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BGHS Adding Six to Hall of Honor

Six graduates of Bowling Green High School will be recognized Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the 26th Annual Hall of Honor Dinner. The Hall of Honor was established to recognize the outstanding achievements of Bowling Green High School graduates, distinguished in personal, civic, and professional careers and reflecting the highest values of service, community, and excellence. The Class of 2017 Hall of Honor inductees include Dr. Keely Jones (1988), Derrick Ray (1985), Cathy Meeks Bishop (1974), Dr. Kelly Elliott Kries (1989), John Pipes Gaines (1960), and Brad Odil (1982). Each will be introduced and recognized by Bowling Green Independent Schools Superintendent Gary Fields at the Hall of Honor dinner.

Kindergarten & Preschool Pre-Registration

Parents and guardians planning to enroll their child/children in one of the Bowling Green elementary schools for kindergarten or preschool may pick up an enrollment packet at the schools during the week of April 24 - 28, 2017. Families wishing to take a tour of the school should schedule an appointment.

2017-18 Non-Resident Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

Families living in Bowling Green and Warren County but outside the boundaries of the Bowling Green City School District may apply for their children to attend BGISD as non-resident students. An agreement between Warren County Public Schools and Bowling Green City Schools allows state funding per child for up to 690 non-resident students to attend BGISD for the 2017-18 school year. The deadline to apply is April 15, 2017. Click here for more information.

Skillern Inducted to Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Ron Skillern, Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame 2017

Bowling Green High School teacher, Ron Skillern is now a member of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Skillern is one of three chosen by the statewide selection committee; the other two individuals chosen include Opal T. Sibert of Laurel County and Joe Westerfield of Daviess County.

History Comes to Life at Wax Museum McNeill Wax Museum's Amelia Earhart

Third graders at W. R. McNeill presented the annual Wax Museum on March 2, 2017. Students researched famous people, wrote biographies, scripts, and prepared costumes to present their character for peers, parents, and community members. Click here to view a few of the famous people who came to life at the 2017 Wax Museum.

Join the LEAD Academy for "A Night to Remember" Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, speaks at BGHS.

As a partner with The Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Bowling Green High School Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy proudly invites the community to the conclusion of the Bearing Witness Project. On March 7, 2017, students will honor the victims, celebrate the survivors, and express our commitment to "Never Again!"  Never again will we be silent; never again will we be bystanders. Whether it is schoolhouse bullying or crimes against humanity, we have learned the power of voice and the devastation of silence. 

New Online Application System: Subscribe to Job Alerts

The Bowling Green Independent School District has implemented a new online application system to process applications for all job vacancies. Using the TalentEd Recruit & Hire system, prospective employees may sign up for Job Alerts to be notified of new job openings, then submit applications, including supporting documents and references online. BGISD will no longer accept paper applications. Learn more by visiting the Employment Opportunities page.

BGHS Among First to Receive Funding from Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee

(Feb. 1, 2017) - The Work Ready Skills Advisory Committee, formed to review and select proposals to elevate the Commonwealth’s workforce training capacity, awarded more than $65.5 million to 25 Kentucky projects on January 31st in its first round of funding. Bowling Green High School is among the recipients, awarded $77,520 to assist with opening a Medical Arts Career Academy in the fall of 2017.

Five Student Athletes Sign Letters of Intent Coach Kevin Wallace stand with players signing letters of intent

Congratulations to five BGHS seniors making the commitment to play college football next year. The five athletes participated in National Signing Day activities on Wednesday, February 1, 2017. Jamale Carothers signed a letter of intent to play at the United States Naval Academy, De'Angelo Wilson will play at Austin Peay State University, Chazz Tooley and Dalan Cofer will both continue their careers at Kentucky Wesleyan College, and Christian Hotchkiss will play at Iowa Western Community College.  Photos from BGHS National Signing Day

The Holocaust: Learning and Reflecting Holocaust survivor, Fred Gross, speaks at BGHS.

“A Night to Remember… Lest we forget.” LEAD Academy (Freshman) students at BGHS are learning about the Holocaust through art, literature, and personal stories. Fred Gross, author of One Step Ahead of Hitler visited Bowling Green High School Monday and Tuesday, January 30 and 31. He shared personal experiences as a young child fleeing France during its defeat and collaboration with the Nazis.

Message from Superintendent Gary Fields

Former BGHS teacher Wanda Faulkner has been indicted by the Warren County Grand Jury on the charge of theft by unlawful taking of property valued over $10,000. The allegations are related to her work with a statewide professional organization, not as an employee of Bowling Green City Schools.

Jamale Carothers Named Kentucky’s 2016 Mr. Football JCarothers2016

The Associated Press has named Jamale Carothers as the winner of Kentucky's 2016 Mr. Football award.  Kentucky's Mr. Football is voted on by members of the Associated Press and represents the naming of the best high school football player in Kentucky.  The presentation of this award began in 1986 and Carothers is the 8th running back to win Mr. Football and the first at that position since Deuce Finch (St. Xavier) in 2008.

Sen. Mike Wilson to hold Town Hall at BGJHS

State Senator Mike Wilson (R-Bowling Green) has announced a town hall discussion on February 6, regarding education and other priority issues relating to the 2017 Session. This event is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Bowling Green Junior High. It is intended for any current or former Kentucky educator or anyone who has a vested interest in Kentucky's educational system or the happenings of the Kentucky General Assembly. For any questions about this event or any other public policy issue, please call Senator Wilson tollfree at 1-800-372-7181. The Legislature’s work can be reviewed online at www.lrc.ky.gov. Click to read the press release from the Office of Sen. Wilson.

1-Hour Delay: January 6, 2017

Bowling Green City Schools will operate on a 1-hour delay on Friday, January 6, 2017.

Each One, Teach One Begins at PBC BGHS students mentor PBC 4th and 5th graders

Students from Bowling Green High School and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary kicked off the Each One Teach One mentoring program on Tuesday, November 29. The program matches former PBC students with 4th and 5th graders, now walking the same hallways they once traveled. The pairs met for 45-60 minutes during the first visit and completed an activity to share about themselves and future goals.

Skillern Selected for Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame Ron Skillern

Bowling Green High School teacher, Ron Skillern has been selected as a member of the ninth class of the Governor Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame. Skillern is one of three chosen by the statewide selection committee and will be inducted during a ceremony on March 8, 2017, in Frankfort.

STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME INFO Purples take the field November 4, 2016

The Bowling Green Purples will play in the KHSAA 5A Football State Championship game on Sunday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. Central Time at Houchens/L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University. Tickets will be sold for $10 each at Bowling Green High School during lunch on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Tickets may also be purchased online. The Purples will be the home team for the game, and fans will sit on the club side of the stadium.

Photo by Paul Gray


LEAD Academy Students Pledge C2G Class of 2020 members commit to graduate

The Class of 2020 is COMMITTED to graduate. The introductory C2G (Commitment to Graduate) ceremony was held at BGHS on Friday, October 28. Students learned about the importance of commitment and the support that C2G offers. The students signed a class banner, verbalized their commitment to administrators, and celebrated their commitment with a mock cap toss.

Students Learn About Local Manufacturing Opportunities BGHS students visit Kobe Aluminum

Student groups from Bowling Green High School recently visited Constellium and Kobe Aluminum Automotive Products to learn about the companies, take a plant tour and have conversations with human resources departments, specifically addressing important soft skills for the workplace.

Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy Opens at BGHS

The ribbon was cut on the Joseph Tinius LEAD Academy at Bowling Green High School on Wednesday, August 3. The LEAD Academy is structured as a school within a school on the second floor of BGHS. The name of the academy is an acronym formed with the words leadership, excellence, achievement and diversity.

Tinius Finishes 8th in National Speech Competition

Over Memorial Day Weekend, BGHS sophomore Chapel Tinius finished 8th in her first national speech tournament, hosted by the National Catholic Forensics League in Sacramento, California. Tinius participated in the Oratorical Declamation event, and delivered the memorized speech, "Wear Blue, Run to Remember." 

PBC Selects Jackson as Principal

The Parker-Bennett-Curry Principal Selection Committee voted Friday afternoon, May 27, to select Delvagus Jackson as their principal.

Class of 2016 Commencement held Sunday, May 22

Congratulations to the 302 graduates of Bowling Green High School’s Class of 2016. Collectively, they plan to enroll in 43 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military. To date, the class has been offered more than $7.8 million in scholarships.

PBC to Receive Laura Bush Library Grant

Mrs. Laura Bush has announced that more than $831,000 is being distributed to 130 school libraries from 30 states across the country through the 2016 library grants from The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries. Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary is one of three schools in Kentucky to receive the grant.

Students to be Recognized by Board of Education

Sixty-six students have earned state or national awards this spring and will be recognized by the Board of Education tonight, May 16, 2016. The students include W. R. McNeill's Odyssey of the Mind teams, BGJHS students earning recognition by the Duke Talent Identification Program, BGHS winners of the National Scholastic Art Competition, BGHS students who will attend the Gatton Academy next fall, those planning to attend Governor's Scholars and Governor's School for the Arts, and student winners from the state Student Technology Leadership Program. The meeting will be held in the Bowling Green Junior High School Auditorium and begin at 6:30 p.m. 

US Dept of Education Guidance for Supporting Transgender Students

All public schools in America received guidance on Friday, May 13, from the United States Department of Education regarding transgender students. Bowling Green Independent Schools does and will continue to comply with all local, state and federal laws and have reviewed the documents provided. Our schools strive to provide a safe and supportive learning environment, and through valued partnerships and communication with students and parents, BGISD will meet the educational, social, emotional, and privacy needs of all individuals learning and working in our facilities.

For school-specific questions or concerns, please contact school principals. For district-related questions, contact Superintendent Gary Fields, (270) 746-2200.

Parker-Bennett-Curry Principal Selection Committee Establishes Tentative Timeline

The Parker-Bennett-Curry Principal Selection Committee met on Tuesday, May 3, to begin the process of selecting the school’s next leader and to establish a tentative timeline.

Commissioner Pruitt Visits BGISD

Kentucky's Commissioner of Education, Dr. Stephen Pruitt spent time talking with students and staff at Bowling Green High School and Dishman McGinnis during an informal ?visit on Thursday, April 28. Click here to view photos.

Ten BGHS Alumni Added to Hall of Honor

The twenty-fifth annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 30, 2016, in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. An informal reception will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner served at 6:00 p.m. The program will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. Tickets to the event are $15 each and may be reserved by contacting Bettye Brown at (270) 843-9430 or Ann Dickey (270) 843-8358. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

BGISD Celebrates Two Schools Earning Lighthouse Status

Students at Dishman McGinnis and W. R. McNeill Elementary Schools were surprised with hallway parades on Monday, April 18th to celebrate newly-earned recognition as Lighthouse Schools! Becoming a Lighthouse School is due to outstanding results implementing The Leader in Me program.

Exploring the World through Google Expeditions

Students at W. R. McNeill Elementary visited locations all over the world on Wednesday, April 13, participating in Google Expeditions virtual field trips. Expeditions is a new product that allows teachers to immerse students in experiences that bring abstract concepts to life, giving students a deeper understanding of the world beyond the classroom.

BGISD Names Five Elementary Instructional Coaches

Bowling Green Independent Schools recently hired five Instructional Coaches to begin work in each of the five elementary schools this July. Responsibilities for the Instructional Coaches include observing instruction and providing feedback and assistance to classroom teachers, modeling effective teaching strategies, serving as each school’s RTI Coordinator, assisting with gifted and talented services, coordinating alignment of curriculum, managing the collection and analysis of assessment data, and consulting in the selection of instructional resources and materials.

21 BGJHS Students Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Earlier this year, 38 academically talented 7th graders at Bowling Green Junior High took the ACT College Entrance Exams through the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP). They sat for exams alongside college-bound high school juniors and seniors, and many earned scores that rival or surpass those earned by older students. Twenty-one BGJHS students have earned state or grand recognition based on their ACT scores and the national percentile rankings for high school juniors and seniors.

Pople Selected for Statewide Award

Good Morning Potter Gray included a special surprise on Friday, April 1. Principal Dr. Byron Darnall told students and staff that he believed there was a person at Potter Gray Elementary that makes everyone step back and be thankful for the way they handle themselves and perform every day. That person, Mr. Larry Pople, has been selected as a finalist for the statewide Fred Award, as awarded by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA).

PBC Receives $14,000 Grant from Snapdragon Book Foundation

Parker-Bennett-Curry is one of nine schools in America to receive a library grant from the Snapdragon Book Foundation. Grants ranging from $500 to over $15,000 have been awarded, including $14,000 to Parker-Bennett-Curry. At PBC the funding will be used for an initiative called, “Project PBC” and will provide books in the areas for which there are the most requests.

Online Registration Available Now!

Parents and guardians of BGISD students may now login and complete most “back-to-school” paperwork online through Infinite Campus Portal. Letters mailed to all households include instructions for creating new a Portal account using a personalized activation key if necessary. Parents/guardians may also choose to attend a scheduled school event where school personnel will be available to assist with online registration.

Spirit Week Planned for September 19 - 23

Bowling Green Independent School District will celebrate school spirit the week of September 19 - 23, 2016, concluding with BGHS Homecoming football game on Friday evening, September 23, at 7:00 p.m. The week will include opportunities for students preschool-12th grade, alumni, and friends to recognize the rich history and unique spirit known by the Bowling Green Purples.

Skillern Named 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Ron Skillern, 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education have named Ron Skillern of Bowling Green High School, the 2017 Kentucky High School Teacher of the Year, and overall 2017 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. 

View the 2017-18 School Calendar Options and Survey

The BGISD Calendar Committee is collecting opinions on the 2017-2018 calendar options. Please take a moment to review the two options on the link below and submit your preference. The survey will close at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 16.

2017 - 2018 School Calendar Survey

2017-18 School Calendar Approved

The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the 2017-18 academic calendar on Monday, December 12, 2016. The first day of school for students will be August 9, 2017. Fall break will be the first full week of October, and spring break the first full week of April. There will be two professional development days for employees on March 15 and 16, and the tentative last day for students on May 23, 2018.

Six Named 2017 National Merit® Finalists BGHS logo

Six seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. They will compete for more than 7,500 scholarships offered to National Merit Finalists.

BGHS students recognized as 2017 National Merit Finalists:
Anna Bachmann, daughter of Beate Bachmann;
Logan Bowen, son of Michael and Kim Bowen;
Seth Frank, son of Matthew and Sherry Frank;
Owen Harkins, son of Anthony and Tracy Harkins;
Veronica Johnson, daughter of Marvin and Patricia Beresford and Darren Johnson. Veronica is attending the Gatton Academy.
Karen Smith, daughter of Eric Smith and Laura Hagan.

Building Short Stories at McNeill Building a story with Legos

Using a box of Legos, pencil and paper, students in Ms. Hamilton's third grade class at W. R. McNeill worked with Mr. Jesse from the Warren County Public Library to develop a short story. Young writers assembled Legos a few at a time to create a setting, then a list of adjectives and finally wrote a short story to share with peers. Click here to view photos from the activity.

Kentucky's Great Statesman: Living History at McNeill George McGee portrays Henry Clay at McNeill Elementary.

A Kentuckian whose political genius made him one of the greatest statesmen of the 19th century lived again Wednesday at McNeill Elementary. The Kentucky Chautauqua presented George McGee in an interactive and compelling living history portrayal of Henry Clay (1777–1852) to fourth and fifth grade students.

2nd Opportunity High School Begins February 7

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 February 7, 2017, for the spring semester. The courses are an opportunity for individuals over 18 years old to complete a high school diploma.

80 Students Presented New Shoes and Socks DMES Jr. Beta Members assist preschool students with new shoes

Thanks to the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club and Independence Bank for the donation of shoes and socks, presented to 80 students at Dishman McGinnis on Wednesday, November 16.

Five BGISD Students in NJFL All-American Top 20

Five Bowling Green Junior High School students are among the National Junior Forensics League  (NJFL) 2015-2016 Middle School All-American Top 20 including: Darby Tassell, Truman Tinius, Leah Tabor, Nick Martin, and Ruthie Kesri. Of more than 12,000 NJFL students across the U.S. and several countries, the Top 20 have earned the most NJFL points for participation in forensics tournaments and speech-related service projects and also attended a National Speech and Debate Association tournament. 

BGHS to perform Charlotte's Web charlottes web production poster

Bowling Green High School is bringing the timeless classic tale of Charlotte’s Web to life for three public performances October 22nd and 23rd, at Bowling Green Junior High School. It will be the first fall play for the school in more than a decade.

Bus Safety Info Shared by Local Attorneys

Thanks to Warren County Attorney Amy Milliken and Lee Coleman of Hughes and Coleman for partnering to share important bus and traffic safety information with our local community. Stop means stop!

BGHS Names Franklin Softball Coach

Demont Franklin has been named the Bowling Green High School Lady Purples Softball Head Coach. Franklin has worked in the BGHS athletics department since 2002 and in the special education department since 2004. He has been an assistant football coach since 2002, was an assistant baseball coach in 2004 and has worked with the softball program since 2009.

PBC Mourns Loss of Student and Classmate

The Parker-Bennett-Curry school family continues to mourn the loss of a student and fifth grade classmate, Giselle Arias. She was involved in an accident on Wednesday, March 30, and died as a result of her injuries.

The funeral Mass for Giselle will be at 5 p.m. Sunday, April 3, in St. Joseph Catholic Church with visitation to follow. The burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery at 10 a.m. Monday.

Gural Named BGHS Soccer Coach

Bowling Green High School has named Scott Gural as the Boys Head Soccer Coach. The school hosted a press conference on Thursday, March 31, 2016, to make the announcement.

2016-17 Bus Route Information

Daily bus routes will be finalized after the first few weeks of school, however preliminary routes including schools, neighborhoods and streets served are available here. For incoming 6th and 9th graders, transition lists have been created to help determine which routes for the upcoming year based on the route ridden last year.

Tabor Finishes 5th at National Speech Tournament

Leah Tabor, who recently completed her 8th grade year at BGJHS, placed 5th Friday, in storytelling at the National Speech and Debate Association’s National Tournament in Salt Lake City.  Tabor performed “Daniel Boone on the Hunt” from the book Kentucky Folktales by Mary Hamilton. Tabor competed alongside four other Bowling Green students at the National Tournament: Truman Tinius, Darby Tassell, Nicholas Martin and Ruthie Kesri.

Classroom Grant and Conference Scholarship Opportunities

TEaCH 2 Engage 2015 was a HUGE success and we know there are many more teachers in our district with ideas to change their classroom environment and incorporate more student engagement and technology tools. This fall, the BGISD Foundation will once again provide funding for up to three teachers to transform and redefine their classrooms. The maximum award per classroom is $5,000. New this year: The BGISD Foundation will also provide one scholarship to the International Society for Technology Education Conference 2017 to be held in San Antonio, Texas, June 25 - 28, 2017.

Schools Win Regional Attendance Day Competition

The High Attendance Day competition results are in and BGISD won all 3 divisions in the 4th Region with excellent attendance on September 20th. Overall, 97.43% of BGISD students were in school that day, plus, Potter Gray, BGJHS and BGHS won with attendance rates of 99.12% (PGES), 98.26% (BGJH) and 95.98% (BGHS). As regional winners, the three schools advance to state competition.

Leadership BG Cuts Ribbon on Updates to Potter Gray Students cut ribbon on newly renovated entry at Potter Gray.

Members of the Leadership Bowling Green Class of 2016 left their mark at Potter Gray with a project that inspires future community leaders. Class members met November 14, alongside Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, elected officials, students and school administrators to cut the ribbon on a newly renovated entryway at Potter Gray.

BGHS and McNeill Choir Performances on TWC Purple and red ornaments

BGHS and McNeill choirs performed holiday carols at the Warren County Courthouse in mid December. Performances will be broadcast several times on Time Warner Cable channel 3 beginning Monday, December 19 through Christmas Day.

Celebrating Gifted Education Month: February 2017

BGHS & BGJHS Forensics Teams Repeat Regional Championships BGHS and BGJHS Speech Regional Champions 2017

Both the Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green Junior High forensics teams claimed 2017 Regional Championship titles at the Regional Speech Tournament at Warren East High School on Saturday. This marks the 4th straight year BGJHS and the 2nd BGHS have earned the top spots. 

Important Information from BGISD

District officials were notified yesterday, December 13, about a situation involving Houston Bunton, an instructional assistant and assistant basketball coach at Bowling Green High School. Upon investigation, Mr. Bunton resigned from all duties at BGHS. Officials then contacted the Bowling Green Police Department and they opened an investigation which led to Mr. Bunton being arrested at approximately 11:00 pm last night on charges of sexual abuse, first degree and sodomy, third degree. BGHS and BGISD will continue to cooperate with the ongoing police investigation.

2016 Gatewood - Tinius 5K Run/Walk Registration Info

Register today for the Bowling Green Purple Striders sponsored 5K Run/Walk to benefit BGHS and BGJH Cross Country and Track Programs. The Gatewood-Tinius race will be held at Bowling Green High School, Saturday, August 6th, 2016. Registration begins at 6:30 a.m., the race at 7:30 a.m. Click here to print an entry form.

BGHS Names Matthew Myers Purples Baseball Coach

Bowling Green High School has named Matthew Myers the new Purples Baseball Coach. The school hosted a press conference on Friday, June 24, 2016, to make the announcement.

Free Breakfast and Lunch for Kids: Weekdays, May 31 - July 29

When school is out, the Summer Food Service Program offers free nutritious meals to all children ages 18 years and younger at Dishman Mcginnis, Parker-Bennett-Curry, T. C. Cherry and the BGISD Professional Development and Learning Center. Meals will be available Monday through Friday, May 31 - July 29, 2016, and free for all children under 18 years of age with no paperwork necessary. Lunch for adults is $3.00.

BGISD: Winter Weather Communication Directions to receive text messages

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.

Storybook Event Brings Pete the Cat to BGISD Pete the Cat poses with preschool student

The famous Pete the Cat visited BGISD on Friday, December 2 to spend time with preschool students and their families. The children participated in a read aloud, retelling, and sound investigation using the book, Pete the Cat- I Love My White Shoes. Then, as part of an OWLS workshop (observe-wonder-learn-share), each family designed a guitar using recycled materials. Pete the Cat was available for photos and each family took home a copy of the book.

BGISD Begins Implementation of Three-Year Strategic Plan

Bowling Green Board of Education approved a three-year strategic plan on Monday, June 13, 2016. The plan provides five key objectives with measurable goals to guide the district and its leaders working to meet the needs of all students. The objectives include: student achievement, outstanding employees, efficient financial processes, engaging stakeholders, and innovative technology implementation.

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