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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.

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

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

View the 2017-18 School Calendar Options and Survey

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

2017 - 2018 School Calendar Survey

2017-18 School Calendar Approved

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

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.

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.

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

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

BGISD In Session August 21 Total Eclipse August 21

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

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.

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

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

BGHS and McNeill Choir Performances on TWC Purple and red ornaments

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

Celebrating Gifted Education Month: February 2017

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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