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Bullitt Lick determined to be among best

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  Each e-mail Bullitt Lick Middle School Principal Robert Fulk sends out carries the same closing affirmation:

Bullitt Lick Middle School will become a Top Ten school in the state by developing a solid foundation through technology, positive school spirit, and engaging instruction, while promoting life-long learning with community involvement.

We will be the “Destination School!”

Now in his second year at Bullitt Lick, Fulk reflects on numerous successes achieved by staff and students during the 2011-2012 school year.

“The young people in our classrooms depend on our staff to prepare them for college and a career,” he said. “We need our communities support to go from a ‘good’ school to a ‘great’ school.

* Bullitt Lick has demonstrated gains in all academic areas on the KCCT state assessment for the last three years.

* Progress has been shown in the special education population, especially math, where the school made safe harbor according to NCLB.

* Bullitt Lick is a KYCID (Kentucky Center for Instructional Discipline) School. KYCID is a positive behavioral support program used by many schools statewide. With this program the school is creating a positive school climate, focusing on teaching students interpersonal skills and relationship building. “As a result, we have seen a decrease in suspensions, fighting, and bullying,” Fulk reported. “Our attendance is steadily increasing toward our 96 percent daily goal. Our school climate has greatly improved with KYCID.”

* A school book fair was created and presented to the Board of Education and is now being implemented in all Bullitt County middle schools.

“We are starting a student advisory program which research has shown increases a student’s college and career readiness,” Fulk said. “This program focuses on building motivational relationships with students and teaching team, career, and interpersonal skills to our students.”

* Three teachers were selected to the prestigious Louisville Writing Project. Bullitt Lick is the only school in Kentucky to have multiple teachers selected.

* Bullitt Lick earned a School Improvement Grant from the Federal Government which allowed the purchase of a new 21st century curriculum for all of Language Arts classes along with participation in intense professional development from the Doug Reeves Leadership and Learning Center which provided an update for all other academic areas.

* Bullitt Lick is a pilot school for the Kentucky Framework for Teacher Evaluation.

* The school was selected as a participant of a Science and Technology Grant through the University of Louisville that gives science teachers access to new technology and training.

* One faculty member is a teacher/fellow with Actors Theatre of Louisville and will be implementing a playwriting unit this year with support from Actors Theatre.

* Another Bullitt Lick teacher was selected by the board to represent all Bullitt County middle school Language Arts teachers in the Teacher Leadership Network through KDE and OVEC. This group worked to unpack the new KCAS standards. This will be the third year of participation.

* Bullitt Lick has the highest number of recipients of the Scottish Rite Fellowship award in Bullitt County.

* Bullitt Lick students won the essay writing competition at the state BETA convention.

* The boys Track Team advanced from last place in the county to second place this year and swept the relay events.

* Seven students were selected to the Bullitt County Honor Band. Sixteen students attended the Morehead Middle School Band Clinic, and one student was selected to the top band out of nine-hundred applicants. The Bullitt Lick band also received a proficient rating from the KMEA.

* Every classroom at Bullitt Lick has a modern SMARTboard, projector and has access to document cameras, student camera, and other modern pieces of educational technology. All Language Arts and special education teachers have classroom iPads and three grade level sets of Nooks were recently purchased.

Bullitt Lick teachers have addressed county and state conferences including the Kentucky School Media Specialist Association, Kentucky Science Teachers Association, Kentucky Language Arts Teachers Association, and several more. “Our teachers are leading the way in promoting educational excellence and student success,” Fulk said.

He is proud that sports such as archery, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls track, girls volleyball, cheerleading, and boys and girls cross country is offered to Bullitt Lick students.

In addition, students can sign up for the following activities: Beta Club, Student Council, KYA/KUNA, Academic Team, Chess Team, Future Problem Solving Team, Newspaper, Yearbook, Drama Club, Art Club, NEED Team, FCA, Book Club, Manga Club, Relay For Life, Video Game Design Club, and many more.

“We joined the Kentucky Youth Assembly last year and our students received the Best New Delegation award and were recognized for their excellent contributions to the conference,” Fulk said.

Bullitt Lick initiated a PTSA last year and increased volunteer hours by 45 percent from the previous year. “We posted over 2,000 volunteer hours; our goal this year is 2,500!” Fulk said.

Bullitt Lick is the only district middle school that has both a College and Career Readiness SBDM policy and a Careers Class as an elective. “As part of our SBDM policy, we call for all our teachers to schedule guest speakers related to college and careers,” Fulk said. “Our students get first-hand experience from these guest speakers throughout the year.”

* Bullitt Lick has one National Board Certified Teacher with five teachers pursuing their national board certification.

* Bullitt Lick is participating in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation “Fall Attendance Challenge.”

Fulk again emphasized the need for parental support and encouraged volunteers.

For more information, contact the school at (502) 543-6806.

Bullitt County Public Schools has nearly 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.