May 17, 2016


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Dear Parents,

Making improvements is a continuing goal. I am always searching for ways we can make our school even better. We have made many strides this year in improving our curriculum. We have worked to better define our English and Language Arts curriculum and our Mathematics curriculum. Teachers are working on their pacing guides, which will be completed this week. These documents will allow us to look closer at our curriculum and to examine where collaboration can take place. It is easier for teachers to review one another’s pacing guides to locate where partnerships can take place among grade levels or subject areas. Collaboration increases student success by maximizing the educational experience.

Next year, we will be working on our science curriculum. Mrs. Ann Roberts will become our new kindergarten teacher, with Mrs. Sharon Preston retiring after forty years of service at Christ the King School. We are happy for Mrs. Preston, but she will be greatly missed. Previously, in addition to PreK4, Mrs. Roberts taught Science Lab. Because Science Lab was a weekly special, it was not always in conjunction with elementary teachers’ science units. Therefore, the content of the labs did not always match up. For example, fourth grade may be studying one science topic in their class, but when they get to Science Lab it might cover a different topic altogether. We will be working to align the two.

The plan is for the Science Lab Foss kits to be better incorporated into our elementary curriculum. While we will not have a separate Science Lab teacher, our elementary homeroom teachers will be regularly using the Science Lab for their science classes. Teaching these labs in isolation does not provide the maximum benefits. Teaching them within the context of the classroom will allow teachers to incorporate the topics not only into their science lessons, but literature, religion, math, etc. We know this change will improve our elementary science program.

Again, we are excited about new improvements at our school. Please know that we always strive to provide our students with the very best education possible. We greatly appreciate your support and encouragement. To stay abreast of changes and updates over the summer, follow me on Twitter @psmith_ckslex. In addition, we will continue to provide News Notes once a month during the summer. We will get back to our weekly schedule in August. Also, watch for our end-of-year mailing that will include your child(ren)’s test scores. Thank you for a fabulous school year, and have an enjoyable and safe summer!

Many blessings,

Paula Smith, Ed.S.

Principal, Christ the King School


Dear Parents,

I wanted to inform you that I will not be returning to Christ the King School next year. My husband and I are moving to Louisville to be closer to family. It has been a pleasure working at Christ the King School for the last three years! I feel very blessed to have worked at such a wonderful school. I appreciate the opportunity to have served both the families and the school.


Heather Gossom, 4B


Dear Parents,

It is with regret and excitement that I write to inform you that I have accepted a new teaching position in the Fayette County Public School System. It has been a great pleasure working with each of you and your children. My time at here at CKS has really helped me in my teaching career, and I will hold so many great memories from this school, memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. I cannot thank you all enough for bringing me in and making me feel so welcome in my time here. Everyone has been so warm and welcoming not only to me but to my family as well. The Lord has a plan for each and every one of us and I am being called to take what I have gained from this school and share His word with others. You all are all amazing people, and the staff and students have taught me so much in my career here. Please know you will all be greatly missed. One verse that has been my guide in my decision is from Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” I appreciate being able to have served you and Christ the King School.

Thank you,

Alan Turner, PE


If you weren't able to make it to the Academic Awards Ceremony last week, we have it on YouTube in two formats:

- Traditional:

- 360⁰ (viewable in the YouTube app on a mobile device and on modern browsers with an HTML5 player; this video is separated into three parts): (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)


Field Day for 1st through 7th is this Thursday. These students should follow the Student Handbook dress code as usual for non-uniform days. Athletic shoes are highly recommended for this outdoor activity (the forecast is looking good).


Friday is Mad Mushroom Day, but it is NOT a spirit day. Students must be in uniform the last day of school. Students in grades 1 through 7 will be dismissed for the summer at 1:15 p.m.


Lost and found items not claimed by dismissal Friday will be donated. Please visit the table by the cafeteria if you or your child is missing anything.


We would like to recognize the students who recently participated in the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification Program’s 4-6th Grade Talent Search. To qualify, students must meet the following criteria: a) they must be in fourth, fifth, or sixth grade; and b) they must have scored at the 95th percentile or above on a standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test.

Not all students who qualified chose to enroll in the 4th-6th grade Talent Search, but we would like to recognize those students who are new to the program and who did enroll this year: Laura Banahan, Jackson Blandford, Hamilton Edelen, Katie Fightmaster, Elizabeth Gerstle, Robert Hall, Samantha Hester, Caroline Holbrook, Lydia Kennedy, Gavin Klein, Owen Lane, Elle Peterson, Trey Rafter, and Harrison Tibe.

Also, we would like to recognize the students who participated in the 2016 Duke University Talent Identification Program’s 7th Grade Talent Search. The 7th grade talent search identifies seventh graders that have achieved scores at or above the 95th percentile on a standardized achievement, aptitude, or mental ability test. These students are invited to take the ACT or SAT college entrance exams. The following students participated this year: Lincoln Combs, Jackson Gentry, Pearce Hall, Jackson Klein, Evelyn Lane, and Callie West.

Congratulations to Lincoln Combs, Jackson Gentry, and Pearce Hall, who took the ACT and qualified for State Recognition. Lincoln and Pearce also qualified for the Center for Summer Studies. Jackson Gentry qualified for Academy for Summer Studies. We would like to congratulate all these students on this great achievement.

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CSC is hosting tryouts in the next few weeks for the 2016-17 season! For more information please visit under Special Opportunities.
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2016-2017 Important Admission and Event Dates

Exemplar Scholar Application Window: October 17, 2016 – December 2, 2016

8th Grade Partner School Visits: October 17 & 18, 2016

Fine Arts Workshop for 7th and 8th graders: October 26, 2016 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

Held right before Open House

Open House: October 26, 2016 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Freshman Placement Exam: October 29, 2016 9:00 AM – 12:30 p.m.

Shadow a Knight: Contact Mindy Towles, Director of Admissions, at (859) 277-7183 x231

Knights Kastle End of the School Year Sale

May 11-24, 2016; 8-9 a.m.; 3-5 p.m.

Many items 20-50% off! All sale items are final sale.

High School 101: Study Skills and Strategies for a Successful High School Career

An optional, camp for incoming students, to introduce and reinforce a variety of skills that will enable any student to adjust and to be successful in and out of the high school classroom.

Volleyball Summer Camp

May 31-June 2

Basketball Summer Camps

Youth Skills Camp for boys and girls - June 13-16.

Lady Knights Camp – July 11-14

Football Summer Camp

June 6-9

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LCHs basketball camp is accepting registrations. Visit for more information.


Register Now for a Dan McHale Basketball Camp!

Click here to register online!

Click here for registration form (PDF)!

Click here for camps brochure!

– Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball head coach Dan McHale has announced dates for his 2016 summer camps.

- The Day Camp will take place June 6-9 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The camp is open to children, ages 5-14.

- The Team Camp will be held June 20-21 and is open to any junior varsity or varsity teams.

- The Father/Child Camp is scheduled for June 24-25 and is open to children, ages 4-16.

To register or find more information on any of the camps, visit the Dan McHale Camps website HERE or contact Terrence Commodore at or (606) 584-1001.

McHale just wrapped up his first season as the head coach of the Colonels. The Chatham, New Jersey, native got his start in coaching under Hall of Famer Rick Pitino as a staff assistant at Louisville from 2001 to 2003. He has also coached at Minnesota, Seton Hall, Iona and Manhattan.

McHale was a student manager at Kentucky from 1997 to 2001. He was part of one national championship team, four NCAA Tournament teams, and three Southeastern Conference championship teams while working with Tubby Smith's Wildcats.


The Joy Project provides support for girls in grades 3-9 during their developmental years. The kickoff meeting is Saturday, June 12th from 2:00-4:00 p.m. at the Transylvania soccer fields. Please visit to register. For additional information, see the flyer at under Special Opportunities.


May 18 Pre K/K Fun Day | 8th Grade Graduation

May 19 Field Day Grades 1-7 | Pre K/K Program & Last Day
May 20 Grades 1-7 Last Day, early dismissal at 1:15 p.m.
May 27 Report cards available on RenWeb by 5:00 p.m.