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Johnson Elementary wins Blue Ribbon Honors

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The U. S. Department of Education (USED) named five Kentucky public schools as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence including Johnson Elementary of Laurel County.

The Kentucky schools are among the 329 public and private, elementary, middle and high schools across the country recognized this year. There also are five private schools in Kentucky named as part of the 2016
cohort of Blue Ribbon Schools.

In its 34-year history, the national Blue Ribbon Schools program has become a trademark of excellence and a symbol of exemplary teaching and learning recognized by everyone from parents to policy-makers.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories:

Exemplary High Performing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Various student group performance and high school graduation rates also are at the highest levels.

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among the state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years. Student group performance and high school graduation rates for each group are at high levels.

“Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools are great examples of what can happen when there is attention to equity, achievement and integrity at the school level,” Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt said. “Their focus on serving all students, creating a culture of highly effective teaching and learning and taking an honest look at how they can continuously improve have earned them this honor.

“Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools represent educational excellence and serve as models for schools across Kentucky,” Pruitt said.

Representatives from each of Kentucky’s Blue Ribbon Schools will join those from other states at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 7-8. Since USED revamped the Blue Ribbon program in 2003, 59 Kentucky public schools have been designated Blue Ribbon Schools with 93 public schools named Blue Ribbon Schools over the life of the program. More information on the program and a list of past Kentucky winners are available at:

http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html

Union’s nursing class begins clinical experience

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Union College nursing students Kari Baker and Abi Carnes have ceremonial candles lit by recent nursing graduate Kelli Hensley during a pre-licensure class induction ceremony into the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing. Baker and Carnes are on pace to graduate in 2018 from Union’s four-year nursing program.


Union College’s newest nursing class was honored recently during a white coat ceremony commemorating the students’ induction into the Edna Jenkins Mann School of Nursing.


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Farm Storage Facility Loan Program

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Megan and the team at the Barbourville Farm Service Agency Service Center want to encourage participation in the FSFL program. This loan program provides low-cost financing for producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage, handling facilities, and storage and handling trucks. FSFL’s can be used for items such as drying and cooling equipment, safety equipment, cold storage buildings, hay barns, and grain bins. The FSFL program benefits producers who lack local commercial storage options or have limited marketing options for their commodities at harvest time. The maximum principal amount of a loan through FSFL is $500,000.


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KU recognized as a Healthiest Workplace

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Kentucky Utilities has been recognized as a 2016 Healthiest 100 Workplace in America, an awards program presented by Springbuk®. The top one hundred employers were recognized at the Corporate Wellness Conference® in Washington D.C. The winning organizations were honored for their commitment to employee health and exceptional corporate wellness programming. Of the more than 5,000 employers who applied for the award nationally, KU ranked 53.


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Bullying Prevention Month

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October is Bullying Prevention Month and Ky Safe Schools Week is October 16-22. This year’s theme i “Be the HERO; STOP the Bullying!” which focuses on everyday heroes, their roles in our lives and how each one of us need to step up and “Be the HERO” when the opportunities arise both in school and in life.


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