Locust Trace News for Parents & Students
Greetings Locust Trace Family,
It's hard to believe we are already in the last week of January! Progress 1 grades will be posted by teachers on Monday, February 8th with grade reports available to students on Friday, February 12th. Although that might seem like the distant future, that day will be upon us before we know it! Make every effort to keep up with your coursework and contact your teacher if you are falling behind.
Remember Mrs. Collins, our Attendance Specialist, has developed a method to track daily attendance. As a result, we will be reaching out to parents/students who are not attending Zoom sessions. Our hope is that we can work together in ensuring our students do not fall behind and become overwhelmed. Students, if you know you are going to miss class, please let your teachers and/or Mrs. Collins know.
Mrs. Collins' email is firstname.lastname@example.org
She is more than happy to notify your teachers for you.
We will begin the scheduling process soon with Freshman. We are still solidifying junior opportunities for the 2021-2022 school year, so juniors please be patient! I think you're going to love what you see! Mrs. Fox does need to know your preference for AM/PM and if you plan to continue as a part of the LTAC Family next year. She posted a link in Canvas. If you have not completed that link, please do so asap.
Attached at the bottom of the newsletter are files that contain information on course sequencing for each of our Institutes. Please take time to glance at those so that you have an idea of the courses you will be taking in your Major and Minor Institutes.
For those of you who took the time to provide feedback, you are deeply appreciated. Your input is very valuable to us. We have already started to make changes based on the feedback we received. It is our goal to provide the best possible experience and we are all continuing to learning together in the remote environment. Just this week Mrs. Reed and Mrs. Vannatter introduced several new tools to teachers that will hopefully translate to a better experience for our students!
We have a new staff member joining us today. Please welcome Ron Mack as our new Family & Community Liaison. Ron brings a plethora of experience and we look forward to the opportunities he will bring to our students!
I hope everyone has a great week!
Locust Trace Schedule
1st period, 9 am to 10 am
2nd period, 10:05 am to 11:05 am
1st period, 9 am to 10 am
2nd period, 10:05 am to 11:05 am
3rd period, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
4th period, 1:35 pm to 2:35 pm
3rd period, 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
4th period, 1:35 pm to 2:35 pm
It is time to begin scheduling for next year!
Check your Canvas Portal for the link to begin selecting classes for Fall 2021.
We will schedule in two phases - the first is to indicate if you plan to return to Locust Trace and, if so, which session (AM or PM) and your preferred academic course.
Once you have submitted this information, you will be contacted for sessions to plan the classes based upon your chosen agriculture major and minor.
Coloring Book Design Contest
For the Kentucky Derby, Locust Trace AgriScience Center will give the students of William Wells Brown Elementary School coloring books. We will hold a contest to see who can create the best coloring book for these students. We have 3 age divisions (Pre-K-1st grade [max of 7 pages], 2nd and 3rd grades [maz of 15 pages], and 4th and 5th grades [max of 20 pages]) and will award a top prize for each division.
Students will enter the contest by submitting their coloring book design through email to Mrs. Jackson at email@example.com no later than March 22, 2021. Please specify the division (Pre-K-1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grades, or 4th and 5th grades); you may enter designs for any or all of the divisions. Students can use any program of choice (e.g., Google Docs, Google Slides) to create coloring books. Contact Mr. Layne (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mrs. Reed (email@example.com) for help with technology.
After the contest closes, three Fayette County Public Schools faculty members will evaluate the entries with all student names removed. Watch for an announcement of winners at the end of March, 2021.
University of Kentucky Equine Virtual Showcase
UK is hosting a virtual equine showcase where they are bringing in guest speakers from the equine industry to cover current topics. If you are interested in attending (for free) please send an email to Mrs. Jackson (firstname.lastname@example.org) by the day before each event in order to get registered.
Feb. 2, 6-7:30 p.m. EST. Parasitology, Vaccination Immunology and Causes of Mortality
• Vaccination, immunity and immune response in weanlings. Dr David Horohov.
• Parasitology as it pertains to weanlings and yearlings. Dr Martin Nielsen.
• The commonest causes of mortality in this age group in central Kentucky. Dr Laura Kennedy.
Feb. 9, 6-7:30 p.m. EST. Hot Topics - 10 minutes research news updates
• COVID economic impact and the next Kentucky Equine Survey
• Update on equine surface safety research
• Update on Equine Biological Passport.
• Update on biomarker study to identify Thoroughbred racehorses at risk of catastrophic injury.
• Information resources at UK and the Equine Science Review monthly publication.
• One Health Certificate.
• Update on Nocardioform Placentitis Initiative 2020.
• Documented resistance of avermectins in small strongyles.
• Genetic Diversity Project.
KACTE Entrepreneurship Event
Multiple Deadlines! Read Carefully!
To encourage all CTE programs to include entrepreneurship education in their curriculum.
To encourage CTE students to think about entrepreneurial businesses.
To give CTE students real life experience in developing business plans and seeking funding to pursue business plans.
Many resources are available for teaching students about entrepreneurship. These include:
February 1 Videos and registration information will be due in Frankfort
March 1 Results will be announced
The contest is open to all Career and Technical Student Organization members in grades 9-12.
Individuals or groups of up to three students will work together to develop a business plan for a new business venture. Students do not have to actually implement the plan.
Students will complete a 4-6 minute video about their business plan. The video should be developed as a proposal to potential investors in the business.
Business plans must be realistic and for a business that the student(s) could actually run and manage.
Business plans must be tied to a career pathway.
Each high school in the state with Career and Technical Education programs is eligible to submit one entry in this contest. The school should hold a local contest to determine which business plan video will be sent on to the state level.
Local teachers must ensure that all school policies related to use of technology, photo releases for students, copyright laws, etc. are followed.
The selected video from each high school that is entered in the state contest shall be posted on www.schooltube.com or www.youtube.com. A link to the video and other registration information will be emailed to the state office by the entry deadline (December 15.)
Students will electronically submit a one page executive summary. The summary should be typed in 10-12 point Arial font and should include the following information:
Description and Analysis of the Business
Rationale for choosing this venture
Description of business venture
Proposed product or service
Proposed pricing structure
Projected Income/Cash Flow
Capital Repayment Plan
Videos will be judged by a panel of education and industry leaders.
Winners will be selected by February 15 and schools will be notified.
Prize money for the High School will be as follows:
Winning business plan videos may be shown at CTE Summer Program.
By submitting a video business plan students and the school authorize KACTE to use the video in future years.
You have access to Mrs. Fox, Locust Trace’s school counselor, EVERY SCHOOL DAY! This is an opportunity for students AND for parents!!!
Do you have a concern about a class?
Is there a personal issue you would like to talk about?
Are you wondering about college, career or financial aid resources?
Needing food, medicine, household supplies or technology to be successful in classes?
Worried about something at home?
You have access to Mrs. Fox, Locust Trace’s school counselor, EVERY SCHOOL DAY!
You may use the link https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/92226993005 to have a personal Zoom meeting anytime between 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM every day that school is in session. Click the link and Ms. Fox will open your on-demand Zoom session when she gets to a private, secure location. If there happens to be another person meeting at the time, she may message you to set up a designated time to return. Remember that everything you discuss with Ms. Fox is confidential unless you or someone else is in danger.
And you can always email her at email@example.com or text her Google Voice number: 859-488-1672.
Scholarship Listings as of 1/8/2021
The National FFA Scholarship Program is now LIVE!
National FFA Scholarship Program – Application Open
The National FFA Scholarship Program application is now open.
If the link does not click through, go to https://www.ffa.org/participate/grants-and-scholarships/scholarships/
Whether students are planning to attend a specialized training program or seeking a four-year degree, the scholarship program has opportunities for all. Scholarships support FFA high school seniors and collegiate members as well as non-FFA students. Just one application is required for multiple scholarship opportunities totaling close to $2 million dollars. This year, we are also including how-to videos to assist students in completing the application and advisors on validating the student’s application. It is imperative that students, teachers and state staff “white list” emails that will come from our scholarship partner ISTS. The scholarship application closes on Jan. 14, 2021.
Farm Bureau Scholarship Application
For over 60 years, Kentucky Farm Bureau has been assisting students in their educational pursuits. Since its inception in 1953, the Kentucky Farm Bureau Education Foundation has distributed over $3 million dollars of scholarship money to more than 2,000 deserving students.
The 2021 Kentucky Farm Bureau scholarship rules for eligibility and link to start the application process can be found online www.kyfb.com/federation/youth-development/scholarships/.
Please note there is only one application for all scholarship awards. When submitting an application, please include all materials that are requested. Please be aware that for most of the scholarships, the student does not have to be from a farm family. The exception is the Leadership in Agriculture Scholarship. For more information and a complete list of available county and state scholarships refer to the link above.
All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2021, to be considered. Winners will be notified by May 21, 2021.
USDA 1890 National Scholars Program
The USDA 1890 National Scholars Program is NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS!
High school and current college students are eligible to apply for the USDA 1890 National Scholars Program. This program provides full tuition, fees, books, room and board, and a summer internship, which may convert to full-time employment with USDA after graduation. The scholarship is open to students pursuing an agriculture or agriculture-related bachelor's degree at most HBCU’s with Ag programs throughout the country, including Kentucky State University. The deadline to apply is January 31, 2021.
To be eligible:
The student must have been accepted for admission at one of the nineteen 1890 Land Grant Universities (i.e. Kentucky State).
The student must be a U.S. Citizen.
The student must be on track to earn a high school diploma or GED.
The student must have an unweighted GPA of 3.0 or higher.
The student must plan to study agriculture, food, natural resource sciences, or other related disciplines.
The student must demonstrate leadership and community service.
To find information on this scholarship, go to https://www.usda.gov/youth/students and scroll to the bottom of the page.
IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE LOCATING THE APPLICATION – email Mrs. Fox at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will email you the application as a PDF document.
Blue Grass Community Foundation Scholarships
The Blue Grass Community Foundation is now accepting applications for the various scholarships it offers to Fayette County Public Schools high school seniors for 2021. The full list of these scholarships follows in this newsletter document. These scholarships are need-based and take into account not only the student’s academic potential, but also their unmet financial need. The deadline for all applications is March 5, 2021 by 5:00 pm. The online applications can be accessed via the BGCF Online Application Portal: https://bgcf.spectrumportal.net/Accounts/LogOn.
For more information, see attached file at end of newsletter.
Race for Education
Search Engines and Scholarship Programs
Scholar Snapp - A free, simple to use data standard that allows students to reuse their application information - including contact information, essays, transcripts, etc. - from one scholarship application to another thereby streamlining the college scholarship application process.
Scholly – A mobile app that provides students with a fast and simple way to find scholarships for college. (Created by Christopher Gray, a Coca-Cola Scholar!)
Fastweb – Create a profile and let fastweb do the research on scholarships, internships colleges and more for you.
CashCourse – Information that helps college students stay financially informed.
Common Knowledge Scholarship Foundation – Educational and scholarship opportunities for students of all levels.
Cappex – A free website where you can learn which colleges want you, before you apply and learn about more than $11 billion in merit aid scholarships.
Scholarships.com– A free college scholarship search and financial aid information.
Scholarship America – Provides information and resources for your scholarship search.
KnowHow2GO – Complete information on college prep, whether in middle school or seniors.
HS Finder (Hispanic Scholarship Fund) – Scholarship information for Latino students.
Thurgood Marshall College Fund – Provides scholarships, programmatic and capacity building support to the 47 public Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).
Gates Millennium Scholars – Provides outstanding low income African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian Pacific Islander American, and Hispanic American students with an opportunity to complete an undergraduate college education in any discipline they choose.
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund – The nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).
American Indian College Fund – Provides Native American students with scholarships and financial support for the nation’s 33 accredited tribal colleges and universities.
Dell Scholars Program – Recognizes academic potential and determination in students that have a definite need for financial assistance.
UNCF – Awards 10,000 students each year through 400 scholarship and internship programs so that students from low- and moderate-income families can afford college tuition, books and room and board.
Chegg – A place to connect with scholarships and learn about colleges.
Reagan Foundation Scholarships - Scholarship opportunities for outstanding student leaders.
Goizueta Legacy Scholarship - Provides scholarships for the children of Coca-Cola employees.
American Indian Graduate Center & AIGCS - The largest scholarship providers to Native students in the United States, awarding $15 million in scholarships annually and more than $200 million since inception. For almost 50 years, AIGC has funded students pursing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees in any field of study at any accredited institution of choice, working with over 500 tribes in all 50 states.
The NSHSS Foundation - The NSHSS Foundation fosters the growth of students pursuing the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math), business, economics, public policy, and environmental science and sustainability fields. Through special programs, including the NSHSS Honor Society, the NSHSS Foundation connects young scholars with additional opportunities to advance their education, personal growth and career interests.
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