Phoenix Press

May 2023

A Note from Director Jacobs:

Sunshine and superheroes! This month we celebrate the beauty of spring and our fantastic Rise team with Team Appreciation Month. Every day our dedicated team pours their entire hearts into making the experience here at Rise one that is empowering and full of wonder for the 226 incredible scholars we serve. On a daily basis, Rise scholars have engaged in flexibility and problem solving, two tenets of a STEM-focused curriculum. It has also requested that all of us, educators, scholars, and families, be courageous and kind, continuing to work on creating a today and tomorrow that is full of hope, promise and peace. Thank you for being a part of the Rise family and choosing to Rise Up!

Around the Schoolhouse with Mrs. Owens:

It’s time for the Third & Fourth Grade Kentucky Summative Assessment (KSA)!

5/8/23 - Student Survey & Reading Part A

5/9/23 - Reading Part B (3rd & 4th)

5/10/23 - Math Part A (3rd & 4th)

5/11/23 - Math Part B (3rd & 4th)

5/12/23 - Science (4th only)

Helpful Family Tips for Testing:

1. Please make sure your scholar attends every day that week.

2. Make sure your child gets plenty of rest the night before

the test.

3. On the morning of the test, your child needs to get up in

plenty of time so she won't feel rushed.

4. Feed your child a good breakfast. Research shows that

children do better on tests if they have had a good


5. Do as much as you can to make your child feel

comfortable. Try not to say things to make her feel

more nervous.

6. Reassure your child that no matter the outcome of the

test you will still love her. Encourage them to simply

do their best.

There will be a Good Faith Effort Celebration for 3rd & 4th Scholars who demonstrate during the assessment that they:

  • Took my TIME on the test (minimum 60 minutes)

  • I did my VERY BEST

  • I stayed ON-TASK the entire time of the test

  • I checked my work and left nothing BLANK


This will be a very fun reward that scholars CAN EARN for demonstrating their best EFFORT! Please encourage your scholar to DO THEIR BEST as we want ALL 3rd & 4th scholars to be able to participate in this celebration!

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STEM With Dr. Schroeder:

We are excited to announce the return of athletic clubs for the 2023–24 school year. We will have clubs for running, basketball, soccer, robotics, and e-sports. Please go to our website for more information and to sign your scholar up. The running club will have an information session via zoom on May 30 at 6:30 PM.

Announcement from Mrs. Lee:

We are so excited to see all the growth that our scholars have made this year! To showcase their learning, Rise will be hosting our first ever Scholar-Led Conference Night. It will also include our Presentation of Learning. It will be held on Wednesday, May 31st from 4:30-7:00 pm.

In an effort to have scholars take more ownership of their learning, they will be explaining/demonstrating to you what their strengths are and what needs to be improved as well as share their PBL from 4th quarter.

What to expect when you arrive:

Scholar-led conferences will be held in the homeroom classrooms. There will be around 5 families in at a time. Conferences will be 20 minutes. After conferences, you and your family are welcome to join the PTA outside to celebrate our new playground with hotdogs cooked by the Lexington Police Department. If you would prefer an individual conference please reach out to your scholars’ teacher and they will set up a time and date.

Scholars will be discussing their progress and data from classroom data found in the Growth Check, MAP, NRSGRA(reading level), and other progress monitoring tools. They will then share their PBL that their group has prepared. There will be other conferences being held at the same time. The teacher will be in the room if you have any questions about academic and behavior performance. Scholars will be prepared to answer any questions regarding their math, reading, PBL and behavior performance in school. They get really excited about bragging about themselves :) We look forward to seeing you!

Stay tuned for more information about the pinning ceremony!

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The STEM Bus Comes to Rise!

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Rise Teacher of the Year:

Put your hands together for the Rise Teacher of the Year, Ms. Keene! Ms. Keene was nominated by our Rise Team for her unwavering support to ensure ALL scholars have access to the type of education they ALL deserve. We are so proud of her!
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Makerspace with Dr. Witt:

STLP Event:

45 3rd and 4th scholars attended the 2023 STLP state competition this year. 4 groups of girls worked all year on projects which they presented to judges. A group of scholars also represented Rise in the live robotics line competition for the first time. At the event, scholars earned badges by completing STEM experiences. We are so proud of these scholars for all their hard work and mastery of technology!

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Outdoor STEM with Mrs. Spore:

Exciting things happened in Outdoor STEM during the month of April! We held our very own Robotics competition with Veteran’s Park. Our 3 teams did amazing with 2 teams placing in the tournament! 4th Grade also visited 4 H Environmental Camp and had a wonderful time learning about fishing, pond creatures, own pellets, and animal pelts. We also enjoyed a hike and ropes course as well as yummy camp food! The eggs have arrived! The scholars are so excited to meet the newest Rise scholars. We should have chicks hatching around May 3rd. Be sure to check out the Chick Cam the first weekend of May to see how they're doing! Bluegrass Greensource also came to visit in Kindergarten classes and let the scholars explore some pelts and skulls of native Kentucky animals!

PTA News:

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Team Appreciation Week:

Sign Up Genius for items to donate for the week: -

Sign Up Genius for volunteers for the week:

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Please take a moment to complete this quick survey to assist us in planning.
Can you help us? Sign up to Volunteer:
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Picnic & Playground

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Volunteer opportunities:

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Beach Day KSA Good Faith Effort Celebration (3rd/4th only)-5/19

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Field Day, 6/7

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DEIB With Ms. Keene:

May 2023

Congratulations to our April DEIB nominees (please see our recognition comments below)! Also, congratulations to our team member Aslean Hoskins and our Rise scholar Sophie Chang (2nd grader), who were both selected to represent Rise for the month of May! They both will have their names sent to the District DEIB Team!


Please read this message below from from the District’s DEIB Team!!

2022-2023 FCPS Education Equity Champion Nominations


  • Share with your staff. We will be accepting nominations from April 26th to May 16th.

    • Please note…you (DEIB Leads) can be nominated for this award!

  • Selections will be announced the last week of school.

  • In 500 words or less, describe how the nominee has promoted diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in an impactful way this school year. Include how this person has set a clear vision for advancing educational equity that ensures the most vulnerable students can achieve academic success by creating a safe and positive school and classroom climate, fostering welcoming environments where students will thrive.

Upcoming Dates

  • May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month–Our banner will be arriving next week!

May DEIB Nomination Link:

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