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16 June Advocate

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June 2016
A brighter line
A task force has recommended 10 actions for curbing inappropriate student-teacher relationships, steps that focus on prevention through education of not only teachers, but teacher trainees, students and their parents.

Online options
Some Kentucky school districts have turned to online learning as a way of attracting home schoolers back to public schools. The hope is that by getting their virtual foot in the door, these students and their parents eventually might make the relationship a physical reality.

Arts achievers
The Owensboro Independent school board didn’t need a top national award to prove its commitment to the arts: it is visible in every aspect of the district, from funding to facilities to curriculum. But the affirmation from the Kennedy Center and National School Boards Association Award is the piece de resistance.

“Fight the bite”
No one knows how the Zika virus will impact the U.S., but Kentucky public health officials are hoping that schools can play a role in educating students about prevention, and also setting an example in maintaining their campuses.
Interview for the future
Even before college and career readiness became a byword, Pendleton County High School was prepping its seniors for life after graduation. For two decades, the school has recruited community volunteers to conduct realistic mock job interviews with its graduates-to-be.

Taking the guessa out of ESSA
This year’s Summer Leadership Institute, July 8–9, focuses on legislative changes at the national and state levels, in addition to an assortment of clinic sessions. An official with the National School Boards Association will provide the latest on the Every Student Succeeds Act, while attendees also will get a 2016 General Assembly follow up.
Owsley County school district’s “Reducing Barriers in a Rural Kentucky High School” initiative earned KSBA’s 2016 spring PEAK (Public Education Achieves in Kentucky) Award. KSBA representatives presented the award to the district and heard an overview of the program during a ceremony at the high school last month.
Setting up for a solid start in Spencer County
A rainy spring afternoon didn’t dissuade hundreds of parents and children of all ages from filing into Spencer County High School for the district’s third annual Countdown to Kindergarten. Assistant Superintendent Chuck Abell said the event has grown every year and is designed to link families with services and information to get students-to-be as ready as possible for the formal start of their education.
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On The Cover
Pendleton County senior Daniel Fleharty, front right, talks to Ryan Sergent, facilities director for the Pendleton County school district, during the high school’s mock interview program in April. The district began doing mock interviews for its seniors about two decades ago, matching seniors with a professional in the career they are interested in pursuing.
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