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Bomber-Palooza to be held at BCMS on Thursday
Parents and students are invited to Bomber-Palooza at Ballard County Middle School on Thursday, Oct. 18. This multi-purpose event will offer access to teachers and administrators from and information about BCMS, Ballard Memorial High School and Ballard Career and Technical Center.

Because of this event, the 21st Century program at BCMS and BMHS is canceled for Thursday.

The schedule is as follows:  

Transitional accountability standards show areas of growth, spots for improvement
     Ballard County schools showed some of their best-ever test scores, and one area requiring improvement in accountability results released to the public recently. Scores are from assessments taken during the 2017-18 school year.        The 2017-18 ACT score was Ballard Memorial High School's best to date (19.9), and largest one-year increase (from 19.0 in 2016-17) since mandatory testing of all juniors began in 2007-08. The 19.9 composite score was in the top 25 percent in the state, and third-highest in the Purchase Region. ACT scores from this year's senior class exceeded state averages in four of five areas: 19.9 in English (state 18.8), 19.7 in math (18.8 in math), 19.9 in science (19.2), and 19.9 composite (19.3). Only the reading score of 19.6 in reading was slightly below the state average of 19.8.   
Time changing on first doors open at all schools
Doors at all district schools - Ballard County Elementary, Ballard County Middle and Ballard Memorial High schools - will not open until 7:15 a.m. this year. This includes the BCMS and BMHS gyms, and all other doors.  
BCPS changing pick-up, drop-off procedures
To improve student safety and parent experience, the pick-up and drop-off procedures at Ballard County Preschool - Head Start are changing this year when BCPS opens on Aug. 27. All regular-day drop-offs will take place behind the preschool, as well as the morning and noontime pick-ups. The ONLY pick-up that still will be in front of the building is the 3:30 p.m. pick-up. Please read the rest of this story very carefully, and contact us at 270-665-8400, ext. 2100, if you have any questions. We want this transition to be as smooth and easy as possible for our students and parents.  
District outlines safety measures
Ballard County Schools has a number of safety measures in place throughout the district to keep students, staff and visitors protected. A recent media story only listed a few of those existing measures, but here is a more complete list: 
Sheffer named new principal at BCES Sheffer named new principal at BCES
The Site-Based Decision-Making Council at Ballard County Elementary School has named Chris Sheffer its successful candidate to be the school’s principal, effective July 1.

The Ballard County native had been assistant principal Morgan Elementary School since 2011, including work as a positive behavior coach there. Sheffer was principal at Carlisle County Middle School from 2009-11, and a teacher, athletic director, interventionist and tutor at Ballard County Middle School from 2002-09. He also was a teacher at BCES from 2001-02.  

Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator Wehmeyer named new director of special education, preschool coordinator
Ballard County Schools has named Terri Wehmeyer its successful candidate for district director of special education and Ballard County Preschool coordinator, effective July 1.

She had been director of special education and preschool at Crittenden County for the last year, and dean of students at the Grand Chain Learning Center/JAMP for the year before that. Wehmeyer also taught at Lone Oak High School for six years, and spent four years as a special education teacher at Paducah Middle School. She has been employed in the educational setting since 1999.  

Ballard County Schools to participate in Summer Food Service Program; free meals available in June at several locations

NEW STOP ADDED: Ballard County Schools is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. 
The program starts June 4 and continues through June 29, Monday through Friday. Meals will be provided on a first come, first served basis, at the sites and times as follows: 
 
BMHS grads receive over $300,000 in scholarships and awards
Ballard Memorial High School honored its outstanding students at a ceremony held at the school on May 11. Guidance counselor Renee McDermott said that graduating seniors received over $300,000 in local, college and university scholarships. 
BMHS graduates 78 members of the Class of 2018
Ballard Memorial High School observed its 66th commencement exercises on May 18 in the gymnasium here. The Class of 2017 ended with 78 graduates.

The valedictorian was Meghan Walker. The salutatorian was Ross Jones. There were 12 additional honor graduates: Connor Brooking, Candice Durr, Rianah Fields, Peter Green, Kameron Howle, Hannah Lee, Lindsey Miller, Samuel Paul, Owen Renfrow, Leah Shelley, Maddison Waddell, and Madison Williams.  

Upcoming Events
BMHS Football
Fri Oct 19 2018
BMHS Football - JV
Mon Oct 22 2018
BMHS Basketball
Fri Oct 26 2018
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Statement of Non-Discrimination

Students, their families, employees and potential employees of the Ballard County School District are hereby notified that the district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, or disability, in employment, vocational programs, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations.

The Ballard County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students, regardless of race, color, or national origin, and including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability, in grades 9-12: Agriculture, business, family and consumer science, health, industrial maintenance, and welding.

Persons seeking further information concerning career and technical education offerings and specific pre-requisite criteria should contact Assistant Superintendent David Meinschein, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2004. Inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies should be directed to Superintendent Casey Allen, 3465 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2001. The person designated to coordinate Title IX compliance is Athletic Director Stephen Queen, 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2301. The person designated to coordinate Section 504 is Director of Special Education Terri Wehmeyer, 3383 Paducah Road, Barlow, KY, 42024; 270-665-8400, ext. 2101.

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