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New Teacher Spotlight

by Ross Haney
Ms. Sarah Wood
Upon the retirement of Mrs. Fugitt from Nicholas County Schools, a vacancy became open at Nicholas County Middle/High School for the Spanish department’s teaching position. The Nicholas County Middle/High School Site Based Council then selected Ms. Sarah Wood from several applicants, to serve as the Spanish teacher in both the middle and high school.

Ms. Wood is originally from Flatwoods, Ky., and graduated from Russell High School. She graduated from Morehead State University with her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish, with a minor in Traditional Music. She then completed her Master’s degree in Teaching, also at Morehead.

Ms. Wood began her teaching career at Fleming County High School as long-term substitute Spanish teacher, until the school welcomed her back the following school year to teach full-time. Nicholas County High School will be the second school at which she has taught Spanish.

While studying Spanish at MSU, she also minored in Traditional Music. During her time at MSU, she went to Ireland for six months to study their traditional music. She now, along with her position at Nicholas County High School, teaches vocal, guitar, banjo, and fiddle classes at MSU’s Kentucky Center for Traditional Music. In addition to playing music, she also enjoys knitting, riding horses, and taking old fashioned tintypes.

Ms. Wood is very excited to have been selected to teach at Nicholas County Middle/High School, and hopes to help its students excel in every way possible.

“It's been great to be so welcomed by Nicholas County High School!” Ms. Wood said. “The two days we've been in session have been a blast and I'm lucky to have such a great group of kids!”

Nicholas County Middle and High Schools hosts annual open house

by Ross Haney
Students get a chance to meet Ms. Brianna Greenhill, one of the high school science teachers.

Wednesday, Aug. 6 was a night of extremely organized chaos at Nicholas County Middle/High School as students invaded the hallways after their short and needed summer break to meet their teachers and administrators for the 2014-15 school year. Quite a large percentage of the school’s enrollment and their families came out to this year’s open house, hoping to shed some light on the new school year, and on some of the new faculty members recently put into place. Overall, the open house served as a great way for NCMHS to kick off the new school year, and introduce the students to their learning environments and instructors.

Coming into the building, students and their families signed in, and were greeted by Assistant Principal Josh Earlywine, and Principal Barbara Allison, who are new to their positions this school year, but are well acquainted with the district. The families were then able to find classrooms and teachers, and ask any questions they may have had regarding the school year. Parents usually take this time to discuss with their students’ teachers the course, and the teachers’ classroom expectations. The bond formed between an educator and a parent is crucial in the educational process, and helps to ensure that the students are successful in the classroom.

The administrators of Nicholas County Middle/High School were extremely excited to host the open house, as it opened the door to the 2014-15 school year.
“I’m excited to start my new job,” said Assistant Principal Josh Earlywine. “I’m excited to get everything back in place, get everything going, get back in the swing of things, and get back on schedule. We’ve got a lot of new things going on, and I’m eager to get started and see how they’re going to happen, and make them work.”

Principal Barbara Allison was equally anxious for the school year to commence.

“Following a very busy week, we are ready for school to start back.” Mrs. Allison said. “We finally have all of our staff in place as of Tuesday - we have had a very busy week. We’ve had two days of PGES training, and tomorrow is opening day. We plan to have our annual breakfast, and a bus tour, which we did two or three years ago. Then we’ll get to work on our building tomorrow afternoon. And of course, Friday’s the first day for students.

“I’m very excited for the new school year!” Mrs. Allison continued. “It’s a challenge for both Mr. Earlywine and myself, and we’re ready to get it underway!”

Nicholas County Schools opened their doors to students on Friday, Aug.8. The updated calendar of holidays and special events may be seen on the school’s web page.

Largest-ever turnout for 2014 Readifest

by Jessica Curran
Lines for this year's Readifest snake around the gym, through the cafeteria, down the hall and out the front door with parents and students eager to meet teachers, get school supplies, and get additional information about programs available.

Just two days prior to the launch of the 2014/2015 school year, students lined up at Nicholas County Elementary School to check out the annual Readifest.

Quite a line it was. This year’s tremendous turnout generated lines reaching as far as the parking lot.

On Aug. 6 over a thousand students and parents eagerly awaited their turn to stock up on the many supplies offered to prepare for the upcoming year.

Readifest is a collaborative effort between the schools and other local agencies to take some of the burden off parents sending kids to school by donating free supplies to all students.

Students were able to fill their bags with pencils, folders, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, hand sanitizer, and many other helpful items.

Although NCES Readifest has always been successful, this year trumped all previous years. Hard work and preparation amongst the school produced a record breaking total of 1348 students, parents, teachers, and workers attending 2014’s event.

“The weather worked well, we advertised the event a lot, and we had more people handing out items this year,” said Director of Family Resource and Youth Services, Paula Hunter.

The NCES gym was crowded with eager visitors, who had the opportunity to talk with 27 various booths about transiting students into the new school year.

Harrison County Memorial Hospital, Nicholas County Fire Department, Community Action, Kentucky State Police, Bluegrass Prevention, and UK Dental were just a few of the participating groups during Wednesdays event.
According to Mrs. Hunter, this year’s increased turnout warrants some recognition of our supportive community.

“Continued success of things like this are all because of this wonderful community. It takes a village to raise a child and that’s what we do here. Our community really knows how to come together for our kids,” said Mrs. Hunter.

Another goal of Readifest is not only to help students, but possibly parents as well.

Kentucky is number two on the list of states ranked by percent of population 25 and over without a high school diploma. That affects approximately 25.88 percent of Kentuckians.

As a result, one booth in particular was set up to directly impact the parents.

“There was an Adult Education booth again this year. I think that was a great opportunity to reach out and inform any parent that needs or wants to receive their GED,” said Mrs. Hunter.

Efforts to lend a hand to families within the community are ongoing. The Back Pack program will begin shortly after Labor Day.

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