The Howl

Locust Trace News for Parents & Students


Important reminders:

You should have received important information from your home high school/program school regarding registration for next semester.

It is important to understand that as you are making your choice for remote or in-person, your choice will apply to both your home high school/program school AND Locust Trace.

  • For example, if you choose remote for "High School USA" (name for example purposes only), you will be remote at "High School USA" AND Locust Trace.

  • To explain in a different way, you can not be in person at Locust Trace and remote at your home high school/program school or vice versa.

Locust Trace will NOT ​​send separate registration information. You will register with your home high school/program school ONLY.

Please feel​ to contact Anne DeMott if you have any questions.

T-Shirt Design Contest!

Deadline for entry: November 20th!

The process for selecting the t-shirt is as follows:

  • Students will enter the contest by submitting their design through email to Mr. Layne at

  • Students can use google docs, google slide or any program on their computer. If you have a drawn design, but need help figuring out what program to use please reach out to Mr. Layne.

  • Once the deadline of November 20th is met, all submissions will randomly be put into a google form for the Executive Team and community adult judges to rank the top 5.

  • When the top 5 are chosen, they will be put into a google form for the students at Locust Trace to vote on as the T-Shirt for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • The submissions will all be anonymous, until the winner is announced. The winner will receive a free t-shirt on behalf of their work.

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Best Photo Contest

Deadline: Friday, November 13th!

Tell us about your furry, feathery, or scaly friends!

Complete the form and submit a selfie of you with your pet.

We will announce the best photo on Friday!

Your information may also be included in the yearbook.

Counselor's Corner

The Secret to Emotionally Managing during NTI 2DL? Maintain a ROUTINE!

So many families are reporting increased frustration, anxiety and, most disturbingly, significant depression in our students. Very few of us are equipped to deal with the challenges that come with long stretches of time away from family and friends. During the time of this pandemic, there have been multiple public health warnings about the increase in mental health issues, which has become a side effect of the isolation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In aneffort to prevent the spread of the virus, we must follow our school district’s instructions, butwhat do we do when we see our students suffering?

One of the most important tools to maintain the emotional health of students, and everyone
experiencing this time of isolation, is to establish and maintain a structured, daily routine. It
can be tempting to allow your student to sleep in, have unrestricted access to social media,
and hours of video entertainment to reduce frustration and boredom. Unfortunately, this lack
of routine is exactly what most teens DO NOT need right now.
People are creatures of habit, and routines offer a way to maintain health and wellness
through structure and organization. Just think about this weekend when we just adjusted our
clocks back one hour. Did you feel a bit off? Maybe moody or hungry at odd times? If one
hour can upset the circadian rhythm of your body, imagine the result of days - even weeks - of
lack of sleep, physical activity and inconsistent meal times!

Having a consistent, daily routine can improve both emotional health but also physical health.

Many people who do not have any type of routine suffer from:
● Stress. No routine often means having the constant worry of “when will I get it all done.”
● Poor sleep. Without a daily routine, you may find yourself constantly playing catch-up with
yesterday’s to-do list. If you are always behind on what was not done the day before, you
are likely also staying awake worrying about what wasn’t finished.
● Poor eating. Unhealthy diets (like those including lots of fast food or high sugar/high
carbohydrate snacks) become the norm if there is not time scheduled in for meal
preparation. In addition, boredom can also result in consuming way more calories than
● Poor physical condition. Exercise often requires planning to accomplish. If it is not
scheduled into the day, it is easy to avoid.
Establishing a routine can be fun. Planning times for fun, active and creative should be a
requirement for any routine. The reduced stress from a set routine can lead to improved
mental health, more time to relax and less anxiety. Less anxiety and more exercise during the
day will result in better, more restful sleep. Additionally, maintaining a set sleep schedule
often improves mental sharpness, performance, emotional wellbeing and energy levels.

During last week’s advisory session, your student was asked to keep track of their daily
activities using a “time tracker” spreadsheet. Ask to see what they put together (or help them
if it was not finished) and see if you can help your student put together a routine for the day.
If you have questions about routine, the “time tracker” resource, or anything else related to
student success and mental health, please reach out to me, Mrs. Fox, at I would love to be your resource if you need help with
anything during this challenging time!

Scholarship Listings as of 11/6/2020

The National FFA Scholarship Program is now LIVE!
National FFA Scholarship Program – Application Open
The National FFA Scholarship Program application is now open.
If the link does not click through, go to
Whether students are planning to attend a specialized training program or
seeking a four-year degree, the scholarship program has opportunities for all.
Scholarships support FFA high school seniors and collegiate members as well as
non-FFA students. Just one application is required for multiple scholarship
opportunities totaling close to $2 million dollars. This year, we are also including
how-to videos to assist students in completing the application and advisors on
validating the student’s application. It is imperative that students, teachers and
state staff “white list” emails that will come from our scholarship partner ISTS.
The scholarship application closes on Jan. 14, 2021.

Coming soon—
The RACE FOR EDUCATION – A variety of local scholarships based up Equine and
other Animal Science pursuits

Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
● Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse
their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. -
from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college
scholarship application process.
● Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find
scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)

● Peerlift - Proven scholarships, internships, summer programs, and more gathered by
fellow students like you. (Founded by a team of 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars!) Learn
more about the creation of Peerlift.
● Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships,
internships colleges and more for you.
● CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
● Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship
opportunities for students of all levels.
● Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you
apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
●– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
● Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship
● KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or
● HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino
● Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and
capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities
● Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American,
American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic
American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college
education in any discipline they choose.
● Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit
organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and
Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
● American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with
scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and
● Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in
students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
● UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship
programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford
college tuition, books and room and board.
● Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
● Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student

● Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola
● American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to
Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually
and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded
students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of
study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50
● The NSHSS Foundation - The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students
pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business,
economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields.
Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS
Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their
education, personal growth and career interests.
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Click here for the video

Remember, for access you must be logged in to your Fayette County Google account

Full application attached at end of newsletter

Need additional support?

Check in to our Zoom chat, open every Friday when school is in session, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm

Who should I talk to?

Mrs. Collins: Attendance, Daily Schedule (not available from 11:30 am to 12:00 pm)

Mrs. Fox: Counseling, Mental Health, Course Schedule Questions (not available from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm)

Mrs. Reed: Technology & Media Center (not available from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm)

Mrs. Vannatter: Dual Credit, Grading (not available from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm)

Mrs. DeMott: All other questions (not available from 11:40 am to 12:40 pm)


  1. be respectful of others, limit your chat time to 5 minutes or less; any needs beyond 5 minutes, please reach out to the appropriate individual via phone call or email instead of using the Zoom link
  2. You may be moved to a break-out room so that you can receive individual assistance
  3. Please be patient in the waiting room as we help others. You will be admitted as your team becomes available.
  4. Your team members may have additional times when they are not available. When this is the case, another team member will assist you.

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Still need to pay fees?

Locust Trace fees are $16. This fee covers all classes for the 2020-2021 school year.

Make check payable to LTAC and mail to

Kimberly Collins

242 Locust Farm Road

Lexington, KY 40511

Mrs. Collins will mail you a receipt after she processes your fees.

Student & Family Resources

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Team Contact Information

Doug Ashcraft, Agriculture Teacher

Randall Barnett, Custodian

Beth Barnott, Student Support Specialist

Katie Beeler, Health & PE Teacher

Daniel Bustle, Agriculture Teacher

Kimberly Collins, Attendance Specialist

Brian Craig, Agriculture Teacher

Anne DeMott, Principal

Janet Fox, Guidance Counselor

Adan Henriquez, Spanish Teacher

Ben Herald, Social Studies Teacher

Latissa Higgins, Agriculture Teacher

Fallon Jackson, Agriculture Teacher

Nicki Jones, Co-Op Facilitator

Logan Layne, Agriculture Teacher

Elizabeth Magedanz, Accounts Specialist

Kathleen Magsam, Agriculture Teacher

Toni Myers, Agriculture Teacher

Meredith Reed, TRT/Media Center Specialist

Catherine Vannatter, Administrative Dean

Alvin Wells, Lead Custodian

Links for High Schools & Program Schools


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  3. Safe
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