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2014 Summer Opportunities in Kentucky for Gifted and Talented Student from the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education

2014 Summer Opportunities in Kentucky of Interest to Gifted and Talented Students compiled by the Kentucky Association for Gifted Education (KAGE)

The summer programs listed here are just a sample of the opportunities available to gifted students. Your child’s teacher or district G/T coordinator may be able to provide you with additional options. We found that many Kentucky universities and community colleges offer summer programs that would be of interest to high ability young people. We suggest thinking about your child’s interests and looking accordingly - for instance, many musical and theatre companies, museums, and nature preserves and parks offer summer camps. Thanks to everyone who sent information. All information is accurate to the best of our knowledge. Inclusion in this document does not mean a recommendation or endorsement by KAGE, but is offered only as a service to families and educators of gifted children. Please let the camps know that you heard about them through KAGE.

Consider becoming a member of KAGE and supporting efforts such as this compilation of opportunities.

Kentucky Association for Gifted Education • kage@wku.edu • 270.745.4301 • www.kagegifted.org


* = residential option
*Academic Summer Camps (Computer Science) (Transylvania University)
Lexington; grades 6 - 12, various weeks in June, 2014
Contact: Charlotte Taraba, ctaraba@transy.edu, (859) 233-8228; www.transy.edu/visitors/academic_camps.htm
AquaBots Engineering Camp/Kentucky Girls STEM Collaborative
all across Kentucky, rising 7th- 11th graders, contact for dates
Contact: Sue Scheff, suescheff@uky.edu, (859) 257-2614; www.kygirlsstem.com/ProgramsEvents/
Aviation Camp (Aviation Museum of Kentucky)
Bowling Green; Hazard; Pikeville; Lexington; Louisville, ages 10 - 16 depending on camp; various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: camps2014@aviationky.org, (859) 231-1219; www.aviationky.org/camp.asp
Broadway Bound Summer Camps (The Academy for Creative Excellence) (University of Kentucky)
Lexington; variety of theater-related summer camps for grades 1 - 8, various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: Mary Joy Nelson, ace.academy@uky.edu, (849) 494-3937; academyforcreativeexcellence.com/camp-basics/
Broadway Workshop at the Carson Center
Paducah; ages 9 - 18, June 9-13, 2014
Contact: Mary Katz, mkatz@thecarsoncenter.org, (270) 443-9932, x 250;
Brown-Forman INSPIRE Program at Speed School of Engineering (University of Louisville)
Louisville; high school students historically under-represented in engineering, June 16 - July 3, 2014 (deadline April 11th)
Contact: Brenda Hart, brenda.hart@louisville.edu, (502) 850-0440; louisville.edu/speed/inspire.html
Camp ArtyFact (Kentucky Historical Society)
Frankfort; ages 6 - 13, various times in June-July, 2014
Contact: Greg Hardison, greg.hardison@ky.gov; www.history.ky.gov/camp/
Camp Carnegie 2014 (e.g., Legal Eagles, Making Apps, Games, Websites) (Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning)
Lexington; rising 6th-8th graders, various weeks in July depending on camp
Contact: (859) 254-4175, x 21, ccll1@carnegiecenterlex.org; carnegiecenterlex.org/
Camp Invention
Taylorsville; Spencer County Elementary School, rising 1st-6th graders, June 23 - 27, 2014
Contact: Gina Pollett, gina.pollett@spencer.kyschools.us, (800) 968-4332; www.campinvention.org
Camp Invention
Various locations all around Kentucky
Contact: Judi Colloredo, jcolloredo@invent.org for locations and camp information or visit www.campinvention.org
Camp Shakespeare (Kentucky Shakespeare Company)
Louisville; ages 4 - 18 depending on program, various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: Beth Dunn, beth@kyshakespeare.com, (502) 574-9900; kyshakespeare.com
Computer Science Camps, (Eastern Kentucky University)
Richmond; ranging from ages 7 - 18 depending on camp, weekly during June, 2014
Contact: Kristen King, kristen.king@eku.edu, (859) 622-2103;
*Conservation Camps, (Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources)
Kentucky Lake, Lake Cumberland, or Grayson Lake; grades 4 - 6, various times throughout summer, 2014
Contact: (800) 858-1549; fw.ky.gov/Education/Pages/Summer-Camps.aspx
Constellations, Cartoons, Creations & Codes (Challenge Learning Center of Kentucky)
Hazard; ages 5 - 17, various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: Melissa Collins, melissaw.collins@kctcs.edu, (606) 487-3049; www.clcky.com
*CyberCave Academies (Murray State University)
Murray; rising 10th-12th graders interested in telecommunications technology & cyber security
Cyber Academy: June 8-14, June 22-27, CyberCave Security Academy, July 6-11, 2014
Contact: Annie Vandiver, avandiver@murraystate.edu, (270) 809-3987; www.murraystate.edu/tsm/cybercave
Cyber Experience (Murray State University)
Paducah; rising 7th-9th graders interested in telecommunications technology & cyber security, July 14-18, 2014
Contact: Annie Vandiver, avandiver@murraystate.edu, (270) 809-3987; www.murraystate.edu/tsm/cybercave
*Entomology Summer Camp, (Kentucky Entomology Leadership Program, University of Kentucky)
Jabez; rising high school juniors and seniors; June 2 - 6, 2014
Contact: Blake Newton, blaken@uky.edu, (859) 257-7453; www.ca.uky.edu/entomology/news/kfelp.asp
ExploreMore & Norse Think Tank, (Northern Kentucky University)
Highland Heights; grades K-5 (ExploreMore, June 16-20, 23-27), grades 5-8, (Norse Think Tank June 16-20, 2014)
Contact: gifted.nku.edu
Girl Scouts of Kentucky’s Wilderness Road
camps located all around Kentucky; day and residential camps; various weeks, June-July, 2014
Contact: gswrc@gswrc.org, 859.293.2621; www.gskentucky.org/camp
Health Career Enrichment Camp, UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health/Southeast KY Area Health Education Center
Hazard; rising 9th-10th graders, June 18-July 1, 2014 (April 4th deadline)
Contact: Crystal Pigman, cpigman0002@kctcs.edu, (606) 487-0135; www.southeastkyahec.com/
*High School Summer Media Workshops (KY High School Media Institute & WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting)
Bowling Green; high school students, June 15 - 19, 2014
Contact: Charlotte Turtle, charlotte.turtle@wku.edu, (270) 745-4144; www.wku.edu/khsmp/
Kentucky Mud Works Kids’ Clay Camps
Lexington; ages 6-15 depending on class, various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: info@kentuckymudworks.com, (859) 389-6817; www.kentuckymudworks.com/classes/kidsclayclasses.html
Kentucky Science Center Summer 2014 Camps
Louisville; grades pre K - 8, full & half day available, various weeks June-August 2014
Contact: (502) 561-6100; kysciencecenter.org/kids/camps/
KICCS (Kids in College Can Soar) (Hopkinsville Community College)
Hopkinsville & Cadiz; grades 1 - 6, various weeks in June-July, 2014
Career Craze (Farming or Robotics), grades 7-9, June 23-26, 2014
Contact: Carrie McGinnis, carrie.mcginnis@kctcs.edu, (270) 707-3750;
Kentucky Association for Gifted Education • kage@wku.edu • 270.745.4301 • www.kagegifted.org
*Kentucky Association for Academic Competition (KAAC) Governor’s Cup Summer Camps
Springfield (St. Catherine’s College); high school June 17 - 20, 2014, middle school June 24 - 27, 2014
Contact: kaac@kaac.com; www.kaac.com/governors-cup-summer-camps/
Kentucky Humane Society Summer Camps
Louisville; ages 6-12 (Lifelong Friends, Kids & Canines); ages 12-16 (Animal Advocates); various weeks June-August, 2014
Contact: Valerie Merrifield, education@kyhumane.org, (502) 515-3149; www.kyhumane.org/forkids/khs-camps/
Kentucky Museum Summer Day Camps, (Western Kentucky University)
Bowling Green; ages 6 - 15 depending on camp (photography, clay, media, painting) - various weeks in June, 2014
Contact: Lynne Ferguson, lynne.ferguson@wku.edu, (270) 745-2594;
*KSD Academic Summer School 2014 (Kentucky School for the Deaf)
Danville; open to deaf/hard-of-hearing Kentucky students grades K - 8; June 8 - 20, 2014
Contact: Barb Snapp, barb.snapp@ksd.kyschools.us, (859) 936-6816; www.ksd.k12.ky.us/
Living Arts and Science Center Summer Camps
Lexington, ages preschool-12, various weeks June-August, 2014
Contact: www.lasclex.org
*Newton’s Attic Hands-on STEM , Robotics, Computer Programming, Legos and more
Lexington; ages 6 - 18 depending on camp, various weeks May 28 - August 22, 2014
Contact: Dawn Cloyd, newtonsattic@gmail.com, (859) 492-8511; www.newtonsattic.com
Owensboro Museum of Fine Arts Camps
Owensboro; ages 6-15 depending on camp, June 9-13, July 14-18, 2014
Contact: Mary Bryan Hood, 270.685.3181, info@omfa.us; www.omfa.us/
*Pre-College Academic Experience in Mathematics and Science (PAEMS), (Georgetown College)
Georgetown; rising 10th-12th graders, June 15 - 27, 2014
Contact: Dr. Rick Kopp, rick_kopp@georgetowncollege.edu, (502) 863-8088; www.georgetowncollege.edu/paems/
*Psychology Camp (Inner Space Camp), (Eastern Kentucky University Dept of Psychology)
Richmond; high school students, July 22 - July 27, 2014
Contact: Cheryl Ramey, cheryl.ramey@eku.edu, (859) 622-1105; www.psychology.eku.edu/live-think-existpsychology
*SCATS (The Summer Camp for Academically Talented Middle School Students), The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU
Bowling Green (Western Kentucky University); rising 7th - 9th graders; June 8 - June 20, 2014
Contact: The Center for Gifted Studies, gifted@wku.edu, (270) 745-6323; www.wku.edu/gifted/scats/index.php
Science and Math Day Camp (University of Pikeville)
Pikeville; rising 5th-6th graders, July 7 - 11 & rising 7th-8th graders, July 14 - 18, 2014
Contact: Robert W. Arts, robertarts@upike.edu, (606) 218-5476; myspace.upike.edu/rarts/public_html/camp.htm
SKyPAC Youth Theater Summer Camp
Bowling Green; grades 1st-12th depending on camp, various weeks June & July 2014
Contact: Tiffany Deaton, tdeaton@theskypac.com, (270) 904-7006; www.theskypac.com
Soar to New Heights (STEM-H disciplines), (Eastern Kentucky University)
Richmond; rising 6th-8th graders, June 16-20, 2014
Contact: Debra Sparks, debra.sparks@eku.edu, (859) 622-2154; curriculum.eku.edu/insidelook
Space Adventure Camp, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium, (University of Louisville)
Louisville; rising 2th-4th graders, June 23 - 27 & July 14 - 18, 2014
Contact: planet@louisville.edu, (502) 852-6664; louisville.edu/planetarium/kids/summercamps
Kentucky Association for Gifted Education • kage@wku.edu • 270.745.4301 • www.kagegifted.org
Space Engineering Camp, Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium, (University of Louisville)
Louisville; rising 5th-6th graders, July 28 - August 1, 2014 & rising 7th-9th graders, June 17 - 20, 2014
Contact: planet@louisville.edu, (502) 852-6664; louisville.edu/planetarium/kids/summercamps
Space Quest 2014 (Challenger Learning Center), (West Kentucky Community & Technical College)
Paducah; grades K - age 16 depending on camp, (Astrotot, Underwater Astronaut, & more), various weeks June-July, 2014
Contact: (270) 534-3101; www.clcpaducah.org
*Stephen Collins Foster Music Camps (Band, String, Voice, Piano & Percussion) (Eastern Kentucky University)
Richmond; grades 5 - 12, various weeks June, 2014
Contact: Ben Walker, bwalker@fostercamp.org; www.fostercamp.org
String Explosion (violin, viola, cello, double bass), (Western Kentucky University)
Bowling Green; ages 4 and up (Young Twinklers), elementary-high school (orchestra), July 21 - 26, 2014
Contact: Sarah Berry, sarah.berry@wku.edu, (270) 745-5146; www.wku.edu/ce/strings
Summer 2014 Youth Camps, (Bellarmine University)
Louisville; different classes for different ages, various times June-July, 2014
Contact: continuingstudies@bellarmine.edu, (502) 272-8166; www.bellarmine.edu/ce/summeryouthcamps.aspx
Summer Arts 2014 Dance, Drama, Music, Visual Arts, (Sacred Heart School for the Arts)
Louisville; ages 4 - 18 depending on camp, various times summer, 2014
Contact: (502) 897-1816; www.sacredheartschools.org/arts/summer_camps.php
Summer Camp (The Center for Gifted Studies, Western Kentucky University)
Bowling Green; rising 2d-5th graders, July 14 - 18, 2014
Contact: The Center for Gifted Studies, gifted@wku.edu, (270) 745-6323; www.wku.edu/gifted/thesummercamp/index.php
*Summer Career Discovery, (University of Kentucky College of Design)
Lexington; rising 11th- 12th graders, June 22-28 or July 13 - 19, 2014
Contact: www.uky.edu/design/index.php/info/category/summer_career_discovery_program/
*Summer Challenge, (Murray State University)
Murray; rising grades 7 - 9; June 23 - 27, 2014
Contact: Cathy Lyles, clyles2@murraystate.edu, (270) 933-8541, www.murraystate.edu/centerforgiftedstudies.aspx
Summer Scrubs Camp, UK Center for Excellence in Rural Health/Southeast KY Area Health Education Center
counties in Southeast Kentucky; rising 7th-9th graders, various weeks June-July depending on camp location
Contact: Crystal Pigman, cpigman0002@kctcs.edu, (606) 487-0135; www.southeastkyahec.com/
Super Summer Gifted Camp (Morehead State University)
Morehead; rising 3rd-9th graders, June 16-20, 2014
Contact: Kim Nettleton, k.nettleton@moreheadstate.edu; (606) 783-5483 or (859) 624-0544; www.moreheadstate.edu/
*VAMPY - The Summer Program for Verbally and Mathematically Precocious Youth, The Center for Gifted Studies, WKU
Bowling Green, (Western Kentucky University); rising 8th-11th graders, June 22 - July 12, 2014
Contact: The Center for Gifted Studies, gifted@wku.edu, (270) 745-6323; www.wku.edu/gifted/vampy
WKU Writing Project Summer 2014 Young Writers Camp (Western Kentucky University)
Bowling Green; rising 3rd-5th graders; June 17-19, 2014
Contact: Peggy Otto, peggy.otto@wku.edu; www.wku.edu/wp

We have done our best to ensure that the information provided here is accurate. You should contact any camp in which you are interested to verify dates, deadlines, and age/grade levels. If a deadline has passed for this summer, you might ask to be added to the mailing list for next year.

Have a great summer and please support endeavors such as this by becoming a KAGE member! For membership information, visit our website at:

www.kagegifted.org or contact us at kage@wku.edu, 270.745.4301

Method Test Prep-ACT Class Recording

ACT General Info Class!

The link below offers ACT General Information to prepare for the test. This recording offers strategies, as well as question guidelines for the upcoming test sessions.


Youth Service America (YSA) Grants and Awards


Want to make a difference? Take action? Solve a tough community problem? Whether you’re a child, teen, educator, or adult champion, YSA Grants can power your service and service-learning projects year-round.

Why grants? YSA believes in investing in youth as problem solvers to address the most important challenges facing our world. This bold strategy put children and youth in the driver’s seat and gives them the power to plan, implement, and witness the full impact of their service. YSA know that youth bring new strategies, skills and initiative to solve the world’s most challenging issues. YSA Grants can help.

For more information, visit http://www.ysa.org 

The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics, located on the campus of Morehead State University, is a dual-credit residential high school for academically exceptional Kentucky students. The Academy will be housed on the campus of MSU, consistently ranked as one of the safest campuses in the Commonwealth.

Scheduled to open in August 2015, the Craft Academy will meet the unique educational needs of academically gifted and talented high school juniors and seniors in the Commonwealth. A college-level curriculum will allow students to finish high school while also completing up to two years of university coursework.

The academic rigor of the Craft Academy will challenge students to excel at the highest level. They will be focused on a core of math and science courses while engaging in electives in arts and humanities. In addition, the Craft Academy will offer unique, project-based STEM+X courses that will enrich educational experiences and develop competencies in entrepreneurship and innovation, design and creativity, and civic and regional engagement.

The residential college experience and environment promotes excellence, innovation and creativity while developing the full potential of the state’s brightest minds and most promising future leaders. Students will live on campus in a newly renovated residence hall designed for high school-aged students. The facility will have meeting and social space and be staffed 24/7. Counselors and advisors will also be available.

In order to begin the process of preparing students to apply for this prestigious academy, the Lake Cumberland Regional Gifted Coordinators spent the day on October 24th with a number of MSU staff members and university professors. The GT Coordinators were able to tour the dorm and obtain much information to better prepare Pulaski County gifted students for this exciting endeavor.


Underground Railroad Resources
Social Studies Teachers: Here is a great resource for your studies of the Underground Railroad. Check out the website: http://undergroundrailroadresources.org/
KHEAA Advisor
The Fall 2014 KHEAA Advisor is now online at http://www.kheaanews.com/advisor/.


GAME DATES Fee is only $15/team

Fall 2014 SMG

09/15/2014 - 11/21/2014

Take Stock in KY

10/06/2014 - 12/12/2014

Spring 2015 SMG

01/26/2015 - 04/03/2015

Join us for a Webinar or Workshop to learn how to use this exciting program/competition in your classroom! Register online for a webinar/workshop at http://www.econ.org/pd/professionaldevelopment.html

An Innovative Way to Learn!
Learn more at http://www.econ.org/smg

In The Stock Market Game™ (SMG), students in grades 4 through 12 (and college!) are enrolled in teams and manage a simulated investment portfolio for 10 weeks. Starting with a virtual cash account of $100,000, students strive to create the best-performing portfolio using a live-Internet trading simulation. Students research and evaluate companies and stock data and make investment decisions based on what they’ve learned. They work together in teams, developing leadership, organization, negotiation, and cooperation skills as they research company and stock data and compete for the top spot (and prizes!) Rankings are updated daily and prizes are awarded to the top ranked teams! New rules for 2014 make the simulation even more real-world!

Free lessons in the Teacher Support Center are correlated to the national Common Core State Standards (CCSS). These correlations are presented in an interactive table in the Standards section of the Teacher Support Center. The Stock Market Game effectively contextualizes the academic content standards, practices, and career skills expressed in the CCSS, STEM, and by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills.

Questions? Feel free to contact Susan Sandage, SMG Coordinator, at susan@econ.org.

Illustrative Mathematics Newsletter

Welcome to the
Illustrative Mathematics Newsletter!

Illustrative Mathematics added 30 new tasks in the month of April! Looking for something new? Click here or choose "Search All" under "Find Tasks" on the left side of the website. Newest tasks are listed first.

What's New

We now offer paper booklets of our popular online tasks. You can pick yours up at the Illustrative Mathematics store! Although it looks like they are sold out, they are not! Grades K-8 are now available by clicking the red words and connecting directly to Lulu.com.

PD Corner

Are you working closely with fractions in your classroom, school, district, or state? Check out our series of videos and tasks detailing the Fractions Progression from Grade 3 through Grade 5 available for free on the website. 

The Progression is divided into 7 units including the meaning of unit fractions, equivalent fractions, comparing fractions, and more. Each unit has a video and links to tasks that can be completed and discussed by teachers or used in the classroom in a coherent unit and lesson plan.

If you are interested in registering your school or district for the enhanced version of the Fractions Progression, an online course on the Moodle platform, you can find it on the Illustrative Mathematics Store. In this version administration can track teacher participants as they complete the course and units include additional content like readings and quizzes with instant feedback written at the teacher level.

A Task to Ponder

Thinking about structure with your algebra students? Try this task about animal populations that encourages students to look for structure to determine which expression is larger in each pair.

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Special opportunity for a teacher who integrates the Stock Market Game :
Kentucky Teachers! Special opportunity for a teacher who integrates the Stock Market Game into their teaching to win the “2014 Outstanding Economic Educator” Award!   $1,000 Award! 
Sponsored by Bingham, Greenebaum, Doll, LLP
Kentucky Council on Economic Education
Excellence in Economic Education Awards
2014 Outstanding Economic Educator
To recognize one teacher who has made outstanding contributions to the teaching of economics in the public, catholic, or independent school systems in Kentucky.
Nominees must be teachers in the public, private, or independent schools of Kentucky who are either teaching a course in economics or integrating economics into other courses at any grade level, 4 - 12. Teachers may be nominated by a supervisor/administrator, a colleague, a local Center/Office for Economic Education, or by the nominee (self-nomination).
Teachers should demonstrate:
  • Leadership in economic and financial education
  • Enthusiasm and creativity in teaching of economics/personal finance
  • Student comprehension and achievement
  • Participate in a Spring 2014 session of the Stock Market Game (it’s not too late to register, www.econ.org/smg
$1,000 cash award and plaque from the Kentucky Council on Economic Education to the Outstanding Economic Educator of the Year presented at the KCEE Summit, June 23-24, 2014.

Unique Learning Experience about Life for Pulaski County 4th Graders Pulaski County Schools, in partnership with the Donate Life Kentucky Coalition, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital (LCRH) and GE Lighting, will give students a rare hands-on learning experience that is sure to be memorable for years to come. On March 12th and 13th, nearly 800 fourth-grade students in Pulaski County will take part in the “Life is Cool” Program at The Center for Rural Development. This program, sponsored by the Donate Life Kentucky Coalition, is developed specifically for 4th and 5th grade students, with only two schools being chosen to participate each year. Pulaski County Schools is only the second school system in the state to implement a county-wide initiative with this program. Based on the theme of “Healthy Choices,” students will learn about food and nutrition, physical activity, choices that affect health and body, and organ donation and transplantation.


Participating students in this one-of-a-kind workshop will discover and be empowered to make good life choices about their health, and will observe first-hand how every choice can potentially affect the lives of others through organ and tissue donation.

"The program, ‘Life is Cool’, is without a doubt, one of the most important things I've ever been associated with in both my professional and personal career,” said Charlotte Wong, Community Development and Public Education Coordinator with Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA).  “This program is a hands-on learning experience that the children of Somerset will remember, draw on, and hopefully live by for the rest of their lives. And, should they make good choices and live long productive lives, then hopefully what they learn through this program will encourage them to be an organ donor and give life to another person. That will be one of the greatest gifts they will ever give.”

For several weeks prior to the “Life is Cool” culminating workshop event, fourth grade teachers in Pulaski County will provide instruction using specific “Life is Cool” curriculum designed by KODA that will form a basis for workshop learning and activities. The lessons, taught in the classroom, will describe specific organs, the function of those organs in the body, and how physical activity, food, drink and sleep affect organs and health. The lessons will also incorporate how every day choices of diet and exercise impact lives today, tomorrow, and years from now.

Steve Butcher, superintendent of Pulaski County Schools is excited about Pulaski County’s elementary schools participating in the “Life is Cool” initiative. He stated, “I am honored to be a school system chosen for this program.   If our students are taught life skills on how to take care of their bodies, and then understand the importance of giving back by being a potential organ donor, it is a lesson that is very valuable and impactful.” Lynn Ashbrook, Director of Pulaski County Schools Gifted Education Programs stressed “The principals and fourth grade teachers in Pulaski’s schools have embraced this opportunity to teach students the ‘Life is Cool’ curriculum over the next few weeks about the systems of the body and the lifelong effects of taking care of their health.”

During the hands-on, interactive two-hour program on March 12th and 13th, students will rotate in groups through 10 individual learning stations, each concentrated on a specific organ or tissue in the body. Students will learn about the major transplantable organs of the body, the cornea (eye) and blood, and the function of those organs and tissues, as well as life choices that promote good health. Using experiential learning techniques, students will participate in activities like listening through a stethoscope and simulated corneal blindness. Because of similarity to human organs in their anatomy, many of the learning stations will use pig organs to provide visual support for the presentations. The organs allow children to see how they work, offering a much more in-depth understanding than a photograph in a textbook, information on the internet, or a poster on the classroom wall. Students can see, touch and ask questions. For example, presenters at the learning station for lungs will be able to inflate the lungs, and students will see what happens when humans inhale and exhale. The students will be able to see what actual “trans-fat” in food looks like and how it affects heart and kidney function. Students will also see a demonstration of the filtering process of the liver and how it is affected by personal choices like smoking, drinking and drug use (both prescription and recreational). 

Volunteer medical personnel from KODA, LCRH, Somerset Community College nursing students, and Pulaski County Area Technology Center Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) will be presenting using an organ vest which has removable organs and tissues to give visual assistance to students understanding organ and tissue transplantation. “Both clinical and non-clinical team members at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital are looking forward to participating in this exciting education program,” said Sheryl Glasscock, DPN, RN, and Chief Nursing Officer at LCRH. “This is a wonderful opportunity to make a life-long impact on the future health of a generation, and we’re honored to be a part of it.” Margaret Boils, RN, BSN and Health Sciences Instructor for Pulaski County Area Technology Center said, “The health sciences and HOSA students are excited to have the opportunity to assist with the ‘Life is Cool’ event with KODA. I  feel this will not only give the HOSA students experience as leaders, but will also help them have hands on experience and see the body systems in a realistic perspective.”

The “Life is Cool” program provides a wealth of information about organ donation. Each year, organ donation can save the lives of over 120,000 people on the transplant waiting list. Currently, 800 of those on the transplant waiting list live in Kentucky. Organ donation has also touched lives in the local community. Two students from the Pulaski County School district are organ donor recipients, as well as a toddler of a Pulaski County educator. 

“As a mother of a multi-organ transplant recipient, I know the importance of a healthy lifestyle and how that affects our organs,” said Somerset resident Laurie Goff. “What makes ‘Life Is Cool’ truly beyond cool is that it turns health into a fun, interactive form of education that helps kids understand why health is so important.”
A key component of the program is learning that by placing your name on the Kentucky Organ Donor Registry at www.donatelifeky.org, a person is declaring their wish to be an organ donor. Further information about organ/tissue donation can be found by going to www.kyorgandonor.org.

All of these opportunities, including teacher lessons, student workbooks, and the “Life Is Cool” program, will be offered to 4th grade students in Pulaski County Schools free of charge through the generosity of LCRH, GE Lighting and the Donate Life Kentucky Coalition which consists of: Kentucky Circuit Clerks Trust for Life, Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates, Kentucky Blood Center, University of Kentucky and Louisville Eye Banks, University of Kentucky HealthCare, University of Louisville HealthCare, Kidney Health Alliance of Kentucky, The National Kidney Foundation of Kentucky, University of Kentucky Medical Center-Transplant Center, Jewish Hospital Transplant Center, National Marrow Donor Program, Liver Foundation, Kentucky Cabinet for Health & Family Services, American Red Cross, Second Chance at Life, and Life Center Organ Donor Network. Steve Butcher says, “I embrace the opportunities to partner with community agencies for the benefit of Pulaski’s students.”   Lynn Ashbrook stated, “It has been a delight to collaborate with KODA, LCRH, GE Lighting and The Center for Rural Development to bring this wonderful program to Pulaski County Schools.”

The “Life is Cool” program, although being offered to 4th grade students, is an opportunity for families to have conversations about health, well-being and organ donation. The educational opportunities provided impact everyone. Rhonda Phelps, Human Resource Specialist with GE-Somerset Glass Plant stated, “This is an important opportunity for GE Lighting – Somerset Glass Plant to support education in the local community.  The ‘Life is Cool’ program focuses on the importance of taking care of our body.  ‘Life is Cool’ program parallels with GE’s ‘Health Ahead’ program, which focuses on taking care of the body by choosing healthy foods and physical activity.” 

“This program is a uniquely visceral exhibit for students in Pulaski County Schools,” said Tammy Portwood, Gifted Education Specialist with Pulaski County Schools. “This is a tremendous educational opportunity for students, parents and the entire community.”

“The Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) is proud to offer this program, free of charge to the children of Somerset,” said Wong. “We are grateful to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and GE Lighting for their support in creating a positive experience and education for the children of their community. This program would not have been possible without their support and the support of The Center for Rural Development." 


KCEE-Kentucky Council on Economic Education
Register to participate in the Stock Market Game!
In The Stock Market Game™ (SMG), student teams in grades 4-12 receive a virtual $100,000 to invest in stocks and mutual funds using a real-world Internet simulation. SMG can be taught as an enrichment activity, a project-based activity, or teams of teachers can incorporate different aspects of SMG into their own curriculum as an interdisciplinary project.

For more information, visit www.econ.org/smg/index.html.  Visit the full KCEE website for many more economics resources.  You can find it by clicking on the following link: www.econ.org/


YEA-Young Entrepreneurs Academy

YEA! Student Nomination Process

We’re searching for ambitious, creative, talented and motivated middle and high school students who are excited to learn how to transform a passion and an idea into a REAL business over the course of an academic year. To nominate a student to apply for the Young Entrepreneurs Academy Class of 2014, please follow the easy simple steps below!

  1. Consider Dynamic Students Great for the YEA! Program
    The types of students who excel in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy are highly motivated, driven, creative, thinkers who are excited about new ideas, new opportunities, and are looking to do something big. No business experience is required to be successful in the YEA! program. Often times, our most successful students are those who have a certain passion or talent and are excited to further develop that passion. Other great students are excited by the concept of becoming a business owner.
  2. Complete & Submit Nomination Form
    Complete the YEA! Student Nomination form with all required fields and submit to Delores Dalton jdhdalton@aol.com at the Somerset Pulaski Chamber of Commerce, the Young Entrepreneurs Academy’s main office.
  3. Confirm Nominated Students have Applied
    The students you have nominated will then have the opportunity to apply for the YEA! program. We suggest ensuring that each student you nominate has an application form and fully understands the application process. YEA! Student Applications are available in the folder labeled "YEA-Young Entrepreneurs Academy" at the bottom of this page.

Considerations for Accelerated Learners
Just as lower performing students may have an increased need for differentiated instruction and intervention, higher performing students may have similar needs. According to 704 KAR 3:285, each school shall differentiate, replace, supplement, or modify curricula, using multiple service delivery options to ensure continuous progress based on the interest, needs, and abilities of the student. Multiple service delivery options for accelerated learners will benefit from classroom level (Tier I) modifications, as well as, additional interventions. Similar systems will be needed to identify these accelerated learners, provide instructional modifications and interventions, and to monitor their progress. Those who have completed, mastered or exceeded the performance of their chronological peers in rate and level of learning shall receive instructional strategies, resources and materials to attain accelerated learning outcomes.

These accelerated learning systems shall include interventions that are data-based to address individual learning needs. Interventions may focus on efforts to help students progress toward target standards or may focus on more complex content/skills delivered at a more rapid pace. Accelerated learning focuses on individual student goals to help address learning needs or to enable students to pursue skill development more rapidly and/or at higher levels for successful college and career readiness. See Appendix E for additional information on accelerated learning interventions and strategies and methods of identification and progress monitoring.

Accelerated learning focuses on individual student goals to help address learning needs or to enable students to pursue skill development more rapidly and at higher levels. Accelerated learning includes interventions that are data-based to address individual learning needs. Interventions may focus on efforts to help students progress toward target standards or may focus on more complex content/skills delivered at a more rapid pace.


District Gifted Education Staff

  1. Lynn Ashbrook, Director of Gifted Education
    Business: 679-1123 Ext. 2607
  2. Tammy Portwood, District Gifted Specialist
    Business: 679-1123 Ext. 2608
    Email: tammy.portwood@pulaski.kyschools.us
  3. Krista Pierce, District Gifted Specialist
    Email: krista.pierce@pulaski.kyschools.us
  4. Beth Patrick, District Gifted Specialist
    Email: beth.patrick@pulaski.kyschools.us
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