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Owensboro Public Schools Kindergarten & Preschool Registration March 6 - March 17 At The School The Child Will Attend Bookmark

Owensboro Public Schools Kindergarten & Preschool Registration March 6 - March 17 At The School The Child Will Attend

To Register for Kindergarten

Parents should visit the elementary school their children will attend and complete application forms.  Registering for next year’s preschoolers and kindergarten is important in helping schools prepare for next year.  If you are not sure which school your child will attend, please call central office at (270) 686-1000.  Kindergarten registration is open to children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2017.  Kindergarten is a full-day program Monday through Friday. 

 

Preschool Registration: Hager Preschool will begin accepting applications March 6 for the 2017-18 state-funded KERA preschool/Head Start program.  Preschool is available free of charge to children who will be 3 or 4 years old by August 1, 2017 AND whose families meet income eligibility guidelines.  This program is also available to 3- and 4-year old children who are determined to have a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: speech/language, cognition (learning), social skills, or motor movement.  Preschool is provided Monday-Thursday, 3.5 hour session per day.  Tuition openings are also available at the rate of $175 per month or on a sliding fee scale according to documented income.  To register, please call (270)-686-1125 to schedule an appointment with a Family Advocate PRIOR to March 6, 2017.  Hager Preschool is located at 1701 West 7th Street.  Preschool forms are available online but must be completed at the school.

 

Enrollment forms can be downloaded from the Owensboro Public Schools’ Website at: https://owensboro.kyschools.us/Parents/Enrollment.

Those forms can be filled out online, printed, and taken to the school.  Forms will also be available at the school at the time of registration.

 

What to bring to registration:  Items your child’s school will need for new student enrollment include original birth certificate, child’s Social Security card and the following medical records on a Kentucky Form Only: physical examination record, immunization certificate, vision examination performed by an eye doctor and a dental screening/exam completed after the child’s 5th birthday.

 

OPS Names New Finance Officer Bookmark

OPS Names New Finance Officer

“I’m honored to serve as OPS’ new finance officer.  It’s a position that holds great responsibility.  I look forward to embracing and contributing to the district’s motto of tradition, innovation and excellence.  It’s extremely fulfilling to know that the work I’ll do every day will ultimately benefit the students who I work for,” said John David Sandefur, OPS finance officer-elect.

 

OPS chief finance and operations officer Paula Roberts is retiring at the end of June. 

Roberts has worked for OPS in a variety of ways as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of instruction, finance officer and operations officer. 

 

Sandefur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kentucky Wesleyan College.  He’s also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Prior to working for Hausner Hard-Chrome, Sandefur worked for Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky and before that was an audit manager for Riney Hancock CPAs.  Sandefur will start training with Roberts on March 6. 

 

“Mr. Sandefur has nearly 20 years of experience in finance in the public, non-profit and private sector.  What really stood out to us is his experience with school audits and his overall collaborative leadership style.  I’m confident he’ll continue to lead OPS to a successful financial future,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS superintendent.      

 

Family Resource Youth Service Center Legislative Breakfast Bookmark

Family Resource Youth Service Center Legislative Breakfast

We hope all attendees now have a better understanding of what these coordinators and directors do to support our students and their families.

OHS Students Take A Virtual Tour Through Europe Bookmark

OHS Students Take A Virtual Tour Through Europe

“It’s one thing to look at pictures of Europe in a book.  It’s a completely different experience to use virtual reality to walk through Europe,” said Lori Thurman, OHS teacher.

 

The headsets only cost about $7 each.  They were purchased with money from Donors Chose and the Gates Foundation. 

 

“Virtual field trips are a great way to close out a unit on Europe.  My students learn best through hands-on, real application experiences,” said Thurman.

 

Kentucky Arts Council Artist Partners With OPS Elementary Students Bookmark

Kentucky Arts Council Artist Partners With OPS Elementary Students

Each elementary school chose a different book to read, then to bring to life in the form of a multi-faceted piece of art. 

 

“This project-based learning celebrates the OPS literacy initiative and is a great example of the arts making learning memorable for our students,” said Tom Stites, OPS fine arts coordinator.

 

This is the second year Molly Eric has worked with OPS elementary students.  Last year, they created a large-scale art project celebrating Kentucky that currently hangs in the OPS central office stairway.

 

“OPS is a mecca when it comes to providing art opportunities for students.  Whether it’s the visual arts or the performing arts, OPS truly does believe in every art for every child,” said Molly Eric, Kentucky Arts Council artist.

 

So far, Eric has worked with Estes students.  They recently finished reading “The Polar Express” and created a decoupage canvas depicting author Chris Van Allsburg and some imagery from the book.  Eric also already visited Sutton Elementary School.  Below is Eric’s schedule for the rest of the elementary schools.

 

Jan. 30-31- 1-3 p.m. – Cravens

Feb. 1-2 – 1-3 p.m. – Newton Parrish

Feb. 8-9 – 1-3 p.m. – Foust

 

KWC To Host OPS Day Bookmark

KWC To Host OPS Day

“We are thrilled to partner with KWC to offer an opportunity where our students will get exposure to not only a college athletic event, but an overall collegiate experience,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS superintendent.

 

There will be several announcements during both games highlighting the Owensboro Public Schools and all of the programs OPS offers.  At halftime of both games, several students will be recognized for various achievements.  KWC will have an Admissions booth available at the games.  All students and parents are encouraged to stop by to learn more about KWC.

 

“Kentucky Wesleyan College is thrilled to sponsor this event and partner with OPS.  We welcome this opportunity to showcase our phenomenal academic programs and extra-curricular activities to our area schools and community.  I hope everyone will visit our admissions booth and take a moment to learn about all the great things going on at Wesleyan,” said Jeremy Pittman, Vice President of Admissions.

 

Members of the Owensboro High School Chorus program will perform the National Anthem before the men’s game.  Owensboro High School cheerleaders will cheer for both games.  Both teams play Trevecca Nazarene University.  The women play at 1 p.m.  The men play at 3:15 p.m.

 

Brake Receives Four-Year Contract Bookmark

Brake Receives Four-Year Contract

“Dr. Brake is both a leader and visionary in every sense of those words.  Thanks to his hard work, our enrollment is climbing, test scores are up and OPS’ culture and momentum is perhaps at an all-time high,” said Dan Griffith, board chair.

 

The new contract will start in July of this year and will run through June of 2021. Brake signed the contract during the special called January board meeting.

 

“I’m humbled to get to serve in my opinion, the best school district in the state of Kentucky.  I’m thankful to get to work with some of the most incredible students and staff in the country.  The guidance of the OPS Board of Education allows our school district to flourish.  I’d also like to thank my wife Candance, my two children Anna Caroline and Nicholas and the rest of my family for their support,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS superintendent.

 

“It’s not just the belief of the OPS Board of Education that Owensboro Public Schools are thriving under Dr. Brake’s leadership.  Recently, there was an article in the Messenger-Inquirer where the president of the Greater Owensboro Realtor’s Association was quoted saying, ‘There's a lot of enthusiasm about Owensboro Public Schools now.  People really like their arts program and the Owensboro Innovation Academy.  They want to live in that area,’” added Griffith.

 

Dr. Brake says he’s looking forward to his future with OPS.

 

“My priorities remain to work for better compensation for our staff, to continue to put a large focus on literacy for our students and to provide as many options to our secondary students as possible so they succeed in post secondary education and in life,” said Brake.

 

Last year, Brake was one of 24 superintendents in the nation to receive the National School Public Relation’s Association’s “Superintendents To Watch” award.  Brake’s full contract is listed here.

 

Hager Preschool Receives Five-Star Rating Bookmark

Hager Preschool Receives Five-Star Rating

There are less than 10 programs in the commonwealth that have been awarded this status.

 

We consider ourselves a high quality program and this confirms that we provide a strong curriculum and that we maintain a long-term, highly educated staff,” said Sherry Baber, Hager preschool director.

 

The new state required rating system started in July 2016.  According to kidsnow.gov, Kentucky All STARS is Kentucky’s expanded five-star quality rating and improvement system for early care and education programs.  Studies show that children who attend high quality early learning environments have better math, language and social skills.  The unified system serves all early care and education programs that receive public funding including child care centers, Head Start and public preschool.  Kentucky All STARS is based on Kentucky’s Early Childhood Standards and research-based indicators of quality.  It recognizes programs that have made a commitment to continuous quality improvement.  On the expanded five-star scale, STARS level one is obtained by meeting regulatory requirements.  STARS level two is obtained by completing a set of required domains and standards.  STARS levels three through five feature a range of points programs must meet in order to meet to move up on the rating scale. 

 

“We strive for excellence every day and this confirms that when documenting everything about our school, that we have been confirmed as an excellent early childhood program,” said Baber.    

 

Owensboro Innovation Academy To Host Open House Bookmark

Owensboro Innovation Academy To Host Open House

The open house is specifically for eighth-graders and their parents to come check out what OIA is all about.  OIA currently serves students in Daviess County and Hancock County.

 

“Right now we are in the recruiting phase at our school.  Myself and current OIA students have been visiting area middle schools to tell students about OIA.  Hosting an open house is even more beneficial as it allows the students and their parents an opportunity to come check us out,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA director.

 

The Owensboro Innovation Academy is a small stand-alone high school where students learn through project-based learning.  OIA is in its second year of existence and is the only New Tech Network affiliated school in Kentucky.  You must start at OIA your freshman year.  New students are selected using a stratified lottery that reflects the population of their home high school.  If you’re interested in applying to be a student, you can pick up an application at your middle school or call OIA at (270) 686-1085 and the school will send you one via email.

 

“Traditional high school isn’t for everybody.  I’m thankful to get the opportunity to attend a school that’s designed to best meet how I learn,” said Hannah Clark, OIA student.

 

OMS Students’ Art Published In DCPL Book Bookmark

OMS Students’ Art Published In DCPL Book

OMS South art teacher Brian Murphy says the freehand drawings reflect a relaxed and meditative mood. 

 

“The students created the drawings as part of my instructional unit on Line and Design elements and principles.  I decided to submit them with student permission to be considered for publication.  My goal is for students to create art to share with others and this was a perfect opportunity for the students to see their work in print,” said Brian Murphy, OMS art teacher.

 

The book is called Doodle Caboodle.  It’s been sold at the DCPL for $5.  It features student drawings called Zen Doodles.

 

"It's nice to be recognized for my art ideas.  My work was inspired by my thoughts and patterns I see around me.  My art teacher also gave me examples and ideas to improve my work,” said Bronson Miller, OMS South student.

 

“My designs came from sports.  I wanted to use the image of LeBron James.  My teacher said be creative, so I filled the background with ideas about mazes and a variety of different lines," said LeBron Board, OMS South student. 

 

The images are featured to promote the monthly Family Time program at the library.

 

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  • Owensboro Public Schools Kindergarten & Preschool Registration March 6 - March 17 At The School The Child Will Attend Articled 4 days ago
    To Register for Kindergarten Parents should visit the elementary school their children will attend and complete application forms.  Registering for next year’s preschoolers and kindergarten is important in helping schools prepare for next year.  If you are not sure which school your child will attend, please call central office at (270) 686-1000.  Kindergarten registration is open to children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 1, 2017.  Kindergarten is a full-day program Monday through Friday.    Preschool Registration: Hager Preschool will begin accepting applications March 6 for the 2017-18 state-funded KERA preschool/Head Start program.  Preschool is available free of charge to children who will be 3 or 4 years old by August 1, 2017 AND whose families meet income eligibility guidelines.  This program is also available to 3- and 4-year old children who are determined to have a developmental delay in one or more of the following areas: speech/language, cognition (learning), social skills, or motor movement.  Preschool is provided Monday-Thursday, 3.5 hour session per day.  Tuition openings are also available at the rate of $175 per month or on a ...
  • OPS Names New Finance Officer Articled last week
    “I’m honored to serve as OPS’ new finance officer.  It’s a position that holds great responsibility.  I look forward to embracing and contributing to the district’s motto of tradition, innovation and excellence.  It’s extremely fulfilling to know that the work I’ll do every day will ultimately benefit the students who I work for,” said John David Sandefur, OPS finance officer-elect.   OPS chief finance and operations officer Paula Roberts is retiring at the end of June.  Roberts has worked for OPS in a variety of ways as a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent of instruction, finance officer and operations officer.    Sandefur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Kentucky Wesleyan College.  He’s also a licensed Certified Public Accountant.  Prior to working for Hausner Hard-Chrome, Sandefur worked for Community Health Centers of Western Kentucky and before that was an audit manager for Riney Hancock CPAs.  Sandefur will start training with Roberts on March 6.    “Mr. Sandefur has nearly 20 years of experience in finance in the public, non-profit and private sector.  What really stood out to us is his experience ...
  • Family Resource Youth Service Center Legislative Breakfast Articled 2 weeks ago
    We hope all attendees now have a better understanding of what these coordinators and directors do to support our students and their families.
  • OHS Students Take A Virtual Tour Through Europe Articled 2 weeks ago
    “It’s one thing to look at pictures of Europe in a book.  It’s a completely different experience to use virtual reality to walk through Europe,” said Lori Thurman, OHS teacher.   The headsets only cost about $7 each.  They were purchased with money from Donors Chose and the Gates Foundation.    “Virtual field trips are a great way to close out a unit on Europe.  My students learn best through hands-on, real application experiences,” said Thurman.  
  • Kentucky Arts Council Artist Partners With OPS Elementary Students Articled 3 weeks ago
    Each elementary school chose a different book to read, then to bring to life in the form of a multi-faceted piece of art.    “This project-based learning celebrates the OPS literacy initiative and is a great example of the arts making learning memorable for our students,” said Tom Stites, OPS fine arts coordinator.   This is the second year Molly Eric has worked with OPS elementary students.  Last year, they created a large-scale art project celebrating Kentucky that currently hangs in the OPS central office stairway.   “OPS is a mecca when it comes to providing art opportunities for students.  Whether it’s the visual arts or the performing arts, OPS truly does believe in every art for every child,” said Molly Eric, Kentucky Arts Council artist.   So far, Eric has worked with Estes students.  They recently finished reading “The Polar Express” and created a decoupage canvas depicting author Chris Van Allsburg and some imagery from the book.  Eric also already visited Sutton Elementary School.  Below is Eric’s schedule for the rest of the elementary schools.   Jan. 30-31- 1-3 p.m. – Cravens Feb. 1-2 – 1-3 p.m. ...
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