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Thirteen NKY educators among those honored during KBE’s 2022 Educator Excellence luncheon

The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) held its 2022 Educator Excellence Recognition luncheon this week and recognized educators across the Commonwealth, and several NKY educations were among those honored. Educators in grades K-12 were honored, with over 40 of the teachers attending the ceremony. Awards included Middle-High School Teacher of the Year (TOY), Outstanding Administrator of the Year, Presidential...

Police officers help young readers hit the books during ‘Ready to Read with Covington P.D.’ event

From left, Officer White, Officer Hancock, Officer Monson, Sgt. Meyer, Officer McBee, Officer Christen, and Officer Petri (lying down) pose with young readers near the Read Ready Covington sign. (Photo from City of Covington) Books, kids, and badges proved an exciting mix Thursday evening at the “Ready To Read With Covington P.D.” event at City Heights. Covington police officers gave free reading...

Thomas More University to offer esports in Saints intercollegiate athletics program in the coming year

Thomas More University will launch esports, which joins the Saints intercollegiate athletics programs during the 2022-2023 academic year. The program will be part of the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE). Photo from National Association of Collegiate Esports Esports encompasses competitive, organized video gaming, which has emerged in recent years as one of the world’s most booming...

Tim Grayson named principal of Newport High School, bringing 30 years experience to the job

Tim Grayson – who through his three decades in education has spent time as a teacher, principal and administrator – has been named principal of Newport High School. Grayson succeeds Mike Hunter, who last month was named athletic director of the Newport Independent Schools. Tim Grayson “I am excited to have Tim take over as the principal of Newport High School,” said Newport...

Thomas More University, Lakeside Park-Crestview PD partnership offers students real-world experience

www.thomasmore.edu”>Thomas More University criminal justice students are getting real-world experience through a continued partnership with the Lakeside Park-Crestview Hills police department. This partnership benefits both the students and Northern Kentucky police departments, who have faced diminishing applicant pools in recent years. Seeking a hands-on career preparation opportunity for her...

Preventing school shootings: Policies that work and the lack of political will that doesn’t

By Jan Hillard NKyTribune data editor The recent tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas is a grim reminder of over 20 years of school shootings in the US. In the 6 years from 2013 to 2019, there were 549 incidents of school shootings resulting in 129 deaths and 270 wounded, 208 of them children. This year alone has seen 27 school shootings. Each year more than 3,000 children are killed by gunfire....

Students group suggests to KDE ways to improve schools’ attention to mental health

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) School Counselor Advisory Council (SCAC) and the Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) discussed the students’ advocacy work around mental health at the recent counselors’ meeting. “It (has been) a couple tough years and school’s tough enough on students to begin with. We want to make sure students have an environment that’s...

Campbell Circuit Court says Board of Education violated open meetings law for requiring masks

By Amye Bensenhaver Kentucky Open Government Coalition The Campbell County Circuit Court ruled this week in Ken Moellman, et al. v. Campbell County Board of Education that the board violated the open meetings law by placing illegal conditions on attendance — in contravention of KRS 61.840 — at four of six challenged meetings conducted in August and September 2021. The court found that plaintiff...

Lu Young: Portrait of a learner process prepares Kentucky students for life after high school

As schools transitioned away from the high-stakes accountability environment of No Child Left Behind in 2015, many Kentucky schools and districts began a journey toward deeper, more personalized learning as a path to equity for ALL learners. On that journey, educational leaders across the Commonwealth committed to developing a portrait of a graduate – sometimes called a portrait of a learner at the...

KCPL invites children in grades 1-8 to improve reading skills this summer by reading to a horse

Looking for a new way to encourage your child to read over the summer? Try Horse Tales. Now in its fourth summer, Horse Tales is a program that gives children in grades 1-8 an opportunity to read to therapy horses. The program runs Tuesdays, June 7 through July 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in 30-minute time slots. (Photo from KCPL) Horse Tales is free and takes place at Milestones, Inc., a therapeutic...

School safety on the minds of Kentucky’s leaders as Legislative Research Commission meets in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today School security, in the wake of last week’s Uvalde, Texas, school shooting, was on the minds of legislative leaders, when they spoke to reporters following a meeting of the Legislative Research Commission at the Capitol Annex in Frankfort on Wednesday. Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, said the safety of Kentucky’s schoolchildren is uppermost, and wants...

Voices from Classroom: I replay ‘The House that Built Me’ as Beechwood building gives way to new

By Amanda Klare Beechwood Independent Schools The groundbreaking for the new building construction at Beechwood Independent Schools is scheduled for noon on June 3. Patrick Burns (’77) revisited his old classrooms. Here he is in Mrs. Bramel’s classroom which was his first Beechwood classroom. Exactly 19 years prior to that date, I graduated from Beechwood High School and posed for pictures...

Thomas More University tailors programs to fit employer, community; get badges, microcredentials

In response to the constantly evolving demands of the area’s workforce, Thomas More University’s Digital, Graduate, and Professional (DGP) programs has expanded its offerings to better serve the community. The University has experienced success with the microcredential and badge program launched in fall 2021. Seventy-six individuals have participated since its launch, earning over 110 badges and...

Three NKY students newly-appointed, one returning to KDE’s 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) has announced 17 Kentucky public high school students have been named to the 2022-2023 Commissioner’s Student Advisory Council Established to allow student feedback on critical issues impacting students and schools, the council connects students with KDE staff to develop ideas to strengthen student voice and transform education. The group meets regularly...

Covington Catholic one of 191 high schools nationwide named PLTW Distinguished School

For the fifth consecutive year, Covington Catholic High School has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished High School, one of only 191 PLTW High School programs nationwide and only six in Kentucky to receive this recognition for 2021-22. This award is based on performance standards including “exceptional student access, engagement, and achievement in the PLTW Engineering...