• LCHS Speech has an impressive first semester

    The LaRue County High School Speech Team traveled to George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia on Dec. 5-7 for the Patriot Games Speech Invitational.

    Twelve students competed in several different events at the tournament that hosted 128 schools from 32 states. Each event had more than 160 students participating, and LCHS students made yet another impressive showing.

  • Bixenman and Warren named to Kentucky All-State Band

    Two members of the Band of Hawks competed and earned a spot in the 2015 Kentucky All-State Band.

    Alexandra Bixenman (clarinet) and Matthew Warren (snare) were selected among thousands of students from across the Commonwealth.

    “To make the All-State Band is what I consider the crowning achievement of a high school instrumentalist,” stated Jaime Smith, band director. “There is no higher honor available to a high school musician.”

  • School board to implement new effectiveness system to evaluate superintendent

    LaRue County Board of Education voted at its meeting on Dec. 15 to implement a new superintendent personal growth and effectiveness system (PGES), used to evaluate superintendents.

    The system was developed by the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) to evaluate Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday. Holliday wrote in Kentucky Teacher that the state “has strongly recommended” that school boards around the state adopt the model of evaluation over the last few years.

  • Board adopts district improvement plan

    LaRue County Board of Education voted on Dec. 15 to adopt a new comprehensive district improvement plan. The plan, compiled and submitted by Assistant Superintendent Amanda Reed, is designed to serve as a system of checks and balances for the district in the coming year.

    The plan consists of five state-mandated goals, based around improving the district’s academic standing. The district could add to the goals, if they wanted, but they can’t take away from the ones provided.

  • Helping your child with today’s math

    Math looks different these days. When you visit your child’s math class, it may look different from what you remember. For example, 2 apples + 2 apples still equals 4 apples, and learning your multiplication tables is still important. But, now you are likely to see your child solving real problems. Second graders might figure out how many apples they need for a classroom party; determine the cost to buy those apples; and compare how much money they need to have in the class kitty.

  • School Calendar


    School out

    Winter break ends Jan. 2. Spring break is April 6-10.



    The Abraham Lincoln Elementary School site-based decision-making council will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Jan. 12. For more information, call the school at 270-358-4112.



    The Hodgenville Elementary School site-based decision-making council meets regularly at the school. For more information, call the school at 270-358-3506.


    New Talk of the Hawk

  • Cottrells share FFA success

    Though taking different approaches to achieving their goals, LaRue County siblings Ashley and Turner Cottrell continue to achieve success in FFA.

    Ashley, who was chapter chaplain as a junior, served as chapter secretary and regional chaplain as a senior. She also won several regional contests and placed in the top three in the state in several contests. She competed in two National FFA contests (Food Science and Milk Quality and Products) and was the state high individual in both Food Science and Agricultural Communications.

  • PHOTO: Individual Academic Team Winners
  • PHOTO: Hornback honored
  • SPEECH: Brian Anderson is tops in nation

    LaRue County High School senior Brian Anderson added two accolades to his growing collection last week.

    He was named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Steve Beshear and learned he is ranked first in the nation in Speech and Debate.

    State Representative Terry Mills nominated Anderson for the Colonel’s commission and presented it to him Wednesday at the high school as his coach, Katy Cecil; Superintendent Sam Sanders; and LCHS Principal Kyle Goodlett looked on.

    “You have a star there,” said Mills.