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New Principal Selection Survey EIS logo

Elizabethtown Independent Schools invites parents and guardians of students attending Morningside Elementary to complete the Principal Selection survey.  The 3 question survey link is provided below.  Your input is a valuable part of the selection process.  Paper copies will also be available at the school.

Thank you for your participation.


Students of the Month-January Students of the Month

Congratulations to the EIS Students of the Month for January.

2019 WHAS11 & LG&E/KU ExCEL Winner, Mr. Travis Thompson Mr. Travis Thompson

Congratulations to EHS teacher, Mr. Travis Thompson, the EIS ExCEL winner sponsored by WHAS11 & LG&E/KU.  What a great ceremony held at EHS to honor an excellent teacher. The speakers told of the energic and entertaining ways Mr. Thompson engages his students and gets them to achieve at high levels.  He is a passionate educator keeping his students' needs and interests a high priority when teaching.


In case you missed the ceremony, here is a link to watch it online. https://youtu.be/rDymRr2-LjA 

Board Members Sworn In Board Members

Newly elected Kim Iman, returning members, Guy Wallace, and Paul Godfrey, were sworn into their terms as Elizabethtown Independent School Board members by State Representative Jim Duplessis.

ExCEL Winner Mr. Thompson

Congratulations to Mr. Travis Thompson, history teacher at Elizabethtown High School, as he was named the EIS ExCEL winner for 2018-2019.

New School Board Member Board Members

Kim Iman, new member, along with Guy Wallace and Paul Godfrey were sworn in by State Representative Jim Duplessis to the Elizabethtown Independent School Board.

Women in Science meet at ECTC Michelle Tucci

Michelle Tucci, a mechanical engineer with Lexmark Design Center and User Experience Design, speaks to EIS middle and high girls interested in the engineering, math, and science fields.

Lemelson-MIT representative visits EHS InvenTeam EHS InvenTeam

Mrs. Leigh Estabrooks speaks with the Elizabethtown InveTeam about their grant invention and helps prepares them for their MIT visit this summer.

8 Juniors at EHS take top honors at APES. APES participants

Congratulations to the 8 juniors that participated in the Hardin County American Private Enterprise Seminar (APES).   This seminar, sponsored by the Hardin County Extension Office, taught the students about the American economic system and the global economy and helped prepare participants for an active role in business through involvement with business leaders.  After each segment, students took 10 question Payday quizzes and a 50 question exam at the end of the seminar.   Kaitlyn Brandenburg placed 1st and named top female.   Bryan Herringshaw placed 2nd and named top male.   Jenson Harner was named as the first alternate.   Kaitlyn and Bryan now have the opportunity to participate in the state APES seminar held in June at the University of Kentucky.

Emily Ryan named as a state finalist, 2019 Coca-Cola Scholar

Emily Ryan has been named a Semifinalist for the 2019 class of the Coca‑Cola Scholars Program, moving to the next round of the selection process to become a Coca-Cola Scholar and receive a $20,000 college scholarship.  

1,896 high school seniors were selected as Semifinalists from a pool of 95,715 applications from across the country based on their academic excellence, leadership and service demonstrated in school and community activities. 
EHS earns Outstanding Delegation at KYA. KYA

EHS had a great showing at the Kentucky Youth Assembly this past weekend.  Many of our students earned individual honors as well as EHS.

Individual Awards:

Outstanding Delegate:  Ayesha Nasir

Outstanding Speaker:  Matthew Barnes

Outstanding Doorkeeper:  Garrett Inman

Elected Speaker of the Bluegrass House:  Haider Nasir.  This is the second highest elected position among freshman and sophomores.  Haider ran a fantastic campaign and gave articulate speeches. 

Elected Speaker of the Commonwealth House:  Aidan Aldridge.  This is the second highest elected position among juniors and seniors.  This is a tremendous honor considering Aidan was up against some solid completion.

Lily Addington and Natalie Schory were both Presiding Officers over this year’s KYA.  They gave great speeches, ran debate chambers, and they assisted the Y Staff in maintaining decorum over a group of 1500 students.   

Mac Meyer, Ayesha Nasir, and Jake Vaught were all Supporting Officers at this year’s KYA and their roles included chairing and clerking debate chambers. 


Delegation Awards:  We were also recognized for excellence on a school-wide level in addition to our individual accolades. 

Once again EHS was recognized as a Premier Delegation.  

And last but certainly not least EHS was recognized as the Outstanding Delegation for KYA.  This is the highest award a delegation can earn and only one delegation out of over 40 schools earned this award!! 

ExCEL Teachers at EIS ExCEL Teachers

C. Alvey from TK Stone, L. Looten from Helmwood Heights, A. Truitt from Panther Academy, S. Billings from Morningside and T. Thompson from EHS are the ExCEL nominees for 2018-2019.  Congratulations to them all!

No School, November 15, 2018

No school today on November 15, 2018, due to downed trees and many without power. 

November Students of the Month Students of the Month of November

Zane from Panther Academy, Lily From TK Stone, Dalyla from Panther Place, Nash from Helmwood Heights, Patrick from Morningside, and Noah from EHS.  Great students and great role models for all.

Congratulations Sarah Been! Sarah Been

Sarah has been named as a 2018 Wendy's High School Heisman State Winner.  There was a pool of nearly 42,000 students with 967 state finalist of that 20 from KY. Now just she and one other KY student are state winners. Way to go Sarah and best of luck in the national competition.

Linda Williams retires after 29 years of service. Linda Williams

Congratulations to Linda Williams on retirement.  She has served the district as a bus driver for 29 years.  She will be missed by many.

EHS awarded $10,000 from Lemelson-MIT foundation Elizabethtown High School InvenTeam

Elizabethtown High School InvenTeam is one of 15 schools in the nation to be awarded this grant for a technological solution to a real-world problem.  They are inventing a confined space personal safety monitor.  This is a very exciting award and project for our 10 students on the team.


September Students of the Month Students of the Month-September

Students representing TK Stone, Morningside Elementary, Panther Academy, Panther Place, Helmwood Heights, and EHS are honored at the EIS Board meeting.

Sarah Been-KHSAA 2018-19 Female Student-Athlete of the Year for Cross Counrty Sarah Been

Congratulations to Sarah Been, EHS senior, on being named the Female Student-Athlete of the Year for Cross Country by KHSAA.

Natalie Schory, first EHS student to take and pass an Expert Level Microsoft Specialist exam. Natalie Schory

Congratulations to Natalie Schory!

Natalie is the first student in EHS history to sit for an Expert Level Microsoft Office Specialist exam. On October 12, 2018, Natalie successfully completed and earned her Expert Level Certification from Microsoft in Excel 2016. Last year, Natalie earned all five Microsoft Office Specialist Level 1 certifications while a student in Mrs. Deon’s Digital Literacy class.

EHS wins College Success Award Great Schools.org

College Success Award Winners from Great Schools come from nine states for schools that go beyond graduating students to helping them enroll in college and succeed once they get there.  Elizabethtown High School, the only local and surrounding county high school with this honor.

Congratulations to our October Students of the Month Students of the MonthGreat students from EIS

Great students from Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

L. Casey, A. Bratcher, X. Willoughby, K. Lopp, M. Headspeth, and A. Nasir

Ribbon Cutting for Kitchen Classroom, Taste of TK Lowe's Heroes along with students

The ribbon cutting for the Taste of TK Kitchen Classroom sponsored by Lowe's and completed by Lowe's Heroes was held today.  Teacher Mr. Alvey, Mrs. O'Brien, and Mrs. Morris along with the students prepared refreshments in their new kitchen for the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Tradition of Excellence Alumni Tradition of Excellence Alumni

The Tradition of Excellence Alumni Award Banquet was held on September 22, 2018, with a phenomenal group of alumni.

Local Farmers help Helmwood Heights through AmericasFarmers#GrowRuralEducation grant. Check Presentation

A grant from Monsanto through a nomination process of our local farmers provided Helmwood Heights with $10,000 to purchase materials for their newly created STEM Lab. This is a hands-on science lab for all students to explore science and engineering concepts.  Thank you, J. Cruse, J. Langley, and B. & L. Thomas, our local farmers for the nomination, G. Wilson the Monsanto rep, J. Ballard, K. Bush and S. Ryan, J. Turner, L. Looten EIS reps and Mayor Edna Berger are pictured along with a few of Helmwood's leaders.

School Safety Comes First!


Very important message for our community.  We all want to protect our children, no matter where they go to school.

Youth Leader of the Year A. Nasir

Based on bios, essays, and interviews, the judging panel has selected A. Nasir as one of two Youth Leaders of the Year.

Great honor!

Possible 'LemelsonMIT' grant for EHS

Click on the link to watch the EHS student interview on WDRB about their $10,000 grant proposal.


National Champion comes back home to be honored. Nick Ratliff in Heartland Parade

Nick Ratliff, Bassmaster National Champion, returns to Elizabethtown in his new bass boat and truck just in time for the Heartland Parade. 

Thank you Pinkham Lincoln Automotive Kyle Pinkham, Principal Jennifer Burnham and Kyle Pinkham with check.

Thank you to those that came out and test drove or took a survey with Pinkham Lincoln Automotive at EHS.  The Drive to Give Campaign on July 26, 2018, earned the school $2,470.  

American Legion, Women's Auxiliary, Unit 113 donates to EIS. American Legion Representative and Mr. Jon Ballard, Superintendent receiving the check on behalf of EIS students.

The Women's Auxilary of the American Legion donated $100 towards school supplies for students in need. Our community is very generous in helping us meet the needs of our school families.  "Just Be Kind" is very contagious. 

Opening Day for EIS Staff EEF members greeting EIS staff.

Thank you Elizabethtown Educational Foundation for welcoming staff back for the 2018-2019 school year.

Opening Day for EIS Staff Mr. Ballard addresses the EIS staff.

What a great opening day. Thanks to the inspiring words of our Superintendent, Mr. Jon Ballard.  Tricia Smith, of the "Just Be Kind" sign campaign, also shared a message of kindness with our district that will be carried into our schools daily.  This goes hand in hand with our recent training with Tara Brown on building relationships within our community.

2017 Gatorade Player of the Year for Kentucky (Boys Soccer)

Jansen Wilson, a member of the EHS Boys Soccer Team, has been named 2017 Gatorade Player of the Year in Kentucky for Boys Soccer.  What a tremendous honor and award.  Jansen not only excels on the soccer field, but also in the classroom.  Congratualtions from the EIS family and community.


2018 Graduation is being streamed live. Graduation

Here is the link to view the 2018 EHS Graduation Live!


If viewing on a computer, you will need to use Internet Explorer.   The graduation will also stream on iPhones, iPads, and Android phones and devices.  The stream will go live at approximately 9:45 AM.

Students of the Month Students of the Month, May

What a beautiful group of young ladies. These students are hard-working, kind, and talented in many ways.  Congratulations to you all.

Selection of Elizabethtown High School Principal Please read.

The Elizabethtown High School Site Based Decision Making Council and Mr. Jon Ballard, Superintendent, are asking for your input in selecting the new Principal.  Please click on the link below to answer 3 questions about the criteria you feel is most important when looking for a new Principal.  Your input as a community member, staff member, student or parent  is a valued part of the selection process.  

Thank you for your assistance in this important task of selecting a new Principal at Elizabethtown High School.


Survey ends May 1, 2018


EIS Tradition of Excellence Alumni Award Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Tradition of Excellence Alumni Award.  

Students of the Month-April EIS Students of the Month-April

EIS Students of the Month for April: N.Whitmer, HHES, C. Peyton, Panther Place, A. Grant, PA, B. Lewis, TKS, L. Moore, EHS, C. Peeler, MES

Shark Tank Winners Ethan Jones & Claire Godfrey

EHS held its own version of Shark Tank at the EPAC.  Ethan Jones and Claire Godfrey were this year's winners with Heat 350. Students in Mrs. Pennington's business class create and present ideas to a panel of judges.  Thank you to this year's judges: Barbara Byrd, Junior Achievement, Matt Tyler, Raymond James/United Bank & Trust, and Teri Bennett, Hardin Co. Sheriff's office.  


New Principal at Panther Academy Mrs. Kuhn

Mrs. Carla Kuhn was named the new Principal at Panther Academy to replace the retiring principal, Kelly Graham.  The SBDM council and Mr. Ballard annouced Mrs. Kuhn after a long, detailed selection process.  She's been with EIS since 2005 as a teacher at Helmwood Heights and transferred to Panther Academy when it opened six years ago.

New Assistant Superintendent of Student Services Steve Smallwood

Congratulations Mr. Steve Smallwood, new  Assistant Superintendent of Student Services.  He will replace Mr. Nate Huggins starting July 1, 2018.  He'll finish the current year strong at EHS with a top notch graduating class of 2018.

EHS top finishers in General Knowledge at the State level. General Knowledge Winners

EHS Academic Team members took the General Knowledge test at the state level and finished above the top ten. – Nathan J. – 3rd; Jake B.– 4th; Ameer H. – 8th in the state.  Not too much surprise as these are the same three students with perfect ACT scores.

EHS Future Problem Solving Team finishes 5th in state, qualifies for International competition in WI. FPS Team, Laura H., Nathan J., Ameer H., Thomas H.

The Future Problem Solving Team at Elizabethtown High School finished 5th in the state this past weekend.  this top win qualifies the team for International FPS competition in LaCrosse Wisconsin.  This compeition includes teams from all over the United States and several foreign countries.

Students of the Month for March Students of the Month, March

Students of the Month from each of our schools.  Each student is an excellent representative of our district and their school.

K. Clark, TK. M. Durman,Panther Place, K. Goodman, HHES, A. Thorn, PA, Z. Gee, EHS, J.L. Humphries, MES

TK Stone Middle, Future Problem Solvers-6th in State E. Pike, L,Hanson, P.Flowers, N.Blair

"Every year these kids blow me away! Congratulations to the TK Stone FPS team who earned 6th place at STATE Governors Cup and a bid to INTERNATIONALS!!!  Best finish ever!". Vickie Shearer and Kerrie Bal, coaches.

TK students essay winners of Magnolia Bank "Preparing for Success" Winners

Five 6th grade TK Stone Middle School Students were winners of the Magnolia Bank “Preparing for Success” Scholarships.  To apply for the scholarship students had to write an essay describing a career they would like to have and how they planned to achieve that career. The winners were awarded a t-shirt, book bag, award certificate and a $100 certificate of deposit with Magnolia Bank.  They also, along with their parents, were treated to a pizza party at Mr. Gatti’s in Elizabethtown.

Pictured are J. Smallwood, C. Heuser, L. Huff, M. Curtis and A. Addington

Congratulations Kiara Jones! State winner for Poetry Out Loud Kiara Jones, State Winner Poetry Out Loud

Kiara Jones, senior at Etown High and winner of school wide Poetry Out Loud Contest, competed at the State level and placed 1st in State.

She's headed to Washington DC, April 23-25

TKS Archery Team takes 1st Place. TKS Archery Team

The middle school archery team won first place this weekend at the EHS archery tournament.

 They will be competing in the NASP state tournament on March 31 in Louisville. 

5 National Merit Scholarship Finalist Jake Breunig, Riley Eriksen, Ameer Haider, Thomas Hutto, and Nathan Johnson, the 5 Finalist from EHS

This is an outstanding accomplishment for these 5 individuals and having 5 out of one class of students is phenomenal.   

About 1.6 million juniors in more than 22,000 high schools entered the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program by taking the 2016 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®), which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool
of Semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of Semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors.


Elizabethtown Education Foundation donates a total of $97,000 to EIS schools through grant program. Prize Team

The Education Foundation's Prize Team left Central Office in a bus filled with balloons and giant checks for teachers across our distict.  Teachers applied for grants to help support the instructional needs of their classrooms to enhance the education of their students.  Today, at each school winners were announced and checks passed out.  Our students are truly blessed by a strong community and dedicated foundation members that believe in success for each student.

Elizabethtown Independent Schools awarded $30,750 K-3 Literacy Grant Greater Horizon Grant to fund Kids Read Now summer slide prevention program Kelli Bush, Assist. Superintendent Student Learning, receiving check from Steve Marcinak from Kids Read Now

Elizabethtown Independent Schools has been awarded a $30,750 three-year grant for summer 2018-20 through the Greater Horizon Fund of Kansas City to partially fund their K-3 summer reading slide prevention program sponsored by Kids Read Now.  The program, based on the work of early literacy researcher, teacher and author Dr. Richard Allington, provides student-selected books mailed home each week throughout the summer.  Included in the program are nine Lexile-leveled books, weekly parent contact, spring to fall test score analysis and three-year longitudinal data metrics provided to the district. (615) K-3 Elizabethtown Independent elementary school students will participate.

EHS collecting for the West Point Community Items needed:

EHS is helping out the Flood Victims of West Point.  Donations are being accepted at Elizabthtown High School.  

EHS Regional Champs-Governor's Cup Competition EHS Academic Team-Regional Champs!

Elizabethtown High School competed in the Regional Governor’s Cup Competition at Nelson County High School on Saturday, February 17th, and took home the 5th Region Championship.  The 5th region consists of all the high schools in Hardin, LaRue, Nelson, Meade, Marion, Taylor, Bullitt and Washington Counties.  The region was very competitively matched and the top 4 schools were only points away from each other, but with Etown’s Quick Recall team coming in 3rd and Future Problem Solving team coming in 1st, they earned enough team points to come in 1st place.   

National Board Certified Teachers Mrs. Hindle and Ms. Davis

Mrs. Hindle and Ms. Davis, TKS teachers, are the newest National Board Certified Teachers employeed at EIS.  Congratulations on obtaining a very difficult certification.

February's Students of the Month Students of the Month-February

Students of the Month from EHS, TKS, HHES and MES.  Not pictured are students from PA and Panther Place.

Congratulations to our exlempary students.

Quinton Higgins, Carrollton Bus Crash Survivor is the Guest Speaker at EPAC for Speaker Series. Quinton Higgins

Saturday, February 24th at 6:00 p.m., Carrollton Bus Crash Survivor, Quinton Higgins will be the inaugural speaker for the Elizabethtown Performing Arts Center’s (EPAC)  new Speaker Series.  He is a familiar face around Hardin County, as a Hardin County Schools bus driver and a frequent speaker in school systems statewide.  However, this will be his first public speaking engagement in the community that supported him and fellow survivors thirty years ago. 

He has renovated a bus, similar to the one that crashed, with obituaries and news paper clippings about the crash, and takes it to his speaking engagements.  It serves as a memorial to those whose lives were lost and a reminder to all not only not to drink and drive, but also of all that changed in bus safety because of that fateful night.  The public will be able to tour the bus starting at 5:00 p.m. in front of TK Stone Middle School.  Quinton will show the documentary, “Impact: After the Crash” prior to speaking.

Cuba comes to Panther Academy Learning about Cuba through music and dance.

Panther Academy students were treated to song, dance, language and customs of Cuba.  Panther Academy students are studying world cultures and had Cuba delivered to them.

STEMtastic Designing and modeling

Middle school girls are getting a taste of design concept, modeling a prototype and promoting a new shoe.  Thanks to the STEMtastic and Heels together grant, real-life experience is coming straight to them.  Forty 7th and 8th grade girls applied to work on the project with 13 high school mentors.  Day 1 was desiging and develoing a model out of clay.

EHS student, Kiara Jones headed to state Poetry Reading Contest.

Congratulations to Kiara Jones for winning the EHS Poetry Rectiation Contest.  Kiara will compete at the State level this spring.Marissa Gilmore placed second.

TK Stone Middle School places 2nd in Region of 17 other schools.

These students will move on to State Governors Cup Competition in March

 Future Problem Solving: 1st. Emily Pike,  Nick Blair, Porter Flowers, Liz Hanson

Math: Anna Hindle 2nd, Jonah Shirts 3rd

Eng.Comp. Zaynab Movania 4th

A/H: Ava Addington 4th

All-District Band All-District Middle School Band

Congratulations to the following T.K. Stone Band members who have spent countless hours practicing before and after school to earn a chair in the 2017-2018 4th District Music Educators All-District Band.  These seven students will perform in a concert in Campbellsville at the end of this month with students from over 20 other middle schools.

Pictured L to R:  Jonah Shirts, Cole Varela, Luke Lehmuller, Nick Blair, Alex Nguyen, Melissa Moore, and Ruby Daugherty.

Check Presentation Check Presentation

On Tuesday, January 30th, Give270 board members, along with Joe Bennett from The Eric and Joe Show, presented the Elizabethtown Performing Arts Center with a check for $1,200 which will go towards operational costs and updating sound and lighting systems in the 63 year old facility.  The donation included proceeds from a one night only special “Eric and Joe Surprise Show” benefit held at the EPAC as part of the EPAC’s 20th Anniversary Celebration.

Pictured from left to right are: Joe Humphrey, Joe Bennett, Ken Rambo, Matt Wyatt, Carmen Caldera-Brzoska, Jon Ballard, and Justin Howard.

EHS named District 17 Governor's Cup Champs! EHS Governor's Cup District Champions

The Quick Recall and Future Problem Solving teams placed 1st, EHS had a 1st and 2nd in Math, a 2nd, 3rd and 4th place in Science,  a  3rd and 4th place in Social Studies, 3rd in Language Arts and 1st, 2nd, and 4th in Composition.  They will compete in the Regional competition on February 17th at Nelson County High School.  Good Luck Panthers!

EIS PreRegistration date for 2018/2019

EIS will hold PreRegistration for the 2018/2019 school year on March 21, 2018.  Click here for additional information.

WDRB reports on EHS going one-to one.


Click on the link to view the article on Elizabethtown High School and their one-to-one chromebook program. Sponsored in part by Elizabethtown Education Foundation and Flex Films.

One to One Chromebook Launch IT Team, Mr. Smallwood, and EEF Commitee

EHS delivers Chromebooks to every student at EHS for daily use in every classroom.

EPAC 20th Anniversary

Please join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the Elizabethtown Performing Arts Center on January 20, 2018!  Details here!

Students of the Month for December Students of the Month

Congratulations to our Students of the Month from the Elizabethtown Independent Schools

Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest Winner Qhovia Phillips, winner of 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest

Congratulations to Qhovia Phillips, an 8th grader at TK Stone Middle School, who was selected as the 1st place recipient of the 2018 Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay Contest.

2016/2017 School Report Card for Panther Academy!

Click here to view the 2016/2017 PA School Report Card presenting detailed information on demographics, test performance, accountabiity, teacher qualifications, student safety, parent involvement, and more. 

New Elizabethtown High School Traffic Flow Plan for 2017/2018

Please click HERE for an aerial view of the traffic flow plan for EHS for 2017/2018. 

2017/2018 Amended Calendar (board approved 04/16/2018)
2017/2018 School Open House Dates and Times
Save the Date...

...for the 2nd Annual Back 2 School Panther Party!  Details here.

New DOB Requirement beginning with the 2017/2018 school year
Beginning with the 2017/2018 school year, a child who is 5 years old on or before August 1 may enroll in full-day kindergarten.  A student who turns 5 years old between August 2 and October 1, may be eligible for early admission to kindergarten.  Please contact Kelly Graham, principal of Panther Academy, for more information.
Click here to view the applicable KY statute.  Click for Board Policy 09.121 regarding Entrance Age.  Additional information can also be found on the KDE website regarding this new regulation.
In Kentucky, under state law, all children must be enrolled in and attend school between the ages of 6 and 18.  Beginning with the 2017/2018 school year, the eligibility date for mandatory school enrollment is age 6 by August 1.
PA FundRaiser at Gatti's May 1
PA Important May Events
Panther Academy Kindergarten Graduation Letter
What is Watch D.O.G.S.?  D.O.G.S stands for Dads of Great Students!  It is a national program to help fathers, grandfathers, and father figures to become more involved in the lives of their children, to inspire them, guide them, and assist them in achieving their destiny.  The resources, materials, and activities are appropriate for the father figures of students in grades pre/K through grade 12.  For more information, click here.

Click here to see a picture of our first 2016/2017 Watch D.O.G Mike Monroe with Noah Winslow!