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NTI day 1

Due to slick road conditions Tuesday, January 22nd 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 


2019-2020 School Calendar

Garrard County Board of Education Approves 2019-2020 School Calendar

Diana Hart Selected to Participate in Prestigious Leadership Program Hart Family


Frankfort KY – After a competitive application process, 24 female educators have been selected for the 2019 cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL). Applicants were chosen based on specific leadership criteria. These leaders, along with some of the state’s top female executive educators, will convene January 17-18, 2019 in Louisville for a leadership forum and induction ceremony.

GEAR UP Grant Will Benefit Garrard County Schools GMS Students

Garrard County Schools will benefit greatly from a grant received by Partners for Education at Berea College. Specifically, through involvement with the Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) Opportunity Grant, Garrard County Schools will be able to employ two Academic Interventionists and two College and Career Navigators.  Additionally, funds will be available for college visits and a host of other activities that will be designed to break down barriers to college success.  Altogether, it will mean nearly $2,000,000 in funds coming into Garrard County Schools over a seven-year period.

Superintendent Corey Keith is incredibly excited by this opportunity.  He says, “Partners for Education at Berea College has been a wonderful supporter of Garrard County Schools.  With the funds and resources provided by this new grant, we will be able to offer students additional services.  The utilization of academic interventionists will be another safety net for our struggling students.  Also, the college and career navigators will benefit our students in a number of ways.  Notably, students will have a heightened awareness of opportunities and of what is necessary to be accepted to college and successfully earn a degree.  We are so grateful to have Garrard County Schools included in this wonderful program.”

Garrard 2019-2020 Calendar Survey

The school calendar impacts students, families, and staff so it is important that we gain your input. Work is about to begin on the 2019-2020 school year and we would like some data to help us make the best decisions for our district as a whole. We know it's not possible to accommodate everyone's preferences, but your input will be taken into consideration and provide a solid starting point to begin developing the calendar.

Click Here to participate

GCHS - Police Academy Graduates Police Academy Graduates, Evan Preston and Michael Wilson

We are extremely proud of two recent GCHS graduates, Evan Preston and Michael Wilson, for graduating from the police academy! #GarrardShines

Garrard County High School Farm Garrard Farm New Calf

GREAT job by @GarrardFFA! 


School farm happenings...weaning the spring calves and welcoming the 1st of the fall calves in the same day. #GARRARDshines

Garrard County High School Cross Country Team GCHS Cross Country Team

GREAT job by GCHS Cross Country! Congratulations to James Ward for his first place finish! #GARRARDshines

GCHS Principal Selection - Stakeholder Input

Garrard County High School Stakeholders

As you may know, Mrs. Diana Hart has accepted the position of Director of Pupil Personnel (DPP), leaving a vacancy for the principal position at Garrard County High School.

The Site-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council, chaired by the superintendent, received the mandatory Principal Selection Training on Monday, July 9, 2018 as a part of a specially-called meeting.   Last year, there was an extensive process used to determine the selection criteria which included the opportunity for stakeholders to respond to an online survey and attend forums at the school.  With that in mind, we decided to use the same selection criteria that were used one year ago: School Climate, Expectations, Curriculum and Leadership.  However, we do want to give you the opportunity to give us suggestions if you wish.  You may do that by following this link:


As we move forward with the process, here is the tentative timeline with tentative topics:

Monday, July 16, 2018, 5:00 PM – Special Meeting to: Review any additional stakeholder input, finalize processes and questions, review applications and reference checks, select interviewees, schedule interviews

Thursday, July 19, 2018, 9:00 AM – Special Meeting to: Conduct interviews, consider merits of candidates, select a principal

We are working hard to be diligent in our search for, and selection of, the next principal of Garrard County High School.

Open Houses and Supply Lists

Garrard Middle School Open House

6th Grade - Monday, July 30, 2018 from 4:00-6:00

7th and 8th Grade - Tuesday, July 31, 2018 from 4:00-6:00

Each Open House will be informal and open for parents and students to pick up class schedules, meet teachers, and get information for the school year.


Supply Lists (click for link):

6th Grade

7th Grade

8th Grade


Graduation Stream

Tonight 2/25/18 at 7PM Garrard County High School will Hold Graduation for the class of 2018. if you wish to watch via live stream we will have two options this year. the first is a 360 camera view available at the link below


Second is a more traditional static shot at the link below


 Both stream will record and be available on our YouTube page if you miss the live stream

Senior Walking the Halls of the Schools @ GC!!

2018 GCHS Valedictorians * Salutatorian*Welcome Greeting

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Congratulations to the 2018 GCHS Valedictorians Savannah B. Dodson, Kennedy Morgan,  and John T. Fitzpatrick!!  Congratulations to the 2018 GCHS Salutatorian Elliot K. Mongtomery!! Congratulations to Morgan F. Miracle for being selected to present the Welcome at graduation!! Congratulations to the Class of 2018!!

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State Bass Fishing

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Congratulations to the GCHS Bass Fishing Team for finishing in 62nd and 65th out of 80 teams!



Kindergarten Readiness


The Family Resource Center & Garrard Early Childhood Council are providing a Kindergarten Readiness Event for all three Elementary Schools.

This is for any child going into Kindergarten for the school year 2018-2019!!

June 14th, 2018 anytime between 2:00—6:00 pm at Garrard County High School, 599 Industry Road, Lancaster

A free meal & inflatables will be available!

We will have Kindergarten teachers there to show you and your child things to work on through the summer to get them ready for Kindergarten!

We have free gifts for your attendance!!

If you have any questions please call Angie or Kim at the Family Resource Center at 859-792-4756

2018 Teacher of the Year

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               Amy Jennings, PLE                   Kim Young, LES 
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           Janice Johnson, CDR             Christy Flowers, GMS      

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                                         Christen Roseberry, GCHS      Page Smith, ATC                                               


Congratulations to all the nominees for Garrard Central Record "Teacher of the Year."  Mrs. Christy Flowers won from a wonderful pool of nominees. (School prinicpal is with each candidate.)

Grease * Presented by GCHS & GMS


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GMS Rogers Explorer Program


Congratulations to the following 8th grade students for being accepted in the Rogers Explorer Program: Kyrin Norris, Timberlie Cook-Leslie, Karli Kirkpatrick, Amber Denton, Kelsey Beedy, Carrie Bruce, and Sarah Flynn.

Workers Memorial day Grants Fight Live Stream

Presentation is at 2 PM 4/28/18 click the link below to whatch live or recording





GMS KUNA Delegation Honored at Board Meeting

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On Thursday, April 12, 2018, the GMS KUNA Delegation was honored at the Board Meeting for their accomplishments at the KUNA Conference in Louisville on March 25-27.

The GMS KUNA Delegation won the following awards: Delegation of Excellence and Outstanding Country Sign. Individual awards were given to the following students: Murron Karras (Outstanding Delegate Award); Kelsey Beedy (Outstanding Speaker Award); and Sydney Ousley/Kelsey Beedy/Destinei Hutchison (Resolution Endorsed by Secretary General). 

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GMS Field Trip * Legends Game

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Students at GMS attended a Lexington Legends game on Wednesday, April 11, 2018. Thank you to Mrs. Edgington for organizing this awesome field trip!

Conservation Writing Contest * GMS


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.


Annual Community Egg Hunt



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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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!


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


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

GMS Archery Winners @ Somerset Christian School Archery Tournament


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


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.


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

Archery*P.E. Class @ GMS


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


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



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:


Ramie Goldey, Science


Felicity Ingleston, Science


Kotey Jones, Special Ed.


Daniel King, Math


Mandi White, Language Arts


Back to School


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


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!!

beta     Let Us Lead by Serving Others

Summer Break


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


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

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

Kristy Marcum*Tracie Bottoms*LES

Corey Keith * Garrard County Superintendent


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


Garrard Middle School Drama*Aladdin Jr


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Garrard Middle School Drama sponsored by Brandi Saylor, performed Aladdin Jr as a reward for the GMS students on April 21.



Garrard Middle 6th Grade * Safety Fair

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Garrard Middle 6th graders participated in a Safety Fair sponsored by GCHS.

Kentucky Bluegrass Award Book Winners

Front Row:  $10.00 Gift Certificate winners Kendall Cloud (8th), Melanie Durham (6th) & Deanna Alberts (7th).
Back Row: $5.00 GIft Certificate Winners Sydney Travis (6th) & Michael Tuggle (8th). Absent Kady Montgomery (7th).

GMS Rogers Explorer Recipients


Rebekah Keith *  Abigail Isaacs *  Macy Abney

The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program focused on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.  It is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, University of Pikeville, and The Center’s newest partner, Union College.

Kendall Cloud, Alternate

GMS KUNA Delegation * Recognized by Board of Education

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GMS KUNA Delegation was recognized at Thursday's board meeting.  Proud of this group. They represented GMS well.
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Archery Tournament*Garrard Middle


Garrard Middle hosted a successful Archery Tournament on Saturday, March 25.

Garrard Middle KUNA*Delegation of Excellence Award

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Congratulations to Garrard Middle for winnning the Delegation of Excellence Award at KUNA.


Lexington Legends Bookmark Contest *Winner Aubree McIntosh

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GMS student Aubree McIntosh won the Lexington Legends Bookmark contest.

GMS * Junior Beta Convention * GOLD Key


Congratulations to the GMS Beta Club for winning the GOLD key award at the Beta State Convention.

Grasham and Keith * House Education Chair & Secretary of Workforce and Education


Superintendent Corey Keith and GCHS Principal Kalem Grasham met with House Education Chair Bam Carney and Secretary of Workforce and Education Hal Heiner in Frankfort. State Representative Jonathan Shell also attended the meeting.

Garrard Middle & Schools To Watch


Several Garrard Middle teachers and staff were recognized for Schools to Watch designation at the February board meeting.

GMS * Regional Governor's Cup



Our students really represented us well in Regional Governor's Cup Competition.  The team placed 4th overall and is sending 4 individuals to the state competition.Rebekah Keith is the regional champion in Composition. Meggie Morrow placed 4th in Arts and Humanities. Connor Fitzpatrick placed 4th in Math.Abby Keith placed 5th in Math. The Future Problem Solving Team placed 3rd. The Quick Recall Team tied for 5th. And, I am proud to say that the team won the Sportsmanship Award!  Thanks to Coaches Jonathan Martin, Zach Simpson, Shannah Garner, and Hillary Vanoy. Also thanks to all who have supported this group.

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GMS Spelling Bee


Winner: James Michael Tuggle     Runner-Up: Kady Montgomery

Garrard Middle School held their annual Spelling Bee on January 26, 2017.  We had participants from all ELA Classes. The Winner, James Michael Tuggle & the Runner-Up, Kady Montgomery will represent GMS at the County Wide Spelling Bee on February 10, 2017 at the GMS auditorium with a Snow Date of February 17, 2017. 

Pictured Front Row: Matthew Smith, Gabriel Adkins, Jake Hurt, Derrick Sexton, Caleb Johnson, Trevor Nicholson, Kelsey Beedy, Hannah Barrett, Alexandria Carroll, Rebekah, Heaven Dotson & Emily Howell.

Back Row: Makaylie Allen, James Michael Tuggle, Maahi PAtel, Jasmine Deubner, Kady Montgomery, Alison Stiles, Meggie Morrow, Laci Flannery, Austin Hounshell, Ashton Cheek, Claeb Slone & Brayden York.

4-H Students Attend Inaguration


Garrard County High School was represented at the inauguration with the 4-H Leadership program called Citizenship Washington Focus.  Elliot Montgomery,Ashlyn Murphy, Maddie Jordan and Sis Logan were the high school students that attended.

Spelling Bee

GMS spelling bee will be brodcast on the link below at 1:00 pm 1/26/17


GMS Dance Team * 1st Place Jazz


Congrats to the GMS dance team who won 1st place in the small Jazz division at the Commonwealth Athletic Conference!

GMS Academic Team * Overall Runner Up * Sportsmanship Award


GMS Academic Team won overall runner up in the district and runner up in quick recall!  For the third year in a row, GMS won the sportsmanship award.

LIVE LIFE by the SEAMS 5K run/walk * GCHS Baseball
GMS * Kentucky Youth Assembly * January Board Meeting


Mr.Andrew Pickerill recognized the GMS students that were part of the delegation that participated in the Kentucky Youth Assembly.  GMS students did an outstanding job and received many individual and group awards at the conference.  They celebrated with cake after their presentations at the board meeting.

Golden Lion Day 3

Due to illness, Friday, February 24 will be NTI/Golden Lion Day #3. Students should complete the appropriate assignments that were sent home in the red folders. The assignments can also be accessed from the district webpage. (Follow the "Golden Lion Day" link in the Quick Links section. The password is "garrard")

Online versions of the packets are available here

Meet the Lions

GCMB *Distinguished Rating at Bourbon County Regional Competition


Congratulations to GCMB for scoring a Distinguished rating at Bourbon County  Regional Competition.  The band received 2nd place out of 10 bands.  The band will compete in State Prelims and hopefully advance to the State Finals next Saturday Night. (Pictures and Information courtesy of Chris Woolums) Special thanks to Teresa Baker-Clough.


Red Ribbon Week * Garrard Middle * "Stay Tuned"


Garrard Middle had Adam Margullin do a "Stay Tuned" presentation to kick off Red Ribbon Week.  Adam is a seasoned police officer of over 14 years, a Drug Recognition Expert Instructor and an accomplished drummer.  This assembly was sponsored by the Youth Service Center.

GCHS Marching Band Competition @ Tates Creek Commodore Classic


GCHS Marching Band came in 2nd during Prelims, Best Percussion, Best Guard in Class AA.  The GCHS band placed 5th in finals.
(Photographs Courtesy of Chris Woolums)

Garrard Middle Boys Basketball Tryouts

Tryouts for Boys Basketball are Oct. 18th and 19th. 

Times are:

8th gr 3:30

7th gr. 4:30

6th gr. 5:30

You must have a current sports physical in order to try out.

GCHS Marching Band


GCHS Marching Band won thier class, class percussion, class color guard and Reserve Grand Champion at the competition in Corbin Saturday.  Thank you Teresa Baker-Clough. 
 (Photos:  Courtesy of Chris Woolums)




GMS Character Award Winners

Congratulations to first Cougar Character Award winners of the year!!!

Educational Commitment

Roar Students on a Canoe Trip

First Day for Students

First FULL Day of School for Students

 Wednesday,  August 10

GMS Supply List 2016-17 & Back to School Dates

2016-17 Supply List for GMS
Registration dates are:
6th gr Aug. 1   5:30-6:30
7th gr Aug. 2   5:30-6:30
8th gr Aug. 3   5:30-6:30

School Superintendent Selection Process

The process for electing a superintendent Screening Committee is underway.  By statute,   a committee is to be formed within 30 days of a superintendent vacancy occurring.   This Selection Committee will consist of one board member, one principal, one parent, one classified staff member, and two teachers.  The board member representative is appointed by the Board Chairman.  The principal representative is selected by the principals. The parent representative is selected from parent nominations by the active PTO Presidents.  The classified staff representative is voted upon by paper ballot from nominations.  The two teacher representatives are also voted upon by paper ballot from nominations.

Nominations will be received until 5 pm on Friday, July 8th, 2016.   Voting for the Selection Committee members will take place Wednesday, July 13th at the Board of Education from 10 am to 4 pm.  This will be a paper ballot that does require a sign-in.

Classified staff members may stop in on this day to cast their vote for the classified staff representative.  Teachers (Certified Staff) may stop by to cast their vote for the two teacher representatives.

Parents and district staff have all been notified by phone that nominations for the representatives will close at 5 pm on Friday, July 8th.  Any parent or district staff member can nominate or self-nominate.  You may nominate yourself or someone else by contacting Mindy Morrow at the Board of Education (Phone:  792-3018). 


School and community input are valued, and participation is encouraged in this process.

ROAR Summer Program @ GMS


ROAR Summer Program doing Service Learning Projects at the GEC, Board of ED, and CDR buldings to improve landscaping by pulling weeds and raking mulch.

Corey Keith named Acting Superintendent in Garrard County

Mr. Corey Keith, Assistant Superintendent, has accepted the position as Acting Superintendent of Garrard County. Keith is excited to continue the work that Mr. Paul Mullins began.  Mullins accepted a position as superintendent of Logan County Schools. Keith will take the position of Acting Superintendent on July 1.



Day 1, 7th grade is working on a Service Learning Project this week.  Day 1 we packed bags for Family Resource Center for Kindergarten Readiness


Day 2, We started out pulling weeds at CDR, then raked mulch on the playground.  We ended the day going throughout the community passes out water to people working and serving our community. 


2016 Kentucky School Resource Officer of the Year * Dave Amon

Contratulations Dave Amon - 2015 KY School Resource Officer of the Year!!

GMS Beta School of Merit

Garrard Middle was selected as a 2016 Beta School of Merit.



Painting bird houses, lock relay games, shark dissection, Birds of Prey 




GMS Camp - ROAR is sponsoring a GMS Summer Camp to help fifth graders transition into middle school plus lots of fun projects.


Happy Summer!!

GCHS Graduation Live Stream

Garrard County High School will stream Graduation starting around 6:15 PM EST with the senior video. Graduation Ceremony to follow at 7:00 EST.



2016 Graduates Walk * Present Honorary Diplomas

Because many people in all grade levels contribute to their success, graduates did a walk through of all the schools in the district.  To honor the work of the staff members who have helped these seniors along the way, they presented honorary diplomas to serve as a tribute and a reminder to students, parents, staff members and community members of the commitment we all make to our students when they enter school.  Garrard County "Expects the Best!!"



Field Day @ GMS




GMS celebrated testing with a Field Day.  Students enjoyed various activities which included a volleyball competition.  Staff vs. Students and the faculty won.  Beautiful Day to celebrate and be outside.

Safety Fair @ GMS


GMS held a safety fair for their students.  Presenters talked about safety issues to help Middle School Students stay safe.  Topics included safety for outdoors, internet safety, legal safety, health safety and other topics.


Athletic Survey
2016 Rogers Explorers Program Participants Chosen

Garrard Middle School is proud to announce that (Back) Kennedy Bruner, Maddie Jordan, (Front) Emma Warren and Dylan Driskell have been chosen for the 2016 Rogers Explorer Program!

The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math and technology start the journey toward careers in those high-demand career fields.  Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on campus at some of Kentucky’s top colleges and universities, where experts will guide participants through hands-on assignments, all of which encourage creative thinking and teamwork and build leadership skills.The program, presented tuition-free to students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area, is hosted in partnership with Asbury University, the University of Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.


Pre-School Meeting Pre-School Meeting

If you have a student who may be enrolled in Pre-School for the 2016-17 school year there will be a meeting Tuesday April 19th at 6pm at the GEC. The meeting will be an overview of the Pre-School program along with discussion of any potential changes.

The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast

The high school drama department will present "The Enchantment of Beauty and the Beast" at GMS auditorium on April 28 @ 6:00 p.m., April 29 @ 6:00 p.m. and May 1 @ 4:00 p.m.  Admission: $7 adults - $5 students  Plan to attend!!

2016 Earth Day Festival @ GCHS

Kick ball @ GMS * Staff vs Students


Staff vs Students in Kick ball.  Staff wins.


GMS Library-Coloring Contest

8th Grade Winners

7th Grade Winners

6th Grade Winners

The GMS Library is pleased to announce the winners of the coloring contest. Students participated through their advisory while coloring a coloring sheet that promoted reading books as a way to say "We Love To Read at GMS" Candy Prizes were awarded by the GMS Library.  Thanks to all students and staff who participated. (Click on Read More for Individual Winners)

Lancaster Grand - Women of Ireland - GMS 7th Grade

GMS 7th Graders went to the Lancaster Grand on Thursday and saw the performance of Women of Ireland.

Cougar Character Award Winners - February

Cougar Character Award winners for month of February

GMS KYA Students Recognized at Board Meeting

 Garrard Middle School KYA Students were recognized by the Board Members.

School Wide Spelling Bee

  The GMS Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 22 in the auditorium at 1:30 with a Snow date for Friday, January 29th at 1:30 also.    Students from each grade level will compete. The Winner & Runner-Up from the GMS Spelling Bee will represent Garrard Middle School in the County Wide Spelling Bee that will be held in February.

Robotics Show GMS


GMS had an assembly today for MS Students on Robotics.


Lesson on Destiny Quest


8th Grade ELA class visits the library for Book Checkout and a review lesson on how to use Destiny Quest to find books in the GMS Library.

GMS Talent Show


GMS had a talent show in December to showcase all their talented students.

16-17 Calendar Draft Vote

The calendar committee has prepared three draft calendars for the 16-17 school year and would like to get input from parents and community members. Please review the drafts below and vote on your preference from the three drafts.

Calendar Drafts


Chick here to vote

GMS Veterans Day


GMS Veterans Day program was on November 11.  Mr. Andrew Prickerill, Principal, welcomed students, staff and guests.  Members of the Student Council participated in the program.  Emma Warren - Pledge to the Flag; Olivia Wardrip - Veterans Day Proclamation; Beau Schneider - Introduced Speaker; Ashley Graves - Flag Protocol; Dylan Driskell - Introduced GMS Guest Speaker; Gabby Davis - Story of Taps; Kennedy Brunner - Letter to a Veteran
Guest Speakers were Erin Schneider and Greg Hammond. The Choir, under the direction of Josh Fletcher, sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier."  The Band, under the direction of Noel Green, played "My Old Kentucky Home," March of the Armed Forces" with Taylor Akin, and featured Brittany Beedy with taps.  The "Posting and Retiring of Colors" was presented by the Color Guard.  Veterans were lunch guest at GMS after the celebration.




Happy Birthday - Brent Ballew

GCHS wanted to wish Brent Ballew a special birthday today by wearing teamballew t-shirts!   

Survey Monkey
GCHS Band State Bound!!

The Band Received a Distinguished at Regionals!! and are moving on to STATE!!  (Pictures:  Vicky Abrams)


Fran Nominees and Winners

Congratulations Angie Wagoner and Kim Dailey for being this year's FRAN Award winners.  Kim and Angie work in the Family Resource Center with all three elementary schools.  Their focus is to enhance student's abilities to succeed in school.   We had a great group of FRAN (For Recog. A Need) award nominees.  All nominees work to help students achieve success through various  roles in the schools.

GMS Food Drive

The Garrard Middle School Cougars are having a FOOD DRIVE WAR from October 5-30, 2015!!!  The Advisory Class that brings in the most canned and non-perishable food items (will be measured in ounces) will win a PIZZA PARTY!!! Be a part of something WONDERFUL!!!! 

Mike Ruthford visits Garrard County Schools


Mike Rutherford visited Garrard County Schools to share strategies for developing and supporting others. Mike Rutherford is the auther of "The Artisan Teacher."  SOCL (Skillful Observation & Coaching Laboratory) is professional development that builds instructional leadership for administrators, instructional coaches and curriculum specialists. 


Cindy Logan Remembrance

GCHS students and staff wore orange (Cindy's favorite color) today in remembrance of Cindy Logan.  Cindy is the mother of Alicia (8th grade) and Devan (11th grade) and aunt to Davian, Sis and Daylan.  Cindy was an avid sports fan and supporter of Garrard County students.  Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

GCHS Marching Band-Casey 1st in Class/3rd Overall


The Garrard County High School Marching Band competed in Casey County Saturday, September 19th.  First in Class, Best Percussion, Best Color  Guard and 3rd Overall. 

GCHS Marching Band - 2nd place @ Bourbon Co.

Congrats to the GCHS Marching Band for receiving second place at the Bourbon County Band Competition. ( Pics courtesy of Vicky Abrams)



8th Grade Lady Cougars

Alicia Logan, Fran Montgomery, Kennedy Bruner, Madisyn Neeley, Brittany Butner, Alexus Hocker, Chloe Zeznanski, Katy Pozzuto
- Coach Haley Meadows

The 8th grade Lady Cougars basketball team will be having their 8th grade night on September 21st as they face Clark Moores Middle School at home.

GCHS 2015-16 Marching Band

GCHS 2015 Marching Band.  This year's show is "You Don't Know Jack."


Skylar Allison - Competes for Miss Jr. Teen Title

Skylar Allison has been selected to participate in the 2015 Miss Jr. Teen Pageant competition.  Skyler will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with the judging panel. If Skyler were to win the title of Miss Jr. Teen, she will receive over $30,000 in prizes and awards.  

GMS Girls' Basketball tryouts

 GMS Girls' basketball tryouts: July 15 7th+8th grades 4-5:30pm 6th 5:30-7pm. July 16 2nd night 5:30-7pm for 6th only

Congratulations on Retirement of Garrard County Board of Education Employees

Terry Sanders (Bus Garage)*Patricia Carey (School Nurse)*Missie Culp (Homebound) Lori Johnson (GMS)*Diane Mink (GMS)* Jill Stevens (GMS)*Lita Leavell (GCHS)

Congratulations to these Garrard County Board of Education employees on their retirement.  We appreciate your service to Garrard County Schools.

Mrs. April Kirby's Class--Battle Ball

Mrs. April Kirby's physical education classes playing battleball.


Harlem Wizard fundraiser for Project Graduation Harlem Wizard fundraiser for Project Graduation

The Harlem Wizard will be here at the Garrard Co Middle School Monday May 11 door opens at 5:30 and game starts at 6:30. Tickets can be bought in advance for 10.00 either online @ www.Harlemwizards.com or by calling 8593398842. You can also purchase them at the door for 12.00 children 4 and under are free.

Proceeds benefit project graduation.

Teacher Appreciation Week Teacher Appreciation Week
GMS SBDM Parent Nomination and Election

The nomination period for election of a parent member to fill a vacancy on the School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council for the 2015-2016 school year is now open. If you would like to nominate a candidate for SBDM please complete the nomination form (sent home with students on Friday, May 1) and return it to the GMS office by Wednesday, May 6th no later than 3:00 PM.


Elections will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015, from 8:00-10:00 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM.

Garrard County Schools-Best Places to Work in Kentucky

Mr. Paul Mullins (Superintendent) * Mr. Joe Brown (Board Chairman)

Garrard County Schools was recognized by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce as a Top 20 "Best Places to Work" in Kentucky!

Non Traditional School Instructional Days Survey

Many school systems in the state of Kentucky have implemented a plan to use non-traditional instructional days when the weather prevents regular attendance across the district.  School systems are allowed to decide which days would be made up in a non-traditional way and which days would be made up traditionally, by adding days to the calendar or rearranging the calendar.  Non-traditional plans include opportunities for learning to continue regardless of the weather conditions-- (i.e. using technology to read, complete and submit assignments; using already existing learning systems like Lexia and Study Island to complete homework assignments; and using paper packets for students who do not have internet access).  Please complete the following survey to provide our district with feedback on formulating such a plan.


Please click here to take survey


Community Easter Egg Hunt


The annual Easter Egg Hunt was held at Garrard Middle on Tuesday evening.  The egg hunt was sponsored by the ROAR program at Garrard Middle and the GCHS Beta Club.  The children enjoyed the egg hunt and games.  The weather was absolutely wonderful!!


Homework Cafe Open-Evening Meals


Kids were doing homework, being tutored, playing board games and the baseball team got to eat before their practice. Then, the Girl Scouts and their parents stopped in to grab something to eat before their meeting.

Tonight is cheeseburgers, Thursday is chicken strips. Monday/Thursday: Open 3:30 – 6:30   Tuesday Open 3:30-6:00. Other items also available as well as coffee and sweet tea…

Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00. Students eat FREE (Age 2-18).

All free student meals must be eaten in the cafeteria.  NO CARRY OUTS AVAILABLE.


District Spelling Bee Winner ETHAN SWOPE


Garrard Middle School Spelling Bee Winner

Garard Middle School is please to announce the Spelling Bee Winner and Runner Up for the Garard Middle School 2015 Spelling Bee. The winner was Ethan Swope from Mrs. Edgingtons 7th Grade ELA class. The runner-up was Megan Hasty from Mrs. Russell's 8th Grade ELA class.  Ethan & Megan will represent Garrard Middle School in the District Wide Spelling Bee held at the GMS auditorium Friday, February 13, 2015 at 1pm, with a snow date of of February 20, 2015.

Those middle school students participating in the Spelling Bee were:

 Abby Bowen from Ms. Cecils ELA Class.  Colin Stevens from Mr. Simpsons ELA Class.  Connor Fitzpatrick, Dalton Crace, Luke Alford & Joe Roution from Mrs. Rhodus 6th Grade ELA CLasses.  Kiah Leslie, Kevin Finney, John Roution & Tiara Hollon from Mrs. Minks 6th Grade ELA CLasses.  Peighton Sowder, Nicholas Denton, Michael Diaz & Emma Warren from Mrs. Vanoys 7th Grade ELA Classes. Trenton Durham-Stacy, Ethan Swope, Kennedy Bruner & Daniel McQuerry from Mrs. Edgingtons 7th Grade ELA Classes.  Sean Brunelle, Oceanna Pruden-Scott, Kamryn Norton, Tyler Tungate & Jacob Willoughby from Mrs. Barones 8th Grade ELA Classes. Missy Jones, Megan Hasty, Maria Gonzalez & Georgia Dawahare from Mrs. Russells 8th Grade ELA Classes.  A special thanks to Mrs. Montgomery & Mrs. Brogli for being judges and to Mr. Denson and Kathryn Lark for the live broadcast of the bee so that all Middle School classes could view.

Winter Break



We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 5,2014

Winter Break Winter Break

We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 5, 2015.

Reality Store - GMS


Garrard County Youth Services Center, UK Extension Office, Garrard County 4-H Council and Garrard Middle School hosted Reality Store for 8th grade students.  Reality Store is program that simulates the REAL WORLD for students. They are given a monthly income and visit various booths to purchase their utilities, clothing, food etc.

GMS Veterans Day Program GMS Veterans Day Program

Garrard Middle Hosted their annual Veterans Day event on November 11, 2014.


Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff Visits Garrard District


Dr. Tommy Floyd, KDE Chief of Staff, visited Garrard County Schools on Tuesday, November 18.  Dr. Floyd was welcomed at each school by a leadership team of students.  The students led a guided tour and answered questions about the instruction at their school.  Mr. Paul Mullins (Superintendent), Mr. Corey Keith (Assistant Superintendent) Mrs. Cindy Rogers (Instruction), Mrs. Mary A. Davis (Instruction) and Mr. Joe Brown (Board Chairman) were also members of the tour group.

Garrard Middle Cross Country

Garrard Middle Cross Country

garrard marching band live stream

We will attempt to broadcast  the garrard marching band performance at 7:45 at the lync below



1st Ripe Tomato from GMS Greenhouse

We picked the 1st ripe tomato this afternoon. The kids were excited, especially Walker (it was his plant!).   Garrard Middle School Greenhouse -  Agriculture Class with Christen Roseberry. 

Roseberry's Middle School Ag Class - Jay Hettmansperger Guest




Middle School is now offering some Agriculture classes.  Our agriculture extension agent, Jay Hettmansperger, came to help the middle school class today learn about tomatoes and cabbage. The students helped to plant the tomatoes and cabbage and put them in the middle school greenhouse. Mrs. Christen Roseberry Agriculture teacher for the class was the photographer.

School Leaders Meet With Farm Bureau Board



School Leaders Meet With Farm Bureau Board

There was definitely an air of positive excitement about Garrard County Schools last Thursday evening, August 7, 2014 at the Garrard County Farm Bureau Board of Directors meeting.  A group of relatively new district and school leaders were invited to be introduced to the Farm Bureau Board, and each person spoke briefly of their vision and passion for education in Garrard County.                               





Claudia Lucas -FRAN Award Recipient

Mr. Paul Mullins, Superintendent, presented Claudia Lucas with the FRAN Award on opening day with faculty and staff for Garrard County Schools.  Claudia works with the Migrant Program for Garrard County Schools.  The FRAN award is given to a staff member that is outstanding in recognizing the needs of our school community.  The person receiving the award is chosen by the faculty and staff.

New Teacher Orientation - Garrard County Schools

5th Grade Transition Camp




Roar, 4-H, Family Resouce and Youth Service Center sponsored a week transition camp for 5th graders going into middle school in the fall.  Many fun activities along with some tips for middle school were on the agenda.  Ice breakers for the three elementary school students helped them "get to know" their new classmates. Tanya Watkins, National Guard, Dave Amon and 4-H presented programs and information to make their transition easier.  Approximately 70 students attended the camp.

Garrard Central Record Teacher of the Year


Please vote for the Garrard Central Record Teacher of the Year. Nominations were received from each school.  School staff members and parent votes will be tallied after the deadline Wednesday, May 7 at 4:00 p.m. 

Vote Here


Garrard Middle Softball Updates

Garrard Middle School Softball Team as team escorts for UK Softball:


GMS Softball Champions of Clash of the Titans Tournament!

Ethan Baker will travel to Atlanta to try out for Kids' Jeopardy!

Ethan has passed the online  Jeopardy test and will be headed to Atlanta on May 4 to try out for Kids Week Jeopardy


GMS Cougars Softball 2014 Lady Bulldog Invitational Champions

KEES Money for Students

The 8th grade students attended an assembly program to hear from KHEAA about KEES money and how it is awarded.  

Garrard Middle ROAR - Prevention of Child Abuse

Garrard Middle student with ROAR plant pinwheels in support of prevention of child abuse.

Choir Assessment Choir

GMS 7th and 8th grade choir student's participated on Wednesday March 19th in the KMEA Choral Festival and received an overall distinguished rating.  They officially received two distinguised ratings and one proficient plus rating on their prepared pieces.  They received proficient on sight-singing.  The scores average out to a distiguished rating overall!!!  Congratulations to Mr. Fletcher and all of the students who represented GMS well!

GMS Cheerleaders--Salt River Conference Winners


Congratulations to the GMS cheerleaders at Salt RIver Conference on March 15.
1st Place 2 l/2 minute division
2nd place traditional division

PI Day in Mrs. Druen's Class Pi Day

On Friday March 14th, Mrs. Druen's 7th grade Knights students celebrated everyone's favorite number, pi.  In class they discovered the relationship between the circumference and diameter of several pies brought from home.  Check out their creative t-shirt designs.  A Happy Pi Day to All!!!

KSBA Award-Rev. Jerry Browning

Rev. Jerry Browning, Garrard County Board Member, was honored by the KSBA for service hours dedicated to the Garrard District.  He received a certificate for each level that he had achieved:  Level 1, 2, and 3. Mr. Joe Brown, Chairman of the Garrard County Board of Education, presented the certificates.

Girls Soccer for Monday 10th moved to 17th
Calender Survey Calender Survey
8th Grade Dance Update

The GMS 8th Grade Dance will go on as originally scheduled for this Friday March 7, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30 in the cafeteria of Garrard Middle School.  Tickets will be available for purchase on Thursday and Friday in the cafeteria from Mrs. Logan.  Please refer to the parent letter for all dance eligibility guidelines and specific February attendance/behavior requirements.  Also, remember that you must be at school for the entire day (8:00 - 3:00) on Friday March 7th in order to attend

We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students!

6th Grade Abe Lincoln 6th Grade Abe Lincoln

6th Grade students enjoyed a performance of Abraham Lincoln through the KY Humanities Council Chautauqua for Schools program.  We want to say a big thank you to First Southern Bank for providing this opportunity and making this program possible for our students!!!

"Excellence in Teaching" Winner Tiffany Little

Congratulations to Tiffany Little for being selected as the Middle School Award Winner of the "Excellence in Teaching."  This awards program is sponsored by Campbellsville University.  The teachers and guests will be recognized at the Award Ceremony May 10th on the campus of Campbellsville University.

Spelling Bee Winners Spelling Bee Winners

Garrard Middle School is proud to announce the results of the 2014 Garrard Middle School Spelling Bee that was held on Friday, February 14th in the Garrard Middle School Library. The winner was Kathryn Lark from Mrs. Edgingtons 3rd period ELA class and the Runner-Up was Hannah Herren from Mrs. Vanoys 7th period ELA class

Schools on normal schedule

All Garrard County Schools will resume normal schedule 1/30/14

2014-2015 Calendar Parent Vote

Please take some time to vote for the 2014 2015 Garrard County Schools Calendar.

Vote Here

Happy Holidays

We are on Christmas break and will return to school on Monday January 6, 2014.

Explore Test

The following students reached 4 out of 4 benchmarks on Explore test this fall.

K-PREP Distinguished

The following students scored Straight Distinguished on the K-PREP test last spring. Cheyenne G., Laura C., Savannah D., Ashley W., and Nicholas D.

6th Grade Academic Overall 1st Place

Ella Vance: 1st Place Arts and Humanities; 4th Place Composition
Ethan Baker: 4th Place Social Studies
Ethan Swope: 1st Place Science
Gabriel Doty: 2nd Place Science
Daniel McQuerry: 4th Place Language Arts
Nicholas Denton: 4th Place Arts and Humanities
Quick Recall: 2nd Place
Overall: 1st Place 

Reality Store @ GMS

Reality Store Reality Store

Garrard County Community members helped GMS students learn real world life lessons at the "Reality Store"!

(See the rest of the pictures of the day under Photo Galleries on the left hand menu)

GMS Track wins overall and Warren wins FIRST PLACE!
Sending a select team of boys, the 4k race was won by Garrard’s Josh Warren in 16:11. 
Boys Basketball TRYOUTS
Boys Basketball TRYOUTS
Baseball Conditioning September 16th
Youth Service Center Survey
Survey for Youth Service Center

Parents, teachers, and Students please help the school and the Youth Service Center and complete the Survey for the group which pertains to you.

Bailey Wright Recognized at October Board Meeting Bailey Wright Recognized at October Board Meeting
Bailey Wright, an 8th grade student at Garrard Middle School was recognized at the October Garrard County Board Meeting on Tuesday Oct. 15, 2013. Bailey performed as the opening act for the GEAR Up Class of 2018 Scholars Kickoff event on September 4th at Corbin Arena. The event was attended by over 5,000 8th grade students in surrounding Gear Up districts. Bailey Wright is shown receiving a certificate of recognition from Superintendent Paul Mullins.                          
Red Ribbon Week at GMS
Red Ribbon Week at Garrard Middle School will take place October 28 - November 1.
Parent-Teacher Conferences at GMS
Garrard Middle School will be having Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences on Tuesday October 29th from 3:30 to 6:30 PM.  In addition to providing an opportunity to discuss your child's progress with teachers, we will also be offering two special information sessions for parents. 
2013 Red Ribbon Week-A Healthy Me is Drug Free! 2013 Red Ribbon Week-A Healthy Me is Drug Free!

CDR Celebrated Red Ribbon Week by having a daily theme.

KASA President - Superintendent Mullins KASA President - Superintendent Mullins

Mr. Mullins, president of KASA, met with the delegation from Kentucky in Washington, D.C. to try to provide adequate funding for our schools.

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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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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.

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


Infinite Campus Move

KDE and Infinite Campus have recently decided to move all of the district's Infinite Campus servers from Frankfort to the Infinite Campus data center.  

This means two things for staff, students, and parents:

First, Infinite Campus will be unavailable from 12/23/16 until 12/30/16.

Second, once the move is complete the address for the site will change for both the application page as well as the parent portal.

This will mean that bookmarks and icons pointing to the current address will not work after the switch over. You will want to delete these to prevent confusion after we return from winter break.

We will update the district page during that week so the link on the webpage will work.

The new addresses will be:

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/garrard.jsp  - PRODUCTION APPLICATION URL 

https://kyede4.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/garrard.jsp - PARENT PORTAL APPLICATION URL 


This will not affect the mobile app.

Veteran's Day Celebration @ Garrard Middle

Garrard County Middle School held its annual Veteran's Day program on November 11th.  Jimmie Arnold and Jacob Wix were the guest speakers.  Many veterans attended the program.  Middle school students, choir and band participated in the program.

Kia Lamb - GMS Asst. Principal

 I am a lifelong resident of Garrard County and proud graduate of the Garrard County School Systems. I received both my Bachelors Degree in Middle Grades Education and Masters Degree in Instruction Leadership from Eastern Kentucky University. During my tenure as a classroom teacher I worked for two years at Science Hill Independent Schools and the past five years at Garrard Middle School. I am very excited to take on a new role at GMS and for the opportunities it will provide for me to have a  positive impact on the students of Garrard County Schools.

11th Annual GMS Evening of Excellence
6th Grade
Colonels Team Hilltoppers Team

Kelsey Beedy, Vicky Zheng, Kennedy McGuffey, Raelyn Combs, Kyrin Norris

Aubree McIntosh, Carrie Brice, Ashley Wilson, Timberlie Cook-Leslie, Connor White
7th Grade
Knights Team Eagles Team

Macey Abney, Ellie Sowder, Abby Isaacs, Connor Fitzpatrick, Lauren Woolums

Marianna Cortes, Zach Seybold, Meggie Morrow, Brandon Brooks, Alex Miller
2016 Rogers Explorer Recipients * Emma Warren*Dylan Driskell*Kennedy Bruner



Congratulations to Kennedy Bruner, Dylan Driskell, and Emma Warren for being selected to represent GMS as a 2016 Rogers Explorer. The Rogers Explorers program is an intensive three-day, two-night program focused on cultivating skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.  It is developed, coordinated, and supervised by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with University of the Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, and The Center’s newest partner, University of Pikeville .  Activities throughout the program are both educational and fun.  Classroom projects are very hands-on, so do not expect to be bored!  Explorers are able to actively participate in practical college courses, fine-tune leadership skills, and develop a network of friends and resources throughout our Southern and Eastern Kentucky region. (http://centeryouthprograms.com/rogers-explorers/)

Packets for the Golden Lion Days Packets for the Golden Lion Days

Golden Lion Day folders were sent home with students on Thursday, January 28.  These red folders contain the work that students are to complete in the event that a snow day is designated as a Golden Lion Day.  For more information on Golden Lion Days, please follow the link below.




Medal Day @ GMS



Garrard Middle School students received a Medal as a reward for scoring Proficient or Distinguished on the May 2015 testing.  These medals will be worn throughout the next semester to reward students for achievement.  Students must have their medals on medal days to receive the award.


Welcome New Staff
   Lisa Combs, 7th Grade English
Western Ky. University (Masters)
Enjoys Hiking, Cooking, Piano & Family
Children: Zack attends Asbury & Kathryn attends Bellarmine University 

Ashlee Bolin, 8th Grade Math  
From W. Jessamine Middle
UK Bachelors
Enjoys Dance & Scrapbooking Husband:  Scott
Daughter:  Emma Grayce                                    

Greg Hammond, 7th Grade Social Studies
Lindsey Wilson, U of Cumberlands (MA)
Enjoys: Hunting, Sports and Lake Time
WIfe Kathy Sons: Chris & Jeron
Former Marine & Gulf War Vet


First Day for Students

August 12

Mike Rutherford visits Garrard County School District



Mike Rutherford, the educational researcher and founder of Rutherford Learning Group, visited Garrard County on Monday, March 23 and Friday, March 24.  On the evening of March 23, he met with principals, district leaders and visitors from the Casey County Schools Central Office to discuss research-based methods for coaching teachers and identifying their talents.  Mike Rutherford’s work and The Artisan Teacher materials will be used as the basis for helping school leaders better support teachers and help them improve their educational practice.




8th Grade Night Boys Basketball and Cheer

Boys Basketball and Cheerlead held 8th Grade Night Tuesday January 20th before the start of the 8th Grade Basketball game. GMS thanks the students and families for all the hard work! (Click on read more for pictures)



School Report Card-Checking On Our Progress with One Click

Checking On Our Progress with One Click
Just as parents examine their children’s report card to see how well they are doing, so, too, can anyone with Internet access look at each Kentucky public school or district’s report card to see how they are performing.
School and District Report Cards are posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE's) website. These Report Cards provide information including test performance, teacher qualifications, student safety, awards, parent involvement and much more.
To access the site, go to https://applications.education.ky.gov/src/. By scrolling down a list of districts or schools to highlight the one in question and then clicking on “View Card,” a person will see several information-specific tabs, each containing information on one aspect of the school or district.

District & School Report Card


K-PREP (Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress)

Garrard County Spring 2104 Test Scores

A Letter from Principal Andrew Pickerill – Garrard County Schools identified as a “Proficient” School District by the Department of Education. (Click HERE to Read More)


GMS Open House Dates for 2014-15

Garrard Middle School will be hosting an Open House for each grade level for the 2014-15 school year.  Students will be able to pick up their schedules, meet their teachers, and explore the building.  Mark your calendars for the following dates:


6th grade:  Monday July 28th from 5:30 – 6:30


7th grade:  Tuesday July 29th from 5:30 – 6:30


8th grade:  Wednesday July 30th from 5:30 – 6:30

2014 Rogers Explorers Participants

2014 Rogers Explorers Program Participants Chosen

The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Explorers program helps rising ninth-grade students interested in science, math and technology start the journey toward careers in those high-demand career fields.

Rogers Explorers spend three days and two nights on campus at some of Kentucky’s top colleges and universities, where experts will guide participants through hands-on assignments, all of which encourage creative thinking and teamwork and build leadership skills.

The program, presented tuition-free to students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area, is hosted in partnership with Asbury University, the University of Cumberlands, Lindsey Wilson College, Eastern Kentucky University, and Morehead State University.

Garrard Middle School is proud to announce that Elle Montgomery and Dillyn Twisdale have been chosen for the 2014 Rogers Explorer Program!

Elle is the daughter of Todd and Kelly Montgomery.

Dillyn is the daughter of James and Toni Twisdale.

Congratulations to both participants!

2014 Governor's Cup-Future Problem Solving 1st Place District

Garrard Middle School Future Problem Solving Team came in 1st at the 2014 Governor's Cup competition.  Members of the team (L-R) Dylan Mullins, Georgia Dawahare, Paige Naylor and Braxton Allen.

Sophia McWilliams-2013 Book Fair
Sophia McWilliams, a thirteen-year-old 8th grader at Garrard Middle School, attended the Kentucky Book Fair in Frankfort last weekend(Nov 15-16).  Sophia was the youngest of 200 authors to attend this year’s book fair.  The Kentucky Book Fair is Kentucky’s premier literary event of the year, drawing over 4000 attendees.  Proceeds from the Kentucky Book Fair go to fund school and public libraries and literacy programs across the commonwealth. It was a great honor for Sophia and her author father, Lucas McWilliams, to be invited to attend. Sophia was swarmed with adoring fans, who she inspired with her stories of writing as a young author. Sophia signed nearly 150 books for fans who purchased her books.
Tim Bertram*Speaker*Artist


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.

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!

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!

Kentucky YMCA Youth Association*Delegation of Excellence


Garrard Middle School students were given a Delegation of Excellence Award at the 2016 Kentucky Youth Assembly.  Two groups had their bills passed into law.  Kim Cecil, Nathan Carrier, Greg Hammond, and Rachel Russell were the faculty sponsoring the GMSKYA group.
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Veterans Day Celebration @ Garrard Middle (continued)


Welcome!! GMS New Teachers!
Ashley Forlines Brandi Burchfield Katlin Gray Ron Denson
Tim Snyder Boone Goldsmith Mandy Profitt Whitney Mason


11th Annual GMS Evening of Excellence
8th Grade
Racers Team Tigers Team

Devyn Cooper, Alex Canada, Madeline Jordan,Gracy Belt, Sally Gomez(not pictured)

Rosemary Belt, Kennedy Bruner, Emma Warren, Robby Rudolph, Alexus Lowery, ty Sharp, Sara-Beth Davis
Band Awards Chorus Awards

Murron Karas, Reece Clough, Lauren Woolums

Chastidy Bryant, Chloe Zeznanski, Jade Peevley, Alex Miller
Career Day

GMS hosted a career day for their students.  Students learned about different careers and vocations from guest speakers who work in our community. 


RFP Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract RFP Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract

The Garrard County Board of Education will receive proposals from Qualified Providers for services to be provided under KRS 45A.352 – Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract involving local public agencies.  The intended project is for the identification, design and implementation of energy conservation measures on a guaranteed energy savings contract basis.

Interested and Qualified Providers can receive a copy of the official Request for Proposals (RFP) by submitting a one-page letter of interest to:

               Garrard County Schools

Attn:  Paul M. Mullins, Superintendent

322 West Maple Avenue

Lancaster, KY  40444

Fax:  (859) 792-4733  Phone 859-792-3018

E-mail:  paul.mullins@garrard.kyschools.us

An authorized representative of Garrard County Schools will receive sealed proposals until 3:00 PM, Eastern Time, on March 30, 2016.  Proposals received after the date and time set for the opening will not be accepted.


Medal Day @ GMS




Welcome New Staff
Shannah Garner, 7th Grade Science
Dammian Stepp, 6th Grade Social Studies
Jimmy Anderson
Carrie Elleman


ROAR Summer Camp @ GMS


Roar Summer Camp * Painting


Rutherford visits Schools





Guest Speaker-Lieutenant Colonel Mark Ritter-Promotes French

Lt. Colonel Mark Ritter spoke to an 8th-grade assembly during Advisory on March 3.  He presented a geo-political map of French-speaking US Command areas in Africa and the Middle East. Ms. Ellen Mitchell (French teacher at GCHS) sponsored the program to promote Foreign Language at GCHS.  Mark Ritter is a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army Reserve and currently Commander of the 373rd Quartermaster Battalion. LTC Ritter has served 32 years in the USAR and had three mobilizations since 9/11/2001. He is retired from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection and lives in Frankfort Kentucky with his wife Leah, and children Lucas and Celia, who are students at FCHS.


Parent Calendar Vote

Parents please take some time to review and vote on the calender drafts for the 2015-2016 school year. As always your input is much appreciated.

Click to Vote

Local Planning Committee Local Planning Committee

Local Planning Committee

Garrard County Schools are looking for local leaders to serve on our district LPC. If you are interested please contact Garrard County Board of Education. The deadline to notify the district is January 16th.

Business/Community Leader Representative- The local board of education shall select the Business/Community Leaders to serve on the Local Planning Committee.  Advertisement shall be made for business/community leader nominees from whom the local board of education shall select two (2) representatives.  Nominees must provide a letter of agreement to serve. In the event nominations are not received, the local board of education shall select the community/business leaders. The Business/Community Leaders shall not be employed by the LEA or serve on the local board of education.

Academic Assistance

Need help with homework?  Need extra practice?  


We have several options to assist students at Garrard Middle School:

  • Before School Tutoring on Tuesday-Friday from 7:00-8:00 AM in the ROAR computer lab.
  • After School Tutoring and Homework help through ROAR program beginning at 3:30 on Monday-Thursday.
Supply Lists and Student Documents 2014-15

GMS 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade Supply lists and documents for the 2014-15 school year. Use the link below:


Evening of Excellence-8th Grade Winners
8th Racers Team 8th Tigers Team



      Click 'read more' for remaining games including make-up games



GMS Student Ty Sharp-Jonathan Shell's Page


Ty Sharp, Garrard Middle Schooler, visited with State Representative Jonathan Shell in Frankfort during a legislative session for a full political tour of the state's Capital and a chance to see laws being made.

2014 Governor's Cup - Garrard Middle School

Row 1:  Ella V., Paige N., Kayla D., Dylan M., Georgia D., Elle M.

Row 2:  Sophia M., Ashley W., Molly C., McKenzie R., Laura C., Blake D., Jordan Y., J. T. F., Mr. Jonathan Martin

Row 3:   Patrick M., Mr. Zack Simpson, Mrs. Julia Staton, Grace B., Dylan T., Braxton A., Morgan M., Sammy S.

The team came in 2nd in the final standings with lots of individual winners.



Regional Fencing Champ-Sawyer Cornett

On December 21st, Sawyer Cornett travelled to Ohio to compete in a regional youth fencing tournament.  Cornett competed in a Y14 foil event. In the gold medal bout he competed against a fencer from Ohio and won 15-13.  Winning a regional tournament automatically qualifies a fencer for the National Championship in July.  Cornett will head to Nashville in March for a North American Cup tournament. (Central Record)

VIDEO Mr. Myers Teaches Music Class Percussion



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 “What Could Go Wrong the Night Before Christmas?”


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!

Del Leda Johnson*Retirement


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 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!

Community Service*7th Grade Eagles*Garrard Middle*Mrs. Sarah Edgington

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Mrs. Sarah Edgington's 7th grade Eagles Team at Garrard Middle School joined the Nursing Home Ombudsman Agency's Silver Bells Project. Students brought Christmas gifts and cards to each resident at the Christian Care Center. 

Reality Store



GCHS seniors assisting 8th graders at the 2016 Reality Store. This event was sponsored by Youth Service Center.

Veteran's Day Celebration * Garrard County Schools


Garrard County Schools * Celebrating Veteran's Day in honor of those that served our country.

Garrard County High School will be celebrating on November 14 at 9:00 a.m.

Garrard Middle School's annual Veteran's Day Program will be on Friday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. 

Camp Dick Robinson's annual Veteran's Day Program will be at 9:00 on November 10.

Lancaster Elementary's Veteran's Day Program will be November 11 at 8:30.

Paint Lick ELementary would like to invite everyone to their Veteran's Day Program Thursday, November 10 at 10:00.



Welcome!! GMS New Teachers ! (continued)
Jess Oakles


11th Annual GMS Evening of Excellence
Humanities Awards Computer App. Awards

Kristin Hawley, Meggie Morrow, Mason Elam(not pictured)

Claire Grecco, Marianna Cortes, Trinity Acosta 
Health/P.E. Awards Music Awards

Wrigley Fryman, Cortez Ison, Katy Pozzuto

Hudson Cornett, Leks Acosta
Reading Awards
Rosemary Belt, Rebekah Keith, Kadence Montgomery(not pictured)
Sock Hop April 16, 2016 Garrard Cty Middle School for Garrard Cty Art League Sock Hop April 16, 2016 Garrard Cty Middle School for Garrard Cty Art League
Garrard Middle Spelling Bee

Ashton Cheek-Runner-Up      Michael Tuggle-Winner

Garrard Middle School is pleased to announce our Spelling Bee winner is Michael Tuggle from Mrs. Vanoy’s 7th period ELA class.  The runner-up is Ashton Cheek from Mrs. Edgington’s 2nd period ELA class.  These two students will represent GMS in the Garrard County District Spelling Bee in the GMS auditorium on February 12th with a snow date of February 19.  Rhonda Dotson served as the speaker. Kelly Montgomery & Liz Brogli served as Spelling Bee Judges. 

Front Row: Alex Canada, Kady Montgomery, Aaron Kelly, Ashton Cheek, Ethan Swope, Lucas Moberly, Caleb Johnson, Kaleigh West, Hannah Barrett, Brooke Beauchamp, Amy Caldwell, Connor Fitzpatrick & Michael Diaz.

Back Row: Macy Hester, Marianna Cortez, Chloe Zezanski, Karli Kirkpatrick, Rowan Wardrip, Zander Powell, Hudson Cornett, Anna Lane, Noah Stanton, Caden Adams, Michael Tuggle, Connor White & Makenna Morgan




GMS - Ugly Christmas Sweater - Friday Dress Code

Welcome New Staff

Eric FIelds, 8th-Social Studies
U of Cumberlands (Bachelors)
Coach 7th Grade BB

Jessica Humphrey, 6th Grade
Social Studies
Sarah Vickers, Humanities
Michelle Hawley, Cafeteria
Kathryn Cuzick, Custodian


Graduation 2015 Video

The video of Graduation for Garrard County High School has ben reposted to improve the quality

Please click to watch


10th Annual GMS Evening of Excellence


6th Grade Colonels Team 6th Grade Hilltoppers Team
7th Grade Knights Team 7th Grade Eagles Team
8th Grade Racers Team 8th Grade Tigers Team


GMS Formal Dance Parent Letter

The following letter was sent home with 8th grade students on March 20th, and student requirements for behavior, academics, and attendance were reviewed in Advisory in all grade level classes.

Dear Parents and Guardians:

The Garrard Middle School 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 from 6:00 – 8:30 in the cafeteria of Garrard Middle School.  We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students!

In order to ensure that we have a successful event, there are a few requirements that we would like to share with you ahead of time.

Garrard Middle Academic Team
Garrard Middle Academic Team

District Champion Future Problem Solving Team
Alea Padgett*Georgia Dawahare*Annalee Wilson* Laura Collett*Cheyenne Grow


Best Places To Work- KY Chamber of Commerce

It is with great pride that I am able to share with you that Garrard County School System was selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.  The award is presented by Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.  We are truly appreciative of all who participated in the survey and those who helped complete the application for this process.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We hope you can join us for Parent-Teacher Conferences on Wednesday October 22, 2014 from 3:30 - 5:30.  We will also have information available for parents to access their child's grades through Infinite Campus Parent Portal.  We hope to see you and thanks for your support of GMS!


Evening of Excellence-7th Grade Winners
7th Knights Team 7th Eagles Team


And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

On Thursday, April 3, 2014, Whitaker Bank sponsored a performance by Lexington Children’s Theatre for 8th grade students at Garrard Middle School.  The Lexington Children’s Theatre presented the non-fiction drama “And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank.”  This play directly correlated to the non-fiction/drama unit about the Holocaust that Mrs. Russell and Mrs. Watson’s 8th Grade ELA classes just finished in March.  This play supported the ELA standards as well as the middle school program review.

Sophia Williams - Two Regional Scholastic Writing Gold Key Awards
Sophia McWilliams, an eighth grade student at Garrard County Middle School in Lancaster, KY, earned two Regional Scholastic Writing Gold Key awards as well as a Silver Key and several Honorable Mentions on January 31, 2014. Sophia now moves on to Scholastic Writing Nationals with her two Gold key entries. Sophia, who recently turned fourteen, has been writing books with her father for two years. Together, they have published five children’s chapter books in a magical series called Wielders about middle schoolers who train fantastical animals.
2014 Governor's Cup Winners


  J. T. Fitzpatrick*Ashley Williams*Dillyn Twisdale*Sammy Smith


        Grace Bowman*Dylan Mullins* Morgan Miracle*Laura Collett

Superintendent Paul Mullins congratulates the winners in attendance at the 2014 Middle School Governor's Cup.



Garrard Preschool/Head Start Screening


GMS KYA Delegation


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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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 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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GMS Cheer Winners


Garrard Middle cheerleaders - winners of the 2016 KAPOS 12th region cheer competition!

GMS Archery Team

GMS Archery Team

Teacher of the Year Award * Jennifer Viele * Lancaster Elementary

Patti Cox, Jennifer Viele, Jimmy Cox

Jennifer Viele was recognized as the winner of the Teacher of the Year Award at a banquet held on May 9.    Each school had a representative to compete for Central Record's Teacher of the Year.  This is the second year the Central Record has partnered with the local school system to honor and award an outstanding teacher from each school.  For the past eight years the Garrard Central Record has honored Garrard County teachers.

Paul Mullins, Superintendent, Tonda Mullins   Rhonda Keith, Corey Keith, Asst. Superintendent


GMS Students and Staff Show Support for Mrs. Warren

GCHS Band - Inaugural Parade



GCHS Band at the Inaugural Parade in Frankfort.  (Pics- Teresa Morgan & Teresa Clough)  So proud of our band!!  Band members wore arm bands in memory of Grant Oakley.


Fall Sports @ GCHS

GCHS Cheerleaders 

GCHS Lady Lions Volleyball

Golden Lion Golf Team

Golden Lion Football Team

Lady Lions Soccer Team

Golden Lions Soccer Team

Pictures by - Danny Elam, Garrard Central Record



Graduates Give Out Honorary Diplomas






May 26th GCHS Graduates did a tour of the schools and handed out honorary diplomas to an adult in the school system that provided encouragement and inspiration along the way.  Seniors entered the building in thier caps and gowns to the tune of pomp and circumstance.  Staff and Students lined the halls as the seniors passed.

10th Annual GMS Evening of Excellence
Band Awards Chorus Awards
Humanities Awards Computer Awards
Physical Ed. Awards Music Awards


French Mini Lessons at GMS


French students visited GMS to introduce French class at the high school.  The French students introduced names, numbers and letters. 



Garrard Middle Academic Team

Math District Champion-Cheyenne Grow*   4th-Brynne Galloway

Language Arts-4thCheyenne Grow*3rd - Georgia Dawahare


Composition District Champion-Oceana Pruden Scott*4th-Ashley Williams

Science-4th place -Ethan Swope*5th-Naomi Smith* 6th-Alexus Lowery


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Garrard County Board Chairman Joe Brown was elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky School Board Association.

Middle School Students Recognized for Achievement on K-Prep Testing

Kelly Montgomery, GMS Counselor, recognized several Garrard Middle students for scoring benchmarks on the K-Prep Test.  The test includes Reading, Writing, Social Studies and Math.  Students scoring benchmarks on three and four areas were recoginized. 



School Pictures at GMS will be on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in the GMS Library.


Scotty Merida - Kentucky Transportation Director of the Year

Congrats to Mr. Scotty Merida for being recognized as the KY Transportation Director of the Year.

Evening of Excellence-6th Grade Winners
6th Colonels Team 6th Hilltoppers Team


Friday Night School

Need extra tutoring or academic support? Friday Night School will be held each week at Garrard Middle School from 3:30 to 5:30. Students may sign up with any of their teachers or in the office for any Friday that school is in session.

GMS Student Council

School Open

Pending any weather changes overnight, Garrard County Schools will be OPEN and on regular schedule for Monday January 27, 2014.

Paul M. Mullins

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!

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:




GMS Academic Competition


The Garrard Middle School Academic Team was in action for the 6th grade showcase today. They competed against Boyle County, Bate, Lebanon and Lincoln County Middle Schools.  They represented the school and county very well.  Here are the results:
Overall, Garrard placed 2nd with a really strong showing.
The Quick Recall team lost a close one, Boyle 27, Garrard 23 to begin their day.  They followed that up with 3 convincing wins: Garrard 31, Bate 10 * Garrard 27, Lincoln 11 * Garrard 25, Boyle 17
That set up one final match to determine the winner.  They were down 14-4 at the half, but fought hard in the second half. They came up just a little short: Boyle 20, Garrard 19.
Our students did very well in the written assessments.We had 3 students place in Social Studies: Sawyer Putnam was 1st, Ben Trimble was 3rd, and Caleb Slone was 4th. We had the following students place in English/Language Arts: Jake Hurt took 2nd and Abby Keith was 6th.  In Math, Abby Keith was 2nd and Andrew Hardwick was 4th. In Science , we had 3 students place, Caleb Slone was 2nd, Sawyer Putnam was 3rd, and Savannah Gray was 4th. In Arts and Humanities, Casey Morgan placed 2nd. I am so proud of our students and coaches! (Courtesy of Corey Keith)


GCHS Marching Band * 3rd Place State

The GCHS Marching Band finished in 3rd place at state! So proud of how our Band represents GC!! The  Garrard County Band is pictured on the field as one of the 20 best bands in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  They gave a fantastic performance and we couldn't be more proud! (Thanks Teresa Baker-Clough and Chris Woolums for pictures and information from marching season.)

Teacher of the Year
Lesley Lawson * CDR
Scott Bolin, Principal
Laura Perry, Asst. Principal
Jennifer Viele * LES
Tracie Bottoms, Principal
Tammy Fain * PLE
Larry Sparks, Principal
Hillary Cox Vanoy * GMS
Andrew Pickerill, Principal
Sherrie RIchardson Johnson
Kalem Grasham, Principal
Diana Hart, Asst. Principal


Lady Lions--3rd Annual "Resolution Run"

Lady Lions – 3rd Annual “Resolution Run”  5K (3.1 Mile) Run/Walk
Saturday, January 2nd 2016  Garrard County High School  1:00 P.M.
The Course:  Start/finish line at NEW Garrard County High School.  Water will be available on the course.(Race timing and results by Rick Serres)
Non-refundable entry fee:
Entry Fee: By Jan. 1st : $15 ($10 if 18 &under) Raceday $20 ($15 if 18 & under)
Race Day:  Registration on race day will be from 12:00 p.m.-12:45 p.m. 
ProceedsLady Lions Softball program.
Team Spirit Award  - Team Spirit Categories

Entry Form

GMS 2015-16 School Year OPEN HOUSE DATES


6th Grade- Monday August 3rd

7th Grade Tuesday August 4th

8th Grade Wednesday August 5th

Parents/Guardians and Students come out from 5:30pm to 6:30pm on your grade level's night to meet and greet teachers and staff for the 2015-16 school year and pick up schedules!

2015 Supply List

Graduates Give Out Honorary Diplomas



Field Day 2015 @ GMS



GMS enjoyed a day of fun after K-Prep testing.  Activities of the day included a faculty/student basketball game, kona ice, movies and inflatables.



9th Annual Evening of Excellence GMS
Band Awards Chorus Awards
Humananities Awards Computer Application Awards
Physical Education Awards Music Awards
Roar Award


5th Grade Transition

We are excited to welcome current 5th grade students to Garrard Middle School in August 2014!  We are glad you will be joining us at GMS and have the following information available to help with this transition.  Below you will find a link to a parent letter inviting all families of incoming 6th graders to GMS for a transition dinner on Tuesday June 3rd from 5:30-6:30.  You will be provided with information during this event, but a supply list is also available below.  Finally, please enjoy the video introduction of the teachers, staff, and building highlights of Garrard Middle School, provided by the GMS Student Council.


5th Grade Transition Parent Letter


6th Grade Supply List for 2014-15 school year




Career Day @ GMS

Garrard Middle School held their Annual Career Day on Friday, March 28, 2014. Our Career Day is designed to give students information about a variety of professions. Students will find out the career path to follow for each career discussed as well as information on salary and the type of education/training required for the career. We have 24 guest speakers from our local community as well as surrounding communities speak to our students. Each team of students sees 4 speakers for 30 minute sessions. Careers presented on range from banking to the medical profession to law enforcement.

8th Grade Dance - Parent Letter

The Garrard Middle School 8th Grade Dance will be held on Friday March 7, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:30 in the cafeteria of Garrard Middle School.  We are excited to provide this opportunity for our students!  In order to ensure that we have a successful event, there are a few requirements that we would like to share with you ahead of time.  A few of these include:

  • If you received an out of school suspension at any time this year you will not be eligible to attend.
  • Students must be at school for the entire day (8:00 – 3:00) on Friday March 7th in order to attend the dance.
  • During the month of February (Monday February 3, 2014 through Friday February 28, 2014), the following requirements must be met:
    • Students must have no unexcused absences.  (Please keep in mind that students are allowed excused absences with parent notes as allowed by district policy)
    • Students must have no office referrals, level 2 violations and above.  (Please keep in mind that level 1 violations resulting in Team Detentions do not apply, but can result in office referrals if repeated violations occur)

Please click here for a Parent Letter with detailed requirements.

Rogers Explorers Program

The Center for Rural Development is now accepting applications from current eighth-graders who are interested in building their math, science & technology skills this summer at Rogers Explorers youth leadership program. Please share this information with your teaching staff and eighth-grade students. Remind students to submit their application forms by  Feb. 7th deadline! Visit www.centeryouthprograms.com and click on the Rogers Explorers tab in the top right corner to download an application form.


For more information on Rogers Explorers or the application process, contact Delaney Stephens, youth programs coordinator, at 606-677-6072 or email youth@centertech.com

Jason Roop * GMS Guest Speaker from Campbellsville University

GMS had a guest speaker, Jason Roop from Campbellsville University.  Jason Spoke to students about the fight against drugs.  GMS celebrated Red Ribbon Week which is the oldest and largest drug prevention campaign in the country. It is celebrated in October every year.


Lady Lions * Third Annual * Resolution Run
Dress Code (Revised August, 2016)
Teacher of the Year

Joe Brown * Larry Woods *Jerry Browning * Kirby Overman
Garrard County Board Members presenting the awards.

FCCLA * Cheryl Hooper * Mindy Morrow * Cindy Rogers

GMS * GCHS Jazz Band
Noel Green, Director


Top 10 for ReadnQuiz Book Celebration Store

Top 10 for ReadnQuiz Book Celebration Store

Left to Right: Kendall Cloud 172, Megan Cornett 227, Rebekah Keith 670.5, Beau Schneider 143.5, Gracie Belt 271, Rosie Belt 388, Nicholas Denton 379 & Alison Stiles 253. Absent for picture: Abby Belcher 276 & Kadence Montgomery 433.

#IAMSOMEONE - Anti-Bullying Presentation - Scott Harvey

 Sgt. Scott Harvey and David Amon, Resource Officer

The middle school and high school attended an assembly program on anti-bullying.  Sgt. Scott Harvey presented ways to prevent bullying and help the person who is being bullied. His presentation centers around personal responsibility.  Using his logo IamSomeone, he stresses that fact that the "someone" you have been waiting on to do something about the problem at hand, just might be you!  It is time to quit waiting on "someone" to solve a problem that is in front of us. Because, IamSomeone....and so are you!

GMS "Teacher of the Year" -Jill Stevens


The first annual Central Record "Teacher of the Year" banquet was held at GCHS media center on May 14.  Mrs. Jill Stevens was honored as the winner of the "Teacher of the Year."  Mr. Andrew Pickerill introduced Mrs. Stevens and Mr. Larry Woods presented the award for being nominated from GMS as an excellent teacher.

March Cougar Character Award

Front Roll Left - Right: Alex Nichols: 6th Hilltoppers, Camilla Lucas: 6th Colonels & Christian Perez: 7th Knights. Back Roll: Chris Amburgey: 8th Racers, Dudley Hacker: 8th Tigers & Daniel McQuerry: 7th Eagles 

These Garrard Middle students were recognized for the month of March for outstanding character.

2014-15 School Calendar 2014-15 School Calendar

The board approved calendar revisions at the January board meeting and amended 2014-15 school calendar. School will be in session on d Friday, March 20, 2015.

Cougar Crawl


When:  Saturday June 14th

Time:  8:30 A.M.

Click on link for more details and forms:


Operation Preparation at GMS

District leaders served as a mentor with eighth grade students at the middle school to help them prepare for their future.

8th Grade Boys Basketball and Cheerleading 8th Grade Boys Basketball and Cheerleading

Please click on the Photo Galleries on the left menu to see all the Pictures from 8th Grade night. If you have any more photos please send them to daniel.zeitz@garrard.kyschools.us


All-Region Honor Band

Coty Sanford, Rhiannon Montgomery, Allyson Taylor, Austin Young, Anna Kluesener (Middle School) and Emalee Young represented Garrard County as part of the All-Region Honor Band in Richmond.

25th Anniversary * Family Resource & Youth Services Center of Kentucky

25th Anniversary of the Family Resource and Youth Services Center of Kentucky
Angie Wagoner, FRC; Kim Dailey, FRC, Virginia Eldridge, YSC; Del-Leda Johnson, YSC


SBMD Elections

Congratulations to the following winners of the teacher and parent Site Based council elections.  The following members will serve one-year terms beginning in July 2016.

  • Parent Members:  Yoly Acosta and Jennifer Lyon
  • Teacher Members:  Kia Lamb, Audrey Nichols, and Zach Simpson
Culture Day @ GMS



Sixth Grade Students got to learn about different cultures during a Culture Day event Friday morning. 

Teacher of the Year - Mrs. Jill Stevens

Mrs. Jill Stevens, 6th grade Science teacher at GMS, was the recepient of the Garrard County Schools Central Record "Teacher of the Year Award."  The awards banquet was held at the GCHS media center on May 14.  

Jim and Patti Cox of the Central Record presented the award. The award is to honor excellent teachers and recognize the importance of education.



Each school had a teacher who was honored as an excellent teacher from their school.

Mrs. Hooper's  and Mrs. Lane's foods classes prepared and served at the banquet.

Under the direction of Mr. Green, the GMS and GCHS band entertained at the banquet.

Gifted and Talented Math Summer Camp at GMS Gifted and Talented Math Summer Camp at GMS

When:  July 16 - 19 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM each day


Cost:  FREE!!!  And lunch will be provided daily


All students that attend will receive a camp t-shirt and Math For Smarty Pants by Marilyn Burns.


*For more information see flyer below.  If interested in attending, please return flyer by June 13th.


Super-Sized Math Camp at GMS Flyer

FAQ About Makeup Days FAQ About Makeup Days
MAP Growth Rewards @ GMS


Garrard Middle School rewarded students for MAP growth last week at GMS. Students earned tickets by:meeting benchmark, showing growth & met projected growth.

Students received small prizes last week and could earn up to 9 tickets. These tickets were put into a drawing for larger prizes on Wednesday, May 4, 2016. Prizes ranged from shirts, hats, electronics, selfie stick, books, etc..

8th Grade Promotion

8th Grade Promotion on Thursday, May 28th at 1:00 PM


It is that time of year to begin preparations for our 8th Grade promotion ceremony that will be held on   May 28, 2015, at 1:00 PM in the Garrard Middle School gymnasium.  This ceremony is to honor those students who have successfully completed the requirements to enter 9th grade.  We also want to use this time to show appreciation to parents and family members who have been an important member of the team to help each student achieve this goal.




Friday May 30-         Field Day


Monday June 2nd-    6pm Evening of Excellence- invites sent through mail


Tuesday June 3rd-   5th Grade Transition Night 5:30pm- 6:30pm


Thursday June 5th-   1pm 8th Grade Promotion 

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Parent Survey

In an effort to improve system practices, Garrard County School District is conducting a Parent Survey.  We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey.

In order to complete the survey, please go to:


Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous.  Your honest opinion is appreciated.

Facility Planning Committee Facility Planning Committee

The Local Planning Committee (LPC) is working on the districts long range facility plan. The next meeting is Tuesday, March 24, 2015 5;30-6:30pm Public Forum, 6;30pm Regular Meeting.




Garrard County Schools will now be offering an evening meal free to students! This will be held at the GEC Building Cafeteria (The old Middle School) beginning the week of March 9, 2015.

Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00.

Anyone needing a Homework Tutor, contact Deronda.Sears@garrard.kyschools.us

Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00

All free student meals must be eaten in the cafeteria.  NO CARRY OUTS AVAILABLE.

We will also offer a selection of a la carte snacks and drinks that may be purchased by adults and students.

Location: Garrard Education Center, 324 W. Maple St., Lancaster, Ky. 40444

For more information call: Theresa Riley- 859-792-3018    

Email:   theresa.riley@garrard.kyschools.us

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