Fayette County Public Schools releases schedule for 2017 graduation ceremonies at Rupp Arena

Although Friday May 19, was the last day of classes in Fayette County Public Schools, high school graduations couldn’t be held that weekend because Rupp Arena was already booked with an Alltech conference. FCPS released this schedule for its 2017 commencements on these first-available dates at Rupp Arena. The schedule: Wednesday May 24 4 p.m. – Lafayette High School 7:30 p.m. – Paul Laurence...

Fayette County Board of Education adopts tentative $492 million budget focused on investing in students

On the heels of receiving assurance from the Kentucky Department of Education that the school district is on the right track, the Fayette County Board of Education unanimously approved a 2017-18 tentative budget that includes significant investments to ensure that a student’s demography does not determine his or her destiny. “Developing a school district budget goes beyond juggling numbers to balance...

Caulk recognizes Fayette County retirees — representing 4,394 years of service — at dinner

At the district’s 2017 retirement dinner, Superintendent Manny Caulk noted that this group had totaled an impressive 4,394 years of service in Fayette County Public Schools. “Within that number are some amazing moments that each of you will carry with you,” he said. Retired principal John Nochta served as emcee for the evening, reading introductions and short anecdotes shared by the retirees...

Murray State University teacher preparation program receives national accreditation through CAEP

Murray State University’s College of Education and Human Services has received seven years of initial accreditation through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). The University was recently notified of this decision to grant accreditation with no areas for improvement. In an email to college and University constituents, College of Education and Human Services Dean David...

Grant provides opportunity for MSU journalism students to learn from Lexington Herald-Leader staff

Eleven Murray State University journalism and advertising students recently received training in digital media strategies through an opportunity afforded by a Bring Learning to Life grant from Murray State’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Leigh Wright, assistant professor of journalism and mass communications, heard about the Lexington Herald-Leader’s successes with digital advertising campaigns during...

Tates Creek fifth-graders pitch STEM problem-solving apps to Awesome Inc. experts

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Fifth-graders at Tates Creek Elementary took on the challenge of developing apps that solve everyday problems, and they came up with several intriguing prospects in STEM lab. The catch was selling their ideas to a pair of experts from Awesome Inc., a local company that supports high-tech startups. “Our group was excited to present and ready to get feedback....

Fayette County Public Schools television station will air local 2017 high school graduation ceremonies

Channel 13, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2017 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece. These events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. Broadcast schedule: — Lafayette (commencement is at 4 p.m. on May 24) – airs at 7:30 p.m. on May 29, 9:30 p.m. on May 31, 7:30 p.m. on June 7, 9:30 p.m. on June 9, 9:30 p.m. on June 13,...

Johnny Cash and Tina Fey? Millcreek Elementary’s interactive wax museum brings characters to life

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Johnny Cash, Tina Fey, and Stephen Hawking dropped by The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary this week. So did Neil Armstrong, Frida Kahlo, and Paul Revere. Well, actually, they were part of the living wax museum presented by fifth-graders. The interactive exhibition featured more than three dozen influential figures from past and present. Eleven-year-old...

Kentucky 529 College Savings Plan offers matching contribution for new accounts opened May 26-29

As another school year draws to a close, 529 Day (May 29) is the perfect time for Kentucky families to start their college savings with help from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT). Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan is celebrating 529 Day with a special four-day matching promotion. Eligible individuals who open a new KESPT account online at kysaves.com/529day, between 12:01 a.m....

United Way of the Bluegrass President Farmer will deliver commencement address at Transylvania

Bill Farmer, president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass, will deliver Transylvania University’s commencement address on Saturday, May 27, as the 237-year-old institution celebrates its 2017 graduates. “Community partnership is an integral part of a liberal arts education,” Transylvania President Seamus Carey said. “Mr. Farmer’s dedication to the Lexington community offers compelling...

Cooper High School’s Clark named 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year; Furman takes elementary title

Kellie Clark, a 16-year veteran teacher at Randall K. Cooper High School in Boone County, is the 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. Valvoline, Inc. and the Kentucky Department of Education made the announcement Tuesday at a ceremony held at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton; Education and Workforce Development Cabinet Director Mardi Montgomery; Commissioner of Education Stephen...

Destination Imagination contests enable FCPS team to experience creative process, hone improv skills

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When these half-dozen lively sophomores get together, they produce a mixed bag of creativity, quick thinking, problem-solving, performance arts, and smiles. Their team’s name, “We need more tape,” also speaks to their collective sense of humor. “Teamwork is the biggest part,” said Shamik Chandrachood, who got involved in Destination Imagination or DI...

Campbellsville University grants diplomas to record number of 558 May graduates

“Through Christian education, lives are changed.” Dr. Michael V. Carter, president of Campbellsville University, told a record number of graduates in four ceremonies as 558 students received their degrees Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13. For the 2016-17 academic year, 760 students will have graduated, upon completion of all academic requirements. Jessica Blakeman of Campbellsville, with...

State education department advances academic standards review and revision process

The Kentucky Department of Education is moving forward with the review and revision process for academic standards in English/language arts and mathematics. The state’s current English/language arts and mathematics standards have been taught in Kentucky classrooms since 2011. Standards outline what students are taught – what they are expected to learn in each grade in order to successfully transition...

Out of the box, into the future — UK workshop introduces middle school girls to a STEM career

By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward Sometime during the transition from middle school to high school, girls often find their early interest in science and math steered in other directions, often toward careers that fit comfortably into a box of more “traditional” women’s roles. A recent day-long workshop at the University of Kentucky sought to stem that tide by introducing 120 Kentucky...

Tates Creek eighth-grader discovers spelling talent, qualifies for Scripps National Spelling Bee

By Kindsey Bernhard KyForward Intern Most eighth-grade students at Lexington’s Tates Creek Middle School are preparing for summer and the start of their high school careers, but not Joey Ilagan. He’s preparing for the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee on May 28 in National Harbor, Maryland. Ilagan won his classroom and Tates Creek Middle School bees, then qualified for the national competition...

Five University of Louisville students awarded Fulbright Scholarships to study abroad

The University of Louisville announced that five scholars have been awarded 2017-18 student Fulbright Awards. Destinations for the scholars are Malaysia, Germany, Switzerland and Colombia. “We are so proud of our prestigious scholarship winners,” said UofL Interim President Greg Postel. “Our top scholar program really sets us apart from other institutions. It’s not just that it is so successful—which...

EKU junior on his way to Ecuador after receiving Phi Kappa Phi study abroad grant

From Eastern Kentucky University’s Meadowbrook Farm to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Reid “Zeke” Buskirk is making a name for himself in geochemistry. The EKU junior was recently awarded the Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant. He will use the $1,000 prize to help fund his summer trip to Ecuador through the Kentucky Institute for International Studies. Phi Kappa Phi, a national honors society,...

Members of 16th District PTA presents scholarships, install new executive board for next two years

Members of the 16th District PTA and FCPS supporters gathered this week at Fasig-Tipton to mark the successes of 2016-17, commend outstanding school chapters and volunteers, and install a new executive board for the next two-year term. Superintendent Manny Caulk noted the district has some 9,300 members of PTA and PTSA chapters, with volunteers giving thousands of hours of their time on behalf of...

Education Notes: Eight Fayette seniors win National Merit scholarships; three receive FCEA awards

Fayette County Public Schools announced that eight outstanding seniors are among Kentucky’s 34 recipients of the 2017 National Merit $2,500 scholarships. The following students won scholarships: Sameer Ahmed of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, who plans to study medicine; Nathan Dutch of Henry Clay, finance; Emily Liu of Dunbar, law; Ananth Miller-Murthy of Dunbar, alternative energy; Russell...