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Hancock Co. High School recognized by Ky. Dept. of Education

Published: Sep. 28, 2021 at 9:30 AM CDT
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HANCOCK CO., Ky. (WFIE) - The Kentucky Department of Education recognized seven schools, and two school districts for best practices during the 2021 Continuous Improvement Summit.

Hancock County High School was one of the schools recognized after they launched their “playlist” method last year.

“When COVID hit, we had to find a way to adapt our lessons,” Teacher at Hancock County High School, Wes Meserve said. “One of the things we came up with was the playlist. That’s kind of one location for your learning target, all of your assignments, all of your supplemental resources. It reaches everyone from your students who are struggling to your advanced students.”

The playlist allows students to work at their own pace. Meserve described it as a simplified lesson plan that is shared with students and parents.

Meserve also said that the playlist improves organization in the classroom.

“I’ve been doing this for 14 years,” Meserve said. “I spent a large portion of my early years chasing assignments from my students, trying to find their missing assignments. With the playlist, I can go to that one spot and find everything I need for that week.”

Superintendent Robby Asberry says he tries to create an environment where staff members feel comfortable coming forward with new ideas, like the playlist.

“It’s great when Hancock County is thought of as an innovative school,” Asberry said. “That’s where we want to be as a district. Things like this, as far as thinking outside the box for our students - that’s where we want to go.”

School officials liked the playlist idea so much that the entire school will be utilizing it this school year.

Officials say each winner was given a $500 check that can be used toward school improvement.

You can find a full list of winners here.

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