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News from Anne Clark, Principal


School-Wide Instructional Highlights 9.15 to 9.19

  • 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 Trace Element Day on Wednesday. Highlights can be found below.

Course Instructional Highlights

Advanced Ag. Power

Agriculture Communications

  • Students continued to study 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 continued to prepare the Livestock Lab for new concrete.
  • Students learned the appropriate tools used in pouring concrete, learned how to construct concrete forms and learned the properties of concrete.

Ag. Power

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


  • Students studied the difference between a companion animal and a production animal.
  • Students studied the domestication of animals over time.
  • Students studied the difference between taming animals and domesticating them.

Animal Science

  • Students studied the breeds of beef and dairy cattle.
  • Students studied swine breeds.


  • 9th Grade English students continued reading Animal Farm, and reflecting in their reading journals.
  • English 3 students continued reading The Crucible, and exploring vocabulary.
  • English 4 students finished reading Leadership and Self Deception and are in the process of using their reflections to develop a respect movement.

Equine Science and Employability

  • Students studied horse breeds.
  • Students learned the external parts of a horse.
  • Students studied markings of a horse.
  • Students designed their ideal horse and how it would be perceived in various breed registries.
  • Students participated in a scavenger hunt to find LT horses of specific colors and markings.
  • Students played Equine jeopardy as a review for their upcoming assessment.

Greenhouse Technology

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

Introduction to Veterinary Science

  • Students learned to look for traits important to identifying a breed.
  • Students identified and characterized the common breeds of beef cattle.
  • Students identified and characterized the common breeds of dairy cattle.
  • Students identified and characterized the common breeds of horses.
  • Students learned conversion of a horse in units of hands to units of feet.


  • Advanced Algebra 2 students learned to graph linear equations, write linear equations in standard form and slope-intercept form, write and solve systems of equations with three variables, and solve linear inequalities.
  • Algebra 2 students studied domain and range of a given function, learned how to determine if a relation is a function, performed operations on functions, and found the algebraic and graphic inverse of functions.
  • Geometry students learned to describe rigid motions in a plane, perform translations in the coordinate plane, perform reflections in the coordinate plane, describe a rotation, identify lines of rotational symmetry and perform rotations in the coordinate plane.

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 completed a Unit assessment, learned how ratios and proportions differ, learned how a ratio is different from a fraction and why it is important to include units in calculations.
  • Students learned to translate written information into proportion equations.
  • Students learned how conversion factors are different from fractions.
  • Students learned what to use as a guide in setting up dimensional analysis equations.
  • Students learned how environmental changes effect density and how density can be determined from a graph.
  • Students learned to measure, record and use data in calculations.
  • Students learned chemistry lab safety.
  • Students learned the components of experimental design.

Small Engines

  • Students continued the study of small engines and the differences between two cycle and four cycle engines.
  • Students demonstrated their knowledge of the four cycle engine using a cutaway engine.
  • Students learned how the different components and systems of a small engine work together.

Veterinary Assisting

  • Students began exploring careers in the veterinary science industry.
  • Students learned to set up and maintain IV lines.
  • Students learned to use veterinary software to schedule appointments

The Mary Todd Mentoring Project

Staff and students are working in collaboration with Mary Todd Elementary to develop garden beds and garden boxes. Each week the LT and MTE teams bring together staff and students to work cooperatively in providing gardening, horticulture and sustainability skills to elementary students.

Trace Element Highlights

A Novel Idea (Book Element)

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Students became acquainted with different genres of books. Students decided to read I Hunt Killers for this month. Students also decided on goals for the next Element Day: complete the book and be prepared to express your opinions.

Art Element

Students discussed the type of art they enjoyed and decided they would like to draw and paint during their Element.

Photography Element

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Students introduced themselves and shared their interests and background in photography. Students discussed having a gallery exhibit and creating an FFA image PowerPoint. Students learned some basic rules of photo composition. Each student will take one picture of the composition rules and share at next meeting.

Spirit Element

Students discussed and planned a Spirit Week for Sept. 29 through Oct. 1st. Students made and displayed posters to promote Spirit Week. Students discussed hanging banners and class signs along with the mascot picture in the assembly. Students also discussed items such as clothes, hats, water bottles, and string bags that could be branded with Locust Trace Wolves.

Dog Element

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Students planned to attend dog shows, training clinics and grooming clinics. Students discussed visiting a Humane Society and a Dog Park. Students learned about the dogs who were in attendance for the day and then learned the proper way to collar and leash a dog. Students walked the visiting dogs around the LT campus.

Life Skills Element

Students discussed the 30 fastest growing careers and what the potential for hire would be by 2020. Students then shared what they each wanted to do after high school.

Sports Element

Students discussed playing dodge ball, football, volleyball, horse shoes, soccer, Frisbee, kickball, ping pong, and corn hole. Students identified the equipment they would need for each sport. Students then played basketball.

Games Element

Students played UNO and Apples to Apples. Students reported teacher participation and the said they had tons of fun.

Outdoor Recreation

Students talked about the types of hunting, when and where to hunt, fishing and shared their hunting/fishing experiences. This element benefited from a guest speaker.


Students started with the question, "What is STLP?" and found answers on the Fayette County STLP website. Students established 6 goals for this Element. Students are going to create a PSA and possibly a website to promote KY Proud products. Students planned a budget and outlined a plan of action.

Farming 101

Students talked about cows and the Follow the Farm Tour. Students talked about different types of SAE's and how to market different types of livestock.

Environmental Element

Students discussed the recycle bowl contest from 10/20 to 11/15. Students discussed the terracycle program and the opportunity to recycle chip bags and earn money. Students divided up responsibilities and outlined action items.

FFA Membership Continues to Grow

August Employee of the Month

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Upcoming Events

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
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