• Learning what’s behind the eyes

    Sounds of disgust, wonder and excitement filled Andrea Greer’s classroom Thursday as her students snipped away, dissected and eviscerated cow eyeballs for a hands-on experiment.

    Greer, a Bardstown Elementary School teacher, said the activity was based part of a physical science unit where students learned about how light comes into the eye and how the brain receives images. All fourth-graders got a chance to dissect the cow eyeballs.

  • Nelson County High School increases supervision in certain areas to address fights

    Disciplinary referrals from Nelson County High School for the 2015-2016 school year show physical altercations were a recurring problem.

    The Standard requested a copy of all documents related to physical altercations involving high school students in the district as part of an open records request. NCHS returned 61 disciplinary referrals for students last year.

    According to the referrals, the majority of students involved were freshmen, with most of the fights occurring in the gym or hallway.

  • Schools support positive behaviors

    This is the second in a series of stories exploring how Nelson County Schools are working to improve school climate. 

    Approaching the football field with tickets in hand recently, Nelson County High School students were rewarded with an afternoon outside the classroom. At around 300 kids, it was the largest group the school had seen yet for its Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports event.

  • Creating a connection

    This is the first in a series of stories exploring how Nelson County Schools are working to improve school climate.

    First thing every morning, Thomas Nelson High School students gather in groups for seven minutes to discuss whatever they want.

    Sometimes their adult leader chooses the topic. Other times, students lead the discussion.

    The discussions are a new initiative this year called “Care and Connect,” which provides an adult mentor and peer group for each student’s high school career.

  • St. Gregory uses newspapers for education
  • New Haven School PTO hosts carnival
  • ColorFest blends education and fun

    Seeing the kids’ eyes light up at the wildlife displays Saturday made Mark Humphrey a very happy volunteer.

    “They’re connected,” Humphrey said, pointing to children looking at animal pelts, bones and tracks. “It’s like in school, they don’t have these kinds of exhibits,” where they can be hands-on. 

  • National 4-H Week takes flight

    Nelson County 4-H spent this week showcasing its array of clubs and activities to local youths — from aerospace engineering to cooking and nature — as part of National 4-H Week.

    “All over the nation we are recognizing 4-H and we are celebrating 4-H,” Nelson County 4-H Extension Agent Danielle Hagler said.

    At a luncheon held at the Civic Center Wednesday, about 20 children ages 5-8, called Cloverbuds, were able to explore their interests in 4-H with introductory activities.

  • Celebrating success

    A few county schools were holding their heads high following the release of school assessment scores by the state last week.

    Thomas Nelson High School ranked in the top 10 in overall score among high schools statewide, and Cox’s Creek Elementary was designated as a high-progress school for its year-over-year improvement.

    Thomas Nelson High School was designated a school of distinction for the second year in a row. In a listing compiled by the Lexington Herald-Leader, the school ranked seventh in overall score statewide for high schools.

  • Bardstown City Schools named ‘distinguished’ district

    Bardstown’s school district built on prior years’ momentum, earning the highest classification in state assessments released this week by the Kentucky Department of Education.

    Bardstown Independent School District was ranked “distinguished.”

    Two years ago the district was rated as “needs improvement” and earned “progressing” last year.