District News
Ballard County Schools ranked as distinguished district for second year
Scores from the fourth year of statewide testing under the system Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) are in, and the Ballard County School district again has been ranked as distinguished for the second consecutive year. These results are from tests that students took in May 2014. 
BMHS recognized as one of 10 Kentucky schools in the Winner's Circle
Ballard Memorial High School was among 10 Kentucky schools recognized at the Continuous Improvement Summit in Lexington today as being in the Winner’s Circle of teaching and learning conditions. These schools are recognized for their effective teaching and school leadership practices, and will be shared as models of best practices across the state. The Winner’s Circle schools were selected based upon their 2015 survey results, school safety and student achievement scores. 
BMHS art students benefit from MSU grant
Students in Jennifer Bittner’s visual art III class at Ballard Memorial High School recently got a chance to work with some college and professional printmakers. Meghan O'Connor, Middle Tennessee State University printmaking professor, had taught a workshop on relief printing to undergraduate printmaking students at Murray State University. That class came about through MSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan grant program, which funds experiential learning for MSU students, and included an agreement to teach in the surrounding communities. 
Ballard percussion takes first, band takes third place in class at Graves invitational
For the second time in as many weeks, the Ballard Memorial High School Band of Pride brought home trophies from a regional band competition. The percussion section earned first place in Class A at the Sept. 26 Screamin’ Eagle Marching Invitational at Graves County High School. The entire band earned third place overall in Class A.  
Ballard FFA receives environmental grant from national organization
The Ballard Memorial FFA chapter has been awarded a $2,000 grant from the National FFA Organization's Living to Serve: Environmental Grant program. The chapter has developed a year-long service-learning project to meet a local environmental need. The LTS grants are provided through funding from national transportation company CSX and global health care company Bayer, as a special project of the National FFA Foundation. 
Ballard band earns second place in class at MSU's Festival of Champions
The Ballard Memorial High School Band of Pride earned second place in Class 1A at Murray State University’s Festival of Champions on Sept. 19. The group also ranked 12th overall. 
BCMS students selected for All State Children's Choir
Shown from left are the four Ballard County Middle School sixth-grade students selected for the 2015 All State Children’s Choir: Isabella Myers, Bailey Lee, Bryce O’Neill and Illyssa Holdman.  
Ballard life skills classes get a sweet lesson
Students in Susan Overby’s Life Skills classes recently made chocolate chip cookies. They practiced reading recipies, gathering and measuring ingredients, and following written directions. 
BCES students learn all about dairy farming
Michaela Sanders of the Southland Dairy Farmers brought the group’s Mobile Dairy to Ballard County Elementary School this week. She is shown here with Jo, the Jersey cow, making a presentation to primary students.  
Two students chosen for National FFA Chorus
Shown from left, Ballard Memorial High School FFA members Autumn Dunaway and Patra Caldwell have been selected to sing with the group’s National Chorus at the National FFA Convention in Louisville in late August.  
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Statement of Non-Discrimination

The Ballard County School district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The District Title IX Coordinator will handle any inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, and may be reached at 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024, or by phone at 270-665-8400, ext. 2000.

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