• Teacher: Early intervention key to helping poor kids

    Poverty affects everything about a child’s wellbeing.

    Megan Metcalf knows that better than most.

    She was about 7 years old when her mom took her and her sister and left her abusive dad.

    “She was seven months pregnant with me when he pushed her down the stairs, and she went into labor with me,” she recently told students in a class on homelessness at St. Catharine College near Springfield.

  • Generals give thanks with community meal

    Thomas Nelson High School opened its doors to the community Monday morning when students invited four local groups to eat a Thanksgiving meal with them.
    “The table is really important,” said Assistant Principal Mark Webster, who organized the school event. “It’s to symbolize being thankful to the community.”
    Webster said about 80 community members attended from four different local organizations — Active Day, the Guthrie Opportunity Center, Windsor Gardens and Maywood Manor.

  • A trip down memory lane

    From Lucille Ball to Abbott and Costello, students at Nelson County High School did their best to bring a few of television’s greatest comedic personalities to the stage with “Cardinal Follies.”

    The tribute performance included skits from the “Golden Age of Television” and beyond, such as “The Carol Burnett Show,” “I Love Lucy,” and “Ma and Pa Kettle.”

  • Bardstown preps for accreditation review

    Bardstown City Schools is asking for parent feedback as a part of its accreditation preparation process until Dec. 5.

    Superintendent Brent Holsclaw said it is important for schools to be accredited because it allows them to keep track to improve student achievement.

    “It gives you an extra set of eyes to validate what you are doing,” he said.

  • Child poverty persists in Kentucky, Nelson County

    It has long been said that one child in four in Kentucky is in poverty, but now that number is higher.

    Kentucky Youth Advocates’ annual Kids Count report, released Nov. 15, shows that child poverty in the state has risen to 26 percent, although in some poorer counties, more than half of the children are considered poor, based on the federal poverty level of $24,250 of annual income for a family of four.

    In Nelson County, the child poverty rate is 28 percent, slightly higher than the state average, despite an improving local economy.

  • Cox's Creek gives thanks

    Cox's Creek Elementary students recently share a family Thanksgiving meal with loved ones at the school.

  • Auction event supports Bethlehem High School

    Bethlehem High School was “blinging out” Saturday with its 16th annual Lights, Camera … Auction! event.

    The event serves as the premier fundraiser for Bethlehem and brings together family, friends and alumni to support the school and its students. Proceeds are used for educational enrichment, faculty development programs, financial assistance and academic scholarships.

  • Bardstown City School briefs from Nov. 17

    Bardstown Middle School test scores

    Bardstown Middle School is looking to improve its statewide assessment results after being classified as “needs Improvement” and scoring a 60.8 in its accountability performance score for this past school year.
    Principal Ryan Clark addressed the Bardstown Board of Education Tuesday afternoon during its monthly meeting. Clark said the school was labeled as a “focus school” in the area of reading and special education students.

  • Operation Christmas Child collecting shoeboxes

    Operation Christmas Child — the world’s larges Christmas project of its kind — has set its goals high this year with the hope of collecting more than 15,000 gift-filled shoeboxes locally.

    The goals will be a small contribution to the 2015 global goal of reaching 11 million children in need.

  • Board tables concept of school merger following community feedback

    An outpouring of community feedback prompted the Nelson County School Board to table discussion ofmerging New Haven and Boston Schools after parents, teachers and concerned residents said the option was not the way to go.

    “If you move the school far away from us, from where we live, from where we work, it’s going to be a hardship on us to continue to participate,” said Jill Benningfield, of Boston, explaining that the suggested merger would negatively impact parental involvement.