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<strong>News</strong> <strong>You</strong> <strong>Can</strong> <strong>Use</strong><br />

<strong>Greenup</strong> <strong>County</strong> <strong>School</strong>s Employee <strong>News</strong><br />

ISSUE 3, October 2011<br />

Message from the Superintendent<br />

Fellow Musketeers,<br />

Mr. Bowling’s 7th grade science class as WMS builds a living periodic table.<br />

this issue<br />

Unbridled Learning Update P.2<br />

Did <strong>You</strong> Know? P.3<br />

Spirit Week Recap P.6<br />

The responsibility of our employment with the<br />

<strong>Greenup</strong> <strong>County</strong> <strong>School</strong> <strong>District</strong> is much larger than<br />

many of us realize. To have the health, welfare and<br />

future of twenty-nine hundred <strong>Greenup</strong> <strong>County</strong> school<br />

-aged children placed in our hands every day is an<br />

extraordinary opportunity to make a difference in children’s<br />

lives. It also affords us the opportunity to have<br />

an impact on the future of our community as we develop the workforce of<br />

the next generation. Terms such as College and Career Ready are important<br />

to all our students as they plot the course for their futures. The<br />

next generation of adult <strong>Greenup</strong> Countians is walking the hallways of our<br />

school buildings right now. They are looking to us for guidance and support<br />

as they pursue their dreams of tomorrow.<br />

It is from this perspective that I say to you it is imperative we show up every<br />

day prepared to give these young people our very best. It has to be<br />

more than just a job to us. Yes, we all have to earn a living to provide<br />

food, clothing and shelter for our families and loved ones but if deep inside<br />

you there is not a passion to help a child succeed, you are in the wrong<br />

business. People don’t go in to the education profession to get rich monetarily.<br />

An educator’s true reward is watching a child grow intellectually and<br />

become an independent adult and contributing member of our society.<br />

Folks, when times are tough and our patience wanes, remember the real<br />

reason we are here – those twenty-nine hundred kids we are privileged to<br />

work with each day. Stay the course; you ARE making a difference in<br />

their lives.<br />

With Musketeer Pride,<br />

Steve A. Hall<br />

Upcoming Events<br />

Oct 27—TI/21C Parent Workshop—<br />

MAP—5:00 @ GES<br />

Oct 28—AES & GES—Halloween<br />

Parade<br />

Nov 3—GES—Fall Festival @ 5:00<br />

Nov 10—AES—Fall Festival @ 5:30<br />

Nov 11—AES—Veterans Program<br />

@ 9:00<br />

Nov 11—WMS—Veterans Program<br />

Nov 17—Meet the Musketeers<br />

Nov 17—GES—Family Reading<br />

Night@ 5:00<br />

Nov 29—AES—Proficient/<br />

Distinguished banquet<br />

Month 2 Aendance<br />

McKell Elem 95.59%<br />

Wurtland Elem 95.43%<br />

Wurtland Middle 95.11%<br />

Greysbranch Elem 94.80%<br />

Argillite Elem 94.70%<br />

McKell Middle 93.11%<br />

GCHS 91.43%<br />

<strong>District</strong> 94.31%

Unbridled Learning Update<br />

CIITS Announcement<br />

The Continuous Instructional Improvement Technology System (CIITS) had its initial launch on August 1. It is only open to public<br />

school educators. CIITS is designed be a one-stop shop of resources to promote highly-effective teaching and learning in all<br />

Kentucky classrooms. Currently, CIITS contains:<br />

• Kentucky Core Academic Standards in English/language arts and mathematics<br />

• deconstructed standards/learning targets<br />

• aligned instructional resources from Discovery Education<br />

During the 2011-12 school year, the following resources will be added:<br />

• Program of Studies<br />

• Core Content for Assessment 4.1 in the remaining content areas<br />

• Technology Standards<br />

• Standards for World Language Proficiency<br />

• ACT QualityCore (English II, Algebra II, U.S. History, Biology)<br />

• Early Childhood Standards<br />

• AASL Library Media Standards<br />

• ISTE National Educational Technology Standards (NETS)<br />

• thousands of aligned and linked high-quality instructional resources from four major content providers<br />

• Leadership Network instructional resources (lesson plans, instructional units, formative assessment lessons)<br />

• Early Childhood materials<br />

• Program Review materials (arts and humanities, practical living/career studies, writing)<br />

• writing sample resources<br />

• Model Curriculum Framework<br />

Science Standards: Kentucky was recently identified as one of 20 states to lead the development of the next-generation science<br />

standards. The Conceptual Framework for the development of these standards was released by the National Academies.<br />

It is available to download or read online for free here: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13165<br />

It is important that both teachers and administrators understand that this document is not a set of standards and should NOT<br />

be used as such. Until the next-generation science standards are adopted in Kentucky, educators should be using the Program<br />

of Studies (2006) for science and the Core Content 4.1 for the purpose of assessment. The standards are set to be completed<br />

by fall of 2012.<br />

Model Curriculum Framework<br />

The Kentucky Model Curriculum Framework 2011, a resource for instructional supervisors, principals or teacher leaders, is<br />

now available for use by districts and schools. Links to resources that will directly help in the implementation of the Kentucky<br />

Core Academic Standards, such as sample deconstructed English/language arts and mathematics standards, sample pacing<br />

guides, gap analysis tool and more, are included in the framework. To access the framework: http://www.education.ky.gov/<br />

users/otl/KY_Model_Curriculum_Framework/Kentucky%20Model%20Curriculum%20Framework%202011.pdf<br />

Program Reviews<br />

At its August 3-4 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education approved state regulation 703 KAR 5:230 (Next Generation Instructional<br />

Programs and Support). The major change to this regulation from the June KBE meeting was the determination that<br />

world language and K-3 Program Reviews will be added. These Program Reviews will be field-tested for the purpose of content<br />

validity during the 2012-13 school year and will become part of accountability in 2013-14.

Did <strong>You</strong> Know?<br />

Mrs. Wrights 6th grade classes at MMS are working on persuasive TV broadcasting<br />

from the perspective of various groups associated with the rainforest. The broadcast<br />

was to last at least 2 minutes, include all group members, tell when they came to the<br />

rainforest and how they use its resources. Each group was to defend their position and<br />

explain what they wanted. The groups represented were: Native Amazonians, rubber<br />

tappers, loggers, settlers, cattle ranchers, environmental groups.<br />

The GCHS Band competed in regional competition for the first<br />

time in five years! They traveled to Bourbon <strong>County</strong> this past<br />

Saturday for competition. Congratulations!<br />

Congrats GCHS Volleyball! The team made it to the 16th region semi-finals. Great season, ladies!<br />

Foodservice wants to remind all that we are sending weekend snacks home to children who live in food<br />

insecure homes. Our staff has sent home more than 800 bags this school year—all provided through<br />

local donations of food and cash. If you know of any person or group that would be interested in helping,<br />

please contact the kitchen staff or the YSC at your school. <strong>You</strong> may also contact Diana McCabe,<br />

or Tammy Steele at Central Office. And, if you have a referral of a child in need, please contact us.<br />

WMS will be participating in Red Ribbon Week activities the week of October 24-28. Students will be<br />

encouraged to sign a drug free pledge and receive information on the detrimental effects of drugs, alcohol,<br />

and tobacco on the mind and body.<br />

AES hosted a Pink Out Day to show support in the<br />

fight against breast cancer. This was a day of education and hands on learning<br />

for everyone involved - and all for a good cause! In a true demonstration<br />

of teamwork more than 350 students, parents, staff, and volunteers gathered<br />

in front of the elementary school to capture a human pink ribbon in film! A<br />

big "thank you" to Grayson Rural Electric and Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital<br />

for helping make the day a success!<br />

WMS Veteran's Day program will be held November 11th. We will be dedicating<br />

the Freedom Shrine at that time. All veterans and currently enlisted<br />

service personnel are invited to attend.<br />

The WMS Beta Club participated in the ALS 5K Run/Walk on October<br />

1st. Students ran, walked, and helped with various activities during the 5K.<br />

The club will be attending the Summit Leadership Conference in Cincinnati,<br />

November 12-14.<br />

Students in Mrs. Steele's 3rd grade class at Argillite Elementary had a little fun with their first<br />

nine week's vocabulary words. Students utilized a new buzzer system and participated in<br />

quick recall matches using their growing vocabularies. By engaging in a non-traditional way,<br />

students challenged each other, and themselves, to learn and respond to new words.<br />

The GCHS blood drive reached 115% of the projected goal with 38 life saving donations,<br />

which will save the lives of approximately 114 Kentuckians within the next couple of days.<br />

Mrs. Montgomery's 6th grade language arts classes at WMS are beginning an on demand<br />

writing unit where each student will be prompted to write a letter to another 6th grader<br />

about our school and the area where we live. Letters will be mailed to random middle<br />

schools across the nation in hopes of receiving letters about other schools.<br />

WMS held their annual Open House Monday, October 10th. The chorus performed and<br />

we were lucky to have Rep. Tanya Pullin join us for dinner. Parents were invited to participate<br />

in three informational sessions concerning the MAP process, state testing,<br />

and the WMS Good Character program and implementation of KYCID.<br />

Mrs. Burney's class at MES has been studying Autumn and harvest as part of a unit on<br />

early American history. Students learned about sequencing through "how to grow a plant<br />

from a seed" . Students completed the lesson with a field trip to Imel's Greenhouse,<br />

where each student received a pumpkin and a gourd. Kenny Imel talked with the students<br />

about different types of pumpkins, gourds and corn. He also showed the students<br />

wheat and discussed all the things we eat today that are made from the wheat plant.

Did <strong>You</strong> Know? (cont.)<br />

McKell Elementary held career day on Friday, October 12. Presenters from <strong>Greenup</strong><br />

<strong>County</strong> and Ohio shared their career choices with students. Many students dressed<br />

up to represent a career they would like to pursue. Teachers Laura Harr and Theresa<br />

Hayes worked very hard to put together this outstanding event. Presenters included<br />

State Representative Tanya Pullin and former students Garrick Howell, University<br />

of KY Food Inspections, and Jacob Crider, Crider's Lawn Care. Thanks to everyone<br />

who made this a great day for MES students.<br />

Advanced Placement Human Geography, APHG, is a new course at GCHS offered<br />

primarily to our freshmen. This is the first time in GC history that we've been able to<br />

provide this level of course for our 9th grade students. APHG looks at the human,<br />

rather than the physical side, of geography in the form of pop culture, migration, language,<br />

urban development and more. Teacher Jill Armstrong arranged a video conferencing<br />

relationship with APHG students located in La Plata, MD, a suburb about<br />

30 miles south of Washington, DC. All of the students are using the concepts and<br />

models discussed in class to teach their counterparts about their respective locations.<br />

The groups were able to Skype last Friday for their first initial meeting.<br />

Mrs. Steele and Mrs. Krebs’ classes at WES recently<br />

visited the Taylor Bird Farm in Ohio and<br />

learned all about a working farm. After learning<br />

about the various products we get from farm animals,<br />

students were able to feed and pet an ostrich<br />

and a calf . They were also able to enjoy a<br />

country style lunch which included a hot dog<br />

roast followed by a yummy marshmallow roast.<br />

This was an enjoyable learning experience for<br />

each of our kindergarten students.<br />

MES Career Day<br />

The GES 21st Century Gardening Class is building a flower bed around the school<br />

sign. The project will be completed by planting fall flower bulbs and winter pansies.<br />

The WMS academic team is off to an awesome start! We have had two meets and<br />

been victorious in both! The first meet we played Raceland and placed in several<br />

areas. We recently played against Boyd Co. and won both quick recall matches and<br />

placed in every area with most students taking first or second! Wurtland Wildcats<br />

are off to a great season!<br />

MMS held Open House Thursday evening from 5:00<br />

- 7:00. Parents were invited to conference with their<br />

child's teacher, discuss state test scores with the<br />

principals and counselor, including the new MAP<br />

scores, and were treated to a spaghetti dinner. The<br />

night was a great success with a large parent turnout.<br />


GC Athletics and the Musketeer Club has been approved<br />

by the Board to offer year-round, 24/7 GC<br />

custom apparel for sale on the MyLocker.net website.<br />

This is not to compete with team sales, but to<br />

offer an alternative for those to order “out of season”<br />

and customize their apparel with design and color<br />

options. Contact Roger Newton for more information.<br />

Have you downloaded the GC <strong>School</strong>s app yet? Keep up with the latest information<br />

by going to : http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/greenup-county-schools/id461965621?<br />

mt=8 for the iPhone, or https://market.android.com/details?<br />

id=us.kyschools.greenup.mobile for Google Android.<br />

GES 21C Gardening Class

Argillite Elementary celebrated fire prevention day with an evacuation drill to the LSV fire dept. Local firefighters, law enforcement officials,<br />

EMT's, medivac specialists, and disaster relief workers united with AES teachers and staff to create a day full of hands on education.<br />

Unbridled Learning: Assessment and Accountability System Update<br />

Approval of 703 KAR 5:220<br />

The Kentucky Board of Education took final action on two regulations related to the Kentucky Department of Education’s<br />

Unbridled Learning activities. The board approved 703 KAR 5:220, the regulation related to school and district accountability<br />

recognition and support. This regulation defines how schools and districts will be classified under the new accountability<br />

system. The board agreed on the weights outlined below for the three main components of the accountability model.<br />

Next-Generation Learners 70%<br />

(achievement, growth, gap, college/career readiness, graduation rate)<br />

Next-Generation Instructional Support 20%<br />

(Program Reviews)<br />

Next-Generation Professionals 10%<br />

(effective teachers and leaders)<br />

Sample Items Posted<br />

In spring 2012, Kentucky’s new state assessments - Kentucky-Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) - will<br />

be administered. Pearson is developing K-PREP tests for grades 3-8 that use a blended norm-referenced test (NRT) and<br />

criterion-referenced test (CRT) model. The NRT portion is the Stanford Achievement Series (Stanford 10). The CRT portion<br />

will be created for Kentucky. Pearson has provided sample Stanford 10 items, and KDE has reposted sample CRT items<br />

released during DAC trainings in February 2011. The sample test items are available here: http://www.education.ky.gov/<br />

KDE/Administrative+Resources/Testing+and+Reporting+/<strong>District</strong>+Support/Link+to+Released+Items/<br />

Sample+Assessment+Items+for+K-PREP.htm<br />

G/T Update<br />

Several <strong>Greenup</strong> <strong>County</strong> Gifted and Talented fifth graders attended a<br />

Creative Thinking and Artistic Expression Camp on Oct. 13 th at<br />

KEDC. Joined by fifth graders from neighboring districts, students<br />

engaged in six hands-on sessions presented by artistic leaders from<br />

the tri-state area. These activities ranged from mask making to<br />

rhythm and movement.<br />

Our Gifted and Talented middle school students participated in the<br />

Creative Problem Solving process by designing paper tables made<br />

from newspapers and masking tape. The tables had to follow specific<br />

guidelines and have the ability to hold a substantial amount of weight.

<strong>Greenup</strong> <strong>County</strong><br />

Spirit Week<br />

Thanks to everyone who made Spirit Week and Spirit Night a huge success! A special thanks to our 2011 Hall of Fame inductees: Soc<br />

Clay, Linna Craft, the late MSgt. Ernest Gouge, David Stultz, and the late Clint “Hawk” Thomas.<br />

“Nerd Day—It’s Cool to Be Smart”<br />

was a huge hit!<br />

Spirit Night Car Show<br />

Devon takes “Crazy Hair<br />

Day” seriously!

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