The Phoenix Press

September 2022

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Rise Up With Director Jacobs!

Every individual that interviews at Rise is informed during the interview process of our core values: belief and innovation. The belief that 100% of our scholars are destined for greatness and innovation, that we are not afraid to try new things. To be innovative, one has to be courageous. As we move into our third year, our entire Rise community continues to hear the calling and are supportive of the changes that we must make in order to disrupt stagnancy and embrace new possibilities. Thank you, Phoenixes, for always choosing to rise up!

STEM with Dr. Schroeder

We are excited to welcome all Rise families to the schoolhouse on September 29th for Rise STEM Night. We will have fun STEM activities and games for the entire family. There will be a food truck on site for purchase. Join us anytime between 5:30-7:30!

Reminders From Ms. Owens:

  • On Fridays, scholars may dress casually for spirit day. Please remember that this only applies if wearing RISE t-shirts. For more information regarding dress code, check out the RISE facts posted below.
  • Please be mindful that instruction time begins at 7:45 AM. If your Scholar will need to eat breakfast, drop-off time should be coordinated to allow time to eat.

New this year from your Special Area Team:

We are piloting a new approach to our Friday special areas this year. Every Friday, all scholars will participate in Enrichment Fridays. During special area time, your scholar will get to experience different activities and presentations from our community partners and guest speakers. Some examples include recycling activities by Live Green Lexington, gardening practices by Seedleaf, 4H activities, Energy projects from Bluegrass Greensource, and zooming with a female astronaut. If you have any connections to guest speakers or community partners, please reach out to your special area team! We are so excited to share these opportunities with your scholar.

Also, our 4th grade scholars are soon getting the opportunity to pilot 2 in-school clubs in the afternoons. Our scholars will be choosing between clubs such as orchestra, drone coding, 3D printing, art, and more. These clubs will give your scholar the chance to dig deeper into a skill with a small group of scholars as they learn together. Still working out the details, but these groups will most likely rotate throughout the year.

Green Team is back!

Green Team is coming back for the 2022-2023 school year. This year's team will be packed with even more fun experiences as 4th grade scholars will rotate between assembling our electric racecar, learning to code robots for an STLP competition, and participating in the Girls Who Game curriculum to enter district-wide Minecraft competitions. We are so excited to bring back this experience for our scholars and wish we could open it to all scholars; however our three activities are strictly 4th grade. Look for applications for Green Team before September 16. -Kristen Witt, Jennifer Spore, Jennifer Souers.

Upcoming Events:

STEM Night

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 5:30-7:30pm

2420 Spurr Road

Lexington, KY

Come to the schoolhouse for family STEM activities, food trucks and tours for potential future scholars!

Kindergarten Field Trip to West Sixth Farm

Tuesday, Sep. 13th, 8am

4495 Shadrick Ferry Road

Frankfort, KY

First Grade Field Trip tp Bernheim Arboretum

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 8am

2075 Clermont Road

Clermont, KY

Fourth Grade Fieldtrip to Raven Run

Monday, Sep. 26th, 10am

3885 Raven Run Way

Lexington, KY

Fourth Grade (permission slips forthcoming)

Kindergarten and First Grade Fieldtrip to Salato Wildlife

Tuesday, Sep. 27th, 10am

1 Sportsman's Lane

Frankfort, KY

(permission slips forthcoming)

Second Grade Field Trip to Foodchain

Thursday, Sep. 29th, 10am

501 West 6th Street

Lexington, KY

(permission slips forthcoming)

Third Grade Fieldtrip to McConnell Springs

Friday, Sep. 30th, 10am

416 Rebmann Lane

Lexington, KY

(permission slips forthcoming)

Notes from Nurse Laine:

All Scholars must have a Health Consent Form on file to be seen by the school nurse. Please complete the form below and send it to the schoolhouse if you have not already done so.

Attendance Office Reminders:

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Lunch Room Visitors:

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  • Please only send transportation changes via Note, Email, or by phone.
  • All changes must be made by 11 AM.
  • Changes can be sent to
  • Scholars who will leave early for the day must be signed out of the front office before 2 PM.

Rise Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month!

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Congratulations Ms. Keene:

Ms. Keene has been invited to attend the National Alliance of Black School Educators Conference in National Harbor, MD!
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Apply now to join the new Kentucky United We Learn Council!

(FRANKFORT, KY) – The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is seeking applicants for a new council that will help the agency further a shared vision for public education in the Commonwealth.

KDE is looking for a diverse group of stakeholders – particularly those from underserved communities – who are interested in working and learning together as part of the Kentucky United We Learn Council. Applications are being accepted through Sept. 30.

United We Learn is Kentuckians’ vision for the future of public education in the Commonwealth. This vision builds around three big ideas: creating a more vibrant experience for every student, encouraging innovation in our schools – especially when it comes to assessment – and creating a bold new future for Kentucky’s schools through collaboration with our communities. ​​​

Potential council members are those who are interested in advancing the United We Learn vision.

Council members will be expected to:

  • Work side-by-side with families, learners and community members;
  • Join the overall council and/or one of the standing committees;
  • Meet in person twice a year for two days to learn together and create new tools, resources and policies (fall and spring - kickoff meeting tentatively scheduled for Nov. 29-30);
  • Meet more frequently if on a standing committee;
  • Share standing committee learning with the statewide council and the commissioner of education; and
  • Agree to an annual commitment with option for annual renewal.

To learn more about the council and the three standing committees, visit the council’s website.

To be considered you can fill out the online application. Members of this inclusive council will represent all areas of the state and all stakeholder groups identified in the application.

For more information, email KDE Chief Performance Officer Karen Dodd.