Saturday, March 6, 2021
By Amy Wallot amy.wallot@education.ky.gov More than 5,000 students filled the Lexington Convention Center April 22 for the Student Technology Leadership Program’s annual state championship. The day was packed with competitions involving coding challenges, robotics design and programming, entrepreneurial tech startup business plans,...
Kelly Sanders, right, a 1st-grade teacher at Northside Elementary shrugs her shoulders as she is asked by preschooler London Sherrad why she hasn't eaten her apple at the Northside Fall Festival. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 27, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Photographer Bobby Ellis takes a look at how the staff and students at two different Woodford County elementary schools celebrated Halloween.
A few weeks ago I received an email from Pupil Transportation Section Supervisor Elisa Hanley asking if I could come photograph the bus driver trainer program Vehicle at Speed. It sounded like an interesting opportunity, so of course I said yes.
Teachers attending the Kentucky Science Teachers Association’s annual conference in Lexington used everything from foam balls and a giant Slinky to a syringe and bag of marshmallows to discover new ways to engage their students.
Emily Iliff, the assistant-principal of Norton Elementary, says that part of what makes her school so successful is the family atmosphere that exists inside the schoolhouse walls. Norton recently was named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
It's that time of year again. With new backpacks, new clothes and new shoes, students are heading back to school in Kentucky. 
Students at Julius Marks Elementary (Fayette County) got the chance to meet Mercy, a rescued Belgian draft horse, as part of a new service learning program designed to show students the job opportunities in Kentucky's horse industry.
Elementary, middle and high school students from all over the Commonwealth converged on the Lexington Convention Center April 12 with projects that dazzled the mind as part of the STLP State Championship.
Jacob Saal reacts after smelling three-day-old hamburger during a lab activity meant to show the effects of decay on food in Jacob Ball's class. Photo by Bobby Ellis, Jan. 17, 2017

Science you can smell

As the students walk into Jacob Ball's lab at the Locust Trace AgriScience Center in Lexington, they're met with tables of food – old food.
Earl Gregory, right, puts facepaint on his son, Ashton Gregory. Ashton is a freshman who has helped with the haunted trail since it started. "He's been helping out with it for years," said Earl." Photo by Bobby Ellis, Oct. 14, 2016

A scary good time

The senior class at Lynn Camp High School (Knox County) puts on a haunted trail every year to raise money for the senior class trip.