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Former Tates Creek star, Western Kentucky coach Horn takes over at Northern Kentucky University

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Northern Kentucky University didn’t take long to find its next head men’s basketball coach. Less than two weeks after John Brennan left to take over at the University of Cincinnati, the Norse hired former Tates Creek High School product Darrin Horn. For the past four seasons, Horn as served as associate head coach at the University of Texas under Shaka Smart. Darrin...

Tates Creek senior credited with saving unresponsive Taco Bell customer’s life with CPR

When a medical emergency unfolded in the parking lot at Taco Bell where he works part-time, Tates Creek High School senior Barack Aziz didn’t hesitate to jump in and help. A customer was lying in the grass unresponsive when Barack handed his glasses to a coworker and knelt to begin CPR. “I did it for about 2½ minutes but it felt like a long time,” he said, recalling how his arms cramped from...

Pertussis (whooping cough) case confirmed at another school; highly contagious respiratory illness

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Athens-Chilesburg Elementary of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the third confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier cases were at Tates Creek High School and Henry Clay High School.   Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all...

Health Department alerting parents of confirmed pertussis case at Henry Clay High School

The Lexington-Fayette County Health Department is notifying parents at Henry Clay High School of a confirmed case of pertussis, or whooping cough. This is the second confirmed case in Lexington in 2019; the earlier case was at Tates Creek High School. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory illness spread by coughing and sneezing. It affects people of all ages but can be most serious in infants...

Academies of Lexington, innovative program at three Fayette high schools, helps lead to careers

By Mike Marsee Kentucky Teacher At the Academies of Lexington, a freshman’s first day of high school could also be the first day of the rest of his or her life. Day one for students in this innovative program at three Fayette County high schools is the start of a journey. It could lead them to a career that will help them succeed in a global economy and will, at the very least, lead to a richer and...

Tates Creek teacher proves value of ‘smarts’ with runner-up finish in ‘Jeopardy!’ Teachers Tournament

Latin teacher Claire Bishop knew the check was in the mail long before fans knew the outcome of the 2018 “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament, and her prize arrived via FedEx the same day that everyone learned she finished as runner-up with a guaranteed $50,000. While she was thrilled with the game-show experience, Bishop brought home much more to share.  “‘Jeopardy!’ rewards people for being...

UK Graduate and Lexington teacher Claire Bishop to compete on ‘Jeopardy!’ Teacher’s Tournament

By Lindsey Piercy UK Now Here’s today’s “Daily Double” question: This Lexington teacher will compete in the “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament tonight. Answer: Who is Claire Bishop? That’s correct! Bishop, a graduate of the University of Kentucky, is one of 15 upcoming competitors on the long-running TV quiz show. The “Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament”...

Lexington named Ford Next Generation Learning Community; FCPS launches Academies of Lexington

In a special program with high-profile guests, Lexington was officially designated a Ford Next Generation Learning Community, and Fayette County Public Schools celebrated the launch of The Academies of Lexington in three of its six high schools. “I could feel the enthusiasm and knew this community was ready,” said Cheryl Carrier, executive director of Ford NGL, who first met with city, industry,...

Tying the Knot: Tates Creek freshmen prepare for one of life’s major events with mock wedding ceremony

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Freshmen taking a Life Skills class checked off one of life’s major events with a mock wedding at Tates Creek High School. “It’s not that simple,” said Angelic Henderson, a former flower girl-turned usher. “It makes you realize all the planning that goes into it,” added classmate Lexi Jones, who recalled standing up as a junior bridesmaid in her brother’s...

Three ensembles from Fayette County invited to perform at Kentucky Music Association conference

Three ensembles to perform at KMEA’s state conference 

Three groups from Fayette County Public Schools are invited to perform during the Kentucky Music Educators Association’s 2018 professional development conference next winter in Louisville. The three include two band ensembles and one choir. They are: • Henry Clay High School’s wind ensemble, directed by William Kite, on Feb. 8 at...

Life Experience: At 60, new teacher at Tates Creek looking toward new challenge, not retirement

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a 60th birthday coming up in October, some people would be eagerly looking toward retirement. But Lowell Outland is simply turning a page to the next chapter – this time, as a teacher at Tates Creek High School. “It’s overnight success that took 40 years. It’s amazing how life will change on you,” he said good-naturedly as he prepared for the start...

Education Notes: Back to school rallies outfit students; Tates Creek senior elected Girls Nation VP

Families turned out at 17 Lexington-area sites for the annual Back to School Rallies, which were chock-full of games and outdoor activities, community resources, food, and fun for all ages. Nearly 6,000 students received free school supplies during the Aug. 5 campaign, organized by the YMCA of Central Kentucky. “School supplies and backpacks are a symbol of the start of another school year,” FCPS...

Career Coach: New Fayette County program helps get students ready to execute their life plans

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Preparing students for the next step after Tates Creek High School is Charliese Lewis’ priority. “My goal is to make sure they know they have options,” said Lewis, one of the district’s college and career readiness coaches. Superintendent Manny Caulk created the coach positions in 2016-17 in response to students’ requests for additional help in this...

Team from Tates Creek captures Future Problem Solving international competition

A group from Lexington’s Tates Creek High School claimed first place in the senior division at the Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) conference June 1-5 at Michigan State University. Newly minted graduates Miles Dunn, Gabe Garcia, Griffin Gensheimer, and Bri Stanley competed against champion teams from more than 40 states and abroad including Australia, Hong Kong, India, South...

Defensive specialist Hairston does some damage with his bat as Cards handle rival Wildcats

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE–As a freshman infielder for the University of Louisville baseball team, Devin Hairston became known as a defensive specialist. This was probably because he hit an anemic .212 his rookie season of 2015. How much his defense was valued is indicated by the fact that despite his struggles at the plate he started 56 of the Cardinals’ 60 games...

Golden Memories: Unified Track gives athletes with disabilities a chance to shine

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward With a “Chariots of Fire” earworm as backdrop, families and fans cheered mightily for a handful of athletes as they sprinted down the track in this spring’s Commodore Classic. The four students with special needs, along with their peer mentors, completed the 100-meter dash with record-setting smiles. Each received a medal at the finish line before heading...

Sharing History: Professional studio potter shares skills, art history with Tates Creek ceramics students

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Professional studio potter Jim McDowell assured ceramics students at Lexington’s Tates Creek High School that their face jugs were supposed to be asymmetrical and a little weird. “Perfection is not found in pots or people. We want ‘ugly’ to scare the spirits away,” he said as they worked the clay. The North Carolina-based artist, who calls himself...

Ten Kentucky math, science teachers are finalists for U.S. government’s Presidential Award for Excellence

Ten Kentucky public school teachers have been selected as finalists for the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The PAEMST is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government for K-12 mathematics and science teaching. The award alternates each year between teachers in K-6 and those who teach grades 7-12. The 2015 awards will go to those who teach at the...

Smoothie station offers healthier – and popular – breakfast alternative in one Lexington high school

Students can now opt for the “Creek Nation Smoothie Station” as a breakfast choice at Tates Creek High School in Lexington. Health and P.E. teacher Jo Geddes secured the smoothie machine through a Fuel Up to Play 60 grant. “I talked to my health class, and there was interest. Smoothies are now a popular item,” she said. (Photos by Tammy L. Lane) The cafeteria will offer 8-ounce smoothies...