Trace Talk

News from Anne Clark, Principal


School-Wide Instructional Highlights 9.8.12 to 9.12.12

  • Students are continuing to work on their Safety Projects which are due on 9/23. Projects will be placed in categories, judged and then displayed on 9/25 for Parent/Teacher Conferences.
  • Students participated in their first FFA meeting highlighted by an introduction to officers, guest speakers, committee reports and introduction of committee officers, recognition of Small Engines Team and presentation of scholarships.

Course Instructional Highlights

Advanced Ag. Power

Agriculture Communications

  • Students studied the major components of communication, identified barriers to communication, proposed solutions to those barriers, explored the relationship between communication and leadership and began impromptu speeches

Ag. Construction

  • students studied the Pythagorean Theorem, applied the Theorem by staking out and squaring a building site.

Ag. Power

  • Students began a unit on diesel engines, studied the different parts of a diesel engine, explained the purpose and analyzed uses of a diesel engine.


  • Students worked in the livestock lab in preparation for remodeling the facility.
  • Students learned how to measure for concrete.
  • Students learned the properties of concrete.

Animal Science

  • Students described the purpose for remodeling the livestock lab.
  • Students constructed outdoor swine housing and learned to move swine from indoors to outdoors.
  • Students learned how to measure for concrete.
  • Students learned the properties of concrete.


  • 9th Grade English students are reading Animal Farm, discussed why Orwell composed the work, and are keeping reading journals.
  • English 3 students are reading The Crucible, discussing the relation to McCarthyism, comparing events to their lives today and exploring vocabulary.
  • English 4 students finished reading Leadership and Self Deception and determining how the book helped them in their relationships with friends and family.

Equine Science and Employability

  • Students studied coat colors and markings
  • Students demonstrated their knowledge by identifying the coat colors and markings of the LT horses
  • Students practiced creating markings on cut-out horse models and live horses.

Greenhouse Technology

  • Students examined physical properties of soil and learned to use the soil judging card

Introduction to Veterinary Science

  • Students described the purpose for remodeling the livestock lab.
  • Students constructed outdoor swine housing and learned to move swine from indoors to outdoors.
  • Students learned how to measure for concrete.
  • Students learned the properties of concrete.


  • Advanced Algebra 2 students are learning to write and solve systems of equations with three variables and solve a system of linear inequalities
  • Algebra 2 students are learning about basic graphs, how to graph basic functions, determine the domain and range of a given function, and determine if a relation is a function.
  • Geometry students have been MAP testing, reviewed for an exam, took a summative assessment and worked on their safety projects.

Principles of Agriculture (Freshman Ag)

  • Students studied the elements of official dress, why a uniform is important and learned to tie a tie.
  • Students began exploring Supervised Agriculture Experience (SAE) Programs, learned the difference between entrepreneurship and placement, and used to explore their SAE interests


  • Students learned the components of experimental design.
  • Students conducted a lab and collected data for analysis.
  • Students discussed ways to improve validity.
  • Students studied voltage, current and resistance.
  • Students practiced rearranging equations, using exponents, using units in equations and canceling/multiplying units.
  • Students studied centrifugation, revolutions per minute, centrifugal force and how to use a centrifuge properly.
  • Students reviewed the scientific method.
  • Students learned the difference between an independent variable and a dependent variable.
  • Students began work on their science fair projects.

Small Engines

  • Students are learning to operate a zero-turn mower by driving through a practice course
  • Students discussed the uses of small gas engines and learned how a four-cycle engine operates in comparison to a two-cycle engine

Veterinary Assisting

  • Students learned to identify the duties of each staff member in a veterinary hospital, learned the different areas of a hospital and what types of treatments are performed in each area.
  • Students learned the core vaccines for felines, learned how to explain them to a client, and began developing individual websites with canine and feline vaccine protocols.
  • Students demonstrated how to setup and maintain an IV line and how to take an animal's vital signs.
  • Students studied how to plan and produce a fundraiser with a monetary goal.
  • Students demonstrated knowledge of handling difficult clients, prioritizing appointments, exam room preparation and proper etiquette when working with clients.

The Week in Pictures

Principles of Agriculture

Upcoming Events

September 17, 2014
Trace Element Day (students)
September 18, 2014
Plant & Soil Science Field Day (students)
September 20, 2014, 10 am to 2 pm
Follow the Farm Tour, Todd Clark Farm
September 21 - 27, 2014
National Farm Safety & Health Week
September 22, 2014, 6 pm
FCPS Board Meeting (we are presenting name change from Farm to Center), IAKSS
September 23, 2014, 6 pm
John Maxwell Presentation (Immanuel Baptist Church), must register for event, $15
September 25, 2014, 5-8 pm
Safety Fair, Parent/Teacher Conferences, Locust Trace
September 27, 2014, 10 am to 12 pm
Blessing of the Animals, Old Courthouse, 215 Main Street
September 30, 2014, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
KY FFA Foundation Sponsor Event (Locust Trace)
MUST RSVP by 9/23
October 1, 2014
Focus Group Day (students)
October 2-5, 2014
Fall Break
October 7, 2014
Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Speech Contest (Locust Trace)
October 8, 2014
FFA Meeting (during school)
October 14, 2014, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
FFA Alumni Meeting (place to be announced)
October 15, 2014
Trace Element Day
October 17, 2014
Regional Green Career Fair (Locust Trace)
October 18, 2014, 10 am to 2 pm
Barktoberfest (Locust Trace)
October 23, 2014, 6 to 8 pm
Food Day Kick-Off (Locust Trace)
October 24, 2014
National Food Day
October 29 to November 1, 2014
National FFA Convention