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  • A Bustling April Ahead

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 4/1/2019 12:05:00 AM

    Dream and Hustle  

    Students, Parents, and Friends of MLCHS:

    I hope everyone enjoyed a safe and relaxing Spring Break. It’s hard to believe… but the end of the school year will be upon us very soon! April will be an exciting and busy month for us at Martha Layne Collins High School. We thank you, in advance, for your support as we push all students to a successful finish to the school year. 

    Here are some key events in the life of our school during the month of April:

    • 8th Grade MAP Testing will occur on Monday, April 8 - Tuesday April 9, 2019.
    • MAP Testing (9th and 10th grade students) will occur on Wednesday, April 10.
    • JROTC Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 6 p.m.
    • Community Showcase and Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    • JROTC Military Ball will be held on Saturday, April 13 at 4 p.m. at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House.
    • da Vinci Society Gala (fine arts pathway students) will be held on Monday, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • Personalized Scheduling for the 2019-2020 school year with occur with each student Friday, April 12 - Thursday, April 18.
    • 10th Grade State Field Tests (Reading and Math) will be given on Thursday, April 18 in the morning.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Pre-Bubbling will be held on Monday, April 22 from 8:45-10 a.m. Any student planning to take an AP test should be present.
    • Jazz and Percussion Ensemble Concert will be held on Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 p.m.
    • PROM will be held on Friday, April 26 from 8-11:30 p.m. at the Icehouse in Louisville. Students may sign out at 11:30 a.m. with a parent note. Guest permission forms are due by Friday, April 19, 2019 – no exceptions.

    Please be mindful of these school events and support us by ensuring students have a good night’s rest and a good breakfast prior to test days. Also, we will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our Blackboard Parent Communication system. Please remember to consult the website calendar for a listing of school events.  A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email Mrs. Shelby Hall, our Youth Services Center Coordinator, at Shelby.hall@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    At MLCHS, we continue to focus our classroom instruction on moving students to mastery of standards: ensuring students possess the knowledge of and are able to demonstrate the skills of the course standards. Thanks for your help in ensuring students are well prepared for school each day. It truly takes a village to raise a child; we appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event.

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  • February Fun!

    Posted by Joseph Ellison on 2/5/2019 9:50:00 AM

    It has been an interesting January – complete with warm weather, snow, and SNOGO days. We are now seeing better weather and a full schedule of activities at Martha Layne Collins High School. As always, I would like to provide you with a preview of the month of February.

    • Basketball Homecoming Week – the week of February 4-8, 2019. Dress down themes are given each day with basketball games (at 6 and 7:30 p.m.) and a dance (9-11:30 p.m.) on Friday night.
    • Torchprep ACT preparation service will be offered at MLCHS beginning on Thursday, February 14, 2019! Go to torchprep.com to register for the ongoing course and pay the course fee.
    • KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment) administration will be given starting on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, to all students who are preparatory in a career pathway. If your student is a preparatory student, please encourage him/her to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before their assessment.
    • SNOGO – We have already seen some inclement weather this school year. Please remember that SCPS asks students to work from home on inclement days called SNOGO days.  Please ensure your child completes all assigned work on these days and submits it to their teachers in the manner teachers designate – typically via Empower.
    • Blackboard Parent Communication – We will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our Blackboard messaging system. If you have not already, download the district app for push notifications. Please be mindful of these communications and respond accordingly when necessary.
    • Website Calendar – Please remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email the Ms. Shelby Hall, the Youth Services Center Coordinator, at shelby.hall@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    Truly, it takes a village to raise a child. We appreciate you being a part of our MLCHS village and your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event!

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  • November's Happenings

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 11/5/2018 12:00:00 PM

    We had a wonderful Fall Break and are settling back into classroom instruction. As we turn toward the winter months, I remind you to plan for the weather. Rain and snow slow down transportation, so please leave early on those days. Also, please ensure your students know how to access SNOGO work for those days when we are not able to have school as usual.

    Below are a few key events in the life of Martha Layne Collins High School in the month of November

    • Band Mattress Sale: Saturday, November 10th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Large Gym
    • Veterans’ Day Assembly: Monday, November 12th at 10:40 a.m. in the Large Gym. All veterans in our community are invited to attend and be recognized.
    • Progress Reports: Sent home on Wednesday, November 14th
    • Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) Meeting à Wednesday, November 14th, 3:45 p.m.
    • BioMed Pathway Bone Night (Elementary grades): Thursday, November 15th, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Picture Retake Day: Wednesday, November 28th
    • KYA Conference: Thursday, November 29th – Tuesday, December 4th 

    Below are a few reminders:

    • Student Drop-off and Pick-up
      • Students are to be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and pick-up be 4 p.m. unless under the direct supervision of a MLCHS staff member.
      • Car riders should be dropped off in the front circle in the morning. They should be picked-up either in front circle or the east parking lot (facing the new subdivision).  Please do not drop off or pick-up students up at the “T area” near the football field.  The west parking lot (close to the baseball fields) is designated for student parking only.  This is not a designated drop off or pick-up area.  
      • Abiding by these principles will help us move traffic in and out as quickly as possible. Please allow adequate time for traffic in both the morning and afternoon.
    • Website Calendar
      • Please remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email the Youth Services Center Coordinator at pile@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    Thanks for entrusting the education of your child to us.  Truly, it takes a village to raise a child.  We value our partnership with you in the education of your child and their preparation for success in life.  We hope to see you in the near future at a campus event.

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  • A September in Swing!

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 9/4/2018 5:00:00 PM

    It’s hard to believe that we have already been in school for a month! It has flown by… and has been filled with a lot of activity. It has been great to welcome students, staff, parents, and community members back to campus over the last month. September is shaping up to be a busy month. Below are a few key events in the life of Martha Layne Collins High School this month:

    • Schoolwide Fall Assessment Day -- Wednesday, September 5. Activities are differentiated by grade on that day:
      • 8th grade: MAP (Reading and Math ONLY)
      • 9th grade: MAP (Reading, Math, and Language Usage)
      • 10th grade: MAP (Reading, Math, and Language Usage)
      • 11th grade: Practice ACT
      • 12th grade: College Visits (organized to 5 different campuses).
    • Governor’s Programs Parent Meeting -- Tuesday, September 11, 6-7:30 p.m.
      • Come and receive information about Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, Governor’s School for the Arts, Governor’s Scholars Program
    • College Fair (at Shelby County High School) -- Wednesday, September 12, 6-7:30 p.m.
    • Site Based Decision Making Council (SBDM) Meeting -- Wednesday, September 19, 3:45 p.m.
    • Football Homecoming (vs. Spencer County) -- Friday, September 21, 7:30 p.m.

     Below are a few reminders:

    • Student Drop-off and Pick-up
      • Students are to be dropped off no earlier than 7:30 a.m. and picked-up be 4 p.m. unless under the direct supervision of a MLCHS staff member.
      • Car riders should be dropped off in the front circle in the morning. They should be picked-up either in front circle or the east parking lot (facing the new subdivision).  Please do not drop off or pick-up students up at the “T area” near the football field.  The west parking lot (close to the baseball fields) is designated for student parking only.  This is not a designated drop off or pick-up area.  
      • Abiding by these principles will help us move traffic in and out as quickly as possible. Please allow adequate time for traffic in both the morning and afternoon.
    • Website Calendar
      • Please remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email the Youth Services Center Coordinator at pile@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    Thanks for entrusting the education of your child to us.  Truly, it takes a village to raise a child.  We value our partnership with you in the education of your child and their preparation for success in life.  We hope to see you in the near future at a campus event.

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  • Welcome to a Wonderful New School Year!

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 8/6/2018 6:00:00 PM

    Titans, 

    Welcome to Martha Layne Collins High School where our mission is to graduate every student college and/or career ready through positive collaboration, systems of support, and a commitment to excellence for all.  We, the staff of MLCHS, are excited to welcome you to the 2017-2018 school year, and we look forward to a wonderful year of learning and growing together.

    We believe in the African proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.”  As a result, we will work in partnership with those individuals most important in your personal lives to ensure your success.  Whether your ultimate goal is college or the workforce, our guiding goal is to grant you a diploma indicating you have what it takes to be successful in society and in life.  We want you to have as many options as possible for future success.  We want you to be a contributing member of our democratic society.  We want you to undertake inspired learning, leading, and living. 

    To prepare you for life after high school, we commit to provide a positive, safe, nurturing school environment where you can grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and spiritually.  We know you will experience struggles along the way; therefore, we commit to provide systems of support to help you achieve success.  Our purpose and our intent is to provide opportunities for you to have a full and enriching high school experience.  Making this depends some on you too.   WE NEED YOU TO BE COMPLETELY ENGAGED!  We need YOU to engage in academic work in the classroom.  We need YOU to take advantage of new and expanded academic opportunities like 3PT/Innovations and dual credit through JCTC.  We need YOU to engage in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities because they help you achieve academic success.  WE NEED YOU TO BE FULLY COMMITTED TO YOUR LEARNING AND PERSONAL SUCCESS!

    Your years at Martha Layne Collins High School will be some of the best years of your life, so make the most of them!  I expect you to do your part to make our school the best high school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  It will take collaboration, character, and commitment to make this happen for we are stronger together than we can ever be apart. 

    Again, welcome.  I look forward to a great school year.  GO TITANS!

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  • A Marvelous May in the Works

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 5/9/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Parents and School Friends:

     The end of the school year is upon us. I cannot believe! We are finishing our 8th year of existence as a school… and it has been a fabulous one. Thanks to all of our stakeholder groups for your work and help in our pursuit of our school mission: to graduate every student college and/or career ready through positive collaboration, systems of support, and a commitment to excellence for all.

    As we finish the school year, here are a few key events to keep in mind:

    • CO-OP Exhibitions will be performed on Tuesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cafeteria.
    • Orchestra Concert will be held on Thursday, May 3 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • State-mandated K-PREP Testing will be given on Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 11 to all 8th grade students. Please ensure students receive a good night’s rest and breakfast!
    • AP Exams will be given on Monday, May 7 through Friday, May 18 for students enrolled in Advanced Placement courses. Please ensure students receive a good night’s rest and breakfast!
    • Junior K-PREP On-Demand Writing Assessment will be given on Wednesday, May 9. Please ensure students receive a good night’s rest and breakfast!
    • Senior Awards Night will be held on Thursday, May 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. Family members of awards recipients are invited to attend!
    • Underclassmen Awards Night will be held on Wednesday, May 23 at 6 p.m. in the Large Gym. Family members of awards recipients are invited to attend!
    • Senior Final Exams will be Friday, May 18th (periods 5 & 7); Monday, May 21st (periods 1, 3, &6); and, Wednesday, May 23rd (periods 2 & 4).
    • Underclassmen Final Exams will be Wednesday, May 23rd (periods 2 & 4); Thursday, May 24th (periods 1, 3, & 6); and, Friday, May 25th (periods 5 & 7).
    • Graduation will be held on Saturday, May 26 at 10 a.m. in the Large Gym.

    At MLCHS, we are continuing to focus our classroom instruction on moving students to mastery of standards: ensuring students possess the knowledge of the course standards and are able to demonstrate the skills of the course standards. This is our focus through the last day of school Thanks for your help in ensuring students are well prepared for school each day. It truly takes a village to raise a child; we appreciate your partnership in the education of your child!

    We will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our Blackboard Parent Communication system. Please remember to consult the website calendar for a listing of school events.  A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email Ms. Leesa Stivers, our Youth Services Center Coordinator, at leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

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  • April's Annotations

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 4/6/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Parents and School Friends:

    I hope everyone enjoyed a safe, relaxing, and rejuvenating Spring Break. It’s hard to believe… but the end of the school year will soon be upon us! April is shaping up to be an exciting and busy month for us at Martha Layne Collins High School. We thank you, in advance, for your support as we push all students to a successful finish to the school year.

     Here are some key events in the life of our school during the month of April:

    • da Vinci Society Exhibitions (fine arts pathway students) will be performed on Tuesday, April 10 and Wednesday, April 11 from 4-8 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • Advanced Placement (AP) Testing Pre-Bubbling will be held on Monday, April 16 from 8:45-10 a.m. Any student planning to take an AP test should be present.
    • State-mandated End of Course (EOC) Field Tests will be given on Tuesday, April 17 through Thursday, April 19 to all students enrolled in Algebra 2, English 2, and Biology classes.
    • PROM will be held on Friday, May 20 from 8-11:30 p.m. at the Icehouse in Louisville. Students may sign out at 11:30 a.m. with a parent note. Guest permission forms are due by Friday, April 13, 2018 – no exceptions. Students on LOP list are not eligible to attend.
    • We welcome our rising 8th grade students for our annual 8th Grade Visit on Monday, April 23.
    • Spring MAP Testing and Make-up ACT will be held on Tuesday, April 24.
    • Band Concert will be held on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • JROTC Military Ball will be held on Saturday, April 28 at 4 p.m. at the Claudia Sanders Dinner House March.

    Please be mindful of these school events and support us by ensuring students have a good night’s rest and a good breakfast prior to test days. Also, we will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our Blackboard Parent Communication system. Please remember to consult the website calendar for a listing of school events.  A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email Ms. Leesa Stivers, our Youth Services Center Coordinator, at leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    At MLCHS, we are continuing to focus our classroom instruction on moving students to mastery of standards: ensuring students possess the knowledge of the course standards and are able to demonstrate the skills of the course standards. Thanks for your help in ensuring students are well prepared for school each day. It truly takes a village to raise a child; we appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event.

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  • March Madness!

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 3/6/2018 12:30:00 PM

    Parents and School Friends:

    February was a busy month in the life of our school. March is shaping up to be much of the same… March Madness in full swing! Here are some key events in the month of March:

    • Catch Me If You Can musical will be performed by our theater arts program on Friday, March 9 & 15 at 7 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 & 17 at 2 p.m. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for students and children.
    • State VEX Robotics Tournament will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018, in the large gym.
    • KMEA (BAND) Preview Concert will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • BETA Club Induction will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • ACT Bootcamp will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Presentation Room
    • Spring Parent Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday, March 15, 2018, from 4-7 p.m. Please call the school and schedule 10 minutes with each of your child’s teachers.
    • Choir Concert will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018, at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.
    • Spring Break will run March 26 – April 6, 2018.
    • Blackboard Parent CommunicationWe will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our new messaging system. Soon, the district will have a downloadable app.  When that occurs, you will also be able to receive notifications there.  Please be mindful of these notifications and respond accordingly.
    • Website CalendarPlease remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email the Youth Services Center Coordinator at leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    We know that testing season begins soon after our return from spring break. Until that time, we are continuing to focus our classroom instruction on moving students to mastery of standards: ensuring students possess the knowledge of the course standards and are able to demonstrate the skills of the course standards. Thanks for your help in ensuring students are well prepared for school each day. We appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event.

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  • A Busy February Ahead!

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 1/31/2018 6:05:00 PM

    I hope this new year has been off to a wonderful start for all of our Collins High School families. As always, I would like to provide you with a preview of the month of February.

    • Torchprep ACT preparation service will be offered at MLCHS beginning on Thursday, February 15, 2018! Go to www.torchprep.com to register for the ongoing course and pay the course fee.
    • Free ACT Preparation session will be sponsored by the MLCHS Black Achievers Club on Wednesday, February 7, 2018, from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Interested students may register with Mrs. Donna Jones-Hocker.
    • FAFSA Completion Assistance will be offered on Friday, February 16, 2018, to seniors seeking to further their education after high school. Students may see M.s Maggie Gorman to register.
    • KOSSA (Kentucky Occupational Skills Standards Assessment) administration will begin on Monday, February 26, 2018, to all students who are preparatory in a career pathway. If your student is a preparatory student, please encourage him/her to get a good night’s sleep and eat a good breakfast before their assessment.
    • SnoGo – As winter approaches, the likelihood for inclement weather increases. Please remember that SCPS asks students to work from home on inclement days called SNOGO days.  Please ensure your child completes all assigned work on these days and submits it to their teachers in the manner teachers designate – typically via Schoology.
    • Blackboard Parent CommunicationWe will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our new messaging system. Soon, the district will have a downloadable app.  When that occurs, you will also be able to receive notifications there.  Please be mindful of these notifications and respond accordingly.
    • Website CalendarPlease remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email the Youth Services Center Coordinator at leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it. 

    We appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event.

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  • The Start of a New Semester!

    Posted by Dr. Joseph Ellison, III on 1/1/2018 6:00:00 AM

    HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that everyone enjoyed a calm Winter Break filled with peace, fellowship, and rest. As we dive head first into the second half of this school year, I want to bring you up to speed on a few school happenings:

    • School resumes on Wednesday, January 3, 2018! 1st period will begin at 8:30 a.m. sharp!
    • Midterm Exams were given right before Winter Break. Students who missed exams will be provided two opportunities to complete a make-up exam: Wednesday, 1/3/18 and Thursday 1/4/18 in the Presentation Room after school.
    • Juniors will take their 2nd practice ACT exam during the school day on Friday, January 12, 2018. Please encourage your child to put forth his/her best to develop a sense of how to best prepare for the state-mandated ACT text in March.
    • SNOGO – As winter approaches, the likelihood for inclement weather increases. Please remember that SCPS asks students to work from home on inclement days called SNOGO days.  Please ensure your child completes all assigned work on these days and submits it to their teachers in the manner teachers designate – typically via Schoology.
    • Blackboard Parent Communication – We will continue to push phone, email, and text notifications to you by way of our new messaging system. Soon, the district will have a downloadable app.  When that occurs, you will also be able to receive notifications there.  Please be mindful of these notifications and respond accordingly.
    • Website Calendar – Please remember to consult the calendar on the website for a listing of school events. A weekly calendar is also published through the Titan E-news.  If you do not receive the Titan E-news, please email our Youth Services Center Coordinator at leesa.stivers@shelby.kyschools.us to register to receive it.

    We truly appreciate your partnership in the education of your child. We look forward to seeing you on campus in the near future at a school event.

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