A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Thomas More College will have free glasses at its Solar Eclipse Watch Party on Monday 1-4 p.m.

Don’t get burned by bogus eclipse glasses! Campus pooch Tommy Boy is wearing approved glasses and he’ll have 700 additional FREE glasses for the community at Thomas More College’s Solar Eclipse Watch Party. From 1 to 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, Thomas More College will host a free eclipse viewing event on campus. The public is invited to come watch the eclipse at the BB&T Observatory through...

Pamela McQueen becomes executive director of Villa Madonna Academy, was principal of high school

Villa Madonna Academy – a K-12 private, Catholic school in Villa Hills– has announced high school/junior high principal Pamela McQueen has been appointed Executive Director of the Academy.   Board of Directors president, Mary Paula Schuh, said, “Mrs. McQueen will continue as high school/junior high principal and will work closely in all matters relating to the school and be spokesperson for...

WNKU’s final day today; sale now complete of 87.7-FM to Bible Broadcasting Corporation

Effective today, Northern Kentucky University will complete the sale of 89.7-FM to Bible Broadcasting Corporation. WNKU’s programming will end at 8:59 a.m. NKU released the following statement:   “We hope listeners understand that the decisions concerning WNKU have not been made lightly. The station has been part of our university for more than three decades. But in these challenging economic...

Gateway’s Ricky Smith, SGA President, elected to KCTCS Board of Regents, called ‘a servant leader’

Ricky Smith, Gateway Community & Technical College Student  Government Association (SGA) president was elected to the Kentucky Community & Technical College (KCTCS) Board of Regents and will serve as student body co-president with Gavin Posey of West Kentucky Community & Technical College.   “Ricky is a servant leader and represents our student body well,” said Dr. Fernando Figueroa,...

Boone County schools lead collaborative effort to offer Early Learning Center for 6 weeks-5 years old

Child development from birth to five years is the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children’s brain development. Your child’s social, emotional and physical development has a direct impact on the adult they will become. Today’s children are tomorrow’s citizens, employees and parents. If we...

Voices from the Classroom: From summer mode to teacher mode inspired by a scraggly weed

By Jennifer Henry Dixie Heights High School I admire the tenacity of weeds; their resilience and defenses are worthy traits. I had this very thought when traveling on vacation a few weeks ago. Flanked by corn fields and energy-harnessing windmills, the highway did not offer much visual stimulation. My family of six had exhausted the shelf-life of the alphabet game, so we retired to our own devices,...

Surprise! Thomas More College president secretly joins in football team’s first full-pad practice

Imagine facing off on the football practice field — unknowingly — against the president of the university. That’s just what happened Sunday morning at the first full pad practice of the Thomas More College football team. TMC President David A. Armstrong secretly suited up and took the field. A former football player and coach, Armstrong aimed to motivate the football team. It worked. But...

Beechwood Independent schools ready for start of the year — with new members of the leadership team

Special to NKyTribune With a new school year brings newly painted walls, freshly waxed floors, and returning teachers and administrators to Beechwood Elementary and High School. There are also a few role changes and new faces joining the leadership teams in the high school and athletic department. Former High School Assistant Principal Justin Kaiser stepped up to the plate to assume the High School...

Addressing student conduct: Pulaski teacher develops discipline plan that keeps students in class

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky Teacher When students are sent to in-school suspension for behavioral problems, they might be getting instruction, but it’s not same instruction they would be getting in their classes. Brandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), recalled one student who served 36 days of in-school suspension (ISS) in one year. “He missed...

Thomas More College’s Dave Armstrong enters into collaboration with University of Alaska

Thomas More College and the University of Alaska Fairbanks have entered into a collaboration regarding their athletic training programs that affords unique educational opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions. As part of the agreement, students in the Thomas More College athletic training program will intern at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and work with the school’s Division...

State education department budget request may need additional $800 million for 2018-20

The Kentucky Board of Education started talking about what to include in its 2018-20 biennial budget request during its August meeting. According to Kentucky Department of Education staff, additional money will be needed to implement Senate Bill 1 (2017) for a study to ensure assessments are aligned with standards, test item development, an additional college admissions exam, industry certification...

Voices from Classroom: Teacher ‘guides on the side’ help students become leaders of themselves

By Amy Atkins Thornwilde Elementary School How long has it been since you’ve stepped foot in an elementary classroom? If it’s been awhile, it’s quite possible you may not even recognize it. Picture this — a small group of students discusses the possible theme of a common book they are reading. Another small group of students works individually on tablets to practice needed skills and then...

Thomas More names Schutzman associate vice president for adult and graduate education

Thomas More College has named Carissa Schutzman as Associate Vice President for Adult and Graduate Education. Schutzman comes to TMC from Gateway Community and Technical College, where she has served as Vice President, Workforce Solutions since 2015. Schutzman (file photo) “This is a pivotal position for Thomas More College. Carissa’s extensive background in workforce and economic development in...

Thomas More celebrating in a big way — Big Band, Big Sky — with KSO and the stars on August 12

Thomas More College is celebrating summer in a BIG way! Join in the fun for a free Big Band, Big Sky event Saturday, August 12th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra’s Covington Devou Doo Daddies will perform a summer concert on the Thomas More College campus. The 10-piece swing band is known for their big, retro sound and cool vibe. The music is kid-friendly, so don’t forget...

Covington Catholic celebrates the completion of the Dennis Griffin Stadium with Aug.18, dedication

Covington Catholic High School will celebrate its newly completed Dennis Griffin Stadium on Friday, August 18th, with a dedication at 5:00 pm, followed by the varsity home football game which kicks off at 7:30 pm. The $2.6 Million stadium renovation project has provided new stands, a new pressbox, a new turf field (partially funded by a $200,000 NFL Foundation Grassroots Grant) and permanent lighting...