“I hated it. Everything I drew was bad. The wind blew my roof off, I had triplets I didn’t want, and I had to pay for child care. I realized I really didn’t need some of the stuff I thought I did.” Russellville Independent High School sophomore Haley Elliott on the very successful – for her at least – Reality Store about adult life choices staged by the local 4-H with the FRYSCs of the Logan County and independent districts. From the Russellville News-Democrat and Leader.
“She is much more confident in her school work and looks forward to participating in the class now. Often times her mentor will visit during lunch. Just having a friend to help my daughter get through the hustle of the lunch experience and making her feel special by sitting with her and her friends has been a wonderful benefit of the program. If her mentor visits in the classroom, she helps my daughter focus on her task at hand and gives her that little extra confirmation that she is doing a good job.” Darcy Dierig on how her 7-year-old daughter, Emma, has benefited from involvement in the Ment2Be mentoring program at Stephens Elementary (Boone County). From the Fort Mitchell Community Press & Recorder.
“The fatal thing was that we stopped looking at it and didn’t proceed on as was planned. It was originally heavy at the beginning to get teachers. Now, maybe we need to load it a little toward the other end to keep our teachers.” Washington County Board of Education Chairwoman Patsy Lester on teacher concerns about the district’s salary schedule – not updated in nearly 15 years – which is comparable to neighboring districts for new teachers but much less so for those with 10 or more years of experience. From the Springfield Sun.
“It’s a win-win situation because these are courses some of our kids need. Not all kids are going to go to college.” Fairview Independent Schools Superintendent Bill Musick on one benefit of possibly converting the district’s former middle school into a branch of an area technology center to serve students from his district and Ashland Independent. From the Ashland Independent.
“An important aspect of it is that, if the adults hear the same message, it doesn’t quite hit home. It’s something that they already know and don’t pay attention to it. When our kids come home and start talking about what they learned at school they might start listening a little better. One of the scariest thoughts is as a firefighter we get a call and there is a child hiding in a corner, in a closet, in the smoke. I just want these kids to learn the right thing to do and be able to think and react quickly.” Firefighter/EMT Chris England on his mission to educate Middlesboro Independent P-8 students about fire safety at home. From the Middlesboro Daily News.
“The objective of Todd County¹s plan for nontraditional instruction days is to maintain continuum of instruction during a severe weather event. Likewise, our plan is designed to eliminate gaps of instruction due to multiple days of severe weather outage.” Todd County Schools Director of Districtwide Services Edwin Oyler on how his district plans to mix online instruction with placement of staff at remote locations around the community as part of its instruction plan for inclement weather. From the Hopkinsville Kentucky New Era.
“Facts are good, we need to know certain facts. But on a day-to-day basis what makes you effective is your ability and what you do with those facts.” Shelby County Schools Chief Academic Officer Lisa Smith on a positive aspect of the proposed state social studies standards. From the Shelbyville Sentinel-News.