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B OONE COUNTY RECORDER HIGHER SEED A8 Cooper defeats its rival Your Community Recorder newspaper serving all of Boone County THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6, 2014 75¢ BECAUSE COMMUNITY MATTERS School closing message rocks By Melissa Stewart Boone County High School English teacher and media specialist Jessica Pass helps sophomore Carley Dorman with a video she’s producing for class.MELISSA STEWART/THE COMMUNITY RECORDER Teacher finding inspiration in students By Melissa Stewart FLORENCE — From time to time Jessica Pass pulls her pink scrapbook from the shelf. She flips through the pages filled with pictures and messages from former students. “I see their faces and it makes me realize why I’m a teacher,” the Boone County High School English teacher and media specialist said. For five years, in the classroom, Pass has taught language arts. After school, she’s helped students sharpen their reading and writing skills, and to make a difference in their community. In that brief time, she’s already made quite an impact, on the students and fellow teachers, said Boone County High School curriculum coach Jerry Gels. And that impact is a reason why she was named high school teacher of the year by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English/Language Arts. Gels nominated her for the award. “She is one of the more energetic, student-focused and community driven teachers I’ve ever been around,” said Gels, who nominated Pass. “I’m really impressed with how she works with students in the classroom. She pushes them and works them to death and they love her for it.” Some of the ways she works with students include her use of technology, innovative teaching methods and community service efforts. Gels said she has started a Twitter page for the high school’s library and introduced the school to Prezis, a cloud-based presentation software and storytelling tool for presenting ideas on a virtual canvas. Gels said Pass connects with students by reaching them on their level and familiarizing herself with their interests. She involves her students in community service projects – from community clean up days to raising funds for Children’s Hospital to reading to elementary students. Pass, 28, of Fort Mitchell said surprised by the award. “By surprised I mean that I feel like I’m just doing my job. It’s wonderful to be honored for just doing what you’re supposed to do every day.” This is Pass’ first year at Boone County High School; previously she was an English teacher at Lloyd High School in Erlanger. Teaching was not her first career choice. The 2003 Lloyd High School graduate studied journalism at the University of Mississippi and the University of Kentucky, working internships with TV and radio stations, and then landed a job in print journalism See TRACHER, Page A2 BURLINGTON — It’s cold again and there’s snow. James Detwiler dreaded spreading the same old message of a school closing. So, the Stephens Elementary principal partnered with drama teacher Chad Caddell to rock it up. On Feb. 3 when school was canceled, they published a video on YouTube of the duo recording the school closing message to the tune of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The video can be found here: “We’ve had several cancellations and delays this year and I just got tired of hearing my voice over and over again delivering that same message,” Detwiler said. “Parents and students deserve a chuckle.” That’s just what parent of two Stephens students Julia Pile got. “I laughed hysterically,” the Florence resident said. The 52-second video has gotten a total of 7,200 views on YouTube since Monday morning. It was actually recorded a week ago in anticipation of having yet another school closing due to inclement weather. Boone County Schools has missed nine days so far this winter. “We want our students to see that there are fun ways to use technology and social media to be creative,” Detweiler said of the video, an homage of sorts to Wayne and Garth of the “Wayne’s World” movies. Drama teacher Chad Caddell said encouraging students to be creative and use their critical thinking skills is a top priority at Stephens. That’s done, he said, by making learning fun. “Good teaching is good theater,” Caddell said. “At Stephens we have created a place of laughter and fun. It’s not that we’re not working hard, we are. We take education very seriously, just not ourselves seriously.” Caddell wrote the lyrics to the school closing message in under 15 minutes. Rehearsal and final recording took all of five minutes. He said he’s excited about the response so far. “It’s a positive spin on the cold and snow and hopefully even an encouragement to our families,” he said. “We didn’t do it for the attention, we did it for the love of our students.” Want to continue the conversation? Tweet @MStewartReports Improvements coming to U.S. 42 in Florence By Melissa Stewart FLORENCE — Improvements are making their way to U.S. 42 in Florence. The project includes pavement replacement on U.S. 42 from Bentley Court to Ewing Boulevard, Nancy Wood with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 6 Office said. The portion of east of Interstate 75 will be replaced with concrete pavement; west of the I-75 will be replaced with asphalt. GET ACTIVE RITA’S KITCHEN Grant promotes healthy lifestyle See story , A3 Chocolate treats for Valentine’s Day See story, B3 There also will be some curb replacement and spot repairs on sidewalks. 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