District News
BCPS Will Be Out For Spring Break

Boyd County Schools will be out of session for Spring Break -
March 31 through April 4.

Additional makeup dates are pending approval and will be determined by what Kentucky legislators decide regarding the granting of disaster relief days. Please check back here for updated information.

KY Lawmakers Still Undecided on Granting Disaster Days

Read the article online:  Teachers, education commissioner support different snow makeup day plans

BCMS Student Wins 1st in State Archery Tourney

Cristen Brockett, 8th grader at BCMS, won 1st place in the National Archery in the Schools Program State Tournament,  individual female category, with score of 290. She competed against nearly 5000 shooters! CONGRATULATIONS, CRISTEN!

NEW Important Letter About Makeup Days

Please read the memorandum from the Superintendent.

New ACT Testing Dates

2014 ACT Testing and Inclement Weather

Originally, ACT testing was scheduled statewide for March 4 (initial) and March 18 (make-up). A few districts were in session on Tuesday, March 4 and were able to test. March 18 is the only make-up day for students who were absent in districts that tested on March 4.


However, the majority of districts were out of session on March 4 due to inclement weather. Districts that were closed on the original test date will use March 18 as their initial test day. April 15 will be the new make-up date for students absent in districts using March 18 as the initial test day.


Testing for students with accommodations remains March 4-18.

National School Breakfast Week

Important Memo from the Superintendent RE: Days Missed

Please read the memo from R. Brock Walter, Superintendent of Boyd County Public Schools, regarding the District Calendar, makeup days, disaster days and Spring Break.

BCHS Teacher Honored at Education Conference

Ms. Tayler Zempter was among the educators honored at the Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2 KY) conference in Lexington, Kentucky on January 25, 2014.

BCHS Choir Students Headed to Carnegie Hall

As part of a fundraising effort on February 18th, the Rusty Pipes, 2012 Senior Quartet Champions, performed. Proceeds from the dinner and concert went towards the BCHS Choir's trip they will take to Carnegie Hall. Members of the Rusty Pipes are, left to right:  Dale Fetick, Carl Taylor, Jay Hawkins, Tom Rouse.

For information on how to help send our students to Carnegie, please 'read more.'


Catlettsburg Creators Take Home 2nd Place Trophy at Kentucky FIRST® LEGO® League

The Catlettsburg Creators, the FIRST® LEGO® League team, traveled to Western Kentucky University for the Kentucky FIRST® LEGO® League Tournament. The team won 2nd place in the "Gracious Professionalism" category.

BCMS TECHNOKATS are WSAZ Hometown Heroes

The WSAZ Hometown Hero recognition will spotlight the Boyd County Middle School "TechnoKats" Lego Challenge team. The story will air three times this week.


Friday, January 31st at 5:50pm. (record the 5pm news to make sure you get it.)


Saturday morning February 1st at 6:45am. (record the 6-7am Saturday show to make sure you get it.)


Or Saturday evening February 1st at 6:00. (record the 6pm news to make sure you get it.)


The story will also be put on the website. (

Bus Monitors Needed

Boyd County Preschool Program is looking for bus monitors for a.m. and p.m. routes to finish out the school year.  Only responsible, committed applicants should apply.  Interested individuals should contact Carol Short at 606-929-5500 or 929-5503 or 929-5508 or 606-232-9194 for more information.

Martin Named New Assistant Superintendent

Summit Elementary School Principal Tamala Martin has been promoted to assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, a position designed to boost academic performance.

School in Session Jan. 17 and Feb.17 for Make Up Days

From the Superintendent, R. Brock Walter:  Because of the number of instructional days we have missed to date, the following two days will be used as make up days:

Friday January 17th
Monday February 17th

Going to school on these two dates allows us to miss (1) one more school day without tacking on days to the end of the school year.

EXAM CRAM! Free Study Help for ACT at the Library

Ada Adkins Cline, Last Surviving Member of the First BCHS Grads, Passes at Age 102

Ada Adkins Cline passed away December 17, 2013 at the age of 102. She was a part of the very first graduating class of Boyd County High School in 1929. Last year, she attended the dedication ceremony of the new Boyd County High School.

Jonah Black Named Player of the Year for Second Consecutive Year

“He’s something special,” Boyd County coach William Ferguson said. “Jonah is tremendously talented and provided great leadership.”

BCHS Christmas Choir Concert DEC 18 During School

BCHS Choir's Christmas Concert, December 18th, during school hours.
The concert is scheduled for 12:30 PM in the Alumni Auditorium.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

Band Concert TONIGHT

Boyd County High School Band Concert
Dec. 12th 7:30 pm in the BCHS Auditorium
Concert is free and open to the public

Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 14 - Lady Lions Softball Team is hosting a "Breakfast With Santa" at Callahan’s in the KYOVA Mall from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.  Tickets are $5.00 each and can be purchased from any softball player or at Callahan’s the morning of the breakfast.

Roundball Classic

Friday, December 13:  Girls Basketball vs Johnson Central, 6:00 PM
Friday, December 13:  Boys Basketball vs Elliott County, 7:30 PM
Saturday, December 14:  Girls Basketball vs Chesapeake, OH, 11:00 AM
Saturday, December 14:  Boys Basketball vs Lawrence County, 9:00 PM

National Education Week Message from Dr. Terry Holliday

Dr. Terry Holliday, Kentucky Commissioner of Education, acknowledges teachers during the observance of National Education Week (Nov. 18-22).

"Our Kentucky educators deserve not only our respect but also our gratitude. So, thank you Kentucky educators!  I am honored to be working with you and know our children face a bright future because of you and your efforts."

Boyd County High School will be having an Open House on Thursday, November 7th, from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. The evening will be organized into four, 25-minute breakout sessions.

BCHS Cheerleaders will be holding a silent auction that night for two UK tickets - Second 16, Row K; seats 12 and 13.

Ramey-Estep Fall Festival
Annual Fall Festival celebrates the season and our rural heritage.
Drew Burke Is Boys Regional Golf Champion

The Boyd County junior shot 1-over par 72 for a three-stroke victory in the Boys Region 12 Golf Tournament on Monday.

McKinzie Walters Is Girls Regional Golf Champion

“Kinzi is something else,” Boyd County coach Kelli Garvin said. “To accomplish this at her age, it’s astounding.”

Early Childhood Learning Center-North Earns KY TELL Honorable Mention
Ponderosa Elementary Career Day
Ponderosa Elementary students particpate in their first Career Day.
Tix to KY Speedway Entice Food Feud Donations

A visit from a university representative turned into an opportunity to help a local charity.

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Event this SATURDAY

Distinguished Young Women Scholarship Event (formerly known as Jr. Miss) will be held at Boyd County High School this Saturday.


Dozens of parents and students in the Boyd County school system queued up early on Tuesday to obtain free back-to-school necessities.

With a little over a week before the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year, the district held its annual Readifest at Boyd County Middle School.

Read the full story from the Independent by clicking on the 'learn more' link below.

Schedules for 7th and 8th Graders

BCMS 7th and 8th grade students may find their schedules by accessing the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on TUESDAY, AUGUST 6th. Paper copies will be available the first day of school. (August 7th)

Bus Monitors Needed
<p >The Boyd County Preschool Program is looking for bus monitors for the 2013-2014 school year. Please contact Carol Short at 606-929-5500/5503/5508 or 606-232-9194 for more information.</p >
Get the Scoop

Boyd County Public Library Back-to-school Ice Cream Sundae is Aug. 11

New Principal for Boyd High

Dan Imes is the new principal for Boyd County High School

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

Joe Childers, agriculture and horticulture instructor at BCCTEC, mows hay in preparation of selling the bales for a fundraising project.

2013 Grad Emily Stewart Named Dataseam Scholar
BCHS Cheerleaders Inspire New Award at UCA Cheer Camp

Varsity Cheerleaders inspire the Universal Cheerleaders Association to create the Traditions Award after learning of a team ritual. The new award will now be given at all UCA camps.

Matt Spade Kiwanis Father of Year

Ponderosa Elementary Principal Matt Spade receives Ashland Breakfast Kiwanis' Father of the Year award.

1968 - 45th Class Reunion Scheduled for June 29

for more information, please click on "learn more" below

Middle School Archery Team Earns State Championships

The Boyd County Middle School archery teams have captured two state 3-D archery championships and placed 13th in the nation at the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP).

BC Foundation For Children Grants Awarded

The Boyd County Foundation For Children, Inc. announced the recipients of the 2013-2014 grants at the May 2013 Board of Education meeting. The Foundation President, Judge Marc Rosen, was on hand to congratulate the winners.

Logan Fraley Will Play for Marshall

Boyd County sophomore basketball player Logan Fraley has announced her commitment to Marshall University.

BCPS Autism Program is Reason for Graduate's Progress

When Aaron Baker walked across the stage at Boyd County High School's graduation ceremony on May 14th, a lot of Boyd County employees shed tears of joy and welled with pride at his accomplishments. Read the full story by clicking on the link below.

BCHS to Host Technology Webcast May 21

Scheduled to begin at 10:00 AM, the webcast will be located in Boyd County High Schools’ Alumni Auditorium. During the meeting, questions will be submitted live from districts around the state. The webcast will also be a chance for districts to share technological strategies that are working in their district with others.

BCHS Graduation Ceremony

Boyd County High School Graduation - May 14, 2013 at Boyd County Middle School will start at 7 PM.

Comprehensive District Improvement Plan

The new 2012 - 2014 CDIP is now in DRAFT form. Please take time to review it by clicking on the "Read More" link below.

5k Run to Benefit Boyd County Baseball

It's not too late to register for the Boyd County Baseball DERBY CLASSIC RUN FOR THE ROSES, this Saturday, May 4th

Parkinson's Day - Hope for a Cure Event May 18th at KYOVA Mall

Make plans to sponsor, walk, and support the search for a cure for Parkinson's disease. Forms and event details are a click away... (click on "learn more" below)

COLLEGE NIGHT Tues. Sept.17 @ 6PM

Parents: Get the information you need about transitioning your BCHS senior to college. READ MORE -->

2nd Annual GOBBLE WOBBLE 5k Supports Catlettsburg Ele.

2nd Annual Catlettsburg Elementary GOBBLE WOBBLE 5K Run/Walk November 16, 2013 9:00 am Oakland Avenue Baptist Church, Catlettsburg, KY

BCHS Choir Christmas Concert TO BE RESCHEDULED!


APRIL 7th Is The LAST DAY to Donate at Cannonsburg Wal-Mart for our Kids!



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.
Catlettsburg Autism Walk & Awareness Day April 19


Catlettsburg Elementary Autism Walk and Awareness Day
Saturday, April 19, 2014
10:00 am – 1:00 pm at Boyd County Middle School, US Rt. 60

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. Walk will begin at 10 a.m.
click on "Read More" for forms and additional information

Snow Day for BCPS 12-16

The Superintendent captured these photos today, December 16th.

BCMS Family Reading and Science Night!
Come out for this annual fun-filled event for the entire family.
Boyd Co. vs. Ashland FOOD FEUD is ON!

The annual Food Feud between Boyd County and Ashland is now in progress.  The winner will be announced at the Boyd County - Ashland ballgame on Oct. 4. 

Cheer Camp Clinic Registration

Come out to the KYOVA Mall this Saturday to register for the Cheer Clinic Day Camp. Registration will be May 18, from noon to 4:00 PM. Ages for the camp are kindergarten through 6th grade. The day camp will be held at the old BCHS on July 13 from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM with lunch provided.

Still Have Questions about Ky's Common Core Standards? Read this Fact Sheet

If you still have questions about Kentucky's adoption of the new Common Core Standards, this Fact Sheet, published by the Kentucky Core Academic Standards, may answer them.

Gifted Program for 4th and 5th Grade Students

4th and 5th graders from around the district gather at the old high school for the ACCESS program - for gifted and talented students. Read the story from the Independent's Mike James.

Catlettsburg's Team Win Overall Champion at Lego Challenge Tournament

The FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament, hosted by Ashland Community and Technical College on December 7, challenged area teams to innovate, create, and evaulate how to best respond to "Nature's Fury." Catlettsburg Elementary School's team won first place in the Core Values category of the challenge as well as winning overall champion.

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

Embrace the Shake! Walk for the Cure of Parkinson's

Walk - Sponsor - Support - Attend the Parkinson’s Day 2014 on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the KYOVA Mall. The event will run from 10:00 am to Noon with registration beginning at 9:00 am. Parkinson’s Day 2014 will be guided by the EMBRACE THE SHAKE theme and include a walk (featuring a NEW PD hurdle challenge), health screenings, entertainment for adults/children, silent auction and various other fundraising activities. This event is centered around creating hope, providing a spiritual support system. The event this year is dedicated to the memory of retired Boyd County Schools teacher Deanna Arrington.

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.

BCMS Lego Challenge Team Wins Judges' Award - Dedicate Performance in Memory of Catherine Wallace

The team was given the Judges’ Award at the tournament for “overcoming adversity.” At the awards ceremony, each of the eight students gave personal testimony to Wallace’s personality and shared how influential she was to the team.

Tanner Henderson - 4-H State Champ

BCHS 9th grader earns top spot in the equine Flags Race.

1973 Will Hold 40th Year Class Reunion

40th Reunion for BCHS Class of 1973
Saturday, September 14, 2012
Callihan's Restaurant at KYOVA MALL

Cannonsburg Students Create Derby Blanket

30 Kentucky schools create 'Derby Blankets' for Governor's Derby Celebration

New Superintendent R. Brock Walter

Brock Walter was named as the new Superintendent of Boyd County Schools. Read the  article from Mike James of the Daily Independent by clicking on the 'learn more' link below. 

Shop at Town Center to Earn Cash for Your School

Help your school earn cash just by shopping and dining at the Ashland Town Center Mall.

Ponderosa's Morgan Lewis Wins 1st in Poster Contest

Morgan Leigh Lewis wins first place in the 9-11 year-old category in the Adopt-a-Highway poster contest. This is her 3rd consecutive win.

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.

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.

First Place Tree for ACCESS at Festival of Trees and Trains

Ramey-Estep's entry wins 2nd place, Boyd County Middle School and Boyd County High Schools' Gifted and Talented program win 3rd place.

Lockdown Drills Conducted

During the week of August 25th, Lockdown Drills were conducted throughout Boyd County Public Schools in partnership with local law enforcement officials.

Cannonsburg Teachers Win First Ever MAGPI Scholarship Award

The award is valued at $500 and is being provided to the school in recognition of their outstanding commitment to introducing educational technology and external programming to their students.

Lions Basketball Schedule

Follow the Lions Boys Basketball team and cheer them on to victory!

Boys Soccer Team District 63 Champs!

BCHS Boys Soccer team won the District 63 Championship

BCHS Grad Wins Bowhunting National Title
“I wasn’t really expecting it, but I really wanted to win,” she said. “It was pretty exciting.”
Taylor Wheeler Signs with Walters State in TN



Pictured above, Taylor Wheeler ceremonioulsy signs with Walters State Community College while flanked by her mother, Traci, and father, David Wheeler.

Free Seeds While They Last

The BCHS Agricultural Department is giving away free seeds. Read more for details.

7th Annual March of the Lions Pride
During half time of Friday night's game, students who scored either a Proficient and/or Distinguished on their Spring 2013 K-PREP testing were invited onto the field. The crowd cheered their accomplishiments in the seventh annual March of the Lions Pride.
Lady Lions Basketball Schedule

Help cheer on the Lady Lions! The BCHS Girls Varsity Basketball schedule is just a click away.

FFA Members Compete at State Fair

The chapter placed first with their Horticulture Exhibit, sixth in Nursery Judging Career Development Event, and eleventh in Floriculture Career Development Event. This is the fifth time in 10 years that the Boyd County FFA Chapter has placed first in the Horticulture Exhibit.

Boyd County Publications Win Sweepstakes OASIS Award at KYSPRA

KSBA, KYSPRA honor more than 170 school communications products with 2013 OASIS Awards

Visitor to BCHS Impressed with Building and Sue Perkins

An impromptu tour of BCHS prompted a visitor to praise Perkins in an email to the Superintendent.

Parent Engagement the Topic of Guest Speaker at BCHS Open House

Lou Ann Cavenee-Ramos, from the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence, was the guest speaker at the BCHS Open House on November 7th.

District Intranet

Boyd County Public Schools District Intranet Access NOW LIVE


Article Highlights BCMS School To Watch Designation
A Kentucky Teacher magazine article highlights School to Watch recipients - Boyd County Middle School was designated a STW for 2013, the third time they have received this designation.
Order your 2013-14 BCHS yearbook NOW!
Cardboard Challenge

Ms. Christy Ford's English 4 class promotes creativity in the form of cardboard.

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1104 Bob McCullough Dr.
Ashland, KY 41102

Phone: 606-928.4141