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BGISD Adds S.T.O.P. Tipline STOP Tipline

New for 2018-19, BGISD is partnering with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to provide a S.T.O.P. Tipline reporting tool.

How the STOP Tipline works:
Click the link under RESOURCES on the district website. Choose whether you want to submit a tip about 1) bullying, 2) violence or 3) other risky behaviors (i.e. alcohol, drugs, self-harm, sexual abuse or theft, etc...). Next, fill-in the check boxes and explain then click submit.

Summer Meals Program: May 29 - July 27

Bowling Green City School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. Meals will be provided, at a first come, first serve basis, at the sites and times as follows:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM BGPD

Earlier today the Bowling Green Police Department contacted the Bowling Green Independent Schools to seek their assistance in communicating information to families about a possible crime potentially involving multiple student victims. 

Superintendent Fields Statement Regarding End of 2018 Legislative Session

Superintendent Gary Fields has been in communication with local legislators, school superintendents, as well as the faculty and staff throughout the 2018 General Assembly. As the session ends, concern remains regarding education funding and state pensions, and there is an interest by many Kentucky educators to travel to Frankfort for the last two days of the session. Bowling Green City Schools plan to send a small delegation of employees to Frankfort tomorrow, April 13, to represent the district, and our schools remain in session. Click to view emails from Superintendent Fields sent to faculty and staff that provide more explanation. 

Hall of Honor 2018 to be held April 28

Six graduates of Bowling Green High School will be recognized Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the 27th Annual Hall of Honor Dinner. Class of 2018 Hall of Honor inductees include (BGHS year of graduation noted in parentheses): Rosalind Stuart Spillman (1965), Jay D. Eversole (1967), Michael Collins (1969), Robert “Bobby” Fuller Rabold (1972), John Geary Deeb (1975), and Cynthia Jones West (1981).

Celebrating Gifted Education Month

As February and Gifted Education month comes to a close, some of our students have written what Gifted Education means to them. Click here to view their words in Slides.

Five Teachers Earn National Board Certification or Certification Renewal

Five Bowling Green Independent School District teachers have earned National Board Certification (NBCT) or renewal this school year. Elizabeth “Lizzie” Correa Brown of Dishman McGinnis Elementary, and Megan Hall, Potter Gray Elementary have earned the National Board distinction for the first time. Laurel Brooks, Dishman McGinnis, Cheri Chaney, Dishman McGinnis, and Sarah Wilder of McNeill Elementary have earned renewal of their NBCT status.

Update from Superintendent Gary Fields

Good afternoon,

I’d like to give you an update on the situation at Bowling Green High School. As I shared last night, school officials contacted the Bowling Green Police Department after being notified of a potential threat circulating on social media. School officials and BGPD have determined there is no evidence of a threat to students or employees at BGHS.

The safety of our students and employees is always a priority and all concerns are thoroughly investigated. However, it is important to remember that contacting a school administrator, counselor, teacher, coach, staff member or directly contacting the Bowling Green Police Department are among the most appropriate ways to share concerns about issues at school. School officials will always investigate and will also work to keep our community as informed as possible. However, federal law does protect the confidentiality and educational records of all children, which includes class schedules, transcripts, and disciplinary records.

Click to view direct contacts by school, the district office, and the Bowling Green Police Department if you have questions or concerns now, or in the future.

Sincerely,

Gary Fields

Important Message from Superintendent Fields

January 29, 2018

Dear Parents & Guardians,

There are several messages circulating tonight through text and social media regarding an altercation that occurred at Bowling Green High School today and a potential threat to BGHS tomorrow. We are aware of the messages and are working with the Bowling Green Police Department to investigate any and all concerns. At this time, there is no evidence of a credible threat, however, as a precaution, additional BGPD officers will be at BGHS in the morning and throughout the day tomorrow, Tuesday, January 30.

Sincerely,

Gary Fields
Superintendent

Did you receive a text on January 12? Two steps to receive text message alerts.

Bowling Green City Schools attempted to send a text and an email to all parents/guardians and employees at 5:25 a.m. on January 12, to notify of the school cancellation. Our notification system, SchoolMessenger requires a two-step process for individuals to receive text messages. First, BGISD must have parent/guardian and employee mobile phone numbers in the student database, Infinite Campus. Second, individuals must subscribe to SchoolMessenger texts by texting the word subscribe to 68453. If you have completed both steps of the process and did not receive a text on January 12, please submit your name and we will research the problem. Please know we are continually working to provide timely information regarding school-related issues to all stakeholders.

Hall of Honor: Applications Available Online

The Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor has recognized distinguished graduates since 1992. Honorees include doctors, athletes, community advocates, architects, military personnel, engineers and more. Each member recognized for their outstanding contributions in both personal and professional lives. Many outstanding graduates have yet to be nominated. Is there one or more in your class? If so, nomination forms and more information are available online by clicking here.

BGHS Student Performances on Local TV

Bowling Green High School musicians will have performances replayed on local television several times this holiday season. Local Cable Channel 195 will show Concerts at the Courthouse featuring the Bellissima and A Cappella choirs through December 25 and WBKO will air A Hometown Christmas Special on December 24th and 25th, including music from the annual PTO Concert.

Quarles Commends Bowling Green Schools for Reaching Kentucky Proud Milestone

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles today congratulated Bowling Green Independent Schools for becoming the first school system in Kentucky Proud history to reach the $36,000 lifetime cap on state reimbursements for local food purchases.

BGHS Medical Arts Academy Recognized for Business Partnerships Medical Arts Academy Logo

The Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce honored 20 businesses with awards Tuesday night, October 24th, at the annual Targeted Business and Industry Banquet. The 2017 Business-Education Partnership Award was awarded to Bowling Green High School, Med Center Health and TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital for their work on the Bowling Green High School Medical Arts Academy.

2018-19 School Calendar Survey

The District Calendar Committee would like your opinions to assist with developing a 2018-19 school calendar. This survey is the first step in the process. A calendar recommendation will be presented for a first reading at the Board of Education on November 13. The calendar will be approved at the December Board of Education meeting, December 11th. 

Please complete this survey by October 27, 2017. 

McKenzi Loid Memorial Internship Offers New Opportunities

A public relations internship at Bowling Green High School is now available for WKU PR students through a private donation in memory of BGHS and WKU PR alumna McKenzi Loid. The interns, one each fall and spring semester, will work at Bowling Green High School with the BGHS Journalism Department with the goal of expanding the program to include public relations principles, as well as providing hands-on professional experience to a future PR professional.

BGHS Construction: Schematic Designs Approved BGHS Schematic Design 2017

Ross Tarrant Architects presented schematic designs to the Bowling Green Board of Education on Monday, October 9, 2017. The computer renderings of the two-phase project include large open spaces and natural light inside the building, and a column design, plus purple-tinted brick on the exterior. 

Ross Tarrant Design Plans

2016-17 Public School Assessment Results Available

The Kentucky Department of Education has released assessment and accountability data from the 2016-17 school year through school and district report cards, located at http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/. Individual student results will be shared with parents & guardians after fall break.

Update on BGJHS from Superintendent Fields

Superintendent Gary Fields has sent the following message to faculty, staff and BGJHS parents and guardians as an update to the post about Bowling Green Junior High circulating on social media.

BGHS Celebrates Opening of Medical Arts Academy

Students, faculty, community partners, and elected officials met Friday, September 15, to celebrate the opening of the Bowling Green High School Medical Arts Academy. The mission of the new academy is to develop the next generation of health and fire science professionals, preparing them to implement high-quality and evidence-based care.

Four BGHS Students Named 2018 National Merit Semifinalists Peter Guthrie, Mini Ganesh, Ann Hines, and Hayden Crosby

Officials from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) have announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 63rd annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Four students from Bowling Green High School have received this recognition: Hayden Crosby, Rukmini Ganesh, Peter Guthrie, and Ann Hines.

Districts Notified of Changes in School Finance

In 24 hours, Kentucky public schools have been notified of two significant issues regarding school district finance. Superintendent Gary Fields emailed all employees on September 8, regarding the potential impact to Bowling Green Independent Schools.

Purple Spirit Week: September 11 - 15, 2017

Monday, September 11, Patriot Day: Wear red, white, and blue
Tropical Tuesday, September 12: Beachy and bright (dress codes apply)
Jersey Day Wednesday, September 13: Wear your favorite team jersey
#TBT September 14: Choose a style from a different decade
PURPLE AND GOLD FRIDAY, September 15.

Login to IC Portal to Complete Online Registration Online Registration available now on IC Portal.

Parents and guardians of students in the Bowling Green Independent School District have the opportunity to complete most “back-to-school” paperwork online. Online registration is provided through Infinite Campus Parent Portal and eliminates the need for paper forms such as the annual enrollment form, school/district field trip permission, release agreements, etc.

BGISD In Session August 21 Total Eclipse August 21

On Monday, August 21, 2017, our school district will be in the path of the total solar eclipse. Schools will be in session for this rare, exciting event and have planned viewing opportunities for students to experience the eclipse during the school day.

2nd Opportunity High School Begins September 5

The Bowling Green City Schools Second Opportunity High School will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School beginning September 5, for the fall semester. The courses are an opportunity for individuals over 18 years old to complete a high school diploma.

BGHS to Pilot Pre-Apprenticeship IT Program

Bowling Green High School is making plans to offer a pre-apprenticeship program in information technology next year. The pilot program, one of 21 in Kentucky will be provided through Interapt, an award-winning technology firm that focuses on workforce engagement and social impact through technology training and mobile software development.

Kindergarten & Preschool Pre-Registration Scheduled

Families of students entering preschool or kindergarten in the fall of 2018 may pre-register April 16-20, at their home or preferred elementary school. Kindergarten students must be five years old by August 1, 2018, and preschool students must be four years old and meet income guidelines or three or four years old with developmental delays or disabilities.

Congratulations Class of 2018!

The Bowling Green High School Class of 2018 includes 275 graduates, with 85 honor graduates and four National Merit Finalists. The class has earned over 45 industry certifications, $4.99 million in scholarship offers, plan to attend 37 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military. Congratulations, Class of 2018! 

Lighthouse Status is the CHERRY on Top! Lighthouse School Seal

Bowling Green Independent Schools ended another successful school year on May 23rd, and celebrated T. C. Cherry Elementary School earning Lighthouse Status. This recognition was made because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.  

New Kentucky Immunization Requirements for 2018-2019 New Immunization Requirement for 2018-2019

An amendment to the Kentucky Administrative Regulation added new immunization requirements beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Effective July 1, 2018, ALL students in kindergarten through 12th grade must show proof of having received two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine and students 16 or older must show proof of having received two doses of Meningococcal ACWY (MenACWY) to attend school.

BGISD Back-to-School Events! Back to School: First Day for Students August 9

Click to view the most current list of Back-to-School events for Bowling Green City Schools. The first day for students will be August 9, 2017

Calvin Head Hired as Girls Basketball Coach Calvin Head, Lady Purples Head Coach

Bowling Green High School has hired Calvin Head to lead the Lady Purples Basketball Team. Head is a special education teacher in the school’s LEAD Academy and also serves as Assistant Athletic Director.

Eighth Grade Students Participate in SCK LAUNCH Experience at BGHS SCK LAUNCH Experience Logo

More than 3,000 students and educators participated in SCK LAUNCH Experience, a hands-on career expo for 8th graders held each year in Bowling Green on November 16th. In this second year of the event, attendance numbers have nearly doubled as the event has expanded from Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Schools to include 11 of 14 districts in South Central Kentucky as well as Adair County and two local private schools.  In 2016, the event was hosted by 38 business partners and welcomed over 1,700 students. 2017’s event includes 43 business partners and more than 2,800 students.   

2018-2019 School Calendar Approved

The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the 2018-2019 Academic Calendar at the December 11, 2017, monthly meeting. Click here to view the complete calendar.

BGISD to Make Up Days Missed 2017-18 Calendar Edited February 5

BGISD will be in session February 19, March 15, and March 16 to make up days missed for snow.

Purples Football Coach Wallace Resigns Kevin Wallace (Photo by Paul Gray)

Bowling Green High School Head Football Coach Kevin Wallace met with members of the team today, February 5, 2018, to share his intent to resign as coach of the Purples. Wallace has led the Bowling Green team since 1996 with a record of 254-41, including five 5A State Championships (2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016).

Vaughn and Widener to Assist BGISD Foundation, Inc.

The Bowling Green Board of Education has hired two individuals to support the BGISD Foundation, Inc. Jonathan Vaughn and Craig Widener will be working to coordinate the annual Hall of Honor banquet at Bowling Green High School as well as social and reunion opportunities for former BGISD students and supporters. Both individuals will assist the Foundation in addition to responsibilities as teachers at Bowling Green High School.

iHQ: Where Gifted Minds Explore iHQ Logo

Innovation Headquarters or iHQ begins in Bowling Green City Schools on Friday, August 25th. iHQ brings together 5th grade students identified as gifted and talented from all five of the Bowling Green elementary schools.

Class of 2018 ACT Scores Surpass School Averages

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2018 state assessment. As juniors, the 255 students scored an average composite score of 21.3, the highest for BGHS since all juniors began taking the exam in 2008. The students scores also surpassed state averages in all content areas.

BGHS Selects Mark Spader to Lead Purples Football Mark Spader

Mark Spader has been named the Head Coach of the Bowling Green High School Football Team. Principal William King made the announcement at a press conference on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Spader, the Defensive Coordinator for Purples Football, takes over the program following Kevin Wallace’s resignation last month.

Elisa Beth Brown Named Director of Instructional Programs

Superintendent Gary Fields has announced Elisa Beth Brown as the next Director of Instructional Programs for Bowling Green Independent Schools. She will begin responsibilities at the district office July 2, 2018, assuming many duties of Jennifer Davis, who will retire, effective June 30th.

BGHS Groundbreaking Scheduled: May 21st

Bowling Green Independent Schools will break ground on a new Bowling Green High School, Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10:45 a.m. The ceremony signals the beginning of a complete rebuild of the district’s only high school, which will occur over several years and two phases of construction. Alumni and friends are invited to join with Board of Education members, BGHS and district administration, faculty and student representatives to celebrate the future home of the Purples.

Fifteen BGJHS Students Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Fifteen 7th graders have earned ACT scores that rival or surpass high school juniors or seniors and have received recognition by the Duke Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). These academically talented students from Bowling Green Junior High took the ACT College Entrance Exam earlier this year sitting alongside older peers

BGISD is Building Preschool Space at T.C. Cherry Preschool building at TC Cherry

The Itty Bitty Purples will soon be under the same roof at T. C. Cherry Elementary School. Beginning in August 2018, all three and four-year-old students will attend morning or afternoon sessions, with transportation provided by Bowling Green City Schools.

Construction Budget Approved for Phase One of New BGHS

The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the first step in the Bowling Green High School construction process on August 14, 2017, budgeting $27.8 million for the first of a two-phase project. The school, with the exception of the arena will be completely rebuilt over the next several years.

Jones Receives Diploma 66 Years After Leaving BGHS Grover Jones presented diploma July 10, 2017.

Grover Jones left Bowling Green High School in 1951 to join the Army and never received his diploma. A lifelong supporter of the school district and Purples athletics, he was presented a diploma at the Board of Education meeting on July 10, 2017.

Pre-Register for Preschool!

The first day of school for Itty Bitty Purples is August 21, 2017. Pre-register today by completing this form. Eligibility Requirements include:
1. Family must live in the city school district
2. Child must be 4 years old by August 1st
3. Family must meet income guidelines
4. Child is 3 or 4 years old with an IEP

BGISD Holiday Open House

Bowling Green Independent Schools and Superintendent Gary Fields invite employees, parents, guardians, and community members to the annual Holiday Open House on December 12, 2017, from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the Professional Development and Learning Center, located at 503 Old Morgantown Road.

BGHS Annual Concert featuring the Band, Choir, & Orchestra BGHS Orchestra performs at the Holiday Concert 2017

Bowling Green High School's Annual Holiday Concert was held December 7, 2017, featuring the school's band, choir, and orchestra. The musicians performed at 9:00 a.m. for Bowling Green Junior High School students and at noon for the school district's fourth and fifth grade students from all five elementary schools. Local television station, WBKO recorded the concert to air December 24th and 25th at 10:00 p.m. 

BGISD Foundation, Inc. Provides Class Reunion Support

Each year, Bowling Green High School welcomes hundreds of alumni and friends back to campus to celebrate reunion milestones and the BGISD Foundation, Inc. is available to assist with planning those events. Reunion planners and coordinators from each class should submit a contact form (linked here) to receive information from BGHS specific to group needs.

Winter Weather Communication Two steps to receive text message alerts.

During the winter months, school officials keep a close watch on the weather. If the decision is made to delay or close school, our district will make every effort to notify parents, guardians, employees and the community as soon as possible. With few exceptions, the decision to delay or close school is made by 5:45 a.m., before buses begin morning routes.

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