Saturday, October 19, 2019

District Archived News March 2016 - March 2017

And the winner is...
  Congratulations to Homecoming Queen Alexis Ransom. She is pictured here with her father Shawn, last year Queen Lizzie Preston, Superintendent Ken Bicknell, Jackson Norris and Bailey Cline. There are more photos from the Homecoming festivities on our Facebook page and will also appear in Wednesday's Citizen.

Middle/High Grandparents Day
 Middle and High School students hosted their Grandparents for lunch.

Recipe for Life
Our 5th grade students attended the annual Recipe for Life where they learned how to prepare different dishes. Several of our high school students also helped with the event.

PES hosts Grandparents
  Superintendent Ken Bicknell welcomed grandparents at the Elementary last week. Students were able to enjoy lunch and shop the book fair with their grandparents.

New Art Classes
 Part of the Education Grant that PES received was used to provide art classes for each classroom once a week.

Want to Play?
Several high school football players visited 3rd and 4th grade classrooms to talk about their playing experience and promote the Little Hounds program. There is still time to sign up!

Flag Donation
 Kentucky Representative Sannie Overly poses with students, Superintendent Ken Bicknell, and Principal Jami Dailey as she delivered a new State Flag to our campus.

Elementary Receives Education Grant
 PES received an education grant with the help from alums Chuck Craycraft and Bill Alverson. The grant will be used for clubs, art classes, and summer programs. There will be full article in Wednesday's Citizen.

Students Watch Eclipse
 While schools across the state closed for Monday's eclipse, students and teachers at Paris attended and learned about the eclipse and watched outside together.

Grant Received
Thank you to the Paris/Bourbon Co Health Department for awarding Paris Elementary a $40,000 grant for the Early Childhood Healthy Living Program. To read the article click here.

Welcome Back
 Students were all smiles this morning as Principals greeted them
 on their first day of school!


Professional Development
 It's August which means teachers are back in the building
preparing for students to arrive!


Summit Training
 Several teachers and administrators attended a Summit Training for the new Paris Pride 2.0 program coming to Paris this fall! To read the article, click here.

PES Hires New Principal
  Paris Elementary has named Thomas Reed their new Principal. Reed comes to Paris from Fayette County and is excited about this opportunity. Click here to read the full article.

Paris Pride 2.0 Information

Parents and Students came to hear about the Paris Pride 2.0 program that will kick-off this coming school year! To read the article, click here, or find it in the Bourbon County Citizen.

Class of 2017
Congratulations to our Graduates! The top photo is our HS graduates, while the bottom photo is our newest Freshman Class! Both were honored at their own ceremony.

Alumni Banquet
 The Alumni Association held their annual banquet this past weekend to honor the graduating seniors and present awards to outstanding alumni and students. This years recipient for the K Cup for Loyal Alumnus is Bill Alverson. Presenting his award was former winner and graduate, Jennifer Allen. Three students were also presented alumni scholarships. Congratulations to Abbi Cain, Louella Fields, and Akhira Umar. Umar was also presented the Senior Cup.

DVA Donation
 Thank you to the Disabled American Veterans who presented a check to PHS for their Graduation Lock-In.

Exciting Week
Last week was Teacher Appreciation Week and several businesses and parents brought in meals and treats for our teachers. Pictured above is Tommy Sikes with Raising Cane's. He provided every employee in the district with a gift card to Canes! Thank you to Tommy and everyone else who made the week special! Pictured below are Librarians Jennifer Allen and Dawn Privett and Mark Adler from the Paris Bourbon Co Library. Together they were able to give every student a library card for the public library!

Beta Inductees
Congratulations to our newest Beta Club members. The high school Beta inducted 10 sophomores while the middle school tapped several 7th and 8th graders to Jr. Beta.

Prom Court
PHS held their prom Saturday Night at the Thoroughbred Center. Congratulations to Jekobi Wells and Abby Cain (right) who were crowned Prom King and Queen. Taijin Cunningham and Symone Crumbie (left side) were named Prom Prince and Princess.

Administrative Assistant Day

 District assistants were recognized Wednesday by Superintendent Ken Bicknell.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
The All Sports Training Facility officially opened today with a ribbon cutting ceremony that brought over a hundred community members, alumni, current and former teachers, coaches, and students out to celebrate! What a great time to be a Greyhound! (Watch for more photos in the Citizen and Herald Leader, and Lexington News Outlets who were all in attendance).

Ladyhounds Win Region Tournament
Our Ladyhound Softball Team won the Class A Region Tournament this past weekend! They defeated Nicholas County in the semis and Bishop Brossart in the finals 4-2! They will play in the State Tournament on Saturday in Owensboro.

3rd Graders Present to UK
Several PES 3rd graders and their teachers presented their idea for an arcade to the UK Next Generation Leadership Academy. If you haven't donated, please consider doing so. These students have worked hard to bring entertainment to Paris.

JKG Places 4th
 Congratulations to our JKG students for finishing 4th in the state at the Career Development Competition. To read the full article, click here.

Student Work Showcase
All schools held their Spring PBL work showcase night. Every student completed a project either individually or as a group or class and invited families and community members to come view their work.

Facility Tour
On Tuesday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m., the ribbon cutting ceremony for the All Sports Training Facility will take place at Blanton Collier Stadium (PHS Football Field). We invite you to join us and check out the latest addition that is sure to make our student athletes even more competitive!
In order to meet the requests to see the facility and amenities, the building will be open for tours until 6:00pm

Science Day
 The Center of Science Industry (COSI) came to PES for their science day and taught them about weather and had students participate in hands on science learning stations.

Driving Awareness
Governor Bevin has proclaimed April as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. To view the proclamation, click here.

3rd Graders Visit City Hall
Our 3rd graders stated their case for an arcade in front of the city mayor and commissioners. You can help make this possible by clicking here and making a donation! What an exciting time for our community!

Paris Pride 2.0
To learn more about this new and exciting program for the 2017-2018 school year click here!

Graduation Date Set
   The Paris High School graduation has been scheduled for Saturday, May 20th, at 7pm. The 8th grade graduation will take place Thursday, May 18th, at 6:00.

Attendance Incentive
The Masonic Lodge has generously donated and presented our Elementary with two bikes that will be used as perfect attendance incentives for the remainder of the school year. Special thanks to Earl Sosby, Wilson Wilder, Dennie Ritchie, Jim West, Bruce Klobeke, George Lucey, and Denzel Vanderpool.

100 Man Lunch
  Elementary Principal Rachelle Schjoll poses with student Xavier Brown and his dad Justin Brown, who was the 100th man at the annual 100 man lunch! Over 130 male role models came to share a meal with a student, and afterwards they were able to shop the book fair together!

Community Meeting

Calling all parents, and community members! Mark your calendars for Wednesday evening at 6PM to come hear about the new Paris Pride 2.0 program! During this meeting you will hear from Superintendent Ken Bicknell, principal Jami Dailey, UK Director of School Innovation Dr. Justin Bathom, along with teachers and students from our district. All will speak about the direction of education for Paris students and be available to answer any questions you may have.

Cardboard Arcade
The 3rd graders designed an arcade made from cardboard and invited the public to come out and play. Many students, parents, and community members came to the game night! It was a great event put on by our students-we were even featured on the news!

Field Trips
Three groups of high school students were out of the building for different trips this week. The senior class of girls attended a Young Women LEAD Conference at Eastern KY University, while the Juniors and Sophomores attended a College Fair at Transylvania University.

Read Across America Week
The Elementary welcomed the Superintendent as one of its Guest Speakers for Read Across America Week. Mr. Bicknell came and read to a Kindergarten Class. The middle and high school participated by turning the library into a Reading Only Zone where students could come and read distraction free.

Exciting New Program Coming to Paris

Paris has been invited to join the Summit Learning Community as a partner school for the 2017-2018 School Year! We are one of a select few school districts across the nation that received this opportunity! You can read the entire article by clicking here.

40th District Champs
For the 3rd straight year, the Paris Greyhounds are District Champs! They defeated Bourbon and Clark County to claim the crown, and will begin their quest for a Regional Title on Thursday night at Mason County!

Black History Museum
This past weekend, middle school students, staff, parents, and community members put together a museum featuring live exhibits, artwork, authentic foods, poetry readings, and dances. There are more pictures available on Facebook, and also watch for a full page spread in Wednesday's Bourbon County Citizen.

Greyhound Proclamation
The Paris Mayor and City Commissioner signed and presented the state champion basketball team with a proclamation honoring their achievement.

Helping Hounds
The Elementary has a great mentoring program in place. Once a week adult volunteers will come work individually with a student or help a teacher in their classroom. Senior students have also come to work with kindergartners.

Championship Celebration

Paris was the place to be on Monday following the state tournament as students and community members came together to celebrate our boys' basketball team's State Championship! The team was introduced and received medals, and students were allowed to meet and congratulate the players.

Academic Team Success
Congratulations to our three Academic Teams in Governor's Cup Competition.  The high school team placed 2nd overall, while the middle school had three of its members place highly on written exams. The Elementary Team won Quick Recall, placed 2nd in Future Problem Solving, and finished with several top 4 finishes in the written portion! All three teams have advanced to Regional Competition!

February is Get Fit Month
Paris Schools and Paris FRYSC are partnering with the Paris Bourbon County Health Department to improve health and promote physical activity among all students and staff at Paris Schools.  During February we are asking families to: 1) Discuss healthy food choices and offer some  healthy options at each meal; 2) Talk about the importance of exercise and take 15 minutes a day to exercise with your children at home; 3) Make it a family event and get everyone on board at home.  Doing things as a family helps build stronger relationships and helps children and youth develop confidence in their skills and relationships with others. At school, students will track the number of minutes they exercise each day at home and school combined.  At the end of February, the classroom in each school with the highest average number of minutes will be awarded with a group prize or event!!!

Cheerleader Recognition
Congratulations to both our Middle and High School Cheerleading Teams. The high school team placed 3rd during the Class A Tournament and our Middle School Team came away with a 1st place finish in the JKD Competition! Way to go girls!

Class A State Champs
Two weeks ago we celebrated the boys basketball team winning the Class A 10th Region Tournament. Now we can call them STATE CHAMPIONS!! The Greyhounds beat the top 3 seeded teams before knocking off Newport Central Catholic in the Championship! Click Here to read the article!

Spelling Bee Participants
 Congratulations to Christopher Thomas and Kitty Berry for winning their school spelling bees and representing Paris in the county-wide bee! The winner was from North Middletown Elementary.

Corporate College
Paris and Bourbon County Corporate College students visited the Courthouse today for their lesson in Legal/Law. They were able to meet and listen to County Judge Mike Williams and State Representative Sannie Overly. (More pictures are on the Facebook page)

Board Appreciation Month
January is School Board Appreciation Month and the Paris School District wants to thank our hard working board members for everything they do for our school, students, and community. They were each honored at their January Board Meeting. Pictured from L to R: Sharon Fields, Superintendent Ken Bicknell, Janice Shepherd, Bruce McDonald, Ricky Johnson, and Collier Mathes.

Elementary Recognition
The Elementary received a certificate from Education Commissioner Stephen Pruitt for testing as a High Progress School on the 2015-16 state tests. The commissioner congratulated Paris for being in the top 10% in improvement.

Angel Tree
The Paris FRYSC would like to thank all the generous staff and community members including churches, banks, Kiwanis and Key Club and the University of Kentucky for their help with the Holiday Assistance Program. Because of their generosity, close to 75 families and over 150 children will have a wonderful Christmas. Pictured above is board member Sharon Fields, Superintendent Ken Bicknell, and employee Larry Stevenson carrying in bags of gifts.

Holiday Programs
Paris Elementary held their annual Holiday program singing songs of the season to families and friends. The high school band also had their Christmas concert and will be singing downtown to businesses.

Project Based Learning
Each school participated in projects ranging in themes. Projects were put on display for families to come view. There will be more information and pictures about Project Based Learning in the Bourbon County Citizen.

Santa Visits
 Santa made stops at the Elementary for pictures with students, and rode in on his sleigh for the Christmas parade. Several student groups participated in the parade.

Student Assembly
 High School students were able to take part in the assembly entitled "Say Something." Students were made aware of certain dangers with drugs and sexual abuse and encouraged to step up and speak when seeing something out of the ordinary. Following the presentation students took a pledge and signed up to make a difference.

"150 Year" Exhibit Honored
   Historic Paris/Bourbon County Hopewell Museum was honored at the Annual Kentucky History Awards in Frankfort. The Museum was recognized for the 2015 exhibit entitled “Paris City Schools: 150 years of Academic Excellence."        Click Here for the full story. 

Transportation Staff Honored

Pictured left to right is Ken Bicknell(Superintendent), Rebecca Craycraft (Bus Monitor), Travis Campbell(Transportation Director) & Barry Barnes(Bus Driver). On October 26th a bus had a heater short out and possibly caught fire. The bus started filling with smoke and banking down. Mr. Barnes pulled over immediately and he and Rebecca started the evacuation process. They evacuated 7 kids off the bus safely and walked them across the street to the school with the help of a pre-school assistant and her son. Parents were contacted by the transportation director and informed that everyone was safe.

Veterans Day Programs

 Each of our school's invited Veterans for a meal and program to honor them. You can visit each school's page for more pictures from the day.

New Term for Board Members
Congratulations and Thank you to Sharon Fields and Collier Mathes for your willingness to continue serving the Paris Independent School District as Board Members. The district appreciates all the hard work and support that you, and our Board Members show to all our kids, educators, and support staff. We are a community for our kids!

Superintendent Speaks
Superintendent Ken Bicknell hosted the public to discuss the Vision, Mission, Progress and Pride of Paris Independent Schools as the district moves forward toward an exciting future of excellence. The meeting began with a welcome and an overview of the core values and beliefs of Paris Independent Schools, and how those values are the foundation for progress and the pursuit of excellence in our school district.

Paris Elementary Starts New Anti-Bullying Program
PES Principal Rachelle Schjoll welcomed the Harlem Ambassadors to Paris. The school is starting a new Anti-Bullying Program that will involve a message for students once a week. The Ambassadors entertained the audience by showing off their basketball skills and discussing their experience with bullies. For more pictures and information on the program please visit the District or Elementary Facebook Page.

Students Complete Community Service
Sophomore Jackson Livingood leads several of his football teammates and members of the First Christian Church to the Hope Center in Lexington. To read the full story Click Here.

Red Ribbon Week
red ribbon activities  Each school in the District will participate in Red Ribbon Week. Middle and High School students will listen to a speaker about drug and alcohol abuse as well as participate in a Ghost Day to show the dangers involved.

Safe School  Week
teachers address crowd
The week of October 17-21 was proclaimed as Safe Schools Week to promote anti-bullying. Mr. Bicknell is shown in top photo with Elementary Principal Rachelle Schjoll addressing the students on the issues of bullying. He later addressed the middle school students and then signed the proclamation.
 students watch signing

Fall Break Training
Wednesday was the start of fall break for students, but teachers still gathered in the library for breakfast and training. Superintendent Ken Bicknell welcomed everyone and Academic Officer Patrice Thompson laid out plans for the district.
teachers gather in library 

Paris Independent Endorses Kentucky Safe Schools Week
Superintendent Ken Bicknell officially proclaimed October 16-22, as safe schools week. This year's theme is "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 opportunities arise both in school and life. Honor, Encourage, Respect, Opportunity. These are the words that will be used to empower students to choose to be the Hero. Being a Hero isn't just a label for a time, it's an attitude and a code to live by. During this week, all Kentuckians will be urged to improve the safety of our schools by educating students, staff and community members about conflict resolution, bullying prevention and relationship building. The KY Center for School Safety is partnering with schools to provide an online reporting tool called the STOP Tipline. Anyone may anonymously pass information to school personnel using the following website:
Paris will have a theme each day of the week. Click here for more information.

Homecoming Week
 homecoming court
Congratulations to Lizzie Preston, 2016 Homecoming Queen. She was crowned at the football game and is pictured here with the Senior Court (back row) and representatives from the Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Classes. There were events and activities all week including dress themes for each day, a PowderPuff game, demo car, and a dance. To view pictures from Homecoming you can visit our Paris Middle & High School Facebook page, or the Paris Independent page.

Test Scores Released
The 2016 Kentucky State Assessment scores were released this week, and Paris Independent  was labeled a Proficient District. Each of our schools in the district saw growth in student achievement, with the greatest improvement coming from
Paris Elementary. To read the full story click here. We are so proud of our students and teachers for all their hard work.

 elementary banner
The Elementary celebrated their success with their students! Teachers sang and they hung banners throughout the school. You can view more of their photos on the Paris Elementary School Facebook Page

Want Pie?

guys take a pie to the face 
Superintendent Ken Bicknell and Dean of Students Stephen McCauley learned the hard way to not doubt the Elementary students when it comes to fundraising. Because the students doubled their goal of selling doughnuts, the guys agreed to let a student throw a pie in their face!

Join the Excellence

Paris Independent is currently seeking outstanding substitute teachers.  Paris is looking to employ friendly, hardworking individuals who want to become a part of the school family! Anyone with over 64 college credit hours can apply! Pay rate begins at $75 per day, and increases to $85 if you have a degree, and $100 for a teaching certificate!

Candidates will need to be available on short notice and also pass a background check. If you or anyone you know is interested, please call central office at 987-2160 for more information, or you can fill out an application online at: 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Recipe For Life
 students baking
The Bourbon County Homemakers sponsored the event titled "Recipe for Life" for 5th graders in the community. Several of our high school seniors also volunteered. The event was held at the First Christian Church and it was to teach our youth about food and kitchen safety. The students also learned about measuring and math. Each table was then able to create their own recipe.
 students helping measure

Semester in Full Swing

students on chromebooks 
From the Book-Fair to learning about Chromebooks, the 2016-2017 school year is off to a fast start! We have clubs starting, celebrations happening, and our athletic teams are battling! Stay up to date with all Paris News by reading our weekly page in the Bourbon County Citizen, or follow us on our Facebook pages!

Flag Donation
 flag presentation
Treva Jones (far right) with Woodmen of the World Insurance donated 4 flags to the district! She is showing presenting the flag to Superintendent Ken Bicknell, Asst. Principal Bertha Jones, and Technology Integration Specialist Connie Appelman. 

Governor Visits Paris
superintendent with governorgroup photo with governor 
Superintendent Ken Bicknell had the pleasure of welcoming Governor Matt Bevin to Paris! The Governor came to view the new Athletic Training Facility and was able to meet several members of the community along with several football players and staff. 

Welcome Back Students
teachers dance in gym 
 Paris Middle and High School students were welcomed back in a BIG way! The faculty and staff surprised them with a Flash Mob, dancing to "Don't Stop Believin'."

Town Hall Meeting
Chief Rob Williams and the Paris Police Department have released a statement about the next town hall meeting. It will be held in our Fine Arts Center on August 23rd. Please plan on coming to this event! Click here for the official press release.

Opening Day Luncheon
 All Paris teachers and staff gathered in the cafeteria for the official welcoming and opening day celebration. There were several awards given out, and Mr. Bicknell recognized the new teachers in the district, as well as our retired teachers. There were also other speakers from within the district to pass along information. You can see more pictures on the district Facebook page, as well as in the Bourbon County Citizen in the next few weeks.

Superintendent Welcomes All Teachers
Day 2 of training continues with Deeper Learning for all Paris Teachers. Mr. Bicknell opened the morning by welcoming everyone and encouraging creative thinking.

Teachers in Training

Elementary Teachers in top photo are being trained by Lisa King in Guided Reading and Writing.
Pictured below are middle and high school teachers listening to principal Jami Dailey during professional learning.


Open Letter from the Principal
Parents of Middle and High School students will be receiving a welcome letter from Mrs. Dailey. To view the letter now, Click Here.

Elementary Teachers Take to the Streets


Several PES staff members packed up and pulled their little red wagons around town last week. They went to visit students at several apartment complexes, daycares, and the YMCA and passed out books, popsicles, and toothbrushes.


Board Welcomes Superintendent
New Superintendent, Ken Bicknell was presented with "Paris Pride" gifts after his first Board Meeting. Pictured are board members: Ricky Johnson, Janice Shepherd, Mr. Bicknell, Bruce McDonald, and Sharon Fields.

Back to School Events
Mark your calendars! Open House for Paris Middle and High School will be Monday, August 15th at 6:00, followed by the Big Orange Preview at 7:00! Paris Elementary will host their back to school night on Tuesday, August 16th, from 5:30-7:00.

New Dress Code Approved
On June 30, 2016 the Paris City School Board approved a new student dress code for the 2016-2017 school year! To view the new dress code click here.

Paris Holds Commencement Exercises
  Paris High School held its 119th Commencement Exercises on Thursday, May 26, 2016 graduating 44 seniors. The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr. Megan May, Paris High School Class of 1993.  Dr. May currently serves as an Orthopaedic Surgeon at Texas Children's Hospital and Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine.

Paris Announces New Superintendent
  Please join Paris Schools in welcoming our new Superintendent, Ken Bicknell.  Mr. Bicknell is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education (middle school science and English).  He also has Masters of Arts degrees in School Guidance Counseling and School Administration. He is currently serving as an Educational Recovery Leader for the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE).  Mr. Bicknell is in his twenty- fourth year of education.  Click here to read Mr. Bicknell's complete biography.

Paris High School Announces New Girls' Basketball Coach

  Paris High School is excited to announce the selection of Aaron Speakes as the girls’ basketball coach. Mr. Speakes has served as the Paris girls’ middle school head coach, assistant for Coach Cary Barr, assistant to Coach Terence Brooks, and as an AAU coach for the Central Kentucky Storm. Click here for the complete story.

"Helping Hounds" Volunteer Program is Great Success

With twenty-seven community volunteers making a commitment to Paris Elementary students, the "Helping Hounds" Volunteer Program was a great success.  Please click here to view the newspaper article published in the April 6th edition of The Bourbon County Citizen.

Paris Alum Bill Arnsparger Honored
The family of PHS Alumnus and NFL Coach Bill Arnsparger assembled at Paris High School on Friday, March 25 where they were presented a copy of the Congressional Record Entry submitted by Congressman Andy Barr  honoring Arnsparger's life.  Paris alum Bill Alverson introduced Barr to begin the presentation.  Those in attendance included Paris alumni, Paris administration, members of the PHS Class of '16 and local dignitaries.  Click here for completed coverage of the event published in The Bourbon County Citizen.    

Interested in Hosting Foreign Exchange Students?
Have you ever considered hosting a high school student from another country? Applications are now arriving for the 2016-17 school year for the Educational and Cultural Exchange Program (ECEP)!  Please click on the links posted here for more information.  ECEP Informational Flyer  ECEP Promotion 

High Expectations for Students
Paris Independent Schools has a long history of providing an excellent education for the children of Paris. Our goal is for all students to graduate with a strong foundation in education as well as life-long appreciation of learning. All Paris schools meet the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Paris High School has been accredited since 1915. All teachers have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited program as required by state law. The majority of our staff have master degrees or above.