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Harlan Independent Schools
420 E. Central St.
Harlan, KY  40831
Phone: 606-573-8700

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Digital learning opportunities expanding for Harlan Independent students

Frankfort, KY (April 11, 2014) – Senator Johnny Ray Turner visited Harlan Independent Schools today to announce that digital learning opportunities are expanding for Harlan Independent students with the arrival of new computers funded by coal severance funds directed at Kentucky’s economic development and diversification efforts for the region.  The new technology is part of the district’s participation in the Dataseam program. 

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On April 8, twenty-three students from the Han Herreders Ungdomsskole in Denmark spent the morning at Harlan High School where they were greeted and shown around by students from the high school gifted leadership group. The visit was part of an English immersion program based at Berea College.  It was an interesting day for both the HHU and HHS students who learned a lot about each others’ cultures.

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Harlan Elementary Academic Team Captures Regional Crown

The Harlan Elementary Academic Team held on to beat Martha Jane Porter Elementary School recently in the regional Governor’s Cup competition. After losing by one point in the District to Wallins. Harlan Elementary took 1st place by .5 point to capture the top spot for 2nd time in five years. Unlike the High School and Middle School levels, there is no state level competition at the Elementary School Level.

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Trend Data Shows Steady Gains

During a special called board meeting, Superintendent C.D. Morton presented trend data that highlighted steady growth on state assessments given each year to 8th and 10th grade students. Over the last 8 years, students in 8th and 10th grades are given the Explore and Plan assessments. Both assessments are produced by ACT Inc,. and are administered in every public school across the commonwealth.


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Ben Jones Places at State Governor's Cup

Harlan High School student Ben Jones, pictured with Governor Steve Beshear, placed 8th in the state in Composition during the recent KY Governor’s Cup state competition in Louisville. Ben competed against 81 other students across the Commonwealth. In order to compete at this level, students must place in the top 5 at the district level and also at the regional level.  Ben placed 1st in both district and region.  Ben Jones is a member of the Harlan High School Academic Team. 

2014-2015 School Calendar Available

The Harlan Independent Board of Education approved of the 2014 – 2015 school calendar at it's board meeting last night. Attached you will find the calendar in both Word and PDF formats. If you have questions regarding the calendar please contact Mrs. Clem at 606-573-8700. You may also reach Mrs. clam at Emily.Clem@Harlanind.kyschools.us .


PDF Calendar or Word Calendar

2013-2014 Amended Calendar

The Harlan Ind. Board of Education amended the 2013 – 2014 school calendar at its board meeting on Tuesday night.

*The last student day is Friday, May 30
*Closing Day/Graduation is Saturday, May 31.  Graduation begins at 1:30p.m.
*We will have a full Spring Break
*Students and teachers are off Memorial Day
*Teachers and all classified staff have a work day on Tuesday, May 20th, however, students don't attend.  The law prevents students from attending on Election Day, however, staff will use this as a work day.
*Flexible PD Day is moved to June 2

Board Sets Graduation Date

The Harlan Ind. Board of Education set the Graduation Date and time for the 2014 Graduation Class. Graduation will be held at the Harlan Baptist Church at 1:30 PM on Saturday, May 31st.

HHS Recognized as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School

The National Center for Educational Achievement (NCEA), a department of ACT, Inc., recognized Harlan High School as a 2012 NCEA Higher Performing School.

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    Harlan Independent Schools
    420 E. Central St.
    Harlan KY 40831

    Phone: 606-573-8700