Lexington named Ford Next Generation Learning Community; FCPS launches Academies of Lexington

In a special program with high-profile guests, Lexington was officially designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, and Fayette County Public Schools celebrated the launch of The Academies of Lexington in three of its six high schools. “I could feel the enthusiasm and knew this community was ready,” said Cheryl Carrier, executive director of Ford NGL, who first met with city, industry,...

FCPS’s Family University series emphasizes importance of parents in education experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward The Fayette County Public School District’s Family University series partners with parents and other caregivers to actively foster students’ success. That’s exactly what mom Jessica Hunter had in mind when she signed up for this year’s kickoff event. “We just moved here in April (from Ohio), so we’re trying to get a feel for what the schools are all...

Education Notes: Bryan Station’s Verdecchia receives Rotary Award; Battle of Books winners announced

The Rotary Club of Lexington announced Carlos Verdecchia of Bryan Station High School as the 2017 recipient of its Jack T. Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants. Verdecchia is head of the science department at Bryan Station, where he has taught for 17 years. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Berea College and his Master of Arts, Master of Animal Science...

Career Exploration Day: Bryan Station students paired with local businesses for hands-on experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In a hands-on Career Exploration Day, businesses from across Central Kentucky introduced themselves to freshmen and eighth-graders checking into job opportunities and possibilities for life after Bryan Station High School. A subgroup from the Leadership Lexington class organized the expo, which will become an annual event starting this fall in partnership with...

Education Notes: Child Nutrition’s Dawson named Southeast Employee of Year; merit award for Albrecht

The School Nutrition Association has tapped Fayette County Public Schools food service employee Trish Dawson as its Southeast Region’s Employee of the Year. Dawson, who was also Kentucky’s 2017 statewide honoree, is now in the running for the national award, which will be announced this July in Atlanta. Trish Dawson “We come to work every day in hopes that we fill up hungry bellies, help children...

Celebrating Our Differences: Annual Diversity Fair at Bryan Station creates environment of acceptance

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward At Bryan Station High School, the annual Diversity Fair offers a focused opportunity to celebrate differences. “We have a huge and very diverse population of teachers and students,” said Maria Ayub, who teaches Spanish. “The best way to create acceptance is to get to know the other cultures around us. We may look different, we may talk different. But in the...

Education Notes: Rosa Parks students honored in Governor’s Cup; Lafayette excels in Japanese Speech contest

The Rosa Parks Elementary team pulled away for a win in the 2017 Governor’s Cup regional contests, which concluded March 4. Meadowthorpe was runner-up overall in Region 22. The Governor’s Cup, which was founded in 1986 to promote classroom achievement, is Kentucky’s premier academic competition. A contest consists of five written assessment exams, composition (on-demand writing), future problem-solving,...

Bryan Station’s Kelly Mayes presented Outstanding Service Award from String Teachers Association

Kelly Mayes of Bryan Station High School was recently presented the 2017 Outstanding Service Award from the Kentucky chapter of the American String Teachers Association (KY ASTA). “I am humbled to receive this honor from a group of dedicated string teachers from across the state. Each of us works diligently in the service of music education, and to be recognized by this group is quite an honor,”...

‘Stache Tank’ yields bright ideas from Bryan Station, Crawford Middle, Brown Elementary students

An Opening Night event plan and hype video, a new specialty food item, and a promotional giveaway for fans will be part of the Lexington Legends’ 2017 season, thanks to the second annual “Stache Tank.” Students from Bryan Station High School, Crawford Middle School, and William Wells Brown Elementary competed this year. Stache Tank is based on the television show “Shark Tank,” in which...

Legends hosting another round of ‘Stache Tank’ competition for area students in January

Stache Tank is back. The Lexington Legends are holding another round of Stache Tank competition, as students on the elementary, middle school and high school levels compete on a variety of project designs connected to Legends baseball at Whitaker Bank Ballpark. Stache Tank follows a format similar to the popular television program “Shark Tank,” in which entrepreneurs present their ideas to a panel...

Fayette student, arts teachers combine talents to add murals to city landscape

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A student from Bryan Station High School and visual arts teachers from Cardinal Valley Elementary and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School have put their talents on public display with two murals in high-traffic locations. Xavier Short, a senior, painted a mural on the second floor of the Lexington Public Library’s downtown parking garage for an Eagle Scout service...

Plugged In: Bryan Station students volunteer to help retirees better understand new technology

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward While teens can sometimes take for granted the technology that infuses their world, students in Bryan Station High School’s IT Academy realize that not everyone is as plugged in. That’s why they volunteer regularly at the Lexington Senior Center, where retirees welcome their help. “For us in this generation, it’s second nature, but they’re still struggling,”...

Shared rain garden project at Bryan Station unites campus with common goals on sustainability

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In an outdoor setting on the Bryan Station campus, AP Environmental Science students demonstrated their knowledge of and passion for sustainability as they chatted up eighth-graders who met them in the schools’ shared rain garden. “I really want to set a good example of saving the earth. I want them to think of ways to take care of it,” said sophomore Jordan...

Opening the Door: UK gives minority high school students inside look at health care education

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington’s Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care...

Bryan Station High School group finds path to college well-lit by Transylvania University

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward For juniors and seniors who anticipate pursuing college scholarships, a series of mock interviews with staff and students at Transylvania University was a welcome chance to present their strengths and rehearse their pitches. “I fidget a lot and am really nervous and talk with my hands, so to come here and get the practice, I really love that,” said Taelaesha...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...

STEAM Academy students use day out of school to sample new technology program

Teams from host Bryan Station High, the STEAM Academy and The Learning Center at Linlee (TLC) tackled the “solar roller” and “wind commander” kits in a pilot of FUSE, an interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers at Northwestern University (FCPS Photo)   For about three dozen students, this particular day out of school meant fun and games of a whole new variety. Teams...

Cardinal Valley takes dual language approach to strengthen the school's foundation, future

Two of the five kindergarten classes comprise the new dual language program, which ensures Hispanic youngsters grasp the essentials in Spanish before tackling English. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   To enhance the big picture of their lives, Cardinal Valley Elementary in Lexington is working to improve the littlest students’ initial engagement in school...

Cardinal Valley takes dual language approach to strengthen the school’s foundation, future

Two of the five kindergarten classes comprise the new dual language program, which ensures Hispanic youngsters grasp the essentials in Spanish before tackling English. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   To enhance the big picture of their lives, Cardinal Valley Elementary in Lexington is working to improve the littlest students’ initial engagement in school...