School News May 2016

2016 Reading Fair Winners


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Whitley City Elementary 6th grade held their annual Reading Fair a couple of weeks ago.  There were some great entries turned in this year!  Pictured are the 2016 Reading Fair Winners.

Whitley City Elementary School 5th grade hosted a Reading Fair last week in Mr. Mason’s classes.  Pictured are the 2016 Reading Bookfair winners. 1st Jaelynn King, 2nd Cayden Rowe, 3rd Raylee Strunk, 4th Kyley Mitchell, and 5th place Ally Sullivan.

P.K.P.S Performs

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Pine Knot Primary performs song and dance for Pine Knot Intermediate on May 9.

Fitbit at PKP

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Pine Knot Primary 2nd graders compare steps and heart rate using fitbits in P.E. class. (Top L-R) Kristen Perry, Brauck Strunk (Bottom L-R) Madison Worley, Makenna Hamlin, Raylee Wilson.


Somerset, Ky (May 17, 2016) – Students graduating from high school in 2016 and planning to attend Somerset Community College (SCC) in the fall, as well as adults who have a high school diploma or GED, have the opportunity to brush up on reading skills and earn a college credit for free this summer.

Somerset Community College is offering a special summer session June 6 through June 17 with classes being held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The classes will be held on the SCC Somerset Campus.  Classes are completely free and will focus on two areas – reading and general college preparedness.  There is a limit to the number of students and applications must be submitted prior to June 1, 2016.

The session, called “Jump Start,” is part of the Emerging Scholars Program.  The goal of the program is to focus on improving reading scores while also completing general strategies for academic success class, which will give participants one college credit hour for their transcript.

Students in the class will have the opportunity to gain confidence in college-level reading, discover campus resources, make new friends, get to know staff and faculty, participate in one-on-one mentoring and tutoring and preregister for fall classes.

To find out more or apply, contact Dorothy Phillips, Student Support Services Director at (606) 451-6816, Marci Randall, reading instructor, at (606) 451-6875 or Kim Toby at (606) 451-6658.

The Emerging Scholars Program is being co-sponsored by Transitional Education and Student Support Services at SCC.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell counties. For admission and program information, visit our website 

PKI presented with State Capital flag

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Donna Baker McClure presenting Mr. Smith and students with flag that was flown over The United States Capital and presented to Pine Knot Intermediate School at the request of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

P.E. at P.K.P.S.

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P.K.P.S learns about dance cultures and body organs in P. E. class.

P.K.P.S Art

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P.K.P.S. students tye-dye shirts in Art Class.

McCreary County Middle School students have been named 2016 Rogers Explorers

McCreary County Middle School students Laura Hamlin, Amber Bryant, and Emily Bryant have been selected to attend The Center for Rural Development’s 2016 Rogers Explorers youth leadership program.

Rogers Explorers is open to eighth-grade middle school students in Southern and Eastern Kentucky who have a strong interest in developing their skills in leadership, technology, math, science, and community service.

One hundred and eighty-two students—the largest class ever—will converge on the campuses of six Kentucky colleges and universities this summer for the Rogers Explorers program.

“Rogers Explorers gives students a one-of-a-kind learning experience to explore different career opportunities and possible career paths in the fields of math, science, and technology,” said Delaney Stephens, community liaison and youth programs coordinator for The Center. “The program also encourages creative thinking and teamwork and builds leadership skills as the region’s next generation of leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Rogers Explorers is presented by The Center for Rural Development in partnership with Lindsey Wilson College, University of the Cumberlands, Eastern Kentucky University, Morehead State University, Asbury University, and the University of Pikeville.

Students spend three days and two nights on one of these leading Kentucky college campuses, where experts guide them through hands-on assignments, all of which encourages participants to build their math, science, and technology skills. The program is provided tuition-free to eligible students within The Center’s 45-county primary service area.

For more information about Rogers Explorers, call The Center at 606-677-6000, email, or visit Follow Rogers Explorers on Facebook to keep up with the latest news on the summer camps.

Mobile Dairy at PKI

Mobile Dairy at PKI 2016

by Kristen Phillips

The students at Pine Knot Intermediate were excited to learn about how milk is processed and ends up on their table. The Southwest Dairy Mobil Classroom operates in an educational and promotional capacity for the dairy industry. It provides the public with factual information about milk production, nutrition, and dairy products, helping to enhance the image of the dairyman. Dairy farmers direct and fund all activities in that effort. The students had a great time and learned beneficial information about the Dairy Farm Production.

Scavenger hunt at McCreary County Middle School

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On May 3rd the McCreary County Middle Algebra 1 students completed a scavenger hunt in the front lobby. The scavenger hunt was covered linear inequalities. In the scavenger hunt the students had partners and set of partners started at their own individual problem, correctly graphing the problem led them to their next problem. The students completed the scavenger hunt once they correctly finished all 16 problems and started back where they began.


Top 3 Girl Scout Cookie Sellers for 2016


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Left to Right: Brianna Gibson, 1st place - 601 boxes; Saralyn King, 3rd place - 300 boxes; Josie Stephens. 2nd place - 315 boxes. Thank you for your support of McCreary County Girl Scouts.

100th Anniversary

5K 2

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More than 80 cadets and 20 civilians participated in the 5K run Saturday to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Reserve Officer Training Corps.


State Forestry Competition


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The MCHS Forestry Team, Tayshon Yancey, Shane Meadows, Timmy Perry, Colby King and Advisor Cameron Lee, recently took part in the State Forestry Competition. Yancey placed first individually, and Meadows placed third. The team will go on to compete in Indianapolis in October for the National Competition.


Photo by Greg Bird

U.S. Air Force Colonel Danny Davis, a McCreary County native, visited McCreary Central High School Monday as part of a recruiting trip. Col. Davis spoke with cadets from the Jr. ROTC and presented Principal Sharon Privett with a certificate of appreciation.

Lights Out

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Travis Freeman author of Lights Out and movie 23 Blast which tells his inspirational story, visited Whitley City Elementary to speak to the students about his story and how it is important to chase your dreams without ever giving up.

Head Start had a busy month in April

science fair

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The McCreary County Head Start hosted a Science Fair for the community on 4-1-16. The children made and displayed several activities.

South KY Pest Solutions came by to talk with the Head Start children about different types of bugs. A special thank you to Lonnie Poynter & Stephanie Meadows.

The children from the Head Start toured the Whitley Elementary School and the Pine Knot Primary School to get familiar with the school they will be attending for the upcoming school year. A special thank you to the staff at each school.

vet trip

The Head Start children got to tour the Veterinary Center of Somerset. Thank you Dr. Tim VanDerPloeg for showing us your facility.