OCS the county's Best Place to Work!
Oldham County Schools named the BEST PLACE TO WORK in the county by the 2014 Best of Oldham survey conducted by The Oldham Era. It is a great honor and a reminder that Oldham County Schools is a family of 1,900 hard-working, dedicated employees who come to work each day committed to ensuring the success of every student. Each employee makes a difference.
Congratulations are also in order for several individuals who were named the “best” in their categories, including Best Teacher/School Employee. Buckner Elementary’s Lesley Reynolds and Crestwood Elementary’s Bobbie Stoess tied for that honor, with Director of Communications and Development Tracy Green named runner-up. 
South Oldham High School ECS teacher and football coach Jamie Reed was named “Best Coach,” while SOHS also claimed the “Best Athlete” honors with Stephanie Rowland (soccer) winning and Conner John (football) as runner-up.
Additionally, South Oldham Middle School PTA President Lori Moss tied for best volunteer (and tied with Hometown Pizza’s Donna Sabo, also a huge supporter of OCS).
Project Graduation planning kicks off Jan. 26
Oldham County Project Graduation will begin planning the 2015 event Jan. 26. Please volunteer and help plan this county-wide, safe, and free graduation event!
  • When: 7 p.m. Jan. 26, South Oldham High School Library
  • What: Oldham County Project Graduation 2015 - the best all night, chemical free, awesome, prize and fun filled graduation party for all graduates of NOHS, SOHS, OCHS, and Buckner Alt.!!
  • Where: South Oldham High School Library, 5901 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Crestwood, KY 40014
  • Why: We need Volunteers to make this a very special (and safe night) for ALL graduates in Oldham County!!
  • Who: Volunteers come from parents and guardians across all Oldham County elementary, middle and high schools, and from residents and friends all across Oldham County.
Come to the Jan. 26 meeting or send us an email to say you want to volunteer. There are several ways you, your PTA or your business can help:
  • Donate cash, prizes, or gift certificates 
  • Help decorate and/or take down decorations at the school
  • Work the night of the event by staffing games, preparing and serving food, providing security/door monitoring.
  • Donate food or drinks for volunteers
  • Help with mailings
Please volunteer to help the graduates have a safe night of fun. It will be so fulfilling — they are the future of Oldham County!
To help, contact Char Kirby at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or 502-593-3307.
Calendar update announcement
20140109-calendarThe district has changed the order of several makeup days. School will now be in session Feb. 16 (President’s Day) and March 25, which will be an early release day. This will makeup for the Nov. 17 and Jan. 8 cancellations.
We have received comments that students should not be required to makeup the Jan. 8 cancellation. However, state requirements mandate we be in school a certain number of days each year and it is not an option for us to not make up that day.
Previously, March 25 was an off day for students and a full professional development day for teachers. Teachers will not be required to make up those professional development hours.
You can access the revised calendar by visiting the district webpage and clicking on the calendar at the top, or by visiting this link: http://www.oldham.k12.ky.us/files/calendar/2014-2015SchoolCalendar.pdf
Green named Ambassador of Science Literacy
20141210-tracy-mugThe Kentucky Science Center will honor its annual Ambassadors of Science Literacy next month, including an Oldham County Schools administrator. Tracy Green, the district’s director of communications and development, will receive the award Jan. 31 at the “Science With A Twist” event at the science center.
The Ambassador of Science Literacy program started in 2009 as a way to honor individuals whose lives, work and community contributions reflect the Science Center's mission and the science literacy values the center represents.
"Ambassadors of Science Literacy are people who show creativity, open-mindedness, critical thinking, a collaborative spirit and a willingness to challenge the status quo,” said Joanna Haas, executive director of the Kentucky Science Center. “We think Tracy embodies the spirit of this award, and believes she is a worthy candidate to join this illustrious group.”
Haas cited Green’s works to bring science camps to Oldham County last summer as one example of how Green works to encourage science literacy. In addition to traditional science camps held in La Grange,  KSC provided half-day science camp for four weeks to students in Camp Literacy Live, intensive summer literacy intervention for incoming first graders. Green was also closely involved in the launch of the new Oldham County Schools Engineering Academy, including securing start up funds for the academy.
And, Haas pointed to Green’s work outside the district, including serving on the regional Kentucky Girls’ STEM Collaborative board, though which she works to partner K-12 educators, secondary institutions, industry partners and non-profits to encourage girls to pursue those fields.
“It is an incredible honor to be recognized by the Science Center,” Green said. “I am an adamant supporter of science education and take pride — and joy — in bringing those experiences to students in Oldham County and throughout our region."
Ambassadors of Science Literacy are honored during "Power Hour," Science with a Twist's pre-event reception, that sees an average of 350 people during a special VIP ceremony. The Science With A Twist event draws between 500-700 Science Center supporters and is the center’s signature annual fundraising event.
Previous Ambassadors of Science Literacy have included:
  • 2014: Dr. Lee Todd (Former President of University of Kentucky), Christopher Cprek (Co-Founder of LVL1 Hackerspace), and Barbara Jones (Principal of Coral Ridge Elementary)
  • 2013: Sandra Frazier (CEO of Tandem Public Relations), Nancy Roberts (Training Coordinator at Audubon Area Community Services Child Care Aware Program), and Kevin Walsh (Endowed Professor of Computer Engineering at the University of Louisville).
  • 2012: Jody Clasey, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Promotion, University of Kentucky) and Kris Kimel, President (Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation).
  • 2011: Dan Jones (Chairman and CEO, 21st Century Parks) and David Jones, Sr. (Treasurer, 21st Century Parks), Theresa Mattei (Retired Director of Program Advancement, Kentucky Science Center), and Jerry Abramson (Former Louisville Mayor).
  • 2010: Dr. Mark Slaughter (Chief Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon, University of Louisville), Dustin Johnstone (Assistant Principal at Kammerer Middle School), and Marita Willis (Vice President of Community Development, PNC Bank).
Kentucky celebrates Board of Education members in January
WillWells100Our district's teachers, administrators and staff deserve praise for their constant efforts to ensure the learning of every student in our district. But equally deserving recognition and an expression of gratitude are the locally-elected members of our Board of Education.
Jennifer Beckner, Larry Dodson, Joyce Fletcher, Walt Schumm and Kevin Woosley put in countless hours to do what is best for our kids. They are more than just elected officials -- they are the link between the school district's citizens and its schools and in their individual walks of life they are part of the fiber of our community. They are responsible for developing the school district’s budget and setting its policies -- both of which must be aligned to our district’s vision and mission in order to create the conditions necessary for student success and satisfying working conditions for our employees. This important responsibility requires each of them to make lots of tough, and sometimes unpopular, decisions.
This month, Kentucky joins other states in celebrates School Board Recognition Month, the 20th year the Commonwealth has done so.
I am proud to work with board members who focus on the children they were elected to serve. And, when our board members champion local schools and students, it comes with a personal cost. Your board members spend hours reading materials and looking over reports to prepare for a single board meeting. These laypeople take time out of their schedules to obtain training to become knowledgeable about the budgetary process, current educational policy topics, and other details they need to know to do their jobs. And, like all elected officials, they must be prepared to respond to questions and concerns brought to them anytime, anywhere by you, our stakeholders.
As the demands of high-stakes accountability have increased for our schools, the job of our local board members has likewise become increasingly complex, requiring more time, training and knowledge. They also must ensure the safety and maintenance of school buildings and buses, support teachers by making sure they have adequate professional development, lead the charge for programs that help students of every ability level and closely monitor the finances of the school system. There is not a single aspect of overall district operation that isn’t tied to the work of our board members.
This month, stop them with a “thank you” for the work they do on behalf of the Oldham County Schools district and its students and staff.
— Dr. Will Wells, Superintendent

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