Dishman-McGinnis Elementary News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.
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.
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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.