EOMS's Morris Earns Presidential Award

20150702-morrisPresident Obama named 108 mathematics and science teachers as recipients of the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching — including Robyn Morris, a 7th grade teacher at East Oldham Middle. This year’s awardees represent all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity schools. The educators will receive their awards at a Washington, DC, event later this summer.

The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching is awarded annually to outstanding K-12 science and mathematics teachers from across the country. The winners are selected by a panel of distinguished scientists, mathematicians, and educators following an initial selection process done at the state level. Each year the award alternates between teachers teaching kindergarten through 6th grade and those teaching 7th through 12th grades. The awardees named today teach 7th through 12th grade.

Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They also are invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony, as well educational and celebratory events, and visits with members of the Administration.

"These teachers are shaping America’s success through their passion for math and science,” President Obama said. “Their leadership and commitment empower our children to think critically and creatively about science, technology, engineering, and math. The work these teachers are doing in our classrooms today will help ensure that America stays on the cutting edge tomorrow.”

President Obama is strengthening education in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields in order to fully harness the promise our Nation’s students. Investing in exemplary teachers like these awardees is vital to inspiring the next generation of explorers and innovators. That’s why President Obama launched the “Educate to Innovate” campaign, which has garnered more than $1 billion in financial and in-kind support for STEM programs. It is also why the President has called for preparing 100,000 excellent science and mathematics teachers over the next decade, leading to the creation of “100kin10,” a coalition of leading corporations, philanthropies, universities, service organizations, and others working to train and retain STEM teachers across the Nation. In addition, the President’s proposed STEM Master Teacher Corps aims to leverage the expertise of some of our nation’s best and brightest teachers in science and mathematics to elevate the teaching of these subjects nationwide. 

To learn more about these extraordinary teachers, please visit https://recognition.paemst.org.

 
Board of Education update
Our Board of Education is tasked with ensuring that the district does what is best for students and staff, and is accountable to the community that is serves. Last week, during the Board’s annual evaluation of the superintendent, the board expressed several concerns. A special-called meeting was held Thursday evening to further discuss those concerns. At that meeting, the Board suspended the superintendent to allow for an investigation into the superintendent’s relationship with staff and its impact on staff morale, and board and community confidence in the superintendent’s ability to perform his duties. This was a difficult decision that was not made lightly by board members.
 
The Board has asked retired former Chief Operations Officer Rick McHargue to step in as interim superintendent. He was officially appointed during a special-called meeting Saturday and has begun that position as of today (Monday).
 
We have excellent, hardworking staff in the this district from our classroom teachers and school support staff to administrators and central office personnel, and we are conducting business as usual in Oldham County.
 
We are limited in what information we can share at this time but we will provide updates as they are available. The board of education is fully focused on making decisions that are best for the students in our community. If you have questions or concerns, you may contact your Board representative or central office.
 
Two Harmony students recognized in Young Writers contest

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Two Harmony Elementary students were recognized for their entries in the annual KET Young Writers contest.

Charles Weaver won first place in the 2nd grade division for his entry, “An Out of this World Halloween Mystery.” Alexis Abboud placed third in the 3rd grade division with her entry, “Adoption is Love."

Nearly 600 submissions were received for this year’s contest, according to KET. "Whether it was a tale of a whimsical “cat-fairy,” a spooky Halloween mystery, a heart-warming story of a shared Christmas tree, or an allegorical fable about the origins of rats’ bare tails, the talent of Kentucky’s young writers was evident again this year in the originality and creative depth of the entries received,” they said in a press release.

This year, students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade were invited to submit illustrated stories, while students in 4th and 5th grades could enter KET’s short story contest. Full-color e-books of the K-3rd grade illustrated stories and PDFs of the 4th-5th grade short story winners are available online.

 
Bikes donated through staff team building exercise

20150619 0167-smallThirty students will receive a bicycle thanks to a creative team building exercise during the OCS Summer Leadership Institute Friday, June 19. 

Oldham County Schools administrators participated in a two-day professional development session, including school-level leaders from across the district. These principals, assistant principals, counselors, literacy coaches and other administrators formed random teams and raced to see who could build a bike the fastest. This challenge tested communication skills and the ability of these leaders to work together to achieve success — key elements of the training session.

Once finished, the 30 bicycles were donated to the Family Resource and Youth Service Center at La Grange Elementary. FRYSC programs are funded by the state to provide resources for families in need. La Grange Elementary hosts the only FRYSC in the district. The center offers a unique blend of programs and services to serve the needs of students and families.

Walmart in La Grange also supported this project by donating 30 helmets for the students who will be receiving the bicycles.

Click here to see more photos! 

 
Power up for summer fun!

20150603-summermealsOldham County Schools will again be offering FREE breakfast and lunch for anyone 18 and younger throughout the summer. This federally-funded meals program will run Monday through Friday, June 22 through Aug. 7, at La Grange Elementary.

No identification is required but food must be eaten at the school. This program is open to ALL children at NO cost. 

What: FREE breakfast and lunch

Who: Any child or teen 18 or younger

Where: La Grange Elementary

When: June 22-Aug. 7

Breakfast: 8:30 to 9 a.m.

Lunch: 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Información en español

 

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