SOMS teacher a state finalist in Samsung Solve For Tomorrow competition
South Oldham Middle's Christy Davis is one of five state finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest — out of more than 4,100 applications! She'll receive two Samsung Galaxy Tabs for her classroom for being a finalist. Davis teaches 8th grade science at South Oldham Middle and is the school's Future Cities sponsor. She is in her second year of teaching at SOMS.
In her notification, the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow team said they were amazed by the quality of entries that received this year and applaud Davis' dedication to inspiring your students, improving our community and fostering STEM education at SOMS.
Ms. Davis now qualifies for the second phase of the contest, competing for the title of state winner by submitting a brief “Activity Plan” about her project. Winners of phase two will receive a video technology package to help them in phase three of the contest!
$22,000 in classroom grants awarded by Oldham County Educational Foundation
More than $22,000 will go to Oldham County Schools classrooms through the 2016 Pyramid Awards, announced today by the Oldham County Educational Foundation
. The Pyramid Awards fund innovative classroom instruction and are awarded based on teacher proposals. Eleven of the district’s 16 schools are represented in this year’s Pyramid Awards.
The annual Pyramid Awards are a cornerstone of OCEF. Through these awards, the Foundation has awarded more than $278,000 to more than 450 teachers since 1990.
Recipients receive up to $1,000 to implement their proposal. They are recognized at special receptions in December and January, including being presented with a engraved pyramid award.
- Jennifer Dolan, Buckner Elementary, “Full STEAM Ahead: Creating a Makerspace in the Library Media Center”
- Angelica Fotos, Buckner Elementary, "If you choose them, you will read them!"
- Rebecca Broughton, Centerfield Elementary, “Read all about it!”
- Deborah Sloan, Centerfield Elementary, “Help Blow Us Over”
- Danielle Doelling, Crestwood Elementary, "’WeDo’ Robotics”
- Ashley Cissell, Goshen Elementary, “Bringing Science to Life through Leveled Texts”
- Jaclyn Harbin, Goshen Elementary, “Brains in Motion: Designing 3D Printed Equipment to Increase Heart Rates and Learning”
- Cindy Smith, Goshen Elementary, “Maker, Tinker, Libraries and Literacies”
- Julia Yanke, Goshen Elementary, “Say Goodbye to Summer Slide”
- Jennifer Whitley, Harmony Elementary, “Exercise in the Classroom”
- Cara Caudill, La Grange Elementary, “Sub-texting for Success”
- Jane McKinley, La Grange Elementary, “Inquiring Minds Want to Know…”
- Winn Wheeler, La Grange Elementary, “Engaging Critical Thinking Through Evidence Collection, Inquiry Discussion, and Close Reading”
- Karrie Diffenderfer, Locust Grove Elementary, “A Community of Listeners”
- Keely Green, North Oldham Middle, “Stand Up and Learn!”
- Melissa Arabadjief, Oldham County Middle, “Sending Minds into Motion with GoPro”
- Jessica Erickson, Oldham County Middle, “Students with Disabilities Compute!”
- Jennifer Hallas, Oldham County Middle, “Meeting the Attention and Sensory Needs of Exceptional Students”
- Beth Weber, Oldham County Middle School, “What's in a Word?”
- Peter H. Williams, North Oldham High School, “Collected Rain Irrigation System”
- Jill Griebe, Oldham County High School, “Practice That Feels Like Play for Math & English”
- Jennifer Holvey, Oldham County High School, “Interactive Intervention”
- Judy Culver, South Oldham High School, "Read All About It!"
This group of outstanding educators represents the diversity of Oldham County Schools and will provide resources for students across all levels. This year, a Pyramid Award will go to a student-designed project for the first time — and it supports another teacher’s Pyramid Award project from last year. In addition, applicants represent assistant principals, guidance counselors, Reading Recovery and literacy coaches, library media specialists, resource teachers, related arts teachers and classroom teachers from all grades.
Established in 1989, the Oldham County Educational Foundation
raises funds to elevate the public education experience for Oldham County Schools students. As a nonprofit, OCEF does that through the support of individuals, businesses, charitable and civic organizations. If an individual, company or organization would like to support the Pyramid Awards, OCEF welcomes your donation. Contribute online
or call 502-241-3500.
District earns state's highest honor for communications
Oldham County Schools received the highest award at the annual Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services program, presented by the Kentucky School Public Relations Association and the Kentucky School Boards Association in Bardstown Nov. 6.
Four overall sweepstakes awards are presented to the highest-scoring districts in divisions determined by student enrollment. Oldham County Schools earned awards in six categories, including five Distinguished ratings, the highest possible distinction. In addition to being recognized by their peers, recipients receive detailed evaluations from the judges which serve as excellent professional development for school communications professionals across the state.
In the community engagement category, the team of Tracy Green, Lori McDowell and Randy Davis received a distinguished rating for their efforts to share the district’s 2014 Fiscal Outlook through public forums, white papers, press releases, social media and educational videos.
Green and McDowell also earned a distinguished for their public awareness campaign promoting the OCS Engineering Academy before and during the program’s launch last school year. The duo received proficient ratings for the district’s social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) and for the Monday Memo internal newsletter.
The district had a strong showing in the videography category, with McDowell earning three distinguished ratings and one proficient. Her videos featuring the Arvin Center’s programs, the Goshen Elementary Climbing Club, SOMS’ Good Morning Dragon Fitness, Centerfield’s Kroger Family Math Night and the April Month In Review program earned high praise from the judges.
Green also received a proficient rating for a feature article about bestselling author Sue Grafton’s visit to North Oldham High School.
This is the district’s second sweepstakes award in three years. Brad Hughes, KSBA’s director of member support and communication services, will recognize the district’s efforts at the November board of education meeting.