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.
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
On Friday, September 5, the Pikeville High School National Honor Society welcomed thirty-one new members during their induction ceremony. The new inductees bring the current membership total to a tremendous 58 members. To qualify for the National Honor society, students are required to log many hours of community service, participate actively in community service projects as a team throughout the year, and represent the high academic standards at PHS by maintaining a 3.5 unweighted grade point average.
Last year the Pikeville High School National Honor Society performed over 1450 community service hours, raised over $1650 for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Foundation and sponsored two blood drives in conjunction with the Kentucky Blood Center which brought in 105 pints of blood. Plans for the upcoming year are even more ambitious.
The current roster include Noor Ali, Logan Allara, Emily Altman, Katie Atkins, Haleigh Bevins, Brianna Blackburn, Juana Childers, Meagan Cochran, Katie Coleman, Cody Estep, Hunter Heffington, Haleigh Johnson, Taunee Justice, Olivia Lane, Vianna Le, Reagan Linton, Emma Looney, Cailee Marcum, Brandi May, McKenzie Moore, Pranay Patel, Aryn Pinson, Morgan Roberts, Faith Runyon, Benaiah Stumpf, and Nick Taylor. New members inducted in this year's ceremony are Courtney Anderson, Destiny Durham, Keely Layne, Bryson Patton, Emaly Slone, Kristen Tackett, Dylan Blackburn, Logan Coleman, Marlee Coleman, Taylor Collins, Olivia Davis, Mykah Fannin, Michael Gaunt, Alexxa Gearheart, Kevin Green, Evan Hall, Kenton Hall, Sean Hillwig, Rebekah Lindsey, Alannah Little, Isaac Lucas, Courtney Maynard, Lauren McCoy, Allie Mims, Alona Neece, Bridgett Pennington, Daric Pugh, Grace Tackett, Emily Thacker, Ariel Ward, Taylor Wells and Austin Wright.
The Pikeville High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive on Tuesday, September 9, during the hours of 9:00-3:00 in the PHS Auditorium foyer.
Photo identification and proof of age is required. All donors under the age of 18 must have a signed parental permission slip. Prepare to donate by getting plenty of rest the night before, drinking lots of water and eating a good meal prior to donating. Your donation will help Save a Life.
If you can not give at the school but would still like to support the chapter’s efforts to provide scholarship money to a deserving senior, please stop by the Kentucky Blood Center in Pikeville and tell them to “Give it to PHS” when you sign in.
Emily Altman, daughter of Jim and Julie Altman, was selected to participate in the 2014 Governor's Scholar Program. Emily is a member of the PHS soccer team, dance team, Pep Club, Key Club, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, PHS Student Council, Pike County Youth Leadership and Grace Baptist Youth Group.
During her high school career, Emily was selected for PEPP at UPike, co-editor of PHS yearbook, Student Advisory Committee Class representative and Student Council class representative. For the upcoming school year, Emily will be president of the Senior Class and Pep Club.
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.
PHS Junior Noor Ali was one of three juniors named to participate in the 2014 Governor's Scholar program. Noor Ali is the daughter of Dr. Ahsen and Munizeh Haider Ali. She is a member of the PHS Academic Team, National Honor Society, Future Business Leaders of America, Student Council, Roger’s Scholar ambassador, Pike County Youth Leadership Council and Beta Club.
During her high school career, Noor has earned numerous awards and achievements including first place in state in Quick Recall during her sophomore year, second place in state in Entrepreneurship in FBLA, the Susan B. Anthony Leadership Award, Presbyterian Award and Governor’s Scholar for Entrepreneurship her sophomore year. During her senior year, Noor will be president of FBLA and Beta Club.
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.”
Students ranking in the top ten of the state include for the middle school division eighth grader Ewa Sulicz who placed fourth in the state in Science testing with a score of 41 out of 50. The Middle School Quick Recall team advanced out of pool play to compete in the top 24.
The junior high team is coached by Mrs. Sherry Lane and Mrs. Glenda Adkins.
The Pikeville Elementary Academic Team dominated the Regional Governor’s Cup with a first place win in final standing scoring a total of 74 points, with the second place overall win walking away with 14 points.
Individual wins included first, second and third place wins in math with Jason Lin taking first, Colin Street taking second and Hunter Jones taking third place. In Science, PES students took the first three places in Science with Wimeth Dissanayake earning first, Colin Street earning second and Tyler Varney earning third. Again in Social Studies, PES students took the first three places, Aaron Smart, first, Jason Lin, second and Isaiah Huffman, third. In Language Arts, Tyler Varney took first and Kelcie Adams took second. In Composition, Hunter Jones earned first and David Mauer earned fifth. In addition, Evan Kelley placed second, Sarah Belcher earned fourth and Christina Al Akhrass earned fifth in Arts and Humanities.
Rounding out the competition were the PES Future Problem Solving and Quick Recall teams that both captured first place. The Future Problem Solving team included Ethan Hager, Emily Gearheart, Allie Flenekin, Kelcie Adams and Noah Thacker. The Quick Recall Team included Jason Lin, Colin Street, Wimeth Dissanayake, and Aaron Smart.
The team coaches are Kim Fields, Betty Brewer and Jeff Akers. Congratulations to the entire PES academic team and their coaches.
The Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) traveled to Morehead State University on Thursday, March 6, and really got down to business. Out of 31 schools in Region 5, Pikeville High School captured 22 first place wins, six second place wins and three third place wins.
FBLA members qualifying for state include first place winners:
American Enterprise Project – Ryan Crum, Will Williamson, Haley Williamson
Business Calculations – Sean Hillwig
Business Communication – Stacie Gooch
Business Math – Cameron Lane
Digital Design and Promotion – Vianna Li and Hunter Adams
In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, Pikeville Elementary is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades one through six. It’s an exciting, week-long summer adventure in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) that’s all about big ideas. Children will work together to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills as they rotate through four modules that reinvent summer fun. This unforgettable week begins on June 2, when Mrs. Michelle Scott and Mrs. Barbara Kelley will direct the Camp Invention MORPHED!™ program at Pikeville Elementary School. In the Super Go™ module, students design a small, motor-powered vehicle that zooms! Girls and boys will collect energy coins along the way for building ramps, bridges and tunnels for the Super Go Road Rally.
During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the Pikeville High School Academic team traveled to Western Kentucky University to compete in the annual Hilltopper Invitational Quiz Bowl tournament. This year's team tied for fifth place out of 22 teams from several states.
Ammad Mansoor ranked as the tope player for the tournament with the highest average point total. After the tournament, word arrived that based on High School Quiz Bowl rankings, this year's PHS team ranked 78th in the world, quite an accomplishment.
Twelve Pikeville High School students traveled to Louisville to compete in the BETA Club state convention held in December. This year's convention theme was "Making History with BETA" and BETA club members participated in a wide range of academic and artistic competitions. The National Beta Club has become the nation's largest independent, non-profit, educational youth organization. They are committed to recognizing and promoting high academic achievement, rewarding and nurturing worthy character, fostering leadership skills and encouraging service to others.
Freshman Emily Keaton won first place in spelling; freshman Sylvia Justice placed third in black and white photography and freshman Alicia Zacaria placed in the top five in talent. With her first place win, Emily qualified for nationals to be held in Richmond, Virginia on June 25-28.
A BIG Congratulations to our PES STLP Students and their showcase "Plant it for the Planet". Olivia Hall, Aliyah Dotson, Corey Meza, and Gage Ritchie represented Pikeville Elementary STLP at the East Kentucky Expo Center on December 4th at the Regional STLP Showcase. The students were judged alongside 70+ showcases from seven Eastern Kentucky school districts. They received a score of 111 out of 118, qualifying them to compete at the state STLP competition to be held at Rupp Arena in April.
Their showcase entitled "Plant it for the Planet" is part of a collaborative effort between STLP, Mrs. Traci Tackett’s Gifted and Talented classes and Mrs. Scott's PHS AP Environmental Science program. The STLP students are bringing the technology element to this gardening and environmental science project and helping to raise community awareness.
Pikeville Elementary teacher, Shawne Wells and husband, Kelly Wells, UPike head basketball coach, knows the value of life and the importance of organ donation. After battling a battle against kidney disease, Coach Wells benefitted from a kidney donated by his wife, Shawne.
Based on their life experience, the Wells are passionate about informing the public about the importance of making healthy choices and the importance of organ and tissue donation. To promote this message, ten agencies came together to educate fourth and fifth graders about the functions of their organs and the importance of healthy choices.
Fourth and fifth graders visited ten hands-on stations featuring presentations on various body organs such as the heart, lungs and liver. At other stations students enjoyed demonstrations of the effects of smoking, the importance of eating healthy and the importance of donating blood.
Pikeville High School seniors Krishna Ammisetty and Alex Malone were recently announced as finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. Krishna is the son of Drs. Vijaya and Srinivas Ammisetty and Alex is the son of Timothy and Lisa Malone. These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 8,000 National Merit Scholarships worth about $35 million that will be offered next spring.
To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the Finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Pikeville High School sophomore Kenton Hall has been selected as ambassador for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar. Kenton will attend the 2013 Kentucky HOBY Leadership Seminar May 30-June 2, at Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky. Kenton is the grandson of Hugh B and Pat Hall.
HOBY seminars prepare high school sophomores to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community. Ambassadors benefit from improved critical thinking skills, enhanced leadership abilities, a better understanding of the democratic process, developed goal-setting skills, and the realization of the importance of leadership in their communities. Ambassadors participate in small-group activities, interact with a variety of panels, practice leadership skills, participate in community service and have fun.