Author/Illustrator Entrepreneur Event


I would like to recognize the following art students for their participation in the young author/illustrator entrepreneur event held yesterday at the Summit. These students were chosen from a tough field of competitors and as a reward, their books were published and are available for purchase! Contact me if you are interested in purchasing one.

The students pictured left to right are:

Sarah Lewis – Chapter book category

  • Lucy Jones – Graphic novel category
  • Devin Meade – Picture book category
  • Ms. Coleman


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KVEC Summit

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So proud of the two Techno Tigers, Allyse Espejo and Julia Spurlock who traveled to Pikeville yesterday April 12th, to demonstrate our Dash and Dot robots at the KVEC Kentucky Valley Cooperative  FIRE Summit (Finding Innovation in Rural Education). This event was hosted by the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville, KY. It was an amazing day highlighting the innovative work going on in 17 school districts in rural southeast Kentucky. The summit featured over 125 presentations of teacher developed classroom innovations, tiny houses built by carpentry students as a part of the “Building it Forward” initiative, student coding competitions, innovative student projects and performances including student authors and app developers, and many, many more exciting exhibits and demonstrations from participating schools. Our Techno Tigers were so well behaved, participated in various activities, listened intently, and even asked questions during the other presentations. Mrs.Creech  and I were so proud of them!




Cedar Coal Fair


Received exciting news this afternoon. Our school had 5 students place in the top spots at the regional CEDAR coal fair.  Over 450 projects were sent from school coal fairs to the regional competition.  Students from schools in 12 counties all over southeastern Kentucky were eligible to participate.   In the music category 2nd place in the region went to Hannah Shepherd and 3rd place want to Emily Pack and Olivia Lawson.  In the science category Jonah Porter earned 3rd place honors.  Hailey Hatton was the first place winner in the art category. Congratulations to all of these PES 6th grade students!

Kindergarten Pre-registration for 2017-18 and K Open House


Kindergarten Pre-registration for 2017-18 and K Open House:


PES will open pre-registration for our 2017-18 K classes, starting Monday, April 3rd.  Enrollment forms can be picked up in our elementary office from 8 am-3 pm on weekdays. 


On Tuesday, April 25th at 6 pm Paintsville Elementary School will host its K Open House for 2018 Kindergarten students and their families.  Come and meet the K teachers and staff, tour the classrooms and building, and learn more about becoming a Tiger.


PES Events

Happy first day of spring from PES! This is a list of upcoming PES events and some reminders:

• Our March PTO meeting will be this Wednesday (3/22/17) at 5:30 pm in the PES cafeteria. We will be discussing end of the year events such as field day. Hope to see everyone there.

• Our PTO Candleberry sale has ended. Orders can still be turned into the office this week. Please get them in by Wednesday (3/22/17). Orders are slated for delivery in late April.

• Anyone wanting to pre-order a yearbook needs to turn in the order form by this Friday (3/24/17). Forms are still available in the office. The yearbooks will be delivered prior to the end of the school year in May.

• Lost and found will be cleared out during the spring break week. Please pick up your items from lost and found by this Friday.

• We are having an increasing number of morning tardies in recent weeks. It is very important that students be in their classrooms by 8 am when teaching begins. Your efforts in helping students get into their classrooms on time is appreciated.

• Paintsville Independent Spring Break is next week—no classes from Monday (3/27/17)-Friday (3/31/17). Classes will resume on Monday (4/3/17).

Kentucky Burley-Coal Region High School Exhibition and Competition



Paintsville art students traveled to Morehead State University’s Claypool-Young Art Building as part of the  “Kentucky Burley-Coal Region High School Exhibition and Competition,” Wednesday 15, 2017. The annual show is organized in partnership with the Kentucky Art Education Association, and features high school artwork from the region.

In association with the exhibition, the Department of Art and Design hosts its annual High School Art Day. Schools from Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia have participated in this exciting event through demonstrations and hands-on art activities including an annual newspaper sculpture competition. Paintsville Art II student, Lizeth Maldonado, a foreign exchange student from Mexico, was awarded a 3rd place ribbon in the drawing category for her colored pencil drawing entitled “still life”. “This is such a rewarding experience for the students, they leave campus very inspired with all the creativity displayed from art students throughout the region,” said Ms. Coleman, PHS art instructor. 

High schools participating include: Allen Central, Belfry, Betsy Layne, Boyd County, Fairview Independent, Fleming County, Greenup County, Harrison County, Hazard, Jenkins, Johnson Central, June Buchanan, Knott County, Lawrence County, Leslie County, Nicholas County, Paintsville High, Paul Blazer, Powell County, Mason County, Montgomery County, Raceland, Russell and Sheldon Clark.


Junior Future Problem Solving


Paintsville Elementary School Junior Future Problem Solving was crowned state champions at the recent state Governor’s Cup finals.  The team members are (left to right): Ashley Webb, Adelle Veronneau, Maisie Ward, and Shelby Moore.  Coaches are Kathy Creech and Sandy Coleman.  The team earned the right to compete at FPS International Competition this summer.


Art Recognition

Highlands has been distributing prints of winning art pieces from the Expressions of Courage program in partnership with Markey Cancer Center. Each student received two copies for themselves, the teachers received one copy, and one will be framed and displayed at Highlands Regional Medical Center. Art student, Lizeth Maldonado, was chosen as the winner for Paintsville High School.

(Pictured L-R) Sandra Coleman, PHS Art Instructor, Danielle Franklin, Highlands Community Development Coordinator and Lizeth Maldonado, art student)




2015-2016 District of Distinction


Dear Superintendent Coy Samons:

Congratulations on your district being recognized as a District of Distinction! This award is a small way to thank you for all of the hard work you and your staff have put into one of the hardest and most rewarding jobs in our Commonwealth – helping students achieve their highest potential.

Attached you will find a picture of your district’s recognition at the Feb. 8 Kentucky Board of Education meeting. Please feel free to share this in school publications, district publications and local media outlets.

Again, congratulations on your district’s achievement.


Bobby Ellis

PES School of Distinction

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Paintsville Elementary students and staff posing recently in their “School of Distinction” shirts.  PES was named a 2016 School of Distinction, placing it among the top elementary schools in the state.