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February 2023

Dental services are something to smile about
Kindergarten registration approaching
District launches dual-credit pilot program with Thomas More
We appreciate our School Resource Officers!
Miles Mentors lead successful food drive 
Lindeman students learn about Reasons for Seasons 
Howell students enjoy the arts
Arnett students complete STEM challenge
Grease is the word
Tichenor hosts Family STEAM Night
Sports of All Sorts 
Basketball updates…
New messages appearing in TANK buses
Erlanger hosting ice skating party



Dental Tools


Dental services are something to smile about

More than 140 of our elementary-level students recently received dental services without ever having to leave school.

Thanks to a partnership with the Northern Kentucky Health Department, dental hygienists visited each elementary school in the district – conducting oral health screenings, performing dental cleanings, and applying fluoride varnish and dental sealants as needed. Students found to have tooth decay were referred to local dentists for follow up. 

Prior to the visits, all students in kindergarten through fifth grade received valuable dental education, primarily in the form of a video highlighting the importance of proper dental care. They were then given paperwork and permission forms to participate in the program, which is primarily aimed at children who have not seen a dentist in the last six months. 

According to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report, dental decay in children is the single most common chronic childhood disease. The sooner children begin getting regular dental checkups, the healthier their mouths will stay throughout their lives. Early checkups help prevent cavities and tooth decay, which can lead to pain, and problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. As a school district, we were pleased to be able to offer this service to our families to break down any potential barriers to our children's ability to learn and grow.



Learn & Grow


Kindergarten registration approaching

Erlanger-Elsmere Schools is excited to register kindergartners for the 2023-2024 school year.  

Wednesday, March 8
Thursday, March 9

9:00 - 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. at each of our district's elementary schools!

Any child who turns five years old on or before August 1 can enroll in kindergarten!

Click here for more information!



Dual Credit Signing


District launches dual-credit pilot program with Thomas More

Erlanger-Elsmere School recently launched an additional dual-credit opportunity for its students with the signing of an agreement with Thomas More University.

The Thomas More University College Prep Program, in conjunction with Erlanger-Elsmere Independent School District, is a specialized program created through the Thomas More Dual Credit (TMDC) program, which seeks to help high school students stay academically engaged during the summer and to keep college on the horizon as a post-high school option. Erlanger-Elsmere schools are serving to pilot this expansion of Thomas More's College Prep Program, which it hopes to eventually expand to additional high schools in the region. The program is set to pilot this summer.  

“I’m excited about the creation of the College Prep Program and what it could mean for students who are timid about the transition from high school to college,” says James Catchen, associate director of Dual Credit at Thomas More. “It can be a scary time for students. It is my hope that with this program, we can highlight the true benefit of dual credit in helping students learn about the college process beyond just applying, such as what it means to be on a college campus and utilizing its resources. This program will help students build a strong foundation of confidence towards knowing how to navigate college.”

The signing event started with opening remarks from Thomas More President Joseph L. Chillo, LP.D. and Mr. Chad Molley, superintendent of Erlanger-Elsmere Independent Schools. The two then signed the agreement then celebrated the partnership at a reception. 

“We are thrilled to have an additional dual-credit opportunity to offer our Lloyd students,” Mr. Molley said. “This partnership with an institution that is so respected in our region and that is so geographically close to our district will open doors for many of our students and will help us work toward our ultimate goal of preparing our students for college or career.”

Students participating in the program gain college experience and earn Thomas More University college credits at a significantly reduced rate. Students also gain valuable networking opportunities as they receive personal and academic support from Thomas More faculty and staff. The program is strategically designed to help students build confidence while learning to navigate the structure and rigor of college. To ensure a seamless transition into their first year of college, students have access to all of Thomas More University’s campus resources and services.

To participate in the College Prep Program, teachers and administrators at Lloyd will identify a cohort of students during the summer before their junior year. Differing from the TMDC program requirements, this special program allows students to enroll who have a minimum unweighted high school GPA of 2.5 or higher. Preference is given to first-generation students and students from diverse socio-economic backgrounds. Interested students should speak to their high school counselor about the dual-credit program.



School Resource Officer


We appreciate our School Resource Officers!

We were happy to have the opportunity to recognize the valuable work of our school resource officers (SROs) during National School Resource Officer Appreciation Day on February 15.

SROs are carefully selected, specifically trained, sworn law enforcement officers assigned by a local law enforcement agency to work with schools using community-oriented policing concepts.

They are valuable and essential members of school teams, bridging gaps between youth and law enforcement and counseling, educating, and protecting our school communities. Our SROs lead by example and promote a positive image of law enforcement to our district’s children. 

We express our heartfelt gratitude to our district’s current School Resource Officers…  


Lloyd Memorial High School
Scott Abney (Lloyd graduate)
Erlanger Police (37 years)

Tichenor Middle School
Roger Ruby (retiring end of March)                                                                           
Erlanger Police (33 years)

Greg Pohlman is transitioning from Lindeman to Tichenor upon Officer Ruby's retirement. 

Arnett Elementary School
Jimmy Thomas                                                                                                                                                               
Elsmere Police (24 years)

Howell Elementary School 
Travis Nunn                                                                                                                                                                     
Elsmere Police (25 years)

Lindeman Elementary School
Greg Pohlman               
Erlanger Police (32 years)

Margaret Ernst, Erlanger Police (7 years), will assume the Lindeman position upon Office Pohlman's move to Tichenor. 

Miles Elementary School
Joel Shepherd                                                                                                                                                                   
Erlanger Police (30 years)

“We are beyond grateful to the cities of Erlanger and Elsmere for their partnership and support of the School Resource Officer program,” said Mr. Matt Engel, assistant superintendent, who oversees the program at the district level. “Through their collaboration with the school district, we have been able to secure an SRO for each of our campuses. These six officers have become part of the culture of each of our schools, building positive relationships with our students and families and providing an invaluable resource to our district. All told, these officers have blessed our district with 181 years of combined professional police experience working to benefit our students and staff.”


Food Drive
Food Drive

Miles Mentors lead successful food drive 

The Miles Mentors collected a whopping 2,219 cans and packages of food during a recent school-wide food drive. 

That's 2,057 pounds of food the Mentors were able to contribute to United Ministries and the school's Dinner Table Project on Miles' behalf. 

The food drive was coordinated by the Miles Mentors, a new student leadership program conceptualized and led by Officer Joel Shepherd, Miles' school resource officer. As part of the program, which is open to 12 fourth and fifth graders nominated by their teachers, the group wanted to complete a service project for the community to reflect their motto, "We serve to lead."  

After brainstorming ideas, the food drive was the overwhelming choice. So the Miles Mentors got to work organizing all the tasks. They made posters and hung them around the school. They talked to classes about the project. They counted cans, kept track of the grade-level competition, and tallied contributions. 

The program was planned to run for two weeks, and the group was hoping to collect 500 items. At the end of the first week, they received 454. By Wednesday of the following week, they broke 1,000.

"When we hit a thousand, we were overjoyed," Officer Shepherd said. "It was a bigger success than we ever imagined."

By the end of the program, they had exceeded all expectations with the final tally of 2,219 food items. 

The Miles Mentors were recognized for their efforts with a visit from Ms. Joyce Nessler of the Erlanger McDonalds. She brought treats for the students to reward them for their success. 

What's more - the winning grade levels -- kindergarten (contributing 619 items) and third grade (508 items) -- enjoyed extended recess and a visit from the Erlanger Police K-9 unit. These small gestures showed the students their efforts were appreciated. 

"Our kids understand that they've been helping the community, helping fellow students, and helping anybody who is hungry that needs some assistance," Officer Shepherd added."We've been working to help the Mentors understand that it's the little things that go a long way to make peoples' lives easier. It doesn't have to be huge... little stuff makes a difference. If we could all just give an extra 5%, how much better would our district be? Everything we do to make life just a little bit easier for others can make an incredible difference in the world."


Museum Visit
Museum Visit
Museum Visit

Lindeman students learn about Reasons for Seasons 

Lindeman Elementary recently enjoyed a visit from the Cincinnati Museum Center's Programs-on-Wheels! 

Programs-on-Wheels bring educational and entertaining lessons in a wide variety of topics straight to the classroom. Lindeman students enjoyed learning about Reasons for Seasons

Using globes, students had the opportunity to rotate and revolve their way to learning about the seasons and understanding why summer is warmer, and winter is colder. They also got to create the sounds of spring and explore seasonal camouflage with mounted animal specimens from the museum's collections.

“It was a great visit,” said Mrs. Angie Gabbard, Lindeman’s principal. “Students really enjoyed getting to participate in the hands-on learning opportunities!”


Arts at Howell
Arts at Howell

Howell students enjoy the arts

Howell students have enjoyed a variety of art integration experiences this winter, both at school and in the community!

The Cincinnati Shakespeare Company visited to perform Twelfth Night for the entire school, and Renaissance Dance led a workshop for older students. Plus, fifth graders had the opportunity to attend Cincinnati Ballet’s performance of Alice (in wonderland) at Music Hall, as well as Lloyd High School’s performance of Grease!

Research shows that incorporating arts education into school curriculums is an important contributor to students' overall success at school. Arts education can help kids engage with school, reduce stress, develop social-emotional skills, improve focus, and enrich their experience, among other benefits.

And Howell’s not finished yet! Coming up, the school will offer a dance workshop for first graders; a Shakespeare Fairytale Workshop for the school’s primary talent pool; a series of drum circles for third, fourth, and fifth graders; and a performance of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom for primary grade students!



STEM Challenge


Arnett students complete STEM challenge
Junior engineers at Arnett Elementary recently worked together to complete a bridge-building STEM challenge. 

Using marshmallows and toothpicks, groups of students collaborated to formulate a good design, utilize the right amount of pieces, and build a solid structure. What’s more, they were able to develop their problem-solving skills, utilize their creativity, and work as a team to get the job done. 

STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education has become an area of focus in recent years because these are all areas of learning our kids need to be comfortable with to excel in the future. STEM principles are part of every part of our lives!

At Arnett, the result of the challenge was impressive, with each group constructing a highly creative solution!





Grease is the word

Lloyd Memorial High School delighted audiences with the fun-loving spirit and immortal songs that make Grease a favorite among rock and roll fans of all ages.  

Lloyd students ensured every aspect of the production, from singing and acting to building sets. 


Jasira Jouett


While all of the students did an amazing job, a special shout out is due to Jasira Jouett, who not only knocked her performance of Betty Rizzo out of the park, she also choreographed all the phenomenal dances you that appeared on stage. And, as a Lloyd senior, Jasira did it all alongside completing college applications and senior year classes. What a wonderful performer, person, and role model! 

Bravo to everyone who contributed to such a fun and fantastic production, and congrats on a job well done!



Tichenor hosts Family STEAM Night

Tichenor Middle School recently brought back its popular STEAM night for students and their families. 

The fun evening welcomes the school community to enjoy dinner, then more through four different stations geared toward science, technology, engineering, art, and math. This winter’s event included opportunities for participants to create water bottle cars, paper airplanes, sensory bottles, pan flutes, and more. 

What a wonderful way for families to learn and grow together!





Sports of All Sorts 

Looking for spring sports leagues, athletic offerings, and fitness opportunities for your child? Sports of all Sorts in Florence is now registering for upcoming activities. Check out their full schedule to see all they have to offer. 

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Basketball updates…


District Champs


Lloyd Memorial Juggernauts are 34th District Champions!

The Juggernauts won the district after defeating St. Henry 60-58. Next up: the 9th Region Tournament. 



All Tournament


Juggernauts named to 34th District All-Tournament Team

Isaiah Sebastian

EJ Walker

Jeramiah Israel- MVP

Sierra McCoin (pictured below)




NKBBCA honors
Northern Kentucky basketball coaches recently announced their honors for the season, and there were a number of Juggernauts on the list:

All-Division II Team
Sierra McCoin

DII All-Conference Team
Jeramiah Israel
EJ Walker

All-Conference Academic COPOY
Joe Cooley


1,000 Point


1,000 point club
Lloyd Memorial High School basketball recently welcomed two new members to the 1,000-point club. Jeramiah Israel was presented with his 1,000-point ball prior to playing Conner at Lloyd. Lloyd went on to win in overtime, 48-45. Sierra McCoin surpassed the 1,000-point mark on February 10, ending the game with 1,007.






New messages appearing in TANK buses

The Erlanger-Elsmere E3C and the Kenton County Alliance are joining forces to include a new PSA in 25 TANK buses. The message details ways to help a loved one who may be dealing with mental health and/or substance use disorders. 



Ice Skating


Erlanger hosting Ice Skating Party

The City of Erlanger is hosting an Ice Skating Party at the Northern Kentucky Ice Center on March 11. This event is free for Erlanger residents (proof of residency is required). Waivers to participate are required, and 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult. At the event, the city will collect non-perishables for BeConcerned. More details here: