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Nourish Lexington sets fundraising drive for Hunger Awareness Month; filling gaps for students, seniors

Nourish Lexington, powered by FoodChain, has announced a fundraising drive starting this month, which is Hunger Awareness Month. It urges the community to provide financial support for this continuing need, which will focus mainly on filling gaps for students and seniors. The goal is to raise $450,000, which should provide approximately 65,000 meals through the remainder of 2020. “This communitywide...

Fayette County Public Schools teachers step up their game for virtual arts class during distance learning

What happens with hands-on electives like music, theatre, and art when students are learning remotely, distanced from each other and their teachers? Those instructors simply expand their creative approaches and find ways to make it work! Check out these three examples. Phil Kent, orchestra teacher at Lafayette High School Lafayette orchestra teacher Phil Kent connects with his students via Zoom. (Photo...

Fayette County Public Schools encourages teachers, families to monitor students’ state of mind

Given the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic and distance learning, Fayette County Public Schools encourages staff and families to be especially aware of their students’ state of mind. “There’s an added concern. One, the stress of having to manage school in a different way,” said Shericka Smith, district coordinator of Extended School Services, Social Work, and Mental Health Services. “But...

Dr. Tom Shelton joins Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship as Executive Director

Dr. Tom Shelton, who has held leadership positions in national and Kentucky educational institutions, has been appointed to serve as the Executive Director of Lexington’s Henry Clay Center of Statesmanship. Prior to joining the Center, Shelton served as the Director of External Relations and Partnerships for the National Center for Education and the Economy in Washington, D.C. He will continue to...

YMCA, volunteers rally for Fayette County Public Schools drive-through backpack pick-up

The annual neighborhood Back to School Rallies had a different look and feel in 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, but the result was the same: distributing free backpacks and school supplies for thousands of Lexington students. “My kids are absolutely devastated about not going back (for in-person learning), but getting a backpack gives them some sort of normalcy like we’re starting...

As Fayette County prepares for 2020-2021 school year, Rise STEM Academy for girls off to strong start

As Fayette County Public Schools prepares for the 2020-21 school year, youngsters enrolled in the Rise STEM Academy for Girls are already settling in. The new program, which has welcomed 150 students in grades K-2, offered a virtual Exploratory Week for instructors and their classes Aug. 3-7. One day, for instance, a kindergarten teacher guided her kids through a water experiment mixing primary colors. With...

North Carolina native Barry Richburg selected as next principal of Yates Elementary School

A seasoned educator with experience in two of the nation’s top-rated school districts will be the next principal of Yates Elementary School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced. With the selection of Barry Richburg, a North Carolina native who coincidentally served as principal of Yates Mill Elementary School in Raleigh, all of the leadership openings in the district...

Fayette County Public Schools look to reopen week of Aug. 24 with new model of on-campus instruction

Fayette County Public Schools is looking at welcoming students back to school the week of Aug. 24 with a new model of on-campus, face-to-face instruction, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced. “This is later than our school district normally starts, but this change allows us to take advantage of the flexibility afforded in state law to have a shorter school year,...

Fayette County Public Schools selects new principals for three district elementary schools

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk has announced new principals have been selected for three elementary schools, leaving just one school leadership post open in the district. The new principals are: · John Moore, new principal of Ashland Elementary School · Michael Jones, new principal of Mary Todd Elementary School · Ebony Hutchinson, new principal...

Open letter to Fayette County Public School families from Superintendent Manny Caulk

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Clark writes this open letter to school families: A broad-based committee of students, families, teachers, health officials, principals and district leaders has been working for months to develop plans for the 2020-2021 school year. Although the spread of COVID-19 in our community remains a constantly changing situation, you can be certain that our...

Fayette County Public Schools to begin phased-in return for outdoor athletics on June 29

Fayette County Public Schools will begin a phased-in return for outdoor athletics and extra-curricular activities on June 29. Practice will resume for fall sports at the high school level (cheerleading, cross country, dance, football, golf, soccer and volleyball) on June 29, followed by middle school sports and other high school sports on July 6. Manny Caulk“Nothing is more important than the safety...

Fayette County Public Schools announces new principals for Bryan Station, Morton Middle School

New principals have been selected for Bryan Station High School and Morton Middle School, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced, welcoming one leader from another district and celebrating another on her leadership advancement in FCPS. Named were: • Eric Hale, new principal of Bryan Station High School • Twanjua Jones, new principal of Morton Middle School Each of them...

Fayette County Public Schools works with community partners to send seniors out in style

Given that the class of 2020 has had a final semester of high school like none other, Fayette County Public Schools and several community partners are working together to ensure their graduation celebration is one-of-a-kind. Already this spring, seniors at all FCPS high schools and special programs have been feted with social media spots, website tributes and individual deliveries of yard signs. Staff...

Fayette County school readiness initiative First 5 Lex receives $50,000 grant to continue programing

The Fayette County Community Early Childhood Council has received a $50,000 state grant to continue the FCPS initiative First 5 Lex — Read, Talk and Play from Cradle to Kindergarten. The funding comes from Kentucky’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet and the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood. “We are extremely excited and grateful to continue bringing together our wonderful...

Fayette County Public Schools select new principals for three elementary schools

New principals have been selected for three elementary schools, Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk announced Tuesday. Caulk welcomed two leaders from other districts and encouraged a third to continue his leadership development in FCPS. Named Tuesday were: • Donte Tichenor, new principal of Booker T. Washington Elementary School • Jennifer Spencer, new principal of Julius...

FCPS outlines new initiatives to connect with students and families, plans for virtual graduation

In a press conference last week, Fayette County Public Schools unveiled two new initiatives designed to broaden opportunity and access for students and families, and outlined the district’s plans for graduation. “While COVID-19 has dramatically changed the world around us, our core values have remained constant,” said Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Manny Caulk. “Team FCPS has...

FCPS, Redwood Cooperative School named 2020 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon honorees

While the state remains focused on fighting the novel coronavirus outbreak that has interrupted the school year, the U.S. Department of Education is honoring a Kentucky school district and a cooperative school for their environmental instruction efforts. Fayette County Public Schools (FCPS) and Redwood Cooperative School in Lexington are among 55 national honorees name as 2020 U.S. Department of Education...

Land purchase approved for 47 acres to house new Fayette County Public middle, elementary schools

Amid the rest of the construction in the rapidly-growing area of Fayette County east of I-75, Fayette County Public Schools will soon build a middle school and a second elementary school to serve children and families in the area. These two schools have been listed as new construction priorities on the District’s Facilities Plan since 2017, but Monday’s unanimous vote of the Fayette County...

Calipari foundation working to help struggling Kentucky families during time of uncertainty

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari is doing his part to help struggling families during the current coronavirus crisis that has crippled the state, nation and the world. The Calipari Foundation, the Kroger Company, and Fayette County Public Schools will be providing food for families based in 37 elementary schools through April 20 and said if they “need more, then we will do more — eight...

Lexington Paul Dunbar students sweep top honors in 2020 regional science competition

Students from Paul Laurence Dunbar High School secured top honors in the 2020 Central Kentucky Regional Science & Engineering Fair on March 7. David Vulakh earned first place overall in the high school division, second place went to Saisha Dhar, and third place to Ashley Su. The middle school division’s overall winners included Morton’s Lars Myrup in first place and Gerald Winkler in third...