Education notes: Dec. 29


■ Although school was called off because of bad weather, students at Montessori Middle School of Kentucky showed up anyway on Dec. 16 so they could go shopping for Christmas gifts for underprivileged families.

Money for the gifts came from an October bike-athon at which the students raised more than $13,000.

Despite the weather, 38 of the 60 MMSK students, many with their parents, went shopping with lists provided by social service programs in Lexington. Armed with calculators, they budgeted their money to buy as many gifts as they could. Purchases included bikes, iPods, winter coats, baby clothes, jeans and bath items.


■ The National PTA promotes artistic expression through its annual Reflections program, which gives students an opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition.

The six competitive areas are musical composition, film production, dance choreography, literature, photography and visual arts.

During the fall, students in 32 schools in Fayette County submitted more than 3,700 pieces for judging by their local PTAs or PTSAs. The 203 school winners advanced to district-level competition, and the awards ceremony was Dec. 5 at "It's About Kids" Support Services. Here are the district winners

Musical composition: Excellence primary, Madelyn Groth, Stonewall Elementary; excellence intermediate, Zachary Ratliff LeSage, Glendover Elementary; excellence middle/ junior, Caroline Copley, Bryan Station Middle; merit primary, Sallie Kate Goff, Cassidy Elementary; merit intermediate, Ashvin Sial, Meadowthorpe Elementary; merit middle/junior, John Meyers, Lexington Traditional Magnet School.

Film production: Excellence primary, Kelly Landry, Dixie Elementary; excellence i ntermediate, Megan Slusarewicz, Rosa Parks Elementary; excellence middle/junior, Isaiah Cordray, LTMS; merit primary, Charles Caswell, Stonewall Elementary; merit intermediate, Bailey Watkins, Yates Elementary; merit middle/junior, Madison Banta, Jessie Clark Middle.

Dance choreography: Excellence primary, Shayda Alsalihi, Liberty Elementary; excellence intermediate, Elora Mukhopadhyay, Stonewall Elementary; excellence middle/junior, Molly Felty, LTMS; merit primary, Emma Monzione, Meadowthorpe; merit intermediate: Caitlinn Ellis, Meadowthorpe.

Literature: Excellence intermediate, Jacob Ernst, Rosa Parks Elementary; excellence middle/junior: Alice Li, LTMS; excellence senior, Maria Wu, Paul Laurence Dunbar High School; merit intermediate, Annika Sial, Meadowthorpe; merit middle/junior, Loretta Peterson, Jessie Clark Middle.

Photography: Excellence primary, Casey Powell, Rosa Parks Elementary; excellence intermediate: Kacie Hughes, Liberty Elementary; excellence special needs: Demetrius Grasso, Glendover Elementary; excellence middle, Emily Tolliver, Beaumont Middle; excellence senior, Brittany Hill, Bryan Station High; merit primary, Jackson Gonzales, Liberty Elementary; merit intermediate, Emma Berger, Meadowthorpe; Merit Middle, Lucy Bowman, LTMS; merit senior, Jennifer Amezcua, Bryan Station High.

Visual arts: Excellence primary, Makayla Barnes, Veterans Park Elementary; excellence intermediate, Billy Pence Jr., Sandersville Elementary; excellence middle, Joanna Slusarewicz, Beaumont Middle; excellence senior, Sarah Caton, Lafayette High School; merit primary, Mallory Sparks, Cassidy Elementary; merit intermediate, Paisli Neal, Millcreek Elementary; merit middle, Tonya Warren, Beaumont Middle; merit middle, Gabe Martin, Beaumont Middle.

■ Students chosen for 2011 honor choirs by the Kentucky Music Educators Association will perform at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville during its in-service/professional development conference in February.

The Kentucky Junior High Chorus is composed of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-graders, and the Kentucky Children's Chorus is fifth- and sixth-graders. The following students will participate from Fayette County Public Schools:

All-state mixed chorus: Morton Middle: Trey Scott and Hunter Nelson. SCAPA Bluegrass: Quentin Prewitt, Holly Bennett, Adrienne Omelchenko, Madeline Lillich, Kurtis Brown, Hannah Hetzel-Ebbens, Shelby Burgess, Hunter England, Alex Francke, Herman Bratcher, Melissa Findley, Brennan Burke, Elizabeth Robbins.

All-state treble chorus: Morton Middle: Shannon Calkins, Sydney Johnson, Lauren Holland and Molly McFarlan. Tates Creek Middle: Alexis Wells and Mariah Cahill.

All-state children's choir: Glendover: Sarah Byrd; Lexington Traditional Magnet School: Taegen McCarty; Morton Middle: Will Curtright, Katherine Fish and Ellie Reece; Rosa Parks Elementary: Michael Naish; SCAPA Bluegrass: Joseph Waterbury-Tieman, Maggie Thomas, Jason Jackson, Bennett Creech, Taylor Ballenger, Eliana Shapere, Jordan Vescio, Clara Woods, Thomas Bollinger, Sydney Mullins, Woods Prewitt, Leila Abou-Jaoude, Georgia Danhires, Tory Stephenson, Mofield Katelyn, Danielle Norman and Anna Smiley.

Joseph L. Fink III, professor of pharmacy in the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and the university's faculty athletics representative to the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA, has been appointed to the SEC's Executive Committee and will serve as secretary of the conference.

Fink is in his second year as UK's faculty athletics representative and is a member of the NCAA Cabinet on Awards, Benefits, Expenses, and Financial Aid.