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KyAg’s Mobile Science Activity Center to visit Villa Madonna Academy; Miss Kentucky joins on Feb. 21

Miss Kentucky Katie Bouchard will join the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s high-tech Mobile Science Activity Center (MSAC) when it visits Villa Madonna Academy on Feb. 21 to teach students about agriculture and its vital role in their everyday lives. The MSAC also will appear at Villa Madonna on Feb. 19-20.   Three MSACs travel to schools throughout the Commonwealth to give students the opportunity...

Bill calling for mental health professionals in every school advances from Senate to House

Public News Service The Kentucky House will now consider a bill that passed unanimously in the Senate. Senate Bill 1 focuses on addressing the gap in mental health resources for students. Sponsored by Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville, the bill calls for providing mental health professionals in every school, one for every 1,500 students. Mental Health service for students – bill goes to House...

NKU’s Center for Economic Education creates financial literacy micro-credential for educators

Northern Kentucky University’s Center for Economic Education (CEE) announces an Economics and Financial Literacy Education Micro-Credential to address a new requirement passed by the Kentucky Legislature. House Bill 132 set financial literacy standards as a requirement for graduation starting with students entering ninth grade in 2020.   Housed in the Haile/US Bank College of Business, CEE’s new...

Advisory Council for Exceptional Children to meet, hold public comments for parents, educators, others

The State Advisory Council for Exceptional Children (SACEC) will meet Thursday, Feb. 21, and Friday, Feb. 22, at the Crown Plaza Louisville Airport in Louisville. Parents of children with disabilities, education leaders, professionals and other interested citizens are invited to express their comments regarding any issues in the education of children and youth with educational disabilities during the...

TMU’s Creative Writing program hosts 27th Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival February 24

The 27th Annual Caden Blincoe Outloud Festival will be held on Thomas More University’s campus on Sunday, Feb. 24 from 2-4 p.m. The event, which will take place in the Saints Center, is free and open to the public.   This year marks a unique line-up for four poet laureates in a festival setting. In attendance will be former Kentucky poet laureate George Ella Lyon, West Virginia’s current poet...

NKU, Kroger celebrate opening of new expanded Fuel NKU food pantry – aiming for zero hunger, zero waste

Northern Kentucky University and The Kroger Co. celebrated the opening of the new FUEL NKU Zero Hunger | Zero Waste Food Pantry on the university campus. The 2,300 square-foot pantry is the result of a partnership between Kroger and NKU to fight hunger on campus. FUEL NKU provides food and essentials to students in a compassionate, confidential and safe environment. Visits to FUEL NKU have...

Newport Independent Schools to use state-of-the-art Raptor System for visitor background checks

Newport Independent Schools (NIS) has implemented a new screening process for visitors to the school that revolves around a state-of-the-art background-checking software. Raptor scans the IDs of visitors and checks this information against the national sex-offender registry and custom databases created by the school district. Under the newly implemented system, visitors to a Newport public school...

Silver Grove board advances the proposed merger with Campbell County schools by majority vote

Staff report A Silver Grove school board majority voted in favor of two issues Monday night that moves the merger of the school district with Campbell County schools closer to fruition. The board considered to merger issues in its meeting in the school gymnasium: (1) whether to initiate the merger process with Campbell County pursuant to KRS 160.041, and (2) whether to approve the tentative merger...

For NKU’s E.B. Byland ‘improv is life’: Comedian tickles the funny bones of senior citizens

By Jayna Morris NKU Magazine They say that laughter is the best medicine, but is this really true? Elizabeth “E.B.” Byland thinks so — and she’s sharing her own love of humor with people she believes could use an extra chuckle or two. The 2008 graduate of Northern Kentucky University’s Theatre & Dance program has worked with kids, adults, stroke survivors and individuals with special...

Northern Kentucky University’s Cyber Defense team dominates competition, winning for 2nd straight year

Northern Kentucky University students continue to dominate the Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition, winning for the second straight year. NKU’s Cyber Defense team came in first place in the state Cyber Defense competition held on Feb. 2. It was more than just a victory in Kentucky; NKU outscored all teams competing from Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin and Missouri as well.   Collegiate Cyber Defense...

Prudential Spirit awards honor Kentucky youth volunteers; NKY’s Annemarie Fuerst is a top winner

Allison Tu, 17, of Louisville and Annemarie Fuerst, 14, of Covington have been named Kentucky’s top two youth volunteers of 2019 by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, a nationwide program honoring young people for outstanding acts of volunteerism. As State Honorees, Allison and Annemarie each will receive $1,000, an engraved silver medallion and an all-expense-paid trip in early May to...

Part III: Focus on changing roles of high school counselors during National School Counseling Week

Special to NKyTribune Over the summer we asked school counselors in the Fort Thomas Independent School System questions about their role in helping students navigate school and prepare for college, careers and life.  In this part, high school counselors talk about their changing roles. While counselors have traditionally helped students prepare for college and work, recent years have brought an increased...

Part II: Focus on changing roles of middle school counselors; it’s National School Counseling Week

Second in series on counseling in Fort Thomas Independent Schools Over the summer we asked school counselors questions about their role in helping students navigate school and prepare for college, careers and life.  In this part, we hear from the middle school counselors. That middle age, the transition from child to young adult, can be an especially confusing and sometimes painful time. Counseling...