District News
Band earns sixth trip to state competition this Saturday
The Ballard Memorial Band of Pride will make its sixth consecutive trip to state competition this Saturday. The band earned its way to state by coming in fifth in Class 1A at the regional Festival of Champions in Hopkinsville on Oct. 25, placing fifth of the 10 bands performing.
The group will travel to Bryan Station High School in Lexington to compete for the state championship on Nov. 1.
Ballard County Schools out for election day; daycares will be open
Ballard County Schools will not be in session on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in accordance with state regulations. Both Stop 'n' Go and ASK daycares will be in operation on that day.  
Local Planning Committee to meet Nov. 6
The Local Planning Committee for Ballard County Schools will hold a meeting on Thursday, Nov. 6, 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.  
Ballard football begins playoffs at Butler County on Nov. 7
Ballard Memorial High School will take on Butler County in the first round of football playoffs, with kick-off set for Nov. 7 (next Friday) at 7 p.m. in Morgantown. The Bombers finished their season at 8-2, giving them three consecutive winning seasons.  
BCMS students post great gains in Explore testing
Students at Ballard County Middle School made the highest scores ever recorded there for the recent eighth-grade Explore test. They raised scores in every category by at least one full point.
The test, produced by the same company as the ACT taken by college-bound juniors and seniors, sets benchmarks in every subject to see if students are on pace to be ready for post-secondary school. All BCMS eighth-graders took the test, and they showed a 1.1-point rise in English, a 1.2-point rise in math, a 1-point rise in reading, and a 2-point rise in science.
State team visits BCCTC to view accomplishments
A delegation from the state’s Technology Centers That Work group visited Ballard County Career and Technical School on Oct. 15 to see for themselves what the school is doing to produce such great college- and career ready students.
BMHS soccer players named to All-District, All-State Academic teams
Four members of the Lady Bombers soccer team were named to the 2014 District 1 All-District Team for soccer.  
Ballard students selected for 1st District Honors Choir
Several Ballard Memorial High and Ballard County Middle School students were selected by audition for this year’s 1st District Honor Choir on Sept. 30 at Marshall County High School.  
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.  
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