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Kentucky School Advocate

Kentucky School Advocate

A publication of the Kentucky School Boards Association - September 2011

Summer payoff

Spencer County Middle School teachers hope their summer visits help ease the transition to middle school for their students. But this program is just one part of the transformations at this school          

High school reform, again

The push for college and career readiness has revived interest in innovative high school models, from career pathways to engineering programs to higher-education partnerships. Some of those models  are being launched this year and others have a little more experience ...

Career theme

A handful of high schools will use this year to plan for a new model devised by a national nonprofit group. Using four career-themed academies, the program is designed not just for the gifted, but for all students

Preparing for Laptops

As laptop use in classrooms becomes more common, districts who have led the way offer advice on getting started

Economics and efficiency

KSBA is partnering with or endorsing organizations with programs that will help school districts in both tangible and intangible ways, a recognition that the association must step up to the plate to help its cash-tight members ...Page 14

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From the Magazine

Kentucky School Advocate
Volume 18, Number 2


Take Note

People Are Talking

Ed Wellness

KSBIT Corner

In Conversation With


President’s Corner

Get Your Message Out

On the cover
Spencer County Middle School student Tabitha Martin and her mom, Michele, go over a supply list during a home visit from two of her new teachers. Home visits are just one element of the school’s focus on customer service. Article on Page 8.

Kentucky School Boards Association

260 Democrat Dr.
Frankfort, KY 40601

Executive Director
Bill Scott

Member Support Director
Brad Hughes

Advocate Editor
Madelynn Coldiron

Publications Coordinator
Jennifer Wohlleb

Account Executive
Mary Davis

The Kentucky School Advocateis published 10 times a year by the Kentucky School Boards Association. Copies are mailed to KSBA members as part of their associationmembership. One additional issue each year is published exclusively on KSBA’s website.

KSBA Board of Directors


Tom Blankenship, President
Lincoln County

Durward Narramore, President elect
Jenkins Independent

Delmar Mahan, Immediate Past President
Whitley County


Eddie R. Cornett, Paintsville Independent
Linda Duncan, Jefferson County
Jeff Eaton, Allen County
Catina Hasty, Rockcastle County
Ronnie Holmes, Graves County
Allen Kennedy, Hancock County
William Owens, Lee County
Eugene Peel, Jessamine County
Ann Porter, Mason County
Fern Reed, Montgomery County
David Webster, Simpson County
Phyllis Young, Scott County
Regional Chairpersons
Mike Allen, Hickman County
Becky Burgett, Gallatin County
Scott Burrows, Trimble County
Jeanette Cawood, Pineville Independent
Jane Haase, Owensboro Independent
Lisa Hawley, Cloverport Independent
Phyllis J. Lawson, Menifee County
Dennis R. Smith, Hazard Independent
Jeff Stumbo, Floyd County
Dr. Michael Turner, Casey County
Ambrose Wilson IV, Woodford County
Mike Wilson, Warren County

‘Amazing’ start to school year at Fort Thomas

‘Amazing’ start to school year at Fort Thomas

Sixth-graders at Highlands Middle School in Fort Thomas had an “Amazing Race” getting to know their way around their new school before the start of the year. It was all part of the school’s Transitions program, which provided students with eight activities to complete, each one designed to take them a different part of the school, allowing them to get familiar with the building before the first day of class. Eighth-graders, in matching white shirts, acted as guides helping the new students complete each task.

Above, One group of Amazing Racers sorts trays with letters taped to them in the cafeteria in order to spell “Highlands Middle.”

Eighth-graders Haley Coffee, left, and Mariah Nuree guide sixth-graders Brett Mayes, Robbie Gabbard and Nick Biltz through logging onto the school’s website in the computer lab.

Incoming student Jacob Stieritz learns how to open a locker, a new experience for most middle-schoolers.

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