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Silver Grove the latest independent school district to consolidate; ‘Hardest decision I ever had to make’

By Brenna R. Kelly and Matt McCarty KSBA Staff writers From his front window, Paul Hehman can see the red brick building where generations of Silver Grove residents walked to school. That building –Silver Grove Independent School – is now empty. Instead of walking to school, children in the Ohio River town of about 1,200 people now gather at bus stops on the ends of the town’s narrow streets...

Newport High School on new path, ranks among best at preparing students for college, careers readiness

By Pat Crowley Special to NKyTribune Newport High School has been ranked as one of the best in the state at preparing high school graduates for college and career readiness.MiddletonUnder the State of Kentucky’s Transition Readiness standard, Newport High School is a high-performing district with a score of 80.4. Among the high schools in Northern Kentucky’s river cities, Newport High School...

NKU announces Health Pitch Competition winners; high school students take top prize with mobile app

Northern Kentucky University has announced the winners of its inaugural Health Pitch Competition. The top prize was awarded to a group of high school students who created CampusDoc, a mobile application housing important medical documentation. The Institute for Health Innovation’s (IHI) competition was supported in part by a Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration’s RIS grant. In...

NKU presents FIFA Women’s World Cup champion, local soccer star Rose Lavelle in free event

Northern Kentucky University invites the community to hear FIFA Women’s World Cup champion and Cincinnati native Rose Lavelle on Nov. 14.  Lavelle will share her experience during the U.S. Women’s National Team’s (USWNT) historic World Cup run. Lavelle A breakout star for the 2019 U.S. Women’s National Team, Lavelle helped lead the team to their fourth FIFA Women’s World Cup- setting a new...

St. Henry High School band, choir and chorus to host free concert honoring veterans Monday, 1 p.m.

The St. Henry District High School Crusader Band, directed by Mr. Joseph O. Payne, and Chamber Choir and Chorus, directed by Mr. Ethan Avina, are hosting a free concert in honor of the men and women who serve or have served our country. Students will share the history of each branch of the service and perform the anthems for each branch of the service. In addition, the following veterans will be...

NKU planning veterans events, celebrations on Monday, including a recognition luncheon

Northern Kentucky University is among the best schools in the nation for military veteran support, according to Military Times.   The Best for Vets: Colleges 2020 Ranking evaluated hundreds of institutions across the country on university culture, student support, academic policies, academic outcomes, cost and financial aid. This is NKU’s seventh straight year being nationally ranked by Military...

Transportation Cabinet Minority Internship Program spring semester application deadline approaching

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) continues to pave the way for higher education students to gain paid, hands-on work experience to build a stronger future workforce. The Minority Internship Program (MIP) provides professional development opportunities to minorities, women, and other individuals who have been historically underrepresented in the transportation industry. The spring semester...

Thomas More University to celebrate grand opening of new veterans space at noon on Saturday

Thomas More University will celebrate the grand opening of a new veterans space on its campus at noon on Saturday. The brief ceremony will take place outside the Administration Building followed by the grand opening. Following that celebration, all military will receive free admission to the football game at 1:30 for themselves and a guest in honor of Military Appreciation Day. Thomas More President...

Breaking down the Big Picture of Education: Focus on early literacy to set a child on the right course

Northern Kentucky Education Council Education is vital to the success of our region, our residents and our workforce. The following is the second in a series of articles on the importance of education in Northern Kentucky. The series is produced by the Advancing the Big Picture Coalition of the Northern Kentucky Education Council. Each article will focus on a particular aspect of education, will provide...

Kentucky pilots certification program linking college to employability; Gateway among participants

Kentucky is the first state in the nation to pilot a certification process that ensures college graduates are ready for the workforce with essential employability skills, or the so-called “soft skills,” that employers say are often lacking in graduates. Launched just one year ago, three programs are now certified, including two bachelor’s degree programs at Murray State University — construction...

Centre College recognizes two Distinguished Alumni from NKY during its homecoming festivities

During Homecoming 2019, Centre College recognized two graduates from Northern Kentucky for their accomplishments and contributions by naming them among four Distinguished Alumni during its annual recognition ceremony. James C. Claypool ’60
 Distinguished Alumnus As a football player at Beechwood High School in Fort Mitchell, Kentucky, James C. Claypool ’60 received a recruiting call from Northwestern,...

National education assessment shows KY stalls in 4th, 8th grade math and declines in reading

Kentucky students have lost ground in fourth-grade reading, according to results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress released last week. The percent of students meeting or exceeding NAEP proficiency standards has declined from 40 percent in 2015 to 38percent in 2017 to 35% in 2019, and the drop from 2015 to 2019 is statistically significant. Results for eighth-grade reading and fourth...

Beechwood Independent Schools unveils EDGE program, partners with national industry innovators

With the support and involvement of key industry leaders and state legislative representatives, Beechwood Independent Schools unveiled the EDGE program, the district’s answer to the question: How do we improve our schools in a way that leads to preparing students for success? The EDGE program, which is exclusive to Beechwood, is rooted in the idea that all students in grades K-12 need educational...

School superintendents encourage everyone to Go Vote on election day Nov. 5 — kids are watching

Superintendents of the 16 school districts in Northern Kentucky, united through the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, are encouraging community members to Go Vote on November 5. Jim Flynn, executive director of the Kentucky Association for School Superintendents, is leading the statewide initiative. Superintendents are encouraging citizens to vote, both to be sure their voice...

C-Forward mural celebrates family reading; new art brings attention to Read Ready Covington literacy effort

Visible, fun, and interactive signs of Covington’s commitment to early childhood literacy and education are popping up around the city. From murals to alphabet signs spread out like a scavenger hunt, the Read Ready Covington initiative is building awareness and marketing momentum, one colorful piece at a time. A new mural on the side of C-Forward’s headquarters at 5 West Fifth St. is being...