• Superintendent Orr: Students should be challenged

    As the 2016-17 school year gets underway, Nelson County Schools Superintendent Anthony Orr wants to make sure teachers and students are working on a higher level.

    In an academic focus presentation delivered to the Nelson County School Board at its regular September meeting, Orr said the district needed “to focus on building rigor in the classroom.”

    Stepping away from more basic tasks, Orr wants to see students working on projects that challenge them and require research on both the part of the student and teacher.

  • Bardstown Board of Education briefs from Sept. 20

    Middle school administrator discusses leadership strategies

    Ryan Clark, Bardstown Middle School principal, told the Bardstown Board of Education about a leadership group at the school.

    Clark said he came up with the idea around the beginning of the school’s summer break.

    “I felt like I needed to come up with a better way to engage teachers in being instructional leaders,” he said.

  • BMS teacher reflects on work at middle school

    After eight years at Bardstown Middle School, Kelly Harrison is moving on.

    The Bardstown Board of Education approved Harrison’s resignation Tuesday. Harrison said he had been contemplating leaving the school for about two-and-a-half to three years, as he wanted to expand his community outreach work to a larger scale.

    Harrison worked as a PASS (Positive Approach to Students Success) teacher at the middle school, helping kids with behavior problems.

  • Commitment. Sacrifice. Performance.

    The Thomas Nelson Marching Band was at full attention despite the radiating heat Monday as members practiced in front of the school. A few days prior, the team had been forced off the field during a torrential downpour.

    “We have to work with the conditions we are presented,” said director Shawn Robinson, adding that the students have worked in triple-digit heat and rain before. The band had work to do before its upcoming competition, and the weather wouldn’t stop them.

  • Bardstown’s STEAM Academy gets underway

    Fifth-grader Faith Lyvers could hardly contain herself when she heard she would be handling a live worm for an in-class school project. As her teacher, Stephanie Hart, was passing out the limbless animals, Lyvers walked up to her and held out a plastic bowl to contain the slimy creature.

    The 10-year-old had learned about “worm tea,” which is a liquid form of worm compost, and had also learned about how other professions, such as a geologist or a construction worker, use soil in her prior STEAM Academy classes.

  • Local students graduate from University of the Cumberlands

    University of the Cumberlands announces that 366 students completed their studies and earned degrees on Aug. 30.

    Nelson County graduates include Emily-Ann Gann, of Cox’s Creek, and Alexander Martin, of Bloomfield. Both students earned Master of Arts in Education degrees.

  • McCubbins receives doctorate at Iowa State

    Iowa State University awarded 960 degrees at the end of the 2016 summer term. Of students receiving degrees, 579 were awarded bachelor’s degrees, 282 master’s degrees and 99 doctor of philosophy degrees.

    Of the students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 78 graduated “with distinction” (cum laude, magna cum laude or summa cum laude). 

    Andrew McCubbins, of Bardstown, received a degree of Doctor of Philosophy, in agricultural education.

  • Fall literary series will highlight fiction and poetry through author visits

    Fiction writers Lauren Groff and Merritt Tierce and poet Lauren Haldeman will read from their work and teach master classes at the University of Louisville this fall in a series that draws distinguished authors for free literary events.

    The English department’s creative writing program offers the public readings and classes through the Anne and William Axton Reading Series. Here’s the fall 2016 schedule:

  • BHS Tiger Students of the Month named
  • ATC plays role in recruiting women

    Lining up to change an axle, Trinity Grubbs and Abbigail Watts may be a minority in their maintenance and repair class, but with less than one third of the automotive work force made up of women, their interest is crucial to the industry.

    A recent study commissioned by Deloitte and Automotive News describes women as “an untapped and underutilized resource,” capable of moving the industry forward.