District News
BMHS asking for community help with safe driving program for teens
More teens die from car crashes than any other cause, and the first year of driving is the most dangerous. With the help of State Farm Insurance Agent Susan Waldon, Ballard Memorial High School staff and students are participating in an awareness program to keeping teens safe on the road, and asking the community to help.
The school is asking everyone 14 and older to go to http://www.celebratemydrive.com/ once a day, every day, during National Teen Driver Safety Week, Oct. 15-24, and simply make a safe driving commitment.
Local Planning Committee to meet Oct. 23
The Local Planning Committee for Ballard County Schools will hold a meeting on Thursday, Oct. 23, at 6 p.m. in Ballard Memorial High School classroom 263 (Jo Ann Cooksey’s room). The meeting will be followed by a forum. The public is invited to attend both events.  
Distinguished! Ballard County Schools ranked in top 6 percent of districts in state testing
Scores from the third year of statewide testing under the new system, Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) are in, and the Ballard County School district again has shown overall improvement, including its first distinguished ranking. This year’s results are from tests that students took in May 2013.
The district earned this important “first” based on large gains in accountability scores from Ballard County Elementary School, a first-ever distinguished ranking and top 6 percent statewide for Ballard County Middle School, and a second year of distinguished performance and top 5 percent statewide from Ballard Memorial High School, said Superintendent Casey Allen.
Adult Learning Center now enrolling new students
Have you been thinking about getting your GED to get a job, or to qualify for military service, a trade union apprenticeship, beauty school or many other careers? Do you want to increase your earning power, or to get into college? Now is the perfect time to get this important academic credential to help you meet your goals. For a limited time, you can get your four official GED subject tests for $10 (a total of only $40) at the Ballard County Adult Education Center. The ALC provides free instruction and free required pre-testing for the GED.  
CTC students explore career clusters
Jeremy Bruer (standing), territory manager for DuPont-Pioneer, visited students at Ballard County Career and Technical School last week to talk about careers in agriculture-related businesses.  
School now in session! Drivers reminded of pick-up, drop-off points on main campus
The first day of classes for Ballard County Schools was Thursday, Aug. 7. It’s back to school for student drivers, parents and bus drivers alike. Please click the link below for a quick reminder of traffic patterns and pick-up/drop-off points for everyone on the main campus.  
Ballard County Middle School hosts volleyball camps
Twenty-seven girls registered for volleyball camps held at Ballard County Middle School in July. In the first photo are girls from fourth to sixth grade; the second photo is girls in seventh and eighth grade.  
BCES works with WKEC to improve math instruction
Ballard County Elementary School has been working with West Kentucky Educational Cooperative Math Consultant Jennifer Van Waes (standing) to improve math instruction in all grades.  
Davis named assistant principal at BMHS
New Ballard Memorial High School Assistant Principal Leslee Davis hopes to use her experience as the school’s guidance counselor to her students’ advantage. “I’m here first of all because I care,” Davis said. “There will be correction, but part of my job is to teach them new, good behaviors instead of old, inappropriate ones. If I want to teach compassion, I’ve got to model that for them.”  
Queen named interim assistant principal at BCMS
New Ballard County Middle School Interim Assistant Principal Stephen Queen said he didn’t start out wanting to be an administrator, but decided it was the right fit. “I’ll still have contact with students, and I can use my insights from being a teacher to help our younger teachers become better,” he said.  
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