OCS participating in Kentucky Incentives for Prevention Student Survey

The Oldham County Board of Education is participating in the Kentucky Incentives for Prevention (KIP) Student Survey, designed to assess alcohol and drug use among students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12. A fact sheet and the non-consent form can be found here. The survey will be administered to students in the 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades. The survey is completely voluntary and will be used for school planning and program development. If you wish for your child NOT to participate in the survey, please click here and submit the non-consent form to central office before Sept. 30. Haga clic aquí para información en español.

Arts & Communication Symposium

What can you do with a college degree in the Fine Arts or Communication?  Attend "The Arts & Communication Symposium" at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center on Tuesday, October 14th.  If you are interested, contact your building GATES Coordinator (NOHS- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , SOHS- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , OCHS- This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ), This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Oldham County ranked number one for children's well-being

The 2014 Kids Count data book was released today by the Kentucky Youth Advocates organization and Oldham County remains the top-ranked county for children's well-being!

The data book evaluates four primary categories: economic security, education, health, and family and community. Oldham County was ranked first in all but economic security, where it was second.

In education, the report finds "Oldham County and Lyon County scores stand apart on education." The education section includes statistics on kindergarteners not ready to learn, fourth graders not proficient in reading, eighth graders not proficient in math and high school students not graduating on time.

While we are excited to be ranked first in education, we still see room for improvement. We are actively working to increase the percentage of kindergarten readiness as well as literacy and mathematics proficiency at all grade levels.

You can find the Kids Count project online at: http://kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/

Adkisson named Master Teacher Fellow by national history institute

20140909-adkissonRon Adkisson, 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher at South Oldham Middle School, has been chosen as a Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Master Teacher Fellow. This is a national award and recognition. Adkisson is one of only 7 Fellows chosen this year.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education. The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that operate in all 50 states, including a website that features more than 60,000 unique historical documents in the Gilder Lehrman Collection. Each year the Institute offers support and resources to tens of thousands of teachers, and through them enhances the education of more than a million students. The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute recognizes one teacher per year from each state for excellence in the teaching of history. Adkisson received the award in 2012. All nominated teachers must meet the following criteria:
• At least three years of classroom teaching experience.
• Will teach for at least one year following the award year.
• A demonstrated commitment to teaching American history.
• Evidence of creativity and imagination in the classroom.
• Effective use of documents, artifacts, historic sites, oral histories, and other primary resources to engage students with American history.

All previous winners were asked to apply for the Gilder Lehrman Master Teacher Fellow, and seven were chosen from the national pool. After training at the Gilder Lehrman headquarters in New York City this October, Adkisson will be given the opportunity to travel to schools and train other teachers in curriculum writing and how to use the Gilder Lehrman Teaching Literacy Through History lessons.

Gilder Lehrman’s Master Teacher Fellows work with teachers and educators to improve content knowledge, align curriculum with their state’s core history, civics, and English language arts standards, including but not limited to Common Core initiatives, and introduce skills that can be brought back to the classroom, library, or museum—any institution looking to inspire more knowledgeable, focused, and engaged students.

Adkisson says he is thrilled to be chosen, and his colleagues are equally thrilled, and proud of his success.

District shines on ACT, AP assessments
Students in Oldham County Schools continue to outpace state and national averages for achievement on Advanced Placement exams, according to 2014 results presented to the board of education on Aug. 25.
"It's great to see gains," Brent Deaves, Interim Secondary Level Director, told the board. Deaves showed data that the district not only had more students take exams and had more exams given, but more students also received scores high enough to earn college credit.
Advanced Placement courses are taught by school staff at all three high schools and culminate with an exam in the spring. Exams are scored from 1-5, with most public universities granting credit for a score of 3 or higher.
In 2014, 69 percent of OCS high school students earned a 3 or higher on their exams -- more than 1,000 likely college credits that students will earn. That's above the state "passing" average of 51.5 percent and the national average of 61.3 percent.
Across the district's three high schools, 41.6 percent of students took at least one AP exam. Deaves said when added to the number of students taking other dual credit opportunities, the district's students are earning an extraordinary number of college credits while still in high school.
This year's statistics included 1,552 students who took an AP exam, 2,583 exams taken and 1,045 scores of a 3 or better.
Superintendent Will Wells challenged the district to go to the next level and work to encourage more students in other demographic groups to take AP exams.
"We need to challenge ourselves internally and at each school," he said.
Leslie Robertson, the district's assessment coordinator, added that the district is working to address that issue and is looking to see how many students aren't taking AP courses or the culminating exams due to financial reasons.
"There is a fee waiver for students who qualify for free or reduced lunch, but at the high school level many students don't submit that paperwork because of the social stigma," she said.
Robertson also shared new scores for juniors taking the ACT. All Kentucky students are  required to take the exam. This year, the district's data shows "not much fluctuation from last year," Robertson said.
The district's composite score across the three schools went up to a 22 from 21.8 last year, compared to the state average of 19.9. 
"Science is probably the most exciting area this year," Robertson said. "All three schools show a sharp increase and it is consistent across the district."
Students meeting the science benchmarks increased to 45 percent, up from 34 percent last year. The district also gained in the percentage of students meeting benchmarks in all four tested categories -- English, math, science and reading -- up to 31 percent. That is nearly double the state average of 17 percent.

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