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- 2014 - 2015 School Calendar
- 2014 - 2015 Bus Routes
- The Harlan County School District will open the 2014-2015 school year for students on Wednesday, Aug. 6. The day will be a full day for students. Mandatory professional development will be held for teachers on Monday, Aug. 4. The opening day for teachers is Tuesday, Aug. 5. Here are the starting and ending times for the schools:

Black Mountain - 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.                                  
Cawood Elementary - 7:40 a.m. to 2:35 p.m.
Cumberland Elementary - 7:45 a.m. to 2:35p.m.                                       
Evarts Elementary - 7:50 a.m. to 2:55 p.m.                                   
Green Hills Elementary - 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.                                         
Harlan County High - 8:00 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.                                
James A. Cawood Elementary - 7:50 a.m. to  2:45 p.m.                            
Rosspoint Elementary - 7:50 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
Wallins Elementary - 7:50 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  

- Final signups for the Harlan County Pee Wee Football and Cheerleading League will be held Saturday, Aug. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Harlan County High School Football Field. The registration fee is $35 per child. There will be no signups after this date due to the deadline to order equipment. The football league is open to all students in third and fourth grade, including Harlan County Schools, Harlan Independent Schools, and the Harlan County Christian School. Cheerleading is open to students in grades kindergarten through fourth grade. Students who participated in the league last year must register again this year.
- HARLAN COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOLS today announced an amendment to its policy for serving meals to students under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs, AT RISK PROGRAM FOR AFTER SCHOOL SNACK AND SUPPER, AND FRESH FRUIT AND VEGETABLE (if awarded) for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Applications due August 15th for  Harlan County High students for Academic/Athletic Hall of Fame program
- The Cumberland Elementary Family Resource & Youth Services Center, Cumberland Elementary 21st CCLC, and Cumberland Elementary School sponsored two back to school events for their students
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC began the new school year by teaching school bus safety to K-4 students.


- James A. Cawood Elementary School will have the regular SBDM meeting on Friday, September 6, 2014, in the school library. 
- HCHS Youth Service Center:

* September 9, 2014……………Clothing give away at the National Guard Armory…..11:00 am – 2:00 PM
* October 6-12, 2014……………Quality Care Eye and Ear Check- ups and glasses given …. All day…we have 602 students signed up.
* October 23, 2014..  …..Health Career Expo………….College Health Careers for Seniors only…morning
* November 13, 2014……Reality Store………..Learn real life situations about the real world….Careers….Freshman only…different groups go all day.
* A.C.T. Workshops will be in December

- HCHS Dual Credit: SKCTCS will beat the school on Wednesday September 3, 2014 at 9:00 to register students for dual credit classes that are during the 1st trimester. 
- HCHS’s ACT Scores Rise - Superintendent commends students, staff for hard work: Scores for Harlan County High School’s juniors rose on the latest round of ACT testing. The average composite score for the top 50 students was 24.04, and the average score for the top 100 students was 21.91.
- Thirty-Four Inducted Into ARI Student Senate
- A clothing give away was held at the Harlan National Guard Armory on September 9, 2014. 
- The Cumberland Elementary School FRYSC sponsored a Blood Drive on September 12, 2014. 
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC, CES 21st CCLC, and CES staff sponsored "Dinner with Grandpa and Grandma" on September 18th. 


- The Cumberland Elem. FRYSC and the Harlan ARH sponsored a "Health Fitness Fair" for the 3rd, 4th & 5th grade students on Sept. 26, 2014. 
- Evarts Elementary School will have their annual Fall Festival on Friday, October 3rd, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM.  We will have Brooklyn Woods performing in the gymnasium and a whole lot of games, food and fun! 
- The Rosspoint Elementary School seventh and eighth grade quick recall team recently won the Harlan County Schools in-district competition designed to help teams prepare for upcoming league play and the Kentucky Governor's Cup competition.
- Harlan County High School NHS Induction Ceremony
- Evarts Elementary regularly scheduled SBDM meeting - Tuesday October 7th, 2014 at 3:00 in library
- On Tuesday, October 7th, the 8th grade students at Green Hills Elementary School had a special visit from guest speakers, Werner and Heidi Jilg.
- The Harlan County Public School FRYSC's and their community partners collaborated to sponsor a county wide "Baby Fest" for new and expectant first time parents (children ages 0-3).
- Students in the 5th-8th grades at Cumberland Elementary participated in the "Meti-Man" program on Oct. 9th. 
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC & JACES FRYSC sponsored a "Breast Cancer Awareness Class" for the Tri-City area on Oct. 8th at CES. 


- Students in Mrs. Saylor’s Kindergarten class at Cumberland Elementary School recently did a writing lesson on the 5 senses.
- The National Honor Society of Harlan County High School recently conducted a group service project for Christ’s Hands. 
- Clay County claimed first place, Harlan County earned second and Middlesboro finished third in the Section 13 High School Junior Varsity Academic Challenge sponsored by the Kentucky Association of Academic Competitions and hosted Saturday at Harlan County High School.
- HCHS Boys Basketball Schedule
- Green Hills Elementary School recently hosted a Veteran’s Day program at their school.
- HCHS Girls Basketball Schedule
- Cawood Elementary School Veteran's Day - Students created poster boards displaying each of the branches of the armed forces.
- Harlan County High School Black Bears and Lady Bears Basketball Teams  will host Black Bear Madness on Friday November 21 at 7:00 pm in the  Harlan County High School Gym. There is no charge for admission. This year’s girls and boys basketball teams will be introduced, the HCHS Dance Team will perform, and there will also be a 3 point contest and quick shooter competition. Girls and Boys teams will each have a 10 minute scrimmage. Come out and support our Harlan County Black Bears and Lady Bears.


- KVEC official visits district to see new technologies in use
- Students perform play at JACES
- HCHS student attends STEM program at US Naval Academy
- Winners listed in county academic competition; Rosspoint first overall
- Dec. 5: Black Mountain Elementary - Grinch day Grinch cupcakes provided by FRYSC and Grinch Punch provided by PTO.
- Dec. 8-11: Black Mountain Elementary - Teachers will read a Christmas book over the intercom each day at 2 to the entire school. Students in attendance will have their names placed for a drawing of the book of the day, provided by the PTO.
- Dec. 11: Black Mountain Elementary - Christmas play for grades 6-,starting at 8:30 a.m. Parents are welcome.
- Dec. 12: Black Mountain Elementary - Dress like an Elf Day.
- Dec. 15: Black Mountain Elementary - Wear red for Santa Day.
- Dec. 16: Black Mountain Elementary - Christmas play for grades K-3, starting at 9 a.m. Parents are welcome.
- The Harlan County High School Choir and Band Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 16, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium.
- Dec. 17: Black Mountain Elementary - PJ / Polar express day; hot chocolate provided by PTO and cookies by FRYSC, beginning at 1 p.m.
- Dec. 18: Black Mountain Elementary - Program (Joe The Trick Star ODHIAMBO ), sponsored by FRYSC will begin at 1 p.m. for grades K-8.
- Dec. 19: Black Mountain Elementary - Christmas class parties begin at 1:30 p.m. PTO will distribute treats to students.
- James A. Cawood Elementary School's kindergarten through third grade students will present the Christmas program "Snow Day" on Friday, Dec. 19, at 12:30 p.m. in the school gymnasium. The event is open to the public. Admission is one canned or other non-perishable food item which will be collected and donated to Christ's Hands food pantry.
- Cawood Elementary School’s  annual Christmas Program will be on Friday, Dec. 19, at 9 a.m. Classes will  present various Christmas items, including songs, poems, skits and plays.  Students from kindergarten through eighth grade will be performing.  All parents, grandparents and family members are welcome to attend.
- Come join the students, faculty and staff for the annual Green Hills Elementary School Christmas program scheduled Friday, December 19, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the school. The program is open to the public.
- Wallins Elementary receives $3,500 contribution from Harlan 2020 and AT&T


- Two recent graduates of Harlan County High School and current students at the University of Kentucky will be inducted Thursday into the Harlan County Schools Frank Brittain Academic & Athletic Hall of Fame. James Adam Clem, son of James and Donna Clem, and Madison Bailey McHargue, daughter of Robert McHargue and Tami Brock, will be honored in a ceremony scheduled at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administrative Office Building, 251 Ball Park Road in Harlan.
- 2014 Art Contest Winners
- 2014 Soil Conservation Essay and Poster Contest Winners
- The Annual Mike Burke Memorial Tournament is scheduled for this weekend, January 23rd and 24th.  The games will be played at Cawood Elementary School on the following schedule:
                                5th/6th Grade-Friday Evening, January 23rd

                                5:00        Wallins vs Cawood
                                6:00        Wallins vs Evarts
                                7:00        Cawood vs Evarts

                                7th/8th Grade-Saturday, January 24th

                                11:00     Cawood  vs  Evarts
                                12:00     Cawood  vs  Wallins
                                1:00        Wallins  vs  Evarts

- Congratulations to the Harlan County Spelling Bee winners.  All participants received medals, and all 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners received trophies.  Because of the multiple ties in the primary division, additional trophies will be ordered and presented at schools at a later date.  We appreciate all the participants efforts and commend them on a challenging competition.  Thank you to all teachers who helped prepare students for the bee. 

Grades 4-8 Division
1st Place: David Saylor, Wallins 8th grade ($100 and will compete in the state contest)
2nd Place: Sean Cooper, JACES 8th grade ($50)
3rd Place: Cody Hall, Evarts 8th grade ($25)

Other participants: Olivia Creech (Cumberland), Elizabeth Howard (Green Hills), Cade Barnes (HC Christian), Jimmy Zheng (Harlan Ind.)

Primary Division (Grades 1-3)
1st Place: Savannah Hill, Wallins 2nd grade
2nd Place: Cheyann Steele, Cumberland 3rd grade
3rd Place:
Jacob Meade, Cawood
Lauren Polson, Cumberland
Destiny Farley, Evarts
Alisha Middleton, Green Hills
Lacey Robinson, JACES
Autumn Lewis, Rosspoint
Mason Beach, Rosspoint
Heaven Patterson, Wallins

Other participants: Isaiah Sage (Blk Mtn), Benjamin Coleman (Evarts), Aiden Carroll (JACES).

- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC in collaboration with the Commercial Bank and BB&T banks in Cumberland sponsored Angel Trees for some of the students at Cumberland Elementary. 
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC and Josh Paul Ministries from Wilkesboro, NC sponsored a "KY Mountain Christmas" for the Tri-city area on Dec. 6, 2014. 
- The students in grades K-4 through 3rd at CES participated in a "Legend of the Candy Cane" learning activity on Dec. 4th. 
- The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC sponsored two self esteem/anti bullying programs for the students at CES. 
- Rosspoint Elementary School and Harlan Middle School claimed top honors in their respective districts in the 2015 Kentucky Governor’s Cup competitions.
- Harlan County High School students took some of the top honors in the 2015 Kentucky Governor’s Cup District 52 competition held recently at Harlan County High School.


- Wallins students sweep top honors in spelling bee
- Rosspoint dominates Regional Governor’s Cup


- HCHS Softball Schedule
- Bank of Harlan initiates Outstanding Student Citizen Awards
- HCHS All-Festival Choir
- Taylor BreAnn Lemar was crowned maid of honor during the Harlan County High School basketball homecoming
- The Rosspoint Elementary School Academic Team recently won first place in the District Governor's Cup.
- Kennedy Thompson was crowned Harlan County High School homecoming queen during festivities at the HCHS arena.
- Wallins Elementary had a blast celebrating the life and works of Dr. Seuss.
- A group of students from Harlan County High School are working to change the grim health statistics of Harlan County’s residents.
- Rosspoint, Harlan win elementary Governor’s Cup competitions
- Actors from The Kentucky Shakespeare Festival of Louisville, KY recently visited students at Wallins Elementary.
- Evarts Elementary School recently held a science fair for students in third through fifth grades.
- Wallins Elementary second grade teacher, Brittany Helton, and Wallins FRYSC presented Family Reading Night to Wallins students and parents on March 5, 2015. 
- On Friday, 3-27-15, 5th grade school winners from Cawood Elementary went to compete in the County Science Fair at Southeast Community College (Harlan Campus).  


- *Kindergarten and Preschool Registration* For the 2015 – 2016  school year
- Green Hills Elementary Honor Lists
- The Evarts Elementary Family Resource Youth Services Center and the Cloverfork Family Resource Youth Services Center held their annual Easter Egg Hunt for the children of the Clover Fork area on Saturday, April 4 at 2 p.m. at the Evarts Elementary School Football Field. 
- The 6th, 7th & 8th grades at Cumberland Elementary participated in "Study Skills & College Readiness" classes on March 17, 19, 24, & 25, 2015. 
- On April 1, 2015 The Cumberland Elementary FRYSC held an "Easter Eggstravaganza" for the K-4 class at CES.  
- The Harlan County High School Mid-Term Parent/Teacher conferences will be held Thursday, April 23rd from 3:30 -6:00.
- Cawood Elementary School and the CES Family Resource and Youth Service Center hosted a field day with fathers on April 27. 


- The Harlan County School District Facilities Committee will meet Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 6 p.m. in the conference room at the Central Administrative Office Building, 251 Ball Park Road Harlan. It is the organizational meeting for the committee.
- The Harlan County Community Scholarship Banquet is Thursday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at the Benham School House Inn. Students from the Harlan County and Harlan Independent School District are honored during this event. Dr. Lynn Moore, president of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College, will be the keynote speaker for the event.
- The 2015 “Passing for a Purpose” QB/WR Camp will be held on Saturday, May 30th from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Amended School Calendar for 2014-2015
- On Friday, May 22nd at 6:30, the HCHS theater program will put on their spring performance of Charlie and The Chocolate Factory. The doors will open at 6:00 pm and anyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $3.
- HCHS sophomores ‘test’ to earn dual credit
- The HCHS piano students will be presenting a recital in the HC Theater on Monday, May 4th at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
- The Harlan County High School Community Problem Solving Team recently conducted workshops during the Action Research Summit at the East Kentucky Expo "Innovation in Rural Education."  
- Mrs. Jessica Caldwell’s first grade class at Green Hills Elementary School made musical instruments as part of their ELA activities when they read the story “A Musical Day.” 

- The Harlan County School District's testing window begins Thursday, May 7. Parents and guardians play a key role in helping to make sure students are prepared to test. The schedule varies from grade to grade and school to school, but here is a general guideline for the district's testing window:

• The Elementary School testing window will be on the following days. May 7th, May 8th, May 11th, May 12th, May 13th, with make- up days May 14th, May 15th, May 18th and May 20th.
• The Middle School and High School testing window will be on the following days. May 14th, May 15th, May 18th, May 20th, May 21th, with make- up days May 22nd, May 26th, May 27th and May 28th. During this time, it is important that you assist your children in getting to bed early and arrive at school in time to have a good breakfast before taking tests. 
It is also important for you to encourage students to do their best on the test.

Here are some tips for parents to help students do their best:
• Reschedule appointments outside of school that might take your child out of school on testing days. Please do not check your child out of school during testing unless it is crucial to do so.
• Talk positively about the tests as a way to measure how well your child can use what he or she has learned. Urge your child to take the test seriously. Promote your child’s confidence about taking tests.
• Be sure your child gets a good night’s rest the night before each test.
• Make sure your child eats breakfast at home or at school.
• Discuss with your child any anxieties he or she may have about the tests.
• If you have serious concerns or questions, do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher, principal or guidance counselor. 
• Help your child realize the importance of learning and to see it as a life-long process, not just a series of tests.
• Work with your child. Show your child how to apply what he or she learns in school to everyday life.
• Help other parents – your neighbors or relatives – understand the importance of the assessment process and encourage them to help their students be at their best during the testing window. If your children see you taking the assessment seriously, it will encourage them to do the same.
• Always tell your child how important he or she is.
• Always stress the importance of reading to your child. This needs to happen all the time, not just during testing. For smaller children, read with them on every opportunity. Again, if they see you reading that will help inspire them to do the same.

If you need additional information about the testing window please do not hesitate to contact your child's school or call the central administrative offices at 573-4330. We thank you for helping your school's administrators, teachers and staff during the testing window. We also thank you for choosing and allowing Harlan County Schools to educate your children.
- Students were recently recognized for their academic success at Green Hills Elementary
- Green Hills Elementary School held a fundraiser for the Wounded Warrior Project 
- HCHS choir advances to state; scores perfect at district festival
- The Harlan County High School Choir Participates in the 22nd annual Bluegrass Choral Music Festival held at the University of Kentucky
- Harlan County High School Choir officers are completing their terms for the year
- Brody Belcher, a senior at Harlan County High School, receives the Bank of Harlan Outstanding Student Citizen of the Month award
- Harlan County Community Scholarship Recipients:


- 2015-2016 School Calendar
- Summer Professional Development Offerings
- Harlan County High School Little Cheerleader Camp - Tuesday, June 2 - Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 9:00a.m. until noon at the Harlan County High School Gym
- The ARH Daniel Boone Clinic will be providing free sports physicals to students on Friday, June 26, all day in the pediatric department. Students should bring their insurance card and personal identification with them. Insurances will be billed but all co-pays will be waived. Any uninsured student will not be charged for the visit.
- PT PROS will be providing free sports physicals for grades 5-12 on Friday, June 5, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at PT Pros in Harlan, located in the Harlan Professional Building next to Harlan Cinema 4. The location is different than that announced earlier this month due to ongoing construction.
- Students that are enrolled for Dual Credit Psychology (PSY 110) this fall at HCHS need to purchase their book before school starts.  The college is requiring a new edition of the book for this class. The name of the book is:  Introduction to Psychology: Gateways to Mind and Behavior - 14th Edition. The book will be available at the bookstore at Southeast or can be purchased or rented online at, just follow this link.
- Two Harlan County Middle School students have been named 2015 Rogers Explorers
- JACES Honor Roll
- Hensley Receives Award
- HCHS pair makes all-national choir; to perform on historic opry stage
- Harlan County High School’s Cameron Carmical recently was named a Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Ambassador and participated in the HOBY summit held on the campus of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond in June.