District News

An Interview with Twin Superintendents

On Tuesday, March 24th, students across the district were encouraged to dress like their future career choice. It was all a part of the week-long emphasis on College and Career Readiness.

One Cannonsburg Elementary student dressed as the district's 'number one' job - he dressed as Superintendent Brock Walter. Josh Kelley, son of preschool teacher Melanie Kelley, was interviewed by his mirror image in the video below:





Key Club Wins Extraordinary Honors at State Convention
District-Wide College-and-Career Readiness Week

College/Career Readiness Week

March 23rd-27th

Monday: Graduation Day
“Graduating high school is the first step toward your future.” Wear your Boyd County Lions apparel to show your Lion Pride!

Tuesday: Career Day
“Begin with the end in mind.”  Dress like your future career.

Wednesday: Professional Day
“Dress for success.”  Dress like a professional in your business attire.

Thursday: The Future is Bright!
“You have a bright future.”  Wear neon/bright colors and sunglasses.

Friday: March Madness/Crazy Fan Day
“Graduate high school college-and-career ready.”  Wear your favorite college apparel or dress like a crazy college fan.

Come and Support 30 Years of Music in Our Schools Month

30 Years of Music in Our Schools Month

For the past thirty years, the National Association for Music Education has selected the month of March as Music in Our Schools Month.  The music educators in the Boyd County school district have been planning a special concert to commemorate the 30th anniversary.  On March 24th at 6 PM, various musical groups from Cannonsburg, Catlettsburg, Ponderosa, Summit, BCMS, and BCHS will present an outstanding night of music in the BCHS gymnasium.  The guest speaker for the evening will be Mr. Terry Thompson, newly elected president of the Kentucky Music Educators Association.  The one-hour concert is FREE and open to the public.  We hope to see you there.  Thank you for supporting music in our schools!

Digital Learning Day

On March 13th, Boyd County Public Schools participated in the celebration of Digital Learning Day.  Digital Learning Day was started as a way to actively spread innovative practices and ensure that all youth have access to high-quality digital learning opportunities no matter where they live. This grassroots effort blossomed into a massive nationwide celebration as teachers realized that Digital Learning Day is not about technology, it’s about learning. Digital Learning Day promotes the effective use of modern day tools afforded to every other industry to improve the learning experience in K-12 public schools.

Digital learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. It emphasizes high-quality instruction and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessment, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and individualized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.

Digital learning advances school reform by increasing equity and access to educational opportunities, improving effectiveness and productivity of teachers and administrators, providing student-centered learning to ensure college and career readiness for all students, and recognizing teachers as education designers.

Digital Learning at Boyd County Middle School

Using QR Codes for Science Instruction

Digital Learning in Math Class at BCHS

Lindsay Cordle Wins Best In Show at MSU Art Show
BCHS Seniors Win at MSU Art Show
Track and Field Reunion Event April 10, Track and Field Classic April 11
Ponderosa Elementary to Participate in NAEP Testing

The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the Nation’s Report Card, is coming to Ponderosa Elementary on Thursday, March 5th!  

This year, NAEP tests 4th- and 8th-grade students in reading, mathematics and science and compares each state’s performance with the rest of the nation.  The results are anonymous and students' grades won’t be affected if they participate.  Accommodations are also provided so that as many students as possible can participate.

While NAEP does not count for a grade, or as part of our state accountability model, NAEP is important and will be used as a yardstick to measure Kentucky’s performance as compared with the rest of the nation for years to come! Kentucky improvement will be critical for our state to maintain our progressive education reform agenda and for our students to continue to be among the top performers in the United States.

Students need to do their best, because they represent Kentucky and results are compared with other states.  We know that our schools work very hard and Kentucky students, as a whole, can continue to rank above the nation's average in reading, math, and science!  If you know a fourth grade student, who will be participating at Ponderosa Elementary, please encourage him or her to do their best on the test!

Should their be inclement weather, and Boyd County Public Schools are closed, the make-up date will be Tuesday, March 10th.

Revised Tournament Schedule
BCHS Senior Gabby Thompson Finalist in State Poetry Out Loud
Donate Items in Purple Bins at BOTH Area Walmart Stores
ACT Junior Test Administration: March 3, 2015
Jerry Ackerman Addresses Middle and High Students
ACCESS-O-Bots Earn Second Place at State LEGO™ Competition
Hannah Irvine 2015 Distinguished Finalist Prudential Spirit of Community Award
BCMS Students Will Compete in Regional National History Bee
National FFA Organization Members Attend National Leadership Conference
BCMS Student Caroline Henry Will Serve as Legislative Page
January "Fred of the Month"
Coaches Go Barefoot for Charity
Boyd District Ranks 54th Out of 173 Districts in Energy Efficiency
Boyd County Students Show Holiday Spirit
Boyd County Graduate Inducted into Kentucky Track Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame

Deanna Patrick Pennington

Deanna Patrick Pennington, a 1976 graduate of Boyd County High School and of member of the girls track team, is going to be inducted into the Kentucky Track Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame. She attended Boyd County High School, Morehead State University, and University of Ketucky. She was nominated by Bob Stacey.

Free Microsoft Office for Boyd County Students

Great News!! Your child’s best work can only be done with the best software. Our students at Boyd County Schools can install Microsoft Office 365 Pro Plus on up to 5 personal computers and 5 personal tablets for FREE for as long as they are students here. Learn more here: http://www.office.com/GetOffice365

Boyd County RoundBall Classic 2014

Toy Trot 5K Run/Walk

Toy Trot

5K Run/Walk

Saturday, December 20 at Boyd County High School at 9 a.m.

Entry Fee:

  • Toys (no toys that promote violence such as toy guns)
  • New or gently used clothing items of all sizes
  • Monetary Donations

*Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the race beginning at 9 a.m.

*Feel Free to dress up in Christmas attire—prizes will be awarded to the individuals with the most festive outfits.

Your donations will go to the children and families of Safe Harbor in Ashland.  The money raised from this fundraiser will be used to buy the children of Safe Harbor new toys for Christmas!  The students from Boyd County in the Youth Leadership of Boyd and Greenup Counties greatly appreciate your support!  Your support is giving many children a Merry Christmas!

Adam Meshallu to Speak at Boyd County High School

December 8th Adam Meshallu will be Speaking at BCHS


Adam [adam@proudafricansafaris.com]

I’d like to introduce to you my friend Adam Stephen Meshallu, we met while I was on safari this past summer. Jackie Moore

As Owner, Lead Guide and Naturalist of the Proud African Safaris Outfitters in Tanzania Africa,

Adam comes to share a wealth of knowledge through his passion to teach about his people, the African wildlife and its ecosystem.

Adam has 15 years of experience as a guide in the National Parks of Tanzania. 

Adam is a true Naturalist and a member of the Maasai tribe.

Adam spent his childhood years in both Arusha and a traditional Maasai village; this has rooted him in the extensive knowledge of the deep African bush and to our modern world.

Adam has studied Wildlife Management and Ecology from the Mweka Wildlife College in South Africa, in addition to Biology and Basic Field Skills from the Limpopo Field Guiding Academy.

Adam personally and carefully hand selects  each guide at Proud African Safaris and helps to cultivate their skills to ensure custom safari experiences to be both adventurous and educational.

Letters of Interest for Contract Managerial Services


The Boyd County Board of Education is requesting a one-page Letter of Interest for Contract Managerial services for the Boyd County Middle School renovation.  Qualified Contracting firms shall indicate their interest in this project by submitting their letter of interest to Brock Walter, Superintendent, Boyd County Public Schools, 1104 Bob McCullough Drive, Ashland, KY 41102.  The letter of interest shall be received no later than December 15, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Standard Time) at the above address.  Letters received after this date and time will not be accepted.  Questions concerning the letter, or the project, should be emailed to Brock Walter at brock.walter@boyd.kyschools.us.

Published: December 4 & 5, 2014

Top 10 Performance on EOC
Boyd County Band Alum Hits the Big Time

Boyd County Band alum Ricky Spears hits the big time with Buddy the elf! Mr. Spears will be traveling with the touring production of “Elf” this holiday season. Click the following link to learn more about Mr. Spears holiday adventure.


Boyd County Public Schools Receives Instructional Transformation Grant
KDE Seeking Feedback on Draft Social Studies and Arts Standards
Army-Navy Game Nov. 20th at 6:00
8th Grader Elijah Miller 10th at State Cross Country
5K to Benefit Shop with a Firefighter Nov. 8th
Hannah Irvine Awarded $1,000 for BCBKYCVS
Good Luck BCJFL!!

Good Luck Boyd County A Team vs. Ironton Orange!  Please come out and support Boyd County fifth and sixth graders in their Superbowl Saturday.  Game will be played at Ironton High School on October 25, 12:00 p.m.  Go Lions!

March of Lions Pride/Wear Pink During Friday's Game vs. Greenup
BCHS Band Concert Oct. 13 at 7:30 PM
District Receives Proficient Rating in State Testing
BCHS Science Students Work to Solve Issues with Landfill
Kinzie Walters Grabs Region Individual Golf Champion for Second Year
Go Passionately Pink for the Cure on October 10th
BCHS Grad Ger Sasser to Compete in National Pro Grid League
KDMC Kickoff Caravan Friday Night Sept. 19th


BCCTEC Greenhouse Fall Sale Starts Friday 9/11
Lockdown Drill Ponderosa & Summit
Parent Orientation for all Preschool
Food Feud Sept. 2nd Through Oct. 3rd
There's still time to donate items at Cannonsburg Walmart!
Support BCHS - Buy a shirt with new logo design!
BCHS Girls Golf Team Earns 2nd Place Honors
First Day for Students K-12 is August 13th

Download the Boyd County App to your smart phone to see a listing of all Bell Schedules for 2014-2015. Search your phone's app store for "Boyd County Schools."

Athletic Practice Schedule Released

Please refer to the practice schedule for golf, volleyball, cross country, football and soccer. To see all times listed, click on 'read more' below.

BCMS Summer Campers Have Fun with Oobleck

Oobleck is a suspension of cornstarch and water that can behave like a solid or a liquid depending on how much pressure you apply. Try to grab some in your hand and it will form a solid ball in your palm just until you release the pressure, then it will flow out between your fingers. Materials that behave this way are classified as non-Newtonian substances.



Simple Giving Program Makes it SIMPLE to Give School Supplies

Boyd County Public Schools will again participate in the Simple Giving/Champion For Kids program. School supplies of any kind can be donated to BCPS by purchasing them at our Cannonsburg Walmart and dropping them in the bins.


We have been notified of a delay in the arrival of the displays and bins, but Walmart has agreed to collect donations in alternate boxes or carts until they arrive.


Please stop by the Cannonsburg Walmart anytime between July 7 and August 1st (or as long as the bins are there) to make your donation. All supplies will be distributed to our Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. THANK YOU!!!


Please click on the read more to see details of what supplies are inside the pre-packed backpacks and to find out more about the Champion for Kids organization.

Middle School Schedules

BCMS 7th and 8th grade schedules will be available for pick up on Tuesday, August 12th from 2:00-3:30p.m.  Students may also access their schedules on Infinite Campus at this time.

Alumni Skiles Receives Engineering Scholoarship

Samantha Skiles, a 2012 graduate of Boyd County High, has received a full scholarship from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to pursue a degree in civil engineering from the University of Kentucky.

Super Gift - Brock Walter Will Donate Kidney

Boyd County's Superintendent will give one of his kidneys to his brother-in-law. Please click on 'read more' to get the full story from The Independent.

Foundation Builders Book Signing Events

Foundation Builders - the first book published by the Boyd County Foundation For Children - is now available for purchase. The poems and stories are by Boyd County students. All proceeds go to the Foundation which provides finanical help to teachers in the district who want to give students additional educational experiences through innovative classroom projects.


Every student who contributed to the book is invited to any and all of the book signing events. A complete schedule of events may be found by clicking on 'read more.'

You Did It! BCPS Wins $1,000

Boyd County Schools will receive a regional award of $1,000 for collecting the most donated items during the March SIMPLE Giving campaign! Thank you to everyone who participated!! Please click on 'read more' for the complete story.

Independent Article Spotlights Catlettsburg's Summer Learning Program

Stopping the slide - Summer educational programs can help students retain reading and math skills

Read the featured article by Independent education reporter, Mike James, by clicking on 'Read More.'

ACT Prep and Parent ILP Training Offered Through Summer

Throughout the summer, the Boyd County High School counseling office will be offering computer lab time for students who want to complete some ACT preparatory activities. Parents are also invited to the school during these times to learn how to most effectively use their child's Individual Learning Plans (ILP's). The first of these sessions will begin this Wednesday, June 11th, from 10 AM to 2 PM.

*The session scheduled for June 18th has been postponed until June 19 from 1 PM to 5 PM due to a conflict with another activity at the high school.

A complete schedule of available times can be found by clicking on 'read more.'

LiveStream of BCHS Graduation

Boyd County High School will be livestreaming and archiving our graduation exercises for the first time this year.   Family and friends all over the world will be able to tune in to watch as their loved ones pass this important milestone.  

Join us Friday, June 6th at 7:00 at the link below:



Please use the following link to take the Title 1 Parent Survey by Friday, June 13. THANK YOU!  Title 1 Parent Survey

NEW Important Age Requirements for Preschool Enrollment

There are IMPORTANT NEW entrance age requirements for preschool and kindergarten. Please click on "Read More" to view the complete guidelines.

Lions are Regional Baseball Champs!

Read The Independent's story detailing the Lions Regional win over Ashland.

BCMS State Track Results

Congratulations to Reese Robinson, State Middle School Champion High Jumper and Elijah Miller who placed 5th in the mile at the state middle school track meet. 

Jordan Enyart Wins First at State in Tech Board Drafting

BCHS junior Jordan Enyart won first place in Technical Board Drafting at the state SkillsUSA competition which was held in Louisville, Kentucky, on April 16 through April 18. The competition was at Sullivan University. In addition to winning first place, Jordan was awarded a $2,500 scholarship to Sullivan University.

BCMS Fantastic State Archery Results

Boyd County Middle School's 3-D Archery team has won their second consecutive State 3-D Archery title!

Jimmy Gibson earned FIRST PLACE in the state middle school boys' division and Cameron Matney came in 3rd!

Gibson is the second state champion that the BCMS archery team has had this year - the first being Cristen Brocket in the NASP program. 

The 3D Archery team will compete in the Scholastic 3-D Archery National Championship on May 30th.

Two Sign Letters of Intent

Two Boyd County High basketball players have signed letters of intent with the colleges of their choice.


BCHS senior Tristan Burgess has signed to play for Translyvania University, where he also intends on majoring in pre-med or engineering.


Senior Grayson Griffith has indicated his intent to play for Alice Lloyd College and plans on majoring in kinesiology and sports management and intends on enrolling in physical therapy school.


Both players were selected for The Independent's All-Area Team this year.

BCHS FFA Does Well at Regionals

The Boyd County Chapter of the FFA won several first and second place awards at the Big Sandy River regional competiton. Several members will be advancing to the state competition in June. Representing the chapter at the regional awards banquet were:   (pictured here, left to right) Presley Adkins, Cameron Wilbur, Jordan Enyart, and Megan Huff.


For a complete listing of categories and our winners, please click on 'read more.'

Rolling for Research

Summit Elementary will hold a Rolling for Research event on May 8th at 1:00 PM at the school. A parade of trikes and bikes will highlight the event which culminates activities surrounding their annual March of Dimes fundraising efforts. 

New Summit Principal Named

Boyd County Public Schools announced on Thursday, May 1st the new principal for Summit Elementary. Ben Maynard, who is currently employed as the Assistant Principal at Boyd County Middle School, will assume the principalship at Summit on July 1, 2014.

Alissa Nolen Donates Her Hair to Pink Heart Funds


Cannonsburg first grader Alissa Nolen has donated her long, beautiful hair to the charity called Pink Heart Funds. Please click on 'read more.'

Plant Sale This Saturday 9-2 at BCCTEC

The Boyd County Career and Technical Education Center will be holding its annual, public Plant Sale, this Saturday, May 3rd at 12300 Midland Trail (the Tech. Education Center across from the old Boyd County High School) from 9 AM to 2 PM. There are a wide variety of plants in large quantities. Come early and don't miss out! All proceeds from the sales will benefit the Agricultural and Horticultural classes at BCCTEC.


Click on 'read more' to see what is for sale.

BCMS Golf Team

The BCMS golf team placed 2nd in the regional competition at Hidden Cove in Grayson, Kentucky on April 28. They competed against Greenup, Russell, Fairview, Ashland, East Carter, and West Carter.


Members of the regional team are, from left to right:  Aaron Burke, Jarod Miller, Olivia Hensley, Coach Terry Walters, Abby Thompson, Bricen Thompson, and McKinzie Walters.



Congratulations, team!


Download New App from WLGC Kool Hits 105.7 and Listen to BC Sports

Download the new free app to your smart phone and listen to all the Boyd County Sports broadcasts LIVE! Just search for "Kool Hits 105.7" in your app store.

School in Session May 20th

Boyd County Public Schools will be in session on Election Day, May 20th, as a make up day.

Combined Bands of Boyd and Blazer

The April 22nd band concert, featuring the combined bands of Boyd County High School and Paul Blazer, may have been the first time the two have performed together. The band was directed by Mr. David Milller, retired Blazer director, who works extensively with both bands through lessons and instrument repair.


To listen to the band's rendition of "My Old Kentucky Home," please click on the link below:


My Old Kentucky Home

RESCHEDULED! BCHS Senior Awards Program May 29th

The Boyd County High School Senior Awards Program has been rescheduled for Thursday evening, the 29th of May, at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. There will be a reception immediately following the presentation of awards. 

BCMS STLP Team a Front Runner at State Finals!

The Boyd County Middle School’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) team makes an impressive showing at state competition in Lexington.

Donate Snack Items at Cannonsburg Wal-Mart

Boyd Co. Community Celebration of Children April 16th
"Every Child's A Star!" And everyone is invited to attend the
Boyd County Community Celebration of Children.
April 16 - KYOVA Mall - 5 PM to 7 PM
Food - Fun - Games - Resources - Inflatables - Door Prizes
Sponsored by the Community Collaboration for Children, Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Ashland Independent, Boyd County and Fairview Independent Family Resource Centers and the Northeastern Alliancee Community Early Childhood Council.
National History Bee

Two Catlettsburg students, Will Prater and Colby Winters, will be traveling to Atlanta, Georgia this June to compete in the National History Bee Finals.

Governor's Scholars

  Three Boyd County High School students have been accepted into the 2014 Governor's Scholars Program.

  Pictured at left and from left to right, are Tori Sager, Wyatt Lewis and Hannah Irvine.

  "As usual, our Statewide Selection Committee faced some very difficult choices in selecting the 2014 Scholars from a highly competitive field of outstanding young Kentuckians," said Executive Director Aristofanes Cerdeno.

Amended School Calendar

Calendar Changes
Boyd County Public Schools will be in session on Tuesday May 20th (Make-Up Day)
Last Day for Students – Friday June 6th, 2014
Graduation7:00 PM Friday June 6th, 2014

2013-2014 Testing Dates

Boyd County High School End of Course Exam Window – May 12th – May 23rd
Boyd County High School K-PREP Window – May 27th – June 2nd
Boyd County Middle School & All Elementary Schools K-PREP Testing Window - May 19th – May 23rd

Click here to view the complete calendar and printable pdf file AMENDED CALENDAR 2013-2014

Science Olympiad

Boyd County High School's Science Olympiad team placed 3rd in the region which qualified the team to go to state competition on April 12th. At state, two students, Wyatt Lewis and Baylee Thompson, earned 3rd place in the boomilever competition.