Bowling Green High School

October 14, 2016

Ron Skillern selected as semifinalist for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

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Nine outstanding teachers from across the state – three elementary, three middle and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, including Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School.

Winners of the Elementary, Middle and High School Teacher of the Year Awards, in addition to the overall 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, will be announced at a ceremony at 10 a.m. ET on October 19, in the Rotunda of the Capitol Building in Frankfort.


Competing for Elementary Teacher of the Year are:

  • Kim Delaney, Longbranch Elementary, Boone County
  • Kellie Jones, Taylor County Elementary, Taylor County
  • Jennifer C. O’Daniel, Olive Hill Elementary, Carter County

Middle school semifinalists are:

  • Sarah Mills, Eastside Middle School, Bullitt County
  • Candida Murphy, Robert D. Campbell Junior High, Clark County
  • Brandi F. Smith, Madison Middle School, Madison County

In the high school category, the semifinalists are:

  • Tricia Shelton, Boone County High School, Boone County
  • Ron A. Skillern, Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Independent
  • Cathy Conley, Knott County Central High School, Knott County


The nine semifinalists are among 24 educators who were named 2017 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award (TAA) winners. They were chosen based on their scores from the first round of judging, which was conducted by a blue-ribbon panel of veteran educators. Applications included information on nominees' teaching philosophies, teaching experiences, involvement in their respective communities and letters of recommendation.

Classroom visits and personal interviews with each of the nine semifinalists will result in the selection of the 2017 Elementary School, Middle School and High School Teachers of the Year. A culmination of these scores results in the selection of the 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. This individual then will represent Kentucky in the 2017 National Teacher of the Year competition.


Valvoline will present the 24 Teacher Achievement Award recipients with cash awards and certificates at the awards ceremony in Frankfort. In addition to cash awards, the three Kentucky Teachers of the Year also will receive custom-designed glassware commemorating their accomplishments, and all 24 educators will be honored at a special luncheon that day.


The Kentucky Teacher Awards program combines the best elements of what was formerly known as the Ashland Teacher Achievement Awards. Since Valvoline is now an independent, publicly traded company headquartered in Lexington, Ky., the company is now sponsoring the Teacher Achievement Awards and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year programs. This marks the 16th year the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland/Valvoline have partnered to honor Kentucky educators. Since 1988, approximately $776,500 has been awarded to 524 teachers in grades K to 12.

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Jeremy Tucker selected as Microsoft Featured Educator

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LEAD Academy Focus Group

Students analyzing protest Music from the Great Depression, Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam War, and War on Drugs

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Health Science Students Dressed for Success

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WWII vet Jacob Miller spoke to our US History classes about being drafted his senior year of HS & serving in Europe 1944-45.

Annual Trip to Washington DC

BGHS Carpentry Students

District Soccer Tournament

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Volleyball All-Tourney Team Members

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Sunrise inside the Dome of Champions

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Cheer Clinic This Weekend!

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The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC)

The Lieutenant Governor’s Entrepreneurship Challenge (LGEC) is a tiered business pitch competition for all Kentucky high school students grades 9-12. It is intended to introduce students to a realistic competitive business environment, as well as promote business ownership and lifelong learning. Apply HERE

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Upcoming Industry Field Trips

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Field trips are scheduled to Constellium (October 20) and Kobe Aluminum (October 27). Each trip will include a plant tour and a conversation with Human Resources about important soft skills for the workplace! As a bonus, Kobe is a partner with SKYFAME, so interested students should DEFINITELY come along! Permission slips can be found on the bulletin board outside of Mrs. O'Rourke's office. There are 30 spots available for each tour. Permission slips for Constellium are due back on Monday, October 17, and for Kobe on Monday, October 24. Contact Mrs. O'Rourke for more information.

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SKYFAME Program

Kelcie Richert with SKYFAME will be at our school on October 27 to talk about the program! She will also have a Parent's Night in our theater at 6:00 that evening. SKYFAME allows students to be sponsored by a manufacturing company and work 3 days a week while going to school 2 days a week at the Franklin branch of SKYCTC. After 5 semesters, students will have a FREE associate's degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology, 2 years of work experience - at a minimum of $12/hour AND paying into retirement AND getting full benefits, a guaranteed job, and an incredible network of professional to connect with!!! Advanced Manufacturing is the fastest growing field in our community with 4,500 new jobs expected by the year 2020. This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity for our students, and a great way to consider an alternative path to engineering! Direct any questions to Mrs. O'Rourke!

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BETA Club Meeting

What: Beta Club Meeting

When: Wednesday, October 19th @ 3:15 (over by 4)

Where: Ms. Morgan's Room (SCI-7)

Who: Returning Members (Sophomore - Senior)

Regarding: 3rd District Beta Meeting and Competition

Note: Earn an hour's worth of points for attending!

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Speech Team News

Good luck to 4 members of the BGHS Speech team who are heading to Brentwood, TN to a pre-season speech tournament at Ravenwood High School.


The team's regular season starts Nov. 5.

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NHS Induction Ceremony

Wednesday, October 19th at 3:10 pm, Mrs. Faulkner's room (Bus 7)

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Report Cards were delivered to all students this morning during first period

Infinite Campus Parent Portal:

Access Attendance, Grades and Behavior.

You can also print progress reports, report cards and transcripts.

Download the App on your mobile phone or you can access through the BGISD website.

Need Help With The FASFA?

Bowling Green High School will be offering FAFSA completion help to parents of Seniors on October 25, 26 & 27 from 8:30 am - 3:05 pm. Please reserve your time slot by clicking on this link and selecting a time.

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Free ACT Reviews!

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SUPPORT THE BGHS PTO!

Join the Parent –Teacher Organization - $10.00. Money is used to support the faculty, staff and students at Bowling Green High School. Send money or check in an envelope labeled PTO to the office.

Kroger Community Rewards Enrollment

Keep the rewards coming! Re-enrollment for the 2016-2017 Kroger Plus Card program started August 1.

https:// www.Kroger.com/communityrewards

1. Create and account

2. Register your Kroger Plus Card

3. Use the BGHS reward #22915

If you do not have access to a computer, call 1-8000-Krogers. Option 3, to register your Kroger Plus Card.

Kroger sends BGHS a quarterly contribution check based on the number of participants and money spent.

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BGHS Site Based Decision Making Council

The focus of this council is to improve the quality of instruction that is being delivered to the students in our school. The council meets regularly on the fourth Monday of every month at 5:15PM in the front conference room. If you have concerns, questions, and/or comments about our school, as well as possible suggestions for addressing these concerns, please feel free to contact any of the following SBDM Council Members.


William King Principal

Natalie Croney Teacher

Kristen Tinch Teacher

Blake Settle Teacher

Annette Ballard Parent

Amy Buchanan Parent

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Archery Team News

Archery practice in Softball Field House each Monday and Tuesday 3:30-5

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Yankee Candle Fundraiser for BGHS Library

Help support your school library while shopping for holiday gifts!


Our school receives 40% of all your online purchases! All proceeds benefit our school library and will be used to purchase new books, new furniture, and additional coffee house supplies.


To shop online:

Visit www.yankeecandlefundraising.com and enter our Group Number #990053782 in the "Start Shopping" box. Then shop for catalog items and online exclusives to help us reach our goal. All online purchases will ship to your house!

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Would Your Student Like To Travel Abroad?

Don't miss out on your next chance to travel abroad with a group from BGHS! We are visiting Germany, Italy, Switzerland, and France in 2017 and Australia, New Zealand, and Hawaii in 2018. Each trip has travel spots still available, but please don't delay. Prices increase each month, so try to lock in your lowest price by acting quickly.

Visit these links for more information:

2017 tour www.eftours.com/1809234kf

2018 tour www.eftours.com/1819026yw

(For those of you interested in a tour for 2019, look for announcements regarding it after fall break.) For additional information, please email or visit Ms. Lowder in E2.

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Alumni News

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Jalen Brown, a native of Bowling Green, KY and a 2013 graduate of Bowling Green High School, was crowned the 2016 Mr. Kentucky State University, last night at the KSU. Congratulations Jalen!

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If you have alumni news, we'd love to hear about it and share it with the rest of Purple Nation. Send all news to william.king@bgreen.kyschools.us with a subject line: 'Newsletter.'

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