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Scott Alter, Assistant Superintendent Glenn O. Swing Principal promoted to Assistant Superintendent

The principal and assistant principal at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School are taking on greater leadership roles in Covington Independent Public Schools.

Summer Glenn O. Swing Elementary Summer Program 2019

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Summer Program is in full swing and couldn't be more fun!

born learning schedule Workshops held to help parents turn everyday moments into learning opportunities

It is not too late to sign up and attend the next Born Learning Communities workshop, which will be held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday July 9.

lori eifert Project Home is helping students experiencing homelessness to stay in school

Covington students and families experiencing homelessness receive help to stay in school.
 

stuff the bus challenge Help Covington Stuff the Bus with School Supplies

Covington Independent Public Schools will again participate in Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge to provide school supplies for  students

Volleyball Lady Bulldogs Volleyball set practice and try-out schedule

The Holmes High School 2019-20 volleyball season begins on July 15.

Polly Page Covington Education Foundation names Polly Page as Person of the Year

The Covington Education Foundation has named Polly Lusk Page, a longtime advocate for education, as the organization’s 2019 Person of the Year.

Job Openings Covington is looking for talented people to join our team

Covington Independent Public Schools is looking for talented people to join our team.

Solar panels Covington already reaping benefits from its energy savings project

Covington Independent Public Schools is already reaping benefits from its energy savings project,

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. Time has come to recognize and honor our alumni.  The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Girl Scouts Parade Girl Scout Troop Celebrates Freedom!

Glenn O. Swing's Girl Scout Troop 2931 participated in the Covington Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 27th.

K Grad Congratulations, Kindergarten!

Congratulations to our Kindergarten students!

Perfect Attendance Students Celebrated for Perfect Attendance!

Perfect attendance for the entire school year means hard work, dedication, and determination!

Color Run Q102 Helps Glenn O. Swing Students Rock Out At Annual Color Run!

Glenn O. Swing held its annual Color Run school fundraiser yesterday and got a little help from Q102!

Attention Glenn O. Swing Site Based Elections To Be Held Wednesday

Glenn O. Swing Elementary will hold parent Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) Team elections for the 2019-2020 school year on Wednesday in the front office. 

Glee Glenn O. Swing Glee Club Performance Receives A Standing Ovation!

On Thursday night and Friday morning, the Glee Club performed songs from 3 different musicals.

All after school programming canceled today

All evening activities in Covington Independent Public Schools will be canceled today, March 14, due to the predicted weather.

Two Hour Delay

Covington Independent Public Schools will be on a two hour delay today, Friday, March 8. Transportation will run two hours later.

Cold Weather Covington schools closed Wednesday due to inclement weather

Covington Independent Public Schools will be closed Wednesday, January 30, due to inclement weather.

Holmes vs CovingtonCatholic basketball game canceled

The Friday evening basketball game between Holmes High School and Covington Catholic High School has been canceled and will be played at a later date.

Pajama Day at Glenn O Pajama Day at Glenn O. Swing for High Attendance!

September is High Attendance Month in the state of Kentucky!

Park Grand Reopening! Park Grand Reopening!

The Annie Hargraves Park, Basil Lewis Park, and the new George Stone basketball court is reopening on Saturday, September 22,

Election Day No School Tuesday, May 22
Email Disruption

The email system for Covington Independent Public Schools will be down beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22 and ending on Monday, March 26. Parents will be unable to email district staff members during this time.

For more information, please call (859) 392-1000.

Basketeball Holmes basketball games scheduled for Tuesday night have been canceled

The Holmes Lady Bulldogs Varsity and JV basketball games scheduled for this evening, Tuesday, January 16, have been canceled.

Early Dismissal

Covington Schools will dismiss early on Friday, January 12 due to weather.

Walkers, drivers and pick-ups will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. 

The below schedule is for bus riders: 

· Adult High School: 12:00
· TLC: 12:15 
· Holmes High School: 12:20
· Holmes Middle School: 12:45
· Elementary Schools: 1:15

All after school programs and activities are canceled. Holmes High School's boys basketball game at BB&T Arena is canceled.

Weather Concerns

Because weather can change quickly and forecasts aren't always certain, our district may be faced with early dismissal on Friday, January 12. As of now, the National Weather Service has posted a Winter Weather Advisory for our area for tomorrow. Snow is expected to begin falling in the afternoon.

No School Monday January 8

Covington Independent Public Schools will be closed on Monday, January 8, due to inclement weather.

Nutrition Report

The results of the district Nutrition and Physical Activity Report will be discussed at the board meeting Thursday, December 14 at 6 p.m. at Latonia Elementary School.  The public is invited to join the discussion with any comments or suggestions.

Popular Literacy Event Returns to GOS!

Dog Days of Summer is back! Dog Days is a fun and interactive literacy event! 

 

Back to School School Starts Wednesday, August 23!

Covington Independent Public Schools will be back in session Wednesday, August 23. Elementary school students should report to school before 8 a.m., middle school students 7:45 a.m., and high school students 8:10 a.m.

Let's make this the best school year yet in our district!

Meet the Teacher 17-18 Glenn O. Swing Elementary Meet the Teacher Event

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Teachers and Staff will welcome students and families back to school for the 2017-2018 school year at Meet the Teacher night on Wednesday, August 16.

Elementary Soccer Games

Due to the weather forecast that includes severe weather and potential flooding, all elementary soccer games are cancelled for April 29.

Countdown to KPREP: What All Parents Need to Know

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students in grades 3rd-5th have been working extremely hard this school year to prepare for the yearly KPREP test. 

Me and my School: Northern Kentucky Kindergarten Transition Program

Covington Independent Public Schools is parterning with Covington Partners and United Way Success by 6 to hold the Me and My School program to Glenn O. Swing Elementary. 

Above and Beyond: Activate Your Super Powers

Covington Independent Public Schools is partnering with Covington Partners and the City of Covington to bring you the Covington Summer Scholars Program this summer!

Kindergarten Registration Event for Covington Independent Schools

Kindergarten Registration week is upon us!  Starting school is one of the most exciting times in a young child's life.  This week, Covington Independent Public Schools is holding open Kindergarten Registration for the 2017-2018 school year for all Covington families.

Community Easter Egg Hunt Sponsered by 7 Hills Church

7 HIlls Church will be sponsering a Community Easter Egg Hunt on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 5-7 pm at Glenn O. Swing Elementary! 

Glenn O. Swing Students Celebrate Black History Month

Every February, GOS students celebrate Black History Month with presentations during the morning assembly!

Jaynice Stovall Vote for Jaynice

Each week during the winter season, Enquirer readers have the chance to vote on the top players of the week in basketball, swimming and diving, wrestling and bowling.  This week Holmes Lady Bulldog Jaynice Stovall is nominated.  Jaynice is a senior at Holmes High School and a member of the Lady Bulldog basketball team.  She recently scored her 1,000th career point and is helping lead the Lady Bulldogs to a second straight Ninth Region Championship.

Ballots come out early in the week and voting ends at 3 p.m. Fridays, with the results posted by 5 p.m. Vote for Jaynice!

Family Nurturing Center's Kids on the Block Program Comes to GOS!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary has invited the Family Nurturing Center to bring their Kids on the Block Child Abuse Prevention Program to our school. The Kids on the Block Program provides school based prevention services which increase public awareness about the problem of child abuse and equip children with the skills to recognize, resist and report such abuse. The program is approved by the Diocese of Covington as a Safe Environment Program.

Crafts With Cops Crafts With Cops

Covington police officers were on hand at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School to help students make Christmas Crafts. Students also helped police as all proceeds from this service learning project will benefit the Covington Police Department’s “Sirens & Sleigh Bells Program.”

Covington Board of Education Special Meeting Notice

CIPS LogoNOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING

COVINGTON BOARD OF EDUCATION

 

Pursuant to KRS 160.270 the Covington Board of Education has been called to a special meeting by Mr. Alvin L. Garrison, Secretary to the Board, upon petition of Ms. Julie Geisen Scheper, Chairman of the Board.  The meeting will be held Wednesday, December 7, 2016, 5:30 p.m., at the Instructional Service Center, 212 Levassor Avenue, Covington, Kentucky  41014.  Should a request for accommodations due to physical disability be received, then such meeting will be conducted at another site in the Covington Independent Public School District at the above time and date or as soon thereafter as may be convenient.

Covington Board of Education Meeting Cancelled

December 5, 2016

Covington Board of Education 

Meeting Cancellation Notice

 

 

Cross Country Sign-Ups

The Holmes Cross Country Team will be signing up 5th grade students who will be attending Holmes Middle School as 6th graders next school year (2016-2017).  Students that will be in grades 6-12 next school year and are interested in competing should sign-up. Sign-ups will be held on Holmes Campus, Thursday, May 12th at 3:15 p.m. between the field house and football field. 

Coach Joe Mueller
Coach Nicole Winkler
Cross Country Boys & Girls Coach
"To be successful on the field you must first be successful in the classroom"
http://www.covington.kyschools.us
Facebook (search): Holmes Cross Country

Kindergarten Registration Kindergarten Registration

Covington Independent Public Schools announces its annual Kindergarten Registration event for the 2016-17 school year.  Registration will be open April 4 - 8 from 9 - 11 a.m. at all five elementary schools in the district.

An Evening of Kindergarten event will be held at each school on Wednesday, April 6 from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. to allow parents to learn about the kindergarten experience as well as the school your child will attend. A special presentation will begin at 5:30 p.m. Parents and children will be able to meet principals, teachers, and staff, tour the school, visit kindergarten classrooms, and ask questions.

Elementary schools in the Covington district include:
     Glenn O. Swing Elementary - 501 W. 19th Street
     John G. Carlisle Elementary - 910 Holman Avenue
     Sixth District Elementary - 1910 Maryland Avenue
     Latonia Elementary - 3901 Huntington Avenue
     Ninth District Elementary - 2800 Indiana Avenue

Students must be 5 years old by October 1, 2016 to be eligible for kindergarten.

To register your child please bring your child's birth certificate, social security card, immunization records, proof of residency, and a parent/guardian's driver's license.

For additional information, please contact Suzanne Thompson (859) 669-1105.

 

Early dismissal Friday for all Covington schools Early dismissal Friday for all Covington schools

To give our students and staff an opportunity to support the Holmes Girls’ Basketball Team in its quest in the Sweet 16 Basketball Tournament, the district will release early on Friday, March 11, 2016.

Covington Board of Education lowers tax rate Covington Board of Education lowers tax rate

For the fourth year in a row, the Covington Board of Education has decided not to increase its property tax rate.  At its meeting Wednesday night, the board voted 5-0 to take the minimum compensating tax instead of an allowable 4 percent increase. 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison credited board leadership with not having to increase the tax rate. He said the district's budget committee, which includes two board members, the district's finance director and other district personnel, meets throughout the year to review the budget - looking at spending patterns and ways to reduce costs. 

Letter to Parents Regarding ACLU Lawsuit
Kentucky School of Distinction Kentucky School of Distinction

Glenn O. Elementary School ranked in top one percent in the state.

SBDM Parent Site Based Election Coming Soon

Glenn O. Swing Elementary is looking for two parents to serve on the schools Site Based Decision Making (SBDM) Team for the 2019-2020 school year. 

School of Distinction Glenn O. Swing's Keys to Success

By most standards, Glenn O. Swing Elementary in Covington works with daunting deficits – homelessness and poverty among its student population, and a high percentage of students classified to receive special education. But, when Kentucky’s School Report Cards were posted on the Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE’s) website earlier this month, test scores showed that Glenn O. Swing outperformed all elementary schools in Kenton County, and all but two in Northern Kentucky. Out of 710 elementary schools in Kentucky, the school ranked 20 and was identified as a distinguished school.

Soccer Glenn O. Swing Sweeps District Sports With a Soccer Win!

The Glenn O. Swing Elementary Wildcat Soccer Team played in the district soccer championship game this past Saturday. 

GOS Wildcats Glenn O. Swing Elementary Online Spirit Wear Store

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Online Spirit Wear Store is open!

Police searching for suspicious man near Covington schools

Covington Police reported Tuesday that a suspicious person has been seen in the area of two local schools and may have attempted to abduct a child.

In a news release, the police department stated that the incidents were reported near Sixth District School in Austinburg and John G. Carlisle School downtown. One young victim reported that the suspicious person attempted to take her by the arm on the 1700 block of Maryland Avenue near Sixth District. 

The girl was able to kick the man and run away.

National School Nurse Day National School Nurse Day

National School Nurse Day is Wednesday, May 8, 2019. School nurses lead the way in advocating for the health needs of their students, as well as supporting education, by ensuring that students are safe, healthy & ready to learn. Let’s celebrate our Covington school nurses today and always!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary 2018 Soccer Season Begins

Glenn O. Swing Elementary has begun their soccer season!  Coaches Hunt and Macke announced their 2018 team on Friday.

Student makes up story about being attacked

This morning, (Friday, September 30), a student from Covington Independent Public Schools falsely reported that she was attacked by a clown while on her way to school.  After being interviewed by district officials, the student admitted that she made up the story.
 

Because of the attention that this issue has generated, we would like to emphasize that there was no clown and no attack whatsoever. If you should have questions or concerns, please call central office, 859-392-1000.

Sincerely,
Alvin Garrison,
Superintendent
Covington Independent Public Schools 

Family Fitness Family Fitness Night A Big Hit at Glenn O. Swing!

Glenn O. Swing held a Family Fitness Night on Friday, May 3! 

Community Egg Hunt Glenn O. Swing Elementary Community Easter Egg Hunt

Glenn O. Swing Elementary will host it's annual Community Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, March 23 from 5:00-6:30.

Overcoming a poverty of words, Covington kids improve skills with free web-based literacy program

While studies show that socioeconomic factors can have significant impact on a child’s vocabulary, and ultimately, their success in school, a whole new equalizer may well be found in the palm of a child’s hand.

Covington children are demonstrating that access to achievement can be found on a Smart phone and iPad.

In December 2015, Covington Independent Schools, along with help from generous members of the community, launched Footsteps2Brilliance, a free web-based literacy program app that is loaded with more than 1,000 children’s books, nursery rhymes, songs and educational games.

The program, which is available to children in preschool through the third grade and can be accessed on cell phones, computers, iPads and other mobile devices, is free to families in Covington with children in preschool through third grade.

Pie A Thon 2 Kindergarten Pie A Thon Fundraiser a Total Success!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Kindergarten team held their school fundraiser these past two weeks.

Covington to celebrate progress  in community-wide initiative that promotes reading Covington to celebrate progress in community-wide initiative that promotes reading

Since Covington Independent Public Schools launched a free web based literacy program in December,  Covington children are reading and playing more games that help them improve their reading skills. 

Covington children have read 139,190 books for a total of 37,739,348 words. They have logged 9,836 hours on the community-wide initiative -   footsteps2brilliance.

The district, private and parochial schools and day care centers throughout the Covington community will celebrate the progress that children are making on the program when it meets today, September 21, at 5 p.m. at the Life Learning Center, 20 W. 18th St., Covington.

Girl Scouts Girl Scouts Earn Space Explorer Badge!

Glenn O. Swing Girl Scout Troop 2391 participated in activities to earn their Space Explorer badges

Vote for Seth! Vote for Seth!

Vote for Seth!

Holmes High School senior football player, Seth Hille, has been nominated for the Mercy Ortho/WCPO 9 On Your Side Player of the Week.

Attention ATTENTION: Closing Date for Wildcat Club After School Program is May 17!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Wildcat Club After School Program last day will be May 17, 2019!

NKCAC Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Home Energy Assistance Program

The 2018 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program—Subsidy Component begins November 5, 2018 and ends December 14, 2018. 

Covington schools advocate to discuss district's progress at CBC luncheon

Former Covington Mayor Chuck Scheper says local businesses have a huge stake in the achievement growth of Covington Schools.

Scheper, an advocate for Covington Independent Schools (CIPS), will discuss the issue Thursday, September 15th when he moderates a discussion with Superintendent Alvin Garrison and Covington Partners Executive Director Stacie Strotman at the Covington Business Council monthly luncheon at the Madison Events Center.

Scheper says the latest state testing scores shows Covington Independent Schools boasts the highest rated elementary school in Kenton County in Glenn O. Swing Elementary

Child getting a shot Immunization records due by May 24

Don’t forget to get your shots and turn in your immunization records to your school by May 24.

Covington Board of Education Makes it 5 Years Without Raising Tax Rate

The Covington Board of Education voted unanimously to take the compensating rate, and not to increase its property tax rate by up to the 4 percent allowed without a public vote.

This is the fifth consecutive year that the Covington Independent Public School District has opted to take the compensating rate - which adjusts the tax rate to meet the increase in property value so as to collect close to the similar amount as the previous year - instead of the full 4 percent.

Board member Glenda Huff cited the district's implementation of an ongoing process of reviewing the budget, which she says has "netted great results".

“We have been diligent and responsible in making sure taxpayers’ money is well spent,’’ Huff said in a statement. “By adopting the compensating rate, we will actually lower the tax rates.’’

Pie A Thon Glenn O. Swing Pie A Thon 2019

Have you ever dreamt of watching a teacher take a pie in the face? NOW is your chance!

 

Holmes football field getting artificial turf  - no home games this fall Holmes football field getting artificial turf - no home games this fall

I am excited to share some great news with you!  Work will soon begin to bring major upgrades to the Holmes High School stadium. The track will be replaced, the football field is getting artificial turf and a new press box and scoreboard will be installed.

With this project in mind, we will not be able to host any home games this fall.  However, we still want you to come out and support the Bulldogs. Our first football game is tonight, Friday, August 19, 5:30 p.m., at Covington Catholic.

Thanking you in advance for your understanding.  Have a great school year.  Go Bulldogs!

Sincerely,


Stan Steidel,
Director of Athletics and Student Activities

Color Run 2019 Glenn O. Swing Color Run 2019

It’s time for the GOS Color Run! 

Wednesday, August 17, is the first day of school for Covington students Wednesday, August 17, is the first day of school for Covington students

We hope you enjoyed your time off during the summer break, but it's time for school again. The first day of school for students in Covington Independent Public Schools is tomorrow, Wednesday, August 17.  

Elementary schools begin at 8 a.m, Holmes Middle School starts at 7:45 a.m. and Holmes High School starts at 8:05 a.m.

Welcome back.

Shorts Students Can Now Wear Shorts!

Starting today, students are allowed to wear shorts to school! ALL shorts must be a school appropriate length!! 

Arrest Made in Threat

Covington Independent Public Schools was made aware of a threat to Holmes High School this morning. Covington police were notified immediately. We cooperated with police throughout the day. This evening police made an arrest in the matter. A juvenile has been charged with terroristic threatening. We are thankful for the quick work of our police department as school safety is our priority. Have a good evening and we will see everyone at school tomorrow.

Mayor proclaims Summer Learning Day in Covington Mayor proclaims Summer Learning Day in Covington

Covington Mayor Sherry Carran on Thursday proclaimed "Summer Learning Day,'' in the city after touring the Covington Summer Scholars Program at John G. Carlisle Elementary School.

Every elementary school in Covington Independent Public Schools hosts a five week Summer Scholars Program where students have fun learning about different countries and cultures while practicing reading skills and math facts. Summer learning programs, like Covington Summer Scholars, are proven to maintain and advance students’ academic and social growth, keep children safe and healthy during the summer, and send young people back to school ready to learn.

April Events Glenn O. Swing April Events!

Lots of Events in the last two weeks of April... 

Covington Education Foundation names Spike Jones "Person of the Year" Covington Education Foundation names Spike Jones "Person of the Year"

Kenton County Police Chief Col. Michael "Spike" Jones has been selected as the Covington Education Foundation’s 2016 Person of the Year.

The foundation, which awards college scholarships to students at Holmes High School and program support for Covington Independent Public Schools, will honor Jones at a luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at the Dress Pavilion in Covington’s Devou Park.

DIBELS It's Time For DIBELS Testing at Glenn O. Swing!

Dibels testing window opens TODAY for all students! 

School Board Member Recognition Month

January is School Board Member Recognition Month. Here in Covington we appreciate our school board members. Thank you for all you do for the children of Covington.

If you see a school board member, take a minute to give your thanks.

Covington educators, students recognized for education excellence Covington educators, students recognized for education excellence

Educators and students from Covington Independent Public Schools were among the those receiving awards during the 2016 Education in Excellence Celebration sponsored by the Northern Kentucky Education Council and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Scott Alter, principal of Glenn O. Swing Elementary School, received the A.D. Albright Outstanding Administrator Leader Award. Alter was recognized for leading his school to academic success.  For the past two testing cycles, Glenn O. ranked in the 99th percentile of all schools statewide. The school is Distinguished. Only three elementary schools in Northern Kentucky and 29 of the 720 elementary schools throughout the state posted higher scores than Glenn O. Swing in 2013-14.

Sherry Lindberg, who works as a teacher and assistant principal at Glenn O. Swing was honored with the Golden Apple award.. Ms. Lindberg teaches social studies.  For several years, students in her class have scored 100 percent on the social studies portion on the state test.
 

Spring Break Spring Break Is Here!

Spring Break is here!

Million Word Challenge Million Word Challenge Winners

The March Madness Million Word Challenge at our elementary schools was a huge success. Between March 17- April 6, the children of Covington were exposed to 18,623,297 words which correlates to 4,008 hours, 31 minutes and 48 seconds of students being engaged in literacy activities.

School Winner: John G. Carlisle Word Total : 6,092,019 Usage: 1,034 hr 19 min 6 seconds

 

Egg Hunt 5th Glenn O. Swing Easter Egg Hunt A Huge Success!

Glenn O. Swing held their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 5th.  

March Madness Million Word Challenge March Madness Million Word Challenge

Covington Independent Schools is sponsoring a Million Word Challenge March 17 – April 5, 2016 during March Madness for Preschool - 2nd grade students.

Students and families are encouraged to log on to Footsteps2Brilliance to “Shoot for a Million Words.”

The school that reads the most words by April 5 will win a KONA ICE party and an extra recess.

Each student participant will be entered in a drawing to win a tablet.

The winner will be announced on April 6.

Sweet Cheeks Need Diapers!? Come See the CARE Closet Tomorrow!

The CARE Closet will be here tomorrow night during the Easter Egg Hunt to take sign ups for community partner Sweet Cheeks. 

Covington school bus Changes in City Heights bus stops

Due to continued construction work and uncertainty of road conditions in the City Heights area, beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2018, the Transportation Department of Covington Schools will use the following schedule.

 

Help us send off the Lady Bulldogs Help us send off the Lady Bulldogs

In honor of the Lady Bulldogs winning the Ninth Region Basketball Championship and earning a berth in the state Sweet 16 Tournament, we are declaring Wednesday, March 9, as Red and White Day in all of Covington Independent Public Schools. 

Students and staff are encouraged to wear the Holmes High School colors as we celebrate the Lady Bulldogs with an exciting sendoff.  The sendoff begins at 9:15 Wednesday morning as the team is greeted by the community and middle and high school students and staff.

Easter Egg Hunt 2 Easter Egg Hunt Tomorrow!

Glenn O. Swing's Annual Easter Egg Hunt is tomorrow! 

Stafford Berry Teaches Rhythm to Students Dancer Visits Glenn O. Swing

Taft Museum of Art and their Duncanson Artist-in-Residence visited the after-school program at Glenn O. Swing. Stafford Berry, who is serving his eighth year as the Associate Professor of Dance and Black Studies at Denison University in Columbus, Ohio, taught the students rhythmic claps and routines. 

Congratulations Lady Bulldogs - 9th Region Basketball Champions Congratulations Lady Bulldogs - 9th Region Basketball Champions

The stage was set for a stunning upset when Ryle took an eight-point lead over Holmes early in the fourth quarter of the 9th Region girls’ basketball championship game on Sunday at BB&T Arena.

Ryle forward Jenna Carothers, left, blocks a shot by Holmes guard Jynea Harris during the 9th Region championship game. (Photo by Jackson Sports Photography)

Holmes, the top-ranked team in Northern Kentucky, and had not lost to a local opponent all season, but Ryle had just run off five straight points to take control of the title game.

That’s when Holmes coach Tony Perkins called a timeout to give his players a chance to regroup and they launched a comeback that resulted in a 45-42 win

Soccer 1 Glenn O. Swing Elementary Soccer Wildcats Take Home A Win!

Glenn O. Swing's Soccer Team had their first game this past Tuesday against 9th District. 

Learning is Cool Learning is Cool

The Marvin Lewis Learning is Cool program has kicked off another year in Covington Schools. This program recognizes students for their "A" honor roll achievements by sending quarterly rewards. Students achieving "A" honor roll twice in a school year will be invited to join Marvin Lewis and the Cincinnati Bengals at the Cincinnati Zoo.

Governor's Cup Winners Governor's Cup Winners

Congratulations to the Covington Independent Pulic Schools elementary students who competed in the Governor's Cup competition. The winnners are:

 

 

5th Cultural More Cultural Celebrations at Glenn O. Swing Elementary!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary had many Cultural Celebration presentations this past week. 

Homecoming 2017 Homecoming 2017
GOS Students Honor State Rep. Simpson GOS Students Honor State Rep. Simpson

In honor of Black History Month, students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School are researching and honoring African Americans for their contributions to society. During a school assembly, students in Jennifer Young’s fourth grade class presented their findings on Kentucky State Rep. Arnold Simpson, D-Covington.

Mr. Simpson has represented the 65th District in the Kentucky House of Representatives since 1994. Mr. Simpson, an attorney, is a graduate of Holmes High School and the University of Kentucky. He was the first African American to serve as city manager for the City of Covington. He is active in the Covington community, serving on several boards. He has also received numerous awards and honors for his community service.

Mr. Simpson was on hand to hear the students’ presentation. He also took questions from students.

Kindergarten Transition Next Stop - Kindergarten

Preschoolers from James E. Biggs took a trip to visit the elementary school where they will attend kindergarten next year. The students and their parents participated in a current kindergarten class and toured the gym, cafeteria, and computer lab.

Stamp of Approval Stamp of Approval

Covington Independent Public Schools received its official accreditation today during the Continuous Improvement Summit sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and AdvancED. 

Covington launches footsteps2brilliance Covington launches footsteps2brilliance

Covington Independent Public Schools, with the help of generous members of our community, is providing FREE unlimited access to the program, Footsteps2Brilliance, to every child who lives in Covington or attends a preschool or school in the city. The program is designed to help Covington children to become proficient readers by third grade. 

The district launched the city-wide initiative in December at the Life Learning Center in Covington with parents, school and city officials, students from Covington public and parochial schools, day care centers and preschools.
 
The web-based platform accelerates learning through more than 1,000 interactive books, games, and songs, and is available any time of day, every day, to maximize learning opportunities.  It is designed for children pre-K through third grade.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Glenn O. Swing Annual Easter Egg Hunt Coming Soon!

Glenn O. Swing's Annual Easter Egg Hunt is coming soon!

Partner's Executive Director Stacie Strotman and Dr. Janice Wilkerson, Founder, Covington Partners celebrates 18 incredible years of supporting Covington kids

At Covington Partners’ Founder’s Breakfast at the Metropolitan Club this week, a full house celebrated 18 years of student support services for students and families in Covington Independent Public Schools. 

The event, attended by education, community and business leaders from around the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, highlighted the stories behind the numbers. 

Dr. Janice Wilkerson, founder of Covington Partners, presented Johnna Reeder with the Founder’s Award to recognize her incredible dedication to students, families and the organization. Ms. Reeder was the first Chair of the Covington Partners Board of Directors. 
 
Covington Partners Executive Director and Dr. Wilkerson then led the audience through the history of the organization while highlighting the impact for students and families.

Covington students honored during MLK ceremonies Covington students honored during MLK ceremonies


Several students from Covington schools were honored during Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ceremonies Monday for academic achievement and their writing prowess.  During the noon celebration hosted by the Northern Kentucky NAACP, Holmes High School senior Brennon Englemon was honored with a $500 scholarship. Brennon wants to be a Certified Public Accountant.  He has not decided which college he will attend, but he says University of Kentucky is at the top of his list.

At the Convene for the Dream celebration hosted by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, two Covington students were among the writing contest winners.  Demarah Everson, a fifth grade student at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School and Lajeria Robinson, a ninth grade students at Holmes High School, each received a plaque and $100 for their award winning entries.
 
In addition, the top seniors from Holmes High School Class of 2016 were recognized for their academic achievement. Superintendent Alvin Garrison and Holmes Counselor Jon Hopkins presented the awards.  And to top it off, two Holmes seniors served as mistress and master of ceremonies of the event  – Brennon Englemon and Mia Englemon. Job well done.  Congratulations all.

Sweet Cheeks The CARE Closet Helps Glenn O. Swing Families with Diapers

Glenn O. Swing families can receive free diapers!

Superintendent Garrison Welcome to the 2017-18 school year

It is with sincere enthusiasm and great pride that I welcome you to the 2017-18 school year. For parents and guardians whose children are entering our schools for the first time, a special welcome and a heartfelt thank you for the trust that you have placed in us.

As we look forward to the first day of school for students on Wednesday, August 23, I would like to take this opportunity to share information about the upcoming school year. Our Board of Education, teachers, staff and administrators have worked hard throughout the summer to improve outcomes for our students by attending workshops, upgrading schools and planning for the future.

Transfer In and Out of District Transfer Enrollments For 2019-2020 School Year Now Open

Glenn O. Swing Elementary is now holding In District and Out of District Transfer Enrollments for the 2019-2020 school year.

Student from John G. Carlisle at board Poverty meets a fierce enemy in Covington's public education system

All schools in Covington Independent are working concertedly to tackle poverty in education.

It’s hard to argue that poverty does not adversely affect education. Would you agree that a child who has the burden of worrying about where she is going to receive her next meal, or a child who doesn’t know where he is going to sleep that night, may have increased difficulty learning their ABCs?

Covington schools hosting "An Evening of Kindergarten" on Wednesday

Covington Independent Public Schools has set aside a special evening so that parents of incoming kindergarten children can meet principals and teachers, tour schools, ask questions and complete enrollment forms.


Meet the Teacher Events 2017 School starts August 23; Back-to-School events scheduled

The first day of school for students in Covington Independent Public Schools is August 23.  Schools are hosting Back-to-School events for students/parents/guardians to meet teachers, principals and administrators, tour schools, learn requirements and expectations and to make sure all paperwork is completed so students can start school the first day.

 

Strings Glenn O. Swing Strings Program Off To A Great Start!

Our after school program' Strings Program is finally in full gear!

Holmes Golf Flyer The Holmes High School Golf Team is looking for members

The Holmes High School Golf Team is looking for members. Team is open to Covington Independent Public School students in grades 6-12. This is an excellent opportunity for your son or daughter to learn and play golf. 

All golfers, beginners and advanced, are welcome to participate.  Clubs will be provided and there is no charge for playing. 

Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp Lady Bulldog Basketball Camp

Sign up now for the Lady Bulldog Summer Basketball Camp.

Hall of Distinction Hall of Distinction Nominations Being Accepted

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. It honors its alumni with the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus awards.

Covington's Family Resource and Youth Services Centers coordinators and advocates Covington Schools FRYSCs featured at statewide conference

Family Resource and Youth Services Centers coordinators and advocates from Covington Schools presented today, Tuesday, July 18, 2017, during the statewide conference entitled “Victory Over Violence.”   The conference, sponsored the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, was held at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center in Covington. 

Playing off the theme “More than a Caterer,” Covington FRYCs discussed ways they engage staff, use resources, initiatives and volunteers to help families and students to be successful and to overcome barriers.  Congratulations and thanks for representing Covington well – Shelly Duncan, Holmes High School; Renata Watts, Holmes Middle; Denise Brown, Sixth District; Kerry McHugh, John G; Marilynn Arnold, Ninth District; Marshelle Blackwell, Latonia;  Stephanie Fieler, Biggs; Holly Dickens Sixth District & Holmes Campus, Wanda Hoeter, Biggs, and Sarah Hunt, Glenn O. Swing.
 

Spirit Wear Glenn O. Swing Spirit Wear Sale Ends Tomorrow!

Are you needing some new Glenn O. Swing wildcat spirit wear???

Holmes High School new stadium Holmes to open new stadium with community celebration

The Covington Board of Education is extremely proud to announce the opening of the new Holmes High School Stadium.  We would like to invite you and the entire Covington community to join us as we celebrate the opening of the upgraded stadium at 7 p.m., on August 24.

The celebration will continue on August 25 at 7 p.m. with the Bulldogs playing their first football game at the new stadium and on August 26 with the first soccer games on the field starting at 7 p.m. p.m.

It’s been nearly a year since work began on the athletic complex that now includes artificial turf, a new press box, a new track surface and new fencing.

In Covington, we believe that facilities such as this new stadium have a place in education.  Facilities like this play a role in keeping our students engaged and active in the classroom and on the field.  Actually, this upgraded facility does much more than that.  It sends a message that our students and community are worth it.

We are so proud of the new stadium.  Please, come and celebrate with us.


Sincerely,




Alvin Garrison
Superintendent
Covington Independent Public Schools


 

Woodson Mrs. Montgomery's Second Grade Class Celebrates Carter Woodson!

Mrs. Montgomery's second grade class chose to celebrate Carter Woodson this month! 

Covington tours Summer Scholars Program Covington Partners brings National Summer Learning Day to Covington schools, uniting for success

Covington Partners, in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), highlighted the importance of summer learning opportunities at a Summer Success Tour last week.

Led by the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), National Summer Learning Day is an advocacy day aimed at elevating the importance of keeping all kids learning, healthy and safe during the summer.

On this day each year, the country unites in advocacy efforts and celebrations hosted by hundreds of partner organizations from libraries to parks and recreation centers and civic and non-profit groups – all to promote awareness of the importance of keeping kids healthy and engaged during the summer. This year’s goal was to reach two million youth.
 
Community and business leaders joined Covington Partners and Covington Independent Public Schools for a Summer Success Tour on Thursday.

Cultural Celebrations Cultural Celebrations Begin At Glenn O. Swing Elementary

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students will be presenting Cultural Celebrations in March.  

Covington employees receive award at the state Board of Education meeting. Covington Alternative Programs earn Distinguished Award

The alternative program of Covington Independent Public Schools was recognized by the Kentucky Department of Education as an Alternative Program of Distinction.

The program was among 11 recognized at the board meeting of the Kentucky Board of Education last month.

Covington Alternative Program include the Transformational Learning Center, Computer Based Learning, Children’s Home of Northern Kentucky Classes, Youth Build, Work Force, Covington Adult High School, Covington’s Alternative to Suspension (CATS), Substance Use Disorder Program and Graduation Track.

 

 

Kindergarten Glenn O. Swing Elementary Kindergarten Registration

Glenn O. Swing Elementary and Covington Independent Public Schools will begin Kindergarten registration for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year during the week of March 25, 2019.

Tom Ellis 18th Annual Golf Outing TEAM Foundation to host its 18th Annual Golf Classic on August 5

It's still time to get your foursome ready for the 18th annual Tom Ellis Golf Classic sponsored by the TEAM Foundation.  The outing will take place at Twin Oaks Golf Course starting at 8 a.m. on August 5, 2017.

Cost is $90 per golfer.  Proceeds will benefit Holmes HIgh School athletics. 

Should you have questions, please contact Ray Murphy, 859 431-5250.     

Kingston Glenn O. Swing Student Wins At Regional Governor's Cup

Congratulations are in order for an outstanding 4th grader!

Superintendent Alvin Garrison delivers address at youth leadership seminar Garrison delivers keynote address to Kentucky student ambassadors

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison delivered the keynote address to more than 250 Kentucky high school student ambassadors Saturday at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Seminar at Transylvania University.

The ambassadors included Holmes High School students Tatiana Phillips and Molly Morgan.  In addition, three volunteers from Covington attended the seminar – Brian Benito, a 2017 Holmes High School graduate and Glenn O. Swing Elementary teachers, Karissa Pickens and Elizabeth Bravo.  

 

Willy Wonka Willy Wonka Play Rescheduled

Holmes Middle School CLC's presentation of Willy Wonka, Jr. has been rescheduled for March 19 at 6 p.m. in the Holmes High School auditorium. Please come out to see these students in this great performance. You don't want to miss it! 

Latino Youth Leadership Summit

The Latino Youth Leadership Summit will be held June 5-9 at Gateway Community and Technical College in Covington. The week is a joint effort between 21st Century and the HHS EL department. Approximately 16 Covington students will participate.

The mornings will consist of additional instruction in English and Math led by Marina Burchett and Dr. Vivian Gonzalez-Bodden.  The afternoons will include leadership and cultural events led by Mayra Guzman and Christian Reyes.

March Madness Winners March Madness Winners

March Madness has come to an end and the scores are in.

The winner of the F2B March Madness, with a 2,073,065 word total is JOHN G. CARLISLE!

The tablet winner is MALIYAH MAYS from Ninth District Elementary in Ms. Harnishfeger's class.

Congratulations to all!

Willie Wonka Watch these remarkable Holmes students sing and act

Holmes students captivated the audience as they performed the musical, Willy Wonka, Jr., Tuesday afternoon

Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators Recognized Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators Recognized

Covington Independent Public Schools Family Resource and Youth Service Center Coordinators were recognized at a Celebration of 25 Years of FRYSC in Kentucky.  Our Center Coordinators and Family Advocates provide much needed support for our children and their families.  We are most fortunate to have them in our schools.

Make-up Day Make-up Day

School will be in session on Friday, March 15 to make up for the snow day on Thursday, January 31.

Early Entrance to Kindergarten

Beginning with the 2017-2018 school year, children must turn age five on or before August 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten (KRS 158.031). In accordance with the law and Board of Education policy, the following procedures are in place for consideration for early entrance for those children who have mastered kindergarten readiness standards. It is important to note that young children develop at different rates and very few children are ready to begin school early.

March Madness March Madness

Covington Independent Public Schools is sponsoring a Million Word Challenge March 27 – April 6, 2017 during March Madness.

Students and families are encouraged to log onto Footsteps2Brilliance to “Shoot for a Million Words.”

The school that reads the most words by April 6 will win a KONA ICE party and an extra recess.

Each student participant will be entered in a drawing to win a tablet.

The winner will be announced on April 7.

3rd AAC 1 Glenn O. Swing and Frisch's Partner Through Adopt A Class!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary is very blessed to be a school in the Adopt A Class family.

Tara Bell John G. Carlisle Names New Principal

When Tara Bell moved to Kentucky 16 years ago to begin her teaching career, she immediately fell in love with the students and families of Covington.

“My desire has always been to see the students of Covington reach their full potential and achieve their dreams,’’ she said. “I believe that all students can learn at high levels and that all students deserve to attend high performing schools. Several years ago my passion and love for teaching and the students of Covington led me to seek a degree in administration and move to Covington to help serve the community.‘’

Hall of Honors Nominations sought for Holmes distinguished graduates    

The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations to the Holmes Hall of Distinction. This year, the board has added a new honor for the Hall – the Holmes High School Outstanding Young Alumnus Award. It is designed to honor Holmes graduates who are 35 years and younger who have made outstanding contributions to society.  

No How To Enforce Rules Without Saying No All The Time

Every parent has to set limits. But when kids hear "no," they often stop listening and start arguing.

Schools Closed Tuesday, April 3

 All Covington Schools will close Tuesday, April 3  due to high teacher absenteeism and lack of substitute coverage. 

Mayra Guzman Covington Schools interpreter among the finalists for the 2017 Next Generation Leader Award

Mayra Sidler Guzman, a community liaison and interpreter for Covington Independent  Public Schools, is among the finalists for the LEGACY 2017 Next Generation Leader Award in the education catgory.    

The Next Generation Leader Awards (NGLA) are designed to salute the region’s young professionals under the age of 40 for significant accomplishments in their chosen professional field, demonstrated leadership, as well as their contribution to the community.

The NGLAs are sponsored by Northern Kentucky University’s Executive Leadership and Organizational Change graduate program

Jaynice Stovall Stovall finishes storied high school career with Holmes

Jaynice Stovall ended her high school career Saturday, one of the winningest careers of anyone in the history of Holmes girls basketball or the state of Kentucky, period.

Stovall and the Bulldogs couldn’t keep up with the high-flying Flyers of Franklin County in the state semifinals of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA Sweet 16 at BB&T Arena. Franklin (33-5) won 51-36 and advanced to Sunday’s 2 p.m. final against Mercer County. Holmes, in its second trip to the state semis (2002), finished 29-6.

Covington Board Retreat Working on the Work

Members of the Covington Board of Education and district administrators met on Saturday, March 2,  for a board retreat.

Student reading Covington Schools awarded more than $1 million in reading, math and early childhood grants

Covington Independent Public Schools has been awarded more than $1 million in grants for reading, math and early childhood initiatives.

“We are thrilled to receive these grants as they will help us continue to meet the needs of our students,’’ said Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison.  “The grants will not only support reading and math, but will help us increase school readiness for our youngest learners.’’
 
Two schools, Sixth District Elementary and Ninth District Elementary - were awarded the Math Achievement Fund Grant from the Kentucky Department of Education. The grant provides teacher training and programming for intervention services for primary students.  The grant is for $50,000 per year over a four year period totaling $200,000 per school. The district will use the grant funds to hire a full time math interventionist who will use a research-based math intervention program to meet the needs of students. 
 

Battle of the Bulldogs Battle of the Bulldogs

The 2017 Battle of the Bulldogs Talent Show is here. Mark your calendars, write it in your planners, and type reminders on your phones—on Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m., Holmes High School students will strut their stuff across the Jack Moreland Auditorium stage. Acts include singing sophomores, dancing dudes, guitar-strumming seniors, and acts so incredible you may not even believe your eyes and ears. Do not miss this once in a lifetime experience. Be there. #DropTheMic #DidWeSayItIsFree #BulldogTalent

Willy Wonka Jr. Willy Wonka, Jr.

Join us as we watch students from the Holmes Middle School Community Learning Center after-school program turn dreams into gobstoppers on stage at Jack Moreland Auditorium. Directed by The Carnegie, students will light up the stage in a captivating adaptation of Roald Dahl's fantastical tale. There are two chances to witness the magic of Willy Wonka Jr.: Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday, March 14 at 6 p.m.. Both performances are free and open to the public.

Please note that the dates have been changed!

Solar panels Covington Independent Public Schools saves money by going solar

Covington Independent Public Schools will save an estimated $65,000 a year in electrical costs with the installation of two solar panel systems. The roof-top mounted solar panels were recently installed at John G. Carlisle Elementary School and at the Science Building of Holmes High School. The solar panels will improve the schools’ energy efficiency and environmental quality.

 “The return on the district’s investment into solar is already evident with the reduction in electrical costs,’’ said Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison.  “Over time the savings could amount to millions of dollars in reduced costs.’’

The solar panels are part of a larger guaranteed energy savings project that the district is completing with Performance Services, an Indiana-based company specializing in construction, energy savings and optimal learning environments. The project is expected to be completed in September

Wear Red and Support the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four Wear Red and Support the Lady Bulldogs in the Final Four

When his team fell behind in the first quarter, Holmes girls’ basketball coach Tony Perkins realized he made a mistake coming out in a zone defense against Henderson County in a quarterfinal game of the St. Elizabeth Healthcare/KHSAA state tournament on Friday at BB&T Arena.

Holmes guard Kamari Graham launches a jump shot during her team’s state tournament game against Henderson County.

Pop Up Pop Up Food Shop A Success

Glenn O. Swing got a generous donation of meal packs and snack packs for families from the CARE Closet and LaSoupe.

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison Covington Independent Public Schools Awarded AdvancED School System Accreditation

Superintendent Alvin Garrison announced today that Covington Independent Public Schools was granted AdvancED School System Accreditation from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission, the national commission that confers the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) accreditation seal.

This means that the system and all of its schools are accredited, and that Covington Independent Public Schools is recognized across the nation as a quality school system.

“I am extremely elated about our accreditation,’’ Mr. Garrison said.  “It validates our board’s leadership and the work of our faculty and staff who show up daily to do what’s best for students.  This is another piece of evidence that confirms Covington is on the right track to district improvement.”

Laila Johnson Leads Bulldogs Holmes junior guard gets job done at both ends of floor in first-round win at girls’ state tournament

Holmes junior guard Laila Johnson is one of the best defensive players in the state, according to coach Tony Perkins. He should be pretty happy with what she can do on the offensive side as well.

Holmes junior guard Laila Johnson scored six points during a 13-0 run in the third quarter against Grayson County. 

Question Mark Glenn O. Swing Tip of the Day!

Ask questions to strengthen your child’s thinking skills

Register for Kindergarten Register for Kindergarten
Championship Week Soccer Championship Week

Covington Independent Public Schools Elementary Soccer Championship Week is here! Thanks to our players, coaches, and parents for a great (and weather-challenged) regular season.

Ticket Sales Update

Ticket sales for the Lady Bulldogs' Sweet 16 tournament game tonight at 8 p.m. at NKU will end at 12:30 today. Regional championship t-shirts are sold out, but other spirit wear is available in the bookstore.

Soccer Soccer Tryouts To Be Held This Week

Soccer tryouts at Glenn O. Swing Elementary will be held this week!

New Immunization Requirements New Immunization Requirements

Beginning July 1, 2018, all students in kindergarten through grade twelve must have two doses of Hepatitis A vaccine. Additionally, all students age 16 years or older must have two doses of Meningococcal ACWY. These are new requirements in Kentucky's law.

Hall of Honors Hall of Honors Award Winners

A bomber pilot, a doctor, a philanthropist, a lawyer and a public relations expert will be inducted into the Holmes High School Hall of Distinction in June. The hall was established in 2000 to honor distinguished graduates and/or friends of Covington Schools for their achievements and contributions to society.

Holmes girls’ basketball team wins 9th Region championship for second consecutive year

Holmes basketball players got together in a circle and did a little victory dance after their 58-52 win over Cooper in the championship game of the 9th Region girls’ tournament on Sunday at BB&T Arena. After being ranked No. 1 in the region all season, they were excited about taking the title for the second consecutive year — and a little relieved.

“We’ve had a target on our back since game one,” said Holmes senior point guard Jaynice Stovall. “We just had to stay strong and finish strong.”

This is the first time that Holmes has won back-to-back 9th Region championships in girls’ basketball. The last team to do that was Boone County in 2009 and 2010. The Bulldogs will return to the state tournament at BB&T Arena and play 3rd Region champion Grayson County in a first-round game at 8 p.m. Thursday.

Stovall is the only senior among the Holmes starting five that’s on the court for nearly every minute in every game. Her play-making ability and aggressive defense have been a big part of the team’s success this season. No one was surprised when she was named most valuable player after the regional final.

But it was a good team effort that carried Holmes to the win over Cooper. The Bulldogs had three players score in double figures and they passed the ball well enough to get 14 assists on 21 field goals. They also played solid half-court defense after their usual full-court pressure didn’t work.

Rone Former Glenn O. Swing Student Wins Regional Wrestling Honor

A former Glenn O. Swing student wins big! 

Now Hiring Summer Scholars Program Hiring

The Covington Summer Scholars program, a collaborative effort between Covington Independent Public Schools, Covington Partners and the City of Covington is hiring Summer Youth Workers.  The position is open to any student who attends school (Holmes, Holy Cross, and Covington Latin) and/or lives in the city of Covington. 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison School board renews Supt. Garrison’s contract for another four years

Alvin L. Garrison will continue his work as superintendent of Covington Independent Public Schools for at least 4 more years.



The Covington Board of Education Thursday night approved a new 4-year contract that will extend his services through June 2021.

Garrison’s salary will be $140,000, an increase of $11,000.



Board Chairman Julie Geisen Scheper said the district is making progress under Garrison’s leadership.  She noted that the district has schools that are distinguished and proficient.  The district recently purchased laptops for all students at Holmes High School, she said.



“We are renovating our athletic field and making energy improvements in all of our buildings to enhance the learning environment,’’ Geisen Scheper said.  “We want to keep these successes moving forward, and we believe Superintendent Garrison is leading us in the right direction.’’


                                  

Jungle Book Glenn O. Swing Students See The Jungle Book

Glenn O. Swing Elementary Kindergarten and First grade students were given a special opportunity on Thursday, February 21.

Kindergarten Registration It’s Kindergarten Registration Week at Covington schools; ‘Evening of Kindergarten’ Wednesday

Parents and guardians of 5-year-old children are encouraged to attend Covington Independent Public Schools’ “Evening of Kindergarten,’’ at 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 5 at each of the district’s elementary schools.

During the evening, parents will receive details about the kindergarten program and a registration packet. They can take a tour the schools and, talk to teachers.

In addition, principals and administrators will be on hand to answer questions about Covington’s Free All-Day Kindergarten program. Parents who attend will receive a Kindergarten Activity Kit and will be entered into a drawing for a Tablet 

Fruit Food Pop Up Shop at Glenn O. Swing

Glenn O. Swing got a generous donation of meal packs and snack packs for families from the CARE Closet and La Soupe.

FREE app Stay connected with our new app

Stay connected and download the Covington Independent Public Schools new app. Search "Covington Independent" in the App Store or Google Play Store. After downloading the FREE app, you can customize which schools you wish to follow.

Remi Help Remi Win A Bike

Most of us remember our first time riding a bike. The thrill of riding down neighborhood streets with family and friends looking on.

Gov Cup Glenn O. Swing Elementary 2nd Place Governor's Cup Winners!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students participated in the Governor's Cup Competition on Saturday, February 9th! 

Last Day of School June 5 Last Day of School is June 5

The Covington Board of Education approved the district's plan to make up the days we missed due to inclement weather. 

Covington Schools closed January 5, 8, 16 and February 7, 2018 due to inclement weather.

Make up days are Friday, March 16, Friday, June 1, Monday, June 4 and Tuesday June 5.

June 5, 2018 will be the last attendance day for students.

Students will not make up the two missed days due to high teacher absenteeism.

We most certainly appreciate your understanding our efforts to ensure students are in school for the full calendar year. Should you have questions, please contact your child’s school. For changes or important dates, please visit our website at covington.kyschools.us.

dance Glenn O. Swing Ties and Tiaras 2019 a HUGE Success!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary held their annual family dinner dance on Friday, February 8th!

Free Lunch Free Lunch

With the collaborative efforts of Covington Partners, district educators, and members of National Honor Society and Bulldogs GIVE Back at Holmes High School, a free brown bag lunch will be provided to our students and families on Monday, April 2, 2018. Students and families can stop by the Holmes High School cafeteria between 11:30 AM-12:30 PM on Monday, April 2 to receive the lunch.

April Brockhoff and Tom Wherry Board of Education Elects New Chair

April Brockhoff is the new chairperson of the Covington Board of Education. During a special board meeting last week, the board voted 5-0 for Mrs. Brockhoff to lead the group. The board also selected board member, Tom Wherry, to serve as vice chair.

Cheerleaders Glenn O. Swing Cheerleaders ROCK!

Glenn O. Swing cheerleaders competed in the NKCCA Cheer Competition at Ryle High School on February 2.

Celebrating 25 Years! Celebrating 25 Years!

It's been 25 years since the first Holmes girls' basketball team went to the state tournament. The 1993 Lady Bulldogs will be honored during halftime of the varsity game on Tuesday, February 6 when the current Lady Bulldogs take on the Highlands Bluebirds. 

Come out and support the Lady Bulldogs of 2018 and 1993! The JV game will start at 6 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 7:30.

Toothbrushes Help Us Get New Toothbrushes

Help us get FREE TOOTHBRUSHES for students at GOS! 

Progress Reports Progress Reports Coming Home Tuesday!

Attention parents of students in grades K-2!!

Change in Calendar

Dear Families: 

Please be advised that Covington Independent Public Schools has made changes to its academic calendar for this school year to make up for time missed due to inclement weather.

Ties and Tiara 2nd Annual Ties and Tiaras This Friday!

Glenn O. Swing will be hosting it's 2nd Annual Ties and Tiaras Semi Formal Family Dinner Dance.

The Little Mermaid Jr. The Little Mermaid Jr.

The Holmes Middle School Drama Club witll present "The Little Mermaid Jr." on March 14 and 15 at 6 p.m. in the Holmes High School auditorium. Admission is FREE so bring your family and friends for a splashing good time.

Covington's Mobile App Download Covington's mobile app for events and news at your child's school

Covington Independent Public Schools is excited to announce the release of the district’s new mobile app.

Self-Defense Seminar Free Self-Defense Seminar

A self-defense seminar will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Holmes High School Fieldhouse. 

Boys Glenn O. Swing Elementary Celebrates Athletic Success

Glenn O. Swing Elementary celebrated student athletic success on Friday! 

Sarah Flerlage School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Alvin Garrison, Superintendent Letter From Superintendent

February 20, 2018

 

Dear families,

 

As we continue to think about the schools and families affected by the tragedies in Parkland, Fla. and in Marshall County, we most certainly understand that these events can cause anxiety among our students, parents and staff members.  

Tom Wherry What Would Covington Look Like if We Embraced Our Kids?

I recently read the book, Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam.   

The author of this New York Times bestseller follows his 1959 high school graduating class from Port Clinton, Ohio. He discovered his class as a whole was successful. However, the kids and grandkids of his classmates seemed to have less opportunity to improve on that success. Hard work and talent were not paying off. This opportunity gap reminded me Covington and our students in Covington Independent Public Schools.

LIHEAP Need Help With Heating Costs?

The 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Component begins January 7, 2019 and ends March 29, 2019

Tom Wherry School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Looking for Substitute Teachers Furloughed employee looking for work? Become a Substitute Teacher

Covington Independent Public Schools is always looking for substitute teachers to work in our system
 

Garrison and scholarship recipient Covington student, employee honored during Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Congratulations to Tatiana Phillips and Barbara Hill who were recognized during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration on Monday afternoon,

Honesty Encourage Your Child To Be Honest

Honesty is an important trait in school and in life

LIHEAP Need Help With Home Heating Costs This Winter?

The 2019 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Crisis Component begins January 7, 2019 and ends March 29, 2019 or until all funds are expended, whichever comes first.

Winter Weather Information Winter Weather Information

With winter weather upon us, we would like to remind you how Covington Independent Public Schools makes decisions about school closings, delays, or early dismissals, and communicates weather-related announcements.  We always try to make weather-related decisions in a timely fashion.

Mitchell Glenn O. Swing Advisory Council Needs You!

The Glenn O. Swing Family Resource Center and Community Learning Center are looking for parents interested in being on our Advisory Council

Ms. Chuhran Ms. Chuhran Named Golden Apple Award Winner

Congratulations to Donna Chuhran on being awarded a 2018 Golden Apple Award. Ms. Chuhran is a Special Education teacher at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School.

Hands Glenn O. Swing Tip of the Day

Make Praise Genuine and Meaningful

Latonia Elementary After-School Program Covington Schools Awarded $1.1 Million for After-School Programs

Covington Independent Public Schools was awarded $1.165 million in grants from the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program.

Jerry Avery School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Officer Petri Thank an officer

Thank you Officer Petri and the Covington police department for all you do to keep our students, staff, and schools safe! 

Today is National Law-Enforcement Appreciation Day. Take time to say thank you!

April Brockhoff School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Glenda Huff School Board Recognition

January is School Board Recognition Month, a time to celebrate and thank board members for the countless hours they spend working to provide the best possible education for our students. We most certainly appreciate members of the Covington Board of Education who not only serve as advocates for children but also for public schools.

Tom Wherry Tom Wherry named board chairman

Congratulations to Tom Wherry, who was elected chairman of the Covington Board of Education at a special meeting Thursday night. Glenda Huff was elected vice chair of the board.

Welcome Back Welcome Back!

Welcome back Glenn O. Swing students and families!  We are so excited to begin 2019!

Winter Break Winter Break Begins

Winter Break is December 20, 2018 - January 2, 2019.  School will resume on Thursday, January 3.

Secret Santa 2 Santa Surprises Glenn O. Swing Students

Santa made a surprise visit to Glenn O. Swing Elementary on Tuesday, December 18 and the students were so excited!

Happy New Year School resumes Thursday, January 3

Happy New Year. School resumes Thursday, January 3. 

Closed Glenn O. Swing Wildcat Club Closed!

Glenn O. Swing Elementary's Afterschool Program, The Wildcat Club, is closed for Winter Break.

K Glee Performance A Gleeful Christmas Concert

The Glenn O. Swing Elementary Glee Club celebrated the holidays with a special concert for their parents and community

Cheerleading Competition Glenn O. Swing wins cheerleading competition

Cheerleaders from the five Covington elementary schools participated in the annual cheerleading competition on Saturday. Each team showed tremendous spirit and skill. Glenn O. Swing Elementary School finished in first place followed by John G. Carlisle Elementary School in second. Congratulations to all the cheerleaders involved!

Crafts with Cops Crafts with Cops a HUGE Success!

Glenn O. Swing's Annual Crafts with Cops was a huge success this year!

Rashad Glenn O. Swing Student Gets Huge Surprise

One Glenn O. Swing Elementary student got the surprise of a lifetime Monday. 

Mr. Dan shows Sophia how to plant bulbs Glenn O. Swing BLOCK Students Making A Difference

Glenn O. Swing Elementary's Born Leaders of Covington Kentucky(BLOCK) are working hard to make a difference in their community. 

Medal Ceremony Glenn O. Swing Students Celebrate KPREP Success

Glenn O. Swing Elementary students celebrated their 2017-2018 KPREP success on Tuesday, November 20th! 

Mittens St. Vincent de Paul Warm Winter Gear Giveaway

St. Vincent de Paul of NKY is spreading the warmth!  

Thanksgiving Donation Thanksgiving Donation

A big thank you to Toyota Boshoku America for donating 160 bags of food to Covington students. This yearly donation helps relieve a burden for some of our families during the Thanksgiving holiday.

Arts Museum October 2018 Spotlight on the Arts at Glenn O. Swing!

This year, we have doubled our time with guest artists from the Carnegie.

Holiday Crafts with Cops 2018 Holiday Crafts with Cops

Glenn O. Swing Elementary and the Covington Fraternal Order of Police formally invite you to our annual Holiday Crafts with Cops event!

Care Closet Opens Care Closet opens at Glenn O. Swing

Students at Glenn O. Swing Elementary School can shop for clothes and shoes during the school day and not have to pay for anything, thanks to the nonprofit organization called the Care Closet.

The school and Care Closet held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday to officially announce the partnership.  

Summer learning Covington Schools to Host Multiple Summer Learning Opportunities for Students

Covington Independent Public Schools is proud to collaborate with Covington Partners this summer to host multiple summer learning opportunities for students of all ages at school sites throughout the district.  The summer fun begins this week. Free breakfast and lunch ill also be provided. 

Bulldog Madness Bulldog Madness November 15

Meet the Holmes High School basketball players, coaches and cheerleaders at Bulldog Madness on Thursday, November 15 at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse.

Share the Warmth Share the Warmth 2018

The Care Closet of NKY will be “Sharing the Warmth” with the families of GOS during Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday October 25th from 4-7pm in the gym.

Glenn O. Swing Student Work Drives Improvement

Third graders in Karissa Pickens’ classroom at Glenn O. Swing Elementary are reading an article about the flu — how to avoid it, or, should a scratchy throat or bleary eyes strike, how to respond to the symptoms. Graphs and tables accompany the piece, and they are the point of the morning’s review.

Hall of Honors event to recognize Holmes alumni

Five former Holmes students will be recognized at Hall of Honors event from 6-9 p.m., October 10, at the Drees Pavilion.

Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team Three Covington teams recognized by the Covington Board of Education

Three teams from Covington schools were honored by the Covington Board of Education Thursday night for their recent successes.  The Holmes Middle School Wrestling Team was recognized for its most successful season in program history.  The team celebrated a number of accomplishments, including four members of the team competing in the Regional Finals for the first time; six Bulldogs qualified for Middle School State, the most ever to qualify. At the state tournament, the team had two fifth places finishers, Taejuan Huff and Thomas Long.   Dashaun Stevenson was a state champion, only the second state wrestling champion  in Holmes history.   As a team, the Bulldogs earned its first trophy ever at state, placing fourth in the school division and 11th among teams.

Fall Break Schools Closed for Fall Break

Covington Independent Public Schools will  close for Fall Break  on Thursday, October 4 and Friday, October 5. School will resume on Monday, October 8.
 

Rotary Students Covington Rotary selects 2 Holmes students to Study Abroad

 

The Covington Rotary Club selected two students from Holmes High School to participate in this year's Rotary International Youth Exchange.
 
The organization has selected local students to participate for the past four years.
 
This year, Holmes High students Molly Morgan and Jacob Dye were chosen. They will depart for international destinations (to be announced later) in the fall. The Rotary pays the full $6,000 estimated cost for each exchange.
 
 
Previous recipients have gone to Spain, Germany, and Turkey to promote peace and goodwill in the world, a news release said.
 
Picture Day 2018 Picture Day at Glenn O. Swing!

Picture Day at Glenn O. Swing is coming soon.

Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison Congratulations Mr. Garrison

Elizabethtown Inde­­pen­dent Schools recognized eight of its graduates, including Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison,  Saturday night during its annual Tra­di­tion of  Excellence Alu­mni Awards ceremony. The honorees toured the school Friday and attended a pep rally as part of the festivities.

High Attendance Day John G. Carlisle, Holmes Middle winners of "High Attendance Day"


Covington Schools celebrated "High Attendance Day" yesterday with pajama and popcorn parties. The overall attendance rate for the district was 96.52 percent. Great job everyone.

High Attendance Day September 20 is "High Attendance Day"

The Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel has designated September 20 as “High Attendance Day” across the state of Kentucky.
Elementary, middle and high schools will compete for the highest percentage of attendance that day.   The school with the highest attendance rate will be awarded $500 from the state. 

Homecoming 2018 Homecoming 2018

Holmes High School's Homecoming 2018 is Friday, September 21.  The celebration will include a full day of fun with a pep rally, parade, tailgate party, football game, crowning ceremony, and a dance. 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to be honored by his alma mater
Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison is one of the eight alumni who will be recognized next month by Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

 

Information regarding safety plans for Covington Schools

A letter regarding enhanced school  safety in Covington Independent Public Schools was sent home with students last week. If you did not receive the letter, please click here to read a copy. 

Thank You.

 

Garry Edmondson Attorney Garry Edmondson to be honored by Covington Education Foundation as "Person of Year"

Holmes High School graduate Garry Edmondson will be honored by the Covington Education Foundation as its 2018 “Person of the Year.”

The foundation raises funds and awards college scholarships to students at Holmes High School. It also provides program support for Covington Independent Public Schools.



First day of school Welcome back students

The first day of school for students isThursday,  August 16, 2018.  Welcome back.  

Stuff the bus challenge Thousands of school supplies collected

Thanks to everyone who contributed pencils, papers, glue, binders and other school supplies during Chick Fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge yesterday. Covington and other river city school districts will share the nearly 7,000 items collected at the Chick-Fil-A Newport Pavilion.

Stuff the bus challenge Reminder: The school supplies challenge is today


Reminder: The Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge is today, Tuesday, July 31. Please join Covington Schools from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. by bringing school supplies to the Chick-fil-A in Newport.  We will are part of the river city school districts.  

Ryan Fischer, Young Alumnus Award Recipient Accepting Nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction

Holmes High School has an outstanding history of students who have made significant differences in their communities. Time has come to recognize and honor our alumni.  The Covington Board of Education is seeking nominations for the Holmes Hall of Distinction and the Holmes Outstanding Young Alumnus Award.

Stuff the bus challenge Help Covington Stuff the Bus with School Supplies

Covington Independent Public Schools will participate in Chick-fil-A’s Stuff the Bus challenge this year. Please join us on Tuesday, July 31, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to help fill our bus with school supplies at the Chick-fil-A in Newport.  We will be part of the river city school districts.  Stop by with three or more items and receive a FREE Chick-fil-A sandwich.  All proceeds go to students.  In addition, the school district that collects the most supplies will win a monetary donation.  Please come and help Covington stuff the bus.


 

Superintendent Alvin Garrison Superintendent Garrison to lead cooperative

Congratulations to Covington Superintendent Alvin Garrison who will serve as president of the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services for the 2018-19 school year. Garrison, who is beginning his sixth year as Covington’s superintendent, said he is thankful for the trust that his fellow superintendents have placed in him.

Rosie's girls Rosie's Girls Summer Camp at Holmes High School still has open spots.

Rosie’s Girls® is a unique summer program for 11-13-year-old girls designed to introduce girls to STEM-related careers and build self-esteem, physical confidence, interpersonal cooperation and leadership through learning and applying basic skills in carpentry and other technical trades.

Senior Walk Class of 2018 Senior Walk

The Holmes High School Class of 2018 spent some time on the last day of school visiting their past and encouraging future Bulldogs. The students took one last walk through the halls of the district's five elementary schools and Holmes Middle School. The Class of 2018 will graduate on Friday, June 8.

Glenn O. Swing Elementary School  |  501 W. 19th St.  |  Covington, KY 41014
Phone:859.292.5821  |  Fax:859.655.6937