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The International Center for Leadership in Education Names Glasgow High School a 2019 Model School for its Dramatic Improvements in Student Learning and Achievement

Glasgow High School will share key learnings from its transformational journey at the 27th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

Glasgow, Kentucky—The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators, has named Glasgow High School a 2019 Model School for making rapid and significant improvements in student outcomes. Glasgow High School recognized the need for change, collectively established a vision, and systematically worked together to create a learning environment that enables students of all abilities to thrive.

Glasgow High School is one of 18 Model Schools and one of six high schools from across the United States that will share its transformational journey and best practices at ICLE’s 27th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 23-26 in Washington, D.C. The event provides a forum for thousands of passionate educators and leaders to share innovative ideas and best practices for developing future-focused classrooms.

With over 70% of its students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, Glasgow High School continuously ranks in the top 10% of schools nationwide. Despite being identified as the "poorest community" in Kentucky, Glasgow High School has created a culture of greatness where relationships and innovative opportunities for students reign. GHS uses the mindset of "greatness" and “Scottie Pride” to remove economic and societal barriers for students and improve the trajectory of their lives after graduation. Glasgow High School is a testament that ensuring access and opportunity to rigorous learning for all students generates academic growth, post-secondary options, and an inspiring culture. Glasgow High School was share its strategies for maximizing student and teacher potential through open enrollment for advanced classes, creating relevant career opportunities for students based upon their interests, and creating and sustaining a culture of greatness. Glasgow High School closes the achievement gap by closing the opportunity gap.

“Model Schools are focused on what matters most: the students,” Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, ICLE. “We commend the 2019 Model Schools for prioritizing the creation of a supportive, systemwide culture of high expectations that that is felt by teachers, leaders, students, parents, and the greater community.”

Selected annually based on a number of criteria, Model Schools must have substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.

Principal Amy Allen states, “We are honored to be named a 2019 Model School by the International Center for Leadership in Education. This designation is the result of the caring professionals at GHS who work extraordinarily hard to provide opportunities for our students. I am proud of the team at Glasgow High School and their desire to maximize students’ potential through rigorous learning experiences that are relevant to their lives. Most importantly, I am proud of the positive relationships that our team creates with our students and instilling in them the pride that comes with being a Scottie.”

“We are proud of Glasgow High School and all the staff and faculty of Glasgow Independent Schools for this designation. The key for continued success is to not only stay the course but also to make a commitment to customize, personalize, and communicate students’ educational experience. With this being said, Glasgow High School continues to put children in an environment that gives them the opportunity to maximize their potential and ensure every Scottie has multiple experiences for success,” says Superintendent Keith Hale.

“Now more than ever, it’s critical educators and leaders have the opportunity to exchange practical and effective ideas and research-based strategies that will help to prepare students for lifelong success,” said Dr. Daggett. “We’re thrilled to host this year’s Model Schools Conference in our nation’s capital, and look forward to hearing how these trailblazing practitioners are implementing actionable, sustainable change to transform their school’s culture.”

The International Center for Leadership in Education is a division of learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

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About the International Center for Leadership in Education

The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit
GHS: Initiative Participant
GHS: Initiative Participant
More than 1,000 high schools across the country are participating in Amazon Future Engineer, an initiative making computer science available to all students.
Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part, childhood-to-career program that works to inspire and educate 10 million children and young adults each year to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science and coding – Amazon Future Engineer focuses on access for all.
Glasgow, Feb. 27, 2019 – Glasgow High School is now part of the Amazon Future Engineer program and will receive funding from Amazon to start offering computer science classes to students this Fall. Glasgow High School is one of more than 1,000 high schools across the country currently signed up for Amazon Future Engineer, a national program aimed at making computer science accessible to all students. With more than 1,000 high schools signed up, Amazon Future Engineer will serve tens of thousands of high school students.
With Amazon Future Engineer’s funding, Glasgow High School will offer Intro Programming and Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A classes through curriculum provider, Edhesive. Amazon’s funding provides preparatory lessons, tutorials, and professional development for teachers, fully sequenced and paced digital curriculum for students, and live online support every day of the week for both teachers and students. These full-year courses are designed to inspire, prepare, and propel students in their pursuit of computer science education. All students participating in this program will receive a free membership to AWS Educate which provides them with free access to computing power in the AWS Cloud for their coding projects and content to learn about cloud computing.
“We are excited to offer two more Computer Science classes in our Computer Science and Coding career major. We have many students who wish to complete a degree in computer science or information technology. These classes will build their knowledge and skills to be competitive applicants for college admissions, scholarships, or jobs,” said Amy Allen, Principal, Glasgow High School.
Larry Correll, the AP Computer Science Principles teacher stated, “We are thrilled to give our students this opportunity as they prepare to apply to college and build the skills for a rewarding career in technology and innovation. I'm honored to be a part of a school system that actually puts the needs of students first and foremost by using programs like Amazon Future Engineering to give students such diverse opportunities. The Amazon Future Engineering program allows us to offer CS classes now, that we were planning to add later. We have had lots of interest from students looking for opportunities in Computer Science and this really expedites those opportunities.”
Kelsey Towe, one of computer science teachers stated, “I am so excited for our GHS students to have this amazing opportunity to grow in the area of Computer Science. I can’t wait to assist our students in the process of gaining these skill sets that will provide amazing opportunities as they complete high school, enter the workforce, and begin their future careers.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that by 2020 there will be 1.4 million computer-science-related jobs available and only 400,000 computer science graduates with the skills to apply for those jobs. Computer science is the fastest growing profession within the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) field, but only 8% of STEM graduates earn a computer science degree, with a tiny minority from underprivileged backgrounds. And, underprivileged students are 8 to 10 times more likely to pursue college degrees in computer science if they have taken AP computer science in high school.
“We want to ensure that every child, especially those from underprivileged communities, has an opportunity to study computer science,” said Jeff Wilke, CEO Worldwide Consumer, Amazon. “We are excited more than 1,000 schools will now provide these courses, and look forward to adding 1,000 more schools over the coming months.”
Launched in November, 2018, Amazon Future Engineer is a four-part childhood-to-career program intended to inspire, educate, and prepare children and young adults from underprivileged, underrepresented, and underserved communities to pursue careers in the fast-growing field of computer science. Each year, Amazon Future Engineer aims to inspire more than 10 million kids to explore computer science; provide over 100,000 young people in over 2,000 high schools access to Intro or AP Computer Science courses; award 100 students with four-year $10,000 scholarships, as well as offer guaranteed and paid Amazon internships to gain work experience. Amazon Future Engineer is part of Amazon’s $50 million investment in computer science/STEM education. In addition, Amazon Future Engineer has donated more than $10 million to organizations that promote computer science/STEM education across the country.
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Scout Oliver honored for exemplary volunteer service
Scout Oliver honored for exemplary volunteer service
Lauren Scout Oliver, 17, of Glasgow, KY, a student of Glasgow High School, has been honored for her exemplary volunteer service with a Certificate of Excellence from The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, and with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Presented annually by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards honors young people across America for outstanding volunteer service.

Certificates of Excellence are granted to the top 10 percent of all Prudential Spirit of Community Award applicants in each state and the District of Columbia. President’s Volunteer Service Awards recognize Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their community and their country.

Glasgow High School nominated Scout for national honors this fall in recognition of her volunteer service. Specifically, she has volunteered at Highland Elementary as an ELL tutor in a first grade math class as part of the Spanish III-ELL Tutoring class. Additionally, she has volunteered to teach at the Glasgow Independent Schools’ Inquiring Minds camp held every summer. Scout is passionate about working with children in the community and can be found every Sunday assisting with the children’s ministry at Crossland Community Church. She is inspired to work with children because of “their imaginative and bright personalities. They enjoy learning in fun, inventive ways, and I love helping them grow as students and individuals.”

“Across the United States, young volunteers are doing remarkable things to contribute to the well-being of the people and communities around them,” said Prudential CEP Charles Lowrey. “Prudential is honored to celebrate the contributions of these students, and we hope their stories inspire others to volunteer too,”

“These students have not only improved their communities through their exemplary volunteer service, but also set a fine example for their peers,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director of NASSP. “Each of their stories is proof of the impact one young person can have when they decide to make a difference.”
Prudential Spirit of Community Award application details were distributed nationwide last September through middle level and high schools, Girl Scout councils, county 4-H organizations, American Red Cross chapters, YMCAs and Affiliates of Points of Light’s HandsOn Network. These schools and officially-designed local organizations nominated Local Honorees, whose applications were advanced for state-level judging, In addition to granting Certificates of Excellence and President’s Volunteer Service Awards, The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected State Honorees and Distinguished Finalists. Volunteer activities were judged on criteria including initiative, effort, impact and personal growth.
GHS freshman scores composite 36 on the ACT
GHS freshman scores composite 36 on the ACT
Meet The Acheiver

Achiever: Caleb West
Age: 14
Grade: 9
School: Glasgow High School
Achievement: Caleb West, scored a perfect score of
36 on the December ACT, the highest score possible
on the college entrance exam. He scored a 36 on the
individual tests in English, science, and reading, and a
35 in mathematics.
ACT Facts: According to ACT, just over 1.9 million
students took the ACT during 2018 and less than 1
percent of those students scored a 36.

Caleb’s history with the test: Caleb scored a 29 when he took the ACT for the first time as a
seventh grader. He decided to take the college entrance exam again in hopes of improving his
score. Caleb used resources like Khan Academy and CERT to help him prepare before taking the
ACT a second time this past February. According to their website, CERT (College Equipped
Readiness Tool), is an online assessment tool “that provides administrators, teachers, parents,
and students with the information they need to maximize career and college opportunities for
students.” All CERT practice tests are aligned with the College and Career Readiness Standards
and cover the content areas included in the ACT.
On being “the freshman who made the 36”: “I received an email from WKU, stating that my
scores were in and I had a 36. I didn’t believe it at first. It wasn’t until I logged into my ACT
account to verify my score that the reality of it sank in.” His immediate response to earning a
perfect score was “Oh boy, that’s cool.”
Teacher Quotes on Caleb’s academic work ethic: Caleb’s academic work ethic is
demonstrated throughout his classes. Morgan Cossel, his English I teacher, states, “Caleb is an
incredibly hard worker who always pushes himself to the highest level.” Shane London, his
Honors Science teacher states, “Educators are tasked with helping students develop tools
necessary for success. Sometimes we get the privilege of teaching students who already possess
those skills. One student who comes to mind is Caleb. I truly look forward to seeing what the
future holds for this young man.” Kelly Lee, his Honors Geometry teacher states “Caleb is a
humble young man with amazing maturity.  He is always prepared, helpful and supportive. He is
such a wonderful asset to our school family.”

Future Plans: Caleb hopes to attend either Carnegie Mellon or MIT (Massachusetts Institute of
Technology) after high school and major in computer science and engineering. In fact, Caleb is
currently enrolled in the Introduction to Engineering course, which teaches problem-solving
skills using a design development process. Students generate product solutions through creation,
analysis, and communication using computer design software. In addition to his engineering
class, Caleb is also taking a coding class during his freshman advisory period. Bart Roberts, his
Advisory teacher, states, “Caleb is a very intelligent, respectful, and charismatic student who
works extremely hard to achieve [his] goals. With a passion for computer science, Caleb
successfully mastered the programming language Javascript and began working on learning 3-D
game development on his own. Caleb applies the fundamentals he has learned in his core content
classes into his creation of elaborate coding related projects.”
On taking the ACT again: “I don’t plan on taking the ACT again until my junior year when it
is a part of the state assessment.” However, when he does take it again in two years, he hopes to
score a 36 on all four sections of the exam.
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