Betsy Layne Elementary
John A. Kidd, Principal
Rebecca Ratliff, Assistant Principal
Janet Pack, Guidance Counselor
B- O- B -C- A -T -S
“Being Our Best Counts At This School”
Betsy Layne Elementary is recognized as one of Kentucky's PROFICIENT-HIGH PROGRESS SCHOOLS!
Family Resource & Youth Services Center
Brian Akers, Director
Beverly Bush, Assistant
Location: Middle School Wing
The Family Resource Centers were created as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA). The intent of the centers is to enhance students' abilities to succeed in school by removing barriers through assisting children and families to meet basic needs. This is done by providing services at the in-school center and by linking families and students to support agencies and organizations within the community. For more information, visit the website below.
* Operation Preparation - March 25, 2015 in the Library for 8th Grade Students from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.
* Fun Fair for New and Expectant Parents May 7, from 5-7:30 p.m. at the Floyd County Extension Office. FREE FOOD, Prizes and information!
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RED RIBBON WEEK
October 28 – 31st
Monday Oct-28th P.J. Day
Tuesday Oct-29th Twin Day
Wednesday Oct-30th Camouflage Day
Thursday Oct-31st Halloween Dress Up Day!
Ten Years of Healing
Brian H. Akers, BLES Family Resource Youth Service Center Director, welcomed everyone to the program. The first-grade students led everyone in the Pledge to the Allegiance, and the Allen Central High School JROTC Color Guard, under the direction of Sergeant Jerry Hardy, was on hand for a flag presentation ceremony. The Allen Central JROTC Color Guard consisted of: Adam Barnes, who serves at the Battalion Commander; Laura Daniels, Operations Officer; Danielle Ousley, Public Affairs Officer; Tyler Carroll Battalion Executive Officer; Jadon Hale, 2nd Lieutenant; and Tyler Clark, the Company Commander. BLES Principal, John A. Kidd, welcomed everyone with some brief remarks concerning 9/11. BLES students, Kayce Tackett and Katie Tackett, sang the Star Spangled Banner under the direction of BLES music teacher, Mrs. Sandy Tackett.
Several first responders were recognized at the event, including members of the Betsy Layne Voluntary Fire Department, which included Mr. Eddie Clark, Fire Chief, who has served the community for 40 year as well as Mr. Edward Clark, Assistant Chief, who has served 27 years. Also in attendance were two volunteer firefighters, Mr. Lonzie Blankenship and Mr. Austin Slone. Mr. Larry Adams, Deputy Director of Trans-Star Ambulance Service was also honored for his 45 years of service. The school’s registered nurse, Mr. Hollis Whitehead, was recognized. Retired Kentucky State Police Trooper, Mr. David Watkins was honored for his 22 years of service as a Kentucky State Police Officer. In addition, Mr. Shawn Little was recognized for his 13 years with the Kentucky State Police, as well as retired trooper, Mr. Bobby Johnson for his service as a Kentucky State Police Officer. Mr. Landon Hall of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office, who has served 4 years, was also recognized.
The BLES fourth grade students read a Poem titled “America Is.” Seventh-grade student, Nathan Brinager, sang “We Might Heal” during a Power Point presentation that he and BLES 7th grade student, Zackary Akers, had created along with other student members of the school’s Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) under the direction of Mrs. Sandy Akers, Curriculum Resource Teacher. The 3rd grade classes read a poem and BLES student, Alex Meade, performed “Have You Forgotten.” Mrs. Debbie Bradley, BLES language arts teacher, also read a poem that Assistant Principal, Mrs. Ann DeRossett had selected for the event.
To conclude the ceremony, Principal Kidd presented Mr. David Watkins, who retired after 22 years with the Kentucky State Police, with a plague recognizing his 10 years of service to Betsy Layne Elementary through the KSP Adopt-a-School Program.
LEGISLATIVE PAGE 2011
BLES STUDENT SERVES AS LEGISLATIVE PAGE
Seeing his government in action made a lasting impression on Betsy Layne Elementary student Nathan Brinager who ventured to the state Capitol as a legislative page for Senator Johnny Ray Turner on Feb. 15.
“It is something I will never forget,” said Brinager who is a sixth grade student and a member of the boys' basketball team and serves as a peer mediator. Nathan was among three Floyd County students chosen by the Family Resource and Youth Service Coalition of Kentucky (FRYSCKy). Joining Nathan for the day was his parents, Steve and Melena Brinager and his sister Kelsie who all spent the afternoon in the Senate. Nathan worked alongside Senator Turner and completed tasks such as carrying paperwork to the front and running other errands. All the while he watched the lawmakers closely.
Brian H. Akers, Betsy Layne Elementary's Family Resource Director, also had a part in the Legislative Page process due to his involvement in the FRYSCKy Coalition where he serves as Membership and Public Relations Chair. “Nathan was one of 138 students chosen from across the state to take part in this year’s page program," explained Akers. This year the Coalition sponsored 5 days of legislative page days in Frankfort. Nathan had to write an essay and submit artwork to be judged before he was selected to represent Betsy Layne Elementary and Floyd County as a Page.
Senator Turner gave a brief introduction of Nathan and his parents while on the Senate floor asking for all the legislators to make them feel welcomed.
The FRYSCKy Coalition is a nonprofit organization of who com together to provide legislative advocacy, training and support for the FRYSC coordinators and their staff in Kentucky.
"Getting the opportunity to observe state lawmakers in Frankfort shows students one way that they, too, can make a difference in the public arena," explained Akers. “They can be an advocate, no matter their age, for what they feel is important."
This is the 5th year that the FRYSCKy Coalition has sponsored the Legislative Page Days in Frankfort.