12-11 Take Note

12-11 Take Note

Take Note

2012 Bullying Symposium
The first-ever daylong symposium focusing on bullying prevention will be held next spring. The Bullying Prevention Symposium, scheduled for March 19 in Richmond, will feature experts on preventing both bullying and cyberbullying, with two keynote speakers and 16 breakout sessions.

Presentations also will encompass signs of bullying, bullying in athletics, youth risk online, positive online behavior and other topics related to recognizing and preventing bullying in Kentucky schools. The symposium is planned as an annual event by KSBA in cooperation with the Kentucky Center for School Safety.

Net zero nets award
Sherman Carter Barnhart Architect Kenny Stanfield was named Kentucky Planner of the Year by the Kentucky Chapter of the Council of Educational Facilities Planners International. Stanfield was recognized for his work toward sustainable school design, which led to the architectural design and collaboration that built the nation’s First Net Zero Energy School, Richardsville Elementary in Warren County Schools. Stanfield is a principal at Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects, focusing exclusively on the planning and design of educational facilities.

A banner year
Schools still have time to work on banners for the 2012 KSBA annual conference. The deadline for getting them into KSBA offices is Jan. 20. The banners will be displayed in the hallways of the conference meeting areas, the main ballroom and several larger meeting rooms throughout the Feb. 3-5 event at the Galt House in Louisville. They are to reflect the conference theme of “College and Career Readiness: Kentucky’s Real 2012 Olympics,” linking the worldwide attention on the Olympic Games in London, England and Kentucky schools’ push to move more high school graduates to enter college and/or the job market adequately prepared. For specifications of the banners and other guidelines, check “Important Bookmarks” at KSBA’s website.

Winners’ circle
Ten public schools in Kentucky have been recognized for a trifecta of working conditions, school safety and student achievement. The selection was made based on data from the Teaching, Educating, Leading and Learning (TELL) Kentucky survey, which was given to all public school teachers and principals in March.

The “Winners’ Circle” for working conditions and student achievement consists of: North Jackson Elementary (Barren Co.); North Middletown Elementary (Bourbon Co.); South Heights Elementary (Henderson Co.); Lowe Elementary (Jefferson Co.); Adairville Elementary (Logan Co.); Benton Middle (Marshall Co.); North Oldham High (Oldham Co.); Bevins Elementary (Pike Co.); Pulaski County Area Technology Center; Rockcastle County Middle.
The awards were presented in November during the 17th annual Safe Schools, Successful Students conference in Louisville. Each school received a certificate, plaque and large school banner. Forty-nine other schools received honorable mention awards.

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