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Drone Footage of #NewBGHS2020

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

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.

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.


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.


Gary Fields

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.

BGHS to Pilot Pre-Apprenticeship IT Program

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

Kindergarten & Preschool Pre-Registration Scheduled

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

Congratulations Class of 2018!

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

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

Kentucky School Bus Stop Law

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
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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.  

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

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

BGISD 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.

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.   

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.

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).

BGHS Selects Mark Spader to Lead Purples Football Mark Spader

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

Elisa Beth Brown Named Director of Instructional Programs

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

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:

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

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.

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.

BGISD Holiday Open House

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

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

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

BGISD Foundation, Inc. Provides Class Reunion Support

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

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.

Winter Weather Communication Two steps to receive text message alerts.

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

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