Henderson County Schools

June 2018- Newsletter

Superintendent Message

Profile of A Graduate: It’s More Than Test Scores

On May 18th, 460 high school students walked across the stage at graduation and down the last 8 steps of their high school career. On May 22nd, 70 students from Central Academy graduated. We are proud of our extraordinary graduates and all of their accomplishments.

Additionally, we are extremely proud of Henderson County High School and the recent ranking that the school received from the U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Henderson County High School 27th within Kentucky for high schools. That is within the top 10% of high schools in our state. In addition, HCHS is only 1 of 2 schools to be within this top 10% in western Kentucky. Schools are ranked based on their performance on state-required tests and how well they prepare students for college. Henderson County High School was among the elite schools that scored high enough to earn a Silver Best High Schools “badge.” U.S. News badges are widely recognized as symbols of excellence in education.

This accomplishment is certainly reflective of our vision for Henderson County Schools to excel as a national innovative leader in education.

Excelling as a national innovative leader in education is ever-changing in the 21st century. We want our students to excel both academically and with life skills when they graduate from Henderson County High School. This past school year, we have started to take a deeper dive into what this would look like through the Profile of a Graduate. These are traits that would describe what a learner should know and be able to do before he or she graduates in the 21st century.

It may lead you to ask, “Why does Henderson County Schools need a Profile of a Graduate?”

Changes in society are driving the need for change in education. We have experienced an information revolution that has changed the world, and we now live in a global, knowledge-based economy that emphasizes ideas and innovations. We also face complex political, scientific, health, and environmental issues. These societal changes and challenges affect how we define student readiness for the future.

To achieve 21st-century readiness for every student, developing a shared vision among all key stakeholders regarding the skills that students need to be successful in work, citizenship, and life is critical. Rigorous coursework is not the only expectation we want for our graduates; we need them to be work and employability ready for life. It is about developing a graduate with life skills such as collaboration, communication, accountability, initiation, financial literacy, and critical thinking.

We have been fortunate to have already gained input from over 200 Henderson County School educators and leaders, community members, staff, parents, and students to help guide the process that will help us in creating a Profile of a Graduate. Our next step will be implementation for the 2018-19 school year.

We want to ensure the community that Henderson County Schools is dedicated to providing extraordinary educational opportunities and that our students will excel as national innovate leaders. We are Henderson County Schools and we are strong.

Marganna Stanley

Superintendent of Henderson County Schools

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Board of Education Summer Hours

June 4th - July 27th

Monday through Thursday: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Friday: 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

*The week of July 2nd – 6th is regular office hours with Wednesday the 4th the office being closed for the holiday.

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2018-19 Online Student Registration

Summer Online Registration Help

Parents/guardians in need of Online Registration assistance or computer use during the summer can contact their school (staff is available most days) or contact the
The Technology Support Center next to North Middle School.

Monday-Thursday 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

or by calling 270-831-8784 or emailing OLR@HENDERSON.KYSCHOOLS.US.

New Immunizations Requirements

Starting July 1, 2018, the state of Kentucky will be requiring all students to provide proof of having received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine to attend school. Since the minimum spacing between the two doses is six months, families are asked to complete the following steps as soon as possible to ensure their child is compliant with this new regulation prior to the start of the new school year on August 8, 2018:

  • Consult with your child's healthcare provider to ensure that these vaccines have been given to your child, or make an appointment.
  • Obtain an updated Kentucky Immunization Certificate from your provider.
  • Turn in a copy of a current Immunization to your child's school.

All students age 16 and older must show proof of having received two doses of meningococcal ACWY vaccine (also called MenACWY or Meningitis Booster) to attend school.


Students must turn in a copy by August 8th of receiving at least the first dose of vaccinations.

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HCS Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, on a first-come first-serve basis.
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HCHS Summer Reading Information


Principals to Attend Executive Leadership Training

Sarah Estabrook of Spottsville Elementary and Crissy Sandefur of Jefferson Elementary have both been chosen for Leadership Institute for School Principals Class of 2019

Estabrook and Sandefur were both among the 40 principals in the state selected to participate in the Kentucky Chamber Foundation’s Leadership Institute for School Principals by an advisory board made up of business leaders and school superintendents.

They will begin attending classes this summer at The BB&T Leadership Institute in High Point, North Carolina, in partnership with the Kentucky Chamber Foundation. The BB&T Leadership Institute has customized a program to meet the specific leadership development needs of school administrators. Principals will also attend follow-up sessions in the fall and early next year in Kentucky.

Elementary, middle and high school principals from across Kentucky representing both public and private schools applied for the institute, which is supported by generous donations from businesses across the state. So far, more than $3 million has been spent on over 350 principals from 93 Kentucky counties since the program began in 2011.

“I am truly honored to have been selected to participate in the Kentucky Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Estabrook. “I am excited about the opportunity to grow and develop into a more effective leader that positively impacts student and school achievement.”

“I am so excited and honored to be chosen as a participant in the Leadership Institute for School Principals,” said Sandefur. “As a principal, I strive to grow and develop as a leader each year. I am looking forward to being a part of the executive level leadership training that is provided through this opportunity!”

Kris Mayes Named Director of Special Education

Kris Mayes has been named Director of Special Education for Henderson County Schools.

Mayes received a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Southern Indiana and a Master of Science in Psychology and a Post-Master's Specialist degree in Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University. Mayes also holds a Director of Special Education-Level 1 from the University of the Cumberlands.

Mayes has been with Henderson County Schools since 2008 as a School Psychologist and served this past year as the Special Education Consultant.

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A sweet moment for one HCHS graduate. Emma Phelps was surprised by her brother Private Seth Phelps at the stage steps at graduation.

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Now through July 13th – “Tiny Art” by Henderson County High SoFA Students on display at the Preston Arts Center

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Notification of Change of June Board Meeting Date

The Regular Meeting of the Henderson County Board of Education scheduled for June 18, 2018, is being rescheduled as a Special Board Meeting on Monday, June 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Professional Development Center, 631 North Green Street, Henderson, KY 42420.

About Us

The mission of the Henderson County Schools is to provide extraordinary educational opportunities for every student.

The vision of Henderson County Schools is to excel as a national innovative leader in education.

Core Values

  • Excellence in all we do
  • Authentic service to all
  • Inspire human greatness
  • Genuine relationships are the foundation
    of everything we do
  • Cultivate a community where character matters
  • Own the outreach
  • Be the change agent