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Staged discipline plan could be answer to teacher concerns about managing student conduct

By Brenna R. Kelly Kentucky Teacher When students are sent to in-school suspension for behavioral problems, they might be getting instruction, but it’s not same instruction they would be getting in their classes. Brandon Hensley, an 8th-grade language arts teacher at Southern Middle School (Pulaski County), recalled one student who served 36 days of in-school suspension (ISS) in one year. “He missed...

‘Field Trip with Animals:’ Southern middle schoolers get close look at farming at Locust Trace

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Although eighth-graders from Southern Middle had to dust off their shoes after touring Locust Trace AgriScience Center, the boots-on-the-ground outing really showed the younger students what’s possible on the farm and beyond. “All I knew was we were going on a field trip where they have animals,” 13-year-old Grace Patrick said between sessions. “It’s...

Three Fayette schools bring home national Technology Student Association honors

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Under the theme “Building a Legacy,” students from Fayette County Public Schools competed well at the Technology Student Association’s 2016 national conference. Southern Middle’s Michael Alaniz and Tyler Nichols set the pace, placing second in Junior Solar Sprint. Susie Rickert was fourth and Kainat Syed placed sixth in Essays on Technology, and Mason...

Saying thanks, sharing memories part of fun as FCPS seniors, favorite teachers reconnect

Henry Clay senior Puspa Kafley (left) nominated English teacher David Buchanan for a FAME Award. ‘It was always fun to be in his class. It was strict, but it was fun,’ Puspa recalled. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   When Fayette County’s high school seniors and some of their favorite educators gather for the annual FAME Awards reception,...

Beaumont Middle tops national World Fit Walk competition; Lexington wins each year

Beaumont Middle School topped the 2013 World Fit Walk national competition, logging an average of 5.0 miles per student per day and a total 225,561 miles. Southern Middle finished fourth among large schools with a daily average of 2.7 miles per student, and Lexington Traditional Magnet tied for fifth place with 2.5 miles. Beaumont, Southern and LTMS ranked 1-2-3 among Kentucky participants.   World...

Baking fresh loaves of bread helps students learn life skills, value of sharing with others

Breckinridge Elementary students learned how to braid strands of dough int he King Arthur Flour Co.'s Life Skills Bread Baking Program. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Third- and fourth-graders at Breckinridge Elementary in Lexington each took home a batch of ingredients for the weekend recently to try baking fresh bread from scratch – one loaf to keep and one loaf...

Fayette County schools host annual Bluegrass Trifecta to promote healthy lifestyles

The third annual Bluegrass Trifecta, sponsored by the Fayette County Public Schools, will be held a Saturday in each of the months of March, April and May.   The five-mile races are intended to promote healthy, active lifestyles for Lexington residents of all ages. Southern Middle School hosts the Lightning Strike 5K March 23 followed by Bryan Station High School’s Defender Classic April...

Southern Middle School students getting head start on spring World Fit competition

Southern students and teachers tug their way to fitness during a pep rally to kick off World Fit preparations. (Photo from FCPS)   By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward   Students at Southern Middle School in Lexington will get a jump on this year’s World Fit contest. Instead of walking 40 minutes a day for six weeks, they will tally 20 minutes a day for 12 weeks.   World Fit: Champions...