Thank you to all of our legislators who attended the Family Resource Youth Service Center reception at the OPS central office.
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 on August 4 from 1 -‐ 3 p.m.
Freshmen register on August 4 from 4:30 -‐ 6 p.m.
Freshman parent meeting at 5:30 p.m. in auditorium on August 4
Freshman Orientation on August 5 from 9 --- noon
Owensboro Innovation Academy (grades 9-10)
August 3 -‐ Open House/Registration from 5 -‐ 7 p.m. - at 1010 Allen St.
August 3 -‐ Open House/Registration from 5 -‐ 7 p.m. – at 2401 McConnell Ave.
1701 W. 7th St. -‐ located on the campus of Foust Elementary School.
Hager Preschool will be open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday each week throughout the summer from 8 a.m. -‐ 3 p.m. for parents to register preschoolers. Developmental Screenings scheduled by appointment on July 21, 27, 28, 2016. Orientation Schedule will be as follows according to CHILD’S LAST NAME that will be enrolled at Hager: A-Hag: August 10, 1 or 6 p.m.; Hai-N: August 11, 1 or 6 p.m.; O-Z: August 15, 1 or 6 p.m. Phase-In Days will be held on August 24 & 25 as assigned by the classroom teacher during Orientation. Preschool students will begin a regular half-day schedule on Monday, August 29.
First Day of School for Students will be Wednesday, August 10
Children new to the district who have not registered will need to show a certified birth certificate, a social security card, a physical exam and an up-to-date immunization certificate on the required Kentucky forms. All students age 6 and under must have an eye exam and dental exam/screening reported on the required Kentucky forms no later than January of their first year in public school.
Thanks to some guideline changes in community eligibility provision, all Owensboro High School and Owensboro Innovation Academy students will receive a no cost breakfast and lunch this upcoming school year. OPS students preschool through eighth grade and Gateway Academy students already receive a no cost breakfast and lunch.
“I can’t describe how much this will benefit our high school students. For students who were paying the reduced amount before, hopefully this will allow them to fulfill other needs they have,” said Lisa McCarty, Chief Operating Officer for HR and Support Services.
The funding for providing the no cost breakfast and lunch comes from the United States Department of Agriculture. Owensboro Public Schools began offering no cost breakfast and lunch to Hager Preschool and all OPS elementary schools in 2011. OPS phased in offering no cost breakfast and lunch to middle school students in 2013.
“We are thankful to our partners at the federal level, including the Department of Agriculture and our delegation in Congress for their continued support of the community eligibility option making this possible for our students. Being able to provide a no cost breakfast and lunch to all of our students is a game changer for Owensboro Public Schools. At OPS, we have a responsibility to not only provide an innovative education to our students, but also meet their basic needs. Providing two quality meals a day will help do that,” said Dr. Nick Brake, OPS Superintendent.
All performances are free and open to the public and begin at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6:30 p.m.
“Collectively, 30,000 OPS students have performed on stage or had their artwork exhibited over the past 18 years! To stage evening performances in a professional venue for Orchestra, Choir, Band, Theatre and Dance with over 700 works of Art also on public display is pretty amazing. The commitment from our district that every school is represented and that every child has the opportunity to participate is truly remarkable,” said Tom Stites, OPS Fine Arts Coordinator.
Stites estimates audiences have totaled over 100,000 during that 18-year period.
“Our 2017 Fine Arts Festival theme "Wisdom Begins With Wonder" is a reflection from Socrates on how all real learning (Wisdom) is based upon an awareness of the world around us (Wonder). Socrates valued the arts as a way to gain valuable insight in nature and in all learning,” said Stites.
In summer of 2016, the Owensboro Public Schools’ Board of Education was given the Award for Excellence by the Kennedy Center and the National School Boards Association.
March 20-30- Visual Art Display
March 20- Orchestra
March 21- Band
March 22- Choir
March 28- Theatre
March 29- Dance Night
For years the Owensboro Invitational Basketball Tournament has served as one of the premiere places to play basketball over the Christmas Holiday season. That tradition will continue this year. The tournament sponsored by the Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union will take place on Dec. 21-23.
Last year, the OIT served as a huge economic booster for Owensboro filling up hotel rooms and restaurants. With all four local teams playing in the tournament on the boys and girls side, tournament officials say this year’s OIT will be better than ever.
“Any time we can keep our local student athletes home over the holidays is a huge win for all four local schools. That also means teams traveling to Owensboro will spend money in our city instead of our families having to spend money outside of Owensboro,” said Todd Harper, tournament director.
“I truly believe this year's field brings in some of the best teams in the State and offers some excellent competition for local squads,” said Andy Groves, Owensboro Girls Basketball Coach.
The tournament will be held at all local area high schools with the championship being played at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Each team is guaranteed to play at least three games. One-day tickets that cover all games that day can be purchased for $5 at the game venues.
WAKE UP TO SCHOOL BREAKFAST
MARCH 7TH - 11TH, 2016
Owensboro Public Schools will be celebrating National School Breakfast Week in style. In the elementary schools, students will receive a small item each morning they eat breakfast at school. In the middle and high schools, student will receive a chance at larger prizes each morning they eat breakfast at school. The breakfast menus have been 'Rised and Shined' to include new products and shaken up names for current products.
Owensboro Public Schools will add several new career pathway programs for high school students in the district next year. The new OPS Tech Center will house electrical and building construction programs in space that will be leased adjacent to the Centre for Business and Research on Allen Street.
“We are trying to provide every option possible to enable students to graduate college and career ready,” Owensboro High School Principal John DeLacey told the Owensboro Board of Education last week. “These hands-on programs will greatly benefit our students.”
The Owensboro Board of Education will consider the expanded space in a lease with the Malcolm Bryant Corporation early next year.
The electrical program, a partnership with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is currently located on the lower level of the CBR inside the Owensboro Innovation Academy.
“Moving the IBEW program to the new Tech Center space will create the space needed at OIA to add the second class of students in 2016,” said OPS Superintendent Dr. Nick Brake.
Brake said the construction program would be the result of a partnership with the Carpenters International from Evansville.
“We have looked at the job opportunities for students in many trade-related areas in the regional economy. We want to position our students to graduate with industry standard certification in as many career areas as possible,” said Brake.
In addition to the two area pathways at the OPS Tech Center, Owensboro High School offers career pathway programs in aviation, business, communication and media, early childhood education and health sciences. Owensboro Public Schools currently partner with surrounding school systems for the Community Campus program, which offers pathway magnet programs in bio-medical science and engineering.
Owensboro Public Schools also participates in the OCTC Discover College Program that offers career pathways for students who meet benchmarks in agriculture, air conditioning technology, business administration, industrial maintenance technology, medical information technology and welding.
“Our goal is to have every student that enters Owensboro High School enroll in and graduate from one of these pathways, “ said DeLacey.
The district is also working with the Kentucky Department of Education to identify possible pathway options in the performing arts.