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Six students from Fort Thomas schools earn FCCLA honors in national competition at conference

Six students from the Fort Thomas Independent Schools earned distinguished recognition at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) national competition in Anaheim, California, this summer.   To qualify, the students were required to win the regional competition in a particular category and place either first or second at the state level in Louisville, according to chapter advisor...

Highlands student Maria Broering earns perfect score on ACT, ‘pushes herself to do her best’

Highlands High School rising senior Maria Broering earned a perfect score of 36 on the ACT test. Maria Broering 
Maria took the ACT for the fourth time in June. She prepared for the ACT by taking online practice tests through Naviance and the official ACT app. She also filled her class schedule with advanced and AP courses, which helped her develop the necessary skills to do well on the ACT. She...

Beckfield College in Florence celebrates 35th anniversary with campus tailgate event Sept. 6

Beckfield College is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a Tailgate Celebration at the school’s Florence campus that will feature free food and drinks, live music, prizes, kids’ activities and more. Beckfield milestones (click to enlarge) The Tailgate Celebration is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 6, from 5-8 p.m. in the parking lot of Beckfield College, 16 Spiral Drive in Florence. “This...

NKU Information Technology introduced Owen County high school students to computer science

Northern Kentucky University’s Information Technology (IT) introduced its inaugural outreach program this summer to introduce high school student to computer science. The IT Enterprise Support Group (ESG) held a two-day workshop for nearly 20 students and teachers at Owen County Schools to teach the basics of Scratch, an oriented-language that demonstrates the fundamentals of computer science. IT...

Cooper High School educator finalist for Gilder Lehrman National History Teacher of the Year

Doug Logan, a social studies teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Union, has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2019 National History Teacher of the Year award. The award is presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. Doug Logan In addition to being a frequent presenter at libraries,...

NKU Freshman Move-In Day is August 15 — and here’s a checklist to help make a good Norse start

Northern Kentucky University celebrates the start of a new academic year with Victorfest, one of the biggest traditions across campus. The week full of fun events begins with Freshman Move-In Day on August 15.   “I love the energy that comes with the new school year and hope the incoming class is excited about joining our Norse Family,” said Dr. Dan Nadler, vice president for Student Affairs....

KCTCS gets $420k grant to expand apprenticeships project — aims for at least 200 by 2022

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has received a $420,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to participate in its Expanding Community College Apprenticeships project. “Although high school graduates will be part of the target market for this project, emphasis will be placed on recruiting the unemployed, minorities, women, incumbent workers,...

KCPL: Covington branch offers lunch, free program for students; students volunteer at Erlanger

Covington has delayed the start of school, so the Covington Branch of the Kenton County Library will be offering Lunch @ The Library from today through August 30th from 12:30-1 p.m. Lunches are free for children and teens under 18 and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The lunches are provided in partnership with UMC Food Ministry. Middle, high school volunteers at Erlanger branch Some...

NKU celebrates beginning of new academic year with Fall Convocation for students, faculty today at 1 p.m.

Northern Kentucky University celebrates the beginning of a new academic year with the Fall Convocation for faculty and staff on today at 1 p.m. in the James C. and Rachel W. Votruba Student Union Ball Room. President Ashish Vaidya will welcome the NKU community back to campus and celebrate the university’s successes over the past year. The address will look ahead to update new initiatives to promote...

NKU’s Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani appointed to Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission Board

Northern Kentucky University’s Dr. Abdullah Al-Bahrani has been appointed to the inaugural Kentucky Financial Empowerment Commission Board by Kentucky Treasurer Allison Ball. Dr. Al-Bahrani, along with four others, will focus on increasing financial empowerment and wellbeing across the Commonwealth. The Financial Empowerment Commission is an innovative method of addressing an important problem facing...

Covington Catholic to dedicate Zembrodt STEM and Fine Arts Center, Drees Student and Alumni Center

Covington Catholic High School will celebrate newly completed campus additions which include the Anthony R. Zembrodt STEM and Fine Arts Center and the Drees Student and Alumni Center with a dedication on Sunday, August 25 and an open house for the public from 3 p.m.-5 p.m. These $5.72 million additions provide two STEM labs, a 200-person auditorium, new offices for the advancement and athletic departments,...

Police officers and community leaders help kids get ready for school with Newport Night Out

By Steve Oldfield Children, Inc.’s Student Service Network 
Newport Police officers threw a big party for kids and their families to help them get ready to go back to school. Free haircuts The officers joined forces with community businesses and non-profits to make sure the kids have everything they need to succeed – from school supplies to help on staying healthy. “It doesn’t get any...

Newport Independent Schools continue an award-winning tradition — Home Visit Day

The Newport Independent Schools continued its award-winning annual tradition of teachers and staff spreading out across the city to meet with students and parents in their homes during Home Visit Day on Tuesday. Home Visit Day was from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Newport Primary School team ready for home visits The visits are an opportunity for students to meet and get to know the teachers they will have...

Kentuckians’ priorities are education, jobs, health care in latest Prichard Committee poll

Education, jobs and health care remain top priorities for Kentucky voters heading into the 2019 gubernatorial election cycle, according to results from the second annual Education Poll of Kentucky released by the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The Mason-Dixon Poll, conducted June 14 -26, found a strong majority of Kentuckians choosing those issues ahead of infrastructure and public safety....

Covington public schools delay start until September 3, due to water damage to some schools

Covington Independent Public Schools has delayed the start of school until Tuesday, September 3, because of water damage to several schools. Alvin Garrison The announcement was made to parents and the public by Supt. Alvin Garrison Tuesday afternoon. Garrison said the full school year calendar is under review and the revised calendar will be approved by the Covington Board of Education later this month. John...