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Fayette County Public Schools to host fall session of Family University Saturday at Henry Clay High School

The fall 2019 session of Family University is coming up Saturday, Nov. 9 at Henry Clay High School. Fam U provides informational sessions for caregivers, enrichment activities for students of all ages, and district/community resources to help families stay engaged in their child’s education. Participation is free, and open to the public. “Family University provides amazing learning opportunities....

Members of 16th District PTA presents scholarships, install new executive board for next two years

Members of the 16th District PTA and FCPS supporters gathered this week at Fasig-Tipton to mark the successes of 2016-17, commend outstanding school chapters and volunteers, and install a new executive board for the next two-year term. Superintendent Manny Caulk noted the district has some 9,300 members of PTA and PTSA chapters, with volunteers giving thousands of hours of their time on behalf of...

New blood mixed with veteran members keeps ideas flowing for 16th District PTA

Front, from left: David Kidd, James Brown and Adrienne Thakur. Back row: Denise Bauer, Liz Hill and Jesi Bowman.   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   The 16th District PTA opens this fall’s campaign with a new quarterback and two new players on its governing board. James Brown will be president for a two-year term, while first-time officers David Kidd and Jesi Bowman are second VP/membership...

The 16th District PTA is offering scholarships to seniors who are continuing their education

  By Tammy L. Lane Fayette County Public Schools     Members of the Class of 2015 in Fayette County Public Schools are invited to apply for the 16th District PTA scholarships, which help deserving young people continue their education.   The awards are based on financial need, academic achievement and contributions to the community through extracurricular activities. The minimum...

Parent University sessions help parents learn how to get involved in their child's education

Participants roamed the second-floor displays at Parent University to pick up brochures and ask questions before the rotation of classes began. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Rhonda Fykes and Daniela Shorter signed up for the inaugural Parent University for different reasons. Fykes, who teaches at Bryan Station High, has daughters attending elementary...

Second Our Kids Can't Wait rally in Marchto urge state restore funding to education

As the legislature works toward the next two-year budget in Frankfort, parents, students, teachers, administrators and community members in Central Kentucky are rallying in support of education funding.   A second Our Kids Can’t Wait Rally will be held Tuesday, March 18, at Wellington Elementary, starting at 7:00 pm. Everyone is invited to attend and show their support of investing in education.   Representatives...

Kentucky Education Action rallies parents, community to support education spending

(Photo from KEAT)   Parents are ready to fight for increased state money for education.   After having to cancel due to bad weather, a coalition of Fayette County parents, community members and local education organizations are ready to rally to build community support for Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposed budget and encourage the General Assembly to increase school funding as they negotiate...

New PTA president: ‘Everybody deserves
the same thing I want my children to have’

‘Studies show that more involvement helps your child grow in every aspect. It’s a valuable tool,’ Kathy Smiley said in explaining her dedication to PTA. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For Kathy Smiley, juggling roles and responsibilities is second nature in her work with the 16th District PTA, and becoming president was the natural progression.   “The...

New PTA president: 'Everybody deserves the same thing I want my children to have'

‘Studies show that more involvement helps your child grow in every aspect. It’s a valuable tool,’ Kathy Smiley said in explaining her dedication to PTA. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For Kathy Smiley, juggling roles and responsibilities is second nature in her work with the 16th District PTA, and becoming president was the natural progression.   “The...