February 22 at 9:15 a.m. will always be a special day and time for our family as it is the birthday of Leland Joshua Brown, son of Jessica Tackitt Brown (Rodburn instructional aide) and Ryan Brown (RCSHS assistant speech coach), grandson of Bill and Lois Tackitt (former secretary), and great nephew of Lucy and me. Are you ready for these statistics….Leland weighed 11 lb. 5 oz. and was 23 inches long. Those are NOT typos! Congratulations to Jess and Ryan…..and to Leland, because I don’t think he’ll have to worry about getting any attention.
This week our elementary reading teachers welcomed consultant Sandy Davis from 95% Group back into their classrooms. Sandy spent a day in each elementary school coaching in classrooms and meeting with teachers and administrators to refine implementation strategies. School teams met with Sandy to look at school data and how to best utilize their resources. Sandy shared with the administrators the positive things she observed as students were learning. This is one of the resources that the central office is providing for our teachers to help them with strategies.
Tasha Singleton received a very prestigious honor on Sunday at the KHSAA Region 4 Swim and Dive Meet. Tasha was named the KHSAA Region 4 Girls’ Coach of the Year which is voted on by all the coaches in Region 4. Tasha has been RCSHS’s Head Swim Coach for 5 years, and during that time she has had at least one swimmer qualify for the KHSAA State Swim Meet each year. In a couple of weeks RCSHS will have four swimmers representing us at the KHSAA state swim meet in Louisville. Ty Alderman qualified for the 50 freestyle individual event. Ty Alderman, Mason Bush, Ben Moore and Joseph Gagliano (boy’s relay team) also qualified in the 200 freestyle relay. Congratulations to Tasha and her swimmers on these great accomplishments!
Each month a school is asked to kick off our monthly school board meeting with a presentation of their choice to showcase the good things going on in their school. This was Clearfield’s month; and even though we had been out several days for snow and the board meeting was moved up to Monday, they came with not only an entertaining performance, but one that was very timely. They used an “Olympics” theme to share with us what they have been learning in each of their classrooms, and the board room was literally standing room only for the “athletes” as they stood upon their “podiums” to demonstrate how they “won” their “gold, silver, and bronze medals”. The board members as well as those in the crowd cheered for each grade level as they completed their “event”. The response was so complimentary; I would be remiss to not share with you the names of each of the students. They were Madalynn Campbell, Destiny Henderson, Trinity Lambert, and Kyndall Ratliff (kindergarten); Lauren Mullen, Rebecca Pence, Brady Perkins, and Ashtyn Smith (1st grade); Chance Furnish, Casey Garner, Kevin Lambert, and Jaylee Stevens (2nd graders); Chance Ashley, Kelsey Lewis, Blake Mullen, and Novenda Wells (3rd graders); and Tadd Johnson, Francisco Munoz, Brianna Riggsby, and Kylie Utterback (4th graders); and Brayden Ashley, Haley Forman, Trinity Hughes, and Jacob Lewis (5th graders). Hanna Sargent (Clearfield 5th grader) served as the emcee and did an excellent, excellent job! I’ll be surprised if Kellie Crump doesn’t start recruiting her for the RCMS speech team. I want to commend the ENTIRE Clearfield faculty and staff for being so supportive of their school. It surely appeared that every certified and classified staff member was in attendance to support their students, and it did not go unnoticed. OUTSTANDING job!
Congratulations to Kendra Holbrook (10th grader) who was chosen by the National Honor Roll to be a candidate for the National American Miss. She will compete in May in Louisville at the state pageant. The winner will receive a trip to Hollywood in November. The goals of this program are to build self-esteem and confidence, to practice interview skills, and to learn to speak in front of a crowd.
The RCSHS front lobby was abuzz on Tuesday evening as senior members from boys’ basketball, cheerleaders, dive, and swim teams had their senior tables on display with memory books accepting all signatures and funny stories during Senior Night. Clay Fannin, Isaac Lee, Jerry Pollite, Hayden Pratt, and Tyler Thacker (boys’ basketball) and Kennedy Blakeman, Allie Bond, Desiree Cross, Bennett Patrick, and Andrea Wallace (cheerleaders) were introduced prior to the boys’ game. Stephen Jones (dive) and Ty Alderman, Brandon Ferguson, and Kristen Royce (swim) were recognized at halftime. These athletes have dedicated many hours to their athletic abilities, and we appreciate how well they have represented RCSHS and our community! They also recognized Tasha Singleton (swim and dive coach) for being named the 4th Region Coach of the Year! Tasha has done an outstanding job in bringing out the talent of our swimmers and divers, and this is well deserved!
Congratulations to Kelly Ramey (Clearfield 4th grader) who won the Rowan County Spelling Bee on Wednesday evening! Genny Jenkins coordinated another successful event, and she appreciates the help she received from April Ratliff (Clearfield), Ronetta Brown (McBrayer), Pam Tiller (Rodburn), Julie Anderson (Tilden Hogge), and Sarah Chaney (RCMS) in coordinating at their schools. We appreciate Susan Thomas (CoffeeTree Books) for hosting the competition and helping officiate and Pam Tiller for serving as the pronouncer. Congratulations to Colten Perkins (Rodburn) who was the district runner-up and to our other school winners that represented their school. They were Mackenzie Stewart (Clearfield winner), Peter Melahn (McBrayer winner), Brenden Fisher (McBrayer runner up), Justin Chapman (Rodburn runner up), Ciah Fannin (Tilden Hogge winner), Zoe Callahan (Tilden Hogge runner up), Halle Scott (RCMS winner), and Grace Lewis (RCMS runner up).
Congratulations to McBrayer and Rodburn who were recognized at the KAPHERD Conference this week for being 1 of 13 districts to be part of the Lets Move Active Schools program! The award was presented by Shellie Pfohl, the Executive Director for the President's Council! Kimmy Armstrong (McBrayer) and Becky Prather (Rodburn) have worked very hard with their schools to make them eligible.
I am always touched by the kind and compassionate spirits of our students, so I’m not really surprised when I hear a story of caring; but I do like to share them with you. Michelle Haney’s (RCMS special education) classroom sponsored a bake sale to help out with Hunter Mitchell's medical expenses, but she says the greatest moment for her came when they were approached by a middle school student who had brought in his change that he'd been collecting. He said he had a cup on his dresser and often throws his spare change in. When he heard about Hunter, he knew he wanted to help. The student said he had experienced the hardship of cancer in his own family and knows how expensive the ordeal can be. She says this was very touching, because she knows this student has it hard himself and could probably use the money he so willingly donated. Michelle says her heart is warmer because of his selfless gesture.
Tina Northcutt (RCMS librarian) has been working hard to kickoff the 2014 Literacy Night/Book Fair. We hope that family and friends will encourage reading for everyone in their family. The Book Fair will continue through Thursday, and Literacy Night is that night (February 27). Tina says, "Come join in the fun!" Congratulations to the 8th grade who is the winner of their Pre-Literacy Night Reading Contest.
I am happy to let everyone know that Larry Tapp (RCSHS assistant principal) got to go home on Friday. You will recall that Larry had a very serious stroke a few weeks back, so he is one more example of the power of prayers. We are glad that Larry will be able to continue his rehab from home.
Congratulations to McBrayer’s 4th grade Science Fair winners! They are:
Jeleah Edie (1st)
Kennedy Watson (2nd)
Caden Cantrell & Zach Callahan (Tied for 3rd)
Hailey Middleton (Tied for 3rd)
Austin Porter & Drew Mauk (Tied for 3rd)
Dante Henneberg &Braden Trent (1st)
George Thacker &Cameron Duncan (2nd)
Braddy Messer & Matthew Reynolds 3rd)
Katie Gilliam (1st)
Lindsey Jarvis (2nd)
Kenlie Smith & Ashton Nicholas (3rd)
Taylor Fultz & TJ Connor (1st)
Bailey Jane Caudill (2nd)
Zerah Ferguson & Lydia Copher (3rd)
Austin Sluss (1st)
Josh Markwell & Matthew Fultz (2nd)
Sydney Roberts& Kayden Sanders (3rd)
Dawson Smith (1st)
Kaycee Moore & McKayla Fultz (2nd)
Mason Powell & JoJo Smith (3rd)
Natalie Nordan (1st)
Dalton Ginter & Kellan Davidson (2nd)
Autumn Dotson (3rd)
Dante Henneberg & Braden Trent
FREE SPORTS PHYSICALS: Rowan County Schools and St. Claire Regional Medical Center will be offering FREE sports physicals to any student grades 5-12 on SATURDAY, MARCH 1 at the old RCMS cafeteria from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. Students must have a parent or guardian present at the time of the physical. Forms will be available on site or you may visit the Rowan County Schools website at www.rowan.kyschools.us and click on “Forms and Links” to print your own copy. If you have questions, please contact Renee Smith (district health coordinator) at (606) 784-8928. We hope all parents will take advantage of this opportunity.
Dora Carnevali (6th grade science teacher) sends her “Relationship Builders” to Tina Northcutt (librarian) and Mike Thornsberry (technology) for the timely emergency repair of her overhead projector! Her science classes are using the Smart Board with a motion detector connected to the laptop to project the graphs they make from the motion detector. The students were so looking forward to this interactive lab activity on Friday and would have been very disappointed if they had not been able to do this lesson. They truly appreciate Tina’s and Mike’s professionalism and dedication! You made Friday a great day for her students! A huge thank you from Dora and her students for their immediate response!
Jay Padula (RCMS principal) has several “Relationship Builders” to recognize this week for participating in professional meetings beyond their school day. On February 21 RCMS hosted the RCEA meeting and was privileged to have the KEA President Stephanie Winkler attend. MaryBeth Armstrong (RCEA President) and James Hood (RCMS's building representative) organized this meeting which will ultimately help the students of RCMS. Jay thanks them for all the hard work they do to help the teachers and students of RCMS. Paula Stafford (RCMS assistant principal) attended the Kentucky Leadership Academy at KEDC where attendees are learning to work smarter not hard toward implementing the new teacher evaluation system. Great teacher effectiveness helps our great students.
Brandy Breeze (Tilden Hogge principal) would like to recognize Claudett Edie as a “Relationship Builder” for her time invested this week in Tilden Hogge’s library. She has helped process books, welcomed students, and helped them find books. Her collaboration with teachers for her practicum has been a positive experience, and their students love the extra attention to detail Claudett takes in making signs for them throughout the library. Her enthusiasm for reading is contagious!
Brandy and the Tilden Hogge faculty/staff would like to thank all the PTC members and ALL Tilden Hogge families who have fundraised for their school this year. The large amount that has been raised will go to projects that will benefit students now and in the future. They and the community are all surely their “Relationship Builders”.
Rhonda Banks (McBrayer principal) would like to recognize Kim Armstrong (physical education teacher), Ronetta Brown (librarian), Shari Clagett (art teacher), Angela Lyons (music teacher), and Nicole Powell (counselor) as “Relationship Builders” for planning each grade levels “town meeting” where students were celebrated for many accomplishments during the 1st semester of school . There's no better way to build relationships than by praising kids for how hard they have worked to meet their goals. It was a great day of success!