• 'Everyone' feels safe at Hodgenville Elementary

    “There is no way that a school can be 100 percent safe, but this school comes about as close as you can get.”

    That is the opinion of one Hodgenville Elementary School parent interviewed by an independent safety survey team a few weeks ago.

  • Counselor encourages students to plan for future early

    When LaRue County High School guidance counselor Kristi Wright attends high school commencement each year, she views the event not only as the completion of one of  life’s milestones for the graduating seniors, but also as the beginning of a new journey for them, a journey she has helped prepare.

    Wright, the school’s guidance counselor since 2002, begins working with students on their after-high school plans even when they are in middle school.

  • Opera mixes healthy food choices and comedy

    LaRue County Schools’ elementary students will soon be able to enjoy a comic opera that brings to light two of the major health problems facing Kentuckians today – obesity and diabetes.

    Set in a school cafeteria, Get Stuffed concerns decisions that must be made about food. The production features vocalizing vegetables along with a big helping of other opinionated edible characters, all competing to influence one child’s daily diet.     

  • School calendar


      Feb. 8 – Fish and Game Clubs 1 and 1:45 p.m.

      Feb. 9 – Stay After and Read 2:45-4 p.m., open library 4-6 p.m.


       Feb. 10 – SBDM meeting 4:30 p.m.

    WKU admissions visit

    Hao Yuan, an admissions counselor at Western Kentucky University, will visit LaRue County High School 10:45-11:30 a.m. Feb. 9. For more information, contact the WKU admissions office via email at admission@wku.edu or by phone at (270) 745-2551.

  • Teacher receives National Board for Professional Standards certification

    Foster Heights teacher and Magnolia resident Nancy Kessler Lane recently earned her certification from the National Board for Professional Standards, joining an elite club whose membership includes only two other teachers in the Nelson County School District.

    Earning a National Board Certification is a rigorous task, according to education professionals. Resource teacher Patrice Edelen, who has also earned her certification and works at Foster Heights, said it involves submitting work portfolios, taking a battery of tests and creating a filmed video critique.

  • Academic Team competes in district

    The LaRue County High School Academic Team competed in the 18th District Governor’s Cup Competition Feb. 1 and 3 at Bardstown High School. Students competed in the areas of future problem solving, written assessment, composition and quick recall. 

    The following received awards in written assessment: Andrew Skaggs, third in mathematics; Spenser Reed, first in social studies; Shelby Rogers, fourth in language arts; and Ellis Fraser, fourth in arts and humanities. Haley Edwards placed second in composition. 

  • Financial Aid Tip of The Month

    Tips for college-bound students

    Complete your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible after Jan. 1. The FAFSA is used to apply for state and federal student aid. File online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You can also attend College Goal Sunday in January to get free help with filling out the FAFSA. For more information, visit www.kasfaa.com/cgs/default.htm.

  • ALES students celebrate reading goals

    Students at Abraham Lincoln Elementary celebrated their reading goals for the past grading quarter with a ‘50’s Sock Hop. In order to attend, students had to meet the Principal’s Challenge Goal criteria of doubling their reading points and maintaining an 85 percent comprehension within their individual reading level. DJ Michael Sietsema provided the tunes as about 165 students joined in the fun. Door prizes were given and refreshments were served.

    Plans are under way to meet the third quarter Principal’s Challenge with a magic show.

  • New year brings a new outlook on opportunities

    In addition to setting weight loss and smoking cessation goals, the start of another year offers a great opportunity to consider bettering other aspects of one’s life as well.

    “It’s a wonderful time to think about improving one’s education and life possibilities,” said Sarah Hornback, director of family services for LaRue County Schools.

    So far this school year, LaRue’s adult education program has served 154 students with 10 receiving General Education Development (GED) diplomas.

  • Civil Engineering scholarship available

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will award up to 10 new scholarships for students to pursue civil engineering technology degrees at two schools – Bluegrass Community & Technical College in Lexington and Big Sandy Community & Technical College in Prestonsburg. The new Civil Engineering Technology Scholarship Program will prepare students for work with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet upon graduation.