Click on the headline to find a document we are calling a math “hot list.” The purpose of this list is not to be a comprehensive curriculum, but instead, to provide students, parents and teachers with some of the most important skills needed at each grade level in order to have a good foundation for moving on to the next. Students should be able to perform the mathematical tasks described in each grade level prior to the one he/she is entering. For example, an incoming 5th grader should be able to complete all tasks listed for Preschool through 4th grade. This will be a priority for students for the upcoming year.
The Danville Schools were named a District of Innovation as result of a new opportunity that lets public schools propose new ways to organize learning to significantly boost achievement and prepare students for success beyond high school. Under the Danville proposal, all students would start working toward state college- and career-readiness targets in sixth grade and get real-world learning opportunities in new courses as well as out-of-school experiences that emphasize research, design, and community action. Click the headline to read the full press release.
PHILADELPHIA: Danville High School sophomore Sue Cook placed second in the nation in Oratorical Declamation at the 62nd annual National Catholic Forensic League national speech and debate tournament held at UPenn and surrounding high schools over Memorial Day weekend. Cook advanced through four preliminary rounds and three awards rounds before performing in the national finals for a crowd of several hundred people at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Her speech, "My Stroke of Insight," was originally delivered by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, a neuroscientist who survived a stroke and later explained the unique perspective of witnessing her own research topic from inside her own body and what she learned from the experience. Click the headline to read more.
DHS teacher Amy Hurst was honored recently as the Central Kentucky Special Education Cooperative teacher of the year. She is an amazing advocate for her students and works closely with their families and outside agencies to ensure all of their needs are met. Congratulations Amy!
Congratulations to Lydia Ellis for receiving the Innovative Arts Educator award from the Danville Schools Education Foundation.
The Danville Schools After School Beginning Strings Program, a collaboration with the Heritage Area Strings Program, will hold their culminating concert this Sunday, May 19th, 3:00 pm, in the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center. This program is sponsored by the Danville Schools Education Foundation. Join us on Sunday to see all HASP ensembles in concert!
Congratulations to Billy Critchfield and Danny McAllister for placing in the regional top ten of the National History Bee. These two Bate Middle School students are advancing to nationals to be held in Atlanta, Georgia this June. They will be two out of 300 students nationwide to advance to the national championship! Quite impressive to have two students from one school make it to nationals. Congratulations guys!
Preschool Registration & Screening will be held May 16, 17 and 20. All screenings will be held at Hogsett Elementary. Children must be four (4) years old by October 1, 2013. Screenings are available for 3-4 year olds. For an appointment time or for more information please call Louellen Turner at the Danville Board of Education (936-8513).
Alexis Finley was presented with a scholarship check for $1000 from Papa John’s today, May 6. Finley applied for the Papa John’s scholarship a few months ago to help with her tuition to Asbury in the fall. Today, she and her class celebrated with pizza, compliments of our local Papa John’s. English teacher Cassie Dickison said, “I can’t think of anyone more deserving of the celebration!”
Please join our talented visual arts students for the Youth Art Fair and High School Artist Project Opening Reception this Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Community Arts Center! The Arts Commission of Danville Boyle County sponsors the annual Youth Art Fair which features 30 pieces of artwork from all five Danville Schools as well as artwork from surrounding schools. The High School Artist Project, sponsored by Ephraim McDowell Community Services, features reproductions of paintings by high school artists and a silent auction of all work.
Join us for FREE "Individualized Education Program (IEP)" workshop June 3, 2013 from 5:30-7:30pm at Boyle County Public Library. The training and materials are free. Please RSVP at 800-525-7746 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org so we have plenty of materials. Click the headline for more information.
Lexington writer and Danville High graduate Frank X Walker is officially inducted as Kentucky Poet Laureate in a public ceremony on Kentucky Writers’ Day at 10 a.m., April 24, in the Capitol Rotunda. Click the headline to watch the inductional ceremony.
Eight JSA members and sponsor Shari Stewart spent the weekend of April 26-28 in Columbus, OH, attending Ohio River Valley's Spring State. Among the highlights: Best speaker awards: Andrew McKinney, Calvin Steber, and Austin Barringer; Outgoing Director of Debate: Calvin Steber; Outgoing Mayor of the Southern Interior District: Andrew McKinney; Newly-elected Mayor of the Southern Interior Distrsct: Austin Barringer; Delegation leader: Fariha Siddiqui; and 2012-13 Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Year Award: Danville JSA. The award is based on several criteria including community involvement, chapter activities, political activism, participation in JSA conferences, a presentation, and an essay. DHS had stiff competition from schools much larger, but DHS’s JSA prevailed.
The Danville Schools will be hosting its 3rd annual “Experience Danville” week June 17-20. This year’s summer session features opportunities for students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM). Click the headline for registration information.
“You’re off to see the wizard!” as Danville High School presents an unforgettable journey to “The Wizard of Oz”, Thursday April 25th, Friday April 26th, and Saturday April 27th at 7:30 pm. Sing along with our talented high school cast as they portray all your favorite “OZ” characters at the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center at Danville High School. Click the headline for more information.
Bate students in Hannah Walls’ 6th grade Language Arts classes recently participated in a Q/A session with Rebecca, a museum curator at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. They are collaborating with not only the Smithsonian, but also with the Pearson Company and officials at the Constitution Square, in order to best preserve Appalachian culture in our community. The students have worked together using many elements of the Danville Diploma (networking, problem solving, team work, perseverance- just to name a few) in order to work to accomplish this goal!
The Danville Schools are registering Kindergarten students for the 2013-14 school year. If your child will be five (5) years of age by October 1, 2013 and is a resident of the Danville School district, we invite you to enroll him/her in the Danville Schools. Contact the Danville Board of Education on or before May 17th. Please call 238-1300.
NewsHour special correspondent for education John Merrow recently reported on "deep learning," and how it requires commitment from educators, students and parents. Danville High School and Bate Middle School were featured in the report. Click the headline to view the segment.
Students, click on the headline for more information about an Earth Day logo contest. The top three winners will be recognized at the Earth Day Celebration on April 27, 2013, at the Boyle County Fairgrounds. The overall winner’s design will be the official logo for the 2014 celebration, and all entries will be displayed in April 2013 at the Boyle County Public Library. Prizes will also be awarded to winners at varying grade levels.
Danville High School took home the district title for the seventeenth straight year at LaRue County High School on Saturday, winning the Kentucky Catholic Forensic League speech tournament and qualifying ten students to represent Kentucky in Philadelphia at the National Catholic Forensic League’s Grand National Tournament over Memorial Day weekend. After four rounds of competition, senior Dylan Mullins was named the tournament champion in Oratory and sophomore Laurel Payne was named tournament champion in Declamation. Also qualifying for Nationals from Danville High were Cloe Anderson and Kolton Winfield (Duo Interpretation), Austin Barringer and Mary Thompson (Duo Interpretation), Sue Cook (Declamation), Sarabeth Marlowe (Oral Interpretation), Sam Nelson (Oral Interpretation), and Phoebe Ross (Extemporaneous Speaking). Danville also took home the J. Garland Blair Memorial Traveling Trophy, an award given annually to the team that has accumulated the most points in the contest over time (with points then reset to zero) to note sustained excellence. DHS Forensics next competes at the Kentucky High School Speech League’s state speech and debate tournaments at the University of Kentucky March 14-16.
JSA's recent trip to Winter Congress in Washington, DC, gives us more reasons to be proud of our students. It's hard to adequately summarize our Winter Congress experience, but here's a brief re-cap: On Thursday of last week we toured Capitol Hill, visited the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, met with Congressman Brett Guthrie, got a personal tour of the Capitol, greeted several congressmen, and watched the House in action. Rep. Guthrie was extremely gracious while fielding the students' many questions. Click the headline to read more of the recap.
The National Forensic League, the speech and debate honor society, has announced Steve Meadows as its newest diamond coach, Meadows, a teacher and forensics coach at Danville High School, received a fourth diamond award after earning 10,450 points on Jan. 19. He is the third Kentucky coach to receive this award in the history of the organization. To read more of this article featured on amnews.com click the headline.
Congratulations to the following DHS wrestlers who placed at the Region 2 competition: Daniel Lannum placed 2nd at 126 lbs, Zachary Phillips placed 2nd at 113 lbs, Michael Kuchenbrod placed 3rd at 120 lbs, and Carson Coulter placed 4th at 138 lbs. All four will advance to the State Tournament February 15-16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. Also, Jeffrey Clark placed 5th at 160 lbs and Elliott Porter placed 5th at Heavyweight. Both will serve as alternates in their weight classes at the state competition. Congratulations to all!
DHS teacher Vaughn Little has been chosen as the recipient of the Alabama State University 2013 Spirit of Marion Award. The award was established by the University in honor of the Marion Nine, the visionaries credited with begin cofounders of what has become Alabama State University. Mr. Little received this award during the 113th Founder’s Day Convocation.
Hogsett Elementary student Yazmin Santacruz earned 1st place in the Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest for 5th graders. She read her essay to those in attendance at a reception in her honor at 2 PM on Sunday, February 10, in the Chapel Room of the First Christian Church on Lexington Road. Congratulations Yazmin!
Students at Bate Middle and Danville High schools could see themselves on television, as the school system will be featured on “Education Matters” on KET, slated to air Feb. 25, and “NewsHour” on PBS, for which the air date is not yet known. The schools were chosen for the shows following the implementation of the Danville Diploma and a project-based learning system in many of the classrooms district wide…. (For more of this story by Kendra Peek in the Feb. 7 Advocate Messenger, click on the photo to the left.)
The Bate Academic team is once again overall Region 61 champions. They placed first in quick recall, future problem solving, science and social studies. They were runners-up in language arts, arts/humanities and composition. Click the headline for individual results. Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to DHS student Emma Jackson whose article "Access Is Power: The Journey of a C-SPAN Intern" is featured in the winter edition of the national JSA publication The Junior Statement. Emma is our local chapter's PR director, and she is also part of the media staff for the JSA Ohio River Valley, having recently been promoted to media director. You can read her article at the following link: http://issuu.com/juniorstate/docs/the_junior_statement__winter_edition_1_/5
Danville High School won the District 46 Governor's Cup competition last Monday and Tuesday. Each year the Kentucky Association for Academic Competition sponsors the Governor's Cup Competition for high, middle, and elementary school students. Schools compete in individual and team events at the District, Regional, and State levels. The Danville High team captured first place in three events and brought home eleven individual and two team awards. Students who placed in each event advance to the Regional competition on February 16th at Lincoln County High School. Individual and team results can be found by clicking on the headline.
Four students from Bate have advanced through two rounds of play to be in the National History Bee Region held at Dunbar High School on April 8, 2013 from 5-8 PM. Each student first had to advance from Bate by taking a written test, then play against 15 finalists on buzzers, and finally take a National online exam. Congratulations and good luck to: Daniel McAllister, Billy Critchfield, Josh Roach and Sadie Price!
Please join us to celebrate Black History Month! To learn more about this special time dedicated to celebrating the contributions and achievements by black Americans and for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history, go here: http://www.history.com/topics/black-history-month
Congratulations to members of the Danville High School forensics team who won seven awards at the 58th Annual Barkley Forum held at Emory University in Atlanta Jan. 25-27. Senior Jack Graham placed in the final round for the second year, winning 5th in Dramatic Interpretation. Additionally, senior Tyler Whitehouse advanced to the semifinals (top twelve) in Humorous Interpretation. Five DHS entries advanced to the quarterfinals, or top 100, in their events: Graham and Whitehouse in Duo Interpretation, the Duo Interpretation team of Cloe Anderson and Kolton Winfield, Sam Nelson in Oratory, Dylan Mullins in Oratory, and Sarabeth Marlowe in Prose/Poetry.
Bate Middle School repeated as district academic team champions this past weekend. Click on the headline for individual results. The team will complete in the regional tournament at East Jessamine Middle School on January 29th. Congratulations to all!
The following Bate wrestlers participated in the District 2 Wrestling Tournament this past weekend at North Hardin High School: Isaiah Scott, Dustin Horne, Jonah Welch, Kelby Gay, and Don Harris. Four out of the five placed either 2nd or 3rd in their weight class and have qualified for the Region 1 Tournament to be held this Saturday at John Hardin High School. Congratulations to all!
Bate hosted 17 schools (28 teams) from around the state this past Saturday in the annual Bate Academic Invitational. The Bate “A” team went UNDEFEATED and won the entire tournament! Please give a big congratulations to: Captain – Danny McAllister, Abigail Anderson, Cole Verhoven, Celeste Fieberg, Saif Siddiqui, and Caroline Bugg.
Congratulations to Bate Middle School and Alyvia Walker and Kennedy Walker. Alyvia Walker and Kennedy Walker’s question has been selected by EKU’s review team as one of 20 questions to be asked during the NASA’s Live Downlink on January 11, 2013 on EKU’s campus. The review team was very impressed with the quality of the questions which clearly indicated the students’ background knowledge and how much thought they had put into their questions. We have ranked the questions and Alyvia Walker and Kennedy Walker’s question will be the seventeenth question to be asked of the astronauts.
Danville High School seniors Russ Meurer, Kelsie Madden, and Calvin Steber; juniors Emma Jackson and Andrew McKinney; and sophomores Eric Matherly, Tyler Montgomery, and Blaire Welsh participated in JSA Fall State in Cincinnati along with 250+ Ohio River Valley JSA members. Calvin and Andrew were part of the leadership team that organized the debate and discussion sessions. As Ohio River Valley Director of Debate, Calvin was responsible for overseeing all the debate and discussion sessions as well as the awards presentations for best speakers and best moderators. He did a fabulous job, and the conference went very well. In addition Andrew McKinney earned two Best Speaker awards. In a first-ever mock Supreme Court trial (Fisher v. University of Texas, about the Constitutionality of affirmative action) Andrew was the Supreme Court Chief Justice, Russ was another one of the justices, and Calvin was one of the attorneys. Danville's presence at Fall State elevated the level of debate for everyone. Please congratulation them on their participation the next time see them.
The Danville High School boys’ soccer team had two players named to the NSCAA Scholar All-American Team. Christian Gateskill-Fuqua and Calvin Steber were awarded this great achievement. They will be recognized at the National Convention in January. Please congratulate these young men on their accomplishment. This makes four NSCAA Scholar All-Americans in four years.
On Thursday, November 27th Toliver School hosted the frist round of the Superintendent's Cup. The event was won by Toliver School with Jennie Rogers placing second and Hogsett placing third. Click on the picture to see a complete list of the individual and team results.
As part of Bate Middle School and Danville High School participating in the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) initiative, Danville Schools is hosting an informational lite lunch here at Central Office next Thursday, December 6 from 11-noon. Over 30 industry and local businesses, as well as the Board of Education members, have been invited to hear an overview of PLTW. It is our hope this will be the beginning of a solid school/business partnership.
Members of the Danville High School Treble and Mixed Choirs participated in performances and workshops by the King Singers and the Sean Curran Dance Company at the Norton Center for the Arts on November 15th and 16th. Students were treated to a performance & talk featuring excerpts from the company's recent collaboration of new work that was inspired by ancient architectural landscapes, ritual and mysticism. On Friday they attended a workshop on creating choreography and learned about creating movement to music. Both days included opportunities to mingle with the vocalists and dancers. Danville High School students' attendance at both the performance and workshop were made possible through the Norton Center A.C.T.S. (Arts for Classroom Ticket Subsidy) a program funded through the generous support of the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation.
All three elementary school STLP teams presented their showcases in Somerset on November 20th. Hogsett, Jennie Rogers and Toliver all three had teams advance to the state championships in Lexington on March 28th. Click on the STLP logo to learn more about the teams and their projects.
The DHS Boys and Girls Soccer teams recently received national and state recognition for their excellence in the classroom. The teams received the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Team Academic Achievement Award this past week. The GPA for the boys and girls teams was a 3.67 and 4.14 respectively. The girls ranked 12th in the nation and boys ranked 34th . The two teams had 32 of 38 players receive KHSAA Academic All State honors. The girls were a perfect 15 of 15. Way to go ADS! Click the headline for a full listing of teams.
Kentucky College Application Week will take place November 26-30. College Application Week is an event sponsored by Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA). The goal of CAW is to provide EVERY graduating DHS senior with an opportunity to apply to college, with particular focus on helping first-gen students and students who may not otherwise apply. High school students are encouraged to wear college apparel. Click on the headline for a breakdown of the week.
Congratulations to DHS Junior Meagan Smith who won the Class A State Cross Country Championship this past Saturday. Click on the headline to read an article from amnews.com about her performance. Way to go Meagan!
Congratulations to DHS for making Kentucky’s TOP TEN list for growth in the number of students meeting College and/or Career Readiness Benchmarks! This is due to the hard work of both students and staff.
Based on an innovative approach to educational opportunities which positively impact student learning and achievement, Toliver Elementary School has been selected for a site visit from a team of international delegates from Sweden on November 8th. Toliver was one of three schools chosen in the state by the Kentucky Department of Education. Way to go Toliver!
This week we will be receiving state assessment results for each student and school. All public schools and districts in Kentucky are held accountable for educating children under a system called Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All. Click the headline for more information.
Congratulations to the DHS Marching Band, who placed second in the AA division at the state championships at Western Kentucky University on Oct. 27. Band director Jeff Towns said, “They finished with their best performance of the year and I am very proud of the band.” Pictured to the left: The student body gives the marching band an Admiral send off before band members leave for competition on Oct. 26.
On Monday October 22nd, the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation and the Norton Center for the Arts formally announced their A.C.T.S (Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy). In attendance were Alexis Finley and Jack Graham, two students from Danville High School who represent students from the Danville Schools receiving tickets through this program. They are picture here with WTCF Vice Chair Stephen Dexter (DHS alumni). Alexis is a member of the DHS Choral program whose classes will be attending the Kings Singers and participating in the Glee Workshop. Jack is a part of the DHS Speech program whose classes will attend One Man Star Wars.
A training session for parents on how to obtain services through the Michelle P. Waiver program will be provided on Tuesday, November 13th from 5:30 – 7:00 at the Danville Board of Education. Click on the headline for more information about the meeting.
The Bate Quick Recall team played in their first tournament of the year this past weekend in Paintsville NAQT National Qualifier Tournament. They finished with six wins and only one loss in pool play, and then ended up winning the entire tournament with an undefeated record for the rest of the day. Congratulations to the following team members: Daniel McAllister (captain), Abigail Anderson, Cole Verhoven, Sarah Goosey, and Saif Siddiqui.
The Danville Schools Education Foundation is happy to announce the offering of a beginning strings program for all Danville students in grades 3-5. If your 3rd, 4th, or 5th grader is interested in learning to play a violin, viola, or cello, we invite you and your child to attend a meeting on Friday October 19 at 5:30 pm in the library of Jennie Rogers Elementary School. Click on the headline for more information.
Congratulations to Bate students Cloe Shearer and Alec McAlister who are winners in the Centre College Vice Presidential Debate Essay and Drawing Contest! Their work will be displayed in the lobby of the Norton Center/Debate Hall.
We will be hosting a Kids Tennis day on October 28 from 2-4 at the BMS tennis courts. This is for all children 10 and under. The cost is free; we just ask that you bring a canned good (if possible) to donate to Harvesting for Hope. The session will start at 2:00 for all participants. Click the headline to view the brochure.
A heartfelt thank you goes out to everyone that made The Danville Schools Education Foundation fundraising event, Dancing with the Danville Stars, a huge success! So many people put in hours of their precious time and energy to benefit the children of the Danville Schools. Click on the headline to read a special thank you letter from DSEF president, Jenny Fieberg.
The Danville Admiral Marching Band competed at the Boyle County Marching Band Contest this weekend. In the Preliminary performance of the contest the band took first place in class 2A with an outstanding performance of their 2012 show, "Dante's Afterworld". The show is based off the literary work of Dante's Devine Comedy which takes us on a journey through the Inferno, Purgatory and Paradise. In the evenings Finals performance, where all bands regardless of classification compete against one another, the band finished in 3rd place overall. Also, two weeks ago at the Bourbon County Contest the band finished 1st in class 2A. The band is off to an awesome start and to quote from one of the judges this weekend, "there is no doubt what the goal of this band is for this year and they're on the right path to state".
Relatives as Parents (RAP) is a program designed to assist family members who are raising children other than their own. You are invited to join us for a Meet and Greet on October 4, 2012 at the American Red Cross from 5:00 pm—6:30 pm. A light dinner will be provided. Child care will be available. Click on the headline for more information.
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is for students in grades 6-12 who have demonstrated creativity, innovative ideas, academic effort, determination, enthusiasm, the ability to communicate, and a commitment to their community and family. Prior experience in business is not required. Click on the headline for more information and for an application.
Courtesy of C-SPAN, four DHS students and one teacher will be in the Spin Room/Media Filing Center after the vice-presidential debate. Those students are Austin Barringer, sophomore; Emma Jackson, junior; Andrew McKinney, junior; and Russ Meurer, senior. The two alternatives are Phoebe Ross and Calvin Steber, both seniors. Teacher Shari Stewart also will attend with the students.
Click on the headline to vote for your favorite dance duo.
The Danville Schools Education Foundation presents: “Dancing with the Danville STARS!” Join us September 15, 2012 for a night of entertainment and friendly competition. Click the headline for more information and to purchase tickets online..
Congratulations to Andrew McKinney for placing 1st at the Tates Creek Golf Invitational Tournament this past weekend. Click the headline to read the article from amnews.com
The Danville Children’s Choir has a rich history in the Danville Community. They are excited to be expanding their program to include a new group, the Preparatory Choir under the direction of Amy Harrod for our younger singers, grades 1—4. The Concert Choir will be directed by Meg Stohlmann and includes many performance and touring opportunities. Choir is a great place to meet new friends, travel and have a lot of fun making music together. Come join us and be a part of something great!!! Sign up for an audition at www.danvillechildrenschoir.com or email email@example.com
Seamus Sallee, an incoming freshman at DHS, finished second in the 175 pound weight class at the Midwest Nationals Wrestling Tournament on July 7th in Bloomington, Illinois. His club team, the Bluegrass Warriors, won the national team title for their age division at the tournament. Wrestlers from 16 states participated in the event held on the campus of Iliinois Wesleyan University.
Congratulations to Danville High School for earning an ENERGY STAR label. The school will automatically be included as part of an online registry of buildings that have earned ENERGY STARS (energystar.gov/BuildingList). Way to go DHS students and staff!
Congratulations to Toliver's Suzanne Farmeron her selection as one of only three 2012 Kentucky finalists for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (PAEMST), grades K-6. The PAEMST is a prestigious award that recognizes outstanding contributions of teachers of mathematics and science. Her information will now be sent to the national selection committee. The award winner for the state of Kentucky will be announced through a Presidential press release spring/summer 2013. We are so proud of you, Suzanne!
Congratulations to Hogsett Elementary for earning an ENERGY STAR label. The school will automatically be included as part of an online registry of buildings that have earned ENERGY STARS (energystar.gov/BuildingList). Way to go Hogsett students and staff!
Danville staff member Heidi Yates has been elected the KY Association of School Business Officials’ (KASBO) Board. Heidi has been a presenter for many years at KASBO Conferences, and is well-known across the state as a hands-down expert in payroll. The KASBO Board is comprised of 6 Executive Officers and 6 Directors. The Board is responsible for developing two statewide conferences a year to provide continuing education hours for finance officers and training for district finance staff. Finance rules and regulations are ever changing, and the KASBO Board strives to keep all KY school districts updated and trained. Heidi is truly a model in the way she approaches her work each day. Congratulations Heidi!
Congratulations to Mr. Aaron Etherington for being named the new principal at Danville High School! Aaron was a teacher at DHS for 6 years before becoming the assistant principal last year. He is an Admiral through and through. Students fortunate enough to have had Aaron as a teacher will tell you he is one of the toughest they’ve had while also being one of their absolute favorites. This is such an exciting time for Aaron and the students and staff at Danville High School! Special thanks to the Danville High School council members for their investment of time, dedication and perseverance in this work.
Click on the headline to learn more about a Community Arts summer offering.
The University of Kentucky's African American Studies Program, Fayette County’s Fatherhood Initiative and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity's Lexington Graduate Chapter have selected our own Vaughn Little as 2012’s Man of the Year! Congratulations Vaughn!
Recent Danville High School graduate Drew Lane placed fourth in Dramatic Performance at the national speech tournament sponsored by the National Catholic Forensic League May 26 and 27. In addition to Lane, seven other DHS students won honors at the contest. Madeline Salinas and Joe Weston advanced to the quarterfinals, or top twenty-four students, in Original Oratory and Extemporaneous Speaking, respectively. Advancing to the octofinals, or top forty-eight, were Sue Cook and Emma Jackson in Declamation; John Thompson and Sarabeth Marlowe in Duo Interpretation; and Nate Johnson in Original Oratory. Click on the picture of the DHS award winners for Coach Meadows' full report.
Danville High School graduated 106 seniors in ceremonies at Admiral Stadium on May 19. Class scholars Dowell Harmon, Rachel Newcomb, and Zaid Siddiqui as well as Senior Class President Jessica Payne and Student Council President Kaitlin Snapp addressed the graduating class. For a link to a photo gallery from the ceremonies as well as the Advocate-Messenger's coverage of the story (by David Brock, class of 1999), click on the picture. Congratulations, new Admiral Alumni!
On Friday, May 18th, the Central Kentucky Special Education Cooperative recognized outstanding educators in the 23 participating school districts. Danville was proud to recognize Mrs. Dana Cochran, SLP, as the Outstanding Educator for our district this year. Please join me in congratulating Dana and thanking her for contributing to the academic, communication, and social growth of our students.
The DHS Junior State of America chapter had a great Spring State! Members Calvin Steber, Joe Weston, Jono Beto, and (elected Mayor) Andrew McKinney all were recognized for excellence in the event. Click on the picture of the JSA group for sponsor Shari Stewart's report on the excellent showing by the DHS chapter.
The Annual Danville High School Artist Project will begin May 3rd. The silent auction will start at 5:00pm and end at 7:00pm. Each painting will be available to be purchased. Please come and see the outstanding work of DHS students. There will also be artwork from each school in the Danville District displayed for your enjoyment during the show. Click on the picture for a link to a video of the 2011 Show, as each of these paintings are currently on display at Ephraim McDowell Hospital.
The second annual Community Support Fair for families and students with disabilities will be held on Tuesday, April 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 at Grow Hall on the campus of KSD. Refreshments will be served and there will be door prizes donated by local businesses. Click on the headline or picture for more information.
“Be our Guest” as Danville High School presents the timeless tale Beauty and the Beast. Sing along with our talented cast as they portray all of your favorite characters at the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center at Danville High School. Performances are April 19 @ 7:30 pm, April 20 @ 7:30 pm, and April 21 @ 2:00 pm. For ticket details and the full press release, click on the show logo to the left.
The Danville Schools are registering Kindergarten students for the 2012-13 school year. If your child will be five (5) years of age by October 1, 2012 and is a resident of the Danville Schools district, we invite you to enroll him/her in the Danville Schools. Contact the Danville Board of Education on or before May 18th. Please call 238-1300.
Danville High School participated in the Kentucky United Nations Assembly for the first time March 25-27 (as North Korea). The delegation won the Best New Delegation Award and a Certificate of Distinction. In addition, Jono Beto received a leadership award, and Joe Weston was named best speaker in his committee. Click on the picture for sponsor Shari Stewart's full report.
Danville High School completed a sweep of the four major Kentucky speech leagues with wins at both the state Speech and Debate tournaments hosted by the Kentucky High School Speech League on March 22-24. Click on the KHSSL logo for Coach Meadows' full press release about the individual winners and the team results. Go Speaking Ads!
Hogsett STLP students have been working since the beginning of October researching, typing, and resizing photos to compile a photo history book that showcases the 100 years of Danville Schools. The book that they have created is for sale! If you would like to purchase a book, please click the picture to the left. Clicking the picture to the left will direct you to a page where you can view the book, then choose to download the order form and return to Hogsett Elementary.
Our celebration of learning logo contest winners are as follows: Mira Talwalker-elementary, Caroline Bugg-middle school, and Fahrira Sidiqqui- high school (overall winner). Congratulations, and thanks to all of those who participated.
Seamus Sallee has been selected as a member of Team Kentucky. This is a select team made up of middle school wrestlers from across the state. He tried out over the last two weekends at Walton-Verona Middle School and St. Xavier High School. Seamus qualified for the squad in the 175 lb. weight class. He will be wrestling in the Middle School National Duals in Danville, Illinois later this month. Congratulations and good luck Seamus!
ADD YOUR THOUGHTS ON INTERSESSION 2012 TO OUR NEW BLOG: See what we’ve already pulled together at www.dhsintersession.org. Community partners, teachers, and students; we will love whatever you would like to share! Click the headline for more information.
The Danville Intersession news coverage continues from Journalism students John Thompson and Drew Lane. Day 2 stories include the Freshman Honors Science projects, CSI: Danville, and senior Karl Hempel's adventures in the medical field. Click on the Danville Schools' YouTube channel (YouTube logo above) to view the latest report. Monday's report covers A Week in Latin America, How to Make a Quilt, Self-Defense, and Improv with Dylan and Max!
Andrew Lasure, Senior catcher at Danville High School has been named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Louisville Slugger Pre-Season All American. Andrew has signed to play his college baseball at ETSU. This is a great honor for him, Danville Baseball, and Danville High School. Andrew is the fourth All American baseball player from Danville High School and the third in the last six years. The others are Duran Elmore 2010, Morehead St., Rich Witten 2007, Coastal Carolina, and Paul Morse 1992, UK.
ourth and Fifth grade students spent the week of February 20th creating, performing and responding as they learned about the unique characteristics of Latin American visual art and folk dance. Click the headline to see pictures and video.
DHS art teacher Jeremy McGuire began working with his students several years ago to commission their artwork. He wanted to provide students with a real world connection, allowing them to be paid to create art as professional artists do. A notable commission recently was the purchase of a painting by local businessman, Bob Allen, and his wife, Kathy. The student artist was DHS senior Emily Jacobsen. Click the headline to read more.
The DHS Forensics Team took first place in team sweepstakes this past weekend at the Kentucky Educational Speech and Drama Association. Danville took thirty-nine students to the tournament, and placed twenty-eight of them in finals, including four champions. Danville took home sixty-eight awards total and won the tournament by a margin of nearly one hundred points. Click on the photo the left for the full press release and results.
Seamus Sallee placed 6th in the 190 lb. weight class at the Kentucky Middle School Wrestling State Championships on Saturday in Montgomery County. Congratulations Seamus!
Last May we held our second Celebration of Learning. The event was a tremendous success, with projects, performances and exhibits galore. Students and families crowded the halls and lobby of Danville High School and even spilled into Gravely Hall and onto the front steps! Such an exciting and important event for our community needs a LOGO that represents this unique celebration. On top of it all, this year’s Celebration of Learning is also a celebration of 100 years for Danville Schools! SO, WE ARE HAVING A CONTEST! Click on the headline for contest information and guidelines.
On behalf of the Bate Middle School Exploratory Center for the Creative Arts Classes we would like to invite you to a special pre-board meeting viewing of class work created and performed by students in BMECCA classes including: 7th & 8th grade Band, 7th & 8th grade Choir, Drama, Jazz Band, Percussion Ensemble, and Visual Art. The students will provide short performances on Monday, January 23rd, from 5:30 – 6:00 pm around the school. Representatives from those classes will present during the Board of Education meeting Arts and Humanities Report about the value of these art classes to their education. Click the headline for more information.
Come and help us celebrate the 100th birthday of the Danville Schools. Each year, our students learn new and interesting content. This spring, Danville students will again have the opportunity to choose some-thing of particular interest—something they have learned or are learning - and develop this interest further into something they are proud to share with the community as proof they are gaining essential skills and knowledge to compete in a globally competitive economy. Click on the headline for details.
The Danville High School Cheerleaders are the 12th region KAPOS champs! They placed first in the traditional division. They will now represent the 12th region at the state competition on February 18 at WKU in Bowling Green. Additionally, senior Mary Cait Rolph received the Scarlette Parsley Hooker regional academic scholarship over all applicants in the region! We are very proud of her and the rest of the girls for their hard work. Congratulations!!
Intersession will be the week of February 27th– March 2nd and will focus on students driving their own learning experience for the entire week. From designing their curriculum, executing planned activities, to developing the assessments by which they will be held accountable, students will have the choice to explore learning opportunities relating to college and career readiness. The idea behind the Intersession week is to engage students by giving students voice and choice in their learning. Whether they choose academic prep time, career exploration, a life skills class, job shadowing, college readiness activities, or just take a class they think would be fun or interesting; our goal is to develop student’s ability to take more responsibility for their learning.
Danville High School’s chapter of the National Forensic League, the national honor society for high school speech and debate, has been named the 2011 Leading Chapter for Kentucky. The award is based on student participation and is the highest award the National Forensic League can bestow on a chapter. DHS is currently the largest chapter in Kentucky with 176 members and degrees active and over 500 degrees earned by the chapter’s members since DHS last won the award eight years ago. Click on the headline to read more.
The National Soccer Coaches Association of America has announced their academic awards for 2011 and the Danville Boys’ Soccer Team was well represented. The team's GPA this season was a 3.73 which earned their eighth consecutive NSCAA Team Achievement Award with a 24th national ranking. They are #1 in KY. Also, Jake Winkler was selected as a Scholar All American. Karl Hempel was selected to the Scholar All South Region, and John Thompson received the Outstanding Senior Award. These are all nationally recognized honors. We congratulate these fine young men on their continued excellence in the classroom.
Pictured – Danville attorney Josh Hudson and Danville High senior Drew Lane pose together after the opening of OUR TOWN at Danville High School. As part of the celebration of 100 years of the Danville Schools, participants in the two prior productions of OUR TOWN are being given special recognition at the performances (along with all past participants in DHS musicals and plays). Hudson and Lane both played the role of Simon Stimson (Hudson in 1997), the town’s choir director. OUR TOWN continues its run Friday night at 7:30 PM with a final performance at 2:30 PM on Sunday. Tickets are available at the door: $6 adults, $4 students and seniors.
Danville High School will present Thornton Wilder's classic play about an American small town, OUR TOWN, on December 8 and 9 at 7:30 PM and at 2:30 PM on December 11 in Gravely Hall. The play, produced by the Drama 2 class at Danville High School and directed by Steve Meadows, explores life at the beginning of the 20th Century. This classic American drama is the most produced high school play of all time and questions if human beings really appreciate life, every minute. Tickets will be on sale at the door: $6 adults, $4 students and senior citizens.
All three elementary schools recently took a total of six projects to Somerset for the annual regional Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) Showcase competition. We are happy to report all six projects advanced to the state competition in March! Students worked very hard on these projects. They were required to do a presentation of learning and were judged on both the presentation and the technology implementation. Way to go!
The DHS Marching Band took 2nd place at the state tournament this past weekend. The Marching Ads competed in Class AA State against LaRue County, Glasgow, and Washington County. The Ads competed all day Saturday in Bowling Green, placing first runner-up to Larue County. Click on the picture to the left for the results. Go Ads!
Public school students in grades 10-12 are invited to apply for membership in the Next-Generation Student Council, a new group formed by Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holliday. The purpose of the council is to provide valuable feedback from Kentucky students and to engage student leaders in learning by doing. This group will meet with the commissioner and Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) staff, both in person and virtually, to discuss how decisions made at the state level are affecting students throughout Kentucky and provide feedback -- from a student perspective -- on critical issues impacting Kentucky students and schools.
This past weekend the Danville Admiral Marching Band took 1st place at the KMEA Class 2A East Regional Marching Band Competition at Bourbon High School, scoring an 82.6 which is a distinguished rating. The band competed against 13 other bands and out scored the 2nd place band by 5 points. The band will travel this weekend to Bowling Green to compete in the KMEA State Semi-finals Competition with hopes of returning to the State Finals Competition Saturday Night at Western Kentucky University. The band will perform Saturday at 3:00 central time at Greenwood High School.
Danville, Kentucky: Danville Schools announced today that a California-based national education philanthropy, the Stupski Foundation, has designated Danville High School as one of a select group of initial high schools nationwide to join a newly launched Learning Lab Network. The Stupski Foundation is working with students, teachers and administrators at the Learning Labs to develop new models of learning that empower students and boost their achievement. Through this new initiative, Danville Schools students, educators, and administrators will be connected to their peers nationwide, sharing breakthroughs and lessons, and building a body of evidence demonstrating the effectiveness of the student-centered approach. "I am so glad that the Stupski Foundation is going to help our school rise above educational norms and set an example for the rest of the nation," said Emma Jackson, a student at the school.
On Thursday, October 6, at 7:00 in the evening, the Danville Board of Education and Superintendent Carmen Coleman would like to invite students, parents, staff and community members to the Danville High School cafeteria for a time of sharing and discussion. The Board and Superintendent will provide a snapshot of progress toward our five district goals. This snapshot will include an overview of recently released student achievement data as well as important college and career readiness information. We will also talk about the work already underway as we continue to improve the educational experiences we offer for our students. In addition, we will share a brief overview of Kentucky’s new accountability system, Unbridled Learning. Finally, we will be asking for your input as we seek to determine important next steps for our work. We hope you will join us for this important discussion. Your ideas and input are very important as we continue working together to prepare our students for successful futures.
National AP Scholar (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 4 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams): Dowell Harmon AP Scholar with Distinction (Granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more exams): Karl Hempel, Madeline Salinas, Zaid Siddiqui, Kaitlin Snapp AP Scholar with Honor (Granted to students who receive an average of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams): Isabelle Ballard, Jonathan Beto, Nathan Johnson, Rachel Newcomb
Danville’s Got Talent features performers of all ages and is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 at 6:00 pm in the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center at Danville High School. The audience chooses the winner in three age categories! Enjoy twenty vocal, instrumental, dance and gymnastics acts and then vote for your favorites. All performers will be recognized and the top performers in each age category receive a prize! Admission is $5 for adults, $3/children and all students/seniors and $15 for a family (2 adults and up to three children). Sponsored by the Gravely Hall Performing Arts Center, Beacon Youth Services Center and Families First.
Every Wednesday, as part of Hogsett’s on-going efforts to encourage students to be active and fit, Coach Burger and Coach Young surprise students at a bus stop and walk with them to school. This is such a hit that some students even get off of the bus (if they have a signed permission slip from their parents) to walk with them! Along the way to school, they pick up more students at each stop to join them for the walk. Sometimes, even parents who are driving their kids to school let them get out and walk when they see the group. Once they get to school, they are recognized during morning assembly and receive a special walking sticker that they get to wear all day during the school day. Everyone looks forward to Wednesday mornings at Hogsett!
Over the past 6 weeks the Project Based Learning (PBL) class at DHS has been exploring ancient siege warfare. In this combined Science and English class, students have researched, designed and built catapults that serve as our textbooks for our unit on the conservation of energy. Students have been calculating Potential and Kinetic Energy in order to solve for the theoretical launch velocity. In addition, they have been honing their skills at persuasive letter writing as a means for securing sponsorship to subsidize their costs. All the while, these students have been fast learners when it comes to taking the initiative to solve problems in cooperative groups. We invite you to come out to the DHS Homecoming game on Friday night and check us out. The catapults will be loaded and ready to demonstrate beside the large anchor!
The Danville Schools wishes to acknowledge and honor our dance, drama, music and visual arts teachers in recognition of Kentucky Arts Education Week! Governor Beshear proclaimed the week of September 12th – 17th as Kentucky Arts Education Week saying, “Arts education brings a complete and balanced education to Kentucky’s children, which in turn builds a better workforce for tomorrow.” Thank you to our elementary, middle and high school arts teachers. Through learning activities in school and after school you guide our students towards developing essential skills for the 21st century!