District News
BMHS dramatic arts, music departments schedule several performances
The arts – dramatic, instrumental and vocal music – all will be on display over the next couple of weeks at Ballard Memorial High School.
The BMHS Drama Club will hold performances of the play, “The Wizard of Oz,” on Thursday, May 5, and Saturday, May 7, both at 6:30 p.m. in the Ballard County Middle School gym at 3565 Paducah Road, Barlow.
District announces end-of-year event dates
Ballard County Schools will not be in session on May 17 because of Kentucky’s primary election. The last (full) day of school and high-school graduation will be May 20.
The schools have set the following dates for end-of-year activities:
Sixth annual 'Wheels and Wings' bike ride set for May 28; BBTC adding wing cook-off in LaCenter Park
The sixth annual Ballard County Wheels and Wings bike ride will be held May 28, beginning at 8 a.m. at Ballard County Preschool. In a continuing effort to get more beginners and families interested in bicycling, organizers have planned another free 5-mile family ride this year, in addition to the 15-, 30- and 60-mile paid routes. If riders want a shirt, or the early registration discount on paid rides, that deadline is May 8.
New this year, the Ballard Bottoms Tourism Council is partnering with Wheels and Wings for the first-ever Wing Cook-Off in LaCenter Park. Everyone is welcome to enter, from church teams to individual back-yard chefs. Entry fee is $25, and the wings will be provided. A five-judge panel will award a trophies and $100 to the winner, $50 for second place and $25 for third.
Ballard students take first place at FFA welding competition
The Ballard Memorial High School FFA arc welding team of Dylan Blankenship, Hunter Benton and Clayton Teeters took first place in the April 27 Purchase regional competition, and will compete at the Kentucky State Fair in August. Each student had to weld three separate welds in 15 minutes for the score.
FFA member Jabarie Bledsoe represented Ballard in the MIG welding competition and had the best flat bead in the region. Bledsoe placed third overall.
Ballard students place second, third in state SkillsUSA competitions
Two students from the Ballard Memorial High School chapter of SkillsUSA placed very highly in the state competition, held April 13-16 in Louisville. 
Wickliffe Masonic Lodge donates two bikes for perfect attendance at BCES
Members of the Wickliffe Masonic lodge donated two bicycles to Ballard County Elementary School for a drawing for students with perfect attendance.  
Five HOSA members qualify for national competition
Five members of the Ballard Memorial chapter of Health Occupations Students of America qualified to compete at the national level at the state leadership conference held March 17-19 in Louisville. Four other student teams placed in the top 5 in the state. 
Ballard softball team takes first place in Todd County tourney
The Ballard Memorial High School softball team placed first in the Todd County Lady Rebels Invitational tournament on March 19. The Lady Bombers beat Russellville 4-3, University Heights 6-2 and hosts Todd County 9-4 in the championship game. Ballard team members Rianah Fields and Jayde Newton received Outstanding Player awards. 
Parker attends leadership training through the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Amber Parker, principal at Ballard County Middle School, is finishing a year of executive-level leadership training usually reserved for top business and industry CEOs. The Leadership Institute for School Principals is a program of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Foundation; Parker’s spot was sponsored by CSI, Inc., of Paducah. 
FBLA qualifies 14 for state competition
Fourteen students in the Future Business Leaders of America at Ballard Memorial High School qualified for state competition at the regional meeting held at Murray State University on March 7. 
Upcoming Events
Thu May 5 2016
FFA banquet
Thu May 5 2016
BMHS Baseball
Fri May 6 2016
to Sat May 7 2016
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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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