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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

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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!


No news posted

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 http://education.ky.gov/districts/legal/Pages/default.aspx

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 !


CCMS Chess Team finishes 6th in the Nation

Congratulations to our CCMS Chess Team for finishing 6th out of 32 teams last week in Indianapolis.  We are proud of our team and Coach Don Winters for representing Crittenden County so well.  Crittenden missed 4th place by 1/2 of a point.  More information can be found in my Supt Blog and in the Crittenden Press this week.


CCMS Chess Team National.jpg

Kentucky Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Stephen Pruitt, visits Crittenden County Schools.

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 Diana.lusby@crittenden.kyschools.us.  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




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