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Shared rain garden project at Bryan Station unites campus with common goals on sustainability

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward In an outdoor setting on the Bryan Station campus, AP Environmental Science students demonstrated their knowledge of and passion for sustainability as they chatted up eighth-graders who met them in the schools’ shared rain garden. “I really want to set a good example of saving the earth. I want them to think of ways to take care of it,” said sophomore Jordan...

Opening the Door: UK gives minority high school students inside look at health care education

By Ann Blackford Special to KyForward Most high school students are exposed to history, biology and algebra classes, but a fortunate group of students from Lexington’s Bryan Station High School (BSHS) had the unique opportunity during the past year to examine gross specimens in a pathology lab, tour hospital testing laboratories, attend medical lectures and even take part in an intensive care...

Bryan Station High School group finds path to college well-lit by Transylvania University

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward For juniors and seniors who anticipate pursuing college scholarships, a series of mock interviews with staff and students at Transylvania University was a welcome chance to present their strengths and rehearse their pitches. “I fidget a lot and am really nervous and talk with my hands, so to come here and get the practice, I really love that,” said Taelaesha...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school's ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...

Bryan Station food pantry part of school’s ongoing efforts to remove barriers to learning

Marian Guinn, CEO of God’s Pantry Food Bank, right, joined Acting Superintendent Marlene Helm at the pantry’s official opening. Guinn noted how students need food for energy and clear thinking. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to Kyforward   Students at Bryan Station High School in Lexington have another source for food, thanks to God’s Pantry Food Bank, which is...

STEAM Academy students use day out of school to sample new technology program

Teams from host Bryan Station High, the STEAM Academy and The Learning Center at Linlee (TLC) tackled the “solar roller” and “wind commander” kits in a pilot of FUSE, an interest-driven learning experience developed by researchers at Northwestern University (FCPS Photo)   For about three dozen students, this particular day out of school meant fun and games of a whole new variety. Teams...

Cardinal Valley takes dual language approach to strengthen the school's foundation, future

Two of the five kindergarten classes comprise the new dual language program, which ensures Hispanic youngsters grasp the essentials in Spanish before tackling English. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   To enhance the big picture of their lives, Cardinal Valley Elementary in Lexington is working to improve the littlest students’ initial engagement in school...

Cardinal Valley takes dual language approach to strengthen the school’s foundation, future

Two of the five kindergarten classes comprise the new dual language program, which ensures Hispanic youngsters grasp the essentials in Spanish before tackling English. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   To enhance the big picture of their lives, Cardinal Valley Elementary in Lexington is working to improve the littlest students’ initial engagement in school...

Broadnax of Bryan Station Defenders named Kentucky's 2014 Girls Track Coach of the Year

Kathy Broadnax of Bryan Station High School has been named Kentucky’s 2014 Girls Track Coach of the Year after leading the Defenders to the 3A state title.   The recognition comes from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.   Kathy Broadnax (Photo from FCPS) Broadnax, who teaches health and P.E., is in her eighth year as Station’s head track and field coach....

Students persevere, prove they're cut out for huge sculpture project at Bryan Station

Southside Technical Center welding students assembled the entire unit, positioning the hollow stainless-steel letters at 90-degree angles. Then it sat — for months — before this fall’s installation outside Bryan Station High School. (Photo courtesy of Southside)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   There are long-term group projects, and then there are long-term group...

Students persevere, prove they’re cut out
for huge sculpture project at Bryan Station

Southside Technical Center welding students assembled the entire unit, positioning the hollow stainless-steel letters at 90-degree angles. Then it sat — for months — before this fall’s installation outside Bryan Station High School. (Photo courtesy of Southside)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   There are long-term group projects, and then there are long-term group...

A sobering lesson: Teens at Bryan Station learn about hazards of distracted driving

\   Video from Kentucky Office of Highway Safety   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Teens at Bryan Station High School in Lexington absorbed a sobering lesson at the wheel of a Distracted Driving Simulator, which aptly illustrated various hazards and the potential consequences.   “You don’t fully understand how hard it is until you drive,” said 18-year-old Lena Muhammad,...

Bryan Station High School’s StationARTS program has new coordinator and new look

StationARTS students choose a major and follow a track of study on a defined path. Their options range from band, orchestra, vocal music and classical guitar to visual arts, drama and dance. Technical theater and piano keyboard are under development. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   As the new coordinator, Kristine Lyon envisions bright prospects for the...

From learning hallway etiquette to meeting teachers, orientation gives freshmen a boost

Incoming freshman took home bookmarks bearing the Bryan Station Defenders’ fight song. (Photo from FCPS) By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Students in Fayette County Public Schools are transitioning from beach bags to backpacks as they count down to the first day of classes Aug. 14. Open houses and school orientations help with the mind shift.   “I went around to see my teachers,...

Poet, writing consultant brings 'Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme' to Black Educational Summit

Nationally-known poet and writer Eric Cork commanded students’ respect during the “Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme” summit. (Photo from FCPS)   High energy is an understatement in describing Erik Cork and his Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme workshop. The passionate delivery of a nuts-and-bolts message from the nationally known poet and writing consultant inspired dozens of students at Lexington’s...

Poet, writing consultant brings ‘Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme’ to Black Educational Summit

Nationally-known poet and writer Eric Cork commanded students’ respect during the “Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme” summit. (Photo from FCPS)   High energy is an understatement in describing Erik Cork and his Rap, Rhythm and Rhyme workshop. The passionate delivery of a nuts-and-bolts message from the nationally known poet and writing consultant inspired dozens of students at Lexington’s...

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...

Spanish Embassy awards Bryan Station High, Liberty Elementary for immersion programs

The Spanish Embassy is honoring Bryan Station High School and Liberty Elementary, both of whom are part of the Spanish Immersion Program in Fayette County Public Schools.   Bryan Station will receive a School of the Year Award for Academic Excellence in Spanish for its effective methods of integrating content and language learning. “The superb immersion program together with the astonishing...

Fayette County schools host annual Bluegrass Trifecta to promote healthy lifestyles

The third annual Bluegrass Trifecta, sponsored by the Fayette County Public Schools, will be held a Saturday in each of the months of March, April and May.   The five-mile races are intended to promote healthy, active lifestyles for Lexington residents of all ages. Southern Middle School hosts the Lightning Strike 5K March 23 followed by Bryan Station High School’s Defender Classic April...

Bryan Station guitar class picks up volume; ensemble chosen to perform at KMEA concert

Students taking guitar as an elective focus intently during classroom lessons and rehearsals at Bryan Station High School. (Photos from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Don Hicks’ enthusiasm for guitar has spread at Bryan Station High School, where his original class of 16 has grown to a full schedule with more than 100 students in a strong program earning wider notice. These...