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    Please note the December 11 BOE meeting scheduled at Rocket Arena for 5:30 is re-located to the BOE/Central Office(601 West Elm Street) due to scheduled ball game.  The meeting will still occur at 5:30 on Tuesday.

    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.

    School On Regular Schedule Today


    Crittenden County schools are on regular schedule today but will dismiss at 1 p.m. for the football game. School will start at regular time today, and buses will run most roads. 

    Football Game Live Stream

    If you can't make it to the big game in Campbellsville on Friday night, you can watch it by visiting our friends at The Crittenden Press! Go Rockets! 


    School Decision To Be Made Friday Morning

    The decision to have school will be made Friday morning after road conditions are evaluated. 

    No school in Crittenden Co. on Thursday, Nov. 15


    School will be dismissed at 2:00 today, WED Nov 14

    Due to wintry mix arriving earlier than expected we are dismissing students at 2:00 to allow time to arrive home safely.


    Early Dismissal set for Friday, November 16

    Crittenden County Schools will be dismissing classes at 1:00 on Friday, November 16 to allow fans time to travel safely to Campbellsville for the 6:00(cst) Regional Football Championship Game.  Due to the substitute shortage, 3+ hour trip and the # of staff attending we feel this is the best decision for most folks.  Good luck Rockets and safe travels!

    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

    BOE Working Session, Sept 4 at 5:30 Arena Conference Room

    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.”

    Back To School Feedback Needed!

    Hello, Rocket Nation! Back-to-School events are a great way to create excitement among students, parents, and staff about the upcoming school year; not frustration and anxiety. We continually teach our students to grow from shortcomings and be resilient in their learning. That's exactly what we would like to do now, but we need your help. We realize there are changes needed to improve the format of our annual back-to-school events. As our students' parents and guardians, we value your feedback. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey to help us improve back-to-school nights next year and in the future. Thank you.


    Welcome new staff!


    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

    Please note that the following school days have been taken in January.

    January 5- No School-  NTI/Rocket Way Snow Day- Will not be made up.

    January 6- No School- We will make this day up later in the School Calendar.

    January 27-No School- Lady Rockets BB All A Tournament- Will be made up later in the School Calendar.

    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.

    No School in Crittenden Co for Friday, Jan 6.

    No School for Friday and No Learning Packets.  Just make sure your Rocket Way Snow Day #1 Packet is complete when you return to school.

    No School today JAN 5, Complete RocketWay Snow Day. Packet #1

    Students complete your paper Rocket Way Snow Day #1 packet or you can find your lessons on your teacher's Google site.  Also we there may be some technical difficulties with our one call system this morning so please share our announcement.

    District Chromebook Initiative

    Crittenden County Schools is proud to initiate our Chromebook plan for Crittenden Co Middle and High School students.  The high school rollout was initiated on December 15 and will conclude on February 3.  The middle school will initiate a daily Chromebook plan in January but all students will have access to their own personal Chromebook to complete projects and lessons.  The middle school principal and SBDM will determine at what time students may become Take-Home users.


    This is an exciting time for our students and staff and the goal is to Empower and Engage students in 21st Century Learning skills like Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, Collaboration and Communication.  Teachers are also piloting Chromebook Touch devices to design lessons that involve the learner so that our students are producers of information and not just consumers of information.


    Here are some details that may be of importance to parents and students:


    All MS/HS students will be assigned a Chromebook.  They will be a Day User or Take Home User.

    Students will be assigned the same Chromebook each year.

    $20 Tech Fee for all students will help us sustain this project.  

    50% repair charge for those that pay the Tech Fee.  100% repair charge for all others. Chargers=full price

    We will have a few loaner devices that students may borrow while a device is repaired.

    If your device is lost or stolen you must report it immediately to a school official.


    Infinite Campus Outage

    During the Holiday Infinite Campus will be migrating our server to a cloud based service.  This will start Friday afternoon (12/23/16) and will be completely unavailable until next Thursday, (12/29/16).  This also includes Parent Portal.

    2017-2018 School Calendar Amended

    Crittenden County BOE voted last night to align our 2017-18 Fall Break with the  other counties that attend the Caldwell Area Tech Center.  So the 2017 Fall Break was moved from Oct 2-6 to October 9-13.

    Be watching for the next #ChromeConnect rollout date after the winter break!

    If your high school child has not received his/or her Chromebook, the school will be offering additional opportunities.  Stay tuned!

    ROCKET Way Snow Day Update

    I’d like for our community and parents to know that our teachers have sent home 5 Rocket Way Snow Day Learning Packets for all students in the event that school is cancelled due to inclement weather.  I want to encourage parents to place these packets in a place that can be located later when you get  a Rocket Way Snow Day call. Please note that NOT every Snow Day will be a Rocket Way Learn from Home Snow Day so please listen carefully to your ONE Call messages on those days and it will be posted on our District Website and on the Crittenden Press Website.  Please call the school if your child has not brought home their learning packet.

    2016 Spring Testing Results

    Spring 2016 Testing News    


    Crittenden County School District is pleased to announce that the district is Proficient again!  The Proficient classification reflects the combined efforts of all three schools on state testing requirements for the Spring of 2016.  


    Crittenden County Elementary School and Crittenden County High School both earned Proficient classifications.  


    Crittenden County Middle School’s classification is Needs Improvement.  The achievement portion of the calculation, which is one-third of the score, increased from 2014-2015.  However, the gap and growth scores decreased from the former year.  


    Crittenden County Schools are always working to continuously improve.  There is a strategic plan that is driving instructional decisions as well as management decisions in the district.  All schools are pointed toward a common direction of improvement in student learning, and we are excited about the future of the district!

    Congrats CCMS STLP, 3rd in the State !

    MS STLP.jpg

    Congratulations! Crittenden County School District has earned a Proficient rating for the second straight year.

    Crittenden County High School has earned a Proficient/Progressing rating as well as the status of High Progress School. This means our high school is in the Top 10% of improving schools.

    Crittenden County Elementary has earned a Proficient/Progressing rating.

    Congratulations to our entire community and school staff for making Crittenden County a great place to Teach and Learn!

    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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    Every Student. Every Day.

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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