The Lion Leader
Building our future
Scheduled for completion in November of next year, progress is being made every day on our new high school. To date, the foundation and bricks have been laid, while even a roof has been placed over one classroom.
The new building will be tailored around the needs of our students. Wings will be devoted to academic academies while other areas of the building have been designed around the needs of different programs. Programs such as the STEM academy will have its own technology labs, but labs are not just limited to computers—even food labs, designed in the style of a home’s kitchen, will be incorporated into the new building.
As to the what will happen to our current high school, several options have been considered. Boyd County Central may move into the building or it may house early childhood programs. A definite decision has not yet been made.
When finished, the new Boyd County High School will be one of the most technologically advanced schools in the state. .The school has been a long time coming. It is something the teachers, students, and the community have been looking forward to,. says assistant principal David Bayes.
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics
Education is like a factory: Every individual works together to reach an end goal. But it
must be recognized that each individual is different. We have varying talents, interest,
and, most importantly, learning styles. This is why programs like the STEM Academy
are necessary. They offer us an opportunity for individualized learning so everyone can
use his or her brain in the most productive way.
What is STEM and why do we need it?
The STEM academy is a program that prepares students for careers in medicine, agri-
culture, technology, transportation, and other related fields. STEM curriculum begins sophomore year and uses individualized learning that is customized for each student so that he or she can learn the entire curriculum in the best way possible. The demands of the world are always changing with new technology and innovations affecting the way we go about our daily life, and STEM trains students to use various ways of thinking to solve problems.
How does STEM prepare students for the future?
The STEM Academy offers students a great experience. Student Patrick Perkins joined
STEM because it suits his career path and will give him the edge he needs to get into
MIT. Sophomore Emily Sallie joined STEM because it caught her interest and believes it
will help her find right the career for her. Students like Perkins and Sallie are not only
preparing for the careers of today, however, but for those of tomorrow as well.
Who are the STEM Academy teachers?
The STEM Academy teachers are Mr. Gary Coffman, Mrs. Michelle Gibson, and Mrs.
Cari Rucker. Mrs. Rucker is teaching the English curriculum, Mrs. Gibson the math
engineering curriculum, and Mr. Coffman the science engineering curriculum. In the
future, STEM students are likely to see involvement from Mr. Deborde as they begin
to use solid works and autoCAD programs.
BCHS owes a lot to our principal, Ms. Salisbury, and other faculty members for the
time and effort they put into the STEM Academy. As we move into the future, we will continue to watch the STEM Academy prepare our students for the careers of today
We are proud to introduce our five new faculty members that have joined us at Boyd County High School for the 2011-2012 school year!
Ms. Katy Ledger
. Teaches French and Arts & Humanities
. Graduated from Morehead State University
. Random Fact: Ms. Ledger has lived overseas most of her life.
Dr. Rob Lockhart
. Teaches English II, III, and IV
. Graduated with his B.A. from Morehead State University and completed his
graduate work at Virginia Tech.
. Random Fact: Dr. Lockhart enjoys playing guitar, watching football, and reading.
Photo by Racheal Leibee
Mr. Dirk Hollar
. Teaches Algebra and Geometry
. Graduated from Shawnee State University
. Random Fact: Mr. Hollar is a Cleveland Browns fan.
Ms. Linda Dyer
. Collaborative Resources Teacher
. Graduated from Morehead State University and The University of Kentucky
. Random Fact: Ms. Dyer makes quilts for Hospice patients.
Ms. Lyn Dickison
. Reading and Collaborative Resources Teacher
. Graduated from Morehead State University and The University of Kentucky
. Random Fact: Ms. Dickison traveled to Europe this summer and greatly enjoyed
seeing Anne Frank’s house.
There have been a few changes in the dress code for this school year:
. No holes are permitted in pants, even those below the knees, and shirts must have sleeves. Leggings, jeggings, or tights are not permitted to be worn without a skirt or shorts of appropriate length over them. Excessively baggy or tight clothing is
also not permissible.
. Cell phones may not be used in the hallways during class time. Cell phone usage is still allowed, however, before school in the lobby, during lunch, and in the hallways during
. Students this year will no longer serve time in CAB during the school day but will attend Friday School on Fridays from 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Students will be expected to work on
homework during this time.
Homecoming time is here! Several events are scheduled for the month of September:
. Spirit week starts on Monday, September 26th. Get ready for some pep rallies and the Battle of the Halls!
. Our Homecoming game against the Ashland Tomcats is on September 30th at 7:30 PM. Come out and support the Lions!
. The formal Homecoming dance is scheduled for October 1st from 8:00 PM until midnight at the KYOVA mall in the old Steve and Barry’s store. The theme has not yet been announced but will be released soon. Students will vote on the homecoming court two weeks before the dance.
. Is your child planning on taking the ACT in October? Sign up for the upcoming test in the counseling office no later than September 16th. Student qualifying this academic year for free or reduced lunch are eligible for a fee waiver that can be obtained in the counseling office.
. If your child missed picture day, he or she has another chance! Picture retake day will take place in the library on September 30th.
. All students interested in a twelve day tour of Spain, France, and Italy in June 2012 may contact Brent McDonie for more information.
. The annual Food Feud begins this month! Cans of food, ramen noodles, and cash donations can be dropped off with students’ first period teacher throughout the month of September.
Is your child a senior? Now’s the time to start submitting senior cuts! Photos should be delivered to Miss Baker.
Other Announcements: SEPTEMBER 2011
Thursday, Sept. 15: Parent University, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Boys Soccer vs Chesapeake (H), 6:00 PM
Girls Soccer vs Chesapeake (H), 8:00 PM
Freshman Football @ Lewis Co. (A), 6:00 PM
Volleyball vs West Carter (H), 6:00/7:00 PM
Regional Fall FCCLA meeting @ ACTC, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM
Friday, Sept. 16: Varsity Football vs Russell (H), 7:30 PM
Boys Golf vs Greenup Co. @ Sandy Creek (H), 4:30 PM
NJROTC Color Guard at Football Game
Saturday, Sept. 17: Boys Soccer @ Fleming Co. (A), 1:00 PM
Volleyball @ Portsmouth (A), 10:00/11:00 AM
JV Girls Soccer vs Lawrence Co. (H), 11:00 AM
Boys Golf @Rowan Co. Tournament @ Eagle Trace (A), 9:00 AM
Girls Soccer @ Minford (A), 7:00 PM
JV Football @ Russell (A), 6:00 PM
Tuesday, Sept. 20: University of Kentucky @ BCHS, 1:00 PM
Boys Soccer vs Rowan Co. (H), 7:30 PM
Girls Soccer vs Rowan Co. (H), 5:30 PM
Volleyball vs Rose Hill (H), 6:00/7:00 PM
Boyd Co. Cross Country Meet (H), 5:00 PM
Thursday, Sept. 22: Boys Soccer @ Paintsville (A), 8:00 PM
Boys Golf vs Rowan Co. & Bath Co. @ Eagle Trace (A), 5:00 P
Girls Golf vs Rowan Co. @ Eagle Trace (A), 5:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 23: Varsity Football @ Johnson Central (A), 7:30 PM
Saturday, Sept. 24: Girls Soccer @ Pikeville (A), 11:00 AM
Boys Soccer @ Pikeville (A), 1:00 PM
Monday, Sept. 26: “Planning & Paying for College” @ BCHS, 6:30 PM, for parents and students
Girls Soccer @ Spring Valley (A), 6:00 PM
JV Football vs West Carter (H), 6:00 PM
Regional Boys Golf Tournament @ Eagle Trace (A), 9:00 AM
Tuesday, Sept. 27: “UK See Blue Preview Night” @ Paramount Arts Center, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Boys Soccer @ East Carter (A), 6:00 PM
Girls Soccer @ East Carter (A), 8:00 PM
Volleyball @ Ironton (A), 5:30/6:30 PM
Regional Girls Golf Tournament @ Grayson Lake (A), 9:00 AM
KOVCCT Cross Country Meet (H), 5:00 PM
Thurs., Sept. 29: Volleyball @ Greenup Co. (A), 5:30/6:30 PM
Boys Soccer @ West Carter (A), 6:00 PM
Freshman Football @ Lawrence Co. (A), 6:00 PM
Friday, Sept. 30: Varsity Football vs Ashland (Homecoming) (H), 7:30 PM
Seniors will attend Ashland Regional College Fair @ KYOVA Mall in AM
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