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Betsy Layne Elementary
John A. Kidd, Principal
Rebecca Ratliff, Assistant Principal
Janet Pack, Guidance Counselor  
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Being Our Best Counts At This School”
BLES Middle School earns PROFICIENT title again for its performance on the K-PREP state test and moves to
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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.   
On Tuesday, August 5, BLES staff members lined the sidewalks to welcome back their students to the 2014-2015 school year.  This has become an annual tradition that the staff and students look forward to each year.  
BLES Students Featured at State Academic Competition

Pictured here are BLES MS students, Caleb Gearheart and Grace Orsborne with academic coach and teacher, Mrs. Amanda Orsborne at the 2014 KAAC State Academic Competition.


Recently, two members of the Betsy Layne middle school Student Council developed a tri-fold to accompany the school's "No-Bullying Box." This box is located outside of the school's main office so students can drop a note for the school administration to read concerning possible incidents of bullying.
"This box gives students the opportunity to make us aware of possible bullying situations without even going to a teacher or administrator," explained Mr. Kidd, the school's principal. "We want students to go to a teacher or an administrator if they are being bullied or even if they witness a bullying situation, but we know that this doesn't always happen…so we hope that the No-Bullying Box will give students a different way to inform us."
Pictured here are 7th grade Student Council members, Caitlyn Goble and Nathan Akers, who designed the anti-bullying display.

A Hero's Welcome

BLES students lined the sidewalk today to extend a hero's welcome to 8th grader, Emily Swafford, the District's new Spelling Bee Champion.  As the county champ, Emily will now compete in the State Spelling Bee in Louisville in March.  Thank you Emily for proving once again that Being Our Best Counts At This School.

Recently, the BLES Academic team won 1st place in Quick Recall competition, as well as numerous 1st and top 5 placements in Written Assessment.  The team also secured 1st place in the Furture Problem Solving event and 1st place in overall District standings.  A hugh congratulations to our academic team members:  Seth Howell, Tyler Berrigan, Andrew Stratton, Grace Orsborne, Jacob Spurlock, Kade Meade, Caleb Gearheart, Connie Dale, Andrea Conley, Jarred Kidd, Alexis Reed and Ashley Allen, as well as our Future Problem Solving Team:  Seth Howell, Andrea Conely, Kelsi Brinager, and Jocob Spurlock.  A special Thank You is extended to our coaches, Mrs. Amanda Orsborne (Academics) and Mrs. Lacy Rhoton (FPS).  GOOD LUCK in the upcoming Regional Competition!

The American Dream
our 2014 School-Wide Musical

Recently, BLES students and staff explored our country's rich heritage in an unforgettable musical entitled "The American Dream."  Directed by BLES music teacher and director, Mrs. Sandy Tackett, the musical had each grade level depict great episodes from America's history.  The musical was also "streamed" live on the internet.  It was an awesome experience for all involved.
(Click here for more photos)
PTO Hosts Safe Halloween Event at BLES

Recently, the BLES PTO hosted a safe "TRUNK or TREAT" event at our school.  The PTO officers and the BLES staff and students say a big THANK YOU to the Betsy Layne Fire Deparment, Nelson-Frazier Funeral Home, the Masons, and all the volunteers who made this event a huge success... (Click here for more photos)   
BLES 7th Grade Students Explore SCIENCE

Michelle Goble, from the Floyd County Conservation District Office shows BLES 7th grade students the enviroscape, which demonstrates point and non-point source pollution.  She is helping give the Science background information for the students to use in their upcoming, transactive writing piece for the conservation writing contest.

BLES Kindergarten Team members pose for a quick picture before leaving on their classroom fieldtrips to the Pumpkin Patch. 
BLES Kindergarten Graduation 2013

BLES Kindergarten staff and students celebrated a wonderful milestone for their Kindergarten students on Tuesday evening, May 14th with their annual Kindergarten Graduation.  BLES Graduated over 100 Kindergarteners.  BEST WISHES to our little BOBCATS! (click here for more photos)

Students at Betsy Layne Elementary are having fun with Dr Suess/Cat in the Hat and The Read Across America Week! (Click Here for More Photos) 

"A New Day"
BLES Presents an All-Star Cast in Our School-Wide Musical

On Friday, November 18, BLES music teacher, Mrs. Sandy Tackett and and drama instructor, Mrs. Anita Elkins, presented "A New Day," a school-wide musical.  This musical was open to all students and each grade level had its own song and theme.  Teachers from all grade levels helped in making this production a reality.  The evening was filled with excitement and over 200 guests packed the D.W. Howard Field-house to watch the special presentation.  (Click here for more photos). 

Bobcat PRIDE Transforms Campus

During last semester, the Bobcat PRIDE Club, sponsored by 3rd grade teacher, Jennifer Griffith, teamed up with the BLES PTO to transform the campus landscaping.  This effort began in May and was finalized in July with help from the Catholic Heart Work Camp members, who used the school as their home base in July to serve area residents with minor home repairs and winterization projects.  The landscaping project serves as a lasting reflection of the PRIDE that students and volunteers alike have for Betsy Layne Elementary School.  A special "Thank You" goes out to all who helped make this tranformation possible.  Click here to see more photos.

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