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Keeneland to host fifth graders for educational experience about region’s Thoroughbred industry

Keeneland will welcome approximately 2,900 fifth-grade students from 33 area public and private schools each day this week for a two-hour interactive tour designed to expand their knowledge of Keeneland and the Thoroughbred industry in Central Kentucky. More than 23,000 fifth-grade students have participated in the program, now in its ninth year. “These tours are fun experiences for students that...

Window open to apply for FCPS 2020-2021 special programs, early entrance to kindergarten

The 2020-21 application window for Fayette County Public School’s gifted and talented programs, magnet schools, and other specialized academic opportunities is open Aug. 15 through Oct. 7, 2019. It is not a first-come, first-served system. Applications may be submitted anytime during this window, and all will receive equal consideration. This is also the window for families interested in their...

Bright and shiny, Fayette County’s Brenda Cowan Elementary full of anticipation on opening day

Students got right to work on the first day of school at Brenda Cowan Elementary. (Photo from FCPS) At Brenda Cowan Elementary, excitement was the buzzword for Day 1 of the 2019-20 school year. As teachers welcomed their classes, staffers tied bus/car tags onto backpacks, and students practiced carrying imaginary trays through the lunch line, everyone seemed in high spirits at the newest facility in...

FCPS free Cutz-n-Curlz event provides fresh styles, relationship building prior to start of school year

Local barbers and stylists volunteered to help with the annual Cutz-n-Curlz. (Photo from FCPS) Students of all ages turned out for the annual Cutz-n-Curlz, where they scored free haircuts and fresh styles for the 2019-20 school year. “They feel like a new person with a sense of confidence,” said Marc Petitfrere, manager of King Kuts in Lexington, which brought its entire staff of barbers to help...

Fayette County Public Schools celebrates official opening of Brenda Cowan Elementary

(Photo from FCPS) Family, colleagues, and local officials agreed at the Aug. 12 ribbon-cutting ceremony that naming the newest elementary in Fayette County Public Schools after the late Brenda Cowan was an easy call. “She was a hard worker with a great attitude and an unmatched sense of humor,” Lexington Fire Chief Kristin Chilton said during the outdoor program. “She was the type of person you’d...

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...