The Success Academy Eagle's Nest

Student and Family Edition February 28, 2022

Make sure you scroll down to read the entire newsletter. New information is included.

The mission of this program is to graduate and transition every student with the skills to succeed in the classroom, workforce, and community through a nontraditional; personalized pathway.

Electronic Copies

Students, an electronic copy of the newsletter with active links has been sent to your email.
Now you have the ability to translate this newsletter into other languages. Click the person icon at the bottom right of the page.

Ahora tiene la posibilidad de traducir este boletín a otros idiomas. Haga clic en el icono de persona en la parte inferior derecha de la página.

الآن لديك القدرة على ترجمة هذه النشرة الإخبارية إلى لغات أخرى. انقر فوق رمز الشخص في أسفل يمين الصفحة.

Tani ju keni mundësinë ta përktheni këtë buletin në gjuhë të tjera. Klikoni ikonën e personit në fund të djathtë të faqes.

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Jemon Montae Hayden

Funeral Services

Services for Jemon Hayden will be Thursday, March 3rd at Greater Liberty Baptist Church. Visitation is from 11-1 and the funeral will be immediately after.

School will be closed to in person instruction on Thursday to allow staff and students who desire to attend the services.

February is Black History Month



I know what the caged bird feels, alas!

When the sun is bright on the upland slopes;

When the wind stirs soft through the springing grass,

And the river flows like a stream of glass;

When the first bird sings and the first bud opes,

And the faint perfume from its chalice steals—

I know what the caged bird feels!

I know why the caged bird beats his wing

Till its blood is red on the cruel bars;

For he must fly back to his perch and cling

When he fain would be on the bough a-swing;

And a pain still throbs in the old, old scars

And they pulse again with a keener sting—

I know why he beats his wing!

I know why the caged bird sings, ah me,

When his wing is bruised and his bosom sore,—

When he beats his bars and he would be free;

It is not a carol of joy or glee,

But a prayer that he sends from his heart’s deep core,

But a plea, that upward to Heaven he flings—

I know why the caged bird sings!

Paul Laurence Dunbar

(June 27, 1872 – February 9, 1906)

Paul Laurence Dunbar was an American poet, novelist, and short story writer of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Born in Dayton, Ohio, to parents who had been enslaved in Kentucky before the American Civil War, Dunbar began writing stories and verse when he was a child. He published his first poems at the age of 16 in a Dayton newspaper, and served as president of his high school's literary society.

Dunbar became one of the first African-American writers to establish an international reputation. In addition to his poems, short stories, and novels, he also wrote the lyrics for the musical comedy In Dahomey (1903), the first all-African-American musical produced on Broadway in New York. The musical later toured in the United States and the United Kingdom. Suffering from tuberculosis, which then had no cure, Dunbar died in Dayton, Ohio, at the age of 33.

Scheduled Route Cancellations & Delays

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Feb. 28 – March 4: The following routes will NOT provide morning service:

  • Bus #4: Garden Springs, Beaumont
  • Bus #108: Russell Cave, Mary Todd
  • Bus #120: Glendover, Henry Clay, Morton
  • Bus #211: Wellington, Lafayette, Jessie Clark
  • Bus #873: Stonewall preschool, Stonewall, Lafayette, Leestown
  • Bus #977: Millcreek preschool, Lexington Traditional Magnet
  • Bus #1810: Frederick Douglass/Carter G. Woodson, Crawford
  • Bus #1817: Julius Marks, Henry Clay, Edythe J. Hayes
  • Bus #2122: SCAPA, Tates Creek Middle
  • Bus #2125: Garrett Morgan, Bryan Station High, Crawford

Feb. 28 – March 4: Afternoon service for these routes will begin at 4:45 p.m. for students whose families have not made other arrangements for pickup:

  • Bus #4: Coventry Oak, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Beaumont
  • Bus #108: Arlington, Mary Todd, Bryan Station Middle
  • Bus #120: Glendover, Henry Clay, Morton
  • Bus #211: Rosa Parks, Lafayette, Jessie Clark
  • Bus #873: James Lane Allen, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Leestown
  • Bus #977: STEAM Academy/Success Academy, Lafayette, Lexington Traditional Magnet
  • Bus #1810: Brenda Cowan, Frederick Douglass/Carter G. Woodson, Winburn
  • Bus #1817: Julius Marks, Tates Creek High, Martin Luther King Jr. Academy
  • Bus #2122: Henry Clay
  • Bus #2125: Garrett Morgan, Frederick Douglass/Carter G. Woodson, Crawford

Thank You

Thank you to everyone who attended our virtual open house and new student orientation. We look forward to seeing our new students on Tuesday. Please be reminded that students may enter the building at 8:45 am. Upon arrival, all students go to the cafeteria to turn in their cell phones.
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Students who are not present in school and who do not log on to Odysseyware will be reported as unexcused absences for everyday they do not participate and may be removed from the program.

Students are expected to attend school, in person, unless they are officially enrolled in our virtual option program.

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Thursday, March 3, 2022

Success Academy is challenging The Providence School in Jessamine County to a basketball game, Thursday, March 3, 2022. Player eligibility and playing time will be determined by students' academic and behavior progress this week. All students who go will need parental/guardian permission.

Mask Mandates

I want to make sure you are aware that there could be changes coming from the CDC, or even our state government, regarding masks in schools. If there are changes, we will follow the CDC guidelines and the directive from the district. As a school, we will continue to follow the same expectation that masks are required for ALL until we hear otherwise.

Success Academy Creed

A creed is a set of beliefs or aims that guide our actions.


U-Uniting &

C-Collaborating for

C-College and Career Readiness by


S-Students with

S-Skills for Success

Everything we do, everything we stand for should be guided by our desire for all Success Academy students to be college and career ready. As a staff we should be united and work collaboratively to achieve this goal.

Success Academy NTI - Weather Protocol

In the event school is closed due to weather related conditions, the following NTI plan will be implemented at The Success Academy.

  • · Teachers will not be required to work in the school building.
  • · All classroom teachers will be available to answer student emails and Odysseyware messages from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • · Teachers will be assigned office hours during the school day to work directly with students via Zoom.

o Teachers will provide their individual zoom links to building administration to disseminate to students.

Teachers' Office Hours and Zoom Link

Dr. Ferguson


3 p.m. – 4 p.m.


Dr. Ferguson's Zoom Link

ID: 821 1184 1356

Passcode: SAM20

Dr. Hamlin


1 p.m. – 2 p.m.


Mr. Katte

Social Studies

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


Meeting ID: 707 611 5271

Passcode: 6s1OG9

Ms. McCune


11 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Ms. McCune's Zoom Link

Meeting ID: 780 170 9010

Passcode: 906035

Mr. Seals


10 a.m. – 11 a.m.


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 933 9043 2005
Passcode: Seals

Dr. Wyatt-Ross



NTI Student Expectations

  • · Students are expected to work independently in Odysseyware for at least 1.5 hours each day school is closed due to weather.
  • · Students are expected to log in to teachers zoom link during the assigned office hour should the student have a question or need direct instruction.

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Changes in COVID Protocols

  • Fayette County Public Schools is committed to maximizing in-person learning opportunities and has implemented layered prevention strategies recommended by health and medical experts to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the well-being of students, employees, and families.

Masks: FCPS will continue to require face masks while indoors in all district facilities and FCPS vehicles, including on school buses.

  • Monitoring for Symptoms: Students and employees should continue the practice of staying home if they are experiencing any symptoms of COVID -19, such as fever (temperature of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or greater) or chills, a new cough, difficulty breathing, sore throat, muscle or body aches, vomiting or diarrhea, and an onset of loss of taste or smell. They should not return to school until they have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

Vaccines are now available for all individuals five years of age and older. Information about vaccine locations is available here.


Between the ages of 5 and 17, an individual is “up to date” on their vaccinations beginning 14 days after receiving their second dose of the Pfizer vaccine.

18 years and older, an individual is “up to date” on their vaccinations

  • For five months, beginning 14 days after receiving their second dose of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine.
  • For two months, beginning 14 days after receiving one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Immediately after receiving a booster shot. Note: no waiting period is needed. (Individuals aged 12 and up are eligible for a booster shot five months after receiving their two-shot regimen of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or two months after receiving one-shot of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.)


Mask requirements apply to all students (K through 12), employees, contractors, and visitors, regardless of immunization status, with the exception of those who have a medical exemption or exemption determined by an Admissions and Release Committee.

  • Properly worn masks should cover the nose and mouth of the wearer and strict adherence to this requirement is central to stopping the potential spread of COVID-19.

• Masks are recommended for preschool students who can successfully remove a face covering on their own.

• Students may lower their masks while outdoors or while actively eating or drinking.

• Staff may lower their masks while outdoors, alone in their individual offices or classrooms, or while actively eating or drinking.

• Employees are encouraged to eat alone in their individual offices or classrooms at this time.


Fayette County Public Schools does not place anyone in isolation or advise them how long they have to stay home.

FCPS honors the orders from medical professionals.

Students and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work or school when their isolation period is over AND they have not had any symptoms of COVID-19 for 24 hours without taking symptom-reducing medications.


Schools will notify families and staff if an individual in the classroom has tested positive for COVID-19. Families and employees will be encouraged to monitor everyone in their household for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 on day 5, 6, or 7 from the exposure.

Individuals who are not up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination and who do not have a documented (positive PCR or antigen test) COVID-19 infection in the prior 3 months should quarantine for 10 full days if they have no symptoms or five days if they have no symptoms and test negative on or after day five of quarantine and can wear a well-fitting mask for 5 additional days. Those who cannot wear a mask should quarantine at home for 10 full days if they have no symptoms.

Individuals who are up-to-date with COVID-19 vaccination do not need to quarantine if they do not have any symptoms. The state health departments recommends they get tested five to seven days after their exposure and wear a mask indoors for 10 days.

Those who have been placed in quarantine by the health department or a medical professional because of an out-of-school exposure will have the choice to quarantine at home or participate in the Test-to-Stay-in-School program.


The district’s Test-to-Stay-in-School program is now available to all students and employees who are not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, regardless of how they were exposed to COVID-19.

Students and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 in any setting may remain on campus as long as they are symptom-free without the use of symptom-reducing medication AND test negative during free on-campus testing before school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays during their quarantine period.

A new version of the consent form has been developed and we need families to sign the new form even if they have already completed the original form.

Reporting A Positive Case

Under state law, families should notify the school district within 24 hours of learning the child has tested positive for COVID-19.

  • FCPS employees who test positive for COVID-19 are also required to inform the district.

  • Reports can be made by calling 859-381-FCPS (3277) between 8 a.m. and 9 p.m., emailing to request a follow-up phone call to report the details, or submitting your name and phone number via the online form at

  • FCPS will continue to publish the number of new COVID-19 cases among students and employees by school on the FCPS COVID-19 Dashboard at Quarantine data will not be reported after Tuesday, January 18, 2022.


Beginning Wednesday, January 19, 2022, voluntary testing for students and employees will be available before school starts at every school in the district on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Appointments are required and can be made online at

Students and staff should register to be tested at their school location.

Testing for families is available by appointment seven days a week at the FCPS building located at 100 Midland Avenue (the old Herald-Leader building). We will soon be adding testing for families at 1126 Russell Cave Road (the FCPS Warehouse.) Make an appointment here.


It is possible that COVID-19 may create conditions that warrant temporarily shifting a school or special program to remote learning.

In FCPS the term “Non Traditional Instruction or NTI” will be reserved for weather days and “remote learning” will apply to temporary shifts to learning at home due to COVID-19.

A school may be considered for remote learning if any of the following conditions are met:

● Widespread outbreak of illness within the school community

● Unmanageable percentage of a school’s classroom teacher absences are unfilled

● Absences of essential classified staff impede the school’s ability to operate safely

Before shifting to remote learning, we will make every effort to institute temporary measures the school can take to maintain safe and nurturing learning environments and deploy district support services staff to help.

  • We will continue to keep our schools open as consistently as possible as long as we are confident we can do so safely.

In the event that a school temporarily moves to remote learning:

● Families will be notified by the district via email, phone call, and text message.

Announcements will also be shared on the district website and through the local news media. Our goal is to communicate any changes as early as possible, no later than 6 p.m. the day before remote learning would begin.

● School staff will reach out to families directly with more information about schedules and instruction.

● Boxed breakfasts and lunches will be available for curbside pickup at the school daily between 11 a.m. and noon for students enrolled at that school.

● Technology support will be available by calling 859-381-4410 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

● Mental health services, social-emotional support, or assistance with other needs will be available at

● Support for students in need of supervision and/or assistance during the temporary remote learning period will be available through a partnership with the YMCA for a nominal fee. Details will be provided to families should this circumstance arise.


The Fayette County Board of Education has invested millions of dollars in mitigation and prevention measures, including:

• Installing UVC lights and air purifiers in our 27 oldest facilities.

• Extending the hours of HVAC in all schools to assist with indoor air quality.

• Providing air purifiers for classrooms without windows.

• Purchasing PPE and additional cleaning supplies and equipment.

• Extending COVID-19 leave benefits for employees.

• Incentivizing vaccination for employees.

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May 2022 Graduation

Students who earn 22 credits by May 1, 2022 will be eligible to participate in their home school's graduation ceremony. A specific date of when all coursework must be completed will be provided at a later day.
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Course Completers

February 20-26, 2022


Mikia (3 courses)

Gabriel M




Lucia (2 courses)

Alan M



Aaron B





Brandon S



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Our newest graduate, Miss Gilande Wells.

Music Sites for Students on Chromebooks

Here are the sites approved through FCPS to stream or download music.

  • YouTube Audio Library - YouTube has almost 2,000 royalty free songs under a wide range of genres to choose from. Go to and choose AUDIO LIBRARY on the left-hand side of the page. Preview your song and download to your computer or Google Drive. Works great on Chromebooks.
  • Bensound - A popular site for all ages and thousands of songs. Account creation is not necessary. Be sure to give attribution to in slide deck or video credits.
  • Soundzabound - FCPS has maintained a license to use royalty free music at for numerous years. Soundzabound is an OIT favorite as it offers various song durations for the same tune.
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Morning Arrival

Students may enter the building at 8:45 a.m.

School Hours of Operation

Students will attend school according to the schedule below:

School Hours

9:00 a.m. - 2:50 P.M.

School doors open to students at 8:45 a.m.

Beginning in October students will not attend school on Friday, but will participate in job shadowing, internships, and virtual learning.

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How To Report A Positive Case

Under state law, families should notify their child’s school within 24 hours of learning the child has tested positive for COVID-19. FCPS employees who test positive must also inform the district. Fayette County Public Schools has established a COVID-19 Hotline for processing these notifications, which must be submitted to the Kentucky Department for Public Health.

Please choose one of these three ways to alert FCPS:

Families and staff may also email the COVID-19 team for follow-up phone contact to gather additional information or to address any questions.

21 - 22 Instructional Calendar

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Bullying and Harassment

All students have a right to work, play, and learn in an environment that is safe and respectful. Actions intended to intimidate, annoy, or cause alarm in another person will not be tolerated at Success Academy.

Any unwanted verbal, physical, or social behavior among students that involves a real of perceived power imbalance and is repeated or has the potential to be repeated will not be tolerated at Success Academy.

This may include name-calling, teasing, threatening, social exclusion, cyberbullying, or other behaviors that victimizes others that may be physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual in nature will not be tolerated at Success Academy.

If you believe you have been harassed or discriminated against at school report this directly to your principal, guidance counselor, Success Coach, or other adult in your school.

All Fayette County Schools are committed to providing an environment free from bullying and harassment.

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Chromebooks and Chargers

Students MUST bring their Chromebooks and chargers to school EVERYDAY. We are limited on loaners. If any device is damaged please let us know ASAP.
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Bus Route Information

AM: Success Academy students ride neighborhood high school buses to their districted high school.

PM SHUTTLES to High Schools - Depart STEAM & SUCCESS ACADEMY AT 2:50

At the the high school transfer to a neighborhood bus. Search the Bus Route Finder with your home address to find bus information for your districted high school bus and stop.

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Contact Us

The vision is to re-engage high school students and equip them with the skills to succeed in the classroom, the workplace, and the community.