■ Lexington's proposed Montessori High School, scheduled to open in fall 2011, will have an open house for prospective families at 7 p.m. Thursday at First Christian Church, 1305 Audubon Drive, one block off Nicholasville Road across from Commonwealth Stadium.
The school will be a working partnership with the University of Kentucky's College of Education, and it will open with 9th- and 10th-grade classes.
The featured speaker at the open house will be David Kahn, an international expert on secondary Montessori education.
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Kahn, of Cleveland, is the founder of Cleveland's Montessori High School and is working as a consultant for the parents and teachers who are starting Lexington's Montessori High School.
Additional information is available at Montessorihigh.com.
■ The Fayette County Board of Education has approved Wellington Elementary School as the name of the school that is under construction at 3280 Keithshire Way.
The school is on the south side of town near the Wellington neighborhood and Wellington Park, where native gardens, wildlife and walking trails will provide learning opportunities.
The school is scheduled to open in August.
■ Jason Heymann, a 2004 graduate of Lexington's Sayre School who is a cast member in the national tour of the Tony Award-winning musical Avenue Q and made a guest appearances on the CW's Gossip Girls, conducted an informal workshop for Sayre students on Oct. 1.
While in Lexington performing with fellow Broadway artists in the Spotlight Lexington concert series as part of the World Equestrian Games, Heymann shared his experiences as a performer.
■ The Morton Middle School Cheer, Dance and Spirit Team participated in the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation walk at Masterson Station Park on Sept. 25. Morton has been a part of the fund-raiser for more than 10 years. The teams, coached by Carla Trisko and Christina Herrington, raised more than $500 for research. They also participated in the Race for the Cure on Oct. 16 to raise money for breast cancer research.
■ Fayette County Public Schools broke ground Wednesday at Locust Trace AgriScience Farm.
When completed next fall, the $18 million working farm will feature a horse arena barn, a classroom building, a veterinary clinic, an aquaculture lab, a greenhouse, orchards, vineyards, gardens and wildlife habitat. Every part of the 82-acre campus will be put to use as students study equine, plant, land and environmental science; biotechnology; agricultural power mechanics; and animal husbandry. The school also will offer English, math and science classes with an agricultural focus.
In addition, as the school district's first net-zero school in water and energy use, Locust Trace is tapping the latest in high- performance and sustainable building technology. Other green features will include a rainwater-containment system, composting, constructed wetlands and permeable pavement.
■ The Kentucky Art Education Association has named Miles Johnson of Meadowthorpe Elementary its 2010 Elementary Art Teacher of the Year.
Johnson, who has taught in Fayette County Public Schools for nearly 11 years, serves on the KyAEA board. He received the award at the group's annual conference, held at Western Kentucky University in early October.
Johnson will represent KyAEA at the National Art Education Association's 2012 convention in New York.
■ Scott County High School has been named a model school for 2009 by Project Lead the Way, the nation's leading provider of science, technology, engineering and math education, also called STEM education. Scott County High School is one of 10 model schools. It was honored for its innovative approach to STEM education. This week, Scott County Superintendent Patricia Putty, Project Lead The Way teacher Jean Porter, and four of Porter's engineering students will be in Washington, D.C., for the National Innovation Summit, where they will be honored in front of the nation's STEM education coalition, including policy makers, educators, philanthropic organizations and industry representatives.
■ Bluegrass Community and Technical College has received a $445,000 National Science Foundation grant to help kick off its Biotechnology Project, which aims to increase the number of biotechnology lab technicians in Central Kentucky.
The Biotechnology Project is modeled after several nationally recognized biotech programs at community colleges, including Madison Area Technology College in Wisconsin, Austin Community College in Texas, and City College of San Francisco.
Students enrolled in the Biotechnology Certificate Program (basic biotechnician) may complete the required classes in one semester; the classes are a hybrid of online instruction and in-class labs. The courses are open to high school students as dual-credit courses.
For more information about the Biotechnology Project, contact biotechnology program coordinator Deborah Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 246-6451.