District News

Boyd Students Win at PAC Festival of Trees and Trains
Asst. Superintendent of Boyd County Public Schools to serve KEDC Regional Professional Development Coordinators Cadre as Chairperson Elect
Boyd County Public Schools Receives Certificate of Achievement for Kentucky Safe Schools Week
Boyd County Schools' Golfers Receive Area and State Awards
Seniors Piper Schlaeppi and Bradley Huffman Selected for Kentucky All-State Choir
Band Students Audition for All-District and All-State Bands
Boyd County Schools Wins Top Prize of $25k from Champions for Kids
Boyd County Public Schools Ecstatic to Receive Top Award of $25k from Champions for Kids
Boyd County Public Schools' Director of Finance Receives Prestigious State Award
Middle School Renovations Approved
BCHS Science Instructor Carly Baldwin Finalist for Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Christmas Project for BCPS Students in Need
Boyd Schools Write Letters of Thanks to Troops Howard Faber gives handwritten letters of thanks to Hits 97.9 radio host Chris Reynolds.
Public Invited to Comment on Title 9 Compliance and Equity in the High School Athletics Program
JROTC from Boyd and Greenup Visit Parris Island, South Carolina
Be a School Safety Superhero
BCMS Arts and Crafts Show Seeking Vendors; Held Nov. 7
2014-2015 Test Scores Show Higher Percentage of Students Scoring Proficient or Distinguished in Boyd County Schools
College Application Week
All 3rd Grade Students Receive Free Dictionaries
FCI Inmates Donate $1,800 to Boyd Resource Centers
BCPS Hosts Kentucky's First Regional ECET²
¡AMIGOS! Spanish Language Initiative for Elementary Students
BCHS 2015 Grad Hannah Irvine Honored as Governor's Service Award Recipient
*New This Year* All Students Receive One Free Breakfast and Lunch Per Day
Area Education Grants Ask Teachers To Use Donors Choose Website
Science Instructor Carly Baldwin Receives Prestigious Award
FREE Back to School Clothing Give-Away
Highlands Museum & Discovery Ctr. Offers Summer Programs July 8 & 9
Free Summer Lunch for Children Up to Age 18
Boyd County Schools Increases Giving to American Heart Association
Self-Reliance Award Winners Announced
Ramey-Estep Recognized as Program of Distinction
BCHS Cadets Assist Veterans on Honor Flight
Blackhawk Helio Visit to BCHS
Boyd County Students Are Finalists for AK Steel Self-Reliance Awards
Boyd County High School students Erin Meade, Michael Wilburn Named 2015 Rogers Scholars
BC Foundation Announces Grant Recipients for 2015-16
Kentucky Teacher Magazine Features BCHS Culinary Arts Chef Buddies
BCHS Science Olympiad Winners at State Competition
New Process to Apply for Jobs in District
Middle School Renovations
Senior Awards Program
BCHS Parent/Teacher/Student Association Informational Meeting May 21st
BCHS Band Performs at Prestigious Windfest in Lexington
NJROTC Awarded Grant from NRA
SkillsUSA Winners
State Results are in for BCHS Science Olympiad Teams
BCHS Cassidy Bailey to Attend Craft Academy
Learning to Lead - Gifted and Talented Students Attend Symposium
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