The mission of the Pikeville Independent School District is to provide a meaningful, integrated education in a positive, nurturing environment to develop each student as a lifelong learner and a responsible citizen in a global community.
Pikeville sixth grade team placed first in the regional KAAC Governor’s Cup sixth grade challenge with earning a total of 91.5 points. The event was hosted at Pikeville High School and included Belfry Middle, Kimper Elementary, Millard Middle, Phelps Elementary and Valley Elementary. Sponsored by the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels, the Sixth Grade Showcase is an academic event designed to provide a competitive opportunity for Kentucky’s sixth graders.
In the math and science divisions, Pikeville swept first, second and third place wins with Colin Street placing first in Science, Sarah Belcher placing second and Ethan Hager placing third. In math, Jason Lin placed first, Hunter Jones placed second and Colin Street placed third. Pikeville also took first in Quick Recall. In Social Studies, Jason Lin took first in and Daegen Sword placed second. Isaiah Huffman took a first place win in Language Arts and Jewel Booher took second. In Composition, Jewel Booher and David Macier placed second and third, respectively. Rounding out the events, Sarah Belcher placed third and Evan Kelley placed fourth in Arts and Humanities.
Pikeville Junior High, along with eleven other schools, competed in the junior high Governor's Cup regional competition on Saturday, January 31 at Pikeville High School. The schools competing included Pikeville Junior High, Belfry Middle, Valley Elementary, Johns Creek Elementary, Phelps Elementary, Dorton Elementary, Feds Creek Elementary, Kimper Elementary, Millard Elementary, Mullins Elementary and Elkhorn City Elementary.
Pikeville Junior High students ranked first in the overall rankings. The Future Problem Solving team and Quick Recall teams placed first. The Future Problem Solving team includes Leen Alnajjar, Tiffany Lin, Maddhu Ammisetty and Adam Swofford. The Quick Recall team includes Lindsey Lockhart, Jared Green, Hunter Ford, Cami Gaunt, Jackson Holland, William Fleniken, Jason Lin, Isaiah Huffman and Adam Swofford.
Individual rankings included first place Jared Green in Social Studies. Also, in social studies, Jackson Holland placed third and Hunter Ford placed fifth. In science, Jared Green and Jackson Holland tied for fourth. Hunter Ford placed second in Arts and Humanities. Jason Lin placed fifth in math. In Language Arts, Cami Gaunt placed second and Sarah Belcher placed fourth. Rounding out the wins, Cami Gaunt placed first and Leen Alnajjar placed fourth in Composition. The students will be competing in state Governor’s Cup finals on March 14-16 at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky.
The team is coached by Mrs. Sherry Lane and Mrs. Glenda Adkins.
This year’s PHS academic team has worked endless hours to prepare for competition and the hard work paid off in many ways. On February 14, Pikeville High School hosted the 59th Regional Governor’s Cup.
Tying with Piarist with a total of 16 points, the Pikeville High School Academic Team took third place overall, with Piarist earning second place as the team nudged out PHS with more first and second place winners. Taking second place and qualifying for state is the Quick Recall team. The Future Problem Solving team placed fourth. The individual team members who received awards and also placed for state are Michael Gaunt, earning second in Arts and Humanities, Ammad Mansoor placing third in Social Studies and fifth in Language Arts, Noor Ali placing fourth in Language Arts and rounding out the individual wins, Emily Keaton placing fifth in Science.
The state qualifiers will represent PHS in the Governor’s Cup competition at the Galt House in Louisville on March 14-16. The Governor’s Cup, the state’s premier academic event, involving over 20,000 students and nearly 1200 schools, was founded in 1986 as a way to promote, reward and recognize outstanding academic achievement.
The PHS Academic Team coaches are Tom Asbury, Bennett Stewart and Dawn Stewart.
Pikeville High School recognized 104 students in the junior/senior high that received a 4.0 for the first semester. They received a special recognition break with a treat and was recognized at halftime of the boys’ basketball game against Harlan County on January 20 where they received a certificate recognizing their accomplishment.
Students who were recognized included Seniors Noor Ali, Emily Altman, Courtney Anderson, Haleigh Bevins, Juana Childers, Meagan Cochran, Katelyn Coleman, Cody Estep, Taunee Justice, Olivia Lane, Keely Layne, Reagan Linton, McKenzie Moore, Aryn Pinson, Morgan Roberts, Faith Runyon, Carter Tackett, Haley Wetzel. The junior class students receiving a 4.0 included Cole Branham, Logan Coleman, Olivia Davis, Michael Gaunt, Kevin Green, Evan Hall, Kenton Hall, Sean Hillwig, Rebekah Lindsey, Courtney Maynard, Lauren McCoy, Allie Mims, Kayce Tackett and Austin Wright.
Pikeville Elementary sixth grade students hosted a Living Wax Museum at school on Friday, November 8. The living museum was a culminating activity that students worked on for approximately one month; but teachers began planning the event at the beginning of the school year.
The sixth graders got the opportunity to portray a person from history by dressing like them, making props for staging and writing a script about how their character impacted the world. Students worked on their projects in both reading and art classes.
The entire student body got the chance to visit the museum and learn from their peers.
During the month of October, Mrs. Cokley's sixth grade students learned about the role of state legislators, the job of a legislative page, and the informative writing process. In addition, Mrs. Dawn Rowe educated the students about the Family Resource Youth Service Center (FRYSC) and the role it plays in the school system.
As a special bonus, the students attended a morning program with Representative Leslie Combs who explained her role as a legislator and encouraged a question and answer session with the students. During Representative Leslie Combs' visit, a surprise guest arrived, Senator Ray Jones, who took time from his day to speak with the class.
The last few weeks have been busy for Pikeville Elementary’s "Plant it for the Planet Project” as students work to get their fall and winter vegetables planted and growing before the cold weather starts. Cathy Rehmeyer, a parent volunteer, UPIKE Professor and author of motherofahubbard.com is collaborating with Mrs. Traci Tackett’s Primary Talent Pool and Gifted Education classes to expand their gardening project and share their educational experience about gardening techniques, the many vegetable varieties, growing food in the fall and winter and healthy eating habits.
To help support the project, The Conservation District donated $250.00 which purchased the composting bin, several garden tools and peat moss to enrich the soil. The students will manage a composting system, worm farm and pollinator garden as well. In addition, Sustainable Pike County sponsored the garden soil and PVC pipe that will create the basis for the low tunnel frames that will protect the plants throughout the winter months.
The Primary Talent Pool and Gifted Class is also partnering with Mr. Branham’s class from Pikeville High School, as well as, Mr. Arnett’s STLP (Student Technology Leadership Program) by creating more awareness through technology projects like their garden blog, website, videos, public services announcements and Twitter.
The Plant It for the Planet students have now planted four raised bed gardens at Pikeville Elementary School including a rainbow kale garden, coleslaw garden, stir fry garden and a salad garden. To follow the progress of their gardens during the fall and winter, as well as, many projects to come, follow them on Twitter @plantitpes or http://twitter.com/plantitpes
Vianna Le, the daughter of Hai Le and Lily Tran, was selected to particiapte in the 2014 Governor's Scholar program. Vianna is a member of PHS Drama Club, Academic Team, Future Business Leaders of American, Key Club, Pride Club, Beta Club, Pep Club, National Honor Society Student Council, and Library Advisory Council.
During her high school career, Vianna received the academic award in Art II, Presbyterian award and first place in Digital Design and Promotion at FBLA regionals. Vianna plans to pursue a career in materials engineering.
Over 30 students and staff from Pikeville Independent participated, coached, scored, proctored and cheered at the 28th Annual Governor’s Cup Academic Competition held in Louisville on March 15-17. This year marks the 28th year that Pikeville Junior/High School has been represented at the tournament.
Both the junior high and high school teams competed in multiple fields including a single elimination Quick Recall Tournament (and we do mean Quick), individual subject testing, Individual Future Problem Solving and On-Demand Written Composition.
In the high school division, Krishna Ammisetty placed second and Blaine McNulty place fifth in written composition and Ammad Mansoor placed eighth in social studies. The Quick Recall Team advanced out of pool play and finished the tournament as semi-finalists. The high school team finished sixth place overall in the tournament.
The team coaches for the high school team are Tom Asbury, Bennett Stewart and Dawn Stewart. The high school coaches would like to say farewell to this year’s seniors, Alex Malone, Patrick Cordero and Krishna Ammisetty and “May the wind always be at your backs.”