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Bourbon County Teachers Honored 2017

Three Bourbon County Teachers were honored at Campbellsville University. 190 teachers throughout 69 Kentucky school districts were honored for excellence in teaching at the 31th annual ceremony. Lydia Austin, North Middletown Elementary School; Tiffany Bagley, Bourbon County Middle School; and Amy Hynes, Bourbon County High School. Dr. Donna Hedgepath, vice president for academic affairs, and Dr. Beverly Ennis, dean of the School of Education presented the certificates to the teachers before a luncheon in Winters Dining Hall. Hedgepath, who has taught in the public-school system, told the teachers, "We celebrate you today. You can’t pay enough money for wonderful teachers. We applaud the best of the best of teachers today.".

Austin teaches art and physical education at North Middletown Elementary School, where she has been working since 2005. Austin graduated from George Rogers Clark High School in 1999. Then, she attended University of Kentucky, where she obtained her bachelor of arts degree in 2004 and her master of science degree in 2009.

Bagley teaches eighth grade language arts at Bourbon County Middle School, where she has worked since 2008. She graduated in 2000 from Barren County High School. In 2005, Bagley obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Corporate Communication from Western Kentucky University. In 2010, she obtained a master in education from Morehead State University.

Hynes is an English teacher at Bourbon County High School, where she has taught since 2015. She graduated in 2006 from Napoleon High School in Napoleon, Mich. In 2014, Hynes obtained a bachelor of arts degree from Midway College.

Bourbon Graduates 205 Seniors graduation

The graduating class of 2017 made their final entrance into Bourbon County High School as students Friday Evening, May 18th for the Commencement Program. The Concert Band played "Pomp and Circumstance" as the Senior Class marched in for the Commencement Program. David Horseman gave the Welcome followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Jacob Foley. Holli Roe gave the Invocation with the Introduction of Platform Guests by Emily Perdue . "Summer Evening" by Flutists Cherish Derrickson and Emily Perdue, was the first special music presentation. The Commencement Address was given by Madison Ketchersid. The Choral Special Music for the evening was "Home" by Benjamin Fooks, Brittany Jolly, Tristan McIntosh and Ryan Ferrell. . Graduates who wore additional honor designations with their robes were recognized by Peyton Lowe. Amy Baker presented diplomas as Shane Mitchell read the graduates names. The Benediction was given by Peyton Lowe followed by the Recessional.

Baccalaureate for Bourbon Seniors Baccalaureate

It was a beautiful evening as seniors of the Bourbon County High School Class of 2017 assembled outside to prepare for their Baccalaureate Service. This years’ service was at Bedford Acres Christian Church, Sunday May 14th. The Processional music began playing as the seniors marched in and took their seat among those who gathered to share the event. Peyton Lowe, the Senior Class President, gave the Welcome. The Invocation followed by Emily Perdue, the Senior Class Public Relations Officer. The Special Music for the evening was "See You Again" sang by Rachel Graham. Jacob Foley, Senior Class Treasurer, introduced the guest speaker. Carl Willoughby is a Bourbon Conty Middle School Teacher and Youth Paster for Bedford Acres Christian Church. A side show of photos submitted by the students was shown entitled "Senior Class Memories". Holli Roe, Senior Class Vice President gave the Benediction. Seniors exited the sancuary to instrumental music for the Recessional. Following the service, seniors were greeted by family and friends outside the church for photos.

New Vision and Mission

The Bourbon County ALL stakeholder group met on March 14 and 21 to review/revise our Vision and Mission of the Bourbon County School District.  The stakeholder group developed core beliefs, core values to ensure the integrity of the foundation in which our Vision and Mission are built from.  We invite you to review our work, that was created with students, community members, school level employees, as well as Central Office employees, and BOE representation.  We ask for your valuable input and comments on this important work to assist our schools and district in a united effort for ALL our our students and staff of the Bourbon County School District.  Thank you in advance for your time.  

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Choirs Performs For Kentucky Music Educators Association

There was plenty of music around Bourbon County as the various choirs prepared for the KMEA Choral Assessment in Lexington. The choirs preformed for family and friends at the middle school auditorium. The evening began with the 6th Grade Chorus singing Funiculi, Funicula, Path to the Moon and Sixteen Tons. The 7th & 8th Grade Chorus sang Clap Your Hands and Listen to the Rain.The Bourbon Bellas, a female ensombal, sang Song of Spring and Kentucky Jazz Jam. The last group to perform was the High School Choir. Kyrie, Sound of Silence,See You Again and All Join Hands.

All choirs brought home distinguished ratings from KMEA District VII Choral Assessment. The high school chorus is under the direction of Eric Hale. The middle school choirs are under the direction of Sue Ellen Ballard.

Operation Preparation

On March 31, Bourbon County High School had an exciting day that was filled with an overwhelming number of community volunteers serving as mentors/advisors participating in the statewide initiative, Operation Preparation for our sophomore students. Nearly fifty-five volunteers started the day with an orientation which provided them with important information needed to assist in their role for the event. The 10th grade students were able to meet one on one with an advisor to discuss future college and/or career plans. The community advisors used the student’s Individual Learning Plan (ILP) to discuss the student’s career aspirations, required education/training and workforce skills. The community advisors had been trained with being able to use guiding questions to engage students in discussions to evaluate whether they are on target to meet future goals and if they are taking classes to truly prepare them for future success.

Each advising session took about 20 to 30 minutes and was designed to provide both information and inspiration for the students to achieve college/career readiness in order to prepare for their future. Operation Preparation gave our community volunteers an opportunity to help prepare students for a globally competitive world and becoming ready to meet the demands of the 21st century.

"Our district is appreciative of the tremendous volunteer turnout. It is great to live in a community where there are so many wonderful people that believe in our students and want to help them in achieving their academic and career goals. We look forward to next year’s Operation Preparation event." stated Amy Baker, Superintendent.

WLEX 18’s Bill Meck Presents “Bill’s Weather 101”




A Lexington weather celebrity visited North Middletown Elementary just in time for severe weather season in the area. WLEX 18 weatherman Bill Meck visited the school to present his segment "Bill's Weather 101". Meck, who has been forecasting the weather for more than 30 years, demonstrated lighting, thunder, hail and hurricanes by using the students as components. He explained how meteorologists develop temperature and weather forecasts.

"Sister Act" Sister Act

Bourbon County Schools Drama Department have produced another one of their outstanding plays!  This year it is "Sister Act", the story of a lounge singer who witnesses her mobster boyfriend killing an employee. Under the witness protection program, she is placed in a convent and ordered to join the church choir. 

The community productions will be Thursday and Friday March 23 & 24 at 7:00 pm.  A Saturday Matinee will be at  March 25 at 2:00 pm. Tickets may be obtained on line at www.25086.smallvenueticketing.com or by calling Bourbon County High School at 859-987-2185. All performances will be in the Bourbon County Schools Auditorium connected to the high school.  Tickets are $10 or $12 at the door.


Open The Deal

Over 200 eighth graders attended the third annual "Open the Deal" program at Bourbon County High School.The "Open the Deal" event was designed as an opportunity for middle school students to obtain knowledge needed to be successful throughout their four years in high school. . The program began with Superintendent Amy Baker and High School Principal David Horseman addressing the Class. Former Bourbon County graduate,  Matt Koch was the keynote speaker with valuable information about how to obtain future goals. Following the speech, the students were involved in table talk discussions with different presenters, which were centered around information on college and career readiness, Dual Credit and Advanced Placement courses, the Area Technical Center, Expectations for high school, Career Pathways, and Extra-Curricular and Support Services. Groups of 8th graders were  guided on a tour of the high school by current high school students. Everyone had the opportunity to visit several college booths as well as booths for the various high school clubs and activities they could participate in during their high school years. 

Parents of students from the Class of 2021 attended another version of Open the Deal later that evening. Parents started the night by touring the high school. Later they broke out into groups and rotated through three informational sessions on topics that were shared with their children during the day. The goal of this event was to help create an easier transition for both students and parents from their midde school years to high school.

Kindergarten Early Enrollment

-Beginning with the upcoming school year, children entering kindergarten must be five (5) years old on or before August 1 (Up until now, the cutoff was October 1).

-Parents/Guardians may request an early enrollment option for those students not meeting the entry age requirement (Birthdays after August 1 through September 30).

-Please help communicate this to any friends or relatives who may have a child that will be of Kindergarten age for 2017-2018.

-Specific questions about kindergarten enrollment, and the district's early admission policy, should be directed to Melinda Malin, at the Preschool Center, 987-2183, or Jim Ishmael, DPP, 987-2180 x1135.

-Additional information can be found on the Kentucky Department of Education's website: KDE: Early Entrance Into Kindergarten

Band Choral Concert

The Christmas Program for all levels of band and chorus was held together for a pack house. The evening began with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade chorus in the middle school auditorium. The program consisted of "Be Joyful in the Lord", "Feliz Navidad", "So This is Christmas", "Lux Aeterna", "Christmas....in about Three Minutes" and "Mary, Did You Know?" The middle school choral program is under the direction of Sue Ellen Ballard. The high school chorus followed with "Ring Those Christmas Bells", "Everything I Do", "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen", "He Shall Reign Forever "and "Build Me Up Butter Cup". This group is under the direction of Eric Hale. At the end of the choral concert, everyone was asked to move into the middle school gym. The band program began with the sixth grade band playing "Jolly Old St. Nicholas", "Good King Wenceslas", "Jingle Bells" and "Deck the Holidays". The seventh and eighth grade band followed with "Olde English Carol", "Carol of the Kings" and "Christmas Angels". The high school band finished the evening with "Fanfare on Joy To The World", "Away In a Manger" and "Bring a Torch". Band directors are Michael Stone and Eric Hale.

A Choral Program

Choral groups from the Bourbon County High and Bourbon County Middle School presented a variety of music just before the holidays.  The evening began with the sixth, seventh and eighth grade chorus in the middle school auditorium. The program consisted of "Be Joyful in the Lord", "Feliz Navidad", "So This is Christmas", "Lux Aeterna", "Christmas....in about Three Minutes" and "Mary, Did You Know?" The middle school choral program is under the direction of Sue Ellen Ballard. The high school chorus followed with "Ring Those Christmas Bells", "Everything I Do", "God Rest You Merry Gentlemen", "He Shall Reign Forever "and "Build Me Up Butter Cup". This group is under the direction of Eric Hale.

Cane Ridge Elementary Christmas Program

The Bourbon County High School Gymnasium was full of lots of music and holiday cheer for the Cane Ridge Elementary Christmas Program! Parents, grandparents and friends all gathers to hear the various classes perform their favorate carols. The program began with an introduction from Principal Dana Hill. Te Cane Ridge Elementary Choir were the first to perform with

"Feels Like Christmas", "Peace,Peace", and "Deck The Rooftop".The fifth grade classes sang "Jolly Old Saint Nicholas" followed by the fourth grade class singing "Over The River and Through The Woods". The third grade classes sang "Oh, Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem" and the second grade classes sang "Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers". The first grade sang "Up On The Housetop" and Kindergarten sang "Must Be Santa". The evening concluded with "We Wish You A Merry Christmas" by both students and audience. The program was under the direction of Rhonda Compton, music teacher.

Second Graders Sing For Retiree Brunch

The Central Office Retirees and Staff were treated to a special Christmas performance by  the Second Graders of Bourbon Central Elementary. The annual brunch was December 12th at the Central Office Board Room.  The song selections were "Jolly Ole Saint Nicholas", Winter Wonderland", "Jingle Bells", "Winter Wonderland" and "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town". The group was under the direction of Music Director, Kevin Akers.

Bourbon Seventh Grade Chorus Sing for Kentucky Retired Teachers Association

The Bourbon County Middle School Chorus were the featured program at Spindletop Hall for the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.The program consisted of "Be Joyful in the Lord", "Feliz Navidad", "So This is Christmas", "Lux Aeterna", "Christmas....in about Three Minutes" and  "Mary, Did You Know?" Speakers were Carol Cockrell, Logan Dennis and Cade Goebel. Soloists were Dominic Roberts and Erin Cain. Retirees participated in identifing Christmas Carols during one of the presentations  and joined in for a "sing a long" at the end. The choir is under the direction of Sue Ellen Ballard.

Colonelette Dance Team Do Halloween Show Colonelette Dance Team


Football fans had a special treat at half time when the Bourbon County Colonettes did their annual Halloween performance.  The dance was the the song,"Let the Bodies Hit the Floor". 

They plan on doing the show at one of the  basketball game this winter as well. Members of the dance team are Makenzie Perry, Hope Motley, Hailey Hunsinger, Casey Beheler, Maranda Barnett, Macy Lail, Rachel Graves-Dobson, Addie Lindsay, Gema Najera, Kat childress, Graceyn Earlywine, Maddie Walters.  The group is under the direction of Candace Beauman.

Award Winning Bourbon County Marching Band

This year's program is titled "Perspective." When asked about the inspiration behind this year's masterpiece, Mr. Hale said , "It is dedicated to the wise, good, wild, and grave men out there including my father." The concept of the show is narrated with excerpts from the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night." 

 The opener, The Firebird Suite by Igor Starvinsky, represents the wise and good side of a man. Frank Ticheli's Blue Shade's is used to represent the wild side in all men. The ballad, "I am not Yours" by Z. Randall Stroope represents the grave man and how he sees his life. The closer "Dark Night of the Soul" by Ola Gjeilo represents the author's father and his struggle to accept death. The Bourbon County Marching band is directed by Eric Hale with assistance by Michael Stone. 


New Resource Officer Named SRO Michael Dempsey

The new SRO (School Resource Officer) for Bourbon County Schools is Michael Dempsey. Mr Dempsey was trained by the Department of Criminal Justice in Richmond and is a 17 year veteran of the Paris Police Force. Born in Paintsville, he grew up in Ashland, Kentucky and is a graduate of Paul Blazer High School. He attended Ohio University Southern Campus and Ashland Community College. Dempsey spent several years as Program Director for radio and television in Central Virginia, Dallas and Washington D.C. as well as owner of radio station AM1380 for 2 years. He will begin his day at Bourbon County High School where his office will be located. The remainder of his day will be doing walk throughs and patroling parking lots at the various schools in the system.

Little Sis Cheer Clinic Routine

The Bourbon County Cheerleaders held their annual Little Sis Cheer Clinic on Saturday from 9:00 to 12:00 a.m.  The little cheerleaders were instructed on cheers, gymnastics and stunts by the Varsity Cheerleaders.  The cheer and dance the group learned was performed at the Pink Out Football game October 14th.

North Middletown Elementary Tries Flexible Seating

North Middletown Elementary began their school year by trying "Flexible Seating" in their classrooms this year. Students have alternate type seating rather than the traditional desk/tables with chairs. Students have a choice of sitting on stools; floor pillows; inflatable balls; chairs around a dinner table; bucket chairs; carpet areas etc. Teachers are very excited to try flexible seating and have researched all summer on the benefits.

Teachers at NMES realize that the classroom environment should be conducive to open collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. This is hard to achieve when students are sitting in rows at desks. Teachers at North Middletown Elementary are allowing students to choose their best spot for learning in hopes of keeping students engaged longer. Studies show that students are empowered when they have an opportunity for choice and become more successful academically. Students also understand that the teacher reserves the right to move them from their choice spot if they aren't fully engaged and able to work with their peers.

by Gail Mullins

Opening Day For Staff of Bourbon County Schools

The 2016-2017 school year once again began with Opening Day Ceremonies on August 9th. The morning began at 7:30 with a catered breakfast in the Bourbon County High School Cafeteria supplied by Paris/Bourbon County Chamber of Commerce, Traditional Bank, CPS, Kenway, R. J. Roberts Insurance and Central Bus Sales. An awards program followed in the Bourbon County High School Auditorium. The program began with a Welcome from Superintendent Amy Baker followed by a Devotion by Ms. Olivia Dotson. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mr. Doug Ahrens , Mr. John Williams and Mr. Charles Lamb with Ms Kendyll Clark singing the National Anthem. Special Recognition was by Mrs. Amy Baker and Ms. Alexis Edwards. The School Board Members and Central Office Administrators were introduced followed by the Principals from each building who recoginzed new staff. Mr. Jim Ishmael and Ms. Arianna Penney presented Perfect Attendance Awards, Dr. Neely Traylor and Mr. Mick Seither announced Years of Service, Ms. Darlene Gee and Ms. Sydney Lowe presented Colonel Award Winners, Mrs. Amy Baker and Mr. Ben Fooks presented FRED Awards, and Mrs. Andrea Kiser and Ms. Brionna Roberts presented Starfish Awards. The final event before staff went to their perspective buildings was drawing for door prizes.

Opening Day 2016

Join us for:

Breakfast- 7:30 to 8:30 in the Bourbon County High School Cafeteria

Awards Program- 8:30 in the Bourbon County High School Auditorium

August 9th

Bourbon Band Presents "Perspective"

The 2016 Bourbon County Marching Band has started off their competitive season with a plethora of accolades. On September 17, they were recognized as Reserve Grand Champions at the Lafayette Invitational. On September 24 they earned the Grand Champion title at the Nelson County Pageant of Bands. And on October 1 they were crowned Grand Champions at the Simon-Kenton Mid-states band competition. The band will be closed out their season by hosting the Class AAA KMEA Regionals on October 22, KMEA State Competition in Louisville on October 29, and Mid-states Championships in Mason, OH on November 5.

Homecoming 2016 Homecoming Royalty

It was a beautiful night for football and homecoming royalty Friday evening. Eight representatives from each class were presented as they walked through waving flags. Two representative from each class were selected to be homecoming attendants followed by the crowning of the King and Queen, Quinn Lehmann and  Austin Harries. Homecoming Attendants were Freshman-Jesus Ordaz and Olivia Langfels,Sophomore-Karly Black and Ethan French, Junior-Avery Patrick and Tyler Treilobs. The Bourbon County Football Team came from behind to win the game against Mason County in an action packed homecoming game. Earlier in the day a pep rally was held with a dance contest, spirit stick competition and a flag football playoff between Sunday’s Powder Puff winner and members of the high school staff ending in a tie. The students joined in all the Homecoming fanfare each day by dressing in different themes as follows: Tie-Dye Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Tourist Thursday and Color War Friday. Following the game was a homecoming dance in the guymasium. A memorable and fun week for Bourbon County Colonels!