Family Resource Youth Service Center Legislative Breakfast Bookmark

Family Resource Youth Service Center Legislative Breakfast

Thank you to all of our legislators who attended the Family Resource Youth Service Center reception at the OPS central office.

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

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    Owensboro Public School officials along with Sutton leaders and students broke ground on the new Sutton Expansion Project at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Sutton Elementary School.  The project calls for a new athletic/performing arts center (APAC), a new family resource center, a renovated media center and additional classroom space.   “Our students are so excited for this monumental day.  At Sutton, our student population is increasing every year.  It’s going to be wonderful to have this state-of-the-art space to grow into,” said Danna Johnson, Sutton Principal.   The project cost for Sutton is expected to cost around $5.2 million.  The APAC addition will have two classrooms, but will also free up other existing classrooms so that the school could accommodate an additional 100 students.  The gymnasium will include seating space and a new stage.  The media center will be moved to what has been the gymnasium addition.    “I want to thank our board of education for making this groundbreaking possible.  Their approval shows their commitment to providing our students with a world-class education with heavy emphasis in the fine and ...
  • The Estes Elf On A Shelf Returns  Articled 4 months ago
    But please, don’t tell the students that!  Williams says the mystery of the elf is one he holds close to his heart.   “That’s part of the magic of the holiday season.  I’m sure some of the students recognize me through the costume, but I refuse to acknowledge I’m the elf.  I want the kids to use their creativity and their imagination to guess who the elf really is,” said Ryan Williams, Estes curriculum facilitator.    The elf has appeared in several locations throughout the school over the years.  From being suspended from a basketball goal on an ornament in the gym, to scrunching up in a shelf.  This mystic elf is willing to get a little uncomfortable to put a smile on a student’s face.   “One of our goals at Estes is to get our students excited about coming to school.  While it might be a little unorthodox to have one of our employees dressed in tights motionless in different parts of our school, I’m all for it.  The students love arriving at school and guessing where the elf will appear next,” ...
  • OPS Raises Nearly $2000 for Goodfellows Articled 4 months ago
    At central office, there was a soup day competition and snack days where employees could put money in a jar for their favorite dish.    “It’s always fun to have a little competition for a good cause.  I think the money we raised shows that ALL of our employees take a special interest in our kids, not just our teachers and employees working with students in the classroom.  A high percentage of our kids directly benefit from the Goodfellows Club,” said Dave Kirk, OPS public information officer.   The winner of the competition was determined to be the transportation department using a formula that takes percentage of salary donated into account.    “It’s exciting to win, but the real prize is this money will help our students.  I see how much love our bus drivers have for our students every day.  Whether it’s greeting our riders with a friendly smile, or a monitor asking a child how their day at school was; they know the impact they can have in a student’s life,” said Brad Stanley, transportation director.  
  • Owensboro High School Calling for Hall of Achievement Applications Articled last year
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  • Owensboro Innovation Academy Opens Articled last year
    The Owensboro Innovation Academy opened its doors for the first time today, welcoming just over 80 freshman students.  As the first high school in Kentucky to be a part of the national New Tech Network, OIA focuses on project-based learning where students immerse themselves into hands-on projects as a way to actively learn valuable subject material.   “The school isn’t a traditional high school.  It’s more like a college experience,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA Director.   Students from Owensboro Public Schools, Daviess County Public Schools and McLean County Public Schools attend the school.  The program expects to enroll about 100 freshman each fall with an enrollment goal of about 400 students by 2018.   OIA is located on the lower level of the Centre for Business and Research on 1010 Allen Street. Members of the staff and district administrators ensured that the school was ready to welcome students to a new learning environment on the first day of classes.   “OIA provides some of the most unique learning environments around,” Benjamin said. “The students have been incredibly impressed with the look of their new school.”   
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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 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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  • OIA Students Teach Code to Girls Incorporated Articled 1 days ago
    “We wanted to let girls younger than us know that computer programming isn’t something that just males can do.  Some of us are just as good if not better in some cases at aspects of coding,” said Jalia Williams, OIA student.   Coding is a term used to write programs in computer software.  OIA students taught some of the Girls Inc. participants about writing websites and how it can become a lucrative thing to study and practice as a career.   “This is another wonderful example of how our students partner with community organizations to make Owensboro a greater place.  Our students were excited to have a positive influence on Girls Inc. students,” said Beth Benjamin, OIA principal.  
  • OPS Band Set To Perform One-Of-A-Kind Show Articled 2 days ago
    “No one else does a percussion concert that involves all the forms of art when it comes to the secondary school level like we do,” said Aaron Klausing, OPS percussion director.   What makes the show even more unique is six of the 14 songs that will be performed are arranged by Klausing, making them world premieres.  One of the featured songs this year is Coldplay’s “Head Full of Dreamsead Hdasfasdfasdfsdfa.”  Klausing took the original song and rearranged it to allow fifth- and sixth-graders to play it.  Owensboro High School student, Trevor Elliott, even got in on the arrangement mix and wrote/arranged a tune for Red Steel, the band’s steel pan band.  The song is called “Na Na Na” with the original being written by Pentatonix.   “The percussion concert is important because it gives percussion a chance to play other music than the concert band music, which can often be boring for percussionists.  We get a chance to play more challenging percussion music and play more music that we enjoy,” said Miranda Phelps, OHS student.    The show will follow an original script ...
  • Estes Plants Gardening Day Articled 3 days ago
    “Many of our students aren’t exposed to farming because of where they live.  Agriculture is such an important part of our community.  I wanted to bring the country to them,” said Lauren Coomes, Estes teacher.   Students and staff have been planting seeds in pots and cups in their classrooms.  Those seeds have sprouted and were ready to be moved to the garden behind the school.  Students planted several vegetables and fruits like banana peppers, asparagus, cabbage, tomatoes and melons just to name a few.    “I can’t wait to get the seedling in the ground and watch what I’ve created grow.  I hope it tastes good,” said Wesley Prude, Estes student.   All students have learned about agriculture through their classroom science curriculum.  Teachers say being able to turn that curriculum into hands-on learning makes the knowledge stick with the students.   “It’s one thing to talk about plants and the importance of eating your fruits and vegetables.  It’s a completely different experience when you’re actually growing and harvesting your food,” said Coomes.   Depending on how the crops pan out, students and staff are hoping to ...
  • Newton Parrish Hosts Bicycle Rodeo for March of Dimes Articled 5 days ago
    “I wanted to encourage the Parent Teacher Organization to take on a fundraising event that promotes health and exercise for our students and parents.  The bike rodeo is the perfect fit,” said Steve Bratcher, Newton Parrish principal.   “The timing of the event couldn’t be better with summer just around the corner.  We want to make sure that students’ bikes are in good shape and that they know how to ride their bikes in the safest way possible,” said Katy Harrison, Newton Parrish teacher. Over $200 was raised for the March of Dimes.
  • College Connections Camp Articled last week
    The camp is offered the last week of July and the 1st week of August. To register please contact Donna Butler, OCTC College Readiness Coordinator, by emailing *Register early because space is limited!*  
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