‘If I Had a Hammer’ focuses on language of math, Lansdowne students focus on putting it to good use

Under close supervision, students hoisted precut sheets of plywood, boards, windows and the front door; they learned to handle cordless drills and hammers; and they practiced safety first with stepladders and goggles. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane) By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In the gym at Lansdowne Elementary, fifth-graders literally hammered out the details as they constructed an 8-foot-by-11-foot,...

‘Parent U’ offers tools, support for Lansdowne families, sheds light on lesser-known topics

Families find that in building the school community, Lansdowne offers workshops that are relevant and useful. (Photo provided)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward     Lansdowne Elementary’s “Parent U” is designed for people like Tasleem El-Amin, a mother of three who recognizes the value of partnering with schools to benefit her children.   “I’m here often, so all...

‘Life is Cool’ demos give youngsters an
inside look at how body’s organs function

Pig organs are effective teaching tools. Statewide, Landsdowne Elementary in Lexington is the 31st school that ‘Life is Cool’ has visited since 2008. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For fourth-grader Riley Speck, learning alongside classmates about the body’s organs reminded him of the generous Chattanooga family who gave him a new heart.   At...

Science – and worms – take center stage
at summer camp for young ESL students

Each child at Lansdowne Elementary’s ESL camp examined a handful of soil and noted why the streaks of iron are red (it’s because of rust, as when a bicycle is left out in the rain). (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When English is a child’s second language, an enriching summer experience can make a huge difference in their level of understanding...

Science – and worms – take center stage at summer camp for young ESL students

Each child at Lansdowne Elementary’s ESL camp examined a handful of soil and noted why the streaks of iron are red (it’s because of rust, as when a bicycle is left out in the rain). (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When English is a child’s second language, an enriching summer experience can make a huge difference in their level of understanding...

Long-overlooked middle school courtyard becomes a ‘haven’ for outdoor learning

Edythe J. Hayes students, staff and their families worked on the courtyard during the international Green Apple Day of Service, which encourages healthy, sustainable schools through volunteer engagement in local communities. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   At Edythe J. Hayes Middle School in Lexington, a long-overlooked courtyard has evolved into an inviting green...

OfficeMax ensures 'A Day Made Better' for Lansdowne Elementary STEAM lab teacher

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   The first of October was certainly “A Day Made Better” for Jennifer Rodabaugh at Lansdowne Elementary, who received nearly $1,100 in school supplies from OfficeMax. The surprise haul included a cushy new chair, Canon camera, Kindle Fire and a software package, along with the usual loads of markers, notebooks, folders, scissors, glue sticks and more to...