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Betsy Layne Elementary
John A. Kidd, Principal
Rebecca Ratliff, Assistant Principal
Janet Pack, Guidance Counselor  
 
B- O- B -C- A -T -S
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Betsy Layne Elementary is recognized as one of Kentucky's  PROFICIENT-HIGH PROGRESS SCHOOLS!
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School News & Announcements
READERS Are LEADERS
BLES Students Earn Nearly 20,000 AR Reading Points for this school year.  Top readers recently enjoyed a day at the SkyZone Activity Center in Lexington.  Way to go BOBCATS!
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BLES Students BEING A SOLUTION in Relay for Life Fundraiser
Each day the staff and students are led in our BOBCAT Pledge.  One of the core tenets of this pledge is to be a SOLUTION.  Well, on Thursday, May 28, the students and staff participated in another event proving once again that they strive to be a solution and make a difference in their community.  In a Relay for Life campaign, students and staff got an opportunity to "Stick It to Mr. Kidd."  The event lasted approximately one hour and raised nearly $300 for Relay for Life, a cancer fighting organization.  Students and staff had the opportunity to buy pieces of duct tape and together tape Principal Kidd to the wall.     
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Band Concert Highlights Amazing Talent
On the evening of April 28, BLES hosted its annual Spring Band Concert in the gym.  This event serves as a way to spotlight the dedication and talent of our hard working band students.  Also, congratulations to our new music teacher, Mrs. Sarah Joseph, for planning and directing this event for OUR kids.
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BOBCAT YOUNG AUTHORS RECOGNIZED
In a Sunday afternoon ceremony, several of our students were recognized as County winners in the Young Authors' program.  Our school had over 44 school winners and over 100 entries.  Congratulations to our BOBCAT Young Authors.
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LOCAL WEATHER MAN VISITS BLES
Recently, many of our students met a local celebrity, Mr. Brandon Robinson, WYMT meteorologist.  Students asked many questions of Mr. Robinson, including if there was going to be any more snow.  __________________________________________________________________________________________

 
OPERATION PREPARATION
Community Professionals Assist Students Plan for Future Careers

On Wednesday, BLES students participated in an Operation Preparation event.  During this event, students had the unique opportunity to sit down with various community professionals to discuss their Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and future career choices.  This event allowed students to ask important questions about careers and professions of interest.  Operation Preparation is a statewide initiative began by the Kentucky Department of Education, and each year, BLES staff members implement monthly activities and events to support this initiative.  These events are coordinated by the school's Family Resource and Youth Services Center.  Pictured here are two, BLES 8th graders speaking with community lawyer and Betsy Layne graduate, Craig Davis.  For more photos, click here.     
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GOOD LUCK to our very own GRACE ORSBORN at
STATE GOVERNOR'S CUP Academic Competition in Louisville!

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BLES Advanced Program to Offer Integrated Science
       Beginning this school year, eligible 8th grade students at BLES will be able to take Integrated Science with the option to earn high school credit.  The Integrated Science course is a recent addition to the school's Middle School Advanced Program.  For the last couple years, qualifying 8th graders have already had the opportunity to take Algebra I for high school credit and now Integrated Science has been added to the program.  The Advance Program was developed two years ago by Principal Kidd and the school's SBDM council to address the need for advanced classes. 
       "The Advance Program has been an incredible opportunity for our students," explained Principal John A. Kidd.  "It is now possible for eligible students to graduate from BLES with two high school credits under their belt," Kidd continued.  Kidd also praised the teachers and administration at Betsy Layne High School for their collaboration and support of the program.
       In addition to Algebra I and Integrated Science, the Advanced Program also includes a 7th grade Pre-Algebra course and an Advisor-Advisee (A-A) component, in which students are encouraged to develop and periodically review Individual Learning Plans (ILPs).  The ILPs focus on career options and planning as well as learning styles and skills.  The new Integrated Science class will be taught by Mrs. Tammy Meade.  The Algebra I class is taught by Mrs. Joy Adams-Wells and the Pre-Algebra class is taught by Mrs. Jennifer Ousley.  You may contact the school for more information about the Middle School Advanced Program.   
   
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