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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Career Coach: New Fayette County program helps get students ready to execute their life plans

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Preparing students for the next step after Tates Creek High School is Charliese Lewis’ priority. “My goal is to make sure they know they have options,” said Lewis, one of the district’s college and career readiness coaches. Superintendent Manny Caulk created the coach positions in 2016-17 in response to students’ requests for additional help in this...

Team from Tates Creek captures Future Problem Solving international competition

A group from Lexington’s Tates Creek High School claimed first place in the senior division at the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) conference June 1-5 at Michigan State University. Newly minted graduates Miles Dunn, Gabe Garcia, Griffin Gensheimer, and Bri Stanley competed against champion teams from more than 40 states and abroad including Australia, Hong Kong, India, South...

Defensive specialist Hairston does some damage with his bat as Cards handle rival Wildcats

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–As a freshman infielder for the University of Louisville baseball team, Devin Hairston became known as a defensive specialist. This was probably because he hit an anemic .212 his rookie season of 2015. How much his defense was valued is indicated by the fact that despite his struggles at the plate he started 56 of the Cardinals’ 60 games...

Golden Memories: Unified Track gives athletes with disabilities a chance to shine

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a “Chariots of Fire” earworm as backdrop, families and fans cheered mightily for a handful of athletes as they sprinted down the track in this spring’s Commodore Classic. The four students with special needs, along with their peer mentors, completed the 100-meter dash with record-setting smiles. Each received a medal at the finish line before heading...

Sharing History: Professional studio potter shares skills, art history with Tates Creek ceramics students

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Professional studio potter Jim McDowell assured ceramics students at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School that their face jugs were supposed to be asymmetrical and a little weird. “Perfection is not found in pots or people. We want ‘ugly’ to scare the spirits away,” he said as they worked the clay. The North Carolina-based artist, who calls himself...

Ten Kentucky math, science teachers are finalists for U.S. government’s Presidential Award for Excellence

Ten Kentucky public school teachers have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. The award alternates each year between teachers in K-6 and those who teach grades 7-12. The 2015 awards will go to those who teach at the...

Smoothie station offers healthier – and popular – breakfast alternative in one Lexington high school

Students can now opt for the “Creek Nation Smoothie Station” as a breakfast choice at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. Health and P.E. teacher Jo Geddes secured the smoothie machine through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. “I talked to my health class, and there was interest. Smoothies are now a popular item,” she said. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane) The cafeteria will offer 8-ounce smoothies...

Creek teens speak from the heart with Spread the Love-A-Thon suicide prevention project

Teenagers called, tweeted, texted, emailed and posted “lifelines” in an effort to encourage peers needing a kind word. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Students at Tates Creek High School in Lexington didn’t exchange valentines, but they did share their feelings today   It was all part of the annual Spread the Love-A-Thon, a suicide-prevention...

Tates Creek's Erin Christopher latest local teen to compete in Jeopardy! tournament

Erin Christopher, a rising junior at Tates Creek High School, made it to the quarterfinal round of the latest Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, which concludes with a two-day final airing July 31 and Aug. 1.   “I watch periodically and made it a personal goal to get on the show,” she said. “I’ve always been in different academic stuff, so why not go for the ultimate competition?”   Erin...

Tates Creek’s Erin Christopher latest local teen to compete in Jeopardy! tournament

Erin Christopher, a rising junior at Tates Creek High School, made it to the quarterfinal round of the latest Jeopardy! Teen Tournament, which concludes with a two-day final airing July 31 and Aug. 1.   “I watch periodically and made it a personal goal to get on the show,” she said. “I’ve always been in different academic stuff, so why not go for the ultimate competition?”   Erin...

Hooked with a Book: Today's school libraries pull no punches in getting students reading

At Crawford Middle School, the library fairly hums with individual students checking out books and classes working on group projects. This week is National Library Week. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Today’s school libraries, or media centers, are far removed from the dusty, shush-it-up enclaves of yore. Drop in sometime and see firsthand how students...

Rising freshman at Tates Creek High School honored as International Young Achiever

Lauren Bolt, a rising freshman at Tates Creek High School, recently was named a 2013 International Young Achiever of the Year.   She and two other winners from Illinois and Canada each received a certificate and a check for $500 from the International Leadership Network. They were among 28 outstanding students honored as 2013 Young Achievers, along with Dylan Benton of Booker T. Washington Academy,...

Recent graduates receive $74.5 million in aid, accepted at more than 200 schools, colleges

United College at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland is the destination for recent Fayette County Public Schools alumni. Prince William and Kate Middleton met at St. Andrews while attending university. (Photo from commons.wikimedia.)   The 2,262 seniors who graduated from Fayette County Public Schools in May 2013 have reported more than $74.5 million in scholarship offers to further their...

KHSAA State Tournament Roundup: Mercer, Prestonsburg, Henderson, Collins advance

Prestonsburg senior Trey Stapleton struck out nine batters in a complete-game shutout to lead the Blackcats to an opening-round win. (Photo by Jon Hale)   Mercer County 4, Apollo 0   No. 13 Mercer County opened the 2013 KHSAA State Tournament with a 4-0 win versus No. 16 Apollo.   Junior pitcher Jacob Long surrendered five hits in a complete-game shutout while striking out eight batters...