Kentucky goes back to school

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Bobby Ellis
bobby.ellis@education.ky.gov

It’s that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky. 

At Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent), Vice-Principal Craig Foley met students in the hallway before a morning convocation. 

“Hug me back, Foley!” teased Kiani Tatum, a 10th-grade student, as she ran up and wrapped her arms around him. 

Other students took the opportunity to take the now-traditional first day selfie. 

Students in Bullitt County got a chance to get their teeth, hearing and vision checked and to meet their new teachers during a kindergarten kickoff. Children also were given an opportunity to get on a school bus for the first time and received gifts from their future teachers. 

“It’s great. We got all kinds of supplies and books, very helpful that we got to meet his teacher,” said Shaina Alvey, whose son will be going into kindergarten in Bullitt County this year. “It’s reassuring to know that we met his teacher and it gets them excited about school. As a parent, it makes me feel better about sending him off to school.”

In Webster County, teachers traveled out to the community to meet with students and to give out backpacks and other supplies. 

“We’re not just going to know our students’ names,” said Webster County Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough. “We’re going to know who they are as people.”

And so, the school year begins.

Kelsey Damron, left, Macy Dungan and Tatum Williams, freshmen at Frankfort High School (Frankfort Independent), walk to school on the first day of school.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2017
Zoei Ferrell, left, and Zaria Ferrell, 10th-graders at Frankfort High School, look over their schedules before the start of classes.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2017
Craig Foley, vice-principal of Frankfort High School, gets a hug from Kiani Tatum on the first day of school.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2017
Mikala Linney, left, and Brianna Hollon take a selfie on the first day back to school at Frankfort High School.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 1, 2017
Teachers and staff from Webster County Schools load onto buses to go meet students during a back to school event on opening day.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 7, 2017
Webster County Superintendent Rachel Yarbrough, right, talks with Cammieo Armstrong during a visit to her home the day before the district’s 2017-18 school year kicked off.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 7, 2017
Jennifer David, a 1st-grade teacher at Providence Elementary (Webster County), hugs Blissful Armstrong after giving her a backpack during a home visit on the opening day of schools. Teachers and staff of Webster County Schools made home visits to students to welcome them back to school.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 7, 2017
Tammy White, left, gives a backpack to Easton Ray, a kindergarten student at Providence Elementary (Webster County), during a home visit.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 7, 2017
Miles Frailey, a student at Webster County Middle School, greets a group of teachers as they visit his home during the Webster County Schools’ opening day kickoff.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, Aug. 7, 2017
Garrett Runner, a student at Old Mill Elementary (Bullitt County), takes a hearing test during the Bullitt County Kindergarten Kickoff.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2017
Celes Smith uses a dinosaur puppet to talk to students during the Bullitt County Kindergarten Kickoff.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2017
Jaxson Corbitt, left, a kindergartner at Crossroads Elementary, and his younger brother, Keegan Corbitt, look out of a bus brought to the Bullitt County Kindergarten Kickoff. The event gave the district’s youngest students the opportunity to see what it’s like to get on a bus.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2017
Elise Johnson, a kindergartner at Lebanon Johnson Elementary (Bullitt County), has her teeth checked at the Bullitt County Kindergarten Kickoff.
Photo by Bobby Ellis, July 25, 2017

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