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Fayette schools FCCLA members bring home honors from National Leadership Conference

FCCLA members from Fayette County Public Schools earned recognition at the organization’s 2019 National Leadership Conference, which ran June 30 through July 4 in Anaheim, California, where the theme was “Believe in Yourself.”   From Beaumont Middle: • Chapter Review — gold medal to Allison Clabes, Claire Lee, and Madison Scott; • Chapter Service Project Display — silver medal...

Commentary: Attempts to deceive community about FCPS include distorted reality, invalid comparisons

By Fayette County Public Schools Special to KyForward Once again, Dan Rose and Ron Vissing are attempting to deceive our community by quoting statistics out of context and presenting hyperbolic bluster as truth. While their charts use flawed data visualization practices to present a distorted reality, their conclusions are based on invalid comparisons that reflect a lack of understanding of public...

William Wells Brown Elementary’s 21st Century summer camp rigorous, but ‘fun and engaging’

For youngsters like Faith Owens, the 21st Century program’s four-week camp at William Wells Brown Elementary is a great way to spend part of the summer. “I’ve done the camp since third grade,” said Faith, who will be in fifth grade this fall at Southern Elementary after a recent move. “It helps me get my grades up, and when I fall off track, I can come here to learn to be smarter and make...

PNC Foundation awards two-year grants to Fayette County Public Schools, Lexington Public Library

The PNC Foundation is awarding a $100,000 grant to Fayette County Public Schools and a $50,000 grant to the Lexington Public Library as part of the 15th anniversary celebration of PNC Grow Up Great, the bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life. The two-year grants are designed to support the specific needs of preschool...

Fayette County announces two new principals, district administrator for 2019-2020 school year

As the 2018-2019 school year comes to a close, Fayette County Public Schools is already looking ahead to next year with the selection of two new principals and the addition of an Associate Director of Minority Recruitment and Retention. “Each new hire strengthens our team,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Our students and families are counting on us, and we need...

Three Kentucky school districts receive federal funding to improve mental health resources

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service School districts in Bullitt, Henderson and Warren counties have received $9 million in federal funding to improve mental health services for students. Kentucky is one of only four states to get this year’s Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) grants. The School Safety and Resiliency Act, which requires public school districts in Kentucky to...

Fayette County Public Schools employees donate nearly $37,000 during United Way giving campaign

Employees of Fayette County Public Schools have contributed more than $36,800 through the district’s 2018-19 United Way giving campaign. These funds will support local efforts to provide for United Way of the Bluegrass partners and programs that make impacts in education, financial stability, and basic needs in Lexington and across Central Kentucky. Starting this school year, FCPS employees had...

Bryan Station junior speaks to national audience on importance of strong career and technical education

LaMargaret Johnson, a junior at Bryan Station High School in Lexington, impressed upon a national audience of chief state school officers and educators the vital importance of strong career and technical education (CTE) programs in a speech in Washington, D.C. Speaking during the Council of Chief State School Officers Legislative Conference, Johnson spoke about her experience at Bryan Station, which...

Leestown Middle School teacher Melanie Trowel named KEA’s 2020 Teacher of the Year

The Kentucky Education Association has selected Melanie Trowel of Leestown Middle School as its 2020 Teacher of the Year. Melanie Trowel (Photo from FCPS) Trowel, who has more than 20 years’ of service in Fayette County Public Schools, accepted the honor April 4 at the KEA Delegate Assembly in Louisville. “I am humbled to receive this award because I am surrounded by exceptional teachers who are...

Fayette County Public Schools seeks presenters for Innovations for Learning Conference in June

Fayette County Public Schools is looking for innovative teachers, administrators, and education professionals who love learning to present at the 2019 Innovations for Learning Conference, set for June 7 at Frederick Douglass High School in Lexington. IFL is a free, one-day event that promotes the use of innovative instructional strategies that engage students to improve learning, with an emphasis on...

Embassy of Spain names Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary 2018-19 School of the Year

Maxwell Spanish Immersion Magnet Elementary has been named the 2018-19 School of the Year by the Embassy of Spain’s Education Office in Washington, D.C. This award goes to schools in the United States that demonstrate excellence in content and language integrated learning programs in English and Spanish. Maxwell, which was Kentucky’s first whole-school immersion program, has a nearly 30-year record...

Two Fayette County teachers among 28 selected as 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors

The SETI Institute has partnered with 14 school districts in eight states, including Fayette County Public Schools, for the 2019 NASA Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors (AAA) program. Heidi Anderson of Locust Trace AgriScience Center and Ashley Rosen of the STEAM Academy are among the 28 teachers chosen for the program, which Rosen called a great opportunity to learn about content in a real-world setting...

Fayette County Public Schools announces makeup days for those missed due to inclement weather

Students in the Fayette County Public Schools will be in school on March 15, May 29 and May 30 to make up for days missed in January due to winter weather and illness. As of February 25, 2019, students in the Fayette County Public Schools have missed three days of school due to winter weather and illness (January 25, 30 and 31, 2019). Possible weather make-up days are already identified in the instructional...

FCPS announces new elementary school to be named after fallen Lexington firefighter Brenda Cowan

Fayette County’s newest elementary school will be named in honor of Lexington Fire Department Lt. Brenda Cowan, who was killed in the line of duty 15 years ago this month, following a unanimous vote by the Fayette County Board of Education this evening. “It is absolutely fitting that we should name our newest school for a courageous woman like Lt. Cowan, who gave her life in service to our community,”...

Local beneficiaries of WHAS Crusade for Children to celebrate ‘For the Love of Children’ week Feb. 4-10

Each year, tens of thousands of dollars from the WHAS Crusade for Children go to Lexington-area agencies, schools and hospitals that help children with special needs. To say thank you, these local recipients are sponsoring “For Love of the Children” week Feb. 4-10. (Click for larger image) Each day during the week, select businesses in Lexington will offer a percentage of sales to the WHAS Crusade...

Locust trace agriculture teacher Daniel Bustle among 21 educators nationwide selected for XLR8 Institute

Daniel Bustle, an agriculture teacher at Locust Trace AgriScience Center, is among 21 individuals nationwide selected to participate in the 2018-19 XLR8 Institute – a professional learning program that began at the National Association of Agricultural Educators annual convention in San Antonio, Texas. Daniel Bustle (Photo from FCPS) The XLR8 program helps those in their seventh to 15th years of...

FCPS offering students essential 21st-century skills with participation in global Hour of Code program

For today’s students, coding or programming is part of everyday life – even if computers aren’t involved. It’s more about problem-solving, logic, and creativity, which arguably are essential skills in the 21st-century classroom and workplace. “Coding makes a connection to what they’ll see in real life,” said Jerry Broyles, one of the district’s digital learning coaches. Maxwell STLPMaxwell...

Fayette County Public Schools’ Manny Caulk named 2019 Kentucky Superintendent of the Year

The Kentucky Association of School Administrators named Manny Caulk of Fayette County Public Schools its 2019 Superintendent of the Year. KASA Executive Director Wayne Young and Lesa Kay Hoffman from American Fidelity presented the statewide award Nov. 19 during a local school board meeting. Along with this recognition, Caulk received a bronze eagle sculpture, a ring, a $2,500 scholarship for an Fayette...

Fayette schools Superintendent Caulk says its school safety plan, now moving ahead, is model for nation

Speaking publicly for the first time since an effort to recall a tax to support his Comprehensive 10-Point Safety Investment Plan failed, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk recognized individuals who supported the initiative and pledged to move forward with deliberate action and public accountability. “Two months ago, I asked our community to make a significant and permanent...

Letter to the Editor: Fayette Co. Public Schools safety plan paramount to student success, school safety

Commerce Lexington Inc. has held a longstanding belief that education and the success of our students go hand in hand with creating a vibrant city and healthy economy. Having a highly-educated and well-trained workforce is essential to attracting new business and retaining existing business and industry. As such, Commerce Lexington Inc. believes it is imperative to do what we can as a community to...