Henderson County Schools

July 2018 Newsletter

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Superintendent Message

It seems like yesterday we were ending the school year and starting our summer break. It is hard to believe the first day of school for the 2018-19 school year will be here soon on August 8th. This has been a busy summer break for our students and staff. Students across the district have been participating in summer camps, activities, sports, and keeping up with their reading during the past few months. HCS staff members have been busy with professional learning, organizing classrooms, working on maintenance projects, the summer feeding program, and gearing up for the 2018-19 school year.

Several administrators, district leaders, and teachers have been working all summer on a new initiative for our school district, HCS+ Building a Better Graduate . We recognize that jobs in today's workforce require more than a high school education, Henderson County Schools is committed to graduating students with a diploma plus 21st century world class skills. We are excited to launch this district- wide initiative from pre-K-through high school to ensure all students are career and college ready.

The 2018-19 school year will be an innovative and an extraordinary school year.

Marganna Stanley


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Back to School Events

A.B. Chandler

August 1 - Parent Conversations 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Bend Gate

August 6 - Popsicles on Playground 3:00-6:00 p.m.


July 31 - Back to School Night 5:30-7:00 p.m.

July 31 - Kindergarten Jumpstart will be held on Tuesday, August 7th

9:00-11:00 a.m.

East Heights

July 31st-Welcome Back Night
5:00-7:00 p.m.

August 2nd- Home Visits for families unable to attend Welcome Back Night


July 23 – ABC/123 Kindergarten Night (kindergarten screening) 3:00-6:00 p.m.

Aug 1 - Meet the Teacher Night 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Aug 2 - Home Visit Blitz

Aug 14 - Jaguar Jamboree 5:00-7:00 p.m.


August 2 - Parent Conversations/Home Visits

1:00-4:00 p.m. (conversations) 4:00-5:30 p.m. (home visits)

August 6 - Back to School Ice Cream Social 4:00-6:00 p.m.

South Heights

July 18 - Kindergarten Kick-Off 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

July 26 - Home Visit Blitz 8:00 a.m.


July 31 - Kindergarten Orientation 12:00 noon-1:00 pm

July 31 - Back to School Night

2nd grade: 5:00-5:30 pm

4th grade: 6:00-6:30 pm

August 1 - Back to School Night

1st grade: 5:00-5:30 pm

3rd grade: 6:00-6:30 pm

5th grade: 7:00-7:30 pm

North Middle

July 25 - NMS 6th Grade Orientation 9:00-11:00 a.m.

Students will meet teachers, walk-through their schedule, and practice

the combination on their locker. This is a student-only event. Drop off

and pick-up will be at the front of the building.

South Middle

August 2 - Bulldog University 6th grade 12:30-3:30 p.m.


July 24 - Senior Blitz 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

July 24 - Blue Unit Freshman Orientation 5:30-8:00 p.m.

July 25 - Junior Blitz 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

July 26 - Sophomore Blitz 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

July 31 - Green Unit Freshman Orientation 5:30-8:00 p.m.

August 1 - Red Unit Freshman Orientation 5:30-8:00 p.m.

August 9 - Back to School Luau 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Central Academy

August 2 - Open House for all students 3:00-6:00 p.m.

TBJ Early Learning Center

August 20 – 30

Monday/Wednesday group: Half of the students will come in for a half day

[7:30-10:30 a.m.] on Monday, August 20 and Monday, August 27 and the other

half will come in for a half day on Wednesday, August 22 and Wednesday,

August 29.

Tuesday/Thursday group: Half of the students will come in for a half day

[7:30-10:30 a.m.] on Tuesday, August 21 and Tuesday, August 22 and the other

half will come in for a half day on Thursday, August 23 and Thursday, August 30.

September 4 - First full day

Back to School Readifest

Henderson County Schools Family Resource/Youth Services Centers would like to invite you to Back to School Readifest. This is a wonderful opportunity for families to get everything they need to start school and find out more about community agencies and resources.

Henderson County Schools Back to School Readifest will be held on Tuesday, July 24th from 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon at South Middle School, 800 S. Alves Henderson, KY. Lunch will be provided.

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.

Henderson County Schools Participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program for the 2018-19 School Year

Henderson County Schools will be participating in the National School Lunch Program and the School Breakfast Program with Full Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Implementation. As part of this program, all schools district wide (preschool-high school) will offer breakfast and a lunch every school day at no cost to students for the school year 2018-2019.

Students will be able to participate in this program without having to pay a reimbursable meal fee or submitting a free and reduced application. Families will be asked to complete a Household and Income (HIF) form for each school to maintain other areas of funding for essential student services.

For more information, you may contact Charlotte Baumgartner, Director of Child Nutrition at 270-831-5014 or e-mail at charlotte.baumgartner@henderson.kyschools.us.

Henderson County Schools Preschool Program Schedule Change for 2018-19 School Year

For the 2018-19 school year, the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center will change the schedule from the current four half-days of preschool per week to providing two full days of preschool per week.

After an extensive study of other school districts, this locally designed model was recently approved by the Kentucky Department of Education. This new model of preschool services will still maintain the number of eligible children receiving services and will provide an increase in instructional time.

The new preschool schedule will be: Monday and Wednesdays for North Middle School feeder elementary schools (East Heights, South Heights, Cairo, and Spottsville) and Tuesday and Thursdays for South Middle School feeder elementary schools (Bend Gate Jefferson, Niagara and A.B. Chandler) from 7:30 a.m. -2:45 p.m.

“Our staff is excited to have the students for a full day as it will allow for an hour and a half additional dedicated instruction time per day. We believe this change will improve attendance for our preschoolers. The districts who have implemented similar schedules have had success and we look forward to trying this innovative approach,” states Ginger Ashby, Principal of Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center.

If you have any questions or to register your child for preschool, please contact the Thelma B. Johnson Early Learning Center at 270-854-014

Extracurricular Activities

Extracurricular activities are something that schools, parents/guardians, and other organizations talk about a lot. What does “extracurricular” mean anyway? According to Webster’s Dictionary the definition states - “not falling within the scope of a regular curriculum; specifically: of or relating to officially or semi-officially approved and usually organized student activities (such as athletics) connected with school and usually carrying no academic credit.” While as a student gets older there are many more opportunities for extracurricular activities, there are still many opportunities for younger students as well.

Each person in this world, including children, has been given many different gifts. Growing those gifts as a child matures gives them tools to become active citizens. We can all remember the person who guided us along the way whether it be a piano teacher, art enthusiast, coach, business leader, mentor, regular education teacher, church leader or a specialized instructor in farming, automotive, welding, computer science, carpentry, marketing, business, health sciences, community service who taught us more than what was specifically in the curriculum.


Written by
Shawna Evans

Henderson County High School-Youth Services Center Coordinator

Schedule a HCS Presentation and Tour

Would you like to schedule a speaking presentation from Henderson County Schools or would you like to tour one of our extraordinary schools? We can make that happen.

Simply call the HCS Communications Department and we can arrange for a representative from Henderson County Schools to speak at your next group or club meeting and/or set up a tour for your group, business, or organization.

We are Henderson County Schools and we are committed to community engagement.

Megan Mortis, Public Information Officer

Contact Megan by phone or email:



Cindy Williams, Public Relations Officer

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Henderson County FFA chapter attended the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Camp this summer.

On July 9th-13th the Henderson County FFA chapter had the opportunity to visit Hardinsburg Kentucky to attend the Kentucky FFA Leadership Training Camp.

The officers and committee chairmen of the chapter each attended a class everyday to teach them more about their position for 2018-2019 school year. This camp not only taught members new skills through their officer class but also allowed us to make new friends through the athletic groups in which every chapter was split into teams.

Our chapter was also allowed the opportunity to go through a ropes which challenged us to better communicate with one another and work together as a team. Henderson County was just 1 chapter among 22 other chapters attending camp the same week.

Our very own Kate Mcindoo was awarded the outstanding leadership award for the week along with Hunter Book and Allysa Beard winning the athletic award for their athletic team winning overall for the week.

Pictured below are attending members.

Front row left to right- Riley Lovell, Alyssa Vandiver, Allysa Beard, Sofia Krampe, Salle Stovall, Janae Bailey, Maddie Blandford, Kate Mcindoo, Brianna Payne, and Olivia Lacer

Back row left to right- Weston Melton, Jon Nunez, Jacob Vaughn, Hunter Book, and A.J. Billings.

Written by FFA Reporter, Olivia Lacer

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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