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Conservation Writing Contest * GMS

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Congratulations to the winners of the Garrard County Conservation Writing Contest.  Student winners were Hayden Elleman, Alexys Patrick, and Presley Applegate.

STOP Tipline is Active

Garrard County Schools announces the availabilty of the STOP Tipline.

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Annual Community Egg Hunt

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Friday, March 16

This Friday (March 16) was originally a staff work day but it has been changed to a regular school day with students.

Recognized @ March Board Meeting

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The following teachers were honored for being selected for the Campbellsville Excellence in Teaching Award.  Elementary-Heather Shepherd,  High School-Michelle Hoskins, and Middle School-Nathan Carrier.

GMS Archery Going to State

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GMS Archery is going to STATE March 31st (Tyler Causey missing)

Lexington Legends Hit the Books Reading Program

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GMS student, Audrie King, was named 1st runner-up in the Lexington Legends Hit the Books Bookmark Contest! All GMS students will receive a copy of Audrie’s award winning bookmark design and are encouraged to participate in the Hit the Books Reading Incentive Program! Way to go Audrie!

Garrard County District Spelling Bee

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The Garrard County District Spelling Bee was held in the auditorium at GMS on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 1 pm. Students from CDR, GMS, LES, and PLE competed for the winning spot and the opportunity to participate in the state spelling bee. The winner was Alexandria Carroll (GMS), the runner-up was Mason Seagraves (LES), and third place went to Kelsey Beedy (GMS). Congratulations to the winners and all of the participants! Also, thank you to Whitaker Bank for being a community partner and providing prizes to the top three participants! Alexandria will travel to Louisville in March to participate in the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee.

GMS Students of the Week: 02/05/18-02/09/18

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Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Marylen Ortiz (Colonels), JT Parsons (Hilltoppers), Sydney Travis (Eagles), Jackson Mills (Knights), Abigail Nicodemus (Panthers), Wrigley Fryman (Racers), and Daniel Godber (Tigers). Congratulations to these amazing students!

National Board Certified Teachers*Recognized @ February Board Meeting

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Very proud of teachers Emily Lane, Shannah Garner,  and Kim VonWechmar for becoming Nationally Board Certified Teachers!  Congratulations on this professional Achievement.

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GMS January Cougar Character Award Winners

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Each month every team at GMS selects a student who embodies the four core qualities of ROAR (Respect, Organization, Attitude, and Responsibility).  The winners for January 2018 are as follows: Vansh Patel (Colonels), Tavy Quisenberry (Hilltoppers), Kody Snowden (Eagles), Kody Snowden (Panthers), Emily Gettler (Knights), Connor White (Racers), and Bella Bruner (Tigers). Congratulations to these awesome students!

GMS Spelling Bee Winners

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Winner Kelsey Beedy, Runner-up Alexandria Carroll and 3rd Place Kady Montgomery

Congratulations to these amazing students.  Good luck in the District wide Spelling Bee!

GMS Students of the Week

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Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Tate Davis (Colonels), Johnathan Denney (Hilltoppers), Brandon Anderson (Eagles), Blake Swinney (Knights), Bailee Smith.

Board of Education Adopts 2018-2019 School Calendar

2018-2019 School Calendar

Garrard Middle School*KYA Recognized at Board Meeting

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Garrard Middle School KYA Delegation of Excellence was recognized at the board meeting this month.  Congrats to a great group of students and thanks to the hard work from the sponsors Mr. Carrier, Mrs. Russell, and Mrs. VonWechmar.

William Srsic - LES Assistant Principal William Srsic
Happy Holidays!

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We hope that everyone has a safe and happy holiday.  Students Return to School on January 3, 2018.

6th Grade Academic Showcase

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Alesys Patrick-5th Composition*Presley Applegate-2nd Composition*Brodie Calihan-1st Science-Tied 4th State 

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Vivianna Weaver-2nd Science*Eleanor Srsic-1st Language Arts-Tied 5th in State* Elise Culross-1st Arts & Humanities

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The 6th grade academic team participated in a tournament at Bate Middle.  

GMS Archery Winners @ Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament

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Congratulations!! Logan Speake 1st middle school male, Zach Speake 3rd middle school male, JT Parsons 4th middle school male, Aiden Fathergill 5th middle school male 

At Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament 

Red Ribbon Week

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Monday 10/30- Hippie Day

Tuesday 10/31- Halloween Costume (full masks not permitted)

Wednesday 11/1- Dress as your favorite TV show character

Thursday 11/2- Preppy Day

Friday 11/3- Disney Day - Dress as your favorite Disney character (includes Star Wars and Marvel Superheroes, again no full masks)

GCHS Marching Band*4th @ State

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Congratulations to GCHS Marching Band for finishing 4th at state.  We are so proud!!  Thanks to our dedicated band directors-Mr. Green and Mr. Vance! (Pics courtesy of Chris Woolums)

Red Ribbon Week*Adam Argullin & Jason Owens*Stay Tuned

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Adam Argullin presented an assembly program, "Stay Tuned", for Red Ribbon Week. Adam is a full time police officer, a private drum instructor, a recognized public speaker/ trainer, a mallet maker, business consultant and can be seen playing out and about with bands or local churches. His mission at GCHS and GMS was to educate students about using drugs and the fatal effects they have on people.  This program was sponsored by Youth Service Center.

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Virginia Eldridge*Del Leda Johnson*Jason Owens*Adam Argullin

Archery*P.E. Class @ GMS

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Archery in P.E. class at Garrard Middle with Mrs. Clark.

Tax Hearing Notice

The Garrard County Board of Education will hold a public hearing at the Garrard Education Center, located in Lancaster, Kentucky on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 5:30 PM for the purpose of hearing public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 67.5 cents on real property and 67.5 cents on personal property. 

GCHS Band * Bourbon County High School

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Garrard County placed 1st in Class AA-2 during the prelims. Best Music, Best Visual and Best Effect!! They went on to place 5th out of 12 bands in finals competition.  Way to go Garrard County High School Golden Lions!!  (Pictures courtesy of Chris Woolums) 

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GMS ROAR

ROAR will start September 5th.  Morning and Afternoon Tutoring will both begin this day.

Eclipse

We are live stream the Eclipse from the board office. video is available on our YouTube channel.

https://youtu.be/FvZNyBtF0_E

 

NTI day 1

Monday, August 21st is an NTI/Golden Lion Day for Garrard County Schools.  Students were given work and instructions by their teachers. Teachers will be available for contact by phone or email from 7:30 AM – 11:30 AM and from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM to provide assistance and answer student questions.

 Online versions of the packets are available here 

Parents, Students and Guardians, It is not the expectation of Garrard County Schools that students must view the solar eclipse on Monday, even if an assignment may imply otherwise.  The decision to view the solar eclipse is completely up to parents and guardians. 

GMS Welcomes New Teachers

GMS Welcomes:

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Ramie Goldey, Science

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Felicity Ingleston, Science

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Kotey Jones, Special Ed.

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Daniel King, Math

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Mandi White, Language Arts

 

Back to School

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GMS:  Each day will be from 5:30-6:30.

6th Grade:  Monday, July 31st

7th Grade:  Tuesday, August 1st

8th Grade:  Wednesday, August 2nd

Dress Code-2017  Supplies 6 Encore 6

Supplies 7 Encore 7 Supplies 8 Encore 8

Retiring Staff

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Larry Sparks (PLE), Susie Browning (LES), Beth Bolton Prather (LES), Susan Elam (PLE), Deb Hopkins (GMS), and Debbie Swinny (LES)

The Garrard County Retiring Staff was honored at Thursday's board meeting.  Mr. Corey Keith, Superintendent, thanked the staff members for serving the students of Garrard County and wished them the very best as they begin retirement.

GMS & GCHS National Beta Schools of Merit!

Congratulations to GCHS Beta and GMS Beta for being named 2017 National Beta Schools of Merit!!

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Summer Break

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Garrard County High School Graduation 2017

Garrard County High School Graduation will be tonight 5/19/17 at 7 PM.

Click the link below to watch it streamed Live starting at approximately 5pm

https://youtu.be/vljURJnVKJE

This Live stream will be recorded and available on our YouTube page if you are unable to watch it live

Graduating Class of 2017*Walk through the schools*Present Honorary Diplomas

 

 

Congratulations * Teacher of the Year * Kristin Long

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Jimmy Cox, Kristin Long, Corey Keith, Superintendent

Congrats to Kristin Long for being recognized as Central Record Teacher of the Year!  Also Congrats to all the teachers selected to be recognized from the district.

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 Kistin Long*Kalem Grasham*GCHS**Lisa Combs, Andrew Pickerill*GMS  
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       Paula Turner*Larry Sparks*PLE**Heather Middleton*Scott Bolin*CDR

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Kristy Marcum*Tracie Bottoms*LES

Corey Keith * Garrard County Superintendent

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Congratulations Corey Keith!! Corey Keith has served as Acting Superintendent for the past year, and was chosen by the Garrard County Board of Education to be the Superintendent of Garrard County Schools for the next four years. Mr. Keith is excited about continuing the good work in the district and feels blessed to work with the administrative team and staff.  A reception was held in his honor on May1

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2018-2019 calendar survey

The School Calendar Committee will prepare and recommend a school calendar for the upcoming school year to the Board of Education for adoption [required by KDE on or before May 15 of each year]. The committee shall consist of one district principal; one district office administrator other than the superintendent; one local Board member; two parents of students; one district elementary teacher; one district middle or high teacher; two district classified employees; and two community members. The committee will review calendar drafts, consider suggestions received on the survey, and make an effort to implement recommendations from school principals in developing a school calendar that reflects what is in the best interest of students. The committee will determine what is most appropriate in placing the four [4] professional development days, opening day, closing day, make-up days, four [4] holidays, and other days the district must be closed such as election days. The Board of Education has the final decision-making power in establishing the school calendar.

If you would like to make suggestions for the calendar committee to consider, please complete the following survey.

The committee members are to consider all input in developing the school calendar.

 

If you would like to complete the 2018-2019 calendar survey please click here

 

New Immunization Requirements

There are a couple of significant new immunization requirements for next school year that may require action from parents by January 31, 2018.

Garrard County Schools will be closed on Friday, April 13, 2018

Garrard County Schools will be closed on Friday, April 13, 2018 as many of our staff members will travel to Frankfort to advocate for our children and for public education.  The House and Senate will be in session and are expected to consider whether or not to override vetoes issued by Governor Bevin.  There are three key bills that are critical to public education. 

 

Two of those are the budget and revenue bills for the upcoming biennium (HB 200 and HB 366).  These bills allocate the state’s resources and set revenue structures to fund them.  The Governor’s initial budget proposal included drastic cuts to education.  Specifically, for Garrard County Schools, the cuts and increased costs would amount to an $850,000 loss.  The Senate’s proposed budget was slightly better and the House version was by far the friendliest to public education.  The budget compromise reached by the House and Senate could still be a small net loss for Garrard County Schools but is far better than the Governor’s proposal.  The Governor vetoed the compromise reached by the House and Senate.  We will urge the House and Senate to override that veto and the veto of the accompanying revenue bill.  If no budget is passed, it is uncertain what would occur during a potential special session.

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GMS Students of the Week

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Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Caleb Ellington (Colonels), Rylan Miller (Hilltoppers), Riley Miller (Eagles), Aislinn Ellis (Knights), Aundrea Ramirez (Panthers), Jackson Maxwell (Racers), and Nancy Perez (Tigers). Congratulations to these amazing students!

Gingerbread House Contest @ GMS

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Mrs. Mason hosted a Gingerbread House making contest in her Art classes at Garrard Middle School last week. The top 26 houses were judged by a panel of judges in the Garrard Middle School Library Media Center.

The winners were as follows:

Overall Winner: Amy Caldwell, Vishwa Patel, Alexa Dailey, Connor Hacker, Sarah Flynn, and Murron Karas (not pictured)
Most Delicious: Hannah Whitley and Mayson Molen
Most Festive: Paytin Dailey, Aden Fathergill, and Sarah Jennings
Most Creative: Dakota Sears, Anahi Ortiz, Sam Russell, Merrick Graham, and Dustin Payne
Smallest Structure: John Kyle
Largest Structure: Kaelyn Means and McKenzie Justice
Congratulations to all of the winners!

Tim Bertram*Speaker*Artist

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Mr. Tim Bertram held a school assembly program for the middle and high schools on Thursday.  Using Art as a blending tool--Tim delivered an important message about character building to students.  His artwork was amazing. The program promoted the arts and practical living.

GMS November Cougar Character Award Winners

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Each month every team at GMS selects a student who embodies the four core qualities of ROAR (Respect, Organization, Attitude, and Responsibility).  The winners for November 2017 are as follows: Peyton Hacker (Colonels), Hayden Elleman (Hilltoppers), Mason Reynolds (Eagles), Tanner Whitaker (Panthers), Jaylyn Gray (Knights), Sadie Hulett (Racers), and Dakota Napier (Tigers). Congratulations to these awesome students!

Del Leda Johnson*Retirement

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Congratulations to Del Leda Johnson on her retirement.  Del Leda worked as Youth Services Director at GMS and GCHS.  We wish her the very best!

GMS “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?”

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The Garrard Middle School drama club performed “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?” for the school on Tuesday, December 19, 2017. This witty story took us through the original “Night Before Christmas” with a few twists and turns along the way! The cast and directors did an amazing job!

GMS Safety Fair

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Garrard Middle School hosted its annual Career Day on Thursday, March 29, 2018. Thank you to all of the local businesses and guest speakers who took part in this exiting experience! A special thank you to Kelly Montgomery, GMS Counselor for planning the event.

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GMS Veterans Day 2017

 

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The GMS Veterans Day Program was held on Friday, November 10, 2017 in the GMS gymnasium. This annual event was a great success as the students, faculty, and staff of GMS paid tribute to all veterans. The GMS 8th grade choir performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier”. The GMS 8th grade band performed “My Old Kentucky Home”, “Taps”, and “Marches of the Armed Forces”.

Student speakers included: Kyrin Norris, Raelyn Combs, Karli Kirkpatrick, Kelsey Beedy, Alexa Dailey, Hannah Barrett, and Gwen Schneider. GMS was proud and honored to have Sergeant Brett Baierlein, a GMS alum, as our special guest speaker. Special thanks go out to Mr. Martin, Mrs. Mason, Mrs. Graham, Mr. Green, Mr. Fletcher, and all of the other students, faculty, and staff that made this day a success!     

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Reality Store

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The Youth Service Center sponsored a Reality Store for GMS Students.  The Reality Store is designed to help students learn basic skills in financial planning, goal setting, decision making and career planning.  This program is designed to be a learning experience for money management and motivate students to examine their future career plans and expectations. High school students, local community members, and school staff helped with the simulation.
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GMS KYA Delegation

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On November 30-December 2, 2017, the Garrard Middle School KYA delegation attended the KYA Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Louisville, Kentucky. The delegation consisted of 42 students, four sponsors, and one chaperone. The Kentucky Youth Assembly is a 3-day experiential learning program in which students serve as part of a model state government.

Students participated in bill writing and presenting, bill ranking, voting for bills, pro/con debates, and for the first time the GMS delegation had a student run for office. Three of the four bills written and presented by the delegation were signed into law by the KYA governor.

The GMS KYA delegation won the Delegation of Excellence award, Karli Kirkpatrick was awarded the Outstanding Delegate award, and Kelsey Beedy was voted President of the Senate!

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Garrard Preschool/Head Start Screening

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Garrard Pension Reform Forum

A pension reform forum was held at Garrard Middle School on November 2, 2017. Panelists included Representative Jonathan Shell, Senator Tom Buford, and KEA President Stephanie Winkler. The recorded video is posted below:

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8evJBL7-Nk

 

GMS Students of the Week

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Each week teachers at GMS select students of the week. These students go above and beyond in the classroom! The winners for this week are as follows: Kea Conn (Colonels), Konnan Merino-Corona (Hilltoppers), Madilyn Gonzalez (Eagles), Destinei Hutchinson (not pictured) (Knights), James White (Panthers), Seth Horn (Racers), and Samantha Harris (Tigers). Congratulations to these amazing students!

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