February  2019

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.

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Miles students StEP into strong future
What do you think of when you hear the word economics? Many people think about banks or information heard on the news or maybe a challenging course. But students at Miles Elementary are being introduced to the exciting side of economics this school year through a simple, educational endeavor - the Student Enterprise Program (StEP) offered by the University of Cincinnati's Economics Center.

Economics, simply stated, is about choices and the fact that choices have consequences. In the StEP program, children earn school currency in the classroom for positive behavior choices, academic choices, and respect choices.

Then, each quarter, volunteers from UC set up a school store inside the school, providing students the opportunity to choose how to use their school cash. Students can save their dollars - with interest! They can purchase items such as pencils, pens, jewelry or sports equipment. They can choose to donate their money to a specified charity (and a percentage is donated in actual money on behalf of the students.) They can also opt to save their money until the end of the year to purchase more expensive items, like mp3 players and gift cards. Local community businesses partner with StEP to help manage the school stores, and teach students the basics of buying, selling, saving, and investing.

"We're always looking for ways to best prepare our students for their futures, and this program is really allowing us to do that," said Mr. Josh Jackson, Miles' principal. "The results have been very positive and inspiring - our kids are learning so many life skills, and they're having so much fun doing it. The fact Miles is the only public school in Kentucky participating in the StEP program makes this opportunity even more special for us."

StEP occurs in the classroom; it is not an extracurricular program. All of its activities and resources for teachers and students correlate to academic standards. And, the program has many positive effects, including increased student attendance and engagement, improved attitudes, and enhanced learning. Miles Elementary is currently the only public school in Kentucky participating in the program.

"Students in the K-12 classroom are our future economic drivers. It's important to instill an understanding of fundamental economic and financial skill sets," said Ms. Erin Harris, StEP director at UC. "Many students struggle to see the benefits of going to school and have a hard time making a connection to their future role in the 'real-world.' These are skills that will last a lifetime, so the earlier those are developed, the stronger our economy will be."

EES student inspires at MLK Day luncheon
Guests gathered to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King were reminded of his remarkable legacy and hope for the future in part through a student from Erlanger-Elsmere Schools at the Northern Kentucky Branch NAACP Branch 16th Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Outreach Luncheon.

The audience was brought to its feet - and some to tears - when Dante Hall, Jr., - a third grader at Howell Elementary - recited Dr. King's famous "I Have a Dream" speech from memory. This is the third year in a row Dante has shared his moving version of this deeply moving speech.

"The goal is for the excitement and enthusiasm that occurs here to be brought to our region and we think there are a lot of individuals out there that embrace diversity and inclusion," said Mr. Jerome Bowles, President of the NKY N.A.A.C.P. "We just need to carry that message forward and secure additional voices that are part of peace, justice and equality for everyone."

The event was held at the Newport Syndicate. The Keynote Speaker was Ursula Doyle, a professor at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University.

Lloyd grad, Supreme Court Justice inspires students at alma mater
Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Michelle Keller - a graduate of Lloyd Memorial High School - recently visited the Criminal Justice 101 class offered at the school by Northern Kentucky University.
The class' professor, Mr. Marvin Knorr, is an acquaintance of Justice Keller and arranged for her visit which covered the events in her life ranging from her graduation from Lloyd to her nursing career and eventually her law degree.

Justice Keller earned her Bachelor of Nursing degree and put it to work for many years before returning to school to pursue a legal career. With her husband's encouragement, she enrolled in NKU's Chase College of Law. She practiced law on her own in Northern Kentucky and was elected to the Kentucky Court of Appeals in 2006. In 2013, Governor Beshear appointed her to the Kentucky Supreme Court - the first woman to hold this position in Kentucky.
"Justice Keller has never forgotten her roots in Northern Kentucky," said Shauna Kitts, a Lloyd senior who was inspired by Justice Keller's visit. "She always makes time for students from our area because she is proud to be from here. Overall, she is a true role model of what it is like to be a powerful woman. It was a privilege to hear her speak and we hung on to her every word."

Lindeman fourth and fifth graders learn benefits of playing chess  
Fourth and fifth graders at Lindeman Elementary have recently enjoyed participating in Chess Club with Officer Joel Shepherd, the school's resource officer. Officer Shepherd has taught them not only the game's rules and strategies, but the connection its problem solving skills bring to everyday life.
Lindeman's Chess Club meets weekly, and students look forward to their chance to play and learn.
"Learning the game of chess helps students with patience, spatial reasoning, impulse control, and learning to work through issues by creating strategies," Officer Shepherd said. "It also helps them to understand that their plans may change and they need to change their strategy as they work through the problem. In the halls of Lindeman Elementary you always hear 'Don't doubt your ability, doubt your strategy, and if something isn't working try something different.' This applies perfectly to the game of chess. It is a wonderful way to build relationships with students while helping them to appreciate a classic game that challenges them and helps them grow." 
A tournament between the fourth and fifth grade groups is planned for later this spring.

DHL helps Arnett students soar
Arnett Elementary has found a generous, involved supporter in business partner DHL. Last fall, the company purchased more than 30 dri-fit shirts and lined shorts for the school's cross country team. More recently, DHL has provided board games for all classrooms for indoor recess, school supplies, Kona Ice and a rented bouncy house for our Winter Family Fun Night. They also are helping encourage student growth by purchasing Arnett Falcon gear for students that met MAP test goals.

"DHL has been a wonderful partner and continues to reach out and support out school and students and staff," said Mrs. Amanda New, Arnett's principal. "We are so grateful for their support."

Hello, Miss Kentucky
Miss Kentucky recently made a stop at Arnett Elementary, where she advanced her platform, Being the Voice for Kentucky's Children. Miss Kentucky 2018 is Katie Bouchard of Owensboro. She attends Western Kentucky University, where she is completing a degree in social work. In her role, she advocates for the family resource and youth service centers across Kentucky. 

Tichenor families learn how to put slow cookers to work
Food, fun, and learning were on the menu as Tichenor Middle School's Youth Service Center and the Kenton County Extension office recently offered a free family dinner and slow cooker demonstration. While enjoying dinner, participating families learned what a great solution slow cooking can be to provide easy, inexpensive, healthful meals for families. And, one lucky family went home with their own brand-new Crock Pot.
Families in attendance learned that slow cookers usually allow one-step preparation... by placing all of the ingredients in one pot, it cuts down on prep time and cleanup. And, a slow cooker can bring out the flavor in foods, as long, low-temperature cooking can help tenderize less-expensive cuts of meat. The result? A meal at home that eliminates the temptation to order take-out, which is often less nutritious and more expensive. Plus, what is better than coming home to the smell of a warm, delicious meal cooking at the end of a long, cold winter day?

Junior Jayla LaBordeaux is powering Lloyd with versatility
Lloyd junior forward Jayla LaBordeaux is remarkable. And people are taking notice.
"She is one of those athletes who can do just about everything. She can score inside. She can score outside. She can handle the ball. She rebounds fantastically, plays great defense. High motor and great basketball IQ," said head coach Paul Sturgeon in a recent Enquirer news story. 
Click here to read the full story on Cincinnati.com...

Scholarships available!
City of Erlanger: $1,500 Scholarship
Each year, the City of Erlanger provides financial support for one graduating senior (an Erlanger resident) in the form of a $1,500 scholarship to attend an accredited two- or four-year college or technical school. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 8. Mayor Fette will recognize the scholarship recipient at the April 2 city council meeting. For eligibility and application requirements, click here
City of Elsmere: Two $1,000 Scholarships
The City of Elsmere is pleased to announce financial support for two graduating 
seniors. This financial assistance is in the form of two $1,000 scholarships. The  financial support shall be applied to an accredited two or four-year College or  technical school. Applications are due by April 30.

Click here for your application... 
Other opportunities
In addition, the Lloyd High School guidance counselors maintain a helpful list of scholarship opportunities.

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, 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

Sign up for the City of Elsmere's new notification system 
The City of Elsmere has initiated a new alert and notification system to keep residents in the loop about events effecting the community. REACH Alert will allow the city to immediately share important information regarding a number of items, including waterline breaks/boil water advisories, road closures/delays due to construction or accidents, hazmat situations, AMBER/Silver alerts, police actions, civic events, and more.

But if you don't register, you won't know! Residents are encouraged to sign up for an account; registrants can choose whether to receive a text message, voice call, or email. Each household can register up to 4 phone numbers and 4 email addresses.

Signing up is easy!

1. Go to  www.reachalert.com  and click on MY ACCOUNT.
3. Follow the prompts and enter your preferred contact information.
4. Network Name: Elsmere (click on our name when it appears).
5. Select resident or business
6. Enter address and click when it appears in the drop-down list.

If you opted to receive text alerts, Reach Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. If you do not receive this message, please call Reach Alert.

If you do not have access to a computer or if you experience any difficulty registering, please contact REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313.
Register today! Residents must register in order to receive messages!

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

Council Meeting
Tuesday, February 5
7:00 p.m.
Erlanger City Building, 510 Commonwealth Avenue

Free R.A.D. Class
(Rape Aggression Defense Systems)
Thursdays: February 7, 14, 21, 28
6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Erlanger City Building, 510 Commonwealth Avenue
Call Officer Blake at 859.652.3724 or email  trisha.blake@erlangerpd.com
Volunteer Committee Meeting
Tuesday, February 12
5:00 p.m.
Erlanger City Building, 510 Commonwealth Avenue
Free Ice Skating Party
For Erlanger residents
Sunday, February 17
5:15 - 7 15 p.m.
Northern Kentucky Ice Center
2638 Anderson Road, Crescent Springs


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Our Vision:   

The Erlanger-Elsmere Schools will provide essential opportunities
for all 
students to reach their greatest potential.


Our Mission:   

It is the mission of the Erlanger-Elsmere Schools to embrace and attend to the individual needs of our students, regardless of the obstacles.


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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