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The Bridge

October 2011

LaRue County School District Continues to Show Improvement

The 2011 Transition Index for all Kentucky elementary, middle, high schools, and district are out. Here are the rankings:

• LaRue County School District – tied at 41 out of 174 (our highest ranking to date!!!) • LaRue County High School – tied at 61 out of 230 • LaRue County Middle School – tied at 40 out of 323 • Hodgenville Elementary School – tied at 372 out of 714 • Abraham Lincoln Elementary School – tied at 430 out of 714


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LaRue County High School Café’ gets a Makeover This past summer, LaRue County High School cafeteria was completely gutted and renovated with a custom serving line, caféstyle tables, chairs, stonework and new floor tile. The new "branding" of the cafeteria also included renaming the cafeteria "Café LaRue" in place of the Hawks Nest. The serving line serves students fresh fruits/vegetables BEFORE they are served their entrees which has increased the student consumption of these healthier choices and should help promote the new proposed meal patterns. There is also a new Grab & Go unit that serves students complete meals in a clear container that includes hummus, sunbutter, fresh fruit and vegetable choices. This has been extremely popular with students and staff. We are so excited about the new look and ambience of our cafeteria. This has been really a great environment for our students to utilize their laptops, which all LaRue County High School Students have and provides them with an "internet café" feel!

Zachary Lee Commended in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program LCHS Principal, Paul Mullins announced earlier this month that Zachary Lee has been named a Commended Student in the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented student. About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2012 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012 competition by take the 2010 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT). “The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource;


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recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

LC Speech Gearing up for 2011-2012 Season The LCHS and LCMS Speech teams are busily preparing for the upcoming season by cutting, memorizing, and perfecting their speech pieces. Though the team lost several seniors last year, this year’s team is certainly not suffering in numbers. There are 26 high school students participating in speech and 17 middle schoolers. According to head coach Katy Cecil, the year is getting off to a “promising start.” Most of the students are competing in events like storytelling, prose or poetry reading, dramatic or humorous interpretation, or oratory, but there are a handful of students who are more interested in the debate aspects of speech. Mr. Cecil has taken on the task of training these students to prepare them for competition across the state and the country. The team also gained two new coaches this year in the form of Mr. Bill Thompson, a former high school and college competitor. Thompson was

actually coached by Mrs. Cecil when he attended WKU in the early 90s. He is a graduate of Bethlehem High School and WKU, and is currently employed as an intake counselor at Safe Place YMCA in Louisville, KY. Mr. Thompson drives to LaRue County twice a week from Louisville to work with middle and high school students, and will travel with the LCHS speech team this fall and spring. Another addition to the coaching staff is Ian Mather, former LCHS student and speech


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team member. Mather was a prolific winner for LCHS over the past three years, and has lent his talents this year to helping find pieces for his younger successors. He will use his breaks from college to help coach the students and travel with the team when possible. The season kicks off in late October with a trip to Bardstown, and the team will also travel to national level tournaments in Chicago and Washington, DC this semester. Be checking The Bridge and the local newspaper for results from week to week!

LCHS Athletes Attend KHSAA/HYPE Student Leadership Conference In August, the LCHS Athletic Department sent 15 student-athletes to the Lexington Convention Center for the KHSAA/HYPE STUDENT LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE. The conference is open to all high school (9-12) student-athletes (including cheerleaders) and chaperone/administrators. Over the last four years, LaRue County High School has sent captains of sports teams and other representatives from each athletic team. The program included four breakout sessions and a featured closing guest speaker. This year’s featured speaker was Patrick George. Mr. George discussed leadership and conduct. Group discussion is the main focus with college/high school facilitators utilized to drive discussion and ideas. •

“It was a different type of conference. Not the typical sit and get lectured to. You were just as much a part of the presentation as the presenter. Really enjoyable.” Drew Newberry “It was a fun experience, and made you come out of your shell a bit. It provided leadership skills that can be used in all aspects of life, not just sports.” Nick Paden “It was very helpful. It taught me how to solve problems and accomplish things by myself, and as part of a group.” Kyle Sheeran

Those who attended were: Caleb Canter, Courtney Clyde, James Crosswhite, Cole Hughes, Wesley Kessinger, Zac Lee, Paige Nalley, Drew Newberry, Slade Owens, Nick Paden, Austin Puryear, Megan Smith, Shana Zajdel, Kelton Ford, Shaila Winston and Kyle Sheeran.

Hands on Math Students in Mrs. Mullins 4th period math seminar are exploring patterns using centicubes and blocks. They practiced the age old adage, seeing is believing. The students were given a series of numbers beginning with one,


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asked to build a model with the cubes, and transferred the three dimensional objects to two dimensional representations on paper. The series of numbers starts with 1 and adds 4 each time. Along the way, they discovered a couple of issues with how to write an expression because the pairs of students sometimes see things differently. Questions they discussed were, “how do I find the 10th term, and the 100th term without using blocks and how do I write out what I see?� Students discussed how to write an algebraic expression to describe the pattern using the nth term number for any number in the pattern including the 100th term. In the end, students could put their minds together to revise the expressions and write a single algebraic expression 4n – 3. Try it and see if it works using the 1st term n=1, the 2nd term n=2, the 3rd term n=3, the 10th term n=10 and the 100th term n=100.

Sixth Grade Art

The sixth grade

students at LCMS recently completed work on a fun mural project in Art class. Drawing inspiration from world famous Latin American mural artists like Diego Rivera, David Siqueiros, and Jose Orozco, each team worked together and individually to create artworks that measure 4 feet tall by 7 feet wide! The main imagery shown captures the spirit of LCMS in a Hawks logo, and each student contributed something special about the community from his or her point of view. The students discovered the fun and challenges that mural painting presents. When asked what they learned and enjoyed most about the mural painting process, students commented that they learned to practice painting skills like using good brush strokes as well as getting a better understanding of what it may have been like to paint a mural with Diego Rivera. Students also


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learned some valuable social skills. Taylor Kyle said, “It was fun. I learned that I could make stuff that I thought I couldn’t make.” William Pearman commented, “My favorite part was getting to see what everyone else was painting and getting to try something I had never done before.” Dylan Gordan offered insight when he said, “What I liked most about creating the mural was all the squares are unique in their own way. It just makes it look amazing!” Skyler Hornback mentioned that he “liked it all. It was a lot of fun. We all got to add our own touch while bringing it together.” Rachel Sheffer said, “It was fun, but don’t wear good clothes ‘cause you might get paint on you!” You can check out the artwork created by LCMS students on our website (Click on Teacher Websites, Andy Arendt.)

ALES Blood Drive

Abraham Lincoln Elementary School hosted the U of K/U of L Governor’s Cup Blood Drive in the gym on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 from 3-8 PM. Red Cross, school staff and PTO volunteers worked all hours to assist donors but only with the help of lots of great student volunteers too! Bean bags and books as well as coloring activities were provided for youth while educational computer games were provided for teens making it a great time for all ages. All donors even received a UK/UL Governor’s Cup T-shirt and have a chance to win a gas card or vacation by registering online at www.redcrossblood.org! With over 35 donors and several rare and double donations, the annual blood drive at ALES was a great success! Pictured: Kalli Flanders, Marissa Cecil, and Ty Morris (student volunteers) Garnett Chappell (donor).


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Getting Fit at ALES The school year has gotten off to a smooth start. We have

started out physical fitness testing for the fall. This is a pretest to the Physical Fitness Awards sponsored by the President’s Challenge in the spring. The tested areas are sit ups, right angle push-ups, 1/4 mile or 1/2 mile run, shuttle run and the vstretch. These activities help the students and myself determine how the students are doing in the five components of fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, body composition and cardio-respiratory endurance as well as incorporating the FITT Principle( fitness, intensity, type and time) into their regiment of physical fitness vocabulary.

Larue County: Birthplace of Greatness As we experience cooler temperatures, rain, and the feel of fall in the air, we realize that school is indeed in session again! Another sure sign that school is in session is Abraham Lincoln and the annual Abraham Lincoln art contest. As Hodgenville prepares for Lincoln Days in October, the artists at ALES also prepare their works of art for the celebrated Lincoln Art contest! ALES students studied this year’s theme: Larue County – Birthplace of Greatness and then began their artwork by brainstorming and sketching their ideas. A final draft is completed and then the coloring begins! As students vie for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place wins within their classroom, only the 1st place winning entry from each classroom will move onto the district competition. Winning entries from the two elementary schools will be on display during Linc oln Days, so stop by and enjoy the talent and the variety of ideas generated from this year’s theme, Larue County – Birthplace of Greatness. I guarantee that you


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will know some of the artists and enjoy the festivities that Lincoln Days has to offer. Hope to see you there! Pam Glaab ALES Art Teacher

Plants Are Cool at ALES! 1st grade students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary are learning about plants. Mrs. Gibson’s class worked on creating flowers in the style of author Eric Carle. Eric Carle is famous for using tissue paper as a medium in his books. After creating our plants we worked on labeling the parts.

Abraham Lincoln and Hodgenville Family Resource Centers Invite you and your little one to “Wee Time” Have you heard anyone say lately, “Kindergarten is not what it used to be.” Well, it’s not. Today children need to know before they enter kindergarten what you as an adult was taught your first year of school. There are many ways that you as a caregiver of a young child can help prepare a child for school. A child needs to develop and strengthen small muscles in their hands so they are able to write. Encourage your child to dress and undress themselves, including buttoning and unbuttoning. Let your child cut with scissors, with adult supervision of course. Children love to cut things out of old magazines and catalogs. Encourage your child to color and scribble with crayons. Encourage your child to make things out of play dough or let your child help make cookies or dough’s that should be kneaded or rolled into balls. All of these


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things will help to build and strengthen those small muscles. If your young child attends a local day care, preschool program or area Head Start they are already doing these things. If your young child is home with you ort a neighbors or Grandparent I encourage them to attend the “Wee Time” program sponsored by the ALES and HES Family Resource Centers. Wee Time is a parent/child activity time designed for three, four and five year old children and will help them to be better prepared for Kindergarten.

WEE TIME Where: Hodgenville & Abraham Lincoln Elementary Schools Time:

9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

This is a great opportunity for the Elementary Schools staff to get to know their “future” students, as well as, a time for preschool children to become familiar with the school he/she will attend.

Hodgenville Elementary & Abraham Lincoln Elementary Family Resource Centers cordially invite preschool children ages 2 – 4 and their parents to join us weekly for “Wee Time”. This parent/child time will be fun, educational and will have developmentally appropriate activities. Mark your calendar for the following dates: DATE

THEME

WHERE

August 11th

Numbers 1 & 2, Letter A, Shape – Triangle, Color - Red

HES

August 18th

Numbers 3 & 4, Letter B, Shape – Oval, Color – Yellow

ALES

August 25th

Numbers 5 & 6, Letter C, Shape – Diamond, Color – Blue

HES

September 1st

Numbers 7 & 8, Letter D, Shape – Circle, Color – Green

ALES

September 8th

Numbers 9 & 10, Letter E, Shape – Heart, Color – Red

HES

September 15th

Letter F, Shape – Triangle, Color – Purple

ALES

September 22nd

Letter G, Shape – Rectangle, Color – Brown

HES

September 29th

Letter H, Shape – Square, Color – Yellow

ALES

October 13th

Letter I, Shape – Triangle, Color- Black

HES


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October 20th

Letter J, Shape Oval, Color – White

ALES

October 27th

Letter K, Shape – Circle, Color – Orange

HES

November 10th

Letter L, Shape – Triangle, Color – White

ALES

November 17th

Thanksgiving activities, Color – Brown

HES

December 1st

Letter M, Shape – Heart, Color – Red

ALES

December 8th

Letter N, Shape - Diamond, Color – Blue

HES

December 15th

Letter O, Shape – Star, Color – Red

ALES

January 5th

Letter P, Shape – Circle, Color – White

HES

January 12th

Letter Q, Shape – Square, Color – Green

ALES

January 19th

Letter R, Shape – Rectangle, Color – Purple

HES

January 26th

Letter S, Shape – Star, Color – Yellow

ALES

February 2nd

Letter T, Shape – Diamond, Color – White

HES

February 9th

Letter U, Shape – Heart, Color – Pink

ALES

February 16th

Letter V, Shape – Oval, Color – Blue

HES

February 23rd

Letter W, Shape – Rectangle, Color – Purple

ALES

March 1st

Letter X, Shape – Circle, Color – Yellow

HES

March 8th

Letter Y, Shape – Square, Color – Blue

ALES

March 15th

Letter Z, St. Patrick’s Day, Color – Green

HES

March 22nd

Review, Shape – Diamond, Color – White

ALES

March 29th

Dr. Seuss, spring activities, Color – Red

HES

April 5th

Bus Safety, Color – yellow

ALES

If you have any questions please contact FRC Coordinator Melissa Pearman (358-3506) HES Principal, Sue Osbourne

or

Machelle Durham (358-4112) ALES Principal, Amber Thurman


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Bella Thurman shines at the PAC Hodgenville Elementary 3rd grade student, Bella Thurman, was cast in the original Broadway production of the musical Annie at the Hardin County Performing Arts Center. She auditioned through several lines and was cast as the orphan Della. Bella acted, sang, and danced along with 44 other cast members of all ages for 7 shows on the weekends of September 8-12 and 16-18. The story line is set in the Great Depression and follows the life of young orphan, Annie, as she tries to find her parents, but finds a happy home with a billionaire father who adopts her from the orphanage. Throughout the play Annie and her orphan friends make the most of their conditions and have high hopes for brighter days tomorrow. With her bright smile Bella made Hodgenville Elementary proud!

HES PTSO T-Shirt Design Winner Kimberly Vazquez was the winner of the HES PTSO t-shirt design contest. Over one hundred entries were turned in from grades K-5, and of all the designs she had a great understanding of what the PTSO was looking for, as well as great artistic perspective. Kimberly loves art and hopes to grow up to be an artist. Her design shows three hawks growing in size as they come out of a book with HES on the opened page, and “Hawks Growing Through Education,” above it. For Kimberly’s hard work she received a check from the PTSO for $25.00. One order of t-shirts has been filled, but due to high demand another order will be filled.


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1ST Grade Grandparents Day Ms. Angela Morris especially enjoyed Grandparents Day this year when her grandmother Mrs. Oris Vessels; daughter Shannon; and granddaughter Lexi visited her first grade classroom! Families of eleven of Ms. Morris’ students also visited the classroom and read what their grandchildren had been writing about them. The students spent the week reading and writing about their grandparents and families.

Tour De LaRue 2011 The 8th Annual Tour de LaRue took place on September 17th at Hodgenville Elementary School. Although rain forced the event inside for prize drawings prior to the ride, the weather finally cooperated enough to allow riders to take part in their choice of three ride options. The event, which had close to 200 pre-registered riders, allows families to enjoy being able to incoorporate both family time and fitness into their day. Water stations, prize drawings, and a chance to ride with family and friends make this an event that many families look forward to each year. Those involved with the Tour de LaRue would like to thank all the volunteers and sponsors who continue to make this wonderful event possible for the children and families of LaRue County.


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Award Winner

LaRue County Board of Education Superintendent - Sam Sanders Board Members Price Smith - Board Chairman Dick Greenwell - Vice Chairman Norbert Skees - Member Ronnie Chelf - Member Michael Hornback – Member

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