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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
Being Our Best Counts At This School”
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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
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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BOBCATS DOMINATE! 
BLES BOBCATS Win County Basketball Championship!  BLES Cheerleaders Take County Tournament's 1st Place Title.  CONGRATS BOBCATS... Being Our Best Counts At This School!!!!

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BLES Middle School TOP in Academics
BLES Middle School Academic Team won District Academic Meet Saturday, taking 1st place in District Academic competition at South Floyd MS.  The BLES Future Problem Solving Team also earned 1st place in District Competition. Congratulations to our MS Academic Team students, our Quick Recall Coach Amanda Orsborne and our Future Problem Solving Coach Melissa Blankenship.  Good Luck BOBCATS in upcoming Regional Competition! 
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BLES is recognized as
one of Kentucky's
PROFICIENT--High Progress Schools! 
Congratulations BOBCATS!
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Kristy Hall, 5th Grade BLES student, won 2nd place overall in the Regional Science Fair.  Congratulations Kristy!
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Betsy Layne Elementary 2014
-- Year in Rewind -- 
HAPPY NEW YEAR'S BOBCATS!!!!

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BLES Students Host CAREER FAIR...
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"Super Bobcat Challenge" Is a Super Success with BLES Students & Staff
As part of the school's Positive Behavior Interventions System (PBIS), Betsy Layne Elementary has implemented the "Super Bobcat Challenge" this school year.  The concept is very simple.  When students are caught by school staff members being their best, the staff members may decide to give the student a small paper, Super Bobcat shield.  The staff simply signs the back of the shield and gives it to the student who then brings it to the main office to be placed in the monthly drawings.  Drawings are conducted at the end of each month.  All staff members are involved, including the cooks, custodians, bus drivers, aides, office staff, and, of course, the teachers.  Over 100 Super Bobcat shields were turned in for the month of November, and earning a shield is not very easy.  So far this year, students have won different items, from bicycles to flat screen TV's.  So the school's motto of "Being Our Best Counts At This School" (or BOBCATS) now becomes a reality for lucky students each month in the Super Bobcat Challenge.  Pictured here is 5th grader, John West, who won a mountain bike during Tuesday's drawing.  (Click here for more photos)
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BLES 8th Graders Score Highest in the County on the ACT EXPLORE test.
As a group, our 8th graders had the highest overall composite average on the ACT Explore test in Floyd County.  The group averaged 17.9, with the highest possible average being 25.  This was over a two point jump from last year.  The following students scored 21 or higher on this year's ACT Explore. 
These are OUR 21+ CLUB MEMBERS

* Chris Adkins                        *Nathan Akers               * Ashley Allen                                  * Marcus Blackburn
* Caitlyn Carlington               *Andrea Conley             * Toni Cook                                      * Josh Hall
* Samantha Hollifield           * Seth Howell                 * Jeremy Keathley                          * Seth Ratliff
* Jaylen Young
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BLES PTO Sponsors 2nd Annual Safe Trick or Treat
On Saturday, October 25th, the BLES PTO sponsored its 2nd annual Safe Trick or Treat event for the students of BLES and surrounding community.  Along with the PTO, numerous local businesses and agencies were actively involved in the event.  The Betsy Layne Fire Department along with Sweet Frogs of Pikeville as well as Gatti-Land and many other sponsors were present at this "spooktacular" event. 
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K-5 BOBCATS WIN RIGHT BEAVER CLASSIC
The K-5 Bobcats basketball team began their season as tournament champions by winning the Right Beaver Classic invitational basketball tournament on Saturday.  According to Coach Watkins, this is only the beginning of a winning season for our K-5 Bobcats. 
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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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