Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Kentucky Education Notes

Marching band takes 3rd place

Marching band takes 3rd place

        DRY RIDGE — Grant County High School placed third in its class Saturday at the state marching band finals.

        Grant County was the only Northern Kentucky band to make it to the finals, held by the Kentucky Music Educators Association at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. Sixty bands from around the state competed in the semifinals last weekend, with the top four bands from each class going to the finals.

        Under band director Chris Hedges, Grant County competed in Class 3-A — bands with 61-80 playing members — finishing third with a score of 89.24 out of 100. Harrison County, Daviess County and Elizabethtown were first, second and fourth, respectively.

        Grant County has qualified for the state competition for the past nine years, placing in the top four seven times and winning the state title twice.

        Five other Northern Kentucky high schools competed in the semifinals. In Class 1-A, Dixie Heights placed 11th, Williamstown was 12th, Ryle was 14th and Lloyd placed 16th. Campbell County placed 12th in the Class 4-A semifinals.

        Here are the top four finishers in the other finals competitions:

        • Class 1-A, 40 or fewer playing members: Nicholas County, Pleasure Ridge Park, Trigg County and Hazard.

        • Class 2-A, 41-60 playing members: Adair County, Madison Central, Muhlenberg North and Shelby County.

        • Class 4-A, 81 or more playing members: Lafayette, North Hardin, Tates Creek and Male.

Teens to collect used eyeglasses

        COVINGTON — Residents can give more than candy on Halloween. They can give the gift of better sight.

        Holmes High School's chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America is holding “Sight Night” on Oct. 31. Students will collect used eyeglasses to be cleaned, repaired and delivered to developing countries in need of vision care.

        The event is part of a nationwide program, Give the Gift of Sight, sponsored by the LensCrafters Foundation and the Lions Club International. Each year, the program sponsors optical missions to developing countries such as Tunisia, Mexico, Bolivia and the Philippines.

        Holmes students will be leaving advance notices on residents' doors where they plan to trick-or-treat for glasses. But if they don't come knocking at your door, glasses can be dropped off at the school or at any LensCrafters and Lions Club.

Character lessons join curriculum

        FORT THOMAS — Students at St. Thomas School are getting lessons in responsibility and community service.

        The school kicked off a new yearlong program called Wise- Skills in early September, geared toward building self-esteem and personal character.

        Part of a growing national movement in “character education,” WiseSkills uses several approaches to teach students positive character traits.

        Each homeroom spends about 10 minutes each morning on classroom lessons about honesty, respect or courage illustrated by the words and lives of figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Mother Teresa.

        The school also will host a series of community speakers who can be role models for students, talking about their careers and how they found success. For example, Northern Kentucky University basketball coaches Ken Shields and Nancy Winstel spoke to students and parents Monday night.

        St. Thomas students will also be participating in various community service projects.

NKU program wins "Best' rating

        COVINGTONCincinnati magazine has named the Northern Kentucky University community education program the “Best in the City” for professional development.

        From Spanish to grant writing to conflict resolution, the community education program, located on NKU's Covington campus, offers several noncredit training courses for professionals.

        Some of the regular courses include “Managing, Motivating and Retaining the Best of Today's Workforce” and “Values and Ethics in the Workplace.” The department also recently started a series of sales workshops and a program on being a successful supervisor.

        Several online business classes and computer courses are also offered.

        Winners were chosen by the magazine's editors and readers. The awards will be presented Nov. 5 at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

        For more information on the program's offerings, call (859) 392-2400.

       Education Notes are compiled by Lori Hayes, education reporter at The Kentucky Enquirer. Contact her with news items at (859) 578-5577, by fax at (859) 578-5565 or by e-mail at


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