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BGHS: School Day Performance

Bowling Green High School hosted the third annual School Day Performance on Wednesday, December 12th, featuring the BGHS Band, Choir, and Orchestra. The noon performance, with BGISD 4th and 5th graders in the audience, was recorded live on YouTube.

 

Two McNeill Teachers Earn National Board Certification

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards has announced two Bowling Green Independent School teachers most recently earning National Board Certification. Lauren Coffey and Emily Lehman, both teachers at McNeill Elementary have successfully completed the rigorous process of earning the NBCT distinction.

Veterans Day Programs: Monday, November 12

W. R. McNeill Veterans Day Program
Monday, November 12th 8:30 a.m.

Bowling Green Junior High Veterans Day Recognition, November 12th
1:15 Reception
1:45 School Program

T. C. Cherry Veterans Day Program
Monday, November 12th at 1:00 p.m.

Parker-Bennett-Curry Veterans Day Program
Monday, November 12th at 1:45 p.m.

BGISD Receives USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Grant

The Bowling Green Independent Board of Education is pleased to announce Bowling Green Independent Schools, specifically Dishman McGinnis and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools, are recipients of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) funded and regulated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

SPECIAL REPORT: Community investments contribute to workforce readiness

Thanks to WBKO Television for this Special Report featuring BGHS and partnerships with Med Center Health and Stupp Bridge Company, working together to prepare students for the workforce.

WBKO Video Link

EMPLOYEES: Health Insurance Open Enrollment Ends Friday

All state employees must participate in Open Enrollment. Several items of information have been mailed to employees and the school district has also provided several helpful resources including video and handout summaries. The BGISD information is archived and will be available through Friday on the BGISD eNews document (district login required).

BGISD Expands Use of IDconnect®

Bowling Green Independent Schools Food Services Department is working to implement new meal purchasing and checkout procedures in all schools. A new student ID system, IDconnect® will soon be used at all point of sale stations, allowing students to move through cafeteria and food lines more efficiently, saving time and increasing the accuracy of student accounts.

ASCEND Designed for Mentoring and Support ASCEND Teacher Intern Logo

Sixteen recently hired teachers from the Bowling Green Independent School District are beginning their teaching careers supported by a new mentoring program, ASCEND. The BGISD initiative takes the place of the former Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP), and provides mentoring and induction activities to increase both teacher effectiveness and retention in the profession.

Virtual Reality: #NewBGHS2020

Ross Tarrant Architects shared the following links to allow our students, parents, employees and the community to see inside the future Bowling Green High School. If viewing on a phone, click the links and move to see 360-degrees of each space. If viewing on a computer, use the mouse to click, drag, and move around and inside the space.

  • Click here to view outside the new Bowling Green High School. This portion of the building will be completed in phase two.
  • Click here to view inside the BGHS Commons, to be completed in phase two.
  • Click here to view inside a common hallway space, near teacher work spaces, hallways, and classrooms. Most to be completed in phase one.
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.

McDougal Hired as Director of Special Programs Patty McDougal, Director of Special Programs

Superintendent Gary Fields has announced Patricia “Patty” McDougal as Director of Special Programs for Bowling Green Independent Schools. She will begin responsibilities at the district office after July 1, 2017, assuming many duties of retiring Associate Superintendent, Vicki Writsel.

Sherrill Named Director of Pupil Personnel DG Sherrill, Director of Pupil Personnel

Donald “D.G.” Sherrill has been named Director of Pupil Personnel for Bowling Green Independent Schools. He will join the district office administrative team on July 1, 2017. Most recently, Sherrill has served as a Bowling Green High School special education teacher, athletic director and boys head basketball coach. Upon accepting responsibilities at the district office, he has resigned from all duties at BGHS.

BGHS One of Washington Post’s Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post has released their annual list of America’s Most Challenging High Schools. The list is calculated and ranked based on the number of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Advanced International Certificate of Education tests given at a school each year, divided by the number of seniors who graduated that year. According to the index, BGHS is ranked 1,455th in America and 10th in Kentucky.

U.S. News Ranks BGHS among Best High Schools

Bowling Green High School has been named a 2017 U.S. News Best High School.  More than 6,000 schools – one-fourth of the schools that U.S. News evaluated -- were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals in this year’s rankings. BGHS is ranked 1,304 in the nation, 13th in Kentucky and has been awarded a silver medal.

17 Seventh Grade Students Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Seventeen 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.

Five BGHS Sophomores Selected to Attend Gatton Academy

The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky has selected 95 Kentucky sophomores for the Class of 2019, including five from Bowling Green High School! Congratulations to the following students and their families:

  • Annika Avula,daughter of Smita and Pravin Avula;
  • Isabel Chumbler, daughter of Janice Chumbler and Neale Chumbler;
  • Rithik Reddy, son of Chandrasekhar Reddy and Karuna Reddy;
  • Aashka Sheth, daughter of Nirav and Ami Sheth;
  • Anna Strunjas, daughter of Jean Neils-Strunjas and Sasha Strunjas.

Learn more about the Gatton Academy Class of 2019.

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.

Board of Education Awards Diploma to Navy Veteran

On Monday, March 14, the Bowling Green Board of Education awarded an honorary high school diploma to Mr. Ernest Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert left Bowling Green’s State Street High School in 1954 and enlisted in the United States Navy. He served from 1955 - 1974, including service in the Vietnam War.

BGJHS and BGHS Students Honored as Distinguished Musicians

Congratulations to the Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School musicians who dedicated time and effort to perform for the Kentucky Music Educator Association Festival Evaluation on Saturday, March 5. The following earned Distinguished ratings.

Congratulations Purples! 4th Region Champions

The Bowling Green High School Purples Basketball Team won the Regional Championship on Tuesday, March 8, defeating Barren County 49-49. For the first time since 1983, the 4th Region will send teams from the same high school to both the boys and girls basketball state tournament. The Purples will play the first game of the Whitaker/KHSAA Boys' Sweet Sixteen Tournament  vs. Elliott County on Wednesday, March 16, at 6:30 p.m. EST in Rupp Arena.

Click here for more tournament information:
http://khsaa.org/sports/winter/boys-basketball/

Resolving Issues: Opt-In Text Message Sent

We are still working to resolve text messaging issues with SchoolMessenger, our household communication software. This morning, SchoolMessenger sent an opt-in text message to several cell phone contacts that are in our student database, but not receiving messaging. By opting in, parents should receive messages, such as snow alerts and delays via text. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have the issues resolved soon.

Questions about Text Alerts for Parents & Employees

We have received several questions about text alerts related to school closings and delays. Our system, SchoolMessenger sends text messages to the main phone numbers listed in Infinite Campus. The cell number must also opt-in to allow messages to be received (text SUBSCRIBE to 68453). If you have subscribed, but not received a text on either January 20 or January 21, please contact our Infinite Campus Administrator, carolyn.price@bgreen.kyschools.us. Also, click here to read our Winter Weather Communication Plan for additional means of checking about school closings and delays.

No School: January 20, 2016

Bowling Green City Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 20, 2016, due to inclement weather. 

Congratulations and Good Luck School Spelling Bee Winners!

Six students from Bowling Green City Schools will be compete in the county-wide spelling bee to be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 26th at St. Joseph School. The Warren County winner will move on to compete in the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 5th. Congratulations to the following school spelling bee winners:

Cy Nash, 4th Grade, T. C. Cherry
Jezayla Close, 5th Grade, Dishman McGinnis
Lily Simpson, 5th Grade, W. R. McNeill
Mulki Mohammed, 3rd Grade, PBC
Sono Fukushima, 5th Grade, Potter Gray
Darby Tassell, 8th Grade, BGJHS

Spread the Red Education Game Set for January 21

WKU hosted the press conference for its fifth annual Spread the Red Education Day game set for Jan. 21 at 11:00 a.m. (CT) against Old Dominion inside E.A. Diddle Arena on Monday morning. Students in grades 3-8 from Bowling Green City Schools will attend the Lady Topper game, which over the last four years, has averaged attendance of 4,483 for its Spread the Red Education Day. 

Dishman McGinnis Earns ENERGY STAR Certification

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has recognized Dishman McGinnis Elementary School for earning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) ENERGY STAR certification, the national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. A plaque and a certificate, signed by Governor Steve Beshear were presented to Principal Michael Wix and the school’s Student Lighthouse Team on Monday, November 23, 2015.

Operation UNITE Visits BGJHS

Operation UNITE, a drug education and prevention initiative, visited BGJHS this week. Watch a few clips of students participating in the activities:

 

Rotary Club Continues Adopt-a-Class Project with Donation of Chromebooks

The Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club continues to support members of its “Giving Hope Adopt-a-Class,” which started five years ago with fifth grade students at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary. On November 12th, 2015, Rotarians presented 26 Chromebook computers to the now 10th grade students, as part of a meeting with the students, parents and school officials.

Gina Crabtree Selected 2016 School Counselor of the Year Kentucky Representative

The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) is pleased to announce Gina Crabtree has been selected as the Kentucky state representative for the 2016 School Counselor of the Year program (#scoy16). The School Counselor of the Year program honors the professionals who devote their careers to serving as advocates for the nation’s students, helping them achieve success in school and in life. 

Happy Veterans Day

2016-17 Calendar Survey

Visit the link below to review the 2016-2017 Calendar Options for Bowling Green Independent Schools, and complete the survey to share your calendar preference. Survey responses will be submitted to the BGISD Calendar Committee and presented to the Bowling Green Board of Education for consideration at the Board Meeting on December 14, 2015.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/BG201617

Please complete the survey by 12:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 17, 2015.

Students Place in Regional Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Hailey, Kazim, and Traciana for placing in their grade level competition at the Regional Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee on November 5th. They advance to the 2nd Annual State Deaf and Hard of Hearing Spelling Bee, to be held in Elizabethtown on Dec. 2nd. Hailey and Kazim are students at T. C. Cherry Elementary and Traciana is a 6th grader at Bowling Green Junior High.

Elementary Leaders Shine the Light

Student representatives from Bowling Green elementary schools attended the district’s first Shine the Light student leadership forum hosted by Dishman McGinnis Elementary on Monday, November 2. Four students from each school worked with peers from other schools sharing leadership initiatives such as service learning projects, student job opportunities, and Leader in Me activities. The purpose of the event was for the young Purple leaders to synergize ways to improve leadership opportunities and programs for all students in the school district. Click here to view photos from the forum.

BGHS Sophomore Selected for Commissioner's Advisory Council

Bowling Green High School sophomore Amrit Avula is among six newly-selected Kentucky public high school students named to the Next-Generation Student Advisory Council, a group that provides input to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Stephen Pruitt.

WKU Honors Local Seniors at Luncheon

Western Kentucky University recently honored 134 students from local high schools for their academic achievements, including 38 seniors from Bowling Green High School. Overall, the group has an average ACT composite score of 29 and grade-point average of 3.92 and included 33 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

School Bus Safety Week: Tips for Students

Across the country this week, schools are reminding students, parents, school employees and community members about school bus safety. Click to read tips for students while loading and unloading buses and riding to and from school.

City and County Proclamation: Purple Spirit Week

Bowling Green Mayor Bruce Wilkerson and City Commissioners Melinda Hill and Rick Williams joined members of the Board of Education and BGISD Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors on Monday, October 12th to proclaim October 12 - 16, 2015, Purple Spirit Week in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

TEaCH 2 Engage Funds Four Classroom Projects

The BGISD Foundation, Inc. and Bowling Green Independent Schools have awarded more than $15,000 to add technology tools and encourage more student engagement. The four TEaCH 2 Engage classrooms will also be used as models for researching future endeavors of the school district. The winning teachers and classrooms are Dylan White, a primary teacher at Dishman McGinnis Elementary with emphasis on writing, science and social studies; Jay Hollis, an 8th grade science teacher at Bowling Green Junior High; and Drew Fulkerson and Rachael Carrico, both math teachers at Bowling Green High School.

Balloon Science with McNeill Third Graders

Third graders from McNeill Elementary learned about the science of hot air balloons on Friday, September 11, going behind the scenes of the U.S. Bank Balloons, Tunes & BBQ festival.

Click here to view more photos.

McCloughan among Kentucky’s Ashland, Inc. Teacher Achievement Award Winners

Michele McCloughan, a T. C. Cherry Elementary writing teacher in Bowling Green Independent Schools, is among 24 outstanding Kentucky educators to receive an Ashland, Inc. Teacher Achievement Award. She also qualifies to compete for the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month. 

Three Named 2016 National Merit Semifinalists

Three seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program as 2016 National Merit Semifinalists: Jessica Klusty, daughter of Mark and Karen Klusty; Priyanka Sheth, daughter of Nirav and Ami Sheth; and Jessica Zhu, daughter of Jianhua Zhu and Lois Wang. All will continue in the competition, including approximately 7,400 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.

Twitter Chat with Mr. Fields Tuesday

Bowling Green City Schools will host the first #BGISDchat live on Tuesday, September 15th from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Mr. Gary Fields (@BGISDgaryfields) will discuss his first 10 weeks as Superintendent of BGISD, including current district projects and upcoming events. Students, employees, parents and community members are invited to participate, ask questions and follow the discussion using #BGISDchat.

Outdoor Science Lab Renovated

Potter Gray Elementary PTO was awarded a $4,000 Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant to renovate the school's outdoor science lab. BGHS students helped build picnic tables for the area and third grade students in Girl Scout Troop 580 added finishing touches, including four bright new stepping stones representing the four seasons of the year.

TEaCH 2 Engage Proposals Due Wednesday

Teachers in Bowling Green Independent Schools have a new opportunity to transform and redefine their classrooms. This fall, the BGISD Foundation, Inc. will provide up to $5,000 to three classrooms through an initiative called TEaCH 2 Engage. The projects funded will become model classrooms to evaluate technology integration and return on investment. Classroom proposals, including synopses, budgets, and a brief video description are due by September 9, with the goal of implementation by the end of the first quarter of 2015-16. Learn more.

Information from Superintendent Gary Fields

A letter from Superintendent Gary Fields (link here) was emailed to parents, guardians and employees of BGISD on Wednesday, September 2. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact the District Office at 270-746-2200.

 
Class of 2015 ACT Scores Improve

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2015. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2014, as juniors, the Class of 2015 scored an average composite score of 21.0. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.7.

BGISD Back to School Events

Back to School events for Bowling Green City Schools begin with the district-wide Purple Pride Readifest on Tuesday, July 28th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School. (Please note the location has changed.)

Welcome New Assistant Principals

Bowling Green High School welcomes two new assistant principals for the 2015-16 school year, Ms. Elisa Beth Brown and Mr. Robert Lightning.

BGHS Selects William King as Principal

The Bowling Green High Principal Selection Committee voted Wednesday morning, June 24, to select William King as their new principal.

 

McNeill Students Competing in World Finals

Good luck to the two Odyssey of the Mind Teams from W. R. McNeill Elementary competing in the 2015 World Finals at Michigan State University! Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Survey: BGHS Principal Selection Criteria

Members of the Bowling Green High School Principal Selection Committee are developing a list of criteria for the next school principal and would like input from stakeholders. Please take a brief survey, identifying qualities most important to you. The final list of criteria will be used to screen principal candidates. The survey will close at noon on Tuesday, May 26.

 

Gary Fields Named Superintendent of Bowling Green Independent Schools

The Bowling Green Board of Education has selected Gary Fields to become the next superintendent of Bowling Green Independent Schools. Board Members approved the motion unanimously at their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting on Monday, May 11, 2015. Fields will officially begin duties on July 1, 2015, after the retirement of Joe Tinius on June 30, 2015.

Ten to be Inducted to BGHS Hall of Honor as Class of 2015

The twenty-fourth annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 25, 2015 in the Commons of Bowling Green High School. Ten graduates will be inducted to the Bowling Green High School Hall of Honor including: Mary Alice Oliver (1950), Ronald Tinsley (1954), Frank C. Van Fleet (1956), Theo Maxey (1970), Ron A. Skillern (1972), Laura Williford Phillips (1982), John B. Brown (1984), Todd Barnard (1986), Brett A. Reynolds (1989) and Matt Travis (1994).

Bowling Green Board of Education to Host Superintendent Finalist Forum

The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education will host a Superintendent Finalist Forum on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 starting at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Bowling Green Junior High School, located at 900 Campbell Lane, Bowling Green, Ky.

Screening Committee Recommends Superintendent Finalists to Board of Education

The Bowling Green Board of Education is moving forward in the quest to appoint a new superintendent for the Bowling Green Independent Schools. The screening committee presented a short list of finalists to the Board on Monday evening, April 13, 2015.  The finalists include:


Mr. Allen Barber
Eagle Point, Oregon
Director of Human Resources and Secondary Education, Jackson County School District 9


Mr. Gary Fields
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Principal, Bowling Green High School


Mr. Mark Owens
Owensboro, Kentucky
Director of Personnel, Daviess County Public Schools


Dr. Wesley Waddle
Munfordville, Kentucky
Assistant Superintendent, Hart County Schools

25 7th Graders Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Earlier this year, 40 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-five BGJHS students have earned state or grand recognition based on their ACT scores and the national percentile rankings for high school juniors and seniors.

Odyssey of the Mind Teams Qualify for World Finals

Two Odyssey of the Mind Teams from W. R. McNeill Elementary advanced to the 2015 World Finals after both placing second in state competition. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.

Forensics Team Places 4th in High School Speech State Finals

Fifteen members of the BGJHS Forensics Team competed in the Kentucky High School Speech League State Finals at the University of Kentucky on March 27-28th. BGJHS placed 4th out of 38 teams from all over the state. The team advanced 22 entries to the top 18, Semi-Finalist rounds and six entries to Finals.

STLP Teams Win Awards at State Championship

Four teams from Bowling Green City Schools earned awards and recognition as part of the annual Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) State Championship held Thursday, March 26, in Lexington, Kentucky. Bowling Green Junior High student journalists from both The Purple Spirit newspaper (online and print versions) and the BGJHS Broadcast Team earned Best Showcase Projects from Regional Groups. The BGHS Interactive Map project earned a Best in Show as a Regional Showcase Winner, and in the live competition category, the BGJHS Help Desk Support Team won 2nd place in the 6-8 grade division.

Status of BGISD Events:
  • The BGHS Military Ball will be held as planned at 5:45pm Friday, March 6, 2015 at the WKU Knicley Center.
     

  • The 4th Region Boys Basketball Tournament, BGHS Purples vs. Clinton Co. will be held Friday, March 6 at 7:15 p.m. at WKU Diddle Arena.
     

  • The 4th Region Girls Basketball Tournament, BGHS Lady Purples vs. Logan Co. will be held Saturday, March 7  at 5:30 p.m. at WKU Diddle Arena.
     

  • The Advanced Placement English Review at BGHS scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been cancelled. 
     

  • The BGHS Freshman Orientation scheduled for March 5th & 6th has been rescheduled for March 18th and 20th. The Parent Night will also be rescheduled with a date and time to be announced.
     

  • The Dishman McGinnis Eagle Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk scheduled for Saturday, March 7 will be rescheduled. A new date will be announced next week.
     

  • The W. R. McNeill Invention Showcase has been rescheduled for Friday, March 13 from 12:45-2:15 p.m. in the school gym.

  • The KMEA District Solo and Ensemble Festival scheduled for Saturday, March 7 has been postponed until March 14. All times and location remain the same.

No School March 6, 2015

Bowling Green City Schools will be closed again Friday, March 6, 2015. The day missed will be made up on Friday, March 13, which means next week will be a full five-day school week with no third-quarter break. All professional development sessions that were planned will be rescheduled.


The four days missed February 17 – 20 will be made up May 22, 26, 27 and 28, with the last day for students scheduled for May 28, closing day for employees on May 29, and graduation on Sunday, May 31.

 
CyberSmart: Smart Choices Parent Presentation

There will be a presentation for parents on Thursday, February 26th on Cyberbullying at the McNeill Elementary gym starting at 6:00 PM.

One of the school's STLP groups has partnered with the KY State Police to share information to parents on bullying that occurs on the Internet. This will be a great time for asking questions and being informed in order to keep your child safe. Please make plans to attend to support our STLP and also to learn more about Cyberbullying.

Presentation sponsored by Be CyberSmart: Smart Choices= Positive Results

Dishman McGinnis to Host Eagle Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk

The 4th Annual "Eagle Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk" is coming up on March 7 at Kereiakes Park. The event has been a huge success for Dishman McGinnis as it has opened “real-world” avenues for to educate students on health and wellness.  It has also been very successful financially, providing needed “wellness” equipment for students and allowing the school to offer several scholarships to Bowling Green High School seniors who attended DMES in elementary school.Register at http://onestoprace.com/.

Bowling Green City Schools Closed February 17th - 20th

Bowling Green City Schools will remain closed through Friday, February 20th, due to winter weather.

  • The ballots to elect certified and classified employee representatives to the superintendent search screening committee will be distributed Tuesday, February 24, in all schools and district offices. Ballots will be collected and the committee established on Thursday, February 26th.
  • The Military Ball scheduled for Friday, February 20 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled for a later date.
  • BGHS tennis tryouts have been cancelled for the week.
Students with Top Scores Revealed at BGJHS

Names of 41 current students are now displayed in the Bowling Green Junior High rotunda, recognizing top scores of 20 or above on the EXPLORE exam. EXPLORE measures high school prepareness and college and career readiness. It is the first test of the ACT series with the highest possible score a 25. Students scoring 20 or higher this year are among the 92nd percentile nationally, the 92nd percentile in Kentucky and the 89th percentile at BGJHS.

BGISD Ranked #3 in Kentucky by NICHE.com

Rankings released by k12.niche.com list Bowling Green Independent Schools among the top three school districts in Kentucky. The rankings are based on a methodology that includes public data and opinion-based surveys. Niche.com states that a high ranking generally indicates that students are very happy with their educational experience; schools are exceptional academic institutions in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes; schools are made up of a diverse population and fosters an accepting, positive school culture; and students are actively involved in a variety of extracurriculars and sports. Click here to view the list.

Wellness Programs Supporting Student Achievement

Research confirms that students who eat school meals perform well academically. Healthy eating correlates with fewer trips to the school nurse and less absenteeism. Bowling Green City Schools are dedicated to serving nutritious meals and providing multiple physical activity opportunities to support life-long health and wellness. According to the 2015 Nutrition and Physical Activity Report Card, BGISD serves an average of 3,070 lunches per day, and more than 1,399 students eat breakfast at school each day. The school district also serves an average of 458 lunches daily through the summer.

BGISD Observes School Board Recognition Month

Bowling Green City Schools join Kentucky’s 172 other public school systems to mark the 20th observation of January as School Board Member Recognition Month. Members of the Bowling Green Board of Education serve four-year terms and are elected at-large, with all members representing the entire school district. The members of the Board of Education include Deborah Williams, newly elected chair, Christine Dressler, vice chair, Frank "Hamp" Moore, Jr., Michael K. Bishop, and Jane Wilson. 

Students to Attend Spread the Red Education Game at WKU

Students from Bowling Green and Warren County Schools will attend the fourth "Spread the Red Education Game" at Western Kentucky University on Thursday, January 15, 2015 as Lady Topper Basketball hosts Florida Atlantic. The game marks the culmination of a month-long program between WKU Athletics and local schools, synergizing education and athletics. Bowling Green students in 3rd through 8th grades will attend the Spread the Red event.

Board of Education Approves 15-Year Non-Resident Agreement

The Bowling Green Independent School District Board of Education approved a 15-year non-resident agreement with Warren County Schools on Friday, December 19, 2014. The same agreement was approved by the Warren County Board of Education on December 18, 2014. It will remain in full force and in effect until June 30, 2030.

School Tech Teams Invited to STLP State Championship

Fourteen student technology teams from Bowling Green City Schools have been invited to the Student Technology Leadership Program State Championship March 26, 2015 at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The teams qualified for the state event after competeing in the STLP Regional Showcase held at WKU on Monday, December 8.

2015-16 Calendar Approved

The 2015-16 Academic Calendar was approved at the December 8, 2014 Board of Education meeting as recommended by the district calendar committee. The calendar maintains a similar schedule as the 2014-15 school year. Opening day for employees will be August 3, 2015 and the first day of the school year for students will be Wednesday, August 5.

Upcoming Student Concerts & Programs

Throughout the month of December, several concerts and holiday programs are scheduled in Bowling Green City Schools. Events planned this week:


Tuesday, December 2, 2014:
BGJHS 6th Grade Choir Concert: 6:00 p.m.
W. R. McNeill Choir & Strings Christmas Program: 6:00 p.m.
Potter Gray K-2 Holiday Concert: 6:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 4, 2014:
BGHS Holiday Concert: 6:00 p.m. in the Arena
Potter Gray Grades 3-5 Concert: 6:30 p.m.

School Veterans Day Recognition Programs

W. R. McNeill Elementary, T.C. Cherry Elementary and Bowling Green Junior High held Veterans Day programs on Tuesday, November 11. The events were student-led and featured patriotic songs, poems and guest speakers honoring the service of Veterans. Click here to view the photo gallery with photos from the three programs.

2015-16 Calendar Options to Consider

The District Calendar Committee met Thursday, November 6, 2014 to begin the process of recommending an academic calendar for the 2015-16 school year. The academic calendar must be approved by the Board of Education and is tentatively scheduled for approval at the December 8 Board of Education Meeting. Before finalizing the 2015-16 calendar, the Calendar Committee would like input from parents and community members. Two calendar options are available and surveys must be completed by November 17, 2014.

Mobile Market Visits Dishman McGinnis

The Community Farmers Market's Mobile Market made a stop at Dishman McGinnis Elementary on October 23. Students learned the benefits of eating fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables from Polly Produce, then shopped the market for seasonal produce to take home. Click here to view photo gallery.

BGHS Students Recognized at WKU Scholars Luncheon

WKU honored 94 students from Bowling Green and Warren County high schools for their academic achievements at the annual Scholars Luncheon held Friday, October 17 at the Augenstein Alumni Center. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.4 and grade-point average of 3.9 and included 31 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and six National Merit Semifinalists.

Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All Results Released to the Public

The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system for school year 2013-14. Overall scores and classifications are based on three categories: Next-Generation Learners, Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support, and Next-Generation Professionals. Results from 2013-14 are calculated based on two of the three: Next-Generation Learners and Next-Generation Instructional Programs and Support. Scores may not be compared to prior years as the total components of the system have changed.

Summary of the Unbridled Learning Accountability System

2013-14 Results from Bowling Green Independent Schools

All school and district data is available through the Kentucky School Report Card: http://applications.education.ky.gov/SRC/Default.aspx

Science Day at Potter Gray

Students at Potter Gray spent the morning of September 30 visiting many science guest speakers and participating in hands-on experiments. Nineteen different sessions shared topics such as first aid, 4-H, water and electricity (BGMU), snakes, owl pellets, sheep shearing, biology, fossils, weather and storm chasing, backpack safety, dental care, body mass, yoga and more. Click to view the Photo Gallery from Science Day.

PARENTS: Internet Safety Links & Information

Internet safety for kids requires a partnership between parents, guardians and schools. Students have access to many devices and online resources at school, at home, and with friends. The BGISD Technology Department has collected several links and handouts to assist parents with tips and conversation starters to ensure online safety for all.

Newsweek Adds BGHS to Beating the Odds List

Newsweek has released two lists recognizing public high schools: “America’s Top High Schools,” which ranks schools on performance and a second list, “Beating the Odds: America’s Top High Schools for Low-Income Students,” considering both achievement and percentage of poverty. The rankings identify schools that are preparing students for college, and overcoming obstacles from socioeconomic inequity. Bowling Green High School is ranked 401st of 500 schools on the “Beating the Odds” list.

Class of 2014 ACT Scores Demonstrate Improvement and Surpass State Averages

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2014. Results show improvement in every academic category from the previous spring. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2013, as juniors, the Class of 2014 scored an average composite score of 20.6. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.5. 

Itty Bitty Purples Registration Event: July 2

Bowling Green City Schools are registering three and four-year-old children for the preschool program, offered free of charge at Parker-Bennett-Curry, Dishman McGinnis and T. C. Cherry Elementary Schools. Parents of three and four year olds interested in attending preschool are invited to attend a Registration Event on Wednesday, July 2 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at Parker-Bennett-Curry and   T. C. Cherry Elementary Schools.

Increase of Meal Prices Approved

(June 9, 2014) The Bowling Green Board of Education has approved increasing meal prices for the 2014-15 school year. Breakfast prices for students increase by $0.15 to $1.25 and high school student lunch increases from $2.25 to $2.50. Elementary student lunches remain the same at $2.25. Adult meal prices also increase, breakfast will be $1.75 and lunch $3.00 for staff and $3.25 for adult visitors.

 

The meal price increases are due to mandates within the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. The cost of food has risen to meet federal guidelines relating to whole grain requirements and sodium limits. Plus, the reimbursement from the free lunches may not subsidize full-pay lunches. 

 

Board of Education Update June 2014

Non-Resident Notification Letters Pending Ruling

The non-resident student notification letters will not be mailed Friday, June 6 as previously planned. Bowling Green Schools are waiting for an official ruling from the Commissioner of Education regarding the non-resident issue between BGISD and Warren County Schools (districts received the Recommended Order on May 23, 2014). Letters will be mailed as soon as possible to all non-resident applicant families concerning enrollment for the 2014-15 school year.

Board of Education Update: 2014 Planning Session

The Board of Education held the Annual Planning Session on Monday, April 28, with each district department presenting year-end summaries as well as goals and requests for the 2014-15 school year. The following motions were approved during the meeting:

  • Approved the 2014-15 Staffing Allocation
  • Approved a 1.5% Salary Increase for all employees
  • Approved an Audit Contract for 2013-14

Click here to read the Board Update.

District Retirement Dinner: May 8, 2014

The annual District Retirement Dinner will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. at Bowling Green High School. The following retiring BGISD employees will be recognized that evening:

  • Marilyn Keith, Dishman-McGinnis Elementary
  • Jeanie Orr, Bowling Green Junior High
  • Jim Tinius, Potter Gray Elementary

To assist in preparations, please complete the registration form if you plan to attend the Retirement Dinner.

Technology Teams Place at STLP Showcase

Eighteen student technology teams and projects from Bowling Green City Schools participated in the Kentucky Student Technology Leadership Program Showcase held on April 22, 2014 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. Of the total 748 projects presented at the Showcase, three Bowling Green teams placed among the top 60 and Bowling Green Junior High’s Purple Spirit journalism team placed in the top 10.

Principal Jim Tinius Announces Retirement

Principal Jim Tinius has announced his upcoming retirement, effective June 30, 2014. Mr. Tinius has worked more than 30 years in education and served as Principal of Potter Gray Elementary for the last 12 years. Prior to becoming a principal, he spent seven years at Bowling Green High School, including time as a teacher, assistant principal and coach.

McNeill Third Graders Share New Inventions

The W. R. McNeill multi-purpose room was filled with new ideas and inventions at the 3rd Grade Invention Showcase held Wednesday, March 26. Ideas ranging from multi-use art supplies, organization tools, accessories for health and wellness, cleaning and convenience items, new games and more were all on display as students presented their products. Click here to view photos.

Notes & Quotes: District Newsletter

Click here to read the March edition of the Bowling Green Independent School District newsletter, Notes & Quotes.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: March 2014

The Bowling Green Board of Education met for their scheduled monthly meeting on Monday, March 10. The Board Update provides a summary of actions taken during the meeting. It is emailed to all faculty and staff, the Community Advisory Cabinet, and available online

Follow Potter Gray Space Camp Blog

Space Campers from Potter Gray have landed in Huntsville, Alabama for a few days of space exploration. Follow their journey on www.spacecamp2014.blogspot.com.

1-Hour Delay: March 6, 2014

Bowling Green City Schools will operate on a one-hour delay Thursday, March 6, 2014.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Thursday and Friday, March 13th and 14th, will be used to make up two of the four remaining makeup days. These days were designated as makeup days in the 2013-14 calendar, approved in December 2012. The other two makeup days will be announced in the coming weeks.


Employee professional development sessions that were planned for March 13th and 14th will be rescheduled.


We apologize for the late notice to be in session next week, however, weather conditions are beyond our control.

BGISD Receives Recommendation for National Accreditation

This week, Bowling Green Independent Schools hosted an AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Team that visited the district and schools to evaluate adherence to the AdvancED accreditation standards and to make a recommendation for national accreditation. The District first achieved accreditation status in 2009 and reaccreditation is required every five years. Accreditation is a voluntary method of evaluation that involves both an internal and external review of the school district as a whole, including programs, culture and community.

Two Earn Teacher of the Year Awards by KCTE

Congratulations to Bowling Green City School teachers Michelle McCloughan and Lauren Coffey, recently recognized as Teachers of the Year by the Kentucky Council of Teachers of English. Michelle McCloughan was named Elementary Teacher of the Year at the 2014 KCTE Conference. She is a fourth and fifth grade writing and literature teacher at T. C. Cherry Elementary and serves as Elementary Co-Director for WKU's Writing Project. Lauren Coffey was awarded the Middle School Teacher of the Year Award at the 2014 KCTE Conference. She teaches 7th grade English at Bowling Green Junior High. 

Donate Life Hands-On Presentation at Potter Gray

The Donate Life Kentucky Coalition visited Potter Gray Elementary on February 20th to present, “Life is Cool,” a hands-on session that focuses on the major transplantable organs, including the eye (cornea) blood, and the function of those organs and tissues.  The program is developed for 4th and 5th grade students throughout Kentucky.

Delays and Cancellations for Events Saturday, January 25
  • The District Governor's Cup at BGHS has been delayed until 12:00 PM;
  • The boys and girls 8th grade basketball tournaments are cancelled  and rescheduled for next Saturday.

 

BG Students To Compete in Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the following students, who will represent their schools and the Bowling Green Independent School District in the Warren County Spelling Bee on Thursday, January 30 at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of Bowling Green Junior High:

 

MaKenna Twyman, T. C. Cherry Elementary
Isaiah Dawson, Dishman McGinnis Elementary
Frances Cordova, W.R. McNeill Elementary
Jason Maisuk, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary
Alex Rothman, Potter Gray Elementary
Nupur Chhachhi, Bowling Green Junior High

 

The overall winner of the Warren County Spelling Bee will represent our city and county at the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee, to be held on March 15 in Louisville.

STLP Teams Advance to State Showcase

Eighteen Student Technology Leadership Teams, representing all Bowling Green City Schools, have been invited to participate in the State STLP Championship on April 22 in Lexington after participating in the Regional Showcase at WKU on December 10.

Schools Closed Today Due to Weather Conditions

Information regarding weekend events will be posted as it becomes available:

  • State Championship game tickets will be sold today at BGHS in the front office from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for $9.00.
  • Tonight's Lady Purples basketball game at Central Hardin has been canceled.
  • The BGHS Purples will play Pulaski Co. for the 5A Football State Championship on Sunday, December 8 at 2 p.m.
  • The Bowling Green Jaycees Christmas Parade (BGHS Band) has been rescheduled and will be held on Sunday, December 15, at 2 p.m.
  • Tomorrow's BGJHS boys basketball game has been rescheduled for January 14.
  • The BGHS Cheerleaders' "Parent's Day Out," scheduled for Sunday, December 8, has been postponed due to the state championship football game.
STATE CHAMPIONSHIP: Purples vs. Maroons

Saturday, December 7th, 7:00pm at WKU

The Purples will be the visiting team on Saturday and will be wearing white jerseys, white pants, & traditional gold helmets. Purples fans are encouraged to wear WHITE in support of the team.

 

General Admission tickets will be on sale at BGHS Wednesday-Friday from 8:00-2:30 each day. Tickets are $9.00 each ($11.00 at the gate) & children 6 & under are admitted free. The BGHS cheering section will be located on the visitor (old) side of the stadium.

 

The community is also invited to a BGHS Pep Rally on Friday, December 6th at 1:00 p.m. in the Arena.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: November 2013

The Bowling Green Board of Education met on Monday, November 11, 2013 for their monthly meeting. Summaries of motions approved are included in the Board Update, published the day after each regularly scheduled meeting.

WKU Honors Students from Bowling Green and Warren County Schools

WKU honored 75 students from five high schools in Bowling Green and Warren County for their academic achievements at a luncheon on November 7 at the Augenstein Alumni Center. This year’s group has an average ACT composite score of 29.58 and grade-point average of 3.92 and included 25 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and seven National Merit Semifinalists.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: October 2013
The Bowling Green Board of Education met on Monday, October 14, 2013 for their monthly meeting. Summaries of motions approved are included in the Board Update, published the day after each regularly scheduled meeting.
District Newsletter: Notes & Quotes

Click here to view the September 2013 district newsletter, Notes & Quotes.

Employees of Bowling Green Schools LIVE UNITED

Employees of Bowling Green City Schools have donated or pledged a total of $11,333 to the 2014 United Way Campaign. Fifty-seven employees met Superintendent Tinius' Opening Day challenge and donated more than $100 to support agencies of United Way. 

Our Students Are So Bright: We Gotta Wear Shades!

W. R. McNeill Principal Selection Tomorrow

The W. R. McNeill SBDM Principal Selection Committee will meet at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow morning, May 22, to select and announce the next principal of McNeill Elementary. A formal press release and information will follow the announcement.

Purples Visit Washington, D. C.

Over 150 students, teachers, and volunteers are traveling to Washington, D.C. March 13-19 for the annual AP U.S. History trip. Throughout the trip, the group will visit Gettysburg, Mt. Vernon, the Capitol, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, Arlington Cemetery, the National Cathedral, the Newseum, National Archives, the Smithsonian of American History, and Dulles Air & Space Museum. They will also watch Shear Madness at the Kennedy Center and enjoy a twilight tour of Washington and the National Monuments. Follow the DC Purples by reading their live blog or on Twitter @BGHSAPUSDCTrip

District Technology Showcase 2013

Students of all ages, representing all Bowling Green City Schools gathered in the BGHS Arena on Tuesday, March 12 to share technology projects with peers and community members. Click here to watch a brief Animoto slideshow from the event.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: March 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, March 11, 2013. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. Click here to read the March 2013 Board Update.

Spotlight on Schools: PGES

Each regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting features a presentation highlighting one of the Bowling Green City Schools. Potter Gray Elementary School is the featured for March 2013. Artwork and class projects from PGES students will remain on display in the Board Room of the District Office until April 8. 

Potter Gray Fifth Graders Enjoying Space Camp

Forty-six fifth graders from Potter Gray Elementary are enjoying hands-on learning this week at NASA Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. Follow along with their daily adventures by reading their live blog: http://spacecamp2013.blogspot.com/

Notes & Quotes: March 2013

The Bowling Green Independent School District's monthly newsletter, Notes & Quotes.

Principal Marsha Ingram Announces Retirement

Principal Marsha Ingram of W. R. McNeill Elementary has announced her upcoming retirement, effective June 30, 2013. Ms. Ingram has served the students and families of W. R. McNeill and Bowling Green City Schools since 1985, working as a 4th and 5th grade teacher, teacher leader, and academic team coach before being named principal of the school in April of 2006.

Board of Education: February Meeting Notes

The Bowling Green Board of Education met Monday, February 11 for their regular monthly meeting. The agenda included the review and approval of the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan, tentative staffing allocations, and construction documents related to the new Dishman-McGinnis project, and the addition and renovation of the W. R. McNeill cafeteria and kitchen. Click here to view the Board Update.

Spotlight on Schools: Bowling Green High School

Each regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting features a presentation highlighting one of the Bowling Green City Schools. The same school will showcase artwork in the district office for the remainder of the month. As part of the Feburary 2013 video, Bowling Green High School shares how they celebrate success and continue a tradition of excellence.

Photos from the 100th Day of School

Bowling Green City Schools celebrated 100 days in school on Thursday, January 24. Kindergarten students enjoyed counting activities and exercises using the number 100. Click here to view photos.

Schools Closed Today Due to Weather

Bowling Green City Schools will be closed today, January 25, due to inclement weather.

 
McNeill Elementary Receives $500 from Axle Bear's Reading Challenge
The Bowling Green Hot Rods, Class A Affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays, have contributed $2,500 to three South Central Kentucky schools as a part of Axle Bear’s Book Buddies Reading Challenge, presented by Service One Credit Union. Caneyville Elementary, Cumberland Trace Elementary, and W.R. McNeill Elementary were rewarded as the schools with the highest attendance of Axle Bear’s Book Buddies participants at Bowling Green Ballpark in 2012.
Evening Events Cancelled Due to Weather Concerns
Pending further notice, the following evening events have been cancelled due to potential winter weather:
  • BGHS Boys and Girls Basketball in Christian County
  • BGHS Swimming in Christian County
  • Family Literacy Events at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary (ESL, GED, and Citizenship)
  • All evening events for Bowling Green Junior High (strings, ESS, sports activities, etc.)
  • New Teacher Academy (Rescheduled for February 7)
  • T. C. Cherry After-School Computer Lab
  • W. R. McNeill Academic Team Practice, Chess Team Practice, and After-School Computer Lab
  • Academic Team Match: Potter Gray at Dishman-McGinnis
BGHS Students Perform with WKU Department of Theater & Dance
BGHS students Alexandra Watts and Meredith Lewis are among seven local high school students joining the WKU Department of Theater and Dance's performance of WinterDance, A Holiday Extravaganza. Tap, Jazz and Ballet are all a part of the fun, including portions of everyone’s holiday favorite, The Nutcracker Ballet.
Purples face the Cooper Jaguars Saturday in the State Championship Game
The Bowling Green Purples will play for the 2012 5A Football State Championship on Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m. at Houchens Industries- L.T. Smith Stadium on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The Purples will be the home team, wearing purple jerseys, gold pants & traditional gold helmets. To match the team, we are asking all Purples fans to wear their PURPLE in support of the team.
WKU Honors High School Students for Academic Achievements
Eighty-nine students from the five high schools in Warren County, including 29 students from Bowling Green High School, were recognized for their academic achievements at a luncheon on November 16 at WKU's Knicely Conference Center. The group of students have earned an average ACT composite score of 29.11 and grade-point average of 3.89. Among the group are 21 Kentucky Governor’s Scholars and 11 National Merit Semifinalists.
Board of Education: October Meeting Notes
The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, October 15, 2012. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved.
Notes & Quotes: October 2012
The Bowling Green City School District Newsletter, Notes & Quotes is now available online. Click here to read the October edition.
Local Agencies Partner to Increase Awareness and Remove Prescription Drugs from Homes
Warren County, Kentucky residents have an opportunity this week to dramatically reduce the risk of students abusing pain pills by ridding their homes of unused prescription pain medications. This Saturday, September 29, 2012, Bowling Green and Warren County Schools and law enforcement will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back initiative by offering three medication collection sites in Warren County.
Sweetman Named Bus Driver of the Year
Ed Sweetman of Bowling Green Independent Schools was named Bus Driver of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation (KAPT). The award was presented at the 22nd Annual Fall Leadership Seminar for Pupil Transportation Directors and Supervisors, held at the Holiday Inn University Plaza on September 18, 2012.
Six BGHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Six students from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Mary Grayson Batts, David Crocker, Owen Hanna, Denis Hodzic, Ethan Holaday, and Logan West have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards worth over $32 million.
Board of Education: August Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Board of Education met on August 13, 2012 to conduct two public hearings and the regular monthly meeting. Public hearings were held to discuss the district's internet safety provisions and the proposed tax rate.
2nd Opportunity High School Courses Begin September 4
The Bowling Green City School’s 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 4, 2012.

Math, English, Science, and Social Studies courses will be offered. The cost is $50.00.
19 Employees Retiring By Year End
Nineteen employees from Bowling Green Independent Schools have retired during this school year or will retire this summer, including James Hockersmith, retiring after 31 years in the district. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Potter Gray Hosts Derby Tea for 1st Grade Students
First graders at Potter Gray enjoyed a Derby Tea on Tuesday, May 1st, dressed in their Sunday best and of course, Derby hats. Click here to view the photo gallery.
Computer accessibility
Eighteen Bowling Green families without a computer received one Saturday thanks to a project at Bowling Green High School.

Students in an information technology class as well as in the Student Technology Leadership Program have been working all year to fix up the school’s discarded computers, said Drew Fulkerson, teacher of the technology class. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Board of Education: February Meeting Notes
The February meeting of the Bowling Green Board of Education included recognition of choral and orchestra programs at Bowling Green High School and Bowling Green Junior High and the $100 Solution partnership with WKU and BGHS. Information was also presented regarding student survey results, the Comprehensive District Improvement Plan, and tentative staffing allocations.
Students ponder future at fair
Several hundred high school students gathered Wednesday in the Bowling Green High School gym for the school's annual college and career fair. More than 30 booths were set up, filled with representatives from colleges across Kentucky, area employers and military branches. The fair was open to all high schools. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
KENTUCKY GRANTED NCLB FLEXIBILITY REQUEST
The U. S. Department of Education announced today that Kentucky has been granted flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. The Commonwealth's public school system will have one comprehensive system of accountability for both state and federal purposes to ensure college/career readiness for all students.
An online class with training wheels
Robert Paugh, the school's technology specialist, estimates that about half the school uses Edmodo, an online social learning network. It looks a lot like Facebook, but instead of connecting with friends, students connect with their teachers about assignments, grades and other class-related information. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
Notes & Quotes: January 2012
Notes & Quotes, the Bowling Green City School District Newsletter, is available online.
Choir Performances on Channel 3
The W. R. McNeill Elementary Choir and the Bowling Green High School A Cappella Choir recently sang Christmas Carols in the Downtown Courthouse. Beginning Monday, December 19, their performances will be rebroadcast on Public Access Cable Channel 3, and will replay several times through Christmas Day.
Winter Weather Communication One Call Now

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.

Celebrating National School Lunch Week: October 15 - 19

Bowling Green City Schools will recognize National School Lunch Week and the theme, “Lots 2 Love,” which is intended to encourage students and school nutrition professionals across the country to share what they love most about school lunch programs.

Technology Questionnaire Open This Week BrightBytes Logo

Bowling Green Independent Schools are partnering with BrightBytes, an educational research organization, to learn more about our students’ school and home technology use for learning. This week, the district will ask students (grades 3-12), teachers, administrators, parents & guardians to take part in the Technology & Learning questionnaire. Participation is essential to help form a more complete picture of technology use for learning. All responses will remain anonymous.

#newbghs2020 Construction Site View from the Air
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BGISD Back to School Events
  • BGHS Open House - August 2nd • 5:00-8:00 pm
  • BGJHS Open House - August 2nd • 4:00-6:00 pm
  • T. C. Cherry Elem. Open House: Aug. 2nd • 5:00-7:00 pm
  • Dishman McGinnis Elem. Ice Cream Social: Aug. 3rd • 4:00-6:00 pm
  • Parker-Bennett-Curry Elem. Block Party: Aug. 5th • 4:00-6:00 pm
  • W. R. McNeill Elem. Open House: Aug. 6th • 4:30-6:30 pm
  • Potter Gray Elem. Back to School Bash: Aug. 6th • 5:00-7:00 p.m.

First Day of School - August 8th

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! 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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).

Tinius Qualifies for National Speech Tournament

BGHS sophomore Chapel Tinius qualified for the National Catholic Forensics League Speech Tournament after winning First Place in Declamation. Tinius and freshman teammate Zachary Martin competed at the Kentucky NCFL Qualifying Tournament at Larue County High School March 5. 

Schools In Session March 10, and March 11

As approved in the 2015-16 academic calendar, Bowling Green City Schools will be in session March 10, and March 11, to make up two school days missed due to inclement weather. Tentatively, the last day of school for students is Thursday, May 19, the last day for teachers, May 20, and BGHS Class of 2016 graduation is scheduled for Sunday, May 22, 2016.

Saylor Nominated for The Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders

Cameron Saylor, a Freshman at Bowling Green High School is a Delegate of the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders in Lowell, MA on June 29th - July 1st, 2016.

The Congress is an honors-only program for high school students who are passionate about science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). The purpose of this event is to honor, inspire, motivate and direct the top students in the country who aspire to be scientists and technologists, to stay true to their dream and, after the event, to provide a path, plan and resources to help them reach their goal.

2016-17 Calendar Approved

The 2016-17 school calendar was approved by the Board of Education on December 14, 2015. Superintendent Gary Fields hosted a Twitter chat (#BGISDchat, @BGISDgaryfields) to answer questions about the 2016-17 calendar. Click here to read the questions and answers from the chat.

Purple Spirit Week: October 12 - 16, 2015

Bowling Green Independent School District will celebrate school spirit the week of October 12-16, 2015, concluding with BGHS Homecoming football game on Friday evening, October 16, 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. Click here to learn more!

First Day for Itty Bitty Purples: August 17

Bowling Green City Schools are registering three and four year old children for the preschool program, offered free of charge at Dishman McGinnis, T. C. Cherry and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools. Preschool provides research-based curricula and a comfortable, child-centered learning environment four days a week, with morning or afternoon sessions. Click here for more information.

Free Meals for Children in June & July

The Bowling Green Independent School District is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

Retirement Reception Honoring Superintendent Joe Tinius

Sunday, May 17, 2015, 
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
with b
rief remarks at 3:00 p.m.
Dishman McGinnis Elementary School 
375 Glen Lily Road

Sixteen Apply for BGISD Superintendent Position

Sixteen individuals have applied to become the next superintendent of Bowling Green Independent Schools. Twelve applicants are from Kentucky and four of the sixteen have experience as a school superintendent. The BGISD superintendent screening committee will now begin the process of evaluating applications, following the guidelines established by KRS 160.352 and Board of Education policy 02.1.

Author/Illustrator Floyd Cooper to Visit McNeill and T. C. Cherry

Award winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper will visit W. R. McNeill and T. C. Cherry Elementary Schools this week to speak about his newest book "Juneteenth" and explain his unique illustrations "subtractive process". As an author, Mr. Cooper says his goal is to take readers on a journey into the story, describing smells, the atmosphere, and emotions conveyed by characters. He will visit McNeill on Tuesday, March 10th and T. C. Cherry on Wednesday, March 11th.


Copies of Mr. Cooper’s books are available for purchase and as part of the visit, Mr. Cooper will sign books for students.


For more information, visit www.floydcooper.com or contact ann.bolin@bgreen.kyschools.us for more about his visit to Bowling Green City Schools. 

Employee Satisfaction Survey Results Shared

All employees of Bowling Green City Schools were invited to complete an anonymous Employee Satisfaction Survey in October 2014. Results indicate some of the highest levels of satisfaction since the survey baseline was established in 2006. Approximately half of all employees completed the survey in 2014 and a summary of results was shared at the Board of Education meeting on December 8, 2014. Results have also been shared with the District Leadership Team and school principals.

Employee Satisfaction Survey Online October 20-24

The Bowling Green Board of Education and Superintendent Joe Tinius respectfully ask that all faculty and staff take a few minutes between October 20 - October 24 to complete an employee satisfaction survey. The survey is available electronically through a link that has been emailed to all employees or via paper copies found at each school office. All completed surveys will be processed directly and independently by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA). At no time will anyone in BGISD have access to individual data. A summary report for the entire district and for each workplace will be provided to school administrators and the Board.  No other reports will be generated and no demographic data is used to identify individual employees.


The district wants and values the input of employees and intends to study responses to ensure Bowling Green City Schools continues to be a great place to work and learn.

Balloons and Science for McNeill Students

Third graders from McNeill Elementary learned about the science of hot air balloons on Friday, September 5, going behind the scenes of the U.S. Bank Balloons, Tunes & BBQ festival. Thirty-one balloons visited the Bowling Green / Warren County Regional Airport between September 4-7. Balloons, Tunes & BBQ is hosted by United Way of Southern Kentucky.


Photos from the McNeill Balloon Science Field Trip

Back To School Events & Information

The first day for students is Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Below is a list of helpful information for families preparing for the upcoming school year:

BGHS Ranked Among Top 10 of Kentucky Public High Schools

US News and World Report has released The Best High School rankings which is developed using demographic and assessment data and methodology by the American Institutes for Research. Bowling Green High School is among the top 10 schools in Kentucky, 784th nationally, and BGHS earned a silver medal based on a College Readiness Index Score of 39.6.

T. C. Cherry Students Sponsor Education for Ugandan Child

T. C. Cherry Project Challenge students are working to change the world, and they’ve already changed the life of Namususwa “Sharon,” a ten year old girl from Uganda. Through a non-profit organization, Project Yesu, Project Challenge students Sophia Moore, Jennifer Nguyn, Bella Duncan, Jason Duncan, Davin Rodriguez, and Makenna Twyman sponsored Sharon for $300 a year, which allows her to attend school. Sharon began school last month and has now exchanged letters with her sponsors.

Board of Education Proposes Non-Resident Agreement with Warren Co. Schools

Bowling Green City Schools and Warren County Schools have spent several months in an ongoing disagreement regarding the number of Warren County resident students allowed to attend Bowling Green City Schools with accompanying state funding. After an extensive legal battle in 2013, followed by formal mediation in early February 2014, the issue remains unresolved.

Choirs Performing on Government Access Channel 3

Members of the W. R. McNeill Elementary and Bowling Green High School Choirs recently sang Christmas Carols at the Warren County Courthouse. A recording of their performances will be replayed on Government Access Channel 3 at various times between Thursday, December 19 & Wednesday, December 25.

2014-15 Academic Calendar Options Presented
The District Calendar Committee met on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 to begin the process of recommending an academic calendar for the 2014-15 school year. The academic calendar must be approved by the Board of Education and is tentatively scheduled for approval at the December 9 Board of Education Meeting. Before finalizing the 2014-15 calendar, the Calendar Committee would like input from parents and community members. Two calendar options are available and surveys must be completed by November 15, 2013.
EMPLOYEES: Mandatory Open Enrollment Information
All employees must enroll in a health insurance plan for 2014 before October 31, 2013. Employees who do not waive or elect a new plan by THURSDAY will be automatically assigned to the Standard CDHP plan. 

 

Click here for step-by-step instructions to enroll online through KHRIS. 

School Phone Service to be Interrupted on Tuesday

Bowling Green City Schools will be converting telephone service from AT&T to Time Warner Cable on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. Throughout the day, all schools and departments will experience limited telephone service. Many buildings will only have one phone line available; therefore Bowling Green City Schools asks that parents and community members use an alternate mode of communication to contact employees or students during school hours Tuesday.

Someone from School Is Calling...

Tonight, beginning at 5:55 p.m. Bowling Green City Schools will utilize SchoolMessenger to send the first scheduled, automated call for the 2013-14 school year. The call will go to all student households currently enrolled in the database, Infinite Campus, with the purpose of reminding families of Purple Pride Readifest next week and the first day of school on Tuesday, August 6. For more information about SchoolMessenger, click here.

W. R. McNeill Principal Selection Survey

Members of the W. R. McNeill SBDM Council are developing a list of criteria for the next school principal and would like input from parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members. Please visit http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/McNeillPrincipal to take a brief survey, identifying qualities most important to you. The final list of criteria will be used to screen principal candidates.

The survey will close at noon on Friday, April 19.

Gallup Recognizes Four High Hope Schools in BGISD

Students in Bowling Green Independent Schools, grades 5-12, were asked to complete a recent Gallup Student Poll, measuring hope, engagement and wellbeing. Decades of Gallup research has determined these three factors are key predictors in students’ grades, achievement scores, retention, and even future employment. As a follow-up to the survey, we have recently learned that four schools have been named High Hope Schools: T.C. Cherry, Potter Gray, Parker-Bennett-Curry, W. R. McNeill Elementary Schools.

Board of Education: January Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Board of Education met for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on January 14, 2013. Prior to the meeting, a public forum was held regarding the District's nutrition and physical activity report. The meeting agenda included recognition of state champion athletes, a Beyond the Call Award presentation, review Gallup Student Survey Results, the election of a Chair and Vice Chair, approval of the 2013-14 Draft Budget, and approval of construction documents, support for non-profits, and miscellaneous travel and facility use requests.
Teachers aNd Technology

The TNT, or Teachers aNd Technology video features three different teachers  sharing some of their favorite technology tools to use in the classrooms. In the current video, you will hear from Ms. Brittany Butler, Mr. Cedric Browning, and Ms. Kelli Brooks.

Anne Padilla To Join Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame
Faculty and staff of Bowling Green High School gathered on Thursday morning, November 15, to recognize and congratulate the newest inductee to the Louie B. Nunn Kentucky Teacher Hall of Fame, Ms. Anne Padilla. Padilla, a teacher at BGHS since 1985 will be officially inducted as part of the 6th Hall of Fame Class on Tuesday, February 26, 2013 in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Ky.
Board of Education: September Meeting Notes
The Board of Education met on September 10, 2012 for the regularly scheduled monthly meeting. Items on the agenda included the approval of the working budget, Phase 2 construction documents, the employee satisfaction survey contract with KSBA, as well as school travel and facilities use.
BGHS Advanced Placement Results and Scholar Awards Announced
During the spring of 2012, 335 Bowling Green High School students from grades 9-12 took 578 Advanced Placement exams in 16 separate subject areas, and the results are impressive. Over 67% of students tested received a passing score, which translates to course credit earned at colleges and universities nationwide. Exams are scored on a scale of 1-5, with a score of 5 representing extraordinary qualification and 3 representing expertise in those skills deemed necessary for success in a rigorous college course. Scores of 3 or higher are considered passing scores.
Back to School Events
Bowling Green City Schools begin a new year on August 2. To prepare, schools have scheduled opportunities for parents and students to visit classrooms and meet teachers.
We look forward to seeing our students soon!
BGJHS Principal Selection Survey
Members of the Bowling Green Junior High Principal Selection Committee have developed a list of criteria they believe important for the next principal and would like input from the school community. Please click here to take a brief survey, identifying the top 5 characteristics most important to you as a parent, student, school employee, or community member. Survey responses and stakeholder feedback will be used to screen principal candidates.
Video: 101st Commencement Ceremony
School counselors play key role in kids’ futures
School guidance counselors wear many hats, from helping students with personal issues to scheduling their classes.

One of their roles has become more important than ever: preparing students to be ready for life after high school, which increasingly means college. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
Bowling Green Spring Luau: March 31
The Bowling Green Independent School District Foundation, Inc. has partnered with the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity, the Fiji’s, of Western Kentucky University to host the 2012 Bowling Green Spring Luau benefiting the Family Resource and Youth Services Centers of Bowling Green City Schools.
Tonight's Kiss Me, Kate Peformance
Kiss Me, Kate will continue as scheduled at 7:00 p.m. tonight at the Capitol Arts Center.
School music groups receive state honor
Those two orchestras, along with three other school musical groups in town, have been chosen to perform at this year's Kentucky Music Educators Association conference, Wednesday through Saturday in Louisville. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Pete Rodman, Daily News)
Second Annual Spread the Red: January 4
WKU's second Spread the Red Education Day on January 4 will include more than 2,000 students, including students from Bowling Green Junior High, grades 6 - 8. 
 
The Education Day game serves as the culmination of a month-long program, incorporating athletics into curriculum. Students will have the opportunity to meet representatives from WKU Admissions and the Ogden College of Science and Engineering. (Story by Zach Greenwell, Daily News)
Prevention Materials Distributed Wednesday

Bowling Green High School, Bowling Green Junior High, and The Academy at 11th Street will distribute information to students regarding suicide prevention on August 21. We hope by providing resources, and opportunities to talk about this subject, we can prevent tragedies from occurring. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Jon Lawson, Director of Pupil Personnel, (270) 746-2200.

2019-2020 Calendar Feedback

The BGISD Calendar Committee would like opinions and/or suggestions for the 2019 - 2020 school calendar. The survey link includes both an image of the DRAFT calendar and an explanation of dates currently being considered. Please submit feedback by November 20th.

https://goo.gl/forms/cepQ24uFgy3cAcb42

Superintendents Art Showcase on Display

Student artwork from all BGISD schools is now on display at the District Office, 1211 Center Street. The gallery features a variety of student work through support of the four art teachers: Michelle Bounasr, Sarah Goodaker, Mary Sansom, and William Stinson. 

BGISD Partners with Mid-South Conference MidSouth Conference $5000 Check Presentation

Mid-South Conference Commissioner Eric Ward announced today the addition of the Bowling Green Independent School District as a Community Partner and a host for several conference championships. The announcement came today at a press conference on the Bowling Green High School campus.

September is Attendance Awareness Month

September is School Attendance Awareness Month, and in BGISD, it is an opportunity to remind parents and students of the district's attendance policy. A student is allowed 5 days excused with parent notes and 7 days with doctor notes per school year.  After 7 doctor notes have been used, the district medical excuse form must be submitted for excused absences and/or tardies.  Parent and doctor notes must be turned in to the school within 72 hours of the student’s absence. This attendance policy is new for the 2018-19 school year and implemented in an effort to reduce chronic absenteeism, defined as missing more than 10% of the school year for any reason.

2018-2019 Student Handbook Online

Student Handbook CoverClick here to view the 2018-2019 Student Handbook including a school and district directory, the household communication plan, school calendar, school hours and attendance policy, food service, code of conduct, and more!

Manual del estudiante

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.  

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.

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

Community Connect: Tuesday, June 13 Community Connect Logo

Community Connect featuring inflatables, food, Mr. Bond the Science Guy, clothing giveaways, informational booths and more will be held June 13, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Dishman McGinnis Elementary, 375 Glen Lily Road. The event is free and sponsored by the BGISD Family Resource and Youth Service Centers.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

Congratulations Lady Purples! 4th Region Champions

The Bowling Green High School Lady Purples Basketball Team won the 4th Regional Championship on Sunday, March 6, defeating Glasgow 50-47. The girls will play in the St. Elizabeth Healthcare / KHSAA Girls' Sweet Sixteen Tournament vs. Butler High School on Thursday, March 10th, at 1:30 p.m. EST in the BB&T Arena on the campus of Northern Kentucky University.

Click here for tournament information:
http://khsaa.org/2016-st-elizabeth-healthcarekhsaa-girls-sweet-sixteen/

Celebrating Gifted Education Month in BGISD

Widener Announces Plans To Resign as BGHS Soccer Coach

Bowling Green High School Coach Craig Widener met with members of the Purples Soccer team on Wednesday, December 9, to share his intent to resign as Head Coach, effective December 10, 2015. He will continue his role as a teacher at BGHS, however plans to use time from coaching to spend more time with his family.

McCloughan a Semifinalist for Kentucky Teacher of the Year

Nine outstanding teachers from across the state, including Michele McCloughan of T. C. Cherry Elementary, are semifinalists for the 2016 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, the Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. announced today.

Photos: Itty Bitty Purples

The Itty Bitty Purples are having a great first week of Preschool at Parker-Bennett-Curry, Dishman McGinnis and T. C. Cherry! Click here to view the photo gallery.

Board of Education Adopts Local Property Tax

The Bowling Green Board of Education met on Monday, August 10, and adopted a local property tax rate of 76.8 cents per $100. The rate is an increase of 1.2-cents per $100 or 1.59% for property owners in the Bowling Green Independent School District. It is the first increase of local property taxes by the school district since 2013. The rate will produce a 4% increase in revenue for BGISD, totaling approximately $323,000. The operating budget for the district is approximately $44 million.

Congratulations BGHS Class of 2015

Two hundred and seventy-eight graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 31st, as the 104th graduating class from Bowling Green High School.

To date, graduates have earned over $12.6 million in scholarship offers and plan to attend 39 different post-secondary institutions, and enlist in three branches of the military: the United States Air Force, Navy, and National Guard.

Best wishes, Class of 2015 from Bowling Green Independent Schools! Your current and future accomplishments prove excellence is worth the effort.

Five BGJHS Students to Compete in National History Bee

On March 26, five Bowling Green Junior High students participated in the Nashville region of the National History Bee.  All five students (three in the elementary division and two in the middle school division) finished in the top ten in this regional competition, one of 37 regionals in the country. Going on to compete in the National History Bee competition, May 22-24, in Louisville are: elementary division: Eric Eastman, Samuel Chang, and Patrick Laufenberg, and middle school division: Tanner Gantt and Andrew Swierkosz.

 Congratulations to these BGJHS students and their accomplishments!

BGHS Presents: Into the Woods

The Bowling Green High School Choral Department presents, Into the Woods, March 20 - 22, 2015, at the Capitol Arts Center. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday afternoon's show begins at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $11.50 and may be purchased online at www.theskypac.com/events.


Into the Woods is based on the book by James Lampine, with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. The BGHS production is directed by Trish Beresford and Greg Robertson. 

Five Named 2015 National Merit® Finalists

Five 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 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million offered to National Merit Finalists.


BGHS students recognized as 2015 National Merit Finalists:
John “Jack” Grise
Brandon Lee
Hannah Lindsey
Sonora Schuck
Jesse Shadowen

Students to Compete in County Spelling Bee

Six students from Bowling Green City Schools will compete in the county-wide spelling bee to be held at St. Joseph School on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m.  School winners competing include Jasmine Stonebreaker, a 5th grader from T. C. Cherry Elementary, Madison Bonner, a 4th grader from Dishman McGinnis, Alex Minter, a 4th grader from W. R. McNeill, Jake Compton, a 5th grader from Potter Gray, Keriah Cofer Brit, a 5th grader at Parker-Bennett-Curry, and Darby Tassell, a 7th grader from Bowling Green Junior High. The county winner will advance to compete in the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 21, 2015. 

Board of Education Seeking Parent Representative for Screening Committee

The Bowling Green Board of Education is seeking a parent to serve on its superintendent screening committee. The screening committee will screen all applicants and recommend candidate names to the Board of Education for the position of superintendent. The time commitment of committee members includes a minimum of two evening meetings, as well as time to check candidate references.

Upcoming Student Concerts & Programs

Throughout the month of December, several concerts and holiday programs are scheduled in Bowling Green City Schools. Events planned this week:


Monday, December 15, 2014:
T. C. Cherry Christmas Program: 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014:
Dishman McGinnis Holiday Program: 1:30 p.m.


Thursday, December 18, 2014:
Parker-Bennett-Curry Holiday Program: 6:00 p.m.

 

PBC Principal Selected for Minority Superintendent Internship Program

The Kentucky Department of Education has selected four Kentucky school administrators to participate in the 2014 Minority Superintendent Internship Program (MSIP) including Ms. Cheri Harris Smith, Principal of Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary. The program promotes inclusion and diversity in the superintendent’s role, as well as the identification of a highly effective and highly qualified leadership workforce.

108 BGHS Students Receive AP® Scholar Awards

One Hundred Eight (108) students at Bowling Green High School have earned 2014 AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2014 AP Exams. The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program® (AP®) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

Bowling Green & Warren County Schools Receive Recommendation from Hearing Officer

Hearing Officer Mike Wilson has issued his Recommended Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Order regarding the non-resident student dispute between Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Schools. Hearing Officer Wilson has again recommended that up to 750 Warren County resident students be allowed to attend Bowling Green Independent Schools for the 2014-15 school year. This is the same recommendation made by the Hearing Officer for the 2013-14 school year, which was previously approved by Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Terry Holliday.


Click here to download the complete Recommended Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Order.

Non-Resident Hearing Summary & Next Steps

The 2014 Non-Resident Student Hearing between Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Schools concluded Saturday afternoon, May 3. Following the hearing, legal counsel of both parties will submit briefs by May 12, then Hearing Officer, Attorney Mike Wilson will submit a recommendation to Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday. Commissioner Holliday will return a formal ruling regarding non-resident students for the upcoming school year to both Districts. The goal is to have a ruling by early June.
 

BGISD Post-Hearing Brief

Potter Gray Principal Selection Survey

Members of the Potter Gray SBDM Council are developing a list of criteria for the next school principal and would like input from parents, students, teachers, staff, and community members. Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PGSBDM2014 to take a brief survey, identifying qualities most important to you. The final list of criteria will be used to screen principal candidates.

The survey will close at noon on Monday, April 28.

Board of Education to File Cross-Appeal

Upon returning from closed session at the Board of Education meeting on March 10, members of the Bowling Green Board passed a motion to cross-appeal the absence of a non-resident agreement with Warren County Schools.

EXPLORE and PLAN Results Released

Kentucky’s 8th- and 10th-grade public school students participated in a statewide administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments in September 2013. Both tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and evaluate content knowledge in English, math, reading and science. Overall results show students across the Commonwealth are compare favorably with the rest of the nation and more students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

Well-Balanced Meals and Local Produce Support Learning

According to the 2014 Nutrition and Physical Activity Report Card, Bowling Green Schools serve an average of 3,114 lunches per day, and more than 1,350 students eat breakfast at school each day. Meals served in Bowling Green Schools follow the federal Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which contains provisions to ensure meals are healthy and well-balanced.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: January 2014

The Bowling Green Board of Education met on Monday, January 13 for their monthly meeting. Summaries of motions approved are included in the Board Update, published the day after each regularly scheduled meeting.

Board of Education Update (pdf)

2014 Wellness Report Card (pdf)

BGHS Choir & Art Students Present: "A Taste of Christmas"

Bowling Green High School A Cappella Choir, AcaPurples, and BGHS art students will present, “A Taste of Christmas” on Friday, December 13, and Saturday December 14, at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Commons of Bowling Green High School.  The musical extravaganza and silent art auction have become a holiday tradition. The event also provides holiday treats and refreshments to enjoy throughout the performance.  It is a great way to get in the Christmas spirit.

 

Notes & Quotes Available Online
The November edition of the Bowling Green Independent School District Newsletter, Notes & Quotes is now available online. Click here to view the newsletter. 
Technology Information Night to be held at BGJHS
The Youth Services Center and Counseling Department at BGJHS are planning a parent information night with four technology sessions (ILP, Internet Safety, Edmodo, and Parent Portal).  Participants will rotate every 30 minutes and a light meal will be served during a “Leader in Me” presentation.

 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
6:00-8:30 PM
BGJHS Computer Lab Wing

 

Please register to attend by calling 746-2294, or emailing linda.krutza@bgreen.kyschools.us, or ann.callaham2@bgreen.kyschools.us.

AdvancED Surveys Online Now

Bowling Green Independent Schools are engaged in a continuous improvement process and currently working to receive accreditation by AdvancEd. The District first achieved accreditation status in 2009 and reaccreditation is required every five years. To begin the process, schools are asking students, employees, and parents to participate in an online survey between September 19 and October 4. The surveys will help the school district understand perceptions of stakeholders, and allow stakeholders to have a better understanding of the AdvancED Standards for Quality Schools/School Systems.

Second Opportunity High School Begins September 2

The Bowling Green City School’s 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 2, 2014. The Second Opportunity High School allows adults (over 18) who did not finish high school to obtain high school credits toward graduation and ultimately earn a high school diploma from Bowling Green City Schools.

Bowling Green Schools Receive Non-Resident Appeal Final Order

On August 23, the Bowling Green Board of Education received a Final Order from the Kentucky Commissioner of Education, Dr. Terry Holliday, regarding the non-resident student appeal between Bowling Green and Warren County Schools. The decision remains positive for the families and parents of the Bowling Green community.

Community Eligibility Option Changes for 2013-14

Bowling Green City Schools announced an amendment to its student meal policy under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2013-2014 school year. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

  • Bowling Green Junior High
  • Dishman McGinnis Elementary
  • Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary
  • T. C. Cherry Elementary
  • The Academy at 11th Street
Board of Education Meeting Notes: July 8, 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 8, 2013. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. Click here to read the July 2013 Board Update.

7th Graders Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Earlier this school year, 25 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 11th and 12th graders, and many earned scores that rival or surpass those earned by the older students. Thirteen BGJHS students have earned state or grand recognition based on their ACT scores and the national percentile rankings for high school juniors and seniors.

Bowling Green High School Presents Godspell

Over 40 students from BGHS will perform in the Broadway hit, GODSPELL, at the Capitol Arts Center March 8-10. The 90-minute musical is set in a high school, with local students using their own names as characters except for Evan Atwell who will play Jesus and Ethan Holaday, playing John the Baptist/Judas. Come check out this fresh, contemporary approach to a classic. You’ll be sure to leave with a smile on your face and music in your heart.

Notice: Fraudulent Representation of BG Quarterback Club

Please be aware that the BGHS Quarterback Club is NOT selling ads or attempting to solicit donations to produce a championship poster. At least one local business wrote a $250 check for that cause. The check was cashed in Versailles, Ky., without the proper signature from our QB Club treasurer.

Students Participate in Gallup Poll to Determine Future Success
Students in Bowling Green Independent Schools, grades 5-12, were asked to complete a recent Gallup Student Poll, measuring hope, engagement and wellbeing. Decades of Gallup research has determined these three factors are key predictors in students’ grades, achievement scores, retention, and even future employment. The Gallup Survey also shares information for the entire community to better support local students and schools, preparing youth for their future.
Holiday Art Winners Selected
Bowling Green Elementary students recently competed in a holiday art contest with the winning art to be featured at the District’s Holiday Open House. One art project from each school was selected and has been used to create invitations, advertisements and posters for the district. The original work will also be on display during the Open House on December 6 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
School design is OK’d
The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education on Monday approved an updated schematic design for the new Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School, which will be on Durbin Drive at the site of the old L.C. Curry Elementary School.
BGHS Back-to-School Info
BGHS Back-to School Info
Bowling Green Students: World Travelers
Bowling Green High School student Saralinda Schell, and recent graduate Hannah Lang are preparing to study abroad soon. Saralinda will leave September 6 for Turkey as part of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Hannah will leave July 26 for Erfurt, Germany, participating in the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Summer Feeding Program Available June 2-July 25

During the school year, many children receive free and reduced-price breakfast and lunch through the School Breakfast and National School Lunch Programs. The Summer Food Service Program is designed to continue to provide nutritious meals to children who need them, even when school is not in session. Anyone 18 years of age and younger may receive a free lunch or breakfast at either T. C. Cherry or Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools, offered weekdays June 2th thru July 25, 2014. Lunches will also be available weekdays at Dishman-McGinnis June 9-27 and July 7-25.

Eagle Flight 5K Pasta Party
The Eagle Flight 5K Pasta Party will continue this afternoon as planned.
KMEA Send-Off Concert: Tonight
Five local groups have been selected to perform at the Kentucky Music Educators Association State Conference in Louisville. The Bowling Green High School Orchestra, BGHS A Cappella Choir, Bowling Green Junior High Orchestra, BGJHS 8th Grade Choir, and the Briarwood Elementary Choir will each perform during the event at various times between February 8 - 11. Tonight at 5:30 p.m., these students will participate in a send-off concert at the First Baptist Church in Bowling Green. The concert is free and open to the public.
Bacon Bots to Compete Saturday at WKU
T. C. Cherry's LEGO League team, the Bacon Bots, will compete in Kentucky's FIRST LEGO state robotics competition on Saturday in E.A. Diddle Arena, on the campus of Western Kentucky University. The event will include forty-two teams and approximately 400 students from across the Commonwealth.
Adults spend time with students as good role models
Mentoring programs at Dishman-McGinnis and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools have been pairing adults and students together for several years. The mentors visit the school at least twice per month to meet with the children with the goal of building positive, and lasting relationships. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
BG school board gives its OK for calendar
At its regular board of education meeting Monday night, Bowling Green Independent Schools set the calendar for next school year, scheduled 2012’s board meeting dates and accepted an audit report. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Holiday Open House: Thursday, December 8
Superintendent Joe Tinius & the Bowling Green Board of Education request the honor of your presence at a
Holiday Open House
Thursday, December 8, 2011
2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
at the Joel C. Brown Administration Building, 1211 Center Street
(Artwork by Lillian Courtney, a 1st Grade student at Dishman-McGinnis)
Drone Footage of #NewBGHS2020

Drone footage of new Bowling Green High School construction, filmed November 8, 2018.

2017-18 Kentucky Assessment and Accountability Results Released

The Kentucky Department of Education has released the 2017-18 Assessment and Accountability results for all public schools in the Commonwealth. The system for rating the performance of public schools is new this year and reflects changes in state and federal laws. Schools do not receive an overall score, instead, the schoolwide results reported are used to help identify areas that need more attention as we work to ensure all students achieve their highest potential.

BGISD Welcomes New Employees

Bowling Green City Schools welcomed several new employees to the Purple Family on Opening Day 2018, held August 6th. Click the link to view the list of new employees at each Bowling Green school: goo.gl/xA1CiY

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:

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 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.

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.

Congratulations, Class of 2017!

Best wishes to the Bowling Green High School Class of 2017. These young alumni will soon be attending more than 30 post-secondary institutions and joining four branches of the armed forces. Once a Purple, Always a Purple. 

Summer Meals Available Free for Kids

When school is out the Summer Food Service Program will offer free, nutritious meals to all children 18 years old and younger, Monday - Friday, May 30th through July 28. Meals are available at Dishman McGinnis Elementary, Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary and the BGISD Professional Development and Learning Center. Adults may purchase a meal for $3.00 each.

Celebrating Gifted Education Month: February 2017

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

$29,527 in Technology Grants Awarded to Bowling Green Schools

Two schools in the Bowling Green Independent School District have been selected to receive technology grants from the Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE). Bowling Green High School will receive $23, 049 and W. R. McNeill Elementary will receive $6,478 in funding. Both schools applied for the grants last fall and will officially be recognized as grant recipients on March 11, 2016, at the annual KySTE Conference to be held in Louisville.

BGJHS and BGHS Regional Speech Champions

The Bowling Green Junior High Speech and Debate Team won its third straight Regional Title on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Plus, for the first time in over a decade, the Bowling Green High School Purples are also Regional Speech Champions. 

BGHS Football Coaches Named Finalists for National Awards

The National High School Athletic Coaches Association has announced Kevin Wallace and Mark Spader from Bowling Green as finalists for coaching awards from the National High School Athletic Coaches Association.

Bowling Green High School Football Coach Kevin Wallace is one of eight finalists from across the country for the national football coach of the year. Mark Spader, BGHS Defensive Coordinator, is one of eight finalists for the NHSACA assistant football coach of the year.

The Academy Receives $10,000 for Participation in Hour of Code

The Academy at Eleventh Street received a check for $10,000 from code.org on Tuesday, December 8. The school was awarded the check due to their commitment to host a school-wide Hour of Code with all students completing computer coding activities. Using the funding, the school will purchase Chromebooks for a one-to-one, student-to-device initiative.

Kentucky Public School Accountability Results Released from 2014-15 School Year

The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system for the 2014-15 school year. Bowling Green Independent Schools use data from the Unbridled Learning system, as well as other forms of student assessment, to inform and support teachers and administrators preparing individual students for their future. Student reports, including statewide assessment results and growth reports, will be released later this month and copies of those reports will be shared with parents and guardians.

WKU Surprise: New Members of the Class of 2020

Western Kentucky University President Dr. Gary Ransdell hand-delivered acceptance letters to Blake Forshee and Jessy Brennan as part of a surprise visit to Bowling Green High School on Monday, August 10. The two BGHS students are among the first admitted to the WKU Class of 2020. Joining Ransdell were special guests: Big Red, WKU Cheerleaders and many from the WKU Admissions Team.

97 BGHS Students Named AP Scholars

Bowling Green High School is honored to have 97 students recognized as AP Scholars by the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program. Eight students have also earned the National AP Scholar designation, earning a score of four or higher on eight or more AP exams.

BGISD Summer Book Mobile Accepting Donations

Bowling Green Independent Schools are planning a summer book mobile to provide reading opportunities for students. The project needs more used books! Families and community members may donate children's books as well as storage crates and tubs to help with the project. All items may be dropped off at any BGISD elementary school or the Board of Education at 1211 Center Street. 

Dishman McGinnis Recognized for Improving School Health, Environmental Sustainability

Students and teachers from across the Commonwealth were recognized April 23 for their participation in project-based learning programs during the eighth annual Kentucky Green and Healthy Schools (KGHS) and Kentucky National Energy Education Development (KY NEED) Youth Summit and Awards Luncheon in Frankfort. Dishman McGinnis Elementary School of Bowling Green was recognized with the KGHS flag award as a school built to achieve environmental sustainability.

Purples Return To Rupp Arena: Game and Ticket Information

Congratulations to the Bowling Green Purples basketball team, 2015 4th Region Champions! The Purples will travel to Rupp Arena to play the Elliott County Lions on Thursday, March 19th at 5:30 CST. Tickets to the game will be sold for $10 each at BGHS during school hours Monday-Wednesday, March 16 - 18. Purples fans unable to travel to Lexington may view the game live on khsaa.tv

Board of Education Meeting Notes: March 2015

The Bowling Green Board of Education met Monday, March 9, 2015 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. The Board established superintendent criteria, heard a Spotlight on Schools presentation from the Academy at 11th Street, made changes to the Sick Leave Bank policies, sanctioned bass fishing as a sport at BGHS and more. Click here to read a summary of action taken.

Future Purples: Pre-Registration March 30 - April 3

Kindergarten and Preschool Pre-Registration for 2015-2016 will be held March 30 - April 3, 2015 in all five Bowling Green elementary schools. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by October 1 to enroll.

  • Click here for kindergarten enrollment requirements and documents that, unless otherwise noted, should be on file at the child's school by August 5, 2015.
  • Click here to learn more about preschool eligibility for three and four year old students and enrollment requirements.
Board Takes First Step to Appoint New Superintendent

The first step to appoint a new superintendent has begun in Bowling Green Independent Schools. The Board of Education contracted with Mr. Phil Eason, a consultant with the Kentucky Association of School Administrators (KASA), to assist with the search and hiring process. Mr. Eason is currently working with key stakeholder groups to establish a screening committee of individuals to review all applications later this spring.

Shrek-The Musical

Make plans now to attend this year’s school musical, Shrek, The Musical!  February 27th and 28th at 7:00 p.m. and March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in the BGJHS Auditorium.  Tickets are $7.00 for adults and $4.00 for students and will be sold at the door.

 

You do not want to miss this family-friendly show full of BGJHS’s finest actors, actresses, and stage crew!

 

Upcoming Student Concerts & Programs

Throughout the month of December, several concerts and holiday programs are scheduled in Bowling Green City Schools. Events planned this week:

Tuesday, December 9, 2014:
BGJHS 7th & 8th Grade Band Concert: 6:00 p.m.


Thursday, December 11, 2014:
BGISD Open House (with BGHS choir and orchestra students providing entertainment): 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
BGJHS 7th & 8th Grade Choir Concert: 6:00 p.m.


Friday & Saturday, December 12 & 13:
BGHS Choirs Taste of Christmas: 7:00 p.m.

 

PSA from BGHS Wins Digital Citizenship Contest

Congratulations to the STLP group from BGHS that submitted the PSA announcement which was the winning video of the Digital Citizenship Video contest.  All school videos are now streaming on BGISD-TV. Thank you to everyone who participated in the competition and for contributing to teaching internet safety and digital citizenship. We sincerely appreciate all of your efforts to make this competition a success. 

 

Sharon Logsdon, District Technology Coordinator

BGISD Files Response to Warren County Non-Resident Appeal

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday issued a Final Order on July 2, 2014 regarding the non-resident student hearing between Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Schools. The Order affirmed that up to 750 Warren County resident students be allowed to attend BGISD for the 2014-15 school year. The Warren County Board of Education voted unanimously to appeal the decision to the Kentucky Board of Education, and on August 22, 2014 filed the first of a series of legal briefs.
 
Bowling Green Board of Education filed a response to the Warren County brief on September 5. Warren County will have until Friday, September 12, to file a reply brief, which will be the final brief in the process.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: July 2015

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, July 14, 2014. The Board Update lists agenda items including and summary of decisions approved. Read more.

BGISD Receives Final Order in Non-Resident Dispute

Kentucky Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday has issued his Final Order regarding the most recent non-resident hearing between Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Schools. The Commissioner’s Order sustains the Hearing Officer’s Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Order and affirms that up to 750 Warren County resident students be allowed to attend Bowling Green Independent Schools for the 2014-15 school year.

 

Final Order 

 

Recommended Findings of Fact, Conclusions of Law and Recommended Order

Congratulations BGHS Class of 2014

Two hundred and ninety-one students were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 25, as the 103rd graduating class from Bowling Green High School.  Of those 291, eighty-one were Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average.

 

The top five Honor Graduates included (alphabetical order) Sneha Chhachhi, Lauren Elson, Devin Hayes, Yedarm Kim and Rachel Wulff. To date, members of the Class of 2014 have earned over $8 million in scholarship offers and plan to attend 41 different post-secondary institutions and enlist in three branches of the military.

 

Best wishes, Class of 2014! Your current and future accomplishments prove excellence is worth the effort.

Final Two Make-Up Days Set

The Bowling Green City School District has missed five school days this year due to inclement weather. Three of those days have been made up using designated make-up days in the school calendar. BGISD will make up the additional two days missed by being in session Friday, April 18 and Friday, May 23, both also designated make-up days in the 2013-14 calendar approved in December 2012. Friday, May 23rd will be the last day of school for students. The BGHS Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony will be held Sunday, May 25 at 2:00 p.m. and Closing Day for all BGISD Employees will be Tuesday, May 27.

BGHS Freshman Principal Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

Today’s school assembly was anything but ordinary when Dr. Jane Foley, Milken Family Foundation Senior Vice President, Milken Educator Awards, announced that William King, freshman principal at Bowling Green High School in Bowling Green, Kentucky, was the state’s Milken Educator Award winner. One of education’s most prestigious recognitions, the Award comes with a no-strings-attached cash prize of $25,000. With more than 1,200 cheering students, colleagues and a host of dignitaries – including Kentucky Commissioner Holliday, and Mrs. Madeline Abramson, wife of Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, this exceptional educator experienced the fanfare typically reserved for all-star athletes and award-winning entertainers.

Moncayo and Smart Win State Event With Iconic Apps Proposal

The Kentucky Association for Career and Technical Education have announced Bowling Green High School students Omar Moncayo and David Smart winners of the third annual Entrepreneurship Event, which is sponsored by KACTE and coordinated by state advisors of the Career and Technical Education Student Organizations.

Notes & Quotes Available Online

The December edition of the Bowling Green Independent School District Newsletter, Notes & Quotes, is now available online: Notes & Quotes.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: December 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 9, 2013. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. Board of Education Update

7th Grade Students Provide Input on Kentucky Atlas
Dr. Kay Gandy of WKU and the Kentucky Geographic Alliance shared the new Kentucky Atlas with Mr. Holder’s 7th grade students at BGJHS on Monday. The students offered feedback on the atlas that will be used for 4th – 8th grade students across the Commonwealth. Click here to view photos.
BGHS Receives Grant to Assist At-Risk Math Students
The Bowling Green Independent School District has been awarded a $10,000 grant through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, an initiative that gives farmers the opportunity to nominate their public school district to apply for merit-based, math and/or science grant. Bowling Green High School will utilize the $10,000 grant to implement a peer-mentoring program for 9th grade math students.
Class of 2013 ACT Scores Released

ACT, Inc. has released scores from the Bowling Green High School Class of 2013. Results show improvement in every academic category from the previous spring. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2012 as juniors, the Class of 2013 scored an average composite score of 20.8. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.7.

Bowling Green Schools Receive Findings of Non-Resident Hearing

On July 29, the Bowling Green Board of Education received a recommended order regarding the recent non-resident student hearing between Bowling Green and Warren County Schools. The findings are positive for the families and parents of the Bowling Green community.

Joe Tinius Named KAPT Superintendent of the Year

The Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation named Superintendent Joe Tinius Superintendent of the Year at their annual awards banquet held on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Holiday Inn University Plaza in Bowling Green. The awards banquet was part of the Kentucky Association for Pupil Transportation's 23rd annual leadership seminar which provides school transportation personnel including directors, driver trainers, mechanic supervisors, and mechanics additional training for their role in transporting students to and from school.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: May 7, 2013

The BGISD Board met in special session on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary, the school designated for the Board of Education to accommodate overflow meeting crowds. The purpose of the meeting was to review the current non-resident agreement with Warren County Schools.

Vaughan Wins at KHSSL State Championship

On March 15 & 16, Bowling Green Junior High students Chapel Tinius, Cole Vaughan, Sean Compton, and Tobi Walker, competed at the Kentucky High School Speech League State Championship. Cole Vaughan (pictured), a 6th grader, won 1st place in Storytelling, and is the the first KHSSL State Champion from BGJHS.

 

 

BGHS TEAM WINS PHYSICS OLYMPICS

A team from Bowling Green High School won the 2013 Western Kentucky Physics Olympics.

Coached by teacher Cristen Olson, the “Purple Chem” team had the best combined placement in the five Physics Olympics events on Feb. 23 at WKU. Team members, all sophomores at BGHS, are: Emily Penn, Kate Bigler, Teaghan Chen and Hannah Lindsey.

Notes & Quotes: February 2013

Bowling Green Independent School District's monthly newsletter, Notes & Quotes.

Spotlight on Schools: Bowling Green Junior High
Each month, the Board of Education highlights a different Bowling Green City School. The regularly scheduled monthly meeting begins with a brief presentation from the school, and student artwork is on display in the board room of the district office.

Bowling Green Junior High is the "Spotlight School" for January 2013, and features efforts of engaging students in the classrooms.
Notes & Quotes: January 2013
The Bowling Green Independent School District's monthly newsletter, Notes & Quotes.
Spotlight on Schools: T. C. Cherry
Each regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting features a presentation highlighting one of the Bowling Green City Schools. The same school will showcase artwork in the district office for the remainder of the month. This month, T. C. Cherry shares some of the many student activities that are ongoing within the school and several winter-themed art projects from grades K-3 are on display at the District Office.
 
Spotlight on Schools: Parker-Bennett-Curry
Each month, the Board of Education highlights a different Bowling Green City School. The regularly scheduled monthly meeting begins with a brief presentation from the school, and student artwork is on display in the board room of the district office.

Parker-Bennett-Curry is the "Spotlight School" for November 2012.
Spotlight on Schools: W. R. McNeill
Each month, the Board of Education highlights a different Bowling Green City School. The regularly scheduled monthly meeting begins with a brief presentation highlighting the school, and student artwork is on display in the board room of the district office.

W. R. McNeill is the "Spotlight School" for October 2012.
Students Compare Responsibilities of Mayor and Prinicpal
Mayor Bruce Wilkerson visited Kindergarten classes at T. C. Cherry to talk about his responsibilities as an elected official in city government. The students then used a Venn diagram to find similarities and differences between the role of mayor and the school principal, Mr. Twyman. Click here to view photos.
2012-13 School Information
Bowling Green City Schools are excited to begin a new year on Thursday, August 2. To prepare, the following links and information may be helpful to you and your family. (Information emailed to parents & guardians via AlertNow on Monday, July 23.)

World comes to Massey Springs
Residents of Massey Springs Senior Living were entertained by music and dancing of different cultures Thursday night when a group of Bowling Green High School students brought their annual International Fiesta event to the facility. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
Alumni Association Announces 2013 Hall of Honor

The twenty-second annual Hall of Honor Celebration will be held Saturday, April 27, 2013 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.

McNeill students take on bullying
Students at W.R. McNeill Elementary School led an anti-bullying campaign Thursday night with presentations about how to deal with bullies.

Sarah Wilder, a fifth-grade teacher at McNeill, and Kelli Brooks, a first-grade teacher at the school, were looking for a way their classes could collaborate, Brooks said.

They got a service-learning grant from Bowling Green-Warren County Community Education and decided to have students tackle an issue that was important to them, she said.
Board of Education: March Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Independent School Board of Education met Monday, March 12 for their regular monthly meeting. The board approved selection of Ross Tarrant Architects to design the new Dishman-McGinnis Elementary, approved contracts to continue website management services with SchoolPointe, and conducted the summative evaluation of Superintendent Joe Tinius. (Daily News story by Laurel Wilson)
Girls Basketball PostPoned
Tonight's 4th Region girls basketball semifinals at WKU have been postponed until Saturday evening. Glasgow vs Todd at 4:00 & BGHS vs Monroe at 6:00 p.m. with the championship on Sunday at 3:00 p.m.
Queens of the Board
More than 20 girls competed in the SOKY Chess League's Annual All-Girls Tournament Saturday at Bowling Green Junior High School. Trophies were awarded to the top three places in the K-3, K-5, K-8, and K-12 sections. (Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)

Reports of Funding Cuts and School Nutrition
The Bowling Green Board of Education learned of additional financial cuts, as well as heard an update on school nutrition and physical activity during the January monthly board meeting. The district was recently informed that cuts in state funding would total more than $400,000 for the current school year, not counting the cuts to textbook funds, professional development and other programs. (Story by Jenna Mink, Daily News
Preschool Classes Dubbed as Excellent
Both preschool classrooms at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary have been named a Preschool Classroom of Excellence by the Kentucky Department of Education. Teachers Krista Williams and Brandy Adams went through a two-year application process including an application, self-study, and classrooom visits by the Kentucky Department of Education. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Board of Education: December Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Board of Education held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting on December 12, 2011. A summary of recognitions and agenda items are included in the December Board Update.
Summer Activities Fair: Thursday, April 24

Community Education, Bowling Green High School Youth Services Center and Natcher Elementary Family Resource Center are co-sponsoring the 10th annual Summer Activities Fair on Thursday, April 24 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. in BGHS arena.  The purpose of the fair is to provide parents with children in grades K-12 a one-stop shop opportunity for information on the activities, camps, or other programs offered during the summer in our community.  

Draft of Visitor to School Policy

The Bowling Green Board of Education will review the Community Relations, Visitor to Schools Policy on Monday, August 13th at 6:30 p.m. Click here to read the proposed policy.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

BGJHS to Host Leadership Day and Open House

Students, parents, and community members are invited to attend a Leadership Day and Open House at Bowling Green Junior High on Friday, April 1, 2016. Dishman McGinnis and W. R. McNeill Elementary Students will visit from 8:30 - 11:00 a.m., and T. C. Cherry, Potter Gray, and Parker-Bennett-Curry students from 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Beta Club Members Qualify for Nationals

Eighteen members of the BGHS Senior Beta Club attended the Kentucky State Convention at the Galt House in Louisville, January 25-27, 2016.The following students placed in the top 3 of their category/division: Sara Rastoder, Jessica Klusty, Kate Chaudoin, Annika Avula, Colin Haase, Rithik Reddy, and Priyanka Sheth. They qualify to attend Nationals in New Orleans this summer.

Spring Semester of 2nd Opportunity High School Begins February 2

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 2, 2016, for the spring semester. Math, English, Science, Social Studies and elective courses will be offered. The cost is $50.00.  Students registering for the first time should bring their high school transcript to registration. For more information, contact Jon Lawson, 270-746-2200.

Preschool Visits Chandler Park Memory Care

 

 

BGHS Announces 2015 Homecoming Court

Bowling Green High School’s 2015 Homecoming Queen will be crowned at halftime of the BGHS vs. Barren County game, which kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 16, 2015. Queen candidates include seniors Paige Fields, Savannah Freeman, Caroline Hopkins, Erin Jones, Lucy Key, Sydney Sims, and Lauren Wiseman. The Homecoming Court also includes representatives from the junior, sophomore, and freshmen classes of BGHS.

PBC Breaks Ground on Natural Playscape

Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School broke ground on a new Natural Playscape on Friday, May 22, 2015. The playscape, which includes an edible planting garden will be located on school grounds in proximity to the other play grounds of the school. The project is made possible through collaboration with the Western Kentucky University Department of Architectural and Manufacturing Sciences and grants from the WKU Alive Center and Whole Kids Foundation.

The Washington Post Ranks BGHS on Most Challenging High Schools List

The Washington Post has again ranked Bowling Green High School on America’s Most Challenging High Schools list. Education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking high schools in the country and the D.C. region for several years. This year, there are more than 2,300 schools on the list, including 16 in Kentucky. BGHS ranks 14th among the 16 Kentucky schools included and currently #1,263 in America.

Potter Gray Principal Earns Doctorate of Education

Congratulations to Dr. Byron Darnall, Principal of Potter Gray Elementary School. He has successfully defended his dissertation, The Value of Iowa School District Community Demographic Data in Explaining School District ITBS/ITED 3rd and 11th Grade Language Arts and Mathematics Scores, to fulfill requirements for the Doctorate of Education from Seton Hall University.

Photo submitted.
 

Screening Committee in Place for Superintendent Search

The Bowling Green Independent School District is making progress toward finding a new superintendent by establishing the superintendent screening committee based on procedures established in KRS 160.352. The following individuals will serve on the BGISD superintendent screening committee:

  • Board of Education Appointee: Michael Bishop
  • Principal Representative: Cynthia West
  • Certified Employee Representative: Ada Skillern
  • Certified Employee Representative: Allen Martin
  • Classified Employee Representative: Marsha Ingram
  • Parent Representative: Steve Cline
Board of Education Begins Superintendent Selection Process and Hears School Improvement Plans

The Bowling Green Board of Education met January 26, 2015 to begin the process of selecting the next superintendent of Bowling Green Independent Schools and to hear School Improvement Plan presentations from each school principal.

Holiday Open House: December 11, 2014

Joe Tinius and the Bowling Green Board of Education will host the annual Holiday Open House Thursday, December 11, 2014, from 2:30 - 5:00 p.m. at the BGISD Professional Development & Learning Center. Guests are also invited to tour the PD & Learning Center, including the Confucius Classroom with collections of Chinese art and music artifacts.

Chickens Relocate to New Home at Potter Gray

Chickens that hatched from incubation in Mrs. Gentry's classroom at Potter Gray have moved to a new home. The chicks outgrew their space inside and were relocated to a new coop, complete with a heat lamp and heated water outside the classroom window. The students hope to continue to watch and learn about the life cycle of chickens and also take on additional classroom responsibilities of caring for the chickens.

Kentucky Board of Education Affirms Order, Requires Mediation

The Kentucky Board of Education reviewed the 2014-15 non-resident appeal initiated by Warren County Schools on October 7, 2014. The Board voted (9-1) to affirm the Commissioner’s Order and allow 750 Warren County resident students to attend Bowling Green Independent Schools for the 2014-15 school year. In a separate motion, the Kentucky Board of Education voted unanimously to order Warren County and Bowling Green Schools to participate in formal mediation to reach a non-resident agreement for 2015-16. The districts must report progress of mediation at the December meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education.

STUDENTS: Share Info about Digital Citizenship and Win!

What do you believe is important about digital citizenship? What do you want your friends to know about cyberbullying, texting, social media, online privacy, identity theft, intellectual property, etc?


Produce a short video as part of the BGISD Digital Citizenship Video Contest and share your ideas with peers across Bowling Green City Schools! Videos must be less than 2 minutes in length and are due by September 30, 2014. The best overall STLP video wins a Chromebook and the best video from each school wins trophy!

Financial Records Available from Fiscal Year 2013-14

The unaudited annual financial report and vendor list for Fiscal Year 2013-14 have been posted for public viewing. If unable to access this report citizens may obtain a copy by personal request in our office at 1211 Center Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Potter Gray Selects Byron Darnall as Principal

The Potter Gray SBDM Principal Selection Committee voted Wednesday morning, May 21, to select Byron Darnall as their new principal. He will officially begin duties on July 1, 2014.

 

Mr. Darnall is currently serving as Bureau Chief for Educator Quality at the Iowa Department of Education in Des Moines. Prior to moving to Iowa, Darnall served as Principal of Glasgow High School (2010-2011) in Glasgow Independent Schools and as Assistant Principal of Chandlers Elementary School (2009-2010) in Logan County. Before working as an administrator, he served nine years as an English and language arts teacher at Bowling Green High School (2000-2009). Darnall also previously taught literature courses through the Western Kentucky University VAMPY and Upward Bound programs.

Students with Top EXPLORE Scores Listed on Board

Bowling Green Junior High revealed a new recognition board in the school rotunda, honoring forty-eight 8th grade students scoring 20 or above on the EXPLORE exam. The highest possible score is a 25, and those of 20 or higher are among the 92nd percentile nationally, the 93rd percentile in Kentucky and the 86th percentile at BGJHS. 

District Accreditation External Review Begins February 23

Bowling Green Independent Schools are engaged in a continuous improvement process and currently working to receive accreditation by AdvancEd. The District first achieved accreditation status in 2009 and reaccreditation is required every five years. Accreditation is a voluntary method of evaluation that involves both an internal and external review of the school district as a whole, including programs, culture and community.

Chhachhi Wins County-Wide Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Nupur Chhachhi, an 8th grade student from Bowling Green Junior High, on winning the Warren County Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee held Thursday, January 30. Twenty-six School Spelling Bee Winners from Warren County participated in the county-wide event, spelling challenging words on stage in front of their peers, family, and supporters. Nupur will advance to the Ford Motor Company Kentucky Derby Festival Spelling Bee, to be held on March 15 in Louisville. (Pictured from left, Moderator and BGHS Teacher, Anne Padilla, Nupur Chhachhi, and BGISD Director of Elementary and Secondary Programs, Jennifer Davis)

Potter Gray Panthers Win 1st Place Innovation & Strategy

The Potter Gray LEGO Robotics Team competed in the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League's State Robotics Competition held on Saturday, January 25 at Western Kentucky University. The competition included 44 teams and 400 students. Potter Gray's team won 1st Place in Innovation & Strategy, which recognizes solid engineering practices and a well-developed strategy to design and build an innovative, high performing robot.

Fant Named Mr. Football & Kevin Wallace AP Coach of the Year

Bowling Green senior receiver Nacarius Fant was named 2013 Kentucky Mr. Football and Coach Kevin Wallace earned the AP Coach of the year, as announced by The Associated Press on Thursday, January 2. Fant is the first BGHS player to earn the Mr. Football title. 

BGJHS Partners with Discovery Education for Digital Textbooks

As part of ongoing efforts to engage students, Bowling Green City Schools has partnered with Discovery Education to bring digital science and social studies textbooks to teachers and students at Bowling Green Junior High. The Discovery Education Science and Social Studies Techbook™ series feature model lessons, digital content, and content creation tools to support educators, engage students, and prepare them for college, careers, and citizenship.

Hands-On (And in the Dirt) Archaeology Lesson at PBC
Fifth graders at Parker-Benett-Curry participated in a mock archaeological dig on Friday, September 27, with help from WKU Assistant Dean and Associate Professor of History, Dr. Andrew McMichael. Dr. McMichael and PBC teacher, Angela McIntyre buried several colonial-era-like objects in a small plot outside the school including pottery, iron and wax. The students discovered, cleaned off the items and recorded their findings with their best guesses of how items were used. Click here to view more photos.
KASL Honors Three from BGISD

The Kentucky Association of School Librarians recently announced two awards honoring Bowling Green City School employees. The Donna Hornsby Joint Technology Project award will be given to Tara Griffith (former library media specialist) and Elizabeth Riggs (teacher) of W.R. McNeill Elementary School, and the KASL Award of Merit to Jennifer Davis, Bowling Green City Schools Director of Elementary and Secondary Programs.

102 BGHS Students Receive AP® SCHOLAR AWARDS

One Hundred Two students at Bowling Green High School have earned 2013 AP Scholar Awards in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the 2013 AP Exams. About 18 percent of the more than 1.9 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award.

Junior Class ACT Scores Remain Above State Average

ACT, Inc. has released scores the junior class of 2013. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2013, as juniors, the class of 2014 scored an average composite score of 20.6. The upcoming senior class had 278 members, the largest class to take the ACT at BGHS as part of the state requirement. The scores in all academic areas and overall composite outscore the state average.

BGHS Students Giveaway 8 Refurbished Computers

Eight Bowling Green families without a home computer received one on Saturday, June 15. Bowling Green High School students in the Student Technology Leadership Program have been working for the past two years to fix discarded computers, making them useful to families and students.

W. R. McNeill Selects Kelli Brooks as Principal

The W. R. McNeill Principal Selection Committee voted Wednesday morning, May 22, to select Kelli Brooks as their new principal. She will officially begin her new responsibilities on July 1, 2013.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: May 14, 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 14, 2013. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. To read the Board Update memo, click here.

Notes & Quotes: April 2013

The Bowling Green Independent School District monthly newsletter, Notes & Quotes.

TEEN Certified Emergency Response Team Conducts Drill

Bowling Green High School practiced a routine tornado drill at approximately 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20. Following the drill, students training to be part of the TEEN Certified Emergency Response team responded to “injuries” that occurred as a result of the simulated tornado. Successfully completing the CERT training also involves two national FEMA exams, and thus qualifies the students to apply to the Medical Reserve Corp after they turn 18 years old. To view photos from today’s drill, click here.

Teachers aNd Technology

The TNT, or Teachers aNd Technology video features three different teachers sharing some of their favorite technology tools to use in the classrooms. In the current video, you will hear from Mr. Robert Lightning of Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary, Ms. Joy Luna of Bowling Green Junior High, and Ms. Julie Lane of Bowling Green High School.

Notes & Quotes: December 2012
The Bowling Green Independent School District Newsletter, Notes & Quotes.
Board of Education: November Meeting Notes
The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 12, 2012. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved.
ACT Scores Demonstrate Improvement and Progress toward College & Career Readiness
The Kentucky Department of Education and ACT, Inc. have released 2012 scores from both graduates and juniors. ACT scores from Bowling Green High School’s Class of 2012 show improvement in every academic category from the previous spring. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, although many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year before applying to colleges or universities. In 2011, as juniors, the Class of 2012 scored an average composite of 20.3. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 21.6. 

The average composite of 20.8 from the Class of 2013 ranks among the top 10% of all Kentucky public high schools and demonstrates progress toward college and career readiness.
Washington Post Ranks BGHS Among Top 3%
Sunday afternoon’s Commencement Ceremony marked the 101st graduating class and the announcement of another prestigious accolade for Bowling Green High School. During Principal Gary Fields’ welcome to the graduates and audience, he shared a recent phone call and email from Jay Matthews, education columnist for the Washington Post. Matthews reviewed recent data from BGHS and ranked the school 536th in America, among the top 3% of all US schools.
Former 'Starsky' star shares new book
Author and actor Paul Michael Glaser visited Moss Middle School and Bowling Green Junior High School on Thursday to discuss and read from his book, “Chrystallia and the Source of Light.”

Glaser is best known as an actor and director. Among his credits are playing Starsky in the 1970s TV show “Starsky and Hutch,” appearing in “Something’s Gotta Give” with Diane Keaton and Jack Nicholson, and directing “The Running Man” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Pete Rodman, Daily News)
Walk Like A Duck, Sit Like A Boat
Allison Millet from Bowling Green Backyard Boot Camp visited Felicia Lawrence's kindergarten class at Parker-Bennett-Curry on Friday, April 20, to share a special session teaching fun and healthy exercises.
Class of 2012 Promotion and Graduation Schedule
Bowling Green City Schools will celebrate the accomplishments of students both promoting and graduating at the end of this school year, including preschool, kindergarten, fifth and eighth grade students, and 101st graduating class of BGHS.
Kentucky Shakespeare's "We the People" in City Schools
A touring theater group made stops in several city schools over the last few days to perform scenes from American history.

Living History: We the People education program, presented by members of the Kentucky Shakespeare troupe, included scenes from the American Revolution through the Civil War. The three-person show demonstrates how the country is shaped by its citizens and why it’s so important to participate in democracy. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Scientist calls for globe to cooperate on climate
A renowned physicist and meteorologist spoke to college and high school students in Bowling Green this week about climate change.

Kenrick Leslie, executive director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre in Belize, visited Western Kentucky University on Tuesday and Bowling Green High School on Wednesday. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
Schools tout ‘Leader’ success
Sean Covey, the author of books used in the Leader In Me program at local elementary schools, visited Bowling Green on Tuesday for a symposium and school tour.

The Leader In Me program is implemented by both Warren County Public Schools and Bowling Green Independent Schools. The program is based upon “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” created by Covey’s father, Stephen Covey. Sean Covey adapted those principles for children and teens, writing “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.” (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
EXPLORE and PLAN Scores Surpass State and National Averages
Kentucky’s 8th- and 10th-grade public school students participated in a statewide administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments in the fall of 2011. Bowling Green Junior High and Bowling Green High School scores surpassed both the state and national norms in all subject areas tested.
Kids take jumping rope to heart
Potter Gray Elementary School and Natcher Elementary School are participating in Jump Rope for Heart, which raises money for the American Heart Association and teaches children about heart disease. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily New)
Board of Education: January Meeting Notes
The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 9, 2012. The meeting included a public forum on nutrition and physical activity in Bowling Green City Schools. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions from the meeting.
2012-13 Calendar Approved
The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the 2012-13 school calendar during last night’s monthly meeting. Upon recommendation from the District Calendar Committee, the Board approved Option 1, which is similar to the current, 2011-12 calendar.
Hope for the Holidays
The Family Resource Centers at Warren Elementary and Dishman-McGinnis Elementary organized “Hope for the Holidays,” a marketplace held at Forest Park Baptist Church.

Thousands of dollars worth of gifts were purchased for the event with donations from individuals, churches and businesses. Altogether from both schools, about 100 kids will benefit from the marketplace. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Board of Education: April Meeting Notes

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 14, 2014. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. Read More

AlertNow Messaging System
Bowling Green City Schools use the ALERTNOW Notification Service to send telephone, e-mail messages, and text messages (optional) to parents and guardians, providing important information about school events or emergencies.
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.

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.

Board of Education Adopts Tax to Support BGHS Construction & Renovation Bowling Green High School

Bowling Green High School is the district's next priority for construction and renovation. BGHS was built in the early 70s and construction cost $3.2 million. Both current and future construction plans will be based on the District’s bonding potential. In an effort to increase the district's bonding potential, the Bowling Green Independent Board of Education has adopted a General Fund rate of 83.5 cents.  Of this rate, 5.4 cents is subject to recall.

 

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.

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.

Winter Weather Communication Plan

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 utilizing various communication tools and local media.

Mr. Bond, the Science Guy, visits PBC

Thanks to Glenna H., who won the Warren County Public Library's Summer Reading Grand Prize, Mr. Bond, the science guy made a visit to PBC on September 14.  Students and teachers were helpers with experiments with gravity, electricity, dry ice, and more.  Students enjoyed the crazy experiments and found out that science is really cool.  In addition to the program, Glenna won prizes for her homeroom class and students throughout the building.

Changes to the District's Household Communication System

The Bowling Green Independent School District uses SchoolMessenger to keep parents and guardians informed. The system uses student household phone and email information from the student database, Infinite Campus. SchoolMessenger sends emails, phone calls, texts, and social media messages. New to the system, any automated phone calls from the district will be sent using caller ID: (888) 264-1021. If a phone call is missed, the system will leave a voicemail. Calls to the new toll free number will play recent messages sent from BGISD.

Superintendent Tinius Announces Plans to Retire

This morning, prior to a district administrators meeting, Superintendent Joe Tinius announced his plans to retire effective June 30, 2015. Tinius has served Bowling Green Independent Schools since 1977 as a teacher, coach, principal, district office administrator and has led the district as Superintendent since 2005.

Non-Resident Contract Tabled at Board of Education Meeting

The 15-year non-resident agreement between BGISD and Warren County Schools was tabled by the Bowling Green Board of Education at the December 8th meeting because the final draft of the document has not been completed by legal counsel. The Board will schedule a Special Board Meeting to approve the contract before December 31, 2014.

BGHS on The Daily Beast’s List of America’s Best High Schools

Bowling Green High School has made The Daily Beast’s 2014 list of top high schools! Using six indicators to compare public high schools in America with graduation and college acceptance rates weighed most heavily. Additional factors included college-level courses and exams, percentage of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and ACT/SAT scores. BGHS ranks 414 of 735 high schools listed online.

Board of Education Approves Increase in Non-Resident Tuition

The Bowling Green Board of Education held a Special Board Meeting Monday, June 30, 2014, and approved an increase in non-resident tuition for the 2014-15 school year. Tuition increases by $100 per child for students living outside of the Bowling Green Independent School District and attending BGISD as part of a non-resident contract with a neighboring public school.

Twenty 7th Graders Earn Recognition for ACT Scores

Earlier this year, 28 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 11th and 12th graders, and many earned scores that rival or surpass those earned by older students.

BGHS Ranked Among America's Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post’s education columnist Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 16 years. There are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools 2014 list, including Bowling Green High School. BGHS is ranked 9th among the 15 Kentucky schools on the list and currently ranks 739th in America.

BGISD Technology Showcase: April 17

Bowling Green City Schools will host a Technology Showcase, Thursday, April 17 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Bowling Green High School. The annual event is designed to encourage and enhance student technology, communication and collaboration skills.

President's Day To Be Used as Make-Up Day

To date, the Bowling Green City School District has missed two school days due to inclement weather: December 6, 2013 and January 6, 2014. BGISD will use February 17, President's Day, to make up the day missed on December 6. The make up day for January 6 will be determined in mid-February. 

2014-15 Academic Calendar Approved

The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the 2014-15 Academic Calendar at the December 9 Board of Education Meeting. Considering survey results, option one of two was the most popular option among parents, community members and employees. Employees will report for the first day of 2014-15 on August 4, and students will begin on August 6, with an employee workday on August 5 to meet federal and state training requirements. 

Congratulations BGHS Purples Football: STATE CHAMPIONS

Congratulations to the BGHS Football Team on winning their third straight 5A State Championship on Sunday, December 8. The Purples also continue the current longest winning streak in Kentucky with 44 straight wins. To re-live the excitement of Sunday's game, visit purplesfootball.com, purplesnation.com, or KHSAA.org for photos, statistics, and archived broadcasts. 

Audio of Purples Football Games Online Beginning Friday

Bowling Green High School is pleased to announce that Purples Football will join with www.PurplesNation.com to bring radio broadcast streaming online for the 2013 and 2014 seasons.  The website is active and the first live broadcast will be streamed online Friday, September 27, as Bowling Green hosts Barren County for Homecoming 2013.  PurplesNation.com will have current information about Purples Football as well as past events that have been broadcast.

TeachMeet KY to Host Over 300 Educators
The 4th annual TeachMeet Kentucky is set for Thursday, October 3rd with more than 300 educators planning to attend the free professional development. The event has grown by more than 100 participants over the past three years, and now includes sessions where teachers will be students of students. South Warren High School’s, Reagan Miller and W. R. McNeill Elementary third grader, Emma Grace Coomes are scheduled to share how technology helps them be successful in school, and BGHS student, Trey Huntsman will present a session on Twitter.
Board of Education Meeting Notes: September 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, September 9, 2013. Each month, the Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. On Monday evening, the Board of Education held two public forums, one for the proposed tax rate and the second to share information on internet safety procedures in the district. The Board passed an increase in the districts property tax rate, approved the Working Budget, construction documents and various school requests.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: August 12, 2013

The Bowling Green Board of Education met on August 12, 2013 for their regularly scheduled monthly meeting. A summary of agenda items, including photos and videos are included in the meeting notes.

BGISD to Use SchoolMessenger for Household Communication

The Bowling Green Independent School District has signed on with SchoolMessenger, a company that provides notification services for parental outreach, emergency broadcasts, and student attendance communications. The new system replaces the district’s AlertNow Notification tool after the completion of a three-year agreement. Through SchoolMessenger parents will receive phone calls, text alerts, and emails about a range of important issues affecting their students’ safety and academic performance.

Congratulations Class of 2013

Two hundred and forty six graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 26, as the 102nd graduating class from Bowling Green High School.  Of those 246, sixty-seven were Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average and sixteen received the Commonwealth Diploma.

Promotion and Graduation Dates Set
  • May 15th Preschool Promotion at T. C. Cherry, 9:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
  • May 16th Kindergarten Promotion at T. C. Cherry, 6:00 p.m.
  • May 20th Preschool Promotion at Parker-Bennett-Curry, 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.
  • May 20th BGHS Junior & Senior Awards at BGHS, 10:30 a.m.
  • May 21st BGHS Freshman & Sophomore Awards, 10:30 a.m.
  • May 22nd 5th Grade Promotions:
    • T. C. Cherry at 1:00 p.m.
    • Potter Gray at 1:00 p.m.
    • Parker-Bennett-Curry at 6:00 p.m.
  • May 22nd Kindergarten Promotion at W. R. McNeill, 1:15 p.m.
  • May 23rd 8th Grade Promotion at BGJHS, 8:00 a.m.
  • May 23rd 5th Grade Promotions:
    • W.R. McNeill at 9:00 a.m.
    • Dishman-McGinnis at 10:30 a.m.
  • May 26th Bowling Green High School’s 102nd Commencement Ceremony at 2:00 p.m.
BGHS Makes List of Most Challenging High Schools

The Washington Post’s Jay Mathews has been ranking the most challenging schools in the country and the D.C. region for 15 years. This year, there are more than 1,900 schools on the America’s Most Challenging High Schools list, including Bowling Green High School, for the third consecutive year.

Board of Education Meeting Notes: April 2013

The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, April 8, 2013. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved. To read the Board Update memo, click here.

Kentucky Department of Education Releases EXPLORE and PLAN Results

Kentucky’s 8th- and 10th-grade public school students participated in a statewide administration of the EXPLORE and PLAN assessments in September 2012. Both tests are precursors to the ACT college entrance exam and evaluate content knowledge in English, math, reading and science. Results show students across the Commonwealth are making gains in all subject areas and more are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

Employee Satisfaction Results Reviewed
This fall, employees of Bowling Green City Schools were given the opportunity to complete an anonymous Employee Satisfaction Survey administered by the Kentucky School Board Association. Questions for the survey were developed by a committee of individuals representing all employee role groups within the district. A summary of the results was shared as part of the Board of Education meeting on December 10.
Bowling Green Schools Pleased with Performance And Will Focus on Improvement
In 2009, the Kentucky General Assembly passed Senate Bill 1, creating more rigorous academic standards and new tests for Kentucky’s public schools with the ultimate goal of preparing all students for life after high school. Results reported on November 2, 2012 indicate how local schools and districts performed during the 2011-12 school year under the new system, Unbridled Learning: College & Career Readiness for All. Bowling Green City Schools are pleased with the performance on the various components of the new accountability system, and as a district, will continue to focus on improvement for all schools, grade levels and content areas.
Olympic Gold Medalist Encourages Students to Set Goals
Claire Donahue started swimming when she was six years old and told her coach at age 10 that she wanted to be in the Olympics. Thirteen year later, with a gold medal around her neck, she stood before students at W. R. McNeill Elementary and shared how she set and reached her goals.
Board of Education: June Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education on Monday approved a schematic design for the new Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School, discussed the rising costs of student insurance and approved the formation of a softball team at the junior high school. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Top Grads
The road to becoming a top high school graduate isn’t easy. This year’s top students say it takes a lot of motivation and hard work to achieve a high rank.

Each of the Bowling Green High School's top five students said that although parents and teachers helped inspire them to do their best, ultimately, it came down to their own inner drive. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Engaged to Achieve
While many schools are finding ways to incorporate technology into the classroom, students in Jonathan Stovall’s class at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School use iPads every day. Last fall, Stovall’s classroom became the first in Bowling Green Independent Schools to have an iPad for each student. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Pete Rodman, Daily News)
Musically Inclined
Beginning with Bowling Green High School’s performance of “Kiss Me Kate” last weekend, spring musical season is under way. Schools across Bowling Green and Warren County are preparing for shows this month. Bowling Green Junior High School’s performance of “Beauty and the Beast,” using a junior adaptation of the show for younger voices begins March 23. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
BGHS Presents: Kiss Me, Kate
Bowling Green High School will present the Tony Award winning musical, Kiss Me, Kate as the 2012 Spring Musical. Performances will be held Friday and Saturday evenings, March 2 and 3 at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 4 at 3:00 p.m. at the Capitol Arts Center in downtown Bowling Green. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.
Local players make it official
Three members of the Bowling Green High School football team made it official, inking college letters of intent. Offensive lineman Joe Manley signed to play for the University of Louisville. Quarterback Scooter Hollis signed with Columbia, while defensive lineman Jerrett Ingram signed with Lindsey Wilson. (Story by Michael Compton, Daily News)
Board of Education: January 30 Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Board of Education met on January 30, 2012 to review Comprehensive School Improvement Plans and to approve the fiscal year 2013 draft budget. In addition to approving the draft budget, Board of Education approved a revision to Board Policy 09.124, which includes a fee of $300 for all students whose parents are not residents of the Bowling Green City School District and are not employed full-time by the District. Letters will be mailed in the coming weeks to notify all non-resident households of this policy change.
Returning soldiers surprise their kids at school
Sgt. 1st Class Darrell Brookins walked up behind his son, DJ Brookins, 9, during a morning assembly at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School.

DJ, a fourth-grader, was asked to help solve the problem on the overhead projector. Afterward, Principal Michael Wix asked DJ if he knew when his dad was coming home. DJ said he didn’t know, but he thought it might not be until next June. He didn’t think they would get to spend Christmas together. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Calendar Committee Creates Third Option
After tallying votes from employees and parents on Calendar Options 1 & 2 for the 2012-13 school year, the District Calendar Committee opted to create a 3rd Option, which is a compromise of the previous two options. The committee will not ask for a second vote, but will accept comments regarding the calendars until Monday, November 28.
School Computer Lab Hours Extended

School computer labs are open afternoons and evenings for Bowling Green students wishing to complete school work or projects. Students may visit any school lab (not only their home school) and log in using a student username and password. The District's Acceptable Use Policy applies. Primary students must be accompanied by an adult.

Dishman-McGinnis to host Eagle Flight 5K
Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School will host the third annual Eagle Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk on March 9, 2013 at Kereiakes Park. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:00am and the 1 Mile Walk at 9:45 am. Race participants receive a race shirt and tickets to the pre-race Pasta Dinner. Proceeds from the race benefit DMES and support a scholarship to a graduating senior.
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.

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.

BGISD Non-Resident Application

The Bowling Green Independent School District (“BGISD”) and the Warren County School District (“WCSD”) approved a 15-year nonresident student agreement in December 2014, which will remain in effect until June 30, 2030.

BGJHS Forensics Team Places First at Hilltopper Junior Speech Tournament

The Bowling Green Junior High Forensics Team competed at the WKU Hilltopper Junior speech tournament on Saturday, December 6, 2014. The team placed 1st out of 13 schools from Kentucky and Tennessee. Individual awards were presented to Cole Vaughan, Truman Tinius, Leah Tabor, Zack Martin, Catherine Harris, Nick Martin, Ian Tweedy, Maddie Woodrum, John Woodring, Avery Harmon, Ruthie Kesri, Emma Moody, Sean Compton and Maddi Taylor.

Boards of Education Reach 15-Year Tentative Non-Resident Agreement

Bowling Green and Warren County Boards of Education have agreed to a tentative fifteen year non-resident agreement, beginning with the 2015-16 school year. The agreement was reached after more than six hours of mediation by both Boards of Education, Superintendents, and Counsel, and ends a nineteen-month dispute regarding Warren County resident students allowed to attend BGISD with accompanying state funding. The Boards of Education are expected to vote on the final agreement at their upcoming December monthly meetings. Also, all pending litigation and appeals relative to the non-resident dispute shall be dismissed.

BGISD Winter Weather Communication Plan

During the winter months Transportation Director Mike McCloud, Facilities Director Rickey Shive and Superintendent Joe Tinius keep a close watch on the weather. If there is a possibility for snow or ice, they spend late evening and early morning hours checking road conditions, listening to forecasts, and communicating with surrounding districts. Their cooperative efforts determine if the roads are safe for our students and employees. 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.

Schools Participate in Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Students in 137 Kentucky elementary schools, including T. C. Cherry, Dishman McGinnis, and Parker-Bennett-Curry, will enjoy fresh produce in the 2014-15 school year as part of a federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP) implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

BGHS Class of 2015 Earns Highest Average ACT Composite to Date

The ACT National Office has released the scores of Kentucky public school juniors who sat for the college entrance exam last spring. The ACT assesses English, reading, mathematics and science and is scored on a scale of 1 to 36. Bowling Green High School’s class of 2015 scored an average composite of 21.0, which is the highest average composite for the school since KRS 158.6453 mandated the exam for all 11th graders in 2008. The scores of current seniors were also above the state average in all four curriculum areas.

Alumni Association Announces 2014 Hall of Honor

The Bowling Green High School Alumni Association has announced the Class of 2014 inductees to the BGHS Hall of Honor. Honorees will be formally inducted at the twenty-third annual Hall of Honor Celebration to be held Saturday, April 26, 2014 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. 

Challenge Accepted: McNeill Students Donate Toys and Coats

One idea and a simple challenge led to a van load of toys and coats for area children. It started with Cassidy Pfefferkorn, a third grader at McNeill, learning about Toys for Tots on the radio and challenging her classmates to help make a difference in the community.

Inclement Weather Communication Plan

As we face colder temperatures and forecasts with occasional precipitation, the possibility increases for the delay or closing of school. During the winter months Transportation Director Mike McCloud and Superintendent Joe Tinius keep a close watch on the weather. If there is a possibility for snow or ice, they spend late evening and early morning hours checking road conditions, listening to forecasts, and communicating with surrounding districts. Their cooperative efforts determine if the roads are safe for our students and employees. 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.

Five Seniors Receive National Merit® Letters of Commendation
Bowling Green High School announced today that five seniors have been recognized as Commended Students in the 2014 National Merit® Scholarship Program. Chloe Harkins, Abigail Potter, Justin Stone, Rachel Wulff, and Kathryn Wyrick will receive a Letter of Commendation from BGHS and the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Spotlight on T. C. Cherry: Safety Patrol

Each month a different school in the district presents a brief presentation at the monthly Board of Education Meeting highlighting a program or activity in their schools. This month, T. C. Cherry shared how student leaders assist the school with morning drop-off, breakfast, and assemblies and in the afternoon with dismissal. Artwork from T. C. Cherry is also on display in the Board Room of the District Office.

PUBLIC NOTICE: 2013 Annual Financial Report

The unaudited annual financial report and vendor list for Fiscal Year 2012-13 has been posted to the Bowling Green Independent School District website for public viewing. The document is located on the left navigation pane, 2013 Annual Financial Report


If you would like to have a paper copy, you may obtain one by personal request at 1211 Center Street, Bowling Green, Kentucky.

BGHS Listed Among America's Best High Schools

Newsweek and The Daily Beast have released the 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools. Bowling Green High School is among the top 2,000 schools, which are ranked using six components: graduation rate (25 percent), college acceptance rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

Local School Tax Rate Clarification

The Bowling Green Independent School District Board of Education would like to clarify information and misconceptions regarding local school tax rates. Both Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Public Schools rely local taxes to provide services to students in our community.

City Schools Break Ground on New DMES

Bowling Green City Schools broke ground on a new Dishman McGinnis on April 22, 2013. The new school will be located at 375 Glen Lily Road, on the site of the former L. C. Curry Elementary. It will open in August of 2014, replacing the current Dishman McGinnis Elementary which opened in 1964.

Click here to view photos from the groundbreaking.

Spotlight on The Academy at 11th Street

Each regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting features a presentation highlighting one of the Bowling Green City Schools. The same school will showcase artwork in the district office for the remainder of the month.

Schools In Session on President's Day

The Bowling Green Independent School District has made the decision to be in session on Monday, February 18 (President’s Day) to make up the school day missed on Friday, January 25.

2013-2014 School Calendar Approved
On Monday, December 10, the Board of Education approved the 2013-14 School Calendar recommended by the District Calendar Committee. The Committee received 950 votes through the calendar survey, with a difference of only 83 votes between the most popular and least popular options. The most popular option and the calendar approved, mirrors the current 2012-13 calendar.
Congratulations Madisyn Peeples: Middle School Cross Country State Champion
Bowling Green Junior High Student, Madisyn Peeples won the Middle School State Championship on Saturday, October 27. More than 350 runners from all over the state competed in the event at Masterson Station Park in Lexington, Ky. Madisyn won the 4k race with a time of 15:01.
Test Results & School Performance
School and district stakeholders now have access to overall public school and district data from state tests taken last spring. This is the first year Kentucky schools will report scores based on the new assessment and accountability system, Unbridled Learning: College & Career Readiness for All. The academic standards are more rigorous, but the future result will be students better prepared for college and the workplace.
T. C. Cherry Introduces Pivotal Leadership Initiative
Faculty and staff of T.C. Cherry, armed with personalized movie tickets, walked into the school media center on a red carpet and escorted by student ushers to their seats for the August 29th faculty meeting. Principal Kory Twyman greeted staff with, “Welcome to Cherry-wood!”

The movie-themed faculty meeting was an introduction of the school’s new data-driven initiative, Pivotal Leadership which is supported by the Green River Regional Educational Cooperative. T. C. Cherry is one of five schools in the region to participate in the initiative, which began with a team of faculty participating in a three-day data retreat this summer.
2012 Fall Sports Information
  • Tryout Dates
  • Contact Information for Coaches
  • KHSAA Student-Athlete Physical Form
BGJHS Selects Cynthia West as Principal
The Bowling Green Junior High Principal Selection Committee voted Friday morning, June 29, to select Cynthia Jones West as their new principal.
Purple Striders/Team Gatewood 5K: August 3

Bowling Green City Schools will kick-off the 2013-2014 school year on Saturday, August 3 at 7:30 a.m. with the Purple Striders/Team Gatewood 5K and 2 mile walk. The event also includes the 8th Annual Superintendent’s Challenge, with a traveling trophy awarded to the school or department with the highest percentage of participation. The race course starts and finishes at Bowling Green High School on Rockingham Lane. The event provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, students and the community to spend time together and enjoy physical fitness.

Tragedy colors BGHS grad’s ceremony
Victor Page’s senior year at Bowling Green High School was bookended by tragedy, making his graduation Sunday bittersweet.

With support from family and friends, Victor Page said he was able to make his senior year the best school year he’s ever had, by meeting new friends and making plenty of good memories. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
BGHS, Greenwood are top performers
Bowling Green High School ranks 10th and Greenwood High School is 13th on U.S. News & World Report’s 2012 list of best Kentucky high schools.

Bowling Green High School received a silver medal for the fourth year in a row and ranks 988th in the nation, according to the magazine. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Miss Kentucky motivates kids for tests
Miss Kentucky Ann-Blair Thornton visited Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School on Tuesday to help students get excited about state testing, which began today in local elementary schools. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
Nine BGHS Students Selected for 2012 GSP
Nine 11th grade students at Bowling Green High School have been selected to participate in the 2012 Governor’s Scholars Program. Students will complete the five-week session this summer at one of three college campuses.
High-Tech fixer-uppers
Twenty families in the city school district without a computer will soon have one, thanks to a project in which Bowling Green High School students repair and donate the school's discarded computers.

Fixing old computers for others is an idea the district has wanted to implement for several years, and this year a new information technology class provided the opportunity. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
BGJHS Lunchtime Technology Sessions
Bowling Green Junior High invites parents to participate in a hands-on technology session to explore the schools new initiatives. Sessions are 50 minutes each and will be held January 30, February 13, March 5, and April 2. Participants should bring their own lunch. Space is limited so register early!
Student Receives Holiday Surprise
D.J. Brookins, a fourth grade student at Dishman-McGinnis, received an early Christmas present this morning during morning assembly.

D.J.’s father, Sgt. Darrell Brookins has been serving in Iraq since June and upon learning he would be home for Christmas, his family and school decided to surprise D.J.
STATE CHAMPIONS 2014

Congratulations to the Bowling Green High School boys soccer team for winning the 2014 State Championship! The Purples defeated Scott High School 6-4 to win the second championship in school history. Congrats Coach Widener and BGHS Purples!


Photo by Paul Gray

Unbridled Learning Scores Released to Public
The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district test results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system. The ultimate goal of the system is to prepare all students for life after high school by annually monitoring student progress and public school’s academic achievement. Results reported indicate how local schools and districts performed during the 2012-13 school year.
Unbridled Learning State Test Results Released This Week

The Kentucky Department of Education will release school and district test results from the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All system on Friday, September 27. The ultimate goal of the system is to prepare all students for life after high school by annually monitoring student progress and public school’s academic achievement. Results reported Friday will indicate how local schools and districts performed during the 2012-13 school year.

AP Scores Earn Students Cash

Wednesday, September 11, was payday for several Bowling Green High School students, where they received checks of $100 to $300 from Advance Kentucky based on scores from last spring's Advanced Placement Exams. Bowling Green High School distributed $19,000 to 129 students for passing math, science, and English scores from 2012-13.

Students Wake Up Their Weird with Leslie Carrara-Rudolph

Leslie Carrara-Rudolph is best known for her role as Abby Cadabby on Sesame Street for which she received three Emmy® nominations. She’s also been on ABC’s Muppets Tonight and has performed as Lily on Sesame Street’s Growing Hope Against Hunger for Children’s Television Workshop. She’s been on many TV shows for Disney, Nickelodeon, and has an original character and show that ran in Hollywood. On Friday, September 6, Leslie Carrara-Rudolph performed for a crowd of 2nd-5th graders from T.C. Cherry, Dishman McGinnis, and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary Schools at Bowling Green Junior High.

Congratulations to Retiring Faculty & Staff

Thursday evening, May 2, Bowling Green City Schools recognized ten employees for their years of service to the students and families of our community. These individuals have given a combined total of 297.5 years in education.

 

Wanda Anthony, Transportation Department
Margie Evans Dotson, T. C. Cherry Elementary
Virginia Fulton, Potter Gray
Marsha Ingram, W. R. McNeill
Barbara Kitchens, Potter Gray
Mary Martin’, Bowling Green High School
Elizabeth McGown, Potter Gray
Linda Peterson, Dishman-McGinnis
Rebecca Thomas, The Academy at 11th Street
Allen White, Bowling Green High School

Update: Non-Resident Appeal Process

The process to appeal the Warren County School Board decision to reduce the number of non-resident students attending Bowling Green City Schools officially began on May 23. Commissioner Terry Holliday has appointed Lexington attorney Mike Wilson to serve as a hearing officer for the appeal. A public hearing will be held July 11 & 12 in the auditorium of Mass Media & Technology Hall on the campus of WKU. Each day will begin at 9:00 a.m. WKU will allow free parking in the PFT Lot (Pierce Ford Lot) without a permit on the days of the hearing.The meeting will be open to the public. A decision regarding the non-resident agreement will be made prior to August 6, the first day of school.

Mayor Wilkerson Recognizes Citizen Service at PBC

On Tuesday, April 9, Mayor Wilkerson joined Community Action of Southern Kentucky and Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School to proclaim April 9, 2013 as Mayor's Day of Recognition of National Service. He highlighted the importance of citizen service in Bowling Green with programs such as the Foster Grandparent Program and the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. 

Check This Video If You Are Not Able To Connect To Email

As we transition to the new Office 365 email environment, some of you may have difficulty accessing your email using the district homepage for the first time.  Watch this video on how to clear the cookies of your internet browser.

You can also copy this url and use your email:  http://login.microsoftonline.com/logout.srf

Adult Education and Family Literacy Classes Offered
English as a Second Language classes and GED preparation classes are offered by the Bowling Green Technical College at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School on Tuesday’s from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. If you are interested in attending the classes, please call Teresa Sneed at 746-2276 or Bernadette Tardy at 746-2274.
Bowling Green Schools to Participate in Free Meal Program
Bowling Green City Schools announced today an amendment to its student meal policy under the National School Lunch / School Breakfast Programs for the 2012-2013 school year. Bowling Green will join several school districts in Kentucky, Illinois, and Tennessee, participating in the Community Eligibility Option, an initiative of universal free meal service for students in high-poverty areas. All students will be served lunch and breakfast at no charge at the following sites:

• T.C. Cherry Elementary School
• Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School
• Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School
• The Academy at 11th Street
Congratulations Class of 2012
Two hundred and fifty-seven graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 27 as the 101st graduating class from Bowling Green High School. Of those 257, 58 were Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average, and 23 received the Commonwealth Diploma.
Fifth-graders mix with future BGJHS peers
Bowling Green Elementary Schools have worked for the past few years to organize a day allowing students to either visit another elementary school in the district, or host visiting students at their school. The day allows students to meet future classmates as well as learn about the other schools in the district. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
National Guard Lands Blackhawk at BGHS
A UH-60 Blackhawk landed on the lawn of Bowling Green High School Thursday morning, May 10. The JROTC program arranged for the visit by the National Guard and students throughout the school were invited to view the helicopter. Army recruiters also visited with a climbing wall for students to try.

According to the Army website, the UH-60 is used to provide air assault, general support, aeromedical evacuation, command and control and special operations support to combat and stability and support operations. Click here to view photos.
7th Graders Earn Recognition for ACT Scores
Last fall, 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 11th and 12th graders, and many earned scores that rival or surpass those earned by the older students. Nine BGJHS students have earned state or grand recognition based on their ACT scores and the national percentile rankings for high school juniors and seniors.
Schools Using Educational Social Networking Tool
Edmodo is an online forum where students can interact more effectively with their teacher and classmates. Whether it's inside or outside the classroom, students can discuss lessons, ask questions, and do assignments, all by the click of a mouse and stroke of a keyboard. WBKO shares information about Edmodo after visiting with students at T. C. Cherry Elementary.
BG board passes draft budget
The school board for Bowling Green Independent Schools on Monday approved a draft budget for fiscal year 2013 and heard from each school's principal about improvement plans for the next year. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Public Achievement Project To Be Showcased at the White House

Public Achievement of Kentucky, a youth civic engagement program developed by the Institute for Citizenship & Social Responsibility at WKU, will be showcased as a national model during the launch of “For Democracy’s Future” Jan. 10 at the White House.

T. C. Cherry teacher, Mr. Kyle Norris and Bowling Green High School student Christian Crues will attend the event as representatives of the Bowling Green Independent School District.

Lady Purples in the State Semifinals Tonight
The BGHS Lady Purples will face Sacred Heart in the Girls State Soccer Semifinals tonight at 5pm Central Time. The game will be broadcast live on the KHSAA iHigh Network.
Two Earn National Board Certification

Two teachers from Bowling Green High School, Lisa Correa and Sandra McCoy, have recently earned National Board Certification after completing the rigorous certification process and performance-based assessments. Correa and McCoy are among twenty-one current Bowling Green City School teachers to earn the NBCT distinction. 

Hayes Named 2014 National Achievement® Semifinalist

Bowling Green High School senior, Devin Hayes has been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Corporation. Hayes is one of more than 1,600 Black American high school seniors designated as a Semifinalist in the 50th annual National Achievement Scholarship Program. He will now have the opportunity to continue in the competition to attain Finalist standing and pursue Achievement Scholarship® awards worth more than $2.5 million.

Three Seniors Named National Merit® Semifinalists

Three students from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Sneha Chhachhi, Lauren Elson, and Yedarm Kim have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to compete for  approximately 8,000 scholarship awards worth over $35 million.

Preschoolers get peek at police
Preschool students at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School learned safety tips Wednesday afternoon from a visiting police officer.

Each year, Krista Williams, a preschool teacher at Parker-Bennett-Curry, has a two-week unit about community helpers. She has brought in guests such as a nurse, a dentist and a firefighter.
BGHS students treated to glimpse of Army life
Bowling Green High School was not being invaded, though a UH-60 Black Hawk visited the school Thursday.

The National Guard helicopter was one of the military activities arranged by the school’s JROTC instructors. Army recruiters also brought a climbing wall and a Humvee for students to enjoy. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
BGHS Earns Fourth Silver Medal from US NEWS
US News and World Report has released their annual list of America’s Best High Schools, including 58 schools from Kentucky. Bowling Green High School is ranked 10th within Kentucky and 988th overall.
Two Selected to attend Governor's School for the Arts
Two BGHS students have been selected to participate in the 2012 Governor’s School for the Arts: Yedarm Kim (Piano) and Evan Atwell (Drama).
Preschool and Kindergarten Pre-Registration April 8-12

Parents and guardians who plan to enroll their child/children in Preschool or Kindergarten for the 2013-14 school year may pick up an enrollment packet during the week of April 8-12, 2013 at their school.

State Legislator Skypes with Elementary Students
State Representative Jim DeCesare skyped from his office at the Capitol with fourth and fifth graders from McNeill Elementary in Bowling Green. He talked to the students about the three branches of government, as well as some bills that are currently being discussed in the legislative session.
Local Schools Ready for Lunch Guidelines
Both local school districts say they were prepared for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new nutritional guidelines for school lunches released Wednesday, and have few changes they need to make. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Drawing Interest
Bowling Green native and Illustrator of "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids," Stacy Curtis has recently spent time visiting several schools in Bowling Green and Warren County. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Joshua Lindsey, Daily News.)
Art Contest Winners On Display
Bowling Green Elementary students recently competed in a holiday art contest with the winning art to be featured at the District’s Holiday Open House. One art project from each school was selected and has been used to create invitations and posters for the district. (Art pictured left by Ashley Wilkinson, a 5th grade student at T. C. Cherry.)
Students Set to Attend Spread the Red Education Game

Bowling Green City Schools are excited to participate in the third “Spread the Red Education Game” at Western Kentucky University on Wednesday, January 8, 2014. The WKU Lady Toppers will host Georgia State in front of a crowd of approximately 2,100 area school children, including Bowling Green City students from grades 3-8. Details of the event were announced at a press conference on December 3.

JROTC Team to Compete in National Academic Bowl

After advancing through two phases of competition,  Bowling Green High School’s JROTC academic team composed of Cadets Morgin Emmert, Van Hong, Duc Ngo, Justin Stone will compete in the final Championship round of The 2013 Army JROTC Academic Bowl Championship in Washington D.C., on the campus of George Mason University, June 21-25, 2013.  This event is sponsored by the Army JROTC and conducted by College Options Foundation.

Lunch doesn’t fall far from the (apple) tree
Eating local – the trendy byword in food circles – has found its way to Kentucky school cafeterias, with the help of a Kentucky Department of Agriculture program that links local growers with schools.

Two years ago, Bill Jackson of Jackson's Orchard started supplying schools with apples, later expanded to peaches, and has since helped find local suppliers for asparagus, blueberries and strawberries. Bowling Green Independent Schools also buys hydroponically grown lettuce and tomatoes from a local grower. (Story by Wayne Dominick, Kentucky School Advocate)
Unbridled Learning: Kentucky's New Assessment and Accountability System
Beginning this spring, schools and districts will be held accountable to a new testing and accountability system called Unbridled Learning: College/Career Readiness for All. This system replaces the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System, or CATS, and moves to a 100-point scale to determine overall school and district performance.

Bowling Green City Schools have created a two-page summary of the new Unbridled Learning system, to help our parents and community understand upcoming testing, and future reporting of school and district performance.
Purples are STATE CHAMPIONS!
Bowling Green (15-0) jumped all over Anderson County in the Class 5A football championship Saturday, earning the program’s second state title with a 55-3 win in front of 8,623 fans in the Russell Athletic/KHSAA Commonwealth Gridiron Bowl at Houchens-Smith Stadium. (Story by Zach Greenwell, Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
 
Winter Weather Communication Plans
During the winter months district administrators keep a close watch on the weather. If there is a possibility for precipitation, school officials are up during the early morning hours checking road conditions, listening to forecasts, and communicating with law enforcement, the City Street Department, and surrounding districts. If the decision is made to delay or close school, our district will make every effort to notify parents, guardians and employees as soon as possible.
Holiday Open House

Employees, Parents and Community Members are invited to the Bowling Green Board of Education's

 

Holiday Open House

 

Thursday, December 12, 2013
2:30 - 5:00 p.m.

 

Artwork by Edgar Carmona Santos,

an 8th grade student at Bowling Green Junior High.

Five Purples Selected for Gatton Academy

The Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Math and Science has selected 72 students for its Class of 2015, including five students from Bowling Green High School: Leeza Khenner, Valerie Richmond, Ananya Sharma, Ben Guthrie, and Linnie Schell. These students will finish their junior and senior years of high school taking courses and living on campus at WKU. At the end of two years, they will graduate from high school and have earned at least 60 college credit hours.

BG school board makes decisions on salary, staffing
The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education made salary and staffing decisions Friday for the next school year and discussed upcoming construction projects during its annual planning session.

Every year at the planning session, each of the district’s leadership team gives a report highlighting how the past school year went and plans for the upcoming one. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Board of Education: November Meeting Notes
The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, November 14, 2011. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved.
Preschool Registration Ongoing

Bowling Green City Schools are registering three and four year old children for the preschool program, offered free of charge at Parker-Bennett-Curry and T. C. Cherry Elementary Schools. Preschool provides research-based curricula and a comfortable, child-centered learning environment four days a week, with morning or afternoon sessions.

BG Schools Recognized for Excellence
Some Bowling Green schools are being recognized for excellence. Three schools in the district scored 100 percent on their No Child Left Behind Goals: Bowling Green Junior High, W.R. McNeill Elementary and Potter Gray Elementary. BGJHS met more than any school in Kentucky. McNeill was also one of 305 schools in the nation to win the National Blue Ribbon Award. (Story by Casey Wheeless, WBKO)

NEW! Receive Texts for School Closings or Delays
New this year, parents, students, employees and community members have the option of receiving both non-emergency and emergency text messages from the Bowling Green Independent School District. Individuals must opt-in to receive AlertNow text messages due to possible charges from mobile phone companies.
BGHS Among Top 10% of Ky High Schools for College and Career Readiness
According to College and Career Readiness data released today from the Kentucky Department of Education, 62% of Bowling Green High School’s class of 2010 are either college or career ready, or both. On average, 42% of Kentucky public high school students are ready for college or careers. Readiness percentages range among schools from 2 to 92 percent, with BGHS among the top 10% of high schools in Kentucky.
Students get inside look at AT&T
A group of students from Bowling Green High School visited AT&T as part of the Junior Achievement of South Central Kentucky program, an entrepreneurship program that teaches students how to be successful and helps them develop skills to land good jobs.

The organization, which works in schools throughout the region, allows students to shadow workers for a day, giving them a glimpse of possible careers. On Friday, students saw the other side of the phone service industry. (Story by Jenna Mink, Photo by Alex Slitz)
Healthier options
Fresh Healthy Vending machines offer healthier alternatives to snack food and can be found at Bowling Green High and Bowling Green Junior High schools. Bowling Green native Andrew Koon is a franchisee of the San Diego company Fresh Healthy Vending and is responsible for stocking and maintaining machines every two or three days. (Story by Justin Story, Photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
District board approves more funds for schools
Items discussed at the November Board of Education meeting included an increase in funding for schools based on growth in enrollment; Teach Meet Kentucky, a low cost professional development initiated by local educators; and local energy management efforts. (Story by Jenna Mink, Daily News)
Purples Reach Class 5A State Finals
The No. 1-ranked Bowling Green football team rode a wave of first-quarter momentum, crushing No. 2 John Hardin 62-20 in the Class 5A state semifinals at El Donaldson Stadium. (Story by Michael Compton, photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)

The Purples will play Anderson County for the State Championship at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3 at WKU's Houchens-Smith Stadium. Tickets ($8 at BGHS/$10 at WKU) will be on sale at BGHS beginning at 11:30 a.m.

The State Championship game will also be broadcast live Saturday evening on iHigh.com, a partner of KHSAA.
iHigh.com: Boys Soccer Tonight at 7 p.m.
Click here to watch the Bowling Green Purples take on the Greenwood Gators, LIVE from the Swamp at 7:00 p.m. CST.

This broadcast is also available on your smartphone!
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BGHS Chamber Orchestra Hosts First Concert
The student-led Bowling Green High School Chamber Orchestra held their Inaugural Concert on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. The group performed four pieces, including The Waltz from Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, The Incredibles (Main Theme) by Giacchino, Concerning Hobbits by Shore, and Gabriel's Oboe by Morricone.

W.R. McNeill celebrates designation as Blue Ribbon School
W. R. McNeill Elementary assembled Tuesday morning to honor the students and teachers for receiving the honor of being a Blue Ribbon School. McNeill learned it had earned the award in September. (Story by Andrew Robinson, Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
Reading rewards: Local school celebrates reaching goal
At W.R. McNeill Elementary School on Friday, Principal Marsha Ingram performed as Lady Gaga and librarian Tara Griffith spent more than three hours on the roof.

The actions were rewards for the students, who completed a reading challenge this week, along with Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School. The goal was to read 100 books for every point Bowling Green High School scored against Warren Central High School in the teams’ football game Oct. 14. BGHS won 21-0, so the task was to read 2,100 books. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
nutritional choices with local produce
Bowling Green Independent Schools are working to load students’ lunch trays with fresh and locally grown produce. Cafeterias last academic year began offering fresh produce, but now they’re branching out, snagging several different items from local farmers. (Story by Jenna Mink, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
Special Board Meeting Update
The Bowling Green Board of Education held a public hearing and special board meeting on August 22, 2011 to allow public comment and also vote on the local property tax rate for 2011-12. The Board voted to increase property taxes from a rate of 70.7 to 73.1, which will result in a 4% increase in tax revenue, but will not offset cuts to state funding.

The Board of Education also heard the District's Internet Safety Report, appointed Virgil Livers as the Sick Leave Bank Trustee, approved contracts with residential service providers, and approved three organizations to use district facilities.
Are You Ready to go Back to School?
With school starting on Thursday, school supplies and a new backpack isn't all that parents should be looking out for. There are a few changes in the Bowling Green Independent School District's bus system, as well as new state laws are requiring new immunizations and eye exams for students. (Story by Casey Wheeless, WBKO)
 
School zone safety
As city students head back to school Thursday, police and bus drivers are asking motorists to be alert watching for school zone signs and school buses. (Story by Deborah Highland, photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
Teachers Focus on Job Skills
Throughout the state, educators are pushed to better prepare students for college. They’re beefing up curriculum, partnering with universities, bringing in specialists and urging students to take advanced classes.

But there’s another side to life after high school: the workforce. New education standards also call for educators to prepare students for careers, making them good employees as well as successful college students. (Story by Jenna Mink, Daily News)
The Academy at 11th Street
11th Street School will open in August with new programming, a new group of students, and a new name. The Academy at 11th Street will offer more individualized instruction for Bowling Green students in grades 6-12.
alternative school given new name
The 11th Street Alternative School will now be called The Academy at 11th Street, just one change for the school over the next couple of months. The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education approved the new name during its meeting Monday. (Story by Jenna Mink, Daily News)
Class raises $500 to aid center in Kenya
Last week, the Rotary Club's Adopt-a-Class of 30 fifth-graders from Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School presented the club with a donation of $500 after learning about the need for chairs at a Rotary-built community center in Kenya. (Story by Tessa Duvall, Daily News)
McNeill Elementary: Global Literacy Champion
Congratulations to the McNeill Elementary Junior Beta Club! Their donation of more than 1,000 books has been sent to a future library in Swaziland, Africa, and the African Library Project has named McNeill Elementary a 2011 Global Literacy Champion.
BGHS Forever Changed
Mary Catherine Kirkwood overcame some significant obstacles to get to Sunday. After losing her father and battling cancer as a child, the 18-year-old - a fourth-generation Bowling Green High School graduate - was proud to take the stage at the school’s 100th graduation ceremony. (Story by Jenna Mink, photo by Pete Rodman, Daily News)
Congratulations Class of 2011

Two hundred and nineteen graduates were recognized Sunday afternoon, May 29 as the 100th graduating class from Bowling Green High School. Of those 219, 63 are Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average, and 34 received the Commonwealth Diploma.

Congratulations Class of 2011

Two hundred and nineteen graduates will be recognized Sunday afternoon, May 29 as the 100th graduating class from Bowling Green High School. Of the 219, 63 are Honor Graduates, earning a 3.6 or higher grade point average, and 34 will receive the Commonwealth Diploma.

McNeill Student Chefs Prepare Meal at BGTC
Students from McNeill Elementary had the chance to learn about the science of cooking at Bowling Green Technical College and as a perk, they prepared a spaghetti and meatball lunch on Tuesday. The students say it was a great learning experience. (Story by WBKO)
Dishman-McGinnis Presents Two Scholarships
Two Bowling Green High School seniors received $1,000 scholarhips from Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School on Monday. The scholarships were made possible by proceeds from the Eagle Flight 5K held in February. Both Amber Szpyrka and Wassana Chanthavong  are alumni of Dishman-McGinnis Elementary and both will attend Western Kentucky University in the fall. 
BGHS Ranked by The Washington Post
The Washington Post has released their first list of America’s Top High Schools, known as The High School Challenge. Thirteen Kentucky schools have earned a spot on this year’s list of approximately 1,900 public schools. Bowling Green High School ranks 842nd.
Conway Speaks to BGJHS Students About Prescription Drugs
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway visited Bowling Green Junior High Wednesday to speak about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Fatal overdoses in the Commonwealth have more than doubled in the past 10 years. (Story by Justin Story, photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
City board approves tentative budget
A tentative budget of more than $40 million was approved Monday during the Bowling Green Independent Schools board meeting, setting the stage for next academic year without the promise of some state money. The board also paved the way for the Housing Authority of Bowling Green to apply for a $70,000 grant, which would place better physical education programs into some schools. (Story by Jenna Mink, Daily News)
Board Update: May 2011
The Bowling Green Board of Education met on Monday, May 9, 2011 for their monthly meeting. Summaries of motions approved are included in the Board Update, published the day after each regularly scheduled meeting. Items approved May 9 include a tentative budget, insurance premiums, contracts with the Barren River District Health Department, various trips, use of facilities, and more.
T. C. Cherry Selects Kory Twyman as Principal
The T. C. Cherry Site-Based Decision-Making Council voted Friday afternoon, May 6, 2011, to select Kory Twyman as their new principal. Mr. Twyman has sixteen years of experience in education, including seven years as a teacher and nine as an elementary school principal. He is currently Principal of Richardsville Elementary in Warren County.
Technology Showcase: Tuesday, May 10
In an event designed to encourage and enhance student’s technology, communication and collaboration skills, Bowling Green City Schools will host a Technology Showcase, Tuesday, May 10 from 9:00-11:00 a.m. at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary School.
Fashion Show Displays Student Creations
Several elementary and high school students participated in the "Colors of the World" Fashion Show at Parker-Bennett-Curry Elementary. It’s the second time the Bowling Green High School’s fashion design class has put together a fashion event, showcasing students’ creations.
Concerns of Home Safety with Flooding
The Kentucky Department for Public Health issues the following safety guidelines due to threats of extensive flooding with storms occuring.
Blankets of Love
The Potter Gray Junior Optimist Club presented thirty hand-made blankets to Mrs. Virgina Fulton on Thursday morning. Fulton’s son, U.S. Army Capt. Craig Fulton, is stationed in Germany and told his mother about Army-issued blankets used to cover injured bodies. The drab blankets are often reminders of bad experiences. The students hope their blankets will cheer up wounded soldiers.
Seven Selected for 2011 GSP
Seven 11th grade students at Bowling Green High School have been selected to participate in the 2011 Governor’s Scholars Program: Ethan Baker, Katherine Cohron, Jacob Lyons, Jacob Malmquist, Cesarina Rounce, Megan Taing, and Kelly Wyrick. These students will complete the five-week session this summer at one of three college campuses.
Draft Facility Plan and Superintendents Evaluation Approved
The Bowling Green Independent Schools Board of Education approved a draft facilities plan Monday that would call for building a new school to replace Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School.

Superintendent Joe Tinius' summative evaluation was approved, and board members were complimentary of his performance, saying that Tinius met standards for vision, school culture and learning, management, collaboration, ethics and other categories.
BG Graduation Rates Better Than State
The results are in, and local school districts trump the state when it comes to graduation. Both Bowling Green Independent and Warren County Public schools recently posted higher graduation rates than the state average, according to the Kentucky Department of Education’s school report card.

BGJH Presents Guys and Dolls, Jr.
Bowling Green Junior High students are set to perform one of Broadways most popular shows, Guys and Dolls, Jr. March 18-20. Performances are scheduled for 7:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the BGJHS Auditorium. Tickets are $7 for adults and $4 for students (age 4-8th grade) and will be sold in the Auditorium Lobby one hour before each performance.

Tonight's Basketball Game on SAM 100.7 fm

Tonight's 14th District Championship between the BGHS Purples and the Warren Central Dragons will be broadcast on SAM 100.7FM.  The pregame show begins at 5:45 pm, followed by the game at 6:00.p.m.

Gates open at 5:00 p.m. and admission is $5.

No School: February 11
Due to weather conditions, Bowling Green City Schools will be closed Friday, February 11.
No School: February 8
Due to inclement weather conditions, Bowling Green City Schools will be closed February 8, 2011.
All-State Choir Rehersal Saturday
The KMEA All-State Choir Regional Rehearsal will occur as scheduled on Saturday, January 22 from 9am - 1pm at the First Christian Church.
Home Basketball Game Tonight
Tonight's basketball doubleheader vs. Warren East will be played as scheduled at BGHS. The Lady Purples will play at 6:00 and the Purples at approximately 7:30 p.m.
Schools Closed Friday, January 21
Due to weather conditions, Bowling Green City Schools will be closed January 21, 2011.



BGJHS vs Moss Middle Basketball Games Cancelled
The Jr. High Boys and Girls Basketball games scheduled for tonight against Moss have been CANCELLED.

Girls Basketball will have practice from 3:00-4:30.
Boys Basketball will have practice from 4:30-6:00.
Schools Closed Today - January 12
Bowling Green City Schools will be closed today, Wednesday, January 12, 2011, due to weather conditions.
State funding cuts delay draft budget
A reduction in state school funding has hurt districts across the state, and Bowling Green Independent Schools is no exception.

City schools officials had been working for months on the draft budget for fiscal year 2012 and were preparing to propose it to board members Monday when state officials announced the funding slice late last week.

Nutrition and Physical Activity Report Card
Kim Simpson, Food Services Coordinator, presented a public forum at last night's Board of Education meeting regarding school nutrition and physical activity in our district. Click here to view the 2011 Annual Report.
Tonight's Basketball Games Cancelled
Tonight's BGHS Boys and Girls Varsity Basketball games at Allen County have been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Tonight's BGJHS Boys and Girls games have also been cancelled.
Kids shape up at Eagle Flight kickoff
Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School is now shaping up for the first ever Eagle Flight 5K, which will be held February 26 at the school. The 5K will feature a 5K Run/Walk and 1 Mile Walk. There will also be a pasta dinner, silent auction and door prizes. (Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
In the Running
W.R. McNeill Elementary School is one of five Kentucky public schools in the running for the National Blue Ribbon, an accolade that recognizes high-achieving schools across the nation. If McNeill gets the designation, it will be the fourth school in Bowling Green and Warren County to win.
Fall 2010: By the Numbers
Review a summary of highlights and accomplishments from Fall 2010.
McNeill Elem. to Apply for National Blue Ribbon
Five Kentucky schools, including W. R. McNeill Elementary, will undergo the U.S. Department of Education’s application process for potential recognition as Blue Ribbon Schools. The Commissioner of Education has nominated five schools that have met the federal criteria. The schools will now undergo a rigorous application process that will take about a year, and determine if they are designated as Blue Ribbon Schools.
Snow day dilemma
For city schools, deciding whether or not to have school on a snowy day begins before the weather, as officials keep track of weather reports and predictions. On a snowy morning, Tinius and other officials contact the Bowling Green Police Department and the city streets department. Around 4 a.m., four officials, including Tinius, scour the roads, hitting all bus routes and checking parking lots and sidewalks.
McNeill Choir on Insight Channel 3
The McNeill 4th and 5th grade Choir will be featured on Insight Cable Channel 3 on the following dates: 12/20-4:30 pm; 12/21—7:00 am; 12/22—9:00 am; 12/23—6:30 pm; 12/24—8:30 am & 8:00 pm; 12/25—10:00 am & 8:30 pm.
Kids present a holiday history lesson
T.C. Cherry Elementary School primary students presented a nontraditional Christmas play Wednesday. They acted out typical Christmases during certain time periods - they portrayed Colonial, pioneer, Victorian and modern holidays.

A teacher developed the idea after studying her daughter’s American Girl dolls - each doll in the collection is from a different time period.
316 Ky teachers earn national certification
Teaching is the only job Betsy Madison ever wanted. Twenty-five years after her career began, she has completed one of the most prestigious - and difficult - tasks as a teacher.

Madison, a special education teacher at Bowling Green Junior High School, is one of 316 teachers in Kentucky who received this year National Board Certification, the highest teaching credential.
R E Harp & Sons Donate to FRYSCs
R E Harp and Sons Recycling donated $1,000 to the Bowling Green City Schools’ Family Resource and Youth Services Centers. The donation will be used to provide Christmas assistance for families in the school district. Thanks to R E Harp and Sons Recycling and to all who donated recyclable aluminum products between December 4 - 11. We appreciate your support!
Family Resource and Youth Service Centers Celebrate 20 Years
Family resource and youth service centers are celebrating 20 years in state schools. Faculty and community members from across the Barren River region will celebrate at Hillvue Heights Church beginning at 10 a.m.
Six STLP Teams Advance to State
Thirteen teams of students from six Bowling Green schools presented projects at the Student Technology Leadership Program's Regional Showcase at WKU. Six teams were invited to present at the STLP State Championship on May 13, 2011 in Lexington.
Holiday Art Winners Selected
Bowling Green Elementary students recently competed in a holiday art contest, with the winning art to be featured at the District’s Holiday Open House. One art project from each school was selected and has been used to create invitations and posters for the district. The original work will also be on display during the Open House on December 9 from 2:30 – 5:00 p.m. (Snowman by Joey Durkalski of McNeill Elementary.)
Students offer solutions to officials
Students from the Warren County and Bowling Green school systems were tasked with solving pressing issues facing the city of Bowling Green. The students presented their solutions Monday night to senior city staff and the Bowling Green City Commission at a reception at Bowling Green High School. (Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
Top Honors for Bowling Green Schools Communication Program
Last week, Bowling Green City Schools brought home three 1st Place Awards and an overall Communication Sweepstakes Award in the 14th Annual OASIS Professional Development Program (Outstanding Achievement in School Information Services), presented by the Kentucky School Board Association and the Kentucky School Public Relations Association.

2011-2012 School Calendar Options
The district calendar committee is currently considering four calendar options for the 2011-2012 school year. Options 1 and 1A are the same except for when Spring Break occurs.    Option 2 and 2A are the same except for when Spring Break occurs. 
German students admire ‘school spirit’
When Marie-Luise Budszulin left Bowling Green on Saturday, she took a little spirit home. After all, school pride is much more apparent here than in her hometown of Erfurt, Germany.

“We like the school spirit at the high school,” said Marie-Luise, 17, a senior. “We don’t even have logos at our school.”
Indoor camp, history day spice up Halloween
On Friday afternoon, about 18 children clustered inside tents, telling ghost stories, eating s’mores and snuggling in their sleeping bags. But they weren’t in the woods or even in a backyard. Instead, their tents were pitched in the middle of Amber Dwyer’s second-grade classroom at Potter Gray Elementary School.
BGFD Visits Dishman-McGinnis
Members of the Bowling Green Fire Department visited Dishman-McGinnis Elementary to share information about fire safety. The students learned the importance of smoke detectors and how to safely leave a house where there is fire.
TeachMeet Kentucky draws 250 educators
Educators from across the state got a crash course on technology in the classroom Friday when 250 teachers, principals and other school leaders converged in Bowling Green. (Photo by Miranda Pederson)
TeachMeet technology conference coming up
The first TeachMeet Kentucky conference will be held in Bowling Green on Friday. More than 200 educators from across Kentucky and from other states are expected to attend at the National Corvette Museum.
Ky Historical Society to Dedicate Marker by T.C. Cherry Elementary
 The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to honor T.C. Cherry Elementary School on Sunday, Oct. 17 at 2:45 p.m. at 1001 Liberty St. The marker is sponsored by students and friends of the elementary school.
Sarah Wilder Named Semifinalist for Ky Teacher of the Year
Nine outstanding teachers from around the state – three elementary school teachers, three middle school teachers and three high school teachers – are semifinalists for the Kentucky Teacher of the Year award. Sarah Wilder of McNeill Elementary School is among the semifinalists.
Crime Rockers Kickoff Program at PBC
An effective police agency must be part of changing perceptions and lives in a positive way. The Bowling Green Police Department believes that changing perceptions, educating and having a positive impact on the youth of our community is crucial.  The Crime Rockers - a live "police" band delivering the entertaining message of personal safety, personal responsibility and anti-drugs kicked off their program Friday at Parker-Bennett-Curry.
PBC 5th Graders Visit WKU
Fifth grade students from Parker-Bennett-Curry visited Western Kentucky University on Thursday morning for a school-day performance of Beauty and the Beast. The trip was made possible in part by the Bowling Green Noon Rotary Club’s “Giving Hope” class adoption project.
Peer Challenge: Run/Walk for Autism October 16
Dylan Beckham, a student at Plano Elementary, is making a difference and so can you! He is leading the efforts for the Lifeskills Walk for Autism and challenging his peers in both Warren County and Bowling Green City Schools.
Schools Add Interpreter and Preschool Positions
As certain student populations grow, Bowling Green Independent Schools are adding positions to keep up with demand.

The school board approved new faculty and staff positions Monday to meet the needs of two expanding groups of students.
Nashville Sax Quartet Performs at T. C. Cherry
Members of the Nashville Sax Quartet performed for third, fourth, and fifth grade students at T. C. Cherry on Tuesday, September 28. The musicians shared classical, jazz, and contemporary music, as well as facts about woodwind instruments.
Adrienne Tarrence says she’ll play for Belmont
Bowling Green guard Adrienne Tarrence will head down the road to play college basketball, telling the Daily News today that she will sign with Belmont University in Nashville.

Tarrence, who chose Belmont over Western Kentucky, said she made the decision over the weekend and will sign in November.
Potter Gray Helps SMA Group
When Potter Gray Elementary School students wore hats into the building Friday, they were doing more than making a fashion statement.

The children were putting “Hats On 4 Annie,” a day that allowed the students to wear hats when they donated $1 or more to the nonprofit organization Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy. (Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
Five BGHS Seniors Named National Merit Commended Students
Bowling Green High School announced today that Matthew Miller, Alyssa Phelps, Emily Potter, Corey Pruitt, and Joseph Van Wye have been named Commended Students by the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
City Schools Among Top 8% of Districts for College & Career Readiness
The Kentucky Department of Education has released college and career readiness data for each school and district. Results show Bowling Green City Schools in the top 8% of all Kentucky districts, and BGHS among the top 12% of high schools.
KCCT and No Child Left Behind Results Released
The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the spring 2010 Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) as well as yearly progress reports required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Kentucky Core Content scores from Bowling Green City Schools illustrate growth in several content areas, as well as room for improvement.
T. C. Cherry Wins Attendance Day Challenge
Congratulations to T. C. Cherry Elementary School for having the District's highest attendance percentage, 99.24%, on High Attendance Day (Sept. 16th).
AP Participation and Pass Rates Improve at BGHS
The 2010 Advanced Placement (AP) results are in, and they confirm that many more students in Kentucky are capable of learning at rigorous levels, demonstrating their readiness for college. At BGHS, 27% of the student body (289 students) took 466 AP exams, of which 65% scored a 3 or higher, qualifying the students for college credit.  
Trammel Creek field trip gives kids real-life lesson
About 90 fourth- and fifth-grade students from Parker-Bennett-Curry traveled to Trammel Creek on Tuesday, where they studied bugs and animals and tested the water. General Motors gave the school a grant to fund the field trip. (Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
Next Week: Internet Safety Week
The Bowling Green City School District has implemented a district-wide plan for students and teachers which provides solutions to issues that may arise while using the internet at home or in the classroom. As part of this plan, the district’s internet safety committee has organized Internet Safety Week, scheduled for next week, September 20 – 24, 2010.
Five BGHS Students Named National Merit Semifinalists
Isabella Emanuele, Alison Itzkowitz, Michelle Korte, Diane Lee, and Josh Song have been named National Merit Semifinalists and will have the opportunity to compete for scholarship awards worth over $36 million.
Purple Gem founding member speaks to current staffers
Bill Hancock was just having a little fun when he started a student publication at his high school in 1959.

He returned to Bowling Green High School on Monday to speak with the current staff of the Purple Gem, which has survived and thrived over the past 51 years.
Mrs. Sarah Wilder Receives Teacher Achievement Award
The Kentucky Department of Education and Ashland Inc. have selected 24 outstanding Kentucky educators as recipients of the 2011 Ashland Inc. Teacher Achievement Awards (TAA). These teachers will compete for the 2011 Kentucky Teacher of the Year Award, which will be announced next month. Sarah Wilder, a teacher at W. R. McNeill Elementary is among the 24 honorees.
Magic No. 200
Everything came full circle for Bowling Green coach Kevin Wallace on Friday.

On the field where his head coaching career began as a 23-year-old in 1984, Wallace joined the elite 200-win club as his Purples remained unbeaten on the season with a 53-14 win over host Warren East. (Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
BG schools tackle teacher prep work
For Bowling Green Independent Schools, simply administering tests isn’t good enough. So administrators are taking a different approach - one that coincides with new state standards for teaching. Educational goals for Kentucky outlined at Leadership Kentucky meeting Thursday at T. C. Cherry.
Purples Classic Soccer Tournament This Weekend
The Purple's Classic, the premier high school soccer tournament in the state, will be held Sept. 3-5 at Lovers Lane Soccer Complex in Bowling Green. The 10th annual tourney, hosted by the Bowling Green High School Soccer Booster Club, features 16 teams; eight boys and eight girls, playing a total of 24 games in 27 hours.
BGHS & BGJHS Distribute Suicide Prevention Materials
In Kentucky, suicide is the second leading cause of death among teenagers, yet one of the most preventable. State and local officials have created legislation and provided opportunities for schools to discuss this topic with both staff and students.
High school students focus on finance
Independence Bank hosts second annual Scholastic Council, including 15 local high school students, teaching leadership and financial skills.

Each month the students meet with a business or civic leader who offers them advice on becoming successful. Students learn how to be financially responsible and are given motivational and business books to read and report on. They also must build their own business plan.
Daily News Editorial: Phelps is helping kids with his club
Teachers play a major role in shaping future minds and teaching responsibility, but a local custodian at T.C. Cherry Elementary School is also doing a pretty good job of that in a different capacity.
Groundskeeper Club on duty
Students spend 20 minutes every Wednesday and Friday helping Brad Phelps clean T.C. Cherry’s campus. It’s a project that began in the old T.C. Cherry building when students helped Phelps set up chairs and other small items. (Photo by Hunter Wilson, Daily News)
Class of 2010 ACT Scores Improve
ACT scores from Bowling Green High School’s Class of 2010 show improvement in every academic category. Since 2008, all 11th graders in Kentucky have been required to take the ACT Assessment, which consists of tests in four academic areas: English, mathematics, reading, and science reasoning. Many college-bound students take the ACT again during their senior year, before applying to colleges or universities.
Young Entrepreneurs
Ten-year-old identical twins Charlotte and Emily Thompson are learning business skills at an early age.

The creative Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School fifth-graders are making bracelets and selling them at Bowling Green’s 2nd Saturday Street Fair. They even have some for sale at Bella ME Salon on the square. (Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
Growing Up in Two Different Cultures
Bowling Green Independent Schools has become one of the most diverse school districts in the state, but even second-generation immigrant children face struggles. The Latino Club is trying to change that - one child at a time. (Photo by Joe Imel, Daily News)
Leadership Ky Visits T. C. Cherry for Education Day
Thursday morning, Leadership Kentucky’s Class of 2010 met at T. C. Cherry for the group’s annual Education Day. Leadership Kentucky is a non-profit organization that brings together leaders from across the state with a variety of career accomplishments and volunteer activities. The goal of the group is to prepare participants to take an active role in advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Teachers Getting Ready for School Heather Centers Prepares for School

Pencils, paper, markers and even talking frogs are all essential supplies some teachers may need to help their students.

Parker-Bennett-Curry Teacher, Heather Centers speaks to WBKO about preparing for the upcoming school year.

BGHS ACT SCORES REMAIN ABOVE STATE AVERAGE
Last spring, all 11th grade students at Bowling Green High School sat for the ACT college entrance exam as required by state law. Results from the exams show improvement in all four subject areas and overall composite score, as well as surpassing all state averages for the third consecutive year.
Local Teacher Recognized
For Sarah Wilder, coming to work every day is a treat. Since she began her career eight years ago, she’s been doing what she loves - teaching social studies to fifth-graders.

Wilder, a teacher at W.R. McNeill Elementary School, on Tuesday was named the 2011 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year.

Tonight's Boys Basketball Games Cancelled
Tonight's BGHS boys basketball games vs. Grayson County have been cancelled. The games were scheduled to be played at Bowling Green High School, but Grayson County Schools remain closed today due to weather conditions.
BGJHS Basketball Games Cancelled
Both the Girls and Boys Jr. High Basketball games scheduled for tonight have been CANCELLED.
BGHS Presents Bye Bye Birdie
Continuing Bowling Green High School’s tradition of excellent musical theater, BGHS students will perform Bye Bye Birdie, the Tony Award Winning musical Friday and Saturday March 4 & 5 at 7 PM and Sunday March 6 at 3 PM at the Capitol Arts Center.
Eagle Flight 5K This Saturday
Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School will host the first ever Eagle Flight 5K and 1 Mile Walk this Saturday, February 26th, 2011. The 5K Run/Walk begins at 9:00am and 1 Mile Walk at 9:45 am.
Eight Selected for BGHS Hall of Honor

The Bowling Green High School Alumni Association has selected eight distinguished graduates to be added to the school’s Hall of Honor. The 2011 Honorees include: Dewey Wood, Philip Huddleston, Jerry Cohron, Stan Markham, Judy Porter Whitson, Henrietta Pepper Profancik, Chris Thomas, and Robin Cline Vanderpool.

Back to School Events
Bowling Green City Schools begin a new year on August 4. To prepare, schools have scheduled opportunities for parents and students to visit school and meet teachers.

Over the next few weeks, it is also a great idea to re-establish school-day routines, such as bath time, bed time, and morning wake-up. And remember, stay positive! Starting a new school year offers students exciting opportunities, activities, and time with friends.

We look forward to seeing our students on August 4!
 
Class of 2011 ACT Scores Improve
ACT scores from Bowling Green High School’s most recent graduates show improvement in every academic category. In 2010, as juniors, the Class of 2011 scored an average composite score of 20.8. One year later, the same students improved in every academic category to an average composite of 22.0. The average scores for Bowling Green High School also remain above the state average in all four curriculum areas.
Schools make progress toward goals for NCLB
Neither school district in Warren County met its No Child Left Behind goals for the 2010-11 academic year, but administrators from both districts say there is still much to be proud of.

Bowling Green Junior High School met all 22 of its goals, which is more than any other school in Kentucky. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Jumping Jacks and Jills
Potter Gray and Warren elementary schools participated in a national attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most people doing jumping jacks in a 24-hour period. The challenge was sponsored by National Geographic Kids Magazine in support of Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative to end childhood obesity by getting kids active and healthy. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Photo by Miranda Pederson, Daily News)
BG school board OKs Chinese research project
The Board of Education of Bowling Green Independent Schools approved a Chinese research project and heard about the status of a technology program at its regular meeting Monday. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Water Science
Instead of learning about science at their desks, elementary school students performed experiments while wading in Trammel Creek last week as part of an annual program that continues this week. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Alex Slitz, Daily News)
School Supply Lists
Links to school supply lists may be found here. This page will be updated as lists are received.
2011-12 District Brochure Available Online

The 2011-12 district brochure is now available online. Created annually, the publication contains up-to-date information such as district facts, goals and expectations, recent accomplishments and new initiatives. Plus, it features several photos of students and teachers.

WKU to survey Hispanic student population needs
Dr. Sonia Lenk of WKU has been approved to conduct a survey with Hispanic students with the purpose of strengthening WKU’s relationship with the Bowling Green Community. Dr. Lenk will survey students in 6-12th grades, as well as teachers and administrators with the hopes of learning more about the local Hispanic populations and their educational and career goals.
Tony Lindsey: Hometown Hero
Tony Lindsey is the founder of the Son Rhea foundation, a local non-profit that donates instruments to schools for children who might not be able to participate in band for financial reasons. Money is raised through various fundraisers, the most notable being the Jambodian Festival that was held last December. All of the proceeds go to purchasing new or refurbishing donated instruments for the students.

 
Schoolchildren help spread the red
It was an unusual sight for a midday women’s basketball game: Thousands of fans packed E.A. Diddle Arena, shrieking, jumping, cheering, singing, clapping and waving signs and red towels. And most were under the age of 13.
Principal Selection Survey
 Members of the T. C. Cherry SBDM Council are developing a list of criteria for the next School Principal and would like input from the T. C. Cherry and Bowling Green City School community. Please click here to take a brief survey, identifying the top 5 qualities most important to you. The final list of criteria will be used to screen principal candidates.
District Facility Plan Includes New Elementary School
The Bowling Green Independent Schools Facility Plan lists a new Dishman-McGinnis Elementary School as one of the next major construction or renovation projects for the district. Due to the uncertainty of funding, there is no timeline for construction.  
Board of Education: December Meeting Notes
The Board of Education held their regular monthly meeting on Monday, December 13, 2010. The Board Update lists agenda items including recognitions and decisions approved.
The Techno Factor
At T.C. Cherry Elementary School, special education teacher Margie Clevenger just received iPads for her classroom and is downloading some educational applications, such as math and spelling.

Some of Clevenger’s students have serious speech problems, so in addition to using iPads as teaching devices, she plans to communicate with them.
BG teachers getting their own websites
Thanks to SchoolPointe, teachers have their own websites, giving students access to assignments and lecutre notes and parents a way to monitor what's happening in classrooms.
Photos: Ready to return to school
Readifest was held Tuesday, July 27th. The event brought together community organizations, free food and a fashion show.
PHOTOS BY Miranda Pederson/Daily News
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Finding the Leader in Me
All 3,900 students in Bowling Green Independent Schools are developing skills that will help them become successful. It’s part of a nationwide program dubbed Leader in Me that administrators are implementing in every classroom across the local district. It’s the first year for the program in Bowling Green schools.
Chane Behanan Commits to U of L
Tuesday morning, Bowling Green High School senior basketball player, Chane Behanan announced his college choice to media and his teammates. Chane will continue his athletic and academic career at the University of Louisville next fall.
Board of Education Hears Update on New Policy
The school board discussed Monday an update on the district’s suicide prevention program and its implementation, a topic that carried over from the July board meeting.

Superintendent Joe Tinius said legislation passed last session requires all school districts to provide two hours of mandatory training in regard to suicide prevention to certified staff in middle and high schools. Districts were also required to pass along information to parents and students.
eSchoolNews Features Jonathan Carrier & Jonathan Stovall
Using 21st Century Learning Skills: Skype & Turning Point in the Classroom
SARAH WILDER NAMED 2011 ELEMENTARY TEACHER OF THE YEAR
Sarah Wilder, a 5th grade teacher at W.R. McNeill Elementary, has been named the 2011 Kentucky Elementary Teacher of the Year. The announcement was made today at a ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort by Ashland Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education.
2011-2012 Calendar Approved
The Bowling Green Board of Education approved the 2011-2012 Academic Calendar on Monday, December 13. The calendar was recommended by the District Calendar Committee and received the majority of votes from parents through the calendar survey. The first day for students next year will be held on August 4, 2011.
BGJHS Students' Documentary on Autism Awareness
"Voices of Autism," a documentary produced by BGJHS STLP students, will be considered for Best Documentary at the Student Technology Leadership Program State Competition in May, but this month, they share their video with Bowling Green City Schools as part of Autism Awareness Month. 
Green Schools
More than 100 energy officials, architects and school administrators ventured to Bowling Green on Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the High Performance School Buildings Workshop. The trip has been sponsored by the Kentucky National Energy Education Development project since 2002. The workshop served as a field trip for school and energy officials and, this year, they toured two energy-efficient schools: T.C. Cherry Elementary and Richardsville Elementary schools.
Students surpass state average on prep exams
Bowling Green Independent Schools trumped the state this academic year on the PLAN and EXPLORE exams. PLAN and EXPLORE are administered through ACT, and test sophomores and eighth graders on science, math, reading and English.
A time to Spell-A-Brate
The Purple Powers That Bee, representing Bowling Green Independent Schools, became the first repeat champions Friday night in Community Education’s sixth annual Spell-A-Bration. The team includes Kate Webb, a BGJHS parent, Morgan Webb-Yeates, sister of a BGJHS student, and Renee White, parent of a T.C. Cherry student.
Students Selected for Governor’s Scholars and Governor’s School for the Arts
 Seven 11th grade students at Bowling Green High School have been selected to participate in the 2011 Governor’s Scholars Program: Ethan Baker, Katherine Cohron, Jacob Lyons, Jacob Malmquist, Cesarina Rounce, Megan Taing, and Kelly Wyrick. Two BGHS juniors have been selected to participate in the 2011 Governor’s School for the Arts: Madeleine Simpson and Owen Hanna.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Available Daily
Bowling Green City Schools are dedicated to serving nutritious meals and supporting life-long health and wellness. School cafés serve whole grains at least twice per week and fresh produce is available daily. Students select and serve themselves from a variety of fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables.
BGHS Back to School Info
Bowling Green High School Back-to-School information, including access to schedules, Open House info and where to report on the first day of school!
No Child Left Behind Reports Released
The Kentucky Department of Education has released school and district results from the spring 2011 Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT) as well as yearly progress reports required by the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act. Scores from Bowling Green City Schools illustrate growth in several content areas.
Board of Education: September Meeting Notes
The Bowling Green Board of Education met Monday, September 12 for their regular monthly meeting. Agenda items included a proposal by AT&T to lease space on the BGJHS property for a new cellular antenna; cooperation with the Literacy Pals Tutoring Project at WKU; research on teacher professionalism; and the district's working budget.
Grades on the go
Infinite Campus has released the Campus Mobile Portal, an application that offers information about grades, attendance and assignments on a mobile device. The app is available from the App Store on an Apple device. (Story by Laurel Wilson, photo by Miranda Pederson Daily News)
BRIDGES helps gifted kids build academic, social skills
Sometimes gifted students want to move at a faster pace than their classmates. That’s why Bowling Green Independent Schools created the BRIDGES program, which stands for Building Relationships to Inspire and Develop Gifted Education Students.

The program allows gifted second- and third-graders from all five district elementary schools to spend a day each month doing hands-on learning activities. (Story by Laurel Wilson, Daily News)
Notes & Quotes: November 2011
The Bowling Green Independent School District newsletter, Notes and Quotes is published on the first school day of each month.
"No Office Day" at BGHS