Locust Trace News for Parents & Students
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- Use the Zoom links from your Canvas Courses (Zoom links from previous newsletters are not current). If you have been waiting more than 5 minutes in the waiting room, please email your teacher. Do not give up! It may be that you have an incorrect link! Keep trying!
- It is important to attend Advisory, labeled Career Fundamentals on your schedule. This is NOT the Career Fundamentals of the past, but rather an important time to connect with your teacher. Participation is expected.
- If you haven't , please watch the Grading Tutorial. Remember, we have a brand new grading system that is standards-based. Make sure you understand the scales listed below in the newsletter and further explained in the Grading Tutorial.
- Please review the Attendance Expectations! If you have a conflict and cannot attend a Zoom session, make sure to email your teachers and let them know!
- Please disregard the class times listed in Infinite Campus. These times are district-generated and do not align with our virtual schedule. Please refer to the information in the newsletter for your virtual class meeting times.
Fayette County Farm Bureau Speech Contest
A part of the Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Contest
Important Contest Dates:
- Deadline to sign up for contest (sign up link below)
- Local Contest (virtual)
- Winners announced, 5 males and 5 females (follows guidelines of KY Farm Bureau)
Sept 24 to Sept 29
- Virtual practice sessions for the Top 10 with feedback, 2:35 pm to 3:30 pm each day (links will be provided to Top 10 after local contest)
- The 10 local winners compete (Farm Bureau judges) to determine the contestants who advance to the District Competition
I can prepare a 2-minute speech related to agriculture or the Kentucky Farm Bureau and present it with confidence to an audience of professionals in agriculture.
Content and Structure
● Offers clear central idea or thesis
● Provides support and evidence for central idea
● Organized with a clear introduction, body, and conclusion
● Uses industry-standard vocabulary and grammar
● Makes eye contact to include and engage audience
● Uses body language to emphasize ideas and show personality (body language does not distract)
● Uses varied and conversational volume
● Demonstrates poise and maintains an appropriate, professional tone
● Wears professional dress (dress shirt, slacks or skirt, and dress shoes)
See the Guidelines for the Kentucky Farm Bureau Outstanding Youth Contest for further information about the district and state contests here: https://www.kyfb.com/federation/youth-development/outstanding-farm-bureau-youth/.
To help you prepare, our teachers gathered the following resources for you:
- past National FFA Officer, Deshawn Blanding, competing for MANRRS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KC6khNVkYV0
- former FFA President of Locust Trace Agriscience Center, Coleman Stivers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKJM41YlIQ0
- former Miss America, Deshauna Barber, delivering an inspiring story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_f8vpS4IRk0
- an exceptionally prepared speech, especially with gestures and tone of voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AM35kYlzaY4
- well-prepared speeches with great emphasis and body language: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oa1QJL7tv4g and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8hrBvTseIMM
- well-delivered and developed speech but lacks expression and appropriate tone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hK-RL6jbS8
- strong examples of content and structure: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1aA1WGON49E, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsGieZaNTvY, and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Demzf23zaqo (non-example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCs_63Zp6Lc)
- strong examples of delivery, especially personality and poise: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Tq-LA8miY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27DwvAqqWlo&list=PLDlHCLVyvXHwodi4uxvLxQtK1YpCvKJf0&index=141&t=0s (non-example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKSXFRqjy8I)
- strong examples of professional appearance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0OpiIqHFQg and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIcPSpNDHl4&list=PLDlHCLVyvXHwodi4uxvLxQtK1YpCvKJf0&index=129&t=0s
- strong examples of overall delivery: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TJNYI6vOEpY and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deCmrlssO5E&list=PLDlHCLVyvXHwodi4uxvLxQtK1YpCvKJf0&index=17&t=0s
Sign Up Deadline: September 18 Remember to use your school email address and account!
I wasn't able to come to orientation. How do I pay my 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
242 Locust Farm Road
Lexington, KY 40511
Mrs. Collins will mail you a receipt after she processes your fees.
What if there's a conflict with my home school?
- Your home school schedule has priority. Just email or check in with your Locust Trace teacher and let them know there is a conflict.
- Henry Clay High School morning students: please follow the schedule we sent you.
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)
- 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
- You may be moved to a break-out room so that you can receive individual assistance
- Please be patient in the waiting room as we help others. You will be admitted as your team becomes available.
- Your team members may have additional times when they are not available. When this is the case, another team member will assist you.
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 957 7335 5951
2019-20 Locust Trace Yearbooks
We sold out of yearbooks in the spring, but we have received 15 additional yearbooks from our vendor. If you would like to purchase a 2019-2020 LTAC yearbook, please complete the yearbook request form. Yearbooks will be reserved on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $45. Mrs. Reed, our yearbook advisor, will contact you upon form submission. (Here is the link: http://bit.ly/lastyear123)
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
Student Resources for NTI 2DL Technology
All courses at Locust Trace use Canvas as the online learning platform. The resources below will help you familiarize yourself with Canvas if you haven’t already used it.
If issues arise, call the FCPS Technology Helpdesk for Students.
As we start the new year with online courses, you may experience a technology glitch here or there. We never want these to interfere with your class work. If technology problems arise, students should call the FCPS Student and Family Technology Help Desk at 381-4410.
FCPS Student Code of Conduct
Links for High Schools & Program Schools
Our students commit to the following characteristics:
As a wolf, I will be: