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OHS Names Schmied New Swim Coach Bookmark

OHS Names Schmied New Swim Coach

“I’m excited to be coming home to OHS.  It’s an honor to coach my alma matter,” said Brad Schmied, OHS swim coach.

 

Schmied graduated from OHS in 1991.  He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree from UL in 1996. 

 

“Coach Schmied is a well-respected coach who comes to us with head coaching experience.  As soon as the job became available he contacted us expressing interest and we are very excited to have him.  Any time you can welcome back a former red devil, it’s a good day.  We are excited about the future of our swim program,” said Todd Harper, OHS athletic director.

 

Schmied will coach both the girls and boys swim teams.   

 

“My main goal in the first year is to get more swimmers out for the team.  We will also build on what we have and try to get several swimmers qualified for state,” said Schmied.  

 

Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro Health, Kentucky Wesleyan College Partner to Open New Track and Field Bookmark

Owensboro Public Schools, Owensboro Health, Kentucky Wesleyan College Partner to Open New Track and Field

“What an incredible day for Owensboro!  This is the perfect example of three entities coming together to provide world-class facilities for Owensboro residents,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

 

“This is another great example of what education and civic partnerships can do for the institutions themselves and the communities where they are located. We are grateful for the Owensboro Public Schools and, certainly, Owensboro Health for collaborating with us to make this idea a reality,” said Barton D. Darrell, Kentucky Wesleyan President.

 

The track will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 5-7 a.m. for public use. 

An exact start date for that will be announced later in the year.

 

“Long-term improvement in the health of our community starts with our children, and that is why children and school health are a priority focus for our system,” said Greg Strahan, president and CEO of Owensboro Health.  

“Owensboro Health and the Owensboro Health Foundation make significant investments to support programs and initiatives that can improve the health of our children around the region. The commitment to our community and our children has never been stronger, and I look forward to seeing the impact these programs will have on future generations,” added Strahan.

 

The Kentucky Wesleyan College track team will have a place to call home under head coach Tony Rowe.

 

“The impact of this beautiful facility on our athletes should be substantial,” said Tony Rowe, head coach, Wesleyan track and field. “I think we will see not only a significant effect on training and performance, but also a great reduction in injuries.  The track surface and field event venues will lend themselves to excellence and as a result, our program will reap great dividends in the seasons ahead.  We are looking forward to hosting the first intercollegiate track and field meet in Owensboro in the spring.”

 

In addition to the OMS and OHS track and cross country teams using the facility, the OMS football and soccer teams will play on the turf field located in the center of the track.

“I can’t wait to come out to the facility and watch our student-athletes compete on some of the nicest facilities in the state.  This kind of complex is a game changer for Owensboro,” added Brake.

 

Eclipse Information Bookmark

Eclipse Information

All schools have/will be sending home opt out forms for the solar eclipse.  If you'd like to opt your child out from viewing the eclipse, please turn in an opt out form.  Again, forms have/will be sent home with students.  Important information is attached.

Several OPS Schools Participate In Million Father March Bookmark

Several OPS Schools Participate In Million Father March

“We are so excited to be a part of this program.  It’s such a simple thing we can do to encourage our students to be excited for the first day of school,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

 

“The reason I participated is I want to have a positive impact on these students’ lives.  What better way to do that than by welcoming students to school and cheering for their educational success,” said Rick Searcy, H.L. Neblett Center Director.

 

According to its website, “The Million Father March (MFM) is an opportunity for men to show their commitment to the educational lives of their children on the first day of school and throughout the school year. Since the Million Father March began in 2004, fathers and other significant male caregivers across the United States and around the world have gathered to accompany their children to their first day of the new school year.”

 

Schools team up to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for kids Bookmark

Schools team up to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for kids

School buses from both districts will be located in the parking lots of the two local Walmart stores to accept donations of school supplies to be donated to students. Supplies may be purchased at any store.

 

An OPS school bus will be parked at 5031 Frederica St. and a DCPS school bus will be parked at 3151 Kentucky 54 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 28, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29.

 

Lists of school supplies recommended for various grade levels will be available inside both stores, but supplies of all kinds are welcome. Paper, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, school glue, scissors, rulers, folders, binders, calculators and backpacks are among items that would help a local child begin the school year ready to learn.

 

The first annual “Stuff the Bus” event is sponsored by the DCPS and OPS Family Resource and Youth Services Centers as they team up to support all students across our shared community.

 

Backpack Information Bookmark

Backpack Information

OMS-South: ALL students will be receiving a new OPS backpack. Always-on cases will no longer be issued. The backpack will be the property of the student and will be issued to them when school begins. If a student loses or damages the backpack, it will be the family responsibility to replace with a backpack of your choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional OPS backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50 each). 

OMS-North: Incoming 7th graders will be receiving a new OPS backpack. The backpack will be the property of the student and will be issued to them when school begins. If a student loses or damages the backpack, it will be the family responsibility to replace with a backpack of your choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional OPS backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50 each). 

Incoming 8th graders received their backpack to take home when laptops were collected in May. The student may elect to use that backpack or purchase one of their choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional OPS backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50 each). Any NEW student to OMS-N 8th grade will receive an OPS Backpack.

OHS: All students received their backpack to take home when laptops were collected in May. The student may elect to use that backpack or purchase one of their choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional OPS backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50). Any NEW student to the district attending OHS will receive an OPS backpack.

OIA: Incoming 9th graders will be receiving a new backpack. Always-on cases will no longer be issued. The backpack will be the property of the student and will be issued to them when school begins. If a student loses or damages the backpack, it will be the family responsibility to replace with a backpack of your choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50 each). 

Incoming 10th-11th graders received their backpack to take home when laptops were collected in May. The student may elect to use that backpack or purchase one of their choice (A protective pocket/sleeve inside the backpack is HIGHLY recommended). The school will be carrying some additional backpacks that can be purchased if desired ($50 each). Any NEW student to OIA will receive a new backpack.

2017 Registration Dates Bookmark

2017 Registration Dates

School Registration Dates 2017

OPS Instructor Wins Agriculture Teacher Of The Year Award Bookmark

OPS Instructor Wins Agriculture Teacher Of The Year Award

“I was shocked.  It’s an incredible experience to win an award for something that I love to do.  I’m happy to work in a district that supports creativity,” said Lauren Coomes, Estes teacher.

 

“Ms. Coomes is an innovator.  From the unique moveable desks in her classroom, to the hands-on lessons she creates for her students.  She is a special teacher with a passion that carries over to her students,” said Shari Flagg, Estes principal.

 

The Estes garden was started last year when Coomes noticed that her students for the most part do not get exposure to the agriculture community because they live in the city.

 

“The garden makes the students excited.  My students literally pull up weeds and bring them into class to ask what they are.  We are incorporating real-world learning into our curriculum,” added Coomes.

 

Summer Feeding Goes Farm to Table Bookmark

Summer Feeding Goes Farm to Table

“We invite the farmers to bring fresh produce, marketing, signs, pictures and coupons to the site,” said Kaitlyn Blankendaal, OPS school nutrition supervisor.

 

“It’s so important for our students and families to know where their food is coming from.  It’s the key to eating healthy.  We are so fortunate that a lot of our food is grown locally since we are located in an agriculture community,” added Blankendaal.

 

ANY child age 18 and under can get a free meal from any of the summer feeding sites.  Please follow this Link for a complete list of summer feeding locations.

 

Teacher Leadership Network Created from Within Bookmark

Teacher Leadership Network Created from Within

“One of the long-range goals we wanted to see in OPS was the strengthening of collaboration and networking with peers that started from the grassroots.  We couldn’t be more proud and excited for this group to begin its work and literally DRIVE us into what’s next for teaching and learning at OPS,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.

 

The program was formed as a result of a group of teachers who are currently in a Western Kentucky University cohort where they’re earning their Rank I Principal certification.  They identified a need for OPS to offer a unique program where teachers could come together and develop the best teaching practices for students.

 

“When you’re in different buildings teaching at different levels, it can be hard to share your best ideas with teachers from other schools.  DRIVE OPS will help solve that challenge.  It will create opportunities for teachers to better master their craft,” said Krista Thompson, Sutton Elementary Teacher and WKU cohort member.

 

In order to be accepted into the DRIVE OPS program, teachers had to go through an application process that included getting a recommendation from one of their supervisors and explaining what DRIVE means to them.  Below is the list of the inaugural drive class:

 

Last Name

First Name

Building

Bellamy

Amy

OMS-N

Blandford

Beth

Foust

Brown

Emily

Cravens

Coomes

Lauren

Estes

Davis

Holly

Estes

Ewing

Beth

OHS

Gant

Alaina

OHS

Hamilton

Ann-Michael

Cravens

Harralson

Faith

Estes

Hoffman

Tiffany

Sutton

Holeman

Jamie

Foust

Hurley

Ashlie

Foust

Hurley

Peter

Foust

Huskisson

Christa

Estes

Jones

Jennifer

Foust

Lancaster

Christine

Estes

Meyer

Alecia

OMS-N/S

Payne

Meghan

OMS-S

Rice

Monica

OHS/District

Richard

Jon

OIA

Sullivan

Sarah

OMS-N

Thompson

Krista

Sutton

Wedding

Carrie

OMS-S

Wells

Linzie

OHS

Wilson

Jean

OHS

Wilson

Melissa

Gateway

 

 

 

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  • Governor Cuts Ribbon at OIA Articled last year

    Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear joined members of the Owensboro and Daviess County school districts as well as community leaders to cut the ribbon on the Owensboro Innovation Academy on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 10:30 a.m. at the Centre for Business and Research, 1010 Allen Street in Owensboro.   OIA is a small stand-alone high school that uses project-based learning with a technical, STEM and entrepreneurial curriculum.   The school is affiliated with the national New Tech Network, a nationwide consortium of 134 schools in 34 states.   The school, part of Kentucky’s nationally recognized Districts of Innovation program, is a partnership between Owensboro Public Schools and Daviess County Public Schools in its inaugural school year with a newly admitted freshman class of 80 students.    The Innovation Academy is located in the Centre for Business and Research, which incubates technology-based companies that are all clients of the Kentucky Innovation Network.   
  • OPS Installs Third Book Kiosk at Sutton Elementary Articled last year

    OPS Installs Third Book Kiosk at Sutton Elementary   On Thursday, Oct. 8 at 2 p.m., Sutton students and staff, First Security officials, DCPL officials, OPS Board of Education members and district staff unveiled the third of six Little Free Libraries which serve as 24/7 book kiosks at each OPS elementary school and Hager Preschool.   As part of the Owensboro Public Schools’ Literacy Initiative, we believe it’s important to give students access to books 24/7.  First Security Bank along with six other financial institutions have each partnered with OPS elementary schools and Hager Preschool to volunteer in the schools and buy each school a Little Free Library.  
  • OIA and Gateway Students Partner to Make Wood Puzzles For Puzzle Pieces Articled last year

    On Friday Nov. 20 at 9 a.m., Owensboro Innovation Academy engineering students and some Gateway Academy students saw a project they’ve been working on come to fruition.  OIA students created 3D wood puzzles for the clients of Puzzle Pieces.  Each puzzle is personalized for a specific recipient.  Gateway Academy students created carrying cases for the puzzles.   “This is another example of the real world application our students at Owensboro Innovation Academy are receiving on a daily basis,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA Director.   “At Gateway Academy, we’re trying to teach our students they can make a difference in this community.  This partnership with Puzzle Pieces is an excellent start,” said Melissa Brown, Gateway Academy Principal.   According to its website, Puzzle Pieces’ mission is to provide a safe environment for individuals with intellectual disabilities and promote independence, life skills, community access and involvement, social interaction, communication, self-worth and build trusting relationships between clients, staff, and families. Through our programs, we meet the individual needs of the clients we serve with a person-centered approach while incorporating a social atmosphere with opportunities to access the community.  
  • Leader In Me Symposium Included Visits to Three OPS Elementary Schools Articled last year

    The Owensboro Convention Center is hosted the Leader In Me Symposium on Tuesday, Nov. 17.  Conference attendees visited three OPS schools to see how the Leader In Me program has been implemented at each of the schools.  Each school had around 50 visitors.   The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.  The Leader in Me is also aligned to many national and state academic standards, including Common Core standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.  –Excerpt taken from The Leader In Me Website  
  • Owensboro Public Schools Launches Radio Station Articled last year

    The Red Devils Sports Network is now on the air on ESPN’s 102.7 The Game.  Thanks to a partnership with the Cromwell Radio group, several OHS athletic events will be broadcast live on 102.7 FM.  You can also go to Owensbororadio.com and click on 102.7.  If you’re on the go, you can listen to the Red Devils on your mobile device if you download the iGoRadio app and click on 102.7.  The voice of the devils will be broadcasting legend Jerry Birge.   “Owensboro High School has a rich tradition of incredible sports teams in Kentucky.   I’m honored to get to share that tradition with listeners,” said Jerry Birge, Voice of the Red Devils.   The Red Devils Sports Network will broadcast several basketball games this season and will transition to football in the fall.  However, the new radio station will serve as more than just a way to hear the Red Devils on the radio.  The program will also highlight OPS success stories in both the fine arts and in academics.   “We know people who can’t attend the games in person want to ...
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