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Notice to All Veterans Veterans

Veterans Day is a very special day all over the district for Bourbon County Schools.  Each of our schools have planned a program to honor Veterans this year.  It is so important for students to both interact with  and honor Veterans on this special day. Lots of planning and thought go into each of these programs and it is so important for our Veterans to participate.   Below is a list of Veterans Day Programs within the Bourbon County School System. Veterans please arrive a few minutes early for these events.

November 9th:

7:45 am-  Bourbon Central Elementary in the Gym with a reception to follow

9:00 am- Cane Ridge Elementary in the Gym with music by the BCHS Jazz Band 

1:00 am-  North Middletown Elementary in the Gym with cake to follow program.  The PTA will pay for lunch for the veterans                   in the cafeteria.

2:00 am-  Bourbon Middle School in the Gym

Please note date change for North Middletown Elementary.

November 12th:

9:00 am-  Bourbon County High School in the  Auditorium with breakfast to follow 

Donovan Hollar and Karly Black Are Homecoming King and Queen Donovan Hollar and Karly Black Are Homecoming King and Queen

Homecoming Week is a very special week culminating with the crowning of the King and Queen at half time of the football game. Queen Karly Black and King Donovan Hollar were joined on the field with 6 other king and queen candidates from the senior class, 2 attendants from each of the other classes and 2 crown bearers. The Colonels Football Team won over Mason County 50-43 on a near last second touchdown by Ca”Marr Myers. The last half hour of school on Friday, a pep rally was held on the football field with games and routines by the dance team and cheerleaders.  After school, the homecoming parade brought candidates riding in convertibles, to the front steps of the high school for a formal photo.  Cheerleaders, dance team and floats were also a part of the parade. The Grand Marshalls for the parade were Max Carter and Clara Fritsch, Crown Bearers for the Homecoming Ceremony.  Saturday evening was a semi formal homecoming dance, a great way to close out homecoming week. 

Bourbon Band 2018 Show “Paradise Lost” Paradise Lost


   2018 ushered in a shift in reigns for the Bourbon County Marching Colonels. Upon the retirement of Eric Hale, former-assistant director Michael Stone moved into the head director role. Cory Barnes was hired to replace Stone as the assistant director. 

   This year’s program is entitled “Paradise Lost.” The production tells the story of a young captain set out to sea in search of more from life. The opener, a mashup of Niagara Falls by Michael Daugherty and Liquid by Jay Bocook, depicts a storm which throws our sailor off course and deserts him on an unknown island. An arrangement of Evanescence’s Lost in Paradise takes the audience on a journey through discovering the wonders on this strange location. The ballad, The Moon is Distant From the Sea by David Childs, captures the loneliness and isolation that the sailor experiences while stranded. The band closes the show with a Christopher Tin piece, Temen Oblak. The driving rhythms encourage the sailor to rebuild his ship and return home. Accompanied by a snippet of Amazing Grace, the sailor realizes that his true paradise was with him all along among friends and family. 

The Human Body The Human Body

The students of Megan Ross’s 4th grade class at Cane Ridge Elementary are learning about the Human Body. Students developed procedures and were able to collect data and display data using a variety of graphs and diagrams. Students constructed the different systems that control the different functions of the body. In the pictures you will see a model of the digestive system, the heart, and the respiratory system. Students were able to develop conclusions after learning about the different systems.

2018 Opening Day Festivities for Bourbon School Employees 2018 Opening Day Festivities for Bourbon School Employees

Opening Day Festivities began with breakfast in the Bourbon County High School Cafeteria at 7:30 am Augist 7th.  Opening Day Ceremonies began at 8:30 am in the Auditorium with the stage filled with board members, principals and presenters.  

Kindergarten Camp Kindergarten Camp

Bourbon County Schools hosted its second annual Kindergarten Camp Tuesday, July 24th through Friday, July 27th, 2018 at Bourbon Central Elementary. Fifty of our incoming kindergarten students began each day at 8 AM in the cafeteria for breakfast. After breakfast, students went to classrooms where they worked on kindergarten skills such as writing their name, reviewing shapes and colors, collaborating with their peers and teachers, and counting items. The camp is designed to help students transition from preschool, daycare, or home care to the kindergarten setting. Parents and teachers report those students attending the camp were much more comfortable in their classroom setting and ready to learn. The camp was sponsored by Bourbon Central Family Service Center and Cane Ridge Family Service Center. 

Commencement Exercises for 186 Graduation

Commencement for Bourbon County High School Seniors was June 1st  before a packed to capacity gymnasium.  Seniors congregated in the cafeteria for individual photos and to assemble in order to march in.  The Bourbon County High School Band played “Pomp and Circumstance” as the graduates entered the gym preceded by the faculty of the school.  Principal Kerry Katz  gave the Welcome with the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jaime Hernandez Alvarez, Senior Class Secretary. The band then played the National Anthem as the crowd continued to stand.  Hayley Hill, Senior Class Vice President gave the Invocation with Michael Seither, Senior Class President, introducing the platform guests.  The Commencement Address was given by Brooke Honaker, Valedictorian. Kendyll Clark and Olivia Dotson sang “Never Alone” accompanied by Mark Murphy as the Special Music for the evening. Grace Staples, Salutorian, presented the Teacher of the Year Awards selected by the graduating class.  These were Elementary School-Beverly Craycraft, Middle School-Tiffany Bagley and High School-Sara Wells.  Diplomas were presented by Amy Baker, Superintendent of Bourbon County Schools, with Kelly McIntosh, Assistant Principal, announced the graduates names as they walked across the stage. The Last Words of Wisdom were by Elizabeth Childress and the Benediction by Alexia Roberts. The Recessional was once again by the Bourbon County High School Band as graduates filed out to the football field for photos and to meet family and friends.  Ushers for the evening were Bourbon County FFA Officers and Junior Class Officers.  Flowers were provided by Color Point of Paris.

2018 Baccalaureate Baccalaureate

The class of 2018 had a beautiful evening for their Baccalaureate Service this past Sunday.  Bedford Acres Christian Church was filled with graduates, faculty, friends, and family.  Seniors marched into the Processional and Michael Seither, Senior Class President, gave the Welcome.  Jaime Hernandez Alvarez, Senior Class Secretary, gave the Invocation.  “Reckless Love” was sung by Kendyll Clark and Olivia Dotson, accompanied by Mikey Lazaro, Jay Lazaro, and Elijah Keding as the congregation stood.  Avery Patrick introduced the Speaker for the evening. Johnathan Graves, Associate Pastor of Family and Students, Central Baptist Church gave the Baccalaureate Message.  A slideshow of “Senior Class Memories” was shown on the overhead screens of photos brought in by seniors.  Hayley Hill, Senior Class Vice President, gave the Benediction with seniors exiting during the Recessional.

A Night Under The Stars 2018 Bourbon County High School Prom Court

The Bourbon County High School Prom was held at the

Thoroughbred Center in Lexington this year. Although

it was a rainy evening, the rain helped to cool the arena

for a confortable prom night. The DJ for the evening was

Shane Mattox with a special live performance by Matthew

Dampier on the drums and Jake Ballard singing and

playing the keyboard.


This year’s prom theme was “A Night Under The Stars”. The

four hour event began at 7:00 pm and ended at 11:00 pm with

the crowning of the king and queen at 10:30. The prom candidates

were introduced individually just before the crowning by

Principal Kerrie Katz. This year’s king and queen was Jeremy

Moran and Maddy Beheler. The prom attendees voted for the

king and queen as they entered the prom. This was a great beginning

 to the end of the year events for our seniors.


Prom Court

Avery Patrick, Jeremy Moran, Kaycee Scott, Tyler Whetstine, Olivia Dotson,

Tyler Treilobs, Hailey Hunsinger, Nash Renfro, Millie Evans, Ryan Varvel and

Maddie Beheler.

School Violence is Addressed at Bourbon High School Bourbon County High School students moment of silence

April 20th was a Special Day for Bourbon County High School.  Rather than a walk out, the students and staff planned a day of school shooting awareness. The day was the 19 year anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. The day began with an assembly in the gym as a memorial to all students and staff who have been lost to school violence. Five seniors each read an account of a different school shooting.These students were Kathryn Wade, Hayley Hill, Tyler Treilobs, Aaron Poe and Mick  Seither. Random students were given colored cards as they entered the gym and were asked to stand to represent victims of the various schools. A video of a school shooting survivor was also a part of the program.  After assembly students had the option to stay for a voluntary prayer.  Second period was a panel of four seniors giving different view of gun control and gun involvement in schools. The panel consisted of Aaron Poe, Jacob Bailey, Riley Alexander and Matthew Dampier moderated by Mick Seither. A period followed  in the cafeteria in which students could write letters to representatives about gun control and its place in the school building. Another session  was in the library to duscuss Gun laws in the school setting. A session on Kindness and Individual Impact on Bourbon County High School was in the auditorium followed by a session on school safety.

Guest Reader Amy Lily with Cane Ridge's 4th Grade Class During Read Across America Week Guest Reader Amy Lily with 4th Grade Class

In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd, elementary students across the district celebrated each day of the week by dressing to coordinate with Dr. Seuss Books. 

Monday was wear silly socks and silly hair; Tuesday was Pajama Day; Wednesday was wear a moustache; Thursday was hat day and Friday was wear the color green, Eat Green Eggs and Ham for breakfast in our cafeteria and meet the Cat in the Hat.

Throughout the week there were various guest speakers reading Dr. Seuss books to the students. Cane Ridge Elementary guest readers  were Amy Baker, Branson Eubank, Jessie Wells, Brenda Wilson, Amy Lily, Ashley Hall, Christy Walters, Debbie Fritsch, Tonia Darbro, Dr. Mady Thornberry, Julie Ferrell, Zach Easton, April King, Kate Foley, Pop – Jerrie Baker, Edson Navarro, Dr. Neely Traylor, Mikki Johnson and  Dana Hill. Guest readers at North Middletown Elementary were Amber Philpot, WKYT news anchor; WLEX weather Jill Szwed-weekend meteorologist; Miss Kentucky Molly Matney, and Big L from the Lexington Legends.

Bourbon County High School Presents Honk! Honk by Bourbon County High School

The Bourbon County High School Drama Department have hit another home run with their recent performance of “Honk”.  The delightful performance was both entertaining and delivered a life lession as well. Based on Hans Christian Andersen's beloved story, "The Ugly Duckling," Honk! tells the story of an odd-looking baby duck, Ugly, and his quest to find his mother. Soon after Ugly is born, he is seduced away by a wily Cat who wants to eat Ugly for dinner. Eventually, Ugly manages to escape, but has no idea how to return . The play was performed Friday March 23rd and 24th at 1:00 pm in the Bourbon County School Auditorium.

Bourbon County Schools Becomes State's Newest District Declared 100 Percent Energy Star Certified Energy Star Award

The Kentucky School Boards Association announced Tuesday that Bourbon County Schools has joined the growing list of Kentucky school districts that are 100% Energy Star certified, placing the district in the top 25% of the most energy-efficient school districts in the nationwide. Bourbon County is the 23rd school district in Kentucky that is 100% ENERGY STAR.

Energy Star Schools use 35% less energy and generate 35% less greenhouse gas than similar schools across the nation. Since 2010, the number of Energy Star schools in Kentucky has grown from 68 to 439.

Energy Manager Jim McClanahan presented a certificate signed by Gov. Bevin and Energy and Environment Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely to Principal Kerrie Katz at the district’s January Board of Education meeting.

“KSBA is extremely pleased to recognize Bourbon County Schools for becoming 100% Energy Star,” said McClanahan. “This standing takes commitment from the board of education, superintendent and staff. Taking action to manage energy-efficiency demonstrates commitment to fiscal responsibility and to also managing the district budget.”

“With rising energy costs typically the second highest line item in a school’s budget, superintendents and boards of education are taking action to achieve savings through energy management,” said Ron Willhite, director of the KSBA School Energy Managers Project.

The KSBA-SEMP program has supported energy-efficiency initiatives in Kentucky’s 173 school districts since 2010 by identifying resources to place energy managers in schools and through education, technical and administrative assistance. Energy Star has remained the operational framework for advancing energy-efficiency practices in many school district portfolios. These efforts of the KSBA-SEMP program have produced powerful results through fiscal 2017, saving more than $170 million cumulative avoided costs.

Preparing For A Global Society Preparing For A Global Society

Bourbon County High School and Bourbon County Middle School students were recipients of a powerful and informative program Tuesday when motivational speakers Devine Carama and Dr. Roger Cleveland spoke to them.  The program stressed the importance of words we use that might cause a negative impact to others. Dr. Cleveland also met with  all Bourbon County principals and district administrators at Central Office through the lunch hour. High School student, Landamin Landrum said, “It was a nice program with meaningful words to say”.  Preslee Barnett stated, “You know it had good impact when you see people tearing up. It was nice of them to come”. Malik Humble said, “Be a leader even when you think you can’t be one.” and Maggie Shelton said, Impacting words count”. The speakers made the students really think about the words they say before speaking them.

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DANCEMAROON Dance Maroon 2018

DANCEMAROON is Bourbon County’s version of UK’s Dance Blue fundraising event for pediatric oncology. The event is scheduled for Friday, February 2nd from 4:00 to 10:00 PM at the high school. In order to participate, students have to raise a minimum of $20.  Michelle Patrick (BCHS) and Sue Ellen Ballard (BCMS) are the contacts for this event.

This six-hour dance marathon is considered a “mini” version of UK’s DanceBlue. DanceBlue is a 24-hour dance marathon fundraiser for the Golden Matrix Fund which was setup to benefit those treated at the DanceBlue Pediatric Oncology and Hematology Clinic at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

Our dancers will be made up of BCHS and BCMS students and staff, as well as staff from our preschool and elementary schools. Students will need to submit at least $20, two weeks before the marathon (by January 18, 2018). Donation forms and money can be turned in to the student’s group advisor/team leader or to Mrs. Patrick at BCHS or Mrs. Ballard at BCMS. Checks for dancer fees can be made to UK DanceBlue (Corporate Sponsor/Partners who are helping with the event costs may make checks payable to BCHS)

Cane Ridge Elementary Has Christmas Program

This year Cane Ridge Elementary chose a different format for their Christmas Program.  Rather than an evening Christmas program at the high school, the students sang Christmas Carols in the gym and the program was taped with a CD going home to parents.  The songs presented by the various classes were as follows:

Kindergarten Classes -"Must Be Santa"

First Grade Classes - "Up On The Housetop"

Second Grade Classes - “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers”

Third Grade Classes - "Beautiful Star of  Bethlehem"

Fourth Grade Classes - "Over the River"

Fifth Grade Classes - Jolly Old Saint Nicholas"

Choir - "Where Are You Christmas?" and "Mister Grinch"

Entire Student Body - "Frosty the Snowman" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

Bourbon Central Has Christmas Programs Bourbon Central Christmas Program 2017

Bourbon Central Elementary had two segments to their Christmas Program. The Third, Fourth and Fifth Grades did their program in the morning.  Their program was as follows:  All Classes - “Jingle Bells”,  Fourth Grades -“Feliz Navidad”’ Third Grades - “Santa Claus is on His Way”, Mrs. Griffin’s Class -“Twas the Night Before Christmas”,  All Classes - “Winter Wonderland”, Fifth Grade Classes -“Hip Hop Reindeer, All Classes- “We Wish You a Merry Christmas”, Fifth Grades Classes -”Frosty the Snowman” Dance.  Kindergarten, First and Second Grade presented their program in the early afternoon. Their program was as follows: Second Grades -“Jolly Old Saint Nicholas”, All Classes - “Jingle Bells”, Kindergarten- “I’m a Little Snowflake”, Kindergarten -”Santa Claus”, All Classes “Winter Wonderland”, First Grade -”Up on the Housetop”, All Classes - “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and Second Grades -“Frosty the Snowman” Dance.

Cane Ridge First Graders Present Thanksgiving Program Cane Ridge First Graders Thanksgiving Program

There were lots of turkeys, Pilgrims, and Native Americans present for the annual Thanksgiving program presented by the first grade classes at Cane Ridge Elementary. The various classes presented skits, songs, and poems.

Bourbon Middle School Presents Willy Wonka Jr. Bourbon County Middle School Presents Willy Wonka Jr.

The Bourbon County Middle School presented Willy Wonka Jr. November 17th and 18th. Roald Dahl’s timeless story of the world-famous candy man and his quest to find an heir was a golden ticket to adventure. The play was presented throughout the week for various schools within the district.  The play was directed by Carl Willoughby with SueEllen Ballard as the Music Director. Props were by Rachel Poe and her Advanced Drama Class, makeup by Libby Courtney, costuming by Connie Hutson and Cyndee Cain, Backstage Manager was Hannah Stacy, Sound by Grace Doan, Wes & Hannah Tipton and  Lights by Cole Boyle & Makayla Irving. Not only was the performances a delight of color, music and entertainment, but for many children, this is their only exposure to a stage play which is so valuable to their overall education! 

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