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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.

Drama Department Has Produced A Show Not To Be Missed! Bourbon County Presents Honk 2018

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 is to be performed Friday March 23rd at 7:00 pm and Saturday, March 24th at 1:00 pm. It will be in the Bourbon County School Auditorium connected to the high school.

Tickets are available from cast members and on the website:            https://25086.smallvenueticketing.com/.

Reserved seating is $10 and  $12 at door.

Don’t miss this whimsical and enjoyable performance!

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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FCCLA Chapter Wins National Families First Project Award FCCLA Wins National Families First Project Award

Bourbon County High School, Paris, Kentucky was selected to receive the 2017 National Runner Up Families First Award, sponsored by Family Career and Community Leards of America (FCCLA).

Families First is a peer education program, created by FCCLA, designed to teach students how family relationships improve through communication, respect, cooperation and sharing, coping with challenges, and taking responsibility for decisions. As the national Runner Up, the Bourbon County High School FCCLA chapter will receive a $500 award, presented at the 2017 FCCLA National Leadership Conference, July 2 - 6 in Nashvile, TN.  The Bourbon County Chapter was the only chapter in Kentucky to receive this honor. 

The Chapter officers and members dedicated their time throughout the school year to supervise and take care of the childcare for mothly MOPS meetings at Bedford Acres Christian Church in Paris, KY. The members and officers planned activities, carried out activities, fed the children dinner, and took care of all the needs of the children. This was a Practice in Parenting for the students. The Culinary program has also be recognized as a Program of Distinction. They are now eligible to be an Elite Top 50 program in the nation for Culinary. This is the 3rd year they have been nominated. 

Preschool & Head Start Learn Fire Safety Preschool Fire and Pedestrian Safety

Bourbon County Preschool Head Start held their first Parent Workshop of the school year and the topic was Fire and Pedestrian Safety. Members of the Bourbon County Fire Department came and talked to the parents about fire safety in their homes. The parent and their Childern were able to tour the fire truck and learn how the equipment on the trucks are used. Thank you Bourbon County Fire Department for being a great community partner!

Track Upgrades at BCHS BCHS Track

There has been an upgrade of the track and field complex a Bourbon County High School. The Colonels will have a state of the art track complex and will finally be able to schedule home track meets and maybe in the future, host a region track and field championship.  Over the past few years, the Bourbon track program has been on the rise. Just two months ago, the Bourbon County Middle School Lady Colonels’ 4x800 relay team placed second at the KTCCCA State Middle School Track and Field Championships and 7th in the nation.  There will be guidelines in place to protect the new rubberized track. Please help us with these.

  1. No vehicles on track
  2. No metal spikes or rubber spikes on rubber track, use crossing mats area
  3. No chairs, tables or tents
  4. No high heels
  5. If carrying an umbrella you cannot allow the pointed end to touch the surface
  6. Use of tobacco products prohibited, including E-Cigs
  7. No gum or spitting
  8. DO NOT pour soft drinks on track surface
  9. Public walkers/joggers should ONLY use outer lanes 7 & 8
  10.  No congregating on track
  11.  Cross in designated areas on protective mats ONLY
  12.  Utility vehicles being used on field must cross on the mats only
  13.  Absolutely NO pets, skateboarding, rollerblading or bikes shall be permitted at any time.
Bourbon County Schools Introduces MealViewer MealViewer

We are excited to share MealViewer, a menu app that allows students and parents to view our school breakfast and lunch menu by phone or any other electronic device.  Having the school menu in the palm of your hand will be both convenient and easy to follow.  The MealViewer app is a powerful tool for parents and students with information  on nutritional values, allergens, favorite foods, school announcements, and special menu items. 


Opening of School

August 8th-Opening Day For Teachers

August 9th-First Day For Students


BCES - 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m.

CRES & NMES - 7:40 a.m.-2:40 p.m,

Middle School - 8:20 a.m.-3:20 p.m.

High School - 8:20 a.m.-3:25 p.m.

Bourbon County Hires New Principal Kerrie Katz

Bourbon County Superintendent, Amy Baker announced the hiring of Kerrie M. Katz as the new Bourbon County High School Principal.  Katz received her Bachelor of Science from Southwest Baptist University, Bolivar, and Missouri with a concentration in Sports Management, a Master of Science in Education concentrating in Special Education from Missouri State University and her Specialist in Education Administration and Superintendency also from Southwest Baptist University. She began her career as a Special Education teacher at Bolivar High School and moved on to the position of Special Education Process Coordinator.  Katz spent 9 months working for the Department of Defense Education Agency in Ryukyu Middle School in Okinawa, Japan. Upon her return to the states she has held several positions in Scott County Schools including Special Education Teacher, Dean of Students/BAC, Assistant Principal and Interim Principal. Ms. Katz states that she is looking forward to serving the students and staff members in Bourbon County.

2017 Homecoming 2017 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 Kaycee Scott and King Tyler Whetstine were joined on the field with 10 other king and queen candidates from the senior class, 2 attendants from each class and 3 crown bearers. The Colonels Football Team dominated the entire game for an significate win over Holmes. The last half hour of school on Friday, a flag football game was played between staff and winners of the powder puff tournament held earlier in the week.  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.   Saturday evening was a semi formal homecoming dance in the gymnasium which was very well attended, lots of fun and a great way to close out a busy homecoming week.

2017 Homecoming Pep Rally 2017 Homecoming Pep Rally

Each day at 3:00 a pep rally was held for the student body in the gym the week of Homecoming.  There were various activities including games,  cheerleaders, dance team performances and cheering competition between grades. Students dressed each day with the theme of the day to show their school spirit.  Themes were Magical Mystical Monday, TV Character Tuesday, Out of This World Wednesday, Diapers vs Dentures Thursday and Extreme School Spirit Friday. The final day was a flag football game between the students and staff. Lots of fun activities!