A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Fayette County Public Schools announces broadcast schedule for six graduation ceremonies

FCPS-TV, the educational television station in Fayette County Public Schools, will air the 2018 high school graduation ceremonies several times apiece through mid-June. These May 31 and June 1 events are not broadcast live from Rupp Arena. The commencements will also be archived and available through the district’s Video on Demand service, where people may watch anytime or download free copies. For...

Lafayette High School teacher receives Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award from Lexington Rotary

Connie Waespe The Rotary Club of Lexington recently saluted Connie Waespe of Lafayette High School as the 2018 recipient of its Jack Bryden Great Teacher Award, based on essays submitted by scholarship applicants. Waespe has taught most of her career in Fayette County Public Schools, including seven years at Leestown Middle and the past 20 in AP Math at Lafayette. Students describe her as a challenging...

Aspiring golfers from Deep Springs Elementary learn strategy, sportsmanship in after-school golf club

For two dozen aspiring golfers at Deep Springs Elementary, the thriving after-school golf club is a fantastic avenue to learn strategy and sportsmanship while practicing their drives, chip shots, and putts. “I know the low score wins, so that’s why I want to get a par on every hole,” said fourth-grader Braydn Wade, who was eager to try out a new sport. High school players from Henry Clay and...

FCPS Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk steers district onto right path, named 2018 Leader to Learn From

By Corey Mitchell Education Week Emmanuel Caulk still keeps a tattered copy of a sixth-grade report card tucked away in his wallet. More important than the grades was the handwritten note from his teacher. That teacher looked past the C’s and the fact that Caulk fell short of his goal of earning a spot on the honor roll, and instead seized on his desire to be better. “He told me basically, ‘I’m...

Ky Society Technology in Education taps two FCPS employees for statewide technology awards

The Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) presented state-level awards to two employees in Fayette County Public Schools on March 9 during its annual conference in Louisville. Bob Moore, left, and Sam Conder (photo provided) Bob Moore, director of Technology in FCPS, received the Outstanding Leader Award, while network administrator Sam Conder brought home honors for Outstanding Technical...

Superintendent says metal detectors will be installed at Frederick Douglass High School

Stationary metal detectors will be installed as soon as possible at Frederick Douglass High School and all students will be required to pass through them daily, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk said today after a student at the school accidentally shot himself in the hand during first period. “This is something we must do,” Caulk said, “Speaking as a parent and a father,...

Two Fayette Co. Public Schools employees honored by the American String Teachers Association

The Kentucky Chapter of the American String Teachers Association recently presented 2018 awards to two employees in Fayette County Public Schools: Nancy Campbell for Outstanding Director (K-12) and Patti Stanton for Distinguished Service. They accepted the honors Feb. 9 at the state ASTA luncheon in Louisville. “I have the best job in the world! Every day I get to teach fantastic, enthusiastic...

Ky. Board of Education to honor Fayette County Public Schools administrator Soraya Matthews

Soraya Matthews, the district’s director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for high schools, will receive the 2018 Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award from the Kentucky Board of Education. Grissom was a respected, long-time educator and employee of the Kentucky Department of Education, and the award recognizes a person or organization that has exhibited leadership, commitment, and service to promoting...

Lafayette High School, Picadome Elementary team up to promote literacy through REAL Men Read program

(Photo from FCPS) The big fish and the small fry blend well in a vibrant partnership between Lafayette High School and nearby Picadome Elementary as nearly two dozen seniors visit the youngsters’ classrooms once a month to share the importance of reading and advice about doing well in school. Their initiative is part of the districtwide REAL Men Read program, which invites community volunteers into...

Fayette County reminding families of additional vaccinations required for 2018-19 school year

Students’ families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits as soon as possible because of new immunization requirements in Fayette County Public Schools covering Hepatitis A and MCV4 booster. The first dose of Hepatitis A, which is required for all unvaccinated students regardless of age, should be received before Feb. 14 if possible. That puts the student on schedule to get the second dose...

BGCF awards more than $18,000 to Fayette County Public Schools for 2017-18 mini-grant program

The Blue Grass Community Foundation has awarded a total of $18,680 to Fayette County Public Schools for the 2017-18 teacher mini-grant program, which encourages innovative learning and creativity in the classroom. All FCPS teachers were invited to apply. A committee of community volunteers considered each project’s potential to improve student achievement, the number of students who would benefit,...

Fayette County Public Schools seeking applicants for Special Education Advisory Council; deadline Feb. 16

The Fayette County Public Schools Special Education Advisory Council, which advocates for students with special needs, is accepting applications from people who want to serve a three-year term starting in September. The deadline is Feb. 16. The council consists of 12 to 15 members including parents, FCPS staff, and community or agency representatives. A nominating committee will review the applications...

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...