Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Woodford County firefighters use knives to cut out the windshield of a tipped school bus during a mass casualty simulation at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 20, 2017

Preparing for the worst

Students help first responders train during a simulated bus and train collision at the Bluegrass Railroad and Museum in Versailles.
Kiley Power, left, and Shantel Sturgill with their recently sheared alpacas, Henri and Billy Mae. Photo by Bobby Ellis, March 30, 2017

Alpacas make a buzz at Locust Trace

At the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Fayette County, there are two young women doing something that no other students in the state are, farming alpacas. 
Metcalfe County High School student Taylor Brown glazes cinnamon roles while working at the Old School Cafe. Students can work one morning a week from 4 a.m. to 10 a.m. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 24, 2017

Bakery helping students rise

Metcalfe County uses doughnuts to teach students skills that will help them in any profession.
Warren County ATC automotive instructor Michael Emberton watches as students Jacob Whitson, left, and Freddy Hernandez work on the Corvette. The students and their car are competing against students from South Central Kentucky Community and Technical College as part of the On Track program. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 11, 2017

‘On Track’ to develop a skilled workforce

Students and instructors at Warren County Area Technology Center have benefited from a program designed to help fill a growing number of automotive jobs.
George Whitehead, a 3rd-grader at Walton-Verona Elementary (Walton Verona Independent) practices with a cardboard dulcimer. The group meets after school once a week and plays at community events. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 10, 2017

Dulcimers help students swing into love of music

Walton-Verona Independent’s commitment to music education leads to national award.

Pool party

After closing in December 2008 for what was supposed to be a temporary repair, the pool at the Kentucky School for the Deaf experienced several problems during the next eight years that kept students from enjoying it.
Stephanie Wade, right, the technology integration specialist for Boyle County schools, works with Heather Wheeler, a Spanish teacher at Boyle County High School, on Flipgrid, a program Wheeler uses to help her students submit assignments. Wade filled a newly created position in 2014 in which she collaborates with teachers to help them better use instructional software and network resources. Boyle County has since enlisted other teachers and library media specialists to assist her. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 18, 2017

‘Human capital’ can help districts maximize technology

As more technology is put into students’ hands, efforts are underway to urge districts to ensure that teachers know how to use it in their classrooms.
Catherine Knapp, right, an art teacher at Taylorsville Elementary School, reads a note given to her by Savanna Arnold, a 6th-grader, as she cleans her room on the last day of school. Photo by Bobby Ellis, May 23, 2017

The last, last day

The last day of school at Taylorsville Elementary School carried with it an extra sense of finality this year, as students and teachers will move to a new building next school year.
Jackson White, a 1st-grader at Schaffner Traditional Elementary, reads a book under a desk during literacy center time in Sarah Dickinson's class. The Jefferson County school was one of five Kentucky public schools to be named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon winner. Photo by Bobby Ellis, April 18, 2017

High expectations, structure, parental support help Schaffner shine

The Jefferson County school won a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award.
Ryan New, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School, makes a point during a town hall meeting at the Laurel County Center for Innovation in London. New said one thing he likes about Kentucky's proposed accountability system is that it eliminates the inclination to compete against other schools. Photo by Mike Marsee, April 13, 2017

New accountability system nearing completion

Thousands of Kentuckians have had a say in the new system designed to make it easier for residents to see progress being made in the Commonwealth’s classrooms.