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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


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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.


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Beacon Yearbook and Staff Earn Awards at WKU Journalism Scholars Day

During the Journalism Scholars Day at Western Kentucky University Oct. 24, the Beacon yearbook was awarded third place in division AAAA for Best Overall Yearbook. The statewide Mark of Excellence contest is sponsored and judged by members of the Society of Professional Journalists and by faculty and staff of the WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting. 


Last year marked the 75th volume of the Beacon at BGHS. The theme was developed around the concept of the book and school’s “Legacy.” 


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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


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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.


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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.


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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!


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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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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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


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.


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BGHS Finals Schedule


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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.


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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.


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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.


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Nine BGHS Virtual Competition Finalists to be Recognized

The STLP Winter Virtual Judging results have been released and the following students have advanced as finalists and will be recognized at state on April 22nd. Over 1,500 products were submitted statewide to be judged in 14 different categories. Nine of 14 BGHS submissions were selected as finalists in the High School Division.

 

Documentary: Kacy Ives
Graphic Design: John McCoy
Graphic Design: Joshua Sansom
Manipulated Image: Kacy Ives
Multimedia Content: Kacy Ives
Multimedia Content: Jeremy Schaefer
Music: Travis Harder
Original Photo: Kacy Ives
Technical Writing: David Smart


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BGHS Announces Awards from National German Exam

Congratulations to the following students who recently competed with over 20,000 students in taking the National German Examination.

 

Louis Buckley, Peyton Burt, Jae-Auna Hill and Hannah Rossi all received an achievement award.

 

Earning a bronze award were Jack Atkerson and Asheyla Robinson.

 

The following students achieved a silver award: Elissa Booras, April Draper, Chloe Games, Ryan Hughes, Claire May, Nathen Robinson, Jenna Ross, and James Sweatt

 

Andrew Jones, Craig Redden, Terra Ross and Kalei Valery all received top honors. These gold award recipients out-performed 90% of test-takers nationwide. Craig, Terra and Kalei are now eligible to compete with German students across the state for the grand prize, a study trip to Germany in July, 2014.


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.


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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.


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BGHS Academic Team: Regional Runner-Up

Overall Runner-up
Quick Recall Runner-up

Language Arts - Priyanka Sheth - 5th Place
Science - Ben Guthrie - 1st place; Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd place
Arts & Humanities - Jessica Klusty - 5th Place
Social Studies - Ben Guthrie - 2nd Place
Mathematics - Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd Place; Priyanks Sheth - 3rd Place


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.


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Fant Signs to Play Football at WKU

Nacarius Fant, the 2013 selection of Mr. Football in Kentucky, has signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Western Kentucky University.  Fant, a three-time Associated Press 1st Team All-State wide receiver, has been committed to the Hilltoppers for months after choosing WKU over Illinois.  Fant will join a long list of former Purples to have played at WKU.


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Four Students to State Solo Competition

Seven students from Bowling Green High School participated in the KMEA Solo & Ensemble Festival on Saturday, February 1st.  All seven students scored as proficient or distinguished.  The following students will be attending the State Level Solo competition on May 3rd at WKU:

Olivia Mitchell
Amy Cherry
Emily Pride
Douglas Lopez


DECA Students Place in Regional Events

Bowling Green High School DECA students participated in the Region 2 DECA Leadership Conference at the Sloan Convention Center on Thursday, January 30. Twenty-eight of thirty-three student participants from BGHS placed in the top four of their competetive event. BGHS also received 2nd place for overall Largest Regional DECA Chapter Increase. 


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BGHS Academic Team: District Runners-Up

Congratulations to the BGHS Academic Team for the following results from the District Governor's Cup held Saturday, January 25th:

Quick Recall - Bowling Green  - 1st Place

Written Assessment - Math: Pryanka Sheth - 1st Place; Sneha Chhachhi - 2nd Place

Written Assessment - Science:  Ben Guthrie - 1st Place; Sneha Chhachhi - 3rd Place

Written Assessment - Social Studies:  Ben Guthrie - 1st Place3; Jessica Klusty - 3rd Place

Written Assessment - Language Arts:  Pryanka Sheth - 3rd Place; Sonora Schuck - 5th Place

Written Assessment - Arts & Humanities:  Jessica Klusty - 3rd Place


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. 


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.


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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. 


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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.


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Students Shine at WKU Mark of Excellence Day

The Purple Gem won best overall newspaper and staffers won nine other awards.


Jordan Basham: First place in Sports Photography
Jeff Ranger: First place in Editorial Writing
Brandon Lee: First place in Sports Writing
Sneha Chhachhi: First place in News Writing and Front Page Design
Kendra McCloughan: Second place in News/Feature Photography
Rebecca Clements: Second place in Page Layout
Morgan Smith: Third place in Feature Writing
Rachel French: Third place in Best News Website
Kacy Ives was selected as the Most Valuable Broadcasting Student. She also received 1st Place Best News Story and 3rd Place Best News Videography


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.


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BGHS Seniors Honored as Distinguished Young Women of Warren County

Distinguished Young Women of Warren County is an official local preliminary of Distinguished Young Women, a national scholarship program that promotes and rewards scholarship, leadership and talent in young women. The top three honorees in the 2014 Warren County event are seniors at Bowling Green High School. Overall winner, Savannah Young is the daughter of Tim and Angela Young. First Runner-Up, Sara Cohron is the daughter of Van and Laura Cohron, and Second Runner-Up, Amy Cherry is the daughter of Oscar and Jeanine Cherry.


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BGHS Students Selected by Governor's School for the Arts

Congratulations to Sonora Schuck on being selected for the Governor’s School for the Arts in Visual Arts. Amy Cherry was selected as an alternate in Vocal Music.


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.


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Results from FCCLA Spring Regional Meeting
  • Elected as Regional 1st Vice President—Cindy Pham
  • Elected as Regional Vice President of Finance—Ahliyah Huffman
  • Regional Star Event winner—Janee Beaman(will compete at Nationals)
  • Star Event Participants—Amber Bennett, Zenon Drobocky, April Draper, Aali yah Stewart, Cindy Pham, Jordan Hunter, Ahliyah Huffman, Jenna Ross and Lyric Ragland.
  • Best Entertainment in Town—Amber Bennett, Nathan Adams, Simone Cooper, Jordan Hunter, Jenna Ross and April Draper
  • Photos—Carolina Ng
  • Best Dressed/Behavior—BGHS Chapter

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


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Eight Named 2015 National Merit Semifinalists

Eight seniors from Bowling Green High School have been recognized for outstanding academic achievement by the National Merit® Scholarship Program. Six are currently attending BGHS and two are now enrolled at the Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science. All will have the opportunity to compete for more than 7,600 scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring.

Bowling Green High School:
John “Jack” Grise, son of John and Sarah Grise;
Brandon Lee, son of Minwoo and Mee Kyung Lee;
Hannah Lindsey, daughter of James and Leigh Lindsey;
Craig Redden, son of Allen and Melanie Redden;
Sonora Schuck, daughter of Brian and Julie Schuck;
Jesse Shadowen, son of David and Rebecca Shadowen


BGHS students attending Gatton Academy:
Benjamin Guthrie, son of Chris and Nicole Guthrie;
Valerie Richmond, daughter of Thomas Richmond


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David Smart Wins at State FBLA

Congratulations to BGHS Senior David Smart on his 1st Place Finish at the State FBLA Conference. He won for his E-Business Proposal & now moves on to the National FBLA Competition in June.


BGHS Student Wins Governor's Mansion Essay Contest

BGHS Sophomore Jessica Klusty, is a first place winner in the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration Essay Contest, Grades 10-12.

First Lady Jane Beshear will recognize Klusty at a celebration luncheon and awards ceremony on Wednesday, April 23 at the Governor’s Mansion in Frankfort. She will receive a certificate and $100 prize.

Winning essays will be on display the day of the luncheon and following the event, the work becomes part of the permanent collection of the Governor’s Mansion where it will be displayed as part of the Mansion’s Centennial year celebration.


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.


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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. 


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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.


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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.


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.  


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