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OPS Recognizes Community Partners at Opening Day
OPS Recognizes Community Partners at Opening Day

Owensboro Public Schools’ theme for Opening Day (day where all staff meets before first day of school) on Tuesday, Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. at the Owensboro High School north gym was “Why We Come to Work Every Day.”  In light of how heartbreaking the last few months in our country have been, OPS recognized the efforts of some of community partners who OPS works with every day like the Owensboro Police Department, NAACP, Human Relations Commission and the Neblett Center.   “OPD, the NAACP, Human Relations Commission and Neblett Center work extremely hard together to serve and protect the rights of our students and staff.  We are not without our problems, but for the most part, we are fortunate to not see the things we are witnessing around the country,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.   At Opening Day, all staff members celebrated the start of school with performances from OPS Fine Arts students, found out who won Foundation For Excellence grants and watched a couple videos of teachers and community partners explain why they come to work every day.  Before ...

KASA Awards Johnson Distinguished Service Honor
KASA Awards Johnson Distinguished Service Honor

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators presented former Owensboro Public Schools’ Chief Operations Officer David Johnson with its Distinguished Service award.  This prestigious honor goes to one Kentucky school administrator who has shown incredible service to his/her organization and to KASA.  The honoree must be about to retire or have already retired from his/her career in order to be eligible for the award.  Johnson retired from OPS in July.   “As an active KASA member and advocate for the work they do for education, I was humbled and honored beyond words to receive the nomination from my colleagues and friends.  Winning the Distinguished Service award, well that possibility never crossed my mind,” said David Johnson, retired OPS COO.   “I can’t think of a more deserving person for this accolade than David Johnson.  The value he brought to our school district is beyond measure,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.   A Red Devil his whole life, Johnson spent 27 years in multiple roles with OPS serving as a teacher, department chair, principal, director of pupil personnel, assistant superintendent and chief operating officer.  He ...

2016 Orientation Dates

Orientation/Registration Dates 2016 Parents and students, please mark your calendar and plan to attend. For additional information, contact the school your child will attend   OPS Elementary Schools (grades K-4) Cravens—All grades register August 1 from 12 -­‐ 6 p.m. Estes—All grades register August 1 from 12 -­‐ 6 p.m. Foust—Kindergarten registers July 27 from 4 -­‐ 6 p.m.; Grades 1-­‐4 register August 3 from 12 -­‐ 6 p.m. Newton Parrish—All grades register August 2 from 11 a.m. -­‐ 6 p.m. Sutton—Kindergarten registers July 27 from 4 -­‐ 6 p.m.; Grades 1-­‐4 register August 4 from 12 -­‐ 6 p.m.   Owensboro Middle School (grades 5-8) 5th and 6th Graders register August 4 from 2 -­‐ 6 p.m. Jumpstart for 5th Graders will be August 5 from 9 a.m. -­‐ noon at 2631 South Griffith (South Campus) 7th and 8th Graders register August 4 from 2 -­‐ 6 p.m. at 1300 Booth Avenue (North Campus)   Owensboro High School (grades 9-12) Students pick up schedules, get locker assignments, parking permits and other information on the following schedule: Seniors register on August 4 from 8 -­‐ 10 a.m. Juniors register on August 4 from 10 a.m. -­‐ noon Sophomores register ...

OPS Opens Archive Room
OPS Opens Archive Room

Owensboro Public Schools is opening its new archive room to the public on Monday, June 13 at 9 a.m.   Formerly the Kentucky Room at the old public library, “The OHS Class of 1955” archive room located in the OPS central office at 450 Griffith Avenue contains decades of Owensboro Public Schools history.  It’s called “The OHS Class of 1955 Archive Room” because several members of that class generously donated money to help fund the project.    “The class of ’55 has a long history of philanthropic giving to students and projects connected to the Owensboro Public Schools—most have gone unrecognized because they strongly believe sincere giving remains anonymous,” said David Johnson, OPS chief operating officer.   Several years ago, while serving as OPS’s Public Relations Director, Julie Ellis began collecting, organizing and categorizing school system records dating back as far as 1871—the year Owensboro Public Schools came into existence.  She and former superintendent Bill Chandler used those documents and many additional resources to create a 371-page book titled, A History of the Owensboro Public Schools.  Over the past few years, a committee ...

OPS Launches Feeding Mobile
OPS Launches Feeding Mobile

In an effort to better reach children during the summer, the Owensboro Public Schools’ Food Service Department launched a mobile feeding van on May 31.  The van will travel to area hotels to provide food for students living in those hotels and in the surrounding areas.  It will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:45 a.m. to 1:25 p.m.  Participants must be 18 years of age and younger to receive the meals at no cost.    “We want to do everything possible to help meet the needs of our students even when they’re not with us during the summer.  We feel that convenience is key to offering healthy meals to Owensboro children,” said Lisa McCarty, OPS chief operating officer for human resources and support services.   The OPS marked van will also visit the health department so students can come out and receive meals at no cost if they’re in that area.  The van will pull up, serve, clean up and move on to the next stop.  In addition to food, small trinkets, goodies, and other small items have been donated ...

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