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PLUGGED IN: Middle School Utilizes Digital Classrooms Students in Mrs. Brittany Smith's class at Adair County Middle School incorporate technology into their classroom assignments on a daily basis.

By:  John Overby, Assistant Editor, Adair Progress, October 18, 2018 Print Edition

When walking into Mrs. Sarah Antle’s eighth-grade math classroom, how the room is set up jumps out immediately. The desks are not in rows. They are instead divided into four separate clusters, most facing different directions. On one side of the room, Antle sits nestled in a swivel chair, positioned at a semi-circle desk with a group of students seated around her.

Technology is everywhere. There are two smart boards positioned in different corners of the room. When the students walk in, they each grab a Google Chromebook laptop, a calculator, and their own personal dry-erase board with markers, which they use to take notes by working out problems and taking photos of it with their Chromebooks.

Adair Students trip to Fish Hatchery fish hatchery collage picture

A group of Adair County Students were recently invited to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.  During their visit they experienced fishing for trout and visiting with Smokey the Bear and Goldie the Goldfish. They also observed and interacted with various outdoor wildlife in a controlled environment. The students were provided a free meal, free t-shirts and medallions.

Adair County Community Assessment Survey Your Voice Matters

The Adair County Cooperative Extension Service requests that all Adair Countians complete the "Community Assessment Survey".  Please take a few minutes to complete this survey, which will provide the Kentucky Cooperative Extension System with the information needed to tailor new and existing programs to address the highest priority issues that directly impact our community.  The survey may be completed at http://bit.ly/KYExtension.

Taking SRO Applications

In partnership with the Adair County Sheriff Office, the Adair County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the position of a School Resource Officer (SRO).  Applications can be picked up at Central Office, 1204 Greensburg Street and will be accepted through October 15, 2018.

Preventative Dental Care Provided to ACPC Students Elisha Crawhorn is all smiles after her dental screening.

Elisha Crawhorn, Kindergarten student in Mrs. Laura Keltner’s class, is all smiles after she had her dental screening and received her gift pack with a new toothbrush, toothpaste, and other dental goodies.  Cumberland Family Medical Center, in conjunction with Family Resource Youth Services Centers, offered preventative service for students with permission from parents.  This included an exam, cleaning, x-rays, and sealants, if needed. 

~Paula Garrison, ACPC FRC Coordinator

ACES Fundraiser Begins!

ACES is raising funds to directly benefit our students.  We are asking for your support in our annual Cookie Dough Sale.  In addition to cookie dough we are also offering NCAA Tervis Tumblers and magazine subscriptions which make great gifts!   Online sales can be made at http://bit.ly/helpaces.

Thank you for your support! 

Substitute Positions Available District Logo

Are you looking for a work environment that allows you to inspire young people while promoting a safe learning experience for students? Do you want a job that is both enjoyable and rewarding? The Adair County Board of Education is now accepting applications for substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, substitute custodians, substitute food service staff, and substitute school bus drivers. Come join our team!

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please stop by the Adair County Board of Education at 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728 to complete the application process or call (270) 384-2476 for more information.

WHAS Visits Adair Co Schools WHAS Logo

WHAS 11 Larry Ledford and Crusade for Children CEO Dawn Lee visits Adair County Schools. Story by Jason Rector

Summer Registration Days for New and Returning Students Student Registration

Summer Registration Days for New and Returning Students

Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT

Adair County Elementary School Gym
870 Indian Drive
Columbia, KY 42728

Open House & Freshman Orientation/Schedule Pick-Up Dates Set

The following dates have been scheduled for the new school year:

  • Adair County Primary Center's Open House is set for Monday, August 6, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Adair County Elementary School's Open House is set for Tuesday, August 7, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Adair County Middle School's Open House is set for Thursday, August 2, 2018 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Adair County High School's Freshman Orientation is set for Monday, August 6, 2018 at 6:00 pm.  Students in grades 10-12 may pick up schedules at the school on August 6, 2018 beginning at 9:00 am.
ACPC STLP Students Attend ISTE Conference in Chicago Curriculum for Kids Made by Kids

Once again, the Adair County Primary Center's STLP students wowed their audience when they presented their award-winning, "Best in State STLP K-5" project, "Bus Safety for Everyone" at the international technology conference, ISTE, in Chicago, IL on June 26, 2018.

Payne Takes School Board Oath & Jones Receives Achievement Award

Story Courtesy of Adam Capps with The Community Voice

Learning Doesn’t Stop for Summer at ACPC Landon-Hunter-Carson-Aisyn

Camp Rocket at Adair County Primary Center blasted off into summer on June 4th. This academic summer program for students who have completed Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade at ACPC has taken months of planning by 21st CCLC Director, Dana Harmon and Family Resource Center Coordinator, Paula Garrison. The purpose of Camp Rocket is to prevent learning losses in math and reading during the summer break; plus have some fun while doing it. Students will be given pre and post assessments in reading, math and science to measure their growth from participating in Camp Rocket.

The Family Place Resource Center Shares End of Year Reviews
Shriners Help ACHS Student

Tuesday, May 15, 2018--The Mark Twain Shrine Club presented Pedro Plancarte, a student at Adair County High School, with new tires for his wheelchair, which were in need of replacement.  Pedro sends many thanks to the Shriners for his new wheels.  The school district believes the Shriners are a wonderful organization that helps students in need and wishes to extend a huge thank you.


2018-15-05 – Adair County High School Lobby, 526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY – Photo by Brook Beard
Pictured are (front row): Student Pedro Plancarte (back row) Dale Malone and Robert Flowers, Shriners.

Mrs. Hayes 1st Grade Class at ACPC

Mrs. Hayes’ 1st grade class at ACPC has been studying text features and the importance of them in nonfiction texts. The class attended “medical” school and learned all about the text features. The students then were given 8 different patient files that contained people who needed “surgery”.  The students would read the patient file and determine what text feature was needed to make them better. They then had to perform surgery using nonfiction texts. After all the operations were completed, the students had to complete a post-op reports discussing the text feature transplant that was given and the purpose of the text feature when reading nonfiction texts. This was a very exciting, hands-on, real world activity that the students really got involved in. The activity was followed by an assessment that confirmed their knowledge of each text feature.

End of Year Reminders

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May 24th is the last day for Students

May 25th is closing day for staff. ACHS Graduation will also be conducted on May 25th.

New ACPC Administration for 2018-2019 School Year

Debbie Bradshaw, Principal and Gerald Hadley, Assistant Principal.

Adair County Elementary School 4th Grade Awarded National Park Trust Scholarship Students Listen to Park Ranger as Tour the Park

The Adair County Elementary School’s fourth grade students are pleased to have been named, out of hundreds of schools across the nation, the winners of the “Kids to Parks Day” national school contest. 

Early Release Friday Schedule Ended April 27, 2018

Attention all students, parents and guardians…Please remember that last Friday, April 27th, was our last Early Release Friday for the school year.  Each Friday the rest of the school year will be on regular schedule and release students at 2:45 PM.

Adair County Schools Well-Represented at 2018 STLP State Championship Adair County Primary Center Second Grade STLP Winc Best in State K-5 Honors

On Thursday, March 29, 2018, teams of Adair County students and their sponsors from all schools boarded a school bus at 5:45 am to travel to Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky to compete in the STLP State competition.  For the second year in a row, all schools participated in regional competition and all schools qualified for state competition. 

2018 ACES Reading Madness Tournament Champs

ACES concluded their 2nd ACES READING MADNESS TOURNAMENT on Friday,
March 30, 2018.  This year’s “Reading Madness” started on February 2, 2018, pitting teams of students against one another in a bracket-style competition to earn Accelerated Reader points.

Each grade was comprised of 32 teams, made up of six or seven students per team.  The team that earned more points in a two-week, head-to-head matchup advanced to take on another winning squad, but there were second-chance brackets to keep all teams motivated.

An award ceremony was held on Friday, March 30th during morning assembly.  This year several colleges and universities in Kentucky were contacted and asked if they would be willing to donate prizes for our students.  ACES would like to thank the following colleges and universities who donated items such as: t-shirts, bracelets, leis, pencils, pens, cups, slider puzzles, sunglasses, and notepads:

  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Campbellsville University
  • University of Louisville
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Murray State University
  • Western Kentucky University


Congratulations to ACPC STLP Team! STLP Team Members

ACPC STLP wins State Championship!  Heading to Nationals!

School In Session March 30, 2018 for Students School Calendar

Because of recent snow days, the Adair County Schools will be in session on Friday, March 30, 2018.  This date was originally scheduled for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Friday, March 30, 2018 will be an "early release" day with school in session from 7:45 am to 1:00 pm.  The last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 24, 2018.  The last day for teachers will be Friday, May 25, 2018.  High school graduation will be held on May 25, 2018.  The revised calendar may be viewed at the following link.  goo.gl/uWnxMe

ACHS STLP Students Prepare for State Competition ACHS Logo

Adair County High School STLP students have been busy preparing for state competition which is to be held at Rupp Arena next Thursday, March 29th. These students originally qualified at regional competition with a “Safe Halloween” project where they collaborated with younger students in the district by providing guidelines to help ensure the safest experience possible. Since then, the ACHS students have altered their community service project to be an overall safety initiative.

ACPC Students Create Bus Safety Video for STLP Project Bus Safety Board Game

This year 2nd grade students participating in the STLP or Student Technology Leadership Program created a project that they thought could benefit our school and other districts as well. Our students picked a topic that they wanted to make a video about to present to a regional showcase. They picked "Bus Safety for Everyone".

ACMS Students Create "Indian Tech Help" ACMS Indian Logo

Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) students at Adair County Middle School have worked diligently this year to create a technical support website for teachers, staff, and students within their school and beyond.  Their project "Indian Tech Help" was presented at the STLP Regional Showcase in Somerset on November 29, 2018.  It scored well enough that our students were invited to STLP State competition that will be held on March 29, 2018 at Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.  The website consists of student-created videos and online resources that address  the basics and more advanced technology topics.  The STLP group is led by ACMS teacher, Adam Cox.  Please visit the website at goo.gl/A4qyoh and send any feedback to adam.cox@adair.kyschools.us.

ACES STLP Students "Food for Furbabies" Supply Drive ACES STLP Students Involved with "Food for Furbabies" Supply Drive

The ACES Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP ) club is excited to announce that our classrooms collected 216 items in our "Food for Furbabies" supply drive.  The Green River Animal Shelter has already received these items.  Congratulations to Mrs. Kristy Bright’s homeroom and Mrs. Debbie Bradshaw’s homeroom for donating the most items. They win a visit from a cute and cuddly shelter puppy! ACES students are so awesome and super generous.

2017-2018 School Calendar Revised

On March 15, 2018, the Adair County Board of Education approved a revision to the 2017-2018 school calendar to reflect the days that school was cancelled due to weather or illness.  The revised calendar includes 170 instructional days for students.  May 23, 2018 is the last day for students.  Closing day for staff is scheduled for May 29, 2018.  The school calendar may be viewed here.


"Twelve Days of Change" to be Implemented

Starting Monday, March 19, 2018, for 12 days we will be asking each school to read provided scripts during morning announcements and post the poster accompanying the script in a common area of the school where everyone can see them. We are providing these posters and scripts in hopes of spreading positivity and heading toward everyone making a change in the way we treat one another. These will also be shared on our social media sites.

ACHS Students Take Part in Peaceful Demonstrations Across Campus ACHS Students Participate in Peaceful Walk-Out Activities

On Tuesday, March 13th, Adair County High School Students took place in an organized Walk-Out in opposition to Gun Violence in schools in the wake of the school shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

Weeks prior, student leaders met regularly with ACHS administration to discuss ways that ACHS students could actively, meaningfully, and safely participate in one of the scheduled walk-outs. The movement and conversations that were happening nationwide were also happening at Adair County High School, and student leadership wanted ACHS students to be a part of a positive force for change. Once students and administrators agreed on a time, date, and format, the event was scheduled. The students planned their campus activity with no gun protests, no political statements -- just a demand for safety.

4th Quarter Family Reading Night


Community-Wide School Safety Forum

The Adair County Board of Education will hold a community-wide forum to discuss school safety on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Adair County High School.


ACES Academic Team Places in Regional Governor's Cup Competition

ACES want to congratulate the following students on their individual accomplishments at this weekend's Regional Governor's Cup competition.

Kinzlee Akin - 4th place - Mathematics
Bailey Watts - 1st place - Science, 2nd place - Written Composition
Andrew Zinati - 3rd place - Science, 2nd place - Social Studies

Future Problem Solving Team - 4th place

Quick Recall - 2nd place

ACES Academic Team was regional runner-up!


Emma Helm wins Grandparent Essay Contest Grandparent Essay Contest

Congratulations to ACES 5th grader, Emma Helm for winning the school Grandparent Essay Contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.  Emma not only won from ACES but she was also the district winner!  

Other ACES students that placed in this contest were Piper Kemp - 2nd place, Jazzy Kemp - 3rd place and Autumn Price - 4th place.

Good luck Emma at the state competition!

ACHS Baseball to Host Chili Supper and Auction ACHS Baseball Chili Supper Flyer

On Friday, March 9th at 5:30 p.m., the ACHS Baseball Team will be hosting a Chili Supper and Auction.

ACHS Academic Team Advances to State Championships For Another Year ACHS Academic Team Poses After Regional Victories

The Adair County High School Academic Team had outstanding finishes across the board at the Governor's Cup Regional Championships on Saturday, February 17. The team qualified for the State Championships in both team events: Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving. Included in the State Championship qualification, the team also had four individuals advance in individual written assessment competition.  

ACES Academic Team Wins District 54 Governor's Cup!

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Adair County Elementary School hosted the District 54 Governor’s Cup.  Students in Adair, Clinton, Cumberland and Metcalfe counties participated in this event.

Teams began the day with written assessments in Arts & Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  The following students from ACES placed in this event:

Arts & Humanities:  J.T. Loy (3rd place)
Language Arts:  Mason Holliman (1st place)
Mathematics:  Kinzlee Akin (1st place), Aaron Smith (3rd place)
Science:  Bailey Watts (1st place), Andrew Zinati (2nd place), Joseph Kotter (5th place)
Social Studies:  Andrew Zinati (1st place), Nathan Ballou (2nd place)

Other ACES students participating in written assessments:
Arts & Humanities:  Hannah Kotter, J.T. Loy, Jay Whalen
Language Arts:  Addie Bennett, Mason Holliman, Abbie Kemp
Mathematics:  Kinzlee Akin, Seamus Cook, Aaron Smith
Science:  Joseph Kotter, Bailey Watts, Andrew Zinati
Social Studies:  Kinzlee Akin, Nathan Ballou, Andrew Zinati

ACMS Academic Team Finishes Second in District Governor’s Cup Championship Adair County Middle School Academic Team took home second place honors in District Governor’s Cup Competition

The Adair County Middle School Academic Team took home second place honors in District Governor’s Cup Competition on Saturday, January 20th.

Let the KPREP madness begin! Live scoring event.

ACMS 8th grade students participate in a live scoring event to prepare them for KPREP at the end of the school year. 

ACHS Academic Team Wins 13th Straight District Championship District Championship 2018

The Adair County High School Academic Team kept their legacy going on Saturday, January 27, when the team took home the Governor's Cup District Championship for the 13th year in a row. The competition took place at Green County High School where the team swept both team events, winning each round of Quick Recall to earn 1st Place and ranking 1st among all judges in Future Problem Solving to take home that championship as well.

ACHS Theatre Department Presents "A Bit of Classic, A Bit of Contemporary: a Dessert Theatre Event"

Thursday, December 7, the ACHS Theatre Department presents "A Bit of Classic, A Bit of Contemporary: a Dessert Theatre Event." The night features two one-act plays--each with a Christmas theme--with a time to mingle and dine on desserts between each play. The performances will give the audience a slice of two different dramatic stylings, each representing an era different from the other. Although characteristics are noticeably different in premise, tone, pace, age, and approach, we as an audience seek to find out a bit about our own abilities to process humor and emotion regardless of each period which brought about distinctly different comical slants. Admission to the event is free to everyone. The show begins at 6:30pm and will take place in the Adair County High School cafeteria. Doors will open at 6:00pm.

ACHS Art Students' Work On Display in NASA Exhibit at Mammoth Cave ACHS Student Artists Jenna Turner, Haley Morgan, Layla Zech, Camellia Pearson, and Seth Flowers at Mammoth Cave National Park

Five Adair County High School students are among thousands of other students from around the country who have created original artworks for a nationwide campaign organized by NASA. Camellia Pearson, Seth Flowers, Jenna Turner, Layla Zech, and Haley Morgan are students in Ms. Cayce Davenport’s advanced art courses at ACHS who each have created an original artwork for the Dream Rocket Project now on display at Mammoth Cave National Park.  

ACES Christmas Crafts

It's Christmas Crafts Time!!!

Adair County Elementary School students and their parents/guardians are invited to the annual Christmas Crafts event at the school (870 Indian Drive, Columbia) on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:30.  At this fun, family event, families spend time together making crafts and ornaments for the Christmas season.  All materials are provided and it is a free event sponsored by the schools parent involvement team. For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at 270-384-9112. 

ACES Study Island Math Bowl Concludes Study Island Math Bowl Grade Level Top Winners

Adair County Elementary School concluded their 2017 Math Bowl competition on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Adair County Students Excel at Regional STLP Competition ACES Students Present STLP Project to ACPC Students

Early Wednesday morning, November 29, 2017, a busload of Adair County students departed for the Regional Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. 

ACHS Students Complete Service Learning Projects Mrs. Owsley's Students Learn By Doing--Bathing Dogs at the Green River Animal Shelter

During the season of Thanksgiving, the idea of "thanks" often takes shape verbally as people declare things they are thankful for over a hot meal and family congregation. For a group of Adair County High School students, however, "thanks" has been shown through acts of service during the months of October and November. 

Shriners and Kosairs Charities Present Student an HP Notebook Laptop Donated to Adair County Student by Shriners and Kosair Charities

Monday, November 27, 2017 The Mark Twain Shrine Club and Kosair Charities partner to present Dawson Fisher, a student in Adair County Schools, with an HP Notebook purchased locally.

ACPC to Present Patriotic Program for Military ACPC Patriotic Program to be held November 21 at 9:00 am.

Adair County Primary Center students will present a patriotic program to honor the military and the United States of America.  The presentation will be held on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, at 9:00 am CST at the Adair County Primary Center located at 158 Col. Casey Drive, Columbia, KY  42728.  All are invited!

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