District News
Family Focus again holding workshops for Christmas assistance program, collecting food for baskets
Ballard County’s Family Focus Family Resource and Youth Service Center has been helping families with Christmas expenses for several years. The organization wants to continue helping families in the community. Here is an outline of the guidelines for this holiday season. 
Community, business input requested for improvement plan
Ballard County Schools is seeking input from community and business stakeholders for the annual improvement plan. Please click this link to take a brief (four question) survey. All responses are anonymous. The survey closes on Dec. 1. 
District shares plan, information for weather-related schedule changes
With a flip of the calendar and a dip in the thermometer, administrators at Ballard County Schools are discussing contingency plans for the upcoming winter. Last year’s weather prompted 18 days that school was not in session, pushing the end of classes by all accounts to the latest date in 36 years.
Last year’s precipitation events were followed by long periods of sub-freezing weather, making the closures last for days after the major highways in the county were cleared. The district decided to try and break the pattern by establishing alternate bus routes that traveled only priority A-C state routes once those major routes are cleared (see map).
 
BCMS students post great gains in Explore testing
Students at Ballard County Middle School made the highest scores ever recorded there for the recent eighth-grade Explore test. They raised scores in every category by at least one full point.
The test, produced by the same company as the ACT taken by college-bound juniors and seniors, sets benchmarks in every subject to see if students are on pace to be ready for post-secondary school. All BCMS eighth-graders took the test, and they showed a 1.1-point rise in English, a 1.2-point rise in math, a 1-point rise in reading, and a 2-point rise in science.
 
State team visits BCCTC to view accomplishments
A delegation from the state’s Technology Centers That Work group visited Ballard County Career and Technical School on Oct. 15 to see for themselves what the school is doing to produce such great college- and career ready students.
 
BMHS soccer players named to All-District, All-State Academic teams
Four members of the Lady Bombers soccer team were named to the 2014 District 1 All-District Team for soccer.  
Ballard students selected for 1st District Honors Choir
Several Ballard Memorial High and Ballard County Middle School students were selected by audition for this year’s 1st District Honor Choir on Sept. 30 at Marshall County High School.  
Distinguished! Ballard County Schools ranked in top 6 percent of districts in state testing
Scores from the third year of statewide testing under the new system, Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress (K-PREP) are in, and the Ballard County School district again has shown overall improvement, including its first distinguished ranking. This year’s results are from tests that students took in May 2013.
The district earned this important “first” based on large gains in accountability scores from Ballard County Elementary School, a first-ever distinguished ranking and top 6 percent statewide for Ballard County Middle School, and a second year of distinguished performance and top 5 percent statewide from Ballard Memorial High School, said Superintendent Casey Allen.
 
Adult Learning Center now enrolling new students
Have you been thinking about getting your GED to get a job, or to qualify for military service, a trade union apprenticeship, beauty school or many other careers? Do you want to increase your earning power, or to get into college? Now is the perfect time to get this important academic credential to help you meet your goals. For a limited time, you can get your four official GED subject tests for $10 (a total of only $40) at the Ballard County Adult Education Center. The ALC provides free instruction and free required pre-testing for the GED.  
CTC students explore career clusters
Jeremy Bruer (standing), territory manager for DuPont-Pioneer, visited students at Ballard County Career and Technical School last week to talk about careers in agriculture-related businesses.  
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