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District News

November 2019 Board Meeting Summary

The monthly board meeting of the Metcalfe County Board of Education was held Tuesday, November 12, 6PM at the MCS Central Office.


Superintendent Benny Lile Announces Retirement

Dr. Lile

After 35 years in education, Metcalfe County Schools Superintendent, Dr. Benny Lile announced his pending retirement at the close of the November school board meeting. Click "read more" for the entire press release.

Board Meeting Summary Nov. 2019

Hadley Blaydes Hannah Shaw and Tracy Miller

 MCES Cafeteria Staff Bayer Grant Check

The Metcalfe County Board of Education met in regular session on Tuesday, November 12, 2019. Student of the Month was MCES 1st grade student Hadley Blaydes, Certified Employees of the Month were MCES teachers Hannah Shaw and Tracy Miller. Classified Employees of the Month were the MCES cafeteria staff. Ms. Lynn Hawkins and Ms. Stacey Slinker were recognized for nominating Metcalfe County Schools in the $25,000 Amerca's Farmers Grow Rural Education grant program. Click "read more" to view the press release. 

Veterans Day Ceremonies

Veterans Day​​​​​​

Metcalfe County students honored our country's veterans during special ceremonies at each of our schools on Monday, Nov. 11. Click "read more" to see videos from MCES, MCMS, and MCHS. 

Inclement Weather Procedures

Inclement Weather Procedures

Metcalfe County is again participating in the Non-Traditional Instructional Day (NTID), or “Snow Day” project. On the days that school is dismissed for inclement weather, all students should follow the instructions provided by their teachers in order to complete studies and assignments at home. Click "read more" for additional details about our district's inclement weather procedures. 

Land Judging Team Wins at State

FFA Land Judging

The Metcalfe County High School FFA Land Judging Team finished 3rd in the Kentucky State FFA Land Judging competition in Hardinsburg, Kentucky. The team also qualified the National Land Judging competition in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in May.  Team members are Mayci Jolly, Kayla Thompson, Colton Huffman, and Whitley Gibson. The team is coached by  John Allen.

Big Honor for MCES Beta Sponsors

Nikki Jolly and Lindsey ThomasBeta Award

Metcalfe County Elementary School Beta sponsors Nikki Jolly and Lindsey Thomas have been named winners of the 2018-2019 National Beta John W. Harris Educator of Excellence award. Ms. Jolly and Ms. Thomas completed all four requirements for the 2018-2019 school year.


1. They received National Beta School of Distinction status.
2. They received National Beta School of Merit status.
3. They attended a Leadership Summit, State Convention, and/or National Convention with Beta students.
4. They achieved one of the Service Project Tier Awards.


National Beta has more than 8,500 clubs and 19,000 sponsors, however only 20 clubs and 52 sponsors earned this award.

Students and Staff Celebrate Halloween

Halloween 2019 Fantasy Island

Metcalfe County students and staff celebrated Halloween on cold, raining October 31. The office staff at Metcalfe County High School, including principal Clint Graham and assistant principal Tim Cadle, dressed up as the cast from Fantasy Island. 

Click here to see a slideshow of photos from Halloween 2019.

Students Experience Living History

Kentucky Shakespeare

Kentucky Shakespeare brought its "Living History" tour to Metcalfe County. Two actors gave two performances. The first performance was Living History: Kentucky History for the 4th and 5th-grade students at Metcalfe County Elementary School. The second performance was Living History: We the People. The tour was paid for by a grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation. 


Click here to see a slideshow of photos from both performances.

Beta Wins at District Competition

Beta District

MCHS Beta competed at Kentucky Beta 3rd District in Bowling Green on Tuesday, October 29. More than 400 students from 15 clubs were in attendance. The following MCHS students received awards: 


Karlee Harper - 1st place Name Tags, 2nd place Christmas Ornament
Lucas Firkins - 3rd place Talent 
Anna Humphrey - 3rd place Language Arts Test 
Ben Welsh - 1st place Agriculture Test 
Colton Huffman - 1st place Miscellaneous Art, 2nd place Photography, 3rd place Mixed Media
 Whitley Gibson - 1st place Needlework/Sewing 

Cross Country Team Advances to State

Cross Country

The Metcalfe County Cross Country team performed at a very high level at the regional tournament on Oct. 26. The girls team finished 3rd overall, qualifying for state. Also, Logan Phelps qualified for state for the 3rd year in a row. Seven runners set new personal records. Click "read more" for photos and official times.

Winter Collection Drive

The Metcalfe County Elementary School STEAM Team Community Helpers are collecting winter clothing items for the local homeless shelter. You can drop off hats, scarves, and gloves at home football or basketball games, MCES, and the County Clerks Office. 

MCHS Fall Sports Senior Night

Senior Night

Metcalfe County student-athletes who participate in fall sports were recognized during Senior Night festivities at the Metcalfe vs Green County football game on Friday, Oct. 25. Unfortunately, the Hornets came up short in overtime falling to Green County 6-14. 


Click here to see photos of all of our seniors honored at the game. 

Marching Band Makes Metcalfe History


The Metcalfe County High School Marching Band placed 7th out of 16 bands at the KMEA Class 1A State Semi-Finals at Greenwood High School. This was the highest placement for state competition in school history. Congratulations to our Hornets for an outstanding marching band season!

Pioneer Day at MCES

Pioneer Day

Metcalfe County Elementary School students learned what it was like to live in the "olden times" during Pioneer Day. The Metcalfe County UK 4-H Extension Office partnered with the school district. Also helping were community members, middle school students, and high school students. Pioneer Day events included basket weaving, quilting, a blacksmith shop, pioneer games, tools, woodworking, broom making, apple cider making, soap making, butter making, pioneer toys, a pioneer classroom, lighting the way, corn products, and natural inks.

Click here for a slideshow of photos from Pioneer Day 2019. 

Farm to School Fun and Learning

Corn Maze

The Metcalfe County arm to School program hosted the 3rd annual Hayride and Corn Maze Tour for MCES students on Oct. 18. This year's event was bigger and better than ever. Hundreds of students in pre-k through 5th-grade road on wagons pulled by tractors from the elementary school to the cornfield just below the high school. This year, a sophomore class service-learning project team joined the students in agriculture-related classes to teach the younger kids about corn, corn byproducts, biodegradable corn, nutrition, and health. 

Click here to see a slideshow of photos from the hayrides and corn maze tours.

Click here to watch the news story by WNKY's Josh Shortt. 

Marching Band Advances to State

Band at Regionals

The Metcalfe County Hornet Marching Band made school history for the second year in a row by placing 4th out of 11 bands in Class 1A at the KMEA West Regional Competition. This qualifies the band for KMEA State Semi-Finals on Saturday, Oct. 26  at Greenwood High School where they will perform at 12:30 PM. Good luck Hornets! We are proud of you! 

October Board Meeting

Lily Blythe Whitney Estes

Christy Stinson Kathy Judd

The Metcalfe County Board of Education recognized the student and staff of the month at its meeting on Oct. 14, 2019. MCMS 6th grader Lily Blythe was selected October Student of the Month; Ms. Whitney Estes was named Classified Employee of the Month; and Ms. Christy Stinson was chosen as Certified Employee of the Month. The board also recognized Ms. Kathy Judd who is retiring after serving as guidance counselor secretary at MCHS for 28 years. 

For additional details about the October board meeting click "read more" for a press release.

Click here for a detailed summary.

New Community Wellness Center Opens

Wellness Center Ribbon Cutting

Metcalfe County Schools held a ribbon-cutting and grand opening for the new Metcalfe County Community Wellness Center on Monday, Oct. 14. Funded by a federal grant, the wellness center is equipped with state-of-the-art fitness equipment from beginner to professional. It will be open 24/7 and offer a variety of classes including a Silver Fit Class. Click "read more" to see photos from the grand opening. Click here to see a calendar of upcoming classes. And, click here to watch a news segment produced by WNKY television by clicking here.

Cross Country Team Takes 1st Place

Cross Country

The Metcalfe County Cross Country team finished 1st place at the Barren County Invitational, completing a 5K heading into region competition next week.

Official Results:
2nd: Anna Grace Blythe 22:31.86
3rd: Allie Thomas 22:34.54
8th: Braelyn Davis 24:12.06 (PR)
12th: Emily Shaw 24:44.94 (PR)
18th: Carlie Howard 27:39.31 (PR)
10th: Logan Phelps 20:05.82
33: Cabot Boling 23:15.35 (PR)

MCHS Beta Hosts New Member Ceremony

Beta Ceremony Beta Ceremony
On Wednesday, October 16th, Metcalfe County High School Beta celebrated its officers and new members with a reception and candle ceremony. New members were presented with National Beta Club certificates and pins. Newly elected officers were duly installed: 


~Lukas Firkins (Co-President)
~Ethan Bates (Co-President)
~Coleman Boling (Vice President)
~Allie Thomas (Secretary)
~Claudia Bell (Historian)

MCES Beta Sponsors Honored

Nikki Jolly and Lindsey Thomas​​​​​​

Congratulations to Metcalfe County Elementary School teachers Nikki Jolly and Lindsey Thomas. Both were selected as 2018-19 National Beta Educators of Distinction. 

MCHS Marching Band Wins 1st Place

The Metcalfe County High School Hornet Marching Band won first place in Class A at the Western Kentucky Tournament of Champions in Hopkinsville, Ky. The band was also awarded Best Color Guard and Best Percussion. Their next performance is Saturday, Oct. 19 at the KMEA Regional Quarterfinals also at Hopkinsville High School. The state competition is Oct. 26.



Students Inducted into National Honor Society

National Honor Society

Sixteen students were inducted into the Metcalfe County High School National Honor Society. Congratulations Jaxon Allen, Claudia Bell, Coleman Boling, Braelyn Davis, Allie Deweese, Boston Devore, Macy Welsh, Nikki Hiser, Shelby Thompson, Carlie Howard, John Linkous, Mason Tucker, Chris Shaw, Jaycie Harper, Kinzy Greever, and Anna Humphrey Thanks to Mrs. Kelly Shaw and Mrs. Anita Love for sponsoring NHS and for hosting a special night for these students. 

Football Friday Night

The Metcalfe County Hornets kicked off the 2019-20 football season at home against Barren County on Aug. 23. The Trojans won 48-6. To see more clips from this game and additional Hornet videos click "read more."



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