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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 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...

FCPS interpreting coordinator Jessica Sanchez named winner of 2018 ATA School Outreach Award

The American Translators Association (ATA) has announced that Jessica Sanchez, the interpreting coordinator for Fayette County Public Schools, will receive its 2018 School Outreach Program Award. More than 1,000 of her peers will salute Sanchez during ATA’s annual conference Oct. 24-27 in New Orleans. Jessica Sanchez “We are thrilled to honor her effort in reaching out to students to educate them...

‘Cutz & Curlz’ gives Fayette County Public Schools students fresh start for new school year

Dozens of Fayette County Public Schools families stopped by the “Cutz & Curlz” event August 13 to get their children a fresh look for the 2018-19 school year. “It’s all to make sure opening day is a great beginning,” said Superintendent Manny Caulk, who brought his visiting niece for a new style. “Cutz & Curlz allows our students to go to school looking their best, which adds...

Fayette County reminding families of additional vaccinations required for 2018-19 school year

Students’ families are encouraged to schedule doctor visits as soon as possible because of new immunization requirements in Fayette County Public Schools covering Hepatitis A and MCV4 booster. The first dose of Hepatitis A, which is required for all unvaccinated students regardless of age, should be received before Feb. 14 if possible. That puts the student on schedule to get the second dose...

Close to Home: Colleagues at elementary school comfortable in the kitchen after decades of service

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward A pair of colleagues at Deep Springs Elementary prefers to stay close to home. And with nearly 50 years of combined service, they’re obviously comfortable in the kitchen. “I have a lot of kids that call me Nanny. Some of the teachers even call me that,” said Susan Redmon, who has worked in the school’s cafeteria for three decades. It stems from hearing...

Hour of Code introduces youngsters to computer programming, promotes learning through exploration

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward The international Hour of Code, a three-year-old nonprofit initiative that aims to make computer science more accessible and more understandable for diverse students of all backgrounds, was embraced by more than 40 schools in Fayette County this week. The idea is simple: Introduce youngsters to coding at whatever their comfort level, and watch them soar. “People...

FCPS seeks comments on district’s annual review of nutrition, physical activity education

A draft of the district’s annual Wellness Report Card, which reviews nutrition and physical activity education across Fayette County Public Schools, will be presented as information at the Nov. 23 school board meeting. Community feedback is welcome; send comments to “Wellness Report Card” c/o Debbie Boian, 1126 Russell Cave Road, Lexington, 40505. The initial deadline is Dec. 14. Staffers...

Eastside Tech students join pros to offer free inspections at Bluegrass Car Care Clinic

Eastside Technical Center students will work alongside some of Lexington’s top technicians at the 26th annual Bluegrass Car Care Clinic, which offers free vehicle inspections for FCPS staff, students, families and the general public.   The first-come, first-served inspections run from 8 a.m. until noon on Saturday Oct. 10 outside the school, at 2208 Liberty Road next to the district’s bus...

FCPS superintendent says he will make ‘full recovery’ after malignant tumor removed

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk underwent an 18-hour surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity.   “Before I moved to Lexington, I believed that the best team at the University of Kentucky played on the hardwood at Rupp Arena,” Caulk said in a press release. “I have nothing but the deepest respect for Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but I...

FCPS superintendent says he will make 'full recovery' after malignant tumor removed

Fayette County Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk underwent an 18-hour surgery last week to remove a malignant tumor from his sinus cavity.   “Before I moved to Lexington, I believed that the best team at the University of Kentucky played on the hardwood at Rupp Arena,” Caulk said in a press release. “I have nothing but the deepest respect for Coach Cal and the Wildcats, but I...

High Attendance Day stresses how class time effects students' responsibility, self-discipline

The Kentucky Directors of Pupil Personnel have designated Thursday Sept. 24 as statewide “High Attendance Day” to emphasize that consistent attendance is essential for success in school. If in class regularly, a student is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and to reach academic performance benchmarks on time.   However, students with irregular attendance may not...

Addressing Fayette Co. schools’ challenges a ‘moral imperative,’ new superintendent says

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   On the first day of classes last month, the new superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools rode a bus with students, read stories to them, and even explained how he’s the person who cancels school when it snows.   Unfortunately, that’s the easy part of the job.   Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk must also shepherd a district that contains...

Addressing Fayette Co. schools' challenges a 'moral imperative,' new superintendent says

  By John Gregory Special to KyForward   On the first day of classes last month, the new superintendent of Fayette County Public Schools rode a bus with students, read stories to them, and even explained how he’s the person who cancels school when it snows.   Unfortunately, that’s the easy part of the job.   Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk must also shepherd a district that contains...

Two Lexington sophomores get a jumpstart on success with entrepreneurial venture

  Amy Johns, seated, coordinator of Instructional Technology for Fayette County Schools, was impressed with Shea Hausman, left, and Drake Witt. ‘As an educator, nothing excites me more than seeing students taking charge of their learning,’ Johns said. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   A pair of Lexington sophomores took advantage of their...

Ten Fayette County schools to receive fresh fruits, veggies via federal program

Students in 137 Kentucky elementary schools will enjoy fresh produce during the 2015-2016 school year as part of the federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, including 10 sites in Fayette County Public Schools:   • Arlington Elementary • Booker T. Washington Primary Academy • Booker T. Washington Intermediate Academy • Breckinridge Elementary • Cardinal Valley Elementary •...

FCPS employees pause for a little ‘family’ time before students return to classroom Aug. 12

A Sunday afternoon picnic was a real family affair for Fayette County School Employees. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   About 3,000 people – including new Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk – turned out for the Fayette County Public Schools’ “Family Reunion” at Master Station Park.   Caulk, who was hired in June, expressed confidence that the FCPS...

FCPS employees pause for a little 'family' time before students return to classroom Aug. 12

A Sunday afternoon picnic was a real family affair for Fayette County School Employees. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane)   About 3,000 people – including new Superintendent Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk – turned out for the Fayette County Public Schools’ “Family Reunion” at Master Station Park.   Caulk, who was hired in June, expressed confidence that the FCPS...

Eligible students at Fayette County Public Schools have options for free/reduced meals

Students from households whose income is at or below certain levels are eligible for the federal free and reduced-price meal program. Fayette County Public Schools participates in the state’s direct certification, in which agencies provide lists of pre-qualified students.   Households who are notified that their students have been directly certified do not need to complete an application. But...

First FCPS candidates noted for leadership skills, urban experience, gap closing success

  The names of two of the finalists who will interview this week for the post of Fayette County Public Schools superintendent have been released:   · Emmanuel “Manny” Caulk, currently the superintendent of the Portland Public Schools in Maine, will be in Lexington on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24.   · Terri Breeden, who is currently assistant superintendent...