Getting ready for start of school

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By Mallory Bilger

The first day of school is just around the corner for Spencer County Public School students and there is some important information both parents and students should know before showing up on Aug. 11.

Taylorsville Elementary School

Taylorsville Elementary students can expect few changes this school year.

Principal Chuck Abell said efforts are underway to enhance the technological opportunities available to students, including the addition of SMART Board electronic white boards to the classrooms. Abell said he is hoping the boards will be installed sometime in September.

“We’re looking to enhance the technology the kids are using. It’s due to the generosity of our community members and parents that supported those endeavors,” Abell said of those who’ve donated money and resources toward enhancing school technology.

The doors at TES will open this year at 8:15 a.m. Despite a recent decision by the Spencer County Board of Education to start class at 8:50 a.m., Abell wants parents and students to know that the previous start time of 8:45 a.m. should still be the target time for students to be in class.

“We’re going strong at 8:45 a.m.,” Abell said.

Classes end at 3:35 p.m.

Abell said he’s excited about the year and looks forward to continuing some very positive reading and math programs at TES.

“We’re just going to continue to fine-tune some of the wonderful things that we have going on here,” he said.

For more information call the school at 502-477-3339 or visit http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/sch/tes/.

Spencer County Elementary School

Spencer County Elementary School will welcome Dale Kleinjan as its new principal this year. Kleinjan was principal at the school previously for 13 years and returned to SCES from a position as an assistant principal at Spencer County High School.

Kleinjan is looking forward to leading the school into a strong academic future and creating an atmosphere of which students want to be a part. He said he doesn’t have many changes planned for the school.

“Really, right now we’re pretty much going with what we had in the past. Part of that is because there hasn’t been any great call for any particular changes. We’re going to be looking at some things during the course of the year and looking at programs,” he said.

SCES’ doors open at 8:15 a.m. with classes starting at 8:50 a.m. However, Kleinjan encouraged parents to try to have their children in class by 8:45 a.m. so everyone could get a jump-start on the day.

Classes dismiss at 3:35 p.m.

For more information contact SCES at 502-477-6950 or visit http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/sch/sces/.

Spencer County Middle School

Spencer County Middle School will welcome Erin Demyan as its new assistant principal for academics this fall.

Demyan has taught social studies and math at SCMS for the past four years. Principal Ed Downs said Demyan brings with her the ability to connect and identify with middle schoolers, along with a passion for her students.

“She is young, driven and hungry. She has been very instrumental in leading social studies professional learning communities and as gotten them all going in the right direction,” Downs said of Demyan’s expertise.

The middle school is also implementing its first-ever character education program in which students will learn about bullying and how to prevent it. Students will also learn positive conflict resolution strategies and be encouraged to talk about problems they face in school.

There have been some slight changes to the school’s dress code including that no holes will be allowed in any students’ pants. Students are reminded that no spaghetti-strap tops or shirts donning graphic messages are allowed.

SCMS doors open at 7:05 a.m. with classes starting at 7:45 a.m. and ending at 2:20 p.m.

For more information contact SCMS at 502-477-3260 or visit http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/sch/scms/.

Spencer County High School

High school Principal Jocelyn Lyons is excited about spending her second year as Spencer County High School’s first-ever female principal. She said her goals of preparing students for the world while creating a fun learning environment continue to be her goals.

SCHS will welcome several new teachers and many new classes have been added to the schedule including photo journalism, criminal psychology, environmental science, arts and humanities, sports and entertainment marketing, travel and tourism marketing, agrobiology, dynamics of leadership and advanced placement human geography. Also added to the schedule include four classes taught in-house through Campbellsville University. Those courses include world history, algebra, chemistry and biology. Lyons said students must go through CU’s admissions process in order to enroll in those courses.

Lyons said she is excited that more students than ever before are taking college courses and attending vocational programs.

“We’re really trying to push the need to do something different,” she said.

Major changes to the school’s dress code this year include that all tops must have collars and sleeves. Pants cannot be sagging. Students will be allowed “spirit wear” which includes clothing promoting SCHS or other college, university or technical schools. For a full copy of the school’s dress code, contact Lyons at jocelyn.lyons@spencer.kyschools.us.

Spencer County High School’s doors open at 7:15 a.m. with the first period beginning at 7:45 a.m. Classes end at 2:20 p.m.

To contact SCHS call 502-477-3255 or visit http://publicschools.spencercounty.ky.gov/sch/schs/.