Education notes: April 17

Roger Cleveland


Teens Against Tobacco Use, an organization in Fayette County Public Schools in which high school students provide tobacco-prevention education in elementary and middle schools, has been selected as one of the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department's 2013 Public Health Heroes. TATU members serve as role models to their peers by remaining visibly tobacco-free and share that message with teachers and community members. TATU is currently active in three Lexington high schools: Bryan Station, Henry Clay and Tates Creek, and is led by sponsors Paula Caise, Emily Rentschler and Jo Geddes, respectively.

Eastern Kentucky University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which annually highlights the role colleges and universities play in solving community problems.

Last year, approximately 4,000 EKU students were engaged in organized community service, contributing more than 107,000 community service hours.

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Junior Achievement of the Bluegrass is one of 17 JA offices in the United States to receive a Bechtel Group Foundation grant to make more JA programs possible. Bechtel awarded JA of the Bluegrass $19,900 to implement additional programming in Madison County Schools.

Through its "Bechtel Building Future Leaders" project, the grant will pay for all fifth graders at White Hall, Glenn Marshall and Shannon Johnson Elementary Schools to receive the JA Our Nation program, this spring. The grant will fund additional JA programs in the fall for middle and high school students. All of the JA programs implemented through this grant will be taught by local Bechtel volunteers.

Roger Cleveland, associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Eastern Kentucky University, has received the 2013 P.G. Peeples Equity and Excellence Achievement Award from the Fayette County Equity Council.

The award honors schools, organizations and individuals who work to better Lexington's school community.

In Fayette County, Cleveland provides workshops addressing cultural competence and culturally responsive teaching; speaks to students about diversity, leadership and decision making; facilitates poetry sessions at the Juvenile Detention Center; volunteers with the YMCA Black Achievers; and serves as the associate director of the BMW Academy, a program designed to help black males prepare for college and careers.

Sayre Upper School students took top team honors at the 2013 State Team Chess Tournament on March 2. Sayre defeated Louisville's DuPont Manual High School with a final match score of 3.5 points to 0.5 points. Each of the 16 teams in the tournament ranks their four best players based on United States Chess Federation ratings, determined by a player's cumulative performance over several years in other USCF sanctioned tournaments.

Sayre team members included Chris Cole, Joey Cole, Eric Shockley and Chauncey Hill. In addition to winning the state championship, Joey, Eric and Chauncey earned perfect score trophies for each game they played. To reach the championship round, Sayre defeated teams from Jackson County, Louisville's Pleasure Ridge Park, and Crittenden County.

The Sayre Chess Team began competing in tournaments in 1987 and has been coached by Tom Isaacs since then.


Georgetown College will host an Earth Day event from 5-8 p.m. Sunday on Giddings Lawn on the college's campus. Cheyenne Maria Mize and Justin Paul Lewis are guest speakers for the event and organizations and businesses committed to sustainability, fair trade and social justice will be on hand. Admission is free. Bring three recyclable items to be eligible to win a door prize. Children's activities will be provided.

The Montessori High School is hosting an exhibition by Lexington artist and activist Cynthia Ryan Kelly, "Land and Liberty: Mountaintop Removal and Beyond." Opening reception is 5-8 p.m. Friday, as part of the Gallery Hop. The exhibition will be on display through June 1 at the school, which is located on the second floor of the Burley Tobacco Building, 620 South Broadway. Call (859) 455-8064 for an appointment.

Cassidy Elementary School's PTA is holding its first "Special Needs Awareness Week" this week as part of Autism Awareness Month.

The PTA will help facilitate interactive and didactic activities to educate and highlight special needs, as well as instill a positive and empowered attitude toward inclusion and acceptance for all.

Parents are encouraged to view interactive simulation stations throughout the week in the school's gym. The stations will highlight the physical components and challenges of life with a disability, the sensory issues that typical kids find hard to understand, as well as communication issues and challenges.

The week will culminate with an assembly at 2 p.m. Friday in the school's gym. Speakers at the event include a former Cassidy student, now a senior at Transylvania University, who has succeeded with a physical disability; an entrepreneur and parent who has overcome a hidden disability; and a UK athlete who has overcome a hidden disability.


Patrick Noltemeyer, associate dean of students and director of community service and the Bonner Program at Centre College, has been selected to serve as the special assistant to the president for institutional research and college events. He begins his duties May 15.

Patrick Costello, professor of mathematics and statistics at Eastern Kentucky University, has been named chair-elect for a two-year term at the annual Kentucky section of the Mathematical Association of America meeting April 6.