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News Archives - 2013-2014


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August:

- 2013 - 2014 School Calendar
- 2013-2014 Bus Routes
- For all Harlan Co. Staff: 704 KAR 7:160 requires that “all school personnel” receive 4 hours of restraint and seclusion training prior to the first day of school.   We are also being required to document training on bullying & suicide prevention, workplace safety, bloodborne pathogens, and confidentiality.  In order to get all these training completed prior to the start of school each school has decided to host a mandatory professional development trainings on August 5th beginning at 9:00 AM.  We believe we can get all of these requirements completed in one day and be ready to begin the school year on our scheduled opening day of August 6th .   All teachers, clerical personnel, and custodians should report to their respective schools on August 5th at 9:00.  6 hours of PD credit will be awarded.

Instructional assistants are not required to report on August 5th and will receive their training separately on opening day (August 6th).

Transportation, maintenance, technology, and food service employees are having their trainings at HCHS on August 2nd beginning at 8:00 AM.

Substitute teachers may attend the training at HCHS on August 2nd or they may attend a training at the school of their choice on August 5th.

If you attended the 12 hour training conducted by Mr. Rezek please notify your principal so arrangements can be made for you to view/participate in the other required trainings. 

We apologize for any inconvenience, but we know of no other way to ensure compliance with this new law.   If you have questions please contact your school principal.

- Pee Wee Football and cheerleading signups will be Friday, Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., near the James A. Cawood Elementary School and the Harlan County Board of Education. Signups will also be on Saturday, Aug. 3rd, 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. Pee Wee Football players must be in 3rd and 4th grade only. The registration fee is $35. An up to date physical and proof of insurance must be presented before practicing. Pee Wee Cheerleaders must be in Kindergarten thru 4th grade. Registration fee is $35.
- August 5th: HCHS will have a mandatory PD on August 5th from 9:00 - 3:00 in the auditorium. It is very important that all staff attend this PD as it will consist of the beginning of the year teachers meeting and mandatory training due before school starts. 6 hours of PD credit will be offered.
- August 6th: Freshman Orientation for HCHS will be held on Tuesday, August 6th from 1:00 - 3:00 and is also opening day for teachers. Staff should dress to meet parents on this day and freshman teachers will need to be in the auditorium on the stage.
- Harlan County Schools will open the 2013-2014 school year on Wednesday, Aug. 7. Prior to the start of school, several open house events have been scheduled:

Black Mountain Elementary School: Open house will be from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 6. There will be a meet and greet with teachers, food and inflatables.

Cawood Elementary School: Open house will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from noon to 2 p.m.

Cumberland Elementary School’s Back to School Blowout will be Friday (Aug. 2) at 6 p.m. at the school. There will be free backpacks and school supplies.  Entertainment will be provided by “Puppets with a Purpose.” Parents or guardians must accompany students to pick up supplies. There will be door prizes given away. Call 589-2914 for more information.

Evarts Elementary School:  Open house will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be meet and greet opportunities for students and parents. Food will be served.

Green Hills Elementary School: Open house will be Tuesday Aug. 6 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be inflatables, live music, information booths and refreshments for parents and students.

Harlan County High School: Freshman orientation is Tuesday, August 6, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

James A. Cawood Elementary School: Open house will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be drawings for rolling backpacks full of school supplies. Two bicycles will be given away.

Rosspoint Elementary School: Open house will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Wallins Elementary School: Open house will be Tuesday, Aug. 6, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be school supplies, opportunities to meet teachers, information tables and enrollment for any new students in grades K-8.

- Harlan County student earns an offer of Presidential Scholarship from Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond for tourism-based business idea
- 2013 Harlan County Football Schedule
- Harlan County High School student graduates from The Center for Rural Development’s 2013 Class of Rogers Scholars youth leadership program
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC, Poplar Springs Baptist Church (Moore, SC), and Putting Prayers into Action (Big Clifty, KY) sponsored a day of fun activities for the students of CES and their families on July 23, 2013.
- The Lakota Hills Baptist Church from West Chester, Ohio, and the Cumberland Elementary FRYSC sponsored a "Block Party" for the students of Cumberland Elementary. 
- The Evarts Elementary School Family Resource Youth Services Center (FRYSC) sponsored an Animal Show on Aug. 29 at the School.




September:

- Harlan County High School seniors Bailey McHargue and Adam Clem recently participated in the 2013 Governor’s Scholars program.
- The Harlan County School District's Family Resource and Youth Services Center staff recently participated in and won the Region 9 FRYSC Ultimate Fitness Challenge.
- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School recently held elections for officers. 
- Members of the Harlan County High School golf team
- 2013 ART AND WRITING CONTEST ANNOUNCEMENT
- Cumberland Elementary celebrated its annual “Dinner with Grandparents” on September 12, 2013
- Jenny Farmer, coordinator of the Cumberland Elementary School Family Resource and Youth Service Center, recently conducted fire safety classes for the third grade students at Cumberland Elementary
- Pet groomer Brett Sparkman and dog trainer Bryan LeFrancois from Fionna’s Grooming Boutique in Cumberland recently came to visit the first grade at Cumberland Elementary school to talk to the students about their career as a pet groomer and dog trainer
- Jennifer Murphy from CRCCC, visited the Cumberland Elementary K through 2nd grade classrooms and spoke to them about personal safety
- Black Mountain Elementary recently participated in the nationwide campaign “See You at the Pole.”
- Mrs. Heather Maxwell’s first grade students from Wallins Elementary, looked to the future, by participating in a Career Day
- The Bureau of Lectures presented “Aesop’s Fables” to the K-5th grade students at Cumberland Elementary on Sept. 24th




October:

- Red Herring Puppets recently visited Evarts Elementary School to perform a production of Aesop’s Fables
- Evarts Elementary School’s Family Resource and Youth Service Center recently sponsored a program that allows students to experience why physics is fun
- County school district puts focus on academic competition
- On Monday at 7 pm in the theater the National Honor Society of Harlan County High will have an induction ceremony for new members.  The jazz band will perform and Mike Howard (Santa) will speak.
- HCHS students win in photography contest
- Mrs. Beth Howard’s fifth grade class at Black Mountain Elementary studied various Native American cultures of North America.
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC & UNITE sponsored “Remix” for the students at CES on Oct. 21st. 
- In a ceremony marked by the traditional lighting of candles, the Harlan County High School Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted 59 new members.
- The Cumberland Elementary School Family Resource and Youth Service Center sponsored a hearing/vision screening for over 500 students.
- The Cumberland Elementary School Family Resource and Youth Service Center and the Cloverfork Clinic sponsor dental screenings/checkups for those students who have returned their permission forms. 
- The Cumberland Elementary Family Resource and Youth Service and James A. Cawood Elementary School Family Resource and Youth Service Center sponsored a "Breast Cancer Awareness" program on Oct. 9, 2013.
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC sponsored the "My Plate/Good Nutrition" program for the students at CES.
- Haley Cook was crowned Miss Coal Bowl at halftime of the Friends of Coal Bowl.
- The 8th grade classes from Cumberland Elementary attended the Health Expo at the Harlan Center on Oct. 17th. 
- On October 18th, grades 6-8 at from Green hills Elementary School visited Blanton Forest and hiked to Knobby Rock where they had lunch on the rock, before hiking back down to meet the bus. 




November:

- Harlan County Public Schools announces participation in the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program, After School At-Risk Meals/Snacks administered by Kentucky Department of Education.
- Cawood Elementary recently had career day today for 5-8 grades.
- Jay Phillips from The First Tee of Pine Mountain has been selected to attend Auntie Anne’s Leaders & Entrepreneurs Forum in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 31 through Nov. 3. Jay will join 50 participants of The First Tee, ages 13-17, to participate in this national event.
- Harlan County High School seniors Bailey McHargue and Adam Clem recently participated in the 2013 Governor’s Scholars program.
- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School recently conducted a group service project for Christ’s Hands. 
- Harlan County High School is hosting the annual Scholarship Fair & Financial Aid Workshop for all seniors and their parents on Thursday, November 21 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the HCHS cafeteria.  A financial aid workshop will take place in the computer lab from 5:30-7:00 p.m.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend to gather information on local scholarship opportunities, or meet with military recruiters, and to begin their FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application online.  Food and prizes will be available.  For more information, contact Cecilia Adams, Community Education Director at 573-4330 ext. 2061.   




December:

- Harlan County Students Attend Conference, Meet Governor
- The Girl Power Club at Cumberland Elementary recently visited the Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry on Nov. 7th to help stock the shelves and prepare food boxes for the community.
- A truckload of food was recently donated by the employees of Harlan ARH to the Harlan County Schools Backpack Program
- Brittany Dixon of Harlan County High School recently facilitated a community survey in the Harlan County School District as part of the application process for the $30 million Race to the Top grant awarded to the Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative and 17 school districts in eastern Kentucky.
- Students in Mrs. Marilyn Williamson's second grade class at Wallins Elementary School recently observed Thanksgiving.
- Mission of Hope from Knoxville, Tenn., recently visited Cawood Elementary School to distribute Christmas gifts to all students.
- Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Pooh visited Cawood Elementary School for Family Reading Night recently.
- Larry Toner, representing Camp Nathaniel, visited Cawood Elementary School for a Christmas program recently.
- Students across the Harlan County School District have been collecting tabs from beverage cans for the Ronald McDonald House (RMH).
- Members of the Harlan County High School Gifted Leadership Program joined students at other schools in the Harlan County School District to collect non-perishable food items for the Kentucky State Police Cram the Cruiser event.
- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School participated in a group service activity as they worked with Jim “Muggins” Bennett, coordinator of the Empty Stocking Fund in his annual Empty Stocking Fund auction.




January:

- Jay Phillips from The First Tee of Pine Mountain has been selected to attend The First Tee Nine Healthy Habits Summit in La Quinta, Calif., Jan. 12-15.




February:

- You are invited to A very “PRINCESS-Y” Evening hosted by the Glitter Girls of the Harlan County Dance Team. Little girls of all ages- thru 12 are welcome and the event will be held on Tuesday February 11th from 6-7:30pm at the Harlan Center. The cost is $15.00 each. *Parent accompanying child - free admission *Includes games, snacks, prizes, dance music, face painting, photos with the dancers and more! *All little princesses are encouraged, but not required to dress up in their finest gowns, crowns, make-up and high-heels! Proceeds go the HC Dance Team’s trip to Nationals.
- Green Hills Elementary School third grader Brooklyn Whitehead is all smiles after spelling disaster and chemical correctly to capture first place in the primary division of the Harlan County Spelling Bee.
- The Harlan County School District swept the top three overall awards in the Region 21 Middle School Governor’s Cup Competition held on Saturday at Lone Jack in Bell County.
- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School participated in a group service activity as they worked with Jim “Muggins” Bennett, coordinator of the Empty Stocking Fund in his annual food and toy drive.

- 5th/6th Grade Feb. 8, 10, 11
Feb. 8
10:00     Wallins vs Black Mountain
11:30     Cawood vs Green Hills
1:00        Rosspoint vs JACES
2:30        Evarts vs Cumberland
Feb. 10
2nd Round- 5:30 and 7:00

Feb. 11
Consolation and Finals- 5:30 and 7:00
7th/8th Grade Feb. 15, 17, 18
Feb. 15
4:00        Rosspoint vs Green Hills
5:30        Black Mountain vs Wallins
7:00        Cumberland vs Cawood
8:30        JACES vs Evarts

- Intense Competition - Teams from Wallins Elementary School and Cumberland Elementary School met in the championship round of the Harlan County School District's Elementary Academic League quick recall competition recently.
- Area students advance to state Governor's Cupp competition in Louisville this March




March:

- Green Hills recently had a program that was hosted by Rich Pruitt of Cumberland Valley Electric, Inc.
- Rosspoint eighth grader Jaden Hall has something most high school students can only dream about – a scholarship to the University of Kentucky or Western Kentucky University.
- The Pine Mountain Chapter of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers hosted the 32nd annual MATHCOUNTS competition at the Middlesboro Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College recently.
- Shandeal Fields of the Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College’s Area Health and Education Center speaks with students at Cawood Elementary School about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body.
- Cloverfork Clinic Dentist Mia Sellers cleans and checks the teeth for a student during a recent visit to Cawood Elementary School.
- Recently, students in Mrs. Maxwell's first grade class at Wallins Elementary School made homemade powdered donuts to enhance their learning experience. 
- Jay Phillips, a junior at Harlan County High School, was recognized as the state third-place winner in the Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest.  His entry was one of 17,004 writing entries from 94 counties across the Commonwealth. Phillips was awarded a monetary gift from Kentucky Farm Bureau and a copy of “A Guide to the Freshwater Mussels of Kentucky” from the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission.




April:

- Students from the following schools were recently honored by the Harlan County Board of Education for a perfect score on one or more areas of the EXPLORE assessment: Black Mountain Elementary, Cumberland Elementary, Green Hills Elementary, James A. Cawood Elementary, Rosspoint Elementary and Wallins Elementary.
- Special awards were presented by the Harlan County Board of Education to eighth graders Autumn J. Dunaway of Cumberland Elementary School and to Breanna H. Epperson of Wallins Elementary School for overall perfect scores on the Explore assessment.
- Passing with Purpose camp set May 10; proceeds go to Tri-City Empty Stocking Fund
- Dual credit classes expand at HCHS, students can now earn 42 college credits while in high school
- Napier honored for work in KSBA Academy of Studies




May:

- Harlan County Public Schools Summer Professional Development offerings are now available. Use the link to review the dates and times for each. Note that additional offerings may be added as we move forward. Please contact Asst. Superintendent Brent Roark at 606.573.4330, ext. 2022 with questions or for more information.
- Cumberland Elementary News for April & May




June:

- PT Pros will be providing free sports physicals to all student athletes needing them on Friday, June 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the PT Pros office, located next to the cinema in Harlan.