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    BOE to Have Special Called Meeting

    The Crittenden County Board of Education will have a Special Called Meeting at 12:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 1, to create a full time position vacated by the CCMS instructional coach. 



    Crittenden County Schools is proud to announce and welcome Tiffany Blazina as the district's new Personnel/Public Relations Director. 

    Mrs. Blazina is a Crittenden County native, graduating from Crittenden County High School in 1994. She has been employed with Crittenden County Schools since 2009, where she has served as an English Language Arts teacher and also curriculum coach at Crittenden County Middle School. For the past two years, Mrs. Blazina also has worked part-time with district Public Relations. 

    Mrs. Blazina received a BA in Public Relations from Murray State University in 1998. Before coming to Crittenden County Schools, Mrs. Blazina served for ten years in the Marketing Department of Western Baptist Hospital.  She has since earned both a Masters in Middle School Education and a Rank I in Supervision of Instruction.

    In addition to her personnel and public relations duties, Mrs. Blazina will serve as the Healthy at Work Coordinator for the district’s 235 employees, revamp the district website, and become a member of the district’s grant writing team.

    “We are extremely excited to add Tiffany to our Central Office Staff as our full-time Personnel/PR Director,” said Superintendent Vince Clark. “She is value-added for Crittenden County, no matter her position, but her expertise in the field of public relations fills a much-needed role in our district. We are also excited to have her take a leadership role in our personnel department. I have no doubt she will do a wonderful job in both roles.”  

    Mrs. Blazina’s husband, Johnny,  is also a Crittenden County native, and they have two daughters, Maggie, a junior at CCHS, and Mollie, a 7th grader at CCMS. “I’m honored to join this extraordinary team and look forward to working with them to continually advance our district,” said Blazina. “Crittenden County Schools has so many remarkable students and staff, and it’s a privilege to work with them and share their stories with our community.”

    Blazina will assume her new duties on July 1.

    #RocketRelaunch Set for Aug. 25


    Rocket Nation, please click the link below for an open letter from Superintendent Vince Clark regarding the upcoming school year.

    Rocket Relaunch


    2020-21 calendar

    P-EBT Deadline Extended


    Parents of currently-enrolled Crittenden County students...the deadline to apply for P-EBT benefits has been extended! ALL Crittenden County students qualify!




    BOE meeting set for June 23


    The monthly Board of Education meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, June 23, at 5:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the district Facebook page at


    If you would like to address the Board of Education, please submit questions to the following email address by 12:00 pm, June 23.

    School Report Card Data Shared


    The following information is from the 2018-19 school year, since no testing occurred this school year. This is the most recent accountability data on file. 

    For a comprehensive view of all schools in the district, please see the following link:


    P-EBT Program Available to all Crittenden County Students


    p-ebtTo further provide support for students state-wide, the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has instituted the Pandemic-Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program. This financial resource is available for families with students who lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to Covid-19. P-EBT provides households with an EBT card with funds to spend on food at home for students. Because all Crittenden County students receive free meals, all students are eligible for this benefit in the amount of $313.50 per student. 


    Participation in the program can take place in one of three ways. Currently enrolled students already receiving SNAP benefits on an active EBT card automatically will receive additional funds and the parent or guardian does not have to do anything. Currently enrolled students who are receiving Medicaid or KTAP benefits based on income levels below the NSLP income guidelines, or who are in foster care, will automatically receive a P-EBT card in the mail with instructions. Again, the parent or guardian does not have to do anything. 


    Any parent of a currently-enrolled Crittenden County student can register for the P-EBT benefits by completing a simple, online application at Student name, address, date of birth, and Statewide Student Identification (SSID) are required. Crittenden County SSID numbers are found in the Infinite Campus Parent Portal and Student Portal directly under the student’s name. Anyone without access to their portal account may phone the school’s central office at (270) 965-3525 for assistance. 


    Applications will be open for 30 days, beginning June 1. Once the applicant receives confirmation the student had access to free or reduced-price lunch, the household will be mailed a P-EBT card. The amount cannot be split or transferred and may be reduced if student eligibility began after March 1. 


    Crittenden Co. Schools Working To Reduce "Summer Slide"

    Summer slideWith summer break upon us, the term “summer slide,” may leave some envisioning playgrounds and water parks, but in the education realm, summer slide refers to the decline in reading, math, and other academic skills that can occur over the summer months when school is not in session. This year, more than ever, Crittenden County schools are working to reverse this trend.  


    “We’ve always known that summer learning is important,” said Tonya Driver, assistant superintendent, “but with the shortened in-person school year due to Covid-19, we are especially thoughtful this year in partnering with parents to help students grow.”


    Crittenden County schools saw its final in-person traditional school day on Monday, March 16. After navigating 36 consecutive non-traditional instruction (NTI) days via distance learning, the school year ended on May 12. Students in all grades received either online lessons utilizing school-provided Chromebooks or paper packets to continue learning during the extended closure.”


    “Overnight, our teachers became digital and distance instructors,” said Driver, “and worked tirelessly to adapt to a new teaching environment. We know, however, that teaching new concepts and learning targets in a distance approach does not take the place of face-to-face learning and can result in skills regression in some students. That’s why we are determined now, more than ever, to work with students and parents to fill in learning gaps where we can during the summer.”


    The Kentucky Department of Education has launched a series of Summer Support Web pages in partnership with The Children’s Reading Foundation and the Summer Food Service Program that contain learning resources for both literacy and mathematics. Found online at,  the summer support pages offer information and resources to encourage students and families to make learning a part of daily summer routines in communities across Kentucky. The online support pages will feature a virtual read-aloud series that will allow children to listen to stories read by guests.


    The Summer Food Service Program also will integrate activities for the district’s youngest learners. Food Services Director Emily Wheeler explained that beginning June 1, math or reading resources for elementary-aged students will be provided along with hot meals to each student who picks up a hot meal at the CCES drive thru, from 11 a.m to 12 p.m. Staff will provide resources, including leveled books, mathematics card games and activities, and other literacy resources each Monday in June while supplies last. 


    “We are all on a common team in Crittenden County,” said Wheeler, “and our goal is to take care of our students, from nourishing the body to nourishing the brain. We are very excited to offer these free resources to our Rocket families.”


    Driver added that district leaders also are engaged weekly in planning intervention programs and activities, both during summer and upon the start to the 2020-2021 school year. “Our parents are our partners,” said Driver. “As we work to catch up students over the break, we will then assess our students upon return to school to see exactly where they are and what gaps may exist.” 


    Driver said a specialized RTI (response to intervention) plan will then go into effect at each school to meet students where they are in order to facilitate growth. “We are confident that in these unprecedented times, we will hold firm to our goal of helping students learn,” said Driver. “Our Rocket educators are focused on helping all of our students grow and succeed, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to get there.”


    Virtual Graduation Link Shared


    Perseverance can be defined as the persistence in doing something, despite difficulty or challenges. This important trait seems to embody our Class of 2020 graduates, as they have shown exceptional character and resilience in the midst of a school year that has been anything but traditional. Their accomplishments and successes are as numerous as the many memories they've given all of us during their time in Crittenden County Schools, and we now proudly celebrate their graduation.

    Please join us in viewing the 2020 Crittenden County High School Virtual Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m., at this link:

    End of Year Message From Superintendent Vince Clark


    sup messageGood morning Rocket Staff and Community!

    As we conclude what traditionally is an exciting graduation week for our seniors, we do so this year quite differently, but with the same Rocket pride that we feel each year another class accomplishes such an outstanding feat. I want to invite our community to come out and support our graduates in a 5 p.m. Senior Parade today, Friday, May 22, that will begin in the high school parking lot. From there, the graduates and their families will travel from the stop light by NAPA to Subway, where they will then wrap around Fohs Hall and return to campus, and receive their graduation packet in front of the rocket by the middle and high school.  This is a reduced route from our earlier plan, but it will provide our seniors more flexibility in the parade.  This is an exceptional group of young men and women, and we appreciate them so much for always representing our district and community with the utmost character and positivity.

    As we say goodbye to the Class of 2020, there is much chatter from the Kentucky Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control regarding what the start of school may look like. Understandably, there is much concern about the guidelines currently being shared, but I want to encourage everyone to not panic and rest assured that while we don't know exactly what changes may be required, one thing will remain the same in Crittenden County Schools:  our students will be loved, nurtured, and instructed by teachers and staff whose care and commitment to them is unmatched. 

    We truly believe that over the coming weeks, the guidelines being shared and guidance from the governor's office will continue to evolve. We are hopeful to start school Aug. 12, as originally planned by our calendar committee and approved by our Board of Education last December. We do, however, have the option to delay the start of school if it is not safe to bring all students on campus. Therefore, we will have a plan to start as late as Sept. 8, after Labor Day, if necessary. Our goal is to return all students back to school, but if circumstances and conditions warrant, we will be prepared to implement an alternating, hybrid/staggered plan where 50 percent of our students are here on Mondays and Wednesdays, and the other half come to campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Additionally, we would have an option for health-compromised students to learn from home through a synchronous virtual plan. We also are awaiting more guidance on bus and transportation rules, as well as guidance on masks. We do recognize constraints of wearing masks for an entire school day, and we continue to closely monitor that guidance weekly. 

    The key in moving forward is safety and flexibility, so we appreciate your patience and trust, as we collaborate with area districts and leaders while exploring the best options for us to safely open school. Rest assured, we want our students back, where they can learn, eat nutritious meals, and receive emotional and social support in a safe environment.

    In closing, we plan to survey all of our families about opening school in the fall, so we can prepare in-person and virtual learning opportunities. This survey will be shared next week and remain open through June 8. We will plan a second survey in July to finalize our back-to-school plan. Your input is valuable to us in moving forward, so it is important that we get accurate information about your plan to send your students back to school.

    I know these are challenging times for everyone, and we appreciate your patience with us as we make informed decisions. Our students' health and safety always will remain our top priority, and we are committed to their success. 


    Links to Senior Slideshow and Senior Awards Shared

    Rocket Nclass of 20ation: We are proud to present the 2020 Senior Slideshow and Senior Awards and Honors. Join with us as we celebrate our graduates! The link to the virtual graduation will be shared on Friday, and the video will be live at 7 p.m.

    Senior Slideshow:

    Senior Awards and Honors:


    CCHS Continues Ongoing Senior Salutes As Virtual Graduation Approaches


    As Crittenden County High School continues to salutesalute the Class of 2020 with senior spotlights on social media and surprise cap and gown deliveries, filming is well underway in the production of the school’s first ever virtual graduation. The graduation video will be shared at 7 p.m., on Friday, May 22. A link to the video will be shared with students, parents, and the community on the school’s Web site and Facebook page. Prior to the airing of the graduation, a Senior Parade is being planned for seniors and their families. More details will be shared with students and the community soon.


    CCHS Principal Amanda Irvan added that more senior surprises are planned for the graduates in the coming days. Additionally, all graduating seniors will receive a DVD of the graduation ceremony, so that all students are able to view the ceremony, regardless of internet access. 


    More information regarding all commencement events will be shared directly with students and families and also will be made available on school social media pages and the Crittenden Press. 


    Virtual BOE Meeting Set For May 12

    BOEThe monthly Board of Education meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, May 12, at 5:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the district Facebook page at

    If you would like to address the Board of Education, please submit questions to the following email address by 12:00 pm, May 12.


    Free UPS Meal Delivery Available To Crittenden Co. Students


    meals to youWe're happy to share some exciting news with our Rocket families. Beginning Tuesday, May 6, any family with a student in Crittenden County Schools may register for a free meal delivery service provided by UPS that will deliver two weeks' (10 days) worth of shelf-stable breakfast and lunch meals to each student. This service is ideal for those who have difficulty making it to bus stop feeding routes or who have children home alone while parents are working. There are no income restrictions, and this service will continue through June 30. The current food delivery system via bus routes and CCES drive through will continue. This is just another option for those with difficulty accessing either of those options. To register, fill out an online form at: or phone (270) 965-3525. Registration absolutely ends on May 13, so don't wait!

    Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown Shares Open Letter to Kentuckians

    Rocket Nation:  Kentucky Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown encourages all Kentuckians to read the attached letter regarding social and emotional aspects associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. At Crittenden County Schools, one of our top priorities is taking care of each other. We appreciate the support of our Rocket families and community as we navigate through these times.



    Pennyrile Allied Community

    Services Seeks Feedback

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    Rocket Nation: Pennyrile Allied Community Services wants to gain a better understanding of needs in our community due to Covid-19. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey to assist them.


    Superintendent's Letter To Seniors


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    Last Day Set for May 12; End of Year Procedures Shared


    Crittenden Co. Schools will meet its required number of instructional hours, 1062, on Tuesday, May 12. This will be the official last day of school, students' last day of NTI learning, and the absolute last day students can submit work. Parents, please plan now to ensure your students are progressing and submitting work to their teachers, either digitally or by dropping paper copies to the school offices. If you have any questions, teachers are available every weekday via email in this format: . You may also phone the schools for assistance.

    Schedules for returning Chromebooks and chargers and picking up students' personal belongings have been shared by each school. 

    Graduation plans have been shared with senior students and their parents and will be shared publicly soon. 

    We appreciate your flexibility and patience as we navigate these unconventional days together. Certainly, this is not how we envisioned ending our year when we began in August, but we want our students to finish strong and know that we are proud of our Rockets!



    BOE Virtual Meeting Set For April 28

    The monthly Board of Education meeting will take place virtually on Tuesday, April 28, at 5:30 p.m. It will be broadcast live on the district Facebook page at

    If you would like to address the Board of Education, please submit questions to the following email address by 12:00pm, April 28th.

    Crittenden Co. Schools Using Statewide Computer Network To Help Find Covid-19 Cure

    The novel coronavirus may have K-12 students in Kentucky’s school districts learning at home, but researchers at the University of Louisville are using the computing power of thousands of computers in classrooms across the state to identify drugs to treat COVID-19. Crittenden County School District is among this elite group, with 213 machines scanning about 11,000 drugs for their potential efficacy against the virus.The desktop computers are part of the DataseamGrid, a network of computers housed in classrooms of 48 Kentucky school districts as part of a partnership designed to support research, education and workforce development. 

    John Trent, Ph.D., deputy director of basic and translational research at the UofL Health - James Graham Brown Cancer Center, conducts virtual screening to discover new cancer drugs using the DataseamGrid for high-volume computations. Today, he has the computers at work 24/7 to identify the most promising drugs and compounds to fight SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19. 


    “We take a library of different molecules, and we see individually which one fits to the place where we want to block a particular activity,” said Trent.


    U of L said in a news release that Trent and his team “are screening the drugs and small molecules against 3D structures of four proteins in the virus to see which compounds might bind with the proteins. A drug that interferes with the activity of any of these proteins would reduce the virus’s ability to spread.”


    So far, the process has identified about 30 drugs as potentially effective, but researchers say it could be at least another year before testing begins in patients.

    “You take one of these small molecules and you see what fits in the right place,” Trent said. “That sounds easy but when you have 35 million of these it takes an awfully long time to do that.”


    Superintendent Vince Clark said that Crittenden County Schools are proud to be ‘digital first responders’ in Kentucky’s part of the global fight against the coronavirus. 


    “Our Dataseam partnership has always been important,” said Clark, “and something in which we take great pride. We are thrilled now to be able to help in this unprecedented pandemic.” 

    As part of the Dataseam partnership, UofL provides academic scholarships annually for students from participating school districts who come to the university to pursue a degree in science, technology, engineering or math. 

    NTI Learning To Continue Through May 1

    Today, Gov. Andy Beshear gave guidance to extend our NTI days another two weeks, covering April 20-May 1. Our schools will follow the same process as before, preparing digital and/or paper lessons, so that our students can continue learning from home. Additionally, we will continue to offer lunch deliveries through Monday/Tuesday bus route stops and CCES drive through service. We miss our students and hope that everyone is staying well.


    Free Tutoring For All Students!

    Exciting news, Rocket families! We are very excited to share this free resource from GRREC (Green River Regional Educational Cooperative). Students in grades K-12 can receive free online tutoring in a "phone a friend" format in all content levels. Just fill out the form here



    April 2 Updated Feeding Routes


    Rocket Nation: Please note these updates to the Temporary Feeding Routes. A reminder that no routes or drive through service will operate next week, April 6-10, as it is spring break week for Crittenden County Schools. We are proud to provide this service for our Rockets. We love them and miss them! We also thank our employees who work tirelessly to make sure our Rockets are cared for and loved! As a reminder, if you have any needs, please contact your school counselor in each respective building. We are here to help!

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    Mountain Comp Services Available for Students

    We know these are trying times for our students, and we want them to know they are in our thoughts. We are happy to share this info from Mountain Comp Care with all of our Rocket families. If help is needed, please call the Caldwell County office.

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    Next Two Weeks of Work To Be Shared With Students


    Rocket Nation:  We miss our students, and our thoughts, first and foremost, are that our Rocket families are healthy. As we prepare for the next two weeks of NTI work, we want to share some helpful reminders and procedures for access to school work at each of our schools. 


    Students will now complete work for March 30-April 3 and April 13-April 17. The week of April 6-10 remains spring break, and no work will be assigned. Please note, however, that April 13, originally scheduled as a teacher planning day, is now an NTI day for students. 


    At CCES, here are options for accessing new work:

    • Paper packets can be picked up and dropped off in the lobby between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m., beginning Thursday, March 26.

    • Google classroom assignments will be added as needed.

    • Please contact your child’s teacher, or call the CCES office at 270.965.2243, if you have any questions.


    For CCES Pre-K:

    • Packets available in the CCES lobby, beginning Wednesday, March 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    • Boxes will be labeled with each teacher’s name. Pick up new packets (work for March 30-April 17) and sign for them. (You can return work for the first nine days in those teacher boxes.)

    • If you cannot come to the school, please contact your child’s teacher to make other arrangements.


    At CCMS, your child’s Care Connect teacher has contacted your student to see which method works best for him or her. Here are options for accessing the new work:

    • Work for both weeks will be uploaded to students’ Google classrooms for those with Internet access by Sunday, March 29.

    • Paper packets for both weeks may be picked up in the CCMS office, weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning Monday, March 30.

    • Packets can be delivered to students via bus feeding routes, beginning Thursday, April 2. (Your student should have indicated this preference with his or her CC teacher, but parents also may phone the school at 270.965.5221 to check bus routes for delivery.)

    • If you are currently a 6th, 7th, or 8th grader enrolled in art this nine weeks, the work will be completely paper-based. Please pick up at CCMS or let us know if you need it delivered by phoning 270.965.5221.


    At CCHS, here are options for accessing new work:

    • Paper packets of work for Week 3 will be ready for pick up in the high school front office, beginning Friday, March 27. Work for Week 4 will be available by Thursday, April 2.

    • All electronically-accessible work will be on course Google Classroom pages. If a student has electronic access, he/she will not receive paper copies.

    • If a student needs paper copies of assignments, he or she must contact his or her teachers (many are available via email or Google Classroom) or the front office directly by phoning 270. 965.2248.


    Electronic Access and Submissions:

    As a reminder to all students and parents, free WiFi is available in the following business parking lots:

    • CCES, CCMS, and CCHS (closest to the building)

    • Marion Baptist Church

    • Crittenden County Public Library

    • McDonald’s


    To practice social distancing and health precautions, we ask that you remain in your vehicles while accessing the WiFi at any of these locations.


    Paper Submissions:

    Collection boxes are available in each school lobby for paper/pencil submitted work and can be dropped off between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. If turning in work using this method, please observe social distancing rules and remain 6 feet away from the nearest person. After hours and on weekends, paper submissions can be left in any of the schools' outdoor mailboxes. Please make sure your student’s name is on his/her work and the teacher’s name who should receive the assignment is clearly labeled.

    Helpful Information For Rocket Families During Extended Closure

    Crittenden County Schools To Close For Nine Days, Beginning Tuesday, March 17


    Gov. Andy Beshear recommended that all Kentucky public and private K-12 schools should close for two weeks due to COVID-19 precautions. Crittenden County Schools will implement this recommendation beginning Tuesday, March 17. Schools will be closed through Friday, March 27. Superintendent Vince Clark said school will be in session on Monday, March 16, to equip students with tools needed for learning during the extended closure. All after-school activities and events will cease at 3 p.m. on Monday through the duration of the closure.


    “The previously scheduled professional development day on Friday, March 13, prevented teachers from sharing resources with students that they will need during the 9-day closure,” said Superintendent Clark. “We will provide students with Chromebooks, chargers, paper resources, and other supplies needed on Monday for students to learn from home.”


    Students in grades 2 through 12 will be assigned Chromebooks and chargers to take home during the closure. On Monday, students will download lessons onto their Chromebooks. They will have the ability to work on them offline at home and upload upon return to school. Some lessons may have supplementary links and Web-based resources. While not all homes may have Internet access, there are some free WiFi access points in the city, including the parking lots near each school, the Crittenden County Public Library parking lot, McDonald’s, and Marion Baptist Church parking lot. Preschool, Kindergarten, and first grade students will complete paper-pencil packets instead of using technology. Other grade levels may supplement learning with paper assignments.


    Lunches will be provided for students, beginning Tuesday, March 17, and continue through the entirety of the closure. Any parent may come to the back of Crittenden County Elementary School each weekday, from 11 a.m. to noon, for a free sack lunch for children. Lunches will include a sandwich, fruit, vegetable, milk, as well as a breakfast item for the following morning. Parents simply need to drive to the back of the building, near the cafeteria doors, and remain in their vehicles. Staff will bring out lunches to parents. Additionally, plans are underway to open eight mobile feeding routes to central locations in the county where parents or students can meet staff to pick up lunches daily. For parents of students unable to access lunch in either of the two options, a delivery service is being planned and details will be shared on Monday.


    “We know we have parents who work while their older students stay home, often caring for younger siblings,” said Clark, “and they have no means to travel to pick up lunch. We want to ensure all students continue to receive nutritious meals during this absence from school.”


    During the nine day closure, students will be utilizing Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days to ensure learning continues. Several Kentucky school districts, including Crittenden County, currently use this method of instruction when inclement weather forces school to be closed. NTI days (known locally in our district as Rocket Way Days) allow students to be considered present and work on instructional content even when they are not in the school building. Therefore, these days will not be added to the end of the school calendar, but rather, they will be counted as instructional days if students complete the assigned lessons.  


    Clark said near the end of the nine-day closure window, he will join other superintendents and agencies across western Kentucky to evaluate the status of the spread of the coronavirus and determine appropriate next steps for the school district. The district will communicate its plan on Thursday, March 26, regarding what happens after this nine-day closure.


    In the meantime, Clark stresses the importance of everyone helping to contain the spread of the Coronavirus by practicing good hygiene techniques (washing hands for 20 seconds minimum, covering coughs and sneezes, etc.) and being mindful of social distancing. While research has shown that children appear to be less susceptible to the virus, they can be carriers of it. Those over age 60 or with compromised immune systems are at highest risk. Clark explained that many students’ caregivers fall into this category, and their health and well-being is critical to so many of our Rocket families. 


    “These are unprecedented times,” said Clark, “and patience and flexibility are key. We want our parents, our students, and our community to know that the health and safety of our students has always been our number one priority, and we will continue to make all decisions based on that. We appreciate everyone’s support as we work quickly and diligently to create the safest, most effective plan for our Rockets.”


    Communication will be updated and shared regularly through school messaging tools, including Infinite Campus Messenger, the district Website, district and school social media, and The Crittenden Press. State-wide information regarding the Coronavirus also can be found at

    Letter to Students, Parents Address School's Proactive Approach to COVID-19 Spread


    March 12, 2020

    Dear Parents and Guardians of Crittenden County Students:

    Yesterday afternoon, superintendents across the Commonwealth participated in a phone conference with Gov. Andy Beshear, Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown, and state health officials regarding the current COVID-19 (Coronavirus) status in the state of Kentucky. During this call, there was specific guidance to school districts, including the following:


    • Remember the 3Cs:  Be calm, clean, and cooperate. Fear and panic make things worse.

    • Districts need to “be prepared” to close within 72 hours of receiving notice from the state or health department.

    • Know the facts:  COVID-19 is mostly targeting people over age 60 or those with compromised health (heart, kidney, lung, or immune disorders). Fortunately, medical experts state that children are least impacted by this particular virus, but we all can transmit the virus.

    • Be flexible, as this rapidly-changing situation continues to evolve.

    • Practice social distancing measures and good hygiene. 


    At the present time, there is no recommendation for our district to close. However, as stated above, this could change quickly. As a district, we are preparing for, and will follow, all recommendations we receive from our governor and local and state health officials. Closing schools for an extended amount of time, we realize, will present challenges to families, and that is why it is imperative to plan now for such an occurrence. 


    In the event of an extended closure, our district is working on a plan to offer alternative methods of instruction through the use of Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) days/Rocket Way Days. These will count as regular school days, and teachers will provide instruction through online formats or other measures put in place. If we must utilize NTI days, more detailed information will follow regarding instruction, food service, extra-curricular activities, and school-related trips.

    Please know that we are actively communicating with federal, state, and local leaders, and we will share communication with you as we receive updates. In the meantime, we urge you to follow the guidelines below, as they continue to be the best prevention against COVID-19. 

    • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the restroom, before eating, and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.

    • Do not share food and drink.

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.

    • Do not send sick children to school.

    • Cover your coughs and sneezes.

    • Clean and disinfect frequently-touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe. 

    At Crittenden County Schools, our students’ and staff health and safety is our number one priority, and we will take all measures to ensure their continued well-being. Working together, and remaining calm, we will make it through this trying time. As we continue to share communication with you, the state has provided the following helpful resources to all Kentuckians:

    • A state COVID-19 Web site is available at:

    • A state COVID-19 hotline is available at:  1-800-722-5725. Individuals with health concerns are asked to consult these resources and/or contact their primary care physicians for instruction before presenting with any COVID-19 like symptoms.

    Thank you for your continued support of Crittenden County Schools and your attention to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19.



    Vince Clark

    Superintendent, Crittenden County Schools

    Schools Across KY Proactively Plan for Coronavirus Spread

    Rocket Students, Parents, and Friends:

    As always, our students' health and safety remains our number one priority in Crittenden County Schools. We want you to know that we are actively following and monitoring all information shared by credible sources, such as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the COVID-19, more commonly known as the Coronavirus. 
    At this time, schools across the Commonwealth are staying abreast of the outbreak and spread of the virus and proactively planning steps to take should action be necessary. At this time, however, we want to remind our Rocket families that practicing good hygiene, including washing hands often and vigorously, covering coughs and sneezes, and avoiding touching the eyes, nose, and mouth are measures everyone should take during the outbreak and spread of any illness, whether it be Coronavirus or influenza. 
    If you'd like more information on the Coronavirus and how schools in Kentucky are formulating action plans, if necessary, please visit the links below. 

    Distinguished Alumni Candidates for 2020 Sought


    Rocket Nation: We are searching for our next Distinguished Alumni honorees to be recognized during CCHS 2020 football homecoming week next fall. We need your help!

    To be considered, candidates must have graduated from Crittenden County High School at least 10 years ago. Additionally, the candidates should have made a substantial impact in their community or in their profession.

    Just click on the link below, and fill out this short form to make your nomination!

    Nominations will be open through March 1. We appreciate all of the help in alerting us to the many very deserving candidates who have graduated from high school in Crittenden County.

    School Report Card Information Now Available

    The Kentucky School Report Card provides information about each school and district, including attendance, academic performance, and transition readiness to name a few. Information can be accessed by visiting the following links:


    Crittenden County School District Report Card -

    Crittenden County Elementary School Report Card –


    Crittenden County Middle School Report Card –


    Crittenden County High School Report Card –

    Imagination Library Offers Free Books For Children

    Did you know that about 80 percent of a child’s brain develops before age 5? That’s just one of the many reasons why reading is so important. The benefits of reading to children at any age are numerous and include school preparation, vocabulary development, education advancement, stress management, and instilling a passion for books and life-long learning. 


    To give our youngest Rockets a headstart on reading, Crittenden County School District is excited to announce a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to offer free books to each child birth to age five, that will be attending our school. 


    To register, simply visit and click on the “Can I Register My Child” button. After entering the required fields, your child will be registered and will begin receiving high-quality, free books once a month until his or her fifth birthday.  If parents or guardians have any trouble getting applications to go through, they may call Crittenden County Schools’ Central Office at (270) 965-3525 for assistance. 


    Established in 1995 in Dolly Parton’s hometown of Sevierville, Tennessee, the program has experienced worldwide success. Today, more than one million books per month are mailed to children all over the world, allowing them to experience all the benefits of reading before they start their school journey.


    Don’t miss your opportunity to register for this FREE program! Register today!


    Kindergarten 2020-2021 Pre-Registration


    If you have a child who will be five years old before August 1, 2020, please pre-register him/her for Kindergarten by clicking on the link below.

    If you know of anyone else, please encourage the parent/guardian to pre-register as well. SPREAD THE WORD!

    Newcom, Burdon Honored As Distinguished Alumni

    Jonathan Burdon and Dr. Johnny Newcom accepted the Distinguished Alumni award today. Each spoke on the value of resilience, grit, and contributing to your community. We are honored to celebrate their accomplishments today as we wrap up homecoming week!

    Superintendent's Rocket Report

    We are excited to offer a new feature to keep Rocket Nation informed. Each month, Superintendent Vince Clark, will record a video message informing our community about school district initiatives. Check out our first video, focused on safety and security, by clicking the link below.

    McDonald's Donates Score Boards to CCMS


    McDonald sCCMS wants to extend a sincere Rocket thank you to McDonald’s for their generous donation of new score boards to our gym. Joining CCMS principal Kara Turley and Crittenden Co. Superintendent Vince Clark are McDonald's representatives Melissa Allen, Joe McEnaney, Stephanie Maness, and Chris McEnaney. CCMS basketball players pictured are Travis Champion, Emily Mattingly, and Brady Belt (front row) and Jaylen Tapp and Casey Cates (back row).

    Rocket Golfers Are State Qualifiers

    golfCongratulations to our Rocket golfers, Lauren Gilchrist and Sammy Greenwell. Gilchrist, a senior, captured her 3rd All A Classic region win. This is her 6th time to qualify for the All A State. She will be playing at the University of Arlington golf course on Saturday.

    Greenwell, a junior, captured his first time to qualify for state. He will be playing Saturday at Gibson Bay in Richmond.

    Winters Named "Rookie Of The Year" at State Transportation Conference

    Congratulations to Crittenden County Schools Transportation Director, Wayne Winters, for being named “Outstanding Rookie Director” at the Student Transportation Association of Kentucky’s (STAK) annual awards banquet earlier this month. Each year, STAK honors exemplary service in different areas of transportation departments for the 173 districts across the state. The Outstanding Rookie Director award is given to directors with one to five years of experience in the position. Nearly half of all transportation directors in the state fall in that category.Winters

    Notice of Nondiscrimination

    As required by law, the District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, genetic information, disability, age, or limitations related to pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions in its programs and activities and provides equal access to its facilities to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups.


    Free School Supplies Provided for All

    Crittenden County Students


    school suppliesThanks to a collaborative effort among multiple churches and  businesses, Crittenden County students and their families can cross school supply shopping off their summer “to do” lists.


    According to Crystal Wesmoland, Family Resource and Youth Services Coordinator, the partnership is helping meet a need faced by many families in our community, as well as provide convenience for both students and teachers.


    “We know that school supply shopping can be a costly event,” said Wesmoland, “especially in families with multiple students enrolled in our schools. By removing that obstacle, parents are able to focus on other needs and work with their children to prepare them for success.”


    The following businesses and churches are contributing to this unique initiative:  Crittenden County Farm Bureau, Sugar Grove CP Church, Marion Baptist Church, Mexico Baptist Church, Rebecca Johnson Law Office, Marion United Methodist Church, Life in Christ Church, Glenn’s Apothecary, Cave Springs Baptist Church, Farmers Bank, First United Bank, Deer Creek Baptist Church, Par-4 Plastics, Heart to Heart Center, Walnut Grove Baptist Church, Caldwell Springs Baptist Church, and YTG Insurance.


    “We are so blessed to live in a community that supports its students and believes in the common goal of preparing all students for success,” added Wesmoland. “We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and humbled by their generous actions.”


    All school supplies, with the exception of a backpack, will be provided to all students in grades Pre-K through 12th grade on the first day of school. If you would like to donate or assist with this initiative in any way, please contact Wesmoland at (270) 965-3525.

    Students Give Back Through C.R.E.W.


    Crittenden County is a tight-knit community that shows support for its students year-round. For the first time ever, those same students have the opportunity to return the favor through C.R.E.W. (Civic Responsibility Engagement Week). This real-world experience is the result of months of planning by high school principal Mandy Irvan and her administrative team and is designed to allow students the opportunity to both explore future career interests and give back to the community.


    “Our students learn and grow from giving back to the community who does so much for them,” said Irvan. “This week is about giving them an authentic learning experience and having our community partners share with them in their learning. Authentic audiences make their work more meaningful.”


    Students in grades 9-11 are taking part in service learning projects at locations throughout the county, including Maple View Cemetery, the County Animal Shelter, the Crittenden County Park, Mary Hall Rudiman Animal Shelter, and the Tolu Community Center. Students are bused to their locations with teacher leaders each day. Some students are remaining at the school and making improvements on campus, such as painting the CCHS annex and making repairs and improvements to the football field and stadium. Many community partners have donated supplies, including paint, mulch, lumber, and hardware, for the students to use in their improvement efforts.


    T AdamsSophomore Trace Adams and a team of other students have been making improvements to the soccer fields at the park this week. He said he’s enjoyed the change of pace this week and is thankful for the chance to give back. “As a Rocket baseball player, I know first-hand how fortunate we are to have a community who backs us,” said Adams. “I’m glad to get the chance to say thank you by taking part in C.R.E.W. Week.”


    Seniors are participating in job shadowing experiences. Irvan feels that this opportunity gives them valuable exposure to future careers and allows them to make better decisions upon graduation. “Exposure to potential career paths allows our students to make decisions for their own futures, based on personal understanding and knowledge. This can either help them be more motivated toward success or help them realize they may be better suited for another career, saving them time and money,” said Irvan.


    S SummersSenior Shelby Summers has an interest in the public relations field and is shadowing the marketing department at Baptist Health in Paducah. Summers has visited many different areas in the hospital, including neurology, orthopedics, and patient relations to see how marketing interacts with all service lines to share common messages with its stakeholders. Summers said the experience is giving her early exposure to her field of interest before she ever steps foot on a college campus. “Through this shadowing opportunity, I hope to gain a better understanding of how marketing and public relations go hand in hand with the healthcare field,” said Summers.


    CREW will wrap on Friday, April 26, but Irvan said she plans to make the event an annual occurrence. “C.R.E.W. gives students exposure to skills they may not even realize they have and allows them to discover a passion for helping others in a community that does so much for them.”

    School, Community Support Health Families


    Members of the school district and the community joined Judge Brandi H. Rogers and Crittenden County Judge Executive Perry Newcom at a ceremony acknowledging April as Child Abuse Awareness Month. Judge Rogers said her mission is to promote healthy families and focus on the support and resources our county provides to our families and youth. Pinwheels were placed around the courthouse and in the community as reminders of the proclamation.

    Child Abuse Prevention Month



    Six Rockets Commit On National Signing Day

    It's a proud day in Rocket Nation, as six of our seniors signed their commitment letters to play football at the collegiate level! Devon Nesbitt, Parker Johnson, Sean O’Leary, and Brock Langston are headed to Campbellsville University. Ethan Dossett is committing to the University of Tennessee at Martin, and Hunter Boone will be a Patriot at the University of the Cumberlands. Congratulations, and thank you for proudly representing Crittenden County!





    Rockets Honor Board Members With Video

    Rocket Nation, prepare to be entertained! Announcing the debut of Board Member Center! We revealed the video for our Crittenden County Board of Education on Tuesday evening, and now, following a private screening with our on-screen and behind-the-screen stars, we are happy to share with all of you! Many thanks to our student superstars, especially Tanner Way, Hunter Boone, Ethan Dossett, Devon Nesbitt, and Ellie McGowan!


    Farmers Bank Invests in CCHS Students

    The staff at Farmers Bank have invested much more than monetary donations in Crittenden County students. Recently, they invested their time and confidence that a group of tech-savvy high school students could create a digital marketing campaign to enhance the bank’s market share. According to bank chief operations officer and vice president, Paja Crider, the payoff was remarkable.


    “This project was a definite win-win,” said Crider. “The students benefited from real world work experience that encompassed a multitude of skills, and the bank received excellent digital advertising campaigns created by members of the target market we are trying to reach. They did an excellent job.”


    Crittenden County High School teacher Leah Waters and Systems Engineer Don Winters combined their respective Broadcast Journalism and Tech Help Desk classes to work on the project. Crider had suggested the project to update the bank’s current ads playing on the video boards in Rocket Arena, and she hoped to extend the project to the bank’s social media sites, as well.


    Crider met with the students earlier this year, provided background on the project, shared the bank’s goals and expectations, and answered questions to help students understand the scope of the assignment. “We wanted a campaign that would communicate the bank’s desire to invest in the youth of our community. Outside of that, we gave them creative freedom,” said Crider, “and the results were amazing.”


    Waters said the students worked in groups to produce either a 30-second ad for the video boards at Rocket Arena, a video ad for social media, or both. Students researched the bank, interviewed employees, wrote scripts, filmed, and edited their projects as they competed for the winning spot.


    “Throughout this project, the students were given a hands-on opportunity to use multiple skills that didn’t just involve technology,” said Waters. “They had to incorporate written and communication skills, as well.”


    The students pitched their ideas to senior bank officials earlier this month, in hopes of becoming the winning group selected for the bank’s campaign. Waters said the presentation part of the assignment yielded many real-world implications for the students.


    “They were required to dress professionally for their presentations and now have a better understanding of actual interviews,” said Waters. “Students are accustomed to presenting to their classmates, but this took their presentation skills to an entirely different level.”


    Following the presentations, bank officials met and selected the winning project. Crider returned to CCHS earlier this week to present the winning team with not only the news that their project would soon debut on the video boards and the bank’s social media sites, but also each student on the winning team was awarded a $35 deposit in a student savings account. The winning team consisted of Tyler Boone, Gavin Dickerson, Zack Weathers, David Maness, and Cameron McNeely. Senior Gavin Dickerson said the project provided him extensive leadership skills that he’ll carry with him long after graduation.


    “Our class, as a whole, learned a great deal throughout the entire project,” said Dickerson. “It definitely prompted us to work outside of our comfort zones and work as a team to accomplish our goal.”


    Crider added that all students produced quality work that exceeded their expectations. “They gave us a different perspective on banking,” she said. “To some, banking is writing checks, borrowing money, or cashing a paycheck. To these students, it is much different. Many of them have never and will never write a check. Banking to them is an app on their phone and a debit card in their  wallet. Seeing banking through their eyes is important, and a viewpoint we hold in high regard.”


    Watch for the winning video production and social media ad to debut in the coming weeks.

    Bradley Rudolph, with the Crittenden County Masonic Lodge, presents a donation to Crittenden County Schools' Lindsey Maddox and Crystal Wesmoland. The lodge organized a tri-county marching band concert in late October and donated proceeds back to the three school districts. Crittenden County will put its portion of the amount into the FRYSC program, where it will help students and families in need. The Masonic lodge hopes to make this an annual event.







    Crittenden County Parents and Students: We are excited to let you know that Infinite Campus has two new and improved free mobile apps: Campus Student and Campus Parent. Download them now for real-time access to grades, assignments, attendance, schedules, announcements, and more. Search for "Campus Parent" or "Campus Student."

    Crittenden County Drug Free Coalition Presents Donation

    Thank you to the Crittenden County Drug Free Coalition for their donation of more than $4,400 to our district. This donation supports the K9 resources initiative and allows other funding to support worthy safety and security measures, including the recent addition of our school resource officer. Pictured (l-r) are: Crystal Wesmoland, D’Anna Browning, Rebecca Johnson, Vince Clark, Amanda Irvan, and John Shofner.

    District Alumni Inductees Honored

    Crittenden County Schools honored geneticist Jared Ordway and operatic baritone Corey Crider as the latest Distinguished Alumni inductees. U.S. Navy SEAL Barry Enoch also was honored posthumously. Pictured are Superintendent Vince Clark, Ordway, Laura Kalista (Enoch’s daughter), and Crider.

    Bus Safety Vigilance

    Every day in Kentucky, nearly 10,000 school buses transport more than 385,000 students on buses. Every day, drivers in other vehicles pass school buses while they are loading and unloading students, causing injuries and even death. Crittenden County Schools, along with The Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, urge you, ROCKET NATION, to be vigilant when it comes to bus safety. Our students' safety is our number one priority. Thank you in advance for helping us protect our most valuable assets--our students.

    Empower and Engage... Every Student. Every Day.

    Crittenden County Schools Mission

    To empower every student to become a productive, lifelong learner who contributes to the community in meaningful and positive ways


    Crittenden County Schools Vision

    Every student empowered to achieve his/her potential in a nurturing, engaging, and rigorous learning environment

    1. Caldwell ATC Programs and Renovation Update
    2. Chronic Absenteeism Update
    3. Superintendent Updates
    4. Other business
    5. Adjourn

    Miss A Day, Miss A Lot! District Works To Combat Chronic Absenteeism

    In the classroom, 90 percent is equivalent to an “A,” indicating a successful grasp of concepts and demonstration of mastery. Attendance-wise, however, 90 percent isn’t such a great number. It’s troubling, in fact. Missing 10 percent or more of school for any reason--excused or unexcused, is classified as “chronic absenteeism,” and it’s a strong indication that a student is academically at risk.


    According to Diana Lusby, director of pupil personnel for Crittenden County Schools, the district is focusing on chronic absenteeism and how to get and keep students in school. “The premise is simple really,” said Lusby. “When students aren’t here, they’re not learning. We want them here.”


    Last year, just over 14 percent of Crittenden County students were classified as chronically absent. Another near-10 percent were close to that classification, resulting in almost a fourth of the student population struggling with attendance. Those are numbers Lusby hopes to significantly lower this year. “It’s concerning,” she said, “because the implications are far-reaching. Obviously, a student who is chronically absent may have trouble academically, but also it may lead to behavior issues and struggles with work performance and dependability as an adult.”


    Crittenden County, and the state of Kentucky for that matter, isn’t alone in its fight to combat attendance issues. Nationwide, as many as 10-15 percent of students (7.5 million) miss nearly a month of school every year. That’s 135 million days of lost time in the classroom. And while Kentucky, like other states, suffer funding allocation losses with increased absenteeism, Lusby said the bigger deficit is on student growth and performance.


    “Research shows that, starting in preschool, chronic absence affects learning and school readiness,” she said. She added that attendance matters most for the children who enter the farthest behind. Those chronically absent in kindergarten and first grade, for example, are much less likely to read proficiently in 3rd grade. As the attendance gap continues to widen, so too do the negative performance statistics. By the time a student reaches high school, continued absenteeism increases the likelihood he or she will drop out, entering the workforce under-educated and at an economic disadvantage.


    “On the other hand,” said Lusby, “students with good attendance reap benefits with far-reaching effects.” They’re more likely to show growth and proficiency at each grade level, and be successful post high school, both personally and professionally.”


    Lusby said the district is launching a “Miss A Day, Miss A Lot” campaign this school year to create awareness of the problem and gain support from both students and families to increase overall attendance. “The tagline rings true,” she said, “especially in the technology era in which our students are learning.” She explained that many lessons that take place daily in the three schools involve technology and collaboration with peers and don’t lend themselves well to replication when a student misses. “These are authentic, dynamic lessons that cannot yield the same results as sending home a worksheet when a student misses,” she added. “Crittenden County schools are great places to learn, and we need our students here to make sure everyone is receiving the best education we can offer.”

    Officer Shofner is Newest Rocket

    For nearly three decades, officer John Shofner has worked in security and law enforcement, including chief of police in both Sturgis and Morganfield, KY. Upon retiring in 2014, Shofner soon discovered he was not ready to slow down. Now, he’s joined the Crittenden County School District as the newest member of the Rocket family in his role as School Resource Officer.


    The title and the position is one with which Shofner is familiar. He served as SRO at Union County for two years in 2007 and 2008. Shofner said a lot has changed with school security, however, in the past decade. “The emphasis on school security has increased substantially,” said Shofner.” He adds that schools are more aware of surroundings, more efficient with processes and technology to enhance safety, and more focused on a total school security mindset.


    Seeking to be visible and approachable, Shofner already has become a familiar face at the elementary, middle, and high schools. “That’s what it’s all about,” said Shofner. “Building relationships.” Shofner said he wants to be seen as a positive figure in and around the schools and as a trusted role model for the students.


    “We have some really good kids here in Crittenden County,” said Shofner. “The students are respectful, and it’s clear that both parents and teachers have set high standards for them. That’s a great thing to see.”


    Crittenden County Schools and the Crittenden County Sheriff’s Department collaborated to create the opportunity with the Board of Education funding the position and the Sheriff’s Department providing the training.  They worked extensively this summer to develop contract details, interview, and hire a qualified, experienced candidate.


    Superintendent Vince Clark said he is happy that the district is able to provide an extra level of safety and security for its students and staff. “I’m glad we found the right person to deliver that level of security,” said Clark. “I want to remind everyone that we all must continue to be vigilant and if you ‘see or hear something,’ then ‘say something.’  Our district will continue to evaluate our security measures and do what we can to improve safety in our district.  It’s our number one priority.”

    Launching Future Rockets!

    It’s with great enthusiasm that I welcome students and staff back to school on August 15!  We have many new faces on staff and several existing staff accepting new roles for the 2018-2019 school year but our focus on Empowering and Engaging Every Student, Every Day will remain our constant mission!

    Our hashtag will be #RocketResilience, and I challenge each student, staff and our community to capture the Rocket Spirt to overcome adversity to achieve victory in class, school, the field of competition and life.  As we develop the Profile of a Rocket Graduate we challenge students and staff to be Bold, Courageous and demonstrate Preservance and Grit when faced with challenges inside and outside the classroom.

    I believe our students deserve our best effort, every day.  Let me share some of our district commitments to improve learning and reducing achievement gaps:

    1. Universal Pre-school so students get a head start on learning.

    2. Establishing reading and math benchmarks in all 3 schools for each grade level.

    3. Time for frequent and targeted interventions when students don’t meet benchmarks.

    4. Student empowerment through Career and Technical Education programs at our HS and the newly renovated Caldwell Area Technology Center (October).

    5. Dual Credit opportunities for HS students including the first ever Senior Academy at Madisonville Community College where our students can take up to 30 college hours on a college campus.

    It’s my honor to lead Crittenden County Schools into the 2018-19, Launching Future Rockets school year.  We plan to model those 21st Century learning skills like Effective Communication, Collaboration, Global Citizenship and Critical Thinking.  I’m proud of our students and their accomplishments and look forward to their victories in and out of the classroom.  In closing, let me share that Crittenden County Schools remain committed to a safer and more secure campus for students and staff.  We are in the process of hiring a security officer to apply an extra level of security with other measures previously put in place.  School safety is important to our district and we know it’s important to our parents and community that students are educated in the safest and most secure facilities possible.  

    Thank you for supporting our students, staff and schools.

    Go Rockets!

    Superintendent Clark

    Important upcoming dates

    Please note the following important dates:


    August 6 – Online Registration Help Night- CCHS Library from 5:00-7:00

    August 7- Preschool Orientation at CCES- 1:00/ 6:00

    August 7- BOE Working Session Department Updates/Strategic Plan, 5:30 Arena Conf Room

    August 8- Kindergarten Back to School Night, 5:30-7:30 @ CCES

    August 13- Teacher Planning Day  CCES from 11:00-7:00—Sneak a Peek from 5:00-6:30

                                                                        CCMS/HS from 10:00-6:00—Back to School Bash from 4:00-6:00

    August 14- District Opening Day for ALL Staff-Rocket Arena

                           7:45 Doors Open for Rocket Arena

                           8:30-11:00 Opening Day Introductions, Skits, Chris Cook on Profile of a Rocket Graduate, Denis Hodge on Rocket Resilience

                          11:30 – Lunch served in the MPR with Vendor introductions

    August 15 – First Day for Students!

    Notice of Nondiscrimination

    Students, their families, employees, and potential employees of the Crittenden County School District are hereby notified that the school district does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, or disability in employment, vocational programs, or activities as set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. 


    The Crittenden County School District offers the following career and technical education programs for all students regardless of race, color, national origin, including those with limited English proficiency, sex or disability in grades 9-12.


    • Agriculture
    • Business
    • Family Consumer Science

    Persons seeking further information concerning the career and technical education offerings and specific prerequisite criteria should contact:

    Amanda Irvan, Principal

    Crittenden Co. High School

    519 ½ West Gum Street

    Marion, KY 42064



    Inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies should be directed to:

    Diana Lusby, Director of Personnel

    601 West Elm Street

    Marion, KY 42064


    Online Registration Now Open!


    ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN! Parents/guardians of existing Crittenden County students are invited to go ahead and complete their 2018-19 applications through the Campus Portal at If you need assistance with your login, please call your child's school or the Board Office at 270.965.3525. 

    Parents of students who didn't attend school in Crittenden County last year need to call your school to set up a registration appointment. School phone numbers are listed below. 

    CCES: 270.965.2243
    CCMS: 270.965.5221
    CCHS: 270.965.2248


    Please note that the link to Online Registration is at the bottom of the left-hand menu bar. Also, if you receive an error message after submitting your registration, please disregard. The registrations are being received. 

    All registrations should be completed before our Back-to-School Nights on Monday, August 13. School starts on Wednesday, August 15. See you soon!

    The Crittenden County BOE/Central Office @ 601 West Elm Street will be closed for business on July 5 and July 6 after observing the July 4 Holiday.  We wish everyone an enjoyable break!

    Orr Named New Director of Special Education

    With more than a decade experience as a special education teacher in the classroom, Michelle Orr has been selected as the next Director of Special Education for Crittenden County Schools.


    Orr says she intends to increase co-teaching and collaboration, decrease gap scores, and honor special education compliance. “My goal is to increase student achievement through a growth mindset for both teachers and students.”


    A graduate of North Hardin High School, Orr completed her undergraduate studies at Western Kentucky University. She holds a Masters in special education and is currently completing her Rank 1 from Campbellsville University.


    Orr and her husband Josh, and three children, have resided in Crittenden County for the past twelve years. Her daughters, Emory and Gracie, attend Crittenden County Elementary School.

    Regular BOE Meeting 2018

    June 18 @ Rocket Arena Conference Room

    July 19 @ Rocket Arena Conference Room

    August 21@ Rocket Arena Conference Room

    September 18 @ CCES Library

    October  25 @ CCMS

    November 27 @ CCHS Library

    December 11 @ Rocket Arena Conference Room

    January 22, 2019 @ Rocket Arena Conf Room

    All Regular Meetings are set for 5:30 pm



    In accordance with district procedures and records retention guidelines, Crittenden County School District is required to maintain special education records for three (3) years after the date of the last activity. Therefore, the school district will destroy all records three years after graduation or three years after a student has exited a special education program. If you have reason to believe you will need these records at a later date, you must notify the Crittenden County School District, that you want the records prior to the designated time for destruction. Please be aware that you may need information from the records for social security benefits or other purposes. All records through May 2014 will be destroyed on June 15, 2018. If you wish to obtain your records, please call the Crittenden County Board Office at 270-965-3525.

    Important Upcoming Dates!

    May 15, BOE Meeting @ Rocket Arena @ 5:30.

    May 22, Primary Election. We will have school but encourage everyone to vote!

    May 23. Wednesday, Baccalaureate @ 6:00/ Rocket Arena

    May 24, Thursday, Class Night @ 6:00/Rocket Arena

    May 25, Friday, Last Day for students.  Graduation at 6:00/Rocket Arena

    May 28, Monday, Memorial Day, No School

    May 29, Tuesday, Closing day for All Staff,  Doors open at 8:00.  Breakfast at 8:30 with Recognition to follow for all.

    Crase Named District Payroll and Benefits Clerk

    With more than two decades experience in the insurance field, Kelley Crase has been named Crittenden County Schools next district payroll director. She  replaces Margie Lanham, who is retiring in June.


    Currently with Riddle Insurance in Madisonville, Ky, Crase said she has extensive experience in coordinating employee benefits and payroll obligations. Self-described as “very detailed oriented,” Crase said she values relationships with employees. “I’m very service driven,” said Crase. “I’m very much a team player, and I look forward to becoming a part of the Rocket family.”


    A Crittenden resident since 2000, Crase has worked out of the county for the past 12 years and says she is most thankful for an opportunity to return home to Marion. “I look forward to getting to know the people and develop partnerships and friendships through my new role in the district,” she said. “I’m proud to be a part of the Rocket team.”


    Crase has three sons. Gabriel is in second grade at CCES, while sons Wyatt and Ethan are in 6th and 8th grades at Crittenden County Middle School.



    CCES Cuts Consumption, Earns State Honors




    "It’s all about awareness,” said Sarah Riley, assistant principal at Crittenden County Elementary School. Recently, the school was recognized by the Kentucky School Boards Association (KSBA) for cutting its energy reduction by nearly 10 percent over the previous year, ranking them 30th out of 110 participating Kentucky schools in Kentucky’s 2018 Battle of the School Buildings competition.


    Riley credits the school’s Energy Team, a group of dedicated 4th and 5th graders led by teachers Becky Bryant, Victoria Lee, and Tammy Brantley, as well as the school’s custodial staff for the achievement.


    “We’ve taken part in this all year,” said Riley, “and the students have really been behind the push to issue reminders about turning off lights, appliances, and technology when not in use. Our custodians also have been observant and diligent to ensure efficient energy use. It’s definitely been a team effort.”


    Ron Willhite, director of the KSBA School Energy Managers Project, said across the state, school district leaders have made significant decisions to implement energy efficiency strategies that have resulted in $170 million in savings over the last seven years.


    Crittenden County Schools Superintendent Vince Clark added that any energy savings means an investment in students. “Every dollar saved goes back into teaching and learning,” said Clark. “It’s a win-win.”


    East Valley Elementary School in Morgan County reduced its energy consumption by more than 40 percent, earning it the championship title in this year’s competition. Crittenden County Schools plan to participate in this competition again next year.



    Carder Invests in Students

    When our community partners with our schools for students, we all win. Today, Marion resident Rick Carder, graciously donated $250 to our Rocket Academy Scholarship fund, which helps cover the cost of dual credit college courses taken by students at Crittenden County High School. Thanks to the scholarship and donors like Mr. Carder, students are given a reduced rate of $56 per credit hour for dual credit college courses. Those same courses are three times that amount when taken as a college freshman. Currently, more than 40 students are taking more than 100 dual credit courses at CCHS. We appreciate Mr. Carder's investment in our students, allowing them to graduate college earlier and thus begin their careers sooner.  If you'd like to learn more, phone Crittenden County Schools at (270) 965-3525. 

    An Open Letter In Support Of Dr. Stephen Pruitt





    Gov. Matt Bevin has announced the appointments of seven new members to serve on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE). These individuals will join four previously appointed members today at a Special Meeting, an executive session for the discussion of the appointment, discipline, or dismissal of an individual employee. The KBE only has authority over one public employee:  the Commissioner of Education, Dr. Stephen Pruitt.


    Since his appointment in the fall of 2015, Dr. Pruitt has worked tirelessly on behalf of public education throughout the Commonwealth. In early 2016, he toured school districts across the state during his “town hall tour,” visiting Crittenden County Schools along the way. Dr. Pruitt came to discuss the state’s new accountability system. His message, however, was student-centered and revolved around his core belief that students must be at the heart of every decision made.


    During his visit, Commissioner Pruitt not only toured our elementary, middle, and high schools, but also he requested to meet with groups of students for their input on what a quality education should encompass. They showed him work, asked questions, and provided feedback on what they felt would prepare them as 21st century learners and leaders in the community. Dr. Pruitt listened. He listened to staff who discussed strategies, resources, and programs vital to growth. He listened to district leaders who provided input on support needs from the state. Most importantly, however, he listened to students and their ideas for creating a brighter future for our state, our nation, and our world.


    When tragedy struck near our area in Marshall County earlier this year, Dr. Pruitt was among the first on the scene; not in a business suit and tie, but rather in jeans, ready to roll up his sleeves and aid Marshall County School District and the entire community in their time of need. This servant act is indicative of Dr. Pruitt’s character and work ethic, and speaks volumes of his commitment to his very important role.


    Today, I request all Kentucky educators, parents, students, community members, and legislators to join me in asking the newly formed Kentucky Board of Education to not terminate Dr. Stephen Pruitt at today’s meeting. His leadership and commitment to Kentucky’s most valuable resource, our children, is unmatched.




    Vince Clark

    Superintendent, Crittenden County Schools



    How Frankfort Decisions Impact You!

    How do the decisions made in Frankfort this weekend impact you? Superintendent Vince Clark explains.

    Crittenden County Schools will be in session on Friday, April 13

    Hello, Rocket Nation. I’m Vince Clark, Superintendent of Crittenden County Schools. As you probably have heard, on Monday evening, Gov. Bevin vetoed the budget bill, House Bill 200, and the tax reform bill, House Bill 366. You may be wondering what this means for Crittenden County.


    It means that we are ready to fight for the future of our students, our teachers, our staff, and our community. We are sending a team of delegates to Frankfort on Friday and Saturday, but school will be in session on Friday, as we continue to live out our motto to empower and engage, every student, every day.


    We want our Rocket community to understand the impact of the decisions being made in Frankfort.


    We are not asking for raises. We are fighting for public education funding at the state level. As it stands now, early childhood programs, preschool, transportation services, school nurse, family resource and youth service centers, professional development, and textbook funds are all in jeopardy. The very existence of county school districts hangs in the balance.


    We are fighting for our community’s future. Legislators have an opportunity to override the governor’s vetoes on Friday or Saturday before the 2018 general assembly wraps. But we need your support. Call your legislators today at 1-800-372-7181, and make your voice heard. Our kids are worth the investment.


    BOE Working Session Date Changed due to Legislation

    Due to pending legislation with the General Assembly in Frankfort the Crittenden Co BOE Working Session scheduled for Thursday, April 12 is now scheduled for Tuesday, April 17 to determine the impact of the state budget will have on Crittenden County Schools.  The meeting will be begin at 5:30 in the Rocket Arena Conf Room.

    Lockdown Drill

    Good afternoon, Crittenden County Middle/High Schools practiced a Lock-Down Drill today, Thursday March 22, as required by state law.  

    Crittenden County School District Is Seeking Nominations for 2018 Distinguished Alumni Recipients

    If you know of someone who graduated from Crittenden County High School prior to the year 2009 who should be considered as a Distinguished Alumni recipient, please complete the short form at the link below.



    For the past several years, Crittenden County has honored two recipients each year.  The 2018 recipients will be honored with a luncheon in their honor during Football Homecoming week in October.  They will also be honored in various other ways during Homecoming Week.  Please, help us celebrate the many accomplishments of our Crittenden County High School graduates!


    There will be no school on Monday, March 12. It will be Rocket Way Snow Day 5. 

    Email Services Unavailable on Friday, March 9

    On Friday, March 9, Crittenden County Schools will be migrating its email from Microsoft Office to Google G-suites. This migration will cause email to be down all day. Any bus or transportation notes for students must be called in to each school. Thank you for your patience as we improve our email capabilities.

    CCMS/CCHS Perform Random Security Checks

    In order to provide another level of safety for our students and staff, all Crittenden County Middle and High School students went through bag checks and wanding stations this morning upon entry into the building. Male students were searched by male staff, and female students were searched by female staff.


    Superintendent Vince Clark said these random security checks are a preventative measure that the district feels will add another layer of security to our students and staff. The Crittenden County School District is committed to their well-being and safety and takes those initiatives seriously. School leaders will critique this morning's event as they plan additional upcoming random screenings in the future.

    Register Your Incoming Kindergarten Student Now

    Please click here to register your incoming Kindergarten student for the 2018-19 school year. 

    One-Hour Delay on Monday, Feb. 26

    Due to flooding, Crittenden County schools will operate on a one-hour delay on Monday, Feb. 26. 

    School Safety and Security

    This power point slide show represents what Crittenden County Schools is doing for safer and more secure schools and classrooms.


    Click Here



    See Something, Say Something tipline


    866 847 5463


    K-9 Resources

    CCMS threat under full investigation by KSP

    Crittenden County Middle School's principal received a report of an alleged threat yesterday. During his investigation, he felt there was enough information to call law enforcement authorities. Kentucky State Police joined with local authorities and completed questioning. In a release provided by the Kentucky State Police today, it was reported that a threat was made by one student on another. Charges were filed, and the student making the threat is suspended until the full investigation is complete. Crittenden County schools make student safety and security its top priority, and we are vigilant to investigate any reported concerns. 

    No Classes on Monday, Feb 19.

    Monday, Feb 19 is a Teacher Planning / PD day.  There's NO Classes for students on Monday.

    We are grateful for our local law enforcement team!


    Proud of our Seniors!


    Special Guest Jared Lorenzen visits HS/MS

    KY HS Mr. Football, UK QB and NFL Superbowl Champion with NY Giants visited with Crittenden Co Students this week to share his story with obesity and the impact on his health, career and KY challenge with obesity, diabetes and dependence on Prescriptions.  Pennyrile Health Dept helped organize his visit (Thursday at CCES Family Fitness Night and CCMS/HS Friday morning assembly) where he explained his quest for a healthier life and how his previous decisions made a negative impact on life and career.


    Please note Text Alert!

    Parents and Rocket Community please note that today a message was sent from Crittenden County Schools through our School Messenger System requesting your permission to accept Text Messages as a form of communication.  This system was suppose to be activated on March 1 so we are contacting School Messenger to find out why some parents, students and staff were contacted today making this request.  We apologize for this inconvenience and realize the timing of this alert is concerning but want you to know there is no reason for concern as we are on a normal schedule today.  This feature would allow us to use Text to enhance our communication with parents, students and staff.  You are welcome to activate this feature if you would like to receive text messages from your school and school system or you can wait until March 1.

    Thank you, Supt Clark

    Missed Days Report

    The following report reflects the school days missed this school year:

    Jan 12 - NTI Day #1

    Jan 16 - Make Up Day

    Jan 17 - NTI Day #2

    Jan 18 - NTI Day #3

    Jan 19 - Make Up Day

    Feb 2 - Make Up Day

    Feb 7 - NTI Day #4


    As of right now, the last day for students is Friday, May 25 and Graduation will be that night.

    No School in Crittenden Co today, Wednesday Feb 7

    Today is a Rocket Way Snow Day, Please activate Lesson for Day #4

    Working Session-Monday, Feb 5 at 5:30

    Crittenden County Board of Education

    Working Session

    February 5, 2018

    Rocket Arena Conference Room

    5:30 pm



    The Crittenden County Board of Education will have a working session on Monday, February 5, 2018 in the Rocket Arena Conference Room.  The working session will be at 5:30 p.m.  The board will take no action during the session.  Any potential board action will be discussed and considered in subsequent board meetings.

    The Crittenden County Board of Education will have their regular board meeting on February 20, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rocket Arena Conference Room. 




    1.       Finance Update/Auditor Options – Diane Winters

    2.       Calendar Update – Vince Clark

    3.       Personalized Learning – Vince Clark

    4.       Superintendent News – Vince Clark

    5.       Open Discussion

    No School Friday, Feb. 2

    Due to hazardous secondary roads, there is no school in Crittenden County on Friday, Feb. 2. 

    All After-School Activities Canceled

    All after-school activities have been canceled today, Thursday, Feb. 1, due to weather. 

    There is no Jan 30 BOE meeting.

    The Jan 30 scheduled BOE meeting was rescheduled as a Special Called meeting on Jan 18 due to scheduling conflicts.

    Our next meeting is a Feb 5 Working Session and a Feb 20 Regular Session.

    2018 BOE Meeting Schedule



    February 5, 2018 (Monday)               5:30 PM                      Rocket Arena

    April 12, 2018 (Thursday)                  5:30 PM                      Rocket Arena

    August 7, 2018                                   5:30 PM                      Rocket Arena

    September 4, 2018                            5:30 PM                       Rocket Arena

    November 13, 2018                           5:30 PM                       Rocket Arena

    January 8, 2019                                 5:30 PM                       Rocket Arena





    February 20, 2018                             5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    March 15, 2018 (Thursday)               5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    April 26, 2018 (Thursday)                  5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena
    May 15, 2018                                     5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    June 12, 2018                                    5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    July 19, 2018 (Thursday)                   5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    August 21, 2018                                5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    September 18, 2018                          5:30 PM                         CCES

    October 25, 2018 (Thursday)            5:30 PM                         CCMS

    November 27, 2018                           5:30 PM                         CCHS

    December 11, 2018                           5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    January 22, 2019                               5:30 PM                         Rocket Arena

    Rockets Send Support To Marshall County Friends

    The Crittenden County School District sends our thoughts and prayers to our friends in Marshall County today. We mourn with the students, parents, staff, and community in the aftermath of the tragedy at Marshall County High School.


    We want to assure everyone here at home that safety and security remain our top priority for students and staff every day. Crittenden County Schools will continue to practice heightened awareness and remain vigilant to keep each of our campuses safe. 

    School on regular schedule for Monday, January 22

    Jan 18 BOE Meeting will take place at the BOE Central Office due to parking lot conditions.

    Due to parking lot conditions the BOE meeting scheduled at Rocket Arena Conf Room will now be held at the BOE Central Office location at 6:00.  All recognitions and presentations will be rescheduled for the February BOE meeting.

    No School on Friday, Jan. 19

    There will be no school in Crittenden County on Friday, Jan. 19. This will not be an NTI (Rocket Way Snow Day) event, and it will be made up later in the school calendar. All work for Rocket Way Snow Days 1, 2, and 3, is due no later than Tuesday, Jan. 23.

    Rocket Way Snow Day 3

    There will be no school in Crittenden County on Thursday, Jan. 18. It will be Rocket Way Snow Day #3. Students should complete work for day 3 and bring back upon return to school. 

    Rocket Way Snow Day 2

    No school on Wednesday, Jan. 17. It will be Rocket Way Snow Day #2. Please complete work for day 2. 

    No School on Tuesday, Jan. 16

    There will be no school in Crittenden County on Tuesday, Jan. 16. This will be a makeup day and NOT a Rocket Way Snow Day (NTI). Also, the Class A games for boys and girls have been cancelled for today and Tuesday. 

    No School Monday, Jan 15- MLK Day

    Monday, Jan 15 is a No School Day in the School Calendar.  Students please accept this reminder to have your Rocket Way Snow Day packets complete when you return to school.

    Rocket Way Snow Day 1

    No School-Rocket Way Snow Day 1:  Students should complete assignments for Rocket Way Snow Day 1 and bring upon return to school. 

    Superintendent Evaluation Evidence for SPGES

    The following ppt will display evidence to address the seven evaluation standards for all KY Superintendents.


    2017 Supt Standards.


    Updated District Strategic Plan

    Welcome Back to School Students and Staff !

    Students will report to school on Wednesday, January 3 at regular time.  Parents please make sure students are dressed appropriately as the temps will be in the teens Wednesday morning.  Let's have a great 2018!!

    BOE/Central Office Closed

    Please note the Crittenden County BOE/Central Office will be closed on the following dates for the Christmas Holiday Season and New Years:

    December 22, 25, 26, 29 and January 1.

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

    Crittenden County Schools wishes our Rocket Community a safe and joyous Holiday Break!  Students' last day will be Wednesday, December 20 and they will return on Wednesday, January 3.  Staff will return for a Teacher Planning / PD day on Tuesday, January 2.  Thank you all for an outstanding fall semester and for your support of our students, staff, schools and district!

    Escaped inmate forces school lock down on December 6th

    Mr Al Starnes placed all schools on lock down today when it was reported that an inmate escaped while receiving care at the emergency room.  One call messages went out explaining the situation and encouraging parents/guardians to check out their child from their schools office.  Another One Call message explained the lock down was lifted due to the capture of the inmate and buses were activated.  We appreciate the coordinated efforts of all school staff and patience of our parents/guardians while maintaining the safety and security of our students and staff.  Our One Call messages are proving to be valuable communication tool, especially in these situations.  Please make sure your information(phone numbers & persons listed to check out your child) in Infinite Campus is correct.  Our team will debrief to identify areas that we can improve in as we strive to react as efficient and effectively as possible.  Every situation is different and requires a different reaction.  

    Merry Christmas!

    Please note that Crittenden County Schools will be closed from December 21st through January 3rd..  Students will return to classes on Wednesday, January 3rd and Teachers will return on January 2nd for a Teacher Planning Day.  Coffee and Muffins will be provided on January 2nd in the CCHS MPR at 8:00 and our learning session will begin at 8:30.


    Other important dates are:

    December 20 Last day for students before Christmas Break

    December 21-December 29 -Christmas Break

    January 1- Holiday, No School

    January 2- Teacher Planning Day, No Classes for Students

    January 3- Students return for classes

    January 15- No School

    February 19- No Classes, Teacher Planning Day

    Congratulations Mrs. Angela Payne Starnes- 2018 KHSAA Hall of Fame Inductee

    Angela Payne-Starnes (Todd County Central) – A stellar track athlete at Todd County Central, Angela Payne-Starnes won seven state titles for the Lady Rebels and set the 1A state record in the 100-meter dash at the 1980 state meet – a mark which still stands 37 years later. As a sophomore in 1978, Payne-Starnes won the 440-yard dash and anchored the 4×100 relay team to a first-place finish. She followed that up as a junior in 1979 by winning the first of two-consecutive state titles in the 400-meter dash and added another victory in the 4×100 relay. The 1980 state meet saw Payne-Starnes win the 200-meter dash in 25.90, repeat as 400-meter champion with a time of 58.30 and set the state record in the 100-meter dash in 12.20 as Todd County Central repeated as 1A state runner-ups. Payne-Starnes earned a track scholarship to Murray State, before returning to high school athletics where she has coached track and field at Crittenden County for the last 27 years and became the school’s first female athletic director.


    Fall Break

    Crittenden County Schools is taking Fall Break next week, October 9-13.  Students will return to class on Tuesday, October 17 since Monday, October 16 is a Teacher Planning/PD day for staff. 

    District Wide Attendance today was 96.74%

    Middle School - 96.95%

    Elementary     - 96.85%

    High School    - 96.35%

    Attendance is important! Students learn best when they are school.  Last year 25.11% of our students missed 10 or more school days. 

    High Attendance Day is WEDNESDAY, September 20

    No Classes for Students Monday, Sept 18

    Monday Sept 18 is a Teacher Planning/PD Day.  Students will not have class on Sept 18, Oct 16, Nov 27.

    Online Registration Now Open

    (By clicking any of the links below you agree to the terms and conditions listed here)


    Family Resource Youth Service Center Coordinator selected!

    Crystal Wesmoland has accepted the FRYSC Coordinator position for Crittenden County Schools.  She is a 2003 Graduate of Crittenden County HS and a 2008 Murray State U. Graduate.  Welcome to our Leadership Team!

    Back to School Events

    CCES Sneak A Peek is set for Thursday, August 10 : 5:00-6:00; 6:30-7:30

    CCMS Back To School Bash is Monday, August 14 from 4:30-6:00

    CCHS Mission Launch is set for Monday, August 14 from 5:30-7:30

    August 1 BOE Working Session

    Crittenden County Board of Education Agenda

    Working Session

    August 1, 2017 @ 6:00

    Rocket Arena Conference Room


    1. Superintendent Update and Discussion
    2. Crittenden County High School Update: Graduation Recognition
    3. BOE Discussion Items

    Air Source Technology, Inc.

    We will be testing Crittenden County Middle School on Monday July 31.  The testing is by Air Source Technologies and their bio can be found by clicking here,  Air Source Bio.

    July 27 BOE time change noted!

    Please note the regular BOE meeting time has been changed from 6:00 to 7:00 pm at Rocket Arena Conference Team to allow the Admin Team to travel from an out of town training.

    Closing Day 2017

    CCES Principal

    Jenni Gilkey has been selected as the new CCES Principal.

    She has 22 years in education serving students as a Special Education, Regular Classroom Educator, Curriculum Specialist and Assistant Principal.

    Special Called BOE Meeting

    Crittenden County Board of Education

    Special Called Board Meeting

    June 15, 2017

    5:00 P.M. – Rocket Arena Conference Room



    1. Call to order
    2. Consider Approval of the June 15, 2017 Agenda
    3. Consider Approval of the purchase of property located at 420/424 West Bellville St, Marion KY.
    4. Adjournment

    Cool On-Line Summer Learning Spots

    June 1 Tax Hearing @ Rocket Arena Conference Room 6:00 pm

    Protocol for speaking at the BOE Tax Hearing:

    Please complete a registration card if you wish to speak and BOE Chair, Mr. Chris Cook will recognize you and give you an opportunity to speak to the BOE.

    We will honor everyone's time tonight so each person will have 3-4 minutes to express their opinion on the Recallable Second Nickel

    Each person will get to speak one time so everyone has the opportunity to speak.

    We are requesting that folks wishing to address the BOE approach the podium or stand at their seat.

    No one should approach the BOE.

    We are broadcasting our forum over Facebook Live tonight, so please be respectful and follow the guidelines we have provided.

    The Special Called BOE Meeting will follow the Tax Hearing.

    Regular June BOE meeting rescheduled

    The Regular BOE meeting scheduled for June 20 has been rescheduled for Monday June 19 at 6:00 in Rocket Arena Conference Room.

    Summer BOE Meeting Dates @ Rocket Arena Conf.Room

    Thursday, June 1  Advertised Tax Hearing with Special Called BOE Meeting to follow.  6:00

    Tuesday, June 6  BOE Working Session @ 6:00

    Thursday, June 20 Regular BOE Meeting @ 6:00

    Thursday, July 27 Regular BOE Meeting @ 6:00

    Tuesday, August 1 BOE Working Session @ 6:00

    Best attendance rate in 12 years!!

    Congratulations CCSD, we finished the school year with a 95.13% attendance rate which is the best rate in the past 12 years!

    Congratulations 2017 Seniors!!

    Congratulations to our 2017 graduating Seniors!

    Baccalaureate Service is set for Wednesday May 17 @ 6:00 pm

    Class Night Ceremony is set for Thursday May 18 @ 6:00 pm

    Graduation Ceremony is set for Friday May 19 @ 6:00 pm

    We are proud of you!!

    April BOE Meeting Schedule

    April 11 @ 6:00 - BOE Working Session in Rocket Arena Conference Room

    April 20 @ 6:00 - BOE Regular Meeting at Crittenden County Middle School

    April 25 Meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled for April 20

    Crittenden Co 4H-YELP Travels to Frankfort

    Crosswalk Learning Center is Coming Back!

    Great news! Crittenden County High School has been awarded the 21st Century Grant again, which will bring Crosswalk back at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.  The initial Crosswalk grant expired at the end of the 2016 school year.  The school district was notified this week that the continuation grant was successful with acquiring the funding to keep Crosswalk for at least five more years.


    We are excited that Ms. Cheryl Burks will again lead the program! Crosswalk provides assistance to students after school.  There are also many student-interest programs that will be coming back.  Students, we will be talking to you!  We want to know what kinds of programs that you would be interested in having. This is your program!

    BOE Appreciation Pic. Thank you students!
    BOE Appreciation Pic. Thank you students!
    Crittenden Co BOE Member Bill Asbridge accepts Energy Star Status at KSBA
    Crittenden Co BOE accepts Energy Star Status

    2 Hour Delay, today, March 1

    Crittenden Co Schools are operating on a 2 hour delay today to allow these severe storms to pass.

    Board Meeting 2-28-17

    The regular scheduled Board Meeting for tonight (2-28-17) has been canceled.  It will be rescheduled for a later date.

    ROCKET Academy Scholarship Donation
    Bingham Lodge #256 makes a donation for Dual Credit Courses

    District 5 BOE Vacancy- CLOSED

    This vacancy is closed as of WED, Feb 22 at midnight.


    Please note that the BOE Vacancy for District 5 has been verified by KDE and will begin accepting applications.  Qualified applicants can pick up an Application, Background Check form and Resident Verification form from the BOE Central Office at 601 West Elm St or online at

    All required forms must be mailed directly to:

    Kentucky Commissioner of Education, 5th Floor, 300 Building, Sower Boulevard, Frankfort KY 40601

    Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday, February 22.  Qualified applicants will be contacted within 15 days of receipt of your application.

    February BOE Working Session Changed

    Please note that the February 7 BOE Working Session scheduled for 6:00 at Rocket Arena Conf Room has been rescheduled as a Special Called Meeting on February 9 at the Crittenden County BOE Central Office at 6:00.

    No School Days for Crittenden County in January

    Class A Region 2 Champs
    Class A Region 2 Champs

    Congratulations CCHS Girls BB Team, 2nd Region Class A Champs

    Our girls will play Sayre in the first round of the Class A Tournament in Frankfort on WED, Jan 25 at 5:30 cst. Our Cheer Team will be competing as well during the tournament. We are proud of our kids.  Go ROCKETS!

    MLK Day, Monday Jan 16, No School

    BOE Meeting changed

    The BOE working session scheduled for Tuesday, Jan 10 has been rescheduled for Thursday, Jan 12 at 6:00 as a special called meeting at Rocket Arena Conf Room.

    Notification of Right to Request Teacher Qualifications

    Parents and Guardians:

         The educators in  Crittenden County are committed to providing a quality instructional program for your child.  This posting is just one of the ways of keeping you informed of the education commitment of our schools and our district.

         Our district receives federal funds for Title I programs as a part of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).  Under NCLB, you have the right to request information regarding the professional qualifications of your child's teacher(s). If you request this information, the district will provide you with the following:

    1. Whether the teacher has met the state requirements for licensure and certification for the grade levels and subject matters in which the teacher provides instruction;

    2. Whether the teacher is teaching under emergency or other provisional status through which state qualification or licensing criteria have been waived;

    3. The college major and any other graduate certification or degree held by the teacher, and the field of discipline of the certification or degree; and

    4. Whether your child is provided services by paraeducators, and if so, their qualifications.

         If you would like to request this information, please contact Diana Lusby by phone at (270)965-3525 or by email at  Please include your child's name, the name of the school your child attends, the names of your child's teacher(s) and an address or email address where the information may be sent.  Thank you for your interest and involvement in your child's education.


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    Crittenden County Schools Mission

    To empower every student to become a productive, lifelong learner who contributes to the community in meaningful and positive ways


    Crittenden County Schools Vision

    Every student empowered to achieve his/her potential in a nurturing, engaging, and rigorous learning environment