Friday, December 27, 2013

Reindeer Games - 9th Grade Style

Scott County Ninth Grade School's Lisa Fierro had the teachers and staff playing real Reindeer games the day before break.   

Participants received an envelope with a pair of women's hose along with ten balloons.  The objective was to inflate the balloons, stuff the balloons in the stocking, place the stockings on the head of a teammate (resembling antlers) and sing Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.  The team that can complete the task the quickest, wins.  

This is a great team competition that involves team work along with celebrating the spirit of the season.  Thanks to Ms. Fierro for introducing me to this new competition.  

Team Work 

Winning Team 

Great Spirit

Oh My!!!!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

ECS Roller Coaster Physics

What better way to apply the fundamentals of physics, engineering and math than to place a roller coaster in the hallway.  The photos below highlight engineering teacher Doug Klein teaching the principles of physics as participants such as Dean of Students John Noll prepare to apply the formulas on an actual roller coaster.  

Students at Elkhorn Crossing School participated in this real world lesson the day before their holiday break.  I hope the students enjoyed this real world application of lessons learned in the classroom as well as enjoy their holiday break.  

Mr. Klein teaching formulas 
Students applying formula after the first run
Where does this end????

Mr. Noll preparing for his maiden voyage

Friday, December 20, 2013

International Holiday Celebration

Being away from home can be difficult during the holidays, being thousands of miles away from home in a completely different culture as a high school student can be very challenging. Christie Bray, Scott County Schools ESL teacher, tried to make this time a little easier on the students as well as teach our staff and other students about other cultures.  This was a great event for all and I want to applaud both Mrs. Bray and the students for all of their hard work.  

Below is the email inviting us to the celebration of cultures as well as pictures from the event.  

Good morning! I hope all of you will get a chance to drop by our ESL Holiday Open House today! The students have done a great job of preparing their stories and today I hope they get a chance to tell you a little bit about themselves. They are also bringing delicious treats from Guatemala (tamales), Ethiopia, Mexico, India, China, and El Salvador~!! 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Picture Match Game - Scott County High School

Scott County High School celebrated the holiday season with a Holiday Picture Match Game. Teachers and staff submitted pictures of themselves as children in front of the Christmas tree, on Santa's lap, opening presents or other holiday themed shots. 

The pictures were placed in frames and displayed in the library.  The staff's jobs was to guess who was in each shot. Although prizes were given for the most correct, the real fun is watching the staff try to guess and the conversations that ensue from a time gone by.  

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest - 9th Grade School

The teachers at the Scott County Ninth Grade School  had an Ugly Christmas Sweater competition with a twist - they let the students judge.   The four teams met in the library this morning and had their pictures made with everyone on their team.  The team pictures were posted at lunch and the student's were allowed to vote on their favorite or least favorite group of sweaters.

The ninth grade teachers did a great job of showing Christmas spirit and finding a way to have students participate in the team competition.  Great idea!!
Librarian Lisa Fierro 

Special thanks to librarian Lisa Fierro, who not only leads the competition but dressed up like a Christmas elf herself.

You can click on any of the pictures below to enlarge.

OH MY!!!!

The Real St. Nick

Friday, December 13, 2013

Gingy - The Gingerbread Man

Tonight's blog highlights Scott High School's Twelve Days of Christmas.  The description below is provided by Lauren Feeback, SCHS librarian.  The pictures below are four of this weeks winners posing in his or her own special way with Gingy the gingerbread man.  You can click on any of the pictures to enlarge.  

For the last twelve days of school before Christmas break, Gingy the gingerbread man appears in different classrooms, offices, etc. We use a random number generator app and pick a number each day. Then I count down that many people on the phone list -- that's who Gingy goes to. We "break" into their rooms once they have gone for the day or in the early morning and leave Gingy in their chair, at a desk - somewhere. All the winners then get a free lunch on the last day of "The Twelve Days of Christmas, SCHS style."

Coach of the 6A State Champs - Jim McKee

Kristy Collins - Preparing Gingy in her own Family and Consumer Science way. 

Jennifer Marshall welcoming Gingy to SCHS

Val Pope preparing Gingy for Christmas

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Six Additional Great Motivational Ideas

      Today's blog highlights six additional ideas shared by Michelle Cassady.  Michelle is the Director of Instruction for Woodford County Schools and this is her third  addition to the blog.  Her original blog ideas was one of the most viewed and I really appreciate these additional ideas.

      If  you have ideas you would like to share, feel free to send ideas to

.        Brag and Breakfast Event—fix breakfast for your staff with a huge (chart paper size or SMART Board size) thank-you note from you “bragging” on your faculty
2.       Send an email invitations for a movie date with your staff (for anyone that wants to show up)—name the time and place—Saturday at 12:00, Cinemark Fayette Mall—The Big Wedding
3.       Have a “Shooting for Success” game of HORSE in the gym after school—Invite your superintendent (or other central office staff) to compete
4.       Sundae Showdown—have a contest to see who can make the most creative ice cream sundae.  Take photos and post them.
5.       Take orders from a restaurant (like Roly Poly  )—each staff member pays for their own—have it picked up prior to lunch blocks.

6.       Have grade level teams/departments design logos to put in the mailroom….prize for the most creative/outrageous/etc. 

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Central Office Staff - Good Ole' Days

A great morale booster is to create a poster of employees as a child or teenager.   Lori Weeks created the poster board on the right for the Central Office Staff at Scott County Schools.   She then challenged everyone to match the correct names with the people in the pictures.

During this time, there were many conversations about not only who was in the picture but about memories of times gone by.  We discussed areas such as  clothing styles, traditions and technology of the 50's through the 80's.

The real objective was not to match the name with the picture it was to give a welcome break in a sometimes mundane day. Taking time to create this poster pulled our staff closer and put a smile on our face as we passed it each day.