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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...

Artists from Cardinal Valley Elementary brighten electrical boxes outside of Legends’ stadium

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Despite blustery wind in their faces, students in the after-school art club from Cardinal Valley Elementary hit a home run outside Whitaker Bank Ballpark with their creativity and problem-solving. “We came up with the designs and how to mix the colors,” 11-year-old Daisy Macedonio explained as fellow students busily painted on three metal utility boxes in the...

Cardinal Valley Elementary team embraces the three R’s: Recycle, reuse, reduce

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Ten-year-old Eduardo Tiscareno, a member of his school’s recycling team, takes his environmental responsibilities seriously, and he knows younger students look to them to set a good example. “The little kids are following our steps to learn how to keep the trash out of the recycling and the recycling out of the trash,” he explained. Ashley Bryant Cheney,...

Cardinal Valley art teacher Michelle Armstrong, elementary students complete downtown mural

Local artist Michelle Armstrong, who teaches at Cardinal Valley Elementary, recently wrapped up a year-long mural project in downtown Lexington. Her artwork – which depicts a beehive, native Kentucky flowers, and bees – appears on all four sides of The Hive Salon and ArtHAUS, at 156 Deweese St. Armstrong got an assist from several student groups, including the Sisopromateum Art Club, the Cub Scouts...

School’s version of ‘Monday Night Futbol’ brings Cardinal Valley community together

The Cardinal Valley teachers and staff model expectations for their students, including good sportsmanship. (Photo provided by CVE)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Cardinal Valley Elementary’s version of Monday Night Futbol was a hit as students and staff squared off for a friendly soccer match at nearby Valley Park. The goal was to bolster community support and camaraderie and...