their 5th Annual 5K event over the weekend. There were five color stations as part of the "color run" to help guarantee that the participants were covered head to toe in color! The event benefited The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. It was a great time, supporting a great cause!

Maker Expo maker expo

The World Maker & Inventor 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 family-friendly expo will feature projects and programs from over 100 schools, universities, companies, and organizations in the greater Cincinnati-northern Kentucky regions. Enjoy workshops and competitions, including drone relays, 3D design, outlaw derby races, as well as delicious pies, fries, kabobs, sandwiches, waffles and shaved ice from area food trucks!

Drug Free Clubs drug free concert

The Drug Free Clubs Of America hosted concerts for students at Cooper High School and Boone County High School. The Shane Runion Band performed at each school and Shane talked about his time as a teacher and why it's important for the student to choose to be drug free.

Alex's Lemonade Stand Lemonade

The third graders at Erpenbeck Elementary are taking on cancer once again. They are in the middle of their PBL (Project Based Learning) fund raiser, in conjunction with Alex's Lemonade Stand, to help raise money to help find a cure for childhood cancer. Check out their website to learn more about their efforts! https://eescancercrushers.weebly.com

Email Migration email

As part of a state-wide email project, Boone County Schools will migrate to new Office365 mailboxes. Staff and student email addresses will not change. The migration will begin after school on Thursday, April 26 and is planned for completion sometime on Monday, April 30. Emails sent to staff and students during the migration period will not be immediately received. Staff and students will not have access to email during the migration period.

R.A. Jones Bike Club bike club

The R.A. Jones Bike Club pairs up students with members of our local law enforcement community to help educate our students to make bike riding a fun and safe activity. There are 15 members in bike club and along with a number of student mentors. Each bike club member works on their bike for the duration of the club which is from the end of February to the end of April. The bicycles are purchased with a STEM grant and the members get to keep their bikes at the end of bike club. The mentors are typically students who were previously in the Bike Club and already have bikes from the program. Members of the Florence Police Department and the Boone County Sheriffs Department help guide the students through bike safety and the rules of the road along with the Bike Club staff sponsor, Abby Brinkman!

PBL Open House pbl open house

Gray Middle School hosted its first 8th Grade Science PBL (Project Based Learning) Open House. There were over 100 projects on display, all dealing with natural hazards in the community. The students identified hazards, collected data and developed mitigation plans.

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Global Expressions Talent Show talent show

For the last few months the third grade at Goodridge Elementary has been working to create a fundraising event to supply a school in Kenya with fresh drinking water. The students have been in contact with the school via Skype, created galimotos in Stem Lab, created African inspired art pieces in Art Class, learned Swahili phrases in Spanish Class, African dances and games in gym class and a song in Swahili in Music Class. The students presented their work and their talents at the Global Expressions Talent Show to benefit the Cheery Education Center of Kibera, Kenya. Between acts at the talent show, students shared tidbits of what they have learned in their studies and they performed an African dance and song that they learned.

Truth and Consequences truth and consequences

Ockerman Middle School offered seventh graders 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 where they were given a profile; a “bad choice” and then directed to the appropriate booths. They might have to see the Principal, the School Board. They might also have to see the Resource Officer, a police officer (even getting “arrested”), go before a judge, etc. Other profiles could take them to a nurse, pharmacist, even the Coroner.

International Festival - Date Change International Fest

The Boone County Schools International Festival has been postponed and is now coming up on May 5th.  It is being held at Mann Elementary from 11:00am until 3:00pm.  Addmission is free and there will be plenty of activities for the entire family!

Pies For Pooky Pouches pies

Conner Middle School held an assembly to celebrate the students' contributions for Pooky Pouches. Students that donated blankets for Pooky Pouches received a chance to pie a teacher in the face! The top 20 student contributors also played a game of basketball with the staff. Conner Middle School, Camp Ernst Middle School, North Pointe Elementary School, Thornwilde Elementary School, Goodridge Elementary School, and Collins Elementary School all participated in filling over 500 bags for the third straight year!

School Resource Officers For Elementary Schools SRO's

Boone County Schools and the Boone County Sheriff's Office are pleased to announce that Boone County Sheriff's Deputies will be manning the elementary schools in the upcoming school year.

Boone County Schools Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe, Walton Verona Independent School District Superintendent Robert Storer, Judge-Executive Gary Moore, Commissioners Cathy Flaig, Charles Kenner, Charlie Walton & Sheriff Michael A. Helmig worked harmoniously to develop a plan to equip every Boone County public elementary school with a school resource officer for the 2018-2019 school year.

Summer School Information books

District Summer Credit Information 2018

District Summer Credit offerings are through a blended learning model of in-person and virtual curriculum offerings.

Your student’s home high school may also offer summer credit courses.  Those registrations are handled directly by the home high school, and not through this registration link.  The District Summer Credit Program is offered as an additional option for students and families.

All of the curriculum can be completed entirely through a virtual platform.  There will be no requirement for students to meet with their assigned teacher.  Teachers will have office hours and locations available for student assistance as needed.

District Summer Credit programs will be offered in one session:  June 11-July 6, 2018

Initial meeting date for the session will be May 30 at 6:00PM at Boone County HS

Boone County Schools App app

Boone County Schools now has its own app! Just search "Boone County Schools" in the App Store or the Google Play Store. After downloading, you can go into the user settings and customize which schools you wish to follow on the app.

Polar Palooza polar palooza

Goodridge Elementary hosted its third annual Polar Palooza Art Exhibit Tuesday night. The second grade students presented non-fiction works of writing through digital presentations via a QR code that was accompanied by art representing a polar animal. The students were accepting donations to go to the Cincinnati Zoo's Adopt-an-Animal program to help support the health and care of a polar animal at the zoo. Last year, the students raised enough money to adopt a polar bear and a King Penguin!

Pie in the Face! pie

Several Collins Elementary students were selected to throw a pie in the face of their teacher. Ten teachers and staff members agreed to be the targets. This was the culminating event for a Penny War. The money collected was used by the Leading the Way Club to purchase items for Pooky Pouches for foster children. The students collected nearly $600!

Pooky Pouches pooky pouches

Conner Middle School’s Colts Care program has teamed several Boone County schools to collaborate on a service project called Pooky Pouches. They are working in coordination with the non-profit Hope in Heels to create comfort bags to give to children that are removed from their homes and placed into emergency foster care. Over 500 bags were filled for the third straight year! Conner Middle School, Camp Ernst Middle School, North Pointe Elementary School, Thornwilde Elementary School, Goodridge Elementary School, and Collins Elementary School were all represented.

Additional School Resource Officers logo

In light of the Florida and Marshall County, Kentucky school tragedies, Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe working in collaboration with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department is adding additional School Resource Officers (SRO’s) to the district’s elementary schools. 

Cat Ambassadors cat ambassador

Students at Stephens Elementary were able to take part in the Cincinnati Zoo's Cat Ambassador program. The Cat Ambassador program gives the students an opportunity see the animals, learn about their unique characteristics and their habitats. The staff from the zoo brought an ocelot, a house cat, a cheetah and Labrador Retriever that they use to help raise cheetahs.

Boone County Schools Statement on Copy-Cat Threats logo

Boone County Schools is one of many school districts across the country that is being subjected to copy- cat threats of the school tragedy in Florida.  We are working with local authorities as they investigate a recent rash of rumors and threats on our campuses.  Student suspects in each of the cases were immediately identified and apprehended.  They were charged by local authorities and disciplined by their schools.   In each case a thorough investigation was conducted by the school district and authorities.  No student or staff member was ever in danger. Confidentiality laws prevent Boone County Schools from talking about the persons involved or the specifics of the incidents. Boone County Schools will continue to remain on alert, following our safety protocols and working with the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and Florence Police as future issues arise.

Stephens SOAR Awards SOAR Awards

Stephens Elementary honored it's 4th and 5th grade achievers, along with some of last year's graduates, in style at The Second Annual 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.

Family Uniqueness Night Family Uniqueness Night

Yealey Elementary hosted Family Uniqueness Night. Second graders set up booths to display their unique ethnicity and culture. Many of the booths centered around food, but they also included dances, games, crafts and books. The project also includes a Family Uniqueness Cookbook!

Video Conference From Space video conference

Students from Ockerman Elementary were treated to a video conference with an astronaut currently in space. Colonel Mark Vande Hei, who is a Flight Engineer is from Minnesota. He spent 45 minutes talking with 60 students. Colonel Vande Hei traveled to the International Space Station in September on Expedition 54 joining a crew of six, astronauts from Russia, Italy and the U.S.

Showcase of Learning showcase of learning

Camp Ernst Middle School held its Showcase of Learning on Tuesday. It was an opportunity to engage with parents and highlight some of the outstanding work being accomplished by students this year. Among the projects on display, there were performances by the Chorus and Band, Salsa & Merengue dance lessons, PBL projects, archery demonstrations and a student run cafe.

Stars of Hope Stars of Hope

Art students from Boone County High School and Conner Senior High School are taking part in a service learning project to help provide hope to those in Marshall County, Kentucky after the tragic events at Marshall County High School. Stars of Hope is a program that is designed to help spread support to communities that have been impacted by tragedy. The students are painting stars with uplifting messages and art work that will be sent to Marshall County and put on display.

Diabetes Fundraiser diabetes fundraiser

Johanna Heinze is a fourth grade student with juvenile diabetes at Longbranch Elementary. Johanna organized a school-wide fundraiser to help fight diabetes. She created flyers, talked to classrooms about why fundraising is needed, designed incentives, and made posters. Longbranch is a having a series of spirit days as a part of the fundraiser, like Hat Day!

Ryle Haven Archery Tournament archery

This past weekend Ryle High School and New Haven Elementary schools partnered to host the Ryle/Haven Archery Tournament. There were 650 students from 29 schools competing. Ryle and Conner High placed 2nd and 3rd in the High School team competition. Gray Middle teams placed 1st and 3rd at the Middle School level. New Haven placed 1st at the Elementary School level. Congratulations to everyone that participated!

Kindergarten Registration Information - Updated kindergarten registration

Kindergarten Registration Information with update times.

Warm 98 Teacher of the Week Teacher og the week
Book Commercials book commercial
Preschool Screenings preschool
Passion Projects passion project
The Incredible Reindeer The Incredible Reindeer
Holiday Visit holiday visit
FIRST LEGO League lego league
Middle School Redistricting redistricting map

This is the new Middle School Redistricting Map for Boone County Schools as adopted by the Board of Education at the November board meeting.

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Early Childhood Learning my pre k
Kentucky Immunization Requirements doctor
Photography Exhibition Photo Exhibit

The Gray Middle School photography club held a Grand Opening Reception at Eighteenth at The Radisson, the revolving restaurant at the top of the Radisson Hotel in Covington. On display are selections from each student's portfolio from this semester. The exhibition will be on display until December 4th.

Photo ExhibitPhoto exhibit

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Mighty Moms mighty moms

Florence Elementary hosted Mighty Moms to encourage parent involvement and engagement both at school and at home. There were a number of activities, games and learning opportunities to encourage the students to team up with their mothers or grandmothers throughout the morning.

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Multicultural Thanksgiving multicultural thanksgiving

Ockerman Elementary held its 3rd annual Multicultural Thanksgiving. It is a unique celebration of the diversity at OES, with families bringing a dish to represent their culture or a culture they are interested in. Dozens of families came out to celebrate, including many of our English Learner families.

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Benefit for Puerto Rico Benefit for Puerto Rico

Longbranch Elementary held a benefit to raise money to aid the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The second grade students included the benefit as part of their Project Based Learning assignment on Spanish culture with a focus on Puerto Rico. The students set up a market to sell crafts as a way to raise money to go along with the donations collected. There was a pitch-in dinner and the students performed songs and dances that they learned while studying the Puerto Rican culture. All of the money raised is going to be donated to a Puerto Rican school in need.

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Gray Middle School Holiday 5K Gray 5k

Gray Middle SchGray Middle School held its 3rd Annual GMS Holiday Drive 5K walk/run on Saturday. This event is meant to help get students, parents, and community members involved in a morning of physical activity and to help raise funds for the GMS Holiday Drive. The program assists students/families from GMS who need a little help with holiday gifts this year. The proceeds contributed from last year’s 5K totaled $3,018 and helped 84 children. This year's 5K raised over $4000! Thank you to everyone that participated! Logan Whaley and Parker Turnball finished first and second, the real winner is the Gray Middle School family.

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Veteran's Day Celebrations Veterans Day

Many of our schools held events to celebrate the men and women who have served or are serving our country!  Here is a look at several of the ceremonies honoring our veterans from around the district.

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Veterans Day

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Veterans Day

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Miracle on 34th Street Miracle on 34th Street

Here is a sneak peek of Boone County High School's Miracle on 34th Street. The BCHS Spotlighters (drama club) will have performances on Thursday, November 9; Friday, November 10; and Saturday, November 11 at 7pm in the auditorium. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2pm on November 11. Tickets are only $5 for children/students and $8 for adults.

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Running for Valerie girls on the run

The Thornwilde Elementary School Girls on the Run team held a "Running for Valerie" event on Monday. The girls collected pledges according to how much they would run in an effort to raise money for Valerie McNamara as part of a service learning project. Valerie McNamara is a parent who used to help coach our girls on the run team. She was severely injured when the Covington building collapsed on some pedestrians last year.

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Halloween Carnival Halloween Carnival

Ockerman Middle School students brought a Halloween Carnival to the Children's Hospital Outpatient Facility in Edgewood Kentucky. Twenty students took part in the Project Based Learning process to bring games, decorating stations, and prizes to help ease the anxiety of the children waiting for their appointments.

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Pumpkin Carving pumpkin carving

Boone County High School art students are taking part in a service learning collaboration with the Boone County Parks Department. The Parks Department donated nearly 300 pumpkins to Boone County, Cooper, Ryle, Conner and Walton-Verona High Schools to be carved into Jack-O-Laterns for the 28th Annual Boone County Parks Jack-O-Lantern Walk.  

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Town Hall Meeting hope 4 boone county

Hope for Boone County

Inclement Weather Information Logo

Unpredictable winter weather may necessitate Boone County Schools to alter daily schedules or routines within the district.  To be prepared please make sure your child’s school has up-to-date phone numbers and emergency contacts for your family.  Also, have child-care arrangements already in place should the need arise to close school early, delay or cancel school.

Boone County Schools have a great team working tirelessly to make decisions on closing or delaying school, always keeping the safety of our students as the top priority.  As early as 3:00 a.m., if snow, freezing rain, sleet or other dangerous precipitation presents our Director of Transportation and Assistant Superintendent for Operations set out to inspect the road conditions. They drive designated routes, checking the roadways that are typically the most dangerous when snow covered.  The team considers safe travel not only on streets but sidewalks, parking lots, and  driveways.  Other conditions to consider include the outside temperature, wind chill factor and the amount of precipitation fallen or falling. The Assistant Superintendent for Operations contacts the county public works department to check on road clearing progress.  Once enough information is gathered and shared with the Superintendent the team focuses on one question:  Would you feel safe transporting students in a school bus in the current or predicted conditions?

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KYFAME Program for Seniors KY Fame

Do you want to earn between $50,000-$80,000 a year by the time you are 20 years old? Do you want to earn an Associates degree and be debt free? If so, the KYFAME program might be for you. Please join us on Monday, December 4th at 6:30 in the Boone County High School library for an informational session.

Click here for more information (Powerpoint).

Click here to watch a short video.

Aviso De No Discriminación

Aviso público
Junta educativa del Condado de Boone
(Boone County Board of Education)
AVISO DE NO DISCRIMINACIÓN

Se notifica por este medio a los alumnos, sus familias y los empleados/empleados potenciales del Distrito Escolar del Condado de Boone (Boone County School District) que el Distrito Escolar del Condado de Boone no discrimina por raza, color, origen nacional, edad, religión, estado civil, sexo, discapacidad o información genética en programas de empleo, programas vocacionales, o actividades y que brinda acceso equitativo a los Boy Scouts y otros grupos para jóvenes, establecidos cumpliendo con las leyes y reglamentaciones estatales y federales. La falta de dominio del inglés no es una barrera para la aceptación y participación en programas y actividades, incluidos los programas de carreras y educación técnica.

Strong Fathers Strong Fathers

Florence Elementary hosted its Strong Fathers event on Wednesday. The fathers (mothers & grandparents) and their students participated in games and activities designed to foster teamwork and encouragement. The Strong Fathers program is in place to help encourage the involvement of fathers with their children's education.

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KyAEA Art Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Cooper High School teacher Rachael Burris, who has been named the Kentucky Art Education (KyAEA) High School Art Educator of the Year!

Rachael Burris

Afghan Children's Songbook Project

Dr. Louise Pascale has been spending her day at Boone County High School, sharing the story of her commitment to bring back traditional children's songs to Afghanistan. Through war and oppression, music and singing had been nearly eradicated in Afghanistan. Dr. Pascale created a book of traditional songs while in Afghanistan as a Peace Corp volunteer in 1966. She now uses that book to champion a movement to revive this element of the Afghan culture. Dr. Pascale shared the stage with artwork created by BCHS students that were inspired by her work. Afghan Children's Songbook ProjectAfghan Children's Songbook Project

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Kentucky Kids Day KY Kids Day

The students at Thornwilde Elementary took part in Kentucky Kids Day today! There were lots of activities and several special guests including Omar Cummings (FC Cincinnati), Nick Elleman (NKU tennis player), Happy Feet Soccer, members of the Thomas More tennis & baseball teams, Black~n~Bluegrass Roller Girls, and Gapper from the Reds!

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Diversity Education Conference

Dozens of teachers and administrators from Boone County Schools participated in the Bowles Center for Diversity Outreach's annual Diversity Education Conference.  This year's theme was "Importance of Enhancing Diversity in Education" and was put on in partnership with Heritage Bank.  There were several break out sessions with presenters from around the state, a workshop and a panel discussion, all involving topics of cultural and ethnic diversity in education.

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diversity cinferencediversity cinference

Ryle Tournament of Bands

Over the weekend, Ryle hosted its annual Tournament of Bands.  Ten marching bands from across the state came to compete, with Madison Central being named the champion.  The Ryle marching band capped the night with an exhibition performance as the host school.  Proceeds from the tournament will be used for the school's music education program, instruments and guest professional clinicians.

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Now Hiring Bus

Now hiring

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!

 

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.
GO Pantry Food Drive

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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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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.
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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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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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!

 

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. 

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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.
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.

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

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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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.

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.

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.

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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Stuff the Bus Challenge

Come join us for a cause!

stuff the bus

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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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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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!

 

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!

 

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.

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

Last Day of Student Instruction

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

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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To see photos from the performance click here and to watch a video of the performance click here.

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!

LINK award

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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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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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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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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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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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.

energy team