December  2018

In this issue...


Erlanger-Elsmere Schools



Tichenor Middle School 


Arnett Elementary  


Howell Elementary  


Lindeman Elementary


Miles Elementary  


Bartlett Educational Center


Preschool at Arnett


Board of Education
Jeff Miller, Chair
Sarah Shackelford, Vice Chair
John Christiansen , Member
Robin Cooper, Member
Tom Luken, Member

The Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education meets the second Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Office, 500 Graves Avenue, Erlanger. The public is welcome.    

Central Office Administrators 

Dr. Kathlyn Burkhardt Superintendent  

Chad Molley
Assistant Superintendent

Laura Hellmann
Director of Special Education

Shawn Neace
Director of Pupil Personnel

Laura Deters
Chief Information Officer
Lisa Goetz
Finance Director
Matt Engel
Supervisor of Instruction
Darlene Hope
Preschool Director

Erlanger-Elsmere  Schools 

500 Graves Avenue
Erlanger, KY 41018
(859) 727-2009

Monday - Friday
7:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Welcome to engage ! Erlanger-Elsmere student

Our engage e-newsletter shines a spotlight on the latest educational news and feature stories pertaining to our schools, students, teachers, and administrators. We hope you enjoy!

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools will be closed December 20 - January 3 for Winter Break. School will resume on Friday, January 4. Best wishes for a happy and healthy new year!

And for when we return...

As we encounter winter weather, the Erlanger-Elsmere School District wants to remind students, parents, staff, and the community of the many ways that you can stay informed about any decisions that are made regarding school closings or delays.

Arnett featured on KET program WKET
Arnett Elementary was honored to be featured prominently on a recent episode of the WKET series "You Are Not Alone."  The series features people on the front lines of mental health and emphasizes the importance of healthy, supportive relationships in helping youth overcome mental health challenges. Topics include depression, anxiety, suicide prevention, trauma and toxic stress, stigma, youth advocacy, parental concerns and challenges, the role of schools, and strategies within school settings to address mental health issues.
For Arnett's part, film crews visited the school to highlight some of the strategies it employs to support students and families. Arnett's faculty and staff use a trauma-informed care framework to understand, recognize, and respond to the effects of various hardships their students may endure. The framework emphasizes physical, psychological, and emotional safety for both teachers and students, and helps establish a sense of control and empowerment.

You can watch the episode featuring Arnett online. Click here to view.

Howell celebrates the season  Howell
The spirit of the season was in high gear as Howell Elementary welcomed students and their families to its Winter Family Fun Night. Attendees enjoyed many of the activities that make the holiday season so special, including holiday photos, hot chocolate and cookies, face painting, letters to Santa, and festive crafts. Special performances by Howell students made the evening especially merry and bright.

Santa sightings!
The man in the red suit has been spotted throughout the school district over the past few weeks!

Santa Claus was spotted greeting children at Miles Elementary School's Winter Family Night!

Jolly Old St. Nick dropped in to check on Lindeman students during lunchtime. 

A blow-up Santa looking suspiciously like Mrs. Gray, Lindeman's librarian, was spotted in the halls one day.

And, the spirit of St. Nicholas was alive in a big way at Arnett, when 20 students were surprised with a brand new bicycle courtesy of  the overwhelming generosity of Santa Bikes ( click here for details)!

What a joyous time of year!

Lindeman students work hard... and have fun too! Lindeman

Students at Lindeman Elementary have been having a lot of holiday fun along with their learning. At the school's Bingo Night, children and their families played together and enjoyed performances by both the school's choir and its kindergarten students.

Students who were recognized for their good behavior earned a fun-filled afternoon complete with hot chocolate and a holiday movie.

Fifth-grade students each researched a specific region and how Native Americans adapted to it. Then they created an artifact that would have helped them to survive in that area.

Plus, Clifford the Big Red Dog made a visit to Lindeman for the school's Book Fair! Oh what fun!

Miles students learn about WWII WWII
Fifth-graders at Miles Elementary got a hands-on history lesson when they learned about World War II earlier this month in honor of Pearl Harbor Day. The students then made cards for a WWII veteran to thank him for his service and recognize his 96th birthday.

Students get into A Christmas CarolMadcap
Miles students had the opportunity to reflect on what's truly important this holiday season during a performance of A Christmas Carol. Madcap Puppets visited the school to put on a wonderful production of the Christmas classic, delighting and surprising the audience and even incorporating students into the performance!

Tichenor students explore manufacturing

But it's more than a question - it's a contest. The contest is designed to improve the image of manufacturing as a career choice and to recruit more young people to vocational and technical schools that feed talent to the manufacturing industry. Teams of students are provided with video equipment and instructional materials and matched with local manufacturers.
This year, Tichenor students were paired with L'Oreal for the contest. They recently visited the L'Oreal facility to learn more. The team has four months to create a short video profile of its partner company to answer the question, "What's So Cool About Manufacturing?" Entries are then judged by an expert panel and public vote. But the project is already making an impact.

"I think manufacturing is cool because it shows and gives people many opportunities to learn and grow in their career," said Lucas Cooley, eighth grade. "You always work with a group and collaborate with others. Lastly, you can enjoy your job and take pride in the product you've made."

"I like manufacturing because it shows us how they create new products," eighth-grader Simoney Sanchez added. "We also learned about how much work and effort goes into those products."

December excitement at Tichenor
December has been an exciting month at Tichenor!

Eighth-grade students had the opportunity to demonstrate their skills at the Science Showcase, featuring a wide variety of projects highlighting different branches of science.

And, Miss Kentucky visited to provide an empowering message to girls in grades 6-8. Miss Kentucky 2018 is Katie Bouchard of Owensboro. She attends Western Kentucky University, where she is completing a degree in social work. Her personal platform is Being the Voice for Kentucky's Children, through which she advocates for the family resource and youth service centers across Kentucky. 

Community shows tremendous generosity this holiday season
The spirit of generosity has enveloped Erlanger-Elsmere Schools this year with an overwhelming outpouring of support.
The following is a list of those who have donated items, held toy drives, sponsored students or families, or held events at their location for our students.
We are so grateful to all who donated and supported our school district this holiday season. Everyone  involved in these efforts will not only help many of our students have a happier holiday season, they will also  show them they're part of a community that truly cares. We are extremely appreciative of each and every gift.
AMR (American Medical Response)
Cinderella's Closet
City of Erlanger
City of Erlanger employees
Elizabeth and Brian Dehner
Elsmere Fire Department
Elsmere VFW
Erlanger Christian Church
Erlanger-Elsmere Board of Education
Erlanger-Elsmere Fraternal Order of Police
First Baptist Church of Elsmere
Gary Williams Martial Arts
Kentucky Auto Service & Towing
Lloyd High School faculty
Miles Elementary staff and their families
Numerous district staff and families
Santa Bikes - Jeremy Nelson and Sara Gill
Seven Hills Church
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
St. Henry Catholic Church
Erlanger Lions Club
Tichenor Middle School staff
University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service
Viox & Viox

Thank you! Happy holidays to all! 

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Food pantries available for district students, families
The Erlanger-Elsmere School District operates two food pantries, open to all families of students in the district.
Located at Arnett Elementary and Tichenor Middle School, the food pantries are open twice a month and have very limited conditions for use. To keep things simple, the only requirement is that a student living in the household is enrolled in a district school. Visitors to the food pantry complete a simple form consisting of just names and the number of people living in the household. That's it! Plus, families can visit any time; there is no maximum number of visits.
As an added bonus, the pantries are "choice" food pantries, meaning families can choose the food items they prefer, decreasing food waste and increasing the benefit!
Food is available through a partnership with the Freestore Foodbank.
Food pantry dates continue in 2019:
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 8
Tuesday, January 22
Tuesday, February 12
Tuesday, February 26

Arnett Elementary also offers morning hours!
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Arnett Elementary School
3552 Kimberly Drive
Erlanger, KY 41018

Mrs. Tracey Molley

Tichenor Middle School
305 Bartlett Avenue
Erlanger, KY 41018

Ms. Amber Evans

WarmWinter Gear

Upcoming Events
in the City of Erlanger
Mark your calendar and check out some of these great events offered by the City of Erlanger!

Erlanger Business Council Meetings
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Erlanger City Building

Free Ice Skating Party
for Erlanger residents
Sunday, January 20
Sunday, February 17
5:15 - 7:15 p.m.
Northern Kentucky Ice Center |  2638 Anderson Road
Free Bowling Party
for Erlanger residents; one free game and shoe rental
Tuesday, January 29
Tuesday, February 26
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Super Bowl |  510 Commonwealth Avenue
Pre-register at or  859.727.2525

In case you missed it... 
Holiday toy drive for Erlanger-Elsmere Schools
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Central Office......................................
(859) 727-2009
Lloyd Memorial High School...............
(859) 727-1555
Tichenor Middle School......................
(859) 727-2255
Arnett Elementary..............................
(859) 727-1488
Howell Elementary..............................
(859) 727-1108
Lindeman Elementary.........................
(859) 727-1188
Miles Elementary................................
(859) 727-2231
Bartlett Educational Center.................
(859) 342-2460
Preschool at Arnett................................
(859) 342-2427