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(FRANKFORT, Ky.) – The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Kentucky Department of Education recognized five school districts as Districts of Distinction at the board’s meeting today.

The districts earned the recognition under the fourth year of the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All accountability system. To qualify as a District of Distinction, a district has to have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher (based on achievement, gap, growth, college- and career-readiness, graduation rate and program reviews), meet its current year Annual Measureable Objective, have at least a 95 percent participation rate, and not have a Focus or Priority School in the district. The achievement data is based on K-PREP testing in spring 2015.

The Districts of Distinction for the 2014-15 school year are:

 Calloway County

 Floyd County

 Fort Thomas Independent

 Hickman County

 Russell Independent

In addition, Hickman County, Calloway County and Russell Independent were recognized as High Progress Districts, which means they are in the top 10 percent of improvement compared to other districts in the state.

KBE Vice-Chair Bill Twyman and Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt presented each district superintendent and local board of education representative with a recognition banner and letter of commendation. Each district also will receive a District of Distinction logo which can be displayed on its website, letterhead or used in other ways to promote its accomplishment. Additionally, the three High Progress districts received a certificate of commendation.

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Teri Richey Receives All "A" Scholarship

Teri Richey is this year’s Hickman County recipient of the All “A” Classic scholarship. This year there were 360 applications submitted. Each application including letters of recommendation and the applicant’s essay are read and evaluated. 120 students were invited to Frankfort, KY for an interview. The judges are professionals, business owners, college professors, and person in industry. Teri is among 112 students from across the commonwealth to receive the All “A” Classic scholarship. Since the inception of the program, they have given well over 1.5 million dollars. Teri is a member of the Falcon Academy and will graduate with approximately 30 college credit hours. Teri plans to attend WKCTC and major in nursing in the fall.

HCES Family Science Night
Family Science Night is scheduled for February 9th at 5:30. Animal Tales will be presenting unusual animals and discussing their habitats, eating preferences, and interesting facts about them. Please mark your calendars!  
Hickman County Archers Compete in Tournament.

Callie Douglas, Kassey Douglas, and Nathan Gallimore competed in Graves County’s New Year’s Tourney on January 30th.  With a score of 243/300, Callie Douglas placed 4th in the Elementary Girls Division.   Nathan Gallimore shot 193.  Kassey Douglas shot 188.  

The next archery tournament is February 13th.

HCES Canned Food Drive

The Hickman County Elementary School Leadership Cabinet recently organized a canned food drive to benefit local families in the county. The HCES Leadership Cabinet asked each homeroom at HCES to bring in canned good; as a whole, HCES collected about 1,300 canned goods and other food items, while Mrs. Jessica Lathrop’s homeroom won with 265 food items. Pictured are Leadership Cabinet members, from left, Rhett Dalton, Micah Naranjo, Emma Swift, Micah Templeton, Coleson Naranjo, Avery Nanney, Garrett Ward, Micah Swift, Jacy Hicks and Bayleigh Basch. Not pictured are students John Eric Johnson and Carter Terry, and sponsor Jeff Boaz.

HCES Student of the Month
Hickman County Elementary recently honored December students of the month, as teachers recognized students who Obey the Rules consistently. Students chosen by teachers included:

District Choir

Kentucky Music Educators held its annual District Choir Festival on the campus of Murray State University November 12, 2015. This annual event includes approximately 400 students in two choirs, 5/6 grade and 7/8th grade. Under the guidance of Melinda Paul, the students worked to prepare their pre-selected music and then spent the day rehearsing with students representing many different schools all over the region. After a day’s rehearsals, a concert was performed on the stage of Lovett Auditorium. The conductor this year for the 5-6 grade choir was Mrs. Sally Albrecht, composer (of all the music performed) and conductor from Raleigh , NC. The students in attendance were Tori Browning, Gabriella Buckingham, Victoria Dade, Isabella Farmer, Levi Frizzell, Alyssa Fuller, Matthew Houghton, and Emily Johnson.

Veterans Honored in Special Celebration

               America's heroes were honored today in a special Veteran's Day program held at Hickman County High School.  With over 50 veterans and their families in attendance,  students and visitors alike were filled with gratitude for the service and sacrifices made by members of our military. 

                The program began with the posting of colors by members of the high school's Military Club and the national anthem being sung by a group of 12th grade students.  The program continued with presentations of original student poetry as well as a vocal performance by freshman Ryker Cagle.  

                Retired Major John R. Bostick, a distinguished aviator and a native of Hickman County, was the keynote speaker for the day's event.  Bostick educated the crowd of 4th through 12th grade students about what a veteran is, and he helped them understand the importance of recognizing the service not only of those in attendance, but also of the many men and women around the world and across the seas who are currently working to preserve the freedoms we hold so dear.  Bostick shared his own personal military history beginning with his service aboard a Navy submarine, continuing through his extensive flight experience in the Air Force, and culminating with his tenure as one of the original Thunderbird pilots.  

Poet George Ella Lyon Shares Life Experiences with Middle School Students

George Ella Lyon, Poet Laureate of Kentucky, comes to speak and share about her life with 7th and 8th grade students. Students wrote "Where I'm From" poems and were able to share them with Ms. Lyon.

Author George Ella Lyon visits HCES
Third grade students enjoyed a visit from Kentucky author, George Ella Lyon on Tuesday. 
8th Graders Understand the Power of Earthquakes and Volcanoes

Because we live along the New Madrid Fault, it is important for us to understand the destructive force of earthquakes. However, other calamities such as volcanic eruptions can be just as deadly to the environment as students in Carolyn’s Byrd’s 8th grade science class at HCHS can attest. Recently, after studying earthquakes and volcanoes, Byrd’s students created projects to show what they learned. From writing a song or children’s story to creating a model, these students put their creative talents to use to educate others about the power and potential threat of these two types of natural disasters.

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Hickman County Schools Recognized as Distinguished School District!!!

 There is a lot to celebrate in the Hickman County School District at all levels.  The District has been recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as a Distinguished School District based on accountability scores for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is a title of significant distinction for a school district to possess.  Distinguished is characterized by being above the 90th percentile (based on the locked percentiles set in 2013).  It is evident that good teaching has paid off for the students of Hickman County.  The county was classified as a district in need of improvement in 2012-2013.  The next year, the county moved to a proficient district and now the impressive step to distinguished!  Hickman County has reason to be proud.

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Biology Teams Up With Agriculture For Reasearch Project

The students in Mrs. Gardner’s Biology classes are teaming up with Mr. Irvin’s Agriculture classes to research the effect different fertilizers have on tomato plant yield. The Biology students began their project by germinating the plants from seeds the size of a pin head. Once roots appeared, they were transplanted to a container of potting soil and placed in the greenhouse, where Mr. Irvin and the agriculture students have installed an irrigation system to ensure each plant receives a controlled amount of water. The students have become quite attached to their plants, going as far as to naming them and referring to them as their babies or children. The students visit the greenhouse several days a week to collect data and care for their plants. The research project will continue through the month of October and possibly into November.  Click read more for photos of project.

Gifted and Talented Class Show Off Computer Skills

7th and 8th grade students have been learning to write programs as computer scientists during gifted and talented classes this fall. Our first students to complete Course 2 in Coding are from left to right Charity Shelton, Brandi Hornback, and McKenzie Dyer.

Derek Terry was the first 7th grade students to complete Course 2 and is well on his way to becoming a computer programmer.

These students have written over 1200 lines of code in completing this course.

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Career Fair Day at HCHS

Career Fair Day at HCHS was Thursday, Sept. 24 . The 8th, 10th, and 12th grades attended. The students learned about many different careers that day plus visited with many colleges to learn what was needed to be accepted into college and what courses might be offered. Students had to interview at least two people as well as visit all the booths. Students were very engaged and some even said they wish they could have had more time to spend as there was so many careers and colleges to visit.

A special thanks to those businesses and colleges for doing a great job. They were: Jackson Purchase Medical Center, Clinton Bank, Tonya Brockwell(Teacher), Hickman Fulton RECC, First Community Bank, Hickman Co. Extension Office, Wade Farm Financial, Great Ambitions Cosmetology School, AGC of Western KY, Griffin Plumbing and Piping, Tyson Foods, Murray State University, University of Kentucky, University of Kentucky College of Engineering @ Paducah, West Kentucky Community and Technical College, Fulton Co. ATC, Army, Navy, Marine, H & R Agri-Power, Hutson Inc., Whayne Supply, and Leanna Wilkerson(Lawyer).  Click Read More for photos from Career Day.

HCHS FFA Project Donated to Historical Society

The Hickman County Agriculture Department is proud to work with organizations such as the Hickman County Historical Society to help benefit and promote our small community. Though we are limited on the type of tasks we can complete, the students and staff of the Hickman County Ag. Department built a picnic table for the Historical Society to use outside their facility. The H.C. FFA says thanks to Billy and LaDonna Latham for the opportunity to give back to a community that has given generously to us.

Leadership Retreat Huge Success

Submitted by Melissa Goodman

(Clinton, KY) –Twenty one students piled off the bus on a sunny Friday afternoon loaded down with air mattresses, favorite pillows and big smiles.

The seventh year of the Hickman County Chamber of Commerce Youth Leadership Program was about to begin with an overnight retreat at the Cabin at Bellewoode. Leaders and Chamber volunteers were waiting for them with notebooks full of this year's work and of course - food to get them through the next 18 hours of team building activities, class work and exercises in public speaking.

Students dropped their stuff and settled onto comfortable couches for the evening's activities. Melissa Goodman, Hickman County Extension Agent and one of the four group leaders, immediately gave out a pretest. Finding out what students know at the beginning of the program
Born Learning Academy Kickoff

The Born Learning Academy kickoff was held August 25th at the elementary school cafeteria for parents with children infant to age 4. The Born Learning Academy is a series of six free workshops that will be held throughout the year to provide parents with resources to turn everyday activities into early learning moments and help ensure their children are ready for kindergarten. A meal and childcare is provided at each workshop. If you would like to attend, please contact the KAPS Family Resource Center at the elementary school to sign up. The workshop dates are September 22, October 20, November 17, January 26, February 23, and March 22 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. each evening.

Leadership Cabinet

Students in fourth, fifth and sixth grades at Hickman County Elementary School took a big step towards becoming citizens Friday.... (click Read More)

For the first time ever, those students cast ballots for the HCES Leadership Cabinet, a student council created this year to give students a larger voice in activities and events at the elementary school.

Hickman County Schools Provide Meals at No Charge To Students

It is with great pleasure that our school announces the ability to provide a breakfast and lunch each day at no charge to students. We have added new meal choices based on student preference, and anticipate options to be of greater quality than ever before. We are also excited to announce that we will begin a grab and go breakfast program in hopes to make breakfast more accessible to each student before beginning their day of learning. We look forward to an opportunity to ensure that no kid will ever go hungry at Hickman County Schools.


KPREP Proficient and Distinguished

Hickman County Elementary Students who scored proficient or distinguished on all tested areas (by grade level) on the 2014 K-PREP state assessment include...

STOP the Bullying Pledge
Students, teachers, parents and community members are encouraged to take the online Lean On Me; STOP the Bullying Pledge. https://www.kycss.org/leanpledge 
Your everyday shopping can earn HCES money!
You can help our school earn money for computers, PE and playground equipment, student rewards, etc. There are several ways to help….click Read More to find out how! 
Community Connection
Read the edition of the Community Connection for upcoming summer activities!
June and August Community Connection Newsletter
Pay online for meals!
 We are pleased to now offer mySchoolBucks, a convenient online meal prepayment service. Parents, you can now logon onto mySchoolBucks.com to prepay for your student’s meals, manage meal balances, and see what your student has purchased!

Go to mySchoolBucks and register for a secure account. Never worry about sending cash or checks with your student to school again!
A shortcut to the site is available on the Parents page and the Food Services page of this website.  If you have questions, please contact:
Lynsi Barnhill
Nutrition Director
Hickman County Schools
416 Waterfield Drive
Clinton, Ky 42031
Phone: 270.653.2341 ext. 2039
Fax: 270.653.6007
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