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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Presentation from ‘Aunt Jemima’ spurs Fayette teens’ frank discussion about stereotypes

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Poignant questions and visceral remarks from more than a dozen students in the diverse audience confirmed that “Aunt Jemima and the Complexities of Race in Kentucky: A Conversation about Race Relations and Stereotypes” is highly relevant for today’s teenagers. Several students spoke of confusion, hurt feelings, and the need to challenge a variety of biases...

Cardinal Valley Elementary’s innovative dual language program brings cultures together

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Second-year Principal Kevin Disney is eager to gauge the impact of the revamped dual language strategy at Cardinal Valley Elementary, where three-quarters of the students are Hispanic and 55 percent are learning English as a second language. “Dual language has been shown to be the most effective model,” he said. “We’re taking kids who are Spanish speakers...

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...

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,”...

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...

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...