A message from Superintendent Howard: Operation Preparation
Butler County School District is committed to ensuring your student has the 21st-century skills necessary to be college/career ready – the foundation for success in life. But we need your help.
In spring 2011, we joined every school district in Kentucky in signing the Commonwealth Commitment – a pledge to increase the college/career-readiness of our high school students by 50 percent by 2015. Advising and preparation is one of several key strategies we are using to reach this goal. As a district, the administration, counselors and the Youth Service Center staff have worked diligently throughout the year to support Butler County students, but are joining with the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development and have set aside the week of March 12-16, 2012, and March 29th for Operation Preparation – a community-based initiative. During Operation Preparation, many events will be taking place at the middle and high school. March 12 and 13th, all Butler County tenth grade students will be having one-on-one conferences to discuss their assessments, courses and aspirations past high school. March 15th, 56 different workforce and career areas will be presenting to all Butler County High School students on Career Day. Students were surveyed about their career interests and will be choosing the workshops to attend. At BCMS Career Day will be on March 29th. At BCMS students were given the list of Kentucky's 14 Career Clusters. The Career Clusters provided a way for schools to organize instruction and student experiences around 14 broad categories that encompass virtually all occupations from entry level through professional levels. Students chose their top interest and will attend 2 sessions. Also on the 29th, all of the 8th graders will be going to the Butler County Area Technology School to take a tour and learn more about the opportunities that will be available to them.
Operation Preparation provides an opportunity for students, parents, schools and community members to work together to create an environment in which all students are given the opportunity to reach their full potential and maximize their academic experience. We hope you will see the value of this experience for your child and support their participation. All students in grades 6-12 are required to maintain an Individual Learning Plan (ILP). The plan is an on-line portal that allows students to take assessments and surveys to understand their career interests based on their strengths and weaknesses, research post-secondary schools that will develop those interests, locate resources to assist with financial aid, and begin goal setting and prioritizing their time and class selection to meet their goals. Students can log and keep track of grades, papers, work they have performed and community service they have participated in. All of these components will be vital when filling out applications for work and scholarship applications.
As part of Operation Preparation, I would encourage you to login to your student’s ILP and discuss it. You can never begin conversations too early about goal setting and education beyond high school. Recently, in a motivational speech to his middle school students, Mr. Jeff Jennings made this statement, “The decisions you make in the next sixty months will profoundly impact how you spend the next sixty years.” You can find out more about the ILP on the Kentucky Department of Education website, www.operationpreparation.com, or from your student’s school where you can also obtain login credentials. (See below)
Mr. Scott Howard,
Butler County Schools
Butler County Schools Contacts for ILP Information
School Contact Phone E-mail
BCMS Ron Harpe 270-526-5647 firstname.lastname@example.org
BCHS Duane Curry 270-526-2204 email@example.com
BC Schools Vonda Jennings 270-526-5624 firstname.lastname@example.org