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,...

CAC Youth One Eighty high school mentoring program proves especially beneficial to FCPS

While the Community Action Council has a longstanding partnership with Fayette County Public Schools, one of its recent initiatives has proven especially beneficial for high school students. The Youth One Eighty program, which launched in 2013, gives teenagers regular opportunities to share freely about whatever is on their minds in small-group mentoring sessions. It also includes after-school and...

Henry Clay, Dunbar seniors named National Youth Leaders of the Year as part of Youth Salute Program

For the first time in the 37-year history of the local Youth Salute program, two Lexington students have received the top two national awards. Henry Clay High School’s Anne Boggess was selected as the 2017 National Female Youth Leader of the Year and Paul Laurence Dunbar’s Zsombor Gal as the National Male Youth Leader of the Year. They accepted congratulations and $1,000 scholarships during an...

Good Shepherd, Rotary Club are faithful backers at FCPS Booker T. Washington Elementary

Dozens of community members volunteer countless hours to give extra attention to the children and support to the staff at Booker T. Washington Elementary. Monica Hall, the school’s Family Resource Center coordinator, certainly appreciates all their efforts. “The relationships are huge,” she said. Two of those groups – the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and the Rotary Club of Lexington...

League of Women Voters of Lexington seeking student entries for annual essay contest

The League of Women Voters of Lexington is sponsoring an essay contest for Fayette County high school students asking them to write an op-ed on the following: Given that the first amendment of our Constitution protects “the freedom of speech and of the press,” is there any way to avoid the influence of distorted or false reports? In these contentious political times, how do you evaluate the information...

All Fayette County preschool programs receive five-star rating after Ky. Department of Education review

All elementary schools that house a Fayette County Preschool Program classroom received a 5-STAR rating – the highest mark achievable – after a review by the Kentucky Department of Education during the 2016-17 school year. The findings, which are good for three years, came through STARS for KIDS NOW, which is Kentucky’s quality rating system. KDE officials visited late last spring and gauged...

Special Olympics MedFest provides valuable health services in ‘fun’ environment to keep patients at ease

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Special Olympics MedFest offers a chance to check up on students’ health in an informal, sociable setting where volunteers trade their white coats for polo shirts to help put the young patients at ease. “We do medical screenings in a fun way. It’s a field trip carved out to meet their needs,” said Carey Creech-Galloway, a Special Education elementary resource...

FCPS veteran psychologist Shuffett Ashcraft earns statewide recognition from KAPS

Diann Shuffett Ashcraft has been named School Psychologist of the Year by the Kentucky Association for Psychology in the Schools (KAPS). She also was one of five contenders to receive a Best Practice Award during the KAPS conference Oct. 13 in Louisville. Diann Shuffett Ashcraft “Diann is truly an expert in her field whose experience and effectiveness as a school psychologist and leader of our team...

Under the Sea: Dixie Magnet students dip a toe in the ocean with sculptures for museum display

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyFoward While some at Dixie Magnet Elementary School might never have dipped a toe in the ocean, the “Under the Sea” theme really inspired students to channel their creativity into this fall’s Improbable Baubles design contest. The challenge was to make original bibelots, or small decorative sculptures. The late George Headley III, a jewelry designer, crafted bibelots...

Giving Back: Henry Clay senior returns to Hayes Middle School as after-school tutor

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward When senior Hunter Frazier isn’t attending classes at Henry Clay High School, conducting research in a neuroscience lab at the University of Kentucky, or working part-time at Rafferty’s, he can be found mentoring students on Wednesday afternoons at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School. “It’s whatever you need help with, whether it’s homework or what you’re...

Fayette County Public Schools looking for 300 community volunteers for K-5 reading program

Fayette County Public Schools, in partnership with Scholastic, has launched a read-aloud mentoring program that aims to pair 300 community volunteers once a month with K-5 classrooms in 29 participating schools across the district. “This initiative is a profound way to make a difference,” Superintendent Manny Caulk said at an Oct. 17 news conference at Lansdowne Elementary, the first site on board...

Kindergarteners proudly wearing their ABCs at James Lane Allen Elementary

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Kindergarteners tackling their ABCs put on quite the fashion show for friends and family at James Lane Allen Elementary, where everyone celebrated their progress. “It’s been exciting to see the ownership they’ve taken in making their vests,” said teacher Sarah Scott. “They’re also making connections. This helps them put names and sounds to the letters...

The Impact of One: Jack-of-all trades volunteer Keith having an impact at Millcreek Elementary

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward As a newlywed, Mark Keith started hanging around after school to spend more time with his dedicated bride, who works long hours at The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary. Fast-forward about 10 years, and Keith is still a fixture there – volunteering several hours a week in numerous programs that he has launched and fostered because he cares about...

FCPS among five nationally to get School District Scholarship from Center for Green Schools

Fayette County Public Schools is one of five districts nationally to receive a School District Scholarship for the coming year from the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. FCPS will benefit from ongoing support, connections, and resource sharing with a broad network of school sustainability leaders. “Fayette County Public Schools is already a leader in the movement to make...

Meadowthorpe fifth-grader Katie Bowden to serve as Lexington’s honorary junior fire chief

Meadowthorpe Elementary’s Katie Bowden will represent Lexington schoolchildren as the city’s 2017-18 junior fire chief, an honorary year-long position. Wearing an official badge and a kid-sized fire department uniform, Katie showed her winning poster to Chief Kristin Chilton and read her essay aloud for fellow fifth-graders gathered in the gym for the Oct. 9 ceremony. “It’s really important...

Henry Clay High School gets windfall of sound equipment via unexpected arts donation

High School Nation, the country’s largest secondary school touring music festival, added Henry Clay to its fall lineup along with the promise of a complete recording studio – donated and installed on the Lexington campus. The two-hour celebration of the arts, which enveloped Henry Clay’s soccer field, featured sponsor booths; demos of guitars, drums, and sound equipment; and live entertainment...

Family members find their working niche serving students in Fayette County school cafeterias

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Altogether, Kelly Herriford and her parents have 25 years of experience in six cafeterias across Fayette County Public Schools. But in a turnabout, it was the older couple who followed in their daughter’s footsteps. After her own children got up a size, Kelly applied for a Child Nutrition position and started as a sub at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, where...

Tying the Knot: Tates Creek freshmen prepare for one of life’s major events with mock wedding ceremony

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Freshmen taking a Life Skills class checked off one of life’s major events with a mock wedding at Tates Creek High School. “It’s not that simple,” said Angelic Henderson, a former flower girl-turned usher. “It makes you realize all the planning that goes into it,” added classmate Lexi Jones, who recalled standing up as a junior bridesmaid in her brother’s...

Maxwell Spanish Immersion School’s parade of nations binds students in a global community

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward The latest big event at Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet School – a parade of nations – colorfully illustrated how these elementary students look beyond themselves and recognize their place in the global community. Third-grader Evan King, whose grandparents came from Japan, knows it’s important to appreciate classmates’ diversity and respect everyone’s...

Lafayette educator among state finalists for Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

Susan McLaughlin-Jones of Lafayette High School is among Kentucky’s finalists for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. She is one of three science teachers and five math instructors that the Kentucky Department of Education has submitted for national consideration. Susan McLaughlin-Jones (Photo Provided) McLaughlin-Jones will also be recognized during the...