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Gray Middle School Holiday Drive 5K gray 5k

Runners and walkers braved the chilly temperatures to take part in the 4th Annual Gray Middle School Holiday Drive 5K walk/run! Students, parents, and community members helped raise money for the GMS Holiday Drive. The program assists students and families from GMS who need a little help with holiday gifts this year. They raised $2500 to help 20 GMS families!

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Inclement Weather Information snow

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.


Stay up to date with all weather related delays and closings by following @BCSWx on Twitter. 


Boone County Schools Inclement Weather Information

Veterans Day Celebrations Veterans day
Parade Float Project parade float

Students and teachers from the Alternative Center for Education (ACE) and the Imagineering Academy collaborated on a parade float that won an award at the Hamilton County Veterans Day Parade in Cheviot, Ohio! They created and assembled a set of carts that displayed letters they created to spell out the word HEROES!

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Therapy Animal Project therapy anmials

Students at our Alternative Center for Educations (ACE) have been working on a project involving different types of therapy animals. They are currently using rabbits and chickens to see how they can impact the social and emotional support of students and how their self esteem is affected.

As part of that project, the students decided that they wanted to raise the chickens from eggs and they designed their own incubator to use in the process, requiring the students to monitor the temperature and humidity. They also monitor the development of the chicken embryos by candling the eggs. The students are raising silkie chickens and the project may evolve to include showing the chickens at the Eastern Kentucky Poultry Association Appalachian Fall Classic in Morehead, Kentucky.

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School Bus Safety Week bus safety

Last week was National School Bus Safety Week and our Transportation Department has been spending some extra time with our students to make sure they stay safe! Throughout the month of October our bus drivers have been making special visits to schools throughout Boone County to teach bus safety. We caught up with several of our drivers at North Pointe and Collins Elementary Schools.

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Now Accepting Ignite Applications ignite

To inspire learning for youth and adults by unlocking minds to the adventures and wonders of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the arts; ultimately opening imaginations and elevating opportunity for all in our region. That is the mission of the Ignite Institute (opening for the 2019-2020 school year).

We are now accepting applications! To apply go to: https://www.igniteinstitute.org/

Missy Jenkins Smith Visit Missy Jenkins Smith

As part of Ryle High School's Suicide Prevention & Awareness Week, Missy Jenkins Smith shared her story with the student body. Missy was injured in the 1997 Heath High School shooting in Paducah, Kentucky. During her visit, Missy talked with students about her life since the shooting and the importance of forgiveness, optimism and happiness in the lives of our students.

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Congressional Medal Of Honor Recipient woody williams

Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams visited Kelly Elementary and Conner High School on Wednesday. Mr. Williams was here to celebrate the Northern Kentucky Gold Star Families memorial to be constructed in honor of the men and women these Gold Star Families have lost. After visiting our schools, Mr. Williams helped break ground for the new memorial at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North.

Mr Williams was a Marine Corps flamethrower on Iwo Jima and has been awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor by President Truman. He has since become an ambassador for Gold Star Families and is the central figure of the Hershel Woody Williams Foundation. He is one of four living Medal of Honor recipients from WWII. He is the only one that is able to get around. He travels all over the United States in honor of those with whom he served and those who paid the ultimate price for America’s freedom.

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Farmer's Day farmers day

Kelly Elementary held a Farmers Day last week to learn about the importance of farming and even some farming techniques. Artist and author Mr. Mitchell Tolle visited with the students and discussed his struggles and accomplishments. There were several hands-on activities and even a Farmer’s Market!

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WARM 98.5 Teacher of the Week teacher of the week
Color Run for GO Pantry color run

The Ryle FBLA club hosted a color run this weekend to benefit GO Pantry and help give back to their community. They collected food donations and the money raised from the race will allow GO Pantry to purchase additional food for weekly GO Bags!

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"Hope & Well-being for All" 5K Run running

The Boone County Education Foundation is sponsoring this 5K event to support the Boone County Schools' social and emotional learning efforts, ensuring hope and well-being for all 21,000 students in the district. Funds are being raised to support programming and instruction that build grit, perseverance, resilience, mental wellness, and leadership in all students, as well as promote healthy life choices.

Silly String Celebration mumkin silly string

What do you get if you are one of the top Mumkin sellers at Erpenbeck Elementary? You get a chance to cover one of your principals in silly string!  Erpenbeck students sold the Mumkins to help raise money for the school's PTSO.

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Bike Trail Project Bike Trail Project

Students from our Alternative Center for Education (ACE) are working with Innovative Dirt Solutions to rehab and rejuvenate the bike trail at England Idlewild Park.  The students are clearing the overgrowth and debris, as well as rebuilding the berms and jumps.

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New Playground ribbon cutting

The students at Stephens Elementary cut the ribbon for the newest addition to their playground today! We want to thank the Stephens Elementary PTA and the students that help raise the funds to pay for the new equipment!!!

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Author Visit author visit

Author Max Brallier visited with the students of Thornwilde today! The creator of the children's series Erie Elementary and The Last Kids on Earth talked about his childhood and his path to becoming a best selling author. There was a opportunity for the students (and some zombies) to ask questions and to have their books signed!

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Ballyshannon Ribbon Cutting ribbon cutting

Ballyshannon Middle School held it’s ribbon cutting Tuesday with community members in attendance.  BMS students conducted the program with a welcome, singing the National Anthem and donating personal items for a time capsule to be placed and sealed on the school property.  The time capsule is not to be opened until the 2068-2069 school year.  Following the ribbon cutting BMS students gave tours of their new school. 


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National Merit Semifinalists national merit

Boone County Schools would like to congratulate all of our National Merit Semifinalists! There are 16,000 semifinalists selected nationwide out of 1.6 million students. Being named a National Merit Semifinalist is the result of many years of hard work and dedication on the part of the student and their families.

Boone County High School -
Greg McMillan

Conner High School -
David Holtzclaw

Cooper High School -
Caleb He

Ryle High School -
Koushik Devarakonda (dual enrolled at Gatton Academy)
Peyton Fransen
Leah McClure
Manu Nair
Lucas Niemi
Jessica Pelton
Caitlyn Powell
Jacob Williams (dual enrolled at Craft Academy)

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We Are Ballyshannon ballyshannon pbl

Ballyshannon Middle School opened its doors with a three day Project Based Learning (PBL) assignment celebrating the genius in each and every student. The project created an opportunity for the students to get to know each other and to build a sense of community.

Energy Star energy star

Seven schools have just recently received their 2018 ENERGY STAR re-certification. They are: Burlington Elementary, Florence Elementary, Kelly Elementary, Longbranch Elementary, Stephens Elementary, Thornwilde Elementary and Conner Middle. Congratulations to these schools!
Boone County Schools is now proud to have 13 ENERGY STAR certified school buildings. These schools are ranked among the top in the nation for energy efficiency!


Click here to see all of our Energy Star schools!

Grandparent Camp student in class

September 15th Grant County's Sherman Elementary is hosting a free Grandparent's Camp for all of Northern Kentucky!


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NaviGo Scholars Opportunities NaviGo

NaviGo Scholars works to connect local business sponsors with high school students, providing experiential learning opportunities within various career industries to guide and coach students preparing for college and careers. This a fantastic opportunity for high school students in Boone County! There are opportunities with the following companies:

Children, Inc. - students interested in early childhood education

Duke Energy - students interested in line crew, computer aided drafting, and engineering (electrical, chemical, civil, mechanical)

L'Oreal - students interested in advanced manufacturing careers

NKY Attorneys - students interested in law careers

Pomeroy - students interested in IT careers

St. Elizabeth - students interested in healthcare careers

Toyota - students interest in AMT & Engineering fields

Toyota Parts & Manufacturing - students interested in advanced manufacturing and logistics

Follow the link to apply!



Welcome Back!!! 1st day

Click here to take a look at the first day of school at several of our schools. If you don't see your school, be sure to check out @Boone_County on Twitter for even more photos! (We will update as we get more photos!)

Student Board Representative Anna Impellitteri

We are pleased to announce Anna Impellitteri from Conner High School has been elected to serve as the student representative on the Boone County Board of Education for the 2018-2019 school year. Anna was sworn in by the Honorable Rick Bruggman.

Bus Routes Mock Run buses

Boone County Schools is helping to prepare parents, students, and the community-at-large with a dry run of the BC school bus routes! The "rehearsal" or mock run will happen on Monday, August 13. All buses will be driving the exact routes. This will give our transportation department an opportunity to correct/tweak things prior to the first day of school on Wednesday, August 15.

Stuff The Bus stuff the bus

It's time to Stuff the Bus!!! Bring three or more items to any Northern Kentucky Chick-fil-A on July 31st and receive a chicken free sandwich! Notebooks/Composition notebooks, kids socks, packs of pencils, packs of markers and glue sticks are needed most. Our primary collection spot will be the Chick-fil-A on Houston Road, but you can drop off supplies for Boone County Schools at any location. Just let them know when you drop off your items.

Notice of Non-discrimination nondiscrimination
Public Notice
Boone County Board of Education
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.
A Look Inside Ballyshannon ballyshannon

Here is a sneak peek inside (and outside) Ballyshannon Middle School! The 110,521-square-foot school will open with over 500 students in the fall.

Youth Mental Health Summit Linking Together

This past weekend Boone County Schools along with its collaborative partners presented a 2-day Youth Mental Health Summit at Florence Baptist Church. This summit was jam-packed with resources from Mental Health Professionals on Mental Health for middle and high school students, their parents, families and educators. There were multiple breakout sessions both days, a memorial and hope wall, rock painting, a quiet room, exhibits and vendors, a video series and an outdoor moment of silence and reflection for suicide victims and survivors.

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Orange Frog Games orange frog

Psychology students from Mrs. Dorgan's classes at Ryle High School have been designing games that incorporate concepts from "The Orange Frog" with the help of 2nd graders in Mrs. Morgan's class at Mann Elementary. The two groups of students met to brainstorm about the different aspects they want to use to create the games earlier this year. The Ryle students stopped by Mrs. Morgan's class again and unveiled the new games!

LinkingTogether: Youth Mental Health Summit classroom

Please join us for this two-day event, Friday, June 22 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, and Saturday, June 23, from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. Both days will include lunch, a keynote speaker, and various workshops and seminars, led by national, state and local experts in the areas of youth mental health.

Session topics will include Youth Mental Health First Aider training, Trauma Informed Care, Social Emotional Learning, Drug Free Clubs of America, Bullying, Resiliency, Mindfulness and many more.

The goals of the Summit are to increase mental health literacy, to reduce the stigma associated with mental health disorders in our community and to strengthen community response to youth development through awareness, knowledge, connectivity and access.

Graduation Dates and Times graduation

All of the gradutations for Boone County Schools will be held at BB&T Arena in Highland Heights.  Graduation dates and times:

Boone County High School

May 29, 2018 at 6:30PM



Conner High School

May 30, 2018 at 6:30PM



Cooper High School

May 31, 2018 at 6:30PM



Ryle High School

June 2, 2018 at 7:00PM

Summer Meal Program food program
Honoring Our Students breakfast

For the 19th year, the Boone County Board of Education has recognized our students for their outstanding achievements. Our elementary school students were honored at our Breakfast of Champions. Our middle and high school students were honored at the Evening with the Stars.  Please join us as we congratulate our students as they continue their pursuit of excellence!

International Festival International Festival

Mann Elementary hosted the first Boone County Schools International Festival over the weekend. This was an expansion of previous Japanese Festival to now include all of the different heritages and cultures represented in our district. Thank you to everyone that attended and a huge thank you to everyone that helped make this a fantastic world showcase!

Drama Camp for Students with Special Needs drama

Boone County Schools will partner with the Lexington Children’s Theater to create a “Magical Journey.” Students will use their imagination and creativity to express themselves with grace and beauty through multiple artistic disciplines.  Working with Peer Tutors, Boone County Teachers and Para Educators, and the Shooting Stars Youth Theatre, students will showcase their individuality with a performance for family and friends on Saturday.    

District Art Show art show

The Boone County Schools Annual Art Show was held at the Boone County Public Library. Students from each of our schools across the district participated and could receive Show Stopper Awards from art teachers from other schools. It was an amazing display of art from an extremely talented collection of students!

Last Day Of School last day

The last day of school for students is May 25th!

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

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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.

NKY Camps & Activities camps
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.

District Summer Course Offerings 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.

redistricting map

Early Childhood Learning my pre k
Kentucky Immunization Requirements doctor