New Fayette County Public Schools initiative encourages families to emphasize early learning

In an effort to support kindergarten readiness and improve the opportunities for young children to achieve success later in life, Fayette County Public Schools formally announced “First 5 Lex – Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten” at a news conference at the Family Care Center. The First 5 Lex initiative gives families and caregivers access to information about early learning and...

National Merit Scholarship semifinalist list includes 36 seniors from Fayette County

Fayette County Public Schools has produced three dozen semifinalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. They are among some 16,000 outstanding high school seniors who will compete for about $32 million in awards next spring. The seniors from Fayette County include: • Henry Clay – Quinn Andrews, Will Andrews, Augustine Carlson, Alexander Chinigo, Nicholas Joseph, Saurav Khadka, Angelica...

Not for the Faint of Heart: Henry Clay Marching Band providing a solid training ground for life

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Marching band is not for the faint of heart. Determined. Talented. Dedicated. Resilient. Those are but a few terms to describe the 112 band members at Henry Clay High School, where they know they are not only valued as individuals but also integral to the group’s overall success. “We use the word ‘family’ since we’re always looking out for each other,”...

Fayette County Public Schools staffers, students earn accolades at KMEA fall meeting

Several staffers and music ensembles from Fayette County Public Schools recently received accolades at the regional KMEA fall meeting. The District 7 award winners were: Elementary Teacher of the Year – Chris McDowell of Clays Mill Elementary; Middle School Teacher of the Year – Nathan Wilson of Leestown Middle; High School Teacher of the Year – Kelly Mayes of Bryan Station High School; and Citation...

Governor’s Scholars Program graduates total of 70 students from Fayette County Public Schools

Seventy students from Fayette County Public Schools completed the 2017 Governor’s Scholars Program, which helps develop Kentucky’s future civic and economic leaders as the teenagers exchange ideas and explore different points of view. The following were among the 1,078 rising seniors who attended one of this summer’s five-week sessions at Morehead State, Murray State, and Northern Kentucky...

Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass salutes volunteers from Adopt a School program

As the new school year gets rolling, Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass paused to thank its volunteers who have given five, 10, and 15 years of service educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and basic financial matters. “That kind of commitment and longevity is fantastic. It really makes a difference with what we’re able to give back to the community,” said Sheri Evans...

Three ensembles from Fayette County invited to perform at Kentucky Music Association conference

Three ensembles to perform at KMEA’s state conference 

Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools are invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville. The three include two band ensembles and one choir. They are: • Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at...

Students at new Frederick Douglass High School have opportunity for unique learning experience

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Some 1,000 students entering Frederick Douglass High School were among the more than 40,000 across Fayette County Public Schools returning to class Aug. 16 after summer break. “We get to start everything from Day 1. Every inch of this building is brand new. Guys, this is an opportunity for you to do something special,” Principal Lester Diaz told students gathered...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

FCPS issues Golden Apple Awards to five community partners for contributions to schools

Five high-performing community partners have received Golden Apple Awards from Fayette County Public Schools for their efforts alongside the district and specific schools in 2016-17. “We are so blessed to have so many committed individuals giving of their time, talents, and finances,” said school board member Daryl Love, who welcomed honorees and guests Thursday at host Frederick Douglass High...

New Beginning with Old Spirit: School, community leaders mark opening of Frederick Douglass HS

The school district and community supporters officially opened Frederick Douglass High School on Monday with a brief program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and informal tours. Featured guests included more than a dozen graduates of the old Douglass High School on Price Road, which opened in 1929. “Our recent reunion theme was ‘A New Beginning with an Old Spirit,’” said Robert Robinson, Class of...

Education Notes: Back to school rallies outfit students; Tates Creek senior elected Girls Nation VP

Families turned out at 17 Lexington-area sites for the annual Back to School Rallies, which were chock-full of games and outdoor activities, community resources, food, and fun for all ages. Nearly 6,000 students received free school supplies during the Aug. 5 campaign, organized by the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “School supplies and backpacks are a symbol of the start of another school year,” FCPS...

Fayette County kindergartners ease into school routine at Coventry Oak Elementary camp

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward At Coventry Oak Elementary, the littlest Comets are shining brightly thanks to the inaugural three-day kindergarten camp. “It was to get our kindergartners as school-ready as we could and alleviate first-day nerves,” said organizer Tiffany Runyon, the school’s Family Resource Center coordinator. “It teaches them what school looks like without all those...

SLAM program gives young students a way to stay engaged with learning during summer break

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Summer Learning And More (SLAM) has enlivened students and heartened staff who sought to keep the youths’ minds engaged while Fayette County School’s out for summer. Several locations across the district hosted SLAM programs, including Tates Creek and Winburn middle schools. From a scavenger hunt through the building to a pairing of rising sixth- and veteran...

Education Notes: Nine Fayette students finish School for Entrepreneurs; PTA workshop a success

Nine high school students from Fayette County Public Schools participated in the 2017 Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs, hosted in July by Transylvania University. • Henry Clay High School: Elizabeth Piper and Will Roberts; • Paul Laurence Dunbar: Eleanor Liu, Rachel Seevers, Sydney Sun, and Angie Xiao; • Tates Creek: Ronald Delgado, Andrew Gazzaroli, and Sam Newman. They were among 61...

Lexington kids to receive 100 new Tempur-Pedic beds during Legends’ Pajama Party Friday

The Lexington Legends, Tempur Sealy and Sleep Outfitters are celebrating a season long partnership on Windstream Night, Friday, July 28 at Whitaker Bank Ballpark during the 7:05 p.m. Legends home game against the Kannapolis Intimidators. The Legends Pajama Party will feature 100 Fayette County Public School kids and their families who are recipients of the Tempur-Pedic beds. These 100 kids, identified...

Education Notes: Three Fayette grads receive Merit scholarships; Brown highlights Leadership Institute

The 900 additional students receiving National Merit scholarships financed by U.S. colleges and universities included three recent graduates of Fayette County Public Schools. • Jan Balk of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, to Purdue University, with a probable career field of aerospace engineering; • Alec Dupont of Henry Clay High School, to Auburn University, medicine; and • Nisarg Patil of...

Education Notes: Fayette sends 40 to GSA; FCPS cable television channel moving on Spectrum

The 2017 Governor’s School for the Arts, an intensive summer residency program for rising juniors and seniors, accepted 40 students from Fayette County Public Schools who spent June 18 to July 8 at Centre College in Danville. During their three-week session, these teenagers were immersed in a rigorous schedule of seminars, master classes, lectures, hands-on workshops, and field trips. Bryan Station...

Education Notes: Reduced-price qualifiers eat free this year; TMS teacher named TSA Adviser of the Year

The state school board has approved a waiver allowing FCPS students who qualify for reduced-price meals to receive free breakfast and lunch at school in 2017-18. The change will affect more than 600 children across the district. “If students are hungry, it’s very difficult for them to achieve. We’re trying to remove barriers,” Child Nutrition Director Michelle Coker said at the June 26 board...

Discover Summer: Library access, reading incentives give Mary Todd Elementary students a boost

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In a new way to Discover Summer, students at Mary Todd Elementary enjoyed stopping in at their school library during a three-week span in June. There, they browsed and checked out books that captured their interest. “For kids in a high-needs, high-poverty background, that ‘summer slide’ can be really serious because often they’re having little to no academic...