Unity Day for Bullying Prevention

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. If you, or someone you know, is a victim of bullying please report it by using our bully hotline number: 859-588-8081.

Harrison County Schools also provide an online reporting method found on our district’s website called S.T.O.P. (Safety Tipline/Online Prevention).

You can also show your support for anti-bullying by wearing ORANGE on Unity Day, Wednesday, October 22, 2014.

The Kentucky Department of Education provides resources on the topic of bullying. Please use the link below for more information:







Harrison County Schools

Blue Ribbon Day

April 2, 2014


The Blue Ribbon Story…

In the spring of 1989, a Chesapeake grandmother began what was to become the Blue Ribbon Campaign. It was a testimonial to her 3 year old grandson, who was murdered by his mother’s abusive boyfriend. Bonnie Finney was the grandmother whose misgivings about the way her grandchildren were being treated were confirmed in the most tragic way. She spoke to a Richmond newspaper reporter about her feelings. “One day I was just thinking about all the bruises I had seen on my grandchildren. I just decided I was going to tie a blue ribbon on my van. Why blue? I intend never to forget the battered, bruised bodies of my grandchildren. Blue serves as a constant reminder to me to fight for protection for our children.�

Harrison County students and staff will wear blue ribbon stickers on Wednesday, April 2nd, to show support of families and children who have suffered from child abuse in our community.


January is school board recognition month in Kentucky. The Harrison County School District wishes to extend a heartfelt “thank you� to our dedicated school board members. These individuals work tirelessly for the students of Harrison County, and we appreciate all they do for Harrison County Schools!

Our thanks go out to:





  • Create a safe and orderly climate where students and teachers can  learn
  • Focus on and make decisions that best serve our students and community
  • Continual progress toward our objectives through appropriate plans and actions
  • Lead by exemplary teamwork and positive relationships
  • Prepare for (i.e. seek answers in advance) and contribute to our discussion, deliberations, and oversight responsibilities
  • Seek and share understanding
  • Agree to disagree agreeably
  • Address potential conflict efficiently and effectively
  • Delegate implementation
  • Recognize achievement
  • Recognize and strive to meet the needs of Harrison County Schools’ diversified population
  • Respectfully remind each other of these commitments as appropriate


“School board members are the dedicated few who you elected, or appointed, to represent your community’s values and thinking about public education in your community. The bottom line for these individuals is keeping alive the dream of public education for every child and making sure students achieve and succeed!â€?

– National School Board Association



The National School Board Association initiated National School Board Recognition Month in 1995 when its Delegate Assembly adopted a resolution for school board recognition month. States followed suit by dedicating a time of the year to recognize the contributions of local board members.

NSBA knows that school boards are — and should be recognized as — a proud heritage of our country. School boards are democracy in action!


Quick History on School Boards

In 1721, local government authorities in Boston delegated part of their control over schools to lay citizens. Why? In a nutshell, the town selectmen were burdened with the details of education as defined by the Massachusetts Laws of 1642 (establishing the right of the government to demand universal and literacy) and the Old Deluder Law of 1647 (establishing compulsory schools for the young).

In 1826 Massachusetts took the final step in the evolution of a district school board by ordering each town in the state to elect a separate school committee to have “the general charge and superintendence of all the public schools” of the town. This law marks the final transfer of educational functions from the selectmen to the new body, created specifically for administering public education in the towns.

Eight Characteristics of an Effective School Board

1. Effective school boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
2. Effective school boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
3. Effective school boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
4. Effective school boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
5. Effective boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
6. Effective school boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
7. Effective school boards lead as a united team with the superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
8. Effective school boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement efforts








Digital Citizenship & Internet Safety Month

According to the Norton Cyber Crime Report of 2011, 431 million adults worldwide were victims of cyber crime. The total cost of those crimes amounted to some $114 billion.

October is Digital Citizenship and Internet Safety Month. It is of the utmost importance to be responsible and diligent in internet use, and to protect yourself and your family while online.

Please see the following terms and tips from Melissa Shepard, Chief Information Officer for Harrison County Schools.


(1) Phishing – When an email is received from what seems to be a real business that asks for personal information. These are usually from people trying to steal your information for illegal reasons. They are “fishing� for information.

(2) Flaming – Sending a mean or hurtful email

(3) Social Networking – Communicating and sharing information between two or more individuals on an online community.

(4) Spambot – Used to collect email addresses for the future use of spamming. Spambots are also capable of automatically posting spam (irrelevant or inappropriate messages sent on the Internet to a large number of recipients) to guest books. One way to receive less spam is to not post your email address on a website, but instead spell it out like this: info-at-netlingo-dot-com, that way the spambot can’t pick up the usual @ and .com formula.

(5) Identity Theft – Occurs when someone steals or otherwise obtains and uses another person’s personal information, pretends to be that person online, and logs into that person’s accounts.

(6) Chain Emails – Emails that ask the recipient to forward the email on to multiple people. Many chain letter emails are hoaxes, and are often considered to be a security and privacy risk. They are considered spam.


(1) Delete any emails from people or companies that you don’t know. Do not forward these. If you receive an email asking for your private information, such as credit cared numbers, birth dates, social security numbers, bank account info, etc., do not fill these out. Also, do not send an email asking to be removed from the email list. This only assures the sender that they have reached an active email account. Delete immediately.

(2) If you receive an email that is strange, mean, or upsetting to you, do not respond. Email messages are very difficult to interpret. People have a tendency to “read between the lines,� and most of the time there is really nothing between the lines. Think before sending an email that could be interpreted the wrong way. Sometimes the spoken word is better than the typed word. Once typed and sent, the message cannot be erased.

(3) Be very selective in what you post on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, etc. Remember that once you post the information and it has been read or even shard by others, it cannot be erased.

(4) Be careful when someone offers you something for nothing, such as gifts or money. Remember, any offer that is “too good to be true� probably is. Don’t ever accept a gift or an offer that involves having someone visit your house.

(5) Never choose for your computer to “remember� your passwords for your online accounts, including email. If your computer remembers these for you, then others, including hackers, will have no problem accessing your accounts and could steal your information to use in various ways, such as identity theft. If you currently have saved passwords on your computer, these can be cleared in your browser privacy settings.

(6) Do not send chain letters to others through email. No chain emails are legitimate. Credible companies do not conduct their marketing in such a haphazard fashion. Sending them to 10 friends cannot bring you fortune or cause bad luck, and they will not make you rich.



October 9, 2013


Wear ORANGE to send a message of support to end bullying now!


Did you know….there is a bully hotline number for Harrison County Schools?

Please call or text (859) 588-8081 if you are a student that is being bullied, or if you have knowledge of someone else being bullied. Leave a message on the hotline explaining the details of the situation. You may remain anonymous if you wish. Your phone call is strictly confidential. All reports on the bully hotline will be addressed as thoroughly, and quickly, as possible.

The Kentucky Department of Education offers information and resources regarding bullying and harassment. Please check out the following:


Constitution Day

The Harrison County Board of Education meets the 4th Tuesday of each month for their regularly scheduled board meetings. The meetings are held in the Board Room at Central Office: 308 Webster Avenue

Please call (859) 234-7110 for more information.



CONSTITUTION DAY – September 17th

September 17th is Constitution Day.  From the Constitution Center…here are a few of the Top 20 questions asked by children regarding the Constitution:

  • What is the Constitution? The Constitution sets forth our form of government and describes how it is supposed to work.  Also, the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights, protects the rights and freedoms we enjoy every day.
  • How long did it take to create the Constitution? The Constitutional Convention lasted four months, from May 25 to September 17, 1787.
  • Who wrote the Bill of Rights and when was it added to the Constitution? The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison and was ratified on December 15, 1791.
  • How many delegates were there during the signing of the Constitution? During the signing there were 41 delegates present.  38 signed.  One delegate, George Read, also signed for John Dickinson who was home sick that day.  55 different men had been in Philadelphia over the course of the convention.
  • What was the average age of the delegates at the Constitutional Convention? The 39 signers of the Constitution varied in age.  The average age was 42 years old. The youngest signer of the Constitution was 26 year-old, Johnathan Dayton, of New Jersey.  The oldest signer was Benjamin Franklin at 81 years old.
  • Why haven’t we had a Constitutional Convention in recent years? The majority of people support the current Constitution.  It is difficult to amend the Constitution – it has only happened 27 times in the last 225 years.  To have another convention would take years and would be very disruptive.




The Kentucky State Parks are once again offering the Commonwealth Connection discount for all local, state, and federal employees and retirees for 2013-2014.  The Kentucky State Parks  offer more than 250 miles of hiking trails, wildlife viewing, golf, and other outdoor adventure.

Take advantage of the Kentucky State Parks’ Commonwealth Connection program which offers you reduced rates on lodge rooms and cottages at 17 resort parks.  Offer is good from November 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014.  The rates for 11 resorts and the cottages at John James Audubon State Park are:

Lodge Room – $44.95

1BR Cottage – $74.95

2BR Cottage – $84.95

3BR Cottage – $94.95

Add $5 to the above rates to enjoy a getaway at these remaining resort parks: Barren River, Cumberland Falls, Kentucky Dam Village, Lake Barkley, Lake Cumberland, or Natural Bridge State Resort Parks. Applicable taxes will apply.  May exclude park special event weekends and holidays.

Make your reservations online at www.parks.ky.gov and use the promo code “CC13″. Proof of employment/School ID may be required at check-in. Individual park numbers can be found online, or call 1-800-255-7275.  Be sure to mention the “Commonwealth Connection” to receive your special rate!





Welcome to the 2013-2014 School Year

A new school year has arrived! Here at Central Office we are ready and willing to support our students, staff, parents, and community partners as we dive into the 2013-2014 school year.  We are open from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Please contact us at 859-234-7110 if we can ever be of assistance to you.


Did you knowHarrison County Schools has a current enrollment of 3,030 students

Did you knowThis is the second year for Harrison County Schools’ Preschool Program. Last year in August there were 62 students enrolled in preschool, and this year there are 80 students enrolled with 9 on a waiting list.

Did you knowOur technology department is in the process of upgrading the district’s library management system which will provide more digital content and allow our students to access the library from home. This upgrade should be in place by September 17th.


Ms. Jennifer Burgan, HCHS Science Teacher

In addition to being a Science teacher for Harrison County High School, Mrs. Jennifer Burgan is a supervisor for the Harrison County Soil and Water Conservation District. Ms. Burgan also holds a BS in Agronomy and Natural Resources, and says she enjoys serving on the board because it is a way she can give back to her community.

The Harrison County Conservation District awarded her as the local Teacher of the Year, and submitted an application for the state award, which she also received! At the 2013 KACD Annual Convention held in Bowling Green, KY, Ms. Burgan received a beautiful plaque and a check for $100 for this amazing accomplishment.

One of Ms. Burgan’s current, ongoing projects is the Beaver Creek Restoration Project in Harrison County.  The Ohio River Foundation received a $100,000 grant to restore the flow and habitat of Beaver Creek.  The project includes removing the low-water crossing and replacing it with a free-standing bridge.  Mrs. Burgan takes her students out to the site periodically throughout the year, and conducts pre and post water quality assessments above and below the current roadway. The assessments include chemistry tests, identifying aquatic macro invertebrates, habitat assessment, and seining fish.  This project was featured as Hero for a Day by the Field & Stream Magazine.  Videos and pictures can be viewed at this website: http://www.fieldandstream.com/hero-for-a-day/kentucky. The Harrison County School District is so proud of the way Jennifer Burgan incorporates conservation stewardship into the education of her students.

(Ms. Jennifer Burgan is married to fellow HCHS teacher, Mr. Kurt Burgan, and they have three daughters.  They reside on a farm in Cynthiana, and are actively involved in their community.)



Amy Coleman – HCHS Highlights for the Week of August 26, 2013 at HCHS.



Scholarship Info

For recipients of renewable scholarships, please be aware that Pearl Renaker Miller scholarship applications are due May 1, 2013.  If you are a prior recipient of a McMurty scholarship, those applications are due June 1, 2013.  The Cox scholarship will not be available for the 2013-2014 school year.

You may pick up and drop off the applications to the Board of Education, 308 Webster Avenue, Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. You also have the option to download a copy of the scholarships and their guidelines. They are uploaded on our blog for your convenience.

Please review the Scholarship Guides for each application to be sure that you are aware of all deadlines and responsibilities in order for your scholarship(s) to continue. Please remember to submit verification of your full-time enrollment as a college student and a transcript indicating your cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 or better. If you have not received your current semester’s grades or your upcoming semester’s schedule by May 1st, you should still turn in your application by the deadline. You may bring your transcript and schedule with you when you come to pick up your check in August. Checks are made out to the college and no checks will be released without a current transcript and schedule.

Please contact Dana Waits at 234-7110 if you have any questions or if there are changes in your university information (transfers, etc.). We look forward to receiving your application.

Pearl Renaker Miller Application

McMurtry Scholarship Application-1