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Information Numbers added at HCHS:
Now you have the opportunity to call and receive cancellation information from Harlan County High School.  Two numbers are available to access up-to-date information about the School, Clubs, Activities, Sporting Events and more at HCHS.  To access general closing/cancellation information on Clubs, School, Activities, and Meetings call (606) 574-2099.  For Athletic Events and Practice cancellation call (606) 574-2098.

Announcements, Upcoming and Current Events:
- Students who are sixteen (16) or seventeen (17) years old and become academically deficient or deficient in attendance shall be reported to the Transportation Cabinet for driver’s license, permit or driving privilege revocation. The following document will provide specific information regarding 'No Pass, No Drive': DRIVER’S LICENSE REVOCATION (.pdf, .htm)

- Online Training: Restraint & Seclusion - Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bully Prevention

- The Harlan County Walking Club walks on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10:00-11:30 on the indoor track at Harlan County High School.  Free and open to the public.  All ages are welcome.  Walk, jog, or run at your own pace.  Walking Club is open all year round, except for snow days and holidays.  Enter at the top gym entrance (4 brick columns facing U.S. 119).  For more information, contact: Cathy York at 606.574.2020 Ext. 3514.

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- 2018-2019 Summer Prof. Development Calendar
- Students from Ms. Megan Donahue’s 5th and 6th grade classes at Cumberland Elementary School recently took part in “Escape Room” activities to review for their upcoming state tests.
- GEAR UP took freshman and sophomores on a college tour of the University of Kentucky
- The Harlan County High School GEAR UP Club planted tress at Highslpint Park for a community service project. The trees were donated by Raymond Cox, Harlan County 4-H Youth Development Agent.
- The theme for the Green Hills Elementary School reading night was “Camp Out with a Good Book.”  Students participated in various activities that included the following stations:  “S’mores”, Game, Rhyming, Retelling, Puppet, and Bookmark. 
- Mrs. Diana Tipton’s and Ms. Karen Simpson’s second grade classes at James A. Cawood Elementary School participated in Arts and Humanities activities recently.  Each student tie dyed their own shirt.  Students engaged their creative sides by mixing colors, watching the colors blend into swirls and creating abstract images. 
- Ashley Brooke Hawkins, a 2018 graduate of Harlan County High School, has been named the Monticello Banking Company Student Citizen Award recipient for May.
- Gavin Ewald, a linebacker on the Harlan County Black Bear Football Team, recently had the opportunity to work out with University of Kentucky starting linebacker Kash Daniel.
- Harlan County High School student Kiki Dean has been selected for participation in the Entrepreneurial Leadership Institute offered through the Youth Programs at the Center for Rural Development.
- Breyden Daniels has been named a 2018 Rogers Explorer. Daniels is a recent graduate from Wallins Elementary School and an incoming freshman at Harlan County High School.
- At the annual 32nd Excellence in Teaching Ceremony, Campbellsville University recognized 169 teachers from 60 school districts. A total of 3,749 teachers have been recognized for their teaching excellence throughout the years. Harlan County – Brent Roark, superintendent; Faith Clem, Black Mountain Elementary School; Andy Howard, Green Hills Elementary School; and Alexandra Nau, Harlan County High School.
- Allison Cook, a member of the Harlan County High School Class of 2018 and daughter of Roy and Lisa Cook, was named the recipient of the Harlan County Schools Superintendent's Student Council Black Bear Kindness Award recently.
- The Cawood Elementary School Custodial Staff was honored with a "Clean Sweep Award" after winning all four of the 2017-2018 custodial inspections in the Harlan County School District.
- Christopher Brown, an incoming senior at Harlan County High School, has been awarded the 2018 University of Kentucky Book Award.
- Chelsey Caldwell and Breanna Epperson recently received leadership awards during the Harlan County High School awards program.


- Harlan County Schools will offer a workshop for parents on what their student needs to know to be kindergarten ready on  Monday, July 9th from 9:00 to 10:00 and again from 5:00 to 6:00.  The two workshops will contain the same information so there is no need to attend both.  Parents can choose the time that is most convenient for them.  Parents whose children are applying for early admission based on age are highly encouraged to attend.   Any student who is not five prior to August 1st but whose parent wants them to attend kindergarten must apply for early admission, pass a kindergarten ready screener and be board approved before they can enter school. All parents of incoming kindergarten students are welcome. You can register for the workshop through Facebook or by calling the district office at 606-573-4330.

- Cawood Elementary - Back to School Bash: Wednesday, July 25th, 10 am - 1 pm (Free Food, Free Clothing, Free School Supplies, Fun Games!)
- HCHS Band Camp Schedule:

July 18th – 20th: Rookie Marching Camp - 9 a.m. to noon;
July 18th – 20th: Guard & Percussion Camp - 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.;
July 23rd – 27th: Week 1 - 9 a.m. to noon; lunch; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.;.
July 30th – Aug. 2nd: Week 2 - 9 a.m. to noon; lunch; 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; snack; 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.;
August 3rd: Final Day – 9 a.m. to noon; lunch; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


- 2018-2019 School Calendar
- Comprehensive District Improvement Plan
- Employee Handbook
- Code of Conduct
- HCHS Student Handbook
- Bus Routes
- Online Training: Restraint & Seclusion - Positive Behavior in Schools III: Bully Prevention
- HCHS Fall Athletic Schedules: Football, Volleyball
- 2018 Harlan County Public Schools’ 5th/6th and 7th/8th Grade Girls’ Basketball Schedule
- Black Bear Fans! Mark your calendar and save the date because it is almost time for: MEET THE BEARS, the 2018 edition. It will be held at Coal Miners Memorial Stadium from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, August 3, 2018. Activities will feature all fall sports teams, as well as our middle and elementary school programs. As always, It's A Great Day to Be a Harlan County Black Bear!

Open House Dates & Information:
- Cawood Elementary - Open House: Saturday, August 4th, 10 am - 2 pm (Food Pantry Giveaway, Household Items & Cloths Giveaway, Festival Games, Drawing for Door Prizes, Grill Out - Hot Dogs, Chips & Drinks)
- Cumberland Elementary - Back to School Blowout: Friday, August 3rd, 5 pm (Free School Supplies)
- Cumberland Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Meet your Teachers, Get Supply Lists, See your Classroom, Free Refreshments)
- Evarts Elementary - Open House & Ice Cream Social: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Classroom Assignments, Meet your Teachers, Enroll your Child, Free Ice Cream and Cake, Free School Supplies)
- Green Hills Elementary -Back to School Bash: Tuesday, August 7th, 2-4 pm
- Harlan County High School - Freshman Orientation: Tuesday, August 7th, 5 pm to 7 pm
- James A. Cawood Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 3-5 pm (Meet & Greet Teachers, Shaved Ice, Opportunity to Enroll Your Child, School Supplies & Much More!)
- Rosspoint Elementary - Open House: Tuesday, August 7th, 1-3 pm (Meet your Teachers, Classroom List, Refreshments, School Supplies)
- Wallins Elementary - Back to School Bash: Tuesday, August 7th, 4-6 pm

- Dance Camp to be held at Harlan County High School on August 14th & 16th
- An oil painting of the late Harlan County Schools Superintendent James A. Cawood was presentedrecently to James A. Cawood Elementary School Principal John Carter for display at his school.