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In Case You Missed it......

At the Family Tech Talk Night last night, Tuesday, January 8th, ACES students Alex Martin and Charlie Grant presented a video they created from Storymaker about on-line gaming to the audience.  To watch their awesome video, click here.... Safe Gaming

ACES wins Audience Award! Gabby & Natalie
Thank you to everyone who voted for the Story Maker video produced by Adair County Elementary School students Gabby Kemp and Natalie Bardin, under the guidance of Ms. Rachel Bardin, art teacher. 

As a result of your votes, the video entitled "Thankful for Our Veterans" won first place in the Audience Prize category out of entries from all across the United States. This is quite an accomplishment for these students and their teacher as this program was only introduced to students and staff a few short months ago after being funded by a grant from the Steel-Reese Foundation in New York.

----------Phyllis Curry, academic dean/instructional supervisor

Ready for some STEAM? Join us......

ACES STEAM (Science, Teachnology, Engineering, Art & Math) Night will be Tuesday, January 22nd from 5:00-6:30.

For more information about this exciting night click here:   STEAM

Family Tech-Talk Night

When:  January 8, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Where:  Adair County High School Cafeteria
Presented by:  Adair County Schools
Click here for more information - Family Tech.Talk Night

Santa Shop offered through ACES Better Together Tribe (BTT)

SANTA SHOP will be open in our Library on the week December 3-5. Students will be allowed to go to the Santa Shop on specified dates during Specialty classes. 

Available dates are as follows:

December 3-  3rd Grade
December 4-  4th Grade
December 5-  5th Grade

We would like to thank  BTT for sponsoring this event for our students!

It’s Christmas Crafts Time!!!

It is time for our annual Christmas Crafts event. Parents and students are invited to ACES on Tuesday,December 4th, 3:00 – 4:30 to make crafts for the Christmas season.   Because this is a family event, students must have a parent/guardian with them in order to participate.   On this day, parents are asked to come into the gym at the back of the school and sign out their child at 2:45 and remain in the gym with their child until the cafeteria becomes available.  If you plan to attend, please be at school to get your child before they get on the school bus.  

We look forward to seeing you on December 4th for some glittery, family fun!                                      

Christmas Crafts is sponsored by: Title I and the Family Resource Center.


In addition to Christmas Crafts, the Better Together Tribe (BTT) Santa Shop will be open in the school library on December 4th, 3:00 – 4:30.  Be sure to visit the shop with your child and do some shopping!   The BTT will also have a meeting that afternoon at 5:30 in the Cafeteria.

Camp SAFARI News

The fall semester of ACES Tuesday/Thursday Camp SAFARI will end Thursday, November 29th.  There willnot be any Tuesday and Thursday after-school Camp SAFARI sessions in December or January. We will resume Tuesday and Thursday Camp SAFARI in February 2019.  Information about the spring semester will be sent home with students in January and they will have the opportunity to register for classes at that time. 


ERF Camp SAFARI will continue each Friday. 

Adair Students trip to Fish Hatchery fish hatchery collage picture

A group of Adair County Students were recently invited to Wolf Creek National Fish Hatchery.  During their visit they experienced fishing for trout and visiting with Smokey the Bear and Goldie the Goldfish. They also observed and interacted with various outdoor wildlife in a controlled environment. The students were provided a free meal, free t-shirts and medallions.

ACES is now using Clever for some online programs

Students and Parents,

ACES is now using a single sign-on website for Exact Path and Lexia programs.  To access at home, please follow these steps:
1.  Clever.com
2.  sign in as a student
3.  search school by typing and selecting Adair County Elementary School
4.  click sign in with Google Account
5.  student will then type their Google Account login (firstname.lastname@stu.adair.kyschools.us) and password assigned to them.

Red Ribbon Week Activities at ACES

Good Character, Good Choices: Drug and Bully Free!


Monday, October 22nd -         “Red”-Y to Live Drug Free- Wear red clothes

Tuesday, October 23rd -          Hats off to Being Drug Free - Wear your favorite hat

Wednesday, October 24th -    My Character Counts – Dress as your favorite book or movie character

Thursday, October 25th -        It’s Cool to Be Drug Free! – Wear sunglasses

Friday, October 26th   -           Follow your Dreams Drug Free - Pajama Day!   

Health & Fitness Day at ACES

Regular classes were cancelled at Adair County Elementary School on Friday, October 5th.  Instead of studying math, reading and science, students learned about CPR, how the heart works and why sleeping nine hours a night is important.  These lessons were all part of the annual Health and Fitness Day, a unique event that provides an opportunity for all ACES students to participate in a day full of health and fitness promotion, education and exploration.  

Some of the activities included riding a “blender bike” to make a fruit smoothie, physical education games, discussing the effects of drugs on health and learning why it is important to take care of your teeth.  

Nearly 60 volunteers from the community, Lindsey Wilson College and Adair County High School visited the school to share health, fitness, and nutrition activities with students.  The event is sponsored by The Family Resource Center, ACES Physical Education Department and Leadership Day coordinators.

Cookie Dough Orders

Cookie Dough orders from our school fundraiser can be picked up from the school on Wednesday, October 3rd from 2:30 to 4:30 from the gymnasium entrance.

Taking SRO Applications

In partnership with the Adair County Sheriff Office, the Adair County Board of Education is now accepting applications for the position of a School Resource Officer (SRO).  Applications can be picked up at Central Office, 1204 Greensburg Street and will be accepted through October 15, 2018.

Grand Night at ACES!

You’re invited to a Grand Night at ACES!!!

In honor of Grandparents’ Day, we would like to invite Grandparents or “Grandpersons” of ACES students to our school to enjoy some time with their grandchildren. Join us for several fun activities including Bingo for Books, games and crafts. Refreshments will be served.

September 10th, 2018

5:00 – 6:00

Adair County Elementary School

This event is sponsored by Title I, Family Resource

ACES After-school Camp S.A.F.A.R.I. will be offered - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

Camp SAFARI will offer after school activities for ACES students on Tuesday and Thursday, 3:00 -4:30 beginning September 4ththrough November 29th.  There will be no program in December or January and programs will resume February through April.  

Early Release Friday Camp SAFARI will be offered every Friday, 1:00 – 3:00 beginning Friday, September 7th through April 26th, 2019.

If your child is interested in Camp SAFARI, please contact Ms. Debbie Cowan at ACES Family Resource Center, 270-384-9112 or debbie.cowan@adair.kyschools.us  Parents are responsible for transportation home from Camp SAFARI and there is no cost for participation. 

ACES Fundraiser Begins!

ACES is raising funds to directly benefit our students.  We are asking for your support in our annual Cookie Dough Sale.  In addition to cookie dough we are also offering NCAA Tervis Tumblers and magazine subscriptions which make great gifts!   Online sales can be made at http://bit.ly/helpaces.

Thank you for your support! 

Dental Van

The Dental Screening and Cleaning Program will be offered again this year to all ACES students and they will be here next week, August 20th - 24th. Thank you ACES Family Resource Center!

Substitute Positions Available District Logo

Are you looking for a work environment that allows you to inspire young people while promoting a safe learning experience for students? Do you want a job that is both enjoyable and rewarding? The Adair County Board of Education is now accepting applications for substitute teachers, substitute instructional assistants, substitute custodians, substitute food service staff, and substitute school bus drivers. Come join our team!

If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, please stop by the Adair County Board of Education at 1204 Greensburg Street, Columbia, KY 42728 to complete the application process or call (270) 384-2476 for more information.

Summer Registration Days for New and Returning Students Student Registration

Summer Registration Days for New and Returning Students

Tuesday, July 24th and Thursday, July 26th
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm CT

Adair County Elementary School Gym
870 Indian Drive
Columbia, KY 42728

Open House Set for August 7, 2018

Adair County Elementary School's Open House is scheduled for Tuesday, August 7, 2018, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We hope to see you there!

Adair County Elementary School 4th Grade Awarded National Park Trust Scholarship Students Listen to Park Ranger as Tour the Park

The Adair County Elementary School’s fourth grade students are pleased to have been named, out of hundreds of schools across the nation, the winners of the “Kids to Parks Day” national school contest. 

2018 ACES Reading Madness Tournament Champs

ACES concluded their 2nd ACES READING MADNESS TOURNAMENT on Friday,
March 30, 2018.  This year’s “Reading Madness” started on February 2, 2018, pitting teams of students against one another in a bracket-style competition to earn Accelerated Reader points.

Each grade was comprised of 32 teams, made up of six or seven students per team.  The team that earned more points in a two-week, head-to-head matchup advanced to take on another winning squad, but there were second-chance brackets to keep all teams motivated.

An award ceremony was held on Friday, March 30th during morning assembly.  This year several colleges and universities in Kentucky were contacted and asked if they would be willing to donate prizes for our students.  ACES would like to thank the following colleges and universities who donated items such as: t-shirts, bracelets, leis, pencils, pens, cups, slider puzzles, sunglasses, and notepads:

  • Lindsey Wilson College
  • Campbellsville University
  • University of Louisville
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Murray State University
  • Western Kentucky University


School In Session March 30, 2018 for Students School Calendar

Because of recent snow days, the Adair County Schools will be in session on Friday, March 30, 2018.  This date was originally scheduled for Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Friday, March 30, 2018 will be an "early release" day with school in session from 7:45 am to 1:00 pm.  The last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 24, 2018.  The last day for teachers will be Friday, May 25, 2018.  High school graduation will be held on May 25, 2018.  The revised calendar may be viewed at the following link.  goo.gl/uWnxMe

4th Quarter Family Reading Night


ACES STLP has SUCCESSFUL Food for Furbabies Drive! Furbabies Drive

The STLP Club is excited to announce that our ACES classrooms collected 216 items in our Food for Furbabies Supply Drive!!! The Green River Animal Shelter has already received these items! Congratulations to Mrs. Kristy Bright’s homeroom and Mrs. Debbie Bradshaw’s homeroom for donating the most items!!! They win a visit from a cute and cuddly shelter puppy! ACES students are so awesome and super generous!!!

ACES Academic Team Places in Regional Governor's Cup Competition

ACES want to congratulate the following students on their individual accomplishments at this weekend's Regional Governor's Cup competition.

Kinzlee Akin - 4th place - Mathematics
Bailey Watts - 1st place - Science, 2nd place - Written Composition
Andrew Zinati - 3rd place - Science, 2nd place - Social Studies

Future Problem Solving Team - 4th place

Quick Recall - 2nd place

ACES Academic Team was regional runner-up!


Community-Wide School Safety Forum

The Adair County Board of Education will hold a community-wide forum to discuss school safety on Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the gymnasium at Adair County High School.


Emma Helm wins Grandparent Essay Contest Grandparent Essay Contest

Congratulations to ACES 5th grader, Emma Helm for winning the school Grandparent Essay Contest sponsored by Kentucky Retired Teachers Association.  Emma not only won from ACES but she was also the district winner!  

Other ACES students that placed in this contest were Piper Kemp - 2nd place, Jazzy Kemp - 3rd place and Autumn Price - 4th place.

Good luck Emma at the state competition!

ACES STLP - Food for Furbabies Drive

Bring in supplies to your homeroom like old blankets, pet toys, cleaning supplies, and cat or dog food to be donated to the Green River Animal Shelter.  The supply drive will be held February 21 - March 6, 2018.    The homeroom with the most donations will receive a school visit from a shelter puppy!

Family Resource/Youth Service Center needs you help!

It’s time for our state-wide FRYSCKy Public Policy Survey!  Please take a minute (literally one minute) and complete this survey.   Your support of FRYSC is so very much appreciated.

 The survey will be available for one week only, and will end at 10:00 am (ET) on Friday, February 16, 2018.   

    SURVEY LINK:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KKBJ9T7

ACES Academic Team Wins District 54 Governor's Cup!

On Saturday, February 10, 2018, Adair County Elementary School hosted the District 54 Governor’s Cup.  Students in Adair, Clinton, Cumberland and Metcalfe counties participated in this event.

Teams began the day with written assessments in Arts & Humanities, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.  The following students from ACES placed in this event:

Arts & Humanities:  J.T. Loy (3rd place)
Language Arts:  Mason Holliman (1st place)
Mathematics:  Kinzlee Akin (1st place), Aaron Smith (3rd place)
Science:  Bailey Watts (1st place), Andrew Zinati (2nd place), Joseph Kotter (5th place)
Social Studies:  Andrew Zinati (1st place), Nathan Ballou (2nd place)

Other ACES students participating in written assessments:
Arts & Humanities:  Hannah Kotter, J.T. Loy, Jay Whalen
Language Arts:  Addie Bennett, Mason Holliman, Abbie Kemp
Mathematics:  Kinzlee Akin, Seamus Cook, Aaron Smith
Science:  Joseph Kotter, Bailey Watts, Andrew Zinati
Social Studies:  Kinzlee Akin, Nathan Ballou, Andrew Zinati


ACES tipped-off the 2018 ACES READING MADNESS program during morning assembly on Friday, February 2, 2018.  The 1st game begins today and will end next Friday, February 9th.  All other games will be for two weeks except the last game which will last for one week.

Please watch the tip-off video featuring ACES's own, Mr. Mike Mantooth!


ACES hosts STEAM Night

ACES hosts STEAM Night   by Debbie Cowan

What do a trebuchet, a potato clock, celery, geodes and slime have in common?  Adair Elementary   students and family members can tell you that each of those items were featured as exhibits at the recent Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math Night on Tuesday, January 30, 2018.

This family involvement event, sponsored by ACES Title I program, Family Resource Center, Science Department and Camp SAFARI, featured family science projects and displays in the cafeteria as well as many hands–on activities to actively engage students and families in shared learning.

Participating students enjoyed creating artwork with a pendulum, exploring electrical circuits and writing codes for robots.  Parents and students had opportunities to explore technology in the computer lab, test a roller coaster and make slime.

Snacks for the night included an edible solar system and chemical reaction tea and candy that could be consumed only after using it to learn about fractions.

The event was a big success, with great attendance and many smiles. Staff members that organized the event were thrilled to overhear a student remark to their parent that they didn’t want to leave but “wanted to do more math”.  

By the way, in case you were wondering, a trebuchet is a catapult or “a machine used in medieval siege warfare”. ACES 5th grader, Gage Thorn and his family built and displayed a large scale model at STEAM Night and it was awesome. 


ACES will host STEAM Night on January 30th, 5:00—6:30…. This family involvement event will offer activities to promote science, technology, engineering, art and math. Students and parents are encouraged to work together to prepare a science project for demonstration/display on this night.  There will be many fun activities for all students and their parents. Make plans to join us!!!

2018 Brings New Faces to ACES

ACES welcomes a few new faces and some changes to our faculty.  With the retirement of some of our family members, a few changes have been made.

  • Mrs. Teresa Absher, ACES School Counselor
  • Mrs. Sheila Huff, long-term substitute for 4th grade Reading
  • Ms. Sydney Bright, long-term substitute for 5th grade Math
ACES Study Island Math Bowl Concludes Study Island Math Bowl Grade Level Top Winners

Adair County Elementary School concluded their 2017 Math Bowl competition on Friday, December 1, 2017.

Adair County Students Excel at Regional STLP Competition ACES Students Present STLP Project to ACPC Students

Early Wednesday morning, November 29, 2017, a busload of Adair County students departed for the Regional Student Technology Leadership Program (STLP) competition at the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, KY. 

ACES Christmas Crafts

It's Christmas Crafts Time!!!

Adair County Elementary School students and their parents/guardians are invited to the annual Christmas Crafts event at the school (870 Indian Drive, Columbia) on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:30.  At this fun, family event, families spend time together making crafts and ornaments for the Christmas season.  All materials are provided and it is a free event sponsored by the schools parent involvement team. For more information, contact the Family Resource Center at 270-384-9112. 

Better Together Tribe (BTT) Events

Upcoming Parent/Teacher Events at ACES.


RED RIBBON WEEK at ACES - October 23 through 27

Monday—We are “Red-y” to be Drug Free - Wear Red Day   
Tuesday—Real Heroes don’t do Drugs - Superhero Day – dress as a Super Hero
Wednesday—Team Up Against Drugs - wear team jerseys, caps or a school shirt 
Thursday—Follow your Dreams, Drug Free - Pajama Day 

We are planning to have give away items each morning during assembly as well as providing drug free messages during assembly, in the halls etc. We hope to have a special activity Monday morning at bus/car unloading to kick off the week as well. 

-Debbie Cowan


We kicked-off our Study Island Math Bowl on Monday morning, October 16th during morning assembly.  Grade level homerooms are competing with each other to see who can win the most blue ribbons in Study Island math.  Each ribbon equals "1 yard".    The teams with the most touchdowns at the end of the competition (December 1) will be the winners! 

A HUGE THANK YOU to Coach Stephens and the ACHS Football Team and the ACHS Cheerleaders for coming to help us motivate our students!!!


"Are You Ready for the Math Bowl?" - Theme Song

ACES ACTION - week of October 2 - 6, 2017

3rd Grade Reading - Reading Breakout/Escape Rooms - We reviewed the reading skills sequence, cause and effect and character traits this week by creating tasks that students had to complete before they could move on to the next room. Students had to complete tasks in three different rooms before they could receive the prize (playtime on the playground).  
ACES - celebration of being a DISTINGUISHED SCHOOL during the 2016-17 KPREP test.
ACES - Health & Fitness Day

Registration form for Doggie Dash Fun Run!
Jimmy the Butterfly is set free!

Students at ACES have watched the life cycle of the monarch butterfly almost in it's entirety.  Caterpillars were brought to school while eating milkweed plants.  They soon spun themselves into chrysalis'.  Everyday, sometimes twice a day, students checked on the progress of the chrysalis.  Finally this week, three of the chrysalis have emerged into butterflies.  Each grade level was on-hand to watch one of the butterflies set free!

Butterfly News

Sunday, October 1 at 6:40 p.m. - Came to check on butterfly progress....TWO have hatched but are not in CAGE!  Be on the lookout tomorrow for two butterflies in our building! ---- Mrs. Curry

ACES ACTION - week of September 18 - 22 Monarch

The big event for the week was the school-wide monitoring of the monarch caterpillars as they grazed and transformed into the chrysalis stage.  We are now patiently awaiting the hatching of monarch butterflies!

On Your BARK, Get Set, Go!!!! Doggie Dash

Come out for the 2017 Doggie Dash Fun Run/Walk! This event will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 (Rain date: October 28th) at the Adair County Schools’ Campus. The event is being held to benefit the Green River Animal Shelter and is sponsored by the Adair County Elementary STLP (Student Technology Leadership) Club. Registration forms will be available starting next week for pre-registration. Participants can also register that day at 8 AM. The one-mile fun run/walk will begin at 9 AM. The registration fee will be $10 and 100% of the registration fee will be donated to the animal shelter. Also, items for the shelter can be donated at the event. As well, t-shirts for the event will be available for pre-order on the registration form. BUT WAIT THERE’s MORE…

5th Graders Attend Farm Safety Day Events

For the past twenty years, Adair County students have learned how to prevent farm and home accidents by participating in a Farm Safety Day. Recently, the 5th grade students at Adair Elementary traveled to Adair County High School for this important event. Students learned about first aid and how to be safe around animals. They learned about the importance of wearing a life preserver when on the water and how to properly use a fire extinguisher.

Adair County Future Farmers of America students provided demonstrations about the safe use of all terrain vehicles and farm equipment and helped coordinate the event. 
This annual activity is sponsored by Progressive Farmer, Adair Co. 4-H, Adair Co. FFA and the Family Resource Center. -- Debbie Cowan 

High Attendance Day is Tomorrow (September 20, 2017) High Attendance

September 20, 2017 has been designated across Kentucky as High Attendance Day.  Research shows that a child's attendance may be the biggest factor influencing his/her academic success.  We hope to see every child at school on time tomorrow and everyday.  Every day counts!


Want to know how the eye works?

Brynna Powell, a 4th grade student in Mrs. Bradshaw's science class created a model of the eye and tells you in this video how it works!

Grandparents Night a Grand success at ACES!

It was nothing but smiles, laughter and fun on Tuesday night, September 12th as Adair Elementary hosted the annual Grandparents Night event.  A great crowd of glowing grandparents and eager students filled the halls and rooms.  Activities for the night included bingo for books, a craft, a reading nook and photo booth and several highly competitive games of checkers.   The event is sponsored by The Family Resource Center, Title I and Camp SAFARI.  - Debbie Cowan

ACES ACTION - week of September 5 - 8
  • Art - 5th grade learned about Adinkra fabric (Adinkra (ah-DEEN-krah) cloth is a hand-printed fabric made in Ghana. Developed by the Ashanti people, Adinkra cloths were traditionally made for royalty to wear at religious ceremonies.)  They learned about how the ink was made from tree bark and stamped on the fabric.
    All students are working on a coloring piece to enter for Kody's 5K Coloring Contest.  Cody was a beloved volunteer at ACES.
    Mrs. Garmon's class is creating their art pieces to be entered in the VSA traveling art show.
  • MUSIC - 4th grade students are getting ready for a musical that will be performed sometime after fall break.  Date will be announced at a later time.
Grandparent's Night at ACES - September 12th Grandparents

Adair County Elementary School will host Grandparents Night on Tuesday, September 12th, 5:00 -6:00 at the school.  All ACES students are invited to bring their grandparents to school for a night of fun activities.  There will be bingo for books, crafts, games and treats for all who attend.  We hope to see you there.  It will be  a GRAND time!


ACES will be conducting a donation drive for victims of Hurricane Harvey on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. These items will be delivered to Texas on September 14th. Most requested items are cleaning supplies, pet food, and miscellaneous baby items. Items can be sent with students to school or dropped off in the front office at ACES.

ACES ACTION - week of August 28 - September 1
  • 5th GRADE - Ms. Jane Reed and Mr. Tony Rose, Adair County 4-H had some exciting tools for students to work with during STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Class this week.  Some of the items included an Optical Toy, which consists of a set of distorted drawings and photographs and a few cylindrical mirrors to decipher the drawings.  Also, a Spectroscope which is used to deterime the atomic makeup of a visible source of light.
  • In Mrs. Courtney Grant's and Mrs. Lisa Godsey's science classes, students used a magnifying lense tocreate a working model of the eye.  Using this, they were ableto actually see how our eyes actually work!
ACES ACTION - week of August 21st - 25th Jenna Rodgers, ACHS

The Solar Eclipse was the main topic in all three grade levels last week!

 Mrs. Sarah Dean, Mrs. Julie Smith and Mrs. Pam Compton's third grade reading classes enjoyed moon pies while watching an informational kid friendly video about the solar eclipse in their reading classes today.  Students also created a memory folder to commemorate the event. 

Photo at left by ACHS Sophomore, Jenna Rodgers


ACES Needs Your Help! Great American Opportunities

ACES kicked off our annual fund-raising campaign August 22nd.  Great American Opportunities has delicious cookies for baking and magazine subscriptions.  We appreciate your purchases from our students.  This is our only school-wide fundraising activity.   You may purchase online at the following https://gaschoolstore.com/.  Sales end September 6, 2017.  Thank you in advance for your support for our school!


ACES Attendance Kick-Off!

ACES began this year's ACES HERO (Here Every day Ready & On-Time) attendance competition on August 23, 2017. Mrs. Debbie, FRC director talked with students about the HERO board that is located in the gymnasium and how grade level and gender competitions will be held each week based on attendance from the previous week.

To add to the excitement, ACES also welcomed three members of the Casey Creek Lodge F & AM #536 who have generously donated two girl bicycles and two boy bicycles for attendance prizes.


Adair County Elementary students celebrated the Solar Eclipse in a big way!  


The ACES Family would like to welcome five new family members this school year:

*Kristy Bright - will be teaching math in 4th grade

*Nicholas Coe - will be teaching math in 5th grade

*Robin Hancock - will be teaching reading and language arts in 5th grade

*Jimmy Smith - custodian

*Martha Matney - instructional assistant in preschool

Welcome to our family!

"Goodbye" to Three of our Family Members Mrs. Lisa Cowan, Mrs. Patty Antle and Ms. Pam Jones

Three of ACES family members were honored on Monday, May 22nd with a retirement tea.  Lisa Cowan, Pam Jones and Patty Antle have decided to begin the next phase in their lives and begin the glorious years of retirement.



Students’ accomplishments are recognized for attendance and academic progress

SUMMER CAMP SAFARI AT ACES --slots are still available!

Summer Camp opportunity for ACES students!!! Camp SAFARI is still accepting applications for our summer camp that will be held in June. The camp is FREE to all current ACES 3rd, 4th and 5th graders. Free breakfast and lunch will be served. Parents are responsible for transportation. Please contact Ms. Pam Bivens or Ms. Debbie Cowan at 270-384-0077 or 270 -384-9112 for more information.

2016-17 ACES Yearbooks Sales

The price for the 2016-17 ACES school yearbook is $10.00.  Orders are currently being taken.  Please call the school, 270-384-0077 for more information or to request an order form.


More than 60 students will participate, admission is free

Parents: We Need Your Help!

The District Title I/ FRYSC Parent Survey is now in an electronic format and is "live" as of today. Please go to the following link and help us to help you and your child by providing services that are of most concern.

Click below to go to the survey:





Kiana McHolan recognized by Kentucky State Poetry Society


Early Release Fridays have concluded for the 2016-2017 school year.  Students will stay at school for the entire day – until 2:45 p.m. – from now until the end of the school year.


Youth-centered anti-smoking campaign garners statewide recognition

ACES KPREP Spirit Week

This is it!  Let's celebrate the whole week before we SHOW OFF on KPREP!

K - (Monday)  - KICK OFF the week by kicking off your shoes!   Wear sandals or flip flops to school!

P - (Tuesday) - PRIDE DAY - Show pride for yourself and our school by wearing an ACES or Adair County shirt!

R - (Wednesday) - RED DAY - Wear red to show you are "Red"-y for KPREP test!

E - (Thursday) - EXTRAORDINARY - You are extraordinary!  Dress as a nerd to show it!

P - (Friday) - POWERFUL!  - Dress as a superhero to show off your super brain power!


You are invited to join us at Adair County Elementary School on Thursday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m. for an informative parent program.  At this time, we will be providing information about the variety of assessments (MAP, Learning Checks, etc.) that are taken throughout the school year and discussing how to prepare your child for the up-coming KPREP testing.

There will be sample tests available as well as tips for parents and strategies for students to help them do their best.  We will also provide FREE SNOW CONES for all that attend and games/activities in the gym for students while parents attend the informative session.

This program is sponsored by ACES Staff, Title 1, Family Resource and Camp SAFARI.  

KPREP testing will take place at ACES May 8th through May 12th.


Adair County Primary Center finishes in top 10 with popular YouTube video 


Students learn music principles, history, and cultural importance


High School students fight local hunger by sending food home with elementary school students


Students read 20,000 books in two months

ACES Celebrates "Read Adair County Week" - February 27th - March 3rd Happy B-Day to Dr. Seuss!

Monday - Pajama Day
Tuesday - Nerd Day
Wednesday - Wild Hair Day
Thursday -  wear Red & White in honor of Dr. Seuss' birthday
Friday - Hat or Crazy Hat Day


Student organizations will lead open house one hour prior 


3rd Grade - 1st Round Results

4th Grade - 1st Round Results

5th Grade - 1st Round Results

Entire school AR points in the 1st Round (1 WEEK):
3rd Grade: 544.8
4th Grade:  773.2
5th Grade:  836.2
TOTAL:  2,154.2


ACES Reading Madness has begun at ACES and students are more excited than ever about reading!  Students have been placed on teams within their grade level.  There are six to seven students on each team.  



High school English classes lead lessons on fables


Officials share their knowledge for section on local government


COMING FRIDAY, JANUARY 20TH!   Be at school to learn about the new and exciting event!


Daniel Adams and Jonathan Gaskins take oaths of office


A message from Director of Pupil Personnel Robbie Harmon


Cross-disciplinary exercise incorporates scientific principles into social studies 


Sen. Max Wise talks about importance of citizen participation in government


Each school earns high marks at Regional Showcase


Students’ creative use of technology draws praise from judges


School-wide art project now on display in lobby


Lunchtime Assembly Draws Impressive Crowd


Event encourages family participation in science, technology, engineering, and math education


Superintendent's tenure marked by vast improvements, accomplishments

UPCOMING EVENT: STEM Night, Thursday, November 17th

Adair County Elementary will host STEM Night on Thursday, November 17th, 5:00 - 6:30 at the school.  This family involvement event will showcase Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities for all students and families.  A highlight of the night will be the Science Fair featuring family science projects.  Everyone is invited to attend and participate. For more information contact the Family Resource Center at 270-384-9112. 


Lindsey Wilson College students offer exposure to different cultures


"Today we join Raquel's family, friends, school staff, and our community as we once again grieve for the loss of another young life"--Supt. Alan Reed


Laura Jones educates students on healthy living and a drug-free lifestyle


Administrators, students, and elected officials extol benefits of proposed new project


Project encourages reading, family cooperation

ACES Family Reading Night - October 27th - 5:00 to 6:30

Make plans to join us for this fun event!  We will have reading rooms, readers theater, crafts, games and much more!  Story Book Character Pumpkins will be on display and refreshments will be provided.  All ACES students and families are invited to attend.  There will be activities for each grade level and all studnets are encouraged to dress as a storybook character.

ACES Celebrates "Red Ribbon Week" -- October 24 - 28, 2016

Monday - WEAR RED DAY!  .. wear red clothes
Tuesday -  TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS!  ... wear your favorite team shirt or cap (can also wear ACES shirt)
Wednesday - MY FUTURE IS BRIGHT WITH NO DRUGS IN SIGHT! -- wear wild, brightly colored clothing
Thursday -  REAL HEROES DON'T DO DRUGS! -- Dress as a Superhero!

Friday -  Pajama Day!   Also, Ms. Kentucky will be here at 12:15 to speak with students, we will determine audience soon, but it will not be with all grade levels.


Annual training covers accident, crisis, and disaster preparedness


All interested parties are invited to City Hall to voice support for jobs-focused initiative


Parents can meet with teachers between noon and 6 p.m.

Kentucky Safe Schools - Stop Bullying Pledge

Program promotes wellness and health education for students


Debbie Bradshaw’s reading classes learn to write letters by reaching out to football team


Superintendent and board members trumpet test scores, student achievement


Test scores reach new heights in 15-16


Be the HERO; STOP the bullying


Two-day event covers wide range of agriculture hazards and precautions


Students have “grand” time sharing their learning experience


Students urged to participate in statewide attendance challenge


"Last year we had more than 50 kids with 30-plus absences.  As hard as our teachers work, we can never recoup those days of lost education." -- Director of Pupil Personnel Robbie Harmon 


Students leave at 1 p.m. every Friday from September through April


Program offers prizes, college assistance for participating students

"Mrs. Kathy" Tucker Retires from ACES Students surround Mrs. Kathy because she helped them in some way while being at ACES

After 31 years of hard work and dedication, Mrs. Kathy Tucker is retiring from the Adair County School system.


Employees put themselves in students’ shoes prior to first day of school

District Implements New Phone System

The Adair County School District upgraded our phone system over the summer.  The new phones were put in place within the last week and we asked that everyone please be patient as we learn the new system.  Outside callers will be able to enter extension numbers for teachers and leave voice mails for them which will be a great benefit for teachers/parents.  You will still be able to access the school office as you have in the past and we do ask that any BUS CHANGES be done through the office (as has been done in the past) and not left on teacher voice mails.


Principals say excitement is in the air for new school year

School Supplies for 2016-17 School Year

School supplies are free for all students, pre-school through 12, in the Adair County School District. There will be no need for parents to shop for the items. The money to pay for the supplies was approved unanimously by the Adair County School Board - Chairman Floyd Burton (Div 4), and members Terry Harvey(Div 1) Quinn Lasley, Lisa Burton (Div 3), and Mike Harris (Div 5).  --- Phyllis Curry, Adair County Schools Academic Dean

Sports Physicals Offered Wednesday

Adair County athletes, kindergarteners, and sixth graders can recieve their physical examinations Wednesday from noon until 6 p.m. at the ACHS gym.

Homeroom Lists

Homeroom lists for the 2016-17 school year will be posted to the front window of ACES on Friday afternoon, July 15th.

Camp Safari - Learning is Fun in the Summertime!

Summer is for fun and for learning!  Camp SAFARI just completed 4 weeks of exciting adventure at ACES!   Participating students enjoyed a variety of activities including ceramics, art, physical education and field trips.  They also honed their academic skills by completing STEM activities, solving math problems and reading a novel.  Ms. Pam Bivens, ACES 21st Century Community Learning Center Director coordinated the camp with assistance from ACES faculty and staff.  The camp was also supported by the Family Resource Center, United Way of South Central Kentucky and Adair County 4-H. 

Adair County Schools Open House Dates
Welcome to the ACES Family!

ACES would like to welcome the following new faces to our faculty/staff!

  • Mrs. Sommer Brown - Assistant Principal
  • Mr. Gerald Hadley - Special Education Teacher
  • Mrs. Telissa Moore - Instructional Assistant

Welcome to our family!  WE ARE ACES!

ACHS Class of 2016 Commencement Exercises

The Adair County High School Class of 2016 will hold its commencement exercises on Friday, May 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. CDT at the John Burr Memorial Gymnasium (526 Indian Drive, Columbia, KY). Each senior who is participating in the graduation ceremony has been given two tickets for early entry. Ticket holders may enter the gym at 5:30 p.m. CDT. The general public may enter at 6:00 p.m.


First Ever Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center and Adair County High School Pinning Ceremony

Last night I had the privilege of attending the first Lake Cumberland Area Technology Center and Adair County High School Pinning Ceremony for the Medicaid Nurse Aid Class of 2016. It was extremely heartfelt and  touching.

The Keynote Address was given by Mrs. Nikki Loy, and she discussed the meaning of the pin, its origins and evolution through time. But then talked about what the pin actually represented to her. I was truly touched. She spoke of her three C’s Caring, Compassion, and Competence  


Wes Feese Named new District Media Relations Coordinator

Superintendent Alan Reed congratulates Wes Feese after he was selected as the district’s new District Media Relations Coordinator.  Wes will handle all aspects of the school district's informational program in order to keep Adair County citizens better informed about all that is going on within the school district.  He will also manage the district’s web site and social media sites.  Reed said stated that Feese brings an extensive background in print journalism to the job.  Reed says he feels the public will appreciate the ever increasing transparency of the Adair County School District. 

2015-16 ACES Attendance Winners

Several students at ACES had perfect attendance for the 2015-16 school year.  Select "Read More" for names and pictures...


ACES AR Winner

Ryan Odd had the highest Accelerated Reading score at ACES for the 2015-16 school year.  Ryan earned a total of 512.7 points and was recognized and presented a trophy during morning assembly on May 24, 2016.  Congratulations Ryan!!

for grade level winners, see Photo Gallery

ACES gives "Shout-Out"

ACES would like to give a big shout-out to Rachel Brown and Emylou Miller!  These young ladies have come to school early every morning and started the computer/projector for the morning assembly program!  Look out for these young leaders ACMS!

ACES Family Retirees

Congratulations to Mrs. Sandy Wilson and Ms. Helen Graham on your retirement!  ACES will miss you both so much and wish you only the best in your future endeavers! 

Reminders -

Tomorrow Tuesday May 17, 2016 there will be NO SCHOOL due to the Election. 

Today is National School Nurse Day!

Today is National School Nurse Day and we would like to take a few seconds to say thanks for all the time and effort they put into making our students healthier…Without these ladies in our schools we have no doubt that many of our students would go without the necessary healthcare that they urgently need at times…We can never put into words how much we appreciate the fact that all our nurses are so accommodating and work so hard to be part of the school families and build on our main mission of taking care of student needs!

Each of you are great with our students and their families…Please know it is noticed and greatly appreciated! We am a true believer in the National School Nurse Association’s logo, which states, Better Health. Better Learning…As a district we have bought into this thought and our nurses, in conjunction with the Healthy Kids Clinics, have taken the lead on building healthier students in Adair County!

We encourage everyone to please take a few seconds to say “thanks” to our school nurses today.

2015-16 ACES Yearbook - Now on Sale!

Yearbooks are now available to pre-order!  Cost is $10.00 and students will give money and forms to homeroom teachers.  Yearbooks will be given to students sometime the last week of school.  ACES Yearbooks highlight our activities and events at ACES with pictures of students and faculty.  Check are to be made payable to ACES.

ACHS National Honor Society Gives a Helping Hand

Adair County Elementary School would like to give a huge THANKS to Adair County High School National Honor Society for having such big hearts!  They brought in hundreds of dollars worth of food items for ACES Backpack Buddies. We are so thankful for Sheila Willis, ACHS Honor Society sponsor and these giving students.  Thank you for showing kindness to others. Pictured are Isaac Carter, Nick Taylor, and Emory Bosela.


Adair County High School is proud to announce continued growth and success on the recent Work Keys assessment. The Class of 2016 posted a 54% increase in the number of students meeting and exceeding the benchmark score in comparison to the previous year.  A total of 154 students in the Class of 2016 met or exceeded the benchmark score.  Additionally, for the first time ever ACHS was able to assess and certify an additional 78 of the preparatory underclassmen enrolled in career and technical education programs at Adair County High School.



ACHS Art Exhibit being held at LWC Slider Building May 4th - May 24th with a Reception on May 9th at 6:30 pm. 

Congratulations to Tara Pierce, Tyler McKinney, Haley Diamond, Autumn Bennett, Tiara Holmes, Kaitlyn Grant, Courtney Keezer, Katie McGaha, Kellie McGaha, MaryBeth McAllister, Rebecca Janes, and Kayla Parnell. These students have been working independently all school year on various projects in a variety of medias of their own choosing. Artworks include drawings, paintings, ceramic pottery & sculpture, photography, & graphic design.

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Camp Safari Music Parody

Mrs. Paula Bault's afterschool class created a musical parody and video from the song "Don't Stop Believing!" by Journey.   Parody title is "Don't Stop Leading!" 

"Don't Stop Leading"


Family Resource Survey /Title 1 Survey

Steve Turner, Director of Federal Programs at the Adair County Schools, is asking all parents of current students to please help the Family Resource Youth Services by completing the survey at the following link. It will not take long. The Deadline is May 20th and the entire district would like to say thank you in advance for helping with this information gathering survey, it helps us to continue to provide the much needed services available through our Family Resource Centers at ACPC, ACES, ACMS, and ACHS.


Teacher Appreciation Week

This week is Teacher Appreciation Week and the Adair County Schools want to the community to know how blessed we are as a district, to have one the most dedicated, creative, and inspiring teaching staff in the State! If you have an opportunity to tell one of our staff members they are doing a great job this week, please take the time to do so. As Robbie Harmon, Director of Pupil Personnel, stated in a email this morning “Please know that all you do is noticed and greatly appreciated! From a DPP’s point of view, and more importantly a dad’s point of view, “THANKS for being a teacher, encourager, instructor, mentor, point of praise and positive influence, a guide and someone that inspires our youth!””

Mr. Harmon along with fellow central office staff members, John Shelly (Title 1) and Steve Turner (Federal Programs) put their backs into showing their appreciation while putting up these wonderful signs around Campus. 

Who Doesn't Love a Roller Coaster?

            As part of our third grade physics unit about determining patterns in motion, the students built roller coasters…on the exterior walls of the Adair County Elementary School! Students worked their way to this culminating performance task by investigating the effects of ramps, friction, and gravity. They measured height and length, calculated average speed and time, predicted, recorded data and wrote conclusions. They were so persistent in their efforts and problem solving we just had to share their success with the community. The only materials we used were some locally purchased piping insulation, marbles, masking tape, and a sturdy wall. Definitely, try this at home!  

Over $500,000 in Technology Advancement

It is an exciting time in the Adair County Schools right now. We are in the process of purchasing mobile computer devices in the form of Chromebooks and mini IPads that will create a 1 device to 2 student ratio across the district and completely rebuilding our computer network to support our needs currently as well as the foreseeable future. The 2016-2017 school year will be the dawning of a new day in Adair County Schools.  Superintendent Reed said it best “installation of the new fiber optic infrastructure and a 1:2 computer or device ratio per child, puts Adair County Schools out front and ahead of many districts in Kentucky.  We are also adding high speed wireless access points in schools and classrooms all over our district so that students can learn anywhere they need to be and not tied to desks. When students and teacher return to school this fall, they will enter a whole new era for technology in our schools.”

2016 Middle Cumberland District Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest Winner - Trayton Stargel

The Adair County Retired Teachers’ Association is pleased to announce that Trayton Stargel, 5th grade student in Amanda Webster’s class at Adair County Elementary School (ACES), is the 2016 Middle Cumberland District Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest Winner. Students submitted essays answering why “My Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year.” Trayton’s essay was chosen from all fifth grade winners in the Middle Cumberland District. His essay has been submitted to the Kentucky Retired Teachers’ Association for state competition.


Reminder - This Friday will be our last Early Release Friday. Starting in May Friday's will be full length from 7:45 am to 2:45 pm. 

ACES Career and College Day

Adair County Elementary School in conjunction with Adair County High School and Community Partners conducted their first ever Leadership, College and Career Day. Community Partners included Ambulance Service, Law Enforcement, Corps of Engineers, United Citizens Bank, Lindsey Wilson College, Community Voice, Extension Office, Game Warden, Adair County Health Department, along with Adair County High School students representing different Career Pathways and organizations such as Art, Welding, Health Services, FFA, Gifted and Talented, Air and Space Academy, and others.

Donated Helmets!

On March 22, 2015, “A standout Lindsey Wilson student-athlete, Hannah Hayduk, was airlifted from near the scene of an single bicycle crash on Dunbar Hill…” (from CM).

On the afternoon of March 24, 2015, one of our own finest and best Adair County educators, Michael Godsey, suffered a near fatal bicycle accident. 

2016 -2017 Adair County Preschool Registration

Where: Adair County Library Basement - Please use basement side entrance. 

Dates: Friday, April 15th and Friday, April 29th

Time: 8 am - 2 pm

Remember to bring proof of household income which can include W-2 forms, 2015 taxes, check stubs, etc.... 



ACES 4th Graders Saving Lives!

Adair County Elementary 4th grade Reading teachers Pam Compton and Amy Walker are always looking for a way to incorporate real world applications, becoming a great leader, higher order thinking, and core content into units that leave a lasting impression on their students. And as always their students exceeded even Ms. Compton and Ms. Walkers expectations. Personally, I have come to expect nothing but creative and innovative lessons from these two  exceptional teachers but this time I was even blown away by their unit and their students generous and genuine concerns for children they will never meet.

A Day of Adventure for ACES Students

As many of you know, we have two great young Chinese teachers within out district this year. They are here through the Confucius Institute at Western Kentucky University. 

Grandparent of the Year Essay School Winner --

The Adair County Retired Teachers’ Association is pleased to announce that Trayton Stargel, 5th grade student in Amanda Webster’s class at Adair County Elementary School (ACES), is the 2016 Adair County Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest Winner. Students submitted essays answering why “My Grandparent should be the AARP Kentucky Grandparent of the Year.” 

Another Shining Star - Mrs. Pam Phipps

Congratulations to Pam Phipps for her video being included in ATLAS! You are a shining star for our district!  

Dear Pamela,

Congratulations! I'm writing to let you know that one of your video portfolio entries for National Board Certification was selected for inclusion in ATLAS®, a password-protected online resource that will showcase accomplished teachers in action.

ACES Family Science Night Out

The recent Family Science Night was a great success at Adair County Elementary School.  The event,held February 25th, featured a variety of hands-on science activities for all grade levels including engineering projects, student displays  and experiments. Students had the opportunity to build their own hovercraft and robots.  They learned about chemical reactions and enjoyed a "Myth Buster" room where they were able to stick a skewer through a balloon and walk on eggs.


Mr. Robbie Harmon, Dean of Students and Director of Pupil Personnel,  announced that students and staff in the Adair County Schools will be attending classes on March 18th, 2016. This date had previously been scheduled to be a Parent Teacher Conference Day but due to instructional days recently missed for snow/ice , the decision has been made to attend classes on March 18th and Parent Teacher Conferences to be rescheduled after school hours at each building. Mr. Harmon, as well as the Adair County Schools appreciates everyone’s willingness to adjust their schedules and plans, on this day, to help our students be better prepared for upcoming testing windows. If there are any questions, feel free to contact Mr. Harmon at 270-384-2476. 

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2016 Basketball Homecoming Queen - Kayla Garrison

This past Friday night the 2016 ACHS Basketball Homecoming was held during half-time of the game. A huge congratulations to the this year’s Queen Kayla Garrison. Kayla was representing Beta/NHS and is the daughter of James and Paula Garrison. Kayla’s escort for the evening was Treyton Grant the son of Sylvia Grant. 

ACHS Academic Team Makes It 11 District Championships in a Row

ACHS Academic Team Makes It 11 District Championships in a Row

When Adair County High School won its first Governor's Cup District Championship in the current string of titles they have claimed, the youngest members of the 2015-2016 roster had not even uttered their first sentence as a baby. Eleven years later, the ACHS Academic Team has once again claimed the Governor’s Cup District Championship. On Thursday, January 28, and Saturday, January 30, representative team members competed at Adair as the hosts of this year's competition. The Quick Recall team swept through each round of Quick Recall undefeated.  The team now has a 10-year undefeated streak against District opponents. In addition, the Future Problem Solving team swept all judges’ top rankings for 1st Place in their competition for their 11th Championship in a row as well. 


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ACHS Academic Team Wins League Championship

The ACHS Academic Team won the 2015 Green River Regional Academic League Championship on Monday, December 7. Since the league was first formed in 2007, Adair County has won every league championship, this year making it nine years in a row.

The team plays on Monday nights over a three-month-long season, and this year the team accomplished a first. At the coaches meeting in early September, the league approved Adair County to enter two full varsity teams to compete. The first team of Rebecca Montgomery, Eli Jackson, Courtney Green, Zane Sanders, Dylan Pendleton, Samuel Willis, Erwin Ruczienski, and Arabella Caldwell swept through the regular season and league tournament undefeated. Adair's second varsity team of Austin Bradshaw, Treyton Grant, Ben Hancock, Trevor Smith, and Jaiden Taylor finished second in the league both in the regular season and in the tournament.

ACMS Idol Contest

Thursday, December 10th, was an exciting day at Adair County Middle School. They held their annual AMCS Idol Contest. There are a total of 14 individuals hoping to be the next idol. Voting is conducted by a penny a vote and is open until next week. The contestant’s performances where wonderful and enjoyed by all those who attended the event. Contestants included Elizabeth Bair, Alexis Burton, Emma Rich, Billy Salmon, Moran Spoon, Emma Grider, Hazel White, Mary Kellogg, Madison Stotts, Machenzie Bennett, Autumn Reynolds, Jazmin Hernanadez, Emily Farmer, and Jayson Owens. Students were also entertained during the intermission by a performance from Zander Bolin playing his electric guitar which was an unforgettable high point of the contest. I will say I was highly impressed with the courage and talents of all these students. We will keep everyone posted on the outcome next week. There is no doubt it will be a close vote with such talented students participating this year. And remember being a leader means taking risks and believing in one’s self. This group of students proved once again we are creating leaders everyday!

ACHS Blood Drive

Each year, Adair County High School Librarian, Mrs. Jenny Myers works closely with the Central Kentucky Blood Center to provide at four opportunities for her students to help their fellow Kentuckians. This year is no different, today was the second of those opportunities and once again students have stepped up and are providing the gift of life to those in need.

Lending a Helping Hand

Adair County  Elementary School (ACES) students, Emma Compton, Jayla Galarza, Mylee Bell, Kayden Greene and Evan Stotts assisted 3rd grade teacher Mrs. Sarah Dean with ringing the bell for the local chapter of The Salvation Army last week. The ACES family is always looking for ways to help our community!  

ACPC Students participate in their Hour of Code

Students at ACPC participated in the Hour of Code on Tuesday, December 8.  Every student in the school was involved from Kindergarten - 2nd grade at all levels.  We had one young man in 2nd grade earn his coding certificate in around 30 minutes.  We had two kindergarten students complete an entire coding session completely on their own and earn certificates. Several other students (and teachers) earned their certificates as well.   To put this in perspective, many adults were challenged and stuck on several levels of these activities.

Hour of Code

Next week, December 7 -13, is Computer Science Education Week here in the United States. In support of this there is a movement to put computer coding opportunities into children’s education. To help promote this idea and show teachers and students how easy coding actually is, there is the Hour of Code pledge which basically challenges teachers to add an hour of code into their lessons.  Yet,  anyone is welcome to log onto the site and participate.  The website is https://hourofcode.com/us and currently over 80 thousand classrooms worldwide have signed up. Next week, Adair County Schools will be participating in this challenge.

New Gifted and Talented Coordinator - Candice Flatt

The Adair County Schools are proud to make the formal announcement that a hometown girl has been placed in the position of District Gifted and Talented Coordinator. Candice Flatt, the daughter of Edwin and Carolyn Taylor, wife of Daryl Flatt, has been given the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of students who show exceptional abilities in one or more areas such as academics, leadership, creativity, or the  performing arts. Some students are identified in more than one area or all areas. Speaking as a parents of two such children myself, I am thrilled to see someone such as Candice have the opportunity to make this program her own and change the lives of our students.

New Innovative Opportunity for ACMS

Adair County Middle School is excited about a new and innovative opportunity for its students to learn at their pace. Adair County Schools Title I funds purchased access to Moby Max.  Moby Max is an internet based program to help students work from their current level of understanding in subject areas such as reading and math.  By using this program, students get additional practice on skills that need to be mastered.  Parents can access the site at home and assist students with their work.  Parents were trained by Mrs. Valerie Taylor on Thursday, November 12.  Students are being given passwords and logins to begin their work at home. Shown here at the training are Diana Eastham, Brandi Garrett, Noah Newell, Deanna Grider and Bailey Grider. ACMS students love the new program;  staff and administrators love the idea of the extra assistance for their students!

Students finding thier own ways to be leaders and the shining stars they are each capable of!

A shining star within the Adair County Schools is Jennifer Jimenez who has reached the 500 point club at Adair County Middle School with 526.2 Accelerated Reader points!  She is an 8th grader and is the first student to ever reach this point club before the first semester has ended!  Our district is so proud of all our students and more and more of them are stepping up and being leaders in their own ways! 

Leaders in Literacy Day

Story book characters came alive at Adair County Elementary School on Friday, October 30, 2015 as part of the school’s first annual Leaders in Literacy Day. Visitors to the school were introduced to such literary characters as Tom Sawyer, the Cat in the Hat, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and the Three Little Pigs.   There were also famous historical figures present such as Babe Ruth and Queen Elizabeth and current celebrities such as the Duck Dynasty boys.  


Family Reading and Family Fun Night at ACES

Family Reading and Family Fun Night at ACES, 870 Indian Drive, will be Thursday,October 22nd, 5;00 - 6:30. 

There will be lots of fun activities related to reading including scary stories, reading rooms, bingo for books and Readers Theater. 


The Media Center/Library at ACES will feature the Storybook Pumpkin display.  These pumpkin characters, created by ACES students, have been decorated to correspond with a book that the students read recently. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Adair County School District

Parent Teacher Conferences

November 2nd


These times will be for every school in our district.

No School November 3rd for Election Day.

Kentucky Safe Schools Week

 Kentucky Safe Schools Week, is set for  October 18-24, 2015.

This year's theme  “I WANT TO BE A SCHOOL SAFETY  SUPERHERO...”   www.kysafeschools.org/ssw.php  focuses on building-up the self-esteem of the students in your school, while working toward an environment free of Bullying, Cyberbullying, Harassment and Conflict.   From Superman to Captain America most Superheroes started with problems or issues and turned their uniqueness into a power or force.  They used their power for the  betterment of society.  The campaign highlights the word SUPER and qualities  necessary to be a SUPERHERO at school.   S-StrongU-UnderstandingP-PowerfulE-Encouragingand R-Respectful, by using these character words to teach and describe our students, they can become School Safety Superheroes!


More Great News for Adair County Schools!

Adair County Schools got more great news this week. The new WHAS Coordinator, James Maulden, presented Anita Goode, Director of Special Education, a 30,000.00 dollar check from this past years WHAS Crusade for Children. All the funds go to assist children with special needs.


Leading the Way Again!

Adair County Schools leading the way once again! Shown here from left to right are Adair County High School Principal Troy Young, first ever student elected member of the ACHS Site Base Council, Pablo Plancarte, Superintendent, Alan Reed, and first ever student elected Board Member Lauren McQuaide.


ACES Camp Safari Program begins September 8th!

Adair County Elementary School's Camp Safari Program will begin on September 8th!  Students should have already received information and returned signed papers with interested activities back to school.  For more information please contact Pam Bivens at the school or via email at pam.bivens@adair.kyschools.us


Godfrey Jackson Named New Assistant Athletic Director for ACHS and ACMS

The Adair County Schools are proud to announce today that 1985 Adair County High School graduate and stand out athlete, Godfrey Jackson, has been hired in the position of Assistant Athletic Director for ACHS and the Adair County Middle School. Starting immediately! Superintendent Reed signed and handed Godfrey his contract this morning. Godfrey’s  position is part-time but will include interaction with the schools and all sports related activities within the district and he will have extra duties such as helping Little League programs, to build stronger feeder programs that have similar expectations in line with our local school programs, among other various duties. We feel Godfrey is not only a great leader but a wonderful role model for all our student body. Godfrey currently works at as an Engineer at RECC, a referee for the 5th Region Referee Association, as well as serving as a board member within the association.  Godfrey’s other unique qualifications include experience as a police officer and corrections positions. We fell blessed to have such a well rounded, experienced individual joining the Adair County Schools team - We can’t wait to see the positive changes Godfrey will be a part of in the coming days and years! 

AC Schools Honored to Host KIDS Webcast at ACPC

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 the Adair County Schools were honored to host the August broadcast of Kentucky’s K-12 Education Technology Webcast at Adair County Primary Center. Department of Education staff from the Office of Knowledge, Information, and Data Services (KIDS) included: David Couch, Associate Commissioner of Education Technology, Dede Conner, Division of Enterprise Data Director, Phil Coleman, Division of Operations and Services Director, Mike Leadingham, Division of Engineering and Management Director, Chuck Austin, Office of Knowledge, Information and Data Services, Robert Hackworth, Division of Engineering and Management, Howard Keeter, Division of Engineering and Management, Andrew Liaupsin, Division of Operations and Services, Cameraman, and Laura Raganas, IT Academy Program Manager, Judy Evans, Region 6 KETS Engineer, while Alan Reed, Superintendent, Carla Perkins, Technology Coordinator, and Floyd Burton, Board of Education, Chairman, represented Adair County Schools at the table.

Indian Football has a NEW LOOK

Indian Football has a new look check it out on YouTube!


Staff Opening Day

Yesterday was an exciting day at Adair County Schools. It was Opening Day for all district staff, classified and certified. The students created and ran the show again this year. Superintendent Reed stated “he was a little worried if last year could be toped but they did not disappoint!”


K-13 Student Accident Insurance

We want to remind parents that we offer extra insurance that is available. You can follow the provided link on the district webpage located on the left simply clickon logo with this article. Other information you may want to review before enrolling is available using the logo below.  To go to there website use the logo on the District webpage it is on the left. 


Memories of Ms. Pam Geisselhardt

By: Shamarie Harper Claiborne

Adair County Schools lost one of their own last Friday, July 31, 2015. Ms. Pam Geisselhardt was taken away from us tragically. Everyone has a great Geisselhardt story. Today, during the Adair County Schools “Opening Day” there was a table set up in her memory and folks were asked to write their favorite story or memory of her. These will be given to the family. Everyone stopped and wrote their memories.



New Partnership between Adair County Schools and Cumberland Family Medical Center Inc. Annouced

Adair County Schools and Cumberland Family Medical Center, Inc. are pleased to offer a new system of expanded health care in our local schools for the 2015-2016 school year.  Along with the regular school nurse program, the addition of a Family Nurse Practitioner will allow for a high level of care within the school setting.  The Family Nurse Practitioner, Tiffany McMinoway, will be available during school hours on a rotational basis through our schools to provide preventative services such as well child exams and immunizations along with acute care visits.  Parents will have the option of allowing their student to be seen at school in the Healthy Kids Clinic in an efforts to provide more complete and prompt care, reduce time out of class for appointments, and increase academic opportunity.

Welding Fabriacation Team comes in 7th at Nationals!

Adair County Schools are proud to announce the result are in from their first Skills USA Nationals appearance. The three man Fabrication Team which consisted of Josh Grant, Dusty Claiborne, and Chad Scholl could not have made the district more proud with their 7th place finish. It is a true accomplishment considering they have only been in their facility since Christmas. The young men are hoping to find themselves at Nationals again next year, and we all have high hopes for them doing even better, their next time out.  Way to go boys, And a big shout out to their wonderful instructor Barney Taylor. Our welding program is sure to become one of Adair County Schools shining stars.

Jaiden Taylor did it again!
Jaiden Taylor did it again!  He is the national champion in the Division II Science Academic test at the National Beta Convention.  We are so proud of him and want everyone to see this huge accomplishment! 
Adair County High School Featured in KDE Publication

The Office of Career and Technical Education at KDE have included the Adair County turnaround in their latest newsletter!

Take a moment and check it out!



New Tradition Proves to be a Keeper!

Today marked the beginning of a new tradition within the Adair County Schools. The Class of 2015 walked the halls of every school in the district and were congratulated not only by the students, but teachers and staff as well.


Deron Breeze named new head coach at ACHS

It was announced today that Deron Breeze while be the new ACHS Head Basketball coach.

Coach Breeze graduated from Barren County High School in 2001, when on and completed his degree from Western Kentucky University in 2007, and then finished his Master’s in 2010 from Western Kentucky University as well.



The Suspense has begun!

The Adair County School District is proud to announce we have hired a new Head Basketball Coach for the 2015-2016 school year. We will be publishing a full introduction in the coming days. We are excited about his potential within our distinct and cannot wait for everyone to meet him.  

ACHS Baseball wins 2nd straight 20th District Championship

Congratulations to the Adair County High School Baseball Team for winning their 2nd consecutive 20th District Championship. We are all very proud of you all!

Coach Mantooth stated: “I've challenged this group all year about energy and determination.  I told them on Tuesday and Thursday that it's gonna take every single one of us to bring those two things from start to finish.  I tip my hat to the 27 kids in that dugout.  They bought into each other and every single one of them had the same mindset.  So, at the end of the day, they deserve all the credit. 

We did have some very good individual performances. However, this group knows we are not a team out for individual awards.  We are about Squad 44.  We represent all of Adair Co. ---- .” 

Some things are WORTH talking about!

There are some things just worth talking about! Senior Aaran Taylor is not only a great student who is a pleasure to have in class, but he is also well spoken and always has a smile on his face. His academic record speaks for itself. Just an all around good kid, but there is something about Aaran many may not  know. He has never missed a day of school. Aaran started school in the Adair County School System in preschool and has had perfect attendance his entire academic career.


Aerospace Career Path gaining momentum!

Next year during the 2015-2016 school year, everything is set for the Adair County High School to provide students with a 40th Career Path in Aerospace. With the excitement growing among students, Mr. Willis decided to take prospective Air and Space Academy students to visit the Wing Design Competition at the Lake Cumberland Regional Airport in Somerset, KY this past Saturday May 9th. They had the opportunity to observe the competition as well as see some awesome aircraft. Mr. Willis stated,  “The students were inspired!” This is just another great reason Adair County Schools continue to be front runners in providing students with new and exciting Career Path options.   

Art Winners

Campbellsville University's Fine Arts department hosted an open house showcasing their new BFA program in Visual Art.  Local high school juniors & seniors were given a tour of the campus's visual art facilities & privied to a viewing of an award winning documentary.  A juried art exhibit specifically for local high school students was also part of the day's activities.  Several art students from Adair, Taylor, Marion, & Campbellsville High Schools were recognized & awards were given.  These students from Adair County, under the instruction of Ms. Cayce Davenport, were recognized:

 Destiny Wright: 2nd in Sculpture - Tara Pierce : 2nd in Painting - Tyler McKinney: 2nd in Digital Media

Teacher Appreciation Winners

With this week being Teacher Appreciate Week two local business donated items to being given to teachers in recognition of their hard work. Holmes Bend Boat Dock and Marina donated the Grand Prize with a $350 value which consisted of a nights stay in one of their wonderful cabins and a day rental of a Pontoon. Untied Citizens Bank donated the 2nd place prize of $100 dollars. Each school drew on teachers name out and then Mr. Reed had Morgan Harvey, a student at Adair County Middle School, draw the winners from the finalist. Morgan drew Lana Glasgow from Adair County Elementary School for the Grand Prize and Luci Irvin from Adair County Primary Center won the $100 dollars. Congratulations to both these great teachers! 

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation Week across the Commonwealth. I personally had two teachers that really made an impact on me.  The first one is  Mrs. Holt in 5th Grade because she was the first public school teacher I had ever had. The second was my High School English Teacher, Mrs. Judie Alley, who I love and stay in touch with even now that I am a grown woman.


Making Sense of how we use our Money!

Article and Photo by: Debbie Cowan

“Whew, managing money is harder than it looks,” sighed a 4th grade student at Adair Elementary School.  Another student responded, “Managing money is a big responsibility. I thought it was easy until today.”

These students, along with all of their 4th grade classmates, had just visited they school gym to participate in the “Dollar and Sense” Program.  This program, designed to introduce elementary school students to concepts in economics and budgeting, provided students with an opportunity to make their own financial decisions.  


Mr. Reed's Comments ---

To all:

Yesterday afternoon our faculty and staff was shocked and saddened by the news of Mr. Michael Godsey's serious accident.

I, along with some others from our school district, drove to U of L Hospital to support the family. Their church family and relatives are here as well.

The family is deeply moved by the outpouring of love from all you, their school family.

The situation remains serious and the family is solid in their faith.

For now the family requests continued prayers. It could be sometime before a clearer picture emerges.

I am sure information will be shared as it becomes available. 

This incident serves as another reminder about the fragile nature of life.

It was around 11 p.m. when we left to give the family privacy.  Again, they have lots of support.

Today we are all reminded to hold those we love close.  Be sure to remind them you love them and appreciate them.

Alan Reed  

ACES Has Great Performance in Regional Governor's Cup

Congratulations to the Adair County Elementary School Academic Team as they ended a very successful season at the Regional Governor's Cup Competition held at Gamaliel Elementary on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  With 14 schools being represented, the ACES Academic Team did an excellent job representing our school and district.  Top honors went to the Future Problem Solving Team as they were named Regional FPS Champions!  FPS Students are...Gracie Baker, Briley Burns, Madeline Hardwick and Elizabeth Smith.  They are coached by Jeana Pike. 


ACES Leading the Way

The Adair County Elementary School is having huge success with an incentive program connected to two online programs, Lexia and Dreambox. Both programs are researched based and proven to improve academic performance.  Lexia deals with Reading and Language Arts and is aligned with Kentucky common core standards. The same is true with Dreambox, which is Mathematics based.

ACES students are encouraged to use the programs at home as well as at school.  Each student has a username and password enabling them to access the software that is located at school from any location. They are given weekly objectives connected to each program. Every student that reaches their goal for the week in either program receives a certificate during morning assembly. Principal Steve Burton has recognized as many as 90 students in one week.

This is a first for our School System and ACES is using the new access abilities to their fullest. To all the ACES students out there --- Keep up the great work!


Fourth grader Evan Bernard Honored by VSA

Sometimes something great happens to the most deserving individuals. That would be the case, this past week, when Evan Bernard, a fourth grader in Missy Garmon’s class at Adair County Elementary School received the news that his Art work had been accepted for the VSA Traveling Art Exhibit but that was not all, his piece was chosen for a holiday ornament that was given to all VSA board members --which is the highest honor.


New School Calendar

Good Friday morning,

At 8:00 am this morning the Adair County Board of Education met for a special called meeting and one of the agenda items was the 2014-15 School Calendar.


ACES to host Science Night on March 12th, 5:00 -- 6:00

 Adair County Elementary School will be the sight of exploration for young engineers and young scientists  on March 12th, 5:00 - 6:00 at Science Night Out.

All ACES students and families are invited to this fun event.  Students will learn about health and nutrition as they build and race an edible car.  There will be opportunities to learn about the life cycle of plants as well as fun family engineering projects.  Parents will have the opportunity to learn about ways to help their child be more successful in science class.

A light meal will be provided.

 This event is being coordinated by student  teachers at ACES and is co-sponsored by  ACES Science Dept., Title I, Family Resource and Camp SAFARI. 

Welding Fabrication Team Bring Home 1st Place!

The Adair County Lake Cumberland ATC Campus went to Somerset Community College Saturday, February 28th, and competed for the first time in SKILLS Welding Fabrication Contest.

The team competing was made up of welding students Dusty Claiborne, Joshua Grant, and Chad Scholl. They competed against 8 other teams from across the region and were judged on Safety, Teamwork, Welding Blueprint reading, layout, GMAW-Spray (MIG Welding), Finish and Quality Control. The team came away with 1st place. A huge feather in the cap of Adair County High Schools new program.

Rector promoted to new position - Network Engineer

Jason Rector has been named the new Network Engineer for the Adair County Schools. Superintendent Reed says the rapid growth of handheld devices such as iPads has placed a strain on an already outdated system. Every employee and student in our system depends on wireless technology that is dependable and modern. Jason has worked his way up through the ranks and has proven his worth.


ACHS Academic Team Members Once Again Advance To Governor's Cup State

At the 2015 Governor's Cup Regional, Adair County High School had another successful series of finishes among the best students from 19 different schools stretching from Bowling Green to Russell County. The ACHS Academic Team earned five slots in Governor's Cup State Finals, which will be held in mid-March at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville. 



Shoes for H.O.P.E. Drive

The ACHS GRIT Team (Goal Driven, Resilient, Influential Teens-GRIT) is partnering with Mr. Campbell and the Athletic Department at Adair County High School in the Shoes for H.O.P.E. Drive.  You can learn more about this project at http://vimeo.com/69276501.  This is an an excellent opportunity for the ACHS family and community to give back and make a difference to people all over the world, and even in our own state of KY, who may not have shoes.   Shoes do not have to be new.  They can be in any condition and will be refurbished.


Free Admission tonight sponsored by the Bank of Columbia

Rhonda Cox from the Bank of Columbia proudly annoced that the Bank of Columbia is inviting everyone to join them nonight at the Adair County High School Burr Gym as the Adair Co Indians take on Campbellsville in District action on our home court.

All Adair Co students will receive free admission and the Bank of Columbia will sponsor the Indians and Lady Indians for "FILL THE GYM" night.

Lady Indians will BEGIN at 5:30 followed by the boys game at approximately 7:00.

Great players deserve great fans, so come on out to show your support and you may just go home with a free Indians t-shirt.

Decade of Dominance

Decade of Dominance: ACHS Academic Team Wins 10th Straight District Title

The Adair County High School Academic Team won the 2015 Governor’s Cup District Championship on Saturday, January 24, for the 10th year in a row. The competition took place at Green County High School, and the Quick Recall team swept through each round of Quick Recall undefeated.  In addition, the Future Problem Solving team—a perennial world championship qualifier—swept all judges’ top rankings for 1st Place in their competition.  

Career and Technical Education Showcase

The Adair County High School Career and Technical Education Showcase is something you will not want to miss. It will be held on February 9, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT at the Adair County High School – located at 526 Indian Drive.


Career and Technical Education Showcase

The Adair County High School Career and Technical Education Showcase is something you will not want to miss. It will be held on February 9, 2015, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CT at the Adair County High School – located at 526 Indian Drive.


Adair County Schools Announces STOP Tipline......

Adair Co. Schools Announces STOP Tipline …Report bullying and other risky behavior online

Safety is our first priority. In an effort to use every available resource to STOP bullying and other risky behaviors in our schools, Adair Co. Schools proudly announces the implementation of the “Safety Tipline Online Prevention” or STOP! Tipline.   The STOP! Tipline is designed for use as an online reporting/prevention tool which is provided free by the Kentucky Center for School Safety.   If students, parents or community members know of an unsafe situation in school (bullying, weapons, drugs or alcohol, etc.), they can anonymously pass on that information to school personnel by using this basic email format. 


Together we can do anything! Our year in review!

It is not often that a person, place, or community can look back over its shoulder and see positive change has not only occurred but been the dominating theme of its resent past. Yet, for the first time in years, the Adair County Schools can say without question positive change it truly what has defined us over the past year or so.


Report Cards

Report Cards will go home with students on January 21st.

MAP Testing

ACES students will have MAP testing January 12 - 23, 2015.

DreamBox Website - 12/13

I just received an e-mail from DreamBox - please be aware that this website may or may not work this weekend.   -Alice Curry

3rd Grade Family Reading Night December 2nd, 5 pm ACES

3rd Grade Family Reading Night, December 2nd, 5:00 at ACES

Adair County Elementary will host "Readers are Leaders" Family Reading Night for 3rd grade students and their families on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:00.  All ACES families with 3rd grade students are invited for a fun evening of reading and family time. Each family will receive a new book and refreshments will be provided.   This event is sponsored by Title I, Family Resource and Camp Safari. 

Christmas Crafts, December 10th, 3:15 - 4:45 at ACES

Christmas Crafts, December 10th, 3:15 - 4:45 at ACES

It's Christmas Crafts time at Adair Elementary. All ACES families are invited to the school on December 10th, 3:15 - 4:45 for this annual crafting event where students and parents  will be able to make simple crafts for the up-coming holiday season.  This event is sponsored by Title I, Family Resource and Camp Safari. 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Adair County Schools

Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, November 14th from 12:00-6:00

We hope you are able to make plans to stop by and speak with your child’s teacher(s).

Visit from Miss Kentucky

Photo and Article by: Debbie Cowan

ACES students were treated to a visit from Miss Kentucky, Ramsey Carpenter on October 28th, 2014.     Miss Carpenter spoke with the students about goal setting and perseverance.  She shared that she sought the Miss Kentucky crown three times prior to her successful bid in 2014 and that hard work, dedication and a strong belief in self are the keys to being successful.  When asked about her crown, she pointed out that the crown has four points. Each point represents a quality of someone that holds the Miss Kentucky title.  Those qualities are scholarship, service, style and success.


ACES Book Fair

ACES will hold a Book Fair in the library November 10th thru 13th.

Join Adair County High School

During National Teen Driver Safety Week, our high school is participating in Celebrate My Drive and we'd like to invite your support!  Adair County High School is participating in the program because teen driver safety is important to us and our school will have a chance to win a $100,000 grant from State Farm!  We could also win one of two hometown concert events.

But we need your help.

You can make a safe driving commitment once a day, every day, between today October 15 and October 24, 2014.  The more safe driving commitments we make, the better our school's chance of winning $100,000 and hosting a concert.  It's simple:

*Log onto celebratemydrive.com

*Indicate you want to support Adair County High School

*Commit to drive safely!

2014 Pumpkin Patch

The 2014 Pumpkin Patch was a perfect example of synergy in action.  Teachers, staff, and community members worked together to create this year’s event for all of the Adair County Primary Center (ACPC) students and preschoolers from the Adair County Elementary School. ACPC teachers Sarah Burton and Luci Irvin collaborated with Adair County High School (ACHS) teachers Kirby Hancock and Sheila Willis to create the fun-filled day for students.


Farm and Home Safety Day

By: Debbie Cowan

Farm and Home Safety Day is sponsored by Adair County 4-H, Adair County FFA and ACES Family Resource Center.  Progressive Agricultural Foundation is a national sponsor of this event and provides t-shirts for all participants. This was the 17th  year for this event in Adair County. 



Readers are Leaders

Readers are Leaders!

 4th Grade Family Reading Night

October 7th, 2014 - 5 PM

We are inviting all ACES families with 4th grade students to join us for a fun evening of reading and family time. Each participating family will receive a new book and refreshments will be provided.


You’re invited to a Grand Night at ACES!!!

In honor of Grandparents’ Day, we would like to invite Grandparents to ACES to spend some time with their grandchildren.  There will be several fun activities including Bingo for Books, Crafts and Reading Rooms. Refreshments will be available.     

September 23rd, 2014     
5:00 – 6:00
Adair County Elementary School

This event is sponsored by Title I, Family Resource & Camp SAFARI.  

Early Release Fridays

***Reminder from Adair County Schools***

Early Release Fridays will be begin tomorrow, September 5th.

All schools will release students at 1:00 each Friday from September 5th-April 30th.

If you have any questions feel free to give us a call.

September 18, 2014 is the Kentucky Schools’ High Attendance Day

Dear students of Adair County,

We just want to take a few minutes to share the importance of school attendance with you. You are our community’s most important asset and the Leaders of tomorrow. School attendance is super important for your success in school and in your future. Please take just a few minutes to read this letter.

Adair County Community Walking Club working with ACPC and ACES Family Resource

Did you know that 30 minutes of physical activity 5 times a week can greatly improve your health? Walking is the number one form of physical activity and is the cheapest and easiest way to stay fit. The Adair County Community Walking Club was formed to offer a safe environment for people to walk together. The club hosts monthly walks and welcomes anyone to join at anytime.


ACES Open House

Adair County Elementary School

Class Lists are posted at ACES.
Open House-August 11th 4:00-6:00
ACES Summer Camp SAFARI provides many adventures for students!

Unsuspecting visitors to Adair County Elementary School (ACES) this summer may have expected to see an empty building void of learning and children’s laughter.  Instead they have been greeted with live snakes, rockets being launched, children encased in bubbles and science and art experiments gone wild. 


The Love of a Grandmother

Will volunteering in your child or grandchild’s school improve their academic life? It has been researched and studied for years, and the verdict is a resounding yes! Just ask Travis and Dylan Hale.


20th District Champs!

We want everyone to know that for the first time since 1989 (25 years!!), the Adair County High School baseball team, coached by Mr. Mike Mantooth, has won the 20th District Baseball Tournament played last night at Campbellsville.  Adair defeated a tough Campbellsville opponent by a score of 4-3.  


Cupcakes for Kody!

During the afternoon of May 7th -- the Adair County Special Education classes gathered to remember one of their own. It was the first annual Cupcakes for Kody! Our entire district has struggled with the loss of our dear friend Kody Pelly, who without a doubt was the kindest soul God ever put on the planet.


Adair Elementary School students on the right track with physical fitness...

Adair County Elementary School (ACES) students are enjoying the opportunity to become more physically active at school this year as they participate in the school’s 100 Mile Walking Club.   The 100 Mile Club is a national organization that seeks to provide an opportunity for students to experience fitness and personal success.   The philosophy behind The 100 Mile Club is simple; the belief that every single individual has the ability to achieve  personal success  and a new level of physical fitness by accepting the challenge of walking 100 miles at school during a single school year.  It’s not a competition, but rather a personal journey for each student as they work to achieve the goal of becoming more physically active each day.


AARP Grandparent Essay Winners

Miranda Ellis could not be happier with two of her 5th grade Language Arts students. Caroline Hardwick and Madison Billingsley both entered the AARP Grandparent of the Year Essay Contest sponsored through the Adair Co. Retired Teachers Association. Bobbie Coomer is President and Teresa Roy coordinated the contest for Adair County. Caroline Hardwick won the contest with her essay about her grandmother Peggy Ellis. The 1st runner up was Madison Billingsley. Caroline is very excited that her essay will be going on to be judged for regional and possibly to the state competition. She will find out in April.

Bicycle Safety Rodeo

Kosair Children’s Hospital Bicycle Safety Rodeo program visited Adair Elementary School on March 10th and 11th, 2014. This fun, educational program is focused on teaching bicycle safety to third, fourth and fifth grade students throughout Kentucky.  Students are taught “Rules of the Road” and then ride bikes through a mini course that represents actual cycling situations.


Adair County Elementary School’s Future Problem Solving Team – Regional Champs!

On Saturday, March 22, 2014, the Adair County Elementary School’s Academic Team, coached by Lisa Newell-Hare and Jeana Pike, competed in Regional Governor’s Cup Competition at Russell Springs Elementary School.  Several students competed in written assessments with the Future Problem Solving Team coming out on top as they were named Future Problem Solving-Elementary KAAC Regional Governor’s Cup Champions.  Also, placing in regional competition was Elizabeth Cook taking 4th place in Written Composition.  With these wins, ACES ended up in 4th place in total team points out of twelve schools competing.


District Spotlight - Dana Harmon Dana Harmon and Jaylyn England

This month’s Adair County School District Spotlight is on what has to be one of the sweetest ladies I think God ever put on the planet. Her heart is--without a doubt--the size of Adair County, and if you ever get a chance to see her work with our young children, your own heart will melt. She started her career with the district in 1998 as an Instructional Assistant to a student with a visual impairment. Fast-forward 16 years and she is the Director for the 21st Century Community Learning Center grant. If you ever had a child who was lucky enough to be in her after-school program over the years, you know exactly who I am talking about: Ms. Dana Harmon.


ACPC Scholastic Book Fair

As many of you may know the Scholastic Book Fair is going on at ACPC right now.  If you would like to shop the fair, but cannot come out for Family Night, we have your answer.  Here is a link to the book fair so you can shop online.  Everything that is at the book fair is on this site.  Thanks, as always, for your support of our school!!



Preschool and Headstart Registration

Preschool and Headstart Registration for the 2014-2015 school year will take place at the Adair County Annex Building Basement on April 11th from 8 am until 12 noon and then again on May 9th from 8 am until 2 pm. Parents will need to bring proof of income and a state certified birth certificate. For more information feel free to call Anita Goode in regards to Preschool at 270-384-2476 or Robbie Harmon in connection to Headstart at 270-384-4111

Read Across Adair County

The Adair County School District is excited by all the great activities Ms. Sarah Burton at the Adair County Primary Center has put together for the upcoming Annual Read Across Adair County.

Music in Our School

Next week we will be celebrating Music in Our Schools month.  Each day will concentrate on a different musical era.  Students are encouraged to wear clothing that will represent this:
-Monday, March 17th-Country Western Day
-Tuesday, March 18th-50s Day
-Wednesday, March 19th-60s/70s Day
-Thursday, March 20st-80s Day
-Friday, March 21th-Musical Clothing/Accessories Day 90s to today

Math Madness

Math Madness, a night of math games and activities will be held Thursday, March 20th, 5:00 at Adair Elementary School, 870 Indian Drive,  Columbia. All ACES families are invited out for this fun event.  For more information, call 270-384-9112.

Kentucky's Healthcare Connection

Kentucky’s Healthcare Connection, kynect, will be offering insurance enrollment on March 12th and 13th at Adair County Elementary School, 870 Indian Drive, Columbia.  Officials with this program will be in the school library, 3:00 – 7:00 each night to help families with the enrollment process.  Interested persons are asked to bring proof of family income, social security cards and photo identification for all family members.

For more information, call 606-305-1128

ACES Academic Team
On Saturday March 1st , 2014 at the Metcalfe County Elementary School the Adair County Elementary School Academic Team competed in the District Governors Cup. The young team did very well with wins in numerous written assessment areas. Aiden Bosela placed 2nd in Science, Amber Loy placed 4th in Language Arts, Morgan Spoon placed 3rd and Sadie Kemp 5th in Arts & Humanities. Their Quick Recall team placed 3rd.
ACES Academic Team
On Saturday March 1st , 2014 at the Metcalfe County Elementary School the Adair County Elementary School Academic Team competed in the District Governors Cup. The young team did very well with wins in numerous written assessment areas. Aiden Bosela placed 2nd in Science, Amber Loy placed 4th in Language Arts, Morgan Spoon placed 3rd and Sadie Kemp 5th in Arts & Humanities. Their Quick Recall team placed 3rd.
Adair County Basketball

We are so proud to announce that both our girls and boys basketball teams will be playing this weekend for 20th District Championships. Congradulations to all our players. The Adair County Girls Team will be playing tonight February 28th, against the Marion Co. Girls and tomorrow night March 1st, the Adair County Boys Team play Taylor Co. The boys game is camo themed!  Both these games will be held in Marion County and start at 6:00 pm CST. Please come out and support these athletes.


Ahead of the Curve!

This story was brought to my attention not by a principal, the superintendant, parents, or even other staff members, but by students. Yes, I said students!

Marion Grant, 5th grade practical living and social studies teacher at Adair County Elementary School, is ahead of the curve as usual! Many of you have heard about the “Leader in Me” program the Adair County School System will be implementing next year. I have written about and showcased  a hand full of staff members who have taken the ball and are running with it. And the first reactions from students are nothing short of fabulous! They are so proud of what they are doing they want everyone to know.


Where it all Begins!

The Adair County Elementary School Academic Team started their quest for a District Title this week as they compete in District Governor’s Cup Competition being hosted by Metcalfe County Elementary School. Folks in these parts are very familiar with how great the Adair County High School Academic Team has been for years. But I think people forget that success doesn’t happen overnight. Many of the students currently on the ACHS Academic Team have competed for years starting in elementary school.


ACES is where it all begins!

The Adair County Elementary School Academic Team started their quest for a District Title this week as they compete in District Governor’s Cup Competition being hosted by Metcalfe County Elementary School. Folks in these parts are very familiar with how great the Adair County High School Academic Team has been for years. But I think people forget that success doesn’t happen overnight. Many of the students currently on the ACHS Academic Team have competed for years starting in elementary school.


WHAS Crusade for Children Promotional Video

In the coming days be watching WHAS for a clip about the Adair County Special Education Program. It features Kody Pelly’s memory, Griffitt Powell, and Mary Keen Speech Therapist at Adair County Elementary School. WHAS Crusade for Children producer/director Larry Ledford spent the morning interviewing Kim Pelly, Superintendant Alan Reed, Director of Special Education Anita Goode, Michelle Powell, and Griffitt Powell working with Mary Keen ACES Speech Therapist in preparation for a clip promoting the WHAS Crusade for Children.  Mr. Ledford is focusing on the positive impact the Crusade has on schools and their students. It is an honor to be included in the upcoming video.


Adair County Schools $25,000 Technology Donation

Adair County Schools $25,000 Technology Donation


Columbia, KY – February 12, 2014 – Duo County Telecom announces a donation of $25,000 to the Adair County school district for technology upgrades.  The school district welcomed the much needed funds as they are constantly facing the necessity to upgrade their technology infrastructure with limited resources.

Community Baby Fair

The Adair County Family Resource Centers will be hosting a Community Baby Fair on Tuesday, April 8th from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at the Adair County Elementary School Cafeteria located at 870 Indian Drive. The event is for ALL expectant Adair County parents and parents of children up to 6 months of age.


Grand Group Meeting


A support group for grandparents who are the primary caregiver for their grandchildren.....join us for information, resources and fun with other local “Grands”.

~February 25th, 2014~ at 11:00 a.m.

Adair County Cooperative Extension Office

409 Fairgrounds Street (HWY 206)

~Your lunch will be provided~

Family Ties Parenting presents "Lunch and Learn"

Family Ties Parenting presents  “Lunch and Learn”

A series of fun, informative meetings for expectant parents and parents with children ages birth — 5 years

March 6th, 13th, 20th

10:00 – 11:00 each day

Location: Adair County Cooperative Extension Office

409 Fairgrounds Street


Camp SAFARI at Adair County Elementary School...every day is an adventure!!! Camp SAFARI

Article and Picture by Debbie Cowan

For many students, the end of the regular school day means boarding a bus and departing for home. However, for numerous Adair County Elementary School (ACES) students, a new adventure begins each afternoon at Camp SAFARI, ACES’s 21 Century Community Learning Center program. SAFARI is an acronym for “staying after -school for academics, recreation and imagination” and the program delivers on its promise to provide before and after-school extended learning and enrichment opportunities for 3rd – 5th grade students.

ACES - Family Reading Night for Preschoolers

Article and Photo by Debbie Cowan -

Adair Elementary School  hosted a Family Reading Night for Preschoolers and their families on January 28th.  After a meal, the families enjoyed the story of  The Little Red Hen .  In this classic tale, the red hen must complete all the house and field work by herself because of her lazy friends. In the end, she enjoys the fruits of her labors and her lazy friends go without.

January Spotlight

Adair County School District January Spotlight –


This month our district spotlight shines on a wonderful educator by the name of John Shelley. For those who may not know Mr. Shelley aka John; he is one of the smartest, most hard working, humble, kind gentleman you will ever meet. In the summer of 2013 after 22 years in the classroom Mr. Shelley accepted a position at Adair County Board of Education as the Title I Director, Principal of Adair County Youth Development Center, Principal of Spectrum, District Site Base Coordinator, and Energy Coordinator. It makes me tired just typing it all…… but to no one’s surprise John has exceeded expectations. 


Family Reading Night for Preschool Students

Family Reading Night for Preschool students will be Tuesday, January 28th from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.  You may call Debbie Cowan at 384-0077 or sign the form that was sent home with Preschool students and return to school.  Free food for the family and a free book for preschool students will be available.  Sign up is required to make sure these items are available for all who attend.

Recycle, Reuse, Renew!

When Col. Wm. Casey and John Adair were closed, other schools and staff from across the district took the opportunity to reuse any and all of the furniture, equipment, teaching aids, and kitchen items left behind. The unneeded objects remaining, combined with other surplus items from across the district, were cataloged and stored to be auctioned.

The 2013 Chamber of Commerce Christmas ornaments The 2013 Chamber of Commerce Christmas ornaments

By Brenda Mann

Each year the Columbia-Adair Chamber of Commerce features a Christmas ornament that honors an establishment or landmark that is representative of Adair’s heritage.    The Chamber has dedicated the 2013 Christmas ornaments in honor of the contributions of two educational icons, Colonel William Casey Elementary and John Adair Intermediate Schools.

Note to Parents

School Picture Money is due on Friday, November 15th.


If you have been to any of the Adair County School's this year you have noticed a few changes in the way things look and some of our operating procedures. The biggest change for parents has been using the new Ident-a-Kid security system that is located in every building on campus including our central office.

Weekly District Spotlight

The Adair County School System is proud to spotlight Mr. Mike Mantooth currently an instructional aide at Adair County Elementary School and the new Adair County High School Baseball Coach.

Early Release Fridays

As part of the Race to the Top grant, the Adair County School System will begin Early Release Fridays beginning Sept. 6 and running through April 25, 2014.  What does this mean for you and your family?

New Principal

The Adair County Elementary School Site Base is proud to introduce Steve Burton as new ACES Principal. Mr. Burton brings 10 years of teaching experience to the position that includes time at Colonel William Casey Elementary and Adair County Elementary School.

Under Construction

The Adair County School DIstrict website is currently undergoing a small facelife. During the next few days the site may not look exactly right here and there but please be patient. The new design and layout should be completed by Monday June 10th.

March is MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS month Music in Our Schools Month

During the month of March, across the nation, students are celebrating Music in Our Schools month.  Here at ACES, we will be having a few special activities throughout the month.

Red Ribbon Week
Each year during October, youth and adults across our nation join forces to promote the message of being drug free. Red Ribbon Week focuses on the prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use and will be celebrated. During Red Ribbon Week (October 25th - 31st), take the opportunity to talk to your child about your expections and the dangers of drug use. Remember that parents have a great impace on the choices a child makes.
Activities at ACES will include:

Wednesday, Oct, 30th - "Drugs Don't Make Cents" - penny drive
Thursday, Oct. 31st - "Smarties Don't Do Drugs Day" - Smarties candy will be given to each child
Kentucky Safe Schools Week - Oct. 20-26
October 20th through 26th is set as Kentucky Safe Schools Week.  Kentucky Center for School Safety encourages every school across Kentucky to participate. This week’s positive focus will be on “Safety,” “Teamwork,” “Opportunities” and “Power” all stakeholders will be encouraged to get involved and S.T.O.P.! Bullying, Violence and Risky Behavior in our Schools which supports a safe, respectful, climate where all can succeed.
Take the S.T.O.P.! Pledge Click Here
High Attendance Day

Kentucky Schools will be having their annual “High Attendance Day” on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 and for districts such as Adair County that will not be in session that day it will be held on Tuesday, September 17, 2013.


ACES Christmas Play
The public is invited to the ACES Christmas play on December 18, 2012 at 12:30 p.m.

Students introduced to wide array of professions, career pathways

Adair County Schools Conducts Adair County Emergency Responders Round Table Meeting
Adair County Schools Conducts Adair County Emergency Responders Round Table Meeting
Thursday October 24th 2013 the Adair County School System hosted an Emergency Responders Roundtable Meeting attended by 30 community leaders representing the Kentucky State Police, Adair County Sheriff Department, Columbia City Police, Adair County EMS, Adair County Fire Department, Adair Search and Rescue, Breeding Fire Department, Lake Cumberland Health Department, Westlake Regional Hospital, as well as Local and Regional Emergency Management representatives.



In honor of Grandparent's Day, which is in the month of September, you are invited to come to ACES on Thursday, September 26th from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and spend time with your grandchild/grandchildren.  Activities have been planned but if you have a special talent that you would like to share with a group, please let us know (384-0077 -- Debbie Cowan) and we will put you on the agenda.  Refreshments will be available and this event is sponsored by Title 1 and Family Resource Center.

Family Reading Night - Preschool/Kindergarten
ACES families with Preschool and Kindergarten students are invited to join us as we celebrate family togetherness and share the joy of reading with kids.

Coordinators network, exchange ideas, and receive valuable training

Agricultural Safety Day Agricultural Safety Day

Photo and Article By: Debbie Cowan

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, unintentional injury is the number one cause of death for children ages 1-15 in Kentucky. Many of those accidents are home and farm related and farming continues to rank as one of the most dangerous jobs. Adair County’s rural landscape is home to over 1,400 farms and even children who do not live on or near a farm will likely visit farms on occasion.

Activities have been planned for the 2012-13 school year.  This calendar may also be viewed on our website under SCHOOL INFO - GENERAL INFORMATION.

Season ends on high note with Governor’s Cup victory

Welcome Back Activities
Welcome Back!!!

ACES, ACPC students celebrate the joys of reading

ACES Changes for the 2012-13 School Year
  • Mrs. Marian Grant has transferred from 5th grade teacher to the Counselor position at ACES!
  • Mrs. Jamie Shelley has transferred from Kindergarten to 5th Grade - Social Studies!
  • Mrs. Miranda Ellis is our new Kindergarten teacher!  Welcome Mrs. Ellis!
  • Mrs. Marissa Abbott has transferred from the Adult Learning Center to become our Receptionist!  Welcome Mrs. Abbott!

Students will be in school March 20

West African Music, Dance and Stories Come to ACES
This past week, the 4th grade has learned about West Africa through music, song, dance and dramatic folktales.

Community members, high school students offer demonstrations for third, fourth, and fifth graders

ACES Weekly Activities to Honor Dr. Seuss' Birthday
Monday, Feb. 27 - Pajama Day
Tuesday, Feb. 28 - Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, Feb. 29 - Dress in as many colors as you can
Thursday, Mar. 1 - Wear hats or crazy hats
Friday, Mar. 2 - Wear Red & White - Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!
Fourth Grade Performs Play
Mrs. Amy Walker's afterschool program (All A's and Bee's), presented a play to the 4th grade students.  The  play, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume, starred Luis Ayala, Leighton Brockman, Taylor Calhoun, Alex Fudge, Emily Fulton and Dana Greer.

ACES fourth grader Aiden Peltston’s work included in statewide display

Read Adair County
March 1st from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Adair County Elementary School.  Make plans to attend!

ACES’ squad advances to region following weekend wins

Study Island in Mrs. Walker's class
Students in Mrs. Amy Walker's class use Study Island to improve/re-enforce Language Arts skills.    

New lunchtime reward system encourages progress in reading and math

Photo Gallery
There have been new photos added to our website gallery.  Check them out....

Fifth grade social studies students create floats for different countries

Monday - WEAR RED DAY - wear red clothes,  Tuesday - SOCK IT TO DRUGS DAY - wear crazy socks,  Wednesday -  RED RIBBON DAY - all students receive red ribbon to wear, camoflauge, Thursday -  RED, WHITE & BLUE DAY - wear red, white & blue,  Friday - SMARTIES DON'T DO DRUGS - all students will receive a sticker and "Smarties" candy.

Participation is up, support continues to grow

Photo Gallery
Check out the photo gallery for pictures of student's work in Mrs. Bardin's science class!
“READING MADNESS” AT ACES reading madness

School-wide initiative encourages reading with friendly competition

The ACES Family Resource Center and Title 1 are hosting a Family Reading Night at the Adair County Elementary School Cafeteria/Library.  Students are bringing home a note in their Wednesday folders on August 24th.  If you plan to attend, please sign and return to school as soon as possible.

Renowned science educator Jason Lindsey visits ACHS

ACES Open House
Monday, August 1st from 4:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Please come and start the new school year by meeting your child's teacher(s). 
2011 ACES T-Shirt Design Winner Jamie Maurath (Sara's homeroom teachers), Sara, Madison Vanarsdale (Sara's friend) show off this years ACES t-shirt featuring Sara's design
Each year at ACES teachers and students receive a t-shirt.  It is given "in appreciation for all of their hard work during the school year," stated Principal Robbie Harmon.  This year was a little different though. 
Helping Our Neighbors in Need.....
from Columbia, Kentucky to Cullman, Alabama!
"Jammies for Japan"
Thank you to all students and staff that participated in the "Jammies for Japan" on March 25th.  Students/staff wore pajamas to school and contributed $1.00.  WE RAISED $840.63! for the victims of this catastrophe!
ACES Re-Mix Show VID00772.mp4
ACES Students in grades 2-6 were treated with a show by Re-Mix Education!  Re-Mix encourages students with testing tips and doing their best at school!
ACES Academic Team WIN Competition!!!!
The Academic Team from ACES traveled to Monroe County on Saturday to compete with seven other schools in the 6th Grade Showcase.  They won 1st place overall and the Quick Recall Team went undefeated, winning six straight matches.