East Middle students win in poster contest
East Jessamine Middle School gifted and talented students participated in the annual Kentucky JumpStart Coalition poster contest for Kentucky Saves Week. Two EJMS students — seventh-grader Makayla Wade and sixth-grader Aleah Archer — won first place in the state for their grade level.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the students were presented with $50 savings bonds and a letter from the governor. The presentation of prizes was held in the Capitol Rotunda.
Twenty EJMS students had their posters displayed in the Capitol for public viewing. The theme of the contest was "Save Today and It Will Pay."
Wilmore SMART winners, second nine weeks
Each grading period, homeroom teachers select two students who exemplify the SMART rules at Wilmore Elementary. The following students are the winners for the second nine weeks of the 2011-2012 school year:
M. Jones: Tyler Whalen, Keturah Lovell and CJ Collins; Tyra: San Kim, Elena Rodrigus and Hayden Horn; Moss: Andrew Cooper, Laykin Skinner and Zoey Morgan; L. Jones: Elijah Nash, Beth Ann Martin and Matthew Guy; Smith: Ezra Cope and Lydia Calicott; Smorstad: Noah Sallee, James Wood and Lyla Lamb; Madill: Raya Hughes, Nathan Peterson and Callie McLoney; Ellsworth: Dillon Bickert, Emily Whalen and Lamont Mason; Kiebler: Kendall Jacobs, Fred Bender and J.T. Music; M. Hall: Ellie Kay Hasseloff, Dorian Welch and Olivia Sadler; Neyman: Haven Six, Jimmie Locker and Carrie Hudson; P. Fannin: Jemi Chew, Amos Beunrostro and Kaylee Souligne; Derr: Jaylan Hatfield, Saylor Gilliland and Madlynn McDonald; Hall: Moose Dunagan, Aspen Reeves and Gary Winkle; Abbott: Victoria Antoniou, Justin Johnston and Chelsea Austin; Burnight: Jackson Campbell, Grace Kim and Britney Mason; Gallutia: Samuel Snow, Nara Lee and Luke Nelton; Adams: Mati Jones, Derek Moberly and Lindsey Kemp; Beckley: Joylynn Goh, Braeden West and Isaiah Hull; Fannin: Julia Allen, Rand Barcelona and Silas Nash; Whyte/Tate: Kamden Spickard, Parker Gillispie and Megan Russell; Baker: Bin Kim, Kate Madill and JosieAnna Disponette; Hayden: Clint Lewallen, Annalise Adams and Aaron Woolums.
Fifth-grade specials: computer, Efraim Calicott and Danie Fielder; music, Hannah Bellew and Joseph McKinney; art, Kaylee Souligne and Caleb Dunlap; gym, Aaron Bickelman and Miette Lockamy.
Fourth-grade specials: music, Teresa Powell and Eli Wackerly; computer, Makenzie Howard and Francis Jenness; art, Jamie Shelton and Ian Tippey; gym, Haerin Seo and Anand Dudee.
Third-grade specials: art, Cody Kirk and Grace Kim; computer, Deanna Dabbain and Matthew Purcell; music, Palmer McNeal and Debby Lee; library, Sydney McDonald and Jacob U'Wren; gym, Juan Kim and Cassie Locker.
Second-grade specials: library, Ruth Brown and Clayton Gillum; music, Emma Pousette and Riley Depriestl computer, Amanda Spears and Turner Shouse; art, Ashlyn Smetanko and Samuel Maynard; gym, Victoria Workman and Daniel Waters.
First-grade specials: library, Isaac Buttery and Abby Burkley; gym, Lisa-Bel Louis and Jonathan Quillen; art, Laurel Setzer and Daniel Nesenchuk; computer, Lillian Soto and Talan Moody; music, Emersyn Talor and James Chavarria.
JCTC gets grant for greenhouse
The Jessamine County FFA chapter has received a $500 grant for equipment at the greenhouse at Jessamine Career and Technology Center.
The Kentucky Department for Public Health and its partners selected 41 high schools to receive grants to develop or improve the nutritional, physical activity or tobacco prevention policies at their schools. The $500 grants are part of the Students Taking Charge program offered by Kentucky Action for Healthy Kids).
The money will go toward purchasing a produce cooler for crops, FFA adviser Mary Jennings said. The resource greenhouse class at JCTC has already harvested two lettuce crops using hydroponics.
Free GED testing available at adult-education center
Free GED testing is available at the Jessamine County Adult Education Center at 200 Computrex Drive in Nicholasville through June 30.
The tests, which usually cost $60, are sponsored by Kentucky Adult Education, a unit of the Council on Postsecondary Education; and the Department of Workforce Investment, an agency of the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, using federal Workforce Investment Act incentive funding.
The GED tests provide adults who did not finish high school with the opportunity to certify their attainment of high-school-level academic knowledge and skills. Free GED classes are available through local adult education programs in all 120 Kentucky counties. For more information about the Jessamine County center, visit www.jessamine.kyschools.us/adulted or call 859-887-9052.
Asbury one of 12 schools in new consortium
Twelve universities in the Bluegrass region, including Asbury University, have agreed to collaborate to improve educational attainment and economic opportunity for central Kentuckians as the new Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium was formalized by the signing of a charter agreement at Bluegrass Tomorrow’s annual breakfast meeting at Keeneland Wednesday, February 29.
The 12 schools that have agreed to collaborate to advance the regional educationally and economically are: Asbury University, Berea College, Bluegrass Community and Technical College, Centre College, Eastern Kentucky University, Georgetown College, Midway College, Morehead State University, Kentucky State University, Sullivan University, Transylvania University and the University of Kentucky. All 12 schools are regionally accredited, four-year institutions, an important criteria for membership agreed to by the presidents.
Initial goals and objectives for BCHE were laid out last year during roundtable meetings of the presidents and key academic officers, and through research and surveying conducted in cooperation with Bluegrass Tomorrow and the Bluegrass Area Development District. The Bluegrass ADD and the Council for Postsecondary Education have been collaborating closely with Bluegrass Tomorrow as meetings and discussions have evolved.
Perhaps the most significant long-range goal is to develop a university-center sharing model, similar to Oxford University, to include faculty exchange, academic program course sharing, transfer of credits, library sharing and more, a concept introduced at the group’s first roundtable meeting by President Bill Crouch of Georgetown College.
Other goals include the formation of an academic chairs academy, teacher training at the secondary level to credential more educators to teach college level courses, collaborative discussion with superintendents, business leaders and economic development professionals, research and asset mapping of academic programs and resources available, collaboration on student professional readiness and development, and collaboration on international study abroad opportunities.