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Education

  • OCS launches engineering academy for next year

    Giving students the tools they need today to solve the issues of tomorrow is a big goal of Oldham County Schools, according to the school district’s 21st Century Learning Outcomes.

    As part of this promise to students and teachers the district has created OCS Engineering Academy, the district announced last week.

    “It’s hands-on, minds-on teaching,” Chief Academic Officer Anita Davis said. “They are going to be building, designing and using auto cad. This isn’t a theory class, it’s a hands-on (one).”

  • Homeschooled student creates alternative prom

    As a homeschooled student, the chances of Victoria Downs going to prom this year were low.

    That is, until she created her own.

    Downs, an 18-year-old Crestwood resident, has created “Night of 100 Stars,” a prom-like event to be held April 26 at Crestwood Baptist Church.

    Downs, who has been home schooled her entire life and is a senior this year, said she didn’t want to miss out on a chance to have a classic high school moment.

  • Homeschooled student creates alternative prom

    As a homeschooled student, the chances of Victoria Downs going to prom this year were low.

    That is, until she created her own.

    Downs, an 18-year-old Crestwood resident, has created “Night of 100 Stars,” a prom-like event to be held April 26 at Crestwood Baptist Church.

    Downs, who has been home schooled her entire life and is a senior this year, said she didn’t want to miss out on a chance to have a classic high school moment.

  • SOHS FCCLA group visits Frankfort

    On Feb. 11th, students across the state of Kentucky met at the state capitol in Frankfort for Student Leadership Day.

    South Oldham High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members attended the event, which was led by student leaders from Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs).

  • OCHS magazine wins award

    Spectrum, the literary magazine published by Oldham County High School, placed first in the state and is ranked among the nation’s best by the National Council of Teachers of English.

    This award is for the edition published in 2013, which was then considered with other state winners for a national award. OCHS did not win the top national honor this year, but did for their 2011 magazine.

    The award-winning publication returned most of its editors for the 2013-14 school year, including seniors Sarah Stovall, Anna Gorsick, Heidi Arbuckle and Hannah Deaton.

  • Student honored by McDonalds as history-maker of tomorrow

    Community leaders joined local McDonald’s Owner/Operators on Feb. 27, recognizing ten area high school students, including Logan Sanderson, a student at North Oldham High School, as Black History Makers of Tomorrow.

    McDonald’s Restaurants of Kentuckiana celebrated February’s Black History Month by awarding $15,000 in total scholarships to high school seniors selected for their promotion of diversity, leadership, academic achievement and community involvement.

  • Awards encourage classroom innovation

    More than 20 Oldham County teachers have been awarded nearly $20,000 to help promote innovation in Oldham County Schools.

    The money is part of the Oldham County Educational Foundation’s Pyramid Awards program, which has been supporting educational initiatives throughout the district for nearly 20 years.

    In all, 21 teachers were awarded a total of $19,756 for ideas such as “iSee, iLearn, iReflect,” “Pumpkin Chunkin,” and “Engineering is Elementary.”

  • Academic teams headed to state

    Oldham students earned 13 top 5 finishes at the regional academic team competition, including nine individuals from all three high schools and the Future Problem Solving and Quick Recall teams from North Oldham High, all of whom move on to state.

    Senior David Glenn led NOHS to an overall second-place team finish, earning the district’s only first place award through his win in mathematics. This is Glenn’s second year as regional champion in mathematics. Last year, he finished fourth at state.

  • Arts offer competition

    Students from across Oldham County were recognized during the annual PTA Reflections Celebration at the Oldham County Schools Arts Center.

    PTA Reflections is America’s oldest and is the largest arts education program of its kind. It was started in 1969 to encourage students to explore their talents and express themselves through various artistic forms. Each year, students are recognized for bringing the year’s theme to live through film production, dance choreography, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.

  • 'Mentally ill' individual puts two Oldham County schools into lockdown

    Two Oldham County High Schools were put on lockdown Thursday after Oldham County Police became aware of a situation involving a former student and current OCS student, police and school officials said. 

    Oldham County High School and North Oldham High School were put in seperate lockdowns Thursday morning. OCHS was put into lockdown first at 9:30 a.m., while NOHS went into lockdown at 10:30 a.m., Oldham County Schools Communications Director Tracy Harris said. Both schools were released from lockdown at 11 a.m., she said.